The Flywheel

Program for friDAY JUNE 6Th

Honor Killings in Jordan

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An "honor killing" in the context of this talk is the intra-familial killing of a person, usually a female, for actual or perceived immoral sexual behavior in an attempt to restore family honor.

Bay area resident Ellen Sheeley journeyed on her own to Amman, Jordan, in recent years to collect data and write about Jordanian public attitudes, opinions, and beliefs concerning honor killings. She will discuss the results of her findings and her views on the subject.

A few days ago Ms. Sheeley forwarded to us what poet Robert Burns called "the gift to see ourselves as others see us": a link to an article about Rotary International in The Jordan Times, June 3rd. Go see.

MEETING OF May 30th, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Stoney asked for a moment of silence for Peace, Freedom and Justice. April led us in the Pledge. Henry saw the flag at the Country Club at half mast and thought of Bud Martin.

Rotarians with Guests

Mark introduced Rosie Freeman, the mother of the murder victim whose murder inspired Mark to dedicate the Peace Garden near his building on First Street.
Jon brought his daughter, Alyssa.

Sunshine Report

Bill K reported that Bud Martin had passed away.
John Nicol gave an obituary for Bud.  John told us that Bud was a Merchant Marine during World War II.  After the war, he went to work for Standard Oil, cleaning tanks.  He didn’t like that, so he sold shoes at J.C. Penny, then Buicks at the dealer on 23rd Street.  That dealer left Richmond, so Bud camped out at Buick’s local headquarters until they gave him a new dealership in Richmond. Bud was a member of Richmond Rotary since 1963.

Werner and Pam caught by papparazi.

Rosie Freeman


Werner presented to President Pam memorabilia of his recent trip to Europe, consisting of banners from Rotary Clubs and a cow bell on a necklace. 
Werner recruited Stoney to photograph the event, but equipped him with an ancient Polaroid camera with low battery and no film.  Fortunately, a legion of members armed with digital cameras caught the presentation.

Mark’s guest, Rosie Freeman, thanked Mark and the Club for the Peace Garden, passed out an obituary for her son, and read a poem she had written for the occasion.  To read more of her poetry, see

The Ninomiya Family donated $1,000 to the Club’s General Fund.




Joey Bags was drafted because none of the usual suspects was present, so he asked for volunteer recognitions:

  • Nick is celebrating 35 years of marriage. To celebrate, he and Nel went out to dinner and discussed the “ups and downs of marriage.”  Sounds like a less than boisterous celebration, Nick.
  • Herb was happy to be celebrating his 44th wedding anniversary.
  • Elof is going to Saskatchewan next Friday to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day with the other surviving members of the Regina Rifles.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Jan was happy for the article in the newspaper this morning about the baskets for the very successful Teen Moms project. See Projects for description, pictures, and a link to the WCT article.  (The next day, Jim Young, unable to attend this meeting, offered that Jan and Rhonda should get the Club’s Most Valuable Player award, or the Nobel Peace Prize, or some recognition beyond bold type on this web page.)
  • Judy was happy that her grandson is the Valedictorian for his 8th-grade class.
  • Herb wanted to thank Jan for the teen mothers program and also to recognize the role played by Don Lau and YMCA in the programs in the high schools.
  • Paul was glad his daughter has graduated from the terrible twos, and that he gets his Richmond history tour tomorrow from Jan and Don.
  • Tom Butt announced his bluegrass party Sunday afternoon.

Raffle Results

Charlie Wong drew a white ball.


Making Poor Nations Rich

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Tom Waller introduced Dr. Benjamin Powell (and Dr. Powell’s wife, Lisa).  Dr. Powell is an economics professor at Suffolk University in Massachusetts, and he is the editor of a new book entitled, “Making Poor Nations Rich.”  He believes that the three things that all prosperous nations have in common are economic freedom, respect for private property and the rule of law.

Entrepreneurs can take profit opportunities and create benefit for those who need their goods or services, profit for themselves and new opportunities for other entrepreneurs, but too often there are not institutions in place to foster those entrepreneurs. 

The fastest growing economy in the world over the past forty years or so is Botswana, which did not have an angry legacy against colonialism nor much in the way of natural resources to fight over, and so seems to have developed a lot of economic freedom.  Unfortunately, they’ve discovered diamonds there, so fighting over that or a bloated government fed by diamond money might yet put a stop to its progress.  China is the fastest growing economy of the past 20 years, but it’s growth varies by region, with a strong correlation between economic freedom and the growth in each region.

-Your Rotating Editor, Josh Genser