Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 5, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

December 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Editor

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby.

Announcements:

  • Jack announced that he has Rachael’s application to become a Rotarian.  Everyone is very pleased about this. Stay tuned for Rachael’s induction ceremony coming soon.
  • Marty told us that next week one of the raffle prizes is season tickets for the symphony.  I did not write down which symphony.  Be sure you attend and buy raffle tickets.
  • Lee reminded us that Dec 15th is our Rotary Party.  If you are signed up, pay Jan for your tickets and smile, it is going to be great
  • Marty told us that Jan 25th is the District training for getting a Rotary grant.  You must have the training so you can qualify for the grant.
  • Tracy told us it is last call for Warriors tickets.  Tickets are $105 per person.

Sgt at Arms:   Steve was on duty and recognized nearly everyone for one thing or another.  Good job by him but expensive for us members.  Special recognitions for Christmas birthdays.  The club got a nice Christmas bonus

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about Rachael’s Rotary membership application.  Terry is happy about College football and how well his Alma Mater is doing.  Andy is happy about having his three son’s home for Thanksgiving.  Gary is happy that the Camp Royal candidates are being selected for the camp in Jun of 2020.

Today’s Program: 

Sonya introduced Eliza Duggan, a staff attorney at the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.  Eliza is a staff attorney who provides assistance to seniors who encounter challenges with scams in financial situations.  She was here today to share with us ideas of how to help ourselves and family members (especial seniors) identify scammers.  Bottom line:  if you are contacted on the phone by anyone asking for money and if you do not know who they are or what they want (besides money), you are being scammed.  The scammer want to create a sense of urgency to keep you from thinking through what they want you to do.  Remain calm and delay giving them a decision.  The bottom line is you want to make sure the authorities are called so you can make a report.  Also if you are a senior you can contact the Senior Legal Services at CC and report the situation.   Remember, you need only report the incident and then stay clear of the scammer. If you wish you can take down information about the process and provide that to the authorities. 

If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, you can call Eliza Duggan at 925-609-7900.   These are some really good folks and are there to help you. 

Thank you Sonya for inviting Eliza to speak to us!!

Todays Raffle:  Chief Michael Pigoni won the bottle of wine.  John had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a green marble winning $5.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the Day:

We are truly blessed to have wonderful support systems in our county to assist us with key things that keep us from getting involved in situations that can harm us financially.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 21, 2019

The Wheel

November 21, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby was President Marty’s guest for the third time at our meetings.

Announcements:

  • President Marty announced that this is Foundation month but we got a late start so we will devote Dec as our Foundation month.
  • Lee and Jane handed out fliers and we were all asked to sign up for the event on December 15th.  Be sure and sign up it is one of the high points
  • Our club is dark next week as it is Thanksgiving.

Sgt at Arms:

Steve was on duty today and acknowledged Andy’s anniversary. Also Lee has an anniversary coming up.  Steve then did a quiz on the days being celebrated.  Everything national pancake day to several others.  There were a lot of us who got acknowledging what we did not know.

Happy Dollars: 

Andy is happy as he has a shot at the job of cleaning windows at the Sales Force Tower in SF.  Jack is happy that speakers for Dec and Jan are all set.  Also he mentioned that this months Rotarian Magazine is outstanding.  It is – check it out!!   George is happy about the trip to Ireland that his daughter on which he and Norma were taken.  Rachael is happy that her husband has returned from his business trip as it mean parenting duties are reduced.  Rafael is happy and grateful for his success and thankful for his family and the US.   Chief Michael Pigoni is happy for the work the ECFD contributed to the Kincade fire.  He is also happy about his new granddaughter.  Michael Chang is happy his kids are coming home for Thanksgiving.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced our speaker today: Steve Price who is a member of the El Cerrito Urban Forest Committee.  Steve explained how the committee plays a role in dealing with the beautification of our urban environment.  He told us of his experience in working with the council and the city arborist.  There has been a lot of work done on this critical urban activity.  Steve creates before and after renderings of the impact that trees have on the urban environments.  He showed us slides of the work he has done for many cities.  His renderings were very useful in giving a picture of how trees can be used to radically change the way the building appear and to make the areas more human friendly.  This was really fascinating and showed just how important the proper trees planted in the proper place can make a major difference in both the appeal and results for a city.  The city has a lot of great information on their website and you can check it out.  There are also legal guidelines on what trees can be planted in front of your house.  It is good to know about the extensive work that has been done.  If you have questions about specific trees you get the information.  You can also talk with the city Arborist Stephen Pree  Take advantage of these great resources provided by the City!

