El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin – June 14, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

June 14, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked John to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.  Terry asked for a moment of silence for our loss of Joe Conwill and Mike Gonzalez passing away yesterday.  The loss of these two fellow Rotarians and Friends is rough.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sabina Pan was visiting today for the last time because she was inducted later in the program.


  • Pres Terry reported on the results of the Loving Day celebration.
  • Terry also reported that the two beneficiaries for Sip and Savor will be the CCCT and the Milo Foundation.
  • Terry acknowledged Joe and Don who did not get there award at the Celebration dinn
  • Lee reminded us of the community service project on July 30 where we will be cleaning up the CCCT theater parking lot and grounds. Lee reminded us that three groups, Rotary, Millennials and CCCT folks will be participating.  If you can participate set aside June 30 from 9:30a to 12 noon to help out.
  • Sonya announced and provided fliers for the Sip and Savor Sponsorship program. This program will be in full swing from now until early October to get the most funding we can for our annual fund raiser.


Happy Dollars:

Mark is happy about his new grandson even though he sleeps days and stays awake at night.  He is very young so he will get it figured out.  Michael is happy to have a new car.  Terry is also happy to have a new car and told the story of making sure his insurance coverage was upgraded to include windshield damage which he needed today.  Don is happy to be at Rotary.  Jack is happy Don is here today.


Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today


Induction of Sabina Pan into El Cerrito Rotary:

Jack was asked to come forward and do the induction of Sabina.  He explained the purpose of the ceremony and the pride with which we honor our new members.  Sabina was given her Rotary pin along with a certificate for her wall so everyone will see it.  Then Nancy pinned Sabina’s Rotary pin on her lapel and we all stood and welcomed her into our club.


Jack, Sabina and Nancy 


Today’s Program: 

Sonya introduced Crystal Merrill fo the WCCUSD real aloud program to tell us abou the probram and the impact and benefits that program provides for selected grammer schools.  Crystal gave us a review of what the program is and how it works.  She also explained how volunteers are used in the program to create an environnment in which grammer school children are encouraged to read by being read to by both the volunteers and their parents.  We learned about the program that provies books to the children and how they are encouraged to read and be read to so they can understand the joy and excitement of reading.  Crystal have been with the program for several years and explained the benefits and results that have been gained.  He also gave us info on how to check in to become an adult volunteer reader for the program.   This is  wonderful program and that has experienced growth year to year.  The evaluation of results of the program has revealed a significant improvement in the attitude and results of these children being involved in this program.  We were also told how we can donate $$ and books to the program.

Crystal Merrill – WCCUSD Read Aloud Director


Raffle Winners:

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled a blue eye marble winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $60



Thought for the week

Almost half of all communication time is spent on listening

–Paul J..Meyer – Founder of Leadership Management Inc.