April 7, 2017

NEXT MEETING: April 7, 2017

Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund

Join Jim Kennedy, Chair of Donor Relations for an update on the Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund. Accompanying Jim for the presentation will be the following individuals:

  • Regina Amos, Kennedy-King scholarship alumnus
  • Mila Coffey, Kennedy-King scholarship alumnus
  • Alfonse Upshaw, Kennedy-King scholarship alumnus
  • Rosemary Viramontes, Kennedy-King scholarship alumnus

These alumni will discuss their personal experiences and the impact of the scholarship.


  • Syd announced that the whirly crane that our own Mark Howe helped to preserve is in the news as the site of an osprey nest being watched by internet cameras.
  • Pam Jones said the District Conference was a great success, with 450 people in attendance.
    Josh Surowitz announced that TGIFF was meeting that evening at a new sports bar in El Sobrante called Somewhere Else.



President Josh Surowitz called the meeting to order.
Jon Lawlis led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Herb Cole asked for a moment of silence of peace, freedom and justice on Earth.
Syd Chauvin had a thought for the day:
Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.

Visiting Rotarians:

Mack Lingo from Berkeley.

Rotarians with guests:

Jerry Feagley brought retired Richmond Fire Chief Al Nero, who will be inducted as a member next week.

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

Oscar Garcia did the honors, recognizing the achievements (?) of:

  • Alan Blavins, who survived for 73 years on this here Earth.
  • Herb Cole, who Alan’s record by 6 years.
  • Josh Surowitz, who’s just a rookie at life in comparison.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Jon Lawlis happy to be back from Mexico. Right. Got a bridge for sale, Jon?
  • Ric Ambrose for the U of Oregon basketball team in the final four and, by the way, for the Stanford women’s basketball team. And, because his daughter got a job at USC.
  • Herb Cole was happy to hear the sound of “USC” out of someone else’s mouth.
  • Shana Bagley spent a happy week in Paris and Amsterdam, but her flights on WOW Airlines were awful.
  • Connie Tritt thanked Shana for helping her out at tax time. Only 18 days to go!


Understanding the Kaiser Ethics Committee

Nick Despota introduced his friend, Dr. David Rosen, a Kaiser physician and a long time member of Kaiser’s Ethics Committee. The committee intervenes when there are intra-family conflicts about end-of-life decisions.

Dr. Rosen answered some questions about directives and told some stories about difficult transitions. He also told us he was a volunteer at the RotaCare clinic in San Rafael and recounted a very moving occasion when he was able to offer counseling to young woman who was exploited by cross-border sex-trafficking.


- Josh Genser, Rotating Scribe