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Nov 10, 2016
Please note meeting is at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. Speaker will be Bill Green.
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Bill Green Bio
Veteran's Day Speaker
 
I was born and raised in San Francisco. I tried to enlist in the Army in May of 1967 but was refused for medical reasons. I was then drafted into the Army in August of 1967. I volunteered for the infantry and landed in Vietnam in January 1968. I was sent to the 198th Light Infantry Brigade in the northern section of South Vietnam. Six months into my tour I rose to the rank of Sergeant and became a squad leader. During my tour I was wounded twice and thus received two Purple Hearts. I also received two Bronze Stars. During my R&R in September of 1968, I married my wife, Peggy, and returned to Vietnam for my final three months of duty. I was discharged from the Army in August of 1969. I returned to San Francisco and began an apprenticeship with the IBEW and worked as an electrician until my retirement in 2002. Our family moved to Alamo in 1977 and we are still residing in the same home. Since retirement I have become the co-director of the Speakers Bureau of the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, which has spoken to over 71,000 students in the past thirteen years. I also served on the board of directors for the VNVDV for the past decade and I am currently the president.   I am also a mentor at the Concord Vet Center for our returning troops.
Schedule of Greeters
November 3
Thelen, Mike
 
November 10
Toby, Barry
 
November 17
Tontz, Jay
 
December 1
Trembley, Walt
 
December 8
McNamara, Karen
 
December 15
Voss, Nina
 

The Rotary Foundation Minute

By: Ray Giles

 

WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION?

The Rotary Foundation is the economic engine for Rotary International.  It is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Rotary International and supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary who share its vision of a better world.  Its sole mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  We accomplish that through our local and international humanitarian and educational programs.
Greeter Protocol
 
When you are assigned the duty of being our greeter, you should remember the following:

1. You should be at the meeting by 11:45 AM in order to greet everyone as they come to the meeting.

2. You should bring a "Greeter's Gift" for the raffle. The gift should be approximately $20.00 in value.

3. You will be leading the giving the inspiration of the day, leading the salute to the flag, and introducing the visiting Rotarians. It is a good idea to watch the visiting Rotarians sign in, so that you can ask them about any complicated names or classifications.

4. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
 
 
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Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Dr.
Danville, CA  94526
United States
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Meeting Notes for November 3, 2016
By: Dr. Bill Harlan
 
REMINDER:
Next Thursday, November 10th, our club will have a Special Veterans Day luncheon at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center.  Once again Gary Sloan and San Ramon Regional have graciously offered to host this event for our club.  
This extraordinary event is devoted to honoring and recognizing veterans who have served our country and is a “thank you” for all the freedoms we cherish. 
Please invite a veteran you know and allow us the privilege of recognizing their patriotic service.  Many times these folks have limited means for mobility and/or transportation, so please reach out to your fellow veteran and offer to escort them. Michelle Lee is working on adding invitees as well.
 
Let Ana Dominguez know if you will be attending and/or bringing a guest.
The lunch will be on Thursday, November 10th from 12 noon to 1:30pm. Location: San Ramon Regional Medical Center (South Building).
Also, if you have memorabilia you would like to share, please bring it that day, we will have a display table at the entry.
New members: If you are a veteran, or know a veteran, please give me their service information so that I can add it to our Rotary Club of San Ramon Veteran's list.
 
Thank you! Hope to see you all there.
 
The long-missing president, Kathy Gailey, reintroduced herself to the members and called the meeting to order.  Greeter Mike Thelan led the Salute and offered the suggestion that we “throw kindness around like confetti.”  Don Jones, because he is the tallest, led us in “God Bless America.”  Mike will retire soon from Delta Dental.  His wife taught kindergarten at Walt Disney School, and they have lived in the Valley since 1978.  Our visiting Rotarian was Jacqueline Thornhill, here checking out the Raiders.  (Everyone claimed they had no idea of their whereabouts.)
 
Rotary Minute:
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  Ray Giles will be sharing with us throughout the year information about the Foundation.  It started with a donation of $26 and has now grown into a $3 billion enterprise doing good works and promoting peace throughout the world.  In the independent rating study of charities, Rotary has a score of 100 for its efficient use of funds. It is an effort in which we all have a voice and a reason to feel proud.  Our club’s board has declared that they will offer matching points towards a Paul Harris Fellowship for every member who contributes.  See Ray for further details.
 
Announcements:
Kathy congratulated Jerry Marrs and Colette Lay for their superhuman effort on the Auction, which raised $100,000.  Both are resting comfortably in undisclosed locations.
The Six-Club meeting went well with speaker Roman Reed talking about exciting developments in Stem Cell Research.
Elections for next year’s Board will be held November 17th.  Incoming President Lucky Sandhu is on the prowl for people to serve with him.
The Christmas Party will be at Brent Tucker’s on December 10th. Save the date.
Bill Brodie has five tickets left for Day at the Races, $40 for food, drink and a chance to see Sloan go for a Trifecta.
We will be dark Thanksgiving, November 24th.  If you show up that day, you can keep John    Tatum company.
Gary Sloan presented a check for $1,000 to Renee Gallagher, a “shadow Rotarian,” for the Alzheimer Association; that was the sum total of all those speaker presentations which Gary made last year.
Edgardo Carrillo, known as the Designated Mouth at the Dictionary Label Marathon, will host the Veteran’s Day Bash on November 10 at the South Building of the San Ramon     Medical Center.  If you come to the Country Club next Thursday, you can still keep John Tatum company.
Please bring a veteran friend to this Veteran's Day Luncheon.
Chris Gayler will be coordinating scheduling for the Christmas tree lot.
Dennis Harvey told us that the Board was going to offer new members a lower membership fee prorated for six months to encourage people joining.  If you know anyone who might be interested, let Dennis know and he will arrange an invitation.
 
Recognitions:
After misfiring on a number of members who had been recognized in her absence, the Finer-in-Chief Gailey finally got the following:
Ray Giles spent his anniversary in Lodi with Judy playing golf.
Hermann Welm will be celebrating his 50th anniversary with Suzette; the secret to their    successful marriage? In 50 years they have only spent 63 days together.
Alan Ward tried to claim that as an Arizona resident he was exempt; he was not.
Naim Katiby alleged that he had been slandered in a recent Crow’s Call that said he had      forgotten his anniversary; he had not.  This correspondent paid a fine for the mistake.
 
Trinity Center Thanksgiving opportunity:
Our Homeless Advovate Horace Crawford and his wife Peggy are seeking persons to help with the Trinity Center/St Paul's Homeless and working poor Thanksgiving dinner in Walnut Creek. They already have volunteers to donate turkeys or cash to buy them and to help prepare food on the day before.  They really need help now to
1. Cook and deliver a turkey to Trinity Center on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. (Carving will be by others)
2. Prepare a side dish and deliver on Wednesday between 11 – 3.
3. Cook or buy some pies and deliver on Wednesday
4. Volunteer to help with set up, serving, and takedown on Thanksgiving Day (Also, enjoy the meal with some of the homeless and other volunteers).
 
Peggy and Horace will help with delivery of items to you and pickup and delivery of prepared items. Please contact:
Horace Crawford
(925) 324-8040
 
Thanks to those that have already volunteered.
 
Program:
Zach Doolan of the California Earthquake Authority was our speaker.  He told us that the risk of earthquake damage is real.  More than 70% of Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault. In the recent Napa quake, there were 600 claims made for property damage.  If we were to suffer the same magnitude quake as the 1906 event, it would affect about 2 million people, dislocating 25,000 households between Eureka and Salinas.  The resulting damage would run to about $175 billion, of which only about $15 billion would be covered.   The chance that we will experience a 6.7 magnitude quake in the next 30 years is 99.9%, based on history.
 
People mistakenly believe that in the event of a catastrophe, government will bail them out.  Doolan pointed out that FEMA only issues small emergency loans.  The CEA was set up in the aftermath of the Northridge quake when most insurers quit writing policies, and it has been evolving ever since.  CEA is the largest writer of earthquake insurance in the world, seeking to educate, mitigate and protect from geologic risk.  It is publicly managed and privately funded by its participating companies.  It has a claims capacity of $12 billion; in the event of a devastating quake, it would shift to pro rata payment with a promise of future reimbursement.
 
With a schedule of variable deductions, the insurance can provide 100% of structure replacement costs (residential only) and up to $200,000 for loss of contents.  It offers substantial discounts for buildings which have been retrofitted.  The best way to check out coverage ranges is to go to the website: EarthquakeAuthority.com.
 
Raffle:
Claiming ignorance of how to throw the dice (“Which end to I pick them up by?”) Kathy Gailey promptly threw boxcars and then doubled down.  We will survive this as we always do.
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