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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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Club Leadership
President Elect
Past President
Director of Fun
Program Chair
District Liason
Community Service
Vocational Service
Educator of the Year
International Chair
RI Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
La Rotacion Editor
Sergeant at Arms
Sergeant at Arms

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 person tograduate from Wilmington, California to enroll in a vocational 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 Los Verdes 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.

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 District 5280 Governor Elect.  Come join us for lunch at our growing club; although membership is by invitation, you don't need to be a member to 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.

Les Fishman, President

Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club



Home Page Stories
You’re always welcome at Norris Pavilion!
Like a ship without a port, our rotary crew members found sanctuary in the safe harbor of Norris Pavilion for our Friday meeting.  There must have been a 50 year storm brewing at the Country Club causing us to tack to the welcoming arms of Richard Moe and our Norris hosts.  We thank them for their hospitality!
The change of venue was refreshing.  The experience was enhanced by the cheerful greeting of Jack Goldberg.  By the way, no worry of suffering through sea rations, everyone ate like captains.  Speaking of captains, ours was AWOL.  Thankfully, our incoming captain Lynne Neuman dutifully assumed command and expertly guided us through the rough waters.
The meeting was kicked off by Chris Leach with an inspirational invocation focusing on Rotary’s four-way test.  Henry Lee focused us on our patriotic duty with the Pledge of Allegiance.  And I tried to bring it home with a rendition of God Bless America.
With the notable exception of Rick Moe , we were light on visitors but Julia Parton made everyone feel right at home.  That is – until we got to the welcome song.  Fortunately Mark Mazorow did all he could to help keep us off the rocks!
There were numerous announcements, but the highlights are as follows:
  1.  Buy your District Raffle tickets before the 1st week of October.
  2. Try to attend the next District breakfast 10/11/16.  Five time Olympic medalist Janet Evans will be speaking.  Cost is $35.
  3. PV Peninsula Village has a lecture on “What is the Upside of Aging” 10/13/16.
  4. The Candidates Forum (jointly with PV Chamber) is 10/8/16.  Registration is at 11:30am with the meeting beginning at 11:45.
  5. Harry Kitter proudly announced that we are to nearly $40k in sponsorships for the Educator of the year award.  Excellent job “Past Captain Kitter”!
In polio news, Lynne informed us that sadly there were three new polio cases in Nigeria and one in Pakistan.  We’re making progress but we are still “this” close!
Before a mutiny could break out, Captain Lynn wisely diverted everyone’s attention to the revered raffle.  To add to the excitement three winners were picked – John Cameron; Greg O’Brien & Jackie Ignon.
Finally, we made it to the afternoon’s highlight – CRAFT TALKS!
Lynn Kim kicked things off with some very personal insights into her life. 
Lynn was raised by a single mother with her formative years (age 4 onward) in Lunada Bay.  In looking back at her own resolve she attributes it primarily to her mom’s “Grit and perseverance, which helped Lynn learn to stay so focused”.  As a result, Lynn has been an overachiever in the Real Estate world at Keller Williams.  That focused drive didn’t just materialize in her career, Lynn was a competitive Ice Skater and plans to inspire her 3 year old daughter to follow in her skates.  In addition to a young daughter Lynn also has a son who just entered kindergarten.  Lynn had not lived in PV since College so one of her primary goals was to return with her family back to Lunada Bay, which she achieved this year!  In a period of introspection, Lynn told us of a hair-raising episode when she was four years old and a woman briefly kidnapped her away from her mom in their family car for five minutes before dumping her off and stealing the car.  Her mom’s determination, struggling to get back into the vehicle and then chasing the assailant down the road, left an indelible impression.
Our second talk came from Dr. Sahar Lashin. 
Dr. Lashin was born and raised in Egypt.  Her early education was incredibly rigid as one might expect when being instructed by nuns.  At the age of 16 Dr. Lashin began as a first year Medical Student.  She had the “Desire to effectively change lives”.  She worked incredibly hard to earn her medical degree and became a faculty member at Cairo University.  After her Residency, Sahar Joined Rotaract in Egypt.  This helped her to gain access to Rotary VIP’s allowing her to bypass much of the typical Bureaucracy so that she could better give aid to those in need.   Dr Lashin received her Master’s degree and PHD before coming to the United States.  She is now a Primary Care Physician specializing in internal Medicine with an interest in gastrointestinal cures.
I am always amazed and humbled by talents of our club members! 

