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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!

June 10th was a day for honoring a lot of amazing people! We gave out awards to our public servants, gave money to a non-profit, and posthumously honored a former Rotary president with the Four Way Test Award! Check it out...
Eric Ruhman and Elza Ruhman accept the Four Way Test Award from Mr. Santa Monica/Past President Nat Trives, in honor of Lionel Ruhman, Eric's dad and Elza's husband. Diane Margolin had some wonderful memories of Lionel to share.
Mitch Kraus presented a check to the Surf Bus Foundation, accepted by Allie Reynolds and Marion Clark!
Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vasquez was delighted to join in the Rotary salute to public service employees! Irene Gonzalez-Castillo introduced the educator of the year, Lori Orum.




Sergeant Mike Braaten (right) was the honored Police Officer of the year. Deputy Chief Al Venegas and Rotarian Joe Metoyer join him.




Lori Orum, principal of Edison Language Academy, was honored as educator of the year.  She is joined here by Rotarian Donna Byrd, school board member Dr. Maria Leon-Vazquez, Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, Dennis Hernandez, school board president Laurie Lieberman, Mayor Tony Vazquez, and Rotarian Joe Metoyer!



Santa Monica Big Blue Bus nominated Jabryan Donald as the transit employee of the year. Pictured here is Tim McCormick (last year's honoree), Latisha Donald, Jabryan Donald, Getty Modica, and Jimm Famolare!





Rotarian Ann Greenspun welcomed back Rosemary Smith, widow of our beloved former member, Clyde Smith!

Rotarians Nora Straight Bohn and David Rosenfeld welcome back our former member LaVonne Lawson! It was so great to have her there again!
Past President Judy Neveau's guest was the new chief of Santa Monica College's police department, Johnnie Adams!
We love seeing former member Alonzo Hill at a meeting!
Same goes for Past President and now Honorary Member John Lehne, and his lovely wife Kay!


And for something completely different...

The incoming and outgoing boards, along with the past presidents, met at the Emperor's home for one last meeting of the year. Check out the sweet jackets that Tom got his board for all their hard work this year...what a nice guy!

Past President George Collins, Emperor Tom Loo, VP Larry Mortorff, Treasurer Glenn Ricard, Director Susan Annett, Director Roger Davis, Incoming President Connie Maguire, Director Barb Bishop, & Director David Rosenfeld

Thank you to Emperor Tom Loo for working so hard this year, and spoiling all your board members!!



June 3rd was a wonderful day! We had the amazing Keith Erickson as our speaker, we gave away a grant and a scholarship, and more! Check it out...
Steve Taub (a member of Beverly Hills Rotary but who calls our club his second home) was able to invite our gracious speaker, Keith Erickson! They pose here with our Emperor and President, Tom Loo.
Vice President Sharon Perlmutter Gavin presented a check for $2500 to Molly Maher from the Westside Family Health Center!
Duniya Syed accepted a scholarship award from Susan Annett! Tom Larmore & Ken Kutcher pose on the left and right, as their company sponsored the scholarship through their company, Harding, Larmore, Kutcher & Kozal, LLP!




Past President Nat Trives was fined because he's been fitted by Hugo Boss for his role at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner on June 15th where our members Iao Katagiri and Dee Menzies will be honored!





And since Nat claimed he only did it because Chamber President Laurel Rosen asked him to, our Emperor Tom Loo fined her as well!





Visiting from Redding, CA were  Rotarian Tiger and Susie Michiels!

And Lisa Alexander brought a prospective member, Ariane Grogny!


And Nora is ecstatic to be newly married! She is now a Bohn! :)



On May 29th, Rotary went to the races!
It was a wild rush!
Thank you to Steve Taub who made it possible to have such a fun Santa Anita experience! He invited Lafitte Pincay, Jr to speak to us. Lafitte is the second-most winningest jockey in history! 
Thank you also to Emperor Tom Loo and Event Chair Timur Berberoglu, who were instrumental in creating this fantastic day! Thank you for all your hard work, gentlemen!


Susan Annett, Marilyn Leoni, and Pat Bofird look happy and relaxed...





As does the lovely RoseMary Regalbuto...





But not as happy as Jolly and Patty Gissell, who have smiles on their winning faces!





Roger and Joy Davis are also wearing their winning smiles...they bet and won on the very first race!




Greg & Terry Hargrave had a fun time on the stable tour before the races started...





And so did Monty McCormick!




Linnekens Family selfie time!





Pat & George Collins and Paul & Marilyn Leoni had a blast! (Both Pat Collins and Andrea Gressinger have injuries, but that wasn't going to stop them from attending this fun day!




David Rosenfeld had to be enjoying himself with such a beautiful woman on his arm!




Drew Flemming enjoyed the yummy lunch buffet!

The Rotary section was right at the head of the home stretch! What a view...

Thanks to Iao Katagiri for all the amazing pictures from this day!


A special highlight...

The third race of the day was dedicated to the Rotary Club of Santa Monica! Tom and Timur were invited to the Winner's Circle!



There is nothing better than giving money to kids for their college educations!!
May 20th was Scholarship Day! It brought much excitement, and a big crowd of wonderful people!
Here are all our scholarship reciepients and their families! We gave away over $10,000 to these exceptional students!
Past scholarship recipient Daniel Kolko came back to express his gratitude for the support from Rotary that has helped open the door to educational achievement for him at USC!
Guest introducer Deborah Williams exchanged club banners with Keith Muras from the Risborough club in England!



Past President Dee Menzies (who was our first woman president!) will be honored with the Bob Gabriel Community Service Award at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner on June 15! Way to go, Dee!!



