Speaker Date Topic
PDG Rick Mendoza and John Stillo Nov 22, 2019
R.I. and Club Foundations

November is offiially Foundation Month in the world of Rotary International.  The Rotary Foundation (TRF) began in 1917 when RI President Arch Klumph suggested that RI set aside money earmarked for humanitarian projects.  The original contribution of $26.50 came from his own home club, Kansas City 13.  In the past 100+ years, TRF has contributed billions of dollars to project and causes around the globe, all the while spending a miniscule six percent on administration, earning it a four star rating of an overall 97.51 % (100% for accountability and transparency) by Charity Navigator, which monitors the spending and efficiency of more than 10,000 major philanthropies in the world.  Meanwhile, beyond untouched reserves of approximately $350,000, our own PVP Rotary Club Foundation annually spends up to $50,000 in community grants for local projects and scholarships in the South Bay.  Learn more about the work and futures of both of these amazing foundations at today/s meeting.  Bring a prospective member.   

DARK (Thanksgiving weekend) Nov 29, 2019
Winter Formal Dinner Dec 05, 2019 5:30 PM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Dinner and a No Host Bar at The Cabrillo Beach Yatch Club.

Holiday Party this week. Dec 06, 2019
No noon meeting.

Ho, ho, ho!

Adventurer Quincy Lee Dec 13, 2019
From Cairo to Capetown by Bicycle

We have heard the stories of some extreme athletes at Rotary, but this one takes the cake!

Join us today for the first-hand account of an amazing and daring adventure by PVHS alumnus Quincy Lee.  It is the story of a six-month Africa adventure on two wheels.

Quincy Lee will share the highlights of a 7,500-mile journey from Egypt to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The spectacular ride featured all types of the harshest and wild weather imaginable and some even wilder animals.  Today a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Quincy and two college friends flew to Africa to begin “186 days of physical endurance, mental roadblocks and iconic destinations.”  Exploiting the notoriety of such an imaginative expedition, the three “Locos Ciclos,” (crazy cyclists) raised money for the charity World Bicycle Relief. “The organization coincides with the group’s belief in the power of a bicycle. The power of a donated bicycle to change a child’s life,” Quincy explains. 

Wasn't he just a little concerned about the risk?  Quncy answers, “I was 23 when I flew to Cairo, Egypt and turned 24 on the road, and I’m 24 now! We were confronted by everything from hostile farmers to hostile elephants.  Danger is when the risk outweighs the preparation.  Although the risk of incidents from and interactions with the weather, the animals and the people led to some of the wildest moments of my life, our group was able to remain relatively safe!”

The introduction will be made by PDG Greg O’Brien.  Bring a guest.  In fact, bring two!!




Members Evan Rees and (TBA) Dec 20, 2019
Rotary Craft Talks
Rotary is Dark. Happy Holidays! Dec 27, 2019

Did you deck the halls with boughs of holly?  The Rose Parade is coming.  Be sure to watch the Rotary float!

Rotary is Dark. Happy New Year!! Jan 03, 2020

Where did 2019 go?  2020 is here.  Time to get out a pad and pen for those New Year resolutions.  Make one of them a promise to invite a friend to join Rotary.  

PVPUSD Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss Jan 10, 2020
The Road Ahead


Superintendent Cherniss

Alex Cherniss, Ed.D.  

January is Rotary Vocational Service Month.  Join us today as we hear a message about local education challenges and opportunites from our own member and Superintendent of the Palos Verdes Unified School District Dr. Alex Cherniss.  


Prior to his appointment as Palos Verdes schools chief, Dr. Cherniss was the superintendent of the 3,000-student San Marino Unified School District which was the #1 academic achieving school district in California throughout his tenure. 


In 2018, he was a nominee for the Superintendent of the Year in Los Angeles County. 


His experience includes serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education where he certified the budgets of 80 school districts totaling over $14 billion. He also rose through the ranks in the Beverly Hills Unified School District from middle school math teacher to K-8 principal to Human Resources Director and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. 


