El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 6, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 6, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Kanti to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements:

  • Terry is going to Ohio for his alma mater football game and will need someone to run the meeting on Sept 20th.  Jack volunteered
  • Terry reminded the October team to get the speaker team to get the bookings for the Thursdays.
  • Also we were reminded we need a speaker for Sept 27th
  • Sal reminded us that the Solano Stroll is this coming Sunday. This is the 4th largest street fair in the US.

 

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy he did not have to do Jury Duty.  Gary is happy that the Interact club is back in operation.  John is happy to have his new driver’s license and shared the story of the DMV.  Sonya is happy for the wonderful memorial for Aretha Franklin. 

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Today’s Program: 

We had a special program today put on by the Sip and Savor Committee. There was champagne served and we even got a chance to win a wine glass like those that will be given away at the event.  Sal, Sonya, Jane, Sabina, and a couple other folks provided information and status of the many things that are underway for the event.  We are only 31 days away from the event.  Sonya has overseen the $27800 worth of sponsorship’s thus far and we need a few more.  We have a lot of great venders who will be providing great “stuff” for our event.  There is a need to emphasize more people into the event.  We need more ticket sales and a reminder is that until the 20th tickets on-line are available 2 for $90. 

We talked a about using our volunteers effectively and making sure we cover all the key aspects of the work that must be done.  Gary will be contacting the Interact club leadership so we get assistance for a number of things where we need help.  d

 

Raffle Winners

Mark Scott had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled a black marble game and paid $5..  Next week the pot will be $115. Sil had his ticket pulled and won the Rotary Shirt.

 

Thought for the week

I give no mental recognition of the possibility of failure.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 30, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 30, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

 

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Steve to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sonya’s guest today was Georgina Edwards Director of CCCT.

Announcements:

 

  • Sept 28th is BARSHEEP TGIFF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry.  Time is getting short so we need someone to step up
  • Tomorrow is the August BARSHEET TGIF evemt amd wo;; be held at Little Louie’ across the street from the Hotel Mac.  Come and enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians
  • We need a speaker for Sept 28th. If you have someone please contact Nancy
  • President Terry told us of the Polio Plus trip to Africa. If you are interested check with President Terry and get the details.
  • Sonya gave us some tips on getting more sponsors. Tell you friends and neighbors who may want to team up with one or two others to get a Bronze sponsorship which provides four tickets.
  • Jack told us he visited Don Farquharson and that Don would like for more people to visit him at El Cerrito Royal and even have lunch with Don and Mary.

 

Happy Dollars:

 

Jack is happy he attended the Pebble Beach car show and auction.  He was happy to see all the great cars and attend to functions but he did not buy a car.  Sonya had $25 for the gold sponsorship she wold toa termite company.  Jane had $10 for the celebration she and Alan had on their anniversary.  Jan is happy about the gold sponsorship she got from a termite company.  Jack found out that Rafael is doing work at El Cerrito Royal as he was one of carpet people there when he visited Don.  Sil id happy he was able to get Rob Lightner to speak to us today about the brewery he and his partner Chris have in Richmond.

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Today’s Program: 

Sil Introduced Rob Lightner a Partner at East Brother Beer Company located at 1001 Canal Blvd.  Richmond Ca.  Rob began by providing the story of how Chris and he got the business started.  First was the story of the name East Brother Beer Co.  As many know there is an East Brother Lighthouse near the San Rafael bridge.  Their beer company is named after that.  Rob gave us a quick summary of the struggle to get the business and it beginning in December 2016.  They have the brewery and a tap room where they offer space for parties, fund raiders and community events.  The put on a number of events and it is not uncommon for companies to host their gatherings at the facility.  Rob gave us some interesting information about the challenges they have faced and how they are progressing.  One of the more interesting facts was when they moved from a small volume to more the triple.  This resulted in more production but also created more expense when things went wrong.  The jump was from 20 gallon vats to 600 gallon.  The fascinating thing according to Rob is beer brewing is a simple process but there are a lot of things that have to be managed in order to avoid error a loss of product.  Then he shared a story about not be able to get cans from the manufactures. 

One of the best part of the presentation was Rob had brought along several cold cans of beer that were opened and poored into glasses for us to enjoy.  Everyone especially enjoyed this experience.  Thes presentation was enjoyed by all of us!! Thanks to Sil for inviting Rob to be our speaker.. 

 

Rob Lightner – East Brother Beer Co

 

 

Raffle Winners

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Nobuko had her ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $110

 

Michael won the Genie Stone for September.

 

Thought for the week

To be Right then you must have a positive mental attitude, demonstrate through your behavior you mean and will do what you say and demonstrate the skills and abilities to do what you say you will.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 23, 2018

 El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

August 23, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Larry to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Kanti’s guest Felix Wong was here today to check out our club.  Visiting Rotarian Herb Cole and Alan Baer from Richmond Rotary were also on hand.

 Announcements:

  • Sept 28th is BARSHEEP TGIF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry.  Time is getting short so we need someone to step up.
  • Terry thanked Lee for feeding the Roto Care Clinic staff.
  • Jane and Terry gave us an update on Marla’s status at the hospital. She is still being evaluated.  A card was passed around so we could sign it wishing Marla a speedy recovery.
  • On the Sip and Savor front Joe collected check for those who paid for their sponsorships. Jane reiterated the need for everyone to become a Bronze Sponsor for the event.  Jan echoed this by giving an example of how she uses her “extra” tickets to get people to come to the event

Happy Dollars:

Mark is happy he got to enjoy Herb Cole’s joining the Galileo club.  Lee had sad dollars because Brennans and his other favorite bar have closed.  Michael is happy for his birthday.  George is happy for an upcoming trip to Toronto where he will get to see some long time ago college friends.  Alan Baer is happy to see Stephanie speak today.  Kanti is happy for his grandson’s first birthday.  Jan is happy for the upcoming Sip and Savor.  Nobuko is sad to sell her house in Rohnert Park.  Terry is happy his Mom had a great time on her visit and is headed home.

 

Sgt at Arms:  Today was all about the trivia about turkey production and where the most lakes in the world and the longest river in the world. 

Today’s Program: 

Gary introduced our speaker for today, Stephanie Baer who was the El Cerrito High Interact Club President and secured some sponsorship to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.  She provided us with some great videos of her trip along with great narration.  She had her dad model his Rotary Socks that they purchased at the convention.  We got explanations of many of the highlights of the event from the millions of dollars spent on polio eradication to celebration of Rotaract’s 50th anniversary.  She had some great stories about people she saw that she new and others who she met.  We also heard about the District Council members who went with Stephanie.  This was a wonderful event and Stephanie had the enthusiasm to prove it.  Hope you were there to enjoy the presentation.

Stephanie also went to China for three weeks right after her Toronto trip and she gave us some quick pics of what that involved and said she would be happy to come back and speak to us about that trip at some future time.  Sounds like a great idea to me.

Stephanie shows the flag she brought us from the convention

My apologies for the picture contrast. 

 

Raffle Winners

Mark had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Alan had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $105.

 

Thought for the week

A friend is someone who leaves you with all your freedom intact but who by what they think of you obligates you to be fully what you are

 

El Cerrito Rotary Club Bulletin for August 16, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 16, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Iraj (Frank) to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   No guests or visitors today

Announcements:

  • Sept is BARSHEEP TGIF day and it is our turn to host the event. If anyone can volunteer to find a place and set this up tell President Terry
  • A volunteer was solicited (Lee) chose to do it. Develop a one page flier of the sip and savor event. This flier will be passed out before the event starts and to everyone who comes in.  It was also agreed that we want a Rotary table at the event so people can check out the multiple things that Rotary offers to everyone.  This table will also have the VR setup that Jack is putting together with the Interact leadership to have a great so and tell piece for the event. 
  • Terry thanked the September team for getting a leg up on the speakers
  • Sabina handed out the form for each of us to take and use for the prizes for the raffle. Be sure and get one so you can donate all kinds of things.  Norma Buffon makes beautiful jewelry and will be donating ear rings and necklaces for the event.

 

Happy Dollars:

Nancy told us the story of her 2yr old grandniece who was having difficulty standing.  Turns out that she had a brain tumor and a doctor at children’s hospital in New York did surgery to remove a tumor that was half the size of her brain and now the sweet little girl is nearly completely healed on her way to a normal life. Jan is happy she got to go with friends to Angel Island.  Lee had $10 for the news about his daughter’s boyfriend proposing to her and now the excitement begins in prep for the wedding.  Jack ishappy to be getting the Interact leaderships team involved in the VR setup for the Sip and Savor. 

 

Sgt at Arms:  Not on today

 

Today’s Program: 

Kanti introduced Sabina Pan (our new Rotaria

n) to speak to us about herself and her profession.  Sabrina gave us a great rundown on her beginnings in the bay area where she granduate from Albany High and went to Cal on a scholarship and ultimately got her Certified Public Accountancy education and is now practicing in her office near the Albany/Berkeley border.  Her speciality is in tax planning and insuring her clients make the best choices when it come to things that has tax conseuences.

Sabina works with her clients to help them understand and set up the best tax process for the business and household.   Most recently she has written two books and both of them are available on Amazon. Sabina gave us a lot of good information and encouraged us to be sure we know what is best for our challenge of keeping the most of our money that we earn and save.  She even gave us ideas about our children and grandchildren and how we might encourage themt o decide what they could do to insure they are able to maintain their financial assets without losing too much to the IRS dure to lack of knowledge or understanding of what has become a very complicated issue.

Sabina handled a number of questions about what happens to an IRA at retirement IRA and the difference between a traditional IRA and a Roth.

Be sure you contact Sabina with your tax questions and you may want to schedule a consultation with her so you can get some excellent guidance on how to make sense of your taxes and your money.

Sabina Pan – Tax specialist

Raffle Winners

Jack had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Mark Scott had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $100.

 Thought for the week

I use memories but I do not allow memories to use me.

 

Rotarians Responsibility for Guest Speakers

Listed Below are the Rotarians responsible for booking our Guest Speaker for the weekly Rotary Meeting:

Each team is responsible for two months and the Team Captain will oversee the booking of the weekly speaker.  The Coordinator for the 2018-19 years speakers is Rotarian Nancy McCarthy and each team is to coordinate with Nancy to check for unfilled dates and report to her of any conflicts.

September 2018 & March 2019

Captain:  Jan Feagley

Team: Jim Spain, Frank Sirafi, Don Farquharson, Sabina Pan

 

October 2018 & April 2019

Team Captain: Lee Prutton

Team: Sil Addiego, John Hoagland, Paul Keith, Nancy McCarthy

 

November 2018  & May 2019

Team Captain: Jane Del Simone

Team: Gary Buffon, Terry Kotsatos, Nobuko Mukai Vicars, Mark Scott

 

December 2018 & June 2019

Captain: Marty Kaliski

Team: Sal Compagno, Sonja Givens-Thomas, Marla Stephenson, Joe Yang

 

August 2018 & February 2019

Captain: Kanti Patel

Team: Rafael Cartagena, Michael Chang, Mark Figone, Larry Sanchez

 

July 2018 & January 2019

Captain: Jack Freethy

Team: Andrew Brown, Jan Feagley, Steve Sadler, Ron Svien, George Trillia

 

Team Captain’ s  Responsibility

  • Team Members will set up speakers for the monthly assignment and confirm with Director of programs
  • Assign a Greeter for each meeting of designated month
  • Team arrives early to meet and set up the Guest Speaker

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 9, 2018

 El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 9, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Jim to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  President Terry’s Mother Aphrodite and daughter Ava were his guests.  Visiting Rotarians Herb Cole and Earl Brown from Richmond were on hand today.

 

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked Marty for running the meeting last week
  • Terry announced the Club board meeting will be next Tuesday at 12:30a
  • Terry told us about the schools in Richmond who are seeking volunteers to assist with their healthy lunch programs. If you are interested in helping please let President Terry know.
  • Sabina passed around a list on which you can put your donations for the raffle for Sip and Savor. She will be doing this every week until the event arrives.
  • Also if you want to assist with the raffle or any other of the activities at Sip and Savor, please tell President Terry
  • Nancy announced the arrival of the new Rotary Rosters for this year. Be sure and pick up a couple for your office and home

 

 Happy Dollars:

 Nancy is happy she had a visit from a sibling who has teenage daughters and Is glad they had a good time and that they are now departed.  Jack is happy about the guest Rotarians here today.  Mark is happy he participated in a 50 mile hike with his son and the Boy Scout troop he is in.  Rafael had $20 for being back after being away for 6 weeks working and making money. 

Sgt at Arms:  Was on the job today with table trivia.  He was able to get two out of three tables in the pay column today.

Today’s Program:

President Terry introduced fellow Rotarian Mark Figone to bring us up to date on the state of refuse collection and recycling in the State of California.  Mark began with the history of garbage collection in the Northern California area and how that transitioned us into ways things are being done today.  In the past 40 years there has been a great emphasis on reducing land fills and getting recyclable materials out of the wast stream.  The phrase that was used by Mark is conversion technologies which means using ways to reuse and redirect materials out of the waste stream.   Mark statement that “garbage is not sexy” which means the main reason it is important to manage it is for public safety.  In fact everything that is done is looked at from that standpoint.  In addition, the finding for garbage collection has this as the number one goal. 

I did not capture a lot of details from Mark’s presentation because he touched on so many key points.  All of his presentation was geared toward giving us an idea of the amount of emphasis that is going into the effort to collect and how much these action will increase costs of garbage collection.  This was and excellent presentation that truly says that management of garbage collection is much like “rocket science” given all the variable and unintended consequences that can result.  Thanks to Mark for shinning a light on a number of important things in one of the key activities in our society.  Garbage is not sexy but it is a critical part of what goes on in our society.

 

Mark Figone – Pres – East Sanitary Service

 

Raffle Winners

Sil had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Rafael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $95.

 

 Thought for the week

 Definition of Customer:  The next person in the process you are working on. 

Definition of Quality:  Meeting the agreed upon requirements of the customer

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 2, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 2, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 Past President Marty:  greeted everyone and asked Steve to lead the pledge.  Marty provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Neal Wells of the Lafayette club was our guest

Announcements:

  • Jack announced that Don and Mary Farquharson have moved into El Cerrito Royal. Since Don has the issue with his lungs, they have both move into assisted living.  Jack will find out when we will be able to visit them and let us know in a week or so
  • Sal reported he has found a chocolatier for our Sip and Savor event. He is also working on one of the best bakeries in the area to participate.
  • Jane gave us a “pep talk” about everyone doing their best to work on Sip and Savor as our club has fewer members and we are not as mighty as before. We will all have to pull together to make sure we pull together to get everything handled

Happy Dollars:

Michael is happy for his 38th anniversary.  Marty is happy for his shop being the busiest it has been for a long time.  He wondered how much has to do with him closing the shop at the end of the year.  Gary is happy for his successful hernia surgery on Monday.  George is happy for his 64th anniversary and 84th birthday.  Jane is happy for her vacation and meeting a Rotarian who was on his way to Toronto for the Rotary convention.  Jan is happy she went on a climb of Mt Tam even though it was challenging.  Nobuko is happy for an old house she and Jon purchased and remodeled after a lot of trials and tribulation with Berkeley bureaucracy.  Sil is happy for his 52nd anniversary.  Jack is happy the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation is doing well and will be able to make a donation to the fire victims in the district.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today

 

Today’s Program: 

Because we had no guest speaker, Marty decided that he would give time for Rotarians to recount favorite trip they experienced.  He began by telling us about Anker Watt in Cambodia.  Gary told about his trip to Pierre, SD where he visited the local Rotary club.  Jack told about he and Carol going with Mark and Cindy Scott to Hot Air Balloon event in Alburqueque.  Sil told us about a location in Italy that was build 2500 years ago as well as a trip about Caprie.   Larry seconded the and shared his trip to Sarento.  Sal told us about spending time in Japan when he was in the army.  Marty closed by telling us about the wonders of Glacer National Park.  Great experiences shared by our fellow Rotarians.

 

Raffle Winners

Steve had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Steve also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

 

Thought for the week

 If we continue doing things the same as we always have, we will continue to get the same results.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 26, 2018

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

July 26, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked John to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

Today our only guest was Jack’s wife Carol.

Announcements:

  • Marty will be the stand in President for next week’s meeting in Terry’s absence
  • The RotoCare Clinic food service is our responsibility on August 7 and August 21. Nancy offered to take the 7th date and Lee will do the 21st
  • Berkeley Rotary is holding a fund raiser parking cars at the annual Kite Fair. They are looking for volunteers to help them.
  • Friday the 27th is BARSHEEP TGIFF monthly celebration
  • Sonya gave us a Sip and Savor update concerning sponsorships and ticket availability. Everything is going along well.  It is important that we all keep the pressure on making sure we promote the event and secure as many sponsors as possible.  Remember if you have people you know that are potential attendees, the Bronze Sponsorship ($300) is a great deal because you get four tickets to the event as part of your reward package for buying the sponsorship.  This is a very good deal and easy to sell so go out and talk to people about this opportunity.

 

 

Happy Dollars:

Terry is happy he is going on vacation today and will be enjoying the time with his family.  Jack is happy about the new chef at the club and the great food he is preparing.  Nancy is happy to be able to share with us info about scan artists who are trying many different ways to steal our money.  Sal is happy to be 82 and donated $82 to the club.  Lee is happy to be recovering from appendectomy surgery and he is now going on a three week vacation.  Marty is happy that Carol Freethy is here today to speak to us along with Jack.

 

Sgt at Arms: Was on duty today and did table trivia.  Very interesting stuff about population of cities, the secret service and old time movie stars.

 

Today’s Program: 

Terry introduced our speakers for today, Jack and Carol Freethy to share the experiences they had at the Rotary Conference in Toronto Canada. 

Jack explained how he and Carol had attended the past fifteen or sixteen Rotary Conferences and how enjoyable they are.  The Toronto event was no exception and keeps the focus for all Rotarians on the importance of the difference Rotary makes in all of is great works.  This year was the 50th anniversary of Rotaract resulting in a lot of emphasis at the conference on that aspect of Rotary.  As is often the case, there are a lot of leaders from the host country that speak to the assembled Rotarians.  Jack shared a bit about the Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s presentation and then Carol wes given a chance to tell us about the presentation by former first lady Laura Bush and her thoughts on Rotarian and impact that our organization make throughout the world.

Jack and Carol Freethy – our speakers Today

 

Raffle Winners

Nancy had her ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $85.

  

Thought for the week

Our safety, our liberty depends on preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers make it inviolate.  The people of the U,S. are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts.  Not to overthrow the Consitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.

–Abraham Lincoln

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 18, 2018

  El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 19, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked John to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

Norma Trillia was George’s guest and Neal Wells was visiting from Lafaette Rotary

 

Announcements:

  • Terry announced a Sip and Savor committee meeting will be held at the end of our meeting today
  • Berkeley Rotary is holding a fund raiser parking cars at the annual Kite Fair. They are looking for volunteers to help them.
  • Friday the 27th is BARSHEEP celebration.
  • Sal announced that the WWI memorial is hoalding and open house in SF. The site is directly next to the opera house.  He told us this is a great opportunity to enjoy the history of that pivotal time in our history
  • Nancy told us our club roster is at the printers and will be ready soon

 

Happy Dollars:

Frank Lee (our guest speaker today) had $10 for being with us today.  Jack is happy to be back from Toronto and is looking forward to his talk next week.  Marty is happy Frank is here.  George is happy his daughter moved to Oregon from Utah.  Terry is happy to be going camping at Big Sur next week.

 

 

Sgt at Arms: Not on Duty Today

Today’s Program: 

Frank Lee was introduced by Jack so he could bring us up to speed on the aspects of Medicare and how we can use it to get more for our health care dolloars, 

Frank asked that I put his contact information in the bulletin – here it is:

Frank Lee – Medicare Solutions.  If you have a question drop an email to Frank at the following address:  frankleeinsurance@gmail.com and ask your question.  Frank is very knowledgable in guiding people on their use of medicare.  He will get you and answer.   He handed out a comprehensive guide on Medicare and walked us through the info so we could better understand how it work.  This was a greatly informative presentation.  Frank said he wanted everyone to take advantage of having him as a resource for what he does for his clients.  Be sure and take advantage of his expertise for anything in this matter

Raffle Winners

Gary had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Gary also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a blue marble and won $2.  Next week the pot will be $80.

 

Thought for the week

If you think things are expensive now, wait until the prices go to zero and there is nothing you can buy.  Communism does not work and neither does giving money to everyone.  I don’t care what Bernie Sanders says.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin – July 12, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 12, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 President Terry:  greeted everyone and asked Marty to lead the pledge.  Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: 

Gary Pokorny of Walnut Creek Rotary was our guest

Announcements:

  • Terry requested a short Board meeting after the club meeting today to approve the officers and board for 2018-19.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the August speaker requirements.
  • Terry thanked everyone who has stepped up to take responsibility for running the club this year. Go get em and have a great year!!
  • Nancy reminded us all about the club roster and put the book out so everyone could make any changes for the roster. It will be going to the printers next week
  • Sonya announced the official kickoff of sponsorships for Sip and Savor. All members are expected to buy a sponsorship.  Let get going so we can have a successful fund raiser.

Happy Dollars:

Marty is happy about his camping trip in the Sierra’s and is looking forward to another tip next week.  Michael’s wife is getting her broken thumb out of the cast next week and she is Michael are both happy.  Mark Scott is happy he took care of both the younger grandkids.   Sonya is happy that the chef’s have returned at her facility.  Gary P shared his happiness at the Library Foundation fundraiser where they are having people sponsor the chairs which need to be rehabilitate at the Library.  You can sponsor a chair, just check in at the library for details. 

Sgt at Arms:

Sal did a very entertaining table trivia where we learned about interesting things in Alaska and Idaho. 

Today’s Program: 

Marty introduced Alison Healy who was with us today to give us an update on the organization called Alliance for Smiles.  The is the upgraded RotoPlast work that Rotary did for so many years.  This effort is to address the correction of cleft palets in young children.  Alison is ED of this organization which was spun off from Rotary in 2004 and is building an international model of doing medicat missions internationally to combat this afflictation in yong children.  We learned about how Alliance for Smiles operates and they way they carry out their missions.  The organization does about ten mission per yearand are gearing up to expand their efforts to reach more people afflicted with cleft palets.   Alison showed us a video of a young man Bernie Villar who lives in Santiago Phillipines and has gone through the corrective surgeries.  Completing these surgeries can take as long a 18 years depending on how severe the cleft palets are.  Alison gave us an excellent presentation so we all gained a better understanding of what Alliance of Smiles does during their missions and how they use volunteers and professionals to get the work done and help individuals with this affliction become normal citizens.  Another great Rotary program, 

Raffle Winners:

Sil had his ticket pulled and won the bottle of wine.  Sonya also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $75.

Thought for the week

I view mistakes as opportunities for growth!!