RCA Teams Up With Angela's Kitchen
to Serve Midway Shelter Residents
 
  
 
Saboor Zafari and Cody Moehring pass out three course dinners to RCA President Will Thomas, Secretary Karen Platt, and Community Service Director Joyce Mercado.
When COVID-19 swept through America effectively shutting down all of RCA's traditional service and fundraising activities for President Jeff's year, the organization could have simply pulled back and waiting for the restrictions to be lifted. After all, many people thought that the country would be back in business in a few months. Oh how wrong we were.
 
Once it became clear that COVID-19 would continue to alter the way we served the community on an ongoing basis, it was time to brainstorm new and different ways to serve the community and keep members involved.
 
"People join Rotary to serve the community and connect with others. Without creating opportunities to serve and build friendships, Rotary becomes less relevant and that is not an acceptable outcome."
 
The Midway Shelter Dinner Donor Project originally was created to respond to a desperate plea from Building Futures (the nonprofit organization that manages the shelter) to recruit "dinner donors" - local community members who prepared home cooked meals for the residents of the shelter. According to Ana Maria Kahiri - Director of Development and Communications for Building Futures, "Many of our dinner donors were retired community members that no longer felt safe shopping at grocery stores to prepare home cooked meals for the women and children housed at the shelter."  Enter the Rotary Club of Alameda.
 
Past-President Jeff recalls, "When I read the Building Futures Letter to the Editor in the Alameda Sun soliciting dinner donors, I knew that this was exactly the kind of community need that Rotary was destined to fill." From its inception, the RCA Dinner Donor Program was designed to fulfill the two major goals of Rotary - Service to the Community and Building Relationships through Fellowship.
 
Working with Co-Chair and new Rotary member Ngoc Tai (left), RCA reached out to the Kiwanis Club of Alameda to collaborate on the project with each organization signing on to be a dinner donor once every other month on the fourth Thursday. Rotary selected Thanksgiving Day 2020 to start its service by providing a full course traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
 
"Our members really stepped up and supported the project with many members cooking portions of the meal or purchasing items to contribute to the effort." said Ngoc Tai - Co-Chair of the 2020-2021 Committee. "Jeff and I drove around to member's homes to pick mashed potatoes for eight or pumpkin pies from Greer Family Mortuary. It was a very rewarding experience."
 
 
 
    
Clockwise from upper right corner: Alice Lai-Bitker and Karen Kenny deliver side dishes, Susan Jeffries and George Fitzgerald slice up Zucchini Bread, Christine Annitone and Tiger contribute pumpkin pies, Karen Platt pulls freshly roasted carrots from her oven, and 20 lb. and 32 lb. turkeys are ready for delivery.
The Midway Shelter Project will continue into Rotary year 21-22 according to Will Thomas the new president. "With most members being vaccinated and restrictions being relaxed, the Dinner Donor program will be one of several programs that the Club will be supporting to serve the community and bring our members together for fellowship and collaboration."
 
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RCA President Will Thomas, Secretary Karen Platt, and Community Service Director Joyce Mercado.
 

 
Want to know more about Building Futures and the Midway Shelter? Please check out this short video describing the services available to women and their children who are the victims of domestic violence.
 
 
Meetings and Events
Aug 13, 2022 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
David Burton
Aug 09, 2022
“I’ve looked at life (of Alameda) from both sides now” – 15 years of city planning in Alameda
“I’ve looked at life (of Alameda) from both sides now” – 15 years of city planning in Alameda

David Burton is an Executive Director, Architecture in KTGY’s Oakland office. As the head of the Low-Density Design Studio, he is responsible for overseeing the design of single-family and low-rise multi-family projects.

 

Prior to joining KTGY, Mr. Burton ran his design practice, Burton Architecture, focused on single-family residential, boutique retail and infill development projects. During his experience as a Senior Associate with Swatt Architects, Mr. Burton was responsible for the design of high-end single family residences, additions and restorations of religious buildings as well as a large sustainably designed infill development project.

 

Mr. Burton has traveled extensively studying architecture in England, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Superior Court Judge Delbert Gee
Aug 16, 2022
The American Dream; How the Child of Immigrants Became a Judge
TBD
Sep 06, 2022
Overcome COVID-Related Learning Loss
Past Speakers
Maile Collmer
Aug 02, 2022
Growing Your Club: More Members For More Goodwill
Club Meeting Information

"Service Above Self"

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
VIRTUAL
2255 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
United States of America
The Rotary weekly meetings will be held on the first three Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 1:30. For the month of February, RCA will be meeting virtually.
Greetings from the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Alameda Chartered in 1920, we are Rotarians working with youth, helping our community and playing an active part in International and World Community Service. Take some time to surf our web site and learn more about our history, membership, projects, and our fine city.
 
If you live in the East Bay area and are interested in learning more about Rotary, please contact us at 510-865-7369. We would be pleased to talk to you about Rotary and how you, too, may become a member of this International service organization. Please visit us often. Our club is a member of District 5170 and you can visit their web site by https://www.rotarydistrict5170.org/. All Rotary Clubs belong to Rotary International.
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