Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
September 1, 2011 | VOL 66 | ISSUE 9

President Troy Feddersen opened the meeting today. Alicia Cragholm was the greeter.

Joining us for today’s meeting was visiting Rotarian Bill Spaulding from Walnut Creek. Also joining us were guests Tom O’Sullivan, CPA and guest speakers Michael North and Volker Frank


Golf Tournament. President Troy Feddersen thanks all who turned out for the event, with special thanks for Polly Bernson, Debbie Cooper, Chuck Vogel, Bob Shusta, Maurice Williams and others. John Sherry provided a preliminary estimate of $3,750 raised from ticket sales and an additional $400 from the putting contest.

Visiting Rotarian Bill Spaulding gave us a reminder that the Rotary District Conference will be held October 7-9 in Monterey. Cut off for hotel reservations is next week on Sept 6th. The conference this year will feature Golf Day in Friday 10/7 and the actual event will have 16 breakout sessions to choose from. As a reminder, our club will sponsor the event registration for any member wishing to attend.

Mike Heller debriefed the club on the third and final Rock the Plaza event this year and gave thanks to those who came out last Friday. Mike noted that the music this year had somewhat of a mixed reception.

Art and Wine: Jay Lifson still needs volunteers for this years’ Art and Wine festival taking place on September 17th and 18th. This year, there is no funding for public works jobs, so Jay will need more volunteers than in past years. This means that volunteers will be needed for jobs starting on Wednesday September 14th to help with pre-event activities

Assistance needed for meeting setup and teardown next week: president Elect Chuck Vogel asked for assistance with the meeting setup next week as Andy Scheck will be out of town. Please contact Chuck to offer assistance with the set up or banners, sound system, etc next week (Sept 8th)

Catering: This week’s catering features Susan Foord Catering. Next week features Wild Thyme Catering.

In honor of a fellow Rotarian: Larry Blodgett announced the passing of Lafayette Rotarian Jack Hansen. There will be a Celebration of Jack’s life on Sunday September 25th at St Mary’s Soda Center from 3-5pm. Friends, Fellow Rotarians, and others who wish to honor jack are invited to attend.

New members: We welcomed Norma Evans as our newest Blue Badge member to a standing ovation. New Member in waiting Heba Rayan recited the 4-way test and now needs to show that she’s completed the other requirements needed for promotion to blue badge member. Congratulations Norma and Heba!

Fines and recognition:

Jay Lifson was fined for winning the putting contest, barely edging Larry Blodgett by less than an inch. Alicia Cragholm was fined for forgetting she was greeter this week. President troy was fined for forgetting to bring the award Certificates for those who helped out with the Golf Tournament. Bud Moulthrop was fined because it seemed like the thing to do. Mike Heller was fined for missing the golf tournament. Chuck Vogel gave happy dollars for Andy Sheck’s upcoming trip to Germany and encouraged Andy to bring along a few club flags to exchange with a club in Germany. Ed Stokes gave happy dollars for passing an IRS audit without a hitch. Mike Henn celebrated his 70th birthday. John Sherry gave $2 to announce that he’s receiving bills for thousands of dollars addressed to a company with the same name as his (and good luck with that IRS audit, John J ). Debbie Cooper celebrated the acquisition of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee from her kids; Heba celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary. Dick Holt gave an offering in lieu of missing the gold tournament due to being on the links up at Lake Tahoe.

Today’s Speaker:

Our guest speakers today were Michael North & Volker Frank of Emergent Horizon talking about Strategic Action Planning.

Volker Frank and Michael North of Emergent Horizon described the foundation to their approach to strategic planning. It is based on the observation that strategic planning that is based on carefully crafted estimates and milestones is rarely effective for small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits. In their experience, their clients get much more traction when they focus on building momentum in a few critical initiatives.

According to our presenters, the keys to building and maintaining momentum is understanding the four steps any initiative moves through and staying with the process through the fourth step.

The speaker invited those who were interested in getting further information from them to leave them their card so they could follow up with them.


Today’s raffle was for $55 . Ed Stokes was our $2 winner and Debbie Copper won $5. The jackpot rolls over to next week.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Club in Southern California, USA, focuses on the environment

By Arnold R. Grahl 
Rotary International News – 2 Sept. 2011

A member of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco in California, USA, sets up a bin used to create compost tea for three public golf courses in San Luis Obispo. The composted food waste, landscape byproducts, and grass clipping are used instead of chemical fertilizers. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco  

Though it’s less than a year old, the Rotary Club of Morro Bay Eco, California, USA, is already making a big impact on its community through projects that are reducing waste and increasing recycling. 

The club has partnered with an environmental nonprofit agency and the County of San Luis Obispo to compost grass clippings, landscape byproducts, and concession food waste at three public golf courses, turning them into organic fertilizer for the courses. 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
Karl Diekman
. . . . . . . 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 of Arms
Alicia Cragholm
. . . . . . . . Sergeant of 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
9/8Youth Homes - Project in Lafayette Stuart McCullough, Executive Director
Local & District Events
Rotary International Events

09/04John Sherry    
09/04Terry Camp
09/11Dick Holt
09/23Bob Ewen
09/07Robert Aguilar  
09/10Donald Anderson
09/10Milton Bruzzone
09/15Bob Ewen
09/22Erin McCoin
09/27William Whitten
9/8Larry Duson
9/15Bill Eames

 Notes by Larry Blodgett | Photos John Sherry