NEXT MEETING: March 22, 2013

Fishing Surinam. Fishing London.

Alan Blavins will delight the club with pictures and highlights of his recent trip to Surinam, plus a “Fishing Lesson Near London”. Look out for the 8 pound piranha!

MEETING OF March 15, 2013


President  Jim Young called our meeting to order on a nice day with many of us looking forward to the weeken. Red Badger Felix “Tree Man” Hunziker had the honor of leading us in the Pledge. Stoney asked all to have a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice.  Prez Jim offered a thought for health and wellness for all!

Visiting Rotarians

Julie Gee was visiting from the El Sobrante Club.

Rotarians with Guests

Prez Jim had as his guest wife/driver Linda and Joan Davis had as her guest Holly Henke, Director of Development for the Richmond Community Foundation (and a former Rotarian).

Sunshine Report

Herb Cole is still in Texas tending to mom. John Nicol has been released from the hospital and is at home. All are encouraged to visit. Stoney reported that Henry Kelman is in Kaiser in San Rafael, room 4018?, calls are welcomed.


  • Today, March 19, we learned that fellow Rotarian, John Nicol, passed away. John became a Rotary member in 1964, 49 years ago. He will be missed.
  • Henry Kelman is in the Kaiser hospital in San Raphael. If you want to give Henry a call, his phone number at the hospital is 415 444-2212, ext. 401a
  • March 16, now a fond memory,  was a work day to spruce up the Rotary Peace Garden (which may soon have a new name). Thanks Mark Howe for coordinating.
  • St Patrick’s Day BARSHEEP Celebration (H’s Lordships), another distant memory…or not, also took place on March 16.
  • RotoCare Clinic opening is scheduled for March 19.
  • The Pinole and El Cerrito Rotary Club will be having Past DG Cliff Dochteman as a special guest  on 3/21.
  • Richmond Rotary Board meeting takes place this Thursday, March 21st, at La Revolucion.
  • Richmond Tales Family Fest will take place on April 20th. The Richmond Rotary Club will have a booth and will be participating in the event.
  • The hat was also passed to support medical bills for the Richmond Police Officers injured dog.

Special Events

There was a brief Club Assembly and discussion regarding potential Club projects that the Board is considering. They are as follows:

  • Josh Genser made a pitch for completing the funding for the City of Richmond’s Book Van. The goal was to raise $100,000 and they are currently $30,000 short. If we were to take on completion of the project it could be the “Rotary Book Van”
  • Tom Waller gave a brief (really?) pitch for sponsorship of an “Every 15 Minutes” teen drunk driving prevention program.  Some may remember we did have a program at Rotary earlier this year. The program does have a very profound effect on the students who participate. The suggestion was to maybe do this at Richmond High School. The cost would probably be around $1-2,000 to get it started.
  • Liliane Kosial made a pitch for the India Literacy Project which is a BARSHHEP project.

Please talk with fellow Rotarians about what you think would be good project(s) for the Club to take on.


  • Erle Brown celebrated his birthday (and hosting fellow Rotarians) in Mexico and has a check for the Foundation
  • Richard Alexander and his bride (former Rotary member) Katherine celebrated their 17th Anniversary on the 17th of March
  • David Brown had a Foundation check in Recognition of his 19th Rotary Anniversary
  • George Egan also had a contribution for his 11th Rotary Anniversary
  • Stoney was happy about his granddaughter turning 10

Happy and Sad Dollars

To allow enough time for presentation of project proposal (see Special Events, above) we deferred our customary Happy and Sad Dollars.

Norm’s Nonsense

Only talking animals are allowed in bars.

– A penguin waddles into a bar and asks the bartender: “Has my dad been in here today?”
Bartender: “I don’t know, what’s he look like?”

-A dog walked into a bar and said to the bartender: “I’m a talking dog. Do you have a free drink for a talking dog?”
Bartender: “Sure, the toilet is right down the hall.”

-A grasshopper hopped into a bar and the bartender said: “Say, we have a drink named after you.”
The grasshopper replied” “Who would want a drink called Bob?”


The California Symphony

Prez Jim introduced Betty and Tom Overhoff  with the California Symphony in Walnut Creek, a regional symphony and possibly the “best kept secret” in the County. Betty is involved with sales for the Symphony and Tom is the president of the board.

Formed 26 years ago, the Symphony has an annual budget of $1.2 million.  They recently hired a new 28 year old conductor Robert Trevino. Tom told us about a local school program called “Sound Minds” funded by the Richmond Community Foundation and offered to 1st grade students at E M Downer Elementary School. They are also part of Music in the Schools that was started in 1992 and has served 55,000 kids in 75 schools. We were all encouraged to go to the California Symphony and if you do Betty will probably be the one to greet you at the door.

The Menehune, Rotating Editor