El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 19, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 19, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Nancy and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Our only guest today was our guest speaker


  • Terry thanked the board members who attended the DG visit last week
  • Next Friday Oct 27th is TGIFF at Salute’s at 7pm  Do you best to make it
  • Lee announced the Rotary Club Christmas party on Dec 1st at 6p at Trader Vics

Happy Dollars:    Kanti is happy it is Hindu New Year.  Mark Scott is happy to be back after a great trip to Minn.  Sil is happy for his trip to Boston where he did a Rotary make up that wasn’t as good as he had hoped.  Tracy is happy for what she called “Rotary Week” as she encountered several fellow EC Rotarians.  Marla is happy about her trip to Italy which was great. Sal is happy he found $4 in his car so he made them happy dollars.  Steve is happy to be back from Virginia and North Carolina which he and Jan enjoyed greatly.  Paul is happy he is hosting his friend Scott Classen as speaker today.  Gary is happy that the Interact District Conference is coming up on Nov 12th.  Sarah is happy about her Garden and Art Camp adventure and also for the traffic at the school garden by the students.  Don is happy for the club’s tax returns being completed by Lee.  Rafael is happy to being able to help two elderly folks who were burned out in the fires. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Today Sal made historical inquiries of Marla, Terry and Steve about interesting history questions.

Today’s Program.   

Paul introduced a friend of his, Scott Classen to speak to us.  Scott is a Beamline Scientist Protein Crystallographer.  He works at the Advanced Light Science (ALS) facility at UC Berkeley Lab.  Scott gave us a sense of what he does by retracing the advancement in Protein Crystallography over the past hundred plus years.  He told us briefly about five scientist who were the pioneers in this fascinating area of scientific endeavor.  Scott explained how the invention of the x-ray machine was a springboard to solving the protein crystal structures and resulted in the first structure being identified in 1958.  From there there was a protein data bank established in 1971.  That today represents a commonly used research source for many things.  The database is known as the PDB-101 and is use routinely by scientists doing the type of work Scott is involved in.  Scott reviewed the why, how and use of the ALS in the various research that is done on things such as chemotherapies, viruses and other things that are used to make our lives better.   This was an excellent presentation that Scott made understandable to us non-scientific folks.  Thanks to Paul for inviting Scott to make this presentation.  Good Stuff! 


Scott Classen – Beamline Scientist – UC Berkeley Lab


Raffle Winners:

Kanti won the bottle of whiskey.  Marty had hes ticket pulled for the marble game and he selected a red marble winning $10.  Next week the jackpot will be $155 and will be won next week because the only marble remaining is the winner.  .


Thought for the week:

Some succeed because they are destined to, most succeed because they are determined to.

–Peter Drucker