Maureen Dixon – Site Coordinator – Writer Coach Connection program at El Cerrito High

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of September 5, 2013

Acting President Kathleen welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Sonja and the thought for the day was provided by Kathleen.

Upcoming Club speakers and Board meetings schedule:

  • Sept 12 – Erza Herzog – Medical Insurance issues
  • Rotary Club Board Meeting Sept 17 – please RSVP to President Jim regarding your attendance and agenda items
  • Sept 19 – Linda Yuan and Josh Ko EC Interact members will tell us about their Camp Royal experience
  • Sept 26 – Fellowship day
  • Oct 3 – Gary Buffon – growing up in the high desert


  • Solano Stroll activities this Sunday:  Two places for Rotarians to be include the BARSHEEP booth and the Rob Roy Canoe selling booth.  The Interact club is providing volunteers to help us cover the event.
  • Fund raising report by Karen.  Keep selling your tickets.  Sponsorships are available through Sept 19th.

Happy Dollars: 

Kathleen is happy to be going to her first professional ball game (an A’s game).  Tracy is happy that Nancy was able to help one of her clients with a trust for their parent who had passed away.  Mark Scott is happy about the three week trip he took with Cindi and Jack and Carol Freethy.  They visited three Presidential libraries:  Hoover, Eisenhower and Lincoln.  Jack had $10 to express his happiness about the trip.  Marty is happy his trip to Turkey is coming up in less then three weeks.

Sgt at Arms Steve:   Recognized Anniversaries for Karen, Mark Scott and Frank S.  Birthday recognitions were for John Hoagland (#75), Nancy and Tracy.

Today’s Program:

Jim Shepherd introduced today’s speaker Maureen Dixon who is the site coordinator for the Writers Coach Connection program at El Cerrito High.  Accompanying Maureen was Tom Waller who is a fellow Rotarian (Richmond club) and board member for the Writers Coach Connection (WCC).   Maureen began her presentation by giving us an overview of the work being done by WCC.  The organization currently has 660 coaches around the East Bay that serve public schools in providing writing coaches to English classes.  Maureen asked Tom to show us the video of the coaching program.  In it we learned about the experiences and results that come to both the coaches and students.  One of the best part of this process is it is such a win-win as the both the coach and the student win.  In addition to a very positive outcome there are documented results of the effectiveness of this program.  An added benefit of the program is the overall positive impact of adults who learn more about working with students and the students who understand their importance to adults.  After the video, Maureen gave us some specifics about the results of this program and encouraged us to consider becoming a writing coach.   This is a great program that allows adults to make a difference with young people while learning more about what motivates young people.

Maureen spent about 15 minutes answering a number of questions.  What an excellent presentation!!

Today’s Lottery Winners:  Sal had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $75.

Thought for the Week: 

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher




Richmond Art Center (RAC) & Interact Book Scholarship Presentation

Editor:  Gary Buffon – Week of June 27, 2013

ECHS Book Scholarships

Past President Karen welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Nancy and then Karen provided the thought for the day.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Today’s guests included Clara Lengacher Past Pres of EC Interact, Andrew Noble, Past VP of EC Interact and Qiqi Tang, Past VP of EC Interact.


  • Lee reminded us of his Chamber Mixer tonight at Abbey Pet Hospital
  • Sal reminded us of a pancake breakfast at the Albany Vets Hall in Memorial Hall on July 4th. It is a fundraiser for the Lion’s.

Happy Dollars:

Nancy is unhappy that she has a conflict tonight and will not be able to attend the mixer at Lee’s vet clinic.  Marty is happy to be in good company at Rotary.  Michael Chang had a happy dollar but I failed to get the reason.  Gary B had $5 for having the Interact officer being at Rotary to get awarded their scholarships.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Terry recognized for knowing that Karen walked her family all over SF to find a gourmet hamburger on her birthday.  Karen was acknowledged for walking her family all over the place to find a hamburger.

Today’s Program:

Terry introduced Ric Ambrose, Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center (RAC) to speak to us about what is happening with this great organization.

Ric explained the mission of the RAC and provided us with some history.  The center began in the 1930’s as a way to bring art to Richmond.  After WWII there was a need for art in the area as the population had grown from 30,000 to over 100,000. In the early 1950s a bond issue was passed that called for the building of the current Art Center at the Richmond Civic Center.  At this point in time it has the legacy of being one of the foremost art centers on the West Coast.

The center hosts a breadth of art classes that cover everything from fine jewelry and weaving (the center has more looms than anywhere in the bay area) and a number of other disciplines.  In addition, there is a program call STEAM which teaches aspiring young artists about the integration of science, technology, engineering and mechanization to allow one to understand how things work.  The center focuses on including families in the enjoyment and creation of art.  Finally, the RAC collaborates with other organizations to foster the development and promotion of all things art.  At the end of his presentation, Ric answered many questions.  This was an excellent presentation.

Richmond Art Center Website

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Gary B had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.

Genie Stone:

Kanti had his ticket pulled and wins the benefits of the magic stone for July.

Thought for the Week:

Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith