November 10, 2017

NEXT MEETING: November 10, 2017

Prepare Now for the Next Emergency

If last month’s wildfires taught us anything, it is that life-threatening emergencies can happen at any time and often come with little warning. The time to prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, or powerful storms is now.

This Friday a representative from the city of Richmond will review emergency preparedness measures each of us can take. We’ll also be reminded of what we can and cannot expect from city and county governments in the hours and days following major disasters.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Don Lau announced that our annual Holiday Auction is coming up on Friday, December 8. Sign up on line ( http://richmondcarotary.org/holiday-auction/ ) to list your auction items. And bring a friend or two to the auction to increase the positive impact we have in our community.
  • Auction Reminder: if you bid on Alan Blavins’ sketch at the auctions, please give him a photo by March for sketches.
  • Josh Surowitz will offer a pub crawl with Bill Koziol. Josh Genser will host another wonderful whiskey tasting. Hank Covell is offering Doreen’s amazing cookies.   Jon Lawlis and Darlene Quenville will offer a farmhouse stay in Quebec.       Mike Winters will auction off his relaxing house in the woods in Gualala. More to come!
  • Salute to Veterans Day will be held at Craneway Pavilion November 10 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

MEETING OF November 3, 2017

Welcome

President Connie Tritt called the meeting to order and asked Norm Lundberg to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jon Lawlis asked for silent prayers for peace, hope, and justice. Sergeant at Arms Sidney Chauvin offered a quote for the day: “democracy must be something more than two wolves and a lamb deciding what we are going to have for supper.”

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

Oscar Garcia performed the honors of Recognitions and Happy/Sad Dollars today.

Don Lau’s birthday (Nov 8). He will receive his first social Security next month. Don is going to Hawaii to celebrate his father’s 101st Birthday. Hau’oli la hanau!!!

Erle Brown has a club anniversary (Nov 5). While no years of dedicated service were disclosed, Erle gave the cheeky hint that when he joined, the club president was Bob MacDonald.

Alan Blavins had happy dollars his upcoming fishing trip for his 9th river monster. He gave Jan Brown a beautiful hand drawn sketch from the auction.

Sid Chavin had a snarky happy dollar for the rescheduling of Josh Surowitz’s auction hike.

Jan Brown had happy dollars for receiving the auction sketch and a fun auction chili dinner coupled with a gripping World Series.

PROGRAM

Visit Richmond!

Darlene Drapkin introduced today’s speaker Matt Lewis the executive director of Visit Richmond. Visit Richmond is funded by guest rooms sold. Richmond has about 12 hotels, but many are not convention-appropriate. Local hotels are working with Chinese travel operators for northern California tours. The tourists’ interests are rates, value, shopping, gambling, and other activities.

Best Western has taken over Marina Bay Inn (on Cutting and Canal). Hilltop Mall is an ongoing discussion.

For more information: http://visitrichmondca.com/


-Shana Bagley, Rotating Scribette