Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 12, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 26

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting of January 12, 2012 at 12:35PM. Alan Mac was the greeter. Alan was congratulated by his fellow members for making two consecutive meetings. Alan led us in The Pledge of Allegiance.

There were no visiting Rotarians with us this week.

Buddy Brodwin, DMD was introduced again by Jay Lifson

        Jess Whellen announced the

Soroptomist Crab Feed on February 20, 2012 at the Oakwood Athletic Club.

        Troy Feddersen advised is to get our reservations in for the Chamber of Commerce event honoring Jay Lifson as the Marquis Business Person of the Year. The event is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 1212 at the Lafayette Park Hotel.

        Tom Sullivan reaffirmed the Interciy Club Meeting scheduled for February 8, 2012 at the Fireside Room of Gateway Clubhouse in Rossmoor. The ICM will start at 11:30AM and will feature ‘Magical Mayhem’ by well-known magician and entertainer Timothy Jones.
Ron Wake said the ski trip is scheduled for March 9, 2012. Participants may have to bring their own snow!

President Troy asked Sergeant-at-Arms Alicia Cragholm to collect fines and happy dollars.  Troy Feddersen paid $20 because he brought a Real Estate Summary for our area issued by his realty firm.

Jay Lifson announced the winners of the holiday shopping drawing for local merchants who promoted “Shop Lafayette” during the holiday period in December. Larry Blodgett won $250, of which he donated $50 to the club.

Bob Shusta gave happy dollars because he was able to attend the meeting without a wheelchair.

Steve Falk gave $20 for his vacation to Nicaragua.

Tom Courtright gave happy dollars for his trip to Maui after the busy holiday season.

Maurice Williams gave the club a toilet to be auctioned off. It was a special environmental facility and included a $100 rebate from EBMUD. Larry Blodgett and Dick Holt bid for the item. Maurice raised his offer to include free installation. Dick outbid Larry. And Dick is going to have installed in his Carmel home.

    Our speaker today was our own Steve Falk. Steve and his son, Nathan, went to Nicaragua and made a video of their trip. Steve’s wife came as a visitor. Steve informed us the indigenous Nicaraguans are descendants of the Nicarao people who fled persecution by the Aztecs. The country has a population of 5.9 Million. It is the second poorest nation in this hemisphere but first in safety.  The Gross Domestic Product is $US 6 Billion. The country has had a difficult political history. The American adventurer and soldier of fortune, William Walker, took over the country in 1855. He was defeated by nationalist partisans in 1856, but left the city of Grenada burned to the ground. Arturo Somoza gained control in 1937 and remained as a dictator for 42 years, until 1979. He was overthrown by the communist-backed Sandinistas and they ruled until an election was held in 1990 won by the conservitives. Daniel Ortega was re-elected in 2006 and led with a ‘neo-Marxist’ political agenda.

    Though, Managua is the capital, the most important destinations for  travelers are Leon and Grenada. The beach city of San Juan del Sur is very popular with tourists. Visitors find Tona beer to be an excellent brew. Among other great sites and activities are surfing and kayaking on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. There is also an interesting bat cave and the Mombacha volcano.

        Nathan Falk produced the video which included such advanced video futures as time-lapse video and continuous  still shots.

Chuck Vogel won the raffle but was unable to secure the gold marble. he received the $2 award.

        President Troy rang the bell to close the meeting at 1:30PM

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotary celebrates India’s first polio-free year

Rotarians and state government leaders in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, vaccinate children against polio during a National Immunization Day in 2011. Photo courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee

R otary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.

India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

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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
Kalyan Banerjee . . . . . RI President
Dave Dacus . . . . . . . Dist 5160 Governor
Troy Feddersen. . . . . . President
Geoff Zimmerman. .Past President, Club Service
Chuck Vogel. . . . . President Elect
Bob Shusta . . . . . . . . Secretary
Greg Vaisnor . . . . . . . Treasurer
Chuck Vogel . . . . . . Membership Chair
Maurice Williams
. . . . . . . Community Service
Terry Ring
. . . . . . . International Service
Erin McCoin 
. . . . . . . Vocational Service
Andy Scheck
. . . . . . . Sergeant at Arms
Alicia Cragholm
. . . . . . . . Sergeant at 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
1-19- Pam Striplen, Gold Coast Chamber Players
1-26- Mayor Carol Federighi
2-2- Brendan – Cook Natural Products
2-9- DARK –
2-16 – Denis Ring, Bode Intl.
2-23 – Fred Brill 
Local & District Events
Rotary International Events

Clarkson, Jack    
Moulthrop, Bud
Henry, Tom
1/19Dino Riggio
1/26Terry Ring

 Notes by Tom Henry | Photos John Sherry