Supervisor Mitchoff Dazzels A Sell-Out Crowd

DSCF0684Supervisor Karen Mitchoff dazzled the assembled Rotarians and guests at the meeting on July 30, 2014.  She spoke of three things; Fire, Water and Petulance.   Updating us on the trials and tribulations of working to preserve our way of life.

She also touched on the crisis with Dr.’s Hospital in West County, pensions, and other topics of interest.


Project Second Chance Update

President Valles, Megan Brown, Laura Seaholm and Edi Birsan present a donation of dictionaries for the Project Second Chance program after the meeting.
President Valles, Megan Brown, Laura Seaholm and Edi Birsan present a donation of dictionaries for the Project Second Chance program after the meeting.

At the meeting of 7/23/14, Project Second Chance director Laura Seaholm, joined by assistant direct Megan Brown and Project Second Chance Alumni Danny Watts gave us an update on this great adult literacy program.

Mr. Watts came to the program two years ago.  His goals were simple; he wanted to read a book to his grandchild and, ultimately, wanted to give back to those who could not read.  As he put it, “He wanted to be part of the solution.”

Ms. Seahold mentioned that there are 190 adults enrolled in Project Second Chance, served by 130 volunteer mentors, who work with the participants for a minimum of one year.  Our own Nancy Glenfield has volunteered with the program for many years.


Parole, and Other Recognitions

IMG_1011At the club meeting  on July 16, 2014, President Valles recognized two of the members who received District level awards, Beri Kasper and Edi Birsan.

Edi was recognized for his leadership in the Gleaning Program, and Beri was recognized for her tireless work as the leader of Camp Venture.  (The Gleaning Project is where we pick fruit from residential trees, that would otherwise go to waste, and donate the fruit to local food banks and pantries.  Camp Venture is a business/entrepreneurial program where high school juniors learn about running a business and create a business plan.)

IMG_1012Our speaker was Phillip Arnold, the chairman of the Contra Costa Parole Board.  Mr. Arnold kept us enthralled with his exceptional overview of the heavy responsibilities of his position.  He discussed specific examples of how one error in judgment can send someone to incarceration.  He also talked about the types of hard questions he asks those who are seeking parole.

He also talked about the difference between parole and probation. (Parole means that you are able to get out of jail/prison sooner than your prescribed sentence – probation is added on after incarceration ends.)