Posted by Marc Friedman on Jun 24, 2018
A Message From Incoming President Marc:
Dear Fellow Burlingame Rotarians,
This is the first of regular messages to that I plan to write you to update you on the activities of our club.  It is my honor to become the president of our club and to work with you to make our club one of the finest Rotary clubs in the Bay Area.
Let’s Review What Happened Last Week:
We “thanked” outgoing President Mike Horwitz or is it Horowitz with a hilarious debunking revolving around President Mike trying to sell our club’s number one profit maker, the Rotary Arms Motel.  Many thanks to all involved in the debunking including our debunking producer Mark Johnson, Chuck Voltz our emcee, Rabbi Jay Miller who gave the invocation, Jerry Winges with a newscast that was particularly difficult this debunking as apparently almost all pictures of Mike were burned prior to the debunking, Dennis Zell for another creative script and, of course, the cast of our production – Lage Andersen, Cheri Delacy Carr, John Delany, Cary Koh, Marilyn Orr and in a special appearance Father Michael Mahoney.
Debunking June 20, 2018 Marc Friedman 2018-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Orr on May 16, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

President Mike called the meeting to order and requested that Sean Williams lead us in the Pledge.  That was followed by an invocation by the good Dr. Paul Nieberding.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Visiting us from the Millbrae Club were Tom and Faye Dawdy.  Karen Malekos-Smith introduced her guest, Zelda Levin.  Zelda was proudly wearing her Paul Harris medal having been the first women to be awarded this by the San Carlos Rotary Club.  Doug Winnett brought his lovely wife Catherine.
Dr. Harriet Borofsky Marilyn Orr 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Murphy on May 09, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

Super greeting-table Rotarian, Sheryl Young, led the pledge of allegiance today.  Our walking encyclopedia maven, Michael Kimball, gave an inspiring though super extemporaneous invocation. 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Gary Chow, from the South San Francisco club attended today.  Cheri Carr introduced her mother-in-law, Jane Carr wife of the lovingly remembered Bob Carr.
Photo: Rotarian, Sheryl Young
James Reid, Documentary Film Director Mary Murphy 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frances Boscacci on May 02, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

The Pledge was led by Mark Johnson and Fritz Brauner gave a spontaneous invocation, praying for strong leaders in future terms.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  James Johnson, visiting from the Irvine Rotary Club. Burlingame guest of the club was Lorie Meryl, Private Banker with Boston Private Bank.
Rachel Meyer Executive Director Curiodyssey. Frances Boscacci 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Orr on Apr 11, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

President Mike called the meeting to order.  He asked Alex Buljan to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance even though the flag seemed to be missing or obscured.  Paul Watermulder then provided the invocation for the lunch and meeting.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests: Visiting Rotarian Suni Arora of the San Mateo Club joined us.  Also in attendance was former Burlingame Rotarian Ken Housley.  Former member Phillip Larson partook of the meeting and meal, as well.
David Upchurch, Speaker Marilyn Orr 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Murphy on Mar 14, 2018

Pledge and Invocation 

Long time Burlingame Rotarian, Duffy Offield lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The verbose Peter Comaroto gave us his inspirational thoughts and reminded us to be thankful. We are very thankful for you, Peter.
Carole Rodoni, Speaker March 14, 2018 Mary Murphy 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

With President Mike missing in action (home with a cold - get better soon) Past President Mary Murphy leaped into action as President for the day, asking an unknown person to lead the pledge of allegiance.
Bob Doerr volunteered to give the invocation and did a thoughtful job of reminding us to take care of each other. He also took the opportunity to welcomed the children of the Crowden Music School, Berkeley and the Director of Music, Eugene Sor.
Crowden School with Cary Koh 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Orr on Feb 21, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

President Mike Horwitz welcomed us all and then asked Bob Doerr to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Paul Watermulder asked for guidance for our speakers as they discussed “money” and the new tax laws… something near and dear to our hearts.
Tax Reform 2018 Marilyn Orr 2018-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frances Boscacci on Feb 07, 2018

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

The Pledge was led by Marc Friedman. Marc acted as an enthusiastic President “substitute” in Mike Horwitz’ absence, as Mike was celebrating a big birthday in LA LA Land. Happy Birthday, President Mike.
Rev. Paul Watermulder gave the invocation, inspiring us all to feel very thankful as we gathered on a beautiful day.
Mid Peninsula Villages Frances Boscacci 2018-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Delaney on Jan 31, 2018

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

Doug Winnett led us very ably in the Pledge and spoke loud and clear!
Rev. Paul Watermulder inspired us all with a wonderful invocation, as usual. 
Japanese Exchange Students Presentation John Delaney 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Juptner on Jan 24, 2018

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Mary Murphy gave a beautiful invocation imbued with the perspective of helping a friend while being in an ER until 4 this morning. The gist is that we all need to be kinder, more caring, and nicer with each other as we go about our daily lives. Truly words to live by. 
High Gear January 24, 2018 Suzanne Juptner 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Orr on Jan 17, 2018

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

President Mike called the meeting to order and asked Jerry Kuehn to lead us in the pledge.  He then called upon Doug Person to give an invocation. 
Doug was grateful that the imminent missile attack warning he heard while vacationing in Hawaii was sent in error.
High Gear January 17, 2018 Marilyn Orr 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frances Boscacci on Jan 12, 2018

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

The Pledge of Allegiance was enthusiastically lead by the woman for all seasons, Cheryl Fama.
Our first invocation of 2018 was hurriedly and beautifully vocalized by our own, Father Michael Mahoney. Thanks, Father Mike for being able to talk extemporaneously (a talent needed during this administration).
High Gear - January 10, 2018 Frances Boscacci 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Bush
Burlingame Rotary held its 6th Annual Golf Tournament at Peninsula Golf & Country Club on 10/2/17 to raise money for Scholarships. 
6th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament Nancy Bush 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Murphy on Sep 13, 2017

Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

Searching for 'the flag' and unable to find it we said the pledge of allegiance with enthusiasm and then listened to a rousing invocation from the Reverand Paul Watermulder. Rev. Watermulder reminded us of the recent heartache of hurricanes Irma and Harvey and of the many Americans suffering in their aftermath. Native Americans call storms like this Hurakons, after 'a great spirit who commanded the east wind." Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude. Thank you, Rev. Paul, for reminding us of the dire situation that many of our fellow Americans find themselves. 
High Gear September 13, 2017 Mary Murphy 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Murphy on May 25, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long time member and fellow Rotarian Jay Plank.  Jay recently celebrated his 96th Birthday and passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017. Born on March 17, 1921 on a farm in Lipscomb County, Texas. We will miss his smiling face at the greeting table and his commitment and generosity to Burlingame Rotary club. He will be greatly missed.  Jay's obituary is now posted online at Jay's obituary is now posted online at
In Memoriam 'Jay Plank' Mary Murphy 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Murphy on May 21, 2017

BISTRO BURLINGAME 2017 - May 21 2017

         Click the image below to register

The Rotary Club of Burlingame invites you to socialize with friends, family and others in the community with live music to benefit our Rotary projects: International & Community, Sunday, May 21st.

Local restaurants, hotels and caterers will provide a variety of food and beverages for an enjoyable late afternoon event.

Double Tree Hotel, 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame
Click on the image to register for an afternoon of fun...and tell a friend!
BISTRO BURLINGAME 2017 Mary Murphy 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on May 01, 2017


Not perfect spring weather, but very San Francisco with sometimes heavy mist.  Our views were not bright and shiny, but engaging nonetheless.
President Stan asked Helen Lau to lead the pledge.  Her “I” was delivered with the appropriate dramatic tone, and the Rotarians did their part beautifully.
Uh oh, someone forgot the invocation.  We carried on.
High Gear, April 26 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Apr 24, 2017


Another glorious day greeted us for our meeting at beautiful Poplar Creek.  Uniformed San Mateo Police Chief Susan Mannheimer was in attendance promising an informative and substantive program.
President Stan asked for a volunteers to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  President-elect Mike Horwitz took on the task.  Stan delivered the invocation with a shout-out to spring, a prayer to “let us think about our President-Elect Mike preparing to take the reins of our club” and a suggestion that we think of ways to serve.
High Gear April 19th 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0


The most beautiful Wednesday at Poplar Creek yet…and they predicted rain.  You sillies.  Fake news.  Worthy substitute leader of the week for meeting number 3,862 was Joe La Mariana.  The meeting was called to order at the appointed time.
Joe mentioned the passing of Mrs. Butch Taylor (Betty Lou).  Also mentioned was the loss of young Nicky Baylock, son of former Councilwoman and Mayor Cathy Baylock.  Our condolences to the Taylor and Baylock families.
Burlingame Rotary Welcomes New Members Rosalie McCloud 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Apr 05, 2017


Another gorgeous day greeted us this lovely Wednesday.  Rain tomorrow; April showers bring May flowers. President Stan called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M.   
Joe LaMariana was invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Rabbi Jay Miller delivered the invocation, speaking of the joy of Passover, which begins this weekend.
High Gear April 5, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Mar 29, 2017


Today we enjoyed Mr. Dennis Zell as our worthy substitute President. Where was President Stan, you ask?   Hope all is well.  The weather report today is spectacular!  We are blessed.  A little rain tomorrow morning just to freshen things up.
High Gear March 29th, 2917 Rosalie McCloud 2017-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Mar 22, 2017


It’s just noon and the day is and has been breathtaking.  We woke to lovely, steady rain, then the world blossomed into glorious sunshine. We proceeded to beautiful Poplar Creek for a day of inspiration.
President Stan called the meeting to order at the stroke of 12:15.
High Gear March 22, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Mar 08, 2017

Welcome, Pledge and Invocation

The most glorious day greeted us!  We are thankful. 
President Stan called the meeting to order at 12:15, and invited Peter Comaroto to lead us in the pledge of allegiance;  John Delaney delivered the invocation which is memorialized here:
We meet together in an effort to build community, to advance education and understanding. We seek the patience of one another as we strive to learn and grow and the stamina to make a difference in our communities and our Rotary Club. We express our thanks for the gifts of life and for the food of which we are about to partake. We gather here today as colleagues and friends with attention to a common goal.  That goal is the continued service to the citizens of our community through our programs and information.  We understand our responsibilities as committed Rotarians as well as learners – personally and professionally.  It is obvious that we work and live in challenging times.  We seek each other’s patience as we strive to learn and grow, and the stamina to make a difference in our club and the world. We express our thanks for an opportunity to gather together where we can reinforce our community principles of openness and engagement for all people, for the gifts of life, and for the food that has been prepared for us.  For all this, we are thankful!
High Gear March 8, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Mar 07, 2017


It is said March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb!! Whatever, today was a gorgeous, bright, sun-filled day and we were happy folks as we arrived at The Candy Store to lust after gorgeous automobiles.
The Candy Store Clubhouse was constructed in 1928 as the Earl Anthony Packard Automobile Dealership.  This beautiful building, designed specifically to be an elegant backdrop for fabulous Packard automobiles, in what many feel was the heyday of the automobile, was restored and re-engineered for seismic stability in 1995.
The purpose of The Candy Store is to provide a place in which to foster camaraderie among fellow owners of historically significant automobiles, to promise the exchange of technical information, and to encourage the preservation of such automobiles.         
High Gear March 1, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Feb 23, 2017


Beautiful, bright sunshine and green everywhere.  We are blessed.   And, President Stan is back, looking perfectly innocent, no explanations.  That’s good enough, at least he’s back among us.
Mary Murphy (British Expat) led the American Pledge of Allegiance.  The jolly (for some inexplicable reason) Mark Johnson delivered cheerful motivating words.   Mark remarked that it was good to see Tom Mohr among us, looking hale and hearty, too. 
High Gear February 22, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Feb 08, 2017


A rather small but exceedingly handsome and intelligent group assembled for our meeting. Only the most brave managed to attend, battling the 57 sprinkles of rain with which it was required to deal. Congratulations, all. We were richly rewarded with CHOCOLATE!!! You snooze, no chocolate for you. 
PLEDGE AND INVOCATION Jerry Kuehn lead the pledge and Father Mike was volunteered to deliver the invocation. Always prepared, Father Mike was thankful for the rain which brings joy to our State and continues to bless us all!
High Gear February 8 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Feb 01, 2017


