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Palos Verdes' Premier Service Club

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Service Before Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
MAIL: PO Box 296
Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90274
United States
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What is the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary? Simply stated, we are a group of engaged community leaders who work together to take action on local, regional and international projects that make a real difference. In reality, we are one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs of business and professional leaders throughout the world who are dedicated to the motto “Service Above Self”. Our club and global theme this year is “Light Up Rotary”, a theme that emphasizes our visibility, community engagement, projects, our Club and Rotary International Foundations and fun. That’s right – never ending fun.

Our club supports the Rotary International eradication of polio project (we are this close), and is involved at some level in the six areas of focus which include Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy and Economic and Community Development. This year we are planning to participate in a major District Project in Guatemala, a multi-club service project in Mexico, a continuing water project in Myanmar, and we are helping to host a Rotary exchange student in our own community. Our vibrant club meets at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on Fridays at noon. At each meeting we welcome guests to interact with featured speakers, and in honor of our speakers, we donate funds to purchase enough polio vaccine for 50 children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. And, once a month we take a break from Friday meetings and have a Wednesday Nite Live reception hosted by the club at unique locations throughout the South Bay.

We are very active locally. Our own Club Foundation provides need-based scholarships as well as a STEM scholarship to graduating seniors and Marymount California University college students on the peninsula and to the college-bound students from the Los Angeles Harbor Area Boys and Girls Club. This year the club is funding a new vocational grant which will enable a young woman graduate from Wilmington, California to enroll in a Cosmetology program locally. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Peninsula’s exemplary Educator of the Year Program, and via co-sponsorship of the annual Concours d”Elegance classic car show at Trump National Golf Course. We also clean Crenshaw Boulevard, hand out phone directories, donate binoculars to the Interpretive Center, sponsor programs at the Norris Theater, honor our local veterans, police, firemen and teachers, host with the Chamber of Commerce a Legislative Forum and engage in creative and fun-filled activities for our members and our community. Ethics is at the top of our agenda; more to come on this topic.

This year we are re-activating the Interact Club at Rolling Hills Prep School as well as increasing our support for the Chadwick School club and the new club at Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea, and our continuing work with Interactors at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. A recent development for our club and community is the election of one our members and Past President, Mr. Greg O’Brien, to the exalted position of future District 5280 Governor.  Come join Greg and all the members of our growing club; although membership is by invitation, come and learn why PVP Rotary is the most trusted name in community service. Come and have fun with some impressive community members who value service to others.

Dr. James Hartman, President
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
 Mr. Alan Colman
Palos Verdes Peninsula Club Foundation

 

 

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Palos Verdes 2014: On a beautiful April morning residents of Palos Verdes Peninsula and surrounding areas gathered at the Palos Verdes Interpretive Center to celebrate the annual Whale of Day festivities. As part of the crowd were many PVP Rotary members. They were there to witness the unveiling and dedication of a set of binoculars now permanently installed on the property's ocean-side patio. 
 
 
 

Songdo

This year our club has emphasized international themes, including tribute luncheons to the Asian and Middle Eastern business and professional communities when we heard current Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jeannie D’Agostino describe her experiences with Rotary in Lebanon, and Michelle Park Steel tell of growing up in Korea and Japan. 

Among our guests have been J.T. Warring, founder of the Myanmar Orphanages Water Systems Project, for which our club contributed $2,500. Current project chair Reiko Sakata joined us weeks later at our Asian luncheon. Both are members of L.A. 5. 

This year we also launched our multifaceted Bridges to Songdo Project, of which the chartering of Chadwick Interact was the first formalized step. Our global outlook has inspired Chadwick’s Interactors, who are planning a service project in Korea in March.

 
 
 

Speakers

Nov 28, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
Chadwick Village Singers and PV Interact Clubs
Holiday Music and "Wear Your Best Holiday Sweater"
Dec 14, 2014
HOLIDAY PARTY
Sunday at Rolling Hills Country Club
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
Jan 02, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
Carol Holmes
Emergency Preparedness
Jan 21, 2015
Wednesday Night Live
Toyota Museum - 6:00 PM
Jan 30, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
Palos Verdes Young Entrepeneurs
Innovative Business Ideas
Mar 18, 2015
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE
Palos Verdes Golf Club - 6:00 PM
Mar 20, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
Manny Pacheco - Radio Personality
The Forgotten Hollywood
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE
PV Interpretive Center
Apr 24, 2015
May 01, 2015
May 20, 2015
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE
Trump National Golf Club - 6:00 PM
 

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The Big Picture

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