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Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the job for former Rotary Peace Fellow
As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and decisiveness. Peele is one of 2,000 DS agents who protect U.S. diplomats and embassies around the world. The Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. State Department, is the most extensive global security agency in the government, operating in more than 160...
Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
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...

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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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Sarah Botkin was inducted into Rotary membership in our Club, by PDG Dave Moyers. She was sponsored by Membership Chair Larry Andrews. (She has already volunteered for several of our Club service activities.) Congratulations, Sarah, and welcome to our Club!

John Jegede was introduced by his sponsor, Roger Cox of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club. John is nearing the end of his Rotary Youth Exchange in the US, and will be returning to his home in Nigeria this week. John has been attending Mira Costa High School, participated in choir, and attended the prom. He has also been active in soccer and enjoys playing drums.
John presented a slide show outlining his impressions, experiences, and home background and family life. He was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ewutuntun and District 9110 in Lagos, Nigeria. He attends Livingstone College there, (equivalent to high school), and discussed a typical school day structure there. He enjoys math and biology, and would like to become a physician. He lives in the Yoruba area of Nigeria. The main industry is agriculture, producing cocoa, yams and other food products, as well as oil. He reviewed the history of Nigeria, from British colonial times to independence, wars, and military rule interspersed with democratic government.

Pres Roger Schamp reviewed the results of the Club member preference survey he conducted recently, and he thanked the members who submitted replies. These included preferences for planning offsite meetings. We will have 2 Club Assemblies this Rotary year.
Ralph Black is arranging for an offsite Beach Party for our Club at the Portuguese Bend Club on Tuesday, August 12. Please sign up for food planning.
Roger suggested several grant opportunities for this year. We may consider being the Lead Club in one of the Humanitarian Grants (we have not led one of these events in the past). He encouraged us again to consider going on the District Global Grant Humanitarian Trip to Guatemala in February, which he and his spouse, Carol, have signed up for.
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.
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.


Aug 05, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
President Roger Schamp
OFFSITE Beach Party (Portuguese Bend Club)
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Ann Shaw
Peninsula Seniors
Sep 02, 2014
Palos Verdes Land Conservancy
Oct 14, 2014
DG Elsa Gilham
District Governor's Visit
Nov 11, 2014
John Williams, Conductor
Peninsula Symphony
Nov 18, 2014
Author Don Davis
Book on Palos Verdes, "The Hill”

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Mark Pepys, Esq.
    August 5
  • Erv Samuelson
    August 15
  • Robert Welbourn
    August 15
  • Gerald Ensom
    August 19
  • Jay Luedde
    August 26
  • Robert Welbourn
    August 13
  • Audrey Dahlgren
    August 14
Join Date:
  • Jay Luedde
    August 1, 1989
    25 years
  • Linda Nietes-Little
    August 12, 2008
    6 years
  • Donald (Don) Reeves
    August 31, 2004
    10 years
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