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





January 21, 2023


 Harvest Festival 2023

will be held on

September 17, 2023

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
1 2 3
Crab Feed Planning
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
No Meeting
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
No Meeting
18 19 20 21
Crab Feed at Memorial Hall
22 23

Crab Feed Debrief at BCCC

25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7
(Dave Jessen)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
19 20


22 23 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting

The Meeting Opening


This was the Crab Feed.  After the social hour, the meeting was called to order by Eric Hoiland at the Durham Veterans Memorial Hall.  He led the crowd in the pledge. 


He then asked Jim Patterson to present the invocation, which he did. 

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


January 24th:  Crab Feed

Debrief at BCCC.


February 7th: Dave Jessen will present the program at the BCCC.


February 21st:  Location undetermined since the BCCC will likely be closed.


March 7th:Steve Plume will present the program at the BCCC.


March 21st:  TBA


April 4th:  Mike Crump will present the program at the BCCC.






None new tonight, but as a follow-up from announcements in the last Rowel, the following should be noted.


District Grant Project

The Fire Suppression System had been installed as was operational duing the Crab Feed installed by the Crab Feed.  This was our $40,000 District Grant project for this year.  We were helped by the Paradise, Colusa and the two Chico Clubs.

Paradise Crab Feed

Brian Gray of the Paradise Club announced that their Crab Feed will be on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, 5:30pm – 10:30pm, at the Veterans Memorial Hall – Paradise
What: Full bar, Great Crab, Shrimp and Tri Tip! Dessert!!  Music and dancing! Great Auction items!  Sponsors helping Paradise rebuild!
  He reports that they are looking for silent auction items, just a we are.  Oher clubs in the area are helping them.



None tonight.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a debrief of the Crab Feed on January 24th  at the Butte Creek Country Club.  That is this Tuesday, 3 days after the Crab Feed.


Tonight’s Meeting Program


Tonight’s meeting was the Crab Feed.

Thanks to Kristen Cargile, who organized and ran the Crab Feed, with a lot of help from Jessica Thorpe and many others.

The report is in the following photos:

As we came in, we were greeted by the Durham High Jazz Band.

Everyone enjoyed themselves during the Social Hour, below.

Then there was the Silent Auction

And finally, dinner

Look at that crab, above.

As you can see, we had a lot of Interact member helping.


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.


From the District Governor

Camp Royal 2023


Your District 5160 Camp Royal RYLA committee is excited to announce that 2023 IN-PERSON Camp Royal dates are set! Registration for the 130 camper spots for incoming high school seniors is typically open till filled.  Rotarians are urged to go to the “Registration” tab for directions on how Clubs can reserve slots.

We will be back at Bar 717 ranch again after a 3 year hiatus.  Bar 717 ranch has been home to Camp Royal for decades, building the leaders of tomorrow.   Our very successful camp program will again be led by Lain Hensley and Odyssey teams.  Funded by participating Rotary clubs, the fees will be $1050.00 per camper for this life-enriching 6 day 5 night adventure.  Transportation to and from camp will be by chartered bus.


We are thrilled to welcome all your emerging youth leaders to Camp Royal RYLA 2023  For any questions, please call, text, or email Registrar Marc Monachello (at 916-752-3707, or email the Camp Royal Committee ( We will promptly reply to all inquiries and requests for information.

Camp Venture

Page managed by Beri Kasper – Camp Venture Chairs – David Litty & Cory Busher

CAMP VENTURE 2022:  June 21 – 25, 2023

A Business Camp for future Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Cal Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA



Club Packet 2023 including deadlines.
Student Packet 2023 including deadlines.


From Rotary International

Leveraging Expertise: Shelter Box


ShelterBox: A desire to help, a global relief partner, opportunities to respond after disasters

ShelterBox, an internationally known disaster relief organization and one of Rotary's key partners, originated as a Rotary club project that aimed to help eight to 10 families a year.

But support from Rotary members and clubs during the past two decades has helped ShelterBox achieve the flexibility and scale to serve more than 2 million people who have survived environmental disasters and conflicts around the world.

It's "a shining example of what Rotarians and Rotaractors are able to accomplish" as Rotary and ShelterBox work together and leverage each other's expertise, says Alex Youlten, the Rotary partnership manager at ShelterBox.

Rotary members have an enormous role in ShelterBox's response strategy. The first call ShelterBox makes after a disaster is often to a local Rotary or Rotaract club in order to activate their extensive networks. And many of ShelterBox deployments involve Rotary members.

Aid from ShelterBox can arrive in many different ways, sometimes in signature green crates or as kits that may be hand-delivered by volunteer teams that travel by boat, helicopter, tuk-tuk, or foot to get to wherever the resources are needed. The boxes, which include both ShelterBox and Rotary logos, contain family-sized, weather-appropriate tents designed to withstand the elements and equipment like solar lights and cooking sets.

Beyond those who volunteer for direct response work (which requires a rigorous training program) Rotary acts as a "response multiplier." This means Rotary members provide situational updates, help ShelterBox responders understand local events, and connect the responders with drivers, other transportation, accommodations, and interpreters. Rotary members help resolve customs and import challenges, organize storage or warehouse space, introduce ShelterBox teams to key local or central government figures, and more.

Rotary clubs and volunteers also play a critical role in the long-term response. These community-based leaders work with people on the lengthy effort to build a sustainable recovery — especially after emergency response agencies have completed their core work of stabilizing the community.

"Shelter is a process, not a product," Youlten notes. "We focus on emergency shelter and supporting communities in staying together so people have both the physical and emotional space to think about what comes next. But we're also providing combinations of aid, packaged in a variety of ways, to better meet the needs of the people we support. Our partnership with Rotary is fundamental to the work of helping a community get back on track."

The exchange of knowledge between the organizations goes both ways. Rotary and Rotaract clubs learn from ShelterBox experts how to convert good intentions and the desire to act quickly into a durable and effective response that is based on logistics preparation, community needs, and coordinated communication with our partners.

ShelterBox, with an emphasis on monitoring, evaluation, and using community feedback to continuously improve, also helps Rotary and its members stay current on the best practices in disaster response while providing clubs with an example of how to be an organization that learns and adapts.

What's ahead for ShelterBox and Rotary? The need for our partnership shows no sign of abating, as the disasters brought about by climate change will likely overshadow those that stem from global conflict. Flooding is expected to be the leading cause of weather-related disasters in many parts of the world. Warming oceans will bring heavier rain to places unaccustomed to it. Other places will face more deadly droughts, like the one in East Africa that has left up to 50 million people facing food insecurity and driven more than 1 million Somalis from their homes. ShelterBox's research predicts that 167 million homes could be lost to climate change in the next 20 years.

Better responses to these needs will come from better preparation. That's why ShelterBox is eager to work with Rotary and Rotaract clubs to be proactive, ensure that solid networks are in place, and help members be ready to put the most up-to-date practices into action at the international, district, and club levels — and with Rotaract and Interact members — to create lasting solutions.

"Rotary members have incredibly powerful voices," Youlten says. "And when we have as many conversations as possible about the ShelterBox partnership, so much could be better in the world."

To invite a ShelterBox speaker to a meeting, exploring collaborating with ShelterBox to respond to a local disaster, or to prepare for future disaster, contact



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