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Our Lady of Guadalupe Students of the Year 2017 2017-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016
 
Raymund Avenido and Audtrey Vo, February’s recipients of the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award, have not only traveled all over Asia and North America, but they’ve regularly performed service in countries like Vietnam and The Philippines!

Well-travelled Students Epitomize 4-Way Test

Raymund, whose family provides books, food and clothing for
the needy in The Philippines, was quick to note that he plans to specialize in cardiovascular medicine or neurology. He’s well on his way: he already medaled in the annual Science Olympiad, where he demonstrated how to create and read weather maps. His father notes that the family has instilled in Raymund values like “understanding the queue” and responding to crises when needed (Raymund was just 10 when he helped his physician dad deliver a baby). Action movies are his favorite, but he loves to play chess and study karate.
 
Audrey’s list of community service reads like a Rotary blog: held bakes sales to help veterans and victims of the Nepal earthquake; pays for holiday gifts for needy families; contributes to orphanages in her parents’ native Vietnam.
Her tennis coach says she’s so good because she’s so focused and her mom added that she’s brimming with curiosity. Audrey loves math and science, citing Mrs. Eichenlaub as her favorite HVS teacher. “I love studying atoms,” she notes, but she’s equally interested in culinary classes.
 
President Jody remarked that our future is in good hands with the likes of Raymund and Audrey. 
February 2016 Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award Recipients 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2016
The January recipients of the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award. are almost polar opposites - one a front-and-center musical theater star, the other a silent champion - but both bode well for the future of our country.
 
 
Natalie Rebenkofff, whose theater career began with writing dialogue and creating scenes for her Barbie dolls, will probably be Broadway-bound after her stints at MCHS and. . . Carnegie Mellon!
“For Natalie, theater is her soccer. . .her Little League,” remarked her very emotional dad, Matt. “It would be almost impossible to add up the number of hours she’s spent in rehearsal for plays like Funny Girl..”
 
This 4.0 superstar is also applauded by her teachers as kind and helpful. Break a leg, Natalie!
 
Also a straight A student, Jack Saldana is fairly new to HB and is a self-professed Lego addict! He is such a devoted math student that he even took math in the summer (bravo, Mrs. Avol).
 
Jack has been especially helpful in his new community, recently derooting and replanting the steep banks of ice plant near HVS. A Navy brat, Jack is an avid reader, creative writer, trumpet player and team tennis member. Hailing most recently from New Jersey, he’s also a Star Wars devotee and says his favorite TV show is M*A*S*H.
 
Welcome to SoCal, Jack! 
January Students of the Month 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
Community Development Manager Pam Townsend provided some interesting insight into the complex issues of maintaining Hermosa’s community operations.
She shared the General Plan with us last Tuesday, explaining that it all starts with a vision, “For a small beach town that doesn’t want to morph into something else, character is key.”
 
Working with such entities as the Coastal Commission, the Planning Commission and the City Council, Pam’s department says there are three keys to maintaining Hermosa Beach: a vibrant economy, being environ- mentally responsible and a healthy lifestyle.
 
“We’re aiming for carbon neutrality by 2020. This means efficient water use, investing in green power, retrofitting older buildings to improve energy efficiency and planning for storm events that might cause the sea level to rise.”
 
Perhaps the most tricky job of all is combating the tension be- tween residents and visitors. Pam says her office is constantly searching for ways to “right size” major events so that the City benefits revenue-wise but not at the expense of resident comfort
State of the City: Character is Key Jennifer Floto 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Lauren Spiglanin is part of a sad but growing field: Her business, Family Connect Care, provides care managers for people with dementia.  
 
On March 3, she filled us in on the various types of dementia and explained the many warning signs.  “It’s not just confusion or loss of memory that tip us off that something is awry,” she notes. “I find that deteriorating hygiene and loss of appetite are much better detectors.”  
 
  • Care managers perform a number of duties, but not what you typically associate with care for the “chronologically gifted,” as she calls dementia sufferers. “We are NOT there to clean them up or admonish them in any way, though I have had many instances where the first step was to get the patient showered and into some clean clothes,” she told us.  Among her duties are:
  • Helping patients and their families deal with “sundowning,” the agitation and disorientation from change in light.
  • Ensuring that patients keep active during the day
  • Keeping the dwelling well lit, with soft music playing whenever possible
  • Monitoring eating habits and ensuring that nourishing food is on premise
Most families of dementia sufferers are in somewhat of a state of denial and often are literally out of state. Lauren often has to convince them that long distance care is a myth. She also helps them determine when board and care is necessary and when to assume control over finances and other decision-making.  Though genetics play a role, eating food rich in antioxidants is a known preventative measure. 
Dementia: the Elephant in the Room Jennifer Floto 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2014
Our tall, tan Students of the Month each have varied interests but both are avid readers. Their other common trait: everyone who meets and knows them describes them as “kind.”
That’s an amazing trait among this “wired’ generation. In fact, our Young Man of the Month, Cameron Kelca, a twin, was lauded by his teachers as being “one of the kindest kids in our school.”
Cameron deems Mrs. Avol his favorite teacher, which makes sense since this self-taught cellist, retro video game player loves physics and wishes his math and science classes would last longer!
The MCHS-bound math whiz hasn’t yet thought about college.
Lauren Turner, November’s Young Woman of the Month, has only been in Hermosa since the beginning of 7th grade and has already made a lasting impression on the HVS faculty. Destined to be a volleyball player because of her height, Lauren actually loves swimming — especially in the ocean!
Hailing from Fresno, Lauren says Hermosa is much safer to walk around and enjoys the farmers market. The oldest of four children, Lauren loves language arts and history, with a special interest in HVS’ Writers Work- shops.
This hopefully Stanford- bound dynamo says she’s most proud of her book collection,: “I think of the area where I keep my books as a library, someplace special.” 
November Students Both Avid Readers. . .And Tall! 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
The Hermosa Beach City Council announced on Thursday, November 13, 2014 that Hermosa Beach will be a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics World games this Summer!  The Hermosa Beach Rotary will spearhead the Host Town project.
 
On November 4, 2014, Laura Leventhal, Director of the Host Town Program for World Games, provided our club an overview of the Special Olympics & explained how Hermosa — and our Rotary club in particular — might be able to participate.
 
Athletes from 170 countries will converge on Los Angeles in mid-July next year, prepping for, then participating in, the Games.
 
“Imagine all of the language and logistical issues,” Laura remarked.
Our specific assignment, along with approximately 100 other host cities, would be to provide lodging, meals and cultural interaction with the athletes assigned to our town.
 
Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic- type sports. It's a world stage for our athletes to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship.
Last held in Athens, Greece, the sporting activities range from aquatics to volleyball: badminton, bocce, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, soccer and softball, among many.
 
The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family.
Other interesting facts:
            · The Games are scheduled for July 25 to August 2, 
2015 

            · LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer 
Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. 
Major sponsors include Procter & Gamble, Safeway, UNICEF and Microsoft, which for the first time is helping athletes, coaches and families with key information management tools such as scores, personal bests and health/ nutrition facts. 

Hermosa Beach Rotary to Spearhead Special Olympics Host Town 2014-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Whoever said “it can’t be done” has never met Patrick Murphy and his band of dedicated surf instructors or their eager students:  blind children who were determined to surf. On waves. In the Pacific Ocean.
Pat, an avowed adventurer who lists high-level skiing and zip lining as his “normal” sports activities, is an avid surfer. In fact, he’s surfed all over the world and has many friends who are profession- al surf instructors.
So, 12 years ago, working with the Los Angeles County Braille Institute, he got the wild idea to create classes to teach blind kids to surf. The Institute helps him identify kids with various sight levels who want the experience of riding a wave.
Each surfer is paired with a sighted volunteer — most with extensive safety training — to then attend five sessions at 45th Street in El Porto.
“The volunteer is not just there to stand by the student in the water,” explained Patrick. “We are there to stabilize the boards teach them to time the waves and, of course, pull them to safety if they fall in the drink.”
After several morning hours in the water, the kids enjoy a free meal from a local restaurant (shout out to Sharkeez!) and then have the option of hitting the waves again in the afternoon.
Watching Patrick’s video of these kids experiencing the sound of the surf, the smell of ocean and the ultimate thrill of standing up on the board was truly inspiring.
And that’s how Patrick and his crew feel every summer, especially when they get letters like this:
“Without you guys, I would never have fallen in love with the sea.”
  • Brandon, Age 10 
Surfing Blind? You Betcha, Dude! 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Floto on Aug 21, 2014

ImageOur favorite raconteur, Bob Peterson, regaled us with tales of his career with his “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cemetery,” presentation August 19.  Bob provided insight into the complex management of Pacific Crest Cemetery. Lest you think his topic was too grave (!), here’s a sampling of his less-serious admissions:

“We learned early on that we had to be careful of our vocabulary. Among the things one never says in a cemetery setting are, ‘I was scared to death,’ or, ‘That paper? Oh, it’s buried around here somewhere.’ and, of course, never utter, ‘I thought I’d die!’”

Halloween is particularly trying for cemeteries due to the prankster nature of teens, but Bob found ways to stave off the unwelcome ghouls, er, guests. But we also learned that the manager of a cemetery must be an expert in lawn management, Italian marble, acreage development and a whole host of different functions. Of course, Bob emphasized that one of the key qualities of a good manager is people skills: knowing what to say to grieving families and when; explaining about burial and gravesite planning to potential customers; and training employees in the same skills.

One of the many changes Bob made in his 21-year stint at Pacific Crest was to change the name of the Office to Information Center, to make it sound more welcoming. 

Of Ghosts and Gravestones Jennifer Floto 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Floto on Aug 21, 2014

Kids from the Hermosa Family Theater, led by Craig Greeley and his wife, gave us a glimpse of this summer’s performance, “Wizard of Oz.”

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Lead singer, Maddy, who many of our members have known since she was little, has been in 27 different shows and brought the Rotary Clubhouse down with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Organizing 137 performers (“even the 5-year-olds get a spot on the stage”) is no small feat, but our visitors said it’s exhilarating to learn their parts in just 10 days. The Club is planning to contribute money for scholarships for those kids whose parents may not be able to afford this delightful summertime experience. Encore!

Enrollment for Hermosa Family Theater’s fall production of My Son Pinnocchio is now open!

"Wizard of Oz" Sneak Preview Jennifer Floto 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Thatcher on Jul 13, 2014

ImageIt is with sadness that we announce that longtime Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson has passed away. Rotarians are invited to her services.  The services will take place Friday, July 18 at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. The address is 243 S. Broadway (at Torrance Blvd). 

Hermosa Beach Rotary Mourns the Passing of Angela Peterson Laura Thatcher 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Thatcher on Jul 10, 2014

ImageWe welcome J Travers Devine to his term as our 2014-2015 club president.  

Travers is best known in Hermosa Beach as one of the founders of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and its 'managing' Co-Chair for 15 years.  He served on the Hermosa Beach Chamber Executive Board for 14 years and was the 'Man of the Year' in 2008.  (both non paid positions).  Travers spent most of his life working for Organized Labor - 20 years with the California School Employees Association (AFL-CIO) where he negotiated contracts for Classified Employees (non-teaching personnel) with various School Districts throughout Los Angeles County.  He retired in 2002. 

Despite our sorrow over the devastating loss of Angela Peterson, Travers forged ahead with his first meeting on July 8.

After some kind words about Angela’s contributions to our club and to our lives, our new president got down to business by reviewing some of the projects and activities we want to pursue during his term.  With an international theme of “Light Up Rotary,” Travers has already been working behind the scenes to find significant projects and partnerships for us.  He promises to balance fellowship with firm decisions.

Welcome aboard, Prez! 

Travers Devine Takes the Reins Laura Thatcher 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Hermosa Beach Rotary Golf Tournament & BBQ Laura Thatcher 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Floto on Apr 21, 2014

Mayor Michael DiVirgilio is a planner. He told our club on April 22 that he actually has a strategic plan with short-, long– and midterm (5-year) goals that involve our city’s sewage, public safety, bike traffic, sales and property tax revenues, and, perhaps most important, accountability on the part of City staff.

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To make all of this happen, he says the most important first move was hiring our own Tom Bakaly as City Manager. “Tom brings a new level of sophistication to our city,” the mayor said. “We’ve already implemented specific programs for training and inspiring our staff, all thanks to Tom’s experience with other cities.”

The mayor was quick to note that the previous city manager had been saddled with spending 20-40% of his time on the McPherson lawsuit. “Now that it’s settled, we can address vital concerns like economic development, a bike plan and our sustainability initiatives.”

For more information on the strategic plan, visit the city web- site at www.hermosabeach.org

From Sewage to Safety: Mayor DiVirgilio Is Vital to HB Jennifer Floto 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Hermosa Beach Rotary Will Be Dark on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Laura Thatcher 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Floto on Mar 24, 2014

Animal-assisted therapy is thriving in the South Bay. Just ask Terri Stambaugh, who proudly wore her Love on 4 Paws tee shirt and introduced us to her therapy dog, Suede, on March 25.

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In addition to Terri and Suede, left, we meet Katy Rose, Katharine Crawley’s therapy dog. 

Oh, and Katharine is Laura’s mom!

 

 

Therapy Canines Are Doggone Good Jennifer Floto 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Angela Peterson on Mar 10, 2014

Gem Munro of the Amarok Society lives in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He and his wife moved their family there to help the "very poorest of the poor." The desire was to educate and bring literacy to the slums. 

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Amarok Society Aids Bangladesh Angela Peterson 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Thatcher on Mar 06, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 is Rotary International Day of Service.  Hermosa Beach Rotary will be planting native plants.  John us on at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach at the Theodore Payne Native Flora Garden on Saturday, April 12, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  All ages welcome!  

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Led by Brennan Danlasky for his Eagle Scout Project, the Hermosa Beach Rotary in collaboration with the city of Hermosa Beach will take part in the Theodore Payne Native Flora Garden Restoration.  We will be planting native hermosa Beach plants and will place a new sign and refurbish the park bench.

Gloves and shovels or trowels are recommended but not necessary.  Food and water will be provided.

 

Rotary International Day of Service Laura Thatcher 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Thatcher on Feb 10, 2014

Eric R. Foster of Friends of Renee Avis provided the club with a very information presentation on Lyme Disease.  We learned how Lyme Disease is transmitted (through a deer tick bite), how to recognize symptoms of Lyme Disease, and most importantly what to do (and not do) if you think you have been exposed!

Friends of Renee Laura Thatcher 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Conrad on Oct 29, 2012
 With the delicious smell of coffee wafting through the clubhouse, Arcella Gant told us about an interesting new blend of java. Made with ganoderma, the cancer-fighting herb that was once reserved for Chinese royalty, one cup Organo Coffee provides enough caffeine to keep you going all day!
Stop and Smell the (Organo)Coffee! Eric Conrad 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Kids Kabaret Keeps Performing! Eric Conrad 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Van Scoy on Sep 24, 2012
By all accounts, our resident nonagenarian, Bob Peterson, led a fun and productive meeting on Sept. 25. Featuring Beth Ander-son of the Burbank/Sunrise Rota-ry Club, the meeting attracted members and a guest, all of whom wanted to hear her dis-cuss Rotary’s 2013 Rose Parade float entry.
Peterson Presides; Parade Float Previewed Jeff Van Scoy 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Conrad on Sep 17, 2012
Clarissa Vasquez didn’t start out to work at an alternative school. Her MFT degree led her to private practice and other therapy-based jobs. But she still hadn’t found her call-ing. That is, not until she got involved with the Fusion Acad-emy, one of several private schools to open over that past decade in the South Bay.
Alternative Education Taking Off In South Bay Eric Conrad 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Conrad on Sep 10, 2012
We are partnering with Cub Scout Pack 860 to collect and distribute new and gently-used toys. The drive takes place Sat-urday, Oct. 13 in our clubhouse. All proceeds benefit the local branch of LA County Depart-ment of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Cub Scout Toy Drive Supports Child Welfare Org Eric Conrad 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Full roster of Sept/Oct Activities Ahead Angela Peterson 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Conrad on Sep 03, 2012
Fitness and golf expert Scott Morgan really knows how to fundraise: for his first-ever marathon, he collected $10,000 for Children’s Hospi-tal of Boston and he’s been running and raising ever since.

 

Running & Raising Go Hand-in-Hand for Scott Morgan Eric Conrad 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Angela Peterson 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Angela Peterson 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Angela Peterson on Dec 22, 2010
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! Angela Peterson 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Floto

Easy Reader publisher Kevin Cody regaled us with stories from the world of newspaper publishing on Tuesday.Image

First up, he filled us in on his new bosses. As most of us know, on January 21 of this year, Freedom Communications, owner of The Orange County Register and other publications, announced that it had signed a long-term agreement to take over management of the Easy Reader

Cody, who co-founded the paper in 1970 as an all-volunteer organization and has overseen an expansion that now includes three magazines and circulation of 50,000 throughout the Beach Cities, continues in his role as publisher. He also explained that two prominent business moguls are buying up newspapers because advertising can no longer sustain the operations.

He’s optimistic about what he calls “the transition period” in the newspaper world.

“You know, the Internet is popularly viewed as a death knell for newspapers,” Kevin noted. “not at this newspaper. The Internet has liberated us to write, shoot and sell from anywhere there’s Internet access. That has been Easy Reader’s purpose since its days in the locker room of the Riviera Bathhouse. That’s what Easy Reader will continue do, from coffee shops, city halls, parks and homes throughout the Beach Cities.”

All the News That’s Fit to Print, Sort of Jennifer Floto 0
Posted by Angela Peterson

Fred Rello, our newest member, promised us lots of surprises during his craft talk and he didn’t disappoint. In fact, the former BMX professional athlete waited until the very end of his Q & A to modestly admit that he’d been the WORLD champion at one time!  While he’s stayed active in the bike business, his new calling is real estate. “I actually visited open houses as a hobby and got really interested!”

Born in Paris, Fred travelled the world during his BMX days, so it’s no wonder that he and his fiancée are planning a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas November 1, and will honeymoon in Thailand and Bora Bora.  When members asked about his BMX years, he chuckled and described the regimen he followed during his racing career. “And I have many injuries to prove it!” he quipped.

We welcome this dynamo to our club and look forward to learning more about him in the coming months.

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Posted by Angela Peterson
Members Andrea and Eric Conrad attended this past weekend's Hermosa Beach Education Foundation Hearts of Hemosa dinner-dance and fundraiser held at the HB Civic Center.  A good time was had by all, but better yet was the successful fundraiser for Hemosa schools.  Check out Eric and Andrea on p. 25 of the Beach Reporter holding up their "What is Rotary?" cards for the camera.
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