December 2013

Bayview Rotary Distributes Scholarships

Paul McDonald

The second annual Ben Robinson Scholarship Breakfast was held last month at City College’s Oakdale Avenue campus. The event raises money for promising Bayview youth, and honors local activists and business owners. The scholarship is named after Bayview Rotary founder and local civic leader, Ben Robinson.

The Rotary Club’s Bayview chapter was founded in 2000. Over the years it’s engaged in a number of community-minded activities, including planting trees, cleaning streets, organizing food giveaways for needy families, providing uniforms for school children, and refurbishing bicycles to be donated to those who need them.

Roughly 200 people attended the breakfast, including local business owners, civic leaders, Rotarians from other chapters, San Francisco Police Department officers – including Chief Greg Suhr – and District 10 Board of Supervisor Malia Cohen. In addition to raising funds for the scholarship, the event honored La Shon Walker, president of the Bayview Merchants Association, and Teresa Goines, founder of Old Skool Café, an eatery on Third Street that trains at-risk youth in the restaurant business. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to outstanding local students: Nandi Silas, Kayla Terri Jackson, Shimera Peoples and Antonio S. Godoy.

Corporate sponsors included Engeo, Bode Concrete, Recology, Union Bank, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Fleetcare International, San Francisco Alliance of Black Educators, LeBlanc & Associates, and the Bayview Merchants Association, among others.

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