Richmond Art Center (RAC) & Interact Book Scholarship Presentation

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Week of June 27, 2013

ECHS Book Scholarships

Past President Karen welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Nancy and then Karen provided the thought for the day.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Today’s guests included Clara Lengacher Past Pres of EC Interact, Andrew Noble, Past VP of EC Interact and Qiqi Tang, Past VP of EC Interact.


  • Lee reminded us of his Chamber Mixer tonight at Abbey Pet Hospital
  • Sal reminded us of a pancake breakfast at the Albany Vets Hall in Memorial Hall on July 4th. It is a fundraiser for the Lion’s.

Happy Dollars:

Nancy is unhappy that she has a conflict tonight and will not be able to attend the mixer at Lee’s vet clinic.  Marty is happy to be in good company at Rotary.  Michael Chang had a happy dollar but I failed to get the reason.  Gary B had $5 for having the Interact officer being at Rotary to get awarded their scholarships.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Terry recognized for knowing that Karen walked her family all over SF to find a gourmet hamburger on her birthday.  Karen was acknowledged for walking her family all over the place to find a hamburger.

Today’s Program:

Terry introduced Ric Ambrose, Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center (RAC) to speak to us about what is happening with this great organization.

Ric explained the mission of the RAC and provided us with some history.  The center began in the 1930’s as a way to bring art to Richmond.  After WWII there was a need for art in the area as the population had grown from 30,000 to over 100,000. In the early 1950s a bond issue was passed that called for the building of the current Art Center at the Richmond Civic Center.  At this point in time it has the legacy of being one of the foremost art centers on the West Coast.

The center hosts a breadth of art classes that cover everything from fine jewelry and weaving (the center has more looms than anywhere in the bay area) and a number of other disciplines.  In addition, there is a program call STEAM which teaches aspiring young artists about the integration of science, technology, engineering and mechanization to allow one to understand how things work.  The center focuses on including families in the enjoyment and creation of art.  Finally, the RAC collaborates with other organizations to foster the development and promotion of all things art.  At the end of his presentation, Ric answered many questions.  This was an excellent presentation.

Richmond Art Center Website

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Gary B had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.

Genie Stone:

Kanti had his ticket pulled and wins the benefits of the magic stone for July.

Thought for the Week:

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith