The Flywheel

Next meeting: March 2nd
NOTE: Meeting is not at MVCC. See below.

See you at La Revolucion

We will meet at La Revolucion Restaurant, 3190 Klose Way, Richmond. This is the old Red Lobster location at Hilltop. (Map)

Martino, our host and chef, will tell us how he became the owner of La Strada and successfully expanded to three restaurants including this unique Hispanic Fusion restaurant at Hilltop.


Meeting of Friday, February 24th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On a beautiful, bright sunny day in Richmond, Prez EJ Shalaby called the meeting to order.  Bruce Harter was called on to lead us in the Pledge.  Stoney Stonework offered a silent moment for peace, freedom and justice in the world.  A cheerful Henry Kelman was thankful for the lovely, beautiful, clear day.

Rotarians with Guests

Josh Surowitz had for the last time his guest Darlene Almeida; Michele Itagaki also for the last time introduced as a guest for the last time Felix Hunzinger; Herb Cole had as his guest Dorothy Herzberg;  Edgar deLeon had as his guest Jeffrey Wright CEO of the WCC Realtors and Grant Allen with Kaizen Accounting Solutions; and Jim Young was accompanied by Linda Young.

Sunshine Report

Sydney Chauvin has been in contact with John Nicol.  Jim Young reported that Mr. Sunshine Bill Kozial is busy caring for his father who is very ill.


  • Herb’s guest Dorothy Herzberg informed us about the Close Up Foundation which is a program for High School Students to go to Washington DC and participate in a “mock Congress.” The program has been going on since 2001. If anyone would like to make a contribution you can send it to Close Up Richmond High, Cashier’s Office, 1250 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 94804.
  • BARSHEEP Mixer at Richmond Rockets game on March 2 at 7pm Richmond Auditorium
  • The 3rd Annual BARSHEEP St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Fest will be held March 17th, Saturday at Hs Lordship’s, $45/person in advance. There will be no tickets sold at the door so buy them now! Besides the best corned beef & cabbage in the East Bay and Rotary socializing, the evening will include a performance of the famed ‘Scottish Fiddlers’, at least they are Celtic. 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.

Special Events

  • Rotary Foundation Chair Joan Davis reminded everyone about “Every Rotarian Every Year” (EREY) which requests that all Rotarians contribute $100 to the Rotary Foundation. If anyone has any question about their contribution status please contact Joan and if you would like to make a contribution please get it to her.  She would like to have contributions made by March 31.
  • Joan then called up David Brown and presented him with a Paul Harris for his sister Susan Brown Kozac.  David was hoping that his sister would be present for the presentation. David reported that she is doing very well and will be receiving top notch treatment.  All the best Susan and please come and visit with us soon!
  • Prez EJ called up sponsors Josh and Michelle to help with the induction of Darlene Almeida and Felix Hunzinger as our 2 newest Rotarians.  


Your Scribe had the honor of doing Recognitions: Lillian Kozial celebrated her birthday on February 17 and made a contribution to the Foundation and Werner Fund.  Your Scribe and wife Shelly celebrated their 23rd Anniversary with their grandson in San Diego and a contribution to the Rotary Foundation for son Jordan.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Nick Despota was happy for the new members and the plethora of birds spotted in his bird count which resulted in our community taking 4th place in CA; Herb Cole will be off to care for his grandchildren so will miss a few weeks; Joan Davis was happy that after months of work and reading thick stacks of paper that the Richmond Community Foundation has received its public foundations status;  Jim Young was happy to report that the Rotary Foundation used 90%+ to go directly to programs but sad that his brother-in-law has suffered a health setback; Josh Surowitz with empty pockets was happy to get financial help from his Rotary friends and happy that his “flipping” soon to be born child is flipping in the right direction.

Norm's Nonsense

-A woman went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, and
said, "I'd like to buy some cyanide."
The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
She replied, "I need it to poison my husband."
The pharmacist explained, 'I can't give you cyanide to kill your
husband, that's against the law!"
She reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in
bed with the pharmacist's wife.
He looked at the picture and said, "You didn't tell me you had a prescription."



The Richmond Emergency Food Pantry

Jim Young introduced Robin Gilles Board Chair for the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry.  It was started in 1971, at the request of CC County Social Services, to address the needs of families in need of food. 

The Food Pantry's initial sponsor was Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) and it relied on the support of the 40 congregations for donations and volunteer support.  It provided 3 days of food to families who could only receive the donation twice in 6 months.  In the early days there were 5-6 boxes handed out each day. 

Today The Food Pantry serve 130-200 families per day.  The program incorporated on their own in 1986 and today is located at Grace Lutheran Church on Barrett Avenue. Robin estimated that last year 45,000 people got food from the Pantry.  The program is operated 100% by volunteers. It has a $100,000 annual operating budget funded 25% by FEMA and 75% with non-government funds.  If you want to help or want more information contact the Pantry at 510.235.9732 or

- The Menehune, Rotating Scribe