Our weekly luncheon speaker series brings outstanding presentations every week, and this week we welcomed a frequent visitor … Gary Richards (aka “Mr. Roadshow“) from the San Jose Mercury News, telling us stories about his job.
Of course, our connection to Richards comes from Jerry Cummings, who is a frequent “expert” on gas prices for the Mr. Roadshow column.
Richards regaled us with several stories from over the years, including his column about the strangest things readers have ever seen on the roads (including breast feeding, marriage vow avoiders, trunk passengers, and other drivers’ excuses).
Gary also addressed the upcoming changes for Carpool Lanes that will become “Toll Lanes” with variable toll rates. He noted that every test site for these toll lanes has actually increased carpooling, because people use it flexibly when money is involved.
He also discussed the troubles facing the SJ Mercury News, including content development and the shrinking business model. On the one hand, more people are reading news (online), but fewer people are willing to pay for it.
He also expressed his delight that his “Mr. Roadshow” column is one of the most popular, and is also a prime example of local news that people want to read. He also noted that government agencies and businesses are very helpful and responsive when he has questions.
As promised, we heard about the disaster relief program called Shelter Box, which provides emergency shelter and critical living supplies to regions impacted by natural disaster and tragic circumstances.
Shelter Box brings all of the equipment families need to begin putting their lives back together after a disaster, including a shelter tent, blankets, mosquito nets, stoves, water storage and purification units, basic tools, and even a children’s activity pack.
The worldwide Shelter Box program is more than not just the shelter, but includes the support systems to fund and deliver the vital equipment.
On Sunday, October 11, the project kicks off its newest initiative: Child AIDS Prevention. Today’s program at our Club was the first “beta test” of their presentation on the topic.
75% of HIV infected children die before their third birthday. Only 100 children in the US become infected with HIV, but 700,000 children are born with HIV worldwide (primarily in Africa). A “miracle drug” called Nevirapine (for less than $1/dose) can prevent half of all childhood AIDS transmissions at birth.
The L.A.R.A Project has targeted the African country of Liberia for this anti-AIDS project. Among Liberia’s 400,000 citizens, more than 300,000 are infected with AIDS, including 15,000 children. The project includes education, counseling, testing, and medicinal treatment. The total cost anticipated for these services is $10 per infected mother.
The Club is hosting a symposium on Childhood AIDA at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto on October 11. $125 fee benefits the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project. RSVPS are requested by October 5.
Join your fellow Rotarians for the first of our monthly events! Run, walk or stroll one of our urban park trails with the fellowship of your fellow Rotarians. Get fit…have fun!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 @ 8:30AM
START: CAMPBELL PARK
PATH: South on Los Gatos Creek Trail
DURATION: Walk, run or stroll as far as you want…then turn around!
Trail: We will be starting in Campbell Park going south on Los Gatos Creek Trail following the river on the west side (downtown side.)
Trail Exertion Level: EASY, Mostly flat, paved path … Bikes, runners and walkers on trail together, Mostly sunny. It’s a “double back” (go out then return on same path), with moderate to heavy traffic on trail. Kid friendly. Dog friendly (on leash).
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water, Sunscreen, Hat or visor, Spouse, partner, kids/grandkids, friends, potential members, dogs
If you get there late, take WEST trail going SOUTH and catch up or see us on the return!
For more information or clarification contact Judy Armstrong
RUN! WALK! OR STROLL!
GO AT YOUR OWN PACE AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN!