NEXT MEETING: August 22, 2014
Cops and Robbers
Come learn all about the one-man stage play, Cops and Robbers, which is now being performed at The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center. (You’ll also learn how Richmond Rotary is involved.) The play is a revolutionary look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community. Centered on an officer-involved shooting, writer/performer Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira, a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, takes the audience on an emotionally charged ride with unexpected twists and turns. In the spring of 2010, The Piper paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, eventually graduating in the top percentile and delivering the commencement speech. The paradox of being a member of the Black community and a hip-hop artist, while simultaneously working in law enforcement, served as the inspiration to write Cops and Robbers. In the play, The Piper seamlessly travels through 17 characters, each with their own convictions, logic, and prejudices.
Cops and Robbers takes no prisoners as it challenges the viewer to question all preconceived notions of “right” and “wrong.” There’s even an associated curriculum of constructive take-away messages to help young people make sense of it all and move forward in the right direction. (View a two-minute introductory video.)
MEETING OF August 15, 2014
Prez Stoney called the meeting to order and asked John Wilson to lead us in the Pledge. Stoney asked for a moment of silence for peace, freedom and justice. He offered the thought: the definition of a conference is the confusion of one man being multiplied by the number in attendance.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Happy and Sad Dollars
“2 minute” Tom Waller introduced Paul Levitan from Galaxy Desserts who made a presentation to our club 7 years ago (really? Time does fly!). Paul and his partner Chef Jean-Yves Charon started Galaxy in 1998 and they received their big break in 2002 when their croissants were featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things list and made that same list for many years. At the time the business was in San Rafael and was outgrowing their space. Galaxy moved to Richmond on February 1, 2005, and has increased its business space from 26,000 -52,000 square feet. They have between 200-300 employees. Paul and his partner now own only 25% of the business because in 2009 75% of the business was bought by Brioche Pasquier, a French company. They are the #1 distributor of brioche in 350 stores and looking to a $50 million expansion hopefully by acquiring 10-15 acres in Richmond. Wouldn’t that be SWEET?!
How can we help? Those of you who missed the meeting missed out on some tasty treats. Thanks Paul.
- The Menehune Rotating Editor