The Flywheel

Next Meeting: Friday, April 8th

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Our own Joan Davis discusses leadership, collaboration, and investment—and the role that community foundations in bringing them all together for the benefit of local communities. We'll learn how they accomplish this through effective philanthropy and intimate knowledge of their communities.

Meeting of Friday, April 1st

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President Alan Baer welcomed the group and Joan Davis led us in the Pledge. Stoney led us in a silent prayer for freedom, peace and justice on earth. Henry Kelman added a second prayer for those of us who will pay more taxes and will have lighter pockets.


  • President Alan announced that the San Pablo Club has challenged us for Cinco de Mayo walk on Saturday, April 29th. The Cinco de Mayo festival is on May 1st. We need help and Alan will have a sign up sheet next week.
  • On Saturday, April 16th, the District Conference will take place at Solano College starting at 8:30 a.m. Alan encouraged everyone to attend the conference.
  • On Friday, April 29th, the San Pablo Club is having a night in Tuscany. The event will take place at San Pablo City Hall, Maple Hall. A few members are interested in attending and we will have a table for our club.
  • Erle Brown recognized Liliane Koziol for her recent donation to the Rotary Foundation. Earl also announced that if we send to him our checks predated before April 9th, we will be rewarded with recognition points.
  • Liliane Koziol announced that International Ambassadors from UC Berkeley will join us for lunch next Friday, April 8th. EJ Shalaby has arranged a tour for them to visit the wastewater treatment facility. After lunch, Judy Morgan will take the students to visit the Red Oak Ship.
  • Liliane also informed us that on Saturday, April 16th, CAL will have an open house at the International House celebrating the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. She thanked Jonathon Lawless for donating some tickets.

Special Events

New member Edgar Deleon was inducted into the club and was welcomed by the members. Welcome, Edgar!


Don Lau recognized Herb Cole for his 73rd birthday.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Josh Genser was happy because his basketball teams won.
  • Josh told us a joke about the two atoms who were walking down the street and one said to the other: I lost an electron; the second said, are you positive?
  • Rafael Madrigal was happy hoping that the Giants would win their first game.
  • George Egan said that 1964 was a dramatic year. I could not hear the rest of his story
  • Tom Butt was happy for not being snowed under in Yosemite without power. Tom said that Pam Jones was there too.
  • Nick Despota read statements from thank you letters sent to us by Peres students who received dictionaries from our club, which mentioned that the books would help family members in their efforts to learn English.
  • Joan Davis was happy and sad for her family members living in Japan.
  • Jan Brown was happy for a successful Richmond Art Center fundraising event.
  • John Nicol donated $2 for being at the meeting.
  • Herb wished that Ralph Hill were at the meeting to commemorate the invasion of Okinawa in 1945.
  • Jonathon Lawless was happy for returning from South Africa after doing Rotary projects.
  • Don Lau was happy for his 28th anniversary with the YMCA.

Norm's Nonsense

Some more quotes from the airlines:

- After an extremely rough landing the passengers were exiting when a little old lady came up to the first officer who was standing near the door and said: "Sonny, did we land or were we shot down?"

- A flight attendant advised: "Should there be a sudden loss of pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Place the bag over your mouth and nose before assisting your child. If you have more than one child, pick your favorite."

- "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.""

PROGRAM of April 1st

East Bay Chapter of the United Nations

America's Cup racer

Liliane Koziol introduced our speaker, Herb Behrstock. Herb is the president of the East Bay chapter of the UN Association. He had 31 years of experience with UN development projects. Herb worked in China, the Middle East and other countries. The UN was established in 1948 to enable governments of the world to work together on issues affecting our societies. The UN is the place where countries go to solve their problems. Rotary was a co-signer of the UN charter. The UN works on projects similar to Rotary’s projects. Polio Plus is an example of how organizations and countries share tasks and burdens to achieve what civil societies need. The UN establishes different organizations to work on special tasks such as handling nuclear waste, develop standards to design nuclear reactors, health issues and protection of human rights.

The UN is facing an acute challenge. The USA has not been paying its dues to the UN. This will jeopardize our veto power. Congress wants to cut the budget and is considering cutting our share to cover the UN’s expenses. Some Congresspersons think that some projects are not worthy and others want to cut UN dues for political reasons. Herb gave the example that the USA refuses to sign an agreement to protect children’s rights. The USA and Somalia are the only two countries in the world that have not yet signed the children’s rights agreement.

The UN Association, which has 125 chapters across the country, seeks the support of political and community leaders. It supports girls’ access to equal to equal educational opportunities. The East Bay chapter is working with Richmond schools on peace programs. Throughout the year, the Association organizes fundraising activities. In previous years, the Association has honored our District and Interact.

- Rotating Editor and Scribe, Nabil Wahbeh