NEXT MEETING: March 16, 2018
Dirt World Bike Park
Dirt World is a 2-acre public bicycle terrain park now under development on the Richmond Greenway just East of Unity Park. Designed for mountain bikes and BMX bikes, the park will feature jumps, obstacles and multiple pump tracks for riders of all skill levels at this exciting new neighborhood park. Located on a regional trail and just a few blocks from a BART station, Dirt World will be the largest bike skills park in the East Bay, providing much-needed infrastructure for local bikers.
The park is also an innovative brownfield remediation project combining urban greening, public art, environmental justice and a community-build approach to create a unique recreational opportunity in the Iron Triangle Neighborhood, improving access and equity in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the state. Find out more at http://www.dirtworld.org/
Dirt World is seeking contributions to help reach the $30,000 construction budget as well as participation and support in the Phase 2 community-build portion of the project to construct other park amenities later this year. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/richmond-bike-park-final-sprint/donate
Prez Connie called the meeting to order on a bright Friday afternoon. Tom Butt led us in the Pledge and Herb Cole provide a silent moment for peace, justice and freedom. Sid Chauvin offered the following from George Burns: “The secret to a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Alan Baer had as his guest his wife Santa, Cecilia Orozco brought her 3 almost 4 year old daughter Ruby, and Tiffany Straus brought her HR Director and Mayor of Hercules Chris Kelley.
Prez Connie inducted our newest member Tamara Shiloh to our Club to a standing ovation!
Happy and Sad Dollars
Stacey Street introduced our speaker, our own Tiffany Straus, Executive Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Program (ECMHP). Started in 1974 as the Therapeutic Nursery School the program serves children from 0-6 years of age in West County. The program helps young children who get kicked out of preschool because of behavior issues. ECMHP works on the physical, emotional, and mental health issues faced by these young children to prepare them for elementary school. Programs include: Individual/Family Play Therapy; Licensed Therapeutic Nursery School; WRAP around services (family support); and Parent Support Groups. ECMHP serves over 500 families per year 87% families of color and 100% low income. Tiffany shared 2 success stories that illustrated the important work being done by ECMHP.
The Menehune, Rotating Editor