Live, from the California Ballroom, President Ces Butner called the 5,339th Civic Thursday meeting of the Rotary Club of Oakland to order at 12:30 p.m. A crowd of five joined Pres. Ces in the ballroom along with the usual large crowd on Zoom for the second hybrid test meeting.
Issac Kos-Read, joined by his mother Diana Kos, read his original poem about mothers.
Past President Ed Jellen introduced visiting San Leandro Rotarian Dianne Dorn and Issac Kos-Read's guests, Diana Kos and Antwan Adams.
President Ces shared the cover of this month's Piedmont Living Magazine which features Oakland Rotary member Gail Uilkema on the cover. The article about Gail included a reference to her long-time membership in the Oakland Rotary Club. Gail rang the bell in honor of the Piedmont Living article. Karen Friedman, Dudley Thompson, and Ruth Stroup rang the bell in Gail's honor.
Julayne Virgil introduced Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and founder of Marshall Plan for Moms. Reshma spoke from her home in New York City.
Over 2 million women left the workforce last year. Thirty years of progress was erased in 9 months. Women of color are leaving the workforce at twice the rate of white women. The reasons included the lack of affordable and reliable childcare and the permanent elimination of jobs. This fact caused her to ask "where is the Marshall Plan for Moms?" (editor's note: the Marshall Plan provided financial aid from the U.S. to help Europe rebuild after WWII).
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