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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



June 14, 2022


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


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3 4
5 6
No Meeting
8 9
Multi-Club Gathering at the Elks Club in Chico
10 11
12 13 14
Patrick Ranch - Tour of their new facility
(Steve Heithecker)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Demotion/Promotion Party at Durham Park
(Jen Liu)
29 30


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

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland in the Vintage Iron Works building at the Patrick Ranch.  He thanked Jen Liu for cooking the barrel chicken for tonight’s meal.


Tables were set up in the building (in the shade).  Dinner was the barrel chicken, salad, garlic bread and cookies for dessert.


There was no patriotic song since Larry was out of town.


There was no invocation since Reverend Jim had a fall on Sunday and was recovering at home.

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


June 28th: Demotion/Promotion Party at Durham Park


July 12th:  At BCCC


July 26th:  At Durham Park.


August 9th:   At BCCC


August 23rd:  At BCCC


August 30th:   At BCCC


September 13th:  Durham Park-Harvest Festival Planning






As we have for several years, we are donating $1,000 to the Far West Heritage Association (Patrick Ranch).  This gets our name on a banner along the main driveway in to the Ranch.


Introduction of Visitors.

President Eric asked all members to introduce themselves and their guests.


In addition to the members and their guests, we had Kathy Maxwell, of the Paradise Club and her guest, Rick Landess.


All Club Social (Last Thursday)


Last week, on Thursday evening, June 9, there was the second All-Club Social for the clubs of District 5160, Area 4: also known as the North Valley Nuts!  It was in the Picnic Pavilion behind the Chico Elks Lodge.  Durham Rotarians present were President Eric, Larry Bradley, Dave Jessen, Peggi Witman and her new husband, myself and Cindy.




Glenn Eaton, Assistant District Governor (a member of the Chico Noon Club) spoke briefly recognizing the outgoing presidents of the clubs, except Durham, and the incoming presidents.  He mentioned President Eric separately since he is neither outgoing or incoming.  Just continuing.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 28th at the Durham Community Park.  Note that this is a changed location from the last announcement.   It was supposed to be the Demotion Ceremony, except there is no demotion, since Eric is continuing next year.  So maybe it will be a re-installation ceremony.  Spouses are invited.


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.


None tonight


Tonight’s Meeting Program

The program tonight was a tour of the vintage equipment collected in, and around, the Vintage Iron Works building.  It was presented by Andrew Mendonca. We also visited and adjacent building containing old wagons and other equipment owned by the Far West Heritage Association (Patrick Ranch).  See the photos below.



Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


No drawing tonight.



I assume that Eric then closed the meeting, but I had left already, because my legs tired out.


From the District


Awards & Installation Dinner

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

Over 150 District 5160 Rotarians have signed up for the upcoming District Awards and Installation Dinner on Saturday, July 16th. I say, let’s shoot for a hundred more!

Over the last year, your Presidents and fellow Rotarians have worked hard during one of the most challenging periods in recent years.   I’m looking forward to celebrating the time, effort, achievements, and dedication you have all shown this last year.  Because of you, our District shines!

Ready to register?    
Register NOW for Rotary Round-Up! Awards & Installation Dinner
Saturday, July 16th  Rolling Hills Casino, Corning


·     5:00 pm   No-host cocktail and social hour

·     6:00 pm   Dinner Served

·     7:00 pm   Program begins

·     ??   After-Party Square Dancing with Paradise Rotarian Donn Thompson - a professional square dance caller

The hotel does still have RV spots and rooms available - call the hotel for details. 530.528.3500

The 2022-23 Monterey District Conference - World Premiere Event: The Power of Rotary October 28 - 30, 2022, at the Monterey Marriot:
Register by June 1, 2022 to secure your space to the “WORLD PREMIERE EVENT – THE POWER OF ROTARY” - October 28-30, 2022  - for only $199.  After that?  The price changes to $225 per person.  Then soon it's $250 per person… 
There’s more!  You can NOW register for
Golf on Thursday, October 27th at the Del Monte Golf Course for only $140 (includes lunch).  A Hollywoodesque-soiree on Friday evening, October 28th for $25 at the stunning Marriott Ferrante Bay View venue (dancing, dessert, open bar and stars galore; space limited).


From Rotary International


Czech and Slovak Rotary members open aid corridor into Ukraine

by Arnold R. Grahl

Within a day of Russian troops entering Ukraine in February, Rotary clubs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia were using their connections to gain access to a strategic railway hub that has allowed them to shuttle critical supplies into Ukraine and help refugees get out.

Rotary is responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

Learn what we’re doing

The city of Košice, Slovakia, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the border with Ukraine, is home to a rail terminus where east meets west. For decades, the terminus has received trains carrying raw materials out of Ukraine along wide-gauge rail lines. The cargo is then transferred onto train cars that run on the standard-gauge rail lines used elsewhere in Europe.

A number of multinational shipping companies use the hub. Rotary members realized quickly that they needed to be able to use it as well.

Martin Pitorák, president of the Rotary Club of Košice, is a former vice president of U.S. Steel Košice, which uses the hub. He and Michal Sláma, president of the Rotary Club of Pardubice, Czech Republic, were among Rotary members who were able to negotiate access.

“We acted very quickly,” says Monika Kočiová, a member of the Rotaract and Rotary clubs of Košice. “We were making arrangements while others were still knocking at the door.”

The hub is important because Ukraine’s extensive rail network, one of the largest in the world, serves parts of the country that are difficult to reach by truck.

Rotary was the first humanitarian organization to get permission to use the rail hub for relief supplies, Kočiová says, and clubs have sent trains full of medical supplies, nonperishable food, and hygiene products across the border. The Slovak government and the European Union have since designated the hub as a primary pathway for sending supplies by rail into Ukraine.

Supplies that arrive in Košice are unloaded and sorted by Rotary volunteers into warehouses before being moved into Ukraine. The Rotary and Rotaract clubs have also used more than 60 trucks and buses to carry 740 tons of supplies into the western Ukrainian region of Uzhhorod, just across the border. From there, they are distributed to locations around the country. 

“It is great to see the power of Rotary at work in this time of need,” says Pitorák. “In addition to supplies, financial support is coming in from many parts of the world.”

Railway Helps

In addition to the use of the wide-gauge rail network, the Rotary and Rotaract clubs are part of an initiative called Railway Helps. Started by the owner of Gepard Express, a Czech passenger transportation company, Railway Helps is using passenger trains to bring supplies into Ukraine and refugees out.

So far, the initiative has brought more than 500 tons of supplies into Chop, a town in the Uzhhorod region. Trains returned to the city of Pardubice carrying more than 5,500 Ukrainian refugees.

Rotary members have helped raise funds, which have come from a variety of sources including a public fundraiser, district funding, and a contribution by the owner of Gepard Express. The participating railways have also absorbed significant costs and other organizations have waived fees.

Sláma continues to seek additional funds for Railway Helps, which is currently sending trains through Poland to Mostyska. The plan is to eventually build a waiting room and passenger station at Mostyska to speed up the flow of supplies and assist refugees leaving Ukraine.

Working with others

Coordinating with other entities has been crucial to the success of the efforts. The Rotary and Rotaract clubs have been working with Ukrainian government officials, including members of parliament, diplomats, and regional governors, as well as with hospitals in the cities of Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Uzhhorod, and Mukachevo.

Kočiová and Ivana Lengová, both members of the International Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals, oversee the purchase of medical supplies and the processing of medical equipment donated by companies in Europe. Lengová, a member of the Rotary Club of Košice Classic, helped secured equipment worth more than $730,000 from Siemens Slovakia, including four mobile imaging units and three mobile X-ray units. 

“Because the fellowship includes members who work at Ukrainian hospitals, we have been able to react very quickly to changing needs,” Kočiová notes. 

The clubs are also in regular contact with officials and volunteers at several Slovak-Ukrainian border crossings, coordinating accommodations and transportation for refugees.

Just four days after the war began, Kočiová spent time at the border.

“You could feel a lot of pain and see tears,” she says. “The refugees are broken, but they are very strong and proud. They were not asking for anything. Even the small children were not complaining.”

Kočiová was away from home on a business trip when the war began, but when contacted by a Ukrainian friend and fellow Rotaractor, she arranged for her to stay at her home. 

“I arrived home a day later and saw her with just one small backpack containing all she had,” Kočiová says. “She is a high-level manager. Her mom was escaping along another route, and her sister yet another, and they were planning to meet up in Switzerland. When you imagine yourself in that situation, it becomes very real.”




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