Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 16, 2019

President Terry greeted everyone and Tracy led the flag salute.  Terry offered a thought for today.

Guests:    None today

Announcements:

  • Terry began by thanking Rotarians for their help in meeting prep and clean up.  Iraj (frank), Jan, and John are always working hard before and after the meeting.
  • Terry thanked Andy for his work with the RotoCare fund raising event to get the team together and soliciting donations for the May 31st event.
  • Terry then reviewed the lunch pricing that was agreed to at the Board meeting.  Effective July 1 we will be paying $20 per lunch and $15 for guests
  • Tracy presented a check for $650 for the Warriors night for Rotary.  This money will be sent to the Foundation for points for our club.

Happy Dollars:  

Andy is happy for securing scholarship money for one of the ECHS music teachers so he can attend a program to fine tune his skills in leading the band members.  Sal is happy for his last spring lecture series.  Tracy is happy for the ECHS drama program that we helped sponsor.  Nobuko is happy for the money she earned selling chocolate.  Rafael is happy for the board meeting and the efforts that are underway to secure the funding for an ambulance for a village in Mexico.  The International project funding will be accomplished through a Rotary grant.  Rafael is going to Reno for the District Conference and will begin working on this project while there.  Michael is happy he will be joined by his son and daughter for the Bay to Breakers run that is coming up.  Terry is happy his daughter got to see Draymond Green of the Warriors getting into his vehicle last weekend.  She was very excited about this sighting!

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

We had a club assembly today so Sonya gave us a summary of everything that is going on for Sip and Savor.  Job assignments are being made and we got to choose from a list of responsibilities.  If you did not get signed up for the role you want to take be sure and sign up ro work in the area’s where you can help the most..  We will have our Sip and Savor ticketes on June 1 so we can get busy selling them.   The plan is to have seven benefactors for the funds we raise.  Sonya stressed that everyone needs to be aware of the need for sponsors at the S&S event.  If you want instructions on what to look for and ask for from potential event sponsores  the vendors are a key part of our activities.  We all want to sell as many tickets as possible.  We are headed into the time when things must get completed and since our club is small, everyone must do their share, and I know we will!!

Todays Raffle:  Michael won the wine and Rafael had his ticket picked for the marble game.  He picked a cats eye marble   Next week the pot will be $165.

Thought for the Week:  

 When we look at the list of things our Rotary club has done over the years and you can see why everyone is so proud of our accomplishments.  We now must strive to gain new members so we can have more people working proudly for the club.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 9, 2019 –

The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Andy led the flag salute.  Terry offered a thought for today.

Guests:   DG Jon Dwyer and DG Elect Tina Atkins were our guests.  Jacks guest was a second time visitor and I failed to get her name.

Announcements:

  • May 14 is the Rotary Board meeting at the club.  Starts at 12:30p. 
  • Tracy reported on the Rotary memorial bench that is being prepared for placement at Cerrito Vista park
  • Roto Care bowl-a-thon is Saturday Jun 1st at Albany Bowl.  We will need to field a team and get them sponsored.  Terry will see that this is moved forward
  • May 31 is TGIFF and it is our month to sponsor the event.  Terry has some ideas about where to hold it and he will assign us to various responsibilities
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Happy Dollars:  

Tracy is happy for the Warriors winning their game.  Jack is happy for being at a table with all women.  Sal is happy for the success of his latest lecture.  Jane is happy she is practicing her baking skills by backing a Bart Simpson cake for her grandson.  Marty is happy to be going to the District conference in Reno.  DG elect Tins is exciting Dist Conf.  Sonya is happy for the successful 70th birthday party for our club.  Lee paid $20 for not making it to our 70th celebration last week.  Sonya is happy for success of 70th anniversary party and for two $2500 sponsorships for sip and Savor.  Rafael is happy for the trip he took his wife on to Mexico where they had a great time.

