NEXT MEETING: January 15, 2016
Hack the Hood: Community & Tech for Richmond Youth
How can we help young people in Richmond learn the skills and get the relationships that will help them get good jobs as tech innovators and entrepreneurs? How do we make sure that as the tech industry moves into our city, our local community is represented and local businesses are patronized? Hack the Hood, an East Bay non-profit founded in 2013 and operating in the Bay area, trains people ages 16-25 in web development, design and coding skills during 6-week immersive bootcamps, then matches the young folks with local small businesses who need web services.
Susan Mernit, CEO and a co-founder of Hack the Hood, will tell us about the power of tech to fuel innovation, entrepreneurship and jobs for young people, and the ways Richmond businesses can get involved in 2016.
- Shana Bagley Howe announced that from Tuesday, February 23 to Tuesday, March 1, several Richmond , Berkeley, and Paradise Rotarians will put the finishing touches on the 2015 school rebuilding project in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico. Please contact Shana if you are interested in participating.
- Director Joe Bagley announced Liliane Koziol’s anniversary and the following birthdays: Pam Jones (January 1), Jim Beaver (January 6), and Shana Bagley (January 10).
- Director Henry Moe reminded us that the annual Richmond Rotary – Salesian Crab (and Pasta) Feed is coming up on February 6 at Salesian High School. Tickets are $45 each. There will be Government-Approved Dungeness Crab from Alaska.
MEETING OF January 8, 2016
President Alan Blavins called the meeting to order, asked Joshua Genser to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and asked for a silent prayer for peace. Sergeant-at-Arms Sid Chauvin offered the quote of the day: “If we got half of what was promised to us in the State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to Heaven.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
5150 District Governor Leah Lambrecht (Rotary Club of Mill Valley) and her husband Bill Lambrecht (Rotary Club of Central Marin).
Secretary Jon Lawlis brought his fiancée Darlene Quenville
Pam Jones brought her daughter Amanda Floyd and oh-so-cute granddaughter Penelope Lane.
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
- Don Lau gave happy dollars because his father will be 100 years old this year!
- Jon Lawlis had happy dollars because this will be a GREAT 2016!
- Josh Genser gave happy dollars for spending New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, watching an exciting 11 seconds of Stanfurd football, and for an upcoming trip to DC to see Heather Kulp and Barry Nel.
- Hank Covell announced the upcoming Salesian Boys & Girls Club Bagna Cauda on January 27th. $40 per ticket.
- Bob Dabney also had happy dollars because he visited his wife’s relatives in Virginia, ate a proper Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia
- David Brown gave delirious dollars for District 5150 having “the best name ever” (5150 is “cop code” for Welfare & Institutions Code section 5150 (a danger to oneself and others) and is a Van Halen album title).
- Stoney Stonework had happy dollars because last year, Ohio State only lost one game and trounced Notre Dame.
A visit from our Rotary's District Governor
President Alan Blavins introduced District (5160) Governor Ken Courville (Rotary Club of Dixon) on his official club visit (yeahhhh).
DG Courville talked about his goals for 2015/16:
1. Keep Our Members Engaged
2. Foundation Giving
3. Support Youth Programs
4. Tell the Community We Are Here
5. District Conference (April 1, 2, 3, 2016, Yolo County Fair Grounds, Woodland. To view event schedule and register for it, please visit this webpage.
DG Courville presented the following awards:
Rotary of Richmond’s 2014-2015 donations to eradicate polio;
Be a Gift to the World Award to Speaker Program Coordinator Stacey Street for her contributions at Planned Parenthood;
Paul Harris Awards
Don Lau (PH+2)
Alan Baer (PH+7)
Pam Jones (PH+8)
Paul Harris Society
Congratulations to our wonderful members for their continuing contributions and for their friendship.
- Shana Bagley Howe, your rotating Scribette