The Flywheel

Next Meeting: September 9th

Richmond Rotary membership survey

  • What factors influence your decision to attend a Rotary meeting?
  • What types of program subjects are most interesting to you?
  • What type of service projects are you willing to dedicate time to?
Last February we conducted a short survey of our membership to get answers to these and similar questions. This week Nick Despota will report on the results, and E.J. Shalaby will lead a discussion about them.

Meeting of Friday, September 2nd

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Alan Baer filled in for President E.J. and welcomed the group. Norm led the pledge and Stoney provided the invocation.  Henry Kelman provided the thought that although it was “Joke Day”, there was not a bigger joke in the world than the US congress.

Rotarians with Guests

Henry Kelman was accompanied by his daughter Elizabeth.
Henry Moe brought his co-worker Mark from Salesian High School.
Tom Butt had his companion Corky from the Richmond City Council with him.

Sunshine Report

Hank Covell reported that John Nicol had a procedure concerning his kidneys several weeks ago and was in quite a bit of discomfort and very tired, though he was still making it to work from 9-12 four days per week.


Bulleted lists work best here, like this

  • David Brown once again announced the club’s project to donate $100 to every teacher at Peres School. Several kind Rotarians made additional pledges.
  • Alan Baer announced once more the Rotary District Conference is taking place in Monterey from October 6-9.
  • Rafael Madrigal announced the joint 23rd Street Merchants/Richmond Rotary Halloween event would take place Friday, October 28th on San Pablo in the old Gonzalez Restaurant. The proceeds will benefit the toy drive.


Alan Blavins celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary and donated to the Peres teacher fundraiser. He planned to play golf and see a bit of theatre to celebrate.
Stoney celebrated his birthday last Sunday by partaking in a family BBQ. He was born in 1942. Do the math.
Erle Brown celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary on August 29th.

Happy and Sad Dollars

David Brown was a bit happy and sad his wife made him go shopping and please let him know if anyone needs an entire 46 long wardrobe.
Hank Covell was happy and sad and maybe a bit embarrassed that he had lost his glasses and after a lengthy hunt realized they were on his shirt collar all along! Hank was also very happy that he had received a call when he was in Tahoe that his home door was wide open. Fortunately, Bob Dabney, who is “one class act” stopped by to return something and noticed something was afoot. Fortunately, everything was still in place.

Norm's Nonsense

-I'd rather have a part of a bottle in front of me than a partial frontal lobotomy.

-Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

-Never say anything bad about a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. By then he's a mile away, you've got his shoes, and you can say whatever you want to.



Joke Day

Essentially, all of the jokes were either not funny enough to print, or funny enough but too dirty to be memorialized in cyberspace.

Everyone in attendance heard some very funny jokes and it is probably best for those that were not to hear them in person from their tellers after a few drinks.

-Judicious editor, Josh Surowitz