NEXT MEETING: November 9, 2018
Meet our new District Governor
This Friday we will welcome Jon Dwyer, the District Governor for District 5160. Visits from our DGs are always great opportunities to develop a broader picture of Rotary’s activities in the country and around the world.
We hope you’ll be able to make it.
MEETING OF November 2, 2018
Prez Jerry was back at the podium and welcomed all and asked Hank Covell to lead us in the Pledge. Herb Cole offered a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice. Sid Chauvin offered: “If you don’t think every day is great try missing a few.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Josh Genser’s guest was Vinay Pimple and Bob Dabney’s guest was Demnlus Johnson III. Yes, it’s Election Season at the Rotary.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Nick Despota introduced our speaker, and soon to be Richmond Rotarian, Jeff Sloan. Jeff is the new Executive Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program (ECMHP) in Richmond.
Jeff grew up in Richmond and is a graduate of Salesian High School and UC Berkeley. He holds three Masters degrees: in clinical psychology, business administration, and theology. Jeff thanked the Club for its support of ECMHP over the years; and also thanked individual Rotarians like Josh and Elena Genser, who funded the construction of a playground at its new facility.
The goal of the program is “Keeping Families Together,” which is no small task these days since many young children face developmental trauma due to poverty, bullying, violence, separation from parents, racism and isolation.
ECMHP addresses these issues by working closely both with the child and the family. The organization focuses on early intervention, accepting children from 0 to 7 years of age. Its services include a therapeutic nursery school, family therapy services, parent and family support groups, in-school consultations, kinder transition, and immigrant and asylum legal workshops.
ECMHP has been serving the greater Richmond community for over 40 years. For more information, visit its website at www.ecmhp.org
The Menehune, Rotating Editor