Weekly Rotary Bulletin for May 18, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

May 18, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon



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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    There were no visiting Rotarians and we guests of Maryann Haas, Al had Kathy Schmit who owns Berkeley Hills Mag.


  • Jane reminded us of the June 3rd demotion dinner – starting at 6pm at the Berkeley City Club
  • Sal gave us an update on Sip and Savor progress
  • Steve provided the info on Sat’s Bowl-a-thon for RotoCare at Albany Bowl starts at 5p
  • Lee reminded us of the Hillside Festival this Sunday
  • Kanti asked everyone to consider attending the District Assemby and to register on-line
  • BARSHEEP TGIFF is May 26 at Franklin Canyon Golf course from 5-7. $20 gets you in with drinks and snacks
  • Gary reminded everyone that next meeting we will be inducting the new Interact Officers.

Happy Dollars:      

Bill Hodges (guest speaker) is happy to be here to speak to us about the USS Potomac.  Sarah is happy that a new steel trellis has been installed at the ECHS school garden.  Tracy is happy that Sarah helped her with the median strip near Tracy’s home two years ago before the city turned it into concrete.  Kathy Smidt is happy to be Al’s guest and told us this is here first ever Rotary meeting.  Jan is happy that Carol Freethy invited her to golf here.  Al is happy to get Kathy as a guest.  Nobuko is happy that she may have found coy eggs in her pond.  Sil is happy that the Warrior are doing well.  Sal is happy about the speaker he got from the DOT to speak on matter facing Northern California.  Don is happy his daughter will be visiting from Australia and his son will come at the same time so the family will have a reunion.  Lee is happy about a trip to Wisconsin that allowed him to stop and see his son in Chicago.  Lee is proud of how well his son is doing managing a doctors office.  Mark Scott is happy they got to baby sit for their granddaughter when her mother returned to work.  Jack is happy about the article in the Rotarian Magazine about incubator as it reminded him of the contribution our club made for a portable incubator in Jamaica in 2006 when Don was our club president.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.  Stand by for next week.

Jan gave a genie stone spiel and passed out carry bags with Feagley realtor’s logos..: 


Today’s Program. 

Tracy introduced Bill Hodges from the Potomac Association which operates the once time President Yacht of President Franklin Roosevelt. Bill began by showing a movie that taken in 1936 and showed the Potomac in service during that time.  He traced the history the led the yacht to wind up in the Port of Oakland where it is permanently located.  It is used as a tourist attraction and education for school children.  Many Oakland school children are brought onto the Potomac to learn the history of Roosevelt and the role it played in history.  These programs are so popular that there is a two year waiting list for classes to be able to go on the Potomac.  Bill also explained the requirements for walking or sailing on the Potomac.  The Yacht is for lunch cruises and Thursday, Saturday for cruises.  It also offers dockside tours. The docent led dockside tours are priced $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children are free.  Three hour cruises with lunch are $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and Childre 2-12 are $50.  Looks like a wonderful experience.  Thanks to Tracy for having Bill come and share information about this “treasure” with us.

Bill Hodges – Potomac Association


Raffle Winner:  Mark had his ticket pulled for the bottle of brandy   Maryann had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $55.

Thought for the week:  If it is to be, it is up to me.  Ten most powerful words two letter words.