President’s Message – October 2019


After Successful Car Show, Focus Turns to Fire Safety

    Thousands of people from around the Bay Area turned out on Sept. 7 to view 200 vehicles and motorcycles while listening to ‘60s classic memorable tunes at the 15th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show.
    The event featured 25 to 30 Porches and 25 vintage station wagons of the 1960s. There were many other unique cars to gaze upon and enjoy, including an original unrestored 25/30 Sport Salon 1936 Rolls Royce and a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. My favorites were a 1965 Corvette Stingray and a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Coupe with gull wings. The swinging wings were made famous later by DeLorean.
    While the show was free, donations and registrations generated $45,000 in revenue. The funds will be distributed to local non-profit organizations. The recipients are: The Historical Society, the Orinda Community Foundation, the Lamorinda Arts Council (Lamorinda Idol), The Orinda Association, Seniors Around Town and the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO).
    The car show was made possible by the tireless efforts of members of The Orinda Association (OA) and Orinda Motors. We would like to specially thank OA Co-Chairs Bill Waterman and Diane Lautz, as well as John Vanek of Orinda Motors for organizing such a successful event. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to all the car owners who graciously allowed us to view their works of art.
    Kicking off the Classic Car Show weekend on Friday night, the Rotary Club of Orinda presented the “Dancing with the Cars” extravaganza where 160 people had hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a dinner by Sunrise Catering at the new Art and Garden Center in Wilder. The event featured a silent and live auction. The items auctioned included an Indian cuisine dinner for 12, gourmet desserts, a foursome round at four golf courses, an Oakland A’s ticket package, a fitness package, fine jewelry and more.
    “All the proceeds of the auction will go to good causes,” said Rotary President Dan Gannett. The money raised supports schools and the community through Orinda organizations, including The Orinda Association, Orinda Parks and Rec Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to the Rotary Club, with special mention to Ken Jew, the planning committee chair.
    Moving on to October, the focus shifts to fire prevention. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has declared the theme for fire prevention week Oct. 6-12 to be “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice your Escape.” This theme recognizes that it is crucial to have a plan for your family in case you have to evacuate your home in a hurry.
    Orindans will always remember the Oakland/Berkeley Hills fire on Oct. 19-20, 1991, which at that time was considered one of the worst in the state. Since then, we’ve learned a lot more about planning ahead and being prepared. Please visit The Orinda Association website ( and view the Emergency Preparedness video. The video provides information from fire and emergency officials on wildfire risk and defense, as well as about evacuation preparedness in Orinda. During the month, let’s not only remember the great damage caused by fires but also that a little planning will go a long way to keep you and your family safe.

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