Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
January 10, 2013 | VOL 67 | ISSUE 24

Chuck Vogel opened the meeting
Visiting Rotarians: None
David Gerson - Loaves and Fishes

Chuck Vogel made an announcement that the Rotary Club of Davis is having a big event located in the town of El Vacero.
John Sherry announced that Terry Ring had poured piers around the stage at the Lafayette Reservoir with the next stage to be five posts and eventually the netting. Sherry also announced that Lisa Cohen is in the hospital as well as Tom Courtright who broke his hip in Maui and was transferred to Honolulu.
Jay Lifson invited the members to the City of Lafayette’s annual state of the city address on Friday, February 1st. Tickets can be obtained at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Ron Wake invited everyone to participate in the annual Rotary Ski Day on March 8th.
Chuck Vogel acknowledged Anna Stevenson for her efforts in recruitment and encouraged the other members to volunteer as well.
Recognitions, Fines, and Happy Dollars:
Bill Eames gave happy dollars for Tom Courtright and wished him a speedy recovery. Bill is also putting together a package for Tom if members wish to include their thoughts.
Anna Stevenson acknowledged Bob Aguilar, Peggy Harbarth, and AC Webb as it was good to have them at the meeting. Anna is proud of the club and wishes success in the 2013 year.
Geoff Zimmerman recognized a recent trip he and his wife took for their anniversary were they spent a weekend getaway relaxing.
Maurice Levich was given a tie by Allen Mac in acknowledgment of Mo’s Jefferson Award receipt.
Jay Lifson also recognized Mo Levich as well as made a donation to Loaves and Fishes.
Andy Schek gave happy dollars to recognize the official adoption of his daughter and the completion of the adoption process.
Don Anderson gave happy dollars to commemorate the anniversary of his admittance to the California Bar.
Debbie Cooper gave happy dollars to recognize Dino Riggio for filling in for her as the note-taker as well as for Kaiser Hospital for their swift response to her pain.
Maurice Levich shared an exciting story about Frank Cuomo, Lymond Hampton and the “King David Suite.” Mo will be bringing the “Dominant 7” as the band that will play for his presentation at the Jefferson Award recognition ceremony in New York.
Ed Stokes is excited and encouraged for the St. Mary’s basketball team in their upcoming games. Ed wishes the team luck against Gonzaga and is looking for a win.
Alicia Cragholm turned 30 and went to Las Angeles and Las Vegas to celebrate.
Dick holt celebrated his 50th anniversary.
The speaker was David Gerson who is the Executive Director for Loaves and Fishes. Chuck Vogel introduced David who addressed the issue of hunger in Contra Costa County. David has been the Executive Director for the past 18 months. Loaves and Fishes is a 29 year old organization with 16 part time employees and one full time director.
The organization is a non-profit that is open from 11 - 12:45 each day, five days a week serving hot meals and distributing groceries to needy families. The food bank serves 700 meals a day and goes through 50 tonnes of food a year. The average cost of the meal is $2.35.
Over the past few years the need for meals has grown from 110,000 per year to over 185,000 per year. Because of the high cost of living, more Contra Costa residents are below the poverty line than elsewhere in the country with 1 in 4 kids experiencing some type of hunger.
Loaves and Fishes helps residents stay in their homes and avoid homelessness by partnering with other local nonprofits to provide a help up and not a hand-out. The organization works in congregation to provide job placement, education and skills training, and healthcare to their clients.
If Rotarians would like to become involved, they are invited to volunteer, donate food or money, help make food deliveries, or attend fundraising activities.
Raffle Winners:
Chuck Vogel won the $2 raffle.
Bob Aguilar won the $5 raffle.
The jackpot was $75.

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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
Sakuji Tanaka . . . . . . .RI President
Laura Day . . . . .
Dist 5160 Governor
Chuck Vogel. . . . . . . . . President
Troy Fedderson. . . . Past President Club Service. . . . .  .Buddy Brodwin
Debbie Cooper . . . President Elect
Bob Shusta . . . . . . . . Secretary
Greg Vaisnor . . . . . . .  Treasurer
Chuck Vogel . . . . Membership Chair
Maurice Williams
Community Service
Terry Ring
. . . . International Service
Dino Riggio 
. . . . Vocational Service
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

1/17 Don Jenkins, The Rotary Foundation
1/24 Mike Vigo, Orinda Beekeeper
1/31, Charles Mead, CASA

Local & District Events
Rotary International Events
Clarkson, Jack    
Henry, Tom
Alicia Cragholm
Moulthrop, Bud

 Notes by Dino Riggio | Photos John Sherry