NEXT MEETING: October 18, 2019
"Blossoms and Thorns" and Japanese Roots in Richmond
Flora Ninomiya, is a docent from the Japanese American Citizens’ League. This program will feature a short documentary, “Blossoms and Thorns”, about Richmond’s pre- and post-war community of flower growers and nursery owners whose lives were changed by the forced internment of Japanese citizens during World War II.
Flora will also tell us about two men of conscience who quietly made it possible for Japanese American families to return to Richmond and El Cerrito.
MEETING OF October 11, 2019
Our Prez, Jan Brown, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to Blue Apron’s Richmond Distribution Center. Hank Covell led us in the Pledge and Herb Cole did the invocation for peace, freedom and justice on earth. Thought for the day from Jon Lawlis: “The world is full of good people, if you can’t find one, be one.” A second thought for the day from Nick Despota, offered as we chowed down on sandwiches and salad: “Hunger is the best chef.”
Alan Baer reminded everyone of the BBQ to help out the Bahamas at his home this Saturday, October 12th, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bring along a dessert or drink. Should make your contribution to our Rotary Club with a note to benefit the Bahamas.
Jan suggested we think of someone who hasn’t been to the Club in awhile, and bring them to the BBQ or to the Rotary Lite Meeting, next Tuesday at El Agave Azul Restaurant from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Jan encouraged people to bring a friend to next Friday’s Rotary meeting, where our speaker will be David Ninomiya’s sister, Flora, who will do a presentation on the Mira Flores Centennial Project. She will be talking about the key individuals who helped Japanese Americans after the internment.
El Cerrito Rotary’s Sip and Savor is coming up at the Berkeley Country Club. See Jan for tickets.
Darlene Drapkin introduced Jeremy, the Assistant Manager of Blue Apron. He told us about how Blue Apron came to be, it’s 350 employees here at the Richmond facility, and the company’s vision going forward. Many thanks to Jeremy for the very informative presentation.
ROTARIANS WITH GUESTS
We were happy to welcome a lot of guests to this meeting.
Happy and Sad Dollars
We gathered at the regional distribution facility for Blue Apron. This company delivers precisely portioned quality ingredients, nutritional information, and, of course, instructions –don’t forget the instructions!– that enable subscribers to prepare delicious gourmet food in their own kitchens. Tasty.
- Darlene Quenville, Rotating Scribe