Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 23, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 23 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today from President James Polk.  . We had 14 members and our guest speaker on the broadcast.

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Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Our guest speaker today was Amit Randhawa, RotoCare clinic manager in Richmond, Amit Randhawa acknowledged the opportunity and said he would provide more information during the program section of our meeting.

Announcements: 

  • Gabe gave us an update on the city council meeting.  The council decided to have more outdoor seating at restaurants.  He gave us a few examples of places such as Los Moles and a couple other locations
  • Andy told everyone he wants us to compile a people we know that could be approached to come to Rotary as a guest.  Make your list and President Andy will tell us that next step. 

Sgt at Arms:  recognized Sal for his 84th birthday.  Sal was asked what historicl event happened when he was 26 years old.   He did not know and I failed to write it down so if you want to know do the research and put Google to work.   Our club has a number of members who are in their eighties so Steve will have to tailor the questions for that age group.

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Happy Dollars:  Sal told us he will make an $84 contribution to the club in honor of his birthday.  Boy, this getting older stuff is getting expensive.  Jack is happy for the quick response his neighbor received when he suffered a heart attack.  Congrats to all the wonderful first responders in our communities!!

Today’s Program: 

Amit Ranhawa, manager of the Richmond RotaCare clinic since 2018, was on hand to give us a rundown of what he and his team do at the clinic.  For those who do not know, the clinic is free to those who do not have medical insurance or other forms of medical care.  The clinic is located at 256 24th St, Richmond, and is open two hours weekly.  Appointments are scheduled and basic medical care is provided.  Some of the services provided are classes along with sessions on caring for certain types of maladies. Much of the interaction with patients is over the phone especially during the pandemic..  Amit explained the various ways they are able to provide medical services through the use of volunteer doctors and other health care professionals.  We heard the story about a young woman who was a serious diabetic that they were able to refer for medical treatment to another facility where she was prescribe insulin and got through a rough patch in her life.  The problem of non English speakers has been overcome by having volunteers who can do the translation for the patients.  Amit is very proud of how well the clinic works with such limited resources 

It was wonderful to hear how things are done at the RotaCare clinic.  Amit showed us his office wall behind his desk which is adorned with Rotary club flags from the BARSHEEP clubs: Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Emeryville, El Sobrante, and Pinole clubs that support the clinic.  Thanks to President Andy for inviting Amit to share the info on RotoCare clinic. 

Thought for the Day:   Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon will inevitably come to pass.  A statement by the founder of Leadership Management International, Paul J. Meyer some 50 years ago.  A number of historically great people used this notion to create “miracles.”

See everyone next week on our Zoom Meeting.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 16, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

July 16  2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting and provided a thought for today from Franklin D. Roosevelt.  .     

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Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Our guest today was the guest speaker Melinda McCrary, Executive Director of the Richmond Museum.  The museum is housed in the beautiful Carnegie building at 400 Nevin Ave in Richmond.    Check the website of the museum for details about things that are doing.

Announcements: 

  • Jack gave us the answer to his photograph quiz he sent out.  The phot was 2007 taken at a Golden Gate Fields fund raiser where our Rotarians were working to earn some money for community service projects
  • Lee provided us with an update on the Trail Trekkor signs installed by Rotary and the Trail Trekkors.  There has been some delay in completing the project.  The main entrance sign specifically has been put on temporary hold.  Most of the other signs have been installed.  Be sure you head out and walk the trail and you an see the signs for yourself.
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Sgt at Arms:  Formally know as world’s greatest Sgt at Arms recognized Past Pres Terry for his upcoming 50th birthday on July 21st.  Congratulations on a half century to Terry.

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Happy Dollars:   Jack is happy with the walk he took on the Trail Trekkor path and suggested we all take advantage of doing the same.  Marty is happy to be unemployed as his service writer job played out.  President Andy is happy he has scheduled speakers for the remaining two Rotary meetings this month.  Be sure and sign on to Zoom so you can take advantage of the presentations.

Today’s Program: 

Melinds McCrary who visited our club about 18 months ago came to tell us about the exciting things going on at the Richmond Museum.  She has also joined Richmond Rotary so she is a member of our neighbor club.  Melinda has been with the museum for 7 years and during that time there has been some amazing things take place.  She shared with us the saga of her recovering a beautiful mural that was found in the basement of the downtown Richmond post office and some of the key points of the recovery of this Victor Arnautoff mural.  This is no ordinary mural as it is 14 feet by 7 feet and depicts the “industrial heritiage” of the period in Richmond just prior to WW1.  The Richmond Museum of History is located at 400 Nevin Ave., adjacent to Nevin Park, in the heart of the Iron Triangle. The brick building with white Roman columns, known as the Carnegie Building, is over 100 years old and was originally a public library.  There are a number of interesting and exciting things planned for the museum this year.  There will be a membership drive along with a number of other interesting and wonderful activities.  Go onto the website and check it out:  www.richmondmuseum.org.   Melinda did a shared screen on Zoom and we all got to see a number of highlights.   Be sure and be aware of the upcoming events and participate in them.  As a minimum, consider joining the museum as a member.  A big thank you to Melinda for an interesting and fascinating presentation. 

Thanks to Andy for inviting her to spend the time with us on Zoom.

Thought for the Day:   Be sure and be ready to participate in the activities our Rotary club is currently doing.  With all the ranting and raving about the corona virus be sure you don’t miss out on the great and meaningful things our Rotary Club is doing!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 9, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

July 10  2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Elect Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting and provided a thought for today from Samuel Adams (our second USA President).     

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Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  We did not have any guests today.   We had fourteen Rotarians participate in our meeting today.

Announcements: 

  • President Andy announced we will have a Board Zoom meeting on July 14 at 5:30p
  • Steve reminded us today is National Sugar Cookie Day
  • Jane did some final cleanup for the new club Roster.  Gary promised to get the new Interact officers so they can be included.  If you have any changes to your information please email Jane so she can get it included in the roster.
  • Our new treasurer is Michael Pigoni and there are at least three folks who will be backing him up. 
  • There was an article in the Journal weekly newspaper with a front page story about the El Cerrito Hillside signs that Rotarian Lee spearheaded in coordination with the Trail Trekkers.  If you have not been on the trail to check this out be sure you do so as soon as possible.  We all owe Rotarian Lee acknowledgements for the great work he did in securing the foundation grant and working with the City of El Cerrito, the Trail Trekkers and getting his fellow Rotarians and Interact members to assist in this endeavor.  GREAT JOB!!!!!

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today

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Happy Dollars:   We had some happy dollar participation today.  Mark Figone is happy about the number of fishing trips he has scheduled which he and his son will enjoy.  Mark’s son is going off to college this fall so they can have some quality time while catching fish at some beautiful and interesting locations. 

Jane is happy her son is engaged and returning to the bay area with the anticipation of his marriage not too far away both from a time and location standpoint.   Every member was reminded that we are to keep our happy dollars in an envelope and when we return to the BCC for meetings we can turn those in to the treasurer for depositing into our Rotary bank account.

Today’s Program:  Today was President Andy’s first official meeting so he was officially inducted and he took over.  We were advised about the new officers being picked for various key positions.  Gary Buffon will pass his job of Bulletin Editor to Rachel.  Gary has been the editor since 2001 when he took over for long time member Verne Odlin.  Verne did the bulletin when it was typed and they copied and mailed to each Rotarian.  I remember helping Verne and it was a lot clerical of work each week.  Gary will also depart his role in maintaining our club website and President Andy said he will negotiate with Rachel to spear head this effort from now on.  Past President Terry will work with Gary to hand off the Interact Club advisory position which Gary has done since 2002 when the club was founded at El Cerrito High School. 

Andy also talked about he goal of having monthly themes for speakers.  In addition he wants to set up annual awards for the Interact club.  Stay tuned as he puts these things into practice.  It is wonderful to have a President with a background clear back to being a Rotary Exchange student in Mexico.  He has a lot of experience and some great plans.  Be ready to step up and assist in any way you can.  One of the things that was brought up repeatedly in today’s meeting was the need for a summer/fall fundraiser.  We must get started on that immeditally.  If you have thoughts about what we might do jot them down and voice them at our next meeting.   A Rotary club is a participation activity.  Be sure you are active in all these things going on.  Please reach out to me if you want further explanation or have questions.  It has been a joy serving you and my fellow club members all these years.  I joined in 1987 and have loved being an El Cerrito Rotarian ever since that first day.

