The Flywheel

Program for October 10th, 2008

Which way up?


Are you pleased with the way the Richmond Rotary Club has been going? Do you have suggestions for projects, speakers topics?

Prez Mark leads discussion of the club, our projects, our finances, decision-making, things we are doing and thing you would like the club to do in the future.


MEETING OF October 3rd, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Mark Howe called the meeting to order. Eric Gavidia from the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts led the pledge of allegiance.

Visiting Rotarians

Aaron Gobler, President of the Rotary Club of Albany, was a visiting Rotarian. As Rotary District 5160 webmaster, Aaron encouraged everyone to check out the District web site,, and send him feedback.

Rotarians with Guests

  • David Brown introduced his guest, Dave Moss, who will be filling out an application to join Richmond Rotary.
  • EJ Shalaby’s guest was Mark Grushayev, Project Manager for Veolia Water, which has a contract with the City of Richmond to operate its wastewater treatment plant. Mark will be filling out an application to join Richmond Rotary.
  • Bob Dabney introduced his wife, Cheryl Maier, Executive Director of Opportunity West.
  • Don Lau’s guests were Candy Souza and Anita Retzinger from the YMCA staff.
  • Jim Young introduced his boss, Terry Lachenbruch, a Wells Fargo Bank Division Manager.
  • Werner Schwarz’s guest was Laura Patoly, a member of San Rafael Rotary.

Sunshine Report

Mark Howe asked for a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Richmond Rotarian Bart Wallace.


  • Mark reminded everyone about the Ghosts of Winehaven event starting at 12-noon on Friday, October 31, at the historic Winehaven facility on Point Molate. More details and tickets ($35 each).
  • Tracy Giles, President of El Cerrito Rotary, expressed her Club’s pleasure in joining Richmond Rotary for this special joint Club meeting. Tracy also provided flyers on behalf of the Rotary Club of San Francisco (Club # 2), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary at a very special Gala Dinner at the St. Francis hotel on November 9. Contact Tracy at 510-528-8411.
  • Herb Cole announced that 10 Rotarians and wives (including Herb, Sid Chauvin, Erle Brown, and their better halves) are leaving soon for a 10-day trip to China to accomplish, among other things, assembly and distribution of wheel chairs. Jon Lawlis is already there as part of the advance, get-in-trouble-early group.

Norm’s Nonsense

On Life & Death:
  Life is just a bowl of cherries, except at times when it is just the pits.
  Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.

Raffle Results

Cheryl Maier drew a white ball.


On Stage!


Rhythm, lots and lots of toe-tapping, body-moving rhythm! That’s what filled the large dining room at the Mira Vista Country Club when the steel drum ensemble from the East Bay Center for Performing Arts (EBCPA) started performing. The group, named “Bloco”, included EBCPA faculty instructors as well as four youngsters who are taking classes.

Eric Gavidia, Director of Development at the EBCPA, told us that the organization has been located in Richmond for 41 years teaching music, theater, dance, and film to about 2000 area youth annually in mostly after-school programs.

Richmond Rotary is funding a one-year $1200 student scholarship for the EBCPA along with $600 toward a second scholarship. Tracy Giles of El Cerrito Rotary presented a check for $100 toward the second scholarship and our own David Brown, himself an accomplished instrumentalist, also contributed $100.

The work of the EBCPA is all the more important because arts education has been largely squeezed out of public school curriculum in recent years. I’m reminded of this quote from Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts: “The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to produce complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.”

- Rotating Editor, Tom Waller