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Welcome To Our Award Winning Rotary Club!

Manhattan Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 7:15 AM
Verandas Beach House
401 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
United States
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Left to Right: The counter at the Wine Garden. Three Rotarians getting a little behind in their work.  Dr. Chris helping the Interact Students.
Another successful "Service Above Self" event working in the Wine Garden and Soda Booth at the Hometown Fair.
Dr. Chris Ullman gave his craft talk this morning.  He spent some time discussing his time in the Army and his experiences in Viet Nam.  A very emotional but inspiring talk.  Thanks for sharing Dr. Chris.
Left to Right - Superintendent Mike Matthews, Councilman Richard Montgomery, Principal Ben Dale and President Mark Burton
President Mark said it’s normally difficult to choose a Rotarian of the Month, but this month his job was easy. He chose two Rotarians, Councilman Richard Montgomery and Superintendent of Schools Mike Matthews. Along with Dr. Ben Dale, Principal of Mira Costa High School, they led A.C.T., Aid Cleveland Texas, a massive effort to help a town flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
We’ve read the newspaper accounts and Facebook posts about A.C.T. Many of us worked at drop off stations or drove to City Hall with supplies (I contributed baby supplies). But nothing prepared me for the story of what it was like in Cleveland, Texas, told to us by Ben and Richard, both Texas natives.
Helping Ben’s hometown was something he felt compelled to do, Richard was the first to sign up, Mike helped mobilize the effort and the community of Manhattan Beach stepped up to the challenge. Seven trucks filled with supplies driven by Richard, Ben and others drove straight through to Cleveland, Texas. There was no FEMA, no Red Cross, just A.C.T. volunteers. The need was massive. When the distribution station opened up, 1,200 cars were already lined up, inching forward to save gas and pick up the supplies they needed so desperately. Mike and Richard – you make us proud to be Manhattan Beach Rotarians!
Senator Allen shares Rotary’s passion for lifesaving vaccinations. His father was a victim of polio, and Allen has been involved with the effort to tighten vaccination rules in California. He’s also sponsored an election reform bill, and chairs the education committee. He touched on a number of state issues – our interaction with the president (“I hope the governor and president will be able to work on infrastructure.”), the immigration debate (“40% of the state legislature are people of color.”), healthcare (“The state went all in; it’s quite a success story.”), and federal funds (“What happens if federal dollars come with strings attached?”).
Dr. Chris Ullman MC’d our celebration of John Rhind’s completing his 50th year of membership in our club.  John has been our president twice, our treasurer countless times, and has watched our club fall from 60 members to as few as 12 and rise back up to our present 110 and still growing.
This is from last week where members of our club assisted with the loading of the trucks that were going to Cleveland, Texas.  
Left to Right: Tim Auringer, Jim McFarland, President Mark Burton, Ken Deemer, Ian Jackson, John Osten and John Hugunin.
Rotarian Richard Montgomery participated in driving a truck loaded with supplies to Cleveland, Texas.

MBFD Captain Tim O’Brien and Rotarian Scott Yanofsky

The presentation today was Captain Tim O'Brien's experience at the World Trade Center doing Search and Rescue on 9-11-01.  This was a very emotional event.  Rotarian Scott Yanofsky then discussed the events leading up to the 9-11 Memorial next to Manhattan Beach's Fire and Police Departments.  Scott is from New York and had friends that were killed in this attack.  Thank You for sharing your personal experiences.

