1 August 2012 – RotaCare at Sunset!

Secretary Bryant Burleigh greeted Rotarians with snazzy new badges as they arrived for our first meeting of August. The old badges were loaners from another Club; now that we’re Chartered and official, we have to get our own badges – and bell, gavel, and…  Our sponsoring clubs – Alamo, Cordelia, Dixon, Rio Vista and Vallejo noon – have generously provided the capital to make purchases you’ll see in coming weeks.

President Tom Snyder opened the meeting noting that, with our Charter having been celebrated, we are now back on track to hear from three more community organizations – our Community Service auditions – before we choose one to support for the year.

After Joan Sumagaysay led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, President Tom introduced our visiting Rotarian, Paul Lofholm (about more, below) from the Rotary Club of Central Marin; and two guests, Jackie Ho, a second year pharmacy student at Touro University, and Juliana Wilson, a pharmacy resident.

President Tom reported that our Board of Directors have selected the following days to be “dark” – no meeting – for 2012-2013: 26 September (Yom Kippur); 31 October (Hallowe’en); 21 November (day before Thanksgiving); 26 Dec; 2 Jan. He then discussed his idea for a Club Historian; he also reiterated the idea of our producing an annual Year Book, brandishing a 1945 cruise book for the World War II Naval Hospital at Shoemaker (now Dublin) California as his example of the historical importance of such materials for future generations. (After the meeting Janet Kendall volunteered to be our Historian for a year, with an option to renew. Thanks, Janet!)

We once again made Treasurer John Feldman happy with an enthusiastic and generous display of Happy Dollars.

President Tom introduced our speaker, Paul Lofholm. Paul is a pharmacist in Marin County, where his club helps sponsor a clinic for medically indigent folks there. He told us about a Touro student-run medical clinic in Vallejo, and introduced RotaCare Bay Area, a consortium of Rotary sponsored medical clinics.  Pharmacy student Jackie Ho, who helps operate the Vallejo clinic then rose to give a brief reprise of the operation. The Touro students are looking for financial and management expertise to help make their clinic sustainable. Paul and Jackie then answered several questions about the Clinic and RotaCare.

President Tom announced that next week’s speaker will be our own Kasama Lee. Her topic, appropriate for this month’s RI theme, will be “Membership”.

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