Al Featherstone – Pastor of Christian Home Baptist Church in Richmond

March 13, 2014

Pastor Al Featherstone - RichmondIn today’s program Jack introduced Al Featherstone – Pastor of Christian Home Baptist Church in Richmond.  After the introduction Al gave the chronology of his life which involved a Father who did not marry his Mother, being raised by a caring uncle and aunt and how things got off track when he graduated high school and took to drugs, drinking and gambling.

This resulted in him spending the years 17 to 34 being in jail and prison.  At 35 Al decided to change his life. He became involved in Christian church work where he began running the IMPACT (incarcerated men putting away criminal things) program that does training class at San Quinton prison.  This is a program with multiple modules each being 18 lessons in length that is conducted once a week.  The modules are a building block process that teaches the men how to cope with the numerous challenges they face.  He pointed out the many challenges from men who have not been socialized to the lack of a Father figure when growing up.  In the class the participants have to address accountability, integrity, and responsibility as well as ethics, the power of attitude, thought and self talk.

Pastor Al closed with the biggest challenge that exists to release prisoners – Re-entry into the work force.  Bottom line is we must find more effective way to take advantage of the resources these men provide so we insure they are able to get employment so they can become productive.  Thanks Jack for bringing Pastor Featherstone to speak to us.

Speaker Stephen Pree, El Cerrito Environmental Programs Manager and City Arborist

President Frank welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Gary B and the thought for the day was provided by Frank.

Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Interact members Josh Ko, Elia Chuaqui and Kenyatta Marceleous. Rotarian Dene Kinball from Springfield, Mass,  Nicole Jones with the El Cerrito Patch, Rebecca Kates guest of Tracy and her acupuncturist.  Visiting Rotarian Fred Collignon of Berkeley.

Announcements:

  • Pres Frank sent around a visitation list for those who can go visit Ilhami.
  • The District Gov visit has been postponed for Feb 27th from next Week  Not change on speaking schedule
  • Rotarian Fred Collignon has been chosen for District Governor in 2016-17

Happy Dollars:

Nancy is happy about her new iPad and told us the story of it being purchased.  Mark is happy about the Supermixer held by the West County Chambers, Jack is also happy about that as he did some membership prospecting at the event.  Sal is happy he found a $ to contribute.  Aroon is happy about the supermixer and having a booth at the event.  Don is happy about the Interact President and two others being here today.  Gary is $20 happy about a phone call he received from a long time friend with great news about his wife on the list to get a liver transplant.  Sonya is happy about the supermixer and how many El Cerrito Chamber members were there.  Allen is happy about taking his raft out into the bay and also about Michael being such a good treasurer.  Tracy is happy about the state grant for 50K that was awarded to the performing arts program at ECHS.  Visiting Rotarian Dene Kimball is happy to meet the Interact members as his grandsons attend the school. Turns out that Josh and Dene’s grandson are both in the ECHS band.  Visiting Rotarian Fred is happy about having a great Christmas with his family.

Special Presentation:

Interact President Elia made the presentation soliciting a sponsorship from the Rotary for the annual Black and White dance.  Elia – Good presentation – Good result.

Today’s Program:

Karen introduced Stephen Pree, El Cerrito City Arborist along with Sonali Shah for a presentation focused on a new program which is being considered for El Cerrito entitled “Investing from the ground up campaign.”  Stephen gave us some background on how he became involved and employed as the city arborist. Stephen is a certified arborist who has that title as part of a overall responsibility as Environmental Programs Manager.  We heard a lot of great information about trees and their importance and how there is a need for a better overall understanding of trees, their role in the city’s value and the great need for trees to be better cared for and understood.  It turns out that a large number of trees are pruned improperly which causes damage and sometimes kills them.

