NEXT MEETING: March 1, 2013
Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Jean Ellisen will tell us all about the upcoming Bay Area Storytelling Festival, focusing on the children’s study trip. Jean has been telling stories all her life, and in many locations around the world. She is an artist, a teacher, a mentor, and friend of the storytelling community at large.
MEETING OF February 22, 2013
President Jim Young welcomed the large gathering today. The invocation was lead by Stoney. The Thought for the Day was offered by Herb: “The highway of life is littered with flat squirrels who couldn’t make up their minds which way to go.” President Jim then added, “Henry Ford said there are two kinds of people: those who think they can and those who think they can’t, and they’re both right.”
Rich Brandeis, former Richmond Rotarian and President of our club, who is President of the Mendocino club, along with his wife, Lisa.
Rotarians with Guests
Alan Baer brought his daughter, Stephanie.
Josh S is present and, apparently, feeling better.
Lillian’s birthday was on Presidents’ Day.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Alan Baer had happy dollars for his daughter’s birthday.
A farmer was out working in his field one day when a carload of politicians came flying by. They were going too fast for the curve and turned over in the ditch. Later the sheriff stopped by and asked the farmer if he had seen the car.
Club Assembly and a proposal for a new international project
Josh Surowitz announced the formation of four membership teams. Each team is now engaged in a friendly competition to see who can bring in the most new members. The winning team will be treated to a party at a restaurant, location to be determined. Members of non-winning teams will need to pay their own tab. Too bad.
Jim has made good progress in arranging funding for the play, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle, that the Club is producing in collaboration with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. We have raised $30,500, and need another $19,500 to meet our goal of $50,000. There are several grant applications pending and volunteer opportunities coming.
President Jim passed out a list of proposals for projects, and pointed out that any successful project needs a champion.
Connie Tritt introduced Donna Runnells, who is spearheading a clean water project in Ecuador. Donna runs a non-profit called the Living Bridges Foundation, which has brought clean water to small villages in Ecuador. The cost for each village is $38,000. So far, Ecuadoran Rotary Clubs have not returned anybody’s calls. But members in our club, including Herb Cole, who’s had plenty of experience with international projects, sounded optimistic about the possibilities of supporting this worthy project.
Josh Genser, pinch-hitting scribe