Rotary International Theme 2023-2024




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Gordon McInally

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Clair Roberts

Durham Rotary President: Glenn Pulliam


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu





June 20, 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 Past President Ravi Saip not new President Glenn Pulliam, at the Butte Creek Country Club. 


He asked Tom Knowles, to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.  Following that Larry Bradley to lead us in singing “America”.

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


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 Tipsy Tuesday.  Location not yet determined.


August 29th:  District Governor visit.  Location not yet determined


September 12th:  Harvest Festival Planning at Durham Park.






Ravi didn’t really have any new announcements, but he and Larry reported that the Harvest Festival planning was well underway:


He noted that we will be discussing both the Harvest Festival and Meal costs in the future.


It was reported that Sue Jessen is doing better on the latest chemo cocktail.


Diana Selland related a message from Peggi Koehler that she and Camp Venture students have made it to Camp Venture.


Introduction of Visitors.


Table 3 had no visitors so the three members at that table were assessed $1 each.

At Table 2 Jim Patterson introduced his son John, his daughter-in-law Christy, his wife Nancy and K.R.’s wife Sharon.

At Table 1 Jen Liu introduced new member Diana Selland.  I am not sure how that qualified as a introducing a visitor, since she is now a member with a blue badge (she never got a new member red badge).


President Glenn was recognized in the amount of $50 for failing to attend his first meeting as president.  Be glad it is only $50.  Making you a Bell Ringer was suggested.

Next Meeting

The June 27th meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be on July 11th.   It will be at the BCCC.  Larry Bradley intends to present our Camp Royal Students to talk about their experience at Camp Royal.


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



Jim Patterson introduced his son, John, who formerly taught school in Maxwell, now works for the Butte County Board of Education in program called: 




Come Back Butte Charter School





Finish What You Started



It is a program that operates in a single room in Oroville that helps people catch up on their missed education to help them get employed.  There are three teachers and a few others as support staff.


The following is the web site of the Butte County Office of Education, slightly modified (since I couldn’t take notes fast enough).


It is a no cost public charter school authorized by the Butte County Board of Education and administered by the Butte County Superintendent of Schools through Butte County Office of Education. CBBC is for students who reside in Butte County or adjacent counties and who have not previously experienced success in traditional educational settings. CBBC serves students who are 16 years of age and older who have not completed high school for various reasons which may include: dropping out of high school, involvement in the correctional system, demonstration of at risk behaviors, caring for children and/or family members and/or belonging to migrant family communities.


Students are assigned all subjects needed by their supervising teacher. Students complete assignments independently at home or in the classroom computer lab. Students meet with their supervising teacher at least once a week.


Come Back uses the online curriculum Edgenuity, students can check out a Chromebook and/or a hot spot to access their schoolwork (depending on availability).



Students are assigned all needed subjects by their supervising teacher through Edgenuity, an on-line program. Edgenuity courses are Common Core and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned. These courses combine direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performances tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery. Students are expected to work independently at home every school day to complete all assignments.



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.

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Larry Bradley drew your editor’s name.  I was present to win whatever the amount was that had accumulated, but I wasn’t told what it was..



Ravi then closed the meeting.


From the District Governor

Greetings all!
Continue the CELEBRATIONS!  Recognize our clubs, our Presidents, leadership, and our incoming Presidents and teams on July 8th in Sacramento at the annual


Don’t miss out!  Registration Closes at midnight 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.

Suzanne Bragdon

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


From Rotary International

Rotary magazine’s 2023 Photo Awards

See the world courtesy of this year’s award-winning photographers

Writing in this magazine in 1946, Paul Harris remarked that “travel is a good corrective for … mental near-sightedness.” The same holds true for photography, especially if, like Rotary itself, the photographer takes a global perspective.

To verify that observation you need look no further than this issue of Rotary magazine, where we reveal the finalists in this year’s Photo Awards. Including the cover, there are a dozen photographs that carry us from Egypt to Idaho, from Nigeria to Taiwan. Along the way we see everything from an intimate moment as a medical team prepares for surgery to a sweeping nightscape illuminated by an aurora borealis.

Though they are shot in different parts of the world, employ distinct palettes, and evoke different emotions, all of these photographs have in common an unseen beauty. These days we’re constantly bombarded with images — and in an era of AI and CGI, it can be difficult to know if what we’re seeing is real. But in these 12 photos we have the privilege of standing in the photographers’ shoes and experiencing an honest understanding of a particular moment.

That generosity of spirit is another Rotary trait.

By sharing their pictures, the photographers enable the rest of us to join them on their journey.

— Jacqueline Cantu, art director, Rotary magazine


Photographer: Edward Uhalla
Rotaract Club of Ikate, Nigeria

In Lagos, Nigeria, I was trying to document the introduction of District 9110’s 2022-23 Rotaract representative. In the thick of the chaos, this happy Rotaractor locked eyes with me, and I captured this celebratory moment in time. Judges say: The photo captures the jubilance of the occasion and the excitement of the crowd of Rotaractors. Technically, the photographer’s command of the image’s sharpness and its excellent monochromatic shades are superb!


Winner: People of action

Photographer: Dan Milham
Rotary Club of Metairie, Louisiana



Dr. Dan Jacob (top left), co-founder of New Orleans Medical Mission Services, prays with nurses and assistants, including Rotarian Jennifer Esler (bottom left), before heading to the operating room for surgery during a medical mission in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, on 23 May 2022. Judges say: The moment, the composition, the light. Very simple and very, very impressive.

Honorable mention

As the first light of dawn breaks over the horizon, people make their way from fishing boats to the shores of Nungwi, a coastal village in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Judges say: The eyes are on a target and not on the photographer. Where is he going, where is he coming from? The picture arouses curiosity about another being.

Luca Venturi, Rotary Club of Siena Est, Italy

A northern pike leaps into the air as it tries to spit out a fishing lure. I shot this photo with my iPhone 6 from the cockpit of a kayak — and then released the fish back into the water. Judges say: How does one capture an image such as this on an iPhone while reeling in this beauty? The photo captures the struggle between man and fish, the colors of life and the life of the water, and the ancient ritual of bringing sustenance home for the family.

Steve Begnoche, Rotary Club of Ludington, Michigan

I took this photo while traveling in Nanzhuang Township, Taiwan. At a noodle shop on Nanzhuang Old Street, I saw this traditional palm-leaf fiber raincoat hanging on the wall. These coats were once worn by farmers in the mountainous regions in Taiwan but have largely disappeared. It triggered my memories of when my family lived in a farmhouse. Judges say: A nostalgic look at the symbol of a bygone era. The noisy graffiti-filled background serves as a stark reminder of the changing times.

Photographer: Kuo-Hsiung (Kunio) Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Hwachung, Taiwan


The Northern Lights provide an arresting backdrop to a house in Battle Harbour, a historic fishing village on a small island off the coast of Labrador, Canada. Judges say: Wonderful photograph. Love the green reflection on the right.

Photographer: Geoff Goodyear, Rotary Club of Exploits, Newfoundland and Labrador


The towering cliffs of Vágar, one of the Faroe Islands, plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. Judges say: The great depth of field captured by Dack is impressive and activating. We see splashes of green moss in the distant cliffs, accompanied by a leading line of gold grasses. This gilded frame surrounding the complimentary turquoise water creates a captivating landscape.

Photographer: David Dack, Rotary Club of Lemoore, California

The judges

This story originally appeared in the June 2023 issue of Rotary magazine.  See the magazine for more honorable mention photos.  There are 5 more I did not include here.


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