Guest Speakers 

Kelly Cousins, Development Associate
FSSBA
Family Support Services
Presentation on the “Backpack” program and support of children and families in the East Bay

July 17, 2020

Hon. Sheng Thao, City Councilperson, District 4
Brandon Harami, Council Aide
A lively and detailed presentation by Ms. Thao was shared regarding her work on the City Council as well as action steps the club members can take as members of the community who want action takenJuly 24, 2020

Peggy Graybill
Director, Voter Services
League of Women Voters
Oakland History of the League of Women Voters from the 19th Amendment forward, reviewed a detailed information sheet with information on upcoming changes to voting in the East Bay and resources for voters July 31, 2020

Mike Notaro, Author
The Call of the Leader
Mike Notaro presented the partnership between Toastmasters International and Rotary International, and ways in which the two organizations are similar, how they differ and how we might work together to amplify our respective missions

August 07, 2020

Sophia Renn
B.E. Beyond Emancipation
Beyond Emancipation presented on the comprehensive and wrap around services they provide to Foster Youth aging out of Foster Care. The presentation was both informational and inspirational August 14, 2020

Shonda Scott, Chair, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and CEO/Founder 360 Total ConceptAs a 4th generation business owner and native of Oakland, she discussed her commitment to both Oakland, enterprenurial and business activity, the African American Chamber and Rotary. She described the business leadership legacy coming down through her family, and the active engagement of her parents in the Oakland Business and Health community.August 21, 2020

Dr. Joel Parrott
President and CEO, Oakland ZooDr. Parrott provided an overview of the history of the Zoo and the key conservation activities the Zoo has undertaken to protect species and habitat. The actual title of the organization is “Conservation Society of California” recognizing the footprint of the zoo and supporters across a large geographic area. Work of the Zoo includes local, regional, state/national and international activities. He provided ways in which community benefits and also ways in which we can promote and support the work of the zoo. 50cents of every ticket goes directly to conservation work.August 28, 2020

Ms. Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, OUSD Board, representing West OaklandWelcome to Ms. Hinton-HodgeSeptember 18, 2020

District Governor
Gregg GuisianaGregg Guisiana presented information on Rotary International and our District Status and Activities. His slide deck will be made available to the club for later review and reference October 02, 2020

Derreck Johnson, Candidate Oakland City Council At-LargeMr. Johnson provided overview of his motivation to serve the City of Oakland as the At Large Council Person. As a member of Rotary 3, he is committed to the goals of Rotary. He has not previously run for office and is new to governmental roles.October 16, 2020

Jim Bell. District Polio Plus Chair, Rotary Club of FremontPolio Plus: The Past, The Present and The FutureNovember 13, 2020

Ken Li, Piedmont Community Service Crew
Youth VolunteersYouth volunteer discussed the work they are doing with the Piedmont Community Service group January 08, 2021

Vincent Crudele
Assistant Fire Marshall, Fire Prevention BureauFire Prevention and Safety
AFM Crudele provided a detailed presentation providing education and information on wildfire management and prevention in the East Bay.October 30, 2020