President-elect Dudley Thompson called the 5,343rd Civic Thursday meeting of the 3rd oldest Rotary Club in the world to order at 12:30 p.m.
Mark Rosen urged everyone to celebrate National Candy Month by eating as much candy "as our heart desire”. Is Mark a part-time lobbyist for the National Confectioners Association? If so, we are looking forward to free samples.
President-elect Dudley served as substitute president for the day in place of President Ces. Ces will return for next week's hybrid meeting (Zoom and in-person at the California Ballroom). The demotion of President Ces will be a Zoom meeting on June 24th. There will not be a meeting on July 1st and the inauguration of President-elect Dudley will be celebrated on July 8th.
Gala Committee chair Kathleen Sims reported that Casino Night Gala resulted in a net profit of close to $60,000 for the Oakland Rotary Endowment. She thanked the Gala sponsors, bidders, attendees, and workers for making the Gala a big success. ORE President Mike Mowery thanked Kathleen for her hard work on the Gala and Jim Caponigro for leading the 2021 ORE campaign. Total fundraising for the year approached $190,000. Congrats to all.
President-elect nominee Mary Geong reminded the audience of the protocols for our first in-person meeting on June 17th.
Past President Michael Bruck invited everyone to the first in-person Cocktail with the President of this Rotary year on Thursday, June 17th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, #2 Broadway, Oakland (Jack London Square). Indoor and outdoor areas will be available to congratulate President Ces and give him a big sendoff as he completes his year as president.
Pat Williams introduced Jonathan Becher. Jonathan is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, the minor league San Jose Barracuda hockey team, three ice rinks, and the Sharks Foundation. He is a three-time tech CEO, an author and blogger, and a "Wahoo" from the University of Virginia. Jonathan discussed business challenges and opportunities related to the pandemic.
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