Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Program Chair
Club Service
Song Master
Community Service
Literacy Chair
Vocational Service - Co-Chair
Vocational Service - Co-Chair
International Service
Youth Service
Youth Exchange
Immediate Past President
Club Foundation Chair
Chamber Liaison
Project Ego
Public Relations
Bulletin Editor
Social Media Communications
Past District Governor
Past District Governor


Rotary member sacrifices record deal for disaster relief
On September 11, 2001, Todd Shea found himself running toward ground zero. He had no business being there. A singer-songwriter with a record deal, Shea should have been prepping for a gig at CBGB, one of New York City's most iconic venues. Instead he was using his band's van to bring food, water, and supplies to first responders. After five grueling days amid the rubble of the Twin Towers, Shea decided to sacrifice his musical career, and dedicate his life to disaster relief. "Seeing the suffering in New York opened my eyes to what other people around the world are going through every day,"...
Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so-called curbside classrooms for waste pickers in Cambodia. "Education is the key to getting human beings out of poverty," says Ajmera, whose studies at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai were sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake in...
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...

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Club Information

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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In 2009, Echo Lee saw a TV program called CNN Heroes, about a Singapore Airline pilot, Budi Soehardi, who had seen abandoned children in the streets after the 1999 conflict when East Timor broke away from Indonesia.  He began sending food and medical supplies to the refugee camps.  In 2002, he started the Roslin Orphanage with his wife, funded by his own salary, to take care of some of these children.  Since then, they have raised about 150 children and have 5 full-time staff members.
Echo Lee occasionally checked their website, where they had blogs from visitors from all over the world.  She decided to visit the orphanage on one of her business trips to China.  She showed us a video of about 60 of these children during her visit.  She interviewed a few of the older ones who could speak English, to learn more about their variety of backgrounds and family circumstances.  (Echo was shown on their website.)
She arrived at lunch time and saw them eating and cleaning up afterward, then singing songs.  She saw the kitchen, the library, the shower room, and the sleeping areas, where babies and small children share some beds while teenagers have their own bunk beds.  They have a kindergarten, which serves some neighborhood children (free of charge) as well as their own.  In addition to other classrooms, their goal is to provide high school and some college education.
The captain and his wife are concerned about the long-term financial viability after he retires.  His wife was hospitalized recently, and he was in testing for his pilot’s license renewal.  They have a variety of needs including milk powder, uniforms, shoes, clothes, mosquito nets, water, eggs, soccer balls, playground equipment, etc.  To help future income, he is planning to start a 3-hectare banana farm, enough for 3000 banana plants (that cost $1 each).  They can be harvested in one year, and one plant can multiply into several others.  (He says, “We are family, not an orphanage.”)
Capt Soehardi said he attended the Rotary International convention in Los Angeles in 2008 and met the RI President, and had also visited the Torrance and Lomita Rotary Clubs.  Echo Lee proposes that our Club support this deserving and inspiring Roslin Orphanage as an international project.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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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