Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
July 29, 2010 | VOL 65 | ISSUE 5

President Geoff Zimmerman, presided
Greeter: Daniel Barnes

Visiting Rotarians:
Ron Light –Concord Rotary, Larry Sly – Concord Rotary and Contra Costa Food Bank, Don Jenkins – Orinda Rotary, Bruce Coblentz – Walnut Creek Sunrise Rotary
April Bell (guest speaker/personal historian)

Today’s meeting started with soothing tropical music playing gently in the background.  The theme for the meeting was Aloha Shirt Day, or for those who chose, the alternate theme of Ugliest Shirt.

Dan Baker was the Greeter, but was not aware that he was the greeter.

Bob Shusta announced that a host is still needed for three months next year, for a youth exchange student from Bolivia.  Contact Bob if you may be able to be a host family.  Bob also let us know that anyone who has not paid their Rotary membership yet for this year will be contacted.

Our club will be distributing child identity kits at National Night Out, on Tuesday August 2.  The event, which is from 6 – 8 pm in Lafayette Park Plaza is about crime prevention and meeting neighbors and local police officers.

Larry Sly, of the Contra Costa Food Bank, accepted a check from our club for $700, and spoke for a few moments on the importance and need for the food bank in these challenging economic times.

Don Jenkins, from the Orinda Rotary, is the Rotary District 5160 Rotary International Foundation Chair.
Don showed us the award that is presented to those who pledge at least $10,000 to the Foundation.  Contact Don if you want to learn more about including Rotary as part of your legacy, by incorporating the Rotary Foundation into your will.

Mike Heller reminded the club that the following Thursday, August 05, would be dark at Oakwood.  Instead we are meeting that day at Stanley Middle School, with a tour of the Jazz Camp at 11 am, followed by lunch at noon.  Mike also announced that Rock the Plaza is on three Fridays in August – on the 13th, 20th, and 27th.  Help is needed selling the food.

AC Webb announced the annual golf tournament fundraiser will be on Monday, October 4.  Mark your calendars, and please help bring in more raffle ticket sales this year to make it a successful fundraiser.

April Bell is a Personal Historian and a video producer who makes personal history videos.  Her business, Tree of Life Legacies, helps people preserve personal histories.  She is a member of the Walnut Creek Historical Society, and the Association of Personal Historians.
April explained what a personal history is, and what a personal historian does.  A personal history can be in a number of forms, such as an oral recording, a written history, or a video interview.  April favors the video interview form.  One of the personal histories that she has produced as a video interview is with Cliff Dochterman, former Rotary International President.  Prices to produce a video history start at about $3,500, and up.

For the best shirt:  Runner up – April Bell; Winner – Tom Courtright
For the worst shirt:  Runner up – Larry Blodgett; Winner – Greg Vaisnor
Raffle:  Ed Stokes, $5 for picking a blue marble.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Windmills increase income for salt harvesters

Rotarians Vimal Hemani, Deepak Agrawal, Shrinand Palshikar, Kiran Dave, and Rajesh Bhatt with one of five windmills installed in western India to improve the lives of migrant salt workers. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Wadhwan City 

Five families who harvest salt from the desert in western India have Rotarians to thank for windmills that will double their income.

The Rotary Club of Wadhwan City, India, and the Rotary E-Club of the Southwest, Arizona, USA, received a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant and used club and District 5510 (Arizona) contributions to purchase 10 windmills. The windmills pump underground, salt-laden water into shallow ponds, where the salt can be separated through evaporation.

The families -- who are among the 10,000 families who migrate annually to the Little Rann of Kutch salt marsh in Gujarat to collect up to 800 tons of salt apiece -- previously relied on diesel engines to draw water to the desert’s surface.

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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
Aug 12Camp Venture & Camp
Royal students (plus
Bari Kasper &
LoAnn Winkler
Aug 19Tom Henry Africa trip presentation
Aug 26Troy Fedderson - Beer judging
Local & District Events

Rotary International Events

08/26 Mike Henn
08/01 Larry Blodgett
08/08Barry Toomajian
08/12Mary Claire
08/14Alan Mac
08/14Ed Stokes
08/15 Troy Feddersen
08/17Troy Winkles
08/19 Jay Lifson
08/20Bob Shusta
08/23Daniel Baker
8/12Pete Barbounis
8/19Daniel Barnes
8/26Polly Bernson
9/2Ray Bland

 Notes by Troy Fedderson | Photos by Ron Wake