Rotary Bulletin for June 22, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

June 22, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

Let me begin by thanking Jan for taking the notes so I could pass this info along to our membership.

 President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Jane and Kanti provided the thought which was about words about the 40,000 people who attended the International convention.  Mark Scott also voiced some of his thoughts.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  John had guests Georgina Edwards, and Alex and Kathleen Ray who were present to hear our guest speaker Kathleen Ray.

Announcements:

  • No Rotary meeting on July 6th
  • Club Board meeting is Jun 27th at 12:30 at the Berkeley Country club formerly the Mira Vista. All new and old board members are expected to be there. 
  • Jane is still collecting for those who did not pay for their demotion dinner
  • Sonja announced she secured another winery for the event
  • Frank was presented a Service plaque for his tireless work in making sure we have everything we need for our meetings. The award is often called the Rotarian of the Year for our club because the club would not operate effectively without the work done by Frank.

Happy Dollars:  

Jan is happy about getting a bronze sponsor for Sip and Savor.  Michael is happy about the Warriors win and how exciting it was.  Thomishia is going to Aruba next week.  Mark Scott is happy the Warriors were the favorite at the Rotary Convention, Sports Team wise.  Nancy is happy about attending the Warriors parade and that she got her German Shepard back.  Sil is happy he visited the Palm Desert Rotary Club.  Marla is not happy her new house in Benicia has a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Other interesting things today:  Nobuko revealed that she took singing lessons for seven years and although she was asked to do a bit of entertaining she decided she wanted to do that at another meeting.  Stay tuned because we know this will be good.  Thank you Nobuko!

 Today’s Program. 

John introduced our guest speaker Kathleen Ray who was on hand to give us some history and provide an update on the Contra Costa Civic Theater.  Kathleen explained how her parents started the theater how it has come a long way.  This has been brought about by the commitment of Kathleen parents who have worked tirelessly to make CCCT one of the best local theaters in our area.  Kathleen expressed how GOOD CCCT is for kids because of the use of technology and the exposure the young folks get working with a wide array of people.  The summation by Kathleen is the Theater has been carried on by the Flynn family member from generation to generation and making CCCT truly THE Community Theater.

 

Raffle Winner:  Thomishia won the bottle of gin.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black marble which cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $80. 

Thought for the week:  Has anyone considered just how effective the state of California would be if we swapped out all the politicians with veteran Rotarians?   Chances are we would be getting more accomplished, less debt and better results across the board!

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jun 15, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 15, 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 Lee and Terry provided the thought for today..

Guests and visiting Rotarians: None today:  Rafael’s son Richard was his guest.  Marla Stevenson is awaiting her induction next week and everyone welcomed her.  Sonya had guest Veronica who represents a company that provides support to seniors who require some help.

Announcements:

  • Terry said our club will be Dark on July 6th to celebrate our country’s independence
  • July 28th is the BARSHEEP TGIFF celebration that our club is sponsoring and a location is being considered. Stay tuned for more details
  • July is our month to support the Roto-Care Staff with dinner. We need a couple of volunteers
  • Rotary announced he will be doing a Rotary moment each meeting just to keep the good vibes going about our great organization

 

Happy Dollars:  

Marty if happy for the trip he took to Sierra Hot Springs.  Lee is happy about the info he learned from his daughter and her boy friend’s trip to Sweden.  Sarah is happy her son is dating nice girl and she came over and help Sarah with sifting some compost.  Larry is happy to be able to have lunch with his Rotary Friends each week.  Marla is happy she got and Xbox and some great service from her cable provider to set it up and show her how  to get the best from the device.  Nobuko is happy that her home remodel is nearly complete

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program. 

We had a club assembly today with the main topic being a review of the progress on the Sip and Savor that is scheduled for Oct 1 of this year.  Sonya gave us a brief summary of the scope and work occurring on the event.  Overall the goal is to secure $30k of pledges for this year’s event. The other was to clarify the two charities that will be benefactors for the event.  This year our two charities are The Student Activities Foundation (SAF)at El Cerrito High School.  The other is the Contra Costa Civic Theater (CCCT).  Both of these organizations have agreed to the guidelines and goals for the event.  Next week we will have Kathleen Flynn from the CCCT as our guest speaker.  Be sure and attend this presentation so you will know what a valuable resource they are for our community.  Going back to the sponsorships and what is happening with that aspect of the work, Sonya provided summary information on the sponsorship opportunities.  There are five levels from Bronze ($300) to Diamond/VIP ($3000). Sonya indicated we need three more wineries and a coupld of other vendors for the event.  In addition, there will be special rooms for VIP raffles and other special situations.  There will be some raffle prizes that will auctions.   This will all be finalized by the last meeting of this month.  This was a very comprehensive presentation and gave us all a chance to see how we are doing and where we are going. 

 

Sonya provides us an update on Sip and Savor operations

Thank you Sonya for giving us a comprehensive update on all the aspects of what we can do and what needs to be done for us to have a successful fund raiser.

Raffle Winner:  Gary won the the twelve pack of beer.   Gary also had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $75.  Terry is implemented a new reward for the person who wins the marble draw.  If you pull a catseye you get to choose from the “Basket of Fun” which is a bunch of interesting things that have been collected that are useful giveaways that business people provide to their clients.  Gary selected a handy flashlight that is small but very bright.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty does not work as well in practice as it does in speeches.

–Will Rogers–

 

Annual President Demotion Dinner Jun 3, 2017

 

 

El Cerrito Rotarians gathered at the Berkeley City Club for its annual Presidential Demotion Dinner.  Each year we honor our outgoing President with a celebration and “roast” of some of the entertaining aspects of his year.  We indulge in a wonderful meal and then enjoy the festivities set up by a committee of Rotarians who enjoy having fun and provide a “roast” of the entertaining things that were done by President Kanti during his year as President. Part of the celebration is to honor Rotarians who went above and beyond to make El Cerrito Rotary the Friendly and fun club.   We have a few photos that will explain this venue a bit better so lets take a look at them.Mona and Kanti Patel our honored leaders

The overarching goal for our demotion dinner is to have fun and poke fun at our outgoing President.   A team of Rotarians put together the program and we all get to enjoy having fun while poking fun at the people who led us during this Rotary year.

This year the RotoCare fund raiser was a bowling tournament with a team from each of the eight BARSHEEP clubs.  Kanti was on our team and was awarded this bowling pin for scoring the lowest score of anyone on any of the eight teams.  He got a score of 58 pins.  

 

 Jack is explaining some of the key points on Rotary club protocol while Kanti attempts to keep up with the flow of what is happening.  The problem for the outgoing President (Kanti) is it is difficult to keep up with the flow of what is  happening because nobody told the President what was going to happen in this phase of the demotion dinner.

 

  Once we had “roasted” Kanti for various aspects of his year Jack did a great summary Kanti being a very effective Rotary President.  Kanti was then given the opportunity to hand out acknowledgements to selected Rotarians.  This is time that Kanti gets to give Rotary plaques to specific members for the outstanding efforts they put forth during the year.

We had a great Dinner, Fellowship and acknowledgements to our club and its members.  I hope you were able to attend.  If not be sure you make a commitment to attend next year.

 

 

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 1, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 1, 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 Al and Jan provided the thought for today by having us all repeat the Rotary 4-Way Test..

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  No visiting Rotarians, Guests today included Maryann Hass.  Marla Stevenson – guest of Joe Conwill.  Marla is being proposed by Joe and will be on the fast track for membership.  She was an Albany Rotarian at one time.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us the President’s demotion dinner is Sat at the Berkeley City Club.
  • Lee gave us an update on the grant he prepared for the signage for the hillside park trail signage. We will know the outcome in July.
  • Kanti reminded us that the June board meeting will be held on the 27th at Mira Vista (Berkeley golf club) at 12:30p.

Happy Dollars:      

Joe is happy to be getting ready for the matching funds challenges with Al for the Sip and Savor.  Marla is happy Joe is sponsoring her into El Cerrito Rotary.  Mark Scott is happy for the grant we submitted and also for the grant the Berkeley club has submitted for building another Junior High in Chicalla Mexico.  Jane is happy to be going on vacation with family in Maui.  Nobuko is happy that Jane mentored her daughter and she is now pursuing a successful career.  Rafael is happy one of his workers in being honored with a Warriors game ticket.  Maryann is happy she has a goal.  John is happy for the Warriors.  Gary is happy for the support the Rotarians give to the Interact leadership.  Jack is happy that Joe is sponsoring Marla and for the number of El Cerrito Rotarians going to the Rotary International convention. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today..

 

Today’s Program. 

