Weekly Rotary Bulletin for Sept 14, 2017

 

 

  El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 14, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

Past President Jack:  Opened today’s meeting by greeting everyone.  The flag salute was led by Mark Figone and Jack provided the thought for today by asking us for a moment of silence for those who endured the two hurricanes..

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

None Today

Announcements:

  • Jack announced that our club contributed $1945 to the Hurricane relief effort for Texas. The money is being send to the Rotary District in Tx that is coordinating the effort.
  • October 16th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Sonya announced the new Sip and Savor Sponsors.
  • Oct 10 is the Rotary Board meeting
  • Jan told everyone they can begin turning in the raffle prizes next Thursday.

 

Happy Dollars:    

Mark Figone is happy to be here today and gave $5 in honor ofl those who made smart remarks about him being here.  Jane is happy she had a great vacation going to Chapel Hill to see her Cal Bears play a football game.  Jan had $6 for her sister Carol who will be visiting her in a few days.  Joe had $5 for a few reasons.  Emperor Norton had a happy dollar as he is glad he was here today.

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty today and recognized Mark F and Joe C

Today’s Program. 

Tracy introduced Emperor Norton (played by Bill Hodges) who was on hand to explain a bit about the history of this colorful individual.  The Emperor Norton was borne in London in 1818.  He grew up in England and came to the US in 1849.  His father passed away and left $40000 to his son. This large amount of money was turned into more than $250K and The Emperor speculated on selling rice to China during the famine.  Some miscalculation on the part of the Emperor resulted in him being nearly penniless in San Francisco.  Where he decided to declare himself the Emperor of the US and Mexico.  He became an interesting person who lived in SF and was essentially hosted by various hotels and eateries for the rest of his life.  He was such a colorful character in SF that when he died in 1880 some 30000 people came to his funeral. 

Bill Hodges works for the Potomac Association and has spoken to our club one before when the subject was the USS Potomac.    This was a most entertaining presentation as the Emperor was in full uniform to set the tone for the talk. 

Thanks to Tracy for hosting the Emperor.

Emperor Norton of the United States and Protector of Mexico

 

 

Raffle Winners:  Jan won the bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $130.

 

 

Thought for the week:

The known is a prison.  The unknown is pure potentiality.

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for September 7, 2017

 

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 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 Nancy and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

 Sal had his friend Peter Ross a retired math professor.   We also had Georgina Edwards of the CCCT with us today and she told us about her plan to provide day care for some of her friends children so the parents can attend Sip and Savor.

Announcements:

  • Sip and Savor donations. Jan passed out sheets on which you can annotate the details of the donation.  Be sure and turn in the donations the Thursday before Oct 1st.
  • October 16th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Sept 16 is the EC Centennial celebration.
  • Oct 12 is the DG visit to our club
  • Sonya announced we are very close to our Sip and Savor sponsorship goal
  • Oct 10 is the Rotary Board meeting

Happy Dollars:    

Marty had $5 for his upcoming trip to the east coast.  Michael is happy to be going to Chicago.  Gary is happy for Norma having a visit from her sister from Kentucky.  Don is happy to be going on a vacation to Truckee.  Sarah is happy to be going to an Art Camp which she plans to enjoy greatly.  Terry is happy to going on a trip to see his Ohio State Buckeye football team compete.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduced our speaker for today:  Chris Kubik from MCE clean energy producers.  Ms Kubik gave us the history of the company and how it grew up.  In 2001 electricity was deregulated in California.  In 2008 MCE was born to provide green electricity to local communities.  In 2014 the El Cerrito City Council agreed to add MCE as a electricity provider.  El Cerrito is now the second largest customer for this energy.  MCE serves Marin and Solano Co as well as Benicia and other Contra County cities.  Chris explained the reason why MCE was developed and how it has become a large scale solar energy provider.  MCE built large scale solar plants ion Richmond.  Chris answered many questions and helped us understand the relationship between PG&E and MCE in terms of how they provide the electricity resource.  This was a very informative presentation.  Thanks to Sarah for arranging for Chris to speak to us.

Chris Kubik from MCE

 

Raffle Winners:  Marty won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a black marble costing him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $125.

