The Flywheel

Next Meeting: September 23RD
NOTE: New meeting start time of 12:15

Property Rights, Law & the Federal Constitution

Not clear in this small image is that the message is painted directly on the wall of the building. It's not a stamp on the photo. Creative Commons license.

Attorneys Heidi Timken & Leslie Johnson will provide an overview of the issues and legal concepts including, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and redevelopment strategies.

Meeting of Friday, September 16th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On a bright sunny day in Richmond, Prez EJ Shalaby called the Rotary meeting to order at our new starting time of 12:15pm! Jon “where you been” Lawlis led us all in the Pledge.  George Egan offered a moment of silence for peace, freedom and justice. Henry Kelman was happy to report that there is hope for the federal government with the bi-partisan vote on PACs.

Visiting Rotarians

Pate Thompson was our only visiting Rotarian.

Rotarians with Guests

Accompanying Henry Kelman was his daughter Elizabeth.


  • Remember to hold 10/28 for the Halloween Event that will have more details to follow!
  • This year’s Holiday Auction will be held on 12/2 and will be an evening event so save that date as well.
  • Treasurer David Brown reminded all that we are still $1300-1500 short on our goal to provide each teacher at Peres Elementary with $100 to help them with classroom supplies.  Please send your checks to David.
  • Alan Baer announced that Rotary will have a presence at the El Sobrante Stroll.  If you are reading this for the first time…you’re too late because it happened on Sunday 9/18.


Your Scribe…doing triple duty…Recognized Jon Lawlis (he still looks the same for those of you who have not seen him lately) for a birthday he celebrated on August 30.  Jon is happy to report that his birthday dinner was prepared by new “friend” Darlene who can cook!  A definite keeper!

Happy and Sad Dollars

Josh Genser was happy to be back at Rotary after an absence and proud of his new bowling team that includes a bunch of Rotary Ringers…also he rolled a 254! Jim Young had $14 happy ones for the remaining 14 days before he gets off the Stage Coach! Rafael Madrigal was happy to be celebrating Mexican Independence Day with the 23rd Street Merchants Mixer.

Norm's Nonsense

-The Department of Homeland Security arrested a mathematics professor and confiscated his supply of slide rules and calculators. He was charged with possessing weapons of math instruction.

-Ford announced a recall of late model Mercurys because they found traces of tuna in them.

-The early bird gets the worm, but it's the second mouse who gets the cheese.



What's happening at the "Y" ?

Your Scribe also happened to be the Program for the Day. The YMCA nationally launched a new Branding Strategy last summer after research found that everyone knew about the YMCA, but few knew exactly what the Y did in the community. The new branding strategy focuses on what the Y is for. The Y is For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility.

There are now 5 multi-colored logos that have a fresh, forward leaning look that represents the diversity of the Y. Locally, the West Contra Costa Y offers programs at 40 locations ranging from child development, health and mental health services and a broad range of community youth and family services. An operating budget of $15 million the Y employs almost 500 staff. There are many stories about adults reaching health goals at the Hilltop Family Y, pregnant teens successfully completing their high school careers and moving on to post secondary education, many collaborative ventures the Y is involved with including Rosie’s Girls, Building Blocks for Kids, Holiday Toy and Food Giveaway, and youth blossoming while attending resident camps such as Camp Ravencliff.

If you would like more information on the Y…give me a call or visit our website at

- The Menehune
   Executive Vice President of the YMCA of the East Bay