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 29, 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
Tovey Giezentanner on Tuscan Water District
(Jessica Thorpe)
30 31


1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
 Martin Van Gundy on Needful
(Jim Patterson)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
No Meeting
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
Larry Smith on Wine Making at Home
(Jen Liu)
27 28 29 30

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by Past President Jen Liu in President Eric Hoiland’s, absence.


Jen asked Ravi Saip to lead the pledge of allegiance, which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did. 


The he asked Larry Bradley (who had returned, following a bout with Covid-19) to sing a patriotic song.  However, Larry noted the baseball season was about to start so he led us in singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.

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


April 12th:   Martin Van Gundy on Needful Things - Jim Patterson


April 26th: Larry Smith on Wine Making at Home – Jen Liu


May 10th: Daryl Polk


May 14th:  Rise Against Hunger at Durham HS


May 24th: John Bohanon


June 7th:  Roy Ellis


June 21st:  Bruce Miller


June 28th: Demotion Party



Regarding District Grants, it was reported by John Bohanon that the School District has received all that last year’s grant provided.  The current grant application is in process.  It is currently awaiting bids.  



Note Date Change


This year’s Rise Against Hunger food packaging was scheduled for April 23rd at Durham High School.  However, due to that being Spring Break at the high school, the date has been changed.  The food packaging will now take place, at Durham High School, on May 14, 2022.  It will begin at 8:30 am and should conclude by noon.  There was some dispute about whether they would be packaging 10,000 meals or 10,000 bags of multiple meals.  A bet was made between Jen Liu and Larry Bradley as to which it was.  If I heard right Jen picked bags and Larry meals.


The memorial service for Jim Kirks, which had to be cancelled due to Covid in the church, has also been reset for May 14, 2022 in the Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. First Avenue, Chico.  I do not have the time, but hopefully in the afternoon after the Rise Against Hunger packaging.


Introduction of Visitors.


We had no visitors, except our program whose introduction Jen deferred to program time.


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 April 12th.  Jim Patterson will present Martin Van Gundy, owner of Needful Thinks Antiques & Collectables in Durham. 



Jessica Thorpe’s birthday will be on April 4th and Mike Wacker’s birthday will be on April 7th.  Jessica asked for a song so Happy Birthday was sung by the club for both of them.  They each contributed $10.

Jim Patterson wanted to recognize Larry Bradley for all his work for Rotary by offering a tribute.  The tribute he paid was $5 (it was a joke?).

Larry Bradley reported the he and Nancy would be going for a 2 day stay in Pacific Grove, which he won in a raffle 2 years ago.  He contributed $25.

Larry and John Bohannan reported that they had attended the Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament.  They each contributed $25.

President Jen auctioned the Grinder, even though it and its current holder were absent.  Steve Plume got it for $75.

The Program

Jessica Thorpe presented Tovey Giezentanner, who spoke about the proposed Tuscan Water District and the Vina Sub-Basin (in which we are), which last meeting’s speaker spoke about.  He talked about what is being done to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by creating a Ground Water Sustainability Plan for the Vina Sub-Basin.

The historic passage of SGMA in 2014 set forth a statewide framework to help protect groundwater resources over the long-term. In signing SGMA, then-Governor Jerry Brown emphasized that “groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.”


SGMA requires locals agencies to form groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) for the high and medium priority basins. GSAs develop and implement groundwater sustainability plans GSPs) to avoid undesirable results and mitigate overdraft within 20 years. 

In the area of the Vina Sub-Basin the land owners are forming the Tuscan Water District as the GSA to develop and implement a GSP to preserve the groundwater levels in the Vina Sub-Basin and preserve domestic wells.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


K. R. Robertson’s name was not present to win the drawing of that name.  He didn’t get $20 in the pot (since last week’s winner was also not present).  So the pot now goes to $30 for the next meeting.



Past President Jen Liu then closed the meeting.


From the District

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


The Connector

President-elect Jennifer Jones is poised to lead Rotary into a vibrant, diverse future

By Diana Schoberg and Geoffrey Johnson Photography by Monika Lozinska

President-elect Jennifer Jones’ office at Rotary International world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, feels different from those of her predecessors, but that’s in no way a result of the fact that on 1 July she will become Rotary’s first female president. On the wall hangs a recent gift from a friend — a black scratch-off map on which Jones can record every Rotary destination she visits during the next two years. When we speak it’s September, two months since she took office as president-elect, and on the map, only Chicago has been revealed — many planned events were canceled or postponed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Today, Jones is the only person on the 18th floor of One Rotary Center. There are no phones ringing, no fingers tap-tap-tapping on keyboards in the cubicles outside her door. One could do cartwheels through the Rotary boardroom and nobody would notice.

Jones elbow-bumps her visitors, Rotary magazine senior staff writer Diana Schoberg and senior editor Geoffrey Johnson. Then, spaced apart at a table in her office, they discuss her vision for the year ahead. “If you start to think about how exponentially Rotary can touch the world, we’re more than a club,” Jones says. “We’re a movement.”

Jones is president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc. in Windsor, Ontario, where she is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland. (Her husband, Nick Krayacich, is past president of the Rotary Club of La Salle Centennial and was recently selected as governor-nominee-designate of District 6400.) Her company’s specialties include radio and television production, corporate and nonprofit videos, and live show productions. 

Using her media background to elevate Rotary’s global profile is one of the primary goals of her presidency, and Jones is planning what she calls the “Imagine Impact Tour” to showcase to the world several large-scale, sustainable projects in each of Rotary’s areas of focus. “I see this as a way of increasing our membership,” she says. “When we tell our stories, like-minded people will want to join with us.”

A Rotary member since 1996, Jones played a lead role in the organization’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary Advisory Group. She is co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts. She also led the successful #RotaryResponds virtual telethon in 2020, which raised critical funds for pandemic relief and attracted more than 65,000 views.

Between more serious topics such as elevating Rotary’s image and its efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, the conversation jumps around to the retro appeal of the 1980s television show The Golden Girls (its social commentary is relevant even today, Jones surmises) and dance parties (“Whenever a good song comes on, it’s hard to not get a little groove on,” she says.). Toward the end of the conversation, Jones’ dad chimes in with a ding on her phone and the one-word message, “passed” — he’s still working at almost 80 years old and wanted to let her know he’d succeeded at an annual exam for his job. 

“He is the sweetest thing,” she says with a smile. A few days earlier, his text to her had included a heart emoji and the query “How’s fixing the world coming along?” With the family of Rotary behind her, Jones is well on her way.

You’re going to be Rotary’s first female president. What does that mean for Rotary?

When I was selected, although the process was virtual, everybody went around the “room” to reflect on something that was said during the interview. One of the points that was repeatedly emphasized was that I was selected for my qualifications, not because of my gender. I didn’t enter the interview with gender being at the forefront of my thinking. However, I do think that for our organization, it was an incredibly significant moment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is so important not only for Rotary but for our world. Maybe my nomination is happening at the right time. 

When I gave my acceptance speech at the 2021 virtual convention, I mentioned my 10-year-old niece during the opening. She had given me a drawing of herself that included the words, “Different is always better. Different is me.” I loved it and was so proud of her for proclaiming this statement, so much so, that I ended the speech using her exact words. [Being different is] nothing to apologize for. One of our core values is diversity, and this is another way that diversity is represented. It’s just that it took 117 years for that to happen.

What does diversity mean for our organization?

There is diversity in our Rotary world, but is there diversity in our own most immediate sphere, our own clubs? When we have diversity of thought, diversity of age, diversity of culture, diversity of gender, diversity of vocation, we bring that to the table. That is our secret sauce. That’s what allows us to solve things in ways that others can’t. We’re looking at it through that kaleidoscope of experience that we bring to the table.

There are going to be clubs that say, “No, we’re good. We’ve got diversity figured out.” And maybe they do and maybe they don’t. But I think we are uniquely poised as an organization at this time in history to be the honest brokers of these kinds of conversations. Because we’re nonpolitical and nonreligious, we have the ability to host this type of dialogue and do it in a safe space where we respect each other.

How will you redefine the role of Rotary president?

I don’t know that I’m approaching the presidency from a perspective of change. I’m looking at it from the perspective of how we exist as a relevant organization in today’s culture and climate. How do we do things that are proactive and positive for our future?

Maybe it’s a bit of a shift in what we’ve been striving for over the past several years, in terms of reaching specific demographics. Perhaps we need to walk it more authentically. If we’re going to ask more women to join our organization and we’ve seen negligible results, perhaps this is an opportunity to inspire others to look forward and say, “If she can do it, so can I.” If we’re looking for younger members and younger thinkers to be in our organization, then we need to exhibit that behavior. We need to showcase why it’s important to them — to make sure we’re giving people meaningful, intentional things to engage with in our organization.

The biggest thing that I’m hoping I bring to the table is not gender but communication — how we communicate these things to our frontline members and others who are part of our family, to understand that being different right now is a good thing and that it doesn’t change who we are. Our DNA remains true. Our core values stay true. Those are things that don’t go out of style. But can we look at things through a little bit of a different lens right now?

You’re saying young thinkers as well as young members. What’s the distinction?

Have you met a 25-year-old who is old? We all have. Have you met an 86-year-old who is young? Of course. So I talk about young thinkers. It’s something that resonates regardless of where I am in the world.

Embracing the fact that we are people of action speaks to our joie de vivre. We step out. We do things. That is what I think of in terms of young thinkers. We’re the people who make things happen in our world and our community.

We have such a brilliant opportunity to capture what I like to call cross-mentorship. 

Sometimes a great idea comes through the lens of experience, and sometimes it comes from someone who hasn’t already been told that they can’t do something or that it needs to be done this certain way. When we look toward younger participants in our organization, they give me hope that we can look at things through fresh eyes, that we can constantly be in a state of evolution.

This is going to be a very wide generalization: If you have a great new idea, and you give it to a Rotaract club, within days they figure out what it is that they’re going to do. They’ve launched some sort of social media presence. They’ve called out and connected with partners. They’ve done all kinds of things. They take action really fast. Similarly, you can give it to a Rotary club, and what do we do? We form a committee and then we have meetings, lots of meetings.

That’s not to be dismissive of that more deliberate path; I say that very much in jest. But the bureaucracy sometimes can bring us to a slow stop and be frustrating for people. 

There is an opportunity for us when we look toward the younger demographic. They just do things differently. And I think that’s something we truly can learn from them.


You’re a natural storyteller. What’s the first sentence of the opening chapter of your presidency?

It’s one word: imagine.

That’s your theme, right?

Imagine Rotary.

How did you come up with that?

Imagine to me is about dreams and the obligation to run after those dreams. I want people to think about the things that they want to achieve, and then use Rotary as the vehicle to get there. We have such a huge array of opportunities in front of us, but we need to channel our energies so that we make sustainable, impactful decisions about what we do. The most powerful thing for a member is to be able to say, “I have an idea.” And then to share that with others and to amplify it and figure out where to go with it. Imagine is an empowering word, giving people permission to say that they want to do something to make their world better, and they can do it because they’re part of this family.

What is contemporary leadership, and how does your style of leadership fit in?

The past two years have given us this deep opportunity to take a look at what’s important to us and what things we want to get rid of, that carry too much baggage in our head and on our shoulders. Now we can look forward to how to do things a little bit differently and, probably most important, more authentically. How do we be true and honest to ourselves about what we want to spend our time doing, whom we want to spend our time with, and how we can work toward supporting each other better, not just as friends and neighbors but as humanity?

From a contemporary leadership perspective, we need to take the best from the worst. We’ve watched world leaders broadcasting from their kitchens and from their basements. 

We have learned how to be different and more appreciative of other people’s experiences. As Rotary, that’s what we’ve been good at all along. This is our time to shine.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the presidency?

I’m proud of being a connector. I like to connect people, and I like to connect people to stories. I’d like to see how that can be harnessed. I think my strength is also in communication and looking at how we can do things just a little bit differently. The most important thing that we can do is make sure that every member of our organization understands what it is to be part of it. There are many different ways to communicate that, and it’s not just about sending an email. It’s about creating a reason for people to want to hear from the organization.

One of the things I want to do is go live directly following a board meeting. I want to tell people what their organization is doing — what just literally happened. Breaking news from the 18th floor in Evanston, and here is what it means to your club experience. Can we tell that story? I want to use some of the newer tools; when I’m traveling in the field, I will have my little GoPro camera. I want to field-produce my own presidency. I want to showcase what I just saw and what this person just said to me.

A weakness? Balance. Trying to take care of myself — trying to eat right, exercise, make time for friends and family. I’m not always good at it. I think this harks back to the conversation we’re having about the pandemic. We’ve all had this opportunity to push the pause button. Sometimes we go a thousand percent toward something that we’re working on, when that’s maybe not the right approach. We can be stronger when we’re better to ourselves. 

I think we’ve really learned this; at least I have.

One of the things that I have taken pride in my entire life is not dropping balls. I’ve arrived at a place where there is a lot going on, and at the same time I’ve given myself permission to drop some balls. 

There are so many different ways that people now communicate, whether through email, text, WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. I’ve got two phones going. It’s crazy. So I have given myself permission to walk away and to not be tethered to my phone. I’m aware of it, I am respectful of it, but I need to be a little bit more present. I could literally be communicating 24 hours a day. And that doesn’t serve anyone.

You are well known for being a hugger. So what’s the new hug?

That’s a tough one. Elbow bumps are definitely going to be a pattern going forward, maybe a fist bump here or there. Hugs are probably on hold for a little while.

This story originally appeared in the March 2022 issue of Rotary magazine.


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