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


 January 16, 2024


Crab Feed 2024

Will be held on
Jan. 20, 2024

2024                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9
DUSD Current Affairs
(John Bohanon)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
(Eric Hoiland)
17 18 19 20
Crab Feed
21 22 23
Crab Feed Debriefing at Mulberry Station at 4:00 PM
24 25  26 37
28 29 30
Tod Kimmelshue
(Mike Crump)

  1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Club Social - Location TBA
14 15 16 17
Crab Feed
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
(Jim Patterson)

The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Pulliam in the meeting room at the Memorial Hall inDurham. 

Glenn asked Ravi Saip to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then presented the invocation.   Following that, Larry Bradley led us in singing "God Bless America".

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

January 16th:  Eric Hoiland, at the Memorial Hall

January 20th:  Crab Feed, at Memorial Hall.

January 30th:  Mike Crump and Crab Feed Debrief at BCCC

February 13th:  Club Social, Location TBA

February 27th:  Jim Patterson, at BCCC


For those involved in set up for the Crab Feed, they should know that it will begin Saturday at 8:30 AM atthe storage shed.  It will continue following delivery of the tables at 9:00 am in the Memorial Hall.

There will be a District Grant Training conference on January 27th..  You must have this training if you are to be involved in seeking a District grant.  According to the District web page it will be a virtual meeting from8:30am until noon.  If you are going to participate you must first register.

Jessica reported that Crab Feed tickets are sold out.

Silent Auction items should be delivered to Jessica by next Wednesday, January 17th.  They may be delivered to her at next week's meeting or to her house or to StevePlume at Durham Auto Parts in Durham.

Glenn reported that there will be a Memorial Service for Dave and Sue Jessen on Saturday, February 3rd, at the Memorial Hall in Durham.  This is based on information he was given, however it was not from an official source, so check it yourself.   

Introduction of Visitors

 There were no visitors introduced tonight.



Glenn was into recognitions of people who have escaped recognitions or enough recognitions tobring their recognitions this year to $50 (1/2 of expected annual recognitions of $100.

First, he recognized John Bohannon for his birthday.  John contributed $10 and elected not to have a song.  Then, since John has not been recognized much, this year, he was askedwhat had happened in his life that deserved recognition.  John confessed that his son had a wedding.  He contributed another $50 for that.

He then asked Eric Hoiland what in his life was worthy of recognition.  Eric replied that there was nothing.  But he contributed $10.

Glenn moved on to Peggi Koehler.  She noted that she was sworn in as a Court-appointed special advocate for Butte County. She contributed $25.

Glenn then asked Daryl Polk what he had done that warranted recognition.  He said that other than spending some time a Lake Tahoe last summer, nothing much. So others contribute for him as follows; Larry Bradley - $5, Steve Heitheckar - $5, Peggi Koehler - $5, Mike Crump - $5, Jessica Thorpe - $5, Glenn Pulliam - $5. Daryl then contributed $20.

After he was through, Mike Crumb pointed out that Glenn had missed him.  Mike contributed $100 and rang the Bell.  (It was something about his daughter, but if forgot to note it down).  Glenn then contributed $10 for forgetting Mike.

Next Meetings

On January 23rd, at 4:00 pm the Crab Feed committee chairpersons will get together at Mulberry Station for a Crab Feed debrief.

The next club meeting will be on January 30th at the Butte Creek Country Club.  Mike Crump will have the program.  There will likely be some general member Crab debrief.


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 the final planning for the Crab Feed. I am not reporting all that detail here. 

But for those of you who purchased tickets, but have not received actual tickets.  Your name will be on a list to be checked off when you enter.


See the work schedule below:

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 Jessens 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 Internationa"l 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!
For current information and updates on the conference, check out

Here is some important information from the District Conference Playbook.
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Sacramento, CA 95814 (Friday Check-in 3:00 pm)

From Rotary International

Rotary partnership with the United Nations puts the focus on waterways

By Etelka Lehoczky

To find out how to start protecting local waterways, write to

A new collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme empowers Rotary members to clean up, protect, and monitor their localwaterways. The strategic partnership aligns with both the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and Rotary's environment area of focus.

The partnership "brings together Rotary's community-based solutions and UNEP'st echnical expertise," RI President-elect Stephanie Urchick said when announcing the partnership on 10 January. She spoke at Rotary's International Assembly, the organization's gathering of incoming district governors.

At the center of the partnership is a program enabling Rotary and Rotaract clubsto make commitments to the health of their own nearby waterways. Called Community Action for Fresh Water, the program will encourage clubs to organize river cleanup days, raise awareness in their communities about the importanceof healthy waterways, conduct basic water quality tests, and report their findings.

These locally based activities are crucial to protecting the environment on a globalscale, says Rafael Peralta, regional director and representative for the UNEP's office for North America.

"The protection, management, and restoration of freshwater ecosystems is fundamentalto combating the triple planetary crises: the crisis of climate change, the crisis of biodiversity loss, and the crisis of pollution and waste," Peraltasaid at the announcement ceremony. "As populations develop and economies expand, so too does the demand for fresh water. This puts freshwater ecosystemsunder increasing pressure."

This partnership builds on a pilot program, Adopt a River for Sustainable Development, begun in 2020 by UNEP and Rotary District 9212(Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan). In addition, Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world have often worked independently to clean up freshwaterecosystems.

"Healthy watersheds help biodiversity, forests, wetlands, and lakes. They helpagriculture, help the economy, recharge the aquifers, and provide water to millions of people around the world," said Salvador Rico, a member of TheRotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers. "A contaminated river and a damaged watershed make the area prone to fires, cause droughts, cause diseases,affect the economy of nearby communities, and contribute to climate change."

The Rotary Foundation is funding program costs over the course of three years, withthe potential for continued support. Clubs can use district funds or apply for global grants to pay for their activities. 

To participate, Rotary and Rotaract clubs can identify a local body of water(river, lake, wetland, or natural reservoir) and commit to protecting and restoring it. They can then engage with the local community and other relevantgroups to identify any major threats to the body of water and ultimately develop a plan of action in coordination with nongovernmental organizations,private enterprises, or government agencies.


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