Recap of the January 24 Zoom Meeting

by Don Jung

Prior to the start of the meeting, early participants talked about the amazing NFL playoff games and will the exciting Rams win over the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers. Dave Harris sponsored the late John Russo and mentioned his memorial service last week.  Ian Jackson gave us an update on Nelson Gray’s rehab at Little Company of Mary.
The meeting was called to order, and Dan Saks led us in the flag salute and the thought for the day. President Jordan Holbert just returned from Telluride and showed us the video highlights of the Rams – Buccaneers game. Then Ian Jackson gave us a sports summary of the four playoff games and how all four games were decided on the last play of the game. 
Shannon Ryan will be involved in the International Student Exchange program in the next coming weeks and is asking for possible volunteers to host some of the students for one to three days in the near future. 
Operation Teddy Bear
Hilary Mahan introduced Sara Myers as the person in charge of Operation Teddy Bear for this year. She said the goal of the organization is to “touch hearts with open minds.” They plan to give away 3,500 backpacks equipped with books, school supplies, face masks and teddy bears for this winter.  She is asking for volunteers for the online program from February 7th to the 20th;  she has sent you an email with more details. The backpacks will be packaged at the Levy Adult School, 3420 W. 229th Place in Torrance; volunteer slots are available January 25-29. Moffett Elementary School has asked that we just drop off the backpacks this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, but other schools will allow us to hand out the backpacks in person with proof of vaccination.
Manhattan Beach Rotary is donating $3,000, with a District matching grant of $2,750, to Operation Teddy Bear.
One2one Customizes Charity
Jeff Serota introduced Scott Krase and Wendy Prager from the one2one USA nonprofit organization as our guest speakers. Their goal is to inspire personal generosity by customizing a charitable program centered around the personal philanthropic interests of the donor. One of their goals is to make local love to help small businesses, and they succeeded in helping local Manhattan Beach business owners during the start of the pandemic.
Programs they have done in the past include clean water, opioid relief, scholarships to low-income families, homeless kids and helping small business owners.  Donors do not have to screen activities for their nonprofit status as one2one does this for them. Their minimum programs start at $50,000.
The program ended with happy dollars when Loli Ramezani announced she sold her business. With that note, President Jordan adjourned the zoom meeting.