Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


Apr 24, 2015
Cinthia Marshall
Nest Egg Hunting
May 01, 2015
Janice Wise
A New WLV Park & A New YMCA
May 08, 2015
Gregory Freeland, Ph.D.
Wassup With That:Youth Voting Rates Fell in 2012
May 15, 2015
Wade Nomura, Past District Governor 5240
When District Governor 5240 Hails From Your Club, What's Expected of the Club?
May 22, 2015
Michael Boyer
How Club Runner Works for Club Business
May 29, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
Jocelyn White
Mission Possible: International Justice
Jun 12, 2015
Michael Arndt
"Always the wrong person gives you the right lesson in life." - William Shakespeare
Jun 19, 2015
No speaker
Club Assembly
Jul 24, 2015
Muhannad Malki
Why Do Business Owners Need ELPI?
Aug 07, 2015
Ken Koors
Set Some Goals; Then Demolish Them!
Aug 28, 2015

Executives, Directors, and Chairs

Past President
Club Service
Youth Service
Community Service
The Rotary Foundation
International Service
Youth Exchange
Public Relations
Rotaract Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
Family of Rotary
Interact Advisor

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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Memorial service for Cecelia McBurnie on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 32111 Watergate Rd, Westlake Village. Her family requested that in lieu of flowers to please send donations to Hospice East Bay (, Westminster Presbyterian Church or our Club.
Sadly, our fellow member, our fellow colleague, our beloved friend and dear sweetheart, Cecelia McBurnie passed away on Friday, March 20. Cec embodied Rotary's Four Way Test in all aspects of her life. Whether she was actively participating in our Club as a board member or serving on the golf tournament committee or enjoying her passion of running or hanging with friends; Cec was fun, honest, fair and always worked hard to ensure benefit to all those around her! Cec went at life with enthusiasm and selflessness and always carried a beautiful and infectious smile with her. To everyone who was blessed to have their lives touched by Cec, she was always a breath of fresh air and a bright ray of sunshine. So when our Club meeting starts and the sunshine is coming through, we'll know it's you, Cec. We miss you, we will always remember you and our memories of you will always lift that special place we have in our heart for you. 

Last night our Club members showed up with food and to help Community Chair Michael Ramakrishan "Feed the Needy" at Calvary Church. A total of 215 men, women and children enjoyed a nutritional feast! Michael's response:You made this possible by bringing food and being generous with your personal time. I want to thank each and every one of you for making this humbling experience possible especially during Easter week.

Great program last Friday as retired Thousand Oaks police chief, Randy Pentis and current Thousand Oaks police chief, Tim Hagel spoke about their wonderful and impressive non profit organization, Cops Running For Charity. Randy and Tim along with four other fit and capable local policemen (um, not to be mistaken for these two club members in picture) run races all over the world with donations going directly to charities. Over $250,000 have been raised for local organizations including ALS, Make A Wish, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many more; all the while, the group has participated in races such as the 4,000 steps on the Great Wall of China, Sahara Desert ultra-marathon, New York, Chicago and Malibu marathons. Thank you Randy and Tim for an inspiring presentation!

Our Club had our own group of the "Village People" working hard last Saturday at the Conejo Valley YMCA as part of "Rotary Workday"! Just look at these diligent, conscientious and perservering members at work! We are so proud of them! Helping out our Community! That's what Rotary's all about! Thank you to Margo White, Terry Moerler, Jim Eckley, Nancy LaSota, lazy Prez Greg Patterson and new member Thor Challgren and his family for fully participating in the Rotary Workday!  Special thanks to Michael Ramakrishnan who spearheaded this wonderful Community event and in his little spare time that he had, took these wonderful pictures!