Somehow it’s already February.  Day 13 of the new administration, we greet the second half of the current, fabulous Rotary administration.  Less than two shopping weeks until Valentine’s Day, just four days until Super Bowl, 28 days until Ash Wednesday.  Time to get focused!
President Stan called the meeting to order at the appointed time. 
High Gear January 1, 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Jan 25, 2017


Rotary Club of Burlingame welcomed a full house as the sun showed every indication that it was about to burst forth!   A glorious afternoon erupted! There was a full complement of Rotarians, distinguished guests, guests of the club, and a few just short of submitting their applications for membership.  Welcome all!  We were a particularly fabulous-looking group today.
President Stan called to order the 759th meeting of our club.  Some disremembered every detail of 251-349. Jennifer Pence led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Alden Cunningham delivered an invocation.
High Gear January 25 2017 Rosalie McCloud 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Dec 12, 2016


The handsome Rotarians of Burlingame gathered for the annual Holiday Rotary Celebration, held at Sapore Italiano Ristorante on Burlingame Avenue.   The happy event was extremely well-attended, and there were seasonal vests, socks, sweaters, and ties evident to add color to the festivities.
Paul Watermulder delivered a hopeful invocation.
High Gear December 12 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie on Nov 24, 2016

Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation

On Monday of Thanksgiving Week 2016, we gathered to enjoy Tres Amigos, aka The God Squad.    It was a gorgeous day, bright and crisp.  Buddha knows we needed some inspirational words as we prepare to gather with folks we love who may have dissenting opinions.
President Stan is freezing somewhere east of the Mississippi, so we were graced with pro tem President Mark Johnson who called the meeting to order at the strike of 12:15. No, I’m serious. The pledge of allegiance was led by Bill Tiedeman, followed by an inspirational invocation by Rosalie McCloud, shared here:  We have been shattered into pieces, Divisive patter has demeaned us, Let’s commit to redeem peace around us. In this room in this city let our faith bloom in the gritty places, among all creeds and races. Let our Rotary service shine to all who observe us. Thanks, Google:  Rotary Invocation for Thanksgiving!!!!  Shout out to Shawn L. Bird.
High Gear November 21 2016 Rosalie 2016-11-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Nov 14, 2016

Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation

Fog gently floated over the golf course and many cars delivered enthusiastic golfers.  What’s a little fog?  Parking was still plentiful on our side of the building, so an enthusiastic number of Rotarians arrived and parked with ease.  We were greeted by bright natural light and a fabulous buffet.  All was perfect, except that our President is in Canada.  Oh, just on vacation.  We carried on with immediate past President Barry Parker presiding. 
Our esteemed accounting professional Marianne Kristofferson delivered the invocation, to wit:  Bless this bunch, About to munch, Upon their lunch. Well said and to the point. 
High Gear November 14 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Nov 07, 2016


On election eve, we gathered at ye olde Hilton for fun, fellowship, and a great newscast, followed by another great program.  Shout out to the Program Committee yet again!
Maki Kobayashi led us in the pledge, and Pastor Paul Watermulder delivered an invocation.
High Gear November 07 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Nov 03, 2016

A Lion's Welcome for Burlingame Rotary

On a breathtakingly beautiful Thursday at high noon, we convened at the Lions Den, the Burlingame Lions Club that is.  They have their own house at Washington Park and there were Lions barbecuing on the deck and Erik Winkler tending bar, and Pete Garrison supervising.   We were warmly welcomed.
Someone named Peter Cleaveland, Burlingame Class of 1958, called the meeting to order. 
High Gear November 3, 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2016
The weather?  Iffy, at best.  Still, a good number of us gathered to be honored by the presence of himself:  T. Jack Foster, the man, the legend.

President Stan called the meeting to order promptly at 12:15 PST.  T. Jack asked if President Stan knew Mary Moore?  Why yes, he does.
High Gear October 24 2016 2016-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
We found our way to the truly fabulous Broadway Tennis Center on a glorious late summer day. This impressive facility is nothing imagined in our small city.  A lovely lunch was provided by our own Victoria Haket, Community Sales Director for Atria Senior Living, Burlingame. President Stan called the meeting to some semblance of order.  Actually, he whistled and shouted, but that’s what it took.  It was dress-down day and we reclined on lounges and enjoyed the facility thoroughly.  Lunch was delicious, of course.  We all managed to keep our plates on our laps, except for you-know-who!  Some people you can’t take anywhere.
High Gear, September 19, 2016 2016-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Sep 26, 2016
The Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront was particularly welcoming on this day of blistering heat.  Mike Kimball says he likes the heat. Strange, that one. At the welcome table was the lovely Sheryl Young, whose presence we have not been graced with for many moons.  Ably assisting were Stephanie Lichaa and Jeanne Berube.
High Gear, September 26, 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

President Stan called the meeting to order promptly at 12:15 at ye olde Hilton San Francisco Bayfront.  Mynor and the other staff were there to greet us.    Remember all the Oscar shows, klieg lights and red carpets?  Little Big Game rallies?  Lots of chicken and broccolini.   Good times! Working the front table was Stephanie Lichaa showing Joe Galligan how its done.

High Gear August 29 2016 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Aug 22, 2016

We were happy dudes and dudesses as we returned to the lovely and fabulous Poplar Creek Golf Club for our Monday lunch. It really feels like we’re getting away from it all, rather than just jumping off the freeway on Peninsula Avenue to the Hilton SFO for an hour.

High Gear August 22, 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Aug 15, 2016
On yet another gorgeous Monday, we arrived at the Poplar Creek Golf Course, easily found parking, walked into the lovely Banquet Area with no elevators  required, and entered  the spacious dining room, salivating at the aromas of the banquet that greeted us.  Salad?  Absolutely.  You choose or have them all.  Meat and potatoes?  Of course.   This could be ours every WEDNESDAY if our wise President makes it happen.  We would miss Mynor, of course.  But, no more limp broccolini!  Go to our website  www.burlingamerotary.or
High Gear August 15, 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Jul 25, 2016