Polio this week  as of  7 September  2016
In Nigeria, one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case has been reported, from Borno state, following confirmation of two cases in August.  Regional outbreak response across north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad sub-region is continuing within the broader humanitarian emergency context. Detection of new cases at this point is not unexpected or unusual, particularly as surveillance is being strengthened (including by conducting retrospective acute flaccid paralysis case searches).
The polio outbreak has been declared a national public health emergency by the Government of Nigeria and a regional public health emergency by the Governments of the Lake Chad sub-region, to ensure all-of- government, all-of-society approaches to the outbreak response
Afghanistan: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 8 August, from Kabul. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains eight.
Pakistan: One new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week, from South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), with onset of paralysis on 27 July. It is the most recent case in the country, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 to 14.

Rotary Meeting of August 12, 2016 – Reporter Paul Rubincam
President Allen Bond rang the opening bell at 12:30.  The invocation was by Bruce Attig, the pledge leader was Ron Ellis, the patriotic song by Les Fishman, the guest introduction by new member Jen Sullivan and the welcome song by Matt Kang.   There were a number of guests, among them Ralph Black (a Sunset Rotarian), Alec Tuckman, guest of Pres Bond, Arlene Kruger, Ann Sidler (wife of Derald) and David Hadley from the California Legislature.
Next came an auction of a large bottle of really good, old wine donated by its care takers John Cameron and Gary Tossell.  Purchased in1988, it was a Pinot Noir and went – to the Sidlers – for over $300.  Then Kjel Hellberg reported on the fact that our club had 40 members in attendance at the recent District Governors Breakfast.  Shel thanked the members who were there and highlighted that our own John Schuricht provided music at the meeting.  Prez Bond then reported on several upcoming items, including the picnic, the cardboard boat race and the fund raiser on the USS IOWA coming up October 22nd.  Next for the regular raffle for the door prize was won this day by John Cameron and Allan Colman.  Wednesday Night live will be at the Ragin’ restaurant on PC Highway near the Walgreen in Redondo Beach.  Inga Liden reminded us of the visiting Swedes Sponsored by the San Pedro Rotary on September 18th.  Prez Bond pointed out that the fight to eradicate polio is ahead of last year, as only 22 new cases have occurred this year to date.  Guest David Hadley presented Derald Sidler with a plaque congratulating the recent retiree, Derald Sidler on his illustrious career and many contributions to local causes.
Our speaker today was Kristi Fera, the outreach and education officer of the Marine Mammal Care Center, housed in Fort McArthur.  This charitable effort was established shortly after the sale of Marineland in 1987, primarily to fill in the function that Marineland had previously provided for the rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals in our South Coast area. 
The workers in this group do not go onto the beaches nor do they “rescue” animals in trouble, but they are equipped to rehabilitate those that are brought to them for Care.  They are mainly elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals and some “fur”seals.  She described the reasons for their illnesses and injuries, including Natural Events and human and she went over the way their Care Center can do what they need to do to get these creatures cured and back in the water.  What folks like us can do is learn about their needs and hopefully contribute items needed to feed them.  The primary problem seems to be that there are not enough fish to feed the baby mammals, so contributions most needed are food items that can be fed to the creatures.

