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Jon and Gudrun Traveling the Trails

Gudrun ...Just blazing the way!!!! Anyone see Jon!!!

Hiking the North Yorkshire Moors in rain

Hiking the North Yorkshire Moors in rain and wind!

Putting the new Osprey Gortex gear to the ultimate test and it passed 100% Quite amazing to be warm, comfortable and smiling!!!

The heather is spectacular, as far as you can see in all directions.

We are warm, dry and settling in at the Buck Inn Hotel, Chop Gate, for the night. We have three more days of hiking, plus a two day layover to ride the steam trains and we will arrive at Robin Hood's Bay! Quite a hike!!!

Fellow Rotarians on the trail!

Rotary Club of Keswick

8/7/2019

Met a group of hiking Rotarians today on the trail between Orton and Kirkby Stephen.

Spotted the Rotary Club of Keswick on one guys shirt! We had a great chat and fun joking about a make-up meeting for us!

Added to the enjoyment of the day.

A 13 mile day we are over 90 miles in the last 7 days

  • Ten days and 131 miles under our belts!
  • Sun, rain, mud, bogs and great B&B’s
  • Tea along the trail, sometimes in a tea room and sometimes trail side
  • . With a bath or shower, dinner and a good nights sleep we are revived and ready for the next day’s hike

At our meeting on July 25, 2019, Karen Friedman introduced our speaker, Dr. Joshua Bamberger, who is currently serving (in addition to his medical practice) as the Assistant Director of UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative. A specialist in exploring the causes and remedies to homelessness in the Bay Area, Dr. Bamberger gave a thoughtful and informative presentation on the important subject to us today.

Oakland has one of the biggest homeless populations in the area, and it has risen by 47% in the past two years here. He pinpointed homeless causes of incarceration, mental illness and alcoholism, but by far the main root cause is lack of affordable housing. Fifty percent of the homeless over 50 years old were not homeless until that age, but were unable to remain in their homes, ending up on the street.

The major solution over time is providing more affordable housing, which has been woefully under built for the demand. It will not completely solve the homeless problem, but at least will get people off the streets and out of shelters and temporary housing like safe-sheds, seeing those as “emergency room” temporary solutions. Homelessness is certainly a major issue here in Oakland, and his remarks were topical and informative.

Dr. Bamberger’s presentation may be seen on the live stream video of the July 25th meeting at http://bit.ly/BambergerRCO

At our Club lunch meeting on July 18, Wendy Howard introduced Ashley Pritchard, a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, who shared her fascinating work in Myanmar.

While working at United Nations headquarters in New York, she first learned about the Ambassadorial Scholarship program, funded by The Rotary Foundation.  Over 40,000 scholars from 100 nations received Ambassadorial Scholarships between 1948 and 2012. She received her Master of Arts in International Development from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. As a result, she was sent to Myanmar where she worked on the historic 2015 election to allow the country to transition from a dictatorship to a democracy. 

She described Myanmar: it has the 25th largest population in the world;90% of the people are Buddist; there are over 135 recognized ethnic groups; and it is a very poor agrarian society.  The Internet does not exist, and communication is very difficult.

The election was expected to bring out 40% of the voters, but 70% turned out instead.  Following the election, she influenced, drafted or revised more than 15 national policies. The laws had not been changed since British colonial rule ended some 50 years earlier.   She worked with a company to draft a new human rights policy, providing labor rights to workers.  Now, more than 175 companies have joined the first company in instituting human rights policies.

She helped manage a refugee camp for several hundred thousand persecuted ethnic Rohingya people after Myanmar rejected their citizenship.  They were forced to flee primarily to Bangladesh.

She thanked Rotary for its many projects underway globally.

Upon her conclusion, the audience gave her a well-deserved standing ovation. After the meeting, some members said that it was the best presentation they’ve ever seen at a Rotary meeting! For those who couldn’t make the meeting, you may view her presentation at

http://bit.ly/PritchardatRCO

The Community Service Committee delivering a check to Oakland Midnight Basketball League to assist with relaunching the program.  The goal is to keep youths occupied during peak crime hours while exposing them to caring adults and life skills workshops. Bruce Nye delivering the check on behalf of Oakland Rotary.

