NEXT MEETING: February 26, 2016

Tech Careers for Low-Income Residents

Barrie HathawayBarrie Hathaway, the Executive Director of the Stride Center, comes to Richmond Rotary to discuss the organization’s history and programs. Barrie will also tell us about Progress Richmond, a collaborative with eight committed partners founded in 2010 that empowers economic and social mobility for Richmond residents.

The Stride Center empowers low-income adults facing barriers to employment to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Founded in 1999 in San Pablo, Stride creates access to middle-skills careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by providing a comprehensive career readiness program that includes technical training, industry-valued and stackable certifications, professional acumen, career navigation and life-skills training, and job placement assistance.  Never have employers needed the talent Stride is developing more and as a result, never has the opportunity for low income men and women to achieve economic success through careers in ICT been greater.

MEETING OF Feburary 19, 2016


Alan Blavins welcomed everyone to the Friendliest Rotary Club in Richmond. Don Lau led the pledge. Sid’s thought for the day was “success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let it go”. Alan Blavins asked for a moment of silence for the fallen Richmond Police Officer who died in an off-duty incident.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Darlene Quenville attended with Jon Lawlis
Rita Bagley attended with Joe Bagley

Special Events

Alan Blavins and Jim Finley

Alan Blavins welcomes Jim Finley into the Richmond Rotary

President Alan Blavins inducted our newest member, Jim Finley, into our club. Mike Winter is Jim’s sponsor. Congratulations, Jim.(Photo on right.)


A Message from Linda Young, wife of Jim Young

To everyone in the club who sent cards, e-mails, and prayers, or attended Jim’s memorial service, please know that all your caring has meant a great deal to me and the family. The club and it’s good work meant a great deal to Jim and he always sought to do is best for the group.  I’m sharing all the e mails and cards with the kids in a little booklet.

As my head was swirling from everything moving so very fast when we returned from Singapore, it was such a welcome surprise to see the flowers, your faces, and yes, Tom, hear your remarks about Jim questioning St. Peter about his Bi-laws.  Thank you so very much for all your concern and caring. I hope to stay in touch with the club and its work.

Linda Lapp Young

  • Jon Lawlis announced that the District Conference will be in Woodland, from April 1st to 3rd, and suggested that our members should start signing up
  • Joe Bagley announced that on April 9th our club will be working on our District Grant Project to update homes in Parchester Village with Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms. More information will follow but this is a large project and will require many of our members to get it done.
  • Joe also announced our club project to update the Veteran’s Administration home in Richmond. There will be some setup work to get ready for the work party on April 30.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


The Bay Area's Future Earthquakes

David Schwartz, who has worked for the USGS for 31 years, has studied faults around the world to determine how they work in time and space. He informed us that the first big earthquake about which we have good data occurred in our backyard in 1868: on the Hayward Fault. The next was the 1906 earthquake and then the 1989 earthquake. We also added added a new to our lexicon:paleoseimetology. Not really a candidate for Scrabble, the word nevertheless refers to something quite useful: the historical study of earthquakes faults.

The USGS studies have found that there is a 72% probability that between now and 2034 that there will be a 6.7 earthquake or greater in the Bay Area. (That means there’s a 28% chance that there won’t be. But even a half-full glass can be upset by a lesser magnitude quake.) Still, there is good news. David reminded us that the more we know about earthquakes the better prepared we can be.


- Henry Moe, Rotating Editor