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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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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, December 10, 2020

President Ces Butner called our 5,320th “Civic Thursday” meeting order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Fred Mackay presented the thought for the day and suggested that after a difficult 2020, we should all strengthen our ties as humans in 2021.

President Ces led the attendees in reciting the Rotary Club of Oakland vision statement. He then shared a slide with the Rotary Foundation giving a "Thermometer." Seventy-two percent of club members have donated to the Rotary Foundation to date. Ces urged all members to donate so that the presidential challenge donation of $50,000 will kick in.

Winter Williams introduced Tinisch Hollins, associate director of Californians for Safety and Justice, and Oakland Rotarian Courtney Ruby, City of Oakland Auditor. The panel, moderated by Winter, engaged in a discussion of criminal justice reform.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, December 3, 2020

President Ces Butner called our 5,319th “Civic Thursday” meeting order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Pres. Ces reported he has put to good use the recommendations from our speaker, Magician Dennis Kyriakos, on what technology to use to look your best on Zoom. He has a new circular light, computer stand, and a backdrop. You looked great, Ces!

To highlight the Community Service Committee’s work, Kim Cohn read a quote from M.F.K. Fisher: “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

Lorna Padia Markus was the meeting sponsor today, featuring her firm, Mowat, Mackie & Anderson. A CPA for 30 years, Lorna has seen tax policies change over many Presidential administrations.

Georgia Richardson introduced our speaker, Chef Nikki Shaw. The multi-talented Ms. Shaw is not just a chef. She is actively involved in community teaching nutrition, healthy eating, and self-care. Nikki emphasized the importance of getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. In this time of Covid-19, it’s important not to neglect our health.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 19, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5318th club meeting, last before Thanksgiving!

Amani Soliman shared a thought for the day, "I wish this celebration was the international one, not just an American one. I think every country, every person in the world has a lot to be thankful for and I would like to wish you all on this occasion a very good and happy thanksgiving. Please stick to the rules and keep it limited I hope that everyone will come out of this situation safely and sound and we meet again for the next thanksgiving."

Rotarian Steve Nicholls introduced our special guest for today, a well-known magician for his spell-binding performances locally and internationally Mr. Dennis Kyriakos. Dennis showed his magic tricks through the zoom meeting. Everyone who joined had a fun time cheering for all of Dennis's performances.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 12, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5317th club meeting.

Rotarian Abel Guillen shared a quote from John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

Past President David Stein introduced our speaker Danny Wan, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, noting that he received his BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and his law degree from UCLA. Go Bears and Bruins! Mr. Danny Wan talked about how the Port is fairing and headed in the future.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 5, 2020

We had another exciting weekly virtual Oakland Rotary Civic Thursday lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner called the meeting to order at 12:28 pm, a 5316th club meeting in our 111-year old history.

Rotarian Stephanie Casenza shared the thought for the day with us. In order to remain focused, we recited our vision statement: Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

The use of virtual applications like Zoom and other social media has become inevitable during this pandemic situation. To make sure every Rotarian knows how to use these applications to stay connected with each other, the communication committee prepared a detailed presentation.

Isaac Kos-Read and the communication committee members Sandeepa Nayak and Jack Iles divided the participants into separate breakout rooms to educate them on how to use the Zoom application.

Joseph Goralka highlighted the good work all the Rotarians are doing by being part of the Rotary Foundation. He further urged to donate for all the causes managed by the Rotary Club.

Rotarian Michael Bakal spoke about a project the Rotary Club of Oakland is doing in Guatemala focused on food production, growing an economy, local youth, and improving the environment.

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