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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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Director/Membership Chair
Past President
Director/Foundation Chair
The meeting was called to order at 12:18 p.m.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Rosemary Rayburn gave the invocation.
Alden Cunningham was introduced as a visiting Rotarian, but objected to the characterization. He is a Burlingame Rotarian & he don’t need no stinkin’ badge.
Mario Flaheraty attended as a guest of the club. Mario is the new General Manager of the tennis center which was recently built along Highway 101 in Northern Burlingame. It is a community based facility with no membership.
Jean Berube joined us from Community Gatepath as the guest of past-president Cheryl Young.
Jim Shypertt reported that the club is full of S*******. You know, SUNSHINE! Yep, we are all well. Jim faked a telephone call from the Almighty when giving his report. Or was it His report? This reporter would investigate, but is afraid of lightening strikes.
It was announced that our website needs a FAQ page. Anyone who has any questions about Rotary, submit your questions to the website committee. My question is, "Who is on the website committee?
The Kentucky Derby fund-raising event organizers need auction items. How about an autographed copy of this High Gear? Oh, what’s that? Nevermind. Apparently the auction items need to have some VALUE. Anyway, bring your items to Jennifer Pence.
Burlingame Rotary is also participating in an exchange student program with a Japanese club. Maki, Bob D., Kelvin, John D., and Rosemary are all involved. They are hoping to raise funds and need sponsors for the visiting students. The student participants from here are going to be taking lessons about Japanese "culture and manners." Meanwhile, the Japanese exchange students will presumably take lessons about how to survive in a place that has neither.
Francis announced the Borneo project has raised $29,400.
The Burlingame Community for Education Foundation is selling tickets to their BCE Goes Hollywood fund-raising event. Hmmm. Somehow sounds familiar. . . Anyway, tickets can be purchased on-line:
Marc Friedman stood up to provide comic relief and proved once and for all that the newscast has gone to the dogs. Indeed, Marc had the whole club laughing at various jokes involving our canine friends. There was one about a dog who jumped through a hoop and out the window ala There’s Something About Mary as well as one about a talking dog who used to work for the CIA—or did he? Marc even provided definitions from the doggy dictionary, including a big laugh about a Jewish dog known as the "Goldman Retriever." You had to be there.
Our speaker was famed Burlingame attorney Joseph Cotchett of Whereishe, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP. Besides being renowned as one of the top trial attorneys in California, Joe apparently is also an amateur magician. For a spectacular introduction, he purportedly attempted to magically appear out of thin air at the podium at exactly 1:00 p.m. Unfortunately, there was an unanticipated occurrence in the netherworld (i.e. the murky place where trial lawyers reside) that prevented his appearance.
Joe is famous for fighting for Consumer Rights. Ironically, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act lists many unfair and deceptive acts such as "Advertising goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised." (Civil Code section 1770, subdivision (a)(9).)
By the way, the program committee is currently looking for a lawyer to take the case. Word is, about a half-dozen former defense attorneys who lost cases against Joe are lining up to take the matter on contingency. The program committee has promised these eager barristers 40% of the speaker’s fee that was paid to Joe. Fortunately, since they are all former "big law" lawyers and are therefore not very good with numbers that are not divided in one-tenth of an hour increments (Pierre, that’s a "billable hour" joke) none of them know that 40% of nothing is nothing.
With luck (i.e. if no-one shares this High Gear) we can reschedule Joe down the road. He is a dynamic speaker and was missed.
In his stead, the program committee played old episodes from the Scott McGrew show Press Here about drones and A.I. In America (unlike the rest of the civilized world) there are currently very few laws regulating drones, and Google has recently bought-out many companies developing A.I. (Pierre, drones are little remote controlled helicopters with video cameras on them and A.I. is an abbreviation for "artificial intelligence" and Google is—oh, forget it my fingers are getting tired typing.)

The meeting was called to order by Queen Mary Murphy at 8:16 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (12:16 Pacific Standard Time).
Marianne Kristofferson, CPA led a quaint little local ritual of pledging allegiance to the flag of the Colonies. Apparently, the ritual has something to do with a small squabble about taxes that occurred in the Eighteenth Century. Those accountants are so zany!
Alex Kent was invited to give the invocation, but instead began going on and on regarding something about sheep and the New Year. A New Year’s Resolution perhaps? This reporter is not sure, but is fairly certain that he does not want to know more. Baaaaa!
In honor of the Chinese New Year, Alex recited the following Chinese Proverb:
If you want happiness for an hour then take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day then go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month then get married.
If you want happiness for a year then inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime then help others.
Visiting Rotarians were John Manning from San Francisco II and Eric Sevin from Peninsula Sunrise in Redwood City. This was John’s second recent visit and he was sporting a bandage on his chin. Apparently, Pierre is trying to "convince" him to join our club. If anyone knows of any other Rotarians who might want to transfer to our club, have them bring their insurance card and sit at Pierre’s table next week.
A guest of the club was also present. The guest of the club had a name. This reporter just doesn’t know what that name was. It sounded like "Fabio" so we will go with that. However, if you come looking for Fabio next week and it turns out Fabio is not at our meeting, don’t be disappointed. You will have learned a valuable lesson about not believing everything you read.
Victoria from State Farm was a guest as well. Does State Farm sell insurance for defamation?
Chuck Voltz and his "life partner" Mary attended with Chuck’s son Thomas. It was also Thomas’ birthday. Just what he wanted—a Rotary meeting. Thanks Dad!
February Birthdays were announced. Dave’s birthday is on the 10th, Jay’s birthday is on the 17th, and Chuck’s birthday is on the 24th. If you need last names, you have been away from the club to long and should drop by to get to know your fellow Rotarians.
Jim delivered the sunshine report and I am happy to report we are all fine.
Sean and Joy reminded us that our Kentucky Derby fundraising event will be held May 2 between 1pm and 4pm in Woodside. Dress Code: Hat. Is that all? Ask Sean and Joy, sounds like they could use some help pulling this one off (so to speak).
Rotary Club of San Mateo is having a community yard sale on March 14. Call Mike Wong at (408) 245-4239 and he will schedule a time to stop by your home and pick up your junk—ur, I mean in-kind contributions. As a famous tax lawyer once said, Rotary contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law as long as you are not audited.
Peter is doing a great job as Interact Coordinator. Peter is moderator of the Serra club. Barry is moderator of the Burlingame club. And Peter is looking for someone to help out to launch a new club at Mercy High in Burlingame. Volunteers call Peter Commaroto at 650-787-6767 or speak to him at the next meeting.
Kelvin visited a club in Japan during a recent business trip and brought us back a flag to prove it. Visiting a foreign club is always an interesting experience and great way to meet other Rotarians. If you are planning an out-of-town visit, get a Burlingame flag before you go from Queen Mary and download the Rotary App to find the meeting time and place at your destination. For those of you who do not know what an "App" is, please sign-up for the Burlingame Rotary Technology Committee. Next week’s lecture: Guest Speaker Mike Harvey will speak to the topic, "Is the Horseless Carriage Just a Fad?"
Queen Mary announced Pakistan is now requiring polio vaccinations for all people in the country. Yea! Unfortunately, it is due to a recent outbreak of polio. Boo! Anyone who refuses to vaccinate will apparently be subject to arrest. Yikes! That’s worse than what happens if you don’t read the rest of this High Gear.
Mark Johnson announced he is charge of our annual March Madness College Basketball pool. Trademark lawyer Barry, is that a fair use? Anyway, Mark reassured us that it does NOT constitute gambling to buy a square for $20, and that six squares can be purchased for $100. Our Banker Marilyn who coincidently is used to handling all cash transactions in that approximate amount quickly realized that means you get six squares for the price of five and bought six squares. Everyone bring your Benjamin’s next week!
Mentioning something about a rebellious plot to improve introductions during the next regime, Charles Voltz introduced the day’s speaker: Ralph Neilsen.
Many of us know Ralph as the owner of the Copenhagen bakery and café on Burlingame Avenue. However, on this day Ralph recounted his personal story of racing around the world in a sail boat.
Rather than giving a speech, Ralph was question by Bob Doerr doing his best imitation of Charlie Rose/Larry King.
Upon turning 70, Ralph decided he wanted to have a little adventure and "get in touch with nature." In a self-described "moment of insanity" Ralph paid about $70 to $80 to sign up with a Clipper firm in England that provides a few weeks of training and then takes amateur sailors on trips around the world. The firm was founded by the man who made the first solo non-stop sail around the world in 1968.
The fleet consists of 12, 70-foot sail boats. The crew had a professional sailor captain with 15 to 20 amateur sailors. 10 of the sailors were "around the worlders" and the others came and went on different parts of the eight-leg journey. He was typically required to man to watches, including a 6 hour watch during day time and a 4 hour watch at night.
The voyage started in London and progressed to France, across the Atlantic to Rio, including weeks stuck in the doldrums where they had to ration food and water. (Although many Rotarians associate the world doldrums with the hour and a half period on Mondays between noon and 1:30, apparently there is an alternate definition that includes the equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone which is a low-pressure area with calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds".) Ralph went from 170 pounds to 145 pounds during that period.
From South America the crew sailed back across the Atlantic to the Cape Town, South Africa and then on to Australia where Ralph and his crew took first place in one leg of the race. From Down Under, Ralph sailed to Asia, making stops in Singapore and China.
Then it was across the Pacific (where waves can reach 25 to 30 feet high, and the trough below can be equally deep). Ralph piloted the ship much of the way, where he was reminded of the old sailing adage that "helm-men breath—they don’t talk." The winds were very challenging. After making the long journey across the Pacific, Ralph came to port in San Francisco. Ralph denies that he was tempted to abandon the journey in San Francisco.
From San Francisco, Ralph sailed through the Panama Canal, up to Jamaica ("no problem"), and then to Ireland, Scotland, and Holland before finally returning to London.
During the trip, one person on another boat fell overboard, but was rescued. If it had been night, the person would have gone the way of ex-Rotary presidents and never have been seen again. Ralph hurt his back when he fell below deck. Others suffered a broken leg and broken ribs. Having survived the ordeal, R
alph said the trip "made him feel alive." However, he indicated that he doubts he would do the whole trip around the world again no matter how much encouragement to do so he gets from his wife.

Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club:
  • Visiting Rotarians:
  • Ken Housley, from the San Mateo Sunrise Club, Ken is a former Burlingame Rotarian.  Ken announced the “Community Yard Sale” on Saturday March 14th at 2555 Flores Street, in San Mateo. Ken left us the attached flyer for the Community Yard Sale.
  • Scott Hart, past president of the San Bruno club.
  • Guests of Rotarians:
  • Doctor Jo Whitehouse, the guest of her spouse, Mike Heffernan
  • Mary Griffith, guest of her spouse, Walt Ramseur
  • Guests of the Club:
  • There were no Guests of the Club this week.
  • Jennifer Pence announced that she will pursue us to gather auction items for the May 2nd Kentucky Derby Party.  Jennifer passed out an auction item donation sheet and a letter to be given or sent by Rotarians to business owners soliciting donations or auction items.  A copy of Jennifer’s letter and the auction item donation sheet are attached to this High Gear.
  • Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams asked for volunteers to serve at the May 2nd Kentucky Derby Party, and the following Rotarians volunteered for service:
  • Mike Kimball - Horse Betting
  • Rose Camarena - Corporate Sponsor’s
  • Marylyn Orr, John Delaney, and Barry Parker - Welcome Table
  • Cheryl Fama, Lisa Goldman and Linna Golodriga - Drink Ticket Sales
  • Rose Camarena - Trophy Coordination
  • Peter Comaroto, Duffy Offield, Ricardo Ortiz, and Mary Murphy - Judging
  • The next meeting of the Kentucky Derby Party committee is at Mary Murphy’s office at 4:00 p.m.
Maki Kobayashi announced the Board of Directors has approved the new summer student exchange program with our sister club in Edogawa, Japan.  This year 4 students from BHS and Mercy High School will be hosted by the Edogawa club in Tokyo from July 24th thru August 2nd.  The students will have 12 hours of enrichment classes for introduction to Japanese language and culture before departing for Tokyo.  Peter Comaroto announced that Mercy High School is looking for volunteers to host Japanese exchange students this summer.
Jo Whitehouse and Frances Boscacci announced that donations to the Borneo Project are still a few thousand dollars short of the $30,000 goal.  Jo Whitehouse told us that, enough money had been raised to build the hospital, and that the hospital project broke ground in June.  Frances is looking for a few more donations from Rotarians to reach our $30,000 goal.
Sunshine Report:
  • Jim Shypertt was pleased to report that Chuck Voltz has returned to good health after surgery to implant a pace maker and a defibrillator hooked up to Chuck’s heart.  Welcome back Bionic Chuck!
Rotary President-In-Waiting Barry Parker gave a Newscast entitled The Future Is Coming! (Some of you may have been aware that the future is coming, but it certainly surprised this Reporter.)  Barry’s Newscast consisted of a series of really bad predictions and skeptical statements by knowledgeable people that new inventions, such as the automobile, the radio, the copy machine, and the computer were unlikely ever to be useful to anybody.  Barry called for us to apply our imagination to make the coming Rotary year successful for our club.
Program and Speaker:  
  • Emily Mathews introduced our speaker, Ricci (pronounced “Richie”) Graham.
  • Mr. Graham is the Northern Regional Informational Officer for the High Speed Rail.  Mr. Graham’s talk was entitled “High Speed Rail: A Transformational Investment in California’s Future.”
  • The title slide of Mr. Graham’s presentation said that it was given to the “Rotary Club of Burlington” at the “San Francisco Hyatt.” (One can only hope that more attention to detail will be applied to the construction of the High Speed Rail project itself.)
  • Mr. Graham began with a macro view that California is the 8th largest economy in the world, and the land between San Francisco and Los Angeles is comparable in distance, and population to the northeast corridor from Boston through New York down to Washington D.C.  He suggested that the High Speed Rail system would be transformational by connecting poor economic areas in the Central Valley with the economies of the Bay Area, The Central Coast area and the Los Angeles area.
  • Mr. Graham said that “transformational projects are never easy.” 
    • For example, the Golden Gate Bridge had more than 2,000 lawsuits filed to try to stop it.
    • BART was referred to as “the train to nowhere.”
    • The University of California system and the California State Water project were both approved by a margin of only a single vote in the California Legislature.
  • Mr. Graham said that High Speed Rail would curb congestion. At this time, one of six flights in the San Francisco Bay Area goes to L.A.  Six of the top 30 congested areas are located in California and California’s population is expected to expand by 50,000,000 people by 2050.  High Speed Rail would improve air quality by getting people off the roads.  Mr. Graham said that the High Speed Rail system would be equivalent of an additional 4,300 miles of new highway lanes, and 115 airport gates.
  • High Speed Rail has reached these key milestones:
  • Funding of $8,000,000,000 ($3,300,000,000 from the Federal Government and $4,700,000,000 from California Proposition 1A).  This amount of funding will only fund the “Initial Construction Section” from Merced to Bakersfield.
  • Funding of 25% of “Cap and Trade” proceeds, expected to be $250,000,000 per year.
  • Environmental clearances
  • Construction Contract #1 for 30 miles of track between Merced and Bakersfield, was signed in August of 2013.  Construction Contracts #2 and #3 for the construction of the rail line from Fresno to Tulare County are scheduled to be signed in June of 2015.
  • Ground has been broken and work is underway.
  • The High Speed Rail system is to be constructed by working on multiple unconnected segments concurrently.  The early work is expected to be done on these sections:
  • San Francisco to San Jose
  • Fresno to Bakersfield
  • Burbank to Los Angeles
  • The total cost of the High Speed Rail system is currently estimated to be $68,000,000,000. Mr. Graham said that one goal of the project is to provide jobs for Californians, including small businesses and the economically disadvantaged.
  • Questions from the Rotarians focused on the impact of High Speed Rail on the Peninsula and particularly in Burlingame.  In general, the questions from Rotarians were hostile to High Speed Rail.
  • Chuck Voltz questioned Mr. Graham on the lack of funding for elevating or undergrounding the 42 grade crossing on the Peninsula.  Mr. Graham provided no specifics, but said that High Speed Rail will work with local communities for solutions to community concerns.  Mr. Graham said that the “CBOSS/PTC” system would prevent accidents at grade crossings.  The acronym CBOSS/PTC stands for “Communications Based Overlay Signal System/Positive Train Control.”
Mr. Graham gave his email address and offered to provide information and attempt to answer questions: which is
The High Speed Rail website is

