Sal’s Travels in China

Editor: Gary Buffon, Week of August 8, 2013

China TravelsCommunity Services Director Allen stepped in today and welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Sal and the thought for the day was provided by Gary B.

Visitors:

Standing in for Secretary John, Steve – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Dick M. who is on his path to membership was here.  Mark S. brought guest Ron H. and Allen had guest Monica K.

Happy Dollars:

Alan L. is happy it is his 5th wedding anniversary.  Gary A is happy for the swim in the bay he had with Jim Shepherd.  Sal had $10 because that is “all he had.”  Mark S. had $5 for the friends and fellowship of the El Cerrito Rotarians and he also brought a wine tasting sponsorship check from the El Cerrito Chamber for $300. Gary B had happy dollars for lunch with Tracy and two Interact members at which a lot of coordination and planned collaboration was planned.  Tracy had $3 – 1$ for the same lunch as a dollar for meeting Interact President Elia at a school function and the last $ was for daughter Sarah signing up Interact.

Allen C. had a happy dollar for Monica being his guest and for the Solano Stroll being all set for the Sept 8th date and there is a kickoff mixer tonight at the Mechanics Bank in Albany.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Recognized Jane for her 43rd anniversary,  Tracy for her 20th anniversary,  Alan for his 5th anniversary, Sil for his 47th anniversary, Michael Chang for both a birthday and an anniversary.  Last on the list was Gary B for his 71st Birthday on Sunday.

Today’s Program:

Allen introduced our very own Sal Compagno to give a presentation on his recent 21 day trip to China.  Sal began by telling us about the tour company he used for his trip and how well they did the tour he took.  This was a really wonderful presentation and if you missed it all I can say is too bad.  We were treated to Sal’s great sense of humor and vast travel experience.  We got to laugh about the trip preparation while we heard about the wide array of adventures he got to have in China.

El Cerrito RotaryWe saw pictures of the Terracotta Army, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, the Yangtze River and other key sights.  Sal explained how great the food was throughout the entire 21 day adventure.  Add to this a wonderful story about silk rugs and the huge quality of apartment buildings that are 21 stories tall and have thousands of apartments in each.   Sal also spent some time telling us about Hong Kong and the differences with the mainland China.

One of the things that is important for going on an adventure like this is to be reasonably good physical shape.  There is a lot of walking and hiking involved and Sal was not impressed with his fellow tourist because they did not get to do some of the things because even though they were younger than him, they were not able to physically do some of the walking necessary to get the most out of the experience.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Jane had her ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Mark S. had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $55.

Thought for the Week:

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Fellowship Meeting July 25, 2013

 Editor:  Gary Buffon    Week of July 25, 2013

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  John introduced his guest Dick M.

Announcements:

  • Karen announced the wine tasting committee will be releasing the sponsorship opportunities in about a week.
  • President Jim reminded us that this week was a fellowship meeting and there would be more time for us to get to know each other.

Happy Dollars:  Mike G is happy we had fellowship today. Past Pres Frank is happy that grandchild #5 is on the way.  Gary B is happy about the successful trip he and Norma took to the Lake Tahoe area to catch butterflies and shoot golf balls at 200 yards at the Gardnerville rifle range.  Gary is also happy about the upcoming Interact Car wash on Aug 4th.   More details will follow. Karen is happy for the new dog they have even though there are some issues.  Terry is happy to be back from his trip to Mexico. Lee is happy his daughter is returning home for a spell.  Also Lee is happy about the upcoming family reunion in Wisconsin. Jack is happy to advise Rotarians that Frank S is getting ready to turn in his signed roster at the next board meeting and if you haven’t signed Frank’s book you can save yourself $6 by doing so. Jim Shepherd is happy for the trip to Michigan he and his family enjoyed and he is happy about swimming with Gary A in the bay.

Today’s Program:  

Today was a fellowship day.  There was a lot of stuff going on at every table but your humble editor could not possible summarize all of that without a whole cadre of fellow editors.

