|May 15 Mtg - Scholarship Day||Posted by Savi Labensart||on May 27, 2015||
|February 20 Speaker, Steve McAndrew - Ebola Operations in Sierra Leone||Posted by Savitri Labensart||on Feb 20, 2015||
|INTERNATIONAL WINE and JAZZ FESTIVAL - FUNDRAISER - OCTOBER 19, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2014||
|Meeting Recap - October 10, 2014||Posted by Iao Katagiri||on Oct 13, 2014||
|In Memoriam: John Bohn||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 13, 2014||
|FARF! (First Annual Rotary Function) - September 28, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Sep 23, 2014||
Join fellow Rotarians and their families at Kelly's Gulch, Allan & Sally Young's ranch in Topanga Canyon. This is a rustic setting, so bring appropriate shoes. There is a hiking trail for the adventurous. Otherwise, this is a very tranquil setting. Hang out, BBQ, meet new members, and socialize with old friends!
Children are FREE and the event is child friendly! There is a tree house and goats on the property.
Those who participate in the poker event at the end may stay later.
Thanks to Allan and Sally Young for letting us use their ranch!!
For more information, contact Len Lanzi or Timur Berberoglu
|King George takes Ice Bucket Challenge||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Sep 23, 2014||
|Rotary Meeting Recap -- September 19, 2014||Posted by Thomas Montemer||on Sep 23, 2014||
|More than 33% Club Members Directly Involved in Grant Decision-Making||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Sep 23, 2014||
|September 26, 2014 - Champagne Meet & Greet!!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Sep 17, 2014||
Champagne Meet & Greet!!
Friday, September 26, 2014 -- 11:30 a.m.
|FEED THE HOMELESS @ OPCC Turning Point -- September 30, 2014||Posted by Sharon Perlmutter Gavin||on Sep 09, 2014||
Help us cook and feed those in need!
Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014
Cooking 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
|Twilight Tennis - October 10, 2014||Posted by Karim Jaude||on Sep 09, 2014||
|September 15, 2014 - BLOOD Drive @ American Red Cross||Posted by Ann Greenspun||on Sep 06, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is sponsoring a
|Rotary Networking Hour - September 10, 2014||Posted by Daniel Bennett||on Sep 06, 2014||
Rotary Networking Hour
Please join us in a professional atmosphere where Rotarians may speak openly about business!
Wednesday, September, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
1250 6th Street, Suite 300
Santa Monica 90401
Coffee & bagels are served. Street parking is free until 9am.
|Meeting Recap - August 15, 2014||Posted by Leonard Lanzi||on Aug 22, 2014||
Santa Monica Rotary Corner: Members Address Meeting As Part Of Craft Talks
Friday, 22 Aug 2014, 8:56:00 AM
On Friday, Aug. 15, the Rotary Club of Santa Monica commenced its weekly meeting at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades with the usual warm, hearty greetings among both members and guests.
|Rotary District 5280 Membership Seminar||Posted by Leonard Lanzi||on Jul 21, 2014||
|Rotary District 5280 Literacy Breakfast||Posted by Leonard Lanzi||on Jul 21, 2014||
Aug 13, 2014 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
|Jul 18, 2014 Fred Karger "Fred Who? Come and learn about being a National Presidential Candidate in 2012" Next Meeting July 18th||Posted by Leonard Lanzi||on Jul 14, 2014|
|Volunteer for Vision to Learn||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jun 19, 2014||
Two great hands-on community service opportunities are now available!
Our club has partnered with Vision to Learn (a non-profit that provides free eye exams and free glasses to elementary school students in low-income communities) to help the children from Upward Bound House and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica.
Please contact Sharon Gavin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-666-6751 if you are interested in making a difference in these children’s lives!
|Join Rotary Rockets Team||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 18, 2014||
Saturday and Sunday
Relay For Life is an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and support developing cancer cures and prevention. One day each year, our community comes together and teams compete to raise money to cure and prevent cancer.
|Meeting Recap - May 9, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 13, 2014||
The entire meeting was devoted to appreciating our Support Staff including business workers, colleagues, and spouses.
Too bad we did not get photo of Shedonna's shoes.
|Meeting Recap - May 2, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 07, 2014||
The entire meeting was devoted to speaker VJ Smith sharing his tale about an exceptional and unforgettable Wal-Mart employee Marty Martinson, and how meeting him altered Smith's life. Marty's gratitude for all he had inspired Smith to write a book and become a professional speaker.
Former University of South Dakota Athletic Director SHOUTED about the need to HUSTLE and that the most important word is "CARE". Smith believes love is part of care, not that care is act of love.
|Sustain Our Environment committee at La Gran Limpieza 2014||Posted by John Dravillas||on May 07, 2014||
Last Saturday, Sustain Our Environment committee participated in
|No Meeting - May 24, 2014 - Memorial Day Weekend||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 07, 2014||
We will be DARK Friday!
|International Food & Song Festival - April 27, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 07, 2014||
THANK YOU to Foodstock organizers and hosts
more photos ...
|SAVE DATE - OCTOBER 19, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 30, 2014||
|No Meeting on April 25, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 21, 2014||
We will be DARK Friday!
Club Members please r.s.v.p. to Savi for you and your guests
Next Luncheon Meeting
|Meeting Recap - April 11, 2014||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Apr 16, 2014||
April Birthdays were celebrated and all received hats and acknowledgment for being one more year older.
We saw a wonderful photo video of the Rotary Day of Service Event and everyone who helped out wore their Rotary Day of Service t-shirts to the meeting. The principal of the school presented Rotary with a giant card signed by all of the kids at St. Anne's School. Thank you to everyone who did help out, it was an amazing day!
We will be dark for the next couple of weeks, but we will see everyone in May for more for and more great meetings!
|Fill in Member Survey today.||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 08, 2014||
Pres-Elect George Wants to Know ...
On which committees will you serve next year?
|Meeting Recap - April 4, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 08, 2014||
VP Committees Bret Carter presided over our meeting. VP Bret brilliantly fined Adam Lichtl $300 for getting engaged to Patsy Rincon, Iao Katagiri $100 for always taking photos at the Rotary meetings, and Mitch Kraus $50 for promoting the upcoming Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce's Sustainable Quality Awards.
Russ Warner presented a $1,500 Community and Youth Grant to Fr. Anthony “Tony” Gonzalez on behalf of St. Anne School and St. Monica Catholic Community parish.
Larry Mortorff introduced documentary writer, producer, director, and winner of five Emmy Awards (including best director and best film) Lee Stanley. Lee shared how repairing a film for California Youth Authority's Camp David Gonzales and screening his documentary about a paraplegic at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall led to The Desperate Passage Series. The series shows how violent juvenile prisoners released into Lee's sole custody for 10-day at-sea expeditions aboard his 58’ sailboat overcome gang allegiances to work as a team aboard the vessel and regain their sense of humanity and hope. It took four years to obtain permission for the youths to be released to Lee, then Lee had to raise financing for shoe-string budget film. In addition to 10-days of principal photography, it took a year to complete and another year to get network to commit to airing it. KTLA's long-time General Manager was so moved, he was instrumental in securing Michael Landon as program host and scheduled KTLA airing which won the prime-time slot both on initial and first rebroadcast. The Desperate Passage Series was nominated for 33 individual Emmys and won 13.
Lee expressed it would be near impossible to raise similar financing today, and how fortunately philanthropists and Galpin Motors' owners Bert & Jane Bachman had an appreciation for the project. The first films success led to the Bachmans financing 5 additional films. Filmmakers know it takes a team to achieve success.
|Meeting Recap - March 28, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 03, 2014||
VP Scott Ferguson opened our meeting informing us that President Nat Trives is recovering well after having a defibrillator implanted last Wednesday, March 26.
In the spirit of tax season, carrot farmer Jim Menzies gave our invocation to “spare some taxes so we have something to share with Rotary.” And Tom Larmore lead an interesting revision of The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.”
VP Scott fined Barbara Bishop for being named to the Board of the Orchestra Santa Monica.
Roast Host Roger Davis emceed the Retirement Roast of “free-spirit” Rosemary Regalbuto and “sexy librarian-type” Judy Neveau.
Tish Tisherman played a “Roast for Rosie” video and Len Lanzi bestowed RoseMary with a chef’s hat and apron. Then Kevin McNulty gave us the real scoop. Ironically, RoseMary worked at Meals on Wheels West (MOWW) for 27 years but her cooking is so bad that her husband Joe won’t let her do it and having no sense of direction makes deliveries challenging!
Dick Lawrence provided voice-over to the “Joy of Judy” Neveau slideshow. Highlights included how Judy recruited many Rotarians to be SMC Associates, squeezed money out of SMC Associates, and used her charms for career advancement. Queen Judy enjoys “hob nobbing” with high profile dignitaries. This was one of the perks of her job at SMC.
We look forward to recent retirees RoseMary and Judy dedicating much of their free time to various Rotary activities!
To view photos from the meeting click here.
|District 5280 Youth Service District Breakfast - April 8, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 31, 2014||
District 5280 Youth Service District Breakfast
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles 90045
Free self-parking in hotel parking structure.
Valet parking at Westin rates.
Program Speaker: Prophet Walker
Prophet's remarkable journey is one of determination and perseverance. Come hear how this young man went from prison to
become a college graduate, a community leader, a role model, and activist. Treat your youth clubs to this amazing program!
View the flyer here.
RSVP with Savi ASAP! It’s first come, first serve, and we only have a total of ten spots!
|First Tuesday at FIG! - May 6, 2014||Posted by David Rosenfeld||on Mar 31, 2014||
May's First Tuesday Returns to FIG! - May 6, 2014
Do not miss fabulous drinks, delicious organic and locally-grown food, and the wonder of hanging with your Rotary buds.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
|District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Medellin, Colombia||Posted by Judy Neveau||on Mar 24, 2014||
District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Medellin, Colombia
Rotary District 4271 (Medellin, Colombia) hosted 106 District 5280 Rotarians, Interact and Rotaract Club members and their families -- Including our own adventurous travellers PP Judy Neveau, PE George Collins and wife Pat Collins, and Director Russ Warner -- for our annual District Humanitarian Trip March 19-24, 2014. During days packed with project site visits, Colombian Rotary Club hosted events and sight-seeing, we directly interacted with project grant recipients and saw projects which our Rotary funding supports.
|Recap - Rotary Reads||Posted by Janie Yuguchi Gates||on Mar 24, 2014||
|Meeting Recap - March 21, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 24, 2014||
Gita Runkle opened our meeting with a Rotary invocation, and Roger Davis led introduction of guests and visiting Rotarians, including two repeat visitors Abbey Fernandez (RC-Ybor Florida) and from Michael Reinprecht (RC-Vienna).
"President's Pick" Santa Monica Fire Captain James Altman brought one of the two Rescue Mission trucks for us to view. This is the New York Fire Department Rescue 5 vehicle, which was the Staten Island sole rescue vehicle. On September 11, 2001, NYFD Staten Island received call to respond just as shift change was occurring. The six firemen going off shift and six fireman coming on shift jumped on this vehicle to respond to call. Unfortunately, all 12 lost their lives rescuing others in the towers. To build awareness among younger generations too young to remember horrible events, two Chicago firemen acquired and restored this and Rescue 4 (NYFD-Bronx) vehicles. Santa Monica Fire Department is the first to host Rescue 5 and take it to schools. Other local Fire Departments already committed to hosting the vehicle include Culver City, City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County. It is intended that the vehicle will travel up the west coast and into Canada before moving eastward to return to Chicago.
Laurel Rosen introduced 9/11 survivor Bert Upson, who detailed his observations of the traumatic day. Life coach Bert was preparing to lead a seminar ironically entitled "Taking Charge of your Future" to an audience of fourteen sales consultants on the 78th Floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower (the floor that was hit second). Fortunately Bert got out of the building in time. He remembered complete pandemonium in the streets and the smell of burning steel, concrete, and flesh. At the end of his speech, Bert reminded us to "never forget 9/11."
Please keep positive thoughts for President Nat who will be receiving a defibrillator implant on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
|District 5280 High School Arts Competition Finals||Posted by Julia Miele||on Mar 24, 2014||
District 5280 High School Arts Competition Finals
Rotary Club of Santa Monica sponsored Santa Monica High School Sophomore
|Job Shadow Day - April 4, 2014||Posted by David Snow||on Mar 24, 2014||
Job Shadow Day
When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Rotaractors will spend the morning job shadowing you at your office
For more information please contact David Snow
|Rotary Day of Service - April 5, 2014||Posted by Charles Follette||on Mar 24, 2014||
Rotary Day of Service
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Click here for details.
|Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Stephanie Felix||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 24, 2014||
2012-2013 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Stephanie Felix shared her experiences studying and living in The Netherlands and doing her field service project and attending District Conference in the Philippines. District 5280 Greater Los Angeles Region sponsored Stephanie, while Rotary Club Amsterdam International and Rotary Club of Midtown Quezon City (Philippines) were her host Clubs.
Through Americorps VISTA, Stephanie is currently serving in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Parent and Community Engagement Office. She informs parents about education programs and committee compliance as well as delivers a basic "Technology 101" course. Stephanie intends on a career in public service.
|WCS Project Proposal Submission Deadline - April 3, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 24, 2014||
|RI Convention 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 24, 2014||
Going to Sydney for RI Convention 2014?
|Meeting Recap - March 14, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 19, 2014||
Daniel Bennett presented a $500 Community Youth Grant check to Brian Part of Humble Athletics. The money will be used to purchase new modern and safe workout equipment for student athletes, 80% of whom are either Santa Monica residents or Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students.
We learned a lot about club members Julie Thomas and Tom Woods! Julie Thomas was a youngster in West Virginia, then moved to Detroit, Michigan with her family. One of her favorite memories was putting together a Heath Kit.
Surprisingly, John Bohn and Eric Schmutter sponsored a self proclaimed "dork," Tom Woods. (Tom, if you hadn't told us, we would not have known.)
At 7-months-old, San Diego-native Tom moved to Santa Monica. Being of Midwestern stock, Tom's fondest sports memory is of attending the 1995 Aloha Bowl football game in Honolulu, HI when Kansas University beat UCLA 51-30. *boo hoo*
After Boy Scouts, Tom went to college at the University of California San Diego. Although he studied Cellular Biology and Visual Arts, Tom chose to apply what he learned as a General Contractor. Today, Tom owns Woods Construction.
|Recap - Rotary Networking Hour||Posted by Daniel Bennett||on Mar 19, 2014||
Rotary Networking Hour
Last Wednesday (March 12) our Rotary Networking Group met to get to know each other professionally, build our referral networks, and become resources for each other.
We met and discussed many topics ranging from real estate to estate planning issues, where several of our Rotarian attorneys chimed in, including Lisa Alexander, George Collins, Bret Carter, and Connolly Oyler. Tom Woods gave us a good background on his general contracting business, which was also tied in to several issues surrounding contracts.
We also discussed referral relationships, where we get them, and where we give them. As might be expected, it was universally agreed that the best leads come from referrals from strong relationships, as opposed to general marketing. This was a strong validation of the importance of have a tight business community, like Rotary, to whom we can refer to for strong business partners.
|Rotary Reads - March 19 & 20, 2014||Posted by Janie Yuguchi Gates||on Mar 17, 2014||
Rotarians, please come out and read to kids! We will be reading in the eight elementary schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20, 2014! This is such a great effort each year, bringing in members to read to students in Kindergarten-Grade 2 classrooms. We've also purchased a set of 24 newly published, award-winning books for each of the school's libraries. Each reading slot is 30 minutes. We need you!
Be sure to sign-up at our Friday luncheon meeting or contact Janie Yuguchi Gates at email@example.com or (310) 569-2668 as soon as you can!
|Meeting Recap - March 7, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Mar 11, 2014||
|Recap - Healthy Living Hike||Posted by Lisa Alexander||on Mar 10, 2014||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
Mount Hollywood & Griffith Observatory Hike
Rotarians and friends met at the Charles Turner Trailhead bright and early last Saturday (March 8) morning.
To view photos from the hike click here.
|Recap - First Friday Tennis||Posted by Karim Jaude||on Mar 10, 2014||
First Friday Tennis
Last Friday, 20 Rotarians and their friends showed up to play tennis and 12 others joined for dinner! Melissa Dagodag charmed everyone with not only her beauty and elegance, but also her racquet skills. Mike O’Hara drove everyone crazy with his heavy slices, spins, and dropped shots.
|Meeting Recap - Febraury 28, 2014||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Mar 04, 2014||
|Meeting Recap - February 21, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 26, 2014||
|Mount Hollywood & Griffith Observatory Hike - March 8, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 26, 2014||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
Rising high at the heart of Griffith Park stands 1,625-foot Mount Hollywood with its amazing vistas of Los Angeles. We will hike the most popular route, starting at the Charlie Turner Trailhead at Hollywood Trail. After hiking north 1.5 miles to the summit, we will be rewarded with an amazing 360-degree panorama of Los Angeles. We will finish with no-host refreshments at the Café at the End of the Universe, after which you are free to stay and enjoy the observatory on your own.
Meet at the Charlie Turner Trailhead (north end of Griffith Observatory parking lot). Bring a hat, water, sunscreen, and binoculars. The hike is moderately strenuous.
For carpooling or questions please contact trip leader Lisa Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 656-4310.
|Typhoon and Tornado Relief - Member Challenge||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 26, 2014||
Rotary Club of Santa Monica Board of Officers & Directors have allocated funds to match member contributions toward Typhoon Hiayun and southwest Illinois Tornado disaster relief efforts. The Club will match all member contributions up to cumulative $2,500 for Typhoon Hiayun and $2,500 for Tornado.
Please contact Treasurer Alan Glick at email@example.com or (310) 392-5970 regarding your contribution.
|Meeting Recap - February 7, 2014||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Feb 10, 2014||
Our meeting began with a wonderful performance by the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet.
We also sang happy birthday to all of our Rotarians with birthdays in January and February. They received gifts and a Rotary hat! Happy Birthday Rotarians!We were all touched by an amazing Classical Guitar performance by Ricardo Escobar. He played some songs from all over Latin America and showed off the speed and skill that his fingers had on his guitar. Thank you Orchestra Santa Monica and Ricardo Escobar!
|Meeting Recap - January 31, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 03, 2014||
Invocateur Linda Teixiera shared lovely and concise message to kick-off our meeting. Michael Cates introduced the meeting’s guests, followed by Ken Waltzer keying a deliberately-paced rendition of "What a Wonderful World" on the piano. President Nat Trives fined himself once, although it should have been for Portugal mischief rather than being eer-so-slightly less sharp than normal due to cold meds.
Mitch Kraus presented a check to Claris Health CEO Talitha Philips to buy furniture for the Teen Pregnancy Outreach and Parenting Program. And, visiting Rotarian Anna-Lissa Lavila (President of Hamina-Vehkalahti (Finland) Rotary Club) presented a cookbook and photo guidebook of Finland to President Nat Trives.
Erik Jorgensborg gave a touching introduction to our speaker Marcos Guillen. As a high school freshman, Marcos was forced out of his childhood home and spent the next two years on the streets where he found "family" in a local gang and began selling drugs to survive. He was arrested at a gunfight, then sentenced to eight and one-half years in prison.
While incarcerated Marcos prioritized completing his education and preparing to re-enter civil society. He overcame poor literacy, earned his GED, learned to be a dental technician and was trained in substance abuse counseling.
Shortly after his release, Marcos realized he needed to obtain basic computing skills. He went to Chrysalis where he gained computing and other job skills, preparing to re-enter the workforce. His first job was with the Salvation Army. As someone who has gone through the justice system and struggled with addiction, Marcos is passionate about helping others who are in similar situations. Due to his determination, Marcos eventually landed a position as a Client Supervisor at Passages Recovery Center in August 2012.
Marcos now lives in a house with his wife and eighteen-month old son and four-month old daughter. Marcos' goal is to earn his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.
|Memorial Service for David Outcalt - February 8, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 03, 2014||
Memorial Service for David Outcalt
The family of David Lewis Outcalt invites all family, friends, and associates of
|Magic Show - February 6, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Feb 03, 2014||
Magic Show Featuring Derek Hughes
Rotarians and guests are invited to a special performance by accomplished magician Derek Hughes!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Meeting Recap - January 24, 2014||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Jan 27, 2014||
The head table consisted of President Nat Trives’ "President’s Pick" Nora MacLellan; Melissa Dagodag, who led the Invocation; RoseMary Regalbuto, who introduced the meeting’s guests; and Bret Carter, who introduced speaker Mel Powell (Rotary e-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley).
We watched an amazing video about how Vision to Learn works. After the video, Nora MacLellan was given a check from our Club to assist in funding free eye exams and glasses for The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica and Upward Bound House.
Larry Mortoff announced Friday was a special day. The Clean Water projects at orphanages throughout Myanmar that J.T. Waring (LA5) has been championing (and our PP Jim Dyer got our Club involved) led to the Myanmar government considering allowing Rotary Clubs to organize and form within the country. After 20 years, Rotary is again official in Myanmar.
Two visiting Rotarians attended last week's meeting, including Vision to Learn Outreach Coordinator Nora MacLellan (Rotary Club of Westchester), and Japanese Rotarian Ari Tanaka. Other guests included Ethan Brown, Scott Heelee, and Vision to Learn Program Manager Carissa Waldriff.
|Guest Introduction -- Protocol & Etiquette||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 27, 2014||
Guest Introduction -- Protocol & Etiquette
Bringing a guest to a Club meeting is a wonderful way to introduce friends, family members, and desirable colleagues to Rotary and for fellow Rotarians to become acquainted with them.
When introducing your guest, please tell us their name, profession, business name (or, if student, school name), how you know the guest, and why they are visiting today. (Give us context, baby!)
Please remember etiquette suggests and our protocols require that we not introduce a guest as a prospective member or proposed member. (It could be quite awkward for someone to be introduced as a prospective member that is never invited to join. We do not need to make anyone feel bad.) Introduce the non-Rotarian visitor as a "GUEST."
|How to Propose Person for Membership||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 27, 2014||
How to Propose Person for Membership
All of us want ours to remain the BEST Rotary Club in the BEST Rotary District, right?
|We'rrre BACK!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 21, 2014||
|J.R. Kicked Booty January 10||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 15, 2014||
Healthy Living Boot Camp
Physical Therapyworks' Justin “J.R.” Razeghian, CPT, coached Donna Byrd, John Dravillas,
|City of Santa Monica invites you to the 2014 State of the City event||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 15, 2014||
City of Santa Monica
Monday, January 27, 2014
|Meeting Recap - January 10, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 14, 2014||
The head table at the first meeting of the new year consisted of President Nat Trives’ "President’s Pick" and President-Elect Designate Tom Loo; Andrea Gressinger, who led an Invocation about love and healing; Myles Pritchard, who introduced the meeting’s guests; and Susan Annett, who introduced the meeting’s speaker RAND Senior Sociologist Chloe Bird.
It was a big day for our Community & Youth Grants Committee:
President Nat prematurely announced that Gita Runkle will be Santa Monica College's Acting Associate Dean - Emeritus College. It's official TODAY! Brown-noser Nat waived Gita’s fine since she is now his boss...power has privileges!
Michael Reinprecht, a visiting Rotarian from Rotaract Club Wien-Stadtpark (Vienna, Austria) attended last week's meeting. Other guests included Rotaractor President Manny Ramirez; Rotoractors Pavel Bokarev, Rafael Solari, Esther Park, and Demetrius Polychron; Grant Recipients Connections for Children Executive Director Patti Oblath and Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Chairman Linda Gross, Faculty Advisor Aileen Huang, Meals on Wheels West Executive Director Chris Baca (guest of Tish Tisherman), Abby and David Wisen (guests of Tom Loo), and Ethan Brown (guest of Charlie Follette).
|Speaker Chloe Bird Shared Insights About Gender Inequality in Healthcare Treatment and Outcomes||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 14, 2014||
RAND Senior Sociologist, Pardee RAND Graduate School Professor of Policy Analysis, Associate Editor of Women’s Health Issues, and Deputy Editor of Journal of Health and Social Behavior Chloe Bird spoke about the gender differences in the quality of care for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in California.
Gender stratified reporting is necessary to be able to gain insights and understanding so that treatments can be developed and delivered.
When it comes to the two health issues which are the significant causes of death -- cardiovascular disease and diabetes -- there is a large discrepancy in the proportion of men versus women who are screened and receive treatment as well as a significant difference in the outcomes. For example, in California the gaps in screening are much smaller than the gaps in treatment. More than 50% of women's heart disease is microvascular, while men's is coronary artery. The symptoms are different and often ignored. As a result, since 1984 more US women die from heart disease than any other cause each year.
Three things to do:
Having heart disease is not a death sentence. In recent years, treatment guidelines have changed. Once heart disease is present, very often doctors will prescribe statins. Just watch those interactions.
|District 5280 Rotary Youth Exchange||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 08, 2014||
District 5280 is offering a short-term Rotary Youth Exchange to all students 15- to 18 1/2-years-old as of June 2014.
|District Breakfast - January 14, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jan 08, 2014||
District 5280 Breakfast
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.
RSVP to Savi Labensart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 917-3313.
|Meeting Recap - December 20, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 26, 2013||
|Rose Parade Float Decorating - TODAY||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 26, 2013||
Rose Parade Float Decorating
Help decorate the Rotary Rose Parade and other floats!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Park near the corner of Seco Street and Rosemont Avenue.
View the decorating rules here.
|Healthy Living Boot Camp - January 11, 2014||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 26, 2013||
Healthy Living Boot Camp
The FREE one hour class is open to all levels!
Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a towel and yoga mat, if you have one.
Please confirm with your physician that this is a safe activity for you.
RSVP to John Dravillas
|Greg O'Brien - 2016-2017 District Governor||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 16, 2013||
Greg O'Brien Named District Governor Nominee Designate
District Governor Nomination Committee selected Greg O’Brien (Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club) to serve as our 2016-2017 District Governor.
|Ugly Sweater Contest - December 20, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 16, 2013||
Ugly Sweater Contest
Come to Friday's Rotary meeting dressed in your ugliest holiday sweater!
|Meeting Recap - December 13, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 16, 2013||
Matt Williams gave a soul-full Invocation; Judy Iriye introduced our visitors and guests; and Pat Bofird led a rousing rendition of "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot" to the tune of "Let's Go to the Hop."
Our speaker Beau Kilmer, as a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and RAND Drug Policy Research Center co-director, focuses on developing public policy. His research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on substance use and the economics of commercial and illicit markets, law enforcement, and correctional facilities. Kilmer discussed the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana and informed us about the current marijuana legalization in Amsterdam, Colorado, Washington, as well as past and anticipated future efforts within California.
We also held the Club Elections for 2014-2015 officers and directors. View the winners below!
One visiting Rotarian attended the meeting, art gallery owner Martin Suppan (Rotary Club of Vienna). Other guests included photographer and trainer Fabian Lewkowicz (guest of Scott Ferguson), Tish Tisherman (guest of John Bohn), Upward Bound House Director Christine Glasco, and Jessica Rice (Jillian Alexander's assistant).
To view photos from the meeting click here.
|Club Election Winners Announced!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 16, 2013||
Rotary Club of Santa Monica
2nd-Year TWO-Year DIRECTORS:
|2014 Friendship Exchange Program||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 09, 2013||
2014 Friendship Exchange Program
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Japan? Well, here is a great opportunity!
The Friendship Exchange is for Rotarians and their spouses to stay 7 days with Japanese host Rotarians in their homes, then host the same Japanese Rotarian and spouse in your home for a week. All it costs is airfare plus hosting guests here.
Deadline to apply is December 31, 2013.
If you have any questions, please contact 2014 Friendship Exchange Chair
Makiko Nakasone at email@example.com or (818) 523-2866.
|First Spirit Competition - December 13, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 09, 2013||
First Spirit Competition - December 13, 2013
In keeping with the spirit of our program on marijuana legislation,
|Club Elections - December 13, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 09, 2013||
ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA MONICA
Elections will take place Friday, December 13, 2013.
SLATE OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION
VICE PRESIDENTS: (2 to be elected)
SECRETARY: (1 to be elected)
TREASURER: (1 to be elected)
DIRECTORS: (4 to be elected)
Good luck to all our candidates!
Absentee Ballots must be received by
|Meeting Recap - December 6, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 09, 2013||
The head table at last week's meeting consisted of Nat Trives’ guest and "President’s Pick" Dale Bell, who gave tribute to Nelson Mandela; Lisa Alexander, who led our Invocation; Roger Davis, who introduced the meeting’s guests, and Mitch Kraus, who introduced the meeting’s speaker.
Instead of joining together in song, we viewed the “Electric Car” music video from Grammy Award Winning artists They Might Be Giants. For those of you who missed it click here.
In addition, Director-Community & Youth Service Sharon Perlmutter Gavin presented $2,300 check to the Clare Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase new kitchen equipment, as the Clare Foundation serves over 150 meals per day to homeless men.
Mitch Kraus introduced Speaker Plug In America (PIA) co-founder Paul Scott, a lifelong environmental advocate who actively promotes wide adoption of Electric Vehicles and plug-in hybrids to reduce both environmental damage and America’s vulnerability due to dependence on petroleum. Paul emphasized that
However, not all Americans embrace the shift to electric and hybrid vehicles. Paul pointed out that 14 states have passed laws that prohibit the sell of Tesla vehicles, which he attributes to existing dealers lobbying against competitively superior products.
For those concerned about the toxicity of disposed electric vehicle batteries, Paul mentioned that utility companies are reviewing obtaining the used batteries, placing them in facilities, where electricity generated from clean energy sources (e.g. wind) could be collected overnight and stored in those cells for use during peak hours during the following day. This could replace use of natural gas.
Two visiting Rotarians attended last week's meeting, including Noel Develter from Rotary Club of Menen (Belgium) with a classification of Finance and Stockton Gaines from Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades with a classification of Computer Technology. Other guests included Matt Wolf (guest of Scott Ferguson), Dale Bell (guest of Nat Trives), Tamara Pompey (guest of Sharon Perlmutter-Gavin), Dennis White (guest of David Bohn), Jessica Wyeck (guest of Tod Lipka), and Elza Ruhman (Lionel Ruhman's wife).
|Retirement Celebration honoring Judy Neveau - December 17, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 04, 2013||
Click here to RSVP by Friday, December 13.
Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.
Free parking: SMC Parking Lot -- 14th Street and Pico Blvd.
Should you have any questions, please call (310) 434-4003.
|Serving Santa Monica Police on Thanksgiving 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 03, 2013||
Rotarians show appreciation by serving
Dee Menzies and Jim Menzies arranged for the Jonathan Club to donate a traditional Thanksgiving feast, procured pies and beverages, brought serving equipment and decorations, and organized team of Rotarian and their family and friend volunteers to serve the Santa Monica Police officers, Fire and support personnel on duty Thanksgiving Day.
More than 60 SMPD personnel enjoyed a full meal, and our volunteers delivered desserts to each fire station.
Thank You to our VOLUNTEERS:
Click here to view photos from the event!
|Fairmont Miramar's Annual Community Reception - December 8, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 02, 2013||
Fairmont Miramar's Annual Community Reception
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Meet Me Under The Fig Tree is an afternoon for the entire family and a reason to gather as a community this holiday season!
The day's festivities include: live entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, whimsical gingerbread houses, seasonal crafts, holiday story readings, a bounce house, and snow!
Please bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the largest canned food drive on the Westside. Your food donations will go to The Westside Food Bank and will help feed the neediest in our community.
