Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 4, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests today included Tomisa Booker, Mary Ann Hass, and Mona Patel, Kanti’s wife.  Kanti was in Hawaii.


  • Jane reminded us about the Demotion Dinner for Kanti that is scheduled for June 3 at the Berkeley City Club. Be sure and get signed up and pay the treasurer for the tickets.
  • Jack read a thank you card from RotoCare Northern Cal for the $1500 donation we made.
  • Lee announced he has submitted the District Grant to complete the El Cerrito Trail signage. We expect to hear back in July or August about status of the grant
  • Sonya provided an update on sponsorships and participants for the Oct 1st Sip and Savor.
  • Jan, this month’s genie stone owner, gave us a brief summary of what her reality business provides.

Happy Dollars:   Gary is happy for the Interact Club new officers for 2017-18.   We will be setting a date with them to induct the new team.  Mona is happy to be here to accept her PHF that was gifted to her by Kanti.  Tracy is happy for daughter Sarah finishing her first year of college.  Guest Mary Anne is happy about memorial tree being planted in honor of a friend who recently passed.  Nancy is happy to be back at the head of one of her favorite organizations.  Mark Scott is happy to be driving again.  Jack is happy for the article in the Chamber Newsletter about Tracy.  Sarah is happy she has so many flowers this year that she has successfully sold flower arrangements to earn money for the ECHS school garden. 


Paul Harris Fellowship Awards:

Jack asked the four new PHF members to come forward:   Jan Feagley, President Elect Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk, and Jim Spain.  These Rotarians were then presented their PHF pins and certificates.


Jan Feagley, Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk  and Jim Spain – Jane on right ready to place PHF pins on lapels


Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program.

Tracy introduced our speaker for today, David Weinstein was with us to speak about El Cerrito’s growth from the earliest days of the 20th century, focusing on gamblers and entertainers, the real estate boom from the 1920s through the 1950s, and the city’s evolution into a relatively sedate place.  Dave is VP of the El Cerrito Historical Society and was able to provide us with a great summary of how El Cerrito came about and grew from a land grant into the city of today.  All of this took over a century to accomplish.  We were given some details about the founding of the Stege Sanitary company was created in 1913 and El Cerrito was formed in 1917.  From that point a very disjointed development process in terms of land acquisition took place.  In fact land ownership because such a challenge that ownership of El Cerrito was involved in a long court case in the early 1900s.  This meant that the city was built piecemeal and in some cases today it does not make sense how this could be.  It was very interesting to learn about some of the peculiar situations that occurred while the city was growing up in that era.  David answered a number of questions about various specific things in our city.  One of the original business establishment is the Pastime Hardware which was owned by Mr. Rust who was originally a German immigrant.   I hope you were able to be in attendance to learn about the city and how it came to be today.  Thanks to Tracy for inviting Dave to speak to us today!!

David Weinstein – El Cerrito Historical Society


Raffle Winner:  Don had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Gin   George had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $120. 

Thought for the week:

I use memories but I do not allow memories to use me.