The Flywheel

Program for August 8Th, 2008

The Big Picture Gets Bigger Still

Astrophysicist & El Cerrito Rotarian Carl Pennypacker takes us beyond the solar system for a short review of the truly amazing universe as seen through the lens of the Hubble Extraterrestrial Telescope. 

For those of you who studies astronomy before 1965, “It’s a whole new universe”. 

MEETING OF August 1, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Prez Mark Howe welcomed the group.  Henry Moe led the pledge and Rafael Madrigal told a morbid joke about a popular dog and deceased wife and mother-in-law.

Rotarians with Guests

Richard Alexander brought Brian Stern.
Allen Baer brought Jerrold Hatchet.

Sunshine Report

Herb announced that at a party for outgoing and incoming Rotary Board members, Sid tripped on his muumuu and may have cracked a few ribs, but it is nothing serious and he is ok!


Bulleted lists work best here, like this

  • Hank Covell announced Rotary Night at the Masquers: $40.00 per person at the Hotel Mac on Thursday 9/18/08 at 6 PM, and then to see “Petrified Forest” at 8 PM.
  • Herb Cole presented information about the Polio Plus trip in November to the Ivory Coast (11/04-11/13/2008).  This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to help immunize children in the true Rotary spirit.
  • Mark Howe is looking for someone to get involved with the Peace Garden so that Rotary continues to have a voice in the project’s direction.
  • Mark also announced the Rotary Peace Project meeting this coming Wednesday 8/6/08 at the Nevin Community Center at 8 AM.
  • Margaret announced an event at the Point with 4-5 booths for neighborhood groups from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 5, 2008.

Special Events

Hank Covell welcomed new member Henry Moe into the club!
Erle Brown presented E.J. Shalaby his Paul Harris award!


Jon Lawlis announced the voluntary recognitions and:
- Josh Genser can join the Seniors at the Richmond Club on Wednesday due to his attainment of the requisite age.  He will have a packed day playing golf, then bowling, then dinner.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • William Dabney was happy because his son and daughter were going to visit from Southern California and would be put to work fixing and implementing all of the high tech gear they had bought for him recently.  He as also very happy to see Gerald and was hopeful we could get him into the club. 
  • Jerrold Hatchett announced on August 9, 2008, Saturday, that Sims Metal will have an event for all to bring electronics, computers and metals, the proceeds for which will be used to purchase backpacks to distribute to needing students at a back to school party on August 23, 2008 at the Martin Luther King Center.
  • Stoney was happy because he had a great time on his trip to Scotland and Paris and met the president of the Munich Rotary Club through chance.
  • Laura Kuhn was happy because her business had really picked up recently.
  • Richard Alexander was very happy that his son would be starting school.
  • Rafael Madrigal was happy because his grandson was born.
  • Josh Surowitz was happy because he and some of his wife’s family had a great time on Captain Mark Howe’s racing sail boat.
  • Hank Covell was happy to not be penalized because he wore his pin for the first time in a long time.
  • Markku was happy because his son advanced on American Idol.
  • Jon Lawlis had happy $$ for Polio Plus because he and his son made it to the top of Kilimanjaro!   

Raffle Results

Visitor Jerrold Hatchett won the Raffle and drew a white ball.


Looking for Adventure?

Barbara Wagner and Phil Hassrick have made a business out of our quest for adventure. The business they founded, Lost Frontiers International, focuses on "tribal and cultural travel". The couple presented breathtaking images of tribal people in Iran (formerly Persia), Yemen, Pakistan and Burma.

Mindful of the reports of violence in the Middle East and the suppression of democracies in southeast Asia, Phil made a point of saying that many of the people he and Barbara have visited are among the friendliest and most welcoming he's ever encountered. They are good people suffering under terrible governments.

- Rotating Editor, Josh Surowitz