Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
March 15, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 33

Troy Feddersen, pres., opened mtg with uber green homemade beer in hand., Anna Stevenson in flashing green headgear for st. patty's day was greeter and gave each member green cloverleaf stickers. very festive crowd.Larry Blodgett wore a large bright green tophat and green beard that he said he could only wear until his daughter arrived and would insist that he remove that ridiculous thing.
Visitong rotarians: Ron Light, member of concord rotary for 57 years was in attendance, hoping to be district gov. someday soon. Bill ?? intro'ed his granddaughter Lisa Dunn who works for gamedays, a co. that provides sportswear such as the red gaels SMC sweatshirt that ed stokes purchased and donated for todays raffle. ed wewnt on to remind us that although cal seemed absent from their own match tha gaels are still around and will play friday night, GO GAELS!!! troy added that there is also an uber beer mug in the raffle and req'd that dino go around to each table to elicit more raffle tckt sales given the great prizes. Berry Tomagin? was intro'd by troy as a guest,also. Jay Lifson intro'ed Bebe Hildreth, an insurance rep. with RC Fisher and co., just moved to laf. and is a new chamber member. Anna intr'd her friend Dawn, for her second visit to rotary.

Jay reminded us of next weeks citizen of the year dinner for Gail Okima, which is almost sold out.
Maurice Williams reminded us of the candy scramble and gymnastics exhibition on 4/7. Meet at thge chamber office at 9:30am and bring your res. concert raffle tickets because he said you are guaranteed to sell them.
Bill Ames thanked Maurice W. for a job well done in restoring his hot water and presented him with a check for $250 to be put toward his Paul Harris fellowship.
Dino reminded us of the upcoming poker tourney. there is a $60 buy in with $20 additions as needed. at pyramid brewery, 11am on 4/28
Dick Holt talked about the res. stage dedication for donors and rotarians only , on 4/25 at 4:30pm. there will be music dancing and juggling etc. to enthrall us all. He said it was a BIG deal!!
Bob Shusta talked about the concert at the Res. on our new stage on 5/12. raffle tickets have been handed out or are in the mail if you missed the handout. Also spoke about outbound/ inbound program for students and asked if anyone would like to chair this program or vol. their. home for a 3 month visitation, Larry declined as his kid is back living at home, Daniel volunteered his home and jay lifson asked if he could be on the outbound side of the program.
Jay Lifson brought in a dopleganger of Alan Mac who is shooting for perfect attendance any way he can!

Recognitions,fines happy $'s: It's Dino's B-day today, he says he's 21 and wants some of that green beer!
Anna sub'd for alicia and fined everyone who'd forgotten their rotary pin. and we thought Alicia was tough!
Happy dollar for Norma Evans on her return from Argentina. She and her hubbie had a great time so don't cry for her.
Mo Levich reveled us with a tail of ticket woes and he rec'd two, count 'em two, tickets simultaneously; one for an expired meter and one for a missing front license plate. He loves the new motorcycle cops and quickdraw metermaids!!! paid $1
Mike Heller complimented laf. city mgr Steve Falk on the new lovely sidewalks but Chuck Vogel
wondered if it would have been cheaper for Larry B. to just recarpet the sidewalks every couple years instead?!
Maurice expressed special good wishes for Mary Vogel as she recovers from surgery.
Troy gave a happy $10 dollars for a great ski trip and was thanked by Daniel for driving and found Alicia's husband to be an interesting guy to which she blushed crimson.
Ron Wake came in 4th twice(out of 4 cars racing said he) but had a great time with no accidents or new work to do on the car, which he said is truly a successful outing.
Mo Levich thanked the founding fathers of Laf. for their cont'ing support of jazz bands in the area.
Anna then offered boar to the members. Her husband "caught" one on a recent hunting expedition. She was told that boar are shot,not caught.Whatever.

Speaker: Larry Blodgett intro'ed his daughter, Olivia who would be performing some Celtic dances for us.
He gave a slide presentation of some Celtic history, culture, music and dance . The Gaels, as they are known, put on Feisiannes, which were public fairs that involved politics, music and dance. One of the somewhat clever reasons for the dances was to alert those Irish practicing things the English overlords did not approve of, by tapping out codes they could recognize, and hide their illegal activities before being discovered. In 1929 formal rules of Irish Dance competition were instituted and proper dress for the dancers was est.'d, with the catholic church having final say on everything, such as non-provocative dress and even hand movements thus the hands at their sides stance of the dancers. Olivia then demo'd to music various dances e.g. the "reel", the "jig", and the "set dance" also called "planxtydrury". Competition in north america goes by the name "Oireachtas" and the winners of these events goes to Ireland for the world competition. The St. Patricks Day dance was demo'd last to great applause by all. A final Irish thought was given in closing "May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live"

Raffle winners:

Debbie cooper won the SMC sweatshirt, and I think Bill Eames won the Uber Mug. The other winners were unintelligible on the recorder so congrats, you know who you are!

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Rotaract: Inspiring new generations to service


Andrea Tirone is a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto.

By Andrea Tirone, a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto, in celebration of World Rotaract Week 12-18 March.

When I joined Rotaract many years ago, our club’s president was phenomenal at getting everyone motivated for the basic health and literacy project we were establishing in Krishnanagar, India.  

We began the InspiReacHope project, through a partnership with a local Rotary club and non-governmental organization. It was one of the most enthusiastic, driven, and focused groups of people I had ever met. The project lasted for many years. 

As the club changed, so did our focus. We began efforts to prevent malaria overseas, to raise awareness of the basic water and sanitation needs of communities both around the world and at home in Canada, and became passionate about ending polio now.

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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

3-22 Phil Lee on Medicare

3-29 Dennis Erokan on Get Famos

4-5 Carla Goulart - Sentinels of Freedom

Local & District Events
4/28 Poker Tournament
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
Ed Stokes
Barry Toomajian

 Notes by Buddy Brodwin | Photos John Sherry