Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 27 2017

El Cerrito Rotary
The Wheel
April 27, 2017
Editor: Gary Buffon

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians: Mary Ann Hass, Grier Cooper, Kara Turner (guest of Sonya), George and Norma Trilla were guests today. Also Tomisa Booker, guest of Jack was with us today.  Tomisa is on the path to becoming a member of El Cerrito Rotary.
 Terry announced the special program for next meeting – celebration of PHF in our club. Everyone wear your PHF pin and come celebrate with the newly awarded PHFs.
 Terry also explained the RotoCare bowl-a-thon that will be held and recognized the bowling team.
 Jane passed out fliers for the Demotion dinner on June 3rd. Be sure and choose hour dinner selection as we will have signups next week.
 Sonya gave us an update on the Sip and Savor event on Oct 1. She also passed out the sponsorship program information.
 Jane has asked Sarah to manage the roster update. Sarah passed around a clipboard on which each of us made adjustments to our information and signed off. Be sure you get a shot at reviewing your information.
Happy Dollars: Mary Ann Hass is happy about her successful walk around Lake Merit. Lee is happy for the great signs he saw at the science walk. George is happy that he will be induced into the club today. Sarah is happy about the volunteer work that the ECHS garden received. Jack is happy that he and Carole will be going to Disney World in Florida. Jan is happy about the golf she and Jerry enjoyed in Grass Valley. It was very wet but very fun! Marty had unhappy dollars because one of his favorite restauran is closing.
Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today.

Induction of George Trilla: Jack had George an85-86d his sponsor come forward to the ceremony. Jack did an excellent induction off George. This- was a return to EC Rotary for George as he was in the club previously and was President in 85-86. Jack read the induction and presented George with a lot of great stuff to get him back into the Rotary Club.

Jack, George and Don during George’s inductions

Today’s Program.
Pres Elect Terry introduced Matt Hermann who is our District Youth Exchange Outbound committee chair. He was on hand today to share the overall mission of Youth Exchange and the benefits the program provide to high school age youngsters. Matt began his presentation by showing a short video that had Youth Exchange students who had participated in the program.
Matt. He also explained some of the requirements and gave us a summary of the stories these young people provided after their exchange experience. We were given lot of the structural information about the program as well as a list of the tremendous benefits it provides to these youth. Basic requirement of the program are set up to insure that the outbound student is vetted, requirements in the host family as well as basic understanding and rules are in place. The students who participate in this program are provided with a once in a lifetime experience. The program cost works out to be on the order of $6000 for the year of education in a foreign country.
Many of us in our Rotary club remember the inbound Russian student who came and spent a year in El Cerrito High school.

This program is something that provides a world class opportunity and a world class experience as well as a chance to learn and use a foreign language.

Matt Hermann – Outbound Youth Exchange Advisor for District 5160

This presentation was excellent and reminded us all of the wonderful programs that Rotary International provides for our youth.

Raffle Winner: Guest Kara Turner had her ticket pulled for the bottle of Bourbon Kara also had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye. Next week the jackpot will be $115.

Genie Stone Winner: Jan won the magic stone for the month of May

Thought for the week:
Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them!