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Rotary Report: Contra Costa’s health care system

Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal (at left), and Contra Costa County Director of Medical Services Dr. William Walker. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to Martinez Tribune Dawn Westfall (not her real name) is feeling nauseous. She’s about to go to the emergency room when an idea strikes. She calls the emergency services number at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. A nurse practitioner asks about her symptoms, pulls up ...

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Alhambra Interact wins Iron Chef

Winners of the May 1 Iron Chef cook-off on Main Street. Pictured from left are Alhambra students and AHS Interact Club members Becca Jochum, Julia Brown and Daria Dragicevic. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to Martinez Tribune The Martinez Interact Club has been going on for a long while. It has never been stronger! About 30 members meet regularly under the aegis of Rotarian Bruce Christensen and Alhambra High School teacher Tom Murray. Last Sunday Interact sponsored an “Iron Chef” ...

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Fuller: ‘Saving key to a good future’

Financial advisor John Fuller. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune John Fuller understands the importance of saving for the long-run. John has for many years run the Martinez office of the investment firm Edward Jones, Inc. He’s a member of Martinez Rotary, and subscribes to Rotary ideals (listed below). He’s easy to talk ...

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Martinez Library got lucky!

Martinez Library’s Branch Manager, Ruth Boyer, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Ruth Boyer is our head librarian! Ruth is a non-stop bundle of energy and ideas. She showed Rotary her “musical bananas” during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. Real bananas. Touching them makes music. The educational “thing of it” is that her ...

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Kiwanis Club of Martinez turns 90

From left: Justin Gomez of States Coffee; April program chair Emmett Schumer; and Kiwanis president Lorena Castillo. (GAY GERLACK / Courtesy)

Kiwanis Club of Martinez members shared cake and champagne in celebration of receiving its Kiwanis International Charter on April 15, 1926, making the local chapter 90 years old. Speaker for the occasion was Justin Gomez of States Coffee & Mercantile, which roasts its own coffee beans and offers a selection ...

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Soroptimist inductees …

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Newly inducted members of Soroptimist International of Martinez include (from left): Bev Gomer, District II Director; new members Monica Sanders, Sara Lawson, Linda Shahade and Lynn Enea. The members were recently inducted by Soroptimist Governor Bobbi Enderlin (far right). (GAY GERLACK / Courtesy)

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Rotary Report: Vietnam memories …

Weapons hidden in the mud by North Vietnam troops. The guns were pulled from the mud when needed. Steven Burchik’s group came upon them by accident. The American soldiers – kids in the photo – are in their 70s today. Burchik wondered what became of the Vietnam kids he photographed ... an unanswerable question. (STEVEN BURCHIK / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune About a third of Martinez Rotarians are vets. They’ve served in all services, and in many periods. Rotary speaker Steven Burchik asked for a show of hands as he started his talk at a recent meeting of the local Rotary club. Burchik served ...

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Rotary Report: New Kid (newspaper) on the Block!

Tribune staffers (from left): Danny Yoeono, Hannah Hatch and Gerardo Recinos at the Wednesday, March 9, 2016, meeting of Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Martinez has a new newspaper – the Martinez Tribune. The paper has by now been around long enough that most of us know it and read it. It’s the brainchild of three people: local businessman Nader Eghtesad, co-publisher Erin Clark, and Mike Alford ...

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