El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Nov 9, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 9, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

No guests or visiting Rotarians today


  • Next Tuesday Nov 14 is the Club Board meeting at 12:30p.
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on Dec 1st at Trader Vics. The signup sheet was passed around today so we can get ready for the event.
  • Gary announced that the Toy Program preparation work is Dec 11th to 22nd. He will let us know about the needs for rides for the Interact members to the Fire Station where the toys are packed.
  • Nancy indicated that there is a food collection barrel at her branch of Mechanics Bank.


Happy Dollars:  Gary is happy that Marla came to the Interact meeting yesterday and also that she has the thumb drive of information about Interact.  Michael is happy about the double rainbow he saw yesterday.  Marla is happy about the great time she had with her Granddaughter when she was on her trip to New York.  Mike Gonzalez is happy to be back at Rotary.  Yes- It was great to see him back at Rotary!!  Jack told us the tale of stopping at Dougherty Truck rental and checking in on “CJ” who was not there but his son was and Jack arranged for him to come to visit Rotary.  Nobuko is happy about getting settled in her new house and for the great trip she had to Japan.  Lee is happy about his new Kiln that was installed by Mike.  When asked what he would be doing Lee told him that he plans on making a lot of pottery items.  Terry is happy for his 9 year old daughter’s birthday and the party that will held along with a sleep over for twelve young girls. 

 Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty with word trivia but no recognition dollars.  WE learned about which word has the most definitions (run), which country drinks the most coffee (Finland) and how Daylight Savings Time causes heart attacks.

Marty provided us with the Rotary Foundation info  He reminded us this is Foundation month to gear everyone us for make our contributions to the RI Foundation.

Today’s Program.   

Gary introduced Kim Denton to speak to us about the Dogs4Diabetics program.  Kim is a Super Volunteer for the organization as well as a client.  Kim gave us a look into this excellent program that provides dogs to people who have Type 1 Diabetes.  Along with Kim came “Reba” a two year old golden retriever.  Reba gave Kim a beautiful example of the type of dog and the service they provide to their “person.”  Kim explained the type 1 and 2 diabetes.  The D4D dogs are service dogs that literally smell when their person is having a drop in their blood sugar.  These dogs are trained to take action so the person I notified about their condition so they can take corrective action.   The D4D organization gets their dogs from guide dogs for the blind and these animals are very well suited as service dogs for this program.  The dogs are put through 130 hours of training where they learn to do a number of key things to fulfill their responsibilities in service to their person. Kim indicated that D4D has a great track record in matching dogs to the people they serve.   Kim answered a lot of questions about the D4D program, how it works, how it is funded, what does it take to become part of the program and more.  This was a great presentation and we owe a big thank you to President Terry who met Kim at the Solano Stroll at the D4D booth and invited her to be our guest speaker.   As we often say, Rotary gets the best speakers on the planet.  This was no exception!


Kim Denton with Reba from Dogs4Diabetics


Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $ 60


 Thought for the week:

Rotary is one of the best kept secrets in our country.  What are you doing to spread the word about what we do?