The correct spelling of this term has been long debated since the early 1960s. To our Club members it didn't matter, as Amy Stec, dietician/dietitian at Los Robles Hospital, gave a wonderful and informational program last Friday pointing out the long term benefits of a healthy eating lifestyle. An expert on dietetics, Amy (pictured here with our Club's legal practicianer/practitianer, Jon Morse) spoke highly of the popular Dietary Advances to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet as a proven way to lose weight and lower blood pressure. As the #1 diet based on US News and World Report, DASH focuses on 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks every day including colorful veggies, fresh fruits, more fish than red meat ("the fewer legs, the better"), low carbs and dairy, and nuts and seeds as snacks. Just makes sense, doesn't it? Thank you so much Amy for a great presentation and yes, we will forever remember your catch phrase..."Eat Food, Not Too Much and Mostly Plants"!
Also on tap last Friday was the induction of our newest member, Thor Challgren (pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Sarah)! Thor is a travel consultant and owns a travel agency called Cruise Planners located in Thousand Oaks. Hmm..maybe I'll go see him after April 15! Congratulations, Thor and welcome to the greatest charitable organization in the world, Rotary!
Finally, last picture shows our California Jazz and Wine Fest (CJWF) committee hard at work. Please be sure to stand up, help out and participate in our great fund raising event wherever you can!

Don't miss out! 20% discount on tickets! Purchase tickets here: and just use code 15CJWFEB. Be sure to visit the CJWF website to see other great sponsorship offers and non profit partner opportunities!

Question: How many times for those in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s plus? If you were there at last Friday's meeting you'd know what we're talking about. Hilarious, but oh so informative program from former Past President Dr. Sharon Norling, physician, author, speaker, and owner of the Mind Body Spirit Center here in Westlake Village. The Center offers services such as natural treatments to work on your health issues and finding the root cause of your symptoms through specialized testing not routinely done by conventional doctors; hence, her popular book titled "Your Doctor is Wrong". Scream cream, libido, hormonal balance and testosterone were few of the many exciting words sprinkled throughout Dr. Norling's (pictured here with her assistant Kate and caught in the middle of Saleem and Past First Lady Denise Hawkins) captivating presentation which certainly caught the attention of two of our newer members, Ben Pace and um, um, Sean Connery (who is that "Most Interesting Man" in our Club?). Thank you Dr. Norling!

Last Friday our Club was treated to an insightful and informative program featuring two of our very own special financial advisors, John Grace and Don Martin. John is President of Investor's Advantage Corp in Westlake Village and has been helping out investors since 1979 managing wealth and preparing clients for a better future in spite of unexpected events. Don is President and Family Financial Officer at Horizons Advisors, Inc in Westlake Village and leads families through critical life transitions by aligning their finances with their most deeply held values. Thank you both for a wonderful program and sharing your "crystal ball" presentation with us! We truly appreciate it!
Meeting Fun! He does it all...Prez Greg: superb club photographer, exceptional AV worker and mediocre at running meetings! Who could ask for more? Nick Frankle and Marilyn Lippiatt with matching tops, Margo White spinning and finding out the President has to pay her fine, soon to be member Thor Challgren enjoying his last "free" meal and "newbie" Ben Pace bringing in a guest to show off our Club! Thanks to all for another stupendous Friday morning meeting!



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Last Friday our Club was treated to an AWESOME program presented by our one and only "Navy Seal Fit" member, Terry Moerler! Terry, who works with Keller Williams and is a top real estate producer in our community, spoke of her grueling 3 days of intensive training with world class Seal coaches where she was immersed and integrated with Sealfit skills that enchanced all areas of her life. Strength, stamina, mental toughness, durability and determination were the focus of her training where she proved to herself that "she can do so much more"! With preparation, surrendering of fears, the power of breath and the power of teamwork, Terry was able to overcome and accomplish the training challenge event with flying colors! Congratulations to Terry and thank you for an inspiring presentation! Pictured here with Terry are her biggest supporters: good friends Kelly and Jae, husband Ray and coworkers Nguyet and Hector. Special guests in the audience were the wives of Ron Cunningham, Gail; and, Bill Medley, Joan. Thank you to everyone for attending our special meeting!

