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 23, 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 Mike Crump 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 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.


September 27th:  Harvest Festival Debrief.




Larry Bradley reported that we are still short of sponsorships for the Harvest Festival.  We need those sponsorships as this is where our profit is.  Work on them!

Parking and Venders are coming along.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a Club Assembly next week, on August 30..  It will begin at 5:00 pm.  The meeting will be at the Durham Memorial Hall.  We have much to discuss. 

A draft agenda is as follows:

·       Membership

·       Engagement

·       Future Club meeting location

·       Harvest Festival

Please let Eric know if you have any other discussions items for the meeting.


K. R. Robertson celebrated his 97th birthday.  He asked for a song, so the club sang “Happy Birthday”, led by Larry Bradley.  His wife indicated that he would contribute $100, less the $10 he won when his name was drawn for the Must Be Present to win drawing (see below).

Introduction of Visitors.


I contributed $10 for failing to introduce John Rhein of the Chico Club. after introducing my wife, Cindy.

Mike Wacker introduced Kevin Goss, our program for the night, and Eric’s wife, Katie.

Tonight’s Meeting Program

Tonight’s speaker was Kevin Goss, Plumas County Supervisor and formerly (pre-fire) Greenville’s pharmacist.  Basically, he talked about the destruction of Greenville by the Dixie Fire last summer and the efforts to re-build.  Cal-Fire thought the fire was going in a different direction and had told the residents of Greenville that they could go back into the town.  However, the fire began coming down the hill.  Kevin went into his pharmacy to get his customer’s computer records and 45 minutes later his pharmacy (a historic building) was gone, along with the town.

They are attempting to get as many of the residents to rebuild to keep the town alive.  A new company was formed to operate an old lumber mill (formerly an LP mill) in Crescent Mills (4 miles away) to mill the burned trees in the area as Collins Pine and other mills have their hands full milling their own burned trees.  This lumber will be available at a cheap price to those residents rebuilding. 

Many grants have been applied for to help in the rebuilding.  PG&E is replacing the power lines underground.  The rebuilders are working on getting fiberoptics also under ground in the same ditches.  Greenville Rotary has rebuilt picnic tables and doing other things to help..

Your Editor’s addition:  I visited Greenville last November.  Below are photographs I took.  While Greenville is much smaller than Paradise, the destruction was more complete.

If I remember right, Kevin’s pharmacy was at the left of the bottom photo.  My wife’s favorite store was in the middle of the next photo above.


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:


Glenn Pulliam drew K. R. Robertson’s name.  He was present to win $10..



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


The Guatemala Literacy Project is working to reverse the country’s low literacy rates and keep children in school

By Diana Schoberg Photography by James Rodríguez

When Rotary International President Jennifer Jones visited a primary school in a farming village in Guatemala’s highlands and asked who wants to become the country’s president, the students’ hands shot into the air. Before a Rotary-supported reading program began in the village of Chajalajyá, students would often drop out after a couple years of school. “Reading will change our society,” Principal Vilma Nizeth Moreira told Jones during an April visit to the school. “These are powerful tools we are giving children to eradicate ignorance.” Schools often teach in Spanish, but about 25 languages are spoken in the country, and there are few written materials in local languages.

The Guatemala Literacy Project has worked for 25 years to improve reading rates. In 1997, Joe and Jeff Berninger, brothers from Ohio, were volunteering as English teachers at a Guatemalan school that had no books. The two launched a project to solve that. The day the books arrived, there was a huge celebration, and a Rotarian dentist volunteering nearby heard the noise and asked what was going on. “He said this would be a perfect project for Rotary,” says Joe Berninger, now a member of the Rotary Club of Pathways, Ohio, which coordinates the project.


Vilma Nizeth Moreira, the principal of a primary school in the village of Chajalajyá, has seen firsthand the students’ success with help from the Guatemala Literacy Project.

Rotarians in Guatemala helped develop reading programs in other schools, and since 1997, The Rotary Foundation has helped fund the literacy project with 48 grants totaling $6.5 million. Nearly 800 clubs in 90 districts have participated, making it one of the largest grassroots, multiclub, multidistrict projects in Rotary. The initiative also receives support from the U.S. nonprofit Cooperative for Education. "There's a lot of push and drive and enthusiasm that comes from Rotary," says Howard Lobb, Cooperative for Education's director of partner development, also a member of the Ohio Pathways club.

From that initial textbook project, the work has grown to include computer labs, Rise Youth Development Program scholarships, and the Spark Reading Program to provide books and teacher training.

Students pay a fee to rent textbooks, and the money is put into a revolving fund, used to replace the books after five years. "Rotary's donation acts as a seed investment, and when textbooks wear out or become outdated, the school ... can replace their textbooks with their own savings without having to ask Rotary for more funding," Lobb says.

Moreira, the village school principal, recalls a former student who stayed in classes thanks to a Rise scholarship and is headed to university. The girl read a book about Nobel Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai that Moreira lent her. "Now this girl wants to be as big as Malala," she says. "It changed her life."

When Blanca Mactzul was a little girl, she would eye her grandfather’s magazines, longing to read one. Her first book, Teo El Conejo, about a rabbit, was one that she swiped from him. “I used to take my book everywhere,” she recalls, “even to sleep.” Since 2020, Mactzul has been a Spark Reading teacher at the elementary school in Chajalajyá, where she sees the power of books, provided through the Guatemala Literacy Project, to motivate her students to become more invested in their learning. “I was so happy to have so many materials to work with,” she says. “In other schools, we don’t have those resources.”

Rotary International regional communication specialist Briscila Greene contributed to this story.

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








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