The Flywheel

Next meeting: February 17th
NOTE: Meeting is not at MVCC. See below.

East By Center for the Performing Arts

On October 2011 the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts dedicated its new, state of the art performance and teaching center in the Winters Building. The $16 million project has transformed the historic property into the jewel of the Downtown Main Street Iron Triangle revitalization effort and created a major new arts asset for Richmond.

This meetind features a tour the new facility. You will hear about the Center’s plans, capabilities, and aspirations.

Location and Parking

We will meet at the corner of 11th & Macdonald in downtown Richmond. A catered lunch will be provided by La Strada so if you are bringing a guest, be sure to tell Jim Young.

Parking is availabe on the street in a lot next to the Center, and in the city parking garage at 11th & Nevin, which will stay open for Rotarians until 2 PM. The Center is ADA compliant so members will be able to use the elevator for the tour from basement to the third floor. The normal $20 lunch fee will be charged.


Meeting of Friday, February 10th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Henry Kelman reminded us that the team that beat us went on to win the super bowl.

Rotarians with Guests

Chief Jeff White with the US Navy guest of Edgar Deleon.

Sunshine Report

A report was provided on John Niccol's health. He is in hospice and his friends in the Club are encouraged to call him—it will cheer him up enormously.


  • Josh Surowitz reminded everyone about happy hour and about the Membership Meeting also at the Hotel Mac and that everyone was invited to both. Josh proceeded to throw the new Rotary pamphlet to every table, only one person dropped the pamphlets.
  • Alan reminded everyone that Saint Patty’s Day was coming on March 17th.
  • Edgar gave a quick promotion for the Calendar of the Richmond Rockets Cheerleaders. Edward reviewed the schedule of games and that they are 8th in the Nation and number 1 in the Northern California.
  • 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.



Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Josh Genser was happy about the Richmond Rockets basketball team, and is planning on attending the next game.
  • Josh Surowitz was happy that his bowling team won 3 games and excited about seeing the cheerleaders (he didn’t elaborate; he didn’t need to) at the Rockets game, which he'll attend with his "fun and cheap" pal, Josh Genser.
  • David Brown was happy that his sister will be attending Rotary lunch in 2 weeks and that she will be honored with a Paul Harris.  The most exciting is that lymphonia is no longer detectable from his sisters’ bone marrow.  He thanked God for western medicine.
  • EJ Shalaby happy that will be celebrating the first year birthdays of his twins.
  • Don Lau was happy to add David Firestone and Doris Mitchell as scribes.

Norm's Nonsense

Sally was driving home thougn northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. She stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. She just sat silently, looking intently at everything, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat.

"What in bag?" asked the old woman.

"It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband," replied Sally.

The Navajo woman was silent for a moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said, "Good trade ..."



The Richmond Public Library's new director

A good turnout of Rotarians welcomed Katy Curl, the Executive Director of the Richmond Public Library on this rainy Friday.

The new director comes to the job with a wealth of experience managing other California library systems. Her enthusiasm for the move to Richmond was clear: "There's so much opportunity to make positive change."

One example. Katy described the role of libraries in a world in which increasing numbers of people get their information on-line. But in Richmond, that's far from everyone. Helping Richmond residents who don't own computers, and consequently don't have easy access to the tools needed to find and apply for work, is a major part of librarians' jobs. The new director takes it seriously.

We are excited about welcoming an enthusiastic and charismatic person to our city. Here's hoping she'll accept our offer to join the Club.


- Rotating Scribe Doris Mitchell, and pitch-hitter for Rotating Scribe, Nick