August 9, 2019

NEXT MEETING: August 9, 2019

Richmond’s Homeless Crisis

SOS Richmond is working with the city, the county and other community organizations to find solutions to growing homelessness. We want to enable homeless street and tent dwellers to build order and cooperation in existing communities; and to develop long lasting solutions to the current severe lack of affordable housing.


  • The Rotary Foundation has approved Richmond Rotary’s District 5160 Block Grant application for its Miraflores Centennial Project 2020.
  • Richmond Rotary is looking for home hosts for two visiting couples from the Rotary Club of Shimada, Japan April 3, 4 & 5 of 2020. Contact Jan ( for more information.
  • Pam Jones announced Richmond Rotary’s support for the Backpacks to Kids day in Nichol Park later this month. Give her a call if you’d like to help her pick up backbacks.

MEETING OF August 2, 2109


President Jan rang the bell with a steady hand and Stacey led us in the pledge.

Jim Findley asked for a moment of silence for peace, freedom and justice throughout the world.

Sgt.-at-Arms Alan Blavins delivered the thought for the day.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Susan Cohen Grossman from the Concord Rotary Club is our speaker today.

Darlene Drapkin brought along husband Ken and friend Jane Farrell.

President Jan welcomed back Darlene and Jonathon who were visiting from Quebec.

Jonathon showed off the latest work of art from Alan Blavins. A painting of their granddaughter Aubrey.


Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

Fine Master extraordinaire Oscar Garcia called on the esteemed Joshua Genser in advance of his birthday on Saturday. Josh is looking forward to scouting out candidates for next year’s whiskey tasting auction item at local distillers in the bay area.

Moving on to Happy/Sad dollars, Oscar called on Kapunakane #1 Don Lau. Don was happy to bring his grandson on his first Hawaiian trip. Maverick experienced many firsts like shaved ice and sand.

Connie Tritt had sad dollars for her current taxing situation (groan). Anyone know of suitable space for her C. P. A. business please let her know.

Stacey Street delivered a glowing review of her recent stay at East Brothers Light Station. Another fantastic recurring Holiday Auction item.

Jim Findley was happy because since his retirement he always has a few bucks left in his pocket before his paycheck hits his account. Unlike pre-retirement days.

Mark Howe has space for one more crew member on his Sail Around the Bay auction item. Date for the event is 10/6. Contact Mark if you are interested.

Oscar had happy dollars for his birthday trip to Seattle with his family.

Grandpa Sid continued his tradition of supplying everyone at the meeting with a bottle of brandy and a cigar announcing the birth of Willow Mae.