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Moraga Rotary Newsletter -- Sept 11 2012

Moraga Rotary Newsletter -- Sept 11 2012

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Here is the newsletter for the Rotary Club of Moraga, CA for Sept 11th. Our speaker was David Hatfield the founder of the Hilton Pre-school and Nairobi, Kenya
Here is the newsletter for the Rotary Club of Moraga, CA for Sept 11th. Our speaker was David Hatfield the founder of the Hilton Pre-school and Nairobi, Kenya

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The mix of waste is changing—not as many large screen TV’s as in previous years, and more boxes to be shredded. Rotary workers beside Chairman Rich were Tony Schoemehl (both shifts), Kevin Reneau, Lad Lynch, Frank May, Cliff and Mary Elena Dochterman, Grant Shoaf, Herb Wehmeyer, & Debbie Roessler. We’ll know our take and the tonnage in about a month. 5. 5. Tentative dates for the Christmas Stocking project are: 10/2—Cut and sew; 12/1—Decorate; & 12/16— Stuff and potluck dinner. Mark your calendars! 6. Rotary Day” at Golden Gate Fields, Sat. Nov. 17 is a fun event. Dining in the Turf Club. Cost is $35 for a day of racing and lunch! 7. A sign-up sheet for the Patio Party at Sue McCaffrey’s on Sunday, September 23 at 5:30 pm was distributed. If you were not at the meeting, and plan to attend the event, please sign up next week or call Debbie Roessler. Just $10 per person. 8 Grant Shoaf reported that donations in memory of the slain CHP officer may be made at any branch of Mechanics Bank, including his at the Safeway. 9. President Frank is planning a committee meeting for A Nite at the Races (March 16, 2013) and for the Membership committee (late Sept).

September 11, 2012
Next Meeting: September 18 Bob Foxall on The Moraga Road Initiative Invocation & Greeter: Barbara Bruner
~~ COMING UP ~~ Sept. 18 – Board of Directors Meeting at 5:00 Trinity Hall *Sept. 25 – Charles Waigi – Asante Africa Foundation *Regular weekly luncheon in Soda Center

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GUESTS
Linda May – guest of President Frank Linda Campbell – honorary member Ron Schopke - guest of Louise Schopke Lou Roessler - honorary member Carol Irwin – guest of Gary Irwin

HAPPY BUCKS AND FUN STUFF
Rotarians came to the meeting loaded with Happy Bucks and other cash, as follows: Kevin Reneau, for his superstar son in midget football; Lad Lynch, for the UCLA breakout game on national TV in the Rose Bowl; Frank May for taking 100% Scot Linda to the Scottish Games in Pleasanton and getting their quota of bagpipe music and haggis for the year; Jim Campbell, for just being Scottish; Gary Irwin for the excellent golfing on Monday of several Rotarians (excluding himself); and Al Simonsen, Herb Wehmeyer, and Tony Schoemehl for owing up to their great golfing performance as called out previously. Confessions: Grant Shoaf offered a High Five for a vacation in Hawaii, and since we didn’t have the Wheel at the meeting, he got away with it. Rich Render offered $20 for his new old car--a 1995 MBZ with A/C, FM, and fuel injection, to replace his old old car which evidently was steam powered as it suffered from vapor lock often.

BUSINESS MEETING
The meeting was opened by Herb Wehmeyer with an th appropriate thought about the 11 anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on the USA, and the pledge to the flag. Announcements: 1. President Frank announced the death of Pat Copeland, the wife of former Moraga Rotary President Aubrey Copeland. A Celebration of her Life will be held at noon on Friday 9/14 at the Moraga Country Club. 2. President Frank also announced that that Sarah Barnard, wife of Colin, is having kidney surgery soon. 3. President Frank and Debbie Roessler attended a Rotaract meeting at St. Mary’s College, and they requested continued support of that Club from our members. They also said that their faculty advisor and Paul Harris Fellow Mary Vollmer is expecting a baby in about three weeks, their first. 4. Rich Render reported that Saturday’s e-waste collection was a bit slow in the morning but got quite busy

PROGRAM
Our speaker tonight was Dave Hatfield, a Bay Area native who currently lives in Arnold with his wife and two sons. He graduated in Economics from UCLA and had a 20 year career on Wall Street. This career ended when his partner, supposedly a great friend, wrested control of their company from him. Since then he has visited 25 countries, observing and working among the poorest people there In 2007, Dave found God (or vice versa), and he and his 13 year old son embarked on a mission to Kenya. Dave was convinced that he could make a difference, and founded the Living Stone Global Foundation which is supported by his and other churches, service clubs, high school groups, and individuals. Lake Nakuru in Kenya is a popular tourist destination because of the scenery, animals, and about two million flamingoes. One side of the lake is where the tourists go; the other side contains the slums and the dump. About 400 people including children live at the dump because they have nowhere else to go. Many older poor children in Kenya are addicted to glue-sniffing, and they can be spotted easily by the yellow glue bottle constantly near their nose. Since it is impossible to discourage them from this habit, Dave has set up a pre-school that also provides good cooked food and fresh clean water for drinking and bathing for the children at the dump. This effort brings hope to many young lives along with counseling against glue-sniffing and other drugs. This school is currently about 56% funded, and Dave hopes to get funding soon to keep the school on a self-sustaining basis. Rotary International Theme for 2012-13 “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE”
It is that time of the year to start thinking about collecting those little bars of soap, shampoos and hand lotion when you visit hotels or motels. We will need them for our Christmas Stocking project in a couple months.

END OF SUMMER PATIO PARTY SIGN UP NOW
This year the day is Sunday, September 23 for the Patio Party at Sue McCaffrey’s home. This enjoyable event, which used to be called our “Progressive Dinner,” has become the social event of the season for Moraga Rotarians. Be sure to sign-up. Cost of $10 per person to help cover expense of the food and drinks.

The great philosopher, physician and African missionary, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who incidentally was a Rotarian, said it this way one day when he was talking to a group of people, “I do not know what your destiny will be; but this I do know; the only ones who will find true happiness in life, are those who have searched and found how to serve others”. [CD p. 198]

CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS Sept. 23 – September Patio Party at Sue McCaffrey’s Home - 557 Augusta Nov. 2-4 – Rotary District 5160 Conference in Napa Nov. 17 – Rotary Day at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 4 – Official Visit of District Governor Laura Day Dec. 11 – Moraga Rotary Christmas Party March 16 -- A Nite at the Races (2013)

MORAGA ROTARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012-13 President……………………………………………....Frank May President-elect …………………….……………….Nora Avelar Secretary…………………………………….........Kevin Reneau Treasurer………………………………………..Louise Schopke Community Service Chair…………………….Barbara Bruner New Generations..………………………………….Rich Render International Service Chair…………………Tony Schoemehl Rotary Foundation………………..…………….…... Lad Lynch Public Relations ……………………………… …… Gary Irwin Director at Large………………………………Debbie Roessler Director at Large……………………..Mary Elena Dochterman Director at Large……………………………...Cliff Dochterman President, Rotary International…Sakuji Tanaka District Governor, 5160………………..Laura Day Assistant District Governor………….Jose Avelar
Newsletter Editor Filling In– Honore de Balzac Newsletter Editor for September – Nora Avelar

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