Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 10, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

October 10, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Sonya led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Andy’s Dad Dwayne Brown was his guest today.  Capt Robert De La Campa of the El Cerrito PD was Paul’s guest.  Anna Cartagena Rafael’s wife and her friend Irene McGuire were visitors.  Our guest speaker Will Rogers had his wife Kate as a guest.

Announcements:

  • President Marty told everyone who is coming to sip and savor to Wear Rotary Gear!
  • Reminded us of the fund raising BBQ at Alan Baer’s home on Saturday. 
  • Hercules Rotary is having a Day at the races at GGF coming up
  • TGIFF this month is Halloween on the 25th.5:30-7:30pm.  Being held at El Cuscatlan Restaurant, 14350 Laurie Ln, Ste A.  Hosted by San Pablo Rotary
  • Sonya gave an update on Sip and Savor which is this Sunday.  Things are on track.  Rotarians are to be at the club at 1p to help in getting setup completed.  The official start of Sip and Savor is 2:30p but there is a lot to be done so show up at 1p and we will start work.  Everyone is being encouraged to wear Rotary clothing so people can see us

Sgt at Arms:

Recognized Rafael and Anna’s for their 29th anniversary.  Sonya was recognized for her recent birthday.

Happy Dollars:   Andy is happy to have his Dad visiting and for his helping Andy with his new bee hive.  Terry is happy about Sip and Savor and things getting sorted out for the event this Sunday.  Michael is $5 happy for being there when his son was sworn in as a new attorney in Washington state.

Today’s Program:  Marty introduced William Rogers of William Rogers and Son Honey.  Wo;; brought a portable hive to display for us to enjoy.  He then introduced the topic of bee keeping and summarized how he became involved in bee keeping.  Will read a comprehensive story about how he became involved in the interesting and exciting endeavor.  It was great how he told the story of his endeavor in bee keeping over the last 35 plus years and where he is today.  He lives in Kensington and has his hives located so he can provide the benefits of keeping bees and also sell honey.  He sells his product at the Kensington community events.  I think most of us did not have a clue about what was involved in participating in bee keeping and raising bees.  This was a great opportunity to gain a basic understanding of bee keeping and the important things it provides.   We learned the seasons of the bees and what goes on in each of these seasons.  I hope you were one of the lucky Rotarians who got to enjoy this presentation.  It was great!!

William Rogers with his portable bee hive.  – Great Presemtation today

Todays Raffle: Not done today:

Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   There is nothing more fascinating than nature and how it works!!

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for October 3, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

October 3, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and I failed to write down who led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:    Norma Trillia was a guest of Rotarian George.

Marty announced that Chief Michael Pigone has officially became a member of El Cerrito Rotary.   Everyone was pleased and gave a round of applause for this announcement.

Announcements:

  • Richmond Rotary will be doing a fundraising BBQ on Sat Oct 12th.  The event is being held at Alan Baer’s home at 3001 Balley Dr in Richmond.  Let Marty know if you wish to attend. 
  • Hercules Rotary is holding a costume part for the TGIFF meeting Oct 25th.  If you like Halloween parties this is you chance.
  • Richmond Rotary did a trade in order to create a larger foundation grant and as a result they were willing to give our Sip and Savor a $500 sponsorship.
  • Sonya and Jane did a Sip and Savor update.  Sonya regarding the money stuff and Jane regarding the work requirements.  We were given the requirements for the work we will be doing on Sept 13th.  If don’t have a handout of the event requirements

Happy Dollars:   Marty is happy that Michael Pigoni is now a Rotarian.  He is also happy to see Mark Figone in attendance today.  Jack is also happy to welcome Michael Pigoni into our club.

Today’s Program: John Introduced James Vlahos to speak to us about a great project he is involved in.  James is a journalist and technical writer and he was with us today to tell us about the story of his father’s passing with cancel and how he and his family chose to make the most of the situation by recording his verbal history and incorporating some of the newer aspects of artificial intelligence technology to help create the recorded things his father passed along before he died.   It all sound so simple but when it come to the task of taking the recorded documents and applying technology that will allow us to usable form.  James has started a company named “Hear After.” James intends to do some pioneering steps to make the use of the collected data of his Father’s memories get turned into a useable form.   Today, there are various forms of A/I tools that we use but James new company will be tasted to automate many aspects of what they want to do with his father’s recorded history.  James spoke at length and in some detail of how he is going to conquer this task. 

James did a great job of keeping our interest and providing information on possibilities.  Hope you were able to be with us today.

Sgt at Arms: Not on today. 

Todays Raffle: Not done today:

Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   It is amazing how we can seriously consider how to record a persons memories and make them available to their heirs.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 26, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 26, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Paul Keith led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Julie Brown, Andy’s wife was on hand to hear Keith Johnson speak to us today.

Announcements:

  • Marty announced the TGIFF event on the 27th being held by the Berkeley Rotary at the Skates restaurant.
  • Marty reminded us to concentrate on bringing a guest to Rotary so we can build up our ranks.
  • Terry is securing some space for the raffle prizes so be ready to write up what you have on a provided form so we can begin to get ready for our super Sip and Savor Raffle.

Happy Dollars:   Jack is happy for the Giant’s ballgame he attended.  Nancy is happy for pet insurance as her five year old german shepherd who has needed more pet care that she could ever has imagined.  Tracy is happy that Norma gave her a hand crafted picture of “bubbles” her dog as a gift.  She is also happy that her father in law is recovering from his hip surgery after falling and breaking his hip.  Tracy’s daughter is 21 years old now.  Lot of things happening in Tracy’s family.  Nobuko had cautious dollars after some odd happenings on line.  Sal is happy the weather has turned cooler so he could get some sleep.   Andy is happy about the great presentation that Keith Johnson made to our Rotary club. 

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized Tracy for her birthday.   Recognized Paul for his Anniversary on Oct 14.  Steve recognized Gary for his anniversary on Oct 9th.  When he asked Gary how many years, it stumped Gary.  Sal asked Rotarians to share the answer to the question, why did you join Rotary?  There were many great answers from Sal, Sil, Jack and several others.  Point is Rotary is truly a special organization that toughs peoples heart in interesting ways.

Today’s Program: 

Andy introduced Keith Johnson, El Cerrito High School Band Director.  There were a few highlights of Keith’s presentation.  One being the growth in the band program from 49 to 171 students this year.  As we all recall, we set up the process for Keith to attend the Michigan State Symposium program for band leaders.  We were delighted to hear Keith tell us about this exciting experience and the impact it has had on Keith’s life and also some of the great results that have occurred as a result of that scholarship for Keith.   Keith explained the impact of what has happened since he did the symposium earlier this year.  This presentation shows just how much we as Rotarians can do to make a difference in other people lives and it ends up doing magical things for many others.

Keith also told us about the Annual Play-a-thon program underway at E Cerrito High to raise $15000.  This is an annual event that brings in the funding for a lot of what the young musicians get and opportunity to do.  The band has done many events in other states and in Washington DC where they got to perform and experience the joy of other venues. The Play-a-thon program gives us an opportunity to participate in this fund raiser and play a part in furthering the opportunities for young musicians.  Check in to this and decide what you can do to support this program.  The actual Play-a-Thon will take place on Saturday Oct 19 at the high school where they will be presenting Music programs all day at the high school.  If you need more information check in with Rotarian Andy Brown and he will guide you along.

Today’s Raffle:

Andy wond the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and chose a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $90.

Thought for the Day:   I know there are many of you who would agree that it is never too soon to expose the younger generation to life changing experiences.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for September 19, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

September 19, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Paul Keith led the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Rotarian Joan Collignon visiting from Berkeley, and Ilene Libby from the El Cerrito Art Association, Lt Jose Delatorie of the EC police dept were with us today.

Announcements:

  • Marty announced the TGIFF event on the 27th being held by the Berkeley Rotary at the Skates restaurant.
  • Berkeley is sponsoring a Rotoract Mixer at Cal at the MLK Bldg on Sept 29th
  • Ilene gave us the update on the annual Art show and Sale on Oct 4th at the EC Community Center  
  • The Alzheimer s association is doing a fund raising walk on Nov 9, 2019 and a lot of the Rotary clubs in the area are working to provide support.  There is a walking event on the November date that will start at Pier 27 in San Francisco, so Joan gave us a rundown on the event..
  • Terry and Jan are heading up the raffle for Sip and Savor and they are getting ready to solicit donations for the Sept 13th event.  Get your raffle prizes ready to go and you can complete the paperwork so there is signage for the items at event.