Sarah provided a bonus raffle prize of a jar of jelly and bouquet of flowers which Mark Scott was the lucky winner.  Thank you Sarah!!

 

Thought for the week:

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.

– Benjamin Franklin

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 31, 2017

 

 

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

August 31, 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:

  • No board meeting on Sep 5th
  • Put Sept 16 on your calendar for the El Cerrito Centennial
  • Sip and Savor donations. Jan passed out sheets on which you can annotate the details of your donations to Sip and Savor.  Bring you completed form and the item to Terry at a Rotary meeting or remember that you must turn them in with the form on Oct 1 prior to 1pm.  That means you will have to go to the Club and make sure they are turned in!!
  • October 16th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Jane passed out the new Rotary Club shirts. They are beautiful and we owe $35 for them.  Give check to the treasurer.  If you did not get your shirt Jane will make sure you get your new shirt.  They are nicely made and fit well.  My shirt fits and looks good!!  Thanks to Jane for all her efforts.
  • Sonya told us about the new Sip and Savor sponsors.
  • Terry told us that District 5840 in Texas has set up an account for donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Bring your check or $$ donation to next week meeting.  A collection was taken today for those who want to make a contribution immediately.  Not sure how much was collected today.  We will have a better idea after next meeting because the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation is going to match our individual donations.  Remember to bring your check of money for the Rotary effort to our meeting on September 7.

Happy Dollars:    

Mark Scott had $100 for lthe “great friendship” from club members who sent cards and visited him while he was recuperating from his stay in the hospital.   Lee is happy his son has landed a promotion in his company where he will be working with the new CEO on ways to strengthen the automation being used.  Lee is very proud of his son!!

 

Sgt at Arms Sal: Was on duty today and recognized Nancy, Jan and Don. 

Special presentation:  President Terry gave Lee special recognition as Rotarian of the Month for his results for the funding he was able to obtain from the RI Foundation for the sign project for the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers project.  Terry expressed his heartfelt thank you for all the effort that Lee put into this successful grant of $10000.

 Today’s Program. 

Jack introduced Sherwin Harris Assistant Director of the Bay Area Rescue Mission to speak to us about the successes they have achieved over the past year.  Sherwin knows how things work because he was a client of the Mission in 1988.  Sherwin shared two short videos as a way to set up his talk on how the organization helps homeless.  Rafael is the one who invited Sherwin.  Rafael was doing some work for the Mission by installing new carpets in building at the facility and thought it would be good for us to learn more about what is happening there.  The Mission has a new project to expand the bed capacity by 115 beds.  Currently they can provide beds for 250 people.  This three million dollar project is in the final stages of planning and about two thirds of the money to complete the project has been raised.  Sherwin told us about the volunteer and other support the Mission receives.  Last year the Mission building were reroofed and as mentioned Rafael put in new carpet in many of the buildings.   This was an excellent presentation that gave us a lot of quality information about this great community resource.  Thanks to Rafael for inviting Sherwin.

Sherwin Harris – East Bay Rescue Mission

 

Raffle Winners:  Gary won the bottle of wine.  Gary also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye so he got a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $120.

Genie Stone:  Michael Chang won the magic stone for September.

Thought for the week:

Remember it is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog that is important.

 

 

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for August 24, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 24, 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    Sil and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Visiting Rotarians included Linda Wickstrom from Wisconsin, PDG Fred Collingnon Neal Wells from Lafayette and George Trillia’s wife Norma.

Announcements:

  • Remember that the Board meeting on Sept 5th in September
  • Be sure and sign up for the El Cerrito Centennial parade.
  • Sil reported on attending the time capsule event at City Hall and that our Rotary Flag was one of the items placed in the time capsule.
  • Sonja summarized the status of fund raising and reminded us that we need to solicite more sponsores

Happy Dollars:    

Jack is happy about the stories in Rotarian Magazine regarding countries that some of our fellow Rotarians are from.   Gary is happy that PDG Fred joined us today.  Fred is happy for the his grandkids being at Lake Tahoe and for the foundation projects that are going on this year.  Sal is happy about his trip to Sacramento where he got a group of politicians to agree to support our veterans..  Past President Kanti is happy to be a new Grandfather.  President Terry is happy he had a break from the family for a few days and is looking forward to their return.  Nobuko is happy that longtime friend is visiting her after a long absence.  Don is happy his sone hand his family visited for a week   Rafael is happy about the Hilltop Mall being upgraded and he got some of the work.  Sarah is happy about the High School Garden and school starting.

