NEXT MEETING: July 24, 2015
Note new meeting location for Friday: Café Soleil, El Sobrante

Better BART, Better Bay Area

BART Director Zakhary Mallett will speak about Better BART, the agency’s effort to renew, rebuild and reinvest in the system to ensure safety, improve reliability, and keep traffic moving and business booming in the Bay Area into the future. BART operates the oldest big city fleet of train cars in the country. It’s time to replace the train cars, most of which are nearing the end of their useful lives.

BART has identified a significant amount of funding for replacement of train cars, computer control systems, and the construction of a maintenance complex in Hayward. However, about $4.8 billion is still needed to fund capital projects over the next 30 years.

MEETING OF March 17, 2015


Club President Alan Blavins called the meeting to order at the Richmond Country Club and Tom Waller led the pledge of allegiance. Alan asked for a moment of silence for freedom, peace, and justice on earth. Sid Chauvin provided this thought for the day: The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way (according to Dale Carnegie).

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Mark Porter was visiting from Solano Sunset Rotary Club in Vallejo. Mark brought two guests, Jason Maddox and Jamie Abitia, both realtors from the local area who are scouting out Rotary Clubs to join.


  • On Friday, July 24, Richmond Rotary will meet at Café Soleil, 3550 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante (near the intersection of El Portal Drive and San Pablo Dam Road). Club meetings will resume at the Richmond Country Club on Friday, July 31.
  • Stacey Street provided a reminder on behalf of Menbere Aklilu that the “Grateful for Grapes” fundraising event will take place this Thursday, July 23, from 4pm to 7pm at Salute restaurant. Click here to learn more. Menbe hopes all Richmond Rotarians will at least stop by for a glass of wine.
  • Alan Blavins acknowledged and thanked Nick Despota for all his fine work with the Richmond Rotary web site and the weekly Flywheel.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


Opportunity for all: Blazing a new trail in solving poverty

Stacey Street introduced Mariana Moore, Executive Director of “Ensuring Opportunity”, which is the newly formed campaign to cut poverty in Contra Costa County.

Currently headquartered at the Richmond Community Foundation offices, Ensuring Opportunity is designed to be a heavily collaborative initiative that engages elected officials, city and county leaders, various existing agencies, non-profit providers, the business community, organized labor, and faith-based organizations in a “big tent” effort to address the root causes of poverty.

According to Mariana, a Richmond native with extensive experience in this type of work, the 15-member leadership team will initially put an emphasis on developing a policy platform to garner wide-area support, strengthen partnerships, and guide endorsements. There are six campaign focus areas: Economic Security, Food Security, Health Security, Housing Security, Education, and Safety.

To learn more about this important work and to possibly get involved, check out the Ensuring Opportunity web site.

- Tom Waller, Rotating Scribe