Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise


Feb 06, 2015
Sally Adelblue, Past District Governor 5240
Who is YoYo Ma & What's he Doing in Your 'Hood?
Feb 13, 2015
Dennis Koors
Win Life's Daily Endurance Events
Feb 20, 2015
Terry Moerler
5 Life Changing Tips from our own Navy Seal Academy Survivor
Feb 27, 2015
Jim Eckley, Don Martin, John Grace
Stock Market Crash 2015? What's a Poor Investor to Do?
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
Amy Stec
Maintaining a Healthy Diet in Today's Busy World
Mar 20, 2015
Ken Koors
Leave Your Audience Stark Raving Glad
Mar 27, 2015
Randy Pentis
Cops Run for Charity

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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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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!

Happy New Year! Great past six months with Club President Greg Patterson! New members, great speakers, successful fundraisers, wonderful community projects and of course, awesome meetings! Looking forward to the next six months!



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Our last meeting for 2014 was marked with another amazing program and some "sad" news. Our brillant speakers last Friday were Patricia and George Jones, owners of Home Helpers (pictured here with our President Elect, Nancy LaSota). They spoke of their Company and assisting countless number of families navigate the waters of long term care for an aging loved one. There are so many options for senior care that it can be so overwhelming. Home Helpers is there to help in taking care of an elderly parent, loved one or even yourself. Thank you to Patricia and George for their eye-opening program! 
The "sad" news is that this was the "last" meeting for one of our esteemed and long time member of our Club, Mr. Alan Sworski.  Alan, who is heading on to greener pastures in the retirement field, was heavily involved with and a vital part of our Jazz and Wine Fest for the past three years as he co-chaired the all important Wine Committee. His immense contributions in other Rotary events included involvement in our Club's Golf Tournaments, the Devil Pups program and was always seen participating in numerous Club's community service events over the years.  Thank you Alan for all your years of service! We are sure going to miss you!

This is the "Good" that we do! Last Saturday our Club celebrated Stoll House Christmas at the Hacienda de Feliz Apartments. This project goes back 16 years and is headed up by Kim Woods and her husband Mark Schadecker (Mr. Claus). It's always a wonderful time as club members donate gifts to the families going through transitional housing and attend the holiday fesitivities. This year was no different as members sang Christmas carols to the families as Mr. Claus handed out the gifts. Always a magical event and thanks to Kim, Mark and Michael Ramakrishnan for coordinating this fun holiday event!
And last Friday our Club hosted our annual holiday celebration with over 100 seniors at the Goebel Senior Center. Cisco's Catering provided the delicious breakfast buffet (even one of our members, Greg Kaapuni, participated as a server), Newbury Park High School choir performed a medley of beautiful holiday songs and members and seniors mixed it up with holiday stories!
Happy Holidays and Tis the Season to give back to our Community!

Louis Celaya, Deputy City Manager, City of Agoura Hills and chair of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF) was our guest speaker at our Friday meeting, November 21. Wonderful presentation by Louis talking about the CLVFF which is a non profit organization dedicated to studying and shaping the future in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region. CLVFF anticipates community needs and initiates projects and programs to meet those needs. CLVFF members include innovative and visionary leaders from our community. Louis spoke of various popular programs including an annual Health Expo, sponsoring the Senior Congress and Youth Leadership program. CLVFF is involved in more than 100 projects dealing with all kinds of education, arts, housing and environmental issues. Thank you so much for a great program Louis and because you're a big USC fan, a special thanks from the UCLA members of our Club!


The argument over the ages has been around the questions How was the world formed? and What is our purpose here?  Last Friday's speaker was producer, director and writer of motion picture films, Emmanuel Itier (pictured here with his entourage,Maria, Kathy and John), who entertained us with his presentation about his latest films "The Invocation" and "Femme Women Healing the World". Click on links below to see trailers of each film. Fascinating program as Emmanuel talked of his movie industry experiences and what inspired him to produce such extraordinaire films. Thank you Emmanuel for a wonderful presentation!

THE INVOCATION: trailer: film: password: InvocationNow

FEMME: trailers:
- password: FemmeLeFilm



Veteran's Day 2014. Here's a picture of our Club's veterans with guest speaker a couple of weeks ago. Michael Ramakrishnan, Greg Taylor, Mayra Placsencia (speaker) and Jacob Castroll. Thank you to our Club veterans for their services. Thanks to all veterans for all that they've done for our country!

Very poignant program last Friday delivered by Marine Corps Sergeant Mayra Plascencia and Outreach Coordinator at New Directions for Veterans. Mayra spoke of her intense and heroic years on the battlefields of Iraq, the difficult transition back to civilian life and the struggle to get the "back home" feeling. However, through the support of her family and fellow veterans, Mayra is now successfully reaching out to help and counsel veterans to cope with everyday life issues through her position at New Directions. Thank you Mayra (pictured here with our very own Club "Veterans" Michael Ramakrishnan, Greg Taylor and Jacob Castrol) for a beautiful presentation. We applaud you for your service to our country and we're so glad you finally found that there's "No Place Like Home"!