Happy Dollars:   Andy is happy that his youngest son went to the Interact meeting yesterday.  Jack is happy to see Paul Keith and Jose.  Michael is happy that while he was in Hawaii he got work his son passed the BAR in Washington State.  Terry is happy for Eileen and Joan being on hand today.  Joan is happy to be here.  Lee is happy he is going on Vacation to Maine and Wisconsin.  He also recommended that everyone watch the Ken Burns production on PBS about country music. Ilene is happy to be heare today.  Jim Spain is happy to be starting the 37th year of his business.  Michael told us a heartwarming story about a client who had lost his home in Paradise in the Camp Fire and the great result that occurred for him with his settlement.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized Joe for his anniversary and Nancy for her birthday.

Today’s Program: 

President Marty introduced Joe Grupalo, a Battallion Chief in the EC Fire Dept.  His position gives him responsibility for the numerous activities that involve Emergency planning and preparations.  Today he spoke about what we need to be aware of and do to get ready for a fire caused disaster.  He gave us a summary of the circumstances of our local area and our surrounding geography.  He shared with us some of what has been going on with the planning and response procedures that are now in place.  He first pointed out the need for all us to become a part of the emergency response or community Warning System network by getting our phone number on the list.  We were given specific information about thing we need to have and have in place as part of our readiness.  The first thing that everyone needs to know is when there is an emergency we will only have a short period of time and then we will be on our own.  This means we need to have enough food, water and supplies to last for up to three days.  It is important that each of us as a family get ready for that to occur.   In the earlier going there was a process call NEAT for neighborhood emergency action team.  What this did was to prepare us for having clothes, food, water and other support for us to sustain ourselves for a period of time.  PG&E has told us that when they shut off the electricity off that will be a least a three day time frame before the power is restores so be prepared.

Chief Grupalo ended by giving us contact points for various information and resources.  This was a very resource rich presentation.  The kind that you need to hear a second time to figure out what you missed.  We were given and assignment by th e Chief.  Each of us is to make sure we get signed up on the Community Warning System.

Todays Raffle:

Andy won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and choose a black marble, costing him $5.  Next week the pot will be $85.

Thought for the Day:    Just when you thought you had everything figured out you determine that is not the case!

Weekly El Cerrito Bulletin for Sept 12, 2019

El Cerrito Rotary -The Wheel

September 12, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Kanti the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Jim Spain had a guest, Lorren Ray.  No other guests today.

Announcements:

  • Marty announced Andy Brown has agreed to become our President Elect for next year.
  • Jim sent around a get well card for Al Caruso so we could all sign it.
  • December 15 is our club holiday party.  Lee will have a sign up sheet in a week or two.
  • October 24th is world polio month
  • Oct 5th we will be meeting at Los Moles again, the BCC is tied up
  • Sonya gave us an update on the Sip and Savor status and things that are going on.  We need more food vendors.

Jack, Andy and Marty at our Rotary meeting today were pleased to announce the selection and acceptance by Andy to become our president elect.

Happy Dollars:   Marty is happy that Jack got Andy to accept the Pres Elect position.  Tracy is happy that Andy is our new PE.  Lee is happy for us having a PE for next year.  Terry is happy Andy is taking the PE position.  Andy is happy that he completed his new bee hive and will be ready to tell us about it soon.  Sonya is happy for the success of her business operation.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on Duty today

Todays Program:

Marty introduced Jack to give us his presentation on the Rotary International conference in Germany.  Jack started by playing a video that introduced the conference.  The conference was held in Hamburg and was a great event.  This was Jack and Carol’s 12th conference.  He began by answering the question as to why he has attended so many onferences and moved into what he took away from the Hamburg event.  Jack reviewed the highlights of activities and Carol presented her take on the home hosting event that she and Jack attended with three other couples.  The sort of it was wonderful and they enjoy themselves thoroughly.  One thing they learned is that this years International President’s Daughter lives in El Cerrito.  We now want to track her down so we can invite her to a Rotary meeting.  Jack took some great pictures of the homes they visited for the home stay dinners.  We also learned about the House of Friendship that is at each convention and how wonderful it depicts the work Rotary does around the world.  Jack’s presentation is enough to make one wonder why not attend an internationl conference. The one coming up this year is in Honolulu. What a great place to go.

