Speaker Date Topic
Alana Capozzi, Jeannine Curley, Michael Johnston Apr 20, 2021 8:00 AM
SRE Members Supporting Opening the World

Alana Capozzi, Jeannine Curley and Michael Johnston will be presenting. All are from the San Rafael Evening Rotary (SRE). Alana and Jeannine co-chair the SRE's International Service Committee (ISE) and Michael is another SRE member. The SRE's ISE created Global Responders, aka G.R.E.A.T. Their priority is to insure that all service projects they support are in alignment with The Four-Way Test and the Rotary areas of focus. 

G.R.E.A.T. is a service-based club project that invites other Rotary clubs, groups and individuals in public and private sectors around the globe to partner with them in making the world a better place. G.R.E.A.T.'s ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact throughout the world based on the expressed needs of the communities they serve.

Their presentation will focus on their partnerships with Athens North Rotary, Athens Rotaract, Safeplace International and Opening the World. This presentation will also provide information about their current international service project, which serves triple-marginalized refugees (LGBTQI+ community, people of color, and single mothers who are rape survivors) in Greece.

Carrie Pollard, Water Efficiency Manager, MarinMWD Apr 27, 2021 8:00 AM
Drought is Here:
Drought is Here: <arin Water Talks Conservation

Drought is here and it is time to conserve water now. 2020 was the 2nd-driest year in 90 years. With warmer months ahead, our reservoirs are at only 56% of capacity. In response to our low water supply, MMWD has adopted a resolution declaring initial drought water conservation actions. Conservation is one of our most important tools in preserving our water supply.

Carrie Pollard will update us on the drought situation and described how the community can stay informed and make a difference. Carrie has been actively working in water management for over 20 years. As Water Efficiency Manager at MMWD, she leads a team that deploys water saving programs for residential, irrigation and business customers. Carrie is also on the Board of Directors for the California Water Efficiency Partnership, a member of the American Water Works Association's Water Utility Council. and President of the California Irrigation Institute.

See also https://www.marinwater.org/conserve 

Katrin Rohde, AMPO International May 04, 2021 8:00 AM
Helping Children in Burkina Faso


Kate Johnston, Retired California State Attorney May 11, 2021 8:00 AM
Characters from the Early Days of San Quentin

Kate represented the condemned on California's death row as a Deputy State Public Defender.She will talk about how San Quentin Prison came about, its early history, and some of the colorful characters from those early years. She is also a docent at Jack London State Historic Park, serves on the Novato Historical Guild Board, and, in non-Covid times, leads free historical walks around Hamilton, Novato, Taylor Park, Sebastopol and elsewhere. 

Lilah Gavlick, San Rafael Police Dept May 18, 2021 8:00 AM
Human Trafficking/TBA


David Simmer, Rotary Club of Sedona May 25, 2021 8:00 AM
Water Poverty in the Navajo Nation

David will share the almost unfathomable story of water poverty right here in the United States. It is estimated that 70,000 Navajo living in the Four Corners Region of the Southwest do not have access to clean running water. This deficit has contributed to the Navajo experiencing the worst outbreak of Covid-19 in the country. David will outline the situation, explain the challenges to accessing water in the Navajo Nation and detail what Rotary is doing to resolve the issue.

David joined Rotary in 2010 after a long career in financial counseling and money management. He led the  Rotary Club of Sedona's project to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to their area in 2012. Since that time, the program has distributed over 100,000 new, age-appropriate books to pre-schoolers in the communities in and around Sedona. He has served as District Governor for District 5495, Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Chair, PETS Chair, District Assembly Chair, Leadership and Development Chair and Visioning Chair. He is a Paul Harris Society member, major donor Level 3, and Legacy Society Member of the Rotary Foundation.


Jim Schutz, San Rafael City Manager Jun 01, 2021 8:00 AM
Running the City of San Rafael
Running the City of San Rafael

What is the City of San Rafael local government all about? Jim Schutz has been City Manager for almost six years and will share what the City of San Rafael does. He will talk about recent changes in elected officials and elections, and will answer questions about whatever is on your mind - from economic recovery to housing and homelessness, and from wildfire prevention to pensions. No topic is off limits.

Jim Schutz has been the City Manager for the City of San Rafael since August, 2015. He was previously Assistant Manager since 2007. He has worked in management roles for cities as small as 20,000 people and as large as over 1,000,000. Jim has a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Between college and graduate school Jim served two years in the Peace Corps.


Philippa Kelly Jun 08, 2021 8:00 AM
An Analysis of Shakespeare's King Lear