Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 18, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Nobuko led the flag salute.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    

None Today

Announcements:

  • Thursday May 2nd will be a special happy birthday party for El Cerrito Rotary.  Be sure and plan on being with us that day.  Jane needs to get an approximate head count so please send her and email if you are bringing a guest. Jane’s email address is on the special email I sent separately from the bulletin this week
  • Lee announced that the signs for the trail that will have its signage put up are nearly complete.  Looks like the timing may be ready the week of May 20th.   Lee is working with the trail trekkers to come up with a date we can jointly work on putting up these signs and will let us know the possible next steps
  • President Terry announced the possibility of a day at the Oakland A’s on July 13th.  Stay tuned for a signup and other information at our next meeting
  • Terry is doing a visit to the other BARSHEEP clubs and will keep us posted on this
  • The luncheon negotiation team is close to a resolution.  The bottom line looks like $25 per week.  Our board will do a final vote on the proposal at the May Rotary club board meeting.  The meeting will be the second Tuesday of May at 1:30p.  Be sure and mark you calendar
  • Gary announced that the Camp Venture and Camp Royal candidates have turned in their paperwork and will be all set for their camping experience. 
  • Kathleen Keller an El Cerrito Resident contacted Gary regarding providing a raffle gift for Sip and Savor.  Kathleen has a momento from our 4th of July days when we gave everyone a 4th of July tee-shirt.  Kathleen wants to come and present this gift to us on May 2nd.  Fits right in with what we are doing.

Happy Dollars:  

Jane is happy for her upcoming trip to Disneyland with her Grandkids.  Jack is happy about the article in the Rotarian Magazine.  Tracy is happy about the help Jim Spain provided.  Steve is happy about his recent trip to France and other countries.  He was thankful he got to se Notre Dame before it was set on fire.  Nancy is happy to have her brother spend time with her.  Jim is thankful that Tracy relies on her for taking care of real estate repairs.  

Sgt at Arms:  Sal gave us an education on Easter and how it began and in what country.  He also gave us some background on the Notre Dame cathedral that recently burned in Paris.  Anyway, Sal will continue with this theme next week and share some more information and ask us some questions so we can be more informed.  R

Todays Program:  Terry introduced Rex Delizo, who is district manager of the Stege Sanitary District.  Rex provided us with some basics and understanding of his position and the role Stege provides in our area. Stege is the utility that provides service for our homes and businesses for sanitary services. Rex was with us today to give us some basic information and updates on what we all need to be aware of when it comes to our sewage services.  He also provided us info about the impact of the new housing developments of the several high rise apartments being constructed in El Cerrittto, 

One of Rex;s main points was about notifying the Stege when you have a problem with the sewer line.  Another point is that Stege always wants to know when you have a problem.  Rex also explained a backflow device and how they work.  One of the key points is that NEVER flush disposalable wipes.  They do not disintigrate like toilet paper.  Rex had some great handouts and answered many questions for us.  He presented a very good program.

Todays Raffle: The bottle of wine was won by Jane.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Michael and he selected a cats eye marble,   He selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $150

Thought for the Week:

Every Rotarian is aware of the scope of what they do and they excel as a result!

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Apr 4, 2019

Past President Lee greeted everyone and Michaell led the flag salute.  Lee provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    

We had Naomi’s video guy Bob and Naomi’s son David as our guests today

Announcements:

  • Jack gave us an update on the lunch menu and the ongoing negotiations for our cost with regard to the lunch.
  • Jack reminded us of the Rotary Board meeting, next Tuesday at 12:30p at the club
  • Jane announced we will have our Demotion Dinner for Terry on June 22nd at La Strada.  More will be provided as the time draws near
  • Sonya reminded of our big Sip and Savor Celebration on October 13, 2019.  She provided an updated Flyer.

