Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 16, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 16, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon


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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

We had a number of guests:  Marvin Collins, Jr,  Tom Turmin, Capt Del A Campa EC Police, Jack’s grandson Cody Oday, Lauren Ray from Jim Spain’s company. Alexa Asst City Mgr, Gabe Quinto city council member (who is applying for Rotary Membership) and Mia Williams from City Manager’s office.


  • February 6th is the District Governor’s visit.  It will be an early day so be prepared to show up by 10a.
  • Next meeting we will vote on the Board’s suggestions for changing the number of meetings per month.

Sgt at Arms:     Steve completed several recognitions of birthdays and anniversary.  Larry Sanchez, Rachel Melby, Nobuko, Jim Spain several others were   Good stuff. 

Happy Dollars:  Rachel is happy she found 75 people who are interested in her ideas on workspace opportunities.  Marvin Collins is happy to be here. 

New Member induction:  Jack completed the new member induction ceremony with El Cerrito Fire Chief Michael Pigone.  Everyone present was very enthusiastic about his induction as Membership Chair Jack Freethy conducted the official ceremony.    Welcome aboard Michael!  We look forward to having you and a valued member of the Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club!!.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced El Cerrito City Manager, Karen Pinkos to bring us up to date on the state of El Cerrito and to review the many key things that are going on in El Cerrito.   We were given the background of the many plans that have been developed and some that have been implemented.  There is a great deal going on in El Cerrito.  Once just has to drive down San Pablo Ave to see firsthand all the construction that is underway.  In addition, all the functions the city has for the citizens are humming along at top speed, serving the citizenry with many things.  Karen pointed out the challenge of carrying out so many functions provided by the many services keep staff busy.  Karen has been heavily involved in the international city administration executive organization and in so doing has visited many cities, a several countries that have taken advantage of the visits of executives of outside their own jurisdictions.  Karen has been the City Manager for a bit over a year after having been the assistant city manager for twelve years.  She acknowledge how effective Scott Hannan had been in tutoring her to be able to take over when he retired.  This was a great presentation and the audience was very enthusiastic with applause when she completed her talk.  One of the key points she made was the understanding she and her staff have about the city being an operation with a fixed income and the necessity of not exceeding the income with expenses.  I think we all came away with a better understanding of the excellent way our city is managed by Karen and her staff.  Thanks for giving us a great presentation.

Todays Raffle:  Andy had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $145.  Michael Pigone had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine. 

Thought for the Day: 

The sense I had about our club at the end of our meeting is that we are on the right path to continue to our club growth to become the Friendly club it has been for the past 70 years!!