Rotary International Theme 2021-2022




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Shekhar Mehta

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Kathy Suvia

Durham Rotary President: Eric Hoiland


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu



March 1, 2022


The  2022 Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2022.


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


MRIdian Linear Accelerator at the Enloe Hospital

(Robert Olea)
2 3 4 5
6 7

No Meeting

9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Kamie Loeser, Butte County Director of Water and Resource Conservation
(Mike Crump)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Jessica Thorpe)
30 31


1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
(Jim Patterson)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
No Meeting
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Jen Liu)
27 28 29 30

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland, at the Butte Creek Country Club.


Eric asked Bruce Norlie to lead the pledge which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.  Then, in the absence of Larry Bradley (the only member who can sing), we had no song.  

FUTURE MEETINGS: Meetings will be at the Butte Creek Country Club, at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.


March 15th:   Mike Crump will present the Butte County Director of Water and Resource Conservation.  Prior there will be a Board Meeting


March 29th:  Jessica Thorpe.


April 12th:   Jim Patterson


April 23rd:  Rise Against Hunger at Durham HS


April 26th: Jen Liu


May 10th: Daryl Polk


May 24th: John Bohanon



Steve Heithecker discussed the tentative subject of our District Grant this year.  He noted that the Durham Recreation District is looking into installing a new stove, oven and related equipment in the Durham Memorial Hall.  This would enable them to rent it out for more events.  They are waiting for the estimated costs for such installation.  Assuming the costs work out, he plans to submit an application for a District Grant for the project.


Mike Crump it working on this year’s Rise Against Hunger project this year.  The packaging of food is tentatively scheduled for April 23rd, but that may change.

Introduction of Visitors.


Robert Olea introduced his speaker for the night, Dr. John Clark and Dr. Clark’s wife, Jennifer, and children, Noah and Alexis.

Ravi Saip introduced Peggy Norlie, the visitor at his table. 

I introduce my wife, Cindy, the visitor and my table.

Dave Jessen introduced Sharon Robertson, the visitor at his table.



Bring guests who you think you can interest in becoming a member.  Think of business owners or managers to bring.  Your dinner and your guest’s dinner will be paid for by the Club.  Also, bring a guest to one of our occasional social gatherings in the Durham Park or a Pizza place (Monday Night Football).

The Rotary Foundation Donations

You can make a difference in this world by helping people in need. Your gift can do some great things, from supplying filters that clean people’s drinking water to empowering local entrepreneurs to grow through business development training.

The Rotary Foundation will use your gift to fund the life-changing work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs. But we need help from people like you who will take action and give the gift of Rotary to make these projects possible.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make a difference. The minimum gift to The Rotary Foundation is $25.00.   An annual $100.00 gift is a sustaining member.  Once your donations accumulate to $1,000 you become a Paul Harris Fellow.

It is possible to learn more about The Rotary Foundation on the Rotary web site. 

Your gift can be made online or by sending Jessica Thorpe a check made out to The Rotary Foundation to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 383, Durham, California 95958.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is March 15th.  Mike Crump will present Kamie Loeser, Butte County Director of Water and Resource Conservation. She will talk about our Groundwater 101 or more specifically the County's efforts in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). 

Board Meeting

At 5:00 pm, prior to the next meeting on March 15th, there will be a Board Meeting.


K.R. and Sharon Robertson were recognized for their 44th wedding anniversary.  They contributed $44 to the Durham Rotary Foundation.

Paradise Rotary Crab Feed

Dave Jessen forwarded the following photos of the Paradise Rotary Crab Feed.  You may recognize the two in the photo to the right.


The Program

Robert Olea introduced Dr. Jonathan Clark from Enloe Hospital, who specializes in Radiation Oncology.  First, we had a video about the new MRIdian Linear Accelerator at the Enloe Cancer Center.  However, no one could get the sound out of the attached speaker.  (We missed you, Jen).  Anyway, following the nearly silent video, Dr. Clark and Robert spoke about the MRIdian Linear Accelerator which provides MRI-guided radiation treatment for cancer.  It is only one of three in California and the only one north of LA.  With this machine they can now guide radiation directly to the tumor and effectively kill the cancer cells without the magnetic effect of the MRI deflecting the radiation to surrounding tissue.


You will recall that Robert announced a few weeks ago that he was unexpectedly cancer free.  It was this machine that did it.  He was the first patient to be treated with it at the Enloe Cancer Center.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Jen Liu was not present to win the drawing of that name.  He didn’t get $10.  Serves him right for not being here to get the program video sound to work.



President Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.


From the District

From Kathy Suvia:

___A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.” That quote from Jackie Robinson can describe the impact that Rotary Clubs have on their communities. What would your community look and feel like if not for your Rotary Club? Would there be parks without safe playground equip-ment? Would your local food pantry have more empty shelves? Would foster youth go without the support needed to enter and succeed in school? Would seniors go without a healthy meal delivered by you?

___Just think about all you have contributed to make life better for so many. As I travel around our District, some members express concern that their club is not fulfilling their commitment due to so many complications in the past couple of years. I remind them that “this too shall pass” and to never forget the impact they have already made.___

___Let’s not let this pandemic cause us to lose sight of the impact we have already made and the potential we continue to have as we Serve to Change Lives._

Please Mark Your Calendars


·    April 23, 2022 Spring Assembly & Board-Elect Training (Redding): Help your PE to promote this valuable event.

·    May 7, 2022 Spring Assembly & Board-Elect Training (Fairfield): Help your PE to promote this valuable event.

·    June 4-8, 2022 Rotary International Convention: Houston, TX

·    July 16, 2022 District Awards & Installation Celebration: Rolling Hills Casino, Corning. It’s a Western Round-up of fun and fellowship.




From Rotary International



Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 14th consecutive year

By Rotary International

For the 14th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 14 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

“We are honored to have been recognized and to be among the top 1% of charities evaluated,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Germ. “Our donors can feel proud knowing that their gifts will allow them to make an impact in their communities and the world for years to come.”

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.



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