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



April 26, 2022


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


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


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


1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10
(Daryl Polk)
11 12 13 14
Rise Against Hunger event at Durham High School
15 16 17
No Meeting
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
Recognition of DHS Students in Durham Park
(John Bohannon)
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland.


Eric 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. 


Steve Plume led us in singing “My County ‘Tis of Thee”.

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


May 10th: Daryl Polk


May 14th:   Rise Against Hunger at Durham HS


May 24th: John Bohanon.  Recognition of students in the Park.


June 6th:  A multi-club gathering at the Elks Club.


June 7th:  Roy Ellis


June 21st:  Bruce Miller


June 28th: It is suppose to be the Demotion.





District Grant:


Regarding District Grants, it was reported by Steve Heithecker that the current grant application for a Fire Suppression System at the Memorial Hall may not work.  The bids which came in are too high for a grant.  They were $15,000 for the equipment and $20,000 to $25,000 for installation labor.



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. 


Mike Crump is looking for volunteers.  He needs about 10 Rotarians and/or spouses.  Please contact him if, you can volunteer.


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.  It will be at 2:00 pm so those who show up for the Rise Against Hunger packaging, should be able to make it.


Introduction of Visitors.


Eric asked Jen Liu to introduce the visitors at his table.  He introduced Pam, his wife, Bonnie Pulliam, Glenn’s wife, and Larry Smith, his program for the night


Steve Heithecker introduced, Cindy Price, my wife.


There were no visitors at Jim Patterson’s table so all contributed $1.


Jessica Thorpe introduced her husband, Matt, Mary Saip, Ravi’s wife, and visitors Buzz and Nicole Landon.



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 May 10th.  Daryl Polk will present a program, but I have not been told what it is.




Mike Crump was recognized for his birth.  He elected not to have a song.  And since he has not been recognized all year, he contributed $50.

Steve Heithecker also had a birthday. He reported that his daughter turned 16 today.  So he contributed $10 for his birthday and $16 for his daughter’s birthday.  President Eric contributed $4 because he thought today was Steve’s birthday, but it was actually 4 days ago.

The Program

Jen Liu introduced Larry Smith, formerly a urologist, who has become a wine maker in his retirement.  There are actually a group who assist him, including Jen Liu.  He explained the process from finding the best grapes to destemming, fermenting, and bottling showing pictures of the processes.  With Pam’s assistance he distributed bottles to our tables for tasting.  They were very good.



Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


No drawing tonight.



Eric then closed the meeting.


From the District

Please Mark Your Calendars

·    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


Strength in times of there more resolute

Two cargo planes packed with tons of medical equipment have already been flown from Chicago, USA, to Ukraine where members helped to unload the supplies.

by Arnold R. Grahl

Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers and using their connections to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine.

Rotary is responding to the crisis
in Ukraine.

Learn what we’re doing.

Two cargo planes packed with tourniquets, blood-clotting gauze, blood pressure equipment, and other items have already been flown from the city of Chicago in the United States to Europe, where members help unload the supplies and get them to Ukraine.

Rotary members in Ukraine, where Russia's military action has caused a humanitarian crisis, are in daily contact with hospitals to determine what supplies are needed most.

"It is Rotary doing what Rotary does best," says Pat Merryweather-Arges, a Rotary International director-elect and member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois, USA. "It networks, pulls people together, and gets the job done."

North American and Argentine Rotary clubs are combining their resources to purchase items from the list of needed supplies. They're also working with contacts at pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to arrange donations. A hospital in Peoria, Illinois, sent an ambulance, and members in Maine, USA, secured a C-arm, a mobile imaging device that can be used to X-ray people for shrapnel.

Supplies are streaming into a warehouse operated by the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And more are on the way. Rotary clubs in the U.S. states of Nebraska and Iowa are collecting supplies to fill several large cargo trucks that will drive hundreds of miles to the warehouse in Chicago.

Inside the warehouse, UMANA and Rotary volunteers organize, sort, and bundle the items before they are shipped. Several donors have made contributions that offset the cost of shipping.

"It's amazing what one Rotarian talking to another Rotarian can accomplish," says Marga Hewko, president of the Rotary Club of Chicago.

Hewko is the spouse of Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, who is of Ukrainian descent and is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv. The Hewkos lived in Ukraine for five years during the 1990s.

Earlier this year, Marga Hewko and the Rotary Club of Chicago had been working with doctors in Chicago and Ukraine to establish a stem cell storage facility for cancer patients in the Ukrainian city of Lviv that would allow the cells to be stored longer and enable more complex research.

That initiative shifted to a new focus when the war began.

"We were reaching out to the Ukrainian community in Chicago to learn how we could help, and at the same time, we already knew these doctors," says Marga Hewko. "That is how I found out about UMANA."

It was an ideal match. UMANA, founded in 1950, promotes education through conferences and exchanges of doctors between the U.S. or Canada and Ukraine. After the war started, UMANA volunteers began sending medical aid to Ukraine and using their network of doctors and pharmaceutical companies to get supplies and equipment. Rotary clubs soon joined the project.

Marga Hewko, who is from Argentina, used her contacts there to bring Argentine clubs into the effort, and those members are also using their connections to obtain funds and equipment.

During a tour of the UMANA warehouse, Marga Hewko, Merryweather-Arges, and Jane Hopkins, the governor of District 6450 in Illinois, praised the efficiency and scale of the operation.

"UMANA is simply amazing," Merryweather-Arges says. "We opted to work with them because they are well connected to the Ukrainian community in Chicago and have worked to sort and pack nearly 400 pallets of supplies."

Members in Ukraine continue to develop the list of needed supplies. Olha Paliychuk, who is a surgeon, a member of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, and a member of the Turkey-Ukraine intercountry committee, calls hospitals each night.

The delivery of the items to hospitals is coordinated by Paliychuk in Cherkasy; by Borys Bodnar, of the Rotary Club of Ukraine Unity Passport, in Lviv; and by Mykola Stebljanko, of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine, in Odesa.

Marga Hewko says the actions of members in and outside of Ukraine demonstrate the power of Rotary's network.

"In the middle of the war, when some of the targets of the Russian army are hospitals, the fact that we have volunteers in Ukraine driving supplies across their country — if that is not Service Above Self, I don't know what is," she says.



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