El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin – June 14, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

June 14, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked John to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.  Terry asked for a moment of silence for our loss of Joe Conwill and Mike Gonzalez passing away yesterday.  The loss of these two fellow Rotarians and Friends is rough.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sabina Pan was visiting today for the last time because she was inducted later in the program.

Announcements:

  • Pres Terry reported on the results of the Loving Day celebration.
  • Terry also reported that the two beneficiaries for Sip and Savor will be the CCCT and the Milo Foundation.
  • Terry acknowledged Joe and Don who did not get there award at the Celebration dinn
  • Lee reminded us of the community service project on July 30 where we will be cleaning up the CCCT theater parking lot and grounds. Lee reminded us that three groups, Rotary, Millennials and CCCT folks will be participating.  If you can participate set aside June 30 from 9:30a to 12 noon to help out.
  • Sonya announced and provided fliers for the Sip and Savor Sponsorship program. This program will be in full swing from now until early October to get the most funding we can for our annual fund raiser.

 

Happy Dollars:

Mark is happy about his new grandson even though he sleeps days and stays awake at night.  He is very young so he will get it figured out.  Michael is happy to have a new car.  Terry is also happy to have a new car and told the story of making sure his insurance coverage was upgraded to include windshield damage which he needed today.  Don is happy to be at Rotary.  Jack is happy Don is here today.

 

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

 

Induction of Sabina Pan into El Cerrito Rotary:

Jack was asked to come forward and do the induction of Sabina.  He explained the purpose of the ceremony and the pride with which we honor our new members.  Sabina was given her Rotary pin along with a certificate for her wall so everyone will see it.  Then Nancy pinned Sabina’s Rotary pin on her lapel and we all stood and welcomed her into our club.

 

Jack, Sabina and Nancy 

 

Today’s Program: 

Sonya introduced Crystal Merrill fo the WCCUSD real aloud program to tell us abou the probram and the impact and benefits that program provides for selected grammer schools.  Crystal gave us a review of what the program is and how it works.  She also explained how volunteers are used in the program to create an environnment in which grammer school children are encouraged to read by being read to by both the volunteers and their parents.  We learned about the program that provies books to the children and how they are encouraged to read and be read to so they can understand the joy and excitement of reading.  Crystal have been with the program for several years and explained the benefits and results that have been gained.  He also gave us info on how to check in to become an adult volunteer reader for the program.   This is  wonderful program and that has experienced growth year to year.  The evaluation of results of the program has revealed a significant improvement in the attitude and results of these children being involved in this program.  We were also told how we can donate $$ and books to the program.

Crystal Merrill – WCCUSD Read Aloud Director

 

Raffle Winners:

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled a blue eye marble winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $60

 

 

Thought for the week

Almost half of all communication time is spent on listening

–Paul J..Meyer – Founder of Leadership Management Inc.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 7, 2018

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

June 7, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 Editors Note:  We learned just before our weekly meeting that one of our all time great members, Joe Conwill had passed away this morning.  Some of you may not know Joe’s Father Fred Conwill was a founding member of El Cerrito Rotary in 1949.  The Conwill’s have been great supporter of El Cerrito Rotary and the events we have sponsored over the years.  We are all saddened for the loss of Joe.  May all his friends and family be assured Joe will not be forgotten.

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Visitors today included Lisa McIntosh and Sabina Pan.  This is Sabina’s last meeting as a guest as she will be sworn in as a new member next week

Announcements:

  • Terry thank everyone for the Party we held for him last Saturday evening.
  • Terry told us that June 13th is a celebration of Loving Day and ask for help to staff the table we have for this event.
  • Berkeley Rotary has its annual fund raiser, the Kite Festival next Saturday.
  • Lee announced the next community service day for June 30th. There will be a millennial meeting at McBears on June 27th to set up the CCCT clean up on the 30th.

