The Flywheel

MEETING OF March 6th, 2009

Youth Enrichment Strategies: connecting

Eric Aaholm from Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES), a Richmond non-profit, tells us how this organization helps communities and families learn better ways of communicating.

YES conducts week-long summer camp programs for inner-city families, as well as school-based workshops. Learn more.

MEETING OF February 27th, 2008

Welcome, Thought for the Day

Stoney led us in the pledge and his standard invocation (not that we’re complaining or bored, Stoney).

Rotarians with Guests

Josh Surowitz brought his law partner, Bobby Bell.
Nick brought Jovanka Beckles, again.
Jon L. introduced his duaghter, Alissa.
Barbara Diaz brought her brother, Carlos.
Henry Kellman brought his son, Ben.
President Mark, once again, had his daughter, Serena.

Sunshine Report

No news is good news.


  • Alan Baer produced wonderful flyers showing all of the upcoming events.
  • Wall building at NIAD has been rescheduled from Saturday, March 14, to Saturday, March 21.  Everyone should come, regardless of skill.
  • Read Across American at Peres School, March 6, 1:30-2:30.  Bring a Dr. Seuss book.
  • New member social at President Mark’s house, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 19.
  • Cinco de Mayo parade Saturday morning, May 2, after which Rafael M. will be buying us all lunch.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at 24th & Barrett.  The festival is the next day, May 3, and Rotary will have a booth selling Chicago-style hot dogs.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Josh S. was happy for his trip to Spain.
  • Herb was ambivalent about this son’s deployment to Afghanistan.
  • Jan announced the Teen Moms project will be getting quilts from the Rotary District.
  • Joe “The Assistant Boss” Bagley was happy that he played his second gig at Point Richmond Arts, and he wrote a new song, “The Stimulation Blues.”
  • Glenn was happy that Werner inspired him to go to the Council on Rotary in San Francisco.
  • Stoney was happy to have attended the banquet celebrating 100 years of the NAACP, and hearing the keynote speaker, former Richmond Rotarian Judge Diana Smith.

Norm's Nonsense

Norm has been contemplating the big issues:

- Of the two basic certainties, Death and Taxes, death is preferable. At least you're not called in six months later for an audit.

- The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.

Raffle Results

The yellow ball, the only ball, was drawn.


Getting the big picture

John Wilson introduced his son, Jon Wilson, to talk about the amateur astronomy program at Mt. Diablo State Park. 

The first observatory was built there in the 1920’s, but it burned down.  In 1985, the Park asked the organization of the amateur astronomers to build a new observatory. 

Eventually, prefabricated buildings were brought in with an observatory and a classroom. 

The observatory is open to the public on specified nights.


- Rotating scribe, Josh Genser