Todays Raffle:  This portion of our meetings will return with new and interesting things when our meetings return to the Berkeley Country Club.

Thought for the Day:   Our club is involved in a significant transformation and we have the opportunity to make a lot of wonderful things take place.  Choose what you want to be involved in and JUMP in and make things happen.  I was looking through some of the Rotary Club’s history and discovered just how wonderful it is and how much we want to move forward under Andy’s guidance.  Everyone get on board.

Weekly El Cerrito Bulletin for June 18, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

June 18, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Elect Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting everyone. We just underction of Rotarians on our Zoom meeting.  

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Today we did not have guests just dedicated Rotarians.

Announcements: 

  • Jane provided and update on status of Lara’s Fine Dining as a possible place for our demotion dinner and other events. 
  • Jack gave us an update on hi participation in the District Zoom event last Saturday.  It was very well attended and many awards and recognitions were passed out.  One of the key things is that our District contributed over 3 Million Dollars to humanitarian causes
  • President Elect Andy is getting us all energized in anticipation of our new year coming up on July 1. 
  • Andy was doing some techno stuff to show us some video.  The jazz band was great.  Something tells me we will be getting a strong dose of good stuff for our new President this year.  Now if we can just get back into a regular place we can call home and begin to put all this craziness with the Covid 19 stuff behind us. 
  • President Marty has notified us that our Rotary dues are actively being solicited so be ready to write your check for that.

Sgt at Arms:  Steve informed us today was National Go Fishing day and Paul suggested that was a good idea. Jack was recognized.for his Wedding Anniversary on June 28th and was soliciting suggestions for where he might take Carol fo their special day.

Happy Dollars:  There was a lot of upbeat Rotarians today.  Rachel shared stories about her family and neighbors and many others contributed to the positive mood.

Today’s Program: 

Andy introduced our City Police Chief and Rotarian, Paul Keith to bring us up to date on the work that he has been involved in moving his department into the next phases of policing and leadership.  Paul began by clarifying the definitions for Leadership and Management.  It was wonderful to hear about this as I was a representative for Leadership Management Inc for a couple of decades.  Anyway,  Leadership is an Art and Management in a Science.  The example often used is you need both in difficult situations.  If you need to climb a wall you need a ladder that will allow you to complete the task,  You get a good manager to select the ladder given the condition and requirement of the job on of the wall and other factors for your job.  Then the leader will make the determination of which wall to lean the ladder against.  Simple concept  and one that fits the model that Chief Paul was describing.  He has several type of professionals working in his teams.  From the line officers to lieutenants and captains. They all have many critical things and responsibilities in their roles as El Cerrito Police officers.  Chief Keith and his team have their goals a lot of statistic evidence of the outcome to use to verify the results of decisions.   One example he used is the challenge of theft in retail stores and how to improve the situation so the police and store owners both win.  If you think about the variables in this situation you can see how the resource expenditures result in different outcome for each party.  The store owner want to reduce his loss.  The police department wants the same thing but without the expense of having police dispatched to stores to stop it.  One thing that we all notice is stores have security members in the stores and that is a viable alternative to call the police each time there is theft.  In store security people can minimize a lot of challenges that do not need police intervention.  You want to have police available when a person with a baseball bat is threatening people with  physical harm to people on the street.  There was another example of the use of force situations and how the police can defuse these so the outcomes are not so dramatic and getting people shot or injured is unnecessary. 

The bottom line is Chief Paul and his team have used the data they collected from four years experience to “select the correct size ladder” and lean it against the “correct wall.”   The Chief’s presentation was both interesting and demonstrated what a solid “leadership/management” approach to his department’s challenges have brought about a number of positive outcomes.  In in my opinion Chief Keith’s success will continue to be move up on the success scale.  With all the media attention being placed on “use of force” by police, I am delighted to know our El Cerrito Police Dept is doing well and will continue it winning ways..   A big thank you to Rotarian and Police chief Paul Keith for his excellent presentation to the El Cerrito Rotary Club.

Today’s Raffle:  This portion of our meetings will return with new flavors and fun when our meetings return to the Berkeley Country Club.

