Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 27 2017

El Cerrito Rotary
The Wheel
April 27, 2017
Editor: Gary Buffon
(www.rotary5160.org)
www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians: Mary Ann Hass, Grier Cooper, Kara Turner (guest of Sonya), George and Norma Trilla were guests today. Also Tomisa Booker, guest of Jack was with us today.  Tomisa is on the path to becoming a member of El Cerrito Rotary.
Announcements:
 Terry announced the special program for next meeting – celebration of PHF in our club. Everyone wear your PHF pin and come celebrate with the newly awarded PHFs.
 Terry also explained the RotoCare bowl-a-thon that will be held and recognized the bowling team.
 Jane passed out fliers for the Demotion dinner on June 3rd. Be sure and choose hour dinner selection as we will have signups next week.
 Sonya gave us an update on the Sip and Savor event on Oct 1. She also passed out the sponsorship program information.
 Jane has asked Sarah to manage the roster update. Sarah passed around a clipboard on which each of us made adjustments to our information and signed off. Be sure you get a shot at reviewing your information.
Happy Dollars: Mary Ann Hass is happy about her successful walk around Lake Merit. Lee is happy for the great signs he saw at the science walk. George is happy that he will be induced into the club today. Sarah is happy about the volunteer work that the ECHS garden received. Jack is happy that he and Carole will be going to Disney World in Florida. Jan is happy about the golf she and Jerry enjoyed in Grass Valley. It was very wet but very fun! Marty had unhappy dollars because one of his favorite restauran is closing.
Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today.

Induction of George Trilla: Jack had George an85-86d his sponsor come forward to the ceremony. Jack did an excellent induction off George. This- was a return to EC Rotary for George as he was in the club previously and was President in 85-86. Jack read the induction and presented George with a lot of great stuff to get him back into the Rotary Club.

Jack, George and Don during George’s inductions

Today’s Program.
Pres Elect Terry introduced Matt Hermann who is our District Youth Exchange Outbound committee chair. He was on hand today to share the overall mission of Youth Exchange and the benefits the program provide to high school age youngsters. Matt began his presentation by showing a short video that had Youth Exchange students who had participated in the program.
Matt. He also explained some of the requirements and gave us a summary of the stories these young people provided after their exchange experience. We were given lot of the structural information about the program as well as a list of the tremendous benefits it provides to these youth. Basic requirement of the program are set up to insure that the outbound student is vetted, requirements in the host family as well as basic understanding and rules are in place. The students who participate in this program are provided with a once in a lifetime experience. The program cost works out to be on the order of $6000 for the year of education in a foreign country.
Many of us in our Rotary club remember the inbound Russian student who came and spent a year in El Cerrito High school.

This program is something that provides a world class opportunity and a world class experience as well as a chance to learn and use a foreign language.

Matt Hermann – Outbound Youth Exchange Advisor for District 5160

This presentation was excellent and reminded us all of the wonderful programs that Rotary International provides for our youth.

Raffle Winner: Guest Kara Turner had her ticket pulled for the bottle of Bourbon Kara also had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye. Next week the jackpot will be $115.

Genie Stone Winner: Jan won the magic stone for the month of May

Thought for the week:
Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 20, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

April 20, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Gary and Jack provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Gary Pokorny from the Walnut Creek club visited.  George Trilla was here as a guest for his final time as he will be inducted next week.. 

Announcements:

  • Next Friday is the monthly TGIFF mixer at Salute’s in Richmond
  • Terry announced the Roto Care clinic bowl-a-thon fund raiser which will be in about three weeks. A team of four bowlers will be provided by our club and we will offer sponsorships to the bowler as we want to get a pledge of $1000 for the team contribution
  • Kanti announced the Paul Harris recognition day of May 4th. Be sure and wear your Paul Harris pin and come and acknowledge everyone recently received their PHF.

 

Happy Dollars:

Nobuko had unhappy dollars because her Coy pond was raided by a heron.  Jan had $20 for celebrating her 37th anniversary.  Tracy is happy about the Warriors.  Sarah is happy she is going to participate in a Farm Art Camp.  Gary Pokorny is happy about the Earth Day clean up at the El Cerrito Library and invited everyone to join in and lend a hand.  Jack is happy that Mike has some nifty high tech glasses.  Sal is happy the Tax day have come and gone.  Mark S had a story about young chickens being swooped up by birds of prey when his wife taught school.  Al is happy tax season is over.  Gary is happy that he and Norma had dinner with Rebecca (our Rebecca) and got to catch up with her accomplishments.  George is happy to be feeling better after the trip to China and Vietnam.

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

 Today’s Program.

Jan introduced our speaker, Diana Esias who is Area Manager for First American Home Buyers Protection Corp and was on hand today to tell us about the insurance protection her company provides their customers for home systems and appliances.  Diana began by explaining how the insurance applies and what it covers.  This type of protection is administered by the Dept of Insurance regulations home warranty service and Diana explained coverage, rates and how this works.  She use the example of her boyfriend who recently purchase a home and by having this insurance he was a lot better off when the upstairs bathroom had a pipe failure and what he was able to get fixed through the insurance.  Diana provided a very comprehensive review of the advantage and limits that exist in this type of insurance.  Thanks to Jan for inviting Diana to provide us with this update.  This was a very informative and interesting presentation.

 

Diana Esias – Area Manager for First American Buyers Protection Corp

 

 

Raffle Winner:  Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Brandy.  Jack had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $110. 

 

Thought for the week:

 My Favorite Affirmation:  I give no mental recognition to the possibility of failure. 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin-April 13, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin

The Wheel

April 13, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Mark Scott and Kanti provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

 Sonya’ guest today was Lisa Mantengo who is manager of the El Cerrito Chamber.  Rotarian Pate Thompson from Berkeley was here today.  Don’s wife Mary was his guest today.  Jack’s guest Thomasina Booker was here for her third visit. 

Announcements:

  • Sonya introduced Lisa Mantengro to us as she will be helping us with the Sip and Savor this year. In addition, the goal for this year is $35k and the benefactors are the SAF at El Cerrito High and the Contra Costa Community theater
  • Jane announced the demotion dinner for Kanti on Jun 3rd. She is selecting her program committee and we are planning the great event.
  • Sarah announced the April 22nd garden work party at El Cerrito High. The event will be from 9a to l2 noon. 
  • Gary asked the board members to approve a $300 donation to the Interact Club’s Black and White ball. It was approved and a check was prepared for the club.

 

Happy Dollars:

Tracy is happy for the visit she made to daughter Sarah’s school (Washington State Univ).  Jack is happy for being notified by his accountant he owes no taxes.  Gary B is unhappy about his hunting trip being cancelled but Jan is happy she does not have to do the bulletin notes for todays meeting.  Joe is happy that the winner of the Masters golf tourney is someone who have worked hard to 20 years before he finally won.  Michael is happy he is celebrating 32 years in his business.  Terry is happy for the great family Disney Cruise vacation he took.  Rafael $20 for twenty years in business.  Sil is happy that Lisa is here and for the Warriors success this year.  Marty is happy that Pate Thompson is here today.  Kanti is $20 that Terry is Rotary President for next year.  Pate is happy for lthe acknowledgement and contribution from El Cerrito Rotary.

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

Other Important items: Kanti presented a check for $1500 to Pate Thompson for our contribution to the RotoCare Clinic.  Pate gave us a brief update on a couple of key items at the clinic. 

  

Today’s Program.

Jack introduced Paul Morris, City Council member from San Pablo to speak to us about what has been happening in that city over the past 20 years..  He opened his presentation by providing a lot of printed resources that we could take for to reinforce his presentation.  The time frame that Paul was speaking about involved 1990 to 2006.  He began by setting the stage of when the San Pablo Casino was in the early stages until it open in 2006.  The main reason the Casino was important is that San Pablo was essentially bankrupt during the late 1990’s.  Paul was a charter member of the San Pablo Economic Development Commission (EDC) which has provided the foundation and driving force for the majority of the development in the city during the decades.  The EDC has provided the people with the necessary structure and discipline to work to set income/expense budgets that now are set for two year cycles and that will be expanded to four year cycles this year.  In addition the EDC provides education and goals for creating economic develop with multiple income streams that allow for a slow but steady growth model.  At this point San Pablo has a new city hall, new library and new residential dwelling and rehabilitation to the overall growth of the city.  A new community center was opened in 2014.  A number of sports fields have been rehabilitated or built which now provides a great number of family opportunities.  The EDC also provides classes on business creation and operation for the San Pablo community.  This was a very stimulating presentation and showed what a strong commitment, goals and plans can do when there are dedicated people who are willing to build using an effective “Teamwork.” Model.  Thanks Jack for inviting Paul to speak to us.

