El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 1, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

February 1, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    Today’s guest was Rafael’s wife Anna.


  • Saturday Terry will be attending Pre-PETS and will meet with other President Elects and the new District Governor.
  • The March speakers have been secured by Tracy and Sarah. It looks like a great lineup!!
  • Lee volunteered to bring the food to the RotoCare team on Feb 6th. We need another volunteer for Feb 20th
  • The March 23rd TGIFF for BARSHEEP will be hosted by our club and the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at the Berkeley Community Club 
  • The Albany Club is holding the 2nd Annual Bowl-a-thon to fund the RotoCare Clinic
  • Lee told us about an interesting event he attend at which a number of outstanding speaker were invited. The event showcased a number of young business people which highlighted “service above self” business people.  Lee has invited one of the attendees to be a guest speaker in April.


Happy Dollars:   

Marty is happy about Tracy’s great work on the club branding goal.  Tracy is happy she is attending a course on Awaking Joy.  This eight week course will be exciting and Tracy is looking forward to the involvement.  Sarah is happy for help Tracy has given her in finding speakers.  She is also happy for the excitement at the school garden where students have been able to harvest plants they grew.  Gary is happy about President Trump’s State of the Union Address.  Don is happy he attended the Jan TGIFF event.  Jim is happy to hear Gary is going squirrel hunting as he has missed squirrel stew.  Anna is happy she would be here for Rafael’s presentation today.   

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today

Today’s Program.   

 President Terry introduced Rafael to make his presentation on a three week trip to Dubai with his family.  This was a wonderful trip and gave them a chance to see a very affluent Arab culture in the UAE countries.  Rafael took a lot of great video’s and pictures of their experience.  He also gave us a great summary of the environment, the people and the culture.  The UAE is made up of seven countries Kuwait, Qatar and five other countries.  These wealthy oil rich Arab countries have developed economies that flourish on the oil exports.  What Rafael told us was about the almost endless building of structures on the island that have taken on almost an other worldly character.  The attractions include the tallest building in the world along with the shopping malls which are the largest in the world.  The huge flower displays which are made in animal shape along with light displays that light up in awesome displays.  These attractions were built for the mega wealthy royalty of the countries.  Rafael explained the facts about this type of country which is haves and have nots who do all the work to achieve the results they have achieved.  Then he went on to explain how a country like the USA represents so much more to people than the one he visited.  Great presentation!! 

Rafael Cartagena –  Speaker and fellow Rotarian


Raffle Winners:

Rafael won the bottle of wine.  Sil won the flowers donated by Sarah.  Michael 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 is $70.



Thought for the week:

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