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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Hilton San Francisco Airport
600 S. Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, CA  94010
United States
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Pledge of Allegiance: DG Christine Gallagher
Invocation:   Newest member Michael Griffin gave the reflection/invocation – and it was great.  A nice piece on what it means to be a part of Rotary
Announcements:   Nicole Armstrong reviewed the New Member requirements (attend a Board meeting, Program Committee, front desk gig, etc.) directing her remarks to Michael Griffin and opening with “He must take the Membership Committee chair and 10 other Club members out to dinner at Gary Danko’s.”   Nicole also offered a revision to the protocol noting that collecting business cards is outdated and suggested that new members become LinkedIn with at least 10 members. 
Mike Horwitz reported on the Golf Fundraiser:  Some $1000 checks that have come in and we need more sponsors.  Sponsorship and hole money goes right into the Service Fund.  Please pay attention to Stan Moore’s persistent requests for bottles of wine.
Program and Speaker:  It was DG week!  President Mary invited Assistant DG, Janet Fogarty, to come up and do the introduction of the DG Christine Gallagher….which she did in much detail.  Anytime an intro starts with where they were born and how often they moved starting with age 7 up to current day you know you are in for a ride.  Consequently, I don’t recall many details.  Some blurry recollections include - National Park Ranger, time on Alcatraz, Ranger in charge of Smokey the Bear, a 30-year working relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers, and many truly wonderful civic and community volunteer activities and deserved accolades.    Christine is the Manager of the SF Bay Model in Sausalito.   She has been to six International Conferences.   John Delaney reports that he believes there are 41 clubs in our District.
The DG’s remarks kept the audience engaged – no sleepers were noted and you could have heard a pin drop!  She asked us all to think about our “Rotary moments” – how we felt when asked to join; why we come to meetings; examples of special times that made us proud to be Rotarians.  She gave a personal example – giving oral polio vaccine to children and knowing that she played a part in keeping 70 children from getting the disease.   Also announced that her focus on fun, family and inclusiveness were the reasons for selecting the aquarium on Pier 39 for this year’s Foundation Event on November 2 and Disneyland for the annual meeting next year.  She got a deserved standing ovation and the meeting ended on time!
Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club: Matthew Zumstein visited.
Next Week’s Program:
August 25: Jo Whitehouse - Health Clinic in Borneo Report
September 8: Mike Hurley – Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency
                   September 15: Tom Mohr – Community College System
                   September 22: Dave Parker – Original Loan Ranger on Radio
                   September 29: Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C – What’s New   

July 28 proved an informative gathering. Mynor’s son Victor Chacon, a two-time Burlingame Rotary Scholarship recipient gave an update on his education. The next Fabulous Fairy Party has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20.
There will be an auction at the golf tournament. Stan Moore announced the need for donations of $30 or higher bottles of wine for this purpose. Finally, Scott and Sean Williams announced that they will soon share their experience (with video) running with the bulls at Pamplona.
President: Mary “Who You Calling ‘Bonehead’?” Murphy
This Week’s Reporter/Editor: Scott “That’d Be Me, Prez Bonehead!” Hartley
Invocation:    Walt Ramseur was called on in a pinch to give our Invocation.  Showing that even retired pilots are always cool under pressure, Walt quoted our dearly departed Bob Davidson to get our meal started in the right frame of mind.  Bob’s spirit playfully lingered throughout the meal and meeting.  Julius Aires led us in our pledge.
Announcements:  Mark Johnson told us that the Burlingame Police will take your drugs.   Presumably they would take Mark’s drugs too if he wants to give them up. 
Prez Mary called on Scott Hartley and criticized him for noting in this publication that she made a bonehead move as she left her notes unprotected on the podium while Ted Kruttschnitt was in the room last week.  Scott’s defense was (and is) that this indeed WAS a bonehead move.   All the wise attorneys in the room agreed with Scott (thank you, Lage Andersen and Charles Voltz) that truth is a fully successful defense to slander charges.   Noting that tyrants and other elected officials will often accept bribes, Scott joined the President’s Club twice.  Per the terms of the graft, the High Gear staff is now free to exercise their First Amendment privileges through the year and it is now officially open season on President Bonehead in the High Gear!
Dave Behling called Renee Navarro from Burlingame Community For Education to the front and presented her with a big check compliments of Burlingame Rotary.  Yea us!   The 3rd Annual Burlingame Spirit Run is on Labor Day at Burlingame Intermediate School to benefit BCE which supports the Burlingame K-8th schools. BCE raises the funds that are no longer given to our schools by the state, for physical education, music and library programs.   For a business to donate individually, contact: If you would like to volunteer on the race day, or the registration days, contact Sarah Cheyette at
Stan Moore reminded us that our scholarship raising Golf Tournament is October 20 at Peninsula Golf & Country Club.     Sponsorships are still available.  Stan says that getting a foursome together is a lot of fun.   Contact Mike Horwitz and join up so we can help as many students as possible. 
Jim Shypertt provided the Sunshine Report and joyfully announced that we are “all good.”
Program and Speaker:    Jerry Kuehn introduced Bert Upson who told us about his first book, On A Clear Day.  Bert told us about his experience in New York in September, 2001.   Bert and his book give his theories about the cause and effect of September 11, 2001.  He would like us to “never forget 9/11.”
New President Mary Murphy introduced the new Board of Directors. This year's Rotary theme was determined to be "Light Up, Rotary." The Scholarship Raising Golf Tournament will be in October and sponsorships are still available.
An England quiz raised a few bucks and the Debunking team provided entertainment. President Mary left her notes unprotected on the podium and Ted Kruttschnitt grabbed the opportunity to take them and shred them. President Mary introduced us to her friend, Betsy Koefoed, who told us some things about Rotary.

