Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 5, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

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December 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Editor


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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby.


  • Jack announced that he has Rachael’s application to become a Rotarian.  Everyone is very pleased about this. Stay tuned for Rachael’s induction ceremony coming soon.
  • Marty told us that next week one of the raffle prizes is season tickets for the symphony.  I did not write down which symphony.  Be sure you attend and buy raffle tickets.
  • Lee reminded us that Dec 15th is our Rotary Party.  If you are signed up, pay Jan for your tickets and smile, it is going to be great
  • Marty told us that Jan 25th is the District training for getting a Rotary grant.  You must have the training so you can qualify for the grant.
  • Tracy told us it is last call for Warriors tickets.  Tickets are $105 per person.

Sgt at Arms:   Steve was on duty and recognized nearly everyone for one thing or another.  Good job by him but expensive for us members.  Special recognitions for Christmas birthdays.  The club got a nice Christmas bonus

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about Rachael’s Rotary membership application.  Terry is happy about College football and how well his Alma Mater is doing.  Andy is happy about having his three son’s home for Thanksgiving.  Gary is happy that the Camp Royal candidates are being selected for the camp in Jun of 2020.

Today’s Program: 

Sonya introduced Eliza Duggan, a staff attorney at the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.  Eliza is a staff attorney who provides assistance to seniors who encounter challenges with scams in financial situations.  She was here today to share with us ideas of how to help ourselves and family members (especial seniors) identify scammers.  Bottom line:  if you are contacted on the phone by anyone asking for money and if you do not know who they are or what they want (besides money), you are being scammed.  The scammer want to create a sense of urgency to keep you from thinking through what they want you to do.  Remain calm and delay giving them a decision.  The bottom line is you want to make sure the authorities are called so you can make a report.  Also if you are a senior you can contact the Senior Legal Services at CC and report the situation.   Remember, you need only report the incident and then stay clear of the scammer. If you wish you can take down information about the process and provide that to the authorities. 

If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, you can call Eliza Duggan at 925-609-7900.   These are some really good folks and are there to help you. 

Thank you Sonya for inviting Eliza to speak to us!!

Todays Raffle:  Chief Michael Pigoni won the bottle of wine.  John had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a green marble winning $5.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the Day:

We are truly blessed to have wonderful support systems in our county to assist us with key things that keep us from getting involved in situations that can harm us financially.