El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Nov 9, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

November 9, 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 Michael and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  

No guests or visiting Rotarians today

Announcements:

  • Next Tuesday Nov 14 is the Club Board meeting at 12:30p.
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on Dec 1st at Trader Vics. The signup sheet was passed around today so we can get ready for the event.
  • Gary announced that the Toy Program preparation work is Dec 11th to 22nd. He will let us know about the needs for rides for the Interact members to the Fire Station where the toys are packed.
  • Nancy indicated that there is a food collection barrel at her branch of Mechanics Bank.

 

Happy Dollars:  Gary is happy that Marla came to the Interact meeting yesterday and also that she has the thumb drive of information about Interact.  Michael is happy about the double rainbow he saw yesterday.  Marla is happy about the great time she had with her Granddaughter when she was on her trip to New York.  Mike Gonzalez is happy to be back at Rotary.  Yes- It was great to see him back at Rotary!!  Jack told us the tale of stopping at Dougherty Truck rental and checking in on “CJ” who was not there but his son was and Jack arranged for him to come to visit Rotary.  Nobuko is happy about getting settled in her new house and for the great trip she had to Japan.  Lee is happy about his new Kiln that was installed by Mike.  When asked what he would be doing Lee told him that he plans on making a lot of pottery items.  Terry is happy for his 9 year old daughter’s birthday and the party that will held along with a sleep over for twelve young girls. 

 Sgt at Arms Sal:  Was on duty with word trivia but no recognition dollars.  WE learned about which word has the most definitions (run), which country drinks the most coffee (Finland) and how Daylight Savings Time causes heart attacks.

Marty provided us with the Rotary Foundation info  He reminded us this is Foundation month to gear everyone us for make our contributions to the RI Foundation.

Today’s Program.   

Gary introduced Kim Denton to speak to us about the Dogs4Diabetics program.  Kim is a Super Volunteer for the organization as well as a client.  Kim gave us a look into this excellent program that provides dogs to people who have Type 1 Diabetes.  Along with Kim came “Reba” a two year old golden retriever.  Reba gave Kim a beautiful example of the type of dog and the service they provide to their “person.”  Kim explained the type 1 and 2 diabetes.  The D4D dogs are service dogs that literally smell when their person is having a drop in their blood sugar.  These dogs are trained to take action so the person I notified about their condition so they can take corrective action.   The D4D organization gets their dogs from guide dogs for the blind and these animals are very well suited as service dogs for this program.  The dogs are put through 130 hours of training where they learn to do a number of key things to fulfill their responsibilities in service to their person. Kim indicated that D4D has a great track record in matching dogs to the people they serve.   Kim answered a lot of questions about the D4D program, how it works, how it is funded, what does it take to become part of the program and more.  This was a great presentation and we owe a big thank you to President Terry who met Kim at the Solano Stroll at the D4D booth and invited her to be our guest speaker.   As we often say, Rotary gets the best speakers on the planet.  This was no exception!

 

Kim Denton with Reba from Dogs4Diabetics

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $ 60

 

 Thought for the week:

Rotary is one of the best kept secrets in our country.  What are you doing to spread the word about what we do?

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for November 2, 2017

El Cerrito Rotary –

The Wheel

October 26, 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   Don and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:  None today

Announcements:

  • The Northern California fund for fire victims has been established by Rotary so the four districts can collect funds from donors in an effective way.
  • Rotary Club Board meeting on December 14th.
  • Terry reminded everyone of the “take home food for $10.” This program is simple you can pay $10 and have a dinner for tonight from the lunch buffet.  It is a good program. 
  • Jack asked everyone to sign the get well card for Larry Sanchez. He just underwent surgery.
  • Our Rotary Club holiday party is on December 1st at Trader Vics. Be ready to sign up soon.