Committee: 

High Adventure returns to Elkhorn Slough (Moss Landing) for a kayaking adventure

  • Bob Barth

  • Mark Rosen plus "Go Sharks"

March 2019

What a tremedous day on the water 

 Baby Otters!  Baby Seals!

Kayaks were  rented at Kayak Connection at Moss landing  (see below) for members that did not have their own rquipment 

Elkhorn Slough:

http://www.elkhornslough.org/

Kayaks: $35 for single, $55 for double, $65 for triple

Our past trips have ranged from an hour and a half to 3 hours. This adventure will be in the 1.5 hour range.

Birthingof the Otter pups is always exciting...

But members did not overlook the Peliguins, whales off the beach, Otters, and  the pesky sea lions. 

Members were reminded that  each month and day on the slough is very different.

Meeting Schedule:

Join up at Kayak Connection between 8:30 A.M. prior to the store opening at  9:00 in Moss Landing to discuss Paddle

Plan ahead to rent a Kayak you need to call and make a reservation as kayaks are limited. If you call and there are no more kayaks reach out to  Montery Bay Kayak  located right next door. 

Kayak Rentals

Kayak Connection

phone: 831-724-5692
fax: 831-761-2379
moss@kayakconnection.com

Store Hours
Sat, Sunday: 9am-6pm

Lunch:

Afterwards we can have lunch at  Phil’s’ Fish Market.  If you haven’t been its an experience.

http://www.philsfishmarket.com/index.html

If you wish to attend please let Mark Rosen or Tom Limon know.

Have questions >>>. Just email me (mrosen@info-gate.com)

Oakland’s Three Female Leaders Address Our Club

Our Club moved its meeting to City Hall on April 27, 2017.  More than 120 Rotarians and 45 guests gathered, first enjoying lunch in the beautiful lobby area and then moving into the Council Chambers. Of historic note: the current Oakland City Hall was completed in 1914 and was the first high-rise government building in the United States, and also the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.)

President introduced and thanked Rotarian and City Librarian Gerry Garzonfor organizing the event.  Gerryproceeded to introduce the three speakers:  Honorary Rotarian and Mayor LibbySchaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick. Each spoke about her particular priorities before fielding questions.

Mayor Libby Schaafsaid the budget is on her mind and will be introduced very shortly. There will be numerous opportunities to learn about it at town hall workshops over the next two months.  Information can also be obtained at the website: openbudgetoakland.org.  Her goal is to maintain the current level of service. She spoke of the level of vitality now in Oakland as evidenced by the many construction cranes across the skyline and much building permit activity for 4,500 new housing units.  At the same time, Oakland has challenges including:

  • Crisis in housing affordability, the need for housing at all income levels and solving homelessness issues,
  • Basic infrastructure, for example potholes everywhere caused by the drought, followed by heavy rains(she is starting to name some on her way to work).
  • The need to increase the number of youth who go to college (Oakland Promise is one of her important projects),
  • and the list goes on.

City Administrator Sabrina Landrethreferred to herself as the “chief bureaucrat”. She spoke briefly of the major crises city leaders have gone through recently, including two major fires resulting in loss of life and displaced tenants. In addition, the Police Department scandal resulted inleadership instability until the recent arrival of Chief Kirkpatrick. Ms. Landreth saidher challenge is maintaining employee morale and finding the best people for each job. In her focus on staffing, she indicated a new Chief Information Officer is now on board, recruitment is underway for a new Public Works Director and a Planning & Building Director. Soon recruitment will begin for a new Fire Chief.  Sensing that Rotarians can get things done, she encouraged everyone in Oakland “to get involved”.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, with 35 years of policing experience, indicated it is difficult to be a police officer in America today. She made it clear she will not tolerate inappropriate behavior. She described the department’s new approach with the publicas: “We want to love you, we want to serve you, and we want you to love us back.” A recent study concluded that the ideal size for OPD is 925 sworn officers.  Currently there are 794 officers, with no increase in the upcoming budget.