Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


Jul 31, 2015
David Jones
It's a New Day at BSA!
Aug 07, 2015
CJ Owens
The Science of Marketing
Aug 28, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
Daniel Medina
When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Play Poker
Sep 11, 2015
Natalie Sutherland
Life on the Other Side
Sep 18, 2015
Tracy Lynn Williams
The Power of Your Thoughts
Sep 25, 2015
Gregory Freeland, Ph.D.
Wassup With That:Youth Voting Rates Fell in 2012
Oct 09, 2015
Jim Wisdom
Maximizing Social Security Benefits
Nov 13, 2015
Past Pres Jon Morse & Catherine Inbar/Saleem Salee
How the RI Foundation & RCWLVS PR Works for You
Nov 20, 2015
Jim Wisdom
Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?
Jan 22, 2016
Catherine Inbar & Sergio Gonzalez
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Sunrise Foundation President
Sunrise Foundation Treasurer
Sunrise Foundation Secretary
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Youth Exchange
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RYLA Coordinator

Club Information

Call for more info - Jon Morse 805-341-1305

Westlake Sunrise


Fridays at 7 am
North Ranch Country Club
4761 Valley Spring Drive
Westlake Village, CA  91362
United States
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Prez Nancy opened her first meeting last Friday, July 10th. Not only was the room set up " backwards", the Fine wheel was gone and everyone had to guess who the secret greeter ( Gerry Brietman) was based on a brief description of the person given by Nancy. Yes, it is a new year for sure.

> She is promising us an exciting year with much more Hands On Projects and more Socials, plus a call to “Be Present”. ( see below for more information). She reminded us that  we already have had one Hands on Project (Feed the Needy) and one Social already  (July 4th at PP John Newhouse's home). Meals on Wheels will continue as will many more Activities aimed at Hands On involvement.

> Honored guests included the incoming presidents of the other Group 4 clubs, Mike Murphy of Thousand Oaks, Dapper Spar of Westlake Village Noon, Robert Weiser of Newbury Park and Denise Vivero of Conejo Vally, as well as Assistant Governor Carol Freeman. She also recognized our Rotarian of the Year, Marilyn Lippiatt, and our Rookie of the Year, Ben Pace.

> IPP Greg Patterson, aka Greg the III, did a wonderful Invocation focusing on both Thankfulness and an Invitation to live and work within the framework of Rotary's ideals. The Song chosen was most appropriately called " I can see Clearly Now". It was lead by Nancy and sung so so by an early crowd "a Capella" since no Audio Visual volunteer has stepped forward yet. Dr. Mike captured the evidence with his camera. When all else fails we always have "Row, row row your boat"!
> Nancy gave us some background on herself. She is a long time Rotarian having brought in such notables as PP Greg Taylor and FP Marilyn Lippiatt. She temporarily left our club some 12 years ago to be the first President of the the former Agoura Hills-Oak Park club. Originally from New Jersey, she is the daughter of a Rotarian having lost her New Joysey accent at Villanova and later UCLA. Her dad was both an English Teacher and a golf coach thus explaining her love of “colorful” language and the game of golf. She was an Oncology Nurse for most of her career but is now retired. During the meeting she inadvertently referred to us as "Patients" vs "Members". She is still very active in Rotary ( duh) and spends most of her free time raising and showing her prize Dogs plus is an accomplished musician and singer. I am sure we can team her up with our Comedian member Jon Morse, Esq. for a Fund raiser.

> Nancy's theme is: Heal the Past, Live the Present, and Dream the Future. She wants our Club to be the number one Mid Size Club in the District therefore our membership drive must stop at 30 net new members to stay Mid Size. Watch out Thousand Oaks, here we come. I am sure when DG Jim Bell arrives in August she will have trained us all to sing.
Nancy wants presenteeism to be in our blood. Therefore she is encouraging us as Rotarians to “Be Present and Act Present” She also wants to grow membership, have a fiscally sound club, significantly increase our RI Foundation giving, and TO HAVE FUN.

> She asked us to reflect on a quote that from the famous golfer, Bobby Jones. " Golf is the closest game to the game we call Life. You get bad breaks from good shots and good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball from where it lies". The meeting ended 10 minutes early with most members hanging around to enjoy the social time plus discussing the various projects and committees at hand. Next week her Board will out line their function and goals for this upcoming year.




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Come join us as we celebrate the demotion of our great leader and Emperor, Greg Patterson (pictured here in the gold outfit) this Friday night, June 26. If you need details please do not hesitate to contact John Newhouse, Marilyn Lippiatt or Kim Woods.
By the way NO MEETING THIS FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 26 or THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 3. We will reconvene on July 10 with our new President, Nancy LaSota!

Thank you President Greg Patterson for your awesome leadership and impressive Rotary year! They say that "One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you're not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times" Gee, you sure acted like it behind that podium every Friday morning! We will MISS your quiet, timid start to each meeting with a "GOOD MORNING!" (not); your vast array of stunning yellow golf shirts (not); your fanatical enthusiasm when the Giants won the World Series (not); your magnificent audio visual skills (not) and your inspirational picture taking (not). We will NOT miss your stirring support and "round the clock" presence at all of our fund raising events (yes); your amazing involvement with the K9 for Warriors project (yes); your "getting hands dirty" work with all of our Club's community service events (yes) and your inspiring work with Group 4 and District projects (yes)! Now that your wonderful Presidential year is over, what's next say you? District Governor???? For now, your beautiful and loving family is waiting for you to come home and spend lots of time...with real important and intelligent people!

Above quote from the Shakespeare play "Measure for Measure" which will be performed by the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company at California Lutheran University in late June and early July. Wonderful presentation at last Friday's meeting by Michael Arndt, director of "Measure for Measure" as he spoke of the Company's dedication to presenting professional programs and performances of the works of William Shakespeare. Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival is in it's 19th season and will not only feature the play "Measure for Measure" but also the perform the famous Shakespeare play "Richard III" in late July and early August. Get your tickets now at and enjoy! "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none"...

Great program last Friday as Jocelyn White of International Justice Mission ( spoke of their operation to protect the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM consists of a global team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals working together to protect the poor without regard to religion, race or any other factor. Jocelyn serves as IJM's Director of Church Mobilization on the West Coast where she engages churches by speaking to congregations about IJM's work. In addition, Jocelyn and her husband co-founded Slavery No More a non profit organization working with law enforcement and the public to fight both domestic and international human trafficking. Thank you Jocelyn for a eye opening presentation and best of luck on your "mission"!

Great meeting with Michael Boyd, President of the Pismo Beach Rotary Club, explaining the impressive features of Clubrunner, our Rotary's software system.  Michael has been very involved with public relations at the District 5240 level and promoting Clubrunner software. Clubrunner offers a robust membership management and communication format for Rotary Clubs throughout the world including ours. Clubrunner features attendance reporting, event and volunteer management, directory builder, email and newsletter broadcast services as well as social media integration and creating psychedelic jackets from just plain grey sport coats! Click on to view our District's website and see the extensive ways Clubrunner can work on a website! Thank you Michael for driving all the way down from Pismo Beach and giving us a wonderful presentation!
Meeting fun with John Grace welcoming Michael Boyd, and smiles all around for Alan Lederman, Jon Morse, Rudolph Saleem and Sergio Gonzales. Visiting Rotarians, Lyle Pennington and Don McAlister from the Moorpark Rotary Club were on hand to promote their Golf Tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop on June 4.

Thank you to EVERYONE for an amazing 4th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest.
Here are some opportunities to revisit the event and share it.Live it all over again!
  • Visit Taste N Trip's blog post for an event review and video at
  • Take a look at Kenny Backer's link to photos and video of the event.  Please be sure to credit him if and when you do share his work.

Great meeting last Friday as we welcomed Past District 5240 Governor, Wade Nomura! Wade spoke of the enduring task that lies ahead for our future District 5240 Governor for the 2016-17 year, our very own Club member Nick Franklin! Wade, speaking on past experience, capsuled the governing year that he had where he traveled not only to other Clubs and Rotary events in our district but also overseas to various countries to spread the good word of Rotary District 5240. Wade also stressed that our Club needs to step up and support Nick in his arduous and challenging year as governor. We are here for you Nick! And thank you so much to Wade for coming all the way down from Carpenteria to be with us! Other honorary notes: Hard working members Nancy Paul and Ben Pace became "Gold" badgers while the California Jazz and Wine Fest committee was also working hard putting on the final touches for what would be a great event!

Last Friday we went off-site to the Thousand Oaks Community Park to gather and plan for our BIG upcoming fundraiser, the California Jazz and Wine Fest. Festival is to take place at the Park this Sunday, May 17 and tickets can still be purchased at a discount (see above). Special thanks to the CJWF committee for putting this event together; and, a BIG thank you to all Club members who contributed their valuable time and money to solicit and buy sponsorships and tickets; as well as, putting forth incredible efforts to procure wine, food and marketplace vendors and food trucks! It's going to be a great event!

Coming in 2015! The brand new Triunfo YMCA & the Westlake Village Regional Family Park! On hand to tell us all about it last Friday was Janice Wise,PR and Development Director for the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Helene Gebbia and Mardy Medders fundraising consultants (pictured here with guest Lorita DeVries). Great presentation showing us a map of all the facilities built or being built on top of the hill to the left as your driving eastward on Thousand Oaks Blvd. between Westlake High and Lindero Canyon Rd. Visit their website or go and pay a visit by driving up the hill! Thank you so much Janice, Helene and Mardy for a wonderful program! Our very own Village People fan club - Randy Strong, Prez Greg, Evie Greene and Marilyn Lippiatt all had fun at the meeting singing praises of the YMCA!


Of the things we think, say, or do...

1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise

P.O. Box 3846

Thousand Oaks, CA 91359



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