El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 11, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 11, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Nancy led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked the Sip and savor Committee led by Sonya, Sal and Jane for a great job. There will be some numbers available at the next meeting so stay tuned
  • Pres Terry reminded us of the fall District Rotary Seminar on Oct 20th.  

Happy Dollars:    Jan had $20 for the great Sip and Savor celebration and for her great golf game on Monday.  Gary had $5 for opportunity to introduce the new El Cerrito Principal to Rotarians and guests at the Sip and Savor and for the assistance that the Interact club members provided at the Sip and Savor event. Michael is happy for his friend wining the raffle ticket for Chee Panice.  

Sgt at Arms:  President Terry reminded everyone about the obligation we have to wear our Rotary lapel pins to the club meetings.  Those who forgot we allowed to pay the $5 recognition.. 

Ron Svien was recognized with a nice clock as a symbol for being an outstanding Rotarian and being so helpful in his position and BCC manager to help us be successful in our endeavors when used the club property for our events. 

   

Today’s Program:

Lee introduced Susan Schwartz who oversees the Friends of Five Creeks in El Cerrito and Albany.  She joined us to day to give us a bit of backgroud and understanding of the many porjects she oversees.  One of of the major creeks is Cerrito Creek the runs through the El Cerrito plaza.  She and the volunteer she works with have been involved in the efforts overseeing the maintenance and activities of five creeks the run down the hills and onto the bay.  The volunteeers along with the cities help do a lot of maintenance with the five creeks and have been doing so since 2004.  When the Plaza was rebuilt there has been mnay opportunities to have volunteers do a lot of work with cleanup and plant removal.  These volunteers have make a great difference in improving the maintenance of our hillside areas in El Cerrito, Albany and Richmond.  She gave us an excellent summary of their work and the many porjects they have been involved in.  Currently she and the Trail Trekkors are working with El Cerrito on the hillside trail project that has a Rotary grant for the signage.  Susan closed by telling us about the Weekly Weed Warrior activitys provided by the volunteeers. 

This was an excellent presentation that provided us a better understanding of what goes on our neighborhood.

Susan Schwartz was an excellent presenter and gave us an understanding of a very involved volunteer group.  Thanks to Rotarian Lee for inviting Susan to speak.

 

Raffle Winners.

The marble game prize (the gold marble) was selected and it won Sil $125.  Next week we start at $50.  The wine was won by Kanti.

 

Thought for the Week: 

Even though managers spend a majority of their time communicating, they are not necessarily effective communicators.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 4, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 4, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today.  Probably because we met at Los Moles restaurant.

 

Speakers for this month:

  • October 11th Susan Swanta will speak to us about the 5 Creeks clean up project
  • October 18th Rotarian Paul Keith will handle the responsibility for this meeting
  • October 25th Jane and Richard Bartke will speak on the continuation of Sundar Shadi project
  • I will get these put on the Rotary Club website early next week.

 

Announcements:

  • Our holiday party this year will be held in conjunction with Richmond Rotary and will be at the Richmond Art center on December 1st.
  • Rotarian Don Farquharson passed away on September 28th. There will be a memorial service sometime in November. 
  • Marla’s memorial service is going to be October 20th in Berkeley.
  • Tuesday October 9th is the monthly Rotary Board meeting
  • Ron Svien, Rotary member and general manager of the Berkeley City club is resigning to take a job in Sacramento. He will be leaving October 12.

 

Happy Dollars:    Marty is happy for his friend Shana will be attending Sip and Savor.  Michael is happy for he and his wife’s visit to Las Vegas.  Jack is happy for the happy thoughts he writes down and was inspired by one he had written about Rotarian Don.  Gary gave $5 and was apologetic about his writing about Terry’s trip to the football game in Ohio by calling it Michigan.  Never mess with a football fan from a specific school by getting it mixed up with another.  Sonya is happy about her team dealing with the Dept of Social Services inspection of her facility when she was on vacation and doing a very good job.  Jack is happy a second time for the carpet job Rafael did for him at home even when he team was all tied up and Rafael did the job himself.   