Sgt at Arms Sal: Not on duty today. 

Special presentation:  PDG Fred presented the check for $10000 to Lee and Pres Terry for the grant for the signs for the El Cerrito trails.  Foundation Chair Marty, Fred, Lee (who wrote the application, Kanti – Past President and current President Terry

 

Today’s Program. 

Lee introduced Mark Miner of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers to speak to us about the trails they oversee.  This group will be the go to folks for the securing of signs and installation on the El Cerrito Trails.    Mark gave us a summary of the organization and what they do.  In short, they coordinate and oversee the roughly one mile area of trails in the area surrounding the old quarry and part of the hillside area.  The main entrance to the trails is at Schmidt Lane.  The trail area has been in place for some 30 years.  There is a map on the web at ECTrailtrekers.org.  Check it out.  Mark summarized some of the key things that Trekkers do in terms of this important project.  Our Rotary Club applied for and was selected for a District 5160 grant for signage for the trails.   Mark explained that signage and how it will be placed so it amplifies the trail system and provides guidance to more of the community to enjoy the opportunity to enjoy the trails. Mark pointed out the two main entrances to the trails, one at Navalier and Blake.  The other at Schmidt lane near the recycling center.  Mark answered a number of questions.  This was an excellent presentation.  Thanks Lee for arranging for Mark to make his presentation,

 

Mark Miner – El Cerrito Trail Trekkers

 

Raffle Winners:  Marty won the bottle of wine.  Sil had his ticket pulled for the marble game and had Nobuko pull the marble.  It was catseye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $115.

Thought for the week:  

If you want to know how much good works Rotary is involved in, just look for a Rotary Wheel on things as you travel around.  It is truly amazing how many times you will see the Rotary Wheel displayed on a lot of different objects, including flag pole stands, gazebos, and park benches. .It is an honor to be a Rotarian!!

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for August 10, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 10, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

 

President Terry:  Welcomed us to the Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club.  The flag salute was led by Nancy and Terry provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   

Richmond Rotarian Alan Baer was visiting today to hear his daughter Stephanie tells us about her Camp Royal experience.

Announcements:

  • President Terry told us the Sept Board meeting will be held Sept 5th @ 12:30p
  • Sip and Savor will have a short meeting after the Rotary meeting
  • Branding committee will have a short meeting after the Rotary meeting
  • Terry reiterated the speaker teams and the responsibility for getting speakers and providing Jan with the information
  • Terry thanked Jack for running the meeting last week while Terry was dealing with an emergency with his leg
  • Jane told us about the new Rotary shirts that will be ordered and asked everyone to indicate their size so she can get the order in so we have the shirts before the El Cerrito Centennial celebration on Sept 16th
  • Sonya announced the 4 new sponsors for Sip and Savor

 

Happy Dollars:    Marla is happy to be going to Tahoe with her extended family.  Tracy is happy about the trip she had taking daughter Sarah back to her college.  Jack is happy about taking his Thunderbird to the Concourse DE Elegance at Monterey.  Gary is happy the Camp Royal Speakers are here today and also for the latest Sharon Tennison email up on the recent Russian trip.

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today

Marty gave us a rundown on the El Cerrito Rotary Club Foundation and how it serves our club. After his presentation there was a good Q&A.

Today’s Program:

Gary introduced our speakers today, Stephanie Baer and Ashley Byrne who attended Camp Royal in June and were on hand to give us the highlights of their experiences. 

They showed some videos which gave us a good idea of the activities and events they were involve in at camp.  As is always the case Stephanie and Ashley shared the highlights and impactful things they experienced.  One of the major things that was pointed out was how the camp pushed the participants out of their comfort zone and how they realized they could do more than they expected.

 

President Terry, Ashley Byrne & Stephanie Baer

 

 Raffle Winners:  Jack won a bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $110.

 Thought for the week:  

Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.—Arthur Godfrey

 

Rotary Bulletin for August 3, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 3, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

 Past President Jack:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Joe Yang and Jack provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Sonya had two guests from El Cerrito Royal.  Marlene and Sally.

Announcements:

  • The El Cerrito Rotary Foundation board is meeting after today’s meeting
  • Sonya thanked everyone for their sponsorship and encouraged everyone to seek out a sponsor We have $19300 in sponsorships and our goal is $30000
  • Tracy reported that Sept 16 is the El Cerrito Centennial Parade. She will make a list of people who volunteer so they get the info for participating
  • Sil announced he got Mark Figone caught up on recognition’s
  • Tracy held a branding meeting after our club meeting. She will be giving updates on the things that are going on with this important project.

 

 

Happy Dollars:    Sonya is happy for El Cerrito Royal is filled with residences which makes it nice and she can get help from her staff for Sip and Savor.  Jorge is happy for 63 years of Marriage.  Sal is happy for his birthday.  Michael is happy for his 37th anniversary.  Don is happy for the sale of his sailboat.  Kanti is happy he will become a grandfather.  Tracy is happy about the successful TGIFF mixer at McBeers.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal: Was on duty today and acknowledged anniversaries.  But he recognized for $$$ Larry, Gary and Joe Yang.

 

Today’s Program. 

Jack introduced Marla Stevenson to speak to us about a topic she is very familiar with, Public Education. She began by sharing a bit about herself and her long term participation in Public Education from teacher to superintendent.  Marla gave us a review of her background sharing that her father was from Scotland and her five siblings.  She indicated that whe was blessed with high quality teachers and schools.  We were also informed that she believes our public education system is Very Good as well as providing access for all students.  Marla began her education in college with the study of social psychology in which she went on to get a Masters and PhD.  As an aside she shared a story of being involved in a expulsion hearing of a fifteen teaching where she worked her way up to Superintendent.  Marla reiterated that she believes in our public school system and explained the evidence for this belief by sharing the International rankings where the US ranks in the top five in the world.  She also gave us the dollar per student expenditure ranking which is $12k per student in the US.  Most of the money spent on Public schools is for post-secondary funding.  This means most of the dollars on spent on college.   She went on to explain the impact of charter schools and vouchers.  She closed her presentation by sharing her two major concerns:  Home schooling, because of the lack of oversight of requirement and the challenge of retaining quality teachers and attracting quality teachers due to limitations on salaries for teacher moving to a new school.   This was a very well done presentation.  We will need another presentation from Marla to expand on these fascination issues.  Thank you Marla for giving us the introduction of you as our new Rotarian and some key insight into the Public Education from someone who has been there, done that!!

 

Marla Stevenson – our newest Rotarian and Public School veteran

 

 

 Raffle Winners:  Sonya and Don each won a bottle of wine.  Sal had his ticket pulled for the Warriors T-Shirt that Sil donated.  Sal also had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $105

 

 

Thought for the week:  

Rotary Club of El Cerrito – The Friendly Club where everyone enjoys being involved in benefitting the city, the community and providing service above self.  Come join us and find out why we feel so strongly about this.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 27, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

July 27, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 First of all:  Thanks once again to Jan for doing a great job of taking notes for the second week in a row.  The only challenge was that Jan had to capture and very busy and informative meeting.  Like always she came through with great results.

 President Terry:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Jack and Terry provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Jim’s guest was Mayra Martinez.  Lee’s guest was Molly Hazen and Mike Miner from Trail Trekkers.  Julia Phalen and her father James were also on hand today.

Announcements:

  • TGIFF is at McBear’s tomorrow
  • RotoCare volunteer spots are filled
  • Tracy announced the Branding Committee is meeting next Thursday after our club meeting.
  • The Rotary Board meeting is Aug 8th at 12:30p at the club
  • Berkeley Rotary club is having their big fundraiser this weekend.
  • Sonya gave a quick update on Sip and Savor. She has passed out most of the tickets to Rotarians.  Effective August 1st ticket for the event will be available on-line.  Go to http://cerritovistasipandsavor.com/ and you are on your way to getting the tickets.  Be sure and have this handy to give to your friends who want to use this simple way of getting tickets.

Happy Dollars:  Terry had a great vacationJack has 29 of the 59 club rosters.  Molly announced the National Night Out on August 1st.  Tracy is happy the Branding Committee is all set up.  Lee got a check for a sponsorship for Sip and Savor. He also got a letter indicating our club secured a $10000 grant for the sign project for the El Cerrito Trails.  He also got a sponsorship for Sip and Savor.  Marty was happy about Julia winning the scholarship. Sarah was happy about the very moving show at the DeYoung Museum.  Myra was happy to be here. 

Sgt at Arms Sal: Not on duty today.

Today’s Program. 

We had a lot of things going on today.

  • Mark Miner described the El Cerrito Trails that we will have secured funding for signage. Mark will present more to us in August to our club
  • President Terry will be honoring a Rotarian of the month each month of his Rotary Year. This will be Terry’s way of recognizing their outstanding service.  This month’s award went to Sarah because of her work with the club Roster and accepting to be Co-Treasurer.
  • Nobuko presented a book scholarship to Julia Phalen. Her father Jim was on hand to see he get a $2000 check.  For the newer members, this book scholarship was established by Nobuko and has helped a lot of Interact members with the high cost of books.  Thanks to her for the ongoing effort and her legacy of Service Above Self!!

President Terry then asked two of our new members (George Trillia and Thomishia Booker) to do a brief “Who am I” that would help us get to know them better:

  • George joined Rotary in Argentina in 1975. He expressed his love for America and how happy he is to be a citizen of the US.  He has five children and has been a contractor here until he retired.
  • Thomishia told us about her journey to our club. She lives in Concord.  Has a Masters degree in social work.  He like to have options and has set her life up so that can happen.  She and her husband have a one year old son.  Tomishia wrote a children’s book series that will be coming out in October.

 Raffle Winners:  Thomisha won the bottle of wine.  She also had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a cats-eye giving her a prize from the fun box.  Next week the jackpot will be $100

 Genie Stone:  Nobuko won the Magic Stone for August.

Thought for the week:  

Democracy is more dangerous than fire; Fire cannot vote itself immune to water. –Michael Z. Williamson

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 20, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 20, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 First of all:  Thanks to Jan for doing a great job of taking notes.  The only challenge was they came into my email upside down so I got dizzy working to read upside down.  Usually I can rotate them on my computer but not this time. 

 President Marty:  Kicked off today’s meeting in the absence of President Terry.  The flag salute was led by Rafael and Marty provided the thought for the day.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Don’s wife Mary was with us today. 

Announcements:

  • Mark Scott was in hospital but is out now
  • Sonya announced that 65% of our club are Sip and Savor Sponsors. She is still looking for more vendors
  • Paul Keith announced a fund raiser for fighting cancer
  • TGIFF for this month is being hosted by our club. Be sure and attend if you can.  Gary will just be leaving Yellowstone so he can’t make it
  • Marla and Jack volunteered for the RotoCare dinner for August 29th

 

Happy Dollars:  Jane is happy to be going on vacation,  Lee is happy he had a good vacation, Paul Keith is happy about summertime fun, Jack is happy to see Club Rotarians who haven’t been here for a while, Steve is happy he had a great anniversary celebration and did not have to pay $5 to the Sgt at Arms, Don is happy to have his guests today as speaker and that wife Mary could attend.  There were two grumpy tables today and Jim Spain told a story that got him banished from the table. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Asked three Rotarians trivia questions, Michael got his wrong, Jane got her wrong answer, Sil got his answer correct.

Today’s Program.

 Don introduced the guest speakers today:  Torben and Judy Bensen to tell us about their eight month sailing adventure.  The trip was successful because of preplanning and considering all the challenges that might occur in their travel from Richmond to Denmark.  The trip took them through the Panama Canal.  They visited Cuba and navigated many canals on the way to Denmark.  The couple took advantage of electronic navigational charts and were able to succeed in a great adventure.  Thank you Don for inviting Torben and Judy to speak to our club!!

(Why do I always miss the outstanding presentations – editor).

 Raffle Winners:  Jan won the bottle of wine.  Jane had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black one which cost her $5.   Next week the jackpot will be $95

 Thought for the week:  Definition of success:  The progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals.  –  The trip by the Torben’s is a perfect example of this notion.

 

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for July 13, 2017

President –Terry Kotsatos

 

President Elect To Be Determined

 

Secretary –John Hoagland

 

Treasurer –Michael Chang/Sarah Sirchuck

 

Sergeant at Arms –Sal Compagno

 

Comptroller –Lee Prutton

Immediate Past President –Kanti Patel

 DIRECTORS

International Service – Rafael Cartegena

 

Community Service- Mike Gonzalez

 

Vocational Service – Gary Buffon

 

Club Service – Jane Del Simone

 

Membership Service- Jack Freethy

 Branding Director and External Communication – Tracy Giles

Bulletin Editor – Gary Buffon

 

District Governor- Gary Vilhauer

 

Rotary International President – Ian H,S. Riseley

 

 


This is the first club bulletin for 2017-18 and it contains some additional things not usually found at the end of the weekly bulletin.  Let me know what you think about this.  Editor

 

 

  El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

July 13, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

President Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Frank Lee and Terry provided the thought.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Frank Lee and three Richmond Rotarians were with us today.  Also joining us were Allen Jinon his father Noel.

Announcements:

  • President Terry announced he will be absent for the next two weeks
  • July’s BARSHEEP TGIFF event will be July 28th at McBeers and is hosted by our club
  • Jane told us about the Sept 16th El Cerrito Centennial parade in which members of our club will be participating. Rotary banners and shirts are on order and we will each purchase a new Rotary shirt for the event so we look GOOD.
  • RotoCare dinner service is our responsibility for Aug 2, 15 and 29. Two of the dates are covered, need one more person for the 29th
  • The new club rosters are available. Be sure and pick up a couple for yourself. 
  • Sonya provided an update on Sip and Savor and made sure the tickets for the event were passed out. She also reviewed the sponsorship status for our members

Happy Dollars:  

Terry is happy about going on vacation which he has planned for some time.  Frank Lee is happy to be attending Terry’s first meeting as club president.  Marty is happy Frank joined us today.  Jan is happy she was able to get a suite at the Hotel Mac as a raffle prize for Sip and Savor.  Jack is $20 happy for Myra Martinez is going through the process to become a Rotarian.  Tracy is happy about being a Rotarian and it making it possible to get into a fireworks show at Tahoe because of a fellow Rotarian.  One of the visiting Richmond Rotarians is happy to be visiting the club.  Joe is happy to not be treasurer this year. 

 Sgt at Arms Sal: Made his introductory Sergeant duties go as easy as possible and deferred the recognitions until next time.  He did acknowledge Sil’s 51st wedding anniversary.

 

 

Allen Jinon is presented $1000 Book Scholarship award:  Allen was awarded one of the two book scholarships for this year.  He was able to have his father present to see him get the award.  The picture I had would not load.  

 

 

 

Today’s Program.

President Terry shares plans and goals for 2017-18

President Terry led his first meeting today.  He began by acknowledging Jack as a key person for recruiting Terry into the El Cerrito Rotary Club.  Terry then acknowledged Kanti for being a good mentor for the position of President.  Then he explained the importance of the Rotary slogan for the year:  Rotary Making a Difference.  From there Terry explained the main goals for this year:  Foundation support, Branding and Membership.  The notion of sharing, promoting and bragging will be a major part of the branding theme.  Rotarian Tracy will head up this effort by holding a Director position on the board so the proper emphasis can be placed on this effort.  We will all be part of this effort so be ready to jump in with hour energy and efforts.  The last item was the goal to have a 40 member club.  We have 34 members now so gaining six new members will be a major challenge but one which is very worthwhile.

 

Terry invited Jack to provide a summary of the El Cerrito Rotary Foundation and how it fits into the overall scope of our Rotary club.  In short, the foundation provides a fundamental asset for the club so it can do more things.  Since it inception over a decade ago, the foundation has grown to about $150K.

President Terry explains his goals for the Rotary Year

 

 

 

Raffle Winners:  Michael won the twelve pack of beer.  Don had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye.   Next week the jackpot will be $90

 

From the Archives a message with current emphasis:  

From our club bulletin in July 8 1965:  A help wanted ad in the  club bulletin:  Bulletin Editor is interviewing for reporters.  All interested parties contact Myron Jacobs. 

Your current bulletin editor Gary Buffon is also interviewing for those who would be interested in being the bulletin scribe.   It is not a difficult job but one that is key to our club’s success.  .Let’s get some new blood into this interesting and fun position.  You can begin by stepping in from time to time to make sure we cover for the club bulletin.  I will be gone the next two Thursdays and Jane is taking notes for me.  What would be most helpful is that you check with Jan and see how easy this task can be.  You just have to record things at the Rotary meeting and then email a copy of your notes to Gary and he will complete the bulletin and email it to our members..

Gary Buffon – Editor

 

Rotary History:  July 1965 there were 11,933 Rotary Clubs in 27 countries with 565,250 members and 694 Interact Clubs. 

Today:  35,533 Rotary Clubs; 1,233,172 members and 21,560 Interact clubs with 495,580 members.

Comment:  Interesting how Service Above Self has grown among you folks. 

 

Thought for the week:  Just when you thought everything was under control you realized just how wrong you were.

 

 

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for June 29, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

June 29, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

 

President Elect Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Mark Scott and Terry provided the thought which was about our country’s Independence..

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Sonya’s guest was Kara Turner.  James Lee was visiting from Richmond.  John Sisal was also a guest.

 

Announcements:

  • No Rotary meeting on July 6th
  • Club Board meeting is July 11 at 12:30 at the Berkeley Country club formerly the Mira Vista.   
  • Sept 16th is El Cerrito’s Centennial celebration. Rotarians will be able to march in the parade.
  • Jan gave us the rundown on how monthly speaker captains make sure to let Jan know who will be speaking on their dates.
  • Sonya told us about the Sip and Savor website being updated. Also the newest vendors and the need for a chocolate, check and spirits vendor.

 

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about his trip to the Rotary Convention and enjoying the 40k attendees.  Don is happy about his attendance at the Rotary Convention and thanked Jack and Mark for being there too.  Jane is happy that the Giants won.  Gary is happy that the Camp Royal attendees will be speaking on Aug 10th.  Tracy is happy that Terry has been such a good financial planner for her and her family.  Daughter Sarah was able to buy a new car.  Lee is happy about getting old and explained some of the actions he was involved in. 

 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil: Was on for his last time for his year as Sgt.  He recognized Frank for getting the award.  Nobuko for her anniversary,  Don for his 53rd anniversary.  Ron for his birthday and Jack for his anniversary.

Induction of Marla Stevenson:  Jack, Joe Conwill (Marla’s sponsor) and Jane welcomed Marla into the club with the classification of Retired Educator.   After conduction the induction, Jack welcomed Marla and everyone stood and acknowledged her to the club.  This was a very nice ceremony.

 

Jack administers the Rotary Club induction to Marla Stevens – Joe looks on

Today’s Program. 

Steve introduced Joe Yang to present his program on Scottish Whiskey.  Joe told us the story of scotch whiskey and specifically single malt Scotch.  Which means that the product is from one distillery in Scotland.  We were shown a map of Scotland and Joe highlighted the specific regions that sell Single Malt Scotch.  He also explained how the whiskey is distilled and some of the unique characteristics of the drink.  We were given a chance to sample two different types of Scotch.  The one that Joe prefers is Balvinie.  The Ardbeg Scotch was also provided for sampling.  The taste of Scotch is like any other complete consumable that requires understanding of what is involved. 

 

 

Joe Yang prior to his presentation on Scotch Whiskey

 

 Raffle Winner:  Nobuko won the bottle of scotch.  Steve had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black marble which cost him $5. Michael won the bouquet of flowers that Sarah provided for the raffle today. Next week the jackpot will be $85

Genie Stone:  Won by Don which also means he got to select three items from the basket of fun. 

Thought for the week:  

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln