El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 20, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 19, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




 President Terry:  greeted everyone and had Joe lead the flag salute.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Pate Thompson of the Berkeley Club and Aaron Gobbler of the Albany club we with us today


  • The TGIFF event this month is not on the last Friday, it is actually this Saturday and will be held at the Albany YMCA and will cost $15 and is the Albany Club’s fund raiser.
  • Terry gave us info on the May speaker
  • Terry reiterated his request for everyone to tell him what they want to do for the 2018-19 year.
  • Terry asked Aaron to tell us about the TGIFF event. It is going to be a lot of fun.  Be sure and attend if you can.
  • Pate gave a summary of the Bowl-a-thon being held for funding the Roto-Care facility. Pate gave us a summary of what is happening at the Roto-Care facility regarding staffing change.  Pate also gave us an update on the young woman who is a polio survivor and was given treatment and new crutches and now she is completing her MBA and will have an opportunity to succeed.


Happy Dollars:   

Jack is happy about connecting with Susan Murabana the Rotarian in Kenya who worked with Carl Pennypacker in the astronomy program we did at El Cerrito high school several years ago.  Marty is happy his garage is not closing immediately and he will now go back to doing the service writing.  Marty also reminisced about the work he did in Rotary when he got funding for a surgical eye microscope for use in Bangkok.  Gary is happy about the Interact club having their new officers in place for the new year.  Tracy is is happy that the El Cerrito Garden is getting things done. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.


Today’s Program: 

President Terry introduced Terri Waller, Employer Engagement Coordinator for the WCCUSD.   Terri is responsible for getting young people into career pathways where they can get internships for summer employment.  Terri explained the Intership Program and how it works.  High school students have an opportunity to be gainfully employeed in positions that both teach them skills and also give them payment for their work efforts.  We were given a number of great examples of how this progtam works.  The goal is to get young people engaged in the workplace in a way that makes sense for them to understand the opportunitites and the relationship between gaining experience, making some money and learning how things work in the “real” world.  Terri gave excellent examples of how thie entire process works.  She actually works with potential employers who wand to see how the program works.  Terri called this the Pathways program.   If you are curious or know someone who might like to check out this program you can check out www.wccusdpathways.org.  One can learn the various programs that are available and what one can do to find out more about how they work.  If you know people who have highschool kids let them know about the program.   You can also contact Terri at Terri.waller@wccusd.net via email.  If anyone has a business, you can check into the program. 

The program starts June 18 where students spend one week in WCCUSD’s work-readiness skill development course.  Intern placement date begin Monday June 25th.  The paid internships are 3-4 day work weeks.

This sounds like a very exciting program.  Terri was activity working with Rotarians to get them engaged in this program.  If you have any possibility in using this program give it a shot!!

It was great having Terri with us today!!

Terri Waller – Employer Engagement Coordinator – WCCUSD


Raffle Winners:

Andy won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a black marble costing him $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $125.


Thought for the week

Many people as they get older think about the times they worked at jobs when they were first getting started.  The things we learned were both interesting and shocking.  Mine was building a fence for the Lady who ran the post office in Wendel Calif.  I discovered that digging post holes was not that much fun but I loved how the fence looked when finished.  I thought about this experience when Terri was doing her presentation.