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





March 7, 2023


 Harvest Festival


will be held on

September 17, 2023

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Social Gathering at Mulberry Station
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
19 20


Board Meeting + DG Vistit
(Eric Hoiland)

22 23 24 25
Dist. 5160 Assembly at Simpson College Redding
26 27 28
No Meeting
29 30 31  
2 3 4
(Mike Crump)
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
No Meeting
12 13 14 15
16 17

Heather Lowe, Durham HS alumni teaching in Chico at the BCCC.
(Steve Plume)

19 20 21 22
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29

The Meeting Opening


This meeting was at Mulberry Station.  It was more a social than a meeting.  Particularly because we were seated at two tables next to the string band that was playing, which made hearing difficult. 

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


March 21st:  At BCCC.  District Governor will visit.    Board Meeting at 5:00 pm.   


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


April 18th.  Steve Plume will present Heather Lowe, Durham HS alumni teaching in Chico at the BCCC.


May 2nd:  John Bohannon will present a program at the BCCC.


May 16th:  Daryle Polk will present a program at the BCCC



The band was String Culture.  See below.




When the band took a break, the meeting was called to order by President Eric.  We had one visitor, Forest Melton from the Chico Sunrise Club.  He was introduced by Mike Crump.  He was here to talk about the Sunrise Club’s Saint Patrick’s Day Gala.  See announcements below.




Chico Sunrise Club

The Chico Sunrise Club will be having a dinner and auction on March 18th.  They are calling it the St. Patrick Day Gala.  It will be at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  It will include Dinner, Local Craft Beer, Wine and Dancing.  And, a fabulous auction.


District Grant

Jen and Steve attended a District conference on District Grants.  We need to determine what we need a grant for this year.  Suggestions include signage at Durham High School and purchasing a Life Scan for the Durham Community.

Member’s Wife Needs Blood

Larry Bradley reported that Dave Jessen’s wife has been diagnosed with leukemia.  She is in need of blood donations.  If you can donate, please do so. 

Vitalant Blood Donation is at 555 Rio Lindo Ave, Chico, CA 95926. Phone (877) 258-4825


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on March 21st at the Butte Creek Country Club.  The District Governor will be visiting us.


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



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


D5160’s Learning and Leadership Development Assembly - NORTH ID=77595776 (4)


D5160’s Learning and Leadership Development Assembly - NORTH

Assemblies provide Rotarians with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn how to take themselves and their club to the next level! All Rotarians are invited to attend, not just board members.

Assemblies include:

  • Inspiring breakout sessions about membership, foundation, social media, community and international service and more
  • Opportunities to develop collaborations with other clubs and those in your community
  • Information on current and future community and international service projects
  • Time to reunite with existing Rotary friends and make new ones
  • Lunch and fun activities
  • Most importantly, assemblies are a chance to have fun amongst friends! 

Attendance is free and the schedule will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interactors and Rotaractors are welcome, too.


Location:   Simpson College
2211 College View Drive    
Redding, CA 96003
Date/Time:   Saturday Mar-25-2023 from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM


Mark your calendar: Spring Assembly North is March 25, 8:30-2, at Simpson College in Redding. Spring Assembly South is April 15, 9-2, site TBA


RI Convention: Join DG Suzanne in Melbourne, May 27-31.


From Rotary International


Pakistan’s female vaccinators are doing more than helping end a disease

Photography by Khaula Jamil and Sana Ullah

Women make up two-thirds of Pakistan’s polio workforce. It’s a startling statistic for a nation that ranks 145th out of 146 countries for gender parity in economic participation and opportunity, according to a World Economic Forum gender inequality index.

The role of female vaccinators is born of necessity. Because of cultural norms, men are not allowed into many people’s homes in Pakistan. Women who provide the health care are the key link. They can build mom-to-mom relationships and provide trusted advice on not only polio but other health issues.

“Women working with women on the front line is going to be what gets us across the finish line,” says Rotary President Jennifer Jones, who met last year with polio workers in Pakistan. The country and Afghanistan are the only two where wild poliovirus is still transmitted persistently.

Female health workers can enter homes where male health workers would not be allowed.

The female vaccinators’ work is neither safe nor easy. The women in Pakistan are sworn at, shoved, beaten, and some even killed. They’re fighting misinformation. But their work is crucial — and not just for the cause of polio eradication.

“They are supporting their education, they’re supporting their household, they’re supporting their men and giving a change in Pakistan,” says Sadia Shakeel, coordinator for a Rotary-supported polio resource center in Karachi. “This is bigger than polio.”

Shakeel calls them “little entrepreneurs.” Most of the women range in age from 21-38 and have their own children, she says. Yet they wake to say prayers before dawn, feed their children breakfast, and leave to start their work to end a disease.

Employing women is one key strategy of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. And that’s not just to deliver the vaccines at the front line; it’s also to hire women as supervisors, doctors, and decision-makers. “We cannot succeed without the women we have in the program at all levels,” says Hamid Jafari, a pediatric infectious disease doctor and director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

Meet five of the women working to end polio in Pakistan


Tayyaba Gul: Rotary Club of Islamabad (Metropolitan)

Tayyaba Gul joined Rotary in 2000 and has worked in public health for over two decades. She represents Rotary at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Centre, working with partners and the national government to help address gaps. She also runs a Rotary-supported polio resource center in Nowshera. “I work with Pashtun communities and have faced a lot of hurdles,” she says. “I feel like after spending such a long period of time here, they respect me a lot, and they listen to me. I feel proud that in such a community, my voice — a woman’s voice — is being heard.”

Tayyaba Gul (right) of the Rotary Club of Islamabad (Metropolitan), and Parveen Ajmal, another health worker, cross the Kabul River in Nowshera to reach embankment communities.





Azra Fazal Pechuho: Minister of Health and Population Welfare, Sindh province

There are about 1,500 vaccinators in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province. Many are women who did not leave their houses previously. Because they start earning money, “their voice within the household increases, their decision-making powers increase,” Azra Fazal Pechuho says. “Gender equity comes in because of the fact we have employed female workers.” But polio can’t be eradicated without these women and their ability to enter houses where men are not allowed. “They’ve been a great asset,” she says. “They are a tremendous force, and I think their work is to be acknowledged.”

Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho meets with RI President Jennifer Jones at the Emergency Operation Centre in Karachi in August.


Effat Naz: Polio supervisor, Torkham border crossing

Vaccination teams approach people at the busiest border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s crucial to catch mobile populations to stop the spread of poliovirus. As a supervisor, Effat Naz is responsible for planning cold chain logistics to preserve vaccines and working with families who refuse vaccination. “Women workers find it difficult to work here,” she says. “Yet we do it because we love our country, Pakistan. We have joined the frontline force to save our country from this virus.”

Effat Naz (right) and health workers prepare to provide polio vaccinations.


Soofia Yunus: Former director general of the Federal Directorate of Immunization

Soofia Yunus is the first woman to have led Pakistan’s national immunization program since it began in 1976. “In every strategy we make and in every activity that we conduct, we ensure that females are a part of it,” she says. To help with security, the program is recruiting couples such as husbands and wives or brothers and sisters to be vaccinators together.

Dr. Soofia Yunus speaks at a conference at the National Emergency Operations Centre in Islamabad in August.


Mehr: Vaccinator and water plant manager

Mehr, who gave only one name, has worked as a vaccinator since 2012. “I am working to support my children so they can get educated,” she says. “This is what I spend my salary on. I also want to help my community.” She notes that the work has become more data-driven, and vaccinators visit homes more frequently. “People used to push us out of their homes and curse us, but now that we go regularly, our presence is normalized,” she says. “The awareness level has increased that we are doing this to help them and their children.”

Mehr (left) meets with community health workers. “I want this disease to end,” she says.


This story will also appear in the April 2023 issue of Rotary magazine.




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