Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
June 23, 2011 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 47

The meeting was called to order at 12:30 by President Geoff Zimmerman
Visiting Rotarians
Mark Roberts - Lamorinda Sunrise
Larry Dusan - introduced by Larry Blodgett
John Quinn -Food Broker - guest of Larry Blodgett
Blake Marsgraff and Matt Feddersen - Acalanes Grads - guests of Troy Feddersen

Club announcements-
Alicia Craighoml and Mark Roberts - Motorama was a success. They thanked all the members who contributed and attended. The night before Gala was also a huge success and was well attended. Estimated the net proceeds to be in addition to $25,000. Specifically thanked Troy Feddersen, Jay Lifsum, Jessie Whalen, Mike Heller, John Sherry, Larry Blodgett, Debbie Cooper, Dick Holt, and Maurice Levich.

Geoff Zimmerman - next Thursday is Red, White and Blue day.
    Reminded everyone that the awards banquet is coming up
    Passed around a sign up sheet for note takers for next year.

Larry Blodgett - stage update - there is a 2nd bid for the stage that will be coming in very shortly and will have definative numbers within the next 2 weeks.

Ron Wake - Rotary International Foundation - recognized Polly Benson for her contribution

John Sherry - Bob Shusta was in the Contra Costa Times
    As a public service announcement from Page 2 - carbon monoxide detectors will be required in all hoomes after July 1

Maurice Levich - 28th Annual Orinda Volunteer Pickup Band is playing on July 4th - get there at 9AM
    Tour of the mothball fleet - USS Iowa - Rossmoor band will be playing

Troy Feddersen - Golf Tournement - August 29 - Signup Online
    Even if you don’t golf, you can come to the dinner after - Catering by Susan Foord

Happy/Sad/Guilty $$

Bud Moulthrop - Watch the Cal Bears at 4 this afternoon to see them play in the College Baseball World Series
    also for Ed Stokes who gave away free sandwiches

Tom Henry - Cal Baseball - also lost 18lbs with “Team Oakwood”

Don Andersen - going on a 3 week vacation in Europe

Geoff Zimmerman - A’s swept the Giants

Alicia Craigholm - Happy to be here - Go A’s

Mike Heller - suggested everyone throw in $1 for Larry Dusan’s presence - everyone did!

Maurice Levich - fined himself for vacation - spoke about an article from the Smithsonian Magazine regarding bombing practice. Even though he missed the target he still learned a lot and had fun

Troy Feddersen - went to Hawaii

Introduced by Troy Feddersen - Blake Marsgraff and Matthew Feddersen - won Intel Competition for international science fair

Simulated Treatment of Cancer Cells
Tin particles next to tumors and showed that the cells will scatter when hit with the radiation and bounce off the tin

Important for 3rd world countries with little resources as the method could be used to produce greater results with little cost.

The two were originally going to enter the Google Science fair, but ran out of time so with the help of their teacher at Acalanes, Mr. Chiu, they postponed entering and refined the experiment.

The Contra Costa County Science fair was affiliated with the Intel competition, so they entered that first and out of 80 entrants took first place. When they made it to state a month later, they received second place and were then off to the Intel International competition where they competed against over 1500 students in 17 divisions.

Measurement of the Data and Set Up
The experiment can be set up for a cost at less than $100 and performed in 2 days. The focuses of the two students are different. While Matt is more computer programming and tech focused, Blake concentrates on the biology of the experiment. Between Matt’s skills at analyzing the data and Blake’s skills of setting up the experiment, the two compliment each other and is the probable reason the outcome was as successful as it was.

First they tried microscopic analysis and after ⅚ hours found that it wasn’t working.
Next was enzymatic analysis which also didn’t work
Finally, the two tried to measure the results by calculating the change in mass of the cells to determine what cells had died thereby producing results that measured a 20% reduction in damage to healthy cells with the use of the tin.

Traditionally, cancer cells are treated using radiation alone. When the tin is introduced, the radiation particles are amplified, killing the cancer cells while at the same time mitigating the damage to non-cancer cells.

Presentation of the Project
A large part of participating in the competition is the presentation of the experiment to the judges.

The judges all have at least 6 years of experience in their given field as well as a PhD.

Selection of tin over other metals
Some materials have secondary radiation that is not conducive to the reaction the radiation produces. Tin is good because it does not have any adverse qualities that would be destructive to the normal cells once it is subjected to the radiation.

Tin foil was used to produce the tin for the experiment. The foil was ground up into tiny microscopic particles and derived only from pure tin (which is somewhat difficult to do)

What’s Next?
The implication of this experiment in its real world application is still being researched by Matt and Blake. Both plan to continue their research and although they will be at different schools, they intend to keep working together to take this accomplishment to the next level.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Golf fellowship to tee off at championship course

More than 200 golfers from around the world will tee off in August in the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians 48th World Championship at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, USA.

Hosted by District 7690, the tournament will be held 21-27 August on three courses at Pinehurst, which is consistently ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the top golfing destinations in the world.

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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/ 30Neil Cohn of Hannah Nicole Vineyards, East County Vineyard area
Local & District Events

Rotary International Events

06/02    Larry Blodgett
06/13    Ray Bland
06/18    Bill Eames
06/18    Bob Shusta
06/03    Andy Scheck
06/09    A.C. Webb
06/10    John Sherry
06/20    Tom Henry
06/26    Ray Bland
6/30Heba Rayan
7/7Polly Bernson
7/14Larry Blodgett

 Notes by Dino Riggio | Photos John Sherry