NEXT MEETING: January 3, 2020

The Unintended Consequences of Polio Eradication

When someone says the words, “The Rotary Foundation,” we immediately think of the people who receive the benefit of Rotary’s humanitarian generosity. However, these are not the people who receive greatest benefit from our Foundation. This presentation will tell the stories of those who benefit the most.

Brad Howard is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown and past district governor of the district serving California’s Silicon Valley. He was a Rotary International director from 2015-2017 and served 10 years as the coordinator for End Polio Now.

MEETING OF December 20, 2019


Prez Jan opened the meeting, Simon Ellis led the pledge, Jim Findley held a moment of silence for Peace Justice and Freedom on Earth. David Brown passed the hat for the Richmond Country Club staff who do a great job preparing, serving and taking care of us each week for our meetings.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Tamara Shiloh introduced Alexandra Wilson, Richmond resident and Immigration Attorney, as her guest and interested in learning more about Richmond Rotary.


  • Rotary Night with the Warriors is Feb. 10 (Warriors vs. Heat) at 7:30 at the Chase Center. For more information contact Jon Lawlis or pay David Brown before end of December ($105 for upper level sideline – $85 for baseline upper level). Orders are due January 1st. Included in the price of the ticket is a limited edition Warriors/Rotary T-shirt. A portion of each ticket sold benefits the fight to end Polio.
  • The Richmond Fire and Police Toy and Bike Give-Away was held at PAL early Saturday morning! Thanks to all who donated so generously to this popular community program. Check out our FB page. Thank you Pam Jones for organizing the Bikes for Kids effort through Rotary and Don Lau and David Brown for helping at the event.
  • Mark Howe announced that Past President and our current Secretary Connie Tritt is having a party before she moves to Florida in mid January and you are invited: January 16 from 5-8 at the Hotel Mac. Hors d’oeuvres with No-host bar.
  • Stacey Street thanked everyone for a successful auction and the club thanked Stacey for her hard work. Feedback for next year’s auction is welcomed.
  • Don Lau and David Brown thanked all – especially our community donors – for their generous backing of the Miraflores Centennial Project and the educational display installation scheduled for spring of 2020.       Club 100 reflects you, our members who are behind us 100%. THANK YOU! Members reading this who have not yet gotten around to it can still participate ( or contact Don Lau). Donations for the overall project was helped greatly by a generous donation from the Ninomiya Family.
  • Norm Lundberg is working on streamlining our Club’s legacy budget grants, which (going forward) will require a club advocate to be considered. See the application online.
  • SAVE THE DATE January 25 is our annual family Crabfeed held at Salesian. Stay tuned for more details and how you can be a part of it.


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


The Club Assembly

Thank you to all who attended the Club Assembly.

  • The Club Assembly opened with “Rotarians at Work, a presentation by Don Lau based on a slide show by Past President Russ Schulze in 1969.
  • Jan highlighted the RI President’s message (see December’s Rotarian), and reviewed many of the past year’s highlights;
  • Josh Genser explained the upcoming Centennial Volunteer Project scheduled for January 11 (see announcements);
  • Pierre Thompson outlined plans for resurrecting our club’s sponsorship of a 4-Way Test essay contest for local high school students in the spring. The Board approved a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place reward of $500, $300, and $200. More details and a flyer will follow.
  • Stacey Street gave an overview of plans for the April 4 Anniversary event and asked for club member ideas and feedback.
  • Jerry Feagley advised the club that leadership planning for 2021-2022 is still pending.
  • And with the time remaining, membership responded. There will be more opportunity for your feedback and participation as the year ahead unfolds.


- Henry Moe, Rotating Scribe