Newscast:    Newscast Fearless Leader Who Must Be Obeyed And Treated As Infallible Fritz Brauner took the stage and rocked the place.   He made New Year’s resolutions for others.  For instance, Dennis Zell will no longer tell baseball jokes.   Fritz, meanwhile, is going to start taking performance enhancing drugs.   Fritz announced that this year Burlingame Rotary Will Not Go Hollywood.    A lot of work is not going into this event.  Flu jokes were told…bacon jokes were told…a grand time was had by everyone named Mike Kimball.  
Program and Speaker:  Mike Horwitz introduced Marc Friedman.   Marc is a marketing and general business guru at McMillan Doolittle LLP.     He presented: “Economic Outlook - U.S. Retail.”   Brick and Mortar stores are suffering.  The only incomes that are rising are those of the highest earners.  E-Commerce is ripping.  If you are going to stay in Brick and Mortar, you better be perceived to be the best in some way (cheapest, fastest, easiest, etc.).  Thanks, Marc.
Newscast:    Dennis Zell (according to Dennis Zell) got up to the microphone and told a series of stories and anecdotes that he had hoped would amuse the crowd.  
Program and Speaker:  Dr. Sean Bourke of JumpStartMD’s medical weight loss programs gave us a lot of helpful advice on how to lose a little bit of our soft middles.   Cut out some of the carbs, add more actual fresh food and less processed stuff.  Good thoughts…now if only I didn’t really like carbs so much.   Dr. Bourke presented a measured plan that was much appreciated.
Announcements:   President John announced that there are too many darn announcements so he let us talk amongst ourselves.   Good job, John…it was/is nice to talk to our fine fellow Rotarians.
Ricardo Ortiz took the microphone to tell us that Dennis Zell is not only a great youth soccer coach, he is also a newly appointed member of the Peninsula Healthcare Board.   Congratulations, Dennis.
Bob Doerr announced that DK Lee (the current chair of the Rotary Foundation) is coming to speak Sunday evening, January 18.  Tickets are $100 and Bob is trying to get a table together.   Go talk to Bob and join in the fun.
Dr. Maggie Maclsaac, the Superintendent of the Burlingame schools (Cheryl Fama, sponsor), is now a fully badged member.   Also now badged is Lisa Goldman, Burlingame’s City Manager (Rosalie O’Mahony, sponsor).   Welcome Lisa and Maggie.
Newscast:    Scott Hartley gave it his best shot.    He told some stories about how cold it was in Green Bay and how dry it is up at Tahoe.    There was laughter…there were tears.
Program and Speaker:  John Ramey is a successful tech businessperson in Burlingame and was named by the White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the best young entrepreneurs.  John founded iSocket which connects big advertisers with big companies and makes their commercials look good online.  Advertising online is constantly developing.  The ads online allow most sites to come to us for “free.”  Nonetheless, John noted that “Adblock Plus” ( will block online ads.  John works to spark entrepreneurship in developing countries and among young business people.   Dare your children (and yourselves (Ed.)) to be extraordinary.


Announcements: Our Holiday Party is December 16 at the Broadway Grill. Get your reservation in to Cheryl Fama yesterday.

The Burlingame Holiday Parade was great success even in the rain. There was singing, there was dancing, there was general merriment.

