Rotary International Theme 2023-2024
Rotary Club of
Rotary International President:
Durham Rotary President: Glenn Pulliam
Editor: Phil Price
Publisher: Jen Liu
August 22, 2023
will be held on
|2023 Calendar for Durham Rotary
Air Spray Onsite Visit
5160 DG Visit
Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
DHF Planning at the Durham Community Park
DHF Setup at the Durham Community Park
Harvest Festival at Durham Community Park
This was a social meeting in
the yard at the Selland home. We had
about 20 members and/or spouses present in their beautiful yard, with their two
dogs. President Glenn Pulliam did
formally open the meeting, but 15 minutes late (but then this was an informal
social meeting). After some
announcements, he turned the meeting over to Diana Selland. She asked Jim Patterson to present an invocation. Jim mentioned Robert Olea and Dave and Sue
Jessen in his prayer. She then directed
the members to go in the house and pickup their dinners.
MEETINGS: Meetings will
be at the location noted, at 6:00 pm.
August 29th: District Governor visit, at BCCC
Board Meeting at 5:00 pm.
Meeting at 6:00 pm
September 12th: Harvest Festival Planning at Durham Park.
September 17th: Harvest Festival at the Durham Park.
September 26th: Steve Heithecker
October 10th. Eric Hoiland will present the program at ????
Regarding the Harvest Festival we still need sponsors. If you know of anyone, please contact them.
With the absence of the Captain Bob, we
need generators. Several members
Again, with the absence of the Captain
Bob we also need more pop-up tents to cover the cooking area. Two members volunteered 3 tents. We probably need 1 or 2 more.
recognized John Bohannon for his 27th wedding anniversary. He contributed $27.
He also recognized Ravi
Saip for his 62nd birthday.
Revi request a song. Larry
Bradley led us in singing “Happy Birthday”.
I assume he contributed $10, but could not hear.
Harvest Festival Planning Meeting
There will be a Harvest Festival planning meeting next
Mon, Aug 28th at Larry Bradley's house. Meeting will begin at 6:30. All
committee chairs and interested parties should plan to attend. Larry's
address is 9992 Jones Ave. Durham.
The next meeting, which will be
next Tuesday. August 29th, will be the visit of District Governor,
Claire Roberts. It will be at BCCC. There will be a Board Meeting with the
District Governor before the meeting at 5:00 pm. The meeting will commence at 6:00 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
Go to the following Rotary International
web site for information on membership development: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/membership
. From this website
there is access to membership development and other related information.
Tonight’s Meeting Program
There was no program and, other than the announcements and
recognitions mentioned above, it was merely a social event in the beautiful
backyard of Diana and George Selland.
Thank you both for making your home and yard available and for arranging
for the wonderful food. Thank you also
to their two dogs for putting up with us and for letting me throw a ball with
the older one.
From District 5160 Govenor
This is actually from Ted Faigle, the District Governor Elect for District 5000 (forwarded by
5160 District Governor, Claire Roberts):
Today has been a tragic day for our families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.
Rotary members are people of action, and we can take immediate action. As we come together to recover and rebuild, we need to support each other. We need to Create Hope for Maui.
Through our Hawai’i Rotary District 5000 Foundation, a relief fund has been established. Foundation President Dave Hamil and Treasurer Sharon Amano will handle all donations.
A committee will be organized shortly to find the greatest needs for distribution of monies. A single fund will be the most helpful over time to provide the most significant benefits.
Please consider donating to this special fund using the link or QR code.
As you can see below, Maui is not
the only unusual disaster around the world.
From Rotary International
Aid for an ailing planet
members respond to worldwide climate-related disasters
By Etelka Lehoczky, with reporting by Seoha Lee
Ioannis Chalikias describes the recent wildfires that have raced
out of control across the Greek island of Rhodes, where he makes his home.
“The effects of
climate change are now evident here as well,” says Chalikias,
a member of the Rotary Club of Rhodos, about the July and August fires. “The
increase in temperature, combined with the strong winds, did not allow the fire
department to put out the fire immediately. The hot ground rekindled the fires.
As a result, they spread to a very large part of the island.”
around the globe have endured climate-related disasters this year. Record
temperatures have fueled wildfires from North America to North Africa, while
unusually heavy rains have caused flooding from central Europe to the Pacific
“The anomalously high
temperatures during this year’s summer, which broke records in several places,
would have been highly unlikely in a world without climate change,” says Mariam
Zachariah, a research associate at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and
the Environment at Imperial College, London. “We now see unusually high amounts
of rainfall during shorter periods, triggering landslides and flash floods –
again, consistent with our knowledge that a warmer atmosphere can hold more
moisture and therefore lead to heavier showers.”
“July 2023 was the
hottest month in recorded history by a wide margin – and perhaps it’s time that
we sent a disaster condolence letter to our ailing planet,” they wrote. “But
this is not a message of defeat and despair. The Rotary world has stepped up in
this time of crisis to offer immediate relief.”
Rotary members around
the globe have taken action to assist people affected by wildfires, floods and
landslides. Here’s how.
Hawaii, United States
At least 111 people
have died and more than 1,000 are still missing following devastating wildfires
in Maui, Hawaii. Rotary is collecting donations to support recovery and provide
aid to those affected.
Rotary District 5000
(Hawaii, USA) is collecting monetary donations to support response and recovery
efforts. The Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise, Hawaii, is asking for physical
donations for those affected by the wildfires in Maui.
Three successive heat
waves led to deadly wildfires in Greece in July and August, killing at least
five people. On the island of Rhodes, more than 20,000 residents and tourists
were forced to evacuate.