And poor Stan Fox was fined AGAIN for allowing Mimi (a homeless woman who is now a movie star) to call his laundromat home for many years!







Melissa Dagodag brought Ronnie Roy! (Yes, Len, we see your cute face back there!)




Nick Goehner brought Joshua Mabie!




And Kurtis Magee was back for the second week! His host Bret Carter wasn't around, so Mitchell Kraus generously stepped in to introduce him!

We are so proud of our scholarship recipients! But not as proud as their families! :)

Recipient Maurice Wilkes with his beautiful family!


Recipient Alex Spanos with his dad George! (Alex was Founding President of our SaMoHi Interact Club!)


Recipient Zain Delawalla and his lovely family!


And thank you to Susan Annett and David Snow for putting this amazing day together!!

Susan Annett and David Snow with Citizenship Awardees Celeste Delgadillo, Siri Storstein-Norgaard, and Golden Gonzales-Palmer!

Susan Annett with recipient Carlos Bustos!




May 13th brought us an awesome speaker, fun guests, a grant presentation and inductions of our newest and dearest!
Our speaker was Larry Kopald, and he talked about global climate change. He explained that we need to start taking care of our soil. We kill off the microorganisms with chemicals and ignore crop rotation, making it hard for our soil to draw the CO2 out of the atmosphere, as it would if it were healthy. What an incredible vision! 
Our speaker, Larry Kopald, poses here with his introducer and our Rotary Vice President, Larry Maher.
Alongside are the two representatives from Boy Scouts of America who came to receive a grant check from our Foundation for Camp Josepho!
Ken Waltzer introduced our newest member, Vicky Curtis! Make sure you say hi and welcome her to the fold!
And Past President Judy Neveau presented a club flag to Matthias Rumplehardt from Berlin, Germany!



Our Rotary Vice President Sharon Perlmutter Gavin(right) inducted Deborah Williams! 





Past President Spyros Dellaportas inducted Josh Bradburn!



Past President David Bohn inducted his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Nora Straight!





And Rotary Director Roger Davis inducted Tammy Andrews!



Our wonderful, talented and kind member, Iao Katagiri, was called upon to pay a fine by Len Lanzi! Iao will be recieving the Roy Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce on June 15th...YAY!! She will be retiring from the RAND Corporation later this year after 41 years!! What??



Gita Runkle snagged some super cute pics of club members at the recent Rotary District Breakfast!
Incoming president, Connie Maguire, with Matthew Williams and Karim Jaude.
RoseMary Regalbuto and President-Elect Designee, Tom Larmore, were both looking quite dapper!
These two are up to something...
Our incoming leaders...don't you think they are going to do a phenomenal job?

On May 6th we had an interesting turn of events!
Our regularly scheduled program fell through, so Tom Loo and Grace Cheng Braun pulled a great talk out of their molassas! 
We also gave away money to two wonderful organizations from our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation!
Our Emperor, Tom Loo, with co-speaker Rotarian Grace Cheng Braun. They talked about their childhoods, and growing up Asian in America!
Past President David Bohn and Rotarian Susan Gabriel Potter presented a check to Kathryn Evans from the Santa Monica History Museum!
And Past President Judy Neveau presented a grant to Heather Doyle for the Santa Monica Pier Acquarium!


RoseMary Regalbuto, chair or our Rotary International Foundation Committee, provided a great video presentation on RI activites. 





She also awarded Past President Judy Neveau with another Paul Harris Fellowship!




We always have the most wonderful guests!

Lisa Alexander invited the new CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, Michelle Arellano!





And our President-Elect Designee, Tom Larmore, introduced Grace Cheng Braun's guest, Jodi Cohn, who just joined the board of directors at WISE & Healthy Aging.



Nick Goehner, sporting another of his trademark ties(how many of these do you think he owns??), provided the inspirational invocation. At least, we assume it was good. We were all mesmerized by his dashing attire!



May 1st was our International Food & Song Festival!
It was so much fun! Tons of amazing food, cool tunes, and you just can't beat that view! 
We had a few acts, one being Monika White and her bluegrass band! It sounded great!
And Savi sang a bunch of fun tunes, accompanying herself on ukulele and guitar!


Attendees galore!


The Berberoglu Clan




David Rosenfeld, Incoming President Connie Maguire, and Mrs. Holly Gregory




Mr. Santa Monica, Past President Nat Trives, and Karim Jaude





Mitchell Kraus and his son, Zachary







Past Presidents Spyros Dellaportas and Allen Young, along with the lovely Helen Zhao




Consistent Rotary visitor Sumaya Casteel and her guest




Russ Warner and Past President Judy Neveau






Nora Straight Bohn and her new brother in law, our Past President David Bohn







Past President Judy Neveau with Grace Cheng Braun and her hubby Ted Braun




Savi's predecessor, the wonderful June Doy and guest






New Member Pradeep Batra and his wife, Neelam, with Past President Spyros Dellaportas




Sally Pai Unruh and her new hubby Jason Unruh





And the stoic Nick Goehner. He must have been feeling very contemplative that day. ;)


Thank you to these hard working gentlemen behind the bar, Bret Carter & Ric Mateus!

Thank you to Mike Cates & Broadway Gymnastics for providing such a fun kids playground!

Thank you to Barb Bishop for bringing in food from Lago!

Thank you to Tom and Stefani Loo for hosting this incredible event at their beautiful home!!


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Phil Israels
Criminal Law
Sep 02, 2016
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Sep 16, 2016
Kartick Satyanarayan
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Sep 23, 2016
Barry McDonald
Supreme Court Observations

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