NEXT MEETING: February 23, 2018
Rolling out the Bay Trail in Richmond!
Bruce Beyaert, Chair of TRAC, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee, will tell us about the tremendous progress that’s been made in recent years completing a 500-mile walking and cycling path encircling San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.
Richmond now has 34 miles of Bay Trail in place, representing almost 10% of the 350 miles completed of the 500-mile path. Despite having more Bay Trail completed than any other city in the nine-county Bay Area, 8.5 miles of gaps remain. Nine projects now underway promise to complete more than five miles of new Bay Trail in Richmond by the end of 2018, as well as 4.3 miles across the Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Advances made during the first half of 2017 include: 1.9 miles of trail built, 1.7 miles under construction, 2.5 miles being designed, $976,000 grant awarded for construction.
To download a high-resolution version of the map on the right, visit http://www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/
President Connie Tritt welcomed the group. Henry Moe led the Pledge; Herb Cole led the invocation with a prayer for peace, freedom and justice on Earth. Sid Chauvin’s Thought for the Day…”If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it’s free!!” (Just to set the record straight, nearly 3.4 million previously uninsured Californians now have health care coverage through Covered California. Think about that the next time you need to see a doctor. – N.D.)
Connie tested the Club’s knowledge of the Rotary Four-Way Test and we passed with flying colors.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Tamara Shiloh, the owner of Multi-Cultural Children’s Bookstore, a soon-to-be Richmond Rotarian, was the guest of Connie Tritt.
The Second Annual RotaCare Bowl-A-Thon, will take place Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Albany Bowl, 540 San Pablo Ave., Albany. All proceeds will benefit RotaCare (Richmond). Jon and Darlene are planning to attend, and hopefully Pam and Neville. Would love to see a couple of teams from Richmond Rotary supporting this great cause. We need Club Members to support our team with per-pin pledges and/or fixed-amount pledges. Aaron Gobler, of the Albany Rotary Club, is the main coordinator for this event. Aaron’s mobile phone number is 510-928-3662. Email Aaron@pagepoint.com .
Happy and Sad Dollars
The Everyday Tragedy of Human Trafficking
Today’s speaker was Rodger Freeman, Anti-Trafficking and Outreach Specialist in the Sacramento office of the International Rescue Committee. The IRC, we learned, was established in l933. Albert Einstein was one of its original founders. It started in Europe and is now working in over 45 countries, including 25 offices in the U.S. Albert Einstein observed that ”Only a life for others is a life worthwhile.” Einstein also asserted that “our task must be to….widen our circle of compassion to embrace all.”
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, paving a path for victims that leads from harm to home. Rodger described two categories of this crime against humanity: labor and sex trafficking.
Labor trafficking entails recruitment, harboring, transportation, and/or obtaining a person for labor or services, through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery.
Sex trafficking entails commercial sex acts induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform these acts is less than 18 years old.
The A-M-P model helps define sex trafficking. The acronym refers to:
How do identify possible victims of human trafficking?
How does the IRC help?
What are countries of origin of victims of trafficking?
You can contact Rodger Freeman at Rodger.Freeman@Rescue.org.
National Hotline Number – (888) 373-7888 or call Local Law Enforcement
- Rotating Scribe Darlene Quenville