Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 30, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

January 30, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Guests today included Al Miller, Tom Turman (who is applying for Rotary membership) and Norma Trillia (Rotarian George’s wife)

Announcements:

  • .TGIFF this month is at Hercules.  It is tomorrow.
  • Rotarian Paul Keith announced the annual PD crab feed on Feb 21st.  The Fund’s raised will be used to replace one of the Police dogs who is retiring.  Be sure and attend if you can.
  • Jack announced that Gabe Quinto has applied for membership in El Cerrito Rotary so be prepared for that eventuality. 
  • Next Thursday, Feb 6th is the date when our District Governor makes her official visit.   We will meet at the club at 10a and have a brief Rotary Board meeting prior to the regular meeting.   

Sgt at Arms:    Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Andy is happy that Tom Turmanis seriously considering joining El Cerrito Rotary.  Mark had dollar and an apology for the meeting she missed.  Al Miller is happy for the support of the El Cerrito Rotary.  Gary is happy that Jessica Ong will be speaking to us on Feb 20.  Be sure and attend to hear speak about “Aspasia.”  Terry is happy to be an El Cerrito Rotarian!

Todays Program:   

 Manish Doshi was our guest speaker today and Andy conducted a speaker interview with Manish.  We learned that Manish came to the US at 7 years old and landed in NY wher he was escorted through the immigration procedure and live with his family.  Manish gave us a snap shot of his becoming a soccar coach which he continued to do for over twenty years.  Andy asked him to tell us how that progressed as the years went on.  Manish gave us an indepth perspective of his experience with field fees, use of fields and a number of other important area’s affecting youth sports.  Manish was part of the EC team that dealt with the fees, scheduling and field access while he was with the Park and Recreation Dept of EC.  He gave us a very infromative and passionate presentation which covered a lot of the workings of this key sporting function.  Manish throughout his presentation focused on the importance of youth sport and what it does for the health of the participants.   He is still coaching and is quite passionate his occupation and advocation.  This was a great presentation.  I apologize for not having a picture but I am still working the bugs out of my handheld and my computer.  I hope you were able to be in attendance today as it was a very quality presentation and President Elect Andy did a great job in the format that was used.

See everyone next Thursday for the District Governor’s visit.  Remember to be there at 10a!!

Todays Raffle:  Sil and Rafael both had a ticket drawn for a bottle of wine.  Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a blue marble winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $155.

Genie Stone:  won by Rafael for February..  

Thought for the Day:  We as Rotarians are very fortunate to have the foundation of Rotary and the 4-Way Test to guide us in our travels.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin January 23, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

January 23, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    We had no guests today.

Announcements:

  • The Rotary Board will meet at 10a on Feb 6th which is immediate before our Club meeting of our DG visit.  Be sure and be there!!
  • Be Prepared to hear our DG and ask questions.

Sgt at Arms:  Steve acknowledged Sonya for efforts on the Sip and Savor donation work.  John got acknowledged for his 57th anniversary.  Then he asked Andy, George, Jane and Jan to tell what it means to them to be Rotarians. 

Happy Dollars:  

Terry is happy for being here but was a little late.  Andy is happy we have three new Rotarians in the club.  Jack is happy that the country club is hiring new staff and doing things to increase the club’s revenues.  Sonya is happy to be back from a great vacation and also happy that her brother is doing well after back surgery.   Nancy is happy about a song she got that makes babies happy.   She played it for us and it was nice.

Todays Program:   

We did not have a program today but instead we concentrated on determining what we would have to do to get our club in a position to gain more members and take advantage of having two meetings per month or two day meeting and evening meeting.  Andy indicated he has developed a plan for his year as President and wants to give the members a chance to take some positive action with that plan.   Lee indicated his point of consideration:  Evening meetings may be a draw for younger members.  Jack pointed out that several clubs in our area have evening meetings that we could visit.  We closed out the meeting with three things to consider:  a. Have two meetings in the noon venue and one evening.  b.  Keep the four meetings per month and c. Change our venue and then decided about meetings.   Marty did had us do a straw vote of these options but there was no sense any of it being unanimous so it will be discussed at the board meeting prior to the DGs visit.   

Todays Raffle:  Andy had his ticket drawn for bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket drawn for the marble game and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $150.  

