Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 1, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 31

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting today. Our newest member Buddy Bronwin was our greeter and gave the thought for the day.
Joining us for today’s meeting were visiting Rotarian and Assistant District Governor Debbie Roessler and Concord Rotarian Dr. Ron Light. Also joining us were guests Peggy Hall who is a new CPA in town and was our speaker today, and Janet Thomas from the Lafayette Community Garden.

President Troy Feddersen presided over the Induction of new member Buddy Brodwin, and presented Buddy with his Red Badge, the Object of Rotary and his 4-way Test Coin.

Geoff Zimmerman was recognized for his second Paul Harris society award.

Jay Lifson announced that Gayle Uilkema will be awarded the Citizen of the year award in a ceremony taking place on March 23rd.

Ron Wake announced the Rotary Ski Trip taking place next week on Friday March 9th and encouraged members to sign up.

John Sherry handed out discount cards for the Gap and Old Navy.

President Troy announced the Lafayette Rotary Poker Tournament taking place at Pyramid Brewery on April 28th from 11am to 5pm. Anna Stevenson voiced enthusiasm and that she intends to win the tournament.

Jay Lifson announced that this year’s Concert at the Res will take place on Saturday May 12th

Visiting ADG Debbie Roessler announced that the Moraga club has started holding evening meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and invited members to visit the Moraga club, particularly if a makeup meeting is needed.

Terry Ring announced that the public Dedication of the Stage will take place on April 25.

Mike Henn asked for volunteers to be poll workers for the election taking place on June 5th

ADG Debbie announced that District 5160 will be holing a fund raiser in the form of Monte Carlo night at Ken Behring’s home. She also announced at the 6th annual Disaster Preparedness seminar will take place next week. The two announcements are not connected with one another.

Fines and recognition:
Bob Shusta gave happy dollars because Mike Heller was enjoying himself on vacation in Mexico. Geoff gave happy dollars for Dino’s help in reviewing the local commercial real estate market. He also gave thanks for the help he received from Troy and Denisa Feddersen in helping plan their upcoming trip to Prague. John Sherry was happy that his Bichon Frisee is “with puppies” as they say, and gave $39 to the Rotary Foundation. Bob Aguilar sang the praises of vacationing n Avila Beach. Greg Vaisnor celebrates his 30th anniversary as a Lafayette Rotarian. Ed Stokes was excited that St Mary’s was #1 in College Hoops and that the team is going to Las Vegas. Alicia Cragholm gave a presentation to the students at Bentley School and loved doing it. Steve Falk’s daughter was accepted at Julliard. Debbie was excited that their White Elephant sale was going well. Maurice Williams’ dad celebrated his 90th birthday with a family reunion.

Today’s Speaker:
Prior to our main speaker today, Janet Thomas from the Lafayette Communtiy Garden and Learning Center spoke briefly and noted that the new Garden is located across from the Lafayette Reservoir. They are seeking participants and sponsors. Maurice Williams volunteered his plumbing skills to help install the irrigation systems.

Our guest speaker today was Peggy Hall, CPA, who as introduced by President Troy. Peggy was here to speak to the club on the topic of” Your Taxes and Charitable Contributions”. Peggy offered the following tips:
1. Always get receipts for charitable gifts.
2. Contributions to the Rotary Foundation are acceptable write off’s. However, contributions to an organization that result in the receipt of some reciprocal consideration are not write off’s . As an example, Peggy noted that expenses for flights, lodging and donations for a Rotary trip (e.g, to Africa” can be written off.
3. Charitable entities can write off donations to charitable entities, but not dollars given to individuals (e.g., giving money to street people)
4. Expenses for Fostering Dogs may be written off
5. Donated cars myst be sold by the done first in order to determine the market value of the donation. Alternatively, there is a $500 allowance for junkers.
6. Funds donated for an athletic or golf event may be written off if 90% of the workers are volunteers
Peggy also invited the community to a Shredding and E-Waste Disposal event taking place on Saturday 3/3 from 10am to 2pm.

Today’s raffle was for $45 . John Sherry was our $2 winner and Chuck Vogel won $5.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

India is no longer polio endemic

By Dan Nixon 
Rotary International News -- 8 March 2012 

The All India End Polio Now Road Show, organized by District 3201 (parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu), inspired support for polio eradication in India, Nepal, and Bhutan in late 2011 and early 2012. Photo courtesy of District 3201

Editors Note: This story was updated to include reference to the significant role played at the Polio Summit 2012 by Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo, who chaired the event.

The World Health Organization has officially removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India's minister of Health and Family Welfare, made the announcement at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi on 25 February. Azad said that he had been informed of WHO’s action by its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan.

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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

3-8 Dr. Wolfe from the Concord Rota Care Clinic

3-15 Olivia Blodgett on Staint Patrick's Day Celebration

3-22 Phil Lee on Medicare

3-29 Dennis Erokan on Get Famos

Local & District Events
3-16/17 REDI VI Conf. Rotatian Emergency Disaster Initiative, Doubletree by Hilton Berkeley
5/12 Concert at the Res
6/11 Golf Classic
Rotary International Events
05-09-12 Int. Meeting in Bangkok, Tailand
Mo Levich
Alan Mac
Dino Riggio
Troy Feddersen
Debbie Cooper 
Charlie Vitale
Maurice Levich 
Barry Brodwin
Anna Stevenson
Ed Stokes
Barry Toomajian

 Notes by Buddy Brodwin | Photos John Sherry