Thought for the Day:   Rotary is an excellent organization that turns average people into superstars that do amazing things!  

Hope to see everyone on the Zoom meeting next week.  Let’s all keep our focus on getting back to a regular Rotary Meeting with a sit down lunch and fellowship!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 28, 2020

  El Cerrito Rotary-The Wheel

May 28, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting everyone.  We had an excellent collection of Rotarians today.  Marty checked in with each of us to see how we are doing.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements: 

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today but he told us today was National Hamburger day

Happy Dollars:   Not done today

Today’s Program:   There was no official program for today.  President Marty check in with each of us to see what is going on.  John Hoagland told us about his cardiact challenge that cause him to have a two day stay at the hospital while the doctors got a handle on his blood pressure a couple of heart related issues and other challenges.  JOHN is doing well. And will continue under the doctors observation.  Join us next week for another update or give John a call and check in with him!Andy is keeping busy and he was doing the Zoom meeting from his vehicle while being in the south bay.  George reported that he and Norma are continuing their daily bicycling.  Jack reminded us of the great articles in the Rotarian Magazine and encouraged everyone to read the magazine cover to cover twice through (actually that is what I would suggest.  Marty reported the Trail Trekkor signs are all put up and there is just the entrance sign to be finished up.  The trail begin just outside the El Cerrito Recycling.  Go check it out and see the handiwork of our fellow Rotarians.  Big thank you to Lee and others for everything they did.  Marty told us about his new employment as a service writer for a repair shop on Appian Way in El Sobrante.  He will be working 30 hours a week so this will keep him busy and a paycheck coming in. 

There was also some talk about the rebuilding of Paradise and the Rotary International pledge to assist with this effort.  Jack pointed out that he had heard that about 2 million has been pledged for this effort.  We will learn more in the near future.

We discussed the the need to pay our club RI dues and our Dist 5160 dues.  We will have our treasurer send out invoices to the membership so we can keep up.

Todays Raffle:  Not done today.   It will return when we resume regular meetings at the Berkeley Country Club.

Thought for the Day:  Never count the Rotarians spirit out.  We will thrive and overcome every time we need to!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 23, 2020

President Marty:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting everyone.  Flag salute not done today. Marty shared a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  We had no guests today.  We had eighteen Rotarians on the meeting.  Our guest speaker today was Chief Paul Keith of the EC police department.  Hopefully everyone got to check in and keep up with whats happened.

Announcements: 

  • Rotary is offering a course for anyone who wants to learn how to provide support to home bound folks.  Marty can provide you with the information if you are interested.
  • Jane wants us to all consider ways we can use ideas for our new Rotary Year.  There have been many challenges that have occurred this year that have put barriers in Andy’s way to get him year off to a great start.  Jack asked everyone to bring the ideas to him so we can get our new President and Rotary Year off to a great start.

Sgt at Arms:   Steven recognized Paul Keith for his birthday this month.

Happy Dollars:    Jack is happy he and Carol walked the golf course path at BCC.  He said it was very enjoyable and indicated that it is possible for everyone to walk the path if you please.  Rachael said she ran a 10k run along the golf course pathways.  Steve was on the meeting using his cell phone while he is at his cabin in Lake Tahoe.  Gabe is happy for the walks he has been taking with his dog at the Albany Bulb area.  Marty is happy he went to Golden Gate Park and walked around the area.

Today’s Program:   

El Cerrito Police Chief Paul Keith was our guest speaker today.  He reviewed the response that the EC police dept have make to the chronovirus pandemic.  The first Paul addressed is the staffing required and how best to do an effective job during this somewhat extraordinary situation.  One of the first things is the work schedule for the officer staff which is to a seven day twelve hour day duty cycle and then with fourteen days off.   This change in deployment adequaterly covers the policing for the city.  Some of the key areas are how changes have been made for dealing with homeless people and the arresting of process of folks who have violated the law.  Most arrests do not result in taking people to jail.  With many stores being closed, the number of arrests is way down.  Paul shared some of the ways neighborhood are doing things that will interest youngsters such a visual scavanger hunts and some limited sports activities.  Paul mentioned that many cases of people drinking too much has resulted during this period.  These factors has made the job of being a police officer more challenging  Many people are acknowledging the police officer and fire fighters by sending them home made baked good as a way to demonstrate their kind feelings toward our public safety team in El Cerrito.

