Interview with Joanne and Dick Spotwood

Check out this interview from our wonderful Tribe Rising sponsors, Joanne and Dick Spotwood!

What impels you to support Tribe Rising? And why should other people care about what Tribe Rising is doing?

J: The chance to help provide educational opportunities to the Gurap students and to bring a whole new world to the Mill Valley community.

D: We are all in this together. God has been good to so many of us in the United States. All He asks in return is that we share His love for us by reaching out to help others anywhere in the world who are less fortunate and who need a hand up to improve both the material and spiritual quality of their lives.

Was there someone or something in high school that influenced you as a student, or set you on a career path?

J: Sister Mary Kathleen! During my freshman year at a new school where I knew no one, Sister Kathleen was a loving, fun homeroom teacher who was kind and understanding.

D: My high school (St. Ignatius High in San Francisco) has a mandatory requirement that all students take Public Speaking as a subject. I was shy in grade school. Being required to stand in front of others and give a talk was a daunting experience. I learned much including that you must have thorough knowledge of your topic before you open your mouth. Having spent 45 years as a trial attorney, twelve years as an elected official and now as a frequent public speaker, that class along with other high school experiences changed my life and led me to careers where standing on your feet before a crowd became second nature.

What was the best trip you have ever taken?

D: Our honeymoon to England, Italy, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands.
J: Any trip to New York City. It’s the most exciting city in the world

What is the best book you have read in the past 12 months?

J: “James,” by Percival Everett – a retelling of “Huckleberry Finn” from Jim’s point of view.
D: “Portal, San Francisco’s Ferry Building and the Reinvention of American Cities’ by the San Francisco Chronicle’s architecture and design critic John King.

What is the one thing you’d like to share with the Gurap students?

D. Stay the course. Once you start any task or project, stick with it, and finish it.
J: Be brave. Take risks. You are smarter than you think you are. Above all, be kind!

SAVE THE DATE

TRIBE RISING INDIA’S 2024 ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2024
5:30-8:30 PM
CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB, TIBURON
SEE TICKETS/SPONSORSHIPS/GALA INFORMATION HERE

TO PLEDGE AN EARLY SPONSORSHIP, CONTACT ANNETTE [email protected]

Help us build up our growing student body:
  • Honor someone special by gifting a scholarship in her or his name(s)–a great holiday gift for that someone who has everything! 
  • Donate to our capital campaign or annual fundraiser to help us complete the Gurap K-12 campus.

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