The Flywheel

Next Meeting: June 29th


EJ Shalaby makes the mystical transition from hard working Rotary leader to the land of the Past Presidents. Witness this once-a-year event in which the club leader who signs his correspondence, “Respectfully” is honored by all the club leaders who do not.


And looking forward... Meeting of July 6th


Dudley Thompson, Director of Oakland Rotary #3 and enthusiastic supporter of the “New Cocktail Movement’ will discuss the history of the cocktail, its ups and downs, and the technique of mixing The Cocktail Classics.

The presentation will involve sample tasting before and after the meeting (21 or older) and Dudley has agreed to use his vast knowledge of the subject and raw materials to create a new cocktail tentatively dubbed, ‘The Rotarian’.

'nuf said.

Meeting of Friday, June 22nd

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

Club President EJ Shalaby called the meeting to order. Felix Hunziker led the pledge of allegiance. Stoney asked for a moment of silence for peace, justice, and freedom on earth. Henry Kelman made note that the stock market took a big dive the day before the meeting. [Recall Sid Chauvin’s profound thought from last week: buy low, sell high.]

Rotarians with Guests

Dan Tanita, himself a long-practicing dentist in the area, introduced eight guests visiting from Russia that included dentists, people who manage dental offices in Russia, and a tour guide. (More info below under “Program”.)

Sunshine Report

It was happily noted that John Nicol was in attendance.


  • Pam Jones reported that the Rotary District 5160 Bocce Ball Tournament took place last weekend in Martinez with 57 teams competing. Pam’s team finished second overall while Jim Young’s team did not come in first or anywhere close to first or second (but had a good time nonetheless).
  • Jim Young provided a special preview of programs for the next two meetings. Next week is the annual outgoing President demotion. The program on July 6 (“Mixology”) will feature a history of cocktails, complete with samples. Laura Day, new 5160 District Governor, will also be in attendance.
  • Speaking of cocktails, Herb Cole (and others) announced that there’d be a back-room toasting to our Russian guests right after the meeting (highlights of which “may” be reported at next week’s meeting).


  • Don Hardison and his wife, Betty, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 14.
  • Charlie Wong and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 19.
  • EJ Shalaby has celebrated his 51st birthday.
  • Dan Sanders will celebrate his 4th wedding anniversary on June 27.
  • Bill Koziol, who hasn’t been able to attend a meeting for a while, confessed that April was a special month at his household: his birthday on the 4th, his daughter’s birthday on the 9th, and his wedding anniversary as well.

Happy and Sad Dollars

  • Herb Cole had some happy dollars for Alan Blavin, who, in keeping with the meeting’s evolving dental theme, spent a few hours earlier in the day in an Orinda dentist’s chair trying to have a tooth saved and at least managed to get out alive (but unable to attend the meeting). Herb was also happy to remember past travels in Russia.
  • Jim Young was happy about becoming Club President next week as EJ Shalaby is demoted to Past President.
  • Bill Koziol was happy to announce that he and his wife are expecting a second child later this year.
  • Sid Chauvin had happy memories of his past travels in Russia, from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 100-degree heat (except there were too few bars along the way).
  • Joe Bagley, looking spiffy in his nostalgic “Christmas in April” red shirt worn especially to honor work associated with the currently named “Rebuilding Together” non-profit organization, offered some confused but cheery dollars about trying to picture Herb and Sid on a boat together in Russia.
  • Don Lau gave up some happy dollars as he looks forward to an upcoming trip to Hawaii to visit with his parents, both of whom are in their 90’s.
  • Michael Winter was happy that his daughter has been selected to be cable television Executive Producer for the America’s Cup sailing event that is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • One of the Russian guests offered some happy dollars in honor of his “good friends” at Richmond Rotary.

Norm's Nonsense

One day, shortly after joining the PGA tour in 1965, Lee Trevino, a professional golfer and married man, was at his home in Dallas, Texas mowing his front lawn, as he always did.

A lady driving by in a big, shiny Cadillac stopped in front of his house, lowered the window and asked, "Excuse me, do you speak English?" Lee responded, "Yes Ma'am, I do." The lady then asked, "What do you charge to do yard work?" Lee said, "Well, the lady in this house lets me sleep with her."

The lady hurriedly put the car into gear and sped off.



A surprise visit from Russia: Now open wide!

Because of a last-minute schedule conflict, the speaker could not make it for the originally planned program about the community service non-profit organization called “Rebuilding Together” (formerly known as “Christmas in April”).

So Jim Young introduced our own Dan Tanita to talk to us about our Russian guests and their visit to the United States.

Dan explained that these “professional sharing” exchange visits have been taking place for several years and that Rotary Clubs around the country participate. About twelve years ago, Richmond Rotary, in conjunction with the El Sobrante and San Pablo Clubs, began a concerted effort to organize these periodic visits along the lines of what the San Francisco-based Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) started with Russia in the 1980’s.

Groups of Russian business people in various professions come to America for home-stay visits to learn about American business practices and to gather improvement ideas to possibly use back home. They also enjoy themselves while building goodwill and meaningful new friendships.

Dan mentioned that Rotary began in Russia in the late 1990’s. While none of our current guests are Rotarians, there’s hope they will help expand Rotary’s presence in Russia. For the benefit of our guests, Dan provided a nice overview through the tour-guide translator of Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do. (For a Four-Way refresher, click the “Purpose” tab at the top of this page.)

- Rotating Editor, Tom Waller