Oakland Rotary News

Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, December 10, 2020

President Ces Butner called our 5,320th “Civic Thursday” meeting order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Fred Mackay presented the thought for the day and suggested that after a difficult 2020, we should all strengthen our ties as humans in 2021.

President Ces led the attendees in reciting the Rotary Club of Oakland vision statement. He then shared a slide with the Rotary Foundation giving a "Thermometer." Seventy-two percent of club members have donated to the Rotary Foundation to date. Ces urged all members to donate so that the presidential challenge donation of $50,000 will kick in.

Winter Williams introduced Tinisch Hollins, associate director of Californians for Safety and Justice, and Oakland Rotarian Courtney Ruby, City of Oakland Auditor. The panel, moderated by Winter, engaged in a discussion of criminal justice reform.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, December 3, 2020

President Ces Butner called our 5,319th “Civic Thursday” meeting order and welcomed all of our Zoom guests.

Pres. Ces reported he has put to good use the recommendations from our speaker, Magician Dennis Kyriakos, on what technology to use to look your best on Zoom. He has a new circular light, computer stand, and a backdrop. You looked great, Ces!

To highlight the Community Service Committee’s work, Kim Cohn read a quote from M.F.K. Fisher: “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

Lorna Padia Markus was the meeting sponsor today, featuring her firm, Mowat, Mackie & Anderson. A CPA for 30 years, Lorna has seen tax policies change over many Presidential administrations.

Georgia Richardson introduced our speaker, Chef Nikki Shaw. The multi-talented Ms. Shaw is not just a chef. She is actively involved in community teaching nutrition, healthy eating, and self-care. Nikki emphasized the importance of getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. In this time of Covid-19, it’s important not to neglect our health.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 19, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5318th club meeting, last before Thanksgiving!

Amani Soliman shared a thought for the day, "I wish this celebration was the international one, not just an American one. I think every country, every person in the world has a lot to be thankful for and I would like to wish you all on this occasion a very good and happy thanksgiving. Please stick to the rules and keep it limited I hope that everyone will come out of this situation safely and sound and we meet again for the next thanksgiving."

Rotarian Steve Nicholls introduced our special guest for today, a well-known magician for his spell-binding performances locally and internationally Mr. Dennis Kyriakos. Dennis showed his magic tricks through the zoom meeting. Everyone who joined had a fun time cheering for all of Dennis's performances.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 12, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5317th club meeting.

Rotarian Abel Guillen shared a quote from John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

Past President David Stein introduced our speaker Danny Wan, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, noting that he received his BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and his law degree from UCLA. Go Bears and Bruins! Mr. Danny Wan talked about how the Port is fairing and headed in the future.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, November 5, 2020

We had another exciting weekly virtual Oakland Rotary Civic Thursday lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner called the meeting to order at 12:28 pm, a 5316th club meeting in our 111-year old history.

Rotarian Stephanie Casenza shared the thought for the day with us. In order to remain focused, we recited our vision statement: Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

The use of virtual applications like Zoom and other social media has become inevitable during this pandemic situation. To make sure every Rotarian knows how to use these applications to stay connected with each other, the communication committee prepared a detailed presentation.

Isaac Kos-Read and the communication committee members Sandeepa Nayak and Jack Iles divided the participants into separate breakout rooms to educate them on how to use the Zoom application.

Joseph Goralka highlighted the good work all the Rotarians are doing by being part of the Rotary Foundation. He further urged to donate for all the causes managed by the Rotary Club.

Rotarian Michael Bakal spoke about a project the Rotary Club of Oakland is doing in Guatemala focused on food production, growing an economy, local youth, and improving the environment.

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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Luncheon Meeting, October 29, 2020

We had another exciting weekly lunch meeting today - on Zoom! Our President Ces Butner conducted a 5315th club meeting.

As announced by past president Robert Kidd, Rotarians joined the Weekly Civic Thursday meeting in their Halloween themed masks.

Rotarian Jack McAboy shared with us thought for the day in a Halloween spirit. Rotarian C.J. Hirschfield introduced the civic Thursday meeting’s speaker Mr. Jim LeBrecht. Jim is an Oakland-based filmmaker, Sound designer, and disability rights activist. Mr. Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham are Co-producers/ Directors of ‘Crip Camp’ an award-winning documentary co-produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. The film tells the story of Camp Jened, a summer camp for teens with disabilities, and its impact on the disability rights movement. This year the film won the audience award at the Sundance film festival. Crip Camp also led the critic’s choice association’s documentary nomination list with 5 nominations.

The secret judge reviewed the meeting and declared 'Celeste Gordon' as the winner of the Halloween mask contest.

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President's Challenge

President Ces is urging Oakland Rotary to support his goal to have every member of our club donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and achieve 100% participation by December 31, 2020.  If we can do this, Ces has committed to giving $50,000 to TRF.  No donation is too small and the $25 minimum donation can make a big difference.

President Ces would like all members to experience the joy of giving, by supporting Rotary's local and international projects. Reminder - 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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