Vision to Learn at Collins School

Looks like we had another Great Day on Wednesday with our friends from Vision to Learn serving the students at Collins School.  A Special Rotary Shout-out to John Berg, Manuel Campos, & Bud Jackson for their assistance.  I'm proud to say that we also sent 3 Buena Vista High School students with our Counselor, Jose Mendez to assist with the vision screening.  Our students come back from these events with new insights into the meaning of serving others.  Just goes to show you how collaboration among various groups can bring great results.  Days like this make me proud to be a Rotarian & member of the Paramount Unified School District Families.

Keep your eyes open for information about out next Vision to Learn project . . . I hear it is going to be really, really big.


Super Bowl will be played on February 2, 2020 with the San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs. There is still time to purchase squares for our Super Bowl Pool.  Half of the money collected goes directly into our Fund Raising.  Special Thanks to John Boogaard for putting the matrix together.  Bud was busy selecting all of his squares last week, so make sure you get yours before they are all gone.  All of the important information:

 Squares are $100 each.


Winners will get:

Winner of the game gets $2500

Winners of the first three quarters gets $500 each

Touching spots of the winner get $150 each

Touching spots of the first three quarters winners get $50 each


We sold out last year, so don't waste time waiting.  For more info, please come to our regular meeting or email John Boogaard:

Vision to Learn at Collins School Morrie Kosareff 2020-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

It's Time for Glasses!

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos
It’s Glasses Time!
Since the school year has begun Paramount Rotary has visited the following schools:  Lincoln Elementary, Mokler, and Jefferson Elementary as well as Paramount Park Middle School and Leona Jackson Middle School. After doing many screenings for our local elementary and middle school we are now at the point where we are distributing glasses.
On Feb. 25th we delivered 158 pairs of glasses to Paramount Middle School and on Feb. 27th we delivered 109 pairs to Lincoln Elementary school.
We are looking to do glasses distribution on Monday March 11 at Hollydale Elelmentary (5511 Century Blvd) as well as Jackson (7220 Jackson St) on Wed. March 13. 
If you would love to volunteer at a wonderful event, make a student’s day get better, and feel the joy of gratitude, please come help us out. Distributions start at 9:00, but if you can be there at 8:30 to help setup it will be appreciated.
To learn more about vision to learn please visit their website:
It's Time for Glasses! Mary Jane Villalovos 2019-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Community Service Update

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos
  Update on Vision to Learn!
The Paramount Rotary Club, in conjunction with Vision to Learn has been working tirelessly on vision screening to supply free glasses to our local elementary and middle schools. Since the school year has begun Paramount Rotary has visited the following schools:  Lincoln Elementary, Mokler, and Jefferson Elementary as well as Paramount Park Middle School and Leona Jackson Middle School.  In total so far they have delivered over 1000 pairs of glasses and they are not done.  They are still slated to screen Theodore Roosevelt in early January.  
To learn more about vision to learn please visit their website:
We are always in need of volunteers so if you are interested in helping out at Theodore Roosevelt please contact us by email at
Community Service Update Mary Jane Villalovos 2018-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Paramount Rotary Club!

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Jun 29, 2017
62 years old and going strong!
Our Paramount Rotary Club will be 62 years old on July 1, 2017. We are about to finish our current Rotary year and start our new year on July 1, 2017. As the incoming club president for 2017-18,  I want to look forward to the coming year. But I can't stop appreciating all the wonderful things that a small club like ours has been doing; specially our accomplishments this year under President John Berg's leadership.
2016-17 has definitely been a productive year. More importantly, it has also been a fun year. We have carried out community service projects like Vision to Learn; we sent kids to RYLA camps; we awarded scholarships; we held Art contests, held Poker Tournament and Golf Tournament. We had our Holiday Party, Promotion/Demotion Dinner; did a lot of singing and joking each week; and, inducted New Members to our club. We have created an atmosphere that other clubs can be envious of.  Our members will agree that our Tuesday meetings are fun; they inspire us; and, we always learn a thing or two each time, I know I do.  We have had guest speakers from all walks of life  talk to us about their passions. No matter which way you look at it, our club, Rotary Club of Paramount is in great shape.
We know that there are many of you who have often thought about joining the club. Perhaps, you have questions in your mind. Is the Rotary Club for me? How much time do I have to devote? Will I enjoy this? Will they ask me to contribute money? What will I personally gain out of this? Those are some the questions I asked myself 2 years ago before I joined the club. These are all personal questions; and the answers are different for every one.  You have to find out these answers by yourself. Our meetings (except our Club Assembly meetings 4 times a year) are open to guest visitors and we love to have guest visitors.  So, we are extending an open invitation to all our non-Rotarian readers of this bulletin. The lunch is on us!  We meet Tuesdays at 12:10 PM in Progress Park,15500 Downey Ave. If you want to know more before you come, please call me or any other member of our club. My cell phone number is 562-972-9815 and my email address is This is not an invitation to join our club, it is only an invitation to visit our club and get some first hand information about Rotary.
If you know of someone, who might want to be put on our mailing list (we call it our "friends list"), please forward this email to him/her. so that he/she can then contact us.
2017-18 is going to be an exciting year for us. Our Theme this year is "Making a Difference". And. our leadership team will consist of these accomplished leaders:
  • Bud Jackson will co-ordinate all Service Projects including local community projects as well as International Projects, This also includes John Boogard's invaluable interface with our Paramount School System and all Youth related activities we have been carrying on.
  • Teri Mouren-Laurens will  co-ordinate all our Admin activities - which includes all our meetings and get-togethers which enable our club to be a fun place. She has the support of all our members in carrying out these activities. I am sure she will be happy to receive any ideas or suggestions you might have for our club.
  • John Berg will be our chair for Public Relations and New Membership: He will be our face to the outside world and will keep you informed of our activities. If you can help spread the word about our Rotary Club, please talk to John. If you don't have his contact information, please send me an email to and I will put you in touch with him. His team includes Mary Jane Villalovos and Linda Timmons who take care of our website, our Bulletin, Our Facebook Page and Interface with our Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.
  • John Rodgerson will continue to be our Treasurer,
  • Rich Weeda will continue to be our Club Secretary.
  • Jay Wilbur will continue as our Rotary Foundation Chair

Even though we are a small club based in Paramount, we  receive excellent support from our Rotary District 5280 and from Rotary International. We are part of this bigger Rotary family. There are of 1.2 million of us, spread over in 33,000 clubs in 200 countries.
Once again, if you have an interest or curiosity and want to find  out more, please call me or any other member of our club. My cell phone number is 562-972-9815 and my email address is If you know of someone, who might want to be put on our "friends list", please forward this email to him/her. so that he/she can then contact us.
Nick Pardasani, President-Elect 2017-2018 Rotary Club of Paramount
Direct Line +1 562 314 4879
Happy Birthday Paramount Rotary Club! Nick Pardasani 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0 62 years,Birthday
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Amita Garg

Posted by Nick Pardasani on May 01, 2017
Welcome Amita Garg!

John Rodgerson was our Master of Ceremonies today. He introduced Amita Garg, who is about to join our Rotary Club! 

Today, she  talked  about how she  can combine business life with being a Rotarian so that we can broaden our service to the  local community. She's hoping that Rotary can be the hub for her school to connect us with public schools, city entities, other businesses and community organizations. 

Amita is the  Campus President of Healthcare Career College in Paramount. She has an impressive resume which includes  a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Pomona College and a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. She received a Fulbright scholarship in 2004 to study cultural change in Nepal. During her time in Nepal, she saw first-hand the power of education to transform individuals and develop communities. After coming  back from Nepal, she started a tutoring center in Garden Grove which she sold  in 2007 to join Healthcare Career College.

Her parents, natives of India, had started this College in 1990 in Bellflower as a computer training school. It  was called  Infotech Career College and catered to IT skills. Since the early 2000’s, Amita shifted the focus of this college to healthcare field. The college is accredited and offers federal financial aid to students. 

Amita talked about her college and said that she sees herr College not just as a place where students can come and get their certificates to get a job, but as a place where the college transforms their lives. They  work on the whole person, including professionalism, mindset, confidence and skills.

Community service is an important part of how they transform individuals and develop confidence. They advocate for their students to use their skills for the benefit of the community. Amita understands how community service breaks down barriers for her students and instills a passion for helping others, and ultimately,  this helps them throughout their careers. Isn't this what Rotary is all about, too? Amita instantaneously got a warm reception to these ideas about her students collaborating with Rotary related activities. 

Amita, we will be happy to have you in our club. Our club will gain a lot by having a resource like you as an integral part of our Rotary Team!
Amita Garg Nick Pardasani 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Children's Hunger Fund

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Apr 23, 2017
Jay Wilbur introduced our  speaker Tim Hackett, Senior Director, Children's Hunger Fund.
Children’s Hunger Fund serves the suffering children of our world through gospel-centered mercy ministry. To date, they have distributed more than 1 billion dollars in food and other resources to children in the U.S. and around the world. 
Dave Phillips, founded this organization after seeing the devastating poverty at a children’s hospital in Honduras.. With a united passion to impact the next generation and help local churches build relationships with poor children in their communities, Dave and his wife Lynn founded Children’s Hunger Fund, initially distributing food and aid from their garage. Children’s Hunger Fund provides nourishing food for hungry kids across America and around the world. They distribute Food Paks and other aid through local churches delivering  hope to suffering children and families in their communities. It was quite a touching presentation. For more information or to get involved or make a donation, visit  or send email to  Tim Hackett at 
Children's Hunger Fund Nick Pardasani 2017-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Two for the Price of One

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Apr 15, 2017
Story # 1  He is Amazing - He has one leg and no arms!
He is Alex Motoya and he was our guest speaker today. He was born a triple amputee in Colombia in 1974 because of a birth defect caused by the medicine thalidomide. He was brought to San Diego, USA to receive medical care and prosthetics, when he was 4 years old. He still remembers how nervous he was then.
Even though he had seen and heard about all the wonderful things in the United States, it was still a very, very scary move for him, then!
Alex kept us engaged throughout his presentation. He gave many examples from his personal life experiences.  "In this world, you will have plenty of people telling you that you can’t do something," he says. "You will have plenty of people telling you that something is impossible. I encourage you to stay connected to your goals and to your dreams, whatever they may be, and whatever your aspirations are because you can do it; whatever you have in your mind, whatever you have in your heart. It’s possible if you stay connected to the belief you have that gave you that dream in the first place.”
Alex is now dedicated in creating lasting solutions for his clients by delivering motivational presentations and inspiring them to overcome any obstacle 
“It’s not going to be easy," he cautions. "It’s not going to be quick. It's not going to be simple."
His motto, "Always believe in your dreams, always believe in your capabilities, always believe in what you have and not in what you’re missing. And always, always keep swinging."  are supported by his own real life examples.
  Alex Motoya
Story #2  
The Findologist
Our Guest speaker On April 4th was Stephen Ropfogel. Having the uncanny ability to find almost anything for his clients, Stephen has gained the reputation of being a “Findologist.”  
Stephen has over 25 years of promotional products industry experience which he shared with us in 20 minutes. He showed us why Promotional products are more effective than other forms of advertising. This is the only form of advertising in which the receiver says "Thank you" to the advertiser! There is an intrinsic value in the product as well as in the message that accompanies the product.
Stephen Ropfogel has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club. Stephen currently resides in Glendale and is a native Californian, born at Queen of Angels Hospital. He is also a professional magician.
  Stephen (l) with John Berg(r)
Two for the Price of One Nick Pardasani 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

History of Paramount - A personal Perspective by Pete Mokler

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Apr 02, 2017
If you haven't been  receiving this weekly bulletin for last several weeks, it's because we haven't been sending one. Sometimes we get so busy "doing"  things, that we don't spend  time to "tell" about what we are doing!
Every Tuesday, we meet at Paramount Progress Park, have lunch together, in a nice comfortable conference room, with live Piano Player, and  keep each other updated on what has been going on in our lives. We sing together, we greet each other, we show our patriotism and our "service above Self" attitude, most importantly, we have fun! Each week, we have an outside speaker who talks about a subject which usually appealing to all of us. This way, we never stop learning and our mind keeps expanding while being entertained at the same time!
During January, we hosted  Art Contest, Music Contest and Speech Contest for Paramount High School Students. Prizes were awarded to winners, And,  top winners of each contest will compete in our Rotary District Contests. 
During February and March, we had varied speakers who are experts in their fields or passionate about certain issues that affect all of us, like Youth Sex Trafficking ,  How Rotary People  Make a Difference In The Lives of Other People, Leadership Lessons and more.
Last Tuesday, we had Pete Mokler who discussed  some early Paramount history from the early days as a dairy region southeast of Los Angeles (then known as Hynes-Clearwater), and illuminated some family history including his Zamboni grand-parents and uncles, as well as Moklers including Victor, Lynn, Lloyd, Jerry and a host of sons, daughters, cousins and friends going back to the 1920's. Pete Mokler (President-Elect, Rotary Club of San Pedro) is a registered architect and a native son of Paramount.  
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 Did you know . . .
Before Paramount became a city in 1957, the area was made up of two small communities called Hynes and Clearwater. The towns were home to a number of dairies, which in their heyday had 25,000 cows. By the early 1930's, in fact, Hynes boasted the largest hay market in the world, handling 135,837 tons in 1932 (Kansas City was second that year, with 111,943 tons). Each morning under the "Hay tree" (still to be found at Paramount Blvd. near Harrison St.), the day's price of hay was set, then quoted around the world.   
If you have any questions, comments or like to find out a bit more about this Rotary Club or would like to have lunch with us on any Tuesday please don't hesitate; just send me an email (  or contact any of us. We would love to hear from you and know that you are reading our bulletins!
History of Paramount - A personal Perspective by Pete Mokler Nick Pardasani 2017-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Race Across America

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jan 22, 2017
The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race
Paramount Rotary had the opportunity to meet a rare individual whose brief bio appears below.

Robert DeCou (Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise) ( Athlete, and Executive Producer at Lux Virtual an animation studio that explains complex ideas through the use of 3D animation as shown on the TODAY Show, as well as virtual reality demos.  Rob DeCou’s first “crazy ultra-endurance” event was at age 16 when he was a Rotary exchange student in India and completed 50 hours of non-stop aerobics with 15 other people for a World Record.  Recently the speaker completed a 3,000 mile Race Across America from Oceanside California to Annapolis, Maryland.  He was one of 20 cyclists out of 42 entrants to complete the timed race to cure brain cancer. 

Rob told us that he has always been disciplined, but he became even more focused through his Christian faith.  He describes himself as a good athlete, but not an exceptional one. He played football, track and field and wrestled in high school.  His special ability to stay focused has allowed him to successfully compete in ultra-endurance events.

Rob told us about this grueling 3,000 mile race across America that must be completed in 12 days. A quick calculation reveals that is 250 miles per day.  (I think that’s a pretty good day riding my motorcycle.)  Rob’s crew of volunteers includes a bicycle mechanic and a massage therapist.  Rob is not as fast a cyclist as most of the other riders so he had to make up for it by riding longer.  His 24 hour day consisted of two 10 minute breaks and an hour and a half stop to shower and get about 40 minutes of sleep.  Rob’s focus was his realization that all he had to do was pedal.  The first four days were the most difficult crossing the dessert and climbing mountains in the month of June.  He said when he completed that portion he knew he could make it all the way. To maintain his stamina he consumed 12,000 to 15,000 calories per day. He crossed the finish line with three hours to spare.

Rob’s next adventure is in August.  The trail run from Bad Water, Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney.
  Robert DeCou (L) and John Berg.  To enjoy more of Robert's adventures please check out the following links:
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Conquer Your Stress for Enhanced Productivity and Performance

Posted by Jay Wilbur on Dec 31, 2016
The speaker for December 13th addressed the topic of everyday stress and how to defeat it. The speaker was Dr. (natural health) Kathy Gruver; she is also a licensed massage therapist and hypno-therapist while also being the author of several books. She has spoken about her stress topic to over 250 radio/TV/and live audiences.
            Dr. Gruver began her presentation by defining stress as,”the perception that the demands placed on you may well exceed your resources to respond successfully.” She explained that wild animals react to stress immediately with fight or flight actions; after which, if successful, the animal returns to normal. Humans, however, are often constantly surrounded by stress provoking factors such as frequent news reports, family antagonisms, work relations, traffic, and economic uncertainties. These live-a-day stressors are becoming more demanding all the time. Dr. Gruver indicated that the stresses themselves are not the problem……how we respond to them is. Here are a few of the many symptoms of our stress responses:
Physical- headaches, indigestion, high blood pressure
Behavioral- bossiness, outbursts, compulsive eating, blaming others
Emotional –crying, nervousness, irritability, loneliness, anger
Cognitive- scattered thinking, reduced creativity, memory loss, indecisiveness.
            Dr. Gruver has many thorough, extensive, therapeutic measures to provide her clients in order to reduce their stress. In her brief presentation time with us she provided two very helpful stress reducers you can do for yourself:
1.)Mini Meditation- concentrate on your breaths. With eyes closed, on the inhale think “I am”. Then, on the exhale, think “at peace”. Repeat this little mantra thoughtfully for a few minutes. She had the whole Club do the mini meditation and the members’ comments were positive.
2.)Affirmations- focus on thinking/saying positive statements to counter the negative influence of the stressors. Keep the affirmation statements short, positive and in the present e.g. “I am surrounded by supportive, loving people”.
Dr. Gruver closed by advising us to practice these two stress reduction techniques in the present; divest the past and do not worry about the future. Appreciate the present with all your sensitivity to touch, sight, taste, sound and smell. The Club appeared to enjoy Dr. Gruver’s presentation to the extent of asking her many thoughtful follow up questions well beyond the usual closing time.
Conquer Your Stress for Enhanced Productivity and Performance Jay Wilbur 2016-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

Stepping Into More: Purpose and Passion

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Dec 11, 2016
This week, our speaker was Rachel Karu. Rachel has coached hundreds of successful leaders and individuals who have it all and yet are feeling empty and burnt out. Prior to launching Stepping into More, Rachel served as HR and Organization Development and Training Manager at International Organizations.

Rachel earned an MS in Counseling for Business, Industry and Government, achieved her Coaching Credential through the International Coaching Federation and is a Certified Strengths Coach. Rachel is the President Elect for the International Coach Federation, Los Angeles. Rachel has served of the manager for the Association for Talent Development’s Westside Breakfast for over 10 years.

Rachel talked about reconnecting with our Strengths, Values and Passion to live a meaningful and rich life. She talked about some of the common situations that most people face. i.e.:
  • fit the standard definition of success, yet life feels meaningless and empty!
  • perhaps we  have disconnected from a passion because we have been so busy being in service to others, or maybe, we “have it all” but something is missing?
  • we are ready to Step Into More by creating the life you desire and deserve
She talked about each of these situations in a manner that one can personally relate to.

We discussed how successful professionals are very driven to achieve results by supporting others in their organizations, and how this could sometimes result in "burnout". That is why it is so important to explore how to honor personal priorities and goals and maintain a sense of balance.

Rachel was able to hit all the main points within the allocated 30 minutes. There was considerable participation by all of us and I am sure some of these points may have some long lasting effects on our thinking and our actions!
Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your expertise with us.
  To see more of Rachel log onto her website:
Stepping Into More: Purpose and Passion  Nick Pardasani 2016-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

The Gratitude Guy

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Nov 27, 2016
Today, we were fortunate to have "That Gratitude Guy" visit us from Seattle Rotary Club. We are talking about David George Brooke - the speaker, coach and bestselling author!

It was amazing to see how he captivated the entire audience for the duration of his talk. His stories were real and personal and he narrates them in a manner that really makes impact. It is amazing to see how he transformed himself in spite of the tragedies he suffered in his early years. Indeed, he is a leading authority on how living a life of gratitude can enhance all aspects of your life.

He conducted the talk in an interactive manner, keeping us all involved. He proved to us that by thinking about what we have (vs. what we don't have) enhances our happiness. By talking about what we are grateful for, further improves our life. And by writing about what we are grateful for, really makes a long term impact on our lives and brings out our best. That is why he has created the “The Brooker’s Daily Gratitude Journal!”

I was thoroughly impressed with this session. And I am sure it will make a long lasting impact on the way I live the rest of my life!
  David George Brooke (L) shown here with Nick the author of this article.  To see more of the "Gratitude Guy" check out his website: 
The Gratitude Guy Nick Pardasani 2016-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Pistachio Farming

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Nov 22, 2016
Our Guest Speaker last week was Lee Stacy.  Stacy is a board member of Burbank Sunrise Rotary Club; has a very impressive resume; and Pistachio Farming is his passion and his retirement business. 

Lee is a retired V.P. of Operations from the aerospace industry. He is a past technical editor for an industry magazine dedicated to IBM business computers and a life member of MENSA. Some things that keep him busy is being as Assistant Governor of four clubs in Rotary District 5280, farming pistachios, lemons and oranges in the San Joaquin Valley as well as many fishing trips a year that he can muster, mostly in Alaska & Pacific Mexican waters.

Until the late 1960’s, there was no domestic pistachio industry in the United States. California harvested its first commercial crop in 1976. Pistachios are harvested in September, but sufficient supply and state-of-the-art storage systems allow the industry to provide pistachios throughout the year. Approximately 98% of the pistachios produced in the U.S. are from California.

Have you ever wondered how a pistachio kernel gets its green color? We learned that plants make a variety of pigments, which contribute color to plant parts such as the flowers, leaves and fruit. The green in the pistachio nut is the result of chlorophyll, the same pigment that makes the leaves green. Today, a very small percentage of California's crop is dyed red, not by necessity, but to meet the needs of those consumers who prefer the colorful shell, especially during the holidays.

The last big question most people have is how can I open slightly split or nonsplit pistachio? As the pistachio kernel grows, it naturally expands within the shell until it splits open. Nonsplit shells usually contain immature kernels and should be discarded. Tip: Slightly split shells can be opened using one half of the shell from an already-opened pistachio. Wedge the tip of a half shell into the split and turn it until you can retrieve the kernel.
Thank you Lee for all this wonderful information.
Pistachio Farming  Nick Pardasani 2016-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Amarok Society

Posted by Bud Jackson on Nov 13, 2016
Gem Munro has devoted his life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. He is a Director of Amarok Society, a registered Canadian charity that provides educational programs to the very poor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria.  He is also an author and artist whose current book is a national best-seller. For their work, Gem and his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Gem shared some experiences he has had in Bangladesh.  He and his wife along with their four children (Azien, Gabriel, Grace and Alastair) left Vancouver Canada to go to Dhaka Bangladesh.  Bangladesh is about one third the size of California and has a population 180 million.  Dhaka is the Capital, with a population of over 70 million.  Bangladesh is home to the poorest of the poor.  The school system is the worst in the world.  Millions of children in the slums have no schooling at all.  Gem was warned that he and his family will be in great danger from the Muslim husbands, corrupt police and slum lords. That their efforts would be futile and possibly fatal.  After 10 years in the slums, they have proved them wrong.

Living conditions there are so bad it is hard for us to even imagine what it is like.  The typical method of building a school and staffing it with teachers seems to fail every time.  It occurred to Gem and his wife that if they could teach the Muslim mothers in the poorest slums they could teach their children and their neighbor’s children.  They are able to teach the illiterate to learn English and math in seven months.  When they begin they must show them how to hold a pencil and which end goes on the paper.  Their vocabulary is only 500 words with only a few English words.  They are taught how to think about conflict resolution techniques.  The teachers gain confidence and life makes sense.  One woman who was married at the age of 11 had considered her life was over. Her father arranged a marriage to an older man and she moved in with her in-laws and came a domestic slave. She joined the school and her life changed.  Among her students was her two year old daughter, that daughter is now teaching other children plus her grandfather who has seen the value of an education and wants it for himself. They agree to teach at least five children (boys and girls) everything they have learned.  This multiplying effect is the basis for hope that can change the world.  There are currently 22 schools with hundreds of students.
Being able to read, write and do arithmetic gives them the confidence to get out of the slum and get a job or even start a business.

Bangladesh is corrupt and struggling to remain a moderate Muslim nation.  Education is the best opportunity to stop the radical Muslim movement that is funded by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.  ISIS is actively recruiting the uneducated young men that are very willing to perform unthinkable acts with no fear of death.
The Paramount Rotary Club is so impressed with the mission that Gem and his family are performing that several members stepped forward with $100 contributions.  Past-President John Boogaard has made the generous offer to match whatever other members contribute up to $1000.
  Gem and his family march to the beat of different drummer and follow the road less traveled.  Please visit this website and consider adopting a mother.
Amarok Society Bud Jackson 2016-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Nov 06, 2016
This past Tuesday Nov. 1, was an important day for our Club, as we prepared ourselves to host the visit by our District Governor Greg O' Brien. This gave us an opportunity to take a stock of ourselves, see how we are doing and how we can do better. Our very own John Colville, who is a past District Governor, introduced the present District Governor Greg O' Brien.

Greg has a very impressive background. He attended his first Rotary Club meeting as his high school student body president in 1963. All 3 of his children have participated in Rotary programs. During his judicial career, Greg has held a variety of positions with the California Judges Association.

His belief is that in order to attract and retain members, clubs must constantly refresh and renew themselves and think creatively. "Imagine Rotary" he says, "Build it and they will come" Greg took us through the history of Rotary from 1905 to today, It was an informative, entertaining and highly motivational speech with real life examples. For reference click here:

It is now up to us to use our creativity and continue to build our club, so that we will attract and retain members!
Awards were presented to:

Jim Schreiber for the most years with Rotary Club. He has been a member since 1970.
Greg Buckner for sponsoring the most number of new members.
Bill Pellegrino for the highest contributions to Rotary Foundation, and to
Dean Mouren-Laurens for the best community service.
District Governor Visit Nick Pardasani 2016-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

Uganda Initiative

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Oct 30, 2016
Bud Jackson presented the speaker for today: Marsha Hunt. Marsha was here with us to talk about her Uganda Initiative.
Marsha Hunt is from UDI (Uganda Development Initiative) and the president of the Westwood Village Rotary Club.  UDI believes that education is the unique element to fulfilling every other need not only in Uganda but in all of the emerging world.  Marsha is an Emmy Award winning independent producer for Fox Sports and travels around the country filming promotional spots for them.  More recently, while volunteering at Rotary District Club picnic, they made her realize that  she is also one of the best bartenders!

Marsha's story starts back in 2003 when she first went to Uganda as part of her Church group as a missionary. Since then, she has made many trips to Uganda.  Marsha's presentation was impressive. She took us through the whole journey. In these 45 minutes, we got a good sense of what she had to work with, how they tackled these changes and made progress. She mentioned that it was joint effort of many organizations including several Rotary Clubs, Marsha became a Rotarian only after coming back from Uganda and seeing what a difference Rotary can make. 

What came across was that she truly knows the Kanungu area where she worked. You can see the love she has for these children. Her sense of commitment is absolutely relentless. From 2003 to today, she has been devoting herself to this cause. And her commitment to this cause still is unwavering! 

Marsha, you make us all Rotarians proud!
 Buddy (R)  with Marsh Hunt.
Uganda Initiative Nick Pardasani 2016-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Vision to Learn Project

Posted by Dean Mouren-Laurens on Oct 16, 2016
The Paramount Rotary Club and Vision To Learn have teamed up together to sponsor a student eye exam clinic at Los Cerritos School;   K-5.  The goal will be to screen nearly 600 students and identify those students that are in need of eyeglasses.
Objective: To provide free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students at Los Cerritos (Elementary) School
Where:      Los Cerritos School   14626 Gundry,  Paramount, CA 90723
Dates:       Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM      Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Vision To Learn Mobile Eye Clinic to conduct eye exams:  Wednesday, November 15, 2016 @ 8:30 AM to Noon?  Optometrists and opticians conduct free eye exams and fit children for free eyeglasses.  Students get to choose their own eyeglass frames.
Why:          As many as 1.5 million children across the country lack the glasses they need to see the lessons on a classroom whiteboard and read the words in a book.  Studies have shown 95% of incoming first graders who need glasses don’t have them.  This is our chance to help those kids in our community and set them on the path to a brighter future… with the vision, to learn!
How can you help: We will need 8 to 10 to volunteers, arrival time will be 8 AM. sharp for all shifts.   Contact one of the following Rotarians to volunteer.
Rotarians:  Dean M-L, Dr. Perez -
                      Dr. Timmons -
                      John Berg -
Vision to Learn Project Dean Mouren-Laurens 2016-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Measure M

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Oct 08, 2016
This week, we had an informative session given by Danny Elizarraras. Danny is the Management Analyst, Economic Development for the City of Paramount. Danny came here to talk about Measure M. Measure M is a transportation tax and spending plan brought forward by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and placed on the November 2016 ballot by the County Board of Supervisors.
It was refreshing to note that Danny was not here to sell us on the benefits of Measure M nor was he here to oppose it. In fact, City of Paramount has not even decided yet whether it favors the measure or is against it. Danny's job today was to provide as much information as possible so that everyone can make an informed choice. Measure M would double the transportation sales tax rate approved by voters in 2008  It has no expiration date. Measure M sets county transportation priorities for the next 40 years.
Metro proposing Measure M, because, "Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, there are 10.2 million people living in LA County, and we are projected to grow by 2.3 million people in the next 40 years. Traffic congestion and air pollution are expected to get worse with more growth, and the measure is intended to raise money to meet those needs." according to
This meeting was an example of the exemplary co-operation that exists between our City of Paramount and our Paramount Rotary Club. Isn't it good to stay informed about what is going on in your community? 
Measure M Nick Pardasani 2016-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

Going Green

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Sep 11, 2016
Last Tuesday, Tony Green of spoke to us about what sustainability really means to seniors.
According to Tony, the green living trend is sweeping the nation, and senior housing facilities are no exception. It’s not just about enticing earth-conscious baby boomers, though their desire to leave a greener world behind certainly factors into the design for many forward thinking senior facilities. Going green helps cut the heating and cooling costs, improve water conservation efforts, and meet Energy Star standards across all of the devices used in the facility. Most importantly, green living is an enabler of the high quality life style which seniors through their lifetime of hard work have earned. Tony touched upon these topics
  • How green technologies are being incorporated on green retirement homes
  • Why more people then millennials are concerned about being green
  • Why the number of Green retirement homes are increasing.
  • Why seniors might not be concerned with how green we could be

There were a lot of questions and exchange of ideas on why green living is important as well as why this might not be a high priority for seniors.
One of the advantages of coming to these Rotary meeting is the opportunity to broaden our horizon by thinking about these subjects, and see how others are thinking about such topics!
See you tomorrow! 
  Greg Buckner (L) with Tony Green (R).
Going Green Nick Pardasani 2016-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Reverse Mortages

Posted by Bud Jackson on Sep 04, 2016

Leslie Heid, a fellow Rotarian and a close friend of John and April Berg, has been in the mortgage industry for over 3 years. She specializes in Reverse Mortgages because she loves seniors and is passionate about their right to enjoy retirement. When not spending time with her wonderful husband, Leslie plays Bridge and enjoys math puzzles. She even runs a non-profit dedicated to teaching the game of Bridge to the next generation.

A reverse mortgage is a loan that homeowners can qualify for if they are 62 or older where the equity a homeowner has built up through the years can be converted into funds that may be used for any number of uses including medical coverage or regular living expenses. In a reverse mortgage, the lender often makes regular payments to the homeowner rather than the borrower making payments to a bank, credit union, or other lender throughout the course of the loan, which is how a reverse mortgage gets its name.

One of the major differences between traditional loans and reverse mortgages is this: the homeowner does not have to pay back the borrowed funds until they leave the home or sell the property. It is, however, the responsibility of the homeowner to keep property taxes, HOA fees, and insurance current.

The government has determined that it is less costly to tax payers to keep seniors in their home than make Medicaid payments for assisted living care. They established the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) a federally insured (FHA) loan where the homeowner retains title.

HECM has placed a maximum loan value of $625,000.00. The initial amount disbursed is based on the age of the homeowner and is available in increments per year.

How would you like to earn 6% interest that is compounded daily and is tax free? I’m not sure that I understand all I know about this subject, but Leslie would be happy to explain it to you. Here is what I think I know, take as much of a loan as possible and put it in a line of credit account which draws the tax free interest then repay the loan with the unused balance from the line of credit when you close the loan. Keep in mind that you are not dealing with a bank you are dealing with the U.S. government.

  For more information you can email Leslie (L with John Berg) at or call her at 1 (800) 399-1682.

Reverse Mortages Bud Jackson 2016-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Promoting Human Connection

Posted by Bud Jackson on Aug 28, 2016
Soroya Deen MA is a Lawyer, Professional Speaker, Coach and Author. She is author of Peace Matters: Raising Peace Conscious Children.
Soraya blends her legal expertise of over a decade with her uniquely diverse background to inspire people to navigate conflict and promote peace. A native of Sri Lanka she developed a deep commitment and love, to learning and practicing the Eastern philosophy of SEVA and SIMRAN.
She is also the founder of Peacewrks a center for compassionate communication, conflict resolution and peacemaking. Soraya serves on the board of several organizations and travels widely inspiring communities to celebrate HUMAN CONNECTION through dialogue and Compassionate Communication. Soraya recently embarked on a mission empowering and inspiring young Muslim Americans to Create Impact and Influence through communication and community service. Soraya also hosts a popular Satellite TV show titled “Conversations at the Peacetable.” She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.
Soraya enjoyed the fun we have at Paramount Rotary and wondered if maybe Disney had it wrong and that this is the happiest place on earth.  She told us that everything we think is not true and when you combine that with the statistic that we may have up to 80,000 thoughts per day we can get in trouble.  She stressed that we observe what is going on around us without judgement and not to make assumptions.  It is important to stay in the present and try to determine what our needs are.  She says that every judgement is a tragic expression of an unmet NEED.  We should concentrate on changing ourselves and realize we can’t change the world.  Communication is difficult in todays’ population of seven billion and will only become more difficult with an estimated population of fifty billion by 2050.
  Learn more by visiting
Promoting Human Connection Bud Jackson 2016-08-28 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jay Wilbur on Aug 21, 2016
Nick Pardasani introduced the day’s guest speaker; Bill Stafford. Bill is an author, trained grief counselor and also provides seminars in Gaining Life Balance and Finding Purpose in Life.
He started off by telling us that the typical response to “How are you?” is “I am fine”. The “fine” is just a meaningless (sandpaper grit? , speeding ticket?) default statement because we do not really want to say. His answer to the question is a booming “I am magnificent!”; a personal response to life, a personal choice of exuberant life view.

However, Bill has not always been this way; he used to be a gloomy doomsday character. This prior life view he blames on early life trauma and personal perspective. All that changed with the birth of his daughter Shannon. This child was totally full of life’s happiness and she became the very heart of Bill’s life. At an early age Shannon was diagnosed with and eventually died of bone cancer. During her entire illness she remained happy, completely welcoming of all that life offered. Shannon’s passing devastated Bill. Additionally, his marriage failed and he lost his job.

At his life’s lowest ebb, Bill decided to choose his daughter’s personal life choice. He explored his feelings, and took charge of his own life. He returned to school and earned a master’s in spiritual psychology. He explained to us that, "Life is FOR me and I can use whatever happens. Live/direct your life; do not just let it happen to you!”

His education and personal life choices have allowed him to quit being a victim (poor me) and instead become the owner of a life he personally is responsible for. With his new perspective he began to see opportunities instead of problems. Bill and his wife got back together. His view became an admission that he did not know it all. Things happen in life for a purpose and he has a choice every morning. Bill’s choice is, “I am magnificent, life is FOR me!”

Bill’s presentation was well received and initiated numerous questions.
I am MAGNIFICENT! Jay Wilbur 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

History comes Alive

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Aug 14, 2016
We were fortunate to have Kate Kelly as our guest speaker this week.

Kate Kelly is  a successful author of more than 30 nonfiction titles ranging from the bestselling "Organize Yourself!" to "Living Safe in an Unsafe World". She has recently returned to her love of history and is writing and publishing a monthly e-letter, “American Snapshots,” which she describes as “making sense of today by looking at yesterday.”

Kelly runs a website She  also blogs weekly in the “Politics” section of The Huffington Post.
Today she talked to us about Election Stories from a historical perspective. Until now, I had never met a person who can tell us factual stories about American Elections and American History in such an engaging manner as she did! Her talk has inspired me to learn more about American History and get more involved in the American Democratic Process! 
As an example, she compared the manner in which we hear Election Results today compared to the 1920s when crowds would gather outside the local newspaper offices to await word.  Few were content to await word at home so they gathered and waited.  The newspapers couldn’t guarantee the timing of any announcement so they developed plans for entertaining the crowds.

Outside the St. Louis newspaper office, the audience was promised movies, including a first-run release, Mutt and Jeff in The Politicians, a Harold Lloyd comedy, a review of current events, a Charlie Chaplin comedy and—this is my favorite–a “never-before-seen-by-the-public” motion picture made by “x-ray process, showing movement of the kneecap, etc.”

Those who chose to go to other public buildings that were set up to make announcements would hear the returns announced periodically through a new “sound-multiplying machine,” the Magnavox telemegaphone.”  In between announcements, the sound-multiplying machine was used to amplify phonograph records.
Here are interesting 10 fun facts about our Presidents I found on her website:
There is a lot more interesting and informative information on her site
  Nick (the author of this article) is shown with Kate.  
History comes Alive Nick Pardasani 2016-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

The Compton Initiative

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Aug 07, 2016
In 2006, The Compton Initiative started to organize quarterly beautification workdays in Compton, California. Each Compton workday includes over 1500 volunteer who together help complete beautification projects like painting schools, homes, yard work, graffiti removal, block clean-up, community gardens and additional projects. The Compton Initiative vision is to see community transformation through these beautification projects. The objective is for residents to take pride in their neighborhoods, neighbors helping neighbors and students taking pride in their schools.
Painting a home, repairing a fence and building a wheel chair ramp are but a few glimpses of a larger picture. It is the hope and dreams of those involved in The Compton Initiative that community pride will be restored; streets made safer, education improved and businesses will flourish in the City of Compton.
Juedy Mom, our speaker for this program explained how the workday begins at 4:15 AM with a light breakfast and how each work group is organized under the supervision of 25 site “Lieutenants”. Their organizational skills are top notch plus the enthusiasm of the volunteers make the workday very successful.
Juedy Mom has been President of this organization for the last 3 years. What was very clear to this reporter is Juedy has his heart and soul dedicated to this project.
Rotarians may donate their Time and Money by contacting their office.
The Compton Initiative
8303 Alondra Blvd.
Paramount, CA 0723
  Juedy Mom flanked by Oscar (l) and Rich (r.)
The Compton Initiative Oscar Rosales 2016-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Griffith Observatory

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Jul 27, 2016
How much do we know about Griffith Observatory?

Did you know that Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions?
Did you know that Griffith Observatory is Southern California’s gateway to the Cosmos?
Did you know that Griffith Observatory is the best place to observe the famous Hollywood Sign?
Did you know that since opening in 1935, the Observatory has welcomed over 76 million visitors?
Did you know that Griffith Observatory is a free-admission, public facility owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks?
Did you know that Griffith Observatory can provide the best real life education on Astronomy?

Our thanks to Camille Lombardo, Executive Director, Friends of The Observatory (FOTO), now we know a lot more about Griffith Observatory - Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! She visited us today and talked about all the amazing activities and events that are constantly happening at the Observatory because of this organization - programs such as Griffith Observatory's School Field Trip Program for fifth graders enables 30,000 school children to participate in this curriculum-based program each year, Bus Scholarship Program and Cosmic Conjunction, a new annual event, which brings together different aspects of the humanities and astronomy to enhance our understanding of the interconnectedness of the world.
She talked about making personal connection with the Cosmos, about our solar system and planets, about reusable rockets, about the Burberry London’s Show hosted at Griffith observatory last year, and about inspiring the future!
There is a lot more about these programs and events available at Or better still why not pay a visit to the observatory soon?
  John Berg (L) shown with Carole Lombardo
Griffith Observatory Nick Pardasani 2016-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Human Rights Movement in China

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jul 10, 2016
We were visited by Dr. Wen Chen.  She received her Ph. D. in Biology from Caltech.  She currently works for Caltech as an Associate Biologist.  She also has been volunteering for NTD Television with community outreach and education since 2008.
She came to discuss with us a bit of Chinese culture and the human rights movement which has grown as a result of the problem of forced organ harvesting.
She introduced us to a practice called Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) which was practiced by about 17 million residents of China which made up about 15% of the population.  Any type of religion or practice made the Communist party nervous since they did not approve of anything that promotes independent thinking.  Although Falun Gong was not a religion but a practice of pure self-improvement it was a threat to the communist party.
In 1999 the Communist party began persecution of Falun Gong followers.  Many were abducted, tortured and fired from jobs, expelled from school, and forced into homelessness all because they followed Falun Gong.
They made people out to be crazy which was their excuse to persecute people.  Those that were abducted were forced into slave labor and also “disappeared.”  Soon a trend appeared in China after such forced disappearances, organ harvesting became plentiful. 
In the U.S. there is a 2 -3 year wait for an organ donor.  In China there is a 1 – 4 week wait without an effective organ system.  Knowing that there is a large Buddhist and Taoist population that would not be organ donors, and there is also a small amount of Death Row inmates, killed, the only thing that can explain the high accessibility of organs is the equivalent amount “disappearances” of Falun Gong followers. Since 2000 there have been witness accounts that corroborate this possibility. There was an undercover investigation which called 15 major Chinese hospitals which were asked right out if they had Falun Gong organs and all of them admitted to it thinking they were “selling” another organ transplant.
I use the word “sell” because in China there is no blood type matching.  When a patient is looking for a transplant they undergo surgery and if the first one doesn’t take, then they will do another surgery and another until the organ is a match.  This means more than one organ is taken from more than one human.  All these are forced human organ removals.  Even after all this the survival rate from a transplant in China is only 10%.
In 2015 a Peabody Award Documentary entitled Human Harvest was released.  This showed that 60,000 – 100,000 transplants have been done with 90% being from Falun Gong followers, 10% from other religious followers.
Since all this has come to light six states have passed a law prohibiting citizens from going to China to receive a transplant.  Also a slow but steady movement has started.  Falun Gong went underground and some of the followers are breaking through the internet ban placed in China and getting outside signals to the people.
In 2001 a famous lawyer in China name Gao Zhisheng started practicing Human Rights law and representing people against the government.  He “disappeared” for 9 years and then reappeared under house arrest.  Because of his boldness others have followed in his stead and started a human rights movement.  Over 22,000 law suits have been filed against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin.
Here in the states many groups are getting people to quit the CCP through petitions and websites. Some of these local groups are found in Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Hollywood. To hear uncensored news about China tune into The Epoch news found on
  Bud is shown (L) with Dr. Chen.  To get involved on stopping forced organ harvesting please visit the website:
Human Rights Movement in China Mary Jane Villalovos 2016-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Hiring Ex-Convicts

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Jul 04, 2016
Why you should consider hiring ex-convicts
Today, we heard first-hand from Bill, Warren and Ray -  three employees working for  Dean Mouren-Laurens.  What do these 3 have in common?
They are all so thankful to be working.
They all have loving families.
They all have an employer that "cares."
They all appreciate the basic things in life.
And, they are all ex-convicts!
Each of them has committed a serious crime in the past and has spent good part of their life in Jail. But now, each one of them is a totally different person; is very appreciative of what he has and has a deep desire to do something good for others.
Bill started by saying "We're all in the same business - i.e. to serve others."  He spent 24 years in jail after taking someone's life in 1988. He came from a good family and yet somehow got caught in street-life of alcohol, drugs and crime. In his words "I learnt about myself", and he went through the transformation that led to his being eligible for parole and eventual release into the society. He is "thankful for the air I breathe and happy to be sitting free at the ocean, watching sand and water"!  Being able to work with your hands and earn a living means a lot to him as is earning the love of the children and grandchildren! We could still feel the sincerity and the emotions of what he has gone through in his life! He now wants to help others like him to re-enter the society the same way he was able to!
Warren spoke next and mentioned that he too was in prison for a large part of his life for taking someone's life. He mentioned that he was not brought up this way but somehow got onto this path early in his life. He now realizes how bad his behavior was then. He always wanted an easy way out and did not want to "work" to get anything. During his early years in jail, he avoided all the programs that were meant for rehabilitation. But he then got on the path to rehabilitation. He remembers the exact date he was released and said "my sister came to pick me up". At that time, he was in the fear of being in a new environment. When someone asked him to come and meet him, he did not know how to go about and reach there. He is thrilled to be treated as a normal human being. He has noticed that he is new person now. People comment that he is now "sensitive." He is so happy that he has a car and a bank account!
Ray talked next and said that his story is slightly different. His parents and his sisters worked for the Department of Corrections. At age 22, he took father's gun and used it to take someone's life. It took him more than 5 years to come to terms with what he did and finally realized that he could not continue to live like this. He took classes and joined Self-help groups. He had the full support of his family and they welcomed him back home. Under Dean's supervision, he is now learning computers and new skills. He, too, is happy to have his freedom! He talked about being able to buy gifts for his nephews and nieces! He mentioned about how proud he feels being able to talk to a roomful of people like us and the fact that he is judged by his work and not by his background!
They all expressed their thankfulness to Mouren-Laurens family for giving them this "second chance!"
 Dean (L) and his wonderful employees.
Hiring Ex-Convicts Nick Pardasani 2016-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Vision to Learn

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jun 20, 2016

Vision To Learn

Nora MacLellan of the Westchester Rotary Club visited Paramount Rotary to give us insight into the participation of Rotary District 5280 in this worthwhile project.

Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations.

Kids’ vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class—all of which can result in poor grades and adversely affect academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by coordinating screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses—an age-old yet critical tool for success.

UCLA research shows Vision To Learn succeeds in having a positive and direct impact on education: grades have improved for kids helped by Vision To Learn; and with large groups of children being helped at once, not only does receiving new glasses become a shared experience, but teachers have noted an improved learning environment in entire classrooms as a result.

Over 42,000 students have received glasses as a result of this project.  The joy of the children that are able to see well for the first time is rewarding and the realization that this new capability is going to change their lives makes this such a worthwhile endeavor.  The efforts of the Rotary District 5280 team have resulted in screening 62,000 students of which 5400 received glasses.  That sampling indicates that almost one out of ten children need glasses.  This is all done at no cost to the recipient.

The cost for the eye exam and glasses is about $100, but with the help of tax payers the cost comes down for low income families.


  Nora MacLellan with  Jay Wilbur.  For more information click on this link to their website

Vision to Learn Bud Jackson 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Applebee's comes to Paramount

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Jun 05, 2016
Applebee's, Welcome to Paramount!
As we already know, Paramount is a business friendly city and promotes economic development. Downtown area is being upgraded and new businesses are coming to town, with one of these key businesses coming to Paramount is an Applebee's Restaurant.
Today, we had Davis Marcum, General Manager of AAG (Apple America Group LLC) talk to us about Applebee's and their plans for this Paramount restaurant. Apple American Group LLC already owns and operates over 480 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants all over USA. With $1.2 billion in sales and directly employing over 31,000 people, Apple American is the largest Applebee’s franchisee, and is one of the two largest franchisees of any concept in the United States. Davis is now taking care of the LaHabra restaurant. He mentioned that he is already training his replacement at LaHabra and is looking forward to this startup in Paramount!
As they continue to grow, they remain dedicated to making every location a truly neighborhood restaurant. The Paramount restaurant will open on Monday Oct 31st, Halloween Day 2016. Davis expects to create about 100 jobs (Hosts, Servers,Bartenders, Cooks and others) initially and maintain 50 to 75 jobs on an ongoing basis and do about $3 M per year. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week from 11 am to midnight.
In addition, the restaurant is available to any organization on weekend mornings for successful Pancake Breakfast fund raising events. They make it very easy for an organization to plan and hold such events and raise money for any worthy cause. They also have special programs for Teachers and Libraries, as well as their "Dining to Donate" program.
Applebee's is known for good value for money. They are constantly making even more improvements to their menu and offering. As an example, Davis mentioned that their Steaks are now  hand-cut in-house by trained meat cutters and grilled to perfection over American oak.
Wood fired grill.
Applebee's website sates "Applebee's strives to make a positive impact in the neighborhoods we serve because we believe we have a responsibility to do so. We have seen firsthand that embracing our responsibility to our neighborhoods builds value for our guests, associates and franchisees."

We are happy to welcome Davis Marcum and his new Applebee's to Paramount! 
Applebee's comes to Paramount Nick Pardasani 2016-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Preventative Medical Diagnostic Testing

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 30, 2016
Warren Green came to Paramount Rotary to explain the need for preventative diagnostic analysis.  Warren has been involved in this field since 1985.  He received his BA degree from the University of Washington where he played varsity football and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Warren says the average person can take advantage of the high technology tests that are currently available to protect themselves from the three leading killers in America (heart disease, stroke and cancer).  In most cases these medical conditions can be greatly minimized or prevented if detected early enough using new technologies. 

There are a variety of scans that are painless, safe and involve no radiation, no blood testing and no needle injection.  You can see pictures of your heart, arteries and organs in real time via color ultrasound.  The scans target heart, stroke, arm & leg, deep leg vein, aorta artery, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, kidney, thyroid and pelvis.

Warren stressed that we should request these scans from our doctor and not wait for the doctor to suggest them.
 Warren Green on the Left with PDG John Colville.
Preventative Medical Diagnostic Testing Bud Jackson 2016-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Luncheon 2016

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 22, 2016
  Paramount Rotary Club presented ten $500 scholarships to graduating Paramount High School seniors.  The students were accompanied by parents and friends.  Special guests in attendance were School Board members; President Tony Pena and members Vivian Hansen and Linda Garcia.  Paramount City Council Member Tom Hansen, Paramount City Manager John Moreno, Erin Stibal representing Supervisor Don Knabe,  Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez, Ranita Browning, Isela Preciado Administrative Assistant, and PHS Counselor Eric Lindshield. Also attending were some of the Scholarship donors who make this all possible. In attendance were John Boogaard, Beth Bettger and Teri Mouren-Laurens.  
Dr. Greg Buckner was the Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Ruth Pérez introduced the scholarship award winners all of them Interact Club Members that are sponsored by Paramount Rotary.  Each student told us about themselves and expressed their gratitude.  The award winners and the school they will be attending are; Xochitl Briseno – UC Irvine, Jishaly Castillo – CSULB, Esmeralda Garcia – Mt. San Antonio College, Isabel Gutierrez – UCLA, Gabriela Haro – UC Santa Cruz, Carlos Loera – UCLA, Daniel Lopez – Cal Berkley, Lizette Nunez – Cal Poly Pomona, Brian Rameriz – Cal Berkley and Jorge Luis Roque – UC Santa Cruz.
With the help of Ric Caldera the students had prepared a video presentation that included action photos and photos of the students as youngsters and a current photo.
  Each scholar also received a treasure chest of goodies (appropriate for a pirate).
 Many people are involved in this event, but the one who makes it happen is Gary Endo.  Gary you did it again and it only gets better!
Congratulations to all of the wonderful scholars and good luck to them in their future endeavors.  To see more photos from this event please click on the photo link in this bulletin.
Scholarship Luncheon 2016 Bud Jackson 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2016

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 15, 2016
RYLA 2016
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was held in Blue Jay, CA over the weekend (driving up Friday and returning on Sunday).  Students sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of District 5280 came together for this event.  Due to the efforts of Past-President John Boogaard, Paramount Rotary was able to send seven students to the event.  Counselors and staff at RYLA plan a vigorous weekend taking the students out of their comfort zone to interact with other students from all over Southern California.  The students were accompanied by Andy Yonaki who is a Paramount High School (PHS) math teacher and baseball coach.  He has been with PHS for six years and has been the Interact Club advisor during this time.  Andy is the glue that holds these students together.
RYLA is a life changing event for these students who are currently juniors and sophomores, with no seniors, because we want them back next year to put into play their new leadership skills.  Andy says that the leaders of the Interact Club at PHS, which are selected by the members, are those students that attended RYLA.
The RYLA attendees told us about their experiences and spoke in the order they are shown in the photo.  Isaiah Parks recently transferred to PHS from a school in Westchester and was scheduled to attend RYLA sponsored by the Westchester Rotary Club, but since he left school they gave his sponsorship away.  He pleaded his case to the Rotary District who allowed him to attend from PHS.  He had never been to the mountains before and really liked it.  He met lots of new people and everyone was on an equal status.  He improved his leadership and team building skills by embracing the Four C’s (communication, compassion, cooperation and creativity).  Isaiah was selected from all of the attendees to win the Four C’s award.  Jisselle Rosales said the three days seemed like a week because they did so many things. The event has changed her life.  She learned to trust the new people in her team and gain confidence.  Ashley Almejo said RYLA was amazing and plans to join the Interact Club.  The Olympic Games events taught her to work together with others and has given her strength and confidence.  Rosalynn Reyes says RYLA has changed her life and made her a better person.  She has more confidence now and is not as shy as she was before.  Sabrina Ponciano said the activities at RYLA have given her the confidence she needed to open up and become the best leader she can be, and the Four C’s are a platform she can build upon. Melanie Bobadilla says she is a better leader and person because of RYLA.  She felt very welcome there and is ready for a fresh start.  She now thinks that all people are the same.  Arellys Burgus says RYLA has helped her deal with her fears and shyness.  The team activities made her realize that not everyone has to be the leader, and that other members are also important and appreciated by the team.
For a cost of about $300 per student, RYLA maybe the biggest bang for the buck of all the things we do.  Paramount Rotary Club always sends as many students as the District will accept.
RYLA 2016 Bud Jackson 2016-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

St Pius X St Matthias Academy

Posted by Nick Pardasani on May 01, 2016
Today, we were graced by Erick Rubalcava, Principal of St Pius X St Matthias Academy, also known as PMA.  This Catholic school is located in our neighborhood in Downey bordering South Gate and has been serving educational and spiritual needs of teenagers in this area.
Erick did an excellent presentation covering the history of this institution, its values, its vision and goals that have been achieved each year. The origins of this Institution go back to 1953 (as Pius X High School,) and he has a clearly laid out vision that extends beyond 2020.
Erick started about by focusing on the challenges that our teens are facing today - especially in our neighborhoods, where 82% of the student families are living below Federal poverty lines.   He showed us how this college preparatory education is provided in a supportive learning community environment, truly affecting the lives of these teenagers. Apart from Academic Excellence, there is a strong emphasis on Faith and Living with a Purpose. In fact, their Motto consists of: Pride, Virtue and Purpose.
Over the years, PMA students have demonstrated above average achievements in their journey to excellence. They are well prepared for College Life and have been accepted in most reputable Universities. Credit goes to students, their families, teachers, administrators, counselors and extended community members.
Erick pointed out that most students are highly dependent on Financial Aid and do receive it. The academy is now well recognized. Thanks to the generosity and activities of its Benefactors and Alumni, specially the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; it continues to be sufficiently funded for ongoing operations. Still, there are unmet needs:   Student Scholarships, a Van for Transportation and Improvements to Gymnasium. Donations can be made online by going to 
  John Rodgerson (L) with Erick Rubacalva (R) with unnamed administrator (C) from St. Pius X St. Matthias Academy.
St Pius X St Matthias Academy Nick Pardasani 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Port of Long Beach

Posted by Bud Jackson on Apr 24, 2016
Port of Long Beach
Art Wong, Assistant Director of Communications at the Port of Long Beach (POLB), gave a very informative and spirited presentation regarding the Port of Long Beach.  Art has been with the Port for 13 years and prior to that he worked for the Press Telegram as a business section reporter for 12 years.  He and his wife live in Temple City and they have two grown daughters.  Art enjoys playing basketball and is an avid Laker fan.
Art told us the objective of the POLB is to move goods into and out of the country.  He explained what caused the epic gridlock that backed up cargo last year.  Companies that operate in the port had owned their own chassis (Trucks use these to transport container boxes) and decided that they no longer wanted to own these and in a cost savings move they sold them to leasing companies.  Mass confusion ensued, it took months to sort out the problems and in the meantime the cargo ships backed up.  We all saw them lined up all the way past Huntington Beach.
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have resolved these issues and this year is handling the largest volume of cargo since 2007.  July and August are the busiest months because of holiday goods arriving at the port.  40% of all cargo in the United States goes through the ports of LB and LA.  The United States imports 2.5 times more goods than we export.  Trains carry two thirds of the containers that arrive at the POLB to the rest of the country, about half of that is never on a truck.  Some trains are able to transport as much freight as 750 trucks and do it cheaper and cleaner.  The other third is shipped by truck to its destination.
The cargo ships continue to get larger.  The Benjamin Franklin was recently in port, it is 20 stories high, 4 football fields long and 12 freeway lanes wide.  The new Gerald Desmond Bridge is being constructed to accommodate these large ships.  The new bridge will have a 200 foot clearance (depending upon the tides).  It will be higher than the Vincent Thomas Bridge by about 20 feet.  Depending upon the size of the cargo ship, the POLB services about six ships at a time.
The POLB is investing 1.5 billion dollars in the development of the middle harbor.  When completed it will be the world’s most advanced terminal.  It will be highly automated with almost all of the cargo shipped without being touched by human hands.  The robots never show up late, get sick, take vacations or go on strike and they are willing to work 24/7.
  Art Wong on left shown here with president Dean. 
Port of Long Beach Bud Jackson 2016-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Europe Bike Trip 1961

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Apr 17, 2016
This story was told by Oscar one of our Paramount Rotarians:
It was my pleasure to relive my bike trip to Europe in 1961. This adventure started when I decided to leave university and my job in San Francisco and go to Europe and ride my bike for as long as possible. I traveled by boat from New Jersey arriving in Rotterdam, Holland. I must of traveled about 7000 miles visiting many countries and staying in Youth Hostels along the way. I want to recall my adventures with the Russians in East Berlin. After leaving Kopenhagen I took the ferry to Rostock, Germany and took the train to Berlin. Unknown to this kid of 23 years I took the wrong train and arrived in East Berlin. The Russians took me off the train and interrogated me for 3 hours trying to understand why I had a American passport but could only speak Spanish. How cleaver was that? They finally got tired of “the kid” and pushed me out of the East through the train station into West Berlin.
I showed some slides of the “Wall” as it was being built, Check Point Charlie, The Brandenburg Gate and other areas bordering the East. After some slides of a few other locations in Europe and North Africa my final adventure was getting a job on a sailboat and returning to Miami by way of Agadir, No. Africa, Canary Islands, many Islands of the Caribbean. We were chased by a Cuban military boat but we out maneuvered them arriving in the USA intact and happy.
Trina and I now travel for one month each year to somewhere in the world. Once you “get it” you “got it” forever. Rotarians, thanks for the opportunity to share my story.
Europe Bike Trip 1961 Oscar Rosales 2016-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Paramount High School JROTC

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Mar 28, 2016
This week, we had our Paramount High School Assistant Principal as well as Colonel Robert Guild along with their top cadets visit us and tell us about JROTC. While most of us are already familiar with this program, for me personally, this was educational and motivating. It was a matter of pride to see so much talent from our very own Paramount High School!
The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students (Cadets) character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. Collectively, these lessons motivate students (Cadets) to be better citizens. In addition to promoting citizenship, JROTC also prepares students (Cadets) for college. JROTC is an accredited course centering around these two components:
  • Academic Excellence
  • Leadership Skills
Colonel Robert Guild is the driving force behind this program. After 27 years of active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer he has spent the last nine years with the PUSD.  Over the years, this program has grown in size.
Colonel Robert Guild expressed his thanks to our Club for our support. He brought some of his cadets (ranging from Freshmen to Junior) to Paramount Rotary to give us a first hand knowledge of the activities at PHS. Each one of them spoke briefly and told us about their plans and experiences.
JROTC is very active in community service. These cadets perform a variety of tasks including cleanup, planting, setup and take down of equipment for events.  They have logged 6,000 hours of community service this year.  The cadets are put through the rigors of physical fitness with boot camp type exercises.  The cadets told us about themselves and all credited JROTC with making them a better person. They wear their uniforms to school on Mondays and to special events. Each one of them has their own high ambitions. Some of them will end up joining Armed Forces Academies. Inspectors of the program at PHS have always been impressed with the program. This team has always been awarded high scores.
They are going to Washington DC and representing Paramount High School and City of Paramount.  They will be competing there at the National Level with 1700+ schools. They already have everything it takes to succeed. They have the tools given to them by JROTC program and our support.
Speaking of our support, our Club was able to instantly raise about $500 to provide funding for Airfare for one of the cadets to go to Washington DC.
JROTC Cadets, you make us proud!  Colonel Robert Guild, Thank you for heading this program!!
  The JROTC cadets.
  The Colonel
Paramount High School JROTC Nick Pardasani 2016-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

The Truth about Hearing Loss and Aging

Posted by Bud Jackson on Mar 20, 2016
Randy Romberg, A Zounds Hearing franchise owner in Seal Beach, came to Paramount Rotary to provide valuable information about hearing loss and hearing aids. Zounds’ mission statement is; “To help the world hear better by providing a superior hearing system at an exceptional value in an accessible customer-friendly environment, and to build a world-class company for customers, associates, investors and business partners.”
Randy is the father of four and grew up in nearby Bellflower. He knows several of our members and his father was a 40 year member of the Bellflower Rotary Club.
Randy told us that 40% of people over 65 have hearing loss problems and 60% of those are males.  Of course, the numbers only get worse as we grow older.  Hearing loss is caused by prolonged loud noise (over an hour) from such activities as concerts, firearms, auto races, motorcycles and sporting events.  Studies have found that those suffering from hearing loss are more likely to get dementia.  The reason is mainly because hearing loss causes people to tune out.  Hearing aids improve our hearing, but do not cure hearing loss.
Randy warns us that hearing aids are expensive, roughly the cost is around $5,000.00.  Many improvements have been made to hearing aids.  Background noise is greatly reduced, including the squealing sound and wind noise.  Batteries are now rechargeable.  Sudden loud noises are reduced.  High frequency sounds are better heard and high fidelity sound processing makes music more enjoyable.
  Jim on Left with Randy from Zounds Hearing.
The Truth about Hearing Loss and Aging Bud Jackson 2016-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. David Phillips

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Mar 13, 2016
Jim Schreiber introduced Dr. David Phillips as our program speaker. Jim said that he and David were the only two on the block that mowed their own lawn, cleaned their own pool and made all of the general repairs to their homes. John Rodgerson asked if they could come to his house for a little assistance. Did anyone hear an answer?
Dr. Phillips said that he would speak to us today on the subject of Political Science. He said that in the future he would discuss Cross Cultural Sociology and Behavioral Psychology. He defined Political Science as, Greek Management of Life's Affairs. He gave the bathroom analogy. Instead of pulling rank, he allows the kids to enter and finish in the bathroom. Dad solved the problem; "Okay, I'll wait", management not the dictatorial approach. Compare this political approach to the many other methods within this world. By applying Observation and Experimentation the management of life works. The point is well taken.
Dr. Phillips likes our Rotary 4 Way Test. He teaches these principles in his travels and teachings. "Rotary, he says, "shows good character". Dr. Phillips emphasized that our country is an Open Country. Our country shows character. His statements as well as his programs are brief but full.
Dr. Phillips ended his program with some comments about extraterrestrials. Many humans have chosen to leave this earth and go on ............. . He has the facts and the information and says we can obtain DVD's directly from the government to substantiate his comments. I nominate Jim to at least get one for viewing.
In the end Dr. Phillips honored me and my "normal behavior" by giving me his flashlight. I have always wanted one. I shall carry on in my normal fashion. Thank you, David.
Dr. David Phillips Oscar Rosales 2016-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Paramount Preparing for El Nino

Posted by Bud Jackson on Mar 06, 2016
Adriana Lopez, City of Paramount Public Safety Director, came to our Rotary Club to tell us how the City has prepared for the deluge of rain and wind.  Adriana was born, raised, lives and works in Paramount.  When I got to the meeting, Adriana was already there and after saying hello she asked me if Mr. Mahan was still here?  Took me back for a moment, I had never heard of Duane being so addressed.  I said yes, but I had never had anyone refer to him as Mr. Mahan before.  She explained that she grew up with Duane and Donna’s daughter, Melanie, and they are still close friends.  See the picture of Duane and Adriana below.
El Nino has yet to arrive in Southern California, but many experts are still predicting it will produce the tropical weather pattern that will bring heavy rain and wind.
Paramount is basically flat land.  Therefore, considerable attention is given to cleaning the gutters to ensure good water runoff.  Public works is well organized with modern equipment that includes an Emergency Response trailer that among other things includes cots and bedding, there is also a Mobile Command Vehicle.  At the maintenance yard, citizens can get 10 sand bags that are ready for use at no charge.
There are two emergency centers, one is at the Sheriff’s Station and the other at the Maintenance Yard.  There is backup power for the city offices and public safety people have supplies to stay at work for three days.  Many methods of communications are in play including Ham radios.  (When Katrina struck New Orleans the only communication method that was working were Ham radios.)  Largely due to what was learned during the Katrina disaster, the responsibility for public safety falls first on the city, then the county, next the state and finally the federal government.  A shelter has been established at Paramount Park where city staff will open and later turn over operations to the Red Cross.
  Mr. Mahan (L) with Adriana (R) 
Learn more about the City at 
Paramount Preparing for El Nino Bud Jackson 2016-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

State of the City

Posted by Bud Jackson on Feb 28, 2016
John Moreno, Paramount City Manager, visited Paramount Rotary to bring us up to date on our fair city.  John has been with the city for 22 years and has climbed the ranks to the top job.
He reported that the city is financially strong, the general fund reserve is 11.94 million.  Sources of income are sales tax revenue, for every $1.09 spent in Paramount the city gets one cent, another source is the 5.5% utility tax.
Public safety is a priority for the city.  Crime is up from last year by 37%, due largely to Prop 47, however looking at the long haul crime is down 47% from 20 years ago.
The city makes it a point to be engaged with the community.  Since younger people make up the largest percentage of the population the city has embraced social media using Facebook, on-line bill payment and a phone app to report work order repairs.  A farmers market on Friday mornings will begin in the spring and concerts in the park this summer.  John is proud of the new Orange Ave. splash pool and the outdoor gyms that are free to the public. Neighborhood watch and working with the Red Cross to install smoke detectors in homes are valued projects.
Education opportunities for the youth include Paramount Education Program (PEP) which raised $105,000 for scholarships last year.  Working with the PUSD the city operates after school learning centers at every school.  The college bound bus will take students to Cerritos College and LBCC for a dollar.
With the drought facing all of us the city has become more water efficient with drought tolerant landscape and has achieved a 14.1% reduction in water usage.
Paramount is a business friendly city promoting economic development. There was an 87% increase in building permits in 2015.  Work is in process to upgrade the downtown area.  New businesses are coming to town including Applebee’s.  Property values are up and unemployment is down.
  John Moreno shown on left with John Colville on right.
State of the City Bud Jackson 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

What is Lupus?

Posted by Bud Jackson on Feb 21, 2016
Nicole Padilla, National Walk Manager, of the Lupus Foundation of America came to Paramount Rotary to shed some light on this disease.  No one knows what causes this chronic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation which can damage major organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and brain. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening, but symptoms can usually be managed with proper treatment.  There is no cure for Lupus. 
Some facts about Lupus are; it is not contagious, it is not related to cancer, HIV or AIDS, it is believed that at least 1.5 million people in the U.S. have Lupus, more than 16,000 new cases each year in the U.S., it strikes mostly women of childbearing age, women of color are 2-3 times more likely develop Lupus, 90% of those with Lupus are women and people of all races and ethnic groups can develop Lupus.
Because lupus can effect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur. The most common symptoms are; extreme fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, fever, swelling, chest pain, butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose, light sensitivity, hair loss, blood-clotting problems and ulcers in the mouth or nose.
The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.
We will greatly step up our fundraising efforts to ensure we reach our disease-specific goals:
Reduce the time to diagnosis
Ensure people with lupus have an arsenal of safe and effective treatments 
Expand direct services and increase access to treatment and care
The Lupus Foundation of America implements programs of research, education and advocacy in order to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.
The Foundation’s officers, advisors and staff set goals and agendas to meet the most urgent challenges in lupus research and treatment.
The Lupus Foundation of America is a charitable organization with tax-exempt status granted under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal ID# is 43-1131436. The Foundation is highly rated by the major charity oversight organizations.
Learn more at  
  Nicole Padilla (l) with Dean (r).
What is Lupus? Bud Jackson 2016-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Search Light Financial Inc

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Feb 15, 2016
Jay Wilber, Program Chair, hosted Charles Klarskov, financial adviser from Search Light Financial Inc. Mr. Klarshov began his presentation by giving the club a financial rundown of the world market. He seemed to sum it up by saying, "It's bad all over". Charles continued by giving the 7 Fundamentals of Investing illustrating the possible value in each. 

1. Banks
2. Government Bonds
3. Stocks
4. Real estate
5. Insurance
6. Currency
7. Mutual Funds

He spent some time discussing the fees associated with each investment but the club gave the speaker plenty of help telling him of their strategies for making a profit. When he got to Annuities, naming the three types, Index, Fixed and Variables, he then gave his strongest pitch for "Indexed Annuities". The club's investors opened up again with a load, "Why". Cutting to the chase, he used Warren Buffet's example of 10 to 12 holdings. That's it. If anything, the program was lively!
It became clear when he ended his program and passed out evaluation cards asking for name, rank and serial number. Call him and he'll figure it out for you. Why worry, be happy! 
  Charles is shown on the Left with Jay Wilbur on right.
Search Light Financial Inc Oscar Rosales 2016-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Student Music Contest

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Jan 31, 2016
Bud Jackson was our host this week for our artistic Paramount High school students which visited us and entertained us with their talent, all competing in the performance art section of the Rotary Art Pageant on the club level.  Students who participated were competing for local scholarships as well as the chance to move on to the Rotary Pageant of the Arts where they will compete against other high school students for larger scholarship money.  The competitors consisted of two vocalists - Katelyn Fuentes and Angelina Santos, two students playing the flute - Andra Avila and Jesus Romano, a clarinetist - Adrian Rocha  and pianist – Isaac Castaneda.
After a wonderful lunch we all settled in to listen to each of these students perform one piece.  After such amazing performances it was hard to decide on who was to be awarded prize money. In the end the following students came out on top:
3rd place – Katelyn Fuentes – Vocalist
2nd place – Angelina Santos – Vocalist
1st place – Isaac Castaneda – Pianist
Congratulations to all our contestants for being brave enough to share their talent and good luck to Isaac as he moves on to the next level.
Please click on the photo link to enjoy more photos from this competition.
Student Music Contest Oscar Rosales 2016-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Student Art Contest 2016

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Jan 24, 2016
This past Tuesday the student art contest was held.  We were visited by not only the student artist with their teacher but also the Superintendent of Paramount Unified School district, Dr. Ruth Perez.  Students who participated were competing for local scholarships as well as the chance to move on to the Rotary Pageant of the Arts where they will compete against other high school students for larger scholarship money. 
The Rotary Pageant of the Arts will be held on March 5th at Loyola Marymount University. Below are a few highlights of the contest.  You may see all the photos in the photo album link in this bulletin.
  Natalie Campos. "Horse" 1st. PLACE
This was a school project where a small picture of this horse was shown and the students had to copy and enlarge their final copy 4 or 5 times. This was totally done in pencil. The shading was excellent.
  Damerus Hernandez. "The Universe". 2nd. PLACE
She said that the universe must be very colorful place so she used many colors in her Pastel rendering to show the beauty of that which is so far away.
  Luis Fuentes. "Moon Light with Tree". 3rd. PLACE
This silhouette was done in the "Pointillism technic" using a #7 brush. This is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886.
Thank you to all the students who participated and congratulations to the winners.  May they have luck on their side at the Rotary Art Pageant.  Once again, to see more of the art and artist click on the photo link in this bulletin.
Student Art Contest 2016 Oscar Rosales 2016-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

How to Prepare for Old Age

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jan 10, 2016
“How to Prepare for Old Age”
(Without Taking the Fun Out of Life)
Bernard “Bernie” Otis (87 years of age) made his way on a rainy day to speak to the Paramount Rotary Club from Woodland Hills. Bernie has been a Rotarian since 1954 (which happens to be the year Paramount Rotary was charted).  He has been a club president in two different clubs and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978.
Bernie started his talk by giving us the good news that we will never be younger than we are right now.  He grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Detroit during the depression.  His father was fortunate to have a good job and shared food and money with those in need.  He has carried this parents idea of helping others with him all of his life.
Even though there was a very good school in his neighborhood, Bernie choose to attend a technical school because he wanted to become an architect.  This school was very diverse with people of different races and ethnic groups there to study a variety subjects.  Bernie had to give up on becoming an architect due to his poor eyesight.  He switched to law, but decided he didn’t like it.  Bernie discovered interior design and became very successful.  When working on the Fountainebleau Hotel the chef there asked him what he knew about kitchens.  He admitted he knew very little so the chef told you can’t design my kitchen until you learn, and he did.  He has since become a good cook.  When Walt Disney saw his work he told Bernie if you ever come to California I have work for you.  He joined a firm in California and within two years became a star employee.  The company wanted to open an office in Las Vegas and they wanted Bernie to run it, so in 1962 he moved his family to Las Vegas where he spent the next 21 years.
Bernie became friends with celebrities and others that where not so highly regarded.  He shared a story, He got a call from Frank Sinatra at 3 am who asked him to arrange a caviar breakfast in the Bacchanal Room at Caesars Palace at 6 am. He was flying in from Palm Springs with a group of friends that included his mother.  Bernie asked why you are calling me and not the people at Caesars Palace? Frank replied, “Because you are the only one in Las Vegas who knows how to get things done.”
In 1978 Bernie became involved with Hospice Care and helped build one of the best hospice care facilities in the world.  He was trained in hospice care and put that training to work in 1982 when the MGM Grand caught fire and he was charged with identifying dead bodies and notifying family, some of them children, of the death of their loved ones.
Bernie grew weary of the hectic pace of life in Las Vegas and decided to leave.  His wife of 31 years didn’t want to leave and the marriage ended.  In 1983 he met his second wife, Anna Patricia Otis, an internationally recognized teacher of the Senior Visually Impaired and Blind.  They were married for over 30 years, but last two years she struggled with and incurable cancer.  Bernie put everything else on hold to become her primary care giver.
Bernie has three important things he would like us to contemplate and put into practice. First, relationships are very important, make as many friends as you can and stay close to them to avoid loneliness. Second, mend any family relationship problems that you possibly can and finally, protect yourself from falls for they are the number one killer of elders.
Bernie reminds us that the body gets older, but you don’t.  Stay active and if you have an opportunity for love, go for it. Begin each day with, if this is the last day of my life how should I spend it?
 Bernie Otis at left signing his book, shown at right. 
How to Prepare for Old Age Bud Jackson 2016-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Community Family Guidance Center

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jan 04, 2016
Tuesday December 22nd, we were visited by Bill Sinko the executive director of Community Family Guidance Center.  Before he told us about Community Family Guidance Center, we learned that he was a police officer for 10 years and also attended the Cottonwood School of Ministry. He has been married to his wife Gina going on 30 years this coming May and has two daughters.
After attending the school of Ministry he started with CFGC and was then asked to step into the executive shoes.  Community Family Guidance Center is a non-profit health agency for children and families.  It serves the communities of Artesia, Bellfower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Norwalk, and Paramount.
Bill handed out some pamphlets explaining what CFGC was all about and talked to us about the “Why;” why he do what he does.  One in five children has mental health issues with the third leading cause of death as suicide.  With mental illness in those so young, some of the outcomes if not treated are substance abuse, unhealthy sexual exploration, delinquency and problems with authority. 
When we think about it in the overall scheme, our tax dollars takes care of the outcome but does not address the early signs or symptoms.  Bill stated that if we can help a child we can help for an entire life.
Community Family Guidance Center aims to help the child.  They have treatment for clients 0 years to 21 years of age and work with a full spectrum of mental health issues but especially trauma.  Bill’s role is the business aspect, he is not a clinician.  The Center has 38 clinicians with many of them out in the field, so the actual building of the Center has very little office space.  The clinicians themselves go out and meet with not only the child but also the entire family.  They meet at schools, libraries and parks.  Clients are not charged for these visits which mean the Center relies on grants, fundraisers, and donations.
Bill finished with a few things we can help the CFGC with:
  • Donations
  • Participate in their upcoming Golf Tournament (June 27th)
  • Become a Board member
  • Go on to their website for their list of the needs of Goods and Services
 Bill Sinko (R) urges us all to help out the Community Family Guidance Center.  For more information please link on
Community Family Guidance Center Mary Jane Villalovos 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Fernando Zuniga – Welterweight Boxing Champion

Posted by Oscar Rosales on Dec 29, 2015
Note:  This story was taken at the  Dec. 4, 2015 meeting not previously published
Fernando Zuniga – Welterweight Boxing Champion
Posted by Oscar Rosales, December 4, 2015
Fernando Zuniga, three time Welterweight Champion of the World gave a stirring program about his climb to becoming a champion. Fernando, born in Ecuador, February 4, 1973, began training for a boxing career at the early age of 5 years.
He made his professional boxing debut at 14 years of age after not receiving expense monies promised to him as an amateur fighter for his country. Fighting anywhere he could get a bout, he effectually was offered a “stand-in” fight with William Joppy, middleweight champion of the world. With only a 3 day notice he couldn’t refuse the offer. Thought he lost this bout he went, to the surprise of everyone, ten rounds with Joppy. A frustrated Joppy could not put Fernando on the canvas; and the world noticed. After this fight the offers came in.
At 5' 11" and 160 lbs he became champion of the world. Fernando’s nickname was, Little Ali. His record was 28 Wins 10 Losses with 20KO’s. He really held our Paramount Rotarians attention. John Rodgerson commented, "That was exciting."
Fernando Zuniga is now the owner of the Latigo Boxing Club at 15607 Lakewood Blvd., Paramount. His intentions are to help kids with disabilities grow by being taught the art of boxing.
We also had as a guest, Chris Zavala a formidable amateur boxer. He brought his championship belts and proudly displayed them. Remember this young man, for he will make a try for the USA Boxing Team to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.  
 Fernando Zuniga (L) with Oscar.  To learn more about Fernando's Boxing club click onto
Fernando Zuniga – Welterweight Boxing Champion Oscar Rosales 2015-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5280 Youth Protection

Posted by Bud Jackson on Dec 20, 2015
Rotary District 5280 Youth Protection
Warren Bobrow, District 5280 Youth Exchange Director and Youth Protection Officer, gave an informative presentation regarding Youth Protection Training.  Warren is a member of the Westchester Rotary Club and is the owner of All About Performance, a human resources consulting firm.  He is married to Joan Tucker, a behavior scientist at RAND, they have a son, Andy, a student at Windward High School. A native Californian born in Westchester he likes to make his own beer.
District 5280 has a spotless record regarding abuse of young people and works hard to keep it that way by training Rotary members in the dos and don’ts of interaction with young persons.  A zero tolerance policy regarding abuse removes anyone from interaction with youth if a claim of abuse is made.  After an allegation of abuse, the matter is investigated and if the Rotarian is found guilty they are removed from Rotary and the matter is turned over to the police.  Abuse can take many forms; verbal, physical, neglect, sexual and emotional.  Warren thinks a good smell test is, would you want your child to hear that?
Warren handles any claims made by boys. He can be reached at 310 670-4175 or  Bette Hall receives calls regarding girls.  She can be reached at 805 320-4656 or
Some guidelines for dealing with the youth are; treat them with respect, avoid too much alone time, avoid physical contact (including hugs), be careful of social media (irony and humor are lost on line and all posts are there forever).
If a student should approach you regarding abuse stay calm.  Get the facts and do not interrogate. Just record what they say and get them away from the abuser.  The goal is to keep young people safe.
 Warren (R)  With John Coville.  To learn more about District 5280 Youth Service click on the following link:
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Long Beach Camerata Singers

Posted by Bud Jackson on Dec 13, 2015
Jan B. Hower, Board President of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, gave an informative presentation regarding the organization.  Jan is a Long Beach Rotarian who was born in New York, but has been in Long Beach since 1977.  She was with the McDonald Douglas Company working with the real estate division to manage the company’s holdings.  In 1980 she joined Eastman Office Supply and participated in that company’s rapid growth until it was acquired by Office Depot.  She is an amateur musician that sings and plays the piano and flute.  She and her husband of 35 years live in Long Beach and have a daughter.
Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by the late Dr. Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble. The choir became the producer and resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival. Under the direction of USC Professor Dr. David Wilson (1983-2005), the 50-voice choir of volunteers broadened its repertoire to include choral literature from all periods, obtained 501(c)3 status, and adopted its current name. Under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Talberg (2005-2009) and current Artistic Director Dr. Robert Istad (2009 to present), Camerata Singers has grown to a fully auditioned 90-voice ensemble, including 12 paid professional singers. Dr. Istad has engaged notable guest artists, diversified programming and expanded collaborations. Camerata Singers is now supported by a part-time staff of five. As testimony to its artistic excellence, Camerata Singers became the artistic partner of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra in April, 2015.
Jan explained that choral singing has a greater participation by more people than any other activity.  She pointed out the Paramount Rotary chorus qualifies for participation.  Most choirs divide singers into soprano, alto, tenor and bass to achieve harmony.  The conductor is the manager of the chorus and has many responsibilities.  Singing has been with us from the beginning.  The Greeks had choral singing, chants augmented meditation and later harmony was added.  J.S. Bach brought the art to new heights in 1685 with 295 cantatas. With more great additions such as Handel’s Messiah.
  Jan B. Hower (right), Board President of the Long Beach Camerata Singers with Bud Jackson.  Learn more about upcoming events by visiting their website.  The link is
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Dietary Guidelines

Posted by Bud Jackson on Nov 08, 2015
Jamie Mok is a Registered Dietitian at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.  She works with a variety of patients with various ailments including cardiac, diabetes, cancer and surgical. Jamie has impressive academic credentials, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College Columbia University and completed dietetic internship at Long Beach State.

Jamie was born in the San Francisco Bay area and has settled in Los Angeles for the past five years. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Her presentation generated a lively exchange with Rotarians regarding which food items are good and which are not.  The goal is to manage a balance between caloric intake and exercise.  Dietary guidelines are drafted by a variety of sources mostly government organizations. As a result it takes a while to come up with a conclusion, but they have arrived at a first draft for 2015.

The key to a healthy diet is moderation.  It is important to reduce sodium intake, but just avoiding the salt shaker at the dinner table is not enough.  Be aware of the sodium content when you buy food at the grocery store and be careful of food selection when dining out.  Jamie also wants us to watch our fat intake, but not all fats, like olive oil, are bad.  A good guide to follow is the Mediterranean diet. 
Processed meat should be kept to a minimum and eat more seafood and chicken.  Eggs are thought to be good for you again.  Avoid soda and drink water instead.

If you want to lose weight reduce calories and increase exercise.  Set your goal to lose one pound per week for best results. 
  Jamie Mok (right)  shown here with Bud Jackson.
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Paramount Rotary 32nd Annual Golf Classic

Posted by Bud Jackson on Nov 01, 2015
Another successful tournament was held Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Westridge Golf Course in La Habra.

The Rotary Club of Paramount would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their support:

Los Angeles County Supervisor, Don Knabe for sponsoring lunch. Duane Mahan, trophy sponsor and Southern California Edison for the donated golf balls.

Scholarship sponsors were: Ace Calendering Enterprises, Beach Wire & Cable, Bernotas Accountancy Corp., Beth Bettger Insurance Agency, Daryl Hofmeyer, Jay Wilbur, John Boogaard, Prudential Overall Supply and Teri Mouren-Laurens.

Tee-sign sponsors were: Admiral Pest Control, Akrochem Corp., Alan B. Weiss & Assoc., Alondra Hot Wings, Ardellas, Aurora Rubber & Distribution, Bellflower Music, Berg Catering, Bill Pellegrino, CJ Lift Truck, Calmet Services, Inc., Casa Gamino Family Restaurant, Case Boogaard, Chizue Ouchi, Daryl Hofmeyer, Duane Mahan, Edgewood Partners Insurance Corp., Farmers & Merchants Bank, Farmers Insurance, Fenico Precision Casting, French Cormay Insurance, H. M. Royal of CA, Inc., Harwick Standard, Herald’s Garage, Jim Schreiber, John Boogaard, Marukan Vinegar, Maverix Solutions, Options in Design, R.T. Vanderbilt Co. Inc., R & S Processing Co., Inc., R. D. Abbott Co., Inc., SS Fuel/Simann Service Station, St. Eve, Transcom Telecommunications and VIP Rubber Co.
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Long Beach Airport – LGB

Posted by bud on Oct 25, 2015
Bryant L. Francis, C.M. is the Director of the Long Beach Airport.  He describes his job in this way, “the airport is like a small city and I am the mayor”.  Bryant became Director of Long Beach Airport in January of this year.  He is originally from Harrisburg PA, his lifelong passion for aviation led him to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach FL, where he earned a BS degree in Aviation Management.  His 19-year career includes positions in Atlanta, Palm Springs, Detroit, Boise and Shreveport.

LGB has a 30 million dollar operating budget and employs 100.  The 41 commercial flight slots are distributed to Jet Blue (32), Delta (5), American (2) and one each to FedEx and UPS.  About 2.6 million passengers fly in and out of LGB.  Passenger traffic is down 13%.  Production of the Boeing C-17 sunsets this year which ends airplane production on the property.  Activity from the growth of the Gulfstream Company is a positive note.

The economic impact on Long Beach is $6 billion and provides 18,000 jobs (which is 9% of the jobs in Long Beach).  The airport receives no Long Beach general funds and pays $10.9 million for city services.

The airport opened in 1941 with the same historic architecture of today.  In 2012 the terminal was upgraded and work continues on upgrading plumbing and electrical.  New tile flooring is being installed now.  Improvements are planned for upgrading the baggage claim area, parking structures and car rental facilities.  Other improvements include better use of runways, the two north/south runways will be removed to improve access the other three major runways.

Noise ordinances don’t allow flights from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am, except for military flights which have no restrictions.
  Bryant L. Francis (right) director of LGB with his his assistant, Stephanie Montuya-Morisky, (left) Acting Public Affairs Officer.
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Ilala, Tanzania Youth Foundation Center

Posted by Bud Jackson on Oct 04, 2015
Rotary is a vehicle that takes us to new and interesting places.  Charles A. Mbaga is an example, this young man (38 years old) is 10,000 miles away from his home in eastern Africa to solicit funds for his project.  Helped by Alison Clay-Duboff, a Torrance Rotary Club member who spoke to our club in December of 2011 about her experiences in Saudi Arabia.  Alison’s connection with Charles came about as a result of her first husband being from Tanzania.
Charles was born and raised in Ilala (ilala) which suffers from poverty, drug abuse (heroin) and disease (HIV/AIDS).  The youth there have no facilities for sports and many are without one or both parents.  Charles has successfully built an outdoor basketball court, but still has many needs.  He believes that sports will keep the kids busy and focused, avoiding drugs, gangs and sex.
The Center is not only for sports, it is a friendly place to hang out and expose children to other cultures.  Charles welcomes volunteers from all around the globe to visit the Center.  Counseling single mothers to avoid prostitution, getting girls involved in sports and helping boys avoid drugs, idleness and school drop outs. Teaching them how to achieve better living conditions.
Like many other governments, Tanzania suffers from corruption and offers no support for such projects.  The Center needs funds to sustain their efforts.  They would like office space, sports equipment, wages, office supplies and a transportation vehicle.  The budget to accomplish these goals is $20,000 USD.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in Africa, but has many natural resources and parks.  The parks are home to a variety of wild life on the Serengeti and other parks.  Beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Island of Zanzibar and Olduvai Gorge where based on fossil evidence various hominid species have occupied there for 3 million years. Charles invites you to visit and see the beauty that Tanzania holds, have fun and above all be part of the transformation of the lives of the young generation living in ilala.
I had the opportunity to drive Charles to the place he is staying in Hermosa Beach.  During the ride I learned he really likes the United States.  He is impressed that people of so many different cultures have come together in our melting pot, the fact that people obey traffic rules, there are so many different types of cars and that this is a safe place to live.  I asked if he was homesick, his response led me to believe he would prefer to stay here if he could.
If you would like to contact Charles you can email him
  Bud (left) is shown with Linda from Rotary and Charles (right.)
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Posted by Oscar Rosales on Sep 13, 2015
Planetary member and UCLA shirt attired, Jay Wilber introduced, Jordan Evans, mechanical systems division manager for NASA/JPL. This was a joint meeting with the Bellflower Rotary Club. Jordan started by showing a video simulation of how this Rover got up there in the first place. It only took 7 or 8 years to get to Mars but then it had to land.
By using the Sky Crane Parachute drop and dribble method the Rover bounced along for a quarter of a mile on large beach balls until it finally came to a stop in a small excavation. With only 3/8 gravity that didn’t seem far enough. You could hear a pin drop at NASA control and Progress Park until it hatched and everyone went wild.
It’s as cold as -160˚ F so two days before launch a 10 oz Plutonium parcel was loaded to keep Rover warm. This job is done by an Army PFC.  A 140 lb sound proof blanket was used to wrap the Rover because high noise levels can put the rover out of business. The detail is extraordinary. During the video I counted more than 20 white suited scientists roaming all over the Rover. Jordan said NASA was concerned with the dust on Mars covering the solar panels and negating the flow of power to Rover. Thankfully the wind generated dust devils or a “Robotic Geologist” as it is called, which kept the panels clean.
The 6 wheel Rover being considerably larger than Spirit or Opportunity and contains 300 kilos (2.2 X = Lbs) of instruments. The laser can scan a large area of rock, compute the best location of the area then concentrate on that area for probing. The camera is really super with a zoom lens that can photograph from Macro to Normal magnification. The wheel on Curiosity spells out JPL in Morse code.  It was a clever way for JPL to get their name on the vehicle.
Jay Wilbur ended the presentation by thanking Jordan for coming down and then stated, “I’m proud to be an American!” Thank you Jay and NASA for such an engaging presentation.
 In the picture with Dean and Jordan is the Bellflower Rotary President Connie Hui.  For more information on The Curiosity Rover please follow this link: 
MARS EXPLORATION AND THE CURIOSITY ROVER Oscar Rosales 2015-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Blood Drive Results

Posted by Dean Mouren-Laurens on Sep 07, 2015
Dear Dean, 

Thank you for showing your support of the community by sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive at the City of Paramount. The need for blood is constant and your efforts help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available for people in need.
Your blood drive results are below. Feel free to share this information with all the amazing Paramount Rotary Club members who donated, along with my heartfelt thanks.
City of Paramount & Paramount Rotary Club
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Presenting Donors: 34                                 Scheduled Donors: 45
Deferrals: 5                                                    QNS (Quantity Not Sufficient) : 1

Goal to Collect: 24                                        Units Collected: 34

Up to 102 lives saved!                                  Percent of Goal: 142%
Examples of the types of people helped by blood donors can be found on our website
Thank you for all your help in ensuring our blood drive was such a great success. We were able to exceed our goal by 142% and most importantly help save up to 102 lives! This is really amazing! We had several walk-ins in addition to the scheduled appointments. The banner really helped grab more of the community’s attention. It turned out to be a great community event.
I look forward to working with you on future blood drives at the City of Paramount. Please feel free to contact me should you have additional questions.

Kind regards,

Diana Boyd | Account Manager
Donor Resources Development
American Red Cross 
Southern California Region | West Division
2533 S. Fairfax Avenue
Culver City, CA  90232
(323) 900-4426 (p) | (323) 930-0773 (f)
(310) 570-3537 (c) |
Blood donors can give every 56 days. If you do not have another blood drive scheduled, please consider referring donors to to find other blood donation opportunities.
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Chuck Anderson

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Sep 07, 2015
Our Guest Speaker, this week, was Chuck Anderson. Chuck is the Chair for Rotary Foundation for District 5280. He has a distinguished record of being an active Rotarian with Redondo Beach Club since 1989.  He has his CPA practice in Redondo Beach.  He has these feathers in his cap:
  • 2004 Redondo Beach Man of Year
  • 50th Edition of Who's Who in America
  • Two time Club Rotarian of Year
  • Past District Governor of Rotary 08-09
Chuck reminded us about these District events:
  • Foundation Celebration Dinner & Dance program on November 14 in Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
  • Family Picnic on Sunday Sep 20th
Today’s subject was Rotary Foundation.
Chuck talked about history of the Rotary Foundation, about Paul Harris and how the foundation was conceptualized in 1917 at Atlanta Convention where Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. When Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions really began pouring in to Rotary International, and crossed $1 Million mark!
Being a CPA, Chuck quoted numbers, some very impressive numbers:
According to Charity Navigator – America’s largest Evaluator of Charity Organizations, Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating; 92% of Foundation’s Revenue is applied directly to the Programs, with only 6% spent on fundraising and 2% on administrative expenses
The Rotary Foundation moved up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Last year, $239 Million were donated, out of which the Foundation funded $23.5 million in district grants and $47.3 million in global grants.  Since inception, more than a $1 Billion has been donated!  We have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since 1979 and are close to eradicating polio from the Globe!
Chuck then shared his personal travel experiences of various International Programs undertaken by our District 5280. Since 2004, our Foundation has undertaken charitable projects in El Salvador, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico, Guatemala. $1,000 may not seem like a huge amount in USA but it goes a long way in these countries!
For every program, there were real life stories that were really touching!
Chuck concluded his talk by quoting Mark Twain “Kindness is something that the blind can see and the deaf can hear!” and our Rotary theme “Be a gift to the world”!  We are all proud to be part of District 5280!
  Jay Wilbur on Left with Chuck Anderson on Right.
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Four Way Test

Posted by Jay Wilbur on Aug 30, 2015

The Four Way Test

The Club’s guest speaker was Carol Shafer. She is quite accomplished being: a ten year member of LA5 Rotary, a participant in philanthropic groups (e.g. Sandpipers and Salvation Army Advisory); the recipient of awards such as the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal and Businesswoman of the Year; a graduate gemologist with her own jewel business; and to top it all, a professional Marilyn Monroe impersonator!
            All of these experiences have permitted Carol to view humanity in many environments and she has been disappointed by the poor values and ethics demonstrated. She therefore has gone on a personal quest to enhance and support Rotary’s 4-Way Test as a means of improving societal values and ethics. Her remedies are quite straight forward:
  1. IS IT THE TRUTH? Examine yourself first for truthfulness. You should seek life’s reality, eliminating distortions, avoiding falsity from politicians, avoiding the corrosive smoke screens created by the media.
  2. IS IT FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED? We should pursue fairness to avoid corrupting the public trust. It is crucial to Rotary’s role that cheating, loss of ethical perspectives and immoral TV programming be spoken against. Emphasize the teaching of ethical fairness in business schools, teacher education schools, divinity schools and political science programs.
  3. WILL IT BUILD GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Seek friends who see things as you do, who live life as you do. Each Rotary club needs to foster the friendliness of its meetings, give time to promote the general goodwill present at meetings and emphasize “the more you give, the more you receive.”
  4. WILL IT BE BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED? Work to make this a major part of your own personal philosophy of life. Replace taking and keeping with giving. Plan to leave behind more than you consumed. Give your best to meet the needs of others and teach that perspective to your children.
Carol concluded by commending the Club for display of its 4-Way Test banner and exhorted all to live the tests, not just say them.
In the Photo above Carol is seen on the Left with Jay Wilbur.
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for Blood Donation Services of Red Cross

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Aug 23, 2015
This week, our guest speaker was Ms. Diana Boyd from Red Cross. Diana is Account Manager for Blood Donation Services of  Red Cross Southern California Region.  Their mission is to fulfill the needs of the American people with the safest, most reliable and cost-effective blood products through voluntary donations.
For many of us, this was an informative session, as she talked about all aspects of Blood Donation.  Did you know that every 2 seconds somebody in the USA needs blood? This means that more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day in the U.S!
Blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from human beings! Blood has a short shelf life. So, to meet patient needs, the Southern California Red Cross region strives to collect nearly 10,500 whole blood donations and more than 500 platelet products each week.
Every pint of blood collected can touch up to 3 lives:
  • Red Blood Cells for Accident Victims, ER  
  • Plasma  for Burn Victims  
  • Platelets for Babies, Cancer Patients.
Even though 38% of population is eligible for donating blood, only about 5% actually do. The main reason for people not donating blood is that they never get asked!
While the actual process of blood draw only takes 5 to 10 minutes, the total time needed is about 45 minutes.
We have a Blood Drive here in the city of Paramount on:
  • Tuesday Sep 1, 2015
  • 9:00am -3:00pm
  • Auditorium- Progress Park
Signups are already in progress! Please spread the word!! For more info, contact:  Diana Boyd Phone: (310) 570-3537
 Diana Boyd (on Right) with our president Dean!
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Fire Preparedness Program

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Aug 16, 2015
This week, we had the pleasure of Margaret Arbini-Madonna from American Red Cross come talk to us about the Fire Preparedness Program in Paramount, which she is spearheading for the American Red Cross. Margaret is a long time member of Long Beach Rotary Club. With her charming personality, her knowledge of the subject and her professional presentation, she had our full attention the whole time!
She started with a general discussion of “Prepare So Cal 2.0” which is an outgrowth and updated version of her previous program “Prepare So Cal 1.0”. First, she presented us with the big picture. This program starts with Community Resilience and goes down to Individual & Household preparedness.  She shared the 3 year plan for the entire Los Angeles County and mentioned that she is personally responsible for Territories 4 and 5, which include Paramount and East Los Angeles for this year.
Paramount key demographics are: Population 54,098; 14,000 Households; 78.6% population Hispanic/Latino;  Average Age 28;  33% population being under 18;  Average income $44,167, 22% living below poverty line.
There is a well thought out plan based on her previous experience and knowledge and understanding of the territories. They have already formulated relationships with business leaders, elected officials, school districts, local community organizations and anyone who wants to volunteer or partner.
Then there is a menu of services which starts off with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. There are well defined time lines from July 1 to September 30, for October 1 to December 3, for Jan 1 to March 31 and April 1 to June 30, 2016. So far, everything is progressing as per target. At this point, they are recruiting volunteers to achieve the next milestone:  Soft Launch Event – Kickoff. The goal here is to install 200 smoke alarms on “San” Street on August 29th. The next milestone will be Signature Home Fire Installation Event in October.
Margaret made a request to us to provide one team of 3 people for the August 29th event. This will also include a brief training session on August 26th morning. Our club is confident that we will be able to provide a team to help with this worthy cause! Needless to say that if you have an interest in participating here, this is the time to come forward! 
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Craft Talks - Rich and NIck

Posted by Nick Pardasani on Aug 10, 2015
This week program consisted of Craft Talks by Rich Weeda and Nick Pardasani.  The purpose of these craft talks is to get to know the newer members on a more personal level. 
Instead of the usual speech, Nick devoted the entire time to questions and answers. He wanted to know what other members would like to know about him. He talked about his background, his culture and past experiences in form of answers to questions asked by other members. It was an interactive session, as everyone participated and wanted to know more. As expected, most of the questions were related to Nick's background and the unique culture of where he comes from which is India.
We talked about India a lot. We talked about weddings, arranged marriages, population growth, political conflicts with Pakistan, Rotary Clubs, class distinctions, cultural differences, Indian Food, and more! We also talked about local Indian Restaurants in Artesia (on Pioneer Blvd.)
There were questions and answers also about Nick's personal background and how he came to USA as a scholarship student, did his master's degree in Minnesota, went back to India, moved to Canada in 1971, did his MBA degree in Canada, worked for Xerox Canada, transferred to California in 1985 to work for Xerox Corporation; became a Printing Business Owner in Paramount, CA in 1992 and then got attracted to developing Web sites and data bases, with the advent of Internet in 1997. He still continues to own and manage which is an online retailing business selling Halloween Costumes on the Internet. We also talked about his offshore resources based in India.
Nick also answered questions about his family. He has been married to Sheila since 1971. His son and daughter-in-law live in Seal Beach; they have two girls and a boy. His daughter and son-in-law live in Santa Monica and have a 2 month old boy. Nick talked about how much they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
His brother lives in Melbourne, Australia; his other brother lives in Mumbai, India and his sister lives in Normal, Illinois. He noted that his entire family is well-to-do and successful in what they do. They get together often. Nick also maintains close ties with cousins, some second cousins in India and close friends in Canada. 
In closing, Nick mentioned that even though there are cultural and behavioral differences between people from different backgrounds, basically, people are people. They are all driven by common values and motivations. He pointed at the Rotary Four way test and noted that those values are applicable universally - no matter what your background or culture may be.

Rich started his talk by mentioning that he too is from an immigrant family. His family migrated from Netherlands to Canada in 1948 because annual quotas to the United States were full. Following Canada's seven year residence requirement, the family immigrated to the United States. He was number 5 of 8 children. He brings with him his Dutch family values. He is a Christian, husband, father and grandfather.



Rich talked about the challenges in his early days. His father was severely injured and there were financial difficulties which required the children to work, developing a good work ethic early in his life. Rich has been a newspaper carrier, a cow washer, he pumped gas and fixed cars as a mechanic, washing cows was a seven day a week job. Rich talked about how he did not like school as a youngster, but his employers insisted he finish school.Rich enlisted in the US Army in 1968, serving in Germany for two and half years and knows what it is like to be a soldier.



While he was enlisted, Rich's mom kept in touch with his sweetheart, Laurie. They continued to correspond and with eleven months remaining in his enlistment, they were married and moved to Germany.



Upon returning to the US, he enrolled in Cerritos College and Long Beach State University receiving a teaching credential in Industrial Arts. Upon completing his student teaching in the Paramount Unified School District, he accepted a position as the Auto Shop Instructor at Paramount High School. He enjoyed being a car mechanic and he liked sharing this knowledge and skills with his students. For a student who did not like school in his early days; his mother was quite surprised and pleased that he became a teacher. He enjoyed working with Students and he loved working with automotive systems but with an expanding family, he pursued a position with Datsun Motor Sales, USA as a Service Training Instructor. In this position he trained dealership technicians in all areas of automotive service for nearly five years.


Rich spent the last 28 years of his career as an Automotive Curriculum Designer for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, designing curriculum for both Toyota and Lexus. He recently retired and has been keeping himself busy with painting, flooring, window installation, roofing and most recently helping with six month old twin grandchildren.


Rich is about to celebrate his 45th wedding anniversary this year and is scheduled for an Alaskan Cruise. 

Rich expressed his gratitude for always being warmly welcomed in Paramount Rotary Club and looks forward to working with the club in community endeavors. 
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Top Gun

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Aug 03, 2015
This week the Bellflower Rotary Club and the Paramount Rotary Club met together for a joint meeting.
Dean opened the meeting with the Rotary definition which is Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action. Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives. Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.
This week’s presentation was to be JPL however due to a scheduling conflict they were unable to make it.  Instead we heard from Paramount member George Josephs on the topic of “Top Gun.”
George is a former F4 Phantom Flyer pilot.  The Phantom is a two seater jet fighter and is the standard jet fighter all around the world. It was originally designed to intercept anything trying to attack an aircraft carrier from the air.  As time went on it was found that it was also pretty good in “dog fighting” (air to air close encounter fighting) as well as had the capabilities to drop bombs. Therefore the Phantom became the go to jet for Air to Ground, Air to Air as well as Intercept.
George explained that “dog fighting” has not changed since World War I.  This type of fighting relies on speed and maintaining speed during cornering which is hard to do in a Phantom but is crucial because once a jet loses speed they are a perfect target for the opponent.
The Phantom’s cornering velocity is at 420 knots which is a very quick and very tight turn.  As a pilot, the way you learn the speed of your machine is by sound and feel.  The sound of the wind going over the cockpit glass is an indicator of speed as well as how the stick feels in your hand.  The faster the jet flies the easier it is to maneuver.  The stick actually is loser the faster it goes so a pilot will steer with just their fingertips.
The one main problem with using the Phantom in “dog fights” however is that the tighter the turn the more it bleeds speed (slows down and loses fuel), therefore the key factor in “dog fight” engagement was in 90⁰ of a turn, if you have not killed anyone get out of the turn with a pitch back.
With this in mind, a question was posed on how did the F4 Phantoms keep up with the Migs during the Vietnam War?  George first explained that the Migs were jets sent by the Russian and were Korean type jets that actually had a better turning radius than the Phantom, therefore in a “Gaggle” (30 to 40 aircraft fighting together) it was important to maintain speed, not get into tight turns and to especially not to bleed speed because once you do you were an open target for the Migs. Lastly, one of the other things they needed to do during combat was to not “Flare Out” (run out of gas) on the after burner.  This was common during some of the tight air to air combats because of how they jets are made.  The tighter the turn, the more speed you bleed the easier it is to flare out.  Thus during Vietnam, the Migs did have an advantage over the Phantoms because of their turning capabilities.
Thank you George for “flying by the seat of your pants” to step in as presenter this week.
Top Gun Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

The Braille Institute

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jul 27, 2015
Wendy Castillo of the Braille Institute gave a very informative presentation regarding the services offered by this nearly 100 year old non-profit organization that receives no government funding and relies entirely on contributions to do their important work.  The blind and low vision receive the benefits offered at no cost.
Wendy has been with Braille for five years.  She is busy serving the estimated 62,000 blind and low vision people in the Spanish community that are located in the greater Los Angeles area.  Prior to coming to Braille she worked as a medical assistant for 12 years.  Her experience at Braille is so much more rewarding than her previous job.  She had a special motivation in helping blind and low vision people.  Her younger sister is blind and their Mother died when her sister was very young.  Wendy has been her sister’s care giver ever since.  There wasn’t much hope given for her sister when she was little, but now she is preparing to enter UCLA.

The major causes for blindness are diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  We are told that diet and exercise are the best ways to combat these problems, but these things are difficult for the blind.  Often, blind and low vision people just give up and they receive very little support from family members.  Braille advocates that is okay talk about losing vision.  In classes that meet for one to two hours each day for four weeks.  They learn to read Braille, walk with a cane, and to distinguish coin denominations and fold bills in such a way they know the bills value.  They are taught to verbalize problems, like “I can’t see what’s in front of me”.  They are taught how to put to tooth paste on the brush, make cereal and even lasagna.  The purpose is to motivate and teach.

Wendy told us that when we see someone with a cane standing on a corner we should not touch them.  We should ask them if they would like our help and act accordingly.  Braille Institute is located at 741 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles (just north of the 101 fwy).  Visitors are welcome, if you or someone you know is losing their vision this is the best place to go.  Many helpful aids are available. 
  Wendy Castillo from the Braille Institute Los Angeles.  For more info please check out their website!
The Braille Institute Bud Jackson 2015-07-27 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jul 12, 2015
Welcome to the new Rotary Year.  This year’s theme is “Be a Gift to the World.”  As we start this new year our new Rotary President Dean Mouren- Laurens was not present due to surgery and John Berg presided over our first meeting.  Dean we hope you feel better.
This week’s meeting was “Assembly,” which is where all members get a preview of the new clubs officers and what they plan for the year.  The following is a brief rundown of some of the members’ thoughts.

Treasury:  John Rodgerson
At present we are solvent but we need to ensure that our two fundraisers continue to bring in club money so we can continue to help our community and students.  John talked about community outreach and making sure we all help out with Tee signs during our golf tournament (which is coming up in October) and helping out by volunteering for golf and poker tournaments. 

Secretary:  Duane Mahan
This positions job is to support the New President as well as all the new members get to know what is involved with Rotary including dues and membership.  Duane asks that if there is anything you need or have a question on your membership please ask.

Club Service:  Bud Jackson
This is the one of the most involved positions which keeps all of us informed, acknowledgements of achievements, gets us involved in conventions, conferences and assemblies.  This position also is in charge of social events and activities such as the Holiday party, installation dinner and Fireside chats.  Bud asks that if anyone is interested in helping out with these he would love the help. One of the big things we need help on is reporting and photo taking at our club meetings.  Reporters take notes on what is being said, need to write it up and then pass it on to Mary Jane to insert into Bulletin.  We all need to be better historians for our club as well.  He would like to thank us all for our rise in membership this last year and lastly, Bud also secures our wonderful speakers for our meetings and has once again asked for all of us to help out in getting speakers.

Community Service:  Linda Timmons
One of the goals for this year is to be more transparent.  We need for our community to recognize who we are and all the good that we do.  Rotary needs to be a name that is out there and this is one of Linda’s goals this year. She is new to this position but will jump in feet first to work on our Community Senior Luncheon, Adopt a family for the Holiday, and continue our partnership with Walmart.  We are also looking to expand our Student community service recognition, and hope to partner with Paramount Public Safety for a community recognition Award.

International:  Roberto Monroy
Roberto just found out that day that he was in charge of International service so he was unsure as to what his duties as an officer were but he is willing to learn.  He asked what his budget was which was a good start and will start looking in to a worthy international cause our club can support.

Sergeant-at-Arms: Jim Schreiber just wanted to thank Chiz and Bea for helping him out all year with our room set up and we want to Thank Jim for all that he does that sometimes may go unnoticed. 

Public Relations:  Mary Jane
One of the things to look forward to in this year is the new Branding of Rotary on our signage, our letterhead, and anything in print.  This will be a slow undertaking but will just take time to complete.
All of us look forward to the upcoming year and look to learn more about each of our positions.
Assembly Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Susan Angel in Afghanistan

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jul 05, 2015
Our speaker was once again Susan Angell but this time she came to talk about her Human Sanctions Trip to Afghanistan to help the Rabia Balkhi woman’s hospital.

Rabia Balkhi was a very famous poet who was killed by her brother for falling in love with a servant.  A clinic had been opened in her name since 1940 however during the Taliban regime, health care for women became nonexistent.  After the fall of the Taliban it once again opened up but as a Women’s Hospital primarily for childbirth.

It was opened as a joint venture between the Department of defense and the VA.  It is located in a bad part of town and does not look like a hospital. Susan showed us photos of the hospital and it is a long narrow building with dirt floors, old left over furniture and table as delivery beds.  All the medical procedures happen on one side of the building while the other side is the waiting area for the men.

Through a visual slide show of the operation we learned that the Pharmacy is lucky to have any real drugs in it and a lot of times the patient's family will go down to the Bazaar to pick up drugs for the pharmacist to put together.  A lot of the medicine is “donated” from other countries such as Germany but they are all out of date or moldy.

Since they are women only women can work on them so it is generally a midwife delivering the child with a Doctor standing in the hallway giving instructions as needed.  The doctors themselves are really only book learned and do not need to have any hours of practice or need to take state exams to become doctors.

Just to be able to get into the building you need to pay the guard at the door who then takes and pockets your money for himself.  Being a guard is the best paid position in the place. Physicians get paid $30 a month.

Hoarding is a big problem in this country, so at the hospital, even if they have the equipment or medicine they may not use it because it is put away "just in case."  This habit goes back to a time of constant war and the people did not know where there next meal, or items would come from.  Hoarding also extends to the usage of electricity.  A great example is in the office of the Supply Director, he has numerous refrigerators but they are all being used as book shelves.

The Human Sanctions Trip was there to help make the place a bit better; they worked on teaching sanitation, cleanliness, and proper procedure in health care.  It was a lot to try and accomplish but a few things did improve; such as getting them to start using counters for food preparation, getting them to understand about meat refrigeration (which was a struggle with electricity usage) and English Lessons. 

Susan agreed to teach English to medical students and was fortunate to have a mixed gender group which is very unheard of.   They were not so much interested in grammar as they were in conversational English. Through these classes she learned that they were all suffering PTSD and they really wanted to talk about their struggles and their experience in war. She enjoyed helping this group very much.

Susan finished by showing us a few photos of Kabul where traffic just went every which way with beggars just sitting in the middle of the roads.  You were not allowed to stop for any of these beggars for fear that they had a bomb.  There were also many orphanages, lots of parents lost to war but also kids just abandoned from families who could not afford to feed them.

Everywhere she went she was not allowed to go anywhere without two soldiers and Protectors.  This was imposed Force Protection.  These soldiers were from all over the world.

This was a very enlightening slide show and gave a great insight as to how it is in Afghanistan.
 John Berg once again hosted our wonderful guest, Susan Angell.
Susan Angel in Afghanistan Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Philips - UN Ambassador

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jun 20, 2015
This week we had the privilege  of having Dr. David Phillips speak to us on his involvement with the United Nations.  As a UN officer he has worked in 180 Nations.
Dr.  Phillips started with the introduction of his name which is actually his mother’s last name. His grandfather came from Rome to Chicago which back in those days Italians were not looked upon fondly.  Knowing his children needed to assimilate quickly he hired two teachers to teach his children to speak English.  When his son (Dr. Phillip’s father) grew and married he married a mostly Greek woman whose name was Phillips which he took on.  “Phillips” in Greek means love of horses.
His father was a trade commissioner who traveled a lot which led to David being born in Asia.  His family continued to move countries which is why Dr. Phillips is proud to be an international gypsy.  He graduated from Colombia in New York as well as the University of Hawaii.  His degrees are many with 2 BAs, 2 MAs, as well as 2 PhDs  the first being in International Relations and Democracy and the second in Behavioral Psychology.
Throughout his career he has been the secretary and assistant to Mr. Mondale, has been an unofficial advisor to Barbara Boxer, Governor Brown and other politicians.
As advisor to the Whitehouse he was appointed to the United Nations in 1970. He was appointed Director of Women’s Affairs for the UN which had the task of ensuring the need for respect and recognition of women’s rights.
Backing up a bit, he let us know that In 1965 he was introduced to Rotary Club and was lucky enough to be able to study international relations through Rotary.  Although he loves talking at Rotary clubs, and he has spoken to many Rotary Clubs throughout the world at one point he was at odds with Rotary.  In 1967 he argued with the Rotary of Chicago to include and respect women and what they could bring to the club.
Of all of the clubs he has spoken at he really enjoys coming back to Paramount for their relaxed, humble and comfortable fit.  He wishes he could settle down and join Paramount and apologizes that he cannot however because he still works with congress and still advises (and travels) on the events happening in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
A question was asked what the point of the UN was since it did not seem to make a difference, Dr. Phillips answered that the UN was similar to Rotary International.  As a governmental agency they meet with other countries and are then sent to various places to talk about and asses the beliefs and needs of a country.  They then try to help with research to figure out a plan with governments and universal ministries for projects that will help that country.
Dr. Phillips also likes to use the Rotary 4 Way Test to teach students what democracy is.  He strongly believes that Democracy should be just like the 4 Way Test:  1.  Is it the Truth   2.  Is it Fair to all concerned   3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships   4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned. This author would like to agree with Dr. Phillips on this last thought.  Thank you Dr. Phillips for visiting Paramount.
Dr. David Phillips
Dr. Philips - UN Ambassador Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Water – Scarce, but Essential for Life and Health

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jun 15, 2015
Richard J. Glassock, MD, is a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School and Scripps Research Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Glomerular Diseases and Clinical Nephrology and has lectured in over 95 countries throughout the world. Dr. Glassock has received numerous awards, including the David Hume Memorial Award of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), The Robert Narins Award of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the Distinguished Achievement Awards from UCLA School of Medicine, the Association of Professors of Medicine, and the Torchbearer Award of the American Kidney Fund (AKF). He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASN NephSAP Journal, and currently serves as Professor Emeritus at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Paramount Rotary was privileged to have Dr. Glassock speak to our club for the fourth time.  A fellow Rotarian and golfing buddy of John Rodgerson (they play twice a week).  Dick pointed out that during their match the Rotary 4-Way Test is temporarily dismissed on the first tee and revived again after the 18th hole is completed.
His topic was water.  Water has been on the planet since its inception about 4.4 billion years ago when an icy planet collided with earth.  We still have that same ancient water with us today, recycled over and over.  Water covers 70% of our planet’s surface and is retained by gravity.
The human body, coincidentally or not, also contains 60 to 70% water.  That’s about 10 gallons of which 55% is within cells and the other 45% is outside of cells.  We must get rid of what we take in or we’re in trouble.  We consume 95 to 100 ounces per day, Over 80% orally with the rest coming from metabolism.  The bulk of the output, about 70%, is urine and the rest by respiration and sweat.
The brain and pituitary gland regulate thirst.  Too much water creates over hydration and too little cause dehydration.  Either one can cause problems.  So how much water is needed?  Of course, the amount will vary depending on climate and physical activity, but 3.5 liters/day (1.8 gallons) for men and 2.5 liters/day (1.3 gallons) for women is recommended.  Drinking large amounts of water is not proven to improve health.
What type of water is best?  If tap water is safe, it is just as good as bottled water.  All of the specialty brand waters are no better and some added ingredients may make it worse.
So remember the words of W. H. Auden ""Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."
Dr. Glassock pictured to the Right with John and Carol Rodgerson.
Water – Scarce, but Essential for Life and Health Bud Jackson 2015-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Ending World War II

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jun 07, 2015
Dr. Raymond "Speedy" Biel, 1st Lieut., U.S. Army Air Force is a Paramount Rotary Honorary member.  He was President of the club in 1961-62 (he claims it was the best year of the Club), a PUSD Board member, and a long time Paramount resident with a Dental practice in Bellflower.
Ray came to Paramount High School to enlighten students and Rotarians and guests.  During his presentation you could hear a pin drop as the audience listened.
Ray recounted his experience as a 22 year old B-29 Air Force pilot in the top secret 509 Composite Group lead by Colonel Paul Tibbets.  After flight school in Arkansas he trained in Utah and Cuba before going on to the Pacific Theater.  He was part of a seven aircraft unit with ten members per team.  The B-29 aircraft they used were special lightweight, stripped down planes that would cruise at 30,000 to 35,000 feet on thirteen hour flights.  His plane's name was "Full House" and the nose art depicted the enemy being tossed out of an Iowa outhouse.  When asked if there was a restroom on board for these long flights, Ray said there was a bucket for that purpose and the rule was that the first to use it would have to clean it.
Leaflets were dropped over Japan warning them to surrender or ten cities would be destroyed.  After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered.  The Japanese were well fortified to resist an invasion with one million men and 12,000 airplanes determined to fight to the death.  This early end to the war is estimated to have saved the lives of two million Allies and Japanese.
The members of these special crews had reunions every five years until recently when they decided to meet every year as their numbers dwindle.  In 2008 only four showed up for the reunion.  Ray is the last survivor of his crew.  The country owes a great deal of gratitude to this often referred to as the best generation of Americans.
Dr. Raymond "Speedy" Biel onstage at Paramount High School.
For an excellent history lesson (highly recommended) just Google “ray speedy biel” to view a YouTube video.
Ending World War II Bud Jackson 2015-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

The Rebel Reverend

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 31, 2015
Pulitzer Prize nominee, Craig MacDonald, is the author of 19 books on American history and a member of the National History Honor Society.  Craig speaks at national conferences and universities.  He spoke to us today on “the Rebel Reverend”, James and Hannah Caldwell, who saved the lives of George Washington and his troops in the American Revolution.  Craig is the Caldwell’s great-great-great-great grandson.
Caldwell was born in Cub Creek in Charlotte County, Virginia, the seventh son of John and Margaret Caldwell, who were Scots-Irish settlers. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (later called Princeton University) in 1759 and, though he inherited 500 acres in Cub Creek, became pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown New Jersey. British soldiers numbering 32,000 terrorized the citizens there. He was an active partisan on the side of the Patriots, and was known as the "soldier parson". His church and his house were burned by Loyalists in 1780. His congregation included farmers, laborers, housewives and people like William Livingston, the first governor of New Jersey, Abraham Clark, who signed the Declaration of Independence and Elias Boudinot, who became a New Jersey Congressman and President of the Continental Congress.  He even became a confidant to George Washington.
While Caldwell was stationed with the army in Morristown, his wife Hannah was killed by a British soldier during the Battle of Connecticut Farms in what is now Union Township, an act which Union County immortalizes on their county seal to this day. His wife had been at home with their baby and a 3 year old toddler. As the British moved into Connecticut Farms, Hannah Caldwell was shot through a window or wall as she sat nursing her baby.  This hideous act so infuriated local citizens that many joined the patriots.
The Battle of Springfield was a critical time in the birth of our country.  British troops moved in force toward Springfield and were met with stronger than expected resistance.  The patriots had a problem, they were running out of wadding, necessary to hold the ball in place so they could fire their muskets.  Rev. Caldwell went to a nearby church and grabbed armloads of Hymnals written by Isaac Watts, he dashed down the lines throwing the books at the patriot’s feet, shouting, “Give ‘em Watts boys, give ‘em Watts!”  With a laugh and a cheer, they pulled out the pages, ramming home the charges and gave the British “Watts with a Will,” this action temporarily delayed the invasion of Springfield.  Over the next two days, the re-energized militia helped the Continental troops fight off a British force five times their numbers in the Battle of Springfield, forcing the enemy to retreat to Staten Island.  George Washington praised the militia, “They flew to arms universally and acted with a spirit equal to anything I have seen in war.”
Caldwell was killed on November 24, 1781, by an American sentry in Elizabeth, NJ when he refused to have a package inspected. The sentry, James Morgan, was hanged for murder on January 29, 1782 in Westfield, NJ, the British had hired him to kill the chaplain. There were nine orphaned children of Hannah and James Caldwell, all of whom were raised by friends of the family. George Washington and others contributed to a fund to help the Caldwell kids.
The Rebel Reverend Bud Jackson 2015-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

2015 Scholarship Luncheon

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 25, 2015
Paramount Rotary Club presented ten $500 scholarships to graduating Paramount High School seniors.  The students were accompanied by parents and friends.  Special guests in attendance were School Board members; President Alicia Anderson, Vice President Tony Pena and member Vivian Hansen.  Paramount Mayor Tom Hansen, Erin Stibal representing Supervisor Don Knabe, Co-Interim Superintendent Dee Stephens, Isela Preciado Administrative Assistant and PHS Counselor Eric Lindshield.  Other guests of Rotarians were Nick Pardasani, Oscar Rosales, Rich Weeda, Linda Timmons and Matt Wagner.
Dee Stephens presented the scholarship award winners, their intended college, major and sponsor:
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd and Romo  sponsored Gisel Del Carmen Lopez who will be attending UC San Diego and majoring in  Bioengineering, and Laura Quiarte, attending CSU Dominquez Hills looking to study to be a High School Teacher.
Daryl and Barbara Hoffmeyer sponsored Jesus Cervantes-Canela who will be attending UCLA and majoring in Electrical Engineering. 
Cal-Met Services  sponsored Aaron Morrow; who will be attending the University of Akron and majoring in Accounting.
Nick Pardasani of Anilita Corp. sponsored Grisel Vasquez who will be attending NOVA Southeastern University (FL) as a  Business Management major.
Bernotas Accountancy Corp sponsored Jesus Amador who will be attending CSU Bakersfield as a Mathematics major.
Teri Mouren-Laurens sponsored Dary Garcia looking to attend UC Davis as a Veterinary Medicine major.
Jay Wilbur sponsored  Christopher Cano who will CSU Long Beach as a Computer Science major.
John Boogaard sponsored Pamela Romero a soon to be UC Irvine Business Administration student.
Mardis and Bud Jackson of Options in Design sponsored Karen Winter-Gonzalez a soon to be UC Davis student studying Neurobiology.
With the help of Ric Caldera the students had prepared a video presentation that included action photos and photos of the students as youngsters and a current photo.  The latter brought a tear to one of the Mothers at my table.  Each scholar also received a treasure chest of goodies (appropriate for a pirate).
A committee of Rotarians was presented with the challenge of selecting the scholarship recipients from over 180 applicants.  Many people are involved in this event, but the one who makes it happen is Gary Endo.  Gary you did it again and it only gets better.
The group photo shows (Standing L-R) Jesus Cervantes, Jesus Amador, Karen Winter-Gonzalez, Aaron Morrow and Christopher Cano. (Sitting L-R) Grisel Vasquez, Gisel Del Carmen Lopez, Dary Garcia, Laura Quirarte and Pamela Romero.
2015 Scholarship Luncheon Bud Jackson 2015-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2015

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 17, 2015
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was held in Blue Jay, CA over the weekend (driving up Friday and returning on Sunday).  Students sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of District 5280 came together for this life changing event.  Due to the efforts of President John Boogaard, Paramount Rotary sent twelve students, which was the largest group at the event.  Counselors and staff plan a vigorous weekend taking the students out of their comfort zone to interact with everyone.

A few of the students shared their experience, but all agreed that this was a life changing event.  Leonela Gurrola had her doubts about going, but she now feels extremely lucky and fortunate that she attended.  She says it was so cool to meet students from all over the world, and wants to be a much nicer person and doing more for her community and school.  Jesus Robledo says his experience was one of the best in his life.  In the beginning he was shy and hesitant to talk to anyone he didn’t know, but he began to come out of his shell to participate when he realized no one knew who he was and he could act however he wanted.  He says this has forever changed his life.  Brian Rodriquez said his experience was not only a fun weekend filled with a variety of activities it also gave him the opportunity to improve his leadership skills.  RYLA proved to him that he is a strong leader and he should show it.  He was able to take responsibility and lead a group and is optimistic about his future as a leader.  Jennifer Solorzano thought that no way was she going to talk to anyone, but after a while she felt so connected to all the people she got to know.  For the first time she didn’t feel like people were judging her.  Everyone was so busy being themselves that they weren’t worried about being an outcast from the group.

Other comments I heard from the group were: we are princesses, who cares what other people think, be who you want to be, trust others, it's okay to step back and work with others, I’m a better listener and one of the girls who had always wanted lighter hair had the courage to finally dye her hair.
In the group photo are (Sitting L-R) Nathalia Mendoza, Jennifer Solorzano, Beatriz Salazar, Sheyla Burgos, Genesis Quezada, Leonela Gurrola, Giselle Ruiz and Gabriela Haro (Standing L-R) Jorge Roque, Jesus Robledo, Joshua Felix, Brian Ramirez and Mr. Andy Yonaki.  
Andy Yonaki is a Paramount High School math teacher and baseball coach.  He has been with PHS for five years and has been the Interact Club advisor during this time.  Andy is the glue that holds these students together. 
RYLA 2015 Bud Jackson 2015-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Paramount High School JROTC

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 09, 2015
The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students (Cadets) character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. Collectively, these lessons motivate students (Cadets) to be better citizens. In addition to promoting citizenship, JROTC also prepares students (Cadets) for college.

Colonel Robert Guild brought three of his cadets to Paramount Rotary to inform us the activities at PHS.  After 26 years of active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer he has spent the last eight years with the PUSD.  He began the program with about 25 cadets which has grown to 178 today.  Colonel Guild’s career has taken him all over the world, including two tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait and adjunct duty in Saudi Arabia.

JROTC is very active in community service performing a variety of tasks including cleanup, planting, setup and take down of equipment for events.  They have logged 7000 hours of community service this year.  JROTC is an accredited course teaching leadership and management skills.  Inspectors of the program at PHS were so impressed with the program that after the cadet’s presentation that they had no further questions and awarded PHS with the highest score west of the Mississippi.  Colonel Guild pointed out that the area includes programs in Asia.  The cadets are still trying to figure out why they only received 98.5 out of 100.

The cadets are put through the rigors of physical fitness with boot camp type exercises.  The cadets told us about themselves and all credited JROTC with making them a better person.  They make close friends that they think of as family.  They wear their uniforms to school on Mondays and to special events.
Casey Jimenez is the out-going Battalion Commander who will attend UCI and plans to become a neurosurgeon.  Carlos Robielos is the new Battalion Commander who credits the program for providing the leadership skills he needs to be successful in his new position.  Eric Aldana is the new Sergeant Major, he competed with cadets from other schools to win a trip to Washington D.C.  During his week he will stay at Catholic University in D.C. and will compete nationally in the leadership category.  He will meet the President and be judged by Major General Peggy Combs, the head of ROTC.
Looking sharp in their uniforms are (L-R) Eric Aldana, Casey Jimenez, Carlos Robielos and Colonel Guild. 
Paramount High School JROTC Bud Jackson 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Threepeat Winners!!

