Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 17, 2011 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 33

President Geoff Zimmerman  opened the meeting and Greeter was Barry Toomajian and he provided thought for the day
St Patrick’s Day Music was provided by Geoff and Troy provided us with Green Beer.  
Visit Rotarian Debbie Roessler- who is from Moraga club and is also the Assistant Governor, John Fazel from Lamorinda Sunrise Club

Guests: Kristy Rodriguez, Paula Bernard and Norma Evans

Club announcements-
1.    John Fazel announced the Rotary has a relief program for Japan.
For every dollar donated 50% will come back to club. (sorry but I wasn’t real clear on how this was going to work) Ron Wake will head our clubs efforts to collect donations.  Money will be distributed to the local Rotary districts in Japan who will decide where the funds will be applied.
2.    Anna Stevenson had her baby.  A healthy boy, Austin.  Tom Henry will get flowers sent from club.  Alicia passed the hat for a gift. I believe $275 was collected.  thank you 
3.    Lunch costs increases for the weekly pays starting in April.
4.    Ed Stokes announced that our club received a $4000 donation from member Warren Rupf who retired as Sherriff of Contra Costa County.  Money came from his left over campaign fund 
5.    Chuck Vogel advised the club of a phone bill scam called Cramming.  He will send us an email with details.  So look at your phone bill for possible Bogus Billing.
6.    Alicia and Dino took their 4 Way Test and passed.  Troy and Chuck were sponsors and stood with Alicia and Dino while Geoff read the Rotary pledge.  Both were given their Blue Badges.
7.    Dick H had visited Bob Underwood and said he was doing OK.
8.    Mike Heller invited us all to come over for Corned Beef and Cabbage at his home.
Fines/Happy Dollars:
1.    Andy collected money from many of the members for not wearing Green on St Patrick’s Day.
2.    Ed Stokes was sad that St Mary’s lost and was not in NCAA Tourney.  He was also very happy though.  The Grocery Association had chosen Diablo Foods as Grocery Store of the Year.
3.    Bob Shusta gave Happy dollars.  He spoke with Terry Camp who is doing better financially these days.  Also had a date with Bob Aquiar and they went to see a movie, The Fighter.
4.    Geoff gave happy $$ and Thanked Ron Wake for the ski trip last week.
5.    Debbie Roessler Happy $$ for the successful fund raisers she was involved with.  They received lots of money for their efforts.
6.    John Sherry Happy $$ since he found a home for his runt of the litter that had some previous health issues.  And he didn’t charge the $$$$ he usually sells these pups for.
Club Member and Race Car Driver Dr. Ron Wake talked about his favorite hobby, Racing his Formula Vee Car.
Ron has been racing for 35 years, with the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).  SCCA has 45,000 members, 114 Regions and 10 Divisions.
Ron was a Division Champion for his Formula Vee class.  Formula Vee is a modified 61-65 VW Beetle.  Doesn’t look much like a Beetle when it is converted into a race car.  Uses engine, suspension, has ram air cooling.  Uses 7 point seatbelt and drivers must use a HANS Device which protects the drivers from head and neck injuries.  Some famous race car drivers started out racing these types of races.  Ron has two cars, is not allowed to bring his trophies in the house per Sharon, so he has them nailed up in his garage.  His wife and daughter are his pit crew.  Ron showed us some really cool videos of him racing.  He said these races were more like chess matches in trying to outwit the other drivers.  His video camera is attached to his car and he had some great shots of his racing ability as he was passing other drivers.  Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks Ron for a great presentation. 

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Foundation sets up disaster fund for Japan

In response to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March, The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Japan 2011 Disaster Recovery Fund, which will support long-term recovery projects in affected areas.

Rotarians and non-Rotarians can donate online. Clubs and districts can contribute cash and District Designated Fund (DDF) allocations to the fund.

  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
Ray Klinginsmith . . . . . RI President
Karl Diekman
. . . . . . . Dist 5160 Governor
Geoff Zimmerman
. . . . President
John Sherry
. . . . . . . . Past President
Troy Feddersen. . . . . Vice President
Bob Shusta . . . . . . . . Secretary
Greg Vaisnor . . . . . . . Treasurer
Chuck Vogel . . . . . . Club Service
Troy Winkles
. . . . . . . Community Service
Jesse Wellen
. . . . . . . International Service
Erin McCoin 
. . . . . . . Vocational Service
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
3/24Dr. Amer Araim, Imam of a local  mosque speaking of Islam.
3/31Kellie Hayes, Development Director, Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Local & District Events
4/16District Assembly South, 8:30 to 2:00PM, Solano Comm. College, 375 Columbus Pkwy, Vallejo
6/4Rotary Bocce Ball 2011 Challange, 10:00AM, Martinez Waterfront Park.
Camp Venture, Maritime facility, Beri Kasper.
Rotary International Events
4/9 Foundation Fun Day at the Yin Ranch
R.I. Convention New Orleans, LA.
3/03 Mo Levich
3/08 Liana Deily
3/15 Alan Mac
non in March
3/24Greg Vaisnor
3/31Chuck Vogel

 Notes by Pete Barbounis | Photos John Sherry