Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 24, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon



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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   District Governor Jon Dwyer and his wife Bonnie were our special guests.  Asst DG Govenor  Mac was also in attendance today.  Tracy had guest Scott who is checking out our Rotary club.  Contra Costa Civic Theater had four of their board (five county Marty) in attendance:  Kathleen Perka, Andrew, and Brit were in attendance today.


  • Tracy announced the Rotary Warriors game special is going well.  Over 30 tickets have been sold.   Tracy indicated that seating location is good and there are still a few tickets available.
  • TGIFF is tomorrow and is being held in Berkeley.
  • Tracy announced she sold over 30 tickets to the Warriors game.
  • The annual Sip and Savor will be on Sunday Oct 13.  This will be our tenth Sip and Savor and it is expected it will be our best ever.

Happy Dollars:  

Nancy is happy her cooking of a Julia Childs receipt was successful.  Tracy is happy Andy and his son were able to spend a weekend at Tahoe with her and Brodie.  Jack had $10 for a great article in the Rotarian magazine.  Kathy, Andrew and Marta are happy for the relationship with CCCT and the theater.  Sonya is happy about getting a new car.  Joe is happy about learning new things about football.  Nobuko is happy for the Polio involvement and the positive outcome.  Mark Scott is happy about his daughter’s music lessons.  Rafael is happy about the money he was given to take gifts to El Salvador.  Jim is happy Sil is well and was able to collect his get well card at the meeting today. Marty is happy for working with CCCT on Sip and Savor and looking forward to next year.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Terry introduced our District Governor Jon Dwyer and his Wife Bonnie.  Jon was on hand today to deliver his annual speech to our club and bring us up to speed on the status of things.  Our club’s board had a chance to spend an hour before our meeting today so we could hear what is new and exciting.  Jon spent most of his time sharing things with us that occurred as a result of the Carr Fire in Paradise.  He had some complelling stories of things that happened with the outpouring of help from California citizens and organzations.   Jon was involved in facilitating responsing to the needs created by the devastating CAMP Fire.  The DG had many interesting stories about the circumstances which demonstrated the generousity of people and the great help that was applied.  There were contributions from all over the state and as far away and the Air Force Academy where the cadets took part in the inovative and excellent outreach.  Our DC made it a point to share how important Rotary was to helping the the situation cope with this crisis.

Jon then switched gears and told us about the District Conference for the year that will be held in Reno at the Peppermill resort on May 17-19.  This event will be a conference for four Districts:  5130, 5150, 5160 and 5190.  Looks like it will be a great venue for information, entertainment and fellowship.  There will be more information about the event.  Be sure and seriously consider attending!!

DG Dwyer gave an award to Nobuko for the thousand of dollars she has contributed to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication.

Nobuko being presented a foundation pin by Dist Governor Jon Dwyer for her many nonetary contributions to the Rotary Foundation supporting for Polio eradication project.

President Terry presented the Contra Costa Civic Theater team with a $12000 check for their efforts and participation in Sip and Savor fund raiser in October 2018

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Michael.  The marble drawing was won by Mark who drew a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $95.

Thought for the Week: 

DG Jon Dwyer in his presentation to our Rotary club suggested that many Rotarian take for granted the scope of what we accomplish.  Our club is small (some 30 members) yet we conduct fund raisers that net $30,000.  In addition there are numerous other things that net a great deal of benefit to our community.