The Flywheel

MEETING OF March 20th, 2009

Solar Power By The Megawatt

Our own E.J. Shalaby, General Manager of the West County Waste Water District & ‘owner’ of the largest solar electric installation in West County brings Sierra Fong from Solar Power Partners, the group that produced the Power Purchase Agreement to Richmond Rotary.

Solar Power Partners is responsible for the 1 megawatt facility you may have seen from the Richmond Parkway and that now supplies a substantial amount of the WCWD’s power needs.

MEETING OF March 13th, 2008

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On a beautiful Friday the 13th, Prez Mark quickly called the meeting to order by asking Red Badge Rotarian Mark Grushayev led us in the Pledge of Alligence.  Hank Covell  was called upon to give us the Joke of the Day which gave us insight to our future and our potential inability to tell the difference between the toilet and the refrigerator.  Hank quickly rose on the Joke priority list.

Visiting Rotarians

Doreen Covell, who is also related to our Jokester, from Pinole and Jim Spain from El Cerrito were in the house.

Rotarians with Guests

Pam Jones introduced Werner Schwarz’ son and with Henry Kelman was his son Benjamin.

Sunshine Report

There was no Sunshine report, but it was great to see Elof Granberg at the meeting.


  • Josh Genser is leading the Richmond Rotary RotoVision Bowl-a-Thon team of Monique le Conge, Josh Surowitz, and Jovanka Beckles.  The event is on 4/4 and they are in need of sponsors by pins or a fixed amount.
  • Sid Chauvin had an announcement regarding a Joint Apprentice program for those over 18 years of age.
  • Jim Young gave us details, cloudy as it was, regarding our upcoming “Greener Gold Hot and Cold” meeting on May 15th following the Chamber’s Green Expo on May 14th.  I am sure we will need another explanation between now and then.
  • New Member Social 3/19 at Prez Howe’s Home.
  • Jan Brown again reminded Rotarians of our Peace Project that occurs every Saturday at the Nevin Center.  Rotarians are encouraged to come by and check it out.

Special Events

Erle Brown has the distinct pleasure of introducing a plethora of Paul Harris recipients including: Josh Genser (plus 1), Ted Abue (plus 2) and a very special presentation of a Paul Harris to Benjamin Kelman who then had the honor of giving his father Henry his Paul Harris plus 5.  Paul Harris note:  the most you can get in 9 plus (they stop counting after that) and members in that distinguished Club are Jon Lawlis, Werner Schwarz and Dave Calfee.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Dave Brown was happy that the West County Winds were having a concert at the Knox Center, for free, on 3/16;  Josh Genser was happy he went on the Jan Brown/Don Hardison Historical Tour of Richmond; Jim Young’s son was getting married over the weekend; Herb Cole was glad to see Ted Smith in the house; Jon Lawlis got his A’s tix and was ready for some Baseball; Judy Morgan was also glad she went on the Tour; your Scribe was happy his son’s Salesian basketball team was playing the the NorCal Championship on Saturday (by the way, they won!!).

Norm’s Nonsense

A couple of Irish toasts for St. Patrick's Day:

- May you have food and raiment, A soft pillow for your head, May you be forty years in heaven Before the devil knows you're dead!

- Here's health and prosperity, To you and all your posterity, And them that doesn't drink with sincerity, That they may be damned for all eternity!

Raffle Results

New dude Eric Gavidia luckily pulled the white ball.


The Santa Fe Indian Village in Richmond

Jan Brown introduced our Program duo of Michael and Lana Husser who both have long roots in Richmond.  Michael’s long relationship with the Santa Fe Indian Village in Richmond began when in his teens he was invited to play his bass with Larry Sanchez at the American Indian Center.  He developed a close relationship with his Indian family both at the Indian Village in Richmond, which was closed in 1982, and the Acoma Pueblo in Arizona. 

Michael told us many about the Indian Village history in Richmond and personal stories about being a dishwasher at Brookside and playing back up for various musicians including Buffy Sainte-Marie. The Transcontinental Railroad, which ends in Richmond, was built by Indians because of a contract that was signed in 1880 and that is why Santa Fe trains such as the Super Chief train were build.  Thanks Michael for giving us a glimpse of Richmond’s past.


- Rotating scribe, The Menehune