Jay, Jason and son checking folks in.
He Democratized Food
-- by Jim Hallett
It was Monday, July 23, 2018, and President Ken Deemer watched as new Sgt-At-Arms Ron Sokol called us to order and as Bruce Greenspon memorialized Jonathan Gold (“He democratized food and he tried to make people less afraid of their neighbors”)…..David Gendron was accompanied by his four young children….President Ken acknowledged Lisa Hemmat-Lupercio’s new baby and commended her for emailing Rotary business on her way to the hospital…..President Ken also recognized Steve De Baets, who was honored by our City Council for leading the Pinewood Derby fundraiser for the Scout House. 
November 3 will be the annual District Paul Harris Dinner, this time happening at Union Station.  Our club has purchased one table so far and President Ken invites $145 signups…..President Ken also inaugurated a new slide listing all upcoming events…..Cedric Tuck-Sherman announced that 18 people have signed up for the 25 available spots for our August 18 Culver City Habitat for Humanity project…..Russ Samuels presented Smile.Amazon.com, wherein we can designate Manhattan Beach Rotary to be the beneficiary of a percentage of all our Amazon purchases.
Director Feedback
President Ken will make room each week for at least one director to report on feedback from last week’s small table meetings.  We started with Cedric Tuck-Sherman, Community Service, who talked about hunger (did you know Chris Ullman takes food left over from our meetings to a sober living house in Gardena?); leveraging our professional talent to help other clubs and nonprofits; and a goal that 90% of members do one project this year and 75% do two…..Mark Lipps, Youth Service, is planning a year-long project with Interact and wants more club interaction with Interact; Shannon Ryan wants us to share our careers with them…..Tim Hageman, Vocational Service, wants us to partner with Lennox Rotary to return to Moffet School, and to achieve 100% participation in Rotary Reads focusing on “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.”
4-Way Test
Richard Montgomery introduced our speaker, Bill Maris, a motivational speaker, and singer, who shared his lessons from the opera.  He intertwined our 4-Way Test into his talk, describing how impressed he is by the 4-Way Test and the 5 Avenues of Service.  He closed by telling us that data can get us to truth and beneficial results, but that we also need fairness and goodwill to get us to discernment.
Baby Rotarians
Happy Dollars featured Lindy Murrell, feeling well….Norm Levin was grateful for Kathleen Terry’s dine-around…..Nelson Gray was home from a cruise and Wimbledon, a trip organized by Barbara Matles….Geoff Bremer’s son graduated from University of Oregon…..Cedric Tuck-Sherman’s son, 16, is in Salamanca…..Loli Ramezani’s daughter chose University of Michigan over USC….And, best of all (if I may say so), three of our young, high-energy women members are young, high-energy Super-Moms, with Jordan Holbert pregnant for the second time, Lisa Hemmat-Lupercio just delivering her baby, and Megan Walker scheduled to deliver her first baby the day after our meeting (and yes, it happened).  Three Baby Rotarians, just like that!