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.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 6, 2019

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

June 6, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

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

Guests: We had no visiting Rotarians or guests

Announcements:

  • Saturday Jun 8th is Marla’s memorial @ Peggy Thompson Park, 720 Pierce St. Albany. 
  • The bowl-a-thon was a great success.  Over $2500 was raised. 
  • 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.
  • Terry is out of town next week.
  • Terry’s demotion party if all set for LaStrada’s on June 22nd.  Be sure and sign up for your dinner choice.  The dinner is $50 per person.

Happy Dollars:  

Nobuko is happy that her dryer has been fixed and is back in operation.  Sonya is happy about the outcome of her missing cell phone.  Nancy is happy about the referral she got at the bank for a new client.  Andy is happy he beat the IRS over a tax bill that he was not responsible for. 

Sgt at Arms:    

Sal was on duty today.  We learned about diamond mining in Arkansas and what vitamin deficiency cause.  Everyone was challenged and some had to pay.  Today was Irag’s birthday and he was recognized for that today.

Todays Program: 

Terry introduced Meg Heinicke whwork for Namaste Direct which is an organization that provides small grants to women entreprueners in Guatamala so they can be trained to run a successful small business owners in Guatamala.  This was the second time Meg has provided us with information on this excellent program which assists young women in the setting up and running of their micro businesses.   This type of support has become a cornerstone of the Rotary micro lending programs that are set up for situations such as the once in Guatamala.  Meg reviewed  a bit of the history of the Namaste Direct programm that is used in Guatalama. It was originally set up by A Rotarian, Bob Graham.This program has been very successful over the years.  Meg provied us with some of the more interesting particulara along with a story of Olga Marina and her success in her business that resulted in the running of her business.  This a great program and gave us a great appreciation for another of the great Rotary programs.  WE learned that the city of Antiguia is where this particular program is home based.  We thank Meg for bringing this wonderful program.

Todays Raffle:  Kanti  won the bottle of wine. The marble game marblee was picked for John he pulled the winning marble winning the $55.  Next week the pot will be $50 as we start all over again..

Thought for the Week:  The 4-Way Test will solve a lot of problems. 

Weekly El Cerrito Bulletin for May 30, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 30, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

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

Guests:    Today we had Al Miller, Henry Ham and EC City councilman Gabriel Quinto.

Announcements:

  • Terry reminded us of the TGIFF BARSHEEP gathering that will be held in the grillroom here at BCC.  It starts at 7:30p
  • Saturday June 1 is the EC city cleanup on the northern entryway.  It will be from 10a to 12:30p
  • June 4th Rotary Board meeting 12:30p
  • Saturday Jun 8th is Marla’s memorial

Happy Dollars:  

Andy is happy about the scholarship he was able to secure for Keith Johnson a teacher at ECHS. Kanti is happy for the current Indian President being reelected for 5 more years.  Nancy is happy the speaker last week brought up the topic of reverse mortgage’s as her sister is a professional in this sector s and Nancy wanted to clarify some key things.  Sal is happy for putting up 500 American flags at a veterans cemetery and for a redwood tree he got to plant in honor of veterans in Golden Gate Park.  Tracy is happy for having a friend from N.J here today.  Marty is happy for the Jun speaker’s slate being filled and ready for the start of his year as President.  Michael is happy about the Warriors being in the NBA finals.

Sgt at Arms:    Sal was not on duty today.

Todays Program: 

Terry introduced Bev Hoffman who is an educator and activist for human rights..  Bev had an assistant, Sabrina who helped with the a/v stuff.   Bev and his wife  lived and worked in Napel a number of years.  Bev shared a lot of interesting information about his work. Bev got a video that he has been showned to hundrens of people.  In Napel there  af large numbers of young girls and women who advocate for womens rights.  The movie is entitled STOP.  Bev pointed out the critical nature of doing everything possible to bring down the terribly high statistics of sexual abuse on women.  He pointed out some of the key aspects of this epidemic.  Abuse of females is extradordinatily high in our country at colleges and universities.  He showed a porion of the move SOLD.  This video points to epidemic nature of abuse of girls and women.  Napel is an example of a third world country that has far too much female abuse.  Bev indicated that education is one way to address the challenges through the bettermen of humans   Bev indicated there are a number of youtube videos available on0line that are very powerful as a weapon to combat this problem.  As we often say, knowing about the problem is not sufficient to eliminating the cause of the problem.

Todays Raffle:  Sil won the bottle of wine. The marble game winner got past me but I do know marble pull was a cats eye and next week the pot will be $55..

Nancy won the genie stone for June

Thought for the Week:  Knowing the problems is only the first step to being able to take action to stop things that are causing the problems..

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 16, 2019

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

Guests:    None today

Announcements:

  • Terry began by thanking Rotarians for their help in meeting prep and clean up.  Iraj (frank), Jan, and John are always working hard before and after the meeting.
  • Terry thanked Andy for his work with the RotoCare fund raising event to get the team together and soliciting donations for the May 31st event.
  • Terry then reviewed the lunch pricing that was agreed to at the Board meeting.  Effective July 1 we will be paying $20 per lunch and $15 for guests
  • Tracy presented a check for $650 for the Warriors night for Rotary.  This money will be sent to the Foundation for points for our club.