As we mentioned last week, Prez John has appointed a Special Projects Committee to explore possible uses for 1 to 4 projects in the total amount of up to $100,000 (funded from currently available but unallocated Service Funds). The Committee is soliciting suggestions from all Rotarians. Projects should generally fit the following guidelines:

"...make a significant impact within the greater Burlingame community by providing opportunities to make positive and sustainable changes in people's lives, with a bias toward youth. It would be desirable that there be meaningful engagement of club members and/or recognition of the Club due to the project/program selected."

Program and Speaker: Grant Fondo gave us an interesting albeit depressing review of criminal justice system and the impact of methamphetamine throughout our society.



Meeting held at Peninsula Humane Society Catered by A Black Tie Affair

Newscast: In honor of our lunch venue Fritz Brauner tried his hand at cat and dog jokes. When this fell flat he turned to audience participation and we got to hear favorite animal stories from our members. Mark Lucchesi admitted to having two dogs to which Ted K. made some comment about the meat counter at Mollie Stones. The group finally had enough and began to chant for the speaker to appear and begin in order to spare us any further pain. (Learn to love the pain because Hartley is next on the Newscast “hit” list – ed.)

Program and Speaker: Fritz changed hats and introduced our speaker, Scott Delucchi, the Sr. VP of Community Relations for Peninsula Humane Society. He is a life-long resident of San Mateo County having attended Serra High School and then Stanford University. He recognized Emily Matthews as the last arrival and said she would be awarded the three legged dog. As a 15 year PHS employee Scott witnessed the transition from the 60 year old cinderblock and chain link facility at Coyote Point to their brand new state-of-the-arts building on Rollins Road. This was all privately financed through a long fundraising effort. A large gift was given by a former wife of Larry Ellison. But they did not want the Ellison name on the building so honored longtime friend Tom Lantos. The official name of their new home is the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion. This is a three story building that houses dogs on the first floor, cats on the third and all other creatures on the second story. Scott explained that people give up their pets for a variety of reasons. One man had to surrender his parrot when he remarried because it continued to repeat the name of his first wife. Another gave up the cat because it didn’t match the furniture. Speaking of furniture, Scott asked if anyone knew the material used in the furnishings where the dogs and cats are housed. Cement! Very realistic looking but indestructible. PHS has a 100% adoption rate for healthy animals. They also stress spay and neutering and offer this as a low cost service. In fact they even have a mobile spay clinic that makes the rounds. You can recognize it if it is in your neighborhood as the back of the van says “GO NUTS.” Those who were interested were able to take a tour of the center at the conclusion of the meeting.



Burlingame’s Rotary Club had a fun-filled and Scholarship Fund friendly day under clear blue skies on Monday. Peninsula Golf and Country Club was the scene for a very well attended and enthusiastic round of golf followed by a delicious dinner and Auction/Awards Ceremony.

The sun was spectacular but not the only star at the benefit. The spectacular fall weather (NoCal in October is often better than anywhere else, anytime) combined with the tireless work of Michael Horwitz, Joe Sweis, Charlie Rosebrook and a cast of what seemed like thousands to make Monday a very successful day. Overjoyed and overworked Club photographer Jim Shypertt declared that there were “too many heroes!” There were too many sponsors for this reporter to track so if Mike or Joe would be good enough to provide a list, names will be included in an upcoming HG for appropriate celebration.

“We had a fabulous turn-out,” according to Chief Bean-Counter Marilyn Orr. “I’m certain we will have a very profitable event.” Final numbers are still being calculated and we should expect an update this coming Monday.

The Auction and Award Ceremony was ably chaired by Mike Horwitz with an amusing “Ted Being Ted” segment as well. Joe Sweis, apparently a master magician, turned an ordinary deck of playing cards into over $500 for the Club.

Thank you all for a delightful day and evening. Our many members and guests who attended saw our Club in very fine light.



Mike Horwitz detailed the fabulous evening we will have at Peninsula Golf and Country Club on October 7. Some of us will have played golf at the club during the day as well. Charlie Rosebrook reminded we are dark that day for lunch.


Mark Lucchessi got sweet-talked into this at the last minute so introduced new Rotarian Joy Huetteman who told us a little about herself. She is A Notre Dame de Namur graduate and provides accounting services to startups. She’s a runner, too!

Today’s Speaker and Program

President John introduced former Burlingame Rotarian Matt Biggar.

Matt talked about how efforts to aid the environment are all about choices on our part. Our motivation has to be there. The jury is still out for some folks whether the planet is warming at all. And, if it is warming, is it the fault of people and therefore controllable in any way?

Surely, traffic and poor air can be decreased by making personal transportation choices: Bus or bike to work two days a week? Bike every day? No use of car twice a week? Considerations are infrastructure, cost, and available auxiliary services. Again, the individual must be motivated to make the change.

