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 24, 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 debrief.  The meeting was called to order by Eric Hoiland at the Butte Creek Country Club.  He asked Kara  Hayes, our Student of the Month for January, to lead the pledge, which she did.


He asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing God Bless America.


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.


February 7th: Board Meeting at 5:00 pm.  Meeting at 6:00 pm.  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:  District Governor will visit.    Board Meeting at 5:00 pm.  Meeting at 6:00 pm.  


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





Jen Liu forwarded the following message from Robert Olea.

"Jen, please thank all Rotary members for the flowers and attendance at my wife Jeanne’s memorial on the 12th of January AGAIN THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH."

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.

He is also looking for volunteers to help with their Crab Feed.  We usually have 4 members volunteering.  If you can volunteer, contact President Eric.

Chico Sunrise Club

The Chico Sunrise Club will be having a dinner and auction on March 18th.

Camp Royal

Camp Royal will be June 5th to 10th at the Bar 717 Ranch, near Hayfork.  For more information and registration go to: 

Camp Venture

Camp Venture will be June 21st to 25th, probably in Vallejo, but I have no further information.  It is not on the District’s web site yet.

Introduction of Visitors.


Ravi introduced Student of the Month for November Vanessa Cisneros, and  her parents, Santiago and Maria.

Larry Bradley introduced Student of the Month for January, Kara Hayes, and her parents, Nicole and Bryan.


Your editor was recognized for his 64th wedding anniversary (which is January 31st).  The amount was $36 ($50 less $14).  For those of you who forgot, the reason for that reduction is that all of you who have been married more than once, were contributing only for the last few years of your most recent marriage.  So, it was agreed several years ago that for those of us who had passed 50 years, we get to deduct the excess beyond 50 from $50.

Larry Bradley auctioned the Grinder.  Glenn Pulliam got it for $100, in absentia.  It was figured he needed it because he is heading to Mexico for three weeks.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on February 7th at the Butte Creek Country Club.  Dave Jessen will present the program.


There will be a Board Meeting before at 5:00 pm


Students of The Month

Larry Bradley first presented a Student of the Month plaque to Vanessa Cisneros for November.  The reason it is so late in presenting it is that Vanessa is on the Durham High Girls Basketball team and had a game on all prior Tuesdays that we could invite her.



He then presented a Student of the Month plaque to Kara Hayes for January.









Tonight’s Meeting Program


Tonight, the program was a debrief of the Crab Feed.  The following is Jessica’s accounting of the event:

The final results were little different from last year, but we did have 8 unsold tickets.  Also, the reason the final results were close to last year, was because the expenses were substantially less than last year.  Unfortunately, our sales were also substantially less than last year.  We also had competition with the Shriners having a crab feed at the Masonic Hall at the same time.

There was much discussion about the amount of food.  It was agreed to order the same amount next year.  There was discussion about serving some of the courses closer together, if possible.  Also, about getting the shrimp thawed a little sooner. 



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


Nothing new since the last Rowel.


 From Rotary International


Second woman nominated as Rotary International president

EVANSTON, Ill. (January 24, 2023) — Stephanie Urchick, member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA, USA, will become the second woman to take office as president of Rotary International on 1 July 2024.

During her one-year term, Urchick will lead the global service organization in adapting its systems and structures to enable Rotary’s 1.4 million members in 200 countries and regions to deliver impactful and lasting solutions to the continued challenges facing the world today in a more efficient and regionally effective manner.  

To that end, Urchick will strive to foster an understanding of how regional differences affect the way Rotary members work together, and how to leverage and embrace different perspectives to create a strong foundation for innovation, sustainability, and growth.

"Rotary is not the same for everyone everywhere. Understanding how culture, religion, geography, language and so much more inform how Rotary members work together is critical to furthering Rotary’s impact,” said Urchick. “By acknowledging, respecting and responding to these differences, Rotary can increase cooperation and create and sustain meaningful change everywhere we live, work, and serve.”

Urchick will also seek to bridge information and communication gaps and foster connections through technology. 

“Rotary successfully pivoted to the digital world at the outset of the pandemic, and I want to continue to maximize the benefits,” said Urchick. “Virtual platforms remain a great way for members to engage with Rotary and spread the word about its causes and work.”

Rotary members throughout the world develop and implement sustainable, community-driven projects that fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, grow local economies and protect the environment. Over US$5.5 billion has been awarded through The Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s charitable arm that helps clubs work together to perform meaningful, impactful service.

About Stephanie Urchick: Urchick holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A Rotary member since 1991, Stephanie has served Rotary in many roles and capacities. Her service includes building a primary school in Vietnam; installing water filters in the Dominican Republic; mentoring new Rotary members in Ukraine; and coordinating a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland.


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