Weekly El Cerrito Bulletin for Sept 12, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 12, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Jim Spain had a guest, Lorren Ray.  No other guests today.

Announcements:

  • Marty announced Andy Brown has agreed to become our President Elect for next year.
  • Jim sent around a get well card for Al Caruso so we could all sign it.
  • December 15 is our club holiday party.  Lee will have a sign up sheet in a week or two.
  • October 24th is world polio month
  • Oct 5th we will be meeting at Los Moles again, the BCC is tied up
  • Sonya gave us an update on the Sip and Savor status and things that are going on.  We need more food vendors.

Jack, Andy and Marty at our Rotary meeting today were pleased to announce the selection and acceptance by Andy to become our president elect.

Happy Dollars:   Marty is happy that Jack got Andy to accept the Pres Elect position.  Tracy is happy that Andy is our new PE.  Lee is happy for us having a PE for next year.  Terry is happy Andy is taking the PE position.  Andy is happy that he completed his new bee hive and will be ready to tell us about it soon.  Sonya is happy for the success of her business operation.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on Duty today

Todays Program:

Marty introduced Jack to give us his presentation on the Rotary International conference in Germany.  Jack started by playing a video that introduced the conference.  The conference was held in Hamburg and was a great event.  This was Jack and Carol’s 12th conference.  He began by answering the question as to why he has attended so many onferences and moved into what he took away from the Hamburg event.  Jack reviewed the highlights of activities and Carol presented her take on the home hosting event that she and Jack attended with three other couples.  The sort of it was wonderful and they enjoy themselves thoroughly.  One thing they learned is that this years International President’s Daughter lives in El Cerrito.  We now want to track her down so we can invite her to a Rotary meeting.  Jack took some great pictures of the homes they visited for the home stay dinners.  We also learned about the House of Friendship that is at each convention and how wonderful it depicts the work Rotary does around the world.  Jack’s presentation is enough to make one wonder why not attend an internationl conference. The one coming up this year is in Honolulu. What a great place to go.

Todays Raffle: No raffle held today.  Next week the pot will be $80. 

Thought for the Day:    The things that Rotarians do locally, nationally and internationally are enough to take your breath away because of the overall impact they have on the world.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 5, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Marty had guest Michael Pigoni, El Cerrito Fire Chief.

 Announcements:

  • Next week our Rotary meeting will be at Los Moles Same time different location.
  • Sal reported on a quiche vendor for Sip and Savor.  He encouraged us all to see who else is available to come to Sip and Savor
  • There will be a Rotary Board Meeting next Tuesday Sept 10th at 1:30 at the club
  • Hercules Rotary is having a day at the Races at GGF on Sept 15th
  • Rotary Day at Cal Football is coming up soon
  • Jane reminded us all that Sip and Savor is just around the corner and we mst bet busy to get ready for everything that is going to happen.

Happy Dollars:  Jane is happy she could get out of El Sobrante after the truck accident this morning.  Terry is happy for the vacation he had to visit family for a wedding celebration.  Marty is happy about his trip to Ely Nv.  George is happy he gets to accompany wife Norma on her Interwheel trips around the country.  Michael is happy because he is going to Kawi.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized birthdays for Rotarians today

Todays Program: 

Anthony Cassel, a friend of Marty’s was our speaker today.  Anthony was here to tell lus about the “home for a home” program that he participates in at his real estate agency.  This program has a number of realtors who support it by having a fund that allows them to build a shall dwelling in Guatamala  This fund is supported by the realtors.  The program is called Home for a home.  This organization provides funding to families in Guatamala so they can have a place where they can live and prosper.  Anthony showed us pictures of these small dwellings that allow people to live and work so they can move up in their economic structure.  In addition to a home they are provided a water filtration system and a stove for their dwelling.  The current dwellings also have an attached toilet facility which provides a greater level of essential living services.  These small homes have gone through some ongoing upgrading and are now such that they provide residences a number of comforts and stability for the families.  Since this is a pioneering progress, there are always a number of options that are now available.  This show how innovative these realtors are when it comes to providing the people they service a standard of living that was previously impossible.   Anthony strongly suggested we visit their website to see and learn more.  You can do a Google search on home for a home and reach the site and get more information.  It was great having Anthony visit us so we could learn more about this program.  Although not run by Rotary, this program has a lot of the hallmarks of the programs that as done by Rotary.  If you wish to chek in with Anthony go to the website www.anthonyecasal.com and go from there.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Guest Michael Pignoni won the marble game and picked  a blue marble.winning $10.  Next week the pot will be $75.. 

