Club Information

Palos Verdes' Premier Service Club

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Service Before Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
MAIL: PO Box 296
Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90274
United States
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Club Leadership
President Elect
Past President
Director of Fun
Program Chair
District Liason
Community Service
Vocational Service
Educator of the Year
RI Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
La Rotacion Editor
Sergeant at Arms
Sergeant at Arms

What is the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary? Simply stated, we are a group of engaged community leaders who work together to take action on local, regional and international projects that make a real difference. In reality, we are one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs of business and professional leaders throughout the world who are dedicated to the motto “Service Above Self”. Our club and global theme this year is “Light Up Rotary”, a theme that emphasizes our visibility, community engagement, projects, our Club and Rotary International Foundations and fun. That’s right – never ending fun.

Our club supports the Rotary International eradication of polio project (we are this close), and is involved at some level in the six areas of focus which include Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy and Economic and Community Development. This year we are planning to participate in a major District Project in Guatemala, a multi-club service project in Mexico, a continuing water project in Myanmar, and we are helping to host a Rotary exchange student in our own community. Our vibrant club meets at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on Fridays at noon. At each meeting we welcome guests to interact with featured speakers, and in honor of our speakers, we donate funds to purchase enough polio vaccine for 50 children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. And, once a month we take a break from Friday meetings and have a Wednesday Nite Live reception hosted by the club at unique locations throughout the South Bay.

We are very active locally. Our own Club Foundation provides need-based scholarships as well as a STEM scholarship to graduating seniors and Marymount California University college students on the peninsula and to the college-bound students from the Los Angeles Harbor Area Boys and Girls Club. This year the club is funding a new vocational grant which will enable a young person tograduate from Wilmington, California to enroll in a vocational program locally. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Peninsula’s exemplary Educator of the Year Program, and via co-sponsorship of the annual Concours d”Elegance classic car show at Los Verdes Golf Course. We also clean Crenshaw Boulevard, hand out phone directories, donate binoculars to the Interpretive Center, sponsor programs at the Norris Theater, honor our local veterans, police, firemen and teachers, host with the Chamber of Commerce a Legislative Forum and engage in creative and fun-filled activities for our members and our community. Ethics is at the top of our agenda; more to come on this topic.

A recent development for our club and community is the election of one our members and Past President, Mr. Greg O’Brien, to the exalted position of District 5280 Governor Elect.  Come join us for lunch at our growing club; although membership is by invitation, you don't need to be a member to come and learn why PVP Rotary is the most trusted name in community service. Come and have fun with some impressive community members who value service to others.

Allen Bond, President

Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club



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The D.K. Kim Foundation has been a long time sustaining donor to our annual "Educators of the Year" event. So we want to share something special that they are now involved with. It would be great to have Rotarians support this event, as the D.K. Foundation has supported our club.

Be sure to contact Keith Deisenroth about a special offer that the D.K. Foundation is extending to our club members only.

For tickets: or call 310-377-8977

Proceeds benefit the Asian America Symphony Assoc.

Rotary Foundation Recognized with Award for Outstanding Foundation
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”
The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.
“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”
AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.
Rotary News
End Polio Now
Children getting drinking water
December 2016 | Take action to End Polio Now
 The Global Impact of World Polio Day
On 24 October 2016, Rotary celebrated its most successful World Polio Day. News outlets reported on global polio eradication efforts. Government buildings were lit up with the End Polio Now logo. Social media accounts shared stories of polio survivors. The Canadian government, along with former New York City, USA mayor, Michael Bloomberg, contributed millions to the fight to end polio.
In Atlanta, Georgia, USA, more than 200 people, along with thousands of others who tuned in online, attended the live World Polio Day event at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the biggest names in polio eradication reflected on recent progress and discussed what needs to be done to end the disease for good. 
A New Way to Look at Polio
 Sometimes, you have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to understand their journey. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, is doing just that through a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India. Immersed in the sights and sounds of the streets of Delhi and the halls of St. Stephen’s Hospital, home to India’s only polio ward, viewers can watch Alokita take her first steps in 11 years. Learn more at
You’re always welcome at Norris Pavilion!
Like a ship without a port, our rotary crew members found sanctuary in the safe harbor of Norris Pavilion for our Friday meeting.  There must have been a 50 year storm brewing at the Country Club causing us to tack to the welcoming arms of Richard Moe and our Norris hosts.  We thank them for their hospitality!
The change of venue was refreshing.  The experience was enhanced by the cheerful greeting of Jack Goldberg.  By the way, no worry of suffering through sea rations, everyone ate like captains.  Speaking of captains, ours was AWOL.  Thankfully, our incoming captain Lynne Neuman dutifully assumed command and expertly guided us through the rough waters.
The meeting was kicked off by Chris Leach with an inspirational invocation focusing on Rotary’s four-way test.  Henry Lee focused us on our patriotic duty with the Pledge of Allegiance.  And I tried to bring it home with a rendition of God Bless America.
With the notable exception of Rick Moe , we were light on visitors but Julia Parton made everyone feel right at home.  That is – until we got to the welcome song.  Fortunately Mark Mazorow did all he could to help keep us off the rocks!
There were numerous announcements, but the highlights are as follows:
  1.  Buy your District Raffle tickets before the 1st week of October.
  2. Try to attend the next District breakfast 10/11/16.  Five time Olympic medalist Janet Evans will be speaking.  Cost is $35.
  3. PV Peninsula Village has a lecture on “What is the Upside of Aging” 10/13/16.
  4. The Candidates Forum (jointly with PV Chamber) is 10/8/16.  Registration is at 11:30am with the meeting beginning at 11:45.
  5. Harry Kitter proudly announced that we are to nearly $40k in sponsorships for the Educator of the year award.  Excellent job “Past Captain Kitter”!
In polio news, Lynne informed us that sadly there were three new polio cases in Nigeria and one in Pakistan.  We’re making progress but we are still “this” close!
Before a mutiny could break out, Captain Lynn wisely diverted everyone’s attention to the revered raffle.  To add to the excitement three winners were picked – John Cameron; Greg O’Brien & Jackie Ignon.
Finally, we made it to the afternoon’s highlight – CRAFT TALKS!
Lynn Kim kicked things off with some very personal insights into her life. 
Lynn was raised by a single mother with her formative years (age 4 onward) in Lunada Bay.  In looking back at her own resolve she attributes it primarily to her mom’s “Grit and perseverance, which helped Lynn learn to stay so focused”.  As a result, Lynn has been an overachiever in the Real Estate world at Keller Williams.  That focused drive didn’t just materialize in her career, Lynn was a competitive Ice Skater and plans to inspire her 3 year old daughter to follow in her skates.  In addition to a young daughter Lynn also has a son who just entered kindergarten.  Lynn had not lived in PV since College so one of her primary goals was to return with her family back to Lunada Bay, which she achieved this year!  In a period of introspection, Lynn told us of a hair-raising episode when she was four years old and a woman briefly kidnapped her away from her mom in their family car for five minutes before dumping her off and stealing the car.  Her mom’s determination, struggling to get back into the vehicle and then chasing the assailant down the road, left an indelible impression.
Our second talk came from Dr. Sahar Lashin. 
Dr. Lashin was born and raised in Egypt.  Her early education was incredibly rigid as one might expect when being instructed by nuns.  At the age of 16 Dr. Lashin began as a first year Medical Student.  She had the “Desire to effectively change lives”.  She worked incredibly hard to earn her medical degree and became a faculty member at Cairo University.  After her Residency, Sahar Joined Rotaract in Egypt.  This helped her to gain access to Rotary VIP’s allowing her to bypass much of the typical Bureaucracy so that she could better give aid to those in need.   Dr Lashin received her Master’s degree and PHD before coming to the United States.  She is now a Primary Care Physician specializing in internal Medicine with an interest in gastrointestinal cures.
I am always amazed and humbled by talents of our club members! 
Polio this week  as of  7 September  2016
In Nigeria, one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case has been reported, from Borno state, following confirmation of two cases in August.  Regional outbreak response across north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad sub-region is continuing within the broader humanitarian emergency context. Detection of new cases at this point is not unexpected or unusual, particularly as surveillance is being strengthened (including by conducting retrospective acute flaccid paralysis case searches).
The polio outbreak has been declared a national public health emergency by the Government of Nigeria and a regional public health emergency by the Governments of the Lake Chad sub-region, to ensure all-of- government, all-of-society approaches to the outbreak response
Afghanistan: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 8 August, from Kabul. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains eight.
Pakistan: One new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week, from South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), with onset of paralysis on 27 July. It is the most recent case in the country, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 to 14.
Rotary Meeting of August 12, 2016 – Reporter Paul Rubincam
President Allen Bond rang the opening bell at 12:30.  The invocation was by Bruce Attig, the pledge leader was Ron Ellis, the patriotic song by Les Fishman, the guest introduction by new member Jen Sullivan and the welcome song by Matt Kang.   There were a number of guests, among them Ralph Black (a Sunset Rotarian), Alec Tuckman, guest of Pres Bond, Arlene Kruger, Ann Sidler (wife of Derald) and David Hadley from the California Legislature.
Next came an auction of a large bottle of really good, old wine donated by its care takers John Cameron and Gary Tossell.  Purchased in1988, it was a Pinot Noir and went – to the Sidlers – for over $300.  Then Kjel Hellberg reported on the fact that our club had 40 members in attendance at the recent District Governors Breakfast.  Shel thanked the members who were there and highlighted that our own John Schuricht provided music at the meeting.  Prez Bond then reported on several upcoming items, including the picnic, the cardboard boat race and the fund raiser on the USS IOWA coming up October 22nd.  Next for the regular raffle for the door prize was won this day by John Cameron and Allan Colman.  Wednesday Night live will be at the Ragin’ restaurant on PC Highway near the Walgreen in Redondo Beach.  Inga Liden reminded us of the visiting Swedes Sponsored by the San Pedro Rotary on September 18th.  Prez Bond pointed out that the fight to eradicate polio is ahead of last year, as only 22 new cases have occurred this year to date.  Guest David Hadley presented Derald Sidler with a plaque congratulating the recent retiree, Derald Sidler on his illustrious career and many contributions to local causes.
Our speaker today was Kristi Fera, the outreach and education officer of the Marine Mammal Care Center, housed in Fort McArthur.  This charitable effort was established shortly after the sale of Marineland in 1987, primarily to fill in the function that Marineland had previously provided for the rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals in our South Coast area. 
The workers in this group do not go onto the beaches nor do they “rescue” animals in trouble, but they are equipped to rehabilitate those that are brought to them for Care.  They are mainly elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals and some “fur”seals.  She described the reasons for their illnesses and injuries, including Natural Events and human and she went over the way their Care Center can do what they need to do to get these creatures cured and back in the water.  What folks like us can do is learn about their needs and hopefully contribute items needed to feed them.  The primary problem seems to be that there are not enough fish to feed the baby mammals, so contributions most needed are food items that can be fed to the creatures.
Wednesday Night Live
May 24, 2017
Tribute to our lost friend, Keith
May 26, 2017
Allan Coleman
Jun 09, 2017
PVP Rotary Foundation
Demotion Dinner
Jun 16, 2017
Jun 16, 2017
Demotion Dinner this evening
Brady Connel
Jun 23, 2017
Exteme Makeover-Home Edition
Club Picnic
Jun 30, 2017
Bring the Kids!


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