Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
May 12, 2011 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 41

President Geoff Zimmerman rang the gavel promptly at 12:30 to open the meeting. He asked Don Anderson, the Greeter for the day to give us a thought. Don gave us two quotes from The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln. Don then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
President Geoff called for the introduction of visiting Rotarians. Ed Stokes introduced Jim Jorgensen. Jim is a long-time member of the club, but has been living in Palm Desert. He is returning to Contra Costa County and our club. We are glad to welcome him back. The president then called for the introduction of visitors. Alica Cragholm announced Heba Rayan as a third-time visitor to the club. Mo Levich presented Mike O’Brien as a third-time visitor to our club.         

Photos above and below 2011 Concert at the Res
Our president introduced Mike Gilson, president of the Lafayette Community Foundation and trustee of the Lafayette Town Hall Theater. Mike told us about the upcoming production of Twelfth Night  Rotarians can have ½ price tickets for a special performance on Saturday, June 11, 2011 or any Thursday night or Sunday matinee. Enter the keyword “Rotary” @

Club announcements-
Mike Heller announced that his mother, Lilo Spears, has written a Memoir about her life as a holocaust survivor and life in America.  She will be making a presentation on June 12 from one to three o’clock. Please get details form Mike.

Bob Aguilar has secured 25 tickets to the Giants-Mets game on Sunday,  July 10. The price is $56.56 per person. Please sign up with Bob as soon you possibly can. He promised that the club name would appear on the large electronic scoreboard.
Troy Fedderson announced the golf tournament date as August 29. He pointed out that this is our major fundraiser and we need all hands to participate.
Mo Levich took on his duties as Sargeant-at-Arms and went looking for fines and Happy Dollars. Bill Eames gave $5 happy dollars because he wanted John Sherry to use ‘Guys and Gals’, not just ‘guys’ is his references to Rotarians. Bob Shusta gave $5 to tell us about how it rained while he was on vacation in Hawaii. Dick Holt proffered $10 to tell us about his trip to Maryland where he attended the 50th reunion of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy, and to see his grandchildren.

Mike Heller introduced Orinda native Steve Butler, a financial columnist for the Contra Costa Times. Steve graduated from Harvard University in 1966 and returned to California to earn an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Steve gave us some pertinent facts about the economy and its advance guard, the securities market. There is $9 Trillion in the reserves of investors which has gradually been returning to stocks and bonds. Mostly stocks for the funds owned or controlled by institutional investors and mostly bonds by individual investors. Steve suggested a stock package like the ‘Dogs of the Dow’[Ten DJIA stocks with the highest dividends]could pay like a bond but offer more protection if severe inflation followed the severe recession.
Large businesses have been profitable because they have cut  millions of employees from their roles, he said. He contended small businesses that depend on individual consumers have been badly hurt because their customers are the laid-off people.
Steve reiterated that neither Growth or Value nor large companies or small consistently outperformed the market every year. He suggested a diversified portfolio would have returned about 7% over time without the volatility of an all-equity portfolio, which would have returned about 10%.
The raffle ticket winners had to go home without getting the big prize.
President Geoff promptly closed the meeting at 1:30PM

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

New Orleans high school bounces back from Katrina

E veryone who lived through Hurricane Katrina has a story of loss, including members of the Rotary Club of New Orleans. But those Rotarians also have a story of renewal. When the 2005 storm and its floodwaters receded, club members banded together to help reopen Louisiana’s oldest public high school.
Rotarians have a long relationship with Warren Easton Charter High School, a respected institution in the Mid-City neighborhood. The New Orleans club has provided scholarships and financial support for nearly three decades. It has sponsored the school’s Interact club for more than 20 years.  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
5/19Kevin Miller, Mgr. BMW Collision Center talking about parts quality and competition in the market place
6/2June 2nd Linda Fodrini-Johnson, Elder care
6/9June 9th Loaves and Fishes, Joleen Lafayette and Eleanor Bonner
6/16June 16,  Barry Toomajian, Pistachios
6/23June 23, Susan Stafford and Dave Baker, real estate development
6/ 30Neil Cohn of Hannah Nicole Vineyards, East County Vineyard area
Local & District Events
6/4Rotary Bocce Ball 2011 Challange, 10:00AM, Martinez Waterfront Park.
Camp Venture, Maritime facility, Beri Kasper.
8/29Golf Tournament
Rotary International Events
R.I. Convention New Orleans, LA.
05/01    Jay Lifson
05/28    Margaret Harbarth
05/31    Donald Anderson
05/4    Anna Stevenson
5/19Pete Barbounis
5/26Daniel Barnes
6/2Polly Bernson

 Notes by Tom Henry | Photos Eric Dausman, Lamorinda Weekly