Thought for the Day:   There are not many new ideas in the world but one ot the best long term ideas is what Rotary is all about…..You can never go wrong by helping other get ahead.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin

MEETING OF AUGUST 29, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 29, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Lene Frederiksen a visiting Rotarian from Denmark was our guest today and she exchanged flags with Jack and told us a bit about her homeland and city.  We also had the President of Richmond Rotary, Jan Brown as well as Haley Richenman. 

 Announcements:

  • Lee announced our holiday party will be held at Trader Vics on December 15th.  They only have space for 40 guests so be sure and sign up early.
  • TGIFF for this month will be at Riggers Loft in Richmond on the 30th.  A flier was handed out for the event. 
  • Andy presented an article from the Rotarian Magazine
  • Sonya gave us a summary of the Sip and Savor event’s progress.   

Happy Dollars:  Nancy is happy about Lene visiting our club because it reminded her of a boyfriend from her distant past who hailed from Denmark. Rafael is happy about the new President of El Salvador for the steps he is taking to clean up the corruption in that country.  Rafael is also happy about his business doing so well that he was able to make a $500 sponsorship.  Lee gad $20 for his daughter’s wedding earlier this month.  Jan Brown is happy the Lene visiting us reminded her offff the time she spent in Denmark.  George was also happy of the reminder of the time he spent in Denmark.  Gary was happy about Ian and Michael giving their presentation on Camp Royal.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

Gary introduced our speakers, Michael Fox and Ian Ruth to tell us about their Camp Royal experience in June.  Each of the guys summarized key things that they experienced at this awesome Rotary leadership camp that takes place in Hayfork Calif.  .

Ian and Michael gave a joint presentation to provide us with an excellent summary of their and travel to Hayfork California where the camp was held and the several hour drive to get their.  They covered the logistics of getting there and getting settled.  We got an overview of the camp layout and how things operated with the counselors and the logistics.  There was also the activities and great scenery in which the camp is held.  Michael and Ian each highlighted many of the key aspects of the event and what it meant to them.  We were told how the self realization and application of leadership can be used to gain more from what we say and do. 

Both Michael and Ian explained how the mental and physical interaction with the other campers and the camp counselors made them aware of how to think differently about their lives and how they perceive and do things.  It is never a bad idea to do a self analysis of how we interact with things in our lives and Camp Royal is a great vehicle in which this occurs.. 

As I always tell others, be able to go to Camp Royal as a high school student is the only reason I would willing go back to my own high school career so I could attend.

Todays Raffle:

Sil won the bottle of wine and Nancy won the marble game and picked  a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $65.. 

Genie Stone:  Michael won the magic stone for next month.

Thought for the Day: You can always understand someone when they speak to you from their heart. 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 22, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 22, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:   Tracy had two guests, John Stasik and Laura Custodia, the Techie Girl.  It was great to have them both at our meeting.

 Announcements:

  • Marty announced our holiday party will be held at Trader Vics on December 15th.  There will be more details as the date gets closer
  • TGIFF for this month will be at Riggers Loft in Richmond on the 30th.  This will be the place to be next Friday.
  • Gary reminded us that next week our guest speakers are Michael Fox and Ian Ruth of the Interact club to tell us about their Camp Royal experience.
  • Marty announced that there has only been two polio cases in which means there is a good chance it will be declared that only Afghanistan is the last country in the middle east with any wild cases of polio.

