Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
May 24, 2012 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 43

President, Troy Feddersen, opened the meeting.
Visiting Rotarians were Don Jenkins from the Orinda club, and Ron Melvin
from U.S. Bank. Guests were Jessica Rego from U.S. Bank, and Dirk Rosen,
our speaker.

Announcements: Peggy Harbarth's 92nd birthday is on Memorial Day, May 28. The club sung a rousing Happy Birthday song to Peggy and she successfully blew out the candles on her cake. She has given $150 for the purchase of a new wheelchair through the Wheelchair Foundation.

Troy announced the upcoming Rotary Golf Classic and how we need everyone to chip in and help out to make it a successful venture. Bob Aguilar said the fishing trip had been rescheduled for June 27 due to high winds and rough seas. Jay Lifson talked about a summer of rousing Friday nights at the plaza including a sock hop, square dancing, and believe it or not, a disco night for the month of June. This to be followed by a movie night and who knows what else! Dick Holt, not to be one upped by any other events, announced the next Concert at the Res. For May 11th, 2013. Stake out your seats ASAP! Troy recognized all military veterans in the club and had each stand up to be recognized for their service and sacrifice, to a round of applause from the club. Mo Levich reminded us of the activities at Livermore airport on Memorial Day. Troy brought to our attention a Bocce Ball tournament in Martinez at one of the biggest Bocce facilities Troy has ever seen, rumored to be the biggest in the nation. The event is Sat. June 16 , if Interested contact Troy. Jay told us of a "Loaves and Fishes" fundraiser featuring amazing chefs and restaurants from the area vying for an award to see who can come up with the most amazing dish of loaves and fishes anyone has ever seen. That's on 6/24 so don' t miss it, cause it will be amazing, I'm told. Chuck Vogel requested everyone's attendance at Troy's debunking party at Giardinis Restaurant in Laf. He also asked, that since he'd be in Tahoe on July 5 th, that the meeting for that day be cancelled. The club decided, who needs this guy for a meeting, after all he's only our next president, and we all know how we treat those guys!!! Thus the scheduled meeting for 7/5 is a go.

Happy Dollars, Fines: Anna gave credit to Peggy for sponsoring her in Rotary, for the gorgeous flower arrangement for Peggy's birthday from Orchard Nursery, and thanks to Larry Blodgett for his advice and taste in window coverings. Mike Heller and Jay Lifson, among others, attended Gail Uilkema's funeral this morning and remarked on her fine works bringing women's issues to the forefront.

Speaker: Dirk Rosen, President Of Deep Ocean Engineering, and a board member of Save the Bay for five years (now retired). He discussed how he has noted a rapid decline in west coast fisheries that must be reversed or else. He said California was first in the nation in setting up wildlife preserves in the ocean to attempt to replenish the fisheries. He suggested joining one of many non profits involved in this effort. The most dire predictions suggest a global collapse of worldwide fisheries by 2050 with a 90% depletion of all species. (what are we gonna do with all those loaves looking for fishes?) He recommended MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) to allow rebuilding of fish populations and an ecosystem vs. species management system, with a,goal of sustainable fishing into the future. He emphasized the idea of "Big Old Fat Fertile Fish" as being the solution because when you are speaking of fish fecundity (and who wouldn't be) SIZE MATTERS!!! That is large fish produce the most offspring and need to be protected first. Dirk can be reached at for further information.

The raffle had $55 in the till. Buddy, yours truly, won $5 but not the jackpot. I may have to go back to work without that infusion of funds....LaDeeDa!! Until next time.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Polio eradication shifts into emergency mode 
Rotary International News -- 25 May 2012

Although this child in Chad has been immunized against polio, others in the central African nation -- and those everywhere -- remain vulnerable to the disease until it is eradicated worldwide. Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux

Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch the Global Polio Emergency Action Plan 2012-13.

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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 31 Tom Del Beccaro
June 7 Ted Klauber – Superbowl Commericals
June 14 Trisha Dickson – Rossmoor Ambassador (Dell PC)
June 21 Arnold Kunst – Introducing Abe Lincoln to the 21st Century
June 28 Sheriff Livingston

Local & District Events
6/11 Golf Classic
Rotary International Events
06/02    Larry Blodgett
06/13    Ray Bland
06/18    Bill Eames
06/18    Bob Shusta
06/03    Andy Scheck
06/09    A.C. Webb
06/10    John Sherry
06/20    Tom Henry
06/26    Ray Bland
5/31 Daniel Barns
6/7 Ray Bland
6/14 Larry Blodgett

 Notes by Buddy Brodwin | Photos John Sherry and Andy Scheck