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Malibu

Service Above Self

We meet each Wednesday in Room LC 152 of Pepperdine University Villa Graziadio Drescher Campus unless otherwise noted on Pepperdine monitors.. Buy optional lunch in cafeteria starting 11:30 a.m. and bring to meeting which starts at 12::00 p.m.noon
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24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Room LC 152
Malibu, CA  90265
United States of America
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LA Co. Disaster Communications Service Volunteers
Jun 03, 2020
Rebuilding the Portable Repeater After Woolsey
Bianca Torrence
Jun 17, 2020
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Kasey Earnest & Siugen Constanza
May 20, 2020 12:00 PM
Feeding 198 Vulnerable Seniors During Lockdown
Robert Kerbeck
May 06, 2020
Malibu Burning:--The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire
Virtual Malibu Rotary Club meeting on Zoom
Apr 01, 2020
Virtual Malibu Rotary Club meeting on Zoom
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Because the Malibu Rotary Club was unable to meet in its regular location at Pepperdine University  due to the COVID-19 pandemic it started having virtual meetings on line using Zoom.us.  The first of these meetings was  April 1 2020.  The next  Malibu Rotary Club Zoom meeting will be May 6, 2020 at noon.  For more information about that meeting see story below Next Malibu Rotary Club Meeting.
 
To attend Malibu Rotary Club zoom meeting and invitation can be sent to you by contacting John Elman at maliburotary@hotmail.com.
 
For more information about Zoom read more below

 

 LA Co. Disaster Communications Service Volunteers Howard Glober, Steve Britis and Tom Cagan talk about Rebuilding the Portable Repeater After Woolsey at the June 3 2020 Malibu Rotary Club noon Zoom meeting..

--For calendar of future  Malibu Rotary Club speakers click speakers.

The public is invited to Malibu Rotary Club meetings. 
There is no charge for attending the Malibu Rotary Club meetings and parking is free.
 
 
Malibu Rotary Club held it 2020  Annual Middle and High School Singing Competition on Janury 28 at the Malibu High School Auditorium.   20 student contaestants particiapated for 6 prizes--a 1st 2nd and 3rd place certificate and csth prized in the middle schools division and and 1 st 2nd and 3rd place prize in the high school division.  
Pictured are the winners of the 2020 Malibu Rotary Club Middle and High School Singing  Competition. 
Winners of the Rotary Club’s 2020 high school and middle school singing competition — (left to right)  Gina Marcellino (1st place Hi School Divistion), Jocelyn Leiinbach (2nd place Hi School Divivion), Kira Smit (3rdplacce Hi School Division), Jadin Baron (1st place Middle school division ), Wnidy Wildman (2nd place Middle School Division), Doleen Monge (3rd place Middle School Division).  Photo by Stephanie Chaisson/Surfside News
 
Read more to see additional pictures and stories about the event
Malibu Rotary Club supports various local youth groups. 
 
 
(pictureed above) Malibu Young Actors Project excutive director Shoshana Kuttner receves check from Malibu Rotary Club VP Margo Neal (lef) while Malibu Seawolves Swim Club director
receives donation from Malibu Rotary Club President Carlye Rudkin at the Malibu Rotary Club at the December 4 2019 meeting of the Malibu Rotary Club
 
John Cross receives donation for the Malibu Sharks Surf Team from the Malibu Rotary Club at the December 18 2019 meeting of the Malibu Rotary Club. L to R Malibu Rotary Club Treasurer Steve Harwood, Malibu Rotary Club Pesidenet Carlye Dodson Rudkin, Malibu Sharks Surf Club President John Cross, and Malibu Rotary Club Vice President Margo Neal. The team meets before class during  the school year and receives no support from the school but get PE credit from the school and can take extra academic classes during school time.
Hans Laetz of KBUU radio receives check from the Malibu Rotary Club President Carlye Rudkin at the December 18 2019 meeting of the Malibu Rotary Club. Money was raised during the Malibu Rotary Club Halloween fund Raiser which was chaired by Margo Neal (R). Laetz operates the radio station from his Malibu home and tries to keep the local community informed about planned and emergency events in the Malibu Community broadcasting both as a radio station on 99.1 FM and on the web at https://www.radiomalibu.net/
Hans Laetz of KBUU radio receives check from the Malibu Rotary Club President Carlye Rudkin at the December 18 2019 meeting of the Malibu Rotary Club.
Money was raised during the Malibu Rotary Club Halloween fund Raiser which was chaired by Margo Neal (R). Laetz operates the radio station from his Malibu home and tries to keep the local community informed about planned and emergency events in the Malibu Community broadcasting both as a radio station on 99.1 FM and on the web at https://www.radiomalibu.net/
Published by John Elman
 
