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





June 13, 2023


 Harvest Festival


will be held on

September 17, 2023

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
        1 2 3
4 5 6
Patrick Ranch Visit
(Eric Hoiland)
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
(Jen Liu)
14 15 16 17
18 19

John Patterson on Special Education
(Jim Patterson)

21 22 23 24
25 26 27
No Meeting
28 29 30  
2 3 4
No Meeting
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Presentation by Camp Royal Students
(Larry Bradley)
12 13 14 15
16 17

No Meeting

19 20 21 22
23 24 25
Presentation by Camp Venture Students
(Peggi Witman)
26 27 28 29
30 31          

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by Eric Hoiland, for his last time as President, at the Butte Creek Country Club.  He was missing the Bell, but Steve Plume shortly appeared with it.


He asked your editor, to lead the pledge, which he did.


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


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

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


June 20th:  Jim Patterson will present John Patterson with an interesting program at the BCCC.


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


July 11th: Larry Bradley with the Camp Royal students? At BCCC.


July 25th:  Peggi Koehler with the Camp Venture students?



August 8th:  Ravi Saip at BCCC.


August 22nd will be a Tibsy Tuesday.  Location not yet determined.





President Eric reported that the Harvest Festival planning was well underway.  Jen Liu and Larry Bradley are running it.  Sponsor letters will be mailed out soon.  Kristen Cargile is in charge of the vendors.  The web site on Durham Rotary’s web site has been updated.  It is as follows:


The Durham Rotary Club Proudly Presents...
44th Annual

Durham Harvest Festival


Sunday, September 17, 2023
In the beautiful tree-covered grassy Durham Community Park, Durham-Dayton Highway

Car Show & Shine    Arts and Craft Fair


 Pancake  Breakfast,   BBQ,   Live Music,  Antique Farm Equipment Show,    Lots of Kids Activities

     Members of the Durham Rotary Club are very excited that the 2023 Durham Harvest Festival will be bigger and better than ever. Funds raised from the event go back into the Durham Community for scholarships and local projects.   

     We anticipate that Festival highlights will be similar to last year.  From 7 to 11 a.m. the popular pancake breakfast will be  cooked and served by Rotary members. Then at 11 a.m. lunch starts with hot dogs, tri tip sandwich, and beverages.

     At 9 a.m. the Arts and Crafts Fair will begin, with artisans selling their wares until 4 p.m.  We expect around 40 participants this year with many talented artisans returning year after year.  Arts and Craft Fair application.

     The unique Car Show & Shine is a feast for the eyes with its display of antique cars, trucks, custom cars and muscle cars.  Because of space limitations, the car show will be limited to 200 cars.  There will be no pre-registration.  A $20 entrance fee will be collected onsite.  The car show begins at 9 a.m.  For participants, the tree covered park is great for for settling in with your friends in a group setting. The Festival is a great family event with activities for all ages.

     The restored tractors and engines are a very popular part of the day’s events.  As in the past, the engines will be restored and operating.  

     Other feature this year will include MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT by Chico Community Concert Band.

     Durham Rotary invites any Durham Organizations who would like to participate in the festival to contact them.  If you have a possible activity to raise funds for your group, Rotary would like to hear from you to discuss how you can participate.  Contact Larry Bradley at (530) 864-0795 or email


Kirsten, who raised the hog we purchased at the Silver Dollar Fair was at the meeting.  She talked about raising hogs.  She intends to study animal science when she gets to college in another year and become a vet.

She presented a basket of treats to the club as a thank you.  It was subsequently auctioned off.  Larry Bradley got it for $50.

Introduction of Visitors.


Steve Plume introduced Erick’s wife, Katie.

Ravi Saip introduced Sharon Robertson

Glenn Pulliam introduced his wife, Bonnie and new member Diana Stelland.


President Eric recognized himself for his failure to bring cookies to the meeting.  He left it to Jim Patterson to determine the amount.  Jim suggested $5.  Another $5 was added to it for a total of $10.

Ravi Saip was recognized for his 36th anniversary in the amount of $36.

Your editor volunteered $50 for his trip to Cabo the first two weeks of May, which President Eric had overlooked.

Steve Plume auctioned the Grinder.  Jessica Thorp got it for $65, in absentia.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 20th.   It will be at the BCCC.  Jim Patterson will present his son, John Patterson who will talk about what he is doing in the Butte County Schools helping people catch up on their missed education to help them get employed.


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


This was the demotion of President Eric and the installation of new president Glenn Pulliam.


First, Eric awarded the member of the year award to Peggi Koehler.



President Eric then discussed his two years as president.  His accomplishment and the moneys produced by our events.


His wife then had some comment about the two years as the wife of a Rotary President. .


Jen, Ravi and Glenn then had some comments.



Glenn then presented the Past President’s badge and plaque to Eric, ending his presidency.




Glenn’s first act as president was to present a member’s badge to Diana Selland.



Glenn then talked about hs plans for the year, including Tipsy Tuesday meetings, which are intended to be more social.


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

What we’ve all been waiting for – answers to the details of the fun planned for our District Academy Awards and Installation Banquet on July 8th.