Admission is FREE!
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Choice of valet parking or street parking on 2nd Street. There is also a public garage next to Michael's.
For more information please contact Matthew Lehman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 873-8635.
|UCLA Trounces USC 35-14||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 02, 2013||
UCLA Trounces USC 35-14
|Healthy Living Yoga Event - December 7, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Dec 02, 2013||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
|Community & Youth Grant to Westside Ballet of Santa Monica||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 26, 2013||
|Book Donation to Berkeley West Convelescent Hospital||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 26, 2013||
|Meeting Recap - November 22, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 26, 2013||
We were greeted by Bill Wood and Avo Guerboian.
|Salvation Army Red Kettle Day - December 13, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 26, 2013||
|Olvera Street & El Pueblo Los Angeles Historical Tour - November 16, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 20, 2013||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
Rotary Club of Santa Monica
OLVERA STREET &
EL PUEBLO HISTORICAL TOUR
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Our adventure began at the Metro Expo Line Station in Culver City where we all purchased our “Tap” Cards and loaded them with train fare for the day. For most of us, it was our first ride on the Metro Line. Downtown we switched trains to ride all the way to Union Station, then crossed the street to Olvera Street.
Rotary Club Director and Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Lisa Alexander arranged for docent tour led by Ute Passey. (In Ute’s other life, she approves all the Eagle Scout projects for our local Scouts in the Crescent Bay District.) Ute shared the history Los Angeles' settlement, including Spain recruiting 11 Mexican families to colonize California. El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (the Town of the Queen of Angels) was founded in September 1781.
We toured the Avila Adobe (c. 1818) and viewed David Alfaro Siquerios' 1932 outdoor fresco masterpiece “America Tropical”. After our tour we had lunch at La Luz Del Dia. We could have spent many more hours touring the Sepulveda House and the Chinese American Museum but will save them for another day.
We made our way back home on the Metro and partied with the Trojan fans on their way to the USC game. It was a great day!
|Christine Devine - Guest Speaker - November 15, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 18, 2013||
November is National Adoption Month. Every November, a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events, and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths, and draw attention to the thousands of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families.
|Meeting Recap - November 15, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 18, 2013||
Last Friday’s Rotary meeting was very educational! Featured Rotarians included First Presbyterian Church Board Member John Bohn, Law Enforcement Consultant and former Santa Monica Police Department Chief Tim Jackman, and Community Business Center Management Banker Ron Call. Larry Maher delivered the meeting’s Invocation, while Pat Bofird led the meeting song “We Are The World.”
Jim Menzies presented a Santa Monica Boulevard sign to Mr. Santa Monica Nat Trives. In addition, Alan Glick was fined for winning four tickets to Disneyland at the Paul Harris Celebration, and Bret Carter was fined for disappearing for the evening at the Paul Harris Celebration.
Tim Jackman introduced speaker veteran Television News Anchor, Reporter, and Producer Christine Devine who focused her discussion on the Foster Care System. Christine anchors the weeknight newscasts on KTTV FOX 11 and KCOP Channel 13. She has 16 Emmys, including the prestigious Governors Award. In 2012, she was named by Los Angeles Magazine among the “50 Women Changing LA.”
One visiting Rotarian attended last week's meeting: Ed Jackson from Westwood Village Rotary Club, who brought his friend Dirk Herman. Other guests included Santa Monica College Workforce Development Program Manager Sasha King (guest of Gita Runkle), Santa Monica and Malibu Education Foundation Director Ed Lim (guest of Tom Larmore), and Vlado Valkof, a Rotarian looking for a new club to join.
|Thanksgiving Event - November 28, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 18, 2013||
Thanksgiving Event - November 28, 2013
We are looking for volunteers to help feed the Santa Monica Police and Fire Departments on Thanksgiving Day!
Set up starts at 10:30 a.m.
Food donated by Jonathan Club
|Attention Rotary Eagle Scouts!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 18, 2013||
ATTENTION ROTARY EAGLE SCOUTS!
The Western Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council is identifying local Eagle Scouts
Please signal your eligibility by calling Bill Crookston at 310-450-9440 or
“ONCE AN EAGLE, ALWAYS AN EAGLE”
|Rotary Networking Hour - November 13, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 18, 2013||
Rotary Networking Hour - November 13th, 2013
Our last Rotary Networking Hour kicked-off by briefly discussing the history of debt. This was prompted by a book Mitch Klaus was reading by David Graber called Debt: The first 5000 Years. (Daniel Bennett recommended it some months back). This segued into a lively conversation about our planned topics -- Purpose-Driven Investing and the new "B Corp" legal entity form that is intended to couple the traditionally perceived disparate aims of non-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises enjoyed by all participating Rotarians.
Click "more" below for details about December's meeting.
|Holiday Party - December 14, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 14, 2013||
Rotary Club of Santa Monica Holiday Party
Saturday, December 14
|The Foundation Celebration A Stellar Event||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 13, 2013||
2013 Paul Harris Dinner - Space Shuttle Endeavor
This year’s Foundation Celebration was an out of this world experience. Hosted at the California Science Center, over 600 Rotarians sat under the wings and the belly of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. While attendees supported The Rotary Foundation, they also enjoyed a keynote speech by Space Shuttle Endeavor pilot General Kevin Chilton, entertainment from emcee Fritz Coleman, and of course, the breath-taking views of the space shuttle itself, floating just a few feet above their heads.
|Meeting Recap - November 8, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 12, 2013||
Last Friday our Club celebrated Veterans Day early! The head table consisted of President Nat Trives; Mitchell Kraus, who delivered the Invocation with his four year-old son Zachary on his shoulders; Past President Herb Rooney, who led the song The Marine's Hymn in honor of Veterans Day; Past President Judy Neveau, who introduced the meeting's speaker; and Jim Reidy, who introduced the meeting's guests.
Speaker Santa Monica College Geography and Earth Science Professor William Selby educated our club on the natural history of California, and emphasized how everything in nature is connected. Using photos of California flora and fauna, Professor Selby explained the connections between each element. He also shared that due to not being in-touch with our surroundings, many are now suffering from "nature-deficit disorder." Professor Selby encouraged us to get out in nature and appreciate its beauty!
Two visiting Rotarians attended our meeting: Employment Consultant Kelsey McFarland (El Segundo Rotary Club) and Movie Distributor Laurent Zameczkowski (Rotary Paris Courbevoie). Our guests were Dave Afral (guest of John Dravillas), Bill Branch and Realtor Fred Votto (guests of Lionel Ruhman), Everett Maguire (Connie Maguire's father), Architect Vlado Valkof (guest of La Vonne Lawson), and Jessica Rice (Jillian Alexander's Executive & Marketing Assistant).
|FARF Barbeque was a success!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 11, 2013||
The FARF Barbeque on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Bel-Air Bay Club was a great success! It was extremely well attended, one of the best FARFs yet!
|Healthy Living Historical Tour - November 16, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 01, 2013||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
Rotary Club of Santa Monica
OLVERA STREET &
EL PUEBLO HISTORICAL TOUR
Saturday, November 16 - 9:30 a.m.
Ride the Metro to Union Station, walk across the Street to Olvera Street, explore museums and historic structures,
Saturday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Metro Station in Culver City. One-hour tour starts at 11:00 a.m. Lunch follows. Parking at Culver City Metro Station is free. Only cost is Metro ticket and lunch.
Lisa Alexander: email@example.com or (310) 656-4310.
|Meeting Recap - November 1, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 01, 2013||
|USC-UCLA Rivalry Week - November 26, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Nov 01, 2013||
USC-UCLA Rivalry Week
November 26, 2013
LA LIVE: JW Marriott 800 W Olympic Blvd; Los Angeles, CA 90015
Meet former head coaches John Robinson and Terry Donahue (the winning-est coach in Pac-10 history), USC Song Girls, USC Band, UCLA Dance Team, and Joe and Josephine Bruin. Ring the Victory Bell and join Live Auction.
Purchase tickets @ $50: www.rotaryla5.org
Please contact George Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org for carpooling and other information.
|OPCC Feed the Homeless||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 29, 2013||
OPCC Feed the Homeless
|Meeting Recap - October 25, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 29, 2013||
|Maher Leads Fascinating Hike||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 23, 2013||
Solstice Canyon Hike
Saturday, October 19, 2013, Larry Maher led Rotarians and their guests hiking the Solstice Canyon Trail.
While hiking through beautiful scenery, observed were waterfalls and water pools. It was amazing to see that water was still running at this time of year!
Along the way, Eric Schmitter explained the natural California Oak trees are several hundreds of years old.
The group explored the ruins of interesting architecture. First was the Robert’s Ranch House, which was destroyed during the 1982 fire. Then, the remains of old Keller Hunting Lodge, one of the oldest standing stone structures in the local area.
Upon completing the two hour hike, they enjoyed a casual lunch nearby at the Malibu Seafood Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
|Meeting Recap - October 18, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 18, 2013||
|Community & Youth Grants - Application Deadline October 31, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community.
Grant applications are due by October 31, 2013, for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $3,500. Funds may be requested for capital, equipment or new program development. Funds are not available for annual operating needs or special events.
Click here for the Community & Youth Grants Application.
Click here for the Community & Youth Grants Guidelines.
|Meeting Recap - October 11, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
At last week's meeting Nat Trives was flanked by Trojans Bob Klein and Paul Leoni, our brainiac scientist Bill Wood, and Sharon Perlmutter Gavin. Gita Runkle and Rick Mateus were there to greet attendees at the door.
To view pictures from the meeting click here.
|FARF Barbeque - November 5, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
SAVE THE DATE!
|OPCC Feed the Homeless - October 18, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
OPCC Feed the Homeless
|The early bird gets the worm!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
Rotary Networking Hour - October 9, 2013
|World Polio Day - October 24, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
|Healthy Living Hike - October 19, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
Healthy Living -- Solstice Canyon Trail Hike
|Colombia Humanitarian Trip Deadline Extended To November 1st!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
Join 100 District 5280 Rotarians and meet many more Columbian Rotarians on an unforgettable trip
|October is VOCATIONAL SERVICE Month||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
During October Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this Avenue of Rotary Service.
Vocational Service focuses on:
How are you using your vocation to serve the community this month?
Send in your stories!
|International Wine & Jazz Festival - October 6, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Oct 14, 2013||
|J.T. Warring -- Myanmar Orphanage Water Projects and Re-establishing Rotary Clubs in Myanmar||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Sep 13, 2013||
Guest Speaker J.T. Warring (LA5) provided an update on Rotary Myanmar Orphanges Water Project and on Rotary Club formation in Myanmar.
To date, 22 complete, functioning safe water management systems have been completed for as many orphanages. Orphanages must already have an existing water well. Each site uses a gravity system, are very simple to maintain and built to be durable for at least 50 years. The focus is now shifting from orphanages to communities of 400 to 2,000 inhabitants.
Due to his work in Myanmar, J.T. was tapped to help re-establish Rotary Clubs in Myanmar. On June 4, 203, the Rotary Club of Yangon was awarded a provisional license and is now in the the process of forming.
|Japanese Youth Exchange Program||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 28, 2013||
Our District continued its Japan Youth Exchange with District 2550 in Tochigi (annual exchanges began in 1960) and had its first exchange with District 2620 in Shizuoka and Yamanashi.
Special thank you's to Japan Youth Exchange chair Dr. Vicki Radel for organizing fantastic experiences for all students involved as well as Tom & Stephanie Loo for often acting as day-hosts throughout our five guests stay in District 5280.
|BOOK DRIVE - August 27, 2013 - September 7, 2013||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 21, 2013||
Search your bookcases for books your family no longer needs!
For more information contact Linda Teixeira via email at Linda@LaTaxAssociates.com or telephone at either (310) 477-7092 or (310) 795-3926.
The Literary Committee thanks you for your help!
|May the Schwartz Be With You||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 17, 2013||
Entertainment Attorney Alan U. Schwartz quick quips entertained the audience as he described the transition of film financing deals from the beginnings of the motion picture history through today.
Schwartz articulated the financing options available and commonly used by today's studios and independent producers. He emphasized that as production, print and advertising expense are no longer recouped via box office receipts, many filmmakers are foregoing theatrical release window and opting for TV or internet distribution as the first release window.
|2013 Public Servant Recognition Day -- Part II||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 15, 2013||
As many will recall, the activities on June 4, 2013, pre-empted our honoring those who serve our community. Yet, on that day, many of us witness the exemplary fashion with which our local peace officers, public school leaders, transit providers, and city management conduct their work. What we observed as a well orchestrated response, quelled fears and made most feel safer than ever to live and work in the community.
|School of ROCK!||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 15, 2013||
Thankfully, no notice of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica being banned from Riviera Country Club has reached this desk.
|District Governor kicks-off official DG/PDG Club Visits at RC-Santa Monica||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 15, 2013||
|World Community Service committee meeting - August 16 - 11:30 a.m.||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Aug 15, 2013||
Is your Rotary Avenue of Service International Service? Is there an opportunity to help a foreign community within Rotary's Six Areas of Focus that you will champion?
If so, attend the World Community Service meeting this 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, immediately prior to our Club meeting. We will discuss our current and anticipated budget and project involvement proposed by District Rotary Foundation Chair David Moyers.
|Rotary Club of Santa Monica achieves 100% Paul Harris Fellow Status||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Jun 14, 2013||
Congratulations! As each member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica is now a Paul Harris Fellow, today we celebrated reaching this milestone.
District Governor Lew Bertrand presented to Club President Judy Neveau the 100% Paul Harris Fellow recognition banner. Other District leaders who played significant roles in our realizing this goal: PDG Pat Cashin, PDG Rick Mendoza, PDG David Moyers, and matching program architect and LA5 PP Marc Leeka.
Our contributions to The Rotary Foundation fund projects within the six Areas of Focus. Let's continue to both contribute to The Rotary Foundation and initiate projects and identify scholarship recipients that will leverage funds raise to enhance the world we live in and that our children will inherit.
|RotaMonica - May 10, 2013, Meeting Recap||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on May 10, 2013||
The May 10, 2013 “BBQ, Beanies, Brews (and Bonnets)” meeting held jointly with Westwood Village Rotary Club was the 37th meeting of the 91st year of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.
|Rotary Club Meeting April 19, 2013 - Rotary Cares ... and so do our Staffs||Posted by Jillian Alexander||on Apr 19, 2013||
President Judy Neveau reminded us quality education is a critical component to a community's economic viability and recognized all involved our inaugural Rotary Cares Day project -- improving Olympic High School. Veterinarian Frank Lavac demonstrated his expertise in herding cats -- cool cats, crazy cats and tom cats of the Rotarian variety -- beginning with our construction cartel comprised of Steve Eorio, Charlie Follette, Glenn Ricard, Lionel Ruhman, and Tom Woods who contributed tools and expertise. Together they led a crew of Rotarians charmed to participate by beguiling Family Law Attorney Lisa Alexander and Rotaractors coaxed by Upward Bound House's David Snow and YWCA Santa Monica's Julie Miele. In addition to the effort of all who participated, we greatly appreciate John Rucci and Matthew Lehman arranging for 100 Fig Restaurant prepared box lunches donated by the Fairmont Hotel and Publisher-Producer TJ Mortimer having his Santa Monica Mirror crew produce a short video of the day's effort and fun with everyone wearing "very high quality" Rotarian T-Shirts donated by Jeweler Avo Guerboian. In addition to beautifying the campus, Past President John Bohn presented a $5,000.00 check for classroom technology from the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation to Olympic High School Principal and fellow Rotarian Janie Yamaguchi Gates.
|Rotary Day of Service||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 13, 2013|
|Rotary Club Meeting March 8, 2013 - Just Where do Bookworthy Ideas Come From?||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Mar 08, 2013||
Beth Wagner Brust - Just Where do Bookworthy Ideas Come From?
|Rotary Reads||Posted by Sharon Perlmutter Gavin||on Mar 07, 2013||
Our Rotary Reads project was a great success this year. Forty-six Rotarians volunteered to read in 58 K-3 classrooms at eight of the local elementary schools (Edison Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Grant Elementary, McKinley Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and SMASH). The Rotarians also discussed their career pathways with the students. The accompanying photo from Roosevelt is just one of the thank you messages we received from the schools.
Books are also donated to the school libraries. Our initial book budget this year was $2000, but we received a matching district grant that resulted in a total budget of $4500 for books. We were able to donate 52 books to each of the seven elementary school libraries, a total of 364 books. These books were greatly appreciated. One school, for example, indicated they had no budget for books this year so the donation of these books made a big difference to the school.
Our “Rotary Reads” week will conclud with a special culminating luncheon program on Friday, March 8, 2013. At this luncheon, local children’s author Beth Wagner Brust will speak about “Just Where Do Bookworthy Ideas Come From?”
|Rotary Club Meeting March 1, 2013 - David Misch “The Beginnings of Ha!”, a some-holds-barred look at the origins of comedy"||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Mar 01, 2013||
“The Beginnings of Ha!”, a some-holds-barred look at the origins of comedy"
|New Project – Financial Literacy||Posted by Robert Kohn||on Jan 30, 2013||
Looking to help the next generation? Our Club’s new Financial Literacy Committee has partnered up with Olympic High School to teach their students financial literacy. We need you to help us.
We are going to teach six classes over 12 sessions and are looking for volunteers. We have the books. We have the lesson plans. We have the students. All we need is your time. This isn’t only for those of you in financial professions. We need to teach real life experience and not sophisticated theory. Classes will be taught during period 5 from 12:28 to 1:13pm.
Classes are being taught in February and March and we’ll have an orientation on January 31st for lunch at Olympic High. If you are interested, please contact Rob Kohn at email@example.com or (310) 461-1520.
|Jim Dyer memorial tribute gift||Posted by Judy Neveau||on Jan 18, 2013||
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Today under the bright sun we gathered to honor and fondly remember our friend and fellow Rotarian Jim Dyer. About two hundred were there to show their respect and bid farewell to Jim and demonstrate their support for Sharen and the family. We already miss him and his incredible energy and passion. He made us want to be better Rotarians. As I said at the memorial service, we have to believe that right now he is sitting with Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, advising him and catching up.
In Jim’s memory, we in his home club want to honor him by funding a Shelter Box. Shelter Box was Jim’s passion and he was its Ambassador and spokesperson. (See the video link below to learn more)
If you can and would like to participate at any amount, please make out a check to the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation and put “Dyer Shelter Box” in the memo line. Mail to Rotary Office: PO Box 586, Santa Monica, CA 90406. If you would prefer to have Savi bill you for this, you can email her and make your wishes known. We will aggregate the donations in our foundation and then send one single check to fund the Shelter Box. The deadline to make your contributions is February 1, 2013, two weeks from today. But please don’t wait, do it now. (If you prefer your donation to stay in our own Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation, mark “Dyer Donation to SMRCF” in the memo line.)
If you have any questions, please call me or Savi.
In Rotary, and in Jim’s memory,
|Rotary Club Meeting January 4, 2013 - The Future of UCLA as a World Class Research University||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Jan 04, 2013||
The Future of UCLA as a World Class Research University
|Rotary Club Meeting December 14, 2012 - Our Holiday Luncheon||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Dec 14, 2012||
Our Holiday Luncheon
|Rotary Club Meeting November 16, 2012 - Dr. Helene Kalfuss, Rotary Foundation||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Nov 16, 2012||
Dr. Kalfuss is a retires Speech Pathologist who specialized in post-operative head and neck cancer patients and organic voice disorders. She is now a full time Rotarian who frequently speaks on Rotary, The Rotary Foundatio and Rotary Membership. She is a past President of the Palm Springs Rotary Club in Palm Springs, California. Dr. Kalfuss also served as District 5330 2006-2007 District Governor. Dr. Kalfuss is currently the District 5330 Chair for Grants Over site Committee and District Foundation Chair.
Here are a few of Dr. Kalfuss's
Dr. Kalfuss is a Paul Harris Society Fellow, Benefactor, Bequest Society Member, Major Donor and has been awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service from TRF. She has traveled to several developing countries. She has participated in TRF Cadre and Site inspections with her husband in India. Dr. Kalfuss is married to Dr. Leonard Kalfuss, orthopedic surgeon for 47 years and reside in Palm Springs.
|Rotary Club Meeting November 2, 2012 - Walter Warriner, Santa Monica's Future Urban Forest||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Nov 02, 2012||
|Training the next generation of leaders||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Oct 26, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting October 19, 2012 - Craft Talks, Irene Passos and Matt Williams||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Oct 19, 2012||
|Rotarians for Healthy Living - Day Trip to Santa Cruz Island Saturday October 13, 2012||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Oct 13, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting October 12, 2012 - Tina Feiger, Life Changes||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Oct 12, 2012||
Now think back….which one was the hardest for you to describe? Which one was the easiest? Why?
|Rotary Club Meeting September 28, 2012 - Dick Butkus, Life after Pro Football||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Sep 28, 2012||
Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely regarded as one of the best and most durable linebackers of all time. Butkus started as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He played nine seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. Billed at 6 ft 3 in, 245 lbs., he was one of the most feared and intimidating linebackers of his time.
Since his career as a player, Butkus has become a well known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor. He has appeared in films such as The Longest Yard (on the practice team), Gus, Cracking Up, Necessary Roughness, Any Given Sunday, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Hamburger... The Motion Picture and Johnny Dangerously, and as a regular character on TV shows such as Blue Thunder, My Two Dads, and Hang Time. In the critically acclaimed TV movie Brian's Song (1971), he portrayed himself. He made one television appearance on the first episode of the 1976 ABC hit Rich Man, Poor Man, where he played 'Al Fanducci', a World War II army soldier who gets into a street brawl with 'Tom Jordache' (played by Nick Nolte). In 1980, Butkus portrayed Brom Bones in the television movie production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He made two appearances each on the TV shows Coach, Growing Pains, and three on MacGyver. In an oft-rerun episode of Murder, She Wrote, Butkus appeared in a locker-room scene wearing nothing but a towel wrapped around his waist. Butkus had a cameo appearance in the second season episode "The No-Cut Contract" of the television show The Rockford Files. Butkus also appeared on an episode of Magnum, P.I. as the coach of the fictional football team, the "New Jersey Blazers". On November 22, 2010, the 9th episode of Conan aired under the title, "A Prayer for Dick Butkus".
|This week at Rotary - Sam Lagana, Associate Vice Chancellor at Pepperdine University||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Sep 14, 2012||
Sam first came to the Santa Monica Rotary Club in 1979 as a Palisades High School student in a "Rotary Bowl" match between Pali and Samo. He has spoken to the club about the John R. Wooden Award. One of his hero's was our own Bill Fritzche.
Mr. Lagana is responsible for defining, executing and directing an Advancement effort that benefits Waves Athletics and specialized University-wide programs and campaigns. A primary focus is assisting University alumni, parents and friends with charitable giving that improves the University resources, scholarships, operations and endowment. Interacting on a regular basis with many constituents of the University, bringing new friends into the Pepperdine Family, planning and implementing a number of regular and special activities as well as hosting meetings of the Pepperdine Athletics Board are among Lagana's responsibilities.
|Rotary Club Meeting September 7, 2012 - Larry Simi, Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Sep 07, 2012||
The Commission on Judicial Performance broke precedent when Lawrence J. Simi was elected its first non-lawyer chairman in March 2012.
Simi has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a master of arts in government from California State University, Sacramento. He was a program manager for San Francisco Mayors Joseph Alioto, George Moscone and Dianne Feinstein from 1972 to 1980.
He left government in 1980 and joined Pacific Gas & Electric as a public affairs representative, rising through the ranks to become public affairs manager, regional public affairs director, division manager and then director of community relations and local government relations.
|Rotary Club Meeting August 24, 2012 - Bill Shakin, Covering baseball on and off the field for the Los Angeles Times.||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Aug 24, 2012||
Covering baseball on and off the field for the Los Angeles Times.
AUGUST 24, 2012: This week our speaker was Bill Shaikin, the national baseball writer at the Los Angeles Times!! For close to three years, he covered the off-the-field drama surrounding the Dodgers, including the bitter and protracted divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt, the bankruptcy court battle for control of the team, and the eventual sale of the Dodgers, for the highest price of any sports franchise in the world. He also covered the litigation between the Angels and the city of Anaheim when the team decided to call itself by the Los Angeles name. On the field, he covered the Angels' World Series championship run of 2002. He just got back from London, where he covered Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. swimmers in the Olympic Games.
|Rotary Club Meeting August 17, 2012 - Inspiration from our District Governor||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Aug 17, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting August 3, 2012 - Immigration issues in the club||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Aug 03, 2012||
Our president was in for a big surprise today as we had a speaker from immigration telling us about the dangers of dodging the law. I think we all learned a valuable lesson today.
|Rotary Club Meeting July 27, 2012 - Dr. John Robert Hall, CEO and author of 'Am I Still Autistic?'||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Jul 27, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting July 20, 2012 - Holly Mosher - Documentary Filmmaker "Bonsai People"||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Jul 20, 2012||
Holly Mosher, a documentary filmmaker and producer spoke today about her current film and what an amazing man by the name of Muhammad Yunus is doing for women and people around the world.
|Rotary Club Meeting June 1, 2012 - 2012 Rotary Scholarships||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Jun 01, 2012||
Today we had our 2012 Rotary scholarship awards presentation. We honored students from 2 middle schools, 4 high schools, and SMC – a total of 11 students who excel in academics, leadership, and community service.
|Rotary Club Meeting May 18, 2012 - Nancy Fox, The Business Fox||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on May 18, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting May 11, 2012 - Anita L. DeFrantz, an attorney and member of the International Olympic Committee and 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams.||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on May 11, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting May 4, 2012 - James Cuno, the CEO of the Getty Center||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on May 04, 2012||
|2012 Annual International Food & Song Festival||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 29, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting April 20, 2012 - Dr. Ben Weitz||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 20, 2012||
|Dr. Ben Weitz's Presentation 4-20-12||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 20, 2012||
Dr. Ben Weitz is a certified sports chiropractor, nutritionist, and strength and conditioning specialist in Santa Monica for over 20 years. Dr. Weitz graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a BA in philosophy and he graduated from the Pasadena College of Chiropractic in 1987 as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Weitz wrote a book on back rehabilitation, The Back Relief Book, published in 1998, and he is currently at work on a book on sports nutrition for kids. Dr. Weitz will be speaking about how to prevent and reverse chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
|GRAND BAHAMA EMERGENCY WATER RELIEF FOUNDATION||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 19, 2012||
GRAND BAHAMA EMERGENCY WATER RELIEF FOUNDATION
A ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PROJECT IN FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA
Great work Rotarians!
|Rotary Club Meeting April 13, 2012 - Evan Kleinman on Good Food||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Apr 13, 2012||
|Rotary Club Meeting March 30, 2012 - Group Study Exchange Team & Outgoing District Ambassadorial Scholar Stephanie Felix||Posted by Scott Kunitz||on Mar 30, 2012||
At the head table, seated at far stage right of the podium we have our Invocator for today: Tod Lipka. Next to Tod we have Stephanie Felix. Stage left of the podium and here to introduce our GSE Team, we have Dr. Monika White. Next to Monika is our visiting GSE Team Leader, Gnanavelan. Far stage left of the Podium and here to introduce our visiting Rotarians and guests, we have James B. Reidy, Jr.
Our song leader was Bob, and our Greeters were Jillian Alexander & Petra Haffter.
It was a very busy day at the Riviera Country Club we had 4 visiting Rotarians not counting the GSE Team; Carmela Raack and Ann Murakami from Culver City,Rich Musella from Westchester and Alan Monroe from Sarasota Southside who exchanged banners with the club.
We also had a full roster of guests; Emily Sperling was a guest of Jim Dyer. Norton Wyner and Pam Bradly were guests of Jean McNeil Wyner. Richard Thompson was a guest of Diane Margolin. Janeen Jackson was aguest of Rochelle LeBlanc. Doger Goodman was a guest of Monika White. Eric London was a guest of Dee Menzies. Julia Ladd was a guest of Lauren Rosen. Kara Rosenthax and Rich Greenspun were guests of Ann Greenspum. Maria Miranda was a guest of Sharon Gavin.
CBA Student Wins $27,00 International Rotary Scholarship as a Social Entrepreneur
Stephanie Felix, an international business and marketing major in the College of Business Administration, was recently named a Rotary International "Ambassadorial Scholar". The award provides her with up to $27,000 to study and earn a masters degree at an international school of her choosing. She has a preference list of five schools in Europe, Australia and South Africa, and will soon learn which study program will be approved by the rotary group. Stephanie expects to earn a masters degree in developmental studies, which explores "the challenges of managing change toward ethical, economical, environmental and political sustainability," according to Felix.
Stephanie spent the summer participating in a Global Exchange project in Cambodia, where she worked with women from a small village on a sewing program in hopes of helping them start their own business. She also spent six weeks at Princeton at a summer studies program. Rotary International is a worldwide service club with well over a million members in 75 countries. Their focus is on international projects such as eradicating polio, and helping to improve international understanding and cooperation. Stephanie Felix is the 25th Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from LMU in the past 20 years. In addition to her studies, she will work with and network with local Rotary Clubs to help improve the international understanding of America and her people
Group Study Exchange Team
Today we got to learn a little more about each member of the team as they shared about their lives with individual PowerPoint presentations.
Gnanaprakasam Gnanavelan, "Gnan" Incoming Team Leader: The Director of Zen Builders, Pvt. Ltd, Construction Company
Chitra Priya Rajalingam, "Chitra": A Motorcycle Racer and Events/Media Coordinator Head of Wild Origin Entertainment.
Umamaheswari Thirupath, "Uma": A Dr., MGR, Professor, Management Studies Educational & Research University.
Gunasekaran Muniachetty, "Guna": A Sr. Newspaper Special Correspondent Editor, News Presenter, Debate Moderator.
Ganesh Velayutham, "Ganesh": A Technical Head and Partner, Jason Fx Graphic Design/Management Business.
Thought for the Day
"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve."
- George Bernard Shaw
|Santa Monica Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary||Posted by Diane Margolin||on Mar 23, 2012||
On Friday, March 23, Rotary through the Decades was the theme of the 90th birthday celebration of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. Each decade was represented by a song, dance, or surprise interruption by the Club's talented members. The entertainment, conceived by George Collins, was directed by the Club's Executive Secretary, Savi Labensart, who is a wonderful singer. John Lehne was responsible for rounding up the Past Presidents. Susan Gabriel Potter felt top hats and moustaches would add a touch of class with their Past President sashes when they sang their "Happy Birthday Rotary" song at the culmination of the program. That is, before they were led off the stage in an energetic Conga line by Savi.
Thanks to the 13 generous sponsors in the Club, the party at the Casa del Mar will be remembered for years to come. They were Allan Young, Susan Gabriel Potter, George Collins, Con Oyler, Tom Loo, David Price, Scott Kunitz, Barbara Bishop, Monte Herring, Hal Quigley, Ron Davis, The Menzies Family and John Bohn.
The Dynamic Duo of George Collins and Diane Margolin worked closely with the amazing hotel staff to create an elegant, yet relaxing, atmosphere for Rotarians and their guests to dine, dance, and have fun in the hotel ballroom. They are already thinking about the 100th birthday party. But, not for awhile, yet.
