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.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 5, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 5, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Elect Marla:  greeted everyone and explained what she would do today.  Marla asked Lee to recite the 4-Way Test with us repeating each of the items and then Marla provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Tracy had a guest today, Russel Doi who is a reverse mortgage specialist.  Jack and I had a nice talk with Russell after the meeting to encourage him to return to another meeting so we could get to know him better.

Announcements:

  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. 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.  Marla encourage all Rotarians to attend the event which will be held at the Albany bowl.  We will announce the time in a future bulletin.
  • April 10th at 12:30a is our Club board meeting. Be sure and attend the meeting if you are a board member or if you want to find out what is going on with your club
  • Saturday April 26 is a community service project, our club will be working with the Trail Trekkers doing trail clean-up.
  • Lee has set up a meeting at with some young folks to introduce them to Rotary and solicit their help at the community service project with the trail trekkers on May 26th. Lee will provide more specifics about the “millennial meeting” date and location.  Marla informed us to move on this project as it has a great benefit for the growth of our club.
  • Jane sent an email reminder of the celebration for Terry on June 2nd.  Since Terry is going to stay on as President for another year we will be celebrating his success and getting ready for another great year.  Jane will be providing a flier and sign up for us to get ramped up for event.   The fun and festivities will be at Salutes in Richmond.  This is a great place so be sure and save the date because you will WANT to attend.  

 

Happy Dollars:   

Tracy is happy to have Russel Doi as her guest today.  Don is happy about the great birthday party last Sat and donated $80 for the event.  Jack was also happy about the party and donated $80 as well.  Mark Scott thought he would matched Jack and Don and contributed $160.  Kanti is happy about Marla being President Elect and running todays meeting.  Lots of good vibes all around.  John had $20 happy dollars for the birthday party.  Michael is also happy about the party.  It was a great party!!!  Marla shared her happy dollar by telling us about her Easter Party the had thirty five attend and an amazing time was had by all.

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Steve has a birthday and we sang to him.  Jan has an anniversary.  Then came table trivia which was interesting as usual.  What domesticated animal is not mentioned in the bible?  The cat.

 

Other Interesting Things:   Lee brought another of his beautiful hand thrown bowls to contribute to the raffle.  Michael won it and now have two pieces of Lee’s pottery

 

Today’s Program:

Tracy introduced Marla to speak to us about her trip to Isreal.  This trip was filled with great information and glorious pictures she had taken of her three week trip.  We first learned about the history of Isreal which was “born” in 1948.  Also we were reminded of the reasons for its founding how four religions cite this as their birthplace.  We were shown some highlights of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazerath and others.   Marla told us she had gotten to go inland to the Sea of Gallalie.  Marla and her traveling companions had an amazing journey and the short time she spoke was not nearly enough to savor the flavor and scope of her journey. 

 

Thanks Marla for sharing your joy and excitement of the marvelous trip you made with friends to Israel.  Makes us all want to do more traveling.

 

Raffle Winners:

Mark won the bottle of wine.  Mark also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the beautiful bowl that Lee made .Next week the jackpot will be $115.

 

Thought for the week

My thoughts determine what I want.  My actions determine what I get!!

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 29, 2018

El Cerrito RotaryThe Wheel
March 29, 2018
Editor: Gary Buffon
(www.rotary5160.org)
www.elcerritorotary.org

President Terry: Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone. The flag salute was led by Sil and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:
Visiting Rotarians today included Neal Wells of Lafayette. Guests today included Karineh Samkian (Jan’s guest). Brandon.Cody (Rafael’s guest and powerwash service providor) and Rafael’s project manager Mario.

Announcements:
 If you want to see the speaker lineup for April visit our club’s website.
 May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. 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.
 Rafael gave us an update on his Mother’s Day program at his store. He has been getting great cooperation for the April 13th project. If you want to help out see the info on the email sending the club bulletin
 Terry reminded us of the Library celebration on April 4th at 4p Go celebrate at the Library on that date and time.
 April 5th. President Elect Marla will be running the meeting as Terry will be in Hawaii.
 April 10th at 12:30a is our Club board meeting. Be sure and attend the meeting if you are a board member or if you want to find out what is going on with your club
 Jan’s guest announced the fund raiser at Madera School.
 Saturday March 26 is a community service project our club will be helping with. Let Terry know if you can participate.

Happy Dollars:
Don is happy about the TGIFF gathering as he got to so some catch up with Jane DelSimone. George is happy he will be accompanying wife Norma to the Inner Wheel conference. Nobuko is happy about husband Jon’s 65th birthday. Mark Scott gave us an update on the healing of his Achilles tendon with the treatment of stem cells. Rafael is happy about Mario’s help with the Mother’s day event at his carpet store. Rafael is also happy about his guest Branden. Sil is happy about Terry going to Hawaii and Marla filling in for him.

Sgt at Arms Sal: Not on duty today.

Other Interesting Things: Terry showed a video of a wheelchair repair facility in Mexico that has supported by the Rotary Foundation.

Today’s Program:
Nancy introduced Patti Barsotti, who works at Mechanics Bank and is a long time Kiwani members to speak to us about “how to keep our club strong. She did a great presentation about the various factors that are critical in keeping a volunteer organization strong. She took us through botht the tangible and intangible aspects of being a member of Rotary or Kiwanis. . Since these are two of the larger community service organization. Patti asked for us to provide feedback about whey we are so passionate about our volunteer activities and she documented these items. Then we got to share info about our own personal things that make being a community service person valuable. Pattie gave a recognition prize (a tangerize) for those who participated. This was and excellent presentation and I believe that everyone enjoyed because it touched us and spoke to our hearts as Rotarians. Thanks to Nancy for bringing Patti to speak to use.
Raffle Winners:
The Power Wash certificate was won by Nobuko. Jack won the bottle of wine. Nancy had her ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye. Next week the jackpot will be $110.

Genie Stone winner: Jack won the Magic Stone for April.

Thought for the week:
Motivation is not caused by spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 22, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

March 22, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Marty and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Visiting today included Rotarian Wives  Sheila Addiego and Mary Farquharson and  our guest speaker  Kasuhsa’s husband Khambir.

Announcements:

  • TGIFF day is tomorrow from 5:30p to 7:30p at BCC. Our club is sponsoring the event so be sure you get plenty of people to attend.  Bring your significant other and invite guests that are interested in learning more about Rotary.  The El Cerrito Chamber is also a sponsor of the event.  See you all there!!  Do your best to come to the event tomorrow at 5:30p.
  • The April speaker team is in action to get the lineup set for the month.
  • The GGFs date for our running the concession stand was not viable. Stay tuned for possible opportunities in the future
  • Lee read a thank you letter from the speaker from “yes” and suggested we consider doing a community service project with them
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. The team has been filled but you can sponsor a bowler.  We have four bowlers and each is looking to get sponsors.   Several Rotarians have stepped up so be sure you check with them to see if they need your sponsorship
  • Rafael gave us an update on his Mother’s Day program at his store. Tracy asked that we “pass the hat” for his event and $121 and ten pesos were collected for his gifts to the Mothers.  We were given details of all the things that Rafael is doing and it is very heart warming.  He reminded us that he can use some help on May 13th to take care of all the activities he has organized..

 

 

Happy Dollars:   

Rafael is $50 happy about his new accounts and all the work he doing for his community program for Mother’s day.  Kashua is happy Tracy invited her to speak to day and for all the warm wishes she was given by the Rotary members who have known her since she was in El Cerrito High School.  Marty is happy about his trip to Florida and for seeing a museum dedicated to Circuses.  Michael is happy to have heard from his wife and and daughter who are in Venice.  Sarah is happy for the Japanese exchange students that visited her son and had dinner at there home.  Jack had $20 for seeing Kasuha and remember when she was her in the early days of her first trip to be a Rotary exchange student. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

Other Interesting Things: 

President Terry showed a video about Rotary Exchange

 

Today’s Program:

Sheila Addiego introduce Kashusaha and her husband (Alexander) Shasha Khambier who were visiting today so we could hear about what they are doing.   Kashua gave us the story of her high school attendance and then her ongoing adventure in completing a degree at an American university in Bulgaria where she met and married Shasha.  We heard about some of her adventures regarding her travel.  She is now a citizen of the US and has an email marketing firm in SF.  She then gave us a summary of how she serves her clients in email marketing and sales.  We heard about how social media such as Facebook and Linked can be used as a method to reach people who are interested in topical areas.  Kashua explained using and education process and using your website as a “store front” for business.  The overall goal is to create interest in either your product or service with your site.  We were provided a lot of great information about how one goes about setting up your business for email marketing,

Since Shasha is in the video production business we heard about ways to market what he does.  Again, the emphasis is on education and not promoting.  This was an excellent opportunity for those of us who are retired to learn a bit about what things one can control and what we can’t.  This was an excellent presentation and generated a great deal of excitement because of our relationship with Kashua.  Thanks Tracy for inviting her to come so we could see her and learn more about what she is doing.

 

Kasusha and Sasha

  

Raffle Winners:

Michael won the bottle of wine.  Michael also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $105.

 

Thought for the week

Enthusiasm is one of the greatest sales tools there is!

-Paul J Meyer, Founder of Leadership Management,  Inc.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 15, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

March 15, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by   Michael and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Visiting Rotarians today included Joanne Ward from Georgia who was Mayor of Benecia in years past and Gary Pokorny who is with Walnut Creek. 

Announcements:

  • TGIFF day is March 23rd from 5:30p to 7:30p at BCC. Our club is sponsoring the event so be sure you get plenty of people to attend.  Bring your significant other and invite guests that are interested in learning more about Rotary.  The El Cerrito Chamber is also a sponsor of the event.  See you all there!!
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. The team has been filled but you can sponsor a bowler.  We have four bowlers and each is looking to get sponsors.   Several Rotarians have stepped up so be sure you check with them to see if they need your sponsorship.
  • April 7th is Spring Rotary Assembly being held in Fairfield.
  • Jack is happy that he got some results with Golden Gate Fields giving us dates to run the concession booth. The challenge is the dates we got are Easter and Mother’s Day.  We will determine how much we might be able to do on Mother’s day.  Stay tuned for the next step.

 

Happy Dollars:   

Tracy is happy as she attended Berkeley Rotary and saw Jack there.  She also was pleased with the publicity that Berkeley gave our TGIFF date.  Gary Pokorny is happy that the El Cerrito Library is going to be open seven days a week from 1-5p and passed out a flier for a Wednesday celebration on Apr 4th.  Gary B is happy that the Interact School Advisor Ms Caballero is so excited about the Interact Club and will be attending a Rotary meeting when school is out to get to know us better.  Sal is happy for his visit to Victoria BC.  Sarah is happy for a one of the students at the School Garden because it provides a distressing environment for this student.  Jan is happy because she remembers visiting BC in Canada.  Jack is happy about visiting Berkeley Rotary.  Terry is happy about the get-a-way weekend he and his wife had.

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty and did table trivia and collected some funds and we all learned a number of key things about Canada and Alaska

Other Interesting Things:  Jan gave us a success story about selling a rental property.

Today’s Program:

Tracy introduced Lynn Tingle of the Milo Foundation to tell us about the great things that he organization does to find animals new forever homes.  Lynn showed a couple video’s about the work that is done by Milo in the greater bay area.  One of the locations is their facility at Point Richmond where they provide adoption services.  We also saw video of animals rescued from Hurricain Harvey as well as the recent fires in Solono and Sonoma.  Milo has a large facility in Mendocino Co that is currently being rebuilt and modernized.  Lynn pointed out there is a need for volunteers to help with working on facilities as well and taking care of animals.  Just check in with them and they will help you find what you can do to help.  Call 510-900-2275 and find out what you can do to help.

This was an excellent presentation and we thank Tracy for having Lynn come and speak to us about this great operation.    Milo is always there to receive charitable contributions to help more animals.  Go check out the facility in Pt Richmond at 220 South Garrard Blvd.    They are open seven six days (closed Tuesday) form 11a to 5p.  There are lots of volunteer opportunities.  Go check it out!!

Lynn Tingle – Founder of the Milo Foundation

  

Raffle Winners:

Gary Pokorny won the bottle of wine.  Kanti won the print that was a left over from Sip and Savor.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $100.

 

Thought for the week:  Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women.  When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.

–Justice Learned Hand

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 8, 2018

  El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

March 8, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Steve and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests included John Stashik who was Tracy’s guest Fred Facett from Berkeley Rotary was here today.  Norma Trillia came with George today and Mary Farquharson came with Don.

