Oakland Rotary News

Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, April 1, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,334th meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.

Rotarian Diana Garcia shared the thought of the day by quoting Selina Quintanilla Pérez, 'I want to be remembered not only as an entertainer but as a person who cared a lot and I gave the best that I could and I tried to be the best role model that I possibly could.'

Past President Rotarian Ed Jellen announced that the treasurer of community Rotaract Ivy Chen and other members are attending today's meeting.

President Ces announced that Rotarian Greg Knight has transitioned from Red badge to Blue badge and Greg will be joining the committee. Gregg gave self-introduction to all the attending members.

Member of the Oakland Community Rotaract, DeVante Brooks introduced today's guest speaker - Tim Hon (the co-founder of the local art group "illuminaries"). Tim shared his journey from graffiti vandal to building community and inspiring youth through street art. He also discussed the evolution of the genre and its positive effects on Bay Area neighborhoods.

Click here to watch Tim Hon segment

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, March 25, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,333rd meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.

Rotarian Zeydi Gutierrez shared the thought for the day and dedicated it to International Women's Month - March. She highlighted that this month celebrates the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women across the world. It also stands for gender inequality against women.

Rotarian Maude Pervere introduced our speaker of the day - Abby Ginzberg. Abby is an independent documentary film director, producer, and founder of Ginzberg Productions. Abby spoke about Waging Change, her inspiring film about the One Fair Wage movement, which aims at raising the federal minimum wage for tipped workers from a shocking $2.13 an hour.

Click here to watch Abby Ginzberg segment

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, March 18, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,332nd meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.

Rotarian Tristen Connor gave us the thought of the day on the first anniversary of sheltering in place.

Alex Kaffka, the co-chair of the Speech Contest Committee, announced that Oakland Rotary will be sending its Interact students to the North Regional Speech Contest. Alex also noted that the real success this year was the dramatic improvement of speeches thanks to mentoring from Oakland Rotarians over a six-week period.

Robert Kidd introduced today’s speaker, Eric Foner. A Professor of History at Columbia University and noted author of 25 books, his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. His latest book is The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. Robert discussed the Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and how they resonate today.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, March 11, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,331st meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.

Rotarian Lewis Griggs gave us the thought of the day. In honor of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, he presented three quotes: Malcolm X – “You can’t teach what you don’t know. You can’t take people where you won’t go.” James Baldwin – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Angela Davis – “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

Rotarian Allison Bliss announced today’s speaker, Michael Tchong. Michael is a well-known American entrepreneur, author, and futurist. His most recent book Uber Trends was extremely popular and is currently working on a 4th book about the COVID lockdowns. Michael is a futurist who says forecasting the future can be extremely difficult. Who could have guessed a worldwide pandemic would happen in 2020? The past year has been crazy and very few could have predicted the COVID pandemic, transition to Zoom or the necessity of wearing masks. Michael rattled off dozens of upcoming trends including a new social medial platform, Clubhouse.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, March 4, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,330th meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.

Rotarian Kymberly Miller shared a nice poem by Amanda Gorman as the Thought For The Day and dedicated it to International Women's Day.

Today we began our celebration of International Women's Day and Women's month. To commemorate this occasion, President Ces invited a trio of women to announce the various aspects of our club. Rotarian Kymberly Miller, Shannon Hackley, and Tristan Connor highlighted different community work supported and executed by the Rotary Club of Oakland.

Rotarian and our communication chair, Isaac Kos-Read introduced today's Civic Thursday Speaker Adam Tobin. Our guest is the Executive Director of Chabot Space and Science Center. Building on its 137-year history in Oakland, Chabot Space & Science Center is launching innovative, new models for STEM education. Adam discussed Chabot’s bold vision to set the stage for inspiration and opportunity for all of Oakland's youth.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Thursday High School Speech Contest, February 25, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,329th meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement. Ces explained that our meeting format will be a bit different today in order to accommodate our annual Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest, with the winner advancing to the next “Area Level” of the annual Rotary Speech Contest.

Four high school students were recently selected to spend six weeks of their free time learning from Rotary mentors the art of public speaking. They have since written their own speeches on the theme "Rotary Creates Opportunities" and integrated what they have learned about the 4-way test. Join us in supporting their creativity and diligence, after which a winner will be selected to advance to the next level. The winner of all four levels will be awarded up to $1550 to use towards their education.