 

Sgt at Arms: 

Sal was on duty today and did his usual superior job of trivia questions.  We learned about day light savings times and the first major league baseball team in history.  It was in Cincinnati and was the Red Stockings.

     

Today’s Program:

Today the time was devoted to a review of roles and responsibilities for the Sip and Savor coming on Sunday.  All the key topics were covered by Jane and Sonya and it looks like we are on our way.  Once significant thing was Nobuko donated $600 to the sponsorships for the Sip and Savor to make it a nice round $30000 total.  Thanks to Nobuko, who is one of the most generous individuals in our Rotary Club.  Our heartfelt thank you!!!.    Jane and Sonya did an excellent job of getting us informed and motivated for our work on Sunday Oct 7th at the Berkeley Country Club.

 

 

Raffle Winners.  Was not done today.

The marble game will have a pot of $125 next week.

Genie Stone:  was won by Andy for October.

 Thought for the Week: 

 It is well known that Rotarians are some of the best people on the earth.  They are leaders, doers, contributors, and add more to our world than any other group of people.  Thanks to them all and may God bless them for what they do.  – Your bulletin editor.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 27, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 27, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:   greeted everyone and asked John to lead the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    Rafael had is nephew Alex who is visiting from El Salvador.  Georgina Edwards from CCCT was setting in for Sonya to take care of Sip and Savor activities . 

 Announcements:

  • Our club will be hosting the TGIFF event on Friday at Los Moles. From 5:30p to 7:30p. We want as many El Cerrito Rotarians as possible to attend this event so come if you possibly can.
  • Jack gave us an update on his work with the VR equipment and using it at the Sip and Sa
  • Sat October 24th there will be a celebration of life for Marla Stevenson. There will be details of the celebration sent out to everyone so you can RSVP and attend.
  • Lee announced that October speakers are on track.
  • Saturday is Rotary Day at Cal Stadium for the Bears football game.
  • Nest Thursday Oct 4th we will be meeting at Los Moles, not the Berkeley club.
  • Steve announced that he discovered and African American inventor in the 1800 came up with the dry cleaning method for clothing. His name is Thomas Jennings.  Steve called our speaker from two weeks ago and gave her the information so she could include the info in her presentation.  Thanks Steve!!

 

Happy Dollars:     

Kanti is happy about all the work Jane is doing for sip and savor and asked her what was her secret for having so much energy.  Andy is happy his three sons are doing so well.  He recalled when he brought them to Rotary when they were just kids in grammar school.  Now they are in college. Georgina had happy dollars from a dog owner who is happy The Milo Foundation is one of the charities getting funding from Sip and Savor.  George is happy about the his return to Toronto for the 50 year class reunion for his college class.  Joe is happy about the Cleveland Browns winning a football game.  Terry is happy for his visit to Michigan for a football game.  Sil is happy for the golf game he played in with his son and Step Curry of the Warriors.  John is happy about the vacation he and wife Lois took down hiway 395 south to enjoy the fun places to visit.  Lee is happy for the bar he goes to that caters to Cleveland Browns.  Lee is also happy that the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A’s may meet in a baseball playoff.

 

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Sip and Savor Review:  Jane did a review of the manpower requirements for Sip and Savor. She checked with us on specifics of the function at Sip and Savor functions to see where we have person power needs and we reviewed what we have thus far.  Looks things are going pretty well.  Remember to come to the club about 1:30p on the 7th and possibly earlier if you are on one of the set teams.

Today’s Program:   Jack gave us an introduction to Virtual Reality us and how it will be used at Sip and Savor..  He also gave us all a chance to learn how the process is done so we can do the same thing.  We learned that you can use the videos that are on the Rotary International website.  These videos are quite good and go a long way to promoting what we and Rotary does.  Lee gave us a rundown on the posters he getting for the Sip and Savor Event.  They are “help wanted” and we were asked to use these to speak to our Sip and Savor guests in promoting Rotary.  This may be a much easiser ways to attract new members that what we are currently doing.  We must all become better equipped to sell Rotary, expecially the old guys like myself.  Thanks Lee for an effort that is above and beyond and I know it will pay off.  Sal encouraged all Rotarians to visit the folks staffing the vendor booths and thank them personally for all their efforts.  Let’s make a great impression on everyone and especially the vendors who brought their resources to come and help us create a successful event.    

 

Steve Sadler brought some information on Tamara Shiloh’s talk two three weeks ago.  Here is the story of an African Inventor who developed the dry cleaning method.  Steve was compelled to bring this information so it could be shared.  Steve and his wife were owners of a dry cleaning store in Albany for many years and want this to be shared.

 

 

Thomas L. Jennings

was the first black man to receive a patent.

 

The patent was awarded on March 3, 1821 (US Patent 3306x) for his discovery of a process called dry-scouring which was the forerunner of today’s modern dry-cleaning.

 

   

Thomas L Jennings was born free to a free African-American family in New York City. As a youth, he learned a trade as a tailor, which included dry-cleaning. He built a business and married a woman named Elizabeth, who was born in 1798 in Delaware into slavery and died March 5, 1873. Under New York’s gradual abolition law of 1799, she was converted to the status of an indentured servant and was not eligible for full emancipation until 1827. Children born to slave mothers before 1827 were considered to be born free, but were required to serve apprenticeships to the mothers’ masters until they reached their mid- to late 20s.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Details of Jennings’ patent were lost in a fire at the U.S. Patent Office in 1836, but his life, which included leadership in the movement for the abolition of slavery as well as success as a tailor and drycleaner, was documented by the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass in a memorial written upon Jenning’s death in 1859. He first published the article in his Frederick Douglass Paper. It was reprinted in the April, 1859, issue of The Anglo-African.

 

 

Raffle Winners

Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of win and donated it to Sabina for her great work with the raffle.  .Kanti had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a black marble costing him $5.  The pot next week will be $125.

Genie Stone:  was won by Andy for October.

Thought for the week:

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Senator Barry Goldwater, 1909 – 1998 

 

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 13, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 13, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Kanti to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Georgina Edwards of the CCCT was Sonya’s guest today. 

 

Announcements:

  • Our club will be hosting the TGIFF event on September 28 and that will be held at Los Moles. We want as many El Cerrito Rotarians as possible to attend this event so be sure and put this on your calendar!!
  • Terry announced that Pat Todhunter passed on Sept 8th. We all signed a card to Davis Todhunter to let him know were thinking of them.
  • We also signed a card for Mark Scott wishing him a quick recovery from surgery
  • Terry announced that status of Marla Stevenson who had a long stay in the hospital while being diagnosed with CJD which is a rare disease which is often described as Alzheimer’s on steroids. Anyone that would like to send a thoughtful email to Marla can send it to the email in the club roster.  Terry and a few other Rotarians are making plans on how to go see Marla.  Since she tires easily she is not allowed to have more than one visitor.  Terry will let us know his plan
  • October 4th our Rotary meeting will be held at Los Moles. I think everyone know where it to find Los Moles. 
  • Sabina wanted everyone to know that the raffle prizes for sip and savor have to be tuned in to her no later than September 27th. Bring the articles along with the write you form you were provided and Sabina will be able to take them to the staging area for Sip and Savor. 

 

 

Happy Dollars:   Jan had $5 as she is happy that Jerry is back from his vacation with his daughter.  Sonya is happy that Sip and Savor is moving along and acknowledged Georgina for her assistance on things.  Sonya is happy about the event she put on at El Cerrito Royal for the residents and the great time everyone had at the weekend event.  George is happy to be going to Canada to the reunion of his 62 years since graduating.  Marty is happy he visited Don and Mary Farquharson and had a great time.  Gary had $5 for the first meeting of the El Cerrito Interact club of the year.  Next Wednesday, Gary, the School advisor, and the Interact President will be meeting with the new Principal (Mrs Crespo) to have a brief introductory meeting.  Gary wants to invite Mrs. Crespo to speak at Rotary.  Jack is happy his bathroom is nearly remodeled at home.  Nobuko is happy about finding a hundred dollar bill that was fake because when she took it to the bank she found out it was a fake.  Joe is happy for the NFL Cleveland Browns winning at football. 

