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We meet most every Friday at the Palos Verdes Golf Course
12:15 p.m.
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90274
 
 
 

Our Featured Club Events

Educators of the Year

Palos Verdes is known for its fine schools. And our the strength of our schools are those that educate our children. Each year we celebrate our educators and award the standouts. The Educators of the Year. All proceeds to to scholarships and educational programs.

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

The springtime event that brings out the best breweries, wineries and restaurants of the Southland to share their wares with appreciative crowds. It's all for fun and the raising funds for Rotary community projects throughout the South Bay and Harbor. 
 

 

 

Sergeant-At-Arms Henry Ott greeted wandering Rotarians and their guests at our humid but beautiful Palos Verdes Country Club venue. President Lynne Neuman convened our weekly session and welcomed members and visitors. The invocation by Jim Hartman was dedicated to our Visiting District Governor and her leadership team.  Kjell Hellberg gave the pledge to our flag, and Bob Johnson let the group in patriotic song.

    

Lynne Neuman introduced Kathleen Anderson who in turn introduced our guests. Representatives from District 5280 included Cozette Vergari, her husband Richard Moon, Chief of Staff, Jerry Brown and Jim Davis. Also in attendance were Karen, Greenberg, Assistant Governor. our Honorary Member Carolyn O’Brien, Gary Tossell, Inga Liden and Cindy Pheng. The entire club burst into the welcome song with music by John Schuricht, and the meeting was in full swing.

 

Lynne Neuman then introduced Jonathon Udewitz who reminded Rotarians about the Clean-Up Crenshaw group and their planned activities for Saturday, August 5th. Nancy Crawford reminded Rotarians about the Tribute to Keith Deisenroth planned for next Friday, August 11 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Jonathon Club in LA. Allen Bond updated the Club on the Foundation Scholarship Committee. Derald Sidler, President of the Foundation announced the deadline of September 15, 2017, for the fall round of grant applications for local community support. He also indicated the Foundation had funded the repair and updating of two classrooms at the Switzer Center in Torrance to be done by Club members. Former member Inga Liden presented a Rotary banner from the Rotary Club in Vence, France.

 

The two opportunity drawings were won by Hang Up Moon and Kjell Hellberg.

 

Lynne Neuman then introduced Cozette Vergari, our District Governor. The introduction was comprehensive and included information about Cozette’s’s background, her education, her many Rotary achievements, her family and his dedication to being an effective and responsive leader for the District.

 

Cozette Vergari is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Federal Court for the Central District of California. Aside from litigation, she is trained in mediation, and has received Court appointments as legal counsel for minor children in high conflict custody battles. Cozette established her own law firm in 1996, subsequently overseeing well over 1000 client matters in the areas of Family Law and Trust and Estates.

 

Before her career in law, she made her living in the performing arts. Cozette holds a Bachelor of Arts from USC in Dance. She attended graduate school at USC, completing her course work toward a Master in Education and earned a life time teaching credential in English and Physical Education. Cozette performed in musical theater both locally and internationally. She taught dance at the high school and college levels, owning and operating 3 dance studios and dancewear retail businesses, while continuing as a professional choreographer.

In September 1995, Cozette joined the Rotary Club of Westchester (Los Angeles). She has served in numerous positions at the club, district and zone levels, including chairing the opening night event for the 2008 RI Convention in Los Angeles, staring Natalie Cole at L.A. Live. Cozette also serves on the Board of Directors for 1736 Family Crisis Center and the U.S. Selective Service System. Cozette and husband Richard Moon met in Rotary and have a blended family of four children, two daughters-in-law and one grandson.

The District Governor then awarded District Governor Citations of Achievement to Rotarians Mark Mazorow for the Beer and Wine Festival,  Kjell Hellberg for the 43 years of Club membership, and Rick Mendoza for his leadership in Polio Plus. Cozette also mentioned the many contributions of Greg O’Brien and the truly incredible support for RI from Hang Up Moon. 

Her address to the Club referenced the vitality and size of the Rotary International family and the importance Rotary makes locally and globally. She is committed to enhancing the diversity and membership of the District and equally committee to strategic leadership. She commended the Club on our passion for making a difference, citing as success our scholarship programs, our Educator of the Year Program, the Beer and Wine Festival and the fact that this year the Club achieved a !00% Paul Harris donor designation.

She referenced the District Grants availability and timing and she also presented information on the District Scholarship program. She encouraged members to visit the District 5280 web-site for information on District support for clubs. Her four major points were her plan to raise $250,000 as a function of the August 5 Walk to End Polio, the Centennial Two Million Dollar RI Dinner with Fritz Coleman and Peter Salk at the JW Marriott in LA Live on October 28, the two District Humanitarian trips to Columbia and finally a plea for club support for the problem of child sex trafficking locally, regionally and globally. Cozette is working with RI, Homeland Security and our District to solicit resources to address this serious societal problem. RI has created a position to coordinate efforts in this arena.

The District Governor than met with the Officers of our local club to discuss ways in which the District and our club can continue to work together.

 

If you missed the August 11 meeting, you may be left behind when the rest of us go to Mars. But in the terrestrial meantime, it's business as usual for our Club. Jim Hartman opened the meeting with an invocation dedicated to Nancy Crawford's devotion to the memory of Keith Deisenroth, Kathy "Kat" Anderson led the pledge and Virginia Butler encouraged us to ask in song that "God Bless America".  Julia Parton's guest was Eddie, a senior from Peninsula High, and Suzy Zimmerman's guests were Susan and Mike Grimshaw. Bruce and Lynn Attig invited our speaker, Col. Lee Rosen, USAF from SpaceX in Hawthorne, the world's fastest growing launch provider. After Kjell Hellberg finished the guest introductions, Duncan Sutton led our "Welcome Song". 

 

Announcements included Harry Kitter politely but firmly asking for Educator of the Year sponsors, and Greg Sparkman asking for potential poster locations for the 2018 Beer & Wine Fest. Pres. Lynne Neuman announced this month's Wednesday Nite Live will be on Thursday, 8/24 at the Strand Brewery in Torrance, where we will be honoring the Switzer Center. Virginia Butler stated that next month's Wednesday Nite Live will be dedicated to short timers Kjell and Cheryl Hellberg.

 

Kat Anderson touted the Sept. 23 Barbershop Quartet Concert at Carpenter PAC at Long Beach State, and yours truly mentioned the Dixieland sessions each 2nd Sunday of the month from 1 to 5 pm at the K of C Hall, 214 Ave I in Riviera Village.  Tickets are still available for the RI Foundation Dinner Oct. 28. The raffle winners were Messrs. Shellberg and Moon.

 

Our SpaceX speaker Col. Rosen is VP for Customer Operations and Integration, where so far 70 space missions have been booked. Their 5,000 employees have created the Falcon 9 rocket, 12 feet in diameter and 225 feet tall with 1.5 million pounds of thrust. The new Falcon Heavy rocket will be 27 feet across and produce 3 million pounds of thrust. The rockets are re-used (up to 10 times) after they land on a target drone ship at sea. Currently in the works is a Dragon capsule to relay cargo to and from the International Space Station. Next, SpaceX plans to send 100 people to Mars (we will pass around a clipboard).  Visit Spacex.com for launch viewing info at Vandenberg AFB.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

John Schuricht

Alternate Meeting Venue at the Rolling Hills Country Club

The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula met at an alternate venue on July 21, with some 35 members and a couple of guests in attendance.  The meeting was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club in East Palos Verdes.

 

At that meeting were: Kathleen Anderson, Bruce Attig, Juan Bueno, John Cameron, Allan Colman, Nancy Crawford, Juliet  DeMoss (who had a guest), Norton Donner, Liz Fitzgerald, Jack Goldberg, Soraya Greeenway, James Hartman, Eileen Hupp, Jackie Ignon, Harry Kidder, Joey Komada, Lee Henry, Marc Mazoro, Peter McCormack, Rick Mendoza, Hang up Moon, Geoffrey Nadler, Lynne Neuman, Henry Ott, Julia Parton, Phyllis Pelezare, Paul Rubincam, Greg Sparkman, Christopher Stillians, Jennifer Sullivan, Duncan Sutton, and Suzy Zimmerman.

 

President Neuman rang the meeting open at about 12:20 , introduced Rick Mendoza, who gave a very  appropriate Invocation, and Jim Hartman, who led a pledge of allegiance to a virtual American Flag.

Henry Lee and Hang Up Moon sang a marvelous (on tune) “God Bless America”.   Guest introductions was led by Jennifer Sullivan, but with only one non-Rotary guest, Andrew Kim, of J.P. Morgan, it was a fairly short guest segment.

 

Then there were a couple of announcements, including one by Jennifer Sullivan, offering a most attractive way to obtain some good wine “left overs” from a wine festival, with a great price – nothing! That was followed by Liz Fitzgerald addressing the next Rotary in the Home event.

 

The high light, of course, was provided by Tores Knos, a Rotarian from the Playa Venice Sunrise Club, who was introduced by Bruce Attig.  The speaker gave a riveting description of his hiking along the Appalachian trial on the Atlantic seacoast.  His particular trip spanned nearly 6 months of hiking. He described how rewarding it was to complete that hike and gave numerous examples of the kindness and care the local residents along the Trail gave to hikers such as he was.  The hike, if done in full, went from Georgia in the South, to Maine in the far North, and his colorful descriptions included a history of the Trail, and multiple references to the hostels, and shelters along the way.  The culmination of his journey was reaching the Maine border, and learning that to that date, he had hiked 80% of the distance, but expended only 20% of the effort needed to finish.

 

He received a warm round of applause.

 

Member Alert !! _ no meeting on July 28 – but there is a Wednesday Night Live you don’t want to miss on July 26 – at the Palos Verdes Country Club

End Polio Now - Rotary

At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending polio

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.  

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the world’s greatest achievements. 

"Polio is the thing I spend the most time on. Everyday I look at my email to see if we have a new case," Gates said. "I'm very inspired to be part of this. I'm also very humbled."

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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.