Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 28

 El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

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Past President Lee greeted everyone and Andy led the pledge.  Lee provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today.

Announcements:

  • Tracy reminded us of next weeks presentation and encouraged us to attend.
  • Lee gave us the update on the signage for the El Cerrito Trails.  The signs have been created and what remains is for the city to create the frames for the signs and install them.  Lee will let us know when things are moving along

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about taking food to RotoCare and learning more about the things that the workers there are doing things in the health care field.  Deseree is happy about the idea of “happy dollars”.  Marty is happy about his upcoming trip to Italy.  Tracy is happy about daughter Sarah wanting to get a “pug” and then finding out the apartment wouldn’t allow it.  Rafael is happy for Valentine’s day celebration in El Salvador.  Lee is happy his daughter if moving into her new home and getting her stuff out of Dad’s house.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today.

Todays Program: 

Lee introduced Deseree Heveroh of the Richmond Visitors Center and convention bureau.  Deseree began by providing and overview of the dity and some of the things that are part of Richmond’s history and culture.  Deseree gave us a bit of history about Richmond’s growth during WWII and some of the key people who lead the way for Richmond to become what is today.  Along the way we learned how opportunities provided people of all walks of life with Richmond’s growth.  Everything from Victory Gardens to Kaiser Hospitals to the now thriving business base that includes so many opportunities for visitors to experience the richness of the area.  The Victory Ship Red Oak is now a part of this as it is a floading museum that offers monthly breakfasts, tours and a greater understanding of how this great provided more than just jobs and essential service but now provides a history lesson and entertainment to the Richmond area.  Then we learned about some of the true gems such as the East Bother Light House which now provides B&B services as well as overnight accomodation to visitors to our area.

Deseree provided us with information about transportation via ferry and other public transportation opportunities.  This was an excellent presentation and if nothing else we were able to get a better idea and understanding of the multiplicity of things to do here in our home area. 

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Frank “Irag.”.   The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Andy and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.   The Genie Stone was won by Nancy.

Thought for the Week: Who was it that suggested, the lull before the storm is never a good place to take a break?