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August 26th we had a great meeting! We gave away another grant, members were awarded for their hard work, and our speaker was really interesting! Check it out...
Community & Youth Grants Co-Chair Melissa Dagodag presented a check to Kevin McKeown, the director of the SaMoHi Marching Band! 
Thank you to our friendly and enthusiastic greeters, Nick Goehner and Palle Jensen!
New Member Vicky Curtis was our President's Pick for the week, and she's making friends already! Suzan Allbritton joins her here!

Rotary District 5280 Centennial Celebration!

Bret Carter announced the District Celebration taking place on the USS Iowa on October 22! Our club has a table going. Do you have anything you can contribute to their auction? Contact John McIntire at 310-372-8345. 


President Connie awarded some of our members for their outstanding work in our club...


New Member Kurtis Magee was awarded the Monthly Leprechaun!




Is it any surprise that RoseMary Regalbuto was given a monthly Achievement Award?




Bret Carter obviously deserved to receive an Achievement Award as well!



Thank you to all the members who work so hard to make our club run well and to do good work for our community!!

Thank you to our speaker, Steve Cron, criminal defense lawyer!

He gave a wonderful talk on criminal law and some of the cases that have come to his firm. He also offered advice for those who might be confronted by a possible arrest or questioning by law enforcement...not that any of our members would ever need it. :)   

Josh Bradburn greeted our speaker, Steve Cron, and Steve's partner, Phil Israels, who was originally scheduled to speak but thought he'd have to be in court. We were so happy he could join us after all.



On August 19th, our luncheon was hosted by RAND due to more construction at the Riviera, so a big thank you to Iao Katagiri for arranging this!
We had a different kind of meeting, with table discussions and presentations about our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation! We also gave away a HUGE check!
We presented the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club with a $15,000 check, along with helping to facilitate another matching grant as well! 
Pictured here: President Connie Maguire, Past President Judy Neveau, Past President Paul Leoni, Monty McCormick, Eric Schmitter, Steve Litvack, B&GC CEO Michelle Arellano, President Elect Tom Larmore, B&GC Development Director Janis Morse, Past President Paul Gaulke, and Past President Nat Trives.
Great job and thanks to our new members who are already inviting prospective members to lunch! Joe Peterson was brought by new member Kurtis Magee....
And Cindy Heydt was introduced by new member Deborah Williams!

Table discussions!

Lisa Alexander & Bret Carter led a discussion which focused on strengthening our club branding and developing your elevator speech! 



Bill & Carol Powell, Tammy Andrews, and Past President George Collins jumped right in!



Past President Judy Neveau started out the program with a brief overview of our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation!




Mitch Kraus reviewed some recent beneficiaries of our Community & Youth Grants.




Len Lanzi talked about how our SM Rotary Foundation raises money, and also discussed some of the international service projects we've supported.

Welcome to our newest member, Miho Ikeda!!

Past President Tom Loo introduced our newest member, Miho Ikeda! Miho, we are so glad you've joined the club!



August 14th we had a Rotary Family BBQ at Kelly Gulch, thanks to Allan & Sally Young! It was a hot but beautiful day!
Arriving in style was the Menzies family...Jim, Dee and Jamie!
I'm sure they were heading here Sally Young who played bartender for the day!
The kids got a special treat, watching the farm animals get their dinner, too.
Among the dinner guests were the cutest, most fluffy chickens ever!



Erik Jorgensborg with Tricia and Bill Dawson...they definitely enjoyed drinking in the woods!





And Karim Jaude was very excited to join in as well!




It was so nice to see our former member, Helen Zhao, who brought her nephew William, and Li Chen!



Klaus Brandt cooled off under a tree with the sweet Char Lawrence!





And soon all the group was sitting to dine together on a classic BBQ feast!

Jolly Gissell, his lovely wife, Patty, and their son Michael looked like they had a blast! Looking sharp Gissells!!

President Connie Maguire thanked Carol & Bill Powell, the organizers of the event!

Thank you to the Powells and to the Youngs, all for whom the event would never have happened!!


Saturday, September 3, was a fun day for the Healthy Living Committee and those who signed up for the Boxing Workout!
John Dravillas, co-chair of the Healthy Living Committee, graciously hosted at his physical therapy practice location, Physical Therapyworks! And was obviously a vibrant participant!
John's co-chair, Lisa Alexander, was kicking butt connecting with this speed bag!!
As was Donna Byrd!!



