The Flywheel

Next Meeting: September 24TH    MEET AT LA STRADA

Love in Condition Yellow book cover

Love in ‘Condition Yellow

Our speaker, Sophia Raday, lives nearby with her soldier/police officer husband, their children, a bipartisan dog, an organic garden, and assorted firearms.

Ms. Raday's book, Love in Condition Yellow: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage, was chosen as an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association. Ms. Raday's topic, overcoming political differences in our personal relationships, is timely, funny, and inspirational.


Last Meeting: September 17th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Alan Baer called the meeting to order. Laura Kuhn led the members in the pledge; Stoney Stonework called for peace freedom, and justice in the world; and Henry Kelman noted that the San Francisco Giants are in first place in the National League West.

Visiting Rotarians

Visiting Rotarians included Dave Parsons and San Pablo Rotarians Doug Millar and Sonia Rivas.

Rotarians with Guests

Jan Brown introduced her guest, husband Byron Brown (who, by the way, has been volunteering his time, one Saturday morning per month, at the Nevin Center, helping other Rotary volunteers provide AutoSkill support at the Center.).


  • Next week's meeting will be at La Strada Restaurant (in San Pablo)
  • The November 12 meeting wll be at the Hilltop Marriott
  • The District Governor will visit our club on November 19
  • The Reno Intercity train trip will be January 21-22, 2011
  • The Fourth Annual Richmond Rotary Crab Feed will be Saturday, February 5, 2001 Career Day at Contra Costa College 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers willing to participate and speak with students about their profession.
  • Doug Miller, president of the San Pablo Rotary, announced that his club is hosting an "Octoberotarfest" at Rockefeller Lodge on Saturday, October 2 from noon to 6 pm. Admission is $35.
  • Those of you who signed up to serve food at the GRIP Family Shelter can confirm the dates you signed up for here.(Note that you'll be able to view this schedule page using a link in the sidebox, Upcoming Events, until teh GRIP events are completed.)

Special Events

Immediate Past President Glenn Daggs presented certificates of achievement from Rotary District 5160 to Laura Kuhn, Nick Despota, Ted Abreu, and Lillian Koziol.


Past President Jim Beaver recognized Markku Pellane who, with his wife Mary, celebrated their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Club Secretary Jon Lawlis' recent birthday was commemorated by his summiting of four peaks in the Rockies—in one day! (Uncomfirmed report shouted from the audience: "He did it in a helicopter!")

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Don Lau had sad dollars on the passing of Past President and former Club Secretary Joe Nusbaum.
  • Others added contributions as well:
  • David Brown for what a "nice send off" it was for Joe and Josh Genser with praise for Jon Lawlis' eulogy.
  • Herb Cole, Joe Bagley, Glenn Daggs, and Dave Parsons also voiced their appreciation for Joe Nusbaum's contribution to the Club, as well as the quality of the memorial service.
  • Judy Kafka asked for a definition of mensch and was provided a succinct and comprehensive one by David Brown.
  • Jon Nicol had an anniversary.
  • John Wilson had an aortic aneurysm repaired, but when politley asked to show it to us, he demured.
  • David Brown was happy about the Giant's first-place standing and Josh Genser about Stanford's 2 and 0 record.
  • Guest Sue Dixon was happy about the work Rotary does.

Norm's Nonsense

Some timely observations about advertising.

This woman is visiting in Israel and notices that her little travel alarm needs a battery. She looks for a watch repair shop but she doesn't read Hebrew. Finally she sees a shop with clocks and watches in the window and goes in and hands the man her clock.

He says, "Madam, I don't repair clocks. I am a rabbi. I do circumcisions."

She says, "Why all the clocks in the window?"

To which he replies, "And what should I have in my window?"


Breaking the Cycle: The Adolescent Parent Program

Teen moms

Jan Brown introduced the presenters from the Adolescent Parent Program (APP): Kathy Hardy, Patti Menjou, and Sue Dixon. Jan pointed out that this program, which is located at Richmond and Kennedy High Schools, represents a collaboration among the West Contra Costa Unified School District, the YMCA, and Richmond Rotary, the latter having provided the funds and labor for converting classrooms at the two schools into day care centers, staffed by the Y, for the children of students in APP. Jan also called attention to Rhonda Harris' teen mom project that supports the child care centers.

Patti Menjou, the Program Coordinator, described the program's purposes. These are to keep regnant teenagers in school and on track to graduate and to prepare them for the responsibilities of parenting. The young women receive academc instruction leading to a high school diploma as well as information on topics such as child abuse prevention, infant care, parenting skills, family planning, nutrition and prenatal care. Through group and individual counseling these young people gain skills to meet the daily challenges they will face and learn how to access supportive services. Patti stated that the ultimate goal is to help these students and their children to break out of the cycle of poverty and abuse which has been a part of their lives.

Mike Aronian related information about two middle school girls who were in the program. Herb Cole commented that none of this would have been possible without Don Lau.

- Ted Abreu, rotating scribe