El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 17, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

May 17, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

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

Announcements:

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

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

  

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

Today’s Program: 

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

                                                                          Lesa McIntosh – Attorney

 

Raffle Winners:

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

 

Thought for the week

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

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 10, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 10, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

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

Announcements:

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

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

 

Sgt at Arms: Not on duty today

Other Interesting things today: 

Interact Club Officer induction ceremony:

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

  

 Today’s Program: 

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

     El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto

 

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

Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

 

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

 

 Raffle Winners:

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

 

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

 

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

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

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 3, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

May 3, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

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

 

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars:   

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

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

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

 

 

David Weinstein

Today’s Program: 

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

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

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

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

 

 Raffle Winners:

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

 

Thought for the week

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

–Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 26, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 26, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

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

Announcements:

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

 Happy Dollars:   

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

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

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

Today’s Program: 

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

Lt Lauren Caputo – ECPD

 

 Raffle Winners:

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

 

Thought for the week

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

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 20, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

April 19, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

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

 Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars:   

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

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program: 

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

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

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

It was great having Terri with us today!!

Terri Waller – Employer Engagement Coordinator – WCCUSD

 

Raffle Winners:

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

 

Thought for the week

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

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 12, 2018

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

 

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

 

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars:   

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

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

 

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

 

Today’s Program: 

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

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

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

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

 

Chris Treadway –told us about his book

 

Raffle Winners:

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

 

Thought for the week

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

 

 

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