Two things of significance: See pictures below.

President Jim Spain & Past President Frank Lee

President Jim presents a certificate from the DG acknowledging our club
for the Foster a Dream Foundation support in 2012-13

Jack Freethy

Jack receives District All Star award from DG – Jim presented the award

Today’s Lottery Winners:    Jack had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Steve had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $130.

Thought for the Week:  

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

–Albert Einstein

 

Dr. Pate Thompson, Berkeley Rotary Club – founder of the Richmond Rotarcare Clinic.

President Elect Jim Spain welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag was saluted and Nancy offered the thought for the day from Yogi Berra.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

John introduced: Banu Dadlani, Berkeley Rotary Club; Walt Prowell, Monterey Rotary Club; Kurry Foley, Cote and Company (Charlie Weaver’s office) and Dave Rockhold, guest of Frank Sirafi.

Announcements:

  • Jack Freethy  announced the funeral of Mark Collins (SAT  7/20) and “plugged” the El Cerrito Florists for their “contribution”.
  • President Elect Jim Spain noted that the evening meeting scheduled for Thursday August 25th will not be a night-time mixer; will advise on a near- future date.

Happy Dollars:

– President Jim Spain ($1) happy Allen Cain sent him a customer in El Cerrito.

– Frank Lee ($5) is happy his daughter in New Jersey is doing well; introduced grandson to skee-ball; happy with Karen’s website updates and that  Pate Thompson (Berkeley Rotary Club) continues to be a consistent guest.

– Nancy McCarthy ($1) happy that Michael Chang led [them] to a successful insurance claim.

– Banu Dadlani, Berkeley Rotary Club ($1) happy to be at the Mira Vista with the ECRC.

– Mark Scott ($3) happy the wedding for daughter nine days away; reception at Fratalanza Club (Emeryville) where both cooks are currently Ill – Mark remains hopeful.

– Allen Cain ($1) happy that the 2013 Solano Avenue Stroll is on-track / on-time.

– Jack Freethy ($10) happy about t-ball and grandchildren

– Kanti Patel ($1) happy that India has a winning cricket team

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Nancy McCarthy and Joe Conwill recognized as they did not sign Terry’s Kotsatos Rotary roster as part of his initiation. Tables were quizzed regarding the El Cerrito Rotary Club’s structure; Mike Gonzalez recognized. Karen Neirlich recognized for doing such a great job on the ECR website.

Today’s Program:  President  Elect Jim introduced our guest speaker Dr. Pate Thompson, Berkeley Rotary Club – founder of the Richmond Rotarcare Clinic.

Today’s Lottery Winners:  Don Farquharson won the wine; Mark Scott went for the marble and pulled a “cat’s eye”.

 

President Jim Spain’s 2012-2013 Kick-Off Meeting

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of July 11, 2013

Jim Receives a "Brat Pack" poster with himself, Frank and Jack Freethy pictured.

Jim Receives a “Brat Pack” poster with himself, Frank and Jack Freethy pictured.

Immediate Past President Frank welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Frank S. Frank provided the thought for the day. Frank then thanked everyone for the support he received during his year as President and mentioned the names of many Rotarians in the club who he said “are responsible for the high functioning of our Rotary club.”  It is obvious that we did well under Frank’s leadership and he appreciated our commitment and efforts.

Immediate Past Pres Frank asked Jack to come forward and accept the Rotarian of the Year award.  Jack acknowledged the award and thanked Frank for the recognition.

President Jim Spain was then asked by Frank to come and take over the meeting.  Jim took over and Marty then requested the opportunity to come forward to award Past Pres Frank his past president award.  A beautiful clock for his office desk.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
John introduced Dick Morrish a long time friend who wants to join our Rotary club.  Mark Scott’s friend Pete was again on hand to evaluate our club as a possible home.

President Jim ask Terry to come forward and Membership Director Jack present Terry with his Blue Badge and Terry turned in his signed roster and turned over the $$ he collected to Tresurer Michael Chang to get his Paul Harris Fellowship donation started.

Announcements:

  • Tracy asked Jim to accept a gift for his Presidency, a great poster created with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in mind with the main characters being Pres Frank and Jack.  This was a very thoughtful and aptly timed acknowledgement for the start of Jim’s year as our President

Today’s Program:

Terry because a Rotarian after trading the red badge for blue.

Terry because a Rotarian after trading the red badge for blue.

President Jim began today’s club assembly by introducing his Officers and Directors for the 2013-14 Rotary Year.  From there he asked everyone to work hard and be supportive of each other and the goals of our club.  He also told us about the charity he will be supporting and asked us to be cognizant of fundraising ideas and activities.  Our club has done many different types of fund raising events and we want to make sure we are getting the most from our energy expended.  This year there are two additional items on which we will focus, the loss of Charlie Weaver and Marv Collins. These two Rotarians deserve something tangible in the community so they will be remembered.  Jim has asked Mark Figone, Joe Conwill, and Larry Sanchez to come up with ideas on how we might accomplish such recognitions.

President Jim also wants to have a fellowship meeting every six to eight weeks and have the club directors make a short presentation on activities in which they are involved.

After his opening remarks, Jim opened the floor for Q&A.  There were a lot of items addressed.  This was a good meeting and it gave us all the sense that we have a good leader.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Marty thanked outgoing President Frank with an engraved clock

Marty thanked outgoing President Frank with an engraved clock

Sonya had her ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Sonya also had her ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a blue marble, winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the Week:

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Chinese Proverb

Richmond Art Center (RAC) & Interact Book Scholarship Presentation

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Week of June 27, 2013

ECHS Book Scholarships

Past President Karen welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Nancy and then Karen provided the thought for the day.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Today’s guests included Clara Lengacher Past Pres of EC Interact, Andrew Noble, Past VP of EC Interact and Qiqi Tang, Past VP of EC Interact.

Announcements:

  • Lee reminded us of his Chamber Mixer tonight at Abbey Pet Hospital
  • Sal reminded us of a pancake breakfast at the Albany Vets Hall in Memorial Hall on July 4th. It is a fundraiser for the Lion’s.

Happy Dollars:

Nancy is unhappy that she has a conflict tonight and will not be able to attend the mixer at Lee’s vet clinic.  Marty is happy to be in good company at Rotary.  Michael Chang had a happy dollar but I failed to get the reason.  Gary B had $5 for having the Interact officer being at Rotary to get awarded their scholarships.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Terry recognized for knowing that Karen walked her family all over SF to find a gourmet hamburger on her birthday.  Karen was acknowledged for walking her family all over the place to find a hamburger.

Today’s Program:

Terry introduced Ric Ambrose, Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center (RAC) to speak to us about what is happening with this great organization.

Ric explained the mission of the RAC and provided us with some history.  The center began in the 1930’s as a way to bring art to Richmond.  After WWII there was a need for art in the area as the population had grown from 30,000 to over 100,000. In the early 1950s a bond issue was passed that called for the building of the current Art Center at the Richmond Civic Center.  At this point in time it has the legacy of being one of the foremost art centers on the West Coast.

The center hosts a breadth of art classes that cover everything from fine jewelry and weaving (the center has more looms than anywhere in the bay area) and a number of other disciplines.  In addition, there is a program call STEAM which teaches aspiring young artists about the integration of science, technology, engineering and mechanization to allow one to understand how things work.  The center focuses on including families in the enjoyment and creation of art.  Finally, the RAC collaborates with other organizations to foster the development and promotion of all things art.  At the end of his presentation, Ric answered many questions.  This was an excellent presentation.

Richmond Art Center Website

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Gary B had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.

Genie Stone:

Kanti had his ticket pulled and wins the benefits of the magic stone for July.

Thought for the Week:

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith

EC Rotary Sip and Savor

El Cerrito Rotarians