President Dudley Thompson called the 5,531st Civic Thursday meeting of the Rotary Club of Oakland to order at 12:30 p.m. Apparently, last week's meeting (#5,350) was so memorable, President Dudley repeated that meeting number in his opening remarks. Next week's meeting may be meeting number 5,352, depending on Dudley's math skills.
Jason Wizelman recommended that given all of the world's problems, we be kind to each other and shared this thought by Mark Twain: "Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
Past President and Past District Governor Ed Jellen welcomed Dianne Dorn, past president of San Leandro Rotary.
A host of members introduced their guests: -
- Ed Brail, guest of Isaac Kos-Read
- Angela Clausett and Terry Wiley, guests of Georgia Richardson
- Angel Lax, guest of David Kersten
- Jimmie Wilson and Christine Saunders-Berg, guests of Renia Webb.
President Dudley welcomed the new members present in the ballroom who joined between January, 2020 and August, 2021. For many, this was their first in-person Civic Thursday meeting. The following members stood and introduced themselves:
Sheng Thao, Keith Uriarte, David Kersten, Nancy Williams, Pauline Fox, Derreck Johnson, Peter Agnoletti, Sandeep Rajbhandan and Deep Rajbhandan.
President Dudley invited Past President Ces Butner to the stage which due to Covid-19, was a somewhat unfamiliar place for Ces. Dudley presented the framed mayoral proclamation to Ces which established June 24, 2021 as Ces Butner Day in the City of Oakland.
The Oakland Symphony is our newest corporate member. Steve Nicholls introduced executive director Dr. Mieko Hatano and music director and conductor Michael Morgan (who was unable to attend the meeting). The Oakland Symphony was founded in 1933 and 54% of its musicians are women. Welcome to Rotary.
Keith Uriarte introduced Liz Ortega-Toro, the executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council. Liz is the full-time officer who runs the Council's daily operations. Liz is the first Latina to serve as secretary-treasurer in the history of the council. She arrived in the U.S. with her mother and brother as undocumented immigrants and joined her father in Oakland. She graduated from Fremont High School and joined the labor movement at age 21. Liz said, 'Unions need to deal with both "bread and butter" issues as well as social and political issues.'
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