Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 24, 2011 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 34

President Geoff Zimmerman opened the meeting and Greeter was Greg Vaisnor and he provided thought for the day  
Visit Rotarian Bob Riggs
Speaker: Dr. Amer Araim
Guests: Steve Paddock, Joe ?, Terri ? Pat Riggs, Mike H, Steve E, Robin, Diane and Paul, Martin Lysons, Hussein Saffouri, Molly Williams, Sophie Braccini.


Club announcements-
1)    April 4th Store of the Year Dinner for Diablo Foods
2)    Rossmoor Rotary Water Fountain Dedication April 6th, check with Gene Wilson 935-5785 for.
3)    Contributions for Rotary Foundation will be a non-Foundation event.  Local clubs will handle this, looking for 100% of members to participate.  See Ron Wake.
4)    Ron Wake wife Sharon working with Japanese Cultural Community Center of Nor Cal who is acting as a clearing house for donations to Japan.  There are three ways we can donate to the Japanese relief.  The Red Cross, Rotary International and the JCCCNC.
5)    District Assembly April 6th, same day as Toms Courtright’s birthday.
6)    Candy Scramble/ Easter Egg Roll April 23th 9:30 am.  Take a picture with the Easter Bunny (Greg Vaisnor).
7)    Bocce Ball Challenge June 4th , Martinez, lots of food, fun and drink.
8)    Concert at the Res, May 14th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Especially need volunteers for setup and take down. Still need more prises for the raffle.  Minimum $50 will be sold by each member.
9)    Bill Eames gave cudo’s to Larry Blodgett and added money to Anna’s baby gift.
10)    April 1st lunch costs increase for weekly pays.
Mo gave a short description of what Happy $$ and Fines were for the benefit of all the guests
Happy $$$$
       Tom Courtright got to spend time in a car with his wife while in Hawaii due to the Tsunami evacuation.
Mo Levich paid fine for missing 3 meetings.
Maurice Williams fined for being late.
Larry Duson fined for speaking while others were speaking.
Troy Federson payed his birthday dues.
Tom Henry fined for being late, but fine was waived due to he had a good reason, a leaking roof at home.
Jay Lifson paid Happy $$$since Ed a garbage can on his desk and the leaking roof didn’t get on his desk.
John Sherry fined for taking the #1 spot in the parking lot.
Geoff Zimmerman happy $$ for his wife’s birthday.
Steve Faulk Happy $$ for Accalanes HS Jazz Band being rated as one of the top bands in California.
Alicia C Happy $$ for collecting lot’s of money for Anna.
Mo Levich Happy $$ for a successful Jazz Festival. Thanked sponsors, Diablo Foods, Mechanics Bank, and others.
John Sherry Happy $$ for Wisconsin in Sweet 16.

Speaker: Introduced by Dick Holt
Dr. Amer Araim
Dr. Araim is President of the Islamic Community Outreach of California. SF State University Professor.
Speaking on Islam in America.  Iranian, came to US in 1996.  Embassy with Iraq Delegation.  Worked with United Nations. Lived in Long Island, NY and moved to Walnut Creek in 2001.
Spoke of the 9-11 Attack for the Interfaith Counsel of Contra Costa County at a Memorial.  Condemned attack but don’t condemn all of Islam.

Spoke of the 5 Pillars of Muslim.
 The 'Five Pillars' of Islam are the foundation of Muslim life:
•    Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophet hood of Muhammad;
•    Establishment of the daily prayers;
•    Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
•    Self-purification through fasting; and
•    The pilgrimage to Makah for those who are able.
Dr. Araim son went with him to many speaking engagements and suggested he write a book.  He collected questions and has listed the 99 names for God.
Spoke of Tribalism vs Religion, the Jihad, and the Koran.
Raffle: $2 to Andy
$65 won by Riggs who donated it back to our club. Thank you 

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotary clubs have water projects on tap

Villages in four regions of Ghana are being equipped with ventilated pit latrines, showers, and boreholes featuring hand pumps and mechanized pipes through the efforts of dozens of Rotary clubs in Latin America, North America, and Ghana.

The effort is part of the International H2O Collaboration, an alliance between Rotary International and USAID. Launched in 2009, it works to implement long-term, sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in the developing world. The first phase of the partnership has focused on three countries: Ghana, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic.

  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
3/31Kellie Hayes, Development Director, Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
4/7Clubmembers Dino & Alicia
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.
04/01    Lisa    Cohen
04/01    Ron    Wake
04/07    Daniel A.    Barnes
04/10    Warren    Rupf
04/16    Tom    Courtright
04/18    Larry    Duson
04/18    Debbie    Cooper
04/26    Geoff    Zimmerman
04/19    Geoff    Zimmerman
3/31Chuck Vogel
4/7Ron Wake
4/14A.C. Webb

 Notes by Pete Barbounis | Photos John Sherry