Rotary International Theme 2022-2023




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Jennifer E. Jones

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Suzanne Bragdon

Durham Rotary President: Eric Hoiland


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu



August 9, 2022


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


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2
No Meeting
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
Presentation on SAE Formula Car  from CSUC
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
Harvest Festival Planning Meeting at Larry Bradley's House
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
 Kevin Goss, Plumas County Supervisor from Greenville
(Dave Jessen)
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Club Assembly at Durham Memorial Hall at 5:00PM
(Eric Hoiland)


1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Harvest Festival Planning at Durham Park
14 15 16 17
Durham Harvest Festival Set Up at Durham Park
Harvest Festival at Durham Park
19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
28 29 30


The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland at the Butte Creek Country Club.    He asked Ravi Siap to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Jim Patterson to present the invocation, which he did.   Larry Bradley then led us in singing “God Bless America”.


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


August 23rd:  At BCCC.  The program will be Kevin Goss, Plumas County Supervisor from Greenville.


August 30th:  This will be a Club Assembly beginning at 5:00 pm at the Durham Memorial Hall.  We have much to discuss.


September 13th:  At Durham Park.  Harvest Festival Planning.


September 17th.  At Durham Park. Harvest Festival Set Up


September 18th Harvest Festival.




President Eric noted that the Durham School District would be having their faculty and staff BBQ on next Monday, August 15th.  They will need volunteers for set-up and clean-up.  Eric will email members with further information.


Larry Bradley reported that sponsorships for the Harvest Festival seem to be falling off.  We need those sponsorships as this is where our profit is.  Work on them.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on August 23th at the Butte Creek Country Club.   Kevin Goss, Plumas County Supervisor.  He is from the destroyed town of Greenville. I have driven through it following the fire.  It is indescribable.  The devastation is more complete that it was in Paradise.


Ravi Saip celebrates his 61st birthday.  He asked for a song, so the club sang “Happy Birthday”, led by Larry Bradley.  Ravi contributed $20.


The Grinder has apparently been lost.  Steve Plume produced a new grinder.  He also got it for the month for $55 when President Eric auctioned it off.  The question is:  Who lost it.  When I get a chance, I may review prior Rowel’s to determine who had it last.  I thought it was Steve, but he denies it, or, at least does not remember that he had it. 


Introduction of Visitors.


Harold Koehler, Peggi’s husband, was here with Cedric McKinney, our program for the night.


Tonight’s Meeting Program


Peggi Witman introduced her husband, Harold Koehler.  He is a Lecturer of Sustainable Engineering at Chico State.  Harold introduced Cedric McKinney.  Cedric is president of the CSUC SAE Formula Car Design Team.  Harold is their advisor.  The team designed and build a Formula One car and entered in I the Formula One SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition.  See below from the CSUC web site.

Formula SAE is an international collegiate design competition started in 1979, originally know as Mini Indy.  The main objective of the Formula SAE competition is to provide students with an outlet to apply engineering principles they’ve learned in the classroom to real work experiences.  For the competition, a student team must design, build and test a Formula-style racecar which will be required to withstand events including acceleration, braking, skid pad, autocross and endurance.  

Along with the working prototype, the team must also submit a comprehensive design report of the vehicle to be evaluated for its potential as a viable production item.  Originally, the Formula SAE competition started out small but has now become one of the largest student engineering competitions in the world.  In 2011, 121 teams from 12 countries competed at the Detroit, Michigan event.

Basically, the team designed and built a Formula One car, like the one below.  (The picture below is from the CSUC web site, but in cannot tell if it is the car they designed and build this year or last year).  Then they enter the car in the above described competition, which they did this year.  For a small school, they did pretty well.

Lastly, Cedric talked about donations they need to pay for the parts used in building the car and for gas and oil to operate it.


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.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Steve Plume drew Glenn Pulliam’s name.  He was not present to win.



Eric then closed the meeting. _____________________________________________________________________________

From the District


Why Join YOUR Club? What’s special about your club? What could be more special?

By District Governor Suzanne Bragdon

A couple of weeks ago, I was zooming away with folks from other Districts learning about cause-based clubs – the fastest growing new club model in Rotary World. Brad Miller, Woodland Sunrise President, was on the call. (Shoutout to AGs Amelia Ward and Colette Lay who also joined in!) Brad, like so many club presidents, is focused on growing and engaging club members. His comments struck a chord. Here’s the question we should all be asking: “If cause-based clubs are expanding and growing throughout Rotary World, why can’t existing clubs borrow, modify, and apply this concept to their clubs?” Why indeed! The buzz around cause-based clubs Members of cause-based clubs share a passion for a particular cause (i.e., environment, homelessness, human trafficking, food scarcity, the arts, etc.) Their service projects and activities center around that cause. Cause-based clubs are successful because they enhance connections between members, which is exactly what we all strive for in our own clubs, right? “What if,” Brad asked during our zoom call, “…a traditional club created a causebased satellite club?” Hmmm. Or a small club turned into a cause-based club? A large club created cause-base teams? Or multiple clubs came together to focus on cause-based service? Or…? August is Membership Month. Take time to noodle over new ways to meet the passions and needs of your current and future club members. I have only one request: Ban the phrase, “That won’t work!” from your rules of engagement. Can’t wait to hear what y’all come up with!


