El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 8, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

February 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 Rafael and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Rafael’s wife Anna was in attendance today.

Announcements:

  • Terry gave us a rundown on his attendance at PrePETS and summarized many of the high points. It was a great event and he will be telling us more about it at future meetings.
  • Our Rotary board meeting will be Tuesday Feb 13th at 12:30p at the Club
  • The Rotocare clinic food service is our responsibility for Feb 20th. If you can take on this responsibility, please tell Pres Terry
  • 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. 
  • There will be sign up for a bowling team from our club to support the RotoCare clinic. The event is May 12th.  If you want to go bowling sign up and do it.

 Happy Dollars:   

Joe Yang is happy about the Superbowl outcome.  Mark is happy about Cindi’s eye surgery.  Mark is also happy that the reverse grant for RotoCare has once again been made from Mexico.  Jan is happy to be an El Cerrito Rotarian because people are acknowledged for the work they do for the club.  Sarah is happy for the work party at the school garden.  It is becoming more popular and a number of teachers are now taking advantage of this great asset at the school.  Dr Javadi is happy to be here today and thanked us for giving him and his team the opportunity.  Jack is happy about his grandkids good grades rewards program.  He told us about the program and how his 7th grade grandchild made a pitch to be included since she was awarded student of the month for Jan.  Don is happy about the phone conversation he had with Jane.  He said she sounds good and is just like the Jane we all know and love.  Sil is happy the 49ers have signed a quarterback to the club for next year.  Rafael is happy is have taken a class to learn how to deal with difficult clients,  Lee is happy about the speaker for next week and encouraged us to all come and enjoy her presentation.  Terry is happy his Daughter got him a Warriors T-Shirt.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today

Other Interesting Things:  President Terry showed a video of the polio plus work in Afghanistan which was quite inspirational and showed the level of commitment that exists to eradicate polio.

 

Today’s Program.   

Kanti introduced today’s program.  The team from Pacific Dental at the El Cerrito Plaza which contained four individuals:  Dr Javadi, Toreano Norris, Jillian and Jeanie.  These folks are the staff at the dental office.  The grand opening for the office is Feb 20th, although they are open now.  This is a full service dental facility that offers the latest in technology and trained team members.  Each of the team members gave a summary of their main role in the operation and what part of the service they provide.  Dr. Javadi began the presentation by stressing the key points in dental care and how he and his team carry out the numerous tasks.  The overarching goal is to provide the best in care using the best techinques that minimize pain and maximize results.  Jullian explained some of the more interesting aspects of what she does.  The dental office is affiliated with a network of other dentists throughout the state.  Dr Javadi ended the presentation by asking the team to conduct the drawing for a nice electic toothbrush.  Marty  was the lucky winner.

 

Toreano, Dr. Javadi, Jullian and Jeanie – Pacific Dental staff

 

Raffle Winners:

Kanti won the bottle of wine.  Rafael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a blue marble and won $2.  Next week the jackpot is $75. Marty won the electric tooth brush raffle for Pacific Dental. 

 

 

Thought for the week:

If I tell you you will forget.  If I show you, you will remember, If I involve you, you will understand.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 1, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

February 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 Lee and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    Today’s guest was Rafael’s wife Anna.

Announcements:

  • Saturday Terry will be attending Pre-PETS and will meet with other President Elects and the new District Governor.
  • The March speakers have been secured by Tracy and Sarah. It looks like a great lineup!!
  • Lee volunteered to bring the food to the RotoCare team on Feb 6th. We need another volunteer for Feb 20th
  • The March 23rd TGIFF for BARSHEEP will be hosted by our club and the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at the Berkeley Community Club 
  • The Albany Club is holding the 2nd Annual Bowl-a-thon to fund the RotoCare Clinic
  • Lee told us about an interesting event he attend at which a number of outstanding speaker were invited. The event showcased a number of young business people which highlighted “service above self” business people.  Lee has invited one of the attendees to be a guest speaker in April.

 

Happy Dollars:   

Marty is happy about Tracy’s great work on the club branding goal.  Tracy is happy she is attending a course on Awaking Joy.  This eight week course will be exciting and Tracy is looking forward to the involvement.  Sarah is happy for help Tracy has given her in finding speakers.  She is also happy for the excitement at the school garden where students have been able to harvest plants they grew.  Gary is happy about President Trump’s State of the Union Address.  Don is happy he attended the Jan TGIFF event.  Jim is happy to hear Gary is going squirrel hunting as he has missed squirrel stew.  Anna is happy she would be here for Rafael’s presentation today.   