Paul shifted gears to the financial state of El Cerrito.  The bottom line is that all city departments will be faced with at ten percent reduction in expenditures in order to keep things operating.  The reduction in sales in the city has reduced that case flow dramatically.  In the Friday West County Time there was an article about the budget issues.  There will be a lot of things changed and tweaked to make sure we get through this tough time. 

As has always been the case, Paul gave a solid presentation with a lot of quality information that gave us a clear picture of the challenges everyone is facing.  Thanks to Chief Paul Keith for an excellent presention. 

Todays Raffle:  Not done today.   It will return when we resume regular meetings at the Berkeley Country Club.

Thought for the Day:   It seems when things seem the darkest we find the sun light coming through the cloud so we have the hope and capacity to do what we must do to overcome the challenge.

Weekly Rotary Bulletin April 16, 2020

The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty: Opened this meeting using Zoom. Marty called the meeting to order by recognizing the Rotarians who joined in. We had fifteen Rotarians and a guest speaker Marcel Lloyd who works for St Vincent Depaul.   George led the flag salute and Marty shared his thought for the day.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Our only guest today was our guest speaker.  We had ten Rotarians on the meeting.  Hopefully everyone got to check in and keep up with what happened.

Announcements: 

  • Lee gave us an update of the sign project.  He has the signs and post in his garage.  All the post holes have been dug and the next step is to get the post and cement positioned so they can be set,
  • Jack told us about his experience in a Richmond Zoom meeting where they had Sharon Tennison and talked about the results of the Russian project from nearly five years ago.  If anyone does not know Sharon or at least about what she did (in addition to making over 100 trips to Russia the last part of the perhaps we can get her or someone who was involved in “the Russia Project” to bring us a program to Rotary.
  • A check for $4500 has been contributed to the El Cerrito Park and Rec from our last Sip and Savor.
  • Jack reported that golf course has been well maintained and will be ready to go when the lock down is over.

Sgt at Arms:   Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:    Lee is happy he has been able to do a make a lot of Pottery and is looking forward to providing raffle prizes for our weekly meetings when we get back to having our meeting at the club.  Jack is happy about the Safeway store people being so organized in their store operations during the lock down.  Marty was happy about the Monterey Market in Berkeley having a great customer service program.  George is happy about the Trader Joes he frequents and their having everything in stock.  Terry is sad about his oldest cat (19 years old) going on to the Kitty Heaven.  Andy is happy about all four of his boys being home.  Steve is not shaving and looking forward to when he can shave the beard.  Steve also reminded us that today is wear you pajamas to work day.  Since we have been meeting using the Zoom software it would be easy to take advantage of this idea. 

Today’s Program:   John introduced his son-in-law Marcell Lloyd to speak to us.  Marcell works with the Alameda County St Vincent de Paul organization which is headquartered in Oakland..  Marcell was asked to provide us a snapshot of his work as one of the key people for his organization which services the vulmerable individuals providing the essential services to this growing population.  It was apparent that Marcell is totally committed to his professional calling as he explained how “things worked” at St Vincent de Paul.  One of the more interesting things Marcel identified is the many priorities that his organization is involved in.  The most significant aspect of his professional calling is the similiarity that exists with what Rotarian’s do.  The main difference is Marcell a devoted member of a great organization that changes people’s lives.  At the last part of his presentation we learned about how the number of homeless in the bay area have increased.  One of the interesting data poijts is that there are some 28000 plus homeless in Bay Area.  There has been extensive statistics collected and published.  These data were collected with the help of Kaiser Permanente and St Vincent De Paul in 2019 in an effort to get a more accurate picture of the various factors that impact people in the Bay Area.   There is a lot of data available.   It is just a matter of looking it up.  Google searchs will yield a good picture of the scope of this problem.  It was wonderful having him on hand to guide us through the facts of this critical situation in California.   It would be beneficial for all of us to educate ourselves on the scope of this challenge.  Thanks to John for inviting Marcell Lloyd to make this presentation. 

Todays Raffle:  Not done today.   It will return when we resume regular meetings at the Berkeley Country Club.

