Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 6, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

February 6, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon


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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Guests today:  We had a lot of visitors and I will attempt to give you who they were:  Stephanie Baer (former El Cerrito High Interact member) was here with her Dad Rotarian Alan from Richmond Rotary.  Norma Trillia was George Trillias guest and we had Rick Combra who is a Rotarian from Utah who was visiting today as he is looking for a place to buy and move here.  Assistant Governor Greer Graf. Rotarian at Berkeley was also here to participate in the festivities.


  • Nobuko will be selling candy once again this year.  The Chocolate candy she offers is second to none. 
  • Marty told us the tree planting project will take place March 21 and 22 at Tuolumne in Northern Calif.

Sgt at Arms:   Steve recognized birthday’s for Michael Pigoni, Kanti , Sil and Terry.

Marty was Gabe’s sponsor and assisted Andy with the induction by making sure he was provided the induction “’goodies.”  Gabe is an El Cerrito City Council member and is a great addition to our Rotary club.  Be sure you great Gabe and sign his membership roster.

Todays Program:   District Governor Tina Akins was introduced by Marty for her official DG presentation to us today. 

Prior to her presentation she made three special recognitions to El Cerrito Rotarians:  Frank Sirafi, Sonya Givins-Thomas and John Hoagland were recognized for their tireless efforts in providing “Service Above Self.”Tina gave us a background about her experiences and the used this to convey her commitment to both the Rotary programs and the way Rotary mobilizes people to get things done.  She showed pictures and made great comments about the Rotary foundation and all the great work it does by using Rotarians as the hands on people to carry the work out.  Tina spoke to us about a mission she went on and the absolute personal impact it had on her involvement in this activity.  She showed a number of visuals of the activities and related to us how those action always result in specific outcomes for the communities involved.   In Tina’s case she got to administer polio vaccine to youngsters in India that provides the validation of doing something worthwhile.

We also heard about the Rotary Foundation and the extent to which it goes to grow the value of the funding and the many ways for Rotarians to make contributions.  It is even possible to have your credit card billed $10 or more per month so you can keep up with your annual giving that way..  If you want more information Kanti is our Foundation Director for this year.  Tina provided us a wonderful presentation that covered many key aspects of Rotary and its Mission as well as how effective Rotary is at making a difference in our world. 

Tina completed her presentation by telling us about the District Conference that will be held in Redding May first through the third.  If you have not been to a District Conference seriously consider making it to this one.  Be sure and register now if you want to go!

At the end of her presentation, President Marty presented DG Tina with a beautiful bowl filled with a succulent garden made by former Rotarian Sarah Surchuck who oversees the garden at the El Cerrito High School.  Tina was pleased with this gift.

Tony Adkins, the DG’s husband was the A/V assistant for Tina.

Todays Raffle:  Sil had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $160.