Stephen then shifted into outlining a project/program that is underway which is the “Invest from the ground up campaign.”  The project is currently underway in five cities in Calif ranging from North Hollywood, Santee to Albany.  Sonali took the mic and explained how this program works and that the purpose of the presentation today was to make us aware of the program and to solicit involvement from organizations for an event here in El Cerrito.  After the presentation there were many questions and we will be made aware of the next steps in the project in case we want to send a representative to the informational event at the city.

Thank you Karen for having Stephen and Sonali make the presentation to us.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Mark S won the bottle of wine.  Michael had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye marble.   Next week the pot will be $115.

Thought for the Week

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
–Victor Cousins

 

 

Gary Buffon Growing up in the Northern Ca High Desert where his Father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of October 17, 2013

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

Lee standing in for Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Fred Collignan – Asst Dist Gov from the Berkeley Club.  Rotarian Richard from the Laveneria Michigan club.  Guest of Mark Scott’s Ron Huey.  Norma Buffon wife and guest of Gary Buffon.

Announcements:

  • Nancy announced the Mechanics Bank mixer next Thursday (the 24th) at her branch in El Cerrito.  Everyone invited – Rotarians go and meet potential new members
  • Tracy announced the firefighters are serving the meals at Macaroni Grill as part of the toy drive fund raising.  Go find out how that works.
  • Nobuko reminded us that November is foundation month.  She passed around a sheet which shows status of how close you are to a PHF.  This may be the time when you can achieve that goal.
  • Gary B ask for some help this Sat with the Interact fund raising project.  He needs on Rotarian to show up for about an hour from 9a to 10a on the 19th.  The Interact members are painting the house numbers on the street locations.  If you can do this, please contact Gary B and he will provide you with the location and directions.  It is in El Sobrante.  It is a Richmond address off the Dam road.
  • Lee gave us some tips on seeking guests to bring to our meetings.  Given that our club needs new members, be sure you commit to bringing a guest in the next few meetings.  We always have great speakers so you can be sure your guest will enjoy the “friendly El Cerrito Rotary club.”
  • Karen gave a quick summary of our successful wine tasting event.  There will be a full accounting of the specific results at a future meeting.  Karen thanked everyone who worked and participated.

 

Happy Dollars:

1)     Marty had $5 for his great trip to Turkey.  He plans on giving us a program on the trip in the near future.

2)     Sal’s guest Richard gave a happy dollar for being able to visit our club

3)     Jack is happy about the great champagne wines from Weibel.

4)     Mark Scott is happy he had Ron as his guest today

5)     Terry is happy but my scribbling on the notes were unclear of the reason

6)     Fred is happy for the major Rotaract event he was involved in

7)     Paul K is happy for his son being over having his tonsils removed

8)     Allen is happy $5 for not getting a parking ticket in Berkeley.

9)     Karen is happy that Allen loaned her a car so she could do here wine tasting running around after her car died

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Did Al Capone trivia which in all the trivia games, we all end up paying to Sgt.

Today’s Program:

Gary B gave a presentation about his growing up in the Northern Ca high desert where his Father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Gary opened his presentation by asking if anyone in the room had attended a school with less than ten students.Nobody had, except Gary. From there he gave a description of the region of the Lassen Co where he grew up. 

In addition, he shared some specifics of the small village of Ravendale back in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Gary’s father was a “gandy dancer” (maintenance worker) for the Southern Pacific Railroad on the Modoc line. This line ran from Ely NV and ran North through Lassen and Modoc counties and in Oregon to Klamath Falls. We saw pictures of two of the main steam engines serving on the line in that era. Also presented were pictures of the locations and terrain along with some personal stories of the experience of living there. 

It was apparent that a number of Rotarians were not familiar with the region or the environment. Gary identified the key things he learned as a youngster and how that influenced him in becoming a successful adult. Everyone seemed to enjoy the presentation. Thanks to Jim Shepherd for asking Gary to do this presentation for the club.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

   

Mark Scott won the bottle of wine. Michael C had his ticket pulled for the marble game and selected a catseye. Next week the pot will be $70.

