Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
February 28, 2013 | VOL 67 | ISSUE 30

President Chuck Vogel opened the meeting today. Our newest member Harold Bauer was our greeter for the second time and gave the thought for the day.
Joining us for today’s meeting was visiting Rotarian Dr Ron Light from Concord. Also joining us were guests Keith Parker, James Papas, and Tim Schweiger.

Someone announced that Anna had delivered her newest baby. Dick Holt announced that he was in the store formerly known as Bills Drugs and was shopping for a card for Anna when he heard Bill Eames' distinctive laugh. Dick gave Bill some good natured ribbing and did an imitation for the club.

Bob Shusta spoke for a few minutes about membership recruitment and what it takes to bring in new members. Bob has brought in 15 prospective members, 10 of which are still in. Troy, Peggy, and Norma were a few of Bob's flock of Rotarians. Bob 's message - You Can Do It Too!

Jay announced the Blood Drive and the Citizen of the Year award dinner. Hopefully these are two different topics.........otherwise the implication is that Lafayette has become the new home for the "Twilight" series.

Greg Moeller is Lafayette's Citizen of the Year for 2013. According to various news reports, Greg is known as the "Daffodil Man" as he plants thousands of daffodils each year in Lafayette's public spaces in the Happy Valley and Upper Happy Valley areas. The award dinner is on Friday March 22nd. Please arrange tickets through the Lafayette Chamber.

Mo Levich announced the Rossmoor Big Band will be playing on 3/8 and thanked Troy and Chuck for spreading the work.
The following come from some handwritten notes and are a bit tricky to decipher:

• Bob S either showed pictures of the Rotary club in Russia chartered by our club 15 years ago, or showered pictures of a Russian Cub clustered by us. (See photo below)

• Bob Aguilar either thanked Norma for crab and getting him out of the doldrums, or thwarted Norma for crab

• Mike Heller: Tom Courtright @ Johnny's & wife Jackie had coffee Bill Mike Larry Duson. Frankly, I think this one might be in code and am sending to the CIA to decipher.
Bill announced that Anna's fund for her baby is nearly $500. Troy announced that Concert at the Res will be May 11th.

Fines and recognition:
Bill Eames stood in today as Sgt at Arms for Anna. Chuck gave $ for Debbie heading off to PETS. Geoff gave $ for being late and will probably need to pony up this week for the misinterpretation of the handwritten notes. Maurice Williams gave $ in his quest for weight loss and asked for the club's support. Steve Falk gave $ for Bob Shusta's courage in admitting that he recruited Chuck. Mo gave $ in honor of Steve Falk. Terry Ring gave $ in honor of Steve F wearing a rugby shirt and fined himself $ for his phone going off.

Today’s Speaker:
Our guest speaker today was Siamack Sioshansiu from Urban Farmers and his associate Miranda talking about Hunger Relief Now. Siamack grew up in an area of IRan that was a small village with mud houses, no electricity and land to tend. In years when there was no harvest, the villagers went hungry. He came to the US at age 18, went to college at Purdue, and went to work for IBM then, later for Apple. He later started his own software company and sold the company in 2000.

Urban Farmers was started with his son and his son's college roommate several years ago. Siamack had the boys write a business plan. The plan was to offer to into the local residents' backyards a to plant and tend vegetable gardens. The goal was to grow food; give some back to the resident for the use of the year, and to take the bulk of the food to organizations like the Food Bank to give to the needy.

As they were preparing to do this, they wondered if residents would volunteer their years. However one the word got out in Lafayette, 168 families volunteered to participate. In the first year, over 1800 pounds of vegetables were grown and donated to the Food Bank. While this sounds like a lot, it barely scratched the surface as the food bank gives out over 120,000 lbs of food per year. Last year, they produced over 31,000 lbs of fresh food.

Current needs are a vehicle for use for the harvest and storage of equipment. The vehicle they have in mind costs $41,000. They also need a fruit dryer. Cost $11,000. All this is put to good use, as their cost to feed one person is 60 cents per day. . For comparison purposes, $25 worth of soup from the store at $1.50 per can would feed a family of 4 for 2 days, so the cost is a little over $3 per person per day. 5 lbs of food from the store (e.g., persimmons) would run $2.29 per day.

Urban Farmers have received awards from Diablo Magazine (Eco award) and the City of Lafayette's Green Award. Business sponsorships are encouraged, and individuals may make contributions online through Razoo.

Norma Evans won $2 and John Sherry won $5.

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Rotary Youth Exchange promotes cultural understanding

By Derek Osborn, a member of the Rotaract Club of Norman, Oklahoma
Derek Osborn addresses the third plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

I believe that everything Rotary does is important. However, I also believe that nothing is more important to Rotary’s future than the programs of New Generations. Encompassed by New Generations are all of Rotary’s programs for people under the age of 30. Interact is for students 12 to 18, Rotary Youth Exchange is for those 15 to 19, Rotaract is for individuals 18 to 30, and RYLA  — Rotary Youth Leadership Awards — is for anyone 14 to 30 years old.

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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

3/7 Steve Hobbs – The Wonders of the Lafayette Reservoir
3/14 Daniel Hogue – What is happing at Las Trampas.

Local & District Events
Rotary International Events
Mo Levich
Alan Mac
Dino Riggio
Troy Feddersen

Our Russian friends, photo provided

 Notes by Geoff Zimmerman | Photos John Sherry