Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 14, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 28

Meeting brought to order by President Sandi Mitchell.

Maurice Williams was greeter and offered thought for the day. Prayers for the people of Haiti during their desperate times.

We had one visiting Rotarian: Don Jenkins, from the Orinda Club
Guests of Rotarians: Cynthia Laske guest of Larry Blodgett. Soroptomist crab feed on Feb. 20 was promoted. Cynthia again offered her $100. donation to our club if 40 rotarians purchase tickets to the feed.
Red Badges were presented to Pete Barbounis and Tracey Vicario. Shirts and rain jackets were also presented.
Speakers: Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area News Anchor
Meeting Minutes:

Sandi promoted our new cookbooks. On sale for $12.00. Thanks to Polly Bernson, Daniel Baker and Andy Scheck for their efforts in bringing this project to a very positive conclusion.
Tom Courtright announced that the Marquis Business Person of the Year dinner for Ed Stokes is sold out. Congratulations again to Ed!
Voting today for the monthly Paul Harris Award. Please be sure to pass your ballots forward.
Request for help in housing our speakers for one night for our Jan. 28 meeting was presented.
Insurance for US Rotary cost is $1.15 per member and will be billed to the club semi-annually. Will be passed to members.
Steve Snyder requested a 6 month leave of absence to concentrate his efforts on his business. Request was granted.
The Intercity Club meeting will be hosted by our Lafayette Rotary Club. It will be held Feb 25 at The Lafayette Learning Center. We will pursue Chefs Touch as the caterer. The speaker is still under consideration. Tickets will be printed by Polly Bernson and will be $20.
Slate of officers for 2010-2011:
Mike Heller requested vote for President Elect nominee Troy Fedderson and for Secretary Debbie Cooper. Both were approved by the membership.

Ed Stokes introduced Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area News Anchor.
Diane lives in Orinda and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She was raised on the peninsula and fell in love with the east bay and settled here. Was anchor for KTVU and has now been with NBC for 7 years. Her passion is political news and pursues that area of the business at every opportunity.
She is currently following the Gubernatorial race in CA. There are no Democratic candidates at this time as Tom Campbell has decided not to run. Expected that Jerry Brown will announce in the near future.
The basis of her presentation was the “Future of News”.
The theory is that we are in the middle of an evolution to the internet as the main source of news for consumers. The current problem with the internet is that the sites are not vetted and it is unclear how truly journalistically correct the information is. However, students today do not read newspapers, they get their news from the net and are unlikely to change that pattern.
The big newpapers are not going to survive in their current form. Diane’s theory is that the NY Times and the WSJ will be the remaining surviving papers along with maybe two others. Current reporters will be keeping track of local news. Blogs and vetted newsites will be the way of the future.
Television is in a delicate position as to how they present the news. Their survival depends on profits from advertisers. Sometimes their ethics are compromised due to that profit need, reporting on news that conflicts with the well being of their advertisers. A good model for their future TV programming is the current BBC model, providing a public service while producing a profit through entertainment programming.

3rd Annual Soroptimist Crab Feed & Silent Auction. All you can eat crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert & Live Jazz band. Funds raised support programs that improve the lives of women and girls in our community. Saturday, 20 February 2010, 6:00 p.m., Oakwood Athletic Club-Lower Court, 4000 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Tickets $40; advance purchase required. Call (925) 688-1480 or

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

'Building Communities -- Bridging Continents' is 2010-11 RI theme

By Donna Polydoros 
Rotary International News -- 18 January 2010  

RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith addresses district governors-elect at the 2010 International Assembly. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee

After taking the stage to the tune of "California, Here I Come," RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the 2010-11 RI theme, Building Communities -- Bridging Continents, during the opening plenary session of the 2010 International Assembly .

Klinginsmith said he arrived at the theme after reviewing RI themes of years past. He noticed that only a few spoke to non-Rotarians.

"As a result, I decided to search for a briefly stated theme that would fulfill two objectives: the first to explain Rotary to non-Rotarians, and the second to validate our work for Rotarians," he said. "The words I have selected to describe Rotary's current mission and to highlight our achievements are what we do best: Building Communities -- Bridging Continents. "

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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
1/21/10 Tom Henry –
So Africa Trip
1/28/10 Speaker is Shall Sinha, member of Edmonton, Alberta Canada “Peace Ambassador” award winner of the years Donald MacRae Peace Award.
2/4/10 Speaker is Andy Scheck. Lamorinda Weekly
Local & District Events
4/17/10 5160 District Assembly, Bay area. TBA
Rotary International Events
2010 RI Convention, Montreal, Canada
1/01 Jack Clarkson
1/03 Tom Henry
1/20 Bud Moulthrop
2/06 Anna Stevenson
2/06 A.C. Webb
2/12 Barry Toomajian
2/10 Debbie Cooper
2/14 Maurice Levich
1/21 Maurice Williams
Notes by Lee Deily, Photos by John Sherry