El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for December 7. 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

December 7, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Don and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today.

Announcements:

  • Terry thanked Lee for setting up a great Christmas party for our club at Trader Vics
  • January is approaching and speakers are being signed up. Stay tuned for who we have coming to present
  • Gary announced the Interact Club being given a presentation by the Richmond Fire Chief in anticipation of the toy bagging for the holiday toy program.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is the end of the two month point matching program for the Rotary Foundation contributions
  • Jack brought some of the toys that were made by the inmates at the Marsh Creek facility. The toys are really super.
  • Sil told us about his meeting with Jane who is getting better with her health and she sent greeting to us all.

Happy Dollars:

Don saw Mark Scott earlier this week and he is doing well.  He send greetings to everyone.  Marla is happy about all the Rotary “things” that have been happening.  Sarah is happy about the help she had at the school garden.  Gary is happy about Rebecca Phoung,s latest adventure in getting a video produced to encourage Kaiser Permanente employees to consider donating the Rotary Foundation.  Tracy is happy that we have such a great Rotary club President.  Jack was happy about Kanti’s tie representing Rotary. Sil is happy the Warriors are doing well in the absence of Steph Curry.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Sal recognized this month’s birthdays:  Nobuko, Lee, Marla and Andy.  Joe and Marsh have an anniversary.  Sal also did some trivia about Christmas Trees and mistletoe.

President Terry showed a short video about young people setting up a Rotary club in Africa.

Today’s Program.   

Terry introduced Marla to speak to us about her trip in September to Italy.  Marla gave us the background on how the trip was done.  She has two good friends who are in the art world and wanted for Marla to have a great experience and enjoyment of this trip.  They went to the Venice Art Beinnale.  This biannual event include 57 pavilions that are hosted by 57 countries around the world.  These event are visited by over 750K people each year.  Marla was fortunate to have her two friends to help her appreciate and dig deeper into the wonderful experience of these exhibits.  We were treated to a number of stunning photos of the art displays.  One of Marla’s companions is a sculpterist and was able to provide a lot good info to Marla in addition to speaking Italian and hooking her up with people who know the business.  This was a fascinating presentation.  Thanks to Marla for sharing her travel experience with us!!

Marla Stevenson spoke to us about her trip to Venice and Rome Italy and it was great!

 

Raffle Winners:

Marty won the bottle of wine.  Gary’s ticket was pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $75  Sarah brought a bouquet of beautiful potted plan that Jack won.

 

 Thought for the week:

 The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by   Gary and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

None today

Announcements:.

  • Lee reminded us the club Christmas Party is tomorrow evening Dec 1 at Trader Vics. Be sure and bring a funny gift for exchange and a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toy Program.  Fun begins at 6p with dinner at 7p
  • Lee is also developing a list of one day monthly projects for our club to work on as a group. He asked that we consider ideas of potential projects and provide him the ideas. 
  • The December board meeting will be on Dec 5th to avoid conflicts with other activities next month.
  • Richmond is having it’s annual holiday auction fund raiser on Dec 8th. Go have lunch with them ($20) and you can bid on auction items.

 

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Happy Dollars:

Jack is happy to be going to the Marsh Creek retention center to pick up the toys that were made by the inmates and will be donated to the El Cerrito Toy program.  Jan is happy she and Jerry had a great time on their Mexico vacation.  They enjoyed a great Thanksgiving dinner.  Marty is happy to be able to visit his sister in Las Vegas around the Christmas holidays.  Terry is happy his Ohio State football team won their game and will be playing for a regional championship.

Sgt at Arms Sal:    Not on duty today,

Marty provided us with the Rotary Foundation info   He reminded us this is Foundation month to gear everyone us for make our contributions to the RI Foundation.  Also the program will run through Christmas week so get your donation in to Marty.

 

Today’s Program.   

President Terry introduced Jason Singer who is a former Fulbright Scholar and won the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service.  He was on hand today to give us information about his work as an educator and provide us with a great presentation on his work in San Lorenzo on the founding of the KIPP King Collegiate High School and how that work got him into the work he currently does with Education Matters which oversees the results obtained by schools based on their leaders, staff and effectiveness of the teachers.  We were treated to a picture of four youngsters when the first 68 students became part of the KIPP school program.

Jason explained there are specific things that educators are responsible for when they take on the task of becoming teachers.  One is that promises made are sacred.  Two, is student rise or sink to the expectations of their leaders.  Three is great schools have great leaders.  Four school leaders are critical and Five that has to be a way to know how well the teachers are doing.  Some of the other important things include:  Are the students staying with the school and are the parents willing to stay with the school and finally are the students progressing to the next grade level.   What this ends up being is good student development equals community development. 

Jason, explained how building the pieces of this concept results in quality students, quality parents and quality teachers that have and effective salary.  We were given a comprehensive handout that provided statistics on all the WCC schools and he explained how schools are in families.  El Cerrito Schools for example are feeder schools for El Cerrito High School.  Jason explained the demographics and stats for the evidence of what he shared with us.  This was a very high quality presentation and I would recommend that you go to a presentation provided by Education Matters and learn more about this concept.

We are truly grateful for the excellent presentation that Jason made to our club.