Todays Raffle:  Nobuko won the bottle of wine.   Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Andy won the marble drawing and selected a cats eye.  Next week the pot will be $115.

Genie Stone:  Rafael won the magic stone for December.

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Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 14, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

November 14, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

 Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby was President Marty’s guest for the second time.  Carol, Jan’s sister was on hand on today for our meeting.

Announcements:

  • Lee handed out the flyers for our Rotary Christmas celebration.  There is a limit of 48 people for the party so get signed up before all the spots are gone.
  • Sonya shared that the Sip and Savor closeout is not complete and we will be getting this information by the end of December.
  • Marty recognized Jane for all her outstanding work for the Sip and Savor and making sure things were done with food (savor) and drink (sip).  Marty gave Jane a gold star to put on her Rotary badge
  • Marty told us our speaker next week will be very interesting.  You will be able to enjoy the presentation and bring a guest to enjoy it too.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Marty is happy about Larry Sanchez being here today.  Terry is happy about the birthday parties for his two girls and the sleep overs of a bunch of young girls.  Jack is happy with the promotion of his Joyful Memories book and him being able to share it with more people. Sil reported good news about Mark Scott and him getting better with his fight with recovering from his surgery.  Gary is happy for the Interact Club and the amount of community service they are doing.  Gary is also happy that Rachael is here today and gave us a great introduction to who she is.  Lee is happy that the signage that our Rotary grant will pay for is beginning the construction phase.  Once completed we will set up the next step of working with the Interact Club and our fellow Rotarians to install the signs on the trail.  Stay tuned for the time line for the next steps. 

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Today’s Program:  Our speaker for today cancelled due to an emergency so Marty asked his guest “Rachael” to give us a five minute “Who am I” talk.  It was great to have the info and get to know her more because she would be an ideal fit for our club!  The rest of our time today was spent on stories mostly about snakes and other interesting things the Rotarians remember from days gone by.  Rural upbringing also leads to sharing of interesting experiences. As always, this is a key component of what makes our club a great place to be on a Thursday meeting day.   Hope you were able to participate.

Todays Raffle:  Rafael won the bottle of wine.  Carol won the $100 gift certificate for Hotel Mac.  Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $110.

Thought for the Day:

It is very important that we continue to create and enjoy the awesome fellowship that our Rotarians provide.  Always remember the importance of a collection of Rotarians and what they represent.  When I was sharing with Rachel some of the key things Rotary has done for me, the club and the world, it is all pretty awesome.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary – Bulletin for November 7, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 7, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

 Our guests today Rachael Lightfoot was a guest of Marty. Carol, Jan’s sister was on hand on today for our meeting. Jan mentioned that Carol was here because of her and Carol sister’s passing.  It was great having us to have Carol visit us even it was not the best of circumstances.

Announcements:

  • On Tuesday Nov 12th there will be a Rotary Board meeting at the club starting at 12:30p.  All members are welcome, Board members need to be there as we have a number of things that must be addresses
  • Sonya gave us an update on Sip and Savor.  The final numbers are not quite completed.  The total at this point is 38K.  Come to the board meeting and get a better number
  • Tracy has more Warriors tickets available.  If you want to go to the game at Chase Center, contract her for info.
  • Andy reported on the BARSHEEP meeting and gave a summary of the holiday things that are going on.  Richmond is holding their usual holiday auction.  If you want to attend, there will me more information in the next bulletin.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Jack had $20 for the great treatment received one of his clients at his offices in EC provided received by the EC Fire Dept when he experienced a heart attack in his office.  Tracy is happy our District Govern Tina’s great newsletter and that it is so good that Tracy posted it on our Facebook page.  Battalion Chief Joe is happy about the change in weather that has led to cooler temps and more moisture in the air. Jan is happy her sister is here.  Rafael is happy about how well he and his wife are getting along.  Rachael is happy to be at Rotary so she can learn about our club.  Nobuko is happy to be here and get some info from Joe about having a generator.  Andy is happy for a friend that repairs small engine powered appliances. If you have any small engine repairs be sure and get his info from Andy.