Happy Dollars:  

Nancy is happy that Mechanics Bank purchased a bank that doubled its net worth.  Sal is happy that he now has a clean bill of health for his mouth.  Jack is happy his Joyful Moments book is now hot off the press.  He will share more about this later.  He was asked to give us some details at a future meeting which he agreed to do.  Michael is happy his son and daughter took a vacation together to Australia.  Lee is happy about his recent vacation tip and shared with us how he is capturing his pictures so he can share them with others,  There are a lot of ways people can download pictures and then have them put into useable form for not a lot of money.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today

Todays Program:  .Lee introduced Naomi Sodomin to speak to us about her business and pasion of building a business “embrace the mirror”.  The main focus of her presentation was how we must use our consciounce and subconsciounce mind in order to achieve the success we desire (and deserve).  Naomi told us it is very important to take advantage of our subconsciounce mind as it can have a significant impact on giving us the internal means and extermal desire to achieve more.  She gave us some very good examples of ways that successful people use their mental attributes to adhieve and do more.  She gave us examples of people that have used the power of the subconscious mind to achive very powerful outcome.  She also pointed it is important to “stop doing” and take time to dream.  In the trade it is called visualizating. 

Naomi did an excellent job in her presentation and ended by giving us a questionnair to complete so we could get more information.  I consider this presentation to be one of the best presentations we have had for some time. 

Todays Raffle: The bottle of wine was won by Sonya.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Andy  and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $140.      

Thought for the Week:

Whatever you vividly image, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act on will inevitably come to pass.  – Paul J. Meyer.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 21,2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

Past President Jack greeted everyone and Marty led the pledge.  Jack provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Georgina Edwards of the CCCT was a guest of Sonya.  Gary Pokorny was a visiiting Rotarian.  Raphael Cartegena, Jr was guest of his dad Raphael.  Bob and Michelle Fox were here to support their daughter Anna who was our guest speaker today.  Norma Trillia was here as a guest of George.

Announcements:

  • Jack reported that Mark Scott is doing better and had a card for all of us to sign.  Best wishes to Mark for all his medical procedures.
  • Marty announced he and the board will be deciding what organizations to support with the Sip and Savor receipts
  • Jane announced the search is on for a demotion dinner site is underway.  Be ready to help Jane if she asks you
  • Jack, Tracy and Jim Spain met with the BCC management to discuss the challenges with lunch cost and minimum payment.  There will be the final decisions on this matter soon. 
  • Gary Pokorny is happy for the Earth Day celebration at the El Cerrito Library and had a sign up for Rotarians who want to help.
  • Gary announced that Jennifer Fox is has been selected to attend the Camp Venture camp.  Jennifer is working on her forms and preparing for attending the camp.  
  • Sonya announced that there will be a 70th anniversary sponsorship for sip and Savor that will be $700 or $100 dollars for the next seven months.  This will be the platinum anniversary for the event.  

Happy Dollars:  Lee is happy for three reasons: the kitchen remodel is complete, his daughter has moved into her own home in Pt Richmond and the plant and pot donation are now complete for the Alameda fundraiser.  Sonya had sad dollars for the loss of a relative in a car accident.  Tracy is happy for Jack’s leadership in helping our club with a number of things.  Jack is happy for Jim Spain’s help with work on his office building and recommended that Jim is a valuable resource if you find the need for the work he does.  Marty is happy as he is heading to Italy for a month on vacation.  

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on duty today

Todays Program:  Tracy introduced Anna Fox  who was our speaker today.  Tracy knows Anna because she is friends with her daughter Sarah.  Anna is currently attending UC Davis and one of her “specialities” is being a summer Camp counselor for Camp Keesem, a national orgznization that provides summer camps for young people who have parents that suffer from cancer.  Anna introduced the Camp Keesem and how it is woven into organizations that provide the support for the camp using a sound model of providing a support structure for the yhoung people that acttually put on the Camp Keesem operation for about 125 campers each year.  The structure is comprised of a mixture of health professionals, camp counselores and a facilitiy that is staffed by the sponsoring organization, in the case of the Camp at UC Davis.  Anna showed us the staffing structure along with some of the criculum.  We even got to hear about and experience some of the activities that occur at Canp Keesem.  Anna did an excellent job of explaining how the camp operates and the results it provides to the campers. Thanks to Tracy for inviting Anna to speak to us.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 14, 2019

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

We had no visiting Rotarians but we did have a lot of guests.  Jane’s husband Alan was here as well as Sue, Barbara, Pam and Rafael’s son Richard.