It was a glorious summer Friday at the Palos Verdes Country Club when a rabbi, a priest and a minister walked thru the double doorway into the elegant meeting room to be greeted in his ESL best by Kjell Hellberg. With no help needed from these distinguished men of the cloth, Harry Kitter gave an inspired invocation, eliciting handclapping and cheers for a job well done. Derald Sidler led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Greg Sparkman's interpretation of our patriotic song.
It went so well, four Rotarians were seen leaving the room to enlist in the Marines. Was Greg O'Brien among them? No - we need him for District Governor this year!
Guest introductions were made by Jim Hartman followed by the Welcome song led by Matt Kang. This was followed by the usual "yatta...yatta...yatta" before everyone settled down to devour the pea soup and fish. President Alan Bond spoke over the masticating to mention his goal of 100% Paul Harris participation of our club.
A new member, Dr. Sahar Lashin was sworn in with the appropriate ceremony by Governor O'Brien - already earning his stipend.
 The ceremony did not last too long, because a much more important part of the program was waiting at the front table in the form of little pink chads resting casually in a bowl waiting to be two of the 'chosen'. One of the 'chosen' chose 'red' and landed in the arms of Jim Morgan. The chosen 'white' was taken home lovingly by an anonymous Rotarian because your reporter was doing something else at that moment.
At last the highlight of the afternoon approached. The tireless Julia Parton introduced our speaker, Wei Houng, who left the podium and placed himself in the middle of the Rotary audience. His topic?  "Money Anxiety". His format was a give and take with the audience. Boy, is there money anxiety on the hill!!!  In summary, it is almost a do-it-yourself exercise. We have the questions you need to answer to rid yourself of this problem. Wei Houng was well received by the audience.
There was a look of 'anxiety-gone' when the meeting was adjourned.
The rabbi, the priest and the minister? They left early. It seems that they were looking for the Kiwanis meeting. They understand their jokes!

Reporter — Greg “Cubby” Sparkman
Chop Chop Chong Takes a Whack at Membership
Amiably munching meat balls and chatting with Robert Gulcher, little did I know that I was sharing the table with the man who had single-handedly decimated the membership at the LA5 Rotary Club. As President of the Los Angeles “Super” Club, Ken Chong decided that Rotary was such a special organization that it required only special members. By his own account, Mr. Chong was responsible for culling approximately 300 individuals from the LA5 roster; a greater loss of members than all other District 5280 clubs combined in that year. It is not without a small bit of irony that Ken “Chop Chop” Chong is now the District’s Senior Assistant Governor…for Membership!
As our guest speaker last Friday, Mr. Chong related the stories of his start with Rotary (rejection by the Santa Monica club), his joining the LA5 club (where he was woo’d, won and forgotten), his rise to Presidency of that club and subsequent membership reduction, to his enlightenment to the keys of gaining and keeping new club members.
The question to be asked is, “What is the value proposition of our Rotary Club?” Mr. Chong argues that in this time of easy communication that it is a simple matter for individuals to find ways to serve the community without being a full time member of organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, etc. As a club we have to provide something beyond the opportunity to serve. In Mr. Chong’s experience at LA5 it was a strong and significant scholarship program in Central Los Angeles. The ability to demonstrably affect the lives of so many young people enabled that club to attract a number of new members that wanted to be a part of that objective. Getting new members involved in the process solidified their desire to stay active members in the club.