John introduced Jane Taylor a friend and neighbor who is a docent at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.  Jane began by showing us a typical lunchbox that was carried by the workers at the shipyard during WWII.  She gave us some history about the yard and the Park which was founded in 2000.  The site is located at 1414 Harbor Way and has a number of interesting attractions for those who visit.  We heard about some of the history and summary of the importance of the site during the ship building times of WWII.  The biggest impact was the way the workforce had to shift from one of nearly totally male to one that had a significant percentage of female workers.  Jane elaborated on some of the key things that occurred during the shipbuilding, truck and jeep building that occurred during the war years.  The scope of the efforts resulted in women that were Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder labels being applied to the many women that provided the people power for the shipyard.  The migration of workers to the Richmond area resulted in an influx of some 80,000 – 90,000 workers as Richmond became the largest shipyard in the country.  Jane encourage us to attend the annual celebration in August and learn more about the history of the Homefront Park and all the things that can be learned and enjoyed.  Check the internet for the date and time.  In addition, the SS Red Oak Victory ship is a floating museum that you can visit.

This was a excellent presentation that everyone enjoyed.  Thank you John for inviting Jane to make the presentation.

 

Jane Taylor – Docent with Rosie the Riveter holding lunch bucket carried by workers

 

Raffle Winner:  Jack had his ticket pulled for the bottle of champagne.  Sil had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a black marble that cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $65.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.

–Daniel Webster

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 25, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

May 25, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Visiting Rotarians included Pate Thompson from Berkeley and Alan Baer from Richmond..  Guests today included Thomishia Booker and her husband Chris.  Pate had guest Shanda Parida.  Nancy McCarthy had daughter Amber as her guest.

Announcements:

  • Steve gave us an update on the Bowl-a-Thon. Fun and very successful.
  • Jane reminded us that today is the last day to sign up for the Kanti’s demotion dinner
  • The Interact club is doing a fundraiser at Zachary’s on Solano Ave in Berkeley onf May 31st. Fliers are available that when given to the cashier will result in the Interact Club being given 15% of your food cost.   If you want a flier, please email me and I will send you one.

 

Happy Dollars:      

Al is happy his leg is healing.  Nancy is happy her daughter and sister are both here today  Gary is happy for this special day when the new Interact Officer get inducted.  Terry is happy that his dog who found a skunk is finally had the smell eliminated.  Don is happy his daughter from Australia has arrived to enjoy a visit.   Rafael’s son is happy to be going into “dad’s” business.  Michael is happy about his experience at the Bay-to-Breakers event.  Marty is happy about an very enjoyable weekend.  Rafael is happy number 2 son is now finished at Cal and and joining his business. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Did trivia on Memorial day history.  He also recognized Marty’s birthday and Al’s and Jane’s anniversary.

 

Induction of New Rotarian:  Thomishia Booker:  Jack invited Thomishia to come forward and he and Jane did the induction.  It was a great ceremony.  Always good to induct new Rotarians.   May she have a successful adventure with The Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club.

 

 

Jane, Jack, with Chris and Thomisia Booker

 

 Today’s Program.  Cheryl McCarthy from Funding America’s Retirement came to share with us how reverse mortgages can be a great resource for retirement age folks.  She passed handed out a brochure entitled 25 Ways to Use a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.  She went through some of the key points and highlighted the advantages of ways this financial instrument can be used by those of us over 62 to live life better by taking advantage of the asset of our home.  Cheryl works with the organization Retirement Funding Solutions and she can provide many powerful options for seniors who have most of their net worth tied up in their home.

Cheryl McCarthy – Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

 

Induction of Interact Officers for 2017-18:

Gary called the Interact officers fpr this year and last year to come forward to the ceremony.  Jane assisted Gary in recognizing the officers.  Gary presented President Julia Phalen a thank you gift for her service and acknowledged her for all her efforts.  The new Interact Board members were presented with a certificate of office and a lapel pin and then the oath of office was read by Gary and repeated by the officers.  It was a great opportunity to meet the new officer and to say goodbye to the seniors who are graduating this year.  Thanks to Jane for her help.

The officer for this year are as follows:  Stephanie Baer, President, Natalie Chen VP of operations, Dillen Corlett, “VP of Finances/Records.  Sophis Lewis, Secretary/ Rotary Liaison,  Michael Phalen, Treasurer.  Fundraising Coordinator Michael Fox.  Miles Turman and Aidan Cooney, Project Managers.  Gabriel Myrick, Publicity/Webmaster.  The picture below shows the board.  The list of names above is not the order they are shown in the picture.

The 2017-2018 Interact Board

 

Raffle Winner:  Michael had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Vodka.  Gary had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $60.

 

Thought for the week:  

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

Abraham Lincoln

 

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for May 18, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

May 18, 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 Don and Kanti provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    There were no visiting Rotarians and we guests of Maryann Haas, Al had Kathy Schmit who owns Berkeley Hills Mag.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us of the June 3rd demotion dinner – starting at 6pm at the Berkeley City Club
  • Sal gave us an update on Sip and Savor progress
  • Steve provided the info on Sat’s Bowl-a-thon for RotoCare at Albany Bowl starts at 5p
  • Lee reminded us of the Hillside Festival this Sunday
  • Kanti asked everyone to consider attending the District Assemby and to register on-line
  • BARSHEEP TGIFF is May 26 at Franklin Canyon Golf course from 5-7. $20 gets you in with drinks and snacks
  • Gary reminded everyone that next meeting we will be inducting the new Interact Officers.

Happy Dollars:      

Bill Hodges (guest speaker) is happy to be here to speak to us about the USS Potomac.  Sarah is happy that a new steel trellis has been installed at the ECHS school garden.  Tracy is happy that Sarah helped her with the median strip near Tracy’s home two years ago before the city turned it into concrete.  Kathy Smidt is happy to be Al’s guest and told us this is here first ever Rotary meeting.  Jan is happy that Carol Freethy invited her to golf here.  Al is happy to get Kathy as a guest.  Nobuko is happy that she may have found coy eggs in her pond.  Sil is happy that the Warrior are doing well.  Sal is happy about the speaker he got from the DOT to speak on matter facing Northern California.  Don is happy his daughter will be visiting from Australia and his son will come at the same time so the family will have a reunion.  Lee is happy about a trip to Wisconsin that allowed him to stop and see his son in Chicago.  Lee is proud of how well his son is doing managing a doctors office.  Mark Scott is happy they got to baby sit for their granddaughter when her mother returned to work.  Jack is happy about the article in the Rotarian Magazine about incubator as it reminded him of the contribution our club made for a portable incubator in Jamaica in 2006 when Don was our club president.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.  Stand by for next week.

Jan gave a genie stone spiel and passed out carry bags with Feagley realtor’s logos..: 

 

Today’s Program. 

Tracy introduced Bill Hodges from the Potomac Association which operates the once time President Yacht of President Franklin Roosevelt. Bill began by showing a movie that taken in 1936 and showed the Potomac in service during that time.  He traced the history the led the yacht to wind up in the Port of Oakland where it is permanently located.  It is used as a tourist attraction and education for school children.  Many Oakland school children are brought onto the Potomac to learn the history of Roosevelt and the role it played in history.  These programs are so popular that there is a two year waiting list for classes to be able to go on the Potomac.  Bill also explained the requirements for walking or sailing on the Potomac.  The Yacht is for lunch cruises and Thursday, Saturday for cruises.  It also offers dockside tours. The docent led dockside tours are priced $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children are free.  Three hour cruises with lunch are $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and Childre 2-12 are $50.  Looks like a wonderful experience.  Thanks to Tracy for having Bill come and share information about this “treasure” with us.

Bill Hodges – Potomac Association

 

Raffle Winner:  Mark had his ticket pulled for the bottle of brandy   Maryann had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $55.

Thought for the week:  If it is to be, it is up to me.  Ten most powerful words two letter words.

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for May 11, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 11, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Allen from the SF Evening club visited us.  Jack had guests Chuck Grant and Marla Stevenson, Maryann Haas was Jack’s guest.  Thomishia Booker was her today and is scheduled to become an El Cerrito Rotarian on May 25th. Rafael had a guest Mario. 

Announcements:

  • Rafael announced he has an ambulance to send twww.elcerritorotary.org

     

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  • Jane gave us info on the Demotion Dinner. Be sure and sign up it is on Jun 3rd
  • Jack announced the concept of an associate Rotarian and it will be put into practice.
  • Gary announced the 2017-18 Interact Officers will be inducted on May 25th.  

Happy Dollars:     There were a lot of happy dollars.  I may have missed some but here is what I recorded.  Al is happy about the golf he and Jack played on Tuesday.  Marla Stevenson is happy to be back in the Bay Area.  Andy is happy to have new employees.  Don is happy about Thomishia’s orientation and the trip he and Mary took to Travis AFB to see the AF Thunderbird flight team.. Rotarian guest Allen is happy about a closed business deal.  Terry is happy about Mother’s day.  Maryann is happy she is making everyday a good day.  Rafael is happy his second son is graduating from UCB .  Marty is happy about Marla being here.  Jack is happy about the golf he and Al played on Tuesday.  Jane is happy about a special cake she is making for her 7yr old grandson.  Tracy is happy about having her daughter home for summer.   Thomishia is happy her young son is sleeping through the night and for the Rotary Orientation she received from Jack, Don and Gary.  Kanti is happy about his R&R week in Maui.

 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Took the opportunity to recognize Mothers and singled out Sarah, Nobuko, and Jane.  He closed with birthday recognition for Paul and Steve. 

 

Today’s Program.

Tracy introduced fellow Rotarian and EC Police Chief Paul Keith to bring valuable about our Police Department.  Paul showed some great historic pictures of the PD.  Since the city is celebrating its centennial, he showed some of the photos that are being used.  It was interesting to see what happened in the 50’s in the area.  Paul gave us a quick summary of the crime trends in 2015-16 and spoke about things that increased and decreased.  He also pointed out the number of data that can be had by going on-line to the police blotter and other key sites.  In short the goals for 2017 are to increase traffic safety and safety in business districts.  One area he pointed out was the increase number of Mental Health issues that involve crime.  Paul also pointed out that crime trend have increased with violence in robberies increasing.  Crimes in El Cerrito have increase 82% and assaults by 55%.  Crimes in residual areas have actually decreased.   Chief Keith gave us some understanding of the various crime stats and what is being done to address them.  We must be aware of the programs that are provided for the public in our city as it can give us valuable information and insight into our roles to address crime issues.  

 

El Cerrito Police Chief Paul Keith

 

 Raffle Winner:  Andy had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Wine   Michael C had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew the gold marble winning $120..  Next week the jackpot will be $50.. 

Thought for the week:  My attentions and intentions are always consistent and real.

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 4, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests today included Tomisa Booker, Mary Ann Hass, and Mona Patel, Kanti’s wife.  Kanti was in Hawaii.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us about the Demotion Dinner for Kanti that is scheduled for June 3 at the Berkeley City Club. Be sure and get signed up and pay the treasurer for the tickets.
  • Jack read a thank you card from RotoCare Northern Cal for the $1500 donation we made.
  • Lee announced he has submitted the District Grant to complete the El Cerrito Trail signage. We expect to hear back in July or August about status of the grant
  • Sonya provided an update on sponsorships and participants for the Oct 1st Sip and Savor.
  • Jan, this month’s genie stone owner, gave us a brief summary of what her reality business provides.

Happy Dollars:   Gary is happy for the Interact Club new officers for 2017-18.   We will be setting a date with them to induct the new team.  Mona is happy to be here to accept her PHF that was gifted to her by Kanti.  Tracy is happy for daughter Sarah finishing her first year of college.  Guest Mary Anne is happy about memorial tree being planted in honor of a friend who recently passed.  Nancy is happy to be back at the head of one of her favorite organizations.  Mark Scott is happy to be driving again.  Jack is happy for the article in the Chamber Newsletter about Tracy.  Sarah is happy she has so many flowers this year that she has successfully sold flower arrangements to earn money for the ECHS school garden. 

 

Paul Harris Fellowship Awards:

Jack asked the four new PHF members to come forward:   Jan Feagley, President Elect Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk, and Jim Spain.  These Rotarians were then presented their PHF pins and certificates.

 

Jan Feagley, Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk  and Jim Spain – Jane on right ready to place PHF pins on lapels

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program.

Tracy introduced our speaker for today, David Weinstein was with us to speak about El Cerrito’s growth from the earliest days of the 20th century, focusing on gamblers and entertainers, the real estate boom from the 1920s through the 1950s, and the city’s evolution into a relatively sedate place.  Dave is VP of the El Cerrito Historical Society and was able to provide us with a great summary of how El Cerrito came about and grew from a land grant into the city of today.  All of this took over a century to accomplish.  We were given some details about the founding of the Stege Sanitary company was created in 1913 and El Cerrito was formed in 1917.  From that point a very disjointed development process in terms of land acquisition took place.  In fact land ownership because such a challenge that ownership of El Cerrito was involved in a long court case in the early 1900s.  This meant that the city was built piecemeal and in some cases today it does not make sense how this could be.  It was very interesting to learn about some of the peculiar situations that occurred while the city was growing up in that era.  David answered a number of questions about various specific things in our city.  One of the original business establishment is the Pastime Hardware which was owned by Mr. Rust who was originally a German immigrant.   I hope you were able to be in attendance to learn about the city and how it came to be today.  Thanks to Tracy for inviting Dave to speak to us today!!

David Weinstein – El Cerrito Historical Society

  

Raffle Winner:  Don had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Gin   George had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $120. 

Thought for the week:

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

 

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.