NEXT MEETING: November 11, 2016
The Search for the Nile Perch
Come hear Past President Alan Blavins spin fish stories about massive lunkers — except he has the pictures to back up the talk. Alan and his crew spent 6.5 days at Murchison Falls National Park Uganda, one of the most aggressive Falls in the world. It was/is spectacular. Alan et al. were there to try and catch a Nile Perch, yet another of “The River Monsters”.
- Alan Baer informed us that there are still some tickets for the Warriors v. Detroit game on 1/12. See Alan for details
- Mark Howe reminded all that the Stoney “Hawaiian” BBQ was going to happen on 11/12 at his house. All are welcome. If you did not sign up you can pay at the door.
- Oscar Garcia reminded all to get out and VOTE on 11/8.
- Pam Jones had 3 announcements: 1. She has 2 tix to the Rotary at Races for $40/tix; 2. She wanted all to know that we will be supplying goody bags at Menbere’s Thanksgiving meal for veterans. Bag stuffing next week; and 3. BIKES BIKES BIKES..$49 will purchase a bike for a kid at the Annual Fire and Police Toy program.
- Alan also reminded all to get your items listed on the Rotary Auction website…do it NOW!
MEETING OF November 4, 2016
Past Prez Alan Baer, subbing for Prez Josh, rang the bell and called the meeting to order and Dan Tanita led us in the Pledge. George Egan offered a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice. Sid Chauvin offered, “You will only win if you are not afraid to lose!” Rocky Aoki
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Your Scribe brought Gina Fromer, new Vice President/Regional Executive Director for the West Contra Costa YMCA, who started on November 1.
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
Ric Abrose did the honors:
- Your Scribe will be celebrating his birthday on Election Day (got my MediCare card) and will not be here next week because my dad will be celebrating his 100th birthday on 11/12 in Hawaii.
- Alan Baer was happy that he attended Josh Genser’s whiskey tasting
- Connie Tritt was happy she will be going on vacation in Hawaii. Aloha…see you there Connie!
- Hank Covell was sad he will miss Stoney’s BBQ, but happy for the Salesian Boys and Girls Club fundraiser he will be attending
- Ric Ambrose was happy for the Cubs (where are you Swampy???) and some other things.
Waste, recycling and progress
Stacey Street introduced our 2 guests Kristal Ibarra and Reagan Chung who are with Republic Service (aka Richmond Sanitary Service) who provide the public on Republic’s recycling program.
Just as Richmond in WWII did a lot of reuse of materials for the war effort, today waste management companies are trying to achieve 75% of all waste be recycled and not tossed into the landfill. In Richmond, we are currently at about 50% which is good progress.
There was a detailed discussion regarding blue, green and brown trash containers and what kind of trash is appropriately placed in those containers. Lots of good questions and very helpful answers. Although a little confusion it is all in the best interest of the planet. If you have questions Reagan can be reached at email@example.com
The Menehune, Rotating Editor