Sal’s Travels in China

Editor: Gary Buffon, Week of August 8, 2013

China TravelsCommunity Services Director Allen stepped in today and welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Sal and the thought for the day was provided by Gary B.


Standing in for Secretary John, Steve – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Dick M. who is on his path to membership was here.  Mark S. brought guest Ron H. and Allen had guest Monica K.

Happy Dollars:

Alan L. is happy it is his 5th wedding anniversary.  Gary A is happy for the swim in the bay he had with Jim Shepherd.  Sal had $10 because that is “all he had.”  Mark S. had $5 for the friends and fellowship of the El Cerrito Rotarians and he also brought a wine tasting sponsorship check from the El Cerrito Chamber for $300. Gary B had happy dollars for lunch with Tracy and two Interact members at which a lot of coordination and planned collaboration was planned.  Tracy had $3 – 1$ for the same lunch as a dollar for meeting Interact President Elia at a school function and the last $ was for daughter Sarah signing up Interact.

Allen C. had a happy dollar for Monica being his guest and for the Solano Stroll being all set for the Sept 8th date and there is a kickoff mixer tonight at the Mechanics Bank in Albany.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Recognized Jane for her 43rd anniversary,  Tracy for her 20th anniversary,  Alan for his 5th anniversary, Sil for his 47th anniversary, Michael Chang for both a birthday and an anniversary.  Last on the list was Gary B for his 71st Birthday on Sunday.

Today’s Program:

Allen introduced our very own Sal Compagno to give a presentation on his recent 21 day trip to China.  Sal began by telling us about the tour company he used for his trip and how well they did the tour he took.  This was a really wonderful presentation and if you missed it all I can say is too bad.  We were treated to Sal’s great sense of humor and vast travel experience.  We got to laugh about the trip preparation while we heard about the wide array of adventures he got to have in China.

El Cerrito RotaryWe saw pictures of the Terracotta Army, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, the Yangtze River and other key sights.  Sal explained how great the food was throughout the entire 21 day adventure.  Add to this a wonderful story about silk rugs and the huge quality of apartment buildings that are 21 stories tall and have thousands of apartments in each.   Sal also spent some time telling us about Hong Kong and the differences with the mainland China.

One of the things that is important for going on an adventure like this is to be reasonably good physical shape.  There is a lot of walking and hiking involved and Sal was not impressed with his fellow tourist because they did not get to do some of the things because even though they were younger than him, they were not able to physically do some of the walking necessary to get the most out of the experience.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Jane had her ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Mark S. had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $55.

Thought for the Week:

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson