Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

March 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Guests today included:  Thomishia Booker of YMCA of the East Bay,   Jim Spain had guests Mayra Martinez of Sunset View Cemetery and Lorren Ray Jr. of Gate View Painting.  .

Sonya presented a plaque to Joe Conwill for his contribution Sip a;nd Savor.


  • Julia Phalen, ECHS Interact President came forward and told us about the Black and White dance which is this coming Saturday April 1st from 7p to 10p at the Korematsu school gym in El Cerrito. We were asked to sign up for chaperone spots.  They will need about four volunteer total for the evening.  The address of the school is 7125 Donal Ave, El Cerrito
  • Jane announced the demotion dinner will be June 3rd at the Berkeley City Club. More details will be distributed next meeting.
  • Happy Birthday was sang to Jack Freethy as this is his day of celebration.


Happy Dollars:

Mark Scott is happy about the District Conference and sharing it with Jack and Don.  Jane is happy to be back from a great vacation and also about Cindy helping her with her ancestry book she is putting together. 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program

Lee introduced Lisa Owens of Raptors are the Solution.  An organization founded in 2011 to combat the impact of the rat poisons being used that cause widespread damage to raptor population in the East Bay.  Lisa, opened with some details about local raptor populations and what happens when we use rat poison on rats and mice and the birds often each the dead rodents.  The net result has been devastating on many of the local raptors.  Lisa devoted her talk to explaining just how the negative results of rodent poison use is to these wonderful birds.


This was an excellent talk and reminded us of the importance of the ecology of our area and what a negative impact we can have on our environment.  I live at the bottom of Canyon Trail Park and there is a pair of Cooper’s hawks that raise their young in the park.  This presentation had significant meaning for me and my family.


Raffle Winner:   Michael had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Brandy.  Sal had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $95. 

Thought for the week:

If you don’t’ know where you are going, you might end up where you are headed.

Dr. Rod Gilbert – sport psychologist