NEXT MEETING: January 9, 2014
Rotary... The Recess of Our Lives!
District Governor 2014 Pam Gray from Rotary District 5140 visits Richmond Rotary for a special presentation. Pam shares about the District “office”, why we love Rotary and an opportunity to travel on a Rotary wheelchair trip in March – a trip that won’t break the budget.
A second generation Rotarian, Pam was born in Paradise, CA., where she returned after college in 1984 to work in the families’ businesses, Rose Chapel Mortuary in Paradise and Scheer Memorial Chapel in Oroville. As President of the Rotary Club of Paradise in 2007, her motto was “Rotary is the recess of our lives!”, now the motto for her District. Pam’s vision to make Rotary FUN and inclusive was realized—along with the goal of having every Club Member to her home for a social at least once during the year. After serving as Assistant Governor in the North Valley, Pam received the District Governor’s “Service Above Self”Award in 2010. She has a lot of Rotary in her life – Pam’s husband Brian, a Rotarian since 1992, was Assistant District Governor for the North Valley Flying Squirrels.
MEETING OF December 19, 2014
It was a dark and stormy day. President Stoney Stonework called to order the Richmond Rotary Club. Jon Lawlis lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stoney led us in a silent prayer for Freedom, Peace & Justice on Earth. Alan, who was tending the door for one sick Sid. told us that Sid said, “You don’t want me to breathe on you”. After the club unanimously agreed, our virtually elegant Alan’s voice dropped off and his Words of Wisdom didn’t make it to the other side of the room. Alan, speak like Churchill or use the mike!
Matt Lingo, our Berkeley Rotary pal, visited us today.
Rotarians with Guests
Jon Lawlis introduced is fiancée Darlene. Mark Howe introduced his fiancée, Shanna. Herb Cole introduced Joe Kelman and his wife Elizabeth. Jim Young introduced his wife Linda and Robin Yee Wilson from West County Reads.
Bill Koziol agreed that it is a dark and stormy day… Hank Covell reported that Doreen’s cookies got to Ralph (No Asterisks!) Hill, who is doing ok and Ralph’s $1,000 got to the club. Hank encouraged the members to call Ralph’s cell and leave a message. He may not answer but listens to everything. You heard about Sid…. Prez Stoney reported the George Egan is home from hospital and also doing ok.
Happy and Sad Dollars
WCCCUSD Superintendent Bruce Harter reports on the state of our schools
Prez Stoney introduced our own (Dr.) Bruce Harter, Superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, for an update on the school district and comments about the Common Core new curriculum that is being implemented in California and the USA.
As usual, Bruce’s presentation was information rich. Here are some of his prime comments about Common Core:
In other noteworthy developments Bruce said there has been improvement in campus behavior, discipline and student community identity, including:
Other noteworthy information included:
The District has established the goal of ‘on to one’ computing meaning it intends to provide a table (a computing table, not a slate tablet) to every student. Bruce said he hopes that will allow a future reduction in the number of text books needed by students and a big saving for the District.
Based on student and staff surveys, Bruce is pleased that:
While it will take money and commitment he hopes to rebuild the District’s arts, music and sports programs.
A newsworthy note at the end of the program based on Bruce’s initial slide that showed students reading, “Richmond Tales, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle”. Robin Y. Wilson said that West County book and school text has been selected by the California Teachers Association for Read Across America for 2015 and will be featured in the CTA newsletter and at the three CTA conventions around the state. For those who don’t already know it, the book has also spawned a sequel, “Oakland Tales, Lost Secrets of the Town”, commissioned by the Oakland Unified School District and including many of the same characters from “Richmond Tales…”.
And with that happy ending we thank Bruce Harter for an informative program and continuing success improving our local schools.
Before he rang the bell for the last time in 2014 Prez Stoney reminded the club that we will be dark until January 9th when everyone needs to show up because the District Governor is going to be our speaker.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Rotating Scribe, Jim Young