The Flywheel

Program for March 14th

The Illusion of Time

stopwatch in motion

Dr. William Nesbitt explores the notion of multi-dimensional time/space from the perspective of an Evangelical Christian Scientist.

Dr. Nesbitt believes multi-dimensional time/space can explain some aspects of Christian theology.  Parts of his presentation may depart from purely scientific models on the one hand, or faith-based explanations of the metaphysical on the other.


MEETING OF March 7th, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Prez Pam rang the bell and launched today’s meeting and recognition of International Women’s Day. In a magnanimous display of true egalitarianism Prez Pam then called on several men.  Stony Stonework lead the invocation asking for prayers for David Ninomiya who has returned to SF UC Medical Center for treatment, and Justice, Peace and Freedom in the world. Hank Covell, pinch hitting for Hank Kelman shared today’s sage advice, that 52 years ago there were no dinosaurs at 33rd and MacDonald.  Hopefully Hank will share this advice with the White House and that we have a speedy return of Henry Kelman.

Visiting Rotarians

No guest Rotarians tod and it was a good thing too as there wasn’t anyplace left to sit.

Rotarians with Guests

Jon Lawlis, nattily dressed in his new smaller sports coat, introduced his guest Dr. Richard Kobetz and his wife Mary.
Raphael Madrigal introduced his friend, John Marquis, Richmond City Council Member.
Prez Pam introduced her guest and possible future Rotary member Kerrie Andow fro the Haas School of Business at Cal.

Sunshine Report

Bill “Bill K” Koziol following on Stony’s well wish for David Ninomiya said that the good news was that David is in a private room as his treatment has improved his condition.  Bill also said the Joe Bagley is in Chicago with his older sister’s family as she passed away.


David Ninomiya

David Ninomiya passed away Saturday morning from a long fight with leukemia. Arrangements will be announced when they become available. (This news was not announced at the March 7th meeting but was reported the following day.)

Special Events

Prez Pam announced that the District Conference in Sacramento is “just around the corner”, April 24-26 at the Radisson Hotel in Sacto.
And of course the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles June 15-18. 


Lovely Leslie Levy announced that there were “no recognitions” today as suspects were not available.  Spontaneous recognitions were invited, but there were none.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Jon Lawlis had Happy $$ for his daughter who is doing well at U of Redlands and sporting expensive new glasses and a new tattoo.
  • Hank Covell had Happy $$ for a soon to be taken two week holiday in the Caribbean with his family.
  • Markku “Two Buckets” Pelanne had Happy $$ for the club’s good works at the Centennial Garden at the corner of First and Nevin in the Iron Triangle. Markku recognized all the participating Rotarians, especially Jan Brown, who’s picture was in the West County Times and Mark Howe who put it all together. “Two Buckets” comes from Markku’s beginning to end gravel hauling with a bucket of gravel in each hand.
  • Following Markku’s lead both Margaret Morkowski and Bob Dabney had Happy $$for the Centennial Project and workers, both acknowledging the efforts of Cheryl Meyer and Opportunity West and the 15 +/- teen age workers they brought to the project.  It would not have been the same without them.
  • John Nicole had Happy $$for Jan Brown who organized today’s program and brought the flowers that grace our tables even though she is sick at home wit the flu.
  • Herb Cole had more Happy $$ for Jan Brown and the good show for Rotary in the West County Times about the Centennial Project.
  • Leslie Levy had Happy $$ that her son has made it safely to New Zealand, but she said she wished she could say the same for his laptop computer which was shipped UPS for $158 but has languished in NZ customs as no one seem able to make a decision about it and or its contents.
  • Jerry Feagley, who snuck in late had Happy $$ for his good friend, guest and Council Member John Marquez and invited the members to his home, 279 Western Dr., for an evening “St. Patrick’s” fund raiser for Councilor Marquis, 5:00 PM or thereabouts.

Raffle Results

Today’s special person, Paul Allen, who also snuck in late, got a white ball, a free lunch and a couple of, “good to see you Pauls”.


International Women's Day in Russia— and everywhere

Bill Wittich

Jim Young introduced today’s speaker Irena Dyatlovskaya for a program of cultural awareness and celebration of her Russian interpretation of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th.

One year ago this week, Richmond Rotary (with El Cerrito and Albany) hosted a Russian Architect delegation. For 3 weeks, good vibes and inquisitive thinking, made for genuine learning and fellowship. None of it could have happened without a really good interpreter andthat was Irena. Irena was born in Eastern Siberia but is now a US citizen where she works as a freelance consultant for Russian/American environmental and cultural programs. Because the Russian Architect Exchange happened at the same time last year, Rotarian’s Jan Brown, Margaret Morkowski and Leslie Levy were charmed and surprised when Irena gave them flowers and wished them a wonderful Women’s Day. So charmed, they invited Irena back to tell Rotary more about a day that is not well recognized in the USA.

Accompanied by symbolic slides of flowers and Russian woman of the arts and letters, Irena acknowledged that International Women’s Day, which is a United Nations recognized holiday, had its roots in Russia’s socialist past when the Soviet Union originally called, “Women’s Day Rebellion Against Kitchen Slavery”. Even though IWD has its modern roots in the politics of the defunct Soviet Union, Irena said that growing up on the shores of Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia in the 1970s & ’80s, it was a day of flowers, friendship and recognition of the importance of women, as well as their contributions to civil society. Irena noted that women have enjoyed more respect in the history of Russia with several major rulers of both the kingdom and the Empire being Czarinas. Russians refer to their country as ”The Motherland” and only talk about the “Fatherland” when bad things are happening, most notably war.

Irena chided American culture for not capitalizing on another opportunity to sell flowers and greeting cards like International Women’s Day. But more seriously noted that American working women of the 19th Century are largely responsible for the Day as its origins began in multiple demonstrations of woman workers in New York and Chicago demanding better working conditions and a shorter work week. Who knows why this international holiday with its modern roots in industrial America never became popular in the USA? For more information see

Irena is also an active member of a Siberian arts and culture organization headquartered in Port Costa, Cultura Baikal Initiative.

- Jim Young Rotating Flywheel Editor