 

Announcements:

  • Jan announced the June 2nd date for a celebration of Terry’s new year as Club President. Stay tuned for more info.  The event will be held at Salute Evita Ristorante in Richmond.  A signup sheet will be sent around.  Save the date.
  • Terry had some great news!! Marla has agreed to be President Elect in 2018-19,
  • March 23rd is the monthly BARSHEEP TGIFF. We are the hosts for the event and it will be held at the Club.  Plan on attending.  It is from 5:30 to 7:30p. 
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. The team has been filled but you can sponsor a bowler. 
  • The April speaker team is working on get the speakers for the meetings. If you have ideas let them know.
  • Norma Trillia gave an update on the Myro Electric limb operation that InnerWheel heads up. She also passed around the national newsletter for us to take home.
  • Sonya announced the Sip and Savor for 2018 for October 7.
  • Rafael is doing a Mother’s day celebration at his USA Carpet store from 2-7p. If you would like to find out more check with Rafael.  Sounds like a great event.

 

 

Happy Dollars:   

Tracy is happy for the birthdays of Sal, Jack and Don.  Jack is happy about Joe Conwill being well and Larry Sanchez being cancer free.  Michael is happy he is getting a new computer for his office.  Sonya is happy for the new Memory Care facility at her workplace.  Joe Yang’s daughter is happy about his daughter’s first birthday.  Kanti I happy about his grandson visiting a high tech facility to see computers.  Marla is happy about becoming President Elect.  Rafael is happy his two sons are working in his business and doing well.  Terry is happy about he and wife Kellicia going away for the weekend without the girls. 

Sgt at Arms Sal was not on today.

 

Other Interesting Things: 

Terry showed the You-Tube video of “KP Gives” that was put together showing the Interact club in action.  Rebecca Phuong who is now a Berkeley Rotarian and Interact District Coordinator.  Rebecca spear headed getting this video produced by Kaiser Permanente where she works.  Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqzjx611kFY

 

Jan,  using her Genie Stone privileges gave us info on the “bedbug addendum” required for rental property owners in Calif.

 

 Today’s Program:

Tracy introduced her Father-in-Law William Giles.  “Will” who is now 84 was with us share his love of photography.  He gave us a visual peek into his history by showing pictures of his farm in Oregon around the time his second son was born.  Will has a book that was put together with the help of Tracy, Fred and John.  The book is for sale and one was raffled off (Sal won it).  The pictorial summary that Will gave us illustrated how a simple rural life can lead to a wonderful life.  Will gave us insights into how great photographers use their spiritatual inspiration to tell a story about life and experiences.  We were treated to how Will uses photographs to capture the essence of living a spiritual life.  The large format Will brought to help illustrate his talk were reinforced by a number of great shots of farm life and the animal that were part of that life.


William Giles sharing a life story and his beautiful photography

This was truly a special treat to get a view of Will’s wonderful work.  Will explained how he feels valuated by those who buy his work.  We were treated to a wonderful presentation and a glimpse into Wills family and his passion.

If you want one of Will’s books you can purchase one from Tracy. 

Thank you Tracy for giving us the rare treat of having Will as our presenter today.

 

 

William Giles Photographer

 

Raffle Winners:

Terry won the bottle of wine. Don won the Junket gift certificate by Sarah.  Sal had his ticket pulled for Will’s book.  Don had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $95.

 

Thought for the week:

Positive thoughts benefit me.  I always think positive and take positive actions

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 1, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

March 1, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Jan and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Sal had a friend who is a Rotarian visiting from Michigan. 

Announcements:

  • March 23rd is the monthly BARSHEEP TGIFF. We are the hosts for the event and it will be held at the Club.  Plan on attending.  It is from 5:30 to 7:30p. 
  • May 12 is the RotoCare Bowl-a-Thon. If you want to bowl there is still two spots open

 Happy Dollars:   

Jan is happy about playing golf with Joe Yang and Larry at the club.  Jack went to the El Sobrante TGIFF and it was fun.  Sonya is happy about a retreat she was on with a friend.  Sarah is happy about the rain and the planting of sun flower seeds at the school garden.  Rafael is happy about the life skills training he is doing.  Gary is happy about the Cassarah’s email to begin the planning of an update on the recently completed dental mission to Burma.  Sil is happy the Warriors are settling into their high levels of performance.  Michael is happy about the weekend he spent with his son in San Diego.

