NEXT MEETING: February 26, 2016
Tech Careers for Low-Income Residents
Barrie 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
President Alan Blavins inducted our newest member, Jim Finley, into our club. Mike Winter is Jim’s sponsor. Congratulations, Jim.(Photo on right.)
Happy and Sad Dollars
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