 RoseMary Regalbuto took on this big blue burdon of a punching bag...


New Member, Scott Gaynor, looks like a formidable opponent!


Don't mess with Donna Byrd or new member Kurtis Magee...they are ready to mess you up in the name of Rotary!! :)



August 12th we hosted our Rotary 5280 District Governor along with other great happenings, and we had a fabulous meeting! We met at the Fairmont Miramar due to construction at the Riviera, thanks to Matthew Lehman!
Check it out...
In thanks for his visit and wonderful speech/presentation, President Connie Maguire presented our District Governor, Greg O'Brien, with a plaque with this year's slogan over the Irish national colors!
Prior to the luncheon, DG O'Brien met with President Connie and many of the board members and chairpersons to discuss club details...present were Jack Gregory, David Rosenfeld, Adam Lichtl, Savi Labensart, Monte Herring, President-Elect Tom Larmore, Jay Smith, Matt Williams, Roger Davis, and Timur Berberoglu. 
DG Greg O'Brien presented four District 5280 awards to outstanding members of our club: Lisa Alexander, the top recruiter of new members last year; Don Dickerson, oldest current member; Sharon Perlmutter Gavin, most active member; and Judy Neveau, largest foundation donor.
New members Vicky Curtis (sponsor, Andrea Gressinger) and Scott Gaynor (sponsor Jack Gregory) were inducted by Past Prez Dick Lawrence AND special guest, DG Greg O'Brien.


Taylor Lallas and Lindsay Timmerman, who are leading Brentwood School's Interact Club in the coming year, attended.  They were joined by Pat Bofird and Bill Buxton.



And Palle Jensen brought his lovely wife, Liza!



Was it Bow Tie Day and no one announced it?

Or are Nick Goehner, Len Lanzi and Adam Lichtl just this classy all the time?

The last of the Dethroning Awards!!

DG O'Brien and President Connie Maguire presented the last of Past President and Emperor Tom Loo's Dethroning awards to Matthew Lehman and John Rucci of the Fairmont Miramar. They both got the Joe Gilbert Outstanding Club Member Award for the 2015-16 year!! (Sorry to do so without you, Tom, as we had to jump on the opportunity that both were in the same room, and get these men awarded!)



August 5th was another wonderful meeting!
Check it out...
Vice President of Program, Roger Davis, greets our speaker Ambassador Frank Baxter and his guest, Robert Landis! Ambassador Baxter gave us the run down on Public Education!
Melissa Dagodag presented a Community & Youth Grant to Linda Jackson of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera. Linda sang her "thank you" to us and received a standing ovation!
Past President, Judy Neveau, was delighted to meet one of our newest members, Scott Gaynor!


Greg Hargrave exchanged club banners with  Arjan J Groot Baltink who brought a banner from the Rotary Club of Dalian, China!







Suzan Allbritton and Jillian Alexander were among the July & August birthday group!




Treasurer, Jay Smith and Vice President of Programs, Roger Davis were also admitting to another birthday!




Ann Greenspun & Carol Powell were also in the birthday group, treasuring their chocolate gifts!

Thank you, greeters!!

Kathy Shepard and Nora Bohn did a fabulous job as our Pat Bofird can attest!



On July 29th we had a full and interesting meeting! Our speaker was from St. John's Hospital, we gave an award to a Firefighter, and we had lots of wonderful guests! Check it out...
Marcel Loh, President and CEO of Providence St. John's Hospital, gave a comprehensive talk about health care, and how St. John's is meeting new challenges!
Leprechaun of the Month: President Connie is recognizing Rotarians who go the extra mile, and this time the award goes to Bill Powell! Thank you Bill, for encouraging others to take on assignments and tasks for the club!
President Connie also recognized Iao Katagiri, our resident angel behind the scenes! (She should get an award every day!) Iao made sure the activity update slideshow went on and table signs were made even while she was away for a couple weeks on vacation!

We have such wonderful, smiling faces at our meetings...


LA5's JT Warring joined us with Myo Min Tun, who is a part of Rotary International's clean water project in Myanmar!



Timur Berberoglu, President Connie Maguire, Andrew Lustig, and Larry Mortorff...Larry brought Andrew as his guest. Looks like he had fun!



David Rosenfeld, Tammy Andrews, Roger Davis, and Roger's guest Fred Hamberg!




We are always so glad to see Bob Klein, and even more excited to see his lovely wife JoAnn!




