Mark your calendars--Orinda Rotary's annual "Dancing with the Cars" community fundraiser is September 9th at the Orinda Country Club! This year's theme is "The Italian Job," and will feature a collection of fun and fancy autos, including Italian job-capable Mini Coopers, molto bene Mazeratis, and favoloso Ferraris! The all-inclusive evening will also include Compari-infused cocktails, a hearty Italian dinner, an abondanza of awesome auction items, plus dancing to (who else ?) Dino!
Individual non-reserved tickets are $110.00 per person prior to August 15 or $125.00 thereafter -- OR reserve your seats by getting a group together and becoming a table sponsor! Tickets for tables of 12 are $1,200.00 prior to August 15 ($100 per person), $1,400.00 thereafter (about $117.00 per person).
Funds raised from this event benefit our entire community, including our schools, our seniors, the arts, parks and recreation, and even extend beyond our borders to assist with humanitarian projects that Rotary supports around the world!
Our "Stop Hunger Now" gathering on Saturday, Apr. 23, at the Orinda Community Center was a huge success! 90 volunteers assembled packets of soy, rice, vegetables and vitamins to provide over 17,000 meals to hungry people across the globe. Kids and seniors alike shared fun and fellowship stuffing food packages as music played and a huge gong marked each 1,000 meals boxed. Thanks to all who turned out to assist in this important humanitarian effort -- including our Rotarians, volunteers from Orinda Action Day, scouts and Miramonte students! A special shout-out to Dan Gannett for organizing the effort!
Sanders and Trump‐‐The Outsiders: American Populism oof the Left and Right: Professor Henry E. Brady, the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, gave us an update on the current controversial presidential campaigns, including the demographics of candidate supporters. It was a fascinating snapshot and a very enlightening summary of what appears to be influencing voters in this year's presidential election. Brady received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980. He has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C. He is past president of the American Political Science Association, past president of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association, and was director of the University of California’s Survey Research Center from 1998 to 2009. His most recent book is "The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy". Henry Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.
From Our Own Correspondents: Very recently, Orinda Rotarian Weylin Eng was spotted strolling along Honolulu's Waikiki Beach. He seemed lost deep in thoughts, probably pondering which of the 26 Rotary Clubs on the Hawaiian island of Oahu he should visit to make up. Weylin finally decided to attend the meeting of the West Honolulu Club. In the photo Weylin is seen exchanging Rotary Banners with Club President Richard Ing and the club's speaker of the day. Note the blue Pacific Ocean in the background.