President Jim Spain’s 2012-2013 Kick-Off Meeting

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of July 11, 2013

Jim Receives a "Brat Pack" poster with himself, Frank and Jack Freethy pictured.

Jim Receives a “Brat Pack” poster with himself, Frank and Jack Freethy pictured.

Immediate Past President Frank welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Frank S. Frank provided the thought for the day. Frank then thanked everyone for the support he received during his year as President and mentioned the names of many Rotarians in the club who he said “are responsible for the high functioning of our Rotary club.”  It is obvious that we did well under Frank’s leadership and he appreciated our commitment and efforts.

Immediate Past Pres Frank asked Jack to come forward and accept the Rotarian of the Year award.  Jack acknowledged the award and thanked Frank for the recognition.

President Jim Spain was then asked by Frank to come and take over the meeting.  Jim took over and Marty then requested the opportunity to come forward to award Past Pres Frank his past president award.  A beautiful clock for his office desk.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
John introduced Dick Morrish a long time friend who wants to join our Rotary club.  Mark Scott’s friend Pete was again on hand to evaluate our club as a possible home.

President Jim ask Terry to come forward and Membership Director Jack present Terry with his Blue Badge and Terry turned in his signed roster and turned over the $$ he collected to Tresurer Michael Chang to get his Paul Harris Fellowship donation started.


  • Tracy asked Jim to accept a gift for his Presidency, a great poster created with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in mind with the main characters being Pres Frank and Jack.  This was a very thoughtful and aptly timed acknowledgement for the start of Jim’s year as our President

Today’s Program:

Terry because a Rotarian after trading the red badge for blue.

Terry because a Rotarian after trading the red badge for blue.

President Jim began today’s club assembly by introducing his Officers and Directors for the 2013-14 Rotary Year.  From there he asked everyone to work hard and be supportive of each other and the goals of our club.  He also told us about the charity he will be supporting and asked us to be cognizant of fundraising ideas and activities.  Our club has done many different types of fund raising events and we want to make sure we are getting the most from our energy expended.  This year there are two additional items on which we will focus, the loss of Charlie Weaver and Marv Collins. These two Rotarians deserve something tangible in the community so they will be remembered.  Jim has asked Mark Figone, Joe Conwill, and Larry Sanchez to come up with ideas on how we might accomplish such recognitions.

President Jim also wants to have a fellowship meeting every six to eight weeks and have the club directors make a short presentation on activities in which they are involved.

After his opening remarks, Jim opened the floor for Q&A.  There were a lot of items addressed.  This was a good meeting and it gave us all the sense that we have a good leader.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Marty thanked outgoing President Frank with an engraved clock

Marty thanked outgoing President Frank with an engraved clock

Sonya had her ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Sonya also had her ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a blue marble, winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the Week:

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Chinese Proverb