Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 5, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon


Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Jan the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Marty had guest Michael Pigoni, El Cerrito Fire Chief.


  • Next week our Rotary meeting will be at Los Moles Same time different location.
  • Sal reported on a quiche vendor for Sip and Savor.  He encouraged us all to see who else is available to come to Sip and Savor
  • There will be a Rotary Board Meeting next Tuesday Sept 10th at 1:30 at the club
  • Hercules Rotary is having a day at the Races at GGF on Sept 15th
  • Rotary Day at Cal Football is coming up soon
  • Jane reminded us all that Sip and Savor is just around the corner and we mst bet busy to get ready for everything that is going to happen.

Happy Dollars:  Jane is happy she could get out of El Sobrante after the truck accident this morning.  Terry is happy for the vacation he had to visit family for a wedding celebration.  Marty is happy about his trip to Ely Nv.  George is happy he gets to accompany wife Norma on her Interwheel trips around the country.  Michael is happy because he is going to Kawi.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized birthdays for Rotarians today

Todays Program: 

Anthony Cassel, a friend of Marty’s was our speaker today.  Anthony was here to tell lus about the “home for a home” program that he participates in at his real estate agency.  This program has a number of realtors who support it by having a fund that allows them to build a shall dwelling in Guatamala  This fund is supported by the realtors.  The program is called Home for a home.  This organization provides funding to families in Guatamala so they can have a place where they can live and prosper.  Anthony showed us pictures of these small dwellings that allow people to live and work so they can move up in their economic structure.  In addition to a home they are provided a water filtration system and a stove for their dwelling.  The current dwellings also have an attached toilet facility which provides a greater level of essential living services.  These small homes have gone through some ongoing upgrading and are now such that they provide residences a number of comforts and stability for the families.  Since this is a pioneering progress, there are always a number of options that are now available.  This show how innovative these realtors are when it comes to providing the people they service a standard of living that was previously impossible.   Anthony strongly suggested we visit their website to see and learn more.  You can do a Google search on home for a home and reach the site and get more information.  It was great having Anthony visit us so we could learn more about this program.  Although not run by Rotary, this program has a lot of the hallmarks of the programs that as done by Rotary.  If you wish to chek in with Anthony go to the website www.anthonyecasal.com and go from there.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Guest Michael Pignoni won the marble game and picked  a blue marble.winning $10.  Next week the pot will be $75.. 

Thought for the Day:   There are not many new ideas in the world but one ot the best long term ideas is what Rotary is all about…..You can never go wrong by helping other get ahead.