  • February Birthdays of Rotarians are: Robyn Lee on the 6th, Cheryl Fama on the 14th, and Rosemary Rayburn on the 23rd
  • February Birthdays of Spouses of Rotarians are: Lester Lee (Robyn’s husband) on the 6th, and Joyce Bouquet (Pierre’s wife) on the 15th.
  • Wedding Anniversaries: Marylyn and Rich Orr are celebrating their 42nd anniversary this month. 
  • Joining Rotary Anniversaries: This month, Dr. Paul Nieberding celebrates his 49th year in Burlingame Rotary and Maggie MacIsaac celebrates her 1 year anniversary with our club.
  • Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams reminded us that the Kentucky Derby party will be on May 2, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm (Further Derby Party details are in the attached PDF.)  The cost is $75.00 per person.  Joy and Sean quizzed the club on Derby related matters in a successful and entertaining effort to sell tickets and collect fines.  
  • Francis Boscacci, our Chair of International Service updated us on the Borneo Project.  We have three weeks to go to get to the goal of $30,000 raised for the Borneo Project.  So far we have raised over $25,000 dollars.  Francis said that two other Rotary clubs, the Foster City club and a club in Montana have joined in to support the project.
Program and Speaker:  
  • Mike Horowitz introduced our Speaker, Dr. Warner Greene, a world class scientist and physician.  Dr. Greene is;
  • Founding Director and Nick and Sue Hellman Distinguished Professor of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.
  • Professor of Medicine, Micro-Biology and Immunology at UCSF Medical Center.
  • Co-Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Research for Aids research, one of the 100 most cited scientist in the World and the Author of more than 300 scientific articles
  • The President of the Accordia Global Health Institute located in Central Africa.
  • A 2 handicap in golf.
  • Dr. Greene received his BA at Stanford, his M.D. and PH.D at Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Greene spoke to us on the Ebola outbreak.  The latest Ebola outbreak was a hundred times worse than any previous outbreak, with over 22,0000 people infected and over 8,000 dead.
  • The outbreak was in the Central African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States were also affected.  The area where the outbreak took place had endured a long civil war resulting in great distrust of any government agencies and also a decimated health care system with only one doctor for every 100,000 persons.
  • Since 1967 there have been five major outbreaks of Ebola, each causing the deaths of between 300 to 600 people.  Prior to this outbreak, the 80 to 90% of the people infected with Ebola had died.  In this latest outbreak, about 50% of the infected died.  Dr. Greene speculated whether the less severe disease allowed the disease to spread more rapidly than in the past, because victims lived longer before dying, increasing the possibility of spreading the disease.
  • The Ebola virus is one of six “Filoviruses” that include the Marburg virus, discovered in 1967, and five different strains of the Ebola virus, the first of which was discovered in 1976.
  • The Ebola virus probably hides out in fruit bats in between outbreaks. Chimpanzees and gorillas also become victims of the Ebola virus.  The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans as a result of handling and eating bats and also through “bush meat”, which is the smoked meat of Monkeys and Chimpanzees.
  • After infection, the onset of symptoms is normally within 2 to 21 days with 4 to 10 days being the average.  Victims normally die from the shock of the infection that causes their organs, particularly the kidneys and the liver, to shut down.
  • There is no proven treatment for Ebola, but therapies have included antibodies monoclonal, antibodies grown on tobacco leaves and the infusion of plasma from surviving Ebola patients.  There is work being done to develop vaccines.
  • Dr. Greene compared the scale of Ebola to a couple of other diseases;
  • More children die of measles every month than have ever died of Ebola
  • Every 2 days more people die of AIDS than have ever died of Ebola.
  • Dr. Greene summed up the lessons of the Ebola outbreak as follows:
  • The outside world was 90 to 120 days too slow to respond to the epidemic.
  • The U.S. was not sufficiently prepared.
  • The CDEC gave overly confident information on the unlikelihood that Ebola could spread to the United States.
  • We need better medicine and Ebola vaccines.
  • Africa needs more mobile medical infrastructure to respond to treatment in different areas where an outbreak might arise.
  • Since we are a global society, the Ebola virus could spread to anywhere in the World.
Next Week’s Program: No Meeting next week on February 16-Presidents Holiday.
Next Meeting Monday, February 23, 2015

