Our meeting on March 25 at La Piazza (thank you, Charles and staff!!) featured none other than our own Art Roth, who provided an informative and humorous dissertation on how to avoid the dreaded traffic citation.
Our California vehicle code consists of 18 divisions, 131 chapters and 42,277 sections – the highest number of traffic/vehicular laws in not only the United States, but in the world. There are 3 E’s to highway safety:
Education (i.e. Driver’s Ed)
Engineering (the design of highways and intersections
Enforcement (laws that govern how we conduct ourselves on the road)
The Spring Egg Hunt is April 4 -- volunteers are encouraged to lend a hand with set-up and clean-up, refreshments and egg scattering. The hunt is for toddlers through second graders. Come join the fun!
Mark your calendars for the second annual Orinda Rotary/Chamber of Commerce Trivia Bee on April 24! Bring a six-person team and challenge your brain with all things trivial and arcane! Winning team gets a cash prize for their favorite charity! Purchase a table for $360.00 ($60 per person). Price includes a family-style dinner!
Don't miss your chance to participate in Berkeley Rotary's international service project in Mexico this May! From May 7 to 16, participants will help with refurbishing and furnishing a school in rural Mexico not far from Puerto Vallarta. Mornings of hard work and afternoons on the beach are expected, along with deep gratitude from the villagers who will benefit from our service. Call or see Sue Breedlove for details.
Rotary Field Day is May 9, the day before Mother's Day! Volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. until about 12 noon. Please let Clay Deanhardt know if you can join in the fun!
Posted by Barbara Bontemps
We kicked off the month of March with our fundraising drive for Hospice of the East Bay and we were treated to a presentation by Robin Jones, Media Liaison for Hospice, who provided background on the compassionate end-of-life care that s hospice provides.
The first hospice program was started in Connecticut in 1974 and our local Hospice of the East Bay began its efforts in 1977. Their mission is to provide an alternative for the terminally ill to dying in hospitals, recognizing that the majority of Americans express their preference is to die at home.
Since its founding, Hospice of the East Bay has treated over 23,000 patients, providing skilled nursing and pain management. They take a team approach and have over 400 volunteer case-workers working 24/7. In addition to skilled nursing and palliative care, they offer companionship, help in the home, respite care, and assist in planning funerals and memorial services.
Hospice is available to those with a terminal diagnosis of 6 months or less and for those who are not actively receiving chemo or radiation therapy. A physician’s order is required to enter hospice.
Funding for hospice, which is totally non-profit, comes from donations and from their retail stores which sell gently used household items, clothing and furniture. Our fundraising partnership with Hospice during the month of March was valued in excess of $11,000 from the items donated! In addition, our club is donating all the monies contributed to fines during this period and matching those dollars one-to-one from the Endowment. That additional funding will total about $2,000. Thanks to all --- especially Steve Paddock, Ken Jew, Don O'Dell, Dick Burkhalter and Weylin Eng for making this campaign such a success. Thanks also to Mechanics Bank and OCC for allowing us to use their facilities for drop-off locations!
The Club enjoyed the annual St. Paddy’s day performance of Open Opera, thanks to our impresario, Dick Marchik. Their four performers regaled us with lively and sentimental songs from the old country and had us tapping our toes and shedding a tear for old “Danny Boy.” Thanks Open Opera and Dick for a much appreciated musical treat!
President David Pierce (March 5); Dina Zapanta (March 7); Tony Sloane (March 10); Sue Breedlove (March 11); Dick Marchik (March 18); Steve Smith (March 25); Janet Keeter (March 29); Neal Wells (March 31). Many happy returns to you all!
Lance Cowles and wife Mary Jo (28 years); Magid and Farah Emrani (17 years) -- Congratulations!
ROTARY YEARS OF SERVICE:
Linda Delehunt (2 years); Dan Gannett (8 years) -- Thanks for all you do in support of Rotary!