Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 26, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 28

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting promptly at 12:30PM.  Terry Ring was the appointed greeter. He had a short but pithy ‘Word for the Day’. Terry led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Troy called for Visiting Rotarians to be introduced. We entertained two VR’s today First was Steve Lack, the District Governor-Elect of District 5160. The second was Jeff Filter of the Walnut Creek club. President Troy called for Guests of Rotarians. Buddy Brodwin, DMD was introduced for his third meeting of our club. Troy fined himself $5 for not introducing Her Honor Carol Federighi, Mayor of Lafayette and our program today.

Members made several announcements from the floor. Jeff Wellen told us about the Soroptomist Crab Feed scheduled for February 20. 2012 @ the Oakwood Athletic Club.
Tom Sullivan said the tickets were available for the Rotary Intercity Meeting on February 8, 2012. This promises to be an exceptional meeting. The program is the well-known illusionist Timothy James:A frequent Las Vegas entertainer as well as other show centers.
We presented Bud Molthrup with a card and birthday cake for his 85th year.
Ron Wake has a great ski trip planned and invited us to participate.

Happy $$$$$$
           Sergeant-at-Arms took the floor to collect Happy Dollars. But first she told us about the Super Bowl  that are available for $10 as a lottery for club service support. Alicia told us about the Super Bowl Sunday party Bill Eames is hosting at his home in Rossmoor. The super Bowl is scheduled for February 5, 2012.
        Dick Holt gave Happy $$ for Maurice Williams’ strong recovery from a full knee replacement.
Chuck Vogel confessed to not wearing a Rotary Pin for the prior week’s meeting. He donated $5.
Jay Lifson gave $5 in appreciation for the big Rotarian turnout for the Lafayette’s Marquis Award. Jay is the 2012 winner of this honor which names the city’s Businessperson of the Year. Others giving Happy $$ for Jay’s selection were Ed Stokes[A prior winner, and California’s Independent Grocery Retailer of the Year], Steve Falk, Troy Feddersen, Mike Heller, and Larry Blodgett.
Happy $$ were contributed by Andy Scheck, Terry Ring, Chuck Vogel, Anna Stevenson and Greg Vaisnor.

        President Troy Feddersen invited Her Honor Carol Federighi to the podium for the presentation of the day.
Mayor Federighi opened her remarks on the fiscal status of the city.  It is in good shape.  The budget is balanced and not dependent on Redevelopment Funds, which the State  of California has cancelled to balance its budget. While not crucial to Lafayette operating budget, the funds were targeted to be spent on deteriorating and failed roads. She is hoping the citizens will pass a parcel tax[Which require a 2 / 3 supermajority to pass]. Buying more open space will also be downgraded as a priority without R/D funds. The city has borrowing in line with its valuations and has an AAA credit rating. The long-range plan is to have the residential area roads fixed by 2029.
The first focus’es, in the the council’s view, are traffic and crime prevention. Unfortunately, there has been in increase in crime victims. The city has been hiring more motorcycle officers as they are more effective at traffic control than automobile patrol officers. The fines to motorists have climbed a bit over the years. Passing a school bus a moving violation is set at $685 and  the driver’s insurance carrier will be notified. Using a cellphone is an infraction which was recently raised to $250, but the insurance carrier will not be notified or points set against your driving record. Only 10% of the fine goes to the city. The mayor did say traffic accidents are down.
On the list of important matters are housing permits for new multi-family buildings on land that is now undeveloped. The open-space committee is considering the applications that have been submitted. Applications have been entered by several cellular telephone companies for new and expanded facilities.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotary leaders are ready to build 'Peace Through Service' after International Assembly

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka leads the flag procession during the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly on 16 January in San Diego, California, USA. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

Incoming district governors left the 2012 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, equipped with new skills and ideas to develop stronger districts and clubs in 2012-13. 

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka began the weeklong training event by asking the 530 governors-elect to build Peace Through Service

"Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary," Tanaka said. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways." 

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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
2-2- Brendan – Cook Natural Products
2-9- DARK –
2-16 – Denis Ring, Bode Intl.
2-23 – Fred Brill 
Local & District Events
2/8Interclub Meeting Roosmoor Fireside Room
5/12Concert at the Res
6/11Golf Classic
Rotary International Events

Anna Stevenson
A.C. Webb
Debbie Cooper 
Charlie Vitale
Maurice Levich 
2/2Andy Scheck
2/16John Sherry
2/23Bob Shusta

 Notes by Tom Henry | Photos John Sherry