September 3rd, 2013

NEXT MEETING – SEPTEMBER 10th, Evening Meeting – 6PM

Ron’s presentation featured many stunning visuals that attempted to describe the importance and place of astronomy and space in our everyday lives. He began by showing several pieces of art and photographs that contained parts of our solar system in them – including g the moon, the sun, Venus and other planets, other stars and the constellation Aries. He illustrated that Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Night” was an actual depiction th of the sky painted on a specific date – June 20 , 1889 at 4AM.

Program: Steven Day, Alameda County Diving Team Forensic Diving

We are meeting in our normal room, ORINDA ROOM
Greeter & Invocation…. FRANK MAY
He went on to describe other interesting celestial-related events in the world today including the Glacier Point Firefall and Horsetail Falls sunlight event at Yosemite and a Manhattanhenge sunset event in New York City. Ron described the need for people to have a sense of their place in the universe. He showed illustrations of  Light sources at night in the United States  The sheer size of the African Continent in relation to the other parts of the world.  Graphs of the limited amounts of water and air on our planet.  Images of our planet from the moon,  An image of the earth and the moon from a satellite  Picture of a sunset on Mars  Pictures of earth from Saturn and Mercury Ron then went on to describe stars and planets that are outside of our immediate solar system. There are perhaps one half a trillion stars and ten times that number of planets. In a recent study a satellite reached out some 3000 light years into the Milky Way which is 100 thousand light years in size. In this study 4451 planets were identified of which some sixteen percent are earthlike. In other words, the likelihood of other life in the universe is quite high. Stars are born, they grow and they die. There is nothing new under the sun!! All in all, a wonderful presentation by a great speaker.

~COMING UP~
Sep. 7 – E-Waste Fundraiser *Sep. 17 – Diana – Odyssey of the Mind *Sep. 24 – Tessie Calligeros – Alzheimer’s Association Sep. 27 – TGIF 5:30pm @ Barbara Bruner’s residence *Oct. 1 – To Be Determined *Indicates a regular Tuesday noon luncheon meeting **Indicates our monthly evening meeting at 6pm

~GUESTS~ David Geary – Former member of Moraga Rotary Dr. Ronald Olowin Faculty of St. Mary’s College and our Guest Speaker THE PROGRAM
Our speaker today Dr. Ronald Olowin is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at St Mary’s College. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his doctorate at Oklahoma State University. He spent time in South Africa working in an observatory before coming to teach at St Mary’s

**ROTARY HAPPENINGS**
President Elect Debbie Roessler ran the meeting today substituting for President Nora. The meeting started with an invocation by Herb Wehmeyer.

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. 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

**FUN STUFF!**
Doug Damaschino celebrated a birthday on August th 28 . He enjoyed a low key celebration featuring ice cream and cake with members of his family. Kevin Reneau celebrated his 22 wedding anniversary by attending a Cal football game. Angelo Costanza contributed a massive twenty Happy Bucks for a Camp ARF advertisement in the newspaper featuring his granddaughter.
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We were visited by Marcy Bowa from St. Mary’s who described a new parking system to be put in place by the college. She made available a new form that we will all have to fill out to receive a new Frequent Visitor Parking sticker. She will collect these at our meeting in two weeks. A copy of the two forms passed out at the meeting will be distributed with this newsletter. A huge thank you to Barbara Bruner and her cousin Albert Engel for the wonderful outing to Al’s “Hobby House” in Richmond that showcases over 100 classic cars as well as antique airplanes, a gondola and numerous other memorabilia. We had a fascinating afternoon viewing this priceless collection . Our Semi-Annual E-Waste Fundraiser is coming up, Saturday, September 7. Please sign up with Frank or Rich. 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, 5:30pm7:30pm at Barbara Bruner’s residence. Golden Gate Fields 7 “Salute to Rotary Foundation” day at the races is scheduled for Saturday, th November 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! 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
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**CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS***
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

Editor’s Comment
I would like to commend Colin Barnard on his excellent programs so far this year. I thought today’s program was absolutely excellent. Keep up the good work, Colin!! Invite a friend or neighbor to come and join us and enjoy these excellent programs.

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

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This month’s editor…………………………Frank May October editor…………………………... Gary Irwin

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