 

  Happy Dollars:    

Nancy is happy that she remembered the exercise from last week.  Paul is happy for his vacation that starts today after work.  Jack is happy for the experience he had with kid in Lafayette that dropped some trash in a parking lot.  Marty is happy about the enjoyment of Terry’s party on Saturday.  Terry is happy about the great dinner he was given by the club.at Salute’s.  Nobuko is happy about her 20th anniversary and she received a pair of cute kitten from Jon.  Sonya is hppy about hiring a new certified Activity Trainer at work.  Lee is happy for his daughter’s boy friends company being bought out and him receiving a great buy out package.

 

Sgt at Arms: On duty today.  Sal recognized birthdays and anniversarys.  He then did trivia for each table and some got tagged and some not.

Today’s Program: 

Gary introduced Dr. Jay Sordean to speak to us today about personality styles and how they impact us.   Took us through a Four Cards evaluation so we could see what we value and the ways we express our values through action.  There were four colors of cards in this evaluation and each of these cards had twelve things which expressed what we value most.  Each set of values had a color associated with the set of values.  We then chose that color that most suited our values.  And then arranged the others in order of importance below the top one.   Jay helped us understand how communicating to other in a way that supports their values can be most effective.  He concluded with examples of how our values are important and help us understand about how we assign importance to others.  

This was a very interesting demonstration of personal values and how e choose what’s important to us.  Thank you Sonya for having Jay visit us and share this valuable information with us.

Dr. Jay Sordean – speaking about personality style and dimensia

 

Raffle Winners:

Jack had his ticket had her ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sonya had her ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $55

 

Thought for the week

Just when you think you have everything under control someone points out something that needs to be adjusted.

Rotary Bulletin for May 31, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 31, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sal had a guest named Destiny he met at McBears and he invited him to come visit us today.

Announcements:

  • No board meeting in June.
  • Thursday July 5th the club will not meet because of independence day
  • Terry announced that several jobs remain for the new Rotary year. If you want to be involved in any of these areas please speak to Terry.
  • Jane gave us the rundown on the Party on Saturday. A meeting was held after the meeting to tidy up loose ends
  • Tracy gave a report on the cleanup day on the 26th. There was a great turnout of people who picked up trash and about there was a good turnout.  Tracy thanked everyone who came.
  • Lee announced a cleanup project at CCCT theater parking lot in June
  • Gary announced our Interact club contributed $750 to the Wildlife Conversation Society District project.

 

Happy Dollars:  Mark Scott had happy dollars for his new grandson:  William Duncan Alexander Brown.  Sal had $5 and confessed he was not ready for Sgt at Arms today.  Jack had happy dollare for a Paul Harris award from a Freethy relative in Michigan who was given the award a generation ago.  Kanti is happy he attended the TGIFF event last Friday.  Tracy was happy for attending a Warrior celebration.  Jane is happy for an event her grandson participated in and also that she will be going on Vacation to Canada.  Marty is happy about a play he attended.  Michael is happy the Warriors advanced in the playoffs.

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

 

Today’s Program: 

Gary introduced our speaker today:  Chester Santos a nationally renown memory specialist.  After we viewed a list of his awards and accomplishments, he provided us a very interesting and engaging example of use of memory.   He went around the room and gave us each person’s name.  He gave us some insights on how our visual memory is a very powerful tool that we all fail to use effectively.   We were given example of how recounting visualization and help us remember things.  Then he gave us random word that he turned into a story.  Then he reviewed the story with the words and asked Tracy to go through the words and she got them all correct.  This was a great example putting what he was telling us into a practical example.  Chester ended his presentation by offering us a discounted training and a number of people signed up to take the training.  Chester’s presentation was excellent and well worth the investment to take the training.  Thanks to Jan for setting up Chester visiting us today.

 

 

 Chester Santos – The Memory Man

 

Raffle Winners:

Kanti had his ticket had her ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Marty had his ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled the winning marble winning the $150 Jackpot.  Next week the pot will be $50

Marty won the Genie Stone.

Thought for the week

Collaboration is an unnatural act performed by partially consenting adults seated around a table with the lights on.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 24, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 24, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Dist Gov Elect was on hand today to help with the awarding of PHF recognitions.  ,

 

 

Announcements:

  • Thanked Lee for the work he did in setting up the millennial task force meeting which was a great success last evening.
  • TGIFF is tomorrow at the Hercules “Jumping Spoon Restaurant. Be sure and attend is you can make it.
  • Terry announced that several jobs remain for the new Rotary year. If you want to be involved in any of these areas please speak to Terry.

