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?

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 2, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary –

The Wheel

October 26, 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:

  • The Northern California fund for fire victims has been established by Rotary so the four districts can collect funds from donors in an effective way.
  • Rotary Club Board meeting on December 14th.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the “take home food for $10.” This program is simple you can pay $10 and have a dinner for tonight from the lunch buffet.  It is a good program. 
  • Jack asked everyone to sign the get well card for Larry Sanchez. He just underwent surgery.
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on December 1st at Trader Vics. Be ready to sign up soon.

Happy Dollars:    

Jack is happy to be back after a successful vacation in Florida.  Mark Figone is happy to be back at Rotary.  Don is happy to see Jack is back.  Michael is happy he have a good vacation in Maui.  Rafael is happy his radio show is going well and he has three new contracts for his business

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today

Important things today:  Marty gave us updates on Rotary Foundation things and reminded us all that this month is “matching points month.”  That means you can get every dollar matched for every dollar you contribute to the Rotary Foundation,   This is a great opportunity to get you dollars doubled for the Paul Harris awards.

 

Today’s Program.   

Gary introduced Taylor Lee District Governor of 5160. Taylor was on hand to tell us about “End Polio Now” annual campaign which is on Sunday Nov 5th.  This is an annual 5k run/walk that raises a lot of money for the End Polio Now campaign.  Last year $51000 was raised.  The event has a $20 entry fee.  The event is in its fifth yea.  Taylor gave us some background about himself and his goal in attending UCB.   As a senior Taylor is looking forward to moving into employment with Ernst and Young accounting firm. 

Taylor’s presentation showed the many aspects of polio what the current efforts involve.  The battle has narrowed down to three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  Although Nigeria has been without a new polio case for most of this year.  The overall commitment is to eradicate polio.  This is easier said than done. 

Taylor gave us an outline of how UCB Rotaract operates and the breakdown of the organization. This was all quite interesting.  They have many ways they keep the Rotaract members engaged in the club.  They hold public service opportunities each week which gives members a lot of activities in which to participate.  Taylor gave us a rundown on how the club’s six departments produce the success for the club.  One of the more interesting questions to Taylor centered on how they could track which Rotaract members make it to Rotary.  

This was an excellent presentation and show just how engaged the UCB Rotaract Club is in Rotary efforts.  Thanks to Taylor for a great presentation.

Taylor Lee – District Governor of 5160 Rotaract

 

Raffle Winners:

Mark Figone won the bottle of wine.  Nancy had her ticket pulled for the emergency kits.   Gary 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 $55

 

Thought for the week:

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 26, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 26, 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 Andy and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked Marla for decorating the tables for Halloween
  • Terry provided a handout for everyone that detailed a way to donate to fire victims in the North Bay.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the “take home food for $10.” This program is simple you can pay $10 and have a dinner for tonight from the lunch buffet.  It is a good program.  Your author took advantage of the program last week and it was great because we didn’t have to prepare a dinner for ourselves.
  • Tomorrow is the BARSHEEP TGIFF at Salute’s in Richmond. Event begins at 5:30p. 
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on December 1st at Trader Vics. Be ready to sign up soon.
  • Gary announced that Cassarah Chu and sister will be doing another dental mission to Burma and asked for support with the tooth brushes. This will be formally put forth at the Rotary Board meeting in November.
  • Terry acknowledged Gary for the Rotarian of the month award. Gary has been the mainstay as Interact Advisor and Bulletin Editor

Happy Dollars:    

Don is happy for his heart checkup as there were no anomalies.  Kathleen is happy that her son has graduated and is now job hunting.  Marty is happy for his upcoming trip to New York and for Kathleen being here today.  Terry is happy for the songs he enjoyed in preparing for today’s meeting.   

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Was not officially on today but did a quick summary at the end of our meeting just for the pure entertainment value.

Today’s Program.   

Sil introduced Kathleen Hunt, a former El Cerrito Rotarian, to speak to us about Halloween and estate planning implications of vampires and zombies as it relates to passing our assets on to those who remain after our death.  This was a most interesting and entertaining presentation with sound legal principals along with a great dose of fun.  We heard about how the law treats or doesn’t treat the undead, in the case of Zombies and reborn or reanimated as in the case of Vampires.  Kathleen suggested if you are a werewolf it would necessary to set up a durable power of attorney for the days when there is a full moon so someone can take care of your business during this critical time of the month.

For those who don’t know, Kathleen conducted a college level course on Halloween and vampires and being an attorney this gives her a great opportunity to have fun with this subject.  That is why she is often requested to speak to us this time of year. 

