NEXT MEETING: September 20, 2019
Note that we're meeting at El Agave Azul Restaurant. Location below.

Roving Rotary: El Agave Azul

Richmond’s hottest new place to gather with friends and family officially opened last April. Cool full-service bar has a beverage for everyone and delicious tasty Mexican food. Owners Joaquin Rodriguez and Martin will be on hand to tell us about their new restaurant.

MEETING OF September 13, 2019


President Jan presided. Nakele Rechenauer led us in the pledge, Jim Findley led us in an invocation and and Alan Blavins provided us with a thought for the day that was time consuming!

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Joan Collignon from the Rotary Club of Berkeley
Fred Collignon (Past District Governor) and Rotary Club of Berkeley
Brian Fay with his father, Gerald Fay, guests of Henry Moe
Carey Hawkins Ash, guest of Jerry Feagley
John Bassett, guest of Tamara Shiloh
Ashley Njoroge, a student in the Graduate school of Journalism at UCB

New Member Induction

Richmond Rotary is pleased to welcome three new members into Rotarian membership!
Brian Fay, Lieutenant in Law Enforcement, County of Marin
Carey Hawkins Ash, Making Waves Academy; Managing Director of Community Engagement
John Bassett, Manager of Hilltop Mall


  • Darlene Drapkin, our Program Chair, announced that our next 2 meetings are Roving Rotaries (due to a tournament at our Richmond Country Club home base). In both cases, our venue will be our program! This week we’re at El Agave Azul, located at 12955 San Pablo Ave. (map), a  hot new Mexican restaurant in Richmond,
  • On September 27 our club will meet at the Aqua Terra Grill of Contra Costa College, when Chef Nader Sharkes of the Culinary Arts of CCC as our speaker. A third Roving Rotary will be at Blue Apron on October 11. Please attend these opportunities to visit new places!
  • District 5160 Fall Training Seminar is October 5 in Fairfield.
  • Special Announcement: Joan Collignon announced the formation of Team Rotary BARSHEEP and its “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on November 9, 2019 starting at Pier 27 in San Francisco. Sign up to walk or contribute at #Walk2EndALZ or Your support for Team Rotary BARSHEEP will directly support the research that will lead to Alzheimer’s first survivor!
  • Barbecue Save the date! Santa and Alan Baer are offering a Barbecue benefit on Saturday, October 12 to support hurricane disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas through Mack Robinson (our beloved immediate past District Governor Assistant) and Rotary Clubs in the Bahamas.  Stay tuned for the details.
  • Erle Brown, Foundation Chair, made one last appeal to support all 30 teachers at Peres Elementary School. By meeting’s end, mission accomplished!


Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense


Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank

Kim Castaneda presented an overview of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.

Jan Brown, pinch-hitter scribe