Announcements:

  • Nancy did her Genie stone announcement about Mechanics Bank’s line of credit
  • Marty gave us some info about his recent PETS conference
  • The next slogan for Rotary is “Rotary connects the world”

Happy Dollars:  

We had a lot of happy dollar people today:  Andy, Tracy, Michael, Jack, Jan, Marty and Rafael

Sgt at Arms:  Did an excellent presentation on St Patrick’s  and the way this day was name after him.   At the end of his presentation Sal collected a $ from everyone for the Rotary box.

Todays Program: 

Jan introduced our speaker today Carol Sievers who came to tell us about her current teaching engagement in Aniak Alaska.  It is a fourth grade cless in which the students are mostly native Alaskens.  Carol shared the story of her returning to teaching after retiring in MN and the wonderful adventure it has become for her.  Living in Aniak, a small community in Alaska and all the interesting things this has provided for her.  Things such as the challenges of rural Alaska, native families as well as livinc conditions.  The living standards and other things have created a whole relm of factors fo rher.  Carol sshowed us pictures of the area, of her school and of course, of her students,.  We also saw pictures of huge salmon, wild blue berries and prepation of moose meat in the school.  I especially liked the picture of the school kids in the boat on their way to pick berries.  Carol related how the environment meant a lot of challenges for her and how much of those things had taught her.  One of the most interesting picture was of the school kids preparing parts of a Moose to have for lunch at the school.  This was an excellent presentation and showed the passion that Carol has in being teacher.  Thanks to Jan for inviting Carol to speak to us.  This was a fascinating presentation.

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Marty.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled Michael and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $125..   

Thought for the Week:

This year we are celebrating the 70th year of our Rotary Club and Sonya and others are getting us set up to make sure we get our club the recognition it deserves for its long term commitment to community service.  Be sure you play your part in this anniversary.

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel for March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon (www.rotary5160.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests today were Victoria and Brenda.

Announcements:

  • There will be a club board meeting next Tuesday Mar 13th.
  • Marty will be attending PETS next weekend
  • Sonya passed around the 70th anniversary marketing materials she created to give us an idea of the plan she is working on.

Happy Dollars:  

Jack shared the experience of getting tagged on his property and he shared how he got past the experience.  Rafael provided info on how reliable and reassuring it is being a Mechanics Bank customer.  There was a lot of people in the room who agreed.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today.

Todays Program: 

Tracy introduced Scott Harris who spoke to us today about “Client Clicks”, his internat marketing business. He gave us a summary of the services he offers his clients in the internet marketing areana.  He provided us a great summary of how he helps his clients.  Scott gave us insights into how websites are ranked and how Google uses search engine technology to provide advantages to companies.  In addition Scott shared how the use of inbound and outbound marketing seach processes market is used along with other techniques for setting up ways your website can be made more desireable to seach engines.  In addition, we learned about how one can achieve a top seach ranking.  The process that Scott a lot of info but itfappears it would be valuable to get professional leadership to take advantage of these techniques.. Short answer, call Scott and learn how to do it.  If you are going to invest money in these methods and tools be sure you understand how things work and Scott is the guy to lead you through their use and application.  In the final analysis you want to pay for getting help with what works and that means using Google, Yelp and Facebook in the best ways possible and you will need help to get that right.  Check with Scott to see how he can help you and how much you may have to invest.Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Sonya.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Brenda and she selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $120..   

Thought for the Week: Remember the words of wisdom:  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 28

 El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

Past President Lee greeted everyone and Andy led the pledge.  Lee provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today.