 Sgt at Arms Sal was on today:     

He identified Rotarians with March birthdays:  Jane, Jack, Don, and Ron.  Kanti is having an anniversary.  Sal then conducted table trivia which was about drive in movies and ZIP codes.

 Other Interesting Things:  Jan took advantage of the Genie Stone and told us about the interesting facts about rent control and selling one’s rental property.

Rotary International Foundation:  Jack brought in the annual report from the foundation and summarized a lot of interesting aspects of this great fund.  The fund has exceed one billion in assets in 2016-17.  This is a great financial resource that we have as Rotarians.  It is truly amazing how much the foundation grants provide for the people of our world.

 Today’s Program:

Sarah introduced Judi Miller who is store manager of Good Stuff Thrift Shop in El Cerrito Judi Gave us an overview of the organization that the Contra Costa ARC and operation that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Judi has a grown offspring who was assisted by the Contra Costa ARC.  The store also had a paid employee who is provided and paid by the organization.  Judi noted that several of the volunteers who work at the store have children that are aided by Contra Costa ARC.  This thrift store has ben in operation for twenty two years and Judi and several of the other people have been there from the beginning.  The model for this store is similar to other thrift store opearations.  Judi told us about the high point of the shop’s year being the snnual jewelry event in October where a lot of good jewelry is put up for sale.  We learned about where the store gets its items and the way items are processed and/or recycled.  The Good Stuff Thrift Shop is located at 10313 San Pablo Ave and is directly across the street from the old Guitar Center building.  .  It turns out that Norma uses this facility to donate her items of clothing and other things.  The store is open Monday through Saturday 10a to 4p.    Go check out the store!!

Judi answered a number of questions. Thanks to Sarah for having Judi give us the information about Good Stuff Thrift Shop.  This was a great opportunity to learn about one of El Cerrito’s assets.

Judi Miller and Rotarian Sarah Sirchuk

 

Raffle Winners:

George won the bottle of wine. Sonya won the handmade vase that Lee donated.  George also won the vase of flowers donated by Sarah.  Rafael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a cat’s eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $90.

Thought for the week:

Remember the 3 R’s:  Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 22, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

February 22, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Sal and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Marty had a guest:  Kim Baur who came to check out our Rotary Club

 

Announcements:

  • March 23rd is the monthly BARSHEEP TGIFF. We are the hosts for the event and it will be held at the Club.  Plan on attending.  It is from 5:30 to 7:30p. 
  • Terry acknowledged Marla for providing dinner for the RotoCare facility
  • April 7th is the District Spring Assembly in Fairfield. If you have not been to an assembly it is time to get a refreshed perspective. 
  • April speakers are being selected by the team
  • This month’s BARSHEEP event is being held in El Sobrante tomorrow evening.

 

 Happy Dollars:   Nancy is happy about her office being remodeled and it is not done and it is beautiful.  In addition, Nancy told us the bank has purchased the Scott Valley Bank in the Pacific Northwest.  Jack is happy about the article in The Rotarian mag about the woman who dyed her hair purple to have people ask her about it so she could talk about Rotary.  Gary is happy about Rebecca’ handling of the “dust up” with the district over the insurance issue with Interact members going to the international convention.  Michael was told by his daughter it snowed in Seattle and Michael told her he was going to San Diego to see her brother and it isn’t snowing there.  Marty if happy about an upcoming business trip in Florida.  Jan is happy she will be having lunch with her youngest son.

  Sgt at Arms Sal:    Did a check to see how many of us had their Rotary pins attached to our attire.  A number were recognized for $5

 Other Interesting Things:

President Terry showed us a video on Rotary Youth Exchange that involved a veteran of WWII who played a significant part in the Youth Exchange program after the ware.

 Today’s Program:

Lee introduced our speaker for today, Eric Aaholm who is Executive Director of the YES Nature to Neighborshoods program to tell us about this interesting and valuable program that is home based in Richmond.  I apologize for not having a photo.  My camera did not cooperate.