On Aug 28 2019 District Governor Melody St John Visited the Malibu Rotary Club Club meeting in Malibu, along with her chief of staff Kelly Spirer and Assistant DG Matt Schaff  and inducted Octavio Leon and Marlene Stewart as new Malibu Rotary Club members, as well as give Malibu Rotary Club Past  President  badge to Bianca Torrence and Honorary Malibu Rotarian badge to Maggie Luckerath.  Besides the Malibu Rotarians  at the meeting was Pepperdine Rotaract President Beth and Pepperdine Rotararct Faculty Adviser Michael Gose.     
Pictured above L to R in back row, Jeanne Syvertsen, Bob Syvertsen, Bill Wishard, Marlene Stewart, David Baird, John Elman, Lee Ann Elman, Bianca Torrence, Margo Neal and LaVern Schenkelberg.  Front Row seated are Don Rudkin, Carlye Rudkin, Helmut  Meissner and his wife, Nadine and Mehrdad Sahafi​​​​​​​.
 
The Malibu Rotary Club celebrated the Rotary year 2018-2019 with a Demotion Party honoring the 4 Past Malibu Rotary Club Presidents who took over for the year when the President Elect could not serve.  The four past president honored were David Baird, Margo Neal Neal, John Elman and Bianca Torrence.  President-Elect Carlye Rudkin Presided over the dinner meeting and will become Pesident on July 1.  
 
Malibu Rotary Club was the  Lead club for the Rotary BARRANCA-Smile Project that members of Rotary District 5280 visited on their  Peruvian Rotary Humanitarian District trip on April 3-8 2019.  Representing the Malibu Rotary Club at the project was Malibu Rotary Club President Bianca Torrence, who was born in Peru. 
 

The 2019 Annual Malibu Rotary Club Middle and High School Singing Competition was held May 1 2019 at Malibu High School. Pictured L to R are the high school division winners in the 2019 competition,  Claire Anneet first place, Camille Anneet  second place and Gina Marcellino third place. .

 

 
2019 Pepperdine Rotaract Club President Reem Al Zubair from Oman and Pepperdine Rotaract board members Sherry Yang from China and Jessie Bolton who is from Texas (L to R) attended the Malibu Rotary Club meeting February 13 2019 to share their activities with the Malibu Rotary Club members. Speaker at the meeting was MJ. Ni. ilknur Tekin, Ph.D, who in 1990's was president of Karakoy Rotaract Club in Istanbul, Turkey.  MJ is holding a diagram of Kundalini yoga meditation techniques, which she shared with the group during her talk. To the right is Teresa LeGrove Cherkas,  the Malibu Rotary Club Youth Director and Malibu Rotary Club President-Elect.  Both the Pepperdine Rotaract Club and the Malibu Rotary Club, as well as Rotary International, thrive in drawing on ideas from people from all over the world.
Malibu Rotary Club receives check from Playa Vista Rotary Club for Fire Relief.
 
Picture shows the presentation of the check from the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary
Club President Gwen Vuchsas. Bianca had presented major donor Howard Pollack with Malibu board game. In that picture L to R are W. David Baird, John Elman, Teresa LeGrove (Malibu Rotary Pres-Elect), Howard Pollack, Bianca Torrence, Gwen Vuchsas, Margo Neal and Marianne Bema.
The Malibu Rotary Club held its annual Holiday Dinner Party December 12 in the wine room of Tra di Noi Restaurant in the Malibu Country Mart. Malibu Rotarians and guests pictured at the event are (L to R) Bob and Jeanne Syverstsen, W. David Baird, LaVern Schendelberg, Margo Neal, Joy Arcenas, Mark Koller, Marianne Bema, Anita Hanson, Bianca Torrence, Bill Wishard, Lee Ann Stevens Elman, John W Elman, Teresa LeGrove Cherkas, Nagy Heinan and Kathy Heinan.
 
