Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
May 19, 2011 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 42

President Geoff Zimmerman opened the meeting at 12:35. A little extra time was needed because of food delivery delays. Pete Barbounis was the appointed greeter for the day and he gave us two very relevant thoughts for the day:One from Will Rogers and one from Winston Churchill. 
President Geoff called for the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests. Mike Heller introduced Kevin Miller of the BMW/Mini Collision Center, who will be our speaker. Alicia Cragholm introduced Heba Rayan who has been visiting the club and will soon be a member. John Sherry introduced Mike Obrien and thanked him for working a full eight hours at the Concert at the Rez event. John also thanked Alicia for selling so many raffle tickets.         

Club announcements-
President Geoff told us about an interclub Rotary baseball leagued that is being formed in the Central Contra Costa County area.
Mike Heller announced a dinner at The Shelter on June 6, 2011 and is looking for Rotary volunteers to serve the meal to these needy people in our midst.
Chuck Vogel confirmed the Debunking Dinner of President Geoff will be at Roya’s Garlic Garden on Sunday, June 12. The price will be $38/person. Cocktails will be available from 5:00-6:00 and dinner to follow.
Bob Aguilar advised us that he needs commitments to the Giants-Mets baseball game on Sunday, July 10. Given the standings of these two teams, it should be a very exciting game and well worth attending.
Dick Holt notified us the groundbreaking for the new stage would be after this meeting at 5:00PM. John Sherry reported it was a very successful occasion with attendance by Rotarians and EBMUD officials.
Larry Blodgett informed us that Larry Duson was not well and in Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek. Sunshine committee chairman,  Tom Henry ordered a plant from Orchard Nursery to be delivered to Larry at the hospital.
Troy Feddersen donated $100 Happy Dollars and $100 to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of his son Matthew Feddersen. Matthew and Blake Marggraff won the Gordon E. Moore Award, the top prize at the Intel International Engineering and Science Fair at the Los Angeles Convention center. Matthew and Blake figured out a way to potentially make radiation treatments more effective for cancer patients by placing tin near their tumors.
Mike Heller made known his mother, Lilo Heller, will be signing the book she wrote with Tom Adams: Lilo Speaks, A Memoir .  The affair will be at the Oakwood Athletic Club on Sunday, June 12 from 1-3. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Lilo’s story as a holocaust survivor will be interesting and well worth your time. Please let Mike know if you will attend.
John Sherry gave $5 Happy Dollars to thank Mike O’Brien for his work at the Concert at the Rez efforts. Terry Ring donated some Happy Dollars while revealing his opinion that Cal could again win the national championship for Rugby. Heba Rayan proffered $5 because she is happy to become a member of the club. Alica Cragholm  contributed $5 on behalf of Mike Heller for his lending BMW to be used for a weekend as a raffle prize.

Mike Heller reintroduced our speaker, Kevin Miller. Kevin is the manager of the Collision Center at Concord BMW/Mini. He enlightened us about the low quality of auto replacement parts and how important it is for us to be sure our insurance requires original manufacturer parts in the event of a collision repair. Kevin said the lower quality parts make the repair cheaper for the insurer, but that the insured is getting an unexpected lower quality repair. He warned us not to be ‘steered’ by the insurance company to non-dealer supported repair location. In his view the only beneficiary of discounted parts and labor is to the insurer and not to the insured.

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Historic Moments: Sergeants-at-arms

A nyone who has attended a Rotary convention is familiar with the sergeants-at-arms. Since the first convention in 1910, these men and women in yellow vests have guided Rotarians and their families.
During this year’s convention, 21-25 May, the sergeants-at-arms -- this year known as Rotary guides -- will sport a new look, designed to keep them cool in the often-steamy weather of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Instead of the usual yellow vests, the guides will be wearing yellow sashes. The hundreds of volunteers who assist them will sport red ones, in a nod to the red vests they’ve traditionally worn.   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
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
5/26Daniel Barnes
6/2Polly Bernson
6/9Ray Bland

 Notes by Tom Henry | Photos John Sherry