The Flywheel

Program for August 29Th, 2008

The Peace Corps Today

Raleigh Ellisen from the Peace Corps, talks about the evolution and current status of the Peace Corps including your ‘second chance’ to join the Peace Corps. Yep, if you missed the Peace Corps in the ’60s, now’s your chance to join in your 60s.

Raleigh will discuss he and his wife’s experience as retired come Peace Corps teachers in the Fiji Islands.

MEETING OF August 15th, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Mark Howe called the meeting to order and asked Virginia Finley of Signature Realty to say the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mark then asked for a moment of silence in honor of former members of the Richmond City Council Richard Griffin and Charles Belcher, who each passed-away this week.  Josh Genser then provided us with a joke that I may not repeat in writing.

Rotarians with Guests

EJ Shalaby’s guest was Mark Grushayev of Veolia. Judy Morgan’s guest was Virginia Finley.

Sunshine Report

Bill Koziol said Elof Granberg is in the hospital.  John Nichol and Werner Schwarz went to visit him and they said Elof should be returning home soon.   


  • Hank Covell invited everyone to our annual dinner/theater fundraiser at Hotel MAC and The Masquers Playhouse which will be Thursday, September 18th.   $40.  Dinner at 6 pm.  Contact Hank for reservations.  The play will be the “Petrified Forest.”
  • Come and join Richmond Rotarians at the A’s game – Friday night, September 19thRafael Madrigal has $30 tickets the price includes great seats and “all-you-can-eat” privileges.  What a deal.
  • David Brown reminded everyone to pay their club dues.
  • Mark announced that the District is hosting a Paul Harris Foundation Seminar at the Fairfield Hilton on September 2nd.  If you would like to attend and car pool with others, please give him a call.
  • It is the “Ghosts of Winehaven” for the October 31st Rotary meeting.  We’ll meet in Point Molate at 12 noon to share in the “Witches Winehaven Brew,” have lunch, hear about the history of Winehaven, enjoy the Wine Auction and tour both the historic Winehaven building and the Wine Master’s Cottage.  This is a fundraiser for the Richmond Rotary’s Peace Project.  Invite all of your friends and family and Rotarians from other clubs.  Dress-up for Halloween.  $35   

Special Events

(e.g., Paul Harris awards, new member induction, etc.)


Pam Wilson called upon John Nichol… she said she heard John call someone else “Babe” (and she was crushed.)  As a result, Pam presented John with two real coconuts as a remembrance of the “Touch My Coconuts” theme of by-gone days.
In celebration of his 48th Wedding Anniversary, Mike Winters presented a check to the Paul Harris Foundation.  Thanks Mike.     

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Herb Cole had some happy dollars from Glenn Daggs.  It seems Glenn had called Herb.  Glenn said he would miss Rotary this week since he will be “working on his suntan.”  Glenn is cruising the seas his family.    
  • Earle Brown had some happy dollars and began with “I have a short story….” Well, Judy Morgan, was standing and waiting to contribute some happy dollars too, so she said “I’d better sit down.”  She sat down & everyone laughed.  Anyway, Earle’s happy dollars celebrated the founding of the Richmond Boys and Girls Club this week in 1952.
  • Josh Genser had happy dollars for his annual vacation to Massachusetts to visit with his wife Elaina’s family.  He also passed around fund raising raffle tickets for the El Cerrito High School-Class of 2009 Grad Night.  Wow, what an organized class
  • Judy Morgan’s happy dollars gave her a chance to share more “news” about the Home Front Festival by the Bay.  Channel 2-KTVU will join in advertising/sponsoring the event, as are the BNSF and Union Pacific Railroads.  Mark your calendars for October 4th & October 5th, and if you've still got some swing in them bones, October 3rd for the fabulous USO Dance.
  • Jim Young’s happy dollars included a thank you to the new & returning group of Flywheel editors.  He encouraged others to join in…. the more the merrier. 
  • Rafael Cartagena has returned from a Rotarian trip to his native El Salvador. He presented our club with the Rotary flag from the San Salvador’s Club #4240.   Rafael took hundreds of artificial  hands to distribute to the children of El Salvador in coordination San Salvador’s club.  Other Club #4240 partnership projects include one with Los Angeles CA clubs called “Bags for Kids.”   This year the those clubs will distribute more than 11,000 bags filled with school supplies to children in San Salvador.
  • Sid Chauvin’s happy dollars were presented in celebration of the next “Rotary Reno Trip” which is scheduled for January 25-26, 2009.  Outstanding News!


Dealing with the Drought

Point Molate plan

Jim Levine of the Upstream Point Molate, LLC, provided an overview of the plans for, the process being followed and the timetable for the redevelopment of the old Naval Fuel Depot into a 5-Star Destination Resort. Jim’s presentation outlined the process which began 3 ½ years ago when the City of Richmond selected the Upstream/Guidiville Indian Tribe Team to revitalize the 400 acre site.
Based on the City’s previous Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendations, the team was tasked to refine, finance & implement a viable project. 

The 5 major goals/requirements that the City set for the project are: 1) develop a regional destination; 2) institute economic development & jobs for Richmond; 3) financial sustainability; 4) shoreline protection; and 5) contribute financial resources for other areas of Richmond.  The project will also provide members of the Guidiville Tribe housing, a cultural center, government facilities and an economic foundation.
The resort will include 1) hotels & a medium size conference center; 2) retail stores ; 3) a casino; 4) outdoor recreation and family attractions; 6) educational programs; 7) numerous transit linkages including shuttles to BART, inclusion of the Bay Trail and ferry service to San Francisco; and 8) ecological & environmental sustainability programs.

The exterior of the historic Winehaven building will be revitalized and the 19 historic Winehaven cottages will be restored to there original c1908 condition and used as suites for hotel guests.  Multi-approvals from federal, state, district, county and city departments and agencies are still needed.  It is expected that the Navy will transfer the property to the city in December 2008, the final 32.5 million dollar cleanup/remediation of the site is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2010.  The resort ground breaking & construction is scheduled for 2011 & 2012 with the opening planned in 1213.

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- Rotating Editor, Margaret Morkowski