Club Executives & Directors
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Bob Davidson always liked the Thanksgiving Program and this one like last year was exceptional.
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 burlingamerotary.org.http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lifestyle/2014-11-10/rotary-awards-100000-to-nonprofits/1776425133047.html
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.
Club Meeting: Trip to Japan Highlights
Hilton SFOAug 10, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Club Meeting: Power of a Soccer Ball
Hilton SFOAug 17, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Burlingame City HallAug 19, 2015
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Club Meeting: Topic TBD
Hilton SFOAug 24, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Club Meeting: What's New at Mills-Peninsula?
Hilton SFOAug 31, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Labor Day Holiday: no meeting
Sep 07, 2015
Club Meeting: District Governor's Visit
Hilton SFOSep 14, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Burlingame City HallSep 16, 2015
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Club Meeting: Newspaper Publishing in an Internet World
Hilton SFOSep 21, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM