Posted by J.J. Udewitz on Mar 16, 2018

Dear Rotarians,

Your help is needed Saturday April 28th in San Pedro! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online...
Event:Sharfest Community Workday
Date:Apr 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Apr 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Chair:Jonathan Udewitz 3107747494
Sharfest Community Workday J.J. Udewitz 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Bob Johnson The Photographer--Better Late Than Never! Robert Johnson 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Mar 16, 2018

Don't be Boring!

Ryan Choura is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and CEO of Choura Events. He founded the Los Angeles-based creative event agency in 2007 with a mission to provide an innovative A-to-Z solution for creating, designing and building life-changing event experiences. Current and past event highlights include The ESPYS, Summer X-Games, Coachella, Stage Coach, Electric Daisy Carnival, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Newport Food and Wine Festival, Huntington Beach Air Show and Golden Globe and Grammy's after parties...
Don't be Boring - March 16th 2018 Meeting Juan Bueno 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Neuman on Mar 12, 2018

Anthony Luna has applied for membership in our club.

Anthony Luna works for Coastline Equity, a Property Management company ( I think, per Lynne Neuman)..
His sponsor  is Geoffrey Nadler.
Any objections should be forwarded to:
Lynne Neuman,
New Member Application | Anthony Luna Lynne Neuman 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Mar 12, 2018

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

Rotary Clubs of South Bay Sunrise & Palos Verdes Peninsula
Tickets are on sale for the 5th Annual South Bay Beer and Wine Festival. Enjoy beer from over 40 micro-breweries, 20 wineries and 30 restaurants for a single price of $75 — $10 off with attached promo code. VIP upgrades are an additional $39. Visit the website for more details.
South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Juan Bueno 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Johnson on Mar 09, 2018

Anchors Aweigh! Too bad for you if you missed Bob Johnson’s craft talk.

Bob was born on a farm (as were most of our members in attendance) and raised in northern Wisconsin. One of the highlights of his talk was viewing videos of day and night carrier landings from inside the cockpit.  His talk consisted of his Naval career.  Commander Robert A Johnson, US Navy, Retired.  He attended the University of Wisconsin on a Navy Scholarship in 1952 and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BS in Naval Science in 1957.
He and Gail were married and went to Pensacola Florida for flight training in propeller fighters. Next onto Beeville Texas to check out in jet fighters and was awarded his wings in November 1958...
Bob Johnson’s Craft Talk Robert Johnson 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Your Rotary Fund Raising At Work. Congratulations Isabella Williams! 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by AJ Johnson on Mar 02, 2018

Our speaker at the meeting of 3/2/2018 was Scott Martin. 

Scott Martin, a landscape architect-turned-peacebuilder, is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and a former chapter president of MBBI-LA and former co-leader of MBBI’s Rwanda project and is now working on the Cambodia Project, focused on using social entrepreneurship to build capacity for sustainable peace. Scott has been engaged with MBBI for about a decade...
Rotarians Promoting Peace AJ Johnson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Feb 14, 2018

La Rotaćion wants your Old Photos!

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Old Photos are a great Memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.  We all love a good trip down PVP Rotary memory lane, so be a good sport and share! 
-La Rotaćion
NEW | PVP Rotary Club Member Memories Juan Bueno 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Saunders on Feb 13, 2018

Annual Rotary Speech Contest

Our program on February 9 was the annual Rotary Speech Contest.   Eight energetic and engaging your people from our local High Schools spoke for up to six minutes on the topic of “Making A Difference.”  Tiana Vibhakar, from Palos Verdes High School, shared with the club how various obstacles “get in the way of life itself.”  She chooses to brighten others’ days by leaving uplifting post-it notes in random locations throughout her day.  Natalie Valvo, from Rolling Hills Prep was inspired by a YouTube video to accept and encourage others “just as they are,” and claimed Ghandi’s mantra: “be the change you want to see in the world.” Ailum Shi, of Palos Verdes Peninsula, reminded the club that making a difference in the world starts with ourselves... 
Rotary Meeting: Friday, February 9, 2108 Brian Saunders 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Feb 13, 2018

A PVP Rotary Member Moment - What's a sel·fie?

A brief encounter with fellow PVP Rotary Member Allan "AJ" Johnson, who is interested in knowing the reason I'm in every picture?  I think what AJ really wanted to know was "How can I get my picture on La Rotaćion?" Smile... Well, the answer is simple; Take a Selfie with a Fellow PVP Rotarian and email it over!  I'll will make sure your picture is included on the next Weekly Edition of La Rotaćion. 
What's a Selfie you may ask? | sel·fie ˈselfē/ 
noun informal | 1. a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared with La Rotaćion. "occasional selfies (alone) are ok, but posting a new picture of yourself with a fellow PVP Rotarian on La Rotaćion is the BEST!"
Rotary Club Member Stories Juan Bueno 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 2
Posted by Soraya Greenway on Feb 06, 2018

Today's speaker was Karl Huggins; - the Director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Facility at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center since 1992 who has been involved with the treatment of hundreds of divers suffering from air embolisms or decompression sickness known as the bends.
Friday February 2nd – Rotary Speaker – Karl Huggins Soraya Greenway 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Jan 31, 2018


The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula comes together at the PV Golf Club from 6-8 on Thursday, Jan 25th 2018.

In addition to our regular fellowship, the club members packed toiletries bags for the Doors of Hope organization. 


Thursday Night Live Juan Bueno 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynne Neuman on Jan 31, 2018


Thank you to all who donated toiletries for our project for Doors of Hope. We put together over 300 bags

of toiletries at our January 25th Thursday Nite Live at the PV Golf Club while enjoying the company of ourfellow Rotarians and food.

Doors of Hope Project Lynne Neuman 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Fitzgerald on Jan 19, 2018
Friday January 19th Rotary Speaker: We were entertained and inspired by Brady Connell, fellow Rotarian (Playa/Sunrise Rotary Club) and Executive Producer of ABC’s EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION.  
January 19th Meeting: Make A Difference Liz Fitzgerald 2018-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Nominating Committee Meeting - Election Slate 2018-19 Jennifer Sullivan 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Elliott on Jan 10, 2018
Friday January 5th Rotary Speaker | We were treated today to a slide show by one of our world traveling members Dr. Mel Schier.  Mel and his wife Cynthia traversed the globe for many years - learning about other cultures and history - with Mel taking copious pictures along the way...
January 5th Meeting | DUBAI AND BEYOND Linda Elliott 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
La Rotaćion NOW on Facebook Juan Bueno 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan on Jan 08, 2018

Voting of Officers


These positions will be voted on at the January 19, 2018 All Member Rotary Meeting.

-Jennifer Sullivan

Voting of Officers - January 19, 2018 Jennifer Sullivan 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians,
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!
Festive Atitire!
Where - La Venta Inn 796 Via del Monte Palos Verdes Estates
Time - 6 -10:00 PM
Important information - If bringing a guest please remember to bring a check for $75, we will collect at checkin
Very Important information - It is a CASH bar - no option to pay with a credit card so please bring CASH
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Julia and Suzy
Jingle Jingle it's Time to Mingle Juan Bueno 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Educator of the Year (EOTY) Juan Bueno 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
NEW | Club Reporter Spotlight Juan Bueno 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Dec 8th Meeting, A beautiful, Sunny Day in Palos Verdes Estates Suzy Zimmerman 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Dec 1st 2017 Meeting with CASSY So Cal Juan Bueno 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
November 17, 2017 Meeting Report John Cameron 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juan Bueno on Nov 06, 2017
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. 
La Rotacion Wants your Stories! Juan Bueno 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Friday, Nov 3rd | Cancer Support Community Talk Allen Bond 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
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!
UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS | Thursday Night Live | Au Revoir Kjell & Cheryl Helberg Bruce Attig 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
It's a Social! 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Visit from our District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari Jim Hartman 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
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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