We were all entertained and very interested in what Kathleen had to say.  Thanks to her for conducting her annual presentation to us.

Kathleen Hunt – Attorney and Halloween specialist

 

 Raffle Winners:

Sarah won the bottle of wine.  Sarah also won the necklace that Norma Buffon made.  Andy won the Fresh guava that Sarah donated.   Terry had his ticket drawn winning the $155 jackpot.  He is donating the $$ to his PHF donation for this year.  

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 19, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 19, 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 Nancy and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Our only guest today was our guest speaker

Announcements:

  • Terry thanked the board members who attended the DG visit last week
  • Next Friday Oct 27th is TGIFF at Salute’s at 7pm  Do you best to make it
  • Lee announced the Rotary Club Christmas party on Dec 1st at 6p at Trader Vics

Happy Dollars:    Kanti is happy it is Hindu New Year.  Mark Scott is happy to be back after a great trip to Minn.  Sil is happy for his trip to Boston where he did a Rotary make up that wasn’t as good as he had hoped.  Tracy is happy for what she called “Rotary Week” as she encountered several fellow EC Rotarians.  Marla is happy about her trip to Italy which was great. Sal is happy he found $4 in his car so he made them happy dollars.  Steve is happy to be back from Virginia and North Carolina which he and Jan enjoyed greatly.  Paul is happy he is hosting his friend Scott Classen as speaker today.  Gary is happy that the Interact District Conference is coming up on Nov 12th.  Sarah is happy about her Garden and Art Camp adventure and also for the traffic at the school garden by the students.  Don is happy for the club’s tax returns being completed by Lee.  Rafael is happy to being able to help two elderly folks who were burned out in the fires. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Today Sal made historical inquiries of Marla, Terry and Steve about interesting history questions.

Today’s Program.   

Paul introduced a friend of his, Scott Classen to speak to us.  Scott is a Beamline Scientist Protein Crystallographer.  He works at the Advanced Light Science (ALS) facility at UC Berkeley Lab.  Scott gave us a sense of what he does by retracing the advancement in Protein Crystallography over the past hundred plus years.  He told us briefly about five scientist who were the pioneers in this fascinating area of scientific endeavor.  Scott explained how the invention of the x-ray machine was a springboard to solving the protein crystal structures and resulted in the first structure being identified in 1958.  From there there was a protein data bank established in 1971.  That today represents a commonly used research source for many things.  The database is known as the PDB-101 and is use routinely by scientists doing the type of work Scott is involved in.  Scott reviewed the why, how and use of the ALS in the various research that is done on things such as chemotherapies, viruses and other things that are used to make our lives better.   This was an excellent presentation that Scott made understandable to us non-scientific folks.  Thanks to Paul for inviting Scott to make this presentation.  Good Stuff! 

 

Scott Classen – Beamline Scientist – UC Berkeley Lab

 

Raffle Winners:

Kanti won the bottle of whiskey.  Marty had hes ticket pulled for the marble game and he selected a red marble winning $10.  Next week the jackpot will be $155 and will be won next week because the only marble remaining is the winner.  .

 

Thought for the week:

Some succeed because they are destined to, most succeed because they are determined to.

–Peter Drucker

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 12, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 12, 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 Marty and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Visiting Rotarian Gary Valhauer our District Governor and his wife Leslie and daughter Lisa were here to visit our club. Rotarians Allen Baer and Max Robinson were also in attendance as was Jorge’s wife Norma.

Announcements:

  • December speaker Team leader is Joe Yang
  • President Terry reminded everyone to pay for your Rotary shirt if you have not done so.
  • Sonya and Sal provided a Sip and Savor report. Bottom line is we may reach our goal of $30K net.  Next year the Sip and Savor will be on October 2018.
  • Jack did a follow-up on the email he sent to us all which depicted the path forward for our new membership recruitment. Jack will be reminding us weekly of actions to take.

 Happy Dollars:    

Jack is happy his property in Napa has not been damaged by the fires.  Tracy is happy that she got to visit a Rotary meeting in Truckee.  Sonya is happy for the Sip and Savor results.  Marty is happy about our meeting with the DG today.

 Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on today

Today’s Program.   

Terry introduced our DG Gary Vilhauer to make his club visit presentation.  The topic of his talk was how Rotary has not limits when it comes to doing projects.  He told us the story of a humanitarian trip to Lagos Nigeria he made on a Rotary Humanitarian Mission. He summarized just how effective Rotary is when it comes to using the Rotary Foundation to leverage the funds and find the bodies to get a project completed.  The mission that DG Gary went on illustrates the power of accumulating dollars and joining with the Districts and R/I to secure sizable grants.  On the trip there a number of were civilian organizations in Nigeria who provided support of advertising, logistics and other resources to the project.  The mission successfully provided health care treatment for over 100k Nigerians.  DG Gary pointed out how these type of missions grow our membership because more and more people get to see how it works.

 

This was a great presentation and provided a heartwarming story about Rotary’s effectiveness.

DG Gary closed with a short video of the District Conference that will be in Incline Village, NV on May 4-6, 2018.  Looks like “a don’t” miss event!

 

Terry, Leslie Vilhauer and DG Gary Vilhauer with our Rotary promo sign

 

Special Award for Sonya.  She was awarded a beautiful succulent garden and a gift for her outstanding efforts as the Chair off Sip and Savor.

 

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  Tracy also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and she selected a catseye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $150.  .

Thought for the week:

Rotarians are People of Action, Committed to completing what they do. 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 5, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 5, 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 Kanti and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Don had wife Mary and daughter Karen, visiting from Australia.

Announcements:

  • Oct 10th is the next Rotary Board Meeting at 12:30p
  • Oct 12th is the Rotary meeting that the DG will visit our club. All board members are asked to arrive at La Strada by 10:30a.
  • Terry reminded us that we need to pay for our Rotary shirts.
  • Sal announced that the Red Oak Victory Ship is serving the last pancake breakfast for this year on Sunday from 9a to 1p. Head on down to the ship and enjoy
  • Terry asked us to all stand and we gave a huge round of applause to Sonya for her outstanding work with the Sip and Savor.

 

Happy Dollars:    

Nancy is happy about the Sip and Savor.  Michael is $20 happy for the sip and savor.  Don is happy his daughter is visiting from Australia and also happy that Rafael’s sons were so helpful at the Sip and Savor.  Gary is happy that Norma and her friends had so much fun at Sip and Savor.  Kanti is happy to be back to Rotary and excited with new grandson Shaun and being able to play with him.  Jack is happy that Rafael’s sons were so key in helping the golf event at Sip and Savor.   Sonya was happy about the great branding work that Tracy did for the club and it showed at the event.  Marty is happy that Sonya secured a photographer to get pictures at Sip and Savor.  Terry is happy about Sip and Savor and all the great things that happened.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on today

Terry shared the Rotary video – You are champions. 

Today’s Program.   John introduced our guest speaker:  Mimi Zemmelman  an organizational consultant who provides services that help leaders in organizations get the best from their business by understanding how to get everything in the business in alignment   In short, her work is all about getting everything in alignment to have the organization work toward growing more successful.    She summarized the work she does with businesses to help them move toward the future by applying high performance organizational concepts and getting the people in alignment with the vision of the future.  In short know what the organization wants and moving toward that future by knowing what it takes to do that. 

Mimi answered a lot of questions and everyone enjoyed the presentation she made. 

 

Mimi Zemmelman, Ph.D

 

Raffle Winners:  Jack won the bottle of wine.  Jack also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and gave the chance to Don’s daughter Karen and she selected a blue marble winning $2.  Next week the jackpot will be $145.  Sarah also brought a flower arrangement that Jorge won.

 

Thought for the week:

The best measure of success is what I am doing compared to my true potential.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 28, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 28, 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 Sil and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Visiting Rotarian Gary Pokorney from the Walnut Creek was with us today. 

Announcements:

  • Oct 10th is the next Rotary Board Meeting at 12:30p
  • Oct 12th is the Rotary meeting that the DG will visit our club. All board members are asked to arrive at 10a at the club.
  • Sonya, Jane and Jack gave us a briefing on the Sip and Savor. Everyone has a critical job and we can work together to make the day successful.

Happy Dollars:    

Gary Pokorney is happy for not being involve in the I80 mess yesterday.  Andy is unhappy for being in the mess.  Michael is happy for getting a condo for his daughter in Washington.  Sal is happy he is Sgt at Arms.  Marty is happy he went to the CCCT to see Cabaret.  Sil is happy to be going to a Warriors game.  Sarah is happy Jenn Rader is her to speak to us today and also happy that Tracy came to see Sarah and have tea.  Tracy is happy for get over bronchitis.  Jack is happy for the food at the club today.  

