The Flywheel

Next Meeting: Friday, March 18

The 2048 Project

Prof. Kirk Boyd

Professor Kirk Boyd of Boalt Law School introduces us to a project dedicated to extending and ensuring human rights worldwide.
The 2048 Project at UCB is drafting an International Bill of Rights that can be enforced in the local courts of all countries by the year 2048—the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Meeting of Friday, March 11th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Alan Baer welcomed the group and Joe Bagley led the Pledge. Stoney invoked thoughts of justice, freedom and peace on Earth, and mercy for the folks in Japan. Alan Blavins offered a thought that he had a thought last month, but since his wife knows everything, he will have to have a thought for next month.

Visiting Rotarians

Rich Garcia visited from the Berkeley Rotary, where he is the incoming President. Rich will also be a fiddlin’ this Thursday at the Rotary St. Patty’s day event at Hs. Lordships.

Rotarians with Guests

Glenn Daggs introduced the Honorable Harlan Grossman, and Mike Winters his guest Susan Perry. Alan Baer introduced the members to Edgar Deleon, who may soon be joining our club!


  • President Alan thanked everyone who participated in the Dictionary Project at Peres School. The kids really appreciated it!
  • Alan announced the Poker Night the same evening as the meeting at his home.
  • Glenn Daggs reminded everyone about the St. Patty’s day dinner/drinking upstairs at Hs. Lordships this Thursday in Berkeley. Make sure to buy your tickets and attend for the green beer! The event will run from 6 to 9 PM and there will be 2 BARS!


Beaver recognized follow recognizer Don Lau, who celebrated his 22 or 23rd (who’s counting…) wedding anniversary. Don offered a donation to the club and noted that many of his friends though they would never last, and many of those are not divorced themselves!

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Dave Brown was very happy his in-laws were all safe in Southern Japan. And also that his boat and the Richmond Marina fared the 2 foot swell of the Tsunami well.
  • Josh Genser was happy about the wedding of Monique Le Conge and John Z!
  • Don Lau was happy he was back after having been away for awhile, and mostly was happy Joe Bagley was back and thanked Joe for a job well done over the years!
  • Jim Young was happy Rotarians are flexible, understanding and compassionate.
  • Joe Bagley was happy for all of those who saw his photo online and thought it was cool!
  • Herb was happy Joe was back and not p-d off anymore!
  • Nick was happy for the changes in North Africa and for the brave people of Libya.

Norm's Nonsense

Overheard overhead: quotes from the not-always friendly skies:

- After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced: "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."

- And from the pilot during his welcome message: "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry ... unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"

- "Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

PROGRAM of February 11

Rotary Means Business


Fellow Rotarian Mark Burchill was good enough to join us and tell us about how Rotarians can join each other in networking for ethical business relationships. Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and referring others to them. Mark reminded us this concept indeed harkens back to the original founding of Rotary, though overtime Rotary International has increased its focus on philanthropy and to some extent away from the business networking aspect. Monthly Rotary Means Business networking meetings rotate among the businesses and homes of members, just like the original Rotary club.

Rotary Means Business evolved organically, and separately from RI. The earliest references began appearing online in the SF South Bay in 2007. Rotary Means Business can now be accessed by Rotarians everywhere on Facebook and LinkedIn. Anyone interested can contact Mark at, or online at

- Rotating Editor, Scribe, etc., Josh Surowitz