Posted by John Schuricht

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 for launch viewing info at Vandenberg AFB.


Respectfully submitted,


John Schuricht

"To Infinity and Beyond" With Spacex John Schuricht 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Hartman on Aug 04, 2017

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.

Visit from our District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari Jim Hartman 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Rubicam on Jul 21, 2017
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

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Posted on Jun 16, 2017

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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$1.2 billion Pledge to End Polio Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
We've got a view for a room, and need volunteers to make it happen. Take a look at the plans for Saturday, April 30th and join us in this this worthwhile community project. We are Rotary. Service above self.
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Palos Verdes 2014: On a beautiful April morning residents of Palos Verdes Peninsula and surrounding areas gathered at the Palos Verdes Interpretive Center to celebrate the annual Whale of Day festivities. As part of the crowd were many PVP Rotary members. They were there to witness the unveiling and dedication of a set of binoculars now permanently installed on the property's ocean-side patio. 
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Posted by The Three Amigos on Oct 26, 2013
Happy Holdays, Rotarians!  Mark your calendars and get ready for our annual Rotary Holiday Party. The Three Amigos have been hard at work preparing Terranea Resort for a festive winter celebration. We want you all there to ring in the season and enjoy a GREAT BIG PARTY. Go to your calendars now and SAVE THE DATE!
Getting Terranea Ready for Our Rotary Holiday Party The Three Amigos 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derald Sidler on Oct 03, 2013
We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity to support the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor by serving Thanksgiving Dinner at Harry Bridges Span School, 1235 Broad Avenue in Wilmington on Tuesday, November 19.  We will be partnering on this project with the Rotary Club San Pedro.
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Posted by Gregory O'Brien on Feb 04, 2013


This year our club has emphasized international themes, including tribute luncheons to the Asian and Middle Eastern business and professional communities when we heard current Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jeannie D’Agostino describe her experiences with Rotary in Lebanon, and Michelle Park Steel tell of growing up in Korea and Japan. 

Among our guests have been J.T. Warring, founder of the Myanmar Orphanages Water Systems Project, for which our club contributed $2,500. Current project chair Reiko Sakata joined us weeks later at our Asian luncheon. Both are members of L.A. 5. 

This year we also launched our multifaceted Bridges to Songdo Project, of which the chartering of Chadwick Interact was the first formalized step. Our global outlook has inspired Chadwick’s Interactors, who are planning a service project in Korea in March.

Putting the “International” in Rotary Gregory O'Brien 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Sparkman on Jan 17, 2013

Special “Anchors Away” Edition

By Harry Kitter reporting from the poop deck:


It was all hands on deck for the SS.PVP Rotary Club. After the sailors walked the gangplank past first mate Paul (crossing the) Rubicam, Captain Greg O’Brien set sail. Chaplain Les Fishman said a prayer, Captain-elect Suzy Zimmerman led the pledge, and our answer to the Navy band, John Schuricht played from sea to shining sea. After a quick trip to the galley, the cruise continued. Ensign Greg Sparkman introduced special guest Mark Dodson of Marcus & Millichap, and Sue and Peter Kunoth representing the Concours d’Elegance. Lt. Chris Stillians led the welcome song, which probably sent hundreds of migratory dolphins permanently off-course. 

In Case We Missed You, January 18th, 2013 Greg Sparkman 2013-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Rowe on Jan 08, 2013

ImageOn Wednesday (of course) the 18th, we had our 3rd Wednesday Night Live! substitute meeting. Once again it was a great time for all attendees, which included club members and their FREE guests. The bar was open and there was just a little bit of formality.  For the door prize, we had a step up in the quality of the wines, which provided for the opportunity to sell well beyond the normal allotment of tickets. 

Our entertainment for the evening was Mr. Einstein Brown who plays a mean steel drum. His caribbean sound definately leant itself to the relaxed vibe of these special meetings.

 If you missed it, be sure to come to our final Wednesday Night Live in April. You might just get a special welcome like, "LIVE FROM PALOS VERDES -- ITS WEDNESDAY NIGHT."   Well, on second thought, we'll just keep to the tradiational PVP Rotarian Smile greetings.


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Posted by Nehzat Nikakhtar on Jan 08, 2013

To the new Adopt-a-Highway chair, Paul Rubincam, and fellow Rotarians Greg O’Brien, Phyllis Pelezarre, HangUp Moon, Carolyn Lehr, John Schuricht (who stumbled on the name forthis article), Norton Donner, and Hal Lazar: “Thank you for your participation last Saturday to help keep our community clean.”

Our Business is Picking Up Nehzat Nikakhtar 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Sparkman on Jan 01, 2013
As a member of the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula, you have a unique opportunity to build connections and make a difference within our community and throughout the world.
Make a Difference in Your Life Greg Sparkman 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Greg Sparkman on Jul 14, 2011

It’s a new year, a new theme, and a new president to give your full lack of attention and reserved respect—all of which was made clear at Friday’s Club Assembly. For the record, nearly all of what you heard coming from the gold- (and blue) digging floozies of the peanut gallery has no basis in fact, “but I don't want to say with certitude to you something that "I don’t know the certain truth.”

“Clearly, it is simply a matter of choosing me over Arnold.” Greg Sparkman 2011-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Set your radio dials! Rotary ads will be broadcast throughout Los Angeles the week of April 19. We have a total of 30 spots for the week divided into 10 spots in the morning drive time and 20 in the afternoon drive time. Tune into station KRLA-AM during the afternoon drive time (3-7pm) and KRTH-FM in the morning drive time (6-10am) to hear Rotary's public relations spot!
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The July 31st Speaker was Byron Walls of California Crimefight. Crime fighting has never been so funny. Not since our traffic school programs have we had so much fun learning how to stay out of trouble.
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Marlene Chavez is the 2009 Palos Verdes Rotary College Bound recipient. The Boys & Girls Club achieves great things with their College Bound program, and your club is there with them.
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Did you know that in the 2007-2008 Rotary year, District 5280 (which includes our club) was #1 in Zone 24, the United States, and in the world for donations? Through June 30 our District contributed a total of $1,576,062.49 towards annual giving, which is $684.65 per capita.
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