El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 1, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

March 1, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Sal had a friend who is a Rotarian visiting from Michigan. 


  • March 23rd is the monthly BARSHEEP TGIFF. We are the hosts for the event and it will be held at the Club.  Plan on attending.  It is from 5:30 to 7:30p. 
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. If you want to bowl there is still two spots open

 Happy Dollars:   

Jan is happy about playing golf with Joe Yang and Larry at the club.  Jack went to the El Sobrante TGIFF and it was fun.  Sonya is happy about a retreat she was on with a friend.  Sarah is happy about the rain and the planting of sun flower seeds at the school garden.  Rafael is happy about the life skills training he is doing.  Gary is happy about the Cassarah’s email to begin the planning of an update on the recently completed dental mission to Burma.  Sil is happy the Warriors are settling into their high levels of performance.  Michael is happy about the weekend he spent with his son in San Diego.

 Sgt at Arms Sal was on today:     

He identified Rotarians with March birthdays:  Jane, Jack, Don, and Ron.  Kanti is having an anniversary.  Sal then conducted table trivia which was about drive in movies and ZIP codes.

 Other Interesting Things:  Jan took advantage of the Genie Stone and told us about the interesting facts about rent control and selling one’s rental property.

Rotary International Foundation:  Jack brought in the annual report from the foundation and summarized a lot of interesting aspects of this great fund.  The fund has exceed one billion in assets in 2016-17.  This is a great financial resource that we have as Rotarians.  It is truly amazing how much the foundation grants provide for the people of our world.

 Today’s Program:

Sarah introduced Judi Miller who is store manager of Good Stuff Thrift Shop in El Cerrito Judi Gave us an overview of the organization that the Contra Costa ARC and operation that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Judi has a grown offspring who was assisted by the Contra Costa ARC.  The store also had a paid employee who is provided and paid by the organization.  Judi noted that several of the volunteers who work at the store have children that are aided by Contra Costa ARC.  This thrift store has ben in operation for twenty two years and Judi and several of the other people have been there from the beginning.  The model for this store is similar to other thrift store opearations.  Judi told us about the high point of the shop’s year being the snnual jewelry event in October where a lot of good jewelry is put up for sale.  We learned about where the store gets its items and the way items are processed and/or recycled.  The Good Stuff Thrift Shop is located at 10313 San Pablo Ave and is directly across the street from the old Guitar Center building.  .  It turns out that Norma uses this facility to donate her items of clothing and other things.  The store is open Monday through Saturday 10a to 4p.    Go check out the store!!

Judi answered a number of questions. Thanks to Sarah for having Judi give us the information about Good Stuff Thrift Shop.  This was a great opportunity to learn about one of El Cerrito’s assets.

Judi Miller and Rotarian Sarah Sirchuk


Raffle Winners:

George won the bottle of wine. Sonya won the handmade vase that Lee donated.  George also won the vase of flowers donated by Sarah.  Rafael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $90.

Thought for the week:

Remember the 3 R’s:  Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.