Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
September 24, 2009 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 13

Geoff Zimmerman presided at today’s meeting. Sandi is in Canada attending her niece’s wedding. Chuck Vogel gave us a thought for the day and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Visiting Rotarians:
Brian Lineham from the Rotary Club of North Down, Bangor, North Ireland / Lawrence Heilman from Chevy Chase, Maryland. Club flags were exchanges with Brian and Lawrence.

Joann McKee from Orinda and Ron Light from Concord. Ron said that 20% of Yankee Pier’s sales that night would be donated to the Taylor Family Foundation.

Tracy Vicarin of Filice Insurance / Maurice Williams who has completed his application / and Terry Ring.
Bob Shusta, Navajo Project
Geoff Zimmerman, profile.
Photos by John Sherry and Chuck Vogel
Meeting Minutes:


Attendance at the golf dinner October 5 will substitute. Cost for non golfers is $25.00 or free for members that prepay for meeting lunches. Cocktails are at 4:00 and dinner is at 5:00 followed by prizes and awards and silent and live auctions.

There were no takers for the free District Conference events registration [$199 value] donated by Tom Henry

Early risers [06:30] are encouraged to participate in the Reservoir Run pancake breakfast Sunday, October 25.

Recognized members:

Troy Fedderson gave H$ for Arthur’s Day! Arthur Guinness was the founder of the Guinness brewery business, an entrepreneur, visionary and philanthropist. Four of the world's biggest music acts will perform live in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin - the home of GUINNESS

Tom Henry H$ for his safe return from Africa and the end of a four segment and long return trip.

MO Levich H$ for Mike Heller’s response to Mo’s need for coffee at 7 AM Sunday at the Arts and Wine Festival. Mike returned to his home to brew as there was none available in Lafayette.

Chuck Vogel H$ for the wonderful job Andy Scheck has done with the ROTATIONS publication and website plus the tutoring for use of Vista computer program.

Speaker today:

Navajo Project was the first topic for today’s speakers.

Bob Shusta showed photos and discussed the addition to a home of a 103 year old Navajo Woman that now provides indoor plumbing and sanitation. Our club donated $1,500.00 to this project. There was a lengthy discussion about Chic Sale facilities and the view it afforded users.

Geoff Zimmerman gave us his life history accompanied by photos. He spoke of his early interest in photography and musical endeavors and series of low paying jobs with various financial organizations prior to his affiliation with Mosaic Financial Partners. He luckily attended an “A’s” game fourteen years ago where he met his wife Lynn. She rekindled his interest in photography.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30PM by Geoff

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Celebrate World Polio Day

This October marks 95 years since Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective polio vaccine, was born. Saturday, 24 October, is World Polio Day – a perfect opportunity to join the fight to end the disease.

Rotarians are raising US$200 million to match the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $355 million in grants by 30 June 2012. Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Organize a club fundraiser, such as an auction, a walkathon, or a purple pinkie project. Rotary clubs are each being asked to contribute at least $2,000 annually for three years. Get more ideas
  2. Order reprints of the illustrated Amazing Stories of Polio! for new and prospective club members, and for local schools and libraries, at For bulk orders, call 847-866-4600.
  3. Arrange a screening of The Final Inch at a theater. This Academy Award-nominated, 38-minute documentary follows health workers, including Rotarian volunteers, as they immunize children in India. The DVD is available at
  4. Create a link from your club’s Web site to the Rotary International YouTube channel, which includes videos and public service announcements on eradicating polio, or embed one of the video on your Web site.
  5. Make an individual donation to Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge.

Find out how to purchase tickets for the Concert to End Polio, a one-night only performance by violinist and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman.

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
10/1 No meeting
10/8 Dick Holt Concert at the Res Awards
10/15 Karen Stein - Elder Law
10/22 Vilbarra - WeCare Autism Support
10/29 Gail Johnstone - Social Cause Diet
11/5 Fred Brill, Superintendant, Lafayette School District
11/12 Gayle Uilkema, Contra Costa County Supervisor
11/19 Bob Shusta - Rafting down the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon
Local & District Events
10/1-4 Dist. Conference, Lake Tahoe
10/5 Rotary Golf Classic
12/5 Rotary Foundation Day at the
Races, Golden Gate Fields
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
9/4 Camp, Terry
9/4 Sherry, John
9/11 Holt, Dick
9/23 Ewen, Bob
10/15 Bruzzone, Milt
10/18 Winkles, Troy
9/15 Ewen, Bob
9/25 Nisen, A.J.
11/2 Barnes, Dan
11/3 Holt, Dick
11/12 Falk, Steve
11/26 Henn, Mike
10/8 Lee Deily
10/15 Larry Duson
10/22 Bill Eames
Bulletin by Chuck Vogel