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

.Jackson Drolet, Corporate Sales Rep for the Golden State Warrors. Was on hand to bring us up to date on current and future futllure of the Golden State Warriors basket ball franchise.  Jackson began by updating us on the successful Rotary at the Warriors game that Tracy set up for us.  Jackson gave us a great summary of the ongoing work being done for the Warriors new home “Chase Arena..”  He presented a great slide show that had renderings of the new facility that is located in San Francisco.  It will be located on 3rd street and is a very large area where there will an Arena along with a great new complex that contains facilities, a park and areas for restaurants, parking other critical facilities.  The question of how do we get there from El Cerrito was completely answered by the showing maps of transportation facilities and how to’s on what it will take to get to and from the games from El Cerrito  What is important is that the new arena facility along with the other support of will provide a great way for people to get to the games, concerts and other events.  The key thing is the Warriors will own the arena and then rent it to others for concerts, etc.  What a great new opportunity for a lot of people and organizations. All I can say about this new facility is it will be and outstanding resource to San Francisco and the bay area.

Todays Raffle:  Jack won the wine and Gary had his ticket picked for the marble game.  He picked a cats eye marble   Next week the pot will be $160.

Thought for the Week:  When you consider all the positive things going on in our area, it will give a great vision of what we can look forward to in the next two to five years

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Mac Robinson led the flag salute.  Terry offered a thought to the great turnout for our anniversary party.

Guests:   

We had many guests and visiting Rotarians.  This included Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, El Cerrito Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, Taylor Kimber from Congressman DeSaulnier’s office.  District 5160 Governor Jon Dwyer visiting Rotarians from Berkeley, Albany and Richmond.  Also in attendance were many others we know and love who were on hand to celebrate this 70th birthday of El Cerrito Rotary.

Announcements:

We dispensed with the announcement portion of the meeting as we wanted to give enough time for the acknowledgement from all who were here to celebrate our Rotary Club’s 70th birthday.  See Todays Program for what happened at our meeting.

Happy Dollars: not done today.  

Sgt at Arms:    

Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

President Terry began our program for the meeting.  He recounted his journey to his present role of club President.  He told a great story about how he was introduced to El Cerrito Rotary and shared some of the highlights of things during the journey. 

Terry then asked our visitors to come forward and make their proclamations.  Supervisor Gioia was first, followed by EC Mayor Rochelle-Okimoto.  Next we had Taylor Kimber from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s office.

Then it was time for short presentation by El Cerrito Rotarians.

  • Jack Freethy did a highlights and recap of El Cerrito History.
  • Tracy Giles provided a summary of the club’s involvement in International Projects
  • Gary Buffon gave a brief summary of the El Cerrito High Interact club from from its inception in 2002 to this year.
  • Gary then pointed out the lovely blanket that was displayed at the front of the dinng room.  A gift from Kathleen Keller a fellow El Cerrito neighbor.  This blanket was made from the TeeShirts that we provided to guests at the El Cerrito city 4th of July celebration. Each year  Kathleen sent along a card which delivered a great message about the community service work of our Rotary club provides in El Cerrito.  The blanket will be raffled off at the Sip and Savor in October.
  • Sonya and Jane gave a brief summary of this year’s Sip and Savor.  This will be the tenth year of our event it will be GREAT
  • DG Jon Dwyer provided summary comments on his experience with El Cerrito Rotary and gave us hope and good wishes for the future

This was a great celebration with a great lunch and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  We can do some more remembering at our next meeting on May 9th.

Todays Raffle: there was no raffle this week due to our special program.   Next week the pot will be $155.  Be sure and be there.

Thought for the Week:

 What is history?  It is either what we experienced or were told about by others and either is a good thing!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for April 18, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

President Terry greeted everyone and Nobuko led the flag salute.  Terry provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    

None Today

Announcements:

  • Thursday May 2nd will be a special happy birthday party for El Cerrito Rotary.  Be sure and plan on being with us that day.  Jane needs to get an approximate head count so please send her and email if you are bringing a guest. Jane’s email address is on the special email I sent separately from the bulletin this week
  • Lee announced that the signs for the trail that will have its signage put up are nearly complete.  Looks like the timing may be ready the week of May 20th.   Lee is working with the trail trekkers to come up with a date we can jointly work on putting up these signs and will let us know the possible next steps
  • President Terry announced the possibility of a day at the Oakland A’s on July 13th.  Stay tuned for a signup and other information at our next meeting
  • Terry is doing a visit to the other BARSHEEP clubs and will keep us posted on this
  • The luncheon negotiation team is close to a resolution.  The bottom line looks like $25 per week.  Our board will do a final vote on the proposal at the May Rotary club board meeting.  The meeting will be the second Tuesday of May at 1:30p.  Be sure and mark you calendar
  • Gary announced that the Camp Venture and Camp Royal candidates have turned in their paperwork and will be all set for their camping experience. 
  • Kathleen Keller an El Cerrito Resident contacted Gary regarding providing a raffle gift for Sip and Savor.  Kathleen has a momento from our 4th of July days when we gave everyone a 4th of July tee-shirt.  Kathleen wants to come and present this gift to us on May 2nd.  Fits right in with what we are doing.

Happy Dollars:  

Jane is happy for her upcoming trip to Disneyland with her Grandkids.  Jack is happy about the article in the Rotarian Magazine.  Tracy is happy about the help Jim Spain provided.  Steve is happy about his recent trip to France and other countries.  He was thankful he got to se Notre Dame before it was set on fire.  Nancy is happy to have her brother spend time with her.  Jim is thankful that Tracy relies on her for taking care of real estate repairs.  

Sgt at Arms:  Sal gave us an education on Easter and how it began and in what country.  He also gave us some background on the Notre Dame cathedral that recently burned in Paris.  Anyway, Sal will continue with this theme next week and share some more information and ask us some questions so we can be more informed.  R

Todays Program:  Terry introduced Rex Delizo, who is district manager of the Stege Sanitary District.  Rex provided us with some basics and understanding of his position and the role Stege provides in our area. Stege is the utility that provides service for our homes and businesses for sanitary services. Rex was with us today to give us some basic information and updates on what we all need to be aware of when it comes to our sewage services.  He also provided us info about the impact of the new housing developments of the several high rise apartments being constructed in El Cerrittto, 

One of Rex;s main points was about notifying the Stege when you have a problem with the sewer line.  Another point is that Stege always wants to know when you have a problem.  Rex also explained a backflow device and how they work.  One of the key points is that NEVER flush disposalable wipes.  They do not disintigrate like toilet paper.  Rex had some great handouts and answered many questions for us.  He presented a very good program.

Todays Raffle: The bottle of wine was won by Jane.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Michael and he selected a cats eye marble,   He selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $150

Thought for the Week:

Every Rotarian is aware of the scope of what they do and they excel as a result!

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Apr 4, 2019

Past President Lee greeted everyone and Michaell led the flag salute.  Lee provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:    

We had Naomi’s video guy Bob and Naomi’s son David as our guests today

Announcements:

  • Jack gave us an update on the lunch menu and the ongoing negotiations for our cost with regard to the lunch.
  • Jack reminded us of the Rotary Board meeting, next Tuesday at 12:30p at the club
  • Jane announced we will have our Demotion Dinner for Terry on June 22nd at La Strada.  More will be provided as the time draws near
  • Sonya reminded of our big Sip and Savor Celebration on October 13, 2019.  She provided an updated Flyer.

Happy Dollars:  

Nancy is happy that Mechanics Bank purchased a bank that doubled its net worth.  Sal is happy that he now has a clean bill of health for his mouth.  Jack is happy his Joyful Moments book is now hot off the press.  He will share more about this later.  He was asked to give us some details at a future meeting which he agreed to do.  Michael is happy his son and daughter took a vacation together to Australia.  Lee is happy about his recent vacation tip and shared with us how he is capturing his pictures so he can share them with others,  There are a lot of ways people can download pictures and then have them put into useable form for not a lot of money.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today

Todays Program:  .Lee introduced Naomi Sodomin to speak to us about her business and pasion of building a business “embrace the mirror”.  The main focus of her presentation was how we must use our consciounce and subconsciounce mind in order to achieve the success we desire (and deserve).  Naomi told us it is very important to take advantage of our subconsciounce mind as it can have a significant impact on giving us the internal means and extermal desire to achieve more.  She gave us some very good examples of ways that successful people use their mental attributes to adhieve and do more.  She gave us examples of people that have used the power of the subconscious mind to achive very powerful outcome.  She also pointed it is important to “stop doing” and take time to dream.  In the trade it is called visualizating. 

Naomi did an excellent job in her presentation and ended by giving us a questionnair to complete so we could get more information.  I consider this presentation to be one of the best presentations we have had for some time. 

Todays Raffle: The bottle of wine was won by Sonya.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Andy  and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $140.      

Thought for the Week:

Whatever you vividly image, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act on will inevitably come to pass.  – Paul J. Meyer.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 21,2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

Past President Jack greeted everyone and Marty led the pledge.  Jack provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Georgina Edwards of the CCCT was a guest of Sonya.  Gary Pokorny was a visiiting Rotarian.  Raphael Cartegena, Jr was guest of his dad Raphael.  Bob and Michelle Fox were here to support their daughter Anna who was our guest speaker today.  Norma Trillia was here as a guest of George.

Announcements:

  • Jack reported that Mark Scott is doing better and had a card for all of us to sign.  Best wishes to Mark for all his medical procedures.
  • Marty announced he and the board will be deciding what organizations to support with the Sip and Savor receipts
  • Jane announced the search is on for a demotion dinner site is underway.  Be ready to help Jane if she asks you
  • Jack, Tracy and Jim Spain met with the BCC management to discuss the challenges with lunch cost and minimum payment.  There will be the final decisions on this matter soon. 
  • Gary Pokorny is happy for the Earth Day celebration at the El Cerrito Library and had a sign up for Rotarians who want to help.
  • Gary announced that Jennifer Fox is has been selected to attend the Camp Venture camp.  Jennifer is working on her forms and preparing for attending the camp.  
  • Sonya announced that there will be a 70th anniversary sponsorship for sip and Savor that will be $700 or $100 dollars for the next seven months.  This will be the platinum anniversary for the event.  

Happy Dollars:  Lee is happy for three reasons: the kitchen remodel is complete, his daughter has moved into her own home in Pt Richmond and the plant and pot donation are now complete for the Alameda fundraiser.  Sonya had sad dollars for the loss of a relative in a car accident.  Tracy is happy for Jack’s leadership in helping our club with a number of things.  Jack is happy for Jim Spain’s help with work on his office building and recommended that Jim is a valuable resource if you find the need for the work he does.  Marty is happy as he is heading to Italy for a month on vacation.  

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on duty today

Todays Program:  Tracy introduced Anna Fox  who was our speaker today.  Tracy knows Anna because she is friends with her daughter Sarah.  Anna is currently attending UC Davis and one of her “specialities” is being a summer Camp counselor for Camp Keesem, a national orgznization that provides summer camps for young people who have parents that suffer from cancer.  Anna introduced the Camp Keesem and how it is woven into organizations that provide the support for the camp using a sound model of providing a support structure for the yhoung people that acttually put on the Camp Keesem operation for about 125 campers each year.  The structure is comprised of a mixture of health professionals, camp counselores and a facilitiy that is staffed by the sponsoring organization, in the case of the Camp at UC Davis.  Anna showed us the staffing structure along with some of the criculum.  We even got to hear about and experience some of the activities that occur at Canp Keesem.  Anna did an excellent job of explaining how the camp operates and the results it provides to the campers. Thanks to Tracy for inviting Anna to speak to us.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for March 14, 2019

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

We had no visiting Rotarians but we did have a lot of guests.  Jane’s husband Alan was here as well as Sue, Barbara, Pam and Rafael’s son Richard.

Announcements:

  • Nancy did her Genie stone announcement about Mechanics Bank’s line of credit
  • Marty gave us some info about his recent PETS conference
  • The next slogan for Rotary is “Rotary connects the world”

Happy Dollars:  

We had a lot of happy dollar people today:  Andy, Tracy, Michael, Jack, Jan, Marty and Rafael

Sgt at Arms:  Did an excellent presentation on St Patrick’s  and the way this day was name after him.   At the end of his presentation Sal collected a $ from everyone for the Rotary box.

Todays Program: 

Jan introduced our speaker today Carol Sievers who came to tell us about her current teaching engagement in Aniak Alaska.  It is a fourth grade cless in which the students are mostly native Alaskens.  Carol shared the story of her returning to teaching after retiring in MN and the wonderful adventure it has become for her.  Living in Aniak, a small community in Alaska and all the interesting things this has provided for her.  Things such as the challenges of rural Alaska, native families as well as livinc conditions.  The living standards and other things have created a whole relm of factors fo rher.  Carol sshowed us pictures of the area, of her school and of course, of her students,.  We also saw pictures of huge salmon, wild blue berries and prepation of moose meat in the school.  I especially liked the picture of the school kids in the boat on their way to pick berries.  Carol related how the environment meant a lot of challenges for her and how much of those things had taught her.  One of the most interesting picture was of the school kids preparing parts of a Moose to have for lunch at the school.  This was an excellent presentation and showed the passion that Carol has in being teacher.  Thanks to Jan for inviting Carol to speak to us.  This was a fascinating presentation.

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Marty.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled Michael and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $125..   

Thought for the Week:

This year we are celebrating the 70th year of our Rotary Club and Sonya and others are getting us set up to make sure we get our club the recognition it deserves for its long term commitment to community service.  Be sure you play your part in this anniversary.

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel for March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon (www.rotary5160.org

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

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

Guests today were Victoria and Brenda.

Announcements:

  • There will be a club board meeting next Tuesday Mar 13th.
  • Marty will be attending PETS next weekend
  • Sonya passed around the 70th anniversary marketing materials she created to give us an idea of the plan she is working on.

Happy Dollars:  

Jack shared the experience of getting tagged on his property and he shared how he got past the experience.  Rafael provided info on how reliable and reassuring it is being a Mechanics Bank customer.  There was a lot of people in the room who agreed.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today.

Todays Program: 

Tracy introduced Scott Harris who spoke to us today about “Client Clicks”, his internat marketing business. He gave us a summary of the services he offers his clients in the internet marketing areana.  He provided us a great summary of how he helps his clients.  Scott gave us insights into how websites are ranked and how Google uses search engine technology to provide advantages to companies.  In addition Scott shared how the use of inbound and outbound marketing seach processes market is used along with other techniques for setting up ways your website can be made more desireable to seach engines.  In addition, we learned about how one can achieve a top seach ranking.  The process that Scott a lot of info but itfappears it would be valuable to get professional leadership to take advantage of these techniques.. Short answer, call Scott and learn how to do it.  If you are going to invest money in these methods and tools be sure you understand how things work and Scott is the guy to lead you through their use and application.  In the final analysis you want to pay for getting help with what works and that means using Google, Yelp and Facebook in the best ways possible and you will need help to get that right.  Check with Scott to see how he can help you and how much you may have to invest.Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine was won by Sonya.  The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Brenda and she selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $120..   

Thought for the Week: Remember the words of wisdom:  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for February 28

 El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.rotary5160.org)

www.elcerritorotary.org

Past President Lee greeted everyone and Andy led the pledge.  Lee provided a thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today.

Announcements:

  • Tracy reminded us of next weeks presentation and encouraged us to attend.
  • Lee gave us the update on the signage for the El Cerrito Trails.  The signs have been created and what remains is for the city to create the frames for the signs and install them.  Lee will let us know when things are moving along

Happy Dollars:  Jack is happy about taking food to RotoCare and learning more about the things that the workers there are doing things in the health care field.  Deseree is happy about the idea of “happy dollars”.  Marty is happy about his upcoming trip to Italy.  Tracy is happy about daughter Sarah wanting to get a “pug” and then finding out the apartment wouldn’t allow it.  Rafael is happy for Valentine’s day celebration in El Salvador.  Lee is happy his daughter if moving into her new home and getting her stuff out of Dad’s house.

Sgt at Arms:  Sal was not on today.

Todays Program: 

Lee introduced Deseree Heveroh of the Richmond Visitors Center and convention bureau.  Deseree began by providing and overview of the dity and some of the things that are part of Richmond’s history and culture.  Deseree gave us a bit of history about Richmond’s growth during WWII and some of the key people who lead the way for Richmond to become what is today.  Along the way we learned how opportunities provided people of all walks of life with Richmond’s growth.  Everything from Victory Gardens to Kaiser Hospitals to the now thriving business base that includes so many opportunities for visitors to experience the richness of the area.  The Victory Ship Red Oak is now a part of this as it is a floading museum that offers monthly breakfasts, tours and a greater understanding of how this great provided more than just jobs and essential service but now provides a history lesson and entertainment to the Richmond area.  Then we learned about some of the true gems such as the East Bother Light House which now provides B&B services as well as overnight accomodation to visitors to our area.

Deseree provided us with information about transportation via ferry and other public transportation opportunities.  This was an excellent presentation and if nothing else we were able to get a better idea and understanding of the multiplicity of things to do here in our home area. 

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Frank “Irag.”.   The marble drawing ticket was pulled for Andy and he selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $115.   The Genie Stone was won by Nancy.

Thought for the Week: Who was it that suggested, the lull before the storm is never a good place to take a break? 

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for January 24, 2019

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:   District Governor Jon Dwyer and his wife Bonnie were our special guests.  Asst DG Govenor  Mac was also in attendance today.  Tracy had guest Scott who is checking out our Rotary club.  Contra Costa Civic Theater had four of their board (five county Marty) in attendance:  Kathleen Perka, Andrew, and Brit were in attendance today.

Announcements:

  • 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.
  • TGIFF is tomorrow and is being held in Berkeley.
  • Tracy announced she sold over 30 tickets to the Warriors game.
  • The annual Sip and Savor will be on Sunday Oct 13.  This will be our tenth Sip and Savor and it is expected it will be our best ever.

Happy Dollars:  

Nancy is happy her cooking of a Julia Childs receipt was successful.  Tracy is happy Andy and his son were able to spend a weekend at Tahoe with her and Brodie.  Jack had $10 for a great article in the Rotarian magazine.  Kathy, Andrew and Marta are happy for the relationship with CCCT and the theater.  Sonya is happy about getting a new car.  Joe is happy about learning new things about football.  Nobuko is happy for the Polio involvement and the positive outcome.  Mark Scott is happy about his daughter’s music lessons.  Rafael is happy about the money he was given to take gifts to El Salvador.  Jim is happy Sil is well and was able to collect his get well card at the meeting today. Marty is happy for working with CCCT on Sip and Savor and looking forward to next year.

Sgt at Arms:  Not on duty today.

Today’s Program:   

Terry introduced our District Governor Jon Dwyer and his Wife Bonnie.  Jon was on hand today to deliver his annual speech to our club and bring us up to speed on the status of things.  Our club’s board had a chance to spend an hour before our meeting today so we could hear what is new and exciting.  Jon spent most of his time sharing things with us that occurred as a result of the Carr Fire in Paradise.  He had some complelling stories of things that happened with the outpouring of help from California citizens and organzations.   Jon was involved in facilitating responsing to the needs created by the devastating CAMP Fire.  The DG had many interesting stories about the circumstances which demonstrated the generousity of people and the great help that was applied.  There were contributions from all over the state and as far away and the Air Force Academy where the cadets took part in the inovative and excellent outreach.  Our DC made it a point to share how important Rotary was to helping the the situation cope with this crisis.

Jon then switched gears and told us about the District Conference for the year that will be held in Reno at the Peppermill resort on May 17-19.  This event will be a conference for four Districts:  5130, 5150, 5160 and 5190.  Looks like it will be a great venue for information, entertainment and fellowship.  There will be more information about the event.  Be sure and seriously consider attending!!

DG Dwyer gave an award to Nobuko for the thousand of dollars she has contributed to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Eradication.

Nobuko being presented a foundation pin by Dist Governor Jon Dwyer for her many nonetary contributions to the Rotary Foundation supporting for Polio eradication project.

President Terry presented the Contra Costa Civic Theater team with a $12000 check for their efforts and participation in Sip and Savor fund raiser in October 2018

Raffle Winners.  The bottle of wine and was won by Michael.  The marble drawing was won by Mark who drew a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $95.

Thought for the Week: 

DG Jon Dwyer in his presentation to our Rotary club suggested that many Rotarian take for granted the scope of what we accomplish.  Our club is small (some 30 members) yet we conduct fund raisers that net $30,000.  In addition there are numerous other things that net a great deal of benefit to our community.