Invocation:                         Dick Gregory. Surprisingly, this was Dick’s first ever invocation after being a member since 1997, more or less… He spoke about health care being a collaborative community effort and being mindful of our spirituality. Our table agreed that Dick was very good at giving the invocation and that he should do it again – certainly before another 18 years go by!
Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club:
Carol Bullock from Burlingame South; John from the SF Club (didn’t catch the last name – sorry); Jim Karel, our speaker today; and Trisha Palermo and Flavio Silva from Atria, first time visitors. We hope to see both of you again soon!
Sunshine Report:
Jim Shypertt announced the sad news that Jay Plank’s sister passed away.
Minor, David and the wonderful Hilton crew were acknowledged for all their efforts in making our Monday meetings go so smoothly week after week. We appreciate all you do – thank you so much!
The football pool results were announced and the big winner was….. Burlingame Rotary. Turns out our football pool scores mirrored the crazy Super Bowl game scores we saw on Sunday. We had one member winner and it was for the 1st quarter score: congratulations to Mark Johnson.
Save the date for our next fundraiser - it’s a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2nd from 1 pm to 4 pm. Joy Huetteman showed us a video of the 2014 race and gave further details about our fundraiser that will take place at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCET) in Woodside near 280.  Bottom line, it will be loads of fun with music, auctions, awards, food and drink. Dave Behling pointed out that an additional bonus is that there is an amazing art exhibit near NCET that is usually not open to the public, but that we will be able to see. So at our next club meeting, grab some flyers and/or postcards, invite your friends, and help get the word out!
Note there is no meeting week after next, February 16th since it is President’s Day.
Program and Speaker:
Jim Karel, Managing Principal at Silicon Valley Wealth Advisors (SVWA), presented his Investment Outlook for 2015, an encore and update to the presentation he gave to our club last year. SVWA’s focus is portfolio management and financial planning, and Jim provided his views on both for the upcoming year. Jim said people should conceptually think about their portfolios as “buckets of dollars” over 0-5 years, 5-15 years, and > 15 years to ensure they have the proper asset allocations tied to risk/reward within those time frames. Quantitative easing (keeping interest rates low) is still happening globally and is valued at $7 trillion, with the US, EU, UK, and Japan making up the lion’s share. Central Banks have become ever more powerful since they hold the debt required to finance their country’s growth. The simplistic idea is that growth will increase in these countries before the bonds are due. The inherent risk is that this has never been tried before, making it the greatest experiment in modern finance. It also makes the Central Banks extremely powerful. Jim pointed out what has fundamentally changed since the financial crisis of 2008 is that a new global platform was established and that the US is part of this global unit, as evidenced by 45% of the US GDP coming from outside the US.  What we have seen in the US financial markets over the past 6 years is interest rates steadily declining (and staying low), which fueled the equity markets. We are approaching the latter stage of a bull market, meaning equities are now expensive and the same level of growth is unlikely for an extended time. What to consider investment-wise in 2015? Jim spoke to 5 investment themes that should be considered: 1) Floating rate investments, 2) Equities, specifically mega caps, 3) Healthcare, specifically biotech and medical devices since they are non-cyclical in nature, 4) Precious Metals, albeit this is not for everyone and need to be dollar cost averaged, and 5) Energy, which may have value opportunities given the recent sector downturn. The presentation concluded with an excellent Q&A session, including why inflation will likely stay flat for the immediate short-term; why index funds tend to be volatile in the short-term and why sector opportunities within index funds are difficult; why China is still a major player and growing; and why Greece and Spain will prompt EU change and that the EU will be different. The concluding note is that the US is still King of financial markets (or Queen, depending on your perspective).

              JANUARY 26, 2014
Queen Mary called the meeting to order at the appointed time.  Joe La Mariana graciously led the Pledge of Allegiance and Debbie Wong delivered the invocation.  No one is called to mediocrity, so says Debbie.  Regretfully, a few find it anyway.
Fritz Brauner is ailing.  Charles Voltz looked dashing in an arm sling.  Just elbow bursitis.
Everyone else looked hale and hardy – all things considered. 
Nicole Armstrong thanked Joe La Mariana for hosting a fireside chat.  Another will be scheduled soon. 
Most important Rotarian on January 26 was Mark Jorgensen who received his round badge.  Nicole will be shadowing him while he completes the hazing portion of the program.  He’s a  few inches taller than the statuesque Nicole and an over-achiever, so good luck with that, Nicole.
Mark Jorgensen is the Director of BCE.  He is a native of Denmark, born in 1969 which was the year Americans landed on the moon and porn was legalized in Denmark.  What a year it was!
After playing some serious basketball, he joined the army and served in Yugoslavia, then joined the Danish intelligence service.  While he was resting, he completed all the letters in the alphabet necessary to earn a Ph.D. 
Thank Buddha he married the lovely Sabrina who was born and raised in Burlingame, so together they returned to live a normal, well-adjusted life in ye olde Burlingame.  Mark’s goal is to become more integrated into the community.  We can help with that, Mark.  Welcome aboard! 
There was a question and answer period where we learned Mark has yet to visit, and would love to visit, Maine.  Maine as in the United States?  Yup.  I was thinking Dijibouti or at least Pescadero.  Also, his favorite Danish pastry is shinfoligrum or something very near that. I’ll be sure Ralf Nielsen has some on hand at Copenhagen when Mark and Sabrina visit.
Queen Mary cautioned Mark to steer clear of the back table; we all know what they’re about.
Uh oh, turns out the back table is ultra sensitive. They walked out in a straight, somber line.  Queen Mary followed them to assuage their bruised egos, but they had re-entered the room via the kitchen.  Now, Mary was missing! 
Plans are firm for our Kentucky Derby fundraiser to be held on May 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 at a venue in Woodside.  There will be drinking, horse betting, fabulous hats, a live auction, a silent auction, maybe a horse, or at least the aroma of one.
Mary introduced Lena Potts an Outreach Specialist from HIP housing who gifted us with colorful calendars, all illustrations by school children.
Frances Boscacci and Dr. Jo announced that we have until February to reach our goal of $22,000. While we are doing well – thanks so much to all – we must continue working.   Over $1.2 million has been raised for the hospital, and it is hoped the groundbreaking will occur
this year.  Complying with regulations is a challenge as the regulations change like the weather.
Bob Doerr announced a cruise, San Francisco to Ensenada, from October 17 through October 22.  Bill Chow will be doing the cooking, there will be dancing lessons and photography lessons, courtesy of our own Bob – the photography lessons, not the dance lessons, pray.    Talk to Bob about cost and deposits required.
Who knew Cheryl  Fama is a stone cold comedian?  Cheryl was subbing for the absent Jennifer Pence, chuckle-worthy herself.    Cheryl promised no jokes about leprechauns walking into a bar or slutty lady Rotarians. Say what?  And isn’t that a contradiction in terms?
Opportunistic, ambulance-chasing, smut-loving attorney Gloria Allred is defending ten of the 12 deflated NFL balls.
The doctor observed the patient was not in fact retaining water; she was retaining food.
Three mice out knocking on doors:  We’d like to talk about cheeses!
Why can’t an atheist solve exponential equations?  Doesn’t believe in higher powers.
Sweet child asks mommy, what is normal? It’s a setting on the dryer, dear.
Laughing at your mistakes can lengthen your life.  Laughing at your wife’s can shorten yours.
There was lots more, but this is a venerable publication after all.  Enough with the frivolity.
Speaker for the day was Marc Friedman, a partner with McMillan/Doolittle, and Senior Faculty with the Keller Graduate School of Management. 
His presentation was on trends and innovation in retail.
  • The year 2009 will be known as the Great Recession.  The top three retailers in the country controlled 39% of the business in 1986; in 2011 they controlled 76%.  There is major concentration in retail.
  • Consumer confidence is way up, but not all the way back to pre-recession levels.
  • The market today is 86MM millennials (15-30 years of age)) and 77MM Baby Boomers.
  • People are marrying older, having children later, and buying homes later.
  • Costco makes its profit from membership fees primarily.  Stocks high-end products with little mark-up.
  • Income growth goes to the 20% already rich.  The top 15% spend 50% of retail dollars.
Mark showed photos to illustrate how retail is changing internationally.
Au Bout Du Champ in France is very much like the old automat we see in black and white movies.
Argos UK features a bright Apple-type store with mounted iPads.  You order online at home and stop in to pick up your merchandise.
There is a retailer which calls itself “Hedonism” and sells wine. Duh!
                                NEXT WEEK: MIKE HARVEY ON THE AUTO BIZ