 

Happy Dollars: 

Joe is happy about the success of the millennial task force meeting.  Gary is happy that the cord fit his computer so he could use it for today’s presentation.  Jack is happy about the millennial meeting and how well it went.  The DG elect was in attendance and got to greet the young folks who joined in the fund

  

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

 

Awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships:  Marty and DG Elect Dwyer did presentation and acknowledgment of awards to our fellow Rotarians.  New Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to Joe Yang, George Trillia, Andy Brown, and Frank Safari.  John Hoagland, Marke Scott and Lee Prutton were awarded special pins for the multiple PHF awards they have received.  Jack and Nobuko were awarded sustaining membership for their annual contribution of $10k to the fund. 

Marty with the PHF awardees.  DG Elect Jon Dwyer is third from left.

 

Today’s Program:  President Terry introduced fellow Rotarian Gary Buffon to speak to the club about his role as a Hunter Education Instructor for the state of Calif.   Gary has been running the State sponsored class at Richmond Rod and Gun since 2009.  Gary did a quick run through of what Hunter Education is and the role it plays in Hunter throughout the US.  There were a number of questions and comments about hunting as many of the Rotarians had hunted in the past.  Gary’s focus was to let people know why hunting is important to our society and how the Dept of Fish and Wildlife plays a critical role in insuring the fish and game are use and protected for the betterment of the population.  The Dept of Fish and Wildlife considers the hunter education program one of the best ways that the hunting tradition is passed on.  The volunteer Hunter Education program instructors are committed to what they do and the importance of the program.  Gary has graduated over 3000 students at his classes at the Richmond Rod and Gun Club.   Gary showed a picture of the “War Wagon” a mobile shooting bench used by the guide who leads Gary and his friends on the Beldings ground squirrel hunts in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  He also showed a picture of one of his favorite varmint hunting rifles.  His last picture was of a clay target that Norma shot a hole in at 300 yards when she and Gary were practicing at the Gardnerville, Nevada shooting range.  

 

                                     

 

Raffle Winners:

Nobuko had her ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled a catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $150.

 

 

Thought for the week

Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.

–Will Rogers

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 17, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

May 17, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

Today we were honored by the presence of our District Governor Elect, Jon Dwyer.  He gave us a quick rundown on the upcoming events for when his year begins.

Announcements:

  • May 24th will be Paul Harris Fellow acknowledgement awards. Wear your PHF pins and join in congratulating the PHF members and those getting additional credit. 
  • Bowl-a-Thon results: our team placed 4th in the completion and raised funds for the Roto-Care-Clinic. If you have made a pledge, be sure and pay up.
  • Marty told us about the CCCT preview of next year that will be held at 7p at the Theater tonight
  • Remember Terry’s party is on June 2nd and you must get your payment in before the event!!

Happy Dollars:  Marty is happy he got to take his lady friend and her children to have breakfast on the Red Oak Victory.  Mark Scott is happy to be wearing “real shoes” for the first time since February.  Jack is happy he went to Rafael’s.  Terry is happy about his visit to Rafael’s Mother’s Day event. Gary told the story of getting the photo of School Advisor Patty Caballero and the HS Principal on Wednesday.  Nobuko gave us a quick update on her cruise to Spain, Portugal, and Germany and the challenge of getting home.  Jan told us about the community service work she and her team do at the soup Kitchen and how impactful it was for one of her team.  Rafael had $10 for the support he got from Rotarians for his Mother’s day celebration.  Michael is happy about the Bowl-a-thon and his wife participating.  Michael is also happy his son and daughter are coming to participate in the Bay-to-Breakers event.

  

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

Today’s Program: 

Jan introduced Lesa McIntosh to speak to us about Probate and how important it is to have a current estate plan to keep it up to date.  Lesa gave us a quick summary of how expensive it is to have all the legal parts in place so when we pass there will be an orderly transfer of the resources to the survivors.   She explaned the probate fee that will result if there is no trust in place.  In addition, an up to date power of attorney is cruicial.  She answered many questions and she provided a Estate Plan Checklist one can use as a guide.  Lesa invited us to contact her if we wanted to find out more to find out what is involved in setting up a trust.  This was an excellent presentation and everyone was impressed with her information and the challenge to get or keep our house in order around the issue of what happens when we are not longer alive.  Thanks to Jan for inviting Lesa to speak to us!!     

                                                                          Lesa McIntosh – Attorney

 

Raffle Winners:

Marty won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble game and pulled a catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $145.

 

Thought for the week

The Rotary Motto is “Service Above Self.”  We get to count the blessings we receive from being a Rotary and we see all the good our fellow Rotarians do for everything they do.  Consider what Rafael did for the “moms” in his neighborhood.  Pretty amazing the lengths Rotarians go to when honoring others.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 10, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 10, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Kanti had wife Mona as his guest.  Richmond Rotarian Alan Baer.

Announcements:

  • May 24th will be Paul Harris Fellow acknowledgement awards
  • Terry announced that Marla is in charge of the Rotary Club Roster update this year
  • Tracy reminded everyone of the May 26th community service clean-up that will be taking place on the BART trail
  • Lee reminded us of the Millennial Task Force meeting at McBears Social club on May 23rd at 7p. Any Rotarians who can make it please come and meet the potential participants
  • Jane reminded us of the Jan 2nd dinner for Terry at Salutes’

 Happy Dollars:   Tracy is happy to going to Washington to get her daughter set up in her new apartment where she will live for the next two years.  Sal reminded us of the Mother’s day breakfast on the Red Oak Victory.  Mona is happy about her grandson growing like a weed.  Mark Scott is happy for his daughter having another baby, a grandson.  Jan is happy about a great golf game she enjoyed.  Jack was happy to share a story in the Rotarian Mag about the use of the Meet-up app and acknowledged Lee for having his daughter help him use it for the millennial meeting on the 23rd.  Gary is happy that he is to be doing his 16th officer induction of Interact Officers. 

 

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

Other Interesting things today: 

Interact Club Officer induction ceremony:

Past Pres Stephanie Baer, 2018 officers: Ian Ruth, Lewis Henneberger, Gabriel Myrick, Michael Fox, President, Aiden Cooney, Jenny Fox, Taylor Hardy, Vonne Ng Bader

  

 Today’s Program: 

Mayor Gabriel Quinto was introduced by Tracy.  The Mayor was here to give us an update on the state of the City.  After a brief history about him being a navative of El Cerrito and his commitment to working to make our city achieve the results that are important for us all, he focused on key issues we currently face.  First we heard about the building that are being constructed along San Pablo Ave.  One of those is the new senior center and the circumstances of the forced move from the old facility that was owned by the CC School District.  The new modular building will be completed in June of this year. Then we heard about the five year plan for a new library and how the search for the best location is being worked on.  We were told the story of how the Los Moles resteraunt came to be.  There is an ongoing effort with Richmond to further the relationship to create a win/win for both of our cities.. The Mayor passed out maps that identified the specific areas and how things relate to one another.  Then our Mayor explained the plan to change our city to a Charter City to facilitate a greater ability to obtain and complete major projects.  This was a very comprehensive presentation for the short time he had to do it.

     El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto

 

Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto was introduced and she told us about her aspiration to get elected as an assembly representative.  Be sure you look at her bio and information on your ballot for the June election and give her consideration for the position.  She has a good background and as a nurse at Alta Bates she has some good ideas about the importance of Health care facilities and the need to bolster and enhance that aspect of our community.

Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

 

This was an excellent program and thanks to Tracy for inviting Major Quinto and Mayor Pro Tem Pardue-Okimoto to speak to us.

 

 Raffle Winners:

Sonya won the bottle of wine.  Alan Baer had his ticket pulled for the marble game and gave the opportunity to Iraj (Frank) who drew a catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $140.

 

Thought for the week: Remember the youth of our country will be taking over and we want them to fully understand their impact and value.  Do your part to make sure they understand how much we value them!

 

Addendum:  A visit to the classroom of Patty Caballero the school adviser for the Interact Club provided the opportunity to get her picture along with the school Principal Ms McCormick.  

Ms Caballero (holding her certificate) with Ms McCormick, School Principal 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 3, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

May 3, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Jack had guest Sabrina Pan and announced she has decided to join the El Cerrito Rotary Club.  David Weinstein of the EC Trail Trekkers was here to tell us about our partnership with the city for the May 26th clean-up day.

 

Announcements:

  • There is a board meeting on May 8th. Board members are reminded to be present as we are setting up our new Rotary Year.  We meet at 12:30p at the club on the 8th.
  • Marla broke a finger and a substitute was chosen for the Bowl-a-thon for the May 12th Roto-Care clinic bowl-a-thon.
  • Terry reminded the June speaker team to get the months speakers booked Joe Yang is the leader
  • Lee gave us a quick summary of the May 26th clean up event. He also told us about the Millennial Task Force Meeting at McBears Social club in El Cerrito on the 23rd.  Lee handed out fliers for all of us to use in promoting the meeting.  Be sure and give these to those you think are interested in this activity and love to do community service.
  • Jane gave us a summary of the Celebration for Terry’s first year as President. The event will be held on June 2nd at Salute Evita Ristorante Marina Bay, 1900 Esplanade Drove in Richmond.  Sign up now and pay the treasurer for your tickets.  The dinner is $50 per person and the menu looks really goo

 

Happy Dollars:   

Lee is happy his Hawaii trip was cancelled as there are a lot of things going on that he is involved in.  Tracy is happy about Jane’s return (big applause for Jane).  Kanti is happy that Sebina wants to join Rotary and also happy Jane is back.  Marty is happy for Sabina joining us and he is very sad about the loss of his dog.  Jack was $100 happy  for a new golf club.  Andy is happy about his three son’s and how well they are doing.  One is coming home from his first year at college, a second is got accepted at San Jose State for the music program and the youngest son is doing well also.  Joe is happy to be having a short vacation without his daughter.  Sebina is happy to be ready to join Rotary. 

Sgt at Arms:  Sal announced the birthdays and anniversaries.  Then he did some historical trivia and collect money from those who did not get the correct answers.  Good fun and great info. 

Other Interesting things today:  David Weinstein gave a demonstration of the gear we will be using for the cleanup on May 26th.

 

 

David Weinstein

Today’s Program: 

We did not have an “official” speaker but President Terry gave us the option to have a discussion of potential projects for our club.  During the discussion Sal told us about the placing of flags at the grave sites of veterans on memorial day.

Rafael told us a sad situation of a friend who was injured in a vehicle accident and the efforts he is doing to obtain some financial support for the injuries she sustained on one of her hands.

One of the potential projects was identified by Tracy.  There is a spot at Cerrito Vista that had a tree removed and it needs to be remedicated with benches so the parents can sit while their kids play on the play structures.    There will be more action taken to select specific actions to be taken.

Terry reminded us that next week we have the El Cerrito Mayor and we will be inducting the new Interact officers for 2018-19.

 

 Raffle Winners:

Kanti won the bottle of wine.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a black marble costing him $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $135.

 

Thought for the week

Free people, remember this maxim:  We may acquire liberty, but is is never recovered if it is once lost. 

–Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 26, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 26, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

Past President Tracy:  greeted everyone and had Rfael lead the flag salute.  Nancy provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: Kanti had guest Sabina Pan a local CPA.  Nobuko had guest Tomoko Maeda who is visiting from Japan.

Announcements:

  • Rafael gave a brief update on his Mother’s Day event at USA Carpet and asked anyone who wants to donate a gift basket to bring it to Rotary next week
  • Tracy announced a Sip and Savor meeting after todays Rotary meeting
  • Lee reminded us of the Mary 23 meeting for Millennials that will be held at McBeers

 Happy Dollars:   

Lee is happy his daughter applied for a job for Air B&B and although she did not get the job she got a four month job where she will be traveling to Japan as part of a different job.  Jack is happy his granddaughter is going to be on a student exchaunge program to Japan for the Lafayette Rotary club.  Michael is happy for his 33rd anniversary with State Farm insurance.  Tracy is happy she will be going to visit her daughter at her school in Washington where she will be helping her set up her condo that she will share with three other girls.  Nobuko is happy to be traveling to Spain and Portugal in the next two weeks.  

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

Other Interesting things today:  Tracy asked Rotarians to share special memories from their Rotary experience.  Marty, Tracy, Rafael and Kanti provided wonderful memories.

Today’s Program: 

Tracy introduced our speaker for today, Lt Lauren Caputo of the El Cerrito PD to speak to us about body-worn cameras for the officers in El Cerrito.  Lt Caputo explained the factors that have brought about the decision to use these devices and how these devices would bring about a lot of benefits and changes in the police department..  The cameras that have been selected have been around in one form or another for about 12 years.  During that time much improvement has been achieved.  In addition, there is a lot of considerations in the use of this equipment and technology.  The department will begin the use of the camera’s in mid May.  A lot of work has been done onf the protocols for the use of the devices.  The protocols are quite complex as they deal with a lot of legal issues that cross lines in the legal arena.  In addition, a number of very important operational protocols are also involved such as when do the camera’s get turned on and in what circumstances. Also how the use of the camera’s in report writing and other evidence gathering situaitons.  Lt Caputo did an excellent job of explaining the overall operation and how the department has created a living an operational document for the use of the camera’s in the handling of the data gathered and also the dissemination the information within and between areas of responsibility.  The camera’s are being leased on a 30 month basis.  We might want to have a follow-up presentation after the camera’s have been in operation at the department.    

Lt Lauren Caputo – ECPD

 

 Raffle Winners:

Michael won the bottle of wine.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a red marble winning him $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $130.

 

Thought for the week

No important worthwhile can be accomplished without the support of others.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 20, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 19, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  greeted everyone and had Joe lead the flag salute.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Pate Thompson of the Berkeley Club and Aaron Gobbler of the Albany club we with us today

 Announcements:

  • The TGIFF event this month is not on the last Friday, it is actually this Saturday and will be held at the Albany YMCA and will cost $15 and is the Albany Club’s fund raiser.
  • Terry gave us info on the May speaker
  • Terry reiterated his request for everyone to tell him what they want to do for the 2018-19 year.
  • Terry asked Aaron to tell us about the TGIFF event. It is going to be a lot of fun.  Be sure and attend if you can.
  • Pate gave a summary of the Bowl-a-thon being held for funding the Roto-Care facility. Pate gave us a summary of what is happening at the Roto-Care facility regarding staffing change.  Pate also gave us an update on the young woman who is a polio survivor and was given treatment and new crutches and now she is completing her MBA and will have an opportunity to succeed.

 

Happy Dollars:   

Jack is happy about connecting with Susan Murabana the Rotarian in Kenya who worked with Carl Pennypacker in the astronomy program we did at El Cerrito high school several years ago.  Marty is happy his garage is not closing immediately and he will now go back to doing the service writing.  Marty also reminisced about the work he did in Rotary when he got funding for a surgical eye microscope for use in Bangkok.  Gary is happy about the Interact club having their new officers in place for the new year.  Tracy is is happy that the El Cerrito Garden is getting things done. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program: 

President Terry introduced Terri Waller, Employer Engagement Coordinator for the WCCUSD.   Terri is responsible for getting young people into career pathways where they can get internships for summer employment.  Terri explained the Intership Program and how it works.  High school students have an opportunity to be gainfully employeed in positions that both teach them skills and also give them payment for their work efforts.  We were given a number of great examples of how this progtam works.  The goal is to get young people engaged in the workplace in a way that makes sense for them to understand the opportunitites and the relationship between gaining experience, making some money and learning how things work in the “real” world.  Terri gave excellent examples of how thie entire process works.  She actually works with potential employers who wand to see how the program works.  Terri called this the Pathways program.   If you are curious or know someone who might like to check out this program you can check out www.wccusdpathways.org.  One can learn the various programs that are available and what one can do to find out more about how they work.  If you know people who have highschool kids let them know about the program.   You can also contact Terri at Terri.waller@wccusd.net via email.  If anyone has a business, you can check into the program. 

The program starts June 18 where students spend one week in WCCUSD’s work-readiness skill development course.  Intern placement date begin Monday June 25th.  The paid internships are 3-4 day work weeks.

This sounds like a very exciting program.  Terri was activity working with Rotarians to get them engaged in this program.  If you have any possibility in using this program give it a shot!!

It was great having Terri with us today!!

Terri Waller – Employer Engagement Coordinator – WCCUSD

 

Raffle Winners:

Andy won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a black marble costing him $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $125.

 

Thought for the week

Many people as they get older think about the times they worked at jobs when they were first getting started.  The things we learned were both interesting and shocking.  Mine was building a fence for the Lady who ran the post office in Wendel Calif.  I discovered that digging post holes was not that much fun but I loved how the fence looked when finished.  I thought about this experience when Terri was doing her presentation.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 12, 2018

President Terry:  greeted everyone and had Michael lead the flag salute.  Terry provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   No visiting Rotarians  Rafael had wife Anna along with a close family friend Suzy and her three young children.

 

Announcements:

  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. Some of our team members need sponsorship so check with them to find out how you can help.  We have four bowlers and each is looking to get sponsors.  .
  • Saturday April 26 is a community service project, our club will be working with the Trail Trekkers doing trail clean-up.
  • Lee reminded us of the “millennial meeting” which will be at McBeers. Next week we will have details of the date and time.

 

Happy Dollars:   

Mark F had $20 for a great vacation in Croatia.  Marty is happy his shop will continue in operation until the end of the year.  Gary is happy the Interact club has new officers and we will schedule the new officer induction in May.  Jack is happy the article in Rotarian mag and he got the new cook at the club to make a quick stop to say hello to us.  Sonya is happy about the Easter Brunch held at El Cerrito Royal.   Terry is happy about his trip to Hawaii where he and his family had a great time.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

 

Other Interesting Things:    Terry showed a video about a Rotary Hospital project in Sri Landa.

 

Today’s Program: 

Michael introduced Chris Treadway to tell us about the book he is writing.  Now that he is no longer working for the newspaper he has the opportunity to devote his time toward completing his book.  His book is a history of El Cerrito and the things that shaped the city into what it is today.  El Cerrito has a most interesting and storied history that involved booklegging, gambling and a dog race track located where the El Cerrito Plaza is now.  This track along with the saloon and other adult intertainment was the economic engine for the city.  Since horse racing was illegal in California the dog races were a way around having a gambling and entertainment section of El Cerrito.  The grayhound racing track was in operation from 1932 to 1939. 

Chris read to us the forward of his book and some other interesting aspects so we could get a preview of what to expect when the book comes out.  The expactation is that it will be published last in the year. 

Then there was a number of interesting questions and discussion.  Mark Scott discussed the tunnel system in the city that was used to get from one location to another.  The tunnels had a very effective purpose when one wanted to move from place to place without notices.  Mark had been involved in inspecting and closing down some of these when he was in the El Cerrito Fire Dept.  Apparently, there were some very elaborate construction projects built during the hayday of the operation of bars and brothels. 

Chris did a lot of Q&A with the audience regarding news media and the barriers that exist to the current newsmedia.  Also discussed was the ways the internet and newspapers are not used in the same ways and they were during the early days of El Cerrito.  One interesting tidbit was that aircraft were manufactured in El Cerrito.  There is a great deal to be learned by us.  We just have to get a copy of the book about El Cerrito.

 

Chris Treadway –told us about his book

 

Raffle Winners:

Mark won the bottle of wine.  Sonya also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Don had his ticket pulled for the beautiful bowl that Lee made. Next week the jackpot will be $120.

 

Thought for the week

Just when you thought you were getting things completed on time, you realized that you were now out of time.