Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 10, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 10, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon


President Andy opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today with a quote by JFK.  We had seventeen people on the zoom program today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Ken Meagor was a visiting Rotary  He explained becoming a new Rotarian and by visiting us today he is one step closer to getting his Red Badge.  Ken is President Andy’s brother in law. 


  • Andy told us the story about the trials and challenges for his trip home from Eastern Washington in a dust storm.    A somewhat harrowing tale about traffic jams, etc.
  • Michael Pigonni provided us an update on the 28 fires currently active in Calif and told us about some of the particulars on the ongoing fight to knock these fires down.  Chief Pigonni told us about the two fire engines along with the teams that go with the engines working on various fires.   When asked about how the city is reimbursed for this program the chief explained that overall process.  

Sgt at Arms:  Steve advised us today is National TV Dinner Day

Happy Dollars:  Andy is happy to be home.  Lee is happy about his family’s trip to Wisconsin for a four week vacation with family in that are in the area.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Lee, his wife and the two kids and their spouses.  Gabe is happy he attended a city meeting where he learned that crime in El Cerrito is under control and the city Fathers are working to ensure we have a viable, safe and growing city!!

Today’s Program:   

Since our guest speaker was a “no show,” Andy decided to conduct a mini interview with Rotarian Sal and we all learned how Sal’s love of history have manifested into his becoming one who has a guest speaker programs in various locations where people who are well able to  promoting and routinely providing interesting people to speaking forums.   Sal has visited many of the WWI and WWII battle grounds in Europe.  We also about  how Sal grew up in and environment where English was his second languageand then his progression from college to becoming someone who works with other to advance understanding of our history and culture.

Thought for the Day:    A scare crow in the field can have a valuable impact on keeping crop damage to a minimum.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a way to do the scare crow’s work while creating ways to make being a scare crow more effective?

Next meeting on Zoom at 12:10P on September 17th.  Be there or run the risk of missing some great information sharing.  President Andy have an interesting speaker lined up for that meeting.  Be sure and join us!!!!  President Andy sends out the link for you to use each week on Wednesday.