State of the City – Bob Taylor
Mayor Bob Taylor gave us a state of the city update at our 12/8/14 meeting. In addition to a sharply dressed mayor, the city is doing great! Sales taxes are up, property taxes are up (good for the city, not always welcome news for homeowners) and new home building is up again. Our General Plan update was updated and accepted in less time than it usually takes (27 months versus 60). All in all living and working in Brentwood is getting better and better! Also, be sure to check out the 2 beautiful new statues on Balfour near Mountain View. They were designed to celebrate the playful nature of our city.
Poverty Will Not End With Aid
How Brentwood Rotarians are helping the poorest of the poor.
Brentwood Rotary has partnered with Assist International to help provide bicycle water pumps to subsistence farmers in one of the poorest parts of Africa. This video gives you all of the details about the project.
First Responders & PTSD – One Man’s Answer
Jim Hyde had a career in law enforcement as a police captain in Sacramento, and chief of police in Davis and then in Antioch.
Chief Hyde was instrumental in starting up, providing resources for assisting officers dealing with traumatizing events such as shooting someone while in the line of duty, responding to a call that involved a deceased child, helping at a grisly accident, or anything else that might create situations of post-traumatic stress.
While serving as Antioch’s Top Cop, Chief Hyde greatly increased the work of the Police Activities League and was co-founder of Antioch’s Youth Intervention Network, which serves as a dispatching organization — bringing available services together with at-risk children and young people.
Two months ago, he completed Officer Candidate School, received a commission as a 2 Lieutenant, and is now managing two separate nationwide PTSD projects.
What is the Rotary Foundation?
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
This first 3-H grant was the start of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. The initial members who participated in this project felt if they could be successful in the Philippines, they could be successful worldwide, and we’re “this close”.
Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.
For every dollar a Rotarian donates to the Foundation, 50 cents of that money comes back to their community in the form of grants. No money is spent on administrative costs, those expenses are covered by the interest on the investment. 100% of the money donated goes back into the world in one way or another. Brentwood Rotary has received several grants lately, the most obvious one to our community are the United States maps we’ve painted at all the elementary schools in Brentwood. (We’re working on Oakley & Discovery Bay!)
Did you know that there are 3 different parts to the foundation? There is our fund to eradicate Polio, the annual program which funds all the current projects and the permanent fund which you can allocate a part of your life insurance or bequeath part of your estate. This money is allocated for future projects.
What’s Happening Week of 10-20-14
Shellie Sayer, Vocational Services Director spoke on Vocational Service. Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service. Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
- Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation;
- Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and;
- Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
Rotarians, clubs, and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:
- Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction.
- Identify means of emphasizing vocation in club activities.
- Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level.
- Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation.
- Emphasize the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly called: Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions) and their importance to the values of Rotary.
When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession.
Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.
One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards.
Shellie Sayer signs our symbolic five feet of clean water, which is one of our international projects.
Trade club 2014
Another fun evening of fellowship, music, good food & desserts plus some great comedy! All brought to you so we can raise money for the community! Thank you to all our sponsors, members, guests and anyone who helped support our cause!