Rick Farrell gives September birthday Rotarians a blues harp lesson.
Kids With Character
- by Jim Hallett
It was Monday, September 10, 2018, and President Ken Deemer stood aside as usual in favor of Sgt-At-Arms Ron Sokol, who used his podium time to thank Russ Samuels (who was accompanied by his niece Kayla Samuels, a UCLA student, and his son) for always being among the first to show up and help set up. (Other guests included John Russo’s wife, Karen, here to celebrate 59 years of wedded bliss—which made John Hugunin’s mere 52 years seem trivial—and President Ken’s son Kevin, and Bruce Greenspon’s wife Debra Lotstein with their young son Asher Greenspon.) Lindy Murrell thereupon kicked off the meeting by reminding us of John McCain’s lifetime example of the importance of good character.
Happy Birthdays
It was a birthday month for eight members, three of whom actually showed up, and this exact date, September 10, was not only Arnold Palmer’s birthday but also the birth date of Bill Bloomfield and Jim Hallett, not to mention our speaker, Sue Chen, who actually got a surprise birthday cake from the Bruce Greenspon family (no, Bill and Jim did not get any). A wonderful birthday treat for the birthday kids was a blues harp lesson from Rick Farrell, who, seeing that his students were hopeless, showed us how it’s done….Chris Ullman and Jason Wallace will be organizing dine-arounds, and Lisa Hemmat-Lupercio and President Ken will be organizing a new program, wine-arounds.
Abjure or Adjure?
From blues harp to blues:  President Ken told us the District has had hacking incidents on ClubRunner and adjured us to get strong password programs, abjuring us from continuing with our weak passwords….Karen Greenberg of the South Bay Sunrise Club encouraged us to help sponsor and join the April 3-12 District Humanitarian trip to Peru, with optional stops on the Amazon or up the hill in Machu Picchu.
Nova Medical Products
Richard Montgomery introduced our speaker, Sue Chen, who came to Manhattan Beach 25 years ago to live and work, starting her business, Nova Medical Products (now with a major warehouse in Carson). She proudly works with her “business partner and soul mate,” Paul, whom she met at Hennessey’s in Manhattan Beach. She shared some of her products and projects with us, including personalized walkers (which show “dignity and style”), banning the shark fin trade in California, and being listed among Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women.”  She has focused on issues including mobility, veterans and fall prevention. 
Choose Joy
Sue Chen finished her talk with the words “Choose Joy.”  That’s easy to do when you have a fellow Rotarian like Rick Farrell rocking your world on a blues harp.