Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
May 13, 2010 | VOL 64 | ISSUE 44

President Sandi Mitchell opened the meeting.

Visiting Rotarians:
Jim Jorgensen Former Lafayette Member Now living in Palm Springs

Guests:

Chris Kelly guest of Tracy, Gordon Steele RPM Mortgage

Meeting Minutes:
Jay Lifson reminder about Town Hall Theatre  Benefit with the Sun Kings, the Beatles cover band on Saturday May 22nd and also a reminder about Taste of Lafayette on Tuesday May 18th there are still plenty of tickets available
Troy Feddersen reminder about the membership event at Wine Thieves Thursday June 3rd. It's $10 for Rotarians and free to those who bring a guest.
Bob Shusta reminder about Saturday's concert at the res and asks for 1 more van
Bob Aguilar announces that this is his last meeting

Recognitions:
John Sherry presents Tracy with a Rotary Umbrella for her move to Portland
Happy $$:
Tom Henry for reading the galleys of Jim Jorgenson's new book
Larry Blodgett for not getting fined
Jay Lifson for his daughters' graduations from high school and college
Bob Shusta for Bob Aguilar's wife getting a break from Bob while he's gone
Dick Holt for his son in the State Department who is headed to Afghanistan
Mike Heller for his positive blood tests
Maurice Williams for his new office
Don Anderson for his positive blood tests

Speaker:
Elisabeth LaScala a certified Admissions Advisor and writer for the Lamorinda Weekly spoke about college admissions and how to prepare teenagers for college. She provided an overview of how the public and private universities handle their admissions and how they evaluate students. She spoke about the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The UC system accepts 12.5% of high school students, the CSU 33% and the Community Colleges any HS graduate 18 or older. The current challenges for students are due to the budget crisis. The state of California has reduced admissions as well as cut budgets leading to a reduction in programs and difficulty recruiting faculty. UC Admissions were detailed in a few steps. Step 1 is evaluating whether the student is eligible for UC admission. If the student is eligible then they proceed to Step 2 which is actual selection of the individual student. To be eligible the student has to have completed the requisite college prep courses, passed the exams (ACT, SAT), have a GPA meeting the guidelines. The GPA is evaluated from 10th and 11th grades. Unfortunately Ms. LaScala did not have time to finish her presentation due to technical difficulties.


Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

A matter of conviction

By Tara Kalmanson 
Rotary International News -- 14 May 2010   

Roxana Saberi Photo by Tommy Giglio

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars always impress, but Roxana Saberi, who left the United States for Tehran in 2003 as a foreign correspondent, has become an international celebrity and a face for human rights in Iran.

The former political prisoner, released from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison in May 2009, sat down for a Q&A luncheon at the Union League Club in Chicago on 13 April. Her national tour served to promote her book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran , published 30 March. Saberi recalled the many lessons she learned from fellow female political prisoners, the events that led to her freedom, and her life before Evin.

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?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
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:
http://rotary5160.org/clubs/where-clubs-meet/
Upcoming Speakers
5/20/10 Club Assembly
5/27/10 Pat Vitucci - Vitucci and Assoc. Don’t Invest and Forget Seminar
6/3/10 East Bay Stand Down – Steve Lackenbauer
6/10/10 Rotary Millionaire
Local & District Events
5/20/10Lafayette Car Wash 20 years in business open house, 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
5/22/10Rotary Foundation Day, Yin Ranch,Vacaville,  $100.00 donation to EREY by 5-1-10 chance to win a trip to an International Rotary Project, $15 per adult, $5 kids 12 & under.
6/3/10Wine tasting at Wine Thieves, membership drive, 5:30PM to 7:00PM, no charge but bring a prospective member or two.
Rotary International Events
2010 RI Convention, Montreal, Canada
Birthdays
05/01 Jay Lifson
5/28 Margaret Harbarth
5/31 Donald Anderson
6/02 Larry Blodgett
6/13 Ray Bland
6/18 Bob Shusta
6/18 Bill Eames
Anniversaries
05/04 Anna Stevenson
05/16 Ron Wake
06/03 Andy Scheck
06/09 A.C. Webb
06/10 John Sherry
06/20 Tom Henry
06/26 Ray Bland
Greeters
5/20 Ed Stokes
5/27 Barry Toomajiar
6/3 Greg Vaisnor
6/10 Chuck Vogel
Notes by Erin McCoin Photos by John Sherry