A happy group assembled with sugar plums dancing in their heads…presumably.   Birthday girl Mary Murphy called the meeting to order at the appointed time.
The pledge was led flawlessly by Rose Camarena.  Mark Johnson delivered the invocation.  Sadly, Mark announced the passing of our Dave Vaughn, a member of Rotary Club of Burlingame since 1986.  Mariyn Orr was advised if Dave’s passing by the family, and tells us a memorial will be planned for January at the Hillsborough Racket Club.
Visiting Rotarians included Steve Wagstaffe, District Attorney of this here County of San Mateo.
Fritz Brauner introduced our guest and speaker Michelle Durand of the San Mateo Daily Journal.   Frances Boscacci introduced honored guest Jo Whitehouse, aka Mrs. Mike Heffernan.  Lage introduced a new Carr McClellan Associate, our own Nicole Armstrong.  Mary Murphy elicited a President’s Club Membership from Lage.  Fair enough, it’s a finder’s fee of sorts.
Guest of the Club was David Fleishman, Executive Director, Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County.
Frances Boscacci announced that the total of funds collected thus far for the Borneo Project total $19,300 which includes a $6,000 contribution by the Rotary Club of Burlingame, $7,300 from individual members and…drumroll…we have earned $6,000 in matching funds from Jo Whitehouse who presented her check today.  Kudos to all, but really Frances deserves special credit for motivating us!!!  Thanks, Frances. 

Uh oh, the Newscast is back, delivered by Sean Williams.  Right in the middle of our lunch, he had us rockin’ and rollin’ to videos of humans doing dangerous things.  Mary Murphy was particularly amused and delighted by the poor fool who fell 6,289 feet on his head after the trapeze crashed.  It was pretty funny and he did survive, but really Mary.
You had to have been there, but RUN RUN RUN turned into SEAN SEAN SEAN!!!!!  Good job, sir.
Fritz Brauner introduced Michelle Durand of the San Mateo Daily Journal.  Pretty, smart, charming, and funny!  After seeing her sit in the back row at the Burlingame Council Meetings for years, I thought she was fascinated!  No, she was bored witless.  She is, however, an expert on artificial turf and she has City Council to thank for that.
Michelle has been with the San Mateo Daily Journal for 13 years.  She has wide news reporting duties and also writes the twice weekly “Off the Beat” column.
Michelle was born and raised in the Valley and attended U. C. Santa Cruz.
Michelle terms her “beat” hyper-local with the worst part being sitting at Council Meetings.  Orangeburg pipes apparently do not hold her attention.  Oh well, she has those letters from jail.
For some reason, folks holed up in County Jail like to write letters to Michelle, sharing their valuable opinions on just about anything.  They are a captive audience, we’ll agree.  Just last week she received a poem from an inmate on the subject of the County Fair.  High drama for sure.  Perhaps there is a County Poet Laureate in our midst.  Well, not in our midst, but the County’s midst.
A day in the life of Michelle Durand involves the inevitable Council Meetings, perhaps a fire in San Bruno, and often the activities of puppies.
A warning when operating a newspaper: Don’t mess with the games. Sudoku and the crosswords are paramount of importance to the readers.
There were shameless invitations for Michelle to consider joining Burlingame Rotary.  There is an unofficial coffee date in her future.
Next week, Monday, December 15, Annual Rotary Christmas Luncheon at the MARRIOTT BURLINGAME.  Fun and frolic will occur.  Call Marilyn Orr or John Delaney to secure your reservation and pay for your ticket.
                                      HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

After a lovely Thanksgiving respite and lots of delicious rain, we assembled together to begin the Silly Season and anticipate 2015 in just a few short weeks.  Following the Pledge, the invocation was read by Delia Montano who quoted the writings of Mark Twain.
Visiting Rotarians included our speaker Anne Campbell of the San Mateo County
Office of Education.  Anne is a member of the Burlingame South club.  Also in
attendance was Nancy Bush, another Baja Burlingame member.
Guest of the Club and introduced by Cheryl Fama was Erica Wood of Silicon Valley Community Foundation who holds the position of Chief Community Impact Officer.  Marilyn Orr introduced Martin Jorgensen, Director of Operations, Burlingame Community Education Foundation.  Vidal Graupera introduced his lovely daughter Maggie who is in her senior year at U. C. San Diego.
                                                    WELCOME ALL!
Mary Murphy wished herself a happy birthday on December 8.  Ricardo Ortiz was a Christmas Eve gift, and yours truly got the birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper on the 22nd.
Mary Murphy noted that today is World AIDS Day. There are 34 million folks in the world with HIV and AIDS, with 1.2 million living in the United States.  There is no cure for AIDS, but it is now a manageable disease through drug therapy.
Mary also mentioned that polio is back!!!!
With that gloomy report concluded, John Delaney cheered us up with word of the Rotary Christmas party:
                                                       MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
                                        San Francisco Airport Marriott – Waterfront
                                                   First Floor – Bayside Ballroom
                                Convene at 11:30 A.M., lunch at 12:15 - $47.50 per person
We need a head count, folks.  Please call Marilyn Orr at 650-378-3628 or John Delaney at 650-375-6026.  They will take a credit card, count your head for you, and DONE!!  You’ll have extra time to practice your Christmas carols before the 15th.  You know you love Christmas Carols time with David Behling.
Call Marilyn or John today, please – it’s important.  Invite your significant other,
your friends, and your outlaws.  Good fun!
Suzanne Juptner reminded that this Friday, December 5, is the grand tree lighting at ye olde Burlingame City Hall.  Rotary Members will assemble at the parking lot between Mollie Stone’s and Walgreen’s – sort of – and parade over to City Hall in Santa hats, available at the aforementioned Walgreen’s.  Meet at 5:30/5:45.
Three cheers for the lovely Frances Boscacci who has lead a promising drive to
Fund Rotary projects in Borneo.  Somehow she got the Club Board to part with
$6,000, our club members are coming up with $6,000, and brilliant Jo Whitehouse, AKA Mrs. Mike Heffernan, is matching the $6,000 Burlingame Rotary Members Contributions…if we get there.  So, send your donation to Frances and let’s get those matching funds!  Congratulations, Frances, you are
a formidable advocate.
Sad news: our Dave Vaughn is in end stage melanoma; hospice is attending and
the family is pulling close.  No visitors or calls, please.  Cards would be appreciated.
                        Dave Vaughn
                        1210 Kenilworth Road
                        Hillsborough, CA 94010
The dynamic duo of Anne Campbell and Vicky Wood told us about the Big Lift Project.
Given that the United States is in the top 1% of earning countries in the world, we have an education problem in this country. Big Lift seeks to see that three- and four-year-olds receive quality preschool educations that will prepare them to go the distance in the 21st century world.
  • Children cannot thrive with sub-standard pre-school education.
  • Attendance is markedly lower among children from less affluent families.
  • Summer programs are important in providing educational continuity.
  • Families must be engaged and committed to children’s education.
These ladies, together with Carole Groom of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors comprise the Peninsula partnership leadership which looks to facilitate access to 21st Century Education.
The kickoff of the Big Lift Program was in May 2013 when 100 top leaders were invited to hear the program.  The question asked of these leaders?
                                                    ARE YOU IN?
By June 2013 the County was in with a $2 million commitment over two years for early intervention.  Twenty million was committed in 14 months.
An exciting program. We will look forward to updates.
Time to shop.  Remember: Diamonds go with everything.

imageThe Three Amigos put on a great program.   Because of his Network, Jay attends a lot of Rotary Clubs in the South Bay.   We are the only club that has clergy that represent three major faiths.  Many do not even have one member of the cloth.

