It was a lively crowd that gathered for lunch last Friday.  It so rattled President Dan that he failed to recognize two visiting Rotarians from the San Ramon Valley Club.  This egregious oversight was noted by one of the visitors.  Also visiting was Bob Leidner's nephew. 

Helen Anderson reminded the club that August is membership month and all club members are working members of the Membership Committee.  We are looking for a few good people.  Dick Anderson announced that the District is contributing $2,000.00, in addition to our club's donation of $2,500.00, to the Guatemala Literacy Project matching grant.

Bob Leidner was our lucky winner and drew a white marble in Friday's raffle.

Sergeant at Arms aka Fine Master Allan had a busy day catching up on donations for birthdays, anniversaries, lack of make-ups and tardiness. After some spirited bidding, Bruce Franklin emerged the winner of the Fine Free Badge for September.  Dick Jandt offered some kind words in memory of Dick Kelley.  Allan served notice that anyone delinquent in their annual dues would be appropriately recognized at our next meeting on September 10th.

Our own Lisa Guy, exchange student from New Zealand, gave an exciting presentation about a summer to remember.  As part of our District's student exchange program, 38 students and 19 counselors toured the U.S. by train for one month.  The trip took the group north through Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.  Turning east they toured Montana and Glacier National Park and then on to an exciting shopping opportunity at the Mall of America in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Pizza in Chicago was followed by Niagara Falls and stopping in Boston for the 4th of July Boston Pops Concert on the Common.  Turning south, the train took the group to New York and Washington, D.C., where Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack arranged for a capitol tour.  Continuing south, the group visited New Orleans and the fabled French Quarter.  It was then time to turn west and come home. 

Lisa's program was highlighted by a slide presentation of the many places visited.  When asked about her favorite meal, she responded that it was a roast prepared by her host family in Portland.  Lisa also thanked Diane Kelly, Bruce Cathcart, Rod Vigue and Jan and Andy Brakebill for providing some memorable weekend trips this past summer.

Editor's Note: Remember that we are "Dark" on September 3rd. Below is another note from Lothar about his Rotary visits.

"Rotaract in Gainesville is open to anyone under the age of 35.

One group is focused at the Univ of Florida.

A Rotaract member--student at U of Florida has a backpack effort that has a different twist. She contacts Guidance counselors at elementary schools searching for children who have "nothing". Back packs are filled for these youngsters with some school supplies, but mainly with food. The youngsters bring the back pack -back to school monthly for a re-fill. Cost is $100 for a year per recipient.

Rotaract is also very active linking its members to Rotary professionals who then act as mentors.

The club I visited today--Rotary Club of Greater Gainesville was founded in 1967--and for a while had 60+ members. Current membership is in the low 30's.

I had a flag to exchange--since they get so few visitors from outside of the area--a reciprocal flag will be mailed--the person in charge normally does not bring the flags to the meeting!!"