Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
December 22, 2011 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 24

Our Prez Troy opened the meeting
Visiting Rotarians:  Kevin Cragholm, and our speaker Jim Marggraff from the Sunrise Rotary.

Guests of Rotarians: 
Anna's guest Dawn Capp, Jay's daughter Hanna Lifson, Prez Troy's son Lucas.

Prez Troy thanked all who showed up for the Holiday breakfast and gift wrap at the Heller's.  Happy birthday last Mon. Mike and thanks for a great event at your spacious home.  We made short work of wrapping gifts for 38 people at Shelter Inc.thanks to $1000 in donations from our members.  Thanks for the many coats that were also donated.
Prez Troy also gave bottles of wine to Dick Holt, Jess Wellen, and Bob Shusta for their donations of raffle prizes at the Holiday party.
Dick Holt announced that his son who works in the embassy in Baghdad will give a talk about his experiences Mon. the 26th at Oakwood. 3:30-5 Gin Fizz social Fri 30th 8 AM Chamber Office..

Happy dollars:  Chuck presented Troy with a bottle of Ethiopian beer that he got in Oakland.
I Spy...Mike Heller saw Bob Aguilar take a space and a half in the Lafayette Park Hotel garage before the Holiday party then he hurried inside...Mike and Joan had to escort Jan to lunch.
Chuck turned himself in for inappropriate comments during the breakfast.
Don Anderson thanked Steve Falk and the city for his 30 min. Holiday grace period parking "ticket"
Geoff Zimmerman traveled to Winnipeg for his grandmother's 100 birthday!
Anna thanked her friend and guest Dawn for attending our meeting Mo Levich worked out with Nathan Falk at the club, he said that Steve will go surfing in Nicaragua, the lucky guy!
Dick Holt was happy that his son and grandchildren were visiting from Iraq and for a home sale (to guest Dawn Capp) how happy are you Dick??
Chuck wished everyone a very happy Holiday Season.
Steve Falk gave a salute to Jay Lifson, the business person of the year!  Congrats, you deserve it Jay!

We had a Lafayette Rotary Sing...a slightly altered 12 days of Christmas.

Program:  Troy introduced his friend Jim Marggraff.  Jim has used his technical ideas and products to develop his businesses.  He believes in the quote "Adversity reveals genius and prosperity conceals genius.  He wanted to develop the adversity of personal challenge for learning for children.
He cited National Geographic studies that showed that only 1 in 4 people can find the USA on a globe and 1 in 7 can find the Pacific Ocean.  He developed an interactive globe that can be used to educate children about the world.  He expanded this idea so that it would work with a notebook
product to help children read from a book and not just from a computer.  The Department of Health and Human Services asked him to create 40K  interactive books to help educate the Afghanistan people. This company  was called Leapfrog.  In the next level of development he created an interactive pen/camera that can recognize words and drawings.  This company, Livescribe. has a computer pen called the Echo Smart Pen that can read and store notes as you write and record voice at the same time.  This information can be transferred from the pen to a computer making a simple easy to use device for students, business people, or anybody that uses pens to take notes.  Troy thanked Jim and made a donation in his name of an LN4 prosthetic hand to a needy
person in the world.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Top five Rotary stories of 2011

Damage from the March tsunami that devastated parts of Japan. Photo courtesy of Naoko Kurauchi
From the tsunami in Japan to the launch of strategic partnerships that will help Rotary expand its reach, 2011 was an eventful year for Rotary International and Rotarians. As the year winds down, we share our list of the top five Rotary news events of 2011 read story
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
1-12- Gayle Uilkema – Supervisor Contra Costa County    
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
1/5Bud Moulthrop
1/12Allen Mac

 Notes by Ron Wake | Photos John Sherry