The Flywheel

Next Meeting: August 13th

Library v. FedEx
U.S. Libraries circulate slightly more items per day than FedEx: 5.4 v. 5.3 million. Source:"How Do Libraries Stack Up?", Online Computer Library Center, 2003.

Richmond Library Director (and Rotarian) Monique Le Conge will talk about the modern library and the services it provides the community.

Last Meeting: AUGUST 6th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Mark Howe, back for his trip from Hawai,i led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Glenn Daggs thought for day posed a question to the crowd: “Why is it so hard to identify rednecks? Because they all have the same DNA and they don’t have any dental records."

Visiting Rotarians

There were no visiting Rotarians today.

Rotarians with Guests

  • Mark Grushayev brought Vivian, an engineer with a firm that is working on the Richmond sewer system, to lunch today.
  • Josh Surowitz brought Marco Garzan, a new attorney with their firm who works in their San Francisco office, to lunch today.
  • Leah Swartz attended the club today to see her old friends.


  • The Oakland A’s tailgate party and baseball game is tonight.
  • The current district governor want each member to purchase for $7 a picture dictionary and then hew ill have them distributed to Africa.  See Pam Jones if you are interested.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Josh Surowitz donated $100 to recognize the 3 month anniversary of their new baby which they celebrated by visiting relatives.
  • Josh Genser donated dollars and told us about the trip he recently took to Grandma's house in Massachusetts to celebrate his birthday.  He played 5 rounds of golf per day every day he was there.
  • Mark Howe donated $50 happy dollars because he safely sailed with his crew to Hawaii this summer.
  • Jim Young donated what he had left because he finally paid off his mortgage.


Norm's Nonsense

The old family physician took his son into partnership after the son got his M.D. Then the old man went off on a 2-week vacation, his first in years.

When he got home, the old doc asked his son if there'd been any problems at the clinic. "No, everything went well. In fact," the son said, "you know that rich old widow, Mrs. Ferguson? I cured her of her chronic indigestion."

"Well, that's fine," said the old doctor. "But Mrs. Ferguson's indigestion is what put you through medical school."


Firefighters in Mexico: a report

Sink Hole

Brandon Perry is a GSE scholar who spoke to us today about his recent trip of Mexico.  Brandon is a paramedic with the Richmond Fire Department.  He visited Mexico with 14 other firefighters.  They lived with Rotary Mexican host families.

While the firefighters were in Mexico they visited Mexican fires stations which they found to be lacking in many ways.  Most of the equipment in Mexico is old, outdated equipment donated from the United States.  The Mexican firefighters are usually volunteers and are not paid at all – this is in stark contrast to California firefighters who are paid lavishly and can retire at the age of 50 with full pay for life. 

The GSE team has tried to help raise awareness and improve funding for the Mexican Firefighters. 

– Mark Howe, rotating scribe