October 4, 2019

NEXT MEETING: October 4, 2019

Transforming Cities through Land Recycling

Ignacio Dayrit, Director of Programs at the Center for Creative Land Recycling, and formerly with the City of Emeryville, will discuss their redevelopment efforts within the last decade in Richmond, Contra Costa County and the Bay Area, and how these programs can bring affordable housing and inclusive economic development programs.


  • Richmond Rotary returns “home” on Friday, meeting at the Richmond Country Club.
  • The 5160 District Assembly will occur on October 5th in Fairfield, 8:30-1:30. Let Jan know if you’d like a ride.
  • The Richmond Rotary BBQ Fundraiser for relief for the Bahamas is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 12 2pm RSVP: Alan Baer http://richmondrotarybbq.rsvpify.com
  • The eight Rotary clubs along the i_80 corridor, shorthanded to BARSHEEP (you can figure it out) will hit the pavement for its Alzheimer Walk Rotary Team on Nov 9, The project supports all Rotarians and their families who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Funds will support research into the prevention and cure of the disease. Learn more.
  • A Community Town Hall to organize for the establishment of a stand-alone emergency room for Richmond will take place on Sat. Nov. 9. Details here.
  • Don Lau encouraged members to make their donations to Club 100, helping to fulfill the club’s commitment to raising $50,000 for the Miraflores Centennial project. Our goal is 100% participation: we are asking that each member make a gift of $100. If you can give more please do. Many already have. Learn more here.

MEETING OF September 27, 2019


President Jan opened the meeting. Guest Stephanie Baer lead the pledge, Herb Cole lead the invocation. Our stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms, Jim Findley, offered the thought for the day.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Byron Brown (The First Husband) was Jan’s guest. Gerald Fay attended with his son and new Richmond Rotarian Brian Fay. Bill Bankhead, Site Coordinator for Sparkpoint Contra Costa College was the guest of Stacey Street.

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Erle Brown had happy dollars that we again raised the money to give every teacher $100 at Peres Elementary
  • Henry Moe had happy dollars for Chef Nader, who will again donate meals for Rotocare providers for a week.
  • Bob Dabney had happy $’s for the great things the Culinary Academy is doing
  • Herb Cole had a happy $50’s for his son attending an A’s game in a luxury box with Simon Ellis
  • Mayor Tom Butt had a happy $’s because he participated in the Contra Costa Healthy Mayors cookoff and his team won the bronze.
  • Don Lau had his last $10 happy dollars that he had left because he attended his son Jordan’s wedding


The Many Ingredients of a Culinary Career

Nader Sharkes, master chef and Chair of the Culinary Arts Management Program at Contra Costa College, hosted our meeting at the Aqua Terra Grill Restaurant, on campus. Nader gave us an insider’s view of the business of operating a restaurant, while providing solid professional experiences for students who have chosen the vocation.