Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 21, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 29

The meeting was called to order by Pres. Sandi Mitchell at 12:30 pm.

Visiting Rotarian, Lind Cannady from the Orinda Club.
There were no guests of Rotarians.
Speaker: Tom Henry gave us an interesting overview of his trip to South Africa.
Meeting Minutes:

The Interclub Meeting on February 25 is coming together nicely.
Thanks to Mary Claire Searby, we will welcome Barry Jekowsky, Conductor of the California Symphony, as our featured speaker.

The meeting will host 150 people and the tickets are $20.00 each. Prepaid lunch members will be free. Please commit to your attendance next week as the seating is limited.

Mike Heller is in charge of the tickets. Mary Claire will go to Rossmoor meeting to promote the meeting and sell tickets. John Sherry will go to the Sunrise Club to promote and sell tickets.

Thank you to Polly Bernson for the beautiful work on the design and printing of the tickets and brochures. As usual, they are amazing!!

Don’t forget to support the Recipe Books with a purchase of one or more. They make great gifts.

Mike Heller reminded the club of the Soroptomist Crab Feed on Feb. 20. 40 of our club members buying tickets equals a $100. donation to our club. Jess Wellen and Mike Heller have tickets.

Ron Wake announced the Rotary Foundation winner this month is Polly Bernson. Well deserved award.

John Sherry announced that the Reservoir Stage project is moving forward. The land use application has been submitted to EBMUD. A letter of concerns will be forthcoming from them. Low maintenance is the key issue in the project.

Ed Stokes recognition dinner tomorrow night is sold out.

Tom Henry gave us an interesting overview of his trip to South Africa.
The trip began in Johannesburg and Capetown. He and his wife took a bus tour of Capetown and found it is very similar to San Francisco in size and environment. The new president is opening the borders to offer educational opportunites to people of all colors. Most people taking advantage of this are poor and come to exploit the tourism trade. Called “razor boys” they mug tourists and steal cameras etc.

They took a luxury train ride to Johannesburg from Capetown. The old wood paneled cars and luxury environment were well received.

Johannesburg is a large city and the business capital of South Africa. During apartheid, Mandela didn’t forbid violence like MLK did in America. The violence is accepted there still today.

Zimbabwe is also a violent city with the dictator Mogabe in charge. The political environment is closed and people cannot discuss their government in a negative way. Police are visible everywhere and will arrest anyone who is anti the dictatorship. The unemployment rate is 80% and people are starving while Mogabe keeps the animals fed to feed the upper class

Zambia is a democracy and the difference in the country from the others is obvious. Americans have built a hospital there. There can be a comparison between how Zambia is to Mexico.

There is a lion cub training center where they train Lions to live in the wild. The people work with the animals and then release them to the Serengeti Plain.

Thank you Tom for a most interesting program.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotarians witness chaos in Haiti

By Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International News -- 20 January 2010

Haitians in Port-au-Prince minutes after the earthquake struck.

As president of the Rotary Club of Houston, it had been Michelle Bohreer's dream to travel to Haiti and conduct a service project to improve the lives of children there.

On 12 January, 45 minutes into a weeklong trip to Port-au-Prince to do just that, the dream quickly spiraled into a nightmare.

Bohreer and a team of five Rotarians from Houston were heading into Haiti’s capital city to implement a water project for an orphanage when a powerful earthquake rocked the area, causing widespread devastation.

"Minutes after the quake happened, thousands of people poured out into the street running and screaming. Hundreds were walking around bleeding," says Bohreer. "It was moments like that when the absolute catastrophe hit you."

read story.

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
1/28/10 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
2/11/10 Speaker is Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Tactical Execution Facebook, Twitter your business.
2/18/10 Earl Kilmer, District Governor visits our club
2/25/10 Interclub meeting, new library with our club being the host.
Local & District Events
4/17/10 5160 District Assembly, Bay area. TBA
4/18/10 Wine tour, Napa area, Chair is Alan Mac
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
1/28 Mike Heller
2/4 Mike Henn
2/11 Tom Henry
Notes by Lee Deily, Photos by John Sherry