NEXT MEETING: May 3, 2019
Richmond Ferry Service
What are the plans for the future of the Richmond-San Francisco ferry? Thomas Hall, with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), will visit us and peer into his crystal ball. Or spreadsheet.
- Henry Moe announced that the Salesian Boat Cruise was taking place once again, though it might be the last year, so he was seeking support for ten kids at $55 per student. Club members quickly contributed and all ten students were funded in record time!
- Connie Tritt said the club was asked to vote on a representative to the committee that selects the District Nominee to be International President. Our members were unanimously in support of Fred Collignon, who has supported BARSHEEP, local clubs, international projects, and Interact.
Past President Extraordinaire Connie Tritt (filling in for President Jerry) called the meeting to order and asked Henry Moe to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Cole led a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice on earth. “Thoughtful” Sid Chauvin had this to share: “By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere!” (by Billy Crystal)
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
Ric Ambrose did the honors, though there were no recognitions (Jerry Feagley will be on the spot for his wedding anniversary next week…). He also welcomed Connie Tritt back, who happily survived tax season!
- Henry Moe (standing up again!) was happy to be in person at lunch, and had happy dollars since the golf tournament at Salesian, which Richmond Rotary sponsored, was a success (at least on paper…).
- David Brown was happy to be at the Richmond County Club since the wonderful staff protected the basket of scholarship that was left behind last week.
How SparkPoint is helping young people prosper
Today’s Scribe introduced the day’s speaker, her colleague Meghan Cadmus, Site Coordinator for SparkPoint Contra Costa-West. Meghan came to SparkPoint after working in tandem with the regional SparkPoint program during her employment with the United Way Bay Area. Meghan provided an overview of SparkPoint Contra Costa, focusing on work in West County.
SparkPoint’s mission is to partner with agencies to empower individuals and families to become financially sustainable and advocates for themselves, and for social change, since it currently takes three jobs to maintain self-sufficiency in our county. SparkPoint Contra Costa is a collective impact collaborative strategy with 19 partner organizations including Brighter Beginnings, Community Housing Development Corporation, Shelter Inc, Stride Center and the Contra Costa Workforce Board. Richmond Community Foundation is the co-lead agency for the program, in tandem with the County. SparkPoint clients work one-on-one with a coach who helps to identify goals, develop a step-by-step action plan, and keep clients on track. SparkPoint services focus on three key elements of financial stability and prosperity: managing credit, increasing income and building assets.
SparkPoint Contra Costa currently has 3000+ clients, and more than half have reported progress in at least one of the key areas they track. To learn more, visit Spark Point’s information page on the Richmond Community Foundation website.
Stacey Street, Rotating Scribe