Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
April 26, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 39

Troy Feddersen, President opened the meeting and said “no greeter” so he filled the role with some one-liners. Example – “Why is the person who invests your money called a BROKER?” Troy also announced that we would be sans a speaker so some of our newer members would be giving us their life story.
Anna introduced Hayes Engelhard a member on the Sunrise Club. Hayes discussed a proposed FAB FIVE Rotary business directory of goods and services much like a phone book with white [everyone could list-gratis] and yellow pages for ads that would sell for $100 for half page. The proceeds of the ad sales would be divided amongst the 5 clubs. Hayes said that this idea germinated within the HOME TEAM activity when professional assistance was needed. There were no guests.

Mo Levich reminded us that the Big Band would be playing at the battleship Iowa celebration Sunday, April 29 noon to 3:30.

Taste of Lafayette will be held on Tuesday, May 15th. Sign-up with the Chamber as this could be a sellout.

Steve Falk plugged the upcoming Moraga !!! Community Fair.

June 11 golf tournament – get folks to sign-up!

Bob Aguilar said that the SALMON FISHING trip would be on Wednesday May 30 departing from Emeryville. Mid week was chosen so participants could get to a rail to fish!

Debbie Cooper was happy about Mechanics Bank donation of Book bags.

Troy attended an event at the Lesher Theatre and Bill Eames came to his rescue with a pin. Troy repaid him with a Yogurt Shack card with three validations.

Happy dollars –Chuck Vogel for Mary’s coming home on Saturday. Chuck also presented Jesse Wellen with a book [best seller] in brown paper that he said Mary had to finish during the middle of night. Theresa and Jesse had visited Mary and discussed the book and Theresa promptly obtained 50 Shades of Grey!

Lisa Cohen was happy to see Peggy Harbarth.

As we had no speaker Norma Evens gave us a glimpse of her colorful life. She was born in Omaha Nebraska [we did not know if she knew Warren B.] and later moved to Hunter’s Point for High School and SF State. She wanted to “see the world” and for a decade lived in LA / Houston / Big Apple doing various jobs. She did not live in a Volkswagen Bus! Then it was off to Europe and North Africa living in Rebat with a Dam boyfriend. Not a damn boyfriend-this guy was building a dam in Morocco. That relation faded and it was off to Switzerland and France. Norma settled down 24 years ago when she met Bob in Oakland. She loves to cook and we all have enjoyed her cakes and cookies at birthdays and other celebrations.

The $2 raffle was won by Chuck Vogel and Mike Henn drew a blue ball for $5.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Why Congress’ support for polio eradication means so much to me

By Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International -- 19 April 2012

Grant Wilkins' first wife, Diane, in an iron lung in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Grant Wilkins.

By Grant Wilkins, past RI director and member of the Rotary Club of Denver, Colorado, USA.

In 1951, as a young father of three children ages 5, 2, and 3-months (the youngest born prematurely and still in the hospital), I contracted Bulbar Polio. 

My throat and vocal cords were paralyzed, and I couldn’t talk or swallow. A tracheotomy and intravenous feedings kept me alive for two weeks until the paralysis started letting up. 

My wife came to visit me for the first time after those two weeks, and mentioned she wasn’t feeling well. A spinal tap found she had the Lumbar Polio virus, and she was immediately admitted to the polio ward. Within 24 hours, she was completely paralyzed from the neck down and could not breathe on her own. 

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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

5/3 Matt Shriner – Lafayette Senior Center
5/10 Alicia Craigholm – Bentley School Project

Local & District Events
5/12 Concert at the Res
6/11 Golf Classic
Rotary International Events
05-09-12 Int. Meeting in Bangkok, Tailand
05/01    Jay Lifson
05/28    Margaret Harbarth
05/31    Don Anderson
05/4    Anna Stevenson
5/5 Don Anderson
5/12 Dan Baker

 Notes by Chuck Vogel | Photos John Sherry