The Flywheel

Next meeting: February 3rd

The Rosie the Riveter Trust

Marsha Mather-Thrift, the new Executive Director of the Rosie Trust, will tell us about the plans for the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Park.

In a few weeks the Park's new Visitor's Center, located in the "oil house" immediately east of the Craneway building at Ford Point, will open its doors. With that, a new chapter in the modern history of Richmond will open as well.


Meeting of Friday, January 27th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

President EJ Shalaby opened the meeting with the pledge and Stoney offered the invocation.  Henry Kellman’s thought for the day was a wish that the political parties “would finish with the debates and talk about something important”.

Visiting Rotarians

Stan Smalley of the San Ramon Club, and representing the District, promoted the Paul Harris Society. He explained why it is important to become a member of the Society.

Rotarians with Guests

Josh Surowitz introduced his guest Felix Hunziger, an architect and a member of Don Hardison’s old firm. Jon Lawlis introduced his guest his “sweetheart” Darlene. EJ Shalaby introduced his wife, Jeannine, who accompanied the two very youngest guests in the room, their boy and girl twins. The babies behaved as least as well as the members during the Program.

Sunshine Report

We learned that Herb Cole is recovering well from his recent kidney problems. (Let's drink to that.)


  • Josh Surowitz gave the membership committee report urging all of us to “think of ourselves as members of the committee” and to bring new potential members to visit our club.  The next meeting will be February 13th at 3:30PM at the Hotel Mac.
  • Jim Young announced that our Club has bought a table for the St. Patrick's Day Dinner (see following bullet point) and has invited officers of the Richmond Police and Fire Departments as the Club's guests.
  • 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.
  • President EJ announced that the Board is searching for a less expensive place for our Club to meet.
  • Joan Davis, our Foundation Chairperson, explained how to become a Paul Harris Fellow and the need for all members to make their annual $100 donation to the Foundation.  These contributions help fund the Foundation’s international projects and some local ones. After 3 years one-half of these funds are returned to our Club to be used for our local projects.

Special Events

Lynn Martin was inducted into the Club.  Impressing us with her level of preparedness, she immediately made her Who Am I? presentation.

Lynn told us that she is actually “a local gal,” born in Vallejo, but has worked in the public health field in Oregon for approximately the past 15 years.  Last September she returned “home” to become Executive Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Agency, which serves the needs of West Contra Costa County children. (See her Program presentation below.)  Lynn earned her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University, and later a masters in health sciences from John Hopkins University.

Welcome to Richmond Rotary, Lynn!


Jim Beaver, today’s Recognitions Guy, is happy for his counterpart, Don Lau, who became a grandfather for the first time. It's a boy!


  • Josh Surowitz is happy his parents are coming to visit and stay for awhile to be with their grandson and soon to be next grandson.  He’s also happy about his law firm’s new associate.
  • Tom Butt is very happy about the City of Richmond being selected by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories as the site of their new research campus.  This will mean new jobs and tax monies for the City.
  • Stoney is happy his daughter just informed him she will become a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club.
  • Alan Blavins is very sad (and upset).  Someone “hacked” into his computer and used his e-mail list to “scam” his friends.
  • Jim Young is happy about the success of Rotary sponsored Polio Plus. It appear India has become the latest county to be declared polio- free.
  • Sid Chauvin is sad and happy.  His daughter’s car was stolen on Saturday (sad), and recovered with only minor damage on Monday (happy).
  • Hank Covell was very, very happy. The Crab Feed at Salesian High School produced a net of $49,000 to date.

Norm's Nonsense

-This guy is drinking at a bar when a sharp looking gal sits down next to him. He strikes up a conversation with her and she tells him that a recent article in a magazine claimed that Indian braves and Polish men are the best lovers.
Then she said, "By the way, my name is Peggy. What's your name?"
He replied: "Flying Cloud Kowalski."


The Early Childhood Mental Health Program

New member Lynn Martin, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program discussed the agency's work in addressing the emotional and psychological needs of children between birth and 6 years of age.

An significant measure of the program's effectiveness is how many of the program's "graduates" go on to successfully attend a regular kindergarten or first grade. Lynn was happy to report that, assessed by an independent agency, 73% of these children do manage to integrate into a regular kindergarten or elementary class. This is an extremely good outcome for children who have suffered from chronic abuse and neglect in their first years of life.

ECMHP offers services in four areas:
  · The Comprehensive Therapeutic Nursery
  · Child and Family Therapy
  · Wraparound Support Program
  · Parent Support Groups
  · Childcare Solutions

To learn more about the critical work that Early Childhood Mental Health Program does for the families of west Contra Costa, visit its website at

- Meeting and Program notes by pinch-hitting editor, Dan Sanders