NEXT MEETING: December 19, 2014

WCCUSD: Moving to the Future--Technology, New Standards & Career Training

Bruce Harter, Superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School district, will speak about the district’s new strategic plan.  This plan includes nationally aligned standards that will greatly enhance students’ opportunities for college and career, including high school training programs in health, engineering, criminal justice, information technology, hospitality & culinary arts, multi-media, construction and the arts.   Tablets will gradually replace textbooks, and a fabrication laboratory (through Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT), complete with three-dimensional printing for product prototyping, will accelerate training in design and engineering.

Bruce Harter is in his 9th year as superintendent for WCCUD.  He has been a math and science teacher, coached sports and was a principal before becoming a superintendent.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado.  Bruce is married to a high school counselor, Lee Anna, with whom he has three children – all graduates of public schools.

Holiday Auction a rousing success!

auction-drum-14The Ho-ho-ho’s were cheerier, and the members and friends more generous than ever at Friday’s Holiday Auction: our earnings edged up close to $25,000, topping any Auction in recent history. The lion’s share of credit must go to Don Lau, who led his team of elves to collect an impressive array of gifts for the auction table. Gifts donated by all of you. You deserve the thanks!

Don writes: “A BIG MAHALO from The Menehune to the terrific Richmond Rotary Holiday Auction 2014 Team for all of their hard work over the past months and on Friday. Nick Despota, David Brown, Henry Moe, Lynn Martin, Connie Tritt, Stacey Street, Jim Young, Joe Bagley, Josh Surowitz, Heather Kulp, and Joan Davis. Job well done!”

Shop Amazon to donate to Richmond Rotary

Did you know that you can spend your holiday dollars and help Rotary too? Shana Bagley (no relation to Joe, but soon to be related to Mark Howe) reports that when you buy anything on Amazon, through the Amazon Smile Program, Amazon will donate ½% of your purchase amount to Richmond Rotary. Go to and select Richmond Rotary (which is already on their list). If you have an Amazon account you only have to do this once and it will be remembered. If you do not have an Amazon account, you will have to make the selection each time you make an Amazon purchase. You pay the same and the club gets ½%.

Ho, Ho, Ho!
– Jim Young





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