Much appreciation to Klaus Mennekes, Toby Lent, Casa del Mar Captain Kathleen and the servers; plus Susan Gabriel Potter, Helene Winkler, Rotaract Club members Micolee Lazaro and Ava Haghighi; Sharon Johnson, Kris Andresen, Kai-li Quigley, Steven Freedberg, Jean McNeil Wyner, Paula from Pure Sense; Abe from Ann's Flowers; and the very talented entertainers. We also had a terrific jazz trio from Crossroads High School who performed during the cocktail hour. Members could get their pictures taken in the photo booth wearing hats and accessories that gave revealing clues into their personalities. DJ Eric Greenberg kept the music going, even after the party was over. The performers needed a screen to change behind and thanks to new member, Salvation Army Captain Mario Ruiz, that problem was solved. He brought it to the hotel and picked it up when the party was over! Dee Menzies lent us easels for the Rotary memorabilia exhibit.
In sparkling green dresses RoseMary Regalbuto and Barbara Bishop started the entertainment with their dazzling Charleston dance. Who will ever forget Avo Guerboian's impersonation of his Dad, Eddie, when he impersonated Elvis Presley years ago? Greg Hargrave in his colorful clown costume always seemed to appear at the wrong time, but his juggling timing was perfect. Emcee Paul Gaulke did a great job of keeping the program moving. We did hope he would "play his cheeks," but perhaps another time.Savi entertained us with her beautiful voice in a few numbers. She began behind a shower curtain deftly held up by Bill Werner and Jim Dyer. Why did Jim keep taking photos behind the curtain?
You had to be there....
Monika White serenaded us with the spoons while her husband, Roger played his harmonica. Tom Larmore and John Pacheco strummed and sang with their guitars. Carol Jackson did a breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," to David, a la Marilyn Monroe.
Savi joined Pat Bofird and Carol Jackson dressed to sing like the Andrew Sisters. Bill Werner came up on stage to play his harmonica with them. Savi later tried a Madonna song, only to be interrupted by Greg and his juggling, but kept the crowd entranced when she sang "Heroes," accompanied by the fabulous pianist T.J. Montemer.
Barb Bishop and Avo once again kept our toes tapping with their rendition of John Travolta's dancing to "Staying Alive." Those shoes Avo wore were something else! Our realistic stunt men, Nick Goehner and Torrey Vogel fooled a few people who were ready to call the police when they started sword fighting, and even breaking a table. Luckily former Police Chief Tim Jackman was at the dinner with his wife, Lisa. She handcuffed Nick and led him out of the party. Russ Warner proved to be a distracting interruption when Avo was performing.
It was a night filled with memories of the fun and camaraderie created by the members in our wonderful Rotary Club.
|Rotary Club Meeting March 16, 2012 - Children's book author Alexis O'Neill||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||on Mar 16, 2012||
At the head table, Far Stage Right we had Invocator Connie McGuire; Next to Connie we have Dr Janee Yuguchi Gates. Stage left of the podium and here to introduce our speaker for today, we have Sharon Gavin. Next to Sharon is our speaker for today, children's book author Alexis O'Neill. Far stage left of the Podium and here to introduce our visiting Rotarians and guests we have Scott Kunitz. Our song leader was Tom Larmore with Ken Waltzer on piano, and our Greeters were Jillian Alexander & Bill Rayman.
We had no visiting Rotarians today. We had only 1 guest of our Rotarians, Matt Williams who was a guest of Lisa Alexander.
Connie McGuire's Irish Prayer
Alexis O'Neill is a local children's author. She is the author of "Loud Emily" which was featured in Newsweek magazine. "The Recess Queen" which was on the Los Angeles Times children's best seller list. And "Estela's Swap" which is a multicultural book about generosity, highlighting a unique Los Angeles experience. Her non-fiction and fiction work has been featured in such publications as Crickets, Spider, Writer's Digest, and Children's Book Review Magazine.
Alexis began with a saying "C'ead Mile Failte" which means "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes" in Gaelic. And after testing her slide show she began to take us through her journey from growing up in Southey. She grew up in a very Irish family and spoke of how enjoyable each St. Patrick's Day was in her family. She then showed everyone a picture describing how she dressed up for Halloween being an Irish American, she was dressed in a nun's habit. And told stories of how while everyone else trick-o-treated a houses, she did it at the convent.
Our lives are made up of stories and we should pass those stories on. It's so important for knowledge and growth and each and every one of us has their own unique story, and who we are, makes the story.She closed with a song, that was always sung, in parting from a get together. She left us all with a great feeling and a pure smile.
"Oh of all the money that err I've spent
I spent it in good company
and all the harm that err I've done
Alas it was to none but me
but since it falls unto my lot
that I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise, and I'll softly call
goodnight and joy be with you all"
Thank you Alexis O'Neill!
Thought for the DayA quote published by Fortune magazine said: “Some people will lie, cheat, steal, and backstab to get ahead. And to think, all they have to do is read.”
|Santa Monica Rotary Club Meeting February 10, 2011||Posted||on Feb 10, 2012||
Public Service Recognition Day, held on February 10 this year, is a program our Rotary members eagerly anticipate. It gives us a chance to recognize those who help to make our community a better and safer place to live. Traditionally we honor a firefighter, police officer, teacher/administrator, and bus driver. Plaques are ordered for each honoree to receive from his or her supervisor.
Honored this year were Big Blue Bus driver William Alvarenga; Dr. Sally Chou, Santa Monica-Malibu School District Chief Academic Officer; Crime Analyst Debbie Anderson from the Santa Monica Police Department; and Captain Matthew Norris of the Santa Monica Fire Department.
Thanks to generous contributions of fire hats from the Santa Monica Fire Department; buses, pens, and key rings from the Big Blue Bus; whistles, pencils and pens from the Santa Monica Police Department and samples from The Art of Shaving, everyone went home with lots of favors.
The committee that put the popular event together included Joe Metoyer, Jean McNeil Wyner, Susan Potter and Diane Margolin.
|January 6, 2012 - First Meeting of 2012||Posted||on Jan 06, 2012||
At the head table, Far Stage Right we had Invocator Bill Buxton; Tom Larmore sat next to President David Bohn and introduced our visiting Rotarians and guests. Left of Podium we had Barbara Bishop, who introduced our speakers Jessica Limpert and Ramon Medeiros . Our song leader was Savi Labensart with Ken Waltzer on piano, and our greeters were Lisa Alexander and Gaby Schkud.
We had no visiting Rotarians today. Char Lawrence and Todd Lawrence visited us as guests of husband and father, respectively, Dick Lawrence; Jamie Menzies and Rob Dawson were guest of Jim Menzies. Shelly Locks visited us as a guest of Laurel Rosen Linda Teixeira, guest of Suzan Allbritton and Matt Williams, guest of Lisa Alexander, visited us again. Jennifer Gaulke, wife and guest of Paul Gaulke, Tricia Ricard, wife and guest of Glenn Ricard, and Roger Goodman, husband and guest of Monika White all came too!
|Rotary Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to Santa Monica Police||Posted by Dorothy Menzies||on Nov 24, 2011||
A special thank you to all the Rotarians and their families who helped honor the police officers and personnel who were on duty on Thanksgiving Day. We fed over 60 people and provided each with a $5.00 Starbucks gift card. The food, provided by Casa del Mar and Shuttters, was amazing. Thank you Klaus for making this possible.
A giant Thank You to our VOLUNTEERS:
Charles Follette and his son, Jimmy
Alonzo Hill and daughters Autumn & Hayden and wife September
Rochelle LeBlanc and her partner Margaret Paul
Len Lanzi's friend-Darren and his son Eli
Jean McNeil Wyner
Dee, Jim, and Jamie Menzies
Brendan Murray and his daughter Elise
Glen Ricard and his sons Matthew & Brandon and their friend Jen
David Snow and his son Sam
Alonzo Hill and daughters Autumn & Hayden and wife September
|Healthy Living Step Aerobics||Posted||on Nov 19, 2011||
Julia Miele welcomes Rotarians to the November 18th Healthy Living Step Aerobics class at the YWCA.
|November 18 @ Rotary with Westwood Village Club - USC ~ UCLA||Posted||on Nov 18, 2011||
Adrian Fulle & Connie DeGroot Jim Parr & Bill Dawson
Adrian Fulle & Connie DeGroot Jim Parr & Bill Dawson
Frank Lavac hosted CPA Jim Parr, who will be sponsoring the buffet for the Red Kettle Day’s counting party. John Pacheco introduced us to Marcia Caldirola and Kelsey Howard, both American Red Cross staff members.
Frank Lavac Dee Menzies Charlie Follette
Past President Carol Jackson announces candidates for Club Elections which will be held at our meeting on Dec. 9. See separate story for more information on the nominees.
Willie Brown is a former USC varsity athlete in football and baseball. Mr. Brown was a member of the 1962 USC National Championship Football team and captained the 1963 National Championship baseball team. He was an assistant coach during OJ Simpson’s senior year in 1968 and coached for the National Championship baseball team in 1968. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the National championship football teams of 1972 and 1974. He coached with two Hall of Fame coaches — Rod Dedeaux (baseball) and John McKay (football). He coached our very own Bob Klein!
Ron Allice, Tom Loo and Willie Brown
In 2004, Mr. Brown was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from USC, Willie joined the USC football and baseball coaching staffs from 1968-1975. He reflected on the spirited, good-hearted rivalry between UCLA and USC. Nowhere else are there two such outstanding football programs in the same city where the strong qualities of both help strengthen each other.
Donn Moomaw represented UCLA. Donn played center and linebacker from 1950-1952 and went on to play professional football before retiring to join the Presbyterian ministry. Each year, UCLA gives out the Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player against USC.
Jack Gregory, Donn Moomaw and Gabby Schkud
He spoke of his decision to attend UCLA despite USC being viewed as more of a football school at the time. He shared impressions of his days training with UCLA football coach Bo Sanders, of his prayer day before an Oregon game, and of serving as pastor to President Reagan (he gave the invocation and benediction at Reagan's 1981 presidential inauguration). Rev. Moomaw is thankful to live in a community with two wonderful universities with outstanding football programs.
|November 11th at Rotary with Scott Sale and Arthur White for New Directions, Inc.||Posted||on Nov 11, 2011||
Ron Davis offered the invocation, new member Nick Goehner sat next to President David Bohn. Scott Wagenseller introduced our speaker, Scott Sale. Judy Neveau introduced our visiting Rotarians and our guests. Irene Passos, Rob Kohn and Lisa Alexander greeted us at the door. Ken Waltzer accompanied our song leader, Herb Roney.
We had no visiting Rotarians today, but lots of guests of members: Norton Wyner hosted by his wife, Jean McNeil Wyner; Steve Senfp, guest of Con Oyler; Arthur White, New Directions graduate, who was a co-presenter with our speaker; Maria Ferguson, wife of member Scott Ferguson; Autumn Hill, daughter of member Alonzo Hill; Christine Cassiano, guest of Avo Guerboian; and David Rosenfeld, guest of Donna Byrd.
We had no time for fines today… some of you got off lucky. “-)
Selling Coffee for a Cause http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/111110_news_alumdaf.aspx
By selling fair trade coffee to Rotary clubs throughout the United States, a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar is helping to raise money to fund worldwide clean water initiatives.
Five for Water, a project started by Bill Prost, Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, finances a Rotary Foundation donor advised fund for water projects in coffee-producing countries. After forming a partnership with Green Mountain Coffee, Prost invited clubs to purchase the organic coffee and sell it in their community. Funds generated from the sales would go toward water projects throughout Africa, Central and South America, and Indonesia.
A village in Bolivia now has access to clean water as the result of a project supported by The Rotary Foundation’s Clean Water for Coffee Growing Countries Donor Advised Fund. Photo courtesy of Five for Water
A pump provides water to a village in Tanzania -- part of a project made possible by the Foundation’s donor advised fund. Water and sanitation is one of Rotary’s areas of focus under the Future Vision Plan. Photo courtesy of Five for Water
“I wanted to create a year-round project that’s fit for any size club,” says Prost, who studied in England as a 1979-80 Rotary Scholar. “Any club, no matter how large or small, can help be a part of this. It’s a really simple project.”
Even though the project was launched only a year ago, more than 300 clubs in the United States are already selling the coffee. Their efforts have netted nearly $184,000, providing more than 50,000 people in 10 countries with access to clean water.
An estimated two million people die every year from waterborne diseases, and more than one billion lack access to clean water, according to the World Health Organization. “I told myself that, as a Rotarian, it was my responsibility to do something about [that],” Prost says.
After the money is raised, clubs seek an international partnership with another club and apply for a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant. A big focus of Five for Water has been funding the installation of wells to serve schools, orphanages, and medical clinics -- but, according to Prost, the project’s scope goes beyond that.
Wells in Bolivia
Recently, Five for Water installed eight wells in Bolivia and pump stations near a reservoir in Sumatra. Prost has also partnered with a club in Missouri and Engineers Without Borders to create a pipeline in Honduras that supplies water from an existing well and a water tower. The project’s goal is to provide more than 300 families with clean drinking water.
Scott Sale, M.D., is a board member and Program Committee Chair for New Directions, Inc. New Directions is an agency serving veterans who are struggling with homelessness, mental illness and physical disabilities, and substance abuse. Scott shared some statistics about our homeless population and the portion of it that is made up of veterans. The latest numbers show that 18 percent of the homeless population are veterans as opposed to only eight percent of the general population. Among homeless veterans, 75 percent are dealing with substance abuse issues that compound their medical, emotional, and financial problems. New Directions was founded in 1992 in Mar Vista. It now occupies five buildings on the Veterans Administration campus in West LA. Some of the programs they offer include anger management, help in obtaining high school GED, job placement, and family reunification. The program can last between six and 18 months, is very rigorous, and requires significant personal commitment by the veterans who sign up for it. They also have an a cappella choir that was on America’s Got Talent – you can see the on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5z-h92h6Ks . The choir performs regularly around Los Angeles, especially in support of other nonprofit social service agencies.
Arthur White, a graduate of New Directions, spoke about how much New Directions changed his life. He entered the program with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which led to drug and alcohol problems. Too many programs do not treat the whole person - and this is where ND is different. Arthur said, “If you have two hands on fire and you only put it out on one hand, you have not really addressed the problem.” ND provides the opportunity to make changes – but every individual must step up to the plate and make their own choice to move forward. Arthur did this and is now employed as a financial supervisor by LA County and is looking forward to a promotion on Monday!
Thought for the Day (TFTD)
President John F. Kennedy said on Veterans’ Day, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
|October 28th at Rotary and Craft Talks||Posted||on Oct 28, 2011||
Mary Ann Powell gave a moving invocation. Craft Talker #1, Roxana Janka sat next to President David Bohn. Charlie Follette, who chaired the program, sat next to Craft Talker #2, John Dravillas. Donna Bryd introduced our visiting Rotarians and our guests. Carol Jackson skillfully and vigorously pounded the keyboards while Tom Larmore attempted to lead us by example in song.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Our only visiting Rotarian was John Clay, from Oxnard. Ed Morrison was a guest of Russ Warner, Steve Senft was John Clay’s guest, and Christine Cassiano joined us again – introduced in the past by Avo.
We celebrated two months’ worth of birthdays. Our September babies are: Ron Davis, Grace Cheng Braun, Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson, Avo Guerboian, Carol Follette, Steve Eorio, Lisa Alexander, Vince Muselli, George Pickell, Jim Dyer, Len Lanzi, Jim Westbrook, Rex Minter, Joe Metoyer, Fred Rafeedie, and Bill Werner.
October brought us: Bill Wood, Diane Margolin, Bret Carter, Karim Jaude, Jeff Moskin, Tom Loo, Allan Young, George Collins, Hal Quigley, Nicole Ryan, Janie Yuguchi Gates, Scott Wagenseller, David Bohn, Greg Hargrave, Bill Buxton, John Rucci, Paul Leoni, Dick Rice, and Iao Katagiri.
* Healthy Living Committee announced Step Aerobics at the YWCA on Saturday, November 19 at 8:30. The YWCA is located at Pico and 14th Street. RSVP to Judy Neveau. Brunch at Judy's afterwards.
* Suzan Allbritton will be leading another Upward Bound House Apartment makeover on Saturday, October 29. Let her know if you'd like to be part of the fun
* First Tuesday is coming up next week, and we'll be meeting at The Galley at 2442 Main Street. We'll see you there this Tuesday, November 1, at 5:30.
David Snow was fined for being awarded almost $6,000 for Upward Bound House at the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalitions Celebrate Success breakfast event. John Pacheco was fined for an “appearance” on KPCC about disaster preparedness.
Roxana Janka started off our Craft Talks program by telling us three things no one ever believes about her: 1) She’s never been arrested; 2) she’s gifted; and 3) she’s a princess. Roxana was born in Tehran, Iran, and has three sisters. As a sixth generation descendant of Kaykavoos Mirzah, son Fatali, Shah of the Qajar Dynasty, she is, technically, a princess. In 1979, when she was still just a little girl, Roxana and her family fled the revolution in Iran. After a little time in Los Angeles, the family moved to Orlando when Roxana was five years old. There, she won the fifth grade spelling bee – with the word “pasteurize” (i.e., gifted).
Roxana went to work in the PR business, and after making a splash by arranging for a bull to be herded down city streets to publicize the Silver Spurs Rodeo (you’ll have to have her tell you the story), she was on her way. She met her husband, Chris, at the Gap. They moved to Barcelona and then to New York. When Chris was transferred to Los Angeles, he proposed marriage, Roxana accepted, and they moved once again. She feels that she’s finally found her home in Santa Monica. Roxana is passionate about community service, passionate and honored to be member of our Rotary Club, and, by the way, completely proud to be a Bohn Girl (one of several women members sponsored by that Debonair Devil, John Bohn). Roxana says she has a lucky star and a very happy life. Roxana, the club feels pretty lucky to have you!
John Dravillas tells us his story in his own words: I was born in Chicago on June 30 to Pat and Paul Dravillas. Both my parents are children of Greek immigrants. Before I started school I thought everyone was Greek, but once I arrived I realized that nobody else was Greek (until he found Spyros, of course)!
I was born 10 months after my parents married. Three years later I was joined by my brother, Mark, and five years after that came Paul. Family life was uneventful. Dad was originally in sales and then started his own business. Eventually he sold his part of the business and went into teaching and writing. Mom was very religious. We spent a lot of time in church, and there was always an emphasis on acceptance and inclusivity, and on taking the high moral road regardless of the situation. Our family made Ozzie and Harriet seem like Ozzie Osborne.
Until I hit puberty, I was a terrible athlete and did poorly in sports, but I did well in school and good grades came easily. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I would have given anything to trade those two qualities. As a teenager, I was a decent offensive lineman in football and guard or forward in basketball. Although I kept going to church and listening to Mom, I transformed the beliefs she taught me into a personal outlook of secular/spiritual/organic peace and love. Not too different from the 4-Way Test.
I knew by my mid-teens what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – something that combined health care with athletics. I realized physical therapy was the perfect fit for me. About 17 years ago, I left my job as a staff therapist and went out on my own, first seeing patients in their homes and ultimately moving to an office and gym. I started a wellness program about 10 years ago, which was simply pilates and yoga at the time. Today, we have what we call a “bridge program” to progress people in an integrated manner from injury recovery to an independent wellness program.
I met my wife, Anna, sixteen years ago while working at USC County Medical Center. We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary just a couple of weeks ago.
Thought for the Day (TFTD)
“I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.”
|October 21st at Rotary with District Governor Brad Robinson||Posted||on Oct 21, 2011||
Today was our annual District Governor's visit where we get to report on all our wonderful activities and what a fantastic club we have. At the pre-meeting, Prez David, the Board and several Committee Chairs, reported to DG Brad Robinson and his aide Val Velasco.
As usual, we received praise and thanks for our great work! Take a look at our Club Information Guide to see our goals for the year and a description of each of our committees plans and activities.
On to the meeting where Savi got everyone energized with one of Ken Waltzer's variations on Of Thee I Sing, Rotary!
We had two special guests today, Executive Aide Val Velasco and our Assistant Governor Linda Black seated with Bob Klein.
Also joining us today was Susan Milam from the Uptown Macon Rotay Club of Macon Georgia. Doing guest introductions and leading the flag exchange with Susan is Timur Berberoglu.
And perfect timing for our Governor visit, we introduced new members Rick Mateus with his sponsor Dick Lawrence and TJ Mortemer with his sponsor Laurel Rosen. Welcome Rick and TJ!
Brief announcements today, Jillian Alexander put on her best tropical hat to promote the District Trip to Puerto Rico next February. Information and registration material is available on the District Web Site. We are expecting over 20 from our club alone to join the trip.
Governor Brad presents Transformer Awards to members of our Club who were nominated by Prez David for making a difference. Recipients are Iao Katagiri, Ken Waltzer and Jim Dyer. Following his District update to the Club, DG Brad shows off with his speaker gift.
|CicLAvia 2011||Posted by Constance Maguire||on Oct 09, 2011||
CicLAvia is an event that promotes safe biking, walking and strolling. 10 miles of City streets were closed Sunday afternoon on October 9 in Downtown and South LA welcoming bikers, walkers and strollers to enjoy a beautiful afternoon of safe fun and exercise. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica's Healthy Living Committee participated under the leadership of event leader John Dravillas. Club president David Bohn and his wife and daughter attended as well as Eric Schmitter and Dravillas. It was yet another great day of fellowship, fun and healthy living for Santa Monica Rotarians.
|Rotary Club of Santa Monica Invites Applications for Community and Youth Grants||Posted by Sharon Perlmutter Gavin||on Oct 07, 2011|
|October 7th at Rotary and LA Times Political Writer Jean Merl||Posted||on Oct 07, 2011||
President David welcomed us to the twelfth (12th) meeting of the 90th year of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica - home of the Annual Wine and Jazz Festival. David proclaimed this year’s event “a great success”.
L.A. Native Bill Crookston gave a moving invocation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native Suzan Allbritton sat next to President David Bohn, Illinois native Jean McNeil-Wyner hosted our speaker, LA Times political writer, Jean Merl, and Jerusalem native Rob Kohn introduced our visiting Rotarians and our guests. Roxana Janka & Gaby Schkud greeted us and Carol Jackson led us in song.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Jim Dyer welcomed back tax attorney Lavonne Lawson, Avo Guerboian hosted Christine Cassiano and Tyler Albers, Laurel Rosen introduced us to Richard Chakin and Timur Berberoglu and Ken Waltzer brought their better halves - Melissa Berberoglu and Jennifer Waltzer.
Suzan Allbritton and Ken Waltzer tell us about the fantastic Wine and Jazz Festival. There are still a few trips available, contact Ken.
<< Susan Annett announced that we are currently accepting applications for Community and Youth Grants from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community. Grant applications are due by October 31, 2011, for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $2,500. Funds may be requested for capital, equipment or new program development. Funds are not available for annual operating needs or special events. You can download the guidelines and application forms from the News section on the web site.
>> Sharon Perlmutter Gavin announced our 2011 Senior Book Drive. This year the literacy committee has expanded its focus and will be providing new or gently used books to the Senior Recreation Center in Santa Monica. We will be providing about 20-30 books every other month to them. We are conducting a book drive and would love for Rotary Club members to donate any new or gently used books they have that they are no longer interested in keeping. We plan to provide the first set of books on October 21. We will have a box by the door where books can be dropped off. We hope that everyone can participate in this worthy cause. Click here to download flyer.
Next up, David transforms into the Rent Collector...
Our program today was Jean Merl, LA Times Political Writer who updated us on the recent California redistricting and some of the surprises greeting our career politicans.
Thought for the Day (TFTD)
“The problem with political jokes is they get elected." Anonymous
|Wine & Jazz Festival Supports Community and International Projects||Posted||on Oct 02, 2011|
|Wine & Jazz Festival Supports Community and International Projects||Posted||on Oct 02, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica hosted it's fourth annual Wine & Jazz Festival on Sunday October 2nd at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Participants sampled dozens of wines while listening to music by Crossroads jazz band. They also bid on auction items and trips whose proceeds will fund both local community and international projects.
The event was generously sponsored by The Bradmore Group, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, LA Car Guy, Quigley & Co., Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica Daily Press and Santa Monica Ford.
President David Bohn PR team Roxana Janka, Grace Wang and friends
Menzie family shopping Judy Iriye, Sharon and Andy Gavin
Rotaractor Diana Chowdhury Judy Neveau, Tricia & Glen Ricard, Erik Jorgensborg
|September 9th Announcements, Fines and Guests||Posted||on Sep 09, 2011||
Greeting us as we arrived today with Rotary smiles were Jillian Alexander, Tod Lipka, Monika White, Ann Greenspun and Izzy Cervello.
More smiles from the head table with Monty McCormick and Bill Buxton who also provided the invocation. We were joined by a number of visiting Rotarians and guests today including...
District Governor Elect Lew Bertrand with Jim Dyer, Delaney Dragon from LA 5 with Alonzo Hill and Klaus Mennekies, and Peter Weinberger from LA 5 with Connie Mcguire.
Adam Jolivet with Timur, Britney Makke (David Bohn), Christine Cassiano with Avo, and Scott Kunitz (Bill Crookston). On to the business of the meeting and announcements:
Time for President David to collect some rent. First, Larry Maher tells us about his three-week Idaho vacation where he tried a zip line. He gets off rent free though in appreciation for his work helping Savi migrate to QuickBooks and those new statements we are all receiving. Ann Greenspun doesn't get off as easy when she is recognized for being featured in the Viking News for her leadership with the Rotary EarthAngel project (and mentioning being a proud member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica). Scott Wagenseller was fined for having four kids who are five or under.
Thought for the Day (TFTD) - “It is not enough to do good; one must do it the right way.” ~ John Viscount Morley, of Blackburn
|NFL in Los Angeles with Austin Beutner||Posted||on Sep 09, 2011||
Austin Beutner serves as First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy for the City of Los Angeles. In his role as First Deputy Mayor, Beutner oversees 13 City Departments ranging from Planning and Building and Safety to Housing and Homeless. He also has responsibility for the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX, Ontario, and Van Nuys), and the Department of Water and Power, which is the largest municipally-owned utility in the U.S. These 13 Departments have revenues of approximately $8 billion, and employ 17,000 people. Mr. Beutner's responsibilities include working with the Departments to help them provide a better level of service (at a lower cost) to their customers, including businesses and taxpayers alike; developing and implementing policy reform to foster a better regulatory and economic environment in Los Angeles; and communicating with civic groups, business, and labor leaders.
Mr. Beutner talked to us about viewing a new stadium to host an NFL team as not just a football venue, but to see it as a means to helping Los Angeles “pull its own weight” when it comes to getting tourists to our city.
|Arts Education with Mark Slavkin||Posted||on Aug 26, 2011||
Our program featured Mark Slavkin, Vice President for Education at the Music Center, talking about arts education in schools and communitiess across Los Angeles County. His staff of 20 people is working to help all 80 school districts in Los Angeles County bring back the arts as part of the core K-12 curriculum. He recognized Santa Monica as one of the first Districts to join the Arts Alliance. Pictured with Mark are Prez David Bohn and Nat Travis
It was great to having Frank Lavac's wife Francine and daughter Kira join us today. Watching from the head table are Avo Guerboian who did the invocation, David Snow doing guest introductions, and Sharon Perlmutter Gavin.
Daniel Bennett and Ken Waltzer updated us on the International Wine and Jazz Festival set for October 2nd at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Daniel indicated we still have a few openings for sponsorships. This will be a fantastic event you won't want to miss and will raise funds for both local community and worldwide Rotary projects. It is also a good opportunity to bring perspective new Rotarians.
We celebrated August birthdays with Jim Reidy, Jay Smith, Robert Segal, Jillian Alexander, Suzan Allbritton, Myles Pritchard and David Price.
We celebrated August birthdays with Jim Reidy, Jay Smith, Robert Segal, Jillian Alexander, Suzan Allbritton, Myles Pritchard and David Price.
|Keep The Ball Rolling||Posted||on Aug 19, 2011||
Prez David brought this week's meeting to life with his ever present beach ball. Head table celebraties included Brian Linnekens doing guest introductions, Grace Cheng Braun and Ann Greenspun.
Guests joing us today were Chuck Cameron and BJ Johnson
Our program featured Meredith McCarthy from Heal the Bay motivating everyone to join the beach clean up at Palisades Beach on Saturday.
|Recognition and Fines||Posted||on Aug 19, 2011||
Bill Buxton was presented his award from last year for his leadership of the OPCC meal efforts. Prez David kept the ball rolling recognizing Grace Wang on her recent engagement. Also targeted were Larry Motorff and Mitchell Kraus.
Continuing this year's recognition them, Prez David presented "Keep The Ball Rolling" awards to Suzan Allbritton and Jim Dyer.
|Presentation – Captain Thomas Stafford, Los Angeles Fire Department||Posted by Isabel Cervello||on Jul 22, 2011||
The National HART Foundation was founded in 2009 by a Los Angeles City Fire Captain, Thomas Stafford, as a vehicle to bring attention, education and support to the many children, young adults and community members who succumb to sudden cardiac arrest daily in Southern California. Capt. Stafford was involved in the original development and execution of a highly successful program (HART) that was previously operated by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), where he played an intricate role in training thousands of Los Angeles Unified High School students alongside fellow firefighters, paramedics, and explorer scouts over a five-year period. Tom shared with us the timeline on getting help to someone who is down, and really emphasized how important the first minutes are. It was a sobering presentation with a bottom line that learning CPR can save a life.
|Fines||Posted by Isabel Cervello||on Jul 22, 2011||
President David thanked the more than 50 club members who attended and contributed to the Club Assembly this week. He also thanked Russ Warner, who has submitted a grant to the district for our Upward Bound House project. We’ve received preliminary word that our application for $2,000 looks promising. Donna Byrd was fined for handing out over 2,000 FREE Slurpees at her 7/11 store on 7th and Wilshire on 7/7/2011. John Dravillas was fined for his good work as a physical therapist and Rotarian. Hal Quigley was thanked for supporting a Rotary ad in the Santa Monica Star for the past 10 years. Susan Gabriel Potter paid the piper for her “first 3-week vacation in 30 years” to Europe. David also recognized Susan’s mother, Louise Gabriel, widow of our member Bob, for her book, Santa Monica, 1950-2010. It includes lots of club members! See Susan if you’d like to buy a copy; proceeds go to the Santa Monica History Museum. Mary Ann Powell was in The Wall Street Journal for Pacific Park’s “Carmaggedon” promotion
|Meeting Cast||Posted by Isabel Cervello||on Jul 22, 2011||
Rick Kennedy started the ball rolling with the invocation. Iowa native Bret Carter, next to President David, was at the head table to invite us to the circus (see Announcements).Pennsylvania native John Pacheco introduced our speaker, Thomas Stafford. Connie Maguire, keeping us healthy this year, introduced our visitors. We were greeted by Julia Miele and Izzy Cervello. Ken Waltzer tickled the ivories for us, and Pat Bofird led us in pledge and song. Timur Berberoglu introduced us to music graduate student Federica Sclori from Milan. Jack Gregory hosted repeat guest Mahesh Parekh.
|Board Resolution||Posted||on Jul 15, 2011||
For reasons including: cost of lunch and guarantee at Riviera, memberships’ desire to remain at Riviera; increasing number of club members with senior-exempt status; dwindling attendance at lunch; apparent hardship for new young members to attend and pay for lunch meetings during the first two years, the Board approved the following resolution (effective July 1, 2011):
|Presentation - Genealogy 101||Posted||on Jul 15, 2011||
Thank you Richard Kessler, “PhD” presented us with information on how to trace our ancestry. As he assured us, fewer hobbies anywhere offer the reward of genealogy. “Dr.” Kessler taught us to begin by collecting all the birth certificates, ordinations, baptisms, education, marriage certificates, military records, and any other documentation we can find, and to ask Who, What, When, Where, and Why questions. Additionally, it was common for names to be changed entirely, or for the spelling to be modified, so name changes are something to be on the lookout. This was all fun and true, but then we moved on to the history of John Bohn’s family. Much of the family genealogy was true, including copies of 1870 census records from
|Meeting Cast||Posted||on Jul 15, 2011||
Carol Jackson led us in song and pledging, accompanied by Ken Waltzer. Connolly Oyler graciously stepped in to provide the invocation; Ken Waltzer sat next to President David (well, first he sat next to Nicole, David’s daughter), Mitchell Kraus introduced our speaker, Richard Kessler, and Larry Maher introduced our guests. Julia Miele and Russ Warner greeted us at the door
|First Meeting Drama||Posted by Suzan Allbritton||on Jul 15, 2011||
Today was the first meeting for David Bohn as our 2011-12 President. With David’s knowledge of a club history of walking out on the President’s first meeting, David had daughter Nicole take his place on the podium. Nicole started the meeting with the ringing of the bell, and then proceeded to inform us that if we walked out, we’d be walking out on her. So, we stayed, of course!
|President David Bohn upstaged by daughter Nicole at first meeting||Posted by Jim Dyer||on Jul 10, 2011|
|workflow test||Posted by Jim Dyer||on Jun 06, 2011||
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|June 3rd - Scholarship Awards Day||Posted by Jim Dyer||on Jun 03, 2011||
It was an international head table with lots of Rotary experience today.
Japan native Charlene Underhill Miller, whose husband John has been a member of our club, gave us our invocation. Christina Chan, originally from Hong Kong, has completed a term as Chair of District Recognitions Awards. Tom Larmore, who has diligently chaired our scholarships programs for several years, has just completed the huge task of compiling our Club Book. Alan Glick, a former Club Director, has stepped up to the plate as co-chair of scholarships this year, along with Alan Young. New member Rob Kohn, originally from Jerusalem, introduced guests.
Assistant Governor Glen Mitchell and his wife of 39 years, Joan.
David Berry from Adelaide, South Australia.
Guests of Rotarians:
|First Tuesday - May 3rd||Posted by Jim Dyer||on May 16, 2011|
|New Member Focus - Gaby Schkud||Posted||on May 16, 2011||
Gaby Schkud of GABY & ASSOCIATES (established in 1994), is a realtor with Coldwell Banker, Associate Manager of Coldwell Banker Santa Monica Office and mentor to new licensees. Prior to that, Gaby was a residential loan officer with First Federal of Santa Monica. Born in Germany and raised in Canada, Gaby recognized “home” when she moved to Santa Monica with her family. She is passionate about the community in which she works and lives and you will always hear her say, “We live in paradise.” Gaby and Leon have two children, Michelle and Nick, both Samohi graduates…just like their parents. Michelle graduated from UC Santa Cruz and received her Masters from Pepperdine. Nick graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is currently in the MBA program at LMU.
|May 6th at Rotary - Bangladesh GSE Team||Posted by Suzan Allbritton||on May 06, 2011||
David Bohn introduced the Group Study Exchange team from Rotary District 3280 in Bangladesh.First of all, many thanks to those who helped with the GSE visit. Our hosts were Eric and Marilyn Schmitter, Ann and Richard Greenspun, and Monika White and Roger Goodman. Judy Neveau hosted a group dinner at her home on Tuesday night. Jillian Alexander coordinated individual vocational experiences for our team members. Klaus Mennekes hosted the team and hosts and other participants at Hotel Casa Del Mar for drinks and appetizers Thursday night. And again this year, Lionel Ruhman allowed us to jack his van for the entire week to transport the team. Jim and Virginia Reidy opened up their home for use as home base all week long and accommodated our comings and goings at all hours. Tom Loo arranged for Bangladeshi ethnic cuisine for the International Food Festival.
|Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation||Posted by John Bohn||on Apr 30, 2011||
The Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation was founded by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica in 1972 under the leadership of Aubrey E. Austin, Jr., Gerald Jennings and Ralph Kiewet to mark the club's 50th anniversary. The members' goal was to raise $50,000 in time for the February 1972 birthday celebration and begin a program to help deserving nonprofit organizations in the Santa Monica Bay Area through foundation grants. With the combined effort of our trustees and club members and the generosity of many in the community, our goal was achieved.
The Foundation grew slowly and assisted our community's finest organizations. A generous estate gift contributed significantly to the corpus of the Foundation. In 1997, under the leadership of the club's 75th birthday chairman, Richard J. Rice, M.D., pledges and gifts from more than 65 percent of the club's members further expanded the assets.
What We Have Accomplished
Since 1972, more than $425,000, derived solely from the earnings of the corpus, has been distributed to 30 local charities and nonprofit organizations. We have played a role in bettering our community in small and large ways, from dental clinic equipment to chemistry lab equipment for high schools, computers for the elderly, VCRs for hospital patients, vehicles for the Red Cross, a fork lift for the Westside Food Bank, to remodeling the kitchen at the Salvation Army. Funds are provided for capital improvement projects and equipment, not for operational expenses.
The Foundation is administered by nine trustees, all members of the Santa Monica Rotary Club. Our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation is not related in any way to the Rotary International Foundation, which is funded by Rotarians throughout the world via the Paul Harris Fellowship program.
How You Can Help
We rely on contributions and encourage you to make us a regular part of your charitable giving at any time. Please think of us as a way of honoring a loved one who has departed; we will send a special card to the person you designate apprising them of your gift (without mention of the amount) as well as a letter of acknowledgement to you. Or you can honor an individual on a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion and they will be similarly recognized. Recommending a gift to the Foundation in lieu of flowers or gifts is another way you can help.
All gifts are tax deductible and do much to help our Santa Monica Bay community. All that, and we do the hard work to research and evaluate the beneficiaries of your generosity!
|Rotary International Foundation||Posted by Bret Carter||on Apr 29, 2011||
THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
How The Rotary Foundation works
The Rotary Foundation receives monies from contributions and income from investments of their Permanent Fund. The income from the Permanent Fund (endowment income) and from investments of the general funds of the Foundation supplies approximately 35% of the total.
The primary funds received by the Rotary Foundation (approximately 60%) come from contributions to the Annual Program Fund, which in large part is supplied by contributions by Rotarians who are given recognition for each $1,000.00 contributed by a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Many of our members who have given once to become a Paul Harris Fellow fail to realize that the money they contributed went into the Annual Program Fund of the Rotary Foundation and was spent within two years on the Humanitarian Grants, Educational Sponsorships and Grants, and the Polio Plus Program.
The Rotary Foundation has maintained an endowment fund, the PERMANENT FUND of the Rotary Foundation. The principal of this fund is invested and only the income from the investments is used for grants and programs. Last year the income from the Permanent Fund was approximately $10 million dollars and funded 12% of all of the humanitarian grants, scholarships, Polio Plus, and other programs.
There are several members of our club who have made substantial lifetime contributions to the Permanent Fund. In additions, there are now 20 members of our club who have become Benefactors of the Rotary Foundation by signing a declaration form stating that they have made a provision for a testamentary gift by their will or trust in favor of The Rotary Foundation.
This is a very good way to assure the continued growth of the Permanent Fund.
To become a Benefactor, all you need to do is to designate in your will, trust, or life insurance policy an amount or portion as your donation to the Permanent Fund of The Rotary Foundation.
Right now or any time, you can also make a permanent gift of $1,000 or more to the Permanent Fund, which is an endowment fund. Only the income from this fund is spent for the many wonderful programs funded by The Rotary Foundation. Your gift will continue in perpetuity.
The Permanent Fund is very different from the funds raised by the Paul Harris Fellowship program. When we donate funds for recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow, those funds, both principal and interest, are distributed by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation within 18 months. For further information, contact Bret Carter.
Paul Harris Fellow
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
It is because of gifts like those from the Paul Harris Fellows that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace.
How to become a Paul Harris Fellow
Supporting the philanthropic mission of The Rotary Foundation and being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow is Easy:
You will receive a Paul Harris Fellow Medal and Certificate in recognition of your generous support.
For additional information on how you can become a Paul Harris Fellow contact either Bret Carter or Marv Levin of our Rotary Foundation Committee.
|Apr. 10 Meeting - Hobby Day - Speaker, Amy Tan||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Mar. 27 Meeting - Craft Talks - Abbey Fernandez and Adam Lichtl||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|March 27 Meeting Recap||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|March 20 Meeting Recap||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|March 13 Meeting Recap||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|Community & Youth Grants: Non-Profits Apply Now!!||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|Mar. 20 Meeting - Speaker, David Travers - Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|March 6 Meeting Recap||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|Mar. 6 Meeting - Speaker, Veronica Majd - Children's Librarian at Donald Kaufman Bruce Library - Literacy Day||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|February 27 Meeting - Speaker, Richard Ham - District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Guatemala||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Feb. 27 Meeting Recap||Posted by Savitri Labensart||
|TEMPLATE - Meeting Recap||Posted by Jillian Alexander||
|Rotary Club Meeting Recap: Fri., Sep. 12||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Rotary Club Meeting Recap: Fri., Sep. 5||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Rotary Club Meeting Recap: Fri., Aug. 22||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Rotary Club Weekly Meeting Recap: Fri., Aug. 8||Posted by Thomas Montemer||
|Rotary Club Weekly Meeting Recap: Fri., Aug. 1||
|Rotary Club Meeting Recap: Fri., Aug. 15||Posted by Thomas Montemer|
|Rotary Board Performs in Halloween Flashmob||Posted by Scott Ferguson||
|University of California rules||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||
Today's head-table was comprised of University of California graduates. David Robinson (UCLA) Charlie Follette (Cal) Melissa Dagodag (UCLA Law) plus Craft Talk speaker Larry Mortorff (UCLA) ... and ...
|11th Annual Food and Song Festival||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||
The Eleventh Annual Food and Song Festival was held at the home of Tom and Stephanie Loo in Malibu on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Over 250 Rotarians and Guests enjoyed an afternoon of foods and beverages from around the world. Live entertainment from Rotary members and invited artists played throughout the afterward. The Festival also offered activities for children and young adults by the Broadway Gym. Special guests included the GSE Team from Japan and members of the Santa Monica Rotaract Club.
|This week at Rotary - Fritz Coleman, KNBC Weatherman, stand-up comic, actor, and playwright||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Widely beloved and heralded KNBC Weatherman, stand-up comic, actor, and playwright Fritz Coleman has been named "Best Weathercaster" in nearly every major paper in Southern California.
|Santa Monica Rotary Foundation supports Boy Scouts of America’s swimming pool at Camp Josepho||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America, proudly serves over 18,000 young people in 65% of Los Angeles County. Our goal is to reach as many youth as possible by providing programs that nurture, guide, direct and teach skills to help them live successful lives in our world. The Santa Monica Rotary Club has been a key partner in helping the Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America improve and upgrade the Council’s magnificent Camp Josepho – a jewel nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Pacific Palisades which brings the joys of the summer camp experience to countless children. The unique Camp Josepho experience is invaluable and unmatched in Los Angeles. What makes Camp Josepho so unique is that while it is within easy reach of all Angelenos, it is a beautiful natural environment with no cars, telephones, or roads in the majority of the camp. For many children from Los Angeles who have never had the opportunity to be ‘out in nature,’ Camp Josepho can be a life changing experience. Josepho’s location, a short drive from some of the lowest income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, minimizes transportation costs and makes this camping experience feasible for many families.
Through a grant provided by The Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation, Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America was able to complete a much needed upgrade to Camp Josepho’s Swimming Pool Pump & Filtration System thus allowing WLACC the ability to continue to bring the joys of swimming to our campers.
|Rotary Club Meeting April 5, 2013 - German Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer "Germany's role in the European Union"||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Dr. Bernd Fischer became head of the German Consulate General- Los Angeles in July 2012, after serving as German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia. Dr. Fischer received his Doctorate in Philosophy from Heidelberg University, not far from his Kaiserslautern birthplace. Dr. Fischer is married to Jutta Fischer and has two grown children.
|2013 Rotary International Food Festival - April 28th||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica Presents
|Rotary Club Meeting March 15, 2013 - John Fairweather "The Santa Monica Airport Issue"||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
John Fairweather "The Santa Monica Airport Issue"
|Santa Monica Rotary Club's Day of Service - Saturday, April 13||Posted by Frank Lavac||
Santa Monica Rotary Club - together with the Rotaract Club of Santa Monica College - has chosen Olympic High School as the site of our first "Rotary Day of Service" on Saturday, April 13th.
What is The Rotary Day of Service?
A hands-on day of service with a purpose of meeting real world needs in Santa Monica, raising the visibility of the work that the Rotary Club of Santa Monica does in the community, and establishing our club's “Legacy of Service”. It will also give the Rotaract students an opportunity to see Rotarians in their professional roles as well as doing service side by side with Rotarians and their families.In addition to the actual day of service, our Rotaract Club at Santa Monica College will participate in a learning opportunity with our members:
April 12 Members of the Rotaract Club of SMC will spend the morning job-shadowing with our club members to learn about their professions. They will then join our club for lunch and to hear longtime meteorologist and television personality Fritz Coleman.
April 13 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.): Rotarians and Rotaract Club members will join in together to help refurbish Olympic High School by cleaning, painting and planting. Rotarians, Rotaracters and community members will all be there to help; there will be morning coffee and a presentation to start everyone off, and lunch will be served to celebrate the completion of the work.
Many hand make light work! Sign up to come and be part of this day! To quote president Judy Neveau's motto for the year "Rotary is an Education: Service is the Tuition". So come and get educated, and pay your tuition in a fun service project to brighten the environment for the students ad teachers at Olympic High School!
|Rotarians for Healthy Living - Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Saturday Feb. 9||Posted by Lisa Alexander||
Rotarians for Healthy Living
Rotary Club of Santa Monica - Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike
Saturday Feb. 9
6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City, CA 90232
The main hiking trail winds up one mile from the park entrance at Jefferson Blvd. and down from the Scenic Overlook. The trail zig zags around a very steep and straight staircase visitors can also access. The reward is an incredible panoramic view of Los Angeles!
Saturday, February 9, 8am. Meet at the Trailhead on Jefferson Blvd at Hetzler Rd. Look for large sign for Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park. Plenty of street parking on Jefferson Blvd.
What to Bring:
Bring Water and don’t forget sunscreen. We’ll have coffee and bagels at the top.
Lisa Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org or 310/656-4310.
|In Memorium: DGE Jim Dyer of the Santa Monica Rotary Club||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
By Emily Blair-Charnelle
It is with great sadness that I have to report to you that our dear friend and District Governor Elect Jim Dyer suffered a massive medical episode the night of Friday, January 11th and has passed away. He was attending a Rotary event when this occurred and his wife Sharen, was notified immediately at home. Please keep DGE Jim and Sharen in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult and sad time.
Service information has now been officially confirmed with the family and is as follows. The service will be held graveside outdoors at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica (1847 14th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404) this Friday, January 18th at 12 noon with a 1 pm interment to follow. A public lunch reception will not be held. In lieu of flowers/gifts, please make a donation to The Rotary Foundation in Jim's name.
Yours in Rotary,
District Governor Lew Bertrand
To read more about Jim and his life click the link that says 'more'.
|This week at Rotary - Wade Eyerly, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Surf Air!||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
|GRAND BAHAMA EMERGENCY WATER RELIEF PROJECT PUT TO WORK AFTER HURRICANE SANDY||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Kids of Rotarians learning early about service to others.
Never far from service to others, Rotary Club of Freeport's Betty Van Lew.
