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


 February 13, 2024


  Harvest Festival 2024

Will be held on
Sep. 15, 2024

2024                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary

1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Club Social at The Commons - 2412 Park Avenue
(Diana Selland)
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22  23 24
25 26 27
Executive Director of The Jesus Center

 (Jim Patterson)
28 29


1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
Gold Mining Butte Creek Canyon
(Phil Price)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
No Meeting
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Daryl Polk)
27 28 29 30

The Meeting Opening

This was a Valentine Social Meeting held at the Commons Social Emporium on Park Avenue in Chico.  It was organized by President-Elect Peggi Koehler.  She said a few words at the beginning until a waiter interrupted her to explain how getting a pizzaworked.  But there was no meeting opening, prayer or song.

There were no Announcements, Introduction of Visitors or Recognitions athis club social meeting.

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

February 27th:  Jim Patterson will present the Executive Director of the Jesus Center.  At BCCC

March 12th:  Phil Price-Gold Mining Butte Creek Cyn.  At BCCC

March 26th:  Daryl Polk, at BCCC

April 9th:  Diana Costillo-Seland, at BCCC

April 23rd:  Steve Plume, at BCCC

April 30th:  Club Social.  Location TBA

May 14th:  Bruce Norlie

Next Meeting

Jim Patterson will present Amber Abney-Bass, Executive Director of the Jesus Center in Chico.  The meeting will be at the BCCC on February 27th.

Tonight’s Meeting Program

Tonight’s meeting was all about making your own pizza.  The staff delivered bags of dough, a pizza pan, a glass of cheese and a glass of pizza sauce.  There were also bowls of flour (which I haven’t gotten out of my sweater yet) and black gloves to cover out hands while spreading out the pizza dough into, what was to become the pizza crust, on the pizza pan.  You selected two things to put on your  pizza, which were also delivered to the table.  Once your pizza was made, the staff took it.  After they baked it, it was return to eat.

It is in the pictures below.


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.

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.

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:

None tonight


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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From Rotary International

Clubs at the End of the World

By Insa Fölster and Florian Quanz

There are Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries, including some of the world’s most remotelocations. Indeed, it’s accurate to say Rotary has spread to virtually every corner of the globe. Here, meet six far-flung clubs and learn what they do.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John’s has five Rotary and Rotaract clubs. Founded in 1921, the 60-member Rotary Club of St.John’s is the oldest in this Canadian province. “Rotary is wonderfully represented in our small city,” says Ron Burke, the club’s president. Theprovincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s has just under 110,000 inhabitants. The city’s Rotary clubs do not see themselves ascompetitors, but pool their forces to make a difference. Together, they created the Rotary Sunshine Park, a recreational area with a water pier, a leisurecenter, and a chalet that can be rented for overnight stays.

Networking with other clubs is especially important in an area where cities are separated by longdistances. In June, District 7815 held a conference in Moncton, New Brunswick, attended by Rotarians from four provinces. “It is expected that our district willcontinue these annual conferences to promote cooperation, networking, and the exchange of best practices and initiatives,” Burke says.

Recently the St. John’s clubs bought a house for a local organization that aids homelessveterans. “We paid for new furniture, created a community room that will bear Rotary’s name, and provided rent subsidies for residents. The club agrees thatthis should be a long-term project,” Burke says. That should not be a problem for a club that has existed for 103 years.

Fairbanks, Alaska

The Rotary Club of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA is now 84 years old. The 95-member club’s lunch meetingsare always well attended. club member “Usually, it’s business relationships that lead to new memberships,” says club member Jonal Lani Machos. “It’s alsonot unusual that in a small town like Fairbanks, new members are already known beforehand.”

The Rotary members are looking forward to the completion of a multi-year project in May. The clubinvested US$500,000 to build a large playground. The club maintains a close partnership with the Rotary Club of San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. There have beenmutual visits in recent years, always combined with projects. For example, the club supported the construction of sanitary facilities at several schools inand around San Ignacio.

Helgoland, Germany

Members of the Rotary Club of Helgoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany must travel at least two and ahalf hours by ship to visit another club. The nearest one is located about 60 kilometers from the island, which lies on the North Sea coast. A total of 1,300people live there. In such a small community, “the bond among the members is strong,” says club member Bärbel Wichmann.

The 25-member club has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. After several fundraising projects atvarious island festivals, the club recently gave the local school two suitcases of learning materials for “End Plastic Soup,” an initiative of Rotary clubs across Europe. Another project, “Food on Legs,” delivers food to seniors by handcart.The club also worked closely with the Rotary Club of Otterndorf-Land Hadeln, Lower Saxony, Germany, to send aid to Ukraine. “We find thiscooperation very enriching,” Wichmann says.

Members of the Rotary club of Tarawa, Kiribati

Tarawa, Kiribati

District 9920 includes half of Auckland, New Zealand, as well as the American territory of AmericanSamoa and the Pacific nations of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, and Kiribati. There are 53 Rotary clubs in the district, a third ofwhich are located in the Pacific countries. The Rotary Club of Tarawa, Kiribati, founded in 2019 on the country’s main atoll, has 10 members. It is2,230 kilometers from the next nearest Rotary club on the Fiji Islands, and has carried out projects worth nearly US$2 million, including immunizing childrenon 21 inhabited islands of the Gilbert Islands group as part of “Give Every Child a Future,” an initiative of Rotary Zone 8.

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, France

The 21-member Rotary Club of Saint Pierre and Miquelon was chartered in 1989 on a small archipelagoof 6,000 inhabitants, 25 kilometers south of Newfoundland that is part of France. inhabitants

It is the only French club in Canadian District 7815, which includes the four Atlantic Canadianprovinces of: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Due to the isolated location, club members tend to work togetherwith local service clubs and other associations.

In the past year, members have organized 15 projects and events, including a bingo night inpartnership with the local radio station that raised money for End Polio Now. They also helped set up a free library in the town square.

Saint Pierre and Miquelon will host its first district conference in 2024. The incominggovernor, Roger Sévigny, is a member of the local club.

Shetland, United Kingdom

In 1972, the Rotary Club of Shetland, Shetland Islands, Scotland, took root on this archipelagowhich lies between Orkney and Norway where the North Sea meets the rugged North Atlantic. The club is located in Lerwick, the main town and port of the archipelago.“Since the nearest club is 129 kilometers away, there are no activities with other clubs,” club member Susan Stout says.

Since residents of the island travel infrequently, service is what connects the 17 members. . A recent dinner raised money to support local charities.

The club capitalizes on space in the public square, where they promote Rotary to the island’s 7,000people. “We have a stand at a large local agricultural fair to advertise our club,” Stout says.

This article first appeared in Rotary in Deutschland.

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