El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 28, 2017


  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 28, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon



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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Visiting Rotarian Gary Pokorney from the Walnut Creek was with us today. 


  • Oct 10th is the next Rotary Board Meeting at 12:30p
  • Oct 12th is the Rotary meeting that the DG will visit our club. All board members are asked to arrive at 10a at the club.
  • Sonya, Jane and Jack gave us a briefing on the Sip and Savor. Everyone has a critical job and we can work together to make the day successful.

Happy Dollars:    

Gary Pokorney is happy for not being involve in the I80 mess yesterday.  Andy is unhappy for being in the mess.  Michael is happy for getting a condo for his daughter in Washington.  Sal is happy he is Sgt at Arms.  Marty is happy he went to the CCCT to see Cabaret.  Sil is happy to be going to a Warriors game.  Sarah is happy Jenn Rader is her to speak to us today and also happy that Tracy came to see Sarah and have tea.  Tracy is happy for get over bronchitis.  Jack is happy for the food at the club today.  

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Had anniversary celebrations for Rafael (30th), Terry for his 10th.  Mark Scott (I did not get the year number)..Sal then did recognition of Jack for the 21 gun salute question.  I came about as the sum on 1776. John and Sonya also had trivia questions.

Rotarian of the Month:  Tracy was presented with the honor for all her work with the centennial participation for our club and the branding that has been done on that goal.

 Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduceP Jenn Rader, Director of the James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School.  Jenn was on hand to provide us information about this vital and interesting health care program for the teachers and students at ECHS.  Jenn shared a story of a student who was having an anxiety attack in class and she was called in to assist.  The end result was Jenn asked the student to accompany her to the school garden and they talked about a number of things and the incident was resolved.  This was a great example of the importance of having the facility at the school.   We were then provided a definition of trauma and what it does to us.  Today we are all aware of PTSD from the service men and women that return from the Middle East after being wounded or experiencing serious injury.  Everyone has experienced trauma in different forms and it has an affect with the way we deal with our life.  As we were told it is how the individual processes situations after a a trauma that is important.  Jenn gave us examples of trauma based responses.  The James Morehouse project teaches the staff at ECHS how to deal with interacting with the individuals who have experienced trauma.  The James Morehouse Project has six staff and eight clinical interns.  Every year the center has new interns and since 2000 they have trained over 200 people in their intern program.  Jenn is very proud and committed to the work at the James Morehouse Project.  This is a great resource for our high school that has 1500 students.

Thanks to Sarah for inviting Jenn to speak to us.

Here is the link to the youtube video.  Go check it out and see firsthand more about the James Morehouse Project.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiQA1OzE7-Q&feature=youtu.be 


Jenn Rader – Director – James Morehouse Project at ECHS



Raffle Winners:  Gary Pokorney won the bottle of wine.  Gary Pokorney had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $140.


Genie Stone Winner:  Andy Brown won the magic stone for the month of October


Thought for the week:

The affirmation cited here is from Paul J. Meyer and supports how our Rotary Club membership handles things:  “I am habitually inductrious and get things done.  My attitude is always “will do” as well as “can do.”