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President's Challenge

President's Challenge

President Ces urged members to support his goal of 100% participation in The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and Oakland Rotary Endowment (ORE) campaigns by pledging to contribute $50,000 to the TRF and another $50,000 to ORE if every member makes a contribution in any amount to both campaigns. He recommended that all members experience the joy of giving; by supporting Rotary's local and international projects. He reminded us that our club dues do not go to TRF or ORE; rather they go to the Club to pay the Club's operating expenses.
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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, October 22, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted the  5314th club meeting. Rotarian Sam Miller shared with us thought for the day from a new US citizen originally from Uganda: “Democracy is something to be cherished and true democracy is actually where people are taken seriously and where people’s voices do matter. ”

Rotarian Gary Flaxman introduced today’s guest speaker Mr. Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the ACLU. Lee is one of the countries leading public interest lawyers. Lee spoke at length about the ongoing clash between US Immigration Policy and Constitutional Rights. He highlighted the unprecedented government action of separating children from parents seeking to immigrate to the United states and the ACLU's efforts to reunite the children with their parents.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, October 15, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5313th club meeting.

Our fellow Rotarian and committee chairperson David Stein introduced today's guest speaker Larry Diamond. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University and a past director of its Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In 2004, Diamond served in Baghdad as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He is the author of numerous books, including The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World, the editor of fifty books, and a founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy. His book "Ill Winds, Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency" looks at the recent decline in democracy here in the US and around the world.

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Joint Club Meeting Of The First Five Rotary Clubs, October 7, 2020

We had a very special  meeting today on Zoom with the world’s 5 oldest Rotary clubs - Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles (known as the First Five Clubs). Our President Ces Butner, along with the other four Club Presidents,  conducted the 5312th club meeting with more than 200 participants!

The five Club presidents talked about the serious issue of homelessness and announced a collaborative project to help unhoused residents in their cities.

President Ces introduced our guest speaker Jennifer Jones, who was recently selected to serve as 2022-2023 Rotary International President. She will be the first female President in Rotary International's 115-year history.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Meeting, October 1, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted the 5311th club meeting with more than 100 participants!

Today Rotary Oakland featured Michelle Starratt, Housing Director for Alameda County Housing and Human Development, who spoke about the discrepancy between people's incomes and housing costs, how it came about, and what we can do about it. We also advanced Emily and Bryan Morgan to permanent blue badges, inducted new member Stephen Murphy and heard about Kinderprep Committee's work to support Transitional Kindergarten students' online learning in this time of COVID 19.

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