April 13, 2018

NEXT MEETING: April 13, 2018

Riggers Loft Wine Company: Being Part of the Fabric of the Community

Kevin and Barbara Brown, owners and winemakers of R&B Cellars, and owners of Riggers Loft Wine Company, tell their story of being in the wine business. In particular, they will discuss their latest chapter at Riggers Loft Wine Company, and what it means to them to be part of the vibrant Richmond community. Kevin and Barbara will also bring R&B Cellars wine for those in attendance to taste!


  • Pate Thomson, a Berkeley Rotarian with The Rotacare Foundation, and Aaron Gobler from Albany Rotary announced a fundraising Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, May 12 at the Albany Bowl from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They are encouraging teams to form. Last year the Bowl-a-thon earned $7,500 for Rotacare. Each participating team of 4 is expected to raise $1000 or more. Jon Lawlis, Darlene Q, Pam and Neville will represent Richmond this year and you can help them do Richmond Rotary’s part by contributing either a flat-out donation or by pledging an amount per pin. Please contact Jon with your pledge.
  • Albany Rotary is holding a Bayou Boogie Featuring New Orleans Blues, Zydeco, R&B,
    Mardi Gras & Swing music by I*KO YA YA on Saturday, 4/21, from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm at the Albany YMCA. Dance lesson 7:00 PM –  Music and Dancing 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Bayou Boogie. All proceeds benefit Albany Rotary local and international projects.
  • Pam Jones announced the 10th Annual Rotary District 5160 Bocce Challenge in Martinez on Saturday 5/19/18 and is looking to form a team. Ric Ambrose, Pam Jones, and Connie, agreed to be on the team and they still need a fourth! Contact Pam if you are interested.
  • Josh Genser announced a fundraiser for the Jewish exhibit at the Richmond Museum on Saturday, 4/21, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at his home. His Mom, who’s 100, will share her experience of Jewish history in Richmond.

MEETING OF April 6, 2018


Connie Tritt presided over the meeting. Erle Brown led us in the pledge of allegiance and Connie asked for a moment of silence for peace, freedom and justice on earth.

Sid Chauvin’s Pearl of Wisdom – People who enjoy meetings, should never be put in charge of anything.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Joining us today were Dr. Pate Thomson from Berkeley Rotary and Aaron Gobler from Albany Rotary.

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

Hank Covell is celebrating 48 years as a Rotary member! He was first introduced to Rotary in High School. He donated $100 in honor of the anniversary.

Jonathon Lawlis is happy about his daughter’s 29th birthday and chipped in $20 happy dollars.

David Brown is happy that Connie Tritt is our President this year and has led with grit and dedication. January through April 15th is Connie’s heaviest work load and she continues to lead the club without skipping a beat!!!

Josh Genser is sad to miss the bowl-a-thon because he’s going to see The Color Purple that evening. He is happy he recently bowled into the 700 Club!

Henry Moe is happy that his youngest son will be performing with the Blue Devils Special Needs Guard on Saturday in front of 1000 people! The Guard is made up of people with Special Needs and varying ages who perform their flag waving routines several times a year.

Stacey Street shared a teaser from next week’s program. R&B Winery will be offering wine tasting. She’s happy about the free booze!


WCCUSD College & Career Pathways

Terri Waller from WCCUSD College & Career Pathways was our speaker today She told us that this program is 15 years old and is funded through the State. It prepares West County high school students for college and careers. There are six different career pathways: law, engineering, health, media communications, information technology, and performing arts.

They are looking for paid internships for 45 students this summer for five weeks, four days a week. The program underwrites the internships. The students are typically juniors, who are ready to bring their talents and skills to our local businesses and organizations. The interns learn about being supervised, punctuality, and responsibility.

In addition to providing internships, Rotarians can also get involved as public speakers, and supporting Career Days,


Darlene Drapkin, “Rotating Editor”