El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today


  • Lee reminded us the club Christmas Party is tomorrow evening Dec 1 at Trader Vics. Be sure and bring a funny gift for exchange and a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toy Program.  Fun begins at 6p with dinner at 7p
  • Lee is also developing a list of one day monthly projects for our club to work on as a group. He asked that we consider ideas of potential projects and provide him the ideas. 
  • The December board meeting will be on Dec 5th to avoid conflicts with other activities next month.
  • Richmond is having it’s annual holiday auction fund raiser on Dec 8th. Go have lunch with them ($20) and you can bid on auction items.



Happy Dollars:

Jack is happy to be going to the Marsh Creek retention center to pick up the toys that were made by the inmates and will be donated to the El Cerrito Toy program.  Jan is happy she and Jerry had a great time on their Mexico vacation.  They enjoyed a great Thanksgiving dinner.  Marty is happy to be able to visit his sister in Las Vegas around the Christmas holidays.  Terry is happy his Ohio State football team won their game and will be playing for a regional championship.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today,

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.  Also the program will run through Christmas week so get your donation in to Marty.


Today’s Program.   

President Terry introduced Jason Singer who is a former Fulbright Scholar and won the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service.  He was on hand today to give us information about his work as an educator and provide us with a great presentation on his work in San Lorenzo on the founding of the KIPP King Collegiate High School and how that work got him into the work he currently does with Education Matters which oversees the results obtained by schools based on their leaders, staff and effectiveness of the teachers.  We were treated to a picture of four youngsters when the first 68 students became part of the KIPP school program.

Jason explained there are specific things that educators are responsible for when they take on the task of becoming teachers.  One is that promises made are sacred.  Two, is student rise or sink to the expectations of their leaders.  Three is great schools have great leaders.  Four school leaders are critical and Five that has to be a way to know how well the teachers are doing.  Some of the other important things include:  Are the students staying with the school and are the parents willing to stay with the school and finally are the students progressing to the next grade level.   What this ends up being is good student development equals community development. 

Jason, explained how building the pieces of this concept results in quality students, quality parents and quality teachers that have and effective salary.  We were given a comprehensive handout that provided statistics on all the WCC schools and he explained how schools are in families.  El Cerrito Schools for example are feeder schools for El Cerrito High School.  Jason explained the demographics and stats for the evidence of what he shared with us.  This was a very high quality presentation and I would recommend that you go to a presentation provided by Education Matters and learn more about this concept.

We are truly grateful for the excellent presentation that Jason made to our club.

Jason Singer – Executive Dir of Education Matters w/President Terry


Raffle Winners:

Jack won the bottle of wine.  John 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 $70.  Sarah brough a bouquet of beautiful flowers that Terry won.


Genie Stone Winner:  John

 Thought for the week:

 If you want to be RIGHT – Then have great attitude, great behavior, and great skills