Today’s Program: 

Terry introduced Lisa Bowen to speak to us today about “Defensive Breathing.”  Lisa began by telling us that 70% of people hyperventalate because of the way they breath.  In the current environmnent there is concern abour air pollution and many are wondering about the consequences of this.  Lisa explained the basics of breating and how we react in various situations.  Everyone alive is breathing.  How we breath is a significant part of the results we get from our breathing behavior.  Lisa went over some of the facts about pollutants and how our nose if the filtering system when we breath.  She also covered the sizes of particals that we are exposed to and the importance of our nose in doing its work of treathing when we breath.  Lisa suggested that some 70% of normal people hyperventalate in the course of norma breathing.  This is larging a function of not practing effective breathing.  The factors that are involved center around us paying attention to our breathing and how important it is to be mindful of our breathing technique.  She reviewed the importance of us paying attention to our breathing activities.  Anything that inhibits our normal breathing through our nose will have consequences on our breathing and receiving the appropriate amount of airflow.  Be a healthy breathy individual!

Check out Lisa’s website:  www.breathingRetrainingCenter.com.  Her phone number is 415-454-3400 to get more information.  This was a most interesting presentation!! 

Todays Raffle:  Michel won the bottle of wine.  Michael also won the Warriors tickete.  Terry had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $105.

Thought for the Day:  There is nothing more rewarding than when we have a guest and they get enthusiastic about what goes on in our Rotary meeting.  It creates an internal motivation that we want to share this experience with more people.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 31, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

October 31, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

 Our guests today were firefighter Jose Cartrejon and Battalion Chief Joe Grupalo.

Announcements:

  • Marty encouraged us to arrive at Rotary no later than 12:15p which is our designated start time.
  • Marty announced the date for RotoCare Richmond Gala at the Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Ave.  This Saturday event begins at 5:30p and ends at 7:30p.  There will be wine, finger food as well as some great Art Center exhibits.  There will be cool jazz by the Cullen Luper Ensemble.  This is a great opportunity to see our Rotary Dollars at work.  RSVP via email RichmondClinic@RotaCarebay Area.org.
  • The Warriors tickets were not claimed at our Sip and Savor Raffle.  Therefore, next week we will put them in our own raffle and get them a home.

Sgt at Arms:

Steve was on duty today and conducted a quiz about things pumpkin where we learned that the pumpkin is a fruit and it originated in Central America.  He had a lot of questions that cost several Rotarians five bucks.

Happy Dollars

Nobuko is home from Japan and is happy about visiting family.  She was disappointed about Tokyo being like a ghost town.  Kathleen is happy about Halloween and shared with us the “Teal Pumpkin” project that make sure kids don’t receive treats that are harmful for them. Jack is happy about his 93 year old neighbor who made sure they had ice during the black out that occurred in Lafayette.  Andy had $20 but said he had some good luck and would not elaborate.  Perhaps we will learn more later.

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Today’s Program:  Nancy introduced Kathleen Hunt to do a presentation on funeral customs.  There are a number of things that people request when they are putting down their last requests.  This may include dispositon of their body.  There are a lot of customs done by different tribes and nationalities.  Kathleen explained a number of these.  Many of us have seen movies of some of the New Orleans customs with the parade and music.  Cremation has grown ever more popular and we must be aware of the legal aspects of what to do with the creamains so it is legal.  It is not legal to just toss the remains any ole place.  Some of the more common things include placing the ashes at the base of a favorite tree or even on a coral reef.  Again, make sure you have checked out the restriction.  There are space programs where you can send the cremains into speace.  There is human cosposting that is populare in some foreigh locations.  Kathleen pointed out that there are certain colors associated with death in verious countries.  The best thing for all of us is to check with an attorney to see what options are available for our final arrangements.  Kathleen does this so you can contact her for more info. She gave me a business card and you can call her at 510-289-2288 or send her an email at kathleenhunt@uniquelaw.com.  As always, she gave us an excellent presentation. She has traditionally spoke to us on Halloween to give us interesting information about this interesting day in the world. 

Thanks Nancy for inviting Kathleen to speak to us!!

Todays Raffle:  Michel won the bottle of wine.  Sil won chance at the reffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $100.

Thought for the Day:  Now that we are back at the BCC we must now concentrate on bringing in new members to grow our club.   What ideas so you have to accomplish that?

