El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 22, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 22, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon


President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and  Kanti led the flag salute and Marty offered a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:   Tracy had two guests, John Stasik and Laura Custodia, the Techie Girl.  It was great to have them both at our meeting.


  • Marty announced our holiday party will be held at Trader Vics on December 15th.  There will be more details as the date gets closer
  • TGIFF for this month will be at Riggers Loft in Richmond on the 30th.  This will be the place to be next Friday.
  • Gary reminded us that next week our guest speakers are Michael Fox and Ian Ruth of the Interact club to tell us about their Camp Royal experience.
  • Marty announced that there has only been two polio cases in which means there is a good chance it will be declared that only Afghanistan is the last country in the middle east with any wild cases of polio.

Happy Dollars:  Nancy was happy to share a story about a customer who came in to see her and was so upset but after a while he calmed down.  Terry is happy their trip to Donner lake was successful. Sonya gave us an update on Sip and Savor and told us about her trip to Lima, Peru and to ancient sites from Inca times.  Tracy is happy about how well her training is coming along for her one mile swim.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on duty today

Todays Program:  Marty introduced our speaker for today:  Chris Treadway who is with the El Cerrito Historical Center and was here today to inform us on the things that are happening in that arena.  He opened with a front page of the El Cerrito Journal form the early 50’s that had a picture of John Fogerty in a wagon as a small boy.  Then Chris showed a video that was from 1938 and 1940 which had pictures of performers in that era that showed performance stars that were regulars at Rancho San Pablo in 38-40.  He then shared a lot of information about what was going on in that era and we got to see a number of photos from this film. We were then told about the gambling, horse racing, prostitution and other things that drove the economy in this post Depression era El Cerrito.  Chris passed out a newsletter that highlighted the opening of the East Shore Freeway that was opened shorty after the completion of the Bay Bridge. This was a great education and reminder of that era and the exciting things that were going on in this pre boomtime era in El Cerrito. We also heard a great deal about many of the things that occurred during the construction of the site where the plaza now resides.  We are fortunate that a great deal of effort is being expended to retain the historical relics and information from that time. I know we will see and hear a lot more about our history as time goes on and more results of the energy being spend on collecting and districuting the history comes to light.  Thanks to Chris for a wonderful and very informative presentation.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Michael won the marble game and picked the a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $60.. 

Thought for the week

Why is it that there is so much interesting History and so much we have not been aware of?  Are we just that oblivious to things that happened that did not directly impact us?