NEXT MEETING: March 29, 2019

County Supervisor John Gioia

Supervisor John Gioia is presently Chair of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. First elected in 1998, John has been overwhelmingly re-elected five times. He’ll provide updates on issues he’s working on, to include Air Monitoring AB615, children and youth policies, illegal dumping, North Richmond, Housing, Homeless Services, Health Services and more.

MEETING OF March 22, 2019


On a soggy Friday, Prez Jerry called the meeting to order with Norm Lundberg leading us in the Pledge, Herb Cole offered a moment for peace, freedom and justice. Sid Chauvin offered: “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Prez Jerry’s guest was Frances Smith; visiting Rotarian Grier Graff has as his guest Mariana Day visiting from Mexico; Mac Lingo was visiting from Berkeley; and Cecilia Orozco brought her daughter Ruby.


  • Incoming Prez Jan Brown provided the Club with an update on our Centennial Project. The Board held a plebiscite (n. a direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question…yeah, I had to look it up!) vote and decided on a project at the new Mira Flores Development in Richmond. If you want details you can check with Jan and Josh Genser, but short take is that it has a number of ties to our Club (ie. past Prez David Ninomiya) and we will be doing signage and planting…this sounds like a great project.
  • Darlene Drapkin reminded all about Chavez Service Day tree planting along 23rd Street on 3/30 from 10am-2pm.  Meet at Portumex on 23rd Street
  • Jan Brown also passed out Rotary Calendar of Events.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


The Data Behind the Climate Crisis

Mark Howe introduced out speaker Scientist Eric Arens, a member of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, who presented information regarding climate change that is happening right now and not sometime in the future. Eric presented a number of graphs and data indicating that there is spike in heat waves, number of extremely hot weather days, and that the Poles are heating up with tundra’s melting and producing more methane. This is all due to the abundance of CO2 in the atmosphere. If you would like to see Eric’s complete presentation. Click on the link below:

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