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  EDWARD R. DUARTE                    
     CEO - (Retired)
Ed Duarte is the founder and retired CEO of Aztec Consultants, a San Ramon-based professional Construction Management & General Engineering Construction firm.  Founded in 1986, Aztec has specialized in, public works, commercial, and institutional construction projects for the last 30 years.
Under his leadership, the company has provided construction    (DELETE) management services on over $250 million of public works contracts, and   built over $215 million as the General Contractor of Record.
Ed is the co-founder and past Program Director for the CSU-East Bay Construction Management Certificate Program, where he taught Construction Estimating & Project Management for 23 years.
Ed is currently beginning his second term on the Board of Directors for the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD).  He also serves on the Business Advisory Committee for Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Ed & his wife Linda have four children between them and three grandchildren.  Ed retired from contracting last year and they spend half of their time at their second home in Copperopolis, CA
  • B.S. Civil Engineering  -  California State University at Fresno
  • Graduate:  Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) Program - the  Anderson Business School of Management  - UCLA
  • Graduate of Leadership San Ramon  -  1995 
Currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Valley Children’s Museum
Ed is also a 30-year member and Past President of the Rotary Club of San Ramon.
Schedule of Greeters
April 13
Duarte, Ed
April 20
Hornstra, Mark
April 27
Giles, Ray
May 4
Prilutsky, Michael

The Rotary Foundation Minute



More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.   Think it can’t happen here?  32 million American adults—one in seven—are functionally illiterate.  In an increasingly knowledge based economy, the economic cost of illiteracy is staggering.  The human cost is simply unacceptable.
The Rotary Foundation sponsors programs aimed squarely at promoting basic education and literacy.  Some examples: 
  • In Afghanistan, Rotarians opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.
  • In Detroit, Rotary members partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors to work with functionally illiterate adults.  In one year, five hundred adults raised their reading level by at least three grade levels.
  • Rotary Foundation Grants support the SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States, teaching educators how to improve literacy through innovative phonetic early education techniques.
John Steinbeck wrote, “Learning to read is both the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain.  If you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult do it.”
As business people, we are conditioned to seek out the greatest possible return on investment.  No investment yields a higher return than education, and literacy is the foundation of all education.  Making basic education and literacy a primary area of focus is another way The Rotary Foundation provides us with enormous returns on our contributions.
Greeter Protocol
When you are assigned the duty of being our greeter, you should remember the following:

1. You should be at the meeting by 11:45 AM in order to greet everyone as they come to the meeting.

2. You should bring a "Greeter's Gift" for the raffle. The gift should be approximately $20.00 in value.

3. You will be leading the giving the inspiration of the day, leading the salute to the flag, and introducing the visiting Rotarians. It is a good idea to watch the visiting Rotarians sign in, so that you can ask them about any complicated names or classifications.

4. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of San Ramon
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Dr.
Danville, CA  94526
United States
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Meeting Notes for April 6, 2017
By: Dr. Bill Harlan
Our Rotarians hosted about 40 men and women of the Trinity Center for lunch today.  We were greeted by Donna Columbo, the Executive Director of the center.  We observed that for three years the Club had arranged this event, and each time it had rained. (Coincidence?) Donna explained that Trinity offers a place for homeless people to shower, do laundry, eat meals and have access to substance abuse counselling and housing assistance.  They are looking forward to a new facility with more space and additional services.  The center will hold its annual fund-raising gala soon and could use some help from volunteers.  Contact Horace Crawford for more details.
We dined on a Mexican lunch, served al fresco in the rain.
President Kathy Gailey, our own “African Queen,” gave a quick overview of Rotary, “1.2 million people around the world in over 120 countries who get together to do good.”  She told the group how much we enjoy coming to Trinity each year to break bread (or in this case, tortilla chips).  Kathy announced that we are forming a bocce ball team for competition with other clubs on May 30.  If you can toss a bocce without causing physical damage to yourselves or others, see Kathy.  Rotary will host a club assembly on Saturday, May 13 at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. Newer members are especially invited to attend.
The inimitable Karen McNamara conducted a raffle for our guests, giving away the fetching centerpieces on the table, which consisted of small baskets with useful items for people who spend a lot of time outdoors.  The raffle concluded with the awarding of gift certificates to a few lucky people.  Karen was assisted by the affable Guy Greco.
While the raffle was going on, Paula Silva and her assistant handed out “Blessing bags,” filled with toiletries.  Paula and her group had assembled over 100 bags for the Center clients.
Horace Crawford, our Trinity Connection, thanked all who had helped make the luncheon a success: Tony, Yvonne, Jim, Billy and of course the inestimable Karen McNamara and Peggy Crawford. 
This correspondent missed the chance at the yellow marble and had to content himself with a mango ice cream bar.  Ed Duarte will be next week’s Greeter.
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