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





July 11, 2023


 Harvest Festival


will be held on

September 17, 2023

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
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          
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8
(Ravi Saip)
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
No Meeting
16 17 18 19
20 21

Tipsy Tuesday
Location TBA
(Eric Hoiland)

23 24 25 26
27 28 29
Clair Roberts
5160 DG Visit
Location TBA
(Glenn Pulliam)
30 31    

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Pulliam at the Butte Creek Country Club.



President Glenn asked Brian Gray, past  president of Paradise Rotary to, to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.  Following that Larry Bradley to lead us in singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.

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


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

“One Foot In Luxembourg by her sister, at BCCC.


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.



President Glenn then had a Rotary minute in which he asked members whether they knew the 4 Way Test.  Several members raised their hands, Tom Knowles got the closest.  For your information:


The Four-Way Test


Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?




Glenn then discussed how our meal costs have substantially increased and have been subsidized by the Club.  That cannot continue.  The money we raise is supposed to go to help others.  He noted that some clubs are not having meals.  We may have to find a different location and/or not have a real dinner.  The discussion will continue, but if anyone has any ideas, let Glenn know.


Larry Bradley reported, with assistance from Glenn and Steve Heithecker, that they have located equipment which may work to cook the meals.  He also reported that the sponsor letters have been prepared.  They and applications will soon be mailed out.  Last year we received $21,000 in sponsorships.  They are essential.  In fact, due to the rain, those sponsorship were pretty much what we made at the Harvest Festival.  Every year we loose some sponsors so we need new ones to add to the list.  If you know of anyone, let Larry know.  Larry also reported the he received the first sponsorship today, from Durham Auto Work (our member Steve Plume).


Peggi Koehler and Brian Gray reported attending the 2023 ROTARY ACADEMY AWARDS and INSTALLATION BANQUET on July 8th in Sacramento.


Dave Jessen thanked members for their thoughtfulness and help during his wife’s illness.

Introduction of Visitors.


This was a problem.  We had a number of visitors and more kept arriving, particularly from Paradise.  So, I may not have the names accurate.  Anyway, Steve Plume introduced Brian Gray, Rene Burreseia and Mickey Rich from the Paradise Club.  Subsequently, Jase Peiper and Jamie Duncan showed up.  I apologize that I may not have their names spelled correctly.

Steve Heithecker introduced new member Diana Selland.  I still do not know how that qualified as a introducing a visitor, since she is now a member.

Mike Crump had no visitors at his table, but did such a good job introducing himself that the table was not assessed.

Dave Jessen introduced his daughter, Julie, and granddaughters Leah and Juliana (a  Camp Royal attendee).


President Glenn contributed $5 and Past President Eric $10 for failing to attend the 2023 ROTARY ACADEMY AWARDS and INSTALLATION BANQUET on July 8th in Sacramento.

Jim Patterson voluntarily contributed $105 for not assisting at the last Harvest Festival.  That made him the first Bell Ringer for the year.

President Glenn asked Larry Bradley about his upcoming anniversary.  Since it is closer to our next meeting Larry deferred it to that meeting.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on July 25th.   It will be at the BCCC.  Peggi Koehler will present our Camp Venture Students to talk about their experiences at Camp Venture.  She also intends to present her sister who will present “One Foot In Luxembourg”.  Apparently, her family have a connection with Luxembourg and she and her sister are in the process of obtaining dual citizenship.


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



Larry Bradley introduced Juliana, Dave Jessen’s granddaughter, who was one of our Camp Royal attendees. She was the only one available to come to our meeting.  Max Landon and Wade Wilson had FFA Leadership training tonight and Rylan Franke also had a conflict.  Juliana talked  about her experiences at Camp Royal, her interaction with other attendees, and what she learned.  She answered many questions of members.




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.

Speaking of Paul Harris Fellowships, President Glenn presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Steve Heithecker who has contributed $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.

If you have any questions ask Steve.

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 Ravi Saip’s name.  He was present to win $10 (I assume it was $10 since I won last meeting.



Glenn then closed the meeting.


From the District Governor

Greetings Rotarians and Rotaractors!

Our 5160 team is ready to CREATE HOPE IN THE WORLD!

Here’s a look ahead at some of the great things we will work on together this year as we share the power of Rotary with others to expand our reach and impact throughout our district and beyond.  (view the video in her email of July 1st.)

GO TEAM 5160!


Claire Sammon Roberts
Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise
District Governor 2023-2024
Rotary District 5160
Cell: 925-788-5240


From Rotary International







Dear Rotary member,

Even as we face new and serious challenges, Rotary takes care of its members and those we serve, works to build lasting peace, and embeds belonging and inclusion in everything we do. That is why I am asking everyone in Rotary to Create Hope in the World.

You can start by telling people about what Rotary means to you. Use
these graphics on your favorite social media platform and add text or a video about your Rotary experience to share why you’re proud to be a Rotary member.







Pushing polio eradication to the finish line



This is a critical year for polio eradication efforts as Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners are aggressively working to interrupt transmission of the poliovirus in the remaining endemic countries and other areas.

Polio eradication is Rotary’s top humanitarian priority until we deliver on our promise to protect children everywhere from polio. We had the audacity to take on this mission, and we have the tenacity to finish the job.



How can you take action? Learn more and donate at





Prioritizing mental health



This year, we’re prioritizing projects that aim to support mental health. This effort is deeply personal to me. I know what it’s like to see someone close to me suffer in silence. I have also witnessed the power of personal connections, the value of discussing emotional and mental well-being, and the lifesaving impact of preventive care and treatment.

Research shows that performing acts of kindness is one of the most effective steps any of us can take to protect our well-being and make us more resilient to all the challenges we encounter in life. And by building peace within, we become more capable of bringing peace to the world. 

How can you take action? Download the
Prioritizing Mental Health brochure to learn how you and your club can support mental health. Also consider connecting with the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives.





Fostering peace



Building peace is the essence of Rotary. Many of our service projects foster the conditions for Positive Peace. We work tirelessly to overcome barriers and create new connections among people. This year, we’ll introduce virtual international exchanges for members to build those vital connections even further.

Peace isn’t just a dream, and it’s not passive. It’s the result of working hard, earning trust, and having open conversations that may be difficult. Peace must be waged persistently — and bravely. Everything we do, across all our areas of focus, has the potential to foster the hope that can make peace possible



How can you take action? Become a peacebuilder by getting involved in virtual exchanges or signing up for the Rotary Positive Peace Academy





Creating a welcoming club experience



The spirit of connection and purpose should inspire every Rotary member. When club leaders focus on offering an excellent club experience, we retain more members and attract more prospective members. We must make our clubs as welcoming and engaging as we can.

Our goal is to create a sense of belonging, from our club meetings to every service activity we offer. We need to continue creating inclusive, welcoming environments where everyone can be their fully authentic selves. All people of action need to be able to imagine a place for themselves in Rotary — it’s up to us to ensure that they can do so. 



How can you take action? Learn more about Rotary’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and how you can help create a club culture (My Rotary account required) where everyone belongs.





As we begin this journey together, I take inspiration from Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, who in the 18th century spoke of all the world becoming kin, promoting “Sense and Worth, over all the earth.” This has long been my call to action, and I share it now with you.
Let us build peace within and spread it freely. Let us create belonging and imagine the future of Rotary afresh. Let us work together joyously as we Create Hope in the World.

R. Gordon R. McInally
RI President, 2023-24






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