What’s Happening Week of 11-18-13
Busy as usual, the Brentwood Rotarians spent the latter half of last week in service to the community, socializing with each other and more. On November 14th, The Brentwood Rotary Club helped support the Brentwood Unified School District Foundation Fundraiser at Hannah Nicole Vineyards. Eleven Rotarains were there to help the Foundation raise funds. The Foundation provides, among other things, a way to help school teachers receive supplies that are not in the budget.
Friday, 11/15 we had a TGIF event at the Wishing Crab where nearly half of our members and their significant others enjoyed an evening of socializing.
Saturday, 11/16 the 50 kids from the Interact Clubs and the Rotaract Club participated in the first annual bowling for polio event. They raised over $750 towards Rotary Internationals efforts to rid the world of this horrible disease. The kids had so much fun they wanted to know when the next bowling event will take place. Thanks so much to Jim Wageman from the Brentwood Family Fun Center for donating 12 lanes to help this fundraising effort.
Here is a link to an article about this event. http://eastcountytoday.net/brentwood-rotary-and-high-school-interact-clubs-raise-700-to-fight-polio/
If that weren’t enough, Saturday was also Rotary Day at the Races at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, CA. Over 500 Rotarians and their guests were there to have fun while raising funds for the Paul Harris Foundation. Three members of our club attended: Pres Mike, PP Greg and PP (And ADG) Fred.
At our regular Monday meeting, in honor of this past Veteran’s Day, we had a very special veteran as our speaker.
Dick Lamb — Patriot Sentinel Riders
During the Vietnam war, Dick spent 4 years aboard a Forrestal class aircraft carrier called the U.S.S. Ranger. He had requested to be on a small ship, but we all know how government requests go! He was assigned to the Combat Information Center working with secret publications, radios, plotting mechanisms and all the communications used in the ships air operations. He then became a forward strike controller who guided the fighters and bombers to their targets.
After an honorary discharge, Dick had many of the personal challenges that our Vietnam veterans faced. He was in a very dark place when his parochial school upbringing made him realize he was a better person than the way he was living. This dark past propelled him to be of service to veterans from that point forward.
Dick started the Patriot Sentinel Riders to help focus on such things as visiting veterans who are confined for lengthy periods of time, perhaps permanently, in one of the area’s medical facilities in Palo Alto, Martinez, Yountville plus Mather and Travis Air Force Base.
The PATRIOT SENTINEL RIDERS VMC are a diverse group of individuals that are true patriots. They are people that honor and respect all military veterans for their sacrifice, their duty to God and country, and protection of our freedom. They have one goal: to give back and make a difference.
In addition to visiting veterans the Patriot Sentinel Riders raise funds so they may send care packages to current deployed military and to help when they return home. In short, they are veterans serving veterans. Dick suggested that if we could do just one thing, it would be to visit a veteran in a medical facility. Many of them have been abandoned by their families because their injuries are so traumatic that they just can’t cope with them. This is not why these men and women went to fight for us.
To learn more about Dick, check out this article in the 110 Magazine.
What’s Happening Week of 11-04-13
As we enter the season of giving, Brentwood Rotarians reflected back on all that we do in our community and around the world. Here is a snapshot of how our donations are used here at home and around the world.
First a bit of history; At the 1917 Rotary International convention, outgoing Rotary International president, Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the wold.” This is what we call our Rotary Foundation.
The foundation is money from Rotarians for projects designed by Rotarians.
Rotary’s areas of focus are; Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water & Sanitation (Brentwood Rotary has participated in a clean water project in Tanzania), Maternal & Child Health, Basic education & literacy (Our annual dictionary distribution is part of this area of focus) and Economic & Community Development. The money that Rotarians donate today is put into this endowment and three years later half comes back to our area District. $480,270 contributed in 2010-11, grew to over $1 million! Brentwood Rotarians just received over $3,000 for one of our local projects (school maps).
District grants are block grants that enable clubs and districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad. Districts may request up to 50% of their District Designated Funds (*) for one grant annually. Districts manage and disburse these funds to support district and club sponsored activities.
Here is a small list of what area Rotary clubs do with their District Grant money.
RC Alamo: School Music Programs, * DDF $14,500
RC Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise: Ultrasound equipment, DDF $15,000
RC Berkeley: RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic at Brighter Beginnings, DDF $15,000
RC Danville/Sycamore Valley: 21st Century Learning Center for at risk students, DDF $14,500
RC Delta Antioch: 100 backpacks with school supplies to 100 foster children in East Contra Costa County, DDF $2,700.
RC Fairfield-Suisun: Saint Georges Medical Clinic in Haiti, DDF $9,000
RC Hayfork: Trinity County with backup emergency radio communications, DDF $9,350
RC Mt. Shasta: Enhancement of the Mt. Shasta Sisson Historical Museum, DDF $4,600
RC Brentwood: Huge painted Maps of United States on playgrounds, DDF $3,787
RC Concord: RotaCare Concord Free Medical Mobile Clinic, DDF $14,000
That’s some of the local giving back. Brentwood Rotary (with others) also participates in the District Global Grant process. We are in the process of having our first global grant approved and we are very excited about being able to continue the good work started by one of our own members. That project along with some others from area clubs are;
RC Brentwood: Learning to Hope, Haiti – DDF $14,000.
RC Pleasant Hill: Burkina Faso School building – DDF $24,000 (all of Brentwood speaker gifts go to this project!)
