Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
April 22, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 41

Geoff Zimmerman opened the meeting for President Sandi Mitchell.

Visiting Rotarians:
There were no visiting Rotarians


Speakers: Robert Schnaible, territory manager for Starbucks Coffee
Meeting Minutes:

John Sherry:
Introduced Erin McCoin who just completed all processes to becoming a member including the 7-day notice.
Introduced Tiffany Sullivan, Counselor at Stanley Middle School and the student, Maddie Wilson, from whom we provided funds so she could go on the annual, school trip to Washington D.C. Maddie thanked us and said the highlights of the trip were Colonial Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon.
Mentioned Tudal Winery tour on April 25, Saturday. Approximately 11 members going. Time 11am to 3pm with hors d’ouvres all day. Bring lunch and blanket for lawn. Bob Aguilar coordinating.

Jay Lifson:
Announced that the 8th Annual Taste of Lafayette will be Tuesday, May 18 from 5:30-9pm. The sponsors for this fundraiser ($45/person) are the Chamber and the Lafayette Community Foundation. More information at the Chamber Office @ 284-7404.
Mentioned that on Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 pm at Town Hall Theatre there will be a benefit for the theatre called “The Sun Kings.” Tickets: General $50 and Gold Circle $75. Box office number is 283-1557.

Daniel Barnes:
Promoted Lamorinda’s “Motorama” day to be held June 20th from 9am to 4pm at the Clock Tower and Bank of the West parking lots. Prized vehicles will be shown and there will be vendors. More information at

Old Business:

Permanent Stage – John Sherry announced that on Tuesday, April 20th, he delivered a model of the stage, plans, photos, a sample of the 2x6 composite, decking material, and information about the “Feeny” hand rail system to Scott Hill of EBMUD. John said Scott was taken back by the material we provided him. He could not believe that Larry made the model with so much detail and he asked John to be sure and thank him.
District Conference – Geoff Zimmerman commented on the successful conference held on April 17th. Troy and Maurice both said they were motivated and impressed by what they learned at the conference.

The Avenue of Service Directors report:

Jess Wellen, International Director, informed club members that budgeted money for that International projects was used as follows:
1) $500 toward a prosthetic hand for a person in Ecuador.
2) $1,000 toward latrines in Ethiopia.
3) $ 500 toward Haiti relief following the earthquake
4) $3,000 for Bud McKenzie’s school project in Afghanistan.

Chuck Vogel, Club Service Director, informed club members about an organizational chart for Club Service he completed. He also discussed that those not wanting there personal information to be on the District 5160 website, how to go on-line and remove it.

New Business:

The Membership Committee is planning a membership recruitment wine and cheese tasting event in either late May or early June. Larry Blodgett asked how many of us would bring potential members and about 11 of those present said they would. It was mentioned that we should advertise the event and have information included in a Chamber of Commerce mailing.

Both Andy Scheck and Mo Levich acted as Sgt. @ Arms and collected the following fines/recognitions and happy dollars:

Geoff Zimmerman for his birthday
Mo Levich for Andy putting-up all the club banners, etc. w/o him
Bill Eames for not having his badge on

Happy $$$$
Larry Blodgett for his son’s Lacrosse team recent game success
Steve Falk for his son’s record pole vault of 13’6”
Ed Stokes for Bob Aguilar’s recovery from surgery and that he was at the meeting
Mo Levich for all the things Jay Lifson and the Chamber of Commerce does for Rotary
Maurice Williams for what he learned at the District Conference
Alan Mac for a relative scholarship
Terry Ring for his son’s University of California rugby team that just beat UCLA and Penn State and are heading to the finals
Jess Wellen for his daughter-in-law being a featured director of a movie being shown at the Orinda Theatre Film Festival


Robert Schnaible, territory manager for Starbucks Coffee
Robert is a certified coffee master, which means he spends a lot of time studying coffee. There are 15,000 Starbuck stores world-wide.

He told us how coffee gets from the tree to your cup. He had us sample coffee he brought and discussed tasting basics which included what characteristics for which to look. He provided instructions on the steps of tasting. He mentioned that the coffee growing regions are: Latin America; Africa/Arabia; Asia Pacific; and Hawaii. He said that 65% of the beans used by Starbucks are Arabica and that 35% are Robusta. Robusta beans are lower quality and have a harsher flavor than Arabica.

Raffle Winners:
Bill Eames – bag of chocolates
Bob Shusta - $2
Debbie Cooper - $5

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Council approves dues increase

By Arnold R. Grahl 
Rotary International News -- 27 April 2010 

District representatives approved a US$1 a year increase in dues during the 2010 Council on Legislation on 27 April in Chicago. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee

Representatives at the 2010 Council on Legislation approved Tuesday a US$1 a year increase in per capita dues that clubs pay to Rotary International, starting in 2011-12.

The increase is only half the amount the RI Board of Directors had initially proposed. The original amount of a $2 annual increase was based on financial forecasts projecting deficits for RI in coming years without a dues increase. But directors reduced their recommendation after a variety of recent financial indicators showed a more positive economic forecast for RI.

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
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
4/29/10 Dave Simpson – Lafayette Bookstore & Shop Lafayette
Local & District Events
4/24/10 Rotarians Work Day at Community Center.  
5/15/10 Concert at the Rez, 11:00AM to 2:00PM,
D. Holt/B. Shusta Co-chairs, all members to
Participate, donate rotary prizes to C. Vogel.
Rotary International Events
2010 RI Convention, Montreal, Canada
04/01 Lisa Cohen
04/01 Ron Wake
04/07 Daniel A. Barnes
04/10 Warren Rupf
04/12 Sandi Mitchell
04/16 Tom Courtright
04/18 Debbie Cooper
04/18 Larry Duson
04/26 Geoff Zimmerman
04/19 Geoff Zimmerman
4/22 Bud Moulthrop
4/29 Andy Scheck
Notes by Bob Shusta Photos by John Sherry