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 seasonsproductions.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.