NEXT MEETING: June 26, 2020
Wrap-up of the Rotary year and Demotion
Even in these unusual, some would say crazy, times, Rotary traditions continue. This Friday we will observe one of the most important of them: the annual transition of Club president, from Jan Brown to Stacey Street. As her last official presentation to the Club, Jan will provide a Year in Review. And what a year it was.
Don Lau will follow-up with a very different kind of review: “The Many Loves of Janet Hardison Brown.” Don poses a questions we perhaps should have asked before choosing Jan to be president: Do we really know much about our fearless leader? Folk singing legend, loving error prone mother, graphic design guru, community nonprofit’s best friend, Rotary legacy family … this and much more!
RICHMOND ROTARY ALUMNI VISITS
Last Friday we had two past Richmond Rotarians join us. Joe Green, former Librarian of Richmond Rotary, now living in Florida, made a cameo appearance at our zoom meeting. Also attending was Gary Wong, an e-club Rotarian and former president of Orinda Rotary and son of our longtime member, Charlie Wong.
This was a ‘bitter-sweet’ day. It would have been Charlie and Jean’s anniversary, but Jean passed away July 9 of 2019. Charlie (95 in October!), unfortunately, was not able to join us on the Zoom call. But for the benefit of Charlie and his family, we present two photos from Jan’s archive.
Above is a photo of Charlie (seated front right) and Jean beside him with several other Rotarians and spouses taken in 2009.
On the right is a 1970 image of Charlie in front of Central Market in El Sobrante.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Ridding our beaches of plastics
Mary Barnsdale talked to us about the project she has organized, the East Bay’s first big beach microplastics cleanup, using a simple but effective sand-sifting technique pioneered by a sea turtle rescue organization in Oregon.
Several of our group voiced an interest in undertaking a plastics clean-up of our shoreline, employing the same sand-sifter. Stay tuned.