Rotary International Theme 2023-2024
Rotary Club of
Rotary International President:
Durham Rotary President: Glenn Pulliam
Editor: Phil Price
Publisher: Jen Liu
September 12, 2023
will be held on
|2023 Calendar for Durham Rotary
DHF Planning at the Durham Community Park
DHF Setup at the Durham Community Park
Harvest Festival at Durham Community Park
This was our Harvest Festival
Planning meeting at the Durham Park. President
Glenn Pulliam opened the meeting and led the pledge. He asked asked Jim Patterson to present an invocation. Jim mentioned the death of Eric Hoiland’s
father and Dave Jessen’s wife Sue Jessen in his prayer. President Glenn then asked Larry Bradley to
lead us in song. He led us in singing
then had Beer Brats that Jen
Liu had prepared followed by a wonderful chocolate cake that Diane Selland had
MEETINGS: Meetings will
be at the location noted, at 6:00 pm.
September 17th: Harvest Festival at the Durham Park.
September 26th: Steve Heithecker
October 10th. Eric Hoiland will present the program at BCCC
October 24th: Mike Wacker at BCCC
November 7th: Tipsey Tuesday
(Glenn & Eric)
November 14th: Jen Liu
The next meeting, which will be
next Sunday, September 17th will be the Harvest Festival. We need all members present by 6:00 am.
Prior to that we will meet at the
storage shed in Durham on Saturday, September 16th at 8:30 am. After loading up all members are to proceed
to the Durham Park to begin set up.
The next regular meeting will be
September 26th at the BCCC.
Steve Heithecker will be in charge, but it
will be a review of the Harvest Festival.
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
Program was about:
Durham Rotary Club Proudly Presents...
Durham Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 17, 2023
In the beautiful tree-covered grassy Durham Community Park, Durham-Dayton Highway
of the Durham Rotary Club are very excited that the 2023 Durham Harvest
Festival will be bigger and better than ever. Funds raised from the event
go back into the Durham Community for scholarships and local projects.
We anticipate that Festival highlights will be similar to last year. From
7 to 11 a.m. the popular pancake breakfast will be
cooked and served by Rotary members. Then at 11 a.m. lunch starts with
hot dogs, tri tip sandwich, and beverages.
9 a.m. the Arts and Crafts Fair will begin, with artisans selling their
wares until 4 p.m. We
expect around 40 participants this year with many talented artisans returning
year after year. Arts and Craft Fair application.
The unique Car Show & Shine is a feast for the eyes with its display of
antique cars, trucks, custom cars and muscle cars. Because of space
limitations, the car show will be limited to 200 cars. There will be no
pre-registration. A $20 entrance fee will be collected
onsite. The car show begins at 9 a.m. For participants, the tree covered park is
great for for settling in with your friends in a
group setting. The Festival is
a great family event with activities for all ages.
restored tractors and engines are a very popular part of the day’s
events. As in the past, the engines will be restored and
feature this year will include MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT by Chico Community Concert Band.
Rotary invites any Durham Organizations who would like to participate in the
festival to contact them. If you have a possible activity to raise
funds for your group, Rotary would like to hear from you to discuss how you can
participate. Contact Larry Bradley at (530) 864-0795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program tonight was President Glenn reviewing the
following Harvest Festival Setup schedule, with additions by Larry Bradley and
comments and suggestions by members.
From District 5160 Governor
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have nothing here. She does list the
following calendar dates:
Assembly – South: March 23
Assembly – North: April 6
of Rotary Dreams 2023-24 District Conference, Sacramento: April 26-28
From Rotary International
A solar energy divide
Rotary and Habitat bring rooftop solar to
By Amy Hoak
The Habitat for Humanity home that Amber Cox moved into in 2020
not only provided a new, comfortable living situation for her and her son — it
also helped keep the family's energy bills low.
That's because their
duplex in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley came with a perk: rooftop solar panels,
installed shortly after she moved in. The technology produces enough energy to
greatly reduce her electric bill and create wiggle room in her budget. "It
pretty much covers what would be my electric bill about three quarters of the
year," Cox says.
Even in the
wintertime, when the heat is running and sunlight is less abundant, she saves
about $40 a month. This, in turn, makes it easier for her to spend on
activities for her 9-year-old son, like registration fees for the swim team or
a weekend trip to the zoo. Among residents of affordable housing, she's one of
the fortunate few with solar power.
While the cost of
solar panels has plummeted, the technology has not reached everyone equally.
Low-income families, which stand to benefit the most from the savings, are
among those with the least access to renewable energy. Barriers include high
upfront costs, difficulty accessing loans, and disqualification for tax
Workers install solar panels on the roof of a
Habitat for Humanity home in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Courtesy of Southern
By the numbers
Potential savings over
the life of a solar system
Tree plantings needed
to equal the benefits of one solar rooftop
income of solar adopters in the U.S.
advocates in the U.S. have pointed to the disparity as an example of how people
of color, who often endure more pollution in their neighborhoods, higher rates
of asthma, and some of the greatest impacts of climate change, are also shut
off from climate solutions. The civil rights group NAACP is among those pressing for greater
access to solar power in communities with large percentages of Black or
Through their service
partnership, Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity International are
trying to shrink that solar equity gap, an effort that can have a lasting
impact on families and communities. Habitat is a global nonprofit that improves
living conditions in more than 70 countries, including by removing hurdles to
affordable, adequate housing for families.
