Weekly Rotary Bulletin for Sept 14, 2017



  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 14, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




Past President Jack:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Mark Figone and Jack provided the thought for today by asking us for a moment of silence for those who endured the two hurricanes..

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

None Today


  • Jack announced that our club contributed $1945 to the Hurricane relief effort for Texas. The money is being send to the Rotary District in Tx that is coordinating the effort.
  • October 16th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Sonya announced the new Sip and Savor Sponsors.
  • Oct 10 is the Rotary Board meeting
  • Jan told everyone they can begin turning in the raffle prizes next Thursday.


Happy Dollars:    

Mark Figone is happy to be here today and gave $5 in honor ofl those who made smart remarks about him being here.  Jane is happy she had a great vacation going to Chapel Hill to see her Cal Bears play a football game.  Jan had $6 for her sister Carol who will be visiting her in a few days.  Joe had $5 for a few reasons.  Emperor Norton had a happy dollar as he is glad he was here today.

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty today and recognized Mark F and Joe C

Today’s Program. 

Tracy introduced Emperor Norton (played by Bill Hodges) who was on hand to explain a bit about the history of this colorful individual.  The Emperor Norton was borne in London in 1818.  He grew up in England and came to the US in 1849.  His father passed away and left $40000 to his son. This large amount of money was turned into more than $250K and The Emperor speculated on selling rice to China during the famine.  Some miscalculation on the part of the Emperor resulted in him being nearly penniless in San Francisco.  Where he decided to declare himself the Emperor of the US and Mexico.  He became an interesting person who lived in SF and was essentially hosted by various hotels and eateries for the rest of his life.  He was such a colorful character in SF that when he died in 1880 some 30000 people came to his funeral. 

Bill Hodges works for the Potomac Association and has spoken to our club one before when the subject was the USS Potomac.    This was a most entertaining presentation as the Emperor was in full uniform to set the tone for the talk. 

Thanks to Tracy for hosting the Emperor.

Emperor Norton of the United States and Protector of Mexico



Raffle Winners:  Jan won the bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $130.



Thought for the week:

The known is a prison.  The unknown is pure potentiality.