Happy Dollars:  Nancy was happy to share a story about a customer who came in to see her and was so upset but after a while he calmed down.  Terry is happy their trip to Donner lake was successful. Sonya gave us an update on Sip and Savor and told us about her trip to Lima, Peru and to ancient sites from Inca times.  Tracy is happy about how well her training is coming along for her one mile swim.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on duty today

Todays Program:  Marty introduced our speaker for today:  Chris Treadway who is with the El Cerrito Historical Center and was here today to inform us on the things that are happening in that arena.  He opened with a front page of the El Cerrito Journal form the early 50’s that had a picture of John Fogerty in a wagon as a small boy.  Then Chris showed a video that was from 1938 and 1940 which had pictures of performers in that era that showed performance stars that were regulars at Rancho San Pablo in 38-40.  He then shared a lot of information about what was going on in that era and we got to see a number of photos from this film. We were then told about the gambling, horse racing, prostitution and other things that drove the economy in this post Depression era El Cerrito.  Chris passed out a newsletter that highlighted the opening of the East Shore Freeway that was opened shorty after the completion of the Bay Bridge. This was a great education and reminder of that era and the exciting things that were going on in this pre boomtime era in El Cerrito. We also heard a great deal about many of the things that occurred during the construction of the site where the plaza now resides.  We are fortunate that a great deal of effort is being expended to retain the historical relics and information from that time. I know we will see and hear a lot more about our history as time goes on and more results of the energy being spend on collecting and districuting the history comes to light.  Thanks to Chris for a wonderful and very informative presentation.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Michael won the marble game and picked the a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $60.. 

Thought for the week

Why is it that there is so much interesting History and so much we have not been aware of?  Are we just that oblivious to things that happened that did not directly impact us?

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 15 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Tita Escalada, President of Hercules Rotary and Gabe Quinto City Councilman of El Cerrito were our visitors today.

Announcements:

  • Next Tuesday there will be a Rotary Board meeting at 12:30p at the Club.  If you are a board member be sure and attend. all Rotarians are welcome
  • Nancy took over for Sonya (our Genie Stone holder) and brought us up to date on the Sip and Savor on Oct 13th.  Nancy also reminded us of the services that Sonya’s facility (El Cerrito Royal) provides and reviewed the great services provided.   

Happy Dollars:  Jane had $5 for the time she has been spending with her grandkids and how enjoyable it has been to get to know them better.  Nancy had $5 for the recent breach by Mastercard and how well Mechanics Bank was able to react to this situation.  Michael is happy he will be spending time with his Daughter in Washington in the near future.  Andy is happy for school to be starting and his three boys are all getting ready for this adventures.  Young Jack will be a freshman at El Cerrito high school this year.  Marty is happy for the camping trip he took with good friends.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Table trivia as well as a few trivia questions about articles in the Rotarian magazine.  He successful collected for a number of things we did not remember.  In addition, Jane contributed for her 49th anniversary.

Todays Program: 

Marty introduced our speakers for today:  Jack Ludero Flick and Denice Devers to speak to us about the climate emergency that we are all facing in our world.  Jack and Denice both summarized some important aspects of our current situation.  Then they reviewed the current El Cerrito Emergency resolution being currently considered by the El Cerrito City Council.  In this process Denice and Jack discussed some of the aspects of the resolution and dealt with the pros and cons of the requirements of resolution.  Denice and Jack ended their presentation by answering a lot of questions and comments from the audience.

Todays Raffle:

Michael won the bottle of wine and Gary won won the marble game and picked the a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $55. 

Thought for the week:  It is always rewarding what can be accomplished by organizations large and small when it comes to making everyone lives better.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 8, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 8, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:

Our guests today were Marvin Collins and Tammy and husband Will of Tammy’s chocolates who has her shop in San Mateo.  She is going to be one of our vendors at this year’s Sip and Savor.  If you want to check in with her she can be reached at 650-773-2918.  She brought samples of her chocoates and they are wonderful.    