Thought for the Week:

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends and family, in one’s backyard.
Abraham Maslow

Ezra Herzog, Affordable Care Act

Don Farquharson Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of September 12, 2013

President Jim welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Allen and the thought for the day was provided by Gary B.

Upcoming Club speakers and Board meetings schedule:

  • 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

Special Presentation:  Don was asked to come forward and President Jim presented him with a special award recognizing him for providing excellent work as the club controller for the past six years.  Don was given a standing ovation by his fellow Rotarians.

Announcements:

  • Karen gave us a status update on the posters MDA provided for our PR efforts for the wine tasting.  She held one of the great posters provided for us to see. The last day to sign up as an event sponsor is Sept. 19th, next week.
  • Gary B announced that Interact club will be hosting the Interact District Conference in Nov either the 9th or 10th or 17th at El Cerrito High School.  More info in a week or so
  • Nancy announced the Mechanics Bank in El Cerrito will be holding a mixer on Oct 24th

Happy Dollars:

Karen NierlichLee is happy for the America’s Cup races being shown on a theater screen in Alameda and entry is free.  Sal is happy about the Solano Stroll and thanked Allen for the great venue.  Sal gave us a brief review of what the Rotary booths were doing.  Marty is happy that his shop was painted by Gateview Painting.  Nobuko is happy that Lee responded to her phone call for help by making a house call when her cat got ill.

Jack is happy that when he visited all of the BARSHEEP club that everyone had praise for the ECHS Interact Club we sponsor.  John is happy he was taken to Cal Bears football game by his kids and had a good time.  Michael is happy his house remodel is underway and it is being done by Collins Construction which is owned by Larry Sanchez. Tracy is happy about the praise that Mark and Cindi Scott receive from the RotoCare folks for the great dinner they were provided.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Being short of time today Steve simply brought two SF Chronicle articles that had Rotarian’s names in them.  We knew who the Rotarians were – Allen Cain and Jon Vicars but we did not know how many times their names were mentioned in the article so that cost us all $5.

Today’s Program:

Affordable Care ActPresident Jim introduced Ezra Herzog to speak to us about the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare.  Ezra provided us a summary of the impact that the new law will have on both individual health coverage as well as business coverage. Some of the major changes are that the actuarial table will nolonger be used  and people who are uninsurable now will be able to buy coverage. Another difference is that all are required to buy coverage, so after the enrollment period, those without coverage will face penalties. However there are new subsidies and support for those with lower incomes to either cover them or pay part of their coverage. As today, those in companies with 50 or more employees are covered by their employers. He gave us info on the California Exchange, called Covered California and how it may work. Thanks Ezra for speaking to us today.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Don had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Jack had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected the golden marble willing the $75 pot.  Next week the pot will be $50.

Thought for the Week:

The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you.
-M. W. Little

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

Announcements:

  • 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

 

 

 

ECHS Principal David Luongo

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of August 29, 2013

President Jim welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Karen and the thought for the day was also provided by Karen.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  John introduced Dick Morrish.  Gary B introduced our three guests from the ECHS Interact Club, Josh Ko, Linda Yuann and Kenyatta Marcelous who came today to hear Mr. Luango speak to our club.

 Announcements:

  • President Jim introduce Rotarian Ron Brown from the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary to tell us about the Rob Roy Canoe they are auctioning off for a fund raiser.  We will be assisting them by helping to staff the booth at the Solano Stroll.  Ron gave us the story and explained how the canoe was hand built by the Rotary club with guidance from a master woodworker who is a member of the Lamorinda club.
  • Sal announced that he has fliers for the Wine Tasting and gave them out to those who wanted to have one.
  • Karen showed the Wine Tasting Sponsorship Poster and Jane reminded us all about the importance of showing up at the wine tasting and help as well and enjoy the event.

