NEXT MEETING: August 23, 2013
The Buck Institute on Aging
When Beryl Buck died in the 1970s she left her personal fortune, believed to be greater than $250 million “…for the benefit of the people of Marin County.” Out of her bequest has emerged the Buck Institute, one of the world’s leading research facilities focused on human aging. Vernon Dwelly who is a docent at the Institute, visits Richmond Rotary to review the interesting history of the Institute and how its research may improve the quality of life for those over 60.
MEETING OF August 16, 2013
On a beautiful summer day, President Liliane Koziol called to order a well-attended meeting at the Richmond Country Club. Gonzalo Ochoa was asked to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Herb Cole offered a silent moment for peace, freedom and justice on earth. President Koziol went on to recognize the passing of Mary Elena Dochterman, wife of Clifford Dochterman, past President of Rotary International, by asking for a moment of silence in her memory.
Lew Clayman was visiting from the Pinole Rotary Club. Dr. Clayman briefly described a project that the Pinole Rotary Club was undertaking, with financial support from the Richmond Rotary Club, to teach basic healthcare in an impoverished area within Nepal that largely has no access to medical care or training of such issues.
Rotarians with Guests
Tom Waller introduced his guest, Rhys Ludlow, and Jan Brown introduced her guest, Jamie Glidden.
Syd Chauvin is recovering well from his recent surgery and expects to be back at the Club soon!
Gonzalo Ochoa provided us with a look into his life when he gave his “Who Am I” introduction at today’s meeting. Gonzalo described how he immigrated to the United States from Mexico in his teens, how he started working as an automobile mechanic, and how he came to eventually begin his own successful automobile mechanic shop eight years ago. Perhaps most impressive are the five children and two grandchildren Gonzalo has!
Our esteemed President, Liliane Koziol, recognized and thanked Tom Waller for all of his efforts as Transition Program Coordinator throughout the transition of the presidency over the past several months. She also recognized Bill Koziol, Henry Moe and Mike Winter for their work in support of the RotaCare Clinic.
Josh Genser celebrated his birthday with family in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mike Winter and his lovely wife celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in Las Vegas. Felix Hunziker and his beautiful wife celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Something to think about …
Our guest speaker, Kami Sherpa, is a member of Rotary and has climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest 6 times, Mt. Kilimanjaro 3 times, and has trekked up many, many other incredibly high, steep mountains the rest of us may have only seen in movies or on TV. Kami leads guided mountain climbing expeditions throughout the world, and he spoke about his experience climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest on behalf of Rotary International. Kami provided us with amazing photographs of his Everest expedition, and he described the intense nature of the undertaking (though he did call it a much safer undertaking now, than in years past).
President Koziol presented Kami Sherpa with a certificate from Richmond Rotary, and the Club donated two bricks in his name to a new school being built in South Africa
David Keystone, pinch-hitting scribe