NEXT MEETING: August 14, 2020
Rotarian Alan Test will talk about using Rotary fellowships and the Rotary Yachting Fellowship in particular, for membership recruitment and community service opportunities.
Alan has been a Rotarian for 10 years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, and Rotary Foundation Major Donor. Alan joined the Yachting, Surfing, and Cycling Fellowships to meet like minded Rotarians and came to realize that the Fellowships were a great way to get involved in service projects and meet potential Rotarians. He will be talking about this with us today. Among the service projects that he has helped organize is the blind sailing program at the Richmond Yacht Club, and the sailing program at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club for youths confined to wheelchairs. Recently the Yachting Fellowship in the Bay Area launched a program to involve Rotaractors in water activities and ocean plastic clean-up. His goal is to make sure that Fellowships are no longer Rotary’s best kept secret. Learn more about the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians.
Our president, Stacey Street, will start a discussion about evaluating and demonstrating our club values.
For security reasons, we are now sending invitations to our members and those who specifically ask to be invited each week.
Please email or text the names of your guests to Stacey prior to the meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org; 510-501-0030) so your guests can be admitted quickly through the waiting room.
- Nick Despota invites us all to stick around for a few minutes after our next meeting for a Zoom group portrait. Lucky for you, the attire is Friday casual.
- Pierre Thompson presented information about Peace through Service and advised the club of events about banning nuclear weapons.
- Our 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing bell ringing event at Shimada Friendship Park with Hiroshima survivor Rev. Takashi Tanemori was recognized by the San Jose Mercury News. Stacey Street handed out Rotary branded face masks. Click here to see pictures.
- The club recognized the first female nominated as president of Rotary International, Jennifer E. Jones from the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada.
- Richmond Rotary’s Community Services Team is partnering with YMCA of the East Bay and Vitalant to sponsor a Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 9 from 10am to 3pm at the Richmond Parkway YMCA (formerly known as the Hilltop YMCA), 4300 Lakeside Drive, Richmond CA 94806. We will need volunteers to help. Please contact Don Lau at 510-813-5170 if you would like to volunteer.
- If you haven’t paid your Rotary dues yet, please do so now! Visit our website and use the PayPal button in the lower right hand column. Thanks!
RECOGNITIONS AND HAPPY/SAD DOLLARS
- Henry Moe celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary but was surprised that his best man, Brian Fay, who was doing the recognitions in the meeting, failed to notice the date.
- Don Lau donated Happy dollars because he was pleasantly surprised to reconnect with a childhood boy scout friend from Honolulu when his friend commented on the Mercury News article about our Rotary club’s 75th anniversary bell ringing.
- Jan Brown donated Happy dollars to also celebrate our club’s reconnection with the Shimada Friendship Park.
- Nakele Rechenauer donated Happy dollars since she managed to get her first version of the Flywheel published a day before the club meeting. Don Lau informed Nakele that she was featured in the newspaper article about the Rotary bell ringing event, so she was pleased to donate additional Happy dollars to acknowledge the recognition.
LAST WEEK’S PROGRAM
- August 7th Program – Back On My Feet (BOMF) SF Development Manager, Andrea Enfield. This is a program offering an early morning run and normal social interactions for homeless members of the community. Small teams in each city provide an opportunity for at risk populations to demonstrate discipline and learn other social interaction skills, receive assistance with job placement and housing. A tentative October date has been set for a local virtual running event.
- July 31st Program – Richmond Public Library. Jane Pratt and Christopher Larsen reviewed the rich history and legacy of the city of Richmond public library program, which offered the first bookmobile in 1947. The library has mitigated the shelter-in-place changes by removing fines for overdue books and requirement of an ID/confirmation of a mailing address to be issued a library card. The two satellite branches are closed, but the Central Main branch is open and offering table side book holding service and curbside service. Four (4) Facebook Live programs are held for children and new resolutions include Student Success Initiative, Homework Support, Sora OverDrive app, Computer hardware lending, Remote printing, DigitalLearn.org training for library staff, and Tech computer support for parents learning how to configure tablets and devices for their children. View the presentation: http://