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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 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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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, January 28, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,325th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

In reflecting on President Joe Biden’s recent environmental administrative actions, Stephen Murphy shared quotes from Van Jones, author of “Green Economy,” about how building such an economy will lift all boats in a green wave benefiting us all, and the polar bears too.

President Ces invited us all to recite our vision where Service Above Self connects us all.

Marie Saverimuthu introduced our speaker of the day, Selvi Stanislaus, Executive Director of the California State Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Selvi is the first woman appointed to oversee the FTB and its 6,000+ employees charged with collecting $66 billion annually to fund state projects, programs, and state infrastructure.

Selvi spoke of the progress made in upgrading a multi-phase IT system to re-engineer how our state tax returns are processed in order to maximize collections and efficiencies (an interesting factoid considering all the media reports of the state’s challenges in sending money the other way, to unemployment claimants, blamed on antiquated IT systems at the EDD).

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, January 21, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,324th “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Georgia Richardson shared thought for the day by saying, "We must get comfortable with being uncomfortable if we are really and truly serious about improving diversity, fixing inequities, promoting inclusion then we have to have those difficult conversations with all stakeholders at the table through our discomfort we get awareness and growth."

President Ces led the attendees in reciting the Rotary Club of Oakland vision statement.

Rotarian David Kirsten introduced this week's civic Thursday speaker Italina Kirknis. She is a national public speaker and social media expert, giving over 40 speeches a year all over the country.

Italina gave everyone a lesson on how to optimize their social media presence to increase brand visibility and get more customers.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, January 14, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,323rd “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Rotarian and former executive director Pat Williams shared a thought for the day honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She shared two of his famous quotes, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' and “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

President-Elect Dudley Thompson inducted a new member and old friend into the club, Scott Baird.

Rotarian David Stein introduced this week's Thursday Speaker Dave Metz. Dave is the president of Oakland based polling firm FM3 Research. He has been doing polling in Oakland for 23 years. He has also done poling in all the 50 states for candidates and as well as ballot measures. Dave shared an overview of the latest opinion research to tell us what Oaklanders think about their community and local government; what the results of the 2020 election mean for politics and governing in Oakland and California; and whether we can all trust what polls tell us anyway.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, January 7, 2021

President Ces Butner called our 5,322nd “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Rotarian Lou Rigali shared thought for the day from the published works of Mary Parker Foley born in the late 1800s in Boston - 'We find the true man only through group organization. The potentialities of the individual remain potentialities until they are released by group life.'

President-Elect Dudley Thompson inducted the latest member of the club Jesse Bowdle.

Past president Jack McAboy highlighted 5 women who have been members of the Oakland Rotary Club for over 30 years. Gail Okana, Carla Betts, Shannon Hackley, Iris Brody Lopez, and Mary Retzer shared with us stories about what it was like in the 70s and 80s when women were not allowed to be members of the Rotary club and what the Oakland Rotary Club has meant for them.

Rotarian Kymberly Miller introduced our speaker for the day - Mayor of Oakland, Honorary Rotarian Libby Schaaf. She spoke about the state of the city and address homelessness as our club has chosen to focus on it this year.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, December 17, 2020

President Ces Butner called our 5,321st “Civic Thursday” meeting in order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Rotarian Lorie Alemania shared 'Thought For The Day' with Traditional Irish Retirement Blessing for Pat, ''"May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."

This week's Civic Thursday meeting is very special as we celebrate the retirement of our beloved Executive Director Pat Williams. To honor this special day, 7 of our past presidents joined today's meeting to say hello to Pat Williams.

Rotarian Jason Wizelman introduced our guest for today's meeting Theodore Ellison, Renowned Glass Artist. Ted brings a historical perspective to his work in stained glass and mosaic. His firm, Theodore Ellison Designs, is a nationally-renowned boutique firm specializing in crafting exquisite custom mosaic and leaded glass.

Ted gave a close look at some of the Bay Area's best glass installations as well as the historical context that informs his original designs for new construction and historic homes all over the country.

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