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 24, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 24, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Pate Thompson of Berkeley Rotary was visiting today and Marty’s friend Phil Lane was on hand.  Phil is checking us out to see if he wants to join Rotary.  Be sure you introduced youself to Phil and tell them the benefits of being a Rotarian

Announcements:

  • Marty reminded us today is world polio day.  He gave us some update info, the best one being that all of Africa is polio free
  • Pate Thompson had a thank you for our ongoing support of Roto Care.  He also advised us of that November 2nd at the Richmond Art Center there will be a special event from 5:30 to 7:30p celebrating the Roto Care
  • Tracy announced that she had sold all of the forty eight tickets she had and told us she will be getting more tickets for those that missed out
  • Jack sent a card around for everyone to sign for Mark Scott who will be undergoing surgery on the lower part of his left leg because of his diabetes. 
  • Lee announced that our Rotary Tax returns are ready to be filed.  Things are moving along as there is also movement on our investments in terms of them being invested in high dollar returns.  Thanks to Steve for all of his work in making this happen.

Sgt at Arms:  Steve was on today and he recognized Rafael for his anniversary of 29 years on Sept 30.  He also recognized him for his birthday coming up on Oct 28.   There were additional recognitions for people who did not have a Rotary pin or other clothing identifying them as Rotarians.  The club made some money today. 

Happy Dollars: Jack had $5 for sip and savor with a big thank you to Sonya and Jane for the great work they did with the annual fund raiser.  George and Norma are happy they will be going to Ireland with their daughter on vacation.  Gary is happy about the Interact club providing helpers for Sip and Savor and they were a great help.  Sonya is happy about getting everything squared away to get a new roof. 

Today’s Program:  Lee introduced Mark DeLeon of the Midtown Activity Center at 10940 San Pablo Ave.  Mark gave us the rundown on the facility and the great programs they offer.  There are also programs at the at Hana Gardens Senior Center.  One can attend one of the many resource fairs and learn about the various adult programs.  Mark explained the transportation programs that allow seniors to get to appointments.  He also pointed out the “Easy Ride” program and how seniors can schedule rides in advance to get to critical appointments for medical and other appointments.  Mark handed out the october flier which hav info on the weekly menu and other key things.    Gary acknowledged Mark for the great senior trips he and Norma have gone on in the bay area.  Check and see what you might do to take advantage of the wonderful things the center provides.  Thank you to Lee for inviting Mark to speak to us today.  You can get a flier for the monthly programs.  Go online to https://www.el-cerrito.org/597/Adult  and check it out.  Show or tell your friends about this site.  Their programs are wonderful and Mark and his staff are have a “be of service” attitude. 

Todays Raffle:  Michael won the bottle of wine.  Jack won chance at the raffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $95.

Thought for the Day:   Far too many people are unaware of what Rotary International stands for and does for our world.  As a Rotarians it is our duty to make more people aware of our great organization. Share what you know with others and be proud of being a Rotarian

See everyone next Thursday and hopefully our meeting will be at the Country Club.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 17, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 17, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Phillip Lane was Mary’s guest.  Al Caruso one of our former members and Anna Cartagena, Rafael’s wife was also with us today.

Announcements:

  • We will once again be meeting at La Strada next Thurday. 
  • Feb 10, 2020 is Rotary night at the Warriors tickets car going on sale.  The cost is $110 each. 

Sgt at Arms: Not done today

Happy Dollars: Nobuko is happy for going to Japan. Paul is happy about learning about a computer problem.  Jack is happy about the fireman that Chief Pigoni had help Jack.  Al Caruso is happy about the card the Rotary club send him when he was ill.  Tracy is happy about Sip and Savor.  Anna is  happy to be here today with Rafael.

We had two presentations today with VP of Interact Jenny Fox one of our Interact members that attended Camp Venture at St Mary’s College. Gary Buffon (Rotary advisor to Interact) introduced Jenny.  She wanted to give us a summary of the Rotary Camp Venture program she attended.  We were provided a great summary of the business camp that was held at St Mary’s College where the students were provided room and board.  Jenny gave us a summary and specifics about what she and her colleagues did for the week in preparing in small groups a fully developed business plan that would be presented at the final day of the camp to the counselors and other students.  This program, like all similar programs in Rotary are done in such a way as to engage and take advantage of the exciting environment for the campers.  Jenny explained the scope of her team’s business venture which in short was a computer application for students who are graduating from college and desire to have some fundamental ways to set up their wardrobes to launch their professional lives. 

We all enjoy hearing about Jenny’s experience.  One of my favorite things is to hear about the experiences of the Interact members telling us about the wonderful things they get to do at Rotary Camps.    

Today’s Main Program:  

Greg Lyman was introduced by El Cerrito Police Chief and Rotarian Paul Kieth to speak to us about all the many things going on at the city.  Greg is Mayor Pro Tem of El Cerrito and he gave us a summary of what has been going on with the city’s plans and current development projects.  He passed out map of major projects, proposed and approved as well as construction projects.  This information is very informative and gives a picture of what to expect over the next couple of years.  Greg provided details and answered questions about what is happening.  This was a high quality presentation and gave us all an opportunity to hear first hand the answers to questions he had.  Thanks to Greg for spending the time with us.  Bottom line is that Mayor Greg wants to have the Rotary members as his allies and for us to understand the goals of the city.  This is a good way to promote our city and support the growth and success of El Cerrito.

Thanks Mayor Lyman for the great presentation and thanks to Chief Kieith for inviting him to speak today

Todays Raffle:  Jack won the bottle of wine.  Michael won chance at the reffle and selecgted a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $95.

Thought for the Day:   What ever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon will inevitably come to pass.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 10, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

October 10, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Andy’s Dad Dwayne Brown was his guest today.  Capt Robert De La Campa of the El Cerrito PD was Paul’s guest.  Anna Cartagena Rafael’s wife and her friend Irene McGuire were visitors.  Our guest speaker Will Rogers had his wife Kate as a guest.

Announcements:

  • President Marty told everyone who is coming to sip and savor to Wear Rotary Gear!
  • Reminded us of the fund raising BBQ at Alan Baer’s home on Saturday. 
  • Hercules Rotary is having a Day at the races at GGF coming up
  • TGIFF this month is Halloween on the 25th.5:30-7:30pm.  Being held at El Cuscatlan Restaurant, 14350 Laurie Ln, Ste A.  Hosted by San Pablo Rotary
  • Sonya gave an update on Sip and Savor which is this Sunday.  Things are on track.  Rotarians are to be at the club at 1p to help in getting setup completed.  The official start of Sip and Savor is 2:30p but there is a lot to be done so show up at 1p and we will start work.  Everyone is being encouraged to wear Rotary clothing so people can see us

Sgt at Arms:

Recognized Rafael and Anna’s for their 29th anniversary.  Sonya was recognized for her recent birthday.

Happy Dollars:   Andy is happy to have his Dad visiting and for his helping Andy with his new bee hive.  Terry is happy about Sip and Savor and things getting sorted out for the event this Sunday.  Michael is $5 happy for being there when his son was sworn in as a new attorney in Washington state.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced William Rogers of William Rogers and Son Honey.  Wo;; brought a portable hive to display for us to enjoy.  He then introduced the topic of bee keeping and summarized how he became involved in bee keeping.  Will read a comprehensive story about how he became involved in the interesting and exciting endeavor.  It was great how he told the story of his endeavor in bee keeping over the last 35 plus years and where he is today.  He lives in Kensington and has his hives located so he can provide the benefits of keeping bees and also sell honey.  He sells his product at the Kensington community events.  I think most of us did not have a clue about what was involved in participating in bee keeping and raising bees.  This was a great opportunity to gain a basic understanding of bee keeping and the important things it provides.   We learned the seasons of the bees and what goes on in each of these seasons.  I hope you were one of the lucky Rotarians who got to enjoy this presentation.  It was great!!

William Rogers with his portable bee hive.  – Great Presemtation today

Todays Raffle: Not done today:

Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   There is nothing more fascinating than nature and how it works!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 3, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 3, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and I failed to write down who led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Norma Trillia was a guest of Rotarian George.

Marty announced that Chief Michael Pigone has officially became a member of El Cerrito Rotary.   Everyone was pleased and gave a round of applause for this announcement.

Announcements:

  • Richmond Rotary will be doing a fundraising BBQ on Sat Oct 12th.  The event is being held at Alan Baer’s home at 3001 Balley Dr in Richmond.  Let Marty know if you wish to attend. 
  • Hercules Rotary is holding a costume part for the TGIFF meeting Oct 25th.  If you like Halloween parties this is you chance.
  • Richmond Rotary did a trade in order to create a larger foundation grant and as a result they were willing to give our Sip and Savor a $500 sponsorship.
  • Sonya and Jane did a Sip and Savor update.  Sonya regarding the money stuff and Jane regarding the work requirements.  We were given the requirements for the work we will be doing on Sept 13th.  If don’t have a handout of the event requirements

Happy Dollars:   Marty is happy that Michael Pigoni is now a Rotarian.  He is also happy to see Mark Figone in attendance today.  Jack is also happy to welcome Michael Pigoni into our club.

