Maureen Dixon – Site Coordinator – Writer Coach Connection program at El Cerrito High

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of September 5, 2013

Acting President Kathleen welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Sonja and the thought for the day was provided by Kathleen.

Upcoming Club speakers and Board meetings schedule:

  • Sept 12 – Erza Herzog – Medical Insurance issues
  • Rotary Club Board Meeting Sept 17 – please RSVP to President Jim regarding your attendance and agenda items
  • Sept 19 – Linda Yuan and Josh Ko EC Interact members will tell us about their Camp Royal experience
  • Sept 26 – Fellowship day
  • Oct 3 – Gary Buffon – growing up in the high desert


  • Solano Stroll activities this Sunday:  Two places for Rotarians to be include the BARSHEEP booth and the Rob Roy Canoe selling booth.  The Interact club is providing volunteers to help us cover the event.
  • Fund raising report by Karen.  Keep selling your tickets.  Sponsorships are available through Sept 19th.

Happy Dollars: 

Kathleen is happy to be going to her first professional ball game (an A’s game).  Tracy is happy that Nancy was able to help one of her clients with a trust for their parent who had passed away.  Mark Scott is happy about the three week trip he took with Cindi and Jack and Carol Freethy.  They visited three Presidential libraries:  Hoover, Eisenhower and Lincoln.  Jack had $10 to express his happiness about the trip.  Marty is happy his trip to Turkey is coming up in less then three weeks.

Sgt at Arms Steve:   Recognized Anniversaries for Karen, Mark Scott and Frank S.  Birthday recognitions were for John Hoagland (#75), Nancy and Tracy.

Today’s Program:

Jim Shepherd introduced today’s speaker Maureen Dixon who is the site coordinator for the Writers Coach Connection program at El Cerrito High.  Accompanying Maureen was Tom Waller who is a fellow Rotarian (Richmond club) and board member for the Writers Coach Connection (WCC).   Maureen began her presentation by giving us an overview of the work being done by WCC.  The organization currently has 660 coaches around the East Bay that serve public schools in providing writing coaches to English classes.  Maureen asked Tom to show us the video of the coaching program.  In it we learned about the experiences and results that come to both the coaches and students.  One of the best part of this process is it is such a win-win as the both the coach and the student win.  In addition to a very positive outcome there are documented results of the effectiveness of this program.  An added benefit of the program is the overall positive impact of adults who learn more about working with students and the students who understand their importance to adults.  After the video, Maureen gave us some specifics about the results of this program and encouraged us to consider becoming a writing coach.   This is a great program that allows adults to make a difference with young people while learning more about what motivates young people.

Maureen spent about 15 minutes answering a number of questions.  What an excellent presentation!!

Today’s Lottery Winners:  Sal had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a cats eye marble.  Next week the pot will be $75.

Thought for the Week: 

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher