The Flywheel

Next Meeting: Friday, May 27th

Helping hands for Teen Moms

‘In Service’ is the watchword of the day. Instead of hosting a guest speaker, we'll roll up our sleeves and pack bags full of new mother gifts, our annual project for Teen Moms at Kennedy and Richmond High Schools. This long-standing project is received by the teens with great appreciation.

On the right, Tom Waller assembles bins for moms in 2008, while Herb Cole and Rhonda Harris learn about April Jorden's body-building class. Good teamwork, gang.


Meeting of Friday, May 20th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On a bright and sunny Friday President Alan rang the bell and called us to order. Always dapper Ralph Hill led us in the Pledge. Stoney offered a moment of silence for, peace and justice. Since Henry Kelman’s daughter was present, Michael Gill offered a joke in Werner’s (his sponsor) honor …totally politically incorrect regarding the flavor of endangered species, but totally Werner.

Visiting Rotarians

Mac Lingo from Berkeley joined us again.

Rotarians with Guests

Henry Kelman’s daughter Caroline was with him. Edgar DeLeon brought Connie Tripp, a CPA, Tracy Oliva, with Jackson Wewitt, and Pastor Bob Acersion. Monique Le Conge brought the love of her life John Z. Doris Mitchell was also visiting us again.


  • Next week’s program will be filling the gift baskets for our Teen Mother’s Program.
  • 6/15 is our joint meeting with Berkeley Rotary at Hs Lordships. No meeting on 6/19!!
  • 7/9 District Awards Ceremony in Corning.

  • 8/20 Rotary Night at the A’s with tailgate and fireworks.

Special Events

The ever popular Erle Brown came up to “do his thing” and presented a Paul Harris plus 8 to Herb Cole which represents $9000+ to the foundation. Erle then presented a Paul Harris to newly-wed Monique Le Conge who had a special birthday present for her husband John Z and presented him with a Paul Harris to celebrate (note: husbands and wives can belong to the same Rotary Club).


Jimmy “The Beav” was at the ready and called on David Brown who celebrated his 31st Anniversary with Cheryl and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens with something for the Foundation.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Hank Covell has some happy dollars for time spent in PV; Herb Cole was happy that he found the people in Russia to be nice and the city to be beautiful; Michael Gil (who did the soundtrack) was happy about the screening of “Kyimolung: A Buddhist Pilgrimage” at the Ford Building ; George Egan is off to Ireland to celebrate his other birthday; Monique was happy about her upcoming garage sale and that she has been a Rotarian for 10 years; Mike Winter was happy about his daughter’s TV production of a Yosemite climb; Leslie Levy was happy her son found a great house to purchase; Rafael Madrigal was happy to report that happy to report that Prez Alan was named 23rd Street Merchants Man of the Year; and Prez Alan reported on a successful Poker Night except that the Mayor of San Pablo won.

Norm's Nonsense

Dying man: "You know, honey, you've always been with me through all my troubles. Through all my bad times, you've been there. When I got fired, you were there. When my business went down the toilet, you were there. When I had the heart attack, you were there, and when we lost the house, and then when I got liver cancer, you were always by my side. You know something?"

Woman: "What?"

Dying Man: "I think you're bad luck."


International House at UC Berkeley

Our speaker was our own Liliane Koziol who is the Director of Programs for International House at UC Berkeley. International House was started by Harry Edmonds because of his interaction with a Chinese Student in New York and the student informing him that he was the first person to say hello. Mr. Edmonds thought it would be great to have a place where foreign students would feel welcomed.

With the help of John D. Rockefeller International House was started in New York in 1924 and in Berkeley in 1930. The mission of International House is “to foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships and leadership skills for the promotion of a more tolerant and peaceful world.” In Berkeley, the site was selected to be on Piedmont Avenue since that was fraternity row and back in the day people of color could not find housing there. It was done to “strike bigotry in the nose.” When WWII began many Japanese American students at Cal where sent to finish school at Columbia and stay at the International House in New York to avoid being sent to Internment Camps.

International House teaches skills to navigate the global world, outreach in the community, and community building. There are three things the students need to remember: immerse, network and impact. They are always reminded to challenge their assumptions. Thanks Liliane for a very informative and enlightening presentation.

- Your Scribe, The Menehune