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Welcome New Member Pamela Emerson
Pamela is a native Californian--to be precise, a Bay Area native. She received her education in the Hayward Unified School District until the 10th grade at which time she transferred to Bishop O’Dowd High School where she graduated in 1978. Pamela has an A.A. Degree from Chabot Community College and has completed additional coursework at Cal State East Bay, formerly Cal State Hayward. She has also studied in a Christian Ministry Program.
Since her retirement from Xoma Pharmaceuticals in Berkeley, Pamela has become very involved in East Bay communities (serving individuals and families in the Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville) through her church, the New Hope Baptist Church in Oakland. She has been the Servant Leader of the Women’s Ministry for three years. She is currently the program director for “Prepare the Table” food ministry, where she is known as the Urban Missionary. She is very passionate about working in the community, advocating and serving the homeless and less fortunate, and literacy.
Pamela has also been an active member of the Masonic family for over 27 years. She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Daughters, Heroines of Jericho and the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection.
Pamela is the proud mother of three--Jalynda, John and Jessica--and grandmother of Jamiyah and Michael. Family is very important to her so she leads and teaches by example. When asked by those who know her why Pamela would be a good Rotarian, the response is “She exemplifies in her living the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self.’ ”
Peacocks, Pigs and Chickens . . . in Marin?
We have planned a day outing for Monday, June 19, to tour the Marin Recycling Center. Please meet at 10 am for brunch at the Woodland Cafe on College Ave in Kentfield (Ross). We will caravan to the Marin Recycling Center for a tour of the facility at 11:30. You can come to both or either part of the trip. It would be helpful if you e-mail so we know you are coming (  
(And if you're wondering what peacocks and pigs have to do with the Center, you'll just have to come along to see.)
News from Our Members
Valerie Bach hasn’t been able to be part of our club for the past several months because of all the challenges in her life. She is a self-employed business and tax consultant whose busiest season of the year ended in April. In addition, she has needed to travel out of state to assist her aging parents who require supportive care. If that wasn’t enough, her husband Jim who has volunteered for many Berkeley Rotary projects, recently collapsed and needed emergency brain surgery to address a bleeding tumor on his pituitary gland. The status of his recovery is still uncertain. Valerie has been on an “emotional roller coaster” and would appreciate others knowing why she hasn’t been around in a while. Why not drop her an email to let her know you are thinking of her, wishing her well, and have missed seeing her.
Kathleen Franks continues to work full time in San Francisco and has been unable to attend Wednesday meetings for quite some time. It’s the fellowship at regular club meetings that she says she misses most. After much thought, she has decided to transfer her membership to the San Francisco #2 club that meets on Tuesdays at lunch time. Her office is not far from the club’s meeting place so she will be able to attend the lunch meetings without difficulty. No longer will she have to miss the weekly fellowship that Rotary provides. We wish Kathleen the best and hope we can get her to participate in some of our special events from time to time.
Note from Mary Alice: If you have news about Berkeley Rotary Club members that you would like to share with fellow club members (with their permission, of course), please send an email with the content to be included to Mary Alice Rathbun.
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