Posted on Apr 04, 2018

Pledge and Invocation

Our second monthly breakfast meeting was called to order promptly at 7:30 by Past President Fritz.  President Mike was MIA.  Coming in slightly late, Mark Johnson was tapped to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Father Michael delivered our invocation.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Joining us from the relatively new San Francisco Evening Club was  Alan Test.


President-Elect Marc Friedman reminded us again about the upcoming Bistro fundraiser in May.  The single ticket price is $100.  But there are now a few new sponsorships to consider.  The Benefactor level at $500 entitles you to 2 tickets to the event.  The $1000 Gold level earns you 4 tickets and $2500 Platinum tier gets you a table for 8.  All these come with acknowledgements in our printed material.  Go to our website to find out more and to conveniently register and pay.
Marc also informed us that there will be a service project in lieu of the fourth meeting of the month.  Stan Moore has sent out the details to all members.  He needs 12 – 14 volunteers for this project at the Boys & Girls Club. 
NEWSCAST: Unfortunately our regularly schedule newscaster, Cheri Delacy-Carr, was unable to make the meeting.  But she will be rescheduled.


Our very own Bob Doerr was our speaker.  As Fritz had no bio with which to introduce Bob we let him tell us about himself.  He first joined Rotary in the early 80s because he was passionate about international service.  He is now an Ambassador for ShelterBox which was the topic of his presentation.  ShelterBox, founded by a Rotarian, is a global disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and aid to survivors of disasters and humanitarian crisis.  Bob had slides that showed us what these shelters look like and what additional tools and equipment are provided in the “big green box”.  These items can be tailored to the needs of a particular situation and local.  The ShelterBox Response Team members, all volunteers, are deployed to the front lines and hand-deliver this aid to the communities that need it most.  Most of us were aware of recent natural disasters that have occurred.  ShelterBox stepped in in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there.  Closer to home they provided shelter for victims of Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina and Harvey.  This NGO is able to provide this relief through donations from individuals and organizations.  There is no government support.  Bob asked us all to consider ShelterBox in our giving plans.