The Flywheel

Meeting of July 16th

Successful Business Networking

Hornet Splashdown

Dr. Sydney Metrick returns to Richmond Rotary to discuss the finer points of networking, meeting, greeting, introducing yourself and establishing relationships. If you ever feel a little queasy about meeting strangers or want to brush up your elevator speech, don’t miss this program.



Last Meeting: July 9th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Club President Alan Baer rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Former President Glenn Daggs led the Pledge of Allegiance. Stoney called for a moment of silent prayer for freedom, peace, and justice on Earth.

Visiting Rotarians

There were no visiting Rotarians.

Rotarians with Guests

Jim Young's guest was Richard Toby Loyd, who is a member of the Berkeley Rotary Club. Bob Dabney's guest was Joan Davis, who is the President of the Richmond Community Foundation.


  • Pam Jones reminded Rotarians that the Oakland Museum tour is on Saturday, July 17th. You don't have to sign up if you are not going on a tour. For more information, please contact Pam Jones.
  • Rafael Madigal reminded Rotarians of the Oakland A's game in August. He said the game starts at 6:00 p.m. He suggested that you bring your family and prospective Rotary members. For more information, please contact Rafael.


Don Lau, Jim Beaver, and Joe Bagley, who called themselves the "Safe Crack Pots," offered recognition of fellow Rotarians.

  • Richard Alexander turned 62 on June 26th
  • E.J. Shalaby had a birthday on June 24th
  • Monique le Conge had a birthday on July 5th. For her birthday she wanted to have breakfast and play golf. Instead she got engaged! It is an exciting time for Monique - because the Netherlands are in the finals in World Cup Soccer!
  • Ted Abreu had his 75th birthday
  • Josh Genser had his 29th anniversary. He spent the day buying new kitchen appliances.
  • Herbert Cole celebrated his 18th year in the Richmond Rotary Club on July 10th. Joe Bagley thanked Herb for being a Club member.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • David Brown enjoyed happy dollars because David Calfee not only gave him his check for the Club dues but also a check for $1,000 for the Foundation. David's happy dollars also marked his wife's successful left knee replacement surgery. She is doing very well. These happy dollars also acknowledge that David's father was hospitalized but is doing very well.
  • Richard Alexander was happy to have his son home. Richard's son is a Third Class Cadet at the Maritime Academy. The young man came home with a lot of laundry.
  • Jan Brown had happy dollars (and a check to Rotary) because she and Byron just celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
  • Dr. Daniel Sanders had happy and sad dollars. It was the second anniversary of his wife's accident. He gave $100.00 to Paul Harris because his wife is doing well.
  • Glenn Daggs had happy dollars because he is no longer the President of Richmond Rotary and was happy that Alan Baer is the President now.
  • Jim Beaver was happy for Glenn because he now the "Ex-President" and can take a break. Jim also was happy that Alan is the new Club President.
  • Markku Pelanne had happy dollars because he spent July 4th in Helsinki. He is now talking to his bother with whom he had not spoken in 10 years.
  • Jim Young had happy dollars because he is leaving for vacation for a few weeks.
  • Joe Bagley had happy dollars for the opening of his wife's art show. However, he would not be able to attend. Also, Joe is happy that Monique's ex-boyfriend is running for Mayor.
  • Josh Genser had happy dollars and took some credit for news from Monique and her ex.

Norm's Nonsense

Take my wife, please...
-This guy called up his lawyer to tell him he was suing for divorce, and the lawyer inquired as to his grounds for the suit. "Can you believe my wife says I'm a lousy lover?" sputtered the husband. "That's why you're suing?" asked the lawyer. "Of course not. I'm suing because she knows the difference."

-Wives today may not know how to cook but they sure know what's cooking.



History of USS Hornet

Hornet Splashdown

Jim Young introduced Robert "Bob" Goodwin who is the Managing Vice President of Cross Technology Markets and the docent for the USS Hornet, the museum aircraft carrier docked at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay.

Bob first surveyed Richmond Rotarians: How many had visited the USS Hornet? How many had been or remained active in the U.S. Navy?

The USS Hornet CV-12 in Alameda succeeded the Navy's first Hornet, USS Hornet CV-8. The USS Hornet CV-8 and the USS Wasp were the first two aircraft carriers commissioned for the new Continental Navy. Following the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the USS Hornet CV-8 launched the famous "Doolittle Raid" to bomb Tokyo. It also took part in the Battle of Midway and then was sunk at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in 1942.

The USS Hornet CV-12 was commissioned in 1943. She was one of the 24 Essex-class "fast carriers." CV-12 served 15 months in World War II and came under attack 60 times but was never hit. It had an impressive score card and was the Navy's most decorated aircraft carrier in World War II. Some of her successess included battles in the Marianas Islands, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. She destroyed 1,400 Japanese planes and multiple ships including the Yamato. In 1945, CV-12 was on her way to Tokyo Bay to witness the Japanese surrender when she encountered a typhoon with 100-mph winds and 70-foot waves. The USS Hornet CV-12 was decommisioned in 1947.

It was not until 1953 when the USS Hornet CV-12 was recommissioned as a CVA-12. Major impovements made in 1956 included an angled flight deck, hydraulic catapults, an optical landing system, and a enclosed hurrican bow. In 1958, the USS Hornet was reassigned as an anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier, CVS-12 In 1969, the USS Hornet CVS-12 was the main recovery ship for the NASA moon flights of Apollo 11 and 12. Today, the yellow foot prints of Neil Armstrong appear on the hanger deck.

The USS Hornet CVS-12 finally was decommissioned in 1970 and Bob described how CVS-12 came to Alameda. To learn more about the history and details of USS HORNET CV-12, you can visit their website You can also e-mail Bob Goodwin at

As a museum, the USS Hornet provides a rare glimpse deep into history, very close to home here in the Bay Area. Bob described a tour of the USS Hornet. Please visit website for more details on features, prices, and hours of operations.

Bob invited Richmond Rotarians to visit the USS Hornet and said members were interested in taking a tour would receive a discount. If you visit this amazing ship, Bob recommends that you wear sensible shoes and dress in layers.

Bob summarized the benefits of touring the USS Hornet:

  • You will get a good history of the ship
  • You will understand the complexity of the her operation
  • You will appreciate magnitude of the responsibility of those who manned her

Jim thanked Bob for his wonderful presentation.

– Yvonne Nair (First time scribe)