Weekly Rotary Bulletin for August 10, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 10, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

 

President Terry:  Welcomed us to the Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club.  The flag salute was led by Nancy and Terry provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Richmond Rotarian Alan Baer was visiting today to hear his daughter Stephanie tells us about her Camp Royal experience.

Announcements:

  • President Terry told us the Sept Board meeting will be held Sept 5th @ 12:30p
  • Sip and Savor will have a short meeting after the Rotary meeting
  • Branding committee will have a short meeting after the Rotary meeting
  • Terry reiterated the speaker teams and the responsibility for getting speakers and providing Jan with the information
  • Terry thanked Jack for running the meeting last week while Terry was dealing with an emergency with his leg
  • Jane told us about the new Rotary shirts that will be ordered and asked everyone to indicate their size so she can get the order in so we have the shirts before the El Cerrito Centennial celebration on Sept 16th
  • Sonya announced the 4 new sponsors for Sip and Savor

 

Happy Dollars:    Marla is happy to be going to Tahoe with her extended family.  Tracy is happy about the trip she had taking daughter Sarah back to her college.  Jack is happy about taking his Thunderbird to the Concourse DE Elegance at Monterey.  Gary is happy the Camp Royal Speakers are here today and also for the latest Sharon Tennison email up on the recent Russian trip.

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today

Marty gave us a rundown on the El Cerrito Rotary Club Foundation and how it serves our club. After his presentation there was a good Q&A.

Today’s Program:

Gary introduced our speakers today, Stephanie Baer and Ashley Byrne who attended Camp Royal in June and were on hand to give us the highlights of their experiences. 

They showed some videos which gave us a good idea of the activities and events they were involve in at camp.  As is always the case Stephanie and Ashley shared the highlights and impactful things they experienced.  One of the major things that was pointed out was how the camp pushed the participants out of their comfort zone and how they realized they could do more than they expected.

 

President Terry, Ashley Byrne & Stephanie Baer

 

 Raffle Winners:  Jack won a bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $110.

 Thought for the week:  

Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.—Arthur Godfrey

 

Rotary Bulletin for August 3, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 3, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

 Past President Jack:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Joe Yang and Jack provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Sonya had two guests from El Cerrito Royal.  Marlene and Sally.

Announcements:

  • The El Cerrito Rotary Foundation board is meeting after today’s meeting
  • Sonya thanked everyone for their sponsorship and encouraged everyone to seek out a sponsor We have $19300 in sponsorships and our goal is $30000
  • Tracy reported that Sept 16 is the El Cerrito Centennial Parade. She will make a list of people who volunteer so they get the info for participating
  • Sil announced he got Mark Figone caught up on recognition’s
  • Tracy held a branding meeting after our club meeting. She will be giving updates on the things that are going on with this important project.

 

 

Happy Dollars:    Sonya is happy for El Cerrito Royal is filled with residences which makes it nice and she can get help from her staff for Sip and Savor.  Jorge is happy for 63 years of Marriage.  Sal is happy for his birthday.  Michael is happy for his 37th anniversary.  Don is happy for the sale of his sailboat.  Kanti is happy he will become a grandfather.  Tracy is happy about the successful TGIFF mixer at McBeers.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal: Was on duty today and acknowledged anniversaries.  But he recognized for $$$ Larry, Gary and Joe Yang.

 

Today’s Program. 

Jack introduced Marla Stevenson to speak to us about a topic she is very familiar with, Public Education. She began by sharing a bit about herself and her long term participation in Public Education from teacher to superintendent.  Marla gave us a review of her background sharing that her father was from Scotland and her five siblings.  She indicated that whe was blessed with high quality teachers and schools.  We were also informed that she believes our public education system is Very Good as well as providing access for all students.  Marla began her education in college with the study of social psychology in which she went on to get a Masters and PhD.  As an aside she shared a story of being involved in a expulsion hearing of a fifteen teaching where she worked her way up to Superintendent.  Marla reiterated that she believes in our public school system and explained the evidence for this belief by sharing the International rankings where the US ranks in the top five in the world.  She also gave us the dollar per student expenditure ranking which is $12k per student in the US.  Most of the money spent on Public schools is for post-secondary funding.  This means most of the dollars on spent on college.   She went on to explain the impact of charter schools and vouchers.  She closed her presentation by sharing her two major concerns:  Home schooling, because of the lack of oversight of requirement and the challenge of retaining quality teachers and attracting quality teachers due to limitations on salaries for teacher moving to a new school.   This was a very well done presentation.  We will need another presentation from Marla to expand on these fascination issues.  Thank you Marla for giving us the introduction of you as our new Rotarian and some key insight into the Public Education from someone who has been there, done that!!

 

Marla Stevenson – our newest Rotarian and Public School veteran

 

 

 Raffle Winners:  Sonya and Don each won a bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled for the Warriors T-Shirt that Sil donated.  Sal also had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $105

 

 

Thought for the week:  

Rotary Club of El Cerrito – The Friendly Club where everyone enjoys being involved in benefitting the city, the community and providing service above self.  Come join us and find out why we feel so strongly about this.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 27, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

July 27, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 First of all:  Thanks once again to Jan for doing a great job of taking notes for the second week in a row.  The only challenge was that Jan had to capture and very busy and informative meeting.  Like always she came through with great results.

 President Terry:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Jack and Terry provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Jim’s guest was Mayra Martinez.  Lee’s guest was Molly Hazen and Mike Miner from Trail Trekkers.  Julia Phalen and her father James were also on hand today.

Announcements:

  • TGIFF is at McBear’s tomorrow
  • RotoCare volunteer spots are filled
  • Tracy announced the Branding Committee is meeting next Thursday after our club meeting.
  • The Rotary Board meeting is Aug 8th at 12:30p at the club
  • Berkeley Rotary club is having their big fundraiser this weekend.
  • Sonya gave a quick update on Sip and Savor. She has passed out most of the tickets to Rotarians.  Effective August 1st ticket for the event will be available on-line.  Go to http://cerritovistasipandsavor.com/ and you are on your way to getting the tickets.  Be sure and have this handy to give to your friends who want to use this simple way of getting tickets.

Happy Dollars:  Terry had a great vacationJack has 29 of the 59 club rosters.  Molly announced the National Night Out on August 1st.  Tracy is happy the Branding Committee is all set up.  Lee got a check for a sponsorship for Sip and Savor. He also got a letter indicating our club secured a $10000 grant for the sign project for the El Cerrito Trails.  He also got a sponsorship for Sip and Savor.  Marty was happy about Julia winning the scholarship. Sarah was happy about the very moving show at the DeYoung Museum.  Myra was happy to be here. 

Sgt at Arms Sal: Not on duty today.

Today’s Program. 

We had a lot of things going on today.

  • Mark Miner described the El Cerrito Trails that we will have secured funding for signage. Mark will present more to us in August to our club
  • President Terry will be honoring a Rotarian of the month each month of his Rotary Year. This will be Terry’s way of recognizing their outstanding service.  This month’s award went to Sarah because of her work with the club Roster and accepting to be Co-Treasurer.
  • Nobuko presented a book scholarship to Julia Phalen. Her father Jim was on hand to see he get a $2000 check.  For the newer members, this book scholarship was established by Nobuko and has helped a lot of Interact members with the high cost of books.  Thanks to her for the ongoing effort and her legacy of Service Above Self!!

President Terry then asked two of our new members (George Trillia and Thomishia Booker) to do a brief “Who am I” that would help us get to know them better:

  • George joined Rotary in Argentina in 1975. He expressed his love for America and how happy he is to be a citizen of the US.  He has five children and has been a contractor here until he retired.
  • Thomishia told us about her journey to our club. She lives in Concord.  Has a Masters degree in social work.  He like to have options and has set her life up so that can happen.  She and her husband have a one year old son.  Tomishia wrote a children’s book series that will be coming out in October.

 Raffle Winners:  Thomisha won the bottle of wine.  She also had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a cats-eye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $100

 Genie Stone:  Nobuko won the Magic Stone for August.