RC Davis Sunrise: Rajiv Naragan Scholarship – DDF $15,000
RC Alamo, Improving Basic education & literacy in India – DDF $30,000
Where does this money come from? Your local Rotarians. Here’s a breakdown of the different levels of giving;
- Sustaining Member ($100 per year)
- Double Sustaining Member ($200 per year)
- Paul Harris Fellow ($1,000)
- Certificate of Achievement ($1,000 by a business)
- Paul Harris Society ($1,000 in a year)
- Major Donor — $10,000
- Arch C. Klumph Society — $250,000
- Benefactor — $1,000 estate
- Bequest Society — $10,000
- Annual per capita — $150 in district.
Every day a Rotarian is “Doing good in the community, Doing good in the world.” We appreciate everyone that makes this possible for us!
What’s Happening Week of 10-28-13
This is another week that Rotarians are “in the know”. We had Susan Miller & Jack Hall from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority speak to us about “Bringing Mobility to East County”. Here are some highlights of their talk.
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority was established by 2004 half-cent sales tax. Partners with Caltrans for approval. Freeway projects down to local projects — Complete new State Route 4 (former Bypass Road)
Transportation needs — Highway 4, carpool lanes, bringing jobs, improved quality-of-life.
Measure C & Measure J
- Willow Pass Grade lowering (DONE)
- New eBART system with stations in Pittsburg and Antioch (Completion date in 2017)
- Complete new State Route 4 (Completion in 2015)
- eBART Leverage to Hillcrest service to Brentwood (Completion date in 2017, fully funded)
- completed in early 2014. Freeway to be finished by January. Summersville Road/Auto Center Drive — Construction began in March 2011 and will be completed late this year. Contra Loma Blvd/L Street — began March 2012 finished 2015. Lone Tree ay/A Street. Hillcrest Avenue — Begun 2013 completed late 2015.
- S$4 Widening/Sand Creek — begun in 2012 complete 2014
- Connectors SR4/SR160 Connectors — Start January 2014, last 18 months.
- Balfour Road Interchange — Start June 2015, 18 months project. (Fully funded project)
- Mokelumne Trail Bike/Ped Overcrossing
- EBART Extension
- TriLink — State Route 239
- (Sand Creek Bypass to Deer Valley)
While it may not seem like sometimes, it appears we’re getting quite a lot of transportation improvements from our half cent sales tax. Keep up the good work CCTA! We’re looking forward to 2015 and a newly improved highway 4!
Susan Miller & Jack Hall receiving their commemorative cinder blocks from President Mike Crosby. The Brentwood Rotary Club donates 2 cinder blocks in each speakers name in our continued effort to help build a school in Burkina Fasa Africa. Four blocks were donated this week since we had two speakers. Thanks Susan & Jack!
World Polio Day 10-24-13
Watch how many Rotarians spent this day around the world.
Brentwood Rotarians raise money every year that is directly donated to the efforts to end Polio worldwide. We even have a member (Dave Wahl) who has participated in an immunization effort. Let’s give a big shout out to all of us who are actively working to making Polio history worldwide.
What’s Happening Week of 10-21-13
There are a lot of options to become a Rotarian. You’ve been introduced to the high school group (Interact) but did you know that there is also a college level group? This week we had a joint meeting with our Rotaract group at Los Medanos college. This group is co-sponsored by Brentwood Rotary and both Antioch clubs.
The LMC Rotaract group is especially proud of one of their main service projects, which is tutoring 3rd graders. They’ve put in dozens of hours and continue to help as many 3rd graders as possible. Educational support is one of Rotary’s core service foundation projects. As you recall Brentwood Rotary gives dictionaries to all local 3rd graders, so having our Rotaract group take on tutoring is a great addition to that effort.
For more information on the LMC Rotaract group, go to their Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/479336605431959/
What’s Happening Week of 10-14-13
Do you ever wonder where all your donation dollars truly go? Well, today, we got nearly $4,000 of our donation dollars back thanks to the diligent work of our District Grant committee, Dirk Zeigler & David Wahl. For nearly the past 2 years we’ve been painting huge United States maps at all the elementary schools in Brentwood. We wanted to extend this project to Knightsen, Oakley & Discovery Bay. We got a District 5160 grant for the Brentwood schools and today we received the money from our second grant which will allow us to expand the project to these two other school districts. It also allows us to purchase very large world wall maps for the fifth grade classes in all three school districts!
So, if you’ve ever donated money to a Brentwood Rotary cause, donated money to the Paul Harris fund, today you can see for yourself that this money truly does come back to our community. Brentwood Rotarians are committed to helping the youth of our community by helping their educators. Third graders get dictionaries, entire schools get brightly painted maps and fifth graders will get world wall maps. I’m sure we’ll come up with projects for other grades as well!
Congratulations Brentwood Rotarians on earning a District Grant, and congratulations to our community on helping to educate our children!
What’s Happening Week of 10-7-13
Want to know what’s going on in our community? Ask a Rotarian! As business owners and leaders in our community, Rotarians frequently have “inside knowledge” (or at least, learn about stuff sooner rather than later) about events that effect our community.
For example, we had Ross Chittenden, Deputy Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority give us an update on the fourth bore of the Caldecott tunnel. As of today, the fourth bore is ready for traffic, but there is still safety systems testing that is currently being undertaken.
For many of us, the fourth bore isn’t a daily need but there have been some significant cost savings on that project that have been transferred to the Highway 4 bypass widening project, and THAT is something that does effect us all. Much of the current construction on our part of highway 4 will be completed before Thanksgiving and there has been work started on the Balfour end already.
Hopefully, a Rotarian near you has shared this exciting news, but if not, just remember, if you want to know what’s happening in our community, Ask A Rotarian!
On the left, the tunnel as it will look when completed. On the right, an overview of the safety systems installed in the new bore.