Alex is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and earned his Ed.D. degree from USC Rossier School of Education, where he has served as an adjunct professor teaching a doctoral class in school economics.  He and his wife, Liz, have three young children, Finn, Leo and Harper.  


What a great meeting to bring a guest!


WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE (No meeting on Friday) Jan 15, 2020
Student speech finalists Jan 24, 2020
District Speech Contest
Club Leaders Jan 31, 2020
Half-time Report (Club Assembly)

Rotary International requires two club assemblies per year.  Our first was on July 12.  This is a day we gather to review the successes of the first-half of the year and talk about the plans, events and opportunities going forward.  RI calls this day "mandatory attendance." Please, no guests.  .

Rotary, Lions & Kiwanis Presidents Feb 07, 2020
Joint Service Club Meeting
Maestro John Schuricht Feb 14, 2020
Music for our Valentines
Past Club Presidents Feb 21, 2020
Blasts from the Past: A Tribute

Of all of the ingredients of a successful Rotary club, leadership is the most critical.  Rotary International and Rotary clubs spend a small fortune in the training of club presidents.  At the multi-district level there is the Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS).  At the district level there is the District Assembly.  At the club level there is the training derived from leading activities, events and projects, as well as through service in various club officer positions.  Rotary International provides a multitude of on-line manuals, instructions, work sheets and other materials to help leaders in each of these tasks. 

Our club was chartered in 1962 as the 754th Rotary club in the world.  Today, there are more than 35,000 clubs.  In the years since, we have been blessed with a long line of successful, energetic and distinguished business and professional leaders who have served as presidents of our club.  Join us at Rotary today as we honor our past club presidents and reminisce with them with pride and laughter.  Do not miss this opportunity to say thanks.  And do bring a guest!

Academic Performance Coach Kim Girard Feb 28, 2020
Making College Transition a Success

KIM GIRARD is a professional coach, youth speaker, entrepreneur and personal growth junkie with a passion for helping teens and young adults live extraordinary lives. With a BA in Communications from The University of Connecticut, she traded snow boots for sandals and the warmth of sunny California.

In 2009 Kim became a certified life coach with the ICF accredited Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). As an Experiential Leadership Educator with Pathways in Education, Kim worked extensively with at-risk youth, helping them connect with the desire to complete high school.

"I coach because I want your child’s life to look different than mine," Girard says.  "I want it to exceed your expectations. I want your child to take advantage of all the opportunities that can help shape their life into a productive and positive one, setting them on a path to personal fulfillment and happiness.

"I am passionate about helping your child create the life of their dreams. Freshman year sets the tone, and I want that tone to be their unique song. Their joy. Their passion. Their vision."  Our speaker will be introduced by David Rowe.  




PVGC General Manager David Conforti Mar 06, 2020
From the CIA to the PGA and beyond
Extreme athlete/Rotarian Rob DeCou Mar 13, 2020
Sports, challeges and purpose
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE (No meeting on Friday) Mar 18, 2020
Carol Levi and Duncan Sutton Mar 27, 2020
Craft talks
Rotarian Mark Lipps Apr 17, 2020
Solar Power: The earth's oldest source of energy is new again

Manhattan Beach Rotarian Mark Lipps

Join us this week at Rotary as national motivational speaker and trainer Mark Lipps shares his knowledge of solar energy.  A frequent speaker at Rotary clubs, Mark's presentation on "The Five Wins of Solar" also has been featured by the City of Manhattan Beach at a community forum.  "I have always been a 'green energy guy'," Mark explains, noting his early use of solar panels, rain barrels and even involvement in dry farming.  

Lipps is a graduate of the University of Evansville with more than 30 years experience as a television industry executive and as former CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce.  His talk will cover the subjects of recent legislation, the cost of and obstacles to solar, its impact, the evolution of battery power and the future of Southern California Edison.  Learn more about this timely topic and later share your new knowledge gained at Rotary with your non-Rotarian friends.  Bring a guest.