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





December 19, 2023


Crab Feed 2024

Will be held on
Jan. 20, 2024

2023                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary

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
Present State of Durham FFA
(Tom Knowles)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28  29 30

  1 2
No Meeting
 3 4 5 6
7 8 9
(John Bohanon)
10 11 12
14 15 16
(Eric Hoiland)
17 18 19 20
Crab Feed
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Tod Kimmelshue
(Mike Crump)

The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Pulliam, at the Butte Creek Country Club. We weremeeting in the main dining room due to a Country Club function in the middle and far rooms (where we usually meet)..

Glenn asked Jessica Thorpe to lead the pledge, which she did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.   Following that, Larry Bradley led us in singing “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”.

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

January 9th John Bohanan

January 16th:  Eric Hoiland

January 20th:  Crab Feed.

January 30th:  Tod Kimmelshue - Mike Crump

February 13th:  Club Social

February 27th:  Jim Patterson

March 12th:  Phil Price

March 26th:  Daryl Polk

April 9th:  Diana Costillo-Seland


Prior to the meeting there was a last minute Board Meeting, mostly regarding the Crab Feed.  Preparations are progressing.

For those involved in set up, they should know that it will begin at 9:00 AM on January 20th.

We are still very short on donations to the Silent Auction.  All members need to solicit these donations.  That is where a substantial part of our profit comes from. 

Crab Feed Tickets are on sale to members.  Get yours before they sell out once general sales start. The price is $75 per person or $650 pertable. So far 75 tickers have been sold.  If you want tickets see the three ways of getting them Diana listed below. 

Here’s the updated ticket info from Diana Selland :

As of 3pm on 12/19/2023 we have 175 tickets remaining. 

To purchase tickets, you can use Eventbrite (, drop in at Tri Counties Bank in Durham during bank hours, or by contacting Jessica or Diana so that Jessicacan bill you for them -- but the invoice needs to be paid prior to the event.

Please make sure to share this info with your family and friends who may be interested in attending

Billing Changes

The following is a repeat from the last two Rowels:  Billing of members is changing.  Beginning January 1st you will receive a statement quarterly, at the beginning of each quarter.  However, because on or about January 1, 2024 you will also receive astatement for December 2023, the first quarter’s statement will not be sent until mid-January.

Introduction of Visitors

The first 4 tables Glenn called on had no visitors, so each member at the tables contributed $1.  The problem was that we were at 6 tables for 4, not our usual larger tables, so there were not enough guests to go around.

Tom Knowles introduced his son, Teddy and High School ag teacher, McKenna Luce, two of his program presenters for the night.

Larry Bradley introduced Max Landon, Student of the Month for November, and his parents, Buzz and Nicole Landon.


Larry Bradley again introduced Max Landon, our Student of the Month for November.  (Sorry for the poor quality of the photo)

Larry talked about Max’s participation in in Camp Royal, Interact, FFA and sports.  He also talked about his good grades.


There was no one to be recognized tonight.  But that was because he had recognized Jim Patterson’s anniversary, which was tonight, last week. 

But the Grinder, which was last in possession of Jessica Thorpe, needed to be auctioned.  Jen Liu, who has a trip to Taiwan planned in January, got it for $160.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on January 9th.  IT WILL NOT BE AT THE BUTTE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB.  John Bohanan will present a program in the Board Room of the DurhamSchool District Offices.  The address is 9420 Putney Drive although it seems to be back off the road aways.  If anyone has better directions to the location of this program, he or she might email it to members before January 9th.   I assume the

Durham members know where it is, but some of us Chico people do not.


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 

Tom Knowles introduced high school ag teacher, who was new two years ago, and two ag students, Max Landon (also our Student of the Month) andhis son, Teddy Knowles.  They talked about the expansion of the ag programs at Durham High School.  The events and competitions they have participated in.

After completing that part of the program, they talked about the floral program.  Then they presented each member with a potted poinsettia.  However, that wasn’t all. After delivering a poinsettia to each member we had to learn how cover the pot with metallic paper and tie a ribbon it to keep it in place.

The club made a donation of $100 to the ag program to help with t cost of producing the potted poinsettias. 

The Rotary Foundation Donations

You can make a difference in this world by helping people in need. Your gift can do some greatthings, 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 memberswho 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 ofRotary to make these projects possible.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make adifference. The minimum gift to The Rotary Foundation is $25.00.   An annual $100.00 gift is a sustaining member.  Once your donationsaccumulate 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 RotaryFoundation to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 383, Durham, California 95958.

It was suggested that you make a donation in Dave Jessen’s name to help get him to the next level.  He was apparently close.  I think what was talked about was getting him to a Paul Harris Major Donor level, whichis the level you reach when you have given $10,000.  Talk to Steve Heithecker about how to do that.  Also, see the discussion in “From Rotary International” below.

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:

None tonight


President Glenn then closed the meeting.


From District 5160

Spring Assembly – South: March 23

Spring Assembly – North: April 6

Field of Rotary Dreams 2023-24 District Conference, Sacramento: April 26-28

Early Bird registration of $280 for the Field of Rotary Dreams Conference on April 26-28, 2024 ends December 31!
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Here is some important information from the District Conference Playbook.
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Join us for lunch on Saturday as motivation speaker and retired Professional Basketball player Jumbo Jim Eakins talks about Teamwork. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey with a speaker like no other! Jim is a motivational speaker and retired professionalbasketball player.

Jim has a story that transcends the realm of professional basketball. Yes, he's been a part of championship teams, but that's just thetip of the iceberg in his incredible narrative. Beyond the courts, Jim made a choice that would change his life and impact the world. After hanging up hisbasketball sneakers, Jim decided to give back to the world that had given him so much. The fellowship he had cherished for years led him on adventures thatare nothing short of mesmerizing. These are tales that will captivate your heart and ignite your spirit.

Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Jumbo Jim Eakins - a story that's more than just a slam dunk. It's a slam dunk for thesoul, a story of triumph, inspiration, and boundless generosity. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary experience.

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From Rotary International

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around theworld.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding,goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

Donor Recognition


Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express ourgratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member witha named or endowed gift.

Individual recognition

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.


When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of $1,000 or more in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fundoutright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

Paul Harris Fellow

When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approvedFoundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, oran approved Foundation grant.

Paul Harris Society member

When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus,or an approved Foundation grant. Learn more about the Paul Harris Society.

Bequest Society

When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The RotaryFoundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive acrystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:

Arch Klumph Society

When your cumulative donations reach $250,000. Recognition includes an inductionceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA.You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more aboutthe Arch Klumph Society.

Legacy Society

When you promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment, you’ll be listed inRotary’s annual report and invited to exclusive Rotary International and Foundation events. Legacy Society members also receive special recognitionitems and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members.

Club recognition

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

For clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is aone-time recognition.

100% Paul Harris Society Club

For clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes a minimum of $1,000 to theAnnual Fund, PolioPlus, or global grants within a Rotary year

100% Foundation Giving Club

For clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percentparticipation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund,approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.

Rotary’s Promise Club

A designation provided to clubs in which every dues-paying member supports TheRotary Foundation’s Endowment with a minimum commitment of $1,000 or more in an estate plan or via an outright gift of $1,000 or more. A certificate honoringthe achievement will be provided upon request.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club

For clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita duringthe Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year. 

Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving

For the three clubs in each district that give the most, per capita, to the AnnualFund. Clubs that give at least $50 per capita are eligible.

Rotaract Giving Certificate

Rotaract clubs that collectively contribute $100 or more annually to The RotaryFoundation will be eligible for a Rotaract Giving Certificate.

Naming opportunities

Special opportunities are available to create an endowment or make a directed gift inyour name or the name of a loved one. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, with part of their earnings spent on a designated program. Directed gifts arespent in their entirety, usually in the following Rotary year.

Endowed global grant fund

Named endowment

If you donate $25,000 or more, you can direct the money to one of the following:

Learn more

Directed gift global grants

Rotary Peace Centers endowment opportunities

Rotary Peace Centers directed gifts

Rotary Peace Symposium directed gifts

Entrepreneurial named gift for peace


The Rotary International web site is:

District 5160 is:

The Durham Rotary Club site is:

The Rowel Editor may be contacted at:

The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.

The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.