The Flywheel

Next Meeting: Friday, April 29th

Rolling Out the Bay Trail in Richmond

Bay Trail map, Richmond

The San Francisco Bay Trail is a planned 500-mile hiking and biking route encircling San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.  With 300 miles built so far, it offers recreational and transportation opportunities for all.  Thanks to the collaboration of both the private and public sectors, over  28 miles of Bay Trail have been built in the City of Richmond — more than any other city in the Bay Area.  Bruce Beyaert will provide provide insights about local Bay Trail opportunities and outline the many construction and planning projects now underway to close the remaining gaps in Richmond.  

Meeting of Friday, April 22nd

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On a cloudy, overcast “Good Friday” to be a Rotarian, President Alan rang the bell and called the meeting to order. It was a light, but lively gathering. Bruce Harter led the “class” in the Pledge of Allegiance. George Egan asked for a moment of silence for peace, justice and freedom.


  • April 29, San Pablo Rotary’s “Night in Tuscany” at Maple Hall. Richmond Rotary still have 2 available seats. Contact Alan.
  • 4/30, Cinco de Mayo Parade starts at 10am. This year San Pablo Rotary will be joining us as we stroll from Richmond to San Pablo. Hopefully there will not be another “fouling of the SP streets” this year.
  • 5/1, Cinco de Mayo Festival. Rotary’s booth this year will be dispensing nachos, sodas and H2O. 10am-5pm. Come by and help or come by and buy!
  • 5/3, Membership Luncheon at Hotel Mac, 12 noon
  • 5/13, 6pm, Poker Night at Big Al’s All You Can Eat Ribs Joint! Food, Fun and Friends…All for a good cause. Proceeds to go to Werner’s Fund.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Your Substitute Scribe had the privilege of collecting Happy Dollars from:

  • Leslie Levy was very happy that she is a grandmother (baby girl) for the first time and doubly happy that her son and daughter-in-law have purchase a home. She was going immediately from the meeting to meet with them to handle the paperwork. Congrats Leslie!!
  • Hank Covell sporting a deep tan was happy to be back from Arizona where he took care of the grandkids while his son and daughter-in-law celebrated their 25th Anniversary in Rome. Hank was also extremely proud of his grandkids!
  • Jon Lawlis gave happy dollars because he is off to celebrate his daughter’s birthday with the traditional dinner at BeniHana’s
  • Prez Alan was happy that he got a chance to talk with his dad who recently suffered a stroke. Alan reports that dad sound good!
  • Ralph Hill celebrated the 1 year anniversary of his unfortunate broken back…but very happy to report that he is definitely BACK!

Norm's Nonsense

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers. "So," he said, "I have been presented by both of you with a bribe." Both lawyers squirmed. "You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000.

The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon. "Now then, I'm returning $5,000, and we're going to decide this case solely on its merits."


The Value of Youth Mentoring

Building early railroad across a mountain pass

Tom Waller introduced our speaker for the day Bob Goetsch. Bob is President/CEO of Be a Mentor, Inc. Bob’s professional experience includes work in both the insurance and computer business.

While volunteering at a school, he was impressed with the positive impact that caring adults had on children. For the last 18 years, Bob has been involved with mentoring for the last 18 years. Bob told us the story of “Willie” a child who had a rough beginning because of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother’s boyfriends and the positive impact his mentor (a Rotarian from Montclair) had in turning his life around.

It is very clear that one caring adult in a child’s life can be the difference between a child who ends up in jail verses one who grows up to lead a productive life. What Bob was most interested in sharing with the Club is the need to find mentors for the 15,000 youth in the East Bay in need of a mentor. Bob described the work that he is doing with the East Bay Mentoring Partners and the strategy they are using to go from 2,000 youth with mentors to 15,000. The strategy includes: mentor recruitment; applicant clearinghouse; networking program partners; funding; and shared data and demographics. If you would like more information please contact Bob at

- Your Substitute Scribe, The Menehune