The Tiburon Belvedere Rotary Club donated $300 to the Journalism Guild of San Quentin on March 18th, for office supplies and related equipment. The office equipment, specifically Neo Word Processors, will be used by Guild members to write and process newsworthy stories for publication in the San Quentin News and eventually in the Guild’s own publication.
In keeping with a long- standing tradition of aiding and supporting community efforts, Tiburon Belvedere Rotary President Michael Heckmann authorized the $300 donation to the Journalism Guild.
“This is not necessarily a one-time donation from the Rotary Club. More donations may come later on,” said Donald Pino.
Pino is the chief sponsor of the Journalism Guild of San Quentin, as well as a member of the Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary. He solicited the Rotary Club for donations. Pino is also a Bridging instructor in the Education Department at San Quentin.
The Neo Word Processors, which Guild members have been authorized to use by the administration, range in price from $65 to $199 each.
Journalism Guild Chairman Jeff Brooks suggested that the group seek donations and sources of revenue from outside organizations known for their generous support of educational and rehabilitative programs.
So the Journalism Guild will continue to reach out to potential donors, ranging from prison staff to outside organizations, in order to enhance and develop their educational program. According to chairman Brooks, donations being sought may be anything from money, time and journalism training to classroom space and refurbished furniture and equipment.