NEXT MEETING: August 2, 2013

Richmond Police Explorers

Officer Jerred Tong, accompanied by 3 Richmond Police Explorers, will tell us about the Explorer Program. The program strives to create interest in law enforcement by exposing youth to the many duties police officers perform, while building the self-confidence and character. By teaching these young men and women to new skills and challenging them to overcome obstacles, the program prepares them for a career in law enforcement and gives them the tools to be successful in any profession they choose.
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MEETING OF July 26, 2013

Welcome

Liliane, our newly-inducted president, asked Stoney to perform the invocation.  He asked us for a moment of silence for “peace and freedom on earth”.  Sid gave us a thought for the day but I’ll be dammed if I could understand it.

Sunshine & Rotarians with Guests

  • Tito Escalada was visiting the club from Danville Rotary.
  • Heather brought her father to lunch today.
  • Fred Glick, was visiting us today from the Berkeley Rotary.
  • Nick welcomed Patrick  Roche, a planner from Contra Costa County,  was our speaker today.

Announcements

  • Liliane asked the membership for volunteers to help bring food to the Rotocare clinic volunteers.  The date is 8/6/13 in the evening.  Stay tuned for more information in the next flywheel.
  • Josh Surowitz, announced a new membership tool.  We are going to have a joint meeting with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at the Richmond Country Club on Thursday 8/8/13 from 5-7.  Should be fun —  SO COME!
  • Alan Baer let us know that we going to have another poker night and the buy in is $50.
  • David Brown announced that David Calfee, a very good friend of his donated $1,000 to the Foundation.
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Recognitions

  • Hank Covell also talked about Dave Calfee and explained that he recently played 5 hours of poker with him.  Dave Calfee is 92 years old and his wife is 95 years.
  • Jim Young was happy that he found $1,000 extra from the proceeds of “The Lost Secrets” play.
  • David Brown also noted that Father Nick was not wearing his clerical collar and had likely been defrocked.  David wanted to make sure what he did was worth the defrocking – he was kidding.
  • Connie Tritt our foundation chair awarded a Paul Harris Fellow to Father Nick. And then the always entertaining and very funny Sister Mary delivered an enthusiastic testimonial to recognize Father Nick’s retirement to Salesian Mission.  She said that “ones longest journey is from the head to heart”.  I liked that.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Tom Waller celebrated his birthday by going to lunch with his son and his favorite Russian lady. [I will report back on Russian lady for sure. – Scribe]
  • Connie Tritt was also recognized for her club anniversary.Connie Tritt our foundation chair awarded a Paul Harris Fellow to Father Nick. And then the always entertaining and very funny Sister Mary delivered an enthusiastic testimonial to recognize Father Nick’s retirement to Salesian Mission.  She said that “ones longest journey is from the head to heart”.  I liked that.

Norm’s Nonsense

A heavily inebriated gentleman is going ice fishing. He starts to drill a hole with his auger when a loud booming voice says, “There’s no fish down there!”
So he stops drilling and moves a little ways and starts to drill again. The same voice booms, “There’s no fish down there.”
So he moves a little further and is about to drill again, but the voice immediately comes again, “There’s no fish down there either!”
The drunk looks around and says, “Who are you anyway? God?”
“No, I’m the rink manager!”

PROGRAM

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Last Friday, Patrick Roche of Contra Costa County’s Department of Conservation and Development presented the county’s proposed climate action plan, aimed at meeting the goals of AB32. Under AB32, all government bodies must create plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 15% below baseline levels by 2020.

Due to the heavy concentration of power plants and oil refineries in Contra Costa, GHG levels are very high relative to other counties at 18 million metric tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere annually.  However the majority of these sources are under the jurisdiction of the Air Quality Management District so Contra Costa County’s plan addresses only 1.6 MMT of GHG emissions.

The largest component of the sources under the county jurisdiction are transportation related at 29%.  Other large CO2 sources are related to commercial and residential building mechanical systems.

The county’s climate action plan addresses the task of reducing these GHG by:

  • Energy efficiency and conservation
  • Renewable energy use
  • Land use and transportation planning
  • Solid waste
  • Water conservation
  • Government operations to meet the target of a 15% decrease in emission by 2020.

Mark Howe, Rotating Scribe