NEXT MEETING: November 4, 2016
Waste diversion is the specialist’s term for recycling: diverting more of what we dispose from landfills and into various recycling processes. RecycleMore, also known as the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority, aims to achieve 75% waste diversion by 2020. Their partner in this effort is Republic Services, the area’s recycling and waste service provider.
Leveraging both technology and public education, Republic Services enlists the help of businesses, schools, and residents to achieve their goal. This Friday a representative from Republic Services will tell us just how they do it.
- Where else can you buy a bike and helmet for $49, and donate them to a kid who can really use them? Only in our Annual Bike Program! We have been great supporters of the Richmond Fire Department Program and it is time again. Alan Blavins, President Josh Surowitz, Jon Lawlis and Erle Brown all stepped up to make a donation at the meeting and now the rest of us can join in and help reach our goal of $5000 donations and a rotary match of $5000.
- TGIFF – Thank God it is Final Friday was held on October 28th in Rodeo. The Barsheep group holds it at different locations every final Friday of the month so join in on the fun.
- January 12, 2017 Warriors help Interact fight Polio. The Warriors are again hosting a game to help Interact raise money for Ending Polio in the world. Tickets are $85 each in Section 200 and you can talk to Alan Baer if you want tickets.
- December 2, 2016 The Holiday Auction is only a month away and we need every Rotarian to pitch in a gift and bring friends to spend money. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us help others. If you haven’t done so already (what?!), please visit our Holiday Auction page, peruse the items, decide what you’ll donate, then use the handy Post Item button to do it.
- December 9th 2016 The Rotary Holiday Party will be held at the Richmond Art Center once again. It was a great party last year and the location was generously donated by Richmond Rotarian and Art Center Board Member Ric Ambrose. Come join in the fun and then head over to the next announcement.
- December 9th 2016 Don Lau is retiring. Sort of. To attend a “retirement” party for Don please contact Candy Souza at email@example.com to RSVP. The event is $45 per person.
MEETING OF October 28, 2016
Pres Josh presided, Connie Tritt lead us in the pledge, Herb Cole offered the invocation, and Sid Chauvin’s provided this thought for the day:”Giving money and power to our government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” Hmm.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Our guests hailed from the Richmond Fire Department: Anthony Woodards, Dwayne Jarado and Daniel James. They have generously stepped up to manage the bike drive to be held at the YMCA facility on 17th Street. Thank you!
Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars
- Jon Lawlis had a birthday way back in August but since he spent most of the summer in Canada he recognized his birthday today. Jon made a $500 donation to purchase bikes.
- Erle Brown had happy dollars that the Bears beat the Ducks 2 weeks ago but avoided talking about what happened at the Bears at USC game.
- Josh Genser had happy dollars that he was back from his trip and is ready for the whiskey tasting event at his house on Saturday night. The steaks are bought, the whiskey is waiting.
- Herb Cole had sad dollars that he will be away for the next two weeks and will miss Alan Blavins talk on his latest fishing trip.
- Jim Findley had a happy $100 in honor of his aunt’s 98th birthday last Monday.
Our speaker was Dorothy Crews Herzberg, a social activist, author and Jefferson Award winner. In 2010 Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner named her El Cerrito Woman of the Year. Dorothy taught in the West Contra Costa School District and is now retired. Her first book Madam, described her experiences as a young woman in Nigeria, where she volunteered her time from 1961 -1963 to help in their new found independence. Her second book describes her time as a teacher with a focus on the groups of Richmond and Kennedy High School students she took on trips to see our nation’s capital.
Dorothy observed recording the big events in her life enabled her to see the big picture: to appreciate the effects that those events had on the lives of others.
- Henry Moe, Rotating Editor -