Thought for the week:  

Democracy is more dangerous than fire; Fire cannot vote itself immune to water. –Michael Z. Williamson

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 20, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 20, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 First of all:  Thanks to Jan for doing a great job of taking notes.  The only challenge was they came into my email upside down so I got dizzy working to read upside down.  Usually I can rotate them on my computer but not this time. 

 President Marty:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Rafael and Marty provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Don’s wife Mary was with us today. 

Announcements:

  • Mark Scott was in hospital but is out now
  • Sonya announced that 65% of our club are Sip and Savor Sponsors. She is still looking for more vendors
  • Paul Keith announced a fund raiser for fighting cancer
  • TGIFF for this month is being hosted by our club. Be sure and attend if you can.  Gary will just be leaving Yellowstone so he can’t make it
  • Marla and Jack volunteered for the RotoCare dinner for August 29th

 

Happy Dollars:  Jane is happy to be going on vacation,  Lee is happy he had a good vacation, Paul Keith is happy about summertime fun, Jack is happy to see Club Rotarians who haven’t been here for a while, Steve is happy he had a great anniversary celebration and did not have to pay $5 to the Sgt at Arms, Don is happy to have his guests today as speaker and that wife Mary could attend.  There were two grumpy tables today and Jim Spain told a story that got him banished from the table. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Asked three Rotarians trivia questions, Michael got his wrong, Jane got her wrong answer, Sil got his answer correct.

Today’s Program.

 Don introduced the guest speakers today:  Torben and Judy Bensen to tell us about their eight month sailing adventure.  The trip was successful because of preplanning and considering all the challenges that might occur in their travel from Richmond to Denmark.  The trip took them through the Panama Canal.  They visited Cuba and navigated many canals on the way to Denmark.  The couple took advantage of electronic navigational charts and were able to succeed in a great adventure.  Thank you Don for inviting Torben and Judy to speak to our club!!

(Why do I always miss the outstanding presentations – editor).

 Raffle Winners:  Jan won the bottle of wine.  Jane had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black one which cost her $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $95

 Thought for the week:  Definition of success:  The progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals.  –  The trip by the Torben’s is a perfect example of this notion.

 

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 13, 2017

President –Terry Kotsatos

 

President Elect To Be Determined

 

Secretary –John Hoagland

 

Treasurer –Michael Chang/Sarah Sirchuck

 

Sergeant at Arms –Sal Compagno

 

Comptroller –Lee Prutton

Immediate Past President –Kanti Patel

 DIRECTORS

International Service – Rafael Cartegena

 

Community Service- Mike Gonzalez

 

Vocational Service – Gary Buffon

 

Club Service – Jane Del Simone

 

Membership Service- Jack Freethy

 Branding Director and External Communication – Tracy Giles

Bulletin Editor – Gary Buffon

 

District Governor- Gary Vilhauer

 

Rotary International President – Ian H,S. Riseley

 

 


This is the first club bulletin for 2017-18 and it contains some additional things not usually found at the end of the weekly bulletin.  Let me know what you think about this.  Editor

 

 

  El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 13, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

President Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Frank Lee and Terry provided the thought.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Frank Lee and three Richmond Rotarians were with us today.  Also joining us were Allen Jinon his father Noel.

Announcements:

  • President Terry announced he will be absent for the next two weeks
  • July’s BARSHEEP TGIFF event will be July 28th at McBeers and is hosted by our club
  • Jane told us about the Sept 16th El Cerrito Centennial parade in which members of our club will be participating. Rotary banners and shirts are on order and we will each purchase a new Rotary shirt for the event so we look GOOD.
  • RotoCare dinner service is our responsibility for Aug 2, 15 and 29. Two of the dates are covered, need one more person for the 29th
  • The new club rosters are available. Be sure and pick up a couple for yourself. 
  • Sonya provided an update on Sip and Savor and made sure the tickets for the event were passed out. She also reviewed the sponsorship status for our members

Happy Dollars:  

Terry is happy about going on vacation which he has planned for some time.  Frank Lee is happy to be attending Terry’s first meeting as club president.  Marty is happy Frank joined us today.  Jan is happy she was able to get a suite at the Hotel Mac as a raffle prize for Sip and Savor.  Jack is $20 happy for Myra Martinez is going through the process to become a Rotarian.  Tracy is happy about being a Rotarian and it making it possible to get into a fireworks show at Tahoe because of a fellow Rotarian.  One of the visiting Richmond Rotarians is happy to be visiting the club.  Joe is happy to not be treasurer this year. 

