Posted by Julia Parton on Jul 14, 2017
If You Missed us Last Week July 14th

President Lynne’s second meeting started off with her opening the meeting at 12:19pm and inviting PDG Greg O’Brien to give the day’s invocation. Greg reminded us all that an invocation is a blessing before a meal - and to give thanks for the abundance before us; to give thanks for Rotary. Norton Donner led us in the flag salute, and the trio of Kjell Hellberg, Les Fishman, and Allen Bond led us in song, accompanied by Juliet DeMoss on the piano. Thank you all for volunteering!

The day’s announcements were plentiful!

It is with a heavy heart that President Lynne announced the passing of Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori. Owori passed away on July 13, 2017 after complications from surgery.

Foundation Dinner, October 28, five seats available. See Julia for details and sign up.

The Club Service committee is looking for volunteers? Looking to help out with some fun projects? Contact Suzy Zimmerman for more information.

Check out Rotary’s member discount program, Rotary Global Rewards.

Liz Fitzgerald is looking for Rotary in the Home hosts! Please contact Liz if you are willing to open your home for this one-of-a-kind special event.

Harry Kitter announced that he is looking for Educator of the Year sponsors. Please sign up to be a sponsor, of give Harry some ideas of organizations you think will be willing to sponsor our event.

San Pedro’s President (visiting Rotarian) Pete Mokler announced World Polio Day – Saturday, October 21, 8am. Family tide pool walk for polio at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

The Beer & Wine was extremely successful. A disbursement of $25,000 will go to each of the club’s involved. Mark your calendars for August 24th, at the Strand Brewery - each club will announce, and disperse, funds to their specific recipients. Our club would like to earmark some funds for international projects and the balance to be used for local projects. If you have a specific project in mind, please send your thoughts to Lynne Neuman or Marc Mazorow by July 28 for consideration.

Most important announcement of the day…The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula is proud to have a new member, an honorary member….Mrs. Carolyn O’Brien!


Today’s Guests

Visiting Rotarians, AG Karen Greenberg of the Torrance Sunrise Club; Pete Mokler, president of the San Pedro club; Ingrid Hempell of the Concord Club; and Volker Schaeferbarthold visiting Rotarian from Germany. Additional guests: Ana Law, guest of Phyllis Pelezzare; and ammie Myers and Angie Gilbride both from Cal Water Service, guests of Eileen Hupp. Our welcome song was led by new member Kathleen Anderson.

Raffle winners – Chris Stillians and Kjell Hellberg

Our program today was a craft talk – always the best programs! Jennifer Sullivan was our craft talker! What an amazing member! Jennifer, sometimes referred to as “Sully”, has work with the YMCA for over 25 years and is currently the Executive Director of the San Pedro YMCA. The San Pedro YMCA serves both Palos Verdes and San Pedro; and offers numerous programs for all ages. The Y currently offers a summer program for teens (in June and July) that gives teens a free membership, allowing them to experience the center and stay active. The Y serves over 9000 members, from infant to seniors. Jennifer mentioned that working at the Y fulfills both her personal and professional goals.

The San Pedro YMCA will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year and invite you to attend their Centennial Celebration, Saturday, August 26, 6pm-midnight, on the fabulous USS Iowa. Tickets $145 pp. You may rsvp online at

The Y is in need of a new lot to sell their Christmas trees – please contact her if you have any suggestions.

A little about Jennifer

Jennifer was raised in Huntington Beach, and at 6’2” played high school basketball. She received a scholarship to play for North Colorado. As mentioned, has worked with the Y for over 25 years – and if you don’t find Jennifer at work, she’s probably at an Angels game, hanging with her dog, or playing with her 4 year old nephew! Jennifer is a volunteer with the Tournament of Roses Parade! Yep, she is one of those special white-coat volunteers! Jennifer’s favorite thing to do – go to Disneyland! Her favorite ride you may ask? Well, it’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!