April 7, 2017

NEXT MEETING: April 7, 2017

Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund

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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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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.

MEETING OF

Welcome

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!

PROGRAM

Understanding the Kaiser Ethics Committee

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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