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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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Stories and News
In Memory of Wendell Harter
July 27, 1920 – January 15, 2018

I am sorry to bring you more sad news...
Wendell Harter has passed away at the age of 97 as a result of heart failure while at his home on Monday, January 15.  Wendell had been a dedicated member of our club for over 29 years.  
 
There will be a memorial service on February 24 at the Manhattan Beach Community Church at 11 a.m. to honor Wendell's life.  Please keep Wendell's wife Madelyn and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Yours in Rotary with Kind regards, Mark
 
In Memory of Dr. Lester Silverman
March 17, 1953 – January 23, 2018
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that MB Rotarian Dr. Lester Silverman passed on Tuesday, January 23.  Les was a mensch, a wonderful Rotarian and a man of great passion for his family, our club and our community.  He will be greatly missed by all.  Notification of the memorial service will be forthcoming.  Please keep Les’ wife Angela and his children Sophie and AJ in your thoughts and prayers.”  President Mark Burton
Les is shown here with his wife Angela and son AJ.
Lynne Gross is writing a book about the history of the Roundhouse Aquarium and shared some of her story with us.  
Dr. Deb’s assistant, Puerto Rican veterinarian Fernando Guzman, has been instrumental in helping us connect with communities in need of the water filtration systems. 
 

James Kennedy gave us a brief review of our involvement in the Puerto Rico water project, for which our club has raised $23,900.
New member Keith Sultemeier shared his entertaining craft talk, his list of preferences—boxers, carne, country western, dogs, trucks, Android, IPA and football.  He’s a Texan, of course.
We heard from Andrea Sala, the Executive Director of the El Camino College Foundation, founded in 1947.  The school has 32,000 students and has the second highest matriculation rate to UCLA, plus it’s a bargain at $46 per unit (12 units=full time).  The Foundation provides 677 student scholarships and manages countless more, including our club’s scholarships.
 
Our Rotarian Musical talent was on display today.
Paul Allman lead the singing with his wonderful guitar playing.
Then Joel Ruben sang accompanied by Paul.
This was followed with a duet by Jim Hallett and Larry Johnson.
And then some Blues Harmonica by Rick Farrell and accompanied once again by Paul Allman.
We have two Rotarians of the Month
Don Redmond was selected by President Mark for his work on the Sandpipers Holiday Baskets.  Don has been a key person in this annual event.
 
The other Rotarian is Joel Ruben.  Joel organized the fund raiser for Sandy Casey with classical guitarist Felix Kellaway.
Another great evening serving the community on the Santa Float.  4.5 Hours of non stop fun.  The crowds that greeted us were fantastic.  Young, old and dogs were all happy to see us.  Lisa and Chris did an outstanding job.
L to R - Gerry Morton, Lee Walker, Dr. Dick Chase, Nelson Gray, Kathleen Adams, Eric Iverson, Tim Auringer and Wade Austin Jr.
Eight members reached a new level in their donations to the RI Foundation.  Congratulations to Wade Austin Jr. on reaching the Major Donor Level.
Past President Geoff Bremer discussing the Club's Foundation and it's goals to raise $1,000,000 by 2028 for the permanent fund.
Congratulations to Lisa Hemmat-Luperico for being selected the Rotarian of the Month by President Mark Burton.
Thank you for all that you do for our club.
President Mark Burton thanks Ned Colletti for his talk this morning.
Mr. Colletti, senior adviser to the president of the Dodgers and former GM, revealed the Inside World of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Keith Sultemeier, Kinecta Federal Credit Union and Kathleen Murphy, Avolon are our two newest members.
Congratulations on becoming members of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club.
President Mark Burton thanks Neysa Frechette for her very informative talk on the Ballona Wetlands.
Neysa Frechette, field biologist and outreach coordinator, educated us about this treasure in our own backyard.  For more information go to - http://www.ballonafriends.org/
We deliver the first water filter yesterday to a community school in Caimito. This school serves high risk students, some are hearing impair and others are school dropouts being given a second chance to succeed. There are 240 students and 80 staff members and teachers. The students’ parents will be allowed to come and fill gallons of water to take drinking water home. When we got there a faculty member was in the process of explaining how to use the bucket water filters. The administration and faculty members all send their thanks to the Manhattan Beach Club for your generosity and they look forward to receiving you at their school soon. Three members of the San Juan Rotary Club went with me to deliver the donation, PDG Pepito Rivero and Gerry Cumpiano, Club Disaster Relief committee member. The trip to the mountain finished with me stepping into a fire ants nest and getting lost on our way down because the GPS did not have signal. No electricity up there! We had a good laugh. Overall it was a very gratifying trip.
Once again thank you!!
Juanita Morris
 
President Mark Burton thanks LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell for his exceptional talk on A View from the Sheriff’s Office - We heard about the on going Challenges that face law enforcement today.
Norm Levin, Dave Long, and Jay Harkenrider are being recognized by Dave Peters for their continuing donations to the Rotary International Foundation.
Healthy Community - Tom Bakaly, CEO of Beach Cities Health District, told us about local efforts to promote health.  He is shown here with President Mark Burton.  One Hundred polio vaccinations were given in his name. 
 
 
Speakers
Bruce Greenspon & Brendon Harrington
Feb 26, 2018
Craft Talk
Andy Cohen, Tim McOsker & Jenny Krusoe
Mar 05, 2018
Gensler CEO, AltaSea CEO and Executive Director
T.K. Pillan
Mar 19, 2018
Veggie Grill and Powerplant Ventures Founder
Paul Allman
Mar 26, 2018
Craft Talk
Jeff Wilson
Apr 02, 2018
Sr. Public Affairs Specialist - Chevron
Kathleen Murphy & Don Whinfrey
Apr 09, 2018
Craft Talk
MCHS Craft Awards
Apr 16, 2018
MCHS Craft Awards
Tony Budrovich
Apr 23, 2018
Cataline Island Conservancy CEO
Stephanie Sampson
Apr 30, 2018
LAX Landside Access Moderization Program
John Ireland
May 07, 2018
LA Lakers
MCUSD Principals
May 21, 2018
MCUSD Teacher Awards
Kevin Baxter
Jun 04, 2018
Superintendent Los Angeles Catholic Schools
Fr. James Heft
Jun 11, 2018
President, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Club Social Director
Programs Director- COO
Community Service Director
Vocational Service Director
International Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Services Director
Membership Chair
Co- Treasurer
Peace Chair