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Schedule of Greeters
July 14
Katiby, Naeem
July 21
Lay, Colette
July 28
Lewis, Judy
August 4
Litteral, Stacy
August 11
Livingstone, Jim
August 18
Marrs, Jerry
August 25
Nevarez, Fred
Our President
The African Queen
Kathy Gailey
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Russell Hampton
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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
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Meeting Notes for July 14, 2016
By Hermann Welm
President Kathy Gailey  --  has she earned a nickname yet?  -- called the meeting to order, advising that the R.I. President is John F. Germ and his theme for the year is “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Our Greeter, Naeem Katiby, presented his Thought of the Day, “Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
By Rumi
He then organized the Salute to the Flag.  In describing his current efforts in Afganistan, Naeem noted that he is working on securing a dialysis machine for a clinic he is working with.
PP Don Jones then led us in the singing of “God Bless America!”
Visiting Rotarians: None.
Other Visitors: Eric Stein, former Cal High Interact President and recent graduate of the University of San Diego, who has just spent nearly a year traveling in several European and Asian countries, AND who is on his way to earn a Master’s Degree in Oslo, Norway!  (Let’s keep an eye on this young man; he’s “going places!”)  Also, Nattie Lee, Ariana Reynoso, Ji Won Kim, Natalie Lee, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and her son, Alex Baker.
The Medicine Man and his Jokes:  Sad to say, but this low point of our former meetings has been discontinued because we now have a classy lady as President!
Replacing the “Jokes” section of the Meeting, Kathy will be presenting “Rotary Moments.”   Today’s is a story told by the Immediate Past RI President, Ravi Ravidran, recently in Korea.  He was born in Sri Lanka and when he was 4 years old his mother was diagnosed with Polio.  She needed a ventilator (Iron Lung) in order to survive, however, there were very few in Sri Lanka.  Local Rotary Club members organized the purchase and delivery of a unit from overseas within 24 hours, in spite of the significant obstacles and red tape that usually accompany this kind of transaction.  The good people of that club, many in prominent positions, simply pulled a lot of strings!
Kathy bestowed on our former President, Gary Sloan, his Past President gifts:  a plaque, a new Rotary badge and his PP pin.  Gary noted that a term as President is similar to owning a boat.  The best day of your life is when you first get it; the next best day is when you sell it!
Kathy then swore in the balance of her new Board, including Guy Greco, Bill Brody, Colette Lay and Julie Fiedler.
Julie stayed up front to receive her Blue Badge, having completed all of the requirements.  She noted that she is an attorney specializing in Elder Care issues, a topic near and dear to many in the room!
PP Gary Sloan once again reminded all that the President’s Inauguration Party, to be held at Barbara’s home, will be on August 27th.  The cost per person will be $20.00.
Michelle Lee announced that she will be shifting over to the Dougherty Valley club because their meeting times better fit her work schedule.  We will miss her as a member but will see her quite often in the future; she wants to work on increasing coordination among the various local clubs.
Good News/Fine Free:  None
Recognitions:  None.
Program HIghlights
First up were Cal High Interact President, Natalie Lee, and Ji Won Kim who spoke about their Camp Royal experience.  They recently spent a week in the Trinity Alps, sponsored by our club.  They praised the work and leadership of the Camp Director, Lain Hensley, who taught them that it is OK to be vulnerable and to call on others for support.  Some of the other things taught them were:
1.         No FUMAGE Factor  --   which stands for fear of self-image;
2.         No more FEAR  --  meaning False Expectations Accepted as Real; and
3.         When faced with a “situation,” PBS, or Pause, Breathe and Smile!
The project they chose to do upon returning home is to prepare tote bags of essentials for homeless people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.  They need $330.00 to purchase what’s needed and Colette passed a donation jar around.
These two fine young ladies were followed by Ariana Reynoso, who spoke about her experience at Camp Venture.  This too was a one week camp, held at the Cal State’s Maritime Academy in Vallejo.  They began with outdoor activities focused on teamwork and confidence building and then moved into a classroom setting  for five days of learning about business and business planning from staff and guest speakers.  They worked from 8:30 in the morning to 9:00 pm each day with the ultimate objective of developing a Business Plan for a commercial effort of their choosing.  Their business was the Matrix Café, a meeting place for teens and young adults.
The last day of the camp were spent at the pool and performing at a talent show.  Ariana was very happy with her experience, after having entered it with some misgivings.
Raffle:   The Greeter’s Gift of a bag of “goodies” from Zolf Salon went to Patti Hennigan, of all people!  The $10.00 prize and the chance in the “Progressive Gold Marble Game” was won by Geoff Johnson, who unfortunately (for him) came up with a blue marble!  The prize at our next Regular Meeting will be $190.00!
Next Week:  The next meeting will be led by PP Martie Galbo. The Greeter will be Colette Lay.
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