Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jan 17, 2019

Bulletin Editor: Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Larry led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Jack’s wife Carole was our guest today.  Loren Gray a guest of Jim Spain was also present today.

Announcements:

  • Next Thursday we are hosting the District Governor for his official visit to our club. Be sure and attend so you know what is happening and get to meet the District Governor.
  • Tracy announced the Rotary Warriors game special is going well.  Over 30 tickets have been sold.   Tracy indicated that seating location is good and there are still a few tickets available.
  • The Pinole club is having a crab feed on Feb 16th.  If you need more info Pres Terry has it.
  • Gary announced the two Camp Royal participants have been selected:  Michael Fox and Ian Ruth will be attending this year.  Both of these young men are excited and things are being done to make sure that happens.  Their tuition has been paid and Gary will report back and things progress
  • Mark Scott told us Sil has been ill and requested people call him or send a card wishing him well.
  • President Terry reminded us of the DG visit next week and ask everyone to be present next week.  Board members are requested to be on hand at 11a.  It is going to be a busy day. 

Happy Dollars:  

Jack is happy for having Hans to speak to us today and the great work as a contractor he did at their home. Terry is happy his mom is recovering from the aneurism she suffered shortly after Christmas. Tracy is happy her father raised pigeons.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Jack introduced Hans Froell who is a contractor with a great hobby, he races pigeons.  He lifes in Concord and has been raising and racing pigeons for several decades.  He has his pigeons participate in races from 170 to 500 miles and shared with us a lot of the things he does to accomplish what he has done in this great hobby.  He showed us pictures of the loft houses he has build on his property.  This is where he raises the birds and does all the things necessary to get them race ready so they can compete.  Imagine setting up a situation where your prized birds fly several hundred miles (from Salt Lake City to the bay area and everything is electonically timed from release until they cross the finish line at their coup. 

This was a fascinating presentation and we had the honor of seeing some of his prized birds and how they do all the interesting things necessary.  The pigeon race that goes from Salt Lake City to the bay area involves 5500 birds.  The long race from Salt Lake is done on the longest day of the year because the birds do not fly at night.   Hans answered a lot of really interesting questions.  If you missed this program you missed one of the top programs in the past five years.  Thanks to Jack for inviting Hans to speak to us.  t

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and coffee cup were won by Steve. Mark Scott won the quilt.  The marble drawing was won by Gary who drew a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Week: 

I can’t imagine how many interesting speakers we have had at Rotary and this was one of the best.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 10, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Michael led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Norma Trillia (George’s wife) and Shaun Gobent, the new BCC club manager were guests.

Announcements:

  • Terry announced that Marty Kaliski agreed to become our Rotary President for 2018-19
  • An update on Polio Eradication:  twenty nine cases worldwide with Pakistan and Afghanistan being the only two countries with new cases
  • Sabina Pan had to resign for business reasons
  • Nancy agreed to bring the food for the Rotocare Clinic on Tue March 12
  • Tracy announced the Warriors game and it being a Rotary International affair

Happy Dollars:  

Michael is $5 sad for his football team losing the bowl game.  Jack is happy that Shuane Gobent the new manager of BCC was his guest today.  Gary is happy for two Interact members going to Camp Royal this year.  Lee is happy for his son and daughter both doing well professionally and Lee also got to do the introduction class for some new potters at his pottery school.  Jane was happy that Marty has agreed to become our President for the next Rotary Year

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Rotarian Andy Brown was our speaker today and gave us a comprehensive run down on his experience as a Rotary Exchange student to Chicala Mexico when he was 18 years old. We got to hear a lot of interesting things about his stay with a Rotarian Family.  Andy did an excellent job of summarizing his experience and shared pictures of a recent trip he made to Chicala in December of last year.  We got to hear him share a lot of things about the geography and cultural things of the area.  Since it has been 39 years since his was an exchange student we were treated to the numerous changes the have occurred in the area.  It was wonderful to hear about where he stayed then and how the differences now in the living situations, the religious and cultural experiences have changed.  We were also given a geography lesson about the area and the other differences that Andy noted.  We saw the beauty of the hills, jungle area and wildlife.  He also shared the experienced the living environments of wealthy and poor and how the food had changed in certain ways.  We learned about how the Catholic church has been positioned in such a way that the traditional culturals can work within that structure.  This as a great presentation and it was obvious that Andy had done a lot of work to make this a very comprehensive snap shots of his experiences in Chicala and the surrounding area.  Andy, thank you for doing this great presentation.

