NEXT MEETING: January 29, 2017
The Girls Inc. Experience
Tiffany Harris, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County (Girls Inc.), will discuss the Girls Inc. experience. Girls Inc. of WCCC is a nonprofit organization that serves girls between the ages of 6-18 living in the Richmond and West County community. Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” Our purpose is to respond to the complex and diverse needs underserved girls contend with through the provision of programming that affirms their self-worth, empowers them to assert their autonomy and promotes their self-actualization.
MEETING OF January 22, 2016
President Alan Blavins called the meeting to order and asked Foundation Chair Connie Tritt to lead us in the Pledge. Alan asked for silent prayers for peace, hope, and for Jim Young. Sergeant-at-Arms Sid Chauvin offered a quote for the day: “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Herb Cole and Mike Winters introduced their guest Jim Findley.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Sharing Abundance with People in Need: the White Pony Express Story
Speaker Program Coordinator Stacey Street introduced Erica Brooks of the White Pony Express who gave a detailed and informative presentation about an amazing all-volunteer organization recovers over 2 million pounds of fresh food from about 100 donors and distributes it to about 60,000 needy people within less than 24 hours of receipt.
About 10% of the population of Contra Costa lives below the poverty line ($11,770 for individuals, $24,250 for a family of 4). Founder, Dr. Carol Weyland Conner was inspired to find a way to take the abundant fresh food from grocery stores, restaurants, and farmer’s markets that was thrown away and eliminate hunger. Her idea has blossomed into an amazingly successful program where they now have donated refrigerators, freezers, delivery vans and work hand in hand with over 50 local non-profit service groups (such as Salvation Army, Bay Area Rescue Mission, GRIP). The White Pony Express provides fresh food, toys, clothing, and love.
For more information, to volunteer, or donate, please visit http://www.whiteponyexpress.org
- Shana Bagley Howe, Rotating Scribette