Mr. Chong asks us to identify our value proposition and leverage it to attract and retain new members. Our club has a strong scholarship program and a celebration of educational professionals. Our club also has a very strong social atmosphere and camaraderie. What do you see as our club’s value? Why are you here? How do we solidify this into a tangible reason for membership? Good questions, huh? Mr. Chong’s message was to think about this.
So, how did this great meeting begin? President Bond… Allen Bond rang the bell at 12:15 p.m. and promptly invited Henry “He’s Got Seoul” Lee to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
This was followed by the invocation presented by Chris “He’s Got Heart” Leach.
The the pièce de résistance of the opening act was the patriotic song led by Kjell “No Solo” Hellberg, accompanied by Norton Donner, Chris Stillians, Greg Sparkman, and our pianist, John Schuricht.
And then we ate.
Following a great lunch, Inga “Hostess with the Mostess” Liden introduced our guests who included Senior Assistant Governor (SAG) Karen Greenberg and Jennifer Smith, a guest of James Morgan.
The rousing and famous PVP Welcome Song was led by our very own Hang Up “Ima Full” Moon.
Kjell gave us an update on his wonderful wife, Cheryl, and thanked everyone for the cards sent in support. She’s is doing well and almost back to 100%. Great news! Julia “Wonder Woman” Parton reminded those signed up for the District Breakfast, which have taken place by the time you read this, to meet for carpooling. We have (had? Ooo…time travel) 40 members attending to support our District Governor, Greg O’Brien, at his first District-wide event. John “Numbers” Cameron noted that our club bank accounts were moving to Premier Bank of Palos Verdes.

President Allen followed up with a few remarks beginning with a big Thank You to our two Sargent at Arms, Henry “The Chemist” Ott and Jack “Sampson” Goldberg. He went on to announce this year’s District Picnic to be held at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. We are looking for Cardboard Boat Racers. If interested, contact Allen soon.
And if you’ve read this far, congratulations, because you are now invited to Wednesday Night Live this August 17th at Rajun Cajun restaurant on PCH. Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m. These are always fun offsite meetings, so don’t miss it!
See you all on Friday where we will do it all again.

Special “just the facts edition”
Sergeants at and Greeters: Henry Ott
                                             Jack Goldberg
Invocation: Jim Hartman
Pledge: John Stillo
Patriotic Song: Keith Deisenroth & Juliet De Moss
Guest Introductions: Inga Linden
Guests: Bruno Santini; Aura Platz; Dr. Sahar Lashin
Guest Rotarians: Volker Schaferbarthuld- Germany
                            Ingrid Hempell- Concord, CA.

Raffle winners: Virginia Butler & Jim Hartman (ticket numbers 5508 & 5496 if you’re playing at home)
News and announcements:
  • District breakfast August 9th
  • Collection taken for school supplies
  • Submit articles/news/upcoming events for inclusion in La Rotacian to Harry Kitter via
  • Sponsorships are still available for the Educator of the Year event, THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DONORS, if you would like to sponsor or know a potential sponsor contact Harry Kitter, Bruce Attig, Lynne Neumann or Keith Deisenroth
  • District Governor and club member Greg O’Brien was presented with a signed commemorative poster designed by Greg Sparkman as President Allen Bond unfurled the official Distrcit Governor’s Club banner. Greg’s district motto is “Imagine Rotary”.
  • Christine Barnicki will edit the district newsletter
  • Shout out to Linda Elliott for hosting a PDG event at her home.
    Our Keynote Speaker: Joel Boucher “Stop Hunger Now”
    Mr. Boucher explained how the organization started, how its implements, who packs the food (volunteer groups organized in packing parties). Food is highly nutritious dehydrates comprised of rice, soy, vegetables with essential vitamins and minerals. Food lasts up to 2 years, one meal costs only 29 cents. Just add water!

Annual Holiday Party
Dec 11, 2016
Los Verdes Golf Club
John Shuricht's Band
Dec 16, 2016
Christmas Musical Program
Dec 23, 2016
Christmas December 25
Dec 30, 2016
New Year's weekend
Jeff Barnes
Jan 06, 2017
The Wisdom of Walt Disney
Club Assembly
Jan 13, 2017
Richard Chase, Ph.D. USC School of Business
Jan 20, 2017
Management Skills
Jan 27, 2017
Bob Rothman
Feb 03, 2017
Interfaith Community Speaker
Scott Willoughby, Project Manager
Mar 03, 2017
James Webb Telescope
Donald "Joe" Cocke
Mar 10, 2017
Fossils found in Palos Verdes
Lance Miller
Mar 17, 2017
World Champion Speaker
Eric Munoz
Mar 31, 2017
Calerpa Conquest


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