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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
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. 
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!
 
 
Speakers
MBEF & OTS/Roundhouse Aquarium
Jan 22, 2018
MBUSD Funding Challenges & History of the Roundhouse Aquarium
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
Bruce Greenspon & Brendon Harrington
Feb 26, 2018
Craft Talk
Andy Cohen and Jenny Krusoe
Mar 05, 2018
Gensler CEO and AltaSea Executive Director
New Member
Mar 19, 2018
Craft Talk
Paul Allman
Mar 26, 2018
Craft Talk
Jeff Wilson
Apr 02, 2018
Sr. Public Affairs Specialist - Chevron
New Member
Apr 09, 2018
Craft Talk
Kathleen Murphy
Apr 09, 2018
Craft Talk
MCHS Craft Awards
Apr 16, 2018
MCHS Craft Awards
James Lewis Heft
Apr 30, 2018
USC Professor of Religion
MCUSD Principals
May 21, 2018
MCUSD Teacher Awards
 
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