Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset

Club Executives & Directors

Past President
Club Service
Community Service
Vocational Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Sergeant At Arms


Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.


President's Message


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
District Site
Venue Map
PDG Lew Bertrand conducted an Induction Ceremony for our newest members, Hedy & Roberto Frisancho (former faculty at U of Michigan). Congratulations, and welcome to the Club!
After dinner was served, Past-President John Turner demonstrated (voluntarily, we presume) his mastery on playing the Ukelele. We were so impressed that we may enter him into next year’s Student Music Contest.
Club Service Chair Jerry Farrell Presented PV Sunset’s 2013-14 Ruth Kain Rotarian of the Year Award to Newsletter Editor Wes Bradford, apparently for all those years of publishing the Palos Verdes Sunsetter newsletter that some of us read (“Most of the Truth, Most of the Time!”). After verifying that some mistake had not been made, he expressed his sincere appreciation to the Club members. A $250 donation to the Rotary Foundation was made in his name.
Lew Bertrand introduced Outgoing President Sandy Farrell. She introduced her Club Officers and Board Members, and thanked them for their year of service. Then Lew gave Sandy a dose of her own medicine (“Counseling the Psychotherapist”), avoiding any Freudian connotations.
District Governor Elsa Gillham (2014-15) and spouse Larry Gillham were introduced. DG Elsa & PDG Lew expressed appreciation to Sandy for her year of leadership, accomplishments, and service, and presented her with the Past President’s pin (adding to her jewelry collection).
DG Elsa officially installed Roger Schamp as our Club President for 2014-15, and presented him with the President’s pin. Then she installed his 2014-15 Officers and Board (who bore considerable resemblance to the previous crew). President Roger presented pins to his incoming Board, and gave his acceptance remarks. PDG and Master of Ceremonies Lew Bertrand concluded the program with fitting closing remarks. We appreciate the attendance and participation by our new DG, Elsa Gillham, and we are now ready to begin a fruitful new Rotary Year.​

Nora MacLellan is a member of the Westchester Rotary Club, which obtained a Rotary Foundation grant to support this project.
Vision to Learn was founded in 2012 in Los Angeles to address the problem of schoolchildren needing glasses who are unable to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Most of these are low income and minorities who lack access to medical care and vision care. Vision to Learn has screened 120,000 children in Los Angeles and Sacramento, providing 20,000 with eye exams and 16,000 with free glasses and frames. If you can’t see, you can’t learn.
Don Reeves reviewed how our Rotary District Community Grant is helping to fund our Palos Verdes 4-H Club projects. We have participated in 3 of these projects, to be presented tonight.
Dee Keese discussed the history of the 4-H Clubs, the oldest youth organization in the US. They started from the Land Grants to fund new state colleges under the Lincoln administration. Information for agricultural development was presented, but farmers were resistant to trying new ways, such as crop rotation. This concept became a 4-H Club demonstration project, which was successful and influenced a new generation of farmers. Now, there are many more types of projects, not necessarily related to agriculture. The Palos Verdes 4-H Club started in 1953 and has 130 children participating. Over 30 projects were presented at a fair, in which they won 31 out of 37 awards.

The house was packed with guests & past members for the 25th birthday of our Club (6/7/’89). We socialized, reminisced about old adventures & projects, toasted with champagne, dined, and finished up with the birthday cake after it was displayed precariously for photos by founding member Bob McCaman.
Founding members included the crew below: Jim Gamble, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus, Erv Samuelson (master member-recruiter), Bob McCaman, Founding President Bob Welbourn, PDG Dave Moyers, and Alberta Samuelson.

          PV Sunset Past Pres and Project ego chair John Turner opened the program and introduced the Project EGO personnel, including Robert Babb, Kelly Baranick, Madeleine Creighton and Principal Rosemary Humphries. Special thanks to Rowena Schaben, whose generous financial support this year and previous years have been important to Project EGO’s success.
Audrey Dahlgren introduced our successful winners at the recent District 5280 Contests at Loyola Marymount University, and their parents.
          Michelle May won the District 5280 Dance Contest.
William Whittenbury won the District 5280 Speech Contest.
Lucy Wang took 2nd Place in the District 5280 Music Contest.
          The students described their high school activities and future college plans. We congratulate them for their talent and efforts, and wish them great success. Thanks also to Audrey Dahlgren, who organized, recruited and encouraged them.

We enjoyed a relaxing break from our usual routine, just socializing and browsing the hors d’oeuvres table. Thanks to Jackie Crowley for arrangements, & to Dave Moyers for bringing wine.  Jerry Farrell helped at the bar.

The Rotaract students from Marymount who participated in the District 5280 humanitarian trip to Colombia included Angelina Gorbaseva, Victoria Perez, Kevin Tang, Ruqaya Alloo, Fray Reyes, Amanda Peter, Francisca Cortes and Jazmyn Cano-Casas. They took turns discussing their award-winning Rotaract Club’s activities this year, with a slideshow.
Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club recognized the Students of the Year for each of the local high schools: Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Rancho Del Mar.  Each student is selected by the school based on volunteer service to the school and community, extracurricular activities, leadership, and academic achievement.
Each student was introduced by a school representative, and then presented a brief summary of school activities and future academic and career plans.  Then the students received their award plaques and scholarships.
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.
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.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Varda Lancaster
    July 3
  • John Turner
    July 4
  • Jacqueline (Jackie) Crowley
    July 16
  • Buppchard (Bobbie) Owen
    July 30
  • PDG David G. Moyers DRFC
    July 3
  • Erv Samuelson
    July 7
  • Robert (Bob) Coffey, Ph.D.
    Helen (deceased)
    July 10
  • Mark Pepys, Esq.
    July 11
  • Charles (Chuck) Klaus
    July 13
  • Jerald Farrell
    July 13
  • Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus
    Charles Klaus
    July 13
  • Linda Nietes-Little
    July 20
  • Rob Little, Jr.
    Linda Nietes-Little
    July 20
Join Date:
  • Ralph Black
    July 20, 2010
    4 years
ClubRunner © 2002–2014  All rights reserved.
Privacy Statement | Online Help | System Requirements