NEXT MEETING: September 23, 2016
The Secrets of Rotary Satellite Clubs
All Rotary Clubs are struggling today with the best way to recruit and retain young working professionals as members. Rotarian Gary Wong, son of Richmond Rotary’s own Charlie Wong, will share how his club has been successful in these efforts. We look forward to a conversation that may plant new seeds and possibly help us recruit new member
MEETING OF September 16, 2016
Prez Josh called the meeting to order and asked George Egan to lead us in the Pledge. PP Alan Blavins asked for peace on earth and Sid Chauvin offered: “Life will always be, to a large extent, what we ourselves make it.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Alan Baer had as his guest Wally Arakozie.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Civics, Engagement and Our Youth
Stacey Street introduced our guest speaker Eleanor Vogelsang, Community Relations Manager for Close Up Washington DC. Started in 1971, the program is based in Washington DC, but Eleanor lives in Oakland and serves the Bay Area. Close Up is a one week program for middle and high school students that teach them about democracy and civic engagement while visiting Washington DC.
Eleanor shared with us some very discouraging statistics on voter turnout in our elections. One in particular, that only 19.9% of 18-29 year olds voted in 2014 election. Close Up looks to increase young adults’ participation in our democracy. Close Up has served El Cerrito and Kennedy High Schools in the past and currently has a program at Richmond High School. Cost of the program is $2,000 per student. To learn more about the programs or provide support go to: www.CloseUp.org
- The Menehune, “Rotating Editor”