Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
May 10, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 41

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting today. Geoff Zimmerman was greeter and gave the thought for the day.
Joining us for today’s meeting were visiting Rotarians Marilyn Cunningham from Walnut Creek, Edie Richter from Berkeley, Dominique Yancy from San Ramon, and Dave Englehardt from Orinda.
Also joining us was Chief of Police Eric Christensen for the second time.

Marilyn Cunningham announced tat the Walnut Creek Sunrise Rotary club is hosting a presentation celebrating the history of Women in Rotary. This will take place at the clubhouse in Roundhill Country Club on Friday May 18th and is expected to be from 8:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $65. For more information or to sign up, click here:

Bob Aguilar is leading a Rotary Salmon Fishing expedition on Wednesday May 23rd. The fishing will take place off the San Mateo coast. Bob noted this is a good year for Salmon fishing and shares stories of many 18-pounders being caught. Bob has chartered a 40 ft boar. Sign up soon as there are only 4 spots left. Meeting time will be Wednesday 5/23 at 5am at the pier at the end of Powell St in Emeryville

Concert at the Res: John Sherry asked everyone to check the list of names for the Donor Panels for accuracy as it will be quite expensive to fix if a name is found to be incorrect after installation.

Concert at the Res Part II: Dick Holt announced that he’ s seen a copy of the program for this years’ concert and it’s shaping up to be one of the best in our club’s history. Spread the word and encourage a good turnout.

President Troy announced that this years’ Rotary District 5160 Bocce ball Tournament will be held on Saturday June 19th. The past couple of years have been good fun, so plan to come on out, have fun and help the Lafayette Rotary Club make it into contention for the championship

President Troy also encouraged fellow Rotarians to come out for the District assembly, which is taking place on May 19th in Vacaville. New members (and older members as well) can learn more about Rotary, Rotary Projects, Club Operations, District Grants and Future Vision etc. All this and a free lunch can be yours for the cost of a half day’s worth of time (8am to 2pm) and the cost of driving to (and from) the Solano Community College, 545 Columbus Parkway in Vallejo. Vacaville.

Debbie wasn’t at the meeting this week(due to car trouble, as it turns out), but if she were, she would have announced the Rotary Golf Tournament on June 11th and encouraged all Rotarians to come out and be a part of the event.

President Troy Feddersen’s debunking party will be on the evening of Sunday June 24th and encouraged club members to mark their calendars to help give Troy a big sendoff. Location is narrowed down to a couple of choices and the location will be determined shortly.

Fines and recognition:
Ron gave happy dollars. Jim Jorgensen gave happy $ for his new badge. Terry Ring was happy that his daughter got a job in Nursing, and that his son graduated from cal. Mike Heller gave thanks for the women in our club. Larry Blodgett gave happy dollars in honor of Tracy Murray, who was the first woman admitted to our club, and gave additional thanks for hi son Spencer landing a job as a paid intern for the Royal Bank of Canada. Andy gave happy dollars for his newspaper winning first prize in the category of sports photos for a photo taken at the Girls’ Volleyball State Championships. Chuck gave happy $ for his wife Mary’s continuing recovery. Maurice Williams gave happy $ for the assistance he received from Stanley Smith Insurance and for Larry B’s help with some business-related projects.

Today’s Speakers:
Our guest speakers today were Buddy Brodwin, who shared a bit of his background and biography with the club, and Alicia Cragholm who walked us through a financial education presentation she did recently at one of our local schools (Bentley)

Buddy Brodwin grew up in Southern Ca and has been friends with Jay Lifson for over 50 years. Jay was on the track team and encouraged Buddy to join. Since Buddy wasn’t into running, he became a pole vaulter. Over the years they enjoyed activities such as backpacking. Now, at age 58, Buddy is recently retired. He lives in Lafayette with his wife and moved here 3 years ago – they had been in Walnut Creek for 25 years before coming to Lafayette. Buddy enjoys walking up at the Lafayette Reservoir, and is involved in the study of sleep apnea, which may lead him back into dentistry. Buddy’s philosophy is “KISS (Keep it Simple, Students) and advises us all that “If we need something done……talk to Jay”!

Alicia Cragholm talked about a recent 2 week program on Personal Finance that she and fellow Rotarians Dick Holt, Troy Feddersen, and Tom Courtright did for students at Bentley school. Tom spoke about Starting a New Business, and Alicia did a presentation involving Rules to Accumulate Wealth. These rules include:
• Save
• Minimize Taxes
• Invest
• Manage Risk
• Increase Human Capital

Alicia shared with us some trivia about how the bull and the bear became symbols for good or bad trends in the equity markets: The Bull represents an upward moving market because the bull attacks from below, moving in an upwards direction; the bear represents a down market because it starts its attack from above, thrusting downward.

Alicia also spoke about the wealth building power of compound returns, and how inflation erodes wealth by diminishing the purchasing power per unit of currency over time. The implication is that through saving and investing for growth, one can build real wealth over time and stay ahead of inflation.

Today’s raffle was for $25. Maurice Williams won both the $2 draw Bob Shusta won $5.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotarians leave Bangkok encouraged to fight poverty and finish the job of eradicating polio

By Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International News -- 9 May 2012

RI President Kalyan Banerjee and RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka during the closing plenary session Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska

Rotarians and friends left the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, energized to keep up the fight against polio and to use their ingenuity to help reduce global poverty.

The four-day event, which drew to a close Wednesday, attracted more than 35,000 attendees from 181 countries and geographical areas and included a celebration of two major milestones in the global polio eradication effort.

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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

May 17 Mary Volmer – Former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
May 24 Dirk Rosen – Mare Group
May 31 Tom Del Beccaro

Local & District Events
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
5/12 Don Anderson
5/17 Dan Baker

 Notes by Geoff Zimmerman | Photos John Sherry