Announcements:

  •  GGF is having Rotary day at the races.  Check in with them to get the specifics
  • The Rotary Board meeting has beem ,moved to Aug 20th at 12:30p at the club
  • Sonya gave us a complete update on sponsorship and venders for the Sip and Savor.  The preliminary stuff is moving along nicely
  • Nobuko’s guest Tammy was on hand to share samples of her chocolates that will be available at Sip and Savor.

Happy Dollars

Jim Spain is happy for Marvin being here today.  Andy had both happy and sad dollars today.  His favorite cat was attacked by two foxes and did not survive.  Jack had great feedbacl for his book of “happiness.  Nobuko is happy that her friend Tammy was on hand to provide samples of her chocolates.  Tracy is happy her training for her swim is going well and for her responses to her sponsors for the one miles swim she will be taking to earn money for the cancer fund.  Michae had 39 happy dollars for the number of years of marriage.  Gary was happy for the dance event that Norma and her troupe attended at which a audience member was 112 years old. This is record for the longest living audience member at one of Norma’s dances dances

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Todays Program: 

Marty introduced Claire Brown and her husband Richard Katz who spoke to us tody on the subject of the role fossel fuel plays in the climate warming.  Clair and Richard volunteer for the 350 Climate Change organization.  Claire and Richard were with us to speak about the coal trains that come to Richmond where their coal cars are emptied into ships for transport to Japan. Claine and Richard identified the things that health ssues and other factors that are impacted with these coal shipments.  This information led to some excellent discussion on things that are being done to mitigate the impact of these shipments and how the alternatives could be exploited in the near future.  The bottom line is how can the transportation of this energy source be alternative logistical methods.  There was a lot of discussion between Richard, Claire and the audience on this matter. 

This was an excellent presentation and kept everyone’s interest.  Thanks Michael for briing Richard and Clare to speak to us.

Todays Raffle:

 Andy won the bottle of wine and Jack won won the marble game and picked the gold marble winning the $90.  Next week the pot will be $50. 

Thought for the week

No matter how many problems we solve our world and societies will always have many more waiting to have their turn to be solved.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 1, 2019

The Wheel

August 1, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests:  We did not have any guests today.

Announcements:

  • Nobuko has invited her friend who make chocolates to attend a Rotary meeting soon to investigate the possibility of becoming a member of the club
  • Sonya has invited a chocolate vendor to come to Sip and Savor and asked everyone to help by notifying her about any potential vendors or have them call Sonya to express their interest in joining us at Sip and Savor
  • Tracy is working on an upcoming Warriors night for Rotary.  She is getting Michael involved so he can spearhead the operation
  • Sonya also provided the time frame for the tickets
  • President Marty presented Terry with his past president pin which has a small diamond mounted in the pin

Happy Dollars:  Kanti had $20 happy dollars or the pottery Lee made him as well as a number of other things for which he is happy.  Nancy had Caution dollars to alert everyon the that Fraud people are ramping up their attacks on actions to steal you money.  Terry is happy about his family vacation that involved a turtle incident that provided information and a chance to meet a scientist studying the turtles.  George is happy about celebrating his 65th anniversary with Norma.  Marty is happy about the visit he made to Twain Hart where he enjoyed the companionship of some really nice people.  Tracy is happy for the 10 year anniversary of being cancer free.  She will be participating in a fund raiser and a swim to promote fighting cancer. 

Sgt at Arms:    Steve acknowledged Tracy and Brody for their anniversary.  He also acknowledged Gary for his upcoming Birthday on the 11th.  He also acknowledged Terry’s birthday.

Todays Program: 

President Marty introduced our guest Speaker Rusty Gaillard, a Life Coach and Professional Speaker to speak to us about speaking the language of success.  Rusty gave us a brief overview of his work which he termed “the language of success.”  He began by suggesting the humans work using a process using: Thoughts, feelings, action and results as a basis for getting more out of life.  He told us about his own journey from working for Apple to them becoming a life coach.  He suggested that it is important to ask ourselves some important questions about our thoughts, feelings, actions and results that will result in our success.  He did this by sharing a story of clients efforts that resulted in he achieving success.   His presentation was both interesting and motivational as it shows how one can push through the difficulties that occur when we begin to move forward. 