Bob Davidson always liked the Thanksgiving Program and this one like last year was exceptional.
Editor:  The Fun Fairies put on a great party last week and got our holiday season off to a Roti-cilous start. 

Invocation:    Past President John Delaney, largely without error, read an invocation presented to him by Prez Mary. Mary actually used a dictionary to write the invocation and it showed. Chuck Voltz led our pledge quite ably. 
No visitors were announced. John Delaney introduced us to Mark Jorgenson from Burlingame Community Education.  Mark is the Executive Director of BCE and was our guest. 
Announcements:  Our Holiday Party is on December 15, 2014 at the Burlingame Marriott.  Significant others are welcome.   $45 will likely be about the cost of attendance.   What a bargain!   Our Club’s Board of Directors meeting is this Wednesday, November 19, at City Hall.  Feel free to join.
Zellicious Newscast:  Dennis Zell, going where most nowadays fear to tread, gave a Newscast saved from Election Day that was worth the wait. A Helpful Zell Hint:  If you want college students to do something, don’t call it a “midterm.”   Dennis gave a fair and balanced report bashing both local AND national members of the Democratic Party.   Dennis also expressed surprise that his ebola jokes fell flat…only his surprise was surprising.  Thanks, Dennis!
Program and Speaker:   Karen Malekos-Smith introduced Dr. Jesus Saucedo.  As an Associate Chief Medical Officer at PAMF San Mateo Urgent Care, Jesus saves people when they are in need.   San Mateo Urgent Care is housed in a beautiful facility that opened in September and can see up to 100 patients a day.   This walk-in clinic is open 365 days a year.   There are on-site diagnostic services and enhanced treatments are available including casting and minor surgical procedures.

Announcements:  Mike Horwitz slowly walked up to the microphone and brought up the Golf and BBQ Committee with him.   We/They did great!  Thank you to all who helped (and it was lots of folks) make this event a screaming success.   168 dinners were served and there was a lively live and silent auction.  111 golfers joined us.   Stan Moore compared a tooth ache favorably to Mike Horwitz and then told us that we raised $40,000 which is a big increase from last year.   Stan then made a very generous additional donation to the great Rotary cause.  Thank you Stan, Mike, et al. Get next year’s event on your calendar:  October 5, 2015, shotgun start at noon, Peninsula Golf and Country Club.
John Delaney asked for volunteers to help out CALL Primrose the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Contact John (like President Mary did) to help out this very worthy organization.
Program and Speaker:   Bob Doerr introduced Dr. Greg Cailliet who helped us unravel the secret lives of sharks and rays.   Greg is the Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the Pacific Shark Research Center.  There are over 500 types of sharks.   Rays are sharks that have been flattened.  There are over 600 of these bad boys.    Sharks travel great distances and swim in the deeper cool water leaving the odds of an attack in Hawaii as slim so that’s a relief.  
Visiting Rotarians/Guest of Club:   We had guests from a bunch of places at a lot of tables (thanks to Cheryl Fama for helping spot our guests and visitors). 

Announcements: It was our big “Let’s give away a bunch of money!” day and we were joined by a great collection of visitors and very important people.    It was great to see so much enthusiastic appreciation and participation from our community.
Program and Speaker:  President Mary bravely turned the microphone and meeting over to Nicole Armstrong and Scott Hartley who led an Oscar style award ceremony.   The show opened with a musical number and, fortunately, the settlement terms of the case of Idina Menzel v. Hartley prevents any further comment here.    Nicole and Scott then restored some semblance of dignity and order and called out our five winning organizations and they got lots of money.
We gave money to five local organizations:
Apple Tree Dental
A grant of $33,000 to Apple Tree Dental will go toward purchase of a large truck that delivers fully-equipped Portable Dental Offices to provide on-site dental care to needy residents at community nursing homes, group homes, head-start centers, schools, and assisted living facilities who would not otherwise have access to such dental services. 
Star Vista
A grant of $22,500 will help Star Vista to support its Teen Suicide Prevention Program in Burlingame and adjacent communities. In addition to providing a 24/7 hotline, it provides on-site education and training on suicide intervention and prevention for youth, parents, teachers and school staff at local high schools and middle schools. 
Burlingame High School’s Camp Everytown Program
A grant of $20,000 will be used by Burlingame High School to support its Camp Everytown program, an intensive 4-day personal and group experience involving a diverse mix of approximately 80 students to promote core values of respect, empathy, acceptance and responsibility—addressing issues such as cheating, diversity and bullying. 
A grant of $12,500 will be used by Palcare to support its model literacy program for pre-kindergarten children that it has developed as part of Operation Lift—a county-wide “start early” effort to increase student literacy by the third grade level. 
CALL Primrose
A grant of $12,000 will allow CALL Primrose to augment its food refrigeration space, including the refrigerators and associated electrical work. 
Burlingame Rotary was also presented with a lifetime achievement award by Mayor Michael Brownrigg.
Thank you to all who did so much great work to make our Club shine bright.


On Oct. 27, the Rotary Club of Burlingame presented $100,000 in grants to local nonprofits Apple Tree Dental, StarVista, Burlingame High School’s Camp Everytown program, Palcare and CALL Primrose. Seen at the presentation are, from left to right, Terri Boesch, CALL Primrose manager; Di Yim, Burlingame High School principal; Laurie Hudelson, Burlingame High School teacher; Mary Murphy, Burlingame Rotary Club president; Chris Gallagher, district governor of Rotary District 5150; Stacy Gephart, StarVista volunteer; Sara Larios Mitchell, CEO of StarVista; Lisa Kiesselbach, executive director of Palcare; and Dick Gregory, director of Apple Tree Dental. The Rotary Club of Burlingame, chartered in 1925, has been in existence more than 85 of Rotary International’s 100 years. For information, visit

