Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 26, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 26, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon


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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Julie Brown, Andy’s wife was on hand to hear Keith Johnson speak to us today.


  • Marty announced the TGIFF event on the 27th being held by the Berkeley Rotary at the Skates restaurant.
  • Marty reminded us to concentrate on bringing a guest to Rotary so we can build up our ranks.
  • Terry is securing some space for the raffle prizes so be ready to write up what you have on a provided form so we can begin to get ready for our super Sip and Savor Raffle.

Happy Dollars:   Jack is happy for the Giant’s ballgame he attended.  Nancy is happy for pet insurance as her five year old german shepherd who has needed more pet care that she could ever has imagined.  Tracy is happy that Norma gave her a hand crafted picture of “bubbles” her dog as a gift.  She is also happy that her father in law is recovering from his hip surgery after falling and breaking his hip.  Tracy’s daughter is 21 years old now.  Lot of things happening in Tracy’s family.  Nobuko had cautious dollars after some odd happenings on line.  Sal is happy the weather has turned cooler so he could get some sleep.   Andy is happy about the great presentation that Keith Johnson made to our Rotary club. 

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized Tracy for her birthday.   Recognized Paul for his Anniversary on Oct 14.  Steve recognized Gary for his anniversary on Oct 9th.  When he asked Gary how many years, it stumped Gary.  Sal asked Rotarians to share the answer to the question, why did you join Rotary?  There were many great answers from Sal, Sil, Jack and several others.  Point is Rotary is truly a special organization that toughs peoples heart in interesting ways.

Today’s Program: 

Andy introduced Keith Johnson, El Cerrito High School Band Director.  There were a few highlights of Keith’s presentation.  One being the growth in the band program from 49 to 171 students this year.  As we all recall, we set up the process for Keith to attend the Michigan State Symposium program for band leaders.  We were delighted to hear Keith tell us about this exciting experience and the impact it has had on Keith’s life and also some of the great results that have occurred as a result of that scholarship for Keith.   Keith explained the impact of what has happened since he did the symposium earlier this year.  This presentation shows just how much we as Rotarians can do to make a difference in other people lives and it ends up doing magical things for many others.

Keith also told us about the Annual Play-a-thon program underway at E Cerrito High to raise $15000.  This is an annual event that brings in the funding for a lot of what the young musicians get and opportunity to do.  The band has done many events in other states and in Washington DC where they got to perform and experience the joy of other venues. The Play-a-thon program gives us an opportunity to participate in this fund raiser and play a part in furthering the opportunities for young musicians.  Check in to this and decide what you can do to support this program.  The actual Play-a-Thon will take place on Saturday Oct 19 at the high school where they will be presenting Music programs all day at the high school.  If you need more information check in with Rotarian Andy Brown and he will guide you along.

Today’s Raffle:

Andy wond the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and chose a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   I know there are many of you who would agree that it is never too soon to expose the younger generation to life changing experiences.