NOTE:  Registration Closes on June 20th, as our Special Venue requires a head count on June 21st.  Earlier than normal, but demonstrates the uniqueness of the experience to come!!

Register NOW for the Academy Awards & Installation Banquet

More than just awards, July 8th is an event full of wonder and excitement.   An in-person event that all members will enjoy with take-aways to add to each of our Rotary Journeys.

Carrying through with the themes of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Rotary years, July 8th is the event of the Rotary calendar not to be missed.  Highlights:


·      An exquisite 1920s locale in Sacramento, the Historic Elks Tower

·      Walk the red-carpet gauntlet beginning at 5:15 PM

·      Mingle with old and new friends while eying the Hollywood-esque vibe

·      Ogle over and bid on the dessert auction treats offered by each of our 12 Assistant Governors to add to your table’s dining experience.

·      Search for surprises and tokens of appreciation that await our assistant governors/executive team members (remember the collages of each club Presidents’ social-media life unveiled?) and “walk of fame stars” for our current club presidents.

·      Enjoy a multi-media program honoring our nominees and award winners in seven distinctive categories, along with special awards and recognitions

·      Celebrate the transition in leadership at the District and Club level (infused with humor and merriment).

RI President Jennifer Jones – Historic  Auction Item:  If that’s not enough to grab you, we will be displaying a special art piece for auction created by RI President Jennifer Jones’ brother, renowned artist Darren Jones.  Only 600 copies exist in the world.  Funds raised go toward the End Polio Now campaign.  One million dollars has been raised to date.

Our room block has been expanded at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento hotel, with rates set at $169/night.  We have been notified that we will not be able to expand the block at this rate a third time – so do not miss out!

Lights, Camera ACTION!


Suzanne Bragdon

District Governor
Rotary International District 5160
Proud Rotarian and Screenwriter
Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club


From Rotary International

Rotary projects around the globe

June 2023

By Brad Webber


Rotary clubs in District 5370 partnered with social service agencies to provide beds for families,  including Ukrainian refugees resettled in the Edmonton area. More than 10 clubs teamed up with the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace for a bed-building day in October. Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends and family assembled 35 beds in eight hours, says Kelly Baker, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast. The district collaborated with Ukrainian Canadian Social Services and Catholic Social Services to arrange funding and to identify the neediest recipients. Rotary members followed up less than a month later with “Stuff a Van,” a bed linen collection at a shopping center. “Eighteen people braved the cool weather, and the Rotaractors were amazing as they promoted this event,” Baker says. “We had a number of Ukrainian nationals stop by and tell their story, and it really affirmed why we were doing this drive.” The clubs also raised about CA$10,000 (US$7,500), with some of it going to purchase adult-sized beds.



 Grenada’s national library, damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and forced to close a few years later, stands as a picture of decay, with its door padlocked and windows broken. The Rotaract Club of Grenada aims to show that the weather-beaten building is hardly symbolic: The nation, like many of its West Indies neighbors, has a high literacy rate. In July 2022 club members collected more than 500 books and, with assistance from a local carpenter, Rotarians, and friends, constructed three book boxes modeled after the Little Free Libraries. The club placed them in well-trafficked parks in the parish of St. George, home of the country’s capital. The club also renovated the library at its adopted Mt. Moritz Anglican School, supplying new shelves, desks, and a fresh coat of paint. “Our national library has not been functional for years so a lot of reading material is not as available as it should be,” club member Semone Sargeant says. The installation of the boxes “creates an avenue for persons to read whatever they want, how often they want.”


 Seeking to engage more of its Rotary members in volunteering, the women’s committee of District 3650 in Seoul, South Korea, paired them with children from the Hyeshim-Won youth home for monthly sightseeing outings. In January, Rotarians treated 30 young people from the home to a trip to the Lotte World amusement park. They took spins on the merry-go-round, bumper cars, pirate ship ride, and more. The district and Rotary members donated about $2,800 for discounted tickets and food, while District Governor-elect Young Suk Lee, of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, covered the cost of busing. District Governor Bong Rak Sohn and the Rotary Club of Seoul KANS organized the event. “We wanted to show the children that there are many good people in the world,” says Kwi-Young Song, of the Rotary Club of Hanseong, chair of the district women’s committee.



The Rotary Club of Beecroft enlisted a contract distiller and concocted a signature gin steeped with botanicals reflecting the flora around its north suburban Sydney base. In November more than 150 Rotarians, business leaders, and other residents met for a Beecroft Spirit Gin launch party to select the flavorings “that represent the area of Beecroft,” says Daniel Dummer, a club member and project leader. Working with Craft Foundry, the club produced 260 bottles of gin infused with the essences of strawberry gum, lemon myrtle, and rosella. By Christmas, the lot had sold out, with nearly $1,800 in proceeds directed toward the renovation of an electrical substation in Beecroft as well as international projects, says Dummer. “Beecroft has a strong sense of community, and gin is a fast-growing spirit in Australia right now. Our goal was to bring the community together around a delicious and memorable local project while raising funds for projects here and abroad.”


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