El Cerrito Rotary Bulletin for Jun 8, 2017

Mira Vista Country Club

Add to calendar
El Cerrito Rotary The Wheel

June 8, 2017

Editor:  Gary Buffon




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

Guests and visiting Rotarians: None today


President Kanti read the announcement that Al Caruso’s grandson Matthew Newman 33, being fatally injured in an accident Tuesday June 6th. Matthew lived in the Benicia/Vallejo area for more then 20 years.  Matthew is survived y his wife Victoria, his mother Debra Caruso-Catalli and his grandparents Alan and Anna Caruso.  There will be a funeral mass on Monday June 12l atSt Dominic’s Catholic Church in Benicia.  Kanti acknowledge Joe Yang for being Treasurer by presenting him a nice plaque. Sonya received a plaque from Kanti for being Fund Raising Director. Sonya gave us an update on the status of vendors at the Sip and Savor event. Sal reminded us that the Red Oak Victory Ship will have a Father’s day breakfast on Sunday June 18th. Also there will be a dinner with fireworks viewing on July 3rd.  Check out the Red Oak Victory website for details.


Happy Dollars:   Nobuko had $19 for her nineteenth anniversary.  George is happy for getting all the signatures for his membership booklet and sending a $100 to the Rotary Foundation.  Gary is happy the cooler for the Camp Royal bus has been located.  Sonya is happy for the vacation to spend time with her son.  Kanti is happy for the outcome of the Warriors game yesterday.  Michael is $20 happy for the Warriors winning game 3 of the playoffs.

Sgt at Arms Sil:  Not on duty today..

 Today’s Program.  John introduced Rotarian Sal to give us a sample of the WWI info that he is involved with as the local expert on the War to End all Wars.  Or as Sal called it the most useless wear of all time.  Sal gave us a quick summary of his experience in France and how he got interested in learning more about WWI.  Sal gave us some data to set the stage from then to now.  In 1910 the US had 92 million people and Calif had 2 million.  In 1920 there was 106 million people and Calif had 3 million.  Today we have 37 million in Calif.  Sal used this data to set the stage for the details he used in his presentation.  The presentation focused on the US got involved in WWI.  He shared a lot of very interesting information.  Sal has read over 150 books about WWI and he used this as a springboard to focus our attention on some of the things that happened to draw the US into WWI.    He specifically use the ship Lusitania to demonstrate one of the tragic situations the led up to the US joining the war effort against Germany.  He laid out the details of how the Lusitania became a major factor in getting the US involved in WWI   This presentation was fascinating and we must get Sal to return to give us another opportunity to present information to us.


Sal emphasizes a point in his presentation



Raffle Winner:  I missed who won the bottle of win.   Gary had his ticket pulled to choose a marble and there was a lot of confusion because the marble box did not have a gold marble.  Gary and Kanti decided to suspend the drawing until next week when we have a replacement marble..  Next week the jackpot will be $70.

Thought for the week:  

One of my favorite affirmations:  I never quit, therefore I never fail!



7901 Cutting Boulevard, El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA