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This Week's Program: October 16th, 2009

Richmond Rotary welcomes Monterey, Mexico Rotary

The Sierra Madre Oriental is the spectacular backdrop of Monterey, Mexico. The angled tower is the Puente de la Unidad, a suspension bridge.

Richmond Rotary, the combined Rotaries of West County and District 5160 host a delegation of Rotarians from the Monterey, Mexico Rotary Club.



Last MEETING: October 9th, 2009

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Glenn Daggs rang the bell and launched our second meeting of the year at La Strada Restaurant (mmm... veal & mushrooms). Josh Surowitz, who has been doing his duty more than usual lately lead the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Markku Pelanne gave us a Thought/Invocation for the Day.

Rotarians with Guests

Tom Butt introduced his guest the seldom seen Tom Powers past Richmond Council member and County Supervisor who now spends much of his time pursuing the good life as the principal wine maker of the Alhambra Valley.

Sunshine Report

Bill Koziol reported that the sun was shining and no other member news.  Bill did remind members to use the use the Sunshine Intelligence form (always in the column on left) if they know of a member that is under the weather.


Rapid fire announcements included:

  • Bill Koziol looking for volunteers for the legally permitted wine sales at the Pt. Richmond Fall Fest Saturday afternoon. (This event is now over by get in touch with Bill and Mark to help support this primary fund raiser for the Richmond Rotary Peace project).
  • Prez-In-Waiting Alan Baer thanked the participants for supporting the Rotary Boat Loading activities at the Home Front Festival. The club made $759 this year.
  • Alan reminded members of the holiday auction December 4th, a little early this year and to be thinking f those great bottles of 100 year old scotch, fine art and trips to Paris they will want to be donating for the auction fund raiser.
  • The Ghosts of Shipyard III Halloween costume luncheon and fun fest (Oct. 30) is just around the corner so get your tickets early. Proceeds from the event fund the Richmond Rotary Peace Project (learn more).


Dandy Don Lau (the Menahune not the Kahuna) recognized several people starting with:

  • Cory (the Kid) Lawrence who celebrated his wedding anniversary Sept. 7th and his birthday Oct. 7th  . Cory didn’t say what B-day it is but he is still the club’s “Kid”. Cory had $40 for the general fund along with his wife’s plea that we get a better picture of him for the Rooster. Cory was advised that you can only do so much with Photoshop. (Good to see you Cory, don’t be a stranger.)
  • Dandy Don then focused his attention on Margaret Morkowski who also confessed to having a Sept. birthday and enjoyed it with four great days in Monterey including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a $$$ contribution to the club.
  • Don then asked Tom Butt what happened 29 years ago, against background noise about the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Tom said he didn’t, know, with a sheepish grin and was reminded he joined Richmond Rotary.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Jim Young said he had Happy $$ for a good time at the Home Front Festival listening to Bob Dabney, who really has his hands on the source of power in much of our local politics.  Oh yes Jim and Linda are newly minted grandparents with the arrival of granddaughter Areowynn Rose Johnson to daughter Zura & husband Scott in Wilmington DE.
  • Michael Gill had Sad $$ for Barbara Obele passing as she was on of the first people he met in the Richmond business community.
  • Josh Surowitz had Sad $$ for the outcome of the Detroit Tigers baseball game that he flew to Detroit to watch, but then couldn’t.
  • Bill Koziol said he had a Happy $100 as he and wife Kirsten are expecting their first child in April.
  • Then Josh Serowitz in a very rare Rotary event conjunction stood up to say he is too competitive to let Bill K’s announcement go unchallenged and that he and wife Emily are also expecting their first child in April.  (We understand there may be a Rotary betting pool organized around which tax deduction will arrive first.)
  • While it was hard to beat those Happy $$, Jon Lawlis and Glenn Daggs were both Happy about the District Conference last weekend at Lake Tahoe in spite of the Richmond Rotary Golf Team showing.
  • Bob Dabney was Happy to contribute $100 to the Peres School Teacher Fund and that contribution stimulated ‘in kind’ contributions from both Jon Lawlis and Glenn Daggs.
  • Since Glenn had  his wallet out, he contributed another Happy $100 in recognition of his son’s 8th Birthday.

Norm’s Nonsense

You know you are getting older when ...
- You can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
- You're in a bar and you ask the gal sitting next to you, "Where have you been all my life?" She answers "For the first 40 years I wasn't born yet."

Raffle Results

No balls, no raffle.



Understanding DreamsWCCUSD logo

Jim Young introduced Sydney Metrick, PhD as today’s speaker noting that she is an “expressive arts therapist” with a focus on “loss and grief counseling”; owner of Chicken Soup Counseling in El Sobrante and the author of three books, The Art of Ritual, Crossing the Bridge and “I Do”.

Sydney said dreams work through your subconscious mind  and deal with symbols and impressions that may not be apparent to conscious thinking. Dreams create motifs out of life experiences.  Sydney then went interactive, moving around the room asking questions: “Does anyone have a symbol on?” (Silence.) “What about wedding rings?” Then came Rotary pins, and flags and other symbols which brought this question; “What do they mean?” She then ran through a brief inventory of symbol meaning including some of the “universal” symbols identified by Joseph Campbell, the Hero, the journey, the pure at heart, etc. and went on to say that understanding dreams first requires an exploration of their symbols and the meaning of those symbols to the dreamer.

Sydney quoted the Talmud which I will paraphrase, “A forgotten dream is like a lost letter from God”. You can develop insights and understandings through the study of your dreams and dream symbols. Sydney helps people understand symbols in their dreams through various techniques of free association including; ascribing meaning to pictures; sand trays; dream colleagues, made from randomly selected and assembled cutouts and magazine pictures; dream journals, and; dream groups and classes.

If you would like to better understand your dreams or get in touch with your subconscious, non-linear self, contact Dr. Sydney Metrick at

- Rotating Scribe, Jim Young