NEXT MEETING: September 21, 2012
California Initiative to End the Death Penalty
Steve Fajardo, retired Lieutenant of Police with the Oakland Unified School District, will discuss why he is voting Yes on Proposition 34, an initiative on the November ballot to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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MEETING OF September 7, 2012
President Jim Young repeated his “R” word opening. Then recognized that due to the special nature of the meeting room and the fact that there was no voice amplification. He said more, but I couldn’t hear. It was a little ironic that our noisy room was known as “The Library”.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Joe Bagley, and the invocation given by George Egan. Sid Chauvin offered this comforting thought: “Worry is like a rocking chair…it will keep you busy but you don’t get anywhere” Rock on Sid!
Rotarians with Guests
Jonathan Lawlis brought his lady friend Darlene, who by now needs no introduction. Felix Hunziker introduced his lovely wife Audrey.
Raphael Madrigal had a brief in and out hospital visit. He’s now back to work. Glad you’re better!
Happy and Sad Dollars
When Dan’s house burned down, his first phone call was to the guy who’d sold him his homeowner’s policy. “I need a check for the cash value of my house, and I need it as soon as possible,” he said firmly.
“I’m afraid it doesn’t work that way,” explained the insurance agent politely. “See, yours was a replacement policy, which means that we’ll be rebuilding the house exactly as it was before.”
“I see,” said Dan, after a long pause. “In that case, I want to cancel the policy on my wife.
Candy Pierce updates us on campaign to end polio
Jim Young introduced Past District Governor & Ace Rotarian, Candy Pierce. Candy udated us on the status of Polio Plus and its eradication. She was hindered by the fact that the restaurant could not project her PowerPoint presentation, “A Foundation for the Future”. Being the resourceful sort, Candy soldiered on and managed fine without the tech.
Candy started by reviewing the growth of the Foundation. And what growth!
1979 3-H grants and club partnership
In 1988 polio cases covered three quarters of the world. Today there are 131 cases in three countries. You can remember the countries with the acronym, NAP: Nigeria has 84. Afghanistan17. Pakistan 30. Rotary has a PR and outreach poster program.
Candy showed a poster on her laptop screen by walking it around. The poster show a man in a t-shirt with the slogan “END POLIO NOW” and holding up his hand with thumb and forefinger just a little apart to illustrate “We are that close”. But Candy also had an image in which she’d Photoshopped in Jim Young’s head. This caused much merriment. Candy pointed out that every contribution helps.
You can make a benefactor pledge, effective upon your death, of $1,000-$9,999 to Rotary. She held up her hands to show that only her pinkie fingernails were painted purple. People ask why? It’s a talking point When children have been treated for polio, their pinkie finger is painted purple. This was her way spread the word about
Candy pointed out that by creating Annual Programs fund there is support for today, and with a permanent fund there is support for tomorrow.
Because Polio Plus incorporates both, it is a true foundation for the future.
-Alan Blavins, Apprentice Scribe