Thanks, Doctor Matt; it was great hearing your vision.

Next Week’s Program: On September 30, we will hear Jeanne Smith on “Organizing your Life.” Good luck with that!



Rotary Scholarship Star Lynn-Marie Rouchanian

What a joy to hear Lynn-Marie tell us of her pre-med studies at U. C. Santa Cruz after graduation from Burlingame High School and having been awarded a Rotary Scholarship.

Program and Speaker

Assistant District Governor, our own Bob Doerr, introduced District Governor Eric Schmautz. Eric is a member of San Francisco #2 Club where he was President for 2008-2009. He is a 25-year member of Rotary International. He works at Wells Fargo San Francisco. Eric reminded that a Rotary Club can do so much more as an organization than any member can do individually.

  • Rotary has immunized two billion children in 156 countries
  • Rotary is the largest and oldest place to volunteer your time: 1.2 billion members and growing.

After the Rotary International Convention in Portugal, nine Rotarians, including Eric, traveled to Zambia to observe a malaria abatement project. There 61% of children under five years old had malaria by the end of the first quarter 2013. Fifty-five percent (55%) of the women are HIV-positive. Those five-year-olds are likely to grow up without their mothers. The people believe witchcraft causes their children to be ill.

The homes in Zambia are constructed of packed mud, therefore the walls are of minimal height. These homes house a husband, wife, three children, and all their earthly possessions. There is no electricity, no plumbing, no water. Rotary was founded in 1905. In 1917, the Rotary Foundation was established and $5.00 was collected. It was a start!

Next Week’s Program

Our speaker will be our friend Matt Biggar, a former Burlingame Rotarian, who is a Stanford Doctorial Candidate, who will discuss the “Influence of Conditions on Personal Transportation Behavior.



Bob Davidson was with us today as many remembered the friends he had in Rotary, the friend he was, and the many areas in which he participated in our Club over 40 years. President John thanked Mark Johnson, Mike Heffernan and the many others who worked to put together a warm remembrance of our Bob. The invocation was led by Rabbi Jay Miller who recalled all the inspirational invocations and other life-affirming messages Bob shared over the years.

Speaker of the Day Priya Clemons described the product of Seasons Productions, San Francisco. We watched a short but affecting video of a Mr. and Mrs. Seiford. Mr. and Mrs. Seiford have been married 60+ years and a charming video was created about their lives as early marrieds. This would be an excellent keepsake for any family. The Rotarians asked, “what about the shoebox full of photos and old movie reels we already have?” Seasons Productions can transfer them to disk and edit for a permanent keepsake. Prices start at $500 and are shown on their website And, thanks soooooooooo much for the gift of a video for our golf event upcoming.



Robert "Bob" Matthew Davidson, Sr. Jun. 13, 1935 - Sept. 2, 2013

Bob passed away on September 2, 2013, at age 78. He was a devoted husband to Luella Jean (Shoemaker) Davidson. He was a loving father and is survived by his first son, Robert M. Davidson, Jr., his wife Cecilia (Lopez) Davidson, their daughter Andrea Davidson and son Matthew Davidson, and his second son, Scott F. Davidson. He was the son of Gordon Davidson and Linda (Ormiston) Davidson (both deceased) and the brother of Janet (Davidson) Birk (deceased) and Helen (Davidson) DeVere.

Bob was born in Albany, NY, grew up in Delmar, NY, and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1953. He completed his degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University in VT, then enlisted in the US Army who brought him West by stationing him at Fort Ord near Monterey, CA. After his service, he worked as a civil engineer for the city of Burlingame, then served as City Manager for the town of Hillsborough. Bob married Lue, his wife of 45 years, and settled in Redwood City.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame for 50 years, where he was ordained as a Deacon and an Elder, and sang in the Chancel Choir. He was a member of the Burlingame Rotary Club and served as Club President in 1981-82. He lived a very full life in service and faith. The family is grateful for his love, integrity, humor, wisdom and deep faith. He now serves his Lord in His Kingdom.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, or a charity of your choice.



Save the date, Monday, October 7, 2013, for our 2nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. We have moved the tournament to the spectacular Peninsula Country Club in San Mateo where players from all over the area will enjoy a wonderful day of golf followed by our Annual BBQ. Mike Horwitz' Golf Tournament Committee has been working on this for months, now, and as good as last year's tournament was, this year's is shaping up to reach new heights of quality, fun with proceeds going to assist our club's Scholarship Program.

Sign-ups for individuals and foursomes have begun. Don't miss out on this event. Ask those who played last year. This year it will be even better. Also, if you would like to sponsor a whole contact Mike Horwitz at (650) 670-0617 or



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