"There's such a
thing as energy poverty," explains Liz Henke, of the Rotary Club of East
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "The energy bill is such a high percentage of
disposable income for low-income people. If you can help decrease that power
bill, you can help interrupt that cycle of poverty. It means families can
afford shoes, buy better quality food, and all that goes back into the
Since 2020, Henke's
club has helped the local Habitat affiliate raise more than $330,000 for solar
panels. She recruited a student intern who helped solicit the donation of 100
solar panels from Strata Clean Energy in Durham, North Carolina.
As a member of
Sustainability Rotary Action Group's Renewable Energy Task Force, Henke also helped produce a
guidebook, with support from Habitat and Rotary, to advise other clubs in the
U.S. how to make solar a reality for low-income homeowners in their locations.
The ESRAG guide educates readers on the basics: Rooftop solar uses photovoltaic
panels to convert sun rays to electricity, cutting the expense of drawing power
from a utility. And power companies pay homeowners for energy that isn't used
and is fed back into the grid, which can further offset monthly electric bills.
The installation of a 5.4-kilowatt solar system can save a homeowner $50 to
$150 a month in electricity costs. The guidebook also covers practical topics
including tax credits and rebates, grants, fundraising, and donations of equipment,
labor, and expertise.
Homes built by Habitat for Humanity with
rooftop solar panels in Orange County, North Carolina.
Because of the high
upfront investment, Habitat affiliates have had to navigate a patchwork of
funding sources, which tend to shift and fluctuate over time, says Beth Wade,
director of land acquisition and project development for Habitat of Cape Cod,
Massachusetts. The partnership with Rotary could help, she says. "This
[partnership] has the potential to stabilize funding because it may provide a
new group and a new pool that we can go to when there aren't state funds,"
Wade says. "We live right in liberal Massachusetts, progressive
Massachusetts. And even here, the funding ebbs and flows."
Already, there are
Rotary/Habitat solar projects being pursued in places including upstate New
York, Delaware, Minnesota, Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina,
Ontario, and Côte d'Ivoire, Henke says.
"It used to be,
if you're going to put solar on a house, you really needed to be a tree-hugger,
you needed to be willing to actually pay a premium for energy that was zero
carbon," says John E.P. Morrison, executive director of NC Clean Future,
an initiative that promotes clean energy, air, and water and land preservation
in North Carolina. Today, once the system is in place, maintenance costs are
minimal and the electricity is almost free — as long as you can pay for the
system upfront, he adds.
The full cost of
residential rooftop solar, including installation, dropped 64 percent between
2010 and 2022, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy. But many
tax breaks helping bring down costs favor higher earners. Homeowners with lower
incomes often don't pay enough in taxes to benefit from the rebates.
But a law approved
last year allows non-taxpaying entities to get the same 30 percent rebate on
solar installations as taxpayers, Henke says, so organizations like Habitat can
direct the savings to the homeowners. It's a way to begin to bring equity to solar
significantly reducing the energy burden of these families. We're
contributing to the generational wealth of these families," says Jeff
Heie, director of GiveSolar, a nonprofit organization that helps
other nonprofits and homeowners with lower incomes gain access to solar energy.
Homeowners can save an estimated $25,000 over the life of a solar system, he
Heie and others hope
that putting solar on Habitat homes could have a ripple effect on the
homebuilding industry, with more developers equipping homes with the
technology. The Habitat project shows that if it can be done for low-income
homeowners, anyone can do it, he says.
Volunteers lift a solar panel during
installation at a Habitat home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Courtesy of GiveSolar
To reap the full
benefits of solar power, it's best to plan for an installation when the home is
built. Homes need to be oriented for direct sunlight, and in the Northern
Hemisphere the roof plane should face southward for maximum exposure. Building
the homes with the proper electrical infrastructure is also helpful. "Most
houses don't have electrical wires running up to the roof," Morrison says.
"It's much easier to put that wiring in when the house is being built, as
opposed to try to retrofit it later."
An expansion of
rooftop solar is also an important path to meeting climate goals. The impact of
one 5.4-kilowatt rooftop solar system is the equivalent of planting 3,000 trees
or not driving about 300,000 miles, according to the ESRAG guidebook. "Rotary
members, for the environment, like to plant trees. If we plant 50 trees on a
Saturday morning, we've worked really hard," Henke says. "If you put
up solar panels, that's the equivalent of planting thousands of trees that do
not need to be tended, watered, or mulched."
Amber Cox is
encouraged that more people are getting access to solar energy. "Once upon
a time, the only people that could afford solar maybe didn't have the same
amount of need that we do," Cox says. "We've come so far with solar.
It does make for a hopeful future."
This story originally
appeared in the September 2023 issue of Rotary magazine.
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