January 24, 2020

NEXT MEETING: January 24, 2020

What does our District Attorney do?

Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton will describe the work of the DA’s office. Its mission is to seek justice and enhance public safety by fairly, ethically, aggressively and efficiently prosecuting those who violate the law, and by working to prevent crime.

MEETING OF January 24, 2020


Welcoming a packed house, President Jan Brown call the meeting to order. Pledge, invocation, and thoughts-for-the day were offered in the usual manner. Jan then asked our guests and visiting Rotarians to stand and introduce themselves. Among them were two visitors, we learned, who may soon be nominated as new members. No, we won’t tell you their names. Stay tuned.


  • A membership orientation will be held from 5 to 6 PM at El Agave Azul this coming Tuesday, January 22.
  • Rotary Lite will meet from 6 to 7 PM, also at El Agave Azul on the same Tuesday.
  • Richmond Rotary’s Crabfeed takes place on Saturday, January 25 at Salesian High School from 6 to 8:30.
  • Nick Despota announced that, after 14 years of producing the Flywheel, he will step down. However, he will continue to maintain the website. Nick described what he proposed as the next phase in the Flywheel’s long evolution: a weekly, formatted email that informs members about the upcoming program and that week’s announcement (essentially, what you are reading on this web page right now). He invites any members interested in learning how to use formatted-email applications, like Mail Chimp or Constant Contact, to contact him. The transition to this new communications tool will take place over the next couple of months.
  • Speaking of the website, we want to call your attention to a new page about the Creek Restoration Tree Planting along the Miraflores Greenbelt. The event brought out many members, who were suitably equipped with waterproof boots, gloves shovels. Check it out.


Beth Miller of Community Education Partners told us about an innovative program that brings together volunteer tutors and homeless and highly-mobile students. For these children, regular elementary school education is often insufficient since their regular attendance may difficult, owing to the family’s irregular living conditions. Beth invited any members who are interested in volunteering as tutors to contact here beth@cep.ngo, or 732 742-4506. Learn more at www.cep.ngo

-Nick Despota, Scribe for the Day