El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin – July 12, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 12, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon



 President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Marty to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

Gary Pokorny of Walnut Creek Rotary was our guest


  • Terry requested a short Board meeting after the club meeting today to approve the officers and board for 2018-19.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the August speaker requirements.
  • Terry thanked everyone who has stepped up to take responsibility for running the club this year. Go get em and have a great year!!
  • Nancy reminded us all about the club roster and put the book out so everyone could make any changes for the roster. It will be going to the printers next week
  • Sonya announced the official kickoff of sponsorships for Sip and Savor. All members are expected to buy a sponsorship.  Let get going so we can have a successful fund raiser.

Happy Dollars:

Marty is happy about his camping trip in the Sierra’s and is looking forward to another tip next week.  Michael’s wife is getting her broken thumb out of the cast next week and she is Michael are both happy.  Mark Scott is happy he took care of both the younger grandkids.   Sonya is happy that the chef’s have returned at her facility.  Gary P shared his happiness at the Library Foundation fundraiser where they are having people sponsor the chairs which need to be rehabilitate at the Library.  You can sponsor a chair, just check in at the library for details. 

Sgt at Arms:

Sal did a very entertaining table trivia where we learned about interesting things in Alaska and Idaho. 

Today’s Program: 

Marty introduced Alison Healy who was with us today to give us an update on the organization called Alliance for Smiles.  The is the upgraded RotoPlast work that Rotary did for so many years.  This effort is to address the correction of cleft palets in young children.  Alison is ED of this organization which was spun off from Rotary in 2004 and is building an international model of doing medicat missions internationally to combat this afflictation in yong children.  We learned about how Alliance for Smiles operates and they way they carry out their missions.  The organization does about ten mission per yearand are gearing up to expand their efforts to reach more people afflicted with cleft palets.   Alison showed us a video of a young man Bernie Villar who lives in Santiago Phillipines and has gone through the corrective surgeries.  Completing these surgeries can take as long a 18 years depending on how severe the cleft palets are.  Alison gave us an excellent presentation so we all gained a better understanding of what Alliance of Smiles does during their missions and how they use volunteers and professionals to get the work done and help individuals with this affliction become normal citizens.  Another great Rotary program, 

Raffle Winners:

Sil had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sonya also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $75.

Thought for the week

I view mistakes as opportunities for growth!!