El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 7. 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

December 7, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon



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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today.


  • Terry thanked Lee for setting up a great Christmas party for our club at Trader Vics
  • January is approaching and speakers are being signed up. Stay tuned for who we have coming to present
  • Gary announced the Interact Club being given a presentation by the Richmond Fire Chief in anticipation of the toy bagging for the holiday toy program.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is the end of the two month point matching program for the Rotary Foundation contributions
  • Jack brought some of the toys that were made by the inmates at the Marsh Creek facility. The toys are really super.
  • Sil told us about his meeting with Jane who is getting better with her health and she sent greeting to us all.

Happy Dollars:

Don saw Mark Scott earlier this week and he is doing well.  He send greetings to everyone.  Marla is happy about all the Rotary “things” that have been happening.  Sarah is happy about the help she had at the school garden.  Gary is happy about Rebecca Phoung,s latest adventure in getting a video produced to encourage Kaiser Permanente employees to consider donating the Rotary Foundation.  Tracy is happy that we have such a great Rotary club President.  Jack was happy about Kanti’s tie representing Rotary. Sil is happy the Warriors are doing well in the absence of Steph Curry.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Sal recognized this month’s birthdays:  Nobuko, Lee, Marla and Andy.  Joe and Marsh have an anniversary.  Sal also did some trivia about Christmas Trees and mistletoe.

President Terry showed a short video about young people setting up a Rotary club in Africa.

Today’s Program.   

Terry introduced Marla to speak to us about her trip in September to Italy.  Marla gave us the background on how the trip was done.  She has two good friends who are in the art world and wanted for Marla to have a great experience and enjoyment of this trip.  They went to the Venice Art Beinnale.  This biannual event include 57 pavilions that are hosted by 57 countries around the world.  These event are visited by over 750K people each year.  Marla was fortunate to have her two friends to help her appreciate and dig deeper into the wonderful experience of these exhibits.  We were treated to a number of stunning photos of the art displays.  One of Marla’s companions is a sculpterist and was able to provide a lot good info to Marla in addition to speaking Italian and hooking her up with people who know the business.  This was a fascinating presentation.  Thanks to Marla for sharing her travel experience with us!!

Marla Stevenson spoke to us about her trip to Venice and Rome Italy and it was great!


Raffle Winners:

Marty won the bottle of wine.  Gary’s ticket was 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 $75  Sarah brought a bouquet of beautiful potted plan that Jack won.


 Thought for the week:

 The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.