Happy Dollars:    

Jack is happy to be back after a successful vacation in Florida.  Mark Figone is happy to be back at Rotary.  Don is happy to see Jack is back.  Michael is happy he have a good vacation in Maui.  Rafael is happy his radio show is going well and he has three new contracts for his business

Sgt at Arms Sal:  Not on duty today

Important things today:  Marty gave us updates on Rotary Foundation things and reminded us all that this month is “matching points month.”  That means you can get every dollar matched for every dollar you contribute to the Rotary Foundation,   This is a great opportunity to get you dollars doubled for the Paul Harris awards.

 

Today’s Program.   

Gary introduced Taylor Lee District Governor of 5160. Taylor was on hand to tell us about “End Polio Now” annual campaign which is on Sunday Nov 5th.  This is an annual 5k run/walk that raises a lot of money for the End Polio Now campaign.  Last year $51000 was raised.  The event has a $20 entry fee.  The event is in its fifth yea.  Taylor gave us some background about himself and his goal in attending UCB.   As a senior Taylor is looking forward to moving into employment with Ernst and Young accounting firm. 

Taylor’s presentation showed the many aspects of polio what the current efforts involve.  The battle has narrowed down to three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  Although Nigeria has been without a new polio case for most of this year.  The overall commitment is to eradicate polio.  This is easier said than done. 

Taylor gave us an outline of how UCB Rotaract operates and the breakdown of the organization. This was all quite interesting.  They have many ways they keep the Rotaract members engaged in the club.  They hold public service opportunities each week which gives members a lot of activities in which to participate.  Taylor gave us a rundown on how the club’s six departments produce the success for the club.  One of the more interesting questions to Taylor centered on how they could track which Rotaract members make it to Rotary.  

This was an excellent presentation and show just how engaged the UCB Rotaract Club is in Rotary efforts.  Thanks to Taylor for a great presentation.

Taylor Lee – District Governor of 5160 Rotaract

 

Raffle Winners:

Mark Figone won the bottle of wine.  Nancy had her ticket pulled for the emergency kits.   Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and drew a catseye and got to choose something from the basket of fun.  Next week the jackpot will be $55

 

Thought for the week:

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 19, 2017

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 19, 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:

Our only guest today was our guest speaker

Announcements:

  • Terry thanked the board members who attended the DG visit last week
  • Next Friday Oct 27th is TGIFF at Salute’s at 7pm  Do you best to make it
  • Lee announced the Rotary Club Christmas party on Dec 1st at 6p at Trader Vics

Happy Dollars:    Kanti is happy it is Hindu New Year.  Mark Scott is happy to be back after a great trip to Minn.  Sil is happy for his trip to Boston where he did a Rotary make up that wasn’t as good as he had hoped.  Tracy is happy for what she called “Rotary Week” as she encountered several fellow EC Rotarians.  Marla is happy about her trip to Italy which was great. Sal is happy he found $4 in his car so he made them happy dollars.  Steve is happy to be back from Virginia and North Carolina which he and Jan enjoyed greatly.  Paul is happy he is hosting his friend Scott Classen as speaker today.  Gary is happy that the Interact District Conference is coming up on Nov 12th.  Sarah is happy about her Garden and Art Camp adventure and also for the traffic at the school garden by the students.  Don is happy for the club’s tax returns being completed by Lee.  Rafael is happy to being able to help two elderly folks who were burned out in the fires. 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Today Sal made historical inquiries of Marla, Terry and Steve about interesting history questions.

Today’s Program.   

Paul introduced a friend of his, Scott Classen to speak to us.  Scott is a Beamline Scientist Protein Crystallographer.  He works at the Advanced Light Science (ALS) facility at UC Berkeley Lab.  Scott gave us a sense of what he does by retracing the advancement in Protein Crystallography over the past hundred plus years.  He told us briefly about five scientist who were the pioneers in this fascinating area of scientific endeavor.  Scott explained how the invention of the x-ray machine was a springboard to solving the protein crystal structures and resulted in the first structure being identified in 1958.  From there there was a protein data bank established in 1971.  That today represents a commonly used research source for many things.  The database is known as the PDB-101 and is use routinely by scientists doing the type of work Scott is involved in.  Scott reviewed the why, how and use of the ALS in the various research that is done on things such as chemotherapies, viruses and other things that are used to make our lives better.   This was an excellent presentation that Scott made understandable to us non-scientific folks.  Thanks to Paul for inviting Scott to make this presentation.  Good Stuff! 

 

Scott Classen – Beamline Scientist – UC Berkeley Lab

 

Raffle Winners:

Kanti won the bottle of whiskey.  Marty had hes ticket pulled for the marble game and he selected a red marble winning $10.  Next week the jackpot will be $155 and will be won next week because the only marble remaining is the winner.  .

 

Thought for the week:

Some succeed because they are destined to, most succeed because they are determined to.

–Peter Drucker

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Oct 12, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 12, 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 Marty and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Visiting Rotarian Gary Valhauer our District Governor and his wife Leslie and daughter Lisa were here to visit our club. Rotarians Allen Baer and Max Robinson were also in attendance as was Jorge’s wife Norma.

Announcements:

  • December speaker Team leader is Joe Yang
  • President Terry reminded everyone to pay for your Rotary shirt if you have not done so.
  • Sonya and Sal provided a Sip and Savor report. Bottom line is we may reach our goal of $30K net.  Next year the Sip and Savor will be on October 2018.
  • Jack did a follow-up on the email he sent to us all which depicted the path forward for our new membership recruitment. Jack will be reminding us weekly of actions to take.

 Happy Dollars:    

Jack is happy his property in Napa has not been damaged by the fires.  Tracy is happy that she got to visit a Rotary meeting in Truckee.  Sonya is happy for the Sip and Savor results.  Marty is happy about our meeting with the DG today.

 Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on today

Today’s Program.   

Terry introduced our DG Gary Vilhauer to make his club visit presentation.  The topic of his talk was how Rotary has not limits when it comes to doing projects.  He told us the story of a humanitarian trip to Lagos Nigeria he made on a Rotary Humanitarian Mission. He summarized just how effective Rotary is when it comes to using the Rotary Foundation to leverage the funds and find the bodies to get a project completed.  The mission that DG Gary went on illustrates the power of accumulating dollars and joining with the Districts and R/I to secure sizable grants.  On the trip there a number of were civilian organizations in Nigeria who provided support of advertising, logistics and other resources to the project.  The mission successfully provided health care treatment for over 100k Nigerians.  DG Gary pointed out how these type of missions grow our membership because more and more people get to see how it works.

 

This was a great presentation and provided a heartwarming story about Rotary’s effectiveness.

DG Gary closed with a short video of the District Conference that will be in Incline Village, NV on May 4-6, 2018.  Looks like “a don’t” miss event!

 

Terry, Leslie Vilhauer and DG Gary Vilhauer with our Rotary promo sign

 

Special Award for Sonya.  She was awarded a beautiful succulent garden and a gift for her outstanding efforts as the Chair off Sip and Savor.

 

 

Raffle Winners:

Don won the bottle of wine.  Tracy also had her ticket pulled for the marble game and she selected a catseye marble.  Next week the jackpot will be $150.  .

Thought for the week:

Rotarians are People of Action, Committed to completing what they do. 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 5, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

October 5, 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 Kanti and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Don had wife Mary and daughter Karen, visiting from Australia.

Announcements:

  • Oct 10th is the next Rotary Board Meeting at 12:30p
  • Oct 12th is the Rotary meeting that the DG will visit our club. All board members are asked to arrive at La Strada by 10:30a.
  • Terry reminded us that we need to pay for our Rotary shirts.
  • Sal announced that the Red Oak Victory Ship is serving the last pancake breakfast for this year on Sunday from 9a to 1p. Head on down to the ship and enjoy
  • Terry asked us to all stand and we gave a huge round of applause to Sonya for her outstanding work with the Sip and Savor.

 

Happy Dollars:    

Nancy is happy about the Sip and Savor.  Michael is $20 happy for the sip and savor.  Don is happy his daughter is visiting from Australia and also happy that Rafael’s sons were so helpful at the Sip and Savor.  Gary is happy that Norma and her friends had so much fun at Sip and Savor.  Kanti is happy to be back to Rotary and excited with new grandson Shaun and being able to play with him.  Jack is happy that Rafael’s sons were so key in helping the golf event at Sip and Savor.   Sonya was happy about the great branding work that Tracy did for the club and it showed at the event.  Marty is happy that Sonya secured a photographer to get pictures at Sip and Savor.  Terry is happy about Sip and Savor and all the great things that happened.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on today

Terry shared the Rotary video – You are champions. 

Today’s Program.   John introduced our guest speaker:  Mimi Zemmelman  an organizational consultant who provides services that help leaders in organizations get the best from their business by understanding how to get everything in the business in alignment   In short, her work is all about getting everything in alignment to have the organization work toward growing more successful.    She summarized the work she does with businesses to help them move toward the future by applying high performance organizational concepts and getting the people in alignment with the vision of the future.  In short know what the organization wants and moving toward that future by knowing what it takes to do that. 

Mimi answered a lot of questions and everyone enjoyed the presentation she made. 

 

Mimi Zemmelman, Ph.D

 

Raffle Winners:  Jack won the bottle of wine.  Jack also had his ticket pulled for the marble game and gave the chance to Don’s daughter Karen and she selected a blue marble winning $2.  Next week the jackpot will be $145.  Sarah also brought a flower arrangement that Jorge won.

 

Thought for the week:

The best measure of success is what I am doing compared to my true potential.

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 28, 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 28, 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 Rotarian Gary Pokorney from the Walnut Creek was with us today. 

Announcements:

  • Oct 10th is the next Rotary Board Meeting at 12:30p
  • Oct 12th is the Rotary meeting that the DG will visit our club. All board members are asked to arrive at 10a at the club.
  • Sonya, Jane and Jack gave us a briefing on the Sip and Savor. Everyone has a critical job and we can work together to make the day successful.

Happy Dollars:    

Gary Pokorney is happy for not being involve in the I80 mess yesterday.  Andy is unhappy for being in the mess.  Michael is happy for getting a condo for his daughter in Washington.  Sal is happy he is Sgt at Arms.  Marty is happy he went to the CCCT to see Cabaret.  Sil is happy to be going to a Warriors game.  Sarah is happy Jenn Rader is her to speak to us today and also happy that Tracy came to see Sarah and have tea.  Tracy is happy for get over bronchitis.  Jack is happy for the food at the club today.  

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Had anniversary celebrations for Rafael (30th), Terry for his 10th.  Mark Scott (I did not get the year number)..Sal then did recognition of Jack for the 21 gun salute question.  I came about as the sum on 1776. John and Sonya also had trivia questions.

Rotarian of the Month:  Tracy was presented with the honor for all her work with the centennial participation for our club and the branding that has been done on that goal.

 Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduceP Jenn Rader, Director of the James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School.  Jenn was on hand to provide us information about this vital and interesting health care program for the teachers and students at ECHS.  Jenn shared a story of a student who was having an anxiety attack in class and she was called in to assist.  The end result was Jenn asked the student to accompany her to the school garden and they talked about a number of things and the incident was resolved.  This was a great example of the importance of having the facility at the school.   We were then provided a definition of trauma and what it does to us.  Today we are all aware of PTSD from the service men and women that return from the Middle East after being wounded or experiencing serious injury.  Everyone has experienced trauma in different forms and it has an affect with the way we deal with our life.  As we were told it is how the individual processes situations after a a trauma that is important.  Jenn gave us examples of trauma based responses.  The James Morehouse project teaches the staff at ECHS how to deal with interacting with the individuals who have experienced trauma.  The James Morehouse Project has six staff and eight clinical interns.  Every year the center has new interns and since 2000 they have trained over 200 people in their intern program.  Jenn is very proud and committed to the work at the James Morehouse Project.  This is a great resource for our high school that has 1500 students.

Thanks to Sarah for inviting Jenn to speak to us.

Here is the link to the youtube video.  Go check it out and see firsthand more about the James Morehouse Project.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiQA1OzE7-Q&feature=youtu.be 

 

Jenn Rader – Director – James Morehouse Project at ECHS

 

 

Raffle Winners:  Gary Pokorney won the bottle of wine.  Gary Pokorney had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $140.

 

Genie Stone Winner:  Andy Brown won the magic stone for the month of October

 

Thought for the week:

The affirmation cited here is from Paul J. Meyer and supports how our Rotary Club membership handles things:  “I am habitually inductrious and get things done.  My attitude is always “will do” as well as “can do.” 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 21 2017

 

  El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

September 21, 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 Joe Yang and Terry provided the thought for today.

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

Jan had her sister Carol as her guest today.  Bob Graham with our guest speaker today is a visiting Rotarian.

Announcements:

  • President Terry thanks the Rotarians who were at the Centennial Parade last Saturday.
  • October 12th is when our District Governor Gary Vilhauer will visit the club. All board members are to be on site by 10:30a
  • Oct 10 is the Rotary Board meeting
  • Sonya gave us some updates on the Sip and Savor progress and reminded us of the time being short and to keep focused. If you are not going to make it to the event please inform Sonya.
  • Jan told everyone they can begin turning in the raffle prizes next Thursday.

Happy Dollars:    Nobuko is happy for her new house in Berkeley is not on the path to completion.  Marty is happy he had a great time on his trip to the east coast.  Marla is happy she will be going to Italy even though she has to miss Sip and Savor.  Gary is happy for the funny situation at the Cerrito Vista park after the parade when the EMTs thought he had fainted and he got to visit the ambulance.  Michael is happy he got to see Mike Gonzalez out shopping and reported he is looking good and holding his own.  Jan is happy for her birthday and her sister Carol visiting.  Joe Yang is happy he and his wife got to go to Hawaii for their 4th anniversary,   Terry is happy for his trip to Ohio.  Bob Graham is happy for being in Rotary for 50 years.

 

Sgt at Arms Sal:   Not on duty today

Today’s Program. 

Sarah introduced Meg Heinicke from Namaste Direct along with Bob Graham, founder of the organization.   Meg gave us a summary of Namaste Direct, a micro lending organization that Bob set up almost 20 years ago in Guatemala.  Meg also pointed out that Guatemala is a young country that had a population that increased from less to a million to sixteen million today.  As a result there is a lot of poverty and single parent families.  This resulted in a lot of women having difficulty to provide for themselves and if they had children, it was even worse.  Namaste is an   organization provides women a way to start a business or aid an existing business to access funding to start or grown their business. The support of the Namaste organization support is through education and business consulting which provides a success model for the women..  Guatemala has a young population and Namaste provides the women a structured 9 month business program that has four separate segments that helps the women grow and build their business so they can work though the challenges of owning and running their businesses.  The Namaste model provides guidance, coaching, business management and education for the women so the money they are loaned is paid back so the organization continues to fund others.  The annual cost of the program is $600 per business owner and it has been successful for a long time.  Meg gave us a great summary and then answered a lot of quality questions.  This was a great presentation.  Thanks to Sarah for inviting Meg to speak to us today.

Bob Graham and Meg Heinicke of Namaste Direct

 

Raffle Winners:  Michael won the bottle of wine.  Gary had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye.  Next week the jackpot will be $135.

 

Thought for the week:

My thoughts determine

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.