Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles

Home Club of District Governor Elsa Gillham

Program Speakers

Aug 27, 2014
Joseph Byrne
The California Drought
Sep 03, 2014
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
The Academy Awards
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
Eric Lynxwiler
Wilshire Boulevard: LA's Most Famous Street

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Youth Service
Immediate Past President

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Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Ebell of Los Angeles
743 South Lucerne Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90005
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Water is a precious commodity. It is indispensable for virtually everything we produce and consume. Without it, life ceases to exist. Our program speaker, Joseph Byrne serves as the Chair of the California Water Commission. Joe and his influential commission provides a public forum for discussing water issues and advises the Department of Water Resources on responsible and sustainable water management. Joe will present an informative talk on the economic effects of the California Drought and explain the realities and challenges of water management and conservation. We will learn a lot from Joe Byrne. He’s our main water man for the State of California! 
Come meet and greet Joseph Byrne on Wednesday, August 27 at Wilshire Country Club, 301 N. Rossmore Avenue, zip 90004. Meeting begins at 12 noon. A delicious three-course meal is a mere $30 and there's plenty of free parking on the premises. Country Club casual is acceptable attire (no jeans, tank tops, flip flops or visible tattoos. And ladies...exposed bra straps are a no-no!)
See you there!       


The District Picnic & Luau is on Sunday, September 14 from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. If you haven't attended one of these picnics, you are in for a great surprise.

Last year we had about 1,000 people in attendance and it gets larger every year. The highlight of the event is the Cardboard Boat Race which is hysterically funny, but very competitive. We will also have a Chili Competition and even a Hula Competition!

The District 5280 Rotaract and Interact clubs plan and run games for all ages. There is also swimming in the Seaside Lagoon and a great water slide. We have some seating, but urge everyone who has a beach chair to bring it along!

See you there!

Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, 90277




Wilshire Rotary maintains a proud history with Youth Services and we continue our devotion to this ever-important Avenue of Service through work with our newly chartered Ambassador School of Global Leadership Interact Club located at the Robert F. Kennedy Community High School. Wilshire Rotary's Director of Youth Services, Sandy Boeck, and Club President Greg Gill, attended the Interact meeting today, led by Interact President Shadany Arcos and Interact Teacher Advisor Collin Felch, who began the club last year, introduced Sandy and Greg to the enthusiastic group, photographed below. Sandy also shared a photo of a reminder of the world famous Coconut Grove located at the former Ambassador Hotel. You can view additional photos through the photo album portion of our website. As the Rotary and school year continue, let's show our appreciation to these devoted students who are helping Light up Rotary.

Youth Service Director Sandy Boeck and President Greg in front of the famous Coconut Grove at Robert F. Kennedy Community High School. The school is housed in the former Ambassador Hotel.


RI News and Stories

Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
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