Official Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, CA
April 17, 2014 | VOL 68 | ISSUE 38

Our gang was busy enjoying salmon as Debbie rang us to order. Maurice W had the thought for the day, reminding us that the biggest trouble maker is the one staring back at you in the mirror.
Guests, we got ‘em ! Dennis Garrison of Oakwood, Tom of Venture Quality Goods, Mary Bruns of Lamorinda Spirit Van and guest speaker Wei-Tai Kwok.

Announcements, oh boy do we got ‘em !
John Sherry; 5 open slots for concert volunteers, $4,480 raised to date, 11 sets raffle tickets returned, candy scramble coming, district assembly on 3 May, Jeremiah O’Brien on 24 May.
Maurice W; Mike Henn & Don hit the schools with scramble notices, the banner is coming, $300 in candy purchases, fire engine, come ready to work @ 9am, Jay to supply donuts.
Bob Shusta; the district green lighted the best club for an exchange student though we still have the 2nd 6-week period uncovered. Our student is a boy from Brazil and set to arrive mid August.
Bob was kind to make a $50 donation to the Paul Harris Society on behalf of Kelly Hood for being a host.
Ron Wake, donning his Foundation cap, reminded the assemblage that he is “very approachable” with Troy re-iterating only $83/monthly on plastic gets you membership in the club.
Debbie; we have a 3rd Camp Royal student, a junior girl at AHS. Lamorinda Sunrise let us have their unused slot to cover this new camper.
Norma; the Nut Factory, supporters of Lafayette Rotary, have added ice cream to their many wonderful offerings. Any visiting Rotarian need only identify him or herself for a free mini-scoop.
Troy; presentation of a “Happy 90th Birthday” Ed Stokes shirt, in traffic cone orange, to Mo Levitch.

Someone commented that Norma had the giggles…

Which brings us to the hunt for happy dollars. Anna, take it away!

Debbie, Bill Eames and Tom C were all promptly fined for birthdays. Bill led the 6-tables in a birthday serenade. Bill was cajoled into matching a very large pot, thank you Bill !
Tom C gave $20 because he is “oh so very young” and also thanked Anna for her mother-in-law’s support of Orchard. Bill took the opportunity to holler about a dead plant.
Finemaster Anna picked her own pocket and gave a happy dollar for Dennis and a happy dollar for Tom, her guest and proprietor of Venture Quality Goods.
Norma also pitched in a happy $1 for Tom/Venture and thanked him for contributing to the Concert at the Res for the past 2 years.
Dick pressed $10 into Anna’s palm in thanks to Dennis and his generosity to the best club.
Maurice W had a sad dollar because he’s moving offices but balanced with a happy dollar to see Dennis at the meeting.
Our guest speaker Wei-Tai then took the mic and gave $5 because our proceedings looked like fun! Sign this guy up!
Andy had $2 for great pics, kids running for donuts.
(At this very moment we learned that Debbie’s rounds had netted $121 for Bill to match)
Steve F. then rose with $10 for the “giants of philanthropy” that make up the membership of the best club.
Larry then rose, gave Anna $5, and asked Steve to tell about last weekend’s 1st annual Dogtown Downtown.
Steve told us that Mayor Tatzin is a dog lover and helped to make it an outstanding event. 5 or 6 or 700 folks turned out with 3 or 400 dogs.
There was a parade from the Plaza to the Library and not a single dog fight. Steve, posing as a private citizen, interviewed a young man who recently moved to Lafayette and sang the city’s praises.
Tom C rose again to announce that Bill had joined 2 more boards in the past 2 days and that all fines of Bill must now cease (until next week).
Anna’s take for the day – a cool $309. Our seargent-at-arms even turned down a tardy Matt Shriner request, asking him to give, and give generously, next week.

Our guest speaker, Mr. Wei-Tai Kwok then rose to speak with us about climate change. His presentation is entitled “The Climate Reality Project” and his goal is to reach 1000 people.
Wei-Tai lives in Lafayette with his family and became disillusioned with work, feeling an urgent need to make a contribution to the global warming problem, so he resigned from his post to write a new chapter in his career.
Last year he joined 1000 other volunteers from around the world and traveled to Chicago where he trained with Al Gore to learn how to present climate issues to regular folks like us.
Our speaker told us that the world is getting hotter and that all major academies of science agree that climate change is a fact, never mind what the Republican party in the USA says.
The solutions are more wind power, more solar power and our own individual initiative. Rotarians can check out the sustainability trust ( which is set up specifically for Rotary clubs.
Wei-Tai says that Rotary is an international organization and this problem requires international cooperation. This was a spot on presentation, one that will be remembered.

We had a raffle and I think John Sherry was a winner, forgive me for forgetting the other lucky best clubber.

Happy 50th anniversary Bill “Nite Owl” Eames ! ! Happy 68th anniversary Rotary Club of Lafayette ! ! Great job to all who participated with the Candy Scramble ! ! Greg, great bunny suit ! !

When we gather again on 24 April we’ll have 2 weeks and 2 days until the Concert at the Res. Please check in with John Sherry if you haven’t volunteered yet !

Rotary International News Other News: Club Calendar

Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer

Maryland, USA, Rotary members Christopher Puttock and Rachel Blair (left), pay a visit to the Mammobus last year to check on the project’s status. With them are Dr. K.N. Srinivasan (far right) and Mrs. Vijayalakshmi, who coordinates the bus’s schedule for the K Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rotary Club of Srirangam

In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer.

Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory.  Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to his clinic with advanced stages of the disease. 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
Ron D. Burton . . . . . . .RI President
Steve Lack . . . .
Dist 5160 Governor
Debbie Cooper . . . . . . . . President
Chuck Vogel . . . . . Past President
Buddy Brodwin . . . . . . Club Service
Greg Vaisnor . . . President Elect
Bob Shusta . . . . . .Secretary Excu.
Norma Evans . . . . . . . . Secretary
Greg Vaisnor . . . . . . .  . Treasurer
Ronald Wake . . .Rotary Found. Chair
Maurice Williams
Community Service
Terry Ring
. . . . International Service
Dino Riggio 
. . . . Vocational Service
Anna Stevenson
. 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

4-24 Michael Barrington

Local & District Events
Rotary International Events
04/01    Lisa    Cohen
04/01    Ron    Wake
04/07    Daniel A.    Barnes
04/16    Tom    Courtright
04/18    Larry    Duson
04/18    Debbie    Cooper

 Notes by David Abrahams | Photos John Sherry