 Pictured: Winners of the 2018 Malibu Rotary Middle and High School Singing Competition on along with the judges flanked by Event Chair Teresa LeGrove on left  and emcee Ted Silverberg and  Malibu Rotary Club President on the right (pictures above from Honjin Li).
16 Students from Krysta Sorensen's vocal classes at Malibu Middle School and Malibu High School
 competed for prize money at special concert program at Raitt Recital Hall at Pepperdine University
 on January 24.   They were accompanied by pianist Joellen McNaughton.
The 124 seat theater was filled to capacity. The panel of judges from the music industry
 scored student performances. In addition to the cash awards of $200, $100, and $50 that were given
 to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place  finishers in both the middle school division and the high school division,
the winner of the high School division contest Claire Anneet is being sponsored by the Malibu Rotary Club
to participate in the  Rotary District Pageant of the Arts Competition held March 10th
 at Loyola Marymount University  in Los Angeles.

 

 

Above  Ted SilverbergJon Cherkas, Teresa LeGrove and David Zielski at the 2017 Malibu Rotary Cub Halloween Fundraiser at Calamigos Beach Club October 27 2017

Our 2nd Halloween party to raise funds for local causes such as Malibu Sharks Surf Team, Malibu High and Middle school scholarships, KBUU-FM and other  Malibu causes was successful and fun.

The Malibu Rotary club invites local high school students to take advantage of the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) each Spring!
Malibu Rotary Club sponsored RYLA campers Morgan Perlmutter and Adam Mohiuddin (R).  His brother Amir (center) was Sponsored by Calabasas Rotary Club
 
Malibu Rotary Club usually sponsors 2 students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) Camp at the Alpine Conference Center in Blue Jay, CA in the Big Bear Lake area of San Bernadino Moutains this past April 21-April 23. They joined a couple hundred students sponsored by various Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5280. The 3 local RYLA students who spoke at the Malibu Rotary Club meeting  were Morgan Perlmutter who will be going into 10th grade at Malibu High School, Amir Mohiuddin who graduated from Calabasas High and will be entering UC Berkeley and his brother .Adam Mohiuddin a junior at Calabasas High School and who is vice president of the Interact Club at his school. Adam and Amir are the sons of former Malibu Rotary Club member Beth Mohiuddin. They all came to a recent meeting of the Malibu Rotary Club to talk about their RYLA experience.  All three students were in agreement that the camp gave them a special positive experience that they can value in their lives going forward and talked about the aspects of the camp that they liked.
 
 
 
 
Anthony Marron was presented a $3300 Scholarship Award to attend El Camino Firefighting Academy by the Malibu Rotary Club at a special meeting of the club May 17 2017. In picture Michelle Santamaria of Malibu Rotary Club presents award to Anthony, while El Camino College Dean Stephanie Rodriguez and Fire Academy Chief Bill Melendez look on.
 
 
Faculty Adviser of new Pepperdine International Rotaract Club Pepperdine Seaver College Professor Michael Gose (L) introduces officers of the new Pepperdine International Rotaract Club (L to R) Nina Sprenger club Vice President, who formulated the idea of the club after attending the Pepperdine campus in Heidelberg Germany; Simone Raeth, club secretary who was born in Germany to American Rotarian parents; Heet Ghodasain, club Director of Marketing and Promotion, who is from Rajkot, India and has been involved with Rotary Polio Plus campaign since she was in high school as Interactor in India; and Nicky MacCallum, club President, a Pepperdine freshman who was born in Hong Kong of Chinese and Irish parents.
When Professor Gose came the Malibu Rotary Club on March 8, 2017  he brought with him the four students who will comprise the executive board of the new campus club, which will become part of Rotarct International. 
All the members of the new campus club have lived in other countries
 

Pictured  above (L to R) moderator Pete Peterson, Dean Pepperdine School of Public Policy addressing  Malibu City Council  Candidates: Jennifer deNicola, Skylar Peak, Carl Randall,  Laureen Sills,  and Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner.   The  Malibu Rotary Club  sponsored the special Malibu City Council Candidates Forum Wednesday Oct 19 in the Pepperdine University Fireside Room   in front of about 70 people.  

The  forum  was open to the public.   Six  candidates were running to fill to fill three Council seats that  were currently held by Joan House, Skylar Peak, and John Sibert. The city election would be part of the General Election on November 8.  

Malibu Rotary Club President-Elect Binaca Torrance  introduced film producers Pete Allman (L) and Alex Ayzin (R)  who showed excerpts of their video “The Winds of Freedom” at the Malibu Rotary Club meeting May 31 2017.
“When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power then the world will know peace.”~Jimi Hendrix
 
Winds of Freedom is  world peace initiative launched with symphonic-multi-media presentations inspired and produced by Alex Ayzin in a quest to promote harmony and cooperation among nations Global Peace and Universal Love among all humanity.  
 
