The Flywheel

Program for friDAY May 16th

Energy Efficiency and Sunlight

Solar panel installation

Charlie Geis of TNT Lighting and Solar visits Rotary to keep us current on the latest energy efficient lighting options.

MEETING OF May 9th, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Glenn asked for a moment of silence for those not with us as well as for Peace, Freedom and Justice.

Henry was absent, so Herb read us a long quote he attributed to Abraham Lincoln: 

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” 

However, according to Wikipedia, it’s actually a statement by William J. H. Boetcker known as "The Ten Cannots" (1916), which has been misattributed to Lincoln often since the 1942 publication of a leaflet containing quotes by both men.

Visiting Rotarians

One from Orinda whose name I didn’t get but who told an old lawyer joke:
Client:  What’s four plus four?
Lawyer: What do you want it to be?
The lawyers in attendance didn’t see what was funny about it.

Rotarians with Guests

Jon brought his son, but he’s such a regular that we didn’t even bother to acknowledge him.

Sunshine Report

Bill K was absent.


  • Josh 1.25 (?) passed around the signup sheet for the Hotel Mac Tequila Dinner on May 20.
  • David Brown was surprised to learn he was on the agenda and announced that Richmond Rotary was giving two $1500 scholarships in association with West Contra Costa Retired Educators and one $500 scholarship to our Interact Club.
  • Pam announced that a Shelter Box we bought has been used in Mexico.
  • Pam told a long story about Lilly being trapped in southern Madagascar, but I couldn’t follow all of it.

Special Events

Laura Kuhn

Glenn introduced our new member, Laura Kuhn, whose profession is packaging design.




Don Lau first addressed the formalities:

  • John Nicol is celebrating 56 years of marriage! 
  • Mark Howe was recognized for his birthday but also insisted on talking about his upcoming anniversary -- as if he thinks that’s going to get him out of having to contribute for that event, later, anyway -- and told us he and Susan are going to Calistoga for X-rated fun.
  • David Brown was forced to tell the story of how his dog, Ziggy, entertained the parade watchers at Cinco de Mayo on Saturday by pooping on the street.  (Our poor town really needs to upgrade its entertainment options.)

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • George was happy for a large sandwich in New York.
  • Kerrie forgot, last week in her Who Am I, to tell us about her black belt, but Jim Young somehow found out and mentioned it in the Flywheel, so Kerrie wanted to demonstrate on Jim, who, fortunately for him, wasn’t there.  It would have made a great fund-raiser, though.
  • Rich Brandes was happy to be back after missing many meetings, but he’s living and working in Mendocino, now.
  • Josh 1.0 was happy that he and his wife completed a half marathon last weekend.
  • Alan enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo parade and festival, and he announced the Point Richmond Stroll on May 15.
  • Glenn was happy that two of his agents were attending Executive Protection School.
  • Herb was sad that he wouldn’t be able to bid on a stay at the Brandes condo in Mendocino at the next auction.
  • Tom thanked Rafael Madrigal, in absentia, for the Cinco de Mayo event.
  • Mark Howe told a long sailing story the point of which seemed to be that  Pam or EJ got seasick on his boat last weekend.
  • Jon was happy our treasurer is honest.

Raffle Results

Don Lau drew the orange ball.


Building a stronger workforce
Linda Chandler

Linda Chandler, a Strategic Planner for the Contra Costa County Workforce Investment Board, told us about Federally-funded training programs for adults.

-Your Rotating Editor, Josh Genser (who reminds us that brevity is the soul of brevity).