Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset

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President Elect
Program Chair
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Song Master
Community Service
Literacy Chair
Vocational Service - Co-Chair
Vocational Service - Co-Chair
International Service
Youth Service
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Immediate Past President
Club Foundation Chair
Chamber Liaison
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Past District Governor
Past District Governor


Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria, he became infected with the poliovirus. Paralyzed from the waist down, he was sent home in the arms of his mother. He credits his physical rehabilitation to a harsh form of therapy – the taunts of the other...
Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory.  Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to...
Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for the empty space on my left ring finger -- a place that, even now, I sometimes touch and worry where my ring has gone. I removed my wedding band on the one-year anniversary of my marriage, eight months after my husband, Miles, was killed in...
Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran
Iranian-born journalist Ali Reza Eshraghi, 35, is the Iran project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as an editor at several Tehran newspapers – all of which were eventually banned or shut down by the government – he became a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and met Pate Thomson and Mary Alice Rathbun, of the Rotary Club of Berkeley. In 2012, he completed his studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary...
Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides
A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions. In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit. Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They...

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Welcome to our Club!

A 100% Paul Harris Club
Home of Past District Governor Lew Bertrand 2012-2013
Home of Past District Governor David Moyers 2007-2008

Awarded: Club of Excellence 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010

Palos Verdes Sunset

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
The Original Red Onion
736 Silver Spur Rd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA  90274
United States
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Project Amigo, in the state of Colima, Mexico, is a Rotarian program to promote education for the children of migratory workers there, in cooperation with a local Rotary Club.  The parents work very hard cutting sugarcane in the fields, and many don’t speak Spanish, still using their native dialect.  The children often live too far from schools or have to help in the fields.  This lack of opportunity perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
8 members of our Club visited there for 1 week to see our Project in action: Jerry and Sandy Farrell, Varda Lancaster, Chuck and Marylyn Klaus, Roger Schamp, and Jacques and Astrid Naviaux.  They took turns describing their interesting experiences there.  Chuck presented a series of photos of the people, housing and living conditions in the farm villages.  The scenery is beautiful, but living conditions are very rudimentary by our standards.
Some of our Club members sponsor individual children in school (for books, school uniforms and other educational expenses), and some have given them college scholarships after they finish high school.  About 30 of these students have graduated from college.  One of them became the mayor of a town, and another is almost finished with law school.  They are working very hard on their educational goals, and their maturation and accomplishments are inspiring.  They are becoming productive adults, showing that the way out of poverty is education.
Before returning home, our group also visited the capital city of Colima, population 130,000, founded in 1523.  Finally, they visited Tlaquepaque in the Guadalajara area.

The 4 Marymount Rotaract students who will compete in the 2-District Ethics Form on April 5 gave us a practice presentation.  They discussed the ethics of Organ Transplantation in relation to the Rotary 4-Way Test.  Victoria Perez spoke on Truth, Jazmyn Cano spoke on Fairness, Angelina Gorbaseva spoke on Goodwill and Better Friendships, and Fray Reyes spoke on Beneficial effects.
Organ transplantation is a prime example of how new technology has changed many aspects of medical services and introduced new ethical dilemmas.  Transplantable organs now include kidneys, liver, heart, lungs and pancreas, as well as tissues such as corneas, skin and heart valves.  Organ donors may be living volunteers, brain dead, or dead by circulatory death.
Transplantation raises many bioethical issues, such as the definition of death, how and when to obtain consent for removing an organ for transplant, and whether to allow payment for organs for transplantation.  Other ethical issues include transplantation tourism, social and economic pressure to donate organs, and organ trafficking.  These practices could violate human rights or exploit the poor (such as selling a kidney to support a family), cause unintended health consequences, and provide unequal access to services based on socioeconomic status.
There is concern that demand for the supply of organs may conflict with respect for the right to life, as opposed to allowing a “mutually beneficial” transaction between 2 consenting adults under fully-informed consent.  There are controversies on the boundary between life and death, and when to stop end-of-life care and start harvesting organs before they deteriorate.
In addition, there are many more patients on the recipient waiting list than there are willing and medically suitable donors.  Donors must be a close enough tissue-match to the recipient to reduce the chance of organ rejection, which would result in loss of the organ and the need for urgent surgical removal and replacement with another donated organ (if available).
Our Marymount Rotaractor Team will compete at the 2-District Ethics Forum at Loyola Marymount University on April 5 at 8 AM.