 Sgt at Arms Sal: Made his introductory Sergeant duties go as easy as possible and deferred the recognitions until next time.  He did acknowledge Sil’s 51st wedding anniversary.

 

 

Allen Jinon is presented $1000 Book Scholarship award:  Allen was awarded one of the two book scholarships for this year.  He was able to have his father present to see him get the award.  The picture I had would not load.  

 

 

 

Today’s Program.

President Terry shares plans and goals for 2017-18

President Terry led his first meeting today.  He began by acknowledging Jack as a key person for recruiting Terry into the El Cerrito Rotary Club.  Terry then acknowledged Kanti for being a good mentor for the position of President.  Then he explained the importance of the Rotary slogan for the year:  Rotary Making a Difference.  From there Terry explained the main goals for this year:  Foundation support, Branding and Membership.  The notion of sharing, promoting and bragging will be a major part of the branding theme.  Rotarian Tracy will head up this effort by holding a Director position on the board so the proper emphasis can be placed on this effort.  We will all be part of this effort so be ready to jump in with hour energy and efforts.  The last item was the goal to have a 40 member club.  We have 34 members now so gaining six new members will be a major challenge but one which is very worthwhile.

 

Terry invited Jack to provide a summary of the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation and how it fits into the overall scope of our Rotary club.  In short, the foundation provides a fundamental asset for the club so it can do more things.  Since it inception over a decade ago, the foundation has grown to about $150K.

President Terry explains his goals for the Rotary Year

 

 

 

Raffle Winners:  Michael won the twelve pack of beer.  Don had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $90

 

From the Archives a message with current emphasis:  

From our club bulletin in July 8 1965:  A help wanted ad in the  club bulletin:  Bulletin Editor is interviewing for reporters.  All interested parties contact Myron Jacobs. 

Your current bulletin editor Gary Buffon is also interviewing for those who would be interested in being the bulletin scribe.   It is not a difficult job but one that is key to our club’s success.  .Let’s get some new blood into this interesting and fun position.  You can begin by stepping in from time to time to make sure we cover for the club bulletin.  I will be gone the next two Thursdays and Jane is taking notes for me.  What would be most helpful is that you check with Jan and see how easy this task can be.  You just have to record things at the Rotary meeting and then email a copy of your notes to Gary and he will complete the bulletin and email it to our members..

Gary Buffon – Editor

 

Rotary History:  July 1965 there were 11,933 Rotary Clubs in 27 countries with 565,250 members and 694 Interact Clubs. 

Today:  35,533 Rotary Clubs; 1,233,172 members and 21,560 Interact clubs with 495,580 members.

Comment:  Interesting how Service Above Self has grown among you folks. 

 

Thought for the week:  Just when you thought everything was under control you realized just how wrong you were.

 

 

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for June 29, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

June 29, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

President Elect Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Mark Scott and Terry provided the thought which was about our country’s Independence..

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sonya’s guest was Kara Turner.  James Lee was visiting from Richmond.  John Sisal was also a guest.

 

Announcements:

  • No Rotary meeting on July 6th
  • Club Board meeting is July 11 at 12:30 at the Berkeley Country club formerly the Mira Vista.   
  • Sept 16th is El Cerrito’s Centennial celebration. Rotarians will be able to march in the parade.
  • Jan gave us the rundown on how monthly speaker captains make sure to let Jan know who will be speaking on their dates.
  • Sonya told us about the Sip and Savor website being updated. Also the newest vendors and the need for a chocolate, check and spirits vendor.

