Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
November 5, 2009 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 19

Sandi Mitchell opened the meeting and Tom Courtright provided the thought for the day. 

Visiting Rotarians:
Visiting Rotarians included Bill Guthreau from the Rotary Club of Concord, and Dick Engelhard from Orinda Rotary.


Dr. Fred Brill, Lafayette School District Superintendent

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:

A thank you letter was read from Xenophon director, Judy Lazarus, for Lafayette Rotary’s donation to their charity that provides horse-riding therapy to disabled children (the donation was made in Leslie De Boer’s name in recognition of Leslie’s graphics help for the Concert at the Reservoir).   Another thank-you note was read from Bob Athayde for our club’s contribution to Stanley Middle School’s music program, as a result of our Concert at the Reservoir fundraiser.

John Sherry announced that the club’s trip to Golden Gate Fields is on December 5th.  He also noted that the Orinda club has invited our club to join them on the Reno train trip (January 24-25, 2010) for a meal and socializing on the train.

There will be no lunch meeting on Thursday, 11/19.  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.

Mike Henn reported that he and Mike Heller and Chuck Vogel worked at polling places for the November 3rd election, providing extra revenue for Lafayette Rotary.

Tom Henry announced that the speaker for this year’s Reno train trip will be Actress Rita Moreno. She is only one of eight people alive today that have achieved entertainment's grand slam, earning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

Happy dollars included:  Larry Blodgett for getting to see Chris Gardner, the character played by Will Smith in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.  Bill Guthreau for the Concord Rotary Club’s grant to the We Care Center.  Maurice Williams for his son passing the exam required to become a fire captain.


Speaker:  Dr. Fred Brill

Fred Brill became the Lafayette School District Superintendent in September 2008.  Dr. Brill was previously with the Lafayette School District for 12 years; three as the Assistant Principal at Stanley Middle School and 9 as Stanley's Principal.  In 2005, Dr. Brill went to work for the Oakland Unified School District.  During that time, Dr. Brill also finished his doctorate at UC Berkeley.

According to Dr. Brill, the Lafayette school district has had great employment stability (below the Superintendent level) and is in much better financial shape than most other California school districts.  The district does face major budget challenges, however.  There is a $1 million structural budget deficit (out of a $25 million budget).  Next year, it may be a $2 million shortfall.  Since the majority of costs relate to personnel, the impact may be larger class sizes, if the number of teachers must be reduced.  Especially in the lower grades, the student-teacher ratio is a big factor in the quality of education.

What’s going on that is exciting:

The school district is pushing critical thinking.  An emphasis has been placed on developing thinking skills, beyond just the learning of facts.

Responsed Intervention – identifying kids with special needs early and addressing those needs proactively, allowing a higher percentage to remain in the classroom.  It saves money compared to dealing with a larger number of special needs kids later and separately.

Character Education – The “Character Counts” program, which teaches basic values, called the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Greg Vaisnor and Bill Eames were this week’s raffle winners.

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Rotary International News -- 5 November 2009  

Keep in touch and up-to-date during Rotary-UN Day on 7 November by following us on our Twitter page. Read tweets, hash tag #riunday, on the panels, which will address water, health, literacy, and youth.

About 1,300 people -- including Rotarians, Rotary youth program participants, United Nations leaders, and special guests -- are expected to attend Rotary-UN Day in New York City. Read more.

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Rotarian up for CNN Hero of the Year

By Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International News -- 5 November 2009 

Rotarian Bud Soehardi, founder of the Roslin Orphanage in West Timor, Indonesia, is a finalist for the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Budi Soehardi

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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
11/12 Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County Supervisor
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
11/4-11 Benin West Africa National Polio Immunization Day trip
Aug Membership and Extension
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 Terry Ring
11/19 dark
11/26 dark
12/3 Terry Ring
12/10 Holiday lunch
12/17 Maurice Williams
12/24 dark
1/7 Maurice Williams
Notes by Try Feddersen, Photo by John Sherry