President Ces Butner called to order the 5,342nd Civic Thursday meeting of the third oldest Club in the Rotary world from the California Ballroom with presenters both in person and via Zoom.
Gail Uilkema shared three quotes – Will Rogers: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”; Dolly Parton: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain”; and Dr. Seuss: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Co-Chair Greg Knight reintroduced Barbara Beery. Barbara cherishes the many relationships she has gained with numerous Rotarians in the Club. Barbara is a World Champion swimmer. She competed in the 2014 and 2018 Gay Games 9 and 10 where she won gold, silver, and bronze medals. She is looking forward to the 2022 11 games in Hong Kong.
Saroni-Lena Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Steve Blair introduced this year’s scholars who were in attendance via Zoom.
President-Elect Dudley Thompson introduced our speaker, Bernard (Bernie) Schlager. He is Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies and Executive Director, The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
We celebrated Pride month with Bernard Schlager of The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion who discussed the recent history of the relationship between LBGTQ people, society, and churches.
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