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today

Today’s Program.   

 President Terry introduced Rafael to make his presentation on a three week trip to Dubai with his family.  This was a wonderful trip and gave them a chance to see a very affluent Arab culture in the UAE countries.  Rafael took a lot of great video’s and pictures of their experience.  He also gave us a great summary of the environment, the people and the culture.  The UAE is made up of seven countries Kuwait, Qatar and five other countries.  These wealthy oil rich Arab countries have developed economies that flourish on the oil exports.  What Rafael told us was about the almost endless building of structures on the island that have taken on almost an other worldly character.  The attractions include the tallest building in the world along with the shopping malls which are the largest in the world.  The huge flower displays which are made in animal shape along with light displays that light up in awesome displays.  These attractions were built for the mega wealthy royalty of the countries.  Rafael explained the facts about this type of country which is haves and have nots who do all the work to achieve the results they have achieved.  Then he went on to explain how a country like the USA represents so much more to people than the one he visited.  Great presentation!! 

Rafael Cartagena –  Speaker and fellow Rotarian

 

Raffle Winners:

Rafael won the bottle of wine.  Sil won the flowers donated by Sarah.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot is $70.

 

 

Thought for the week:

Motivation is not caused by spontaneous combustio

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 25, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 25, 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 John and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

We had a wide array of guest today:  From the CCCT we had Kathleen Parka, Georgina Edwards, Brit Johnson and Andrew Gabel.  George had his wife Norma.

Announcements:

  • Our club will be responsible for bring food to the RotoCare clinic on two days. Feb 6 and Feb 20. There are three volunteers getting this sorted out.
  • February speaker team leader is Rafael and the speakers are nearly all selected
  • Lee updated us on the sign project and the signs will be finished by midsummer
  • TGIFF celebration will be Feb 26 at La Strada in Richmond.

Happy Dollars:   Marty is happy that Marla is joining the CCCT Board.  Sal is happy his annual physical was successful and he said he only has 40 more years to live.  George is happy he and Norma had an awesome vacation in Kenya and Tanzania that was a gift from their daughter.  Mark is happy about his new job as “stay-at-home grandpa.”

 

 

Rotarian of the month:  Terry awarded the honor to Nobuko for her generosity to the victims of the wild fires in Solano and Sonoma counties.   

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Today Sal recognized Nancy for not knowing it takes 18 humming birds to weight an ounce.  Sarah knew the definition of the word that identifies the study of bird behavior.  Lee did not know the country that has the most languages is Papua New Guinea. 

 

Special Presentation of Check to CCCT Theater repesentatives:

President Terry presented the check for $10000 to the CCCT for their work in helping us put on the Sip and Savor.

 

(pictured left to right) Pres Terry, Andrew Gabel, Kathleen Perka, Georgina Edwards, Marty Kaliski, Marla Stevenson, Brit Johnson, Sal Compagno

 

 

Today’s Program.   

Steve introduced our speaker Mary Joe Hudgel who is with the Four Season Arts and came today to explain the Four Seasons Arts project of presenting classical music recitals and chamber concerts in the East Bay.  Mary Joe began by explaining the importance of arts and music to our communities.  Music represents the method by which humans are impacted emotionally and mentally that enhances lives.  Mary Joe explained how music provides impacts us as humans.  Music is becoming a common method to treat people with mental ailments.  In terms of the Four Seasons Art project the goal is to get more people exposed to classical music recital as a way to make our live more rich and fulfilled.  Four Seasons began in 1958 and since then has provided thousands the opportunity to have their lives enriched.  The is another critical element of the Four Seasons Arts mission and that is to get people transported to and from the concert venues and do so in a way that people can converse and dialogue about the experience.  Mary Joe asked that people who would like to go to the concerts offer to drive and that would satisfy their mission of providing rides to individuals who so not have transportation. 

 

Mary Joe Hudgel – Four Season Arts

Mary Joe encouraged those who love classical music to contact wwwfsarts.org and learn more about getting involved in this amazing program.  The next concert is scheduled for Feb 10, 2018.  The performing artists is a violinist and pianist and it will be held at the Berkeley Piano Club at 2724 Haste St, Berkeley.  Call 510-845-4444 for more information.

 

Raffle Winners:

Nancy won the bottle of wine.  George Trillia won the fresh lettuce.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot is $65.

 

Genie Stone:  Don won the magic stone for February

 

Thought for the week:

My attentions and intensions are always consistent and real.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 18, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 18, 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 Marla and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today.

Announcements:

  • Our club will be responsible for bring food to the RotoCare clinic on two days in Feb.
  • Lee will be holding a meeting to discuss ideas on the local projects we want to generate interest in our Rotary club and to increase membership

 Happy Dollars:   Joe Y is happy he saw Mike Gonzalez and that he is doing so well.  Jack had $5 and information on the importance of not keeping old “tennis shoes” for a long time.  He did so and it resulted in him falling down and fracturing his wrist.  Kandi is happy that Al Caruso was with us today. Mark Scott is happy about his grandma’s saying about buying a good bed and good shoes.  Suggesting that if you don’t have your shoes on you will be in bed.  Sarah is happy for the workmen at the high school and all the help they provided to get things back into shape after some upgrades to the garden.  Jan is happy that it is football playoff time as she really enjoys the excitement of the games.  Gary is happy he found a new placed to go ground squirrel hunting in Oregon.  Susan (our guest) is happy to be here.  Tracy is happy but I did not get the specifics.  Nobuko is happy she leased a new care for Husband John and happy that she still have her own car.  Terry is happy that he survived the sleep overs for his daughters on the weekend.

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today.

Today’s Program.   

Susan Riggle, Leandra Johnson and Kim Paige from the El Cerrito High Student Activity fund were on hand to speak today about what the SAF provides for the school.  Simply the fund is an umbrella organization that provides monetary support to individuals and groups at the school that would be outside of the scope for school funding.  The support provided include everything from group activities to graduation.  The SAF makes a difference in Academic, Social and club activities throughout the school.  The way it works is that applications for grants are accepted at specific time of the year and the SAF board acts on these requests.    

Susan Riggle, Kim Paige, Leandra Johnson

 

Rotarian Sal, Susan Riggle, Kim Paige, Leandra Johnson, President Terry

After the presentation of the SAF check, President Terry had us do a truth or dare activity.  Terry began, followed by Jack, Marty, Tracy, Lee and guest Kim.  It was a lot of fun and a great climate for this upbeat meeting.

 

Raffle Winners:

Mark Scott won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot is $60.

 

 Thought for the week:

If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up where you are headed.

Michal de Montagne

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 11, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 11, 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:  

Jack had a guest, Peter Doherty who was visiting us for the second time.  Peter is from Doherty Truck Rental in El Cerrito.

 

Announcements:

  • Terry told us the results of the collection for Rotary fund raiser for the North Bay fire victims is $770 and Nobuko donated a $1000. The El Cerrito Rotary Foundation donated $1000 so the total we gave was $2770
  • Terry encouraged the Feb speaker team to get their last two speakers for the month
  • We will need two volunteers to bring food to the RotoCare clinic in Feb. Stay tuned for the specifics and be ready to step up
  • The El Cerrito Chamber is meeting on Jan 16th and they have a guest speaker who is of great interest to us. Call the chamber or drop off a check for the meeting.  Seats are limited so register early.  $20 for lunch or $10 for the speaker.  Being held at El Cerrito Royal Senior Residence 3rd
  • The Richmond Chamber and Richmond Rotary are teaming up to do a joint mixer at the Richmond Country Club.

 Happy Dollars:   

Nancy is happy that she had a dream and Mark F gave her some advice on Zombies so she could cope with them. Tracy is happy about the Warriors game that had 30 guests from Rotary, etc for the event.  Gary is happy about the Interact Club having four attendees for the winter retreat in Forest Hill.  Jack is happy that he and his two friends attended the Warrior’s game as they had a great time.  Marty is happy about the result of the RI Foundation drive where the club had a majority of participation.  Marty thanked everyone for their participation.  Terry is happy he was able to take his oldest daughter to the Warriors game and she had a great time.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Was on duty and recognized several people.  Kanti did not know who chose the Jan 1st as New Year’s day (it was Julius Cesar). Nobody was able to name the most eaten fruit in the world – answer Mango.