Today’s Program: John Introduced James Vlahos to speak to us about a great project he is involved in.  James is a journalist and technical writer and he was with us today to tell us about the story of his father’s passing with cancel and how he and his family chose to make the most of the situation by recording his verbal history and incorporating some of the newer aspects of artificial intelligence technology to help create the recorded things his father passed along before he died.   It all sound so simple but when it come to the task of taking the recorded documents and applying technology that will allow us to usable form.  James has started a company named “Hear After.” James intends to do some pioneering steps to make the use of the collected data of his Father’s memories get turned into a useable form.   Today, there are various forms of A/I tools that we use but James new company will be tasted to automate many aspects of what they want to do with his father’s recorded history.  James spoke at length and in some detail of how he is going to conquer this task. 

James did a great job of keeping our interest and providing information on possibilities.  Hope you were able to be with us today.

Sgt at Arms: Not on today. 

Todays Raffle: Not done today:

Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   It is amazing how we can seriously consider how to record a persons memories and make them available to their heirs.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 26, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 26, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Paul Keith led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Julie Brown, Andy’s wife was on hand to hear Keith Johnson speak to us today.

Announcements:

  • Marty announced the TGIFF event on the 27th being held by the Berkeley Rotary at the Skates restaurant.
  • Marty reminded us to concentrate on bringing a guest to Rotary so we can build up our ranks.
  • Terry is securing some space for the raffle prizes so be ready to write up what you have on a provided form so we can begin to get ready for our super Sip and Savor Raffle.

Happy Dollars:   Jack is happy for the Giant’s ballgame he attended.  Nancy is happy for pet insurance as her five year old german shepherd who has needed more pet care that she could ever has imagined.  Tracy is happy that Norma gave her a hand crafted picture of “bubbles” her dog as a gift.  She is also happy that her father in law is recovering from his hip surgery after falling and breaking his hip.  Tracy’s daughter is 21 years old now.  Lot of things happening in Tracy’s family.  Nobuko had cautious dollars after some odd happenings on line.  Sal is happy the weather has turned cooler so he could get some sleep.   Andy is happy about the great presentation that Keith Johnson made to our Rotary club. 

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized Tracy for her birthday.   Recognized Paul for his Anniversary on Oct 14.  Steve recognized Gary for his anniversary on Oct 9th.  When he asked Gary how many years, it stumped Gary.  Sal asked Rotarians to share the answer to the question, why did you join Rotary?  There were many great answers from Sal, Sil, Jack and several others.  Point is Rotary is truly a special organization that toughs peoples heart in interesting ways.

Today’s Program: 

Andy introduced Keith Johnson, El Cerrito High School Band Director.  There were a few highlights of Keith’s presentation.  One being the growth in the band program from 49 to 171 students this year.  As we all recall, we set up the process for Keith to attend the Michigan State Symposium program for band leaders.  We were delighted to hear Keith tell us about this exciting experience and the impact it has had on Keith’s life and also some of the great results that have occurred as a result of that scholarship for Keith.   Keith explained the impact of what has happened since he did the symposium earlier this year.  This presentation shows just how much we as Rotarians can do to make a difference in other people lives and it ends up doing magical things for many others.

Keith also told us about the Annual Play-a-thon program underway at E Cerrito High to raise $15000.  This is an annual event that brings in the funding for a lot of what the young musicians get and opportunity to do.  The band has done many events in other states and in Washington DC where they got to perform and experience the joy of other venues. The Play-a-thon program gives us an opportunity to participate in this fund raiser and play a part in furthering the opportunities for young musicians.  Check in to this and decide what you can do to support this program.  The actual Play-a-Thon will take place on Saturday Oct 19 at the high school where they will be presenting Music programs all day at the high school.  If you need more information check in with Rotarian Andy Brown and he will guide you along.

Today’s Raffle:

Andy wond the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and chose a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   I know there are many of you who would agree that it is never too soon to expose the younger generation to life changing experiences.