February 21, 2020

NEXT MEETING: February 21, 2020

An Open Meeting

Due to a schedule conflict, Mayor Tom Butt had to postpone his State of the City presentation planned for this Friday. So instead we’ll set the stage for an “open meeting”. This is a good opportunity for diverging discussions (see illustration on right) on our club’s activities and future projects. Come prepared with ideas!


  • Tamara Shiloh announced a New (or prospective) member orientation this coming Tuesday at El Agave Azul: 5 to 6
  • Alan Baer reminded us that our regular ‘third Tuesday’ Rotary Lite meeting is at El Agave Azul: 6 to 7 (right after the new member orientation!)
  • The Rotary Board Meeting is Thursday, at noon at La Strada Restaurant.
  • Josh Genser announced that we will have a special surprise visitor on March 27.
  • Stacey Street announced that our April 4 Centennial Event is on a roll! Volunteer help is needed. Watch your email this week!
  • We want to remind you once again of the Rotary’s Four-Way Test student essay contest for Richmond-area high school students. If you have children or relatives who may be interested in participating, pass along to them this flyer for details. The three essay finalists will be invited to present their essay and receive their reward as our club program on Friday, March 27. This program will coincide with a visit from student ambassadors from Richmond’s Sister City of Shimada, Japan.
  • If you haven’t done so already, please mark this important event on your calendar now: April 4th, the date of our our club’s Centennial Celebration. Visit the Centennial Celebration page to see what we have planned. You can also purchase tickets on that page. We’ve invited scores of longtime supporters of Richmond Rotary so expect to see some old friends and make some new ones.

Program for Last Meeting

We had a ‘Great to be a Rotarian Day’ last February 14. Everyone in attendance received a long stem red rose, following a long-past Valentine tradition of David Ninomiya. Members of the Ninomiya family and the Downer families were in attendance to hear about the project status of our Centennial Project and the Miraflores Interpretive Displays.

Historian Donna Graves, Alan Wolken (past director of Redevelopment and now City of Richmond consultant) and Kim Butt (historical architect) teamed up to give an informative presentation of the plans prepared by Vallier Design. The initial installation of the Making A Living display (sponsored in part by Richmond Rotary) will be in place in time for our Centennial Celebration on April 4! This is great news as we step up our Centennial event preparations!