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Rotary Newsletter -- Nov 27 2012

Rotary Newsletter -- Nov 27 2012

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November 27 , 2012
Next Meeting: December 4Tuesday Noon Meeting at 12:00; Soda Center
Program: Official visit of District Governor Laura Day 
Invocation & Greeter: Gary Irwin
 
~~
COMING UP
~
~Dec 1 -- Stocking Decoration at Juvenile Hall (ID required)Dec 11
 –
Moraga Rotary Christmas Party;6 pm at Miramonte Gardens ClubhouseDec 16
 –
Stocking stuffing potluck dinner 5 pm*Dec 18
 –
Christmas programDec 25 and Jan 1
 –
no meeting**Jan 8 -- Evening meeting; program to be announced*Jan 15
 –
Hans Peter Metzger, Head of Saklan School -*Regular weekly luncheon in Soda Center**Monthly evening meeting at Soda Center
GUESTS
Guests this week were our speakers
, HoraceCrawford and Joanne Lagerstrom
of TrinityCenter.
 
THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM
 
Our speakers today were
Joanne Lagerstrom
and
Horace Crawford
(a Rotarian in San Ramon) of Trinity Center, a respite for poor and homeless peoplein central Contra Costa County. This Center in Walnut
Creek is on the campus of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
who sponsors and helps the center. It was previouslyknown as
“Fresh Start”, and was
founded 14 years agoby Susan Prather.
Clients know it as “A Place where
People Know my N
ame”.
 Our County has about 4800 homeless people, andabout 600 sleep under bridges, in tents, or in the openeach night.The Center is currently open on Tuesdays andThursdays, and is visited by about 50 clients per day. At the Center, clients can get breakfast and a shower,and can wash clothes, read and respond to jobpostings, confer with counselors, or just read, chat, or do puzzles. On many days, lunches are provided byLoaves and Fishes.The main building was the former parsonage of thechurch, and two sheds nearby have been donated andbuilt; one houses a food bank, and the other housesdonated clothes which clients may take. The rear areahas been covered with packed quarry waste, and tablesand chairs have been installed, all with handicapaccess.Joanne and Horace gave a few examples of clients whowere helped by the center, including some that turnedtheir lives around and are able to donate funds or services back to the Center.The Center exists through private donations byorganizations and individuals. Support is currentlybeing provided by Contra Costa Food Bank, PrudentialCalifornia Realty, Walnut Creek Sunrise Rotary, andCreek Kids, who raise and donate about $300 per year.The Center gets no government funding and does norevenue projects.
Pres. Frank
thanked
Joanne and Horace
, and gavethem a $50 check from our Club as an honorarium.Other members also made significant directcontributions to the Center.
OTHER HAPPENINGS
Kevin Reneau
’s
 
Thought for the Day were a fewversions of the famous JFK quote, before settling onthe proper one,
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country 
”.
Words to follow, these days. He followed with thePledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting.
Pres. Frank
announced a few Club members packedand shipped five boxes of quilts to Rotary
 –
HurricaneSandy relief in the New York area. Many of the quiltswere very intricate, with a lot of skilled and loving workput in to them. In addition, individual Club membershave donated to date
$758
, which will be matched bythe Club from its disaster contingency funds. The Clubalso received a
check for $250 from Club 56 CeramicHouse
, a business, and this will be sent also. The noteback from the grateful District Governor reported thatthere were still many people in need.
Pres. Frank
circulated a very nice letter of thanks from
Elaine Frank, principal of Rheem ElementarySchool
, for the magazines we donated to their fourthgraders. He also announced the
Reno Train Trip
willbe Feb 12
14 this year; ask him for information anddetails.

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