Jan 11, 2017
The YPSO: Its History, Its Music, & Its Service to Our Musically Gifted Teenagers
Jan 18, 2017
Development in Downtown Berkeley
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Upcoming Events
Social Committee Meeting
Jan 11, 2017 11:00 AM
Club Meeting
Jan 11, 2017 12:15 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 11, 2017 1:30 PM
Housing Committee Meeting
Jan 18, 2017
Club Meeting
Jan 18, 2017 12:15 PM
Club Meeting
Jan 25, 2017 12:15 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Feb 01, 2017 11:00 AM
Club Meeting
Feb 01, 2017 12:15 PM
Super Bowl Party
Feb 05, 2017
Club Meeting
Feb 08, 2017 12:15 PM
RI President John Germ Visits San Jose
Several of our club members attended the multi-district talk delivered by Rotary International President John Germ in San Jose on January 3. After a moving introduction by Brad Howard, President Germ inspired us with a description of what Rotary has done, is doing, and will do to improve the lives of millions of people. He especially emphasized the fact that many of our most successful programs began with the inspiration of a single Rotarian, and he noted the qualities that create successful enterprises:  We can start with an idea but we need the courage to make it work and then the perseverance to maintain and follow it through. He quoted Helen Keller as saying that the only thing worse than blindness was to be sighted with no vision.
At the event President Germ awarded a Paul Harris fellowship to Rebecca Phuong. Rebecca is a member of our club and is the Rotary liaison to East Bay Rotaract and Chair of our District's 63 Interact clubs and their 3500+ members. She was nominated by our district and was chosen from among the nine districts present at the event. Rebecca is highly deserving of this award, rarely given directly by the Rotary International President.
Building a Berkeley That Works for Everyone
Newly elected Mayor Jesse Arreguin spoke to a full house at our noontime meeting on January 4. The main topics of discussion were affordable housing and dealing with homelessness in our city. Mayor Arreguin stressed the importance of working with other jurisdictions, since this is more than a local problem. He noted that since his election he and the City Council have provided an additional 100 beds and three field stations. He will be working to create affordable housing for both low- and middle-income residents. In the question-and-answer period Tina Etcheverry, currently President-Elect nominee but possible incoming President, asked how Rotary can help the Mayor and the city in the future. Arreguin will take his answer under advisement. It was also announced that Mayor Arrequin has been provided an honorary membership in Berkeley Rotary.
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