Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
November 20, 2009 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 21

Joint Meeting with Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for the 30th annual Community Breakfast. 

Mark your Calendar!
December 3
Club Assembly

December 10
"Holiday" lunch at the Park Hotel
Meeting Minutes:

This week, in place of our Thursday lunch meeting, the Lafayette Rotary Club joined the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for the 30th annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Veterans Memorial Building.  Music was performed by Pamela Freund Striplen on viola and Grace Fishel on violin.

John Fazel, President of the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, opened the meeting, provided some introductory remarks and led the pledge of allegiance.   Sandi Mitchell, President of the Lafayette Rotary Club, announced some of the guests and dignitaries in attendance, including District 14 Assembly Member - Nancy Skinner; Contra Costa County Supervisor for District 2 – Gayle Uilkema; County Assessor – Gus Kramer; Lafayette Mayor – Don Tatzin; Lafayette Vice Mayor - Brandt Andersson; Lafayette City Council Member, Carol Federighi; Lafayette Police Chief – Mike Hubbard.  Community Partners:  representing sponsor PG&E – Tom Guarino; representing Veterans Memorial Building – Ed Stevenson; representing the Veterans Memorial Board of Directors – Alan Cruz; one of the original founders of the community breakfast – Scotty Loucks; and Randy Bupp, representing his mom, Barbara Bupp.

Pastor Dan Senter of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church provided an invocation.  Tony Eichers, Chairman of the Board for the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, welcomed all who came.  George Chaffey inducted a new member into the Sunrise club, Robbie Kunkel, sponsored by Rotarian Walt Nelson.

Buddy Burke introduced the speaker, John Chiang, California State Controller.

In discussing the fiscal condition of the state of California, Chiang suggested we look at three things: 1) the macro-economic impact (of the recession and higher unemployment rate), 2) the state budget, and 3) the state’s cash position.

The state’s top three sources of revenue are: 1) individual income tax, 2) sales tax, and 3) corporate tax.  All are down due to the current economic situation, which was impacted by the downturn in the real estate cycle along with increased household leverage, higher commodity prices, and a credit crunch.  Over 40 percent of state tax revenue comes from the top three percent of earners, whose earnings can be variable.  The current unemployment rate for California is 12.2%.  With over a million jobs lost, there are less people earning money to pay income tax or sales tax.

The top three areas of spending for California are: 1) education, 2) social and health services, and 3) prisons. Therefore, any budget solution needs to address these top areas of spending.  Chiang also noted that 75% of the state budget goes back to local areas.

Chiang read the names of several in attendance that were on the list for unclaimed property in California.  He set up a web site where you can search for unclaimed property at

Past Governor for Rotary District 5160, Candy Pierce, talked about the LN-4 prosthetic hand which is given in the name of our guest speakers.  John Fazel announced that there would be a classic car show on June 20, 2010, in the parking lot by Postino’s.  Reverend Peter Whitlock from Lafayette Orinda Presbyterina Church concluded the meeting with a benediction.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Make a difference in the fight against polio

By Antoinette Tuscano 
Rotary International News -- 25 November 2009 

Itzhak Perlman

For British Rotarian Lawrence “Tris” Tristram, a trip to New York City to attend the 2 December benefit Concert to End Polio with Itzhak Perlman seemed like a great way both to treat himself to a first-time visit to the United States and to help support Rotary’s top priority of polio eradication. 

“I was a Rotarian at the start of PolioPlus. I do strongly feel that we must complete the task,” says Tristram, a member for the Rotary Club of Petersfield, Hampshire, England.  

After Tristram bought the concert ticket, though, he began to wonder about how he’d get around the big, unfamiliar city. After Tristram posted an item about his trip on a Rotary fellowship Web site, another Rotarian jumped in to help, not only suggesting a hotel for him but booking the room and agreeing to meet him at the airport.

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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
12/3 Club Assembly
12/10 Holiday Lunch Park Hotel
Local & District Events
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
11/23 Charlie Vitale
12/19 Mike Heller
12/22 William Witten
12/1 Mike Heller
12/9 Lisa Cohen
12/18 Polly Bernson
12/29 Jesse Wellen
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 Andy Scheck