Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 18, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 36

Sandi Mitchel opened the meeting.

Visiting Rotarians: Kimberly Low-Concord Club

Guests: Roger Ulbrich (guest of Jay Lifson), Pat Harden (Speaker), Beezie Iles (Speaker) Erin McCoin (guest of John Sherry) and 3rd time as a guest.

Speakers: Beezie Iles – John Muir Hospital
Meeting Minutes:


Sandy announced the April 17th District Assembly Meeting. She asked for a show of hands and (4) will be attending from our club.

Alan announced that the wine tour is also scheduled for April 17th so he will plan for another month. Cost will still be $125/person for lunch and 3 winery visits. He will send out a questionnaire to club members to see if there is still interest.

Sandi acknowledged the hard work of the Membership Committee – they put together a fabulous insert to our membership flyer (Geoff, Lee, Troy, Alan, Bob, etc). The campaign for membership will kick off in May. Great job to the team.

May 8th Bocce Ball Tournament for May Madness to benefit Rotaplast Mission to El Salvador-Martinez waterfront. Our club is in charge of bringing the wine. It’s $199 for our club to participate. See Sandi

Mike Henn announced the Easter Egg Hung April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Meet at Larry’s bank and walk to Plaza Park.

Chuck Vogel announced the Concert at the Reservoir May 15th. He is still in need of raffle prizes and needs volunteers to go to local businesses for donations.

Dick Holt announced that the Concert at the Reservoir supports our local schools. He will be generating a generic letter for us to send to our friends and families asking for donations. We have about 6 – 8 sponsors that donate $500 or more.

Dick also announced he noticed one of our Rotarians (Andy Scheck) on the cover of his paper – looks like someone will be fined.

John Sherry gave a stage update – There was a meeting scheduled for March 19th at 9:00 and he feels they should be able to accomplish everything they set out to do.

Pete Barbounis announced that Theater Night was a huge success and there were 24 people who attended. He thanked the Rotarians for supporting this event.

Daniel Barnes announced that he spent some additional time with our speaker last week Bud McKenzie. His work is amazing. He reminded the group to look into supporting his work and to attend the Diablo Country Club event that will help build a 600 student girl school. Tickets are $50. See Daniel for additional information.

Sandi announced that Recipe books are still on sale.


Jay Lifson paid $2 for not knowing he was the greeter.
Many Rotarians were fined for not wearing their pin – Ron Wake, Alan Mac, Larry Blodgett, Don Anderson, Barry Toomajian
Andy Scheck was fined for being in his paper 3 times… $40!
Alan Mac was fined for traveling several places (Hawaii and Tahiti) and having a birthday - $100

Happy Dollars:

Sandi is happy because her taxes are completed
Bob Shusta is happy because he started buying up fixer properties
Greg Vaisnor is happy that Andy’s picture was in the paper
Chuck Vogel is happy his granddaughter passed her driving test
Jack Clarkson is happy for the hell of it
Mo Levich is happy that he caught Larry Blodgett talking
Daniel Barnes is happy because he cleaned out his junk in his house and he is streamlining things at home
Alan Mac is happy his nephew received academic scholarships from Stanford, Berkeley and St. Marys.
Pete Barbounis is happy that he is in first place with $5,100 in donations for hemophilia
Jay Lifson is happy that his second job of opening a restaurant with a friend in Walnut Creek is moving forward and they now have the power turned on.
Maurice Williams is happy his kids are on a spring break trip

Jay Lifson announced our speakers Beezie Iles – John Muir Hospital, Pat Harden from Harden Communications and Kim Low, Director of the Capital Campaign

Beezie Iles talked about the $800 million building expansion of the John Muir Hospital; the largest in the East Bay and the top medical center nationally.

The Concord Building is named after Ken and Jean Hoffman and the Walnut Creek building named after Tom and Billy Long. With all the growth in Antioch and Brentwood, they needed to expand the facilities to accommodate the growth. They also added outpatient facilities in Brentwood and Rossmoor and a Womens’ facility in Walnut Creek

They will ensure and maintain the high standards that have always gone hand in hand with John Muir Hospital. They are adding 600,000 square feet, 30 emergency treatment stations, 300 private rooms and 7 story parking garage. These new facilities will provide a lot of firsts for Contra Costa County. The first open heart surgery center, hemodialysis, neurovascular, etc. The physicians and nurses can deliver better care with 3 new surgical suites and quicker response for the trauma team. The new landing pad is near a high-speed elevator that takes the patients right to the operating room. John Muir cardio teams are the best in the state. They have 12 ICU beds, 49 private rooms, 4 cardiac-catheter.

As quality care and job safety are at the top of the list at John Muir, they are moving towards all private rooms. It is more efficient, families can stay longer and there is less risk of transferring germs. They also can place patients with less worry on age and gender.

The nursing station is state of the art so nurses can respond quickly to patients. Hallways are wide for visitors and less beds in the hallways. There are many new public spaces that have bright, large windows, gardens, artwork and views that are proven to augment the healing process.

This is an 80 year-old tradition of good community healthcare that started on E Street in Concord and became Mt. Diablo Hospital. In 1963 it was named John Muir Memorial Hospital. And now it’s John Muir Health – Medical Excellence.

John Muir is a non-profit organization that employees a large population of people and pays upwards of $1/2 billion in salaries and benefits, has charity care for those without health insurance, and a mobile health and dental clinic.

Breaking ground “Right Here” is what the Capital Campaign is all about. This $800 million dollar expansion is funded in a few ways:
• Operating Reserves
• Hospital bonds
• Philanthropy - $60 million by 2011
100% of the campaign gifts support the building projects.

John Muir was born locally and the name is still going and growing.

Pete Barbounis won $2 raffle
Mike Henn won $5

Greeter - Jay Lifson
Note taker – Tracy Vicario

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Family of Rotary supports immunizations in India

By Dan Nixon 
Rotary International News -- 17 March 2010   

From left (in caps): Usha Mittal, Lakshmi Mittal, Rajashree Birla, Binota Banerjee (wife of RI President-nominee Kalyan Banerjee), and Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo inaugurate a health camp in New Delhi on 7 January that also promoted India’s National Immunization Days. Photo courtesy of India PolioPlus Committee

Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary joined health workers in carrying out India's National Immunization Days (NIDs) in January and February, mobilizing public support, vaccinating children, and contributing additional funding to the global polio eradication effort.

The NIDs marked the first time the new bivalent oral polio vaccine was used in India, when the Dalai Lama administered the vaccine to children in Bihar in January.

The Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan, Delhi, with support from the India PolioPlus Committee, organized a health camp on 7 January for underprivileged residents that also encouraged people to participate in polio immunization activities. Rajashree Birla, an honorary member of the Rotary clubs of Bombay and Mulund, Maharashtra, joined Lakshmi Mittal, who leads ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, and his wife, Usha, at the inauguration of the health camp.

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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
3/25/10 Jeff Rubin – Customer Service
4/1/10 Peter Barbounis – Navy Aviation Water Survival Training
4/8/10 Richard Korb – Business/ Corporate Law
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
3/25 Pete Barbounis
4/1 Pete Barbounis
4/8 Alan Mac
Notes by Tracy Vicario Photos by John Sherry