Todays Raffle: No raffle held today.  Next week the pot will be $80. 

Thought for the Day:    The things that Rotarians do locally, nationally and internationally are enough to take your breath away because of the overall impact they have on the world.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Sept 5, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

September 5, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Present Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Jan the flag salute and Marty offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Marty had guest Michael Pigoni, El Cerrito Fire Chief.

 Announcements:

  • Next week our Rotary meeting will be at Los Moles Same time different location.
  • Sal reported on a quiche vendor for Sip and Savor.  He encouraged us all to see who else is available to come to Sip and Savor
  • There will be a Rotary Board Meeting next Tuesday Sept 10th at 1:30 at the club
  • Hercules Rotary is having a day at the Races at GGF on Sept 15th
  • Rotary Day at Cal Football is coming up soon
  • Jane reminded us all that Sip and Savor is just around the corner and we mst bet busy to get ready for everything that is going to happen.

Happy Dollars:  Jane is happy she could get out of El Sobrante after the truck accident this morning.  Terry is happy for the vacation he had to visit family for a wedding celebration.  Marty is happy about his trip to Ely Nv.  George is happy he gets to accompany wife Norma on her Interwheel trips around the country.  Michael is happy because he is going to Kawi.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Recognized birthdays for Rotarians today

Todays Program: 

Anthony Cassel, a friend of Marty’s was our speaker today.  Anthony was here to tell lus about the “home for a home” program that he participates in at his real estate agency.  This program has a number of realtors who support it by having a fund that allows them to build a shall dwelling in Guatamala  This fund is supported by the realtors.  The program is called Home for a home.  This organization provides funding to families in Guatamala so they can have a place where they can live and prosper.  Anthony showed us pictures of these small dwellings that allow people to live and work so they can move up in their economic structure.  In addition to a home they are provided a water filtration system and a stove for their dwelling.  The current dwellings also have an attached toilet facility which provides a greater level of essential living services.  These small homes have gone through some ongoing upgrading and are now such that they provide residences a number of comforts and stability for the families.  Since this is a pioneering progress, there are always a number of options that are now available.  This show how innovative these realtors are when it comes to providing the people they service a standard of living that was previously impossible.   Anthony strongly suggested we visit their website to see and learn more.  You can do a Google search on home for a home and reach the site and get more information.  It was great having Anthony visit us so we could learn more about this program.  Although not run by Rotary, this program has a lot of the hallmarks of the programs that as done by Rotary.  If you wish to chek in with Anthony go to the website www.anthonyecasal.com and go from there.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Guest Michael Pignoni won the marble game and picked  a blue marble.winning $10.  Next week the pot will be $75.. 

Thought for the Day:   There are not many new ideas in the world but one ot the best long term ideas is what Rotary is all about…..You can never go wrong by helping other get ahead.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin

MEETING OF AUGUST 29, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary – The Wheel

August 29, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

Past President Jack opened the meeting by greeting everyone and Lee led the flag salute and Jack offered the thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Lene Frederiksen a visiting Rotarian from Denmark was our guest today and she exchanged flags with Jack and told us a bit about her homeland and city.  We also had the President of Richmond Rotary, Jan Brown as well as Haley Richenman. 

 Announcements:

  • Lee announced our holiday party will be held at Trader Vics on December 15th.  They only have space for 40 guests so be sure and sign up early.
  • TGIFF for this month will be at Riggers Loft in Richmond on the 30th.  A flier was handed out for the event. 
  • Andy presented an article from the Rotarian Magazine
  • Sonya gave us a summary of the Sip and Savor event’s progress.   

Happy Dollars:  Nancy is happy about Lene visiting our club because it reminded her of a boyfriend from her distant past who hailed from Denmark. Rafael is happy about the new President of El Salvador for the steps he is taking to clean up the corruption in that country.  Rafael is also happy about his business doing so well that he was able to make a $500 sponsorship.  Lee gad $20 for his daughter’s wedding earlier this month.  Jan Brown is happy the Lene visiting us reminded her offff the time she spent in Denmark.  George was also happy of the reminder of the time he spent in Denmark.  Gary was happy about Ian and Michael giving their presentation on Camp Royal.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on duty today

Todays Program: 

Gary introduced our speakers, Michael Fox and Ian Ruth to tell us about their Camp Royal experience in June.  Each of the guys summarized key things that they experienced at this awesome Rotary leadership camp that takes place in Hayfork Calif.  .