At the end of the meeting, a winner was chosen, and it was Speaker C now revealed to be Alvin Wang, a student at Mission San Jose High School. Committee Co-chair Barbara Beery announced that he will receive $100 and will advance to the next round in the Area Rotary Speech Contest. Also introduced and thanked for their participation were Mya Nguyen from Alameda High School as Speaker A; Grace Tan of Oakland Charter School as Speaker B and Peiwen Lin of American Indian Model School as Speaker D. A virtual and much-deserved round of applause was given to all!

Co-chairs Alex and Barbara acknowledged and thanked all Speech Contest Committee members for their work including Debo Sarkar, Riza Hernandez, C J Hirschfield and Greg Annis.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, February 18, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,328th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Rotarian Gary Flaxman quoted James Baldwin for his thought for the day. Part of the quote included “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced”.

Rotarian Celeste Gordon introduced our speaker Jasmine Rashid, Directory of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships of Candide and Editor-in-Chief of Visibility Magazine. Passionate about social justice, Jasmine has developed The Financial Activist Playbook for supporting racial justice. She reviewed with us eight things we can do to promote Financial Social Activism.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, February 11, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,327th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Rotarian Abel Guilian shared Barak Obama's quote for 'Thought For The Day', "Democracy doesn't work if we constantly demonize each other. For progress to happen, we have to listen to each other and see ourselves in each other, and fight for our principles, but also fight to find the common ground, no matter how elusive that may seem."

President Cess announced that 2 new members are going to be inducted into Oakland Rotary Club today. Rotarian Isaac Kos-Read introduced Zeydi Gutierrez while Rotarian David Kirsten introduced Nancy Williams to the club.

Rotarian Winter Williams introduced our speaker for the Civic Thursday, Terrence Brewer - award-winning Jazz Artist, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, bandleader, music educator, instructor, lecturer, and workshop facilitator. Terrence gave an amazing music performance and shared details of how the last 10 months in pandemic have been for an artist, musicians, and educators of music as him.

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Rotary Club of Oakland on behalf of the Saroni-Lena committee wants to ask for your help in finding summer internships for the college students who are recipients of a Rotary scholarship. Each year the Saroni-Lena committee selects a limited number of Oakland high school seniors with significant financial need to receive a scholarship for attendance at a four-year college or university. Most are the first in their family to attend college. Each student is assigned a mentor from the committee. 

These are impressive students who have strong academic records and have been involved in numerous community and school activities. Information about these students and their interests are listed below. 

The goal is to offer each of these students a summer internship or job opportunity through our Rotary community. These students generally do not have the kind of connections that could result in a summer internship. Oakland Rotary can be that connection!

The internships should pay at least minimum wage, be for a minimum of 20 hours a week, and have a duration of at least six weeks. If you or anyone you know has internship opportunities for college students, please contact Janice Brickley at janicembrickley@gmail.com or 510 329-8123. Please contact her even if your internship program has been suspended this summer due to the pandemic. The committee has started a spreadsheet of internship opportunities that can also be used in future years.  

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, February 04, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,326th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

On learning about our speaker today, Maestro Micheal Morgan, Rotarian Joe Goralka is reminded of time enjoyed at the Oakland Symphony with family and fellow Rotarians listening to the orchestra perform works by some of the greatest musical composers on exotic instruments. He shared 2 brief thoughts today:

Philosopher Henry David Thoreau writes in the world of peach and love music would be the universal language.

Organist and Theologian Albert Schweitzer claim “There are only two means of refuge from the miseries of life: Music and Cats!"

Rotarian Steve Nicholls introduced our guest and Civic Thursday Speaker for today, Michael Morgan - Maestro Oakland Symphony. Michael addressed 2 current issues that classical music and the Oakland Symphony are facing. He mentioned that "The Black Lives Matter movement, which is highlighting classical music's history of devaluing Black composers, Black conductors, Black artists, Black members of symphony orchestras, and even Black audiences." Secondly, he highlighted the financial collapse of the performing arts as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to watch his segment.

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