That would be Dennis Koors, pictured here with our Club's relay race team, who spoke to our Club last Friday about his accomplishments as an Ultramarathon runner, which are truly unbelievable! Dennis who is the son of fellow Club member Ken Koors particpates in Ultramarathon events around the world. He recently competed in the "world's toughest race" where he ran 135 miles through Death Valley and over three mountain ranges in a remarkable time of 40 hours and 13 minutes! When he's not training or running 100+ mile races, Dennis is a Farmers insurance agent and works in his family's insurance business with his Mom and Dad. He also gave us an emotional update of his father's situation who goes into surgery this week. Thoughts are with Dennis, Ken and rest of Koors family in hopes of a successful surgery and speedy recovery for Ken.

Every meeting you greet us
Tall and bright, always right
We are happy you lead us"
This song (sung to the tune of Edelweiss) greeted Sally Adelblue at every Rotary meeting she visited back when she was District 5240 Governor in the 2005-2006 year! Sally greeted our Club last Friday morning as our speaker to tell us of her latest endeavor.  She is now part of the management team working for the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center ( on the glorious campus of California State University at Northridge (go Matadors!). VPAC is known for its commitment in bringing engaging professional performances, from classical and contemporary music to ballet to distinguished speakers, to its venue. Sally is the Director of Audience Services and plays a integral and important part in ensuring that performers and audience members experience an exceptional evening of entertainment. It was great to see Sally again (pictured here with part of the cast from the Sound of Music, left to right, Friedrich, Maria and Captain Von Trapp)!

A packed crowd was on hand at last Friday's meeting to listen to the wonderful and courageous story of a man's best friend empowering his owner, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Captain Jason Haag spoke to our Club about his journey from serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to his tumultuous return home to getting his service dog Axel through K9s for Warriors ( and helped him get a new leash on life! The Purple Heart recipient stated that one of every five veterans have PTSD. K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Incredible and heart warming tale presented to us by Captain Haag and Axel. We were honored to have them both at our meeting!

At last Friday's meeting, President Elect and Club Music Conductor, Nancy LaSota announced her 2015-2016 Board of Directors and the Club's President Elect Elect, Eric Gilbert! Reaction to the announcement by Club members including the young, the beautiful and the ageless was, as you can see, met with exhilaration and roundly cheered! Congratulations to the newly announced board of directors which includes the aforementioned PE and PEE along with Marilyn Lippiatt, Jacob Castroll, Saleem Saleem, Michael Ramakrishnan, Josh Land, Don Martin, John Grace, Jon Morse and soon to be Past President Greg Patterson. Good luck to all!

Great presentation by Linda Penalonzo and her associate, Randy, who are both representatives from the non profit organization End Malaria Now. This Company was founded by Richard Harding and since 2009 has been raising funds for thousands of bed nets and directly delivering them to the families in Africa to prevent the transmission of malaria which kills over half a million children every year in Africa. Their goal is to eradicate malaria by 2018 in a collaborative effort with the United Methodist Church and other charitable organizations such as Malaria No More and Nothing But Nets. Thank you so much Linda and Randy for a wonderful and eye opening program! 

Looks like "birds of a feather flock together" scene at our meeting last Friday! Actually, it was part of a wonderful presentation given by Dr. David Biedebach, a Thousand Oaks Chiropractor. There was member participation for a deep breathing exercise along with Dr. Biedebach's four ways to deal with stress: positive attitude and getting plenty of oxygen, water and exercise (all being worked on by our President, sort of). Thank you Dr. Biedebach for your exhilarating program!
Also visiting us last Friday was none other than our AWESOME District Governor, Loretta Butts. Loretta handed out commemorative coins to our Veteran club members: Jacob Castrol, Ken Koors, Ron Cunningham and Michael Ramakrishnan. Under her leadership, Loretta is giving special recognition to Veterans and organizations that help those Veterans get back on the right track. Thank you Loretta for making a special trip to our Club. We certainly appreciate it
Finally, our Club President lost a wager on the College National Championship game to our illustrious The Ohio State University alumni member, Jim Eckley! Prez Patterson had to wear the beautiful Scarlet and Gray jacket (pictured here). What a sport and congrats to OSU on their Championship!

Kicking off with our first meeting in 2015 was President Greg's rallying cry of "six more months" and Club members responding with a resounding "yes, can't wait 'til your term is over"!
Our guest speaker for this meeting was Sherlyn Pang Luedtke the author of the #1 best seller "The Mommy Advantage". Sherlyn spoke of the journey that one goes through to accomplish their goals and growing to become a better person. She led the group through the "Three Keys of Courageous Choices" where one claims, conquers and finally connects with their dreams or life goals. Her book talks about how motherhood can bring out the best in a mother and also a more creative and powerful side as well. Thank you Sherlyn for a wonderful presentation!
Finally, our 2015 kickoff meeting included the induction of our newest member, Betsy John (pictured here with her sponsor John Grace and daughter Randy)! Betsy is a commercial escrow officer and has been involved in school and youth programs for the past 20 years!  Congratulations and welcome Betsy to the world's greatest philanthropic organization and, of course, our awesome Club!

So you are in another city or another country, and you think, "Hey, I sure would like to attend a Rotary meeting here so I can experience another club and make sure Randy has my make-up meeting recorded...but, where do I go?"  Or, maybe you are planning a trip and you want to add a Rotary meeting into your less than stellar itinerary and really want to spice things up! So, now you have help.

You can now search for a Rotary club with RI's free mobile app.  Available in the Apple App Store and the Android Market, you can download the FREE app called the Rotary Club Locator and it is from Rotary International.  The Blackberry version will be offered at some point in the future.

What will it do? 
  • The "Near Me" search locates clubs within a physical radius of 100 miles. (Note: Actual driving distances may be further.)
  • A keyword search for clubs. This search looks for the keyword in either the club name or meeting location address. This is useful for finding clubs that are outside of the 100-mile radius from your current location.
  • A map showing a club's location and driving directions
  • The ability to save search results to a list of favorite clubs
  • The ability to add a club to your phone's contact list
  • The club's website and primary phone number, if available
  • A search function to find clubs by district
Check it out and keep Randy happy.

Many people only know that you or so-and-so, belong to a Rotary Club.  What they may not know is what Rotary is or does on a larger scale.  Watch this space for different PSAs and stories to describe what the amazing organization of which we are a key part in helping locally and around the world. Watch our highlighted video and share it with people you know.  Give them your contact info in case they want to learn more! Rotary - Make a World of Difference 




Did you miss the recent District 5240 Grants Seminar?  Well, if you did, and you still want to learn something, look no further than what came through your mailbox.  On Page 61 of The Rotarian, you will find a handy reference and simplified explanation of Rotary's new Foundation Grants.  On July 2013, Rotary will launch their new grants model called Future Vision worldwide.  Take a moment to read up on the elements of this model and get familiar with it.


From the September issue of The Rotarian, here is an interesting little tidbit from In Brief:

Your genes
 may be responsible - at least in part - for how nice you are, according to the "The Neurogenics of Niceness," a study in the April issue of Psychological Science.  Researchers found that people who viewed the world as a threatening place were less likely than those with positive perceptions to help others - unless they had the "nice" versions of oxytocin and vasopressin receptors.  Genes determine which version a person has.

So, hmmm. Nibble on that one and ponder what hand you were dealt...Actually, I think our club members were born with the right jeans, genes in 'em.


As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:

1)    CONSIDER  my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;
2)    BE FAITHFUL  to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community
3)    DO ALL in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation;
4)     BE FAIR to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship;
5)    RECOGNIZE the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful  to society;
6)    OFFER my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;
7)     ADHERE to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession
8)     NEITHER SEEK from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
 Thank you to Vocational Chair Jim Eckley for presenting this document. 





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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