NEXT MEETING: December 21, 2012
The Port of Richmond
Port of Richmond Executive Director Jim Matzorkis will speak about our Port of Richmond and West Coast shipping in general, and the global warming induced possibility of a real Northwest Passage.
MEETING OF December 14, 2012
President Jim Young repeated his “R” word opening. Relatively, Rambunctious, Reasonably Respectful, Remarkably Generous (see below) Richmond Rotary Club. Doris Mitchell led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Stoney gave the Invocation. Henry’s thought-for-the-day: “God bless the victims and the families of the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.”
Rotarians with Guests
Pam Jones introduced two guests, Neville & Shawn. Doris Mitchell had her daughter Mia. Alan Baer had his two little Baers. We also welcomed Rod Wood, with three other El Cerrito fire fighters.
• Kudos to Auction Team Leaders Don Lau, Josh Surowitz and Michelle Itagaki, and also to David Brown and his “Check out crew”. David informed us we raised an astonishing $27,800.00 Proof that Richmond Rotary Club is indeed Remarkably Generous.
• Mike Winter rose to offer a contribution in recognition of his birthday, December 15th.
• Rod Wood, EC Fire Fighter and Founder of the Toy Drive lamented they had only 350 bikes for an expected 1.500 bike requests. Pam started calling colleagues and Rotarians to get donations for up to 100 more bikes. At $47.00/bike + helmet, you will never be able to buy a more affordable new bike. By the end of the meeting, Rotarians had contributed cash and checks for 70 bikes, to date. Again Wonderful Holiday generosity!
Herb noting that quick action on getting bikes is more important than observing form that it is best for the club if contributions are given to Richmond Rotary and then the club writes the check for the bikes This helps the rest of Rotary appreciate the full scale of the club’s generosity. It helps spread the Word. Plus it would be nice to get some decal recognition on the given bikes.
• Henry Moe gave a little recap on past presidents of Interact who are all enjoying great success. He asked for a further $800.00 for a third Camp Royal scholarship. The amount was raised on the spot by donations from Herb Cole, Jon Lawlis, George Egan, Mark Howe, Alan Blavins, David Brown, and Stoney.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Jim said the ritual of Happy and Sad Dollars wasn’t necessary, Jonathan disagreed. Not sure how that was resolved.
Son: Mom, Hi. How are you? How’s everything in Florida?
The Richmond Police Department
Today’s speaker was Deputy Police Chief Ed Medina, a 25 year veteran of the Richmond Police Department. He started his career in law enforcement after serving 5 ½ years as a United States Marine, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and abroad. He received his honorable discharge in 1987.
Ed explained that the Department is organized into three geographically-defined divisions. Officers are assigned to the divisions, and longer tenures within the divisions enables them to spend more time in neighborhoods getting to know locals, cars, and business owners.
The Department’s has invested in new technology that enables the three divisions to interact like never before; for example, CCTV and the ShotSpotter. The ShotSpotter can locate within ten feet where a shot was fired and what caliber it was. All officers have cell phones and a GPS in every car. This is not used to determine how long they are parked at doughnut shops but to permit dispatch officer know exactly where each car is.
Of course the Department doesn’t just rely on high-tech. Officers work with building inspectors and carpenters to board up broken windows or doors, when the robbed owner cannot be reached. They organize heavy equipment to cope with illegal dumping– a growing problem everywhere. When it comes to police support, Richmond is in capable hands.
Richmond/El Cerrito Police & Fire Departments Toy Drive
Our annual Toy Drive was also part of the meeting’s agenda. Pictures speak louder than words.
Photos by Neville Guard and Alan Blavins.