Rotary members on the
island immediately sought ways to help.
“We had one member who
traveled to the areas where the fire was,” says Vasileia-Nektaria Moutafi, president of the Rotary Club of Rodos-Kolossos. “One of the first things he told us was
that the firefighters needed more hoses and other equipment.”
Many of the hoses the
firefighters were using had been damaged by the heat. Rotary members got
specifications for new hoses from the firefighters, ordered them, and delivered
them to the places around the island where they were most needed. The members
also donated gloves, masks, shovels, and sprayers.
“The sprayers can be
worn like a backpack, and they can put out smaller parts of the fire,” club
member Ioannis Achladiotis explains.
After that, members
focused their attention on helping the thousands of people fleeing the
“It was amazing how
all the volunteers acted as one big family and one team,” Moutafi
says. “This was from all age groups, including young people from 14-15 years
old. It was a combination of social media and word of mouth – just picking up
the phone and calling each other.”
Some volunteers helped
set up shelters and transported people there on buses and boats. Others
provided beds, linens, toiletries, food, medicine, and baby food. Club members
who are doctors and social workers donated their services. The Rotary clubs of
Rhodos and Rodos-Kolossos have also started two
fundraisers that have more
than US$10,000 in donations pledged.
The members didn’t
forget the island’s animal population. The native deer, called dama dama deer, are a beloved
symbol of Rhodes. Rotary members set out food and water and tried to guide the
animals toward safe areas.
mentally, our members have dedicated themselves to doing everything possible,” Moutafi says. “I feel very proud.”
Left: Wildfires burn on the Greek island of Rhodes in
July. Middle: Food for Rhodes’ beloved deer population,
donated by the Rotary Club of Rodos-Kolossos,
Greece. Right: Fire hoses donated by the Rotary Club of Rodos-Kolossos, Greece.
Pakistan is still
working to recover from massive flooding last year that killed at least 1,700
people and left millions more without homes. More flash flooding this year has
already led to the deaths of about 200 people.
Rotary clubs across
the country have taken the opportunity to not just rebuild destroyed villages,
but to build them better. They’ve erected shelters, upgraded water and
sanitation systems, and improved health and hygiene facilities for about 200
families in two villages. In August, the project is expanding to six more
“Our members in
Pakistan thought this to be an ideal opportunity to influence change in our
villages,” says Muhammad Faiz Kidwai, a Rotary International director and
member of the Rotary Club of Karachi Karsaz.
The new buildings are
designed to have zero carbon impact. Instead of materials like concrete, which
has a large carbon footprint, they’re constructed of bamboo, mud, and lime.
They’re also elevated above ground level to help withstand future flooding.
“The shelters are not
just resilient to disasters, but environment-friendly too,” Kidwai says. “The
best part is that the labor was provided by the villagers. They built these
shelters to improve themselves.”
In Pakistan, a villager builds a shelter out
of bamboo, mud, and lime.
Credit: Syed Muhammad Kamran
Members of the Rotary Club of Cheongju-Musim, Chungcheongbug, Korea, clean out flooded homes and stores.
Credit: Joung Ho Kim
In Korea, heavy rains
and landslides in July killed at least 47 people and left more than 10,000
homeless. The devastation was spread across the country, but so is
In eastern Bonghwa County, about 50 members from five Rotary clubs in
District 3630 visited homes that were damaged by landslides. They spent more
than 10 hours removing furniture and household items, cleaning inside the
homes, and clearing away piles of dirt outside.
“The actual scene of
the damage was much worse than the pictures show,” says Jong-il
Kim, secretary of the Rotary Club of Bongwha. “It was
dangerous and scary because the house was about to collapse, but we carried out
the work carefully to ease the worries of the residents.”
County to the southwest, about 50 members from four Rotary clubs in District
3680 cleaned up a restaurant that had been buried in silt from a mountain
And in the city of
Cheongju, in the central province of North Chungcheong, a flooded underpass
killed at least 13 people. Waist-high water also caused severe damage. Members
of the Rotary Club of Cheongju-Musim spent about six hours cleaning flooded
homes and stores.
“The residents told me
that they were so grateful that we came, and that it gave them the courage to
go on with their lives,” says Joung Ho Kim, the club president. “But their
faces were still filled with worry, and I can’t help but think of ways to help
them in the future.”
A house destroyed by a landslide in Korea.
Credit: Jong-il Kim
The thickly forested
region around the Algeria-Tunisia border is prone to fires. Even so, the
wildfires that have erupted all over the area since last year are more intense
than ever before.
“These fires spread
quickly, helped by strong winds. There were many casualties,” says Abderrahman
Ali Khodja, a member of the Rotary Club of Alger Espérance.
Khodja’s club has been
providing essential support to the village of Igreb,
in the Djurdjura mountains, for eight months.
“We took charge of a
landlocked village of 800 inhabitants. It was totally ravaged by the flames,”
Khodja says. “All the olive trees in the town had been charred. The population
lives essentially from olive growing, oil processing and the sale of olive oil.
They have lost almost all their olive trees. It's their only source of income.”
First, the club
members distributed food and hygiene products to residents. As winter approached,
they donated blankets and heaters. Then they organized the distribution of
building materials. Most recently, they donated six sewing machines and
arranged for 30 women to learn how to use them.
“When we finished … it
was an intense moment for us,” Khodja says. “The joy of the women sewing
outfits for their children brought tears to our eyes. What happiness, what
pleasure, to give joy to those who need it.”
— 18 Aug 2023
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