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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
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. 
Past District Governor Jimmy Gonzalez (in the center) visited our club this morning to talk about hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.  He is shown here with Deb Robertson, President Mark Burton, James Kennedy and Bob Lanahan.
Alison Diaz, Executive Director of Environmental Charter Schools, was our speaker today.  President Mark Burton thanked Alison with a Certificate of 100 Polio Vaccinations given in her name. 
Congratulations to Sue Vogl for being selected the Rotarian of the Month by President Mark Burton.
Sue has been instrumental in the production of our weekly Bulletin.
 
Jim McFarland, Mike Matthews, Ken Deemer, Ian Jackson and Dave Harris are being recognized by Dave Peters for their continuing donations to the Rotary International Foundation.
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.
 
 
Speakers
Neysa Frechette
Nov 20, 2017
Field Biologist and Outreach Coordinator - Ballona Wetlands
Ned Colletti
Nov 27, 2017
Former Dodgers General Manager
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Dec 04, 2017
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Andy Cohen with Jenny Krusoe
Dec 11, 2017
CEO of Gensler and Executive Director of AltaSea
Holiday Program
Dec 18, 2017
Holiday Program
Christmas
Dec 25, 2017
Christmas
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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