NEXT MEETING: October 20, 2017

State of the City

Our own Rotarian, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt will present an update on the State of the City. He will provide highlights including key accomplishments, challenges and goals moving forward. He will discuss the City’s finances, staffing changes, real estate updates and environmental achievements.

MEETING OF October 20, 2017


President Connie Tritt called the meeting to order. Stacey led us in the Pledge to the Flag. Herb invoked deeper thoughts and higher powers. Syd’s thought-for-the-day: “Even duct tape cannot fix stupid, but it can muffle the noise.”

Visiting Guest

For the last time, Darlene Quinville was welcomed as the guest of Jon Lawlis. See below.

Special Events

Connie inducted Darlene and into the Richmond Rotary so her guest status is officially over. Darlene is now one of us.

Connie also conferred Oscar Garcia with his blue badge. Yeah!

And thought she wasn’t prepared for it, Cecilia Orozco stepped up to Connie’s invitation to give her Who Am I? presentation.

Cecilia attended Richmond High School and UC Berkeley. She aspired to a law degree but for reasons of romance and opportunity she turned her sights to real estate, a field in which she now enjoys a successful career. Cynthia told us she gets a lot of satisfaction out of helping people—and since she has 3 small kids, she gets a lot of practice. Congratulations, Cecilia, on earning your blue badge.


  • David Brown announced that, thanks to the generosity of many of our members, he was able to send a check for $2,625 from Richmond Rotary to the Santa Rosa Teachers Relief Fund.
  • Darlene Drapkin is asking for volunteers for Trick or Treat on 23rd Street, from 4 to 6PM on Tuesday, October 31st, between Barrett and McBryde. This fun, free family event for kids and parents promotes a positive image of 23rd Street—something that benefits all of us.
    We’d love Rotarians to volunteer as crossing guards or help out at the activities tables! Here’s the link to sign up. Download Trick or Treat flyer to post in your office or give to your neighbors.
  • Don reminded everyone that our Holiday Auction is December 8th and we all need to start thinking about what we’ll contribute that is fun and interesting, and people we’ll invite who are fun and wealthy. Nick will put up the Holiday Auction web page in the next week.
  • Alan Blavins reminds us the Police Toy Drive also takes place on that day. You’ll be asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a child in our community.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense