Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 2, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

March 2, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon



 President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by President Elect Terry and Gary provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Holly Smith President of Hercules Rotary and Richard (did not get last name spelled correctly) from Michigan (a guest of Sal).  Don had guest Jorge Trilla.  We had guests from the El Cerrito Library foundation:  Gary Pokorny, Al Miller and Tom Panas.  Also there were guests from the Student Activities Foundation including Cathy Garza, Leander Johnson and Suzane and Lorrie who last names I did not get written down.


  • Jack said there will be a website training for those that want to update the website. The sessions will be after Pres Elect Terry returns from PETS
  • Sarah reported there will be a work party at the ECHS garden
  • Holly Smith of Hercules announced their fund raiser, a pasta feed in early March
  • Lee reminded us of the GGF fund raiser where we run a beer and hotdog booth at the races on March 12. Also, there will be a “outing day” at the El Cerrito Trail Trekker sit at which Rotarians will be able to walk the trails.


Happy Dollars: 

Richard, Sal’s guest, is happy to be here today.  Jack is happy that Kaiser offers a program for Senior Advantage members by funding a gym membership.  Mark Figone is happy that Baseball season is starting soon.  Lee is happy that Richard visited us from Michigan.  Holly is happy for her grandson, husband’s birthday.  Jane is happy Mar is her birthday month and she will be 70 this year, Terry is happy to be going to PETS.  Jan is happy for Jane’s birthday month.  Gary is happy for Jane’s birthday.  Sarah is happy for garden work at ECHS.  Jim Spain is happy for Lee’s painting clothes.  Larry lhad 100 peso note and gave that to the box.  Al Miller is happy for the Earth Day work scheduled for Apr 22.  Tom Panas is happy to be here today. 

 Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

 Today’s Program

President Kanti invited Sonya, Chair of the Sip and Savor committee to come forward to conduct the celebration ceremony for giving the checks to benefactors of the proceeds from the event.

A picture was taken with each of the recipient’s being presented their $10000 checks.  

Sonya flanked by Library Foundation (left) and the Student Advisory Fund 

Al Miller provided remarks and a summary of what is happening with the library foundation now that the bond issue was voted down.  He also provided a Q&A session during which there was a number of things discussed


Cathy Garza provided remarks and a summary of how the SAF distributes the funds to use at ECHS.  This is a valuable program at the school to get funding to clubs and programs that need money to succeed.


Raffle Winner:   Sil had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Champaign .  Sarah had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye.   Next week the jackpot will be $75. 

Thought for the week:

The reaction to the situation is always more important than the situation.  Always turn dead mice into diamonds.