August 2017
Karina Dorado and Mike Lansing
Aug 23, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor - Building Successful Futures in the Harbor
Eric Golub
Aug 30, 2017
Better Advocacy and Unity Through Humor
Mark Lipps
Sep 06, 2017
Small Business Needs in the South Bay
Dr Steven Keller, Superindendant of RBUSD
Sep 13, 2017
Looking at the Year Ahead
Frank Chiella
Sep 20, 2017
Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
Dr Mike Peterson
Sep 27, 2017
When the Ocean Bites Back
Mike Stark
Oct 04, 2017
Redondo Beach Police Reserve Program
Cozette Vegari, Rotary District Governor
Oct 11, 2017
Rotary Remaining Relevant
Jeff Weigel
Oct 18, 2017
International Committee Update
Jeff and Karen Weigel
Oct 25, 2017
Rotary Club Recruitment
Rolando Andrade
Nov 01, 2017
Cultural Development
Geoff Maleman
Nov 08, 2017
South Bay Galleria Redevelopment Project Update
Judy Goldstone
Nov 15, 2017
Breakthroughs in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
No Meeting This Week
Nov 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dr Ross Donaldson
Nov 29, 2017
Global Health - Lessons from All the Wrong Places: Contagions, Conflicts, and Cluster Meetings
Roger Lewis, M.D., PhD
Dec 06, 2017
What You Should Know About Concussions And Their Treatment
Rotary Club Assembly
Dec 13, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
No Meeting This Week
Dec 27, 2017
Happy Holidays!
Club Information

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach 
A 100% Paul Harris Club

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
United States
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Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service Chair
Youth Service Chair
Peace Chair
Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation
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Large Club of Excellence

At the 2016 Annual Rotary District 5280 Conference in San Diego, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach was named the District's Large Club of Excellence.

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

We will meet at Salvation Army immediately following the Wednesday 8/23 luncheon to stuff about 250 backpacks with school supplies.  We need a minimum of 10 volunteers, there will be a sign up sheet or contact George Schane.
One out of every four children has a vision problem. Now, couple that statistic with this one: 80% of learning happens within the first 12 years of life. Finally, look around any school: Are a quarter of the children wearing eyeglasses?
Very often the expense an eye exam and the cost of prescription eyeglasses is standing between a child and his opportunity to get as much as he can out of his education. Vision to Learn is an organization, which provides free eye exams to all to school children throughout Southern California. If Vision to Learn discovers that a child needs corrective eyewear, families are notified. For families in need, Vision to Learn provides the eyeglasses free of charge.
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has partnered with Vision to Learn, Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Unified School District to give eye exams to Redondo Beach children at our area schools. This past Wednesday, Vision to Learn rolled in three mobile vision screening units–vans decked out in state-of-the-art eye examining equipment–to the South Bay Adult Learning Center. Families who qualify under the free lunch program were notified of their eligibility to receive a free eye exam, and if needed, a free pair of eyeglasses. Redondo Beach Rotarians aided the effort my giving initial exams and assisting with coordination.
Over 255 Redondo Beach schoolchildren took part. The goal of 75 pairs of eyeglasses was quickly exceeded and on this day alone, over 95 Redondo Beach schoolchildren will be heading back to school with new eyeglasses and a much better chance at success.
Redondo Beach Rotarian of the Year - Jeff Weigel
Rotarian Jeff Weigel represents everything a Rotarian aspires to be. If ever the members of this club need a large table to meet around, Jeff welcomes the meeting to his dining room. Whenever Jeff recognizes something that might interest another Rotarian, Jeff makes the call. Whenever Jeff recognizes an opportunity for another Rotarian, Jeff makes the invite. But perhaps most impressive is the Jeff’s selflessness in Rotary’s mission to improve the lives of others. For some years now, Jeff, together with his wife, Rotarian Karen Weigel, have spearheaded WASSUP, a program to bring clean water to rural areas of Fiji. A water-borne disease, such as typhoid, can mean economic catastrophe to this island paradise heavily dependent on tourism. Dysentery can mean lost wages, lost school days and even death to the very young and old. Jeff, in cooperation with a water engineering firm, has taught the local populations how to construct and maintain water filtration systems. Moreover, the WASSUP program is self-sustaining and is being replicated by the Fijians themselves and includes vocational training in the schools. For this and for so much more, Jeff Weigel has been awarded the 2017 Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Rotarian of the Year.
Jeanne O'Donnell, Senior Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management
While one might consider a disaster, whether natural, manmade or a combination thereof, to be a singularity, for Jeanne O'Donnell, Senior Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, “disasters never go away.” Disasters always fall into one of these places within the “long arm of recovery” cycle: mitigation, preparedness, field response, and recovery. And within each of these places in the disaster cycle, there are a myriad of physical, government, social and economic factors which must align in a highly stressful, uncertain and changing environment.
Furthermore, disasters create battles for the future. There are competing interests as to how to bring “it” back and often, whether “it” should be brought back. “Disasters reveal what others think of you. Recovery overlays ideas of what we should and shouldn’t be like,” Jeanne explains, “Who should say, for example, what life ‘should’ be like in New Orlean’s Ninth Ward?”
In a strange new landscape, where familiar landmarks have been erased and, where one does not know which systems have and will fail, fear and stress take hold. “A strangeness comes over. Disasters change the way we think, feel and act,” Jeanne explains.
Those affected become strangers in their own neighborhoods. It is often the social institutions, like community choirs or Little League games or Rotary Club meetings, which breakdown, as such activities are sacrificed to address more pressing needs. However, it is these very community institutions which play a very important role in maintaining community identity, which in turn is vital to recovery. In a disaster situation, because 90% of rescues are performed not by first responders, but by neighbors, it is community institutions which can actually save lives. When the assistant soccer coach doesn’t show up to practice, that could very likely mean it is because he is in dire straits.
While government organizations and well-meaning volunteer groups mobilize, often priorities and agendas compete and field response can become a “hot mess” of competing centers. Preparedness can help to alleviate stress. The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management has a great deal of helpful information available and it is recommended that everyone take the time to prepare.
New Members
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is beyond thrilled to invites two new members into the fold:
Thais Viana and James Mellert. Welcome!
“We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kaufman"
Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith Kaufman can count two Medals of Valor as well as a Dorothy Harris writing award to his many accomplishments. Yet, in the field of law enforcement this 24-year veteran of police work ranks changing police culture as one of the most daunting tasks he has faced."
“The number one problem facing police forces around the country is regaining the public trust. The police are the public. And the public are the police,” Chief Kaufman stressed. “I tell my officers, ‘Even if this is the 1000th burglary call you have answered, it is probably the victim’s first. We have to remember that. If it happens to you (the Redondo Beach citizens), then it happens to us (the Redondo Beach police).”
To this end, Chief Kaufman and his officers recently spent three days workshopping a vision for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” is the banner under which the Redondo Beach police now fulfill their vital duties.
“‘We Are The Community,’” Chief Kaufman stressed, “Three days for four words. But those words, although they mean something different to different people, they mean everything. Those four words are a call to action and make us part of the community.”
“Citizens need to feel that this is their police department,” Chief Kaufman continued, “And the kinds of things we want to implement here in Redondo Beach are the kinds of things that could be applied nationwide to change the way we police.”
Practicing what he preaches, Chief Kaufman has been an active proponent of “Coffee with a Cop”, a nationwide program where police officers engage with the community in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere.
In addition to adopting best practices from around the nation, Chief Kaufman is taking the second half of the vision statement, “Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” quite seriously, as well. Chief Kaufman is spearheading four ground-breaking programs to improve citizen safety and make policing more effective.
Jim Sheehy, the Marathon Man completed the Beachmania Marathon held in Long Beach, CA  on July 29th, 2017.  26.2 grueling miles.  
Congrtulations Jim
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Luke Pilapil was our Rotary Exchange Student in Italy this last school year.  He told us stories about his adventures, the wonderful families who hosted him and the places he visited.
He even demonstrated his mastery of Italian, doing part of the presentation in his new language.
Luke was a great ambassador for our Club and the Rotary Exchange program.

Scott Elliott and his spouse Louise along with Larry one of their employees joined us to talk about ICAN.

ICAN is a not for profit organization that trains, employs and helps find employment for developmentally disabled clients.  They are located in the South Bay in Hermosa Beach.

ICAN's mission is to provide a place where their clients can learn to perform jobs, have a social space to interact and get support when they are working.

They have a remarkable success rate, being able to place their clients after only 3 to 6 weeks of training.

You need a scorecard to tell the players!  We've had some changes to the Board and other positions in the club:
  • Terry Bichlmeier has resigned as Sergeant at Arms and Fine Master.  Because of his position as President of the Foundation, we were informed by legal counsel, that he could not hold a position on the Club's Board of Directors.
    • Eli Gauna will be the new Sergeant at Arms
    • Vera Jimenez will be the Fine Master
  • Laura Fields has resigned as Secretary, she is leaving Redondo Beach to take a position with the State Department.  
    • Sue Johnson will be the new Secretary
Terry Bichlmeier has made the following announcement:
"Steve Scerra has resigned as our Club Foundation Treasurer as a result of advice from our Rotary District Governor Cozette (an attorney) to prevent any possible conflict of interest because he now serves as voting member on the Club Board as Vice President." 
IRS rules do not permit an individual to be a voting member of both the Foundation Board and the Club Board.   
Saturday July 15th was a fine day for a parade in So. LA honoring PCI (People for Community Improvement). The event represented the 8th consecutive year that 5280 Rotary clubs have participated in the "Peace Walk for Life" to support Peace Advocate PCI's efforts to respect life and reduce violence via gang intervention/suppression, job re-entry, youth programs, anti-Human Trafficking and food distribution to the hungry.
Rotary came out in full force, with approximately 50 walking for Greater Peace in District 5280!
(REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA - June 27, 2017)  Today's luncheon was one of awards and recognition.  It was also the last meeting our current president, Alexis Sheehy, presided over. And it was the first meeting for our incoming president, Walter Campbell. First, the new:
(from left) Walter Campbell, Bill Paul, Anne Shea, Jim Stickler, George Shane, Jean Scully,
Bob Hockberger, PDG Eli Gauna, Alexis Sheehy, 
Terry Bichlmeier, Steve Scerra, Faisal
Hashmi, and Robert Baker.

Terry Bichlmeier announced the approval of Global Grant-GG1634076 “Clean Water for Baja California Sur” by The Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with out club. The project will be funded with $4,500 from the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and, in the aggregate, to the tune of $99,500. Shown with Bichlmeier are Nasrin Moghadasian and Amy Zimmerman.  Not shown, but also contributing to creating the grant are Nora Giralt and Vera Jimenez.

Rotary 14 June 2017


Non-Rotarian of the Year – Heidi Butzine


Heidi Butzine has been chosen by our club to be our 2017 Non-Rotarian of the Year. Heidi is the chief marketing strategist at Localista and the founder of shoplocal.us.


Heidi is focused on helping small businesses succeed in a digital world. Heidi is also well-represented in our community, serving the Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Women’s Business Association and president of the North Redondo Beach Business Association.


Congratulations, Heidi!


Barry Brennon - Flying Lion Inc.

Drone photography has opened a bird’s eye view of the world to professional and hobby photographers alike. In addition to creating some spectacular Instagram posts, drone photography and videography have some very practical applications. Drone photography is used in all kinds of industries, including public safety, entertainment, construction, agriculture, and real estate. Airborne drone logistics may be just over the horizon. Law enforcement is one early adopter to employ this flexible, cheap alternative to helicopters.


Flying Lion, Inc. is a South Bay firm specializing in training peace officers in drone piloting, as well as providing drone photography and videography on-demand. Currently, only about a third of the photography drones in use today are used for commercial purposes. Barry Brennan, President and Founder of Flying Lions, Inc. believes that will change in the near future.


We predict the need for 650,000 licensed drone pilots by the year 2020,” Barry says.


A license is required for a drone for any kind of commercial activity or, more specifically, when any kind of a transaction occurs. So, technically, the hobbyist my use his drone to photograph for his own purposes, however, if he offers to use his equipment to help out a friend, that could be considered a transaction. Licensing requires a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration and familiarity with 600 pages of FAA regulations. In a nutshell, the Remote Pilot Certification regulations cover these basic rules: No flying at night, no flying above 400 feet without special authorization, no flying in inclement weather and obey the three-dimensional airspace rules. In addition, licensed drone pilots need to pass an FAA test, go through a criminal background check and must be in both good physical and mental condition (to compare, in California, it only takes a waiting period of ten days to purchase a handgun).


Thank you, Barry, for telling us about this fascinating new technology and its many uses.

Redondo Beach Rotary Meeting May 31, 2017
Rotary Foundation - Jim Chen
At the beginning of this Rotary year, a goal of contributions from our members to the Rotary Foundation of $10,000 was set. Already, the club has met that goal threefold. One particular Rotarian, who embodies giving back and paying forward in so many ways, is Jim Chen. Jim’s first Rotary moment came already as a child. Growing up in public housing in Lawndale in the 1960s, money was tight for Jim’s family. So when Jim’s one great joy, his bicycle, was stolen, it came as quite a blow to the boy. When the story of that stolen bike reached the ears of a local Rotarian, that Rotarian bought young Jim a new one. Jim used his new bike to ride all the way to Palos Verdes to work as a golf caddy, where he picked up enough money to support his bike riding passion in a bigger way. Jim stepped up from bicycles to motorcycles and raced competitively throughout the 1970s. His best was qualifying on the pole position at Daytona, where he finished third.  Along with his caddying tips, Jim also picked up some valuable tips on running a business. Jim has invested wisely and successfully: More than that he has never forgotten the impact that one Rotarian long ago made on his life. Jim has continuously stepped up for Rotary and our community. Thank you, Jim.
Art Awards
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, through our Vocational Services, is very proud to sponsor an art contest for area high schoolers. Again, the judging panel was awestruck by the skill displayed and the thoughtfulness to incorporate this year’s District theme, “Imagine”, imagine their submissions. The South Bay does not lack for academic and sports scholarships: The arts, on the other hand, tend to fall short. The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is very happy to do our small part to correct this by offering a $500 top prize.
Sue Johnson
Convincing a tired Lee Travino after he finishes up on the 18th, that he needs to stick around because a golf ball may (or may not) have landed in his bag, and getting a call at the Masters that the walking scorer not only does not seem to know how to score, but also apparently can’t tell Tiger Woods, Lee Westford and John Daley apart, are all par for the course for national golf scoring chairperson Sue Johnson.
Sue Johnson has been a scoring professional golf since the 1970s. A math teacher at the time, while her father was a Pro Am golf pro and scoring chair for Canterbury Woods Country Club in New Hampshire, Sue was often tasked with double checking the scores and helping prepare the statistical analyses for the pairings. A pivotal moment came for Sue in 1989 while checking the scores of the first day of the Pro Am. Sue ran the numbers and found that pairings were incorrect.
“She’s right. Oh my God, she’s right,” she heard from the skeptical PGA rep.
On the second day of play, the same mistakes were made. Sue spotted them and corrected them.
“So,” asked the PGA rep, “Do you like to travel? Really travel?”
Sue, single at the time and with her weekends free, said, “Sure, I like to travel!”
And travel she did: Sue worked as a teacher during the week and headed to the airport almost every Friday to score dozens of PGA tournaments around the country.
The scoring chair plays a vital role and can have a huge impact. During a particular tournament in Abilene, Texas, which was plagued by wind and rain, George Archer finished his round and was packing up, ready to call it a day. On his way out the door, Sue stopped him.
“You might want to stick around. You’re tied for the lead, you know,” Sue told him.
George Archer ended up winning a five-way play-off. On the flight out of Texas, Sue happened to be seated across from George. “Give her whatever she wants, I’m buying” George told the flight attendant.
In addition to occasional good news, the scoring chair calls the shots on the green. For example, that one time in Cincinnati: The golf ball in fact did land in a very done-for-the-day Lee Trevino’s golf bag, which was on a golf cart parked behind the 18th green. No go, Lee, golf comes first: The ball was retrieved from Trevino’s bag and play resumed. However, the golf bag was not secured properly to the golf cart. And when Lee, finally permitted to leave, stepped on the pedal, it sent his bag and all his clubs flying all over the course. The Merry Mex was left less than merry that day.
The scoring chair must also manage the walking scorers, who are present at the greens. In addition to knowing the rules, it is really helpful, when the walking scorers recognize the players. At Pinehurst, no less, one walking scorer not only didn’t know the rules of golf, but could not recognize three of the biggest names to ever step on a green: Tiger Woods, Lee Westford and John Daley. When the television producers put that call into Sue, you better believe it was all supervisors on deck.
Sue has had the honor of scoring 62 U.S. Opens and has left an important legacy of accuracy to the sport of professional golf. Not only in golf, but Sue has brought her scoring expertise to the sport of Olympic synchronized swimming. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your experiences and expertise with the club.