September 6, 2019

NEXT MEETING: September 6, 2019

What does it mean to leave home? - The International Rescue Committee and the Global Refugee Crisis

When an emergency strikes, the International Rescue Committee gets to work immediately to save lives and aid those hardest hit. In places where crisis has endured for years, the IRC holds steady in our support. And in the United States, the IRC empowers refugees to rebuild their lives. This presentation will showcase stories of the work IRC is doing to aid refugee families living through some of the worst humanitarian crises in history, and what those in the Bay Area can do to help.  Learn more here.


  • Cal Athletics presents Rotary Day at Cal Football on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 1:30 pm for just $20/person. Cal v. North Texas at the California Memorial Stadium. Contact Roger Kristof with Cal Athletics.
  • By the time you read this, our TGIF at Riggers Loft will have been a great success (it was!).

MEETING OF August 30, 2019


Madam President, Jan Brown opened the meeting with a welcome to the Friendly Richmond Rotary Club. Mayor Tom Butt led us in the pledge of allegiance. Sid Chauvin (sitting in for Alan Blavins as Sargeant at Arms) shared a thought for the day.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Thanks to Mayor Tom Butt’s email announcement, we had lots of visitors for today’s program:

Larry Westland with Powerplant Park
Michael Fitzgerald, journalist with Richmond Pulse
Debbie Bayer, resident of Richmond
Doug Anthony, Urban Farmer Store
Donna Graves, Historian
Adrian Acquistapace (guest of John Troughton)
Michael Himba (from LSA in Point Richmond)
Sarah Wally
Chris Gillett
Jan Migone
Colyer Dupont (guest of Nick Despota)
Jeanine Strickland (Marcia Vallier’s office)

Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars

Because today’s program was a double-header, we decided to forego Recognitions and Happy and Sad Dollars today.


Miraflores Historical Project. Richmond's Planning Director Lena Velasco.

Historical curator Donna Graves presented a progress report of the Miraflores Greenbelt Educational Displays, Richmond Rotary’s adopted Centennial Project.

Richmond’s Planning Director, Lena Velasco, provided an overview of new residential and commercial building projects in Richmond. This included some projects which have recently been or soon will be completed, others under construction, and others which have just been entitled.

Connie Tritt, volunteer scribe