 

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about his trip to the Rotary Convention and enjoying the 40k attendees.  Don is happy about his attendance at the Rotary Convention and thanked Jack and Mark for being there too.  Jane is happy that the Giants won.  Gary is happy that the Camp Royal attendees will be speaking on Aug 10th.  Tracy is happy that Terry has been such a good financial planner for her and her family.  Daughter Sarah was able to buy a new car.  Lee is happy about getting old and explained some of the actions he was involved in. 

 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil: Was on for his last time for his year as Sgt.  He recognized Frank for getting the award.  Nobuko for her anniversary,  Don for his 53rd anniversary.  Ron for his birthday and Jack for his anniversary.

Induction of Marla Stevenson:  Jack, Joe Conwill (Marla’s sponsor) and Jane welcomed Marla into the club with the classification of Retired Educator.   After conduction the induction, Jack welcomed Marla and everyone stood and acknowledged her to the club.  This was a very nice ceremony.

 

Jack administers the Rotary Club induction to Marla Stevens – Joe looks on

Today’s Program. 

Steve introduced Joe Yang to present his program on Scottish Whiskey.  Joe told us the story of scotch whiskey and specifically single malt Scotch.  Which means that the product is from one distillery in Scotland.  We were shown a map of Scotland and Joe highlighted the specific regions that sell Single Malt Scotch.  He also explained how the whiskey is distilled and some of the unique characteristics of the drink.  We were given a chance to sample two different types of Scotch.  The one that Joe prefers is Balvinie.  The Ardbeg Scotch was also provided for sampling.  The taste of Scotch is like any other complete consumable that requires understanding of what is involved. 

 

 

Joe Yang prior to his presentation on Scotch Whiskey

 

 Raffle Winner:  Nobuko won the bottle of scotch.  Steve had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black marble which cost him $5. Michael won the bouquet of flowers that Sarah provided for the raffle today. Next week the jackpot will be $85

Genie Stone:  Won by Don which also means he got to select three items from the basket of fun. 

Thought for the week:  

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Rotary Bulletin for June 22, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

June 22, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

Let me begin by thanking Jan for taking the notes so I could pass this info along to our membership.

 President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Jane and Kanti provided the thought which was about words about the 40,000 people who attended the International convention.  Mark Scott also voiced some of his thoughts.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  John had guests Georgina Edwards, and Alex and Kathleen Ray who were present to hear our guest speaker Kathleen Ray.

Announcements:

  • No Rotary meeting on July 6th
  • Club Board meeting is Jun 27th at 12:30 at the Berkeley Country club formerly the Mira Vista. All new and old board members are expected to be there. 
  • Jane is still collecting for those who did not pay for their demotion dinner
  • Sonja announced she secured another winery for the event
  • Frank was presented a Service plaque for his tireless work in making sure we have everything we need for our meetings. The award is often called the Rotarian of the Year for our club because the club would not operate effectively without the work done by Frank.

Happy Dollars:  

Jan is happy about getting a bronze sponsor for Sip and Savor.  Michael is happy about the Warriors win and how exciting it was.  Thomishia is going to Aruba next week.  Mark Scott is happy the Warriors were the favorite at the Rotary Convention, Sports Team wise.  Nancy is happy about attending the Warriors parade and that she got her German Shepard back.  Sil is happy he visited the Palm Desert Rotary Club.  Marla is not happy her new house in Benicia has a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Other interesting things today:  Nobuko revealed that she took singing lessons for seven years and although she was asked to do a bit of entertaining she decided she wanted to do that at another meeting.  Stay tuned because we know this will be good.  Thank you Nobuko!

 Today’s Program. 

John introduced our guest speaker Kathleen Ray who was on hand to give us some history and provide an update on the Contra Costa Civic Theater.  Kathleen explained how her parents started the theater how it has come a long way.  This has been brought about by the commitment of Kathleen parents who have worked tirelessly to make CCCT one of the best local theaters in our area.  Kathleen expressed how GOOD CCCT is for kids because of the use of technology and the exposure the young folks get working with a wide array of people.  The summation by Kathleen is the Theater has been carried on by the Flynn family member from generation to generation and making CCCT truly THE Community Theater.