Happy Dollars: 

Tracy is happy that David Luango was here to speak today and that we had some Interact Board members present.  Mark Figone is happy to be back and gave $20 for that and for the A’s coming back in the baseball playoff picture.  Jim Shepherd is happy that Pat is back at Rotary (everyone clapped approval).  Alan is happy he attended a friends wedding.  The friend is also an ECHS graduate.  Karen is happy that Ellen Fabini from last year’s Interact was willing to do the poster for our wine tasting.  Sonja is happy her son is settled in his new apt at School for his senior year.  Gary is happy for the Interact students being present and that one of those present Josh was acknowledged for coming in 2nd in the District 4-Way Test Speech event.  Michael C is happy for a new car and his daughter turning 26 and is now off his health insurance.

Today’s Program:

Karen introduced our guest speaker:  David Luongo, principal of El Cerrito High School.  David usually comes to our club this time of year to give us an update on what is happening and share with us the top priorities for the new school year.

David gave us a PowerPoint presentation of the values and cultural goals for ECHS.  The culture involved three key areas:  Academics, Behavior and Climate. The theme of this process is known as the Single School Culture and is intended to provide consistency in the key aspect of the three key areas. The bottom line is to create a positive and caring staff that respects peers and students personally and professionally.

Today the highlight of David’s presentation was a short video with six teachers who are ECHS graduates. Each of the teachers gave a short summary of why they are at ECHS and their reason for being there. This was a great example of a way to reduce turnover in the teaching cadre because if people has a strong connection to their employment they will stay longer.

This was an excellent presentation. Thanks Karen for getting David scheduled to speak to us.

Today’s Lottery Winners:    John had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Nancy had her ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a blue marble winning $2.  Next week the pot will be $70

 Genie Stone Winner:  Kanti had his ticket drawn and wins the magic stone for Sept.

 

Thought for the Week: 

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
Horace Bushnell

 

Charles Burress, Editor – Albany/Berkeley Patch & David Mills, Editor – El Cerrito Patch

Editor:  Gary Buffon
Week of August 22, 2013

President Jim welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Lee and the thought for the day was provided by John.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  John introduced Dick Morrish and then had Allen introduce his wife Isma Kahn and a friend Wendy Cohen who is a sponsor of the Solano Stroll.

Announcements:

  • Pres Jim discussed with Joe, Larry and Mark Figone the idea of a remembrance for Marvin Collins and the choice is to make a memorial scholarship as everyone felt Marv would like that a great deal.
  • Pres Jim announced the Rotary Christmas Party will be Dec 21st at Trader Vics in Emeryville
  • Jane gave us updates on the wine tasting fund raiser.  Raffle prizes are being solicited and the tickets for Rotarians to sell were passed out to those who did not get them last Thursday.
  • Tracy reported that Rotarian Pat Toddhunter is almost totally rehabbed and is planning on attending Rotary next week.  Tracy had a card for everyone to sign to give her.
  • John announced that we are partnering with Lamorinda Rotary on a fund raiser where we will sell tickets at the Solano Stroll.  Next week we will have Ron Brown from the Lamorinda club will give us the details.
  • Lee is going to be the “Fun Guy” this year so we can all look forward to the fellowship activities.  Lee ask for suggestions and then said to email him with those ideas that were presented.

Happy Dollars: 

Kathleen is happy that Lee has been keeping her cat as healthy as possible.  Also Kathleen’s son is now attending USF and all is well.  Allen had $20 in honor of his wife being at Rotary and also that Wendy was able to come today.  Alan L. was happy that the referral Tracy made of a person for a dental intervention has now become a patient.  Past Pres Frank is happy his daughter’s health is improving.  Jim Shepherd is happy he was able to spend a couple of days with his Mother to help her get settled in an apartment.

Sgt at Arms Steve: 

Today all of use were asked to determine who had not worn their Rotary pin.  Those who did not were recognized for $5.