Announcements:

  • Tracy reminded us of next weeks presentation and encouraged us to attend.
  • Lee gave us the update on the signage for the El Cerrito Trails.  The signs have been created and what remains is for the city to create the frames for the signs and install them.  Lee will let us know when things are moving along

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about taking food to RotoCare and learning more about the things that the workers there are doing things in the health care field.  Deseree is happy about the idea of “happy dollars”.  Marty is happy about his upcoming trip to Italy.  Tracy is happy about daughter Sarah wanting to get a “pug” and then finding out the apartment wouldn’t allow it.  Rafael is happy for Valentine’s day celebration in El Salvador.  Lee is happy his daughter if moving into her new home and getting her stuff out of Dad’s house.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today.

Todays Program: 

Lee introduced Deseree Heveroh of the Richmond Visitors Center and convention bureau.  Deseree began by providing and overview of the dity and some of the things that are part of Richmond’s history and culture.  Deseree gave us a bit of history about Richmond’s growth during WWII and some of the key people who lead the way for Richmond to become what is today.  Along the way we learned how opportunities provided people of all walks of life with Richmond’s growth.  Everything from Victory Gardens to Kaiser Hospitals to the now thriving business base that includes so many opportunities for visitors to experience the richness of the area.  The Victory Ship Red Oak is now a part of this as it is a floading museum that offers monthly breakfasts, tours and a greater understanding of how this great provided more than just jobs and essential service but now provides a history lesson and entertainment to the Richmond area.  Then we learned about some of the true gems such as the East Bother Light House which now provides B&B services as well as overnight accomodation to visitors to our area.

Deseree provided us with information about transportation via ferry and other public transportation opportunities.  This was an excellent presentation and if nothing else we were able to get a better idea and understanding of the multiplicity of things to do here in our home area. 

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Frank “Irag.”.   The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Andy and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.   The Genie Stone was won by Nancy.

Thought for the Week: Who was it that suggested, the lull before the storm is never a good place to take a break? 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 24, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   District Governor Jon Dwyer and his wife Bonnie were our special guests.  Asst DG Govenor  Mac was also in attendance today.  Tracy had guest Scott who is checking out our Rotary club.  Contra Costa Civic Theater had four of their board (five county Marty) in attendance:  Kathleen Perka, Andrew, and Brit were in attendance today.

Announcements:

  • Tracy announced the Rotary Warriors game special is going well.  Over 30 tickets have been sold.   Tracy indicated that seating location is good and there are still a few tickets available.
  • TGIFF is tomorrow and is being held in Berkeley.
  • Tracy announced she sold over 30 tickets to the Warriors game.
  • The annual Sip and Savor will be on Sunday Oct 13.  This will be our tenth Sip and Savor and it is expected it will be our best ever.

Happy Dollars:  

Nancy is happy her cooking of a Julia Childs receipt was successful.  Tracy is happy Andy and his son were able to spend a weekend at Tahoe with her and Brodie.  Jack had $10 for a great article in the Rotarian magazine.  Kathy, Andrew and Marta are happy for the relationship with CCCT and the theater.  Sonya is happy about getting a new car.  Joe is happy about learning new things about football.  Nobuko is happy for the Polio involvement and the positive outcome.  Mark Scott is happy about his daughter’s music lessons.  Rafael is happy about the money he was given to take gifts to El Salvador.  Jim is happy Sil is well and was able to collect his get well card at the meeting today. Marty is happy for working with CCCT on Sip and Savor and looking forward to next year.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Terry introduced our District Governor Jon Dwyer and his Wife Bonnie.  Jon was on hand today to deliver his annual speech to our club and bring us up to speed on the status of things.  Our club’s board had a chance to spend an hour before our meeting today so we could hear what is new and exciting.  Jon spent most of his time sharing things with us that occurred as a result of the Carr Fire in Paradise.  He had some complelling stories of things that happened with the outpouring of help from California citizens and organzations.   Jon was involved in facilitating responsing to the needs created by the devastating CAMP Fire.  The DG had many interesting stories about the circumstances which demonstrated the generousity of people and the great help that was applied.  There were contributions from all over the state and as far away and the Air Force Academy where the cadets took part in the inovative and excellent outreach.  Our DC made it a point to share how important Rotary was to helping the the situation cope with this crisis.

Jon then switched gears and told us about the District Conference for the year that will be held in Reno at the Peppermill resort on May 17-19.  This event will be a conference for four Districts:  5130, 5150, 5160 and 5190.  Looks like it will be a great venue for information, entertainment and fellowship.  There will be more information about the event.  Be sure and seriously consider attending!!

DG Dwyer gave an award to Nobuko for the thousand of dollars she has contributed to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication.

Nobuko being presented a foundation pin by Dist Governor Jon Dwyer for her many nonetary contributions to the Rotary Foundation supporting for Polio eradication project.

President Terry presented the Contra Costa Civic Theater team with a $12000 check for their efforts and participation in Sip and Savor fund raiser in October 2018

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Michael.  The marble drawing was won by Mark who drew a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $95.

Thought for the Week: 

DG Jon Dwyer in his presentation to our Rotary club suggested that many Rotarian take for granted the scope of what we accomplish.  Our club is small (some 30 members) yet we conduct fund raisers that net $30,000.  In addition there are numerous other things that net a great deal of benefit to our community.    

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 17, 2019

Bulletin Editor: Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Jack’s wife Carole was our guest today.  Loren Gray a guest of Jim Spain was also present today.

Announcements:

  • Next Thursday we are hosting the District Governor for his official visit to our club. Be sure and attend so you know what is happening and get to meet the District Governor.
  • Tracy announced the Rotary Warriors game special is going well.  Over 30 tickets have been sold.   Tracy indicated that seating location is good and there are still a few tickets available.
  • The Pinole club is having a crab feed on Feb 16th.  If you need more info Pres Terry has it.
  • Gary announced the two Camp Royal participants have been selected:  Michael Fox and Ian Ruth will be attending this year.  Both of these young men are excited and things are being done to make sure that happens.  Their tuition has been paid and Gary will report back and things progress
  • Mark Scott told us Sil has been ill and requested people call him or send a card wishing him well.
  • President Terry reminded us of the DG visit next week and ask everyone to be present next week.  Board members are requested to be on hand at 11a.  It is going to be a busy day. 

Happy Dollars:  

Jack is happy for having Hans to speak to us today and the great work as a contractor he did at their home. Terry is happy his mom is recovering from the aneurism she suffered shortly after Christmas. Tracy is happy her father raised pigeons.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Jack introduced Hans Froell who is a contractor with a great hobby, he races pigeons.  He lifes in Concord and has been raising and racing pigeons for several decades.  He has his pigeons participate in races from 170 to 500 miles and shared with us a lot of the things he does to accomplish what he has done in this great hobby.  He showed us pictures of the loft houses he has build on his property.  This is where he raises the birds and does all the things necessary to get them race ready so they can compete.  Imagine setting up a situation where your prized birds fly several hundred miles (from Salt Lake City to the bay area and everything is electonically timed from release until they cross the finish line at their coup. 

This was a fascinating presentation and we had the honor of seeing some of his prized birds and how they do all the interesting things necessary.  The pigeon race that goes from Salt Lake City to the bay area involves 5500 birds.  The long race from Salt Lake is done on the longest day of the year because the birds do not fly at night.   Hans answered a lot of really interesting questions.  If you missed this program you missed one of the top programs in the past five years.  Thanks to Jack for inviting Hans to speak to us.  t

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and coffee cup were won by Steve. Mark Scott won the quilt.  The marble drawing was won by Gary who drew a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Week: 

I can’t imagine how many interesting speakers we have had at Rotary and this was one of the best.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 10, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Norma Trillia (George’s wife) and Shaun Gobent, the new BCC club manager were guests.

