The Flywheel

Program for January 4th

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The Delta in Crisis

Sunne McPeak is a member of the Delta Blue Ribbon Task Force established by Governor Schwarzenegger earlier this year. McPeak will outline the Task Force plan for restoring the health of the Delta, while maintaining this sensitive ecosystem as a major supplier of water for the south state, and a home to farming and recreation.

Read a brief statement of the Delta issues and the Delta Task Force Recommendations (Oct. 2007).


MEETING OF December 28th, 2007

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

No invocation nor thought for the day.

Visiting Rotarians

Bill Frank from the Hercules Club was promoting that club’s Crab Feed, raising money to buy dictionaries for school kids, January 5, $40.

Rotarians with Guests

Herb had the whole Cole clan: wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
Liliane had her son.
Pam had her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé.

Sunshine Report

Bill had no report, but Herb said that Erle must be really sick because he (Erle) was feeling too ill to join him (Herb) for some scotch.


  • Nick, standing in for Jim Young, invited everyone who enjoyed last week’s lively debate about the war in Iraq to see General Abizaid at Grace Cathedral, January 6 at 9:00 a.m.
  • John Niccol threatened to withhold train privileges for anyone who doesn’t pay for the Reno trip. Details of train trip.
  • Herb announced that seven Richmond Rotarians are going to Monterrey, Mexico, to hand out 460 wheelchairs.
  • Hank Covell said that, while the Hercules Rotary Crab Feed is a great event, for real fun we should plan on attending the Richmond Rotary Crab Feed on January 26 at Salesian High School. Download flyer.

Special Events

  • David Brown, with some parliamentary slight-of-hand, presided efficiently over the election of Club officers and directors for next year:
    PresidentMark Howe (can we impeach him, already?)
    VP and sacrificial-virgin-in-waiting (I mean President-elect) – Ted Abreu Treasurer- David Brown
    SecretaryJon Lawlis
    New Board MembersRafael Madrigal, Alan Baer and Liliane Koziol
  • The venerable Werner presided over a lovely ceremony awarding a Paul Harris to Herb’s granddaughter.


Margaret stood in for Leslie and recognized:

  • Alan Baer for his birthday on December 25!  Poor Alan never gets any presents for his birthday, but his kids think it’s great that they get more presents than he on his birthday.  This year, though, Alan got a call from Denis, one of the Russian architects who visited us in February, to wish him a happy birthday.
  • Don Hardison for the 62nd anniversary of his joining the Club.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Tom Butt complained that he wasn’t recognized for his 36th wedding anniversary on November 26.
  • Nick was happy that his daughter is visiting from Berlin.
  • Herb was happy to have so much of his family at the meeting, and he was happy to have been awakened at 5:00 a.m. on Christmas morning by excited grandchildren.
  • George Egan thanked David for handing out receipts for contributions to Rotary this year, and for his patent application pending.
  • Margaret just wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Raffle Results

Herb Cole III drew the orange ball and won all of $23.50!  (We’ve got to upgrade this raffle.)



Amanda Jones and the Google-way of doing business

Amanda Jones at Rotary

Pam’s daughter —according to Pam, a “sweeter, better-looking version of me”— Amanda, told us all about Google. 

Started by a couple of Stanford students in 1998, Google now boasts a market capitalization of $219 billion, annual revenues of $16 billion, and 16,000 employees in 60 offices in 26 countries. 

Google’s mission is to organize information, and it makes money by selling the eyeballs of those seeking its organized information to advertisers who pay Google whenever the owner of one or two of those eyeballs clicks on a link. 

Fascinating, and a little intimidating to those of us over 40 who are not (yet?) millionaires.

Pinch-hitter Editor, Josh Genser