 

Paul Morris – San Pablo City Councilman

 

 

Raffle Winner:   Marty had his ticket pulled for the bottle of taquila.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $105. 

Thought for the week:

If you don’t know where you are going, you may wind up somewhere else.

El Cerrito Rotary Club Bulletin for April 6 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

April 6, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Mark Figone and Mark Scott provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Sonya had guest Veronica Rodriquez.  Rafael had his son Rafael Jr.  Frank had guests Ralph Nelson and wife Julie.  Jack had a guest Marianne Haas who is a Lion and does fund raising for the visually impaired on the East Bay. 

Announcements:

  • Gary announced he will be absent next week and Jan and Jane will take the responsibility of taking the notes for the weekly bulletin. Thanks to them for making sure we have a record of what happens next week
  • Sonya brought us up to date on the Oct 1st Sip and Savor. We have new sponsorship categories and new beverage vendors.  Sonya also recognized the Rotarians who have joined the committee.  Thanks to each of them.  Things are getting set up to begin  the big push toward our next event in Oct.
  • Marianne Haas made a specific plea for sponsor for the event she and the Lions will be holding in a few weeks. Joe Conwill and Al Carruso both made generous donation to the event.  In all $400 was collected the event.

Happy Dollars:

Jim had $20 for the business given to him by Jack Freethy for a building he was renovating.  Al hd $5 for his enjoyment of our Rotary club.  Lee is happy about Ralph and Julie being here today.  Jack had $5 for the TGIFF BARSHEEP meeting.he attended. Gary B is happy for his hunting trip next week.  Mike G is happy for being at Rotary.  Marianne had $20 for the generosity and hospitality of our friendly club.  Michael is $20 happy his wife retired and they will have more time to enjoy life.  Don is happy he has put his yacht on the market.  Sonya is happy about her business partner and the success of the business venture.  She has a waiting list fort the facility.  Rafael is happy about the Rotary activities that are taking place in his home country.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program.

Lee introduce Dave Edlund who was with us today to tell us about his retired profession of collecting golf balls from golf course ponds.  Dave is also well known as McCovey Cove Dave because of his exploits of collecting home run balls that have been hit into the bay around AT&T Park.  Dave retired from HP after being in a high tech arena for many years.  He also is involved in competitive spear fishing and free diving and kayaking.  He opened his talk by explaining how use of statistics led him to consider his endeavor to catch the balls that we hit into McCovery Cove.  Dave has been involved in diving and spear fishing.   He discovered that he could collect thousands of golf balls by doing that service for golf courses.  He has a wide array of golf courses where he collects the balls that have been hit into the golf course ponds.  This is his retirement job and he collects lots of golf balls.  He cited that number and they are in the high five and six figures.  He sells the ball to companies that sell the balls for reuse.  He get 25 to 40 cents per ball.  Dave is a baseball fan and has always followed the Giants and A’s teams.  When AT&T park was completed he determined that the balls that would be hit into the water in McCovey Cove would be a great target for him to use for income and fame.  Dave shared a great story of how he became McCovey Cove Dave and the collection of HR balls he has retrieved.  He told us about getting HR number 1000 at the park.  He has collected 28 home run balls in his career.  Dave’s son had a special hoodie made for him and it has his name and is orange.  A great symbol of his accomplishments.  Dave is well known at AT&T Park.   Dave has a lot of memorabilia obtained by trading ball with the players.  Dave has been invited to the Giant’s clubhouse several times to be acknowledged for his successful career in collecting the baseballs hit by the professional baseball players.

