Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
April 12, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 37

Troy Feddersen, President opened the meeting. Greeter, Chuck Vogel, attributed the thought for the day to Thomas Jefferson –“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government”.
We had several visiting Rotarians. Carol-Lee Igoe from Hauppauge, Long Island, NY / Ron Light-Concord and our neighbors from Orinda, Frank Darling and Don Jenkins.
Numerous guests were Becky Diehl – Maurice Williams’ office manager / Dinessa Fettersen / Bill Erquest and Tricia Brazil announcing the Lafayette Library Gala April 28th.

Troy presented John Sherry with a Rotary pin with Two jewels [?] for reaching the $2K Paul Harris level.

Tom Courtright’s 66th birthday was announced by Bill Eames with a presentation of a dead plant followed by one that will be perpetually green; or at least until the plastic fades!

Jay Lifson announced the “Taste of Lafayette” would take place on May 15th and although there was inclement weather last year everyone [this writer included] had a great time.

Frank Darling updated us on the bus for an Indian orphanage a project his wife brought to Rotary’s attention.

John Sherry announced “Donor Recognition” for the RES Stage will be a 5:00 PM, Thursday, April 25th.

The Candy Scramble was recapped and Bill Eames graciously volunteered to buy a new bunny suit as supposedly today’s urchins were scared by the ferocious looking yellow creature.

Bob Aguilar departed with some $$ to Honor Ed Stokes and Diablo Foods for having the #1 sandwich award. Debbie Cooper then said Golf tournament lunches will be by Diablo Foods.

The Poker Tournament will be delayed to a fall date.

Bob Aguilar asked about interest in a Salmon Fishing trip and said that 12 persons would be needed. There seemed to be good interest. AC Webb

Those wanting to give happy dollars had to meet a $5.00 minimum to conserve time.
They included Dom Anderson and AC Webb for Ed Stokes great round of golf. Geoff Zimmerman ponied up for his 50th birthday and 15th anniversary later this month.

Speaker was Richard Shaw, a Walnut Creek Rotarian, who provided many interesting insights regarding the sinking of the Titanic. His family has an interesting nautical background and history of survival on the oceans. He said there has been many marine tragedies comparable to the Titanic however they did not involve so many well known and wealthy people on a voyage on a supposed unsinkable vessel.

Bill Turnquist then added additional commentary.

The $2 raffle was won by our guest Becky Diehl and Andy Scheck only won $5.00.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Why a Rotary Youth Exchange 25 years ago still matters
By Chrysula Winegar, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student to South Africa


Chrysula Winegar is community manager for the United Nations Foundation’s Million Moms Challenge and a former Rotary Youth Exchange student.

When I was 17 years old, Rotary International gave me the opportunity to live in South Africa for 12 months.

My parents and brothers worked seven jobs to pay my way. That year changed everything about my life’s path and shaped my world view. It has impacted every major decision I’ve made since.

Many decades ago, Rotarians began creating these Rotary Youth Exchanges to foster global understanding and respect. A young girl or boy from an average family could spend a year in foreign lands, while in the safe arms of local families who created a framework for exploration. 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

4/19 Meryl Cohen, Dog Behavior Specialist

Local & District Events
5/12 Concert at the Res
6/11 Golf Classic
Rotary International Events
05-09-12 Int. Meeting in Bangkok, Tailand
04/01    Lisa    Cohen
04/01    Ron    Wake
04/07    Daniel A.    Barnes
04/10    Warren    Rupf
04/16    Tom    Courtright
04/18    Larry    Duson
04/18    Debbie    Cooper
04/26    Geoff    Zimmerman
04/19    Geoff    Zimmerman


Ron Wake
A.C. Webb
Jess Wellen

 Notes by Chuck Vogel | Photos John Sherry