NEXT MEETING: April 13, 2018

Riggers Loft Wine Company: Being Part of the Fabric of the Community

Kevin and Barbara Brown, owners and winemakers of R&B Cellars, and owners of Riggers Loft Wine Company, tell their story of being in the wine business. In particular, they will discuss their latest chapter at Riggers Loft Wine Company, and what it means to them to be part of the vibrant Richmond community. Kevin and Barbara will also bring R&B Cellars wine for those in attendance to taste!

MEETING OF April 6, 2018


Connie Tritt presided over the meeting. Erle Brown led us in the pledge of allegiance and Connie asked for a moment of silence for peace, freedom and justice on earth.

Sid Chauvin’s Pearl of Wisdom – People who enjoy meetings, should never be put in charge of anything.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Joining us today were Dr. Pate Thomson from Berkeley Rotary and Aaron Gobler from Albany Rotary.


  • Pate Thomson, a Berkeley Rotarian with The Rotacare Foundation, and Aaron Gobler from Albany Rotary announced a fundraising Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, May 12 at the Albany Bowl from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They are encouraging teams to form. Last year the Bowl-a-thon earned $7,500 for Rotacare. Each participating team of 4 is expected to raise $1000 or more. Jon Lawlis, Darlene Q, Pam and Neville will represent Richmond this year and you can help them do Richmond Rotary’s part by contributing either a flat-out donation or by pledging an amount per pin. Please contact Jon with your pledge.
  • Albany Rotary is holding a Bayou Boogie Featuring New Orleans Blues, Zydeco, R&B,
    Mardi Gras & Swing music by I*KO YA YA on Saturday, 4/21, from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm at the Albany YMCA. Dance lesson 7:00 PM –  Music and Dancing 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Bayou Boogie. All proceeds benefit Albany Rotary local and international projects.
  • Pam Jones announced the 10th Annual Rotary District 5160 Bocce Challenge in Martinez on Saturday 5/19/18 and is looking to form a team. Ric Ambrose, Pam Jones, and Connie, agreed to be on the team and they still need a fourth! Contact Pam if you are interested.
  • Josh Genser announced a fundraiser for the Jewish exhibit at the Richmond Museum on Saturday, 4/21, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at his home. His Mom, who’s 100, will share her experience of Jewish history in Richmond.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


WCCUSD College & Career Pathways

Terri Waller from WCCUSD College & Career Pathways was our speaker today She told us that this program is 15 years old and is funded through the State. It prepares West County high school students for college and careers. There are six different career pathways: law, engineering, health, media communications, information technology, and performing arts.

They are looking for paid internships for 45 students this summer for five weeks, four days a week. The program underwrites the internships. The students are typically juniors, who are ready to bring their talents and skills to our local businesses and organizations. The interns learn about being supervised, punctuality, and responsibility.

In addition to providing internships, Rotarians can also get involved as public speakers, and supporting Career Days,

Darlene Drapkin, “Rotating Editor”