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



September 27, 2022


January 21, 2023


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


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
Meeting at Durham Memorial Hall
28 29 30
2 3 4
No Meeting
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Camp Royal Students
at Durham Memorial Hall
(Larry Bradley)
12 13 14 15
16 17

No Meeting

19 20 21 22
23 24 25
Tour of Airspray
(Ravi Saip)
26 27 28 29
30 31

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland.  I am not sure why he was scratching his head.  Maybe it was because the meeting was being held at the Durham Memorial Hall (see photo below).   


He asked Steve Heithecker 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 “America”.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Meetings will be at the location noted, at 6:00 pm.


October 11th: Larry Bradley will present Camp Royal students at Durham Memorial Hall.


October 25th:  Ravi Saip will present the program at Airspray


November 8th:  Mike Wacker.  Location undetermined.


November 28th or  29th:  Location undetermined, but may be Monday Night Football. Stay tuned.


December 6th:  Holiday Party at BCCC.





Dinner was catered by April from the Chatter Box.




It was again (for Steve Plume) announced that the Crab Feed will be on January 21, 2023.


The Orland Club will be celebrating their 75th anniversary with a lunch and program by Mike Wolcoitt, Editor of the Chico Enterprise Record.  See the flyer at the end of the Rowel.


It was noted that about 8 of the checks we issued to Paradise teachers for Camp Fire relief were never cashed.  The teachers had apparently left the area and had no use for the money in Paradise schools.  We apparently have about $3,600 left in the fund.  It is proposed that we stop payment on the uncashed checks and that we issue new checks.  At this point your editor got confused, because if 8 checks were for $3,600 then the checks were for $450, which is not what I recall.  And they were talking about 6 new checks, which would be $600 each.  Anyway, your editor has asked for clarification but has not received it in time for this Rowel to go to press.




Next Meeting

The next meetings will be as follows:


On October 11th Larry Bradley will present the Camp Royal Students.  He will also bring the September Student of the month.  The meeting will again be at Durham Memorial Hall.


On October 25, Ravi will present the program.  It will be at Airspray, 77 Piper Ave, Chico Airport.




Steve Plume contributed $78 for his 78th birthday and a song by Jen Liu.  He also contributed $30 for his confusion about the announcement of the Crab Feed Date.

Larry Bradley contributed the usual $10 for his birthday and a song by Ravi.

Steve Heithecker contributed $21 for his 21st anniversary.

Jen Liu contributed $58 for the breakfast sausages he acquired at the end of the Harvest Festival so he could become a Double Bell Ringer.

Daryl Polk contributed $10 for his birthday, which preceded his brother’s by a few minutes.  He use to contribute the $10 for his brother’s birthday.

Introduction of Visitors.

Introduced were Donn Thomson, President of Paradise Rotary, and his wife, Gerri. They were here for the purpose of delivering Paradise Rotary’s $500 contribution to our Harvest Festival.  It should also be noted that several Paradise Rotary members helped us at the Harvest Festival.  There was some discussion about what the contribution would be used for.  It was finally agreed that it would go for our current District Grant application.


Tonight’s Meeting Program

Tonight’s meeting was a debrief of Harvest Festival.  There was a discussion of the effect of the rain on the festival.

Jessica had provided us with a preliminary fiscal report.  It was missing the charge by the Sheriff’s Department for the Captain Bob, which we have not received yet.  After figuring in an estimate of what that will be, essentially, we made about $8,000 less than last year.  But we have enough for our scholarships this year.

A number of things were discussed, such as the number of Interact Students.  We probably had to many.  Parking went well this year.  We do need feedback from the vendors and the car show people.  The donated hot dogs and buns were not very good and we will seek another source next year.  The improved signs were discussed, including the two on highway 99 that disappeared (apparently there was road work being done in the area).  Also, the cost of stakes.


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).

Go to the following Rotary International web site for information on membership development: .  From this website there is access to membership development and other related information

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.


Eric then closed the meeting.


From the Orland Club

From the District


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