Today’s Program:

Karen introduced our guest speakers:  Charles Burress who is Editor of Albany/Berkeley Patch and David Mills who has taken over El Cerrito Patch to tell us about the state of local media and some of the key things that they are doing in their role in their media niche.   Charles began by providing a historical perspective of what is happening to Journalism nationally and locally.  The statistics of the print media are pretty grim.  From 2007 to 2012 some 42000 positions has vanished.  Newspapers have had to respond to technology in order to survive.  Most advertising has moved to the internet which has essentially starved the print industry.  For example in 2005 newspapers had $50 billion in ad revenue and 2012 the number was $22.3 billion.   This is one reason that a lot internet news sources are what is driving the industry.  Charles pointed out how important it is to have local news because what is important to the people is having info on what is going on in your own area.

Charles then turned the microphone over to David to give us his perspective.  David worked in newspaper and TV News for many years.  He reinforced what Charles told us and added his perspective from his experience at the SF Chronicle and Channel Five news.   David gave us suggestions on how we can use Patch as a way to distribute new regarding Rotary and some ways to publicize what we are doing.  There was an excellent Q & A session after David spoke.  This was an excellent presentation.  Thanks Karen for having Charles and David speak to us.

 

 

Today’s Lottery Winners:    Marty had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Rod had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $65.

 

Thought for the Week: 

Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton

 

Margaret Lynch, of the El Cerrito Planning Dept, with City Project Updates

Editor:  Gary Buffon & Alan Cain
Week of August 15, 2013

City of El Cerrito logo

President Jim welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Jane and the thought for the day was provided by President Jim who said “People who think they know everything annoy those of who do.

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Dick Morrish who is on his path to membership was here.

 Announcements:

Karen reported on the Wine Tasting by telling us initial response was tremendous and there are 10 sponsors; looking for a few more.

 Happy Dollars:

Lee is happy to be back and had $3 and will be a Wine Tasting sponsor if Norge Cleaners is as well. Sal is happy about his talk. Karen is happy for her trip to Yosemite.  Alan Liu is just happy.  Alan C is happy about the Stroll kickoff party and the Rotarians who attended. Marty is happy about the Stroll party.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Did football table trivia where everyone ends up paying.  Apparently the answer to “key” trivia question of “what is a collection of Frogs” is an army.

Today’s Program:

Margaret Lynch, of the El Cerrito Planning Dept, was the guest speaker.  She came to give us an update on various city projects.   Margaret has been an El Cerrito resident 10 yrs.  She has been in her current position for six months and very much enjoys her work. Margaret came from the city of Alameda. The projects she addressed included:

Farmers Market

BART wishing to redevelop its property

Refreshing San Pablo Ave

Chatted about the development and how it impact traffic and other residents concerns

Urban greening plan and Prop 84

6431 Portola Dr mixed use of 67 units and more

Eden Senior House (old Tradeway site)

128 Condo Unit at El Cerrito Plaza

Margaret finished her presentation with a snapshot of the city’s immediate calendar with an array of items on the city agenda.  Margaret presented lots of good information about what the City is doing.

Today’s Lottery Winners:    

Sal had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Sal also had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $60.

Thought for the Week:

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

Sal’s Travels in China

Editor: Gary Buffon, Week of August 8, 2013

China TravelsCommunity Services Director Allen stepped in today and welcomed everyone to the friendly El Cerrito Rotary Club, the flag salute was led by Sal and the thought for the day was provided by Gary B.

Visitors:

Standing in for Secretary John, Steve – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Dick M. who is on his path to membership was here.  Mark S. brought guest Ron H. and Allen had guest Monica K.

Happy Dollars:

Alan L. is happy it is his 5th wedding anniversary.  Gary A is happy for the swim in the bay he had with Jim Shepherd.  Sal had $10 because that is “all he had.”  Mark S. had $5 for the friends and fellowship of the El Cerrito Rotarians and he also brought a wine tasting sponsorship check from the El Cerrito Chamber for $300. Gary B had happy dollars for lunch with Tracy and two Interact members at which a lot of coordination and planned collaboration was planned.  Tracy had $3 – 1$ for the same lunch as a dollar for meeting Interact President Elia at a school function and the last $ was for daughter Sarah signing up Interact.