Thought for the Day:  When an organization is at a crossroad, the members must look within to see what their goals and values are that will help the group move toward a direction and goal that will make the organization better!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 16, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

January 16, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

We had a number of guests:  Marvin Collins, Jr,  Tom Turmin, Capt Del A Campa EC Police, Jack’s grandson Cody Oday, Lauren Ray from Jim Spain’s company. Alexa Asst City Mgr, Gabe Quinto city council member (who is applying for Rotary Membership) and Mia Williams from City Manager’s office.

Announcements:

  • February 6th is the District Governor’s visit.  It will be an early day so be prepared to show up by 10a.
  • Next meeting we will vote on the Board’s suggestions for changing the number of meetings per month.
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Sgt at Arms:     Steve completed several recognitions of birthdays and anniversary.  Larry Sanchez, Rachel Melby, Nobuko, Jim Spain several others were   Good stuff. 

Happy Dollars:  Rachel is happy she found 75 people who are interested in her ideas on workspace opportunities.  Marvin Collins is happy to be here. 

New Member induction:  Jack completed the new member induction ceremony with El Cerrito Fire Chief Michael Pigone.  Everyone present was very enthusiastic about his induction as Membership Chair Jack Freethy conducted the official ceremony.    Welcome aboard Michael!  We look forward to having you and a valued member of the Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club!!.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced El Cerrito City Manager, Karen Pinkos to bring us up to date on the state of El Cerrito and to review the many key things that are going on in El Cerrito.   We were given the background of the many plans that have been developed and some that have been implemented.  There is a great deal going on in El Cerrito.  Once just has to drive down San Pablo Ave to see firsthand all the construction that is underway.  In addition, all the functions the city has for the citizens are humming along at top speed, serving the citizenry with many things.  Karen pointed out the challenge of carrying out so many functions provided by the many services keep staff busy.  Karen has been heavily involved in the international city administration executive organization and in so doing has visited many cities, a several countries that have taken advantage of the visits of executives of outside their own jurisdictions.  Karen has been the City Manager for a bit over a year after having been the assistant city manager for twelve years.  She acknowledge how effective Scott Hannan had been in tutoring her to be able to take over when he retired.  This was a great presentation and the audience was very enthusiastic with applause when she completed her talk.  One of the key points she made was the understanding she and her staff have about the city being an operation with a fixed income and the necessity of not exceeding the income with expenses.  I think we all came away with a better understanding of the excellent way our city is managed by Karen and her staff.  Thanks for giving us a great presentation.

Todays Raffle:  Andy had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $145.  Michael Pigone had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine. 

Thought for the Day: 

The sense I had about our club at the end of our meeting is that we are on the right path to continue to our club growth to become the Friendly club it has been for the past 70 years!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 9, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

January 9, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

None today.

Announcements:

  • Rotary club board meeting will be Jan 14th at 12:30P at the club
  • February 6th is the District Governor’s visit.  It will be an early day so be prepared to show up for our club early.
  • Jan 25th is the District training for learning how to do District grants
  • Next week we have the EC City Manager, Karen Pinkos as our speaker

Sgt at Arms:     Not on duty today

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy to be teaching at El Cerrito Royal with his joyful memories program “game.” Lee is happy to have taken his family to see the Hamilton play. Rachel is sad that her dog has cancer but happy she can arrange her work schedule to spend time with him in his final days.  Terry is happy is not happy because his college football team did not make the playoffs.

New member induction of Rachel Lightfoot Melby: (See picture below?

Membership Director Jack invited Rachel to come forward for the Induction Ceremony of to officially welcome her into our club as our first new Rotarian of the new decade. Jack inducted Rachel into our club with a nice ceremony and explained the ground rules and expectations of how a new member transitions from a red badge to her blue badge.  Jack explained how now each of her fellow Rotarians will greet Rachel by writing their name in the club roster she was provided and give her two dollars. This money upon completion of being collected, is the down payment for the first $100 of her Paul Harris Fellowship.  She will turn in the money and signed roster in to Jack.  The money will be sent to the Rotary Foundation in Rachel’s name to become part of her legacy of contributions to her Paul Harris Fellowship award.  All Rotarians are expected to contribute at least $100 annually to the foundation.  There are a number of ways Rotarians can make monetary donations to the foundation throughout the year and each year there is a drive for the expressed purpose of allowing everyone to contribute their annual amount (usually $100).  When a Rotarian has made $1000 of contributions they are awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and provided a beautiful lapel pin to salute the honor.  We all are proud of our foundation and the extraordinary value it provides humanity.   Editor’s note:  I put this in our bulletin so we can all be reminded of why Rotary is so important!

It is now time to look for and find other potential new members for our great Rotary club.  Who do you know that that can be invited to visit our club to see just how wonderful it is to be involved in Rotary? 

Rachel had her Rotary pin placed on her garment by Club Treasurer Jan to symbolize her joining our Club. There was a nice round off applause and Rachel can now settle in as our newest member and become a part of the “friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club.”


Today’s Program: 

Tom Panas, Contra Costa School Board member was here today to tell us about the changes and challenges the Board has been going through. A lot of changes ccame about as a result of lawsuits about the electorial process of electing the board members.  Tom provided us with a comprehensive and understandable summary of what has been going on for several years.  Everything from the number of board members (usually 5-7) and the population distribution as well as the make up of the ethinicity has been reviewed and judged for legal fairness of how the board is eleclted.  A lot of the legal aspects have been settled and are being put into practice.  The nominations for 2020 will be done under the new legal decisions and the voting will be done after delegates are nominated and the voting completed .   Tom agree to let us know how the election process goes this year.  Lets hope things go  somewhat smoothly for Tom and the entire school board and its members.  Our schools have some serious financial matters they must address in order for us to continue to enjoy or high quality school district

Thanks to Tom for bringing us a comprehensive presentation on the school board and the board election!!

Todays Raffle:  Jack had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle (again) and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $140.  Andy had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine. 

Thought for the Day: 

How wonderful it is to induct a new Rotary Club member.  I provides an opportunity to recall the excitement of one’s first years in Rotary and the nearly endless adventure of what Rotary is and does.  Rotary is truly a gift to mankind!

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for January 2, 2020

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

January 2, 2020

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

None today.

Announcements:

  • Rotary club board meeting will be Jan 14th at 12:30P

Sgt at Arms:   Steve was on duty today.  He asked for Rotarians to cite their favorite New Years Resolutions.  Sal has a resolution that we have a great Sip and Savor.  Jane want to have here health stabilize for 2020.  Lee shared the showing of the movie 1917 and how very good it is. 

Happy Dollars:  Cal football game.  Gary is happy Norma has a new car and it is a beauty.  Michael had a great Christmas in Seattle with his kids.  Andy is happy he is feeling better after getting over a “bug.”  He is glad his boys are still in town and he is able to enjoy being with them.  Jack is happy about the Rotary Rose Parade float and the award it got.  He is also happy for the class he did at El Cerrito Royale with a great group of elder folks.  Marty if happy about his camping trip to Los Gatos.

Today’s Program:  Tita Escalada, President of Hercules Rotary was introduced by Marty to tell about the great success she has enjoyed in recruiting and turning around the club.  Tita had been involved in Rotary before as a member of San Pablo and Danville Clubs.  Tita joined Hercules when its membership has dimished and her daughter was club president and asked her Mom to jump in to help grow the club.  Tita took over on July 2nd and has taken on the challenge of getting the club back on its feet.  Tita shared her plan of action for what she did for the Hercules club.  She did things like having a 4th of July table to recruit new members.  Then she used the guest speakers to further her recruitment goals.  She also did a strong recruitment of guest speakers and guests to increase her ranks.  She shared the story of the Bio Rad speaker she recruited after his presentation of STEM education.  As of now she and her club has recruited 14 new members this year.  The focus on membership has been extremely successful.  The club meets twice monthly on Tuesdays from 12  to 1:30p.  She focuses on a number of key things.  Having a welcoming membership that creates a climate of enjoyment and inclusion.  The other goal is to have two guests per month.  She also gets the new members to share “why I joined Rotary and why I enjoy the meetings.  In addition, everyone has a recruiting mindset.  This is key in establishing the club as “the place to be!”

This was an outstanding presentation and was really good for all of us Rotarians to hear.  I know for I have not been applying high energy to very much of anything.  Now I can redouble my mental efforts to be more energetic. 

My appologies for not having the picture I took of Tita with President Marty but I have not solved the technical issues with my cell phone sending the picture to my email. 

Todays Raffle:  Chief Michael Pigoni had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle (again) and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $135.  Michael Chang had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine.  She also had her ticket drawn for the two Chilpolte resturant tickets. 

Thought for the Day:  Think back to your first days in El Cerrito Rotary and from that what you have become as a result of being a member.  Now go find other who you know would want to have the same thing happen for them.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary -Bulletin for December 12, 2019

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

December 12, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Lt Steve Bonini of the EC Police Dept.

Announcements:

  • Lee announced that our Sunday party at Trader Vics will begin at 12p versus the 5:30p time
  • Marty announced the San Pablo Rotary Christmas party
  • Tracy announced the City of El Cerrito Crab Feed on Jan 24th

Sgt at Arms:   Steve was not on duty but wished everyone Merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Happy Dollars:  Sal is happy he found $2 in his pocket so he donated that.  Tracy is happy about her daughter moving into the year she will graduate from college in Washington State.  Battalion Chief Joe is happy that the rains have come to take down the fire hazard.  Jack is happy that buying a toy for the Christmas dinner gave him the feeling of toys at Christmas.

Today’s Program: 

Tracy introduced Sara Diamond who is an estate planning attorney to speak to us today about her Astrologist advocation.  She began by explaining her interest in Astrology and how the study of stars has brought about a lot of joy and interaction with other professional astrologists.  Sara explained how astrology is truly the connection of sciece and art.  Everyone has some familiarity with their sign of the Zodiac and Sara set about explaining what this really means.  Sara used the chart of a very famous person to demonstrate how this process can tell us a great deal about the person.  We heard a lot of about the characteristics of the subject and in the end we most of us were able to guess who the chart was describing.   In addition to being very informative we were able to discover how a persons characteristics shown by their astrological chart tell us a lot of interesting and important things about them.  This was a wonderful enjoyable and entertaining presentation.  Makes it possible to see why many folks are interested in their astrological signs.  Sara encouraged everyone to seek out a professional (such as herself) to get a personal study for yourself. 

Thank you to Tracy for inviting Sara to speak to us today.  It was a great gift you gave your fellow Rotarians!!

Sara Diamond was our very interesting speaker today

Todays Raffle:  Tracy won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $125.  Andy won the Berkeley Rep tickets and will enjoy attending the concerts the remainder of the season.

Thought for the Day:  at this special time of year, we all think about things that make us feel good about ourselves and others.  Give a special thought and prayer for those who are less for less fortunate and consider just how fortunate we have so many others who give us so much!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 5, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

December 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Editor

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby.

Announcements:

  • Jack announced that he has Rachael’s application to become a Rotarian.  Everyone is very pleased about this. Stay tuned for Rachael’s induction ceremony coming soon.
  • Marty told us that next week one of the raffle prizes is season tickets for the symphony.  I did not write down which symphony.  Be sure you attend and buy raffle tickets.
  • Lee reminded us that Dec 15th is our Rotary Party.  If you are signed up, pay Jan for your tickets and smile, it is going to be great
  • Marty told us that Jan 25th is the District training for getting a Rotary grant.  You must have the training so you can qualify for the grant.
  • Tracy told us it is last call for Warriors tickets.  Tickets are $105 per person.

Sgt at Arms:   Steve was on duty and recognized nearly everyone for one thing or another.  Good job by him but expensive for us members.  Special recognitions for Christmas birthdays.  The club got a nice Christmas bonus

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about Rachael’s Rotary membership application.  Terry is happy about College football and how well his Alma Mater is doing.  Andy is happy about having his three son’s home for Thanksgiving.  Gary is happy that the Camp Royal candidates are being selected for the camp in Jun of 2020.

Today’s Program: 

Sonya introduced Eliza Duggan, a staff attorney at the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.  Eliza is a staff attorney who provides assistance to seniors who encounter challenges with scams in financial situations.  She was here today to share with us ideas of how to help ourselves and family members (especial seniors) identify scammers.  Bottom line:  if you are contacted on the phone by anyone asking for money and if you do not know who they are or what they want (besides money), you are being scammed.  The scammer want to create a sense of urgency to keep you from thinking through what they want you to do.  Remain calm and delay giving them a decision.  The bottom line is you want to make sure the authorities are called so you can make a report.  Also if you are a senior you can contact the Senior Legal Services at CC and report the situation.   Remember, you need only report the incident and then stay clear of the scammer. If you wish you can take down information about the process and provide that to the authorities. 

If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, you can call Eliza Duggan at 925-609-7900.   These are some really good folks and are there to help you. 

Thank you Sonya for inviting Eliza to speak to us!!

Todays Raffle:  Chief Michael Pigoni won the bottle of wine.  John had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a green marble winning $5.  Next week the pot will be $120.

Thought for the Day:

We are truly blessed to have wonderful support systems in our county to assist us with key things that keep us from getting involved in situations that can harm us financially.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 21, 2019

The Wheel

November 21, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby was President Marty’s guest for the third time at our meetings.

Announcements:

  • President Marty announced that this is Foundation month but we got a late start so we will devote Dec as our Foundation month.
  • Lee and Jane handed out fliers and we were all asked to sign up for the event on December 15th.  Be sure and sign up it is one of the high points
  • Our club is dark next week as it is Thanksgiving.

Sgt at Arms:

Steve was on duty today and acknowledged Andy’s anniversary. Also Lee has an anniversary coming up.  Steve then did a quiz on the days being celebrated.  Everything national pancake day to several others.  There were a lot of us who got acknowledging what we did not know.

Happy Dollars: 

Andy is happy as he has a shot at the job of cleaning windows at the Sales Force Tower in SF.  Jack is happy that speakers for Dec and Jan are all set.  Also he mentioned that this months Rotarian Magazine is outstanding.  It is – check it out!!   George is happy about the trip to Ireland that his daughter on which he and Norma were taken.  Rachael is happy that her husband has returned from his business trip as it mean parenting duties are reduced.  Rafael is happy and grateful for his success and thankful for his family and the US.   Chief Michael Pigoni is happy for the work the ECFD contributed to the Kincade fire.  He is also happy about his new granddaughter.  Michael Chang is happy his kids are coming home for Thanksgiving.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced our speaker today: Steve Price who is a member of the El Cerrito Urban Forest Committee.  Steve explained how the committee plays a role in dealing with the beautification of our urban environment.  He told us of his experience in working with the council and the city arborist.  There has been a lot of work done on this critical urban activity.  Steve creates before and after renderings of the impact that trees have on the urban environments.  He showed us slides of the work he has done for many cities.  His renderings were very useful in giving a picture of how trees can be used to radically change the way the building appear and to make the areas more human friendly.  This was really fascinating and showed just how important the proper trees planted in the proper place can make a major difference in both the appeal and results for a city.  The city has a lot of great information on their website and you can check it out.  There are also legal guidelines on what trees can be planted in front of your house.  It is good to know about the extensive work that has been done.  If you have questions about specific trees you get the information.  You can also talk with the city Arborist Stephen Pree  Take advantage of these great resources provided by the City!

Todays Raffle:  Nobuko won the bottle of wine.   Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Andy won the marble drawing and selected a cats eye.  Next week the pot will be $115.

Genie Stone:  Rafael won the magic stone for December.

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Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 14, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

November 14, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

 Our guest today was Rachael Lightfoot Melby was President Marty’s guest for the second time.  Carol, Jan’s sister was on hand on today for our meeting.

Announcements:

  • Lee handed out the flyers for our Rotary Christmas celebration.  There is a limit of 48 people for the party so get signed up before all the spots are gone.
  • Sonya shared that the Sip and Savor closeout is not complete and we will be getting this information by the end of December.
  • Marty recognized Jane for all her outstanding work for the Sip and Savor and making sure things were done with food (savor) and drink (sip).  Marty gave Jane a gold star to put on her Rotary badge
  • Marty told us our speaker next week will be very interesting.  You will be able to enjoy the presentation and bring a guest to enjoy it too.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Marty is happy about Larry Sanchez being here today.  Terry is happy about the birthday parties for his two girls and the sleep overs of a bunch of young girls.  Jack is happy with the promotion of his Joyful Memories book and him being able to share it with more people. Sil reported good news about Mark Scott and him getting better with his fight with recovering from his surgery.  Gary is happy for the Interact Club and the amount of community service they are doing.  Gary is also happy that Rachael is here today and gave us a great introduction to who she is.  Lee is happy that the signage that our Rotary grant will pay for is beginning the construction phase.  Once completed we will set up the next step of working with the Interact Club and our fellow Rotarians to install the signs on the trail.  Stay tuned for the time line for the next steps. 

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Today’s Program:  Our speaker for today cancelled due to an emergency so Marty asked his guest “Rachael” to give us a five minute “Who am I” talk.  It was great to have the info and get to know her more because she would be an ideal fit for our club!  The rest of our time today was spent on stories mostly about snakes and other interesting things the Rotarians remember from days gone by.  Rural upbringing also leads to sharing of interesting experiences. As always, this is a key component of what makes our club a great place to be on a Thursday meeting day.   Hope you were able to participate.

Todays Raffle:  Rafael won the bottle of wine.  Carol won the $100 gift certificate for Hotel Mac.  Rafael had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $110.

Thought for the Day:

It is very important that we continue to create and enjoy the awesome fellowship that our Rotarians provide.  Always remember the importance of a collection of Rotarians and what they represent.  When I was sharing with Rachel some of the key things Rotary has done for me, the club and the world, it is all pretty awesome.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary – Bulletin for November 7, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 7, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

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

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    

 Our guests today Rachael Lightfoot was a guest of Marty. Carol, Jan’s sister was on hand on today for our meeting. Jan mentioned that Carol was here because of her and Carol sister’s passing.  It was great having us to have Carol visit us even it was not the best of circumstances.

Announcements:

  • On Tuesday Nov 12th there will be a Rotary Board meeting at the club starting at 12:30p.  All members are welcome, Board members need to be there as we have a number of things that must be addresses
  • Sonya gave us an update on Sip and Savor.  The final numbers are not quite completed.  The total at this point is 38K.  Come to the board meeting and get a better number
  • Tracy has more Warriors tickets available.  If you want to go to the game at Chase Center, contract her for info.
  • Andy reported on the BARSHEEP meeting and gave a summary of the holiday things that are going on.  Richmond is holding their usual holiday auction.  If you want to attend, there will me more information in the next bulletin.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Happy Dollars:  Jack had $20 for the great treatment received one of his clients at his offices in EC provided received by the EC Fire Dept when he experienced a heart attack in his office.  Tracy is happy our District Govern Tina’s great newsletter and that it is so good that Tracy posted it on our Facebook page.  Battalion Chief Joe is happy about the change in weather that has led to cooler temps and more moisture in the air. Jan is happy her sister is here.  Rafael is happy about how well he and his wife are getting along.  Rachael is happy to be at Rotary so she can learn about our club.  Nobuko is happy to be here and get some info from Joe about having a generator.  Andy is happy for a friend that repairs small engine powered appliances. If you have any small engine repairs be sure and get his info from Andy.

Today’s Program: 

Terry introduced Lisa Bowen to speak to us today about “Defensive Breathing.”  Lisa began by telling us that 70% of people hyperventalate because of the way they breath.  In the current environmnent there is concern abour air pollution and many are wondering about the consequences of this.  Lisa explained the basics of breating and how we react in various situations.  Everyone alive is breathing.  How we breath is a significant part of the results we get from our breathing behavior.  Lisa went over some of the facts about pollutants and how our nose if the filtering system when we breath.  She also covered the sizes of particals that we are exposed to and the importance of our nose in doing its work of treathing when we breath.  Lisa suggested that some 70% of normal people hyperventalate in the course of norma breathing.  This is larging a function of not practing effective breathing.  The factors that are involved center around us paying attention to our breathing and how important it is to be mindful of our breathing technique.  She reviewed the importance of us paying attention to our breathing activities.  Anything that inhibits our normal breathing through our nose will have consequences on our breathing and receiving the appropriate amount of airflow.  Be a healthy breathy individual!

Check out Lisa’s website:  www.breathingRetrainingCenter.com.  Her phone number is 415-454-3400 to get more information.  This was a most interesting presentation!! 

Todays Raffle:  Michel won the bottle of wine.  Michael also won the Warriors tickete.  Terry had his ticket drawn for the marble raffle and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $105.

Thought for the Day:  There is nothing more rewarding than when we have a guest and they get enthusiastic about what goes on in our Rotary meeting.  It creates an internal motivation that we want to share this experience with more people.