The Weekly Meeting Summary of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
 
December 5, 2023       
 
Opening the Meeting
  • President Sherri Simoni called the meeting to order at 8:20

  • Today Sir McCallum was our greeter and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

    • Little known fact about Kevin: He lived in Calvary and competed in curling.  Curling is a sport where players slide stones on ice. Kevin is always only a stone's throw away!

  • Song of the Day - Bassant: Travis Tritt: It's a Great Day to be Alive

  • Thought of the Day - Sherri: Criticism should be positive advice. 

  • Joke of the Day -Lauren: What's a weatherman's favorite food in the winter: Burrrr-i-tos

ABOVE AND BEYOND

  • CAPE Packing Party-Roy, Deb, Lauren, George and Sherri

  • SHP Bed Build-David G, Stuart, Lori, Brian, James and Sarah

  • CAPE Holiday Party-Lori, Roy, George, Deb, Sherri, Rose and Beth

  • December Club Hub-Philomena

 
Visiting Rotarians
 
  • Roy introduced Bob Tucknott, our Electrical Contractor from the Dublin Club

  • Dennis introduced Irv Stowers from the noon club. 

Guests
  • Philomena introduced Erin Lynch. 

  • Deb Tacker introduced Kevin Adler

THE 10-SPOT
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS                       
 
  • Jeannette Albiez won today's 10-Spot drawing for $1000! She donated it to Rotary International

  • Christmas Party at the Bedfords! 

    • 12/12 from 5 to 10 PM

    • 5:45 Dinner

    • Gift exchange: $25, bring a wrapped gift

    • Also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

  • Football Follies: Moving into Week 14: Jill Duerig and Tom Marcel tied for top spot, closely followed by Ed Schumann

  • Graham Scott announced the VA Christmas Party will be December13 from 11 AM to 1 PM

  • President Nomination for 2024-25: Kevin McCallum encouraged everyone to attend the club meeting on December 19, when we will hear the Nominating Committee's recommendation for our next president-elect, have an opportunity to add names to the ballot, and then vote on the selection

Click on any of the Events below for complete details, location map, etc:
Upcoming Events
Club Holiday Party
The Bedford Home
Dec. 12, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
 
Veterans Holiday Luncheon
VA Medical Center
Dec. 13, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
View entire list
Today's Program: Kevin Adler
 
Our Honorary Club Member Kevin Adler talked about his Work with the Unhoused
 
Kevin is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the author of the new book, When We walk By, a must-read guide for ending homelessness in America.

Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness rebuild their social support systems and financial security through family reunification. Since Kevin was raised in Springtown, Deb Tacker has known him since he was five years old. We are all proud of all the work Kevin has done!
 
For 10 years, Kevin has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, talking with them, and learning from them. He built Miracle Messages from a conversation with an individual named Jeffrey who recorded a video message to family members he had not seen in almost 20 years. Within a day after Kevin shared that message through social media, Jeffrey's sister reached out. Jeffrey was reunited with his family several months later.
 
Kevin and the team at Miracle Messages have reunified over 800 individuals with family members and/or friends with whom they had lost touch. Kevin shared that even with the hardships of financial poverty, many only feel truly homeless when they lack connections - relationships with family and friends. Relational poverty is something we can help with, by reaching out to individuals we see living on the street. 
 
Kevin gave each of us socks, donated by Bombas, and encouraged us to give them to an individual we see. We can introduce ourselves, ask how their day is going, or simply offer them the socks. 
 
We are invited to support Miracle Messages by being part of Miracle Friends. 30 minutes a week of conversation through text and/or phone with an unhoused individual can help build a connection, and ease the relational poverty felt by so many individuals experiencing homelessness. If you are interested in learning more about being a "phone buddy," please reach out to Kevin: kevin@miraclemessages.org.
 
Kevin shared one of his guiding principles:
 
Our unhoused neighbors
are not problems to be solved,
but people to be loved.
 
You can read more about Miracle Messages and Kevin's work at miraclemessages.org.
 
 
Next Week We Are Dark.
 
 
All are welcome to join us at the Rotary Christmas party on Tuesday evening.
 
 
Today's Raffle Winner: Deb Tacker
 
Today's 50/50 Winner: Dick Fields
 
 MEETING MOMENTS
brought to us by Roy
 
 
Meeting Adjourned at 9:22

 
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