NEXT MEETING: July 22, 2016

The Cruelest Crime - Acid Attacks

Each year more than 1500 people are victims of acid attacks. These attacks tend to occur in certain Third World countries, though it is not unheard of elsewhere. Joe Doser, Environmental Health Specialist for Contra Costa County, will discuss how he first came to learn about this issue, why he got involved, and what certain organizations and governments are doing to help the victims and hopefully end these terrible crimes. While this is understandably a very difficult subject to hear about, he hopes people find the information he will share worthwhile.

MEETING OF July 15, 2016


Pres Josh Surowitz presided over the meeting. Erle Brown kicked off the pledge, and Herb Cole offered the invocation. Sid’s thought for the day: “Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin—and muffins are healthy!!”

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Stephanie Baer and James Baer, daughter and son of Alan Baer joined us on this day. Mara Lockowandt and Charlene Smith were guests of Stacey Street.


  • Hank Covell had successful minor surgery and is on the way to recovery.
  • On July 23 join other Rotarians for a Day at the A’s game. Tailgate before the game. Contact Alan Baer for tickets
  • Mark Howe, Shana Bagley and a crew of 6 embarked on a sailing adventure to the island of Oahu on Adrenalin (that the name of the boat, not necessarily their metabolic state). Follow them at Race Tracker (3 hour delay), or the boat blogs here and here.



Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


Yesterday's Instruments Today

Lisa Grodin, the Director of Education for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Music Director for the Junior Bach Festival, presented spirited renditions of violin music by Corelli, Bach, and others Baroque composers on an instrument of the times. Lisa explained that early music shares with American jazz the notion that the music would not be played strictly as written, but rather improvised and ornamented by individual performers. She demonstrated that different bows were more suited for particular styles, some rendering a silky sound, others snappier and crisp. Lisa gave us a full picture of professional musicianship that encompasses education, scholarship, and performance.

- Henry Moe, Rotating Editor