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





August 22, 2023


 Harvest Festival


will be held on

September 17, 2023

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

Tipsy Tuesday
Social Hours at The Selland's
(Diana Selland)

23 24 25 26
27 28 29
Clair Roberts
5160 DG Visit
Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
(Glenn Pulliam)
30 31    
          1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
DHF Planning at the Durham Community Park
(Glenn Pulliam)
13 14 15 16
DHF Setup at the Durham Community Park
(Glenn Pulliam)
Harvest Festival at Durham Community Park

No Meeting

20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Steve Heithecker)
27 28 29 20

The Meeting Opening


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.

FUTURE 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 at BCCC


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 volunteered them.


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.


President Glenn 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.

Next Meeting

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 social gatherings

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


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

Rotary 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.”

Countless people 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 Rim.

“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 fires. 

“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.

“Physically and 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.

Credit: Vasileia-Nektaria Moutafi


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 locations.

“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 Rotary. 

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.”

In Geumsan 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 landslide. 

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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