Monday, October 8 – Jim Belsher-Howe presented a fine program on fall colors and the different hypotheses on why certain colors are more prominent in some areas, due to weather, temperature and soil conditions. Apparently the leaves change color as the plant retrieves nutrients from its leaves needed for next year’s growth. He says that the 3rd week in October is typically the prime time for Plumas County fall colors. Johnny Mansell, John Sturley and Donna Wood joined us for lunch as potential new members.

Fines included:

  • Birthdays: None
  • Anniversaries Celebrated:  Jim and Gloria 28 Years
  • Missing bell fines were extracted from Bob Edwards and John DeSelle. He claimed that the Bell, as a hood ornament for his Jeep, was causing a dent and reducing his mileage. We had a picture of Nico and Patrick with the Bell and even the Portola Rotary Club had the bell. How embarrassing!
  • Pete and John donated $5 for CAL’s 43 to 17 win over UCLA.
  • Doug was fined $5 for his old employer (Chevron) charging over $5/gal for gas.
  • Bill donated $10 for being back from his European Vacation and finally getting to relax.


  1. Rescheduled Little League Dugout painting October 13, 9:00 A.M.
  2. Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 P.M. Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  3. Highway Clean Up October 20, 10:00 A.M.
  4. Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Dr. Scott Kellermann is the West Region 2012 CLASSY Awards Volunteer of the Year!

Photo of Scott and Carol Kellermann with a group of Batwa

The Batwa pygmies, conservation refugees from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, were indigenous forest nomads in southwestern Uganda for millennia. In 1992 they were evicted from the rainforest when it was made a World Heritage Site to protect the endangered mountain gorilla. As hunter/gatherers, the Batwa had no title to land and were given no compensation. Outside the forest, their existence became a major struggle for survival. They are one of the most impoverished people groups on earth.

Photo of Batwa family by their hut

Batwa Development Program

The BDP is the Batwa-run group that oversees education and other projects. The first generation of Batwa pygmies to attend school is hard at work. Yet the Batwa are not forgetting their past—one of the BDP’s newest projects is the Batwa Experience, a living history cultural site where Batwa elders teach the children about their forest heritage and allow tourists a glimpse into their past.

Photo of Batwa children

American physician Dr. Scott Kellermann and his wife Carol have served as medical missionaries to the Batwa since 2001. The Kellermann Foundation was created to support and expand their work, empowering the Batwa to break the cycle of poverty through the , Batwa Development Program and providing healthcare through Bwindi Community Hospital These partner programs make a daily difference in the lives of the Batwa and other residents of this remote corner of Uganda.

A photo of the Bwindi Community Hospital

Bwindi Community Hospital

The hospital, founded by Dr. Kellermann, began a decade ago as an open-air clinic for the Batwa. BCH now provides first-rate healthcare to the entire population of a large area of southwest Uganda. For the past 3 years, it has been rated the best hospital in Uganda, and its community outreach programs reach thousands of Uganda’s poorest and most isolated citizens. This amazing institution has been described as one of the most successful healthcare centers in the developing world.

The Kellermann Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Our funding comes from individuals and organizations.



Subject: Rotary Foundation Annual Fund (APF) giving, goals – September 20, 2012 update

There are three basic Club-level Rotary Foundation Annual Giving goal categories:

  1. Annual Every Member Every Year (EREY) giving: Each Club member giving something (at least one cent) to The Rotary Foundation.In 2011-2012, the Rotarians in District 5190 set a new record, with 68.42% giving something to the Foundation.
  2. Annual Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members (RFSM) giving: The Presidential Citation requires average per member giving of at least $100 by March 31, 2013. This is most equitably accomplished by every member giving at least $100 to the Annual Programs Fund. In 2011-2012, 50.76% of Rotarians in District 5190 were Sustaining Members of the Foundation, up from 43% to 48% in the prior three years.
  3. Meeting the Club’s Annual Program Fund (APF) giving goal. Clubs have until June 30, 2013 to achieve their APF goal. APF funds are generally contributed by club members.

 ·         We are now nearly 1/3 of the way toward the March 31, 2013 Presidential Citation deadline. The Rotary Clubs of Ione (109%) and Chester (100%) are congratulated on reaching their goal!

·         In addition, 15 Clubs are “on schedule” to achieve their club annual giving goal by now being at or above 1/3 of their annual giving goals: Those Clubs are – Alturas; Auburn Gold Country; Bishop Sunrise; Carson City Sunset;
Elko Desert Sunrise; Greenville; Incline Village; Penn Valley; Placerville; Quincy; Reno Centennial Sunset; South Lake Tahoe; Sparks Centennial Sunrise; and Susanville Sunrise. Thank you, and keep up your efforts on behalf
of our Foundation!

·         My earlier letter urged Club Presidents to make it easier to achieve their Foundation Giving goals by making it easier for their Club members to contribute to the Foundation. Specifically, I urged an effort to get members to
enroll in Rotary Direct. I renew that appeal now. Foundation Month is November. I urge setting a goal of getting Club members enrolled in Rotary Direct – or if not that – making a Foundation contribution no later than November 30.

For most Rotarians, Foundation Giving is about remembering to do it, not about the ability to afford it; for example, being a Sustaining Member costs $8.34 per month! If members sign up for automatic Foundation Giving – by credit card or regular billing, on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis – they will not need to be constantly reminded to support the Foundation.Thank you, and please make achieving the Foundation giving component of your club goals a priority in this 2012-2013 Rotary Year. Together we are building a legacy of hope by supporting OUR Rotary Foundation.

Thank you for your leadership!! Peace through Service!


Sam “Woody” Wilbanks

District Governor, 2012-2013