Posted by Juan Bueno on Dec 13, 2017

Rotary, PV & Del Amo - Joan & Student | Dec 5th, 2017

 
At Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s recent Holiday Festival, I completed a raffle card and asked one of our Peninsula Heritage School students to place it in the box in front of the tree she wished. If she won, I told her, the tree was hers!
 
Well, the name drawn for this tree was mine! We won the tree, which was, coincidentally, beautifully decorated by the Rotary Club of Torrance Del Amo! This tree is named “The Harmony Tree” and is filled with musical instruments and ribbons of sheet music! It’s lovely! Thank you Del Amo Rotary!
 

Dinner with Don & Donna Duperon | September 29 ,2017 at 6:00 pm.

 
 Dinner with the Duperons was a complete success! Thank you Don and Donna for hosting and opening your home. Food always tastes better when it’s shared, gathering with other Rotarians is not bad either, but getting to know each better is Priceless!
 
Selfie Photo: Nancy Crawford, Jon Udewitz, Greg & Liz Sparkman, Don & Donna Duperon and Juan & Victoria Bueno
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Posted by Juan Bueno on Nov 06, 2017
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Sharing Experiences, Moments & your Stories!
 
We all love stories; we love sharing some of our favorite experiences just as much as we enjoy hearing other Rotarian’s wild adventures. Whether it’s a riveting tale of victory after overcoming impossible odds, a simple fun moment that happened over the weekend. Storytelling is one of our favorite communication tools and gives us all a better experience here at the club. How else are we supposed to learn about all great things happening here? Have a story to tell? Share it! We want to hear it. 
 
 
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Posted by Allen Bond on Nov 03, 2017

Friday, Nov 3rd | Cancer Support Community Talk

Rotary November 3rd.
 
We were pleased to have 2 lovey ladies join us from the Cancer Support Community.  First to tell us a bit more about the organization was Theresa Plakos who has been their PR Director for 8 years.  She pointed out as we are all so aware how in this day and age cancer touches almost everyone and they are a valuable resource for patients and loved ones.  It has been located on the Redondo Beach pier for 30 years and was the 2nd such facility that opened by Dr. Harold Benjamin, with Santa Monica the 1st.  There are currently 45 such facilities locally and 120 worldwide.
 
Their goal is to ensure all individuals dealing with cancer are empowered, strengthened and sustained.  They offer over 200 free programs for those that have been affected one way or another by cancer.  They use a patient active concept which encompasses partly the fight for recovery and to improve the quality of life.  Some of the services they offered are weekly support groups, educational groups, workshops with guest speakers, mind & body stress programs and individual counseling.  They have also started a kid’s community and are a complete resource for the whole family in dealing with cancer.
 
They have 2 major fundraisers throughout the year, Celebrity Wellness at the Botanic Gardens and the Girls Night Out Program that is held at the Hermosa Comedy Club.  They also get their fund through grants, individual, corporate and nonprofit grants.
 
Theresa then introduced Carla Saliba a cancer survivor.  Carla spoke about how her and her husband were experiencing a bit of a change in their lives as empty nesters in 2014.  She was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and could hardly believe it and described herself as a deer in the headlights when she heard the news.  She was told by one of the nurses Anna, to the go to the Cancer Support Community that it would make a difference.  There she met livelong friends that continually supported her whether it just be talking about what to expect or telling her that yes she can do this and they would be with her every step o the way.  It was one place she felt completely understood.
 
She shared her story of that year it was the only Christmas party she attended and felt 100% comfortable with her wild wig on, how she fit in to and enjoyed so much the yoga classes with others experiencing the treatment as well and participated in sound therapy that they offer.  She did beat cancer and credits Cancer Support Community with playing a huge part in saving her life.  She has written a book The Art of Gratitude and does volunteer for a number of organization including Cancer Support Community and the USO.  We are fortunate to have such a great resource right in our own back yard.
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Posted by Bruce Attig on Oct 27, 2017
If you were unable to attend this week’s “Thursday” night live, you missed a wonderful event.  This turned out to be an almost Fairy Tale send-off for our Rotary family members Kjell and Cheryl Helberg.  Unfortunately, Cheryl was tied up with relocation duties so Kjell was tasked with taking all the attention.

The evening was magical as our chariots crested the top of the Palos Verdes hill leading to Kathy and Joe Anderson’s Castle on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean.  Upon arrival, we crossed a bridge spanning a crystal clear chlorine treated moat (no piranha’s or crocodiles were evident) in order to reach the inside main gate.  As would be expected, Sentry Judy Maruszko vigilantly stood guard outside the Portcullis requiring proper documentation and registration of guests – by order of HRM Queen Lynne Neuman.   Once allowed access we were presented with a veritable feast of strange Swedish delicacies and endless libations.
With Chalices in hand we toasted our Honoree Kjell  (who is departing for a strange land called Texas) while numerous admirers regaled the crowd with tales of his many feats and accomplishments.  Sir Helberg was very modest about his time spent with our group, which only reinforces why he will be missed.  Fortunately for us, he promises to come back often for visits!

So as the sun set on this fairytale evening, we watched the sun fade over the horizon, reminisced about the good times we’ve had with rotary friends and dared to imagine the great adventures yet to experience!
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Overcoming obstacles to polio eradication in Pakistan

A Rotary volunteer administers polio drops to a child missed by earlier rounds in Pakistan.

By Alina A. Visram, manager, Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee

When I first joined Pakistan’s PolioPlus Committee (PNPPC) as a manager close to eight years ago, polio eradication seemed within our reach. I used the opportunity to study poliomyelitis beyond just perceiving it as “a crippling disease.” I researched the causes and consequences; the types of polio virus; modes of prevention; and how elusive the virus can be given the right conditions.

Then in 2012, the dynamics of my country changed. We were faced with hostile militants, who refused to allow polio teams to vaccinate children in their territory. Our front line workers were regularly targeted for their work during campaigns.

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Posted by Jim Hartman on Aug 04, 2017

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.

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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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