KON’NICHIWA! I sincerely hope this mean “hello” in Japanese. Google says it does. We welcomed our Japanese exchange students and the President of the Rotary Club of Edogawa and his group to our Monday lunch. They arrived on Friday the 22nd, settled in, then on Saturday, enjoyed a “welcome” pool party at the lovely home of Mark Frappier and Suzanne Jumptner. This is a good looking, happy group, so we will have much fun with them. YOKOSO! (Welcome)
Japanese Exchange Students Visit Burlingame Rotary Rosalie McCloud 2016-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud
Today's speaker was Anne LeClair, President and CEO of the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.There were signs this was going to be a fun meeting.  An interesting group of guests began arriving, we had really good attendance, and President Stan was his usual bubbly self.
High Gear, July 11 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud
All good things must come to an end. As such, we gathered to wish a fond farewell to Barry Joseph Parker, Esq., our leader for the past twelve exhilarating, inspirational, productive months. 
High Gear June 27 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Jun 20, 2016
A beautiful and busy Rotary Day began with a group of Rotarians joining the family of recently passed Rotarian David Carr to dedicate a newly-planted tree in Pershing Park in David’s memory, and the presentation of the Wade Macomber Award...
HIGH GEAR June 20 2016 Rosalie McCloud 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Jun 12, 2016
It’s been an unhappy weekend, so it was grounding to see Rotary members and to welcome pre-eminent land use planner Prakash Pinto....
PENINSULA HEALTH CARE DISTRICT Rosalie McCloud 2016-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on Jun 06, 2016
We gathered under gorgeous blue skies at the Mercy Center, among the majestic oaks, to see what the center has to offer and to welcome Burlingame Historical Society President, Jennifer Pfaff...
Mercy Center Rosalie McCloud 2016-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on May 23, 2016
Today's meeting gave us some insight into our local aging infrastructure and the work currently being done on four of San Mateo's railway bridges. The cost to refurbish/reconstruct/update the four San Mateo overpasses is $43 million...
The Bridges of San Mateo County Rosalie McCloud 2016-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Kevin Skelly, Superintendent, San Mateo Union High School District Rosalie McCloud 2016-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosalie McCloud on May 09, 2016
Today we were charmed and informed by our speaker, Dr. Barbie Bennett, M.D., Attending Physician, Stanford Health Care, Emergency Medicine.  On call at Peninsula Hospital Emergency she admitted to being an adrenaline junkie. 
Dr. Barbie Bennett, M.D Rosalie McCloud 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fiesta Announcement 2016-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
And the Round Badge Goes to Stephanie Liccha!
And the President Elect, Elect for RY 2016-17 is
Michael Horowitz!
What did she say?
High Gear for December 14, 2015 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
High Gear for October 12, 2015 Barry Parker and Jim Shypertt 2015-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
High Gear for September 28, 2015 Barry Parker and Jim Shypertt 2015-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley on May 10, 2015
Invocation:   Newish dad Flavio Silva gave us some thoughts about motherhood in honor of the weekend’s maternal holiday.
Announcements:   Jim Shypertt provided our Sunshine Report:   According to Jim’s quick telephonic check-in with a power higher than himself we’re all good.  We had a variety of guests and visitors including a whole table of local educators.  
President Mary announced that the recent Derby event, chaired by Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams, made the projected fund raising goal of $15,000.  Thank you to the entire committee.   See Marilyn Orr or John Delaney and give them $75 if you haven’t already done so.
Mike Horwitz made a golf tourney pitch.   This annual event raises scholarship money for Burlingame kids and is a lot of fun.     An organization meeting is coming up Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Boston Private Bank & Trust.  Please come help out to make this tournament another in a string of successful Rotary functions. The event will again be held at Peninsula Golf and Country Club in October.
Mike Heffernan announced our Teacher of the Year/Vic Mangini Awards.   Amelia Ramos is a middle school teacher who helps out emerging students.   She has a heart of gold and BIS is very lucky to have her.    Two Burlingame High School teachers, Heather Johnson and Kent Robie, are being recognized this year.   They were introduced by BHS principal Di Yim.   Kent and Heather spoke to the value of the service aspect of their jobs and they feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with our kids.  We are fortunate to have them in our midst.    
Rotary Means Business (RMB) is May 27th.   A flyer is delivered with this bulletin.   RSVP at
Program and Speaker:  Bill Dawson is the immediate past President of Belmont Rotary and a local attorney.   Bill gave us his impressions of Syria based on a trip he took there in 2007.   Syria is a poor country with a very young population (what could possibly go wrong? – ed.).   Bill’s presentation included a summary of part of T.E. Lawrence’s time in “Arabia.”  Syria has a diverse population and many intriguing historic sites but not much of a tourist industry. Bill enjoyed his trip.
Upcoming Speaker:  Betty Ann Boeving is the Founder and Executive Director of Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.  She will address our club on May 18th.
High Gear for May 11, 2015 reported by Scott Hartley Scott Hartley 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley on May 03, 2015
Invocation:   Maggie MacIsaac gave us inspirational words:  “Life is like a camera; focus on what’s important and capture the good times.   Develop from the negatives; if things don’t work out just take another shot.”   Great advice.  We’ll try, Maggie….thank you.
Announcements:   Jim Shypertt quickly gave our Sunshine Report: All good.
Throughout the years, weddings and birthdays have happened in May and Prez Mary told us all about them.
Mary’s meeting schedule allowed for two very nice opportunities for fellowship.  Well done and cheerio, President Mary. 
Our Club’s Japanese Student exchange program is going strong and we received an update from Peter Comaroto and Maki Kobayashi.   Applicants have been interviewed from BHS.    Four candidates have been chosen.   Next up is a twelve hour course to review culture and customs. 
Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams gave a Derby update.   We had a very successful and fun event and it looks like our fundraising goal will be met.   Even President Mary’s husband (who reportedly hates Rotary events) enjoyed himself.     A cast of thousands helped create a very special day.  Pay John Delaney $75 if you haven’t already done so.
Rotary International is a “second responder” in times of disaster.   The April earthquake in Nepal caused widespread devastation.   Rotary is providing shelter kits and teams to help the displaced.  
Rotary Means Business (RMB) is May 27th.   A flyer is delivered with this bulletin.   RSVP at
Program and Speaker:  Kaylie Milliken is the producer of the documentary Billion Dollar Bully which is a film in production that considers Yelp.   Yelp is a very influential review site.  Yelp has a variety of review processes and attempts to get advertising in heavy handed manners according to Kaylie.   Choose not to except Yelp’s offer to advertise with Yelp at your company’s risk. Yelp makes businesses an offer that they can’t refuse. Exploring Yelp’s business practices provided ample fodder for Kaylie to envision and create what looks to be a compelling documentary.     The documentary is about 20% complete so stay tuned for updates.  You can also look here:
Upcoming Speaker:  Betty Ann Boeving is the Founder and Executive Director of Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.  She will address our club on May 18th.
High Gear for May 4, 2015 reported by Scott Hartley Scott Hartley 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley
The meeting was called to order at 12:18 p.m.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Rosemary Rayburn gave the invocation.
Alden Cunningham was introduced as a visiting Rotarian, but objected to the characterization. He is a Burlingame Rotarian & he don’t need no stinkin’ badge.
Mario Flaheraty attended as a guest of the club. Mario is the new General Manager of the tennis center which was recently built along Highway 101 in Northern Burlingame. It is a community based facility with no membership.
Jean Berube joined us from Community Gatepath as the guest of past-president Cheryl Young.
Jim Shypertt reported that the club is full of S*******. You know, SUNSHINE! Yep, we are all well. Jim faked a telephone call from the Almighty when giving his report. Or was it His report? This reporter would investigate, but is afraid of lightening strikes.
It was announced that our website needs a FAQ page. Anyone who has any questions about Rotary, submit your questions to the website committee. My question is, "Who is on the website committee?
The Kentucky Derby fund-raising event organizers need auction items. How about an autographed copy of this High Gear? Oh, what’s that? Nevermind. Apparently the auction items need to have some VALUE. Anyway, bring your items to Jennifer Pence.
Burlingame Rotary is also participating in an exchange student program with a Japanese club. Maki, Bob D., Kelvin, John D., and Rosemary are all involved. They are hoping to raise funds and need sponsors for the visiting students. The student participants from here are going to be taking lessons about Japanese "culture and manners." Meanwhile, the Japanese exchange students will presumably take lessons about how to survive in a place that has neither.
Francis announced the Borneo project has raised $29,400.
The Burlingame Community for Education Foundation is selling tickets to their BCE Goes Hollywood fund-raising event. Hmmm. Somehow sounds familiar. . . Anyway, tickets can be purchased on-line:
Marc Friedman stood up to provide comic relief and proved once and for all that the newscast has gone to the dogs. Indeed, Marc had the whole club laughing at various jokes involving our canine friends. There was one about a dog who jumped through a hoop and out the window ala There’s Something About Mary as well as one about a talking dog who used to work for the CIA—or did he? Marc even provided definitions from the doggy dictionary, including a big laugh about a Jewish dog known as the "Goldman Retriever." You had to be there.
Our speaker was famed Burlingame attorney Joseph Cotchett of Whereishe, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP. Besides being renowned as one of the top trial attorneys in California, Joe apparently is also an amateur magician. For a spectacular introduction, he purportedly attempted to magically appear out of thin air at the podium at exactly 1:00 p.m. Unfortunately, there was an unanticipated occurrence in the netherworld (i.e. the murky place where trial lawyers reside) that prevented his appearance.
Joe is famous for fighting for Consumer Rights. Ironically, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act lists many unfair and deceptive acts such as "Advertising goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised." (Civil Code section 1770, subdivision (a)(9).)
By the way, the program committee is currently looking for a lawyer to take the case. Word is, about a half-dozen former defense attorneys who lost cases against Joe are lining up to take the matter on contingency. The program committee has promised these eager barristers 40% of the speaker’s fee that was paid to Joe. Fortunately, since they are all former "big law" lawyers and are therefore not very good with numbers that are not divided in one-tenth of an hour increments (Pierre, that’s a "billable hour" joke) none of them know that 40% of nothing is nothing.
With luck (i.e. if no-one shares this High Gear) we can reschedule Joe down the road. He is a dynamic speaker and was missed.
In his stead, the program committee played old episodes from the Scott McGrew show Press Here about drones and A.I. In America (unlike the rest of the civilized world) there are currently very few laws regulating drones, and Google has recently bought-out many companies developing A.I. (Pierre, drones are little remote controlled helicopters with video cameras on them and A.I. is an abbreviation for "artificial intelligence" and Google is—oh, forget it my fingers are getting tired typing.)
High Gear for March 9, 2015 reported by Dennis Zell Scott Hartley 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
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The meeting was called to order by Queen Mary Murphy at 8:16 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (12:16 Pacific Standard Time).
Marianne Kristofferson, CPA led a quaint little local ritual of pledging allegiance to the flag of the Colonies. Apparently, the ritual has something to do with a small squabble about taxes that occurred in the Eighteenth Century. Those accountants are so zany!
In honor of the Chinese New Year, Alex recited the following Chinese Proverb:
If you want happiness for an hour then take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day then go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month then get married.
If you want happiness for a year then inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime then help others.
Visiting Rotarians were John Manning from San Francisco II and Eric Sevin from Peninsula Sunrise in Redwood City. This was John’s second recent visit and he was sporting a bandage on his chin. Apparently, Pierre is trying to "convince" him to join our club. If anyone knows of any other Rotarians who might want to transfer to our club, have them bring their insurance card and sit at Pierre’s table next week.
A guest of the club was also present. The guest of the club had a name. This reporter just doesn’t know what that name was. It sounded like "Fabio" so we will go with that. However, if you come looking for Fabio next week and it turns out Fabio is not at our meeting, don’t be disappointed. You will have learned a valuable lesson about not believing everything you read.
Victoria from State Farm was a guest as well. Does State Farm sell insurance for defamation?
Chuck Voltz and his "life partner" Mary attended with Chuck’s son Thomas. It was also Thomas’ birthday. Just what he wanted—a Rotary meeting. Thanks Dad!
February Birthdays were announced. Dave’s birthday is on the 10th, Jay’s birthday is on the 17th, and Chuck’s birthday is on the 24th. If you need last names, you have been away from the club to long and should drop by to get to know your fellow Rotarians.
Jim delivered the sunshine report and I am happy to report we are all fine.
Sean and Joy reminded us that our Kentucky Derby fundraising event will be held May 2 between 1pm and 4pm in Woodside. Dress Code: Hat. Is that all? Ask Sean and Joy, sounds like they could use some help pulling this one off (so to speak).
Rotary Club of San Mateo is having a community yard sale on March 14. Call Mike Wong at (408) 245-4239 and he will schedule a time to stop by your home and pick up your junk—ur, I mean in-kind contributions. As a famous tax lawyer once said, Rotary contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law as long as you are not audited.
Peter is doing a great job as Interact Coordinator. Peter is moderator of the Serra club. Barry is moderator of the Burlingame club. And Peter is looking for someone to help out to launch a new club at Mercy High in Burlingame. Volunteers call Peter Commaroto at 650-787-6767 or speak to him at the next meeting.
Kelvin visited a club in Japan during a recent business trip and brought us back a flag to prove it. Visiting a foreign club is always an interesting experience and great way to meet other Rotarians. If you are planning an out-of-town visit, get a Burlingame flag before you go from Queen Mary and download the Rotary App to find the meeting time and place at your destination. For those of you who do not know what an "App" is, please sign-up for the Burlingame Rotary Technology Committee. Next week’s lecture: Guest Speaker Mike Harvey will speak to the topic, "Is the Horseless Carriage Just a Fad?"
Queen Mary announced Pakistan is now requiring polio vaccinations for all people in the country. Yea! Unfortunately, it is due to a recent outbreak of polio. Boo! Anyone who refuses to vaccinate will apparently be subject to arrest. Yikes! That’s worse than what happens if you don’t read the rest of this High Gear.
Mark Johnson announced he is charge of our annual March Madness College Basketball pool. Trademark lawyer Barry, is that a fair use? Anyway, Mark reassured us that it does NOT constitute gambling to buy a square for $20, and that six squares can be purchased for $100. Our Banker Marilyn who coincidently is used to handling all cash transactions in that approximate amount quickly realized that means you get six squares for the price of five and bought six squares. Everyone bring your Benjamin’s next week!
Mentioning something about a rebellious plot to improve introductions during the next regime, Charles Voltz introduced the day’s speaker: Ralph Neilsen.
Many of us know Ralph as the owner of the Copenhagen bakery and café on Burlingame Avenue. However, on this day Ralph recounted his personal story of racing around the world in a sail boat.
Rather than giving a speech, Ralph was question by Bob Doerr doing his best imitation of Charlie Rose/Larry King.
Upon turning 70, Ralph decided he wanted to have a little adventure and "get in touch with nature." In a self-described "moment of insanity" Ralph paid about $70 to $80 to sign up with a Clipper firm in England that provides a few weeks of training and then takes amateur sailors on trips around the world. The firm was founded by the man who made the first solo non-stop sail around the world in 1968.
The fleet consists of 12, 70-foot sail boats. The crew had a professional sailor captain with 15 to 20 amateur sailors. 10 of the sailors were "around the worlders" and the others came and went on different parts of the eight-leg journey. He was typically required to man to watches, including a 6 hour watch during day time and a 4 hour watch at night.
The voyage started in London and progressed to France, across the Atlantic to Rio, including weeks stuck in the doldrums where they had to ration food and water. (Although many Rotarians associate the world doldrums with the hour and a half period on Mondays between noon and 1:30, apparently there is an alternate definition that includes the equatorial region of the Atlantic Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone which is a low-pressure area with calms, sudden storms, and light unpredictable winds".) Ralph went from 170 pounds to 145 pounds during that period.
From South America the crew sailed back across the Atlantic to the Cape Town, South Africa and then on to Australia where Ralph and his crew took first place in one leg of the race. From Down Under, Ralph sailed to Asia, making stops in Singapore and China.
Then it was across the Pacific (where waves can reach 25 to 30 feet high, and the trough below can be equally deep). Ralph piloted the ship much of the way, where he was reminded of the old sailing adage that "helm-men breath—they don’t talk." The winds were very challenging. After making the long journey across the Pacific, Ralph came to port in San Francisco. Ralph denies that he was tempted to abandon the journey in San Francisco.
From San Francisco, Ralph sailed through the Panama Canal, up to Jamaica ("no problem"), and then to Ireland, Scotland, and Holland before finally returning to London.
During the trip, one person on another boat fell overboard, but was rescued. If it had been night, the person would have gone the way of ex-Rotary presidents and never have been seen again. Ralph hurt his back when he fell below deck. Others suffered a broken leg and broken ribs. Having survived the ordeal, R
alph said the trip "made him feel alive." However, he indicated that he doubts he would do the whole trip around the world again no matter how much encouragement to do so he gets from his wife.
High Gear for March 2, 2015 reported by Dennis Zell Scott Hartley 2015-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley
Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club:
  • Visiting Rotarians:
  • Ken Housley, from the San Mateo Sunrise Club, Ken is a former Burlingame Rotarian.  Ken announced the “Community Yard Sale” on Saturday March 14th at 2555 Flores Street, in San Mateo. Ken left us the attached flyer for the Community Yard Sale.
  • Scott Hart, past president of the San Bruno club.
  • Guests of Rotarians:
  • Doctor Jo Whitehouse, the guest of her spouse, Mike Heffernan
  • Mary Griffith, guest of her spouse, Walt Ramseur
  • Guests of the Club:
  • There were no Guests of the Club this week.
  • Jennifer Pence announced that she will pursue us to gather auction items for the May 2nd Kentucky Derby Party.  Jennifer passed out an auction item donation sheet and a letter to be given or sent by Rotarians to business owners soliciting donations or auction items.  A copy of Jennifer’s letter and the auction item donation sheet are attached to this High Gear.
  • Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams asked for volunteers to serve at the May 2nd Kentucky Derby Party, and the following Rotarians volunteered for service:
  • Mike Kimball - Horse Betting
  • Rose Camarena - Corporate Sponsor’s
  • Marylyn Orr, John Delaney, and Barry Parker - Welcome Table
  • Cheryl Fama, Lisa Goldman and Linna Golodriga - Drink Ticket Sales
  • Rose Camarena - Trophy Coordination
  • Peter Comaroto, Duffy Offield, Ricardo Ortiz, and Mary Murphy - Judging
  • The next meeting of the Kentucky Derby Party committee is at Mary Murphy’s office at 4:00 p.m.
Maki Kobayashi announced the Board of Directors has approved the new summer student exchange program with our sister club in Edogawa, Japan.  This year 4 students from BHS and Mercy High School will be hosted by the Edogawa club in Tokyo from July 24th thru August 2nd.  The students will have 12 hours of enrichment classes for introduction to Japanese language and culture before departing for Tokyo.  Peter Comaroto announced that Mercy High School is looking for volunteers to host Japanese exchange students this summer.
Jo Whitehouse and Frances Boscacci announced that donations to the Borneo Project are still a few thousand dollars short of the $30,000 goal.  Jo Whitehouse told us that, enough money had been raised to build the hospital, and that the hospital project broke ground in June.  Frances is looking for a few more donations from Rotarians to reach our $30,000 goal.
Sunshine Report:
  • Jim Shypertt was pleased to report that Chuck Voltz has returned to good health after surgery to implant a pace maker and a defibrillator hooked up to Chuck’s heart.  Welcome back Bionic Chuck!
Rotary President-In-Waiting Barry Parker gave a Newscast entitled The Future Is Coming! (Some of you may have been aware that the future is coming, but it certainly surprised this Reporter.)  Barry’s Newscast consisted of a series of really bad predictions and skeptical statements by knowledgeable people that new inventions, such as the automobile, the radio, the copy machine, and the computer were unlikely ever to be useful to anybody.  Barry called for us to apply our imagination to make the coming Rotary year successful for our club.
Program and Speaker:  
  • Emily Mathews introduced our speaker, Ricci (pronounced “Richie”) Graham.
  • Mr. Graham is the Northern Regional Informational Officer for the High Speed Rail.  Mr. Graham’s talk was entitled “High Speed Rail: A Transformational Investment in California’s Future.”
  • The title slide of Mr. Graham’s presentation said that it was given to the “Rotary Club of Burlington” at the “San Francisco Hyatt.” (One can only hope that more attention to detail will be applied to the construction of the High Speed Rail project itself.)
  • Mr. Graham began with a macro view that California is the 8th largest economy in the world, and the land between San Francisco and Los Angeles is comparable in distance, and population to the northeast corridor from Boston through New York down to Washington D.C.  He suggested that the High Speed Rail system would be transformational by connecting poor economic areas in the Central Valley with the economies of the Bay Area, The Central Coast area and the Los Angeles area.
  • Mr. Graham said that “transformational projects are never easy.” 
    • For example, the Golden Gate Bridge had more than 2,000 lawsuits filed to try to stop it.
    • BART was referred to as “the train to nowhere.”
    • The University of California system and the California State Water project were both approved by a margin of only a single vote in the California Legislature.
  • Mr. Graham said that High Speed Rail would curb congestion. At this time, one of six flights in the San Francisco Bay Area goes to L.A.  Six of the top 30 congested areas are located in California and California’s population is expected to expand by 50,000,000 people by 2050.  High Speed Rail would improve air quality by getting people off the roads.  Mr. Graham said that the High Speed Rail system would be equivalent of an additional 4,300 miles of new highway lanes, and 115 airport gates.
  • High Speed Rail has reached these key milestones:
  • Funding of $8,000,000,000 ($3,300,000,000 from the Federal Government and $4,700,000,000 from California Proposition 1A).  This amount of funding will only fund the “Initial Construction Section” from Merced to Bakersfield.
  • Funding of 25% of “Cap and Trade” proceeds, expected to be $250,000,000 per year.
  • Environmental clearances
  • Construction Contract #1 for 30 miles of track between Merced and Bakersfield, was signed in August of 2013.  Construction Contracts #2 and #3 for the construction of the rail line from Fresno to Tulare County are scheduled to be signed in June of 2015.
  • Ground has been broken and work is underway.
  • The High Speed Rail system is to be constructed by working on multiple unconnected segments concurrently.  The early work is expected to be done on these sections:
  • San Francisco to San Jose
  • Fresno to Bakersfield
  • Burbank to Los Angeles
  • The total cost of the High Speed Rail system is currently estimated to be $68,000,000,000. Mr. Graham said that one goal of the project is to provide jobs for Californians, including small businesses and the economically disadvantaged.
  • Questions from the Rotarians focused on the impact of High Speed Rail on the Peninsula and particularly in Burlingame.  In general, the questions from Rotarians were hostile to High Speed Rail.
  • Chuck Voltz questioned Mr. Graham on the lack of funding for elevating or undergrounding the 42 grade crossing on the Peninsula.  Mr. Graham provided no specifics, but said that High Speed Rail will work with local communities for solutions to community concerns.  Mr. Graham said that the “CBOSS/PTC” system would prevent accidents at grade crossings.  The acronym CBOSS/PTC stands for “Communications Based Overlay Signal System/Positive Train Control.”
Mr. Graham gave his email address and offered to provide information and attempt to answer questions: which is
The High Speed Rail website is
High Gear for February 23, 2015 reported by Lage Andersen Scott Hartley 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley on Feb 08, 2015
  • February Birthdays of Rotarians are: Robyn Lee on the 6th, Cheryl Fama on the 14th, and Rosemary Rayburn on the 23rd
  • February Birthdays of Spouses of Rotarians are: Lester Lee (Robyn’s husband) on the 6th, and Joyce Bouquet (Pierre’s wife) on the 15th.
  • Wedding Anniversaries: Marylyn and Rich Orr are celebrating their 42nd anniversary this month. 
  • Joining Rotary Anniversaries: This month, Dr. Paul Nieberding celebrates his 49th year in Burlingame Rotary and Maggie MacIsaac celebrates her 1 year anniversary with our club.
  • Joy Huetteman and Sean Williams reminded us that the Kentucky Derby party will be on May 2, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm (Further Derby Party details are in the attached PDF.)  The cost is $75.00 per person.  Joy and Sean quizzed the club on Derby related matters in a successful and entertaining effort to sell tickets and collect fines.  
  • Francis Boscacci, our Chair of International Service updated us on the Borneo Project.  We have three weeks to go to get to the goal of $30,000 raised for the Borneo Project.  So far we have raised over $25,000 dollars.  Francis said that two other Rotary clubs, the Foster City club and a club in Montana have joined in to support the project.
Program and Speaker:  
  • Mike Horowitz introduced our Speaker, Dr. Warner Greene, a world class scientist and physician.  Dr. Greene is;
  • Founding Director and Nick and Sue Hellman Distinguished Professor of the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.
  • Professor of Medicine, Micro-Biology and Immunology at UCSF Medical Center.
  • Co-Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Research for Aids research, one of the 100 most cited scientist in the World and the Author of more than 300 scientific articles
  • The President of the Accordia Global Health Institute located in Central Africa.
  • A 2 handicap in golf.
  • Dr. Greene received his BA at Stanford, his M.D. and PH.D at Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Greene spoke to us on the Ebola outbreak.  The latest Ebola outbreak was a hundred times worse than any previous outbreak, with over 22,0000 people infected and over 8,000 dead.
  • The outbreak was in the Central African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States were also affected.  The area where the outbreak took place had endured a long civil war resulting in great distrust of any government agencies and also a decimated health care system with only one doctor for every 100,000 persons.
  • Since 1967 there have been five major outbreaks of Ebola, each causing the deaths of between 300 to 600 people.  Prior to this outbreak, the 80 to 90% of the people infected with Ebola had died.  In this latest outbreak, about 50% of the infected died.  Dr. Greene speculated whether the less severe disease allowed the disease to spread more rapidly than in the past, because victims lived longer before dying, increasing the possibility of spreading the disease.
  • The Ebola virus is one of six “Filoviruses” that include the Marburg virus, discovered in 1967, and five different strains of the Ebola virus, the first of which was discovered in 1976.
  • The Ebola virus probably hides out in fruit bats in between outbreaks. Chimpanzees and gorillas also become victims of the Ebola virus.  The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans as a result of handling and eating bats and also through “bush meat”, which is the smoked meat of Monkeys and Chimpanzees.
  • After infection, the onset of symptoms is normally within 2 to 21 days with 4 to 10 days being the average.  Victims normally die from the shock of the infection that causes their organs, particularly the kidneys and the liver, to shut down.
  • There is no proven treatment for Ebola, but therapies have included antibodies monoclonal, antibodies grown on tobacco leaves and the infusion of plasma from surviving Ebola patients.  There is work being done to develop vaccines.
  • Dr. Greene compared the scale of Ebola to a couple of other diseases;
  • More children die of measles every month than have ever died of Ebola
  • Every 2 days more people die of AIDS than have ever died of Ebola.
  • Dr. Greene summed up the lessons of the Ebola outbreak as follows:
  • The outside world was 90 to 120 days too slow to respond to the epidemic.
  • The U.S. was not sufficiently prepared.
  • The CDEC gave overly confident information on the unlikelihood that Ebola could spread to the United States.
  • We need better medicine and Ebola vaccines.
  • Africa needs more mobile medical infrastructure to respond to treatment in different areas where an outbreak might arise.
  • Since we are a global society, the Ebola virus could spread to anywhere in the World.
Next Week’s Program: No Meeting next week on February 16-Presidents Holiday.
Next Meeting Monday, February 23, 2015
High Gear for February 9, 2015 reported by Lage Andersen Feautring Dr. Greene Scott Hartley 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley on Feb 01, 2015
Invocation:                         Dick Gregory. Surprisingly, this was Dick’s first ever invocation after being a member since 1997, more or less… He spoke about health care being a collaborative community effort and being mindful of our spirituality. Our table agreed that Dick was very good at giving the invocation and that he should do it again – certainly before another 18 years go by!
Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club:
Carol Bullock from Burlingame South; John from the SF Club (didn’t catch the last name – sorry); Jim Karel, our speaker today; and Trisha Palermo and Flavio Silva from Atria, first time visitors. We hope to see both of you again soon!
Sunshine Report:
Jim Shypertt announced the sad news that Jay Plank’s sister passed away.
Minor, David and the wonderful Hilton crew were acknowledged for all their efforts in making our Monday meetings go so smoothly week after week. We appreciate all you do – thank you so much!
The football pool results were announced and the big winner was….. Burlingame Rotary. Turns out our football pool scores mirrored the crazy Super Bowl game scores we saw on Sunday. We had one member winner and it was for the 1st quarter score: congratulations to Mark Johnson.
Save the date for our next fundraiser - it’s a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2nd from 1 pm to 4 pm. Joy Huetteman showed us a video of the 2014 race and gave further details about our fundraiser that will take place at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCET) in Woodside near 280.  Bottom line, it will be loads of fun with music, auctions, awards, food and drink. Dave Behling pointed out that an additional bonus is that there is an amazing art exhibit near NCET that is usually not open to the public, but that we will be able to see. So at our next club meeting, grab some flyers and/or postcards, invite your friends, and help get the word out!
Note there is no meeting week after next, February 16th since it is President’s Day.
Program and Speaker:
Jim Karel, Managing Principal at Silicon Valley Wealth Advisors (SVWA), presented his Investment Outlook for 2015, an encore and update to the presentation he gave to our club last year. SVWA’s focus is portfolio management and financial planning, and Jim provided his views on both for the upcoming year. Jim said people should conceptually think about their portfolios as “buckets of dollars” over 0-5 years, 5-15 years, and > 15 years to ensure they have the proper asset allocations tied to risk/reward within those time frames. Quantitative easing (keeping interest rates low) is still happening globally and is valued at $7 trillion, with the US, EU, UK, and Japan making up the lion’s share. Central Banks have become ever more powerful since they hold the debt required to finance their country’s growth. The simplistic idea is that growth will increase in these countries before the bonds are due. The inherent risk is that this has never been tried before, making it the greatest experiment in modern finance. It also makes the Central Banks extremely powerful. Jim pointed out what has fundamentally changed since the financial crisis of 2008 is that a new global platform was established and that the US is part of this global unit, as evidenced by 45% of the US GDP coming from outside the US.  What we have seen in the US financial markets over the past 6 years is interest rates steadily declining (and staying low), which fueled the equity markets. We are approaching the latter stage of a bull market, meaning equities are now expensive and the same level of growth is unlikely for an extended time. What to consider investment-wise in 2015? Jim spoke to 5 investment themes that should be considered: 1) Floating rate investments, 2) Equities, specifically mega caps, 3) Healthcare, specifically biotech and medical devices since they are non-cyclical in nature, 4) Precious Metals, albeit this is not for everyone and need to be dollar cost averaged, and 5) Energy, which may have value opportunities given the recent sector downturn. The presentation concluded with an excellent Q&A session, including why inflation will likely stay flat for the immediate short-term; why index funds tend to be volatile in the short-term and why sector opportunities within index funds are difficult; why China is still a major player and growing; and why Greece and Spain will prompt EU change and that the EU will be different. The concluding note is that the US is still King of financial markets (or Queen, depending on your perspective).
High Gear for February 2, 2015 reported by Suzanne Juptner Scott Hartley 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Hartley
              JANUARY 26, 2014
Queen Mary called the meeting to order at the appointed time.  Joe La Mariana graciously led the Pledge of Allegiance and Debbie Wong delivered the invocation.  No one is called to mediocrity, so says Debbie.  Regretfully, a few find it anyway.
Fritz Brauner is ailing.  Charles Voltz looked dashing in an arm sling.  Just elbow bursitis.
Everyone else looked hale and hardy – all things considered. 
Nicole Armstrong thanked Joe La Mariana for hosting a fireside chat.  Another will be scheduled soon. 
Most important Rotarian on January 26 was Mark Jorgensen who received his round badge.  Nicole will be shadowing him while he completes the hazing portion of the program.  He’s a  few inches taller than the statuesque Nicole and an over-achiever, so good luck with that, Nicole.
Mark Jorgensen is the Director of BCE.  He is a native of Denmark, born in 1969 which was the year Americans landed on the moon and porn was legalized in Denmark.  What a year it was!
After playing some serious basketball, he joined the army and served in Yugoslavia, then joined the Danish intelligence service.  While he was resting, he completed all the letters in the alphabet necessary to earn a Ph.D. 
Thank Buddha he married the lovely Sabrina who was born and raised in Burlingame, so together they returned to live a normal, well-adjusted life in ye olde Burlingame.  Mark’s goal is to become more integrated into the community.  We can help with that, Mark.  Welcome aboard! 
There was a question and answer period where we learned Mark has yet to visit, and would love to visit, Maine.  Maine as in the United States?  Yup.  I was thinking Dijibouti or at least Pescadero.  Also, his favorite Danish pastry is shinfoligrum or something very near that. I’ll be sure Ralf Nielsen has some on hand at Copenhagen when Mark and Sabrina visit.
Queen Mary cautioned Mark to steer clear of the back table; we all know what they’re about.
Uh oh, turns out the back table is ultra sensitive. They walked out in a straight, somber line.  Queen Mary followed them to assuage their bruised egos, but they had re-entered the room via the kitchen.  Now, Mary was missing! 
Plans are firm for our Kentucky Derby fundraiser to be held on May 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 at a venue in Woodside.  There will be drinking, horse betting, fabulous hats, a live auction, a silent auction, maybe a horse, or at least the aroma of one.
Mary introduced Lena Potts an Outreach Specialist from HIP housing who gifted us with colorful calendars, all illustrations by school children.
Frances Boscacci and Dr. Jo announced that we have until February to reach our goal of $22,000. While we are doing well – thanks so much to all – we must continue working.   Over $1.2 million has been raised for the hospital, and it is hoped the groundbreaking will occur
this year.  Complying with regulations is a challenge as the regulations change like the weather.
Bob Doerr announced a cruise, San Francisco to Ensenada, from October 17 through October 22.  Bill Chow will be doing the cooking, there will be dancing lessons and photography lessons, courtesy of our own Bob – the photography lessons, not the dance lessons, pray.    Talk to Bob about cost and deposits required.
Who knew Cheryl  Fama is a stone cold comedian?  Cheryl was subbing for the absent Jennifer Pence, chuckle-worthy herself.    Cheryl promised no jokes about leprechauns walking into a bar or slutty lady Rotarians. Say what?  And isn’t that a contradiction in terms?
Opportunistic, ambulance-chasing, smut-loving attorney Gloria Allred is defending ten of the 12 deflated NFL balls.
The doctor observed the patient was not in fact retaining water; she was retaining food.
Three mice out knocking on doors:  We’d like to talk about cheeses!
Why can’t an atheist solve exponential equations?  Doesn’t believe in higher powers.
Sweet child asks mommy, what is normal? It’s a setting on the dryer, dear.
Laughing at your mistakes can lengthen your life.  Laughing at your wife’s can shorten yours.
There was lots more, but this is a venerable publication after all.  Enough with the frivolity.
Speaker for the day was Marc Friedman, a partner with McMillan/Doolittle, and Senior Faculty with the Keller Graduate School of Management. 
His presentation was on trends and innovation in retail.
  • The year 2009 will be known as the Great Recession.  The top three retailers in the country controlled 39% of the business in 1986; in 2011 they controlled 76%.  There is major concentration in retail.
  • Consumer confidence is way up, but not all the way back to pre-recession levels.
  • The market today is 86MM millennials (15-30 years of age)) and 77MM Baby Boomers.
  • People are marrying older, having children later, and buying homes later.
  • Costco makes its profit from membership fees primarily.  Stocks high-end products with little mark-up.
  • Income growth goes to the 20% already rich.  The top 15% spend 50% of retail dollars.
Mark showed photos to illustrate how retail is changing internationally.
Au Bout Du Champ in France is very much like the old automat we see in black and white movies.
Argos UK features a bright Apple-type store with mounted iPads.  You order online at home and stop in to pick up your merchandise.
There is a retailer which calls itself “Hedonism” and sells wine. Duh!
                                NEXT WEEK: MIKE HARVEY ON THE AUTO BIZ

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A happy group assembled with sugar plums dancing in their heads…presumably.   Birthday girl Mary Murphy called the meeting to order at the appointed time.
The pledge was led flawlessly by Rose Camarena.  Mark Johnson delivered the invocation.  Sadly, Mark announced the passing of our Dave Vaughn, a member of Rotary Club of Burlingame since 1986.  Mariyn Orr was advised if Dave’s passing by the family, and tells us a memorial will be planned for January at the Hillsborough Racket Club.
Visiting Rotarians included Steve Wagstaffe, District Attorney of this here County of San Mateo.
Fritz Brauner introduced our guest and speaker Michelle Durand of the San Mateo Daily Journal.   Frances Boscacci introduced honored guest Jo Whitehouse, aka Mrs. Mike Heffernan.  Lage introduced a new Carr McClellan Associate, our own Nicole Armstrong.  Mary Murphy elicited a President’s Club Membership from Lage.  Fair enough, it’s a finder’s fee of sorts.
Guest of the Club was David Fleishman, Executive Director, Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County.
Frances Boscacci announced that the total of funds collected thus far for the Borneo Project total $19,300 which includes a $6,000 contribution by the Rotary Club of Burlingame, $7,300 from individual members and…drumroll…we have earned $6,000 in matching funds from Jo Whitehouse who presented her check today.  Kudos to all, but really Frances deserves special credit for motivating us!!!  Thanks, Frances. 

Uh oh, the Newscast is back, delivered by Sean Williams.  Right in the middle of our lunch, he had us rockin’ and rollin’ to videos of humans doing dangerous things.  Mary Murphy was particularly amused and delighted by the poor fool who fell 6,289 feet on his head after the trapeze crashed.  It was pretty funny and he did survive, but really Mary.
You had to have been there, but RUN RUN RUN turned into SEAN SEAN SEAN!!!!!  Good job, sir.
Fritz Brauner introduced Michelle Durand of the San Mateo Daily Journal.  Pretty, smart, charming, and funny!  After seeing her sit in the back row at the Burlingame Council Meetings for years, I thought she was fascinated!  No, she was bored witless.  She is, however, an expert on artificial turf and she has City Council to thank for that.
Michelle has been with the San Mateo Daily Journal for 13 years.  She has wide news reporting duties and also writes the twice weekly “Off the Beat” column.
Michelle was born and raised in the Valley and attended U. C. Santa Cruz.
Michelle terms her “beat” hyper-local with the worst part being sitting at Council Meetings.  Orangeburg pipes apparently do not hold her attention.  Oh well, she has those letters from jail.
For some reason, folks holed up in County Jail like to write letters to Michelle, sharing their valuable opinions on just about anything.  They are a captive audience, we’ll agree.  Just last week she received a poem from an inmate on the subject of the County Fair.  High drama for sure.  Perhaps there is a County Poet Laureate in our midst.  Well, not in our midst, but the County’s midst.
A day in the life of Michelle Durand involves the inevitable Council Meetings, perhaps a fire in San Bruno, and often the activities of puppies.
A warning when operating a newspaper: Don’t mess with the games. Sudoku and the crosswords are paramount of importance to the readers.
There were shameless invitations for Michelle to consider joining Burlingame Rotary.  There is an unofficial coffee date in her future.
Next week, Monday, December 15, Annual Rotary Christmas Luncheon at the MARRIOTT BURLINGAME.  Fun and frolic will occur.  Call Marilyn Orr or John Delaney to secure your reservation and pay for your ticket.
                                      HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
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After a lovely Thanksgiving respite and lots of delicious rain, we assembled together to begin the Silly Season and anticipate 2015 in just a few short weeks.  Following the Pledge, the invocation was read by Delia Montano who quoted the writings of Mark Twain.
Visiting Rotarians included our speaker Anne Campbell of the San Mateo County
Office of Education.  Anne is a member of the Burlingame South club.  Also in
attendance was Nancy Bush, another Baja Burlingame member.
Guest of the Club and introduced by Cheryl Fama was Erica Wood of Silicon Valley Community Foundation who holds the position of Chief Community Impact Officer.  Marilyn Orr introduced Martin Jorgensen, Director of Operations, Burlingame Community Education Foundation.  Vidal Graupera introduced his lovely daughter Maggie who is in her senior year at U. C. San Diego.
                                                    WELCOME ALL!
Mary Murphy wished herself a happy birthday on December 8.  Ricardo Ortiz was a Christmas Eve gift, and yours truly got the birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper on the 22nd.
Mary Murphy noted that today is World AIDS Day. There are 34 million folks in the world with HIV and AIDS, with 1.2 million living in the United States.  There is no cure for AIDS, but it is now a manageable disease through drug therapy.
Mary also mentioned that polio is back!!!!
With that gloomy report concluded, John Delaney cheered us up with word of the Rotary Christmas party:
                                                       MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
                                        San Francisco Airport Marriott – Waterfront
                                                   First Floor – Bayside Ballroom
                                Convene at 11:30 A.M., lunch at 12:15 - $47.50 per person
We need a head count, folks.  Please call Marilyn Orr at 650-378-3628 or John Delaney at 650-375-6026.  They will take a credit card, count your head for you, and DONE!!  You’ll have extra time to practice your Christmas carols before the 15th.  You know you love Christmas Carols time with David Behling.
Call Marilyn or John today, please – it’s important.  Invite your significant other,
your friends, and your outlaws.  Good fun!
Suzanne Juptner reminded that this Friday, December 5, is the grand tree lighting at ye olde Burlingame City Hall.  Rotary Members will assemble at the parking lot between Mollie Stone’s and Walgreen’s – sort of – and parade over to City Hall in Santa hats, available at the aforementioned Walgreen’s.  Meet at 5:30/5:45.
Three cheers for the lovely Frances Boscacci who has lead a promising drive to
Fund Rotary projects in Borneo.  Somehow she got the Club Board to part with
$6,000, our club members are coming up with $6,000, and brilliant Jo Whitehouse, AKA Mrs. Mike Heffernan, is matching the $6,000 Burlingame Rotary Members Contributions…if we get there.  So, send your donation to Frances and let’s get those matching funds!  Congratulations, Frances, you are
a formidable advocate.
Sad news: our Dave Vaughn is in end stage melanoma; hospice is attending and
the family is pulling close.  No visitors or calls, please.  Cards would be appreciated.
                        Dave Vaughn
                        1210 Kenilworth Road
                        Hillsborough, CA 94010
The dynamic duo of Anne Campbell and Vicky Wood told us about the Big Lift Project.
Given that the United States is in the top 1% of earning countries in the world, we have an education problem in this country. Big Lift seeks to see that three- and four-year-olds receive quality preschool educations that will prepare them to go the distance in the 21st century world.
  • Children cannot thrive with sub-standard pre-school education.
  • Attendance is markedly lower among children from less affluent families.
  • Summer programs are important in providing educational continuity.
  • Families must be engaged and committed to children’s education.
These ladies, together with Carole Groom of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors comprise the Peninsula partnership leadership which looks to facilitate access to 21st Century Education.
The kickoff of the Big Lift Program was in May 2013 when 100 top leaders were invited to hear the program.  The question asked of these leaders?
                                                    ARE YOU IN?
By June 2013 the County was in with a $2 million commitment over two years for early intervention.  Twenty million was committed in 14 months.
An exciting program. We will look forward to updates.
Time to shop.  Remember: Diamonds go with everything.
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imageThe Three Amigos put on a great program.   Because of his Network, Jay attends a lot of Rotary Clubs in the South Bay.   We are the only club that has clergy that represent three major faiths.  Many do not even have one member of the cloth.

Bob Davidson always liked the Thanksgiving Program and this one like last year was exceptional.
Editor:  The Fun Fairies put on a great party last week and got our holiday season off to a Roti-cilous start. 
High Gear: November 24, 2014 Featuring Our Spiritual Leaders Scott Hartley 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Invocation:    Past President John Delaney, largely without error, read an invocation presented to him by Prez Mary. Mary actually used a dictionary to write the invocation and it showed. Chuck Voltz led our pledge quite ably. 
No visitors were announced. John Delaney introduced us to Mark Jorgenson from Burlingame Community Education.  Mark is the Executive Director of BCE and was our guest. 
Announcements:  Our Holiday Party is on December 15, 2014 at the Burlingame Marriott.  Significant others are welcome.   $45 will likely be about the cost of attendance.   What a bargain!   Our Club’s Board of Directors meeting is this Wednesday, November 19, at City Hall.  Feel free to join.
Zellicious Newscast:  Dennis Zell, going where most nowadays fear to tread, gave a Newscast saved from Election Day that was worth the wait. A Helpful Zell Hint:  If you want college students to do something, don’t call it a “midterm.”   Dennis gave a fair and balanced report bashing both local AND national members of the Democratic Party.   Dennis also expressed surprise that his ebola jokes fell flat…only his surprise was surprising.  Thanks, Dennis!
Program and Speaker:   Karen Malekos-Smith introduced Dr. Jesus Saucedo.  As an Associate Chief Medical Officer at PAMF San Mateo Urgent Care, Jesus saves people when they are in need.   San Mateo Urgent Care is housed in a beautiful facility that opened in September and can see up to 100 patients a day.   This walk-in clinic is open 365 days a year.   There are on-site diagnostic services and enhanced treatments are available including casting and minor surgical procedures.
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Announcements:  Mike Horwitz slowly walked up to the microphone and brought up the Golf and BBQ Committee with him.   We/They did great!  Thank you to all who helped (and it was lots of folks) make this event a screaming success.   168 dinners were served and there was a lively live and silent auction.  111 golfers joined us.   Stan Moore compared a tooth ache favorably to Mike Horwitz and then told us that we raised $40,000 which is a big increase from last year.   Stan then made a very generous additional donation to the great Rotary cause.  Thank you Stan, Mike, et al. Get next year’s event on your calendar:  October 5, 2015, shotgun start at noon, Peninsula Golf and Country Club.
John Delaney asked for volunteers to help out CALL Primrose the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Contact John (like President Mary did) to help out this very worthy organization.
Program and Speaker:   Bob Doerr introduced Dr. Greg Cailliet who helped us unravel the secret lives of sharks and rays.   Greg is the Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the Pacific Shark Research Center.  There are over 500 types of sharks.   Rays are sharks that have been flattened.  There are over 600 of these bad boys.    Sharks travel great distances and swim in the deeper cool water leaving the odds of an attack in Hawaii as slim so that’s a relief.  
Visiting Rotarians/Guest of Club:   We had guests from a bunch of places at a lot of tables (thanks to Cheryl Fama for helping spot our guests and visitors). 

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Announcements: It was our big “Let’s give away a bunch of money!” day and we were joined by a great collection of visitors and very important people.    It was great to see so much enthusiastic appreciation and participation from our community.
Program and Speaker:  President Mary bravely turned the microphone and meeting over to Nicole Armstrong and Scott Hartley who led an Oscar style award ceremony.   The show opened with a musical number and, fortunately, the settlement terms of the case of Idina Menzel v. Hartley prevents any further comment here.    Nicole and Scott then restored some semblance of dignity and order and called out our five winning organizations and they got lots of money.
We gave money to five local organizations:
Apple Tree Dental
A grant of $33,000 to Apple Tree Dental will go toward purchase of a large truck that delivers fully-equipped Portable Dental Offices to provide on-site dental care to needy residents at community nursing homes, group homes, head-start centers, schools, and assisted living facilities who would not otherwise have access to such dental services. 
Star Vista
A grant of $22,500 will help Star Vista to support its Teen Suicide Prevention Program in Burlingame and adjacent communities. In addition to providing a 24/7 hotline, it provides on-site education and training on suicide intervention and prevention for youth, parents, teachers and school staff at local high schools and middle schools. 
Burlingame High School’s Camp Everytown Program
A grant of $20,000 will be used by Burlingame High School to support its Camp Everytown program, an intensive 4-day personal and group experience involving a diverse mix of approximately 80 students to promote core values of respect, empathy, acceptance and responsibility—addressing issues such as cheating, diversity and bullying. 
A grant of $12,500 will be used by Palcare to support its model literacy program for pre-kindergarten children that it has developed as part of Operation Lift—a county-wide “start early” effort to increase student literacy by the third grade level. 
CALL Primrose
A grant of $12,000 will allow CALL Primrose to augment its food refrigeration space, including the refrigerators and associated electrical work. 
Burlingame Rotary was also presented with a lifetime achievement award by Mayor Michael Brownrigg.
Thank you to all who did so much great work to make our Club shine bright.
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On the 286th day of the year, some of us gathered for lunch and a really interesting speaker who spoke on technology’s contribution to the continuing and growing issues of old age. Turns out old folks are the fastest growing segment of the population. Uh oh, not good…
President Mary called the meeting to order at 12:15P.  Duffy Offield led the pledge and Rosalie McCloud read the invocation asking for World Peace.  It is
hoped she is not running for Miss America or some such.    Quite honestly, President Mary abused that sweet Ted Kruttschnitt throughout the meeting; he
just took it, smiling benevolently all the while.
No visiting Rotarians; really, we were lucky there were any Rotarians at all!  Something must be going on to which we were not privy.  Guest of the club was Christy Nguyen, of California Asset Resort, LLC, San Francisco.
President Mary acknowledged October birthdays:
     October 3   Stan Moore
                     6   Bruce Farrell
                     9   Dave Carr
                    27  Scott Hartley
Happy Unbirthday to all!!!
President Mary’s husband John celebrates a birthday tomorrow.  Congratulations to Dennis and Brigitte Zell on a happy 15 years.  Congratulations also to Julius Aires on his new grandson.  Debbie Wong’s daughter got married and President Mary subtly encouraged membership in her President’s Club.  Debbie complied;  cost of a wedding plus the President’s Club. Cold!!!
Uh oh…all the folks who haven’t updated their roster listings were fined by the money-grubbing President Mary, including your reporter and many others.
Stan Moore encouraged more golfers for the October 20 tournament benefitting Rotary scholarships.  Here’s a timeline for the fun day:
   12:00   Play golf!
     5:00   Cocktails
     6:30   Dinner
Jennifer Pence will introduce us to some scholarship recipients and Stan Moore has other surprises planned.  Don’t miss it: you’re paying whether you go or not!
Silly Mary Murphy didn’t know what a “mulligan” is.  It’s apparently a second or third marriage.  Good luck with that.
Cheryl Fama introduced a tall, attractive, 41-year-old gentleman who talked about technology and old age.  His message is that the worlds of exponential technologies and the unprecedented aging population is colliding.  Aging is more than healthcare.  What he knows about old age is the question; he answered it!
Stephen Johnston is a native of the United Kingdom with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
Aging 2.0 is a global organization on a mission to improve the lives of older adults around the world.  We’ll drink to that!  Stephen says they are not a non-profit, but they haven’t made any money.  They are part of Generation Ventures Portfolio which has numerous interests, so we won’t worry about Stephen.
Stephen shared amazing projects exhibited at the Design Challenge of the Stanford Center on Longevity.  At the center, the aging population is introduced to the technological geniuses, and together innovation occurs.
We saw a car you could maneuver your wheelchair into and off you go.  There was a contraption that could provide seating anywhere, anytime for the walking-impaired; don’t ask me.  There were diapers, the condition of which could be read on your iPhone.  Best not to ask about this either.  Then, there were the airbag undies; in case we take a fall, our hips are cushioned.  Hip fractures are one of the most common and most expensive issues of old age.
There was a robot of sorts that becomes your best friends.  Lack of sex and loneliness are two main issues for the elderly.  Stephen had no solution for the sex bit, but did offer a friendly robot.  Don’t go there.
It was all-in-all a good day; hope you didn’t miss it!
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Invocation:    Di Yim called on us to be grateful and remember those less fortunate.   Past President Duffy Offield led our pledge. 
Announcements:  We met this week at Poplar Creek and the view the 18th green was lovely.  Speaking of a good walk spoiled (segue alert!), our Scholarship Raising Golf Tournament is October 20 at Peninsula Golf & Country Club. Mike Horwitz is doing a great job getting golfers and sponsors together.  We still need more so get out there and spread the word.  Friend of Burlingame Rotary Bob Hortop is coming through for us with hole sponsorship and donations and getting golfers to play with us.  Let Bob be an inspiration to you so we can help as many students as possible. 
Charlie Rosebrook is in charge of the Annual BBQ section of the day and it will be great.  Charlie promised leftovers from last year’s BBQ…or least that’s what Lage and I heard promised but maybe Charlie meant something different by “same food as last year.”   Charlie (repeatedly) pointed out that this is a mandatory event so you might as well actually show up and enjoy the event you’re paying for one way or the other.
Jim Shypertt provided the Sunshine Report and “We’re all great!”

Newscast!   Jennifer Pence examined Pierre Bouquet for brain activity and found none when he has a microphone in his hands.  Jennifer then told some jokes that are safe for repeating to 3rd graders and ended in fuzzy handcuffs.  Nice job, Jennifer.
Program and Speaker:   Cheryl Fama introduced Fellow Rotarian Maggie MacIsaac.   Maggie, the Burlingame Schools’ Superintendent, has set a goal to make every moment count for our city’s students and, by extension, their families.   She is leading an effort to engage our students.   Maggie then introduced Tim Ryan.  Tim is the Facilities Manager and outlined the exciting work being done at BIS.   A 20,000 square foot building is planned adding needed classes as well as outdoor/indoor space to enhance education.  There are even “Gang Restrooms” according to Tim.   Construction starts in December.
Visiting Rotarians/Guest of The Club:   We had guests from a bunch of places.  Your HG staff missed each and every one of their names.  
Upcoming Programs:     
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepatitis C:  What’s New
          October 13:  Stephen Johnson – Aging 2.0:  Technology & Senior Care
          October 20: Golf Tournament and Annual BBQ
          October 27: Community Day – Grant Presentations
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Invocation:  Dave Behling asked us to think about others including those less fortunate and hungry in our world.  Thank you, Dave.  With a strong “I!” Chuck Voltz started the pledge of allegiance to our great nation.
Announcements: Our big fundraising BBQ/Golf Tournament is October 20.   This is our major fundraiser for the year so please support it in as many ways as possible.   Mike Horwitz gave a very positive update for what will be a fun and entertaining day.   Volunteers for game day are needed as are even more golfers/sponsors/auction items.   See our very appreciative and appreciated Mike to help out.

Father Mike Mahoney just got back from a biblically dry trip to Ireland.    The only wet blankets he ran into were in England.  We know the feeling, Father Mike.  Michael Griffen is a young looking attorney and our newest member.  President Mary interviewed Michael and it was awkward in a “Mrs. Robinson” sort of way.   (The HG’s decision to join the Prez Club is looking more and more like a solid investment.)
Barry “.3” Parker made a looonnng pitch to try get us to support Rotary International.   Barry wants us to sell a lot of raffle tickets by October 24.   You’ve got to have goals, Barry, so good for you.   I want to be 6’4” with a full head of hair.  Stay tuned to see how it works out for both of us.        
Newscast Schedule:  Jennifer Pence will be delivering our monthly Newscast on September 29 and she is busily looking for material and rehearsing her kazoo playing.  The HG knows she is “busily looking for material” because she spent a lot of time during the meeting looking at her phone.  Researching the next Newscast is the only possible good excuse for such behavior.       
Are you reading this?  If yes, then you’ve been told that on September 29 the Club will be meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.  You’ve been told…whether you’ll remember is out of HG’s metaphoric hands.

Program and Speaker:  Mike Heffernan introduced former Burlingame Rotarian Tom Mohr.  It was great to have Tom back with us if only for a day.  Tom likes our Club because it is full of heroes (his word) who do good work for our community.  Tom specifically called out for special notice Joe Galligan and Tom got that one right:  Joe’s work on all our behalf is tireless.  Tom gave us an update on the current state of our community colleges and related topics.  There are 112 community colleges in our state that serve about 2 million students.   The colleges are doing great work for an otherwise underserved student population.  Student loan dept has exploded and is very problematic for our state and nation.   The impact of this debt is hurting our entire economy, not just students and their families.  With a high level of debt service weighing down families and individuals, spending habits change in ways that cost us all.   People are delaying starting families, buying homes, and marrying as a result of fears caused in large part by student loan debt according to Tom.  For-profit schools are being investigated for predatory lending practices (among other things) by 32 states including California.   Tom briefed us on the troubling practices of these institutions.   Encourage students to go to community colleges or state schools instead, and find time to hug an English professor.   Thanks for joining us, Tom.  Come back real soon.
Coming Weeks Programs:
          September 22:      Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
          September 29:      Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent
                                                (Note:  Meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo)
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New
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Invocation:  Bob Doerr read a heartwarming message from the HG’s favorite author:  Unknown.
Announcements: Mark your calendars:  On September 29 the Club will be meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo.  Our speaker will be one of our own - Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent.
Perpetual Visitor Pete Wanger donated $500 to OUR Club.  Thanks, Pete!
Some people were born in September.   Big whoop.

Mike Harvey’s $101 donation only cost Prez Mary a bit of her dignity.    Mike’s question:  What’s the difference between a puppy and Rotary President?  Answer:  A puppy will eventually grow up and stop whining.
Fore!  We need more players for our annual golf tournament and Stan Moore wants you out there.   It is a great afternoon followed by a terrific barbecue and our charitable good works benefit.    Tournament/BBQ is October 20 so get some friends together and get to Peninsula Golf and Country Club.   We have had a very good response from event and hole sponsors but more space is available so reach out to Stan and/or Bob Doerr.
Mike Heffernan introduced one of our scholarship winners, Abigail Lozowski.   Abigail is pursuing a degree in nursing at Cal State East Bay.   She is also studying about the business world to better prepare herself for a professional life in healthcare.   You are a very impressive young person, Abigail, and thank you for giving us hope for the future.    Abigail’s mom Eugenia also joined us.  Nice job, Eugenia, for whatever part of Abigail that is attributable to nurture.

Newscast Schedule:  Jennifer Pence will be delivering our monthly Newscast on September 29.    Cheryl Fama will deliver our October Newscast on the 27th. Dennis Zell will amuse us in November.

The Burlingame Spirit Run took place a few weeks back and our Club was well represented.   Money and a good time were raised.               
Sunshine Report:  Jim Shypertt reports that we are all in good shape.  Nicole Armstrong is “gooder” than the rest of us as she is in Hawaii.
Program and Speaker:  Mike Hurley of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) joined us.  Mike is still trying to overcome his “education” at a private school in So-Cal that will not be named (hint:  the school’s band only knows one song).  BAWSCA’s mission is to reliably supply high quality water at a fair price.   Our reserve is 70% full and so in “pretty good” shape.  Nonetheless, we are in a drought and 10% water use has been requested and achieved to date.   The systems throughout our state are not effectively interconnected.  Lawn Be Gone is a program that pays for removal of grass.   Thanks to Mike Harvey’s love of his home planet, Ted has agreed to remove three par 3s from his backyard (no, he hasn’t).
Next Weeks’ Programs:
          September 15:      Tom Mohr – Community College System
          September 22:      Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
          September 29:      Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Burlingame School Superintendent
                                                (Note:  Meeting at Poplar Creek in San Mateo)
October 6:            Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New
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President Mary called the meeting to order at the appointed time.   The pledge was led by Joe Camaroto, the invocation read by Rosalie McCloud.  The invocation was authored by Mark Twain and read with passion and conviction, of course.
Guests of Rotarians included Robert Doyle, younger son and chief technology assistant of President Mary.  Also present was Pete Wanger from the Rotary netherland, somewhere between Rotary Club of San Mateo and our own Burlingame Rotary.  They say females can’t make up their minds!!!
Guests of Rotarians included today’s speaker Jo Whitehouse, introduced by the lovely Frances Boscacci, Mrs. Joyce Bouquet introduced by Pierre Bouquet, Cheryl
Fama’s granddaughter Sofia.  Mike Heffernan introduced Vivian, last year’s Rotary scholarship winner.  Charles Voltz introduced his life partner, Mary Hunt.
Jim Shypertt gave a sunshiny report, stating all doing very well.  Not just well, mind, but VERY WELL. 
The Program Committee announced their 7:00A meeting on September 2.  Oops,
missed it! The best speakers are from our club really, and their talented significant others, I must say.  Program Committee is fun. Your reporter attended
once (probably up all night the night before).  When you hear the discussion of possible speakers, it prompts you to think of someone you know who would be an interesting speaker. Surely you know someone. Drop in; Lage makes coffee!
Dave Behling reported on the Spirit Run.  This is a highly anticipated family event in Burlingame; a happy success.
Doug McGeorge and Jan Petty survived the Napa earthquake as did their home.  It did wake and startle them.  Where am I, who am I?  Good you’re safe, kids.

Charlie Rosebrook encouraged members to pay up their October 20 Club Barbecue.  They got my money; that is one fun evening.  The golf tournament
precedes the barbecue, of course. Marilyn Orr will happily receive your money.
Robert Doyle assisted President Mary in running a video of Mary getting the ice bucket.  We used to throw Rotary Presidents in the pool, so this is the least she
can do.  The ALS Challenge has already garnered $100 million dollars.  There can be no greater cause.
Bob Doerr reminded about the Rotary Means Business (RMB) event in Foster City on Wednesday night.  Bill Chow is roasting a pig and Rotarians will chow down and make new business contacts.
Scholarship girl Vivian graduated Burlingame High School this year with a 4.121 average. No typo, she basically exceeded perfect.  Good thing, she’s studying pre-med.
Peter Comaroto updated us on the various Rotoract Clubs on the mid-Peninsula,
exposing teens to Rotary.  The Serra High School Rotaract has been active for three years, the Notre Dame Rotaract is in Year 2.  Unfortunately, interest in the Burlingame High School Rotaract is waning.
Peter and Maki Kobayashi, with an assist from Bob Doerr, are working on an International Student Exchange for three to five students. More later.
Pierre Bouquet delivered a newscast that defies description and will be our little secret.  No idea why his appearance had repeatedly been put off. We love you,
Pierre, but really…
Mike Heffernan done good.  Mike’s wife Jo Whitehouse was our speaker today.
Dr. Jo  is UCSF-trained in physical rheumatology, a USC cum laude in bio-chemistry, and has spent the last twenty years working on new drugs.  She is an
award-winning UCSF professor.  She is full of energy, profoundly generous, and
enthusiastic.  She’s pretty and nice, too!
Dr. Jo talked about her work in Borneo “Saving lives and saving rainforests”—in
ninety-degree humidity!
Borneo is in Malaysia and is home to ten percent of the world’s orangutans. Palm oil is the number one export.  It takes 150 years to re-forest a rainforest.
The glorious ASRI organization was founded in 2007 with a mission to balance the health of people with the health of the environment.
The ASRI clinic sees 45 patients a day, mostly for tuberculosis and malaria.  Organic farming is taught.   ASRI workers act as guardians to monitor and prevent illegal logging.  There is a seedling program.
ASRI teaches kids about habits of hygiene and the importance of clean water.
WHAT????????????   When a woman loses her husband, she is given a goat.  There, all’s good, you’re set.
There has been an almost 100% increase in family income due to organic farming.
There is hope that Rotary can assist these people with their basic needs.  It is required that there be a local Rotary Club available to guide the project.  Unfortunately, the Rotary Club in Malaysia is on Bali, has only 15 members, and is 500 miles from Borneo. 
Still Dr. Jo and her associates are on the case and Frances Boscacci is helping.
Thanks, Dr. Jo, it was riveting.
                              SEE YOU MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8!
Upcoming Programs:
            September 8:  Mike Hurley - Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency
            September 15:  Tom Mohr – Community College System
            September 22:  Dave Parker – Original Lone Ranger
            September 29:  Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C, What’s New
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Pledge of Allegiance: DG Christine Gallagher
Invocation:   Newest member Michael Griffin gave the reflection/invocation – and it was great.  A nice piece on what it means to be a part of Rotary
Announcements:   Nicole Armstrong reviewed the New Member requirements (attend a Board meeting, Program Committee, front desk gig, etc.) directing her remarks to Michael Griffin and opening with “He must take the Membership Committee chair and 10 other Club members out to dinner at Gary Danko’s.”   Nicole also offered a revision to the protocol noting that collecting business cards is outdated and suggested that new members become LinkedIn with at least 10 members. 
Mike Horwitz reported on the Golf Fundraiser:  Some $1000 checks that have come in and we need more sponsors.  Sponsorship and hole money goes right into the Service Fund.  Please pay attention to Stan Moore’s persistent requests for bottles of wine.
Program and Speaker:  It was DG week!  President Mary invited Assistant DG, Janet Fogarty, to come up and do the introduction of the DG Christine Gallagher….which she did in much detail.  Anytime an intro starts with where they were born and how often they moved starting with age 7 up to current day you know you are in for a ride.  Consequently, I don’t recall many details.  Some blurry recollections include - National Park Ranger, time on Alcatraz, Ranger in charge of Smokey the Bear, a 30-year working relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers, and many truly wonderful civic and community volunteer activities and deserved accolades.    Christine is the Manager of the SF Bay Model in Sausalito.   She has been to six International Conferences.   John Delaney reports that he believes there are 41 clubs in our District.
The DG’s remarks kept the audience engaged – no sleepers were noted and you could have heard a pin drop!  She asked us all to think about our “Rotary moments” – how we felt when asked to join; why we come to meetings; examples of special times that made us proud to be Rotarians.  She gave a personal example – giving oral polio vaccine to children and knowing that she played a part in keeping 70 children from getting the disease.   Also announced that her focus on fun, family and inclusiveness were the reasons for selecting the aquarium on Pier 39 for this year’s Foundation Event on November 2 and Disneyland for the annual meeting next year.  She got a deserved standing ovation and the meeting ended on time!
Visiting Rotarians/Guests of Club: Matthew Zumstein visited.
Next Week’s Program:
August 25: Jo Whitehouse - Health Clinic in Borneo Report
September 8: Mike Hurley – Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency
                   September 15: Tom Mohr – Community College System
                   September 22: Dave Parker – Original Loan Ranger on Radio
                   September 29: Dr. Dan Ullyot – Hepetitis C – What’s New   
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July 28 proved an informative gathering. Mynor’s son Victor Chacon, a two-time Burlingame Rotary Scholarship recipient gave an update on his education. The next Fabulous Fairy Party has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20.
There will be an auction at the golf tournament. Stan Moore announced the need for donations of $30 or higher bottles of wine for this purpose. Finally, Scott and Sean Williams announced that they will soon share their experience (with video) running with the bulls at Pamplona.
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President: Mary “Who You Calling ‘Bonehead’?” Murphy
This Week’s Reporter/Editor: Scott “That’d Be Me, Prez Bonehead!” Hartley
Invocation:    Walt Ramseur was called on in a pinch to give our Invocation.  Showing that even retired pilots are always cool under pressure, Walt quoted our dearly departed Bob Davidson to get our meal started in the right frame of mind.  Bob’s spirit playfully lingered throughout the meal and meeting.  Julius Aires led us in our pledge.
Announcements:  Mark Johnson told us that the Burlingame Police will take your drugs.   Presumably they would take Mark’s drugs too if he wants to give them up. 
Prez Mary called on Scott Hartley and criticized him for noting in this publication that she made a bonehead move as she left her notes unprotected on the podium while Ted Kruttschnitt was in the room last week.  Scott’s defense was (and is) that this indeed WAS a bonehead move.   All the wise attorneys in the room agreed with Scott (thank you, Lage Andersen and Charles Voltz) that truth is a fully successful defense to slander charges.   Noting that tyrants and other elected officials will often accept bribes, Scott joined the President’s Club twice.  Per the terms of the graft, the High Gear staff is now free to exercise their First Amendment privileges through the year and it is now officially open season on President Bonehead in the High Gear!
Dave Behling called Renee Navarro from Burlingame Community For Education to the front and presented her with a big check compliments of Burlingame Rotary.  Yea us!   The 3rd Annual Burlingame Spirit Run is on Labor Day at Burlingame Intermediate School to benefit BCE which supports the Burlingame K-8th schools. BCE raises the funds that are no longer given to our schools by the state, for physical education, music and library programs.   For a business to donate individually, contact: If you would like to volunteer on the race day, or the registration days, contact Sarah Cheyette at
Stan Moore reminded us that our scholarship raising Golf Tournament is October 20 at Peninsula Golf & Country Club.     Sponsorships are still available.  Stan says that getting a foursome together is a lot of fun.   Contact Mike Horwitz and join up so we can help as many students as possible. 
Jim Shypertt provided the Sunshine Report and joyfully announced that we are “all good.”
Program and Speaker:    Jerry Kuehn introduced Bert Upson who told us about his first book, On A Clear Day.  Bert told us about his experience in New York in September, 2001.   Bert and his book give his theories about the cause and effect of September 11, 2001.  He would like us to “never forget 9/11.”
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New President Mary Murphy introduced the new Board of Directors. This year's Rotary theme was determined to be "Light Up, Rotary." The Scholarship Raising Golf Tournament will be in October and sponsorships are still available.
An England quiz raised a few bucks and the Debunking team provided entertainment. President Mary left her notes unprotected on the podium and Ted Kruttschnitt grabbed the opportunity to take them and shred them. President Mary introduced us to her friend, Betsy Koefoed, who told us some things about Rotary.