Announcements:

  • Terry announced that Marty Kaliski agreed to become our Rotary President for 2018-19
  • An update on Polio Eradication:  twenty nine cases worldwide with Pakistan and Afghanistan being the only two countries with new cases
  • Sabina Pan had to resign for business reasons
  • Nancy agreed to bring the food for the Rotocare Clinic on Tue March 12
  • Tracy announced the Warriors game and it being a Rotary International affair

Happy Dollars:  

Michael is $5 sad for his football team losing the bowl game.  Jack is happy that Shuane Gobent the new manager of BCC was his guest today.  Gary is happy for two Interact members going to Camp Royal this year.  Lee is happy for his son and daughter both doing well professionally and Lee also got to do the introduction class for some new potters at his pottery school.  Jane was happy that Marty has agreed to become our President for the next Rotary Year

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Rotarian Andy Brown was our speaker today and gave us a comprehensive run down on his experience as a Rotary Exchange student to Chicala Mexico when he was 18 years old. We got to hear a lot of interesting things about his stay with a Rotarian Family.  Andy did an excellent job of summarizing his experience and shared pictures of a recent trip he made to Chicala in December of last year.  We got to hear him share a lot of things about the geography and cultural things of the area.  Since it has been 39 years since his was an exchange student we were treated to the numerous changes the have occurred in the area.  It was wonderful to hear about where he stayed then and how the differences now in the living situations, the religious and cultural experiences have changed.  We were also given a geography lesson about the area and the other differences that Andy noted.  We saw the beauty of the hills, jungle area and wildlife.  He also shared the experienced the living environments of wealthy and poor and how the food had changed in certain ways.  We learned about how the Catholic church has been positioned in such a way that the traditional culturals can work within that structure.  This as a great presentation and it was obvious that Andy had done a lot of work to make this a very comprehensive snap shots of his experiences in Chicala and the surrounding area.  Andy, thank you for doing this great presentation.

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Mark.  Lee won the $50 gift card from Hotel Mac.  The marble drawing was won by Gary who drew a black marble costing him $5.  Next week the pot will be $85

Thought for the Week:  It has often been said that some of the best presentation we get at our Rotary Club are from our members –Would you agree?

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Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 20, 2018

El  Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

December 20, 2018Editor:

 Gary Buffon (www.rotary5160.org)

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Charlie Oewel from the Tiberon Rotary club was our guest.

Announcements:

>Dec 27 and Jan 3rd there will not be a Rotary meeting

>January 24th will be the official visit of our District Governor Jon Dwyer

>Lee reminded everyone who has not done so to pay for their Christmas Party dinner

>Marty announced today was the last day of our Rotary Foundation drive

>Nobuko visited Berkeley Rotary and was given a handout about the clothing donation program they have teamed up with to support the victims of the fires.

Happy Dollars:      Terry is happy that while at a dental appointment for his daughter, he found a picture of Nobuko in an advertisement while there.  Marty is closing his business tomorrow.  Lee had $30  for his visit to see his Mom for her 80thbirthday where her entire family surprised her. Sal had $2 because he had extra dollars. Jack is happy for KCBS radio do an announcement for Rotary regarding the need for stuff for people in the Paradise area. Michael is happy about the Rose Bowl this year.  Rafael is happy for his business success, an upcoming trip to Hawaii and a Christmas program he is doing for El Salvadore.  Jan is happy for the program her son attended where she cooked waffles for the young people.  Mark is happy that Sil gave him the name of a maintenance man he could use to get things maintained around his home.  Sonya had a great story about getting the end tables she wanted.  Rafael is happy about the referral he got from Jan.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was on duty but did not recognize anyone.  Instead he did the trivia game which included where Santa was born along with other interesting items.

Other Interesting item today:  Rotarian Charlie Oewel of the Tiberon Rotary club gave us an update on real estate development programs he is doing in El Cerrito. There are two projects in particular that he spoke about.  Both of these projects when completed willadd to the housing available in El Cerrito. President Terry invited Charlie to get a date to make a presentation toour Rotary Club and I know he will do so.

Today’sProgram:   Terry introduced Russel Doi to present his program on reverse mortgages.  This was very informative and gave everyone a chance to see just how what a great program this is and how it has changed since its inception.  This program is highly recommended for anyone who matches the profile to take advantage of this program.   Russell is a good person tocontact if you have a notion that this program might suit you. R

Raffle Winners.  The wine was won by Sal.  The marble drawing was son by Markwho drew a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $80

Genie Stone:  Gary won the magic stone for January

Thought for the Week: 

Remember, it not the situation that is important, it is what your response  to the situation thats critical.