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

Rotary Bulletin for June 22, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

June 22, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

Let me begin by thanking Jan for taking the notes so I could pass this info along to our membership.

 President Kanti welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Jane and Kanti provided the thought which was about words about the 40,000 people who attended the International convention.  Mark Scott also voiced some of his thoughts.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  John had guests Georgina Edwards, and Alex and Kathleen Ray who were present to hear our guest speaker Kathleen Ray.

Announcements:

  • No Rotary meeting on July 6th
  • Club Board meeting is Jun 27th at 12:30 at the Berkeley Country club formerly the Mira Vista. All new and old board members are expected to be there. 
  • Jane is still collecting for those who did not pay for their demotion dinner
  • Sonja announced she secured another winery for the event
  • Frank was presented a Service plaque for his tireless work in making sure we have everything we need for our meetings. The award is often called the Rotarian of the Year for our club because the club would not operate effectively without the work done by Frank.

Happy Dollars:  

Jan is happy about getting a bronze sponsor for Sip and Savor.  Michael is happy about the Warriors win and how exciting it was.  Thomishia is going to Aruba next week.  Mark Scott is happy the Warriors were the favorite at the Rotary Convention, Sports Team wise.  Nancy is happy about attending the Warriors parade and that she got her German Shepard back.  Sil is happy he visited the Palm Desert Rotary Club.  Marla is not happy her new house in Benicia has a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Other interesting things today:  Nobuko revealed that she took singing lessons for seven years and although she was asked to do a bit of entertaining she decided she wanted to do that at another meeting.  Stay tuned because we know this will be good.  Thank you Nobuko!

 Today’s Program. 

John introduced our guest speaker Kathleen Ray who was on hand to give us some history and provide an update on the Contra Costa Civic Theater.  Kathleen explained how her parents started the theater how it has come a long way.  This has been brought about by the commitment of Kathleen parents who have worked tirelessly to make CCCT one of the best local theaters in our area.  Kathleen expressed how GOOD CCCT is for kids because of the use of technology and the exposure the young folks get working with a wide array of people.  The summation by Kathleen is the Theater has been carried on by the Flynn family member from generation to generation and making CCCT truly THE Community Theater.

 

Raffle Winner:  Thomishia won the bottle of gin.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a black marble which cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $80. 

Thought for the week:  Has anyone considered just how effective the state of California would be if we swapped out all the politicians with veteran Rotarians?   Chances are we would be getting more accomplished, less debt and better results across the board!

 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jun 15, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 15, 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 Lee and Terry provided the thought for today..

Guests and visiting Rotarians: None today:  Rafael’s son Richard was his guest.  Marla Stevenson is awaiting her induction next week and everyone welcomed her.  Sonya had guest Veronica who represents a company that provides support to seniors who require some help.

Announcements:

  • Terry said our club will be Dark on July 6th to celebrate our country’s independence
  • July 28th is the BARSHEEP TGIFF celebration that our club is sponsoring and a location is being considered. Stay tuned for more details
  • July is our month to support the Roto-Care Staff with dinner. We need a couple of volunteers
  • Rotary announced he will be doing a Rotary moment each meeting just to keep the good vibes going about our great organization

 

Happy Dollars:  

Marty if happy for the trip he took to Sierra Hot Springs.  Lee is happy about the info he learned from his daughter and her boy friend’s trip to Sweden.  Sarah is happy her son is dating nice girl and she came over and help Sarah with sifting some compost.  Larry is happy to be able to have lunch with his Rotary Friends each week.  Marla is happy she got and Xbox and some great service from her cable provider to set it up and show her how  to get the best from the device.  Nobuko is happy that her home remodel is nearly complete

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

Today’s Program. 

We had a club assembly today with the main topic being a review of the progress on the Sip and Savor that is scheduled for Oct 1 of this year.  Sonya gave us a brief summary of the scope and work occurring on the event.  Overall the goal is to secure $30k of pledges for this year’s event. The other was to clarify the two charities that will be benefactors for the event.  This year our two charities are The Student Activities Foundation (SAF)at El Cerrito High School.  The other is the Contra Costa Civic Theater (CCCT).  Both of these organizations have agreed to the guidelines and goals for the event.  Next week we will have Kathleen Flynn from the CCCT as our guest speaker.  Be sure and attend this presentation so you will know what a valuable resource they are for our community.  Going back to the sponsorships and what is happening with that aspect of the work, Sonya provided summary information on the sponsorship opportunities.  There are five levels from Bronze ($300) to Diamond/VIP ($3000). Sonya indicated we need three more wineries and a coupld of other vendors for the event.  In addition, there will be special rooms for VIP raffles and other special situations.  There will be some raffle prizes that will auctions.   This will all be finalized by the last meeting of this month.  This was a very comprehensive presentation and gave us all a chance to see how we are doing and where we are going. 

 

Sonya provides us an update on Sip and Savor operations

Thank you Sonya for giving us a comprehensive update on all the aspects of what we can do and what needs to be done for us to have a successful fund raiser.

Raffle Winner:  Gary won the the twelve pack of beer.   Gary also had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and pulled a catseye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $75.  Terry is implemented a new reward for the person who wins the marble draw.  If you pull a catseye you get to choose from the “Basket of Fun” which is a bunch of interesting things that have been collected that are useful giveaways that business people provide to their clients.  Gary selected a handy flashlight that is small but very bright.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty does not work as well in practice as it does in speeches.

–Will Rogers–

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for June 1, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 1, 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 Al and Jan provided the thought for today by having us all repeat the Rotary 4-Way Test..

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  No visiting Rotarians, Guests today included Maryann Hass.  Marla Stevenson – guest of Joe Conwill.  Marla is being proposed by Joe and will be on the fast track for membership.  She was an Albany Rotarian at one time.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us the President’s demotion dinner is Sat at the Berkeley City Club.
  • Lee gave us an update on the grant he prepared for the signage for the hillside park trail signage. We will know the outcome in July.
  • Kanti reminded us that the June board meeting will be held on the 27th at Mira Vista (Berkeley golf club) at 12:30p.

Happy Dollars:      

Joe is happy to be getting ready for the matching funds challenges with Al for the Sip and Savor.  Marla is happy Joe is sponsoring her into El Cerrito Rotary.  Mark Scott is happy for the grant we submitted and also for the grant the Berkeley club has submitted for building another Junior High in Chicalla Mexico.  Jane is happy to be going on vacation with family in Maui.  Nobuko is happy that Jane mentored her daughter and she is now pursuing a successful career.  Rafael is happy one of his workers in being honored with a Warriors game ticket.  Maryann is happy she has a goal.  John is happy for the Warriors.  Gary is happy for the support the Rotarians give to the Interact leadership.  Jack is happy that Joe is sponsoring Marla and for the number of El Cerrito Rotarians going to the Rotary International convention. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today..

 

Today’s Program. 

John introduced Jane Taylor a friend and neighbor who is a docent at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.  Jane began by showing us a typical lunchbox that was carried by the workers at the shipyard during WWII.  She gave us some history about the yard and the Park which was founded in 2000.  The site is located at 1414 Harbor Way and has a number of interesting attractions for those who visit.  We heard about some of the history and summary of the importance of the site during the ship building times of WWII.  The biggest impact was the way the workforce had to shift from one of nearly totally male to one that had a significant percentage of female workers.  Jane elaborated on some of the key things that occurred during the shipbuilding, truck and jeep building that occurred during the war years.  The scope of the efforts resulted in women that were Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder labels being applied to the many women that provided the people power for the shipyard.  The migration of workers to the Richmond area resulted in an influx of some 80,000 – 90,000 workers as Richmond became the largest shipyard in the country.  Jane encourage us to attend the annual celebration in August and learn more about the history of the Homefront Park and all the things that can be learned and enjoyed.  Check the internet for the date and time.  In addition, the SS Red Oak Victory ship is a floating museum that you can visit.

This was a excellent presentation that everyone enjoyed.  Thank you John for inviting Jane to make the presentation.

 

Jane Taylor – Docent with Rosie the Riveter holding lunch bucket carried by workers

 

Raffle Winner:  Jack had his ticket pulled for the bottle of champagne.  Sil had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a black marble that cost him $5.  Next week the jackpot will be $65.

 

Thought for the week:  

Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.

–Daniel Webster

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 25, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

May 25, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  Visiting Rotarians included Pate Thompson from Berkeley and Alan Baer from Richmond..  Guests today included Thomishia Booker and her husband Chris.  Pate had guest Shanda Parida.  Nancy McCarthy had daughter Amber as her guest.

Announcements:

  • Steve gave us an update on the Bowl-a-Thon. Fun and very successful.
  • Jane reminded us that today is the last day to sign up for the Kanti’s demotion dinner
  • The Interact club is doing a fundraiser at Zachary’s on Solano Ave in Berkeley onf May 31st. Fliers are available that when given to the cashier will result in the Interact Club being given 15% of your food cost.   If you want a flier, please email me and I will send you one.

 

Happy Dollars:      

Al is happy his leg is healing.  Nancy is happy her daughter and sister are both here today  Gary is happy for this special day when the new Interact Officer get inducted.  Terry is happy that his dog who found a skunk is finally had the smell eliminated.  Don is happy his daughter from Australia has arrived to enjoy a visit.   Rafael’s son is happy to be going into “dad’s” business.  Michael is happy about his experience at the Bay-to-Breakers event.  Marty is happy about an very enjoyable weekend.  Rafael is happy number 2 son is now finished at Cal and and joining his business. 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Did trivia on Memorial day history.  He also recognized Marty’s birthday and Al’s and Jane’s anniversary.

 

Induction of New Rotarian:  Thomishia Booker:  Jack invited Thomishia to come forward and he and Jane did the induction.  It was a great ceremony.  Always good to induct new Rotarians.   May she have a successful adventure with The Friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club.

 

 

Jane, Jack, with Chris and Thomisia Booker

 

 Today’s Program.  Cheryl McCarthy from Funding America’s Retirement came to share with us how reverse mortgages can be a great resource for retirement age folks.  She passed handed out a brochure entitled 25 Ways to Use a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.  She went through some of the key points and highlighted the advantages of ways this financial instrument can be used by those of us over 62 to live life better by taking advantage of the asset of our home.  Cheryl works with the organization Retirement Funding Solutions and she can provide many powerful options for seniors who have most of their net worth tied up in their home.

Cheryl McCarthy – Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

 

Induction of Interact Officers for 2017-18:

Gary called the Interact officers fpr this year and last year to come forward to the ceremony.  Jane assisted Gary in recognizing the officers.  Gary presented President Julia Phalen a thank you gift for her service and acknowledged her for all her efforts.  The new Interact Board members were presented with a certificate of office and a lapel pin and then the oath of office was read by Gary and repeated by the officers.  It was a great opportunity to meet the new officer and to say goodbye to the seniors who are graduating this year.  Thanks to Jane for her help.

The officer for this year are as follows:  Stephanie Baer, President, Natalie Chen VP of operations, Dillen Corlett, “VP of Finances/Records.  Sophis Lewis, Secretary/ Rotary Liaison,  Michael Phalen, Treasurer.  Fundraising Coordinator Michael Fox.  Miles Turman and Aidan Cooney, Project Managers.  Gabriel Myrick, Publicity/Webmaster.  The picture below shows the board.  The list of names above is not the order they are shown in the picture.

The 2017-2018 Interact Board

 

Raffle Winner:  Michael had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Vodka.  Gary had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cat’s eye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $60.

 

Thought for the week:  

Our safety, our liberty depends on preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate.  The people of the US are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts.  Not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Weekly Rotary Bulletin for May 11, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

May 11, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:   Allen from the SF Evening club visited us.  Jack had guests Chuck Grant and Marla Stevenson, Maryann Haas was Jack’s guest.  Thomishia Booker was her today and is scheduled to become an El Cerrito Rotarian on May 25th. Rafael had a guest Mario. 

Announcements:

  • Rafael announced he has an ambulance to send twww.elcerritorotary.org

     

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  • Jane gave us info on the Demotion Dinner. Be sure and sign up it is on Jun 3rd
  • Jack announced the concept of an associate Rotarian and it will be put into practice.
  • Gary announced the 2017-18 Interact Officers will be inducted on May 25th.  