Mr. Rob Stone talked about his career as a sports commentator.  Rob joined FOX Sports in 2012 as the lead studio host for all of FOX Sports' soccer, college football and college basketball.  A very entertaining and informative presentation.
Congratulations to Dr. Chris Ullman for being selected the Rotarian of the Month by President Mark Burton.
Chris has been instrumental in smoothing our transition to Veranda's Beach House.
President Mark Burton Thanking Deputy Executive Director Patrick Gannon, Los Angeles World Airport, for his informative talk on protecting LAX.  100 Polio Vaccinations were given in Mr. Gannon's name.
President Mark Burton congratulates Jim Hallett for his perfect attendance.
Congratulations from the club for 33 years of Service Above Self.
President Mark Burton thanks Dr. Jeff Barnes for his presentation.  100 Polio vacinations were donated in Dr. Barnes's name.
Author, speaker and university professor Jeff Barnes gave us a fascinating talk on how
Walt Disney transformed his dreams into reality.
President Mark Burton thanks Northrop Grumman VP and Program Manager Scott Willoughby for his inspiring talk about designing the James Webb Space Telescope. This is the Largest Telescope Ever Built for Space.
President Mark Burton thanking District Governor Cozette Vergari for her presentation this morning.
The Board Members gave short presentations on the plans for this coming Rotary Year.
Manhattan Rotary supported the P. S. I Love You Foundation's "A Day At The Beach" by adopting ten at risk youth to attend this event!  Ken, Shannon, Vinny, Joel, Deb, Cedric, Danny, Erin, and Jason served as mentors to at risk youth!  Mark L, James, Kathleen and I volunteered as staff!  Great event with great MB Rotary participation!
Hello All,
World Vision (WV) and MB Rotary have decided to move the Niger WASH Trip to 2018 !! Please let us know if you're interested in a tour of our funded projects in Torodi Region of Niger Africa. It's likely the trip details will be roughly the same, in October (tbd) 2018 and is in partnership with Niamey Rotary Club and WV Niger WASH. We'll post the new registration date and the exact details next year. The four day trip will cost around $1,349 per person based on double occupancy and does not include airfare. If you are interested, please send me an email.
Thnx, Bob
Judy Hersch, DreamBuilder Coach, gave an excellent talk on how to improve your life.
President Mark Burton thanks her for coming to Manhattan Beach.
100 Polio Vaccinations were donated in Judy's name.
For more information go to
Past District Governor David Moyers presented The History of Rotary.
Dave started at the founding of Rotary to the present day.
Thank You for sharing some little known facts.
President Mark Burton presented 100 Polio Vaccinations given Dave's name.
Hello All,
Larry Johnson has informed us that World Vision has set up an opportunity for Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach to visit the Niger WASH funded projects in Torodi Region of Niger Africa. The trip is 18-21 October, 2017 and is in partnership with Niamey Rotary Club and WV Niger WASH. Registration closes 13 August, 2017. The trip cost is $1,349 per person based on double occupancy and does not include airfare.
Thnx, Bob
President Mark Burton thanks Rob Clapper, Executive Director of Your Grateful Nation for his inspiring talk.
Your Grateful Nation (YGN) is a non-profit organization committed to transitioning Special Operations veterans into their next successful career
To read more go to
Join us and other Rotarians, Community Volunteers and Law Enforcement
 at the 8th Annual Walk for Life July 15
Bring friends, family, kids. Let me know if you are going and if you want to carpool contact Kathleen at
Meet at 8:45 at  Sheriff's Youth Center: 1 1911 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90044 
9:OOAM 4K Walk (2.5 Miles) 
Visit the Festival or go back home. We can walk or Uber back to our cars.
10:00AM Community Festival, Health Fair, & Car Show (optional)
Show your support for Peace!
“Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Rodney Loehr
Oct 23, 2017
Water Resources Specialist - AquaViable Solutions
Alison Diaz
Oct 30, 2017
Executive Director - Environmental Charter Schools
Tom Bakaly
Nov 06, 2017
CEO - Beach Cities Health District
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
Nov 13, 2017
Law Enforcement Challenges and Leadership
Neysa Frechette
Nov 20, 2017
Field Biologist and Outreach Coordinator - Ballona Wetlands
Geoff Bremer
Nov 27, 2017
Permanent Restricted Fund Committee - Initiatives
Dec 04, 2017
Andy Cohen with Jenny Krusoe
Dec 11, 2017
CEO of Gensler and Executive Director of AltaSea
Holiday Program
Dec 18, 2017
Holiday Program
Dec 25, 2017
New Year's Day
Jan 01, 2018
New Year's Day
James Lewis Heft
Jan 08, 2018
USC Professor of Religion
Bruce Moe
Jan 29, 2018
City of Manhattan Beach Finances
Bill Bloomfield
Feb 05, 2018
Craft Talk
John Mathews
Feb 12, 2018
Rotary International Director for the Western Region
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