NEXT MEETING: April 18, 2014
Fleeing civil war, building a life in America
Toula Siakotos, author of New White Sandals, A Memoir, will talk about her recently published book. The memoir recounts her experiences in the 1940’s & 1950’s in a small village in Greece, during Germany’s occupation of Greece and the bloody civil war that followed. As a result of dramatic traumatic events in her family, Toula left her home and the only life she knew and crossed the Atlantic, alone, at the tender age of eleven in search for a brighter tomorrow in a distant land.
MEETING OF Friday April 11, 2014
Prez Liliane was busy with Cal Day duties at the UC so Secretary, ADG-In-Waiting PP Alan Baer called to order the stalwart few of the Richmond Rotary Club. The lovely Stephanie Baer was asked to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Waller led us in the invocation. Sergeant at Arms Sid Chauvin’s absence deprives us of Words of Wisdom for the day.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Happy and Sad Dollars
More quotes from W. C. Fields …
The Richmond Community Foundation and the role of philanthropy
Acting Prez Alan interdicted the otherwise well known Josh Genser, but with a different ‘hat’ as he is Chairman of the Board of the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF).
Josh began his presentation about the RCF asking a series of thought-provoking questions about contributions, ‘giving’ and philanthropy in general. He noted that many people today have surprisingly large net worth, surprising to themselves as well as others. Also many people do not have a clear idea of their net worth and this statement seemed to be supported by a show of hands when only about half the members acknowledged that the did know this important but ever changing number. Then asking the rhetorical question, ”How many in the room plan to leave an estate to their heirs?”, Josh suggested that if that estate was only 90% of actual value:
Josh also provided a short history of the RCF which started in the early 1990s with settlement proceeds from the General Chemical sulfuric acid spill litigation. RCF started as the Richmond Children’s Fund and developed and operated Richmond College Preparatory K-6 Charter School on Florida St. next to Nystrom Elementary School. The school opened to enrich and improve academic performance and opportunities in the community but eventually concluded that the entire neighborhood needed to be improved, not just the schools. So RCF launched the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE) to rebuild the whole community around Nystrom school. This has included the school MLK Jr. Park, and the community center.
RCF is also very proud of its unique collaborative, umbrella organization model for otherwise uncoordinated community 501c3 non-profits. As an example of this success Josh describe SparkPoint Richmond which is a one stop, financial crisis intervention service agency that helps low income people resolve serious problems and perform standard tasks (like income tax preparation) essential to living in a modern economy.
The RCFs services to donors are particularly valuable in a community like Richmond that has 186 community 501c3 nonprofits interested in helping the community and your donations. As RCF ED Jim Becker said during the Q&A, Not all nonprofits are equally efficient in helping the community or leveraging benefit from donor funds (or something like that anyway.)
Thank you Josh G. & Jim B. for an informative program about the Richmond Community Foundation.
Substitute, substitute, substitute Editor Jim Young, standing in for Josh S., Tom W. & Dandy Don Lau