The Flywheel

Next meeting: January 27th

Promoting the mental health of young children

The Early Childhood Mental Health Program is dedicated to addressing the emotional and psychological needs of children between birth and 6 years of age. It is one of the few agencies mental health agencies working to help very young children recover from trauma.

Lynn Martin, the agency's new Executive Director (and Richmond Rotary's newest member) will discuss this critical workand its contribution to our community.



Meeting of Friday, January 20th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Recent Ex-Prez Alan Baer stood in for President EJ Shalaby. Jon Lawlis led the Pledge, and Stoney provided the invocation. Henry Kelman’s thought was that the San Francisco 49ers were one game away from the Super Bowl… (but yet, alas, so far away).


  • Richmond Rotary has been invited to help the Contra Costa Food Bank restock its shelves at their warehouse at 4010 Nelson Way, Concord. CA, (just off Hwy 4 @ Arnold Industrial Way) on Sunday, February 5th, 1 – 3 PM. After the project we will visit The Nantuck Restaurant in Crocket to make sure it's still operational. Sign up by sending an email to Jim Young, at

  • Crab Feed


  • Rotary Crab Feed January 28.  Buy your tickets by clicking the button on the right, or bring a check to the next meeting.

    Erle tells us that are still a few seats left, so if you want to attend please buy your tickets now.


  • The 3rd Annual BARSHEEP St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Fest will be held March 17th, Saturday at Hs Lordship’s, $45/person in advance, $50 at the door if seats are still available.

    For tickets, bring a checks or cash to David Brown at our next meeting, or click the button on the right. Couldn't be easier.


Sunshine Report

Sid Chauvin let the group know that Herb Cole had been in the hospital, feeling unwell with kidney issues. Get well soon Herb!

Special Events

David Keystone was inducted into the club. Welcome David!


George Egan celebrated his birthday with a two-week visit to Florida. George has been to the Vatican and to Salt Lake City, and can now declare that the Drag Racing Museum he visited is right up there with the best of them.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Josh Surowitz was happy to have brought the Barcelona Rotary Flag back with him from his most recent visit to his firm’s liaison office there.
Bill Koziol had 1000 pennies of mixed happy/sad dollars because he had recently found his father not breathing with acute pneumonia. However, fortunately he is home now and does not seem to have sustained any permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Also compounding Bill’s very difficult start to the year was that he had smashed his pinky finger by dropping a rail road tie on it. Ouch!
Don Lau was very happy that his wife was in San Diego waiting to greet their new grandchild!
Hank Covell was happy because when he started drifting away from the group while snorkeling in the Grand Caymans, he was pulled back in!
Jim Young was happy to have learned that in Singapore, the Rotary meets in black tie and the Prime Minister is a member!

Norm's Nonsense

-Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. By that time you will be a mile away, you will have his shoes, and you can say what you please.

-It is difficult to soar with eagles if you have to work with turkeys.

-If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?


National Institute of Arts & Disabilities

Deb Dyer, Executive Director of NIAD, spoke to our club about the Institute's amazing work in empowering artists with disabilities.

The power of visual arts lies in the enabling of communication without language. Visual arts, therefore, are perfectly suited to the needs of people with cognitive disabilities, opening the doors for the expression of experience. Validating this is the fact that many of those who benefit from the creative outlets NIAD offers have been attending for years!

NIAD celebrates the creativity of those in the community who may otherwise feel alienated from it. NIAD offers a safe place where they can come and have a great time. These artists, many of them recognized professionals, enjoy opportunities to sell their work and earn income. You can view and purchase their work in NIAD's gallery and gift shop. NIAD is located at 551 23rd Street, in Richmond. Visit their website at