Thought for the Day:     

It is key that being a responsible member of our society we must have a basic understanding of many important matters and not blindly go bumping about in the darkness of ignorance.

The Wheel – Bulletin for March 26, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 26, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty: Opened this meeting using Zoom. Marty called the meeting to order by recognizing the Rotarians who joined in:  Nancy, Jane, Jan, Andy, Rachel, Steve, Michael Pigoni, Michael Chang, Sonya, Jack, Jan, George, John and Gary.  Marty shared a Jewish Proverb as his thought for the day.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:   None today

Announcements:

  • Jane reported the new Rotary T-Shirts have arrived and since our check books are locked up at the BCC, Nancy asked Jane to email the invoice and she will make a bank draft to pay for the shirts and send payment to the company. 

Sgt at Arms:   Not done today.

Happy Dollars:  Jack had happy dollars, Andy had concerned dollars to the challenge that his business is not earning the revenue it needs, Rachel is happy that one of her prospects in Italy may be coming on board and another is looking good. John is happy that none of his family or friends has been sick with the commie virus.  The money will be turned in when we meet again at the club.

Today’s Program:

President Elect Andy was on tap to give us an update of his PETS experience and what he is developing for his upcoming Presidental administration.

He began by reviewing a number of key things about his experience and where it is leading him to do in his year as President. 

One of the key things he talked about is that every Rotarian has “extraordinary things” which turn out to be a personal Rotary Moment.  These Rotary moments push us along on our Rotary path.  He took this idea and said he will be asking everyone to think of their own Rotary Moments and how we were motivated to become “ROTARIANS.”  Since the overall challenge in the current Rotary culture is how can we constantly and consistentaly use our Rotary Moments to motivate us to apply extraordinary skills to finding individuals to bring into Rotary.  We will all be tasked to consider our own Rotary moments and how to use them to gain more Rotarians in our club.  These Rotary Moments always motivate us to work to pass on what makes us passionate about Rotary.  Andy said his mission is to create membership growth in everything we do.  We heard about the ways Interact is a vehicle for high school students to get to know the value of Rotary while they are in High School.  Andy also suggested we offer ways to award Interact members for their had work by creating scholarship for the bright young folks who are doing the community service work.  This will help with keeping the young people involved all during high school.  Andy summarized by giving us a peek at some of the other changes we will enjoy in the new regime.  I think we were all very please with our new President Elect. 

Todays Raffle:  not done today.   It will return when we resume regular meetings.

Thought for the Day:    If every Rotarian thought about what caused them to become a Rotarian you will have found a very important Rotary Moment.

We will have another Zoom meeting next Thursday April 2nd and you can think of ways you can participate and begin to develop the movement to move us out of this “commie flu” era and into a motivated attitude for getting everything on the runway so we can get our SST into the air so we can make some real progress.

The Wheel – Weekly Bulletin for March 19,2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 19, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty  Opened this meeting using a software application called Zoom with the guidance of Rachel as technical specialist for this operation.  Marty called to meeting to order by recognizing the Rotarians who joined in:  Nancy, Jane, Andy, Rachel, Steve, Michael Pigoni, Michael Change, Jack, John Hoagland and Gary Buffon.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

This being a test meeting we did not have guests.

Checking in:  Marty polled everyone to see how they are coping in the face of adversity.  Here are some of the responses:

  • Michael Pigoni – provided us an update on emergency response protocols during the time.  As always he and his department have things worked out.  Bottom line is if you have an emergency and call for help you will get the same prompt response but the emergency personnel will come to your door clad in their hazmat gear and will direct you on the next steps of the call. 
  • Michael Chang explained he is staffing his small office with one person and he and other staff are on call if they are needed.
  • Andy gave us a glimpse of his teams that visit the outside of premises and what they are doing to keep everyone safe.  Andy also told us that he and Lee had gone on the trail and dug some “test” post holes for the sign posts.   This was to see how difficult the digging will be for the 12-15 post holes that are needed
  • Steve told us about his shopping experience at Trader Joes in Marin and how well-run the process was with the store being fully stocked and patrons being metered in to avoid a crowd in the store. 
  • Marty told us about his experience with Zoom and that he had been in several meetings on Zoom with AG’s and others to get the feel for what is possible with this technology
  • Nancy had a rather business as usual expect for metering people into the bank
  • Rachael told us about she is her husband working from home and taking taking care of their two children.
  • Gary explained he and Norma have been walking the Canyon trail park path along Baxter Creek on a daily basis
  • George told us about the magic of Zoom, in light of his experience on his farm in the old days when even having a phone was something special.  He commented, remember the days of pagers?
  • John said he and Lois were doing well and coping well. John is probably getting in a few tennis games.  There is no crowding on a tennis court.
  • Jack has been staying active with the things he does.