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Mark.  Lee won the $50 gift card from Hotel Mac.  The marble drawing was won by Gary who drew a black marble costing him $5.  Next week the pot will be $85

Thought for the Week:  It has often been said that some of the best presentation we get at our Rotary Club are from our members –Would you agree?

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El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Dec 6, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

December 6, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

President Terry: greeted everyone and Jane led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today

Announcements:

  • Our Rotary meeting will be at Los Moles on Dec 13th.  See everyone there.
  • There will be a Rotary Club board meeting on Tuesday December 11th at 12:30p at the BCC club.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is our Foundation drive.  Bring your check for $100 and give it to Marty.
  • There will be a memorial service on December 15th for Don Farquharson at the Richmond Yacht club on Dec 15 from 2-4p all are invited. 
  • On Dec 15th the Sundar Shadi display will be lit and Mike Gonzales will be remembered.  Need to get the time so we can go and celebrate Mike’s life.
  • President Terry reminded us of the new speaker assignment responsibilities.  The month’s captain will assign each responsible Rotarian a week in the month and they will be on the hook to get a speaker or do the presentation themselves.
  • Jan 24th will be the District Governor’s visit.   Board members will be responsible for getting to the club early (10a) and we will get everything completed we need to so we can have Rotary on time.
  • Our holiday party is this Sunday the 9th at Trader Vics.  Start time is 5p with beverages.  Dinner at 6p and 7p fun and festivities.  Bring a gift for the exchange.  A couple can bring one gift if they wish.  $20 gift plus a new toy for the fire fighters toy drive.

Happy Dollars:  

   Sonya is happy that the annual trip to Alabama football was successful in Nov.  Just like last year the team was able to pull out a victory.  Michael is happy that his son and daughter have both graduated from college in Washington state.  Sal is happy for his recent trip from Milpitas to Hayward being successful even though it took a long time on the road.  Sil is happy for the return of Steph Curry returning to Warriors after being injured.  Jack is happy for his daughter’s new job and that she is enjoying the work.  Lee is happy his daughter is now married and shared with us highlights of all the festivities. 

Sgt at Arms: 

Sal was on today and took advantage of celestial things as well as geographical things.  I don’t think anyone figured it out but we did bump up the total cash flow into the club kitty.

Today’s Program:   

No program today due to our location. 

Raffle Winners.  The raffles were not held today.   Next week the pot will be $75.

Thought for the Week: 

This season is to be enjoyed and be thankful that we are alive to enjoy our blessings.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 29,2018

El Cerrito Rotary- The Wheel

November 29, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and John led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Mark Scott’s wife Cindi joined us today.

 

Announcements:

  • Terry gave us the info on our next two meetings, Dec 6 and Dec 13 will be at Los Moles. See you there
  • TGIFF is tomorrow and will be at the Tap Room Bar and Grill in Albany. Join the fun.  It starts at 5:30p
  • Lee gave us an update on the holiday party. We will not be joining the Richmond Club.  Instead we will be going to Trader Vics on Sun Dec 9th starting at 5pm.  Be sure and bring a $20 gift as well as a toy for the toy drive.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is our Foundation drive. Bring you check for $100 and give it to Marty.
  • Jack announced there will be a celebration of life for Don Farquharson on Dec Sat Dec 15th from 2p to 4p at the Richmond Yacht club.  We will have a bit more information next meeting.

   

Happy Dollars:  

   Terry is happy for his “Buckkeye” Football teams winning the game.  Lee had $20 for his Mom coming to town for his daughter’s wedding.  Geore is happy that Mark was with us today.  Michael is happy for a great Thanksgiving.  Mark had $20 for his last visit from the Nurse and giving him a clear bill of health.  Jack was happy for the collections that was taken for the Rotarians who had recently passed.  A bit over $1200 was collected from Rotarians.

 

Sgt at Arms: 

Not on duty today

 

  Today’s Program:   

Susan Dunn introduced her husband Jeff and the team of players from Stagebridge Players Boardcasting System who joined us today to provide a great program of radio from our past.  This team consisted of Pamela Ball, Terry Englehart, Karen Lawrence, Carole Padio, Ginny Preston and Shoya Warrington.  These folks are from Stagebridge Players Broadcasting System in Oakland.  This is a school for middle age folks to learn how to do voice performance. Today they treated us to an Alice in Wonderland story which was done with the aforementioned people reading the key information for us to hear the story and it was GREAT. This radio performance was originally done on Oct 24, 1947.  I think it safe to say, everyone at today’s meeting was thoroughly entertained.  It was great having these folks as our guests.

Raffle Winners.  Nancy had her ticket pulled for the bottle of wine.  The marble game ticket pulled belonged to Nancy who drew a catseye marble    Next week the pot will be $75.

Genie Stone:  The magic stone was won by Mark.Scotl

 

 Thought for the Week: 

As we pass through this life it is better to enjoy everything you can because we all only get one trip!

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 7, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

November 8, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Jane led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Rotarian Peter Campbell from Berkeley was our guest.  Other guests included Principal Patty Crespo and Asst Principal ,Eric Mapes from El Cerrito High school.  It was great having them with us today. 

Announcements:

  • The monthly Rotary Club board meeting is next Tuesday the 13th.
  • December is Rotary Club Foundation month for our club.
  • Lee announced our December 8th Christmas party with Richmond Rotary and it will be held at the Richmond Art Center. We will do gift exchange (bring a $20 gift for the exchange.  There will be more information on how to sign up for the event next week.

   

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy that Mark Scott was here today.  Kanti was happy for the Hindu New year.  Mark Figone was happy that Jack came into his office to encourage Mark to attend Rotary today.  Jane is happy about her two new “stints.”  Nobuko is happy to be home from Japan and also happy that John had a minor stroke that was addressed by the medical professionals.  Terry is happy he survived Halloween. 

 

Interesting video today about the Five Myths of being a Rotarian.  

 

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was on hand for his recognitions.  The trivia game by table challenged us with which aircraft companies jointly ran the supersonic airline passenger service. 

Then we learned how the Pacific Ocean got its name.    

Today’s Program:  Terry introduced Jennifer Martin who is an estate attourney to speak to us about estate planning and the importance of having an estate plan.  This was a valuable presentation for everyone because it identified the importance things about having an estate plan and pointed out the challenges of not having one.  Jennifer gave us examples of famous people who did and did not have estate plans and addressed the challenges we all face, especially if we leave this earth without the proper plan in place.  As we have learned in the past, a revocable trust is one of the best ways to address this eventuarlity.  Jennifer gave us examples of famous people who did not have the appropriate documents and how the outcome were not as effective as those that did have the documents.  Jennifer gave use examples of what happens when there us examples of what happnes when we do not have the documentation required.  Also remember that having a revocable trust will wllow you to avoid Probate.

 

Jennifer Martin – Estate Attorney

 

 

This was an excellent presentation the made it easy to understand how we can benefit from setting up a plan for the next step in our journey in this life.

 

 

Raffle Winners.The marble game ticket pulled belonged to Mark Figone who drew a catseye marble  Mark also won the bottle of wine.  Next week the pot will be $65. Michael had his ticket drawn for the wine.   

 

 

Thought for the Week: 

If you have thought about your family and what you need to do to make sure you do everything necessary when you pass on.  Take action on those items that seem incomplete.

 

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin November 1, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 1, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Sil led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today

 Announcements:

  • Holiday party on Dec 8th at the Richmond Art Center. This will be a joint party with Richmond Rotary
  • Jack gave us a summary of the donations made to the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation and reminded everyone who wants to make a donation to the recent Rotarians we lost to do so. If you are contacted by any of the survivors of these Rotarians to keep steer the donations to our foundation.
  • Marty reminded us that this month is our club’s foundation month and it is time for us all to make a donation of $100 or more to our PHF contribution.

 

Happy Dollars:   Gary is happy that the Interact club did 39 hours working for Halloween carnival that the city held for the community. Jack is happy about the tributes that Willie McCovey is receiving for being a loved SF Giant baseball player.  Michael is happy for his great trip to Maui, Hawaii with his family.  President Terry is happy about the great time he had with his daughters including school activities and outings.   

 

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today so be prepared for his return next week.

 

 

Today’s Program:

Since we did not have any speaker we had a group discussion of a number of things.. Jack started by sharing how much recognition he receives by simply wearing his Rotary pin.  Nancy told us the things that have happened in Cooperstown NY that stimulate conversations about Rotary.  There were a number of interesting stories about the old landmarks in the city and the situations that relate to these locations.  Many of the stories were about Rotary meeting and restaurantes and how things have changed in the past twenty to thirty years.  Terry adjourned the meeting and we held the drawings.

 

Raffle Winners.The marble game ticket pulled belonged to Sil who drew a catseye marble  Next week the pot will be $60. Michael had his ticket drawn for the wine.  Gary won a gift basket left over from Sip and Savor.  What a great prize.  Norma Buffon will be delighted with the olive oil and other goodies for cooking.

 

 

Thought for the Week: 

As this year draws to a close, what are the top five goals you are motivated to achieve?  Write these goals down and commit to the deadline of getting them completed.  Then you must allow someone else to keep you accountable otherwise you will less committed to completing these important goals.   The someone you choose to be your accountable person must be someone who respects you and you are not inclined to disappoint that individual.  –  Good work in setting this up!!

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 18, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

October 18, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Lee led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Today we had Davis Toddhunter a former Rotarian. We also had Sonya and Mack, Rotarians from the San Pablo Club..

 Announcements:

  • Saturday is the celebration of Marla’s life at 4p at the Double tree hotel in Berkeley.
  • Next Friday is the BARSHEEP mixer being held at Salute’s and they have a Halloween theme.
  • World Polio Day is next Wednesday Oct 24th. Mack told us about the significance of this date and what it means to Rotarians.  The subject of Polio brought up my memory that Lee was the El Cerrito Rotary President the year the program began and our club pledged $12000 to the RI fund for the year 1986. I believe that was the year but I might be off by a year or two.  That was a huge commitment and I remember wondering if we could do that
  • Marty announced that Sonya handed out a feedback sheet for everyone to complete and turn in to Sonya at the next meeting. This is to find out what we each of our opinions are about the various aspects of the event.
  • Sal told us all to be sure and read the latest issue of Rotarian Magazine as it has an article of what Rotary did during WWI to support our troops.  

 

Happy Dollars:   

Davis Todhunter is happy about the remembrance we did for Pat.  Rafael had healing dollars for the challenging things he and his family are going through.  Marty is happy Sonya and Mack from San Pablo Rotary are here today.  Michael is happy he and his family are going to Maui for a celebration with a portion of the family.  Mack is happy he could join us today.  President Terry had a wish dollar that Lee’s college team beats the competitor of Terry’s college team.

Sgt at Arms:   

No on duty today.

 

    

Today’s Program:

Lee introduced Fire Captain Joe Gagne of the EC Fire dept.  Joe had a great program on the use of drones in the fire fighting efforts for the department.  Joe had two drones that belong to the department, one small and one large.  Captain Gagne explained the difference in the drones and the difference in their applications.  He also explained the rules and disciplines that apply to their use. He explained the use of each drone and that their use is becoming more commonplace.  To demonstrate what he meant, he brought a video recording of an actual fire at Hilltop where the drone was used and what techniues they used in firefighting that the drone.  The video was very interesting as Capt Gagne explained what the video showed and what the firefighters response to these indicators were.  This was a very informative and interesting presentation we have had for a while.  Thanks to Rotarian Paul Keith for securing Captain Joe Gagne to speak to us today.

 

Fire Captain Joe Gagne ECFD

 

 

Raffle Winners.

The marble game ticket pulled belonged to Sil who was not as fortunate as last week when he won the pot.  Today he drew a black marble and it cost him $5.  Marty had his ticket drawn for the bottle of wine.      Next week the pot will be $55. 

 

 

Thought for the Week:  Have you ever wondered about how can there be such a successful TV country and western variety show – “HeeHaw” that ran for over 25 years.  Two of its main stars were guys from Canada one of them being a Shakespearian actor the other a TV writer and producer.  There was also a wonderful bunch of really talented musicians who had performed country and western music all their lives and performed in a kinds of urban settings then we able to graduate to the Grand Ole Opera.  They loved music and had belief in the success model that we have in our great country.  Makes me proud to be a country boy – Your editor.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 25, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

October 25, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Sal led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today

 

Announcements:

  • Terry announced the TGIFF in San Pablo. Sounds like a great event, go attend if you can.
  • Jane had another medical procedure and will be laid up for a couple of weeks. Terry wanted to make sure we cover the speakers for Nov and Dec in her absence.  We need a speaker for Nov 1st and Nov 8th.

   

 Happy Dollars:   

Marty is happy he went to Marla memorial and learned more about what she did in life and the positive impact she made on so many others.  Gary is happy the Interact members are doing grammar school visits and enjoying it.  Lee is happy about his daughter getting married and explained the parties and two weddings that will take place.  Jack is happy for his relaxing trip to Hawaii.  Sal had $3 and was happy for no good reason.  Terry is happy about his daughter’s excitement over Halloween.  Sonya is happy to be going to Las Vegas with her Mom for a vacation.

 

Sgt at Arms:  Sal did a great job on the table trivia but a couple of his questions were weak so he did not collect as much $$ as he wanted.

 

  • Terry played a celebration video about the progress of eliminating polio with the song written by Bob Marley. 

    

Today’s Program:

Lee introduced Jane and Rich Bartke to speak to us about the Sundar Shadi holiday display.  The story began in 1949 and over the next 50 years we learned about how the display began and was continually added to each year by Sundar until he had a display that took three lots and a staggering number of volunteers to put it up every year.  Sundar was an amazing person who came to this country as an immigrant and secured a masters degree in horticulture and owned a couple of gas stations and other assets.  He had the desire to make a difference and did exactly that.  He contributed $250 thousand dollars to the city to support the building of a new city hall.  The building has a historical room which honors Sundar and other who have made a difference   Sundar and his wife Dorothy have three daughters who has also been instrumental in a number of things including the continuation of Sundar’s display.  In 2000 the display was given to the city.  At that time the diplay had over 500 pieces.  There was a need for electricy for the display so its current location on Moeser an electric pole has been placed by PG&E and late Rotarian Mike Gonzalez being an electrician did a lot of the work to bring electricity to the location for the display.  Jane and Richard explained how the figures havev been maintained.  The display is set up Dec 15th and is taken down on Dec 27th.    This was an excellent presentation and gave us all a better understanding of the historical and current significance of the display.  We were given donation envelopes and other information about how to become involved.  It is possible to be a docent at the display to sign up send an email to Donna.houser@alumni.Berkeley .edu.  You can keep informed by visiting www.facebook.com/Sundar-shadi-holiday-display.com.  You can also volunteer for assisting restoration efforts.  These dates are 9:30 to 11:30a at the recycling center on March 10, Apr 14, May 19, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8 and Oct 13.  All dates are 2019.  It is amazing how much of the display has been restored but there is much more to do. Jane and Richard had a sheep with them that had been restored and it was impressive.

Jane and Richard Bartke spoke to us about the Sundar Shadi Holiday Display.  Sundar was 96 when he passed and he was still working on the display up to the end of his life.  Talk about a life mission!!

Jane and Richard Bartke 

A big thank you to Lee for inviting Jane and Richard to be our guests today!!!

 

 

Raffle Winners.

The marble game ticket pulled belonged to Sonya who drew a the gold marble and won the pot of $55..  Marty had his ticket drawn and won the tickets to the Opera.  Sonya won the bottle of wine.  Next week the pot will be $50. 

 

 

Thought for the Week: 

People like Sundar Shadi are such an inspiration and they represent a role model for the rest of us.  Always approach things with the end in mind and set up the circumstance so that you are not irreplaceable because just like the holiday display, it has now taken on a life that has a lot of people who are involved and want to see it continue.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 11, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 11, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

President Terry:  greeted everyone and Nancy led the pledge.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   None today

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanked the Sip and savor Committee led by Sonya, Sal and Jane for a great job. There will be some numbers available at the next meeting so stay tuned
  • Pres Terry reminded us of the fall District Rotary Seminar on Oct 20th.  

Happy Dollars:    Jan had $20 for the great Sip and Savor celebration and for her great golf game on Monday.  Gary had $5 for opportunity to introduce the new El Cerrito Principal to Rotarians and guests at the Sip and Savor and for the assistance that the Interact club members provided at the Sip and Savor event. Michael is happy for his friend wining the raffle ticket for Chee Panice.  

Sgt at Arms:  President Terry reminded everyone about the obligation we have to wear our Rotary lapel pins to the club meetings.  Those who forgot we allowed to pay the $5 recognition.. 

Ron Svien was recognized with a nice clock as a symbol for being an outstanding Rotarian and being so helpful in his position and BCC manager to help us be successful in our endeavors when used the club property for our events. 

   

Today’s Program:

Lee introduced Susan Schwartz who oversees the Friends of Five Creeks in El Cerrito and Albany.  She joined us to day to give us a bit of backgroud and understanding of the many porjects she oversees.  One of of the major creeks is Cerrito Creek the runs through the El Cerrito plaza.  She and the volunteer she works with have been involved in the efforts overseeing the maintenance and activities of five creeks the run down the hills and onto the bay.  The volunteeers along with the cities help do a lot of maintenance with the five creeks and have been doing so since 2004.  When the Plaza was rebuilt there has been mnay opportunities to have volunteers do a lot of work with cleanup and plant removal.  These volunteers have make a great difference in improving the maintenance of our hillside areas in El Cerrito, Albany and Richmond.  She gave us an excellent summary of their work and the many porjects they have been involved in.  Currently she and the Trail Trekkors are working with El Cerrito on the hillside trail project that has a Rotary grant for the signage.  Susan closed by telling us about the Weekly Weed Warrior activitys provided by the volunteeers. 

This was an excellent presentation that provided us a better understanding of what goes on our neighborhood.

Susan Schwartz was an excellent presenter and gave us an understanding of a very involved volunteer group.  Thanks to Rotarian Lee for inviting Susan to speak.

 

Raffle Winners.

The marble game prize (the gold marble) was selected and it won Sil $125.  Next week we start at $50.  The wine was won by Kanti.

 

Thought for the Week: 

Even though managers spend a majority of their time communicating, they are not necessarily effective communicators.

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 27, 2018

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 27, 2018

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    Rafael had is nephew Alex who is visiting from El Salvador.  Georgina Edwards from CCCT was setting in for Sonya to take care of Sip and Savor activities . 

 Announcements:

  • Our club will be hosting the TGIFF event on Friday at Los Moles. From 5:30p to 7:30p. We want as many El Cerrito Rotarians as possible to attend this event so come if you possibly can.
  • Jack gave us an update on his work with the VR equipment and using it at the Sip and Sa
  • Sat October 24th there will be a celebration of life for Marla Stevenson. There will be details of the celebration sent out to everyone so you can RSVP and attend.
  • Lee announced that October speakers are on track.
  • Saturday is Rotary Day at Cal Stadium for the Bears football game.
  • Nest Thursday Oct 4th we will be meeting at Los Moles, not the Berkeley club.
  • Steve announced that he discovered and African American inventor in the 1800 came up with the dry cleaning method for clothing. His name is Thomas Jennings.  Steve called our speaker from two weeks ago and gave her the information so she could include the info in her presentation.  Thanks Steve!!

 

Happy Dollars:     

Kanti is happy about all the work Jane is doing for sip and savor and asked her what was her secret for having so much energy.  Andy is happy his three sons are doing so well.  He recalled when he brought them to Rotary when they were just kids in grammar school.  Now they are in college. Georgina had happy dollars from a dog owner who is happy The Milo Foundation is one of the charities getting funding from Sip and Savor.  George is happy about the his return to Toronto for the 50 year class reunion for his college class.  Joe is happy about the Cleveland Browns winning a football game.  Terry is happy for his visit to Michigan for a football game.  Sil is happy for the golf game he played in with his son and Step Curry of the Warriors.  John is happy about the vacation he and wife Lois took down hiway 395 south to enjoy the fun places to visit.  Lee is happy for the bar he goes to that caters to Cleveland Browns.  Lee is also happy that the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A’s may meet in a baseball playoff.

 

Sgt at Arms:  not on today

Sip and Savor Review:  Jane did a review of the manpower requirements for Sip and Savor. She checked with us on specifics of the function at Sip and Savor functions to see where we have person power needs and we reviewed what we have thus far.  Looks things are going pretty well.  Remember to come to the club about 1:30p on the 7th and possibly earlier if you are on one of the set teams.

Today’s Program:   Jack gave us an introduction to Virtual Reality us and how it will be used at Sip and Savor..  He also gave us all a chance to learn how the process is done so we can do the same thing.  We learned that you can use the videos that are on the Rotary International website.  These videos are quite good and go a long way to promoting what we and Rotary does.  Lee gave us a rundown on the posters he getting for the Sip and Savor Event.  They are “help wanted” and we were asked to use these to speak to our Sip and Savor guests in promoting Rotary.  This may be a much easiser ways to attract new members that what we are currently doing.  We must all become better equipped to sell Rotary, expecially the old guys like myself.  Thanks Lee for an effort that is above and beyond and I know it will pay off.  Sal encouraged all Rotarians to visit the folks staffing the vendor booths and thank them personally for all their efforts.  Let’s make a great impression on everyone and especially the vendors who brought their resources to come and help us create a successful event.    

 

Steve Sadler brought some information on Tamara Shiloh’s talk two three weeks ago.  Here is the story of an African Inventor who developed the dry cleaning method.  Steve was compelled to bring this information so it could be shared.  Steve and his wife were owners of a dry cleaning store in Albany for many years and want this to be shared.

 

 

Thomas L. Jennings

was the first black man to receive a patent.

 

The patent was awarded on March 3, 1821 (US Patent 3306x) for his discovery of a process called dry-scouring which was the forerunner of today’s modern dry-cleaning.

 

   

Thomas L Jennings was born free to a free African-American family in New York City. As a youth, he learned a trade as a tailor, which included dry-cleaning. He built a business and married a woman named Elizabeth, who was born in 1798 in Delaware into slavery and died March 5, 1873. Under New York’s gradual abolition law of 1799, she was converted to the status of an indentured servant and was not eligible for full emancipation until 1827. Children born to slave mothers before 1827 were considered to be born free, but were required to serve apprenticeships to the mothers’ masters until they reached their mid- to late 20s.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Details of Jennings’ patent were lost in a fire at the U.S. Patent Office in 1836, but his life, which included leadership in the movement for the abolition of slavery as well as success as a tailor and drycleaner, was documented by the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass in a memorial written upon Jenning’s death in 1859. He first published the article in his Frederick Douglass Paper. It was reprinted in the April, 1859, issue of The Anglo-African.

 

 

Raffle Winners

Gary had his ticket pulled for the bottle of win and donated it to Sabina for her great work with the raffle.  .Kanti had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a black marble costing him $5.  The pot next week will be $125.

Genie Stone:  was won by Andy for October.

Thought for the week:

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Senator Barry Goldwater, 1909 – 1998