January 10, 2020

NEXT MEETING: January 10, 2020

Business is Growing

Richard Treiber will update us on PowerPlant .an eighteen-acre cannabis production on Richmond’s North Shoreline. The facility will house forty-four greenhouses for cultivation by craft growers plus a manufacturing building. The complex will employ around 400 workers beginning in 2020.


  • On January 17 and 18th, a Rotary Peace Conference will take place in Ontario, California (not Canada). Pierre Thompson assured us that it would be a great experience and this one would be easy to get to. Here’s more information.
  • On January 25, 2020, we will hold our 13th Annual Richmond Rotary Crab Feed on the Salesian Campus. You can pay online for a table of 10 ($500) and then contact Erle Brown about seating Phone:510-233-6291 or Email:ehbgobears@aol.com
  • Prez Jan informed us that Maryann Stonework wife of Horace “Stoney” Stonework passed away and her funeral was January 2nd. We were also told that Bob Nichol passed away.
  • January 11, 2020 Josh Genser invited us to participate in the Rotary work project. This work is part of Miraflores Project, commemorating our 100 year anniversary. We will plant over 900 small trees in the area where the historical plaques will go on. This is the first of 2 or 3 workdays. We will need as many Rotarians, Interactors and friends to get this project done and prepare for the possibility of muddy work.

MEETING OF January 3, 2020


President Jan opened the meeting, Simon Ellis led the pledge, Herb Cole asked for a moment of silence for peace, justice and freedom on Earth. Alan Blavins’ thought for the day was “to make mistakes is human, to blame someone for the mistakes is even more human.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Don Lau’s guest was Dr John Tysell.

Special Events

Brian Fay and Gerald Fay were both honored for their first Paul Harris and were pinned by past District Governor Brad Howard. Jon Lawlis stated that the two of them may be the 2nd fastest to getting a Paul Harris since he achieved his on the first day he became a Rotarian since Erle suggested that was the natural thing to do.

Erle Brown gave his updated who am I. He joined Rotary as a Contractor and now is rated as retired. His favorite Rotary memory were the trips to Mexico to work on the wheelchair foundation. The looks on the faces of those getting a wheelchair left a lasting impression on him.

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Alan Baer celebrated his birthday on December 25 and donated $100 to the foundation.
  • Pam Jones celebrated her birthday on January 1st by giving her annual Paul Harris Society Donation and encouraged other to join her in the society. Society members commit to donating $1000 every year to the foundation. She celebrated her birthday with her granddaughters by riding the Polar Express Train.
  • Bob Dabney had happy $’s for his trip to Philadelphia and Virginia and admitted that he ate really well on the trip.
  • Sydney Chauvin had sad dollars that he celebrated Adam Day (it is the day before Christmas Eve since Adam came before Eve) by finding out the news that his wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
  • David Brown had happy $’s about reducing his carbon footprint,       Editors Note: and his waist line, by trading in his plane for an electric bicycle. When asked if the battery runs out what he would do he said he would cross that road when he came to it. He also said the bike lane looks a lot different when on a bike then when you see them when you are driving a car.
  • Herb Cole had sad $’s for the passing of Stoney’s wife and all Rotarians should reach out to Stoney to start attending meetings again because he is the only person to be president twice so far and is a big part of our club.
  • Norm Lundberg had happy $’s for Brad Howard being here because he heard of all the great things Brad has done for Rotary and was looking forward to meeting him.
  • Darlene Drapkin had happy $’s for the 20202 census and encouraged all Rotarians to help with the census process.


- Henry Moe, Rotating Scribe