Over $50,000 gross proceeds was made at our 28th annual golf tournament and our first annual poker tournament on Monday, October 6! From the smooth registration of golfers, to the exciting scramble tournament, to the electrifying helicopter ball drop, to the delicious dinner and astonishing silent auction and finally wrapping up with the raucous poker was 14 hours of exhilarating Rotary fun and all for great causes! Many, many thanks to all the golf and poker participants as well as to our wonderful volunteers! For more pictures please check out our Club's Facebook page and Kenny Backers Photography link:

Guest speaker last Friday was Mike Velthoen, managing partner of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson law firm in Ventura, who masterfully delivered an informative discussion regarding medical marijuana issues in the workplace. "Cloudy" is the best word to describe the legal decisions regarding employer versus employee when it comes to drug use, positive tests and medical marijuana clearance. Mike also maintains a diverse practice in all aspects of business litigation, with an emphasis on trade secret disputes, intellectual property and employment law. Thanks to Mike for a great presentation! Speaking of drug use, one of Mike's biggest fan in the audience was some delusional guy wearing a "Giants" baseball shirt. This member (who purportedly claims to be our Club President) tried to persuade RCWLVS members to root for "his" team in the World Series by singing songs with the words "San Francisco" in it and waving his "swinging" watch in front of the eyes of fellow Rotarians! This type of behavior cannot be tolerated and more careful screening of those that join us for breakfast must be implemented!

"Sometimes it's best to shut up and just listen" is an excerpt from Rik Middleton's wonderful book called "Don't Look At Me In That Tone Of Voice". Rik was our speaker last Friday and gave us an insight to the world of "Visual Listening" which introduces an entirely new way of communicating and listening. Rik even showed some of his techniques in a "Blind Man's Bluff" game in getting Marilyn Lippiatt and Eric Rolph to focus on communication without being able to look at one another. Rik's mission is to help better understand the origins and fundamentals of human communication, both verbal and nonverbal. Rik's book was developed for hostage negotiators as well as for people in all professions to provide hands on learning experiences to better equip one for success in all types of interpersonal interactions. Thank you Rik for a wonderful and thought provoking program!

Guests last week included "new face" Aaron Stel (friend of John Grace) who probably ate his last "free" breakfast.  And it was also great to see some "young" faces that we haven't seen in a while. Nice to see Ron Brack with his buddy Bill Medley. Also, welcome back to "Startmeister" Don Martin!

Awesome and inspiring program last week Friday as Brent Reinke, attorney at the same law firm as Prez Greg, told us of his experience in climbing to one of the Everest Base Camps which reaches an altitude of 17,000 feet! That's higher than Mt. Whitney! Brent made the trek this past April at the insistence of his brother who has climbed to the base camps numerous times. Brent talked about the exhaustion they faced each day, the bland food they had to eat, the primitive toilets they had to use; but most importantly, Brent told us of the spectacular sights he experienced and the triumphant feeling of reaching his destination! Thank you Brent for a wonderful program and sharing with us your "bucket list" journey!

Welcome aboard new members Nancy Paul and Ben Pace! Greg Taylor, our memberhip chair, did the honors in inducting our newest Club members who shared their celebratory event with their family, friends and sponsors! Nancy runs the Three Wishes Scholarships organization and Ben is a consultant with Heartland Ovation Payroll and Core Business Consulting Inc. Congrats to both Nancy and Ben in joining the world's greatest charitable organization!

That is Casey Galang's "gang" was here at our meeting last Friday. Casey is the current president of Rotaract of Conejo Valley and she and fellow members Cynthia Montoya and Kara Hensley presented a wonderful program in sharing what their Club is up to this Rotary year. Rotaract is a branch of Rotary that includes "younger/professional" members from 18 - 35 years of age and keeps the "rift raft" out like Tom Waite and Eric Rolph from joining their Club.  Rotaract supports our Rotary Club along with other Rotary Clubs in the Conejo area by working in joint community projects such as My Stuff Bags and Backpack Project. They also go on an annual House Building Trip to Mexico where they and other Rotaract groups construct a house in one day! Thank you to Casey and her "gang" for sharing their wonderful stories and we wish them luck on their future charitable endeavors!

The Jim Wisdom/Jim Vaughn show came "running" through our meeting last Friday. Marathoners Jim and Jim each told us of their experiences running the New York Marathon in past years. Truly a remarkable accomplishment to not only finish one marathon but these two, combined, have run close to 15 marathons all over the nation! Unbelievable! Jim and Jim gave us a little history about the New York Marathon as well as training tips and the "why in the world" reasons they run marathons! Thank you to Jim and Jim for a great program! Guests last Friday included soon to be members Nancy Paul (John Grace) and Ben Pace (Ron Yamashiro). Our morning was illuminated with members Ralph Gould, Jacob Castroll and Nick Frankle all wearing colorful shirts (of course, Ralph chooses Bruin colors) and meeting fun included putting for $$$ with Past Prez John Newhouse giving it that "Trojan" try!

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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