NEXT MEETING: April 22, 2016
Dan Tanita's family's experience during the WWII Internment of Japanese-Americans
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 Japanese Americans became the most accessible targets to ventilate hysteria and hate. Amidst the turbulence, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 removing Japanese from the West Coast and hauling them away to interment camps in Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Richmond Rotarian Dan Tanita will discuss his own family history in California and Arizona and how his family endured the trauma of the war. Many of his family members were interned in camps and endured the indignity of being American Citizens who looked like the enemy.
Dan will also talk about the experience of racism then and how we need to control our fear and hysteria during these uncertain times.
- Ric Ambrose announced that the Upcycle Exhibition at the Richmond Art, supported by Rotary, will be having a reception on 4/23 from 12-4pm.
- David Brown reminded all, on behalf of Joe “Swampy” Bagley that the work party at the Veteran’s Resource Center will be happening on 4/30. Check with Joe for details.
MEETING OF April 15, 2016
On “not-Tax Day” Prez Alan called the meeting to order and asked Jon “Kahuna” Lawlis to lead us in the Pledge and offered us a moment of silence for peace on earth. Sid Chauvin offered the following “Like what you do. If you don’t like what you do, do something else.” Paul Harvey
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Jon Lawlis had as his guest Darlene Quinville, David Brown had as his guest Eddie Aubrey and Sid Chauvin’s guest was former Rotarian Joe Kelman.
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
- Bill Kozial celebrated his birthday on Maui with is family and a good time was had by all
- Ric Ambrose was celebrating his Club Anniversary and has done enough to get his Blue Badge. Congrats Ric!
- John Wilson fessed up to Wedding Anniversary and made a Foundation donation.
- Hank Covell was happy to playing poker and glad Joe Kelman would be there to share his wealth.
- Jon Lawlis was also happy to see his former employee and friend Joe Kelman
- Stacey Street was happy that fellow Rotarian Menbere Akilu is hosting a $500/guest fundraiser for the Richmond Community Foundation. Interested in attending? Contact Stacey
- Your Scribe was happy to participate in the Parchester Village home safety program and thanked David Brown for organizing it.
Happiness at Work
Stacey Street introduced our speaker Pam Rich who is the Director and Founder of Rich Solutions. Rich Solutions is an organization development firm that promotes strategic thinking that enables organizations to have happy, engaged and productive employees. She works on a happiness triangle that includes Organization, Individual and Team. Her approach to happiness involves Positive motions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment (PERMA). She explained each of the PERMA components which if followed will lead to happy and productive employees.
Editor’s note: Prez Alan explained the marks on his head…ask him for details, although there are second opinions.
- The Menehune “Rotating Editor”