Jason Singer – Executive Dir of Education Matters w/President Terry

 

Raffle Winners:

Jack won the bottle of wine.  John pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $70.  Sarah brough a bouquet of beautiful flowers that Terry won.

 

Genie Stone Winner:  John

 Thought for the week:

 If you want to be RIGHT – Then have great attitude, great behavior, and great skills

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 26, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 26, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Andy and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked Marla for decorating the tables for Halloween
  • Terry provided a handout for everyone that detailed a way to donate to fire victims in the North Bay.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the “take home food for $10.” This program is simple you can pay $10 and have a dinner for tonight from the lunch buffet.  It is a good program.  Your author took advantage of the program last week and it was great because we didn’t have to prepare a dinner for ourselves.
  • Tomorrow is the BARSHEEP TGIFF at Salute’s in Richmond. Event begins at 5:30p. 
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on December 1st at Trader Vics. Be ready to sign up soon.
  • Gary announced that Cassarah Chu and sister will be doing another dental mission to Burma and asked for support with the tooth brushes. This will be formally put forth at the Rotary Board meeting in November.
  • Terry acknowledged Gary for the Rotarian of the month award. Gary has been the mainstay as Interact Advisor and Bulletin Editor

Happy Dollars:    

Don is happy for his heart checkup as there were no anomalies.  Kathleen is happy that her son has graduated and is now job hunting.  Marty is happy for his upcoming trip to New York and for Kathleen being here today.  Terry is happy for the songs he enjoyed in preparing for today’s meeting.   

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Was not officially on today but did a quick summary at the end of our meeting just for the pure entertainment value.

Today’s Program.   

Sil introduced Kathleen Hunt, a former El Cerrito Rotarian, to speak to us about Halloween and estate planning implications of vampires and zombies as it relates to passing our assets on to those who remain after our death.  This was a most interesting and entertaining presentation with sound legal principals along with a great dose of fun.  We heard about how the law treats or doesn’t treat the undead, in the case of Zombies and reborn or reanimated as in the case of Vampires.  Kathleen suggested if you are a werewolf it would necessary to set up a durable power of attorney for the days when there is a full moon so someone can take care of your business during this critical time of the month.

For those who don’t know, Kathleen conducted a college level course on Halloween and vampires and being an attorney this gives her a great opportunity to have fun with this subject.  That is why she is often requested to speak to us this time of year. 

We were all entertained and very interested in what Kathleen had to say.  Thanks to her for conducting her annual presentation to us.

Kathleen Hunt – Attorney and Halloween specialist

 

 Raffle Winners:

Sarah won the bottle of wine.  Sarah also won the necklace that Norma Buffon made.  Andy won the Fresh guava that Sarah donated.   Terry had his ticket drawn winning the $155 jackpot.  He is donating the $$ to his PHF donation for this year.  

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 El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 20, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

April 20, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

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

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars:

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

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

 Today’s Program.

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

 

Diana Esias – Area Manager for First American Buyers Protection Corp

 

 

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

 

Thought for the week:

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

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 30, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary  The Wheel

March 30, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

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

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

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars:

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

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program

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

 

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

 

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

Thought for the week:

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

Dr. Rod Gilbert – sport psychologist

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Mar 16, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

March 16, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

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

 

 

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars: 

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

 

 

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

 

Special Recognition:

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

 

 

Today’s Program

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thought for the week:

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

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 2, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

March 2, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

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

Announcements:

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

 

Happy Dollars: 

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

 Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

 Today’s Program

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Thought for the week:

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

Bulletin for Feb 23, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

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

Announcements:

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

Happy Dollars: 

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

 Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today

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

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

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

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

 

Genie Stone winner:  Mark Scott

 

Thought for the week:

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

5160 District Governor Pam Gray Visits EC Rotary (Photos!)

We had an exceptional turn out for DG Pam Gray’s visit to our Club on January 15, 2015. Joining us were members of the EC Library Foundation, ECHS Interact Club members, Inner Wheel Club members and other Rotarians and Rotary friends. While it appears President Mark Scott is making a thumbs down gesture…I think the camera merely caught him a moment too late as he lowered his hand from a “thumbs up”!

DG Pam Grey Visit

Photo Credit: Allen Cain

Here are the women of the Inner Wheel Club. Most of the members are wives of Rotarians and a few of their friends. Origins of the Inner Wheel goes back to pre-1980’s when Rotary was a men’s-only club. Inner Wheel is a service club with their own local and international projects and annual international convention. They shared with us their work providing prosthetics to young children and youth who are missing an arm or a leg.

Inner Wheel El Cerrito
Several recognitions were presented and received. DG Pam Grey (far right) recognized 4 members of our Club Marty, Gary B., Frank and Jane as “True Rotarians.”
True Rotarians of El Cerrito

Last but not least, we presented the EC Library Foundation with our largest donation of the year. Frankly, their enthusiastic envolvement helped our annual “Sip and Savor” event grow and a major portion of the proceeds returns to them as a donation towards the NEW El Cerrito Library. Pictured are EC Rotarians and members of the EC Library Foundation.

 

Stay tuned for when we do this again next year…and as always a bit bigger and better!

Interact 2015

 

Big shout out to our EC Rotary Interact! In attendance were President Mark Scott, Interact Student Marin Steward, DG Pam Gray and Interact Student Julia Phalen.