Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


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
Natalie Sutherland
Life on the Other Side
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
Sep 04, 2015
Jim Wisdom
Maximizing Social Security Benefits
Sep 25, 2015
Gregory Freeland, Ph.D.
Wassup With That:Youth Voting Rates Fell in 2012
Oct 09, 2015
Jim Wisdom
Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

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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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Thank you to EVERYONE for an amazing 4th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest. 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.  You can enjoy it all over again!

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!

Great presentation at last Friday's meeting as Cinthia Marshall founder of Nest Egg Hunter ( talked about the world of unclaimed insurance policy benefits and how her company can help you out. Cinthia stated that there are over 1.4 trillion dollars of hidden life insurance money in America and how her company, Nest Egg Hunter, eliminates the time-consuming hassle of trying to locate lost life insurance policies. Thank you so much, Cinthia, for a great program! Also on hand as guests last Friday were Marine Captain Jason Haag and his canine Axel. In addition, club member Yasha Castroll (pictured here with Captain Haag and Axel) representing the Police Unity Tour received a check for $500 from our Club. It was a "thumbs up" meeting all the way around so says Greg Kaapuni and Jim Eckley!


The Rotary Clubs of Group 4 held a fund raiser for K9s for Warriors at Bellini’s Restaurant last Thursday, April 23.  There were 60 people who came to support this effort and listen to Marine Capt Jason Haag give an update on the organization.  He also told of how his canine, Axel, has impacted his life and given him back his family and his self respect.  Rotary joins him in his relentless commitment to end the epidemic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


Jason’s remarks followed the reading of an essay written by Maddy, a 17 year old Interactor from Westlake High School.  She wrote of the effects of PTSD on various family members and focused on the tragic reality that every 65 minutes a veteran with PTSD commits suicide.  It is a remarkable work and will be featured in the K9’s newsletter as well as local media.


After the presentations Jason answered questions and mingled with the guests.   It was a very successful event and brings us closer to our goal of 3 canines - $45,000.


Story by Evie Greene


For the third year in a row, a member from our club was awarded the Otto Stoll Award from the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks. Our very own Evie Greene (pictured here with many of our Club members attending the award luncheon) was presented the Otto Stoll Award on April 2 at Cal Lutheran University.
The Otto Stoll Award is a very prestigious award and is awarded to a Rotarian in the community that best exemplifies service to those in our community most in need. Otto Stoll was a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks and a member of the Many Mansions Board of Directors in the 1990s. Otto was passionate about helping those in need.  He was always pushing Many Mansions to develop new housing and new service programs to assist the residents and community members who needed safe, decent, and affordable housing.  The Stoll House was named in his honor in 1997.
Evie is a very worthy choice for this award and we congratulate her for receiving it. Evie has worked tirelessly on community as well as international projects this past year.  Evie was chair for the District 4 Community Service Awards Luncheon as well as the District 4 Youth Awards Breakfast this past year and is currently spearheading the K9 for Warriors fundraising efforts. This award is certainly keeping up the vision of Otto—a vision he had for helping out our community. Congratulations Evie we are very proud of you!

Fun times again this past Friday as Sheri Dinse, membership advisor, from Equinox Gym Club Westlake Village engaged our members with exercises and a presentation on the vast services that the gym offers. As you can tell from these pictures, members participate in early morning exercise at our Club meeting in various manners. Some by some doing it right, some by singing along, some by just standing and watching, and the rest just sitting down and relaxing! The Equinox, located right across the street from Westlake High School, features a swimming pool, spacious fitness floors, inspirational exercise classes and top notch fitness equipment. Visit for more information. Thank you Sheri for a great presentation and the early morning wake up exercises!

Meeting on Friday April 10, 2015. Story by Jon Morse.
First picture features Amber Harden during her presentation.  The cake shows the flags of the Republic of Georgia and the United States side by side.
Second picture features guests during the meeting from left to right:   Clarence Miller, principal of Simon Technology High School in Watts; Amber Harden, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; Robert Ryans, incoming president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; Olivia Ryans, member of the Inglewood Rotary Club;  Cresie Page, a past president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club.   Also pictured is Jon Morse, a past president of our club who made the initial connections with the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club and Simon Technology High School.
On 10 April 2015, our club had a fascinating presentation from Amber Harden, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who spent three years in the Republic of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union and the birthplace of Joseph Stalin.   Amber recounted how she found a Rotary Club in Georgia to coordinate her visit and how she learned to live and thrive in a part of the world which had been off limits to the west for decades.  She discovered, among other things, that Georgia is a major wine producing country.  While she was in Georgia, Amber received a Masters Degree in International Business.  She also learned to speak Georgian and taught English both in the countryside and in the capital city of Tbilisi. 
Amber’s Ambassadorial Scholarship was sponsored by the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club, which has partnered with our club in supporting the Simon Technology High School, a grade 9-12 Charter High School in Watts.  The school is preparing deserving students in the area for college, even though many of the students come from families where they will be the first to graduate from high school.  Our club’s Book Drive supplied the school with approximately 10,000 books so the students would have books available for silent reading to improve their reading comprehension.  Many of the students come to the school in ninth grade with a second grade reading level, and the school is working hard to raise the reading level to prepare the students for college.  The school donated a quantity of the children’s books to the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club to be taken to Jamaica for a literacy outreach in that country.  Other children’s books have been donated to a local elementary school in Watts; a program is under development to have the high school students tutor the elementary school students.  The school has also instituted an adult literacy program to allow the parents of the students and others in the community to improve their literacy skills.  In short, the Book Drive has taken on a life of its own in that community.
At our meeting we were pleased to welcome as guests Clarence Miller, principal of the Simon Technology High School; Robert Ryans, incoming president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; Cresie Page, a past president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; and Olivia Ryans, wife of Robert Ryans and a member of the Inglewood Rotary Club.  Our clubs have made a commitment to work together on other projects and set an example of inter district cooperation for other clubs to follow.



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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!

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!

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!

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.



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