What’s Happening Week of  7-28-14

We had a busy but fun and informative meeting.  First, we had 3 Interact students who gave us their impressions of Camp Royal and Camp Venture.

Interact kids

Heritage High Interact President Stephanie attended Camp Royal.  She said she learned how to lead and how to be a better person.  Camp  Royal was the best experience of her life to date.

Also from Heritage are Manny & Michaela, they attended Camp Venture.  They learned what it’s like to start a business, how to make a business plan and pitch their business idea to investors, etc.  The experience got Michaela’s creative juices flowing which was really helpful since they only had 4 days to get everything done!  Why is Manny holding a pool noodle?  They were given the noodles the first day of camp.  They had to keep it with them at all times to represent the dedication it takes to launch a new business.

Speaking of new businesses, East County should be getting a low powered FM radio station dedicated to providing real time information for East county residents.  The call letters are KLSN 92.9.




Tony came to explain what’s involved, how the station will be funded and what type of programming they will offer.  It sounds exciting and it seems a long way off till their planned initial broadcast in August 2015!


Tony signs our ceremonial 5 feet of clean water pipe!

What’s Happening Week of  7-21-14

We had a fun and musical meeting, but first, we had just a little business to take care of.  Brentwood Rotary donated $1,000 to Brentwood PAL.  Officer Rucker was present to receive the check. GEN_0391 After completing the business at hand, we were entertained by the Brentwood Theater Group who are putting on The Music Man.  There were two performance groups, The Delta Dons and Luke who entertained us with some fantastic songs. GEN_0397 GEN_0395 During the 2014-2015 Rotary year, our speaker gift is a donation of 5 feet of clean water to a village in Africa.  Member Jack Gaughn (and director of Music Man) received the certificate and signed our ceremonial pipe representing the clean water project. GEN_0401

First Meeting of Steve Gursky 7-14-14

We did a lot and still got out early!  First, introductions of this years board. 14-15 board Carissa Pillow – Visioning, Bruce Ghiselli - Foundation, John Mancuso – Club Administration, David Roche – Sargent of Arms, Rhonda Krabber – Secretary, Steve Gursky – President, Mike Crosby – Immediate Past President, Olga Vidrialles – Membership, Dirk Zeigler – Youth Services, Jennifer Fink – Public Relations/Club Photographer, Jay McGlaughlin – International Services.  Not pictured, Vicki Sexton-Treasurer, Shellie Seyer-Vocational Services, David Wahl – Assistant District Governor. After board introductions we introduced our newest honorary member, Jim Fraizer. GEN_0145 GEN_0146 Serving as the State Assemblymember for the 11th AD, Jim Frazier believes his chief responsibility is to serve the public. Community service has long been a passion for Jim prior to his time in office.  He is not only co-founded The Network of Care which delivers snack and meal bags to 2,000 families with children in pediatric and trauma hospital units monthly and feed 150,000 families in the past decade but also helped create the Friends of Oakley- a Community Foundation which serves economically disadvantaged citizens in Oakley whose work feeds families and provides gifts to children through the Oakley Christmas Basket program. Jim is a long-time supporter of the special needs community where he work includes creating the 1st All-Abilities Playground in East County in Oakley, co-sponsoring the CAST for Kids Fishing Derby and financially supporting  the creation of the Special Haven Multi-Sensory Room  in Antioch which helps individuals with autism, brain injury, developmental disabilities, dementia and PTSD among others increase their focus abilities, self-esteem, well-being and changes behavioral abilities in a safe and peaceful setting.  Over the past eight years, Jim has also been a dedicated volunteer for the Northern California Special Olympics Summer games held in Berkeley and most recently in Davis, CA. Most recently, he has become a member of the Advisory Board of Opportunity Junction, a local non-profit committed to helping low-income Contra Costa residents gain the skills and confidence they need to obtain and keep jobs. Enabling them to support themselves and their families through technology, literacy and personal development classes and get back on the road to economic self-sufficiency. For his community service and philanthropy, Jim has received a Threads of Hope Award for individuals who help strengthen the fabric of the community for his work serving families of hospitalized children and the prestigious Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service created by the American Institute for Public Service which honors community service and those making a difference in their community.

Final Meeting of Mike Crosby

(What a meeting it was!)

Mike ended his year with a bang.  We inducted 2 new members (District Guide Steve Lack did the honors), recognized members with awards, honored a major donor to the Paul Harris Foundation, and as if that wasn’t enough we had PRIP Cliff Dochterman speak on being a Rotarian.  It was a fantastic meeting (and chocolate dipped strawberries didn’t hurt the cause either!) Stay tuned for video of the meeting, but until, here are some highlights. Mikes first new member Bob Jones (at his very first meeting) finally gets his blue badge at Mike’s last meeting. Mikes first new member gets his blue badge. GEN_0145 Scott Goggin receives the Can Do Award                     Scott Goggin gets the Can Do Award.         District Guide Steve Lack inducts 2 new members.

District Guide inducts 2 new members

Dave Smith is recognized as a major donor. Dave Smith is recognized as a major donor.

Cliff Dochterman

Cliff Dochterman PPRI speaks to us about becoming a Rotarian.         Finally, incoming president Steve Gursky and IPP Mike Crosby ring the bell ushering out Mike’s last meeting. GEN_0158

Demotion Party Highlights

Everyone who attended this weekends demotion party had a great time giving Mike the send off he deserves.  It started with great food and fellowship then moved on to a roast hosted by Jack Gaughn.  This photo of Don Huntington sums up a lot of feelings; GEN_0071           The evening concluded with awards and the passing of the gavel. Vicki Sexton, 2013-2014 Rotarian of the Year GEN_0108               GEN_0114 GEN_0116 GEN_0097 GEN_0070 GEN_0092 GEN_0095