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





May 2, 2023


 Harvest Festival


will be held on

September 17, 2023

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
  1 2
Garbage Talk by Butte County Solid Waste Dept.
(Mike Crump)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
Meet the Students BBQ at Durham Park
(Eric Hoiland)
17 18 19 20
21 22

No Meeting

24 25 26 27
28 29 30
No Meeting
        1 2 3
4 5 6
(Eric Hoiland)
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
(Jen Liu)
14 15 16 17
18 19

(Jim Patterson)

21 22 23 24
25 26 27
No Meeting
28 29 30  

Many thanks to Peggi Koehler taking notes for this meeting


The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland at the Butte CreekCountry Club. He asked Ravi Saip to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, requestedRev. Jim Patterson to present an Invocation, and then had Larry Bradley to sharehis exemplary skills by guiding us through a Patriotic Song.

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


May 2nd:  Mike Crump will present a program about garbage, at the BCCC.


May 16th:  This will be the Scholarship Awards and Teacher of the Year, at the Durham Community Park.


June 6th:  President Eric will present a program.  Location undetermined.  Board Meeting at 5:00 pm

June 13th:  Demotion Ceremony at BCCC.


June 20th:  Jim Patterson will present a program at the BCCC.




Eric reviewed our upcoming meetings and events schedule:

May 16th – Durham Park for our presentation of Scholarship Awards for Durham High School Students, and Teacher Appreciation Recognition. Teacher of the Year

for 2023 is Durham Unified School District Teacher, Emily Abshier

June 6th - Patrick Ranch – off-site ‘field trip’

June 13th – Demolition Gathering; BCCC

June 20th – Jim Patterson has his son, John, as our Guest Speaker; BCCC

Saturday, May 13th is the Annual Durham Parade. We have some members volunteering to help with traffic control. Steve Plume is the distinguished GrandMarshall for this event and will be riding in a fancy convertible!

Pam Gray from the Paradise Rotary Club presented our club with a $200 cash donation as a ‘Thank You’ to members that participated in the Gold Nugget Days’ Parade up in Paradise on Saturday, April 29, 2023, which was also a District 5160 ‘Visibility Day’ Activity.

An initial Harvest Festival planning meeting will take place at Larry Bradley’s home at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 9th. Thank you, Larry. All members are welcome to attend; no meal will be provided.

Ravi Saip has learned that there may be a loophole in terms of allowing Captain Bob’s Pancake Wagon to still be ‘legally’ used for our Harvest Festival September 16th & 17th. Apparently when a vehicle of this design is used less than 500 miles a year it is within compliance for limited usage. Ravi will find out more about this positive development.

Larry Bradley gave an update on scholarship distribution from our club to deserving seniors at DHS. Twenty-four seniors applied; 20 received $1,000 each, and our Interact Member, Evan Cunningham, received a $1,500 award.

Durham Parade

The annual Durham Parade will be held in May 13th.  Currently, we have Eric, Larry, Glenn and Mike as volunteers to help with traffic control but we need 7.  If you can help please contact president Eric.  They are also adding something this year.  Fireworks in the evening and they are seeking funds to help with that.


Introduction of Visitors

We had several Paradise Rotary Club Members present: Current Club President, Donn Thomson, Pam Gray, and Renee Burrecia. Also Sharon Robertson, our Permanent ‘Guest’, was sitting with K.R. Robertson. Eric Miller was our GuestSpeaker for the evening.


Jessica Thorpe was asked to share her excitement over a significant event that happened with her family; her son got married on 4/22/2023. She was recognized for this milestone event and contributed $50. Congratulations to Jessica and her entire family, now with a new daughter-in-law.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on May 16th.  It will be at the Durham Community Park.  We will be awarding scholarships and the Teacher of the Year award.



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

Tonight’s Meeting Program

Mike Crump introduced his friend and former colleague, Eric Miller.

many interesting facts and statistics about Neal Road Recycling Waste Facility, or we know it as Neal Road Landfill, seven miles south of Chico. It opened in 1965 and became a sanitary landfill in 1970. There is 7.4 million tons of waste currently and has a ‘site life’ up through 2050 – 2070. The facility processes 400-500 vehicles daily, with operating hours 7am-4pm, 360 days per year. The site charges $42.11 per ton and runs on a $15 million budget. Their recycling program is very successful, recycling mattresses, electronics and e-waste. Interestingly enough, there is a 20% increase in debris collected even with Butte County population decreasing by approximately 10,000 residents.

2010 = 219,951
2022 = 209,100


Meeting adjourned at 7:35pm. Eric was sure to guard The Bell as members of the Paradise Club were present and in the past some of their fun-loving members have ‘misplaced The Bell’!


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 Rotary International


Leveraging expertise: Peace Corps

The collaborations between Rotary members and Peace Corps Volunteers that occur around the world make the partnership between the organizations vibrant and dynamic.

The Peace Corps, an independent U.S. government agency, sends Americans to work with communities abroad while promoting international understanding through volunteer service and cultural exchange. Rotary clubs in many nations have Peace Corps Volunteers speak at their events.

“Some of the most successful Peace Corps projects have been initiated by people who were Rotary members at home,” says Ted Adams, Program Specialist in the Peace Corps Office of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs. And it’s not unusual for a Peace Corps Volunteer to join Rotary after their service.

“Rotary is often where a former Peace Corps Volunteer will go to continue their civic engagement and networking,” Adams says, calling it “the next stage in the lifecycle of a Volunteer.”

One effective collaboration evolved from a U.S. Rotary club that wanted to distribute Spanish-language books in the Dominican Republic. Through the Rotary-Peace Corps partnership, several schools in the Dominican Republic gained literary resources. One school got a new library, developed through a small Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) grant that provided funding.

“It was a triangle of partnership: the U.S. Rotary club that supplied resources, a Rotary club in the Dominican Republic that received the shipment of books, and the Peace Corps Volunteer in the country who connected Rotarians to the local community that needed books to supplement literacy programs,” Adams says.

The Peace Corps also recommends that new Volunteers connect with Rotary clubs in the country where they’re serving. “Rotary members are successful community and business leaders, and their connections can help identify a needed project and get it organized and functioning,” Adams says.

Peace Corps Volunteers can maintain a capacity-building role while Rotarians and Rotaractors elevate the project through their local knowledge, which includes the language, customs, networks, community assets and gaps, implementation logistics, and access to resources. When the Peace Corps Volunteer returns home, the club can ensure that a project continues.

Although connections between individual Rotary clubs and Peace Corps Volunteers have been the foundation of the partnership, the organizations are now also working to engage broader communities such as Peace Corps in-country offices, Rotary Peace Fellows, and Rotaract members.

To connect your club with the Peace Corps or invite a current or returned volunteer to a meeting, contact


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