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 16, 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  

The Meeting Opening


This was the Scholarship Awards and Teacher of the Year Award, at the Durham Community Park. 

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


June 6th:  At Patrick Ranch. Eric will present a program.    Board Meeting at 5:00 pm


June 13th:  Demotion Ceremony at BCCC.


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


June 27th.  This meeting cancelled (see June 13th)


July  ?????  Glenn?????







While the cooks were working on dinner, the meeting was called to order by Eric Hoiland at the park.



He asked your editor, to lead the pledge, which I did.  He then asked Jim Patterson to present the invocation, which he did.



By the way, when you take photographs under a roof, with the background bright because it is not under the roof, they do not come out very well.  All the photos in this Rowel have been substantially manipulated to improve them.  But they are still not all that good.



After that he asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing The National Anthem.





K. R. Robertson is in the hospital.  Sue Jessen is currently in her 3rd round of chemotherapy.  She is feeling good and doing well.


Introduction of Visitors.


Too many people for individual introductions so President Eric asked all Rotarians to raise their hands.  Then all student followed by all the parents.



None tonight.  I guess I get a free ride for my two weeks in Mexico.  Ha! Ha!

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 6th.   It will be at the Patrick Ranch.  President Eric will present the program.    There will be a Board Meeting 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


Tonight’s Meeting Program


First, we eat hamburgers and/or hot dogs with potato salad.




Then Larry Bradley introduced our latest Student of the Month, Elizabeth Martinez-Leon.




Following that our Camp Royal students were introduced.  They are Julianna Sears, Rylan Franke and Max Landon shown below.  Also, Wade Wilson, who was not present for the photo.




And then our Camp Venture students, Zoe Richer and Andres Godinez-Castillo, shown below.



The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Emily Abshier by Larry Bradley:


Before we got to awarding the scholarships, Steve Plume introduced Rose Flores, a former scholarship recipient.  She talked to the students about winning the scholarship and her experiences attending college, determining what she wanted to do with her life and moving on with her life.



And then we finally got to the award of the scholarships.  The winners were: Evan Cunningham, Sarah Collazo, Vanessa Cisneros, Taylor Turner, Alexis Turner, Brissa Ocana, Juliana Smith, Isaura Nees, Elizabeth Martinez-Leon, Mackinzee Lybbert, Matthew Larsen, Jake Ilukowicz, Abby Holman, Kara Hayes, Madison Granados, Gracie Friese, Emily Fox, Jessica Felix, Ryan Doyle, Charulata Banerjee-Stevens and Diane Melanie Arce. 

All but one or two are in the photos below.       






Must Be Present To Win Drawing.

None tonight.

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



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




Dear Rotarians,

“More than an awards banquet. More of a spectacle of Rotary Wow-ness!"

Yes, we are talking about July 8th – our Annual Rotary Awards and Installation Banquet – this year with a total Academy Awards vibe!  It continues to be about the stories.

We will be celebrating the 2022-23 Rotary Year and our transition into 2023-24 at the Historic Elks Tower in Sacramento, close to the mid-point of drive time from Redding in the north and San Ramon and Berkeley in the south.    Space is limited, so register NOW!

Register NOW for Academy Awards & Installation Banquet

Clubs are submitting their nominations in 7 categories as we “type”, including special 2-minute videos that say “We Are Rotary!” – the latter of which all will have a chance to vote on pre-event.  Watch for details.

We have other surprises in store that will entertain, inspire and reaffirm “why” we are Rotarians, and great take-aways to support all on discovering our Rotary Journey.


Register NOW for Academy Awards & Installation Banquet


The Historic Elks Tower in Sacramento (It's a stunning facility!)


If you are driving in from afar, or just want to make a weekend of it, we have a room block at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel for $169 (which is a great rate!)

Rooms are limited.


From Rotary International


None in this Rowel.  It is already too long, because of the many photos.


The Rotary International web site is:


District 5160 is:


The Durham Rotary Club site is:


The Rowel Editor may be contacted at:


The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.


The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.