 

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

 

Today’s Program: 

Jan introduced Tamara Shiloh to speak to us about the importance of black history being taught year round in school.  Tamara gave us and example of how little is know by younster with the minimal amount of information taught in our public schools.  We all learned a great deal about the large number of key people who never got the credit for the contribution they made to our society, because they were black.  Tamara gave us a rundown on her efforts that go on daily to remedy lack of ongoing education about Black History.  Tamara has written a collection of six children’s books which contains informaration about the a large number of those who contributed to our society.  Although Tamara has worked on her books for many years she has not been very successful in breaking into the market of books to begin the take down these barriers.  There were a lot of great questions for Tamara when she ended her presentation.  She also sold a number sets of her books that she places in the classroom of shools.  She has a store at Hilltop Mall where she and other authors have their books on sale.  Next time you are at the mall be sure and stop in and check it out.

Tamara made some great observations:  We must feed youth the quality and consistent information for their classes that provides them the reality of what our world is about.  It has been 50 years and we still argue over teaching all inclusive history in schools.  It is about time that all the history be taught and that weay young people especially those of African American decent will have the same opportunity to be proud of their heritage as the rest of us.  Tamara summarized here presentation by providing a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.  In the quote it pointed out the importance of how everyone must be provided the historical learning that is required for us to celebrate what has advanced our country to the point it is today.  One classic example is Thomas Edison did invent the light bulb but it would have been useless without the filament that was invented byLewis Latimer.  I bet if you asked 50 adults you would not be able to get a correct answer from more five.  This an example of Tamara’s commitment to teaching black history all year. 

 

My apologies for not having the photo of Tamara that I took.  I pressed the video button on my camera/phone Whenn I took Tamara picture and would up with a video and not a photo.  As a result I strongly recommend you visit Tamarashiloh.com check out the great work she does.  Several Rotarians purchased book sets from Tamara that will be given to specific schools and teachers for use in teaching Black History all Year.

Tamara recently joined the Richmond Rotary club and she proudly wore her membership badge to give us a chance to congratulate her join the wonderful world of Rotary. 

Raffle Winners

George had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled and selected catseye marble game.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the week

Progress is not the problem it is lack of understanding and how we can use the results of progress that is the problem. 

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 6, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 6, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Kanti to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements:

  • Terry is going to Ohio for his alma mater football game and will need someone to run the meeting on Sept 20th.  Jack volunteered
  • Terry reminded the October team to get the speaker team to get the bookings for the Thursdays.
  • Also we were reminded we need a speaker for Sept 27th
  • Sal reminded us that the Solano Stroll is this coming Sunday. This is the 4th largest street fair in the US.

 

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy he did not have to do Jury Duty.  Gary is happy that the Interact club is back in operation.  John is happy to have his new driver’s license and shared the story of the DMV.  Sonya is happy for the wonderful memorial for Aretha Franklin. 

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Today’s Program: 

We had a special program today put on by the Sip and Savor Committee. There was champagne served and we even got a chance to win a wine glass like those that will be given away at the event.  Sal, Sonya, Jane, Sabina, and a couple other folks provided information and status of the many things that are underway for the event.  We are only 31 days away from the event.  Sonya has overseen the $27800 worth of sponsorship’s thus far and we need a few more.  We have a lot of great venders who will be providing great “stuff” for our event.  There is a need to emphasize more people into the event.  We need more ticket sales and a reminder is that until the 20th tickets on-line are available 2 for $90. 

We talked a about using our volunteers effectively and making sure we cover all the key aspects of the work that must be done.  Gary will be contacting the Interact club leadership so we get assistance for a number of things where we need help.  d

 

Raffle Winners

Mark Scott had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled a black marble game and paid $5..  Next week the pot will be $115. Sil had his ticket pulled and won the Rotary Shirt.

 

Thought for the week

I give no mental recognition of the possibility of failure.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 30, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 30, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

 

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Steve to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sonya’s guest today was Georgina Edwards Director of CCCT.

Announcements:

 

  • Sept 28th is BARSHEEP TGIFF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry.  Time is getting short so we need someone to step up
  • Tomorrow is the August BARSHEET TGIF evemt amd wo;; be held at Little Louie’ across the street from the Hotel Mac.  Come and enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians
  • We need a speaker for Sept 28th. If you have someone please contact Nancy
  • President Terry told us of the Polio Plus trip to Africa. If you are interested check with President Terry and get the details.
  • Sonya gave us some tips on getting more sponsors. Tell you friends and neighbors who may want to team up with one or two others to get a Bronze sponsorship which provides four tickets.
  • Jack told us he visited Don Farquharson and that Don would like for more people to visit him at El Cerrito Royal and even have lunch with Don and Mary.

 

Happy Dollars:

 

Jack is happy he attended the Pebble Beach car show and auction.  He was happy to see all the great cars and attend to functions but he did not buy a car.  Sonya had $25 for the gold sponsorship she wold toa termite company.  Jane had $10 for the celebration she and Alan had on their anniversary.  Jan is happy about the gold sponsorship she got from a termite company.  Jack found out that Rafael is doing work at El Cerrito Royal as he was one of carpet people there when he visited Don.  Sil id happy he was able to get Rob Lightner to speak to us today about the brewery he and his partner Chris have in Richmond.

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Today’s Program: 

Sil Introduced Rob Lightner a Partner at East Brother Beer Company located at 1001 Canal Blvd.  Richmond Ca.  Rob began by providing the story of how Chris and he got the business started.  First was the story of the name East Brother Beer Co.  As many know there is an East Brother Lighthouse near the San Rafael bridge.  Their beer company is named after that.  Rob gave us a quick summary of the struggle to get the business and it beginning in December 2016.  They have the brewery and a tap room where they offer space for parties, fund raiders and community events.  The put on a number of events and it is not uncommon for companies to host their gatherings at the facility.  Rob gave us some interesting information about the challenges they have faced and how they are progressing.  One of the more interesting facts was when they moved from a small volume to more the triple.  This resulted in more production but also created more expense when things went wrong.  The jump was from 20 gallon vats to 600 gallon.  The fascinating thing according to Rob is beer brewing is a simple process but there are a lot of things that have to be managed in order to avoid error a loss of product.  Then he shared a story about not be able to get cans from the manufactures. 

One of the best part of the presentation was Rob had brought along several cold cans of beer that were opened and poored into glasses for us to enjoy.  Everyone especially enjoyed this experience.  Thes presentation was enjoyed by all of us!! Thanks to Sil for inviting Rob to be our speaker.. 

 

Rob Lightner – East Brother Beer Co

 

 

Raffle Winners

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Nobuko had her ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $110

 

Michael won the Genie Stone for September.

 

Thought for the week

To be Right then you must have a positive mental attitude, demonstrate through your behavior you mean and will do what you say and demonstrate the skills and abilities to do what you say you will.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 23, 2018

 El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

August 23, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Larry to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Kanti’s guest Felix Wong was here today to check out our club.  Visiting Rotarian Herb Cole and Alan Baer from Richmond Rotary were also on hand.

 Announcements:

  • Sept 28th is BARSHEEP TGIF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry.  Time is getting short so we need someone to step up.
  • Terry thanked Lee for feeding the Roto Care Clinic staff.
  • Jane and Terry gave us an update on Marla’s status at the hospital. She is still being evaluated.  A card was passed around so we could sign it wishing Marla a speedy recovery.
  • On the Sip and Savor front Joe collected check for those who paid for their sponsorships. Jane reiterated the need for everyone to become a Bronze Sponsor for the event.  Jan echoed this by giving an example of how she uses her “extra” tickets to get people to come to the event

Happy Dollars:

Mark is happy he got to enjoy Herb Cole’s joining the Galileo club.  Lee had sad dollars because Brennans and his other favorite bar have closed.  Michael is happy for his birthday.  George is happy for an upcoming trip to Toronto where he will get to see some long time ago college friends.  Alan Baer is happy to see Stephanie speak today.  Kanti is happy for his grandson’s first birthday.  Jan is happy for the upcoming Sip and Savor.  Nobuko is sad to sell her house in Rohnert Park.  Terry is happy his Mom had a great time on her visit and is headed home.

 

Sgt at Arms:  Today was all about the trivia about turkey production and where the most lakes in the world and the longest river in the world. 

Today’s Program: 

Gary introduced our speaker for today, Stephanie Baer who was the El Cerrito High Interact Club President and secured some sponsorship to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  She provided us with some great videos of her trip along with great narration.  She had her dad model his Rotary Socks that they purchased at the convention.  We got explanations of many of the highlights of the event from the millions of dollars spent on polio eradication to celebration of Rotaract’s 50th anniversary.  She had some great stories about people she saw that she new and others who she met.  We also heard about the District Council members who went with Stephanie.  This was a wonderful event and Stephanie had the enthusiasm to prove it.  Hope you were there to enjoy the presentation.

Stephanie also went to China for three weeks right after her Toronto trip and she gave us some quick pics of what that involved and said she would be happy to come back and speak to us about that trip at some future time.  Sounds like a great idea to me.

Stephanie shows the flag she brought us from the convention

My apologies for the picture contrast. 

 

Raffle Winners

Mark had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Alan had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $105.

 

Thought for the week

A friend is someone who leaves you with all your freedom intact but who by what they think of you obligates you to be fully what you are

 

El Cerrito Rotary Club Bulletin for August 16, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 16, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Iraj (Frank) to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   No guests or visitors today

Announcements:

  • Sept is BARSHEEP TGIF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry
  • A volunteer was solicited (Lee) chose to do it. Develop a one page flier of the sip and savor event. This flier will be passed out before the event starts and to everyone who comes in.  It was also agreed that we want a Rotary table at the event so people can check out the multiple things that Rotary offers to everyone.  This table will also have the VR setup that Jack is putting together with the Interact leadership to have a great so and tell piece for the event. 
  • Terry thanked the September team for getting a leg up on the speakers
  • Sabina handed out the form for each of us to take and use for the prizes for the raffle. Be sure and get one so you can donate all kinds of things.  Norma Buffon makes beautiful jewelry and will be donating ear rings and necklaces for the event.

 

Happy Dollars:

Nancy told us the story of her 2yr old grandniece who was having difficulty standing.  Turns out that she had a brain tumor and a doctor at children’s hospital in New York did surgery to remove a tumor that was half the size of her brain and now the sweet little girl is nearly completely healed on her way to a normal life. Jan is happy she got to go with friends to Angel Island.  Lee had $10 for the news about his daughter’s boyfriend proposing to her and now the excitement begins in prep for the wedding.  Jack ishappy to be getting the Interact leaderships team involved in the VR setup for the Sip and Savor. 

 

Sgt at Arms:  Not on today

 

Today’s Program: 

Kanti introduced Sabina Pan (our new Rotaria

n) to speak to us about herself and her profession.  Sabrina gave us a great rundown on her beginnings in the bay area where she granduate from Albany High and went to Cal on a scholarship and ultimately got her Certified Public Accountancy education and is now practicing in her office near the Albany/Berkeley border.  Her speciality is in tax planning and insuring her clients make the best choices when it come to things that has tax conseuences.

Sabina works with her clients to help them understand and set up the best tax process for the business and household.   Most recently she has written two books and both of them are available on Amazon. Sabina gave us a lot of good information and encouraged us to be sure we know what is best for our challenge of keeping the most of our money that we earn and save.  She even gave us ideas about our children and grandchildren and how we might encourage themt o decide what they could do to insure they are able to maintain their financial assets without losing too much to the IRS dure to lack of knowledge or understanding of what has become a very complicated issue.

Sabina handled a number of questions about what happens to an IRA at retirement IRA and the difference between a traditional IRA and a Roth.

Be sure you contact Sabina with your tax questions and you may want to schedule a consultation with her so you can get some excellent guidance on how to make sense of your taxes and your money.

Sabina Pan – Tax specialist

Raffle Winners

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $100.

 Thought for the week

I use memories but I do not allow memories to use me.

