Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 15, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 15, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Today we had Tom Panus (CC School District members) and Debbie Toth who is CEO of Choice of Aging which does lots of great work to benefit the elder population of Contra Costa County.  Both of these fine folks were on hand to deliver some key information to us as part of our Rotary Club program.

Announcements: 

  • We had a great in-person Board meeting at Lara’s restaurant (in the old Salute’s location in Richmond) on Tuesday noon.  A number of things were discussed and the next fun thing will be the holiday dinner for our club.  The event will be held at Lara’s and Jane is taking care of the details and we will be given the information on when we will be going.  We have yet to have the demotion dinner for Past President Marty so this will be the time for that to happen.  We are planning on holding our next Rotary Board meetings will be November 5th.
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Sgt at Arms:  Steve was on hand to acknowledge anniversaries for Paul Keith and Gary Buffon.  We were also told that today is national Grouch Day.

Happy Dollars:   Jack is happy to have connected with butterfly specialist.  Jack is going to set up a time for the gentleman to present information to our club about monarch butterflies and check into ways to increase the amount of these beautiful creatures in our area.  Andy is happy that his bee hives are recovering from an attacked by mites.  He has taken care of the problem and his bees are doing well.  Gary is happy about the attention of our club on butterflies.  He reminded us that there is a simple way to attract fritillary butterflies to your yard.  Simply plant a passion flow vine in a place in your yard and when the vines has the beautiful red flower in bloom, you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful butterfly’s in our area.  What’s more, the females will lay eggs on the plant and the next steps will result in a new batch of these wonderful creatures.  These creatures and quite beautiful red butterflies and they will your yard and local area with a lot of color.

Today’s Program:  

Our first speaker today was Debbie Toth, CEO of Choice of Aging organization.  Debbie explained how her organization delivers important results things for the seniors in CCC.  The current project is to get pulse oximeters for selected facilities in the area.  This meter wil help these facilities provide increased and accurate monitoring for people who can die from low oxigen levels and without professional staff this problem is not uncommon in elder facilities.  It was interesting to hear her tell us about how this creates a life or death situaiton.  Currently, there is a push to provide oximiters to more facilities to provide a way to monitor the elderly folks.  Our club is purchasing some oximters and also participating in a porject to distribute these devices to strategic location.  In fact Andy obtained volunteers to pick up the devices to facilities.

Our second speaker today was Tom Panus who is a member of the Contra Costa School Board and serves in the district school on special projects and as and advisor to teachers when needed.  Tom explained what he does and the importance of the skills he brings to the various issues in the school.  We heard the overall challenges and got a flavor of just how challenging it is to get students engaged in their schooling.  There are a large number of students who do not speak English at home and as you can image this presents a challenge to teachers.  Tom has done a great job as a board member and is stanging for reelection to the position.  It is my hope that Tom gets reelected.  It was great having Tom visit us today and hears his take on ways to break the structures of racism in our schools.  Thanks to Tom for providing a great presentation.

Thought for the Day:    

If we cannot work together for success, we will fail in our efforts to improve what we are doing.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 24, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 24, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today with a quote.  I failed to get the count of all on the participants on the zoom program today. However it was good turnout for an excellent speaker!

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Andy had two guests today, his sister Laurie and his Mother Marji Brown both of these family members were able to participate via zoom and enjoy our guest speaker who was speaking to us from Minnesota.  Our guest speaker is a retired Army Lt Colonel Donna Bergstrom and currently works with the Red Lake Tribe Reservation which is home of the Chippewa Tribe.   

Announcements: 

  • Our October Board Meeting will be an in person activity and probably be held at Laura’s in Richmond.
  • Marty notified us of Foundation Month and gave us a hint of things to come which include the progress being made on the Camp Tuolumne rebuild and tree planting.  Check in next week for more progress.     

Sgt at Arms:  Steve was on task and reminded us that next Tuesday is National Coffee Day.  No other recognitions were made.

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy for visiting the Tahoe City Rotary and he gave us some good info about that event.  Jane is happy for the weekend she and her family spent at Twain Hart in Northern Calif.  Steve is happy for his Lake Tahoe visit.  Lots of happy Rotarians.

Today’s Program:   Andy introduced Donna Bergstrom who lives in Minnesota where she is involved in state political activities.  She was on hand today to bring us key information about Indian history especially regarding the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the somewhat difficult and involved operation of Indian affairs for the members of the tribe.  She began by sharing a lot of information to give us a baseline for what she delivered later in her presentation.  The history of the tribe and the first written treaty that completed in 1778.  She did provide one key clarification that the proper terminology for and Indian is “American Indian.”  In 1924 citizenship wwas granted to all American Indicans.  Also there are currently 567 federally recogized Tribes.  Donna also explained some of the key things that occurred over almost two centuries of US/Indian relationships.  One of the more interesting aspects that Donna shared is that American Indicans have a great sense of price for our military as this is where the warriors in our culture are recognized and admired.  We also learned about personal property rights and how the conflicts about Indian Historical lands create a lot of interesting situations which take a long time to resolve.  Donna also share the challenge of law enforcement and the number of agencies that get involved in many criminal cases which adds another area of comlication. 

To me this presentation was a wonderful presentation which I rated 9.5 on a 10 point scale.  I love history and did not know much about American Indian history.   Even with watching a lot of old time westerns on TV that doesn’t give us a basis to use for understanding.  Thanks to President Andy for giving us the opportunity to hear such quality presentatations.

Thought for the Day:    

Always consider the overall impact of what we are doing and how it will bring about better outcomes from our actions.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 17, 2020

 El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 17, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today with a quote.  We had eighteen people on the zoom program today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Andy had two guests today, his sister Laurie and his Mother Marji Brown both of these family members were able to participate via zoom and enjoy our guest speaker, who was speaking to us from Wyoming state,.  Our guest speaker Dan Tomasma is an author and historian who has written many books and done presentations about the Lewis and Clark’s expedition and the huge role that Sacagawea played in the success to these famous explorers.

Announcements: 

  • Michael Pigonni provided us an update on the 26 fires currently active in Calif and gave some particulars regarding the particulars on the ongoing fight to knock these fires down.  Chief Pigonni told us about the two fire engines along with the teams that go with the engines working on various fires.     

Sgt at Arms:  

Happy Dollars:  Gary is happy to have his two mantel clocks back at home after a major overhaul on each one.  Both clocks are in their second decade of operations in the Buffon/Grigsby households.  Jack has finished writing his autobiography and has provided it to a publisher in hopes it will get done by Christmas.  Andy is happy his business has rebounded after the California fires that have raged on during the past month have lessened. 

Today’s Program:   

Andy was able to get Dan Tomasma to join us today so he could tell us about the books he has authored on Merriweather Lewis and Capt William Clark who were sent on the Lewis and Clark expedition by President Thomas Jefferson starting in 1803.  Dan has been a teacher since 1953 but has now retired and still lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming. He is the proud author of a number of books that people who do home schooling use to support their early American studies.  Sacagawea is credited for a number of heroic efforts during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Many would argue that without her we would not be having any discussions or realized the amazing results that the expedition achieved.  I find this presentation very appealing because our young people have very little understanding off our country’s history in the early 1800s.  Today Dan spent his presentation time telling us about some of the more interesting things about the Lewis and Clark expedition, especially with regard to Sacagawea and the critical roles she played in the expedition. The expedition began in Mar 1 and was completed in1824.  There is some dispute when Sacagawea died but Dan believes it was when she was 25 years old.  Dan lives in Wyoming and has a publisher in Jackson Hole Wy.  If you want to check out his books visit the Grandview Publishing website and find out more.  This was one of the ten best presentations I have been exposed to in El Cerrito Rotary.  Thanks to Andy for arranging this presentation..  Great Job!!

Thought for the Day:    

Be sure you spend every day in some positive way and do at least one thing for others.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 10, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 10, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today with a quote by JFK.  We had seventeen people on the zoom program today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Ken Meagor was a visiting Rotary  He explained becoming a new Rotarian and by visiting us today he is one step closer to getting his Red Badge.  Ken is President Andy’s brother in law. 

Announcements: 

  • Andy told us the story about the trials and challenges for his trip home from Eastern Washington in a dust storm.    A somewhat harrowing tale about traffic jams, etc.
  • Michael Pigonni provided us an update on the 28 fires currently active in Calif and told us about some of the particulars on the ongoing fight to knock these fires down.  Chief Pigonni told us about the two fire engines along with the teams that go with the engines working on various fires.   When asked about how the city is reimbursed for this program the chief explained that overall process.  

Sgt at Arms:  Steve advised us today is National TV Dinner Day

Happy Dollars:  Andy is happy to be home.  Lee is happy about his family’s trip to Wisconsin for a four week vacation with family in that are in the area.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with Lee, his wife and the two kids and their spouses.  Gabe is happy he attended a city meeting where he learned that crime in El Cerrito is under control and the city Fathers are working to ensure we have a viable, safe and growing city!!

Today’s Program:   

Since our guest speaker was a “no show,” Andy decided to conduct a mini interview with Rotarian Sal and we all learned how Sal’s love of history have manifested into his becoming one who has a guest speaker programs in various locations where people who are well able to  promoting and routinely providing interesting people to speaking forums.   Sal has visited many of the WWI and WWII battle grounds in Europe.  We also about  how Sal grew up in and environment where English was his second languageand then his progression from college to becoming someone who works with other to advance understanding of our history and culture.

Thought for the Day:    A scare crow in the field can have a valuable impact on keeping crop damage to a minimum.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a way to do the scare crow’s work while creating ways to make being a scare crow more effective?

Next meeting on Zoom at 12:10P on September 17th.  Be there or run the risk of missing some great information sharing.  President Andy have an interesting speaker lined up for that meeting.  Be sure and join us!!!!  President Andy sends out the link for you to use each week on Wednesday. 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 3, 2020

 El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 3, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Acting President Gabe Quinto:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today.. 

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Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Our guest speaker today was Tessa Rudnick who is a candidate for El Cerrito City Council in our next election.    

Announcements: 

  • We were a bit light on announcements.  President Andy is on a short vacation so we muddle through without him

Sgt at Arms:  Acknowledged Kanti for his Sept 4th birthday.

Happy Dollars:  Marty is happy his is going camping with his men’s group in the Sierras.  Gabe is happy there is a county meeting of city leaders tonight to discuss funding for various key services and the overall impact on these services on the financial well being of the various cities.  

Today’s Program:   

Gabe introduced Tessa Rudnick our speaker today.  Tessa is a Candidate for City Council.  She came to be known as a key person in El Cerrito based on her understanding of technology and it use in city governments.  Her Father was a video production guy in San Francisco city government and she grew up doing a lot of similar things in her own life.  She has a fascinating background the provides her a great insights in how techology can provide be a great asset to getting things done in city governments.  She is running for EC City Council because she wants to be part of the solution for the next ffew years to get our city government stablized and effective.  Her presentation was excellent and provided us with suggestion and ideas for El Cerrito’s future. 

Gabe being a sitting city councilman in EC gave us a sense of what he believes are El Cerrito’s future and said Tessa’s ability and experience can provide leadership for El Cerrito to get back on track with its priorities and goals.  This lead to a number of questions by the Rotarians.  This demonstrated why Gabe wanted to have Tessa join us today for our meeting. Tessa Has a website you can go to – check it out.  https://www.tessaforelcerrito.com/   You can sign up for her mailing list. 

Thought for the Day:  

In these crazy times of weird government regulations it is nice to hear from sane folks about important things such as how our city is running and what we need to do to keep things on track.  See everyone next week!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 27, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Andy:  Opened the Zoom meeting by greeting us all and provided a thought for today.  There had been a club board meeting immediately before our main gathering.  We were briefed by our DG on key aspects of this year and some of the obstacle we are facing

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Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  In addition to our District Governor Mark Roberts of the La Morinda Sunrise club, we also had Anna Hochennie, a former Roteract member visit us.  Anna currenly works at UC Berkeley.  She was welcomed by everyone.  Good to have her with us today.

Announcements: 

  • Gabe thanked our Treasurer Michael Pigoni for his service during this time of California Fires.  Michael told us about the fire engine and team that is currently on loan to aid in the fighting of the fires.
  • President Andy is going to absent next Thursday because he has a relative getting married in his hometown of Spokane WA.  We will think good thoughts for you and the family!!

Sgt at Arms:  Was available but did not do an official session today.

.Happy Dollars:  Jane is looking forward to her Golden Anniversary celebration this weekend at Laura’s restaurant. She will give us a report on the facility as we need to have our President’s demotion dinner. Jack is happy that his Napa property is ok and wanted everyone to know.  Terry is happy his kids are now getting schooled in a “pod” not far from his house.   Terry is happy the kids are out of the house which frees up Terry for time to be in his office   All in all the Rotarians were in good order.

Today’s Program:   Andy introduced our speaker District Governor Mark Roberts to deliver his official presentation to our club.  Mark told us about his path to the DG position where he began as an Interact Member in La Morinda, a club sponsored by La Morinda Sunrise.  This gave him a strong sense of the way Rotary connects with different organizations to provide multifacited service to others.  Mark went on to join Rotary and has moved up to the top leadership office in our district. 

Mark began his presentation by sharing the Rotary and District goals with us.  The number one goal is growing Rotary membership.  The pandemic situation has put the emphasis on the various ways Rotary goes about completing tasks to accomplish the goals..  One of the more interesting areas that our district is involved in is Emergenty Response.  Over the past couple of years there have been some significant disasters.  Some of these includes fires that have wiped out entire cities (think Paradise) and brought about significant efforts to restore and rebuild after these devastating wilf fires.  Our club was involved in securing a Rotary Grant to replant several thousand trees from one of the fires.  This program was done jointly with the Berkeley Rotary club to replaced the lost infrastructure has now been replaced with several thousand trees.  This project was spear headed by our immedoate Past President Marty Kaliski. 

DG Mark thanked everyone for their efforts and then told us about the Emergency Response project he and his team are working on.  Also in the Dec there will be a vitual fall seminar (aka Zoom) event in which we can participate.  There are also plans for a in person District Conference in Jan or Feb.  DG Mark closed his session by answereing a number of great questions.  This was very good meeting and I hope you were able to participate.

Thought for the Day:    A number of us Rotarians have been involved in Rotary and I often find myself wondering about some of the “magical” things that make Rotary so wonderful and effective.  Simple answer:  THE PEOPLE.  I often think of the life changing event when I was ten years old and made a presentation to the Susanville, CA Rotary club.  I was in 4H and talk about being out of my comfort zone.  One of my most prized memories is reinforced by a picture on my office of doing that presentation.  I was pleased to have shown this photograph when I was inducted in the El Cerrito Rotary Club in 1987.

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!!