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





October 10, 2023


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2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
1 2 3
No Meeting
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Club Assembly
(Glenn Pulliam)
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
No Meeting
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
(Mike Wacker)
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Tipsy Tuesday at Mulberry Station
(Glenn Pulliam)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
(Jen Liu)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting
29 30    

The Meeting Opening


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


Glenn asked your Eric Hoiland to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.  Following that Larry lead us in singing “God Bless America”.

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


October 24th:  Mike Wacker at BCCC.


November 7th:  Tipsy Tuesday at Mulberry Station.


November 14th:   Jen Liu at BCCC


December 5th:  Christmas Party at BCCC.


December 19th:  Tom Knowles at BCCC


January:  I assume it will be the 9th, but I have received no information about meeting after December.




President Glenn read a letter the Club had received from Cari Lindahl Tarter, a fan of our Harvest Festival.  She thanked us for the Harvest Festival this year, which she enjoyed.


President also showed us a small pendent flag, identifying Durham Rotary. he found in the storage shed.  There are a number of them in the box.  Members can take one when visiting other clubs.


Jen Liu reported on his visit to Dave Jessen at Windsor Rehab.  Dave is currently receiving physical therapy at Windsor Chico Creek Care & Rehab on Rio Lindo.  He is in room 52b and will there till this Friday.


Introduction of Visitors


Larry Bradley introduced our Student of the Month, Owen Solano, and his father, Matt Solano.


K. R. Robertson was asked to introduce the guests at his table (which was his wife, Sharon), but he gave President Glenn such a bad time that Glenn agreed to pay K.R.’s recognition of $5 for failing to introduce his wife.

The third table had no visitors.


Student of the Month



Larry Bradley introduced Owen Solano as our first Student of the Month for this year.  Owen is active in many sports at Durham High School, including football, baseball and trap shooting.  He also maintains very good grades.



Eric Hoiland was having his 16th wedding anniversary, although they cannot go out because she is having knee surgery.  He contributed $20.

Diana Selland is having her third wedding anniversary.  But she is also doing other things so she voluntarily contributed $100 be become a Bell Ringer.


Peggi Koehler was having a birthday and opted to have a song.  So, the club sang “Happy Birthday”.  She contributed $25.   

Jen Liu was also having a birthday and also opted for a song.  So, the club also sang “Happy Birthday” to him.  He contributed $10.

Jim Patterson voluntarily contributed $50 in honor of Sue Jessen, to the Rotary Foundation.   

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on October 24th at the BCCC.  Mike Wacker will have the program.



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


Tonight was a Club Assembly, which was conducted by President Glenn.  It was about money, club expenses and institution of club dues.  I am not certain that I got it all correct below.  Actually, President Glenn expects to prepare a memo detailing what had been propose, which he will email to all members.  That should correct, clarify and expand on what I will say here. 


President Glenn began by indicating that club operating expense, exclusive of meals, are about $6,500 a year.  Our club has not had member dues in the past, as most clubs have.  The dues you have been paying are Rotary International dues and District 5160 dues.  We have been dipping into fund raising money to cover the club expenses.  We have to stop that. 


Beginning January 1st we will be assessed club dues in addition to the other dues and meals, on a quarterly basis.  It will amount to $250 quarterly or about $83 per month.  This will include Rotary International dues, District 5160 dues, club dues and meals.  It will not cover the Christmas Party or Recognitions.  As for Recognitions, members are expected to contribute at lease $100 per year in Recognitions.  This applies to regular members. 

In addition to regular membership, members whose age and years of Rotary service total 85 or more can be Club 85 members. Club 85 members will pay about $33 per month to cover Rotary International dues, District 5160 dues and club dues, but not meals.  When they attend a meeting, they will be charged $30 for their meal.

All guests will be charged $30 for their meal.


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 Bradly drew Dave Jessen’s name.  He, unfortunately, was not present to win.



President Glenn then closed the meeting.




From District 5160

TO: All Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 5160

I am excited to announce that Woody Fridae from the Rotary Club of Winters has been selected to serve as 2026-27 District Governor for our district. I have known Woody since we attended Leadership Academy in 2017 and I look forward to working with him along with DG Elect Dan Geraldi and DG Nominee Joy Alaidarous.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to meet or get to know Woody, let me introduce you.

Woody spent his 38-year career as a Public School Educator. Woody taught 5th grade and dual emersion classes in the Winters Joint Unified School District. He was active in curriculum development and pupil enrichment programs as well as cooperative programs with parents, administrators and fellow teachers. He also worked to introduce “Interest Based Bargaining” which has become the model in teacher/administrator relations.

Woody served four terms on the Winters City Council including two terms as Mayor. His work on the Council included budget, planning and general services. Woody was a leader in economic development including the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Winters. As a community leader, Woody placed an emphasis on outreach and collaboration with the City’s Hispanic community.

As a Rotarian, Woody has served Club President as well as numerous other roles in his club. During his term as President, he led the creation of a strategic plan which resulted in numerous community and international projects and expansion of the Club’s non-profit status. Woody has served in district roles including serving as an Assistant Governor from 2020-22.

Woody and his wife Rebecca have been married for 46 years and are the parents of two young men. Rebecca is an active community volunteer for local philanthropic, library and garden projects. Woody and Rebecca were named Winters Citizens of the Year in 2015.

Woody and Rebecca love to travel. Their trips have taken them to Europe and Southeast Asia.

Please join me in congratulating Woody!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

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



Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 15th consecutive year

For the 15th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“We are delighted to provide the Rotary Foundation with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that Rotary is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

Charity Navigator assesses nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, including the impact of the charity’s program relative to cost; the organization’s governance and financial health including its transparency, efficiency, and sustainability; a charity’s leadership capacity, strategic development, and ability to adapt to internal and external changes; and its overall culture and connectedness to its constituents and the communities they serve.

–Oct 2023


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