 

McCovey Cove Dave 

This was an excellent presentation and keep us all very entertained and informed on this very unusual profession that Dave has.  Once of the more interesting things that came up was the way Dave uses statistics to figure the probabilities of where the home run balls will land when they are hit out of the park. 

 Raffle Winner:   Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Gin.  Jack had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a red one winning $10..   Next week the jackpot will be $100.. 

Thought for the week:

I am an undying optimist, especially in regards to America’s future.  –  Ronald Regan

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

March 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Guests today included:  Thomishia Booker of YMCA of the East Bay,   Jim Spain had guests Mayra Martinez of Sunset View Cemetery and Lorren Ray Jr. of Gate View Painting.  .

Sonya presented a plaque to Joe Conwill for his contribution Sip a;nd Savor.

Announcements:

  • Julia Phalen, ECHS Interact President came forward and told us about the Black and White dance which is this coming Saturday April 1st from 7p to 10p at the Korematsu school gym in El Cerrito. We were asked to sign up for chaperone spots.  They will need about four volunteer total for the evening.  The address of the school is 7125 Donal Ave, El Cerrito
  • Jane announced the demotion dinner will be June 3rd at the Berkeley City Club. More details will be distributed next meeting.
  • Happy Birthday was sang to Jack Freethy as this is his day of celebration.

 

Happy Dollars:

Mark Scott is happy about the District Conference and sharing it with Jack and Don.  Jane is happy to be back from a great vacation and also about Cindy helping her with her ancestry book she is putting together. 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program

Lee introduced Lisa Owens of Raptors are the Solution.  An organization founded in 2011 to combat the impact of the rat poisons being used that cause widespread damage to raptor population in the East Bay.  Lisa, opened with some details about local raptor populations and what happens when we use rat poison on rats and mice and the birds often each the dead rodents.  The net result has been devastating on many of the local raptors.  Lisa devoted her talk to explaining just how the negative results of rodent poison use is to these wonderful birds.

 

This was an excellent talk and reminded us of the importance of the ecology of our area and what a negative impact we can have on our environment.  I live at the bottom of Canyon Trail Park and there is a pair of Cooper’s hawks that raise their young in the park.  This presentation had significant meaning for me and my family.

 

Raffle Winner:   Michael had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Brandy.  Sal had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $95. 

Thought for the week:

If you don’t’ know where you are going, you might end up where you are headed.

Dr. Rod Gilbert – sport psychologist

Weekly El Cerrito Bulletin for March 23, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 23, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Rotarians included:  Gina from Richmond Rotary along with here colleague Tamisa who also works at the Richmond YMCA, Aaron Gobler from Albany and Dr. Pate Thompson from Berkeley were also present.

Announcements:

  • We had Denenan a parent from Madera school to tell us about the fund raising event on May 6th at the EC Community center.
  • President Terry reminded us of the District Conference that starts this Friday.
  • At our next Rotary meeting Julia Phalen, ECHS Interact President will be here to tell us about the Black and White fund raising dance that is going to be held on Apr 1st. Be sure and arrive on time so you can hear about this annual event that our Interact club presents
  • Pres Elect Terry announced the two birthdays today, Ron and Don. A cake was brought out and everyone had an opportunity to celebrate the events.
  • Lee announced there will be a chance to work the El Cerrito Trails where the Rotary signs will be placed. This will take place on Saturday Apr 1st.  Lee will give us particulars at our next meeting.

 

 

Happy Dollars:  Mark Scott was $20 happy for the birthdays of Jack and Don.  Jack had $5 for meeting Tamisha from the YMCA.  Lee is happy for his trip to Mexico.  Don is happy that Lee has become CFO of our Rotary club since Don did it for so many years.  Terry is happy that he will be taking his family on a Disney trip.  Sarah is happy she was able to get flowers to make into displays that sell at Well Grounded as the proceeds got toward support of the ECHS garden.  Rafael is happy he visited his home country and expressed his happiness at living in the US where are air is so much cleaner.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Today Sil did a trivia on the NCAA Basketball Tournament and it cost a number of $5 to learn about this most important college sports event.  We were questioned about now many national championships were won by some of the more popular colleges.  The record is held by UCLA when John Wooden was the head coach.

Today’s Program

Our speaker today was Dr. Pate Thompson from Berkeley Rotary.  Aaron Gobler began the presentation by telling us about the bowl-a-thon fund raiser on May 20, 2017 where all the BarSheep clubs will have a team competing in the event.  Each team is to raise $1000 in sponsorships so that a total of $10000 will be raised. 

We were then treated to an update of the RotaCare clinic which has gone through a major upgrade.  This was brought about by the clinic being moved and upgraded a bit over a year ago.  The clinic originally opened in Mar 2013 and when facility had to move there was a lot of work to do which was done by volunteers.  The move and upgrades were completed and the clinic is now in it’s fourth year. 

This was an excellent briefing on the clinic operation.  Dr. Pate gave us example of some of their more interest cases.  What a great Rotary program has been developed by the BARSHEEP clubs along with Alamo.  The clinic is open on Thursday evening and one Saturday morning each month. 

Thanks to Dr. Pate for the update on this great Rotary program.

 

Raffle Winner:   Jack had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Bourbon.  Don had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $90. 

Thought for the week:

Loving relationships will work because they do not feel like work.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Mar 16, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 16, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Guests today included Jorge Trilla, Albany Club President Ann Chaney and Pinole Club President Janie Cepernich. Jim Spain had a guest (from Sunset View).  We had two guests brought by Tracy (Rita and Deangela). 

 

 

Announcements:

  • Dollar Day Success – Steve summarized the activities and handed out gold stars to everyone who help out. $140 dollars in trip were received.
  • Kanti reminded us of the Dist conference next weekend in Berkeley

 

Happy Dollars: 

Tracy’s guests were happy to be her.  Al had $5 for Tracy’s guests.  Sal is happy to have bumped into his fellow Rotarians last Sunday at the GGF concession booth.  Jack is happy about the guests that Rotarians brought to Rotary.  Terry is happy about St Patrick’s Day and the center pieces Sarah placed on the table.  Jan is happy about the GGF day and her son helping us.  He is a great young man.  Don is happy about the trading in of their 19 year old Honda and replacing it with a new Mazda.  Mark Scott had a happy poem shared.  Joe Yang had $100 for his new baby girl (Josephine).  Jorge is happy that we did not do a background check before we accepted him for membership in El Cerrito Rotary.

 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Did recognitions on our knowledge of St Patrick’s day.  Lots of funds and more understanding fo St Patrick who was born in 385. 

 

Special Recognition:

Joe Yang was told about the club tradition about recognizing new parents and Jack explained what would be happening.  A hat was passed so we could all contribute to Josephine’s PHF and the club will match the amount collected.  Since $540 was collected this will result in a PHF for Josephine.  Nice El Cerrito Rotary tradition!!

 

 

Today’s Program

Sonya introduced our speaker, Susan Grant to speak to us today.  Susan and her husband had a company called Senior Helpers that offers services to people that need help in their own homes so they can remain where they are most comfortable.   We were treated to Susan’s explanation of how Senior Helpers works and how they provide their services, along with the training the staff is provided.  The company has some 100 team members who serve their customer.  Then Susan gave us a verbal depiction of how the brain supports our bodies.  She provided some interesting data such as about 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s in the US.

 

Susan then shared portions of a video and then answered questions about a number of interesting aspects of this key topic of our society.   We all came away with a better understanding of the parameter of Alzheimer’s and dementia (which are not the same).  I hope you were in attendance for this excellent and fascinating presentation. Thanks to Sonya for inviting Susan to out club.

 

Raffle Winner:   Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Vodka.  Michael Chang had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $85. 

 

Thought for the week:

If you have a dollar and I have a dollar and we exchange dollars you and I still have one dollar.  If you and I exchange an idea, we

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 9, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

March 9, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Marty.  Gary provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Rafael’s brother and future sister in law were his guests today.

