Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 19, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 27

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting at 12:30 PM.
He called on Dino Riggio, the greeter for today to give us a thought for the day and to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Troy called for visiting Rotarians to be introduced. Today’s visitors were Mark Cranmer of the Walnut Creek Rotary Club, and Tim Green of Diablo View Rotary of Walnut Creek.

President Troy announced that Friday’s dinner honoring the Marquis Business Person of the Year was a sellout, and he was looking forward to seeing so many Rotarians in attendance. Our club’s own member, Jay Lifson is the honoree for this year.
Several announcements were made from the floor.
Bill Eames told us about the Super Bowl party at his home in Rossmoor. Super Bowl XLVI is scheduled for 5 February 2012, at 3:30.
Tim Green and Dino Riggio told us about the poker tournament fundraiser that our Rotary club will have, most likely in early to mid-April.
Bob Shusta related one of his true tales from his storied law enforcement days.  The story telling prompted Jay Lifson, amongst good Rotarian friends, to tell his mattress-on-the-roof story, and he was sure it was a story that would not be heard at the business person of the year dinner.  Andy Scheck shared details about his new solar system, and answered several questions about it.
Happy $$$$$$$$:
Our Sergeant-at-Arms, Alicia Cragholm, took the floor in her inimitable enthusiastic style. She gave $5 to show the vest she had ordered from Lisa Cohen for Tom Henry’s birthday. Tom matched her Happy $$. John Sherry gave 2 Happy $$ for Alicia’s hard work as the 2011-2012 Sergeant-at-Arms. Anna Stevenson gave Happy $$ for the Rotarian who helped her find her badge. It was around her neck! Maurice contributed for ‘Things you do not need know.’ He heard an inquiry about a urinal, with the question of whether it was in a women’s restroom! It turns out that there are countries with urinals in women’s restrooms. Ed Stokes donated to acknowledge the great season the St. Mary’s College Gaels were having in basketball. Happy $$ were contributed by Mike Heller, Andy Scheck, Tim Green, Steve Falk, Chuck Vogel, and Bill Eames. Greg Vaisnor advised us about available tax-deductions for installed solar equipment. Jay Lifson said the Town Hall Theater has been adding music events in addition to the ongoing theatrical programs, and he introduced our guest speaker, Tom Stack, to elaborate.

The speaker, filling in for a late-notice speaker cancellation, was Tom Stack, who is on the Board of Directors for Town Hall Theatre.
Tom spoke about his passion for Town Hall Theatre, and for music. He talked about the Town Hall Music Series, consisting of music shows, and other alternative shows like Wavy Gravy, which sell out and help make more money for Town Hall Theatre. Tom related what a treasured resource the theater is for the community, and his goal is to get more local people who may never have been inside the theater to experience it.
Only about three or four Town Hall Music Series shows can take place per year, due to the busy schedule of the theater. On Saturday, January 18, Petty Theft, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover band, is scheduled to play. To offer a higher entertainment experience and help with profitability, there is a Gold Circle ticket package, which allows early entry, champagne, and a few extra songs played by the band before the doors open for general admission. Another recent event was Wavy Gravy, an entertainer and peace activist, who has a documentary about his life.
Tom Stack reported that Town Hall Theatre won several Shellie awards recently, including John Blytt winning best actor for his performance in Scrooge, the Musical.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge

Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (left), shakes hands with Rotary Foundation Trustee John Germ during the fourth plenary session of the International Assembly. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.” 

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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
1-26- 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
1/26Terry Ring
2/2Andy Scheck

 Notes by Tom Henry | Photos John Sherry