The Flywheel

Next Meeting: October 8th    AT LA STRADA RESTAURANT

Nat Bates

Mayoral Candidate Nat Bates

Richmond City Councilman Nat Bates visits us to tell us why he wants to be mayor and what he feels he can bring to the job.


Last Meeting: October 1st

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Alan Baer called the meeting to order.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Alan asked Herb Cole for a thought for the day.  With the campaign season in high gear, Henry Kelman wanted us to remember that “Society gets the government it deserves.”  

Rotarians with Guests

April Jordan’s guest was Dan Stemberg, a fellow Rotarian who recently moved from Alabama.    

Sunshine Report

Jan Brown reported that her dad, Don Hardison is doing well recovering from a compression fracture of the spine and he should be able to join us for lunch next week.  


  • Alan Baer reminded us that our next meeting, October 8th,  will be held at La Strata’s
  • He mentioned that there was still time for Rotarians to contribute $7 each to purchase dictionaries for our projects to distribute dictionaries to children in Africa.  The dictionary you provide will include your name and e-mail address so you may “have a new pen-pal” as a result of your donations.  Please call Alan at 235-8013 if you would like to participate. 
  • Alan thanked everyone who participated in Rotary’s carrier day at Contra Costa Community College which took place on Wednesday, September 29th.  The organizers plan on a bigger event next year.
  • On October 3 the I-80 Corridor Rotary Clubs will join the Berkley Rotary Club for a hike, a picnic and Carousel rides in the Rotary Redwood Grove by the Carousel.  Festivities begin at 3:00 pm.
  • David Brown announced that $200 was still needed to meet our goal to provide $100 for each teacher at Peres School.    
  • Pam Wilson reminded us of the October Feast event to be held at the Rockefeller Lodge. Cost:  $35.
  • Jim Young asked Richmond Rotarians to mark their calendars for our luncheon meeting and tour of the Chevron Richmond Refinery to be held on Friday, February 4, 2011.

Special Events

  • Alan reminded us that the District Conference will be held in Old Sacramento this November.
  • Don’t forget to check-out the Calendar on the Richmond Rotary’s Website. It will bring you up-to-date on all of our events.


  • Don Lau, who was hiding at the “boys table” but came to the podium to reminded Alan Blavins of his 20th Wedding Anniversary was September 1st.  With his donation, Alan said he and his wife to Idaho on a golf vacation to celebrate.   

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Don welcomed Don Tanita.  Dan said he is “alive and well” after his by-pass surgery.  With his donation, he said lit was great to be back.
  • Herb’s happy dollars are in celebration that Normie is home and that her father is improving more everyday.
  • David Brown had sad dollars as he announced that Charles Nicolas, the San Pablo treasurer, passed away this morning.  
  • Glenn Daggs said his children think David Brown a celebrity.  They heard him on the radio and met him on the bus.  Thanks Glenn. As Art Linkletter said, “Kids say the darnedest things.”  

Norm's Nonsense

This guy answers a horse-for-sale ad, and when he arrives at the barn he asks the Italian owner why he is selling the horse. The owner replies, "Aw, he no looka so good."

The prospective buyer examines the horse thoroughly and then says to the owner: "Listen, I'm an expert on horse flesh and this is a fine looking animal. I'll buy him." He pays the owner and leads the horse off.

The next day he brings the horse back and says to the seller, "You didn't tell me this horse is blind."

The seller replies, "Oh yeah, I tell you he no looka so good!"


Illegal immigrant sign on highway

This week’s speaker was our own Joshua Surowitz, Esq.  Josh provided us with an overview of the State of Arizona’s April 23rd SB 1070 Immigration Law.  Josh began by asking us if any of us knew all 5 of the provisions of the law… the most provisions of the law which anyone in the room was 2, yet as Josh pointed out, everyone in the room has a strong option either in favor or against the new state law. 

As it turns out none of the 5 provisions differ much from the current Federal laws.  One provision of the state law is the requirement to carry papers.  Federal law anyone over the age of 14 must carry documents.  The Arizona law allows the check of papers only in connection with the probable violation of another offence.  Another provision of the Arizona law provides for no sanctuary cities.  A third provision restricts the hiring of individuals from an automobile that obstructs traffic.  (This applies to all individuals.)  An additional provision makes it a crime to transport, hide or harbor an illegal align. This is very similar to a Federal and is aimed at the trafficking of people. 

The major controversy will come with the method of enforcement if and when the law goes into effect.  Josh provide us with a lot of additional information. Please check with him you have any additional questions. 

- Rotating Scribe, Margaret Morkowski