HIGH GEAR: Monday, July 14, 2013 Vidal Graupera 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Newscast:    Newscast Fearless Leader Who Must Be Obeyed And Treated As Infallible Fritz Brauner took the stage and rocked the place.   He made New Year’s resolutions for others.  For instance, Dennis Zell will no longer tell baseball jokes.   Fritz, meanwhile, is going to start taking performance enhancing drugs.   Fritz announced that this year Burlingame Rotary Will Not Go Hollywood.    A lot of work is not going into this event.  Flu jokes were told…bacon jokes were told…a grand time was had by everyone named Mike Kimball.  
Program and Speaker:  Mike Horwitz introduced Marc Friedman.   Marc is a marketing and general business guru at McMillan Doolittle LLP.     He presented: “Economic Outlook - U.S. Retail.”   Brick and Mortar stores are suffering.  The only incomes that are rising are those of the highest earners.  E-Commerce is ripping.  If you are going to stay in Brick and Mortar, you better be perceived to be the best in some way (cheapest, fastest, easiest, etc.).  Thanks, Marc.
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Newscast:    Dennis Zell (according to Dennis Zell) got up to the microphone and told a series of stories and anecdotes that he had hoped would amuse the crowd.  
Program and Speaker:  Dr. Sean Bourke of JumpStartMD’s medical weight loss programs gave us a lot of helpful advice on how to lose a little bit of our soft middles.   Cut out some of the carbs, add more actual fresh food and less processed stuff.  Good thoughts…now if only I didn’t really like carbs so much.   Dr. Bourke presented a measured plan that was much appreciated.
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Meeting held at Peninsula Humane Society Catered by A Black Tie Affair

Newscast: In honor of our lunch venue Fritz Brauner tried his hand at cat and dog jokes. When this fell flat he turned to audience participation and we got to hear favorite animal stories from our members. Mark Lucchesi admitted to having two dogs to which Ted K. made some comment about the meat counter at Mollie Stones. The group finally had enough and began to chant for the speaker to appear and begin in order to spare us any further pain. (Learn to love the pain because Hartley is next on the Newscast “hit” list – ed.)

Program and Speaker: Fritz changed hats and introduced our speaker, Scott Delucchi, the Sr. VP of Community Relations for Peninsula Humane Society. He is a life-long resident of San Mateo County having attended Serra High School and then Stanford University. He recognized Emily Matthews as the last arrival and said she would be awarded the three legged dog. As a 15 year PHS employee Scott witnessed the transition from the 60 year old cinderblock and chain link facility at Coyote Point to their brand new state-of-the-arts building on Rollins Road. This was all privately financed through a long fundraising effort. A large gift was given by a former wife of Larry Ellison. But they did not want the Ellison name on the building so honored longtime friend Tom Lantos. The official name of their new home is the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion. This is a three story building that houses dogs on the first floor, cats on the third and all other creatures on the second story. Scott explained that people give up their pets for a variety of reasons. One man had to surrender his parrot when he remarried because it continued to repeat the name of his first wife. Another gave up the cat because it didn’t match the furniture. Speaking of furniture, Scott asked if anyone knew the material used in the furnishings where the dogs and cats are housed. Cement! Very realistic looking but indestructible. PHS has a 100% adoption rate for healthy animals. They also stress spay and neutering and offer this as a low cost service. In fact they even have a mobile spay clinic that makes the rounds. You can recognize it if it is in your neighborhood as the back of the van says “GO NUTS.” Those who were interested were able to take a tour of the center at the conclusion of the meeting.

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Burlingame’s Rotary Club had a fun-filled and Scholarship Fund friendly day under clear blue skies on Monday. Peninsula Golf and Country Club was the scene for a very well attended and enthusiastic round of golf followed by a delicious dinner and Auction/Awards Ceremony.

The sun was spectacular but not the only star at the benefit. The spectacular fall weather (NoCal in October is often better than anywhere else, anytime) combined with the tireless work of Michael Horwitz, Joe Sweis, Charlie Rosebrook and a cast of what seemed like thousands to make Monday a very successful day. Overjoyed and overworked Club photographer Jim Shypertt declared that there were “too many heroes!” There were too many sponsors for this reporter to track so if Mike or Joe would be good enough to provide a list, names will be included in an upcoming HG for appropriate celebration.

“We had a fabulous turn-out,” according to Chief Bean-Counter Marilyn Orr. “I’m certain we will have a very profitable event.” Final numbers are still being calculated and we should expect an update this coming Monday.

The Auction and Award Ceremony was ably chaired by Mike Horwitz with an amusing “Ted Being Ted” segment as well. Joe Sweis, apparently a master magician, turned an ordinary deck of playing cards into over $500 for the Club.

Thank you all for a delightful day and evening. Our many members and guests who attended saw our Club in very fine light.

HIGH GEAR: Monday, October 7, 2013 2013-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Doerr on Oct 06, 2013

Save the date, Monday, October 7, 2013, for our 2nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. We have moved the tournament to the spectacular Peninsula Country Club in San Mateo where players from all over the area will enjoy a wonderful day of golf followed by our Annual BBQ. Mike Horwitz' Golf Tournament Committee has been working on this for months, now, and as good as last year's tournament was, this year's is shaping up to reach new heights of quality, fun with proceeds going to assist our club's Scholarship Program.

Sign-ups for individuals and foursomes have begun. Don't miss out on this event. Ask those who played last year. This year it will be even better. Also, if you would like to sponsor a whole contact Mike Horwitz at (650) 670-0617 or

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Mike Horwitz detailed the fabulous evening we will have at Peninsula Golf and Country Club on October 7. Some of us will have played golf at the club during the day as well. Charlie Rosebrook reminded we are dark that day for lunch.


Mark Lucchessi got sweet-talked into this at the last minute so introduced new Rotarian Joy Huetteman who told us a little about herself. She is A Notre Dame de Namur graduate and provides accounting services to startups. She’s a runner, too!

Today’s Speaker and Program

President John introduced former Burlingame Rotarian Matt Biggar.

Matt talked about how efforts to aid the environment are all about choices on our part. Our motivation has to be there. The jury is still out for some folks whether the planet is warming at all. And, if it is warming, is it the fault of people and therefore controllable in any way?

Surely, traffic and poor air can be decreased by making personal transportation choices: Bus or bike to work two days a week? Bike every day? No use of car twice a week? Considerations are infrastructure, cost, and available auxiliary services. Again, the individual must be motivated to make the change.

Thanks, Doctor Matt; it was great hearing your vision.

Next Week’s Program: On September 30, we will hear Jeanne Smith on “Organizing your Life.” Good luck with that!

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Bob Davidson was with us today as many remembered the friends he had in Rotary, the friend he was, and the many areas in which he participated in our Club over 40 years. President John thanked Mark Johnson, Mike Heffernan and the many others who worked to put together a warm remembrance of our Bob. The invocation was led by Rabbi Jay Miller who recalled all the inspirational invocations and other life-affirming messages Bob shared over the years.

Speaker of the Day Priya Clemons described the product of Seasons Productions, San Francisco. We watched a short but affecting video of a Mr. and Mrs. Seiford. Mr. and Mrs. Seiford have been married 60+ years and a charming video was created about their lives as early marrieds. This would be an excellent keepsake for any family. The Rotarians asked, “what about the shoebox full of photos and old movie reels we already have?” Seasons Productions can transfer them to disk and edit for a permanent keepsake. Prices start at $500 and are shown on their website And, thanks soooooooooo much for the gift of a video for our golf event upcoming.

HIGH GEAR: Monday, September 9, 2013 Rosalie McCloud 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Robert "Bob" Matthew Davidson, Sr. Jun. 13, 1935 - Sept. 2, 2013

Bob passed away on September 2, 2013, at age 78. He was a devoted husband to Luella Jean (Shoemaker) Davidson. He was a loving father and is survived by his first son, Robert M. Davidson, Jr., his wife Cecilia (Lopez) Davidson, their daughter Andrea Davidson and son Matthew Davidson, and his second son, Scott F. Davidson. He was the son of Gordon Davidson and Linda (Ormiston) Davidson (both deceased) and the brother of Janet (Davidson) Birk (deceased) and Helen (Davidson) DeVere.

Bob was born in Albany, NY, grew up in Delmar, NY, and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1953. He completed his degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University in VT, then enlisted in the US Army who brought him West by stationing him at Fort Ord near Monterey, CA. After his service, he worked as a civil engineer for the city of Burlingame, then served as City Manager for the town of Hillsborough. Bob married Lue, his wife of 45 years, and settled in Redwood City.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame for 50 years, where he was ordained as a Deacon and an Elder, and sang in the Chancel Choir. He was a member of the Burlingame Rotary Club and served as Club President in 1981-82. He lived a very full life in service and faith. The family is grateful for his love, integrity, humor, wisdom and deep faith. He now serves his Lord in His Kingdom.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, or a charity of your choice.

Robert "Bob" Matthew Davidson, Sr., Jun. 13, 1935 - Sept. 2, 2013 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
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