Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
December 1, 2011 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 21

Prez Troy opened the meeting and brought our birthday guest of honor Ed Stokes to the front to start the celebration of Ed's 89th
birthday.  Ed thanked everyone and then invited all the golfers to play in his 90th birthday tournament at Roddy Ranch in Oct '12.
Our greeter Mo led us in singing "happy birthday" to our honored  member.then led us in the salute to our flag and country. 
Guests: Ed introduced Betty, his bride of over 60 years.  He also brought Mike Collier.  Dick Holt introduced his friend Al Webster.
Mike Heller introduced Kristin Connelly of Cal Forward.  Bill Armstrong and Tim OKeffe from Shelter Inc were also introduced.

12/15 Thurs-Holiday Lunch @ the Lafayette Park Hotel 11:30, come early as parking will be crowded. Bring your donated jackets and or money by this meeting to give to Shelter Inc.,
let's all contribute to to this wonderful cause!
12/18 Sun-8:30 Heller's, breakfast will be served before we wrap our donated gifts.
12/19 Mon-8:00 Rotary Christmas breakfast Oakwood Athletic club
12/29 Thurs- no meeting, we are dark that week
12/30 Fri-8:00 am, Gin Fizz party (donuts, coffee too!!) Chamber Office, thanks Jay!

Recognition:  Mo Levich- Happy Dollars!  Don Anderson felt thankful for his trip to the southlands. Mike Henn presented the check for $185 from CCC for our 4 poll workers, thanks volunteers!  He also happily gave $33+ $5 fine for his anniversary.  Mo announced that Andy Scheck was very happy for the growth of his paper, the Lamorinda Weekly from a few pages to $32 pages in the last issue.  John Sherry was  happy to donate because next prez Chuck saw his picture in the paper.  Maurice was very delighted to meet one of our two new motorcycle gentlemen when he was checking out his cell phone, Mo was so happy for him that he donated a dollar per motorcycle.  Steve Falk thanked all the people who have gotten to meet our new officers and have contributed to the city's income stream. Jay Lifson $ announced that nominations for the Lafayette business person of the year are due by 12/16.  Anna Stevenson gave a big Rotary thank you to Norma Evans for the cookies and Ed's beautiful birthday cake. Chuck also donated as a thank you to Norma.  ExPrez Geoff donated a thank you to Chuck, Troy and the rest of the Stokes birthday committee.

Program:  Prez Troy presented the BigOl check for $500 to Bill Armstrong and Tim OKeffe fo Shelter Inc.  Tim spent a few minutes to introduce us to Shelter Inc.  Who would have thought that there are homeless in Lamorinda?  There are and it seems that Lamorinda is a good safe area to hang out.  The fastest growing group of homeless seems to be two parent families.  One of their
seven room houses is filled with families for the first time in15 years.  There are over 1625 homeless children in CCC.
Housing challenge:   Average rent for a two bedroom apartment in CCC is $1400 which represents 134 hours per week at minimum wage or about 3.3 full time jobs.  Their program has grown from 3000 clients in 2007 to 5800 last year and a projected  8000 this year.
Shelter Inc. wants to make a difference for people and not just give a handout but to provide tools for clients to end homelessness. 
They have a three part program:  Preventing Homelessness.  Less that $1000 a month can help over 89% of the clients stay in their present home preventing homelessness.  Promoting Self Sufficiency.  Temporary safe housing and services can help people regain self sufficiency, over 81%  have moved to permanent housing.  Providing Affordable Housing. They have over 225 units around CCC renting to low income vulnerable residents.   Funding:  55% federal funding, 20% donations, 25% rents and foundation support.  What can we Do?  Donate money, clothing, volunteer to prepare meals, home repair, lead events, your talents can be used many ways, just ask!  Prez Troy donated a LN4 prosthetic hand in their honor.

Meeting adjourned. Next week Traci Reilly on Lafayette crime prevention.

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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
Karl Diekman
. . . . . . . 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
12-8 Traci Reilly, Lafayette Crime Prevention
Local & District Events
12/15Holiday Lunch Park Hotel
12/18Breakfast at the Heller's
12/19Breakfast at Oakwood
12/30Gin Fizz at Chamber Office
Rotary International Events

Mike    Heller    
Maurice Williams
Polly    Bernson    
Lisa    Cohen    
Mike    Heller
Maurice Williams   
Jesse    Wellen
12/8Jay Lifson

 Notes by Ron Wake | Photos John Sherry