Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
November 12, 2009 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 20

John Sherry opened the meeting, filling in for Sandi Mitchell (Vice President Geoff Zimmerman was also out).  Troy Feddersen provided the thought for the day. 

Visiting Rotarians:
John Fazel from Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary, and Luis Alkon from Concord Rotary

Attending as guests were Carol Yates, Lamorinda Community Liaison; Pete Barbounis, Farmers Insurance; Paul Loscavio, Matchpoint International; Tracy Vicario, Filice Insurance. Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 2.


Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 2.

Mark your Calendar!

November 19
we're dark... because of:

November 20
Community Breakfast at the Veteran's Hall.
7:00am – 8:30am

December 3
Club Assembly

December 10
"Holiday" lunch at the Park Hotel

Meeting Minutes:

Tom Henry passed around a get well card for Ed and Betty Stokes.  John Sherry reported that Bob Aguilar is recovering.  John Sherry also announced that the Rotary Foundation “Day at the Races” is at 11:15 am on December 5th at Golden Gate Fields.  Our club will be sitting with the Berkeley Rotary club.  Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.  Please contact John if you are interested in attending.

John Fazel asked if anyone would be able to host their exchange student from Brussels, who needs a new host family for at least two months, starting in January.  Please contact John with Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary if you can help.

Jay Lifson reminded us of upcoming events, including coffee with the Mayor on Friday November 13,  and the Lafayette Library grand opening on Saturday, November 14.

There will be no lunch meeting on Thursday, 11/19 (and no meeting on Thanksgiving, 11/26).  Instead, we are joining the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club at 7 a.m. on Friday, 11/20, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, for the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Thanksgiving Breakfast.  The guest speaker will be California State Controller, John Chiang.  The November board meeting for Lafayette Rotary will be on 11/19 at 5:15 at the Chamber of Commerce.

 On December 3, there will be a Club Assembly at our lunch meeting.  On December 10, the Lafayette Rotary Club will have its Holiday Lunch at the Lafayette Park Hotel.  Both the Thanksgiving breakfast and the Holiday Lunch are no charge to those with prepaid meals, but please make sure you sign up.

Troy Feddersen gave an update on the Interact Club at Bentley School.  This is the first full year for this Interact club, which was organized in the middle of the school year, in early 2009.  Troy attended the Interact District Conference in El Cerrito, on November 8.  There were 420 students there from throughout District 5160.  District Governor Elect, Karl Diekman, told Troy that next year the plan is to have the Rotarians’ District Conference together with the Interact District Conference, to encourage greater interaction between the two groups.  Troy said that our club would also be integrating the Interact students with Lafayette Rotary events in the future, including inviting Interact students to an upcoming Thursday lunch meeting.

John Sherry took a poll to see who was interested in having either a holiday breakfast and/or a morning gin fizz party this year.  Talk to John if you would like to provide your input.


Guest Speaker:  Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 2.

Tom Henry introduced Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, who started off by explaining the Board of Supervisors recent decision to support the Pomo Indian tribe’s plan for a casino at Point Molate, near Richmond.  In exchange for the Supervisors’ support, the county would receive $12 million annually from casino profits.  The money would be used for public health, law enforcement, detention facilities and traffic mitigation.  It would also pay for a gambling addiction treatment and prevention program.  She pointed out that the Board of Supervisors had no vote of authority over whether a casino would be built.  The decision would ultimately be decide by the federal government, under the department of the Secretary of the Interior.  If it does get built, we should at least make sure that public costs are paid for.  This is just the beginning of a long process, as it seems that some groups are prepared to go to court.

Contra Costa County cut its budget by almost $100 million last year, and is looking at another $56 million cut this year.  Taxable sales are down 15.8% (somewhat less than the 18% drop for the Bay Area).  To put it in perspective, the state of California has a much bigger budget shortfall, now projected at $5.7 billion.

Supervisor Uilkema said she has been attuned to polls of her constituents.  74% don’t want state health care.  They are concerned with road quality, open space, overdevelopment, and quality of education, but also against taxes and ways to pay for it.

There are two program areas that Supervisor Uilkema discussed as being worthy of our awareness and support:   one is the foster care system that supports 1,000 or so local foster kids, and the other is Youth Court, a program in which youth sentence their peers for minor delinquent offenses and other problem behaviors.  It is an encouraging program that could help address youth violence and drug problems in the west part of the county.  There is a pilot program now in Livermore.

What does Supervisor Uilkema see in looking toward the future?  There will likely be restructuring of services forced on country governments by budget shortfalls.  Sales and property tax revenue may decline until 2013.  Commercial real estate will also likely be in decline over the next few years, and there may be little development over the next three to four years.  You may see more lawsuits against government.  And people will generally be more thrifty.

Yet, Supervisor Uilkema concluded by describing her outlook as very hopeful.

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When the Berlin Wall fell, Rotary was there

Adapted from an article by Matthias Schütt 
Rotary International News -- 12 November 2009 

On a November 1989 evening, hundreds of Rotarians participating in an International Institute packed the foyer of the Hilton in West Berlin. They anxiously waited for taxis to take them to a host hospitality event, but none arrived.

Finally, a hotel employee walked to a microphone and made an announcement, as organizer Peter Lorenz, of the Rotary Club of Berlin-Spree, recounts:
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The Four Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Officers & Directors
John Kenny . . . . . . . RI President
Earl Kilmer. . . . Dist 5160 Governor
Sandi Mitchell . . . . . . . President
Geoff Zimmerman . . Vice President
Lee Deily . . . . . . . . . . Secretary
Greg Vaisnor . . . . . . . .Treasurer
Chuck Vogel . . . . . . Club Service
Troy Winkles . . Community Service
Jesse Wellen . International Service
Troy Feddersen .Vocational Service
Larry Duson . . . . . .Past President
Andy Scheck . . . Sergeant of Arms
Mo Levich . . . . . Sergeant of Arms
Steve Snyder . . . Sergeant of Arms
Give Hope - Give A Hand
The Rotary Club of Lafayette donates an LN-4 Prosthetic Hand in the name of our speakers each week.
The LN-4 Prosthetic Hand transforms lives and empowers those who have lost hands and limbs due to land mines, birth defects, and other catastrophes.
Make Up Meetings
and locations of nearby clubs:
Upcoming Speakers
11/19 dark
11/26 dark
12/3 Club Assembly
12/10 Holiday Lunch Park Hotel
Local & District Events
11/20 Community Breakfast, Veterans Hall, 7am
12/3 Club Assembly
12/5 Rotary Foundation Day at the
Races, Golden Gate Fields
12/10 Holiday Lunch Park Hotel
1/24-25 Reno Train Trip
Rotary International Events
2010 RI Convention, Montreal, Canada
11/16 Gregory Vaisnor
11/20 Ed Stokes
11/21 Steve Falk
11/23 Charlie Vitale
11/2 Barnes, Dan
11/3 Holt, Dick
11/12 Falk, Steve
11/26 Henn, Mike
11/12 Try Fedderson
11/19 dark
11/26 dark
12/3 Terry Ring
12/10 Holiday lunch
12/17 Terry Ring
12/24 dark
1/7 Maurice Williams
1/12 Maurice Williams
Notes by Troy Feddersen, Photos by Chuck Vogel