NEXT MEETING: December 20, 2013
Rodney "Alamo" Brown and the talent of Richmond
Rodney “Alamo” Brown is something of a legend in the city where he was reared and spent his formative years. He was raised in Pullman Point formerly known as Richmond Townhouses aka “Globe Town”, a 270-unit, low-income housing project. He witnessed violence and drug dealings.
Alamo became a rapper and after an encounter with Warren Buffet’s son, Peter, at the age of 17 founded his own record label “Globetown Records”, with the help of three other Richmond natives, Ramon Avella, Marvin Saucer and Sonny Graves.
Alamo has written a book entitled If My Eyes Could Rewind, a collection of profiles which shows the wealth of talented Richmond natives. He will tell us about the history of Richmond, including his famous song as well as his future projects.
President Liliane rang the bell. Alan Blavins led us in the pledge. George Egan led the invocation. Liliane was happy to have the Richmond Firefighters here for the toy drive.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
There were four firefighters here for the toy drive. Richmond Fire Chief Michael Banks, Captain Ed Valdivia, Engineer Will Bachman and Firefighter Daniel James.
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The Richmond/El Cerrito Fire & Police Holiday Toy Program
Fire Chief Michael Banks, a stand in for Rod who runs the Toy Drive, stated that Rod has been working on the toy drive for 26 years. Rod is always looking on ways to improve it. He thanked Richmond Rotary for their involvement in the drive and especially the focus on bicycles. Richmond Rotarians provided over 200 bikes for the event. Chief Banks said the best part of the day is watching the face of each child as they receive the gifts and encourages any of the Richmond Rotarians to come down and see the smiles. Don Lau reiterated to come and join this wonderful giving event at the EM Downer Family YMCA at 263 South 20th Street on December 21 at 6:30am and be a part of the Christmas Spirit.
Henry Moe, Rotating Scribe