September 7, 2018

NEXT MEETING: September 7, 2018

Calle 23, the 23rd Revitalization Initiative

Richmond Darlene Rios Drapkin has been managing Calle 23, 23rd Street Revitalization, a comprehensive community-driven initiative to develop the economic potential of Richmond’s 23rd Street commercial corridor. Its objective is to make the commercial district more pedestrian friendly for its residents, build upon the sense of community and attract new shoppers. She’ll share successes to date and the challenges of this ambitious undertaking.


  • The Club is dark next Friday because of the Memorial Day Holiday. See you on September 7.
  • Alan Baer reminded all that Rotary Day at Memorial Stadium will be on 9/29. $30. Bears versus Ducks. To purchase tickets:
  • San Pablo Rotary BBQ and Potluck 9/22 @ Kennedy Grove 12-4pm RSVP:
  • Jan Brown was happy to announce that Rotarian (grandson of Dave Calfee) Ethan Heinrich was married on July 21, 2018. He and his wife Nikita live in San Carlos. Hopefully, Ethan will come by for a visit soon.

MEETING OF August 24, 2018


Prez Jerry called the meeting to order in the Community Room at The Shops at Hilltop. Mark Howe led us with the Pledge and Herb Cole offered a prayer for Peace, Freedom and Justice. Tamara Shiloh (playing the role of Sid Chauvin) offered: Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy “The Mother”

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

Alan Baer brought as his guest his daughter Stephanie.

Recognitions and Happy/Sad Dollars

Oscar Garcia did the honors:

  • Past Prez Connie Tritt celebrated her “49th” birthday by ditching her office.
  • Mark and Shana Bagley Howe celebrated 36 months of wedded bliss! Happy to report Shana is loving her job even with the long hours.
  • Herb Cole was happy that he was at El Cerrito Rotary and the speaker was Stephanie Baer and sad that the Mall only wishes its problem was having too many jewelry stores.
  • Prez Jerry was sad there is no meeting next week, but happy to be off to Greece.
  • Jan Brown was happy to be headed to Canada, but even happier that her grandson will be attending Madera Elementary which will make him the 3rd generation to attend Madera.
  • Oscar Garcia was happy about the A’s winning ways! Go A’s!
  • Jim Findley was sad to hear that the McCain family has decided to halt treatment for Senator McCain. A true hero!

Norm’s Nonsense


The Center for Enamel Art

Program Chair Darlene Drapkin introduced our speaker Judy Stone, founder and board president of the non-profit Center for Enamel Art. Judy formed the Center to provide a hub for educating and inspiring people about enameling.

Unfortunately, we were not able to view her Power Point presentation, but did receive handouts with pictures of the art pieces. You can download the presentation here. (7MB, Power Point)

Enameling is the process that fuses glass and metal using high heat. The Center currently has a 1,000 square foot facility in Santa Rosa, but Judy is hoping to open a site in Richmond on Macdonald Ave. This site would have space for workshops, an art gallery, sell products, and have meeting space maybe even a coffee shop. Judy is looking for help including board members, donors, folks to help with securing the building in Richmond, and participate in workshops.

If you want to help or learn more visit

The Menehune, Rotating Editor