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Feb 01, 2017
How Did Rotarians Ever Get Involved in Polio Eradication
Feb 08, 2017
Delivering Mobility, Freedom, Dignity, and Hope for the Future
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Upcoming Events
Membership Committee Meeting
Feb 01, 2017 11:00 AM
 
Club Meeting
Feb 01, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Super Bowl Party
Feb 05, 2017
 
Rotaract/Rotary Mixer
Tilden Room, MLK Student Union
Feb 05, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Club Meeting
Feb 08, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 08, 2017 1:30 PM
 
Chamber of Commerce BIZCON
Hotel Shattuck
Feb 09, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
 
Club Meeting
Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Workshop on Using DACdb
Feb 15, 2017 1:45 PM
 
Club Meeting
Feb 22, 2017
 
Providing Accommodations for the District Conference
Our club is hosting the upcoming District Conference on March 24-26. As hosts, we will be providing accommodations to attendees from out of town. To do this we need to collect information about who can provide accommodations and how many and which nights and whether you can provide transportation, etc. If you can host an out-of-town attendee, please fill out the form (CLICK HERE!) so we can collect the necessary information and connect hosts with guests. Thanks!
Auction Success!
Our very own Ed Church and Bob Sorenson quite successfully auctioned off two pairs of tickets to Golden State Warriors games at last week's meeting. They were so successful that they were able to auction off the pairs of tickets three times, even though they only had two pairs of tickets. Special thanks to Sallie Weissinger who won the initial auction for the first two tickets and then told Bob and Ed to auction them again because she just wanted to help raise money for the club and wanted the tickets to go to someone who would be really excited about going to the game. A total of $2975 was raised in the three auctions. Go Warriors and Go Berkeley Rotary Endowment!
Educational Inequality and How We Can Help
Bronwyn Harris, local author and educator, spoke to the club last week about educational inequality and shared stories from her experience teaching at Lockwood Elementary School in Oakland from 2000 to 2007.  She spoke about a significant lack of resources in schools in Oakland's low-income neighborhoods, comparing them to the schools in the higher-income neighborhoods where the PTAs stepped in to provide many more resources to the schools. She also shared stories from the classroom as well as interesting follow-up stories about how her former students were doing many years later. Some students were able to defy the odds and went on to college, while others ended up in jail or even dead. Her interest in staying connected to former students many years later was remarkable.
 
She wrapped up her presentation with a helpful list of action items for individuals who want to help. Here are a few of the things on her list:
 
  1. Reach out to teachers in struggling schools to help provide the physical resources (paper, pencils, scissors, glue, etc.) that the schools do not provide.
  2. Volunteer time to help disadvantaged students by tutoring or mentoring.
  3. Vote for educational equality and better resources for disadvantaged schools.
  4. Work towards desegregation by encouraging white students to attend majority minority schools.
 
After her talk, she was quite busy at her book table as over twenty copies of her book, Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom, were sold.
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