This was an interesting presentation and gave us all some food for thought and guided action

Todays Raffle:

 Gary won the bottle of wine and Sil won the marble game and picked a blue marble winning $10.  Next week the pot will be $90.  Jack won the beaufiful Tea Pot that Lee crafted from clay.

Thought for the week

Imagine how powerful our brain is and how sometimes we forget the grand scope of the things we can do when we do not break things into small “bite size” pieces.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 25, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

July 25, 2019 Editor:  Gary Buffon (www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests:  We did not have any guests today.

Announcements:

  • Sonya gave us an update on sponsors for Sip and Savor.  Nearly every Rotary member has become a sponsor so we are marching long nicely.  We do need to increase our on site vendors and sell as many ticketes as possible
  • This weekend is the Berkeley annual “Kite Festival.’  The Berkeley club need volunteers to help them with the parking.  If you have the time go participate
  • Marty announced the “District Meetings” that are done both in the North and the South.  The first meeting will be in the North on Oct 5th.  If you want to go look on the District website and get the info and locations.  Meetings cover Rotary Foundation, membership and others. 
  • Lee announced that Oct is the month when the trail trekker signs will be installed.  We will need a significant amount of people power for this as we will be digging post holes and doing other key things to get the new signs set up. 
  • This month’s TGIFF is tomorrow evening. July 26th from 5:30 to 7:30p.  Location a couple of blocks North of Solano. The brewery does not serve food, but we will have platters of food available. There are also a few options close by and the brewery is fine with people bringing food in.  Hope you all have a great time. Many Berkeley folks will not be attending as we are setting up for the kite festival

Happy Dollars:  Mark Figone is happy to be back and told us about his fishing trip to Canada where he caught a 27 pound salmon.  Jan is happy she sold a sponsor.for Sip and Savor.  Sal is happy to be 83 years old.  He told the story of fishing in. Alaska in the years 1919 through 1931.  Jim is happy about his favorite tree in Tahoe and that he as a friend carved their initials in that tree right below the people who carved their initials in it in 1919..Tracy is happy about attending a ball game and hearing music set to what was happening at the game.  Jack told a fishing story about fish and Nobuko got her question answered about the kinds of salmon that are caught on the west coast of the US.

Sgt at Arms:    Not on duty today

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Todays Program:  We did not have a guest speaker today but instead a great open floor of important topics.  Marty asked us to talk about our businesses and Jan gave us a fairly thorough rundown on raising the rent on your property in Richmond.  She also went through a number of things that one must consider with rental property and raising the rend. 

Todays Raffle: John won the bottle of wine and Michael won the marble game and picked a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $85

Sonya won the Genie stone

Thought for the week

Based on what I learned about rental property, it seems like one of the most complicated things in our society.  I’m glad we sold my mothers house when she passed.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 20, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

June 20, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Marty led the flag salute. Terry offered a thought for today.

Guests: We had no visiting Rotarians or guests today

Announcements:

  • Jane reiterated the Terry demotion dinner on June 22 at La Strada starting at 6 p with dinner at 7:30p and the demotion program shortly after dinner
  • July 11th is a dedication for our memorial Bench at Cerrito Vista. We will attend the event at 11a and then come to Rotary where we will have several guests.  Tracy reminded us of the importance of this activity.  Be sure you plan on attending this meaningful and special event.  Jane says you must attend the Rotary meeting or else!!
  • There will be no Rotary meeting on July 4th due to the holiday

Happy Dollars:  

Gary is happy the Camp Royal students took a group picture at the close of camp.

We will get to hear from Ian and Michael about their trip as our Rotary speakers in August.

Marty is happy for his trip to a retreat in Middletown.  Michael is happy for the visit he had at Tahoe with friends that were all celebrating being 65 years old.  Terry is happy that his business meeting that caused his absence last week was very successful.