 

Rotarians Responsibility for Guest Speakers

Listed Below are the Rotarians responsible for booking our Guest Speaker for the weekly Rotary Meeting:

Each team is responsible for two months and the Team Captain will oversee the booking of the weekly speaker.  The Coordinator for the 2018-19 years speakers is Rotarian Nancy McCarthy and each team is to coordinate with Nancy to check for unfilled dates and report to her of any conflicts.

September 2018 & March 2019

Captain:  Jan Feagley

Team: Jim Spain, Frank Sirafi, Don Farquharson, Sabina Pan

 

October 2018 & April 2019

Team Captain: Lee Prutton

Team: Sil Addiego, John Hoagland, Paul Keith, Nancy McCarthy

 

November 2018  & May 2019

Team Captain: Jane Del Simone

Team: Gary Buffon, Terry Kotsatos, Nobuko Mukai Vicars, Mark Scott

 

December 2018 & June 2019

Captain: Marty Kaliski

Team: Sal Compagno, Sonja Givens-Thomas, Marla Stephenson, Joe Yang

 

August 2018 & February 2019

Captain: Kanti Patel

Team: Rafael Cartagena, Michael Chang, Mark Figone, Larry Sanchez

 

July 2018 & January 2019

Captain: Jack Freethy

Team: Andrew Brown, Jan Feagley, Steve Sadler, Ron Svien, George Trillia

 

Team Captain’ s  Responsibility

  • Team Members will set up speakers for the monthly assignment and confirm with Director of programs
  • Assign a Greeter for each meeting of designated month
  • Team arrives early to meet and set up the Guest Speaker

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 9, 2018

 El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 9, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Jim to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  President Terry’s Mother Aphrodite and daughter Ava were his guests.  Visiting Rotarians Herb Cole and Earl Brown from Richmond were on hand today.

 

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked Marty for running the meeting last week
  • Terry announced the Club board meeting will be next Tuesday at 12:30a
  • Terry told us about the schools in Richmond who are seeking volunteers to assist with their healthy lunch programs. If you are interested in helping please let President Terry know.
  • Sabina passed around a list on which you can put your donations for the raffle for Sip and Savor. She will be doing this every week until the event arrives.
  • Also if you want to assist with the raffle or any other of the activities at Sip and Savor, please tell President Terry
  • Nancy announced the arrival of the new Rotary Rosters for this year. Be sure and pick up a couple for your office and home

 

 Happy Dollars:

 Nancy is happy she had a visit from a sibling who has teenage daughters and Is glad they had a good time and that they are now departed.  Jack is happy about the guest Rotarians here today.  Mark is happy he participated in a 50 mile hike with his son and the Boy Scout troop he is in.  Rafael had $20 for being back after being away for 6 weeks working and making money. 

Sgt at Arms:  Was on the job today with table trivia.  He was able to get two out of three tables in the pay column today.

Today’s Program:

President Terry introduced fellow Rotarian Mark Figone to bring us up to date on the state of refuse collection and recycling in the State of California.  Mark began with the history of garbage collection in the Northern California area and how that transitioned us into ways things are being done today.  In the past 40 years there has been a great emphasis on reducing land fills and getting recyclable materials out of the wast stream.  The phrase that was used by Mark is conversion technologies which means using ways to reuse and redirect materials out of the waste stream.   Mark statement that “garbage is not sexy” which means the main reason it is important to manage it is for public safety.  In fact everything that is done is looked at from that standpoint.  In addition, the finding for garbage collection has this as the number one goal. 

I did not capture a lot of details from Mark’s presentation because he touched on so many key points.  All of his presentation was geared toward giving us an idea of the amount of emphasis that is going into the effort to collect and how much these action will increase costs of garbage collection.  This was and excellent presentation that truly says that management of garbage collection is much like “rocket science” given all the variable and unintended consequences that can result.  Thanks to Mark for shinning a light on a number of important things in one of the key activities in our society.  Garbage is not sexy but it is a critical part of what goes on in our society.

 

Mark Figone – Pres – East Sanitary Service

 

Raffle Winners

Sil had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Rafael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $95.

 

 Thought for the week

 Definition of Customer:  The next person in the process you are working on. 

Definition of Quality:  Meeting the agreed upon requirements of the customer