And they brought former Rotarian John Miller to lunch as well! When you coming back to us, John??


Public Service Recognition!!

On the day of our public service awards, the fire department's honoree, Captain Rob Erdmann, was responding to an emergency call.  Joe Metoyer, Donna Byrd, and Julie Thomas presented Rob with his award, along with Battalion Chief Frank Evaro and Fire Chief Bill Watkins.



July 22nd was an exciting day! We had a fun Champagne reception before the meeting, and Jeanie Buss, the President of the LA Lakers, was our speaker, and we had a lot of fun guests! Check it out...
Jeanie Buss and President Connie go way back!
What a wonderful experience to have Connie interview Jeanie about her life and the Lakers!
President Connie exchanged flags with Exchange Students Valentina Rossi and Cameron Robson!

Champagne Reception! Check out who showed to celebrate before the luncheon...


Tom Woods, Matt Williams, and Kathy Shepard





Larry Mortorff, Palle Jensen, John Dravillas, and John's guests James Valerio and Harry Wong






Honorary member Patricia Farris, Len Lanzi, and Past President Jack Gregory



More champagne smiles!


Roger Davis, Ken Waltzer, President-ElectTom Larmore, Kai-Li Quigley & her host Hal Quigley, and Suzan Allbritton




Deborah Williams, Carol Powell, Hal Quigley, Bill Powell, and Adam Lichtl




Melissa Berberoglu decided she should definitely attend more meetings with Timur!

What sweet ladies...

RoseMary Regalbuto, Susan Gabriel Potter and Diane Margolin



July 15th was an incredible day! Our speaker, Dydine Umayang, was a Rwandan Genocide Survivor, so our program was very powerful. Also, Past President Tom Loo gave out the rest of the Dethroning awards, and we gave money to two non-profit organizations! Check it out...
Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Dydine Umayang, spoke bravely and brilliantly about her experience in genocide. She was but a small child of 3 or 4 years old when she was separated from her family. She ended up in a line to be killed, but was miraculously saved and managed to survive through to tell her tale today.  
Melissa Dagodag presented a check from our Rotary Community & Youth Grants Committee to Jonathan Bijur of the reDiscover Center!
And from the same committee, Gita Runkle presented a check to Ashley Powell of Vista del Mar Family Services.



One of our newest members, Kurtis Magee, handled our Guest Introductions for the day! Way to jump right in, Kurtis!







Carol Jackson, doing her best Stevie Wonder impression, was wonderful enough to provide us with piano accompaniment for the day!







Our President-Elect is one of our favorite song leaders! Thank you Tom, for always entertaining us and honoring us with your voice.




More awards! Past President/Past Emperor Tom Loo passed out the Dethroning awards to those who were unable to make it to the event! 











Drew Fleming won the Herb Spurgin award! He wasn't able to attend the Dethroning, but we wouldn't have been able to recognize him anyway, with his newly grown facial hair.

Sharon Perlmutter Gavin had been on vacation, but came home to receive a President's Award!
Stan Fox won the Austin Jennings Award! Go Stan!
Timur Berberoglu also received a President's Award for his energetic production of several activities for members last year.  We should all get awards for finally being able to spell his name correctly!


Dydine said something quite lovely when talking about race...she said, "A garden is beautiful with multiple colors, not just one."

May each human being remember to appreciate all the colors in our gardens.



On June 28th, Rotary got called to quickly donate to Upward Bound House and these amazing Rotarian women took on the project! Check it out...
Suzan Allbritton rallied the gals and stands here in front of the newly furnished kitchen.
Carol Powell and Donna Byrd came to the call and sit here on one of the newly furnished beds.
What great lamps!
And shower curtain and towels for the bathroom...
And super cute place settings!
Rotary is so happy to be able to donate these furnishings to the family moving in! On to the next helpful project!

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Programs
Sep 30, 2016
Steve Gahgan (Champagne Meet & Greet)
Power of Narrative in Movies & Life
Oct 07, 2016
Janette Flintoft, JD
LA District Attorney's Office Grantmaking Program
Oct 14, 2016
Kurt Floren & Craft Talker David Wisen
Agricultural Commissioner
Oct 21, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Jacqueline Sanford
Tri-athelete and Adventurer
Nov 04, 2016
Nov 11, 2016
DARK for Wine Fest This Sunday
DARK - our meeting is the Wine Fest This Sunday
Nov 18, 2016
Sr. Anncarla Costello
Human Trafficking
Nov 25, 2016

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