Sgt at Arms:    Not on duty today.

.Todays Program: 

Marty introduced Jim Carriere who is a volunteer in the Shelter Box USA organization that is a Rotary Partner in work on disasters for situations where people are displaced.  This outstanding organization was started by a Rotarian in Cornwell England and set up to work on situations that require a lot of support such as when natural disasters strike or where there are a significant number of people who require a lot of help such as the current situaiton in Syria where the war has displaced large numbers of people.  Jim was on hand to give us a the historical and current situations that Shelder Box called upon to support.  Shelter Box USA is one of division of the organization and in really large deployments. Jim explained the some of the specifics that require a “Shelter Box” deployment.  We got to see examples of the supplies that are used, tents of various sizes, water purifier systems along with the other types of infrastsructure used.  We also gained and understanding of this outstanding organization and how it provides a high degree of support to the victims fof these types of disasters.  Jim also explained how deployments are planned, staffed and evaluated to make sure the support provided is the best possible in the given situation.   He showed us maps of what deployments look like when they are deployed.  We also got to see many pictures of deployed shelter box support. This was an excellent presentation that gave us a view into a key subject and how Rotary has teamed ups with another organization to being resources to make it easier for  people live to survive in emergency situation. 

We will probably ask Jim to come back and provide us an updat of what is going on with Shelter Box USA in about 8 months.

Jim gave us and excellent presentation on what Shelter Box resources provide

Todays Raffle:  Sil won the bottle of wine. The marble game marble was picked by Nobuko who chose a cats key.  Next week the pot will be $60..

Thought for the Week:

The scope and reach of Rotary and the services it provides never ceases to amaze me!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 13, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Elect Marty greeted everyone and Kanti led the flag salute. Marty offered a thought for today.

Guests: We had no visiting Rotarians or guests today

Announcements:

  • Jane reiterated the Terry demotion dinner on June 22 at La Strada starting at 6 p with dinner at 7:30p and the demotion program shortly after dinner
  • The bowl-a-thon was a great success. Andy reported that $3505 was raised for the organization by our club. 
  • July 11th is a dedication for our memorial Bench at Cerrito Vista. We will attend the event at 11a and then come to Rotary where we will have several guests.  Tracy reminded us of the importance of this activity.  Be sure you plan on attending this meaningful and special event
  • Sonya updated us on the status of the Sip and Savor activities.  First we need more vendors so if you know anyone go speak to them about this opportunity

Happy Dollars:  Gary is happy the Camp Royal students are getting close to the end of their week.  When they return we will set up the time for them to come and tell us about what they did.  Maryty is happy his friend Cindy has moved nearby and can take the ferry to work in SF.  Sonya is happy the remodeling at her facility is moving along.  She is happy because Rafael and Mark F were able to help her out with resources.  Jan told the story of her and colleagues riding the ferry to SF and then getting on the wrong ferry when they came back.  A good time was had by all. 

Sgt at Arms:    Not on duty today.

Todays Program: 

Sonya introduced Craig Turner who is a Benefits advisor for Medicare.  Craig did a great job is explaining how the system work and the importance of getting the correct information about the resources that are available for seniors and ways they can find out about how to access the benefits available.  There are so many things available, it is often a bit problem in making sure people know what will work and how much does it cost.  Craig answered a lot of great questions and encouraged everyone to make sure the seniors in their live knew how to get the information they need.

Craig Turner – Senior Benefits Corodinator for North American Senior Benefits Association

Craig can be contacted at CTurner@CraigTurner.com

Thanks to Sonya for having Craig speak to us today.

Todays Raffle:  Andy won the bottle of wine. The marble game marble was picked by Sil.  He pulled a black marble costing him $5.  Next week the pot will be $55 as we do it all over again..

Thought for the Week:

Looks like we are going to have a great Rotary Year.  There are many opportunities to remember our Rotarians and to take confidence in the fact that our club is a very caring group that works hard to remember the wonderful things that our fellow Rotarians have done over the years.