The Wheel – Bulletin for March 26, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 26, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty: Opened this meeting using Zoom. Marty called the meeting to order by recognizing the Rotarians who joined in:  Nancy, Jane, Jan, Andy, Rachel, Steve, Michael Pigoni, Michael Chang, Sonya, Jack, Jan, George, John and Gary.  Marty shared a Jewish Proverb as his thought for the day.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:   None today

Announcements:

  • Jane reported the new Rotary T-Shirts have arrived and since our check books are locked up at the BCC, Nancy asked Jane to email the invoice and she will make a bank draft to pay for the shirts and send payment to the company. 

Sgt at Arms:   Not done today.

Happy Dollars:  Jack had happy dollars, Andy had concerned dollars to the challenge that his business is not earning the revenue it needs, Rachel is happy that one of her prospects in Italy may be coming on board and another is looking good. John is happy that none of his family or friends has been sick with the commie virus.  The money will be turned in when we meet again at the club.

Today’s Program:

President Elect Andy was on tap to give us an update of his PETS experience and what he is developing for his upcoming Presidental administration.

He began by reviewing a number of key things about his experience and where it is leading him to do in his year as President. 

One of the key things he talked about is that every Rotarian has “extraordinary things” which turn out to be a personal Rotary Moment.  These Rotary moments push us along on our Rotary path.  He took this idea and said he will be asking everyone to think of their own Rotary Moments and how we were motivated to become “ROTARIANS.”  Since the overall challenge in the current Rotary culture is how can we constantly and consistentaly use our Rotary Moments to motivate us to apply extraordinary skills to finding individuals to bring into Rotary.  We will all be tasked to consider our own Rotary moments and how to use them to gain more Rotarians in our club.  These Rotary Moments always motivate us to work to pass on what makes us passionate about Rotary.  Andy said his mission is to create membership growth in everything we do.  We heard about the ways Interact is a vehicle for high school students to get to know the value of Rotary while they are in High School.  Andy also suggested we offer ways to award Interact members for their had work by creating scholarship for the bright young folks who are doing the community service work.  This will help with keeping the young people involved all during high school.  Andy summarized by giving us a peek at some of the other changes we will enjoy in the new regime.  I think we were all very please with our new President Elect. 

Todays Raffle:  not done today.   It will return when we resume regular meetings.

Thought for the Day:    If every Rotarian thought about what caused them to become a Rotarian you will have found a very important Rotary Moment.

We will have another Zoom meeting next Thursday April 2nd and you can think of ways you can participate and begin to develop the movement to move us out of this “commie flu” era and into a motivated attitude for getting everything on the runway so we can get our SST into the air so we can make some real progress.

The Wheel – Weekly Bulletin for March 19,2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 19, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty  Opened this meeting using a software application called Zoom with the guidance of Rachel as technical specialist for this operation.  Marty called to meeting to order by recognizing the Rotarians who joined in:  Nancy, Jane, Andy, Rachel, Steve, Michael Pigoni, Michael Change, Jack, John Hoagland and Gary Buffon.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

This being a test meeting we did not have guests.

Checking in:  Marty polled everyone to see how they are coping in the face of adversity.  Here are some of the responses:

  • Michael Pigoni – provided us an update on emergency response protocols during the time.  As always he and his department have things worked out.  Bottom line is if you have an emergency and call for help you will get the same prompt response but the emergency personnel will come to your door clad in their hazmat gear and will direct you on the next steps of the call. 
  • Michael Chang explained he is staffing his small office with one person and he and other staff are on call if they are needed.
  • Andy gave us a glimpse of his teams that visit the outside of premises and what they are doing to keep everyone safe.  Andy also told us that he and Lee had gone on the trail and dug some “test” post holes for the sign posts.   This was to see how difficult the digging will be for the 12-15 post holes that are needed
  • Steve told us about his shopping experience at Trader Joes in Marin and how well-run the process was with the store being fully stocked and patrons being metered in to avoid a crowd in the store. 
  • Marty told us about his experience with Zoom and that he had been in several meetings on Zoom with AG’s and others to get the feel for what is possible with this technology
  • Nancy had a rather business as usual expect for metering people into the bank
  • Rachael told us about she is her husband working from home and taking taking care of their two children.
  • Gary explained he and Norma have been walking the Canyon trail park path along Baxter Creek on a daily basis
  • George told us about the magic of Zoom, in light of his experience on his farm in the old days when even having a phone was something special.  He commented, remember the days of pagers?
  • John said he and Lois were doing well and coping well. John is probably getting in a few tennis games.  There is no crowding on a tennis court.
  • Jack has been staying active with the things he does.