Mehdi began with a video on the origins and history of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.  Nowruz (“New Day”) occurs on the spring Equinox or first day of spring (about March 21), at the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length.  Nowruz was the major holiday in the ancient monotheistic Zoroastrian religion of Persia (today’s Iran).  It was formalized in the Persian Achaemenid era (550-330 BC, between the times of the Babylonian Empire and the Greek empire of Alexander the Great.
Zoroastrian traditions spread throughout much of central Asia including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Kurdish areas, and to Albania, and continues in some Muslim sects including Sufis, Alawites and Ismailis, as well as with Bahá'ís in northern Israel.  Some of these traditions including Nowruz still continue in Iran, in spite of the introduction of Islam in 650 AD and the 1979 Iranian Revolution which considered it pagan.  Ancient Persian astronomers were the most accurate in the world, predicting eclipses and planetary movements at least a year ahead of time, and they gave us many of the astronomical terms used today.  (The “Wise Men” who followed the “Star of Bethlehem” in the Christian New Testament [Matthew 2: 1-12] were Zoroastrian priests from the Persian culture.)
Fires are built on Nowruz Eve, and people jump over them for symbolic cleansing for the New Year.  Nowruz traditions also include traditional dances and having a special table spread with a decorated tablecloth, symbolic flowers, fruit, and various foods and spices (like a Persian “Seder”).  Mehdi and his wife, Behnaz, prepared a sample table display and explained the food items (which we sampled later), traditionally consisting of 7 items that begin with the letter “S” in the Farsi language:
  • Sabzeh (lentil sprouts that grow in a dish, symbolizing rebirth),
  • Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat, symbolizing affluence),
  • Senjed (dried fruit of the oleaster tree [wild olive], symbolizing love),
  • Seer (garlic, symbolizing medicine),
  • Seeb (apple, symbolizing health and beauty),
  • Somaq (sumac berries, symbolizing the color of the sunrise),
  • Serkeh (vinegar, symbolizing age and patience).
Eggs may be decorated for good luck and fertility.  There may also be a goldfish in a bowl (for new beginnings), and a mirror (to look at your reflection)

Jessica Farris is Policy and Advocacy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she works on areas such as privacy/surveillance and criminal justice reform.  She graduated from Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania), has a Masters degree from University College Dublin, and graduated from Drexel Law School.  She has previously done pro bono legal work for Innocence Matters, for the Philadelphia Senior Law Center, and for the Drexel Haiti Justice Project for the Haitian population infected with cholera by UN forces stationed there after the major earthquake.
President-Elect Roger Schamp (wearing his new red Rotary shirt) outlined the main themes of his recent President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) for the 6 Districts in Southern California and Nevada.  The 3-day budget at the Marriott Hotel was $300,000.  The plenary speakers presented a large amount of information which Roger is still trying to assimilate.  He is planning for the next Rotary year 2014-15 and has e-mailed a survey to our Club’s membership, which he wants us each to write in our preferences and return to him at
Rotary leaders want us to recognize both individuals and Clubs for outstanding service.  As an example of service recognition, the recent Outstanding Service Award to our Club by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce was for our Club’s community service over the preceding year.
Our Club member Wes Bradford is a Family Physician and Functional Medicine consultant in Torrance (, and is a member of the Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He has participated in Rotarian Polio-Corrective Surgery Projects in Uganda and India.
Health problems can be caused by diet, soil mineral depletion, toxic contamination, and differing needs (genetic, environmental, stress, lifestyle and medical differences).  However, focused nutritional changes can help a variety of chronic health conditions.  Avoid wasting money on nutritional junk, and know which nutritional interventions can help.
We rode the Club bus from Peninsula Center to the Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown in Los Angeles, wearing red and enjoying wine en route served by Astrid & Jacques Naviaux.
We arrived to a 10-course Chinese banquet to celebrate the 4712 Year of the Wood Horse, and were escorted to our tables, directed by Angi Ma Wong and assisted by Jennifer Kain and Astrid & Jacques Naviaux.  There were New Year gifts for everyone at each place setting.
(Every 12th year of the Chinese Zodiac is a Horse, and every 5th year is Wood, so this cycle repeats every 60 years.  The Horse is hard-working, independent, intelligent, friendly, good with the hands [or hooves?], and enjoys entertainment and large crowds.)
We were treated to the magic tricks of David Chen (a Hollywood Magic Castle member), who made doves come out of objects in his hands.  The birds were remarkably well-behaved and harmonious, not flying about marking the dinner plates.  Then 2 Dragon-Dance teams accompanied by drum & gongs came dancing out among the tables breathing their fiery breath and swallowing monetary tips passed to their mouths (their tongues inside looked remarkably like human hands).  A Kung Fu demonstration/dance intimidated any remaining evil spirits lurking about (firecrackers were not allowed inside the restaurant).
We enjoyed talking with other District Rotarians and our many guests, and returned home to begin a successful New Year of the Horse.