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 03, 2015
The Paramount Rotary club is a threepeat go-kart champions!  The team of Dean, Joe, Matt and Todd win again. 
shown here from L  - R are pit crew Duane and John C. as well as drivers Matt and Dean.
Threepeat Winners!! Bud Jackson 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Nest Egg Hunter

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 03, 2015
Nest Egg Hunter
Cinthia Marshall, CEO of Nest Egg Hunter, visited Paramount Rotary to tell us about the 1.4 trillion dollars that insurance companies are holding in unclaimed reserves that have not been distributed to beneficiaries.  After careers as stock broker, insurance agent and financial planner she started her company to help beneficiaries get the money that was left to them.
This process may start by someone contacting her company saying “my Dad died and I can’t find the life insurance policy”.  All that’s needed is the social security number and the search is on.  There are 1300 insurance companies in the United States.  Insurance companies make their own rules and are not regulated by the government.  Their attitude is that they are obligated to the policy holder and not the beneficiary.
Consider for a moment, how much is a trillion dollars?  The national debt of the U.S. is something north of 17 trillion.  If you spent a billion dollars every day for two years you still haven’t reached a trillion.  So we are talking about a lot of money sitting in lost and found accounts in all 50 states. Cinthia says that one out of every 600 people in the U.S. are due benefits.  Insurance companies have state of the art computer systems except for the claims departments.  The claims departments are dumbed down to the point they won’t even accept emails, you can only fax them.
Insurance companies have the largest lobby in Washington D.C.  Do you wonder how the inheritance tax limit was set at 5.5 million?  It is because the insurance industry told the politicians the average wealth of a congressmen is 5.5 mil.
Cinthia’s goal is to make enough of an impression on Congress to force insurance companies to do a better job in distributing life insurance benefits to the beneficiaries.  To help her and to find out if you have a nest egg waiting for you click on the following link to her website www.nestegghunter
Cinthia Marshall, CEO of Nest Egg Hunter.
Nest Egg Hunter Bud Jackson 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Amarok Society

Posted by Bud Jackson on Apr 26, 2015
Gem Munro has devoted his life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. He is a Director of Amarok Society, a registered Canadian charity that provides educational programs to the very poor in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria.  He is also an author and artist whose current book is a national best-seller. For their work, Gem and his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Gem shared some experiences he has had in Bangladesh.  He and his wife along with their four children (Azien 18, Gabriel 16, Grace 12 and Alastair 5) left Vancouver Canada to go to Dhaka Bangladesh.  Bangladesh is about one third the size of California and has a population 175 million.  Dhaka is the Capital, with a population of 70 million.  Bangladesh is home to the poorest of the poor.  The school system is the worst in the world.  Millions of children in the slums have no schooling at all.

Living conditions there are so bad it is hard for us to even imagine what it is like.  The typical method of building a school and staffing it with teachers seems to fail every time.  It occurred to Gem and his wife that if they could teach the Muslim mothers in the poorest slums they could teach their children and their neighbor’s children.  They are able to teach the illiterate to learn English and math in seven months.  When they begin they must show them how to hold a pencil and which end goes on the paper.  Their vocabulary is only 500 words with only a few English words.  They are taught how to think about conflict resolution techniques.  The teachers gain confidence and life makes sense.  One woman who was married at the age of 11 had considered her life was over, but her education has caused her to be reborn. They agree to teach at least five children (boys and girls) everything they have learned.  This multiplying effect is the basis for hope that can change the world.  There are currently 24 schools teaching 40 women.

Bangladesh is corrupt and struggling to remain a moderate Muslim nation.  Education is the best opportunity to stop the radical Muslim movement that is funded by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

A Rotarian from Ontario Canada has spearheaded an effort to have Rotary International support the Amarok Society. Gem was surprised to learn that there are 53 Rotary clubs in Bangladesh.  The Amarok Society’s humanitarian efforts are certainly in line with Rotary’s.
Gem and his family march to the beat of different drummer and follow the road less traveled.  Please visit this website and consider adopting a mother.
Amarok Society Bud Jackson 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Common Core Standards

Posted by Bud Jackson on Apr 19, 2015
Deborah Stark is the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Paramount Unified School District.  She has worked for PUSD for the past ten years, previously working as a teacher, principal and Director of Secondary Education.  She supervises the 19 schools in PUSD and is responsible for curriculum, assessment and professional development for all grades. For the past two years her work has focused on providing the leadership support to prepare for California’s Common Core standards and assessments.
The purpose of Common Core standards is to prepare students to be successful in college and careers and focuses on grade-level expectations in math and English language arts (ELA) for K-12 students.  Currently, 46 states participate in the program which now allows comparisons between states.  It also allows states to share information with each other.
An example of Common Core are these before and after questions for 4th grade students regarding rounding: 
Before question: Which of the following numbers will round to 26? a) 25.3, b) 25.5. c) 26.7 or d) 27.1.
After question: CAPACITY OF DIFFERENT BASEBALL STADIUMS.  San Francisco Giants’ stadium: 41,915 seats, Washington National’s stadium: 41,888 seats, San Diego Padres’ stadium: 42,445.  Jeff said, “I get the same number when I round all three numbers of seats in these stadiums.” Sara said, “When I round them, I get the same number for two of the stadiums but a different number for the other stadium.”  Can Jeff and Sara both be correct? Explain how you know.
The Common Core question asks students to reason mathematically, critiques the reasoning of others and communicates their response.  It also demonstrates that some math problems can have more than one right answer.
Many are opposed to Common Core standards because they believe the methodology used promotes leftist indoctrination and some teachers think they will constrict teaching to test prep, and many also see a heavy corporate hand.  These forces are urging states to opt out of Common Core standards.
The challenges to local school districts to implement Common Core standards are many:  Training teachers’ in new methods, more technology requirements which has caused PUSD to put computer labs in all schools, a need for new textbooks that still need to be rewritten as well as ommunication with parents to keep them informed.
To learn more visit this website
Common Core Standards Bud Jackson 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

Susan Angel on Veteran Affairs

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Apr 11, 2015
Today we were visited by Susan Angel, her background is Veterans affair. She is from Redondo Beach and went to school at the University of Hawaii. While she was at college she interned at the VA Hospital there and decided that is what she wanted to do, was work with Veterans.

In 2009, former Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki said, "No one who has served their country should find themselves without hope and a home" At this time 1% of Americans served in the military, yet over 30% of the homeless population were veterans. The VA had served homeless but the number kept rising. Shinseki changed the paradigm: to end homelessness, the VA could do this alone.

In an unprecedented push and a directive from the President, the VA aggressively involved 19 federal agencies to do work across agencies to address this social issue. Initially VA and HUD were the strongest partners. With leadership support inter-agency was shared and goals were set that were completely dependent upon both agencies succeeding. The results of the joint efforts were on track and put on the public domain.

In 2010, the very first decline in Veteran homelessness occurred through joint efforts of VA, HUD and the community. In 2014 the decrease of homeless Veterans with 49,933, a 33% decrease. As a result, VA & HUD received the Service to America Award. This was the first time the award went to collaborating agencies.

What are the root causes of homelessness; poverty and lack of affordable housing with contributing factors such as substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, unemployment, multiple deployments, social isolation and military sexual trauma. 15% of homeless Vets are women and there are also many more Vets that are incarcerated.

What made the difference after so many years of trying to provide expanding services? First there is the Housing First National Call Center 1-877-424-3838.  There are also community goals to identify and house every VET in a community and the ability to serve the families of Vets before they are homeless through HUDVASH vouchers.  These vouchers came as part of the Congressional Bipartisan support to fund HUDVASH vouchers.

When we began this effort, no one thought it was possible to end homelessness. But the significant progress, achieved through Federal coordination efforts, partnerships with the community, and congressional support ending homelessness is very possible.

In June 2014, Michelle Obama challenged mayors, governors, and other local officials to join this effort and to end Veteran homelessness in their communities. New Orleans was the first to achieve this goal with Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Houston close to achieving this goal.
 Susan Angel on Left is shown here with President John Boogaard. To learn more about veteran affairs please log on to
Susan Angel on Veteran Affairs Maria Mac Lean 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

Andy McCue author of Mover and Shaker

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Apr 04, 2015
"MOVER & SHAKER" Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, & Baseball's Westward Expansion

Andy Mc Cue author of “Mover and Shaker, Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers and Baseballs Westward Expansion” came to share his experience that led to the writing of this book. This is the first full-length biography of the man who moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles and who really started professional sports; you can almost say, in Southern California. When he moved the Dodgers; which was announced in late 1957, the only professional sports team in LA was The Rams. Back in that time the Rams only played six games out of the year,  so that was the extent of professional sports in Los Angeles. When the Dodgers came they started breaking attendance records. Within a year and a half of getting the Dodgers Los Angeles also had the Lakers and then an expansion football team which has since moved to San Diego and become the Chargers. We would eventually get a second major league baseball team once the American League realized that LA really was a market. Once the AL put the Angels in, Los Angeles  would get a second basketball team and even got a couple of hockey teams. People have been talking about the potential of the West Coast since the 30s but nobody would be actually willing to bite the bullet and move out here and do it.

O'Malley's St. Patrick's Day parties were ones to be attended. It's when the Dodgers were still training in Vero Beach in Florida and O'Malley was kind of a professional Irishman you might say, (he was actually half German on his mother’s side.) He would put on these huge parties which would start at 7pm and go till the last person fell down. Everything was painted green and there was a lot of humor and plenty of alcohol. It was a big tradition with the Dodgers players and all the people who surrounded him in the baseball circle that they would just “happen” to be in Vero Beach that day so they could get invited to the party that night.

Part of the book discusses O'Malley's troubles that he had had in New York when he unsuccessfully attempted to get them to help him build a ballpark in Brooklyn. When that did not come to pass the people in New York were very angry that O'Malley left and they had plenty of nasty things to say about him.  In the book, Andy then writes about how much trouble O'Malley had when he got to Southern California. There were an awful lot of promises made to him presumably in “good faith” that these people really didn't have ability to follow through on. A Los Angeles committee had sent a delegation to Vero Beach in early 1957to look at the Dodgers, and they basically said would do anything for to get the team. Once this committee came back to talk to the Los Angeles County Attorney they informed them that they could no longer follow through on what they had promised. So there was this long period as to what the city could offer was constantly being scaled back. Once the deal was actually struck with the City Council signing a contract with the Dodgers there was still one City Council person who objected to everything being done.

Andy McClure, the author showed  a wonderful piece of film clip from 1957 where O'Malley is making his first visit to the city after stating that the team would move to Los Angeles.  As he was getting off the actual plane coming down the stairs, there were several thousand people there to welcome him with bands playing. This was such a huge deal for LA at the time that it was televised. On film, as you see O'Malley walking up to the microphone, once they finished the introductions another man pops out of nowhere and says Mr. O'Malley welcome to LA, here's a subpoena from the people of Chavez Ravine. Eventually there's a referendum in June 1958 which The Dodgers barely win validating the teams deal with the City Council.  This deal is then taken to court and gets appealed all the way to the Supreme Court and they eventually refuse to hear it which settles the matter of the land at Chavez Ravine. At that point O'Malley had come to LA thinking that he was going to need two years to build the stadium which turned into four years and by then the price of the land had doubled.
Once construction actually started other problems kept popping up with the city, for example: As they were building the stadium they were supposed to leave an access road across the construction site, once the construction people got the road ready The City came in and said, "Oh no you cannot do that, you have to pave it.  You have to put in sidewalks and gutters and you have to put in streetlights". The construction crew did for $6,000 that street was only used for 109 days; then it all had to be torn out.

At another point the city was to buy out a small strip of land were a few houses sat on (which is now considered to be buried under third-base) the City made them an offer but the owners of the homes knew they had leverage being on that property. The residents held out as long as they could, it was figured to cost a little over $82,000 to buy out these homes. Eventually it got to the point where the last of the houses was bought out at cost of nearly $500,000 and O'Malley had to reach into his own pocket to secure the deal.
There were a lot of obstructions in the way at that time but now as you look up on top of that hill and see that beautiful stadium and all of the success that the Dodgers have brought to Los Angeles throughout the years with the attendance and the fans, that we forget that there was this enormous amount of trouble just getting things done.
Andy worked on this book for over 20 years, but  the O'Malley's didn't want Andy to write the book and they did not help at all, and sometimes obstructed what he was working on. Although writing this book proved to be a challenge it also was a lot of fun and he does not regret it at all. Andy received The Seymour Medal, named after Dr. Harold Seymour who wrote the most comprehensive history of baseball. That medal is given to the best book of baseball history or biography every year. Andy was thrilled to win it.
Andy attended UCLA, he had been a reporter, editor columnist for the Wall Street Journal. After the Wall Street Journal he went to work for Riverside Press Enterprise. He is also a former President of the Society for the American Baseball Research. We congratulate Andy for his award and thank him for the history of how the Dodgers became the team of Los Angeles.
   Andy Mc Clure author of the book and a photo of the book up close.
Andy McCue author of Mover and Shaker Maria Mac Lean 2015-04-05 00:00:00Z 0

This bulletin brought to you by the letter S!

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Mar 30, 2015
S – for Scholars!
It’s Poker Time!!!  Okay, so Poker starts with “P” but it is time for our “Dollars for Scholars” poker tournament.  We are currently seeking fun loving lover players to compete in this poker tournament which raises money for student scholarships.  We are also seeking Sponsors and donors donations for this event.  See information below:
We invite you to support this event by becoming one of the following:
Tournament Sponsor - $500
· Named as Tournament Sponsor 
· Listed in all Media Announcements
· Name and Logo on all Tournament Materials
· 6 player entry 
Table Sponsor - $100
· Name and Logo on all Tournament Materials
· Name on Designated Table
· Listed on all Media Announcements
· 2 Player Entry
Goodie Sponsor
•Donate a minimum of 50 items for Distribution
Item Contributor
•Donate an item or service for the Opportunity Drawing and Poker prizes:
Gift Cards, Hotel Stay, Admission Tickets, Weekend Getaways, Large items, electronic items, swag, etc..
Individual Player -                $50 presale  = 500
                                                $80 at door
Add ons  -                              $25= 3500
Rebuys -                                $20 when chips are below 1500 = 2000
This bulletin brought to you by the letter S! Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

Branding - A Lasting Impression

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Mar 22, 2015
"Branding How to Use Promotional Products to Leave a Lasting Impression"
Stephen Ropfogel has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club. Stephen currently resides in Glendale and is a native Californian, born at Queen of Angels Hospital. He is also a professional magician. 
Promotional products started as far back as 1790's.  The first promotional product was a commemorative button for George Washington when he was running for President. Promotional products really took off in the early 19th century and now it's a $20 billion industry.
The history of promotional products began with a newspaperman. His newspaper came out once a week and he needed to find another way to keep his presses running, so one day he was on Main Street and he saw this girl with all of her school books which had fallen out of her hands. He then came up with the idea that he could make a bag which would carry all her books. He approached a shoe store owner which was a friend of his; he asked if he would like his shoe store information on the bags. He told his friend that once printed he can then pass out the bags to all the students who would be carrying around the bags with their books inside and while also promoting the shoe store. And from this incident the promotional products industry really got started.
What is a promotional product? It's been called advertising specialties, freebies, giveaways and swag. One of the things that swag is said to stand for is, "stuff we all get". It can be something commemorative or an award; anything that has an opportunity to put your brand on something and promote your business.
The reasons why people use promotional products are extremely varied. Promotional products deliver intrinsic value of the product along with your message. Promotional products can also be targeted towards certain clients where the products are usually looked at as a gift. They are used as business gifts to thank people for doing business with you, for thanking employees for doing a great job and for leave behinds like a candy jar with your business name and logo on it. 
Promotional products also have many competitive advantages, they are low cost per impression and the impact can be easily measured. Promotional products are different because they can engage all five of your senses like music, hearing, taste, smell & vision.  Promotional products are a form of advertising that continues to be seen. It stays with the people that are given the product, and they use it, whether it's a pen, a sweater, shirt or a hat. And now one of the most popular things to come into the promotional product industry is items for the kitchen.  
The cost for exposure is very important so knowing how much your item costs, not the dollar amount that you're laying out, but how much your cost for impression is, is very important.  For example: A notepad has 50 sheets and is a dollar so your cost for impression is two cents every time it's looked at or used. So instead of a notepad you do a post it note, your cost for impression falls at least in half because you're going to write the note, you going to put it on whatever you want the other person to see or to do and then you're going to pass it off so that actually the cost of impressions with those figures are cut in half, it's only a penny. Another example is playing cards, during one hour of a game of cards, players will see your message at least 500 times. And at $3.50 a deck that's 700th of a cent per hour. When choosing a business gifts the perceived value is also important. 
The Promotional Products industry is about a $20 billion industry. Every year the Promotional Products Association does a survey of the top five categories of promotional products. The last survey from 2011 is wearables, which makes up about 30% of the industry. Writing instruments like pens and pencils is number two at about 9%, bags are at number three at about 7%, calendars are at number four at about 7%, and drink ware is just underneath that. 
About 13% of people who use promotional products say that they use it for brand awareness, people remember you and your brand and about 10% say it's good PR. Dealer and distributor programs are about 9%. 
More than half of the consumers have a favorable impression of an advertiser on a promotional product, versus just 33% for print, 27% for TV and 11% for online advertisers. 20% of consumers make a purchase after receiving a promotional product. Only 7% do that after seeing a TV commercial. 
Promotional items are things that people remember because promotional products have a lasting impression, continue to be seen, and they're the only form of advertising that the person who received the advertising that says, "Thank You!"
Please contact Stephen if you would like to order promotional products
Celebrating the Magic of Service
Stephen Ropfogel
Glendale Sunrise Rotary
President 2005-2006
Branding - A Lasting Impression Maria Mac Lean 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Mar 14, 2015
Steve Gardality is the author of the book Win at Any Price, a true story of how omnipresent, omnipotent government through tax agency was able to derail an individual's life. No one can be safe when the government sets out to “WIN AT ANY PRICE". Between large-scale frauds by Estate Financial Inc., in San Luis Obispo Country and the Franchise Tax Board of California, Gardality faced formidable obstacles perpetrated from the ones entrusted by the public.

Leaving Hungary from the watchful eyes of the Soviet style law-enforcement at early age, Gardality found himself first in Italy. Arriving in the US he enrolled at Kent State University in the School of Architecture. His earlier training in construction came in handy in California where he designed and built several homes and developed a number of building sites.

To his bewilderment, he had to encounter arbitrary prosecution by the State of California (Franchise Tax Board) and the local District Attorney in San Diego. The State accused him of tax evasion (which eventually was proven false), but the local District Attorney ignored all evidence in order to further her political career.
During that time, he also had to watch in dismay as a Estate Financial Inc., a finance company he had done business with for years crumbled due to the greed of those running it.
Into 2008 he was instrumental in forcing the company into an involuntarily Bankruptcy to stop them from looting the balance of funds which were handled like a Ponzi Game. Several agencies highlighted in the book include: the IRS, NSA, CIA, FBI, INS, EPA as well as the Patriot Act. Laws passed with a positive view, but contrary to the initial intent of the Constitution.
In his book, Gardality explains his belief that regulations and taxing can be translated into an overwhelming prosecutorial opportunity against law abiding citizens. His book shows how government at all levels can ensnare then decide using laws against anyone as targets. The average person does not need to commit a crime. They can be charged and forced to plead guilty to be relieved from the mental torture and financial ruin.
Even when there is no infraction, it can be financially ruinous to mount a legal defense against powerful agencies that seem bent on coercing a plea deal or settlement. Once in the grips of the authorities, livelihoods and civil liberties are sacrificed.

He believes that through regulations and tax laws, the US government diverted from its intended role. To preserve the country and its citizen's rights, the public must demand reduction in regulations and taxes over time.
Steve (left) is shown here with Maria Mac Lean Rotary Director of Membership.  To learn more about his book go to his website; WINATANYPRICE.COM
Hard Cover Book $24.95, Soft Cover $14.95 E-Book $9.95 plus tax where applicable
WIN AT ANY PRICE Maria Mac Lean 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Congo Justice Las Vegas

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Mar 01, 2015
Adia Lancaster, Project Director for Congo Justice Las Vegas came to Rotary today to inform us on Human Trafficking. Adia was born in Sacramento and raised in Cerritos, Southern California. She graduated from University of San Diego in 2000 and has a Bachelors in Human Development. She is the proud mother of a nine month old daughter Ariana. She has been with Congo Justice since 2011, which focuses on Human Trafficking between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

From 1994 through 2013 the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) identified 2,377 minor sex trafficking victims. LVMPD identified 148 minor sex trafficking victims in 2013 compared to 107 in 2012. An increase of 38%, out of those 255 minor victims the youngest was 13 years of age, 5 were boys, 62% were from Nevada and 91% were between the ages of 15 to 18. Compared to other races, young African-American girls represented the highest percentage of victims; 67% African-American, 20% Caucasian, 11% Hispanic and 2% Asian and other. 
During the past five years the LVMPD has also investigated 510 cases involving adult victims of sex trafficking.
For 2012 and 2013 they identified 158 adult victims of sex trafficking. There has been a significant increase in sex trafficking of women by many gangs set within Southern Nevada. Into 2013 80% of all sex trafficking related arrests had a documented gang affiliation.

What is Human Trafficking?

Phase 1: A child or young adolescent is targeted. Usually they have low self-esteem, an unhappy family relationship, domestic violence or some type of abuse. A pimp targets the victim and shows them the promise of love and care, providing them with nice material things such as clothes money, gifts and feeds their dreams of fame and fortune. During this process the victim falls in love with their new friend.

Phase 2: The pimp asks the victim to offer sex for money. He tells them that they need money to help the victim’s career and to pay for their rent and bills. He doesn't make it sound like prostitution and that it'd be something temporary. It quickly escalates for more requests to sell sex. The beginning of coercion starts with the continuation of false love and care. The victim starts to resist and questions new requests for paid sex. The pimp continues to sweet talk and encourages victims to continue selling themselves.

Phase 3: This is the disciplinary stage for the pimp where he uses force, threats and violence. The victim feels trapped since the pimp was their sole support. The young victim has no other skills is and is unable to escape for fear of violence and/or death. The results for the victims are either hospitalization or death. Unfortunately they get a negative attitude by EC personnel towards prostitutes. The victim feels guilt and fear and usually goes back to the pimp or there is a police intervention. The pimp threatens the victim not to testify so there is usually no preliminary hearing, no pimps arrested due to inadequate evidence and no "safe houses" for the victims.

Labor Trafficking is the second form of human trafficking where victims are held captive in horrible conditions in modern-day slavery. Human Trafficking is a criminal activity in which people are recruited, harbored, transported, kidnapped or bought. It is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

Between the years of 2007 and 2014, 19,720 human trafficking cases were in our country alone, 80% of those being our own Americans. From the years of 2012 through 2014 California was the number one state in human trafficking and has doubled in three years.

Human trafficking is a very sad and serious problem worldwide. How can we help you ask? Equip yourself with the knowledge & awareness, expressing your concerns, sharing the knowledge, lobbying, speaking out and if you can join a group or donate time and/or money to help these poor individuals that are/feel trapped with no resources or hope.
For more information you can contact:

Adia Lancaster, Project Director
New Hope Foundation International - Congo Justice Las Vegas
201 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 150 Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 659-3400
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (888) 373-7888
Documentary Film, "Surviving Sin City" - go to YouTube and type name of film
Adia (center) is shown with Dean Mouren-Laurens (L) and John Boogaard (R.)
Congo Justice Las Vegas Maria Mac Lean 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Speech Contest

Posted by Bud Jackson on Feb 22, 2015
Four Paramount High School students came to Paramount Rotary to compete in the annual Speech Contest.  They were accompanied by Autumn Bignami, Activities Director, and Ray Tellez, Social Science Instructor.

The group photo shows (standing L-R) Mr. Tellez, Avery De La Cruz and Ricardo Santos, (sitting L-R) Ms. Bignami, Xochitl Briseno and Grisel Vasquez. 
The speakers were judged by Rotarians and guests. The criteria used consisted of evaluating content regarding topic/purpose (use of the Rotary Motto – Service Above Self), preparation and organization along with use of language.  Verbal and nonverbal delivery plus overall effect.  The Rotary 4-Way Test should be used in their topic.  The length of the speech should be at least four minutes and not to exceed six minutes.

Grisel’s topic was “Culture Shock”.  She claims that when students leave high school and go to college that they are not prepared to relate to others from different cultures.  She suggests student forums, like the one Rotary sponsors, be held monthly with topics to broaden students’ knowledge.

Xochitl’s topic was “Sexism/Gender Roles”.  She wants more emphasis on gender equality so females are not considered inferior to males.  She feels it is unfair that females are paid 20% less than males for the same work.

Ricardo’s topic was “Prepared to Start a Life”.  He says that students leave high school unprepared to balance a check book, buy a car, get a loan and manage money.  He would like these real life events to be taught in school.

Avery’s topic was “Police Power and Societal Sentiment”.  He sees many believe that police brutality is rampant.  That police are cruel to minorities and points to the death of 24 year old Oscar Ramirez who was shot by a cop in Paramount.  These victims become martyrs.  Avery would like for it to be made clear that police are here to serve and protect all citizens. Hate is a burden that can be eliminated.

When the ballots were counted first place winner was Avery, second place went to Grisel and Xochitl was third place winner.  Cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 respectively were awarded. Avery will go on to the Rotary District 5280 competition with a chance to win $1000.

All of these students benefit from the experience of speaking before a group.  The fear of public speaking ranks near the top for most.
Please click on the photo link for more photos from the event.
2015 Speech Contest Bud Jackson 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Student Music Contest

Posted by Bud Jackson on Feb 14, 2015
This week Paramount Rotary was visited by eight musicians from Paramount High School to compete with each other for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the Rotary District 5280 contest.  The District competition is keen since there are about 70 clubs in the District, but Paramount has done well on that stage in the past.  The musicians were accompanied by Mr. Edgar Ortega, Asst. Principal, and Mr. Hector Lujan, Dean.
The group photo includes (Standing L-R) Mr. Ortega, Adrian Rocha, Diego Ayala, Juan Diaz, Josh Flores and Mr. Lujan. (Sitting L-R) Angela Gutierrez, Arlette Flores, Isaac Castaneda and Caitlin Fluentes.

Each musician took their turn to introduce themselves and tell us about the piece they had selected to perform.  Adrian played the “Aria and Scherzo” by Frank Erikson on his clarinet.  Diego choose “Marche Slave” by Tchaikovsky on flute. Juan performed “Aliman” arranged by Thomas Morley on trumpet.  Josh competed for the third time in our contest and he sang and played guitar to a Lover’s Medley that he arranged, which included songs I remember from the fifties.  Angela sang “Brave” by Sara Bareillis and was accompanied by Josh.  Arlette performed “El Choclo” by A.G. Villodolo on flute.  Isaac played an original piece he calls “Sympathy” on piano.  Caitlin sang and played guitar to the song “Linger” by the Cranberries.

Rotarians and guests were given the task to select first, second and third place musicians.  The cash prizes were $75, $50 and $25 respectively.  First place was awarded to Isaac and he will go on to compete at the District 5280 competition. Josh took second place and Arlette was third.

All of the musicians are winners and music makers who will benefit from their experience.  
Please click on the photo link to see more of the musicians up close. 
2015 Student Music Contest Bud Jackson 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Student Art Contest

Posted by Bud Jackson on Feb 07, 2015
Eight artists from Paramount High School brought samples of their artwork to Paramount Rotary to compete with each other for cash prizes and the chance for the first place winner to go on to the Rotary District 5280 competition with a chance to win $1000.  The students were accompanied by two PHS faculty members, Mr. Ortega who is Assistant Principal and Mrs. Dominquez Director of Community Service and Water Polo Coach.

Each student presented their artwork explaining the origin of creation, what media they used and how it applies to the Rotary 4-Way Test.  A combination of paintings, drawings and photographs were submitted.

The picture of the group and their entry is; standing (L-R) Mr. Ortega, Jennifer Garcia “The Splinter of Life” (photo of tree bark), Luis Fuentes “Christmas” (drawing of a woman), Nayib Grijala “Jiraya, the Pervy Sage” (Ninja warrior), Estefani Rodriquez “The Serene Unity” (photo with pine cone), Mrs. Domingez, sitting (L-R) Yolanda Reyna “Color of Beauty” (three women), Cynthia Diaz “Looking into the Deep” (mission hallway), Karen Gonzalez “Pepe” (horse) and Guadalupe Quiranle “Serene Sunset” (landscape).

Rotarians and guests were assigned the task of judging the artwork.  Most of us, maybe all, are not qualified to judge, but I guess the saying “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” took over and we selected Karen Gonzalez as first place winner and recipient of a $75 cash prize.  Guadalupe Quiranle was second and Cynthia Diaz in third place with cash prizes of $50 and $25 respectively
All of the students are winners, they all displayed confidence and competence when they made the presentation of their work.  They had high praise for their instructors.

For more of their wonderful paintings please click on the photo link of this newsletter.
2015 Student Art Contest Bud Jackson 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Youth Exchange

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jan 25, 2015
Warren Bobrow, District 5280 Youth Exchange Director and Youth Protection Officer, gave an informative presentation regarding the Youth Exchange Program.  Warren is a member of the Westchester Rotary Club and is the owner of All About Performance, a human resources consulting firm.  He is married to Joan Tucker, a behavior scientist at RAND, they have a son, Andy, a sophomore at Windward High School. A native Californian born in Westchester he likes to make his own beer.
The long term youth exchange is open to all high school students to spend their junior or senior year in one of the 20 countries that participate in the program with Rotary Clubs in So. Cal, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Utah.  The purpose is to bring cultures together, promote peace and understanding, build better world citizens and provide personal growth.
The program started in 1923, and this year will serve 8000 students, 2,500 from the United States the rest from 80 countries.  This year, 55 to 60 students from the five districts in So. Cal. will participate.
Rotary tries to recruit “kids in the middle” with average grades.  They receive high school credits towards graduation while away.  Warren says that 16 year olds learn language very quickly and they must attend school.  The cost to a Rotary Club to sponsor a student is about $1800 for the year. Warren says that hosting exchange students is very rewarding.  Most students spend time with two to three families during their year.  The Westchester RC is hosting 41 students from New Zealand who will be spending four days here to start their year in the U.S..
Some exchange students participate in a train tour. The tour is based on a 30-day rail pass for foreign passport holders and makes approximately 15 stops. Overnight home stays with Rotary families are planned to cover four distinctly different regions of the USA. Hotels, youth hostels and public transportation is used whenever possible. The tour is paid for by the students.
If you know a student who would be a candidate for the exchange program be aware that protection of the youth is a priority and orientation meetings with the parents answer your questions. There is also a short term exchange for three weeks in the summer that is funded by the hosting family.  A new program, “The New Generation Exchange” designed for Rotaract members is in the planning stage.
Learn more at
  Warren Bobrow, District 5280 Youth Exchange Director 
Rotary International Youth Exchange Bud Jackson 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Reinhart Domke

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Jan 18, 2015
Reinhart Domke visited us.  He is an active Rotarian in Germany.  He started the meeting by thanking us for our warm welcome and hospitality. As he said,  “It was a pleasure to feel among friends.”
Reinhart is currently living in a small town near Cologne called Meinerzhagen. He has three children that are adults now, two of them are living near Hamburg. For the past 34 years he has been working for a forging company that is closely related to Weber Metals here in Paramount, CA as the Director of Operations.  
For those of you not familiar with Weber Metals; Weber Metals is a full line aluminum and titanium forging supplier with the highest quality products for:
- Commercial aerospace
- Military aerospace
- Space programs
- Jet Engine Components
- Electronics/semiconductor industry
To learn more about Weber Metals:
Reinhart’s company is Otto Fuchs Metallwerke in Meinerzhagen, Germany.  Weber Metals is a wholly owned subsidiary of this company. Similar to Weber Metals, Otto Fuchs Metallwerke is a forging supplier to the aerospace industry as well as vehicle construction, the construction industry as well as general engineering. To learn more about this company:
Rienhart belongs to the Rotary Club in Meinerzhagen which has 45 active Members. He had the honor to join Rotary in 1999. Their club is actively engaged in the international youth exchange and have two partner clubs, one in France and one in England.
Reinhart finished his visit stating, “It would be my pleasure to attend your Rotary meeting again next time I am in Los Angeles, and, of course, should there any of you have the chance to visit Cologne or be in our region feel free to visit us!”
 President John Boogaard presenting Reinhart Domke with a flag from the Paramount Rotary Club.
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Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jan 09, 2015
  Welcome Connie Kraml and Roberto Monroy (shown here with President John Boogaard,) new members to the Paramount Rotary Club.
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Happy New Year

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jan 04, 2015
As the New Year begins, what resolutions did you make? More importantly why do we make resolutions? 
According to as well as; More than 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians celebrated the New Year not in January, but in March, when the spring harvest came in, the festival, was called Akitu. An important facet of Akitu was the crowning of a new king, or reaffirmation of loyalty to the old king, should he still sit on the throne. Special rituals also affirmed humanity's covenant with the gods; as far as Babylonians were concerned, their continued worship was what kept creation humming.
Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer of goes on to state that ancient Romans had similar traditions to ring in their new year, which also originally began in March.  City magistrates' terms were defined by this New Year's date. On March 1, the old magistrates would affirm before the Roman Senate that they had performed their duties in accordance with the laws. Then, the New Year's magistrates would be sworn into office.  After Rome became an empire in 27 B.C., New Year's Day became a time for city leaders and soldiers to swear an oath of loyalty to the Emperor.
As Romans gradually became less warlike, the switch from celebrating the New Year during a month (March) associated with Mars, the god of war to one (January), associated with Janus, a god of home and hearth, seemed appropriate, he added. The first half of New Year's Day in Rome would have been taken up by public ceremonies, oath-taking and temple sacrifices, while the second half of the day was for social activities. Citizens would bring each other gifts of honey, pears and other sweets as presents for a "sweet new year."
There is no direct line from ancient Roman tradition to modern New Year's resolutions, but the desire to start anew pops up repeatedly in western civilization. Americans who make resolutions now focus on self-improvement. The U.S. government even maintains a website of those looking for tips on achieving some of the most popular resolutions: losing weight, volunteering more, stopping smoking, eating better, getting out of debt and saving money.
Still, New Year's resolutions may be falling out of favor. A CBS News poll in 2013 found that 68 percent of Americans don't make New Year's resolutions. Two years ago, that number was 58 percent. People under the age of 30 were more likely than older folks to make resolutions — but only about half of resolution-makers keep their promises.
So if you are one of the many Americans who made a resolution, check out our government website to see if you can get any tips on how to keep yours!
Happy New Year Mary Jane Villalovos 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

End of Year

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Dec 27, 2014
End of Year:  Fellowship and Fun
We ended the year enjoying each other’s company, with food, conversation and fellowship.  We recognized how blessed we all our and as the meeting ended, we went off to help a family in need.  As a club we try and help those in our community; all we can hope for is that the Rotary 4 Way Test will reach out into our community and make a difference.
To end the year, a poem for all of you:
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
As we head into the New Year, we wish you all the best of what life brings.  Take the road less taken and as you go, look out for your fellow travelers and help each other on your way.
We look forward to 2015 and encourage anyone that is interested in making a difference in our community; come take a look at who we are, the Paramount Rotary Club, and what Rotary stands for internationally.
End of Year Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-12-28 00:00:00Z 0

A Pair of Speakers

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Dec 21, 2014
Paola Ruiz attending MIT in Boston
Major: Material Scientist & Engineer
Minor:  Mechanical Engineering
Graduating Date: 2016

Paola Ruiz graduated from Paramount high school in 2012. Before she graduated she had the wonderful opportunity of attending RYLA in 2011 and she said it was a miracle that she even made it to RYLA because three days before going, her mother passed away from breast cancer.  She is the oldest of three siblings, so when her mom passed away she wasn't considering leaving to RYLA. In speaking with her counselor at school, her counselor asked Paola the question, "what would your mom want you to do?"  Paola knew that her mother would have wanted her to go, so she did. At RYLA Paola met Melody Saint John and she shared her story as to why she was there.

After RYLA, Paola was off to Catalina Island and she didn't think that they were going to need any money once there.  Right before she got off the bus about to leave on the boat, Melody handed her an envelope with money that was collected by Rotarians at RYLA in the short amount of time that she was there. Paola knew immediately that she was part of a new family; one that was there to help in her time of need.  She also met Jamie, who offered to make the flower arrangements for her mom's funeral.

Rotary asked Paola to go and speak at the District Convention Conference in Palm Springs.  She says Rotary has been a great blessing in her life because they've been helping her not only in the beginning but all throughout college. She quickly realized that it wasn't just about making it to college and getting accepted but also making it through to the end. Expenses were a quick reality that she hadn’t planned on. She is very grateful for Rotary being at her side with helping her in providing warm clothes and a laptop for college. She said if it wasn't for us Rotarians, she wouldn't be at MIT and making it through college.

Paola certainly is a young woman who is determined to make it through and be the first in her family to finish college. Her family and her mother must be very proud!
   Picture: President John presented Paola a check in the amount of $400 from the Paramount Rotary
A Pair of Speakers Maria Mac Lean 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0

Spotlight on Maria Mac Lean

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Dec 14, 2014
Two years ago I got invited to, The Paramount Rotary to hear the students who got selected to  go to RYLA. They came back to tell their incredible stories and how much it helped them to grow as individuals and also as a team player. They were all so grateful and their stories were so touching that I remember getting choked up. Right then and there I knew I was surrounded by a great group of people who cared enough to dedicate their time to make a difference in these students lives.
Shortly after I joined the Paramount Rotary and have loved every moment of it. Every week is a different speaker, topic and an opportunity to spend time with my fellow Rotarians in fellowship and song. I love that we are all there for the same purpose which is trying to make the world a better place, one community at a time and internationally as well. 
I can truly say that I am thankful to have learned & apply, "The Four Way Test" to many aspects in my life. 
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Paramount Rotary and what we stand for will be a part of my life forever. I thank everyone who has made me feel welcomed and loved.  
Maria is shown below getting prepared for her TV appearance on the Price is Right which will air on Monday Dec. 15.  One of Maria's great talent is taking notes and reporting stories for the Paramount Rotary weekly Bulletin. She also takes great photos! Thanks Maria for all your help with the Bulletin.
Spotlight on Maria Mac Lean Maria Mac Lean 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

H. BROOK TRAVIS, M.B.A., J.D. Attorney At Law

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Dec 04, 2014
Brook is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Defending Attorneys.  As Academy members, they are dedicated to educating their clients and providing the tools needed to protect their estates for the ones they love. His firm makes estate planning a positive and fulfilling experience. Brooks has been practicing law for the past 10 years and received his undergrad degree at Baylor. He received his MBA at Oklahoma University and went to law school locally here at Chapman University. Brooks’ father was a past president of the Rotary Club of El Paso, Texas. Brook has been married for 25 years with one daughter who is currently enrolled at Vanderbilt Law School and got her undergraduate degree at University of Notre Dame.

Brooks was there to make us aware of many things including government programs, such as Aid and Attendance through the D.A. The way it works is if you have served in the military for three months straight and one day of active service during a war and you are in pretty bad physical condition and you have suffered from one of these conditions such as having the limited ability of dressing yourself, bathing yourself, feeding yourself or taking medications and you're having trouble with two of those areas, The government will provide you with about $2000 in monthly support if you are a Veteran. Unfortunately many veterans are not even aware that this program exists. 

Another program available is if someone is bad enough to where they cannot drive and need long-term nursing care, Medi-Cal will sometimes pay for that nursing care. In order to qualify for this you need to be married and your spouse is going into a long term care facility; you have only $135,000 in assets, you own your home and, car but that's about it. And if there's only one spouse remaining he/she can only have $2000 to qualify. Unfortunately with these requirements many times people spend their assets at a point to where they are almost destitute. 
There are two different types of assets, ones that go into a Trust and those that do not go into a Trust. The assets which don't go into the Trust are Insurance policies, IRAs, 401(k)s, 457 plans  or retirement for government employees. The reason that they're not get put into the name of the trust is because most of those assets are pre-taxed dollars, so you haven't paid taxes on them yet; therefore, if you were to put those assets into the trust name they would all be taxable. The other thing that is a nice about those assets is that they will not go through probate. You can have a Trust and all your assets in the Trust don't go through probate and these other types of assets will not as well.
Also, to protect yourself you should have to have a Durable Power of Attorney to manage the other side of your assets, just like the Trust handles your Trust assets if you become incapacitated.
Many people don't realize that once your child turns 18, and if they are in a severe accident and end up in the hospital, and you as the parent go try and get their information, you would not be able to attain it by law. It is considered private information. It is best for parents and children to have a Power of Attorney and a HIPPA document on each other to avoid those kinds of complications. HIPPA documents allow doctors to share your private medical information with whoever's listed on the document. 
One of the main benefits for people who are married or people who are single, is that in a Trust you can name an incapacity trustee. The Trust is the only document that is available that will allow you to name someone that can actually take care of you.

Brook shared the 10 potential estate Planning and Trust mistakes: 
1. Failing to name a guardian for your minor children should you and your spouse pass away. 
2. Failing to plan for your incapacity.
3. Owning your assets jointly with your children.
4. Failing to protect your children's inheritance (from divorce creditors and taxes).
5. Failing to protect your children if you have a blended family.
6. Procrastination; when is it too late to do an estate plan?
7. How does holding title in property impact the value of your estate?
8. Failing to take advantage of the easiest way to build a sizeable estate in today's bleak economic environment. 
9. If you have a trust, failing to fund the appropriate assets into the trust. 
10. Failing to plan for your business and your estate plan. 

There are number of ways that you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets, just don't wait until it's too late. Should you need any help or have further questions Brooks would be happy to assist you.
H. BROOK TRAVIS, M.B.A., J.D. Attorney At Law Maria Mac Lean 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Senior Thanksgiving Lunch

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Nov 29, 2014
In conjunction with the City of Paramount, the Paramount Rotary Club helped to dish out a few hundred Thanksgiving meals for the City of Paramount Senior population.  The Paramount Rotary Club has been spearheading this annual event for over 30 years.  This event has grown from a small luncheon to an event complete with singing (led by Bill Pellegrino from Rotary) to dancing, raffles, and recognition of our most senior members (90+.) 

All who register receive a complete Thanksgiving dinner which are dished out not only by the Paramount Rotary Club but also with the help from the Paramount Sheriffs' Department, members of City Council and other Paramount employees.  The Paramount High School Corsairs lead the charge on serving those in attendance. This event is one of the highlights of the Holiday Season here in the City of Paramount.

To see our Thanksgiving photos see our photo album below!
Senior Thanksgiving Lunch Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0

Interact Club

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Nov 27, 2014
This past Tuesday, November 25, Paramount Rotary Club met at Paramount High School to get a chance to meet 16 out of the 27 Students in the 2014 Interact Club. The Rotarians stood up one by one and introduced themselves to the students.

Andy Yonaki, who runs the Interact club at Paramount High School, had each student go around to a Rotarian and have them tell us their name and grade, the number of years that they've been involved in Interact, why they decided to join Interact and their future plans and goals.

Sergio De La Torre, President of the Interact Club gave us an update on things they have accomplished so far this year. One of the biggest ones was their Community Project in which they painted over graffiti by the 105 freeway. This event was highlighted in one of the past bulletins.  Coming up will be The South Park event which is breakfast with Santa where they will be volunteering to help with the kids. Project Angel, a food kitchen that helps feed the homeless and their annual canned food drive which Sergio is proud to report that this year was the most successful year within the past five years.

Sergio has been involved with Interact and ASB for three years, he is also in the Interact District Club and they meet once a month in Beverly Hills. He loves to bake muffins and cookies, loves to look for the beauty in everything and is easily distracted.

Xochitl "Sochi" Briseno is a member of 10 different clubs. She has over 200 hours of community service and plans on studying Political Science. She likes Interact because it gets you out of your comfort zone and you give back to the community you were raised in. She will be going to Sacramento to help pass a bill she proposed to tax incandescent light bulbs so that people may be more prone to buy fluorescent ones.

Grisel Vazquez attended a youth conference at USC last month geared towards being college-bound. They got to choose five topics and meet with different professionals on different aspects. One of her favorite things about it is they get to learn about The Rotary Club. Fun Fact: The big In N Out bus that goes around was created by a Rotarian. A total of 14 students got to attend this conference.

Andy and the students thanked the Rotary Club for their banner donation to the Interact Club. Wherever they go, they can display their banner with pride. (see photo below)

Interact Upcoming events to look out for:
Student Forum - Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hygiene Drive in March; this event was started by a past student, they will be collecting basic toiletry items for homeless kids. Anything from soap to toothpaste, toothbrushes, brushes, etc.
Interact Club Maria Mac Lean 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

Young Rembrandts

Posted by Bud Jackson on Nov 18, 2014
Ron Jung, Manager, of a local Young Rembrandts franchise came to Rotary to tell us about the benefits of introducing art to children.  Ron is a native Californian, born in Artesia.  He currently lives in Cerritos with his wife of 42 years.  Ron has stepped up to assist one of his three daughters when her husband, who had held the franchise for five years, succumbed to cancer.
About Young Rembrandts
Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children in her home, has developed into an international franchise business with franchisees who teach drawing to thousands of students every week.
Fetter applied her fine arts education and background in child development to create an original, step-by-step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts.
Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.
Today, Young Rembrandts franchisees partner with preschools, elementary schools and community centers to either augment or supply their art education programs. The Young Rembrandts franchise network has a solid reputation for offering well-organized classes and teaching original, high-quality curriculum in a positive environment.
"There are visible academic and art benefits for children that participate in our program. Young Rembrandts' students have fun while developing fundamental art literacy and improved academic abilities," notes Fetter. "We are passionate about helping children develop the skills they need to be successful."
Ron told us that pre-school students (ages 3 ½ to 5) attend a 45 minute session using dry mediums (so there is no mess).  They are taught to see, touch and do using shapes such as circles and triangles.  Elementary students (ages 6 to 12) are introduced to cartoon drawing programs and taught art history.  Cost per student is $9 to $13 per week.
To learn more visit their website
You can contact Ron at 562-760-7653 or email to
Young Rembrandts Bud Jackson 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Our Proud Vets

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Nov 16, 2014
The Paramount Rotary Club is so proud of our men who have served this country.  Many thanks to those pictured from left to right:  Jim Schreiber, William Pellegrino, and John Berg.  Also pictured is Bea Boersma who is all decked out to celebrate Veterans day.  Not pictured are John Rodgerson and Gary Endo.  Thank you to all for fighting for our freedom.
Our Proud Vets Maria Mac Lean 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Nov 12, 2014
Because this past Tuesday was Veterans Day the park was closed so we had our meeting outside underneath the big tree which was really nice.   We celebrated our Rotary Vets which are pictured;  Jim Schreiber, Bill Pellegrino, and John Berg.  Bea Boersma was dressed in honor of Veterans Day so she made a great addition to  the photo.  Missing from the picture is John Rodgerson and Gary Endo. We thank you for our Freedom!


President John just gave us some heads up on upcoming events, one being the Thanksgiving senior luncheon on Thursday, November 20 at Paramount Park. Rotarians have helped with this event for many years, helping serve food, helping with the music and set up for the event.
Golf Tournament Update!!!

John Rodgerson was happy to report that we made $14,200 on this year’s golf tournament. We did over $1,200 more than last year's golf tournament. We definitely look forward to raising that amount next year.

Discussing the Rotary War on Polio John Boogaard reported:

In polio now we are extremely close to making history by eliminating one of the world’s most devastating diseases Polio. Over the last 30 years Rotary International has been very instrumental in eliminating Polio throughout the world. When the initiative started more than 350,000 people were stricken by Polio every year. That amount fills the Coliseum up 3 1/2 times. There were nearly 1,000 new polio cases every day. In 2013 there were only 400 cases in the world for the year, a 99% reduction of the cases. Today only three countries Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have never stopped the transmission of the wild Polio virus however in 2014 several  Polio operations prompted the world health organizations to declare Polio a public health emergency of international concern. The decision puts additional measures in place to ensure we protect our incredible progress against Polio in the remaining 1,000 cases.
Veterans Day Maria Mac Lean 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Focus On . . . William Pelligrino

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Nov 06, 2014
Bill Pelligrino has been a Rotarian for over 40 something years and has enjoyed every moment of it!   In 1946 he was a young boy in grade school and he watched his choir director direct fourth grade choir.  His director’s name was Roy Jarmen and his twin brother Ray was the pastor of Huntington Park Christian Church. Bill joined their boy’s choir and he was then in two choirs at the same time. He got to watch and learn from another director and his style in this second choir. Ray the minister was priceless as a teacher and friend and Bill learned about Rotary because Ray was a chaplain of Huntington Park Rotary Club and Roy was the music director. Roy the music teacher asked Bill to come and teach the Huntington Park Rotary Club Christmas carols. At 10 years old he said he would and had a wonderful experience with friendly people, he was taken back with their generosity and welcoming attitude towards him at such a young age.

One of the things that they did for Bill was to fly him and his mother to Catalina for him to sing at a district conference luncheon meeting. Bill said it was such a wonderful experience. The plane that he went on was the first plane he'd ever been on and was even more exciting since that model was a seaplane!

In his teens, Bill attended a youth group and his dear friend David asked Bill to come over to his house and meet his sister. Bill was excited to meet a new young girl so he went over to David's house and David said, "Go on in Bill" so Bill walked in and there was a pretty little girl in the living room. Bill was impressed; she only had on panties and a bra. Bill said she was shocked that he walked on into her house surprising her, she ran into her bedroom and this was Bill’s first impression of his future wife.

David her brother became a Paramount Rotarian. His father Ralph became a Paramount Rotarian and president of Paramount Chamber of Commerce. In 1964 Wally Radcliff approached Bill's business; he asked Bill's dad if one of them would join the Rotary. So Bill's dad told him to get involved with Rotary, that it would be good for business. In 1964 Bill joined “the other” Downey Rotary club.
A few years later their group was disbanded and asked their members to join either the Paramount Rotary, Lakewood, Downey, or Bellflower. So he chose Paramount and has been leading us in songs since then, which he said was a great choice!

One of the things that Bill loves so much about the Rotary is the friendships that you form and that last. He praises Mike Boersma and Karen Kelley as Rotarians he admires. 

Bill says he supports Rotary because he wants to give something back to the community. The Paramount Rotary has had golf tournaments for over 30 years and they give about $20,000 a year to charity. A lot of it goes to the youth at Paramount High School and we have raised over $300,000 which shows how powerful the Paramount Rotary club can be.

On the Rotary International level they have eradicated Polio in almost the entire world, now that's power and that's the power that Bill wants to be a part of. Rotary Club is the most important thing Bill can get involved with other than his God and his family. He loves his Rotary Club and all of us that are part of it. And we love him right back!!

Will the real Bill please stand up!!  Bill Pelligrino standing with a perfect likeness of himself. Bill the most modest of us all. laugh
Focus On . . . William Pelligrino Maria Mac Lean 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by Bud Jackson on Oct 29, 2014
Valerie “Val” Hoffman is a Charter Member and Volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  You can see her at work on Monday and Friday as the emcee for the afternoon shows.  She is a native Californian living in Long Beach with her husband.  She spent 32 years teaching English and Spanish at Wilson High School.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Our vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (nature and nature’s services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).
The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization that is planning to expand in January 2016 with a 350 seat theater that provides the experience feeling the mist in the air, a chair that moves, smell of the salt air and a chair console that allows guest feedback.  They are successful in spite of being the only large aquarium that has to pay rent (3 million per year to the City of Long Beach).  
One of the stewardship projects is trying to save SoCal Trout that are born in fresh water and choose to migrate to the ocean where they become steelhead and live in the ocean for a few years and try to return to fresh water to spawn.  This return trip is becoming more and more difficult with the draught. Their best chance is the Malibu River.
Medical research is an important role of the Aquarium.  The Horseshoe Crab has many capabilities that researchers are trying to understand.  They have existed on earth for more than 20 million years.  Their blue blood coagulates immediately and they have night vision that is 100 times better than humans.  They donate blood and are returned to the wild.
Some of the ocean inhabitants to see are the sharks and rays in the touch pool, penguins, shore birds, sea otters, octopus, sea dragons, giant sea bass, lorikeets and the shark lagoon.
If you’re like me and haven’t visited the Aquarium in a while you owe it to yourself to return to see all the new attractions.
Valerie Hoffman and president John Boogaard
Aquarium of the Pacific Bud Jackson 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Marukan Vinegar

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Oct 22, 2014
Shown here is Grace Padilla and President John Boogaard
Grace Padilla representative from Marukan Vinegar U.S.A. visited us today to tell us about Marukan Vinegar one of the local businesses here in Paramount.  Grace was born and raised here in California, she went to Southgate High School and studied Business/Accounting at University of Phoenix. She has worked in accounting for over 20 years. She has been with Marukan for about seven years. She has two boys ages 18 and 13 and loves spending time with them. When she's not with her boys she loves spending time with her friends and hanging out at the beach. Grace plans on pursuing her education in accounting and hoping to move into the medical field. She will also pursue a certification in massage therapy in hopes to start her own small business in the future.

At Marukan, they adhere to "Century Proven Methods;" it's the history of their success. The company itself was established in 1649 and since that time the company has gone through many changes.
In the Tokugawa Era there was a saying that "Masamune means Sake and Marukan means vinegar" and as a guarantee of the unfailing quality of Marukan vinegar, the name of the company's founder, Suya Kanzaburo (Yasuhisa) was written on every barrel of vinegar produced. Later the first character of that name was written and was designed to represent a trademark. Up to this present-day the trademark has continued to stand as a guarantee of their traditional skill and constant high quality. The full-bodied taste that only time can create, and traditional methods preserve.

In order to ensure that they offer only the best, the production of Marukan vinegar can never be rushed. Even now, they still preserve the traditional fermentation method, giving the ingredients all the time they need to ferment and produce the characteristic full-bodied flavor. There is no short cut to the making of a good vinegar.

The guaranteed quality of Marukan's healthy and delicious products, with their fine, well-rounded flavor means that they can be recommended with the upmost confidence.  Be sure to try one of their many flavors found at your local grocery store. It's a nice flavorful way to add a change to many dishes, you'd be surprised what you can cook with Marukan Vinegar.
To learn more about Marukan Vinegar please check out their website which includes recipes:
Marukan Vinegar Maria Mac Lean 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Interact- Giving Back

Posted by John Boogaard on Oct 20, 2014
Interact Club - Giving Back
The Paramount High School Interact Club, led by moderator Andy Yonaki, hosted a Community Clean Up event this past weekend.  There was about 12 PHS Interact students painting graffiti  near Rosecrans and Orange Ave.  The graffiti was on the back side of a series of Industrial buildings and were visible to the bike path along the riverbed.  A total of 45 to 50 people participated in this event.  Please check out more photos in the photo gallery section of this page.
Interact- Giving Back John Boogaard 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

Nestor Valencia, City of Bell Mayor

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Oct 12, 2014
Bell Council Member Nestor Enrique Valencia was born on June 9, 1965, in Cihuatlan, Jalisco, Mexico. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1969 and initially lived in the City of Compton, then settled in the fine community of the City of Bell in 1975. His father worked in the same factory until his retirement, and his mother worked at home raising five children. Nestor's first job was at 11 years old as a paper boy. His parents instilled the foundation for education, hard work, honesty and the spiritual life above all.

Nestor attended all the local public schools in the area and graduated from Bell Senior High School in 1983.  He went on to attend San Jose State University and earned a Baccalaureate of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Health Care Management. He is a graduate of Kaiser Permanente and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Summer Youth Program based in Oakland, California.  With the Shanty Project in San Francisco, he pioneered community outreach techniques in the public health arena's fight against AIDS in Santa Clara County, when few sounded the alarm. He has worked in the healthcare industry all his life, but also taught in public schools for one year. He has worked for the State of California managing Worker's Compensation benefits through its various reforms and introduction to managed-care.

Recently, seeing a need to advocate for quality healthcare in his community, he and his friends created a grassroots community coalition called Our SALUD (Our Health), which advocates for quality care in low income areas of Los Angeles County by organizing community leaders and gathering legislative support.

He has deep roots in the city of Bell. He has volunteered with the local public school on committees at all levels, including being elected as Vice President of Parent District Advisory Committee. He has coached soccer and other sports in the City of Bell's Recreational Services Program. He has volunteered as a board director to a local healthcare clinic providing family medicine.  He is the past Board President of a local public charter school serving more than 400 children, and continues as an honorary board member.

Nestor not only serves the community but is also known as a dedicated community advocate, though, he is probably best known as the whistleblower who blew the lid off corruption in the City of Bell.

He is a strong believer of putting community priorities first.  With this belief system he founded the Bell Resident Club which was active before the scandal in Bell's City Hall, and continues as a premier independent, volunteer grassroots civic society group in the City of Bell.

In his spare time he plays competitive ice hockey and soccer.  His real passion is surfing, a Southern California tradition and where he calls home.
Seen here is Nestor Valencia, Mayor of Bell (on left) with John Berg.
Nestor Valencia, City of Bell Mayor Maria Mac Lean 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Underwater Journey

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Oct 05, 2014
Richard “Rick” Mendoza, PDG  joined Rotary in 1986 - was club president in 1993-1994. And he served as District Governor in 2002-2003 –
In 2009 he was recognized with Rotary International’s highest award the “Service Above Self” award. 
In 2012 he was recognized with The Rotary Foundation’s highest award, the “Distinguished Service Award”.
He served a three year term as the District Rotary Foundation Chair for District 5280, and he is currently serving Zone 26 as the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator; 2013-2015.
In 1973, as a hobby, he became a Los Angeles County Certified Under Water SCUBA instructor  -  and was cross certified with NAUI and PADI. He taught SCUBA for 4 years certifying 200+ students.
His passion for photography is recognized throughout the District, Zone and Rotary International.
His love for photography led him to take photos underwater. He kept on diving and made more friends and someone asked him, "why don't you become an instructor?" Since he loved people he thought that that was the perfect thing to do, so he did become an instructor and enjoyed it very much. He says,  "it's the same thing with the Rotary". He loves Rotary, he feels that it has enhanced his life and made it so positive.  This is why he loves to share Rotary with others and what Rotary does. He has been traveling to different Rotary clubs for the past 10 months sharing his underwater world experience. 
Maria Mac Lean noticed that he was wearing a shirt with octopus on it and said how appropriate it was for him to wear that while he shared his photos of his underwater experience. 
Rick went to Tahiti a couple years back and took a photo of a black tip reef shark, he said they can get up to about 8 feet but he's only seen one as large as 5 feet. He's also been to the Caribbean in Cozumel. Most of the pictures that he shared with us we're from the area of the Channel Island. Rick showed us photos from sea urchins to eels. He said that when you could see clearly through the water in the Caribbean you would come out of these coves that looked as if you were walking through a cathedral. It was absolutely beautiful. 
Back in the '60s there was tons of abalone and now it's almost nonexistent. There were several pictures of sponges that were different shapes and sizes. There is a fish named Grunt in the Caribbean and it actually grunts. He also had some photos of some lobsters. They were the largest one he has captured, they were about 9 pounds and were delicious as well! 
His stories and pictures were fascinating and we were all very grateful to experience his underwater journeys with him. 

With a little help from some camera magic, here is PDG Rick Mendoza in an underwater setting!
Underwater Journey Maria Mac Lean 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Member Spotlight - Bud Jackson

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Sep 28, 2014
I joined Rotary in 1985.  Case Boogaard (John's brother) invited me to attend a meeting and later became my sponsor.  I was Paramount Rotary Club President 1991-92 which was the last year Paramount Rotary was an all male club.  My first realization of the scope of Rotary International was when I attended the International Convention in Mexico City.  I met people from all over the world.  The local Rotarians were pretty excited when I told them I was from Paramount, California because they translated that into Paramount Studios of Hollywood.  I didn't want to spoil their fun (or mine) so I went along with their understanding.  (I was single at the time.)
Some of my best friends are Paramount Rotarians, so I enjoy the social aspects.  I admire Paramount Rotary Club's support of young people with scholarships, RYLA, Interact, Student Forum, and " Art, Music and Speech contests".  On an Rotary International, level I am proud of Rotary's effort to eradicate Polio.
Speaking of Rotary's continuing fight against Polio, please check out the following website which is preparing us for World Polio Day coming up on October 24:

“We need you – and we want you to help us make history!”

Member Spotlight - Bud Jackson Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Jim Monico’s Life after PUSD

Posted by Bud Jackson on Sep 24, 2014
Past Paramount Rotary President, Jim Monico, returned to update us on what he has been doing since leaving Paramount Unified School District.  Jim spent 38 years with PUSD starting in 1975 as an English teacher and coach.  He went on to become the varsity Football Coach (Jim played center on CSUF football team in his college days). He served ten years as Principal at PHS.
Jim has spent several years with the CIF-SS, recently as President and he remains on the Executive Committee.  In his duties, he has traveled extensively to represent the CIF-SS in a variety of situations.  During these trips he would attend various sporting events including girls wrestling where he watched a PHS girl compete in the State championships.  As an example of changes made to make sports safer, CIF-SS gives special attention to possible concussions.
Then Jim treated us to a slide show of what he has been doing in retirement.  At the top of his list was his daughter’s wedding.  He is very happy with his daughter’s choice for a husband, he is a solid citizen working at JPL.  Jim fulfilled a bucket list item when he visited New Hampshire to watch the turning of the leaves.  While there, he visited an orchard and attended a lobster fest where he limited himself to three lobsters to go with the sausage and corn.  He took his Dad (91 years young) to visit the USS Iowa.  Has made two trips to Hawaii, and a trip to Simi Valley to see the Reagan Museum.  On his trip to the east coast he visited Boston and New York.  He was moved by the 911 Museum.  A family reunion in Wisconsin took him to Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.  With photos taken at another family visit to Scottsdale AZ the slide show came to an end.
Jim and his wife decided that now that they had their home just the way they wanted it, that it was time to move.  The home sold in three days and although they have found their new home in Anaheim Hills, it is not ready to occupy.  They are busy packing their goods for storage and find themselves among the homeless for a while.
Current President John Boogaard and Past Presidents: Jim Moncaco and Matt Wagner from Left to Right.
Jim Monico’s Life after PUSD Bud Jackson 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

"Embrace Change and Turn It Into An Opportunity"

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Sep 16, 2014
Born in Stockholm Sweden, Inga Liden grew up in a suburb of the capital and went to school in the city. When she was 17 she went to England to improve her English, she stayed 10 months instead of 10 weeks as planned. She continued through the next  year in Paris, improving French at The Sorbonne. She went back to Gymnasium for two more years in Stockholm and graduated, "The Student Exam", equal to an American AA. She then received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship which sent her to Lancaster PA.  She finalized her schooling  back in Sweden where she studied at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities,  majoring  in Anthropology and Aesthetics in which she received her MA. Upon completion of her education she received an internship at The United Nations, NYC.
Inga married an American businessman and lived  in Ocean City New Jersey for 12 years and worked as an entrepreneur creating several Enterprises. She does not have any children is divorced and moved to La Jolla California.
Inga returned "home" to Stockholm to help mother after she had a heart attack and stayed for 15 years. While there she worked with the International Education for students in Europe and Asia.
Received a second green card and returned to California where she worked for 10 years in senior living communities. At last she retired after six years at The Canterbury Senior Living Community in Rancho Palos Verdes CA, as Director of Sales and Marketing.  She is currently living in Rancho Palos Verdes California where she enjoys reading, painting, writing, gardening, cooking and volunteering.
Inga believes that changes made her life more exciting. The changes were a lot of hard work and there were many times that she worried, but in the end the changes were opportunities.
She shared the Benjamin Franklin exercise with us:
We chose a topic in our life that was a change and chose the positive in the negatives about this change.
Inga said for us to rate our answers from 1 through 5 so we could get to the preferred solution of the problem.
Inga also shared with us the pros and cons of a senior making the decision to move into a senior living facility. She got to see the changes that seniors made moving into the facility. Often times many seniors have come up to her and said, "What a difference and they wish they would've made that change much sooner." Seniors generally see the transition of moving difficult for fear of valuables or other things that they may need to leave behind.  The move from the comfort of their big home into smaller vicinity is overwhelming for some to think about.
There are numerous reasons that Inga gave which would make moving into a senior facility appealing. Some of these examples include:
  • The security and peace of mind of having others around you in case you have a fall or a heart attack, someone will be there to help you.
  • Another reason would be socialization, maybe you don't drive or your friends don't drive, in the community there are helpers who can drive you to your appointments or for personal errands.
  • And lastly the peace of mind of knowing that the facility will be taken care of.
We will all get to a point where we have to make difficult changes in our lives but unless we make that decision of change we won't know which way the change will affect us. Most people are afraid of change and don't welcome it. We are all pretty much set in our ways but if we don't take that leap of faith and make that change we will never know if it would've been the best decision we ever made.
Inga Liden with President John Boogaard exchanging Rotary banners.
"Embrace Change and Turn It Into An Opportunity" Maria Mac Lean 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

Fisher House

Posted by Bud Jackson on Sep 09, 2014
Steven Kuykendall, President / CEO, of the Fisher House of Southern California Inc. made a presentation to a combined meeting of the Paramount and Bellflower Rotary Clubs.  He told us about Fisher House in general and the efforts being made to create a Fisher House at the VA Hospital in Long Beach.  A third generation Oklahoman joined the Marine Corp where he served two tours from 1966 to 1973 in California. Due to a disability he left the Marine Corp and spent the next 20 years in the banking business.  He then went into politics where he served as City Councilman and Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes from 1991 to 1994, a State Assemblyman in Long Beach from 1994 to 1998, then on to U.S. Congress representing the South Bay area from 1999 to 2001.  He is now a self-employed Consultant who volunteers his time to the Fisher House and is a member of the Long Beach Rotary Club.
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Typically, the houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square foot homes donated by the Fisher family and Fisher House Foundation. Each house is designed to provide 8 to 21 suites. All are professionally furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library, and toys for children. Newest houses are 100% handicap accessible and include elevators.  A Fisher House is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice or counseling center. The program began in 1990, and has offered more than five million days of lodging to more than 220,000 families.
The Long Beach VA Fisher House is a $6 million project, with $4.5 million accumulated so far.  It will serve families where their loved ones are in the 414 bed facility.  The LBVA is one of the best for spinal cord injuries.  These patients typically have a twelve week stay.  Since the property is built with pre-approved plans on federal land the lengthy approval process is eliminated.  There is no charge to the family for the average ten day stay or even as long as a year.  The family is responsible for cleaning their room and buying their groceries.
Pictured on Left is Steven Kuykendall​ and Fisher House.
Fisher House Bud Jackson 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

A Plea for Help

Posted by Bud Jackson on Sep 02, 2014
The Rotary Club of Paramount is having their 31st Annual Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, California.  If you are a golfer (even duffers like me enjoy this best ball team play) we would like for you to join us, but most important please help us and we promise to put your contribution to good use. This wonderful event raises money to fund many projects, such as: student scholarship awards, youth forums, clothing needy children, senior citizens' Thanksgiving dinner, youth leadership development, literacy programs and many other worthy causes.
We ask your support in one of the following sponsorship opportunities:
$100 "Tee Sign Sponsor" (A sign with your name at the golf course.)
$500 "Silver Sponsor" (A scholarship in your name will be awarded to a Paramount High School graduate or you may designate a project of your choice.)
$1,000 "Gold Sponsor" (Your name shall be listed in our golf program as a Gold Sponsor plus a scholarship or other designated Paramount Rotary project.)
Please take a moment right now, to make a check payable to the Paramount Rotary Club, and send it to P.O. Box 1988, Paramount, CA 90723. Your generosity in helping those less fortunate will be greatly appreciated. Together, we can make our world a better place!
Join these guys and more for a great day on the links!! 
A Plea for Help Bud Jackson 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Diabetes Mellitus

Posted by Bud Jackson on Aug 19, 2014
Richard J. Glassock, M.D., M.A.C.P., is one of the most eminent physicians in the field of nephrology and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. Glassock received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (summa cum laude) in 1956 at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, in 1956–57. Glassock received his M.D. with highest honors from UCLA in 1960. After interning at UCLA, he held a fellowship in nephrology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston as well as research fellowships at Harvard and Scripps Clinic. Glassock is certified in internal medicine and nephrology as a physician and surgeon.
Glassock was born February 4, 1934, in San Bernardino, CA, and is married to Jo-Anne. They have four children: Ellen, Scott, Sharon, and Mark.  This Rotarian from Laguna Woods and golfing buddy of John Rodgerson has made his third visit to Paramount Rotary.  To find out more about Dr. Glassock just Google him.
Today’s topic was Diabetes Mellitus from the Latin “sweet urination”.  (Yes, doctors of old tasted urine.)  The two basic types of diabetes are Type 1 childhood onset (aged four to nine) which is an absence of insulin making the person very thin, the other is type 2 adult onset with the person often being obese.  (Don’t use BMI as an indicator, it is the fat around your midsection that is the problem.)  By far, type 2 effects more people than type 1.  Worldwide there were about 171 million cases in 2000 and there are 366 million projected for 2030 an increase of 114%.  Therefore, Dick decided to concentrate on type 2.
The chances of becoming diabetic increase with age.  Depending upon ethnicity it is likely 40 to 50% will be diabetic.  The complications of diabetes are severe, they include blindness, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and amputations.  The causes are genetics, growing older, gaining weight (abdominal fat) and eating too much fructose (avoid corn syrup, sugar, honey and sweetened foods/beverages).
Treatment involves life style changes, lose weight, exercise and fructose avoidance.  I have always thought that an apple a day would keep the doctor away, but now I am giving up apples for apricots, nectarines, peaches and cantaloupes.  There are also many drugs available if the life style change is not enough.
Dick warns that the benefits of screening for diabetes are uncertain.  The diagnosis of pre-diabetic is in question because from 20 to 80% of those so diagnosed will revert to normal levels without treatment.  In addition to blood tests, you can use the risk calculators available on the internet.
Dick’s advice is to choose parents wisely and don’t grow old!
Richard J. Glassock, M.D., M.A.C.P. (on right) with Carol and John Rodgerson.
Diabetes Mellitus Bud Jackson 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California

Posted by Bud Jackson on Aug 12, 2014
Thomas Martin, Public Affairs Representative, of WRD gave an informative presentation on the current state of water supply in Southern California. Thomas has spent the last 13 years involved in local government work.  He earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at UCLA and a MPA (Masters in Public Administration) at CSULB. A California native he lives in Maywood with his wife and two daughters. He was accompanied by his associate Monica Serrano.
Thomas sums up the activity of the WRD by saying “We put water in the ground”.  The WRD serves 43 cities that covers 420 square miles and contains 4 million residents.  Over 200 billion gallons of water are used annually.  Ground water exists in pore spaces in the ground surrounded by gravel and sand. It is formed from rivers, streams and rain that percolate into the soil.  It is accessed by wells.  Ground water provides 40% of the water usage with the other 60% imported from the Delta via the California aqueduct, Los Angeles aqueduct and the Colorado River aqueduct.  The goal of WRD is to eliminate the need for expensive imported water to replenish ground water and become independent by using storm water and recycled water in near equal portions only.
You have probably noticed the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel spreading grounds from the freeways and saw that they are normally dry.  Due to our current drought condition it is necessary to go about 40 feet deeper to access water than before the drought. 
Some tips for indoor water conservation are to shorten showers, fix leaky faucets, wash only full loads of laundry and turn off the water when brushing.  Outdoor tips are water before eight a.m., use a broom instead of hose to clean, check sprinklers for leaks and install drought tolerant landscape.
Thomas Martin and Monica Serrano.  Learn more about WRD by clicking on the following link to their website.
Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California Bud Jackson 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Daisy Lang

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Aug 05, 2014
Before she came to Los Angeles and started working in film Daisy Lang had a world renowned career in karate, kick-boxing and boxing. In 1995 she first became known to a U.S. audience as the World Champion in karate and kick-boxing. After that she became one of the pioneers in women's professional boxing in Europe. She has three World titles to her name, all won in fights in Germany: Junior Bantam (1999), Bantam (2003) and Super Bantam Weight (2003).
Her success in sports made her a popular guest on national TV shows and a frequent subject of magazine articles. After a successful decade in the sports world in Europe, Daisy relocated to Los Angeles to concentrate on her acting career and business. In 2007 she became a member of SAG-AFTRA and has been working in films and commercials, mostly in action roles.
Daisy loves coming to speak to Paramount Rotary because she enjoys the singing and the friendliness of the members. Today she spoke a little bit more about her history.  Being from Bulgaria, there was very little information on any contact sport, so to break into the world of Karate, she needed to leave home and move to Germany to train. After having won her World Titles, she was able to tour and on these tours fell in love with America, especially, Southern California and decided to stay.  Her experience as a physical therapist and her knowledge in the medical field helped keep her healthy throughout her competing days and today she uses it to keep others in shape physically and mentally. To many of her co-stars and other celebrities she has the opportunity promote boxing as a way to stay in physical and mental shape, especially as she says; celebrities need some way to stay in tune with themselves since the acting field is such an isolating career.
Now a day she stays busy as a motivational speaker and still does some self-defense seminars for police and sheriff departments.  John Rodgerson also asked her a bit of Bulgarian history and she was quite educational, we learned that the Bulgarian language is the basis for all Slavic languages. She also gave tips on where to visit if you were to ever travel there. She still travels there once a year and highly recommends the Healing Waters in the Mountains as well as a tour of the Black Sea. Daisy is always a joy to listen to; she is so full of enthusiasm and energy. 
To read and see more on Daisy Lang please link on these below:
Women’s Boxing Bio:
Daisy Lang Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Camp Oakes

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jul 28, 2014
Camp Oakes
Every year the Los Cerritos YMCA takes anywhere from 140 – 200 campers up to the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains to their Residence camp, Camp Oakes for one week, Saturday to Saturday.  This year Camp Oakes was held July 19th through July 26th
Campers live in Adirondack cabins with 9 other campers their age.  In charge of these campers are adult volunteer counselors as well as teen volunteers (counselors in training: CITs.) Each of the cabins participate at various program areas such as archery, canoeing, fishing and zip lining and attend each area with a brother or sister cabin.
Volunteers must undergo an application and interview process as well as training sessions before they can be accepted as a volunteer.  This process is a rigorous one to ensure the safety of the campers and not all volunteers are accepted. 
This week six volunteers from the Los Cerritos YMCA came to share their experiences at Camp Oakes with the Paramount Rotary. The speakers as shown from left to right; Debbie Hernandez, Ana Tecuanapa, Damarys Sallady-Perez, Clare Mc Carthy, and Jakob Geiger went as CITs and the last presenter Camille Mireles was a Counselor. Except for Claire, this was the first time going go Camp Oakes as a leader for the others.  
Each and every one of them spoke of their different experiences from their perspective, but when they were all done sharing their own thoughts they all agreed that volunteering was harder than they anticipated; there was so much that they learned about themselves from the experience, so much they learned from the participants, and so much that spoke to them about how different we all are, but in the end how similar the needs of all people.  They will each take with them all that they learned into the future and utilize their new skills at school, home and at their own jobs.
In groups, the campers need to feel loved, taken care of, safe, and safe enough to just be themselves as kids. The volunteers worked hard to achieve this and they learned that sometimes it’s hard to do just that; and sometimes you come to care about their campers so much it’s hard to say goodbye. All in all this was an experience that the volunteers will not forget and hopefully they will get a chance to do it again next year.
To Learn more about Camp Oakes please check out
Camp Oakes Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bud Jackson on Jul 22, 2014
The Society operates the Cardinal Manning Center for the homeless men on skid row in Los Angeles (the skid row capital of the U.S..) Chris Sariego, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, provided an informative presentation on the activities of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.  They have operations in 150 countries with over one million volunteers.  The Society has been a community stronghold in Southern California for over 100 years and operates two large thrift stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
St. Vincent’s Family Housing for the homeless serves women and children.  A prisoner resettlement house serves 16 lifers (over 30 years in prison).  The Winter Shelter in Ventura has helped 17 families find homes.  A free Learning Center teaches ESL and GED students.  The Circle V Ranch is a camp that provides underserved children in a fun and nurturing environment during the summer.
Funding sources are from investments and dividends (48%), contributions (16%), grants and fees (17%), store sales net profit (11%), foundations (4%) and special events (4%).
The Society is an International, Catholic volunteer organization that serves the needy of any religious background free of charge. Founded in Paris, France in 1833 by a compassionate college student, Frederic Ozanam, and for over 100 years, Vincentian volunteers have served the suffering in Southern California. As sated from their website, "We help the needy become self-sufficient by providing emotional and financial support, food, clothing, furniture, appliances, housing and by connecting the disadvantaged to helpful resources in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Donations to our thrift stores make our work possible. Your financial gift or donations of household items help us help thousands of families every year. To donate clothes, furniture, appliances, or even cars call us at 1-800-974-3571 FREE pickup of donated goods."
Chris Sariego, Director of Public Relations & Marketing.  To learn more about St. Vincent De Paul click on the following link to learn more

Community Safety in Paramount

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jul 18, 2014
Sergeant Carlos Sanchez is a 25 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County.  He has been in Paramount for the last three years where he serves as Field Sergeant.  Carlos is a native Californian and a former Marine.  He is active in helping the youth by being a soccer coach and a Boy Scout den leader.  Carlos keeps fit as a member of the Sheriff’s soccer team and recently participated in the Baker to Vegas run. (Law enforcement personnel make this grueling 120 mile run.)
When Sergeant Sanchez came to Paramount he was very impressed with the level of support from the city officials and local citizens to law enforcement.  The objective is to keep the community as safe as possible.  Controlling gang activity is at the top of the list.  Gangs attempt to rob, hurt and steal.  They need to make money and narcotics is one of the ways they do it.  Carlos said one way to help is to be aware of unusual happenings and report them to the Sheriff’s Station.  One of the deterrents to crime are the two patrol cars equipped with plate reading devices that canvas the area.  The system checks for stolen vehicles and any other violations associated with the vehicle.  He recommends the use of security cameras and lighting.  Criminals don’t like to be seen in the act and are likely to move on.
His experience of ten years in major crimes serves him well with knowledge and contacts.  He apologizes in advance if he doesn’t say hello if he is in plain clothes because, he may be working undercover.  All of the deputies in Paramount are eager to work on patrol, as detectives or traffic control.  There are two deputies on patrol on campus at Paramount high school.  They also speak with students in the classroom as part of the GRIP (Gang Resistance in Paramount) program.  Carlos makes an effort to be friendly with kids to build better relations with law enforcement. 
Sergeant Carlos Sanchez
Community Safety in Paramount Bud Jackson 2014-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

Doing Business over the Inernet

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jul 08, 2014
Past Rotary member Nick Pardarsani joined us today to discuss doing business over the Internet. Nick was born in India and graduated from IIT which is Indias equivalent of Harvard in the States.  When he was 21 he moved to Minnesota where he finished his Masters in Engineering. He then moved to Canada and received his MBA. He was hired by XEROX and after 10 years in Canada he was transferred to the United States where he stayed with XEROX until 1992.
At this time in his life, Nick decided to go into business for himself and started Presstige Printing. In 1996, the start of the widespread usage of the world wide web, he transitioned into  a new business, Anilita Systems, which was making websites for companies. Since it was barely the start of general usage of the web, it was hard trying to get businesses to understand why they would need a website and how one would help their company.  During this time he fell into the costume business by analyzing what exactly was available and the possibility of how it could grow using this “new” service, the web.
Let’s rewind to 2002.  At this time, with his background and knowledge of the internet, Nick understood that outsourcing and web searching was going to explode.  This was a wonderful opportunity for him.  He had learned that in the costume business, there were only 2 major distributors, and 12 manufacturers for all of the United States. Taking this knowledge and using his resources for job outsourcing, he invested in costumes as his next business venture and created the business Costumes4Less.
Some of the challenges that sales on the web faced at this time was that there was no “trust” from customers.  Online shopping was new, you couldn’t touch or feel the merchandise, you couldn’t try it on, and you had to WAIT to receive something you just paid for.  This was the same for costume sales on line.  However, the advantages far outweighed the disadvantages, Nick just waited out the learning curve.
Now that the learning curve is over and people are reliant on online sales, his business, Costumes4Less,  not only makes yearly sales (as opposed to seasonal sales like brick and mortar shops) he also sells via the large market of and other selling channels and being an online business he has multiple fulfillment channels but no warehouse!  That is a big bonus.
Today, things that bother Nick about E-commerce is the prevalence of online fraud and hacking, businesses the sell personal information and how globalization and automation has had an impact on US employment.  Yes he does understand how his outsourcing does have a negative effect on American employment and is slowly transitioning his jobs back here to the States.  To check out his site log on to:
Nick Director of Costumes4Less
Doing Business over the Inernet Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

End of Year Changes

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos

We congratulate Jim Schreiber for being awarded the honor of Rotarian of the Year for all his dedicated service to the club. Here he is being presented the Rotarian of the Year plaque by Teri Mouren-Laurens, out going 2013-2014 President.  She then introduces incoming President John Boogaard and presents him with the Presidential Rotary Gavel.
End of Year Changes Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

A Little Bit of This and That

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jun 15, 2014
Interact End of Year Dinner
On June 6, 2014 our Paramount High School Interact students got together for an evening of fellowship and fun.  The evening was attended not only by the Interact club and their moderator Andy Yanoki, but some of our esteemed Rotarians as well.   The evening consisted of acknowledging all of the accomplishments of outgoing Interact Seniors as well as an evening of voting to see who would be the incoming slate of officers for the school year of 2014-2015.
Focus on a Paramount Rotarian and Paramount Unified School District Superintendent Herman Mendez
When asked why he was involved with Paramount Rotary, his response was, "I am involved with Rotary for the same reason that I was  involved with Kiwanis – I love the camaraderie that we all share around giving back to our community, and in particular around providing direction and guidance to our youth."
Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers:
•             Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
•             Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
•             Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
•             Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
•             Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer
•             Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
•             Frank Borman, American astronaut
•             Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
•             James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
When is the Summer Solstice?
The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2014, the solstice falls on June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT.
The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.
For ten fun things to do this summer solstice check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
A Little Bit of This and That Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Buena Vista Continuation High School

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jun 08, 2014
Buena Vista is a four year high school dedicated to helping students that have fallen behind in credits to catch up so they can graduate from high school and not become a drop out.  The current enrollment is 240 students.  The staff creates a close-knit, family atmosphere on a well maintained campus located in a residential community in Lakewood that is southeast of the intersection of South and Downey.

The school is appropriately proud of receiving the “Model School Award” from the state of California.  They receive inquiries from other continuation schools around the state asking for procedural advice.  Principal, Jean Law, gets calls asking, how do you handle this situation?  She says they have a very diverse student body, if you have blue hair you are going to fit right in.  They can meet the needs of students with special learning problems.  They have a Physical Fitness room that is used during lunch time as well as after school.

We were introduced to Dr. Andrea Aguilar-Nani, the Asst. Principal.  Andrea is new to Buena Vista, but not to Paramount Unified.  She was born and raised in Paramount where she attended school from K thru 12.  Graduating from PHS in 1990 she went on to earn a degree at CSULB.  Andrea did not plan a career in education, but her experience teaching Foster Youth made her realize this is what she wanted to do.  She joined PUSD in 1996 and has since earned her doctorate degree.  She tells her students, “Don’t give up and follow your dreams”.

We heard from five students pictured below. All of these students have attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend.  They each indicated that this weekend was a life changing experience.  They had prepared a video that included interviews of each student.  Some of their comments were as follows: Ariel says she is making better decisions and that RYLA was eye-opening.  Guillermo told us he realized he needed to change his life style and he may look like a cholo, but he is not one.  Carolina had fallen in with a bad peer group and needed to change, also RYLA matured her and gave her the ability to work with a group.  James said that his grades before Buena Vista were poor, especially in math.  They are now improved to the point he is the recipient of the “Principals Award” and has earned his pilot’s license and plans to teach kids to fly airplanes and helicopters.  Rosalinda, Paramount Rotary Scholarship Award winner, told us her two years at Buena Vista has made school a priority and she sees opportunities in the future.
All these students look forward to a good future and are grateful that Buena Vista and RYLA has helped play a role in setting the ground work.
(L-R Guillermo Pena, James Knox, Rosalinda Morales, Ariel Wagner and Carolina Najera)
Buena Vista Continuation High School Bud Jackson 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Guatamala Literacy Project

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 28, 2014
Paramount Rotary Past-President, Dick Anderson, returned to tell us about Rotary’s work in Guatemala with the Guatemala Literacy Project.  Dick and his wife, Helen, made their first trip in 2001, and have been back ten times since.  The project has grown to the point that this year it was awarded a $300,000 grant from Rotary International. 
The focus of the project has been books for students in grades 6 to 8 in rural Guatemala (for many, this is the end of their education because high schools are only in larger cities.)  The way it works is, Rotary buys a set of textbooks (purchased in Guatemala) and they are rented for $15 to $20 per year (one of the textbooks is teaching Spanish, because most Guatemalans speak Mayan.)  The books are used for four to five years and then replaced.  Some schools are in their third set of books and 90% of schools are still in the program.  The Culture of Reading Program (CORP) provides elementary school teachers with high-quality children’s books and effective reading instruction.  This newer program already serves 4,145 students in 33 schools.

The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is an initiative to provide badly needed textbooks, library materials, and computer centers to underprivileged children in Guatemala. Since 1998, the GLPs programs have been brought to over 220 impoverished rural communities. There are over 25,000 students using textbooks at 185 schools. The GLP has also founded 54 self-funding computer centers, 25 literacy programs, and 49 school libraries. The project already serves 10% of the country's neediest secondary schools and is working with the goal of ensuring that no child in Guatemala grows up without the gift of both traditional and technological literacy.  There are currently 25,853 students using 111,162 textbooks with 17,223 students using computers.
To learn more about the program click on the following link to their website;
Shown is Dick Anderson and Teri Mouren-Laurens.  Dick would also like to let us know about another project his Rotary Club La Quinta has put in place.  Their project provides filters to purify water for mobile home parks in the dessert that serve the migrant farm laborers in the dessert. The filters eliminate the arsenic from the well water at a cost of $189 per trailer.

Guatamala Literacy Project Bud Jackson 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Stepping Into the Future

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on May 25, 2014
Paramount High School Scholars take an easier step into their college careers after receiving a well deserved Paramount Rotary Scholarship.  To view more photos, click on the Scholars Photo Album link.
Stepping Into the Future Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Sheriffs

Posted by Bud Jackson on May 06, 2014
This week we were visited by Captain Merrill Ladenheim who is in charge of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station.  Lakewood sheriff’s Station serves Artesia, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Paramount and unincorporated areas in Cerritos and Long Beach.  As part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s they are the largest sheriff’s department in the world.

Captain Ladenheim was born in upstate New York.  Lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and their three boys ages 16, 15 and 10.  He earned his B.S. at Western Connecticut State University and his M.S. at Cal State Long Beach.  He joined the department in April of 1985 and was assigned to Lakewood Station in October 2011. Captain Ladenheim was accompanied by Lieutenant Dave Auner who is in charge of the Paramount Station and just happens to be the leading expert on gangs in California.

Violent crime (homicide, rape, assault and robbery) is down 74% from 15 years ago (from 615 to 222), but property crime (burglary, theft, grand theft auto and arson) are up from last year (from 1544 to 1640).  This increase can be traced directly to AB 109 which releases non-violent criminals back into the community.  That is a total of 1862 crimes committed in Paramount in 2013.
Response time in minutes is 3.3 for emergent, 7.1 for priority and 38.5 for routine calls.  Sergeant Sanchez leads four special assignment teams of four deputies that cover four beats that divide Paramount.

Several homeless encampments have been cleaned up.  They were known for criminal activity, unsanitary living and trash dumping which also included stolen cars used for shelter.  The homeless and their pets are provided needed assistance.

Paramount Neighborhood Watch proves to be an excellent source for fighting crime.  Nosey neighbors can be the best friends of law enforcement.  If you see something, say something.  The City of Paramount works closely with the Sheriff’s Department for public’s safety.

Two deputies are assigned to Paramount High School where students are encouraged to use “TEXT-A-TIP” to report problems.  Deputy Timberlake can be seen patrolling on motorcycle.  Automated license plate recognition technology (ALPR) scans plates and checks a data base to find stolen cars and other violations.  Fume Alert is a free service that monitors homes being fumigated (a target for burglars).  Deputies are provided with current equipment for alcohol screening, X-26 Tasers and mobile digital computer systems to do in field reporting. Paramount’s Fingerprint Program successfully lifted 228 latent fingerprints in 2013.  Recently, thieves hit an apartment building parking area robbing items from 12 autos and within one day the thieves were captured by tracing their prints.

Challenges facing public safety are centered on prison realignment (AB 109) and lack of jail capacity. Of the 19,246 state prisoners released in Los Angeles County, 9,487 of them were again arrested (nearly half).  The 9,487 totaled 24,376 arrests, with 5,647 of them arrested more than once.  One individual has been arrested 27 times.  Only 5% of the funding from Sacramento goes to L.A. County which has 35% of the prisoners.  With statistics like these, it is necessary for the public to be aware of their neighborhoods, their surroundings, and to make sure they speak up!
Captain Ladenheim (on left) was accompanied by Lieutenant Dave Auner
Lakewood Sheriffs Bud Jackson 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Go Kart Winners!

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Apr 26, 2014
Congratulations to our 2014 Go Kart Team!  Drawing Pole Position, our Go Kart Team came in first after an hour and a half of driving.  Pictured from left to right is Matt, Dean and Todd with John Berg missing from the photo.  Click on the photo book link to see more action shots of our night on the track.
2014 Go Kart Winners! Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly News

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Apr 01, 2014
All the News that's Fit to Print!
Jay has returned from his visit with his son and grandson in San Juan Batista.  He was a very proud father as he was able to accompany his son's Geology class and watch his son in action.  His son is a professor at the local Junior College and his class was on a field trip to study the landscape of the area.
Greg Buckner thanked all the volunteers who helped at the Student Forum.  He also wanted to thank the Paramount Rotary for their monetary support and to thank Jay for the inspirational questions for debate.  Other members expressed how impressed they were with the debates and all the student insights on such topics as the NSA, Gay Marriage, and Fracking.
The Paramount Rotary Poker Tournament will be held on May 31 - More info still to come!
Rev up those engines and get ready for the Rotary Grand Prix which will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014!  We are  on the quest to keep our first place standing.  Contact Duane about Weekly Go Kart Practice.  If you can't race - Come Cheer us on!
Duty Roster for April 8, 2014
Invocation  Matt Wagner 
Pledge  Herman Mendez
Introductions  John Colville, PDG
Program  Teri Mouren-Laurens 
Raffle  Jay Wilbur 
Raffle  John Boogaard
Greeter  Gary Endo
Greeter  Greg Buckner
Weekly News Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

Paramount Unified Budget Report

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Mar 30, 2014
Michael P. Conroy, Ed.D, the Assistant Superintendent of Paramount Unified Schools, visited Rotary to give a brief rundown on the second interim Budget Report.  When talking about the Budget there are two things that are reported:  the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Mr. Conroy explained that the LCFF is the mechanism established under Governor Brown on how schools get their funding.  The factors that make up the LCFF are:
  1. Enrollment and Average Daily Attendance
  2. District Demographics
  3. State Economics
The main items touched on were the second point which is District Demographics.   There are three items under this point and they are a) the percentage of students that receive Free and Reduced lunch which is based on socio-economics demographics,  b) English Language Learners, and c) Foster Youth.  Of the percentage of students in the Paramount Unified School District 95% receive Free and Reduced Lunch, 40% are ELL students, and smaller percentage are Foster Students.  Because of these factors as well as our good Average Daily Attendance Rate (96%,)  Paramount is able to maintain their school budget annually. 
When speaking of how schools utilize their budget, the state recognizes that  it gets more expensive to educate a child the older they get which is why the budget is smaller for elementary, then middle and most expensive at the high school level. Budgetary expenses cover personnel related costs, capital outlay, operating expenses, books, supplies and other outgoing projects.  One thing that is not covered under state funding is encroachments.
Encroachments are defined as programs that are not covered fully under state funds.  One example of these programs is Special Education.  The state claims that they will cover up to 40% of these funds but in actuality only generally fund about 17%.  Because of this discrepancy Districts need to dip into general funds to cover all these expenses.
The LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) is how Districts utilize funds and show accountability for usage of funds.  The way the LCAP and the LCFF are connected is shown through input and compliance.  Where as in the past the LCFF was a system of rule compliance measured by audits and enforced through penalties, the new LCAP gives Districts the ability to shift the budget paradigm to a new way of thinking.  They are now able to think first of outcomes and can plan out for three years how they will be able to achieve their outcomes.  Outcomes need to focus on conditions of learning, pupil outcomes, and student engagement.  It is easier to plan outcomes over a three year period as opposed to annually and have things change from year to year.  This plan will give all involved a chance to have a higher success rate.
Thank you Michael Conroy for all this budgetary insight, the Paramount Unified School District should be proud of all that they do for their students.
Paramount Unified Budget Report Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

News from Sen. Lara's Office

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Mar 23, 2014
Tuesday, March 11 we had a Representative from Senator Richard Lara's office Julia Juarez come speak with us.

Since she was a child, Ms. Juarez wanted to be a Philanthropist so that she could help improve the quality of life of her local community. Ms. Juarez's passion for service has manifested to more than 20 years of experience working with elected officials and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of California. A graduate of the Hispañas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, she knows firsthand the power of collaboration and servant leadership. Prior to becoming a Senior Field Deputy for State Sen. Ricardo Lara, she was Director of the Southern California region of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where she raised more than $2 million new funds for scholarships for local students pursuing a higher education. Ms. Juarez's community service has included serving as a board member of the Compton High School Alumni Association which she helped to raise funds for college scholarships. In her free time, Ms. Juarez volunteers her time consulting with nonprofit organizations on issues of communications, fundraising and programming. Ms. Juarez holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Political Science as well as a Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Ms. Juarez explained some of the bills that the Senator would be supporting, one for instance is the bill SB 1273. This Bill will reform California's Low-Cost Auto Insurance program by updating eligibility requirements that restrict many eligible drivers from having access to affordable auto insurance. It will eliminate the sunset provision which is set to expire in 2016 thereby extending operation of the program, and delete the limits on the value of an automobile that can be insured through the program. Currently a vehicle valued above $20,000 cannot be insured through the program excluding Californians who are just over the threshold but still have no annual incomes.

