Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 23, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 23 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon


President Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today from President James Polk.  . We had 14 members and our guest speaker on the broadcast.


Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Our guest speaker today was Amit Randhawa, RotoCare clinic manager in Richmond, Amit Randhawa acknowledged the opportunity and said he would provide more information during the program section of our meeting.


  • Gabe gave us an update on the city council meeting.  The council decided to have more outdoor seating at restaurants.  He gave us a few examples of places such as Los Moles and a couple other locations
  • Andy told everyone he wants us to compile a people we know that could be approached to come to Rotary as a guest.  Make your list and President Andy will tell us that next step. 

Sgt at Arms:  recognized Sal for his 84th birthday.  Sal was asked what historicl event happened when he was 26 years old.   He did not know and I failed to write it down so if you want to know do the research and put Google to work.   Our club has a number of members who are in their eighties so Steve will have to tailor the questions for that age group.


Happy Dollars:  Sal told us he will make an $84 contribution to the club in honor of his birthday.  Boy, this getting older stuff is getting expensive.  Jack is happy for the quick response his neighbor received when he suffered a heart attack.  Congrats to all the wonderful first responders in our communities!!

Today’s Program: 

Amit Ranhawa, manager of the Richmond RotaCare clinic since 2018, was on hand to give us a rundown of what he and his team do at the clinic.  For those who do not know, the clinic is free to those who do not have medical insurance or other forms of medical care.  The clinic is located at 256 24th St, Richmond, and is open two hours weekly.  Appointments are scheduled and basic medical care is provided.  Some of the services provided are classes along with sessions on caring for certain types of maladies. Much of the interaction with patients is over the phone especially during the pandemic..  Amit explained the various ways they are able to provide medical services through the use of volunteer doctors and other health care professionals.  We heard the story about a young woman who was a serious diabetic that they were able to refer for medical treatment to another facility where she was prescribe insulin and got through a rough patch in her life.  The problem of non English speakers has been overcome by having volunteers who can do the translation for the patients.  Amit is very proud of how well the clinic works with such limited resources 

It was wonderful to hear how things are done at the RotaCare clinic.  Amit showed us his office wall behind his desk which is adorned with Rotary club flags from the BARSHEEP clubs: Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Emeryville, El Sobrante, and Pinole clubs that support the clinic.  Thanks to President Andy for inviting Amit to share the info on RotoCare clinic. 

Thought for the Day:   Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon will inevitably come to pass.  A statement by the founder of Leadership Management International, Paul J. Meyer some 50 years ago.  A number of historically great people used this notion to create “miracles.”

See everyone next week on our Zoom Meeting.