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 29, 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

Thanks go to Diana Selland for taking meeting notes

The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Pulliam at Butte Creek Country Club.  District Governor Claire Roberts was her for her annual visit.


President Glenn asked Jen Liu, to lead the pledge, which he/she did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.  Following that Larry Bradley presented the invocation as well as leading us in singing “God Bless America”.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Meetings will be at the location noted, 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 at BCCC.


October 24th:  Mike Wacker at BCCC.


November 7th:  Tipsy Tuesday at BCCC







- Sat. Sept 9th is the Virtual Fall District Seminar, 8:30am-noon
- Oct 7th is paradise rotary blues & brews event
- Next mtg is Sept 12th at Durham Park
- Harvest Festival is Sept 17th, set up Sept 16th
- Next meeting at Butte Creek is Sept 26th

Introduction of Visitors.

Jen Liu introduced District Governor Claire RobertsShe was accompanied by Assistant District Governor Geralyn Sheridan.

Stephen Plume introduced Rene McCormic, a member of Paradise Rotary Club.


Presidential Trivia

Jen Liu didn't get his $1.00 award since he gave the right answer to a wrong question.

Peggi Koehler got her $1.00 award by providing the right answer to "Who was 2021-2022 District Governor".

Eric Hoiland got his $1.00 award by providing the right answer to "Who was 2020-2021 District Governor"



- Jen - Sept 11th, 43rd wedding anniversary, $43 fine but he offered $100 to be a bell ringer
- Darryl -- Aug 22nd, paid $10 for his 74th birthday, shared with a twin brother
- Eric Hoilland -- Sept 3rd, paid $10 for his 59th birthday
- Steve Plumme - Offered $50 recognition for travel across (3) states


- Dist Gov Claire and Glenn present to Steve Plumme the Paul Harris plus (8) -- which is +$9k in donations to rotary foundations. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on September 12th at the Durham Park.  This will be the final Harvest Festival meeting.  All members need to be present. 


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


This was the visit of District Governor Claire Roberts.  She spoke about:

- 71 clubs in our district
- Gerilyn Sheridan is the assistant DG, and in close proximity to our club should we need assistance
- District conference for 2024 is April 26-28 in Sacramento @ Holiday Inn
- 2023-2024 mission / focus is on mental health, and sharing our "rotary story"


Dist Gov Claire also resented two awards :

- Rookie of the Year : Diana

- Most Inspirational : Jen
Her closing advice was for us to 'find perspective members where they are' to help grow our Club's membership.

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.

If you have any questions ask Steve Heithecker.

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 Jessica's name.  She was/was not present to win $10.  It'll be $20 at the next drawing.



Glenn then closed the meeting after having his picture taken with Clair and Geralyn.


From District 5160

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.


From Rotary International



When it comes to fundraising, Interactors are crushing it

By Paula M. Bodah

Mehreen Rosmon isn't even out of high school, but she's already having a big impact on her community and the world. The senior from Fremont, California, leads Interact District 5170, one of Rotary's larger Interact districts. Launched in 1962, Interact brings young people ages 12-18 together to develop leadership skills and serve their communities.

The money raised by Interactors in Rosmon's district isn't chump change. The 123 Interact clubs in District 5170 are on track to raise more than $40,000 by the end of this school year, Rosmon says. The funds will go toward causes the Interact district has chosen for 2023: alleviating food insecurity in the San Francisco Bay Area and improving water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in Honduras. "Clean water is a basic necessity, but some 829,000 people are estimated to die worldwide each year as a result of unsafe drinking water," Rosmon says. Her district is working with the nonprofit organization Water1st to fund piping, flushing toilets, and showers for 15 homes in southern Honduras.

Secrets for success

What makes for a successful Interact club? Representatives from some of the highest-achieving clubs weigh in on how to attract members and raise big bucks:

Involve the whole community in fundraising efforts. Pooja Patel, a high school junior who is vice president of the Honesdale Interact club, says her club's Karaoke night, which raised $12,000 last year for The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund, is a perfect example. The students partnered with a local brewery and reached out to other local companies for sponsorships and raffle prizes.

Let the Interact members take the lead. Mitty Chang, District 5170 Interact chair, says, "It's a safe environment to make mistakes — part of growing as a young leader. When you give them the leadership opportunities, you see that they can really flourish."

Take advantage of your local Rotary club. And Honesdale mentor Brian Fulp says don't stop with advice. "Whatever money you raise, go to your local Rotary club and ask them to match it," he says. "It's very hard for a club to say no to an Interact club they support."

It's not the only place where Interactors are making a difference. The 70 Interact students at Honesdale High School in northeastern Pennsylvania held a karaoke night in April 2022 that raised an impressive $12,000 for The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund, to support people affected by the war in Ukraine, according to Lynne Goodwin, the liaison to the club from its sponsoring Rotary Club of Honesdale. And in El Campo, Texas, Interactors raised more than $1,300 for polio eradication by selling rubber ducks to race at a District 5890 event.

Interactors research and choose the causes they want to support. Like the El Campo Interactors, many clubs devote at least part of each year to raising money for Rotary's polio eradication efforts. Interactors also decide what kinds of fundraisers to hold. They run the gamut from classic bake sales to more elaborate endeavors like Honesdale's karaoke night.

Today's Interactor is often tomorrow's Rotarian. Mitty Chang, the 34-year-old Interact chair for District 5170, has been involved with Rotary for more than half his life, beginning with Interact as a high schooler. He stresses that although Rotarians act as mentors and advisers, the Interactor leadership teams are in charge. "It's their vision and strategy for the year," he says. "We provide training and guidance, but it's their show."

Next year in college, Rosmon plans to study business, focusing on its social impact on communities. She also plans to continue her service work by joining Rotaract and eventually becoming a Rotarian. "Interact has allowed me to grow into who I am today," she says. "I hope to continue to share that through Rotaract and Rotary."

This story originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of Rotary magazine.


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