On the 286th day of the year, some of us gathered for lunch and a really interesting speaker who spoke on technology’s contribution to the continuing and growing issues of old age. Turns out old folks are the fastest growing segment of the population. Uh oh, not good…
President Mary called the meeting to order at 12:15P.  Duffy Offield led the pledge and Rosalie McCloud read the invocation asking for World Peace.  It is
hoped she is not running for Miss America or some such.    Quite honestly, President Mary abused that sweet Ted Kruttschnitt throughout the meeting; he
just took it, smiling benevolently all the while.
No visiting Rotarians; really, we were lucky there were any Rotarians at all!  Something must be going on to which we were not privy.  Guest of the club was Christy Nguyen, of California Asset Resort, LLC, San Francisco.
President Mary acknowledged October birthdays:
     October 3   Stan Moore
                     6   Bruce Farrell
                     9   Dave Carr
                    27  Scott Hartley
Happy Unbirthday to all!!!
President Mary’s husband John celebrates a birthday tomorrow.  Congratulations to Dennis and Brigitte Zell on a happy 15 years.  Congratulations also to Julius Aires on his new grandson.  Debbie Wong’s daughter got married and President Mary subtly encouraged membership in her President’s Club.  Debbie complied;  cost of a wedding plus the President’s Club. Cold!!!
Uh oh…all the folks who haven’t updated their roster listings were fined by the money-grubbing President Mary, including your reporter and many others.
Stan Moore encouraged more golfers for the October 20 tournament benefitting Rotary scholarships.  Here’s a timeline for the fun day:
   12:00   Play golf!
     5:00   Cocktails
     6:30   Dinner
Jennifer Pence will introduce us to some scholarship recipients and Stan Moore has other surprises planned.  Don’t miss it: you’re paying whether you go or not!
Silly Mary Murphy didn’t know what a “mulligan” is.  It’s apparently a second or third marriage.  Good luck with that.
Cheryl Fama introduced a tall, attractive, 41-year-old gentleman who talked about technology and old age.  His message is that the worlds of exponential technologies and the unprecedented aging population is colliding.  Aging is more than healthcare.  What he knows about old age is the question; he answered it!
Stephen Johnston is a native of the United Kingdom with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
Aging 2.0 is a global organization on a mission to improve the lives of older adults around the world.  We’ll drink to that!  Stephen says they are not a non-profit, but they haven’t made any money.  They are part of Generation Ventures Portfolio which has numerous interests, so we won’t worry about Stephen.
Stephen shared amazing projects exhibited at the Design Challenge of the Stanford Center on Longevity.  At the center, the aging population is introduced to the technological geniuses, and together innovation occurs.
We saw a car you could maneuver your wheelchair into and off you go.  There was a contraption that could provide seating anywhere, anytime for the walking-impaired; don’t ask me.  There were diapers, the condition of which could be read on your iPhone.  Best not to ask about this either.  Then, there were the airbag undies; in case we take a fall, our hips are cushioned.  Hip fractures are one of the most common and most expensive issues of old age.
There was a robot of sorts that becomes your best friends.  Lack of sex and loneliness are two main issues for the elderly.  Stephen had no solution for the sex bit, but did offer a friendly robot.  Don’t go there.
It was all-in-all a good day; hope you didn’t miss it!

Invocation:    Di Yim called on us to be grateful and remember those less fortunate.   Past President Duffy Offield led our pledge. 
Announcements:  We met this week at Poplar Creek and the view the 18th green was lovely.  Speaking of a good walk spoiled (segue alert!), our Scholarship Raising Golf Tournament is October 20 at Peninsula Golf & Country Club. Mike Horwitz is doing a great job getting golfers and sponsors together.  We still need more so get out there and spread the word.  Friend of Burlingame Rotary Bob Hortop is coming through for us with hole sponsorship and donations and getting golfers to play with us.  Let Bob be an inspiration to you so we can help as many students as possible. 
Charlie Rosebrook is in charge of the Annual BBQ section of the day and it will be great.  Charlie promised leftovers from last year’s BBQ…or least that’s what Lage and I heard promised but maybe Charlie meant something different by “same food as last year.”   Charlie (repeatedly) pointed out that this is a mandatory event so you might as well actually show up and enjoy the event you’re paying for one way or the other.
Jim Shypertt provided the Sunshine Report and “We’re all great!”

Newscast!   Jennifer Pence examined Pierre Bouquet for brain activity and found none when he has a microphone in his hands.  Jennifer then told some jokes that are safe for repeating to 3rd graders and ended in fuzzy handcuffs.  Nice job, Jennifer.
Program and Speaker:   Cheryl Fama introduced Fellow Rotarian Maggie MacIsaac.   Maggie, the Burlingame Schools’ Superintendent, has set a goal to make every moment count for our city’s students and, by extension, their families.   She is leading an effort to engage our students.   Maggie then introduced Tim Ryan.  Tim is the Facilities Manager and outlined the exciting work being done at BIS.   A 20,000 square foot building is planned adding needed classes as well as outdoor/indoor space to enhance education.  There are even “Gang Restrooms” according to Tim.   Construction starts in December.
Visiting Rotarians/Guest of The Club:   We had guests from a bunch of places.  Your HG staff missed each and every one of their names.  
Upcoming Programs:     
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepatitis C:  What’s New
          October 13:  Stephen Johnson – Aging 2.0:  Technology & Senior Care
          October 20: Golf Tournament and Annual BBQ
          October 27: Community Day – Grant Presentations

Announcements: Our big fundraising BBQ/Golf Tournament is October 20.   This is our major fundraiser for the year so please support it in as many ways as possible.   Contact Mike Horwitz to golf/sponsor/help/whatever!
Pay attention:  Our next meeting, September 29, will be meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.   If you show up at the Hilton you will be greeted by only a sad condescending shake of the head from the hotel staff.
Program and Speaker:  Dave Behling introduced Dave Parker, the Original Lone Ranger.   We were told about a great program and a different era.

Coming Weeks Programs:
September 29:   Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent
(Note:  Meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo)
October 6: Dr. Dan UllyotHepetitis C, What’s New

Invocation:  Dave Behling asked us to think about others including those less fortunate and hungry in our world.  Thank you, Dave.  With a strong “I!” Chuck Voltz started the pledge of allegiance to our great nation.
Announcements: Our big fundraising BBQ/Golf Tournament is October 20.   This is our major fundraiser for the year so please support it in as many ways as possible.   Mike Horwitz gave a very positive update for what will be a fun and entertaining day.   Volunteers for game day are needed as are even more golfers/sponsors/auction items.   See our very appreciative and appreciated Mike to help out.

Father Mike Mahoney just got back from a biblically dry trip to Ireland.    The only wet blankets he ran into were in England.  We know the feeling, Father Mike.  Michael Griffen is a young looking attorney and our newest member.  President Mary interviewed Michael and it was awkward in a “Mrs. Robinson” sort of way.   (The HG’s decision to join the Prez Club is looking more and more like a solid investment.)
Barry “.3” Parker made a looonnng pitch to try get us to support Rotary International.   Barry wants us to sell a lot of raffle tickets by October 24.   You’ve got to have goals, Barry, so good for you.   I want to be 6’4” with a full head of hair.  Stay tuned to see how it works out for both of us.        
Newscast Schedule:  Jennifer Pence will be delivering our monthly Newscast on September 29 and she is busily looking for material and rehearsing her kazoo playing.  The HG knows she is “busily looking for material” because she spent a lot of time during the meeting looking at her phone.  Researching the next Newscast is the only possible good excuse for such behavior.       
Are you reading this?  If yes, then you’ve been told that on September 29 the Club will be meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.  You’ve been told…whether you’ll remember is out of HG’s metaphoric hands.

Program and Speaker:  Mike Heffernan introduced former Burlingame Rotarian Tom Mohr.  It was great to have Tom back with us if only for a day.  Tom likes our Club because it is full of heroes (his word) who do good work for our community.  Tom specifically called out for special notice Joe Galligan and Tom got that one right:  Joe’s work on all our behalf is tireless.  Tom gave us an update on the current state of our community colleges and related topics.  There are 112 community colleges in our state that serve about 2 million students.   The colleges are doing great work for an otherwise underserved student population.  Student loan dept has exploded and is very problematic for our state and nation.   The impact of this debt is hurting our entire economy, not just students and their families.  With a high level of debt service weighing down families and individuals, spending habits change in ways that cost us all.   People are delaying starting families, buying homes, and marrying as a result of fears caused in large part by student loan debt according to Tom.  For-profit schools are being investigated for predatory lending practices (among other things) by 32 states including California.   Tom briefed us on the troubling practices of these institutions.   Encourage students to go to community colleges or state schools instead, and find time to hug an English professor.   Thanks for joining us, Tom.  Come back real soon.
Coming Weeks Programs:
          September 22:      Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
          September 29:      Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent
                                                (Note:  Meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo)
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New

Invocation:  Bob Doerr read a heartwarming message from the HG’s favorite author:  Unknown.
Announcements: Mark your calendars:  On September 29 the Club will be meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.  Our speaker will be one of our own - Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent.
Perpetual Visitor Pete Wanger donated $500 to OUR Club.  Thanks, Pete!
Some people were born in September.   Big whoop.

