Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


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 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
Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

Executives, Directors, and Chairs

Past President
Club Service
Youth Service
Community Service
The Rotary Foundation
International Service
Club Fundraising
Vocational Service
Sunrise Foundation President
Sunrise Foundation Treasurer
Sunrise Foundation Secretary
Sunrise Foundation Member
Youth Exchange
Public Relations
Awards Chair
Club Bulletin Editor
Rotaract Advisor
Interact Advisor
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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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!



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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"!

So says President Greg Patterson! We're dark this Friday, May 29. Instead, we're partying later that afternoon at 5:00 pm at "The Stonehaus" (corner of Agoura Rd and Lakeview Canyon Blvd). Drinks are on President Greg! Be there!

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!

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.

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!

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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