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Meet New Member Rubén Lizardo
Rubén Lizardo was born and raised in Fresno, California. He was one of five children raised by Juan and Esperanza Lizardo, who immigrated to California in 1953. As pastors of a church Juan and Esperanza provided support to other immigrant families. Both also worked hard, Juan as a gardener and Esperanza packing fruit in central valley farms. Rubén and his siblings credit their parents for teaching them the dignity of work, self-sufficiency and commitment to others.
Rubén attended UCLA in the 1980s, where he studied history. After graduation, he worked in South Central and East Los Angeles recruiting students to attend UCLA and other colleges. He was active in a variety of community-driven projects to improve public education in underserved communities.  
His professional accomplishments are impressive. For much of his career, Rubén has worked with local community organizations and city governments, as well as with state and federal policymakers in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California. He has a long history establishing successful partnerships in education, health and the economy. He was Senior Director at Oakland-based PolicyLink, where he led efforts in research, public education, training, and technical assistance to strengthen community and civic participation in local decision-making and economic development. While at PolicyLink he also coordinated the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. In Los Angeles, Rubén served as Co-Director of the MultiCultural Collaborative and as the Director of the Community Planning & Economic Development Program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He also served as President of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and was awarded the California Peace Prize for his work to reduce youth violence.
Currently, Rubén is the Director of Local Government and Community Relations for UC Berkeley, serving as the liaison between the campus and the cities of Berkeley, Richmond and others in the East Bay. He also plays a leadership role in supporting local and regional campus-community partnerships across the East Bay and greater Bay Area.
In 2000 Rubén moved to the Bay Area, following his heart to marry his life partner Abby. He has a stepdaughter Erika and lives in El Cerrito with Abby and his beloved pets.
Raise the Bar - Wednesday April 19 at 11:15
As you enter Hs. Lordships on the third Wednesday of each month, if you arrive a little early for our meeting, you may hear lively noises and laughter down the hall. Why not come find the source of the high spirits?  Learn why a number of members frequent the bar month after month--and it's NOT because of the drinks, although some of us do choose to imbibe.  
Initially designed to raise questions, concerns, and issues on the minds of newer Berkeley Rotarians, it has developed into a platform for sharing observations among  all club members, regardless of whether you've been a member for one month or decades. We invite you to join us--it's informative, thought-provoking, and fun. And it's a problem-solving arena as well. Feedback from our RtB gatherings is taken back to the president and committee chairs for action.
See you this Wednesday at 11:15 in the bar? 
3-2-1 Rotary
For those of you who missed taking a paper copy at our last meeting, we've posted the 3-2-1 handout that Judith Glass created to the website and it is shown below as well. It explains the various ways we are asked to contribute as Berkeley Rotary members.
First, our annual dues go to "Berkeley Rotary Club" to support the ongoing operating expenses of the club. The "3" is for our local club Endowment (the club suggests members give $300 to the "Berkeley Rotary Endowment" every year, although all contributions are welcome). The "2" is for the Rotary International Foundation made out to "Rotary Foundation" (an ask of $200). The overall club goal is EREY = Every Rotarian Every Year contributes in whatever amount is feasible. Finally "1" is for our service projects.The club asks each member to participate in one service project each year. Of course you didn't need me to say all of that; just read the flier! You can get a pdf version by clicking here.
Road Trip for Marion!
Road trip!  Road trip!  That's what Shawn Rowles organized last month for our Berkeley High exchange student from France, Marion Blanchard. I went along as snack provider, navigator, chaperone (for Shawn, not Marion), and relief driver. We picked Marion up at school early afternoon on a Friday and headed to Tahoe for a stellar Tahoe-Douglas Rotary fundraiser. Shawn, its former club president, was even livelier than normal (is that possible?) seeing old friends and introducing us. Marion met a Tahoe Interactor who had been on a a Rotary exchange in Thailand and they spent much of the evening chatting enthusiastically. We spent the night with a local Rotarian friend of Shawn's.

Our desert adventure began early Saturday with a visit to Tonopah, where we took a fascinating tour of the town's defunct silver mining operation. Next was Goldfield, where we ooh'd and aah'd at the idiosyncratic, so-called International Car Forest, publicized as a "druidic henge of junkers." Think of Stonehenge in England, only in lieu of monolithic stones of ancient origin there are over 40 junked, graffiti-covered cars, trucks and vans stuck in the desert sand (see photo - but you can't fully appreciate it unless you go there).

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