NEXT MEETING: November 16, 2018
THE NOVEMBER 16 MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO AIR QUALITY
Due to very unhealthy air quality, we have cancelled our last regularly scheduled meeting of November 16.
We hope to see you at our Holiday Auction on November 30th!
Standing in for Committee Chair Stacey Street, Connie Tritt reminded everyone that the Holiday Auction, our biggest fundraiser, is November 30th. We ave a real need for silent auction items such as gift baskets, cases of wine, tickets, and so on. Time to put your creativity into gear.
Our holiday party with the El Cerrito Rotary Club will be Saturday, December 8th at The Richmond Art Center. Bring unwrapped new toys for 10-12 year olds and food to donate.
MEETING OF November 9, 2018
President Jerry welcomed all present and asked Tamara Shiloh to lead us in the pledge. Herb Cole led the invocation with silence for those who died in Thousand Oaks. Sid reminded us “never to look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
We were pleased to welcome Alan Baer’s guests, Stephanie Baer and Pierre Thompson. Nick introduced his Guest (and soon to be inducted member) Jeff Sloan.
Mac Robinson of the El Cerrito Club also attended.
District Governor, Jon Dwyer and his wife, Bonnie, were present at this meeting. They met with the Board of Directors before the regular lunch meeting to update them on current events around the district. Jon opened his remarks with the presentation of Paul Harris awards to President Jerry Feagley (his first Paul Harris award) and Hank Covell (PH+3). In addition, he presented a Major Donor award to Alan Baer.
District Governor Dwyer also inducted a new member to the Richmond Rotary, Pierre Thompson. Pierre work and lives in Richmond, and was a speaker at our club a few weeks ago.
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
- Jim Findley was happy that his son is getting married (for the first time at age 42). He was worried though, about his son who has property in Paradise.
- David Brown was very worried about his family who have been evacuated from the fire zone in Southern California.
- Nick had two sad dollars, One for the many victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. and a second for the shooting victims who were partying in a bar in Thousand Oaks. He observed that neither of these events should be regarded as inevitable; they are the result of either policy failures or policy inaction.
- Don Lau reported that he had celebrated his birthday the day before and that his father (who recently passed) would have been 102 on Monday.
- Ric Ambrose was pleased with the results of the elections
A visit from our District Governor
District Governor Jon Dwyer graciously acknowledged our display of flags to honor his attendance. He noted that the display was the most impressive of all the 45 clubs he has visited. He also reminded us that the International President’s theme for 2018 is “Be the Inspiration” and introduced the topic of District Grants. He encouraged the board to apply for a District Grant this year because our proposals are very likely to be accepted. The request for funding our 100th anniversary event was a very good example of a fundable District Grant.
He also discussed the results of two grants that he was impressed with from the 2017-2018 year. One was the grant awarded to the Burney Rotary. (Burney is 40 miles East of Redding, CA) They purchased a heart defibrillator and monitor. The Alamo Rotary Club built a special room at a Pleasant Hill Adult Care facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The room was intended to provide light all day and night and helps those patients who get disoriented at sundown. The condition is called “sundowning”.
The District Governor covered other topics:
- Remember to talk to others about the accomplishments of the club. For example, donations to Peres Elementary School and their teachers.
- Last year $6,000 was raised by members of the club and donated to causes that were not the Rotary Foundation. The funds were used locally.
- Be mindful of the people in the room. Think of the people you don’t see in Rotary anymore and give them a call to tell them you miss them at the meetings.
- Be sure to register early for the 4Way Fest in May 2019. This District conference at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV, will include 4 local districts: 5160, 5130, 5150, 5190. There will be 800 – 1000 Rotarians in attendance. Dave Dravecky will be the keynote speaker.
- Our club’s giving rate to the Foundation is twice the $150 average per donor. Congratulations!
Here is the link to the District 5160 website. www.rotary5160.org.