crises centers, senior living facilities and lake cleanup efforts.

Saklan features small class sizes with a focus on art music and language. Starting with an elementary program, the school has added both early childhood and middle school programs. The school is moving to electronic (i.e. IPAD based) text books and will provide more transportation choices for the students’. Due to small class sizes, teachers can offer individual student mentoring that will build self confidence in students. The cost of the school ranges from about 12 thousand a year for kindergarten to $22 thousand for middle school.

January 15th. 2013
Next Meeting: January 22nd, 2013 Tuesday Noon Meeting at 12:00; Soda Center Program: Noelie Galparin – “A Rotary Journey: India, Haiti and California” Invocation & Greeter: David Kruegel

OTHER HAPPENINGS
Ron Mucovich offered an invocation and led us in the pledge of allegiance to the flag. President-Elect Nora Avelar, filling in for President Frank, made the following announcements: -Reservations for the Rotary Train Trip to Reno (2/12 through- 2/14) offered by Orinda Rotary are still available. -The Orinda Rotary Club honored Dick Hegie on Jan 16 at 11:30 AM at the Orinda Country Club. The program was George Breslauer from Cal discussed Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia. -Nora also mentioned the FAB 5 club joint meeting to th be held on Feb 6 at Rossmoor. -At our Club Assembly next week we will discuss our Membership Ignite Program. Team captains should poll their teams to see where we stand. -An article from the Lamorinda Weekly featuring the club’s Stocking Stuffing Activity prior to Christmas was passed around. th -The Board Meeting has been moved from Jan 15 to nd the 22 . A Nite at the Races meeting will follow the board meeting. The meetings will be held at Trinity Hall beginning at 5PM. -Donation forms for Nite at the Races have been mailed to area businesses. The event flyers will be mailed in a couple of weeks. We will discuss both donation followup as well as where we are on the schedule at the ND meeting on Jan 22 . Nora also mentioned the member survey sent out from the district and asked all members to participate in this survey that will be an input to the PETS program in a few weeks.

~~ COMING UP ~~ Jan 22 – Combination Board Meeting and Nite at the Races Committee at Trinity Hall at 5:00 PM * Jan 29 – All Club Assembly No Club Meeting Today – See Feb 6th *Feb 6 – Five Club Assembly at Rossmoor **Feb 12 – Valentine’s Day Dinner (Evening Meeting at 6PM) *Regular weekly luncheon in Soda Center **Monthly evening meeting at Soda Center

GUESTS
Guests this week were: Jose Avelar – Assistant District Governor Nicole Delgadillo, student from Columbia University Hans Peter Metzger, Director of Saklan School and our speaker today.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM
Hans Peter Metzgar is an international educator. He is a Canadian, has worked in both Italy and Spain and is multilingual. What would become Saklan School was started in 1954 in Lafayette by Gertrude Nielson and moved to Moraga in 1966. The Saklan School became a nonprofit organization in 1978. A middle school was added in 1990. The Saklan School is an Accredited Independent School. Students come to the school from all surrounding communities. The student body, which draws from all surrounding communities, currently stands at 107 – slightly down from its maximum of 160. Bus service is offered by the school. Studies at the school stress community service including work with the food bank,

Former Camp Royal Camper Continues Her Service Activities
A former Camp Royal student from our club, Nicole Delgadillo, talked to the club about a service program that she plans to participate in this summer. Nicole will travel to Bengali with a small group of students to provide educational activities for the poor. She will personally lead an English workshop. She asked for any support that we can provide for this effort.

EDITORIAL COMMENTS
This newsletter, for the first time at least since I have been in the club, is being put together by committee. All four current newsletter editors, Cliff Dochterman, Nora Avelar and Gary Irwin were off doing other things this week. By the way, thank you, Nora for filling in for me and leading this meeting. Ace reporter, Tony Schoemehl stepped in and reported all that was going on this week. I have attempted to publish at least most of his thoughts. Any errors or omissions can be attributed to me I am sure.

A New Community Fundraiser for the Rheem Theatre
Kevin Reneau discussed a fundraiser that is being planned to provide a chairlift for the Rheem Theatre here in Moraga. Cliff Dochterman began this effort as part of his efforts with the local Committee on Aging.

Cliff and Mary Elena in San Diego
The picture below is of Cliff Dochterman presenting at the Governor’s Education Session being held in San Diego this week. Both Cliff and Mary Elena have been attending this event all week. Note Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka listening to Cliff’s talk.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Bill Phelps and his wife celebrated their anniversary on th December 29 with shopping and a dinner at Kuletos in San Francisco Rob McSpadden is celebrating his birthday on 1/16. Rob is under the protection of the Fine Free Hat

Happy Bucks
Nora Avelar offered a Happy Buck for the success of the 49ers as well as a new 30 day Yoga program. Jose Avelar offered a buck for his winning of the Barrel of Wine at the Rotary Club of Orinda Crab Feed. (Note that club members Tony Schoemehl and Gary Irwin offered their support to this event as bartenders for the evening). . When the red ticket was drawn for $10, the lucky holder was Lad Lynch, but unfortunately he missed the white marble.

CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS Feb 12 -14 – Reno Train Trip and Joint Meeting Feb 12 – Valentine’s Day Dinner Mar. 16 – A Nite at the Races dinner/auction May 4 – District Assembly – Solano College, Vallejo May?? – Moraga Schools Field Day June 25 – Demotion Dinner July 13 - District Awards Dinner – Woodland Community Center

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 Membership………………………………………….Nora Avelar 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 for January – Cliff Dochterman

Rotary International Theme for 2012-13 “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE”

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