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Had anniversary celebrations for Rafael (30th), Terry for his 10th.  Mark Scott (I did not get the year number)..Sal then did recognition of Jack for the 21 gun salute question.  I came about as the sum on 1776. John and Sonya also had trivia questions.

Rotarian of the Month:  Tracy was presented with the honor for all her work with the centennial participation for our club and the branding that has been done on that goal.

 Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduceP Jenn Rader, Director of the James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School.  Jenn was on hand to provide us information about this vital and interesting health care program for the teachers and students at ECHS.  Jenn shared a story of a student who was having an anxiety attack in class and she was called in to assist.  The end result was Jenn asked the student to accompany her to the school garden and they talked about a number of things and the incident was resolved.  This was a great example of the importance of having the facility at the school.   We were then provided a definition of trauma and what it does to us.  Today we are all aware of PTSD from the service men and women that return from the Middle East after being wounded or experiencing serious injury.  Everyone has experienced trauma in different forms and it has an affect with the way we deal with our life.  As we were told it is how the individual processes situations after a a trauma that is important.  Jenn gave us examples of trauma based responses.  The James Morehouse project teaches the staff at ECHS how to deal with interacting with the individuals who have experienced trauma.  The James Morehouse Project has six staff and eight clinical interns.  Every year the center has new interns and since 2000 they have trained over 200 people in their intern program.  Jenn is very proud and committed to the work at the James Morehouse Project.  This is a great resource for our high school that has 1500 students.

Thanks to Sarah for inviting Jenn to speak to us.

Here is the link to the youtube video.  Go check it out and see firsthand more about the James Morehouse Project.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiQA1OzE7-Q&feature=youtu.be 

 

Jenn Rader – Director – James Morehouse Project at ECHS

 

 

Raffle Winners:  Gary Pokorney won the bottle of wine.  Gary Pokorney had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $140.

 

Genie Stone Winner:  Andy Brown won the magic stone for the month of October

 

Thought for the week:

The affirmation cited here is from Paul J. Meyer and supports how our Rotary Club membership handles things:  “I am habitually inductrious and get things done.  My attitude is always “will do” as well as “can do.” 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 21 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 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 Joe Yang and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Jan had her sister Carol as her guest today.  Bob Graham with our guest speaker today is a visiting Rotarian.

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanks the Rotarians who were at the Centennial Parade last Saturday.
  • October 12th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Oct 10 is the Rotary Board meeting
  • Sonya gave us some updates on the Sip and Savor progress and reminded us of the time being short and to keep focused. If you are not going to make it to the event please inform Sonya.
  • Jan told everyone they can begin turning in the raffle prizes next Thursday.

Happy Dollars:    Nobuko is happy for her new house in Berkeley is not on the path to completion.  Marty is happy he had a great time on his trip to the east coast.  Marla is happy she will be going to Italy even though she has to miss Sip and Savor.  Gary is happy for the funny situation at the Cerrito Vista park after the parade when the EMTs thought he had fainted and he got to visit the ambulance.  Michael is happy he got to see Mike Gonzalez out shopping and reported he is looking good and holding his own.  Jan is happy for her birthday and her sister Carol visiting.  Joe Yang is happy he and his wife got to go to Hawaii for their 4th anniversary,   Terry is happy for his trip to Ohio.  Bob Graham is happy for being in Rotary for 50 years.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today

Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduced Meg Heinicke from Namaste Direct along with Bob Graham, founder of the organization.   Meg gave us a summary of Namaste Direct, a micro lending organization that Bob set up almost 20 years ago in Guatemala.  Meg also pointed out that Guatemala is a young country that had a population that increased from less to a million to sixteen million today.  As a result there is a lot of poverty and single parent families.  This resulted in a lot of women having difficulty to provide for themselves and if they had children, it was even worse.  Namaste is an   organization provides women a way to start a business or aid an existing business to access funding to start or grown their business. The support of the Namaste organization support is through education and business consulting which provides a success model for the women..  Guatemala has a young population and Namaste provides the women a structured 9 month business program that has four separate segments that helps the women grow and build their business so they can work though the challenges of owning and running their businesses.  The Namaste model provides guidance, coaching, business management and education for the women so the money they are loaned is paid back so the organization continues to fund others.  The annual cost of the program is $600 per business owner and it has been successful for a long time.  Meg gave us a great summary and then answered a lot of quality questions.  This was a great presentation.  Thanks to Sarah for inviting Meg to speak to us today.

Bob Graham and Meg Heinicke of Namaste Direct

 

Raffle Winners:  Michael won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $135.

 

Thought for the week:

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