Posted by Suzy Zimmerman on Dec 08, 2017

 
Bruce Attig welcomed our guest speaker, Leon Carroll, Jr., of the San Pedro Rotary Club.  Leon is a native of Chicago and is currently the technical advisor for our favorite TV show NCIS. 
December 8th – a beautiful, sunny day in Palos Verdes Estates, just perfect for our Rotary meeting.
 
Jim Hartman gave a moving invocation as he always does!  We were honored by a visit from Kjell Hellberg, he missed us so much he could barely be away a month – a fine job leading the pledge.  Newest member Susan Griego checking off the items needed to turn in her temporary badge, did a fantastic job of singing America the Beautiful.  Guests were introduced by Les Fishman and we welcomed returning visitor and prospective member Liz Holmes, she was surprised to hear how many retired Lt Cols are in our Club.  AJ, a member of the Glee Club at the University of Illinois, did an excellent job with the welcome song.
Some dates to remember:
12/20 our holiday party at La Venta, it will be a festive event, please dress up in your favorite holiday attire.
1/9 District breakfast sign up now for discounted rate of $38
Kath Anderson is collecting wheelchairs, crutches, strollers and such for Crutches for Africa
Bruce Attig welcomed our guest speaker, Leon Carroll, Jr., of the San Pedro Rotary Club.  Leon is a native of Chicago and is currently the technical advisor for our favorite TV show NCIS. 
Leon received a B.S. degree in Business Economics from North Dakota State University in 1972, while in college he was a member of two national college division football championship teams.  Following graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps Reserve.  He served on active duty for six years and held assignments with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA and onboard the USS Ogden.  Following release from active duty he served an additional five years in the active reserve attaining the rank of Major. 
Originally a member of the United States Marine Corps, Carroll later joined the real-life NIS/NCIS agency (not to be confused with the TV show) and worked there for two decades before retiring.
After retiring, he returned to the real life NIS/NCIS to help in the aftermath of 9/11 before retiring again. He was recognized by the Secretary of the Army for his outstanding counter intelligence support to the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.
In 2003, Carroll later joined NCIS (the TV show) and now serves an adviser, advising the NCIS writers on what a real-life NCIS Special Agent would do.
NCIS Director Leon Vance who is played by Rocky Carroll and who is no relation to Leon Carroll is named after Leon Carroll with Vance's habit of chewing on a toothpick inspired by Leon Carroll's real-life habit of chewing on a toothpick as well.
NCIS has had 15 successful seasons.  6 of the 343 episodes are based on real cases.  It takes about eight days to film an episode.  We all are now familiar with the Challenge Coin and some attending are lucky enough to have received one from Leon!