Rotarians fill jugs as Rotary Exchange student from Thailand looks on.
|Club Banners||Posted by Scott Kunitz|
|What a success! 2012 Wine & Jazz Festival||Posted by Scott Kunitz|
|Rotary Club Meeting July 13, 2012 - Tommy Hawkins, Notre Dame All-American and original member of the LA Lakers!||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Tommy Hawkins, Notre Dame All-American and original member of the LA Lakers!
Tommy Hawkins has enjoyed an incredible career as a basketball All-American at the University of Notre Dame, and as an original member of the Los Angeles Lakers, playing pro ball for 10 years. He has been a college lecturer, a pioneering Golden Mike and Emmy Award-Nominated Radio and TV Broadcaster, and served as Vice-President of Communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 18 years. He has served as a civic leader with involvement on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Sports Council, Los Angeles Athletic Club, and the Friends of Jazz at UCLA. Mr. Hawkins has also recently written a book entitled “Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People”.
|Rotary Club Meeting June 22, 2012 - Sharks||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||
Today our speaker was Ralph Collier. He is the head of the Shark Research Committee in Chatsworth. We were all intrigued by his knowledge and what we were able to learn about why we shouldn't be so afraid of the water on our Santa Monica coast. Scott Kunitz gave a presentation on how to log in to club runner. If you're having any problems with that please read on. This was David Bohn last meeting as our club president! We will miss you David.
|Rotary Club Meeting June 15, 2012 - Craft Talks||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||
Craft Talks today. We love to hear from our fellow Rotarians. It's always fun and interesting to get to know the history of our Rotarians and what series of events brought them to us and the strong individuals they are today. Our Craft Talkers for today's meeting were Nick Goehner and Pat Bofird.
|Rotary Club Meeting June 8, 2012 - The SOPA & PIPA Debate||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Perhaps if you are like me you are thinking SOPA, come on this might have been an interesting topic back in January of this year when, the English Wikipedia, Reddit, and an estimated 7,000 other smaller websites coordinated a service blackout, to raise awareness. But really it is June now, how exciting could this be? I was so wrong. IT WAS GREAT! An exciting cast of characters, and a lively debate held this bunch of boisterous Rotarians attention, and from the questions that followed many would have been happy for it to continue. But perhaps I should start at the beginning...
|Fifth Annual Wine & Jazz Festival at the Annenberg Community Beach House||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
Look how much fun it was last year!
Dont miss it this year.
5th Annual International Wine & Jazz Festival
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM (PT)
|Santa Monica Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary - Video Slide Show||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
|President’s Pin||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
President David wanted everyone to get the chance to see the beautiful President’s Pin that Avo custom designed for our club to pass down through the years.
|Video - Puerto Rico District Humanitarian Trip's main project distributing 110 wheelchairs||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
|Video - Santa Monica Rotary Club’s home makeover effort at Upward Bound House||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
|Rotary Club Meeting March 2, 2012 - Honorable Judge Cynthia Loo||Posted by Nicholas Goehner||
At the head table, Far Stage Right we had Invocator Dr. William A. Wood III; Next to Dr. William we have James E. Dyer. Stage left of the podium and here to introduce our speaker for today, we have Nathaniel Trives. Far stage left of the Podium and here to introduce our visiting Rotarians and guests we have David F. Potter. Our song leader was Tom Larmore with Ken Waltzer on piano, and our Greeters were Jillian Alexander
We had 2 visiting Rotarians, Steve Sabel from Lexington Fairless Hills PA, and Sean McMillen from Westwood. Our guests of Rotarians were Brian Chase who was a guest of Laurel Rosen. Lisa Jackman who was a guest of Tim Jackman. Cynthia Loo who was our guest speaker and the daughter of Tom Loo. Matt Flanoers. Anne Rime who was a guest of Mule Pritchert. Cone Hansen who was a guest of Lauren Rush. Matt Williams who was a guest of Lisa Alexander and Wendy Jacobs who was a guest of Anne Greenspun.
Tim Jackman received the 4-way award today, Congratulations!
The Honorable Cynthia Loo daughter of one of our distinguished members, Tom Loo, was our speaker for today. Judge Loo served in the East Los Angeles district which is the toughest juvenile court district in the city of Los Angeles. In a recently published daily journal article her piece was titled, “Sensitive Outsider Believes in Rehabilitation of Hope.” Her speech would prove her sensitivity and dedication to our city and its youth.
From Albert Camus, who wrote “A person without ethics... is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
|Rotary Club Meeting March 9, 2012 - Keith Raymond Erickson||Posted by Scott Kunitz||
At the head table, Far Stage Right we had Invocator Paul Leoni; Next to Paul we have George Collins. Stage left of the podium and here to introduce our speaker for today, we have Ávedis Guerboian. Next to Avo is our speaker for today, Keith Erickson. Far stage left of the Podium and here to introduce our visiting Rotarians and guests we have LaVonne Lawson. Our song leader was Tom Larmore with Ken Waltzer on piano, and our Greeters were Jillian Alexander & Bill Rayman.
We had 2 visiting Rotarians, Cynthia Cummings from Park Cities, and Ronald Lyster from Westwood. Our only guest of a Rotarian was Doug Metzler who was a guest of John Bohn.
Keith Raymond Erickson (born April 19, 1944 in San Francisco, California) is a former American basketball player. After graduating from El Segundo High School (CA), Erickson played at UCLA, where he was a member of the 1964 and 1965 NCAA Champion teams. Erickson, who attended UCLA on a shared baseball/basketball scholarship, also played on the 1964 US Men's Olympic Volleyball team. Coach John Wooden would later remark that Erickson was the finest athlete he ever coached.
Keith Erickson told us stories about legendary Lakers' play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn, his broadcast partner for eight years.
Keith Erickson discusses his relationship with John Wooden and the impact the legendary coach had on his career and life. He called John Wooden "The finest man I ever met." But he did not realize this until after he left school. From 18 - 20 he did not listen much. He does remember a few things; Coach Wooden loved his wife and children, and he never swore. If you heard him say 'Goodness gracious sakes alive" you knew you were in trouble.
John Wooden was great with handling players. He never said win. His goal was to get his players to play to their top potential. Erickson remembers the first practice with Coach Wooden he made everyone take off their shoes and socks, to show them how to put them on properly and avoid getting blisters.
Coach Wooden had a policy that if you had to be clean shaven to play on the team. Bill Walton showed up his senior year with long hair and sideburns. Bill told Coach Wooden that he had a right to wear his hair the way he wanted to. Coach Wooden said we will miss you. Bill went to shave right away. 25 years later they were discussing this incident and Bill asked would you have really kicked me off of the team? Coach answered, the most important thing is that you believed I would.
At 95 years old Coach John Wooden still had 2-3 meetings a day, it kept him busy. At 96 he was asked what legacy did he want to leave and he answered "I want to be remembered as being as close to the man my father was."
John Wooden's Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:
Two Sets of Threes also give to him by his father:
Thank you Mr. Erickson for an excellent talk!
Thought for the DaySamuel Clemens, who went by the pen name Mark Twain, said: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
|Puerto Rico District Humanitarian Trip||
February 8th - 13th, 130 Rotarians and friends from District 5280 teamed up with District 7000 Rotarians in Puerto Rico for our annual District Trip where we conducted 13 humanitarian projects.
We had 16 Rotarians and friends from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and we sponsored two of the projects - kitchen equipment for a deaf children's school and the trip's main project distributing 110 wheelchairs.
|December 2nd ~ Dr. Brandon Lewis speaking about the Mayan Calendar||
Alonzo Hill provided the invocation, TJ Montemer sat next to President David Bohn, Judy Neveau introduced our speaker, Dr. Brandon Lewis, and Rosemary Regalbuto introduced our guests. Bob Klein was our song leader, accompanied by Ken Waltzer on piano.
Visiting Rotarians included Marty Steckdaub from the Temecula Club and Sean McMillan from the Westwood club. Guests on hand included Dr. Norton Wyner guest of Jean McNeil Wyner, Klaus Brandt hosted his son Carl Brandt, Suzan hosted Linda Teixeira, Frank Lavac brought Thomas and Troy from Salvation Army, and Monika White hosted her husband, Roger Goodman
We also welcomed new members Christina Cassiano and LaVonne Lawson.
Dr. Brandon Lewis - Mayan Calendar
Dr. Brandon Lewis gave an exciting and information filled talk on the Mayan calendar – and even taught us to count in Mayan! Mayan time is cyclical with a calendar system that is infinitely more complex than ours. They actually use multiple calendars: a solar calendar and a personal calendar and combine them both. Their solar calendar was very accurate -- within 8 seconds of our current calendar. Every 52 years the variables of the combined calendars would be repeated and this was considered a day of learning. This cycle was also viewed as a new beginning. They would not do any work for a day to see if in fact the world would continue. December 2012 is the end of the great cycle. The Mayans disappeared at the end of the last cycle and it was a magnitude below this great cycle. Remember next December is the end of time for Mayans. Will the world begin anew?
Dr. Lewis received his undergraduate education at the University of Indiana and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in Anthropology. His career-long specialty is in the Mayan culture, and his doctoral dissertation on "The Role of Specialization in the Development of Sociopolitical Complexity: A Test Case from the Late Classic Maya" earned him recognition from the Society for American Archeology for an outstanding dissertation.
Dr. Lewis is currently on the faculty of the Earth Sciences Department at Santa Monica College where he teaches anthropology. He is a popular and energetic faculty member who actively gives his time to the college community as a Director of the Latin American Education Center, the Global Citizenship Task Force, Advisor to the SMC Anthropology Club, a much-requested member of the college's Speaker's Bureau, while also engaged as a Research Associate of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology at UCLA. He has been a Director on archeological projects in the American Southwest as well as in Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, and has found time to lead student study-abroad groups. Dr. Lewis also frequently writes and presents in his field.
Thought for the Day
|December 9th @ Rotary with Dr. Perry Jansen||
Timur Berberoglu gave the invocation, new member Rick Mateus sat next to President David Bohn. Russ Warner introduced our speaker, Dr. Perry Jansen, and Jim Menzies introduced our visiting Rotarians and our guests. Julia Miele Avo Guerboian, and Jillian Alexander greeted us as we arrived. Ken Waltzer accompanied our song leader, Pat Bofird.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Our visitors today included Mai Hoang of our Rotaract group at Santa Monica College. Pam Douglas was the guest of our speaker. Other guests were Marc Schkud, Gaby’s son; Jamie Menzies, Dee and Jim’s son, Matt Williams, who is not Lisa Alexander’s son; and former Santa Monica Rotarian, Tish Tisherman, who was hosted by John Bohn.
2011/12 Board of Directors Elections and Treasurer's Report
Elections were held today. Carol Jackson announced the slate of candidates, former club presidents counted during the meeting, and Carol announced the results (shown above). Congratulations to our new directors and officers! And thank you to all of you who were willing to serve.
Jim Menzies gave a State of the Rotary Treasury. The short summary is that we are on target and that a new policy will be put in place regarding delinquent dues.
Perry A. Jansen, M.D.: A Southern California native, Dr. Jansen received his medical degree from Penn State University, and his residency training in Family Practice at UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. After several years in private practice in Washington State, Dr. Jansen felt compelled to take the opportunity to become a physician in a clinic in the small southeastern African country of Malawi. Known as “the warm heart of Africa,” Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS.
Soon after beginning his work in Malawi in 2000, it was clear to Dr. Jansen that caring for HIV/AIDS patients was his calling. At that time, there was no treatment available for HIV and most patients died within a year of their diagnosis. Nevertheless, Dr. Jansen and his Malawian colleagues used what resources they had to begin programs to care for AIDS patients and their families as well as youth programs to help prevent the spread of HIV to the next generation.
In 2002, Dr. Jansen was among the first in Malawi to offer the lifesaving antiretroviral (ARVs) therapy by obtaining generic drugs through India. Their Partners in Hope (PIH) program was one of only two in the country offering the treatment free of charge, thanks to donations from Southern California supporters. These valuable supporters subsequently founded the California-based charity, Partners in Malawi, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to expanding Dr. Jansen’s work. Death rates have dropped to only 6 – 8%.
With the support of partners in Malawi, PIH was able to expand into a much larger facility. Opening in 2005, it has since become a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS care, as well as general medicine. With 6,000 HIV patients in treatment, it is one of the largest providers in the country, and is a critical part of Malawi’s national program. In 2009, PIH was awarded a grant from the US Government (USAID) to provide training, mentoring and facility improvement to hospitals and clinics throughout central and northern Malawi.
Rotary has had an integral part in the expansion of PIH’s work, through the Redwood City (California) Club. This club has provided laboratory equipment, an x-ray unit and a vehicle. The need is nearly unlimited, but Dr. Jansen is grateful for the many partners who have made PIH what it is today…a center of excellence and compassion.
Thought for the Day
“A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.” Henry Fielding
|Rotary celebrates India's first polio-free year||
Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.
Rotarians and state government leaders in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, vaccinate children against polio during a National Immunization Day in 2011. Photo courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee
India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.
A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
|2012 Officers & Directors||
Congratulations to our Officers & Directors for the 2012-13 Rotary Year
President Elect Judy Neveau (2012-13)
President Elect Designate Nat Trives (2013-14)
Vice Presidents Avo Guerboian and Con Oyler
Secretary Grace Cheng Braun
Treasurer Bret Carter
Directors Lisa Alexander and Len Lanzi (Two Year)
Scott Ferguson and Laurel Rosen
Suzan Allbritton and Russ Warner (Carry over from 2010)
|George Rosenthal - Wines of Malibu||
Yes, Malibu. George Rosenthal gave us the history of wine in California. The grapes for our wines are grown not on the famous beach, playground to the stars and surfers' Mecca, but in a scenic valley four miles inland and 1400 feet above the coastal fog. In 1987 Los Angeles businessman George Rosenthal began planting vineyards at his 250 acre Malibu retreat, but only after he spent two years carefully checking soil composition, drainage, and weather conditions to make sure he planted the correct varietals in the most ideal locations on his property. The work proved worthwhile and Malibu Newton Canyon is now recognized as its own distinct AVA (American Viticultural Area) or appellation. Thirty-two acres of hillside vines are now planted in this unique microclimate, where cool evening breezes temper warm, sunny days.
It's an intense undertaking that requires a labor of love. The slopes are steep and everything from canopy management to harvest has to be attended to by hand. The wines are then aged in French oak barrels under the watchful eye of winemaker Christian Roguenant who strives to bring out their unique character. The reds are vinified with limited intervention to highlight terroir and the Chardonnay is made in a Burgundian style yielding a lightly oaked, crisp wine that complements a wide array of foods.
|Welcome to our new web and newsletter||
We are migrating to ClubRunner for our web and RotaMonica newsletter platform which also supports a secure online directory for our members. More information will follow in upcoming weeks on how to access the member directory and update your information, and we will continue to enhance the web and newsletters.
|September 23rd - Announcements, Guests and Fines||
Greeting everyone as they arrived today were Ann Greenspun and Jillian Alexander. Joining in with their own greetings were Monte Herring and Myles Pritchard.
Our back table featured Stan Fox and Rochelle LeBlanc while today's invocation was provided by Charlele Underhill Miller .
Important announcements include...
Time for David's favorite part of the meeting - collecting the rent!
Christina Chan presents David with a flag from the Rotary Club of Hong Kong where she traveled to celebrate her father-in-laws 90th birthday.
On page 58 of the Images of Santa Monica book there is a full page picture of Alan Young. Unfortunately for Alan, he was missing his Rotary pin.
Page 107 of Images of Santa Monica features Dick Lawrence and while it does reference his career at Santa Monica Bank and Dick being a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, his lapel pin doesn't feature the Rotary wheel.
Rounding out the recognition, Pat Bofird tells us about her trip to New York and singing in a 300 person chior at the 9/11 memorial.
|Announcements and Fines||Posted by Jim Dyer||
|Announcements and Fines old||
|Sweeping Paul Out Of Office||Posted by Jim Dyer||
It was a clean sweep for Paul and some memories David may want to forget...