El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 11, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 11, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon




President Terry:  greeted everyone and Nancy led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today


  • President Terry thanked the Sip and savor Committee led by Sonya, Sal and Jane for a great job. There will be some numbers available at the next meeting so stay tuned
  • Pres Terry reminded us of the fall District Rotary Seminar on Oct 20th.  

Happy Dollars:    Jan had $20 for the great Sip and Savor celebration and for her great golf game on Monday.  Gary had $5 for opportunity to introduce the new El Cerrito Principal to Rotarians and guests at the Sip and Savor and for the assistance that the Interact club members provided at the Sip and Savor event. Michael is happy for his friend wining the raffle ticket for Chee Panice.  

Sgt at Arms:  President Terry reminded everyone about the obligation we have to wear our Rotary lapel pins to the club meetings.  Those who forgot we allowed to pay the $5 recognition.. 

Ron Svien was recognized with a nice clock as a symbol for being an outstanding Rotarian and being so helpful in his position and BCC manager to help us be successful in our endeavors when used the club property for our events. 


Today’s Program:

Lee introduced Susan Schwartz who oversees the Friends of Five Creeks in El Cerrito and Albany.  She joined us to day to give us a bit of backgroud and understanding of the many porjects she oversees.  One of of the major creeks is Cerrito Creek the runs through the El Cerrito plaza.  She and the volunteer she works with have been involved in the efforts overseeing the maintenance and activities of five creeks the run down the hills and onto the bay.  The volunteeers along with the cities help do a lot of maintenance with the five creeks and have been doing so since 2004.  When the Plaza was rebuilt there has been mnay opportunities to have volunteers do a lot of work with cleanup and plant removal.  These volunteers have make a great difference in improving the maintenance of our hillside areas in El Cerrito, Albany and Richmond.  She gave us an excellent summary of their work and the many porjects they have been involved in.  Currently she and the Trail Trekkors are working with El Cerrito on the hillside trail project that has a Rotary grant for the signage.  Susan closed by telling us about the Weekly Weed Warrior activitys provided by the volunteeers. 

This was an excellent presentation that provided us a better understanding of what goes on our neighborhood.

Susan Schwartz was an excellent presenter and gave us an understanding of a very involved volunteer group.  Thanks to Rotarian Lee for inviting Susan to speak.


Raffle Winners.

The marble game prize (the gold marble) was selected and it won Sil $125.  Next week we start at $50.  The wine was won by Kanti.


Thought for the Week: 

Even though managers spend a majority of their time communicating, they are not necessarily effective communicators.