Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 6, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 5, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon


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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Visitors today we had Sarah Sirchuk and someone from the health clinic at El Cerrito High to accept the Sip & Savor check for $3000 as their award from our fund raiser.


  • Marty read a thank you note from Pate Thompson for their sip and savor
  • President elect Andy is at Pets this week and was not on hand today
  • Marty announced several activities both local not local
  • Lee gave us an update on the trail signs in El Cerrito.  This project is coming together and Lee is setting up the plan and time line for installing the signs.  This will be an involved project and want to involve the Interact club and other helpers for digging holes and cementing in the structure to set up the signs.  Stay tuned as this project has a deadline of May 1st.
  • Nobuko was awarded a Major Donor Award from Rotary International.  She receive a really nice glass article.  She truly deserves this as she along with a few others in our club give a great deal of money to the Rotary Foundation.  We are proud of Her!!

Sgt at Arms:   Not on duty today..

Happy Dollars:  Nancy had happy dollars to tell us the funny story about the sewer line break near Mechanics bank.  Good story and ok outcome and we got a lot of information about portable toilets.  Terry had $5 to tell us about his office grand opening party and for seeing Sarah her with us today.  Lee had $5 for feeling better and getting over the illness he had.  He also had a good book review so be sure and ask him if you want the name and author.

Todays Program:   

Marty introduced Scott Gelfend of the Friends of Toloumne which is a Berkeley organization that has supported this campground in the national forest.  This location was completely destroyed by the Rim Fire forest fire.  It has been six years since this disastrous fire the burned the forest and recreation camp in that area.  Now steps are underway to restore the camp ground and replant thousands of trees to bring this back to it former glory.  It has been five years and much has been done but much more is needed.  A large number of Rotarians are involved in this effort and a grant is coming about to assist in a number of the things.  Scott showed us pictures of the area taken from the air which showed just how much damage was incurred in the Toulumne area.  This was an excellent presentation that gave us a great understanding and a pictorial view of what fire actually did to the area.   During the five years since the “rim fire” Scott and a multitude people are and have been taking action to restore this beautiful area.  There have been millions of trees planted, interested people has rallied to the cause and over a million dollars has been raised to add to the support the outstanding effort provided by the US Forest Service and other organizations in this massive undertaking.  It was heartwarming to hear this story and to realize the strength of the support being provided by all the people involved in this project.  Thanks to Scott for an excellent and enlightning presentation. 

Todays Raffle:  Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine and gave it to Scott as a thank you for his great presentation.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the pot and selected a catsye marble. Next week the pot will be $65.

Thought for the Day:   It never ceases to amaze me that people will pull together to recover from all kinds of tragic things and make a lot of things better in the long run.