Happy Dollars:  

Andy is happy for securing scholarship money for one of the ECHS music teachers so he can attend a program to fine tune his skills in leading the band members.  Sal is happy for his last spring lecture series.  Tracy is happy for the ECHS drama program that we helped sponsor.  Nobuko is happy for the money she earned selling chocolate.  Rafael is happy for the board meeting and the efforts that are underway to secure the funding for an ambulance for a village in Mexico.  The International project funding will be accomplished through a Rotary grant.  Rafael is going to Reno for the District Conference and will begin working on this project while there.  Michael is happy he will be joined by his son and daughter for the Bay to Breakers run that is coming up.  Terry is happy his daughter got to see Draymond Green of the Warriors getting into his vehicle last weekend.  She was very excited about this sighting!

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

We had a club assembly today so Sonya gave us a summary of everything that is going on for Sip and Savor.  Job assignments are being made and we got to choose from a list of responsibilities.  If you did not get signed up for the role you want to take be sure and sign up ro work in the area’s where you can help the most..  We will have our Sip and Savor ticketes on June 1 so we can get busy selling them.   The plan is to have seven benefactors for the funds we raise.  Sonya stressed that everyone needs to be aware of the need for sponsors at the S&S event.  If you want instructions on what to look for and ask for from potential event sponsores  the vendors are a key part of our activities.  We all want to sell as many tickets as possible.  We are headed into the time when things must get completed and since our club is small, everyone must do their share, and I know we will!!

Todays Raffle:  Michael won the wine and Rafael had his ticket picked for the marble game.  He picked a cats eye marble   Next week the pot will be $165.

Thought for the Week:  

 When we look at the list of things our Rotary club has done over the years and you can see why everyone is so proud of our accomplishments.  We now must strive to gain new members so we can have more people working proudly for the club.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 9, 2019 –

The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

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

Guests:   DG Jon Dwyer and DG Elect Tina Atkins were our guests.  Jacks guest was a second time visitor and I failed to get her name.

Announcements:

  • May 14 is the Rotary Board meeting at the club.  Starts at 12:30p. 
  • Tracy reported on the Rotary memorial bench that is being prepared for placement at Cerrito Vista park
  • Roto Care bowl-a-thon is Saturday Jun 1st at Albany Bowl.  We will need to field a team and get them sponsored.  Terry will see that this is moved forward
  • May 31 is TGIFF and it is our month to sponsor the event.  Terry has some ideas about where to hold it and he will assign us to various responsibilities
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Happy Dollars:  

Tracy is happy for the Warriors winning their game.  Jack is happy for being at a table with all women.  Sal is happy for the success of his latest lecture.  Jane is happy she is practicing her baking skills by backing a Bart Simpson cake for her grandson.  Marty is happy to be going to the District conference in Reno.  DG elect Tins is exciting Dist Conf.  Sonya is happy for the successful 70th birthday party for our club.  Lee paid $20 for not making it to our 70th celebration last week.  Sonya is happy for success of 70th anniversary party and for two $2500 sponsorships for sip and Savor.  Rafael is happy for the trip he took his wife on to Mexico where they had a great time.

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

.Jackson Drolet, Corporate Sales Rep for the Golden State Warrors. Was on hand to bring us up to date on current and future futllure of the Golden State Warriors basket ball franchise.  Jackson began by updating us on the successful Rotary at the Warriors game that Tracy set up for us.  Jackson gave us a great summary of the ongoing work being done for the Warriors new home “Chase Arena..”  He presented a great slide show that had renderings of the new facility that is located in San Francisco.  It will be located on 3rd street and is a very large area where there will an Arena along with a great new complex that contains facilities, a park and areas for restaurants, parking other critical facilities.  The question of how do we get there from El Cerrito was completely answered by the showing maps of transportation facilities and how to’s on what it will take to get to and from the games from El Cerrito  What is important is that the new arena facility along with the other support of will provide a great way for people to get to the games, concerts and other events.  The key thing is the Warriors will own the arena and then rent it to others for concerts, etc.  What a great new opportunity for a lot of people and organizations. All I can say about this new facility is it will be and outstanding resource to San Francisco and the bay area.

Todays Raffle:  Jack won the wine and Gary had his ticket picked for the marble game.  He picked a cats eye marble   Next week the pot will be $160.

Thought for the Week:  When you consider all the positive things going on in our area, it will give a great vision of what we can look forward to in the next two to five years

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Mac Robinson led the flag salute.  Terry offered a thought to the great turnout for our anniversary party.

Guests:   

We had many guests and visiting Rotarians.  This included Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, El Cerrito Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, Taylor Kimber from Congressman DeSaulnier’s office.  District 5160 Governor Jon Dwyer visiting Rotarians from Berkeley, Albany and Richmond.  Also in attendance were many others we know and love who were on hand to celebrate this 70th birthday of El Cerrito Rotary.

