THE PROGRAM Sometimes we have programs that are either to be continued due to not enough time, have an update

or we just love to hear them again! Today’s program we had Ivy Morrison return to us with an update on the 4th bore of the Caldecott tunnel. She spoke to us a couple years ago as the project was just beginning. Ivy is the Public Information Officer for the Caldecott 4th bore project. She gave us a quick summary of the tunnel and the 4th bore beginnings before giving us an update. Bores 1 & 2 were created in 1937. As traffic needs changed, the 3rd bore was created in 1964. As we all who have commuted through the Caldecott know, Bore 1 is for eastbound traffic only, Bore 3 is for westbound traffic only, and Bore 2 (middle) switches between directions per commute demands. Today, even with the middle tunnel switching to help with traffic flow, there is still back up on the reverse commute. The 4th Bore project is to help alleviate traffic congestion. In 2009, this project was the largest transportation contract in the country to receive stimulus funds. The project started in January 22, 2010 and excavation began in August 2010. There were many things to consider like the geology of where they were excavating. It was challenging as old rock and new rock are very different, and with the movement of the Earth over time, old rock isn’t always necessarily under new rock. Where they were excavating is a gaseous area, and they have found fossils. With the presence of fossils, they had to have a full-time paleontologist on site. They have discovered camel teeth, and bones of a 3-toed horse! The construction of the tunnel had to go through and pass seismic criteria among others. Underground tunnels are actually one of the safest places to be during an earthquake. There are also advanced fire and safety systems being installed that can put out a fire right away before any help gets there. Plus they are constructing 7 passageways in between bores 3 and 4 for emergency purposes. With an initial budget of $420 million, they are currently under/on budget at $405 million. Many of the funds came from Measure J that was voted on in 2004. Without those funds, this project would not have been possible. Ivy is proud to say that with technological advancements and OSHA, there were no fatalities during this project. There were some while constructing bores 1 & 2 and only one fatality during bore 3. There is no set date and Caltrans is not ready to announce a date of when they will open the 4th bore, but they are on schedule and looks to open this year.

August 27, 2013
NEXT MEETING – SEPTEMBER 3, NOON

Ronald Olowin, Exoplanets and Life in the Universe We are meeting in our normal room, ORINDA ROOM
Greeter & Invocation…. DICK VANCE & HERB WEHMEYER

Program: Dr.

~COMING UP~
Sep. 7 – E-Waste Fundraiser **Sep. 10 – Steven Day, Alameda County Diving Team – Forensic Diving *Sep. 17 – Diana – Odyssey of the Mind *Sep. 24 – Tessie Calligeros – Alzheimer’s Association Sep. 27 – TGIF 5:30pm @ Barbara Bruner’s residence *Indicates a regular Tuesday noon luncheon meeting **Indicates our monthly evening meeting at 6pm

~GUESTS~ Ivy Morrison – Guest Speaker John Holloway – Guest of John Erickson Nancy Robinson – Guest from Aegis Bill Eames – Lafayette Rotary Kit Chantarotwong – Prospective member? Amelia Chantarotwong – Sophomore at St. Mary’s Kevin Yang – Family friend of Kit and Amelia Lou Roessler – Honorary Member Jose Avelar – Fab 5 Assistant Governor

**ROTARY HAPPENINGS** ~We had a board meeting last Tuesday. Some of the
things we covered: Our OMPA fundraiser has netted $8,000. This is not the exact final number, but it is super close! We discussed working with the Global Student Embassy. They are the ones who helped start the organic garden at Campolindo. As school starts, we are geared up for more Interact/Rotaract involvement. Rotaract needs more structured meetings, so if anyone is interested in speaking, let us know! We have decided to jump on the TGIFITLFOTM wagon (Thank goodness it’s the last Friday of the month). It is a night of fellowship where you bring yourself, spouse, friend, prospective member, etc. Anyone who attends needs to bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer for six. Our first event will be Friday, September 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Barbara Bruner’s residence. ~Golden Gate Fields 7th “Salute to Rotary Foundation” day at the races is scheduled for Saturday, November th 16 . A sign-up sheet was passed around today. If you are interested in going to this event, let Frank May know! ~Don’t miss the Rotary Adventure (District Conference), October 18-20 in Chico! Register today! There are limited rooms left at Oxford Suites in Chico at the discounted price. Deadline to reserve your room with the discount is this Saturday, August 31. ~Keep collecting those travel size shampoos, conditioners, lotion, and body washes from your travels for our Stocking project! The day to cut and sew the stockings is in a month. Put it on your calendar! Tuesday, September 24 we will be meeting at Holy Trinity right after our normal Noon meeting. Also, the date is set to decorate the stockings with the Juvenile Hall girls on Sunday, November 3. ~The Moraga Chamber is hosting a community BBQ, th this Thursday, August 29 at the Moraga Commons from 5pm-7pm. ~Our Semi-Annual E-Waste fundraiser is coming up, Saturday, September 7. Please sign up with Frank or Rich. ~Orinda Rotary is hosting a Car Show, Saturday, September 21. But on Friday, September 20, they are hosting a fundraiser called “Dancing with the Cars”. All are welcome to attend. Also, if any of our Moraga Rotarians would be gracious enough to help out at their event that evening with some bartending or anything they need. Orinda Rotarians have helped us many times at our events in the past; let’s keep helping each other out! ~After a grueling battle of bids, Linda May won the September Fine-Free Hat for $50!

**FUN STUFF!** ~Sonja Malaga celebrated her 16th year of wedded
bliss! ~Roger Poynts celebrated his birthday by doing nothing. Sometimes, that’s just perfect! ~Gary Irwin also celebrated his birthday with a trip up to Washington near the Canadian border. He is the current holder of the Fine Free Hat. ~Colin Barnard had only a dollar for his kids starting school today. And only a dollar for after all the back to school supplies, it’s a miracle he had a dollar left! ~Angelo Costanza was happy that he was joined by Doug Damaschino, Tony Schoemehl, and Kevin Reneau at the Lafayette Rotary Golf Tournament yesterday, and Kevin had the longest drive. ~Marv Ellenberg had cataract surgery, and gave us some free legal advice, don’t sign if you don’t read it, and if you read it, you’re not going to want to sign it! ~Bill Eames had a happy buck for our Moraga Rotary team at the Golf Tournament knows how to drink beer! ~George Renworth had a high five for his eldest son who just purchased a condo in Scottsdale, Arizona. This means, George and Pat have a new vacation home! ~Debbie Roessler pulled the winning ticket, but just missed the elusive white marble! Only 2 clear marbles left!

Congratulations to Moraga’s August Employee of the Month Sandi Kent from State Farm Insurance!

**CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS*** Congratulations to our own Linda May for achieving her Blue Badge!
Sept. 7 – E-Waste Collection Day Sept. 21 – Orinda Rotary’s “Dancing with the Cars” Sept. 21-22 – Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept. 27 – TGIF @ Barbara Bruner’s residence th Oct. 12 – Rossmoor Rotary’s 28 Annual Gala benefitting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s services Oct. 18-20 – Rotary Adventure 2013 (District Conference) in Chico

MORAGA ROTARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2013-2014
President…………………………………...........Nora Avelar President-Elect…………………….……...Debbie Roessler Past President …………………………………....Frank May Secretary……………………………………....Kevin Reneau Treasurer………………..………….……………...Lad Lynch Community Service Chair………………...Barbara Bruner New Generations Chair…...………………......Rich Render International Service Chair……………..Tony Schoemehl Membership………………………………....Frank & Debbie Public Relations…………………………………..Gary Irwin Director at Large……………………….....Cliff Dochterman Director at Large……………………….........John Erickson

~ PLACES TO MAKE UP ROTARY ~
MONDAY – Danville @ Noon……………………………….......Faz, Danville TUESDAY – Diablo View @ 5:30pm…………...Lift Lounge, Walnut Creek WEDNESDAY – Orinda @ Noon...………………………...Orinda Country Club Berkeley @ Noon…………………..His Lordships Restaurant Rossmoor @ Noon………….Hillside Clubhouse, Rossmoor THURSDAY – Pleasant Hill @ Noon......St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Lafayette @ Noon.………………...…Oakwood Health Center Oakland @ Noon.……………………...…..California Ballroom FRIDAY – Lamorinda Sunrise @ 7am…....Celia’s Mexican Restaurant Concord @ Noon……...………………………..Concord Hilton
This month’s editor…………………………Nora Avelar September editor…………………………...Frank May

THE 2013-14 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL THEME

“ENGAGE ROTARY, CHANGE LIVES”
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