Marylyn and Chuck Klaus had gone to a fundraiser in Long Beach and bid on a trip to Cuba for 2.  Surprisingly, they won, and recently enjoyed their trip there.  The trip leader, who was born in Cuba, frequently takes groups of visitors there from the US.  They began their tour in Havana, known for its “bars, old cars and guitars”.  They exhibited their Cuban tourist attire including beret hats and a Ché Guevara T-shirt.  Chuck held a Cuban hand-rolled cigar (he didn’t light it, so as not to trigger smoke alarms & building evacuation), and Marilyn showed a beer-can camera (art from necessity).  They showed many slide photos of the people, art, street scenes and old buildings, mostly in Havana, and the home/museum of Ernest Hemingway.
Susan Brooks (not our past local mayor!) lives in Torrance and has been active in the Solar Cooker Project.  She discussed what this has to do with genocide.
Jewish World Watch was founded in 2004 by Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom, a Conservative congregation in Encino, out of concern for ongoing areas of genocide in the world today.  After the end of the Nazi era in 1945, many people pledged, “Never again!”  How can we then stand idly by today when millions of (non-Jewish) people are being threatened with genocide because of their ethnicity?
I’Nella, the Outreach Coordinator for the Molina Foundation, reviewed her organization’s history.  The first Molina medical clinic was founded by the late Dr C David Molina, to help uninsured, non-English speaking and low income patients.  It now has clinics in 16 states.
The Foundation was founded in 2004 by Martha Molina Bernadett, MD, MBA (now a Paul Harris Fellow), after she noted that children in her waiting room wanted to take some of the children’s books home to read.  The Foundation’s Mission is to reduce disparities in access to education and health by the underserved.  Illiteracy is viewed as a health risk.
Roger Schamp introduced the story of Fred Korematsu and then showed a video of his life story, which won 2 Emmy Awards.
Fred Korematsu (1919–2005) was one of many Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove everyone of Japanese ancestry from designated “military areas” near the West Coast (where it was feared they would aid the enemy in case of invasion) and place them in internment camps inland.

Astrid Naviaux reviewed the status of planning for our fundraiser Sun, June 29, 2-5 PM, at the Norris Pavilion.  Instead of “Festival Del Corazon”, they are planning to rename the event “Chairs for Charity”, because it will feature chairs chosen and decorated in any style by local student artists from the Art Departments of Palos Verdes and Peninsula High Schools, Chadwick School, and Marymount California University.  Prizes will be given for the best chairs, and then the chairs will be auctioned.  Palos Verdes High School will provide its Jazz Combo for musical entertainment.  Tickets will be $75, including hors d’oeuvres (provided by Jeff Earle) and wine.  Recruit some sponsors.  Come, and bring others.

Dance Contestants: Rie Fukushima, Michelle May, Alexa Rogalski, Rose Knight, Mara Conway, and Morah Geist
The Winners: Michelle May (First Prize) & Rose Knight (Second Prize)
(Shown here are Alejandro Luk Haezaert-Caraveo, Robyn Weinstein, Lt Chris Golden, and Greg O'Brien)
Greg O'Brien, Past President of Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club and District Governor Nominee for 2016-17, briefly discussed the Future Visions Project in Rotary, with changes including Vocational Training Teams who will go to areas of Rotary focus.  He introduced 3 of the 5 Peace and Conflict Resolution team members who attended Rotary’s Istanbul Peace Conference in September and October 2013.  On their return, they submitted a written report to our District, and are speaking to Rotary Clubs here.
Our members and guests met in the Warner Grand Annex at 6 PM for our “Citizen of the Year” recognition of Jeff Earle.  We began with “Heavy Hors d’Ouvres” served by 3 of Jeff Earle’s Red Onion crew, and we were lubricated by the bar services of Jerry Farrell & Jackie Crowley.
Then, Master of Ceremonies Don Reeves began the formal program with introductions of honored guests.  Introducing our Citizen of the Year, he spoke of Jeff Earle’s family restaurant business begun 50 years ago, and his early political career (less successful than his outstanding restaurant management).  Jeff has contributed his time and resources to many local community activities over the years as well as helping to found a medical clinic with ambulance in the Colima area of rural Mexico where many of his loyal employees came from.  Jeff started and ran the Cub Scout Pack at the Harbor Hills housing complex for 11 years.  He was also President of our PV Sunset Rotary Club, and helped organize and promote a very successful Cinco de Mayo Rotary fundraiser for the Mexico programs.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club President Suzy Zimmerman opened the meeting and introduced the guests of the 4 Clubs.
Then the Presidents of the 4 Clubs briefly reviewed their Clubs’ service projects.
The Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner at the Terranea Resort on Friday, Oct 11, recognized the PV Sunset and PV Peninsula Rotary Clubs as the Service Organizations of the Year.  Our Club had 3 tables.  Our President, Sandy Farrell, was presented with our Club recognition certificate by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi.  We received proclamations of recognition by several local and state government organizations (see photo).  (NOTE: We will be dark next week, Oct 22 to help subsidize our members attending this event without impacting our budget.)


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Scar
    April 16
  • Charles (Chuck) Klaus
    April 23
  • Susan (Sue) Tyree
    April 23
  • PDG David G. Moyers DRFC
    April 24
  • Jerald Farrell
    April 25
  • A. Lawrence (Larry) Andrews
    April 26
  • Wes Bradford
    April 20
  • Betty Reider
    Jack Reider
    April 25
Join Date:
  • Charles (Chuck) Klaus
    April 8, 2008
    6 years
  • Tom Cooper
    April 19, 2011
    3 years
  • Christian Maeder
    April 22, 2008
    6 years
  • Madelyn Creighton
    April 24, 2001
    13 years
  • Michael Brophy, Ph.D.
    April 24, 2007
    7 years
  • Mehdi Bozorgzad
    April 29, 2003
    11 years
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