 

Today’s Program.   

Jack introduced our guest speaker Officer Sarah Perez who was accompanied by Corporal Donavon Broses.   They came today to speak to us about the Community Police Academy which is being held February 7 through March 14 on each Wednesday evening from 6p to 8:30p.  This is a seven week course that will be conducted for citizens who apply to the seven week course.  The course covers:  Police organizational structure; Laws of Arrest – Search and Seizure; Use of Force simulation; Vehicle Enforcement stops; Crime scene Processing; Volunteer unit; Specialized Units (SWAT, hostage negation, canine unit, motorcycle/traffic unit, Bicycle unit; and Ride along with an officer.  Officer Perez and Broses used a video presentation to highlight what the seven academy topics cover.  There were a lot of great questions and very strong interest in this participation.   I hope you were fortunate enough to be in attendance.  It was an excellent presentation.  Thanks to Jack for having Officer Perez present to our club.  All the Rotarians were happy we got to check out what is happening with the Community Police Academy!!

 

Officer Sarah Parez and Corporal Donovan Broses

 

 

Raffle Winners:

Marty won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot is $55.

 

 Thought for the week: – An affirmation.

I use my strengths to achieve my goals, consistently and consciously with enthusiasm and excitement.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 4, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 4, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

HAPPY NEW YEAR – WELCOME TO 2018

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

No visitors today

Announcements:

  • Jan 9th  is our next the Rotary Club Board meeting.  We have important topics to discuss and decide.  
  • Terry thanked the January Speaker Team for scheduling the speakers.
  • Gary shared the Christmas greeting from Cassarah and her family who are on a dental mission in Burma and will be visiting Taiwan this month.
  • Marty announced he has extended the Rotary International Foundation giving matching points till the end of this week. If you want to get additional credits for your foundation contributions get them to Marty before the end of this week.  Drop them off at his garage.
  • Jack passed “the Hat” for us to make contribution to the fire victims in the Solano/Sonoma fire victims. The amount collected today will be supplemented by the Board to make a donation of $500 to the victims fund.
  • Sarah announced a 4 hour seminar being hosted by the Rotary Berkeley club this weekend. If you are interested contact Sarah for how to register and attend.

 

 Happy Dollars:   

Don is happy that Mark Scott returned to Rotary after being in the hospital and having surgery.  Mark is happy to be back after being gone for six months.  Jack is happy that Mark will be able to go to the Rotary International convention this year.  Told us the worst thing you can hear from your doctor (I haven’t seen this before.  Nobuko is happy she got to celebrate Christmas and New Years in meaningful ways.  She shared the traditional food preparation for Japanese families and how wonderful it is to have such a tradition.  Terry is happy to congratulate Sonya and Oklahoma for their football success. 

 

Thoughts for increasing awareness of Rotary in 2018

Tracy began by sharing with us how she viewed the importance of sharing with others and finding ways we can do that as a Rotary club.  She gave some suggestions on how we might go about that.  Lee was up next and gave us info about contacting the YES organization in Richmond and how that gave him insight in how little Rotary is known in our community.  He encouraged us to think of ways that we can do small projects on Saturday to get more people involved in what we do and to also increase membership.  Lee ask us to all consider what we think would be a good way to fulfill project activities and increase awareness of other about Rotary.

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today.

.Today’s Program.   

Jack introduced Michael Pigoni, Battalion Operations Chief at the El Cerrito Fire Department to speak to us today about the recent fires in Solano and Sonoma County. Michael gave us an excellent presentation that summarized the role played by EC Fire Dept.  He also showed us pictures and explained the scope and consequences of these type of fires.  We were told about the ways the fires began and how 80 MPH winds can create a situation that resulted in 111000 acres burning while destroying 6957 structures in which 43 people perished.  There were 72000 people who battled the fires along with 50 air tankers and 80 pieces of heavy equipment.  The local Rotary clubs pitched in by providing help with shelter and food for victims.  The scope and impact of these fires is nearly incomprehensible.  This was a conflagration with a scope that is almost beyond what we could imagine.   When car engines melt and areas are swept clean by the fires, it is tough to image what a situation.   Chief Pigoni was able to deliver a clear and understandable verbal and pictorial presentation.   We thank Jack for making it possible for Chief Pigoni speak to us. 

Michael Pigoni –Operations Battalion Chief El Cerrito Fire Department

Chief Pigoni provided answered a number of questions and explained several of the factors which were a part of the circumstances of what happened.  This was an excellent presentation and very compelling with the photos to reinforce the extent of the damage from the fire!

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  George had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Mark Scott’s ticket was pulled for the jackpot and he selected the winning marble winning the jackpot of $85.  Next week the jackpot will be $50

 

 Thought for the week:

How about we all consider what the expression “Service Above Self” means and how do we demonstrate that on a daily basis to our fellow A

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Dec 21, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

December 21, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Don’s wife Mary was here today, Michael had a guest Dennis (failed to get his last name).  Neal Wells from the Orinda club was visiting today.

Announcements:

  • There will be no meeting next Thursday. See everyone on Jan 4th.  Everyone have a safe and sane New Year
  • Marty did a collection of check for the Rotary Foundation for the culmination of matching fund month. If you failed to get your check to Marty, you can bring it to his shop and get the matching points.  Take advantage of this deal.

 Happy Dollars:   

Joe Y is happy to be here today and also happy that the 49ers have won the last two games.  Marty is happy about meeting his sister in Las Vegas to do some “hanging out” with her.  Lee is happy about this softball team winning the championship.  The team who thought they would win had purchased 3 bottles of champagne and so they gave it to Lee’s team for the celebration.  Lee’s brother is on a basketball team the also was a winner and he was happy to celebrate with Lee and the softball team.  Michael is happy his two kids are coming home for Christmas.  George is happy for a Christmas present from his daughter to him and Norma which is a trip to Kenya and another African country in 2018.  Nobuko was $20 happy for a dream she had about herself and her grandson about swimming.  Since she is afraid of the water and he grandson does not swim she felt the dream was quite a blessing because it was very nice.  Jack is happy that Mary Farquharson injury to her arm is on the mend.  Sarah is happy she too had a dream about having grandchildren. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   

Was on duty and began by wishing Lee a happy birthday on Christmas day.  He also thanked Tracy for recommending a play the he very much enjoyed.  Sal then asked where Santa Claus originated – answer:  Turkey.  Then he told us about how the name came about.  He asked how many reindeer Santa has.  Then Sal made a contribution of $20 wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!

Today’s Program.   

Susan Grant was introduced by Sonya to speak to us about her career with Senior Helpers.  This was Susan’s second time to speak to us.  She has had many careers and her love for being with Senior Helps is her favorite because of what it gives to others. 

Susan began by telling the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The short answer is Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia.  Then Susan showed a video which explained the current way the health care providers categorizes using The Senior Gems reference guide.  This list of six gems has been developed to identify people as special and unique. 

Each Gem relates to the persons mental capabilities as they age:

Sapphire – the natural aging process that everyone experiences

Diamond – Can do old habits and routines; becomes more territorial or less aware of boundaries; likes the familiar and has difficulty with change; tells the same stories, as the same questions

Emerald –  Get lost in the past life, past places, past roles; gets emotional quickly; loses important things and thinks someone stoles them; needs help, does not know it or like it.

Amber – Nes sensation (touch, lok, feel smell or taste); may be private and quiet or public and noisy; gets into things; impatient

Ruby – Fine motor skill is lost or stops in the mouth, eyes, fingers and feet; difficult to start and stop movement; limited visual awareness; one direct – forward only, can not back up safely

Pearl – Not aware of the world around them (most of the time); hardly moves; problems swallowing; hard to get connected. Sensory and motor skills go wacky.

Susan was excellent in describing what happens to those who move through these phases.  In the end the brain “freezes up and the person passes.

Susan answered many questions.  It would be worthwhile for anyone who has elder folks in their family to become familiar with the phases people go through so they can get help when needed. 

As I spoke to Susan after the presentation, I suggested she get in touch with other Rotary clubs to share this valuable information to others.  Norma and I experience first hand as my mother had dementia during her last two years of life and she lived with us.   The information Susan shared would have been wonderful to know.   Thanks to Sonya for having Susan speak to us.

Susan Grant of Senior Helpers – Today’s presenter

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  George had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Gary’s ticket was pulled for the beautiful orchid the Sarah brought for a raffle prize today. Next week the jackpot will be $85.

 

Genie Stone:  George won the magic stone for January

 

Thought for the week:

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

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 7. 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

December 7, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today.

Announcements:

  • Terry thanked Lee for setting up a great Christmas party for our club at Trader Vics
  • January is approaching and speakers are being signed up. Stay tuned for who we have coming to present
  • Gary announced the Interact Club being given a presentation by the Richmond Fire Chief in anticipation of the toy bagging for the holiday toy program.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is the end of the two month point matching program for the Rotary Foundation contributions
  • Jack brought some of the toys that were made by the inmates at the Marsh Creek facility. The toys are really super.
  • Sil told us about his meeting with Jane who is getting better with her health and she sent greeting to us all.

Happy Dollars:

Don saw Mark Scott earlier this week and he is doing well.  He send greetings to everyone.  Marla is happy about all the Rotary “things” that have been happening.  Sarah is happy about the help she had at the school garden.  Gary is happy about Rebecca Phoung,s latest adventure in getting a video produced to encourage Kaiser Permanente employees to consider donating the Rotary Foundation.  Tracy is happy that we have such a great Rotary club President.  Jack was happy about Kanti’s tie representing Rotary. Sil is happy the Warriors are doing well in the absence of Steph Curry.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Sal recognized this month’s birthdays:  Nobuko, Lee, Marla and Andy.  Joe and Marsh have an anniversary.  Sal also did some trivia about Christmas Trees and mistletoe.

President Terry showed a short video about young people setting up a Rotary club in Africa.

Today’s Program.   

Terry introduced Marla to speak to us about her trip in September to Italy.  Marla gave us the background on how the trip was done.  She has two good friends who are in the art world and wanted for Marla to have a great experience and enjoyment of this trip.  They went to the Venice Art Beinnale.  This biannual event include 57 pavilions that are hosted by 57 countries around the world.  These event are visited by over 750K people each year.  Marla was fortunate to have her two friends to help her appreciate and dig deeper into the wonderful experience of these exhibits.  We were treated to a number of stunning photos of the art displays.  One of Marla’s companions is a sculpterist and was able to provide a lot good info to Marla in addition to speaking Italian and hooking her up with people who know the business.  This was a fascinating presentation.  Thanks to Marla for sharing her travel experience with us!!

Marla Stevenson spoke to us about her trip to Venice and Rome Italy and it was great!

 

Raffle Winners:

Marty won the bottle of wine.  Gary’s ticket was pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $75  Sarah brought a bouquet of beautiful potted plan that Jack won.

 

 Thought for the week:

 The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today

Announcements:.

  • Lee reminded us the club Christmas Party is tomorrow evening Dec 1 at Trader Vics. Be sure and bring a funny gift for exchange and a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toy Program.  Fun begins at 6p with dinner at 7p
  • Lee is also developing a list of one day monthly projects for our club to work on as a group. He asked that we consider ideas of potential projects and provide him the ideas. 
  • The December board meeting will be on Dec 5th to avoid conflicts with other activities next month.
  • Richmond is having it’s annual holiday auction fund raiser on Dec 8th. Go have lunch with them ($20) and you can bid on auction items.

 

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Happy Dollars:

Jack is happy to be going to the Marsh Creek retention center to pick up the toys that were made by the inmates and will be donated to the El Cerrito Toy program.  Jan is happy she and Jerry had a great time on their Mexico vacation.  They enjoyed a great Thanksgiving dinner.  Marty is happy to be able to visit his sister in Las Vegas around the Christmas holidays.  Terry is happy his Ohio State football team won their game and will be playing for a regional championship.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today,

Marty provided us with the Rotary Foundation info   He reminded us this is Foundation month to gear everyone us for make our contributions to the RI Foundation.  Also the program will run through Christmas week so get your donation in to Marty.

 

Today’s Program.   

President Terry introduced Jason Singer who is a former Fulbright Scholar and won the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service.  He was on hand today to give us information about his work as an educator and provide us with a great presentation on his work in San Lorenzo on the founding of the KIPP King Collegiate High School and how that work got him into the work he currently does with Education Matters which oversees the results obtained by schools based on their leaders, staff and effectiveness of the teachers.  We were treated to a picture of four youngsters when the first 68 students became part of the KIPP school program.

