The Flywheel

This Week's Program: July 31st, 2009

Fresh Water for Africa

Boys drinking water

Past Presdient Winston Bowman returns to Richmond Rotary with his humanitarian friend Jim Johnson to discuss the campaign to provide African communities with clean water via community water wells.

Last week's MEETING: July 24th, 2009

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Glenn Daggs (the “old” President) called the meeting to order. He asked Nick Despota to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Stoney Stonework offered a short prayer and Henry Kelman provided the thought for the day.

Rotarians with Guests

Markku Pelanne’s guest was his son Matthew who recently returned from studying in France.


  • Our Treasurer, David Brown, said the “bills” for our annual Rotary dues are in the mail. He also said we could save $.42 in postage if we hand our checks directly to him.
  • Pam Jones invited the Past Presidents and any other club members to attend a “visioning/planning” workshop sponsored by the District. The workshop will take place at the Hotel Mac Restaurant from 5-9 pm on Wednesday, August 5th. Each attendee is requested to pay $10 of the $25 dinner that evening. The club will pay the additional $15 toward the price of the dinner. Please call Alan Baer at 235-8013 if you would like to be part of the workshop.

Special Events

  • Alan reminded everyone that Richmond Rotary is attending the A’s Baseball game Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $30 each and include all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink plus great fireworks following the A’s win over Detroit. For tickets please call Rafael at 233-4987 or Alan at 235-8013.


  • Jim Beaver called each of the following Rotarians for the club recognitions:
  • Ted Abreu’s July 11th birthday celebrations included his daughter making him a special dinner and also going to a baseball game. Ted made a contribution to the Paul Harris Foundation.
  • Monique leConge also attended a baseball game to celebrate her birthday … only the ball game was in Chicago and the celebration included dinner at the Harry Kari’s restaurant. Monique also made a donation to the Paul Harris Foundation.
  • Alan Baer and his wife Santa started celebrating their July18th wedding anniversary by going out to dinner with the family. But he said there is more celebrating to come. He made a contribution to the Paul Harris Foundation.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Judy Kafka is so excited and so her happy dollars were to announce the up-coming adoption of her grand-daughter, Jessica into a loving and carrying family.
  • Leslie Levy’s happy dollars let us share in the celebration of her son’s recent 4-day wedding/celebration/love fest. You could tell from Leslie’s expression that the whole event was awesome.
  • Stoney’s happy dollars were for a donation toward his daughter’s Paul Harris.
  • Ted also had some happy dollars for the great time he and 29 of his best men friends had at the cabin over a Thursday through Sunday “getaway.”
  • The Beav had some happy dollars in celebration of the publication of his sister’s successful mystery novel. It has already hit the New York Times Best Selling List.

Raffle Results

Alan drew a white ball from the bag. That’s good for a free lunch.

Norm’s Nonsense

Take my wife, please…

- A man goes to the police station asking to speak to the burglar who had broken into his house the night before. "You'll get your chance in court," says the desk sergeant. "No, no," insists the man. "I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I've been trying to do that for years."


Green Business, Sustainable Performance You Can Take to the Bank

Installation of solar panel on roof

Today’s speaker was Gil Friend, the President and CEO of Natural Logic Consultants. Gil and his associates specialize in providing analysis and strategies to companies and government agencies who would like to modify their business plans and operations to “go green.”

Gil’s message stresses that going green not only the benefits the environment but is also profitable. When a company decides to reduce their carbon-footprint, they make a major business decision. For example, in 2005 Wal-Mart told its suppliers that by 2010 Wal-Mart would only sell merchandise from suppliers that created zero waste and utilized 100% of recycled materials. Since Wal-Mart is such a huge international firm, this policy will probably have a greater positive impact on the ecology of the world then any government regulation. This is not to say regulations are not valuable. Regulations help to establish industrial standards. For example, Gil said that within 18 months China’s regulated standards of coal powered energy plants will be stricter then those in the United States. Another example of making money by going green is that of Dupont. Dupont adopted a Green Business policy and was so successful with it innovative solutions that it established a new company division that markets its “green expertise.” The new division is making a quarter of a billion dollars annually. Please note: Gil predicts that water will be the next “zero footprint” concern and goal.

- Rotating Editor, Margaret Morkowski