Ian and Michael gave a joint presentation to provide us with an excellent summary of their and travel to Hayfork California where the camp was held and the several hour drive to get their.  They covered the logistics of getting there and getting settled.  We got an overview of the camp layout and how things operated with the counselors and the logistics.  There was also the activities and great scenery in which the camp is held.  Michael and Ian each highlighted many of the key aspects of the event and what it meant to them.  We were told how the self realization and application of leadership can be used to gain more from what we say and do. 

Both Michael and Ian explained how the mental and physical interaction with the other campers and the camp counselors made them aware of how to think differently about their lives and how they perceive and do things.  It is never a bad idea to do a self analysis of how we interact with things in our lives and Camp Royal is a great vehicle in which this occurs.. 

As I always tell others, be able to go to Camp Royal as a high school student is the only reason I would willing go back to my own high school career so I could attend.

Todays Raffle:

Sil won the bottle of wine and Nancy won the marble game and picked  a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $65.. 

Genie Stone:  Michael won the magic stone for next month.

Thought for the Day: You can always understand someone when they speak to you from their heart. 

El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 22, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 22, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone and  Kanti led the flag salute and Marty offered a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:   Tracy had two guests, John Stasik and Laura Custodia, the Techie Girl.  It was great to have them both at our meeting.

 Announcements:

  • Marty announced our holiday party will be held at Trader Vics on December 15th.  There will be more details as the date gets closer
  • TGIFF for this month will be at Riggers Loft in Richmond on the 30th.  This will be the place to be next Friday.
  • Gary reminded us that next week our guest speakers are Michael Fox and Ian Ruth of the Interact club to tell us about their Camp Royal experience.
  • Marty announced that there has only been two polio cases in which means there is a good chance it will be declared that only Afghanistan is the last country in the middle east with any wild cases of polio.

Happy Dollars:  Nancy was happy to share a story about a customer who came in to see her and was so upset but after a while he calmed down.  Terry is happy their trip to Donner lake was successful. Sonya gave us an update on Sip and Savor and told us about her trip to Lima, Peru and to ancient sites from Inca times.  Tracy is happy about how well her training is coming along for her one mile swim.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Not on duty today

Todays Program:  Marty introduced our speaker for today:  Chris Treadway who is with the El Cerrito Historical Center and was here today to inform us on the things that are happening in that arena.  He opened with a front page of the El Cerrito Journal form the early 50’s that had a picture of John Fogerty in a wagon as a small boy.  Then Chris showed a video that was from 1938 and 1940 which had pictures of performers in that era that showed performance stars that were regulars at Rancho San Pablo in 38-40.  He then shared a lot of information about what was going on in that era and we got to see a number of photos from this film. We were then told about the gambling, horse racing, prostitution and other things that drove the economy in this post Depression era El Cerrito.  Chris passed out a newsletter that highlighted the opening of the East Shore Freeway that was opened shorty after the completion of the Bay Bridge. This was a great education and reminder of that era and the exciting things that were going on in this pre boomtime era in El Cerrito. We also heard a great deal about many of the things that occurred during the construction of the site where the plaza now resides.  We are fortunate that a great deal of effort is being expended to retain the historical relics and information from that time. I know we will see and hear a lot more about our history as time goes on and more results of the energy being spend on collecting and districuting the history comes to light.  Thanks to Chris for a wonderful and very informative presentation.

Todays Raffle:

Gary won the bottle of wine and Michael won the marble game and picked the a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $60.. 

Thought for the week

Why is it that there is so much interesting History and so much we have not been aware of?  Are we just that oblivious to things that happened that did not directly impact us?

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 15 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone.    George led the flag salute and Marty offered a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:  Tita Escalada, President of Hercules Rotary and Gabe Quinto City Councilman of El Cerrito were our visitors today.

Announcements:

  • Next Tuesday there will be a Rotary Board meeting at 12:30p at the Club.  If you are a board member be sure and attend. all Rotarians are welcome
  • Nancy took over for Sonya (our Genie Stone holder) and brought us up to date on the Sip and Savor on Oct 13th.  Nancy also reminded us of the services that Sonya’s facility (El Cerrito Royal) provides and reviewed the great services provided.   

