Burlingame Rotary Club
Founded in 1925

High Gear Bulletin


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

High Gear Editor: Marilyn Orr


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As we adjusted to, yet again, a new meeting space, an upgrade to Sequoia A, President Fritz Brauner got a bit of a late start calling our group of 25 to order.
Pledge of Allegiance: Chris Ramirez supplied a virtual flag so that Christine Krolik could lead us in the pledge.
Invocation: Doug Person provided us with very prescient words from Chief Justice John Roberts. He had given this speech at the commencement ceremony of his son’s middle school.
“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.
I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.
Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted.
I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in your life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.
And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way to understand the importance of sportsmanship.
I hope you will be ignored so you will know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.
Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen.  And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortune.”
Visiting Rotarians: Our DG Gary Chow from the South San Francisco Club and ADG Mark Watson from Foster City joined us.
Guests of the Club: Bob Doerr introduced two young men for their first visit. Ethan Yu who is in biotech and Yangtan Fang working in public relations. We certainly hope to see them back again.
Announcements: Jennifer Pence announced that in lieu of our virtual Halloween costume contest of last year, this one will be live and in person. A theme may be announced for this event to be held at our meeting of the 26th. So start planning your wardrobe for that day.
Mark “Shorts” Lucchesi then gave us the names of those celebrating a birthday in the month of October. Only one honoree was in attendance. But we still send wishes to Delia Montaro, Bonnie Bertetta, Michael Brownrigg and Paul Watermulder.
In the absence of Bill Tiedeman, Fritz reminding everyone to get your Foundation contribution check to Bill along with your raffle tickets. The Foundation event is November 19th in Novato.
Fritz announced that this day was National Free Thought Day which encourages people to be free-thinkers and base their thought on facts, science, logic and reason. What a novel idea! Banker Chris Ramirez informed us that it is also National Savings Day. And as a testament to the demographic make-up of our Club, it was also National Fossil Day.
Program: After a short fellowship time, President Fritz introduced Assistant District Governor Mark Watson who then introduced our District Governor Gary Chow. DG Gary reviewed the origins of Rotary and this year’s RI and District Goals. His PowerPoint presentation highlighted RI President Jennifer Jones (the first female to hold this office) and her theme for this Rotary year, Imagine Rotary. The district theme is Be the Change. For Gary’s complete message watch the recording of the meeting.
Oct 19, 2022 12:15 PM
Stories from the Property and Evidence Room
Stories from the Property and Evidence Room
What happens when 3,000 laptops are recovered from a fencing operation?  Come listen to some cool stories while you learn the steps that you can take to safeguard your belongings and increase the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen.
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Member Birthdays
Paul Watermulder
October 9
Michael Brownrigg
October 11
Delia Montano
October 17
Bonnie Bertetta
October 29
Dennis Zell
Bridget Zell
October 1