Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
September 6, 2012 | VOL 67 | ISSUE 10

President Chuck opened the meeting, and Troy Feddersen provided the thought for the day, from Harry Truman: It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
Visiting Rotarians: were Ron Melvin from the Lamorinda Sunrise club, and from the Concord club we had Taylor Bell and guest speaker, Michael Barrington. Dana Reedy came as a guest of Anna Stevenson.

President Chuck announced that there would be a photo contest for the November District Conference in Napa. Anyone with Rotary club photos to submit should let him know. He also announced that the Rossmoor Rotary Club was having a fundraiser benefit for Alzheimer’s, on the same day as our club’s wine trip to Napa, October 13. If you’re not joining us for Napa, you can check out their Paris themed event for a good cause. Jesse Whellen sent a photo from his trip that was shared with the club, but we are not supposed to let Mary know of Chuck’s indiscretion.
John Sherry shared how you can contact the Vector Control District if you are being bothered by pesky yellow jackets that bite you. Jay Lifson stopped short of begging, but said we need more sign ups for the Art and Wine festival. There will be less high school help this year. Mike Heller had the opportunity to select a charity for a donation, and of course chose Rotary. He presented a $500 check that will go to the Rotary Foundation. Debbie Cooper handed out thank you certificates for those who donated for our golf tournament. Everyone was thanked, with special thanks singled out for Norma Evans.
Regarding happy people and happy dollars: Alicia just got back from Tennessee. Bill Eames missed the prior week’s Rotary meeting, because he was taking a class on fatigue. Maybe he won’t fall asleep now when the lights are dimmed for speaker presentations. Mike Heller gave two dollars on Maurice William’s behalf, for coming in late. Someone thought both of them were coming up a little short. Jay and Kathy had a great time in Paris. He didn’t come up short, with $10 to our club.
Today’s speaker was Michael Barrington, reporting on his latest projects in Africa. He talked about the sustainable poultry project in Ethiopia, and about drilling water wells. Villagers would have to walk several kilometers every day for water. Once a well was put in, at the village school, they would have fresh water locally for the first time. The pump is deliberately simple, so if a part breaks, it can easily be replaced by the local blacksmith. Greg Vaisnor presented Michael with a $1,000 check from our club.
Next week the meeting starts out with our club’s assembly, so be thinking about what our club should do next!

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Fifty years of Rotary Youth Exchange in Japan

By Megan Ferringer 
The Rotarian -- September 2012 

In 1962, Australia was a country grappling with change. Many older Australians were still emotionally rebuilding after World War II, and the nation was beginning to dismantle its anti-Asian “White Australia” immigration policy.

When Yoko Sekimoto arrived in Melbourne that year as Japan’s first Rotary Youth Exchange student, she didn’t realize that many people were wary of her visit. Fifty years later, she continues to marvel at the graciousness of her hosts. 

“Everyone treated me like a daughter or sister. It was only 17 years after the war, but I felt a warm welcome and great hospitality,” says Sekimoto (her married name – at the time, she was Yoko Miyazaki).

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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

9/13 – Assembly – By President Chuck Vogel
9/20 –Kay Anderson Education Programs Manager San Francisco Symphony

Local & District Events
Rotary International Events
09/04 John Sherry    
09/11 Dick Holt
09/07 Robert Aguilar  
09/10 Donald Anderson
9/6 Steve Falk
9/13 Troy Feddersen
9/20 Peggy Harbarth

 Notes by Troy Feddersen | Photos John Sherry