Announcements:

We dispensed with the announcement portion of the meeting as we wanted to give enough time for the acknowledgement from all who were here to celebrate our Rotary Club’s 70th birthday.  See Todays Program for what happened at our meeting.

Happy Dollars: not done today.  

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

President Terry began our program for the meeting.  He recounted his journey to his present role of club President.  He told a great story about how he was introduced to El Cerrito Rotary and shared some of the highlights of things during the journey. 

Terry then asked our visitors to come forward and make their proclamations.  Supervisor Gioia was first, followed by EC Mayor Rochelle-Okimoto.  Next we had Taylor Kimber from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s office.

Then it was time for short presentation by El Cerrito Rotarians.

  • Jack Freethy did a highlights and recap of El Cerrito History.
  • Tracy Giles provided a summary of the club’s involvement in International Projects
  • Gary Buffon gave a brief summary of the El Cerrito High Interact club from from its inception in 2002 to this year.
  • Gary then pointed out the lovely blanket that was displayed at the front of the dinng room.  A gift from Kathleen Keller a fellow El Cerrito neighbor.  This blanket was made from the TeeShirts that we provided to guests at the El Cerrito city 4th of July celebration. Each year  Kathleen sent along a card which delivered a great message about the community service work of our Rotary club provides in El Cerrito.  The blanket will be raffled off at the Sip and Savor in October.
  • Sonya and Jane gave a brief summary of this year’s Sip and Savor.  This will be the tenth year of our event it will be GREAT
  • DG Jon Dwyer provided summary comments on his experience with El Cerrito Rotary and gave us hope and good wishes for the future

This was a great celebration with a great lunch and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  We can do some more remembering at our next meeting on May 9th.

Todays Raffle: there was no raffle this week due to our special program.   Next week the pot will be $155.  Be sure and be there.

Thought for the Week:

 What is history?  It is either what we experienced or were told about by others and either is a good thing!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 18, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Nobuko led the flag salute.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    

None Today

Announcements:

  • Thursday May 2nd will be a special happy birthday party for El Cerrito Rotary.  Be sure and plan on being with us that day.  Jane needs to get an approximate head count so please send her and email if you are bringing a guest. Jane’s email address is on the special email I sent separately from the bulletin this week
  • Lee announced that the signs for the trail that will have its signage put up are nearly complete.  Looks like the timing may be ready the week of May 20th.   Lee is working with the trail trekkers to come up with a date we can jointly work on putting up these signs and will let us know the possible next steps
  • President Terry announced the possibility of a day at the Oakland A’s on July 13th.  Stay tuned for a signup and other information at our next meeting
  • Terry is doing a visit to the other BARSHEEP clubs and will keep us posted on this
  • The luncheon negotiation team is close to a resolution.  The bottom line looks like $25 per week.  Our board will do a final vote on the proposal at the May Rotary club board meeting.  The meeting will be the second Tuesday of May at 1:30p.  Be sure and mark you calendar
  • Gary announced that the Camp Venture and Camp Royal candidates have turned in their paperwork and will be all set for their camping experience. 
  • Kathleen Keller an El Cerrito Resident contacted Gary regarding providing a raffle gift for Sip and Savor.  Kathleen has a momento from our 4th of July days when we gave everyone a 4th of July tee-shirt.  Kathleen wants to come and present this gift to us on May 2nd.  Fits right in with what we are doing.

Happy Dollars:  

Jane is happy for her upcoming trip to Disneyland with her Grandkids.  Jack is happy about the article in the Rotarian Magazine.  Tracy is happy about the help Jim Spain provided.  Steve is happy about his recent trip to France and other countries.  He was thankful he got to se Notre Dame before it was set on fire.  Nancy is happy to have her brother spend time with her.  Jim is thankful that Tracy relies on her for taking care of real estate repairs.  

Sgt at Arms:  Sal gave us an education on Easter and how it began and in what country.  He also gave us some background on the Notre Dame cathedral that recently burned in Paris.  Anyway, Sal will continue with this theme next week and share some more information and ask us some questions so we can be more informed.  R

Todays Program:  Terry introduced Rex Delizo, who is district manager of the Stege Sanitary District.  Rex provided us with some basics and understanding of his position and the role Stege provides in our area. Stege is the utility that provides service for our homes and businesses for sanitary services. Rex was with us today to give us some basic information and updates on what we all need to be aware of when it comes to our sewage services.  He also provided us info about the impact of the new housing developments of the several high rise apartments being constructed in El Cerrittto, 

One of Rex;s main points was about notifying the Stege when you have a problem with the sewer line.  Another point is that Stege always wants to know when you have a problem.  Rex also explained a backflow device and how they work.  One of the key points is that NEVER flush disposalable wipes.  They do not disintigrate like toilet paper.  Rex had some great handouts and answered many questions for us.  He presented a very good program.

Todays Raffle: The bottle of wine was won by Jane.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Michael and he selected a cats eye marble,   He selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $150

Thought for the Week:

Every Rotarian is aware of the scope of what they do and they excel as a result!