Speaker for future meetings. There was a discussion about when Andy will do his “I am back from PETS speech.  Nothing definite was decided but be sure you dial in next week for the Thursday meeting so you can keep up with what is happening. 

Announcements:

  • Marty reviewed how we arrived at this place and the role that Rachel had played in helping him get things set up.  It helps to have someone skilled at this high tech stuff to act as a trail blazer.
  • Marty gave us an update on a few things and provided updates on a few things.  Next week we will have our meeting using Zoom so those of you who did not make it on the forum today can get geared up for next Thursday!!  If you have questions you can call Marty or email him or Rachel with you questions/concerns. 
  • As for the equipment you need….I used my OLD Acer Laptop and it behaved well so don’t be concerned by the age of your equipment. 

Sgt at Arms:   Not done today.

Happy Dollars:  Not done today

Todays Raffle:  Next week the pot will be $50..

Thought for the Day:   Today’s meeting demonstrates just how versatile Rotarians are and what we can do in the face of adversity.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 6, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 5, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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.

Announcements:

  • 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.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 30, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

February 27, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Visitors today:  Tom Turman who has been accepted for membersip in El Cerrito Rotary. Mark Figone had a friend, George Glazer.  Pate Thompson and John Fergerson from Berkeley Rotary.  Rafael’s brother and Sonya’s guest David Taylor were also on hand.

Announcements:

  • TGIFF is tomorrow at Lara’s in Richmond.  from 5:30 to 7:30.  Be there if you possibly can.  We are the host so let’s look good in being host.  Wear you El Cerrito Rotary shirt.
  • June 6th will be President Marty’s demotion dinner at Lara’s (the old Salute’s).
  • March 21th and 22nd is the tree planting project-  Marty held back a couple of tickets if you have your heart set on going.  Check with Marty.
  • Jane will be ordering new club shirts so if you wish to get one she will be taking orders at our next meeting.   Be sure and see Jane to get your shirt ordered.

Sgt at Arms:   Not on  duty today..

Happy Dollars: Jane had $5 for getting her new driver’s license.  Jack has $5 for taking his tow grand children to the DMV.  Andy is happy about his trip to Morgan Hill to see his niece get her person of the year from the Morgan Hill Rotary Club.  Terry is happy for joining the Albany Chamber and being involved in this new organization.  John Fergerson is happy to tell us about his son belonging to a 500 member Rotary club in the East.  Mark Figone is happy about his oldest getting accepted to a great college.  Mark also told us about helping his kids get their driver’s licenses.  Rafael is happy to have his brother here today.

Todays Program:   

President Marty introduced Mark Figone to tell the lastest in trash and recycling requirements current and future.  Mark gave us a great summary of where things stand in the recycle and trash business.  He summarized of the key legislation that has been put on the books and will bring more challenges to his company and rate payers.  Some of the things that will have to be changed are barrels in which we deposit things so the colors are uniform with the new standards.  Mark pointed out that his computer system will have to be upgraded so his company can track the numerous things that are monitored.  Lots of challenges and a number of industrial factors will also be changed. There will be a number of things happening in the Refuse Industry and you can be alert for the things as they occur.  Always Mark provide us an excellent presentation.  I just hope you were on hand to hear what he had to tell us.  As always, our Rotarians bring us the best of our presentations.

Todays Raffle:  Mark Figone had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  Michael Change had his ticket drawn for the pot and selected a catsye marble. Next week the pot will be $60.

Genie Stone Winner: Michael had his ticket pulled for the Genie Stone.

Thought for the Day:   With all the trauma with virus concerns and numerous other things it is very difficult to keep focused on our goals.  Be sure you take the time and make sure your high priority goals are the things you focus on!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 20, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

February 20, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Visitors today: Andy had a guest Joe Sanger.  We also had three Pinole Rotarians.  Norma Buffon was on hand to hear our speaker today.

Announcements:

  • TGIFF is this month and Marty is nailing down the location.  He will notify us of where it is.
  • June 6th will be President Marty’s demotion dinner at Lara’s (the old Salute’s).  More info is on its way 
  • March 21th and 22nd is the tree planting project- Marty has sent info to us all so we can get ready and attend

Sgt at Arms:   Steve announced that today is National love day and then he asked Rachel, Michael Pogoni and Kanti and John Hoagland what Rotary means them.

Happy Dollars:  Nobuko is happy about the candy sale money and the contribution she made to the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation from the sale. Rachel is happy for her new client.  Chief Michael is happy about winning the drawing last week and he shared his joy in his grandson winning an award at a city event where he met other Rotarians.  Andy is happy that in Morgan Hill there will be an event for members of his family.  Michael Chang is happy for his great trip to Maui

Todays Program:    

Gary introduced Jessica Ong to speak to us today about her journey from being a high school Interact member to her current profession today with the CCUSD as an employee who specializes in the treatment of Aphasia at Cameron Preschool in Richmond.  Jessica gave an excellent presentation of her pathway to achieving her Masters Degree in Aphasia treatment from Cal State East Bay.  We were treated to her story and path to this position over the past ten years.  A process which required a lot of time, energy, self realization and effort.  We were told how she began to realize that her two person pashions of love of music and the desire to help others led her down this path.  She encountered many obstacles during her efforts in El Cerriro Interact to volunteering and tutoring in high school .

Todays Raffle:  Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the pot. He selected a catsye marble. Next week the pot will be $55.

Thought for the Day:  We are very fortunate in Rotary because we get to see evidence of the work we do.  Today was one of those time when one of the students in El Cerrito Interact some ten year ago came back to tell us her story and what a great story!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 13, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Visitors today:  Norma Trillia (George’s wife), Al Miller, Gary Pokorny Walnut Creek Rotarian, Tom Thurman, and Will Backman.

Announcements:

  • There is a ski event the Tahoe Rotary club is hosting on the 28th.
  • Marty presented the award from the District Governor’s presentation last week when Sonya was not present. 
  • June 6th will be President Marty’s demotion dinner at Lara’s (the old Salute’s).  More info is on its way 

Sgt at Arms:   Jane was the Ad hoc Sgt this week and recognized folks but assessed no dollar amount.  She did a lot of fun things and people were rewarded with chocolates and plants.  Good Stuff.

Happy Dollars:

Al Miller is happy he was able to attend the Rotary night at the Warriors game.  Andy had $10 that Jack had contributed last week for the new members we have brought on board.  Rachel is happy for the work from home club she has started.  She sent along a “blurb” about the club.  Here it is:

Rachel welcomes you to join her any Weds or Friday morning for an El Cerrito hike. Typically, the group meets at 10 am at this location: 7501 Schmidt Ln for a one hour loop. Sometimes they meet elsewhere. If you’re technically inclined, click to join this Slack (chat) group for weekly time and location. Or you may text or email Rachel the day before to get the time and location. 415-939-4114 / melby.rachel@gmail.com

Lee is happy for the trip  he made to Los Vaquero resourvois and he told us about the great things he enjoyed while there.  Sounds like this would be a seriously good place to visit!!  Jack was happy that he wore his Rotary Jacket to Pebble beach and told us of the perks he enjoyed as a result.  Rafael told us about a documentary he watched about Hong Kong and the good fortune we experience in America because we have freedom.  Gary had $10 to encourage everyone to come to Rotary next week to hear Jessica Ong speak to us about her experience from being an Interact member to now working as a speech therapist with the Contra Costa School District.  Sonya is happy she got to work with Junior Achievement girls and be a mentor to a great group of outstanding youngsters.

Sip and Savor Fund Raising Awarding of El Cerrito the Library Foundation by President Marty and Sip and Savor Chairperson Sonya.  Al Miller accepted the check for $3000 along with Gary Pokorny that our club presented to them for their help and support of the event.

Todays Program:   Marty introduced Andy Katz an member of the EBMUD board to give us a presentation and update on many of the things that this company is doing to take care of the critical public service requirements of this water district.  Andy gave us a comprehensive review of what systems they take care of and the overall responsibility of the agency.  He remindes that the major area of concern for the district is the maintenance of pipes in the district.  There are a lot of miles of pipes that provide the water for this district.  We were shown charts and graphs of the overall system and Alex pointed out the collaboration and Coordination required by EBMUD with cities and other controling authorities in the area service by the agency.  This is huge deal and one that we cannot take lightly.  Alex also did a summary of water rates and their impact on the populace and the various infra structure components of what must be done to keep and maintain this agency in operation.  Just the charts of pipe replacement and how that relates to reliability and how things get done is truly mind bogeleling.  There is always many construction projects underway for pipe replacement and upgrading.  This was a great presentation that benefited everyone.

My apologies for not having a picture of Alex.  My phone would not pass this along the photo to my email.  Working to get that fixed.

Todays Raffle:  George had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  Michael Pigoni had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected the gold marble winning the $160 pot.  Next week the pot will be $50.  Rachel and Jane won basketball “stuff” brought back by Al Miller who contributed it to our raffle today.

Thought for the Day:  It is always heart-warming to hear when others tell us the amazing work Rotary does and how impactful Rotary is on our World and all of its communities.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 6, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

February 6, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Guests today:  We had a lot of visitors and I will attempt to give you who they were:  Stephanie Baer (former El Cerrito High Interact member) was here with her Dad Rotarian Alan from Richmond Rotary.  Norma Trillia was George Trillias guest and we had Rick Combra who is a Rotarian from Utah who was visiting today as he is looking for a place to buy and move here.  Assistant Governor Greer Graf. Rotarian at Berkeley was also here to participate in the festivities.

Announcements:

  • Nobuko will be selling candy once again this year.  The Chocolate candy she offers is second to none. 
  • Marty told us the tree planting project will take place March 21 and 22 at Tuolumne in Northern Calif.

Sgt at Arms:   Steve recognized birthday’s for Michael Pigoni, Kanti , Sil and Terry.

Marty was Gabe’s sponsor and assisted Andy with the induction by making sure he was provided the induction “’goodies.”  Gabe is an El Cerrito City Council member and is a great addition to our Rotary club.  Be sure you great Gabe and sign his membership roster.

Todays Program:   District Governor Tina Akins was introduced by Marty for her official DG presentation to us today. 

Prior to her presentation she made three special recognitions to El Cerrito Rotarians:  Frank Sirafi, Sonya Givins-Thomas and John Hoagland were recognized for their tireless efforts in providing “Service Above Self.”Tina gave us a background about her experiences and the used this to convey her commitment to both the Rotary programs and the way Rotary mobilizes people to get things done.  She showed pictures and made great comments about the Rotary foundation and all the great work it does by using Rotarians as the hands on people to carry the work out.  Tina spoke to us about a mission she went on and the absolute personal impact it had on her involvement in this activity.  She showed a number of visuals of the activities and related to us how those action always result in specific outcomes for the communities involved.   In Tina’s case she got to administer polio vaccine to youngsters in India that provides the validation of doing something worthwhile.

We also heard about the Rotary Foundation and the extent to which it goes to grow the value of the funding and the many ways for Rotarians to make contributions.  It is even possible to have your credit card billed $10 or more per month so you can keep up with your annual giving that way..  If you want more information Kanti is our Foundation Director for this year.  Tina provided us a wonderful presentation that covered many key aspects of Rotary and its Mission as well as how effective Rotary is at making a difference in our world. 

Tina completed her presentation by telling us about the District Conference that will be held in Redding May first through the third.  If you have not been to a District Conference seriously consider making it to this one.  Be sure and register now if you want to go!

At the end of her presentation, President Marty presented DG Tina with a beautiful bowl filled with a succulent garden made by former Rotarian Sarah Surchuck who oversees the garden at the El Cerrito High School.  Tina was pleased with this gift.

Tony Adkins, the DG’s husband was the A/V assistant for Tina.

Todays Raffle:  Sil had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $160.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 30, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

January 30, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Guests today included Al Miller, Tom Turman (who is applying for Rotary membership) and Norma Trillia (Rotarian George’s wife)

Announcements:

  • .TGIFF this month is at Hercules.  It is tomorrow.
  • Rotarian Paul Keith announced the annual PD crab feed on Feb 21st.  The Fund’s raised will be used to replace one of the Police dogs who is retiring.  Be sure and attend if you can.
  • Jack announced that Gabe Quinto has applied for membership in El Cerrito Rotary so be prepared for that eventuality. 
  • Next Thursday, Feb 6th is the date when our District Governor makes her official visit.   We will meet at the club at 10a and have a brief Rotary Board meeting prior to the regular meeting.   

Sgt at Arms:    Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Andy is happy that Tom Turmanis seriously considering joining El Cerrito Rotary.  Mark had dollar and an apology for the meeting she missed.  Al Miller is happy for the support of the El Cerrito Rotary.  Gary is happy that Jessica Ong will be speaking to us on Feb 20.  Be sure and attend to hear speak about “Aspasia.”  Terry is happy to be an El Cerrito Rotarian!

Todays Program:   

 Manish Doshi was our guest speaker today and Andy conducted a speaker interview with Manish.  We learned that Manish came to the US at 7 years old and landed in NY wher he was escorted through the immigration procedure and live with his family.  Manish gave us a snap shot of his becoming a soccar coach which he continued to do for over twenty years.  Andy asked him to tell us how that progressed as the years went on.  Manish gave us an indepth perspective of his experience with field fees, use of fields and a number of other important area’s affecting youth sports.  Manish was part of the EC team that dealt with the fees, scheduling and field access while he was with the Park and Recreation Dept of EC.  He gave us a very infromative and passionate presentation which covered a lot of the workings of this key sporting function.  Manish throughout his presentation focused on the importance of youth sport and what it does for the health of the participants.   He is still coaching and is quite passionate his occupation and advocation.  This was a great presentation.  I apologize for not having a picture but I am still working the bugs out of my handheld and my computer.  I hope you were able to be in attendance today as it was a very quality presentation and President Elect Andy did a great job in the format that was used.

See everyone next Thursday for the District Governor’s visit.  Remember to be there at 10a!!

Todays Raffle:  Sil and Rafael both had a ticket drawn for a bottle of wine.  Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a blue marble winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $155.

Genie Stone:  won by Rafael for February..  

Thought for the Day:  We as Rotarians are very fortunate to have the foundation of Rotary and the 4-Way Test to guide us in our travels.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin January 23, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

January 23, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    We had no guests today.

Announcements:

  • The Rotary Board will meet at 10a on Feb 6th which is immediate before our Club meeting of our DG visit.  Be sure and be there!!
  • Be Prepared to hear our DG and ask questions.

Sgt at Arms:  Steve acknowledged Sonya for efforts on the Sip and Savor donation work.  John got acknowledged for his 57th anniversary.  Then he asked Andy, George, Jane and Jan to tell what it means to them to be Rotarians. 

Happy Dollars:  

Terry is happy for being here but was a little late.  Andy is happy we have three new Rotarians in the club.  Jack is happy that the country club is hiring new staff and doing things to increase the club’s revenues.  Sonya is happy to be back from a great vacation and also happy that her brother is doing well after back surgery.   Nancy is happy about a song she got that makes babies happy.   She played it for us and it was nice.

Todays Program:   

We did not have a program today but instead we concentrated on determining what we would have to do to get our club in a position to gain more members and take advantage of having two meetings per month or two day meeting and evening meeting.  Andy indicated he has developed a plan for his year as President and wants to give the members a chance to take some positive action with that plan.   Lee indicated his point of consideration:  Evening meetings may be a draw for younger members.  Jack pointed out that several clubs in our area have evening meetings that we could visit.  We closed out the meeting with three things to consider:  a. Have two meetings in the noon venue and one evening.  b.  Keep the four meetings per month and c. Change our venue and then decided about meetings.   Marty did had us do a straw vote of these options but there was no sense any of it being unanimous so it will be discussed at the board meeting prior to the DGs visit.   

Todays Raffle:  Andy had his ticket drawn for bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $150.  

Thought for the Day:  When an organization is at a crossroad, the members must look within to see what their goals and values are that will help the group move toward a direction and goal that will make the organization better!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 16, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 16, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

We had a number of guests:  Marvin Collins, Jr,  Tom Turmin, Capt Del A Campa EC Police, Jack’s grandson Cody Oday, Lauren Ray from Jim Spain’s company. Alexa Asst City Mgr, Gabe Quinto city council member (who is applying for Rotary Membership) and Mia Williams from City Manager’s office.

Announcements:

  • February 6th is the District Governor’s visit.  It will be an early day so be prepared to show up by 10a.
  • Next meeting we will vote on the Board’s suggestions for changing the number of meetings per month.
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Sgt at Arms:     Steve completed several recognitions of birthdays and anniversary.  Larry Sanchez, Rachel Melby, Nobuko, Jim Spain several others were   Good stuff. 

Happy Dollars:  Rachel is happy she found 75 people who are interested in her ideas on workspace opportunities.  Marvin Collins is happy to be here. 

New Member induction:  Jack completed the new member induction ceremony with El Cerrito Fire Chief Michael Pigone.  Everyone present was very enthusiastic about his induction as Membership Chair Jack Freethy conducted the official ceremony.    Welcome aboard Michael!  We look forward to having you and a valued member of the Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club!!.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced El Cerrito City Manager, Karen Pinkos to bring us up to date on the state of El Cerrito and to review the many key things that are going on in El Cerrito.   We were given the background of the many plans that have been developed and some that have been implemented.  There is a great deal going on in El Cerrito.  Once just has to drive down San Pablo Ave to see firsthand all the construction that is underway.  In addition, all the functions the city has for the citizens are humming along at top speed, serving the citizenry with many things.  Karen pointed out the challenge of carrying out so many functions provided by the many services keep staff busy.  Karen has been heavily involved in the international city administration executive organization and in so doing has visited many cities, a several countries that have taken advantage of the visits of executives of outside their own jurisdictions.  Karen has been the City Manager for a bit over a year after having been the assistant city manager for twelve years.  She acknowledge how effective Scott Hannan had been in tutoring her to be able to take over when he retired.  This was a great presentation and the audience was very enthusiastic with applause when she completed her talk.  One of the key points she made was the understanding she and her staff have about the city being an operation with a fixed income and the necessity of not exceeding the income with expenses.  I think we all came away with a better understanding of the excellent way our city is managed by Karen and her staff.  Thanks for giving us a great presentation.

Todays Raffle:  Andy had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $145.  Michael Pigone had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine. 

Thought for the Day: 

The sense I had about our club at the end of our meeting is that we are on the right path to continue to our club growth to become the Friendly club it has been for the past 70 years!!