June 5, 2020

NEXT MEETING: June 5, 2020

The Family Justice Center

The Family Justice Center is a warm and welcoming Center that assists families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, and elder abuse. At our next meeting, the director of the Center’s Richmond office, Oravanh Thammasen, will talk about its approach, which brings over 50 agencies together under one roof to help families.

For security reasons, our video conference meetings are by invitation only. The Zoom invitation will be sent to our members with the subject “Richmond Rotary Invitation.” If you didn’t get it last week, please check your spam. Rotary guests are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, request it by sending an email to info@richmondcarotary.org prior to our meeting on Friday.


This week Rotary International issued a powerful statement that affirms our commitment to promoting respect and working for peace and justice.

  • At Rotary we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.
  • We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
  • We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.

A Letter from our President and President-Elect

Dear Richmond Rotarian,

Our Club’s greatest assets are the relationships that we build with one another and our community partners. For 100 years, Richmond Rotary has been dedicated to serving and supporting youth through educational and community programs. The WCCUSD has been a longtime community partner. Superintendent Duffy will be our program speaker on Friday, June 12. This is an opportunity to consider ways to fill the immediate need identified by the Superintendent, and to look inward.

With gratitude for your membership in Rotary
Jan Brown and Stacey Street
President and President Elect

Statement from WCCUSD Superintendent Matthew Duffy

In our own community, Superintendent Duffy, has affirmed the District’s commitment to our students. Below is an excerpt, but please read the complete statement here.

“Schools have to be safe havens for young people and a place where they can make sense of these horrible acts. As educators, we have a responsibility to make sure we don’t repeat patterns of institutional racism, neglect and hatred. It falls on us more than ever to be thoughtful about every one of our actions, to create in our schools the humanity, love, care, decency and dignity we aspire to see in the wider society.”

Our Club’s Covid-19 Response

With the first wave of Hygiene Bags delivered, Hygiene Bags 2.0 for the Homeless is nearing purchase completion. To make a contribution to the project, please visit the Amazon page to choose what you wish to donate.

And finally…

  • Your annual Rotary dues are now due. Please use the PayPal button on the right to make your payment of $200. A donation to the Rotary Foundation of $100 is encouraged but optional.
  • Please wear your Rotary or End-Polio-Now tee shirt at Friday’s online meeting.

Meeting of May 29, 2020

Happy and Sad Dollars

David Brown had sad dollars because Ric overlooked his and his wife’s fortieth anniversary. “I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather be quarantined with.”

Nick was happy that Supervisor John Gioia is working to balance responses to the pandemic with the climate emergency, an underlying condition driving the pandemic, wildfires, rising tides, and catastrophic weather conditions.

Melinda was happy to have conducted the first online tour for the Richmond Museum of history. We’ll stay tuned.

If we missed your Happy or Sad Dollar contribution, please accept our apology. Writing as fast as we can.


Collaborative Communication: Skills for Every Day

Lisa Montana lead a conversation that focused on tools that people can use to speak to one another in ways that are both honest and respectful.