The Flywheel

Our Next Meeting: January 15th

District Governor Earl Kilmer visits our club
Earl Kilmer

DG Earl Kilmer visits Richmond Rotary with the annual message about Rotary throughout District # 5160, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.



Last MEETING: January 15th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Continuing his on-the-job training program, Soon-to-Be Prez Alan Baer rang the bell with vigor and called the Richmond Rotary meeting to Order.  Ralph Hill led us in the Pledge.  Stoney offered a prayer for the people of Haiti and for peace and justice in the world.  On a lighter note, Stoney offered the following thought…What 5 things would make a man happy?  A woman who: 1. Is a good homemaker; 2. Has a good sense of humor; 3. Is honest and does not lie; 4. Is good in bed; and 5. A hope that these 4 women don’t know about each other!

Visiting Rotarians

Our lone visitor was Mitchell Ambro from the Walnut Creek Cocktail Club…beer and business all during cocktail hour sounds like unfair recruiting of members.

Sunshine Report

Jan Brown reported that father Don Hardison is home and recuperating from heart surgery.  Recovery is going slow but steady.  Jan thanked all for their cards and well wishes and we all hope to see Don at Club sometime in the near future.


  • Alan announced that he has Richmond Rotary 90th Anniversary pins for sale.  All are encouraged to get one and wear them this year.
  • Crabby Pants Erle Brown reminded all that the Crab Feed is on January 23rd at Salesian. If you have not RSVD by the time you see this…You are too late!
  • Rotary Foundation has set special Haiti Relief fund.  Contribution made will go directly to Haiti and towards your Paul Harris.
  • Upcoming Programs:  District Governor 1/22 and Consul General of Mexico 1/29
  • St Patrick’s Day at H’s Lordships on March 17 (what other day would it be on) and we will not have a meeting on 3/19.


Chi-town’s own Joey Bags was up again to do Recognitions…we’re still looking for you Jimmy the Beav…Josh Surowitz was happy to recognize his 2nd Rotary Anniversary with a generous donation to the Foundation.  We are glad you joined the Club Josh!

Happy and Sad Dollars

Joey continued on with Happy/Sad dollars: George Egan led off with $100 toward the purchase (take $950?) of a Shelter Box to send to Haiti..think we ended up with $400 toward the goal; Michael Gill had some happy dollars for the opportunity for his band to play at the Christmas Party..and for learning through a member of his band who knew Joey Bags from a previous life that his real name is “Bo Jangley;” Tom Butt noted a “new spirit” in Richmond with certain members attending a meeting in Richmond; Bob Dabney politely disagreed with Tom, but wanted to wish Don Hardison well; Sid Chauvin’s terrible, horrible, no good very bad year continued with the suicide of a family member…it will get better Sid and our condolences to you and your family. 

Norm’s Nonsense

Two jokes for the long dark nights of winter.

- It's interesting to note that the Indians of northern Minnesota can tell how severe the winter is going to be by how many cords of wood the white man puts on his back porch.

- An Alaskan was on trial in Fairbanks. The judge turned to him and asked, "Where were you on the night of October to April?"

Raffle Results

Jan Brown pulled a white ball. Who says there's no free lunch?


What it Takes to Fight Gangs in the East Bay
FBI logo

David Brown introduced out speaker Charles “Charley” Johnson, Supervisory Special Agent in Charge with the FBI’s Safe Streets East Bay Task Force for Alameda and Contra Costa County. Agent Johnson has been with the FBI for 24 years and is former basetball player and student at University of Massachusetts. 

Agent Johnson works on gang and violent crimes in our community with 14 agents and 10 task force officers from local jurisdictions.  With a ratio of 2.5 sworn officers for every 1000 citizens it is a difficult job.  Agent Johnson indicated that there is a lot of information on crimes and related information on the FBI’s website As a former teacher, Agent Johnson feels that “it takes a village” to solve our crime problems with parents, social service agencies and law enforcement all working together. 

Agent Johnson left us with some lyrics from the late Teddy Pendergrass “The world won’t get no better if we just let it be..The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.”

Mele Kalikimaka from your Scribe,
The Menehune