Don’t miss the Volunteer of the Year dinner honoring our own Dick Burkhalter this Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Orinda Country Club. The cost is $60 per person and includes wine. Let’s raise a toast to Dick together! Buy tickets here.
On January 28, we inducted six new members from our newly formed Orinda Rotary Satellite Club: Jim Breedlove, Scott Chritton, Sylvia Jorgensen, Kristen Southworth, Bill Waterman, and Debbie Wiener. Welcome to Rotary! We are proud to have you as members and look forward to your participation and fellowship!
Steve Paddock, Ken Jew and Weylin Eng encourage you to do your spring cleaning early and get those lightly used, re-sellable items ready for the Hospice Donation Drive which begins March 4 and runs to April 1. Drop-off locations include Mechanics Bank and the Orinda Country Club. Pick-up is available for large items. Click here for more information.
The Devil Mountain Chorus sent a quartet to our meeting on February 4 and they regaled us with classic Barbershop tunes, such as “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Goodbye My Coney Island Baby.” Their remarkably close harmonies impressed us all – and even more so when they told us that, as a foursome, they had never previously performed together. Singers included Bill Dunn (Baritone), Don Nelson (Bass), Jim Stenson (Tenor) and Dick Ahern (Lead-Melody). The Devil Mountain Chorus offers Singing Valentines for those trying to think of something special for their special someone. Each $60 package includes a personalized serenade at a location of your choosing (within Contra Costa and Alameda Counties), plus a box of Sees chocolates and a long-stemmed red rose. More information is available here.
The annual 4-Way Speech Contest, featuring student speakers from Miramonte’s very successful Public Speaking program, was held at our meeting on January 28. Under the tutelage of Kristen Plant, the Miramonte program produces many award-winning young orators. Two students, Cecelia (Cece) Andrews and Sydney Mays joined us and each gave a well-constructed, well-presented argument using Rotary’s 4-Way test as the basis for support of their position:
- Is it the Truth ?
- Is it Fair to all concerned?
- Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
- Is it Beneficial to all concerned ?
On January 21, we welcomed Shawn Sladek, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, Walnut Creek, to discuss how the end of government stimulation is effecting the markets, as well as investing trends for 2015. Shawn gave a thorough overview of sectors of our economy that appear to be performing well, along with a look at those that are underperforming. A comparison of US markets versus those in the global sector was likewise presented. Many of the topics included in Shawn’s presentation are included in this report from the Merrill Lynch Research Investment Committee. Enjoy!
A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Dick Burkhalter who has been named Orinda's "Volunteer of the Year" by the Orinda Association. The awards dinner is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 6:00 PM at the Orinda Country Club. Tickets are $60 per person. Let's have a big Rotary turn-out to honor Dick!
Dave Goss (February 20); Gene Gottfried(February 26)
YEARS OF ROTARY SERVICE:
Jose Avelar (23 years); Horst Rademacher (22 years) Rudy Reich (19 years); Jackie Horwitz (12 years); Carlos Rangel (2 years)