El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 15, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

March 15, 2018

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:   

Visiting Rotarians today included Joanne Ward from Georgia who was Mayor of Benecia in years past and Gary Pokorny who is with Walnut Creek. 


  • TGIFF day is March 23rd from 5:30p to 7:30p at BCC. Our club is sponsoring the event so be sure you get plenty of people to attend.  Bring your significant other and invite guests that are interested in learning more about Rotary.  The El Cerrito Chamber is also a sponsor of the event.  See you all there!!
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. The team has been filled but you can sponsor a bowler.  We have four bowlers and each is looking to get sponsors.   Several Rotarians have stepped up so be sure you check with them to see if they need your sponsorship.
  • April 7th is Spring Rotary Assembly being held in Fairfield.
  • Jack is happy that he got some results with Golden Gate Fields giving us dates to run the concession booth. The challenge is the dates we got are Easter and Mother’s Day.  We will determine how much we might be able to do on Mother’s day.  Stay tuned for the next step.


Happy Dollars:   

Tracy is happy as she attended Berkeley Rotary and saw Jack there.  She also was pleased with the publicity that Berkeley gave our TGIFF date.  Gary Pokorny is happy that the El Cerrito Library is going to be open seven days a week from 1-5p and passed out a flier for a Wednesday celebration on Apr 4th.  Gary B is happy that the Interact School Advisor Ms Caballero is so excited about the Interact Club and will be attending a Rotary meeting when school is out to get to know us better.  Sal is happy for his visit to Victoria BC.  Sarah is happy for a one of the students at the School Garden because it provides a distressing environment for this student.  Jan is happy because she remembers visiting BC in Canada.  Jack is happy about visiting Berkeley Rotary.  Terry is happy about the get-a-way weekend he and his wife had.

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty and did table trivia and collected some funds and we all learned a number of key things about Canada and Alaska

Other Interesting Things:  Jan gave us a success story about selling a rental property.

Today’s Program:

Tracy introduced Lynn Tingle of the Milo Foundation to tell us about the great things that he organization does to find animals new forever homes.  Lynn showed a couple video’s about the work that is done by Milo in the greater bay area.  One of the locations is their facility at Point Richmond where they provide adoption services.  We also saw video of animals rescued from Hurricain Harvey as well as the recent fires in Solono and Sonoma.  Milo has a large facility in Mendocino Co that is currently being rebuilt and modernized.  Lynn pointed out there is a need for volunteers to help with working on facilities as well and taking care of animals.  Just check in with them and they will help you find what you can do to help.  Call 510-900-2275 and find out what you can do to help.

This was an excellent presentation and we thank Tracy for having Lynn come and speak to us about this great operation.    Milo is always there to receive charitable contributions to help more animals.  Go check out the facility in Pt Richmond at 220 South Garrard Blvd.    They are open seven six days (closed Tuesday) form 11a to 5p.  There are lots of volunteer opportunities.  Go check it out!!

Lynn Tingle – Founder of the Milo Foundation


Raffle Winners:

Gary Pokorny won the bottle of wine.  Kanti won the print that was a left over from Sip and Savor.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $100.


Thought for the week:  Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women.  When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.

–Justice Learned Hand