Eric gave us a comprehensive overview of the YES  program..  Essential this program provides a leadership pathway for youth for agest 8 to 18.  It involves youth by providing a camping experience.  The program day camps and for those 14 the Camp to Communit program provides year round programming for teens to deepen their connectdion to nature, develop leadership skills and graduate high school.  To create a bridge between Summer cam and Camp to Community there is a program called Richmond Rangers that provides YES campers with twiece month outings to regional parks.  There are family nights and two overnight backpacking trips.  There is also Leadership in Training and fulltime summer camp roles.  There are family camps and a family camp that provides the YES Wellness Progam.  Last year YES served 304 family memebers through family camps.  Ninety seven percent of family parrticipants continue to engage in physical activity as well as make healthy choices with and for their families.  Sixteen Wellnes program participants graduated from a five week Cooking Matters course taught by YES participants and the Lead Wellness Navigator.  The class included nutrition education and hands on cooking lessons. 

Their annual report summarized a lot of activities and results of these highly effective program. 

When asked about funding and other key factors he summarized this by telling us about the support by local foundations and the annual fund raising event that will be in October.

The YES program began in 2004 and has steadily grown.  If you want to know more about YES visit www.yesfamilies.org.  

Thanks to Lee for bringing Eric to our club so we could learn about YES!

 

Raffle Winners:

Michael won the bottle of wine and a handmade bowl that Lee donated.  Kanti had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a blue marble winning $5, Next week the jackpot will be $85.

 

Thought for the week:

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable.  It is disastrous to confuse them.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 15, 2018

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

February 15, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Mark Scott and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Sal’s guest today was Bruce a former Stanford Professor.  Jan had a guest, Sue Bennerr.

Announcements:

  • March 23rd is the monthly BARSHEEP TGIFF. We are the hosts for the event and it will be held at the Club.  Plan on attending.  It is from 5:30 to 7:30p. 
  • The Berkeley Club is conduction a Community Service Project in Yosemite on Mar 9-11. They looking for Rotarians to come and help them.  For more information contact President Terry. 
  • We need a speaker for our meeting on March 29th.

 

Happy Dollars:   

Michael is happy was happy.  Gary is happy that Stephanie attended the Rotary Board meeting and took the notes.  Marla is happy to be back after acting as the General contractor for her house remodel. Our guest speaker Tina had $20 for being here and acknowledged Rotary for all we do.  Mark is happy to be up and around and hoping his Achilles will stop bother him.  Sonya is happy to be back and told the story of her son sending flowers on Valentine ’s Day.  Jack is happy to be without his cast.  Marty is happy Sonya has returned.  Tracy is happy daughter Sarah is coming home for a visit.  She has a boy friend and Tracy is please about this. 

 

 Sgt at Arms Sal:    Was on duty today and did table trivia where he cashed in on most everyone.  We learned how St Valentine’s day came about, what the coldest weather ever in Alaska and a couple other important things.  We got a good value for our education.

 

 Other Interesting Things:

President Terry showed us a video on Rotary Youth Exchange and how powerful it is.

 

 Today Program:

Lee introduced our speaker today, Tina Greebaum who was on hand to deliver a great presentation on Mastery Under Pressure.  Tina gave us some background by way a family story which involved her getting her taking and passing her license exam to get her Social Worker license in California.  Tina came to California about three years ago and had done work in DC, New York and a couple other eastern states.  She had to go through the six hour exam process and she used that experience to deliver her message on what it takes to accomplish Master Under Pressure.   Tina did a interactive process with us to show us how we use Knowledge, Strategy and Mental understanding to accomplish what we want.  She demonstrated where we “store” stress and how that is a block to success.  She gave example of Olympic competetors using similar techniques to become world class athelics  Tina show us where we “store” stress in various part of our body.  Tina summarized her presentation by inviting take steps to control of our talents and abilities and invited us to got to www.materyunderpressure.com and take a quiz she provides for those who want to learn more.

Thanks to Lee for inviting Tina to provide a very interesting and  informative presentation.

Tina Greenbaum

 

 

Raffle Winners:

Sue won the bottle of wine.  Jan had her ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catsye marble, next week the jackpot will be $80.

 

Thought for the week:

Whatever you vividly image, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitable come to pass.  – One of my favorite affirmations by Paul J. Meyer, Founder of Leadership Management Inc