Mike Harvey’s $101 donation only cost Prez Mary a bit of her dignity.    Mike’s question:  What’s the difference between a puppy and Rotary President?  Answer:  A puppy will eventually grow up and stop whining.
Fore!  We need more players for our annual golf tournament and Stan Moore wants you out there.   It is a great afternoon followed by a terrific barbecue and our charitable good works benefit.    Tournament/BBQ is October 20 so get some friends together and get to Peninsula Golf and Country Club.   We have had a very good response from event and hole sponsors but more space is available so reach out to Stan and/or Bob Doerr.
Mike Heffernan introduced one of our scholarship winners, Abigail Lozowski.   Abigail is pursuing a degree in nursing at Cal State East Bay.   She is also studying about the business world to better prepare herself for a professional life in healthcare.   You are a very impressive young person, Abigail, and thank you for giving us hope for the future.    Abigail’s mom Eugenia also joined us.  Nice job, Eugenia, for whatever part of Abigail that is attributable to nurture.

Newscast Schedule:  Jennifer Pence will be delivering our monthly Newscast on September 29.    Cheryl Fama will deliver our October Newscast on the 27th. Dennis Zell will amuse us in November.

The Burlingame Spirit Run took place a few weeks back and our Club was well represented.   Money and a good time were raised.               
Sunshine Report:  Jim Shypertt reports that we are all in good shape.  Nicole Armstrong is “gooder” than the rest of us as she is in Hawaii.
Program and Speaker:  Mike Hurley of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) joined us.  Mike is still trying to overcome his “education” at a private school in So-Cal that will not be named (hint:  the school’s band only knows one song).  BAWSCA’s mission is to reliably supply high quality water at a fair price.   Our reserve is 70% full and so in “pretty good” shape.  Nonetheless, we are in a drought and 10% water use has been requested and achieved to date.   The systems throughout our state are not effectively interconnected.  Lawn Be Gone is a program that pays for removal of grass.   Thanks to Mike Harvey’s love of his home planet, Ted has agreed to remove three par 3s from his backyard (no, he hasn’t).
Next Weeks’ Programs:
          September 15:      Tom Mohr – Community College System
          September 22:      Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
          September 29:      Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent
                                                (Note:  Meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo)
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New

President Mary called the meeting to order at the appointed time.   The pledge was led by Joe Camaroto, the invocation read by Rosalie McCloud.  The invocation was authored by Mark Twain and read with passion and conviction, of course.
Guests of Rotarians included Robert Doyle, younger son and chief technology assistant of President Mary.  Also present was Pete Wanger from the Rotary netherland, somewhere between Rotary Club of San Mateo and our own Burlingame Rotary.  They say females can’t make up their minds!!!
Guests of Rotarians included today’s speaker Jo Whitehouse, introduced by the lovely Frances Boscacci, Mrs. Joyce Bouquet introduced by Pierre Bouquet, Cheryl
Fama’s granddaughter Sofia.  Mike Heffernan introduced Vivian, last year’s Rotary scholarship winner.  Charles Voltz introduced his life partner, Mary Hunt.
Jim Shypertt gave a sunshiny report, stating all doing very well.  Not just well, mind, but VERY WELL. 
The Program Committee announced their 7:00A meeting on September 2.  Oops,
missed it! The best speakers are from our club really, and their talented significant others, I must say.  Program Committee is fun. Your reporter attended
once (probably up all night the night before).  When you hear the discussion of possible speakers, it prompts you to think of someone you know who would be an interesting speaker. Surely you know someone. Drop in; Lage makes coffee!
Dave Behling reported on the Spirit Run.  This is a highly anticipated family event in Burlingame; a happy success.
Doug McGeorge and Jan Petty survived the Napa earthquake as did their home.  It did wake and startle them.  Where am I, who am I?  Good you’re safe, kids.

Charlie Rosebrook encouraged members to pay up their October 20 Club Barbecue.  They got my money; that is one fun evening.  The golf tournament
precedes the barbecue, of course. Marilyn Orr will happily receive your money.
Robert Doyle assisted President Mary in running a video of Mary getting the ice bucket.  We used to throw Rotary Presidents in the pool, so this is the least she
can do.  The ALS Challenge has already garnered $100 million dollars.  There can be no greater cause.
Bob Doerr reminded about the Rotary Means Business (RMB) event in Foster City on Wednesday night.  Bill Chow is roasting a pig and Rotarians will chow down and make new business contacts.
Scholarship girl Vivian graduated Burlingame High School this year with a 4.121 average. No typo, she basically exceeded perfect.  Good thing, she’s studying pre-med.
Peter Comaroto updated us on the various Rotoract Clubs on the mid-Peninsula,
exposing teens to Rotary.  The Serra High School Rotaract has been active for three years, the Notre Dame Rotaract is in Year 2.  Unfortunately, interest in the Burlingame High School Rotaract is waning.
Peter and Maki Kobayashi, with an assist from Bob Doerr, are working on an International Student Exchange for three to five students. More later.
Pierre Bouquet delivered a newscast that defies description and will be our little secret.  No idea why his appearance had repeatedly been put off. We love you,
Pierre, but really…
Mike Heffernan done good.  Mike’s wife Jo Whitehouse was our speaker today.
Dr. Jo  is UCSF-trained in physical rheumatology, a USC cum laude in bio-chemistry, and has spent the last twenty years working on new drugs.  She is an
award-winning UCSF professor.  She is full of energy, profoundly generous, and
enthusiastic.  She’s pretty and nice, too!
Dr. Jo talked about her work in Borneo “Saving lives and saving rainforests”—in
ninety-degree humidity!
Borneo is in Malaysia and is home to ten percent of the world’s orangutans. Palm oil is the number one export.  It takes 150 years to re-forest a rainforest.
The glorious ASRI organization was founded in 2007 with a mission to balance the health of people with the health of the environment.
The ASRI clinic sees 45 patients a day, mostly for tuberculosis and malaria.  Organic farming is taught.   ASRI workers act as guardians to monitor and prevent illegal logging.  There is a seedling program.
ASRI teaches kids about habits of hygiene and the importance of clean water.
WHAT????????????   When a woman loses her husband, she is given a goat.  There, all’s good, you’re set.
There has been an almost 100% increase in family income due to organic farming.
There is hope that Rotary can assist these people with their basic needs.  It is required that there be a local Rotary Club available to guide the project.  Unfortunately, the Rotary Club in Malaysia is on Bali, has only 15 members, and is 500 miles from Borneo. 
Still Dr. Jo and her associates are on the case and Frances Boscacci is helping.
Thanks, Dr. Jo, it was riveting.
                              SEE YOU MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8!
Upcoming Programs:
            September 8:  Mike Hurley - Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency
            September 15:  Tom Mohr – Community College System
            September 22:  Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
            September 29:  Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New
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.


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