Club Events
Spring Egg Hunt
Apr 04, 2015
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Trivia Bee
Apr 24, 2015
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
State of the City
Orinda Country Club
Apr 29, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Field Day
May 09, 2015
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act " (Mahatma Ghandi)
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! 
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!
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)
Every road is essentially a highway with lanes – a typical road has two lanes , one in each direction. Lanes are numbered from the center outward.
On the standard 4-lane freeway, Lane #1 is called the MF lane (most fatal); Lane #4 – the furthest to the right – is the MD lane (most dangerous); Lane #3 is the AT lane (A-type trucker lane); and Lane #2 is considered the S Lane (safest lane).  The CHP focuses on lane #1.  Thus, to avoid being noticed, drivers should drive in any other lane –with preference to lane #2, as it is the safest lane in which to drive.
A business district consists of a strip of at least 600 ft. of businesses which front the street and is where U-turns are strictly forbidden.  The crosswalk need not be painted on the roadway – it is merely an extension of the sidewalk according to the traffic code.  A highway (again, any 2-lane road or larger is considered one) includes sidewalks, the shoulder and any center strips. The roadway is where the vehicles drive.
Ninety percent of traffic violations are for (in order of frequency):
  • Speeding
  • Not stopping at a stop sign or traffic light
  • Unsafe turns or not obeying signs to yield
  • UnlawfulU-turns where explicitly forbidden
  • Cell phone usage while driving
  • Not using seat belts
Traffic officers use different technologies and methods to track speeding: Radar, which can face to the front or back of the operator; LIDAR, which is laser based; pacing –in which an officer pulls alongside your vehicle; and PSE – perpendicular speed estimation. A “Duck Pond” is what the general public generally calls a speed trap.  Over 80% of Duck Ponds are positioned to monitor downhill speeds.  Likewise, 90% of Duck Pond monitoring is done from the right-hand side of the highway and around a right-leaning curve. Consequently, if you want to avoid a speeding ticket, consider slowing when the road heads downhill and curves to the right!
Officers typically allow some leeway with respect to speeding.  You can always go 5 mph over and can generally get away with a 10-mph increase, but you are at risk when you exceed 15 or more mph greater than the posted speed. As for stop signs, train yourself to stop on the painted “S” at an intersection and you will never get a citation for running through a posted stop sign.
If you do happen see an officer on your tail, do NOT pull over unless you see his lights come on.  Then wave to acknowledge that you see his request and pull over safely .  Put the car in park, then lower your window all the way.  Always be polite, always comply and NEVER admit to doing anything wrong! Instead of waiting for the officer to start talking, initiate the conversation with, “I know you stopped me for a good reason, but I thought I was doing everything right.”  This makes the officer explain what you did wrong, instead of you.
Apologize, apologize, apologize!  After the officer has told you the errors of your ways, humbly state, “Please accept my apology,” then continue the conversation with, “I’m so embarrassed…” The longer you talk or prolong your interaction with the officer, the more likely you are to avoid a ticket (note: for this reason, don’t hand over your proof of insurance right away – make this a separate hand-off from providing your license and registration.  It means the officer has to spend more time with you).
Follow these simple rules and you will be less likely to ruin your (hopefully) perfect driving record!
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!
Linda Delehunt (2 years); Dan Gannett (8 years) -- Thanks for all you do in support of Rotary!