Announcements:

  • President Kanti read the letter from the El Cerrito Mayor telling us of our inclusion in the Centennial parade on Sept 16th
  • President Elect Terry gave us a quick rundown on his PETS experience.
  • Our Interact Club has scheduled Apr 1st at the date for the Black and White dance this year
  • Jack read a letter of appreciation from “Turning Green” thanking El Cerrito Rotary for participating in the healthy lunch program at the two grammar schools
  • Jack also handed out some pages depicting the cover pages for Rotary club websites as thought provokers for us to consider.
  • Nobuko signed up for the International Rotary Convention in Ga but because of the weather delaying the construction of her new home she cannot go and offered the spot to a Rotarian in our club. Check with her for details.

Happy Dollars: 

Marty is happy for having a week off to go to Florida.  Sil is not happy about the Warriors latest loss in basketball.  Sonya is happy that Sarah’s son Evan did some tune up work on her company’s website.  Nancy is happy about attending the PAL luncheon and getting to meet Al Attles of the Golden State Warriors.  Al is happy that Kanti is such a good President.  Larry is sad that his brother in law has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Jack is happy that President Elect Terry is so happy about his PETS experience.  Sal had $5 for his recent trip to Victoria BC for his WWI group.  Dr. John is happy about the CAL Basketball team latest win. Rafael is happy that a close friend he had loaned money to was able to pay it back.

Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

Special Recognition:

President Kanti invited Sal and Sonya to come forward so they could recognize Al Caruso for his extraordinary contribution to the Sip and Savor even last October.

 

  

Today’s Program

Sal introduced Peter Brooks and Steve Spraitzer of White Pony Express.  This is a volunteer organization that works to alleviate food and clothing to the citizens of Contra Costa County.  Pony Express distributes food and clothing to individuals.  They began in 2013 and set up a delivery model to dispatch food to specific locations including churches, homeless shelters and school.  In addition they have some sixty locations they dispatch food to.  In addition, they have an operation called free general stores which uses vehicles to provide a mobile boutique clothing resource to locations in Contra Costa.  In addition, volunteers act as customer service staff for making sure the goods are distributed to individuals in an appropriate manner.  Peter and Steve showed us pictures and videos of they organization in action.  Over the past three years White Pony Express has provided 3.6 million pounds of food along with countless articles of clothing.to Contra Costa citizens.  The organization is always looking for volunteers to assist them and you can check out ways to get involved by visiting their website www.whiteponyexpress.org   This is a excellent organization that has partnered with many Rotary clubs for resources.  There is a refrigerated delivery trunk name “Jenny” that was funded by clubs in District 5160.  

 

 

Peter Brooks and Steve Spraitzer from White Pony Express

 

 

Raffle Winner:   Sonya had her ticket pulled for the bottle of Rum. .  Marty had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a blue marble winning $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $80. 

 

Thought for the week:

To be confident, never give mental recognition to the possibly of failure.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 2, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

March 2, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Holly Smith President of Hercules Rotary and Richard (did not get last name spelled correctly) from Michigan (a guest of Sal).  Don had guest Jorge Trilla.  We had guests from the El Cerrito Library foundation:  Gary Pokorny, Al Miller and Tom Panas.  Also there were guests from the Student Activities Foundation including Cathy Garza, Leander Johnson and Suzane and Lorrie who last names I did not get written down.

Announcements:

  • Jack said there will be a website training for those that want to update the website. The sessions will be after Pres Elect Terry returns from PETS
  • Sarah reported there will be a work party at the ECHS garden
  • Holly Smith of Hercules announced their fund raiser, a pasta feed in early March
  • Lee reminded us of the GGF fund raiser where we run a beer and hotdog booth at the races on March 12. Also, there will be a “outing day” at the El Cerrito Trail Trekker sit at which Rotarians will be able to walk the trails.

 

Happy Dollars: 

Richard, Sal’s guest, is happy to be here today.  Jack is happy that Kaiser offers a program for Senior Advantage members by funding a gym membership.  Mark Figone is happy that Baseball season is starting soon.  Lee is happy that Richard visited us from Michigan.  Holly is happy for her grandson, husband’s birthday.  Jane is happy Mar is her birthday month and she will be 70 this year, Terry is happy to be going to PETS.  Jan is happy for Jane’s birthday month.  Gary is happy for Jane’s birthday.  Sarah is happy for garden work at ECHS.  Jim Spain is happy for Lee’s painting clothes.  Larry lhad 100 peso note and gave that to the box.  Al Miller is happy for the Earth Day work scheduled for Apr 22.  Tom Panas is happy to be here today. 

 Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

 Today’s Program

President Kanti invited Sonya, Chair of the Sip and Savor committee to come forward to conduct the celebration ceremony for giving the checks to benefactors of the proceeds from the event.

A picture was taken with each of the recipient’s being presented their $10000 checks.  

Sonya flanked by Library Foundation (left) and the Student Advisory Fund 

Al Miller provided remarks and a summary of what is happening with the library foundation now that the bond issue was voted down.  He also provided a Q&A session during which there was a number of things discussed

 

Cathy Garza provided remarks and a summary of how the SAF distributes the funds to use at ECHS.  This is a valuable program at the school to get funding to clubs and programs that need money to succeed.

 

Raffle Winner:   Sil had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Champaign .  Sarah had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye.   Next week the jackpot will be $75. 

Thought for the week:

The reaction to the situation is always more important than the situation.  Always turn dead mice into diamonds.

Bulletin for Feb 23, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

 

 President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Jim Spain and Kanti provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Don had his wife Mary along with Jorge Trilla who is going to rejoin our Rotary Club. 

Announcements:

  • Kanti reminded us of the TGIFF BARSHEEP event is Friday at Salute’s at 1900 Esplanade in Richmond.
  • Jan gave us the latest info on providing her with speaker information. Once you check the date with Jan and get the date certain, she will send you an email so you can provide her with the name of the speaker, the date, topic and bio of the speaker and email that back to her.  She will then give the info to Gary to be placed on the website. 
  • Lee reported the results of the meeting at Kanti’s house last Sunday. The decision was made to support the signage project for the East Bay Trekkers paths in El Cerrito.   The board of directors pass the selection and now Lee will put together the grant request for the District.  There will be a festival on May 21st put on by the Trekkers and we will be a part of the activities.

Happy Dollars: 

Sarah is happy the ECHS is supporting the work at their garden by providing the assistance of a Master Gardner so she and Sarah can create school programs for the garden.  Tracy is happy that Jorge is coming back to El Cerrito Rotary.  Jorge was President of the club in 85-86.  Sil had $10 for Jorge returning.  Marty is happy to be going to Florida on a business/personal trip.  Jack is happy for being a panelist for the Historical Society and the memories he enjoyed.  Mark Scott is happy for his upcoming trip to Mexico and for his 4 year old nephew giving the cat a haircut and now the cat looks like a Chihuahua.  Nobuko is happy because she brought sunshine to us from Hawaii.  Jim is concerned because the Sgt at Arms is happy.  Don is happy for Jorge returning and for Kanti and Jack.   Jorge had $5 for his returning.  Lee is happy for the Historical Society and for a dinner with his family at Wood Tavern in Oakland. Jan is happy for the TGIFF on Friday being a sendoff for PETS for the all the president elect’s in our area.  Terry is happy for the meeting at Kanti’s home.  Al is happy because of the speaker we have today.

 Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

Today’s Program:   Suzanne Iara was introduced by Al.  Tom Panas accompanied Suzanne today.  Suzanne was on hand to give us information on the El Cerrito Centennial celebration.  There will be a number of activities that will be offered for us to celebrate this important.  There will be a number of activities leading up to September when the final celebration will be held at Cerrito Vista Park.  For more information visit www.elcerrito100.org  The date for the celebration is September 16th.  Keep up on the various things that are happening.  Remember this is a 100 year celebration and we none of reading this will see the next one. 

The city will be putting out a call for support for the events.  Check them out and do your part to be an asset for this celebration. 

During the Q&A there was a question about the parade that is being set up.  President Elect Terry wants to make sure the El Cerrito Rotary Club participates in this parade.  Sounds like a lot of fun.

Raffle Winner:   Jorge had his ticket pulled for the bottle of scotch.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye.   Next week the jackpot will be $70. 

 

Genie Stone winner:  Mark Scott

 

Thought for the week:

Truth is eternal.  Knowledge is changeable.  It is disastrous to confuse them.