Allen C. had a happy dollar for Monica being his guest and for the Solano Stroll being all set for the Sept 8th date and there is a kickoff mixer tonight at the Mechanics Bank in Albany.

Sgt at Arms Steve:

Recognized Jane for her 43rd anniversary,  Tracy for her 20th anniversary,  Alan for his 5th anniversary, Sil for his 47th anniversary, Michael Chang for both a birthday and an anniversary.  Last on the list was Gary B for his 71st Birthday on Sunday.

Today’s Program:

Allen introduced our very own Sal Compagno to give a presentation on his recent 21 day trip to China.  Sal began by telling us about the tour company he used for his trip and how well they did the tour he took.  This was a really wonderful presentation and if you missed it all I can say is too bad.  We were treated to Sal’s great sense of humor and vast travel experience.  We got to laugh about the trip preparation while we heard about the wide array of adventures he got to have in China.

El Cerrito RotaryWe saw pictures of the Terracotta Army, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, the Yangtze River and other key sights.  Sal explained how great the food was throughout the entire 21 day adventure.  Add to this a wonderful story about silk rugs and the huge quality of apartment buildings that are 21 stories tall and have thousands of apartments in each.   Sal also spent some time telling us about Hong Kong and the differences with the mainland China.

One of the things that is important for going on an adventure like this is to be reasonably good physical shape.  There is a lot of walking and hiking involved and Sal was not impressed with his fellow tourist because they did not get to do some of the things because even though they were younger than him, they were not able to physically do some of the walking necessary to get the most out of the experience.

Today’s Lottery Winners:

Jane had her ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Mark S. had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye.  Next week the pot will be $55.

Thought for the Week:

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Fellowship Meeting July 25, 2013

 Editor:  Gary Buffon    Week of July 25, 2013

Secretary John – Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  John introduced his guest Dick M.

Announcements:

  • Karen announced the wine tasting committee will be releasing the sponsorship opportunities in about a week.
  • President Jim reminded us that this week was a fellowship meeting and there would be more time for us to get to know each other.

Happy Dollars:  Mike G is happy we had fellowship today. Past Pres Frank is happy that grandchild #5 is on the way.  Gary B is happy about the successful trip he and Norma took to the Lake Tahoe area to catch butterflies and shoot golf balls at 200 yards at the Gardnerville rifle range.  Gary is also happy about the upcoming Interact Car wash on Aug 4th.   More details will follow. Karen is happy for the new dog they have even though there are some issues.  Terry is happy to be back from his trip to Mexico. Lee is happy his daughter is returning home for a spell.  Also Lee is happy about the upcoming family reunion in Wisconsin. Jack is happy to advise Rotarians that Frank S is getting ready to turn in his signed roster at the next board meeting and if you haven’t signed Frank’s book you can save yourself $6 by doing so. Jim Shepherd is happy for the trip to Michigan he and his family enjoyed and he is happy about swimming with Gary A in the bay.

Today’s Program:  

Today was a fellowship day.  There was a lot of stuff going on at every table but your humble editor could not possible summarize all of that without a whole cadre of fellow editors.

Two things of significance: See pictures below.

President Jim Spain & Past President Frank Lee

President Jim presents a certificate from the DG acknowledging our club
for the Foster a Dream Foundation support in 2012-13

Jack Freethy

Jack receives District All Star award from DG – Jim presented the award

Today’s Lottery Winners:    Jack had his ticket drawn and won the bottle of wine.  Steve had his ticket pulled for the marble drawing and selected a catseye marble.  Next week the pot will be $130.

Thought for the Week:  

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

–Albert Einstein