Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 11, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 35

Sandi Mitchel opened the meeting.
Thought of the Day: Each of us is perfect the way we are and we can all use a little improvement.

Visiting Rotarians:
No visiting Rotarians

No guests

Speakers: New Rotarians Pete Barbounis and Terry Ring
Meeting Minutes:


Sandi announced the district conference on April 17th at the Solano County Community College in Vallejo
Chuck Vogel announced the Concert at the Reservoir May 15th starting at 11:00 a.m. Everyone should have raffle tickets to sell. See Chuck if you’ve not picked them up yet. Proceeds are used to help the music department at the local schools.
Pete Barbounis announced the Town Hall Theater event that night, March 11th. He thanked the Rotarians for participating.
Larry Duson announced that Sandi’s Presidential term is coming to an end and the debunking party will be June 13th at LaFinesta. Put the date on your calendar and he is looking for volunteers for that committee.
Sandi announced that red badges are welcome at the board meeting today after the meeting.
Rotarians have raised $20,671 funds for Haiti. They are looking at what is needed the most.
Sandi announced Daylight Savings is this weekend. Don’t forget to change your clocks ahead.
Ron Wake announced the successful ski weekend with Ron, Bob Shusta, Terry Ring, and Andy Scheck. There were about 224 skiers. Andy finished in the top half and Ron finished 22nd. Everyone had fun!
Sandi announced Cookbooks are still for sale for anyone who likes to cook (and they make great gifts too).
Troy announced the Warriors Game for Saturday, March 13th. See Troy if you are still interested in attending.

Bill Eames gave a dollar – because he is Bill.
Mo Levich was fined for having a birthday – he donated $60 for his 58th.
Lee Deily was fined for having a birthday (but kept the year a secret).
Larry Blodgett left a $5 on the table for being late – knowing someone would notice him sneaking in late.

Happy Dollars:
Tracy Vicario gave happy dollars that her husband just accepted a new job (and sad news that it’s in Portland).
Jay Lifson gave dollars for Willy Davis from the Dodgers and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead
Ron Wake and Andy Scheck gave happy dollars for their ski weekend.
Ed Stokes is still happy about his St. Mary’s team and his new grandchild.
Sandi was happy that her family was visiting and more happy that they are home now.
Mo Levich is happy because the Jazz Festival was a great success – and Happy About a great Tower of Power performance.
Mo is also happy there is 20.75 inches of rain in Lafayette to date.
Sandi is also happy to announce you can fly from Santa Maria to Vegas for $9.99 – subsidized by the casinos in Vegas.

Speakers: New Rotarians Pete Barbounis and Terry Ring

Terry talked about the opportunity of growing up in Lafayette and attending Lafayette, Stanley and Acalanes Schools and then having his children attend. He received his teaching credential in 1978. He had a number of different jobs throughout from doing dishes and cleaning for a sorority, working in an oil refinery and in the shipyards and doing construction. He thought it best to go into business for himself after getting into a bit of trouble (fighting and getting fired) at a couple of his jobs. He is now a general contractor and has been for the past 25 years. He is married with 2 kids. He likes to think of himself as a suburban gardener. His son plays Rugby for Cal Berkeley. He has 4 employees on staff doing residential remodeling. From Bobcat to tile saw guy. He told a great story about being in Ireland with the High School Rugby team and on a site seeing tour with his wife he came across some nice guys who helped him change his car tire. He introduced himself and one of the guys shared his last name. He then went to a nearby pub and introduced himself to the bartender and he said “You are Connie Ring’s grandson”. It is seems comforting to go back to your roots and have it feel like home even when you haven’t met the family, but share the same name.

Pete talked about the fact that unlike Terry, he was never fired from a job. But they share in not wanting to work for anyone else – he is also self-employed. Grew up in Brooklyn and headed west to California. He always wondered why when he lived in Brooklyn his dad’s name was George, but when they arrived in California it quickly changed to Tony. He attended high school in San Mateo and met his wife in college. They were set up because a friend thought they’d get along because they had the same NY accent. He did different jobs such as working in the restaurant with his father, the telephone guy climbing poles and working at a time when Silicon Valley was evolving. He worked on the Oracle buildings and wired up schools before data and computers were popular. He helped wire 4 schools in San Ramon – 3 elementary, 1 middle and two high schools for no cost to the schools. He is very proud of those accomplishments. He has lived in San Ramon for 20 years. He has been President of the Little League, loves sports. Has 3 kids – Peter is 29 and in the Navy in Pensacola, Lauren is 25 (mother of Vincent his grandson) and Daniel is 19 and attending Cal State East Bay. He is a Farmers Insurance Agent (still helping people) on Mt. Diablo Blvd. across from Larry’s Store. He is proud that his children are following in his footsteps by volunteering and helping others. He is active in the Hemophilia Society.

Larry Duson and Mo Levich won the raffle .

Greeter and Note taker – Tracy Vicario

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Bigger, better, bolder

By Jennifer Lee Atkin 
Rotary International News -- 9 March 2010  

Incoming Rotary coordinators Nico de Boer, of the Netherlands, and Jozefa Poláková, of Slovakia, participate in a breakout session at the RC institute held 1-4 March in Chicago. Photo by Jamie Berg

‘Bigger, better, and bolder’ was a recurring phrase at last week’s institute for Rotary coordinators (RCs).

“Bigger, better, and bolder represents a change in attitude rather than in structure,” explained Nico de Boer, an incoming Rotary coordinator from the Netherlands who will serve zones 13A and 18B. “It’s a positive dynamic that will help Rotary reach its goals.”

The four-day institute held in Chicago focused on defining the role of Rotary coordinator and discussing how the 41 incoming coordinators can help clubs and districts realize the three priorities of the revised RI Strategic Plan : support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance public image and awareness.

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
3/18/10 John Muir Health Foundation – Mara Tyler
3/25/10 Jeff Rubin – Customer Service
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
3/03 Mo Levich
3/08 Liana Deily
3/15 Alan Mac
non in March
3/4 Tracy Vicario
3/11 Tracy Vicario
3/18 Jay Lifson
3/25 Pete Barbounis
4/1 Pete Barbounis
4/8 Alan Mac
Notes by Tracy Vicario Photos by John Sherry