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





November 14, 2023


Crab Feed 2024

Will be held on
Jan. 20, 2024

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Tipsy Tuesday at Mulberry Station
(Glenn Pulliam)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Updates on Formula SAE project from CSU, Chico - Harold Kohler
(Jen Liu)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(Jessica Thorpe)
29 30    
          1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
Christmas Party at BCCC
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
(Tom Knowles)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30

The Meeting Opening


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


Glenn asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.  Since Larry Bradley was absent, Glenn opted to omit singing a song, since none of the rest of us can sing.

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


November 28th:  Jessica Thorpe


December 12th:  Christmas Party at BCCC.


December 19th:  Tom Knowles at BCCC


January 9th John Bohanan


January 16th:  Eric Hoiland


January 20th:  Crab Feed.


January 30th:  Crab Feed Debrief






Again note that the Christmas party has been moved to December 12th.


President Glenn, in recognition of Veteran’s Day, recognized those members who had served in the armed services.  They were K. R. Robertson, Robert Olea and Steve Plume (I thought there was one other, but I didn’t get his name down, sorry).


President Glenn then asked members what the term “Dust Off” meant.  Steve Plume replied that it was a military term for the emergency patient evacuation of casualties from a combat zone.  He explained the history of the term.

Crab Feed Tickets will soon be on sale.  The price will be $75 per person or $650 per table.  If you want tickets let Jessica Thorpe or Diane Seland know before the sellout.

A Membership Committee is being formed.  Eric Hoiland will be the chairperson.

Introduction of Visitors


Jen Liu introduced Bruce Burke, M.D., as his guest.


Sharon Robertson was also a guest of K. R.


President Glenn also welcomed back Robert Olea, who had been missing for a while.  Robert had with him as a guest, his dog Bailey.


Student of the Month




Eric Hoiland introduced Juliana Sears as our Student of the Month for November.  Juliana is track.  She attended Camp Royal this past summer.  Also, she is Dave Jessen’s granddaughter.  She came with her mother, Julie Sears




President Glenn recognized himself for sending out an email erroneously identifying our program as being from Butte College, when they are actually from CSUC.

He also recognized Jim Patterson for his upcoming 92ne birthday.  He contributed $10.  The Club sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

He also commented on my having mis-spelled his and Jen’s names, but did not ask for a contribution.  I did find a Rowel last month in which I had mis-spelled Jen’s name, but could find no Rowel in which I had mis-spelled Glenn’s name.

Next Meeting

Contrary to the recent meeting calendars, there will be a meeting on November 28th at 6:00 pm.  It will be at the BCCC.  Jessica Thorpe will have the program.


Bring guests who you think you can interest in becoming a member.  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’s program was about the CSU Chico Formula SAE club.  It is one of the best resources on campus for aspiring engineers to gain exposure and experience in working in the field as professional engineers. The Society of Automotive Engineers holds a collegiate competition every year in which teams from around the globe must create a student-run engineering business that is dedicated to a specific application of designing, building, validating, and completing a Formula race car. This gives the club's members a plethora of opportunities to learn the real-world application of what is being taught in engineering classes.

Tonight’s program was introduced by Peggi’s husband, Harold Koehler.  He then introduced Cedric McKenney and David Kerr members of the club and students. 


They talked about the CSU Chico Formula SAE club designing and building of Formula One racing car below, using their engineering education at CSUC.:



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:


Steve Plume drew Bruce Miller’s name.  He, unfortunately, was not present to win.



President Glenn then closed the meeting.



From District 5160

Nothing new this week.

From Rotary International

Rotary members use creative approaches in the fight to end polio

As the fight against polio unites communities around the world, Rotary members are using time-tested methods and attention-grabbing new ideas to raise awareness, funds, and support. From Europe to Africa, Asia to the Americas, Rotary members remain committed to eradicating the disease forever.

Germany to Turkey and back again: A trip to end polio

Bashar Asfour, a member of the Rotary Club of Tbilisi Ambassador, Georgia, embarked on a European tour in a Volkswagen bus, starting in Berlin on 31 August. He aims to raise awareness, gather donations, and inspire new volunteers to fight polio. With a route spanning 16 countries and meetings in 38 cities, his journey culminates in Chemnitz, Germany, on 20 and 21 October to coincide with the main Rotary event for World Polio Day in the region. 

Brazil: Together Against Polio campaign

The Rotary clubs of Brazil are using the Together Against Polio campaign to combat the disease and raise awareness about vaccination. The campaign includes billboards, leaflets, social media graphics, and a website featuring verified information from sources like the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Through their extensive network, clubs are distributing free campaign materials, spreading accurate information, and encouraging polio vaccination across the nation.

Madagascar: An urban run for polio awareness

The Rotary Club of Antananarivo-Mahamasina organized the sixth running of the Urban Trail, uniting clubs in Madagascar’s capital. With more than 4,000 participants on 7-km and 14-km (4.3-mile and 8.7-mile) routes, this event coincided with African Vaccination Week. The initiative, in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, and others, aimed to raise awareness about the PolioPlus program and the importance of vaccination.

France: T-Rex Race with fun and purpose

At the T-Rex Race in Fréjus, France, participants wear tyrannosaurus rex costumes and race to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. Organized by District 1730, this event on 21-22 October takes place alongside the Fréjus International Air Festival. It’s a creative way to get people’s attention for a noble cause, embodying Rotary’s dedication to a polio-free world. 

Participants look forward to the annual T-Rex Race in Fréjus, France, which raises awareness and funds for polio eradication.

Credit: Dinh Hoan Tran

Colombia: El Zoo del Amor brings comfort to terminally ill children

Rotarians Sonia Uribe and Alberto Londoño launched El Zoo del Amor to provide comfort to terminally ill children. Stuffed animals like Ana the giraffe and Lucas the tiger offer solace, each wearing a shirt adorned with the Rotary logo. Rotarians also carry these animals on their global travels, capturing photos against iconic backdrops, which sparks smiles and more support. The project has raised about US$260,000 that will be spent on polio eradication efforts and vaccinations for more than 76,000 children, nurturing children’s lives and a polio-free world.

Philippines: Culinary collaboration for a cause

Rotary clubs in the Philippines united for a dinner event to raise funds for the End Polio Now campaign. Over two days, renowned chefs prepared Dabawenyo and Ilonggo dishes, supporting polio eradication while celebrating fine dining. The clubs plan to repeat the event and are exploring other collaborative efforts to support polio eradication .

Korea: Gugak concert raises US$12,000

On the Korean island of Jeju, Rotary members in District 3662 and the Sehyang Orchestra organized a concert of traditional gugak music. This concert was a rare treat for Jeju residents, who have limited access to such events. It was attended by 400 people and raised 16 million won (about US$12,000) for the PolioPlus Fund.

Japan: Chiba’s parade of unity

Rotary members in Japan’s Chiba prefecture organized a vibrant parade featuring a mikoshi, a portable shrine. It coincided with the Oyako Sandai Festival, fusing festivity and purpose to raise awareness and hope for a polio-free world. Draped in End Polio Now shirts and festival costumes, the Rotary members made a dramatic impression.

India: Italian Rotarians take part in polio vaccination

Italian Rotarians and their friends from District 2080 worked on a crucial vaccination campaign in Uttar Pradesh, India. During the campaign, part of the National Immunization Day initiative, the team collaborated with local frontline health workers. The effort included significant participation from women in the region. The Rotary members have consistently supported global polio vaccination efforts and are enthusiastic about sharing their stories to generate more support.

- 24 October 2023


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