From the District TRF Chair…
By PDG Russ Hobbs
November is Rotary Foundation Month on the Rotary Calendar, and what better way to “kick off” the month, than the November 2, Richard D. King Tribute Dinner in celebration of Rick’s 50 years of Rotary Service.
This “star studded celebration” was held at The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, and featured our current RI President (Barry Rassin) along with five Past Rotary International Presidents–Gary C.K. Huang (2014-15), Frank Devlyn (2000-01), Cliff Dochterman (1992-93), M.A.T. Caparas (1986-87) and of course our own Rick King
The 500 guests enjoyed the beautiful cars at The Blackhawk Museum while listening to music provided by the Fremont Christian High School Jazz Band, and sipping wine at the reception held prior to the dinner. The RI President and his entourage made a spectacular entrance as they walked into the room led by the Fremont Christian High School Jazz Band. There were many highlights during the evening including: special recognition given to our newest Arch Klumph Society Members (PDG Ron & Cindy Sekkel); the presentation of the District 5170 Richard D. King Award to Event Chair Richard Flanders from Pleasanton North; the speeches by RI President Barry Rassin and the other Past RI Presidents in attendance, but it was our own Richard D. King who brought the house down with his remarks entitled My First Fifty Years in Rotary.
It was a spectacular evening that raised over $200,000 for the Richard D. King Endowed Fund for Rotary Peace Centers, and an event that we shall long remember. Special recognition to Richard Flanders and his Committee who worked on this event for an entire year–it was worth the wait!!