Happy Dollars:  Jane had $5 for the time she has been spending with her grandkids and how enjoyable it has been to get to know them better.  Nancy had $5 for the recent breach by Mastercard and how well Mechanics Bank was able to react to this situation.  Michael is happy he will be spending time with his Daughter in Washington in the near future.  Andy is happy for school to be starting and his three boys are all getting ready for this adventures.  Young Jack will be a freshman at El Cerrito high school this year.  Marty is happy for the camping trip he took with good friends.

Sgt at Arms Steve:  Table trivia as well as a few trivia questions about articles in the Rotarian magazine.  He successful collected for a number of things we did not remember.  In addition, Jane contributed for her 49th anniversary.

Todays Program: 

Marty introduced our speakers for today:  Jack Ludero Flick and Denice Devers to speak to us about the climate emergency that we are all facing in our world.  Jack and Denice both summarized some important aspects of our current situation.  Then they reviewed the current El Cerrito Emergency resolution being currently considered by the El Cerrito City Council.  In this process Denice and Jack discussed some of the aspects of the resolution and dealt with the pros and cons of the requirements of resolution.  Denice and Jack ended their presentation by answering a lot of questions and comments from the audience.

Todays Raffle:

Michael won the bottle of wine and Gary won won the marble game and picked the a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $55. 

Thought for the week:  It is always rewarding what can be accomplished by organizations large and small when it comes to making everyone lives better.

Weekly El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for August 8, 2019

 El Cerrito Rotary

The Wheel

August 8, 2019

Editor:  Gary Buffon

(www.elcerritorotary.org)

President Marty opened the meeting by greeting everyone. Joe led the flag salute and Gary offered a thought for today.

Guests & Visiting Rotarians:

Our guests today were Marvin Collins and Tammy and husband Will of Tammy’s chocolates who has her shop in San Mateo.  She is going to be one of our vendors at this year’s Sip and Savor.  If you want to check in with her she can be reached at 650-773-2918.  She brought samples of her chocoates and they are wonderful.    

Announcements:

  •  GGF is having Rotary day at the races.  Check in with them to get the specifics
  • The Rotary Board meeting has beem ,moved to Aug 20th at 12:30p at the club
  • Sonya gave us a complete update on sponsorship and venders for the Sip and Savor.  The preliminary stuff is moving along nicely
  • Nobuko’s guest Tammy was on hand to share samples of her chocolates that will be available at Sip and Savor.

Happy Dollars

Jim Spain is happy for Marvin being here today.  Andy had both happy and sad dollars today.  His favorite cat was attacked by two foxes and did not survive.  Jack had great feedbacl for his book of “happiness.  Nobuko is happy that her friend Tammy was on hand to provide samples of her chocolates.  Tracy is happy her training for her swim is going well and for her responses to her sponsors for the one miles swim she will be taking to earn money for the cancer fund.  Michae had 39 happy dollars for the number of years of marriage.  Gary was happy for the dance event that Norma and her troupe attended at which a audience member was 112 years old. This is record for the longest living audience member at one of Norma’s dances dances

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Todays Program: 

Marty introduced Claire Brown and her husband Richard Katz who spoke to us tody on the subject of the role fossel fuel plays in the climate warming.  Clair and Richard volunteer for the 350 Climate Change organization.  Claire and Richard were with us to speak about the coal trains that come to Richmond where their coal cars are emptied into ships for transport to Japan. Claine and Richard identified the things that health ssues and other factors that are impacted with these coal shipments.  This information led to some excellent discussion on things that are being done to mitigate the impact of these shipments and how the alternatives could be exploited in the near future.  The bottom line is how can the transportation of this energy source be alternative logistical methods.  There was a lot of discussion between Richard, Claire and the audience on this matter. 

This was an excellent presentation and kept everyone’s interest.  Thanks Michael for briing Richard and Clare to speak to us.

Todays Raffle:

 Andy won the bottle of wine and Jack won won the marble game and picked the gold marble winning the $90.  Next week the pot will be $50. 

Thought for the week

No matter how many problems we solve our world and societies will always have many more waiting to have their turn to be solved.