Winds of Freedom is a non-profit 501(c) corporation dedicated to achieving world peace, including the presentation of a spectacular multi-media concert event celebrating man’s struggle for peace and freedom over the last hundred years, with riveting images of the human quest against oppression, set against a backdrop of music from one of Russia’s finest composers, Emilian Sichkin.  Winds of Freedom is a dazzling evening of music set against breathtaking historical footage of the defining moments of our century, and words from world leaders and celebrities of our times, together in a magnificent performance dedicated to peace among all nations and peoples. One of the premier showings of the video was at the Malibu Rotary Club on May 31, 2017.  Their website is www.WindsofFreedom.org

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Directions to Malibu Rotary Club meeting on Pepperdine Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu

  • From Pacific Coast Highway turn into Pepperdine Campus at John Tyler Dr (which becomes Huntsinger Cir). John Tyler Dr is on PCH just west of Malibu Canyon Rd.
  • Turn Left at sign "Drescher Graduate Campus" up hill onto Benton Way (formerlyVia Pacifica).

  • Stay on Benton Way past Catalina Dr and turn right into first parking lots, either Lot S or T, and park. Parking is free.

  • Walk through right doors of entrance to Henry and Virgina Braun Center (aka Learning and Tech Center) into hallway and go through doors on right in hallway into large patio. 

  • A spectacular view will be in front you. LC 152 (the the usual Rotary meeting room) is first door on right off patio. Last minute changes in meeting room will generally be posted at building entrance.  If there is a question about  room change and how to find it walk straight through the hallway to the lobby of Villa Graziadio at end of hallway to ask receptionist.

  • If the meeting is at the usual  room LC 152 and you have entered Braun Learning Center from the parking lot and you have entered the doors to the patio then the Waves cafeteria is first door on left and meeting room is first door on right.  For those who wish to buy the reasonably priced breakfast or lunch, food is ordered in cafeteria and paid to cashier by cash or credit card. No money will be collected in the Rotary Club meeting room for food, but donations are always accepted for Rotary Foundation and Malibu Rotary Club charities.   Food trays can be brought into meeting room LC 152 (or other assigned meeting room). Enjoy!

  • We are sure you will enjoy this beautiful venue as much as we do once your find us!  Before you leave make sure you enjoy the view!

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(L to R) Malibu High School student Jaime Le, who was sponsored by the Malibu Rotary Club to attend RYLA camp in the San Bernadino Mountains; Ryota Shimada, a high school student from Shizuoka, Japan, who became a summer exchange student to Malibu and is holding Malibu Rotary Club flag he was presented; Malibu Rotary Club Past President Dave Zielski who is holding flag of the Shimizu-Chuo Rotary Club that sponsored Ryota ; Malibu High School Student Grace Stickney, who is holding the flag of Rotary Club she visited in Kyoto Japan; and Malibu Rotary Club President of the month Margo Neal.
Rotary District 5280 Governor Greg O’Brien is visiting all 62 Rotary Clubs in his district.  On September 21 he visited the Malibu Rotary Club, and after listening to Malibu Rotary Club board members tell him what the club was doing, it was his turn to tell club members and visitors the message he has been bringing to each club he visits.  His message is to “Imagine Rotary.”

Winners of the 2016 Malibu Rotary Club Middle and High School Singing Competition--Top Row High School Division Winners Maggie Valdman, Isabella Haagen, Claire Anneet and Cat Evers---Bottom Row Middle School Division Winners Gina Marcellino, Alina Rose Armstong and Scarlett Steinberg

The 2016 Malibu Rotary Club Middle and High School Annual Singing Competition was held January 27st at Raitt Recital Hall at the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu. 15 singers from Amy Loch's Malibu Middle and High School choral classes  competed for six prizes awarded by the Malibu Rotary Club.  
 
Three winners in the Middle School division and four winners in the High School division were announced  and cash prizes of $200, $100, and $50 were  awarded the night of the event to the first, second, and third place finishers in each division. A tie for third in the High School Division meant their were 4 awards given instead of 3 in that division, for a total of 7 awards given in all.  Winner of the High School Division, Maggie Valdman,  was sponsored by the Malibu Rotary Club to compete in the Rotary District 5280 Art, Dance, Music and Speech Competition  held March 5th at Loyola Marymount University where a where she competed against 23 instrumentalists and vocalists in the Los Angeles area Rotary district.  She was the top vocalist and 2nd overall in the music competition, winning the $500.00 2nd place prize.  Previous winners in the Malibu Rotary Singing competition have done well in the District competition,   The 2009 Malibu entrant Katlyn Conners placed 2nd in the district and the 2015 Malibu entrant Isobel Anthony placed 3rd. 

 

 

 

 

Singers Shown (L to R) Gina Marcelino, Isabella Thatcher, Luna Salinas, Cat Evers, Claire Aneet, Maggie Valdman, Alina Rose Armstong, Nancy Walecki, Morgan Perlmutter and Isobel Anthony.

The 2015 Malibu Rotary Club Middle and High School Annual Singing Competition was held January 21st at Raitt Recital Hall at the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu. 10 singers Malibu Middle and High Schools competed for six prizes awarded by the Malibu Rotary Club.  
 
Three winners in the Middle School division and three winners in the High School division were announced  and cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 were  awarded the night of the event to the first, second, and third place finishers in each division.  Winner of the High School Division was sponsored by the Malibu Rotary Club to compete in the Rotary District 5280 Art, Dance, Music and Speech Competition held March 28th at Loyola Marymount University.  

The Malibu Rotary Club sponsored a Halloween Fundraiser at the Malibu West Beach Club on October 24, 2014. Over 150 people made reservations, and most came in costume, for the benefit to raise money for Rex and Friends Foundation, Malibu Youth Sports, the Malibu Sharks Surf Team, and other Malibu Rotary Club Charities .
 
 

The Malibu Rotary Club hosted a public forum on October 15th at Pepperdine University featuring the candidates running for the 2014 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board.  The forum was moderated by Parents Advocate League Founder and CEO Julie Collier (L above) , who, along with an audience of 38 from the community, posed questions to the 7 candidates.   
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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Malibu, California, USA. The Malibu Rotary Club was chartered in 1971 as part of Rotary District 5280 in the Los Angeles area, which is part of Rotary International. A list of upcoming events and speakers of the Malibu Rotary Club can be seen by clicking calendar or speakers on the left side of this page. You can read and see pictures of past events and speakers by clicking on links to past issues of the club weekly bulletin, The Malibu Rotary Club Surfwriter on the right column of this page (requires Adobe Reader).
 

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The Rotary Club of Malibu hosted a Malibu City Council Candidates forum on March 5, 2014 moderated by Malibu Times Associate Editor Knowles Adkisson, who composed the questions asked of the 5 candidates (seated L to R) Lou La Monte, Andy Lyon, Laura Rosenthal, June Louks and Hamish Patterson. Lou and Laura are incumbents and the Andy, June and Hamish are challengers.


ImageThe Malibu Rotary Club again sponsored the Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless  on November 21st at Webster School  the week before Thanksgiving in conjunction with the SOS group (Standing On Stone), which serves weekly dinners there along with other services.  

Voluteers in kitchen (above Left to Right):
Anne de Brouwer, Cindra Raineri, Maggie Luckerath, Martha Templeton, Bill Wishard, Griselda Espinoza, David Zielski, David Espinoza, Hubert Luckerath, Crystal Soufer (picture by Frank Lamonea)
Maggie chaired event for Malibu Rotary Club and supervised the kitchen crew.

ImageFive of the six candidates running for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District School Board participated in a school board candidates forum sponsored by the Malibu Rotary Club at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Thursday evening October 24th. Candidates participating in the forum (L to R) were  Ben Allen, Karen Farrer, Jose Escarce, Craig Foster and Maria Leon-Vazquez.  Allen is current SMMUSD board president and Escarce and Leon-Vazquez are also current members of the board.  Farrer  and Foster, along with Seth Jacobson, are part of the Reform Slate from Malibu. Jacobson was in Washington DC and unable to attend this forum

See video of forum at: http://malibu.patch.com/articles/video-school-board-candidates-square-off-in-final-debate-in-malibu#video-11951834.

On his visit to the Malibu Rotary Club on August 22, 2012, Rotary District Governor Lew Bertrand gave Visionary Awards to three members of the Rotary Club of Malibu.  The three recipients of the awards for 2012-13 are Maggie Luckerath, John Elman and David Baird. The awards were given to members of the club who provided "insight into means of providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and helping to build goodwill and peace in the world."

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