NEXT MEETING: September 28, 2012
Burning Man for Beginners
Our own Michelle Itagaki, an experienced “Burner”, describes her several trips to this gigantic art festival, a celebration of creativity, personal freedom and self- expression.
MEETING OF September 14, 2012
Prez Jim Young welcomed the assembly to the “last floating lunch meeting of the Relatively Rambunctious, Reasonably Ribald, Remarkably Resilient, Richmond Rotary Club.” Dan Tanita led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Prez Jim acknowledged our guests today. They include Interact Club members who are students at Salesian High School, and their parents.
Today’s meeting will be a little more emotional than usual so consider restraint in our otherwise emblematic enthusiasm.
Prez Jim led the Invocation as a tribute to Don Hardison. “It saddens me to report to you that our senior member and an Outstanding Rotary, Don Hardison passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday night with his family at his side.
This is not meant to be a eulogy. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at
First Presbyterian Church, in Berkeley
In consideration of the Celebration of Don’s life, the October 12th Club Assembly meeting will start at 11:30 AM and end at 1 PM. This will enable Rotarians to attend both the Club Assembly and the Celebration of Don’s Life.
Connie Tritt introduced her guest, Rich Ambrose, the Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center.
Rotarians with Guests
Prez Jim Introduced Pate Thompson from the Berkeley Club who was visiting today in his capacity as BARSHEEP Membership Coordinator.
Prez Jim reported that the word was out that Glenn Daggs is in the final stages of recertification as a Peace Officer and is about to start a new job as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.
Jim read the following note, just received from Dan Tanita:
“On September 28th at 9am the School District is doing a ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled, state of the art dental clinic at Peres Elementary School. Twelve years ago I started the clinic and have kept it going with volunteers. We do free services for the kids. I actually started it as a Rotary project.
In November of last year the school board decided to name the clinic after me. I talked to Don Lau and I said that if anyone from Rotary was free they would be welcome to attend the ceremony. (…)”
Prez Jim observed that the Peres Dental Clinic and his 12 year effort are the kind of thing that exemplifies ‘Service Above Self’ in Rotary. He encouraged all members who can to attend the Friday ribbon cutting at Peres.
• RI Director John Blount , Past District Governor, District 5130, Member of RI International teams including New Models, Rotary Action Groups & three PR President nominating committees.
Did Jim mention the Hospitality Night & the Toga Party?
Interact Coordinator Henry Moe introduced the new co-Presidents of the Salesian HS Interact Club who both attended Camp Royal last year. They produced a short Power Point program about the Camp Royal experience: confidence building exercises that make up the core of the camp experience. They thanked the club mightily for the opportunity and for the new confidence it helped them develop as Interact Leaders.
David Keystone got into the Recognitions groove, beginning with Jim Young.
Due to a sink hole that suddenly appeared in the scribe calendar, the scheduled scriber (who shall go unnamed) was absent from this meeting. Crisis. Jim and Nick, and David Keystone stepped to fore to exercise their powers of recall. Not quite.
Happy and Sad Dollars
David reconstructed the following version of Happy and Sad Dollars from memory (where all reporting begins anyway), hence the telegraphic quality of the rest of this report:
David Brown had Happy Dollars for taking another huge step in his flight training.
David apologizes for the guys and gals he may have forgotten, including Earle Brown, the happy-or-sadness of whose dollars David cannot now remember. (And he’s not even 50 yet. Jeez.)
Sam is at a bar with his friend when he tells him: “I found out that my wife has been lying to me.”
California Initiative to End the Death Penalty
On November 6th, Californians will vote on Proposition 34, the SAFE California Act. This measure that would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole. Today’s speaker, Lt. Steve Fajardo, spoke in favor of the proposition. (More than a month ago, members were invited to suggest an additional speaker to present the opposing viewpoint but no recommendations were made.)
Lt. Fajaro explained that he had not always opposed the death penalty. “As I matured,” he said, “my views changed.” He cited these reasons for his opposition to the death penalty:
Lt. Fajardo explained that, aside from the moral principles, one reason supporting the elimination of the death penalty is its high cost: $17 billion dollars for 17 executions in 7 years.
Lt. Fajardo presented maps of California showing the large numbers of unsolved murders and rapes in each county. If Proposition 34 passes, it will create a $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicides and rapes.
Questions posed to Lt. Fajardo revealed, not surprisingly, that opinions on the death penalty were split. Some members are in favor of its elimination while others feel strongly that we should keep it. To his credit, Lt. Fajardo was respectful to all members of the audience, regardless of their viewpoints.
Calfiornia now has 725 people on death row. The last time a prisoner was put to death in California was in 2006.
For more information on Proposition 34, visit the Ballotpedia page