Opening Comments and Future Meetings
President-elect Dudley served as substitute president for the day in place of President Ces. Ces will return for next week's hybrid meeting (Zoom and in-person at the California Ballroom). The demotion of President Ces will be a Zoom meeting on June 24th. There will not be a meeting on July 1st and the inauguration of President-elect Dudley will be celebrated on July 8th.
What happened to the recitation of the vision statement? See below.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Past President and past District Governor Ed Jellen introduced Lois Corrin, C J Hirschfield's guest. Lois will be moving from guest to member status next week.
High Adventure June – August – Mark Rosen
Mark Rosen returned to the electronic podium in his role as High Adventure Committee chair with news of upcoming, in-person events.
- Tickets for Oakland A's games on July 2nd (Red Sox) and August 27th (Yankees) are available for $80. The ticket includes seats in the "Golden Road Landing" area and fireworks. There will be no tailgate parties for either game but feel free to make your own arrangements for pre-game fun. You can purchase tickets on the specific calendar date links on the Club’s website. Only 100 tickets per game are available.
- Hike at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline on June 19th. Sign up on the calendar date link on the Club’s website.
- Cycling Event – usually held the 4th Saturday of the month is in the planning stages.
Gala Report and ORE Campaign Results
Gala Committee chair Kathleen Sims reported that Casino Night Gala resulted in a net profit of close to $60,000 for Oakland Rotary Endowment. She thanked the Gala sponsors, bidders, attendees, and workers for making the Gala a big success. ORE President Mike Mowery thanked Kathleen for her hard work on the Gala and Jim Caponigro for leading the 2021 ORE campaign. Total fundraising for the year approached $190,000. Congrats to all.
After receiving numerous reminders that he skipped the Rotary vision, President-elect Dudley belatedly led the group in its recitation. Dudley assured the audience that all the kinks will be ironed out by his first meeting on July 8th.
June 17th In-Person Meeting Protocols
President-elect nominee Mary Geong reminded the audience of the protocols for our first in-person meeting on June 17th:
- Bring your proof of vaccination (your card or a photo of your card) or send a copy to Executive Administrator Jesse Bowdle.
- The California Ballroom will be set up for social distancing. Please don't move the chairs.
- Masks will be required unless you are eating or drinking.
- No food will be provided. You may bring your own.
- Coffee, tea, water, and the no-host bar will be available.
- Greet each other with elbow bumps.
- Don't sign into the Zoom meeting or use the ballroom WiFi while in the Ballroom to avoid tech problems.
Breakout Room Fellowship
The Zoom audience was divided into breakout rooms to discuss any and all topics.
Speaker for the Day – Jonathan Becher
Pat Williams introduced Jonathan Becher. Jonathan is president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, the minor league San Jose Barracuda hockey team, three ice rinks, and the Sharks Foundation. He is a three-time tech CEO, an author and blogger, and a "Wahoo" from the University of Virginia. Feel free to ask Pat Williams for the definition of a "Wahoo."
Jonathan had multiple careers as a computer programmer and software developer, entrepreneur, chief digital officer at SAP. Now he is in the business of creating experiences. Two phrases guide his personal, work, and community life:
- Culture eats strategy - a well-designed strategy will not be effective unless people are motivated to support it.
- Words matter - word choice and language are important in communicating.
Jonathan discussed business challenges and opportunities related to the pandemic:
- Sports is rooted in the past - the pandemic provided the opportunity to reinvent the sports business.
- There is a need to use technology to support a remote workforce.
- Jonathan banned the use of the word "virtual." Zoom meetings are real.
- The Sharks will provide a "reverse ATM" where the customer puts money in and receives a Sharks cash card.
- The organization is building a new arena (4,500 capacity) for the Barracuda.
- The Sharks can create a great experience without winning.
- Long term financial success is based on occasional winning.
- His business goal is to break even. He wants the Sharks to be a community asset.
- His job is to help the world be a better place. Sounds a lot like Rotary.
President-elect Dudley thanked all who participated in the meeting and ended the meeting with an approximation of President Ces's "And that's the way it went" closing.
Happy Birthday! Celebrating between June 18 and June 24 are:
19 – Bryan Morgan
19 – Julayne Virgil
21 – Kers Clausen
22 – Robert Rayburn
23 – Ebonie Cobb
24 – Robert Fried
Membership Anniversaries through June 18 - 30
Thank you for your years of service to the Rotary Club of Oakland and the community!
- Luise Roke – 20 years
- Mary Geong – 19 years
- Elizabeth Johnson – 18 years
- Keith Giron – 14 years
- Dan Altemus – 13 years
- David Barron – 8 years
- Steve Lowe – 8 years
- Jain Williams – 8 years
- Joseph Koroma – 6 years
- Ethel Lee Miller – 6 years
- Steven Jones – 4 years
- Pat McMillan – 4 years
- Ahmad Anderson – 3 years
- Candice Elder – 3 years
- Greg Knight – 2 years
- Margee Witt – 2 years
Next Meeting, Thursday, June 17 – Brad Howard – Rotary’s Peace Mural
Allison Bliss announced next week’s speaker will be Brad Howard, former Rotary International Director. Brad will talk about the shared vision of three Rotary Clubs in Oakland to create a Beacon of Hope for Justice, Inclusion and Peace for our community through a mural being installed in Jack London Square.