Speaker for future meetings. There was a discussion about when Andy will do his “I am back from PETS speech.  Nothing definite was decided but be sure you dial in next week for the Thursday meeting so you can keep up with what is happening. 

Announcements:

  • Marty reviewed how we arrived at this place and the role that Rachel had played in helping him get things set up.  It helps to have someone skilled at this high tech stuff to act as a trail blazer.
  • Marty gave us an update on a few things and provided updates on a few things.  Next week we will have our meeting using Zoom so those of you who did not make it on the forum today can get geared up for next Thursday!!  If you have questions you can call Marty or email him or Rachel with you questions/concerns. 
  • As for the equipment you need….I used my OLD Acer Laptop and it behaved well so don’t be concerned by the age of your equipment. 

Sgt at Arms:   Not done today.

Happy Dollars:  Not done today

Todays Raffle:  Next week the pot will be $50..

Thought for the Day:   Today’s meeting demonstrates just how versatile Rotarians are and what we can do in the face of adversity.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Feb 6, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 5, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Jan led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Visitors today we had Sarah Sirchuk and someone from the health clinic at El Cerrito High to accept the Sip & Savor check for $3000 as their award from our fund raiser.

Announcements:

  • Marty read a thank you note from Pate Thompson for their sip and savor
  • President elect Andy is at Pets this week and was not on hand today
  • Marty announced several activities both local not local
  • Lee gave us an update on the trail signs in El Cerrito.  This project is coming together and Lee is setting up the plan and time line for installing the signs.  This will be an involved project and want to involve the Interact club and other helpers for digging holes and cementing in the structure to set up the signs.  Stay tuned as this project has a deadline of May 1st.
  • Nobuko was awarded a Major Donor Award from Rotary International.  She receive a really nice glass article.  She truly deserves this as she along with a few others in our club give a great deal of money to the Rotary Foundation.  We are proud of Her!!

Sgt at Arms:   Not on duty today..

Happy Dollars:  Nancy had happy dollars to tell us the funny story about the sewer line break near Mechanics bank.  Good story and ok outcome and we got a lot of information about portable toilets.  Terry had $5 to tell us about his office grand opening party and for seeing Sarah her with us today.  Lee had $5 for feeling better and getting over the illness he had.  He also had a good book review so be sure and ask him if you want the name and author.

Todays Program:   

Marty introduced Scott Gelfend of the Friends of Toloumne which is a Berkeley organization that has supported this campground in the national forest.  This location was completely destroyed by the Rim Fire forest fire.  It has been six years since this disastrous fire the burned the forest and recreation camp in that area.  Now steps are underway to restore the camp ground and replant thousands of trees to bring this back to it former glory.  It has been five years and much has been done but much more is needed.  A large number of Rotarians are involved in this effort and a grant is coming about to assist in a number of the things.  Scott showed us pictures of the area taken from the air which showed just how much damage was incurred in the Toulumne area.  This was an excellent presentation that gave us a great understanding and a pictorial view of what fire actually did to the area.   During the five years since the “rim fire” Scott and a multitude people are and have been taking action to restore this beautiful area.  There have been millions of trees planted, interested people has rallied to the cause and over a million dollars has been raised to add to the support the outstanding effort provided by the US Forest Service and other organizations in this massive undertaking.  It was heartwarming to hear this story and to realize the strength of the support being provided by all the people involved in this project.  Thanks to Scott for an excellent and enlightning presentation. 

Todays Raffle:  Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of wine and gave it to Scott as a thank you for his great presentation.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the pot and selected a catsye marble. Next week the pot will be $65.

Thought for the Day:   It never ceases to amaze me that people will pull together to recover from all kinds of tragic things and make a lot of things better in the long run.