Jason explained there are specific things that educators are responsible for when they take on the task of becoming teachers.  One is that promises made are sacred.  Two, is student rise or sink to the expectations of their leaders.  Three is great schools have great leaders.  Four school leaders are critical and Five that has to be a way to know how well the teachers are doing.  Some of the other important things include:  Are the students staying with the school and are the parents willing to stay with the school and finally are the students progressing to the next grade level.   What this ends up being is good student development equals community development. 

Jason, explained how building the pieces of this concept results in quality students, quality parents and quality teachers that have and effective salary.  We were given a comprehensive handout that provided statistics on all the WCC schools and he explained how schools are in families.  El Cerrito Schools for example are feeder schools for El Cerrito High School.  Jason explained the demographics and stats for the evidence of what he shared with us.  This was a very high quality presentation and I would recommend that you go to a presentation provided by Education Matters and learn more about this concept.

We are truly grateful for the excellent presentation that Jason made to our club.

Jason Singer – Executive Dir of Education Matters w/President Terry

 

Raffle Winners:

Jack won the bottle of wine.  John pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $70.  Sarah brough a bouquet of beautiful flowers that Terry won.

 

Genie Stone Winner:  John

 Thought for the week:

 If you want to be RIGHT – Then have great attitude, great behavior, and great skills

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Nov 9, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 9, 2017

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:  

No guests or visiting Rotarians today

Announcements:

  • Next Tuesday Nov 14 is the Club Board meeting at 12:30p.
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on Dec 1st at Trader Vics. The signup sheet was passed around today so we can get ready for the event.
  • Gary announced that the Toy Program preparation work is Dec 11th to 22nd. He will let us know about the needs for rides for the Interact members to the Fire Station where the toys are packed.
  • Nancy indicated that there is a food collection barrel at her branch of Mechanics Bank.

 

Happy Dollars:  Gary is happy that Marla came to the Interact meeting yesterday and also that she has the thumb drive of information about Interact.  Michael is happy about the double rainbow he saw yesterday.  Marla is happy about the great time she had with her Granddaughter when she was on her trip to New York.  Mike Gonzalez is happy to be back at Rotary.  Yes- It was great to see him back at Rotary!!  Jack told us the tale of stopping at Dougherty Truck rental and checking in on “CJ” who was not there but his son was and Jack arranged for him to come to visit Rotary.  Nobuko is happy about getting settled in her new house and for the great trip she had to Japan.  Lee is happy about his new Kiln that was installed by Mike.  When asked what he would be doing Lee told him that he plans on making a lot of pottery items.  Terry is happy for his 9 year old daughter’s birthday and the party that will held along with a sleep over for twelve young girls. 

 Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty with word trivia but no recognition dollars.  WE learned about which word has the most definitions (run), which country drinks the most coffee (Finland) and how Daylight Savings Time causes heart attacks.

Marty provided us with the Rotary Foundation info  He reminded us this is Foundation month to gear everyone us for make our contributions to the RI Foundation.

Today’s Program.   

Gary introduced Kim Denton to speak to us about the Dogs4Diabetics program.  Kim is a Super Volunteer for the organization as well as a client.  Kim gave us a look into this excellent program that provides dogs to people who have Type 1 Diabetes.  Along with Kim came “Reba” a two year old golden retriever.  Reba gave Kim a beautiful example of the type of dog and the service they provide to their “person.”  Kim explained the type 1 and 2 diabetes.  The D4D dogs are service dogs that literally smell when their person is having a drop in their blood sugar.  These dogs are trained to take action so the person I notified about their condition so they can take corrective action.   The D4D organization gets their dogs from guide dogs for the blind and these animals are very well suited as service dogs for this program.  The dogs are put through 130 hours of training where they learn to do a number of key things to fulfill their responsibilities in service to their person. Kim indicated that D4D has a great track record in matching dogs to the people they serve.   Kim answered a lot of questions about the D4D program, how it works, how it is funded, what does it take to become part of the program and more.  This was a great presentation and we owe a big thank you to President Terry who met Kim at the Solano Stroll at the D4D booth and invited her to be our guest speaker.   As we often say, Rotary gets the best speakers on the planet.  This was no exception!

 

Kim Denton with Reba from Dogs4Diabetics

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $ 60

 

 Thought for the week:

Rotary is one of the best kept secrets in our country.  What are you doing to spread the word about what we do?