 

Raffle Winner:  Thomishia won the bottle of gin.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black marble which cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $80. 

Thought for the week:  Has anyone considered just how effective the state of California would be if we swapped out all the politicians with veteran Rotarians?   Chances are we would be getting more accomplished, less debt and better results across the board!

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jun 15, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 15, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 President Elect Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Lee and Terry provided the thought for today..

Guests and visiting Rotarians: None today:  Rafael’s son Richard was his guest.  Marla Stevenson is awaiting her induction next week and everyone welcomed her.  Sonya had guest Veronica who represents a company that provides support to seniors who require some help.

Announcements:

  • Terry said our club will be Dark on July 6th to celebrate our country’s independence
  • July 28th is the BARSHEEP TGIFF celebration that our club is sponsoring and a location is being considered. Stay tuned for more details
  • July is our month to support the Roto-Care Staff with dinner. We need a couple of volunteers
  • Rotary announced he will be doing a Rotary moment each meeting just to keep the good vibes going about our great organization

 

Happy Dollars:  

Marty if happy for the trip he took to Sierra Hot Springs.  Lee is happy about the info he learned from his daughter and her boy friend’s trip to Sweden.  Sarah is happy her son is dating nice girl and she came over and help Sarah with sifting some compost.  Larry is happy to be able to have lunch with his Rotary Friends each week.  Marla is happy she got and Xbox and some great service from her cable provider to set it up and show her how  to get the best from the device.  Nobuko is happy that her home remodel is nearly complete

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program. 

We had a club assembly today with the main topic being a review of the progress on the Sip and Savor that is scheduled for Oct 1 of this year.  Sonya gave us a brief summary of the scope and work occurring on the event.  Overall the goal is to secure $30k of pledges for this year’s event. The other was to clarify the two charities that will be benefactors for the event.  This year our two charities are The Student Activities Foundation (SAF)at El Cerrito High School.  The other is the Contra Costa Civic Theater (CCCT).  Both of these organizations have agreed to the guidelines and goals for the event.  Next week we will have Kathleen Flynn from the CCCT as our guest speaker.  Be sure and attend this presentation so you will know what a valuable resource they are for our community.  Going back to the sponsorships and what is happening with that aspect of the work, Sonya provided summary information on the sponsorship opportunities.  There are five levels from Bronze ($300) to Diamond/VIP ($3000). Sonya indicated we need three more wineries and a coupld of other vendors for the event.  In addition, there will be special rooms for VIP raffles and other special situations.  There will be some raffle prizes that will auctions.   This will all be finalized by the last meeting of this month.  This was a very comprehensive presentation and gave us all a chance to see how we are doing and where we are going. 

 

Sonya provides us an update on Sip and Savor operations

Thank you Sonya for giving us a comprehensive update on all the aspects of what we can do and what needs to be done for us to have a successful fund raiser.

Raffle Winner:  Gary won the the twelve pack of beer.   Gary also had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $75.  Terry is implemented a new reward for the person who wins the marble draw.  If you pull a catseye you get to choose from the “Basket of Fun” which is a bunch of interesting things that have been collected that are useful giveaways that business people provide to their clients.  Gary selected a handy flashlight that is small but very bright.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty does not work as well in practice as it does in speeches.

–Will Rogers–

 

Annual President Demotion Dinner Jun 3, 2017

 

 

El Cerrito Rotarians gathered at the Berkeley City Club for its annual Presidential Demotion Dinner.  Each year we honor our outgoing President with a celebration and “roast” of some of the entertaining aspects of his year.  We indulge in a wonderful meal and then enjoy the festivities set up by a committee of Rotarians who enjoy having fun and provide a “roast” of the entertaining things that were done by President Kanti during his year as President. Part of the celebration is to honor Rotarians who went above and beyond to make El Cerrito Rotary the Friendly and fun club.   We have a few photos that will explain this venue a bit better so lets take a look at them.Mona and Kanti Patel our honored leaders

The overarching goal for our demotion dinner is to have fun and poke fun at our outgoing President.   A team of Rotarians put together the program and we all get to enjoy having fun while poking fun at the people who led us during this Rotary year.

This year the RotoCare fund raiser was a bowling tournament with a team from each of the eight BARSHEEP clubs.  Kanti was on our team and was awarded this bowling pin for scoring the lowest score of anyone on any of the eight teams.  He got a score of 58 pins.  

 

 Jack is explaining some of the key points on Rotary club protocol while Kanti attempts to keep up with the flow of what is happening.  The problem for the outgoing President (Kanti) is it is difficult to keep up with the flow of what is  happening because nobody told the President what was going to happen in this phase of the demotion dinner.

 

  Once we had “roasted” Kanti for various aspects of his year Jack did a great summary Kanti being a very effective Rotary President.  Kanti was then given the opportunity to hand out acknowledgements to selected Rotarians.  This is time that Kanti gets to give Rotary plaques to specific members for the outstanding efforts they put forth during the year.

We had a great Dinner, Fellowship and acknowledgements to our club and its members.  I hope you were able to attend.  If not be sure you make a commitment to attend next year.

 

 

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 1, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 1, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Al and Jan provided the thought for today by having us all repeat the Rotary 4-Way Test..

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  No visiting Rotarians, Guests today included Maryann Hass.  Marla Stevenson – guest of Joe Conwill.  Marla is being proposed by Joe and will be on the fast track for membership.  She was an Albany Rotarian at one time.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us the President’s demotion dinner is Sat at the Berkeley City Club.
  • Lee gave us an update on the grant he prepared for the signage for the hillside park trail signage. We will know the outcome in July.
  • Kanti reminded us that the June board meeting will be held on the 27th at Mira Vista (Berkeley golf club) at 12:30p.

Happy Dollars:      

Joe is happy to be getting ready for the matching funds challenges with Al for the Sip and Savor.  Marla is happy Joe is sponsoring her into El Cerrito Rotary.  Mark Scott is happy for the grant we submitted and also for the grant the Berkeley club has submitted for building another Junior High in Chicalla Mexico.  Jane is happy to be going on vacation with family in Maui.  Nobuko is happy that Jane mentored her daughter and she is now pursuing a successful career.  Rafael is happy one of his workers in being honored with a Warriors game ticket.  Maryann is happy she has a goal.  John is happy for the Warriors.  Gary is happy for the support the Rotarians give to the Interact leadership.  Jack is happy that Joe is sponsoring Marla and for the number of El Cerrito Rotarians going to the Rotary International convention. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today..

 

Today’s Program. 

John introduced Jane Taylor a friend and neighbor who is a docent at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.  Jane began by showing us a typical lunchbox that was carried by the workers at the shipyard during WWII.  She gave us some history about the yard and the Park which was founded in 2000.  The site is located at 1414 Harbor Way and has a number of interesting attractions for those who visit.  We heard about some of the history and summary of the importance of the site during the ship building times of WWII.  The biggest impact was the way the workforce had to shift from one of nearly totally male to one that had a significant percentage of female workers.  Jane elaborated on some of the key things that occurred during the shipbuilding, truck and jeep building that occurred during the war years.  The scope of the efforts resulted in women that were Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder labels being applied to the many women that provided the people power for the shipyard.  The migration of workers to the Richmond area resulted in an influx of some 80,000 – 90,000 workers as Richmond became the largest shipyard in the country.  Jane encourage us to attend the annual celebration in August and learn more about the history of the Homefront Park and all the things that can be learned and enjoyed.  Check the internet for the date and time.  In addition, the SS Red Oak Victory ship is a floating museum that you can visit.

This was a excellent presentation that everyone enjoyed.  Thank you John for inviting Jane to make the presentation.

 

Jane Taylor – Docent with Rosie the Riveter holding lunch bucket carried by workers

 

Raffle Winner:  Jack had his ticket pulled for the bottle of champagne.  Sil had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a black marble that cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $65.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.

–Daniel Webster