WINDMILL PROGRAM FOR JUNE 17th
A smallish but feisty crowd gathered for El President?'s next to last meeting (hooray!).
PREXY ED GAULD welcomed us to the "dynamic," "proactive" and "can-do" WVRC (we're reaching deep down for those adjectives!).
CLAWSON ("tennis pro") BLEAK led us in the Pledge. JIM ("let me insure you") CRANE gave the invocation, thanking the almighty for allowing us to be a part of Rotary and serving others in need.
LENNY ("maestro") FRIEDMAN led us in singing "You're A Grand Ol' Flag." PREXY ED observed that although Lenny was not going to the R.I. International Convention in Montreal, he is going to wear a French Official's Hat (a la' Charles de Gaulle) while the convention is in session. PREXY ED then donned the French Official's Hat (also known as a Kepi -- Pour les officiers généraux, le képi d'apparat est orné de feuilles de chêne et le nombre d'étoiles est représenté sur le devant du couvre-chef) while loudly announcing, Viva La France!
We had two visiting Rotarians: VIOLET LIM from the Rotary Club of Suntec City, Singapore; and BILL RAYMAN from the Santa Monica Rotary Club. ALLY ("Bruin") SHOJI introduced her very special guest, her husband AARON SHOJI. ART HENRY introduced his wife, SILVIA HENRY, and their niece, KATIE MACK. PP MIKE ("estate lawyer") NEWMAN introduced our soon to be member TERRY DE SOUSA.
At the head table were CLAWSON BLEAK, JIM CRANE and VP ED JACKSON. Also at the head table was our speaker, NICO BOUWKAMP, and his associate, JORDAN MCROBIE.
PREXY ED announced that there is still space available for the Demotion Party. On the invitation you will find him decked out in his Sherlock Holmes hat!
PREXY ED then recognized the following members who have perfect attendance:
ED JACKSON and STEVE PETTISE (1 year)
DWIGHT HEIKKILA and HOMER NEWMAN (2 years)
ED GAULD and DON NELSON (6 years)
CHRIS BRADFORD (7 years)
CLAWSON BLEAK (16 years)
MARCIA BROUS and LEO TSENG (17 years)
STEVE SCHERER (23 years)
RON LYSTER (24 years)
MIKE NEWMAN (25 years)
TERRY M. WHITE, TERRY R. WHITE and ERNIE WOLFE (29 years)
JOHN SINGLETON (35 years), and
RICK BROUS (40 years!)
PREXY ED noted we have seven members born in June (SUSAN KLEIN, GENE PRINDLE, GEORGE DEA, RAY ZICKFELD, WARREN DODSON, JOHN O'KEEFE AND STEVE SCHERER). Unfortunately, not a single one of them were present, so we did not engage in our traditional "Happy Birthday Rotarians" song: A 1 in 74,000 chance of that occurring, opined our actuarial PREXY ED.
PP SEAN ("kiss me, I'm Irish") MCMILLAN was awarded the Four Avenues of Service Citation for individual Rotarians by R. I. International! A round of applause ensued. Congratulations, SEAN!
PP MIKE NEWMAN engaged in some political stumping for the election of himself and MARK ROGO to the Westwood Neighborhood Counsel. You only have to be a steak-holder (knife-in-hand, please why can't we get this served at our lunches?) in Westwood Village to vote on June 26th. For his "fine" efforts, MIKE anted up 50 smackers.
PREXY ED announced that the WVRC was awarded a Presidential Citation for Rotary Year 2009-2010 from DG SUSANNE SUNDEBERG and RI PREXY JOHN KERRY for strengthening Rotary's future through exemplary action and service. "Yes we can!" without spending any taxpayers money!
PP RON ("hot rod") LYSTER, on behalf of ART HENRY (whose voice was giving out), introduced our speaker, NICO BOUWKAMP. Nico, who is from the Netherlands, is the Technology Analyst of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CFCP). He leads and facilitates member project teams to solve technical challenges with hydrogen car fueling infrastructure and implementing hydrogen stations. Nico had the pleasure of spending the Christmas Holiday with ART HENRY's family in Lake Arrowhead in 2008, and as a result found his way to give a very interesting presentation to our club on the prospects of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
The CFCP's membership consists of most of the major car manufacturers, federal, state and regional governments, technology companies and academia. CFCP was created to facilitate the development of hydrogen fuel cell powered cars to improve our air quality, reduce global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Hydrogen fuel cell cars have 0 tailpipe emissions (40% less pollution than gas powered cars when taking into account the energy needed to process the hydrogen). Hydrogen is also a sustainable, domestic fuel. Tens of thousands of hydrogen fuel cell cars are expected to be on the road (mostly in Southern California, where the infrastructure will begin) by 2016-2018 (and can travel 300 or more miles on a full tank). Nico showed us a short video explaining how a fuel cell works (electrons are split off from hydrogen atoms to create electricity, water and heat). A hydrogen fuel cell car is powered by the electricity created from this process; the car also has a battery to store electricity generated from braking. There are currently about 300 hydrogen fuel cell cars in California, and some hydrogen fuel cell buses in Oakland, Thousand Palms and Burbank. Hydrogen filling stations are currently located in Santa Monica, Chino and at UC Irvine; more are in the planning stages, including one at UCLA (which will be ready next year).
PEGGY BLOOMFIELD won PREXY ED's raffle for a bottle of 1995 Chateau Simone from France. PREXY ED stated that this will be the wine drunk by PDG's when they convene in Montreal for the R.I. International Convention.
Our speaker next week is none other than PREXY ED, who will have his swan song.
PREXY ED's thought for the day:
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.