The Flywheel

Meeting of July 20th

Green Power for Richmond

City Council Member and Past President Tom Butt will describe the just announced City of Richmond proposal to purchase “green power’ from the Marin Energy Authority.

Tom will describe the history of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), the Marin Energy Authority (MEA) and Richmond’s recent entry into the MEA.

Meeting of Friday, July 13th

Welcome, Invocation, Thought for the Day

On an overcast and gloomy Bay Area day, we were all lucky to be called to order on this Friday the 13th by Prez Jim Young. Felix Hunziker had the privilege of leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Herb Cole offered a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice. Henry Kelman had a personal Thought for the Day since it was his 62nd birthday…more on that later!

Visiting Rotarians

Our guest speaker John Stevens is a member of the Berkeley Club.

Rotarians with Guests

Birthday guy had as his guest…no stranger to the Club Brother Joe Kelman.


    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Rotary Conference

    Nov. 2-4, 2012

    Meritage Resort Hotel
    Napa Valley
    Learn more.

  • Governor Laura Day will be hosting the District Conference November 2-4 in Napa. To learn more, follow link on right.
  • Prez Jim had this year’s Rotary pin “Peace through Service” as his gift to all members.
  • Rotary Club Annual dues are due to Treasurer David Brown. Cash, check or Paypal will all work. Please do so by July 31!
  • Membership Chair Josh Surowitz reminded all of the upcoming Mixer on July 18 at the Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany. A show of hands indicated there will be quite a crowd so come early and drink often.
  • Herb Cole was happy to report that Jon Lawlis (who?) will be back in town next week and the new Rotary Directory should be out by the end of next week.
  • Pub Crawl participants were reminded to let Bill Koziol know when you are available.


Your Scribe was happy to do the Recognitions which included: Felix Hunziker who celebrated his 11th Anniversary with Audrey and a rousing round of Happy Birthday for our Birthday guy Henry Kelman who was happy to be at Rotary with his friends and looking forward to his kids taking him out to dinner to celebrate.

Happy and Sad Dollars

Hank Covell was sad to be leaving early but happy to be playing poker with John Nicol in the afternoon and Hank was happy to report he will be playing poker soon with Dave Calfee in Meadow Vista. Watch your wallet Hank. David Brown produced his pilot permit which is the first step to flying solo.  Felix was happy to report that his mother was doing well and his designation as “arch Libertarian” David Keystone was happy he made it to Rotary after a near miss on Highway 80 on the way to the meeting. Herb was happy to report that although Alan Blavins might have thought he was paying is dues … he was actually making a $200 contribution to the Foundation…your dues are still due Alan! Herb also praised the food at RCC. Sid Chauvan was happy that his (younger?? Ha ha) sister was celebrating her 88th birthday on the 13th. Jim Young was happy to report that wife Linda had her good health confirmed. Joe Bagley was reminded that today would have been his father’s 93rd birthday and he always love the number 13. Guilt-ridden Josh Surowitz made a contribution in honor of his mother’s birthday also on the 13th who was celebrating in Detroit.

Norm's Nonsense

Observing a light across the water, the captain had his signalman instruct the other vessel to change her course ten degrees south.
The response was prompt: "Change your course ten degrees north."
"I am a captain," he responded testily. "Change your course ten degrees south.
The reply: "I am a seaman first class—change your course ten degrees north."
The captain was furious. "Change your course now. I'm on a battleship."
"Change your course ten degrees north, Sir— I'm in a lighthouse."


Rebuilding Together

Prez Jim introduced our guest speaker Berkeley Rotarian and Executive Director of Rebuilding Together, John Stevens.

John offered some Happy Dollars to the pot to celebrate his 4th Anniversary as ED and for the fact that he recently closed on the purchase of a home. Rebuilding Together is a program similar to Christmas in April which our Rotary Club last participated in 2003. The organization started in Texas in 1986 and has since gone national. Rebuilding Together targets community facilities in need of repair and individual owner occupied homes of the disabled and elderly who are also low income. They like to “change a neighborhood” working on more than one home in a neighborhood.

John highlighted the MLK Day 2012 project that happened in Richmond’s Iron Triangle. The 200 volunteers worked on installing ramps, electrical boxes, building fences, starting a community garden, and house painting. John had high praise for the support and cooperation he received from the City of Richmond. John welcome anyone who would like to volunteer on one of his projects or who might want to join his Board. Thanks for the good work you are doing, John.

-The Menehune
Substitute Rotating Editor