Happy Dollars:     There were a lot of happy dollars.  I may have missed some but here is what I recorded.  Al is happy about the golf he and Jack played on Tuesday.  Marla Stevenson is happy to be back in the Bay Area.  Andy is happy to have new employees.  Don is happy about Thomishia’s orientation and the trip he and Mary took to Travis AFB to see the AF Thunderbird flight team.. Rotarian guest Allen is happy about a closed business deal.  Terry is happy about Mother’s day.  Maryann is happy she is making everyday a good day.  Rafael is happy his second son is graduating from UCB .  Marty is happy about Marla being here.  Jack is happy about the golf he and Al played on Tuesday.  Jane is happy about a special cake she is making for her 7yr old grandson.  Tracy is happy about having her daughter home for summer.   Thomishia is happy her young son is sleeping through the night and for the Rotary Orientation she received from Jack, Don and Gary.  Kanti is happy about his R&R week in Maui.

 

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Took the opportunity to recognize Mothers and singled out Sarah, Nobuko, and Jane.  He closed with birthday recognition for Paul and Steve. 

 

Today’s Program.

Tracy introduced fellow Rotarian and EC Police Chief Paul Keith to bring valuable about our Police Department.  Paul showed some great historic pictures of the PD.  Since the city is celebrating its centennial, he showed some of the photos that are being used.  It was interesting to see what happened in the 50’s in the area.  Paul gave us a quick summary of the crime trends in 2015-16 and spoke about things that increased and decreased.  He also pointed out the number of data that can be had by going on-line to the police blotter and other key sites.  In short the goals for 2017 are to increase traffic safety and safety in business districts.  One area he pointed out was the increase number of Mental Health issues that involve crime.  Paul also pointed out that crime trend have increased with violence in robberies increasing.  Crimes in El Cerrito have increase 82% and assaults by 55%.  Crimes in residual areas have actually decreased.   Chief Keith gave us some understanding of the various crime stats and what is being done to address them.  We must be aware of the programs that are provided for the public in our city as it can give us valuable information and insight into our roles to address crime issues.  

 

El Cerrito Police Chief Paul Keith

 

 Raffle Winner:  Andy had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Wine   Michael C had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew the gold marble winning $120..  Next week the jackpot will be $50.. 

Thought for the week:  My attentions and intentions are always consistent and real.

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 4, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

 

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests today included Tomisa Booker, Mary Ann Hass, and Mona Patel, Kanti’s wife.  Kanti was in Hawaii.

Announcements:

  • Jane reminded us about the Demotion Dinner for Kanti that is scheduled for June 3 at the Berkeley City Club. Be sure and get signed up and pay the treasurer for the tickets.
  • Jack read a thank you card from RotoCare Northern Cal for the $1500 donation we made.
  • Lee announced he has submitted the District Grant to complete the El Cerrito Trail signage. We expect to hear back in July or August about status of the grant
  • Sonya provided an update on sponsorships and participants for the Oct 1st Sip and Savor.
  • Jan, this month’s genie stone owner, gave us a brief summary of what her reality business provides.

Happy Dollars:   Gary is happy for the Interact Club new officers for 2017-18.   We will be setting a date with them to induct the new team.  Mona is happy to be here to accept her PHF that was gifted to her by Kanti.  Tracy is happy for daughter Sarah finishing her first year of college.  Guest Mary Anne is happy about memorial tree being planted in honor of a friend who recently passed.  Nancy is happy to be back at the head of one of her favorite organizations.  Mark Scott is happy to be driving again.  Jack is happy for the article in the Chamber Newsletter about Tracy.  Sarah is happy she has so many flowers this year that she has successfully sold flower arrangements to earn money for the ECHS school garden. 

 

Paul Harris Fellowship Awards:

Jack asked the four new PHF members to come forward:   Jan Feagley, President Elect Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk, and Jim Spain.  These Rotarians were then presented their PHF pins and certificates.

 

Jan Feagley, Terry Kotsatos, Sarah Sirchuk  and Jim Spain – Jane on right ready to place PHF pins on lapels

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program.

Tracy introduced our speaker for today, David Weinstein was with us to speak about El Cerrito’s growth from the earliest days of the 20th century, focusing on gamblers and entertainers, the real estate boom from the 1920s through the 1950s, and the city’s evolution into a relatively sedate place.  Dave is VP of the El Cerrito Historical Society and was able to provide us with a great summary of how El Cerrito came about and grew from a land grant into the city of today.  All of this took over a century to accomplish.  We were given some details about the founding of the Stege Sanitary company was created in 1913 and El Cerrito was formed in 1917.  From that point a very disjointed development process in terms of land acquisition took place.  In fact land ownership because such a challenge that ownership of El Cerrito was involved in a long court case in the early 1900s.  This meant that the city was built piecemeal and in some cases today it does not make sense how this could be.  It was very interesting to learn about some of the peculiar situations that occurred while the city was growing up in that era.  David answered a number of questions about various specific things in our city.  One of the original business establishment is the Pastime Hardware which was owned by Mr. Rust who was originally a German immigrant.   I hope you were able to be in attendance to learn about the city and how it came to be today.  Thanks to Tracy for inviting Dave to speak to us today!!

David Weinstein – El Cerrito Historical Society

  

Raffle Winner:  Don had his ticket pulled for the bottle of Gin   George had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $120. 

Thought for the week:

I use memories but I do not allow memories to use me.

 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 27 2017

El Cerrito Rotary
The Wheel
April 27, 2017
Editor: Gary Buffon
(www.rotary5160.org)
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President Elect Terry welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club and the pledge was led by Don and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians: Mary Ann Hass, Grier Cooper, Kara Turner (guest of Sonya), George and Norma Trilla were guests today. Also Tomisa Booker, guest of Jack was with us today.  Tomisa is on the path to becoming a member of El Cerrito Rotary.
Announcements:
 Terry announced the special program for next meeting – celebration of PHF in our club. Everyone wear your PHF pin and come celebrate with the newly awarded PHFs.
 Terry also explained the RotoCare bowl-a-thon that will be held and recognized the bowling team.
 Jane passed out fliers for the Demotion dinner on June 3rd. Be sure and choose hour dinner selection as we will have signups next week.
 Sonya gave us an update on the Sip and Savor event on Oct 1. She also passed out the sponsorship program information.
 Jane has asked Sarah to manage the roster update. Sarah passed around a clipboard on which each of us made adjustments to our information and signed off. Be sure you get a shot at reviewing your information.
Happy Dollars: Mary Ann Hass is happy about her successful walk around Lake Merit. Lee is happy for the great signs he saw at the science walk. George is happy that he will be induced into the club today. Sarah is happy about the volunteer work that the ECHS garden received. Jack is happy that he and Carole will be going to Disney World in Florida. Jan is happy about the golf she and Jerry enjoyed in Grass Valley. It was very wet but very fun! Marty had unhappy dollars because one of his favorite restauran is closing.
Sgt at Arms Sil: Not on duty today.

Induction of George Trilla: Jack had George an85-86d his sponsor come forward to the ceremony. Jack did an excellent induction off George. This- was a return to EC Rotary for George as he was in the club previously and was President in 85-86. Jack read the induction and presented George with a lot of great stuff to get him back into the Rotary Club.

Jack, George and Don during George’s inductions

Today’s Program.
Pres Elect Terry introduced Matt Hermann who is our District Youth Exchange Outbound committee chair. He was on hand today to share the overall mission of Youth Exchange and the benefits the program provide to high school age youngsters. Matt began his presentation by showing a short video that had Youth Exchange students who had participated in the program.
Matt. He also explained some of the requirements and gave us a summary of the stories these young people provided after their exchange experience. We were given lot of the structural information about the program as well as a list of the tremendous benefits it provides to these youth. Basic requirement of the program are set up to insure that the outbound student is vetted, requirements in the host family as well as basic understanding and rules are in place. The students who participate in this program are provided with a once in a lifetime experience. The program cost works out to be on the order of $6000 for the year of education in a foreign country.
Many of us in our Rotary club remember the inbound Russian student who came and spent a year in El Cerrito High school.

This program is something that provides a world class opportunity and a world class experience as well as a chance to learn and use a foreign language.

Matt Hermann – Outbound Youth Exchange Advisor for District 5160

This presentation was excellent and reminded us all of the wonderful programs that Rotary International provides for our youth.

Raffle Winner: Guest Kara Turner had her ticket pulled for the bottle of Bourbon Kara also had her ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye. Next week the jackpot will be $115.

Genie Stone Winner: Jan won the magic stone for the month of May

Thought for the week:
Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin-April 13, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin

The Wheel

April 13, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

 Sonya’ guest today was Lisa Mantengo who is manager of the El Cerrito Chamber.  Rotarian Pate Thompson from Berkeley was here today.  Don’s wife Mary was his guest today.  Jack’s guest Thomasina Booker was here for her third visit. 

Announcements:

  • Sonya introduced Lisa Mantengro to us as she will be helping us with the Sip and Savor this year. In addition, the goal for this year is $35k and the benefactors are the SAF at El Cerrito High and the Contra Costa Community theater
  • Jane announced the demotion dinner for Kanti on Jun 3rd. She is selecting her program committee and we are planning the great event.
  • Sarah announced the April 22nd garden work party at El Cerrito High. The event will be from 9a to l2 noon. 
  • Gary asked the board members to approve a $300 donation to the Interact Club’s Black and White ball. It was approved and a check was prepared for the club.

 

Happy Dollars:

Tracy is happy for the visit she made to daughter Sarah’s school (Washington State Univ).  Jack is happy for being notified by his accountant he owes no taxes.  Gary B is unhappy about his hunting trip being cancelled but Jan is happy she does not have to do the bulletin notes for todays meeting.  Joe is happy that the winner of the Masters golf tourney is someone who have worked hard to 20 years before he finally won.  Michael is happy he is celebrating 32 years in his business.  Terry is happy for the great family Disney Cruise vacation he took.  Rafael $20 for twenty years in business.  Sil is happy that Lisa is here and for the Warriors success this year.  Marty is happy that Pate Thompson is here today.  Kanti is $20 that Terry is Rotary President for next year.  Pate is happy for lthe acknowledgement and contribution from El Cerrito Rotary.

 

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today.

 

Other Important items: Kanti presented a check for $1500 to Pate Thompson for our contribution to the RotoCare Clinic.  Pate gave us a brief update on a couple of key items at the clinic. 

  

Today’s Program.

Jack introduced Paul Morris, City Council member from San Pablo to speak to us about what has been happening in that city over the past 20 years..  He opened his presentation by providing a lot of printed resources that we could take for to reinforce his presentation.  The time frame that Paul was speaking about involved 1990 to 2006.  He began by setting the stage of when the San Pablo Casino was in the early stages until it open in 2006.  The main reason the Casino was important is that San Pablo was essentially bankrupt during the late 1990’s.  Paul was a charter member of the San Pablo Economic Development Commission (EDC) which has provided the foundation and driving force for the majority of the development in the city during the decades.  The EDC has provided the people with the necessary structure and discipline to work to set income/expense budgets that now are set for two year cycles and that will be expanded to four year cycles this year.  In addition the EDC provides education and goals for creating economic develop with multiple income streams that allow for a slow but steady growth model.  At this point San Pablo has a new city hall, new library and new residential dwelling and rehabilitation to the overall growth of the city.  A new community center was opened in 2014.  A number of sports fields have been rehabilitated or built which now provides a great number of family opportunities.  The EDC also provides classes on business creation and operation for the San Pablo community.  This was a very stimulating presentation and showed what a strong commitment, goals and plans can do when there are dedicated people who are willing to build using an effective “Teamwork.” Model.  Thanks Jack for inviting Paul to speak to us.

 

Paul Morris – San Pablo City Councilman

 

 

Raffle Winner:   Marty had his ticket pulled for the bottle of taquila.  Michael had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and drew a cats eye.  Next week the jackpot will be $105. 

Thought for the week:

If you don’t know where you are going, you may wind up somewhere else.