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From Rotary International 


Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women

By Diana Schoberg Illustrations by Gwen Keraval

In March 1994, at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers, Emmanuel Adedolapo Lufadeju and Robert Zinser struck up a conversation. The two men were district governors-elect, and they had traveled to California — Lufadeju from Nigeria and Zinser from Germany — for Rotary’s annual International Assembly. As they spoke, the men discovered that their interests overlapped. Zinser listened intently as Lufadeju described a visit he’d recently made to a hospital maternity ward in Nigeria. At the time, five out of 100 babies in that country died in their first 28 days. Lufadeju had learned that the high rate of newborn fatalities resulted, in part, from poor prenatal and maternal care.

Zinser spoke up. “I can help.”

In 1995, Lufadeju and Zinser started a small maternal and child health-care project in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna. Today, their interventions have spread across the country and are changing the lives of millions of families — all because of that serendipitous encounter 28 years ago. “The story of our project is a story of Rotary friendship,” Lufadeju says. “I thought it was something I would do as governor and go away. But it has lasted the better part of my life.”

In June, The Rotary Foundation announced that the program, known as Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria, is receiving the Foundation's second $2 million Programs of Scale grant, an award that will build on the program's past success to accomplish even more in the future.

"This is really about changing the way societies and health systems address the fundamental needs of women," says John Townsend, chair of the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health, and chair of the ethical review board at the Population Council. "And that's important because women are the drivers of family and development. If a woman dies or is seriously disabled, the entire family is affected."

Ultimately, Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria wants to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the target local government areas by 25 percent. To do so, it aims to improve maternal health and access to family planning services while strengthening health systems at the national, state, and local levels. It also aims to increase the use of maternal care and family planning services by educating community members about their benefits, and to train health care workers to improve skills and track data on maternal and neonatal deaths so that interventions can be tailored to specific needs.


A mother helps weigh her child as part of a growth monitoring and promotion exercise at Dei Dei Comprehensive Health Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.

Photograph: Courtesy of Jan-Peter Sander/RMCH

Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria is sponsored by Rotary District 1860 (Germany) in partnership with Districts 9110, 9125, 9141, and 9142 (Nigeria), as well as the Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health action group. Rotarians and Rotaractors in Nigeria coordinate project activities, oversee training, lead advocacy efforts, and engage with the government. Members in Germany lend their technical and administrative expertise to support management, monitoring, and evaluation. The group has applied for funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, which has been contributing since the very first project, including $1.36 million toward the most recent global grant project. "Right from the beginning, they were the co-funders," Zinser says. "Not once, but always. You can convince somebody once for co-funding, but if you convince them year after year, you are on the right track."

Nigeria is a prime location for maternal and child health work. The country accounts for 23 percent of maternal deaths and 11% percent of neonatal deaths worldwide, says Jan-Peter Sander, the lead contact for the Programs of Scale grant. The Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health, which has targeted large projects in Nigeria, grew out of Zinser and Lufadeju's early work. "With interest because of [the grant], we will grow and grow," Zinser says.

As they plot their course forward, the program's planners can find inspiration from their earlier progress. After their success in Kaduna, Rotary members in Nigeria and Germany partnered on a larger Foundation grant, which expanded the work to almost 100 local government areas across six states. "We were focusing on these local government areas because a majority of births in Nigeria are delivered at home," Lufadeju says. "We got similar results: more women coming to clinics for deliveries, and more clinics built by the government to accommodate the increases in attendance."

Then, a prominent gynecologist from Germany recommended focusing on quality assurance across the broad field of obstetrics: that is, quality of the facilities and equipment, quality of the process, and quality of the outcome. In 2008, Rotary members began collecting data on maternal deaths to help determine which interventions made the most sense — looking at not just how many mothers died but why. A scientific review, published in 2011, reported that the project had reduced maternal mortality by 50 percent. "That encouraged us," Lufadeju says.

Soon after, the federal government of Nigeria was working on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response, a maternal death audit recommended by the World Health Organization. Members of Rotary realized that their quality assurance work was similar, and they began collaborating with the government on that work. They had been working with a German statistician to translate their data into an electronic format, and in 2018 the digital platform that he developed was integrated into the Nigerian health system. The platform allows statistics to be reported automatically, a first for the region, Lufadeju says.

In collaboration with the Nigerian government, what began as an eight-state electronic surveillance project spread nationwide. The Rotary project trained medical officers at the local, state, and national levels on collecting and reviewing the data, and it supported government officials in introducing a bill, later passed by the Nigerian parliament, that required the accurate reporting of maternal deaths. "We have made maternal death in Nigeria a notifiable condition. It can no longer be hidden. It is now in the public," Lufadeju says. "The government can use this information to employ more staff, do their budget, concentrate on areas of need, and make sure their national planning includes aspects of maternal health."

The Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria program of scale will take the lessons learned from the previous phases and perfect the system in three Nigerian states and the federal capital territory.

"We want a good model that we can replicate in other states in the country, and in other parts of Africa," Lufadeju says. The collaboration is key to the project's sustainability. "From the start, there was this connection with the government because we were thinking about sustainability and future funding," he says. "If you want to do a project in Africa, if you do it without the government, traditional rulers, or political leaders, when you finish, the project dies."

The program builds on the comprehensive work that Rotary has done in eradicating polio in Nigeria, which "developed a sense of trust and a sense of scale," Townsend says. "You've got to think about [polio] in a national, regional, and global perspective, and certainly maternal health relates to that. This is something that requires a big scale, and Rotary in Nigeria is particularly well-placed. There are clubs all over the country, its members are influential, and there are increasing numbers of women in leadership. And they are committed to doing things that really make a difference for society."



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