Ms. Juarez went on to explain that in February Sen. Ricardo Lara and Sen. Fran Pavley introduced legislation that calls for the creation of a California Clean Truck and Bus program that encourages zero- and near-zero emissions for busses and trucks handling goods. Quoting Sen. Ricardo Lara, Ms. Juarez stated, “The health of our communities can't wait any longer - it's time to take decisive action to clean up polluted transportation corridors throughout our state," She went on to further quote Sen. Lara, “SB 1204 will spur innovation and strengthen our economy by investing in the clean technology needed to make heavy duty electric trucks and buses a reality." The senator is working hard to make a lot of bills reality.  
Sen. Ricardo Lara was elected in 2012 to represent the 33rd Senate District which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynnwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Vernon and Walnut Park. For more information please visit this link

News from Sen. Lara's Office Maria Mac Lean 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest Winners

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Feb 21, 2014
This years winners of the Paramount Rotary Speech Contest:  (Pictured from left to right)
First-place winner Avery Delacruz with the prize of $75. Second place winner was Henry Estrada with a $50 prize third-place is Monica Cruz with a $25 prize and fourth place is Daniel Lopez with a $10 prize.  First place winner Avery Delacruz will move forward to compete in the Rotary District speech contest for a prize of $1000. 
Speech Contest Winners Maria Mac Lean 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Music Contest

Posted by Maria Mac Lean on Feb 15, 2014
These are some of the contestants in the 2014 Paramount High school Music Competition. L - R Francisco Quiintero, Josh Flores, and Jasmin Alamill with Damiya Haley. Winners are given a monetary award and sent on to the Rotary district competition where awards are for scholarship money.
2014 Music Contest Maria Mac Lean 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Art Winners

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos
Paramount High School Art Winners from Left:Tomy Lim with his 1st place art piece "Seascape", Rogelio Resendiz with the 3rd place piece "Skull", and Pablo Castillo with the 2nd place piece "Spanish Ladies."  To see more of the student art work click on our photo link on our web page:
2014 Art Winners Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Other Happenings

Posted by Bud Jackson on Jan 13, 2014

We will be seeing a lot of Paramount High School students in the weeks ahead with Art, Speech and Music competitions coming up and the Student Forum on March 29th at the High School.  The Scholarship Luncheon will be held on May 20, 2014.

Maria Mac Lean and Tanya Duck have joined the reporters staff for our bulletin.  Look forward to seeing their work. (I know I am.)

For more information on any of these events please email us at  or check us out on our Facebook page:  or better yet, come join us!

Other Happenings Bud Jackson 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Shred Confidential

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Jan 06, 2014
Chris Goodwin, service consultant for Shred Confidential came to enlighten us Rotarians on the wonderful business of shredding documents.   The main reason to shred documents is to ensure that any personal and important information does not get out into the wrong hands once an individual or busniess is ready to dispose of such documents. 
First off, Shred Confidential uses what they call a Curb to Hopper Technology.  This means that anything loaded into the secure bins could then be lifted directly into their trucks which are equipped with a machine that does "crosscut proprieatary shredding."  Cutting materials this fine and mixing them as well with all the other materials that have been shredded can guarantee that your documents can not be traced.
The four things that Shred Confidential offers is:
1.  Auto Shred - this is a service which is set up with businesses in which they will automatically come to your place on a regularly scheduled route, pick up your documents and shred them on site.  They offer bins to each company to use throughout the month/and or week.  Each bin is secure so the only ones who can open them would be an employee of Shred Confidential.  They also monitor usage to ensure that each business is getting the correct bang for thier buck.
2.  Purge Programs - This service is open to individuals so that if they are in need of purging their homes of large amounts of documents, Shred Confidential will stop by and pick up these documents.
3.  Special Events - You may see Shred Confidential at Credit Unions doing one day shred events, or sometimes Realty Agencies will also do these one day shred events.  These are win-win for the community and the business putting on the event.  It gives the community a place to go and shred as well as does advertising for the business.  Ocassionally they also do fundraising events for organizations with this same format in mind.
4.  Media Destruction - Shred Confidential is also now able to do media (computers etc. ) desctruction which ensures that any information left on old computers will be completely destroyed.
Overall this was a very informative talk and we would like to thank Chris for joining us!
Shred Confidential Mary Jane Villalovos 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Poker Tournament Winner Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

Do You Have a Library Card?

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Oct 28, 2013



Katherine Adams Library Manager of the Paramount Library (shown on left with member Mary Jane Villalovos) presented all the amazing new features of a 21st Century Library.  A library is NOT just about books and staying quiet, the Library is a vibrant and vital part of our community.  For youth, there are story times, teen space as well as the annual Summer Reading Program.  For young mothers there is Family Place which is programs for families with kids from 0 - 5 years old.  Of course there are still books and magazines but there are also DVD's and CD's available to check out.


Of course now that we are in the digital age the library has also kept up with the times by providing, books and magazines available for you Kindle, Nook, tablet, and any digital device.  There are online classes available as well as sites where you can learn a new language.  Homework Help is available 24 hours via webchat and online databases can help a child get a project done all from the convenience of home. If you like Audiobooks, these can also be downloaded.  This is done on a check out basis but the good part is you don't need to remember to return them!

All this great stuff for just a Library Card, and it's FREE!! Check it out!

Do You Have a Library Card? Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

Duane Tours Italy

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 14, 2013



Duane Mahan shared his experiences of his 14 day tour of Italy.  He along with his sister and brother-in-law left LAX on Air Italia for a 13 hour flight to Rome (according to Duane you can tell the Air Italia planes because they are the one with hair under their wings).  Duane is a long time biker and he is a good motor cycle rider, but he was impressed with the skill of the motor scooter riders in Rome.  He said they ride with reckless abandon, but he never saw a motor scooter down.

He visited the Vatican, but the Pope was gone.  They toured the Sistine Chapel and saw the statues of Michael Angelo.  More art at St. Peter's Basilica, he says statues and paintings are abundant. On to Sorrento, the Island of Capri and Assisi (Duane wasn't sure about being in a place known as a-sissy).  He says Venice is all water and waves caused by boats in the channels are undermining the foundations of the buildings there.  He rode in a gondola, but sat next to a guy playing the squeeze box and couldn't hear anything else.  Next on to Milan and more scooters. Saw beautiful lakes and country side one the way to Florence and even got to the edge of the Alps.

Duane most liked Rome and its' history.  Walking on the same cobblestones that others had walked on over 2000 years ago and the Coliseum was very impressive.  He was amazed that in the big cities everyone lived in 20 story high-rise apartment buildings.  Regarding the food, Duane prefers the pasta and pizza he gets at Delmonico's in Belmont Shore.   

Duane Tours Italy Buddy Jackson 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

Science Care - A life Affirming Choice

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Oct 07, 2013

We were visited by Sade Obanwo who is a representative of Science Care.  Science Care is a whole body donation program that can help expand the boundaries of medicine and make a difference.  Now talking about plans for after death may be uncomfortable but this was an opportunity to hear about a choice that may be unknown or not talked about.

A life-affirming choice, Science Care's whole body donation program links donors with those in the medical community who devote their time developing new, innovative techniques, devices and treatments to advance and improve the quality of healthcare.  This may be an option if you believe in helping out the future of medicine especially if you have gone through a medical procedure or event that has touched your life and you want to help others. The main things that Science Care deals with are tissues, therefore if you are worried about remains, you will still receive your loved ones remains.

This donation is at no cost and can be an option if a funeral can not be afforded, and will help the future of science as well.  To donate, you can pre-register on their website, or at the time of passing or while in Hospice.  Science Care does work alongside coroners, mortuaries, as well as the medical field to educate about this service. 

A few of the medical and scientific areas in which Science Care donors have made contributions are: Heart Disease research, Diabetes research advancement, cancer research, anatomy training in medical schools and many others.

I know this sounds like a morbid topic but it was insightful on an afterlife choice.  Hopefully this article will start a conversation for the future.


Sade Obanwa is shown on the Right with Rotary member Mary Jane.  If you are interested in more information about Science Care follow this link: or call 1-800-417-3747

Science Care - A life Affirming Choice Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

Over the Counter Drugs Explained

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Sep 09, 2013

Dr. Fobi from Fobi Pharmacy in Paramount was our special guest speaker. Fobi Pharmacy is a local pharmacy that also does educational talks to residential care facilities, group homes, as well as out in the community. To explain his topic to Rotary, he brought with him a bag full of OTC (over the counter) pain relievers as well as cold and flu drugs to talk about the differences that each of these drugs do and what you should look for.

Pain relievers are broken down into 2 categories: acetaminophen such as Tylenol, and the other is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs known more popularly as NSAIDs.  NSIDs are those such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve.)  There are some products that do contain both.

Looking at the description of NSAIDs above, we notice that the main difference between the two are that although acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever, it does not help with inflammation which NSAIDs do.  This means that acetaminophen should be taken primarily for headaches, and other common aches and pains while ibuprofen can be used for pain from inflammation and menstrual cramps.  The most common usage for Aspirin is the low dosage 81mg tablet for prevention of heart attacks. 

Using either of these OTC pain drugs do have their side effects so please talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking other drugs.

Leading into the OTC cold and flu medication, Dr. Fobi's biggest concern is for consumers to know what they are purchasing and how to take it.  Read the labels and purchase products that match ONLY the symptoms you have.  Try and stay away from multi-symptom products.  Take all medications as directed on the bottle and you should feel relief after 3 days.  If after this time you see no improvement and are taking the product as stated, please go see your doctor!

Thank you Dr. Fobi and his assistant Martha Rodriguez for coming to enlighten us on this topic.  Dr. Fobi  and Martha are highlighted below.





Over the Counter Drugs Explained Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

"Dare to Care for the Homeless" gives Compelling Presentation

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Aug 19, 2013
Jose Rodriguez, CEO and founder of "Dare to Care for Homeless"  spoke with the club this past Tuesday.  This company brings together different entities like the High School, small businesses and other caring individuals that will donate time, talent and goods that they can put together to give to homeless shelters.  Some of the projects that happened last year was a collaboration with Paramount High school in which the students were able to donate hygiene items which in turn "Dare to Care" picked up and distributed at a local homeless shelter.  The idea for this company came about when Jose and his best friend from high school were sitting around one day while still in high school and they decided that one day they would like to give back.  Twenty years later this company was formed and they are growing strong and helping out in everyway possible to help with the homeless in the local area.  If you know of anyone who would like to donate; they take anything from clothing, household items, e-waste donations and larger donations such as cars and boats. 


"Dare to Care for the Homeless" gives Compelling Presentation Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Go Kart Race Wrap Up

Posted by Mary Jane Villalovos on Aug 12, 2013

Chris Childers from the Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Rotary Club host of the annual Go Kart Race graciously presented to the Paramount Rotary Club the winning trophy!  Paramount Rotary beat out the host club by a lap and a half to become the new winners of Go Kart bragging rights.  This is the tenth year that the Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Rotary club has been sponsoring this fundraiser.  This event is open to other Rotary clubs in our district, District 5280.  This fundraiser generally raises $2,000 - $3,000 dollars for their club.  The event is a great "friend" raiser and gets all members together for a fun night out of food, fun and rivalry.

Go Kart Race Wrap Up Mary Jane Villalovos 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Cerritos YMCA Camp Oaks

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 05, 2013


Mary Jane Villalovos (right) with her guest Darlene Lee Moore, Account Executive at Canon Solutions America.

Mary Jane gave a very informative presentation on the one week summer camp in the Big Bear mountains.  She is a veteran of 15 years of attending camp.  This year there were 182 kids (ages 8 to 15) who enjoyed new experiences.  There are 18 open air cabins that consist of three walls and a roof.  In addition to cots there is a table to seat ten for meals.  Meal time is a sacred chance to be together as a family.  The kids come from all over Southern California and do not need to be YMCA members.  Each year there is a theme and this year it was super heroes.  Adult counselors and 16 & 17 year old counselors in training bring items to enhance the campers' experience.  Each day starts with chapel and a character value for the day.  The day ends at 10:00 pm with a devotion that discuses how they used todays' character value.  The week presents opportunities for growth such as speaking in front of a group.

There are many activities, such as archery, paint ball sling shots, canoeing on the lake, fishing and the low and high ropes (the high ropes culminates in a jump to a trapeze 5 stories high).  The week included thunder and lightning storms and an abundance of rattle snakes.  No bears this time out.  There is a nature center with a variety of critters.  The "rag" program is a series of kerchiefs that are earned over a twelve year period.  This has a great deal of significance for Mary Jane because the last white rag is a pledge to provide service to youths and has adopted this as her life pursuit.

The cost for the week is $435.  For many of the campers this is more than they can afford.  The "Y" depends on contributions from others to help subsidize the expense for those in need.  This week can be a life changer for a child.  If you would like to contribute, just reply to this bulletin.

Cerritos YMCA Camp Oaks Buddy Jackson 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Protection vs. Freedom

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 29, 2013


John Rodgerson was challenged by Matt Wagner to justify his position that the government has the responsibility to keep the public safe from foreign and domestic threats at the cost of loss of freedom.  John did some research and turned his response into today's program, at the request of John Berg, by pointing out that throughout our country's history the government has taken measures that are counter to personal freedom.  One example he gave, was Abraham Lincoln suspending the right of habeas corpus during the Civil War.  The struggle we face today over the size of government is hampered by our own personal bias that keeps us from recognizing validity to ideas we don't agree with.  John points out that our country has gone through ups and downs in the past and he is hopeful that we are going to experience an upswing soon.

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Mr. Smith Finally Gets Involved

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 08, 2013




J.T. Sink with Bill Pellegrino. 

Mr. Sink began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he held flying, staff, and command assignments in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel. Mr. Sink earned his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and his B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also holds two other master’s degrees, and is a graduate of the Boei Kenkyujo (National Institute for Defense Studies) in Tokyo. He was selected in 2011 for L-3 IEC’s prestigious Executive Leadership Program and is a winner of the annual Harold George Daedalian Foundation Fellowship.

J.T. is not happy with the way our political system has evolved so he has decided that he needed to become involved in the process to help get the country back on track.  He is a member of the Republican party in the 63rd Assembly District.  He says that most politicians spend four hours each day asking for money for their re-election (doesn't leave much time to serve the public).  The best way an individual can help is to volunteer to campaign to walk a precinct and meet the voters.

Social media offers new opportunities to circumvent the traditional news outlets.  The Obama campaign was very successful in targeting special interest groups with promises to support their agenda in order to be elected.

J.T. offers his these links and his apologies to any Democrats or Third Party members--your party has counterparts to the Republican links, so please google to find them:


First, to volunteer to be a Precinct or Block Captain contact me at - Find voter and election info, what district you're in, candidate info, volunteer to be a poll watcher, etc


Also, they have a precinct mapping tool that shows you your precinct (called "sub-precincts" here in L.A. County)


Republican Party of L.A. County: register new Republicans at an citizenship event!


Clear the voter rolls of dead people, dogs, and fictitious voters!


Bonus link! The coolest GOP organization in L.A. County, the Republican Liberty Caucus: and


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Life Long Learning

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 01, 2013


John Berg introduced Dr. Deborah LeBlanc, President of the Board of Trustees of the Compton Community College District, Area 4 representing Paramount.  A Paramount resident since 2000.  She is an Associate Professor at National University where she has taught since 1987.  She earned her Doctorate degree at the University of La Verne in 1986.  Deborah is a global traveler who has visited over 30 countries.  When asked her favorite places, she likes Barcelona and Istanbul.

Dr. LeBlanc challenged us to never stop learning, she says we are never too old and learning is an attitude.  Try taking a class at a community college.  Thinking outside the box and trying new things stimulates learning.  Share what you have learned with others.

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Paramount Unified School District - Special Education

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 24, 2013



Kimberly Cole, Director of Special Education, for Paramount Unified School District (PUSD) gave an informative presentation on her department that effects 1475 students at PUSD (about 9% of the total student body).  Kim has been with PUSD for eight years in her current position and prior to that spent 18 years as a teacher in the Downey Unified School District.  She is a local girl that was born and raised in Bell Gardens.

Students range in age from pre-school to 22 years of age.  Prior to 1975, when Congress passed a law, special needs students were institutionalized and not a part of the public school education system.  Then in 2004 Congress enhanced the program that is known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The purpose is to teach students in the least restrictive environment possible.  They are included with their non-disabled piers as much as possible.  Students are separated by their level of need.  They are grouped as mild moderate, moderate, moderate severe and severe.  Specially trained instructors provide tools as needed. If a student is two or more grade levels behind they are classified as severely disabled and are not on a path to graduation, but instructed in life skills.  Safety is the number one priority, those that are determined to be of danger to themselves or others are closely supervised.  There is a facility at Hollydale school that is made up of students with autism, these students tend to have behavioral problems, not learning problems.  About 75% of the students are able to graduate and go on to college or learn a trade.  The adult school for ages 18 to 22 are taught life skills such as laundry, grocery shopping and how to use public transportation in order to live independently. 

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Paramount High School - Schoolwide Goals and Progress

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 17, 2013

Dr. Greg Buckner, Paramount High School Principal, shared some of the schools achievements and goals for the future.  Schools are measured through testing results for federal and state funds.  These programs are products of  "No Child Left Behind".

The goals for next year are: 1. Passing grades of C or better in the core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Science) to reach 90%. 2. Increase graduation rate by 7% to raise total to 95%. 3. Increase federal and state exams for sophomores to 80% in language arts and math. 4. Continue to improve Academic Performance Index (API) scores toward 800.

The API score is currently 736. Jay Wilbur, former PUSD Superintendent, pointed out the score was 350 ten years ago.  The District has returned to the A through F grading system.  One of every eight students in the U.S. is educated in California. 


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Paramount Rotarian, Tanya Duck

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 10, 2013


Tanya Duck was inducted into Rotary by Past District Govenor, John Colville, who was assisted by designated pinner, Mary Jane Villalovos, with sponsor, John Berg, looking on.

Tanya is an Account Executive with Time Warner Cable Business Class who provide internet, phone and cable TV services.  She is also currently studying for her MBA.  A local girl, she was born in Bellflower and lives with her husband in Downey.  When asked about her name she explains that her first name is pronounced like, "if you spend time in the sun it will tan ya".  Regarding her last name she simply replies, "I married a Duck".


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Buena Vista High School

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 03, 2013


Standing (L-R) Jean Law, Marlon Ruiz, Fredy Martinez and Jose Mendez. Sitting (L-R) Ariel Waggener, Rosalinda Morales, Shakia Russell and Lisa Ferrer.

Principal Jean Law has been at Buena Vista for six years.  She has led this alternative education facility of 240 students who have experienced problems and need to catch up on credits to graduate.  They were awarded a "School of Excellence" and named a tier 1 education facility by the U.S. Army to allow graduates to enter the armed forces.

Lisa Ferrer has been a teacher for 25 years and has found Buena Vista to be her home away from home.  Lisa loves her students and teaches them to cope with obstacles, love learning, independent study and creates a sense of family.  She opens doors that many thought were closed to them.

Jose Mendez has been a counselor at Buena Vista since its' beginning.  He makes it a point to get to know the students, develop their self esteem and helps them with their personal issues.  Graduation checks make sure the students are on track.

The students were three Rotary Scholarship award winners and two Juniors that attended RYLA.  January graduate Shakia Russell had a hard time when attending Paramount High School, but Buena Vista with smaller class size convinced her she needed school and is currently on a path to become an RN.  June graduates, Marlon Ruiz attributes caring teachers to his turn-around and he will attend Cerritos College with a goal to become an Optometrist.  Fredy Martinez was nervous to go to Buena Vista, but was surprised to find it was not bad at all.  He fell behind when he returned to El Salvador to tend to his ill grandmother.  The caring teachers and family have motivated him to pursue a career in medicine.

RYLA attendees, Ariel Waggener knows she had a bad attitude but Buena Vista has turned her around.  She feels they really care about her and that she was lost and is now found.  Rosalinda Morales got with the wrong crowd and failed all of her classes.  She has now discovered that she is smart and is a teachers pet.  She plans to become a psychologist.

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Posted by Buddy Jackson on May 27, 2013


David Ford, Southern California Edison Regional Manager, came to Paramount Rotary to tell us about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and its importance in meeting the energy needs of Southern California. Dave has been with SCE for 21 years.  Both units have been off-line since January 2012 due to a detected leak in a steam generator tube.  SCE has submitted a safe restart plan to Nuclear Regulation Commission (NRC) for Unit 2, but some environmentalists, who are opposed to Nuclear Energy, are trying stop the 70% production test.  SCE is concerned it may not be able to supply reliable energy without nuclear especially if we experience a hot summer.

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59th Annual Promotion / Demotion Dinner

Posted by Buddy Jackson on May 24, 2013


Out-going President Greg Buckner selected John Berg as his Rotarian of the year for 2012-2013.

Dr. Greg Buckner, PHS Principal, is a busy man with a demanding job, but he made time for Rotary.  He gave us real insight into Paramount High School.

We continued to have outstanding programs made better ---- Scholarship Awards Luncheon—RYLA and the Student Forum.

Art contest (district winner Benjamin Rocha), Speech contest (district second place winner Brandon Desqueria) and the Music contest.

Greg also showed us more— We took a field trip to visit the newly constructed buildings and see classes in action— saw performances by the Funk & Jazz Band and the Cream of Crop members of the Choir – Had Col. Robert Guild tell us about JROTC and head football coach Matt Howard brought 3 of his stars to Rotary.

He had his boss (Dr. David Verdugo) tell us about the state of PUSD and his trip to China.

He brought in other experts.  Dr. Damon Dragos on Economics 101, Michael Conroy on the Education Budget and Samuel San Miguel to tell us about alternative education for students with problems.

It wasn’t just  about Education.

He passed the test when District Governor, Lew Bertrand, and company visited the club. Had a successful fund raiser with the Golf Tournament. Saw his club capture the District Go Kart championship and spread a joyous Christmas to needy families plus provide happy feet for 30 students. He also added new member Mary Jane Villalovos.

And he brought in some interesting programs:  Got physical with Daisy “The Lady” Lang; had a lesson on self-defense from Gary Endo;  heard the real stuff about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; got the inside info from City Mgr. Linda Benedetti-Leal; what really happened with the F-117A stealth fighter from Col. J.T. Sink;  learned the truth about “fat in the blood” from Dr. Richard Glassock; and what was more fun than “Tales from Toadsuck”?

Finally, he led the club gracefully in the passing of Mike Boersma.

New officers and directors for the year 2013-2014 were installed.  We will have a President for every season, Summer - Teri Mouren-Laurens, Autumn - John Boogaard, Winter - Matt Wagner and Spring - John Berg.

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2013 Paramount Rotary Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Posted by Buddy Jackson on May 20, 2013


Dr. David Verdugo presided over awarding the scholarships.  Each scholar was introduced with information regarding where they would attend college and their career goals.  Then the student made brief statements.  Shown above is Marlen Villasenor receiving her award with Dr. Greg Buckner, Paramount Mayor Gene Daniels and sponsor Buddy Jackson looking on.  A slide presentation was then shown which included baby pictures of the students and current photos.  The students invited family and friends to join them at the various tables.  There were over 100 in attendance.

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RYLA 2013, Blue Jay, CA

Posted by Buddy Jackson on May 13, 2013


Back Row (L-R) Autumn Bignami, Activities Director, Henry Estrada, Polly Rameriz, Arianna Ojeda, Leo Silva, Sergio De La Torre and Andrew Yonaki, Interact Club Advisor.  Front Row (L-R) Pamela Garcia, Daisy Macias, Grisel Vazquez, Jacqueline De Luna and Seriana Aguilar.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) attendees from Paramount High School came to visit and share the experiences of their weekend.  Accompanied by Andy Yonaki, their Advisor, Asst. Baseball Coach and Math Teacher and by Autmn Bignami who, along with teaching, organizes student activities and is a regular visitor to the Rotary club.  Andy said that some of the students needed some convincing to attend, but they are all excited when they return.  For some, this is their first time away from home.  We saw a slide presentation of the weekend and then the students took turns telling about their experience.

Here is some of what they had to say.  Daisy said it was the best weekend she has ever had.  She was eager to go and was a winner in the talent show.  Jackie met amazing, friendly and funny people that made her feel comfortable.  The event helped her increase her confidence and she plans to run for a leadership position in the Interact Club next year.  Giselle says she is a better person, leader and teammate.  She has removed "no I can't" from her vocabulary.  Sergio is less shy and has come out of his shell.  He made many friends that he stays in touch with on the internet and he will remember this his whole life.  Leo liked the activity called the "coolest universe" where everyone openly and safely discuss their deep feelings without judgement.  He says it was an amazing experience that he will never forget.  Pamela had so much fun; she felt welcome and able to be herself and not worry.  Ariana had never been away from home before and will never forget her experience.  Polly knows RYLA  will influence her for the rest of her life.  The 4-C's (communication, compassion, cooperation and creativity) will mold her.  She will be creative and do whatever she wants.  Serena said it was indescribable.  She learned she can trust her senses with the "blind walk".  She met people she never would meet and didn't want to leave.  Henry said it was the most beneficial event in his life.  He was afraid to speak before, but this opened his eyes to the fact that shyness gets you nowhere.  He is now more involved and a different man.  Not present were Buena Vista's Ariel Waggoner and Rosalinda Morales, but they both expressed their thanks for this life changing experience.

A special thank you to the sponsors who made it possible for the students to attend: Case Boogaard, Karen Kelly, Chizue Ouchi, Nick Pardasani, Maxine and Randy Roberts, Beth Bettger and Dr. Max Martinez.  

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Long Beach Junior Roller Derby

Posted by Buddy Jackson on May 06, 2013


(L-R) Karla Escobar aka "Karla Sutra" and Teri Carpenter aka "Unimommer" came to Paramount Rotary to tell us about Junior Roller Derby. The program is for girls aged 4 to 17.  The girls are taught how to skate.  They make new friends, learn to help each other and meet good role models.  This team sport is described as football on eight wheels.  The bout (match) starts with a leader for each team (the "jammer") racing around the track to pass through the "pack" (four blockers on each team).  Their motto is "come for the fun, stay for the stoke".  

Karla has been involved for two years.  She wanted to try new things and enjoys seeing the girls come out of their shell and develop their own moxi.  Teri has been skating for three years and is a Mother of an eight year old.  She is head coach for the juniors and skates for adult roller derby teams.

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Paramount Advanced Choir (Team PAC)

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 29, 2013


Paramount Rotary President Dr. Greg Buckner with Sandra Wilson-Espinoza.  Sandra directs a choir of 150 members.  The choir has won many awards and received a coveted "Superior Ratings" status.  Paramount Rotary met at PHS gymnasium to hear the best of the choir, "Team PAC" (Paramount Advanced Choir).  We heard some classical selections which included the "Lord's Prayer" in Swahili along with some fun choices.  The Choir will be performing at the newly refurbished auditorium on the West Campus.

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Angel Step Too

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 22, 2013


Acting President John Berg introduced Krystal Fesgen (L) and Tanya Duck.  They were here to tell us about their experience with Angel Step Too which is located in Bellflower.  Tanya has volunteered her time for the last thirteen years to help young women that are going through difficult times.  Having been helped herself by others when she was young she enjoys helping to get these women back on their feet.

Krystal entered this program in 2005 and is an outstanding example of the positive results that can be obtained.  She relies on the support network the organization offers.  She has been reunited with her son and has earned a bright future.  She returned to school and is entering a program to become a Registered Nurse.  She has pulled herself up by her boot straps.

(Editors note:  In less than a week I have taken two photos of John Berg with beautiful adoring women.  Is this proof that John is a chick magnet?)   

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We Are the Champions

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 18, 2013


Last year the Paramount Rotary Club entered the Rotary Grand Prix sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominquez.  We won Third Place on that first attempt and the team set a goal to win the 10th annual race next year.  They planned and trained and achieved their goal.  Team A (above) won the race and took home the First Place Trophy (photo on the right).  Team members above (standing L-R) Dare Devil Duane and Speed Demon Dean, (sitting L-R) Maniac Matt and Tod the Ringer. The race was held at Go Kart World in Carson.  Eleven teams of four to six members each from Rotary clubs in District 5280 participated.  The race lasts for an hour and a half and the winning team is the one that makes the most laps during that time.  Paramount completed 119 laps and second place went to the host club with 117.  Tod the Ringer also turned in the quickest lap in 37 seconds.  Each team member must make at least three pit stops during the race.  

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The US Army Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC)

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 15, 2013


Paramount Rotary President, Dr. Greg Buckner, introduced Colonel Robert Guild who leads the Paramount High School JROTC.  Since 2007, when Colonel Guild joined PHS, the JROTC has grown from 45 cadets to over 200.

COL Robert Guild (RET), Army Medical Service Corps office, he retired after 24 years active duty service. Hobbies include: Professional Ski Instructor, Water sports, Hiking, Motorcycles, Tennis and Racquet Ball. Is a Graduate of University of Nevada Reno, BS (Majored in Biology with a Minor in Math), and has an Associate degree in teaching. Has a Master’s degree in Business.

Commissioned 2LT in ROTC, 1982. Positions held: Medical Platoon leader, Medical Logistics Officer, Personnel Officer, Operation and Training Officer, Finance Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Western Region Emergency Medical Planner, Regional Medical Training Director. Assignments:  Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Texas, Washington, Louisiana, Utah, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and California. Deployments include: Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The goal of JROTC is to teach citizenship, study skills, community service (16 hours per semester), health/first aid/wellness, leadership skills, Army history and physical education (JROTC fulfills PE credit).  JROTC is government funded but cadets are in no way obligated to join the military. 

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Common Core Standards for Education

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 08, 2013


Paramount Rotary President, Dr. Greg Buckner, introduced today's speaker Dr. Randy Gray.  Dr. Gray has been the Director of Curriculum, Instructions and Projects for Paramount Unified School District for the past six years.  He monitors the use of all State and Federal funds for the District and the individual schools.  He has previously served as an elementary principal in the La Habra and Magnolia School Districts, an Asst. Principal in East Whittier, a curriculum specialist in Long Beach and a classroom teacher in Fullerton.  He is married with three teenage children and two dogs.

Randy told us about the new standards that have been embraced by 47 states that will become effective for the 2014-15 school year.  The goal is to prepare students to meet college and workplace requirements.  An emphasis will be placed on English language arts and mathematics.  Pathway classes that lead to trades such as health care are also part of the program.  The curriculum will focus on non-fiction history and science.  The more rigorous teaching techniques will focus on details and encourage reading and writing.  Productive struggle will force the student to solve problems.  Basic math instruction in real world math problems will be stressed.  Common Core Standards assessment testing is on line and tailored to the students ability from the third grade on up.  This will require more computer labs to meet the need for every student to have access to a computer for testing.  Funding these needs in California will be a struggle.  Did you know that one out every eight students in the United states is in California?

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Medication Reconciliation

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Apr 01, 2013


Mary Jane Villalovos introduced her friend of 25 years Bill Fitzpatrick.  Bill is involved in several areas of interest.  He was inspired by his tenth grade teacher to become a chemist.  He enjoyed that career for 20 years until the company he had been working for closed their doors.  He then decided to become a nurse and is currently an RN working at Rancho Los Amigos hospital were he has been for 18 years.  He just completed 40 years in the Navy Reserve and earned a Bachelors degree from CSULB.  He also is a 5th grade science and PE teacher.  For his Masters degree thesis he chose "Medication Reconciliation" as his topic.

Bill stressed the importance of keeping records of all your medications.  Do not rely on others to keep this information if you use multiple sources for your medical care.  Be your own advocate.  The pharmacist is a good source for advise regarding interaction of drugs and side effects.  Bill distributed "Vials of L.I.F.E." (Lifesaving Information for Emergencies).  A Medical Information Form that contains basic and identifying information, medical history and other medical information which is placed in a vial and put in the refrigerator.  A sticker is put on the front door and a magnet for the refrigerator tell paramedics you have a "Vial of Life" in the refrigerator.  Learn more at:

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California Outreach Organization

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Mar 18, 2013


Maria Mac Lean was in charge of the meeting today and she had her gavel ready to keep us in line.  She introduced todays speaker, Harald Niehenke, President of California Outreach Organization. This group of dedicated volunteers' goal is to fight hunger for those in need.  In Paramount since September of last year, every Monday they provide food for about 300 people.  The people begin to line up around 3:00 at their location at 15929 Garfield Avenue for the 5:00 distribution.  No one needs to portion out the food, the people just take what they need.  This is done on a no questions asked basis.  They also provide food for others such as those living at the Americana Motel where the residents are striving to stay sober and free of drugs and alcohol.  These volunteers donate not only their time, but also expenses for vehicles and fuel.  Harald  believes in stewardship for the poor.  Getting food is difficult, but somehow it has always materialized.

To find out more click on the following link to their website;


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Paramount - State of the City

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Mar 11, 2013


Past District Governor, John Colville, introduced Linda Benedetti-Leal who has been with the City of Paramount for 29 years with the last eight years as City Manager.  Linda presented the highlights of her recent "State of City" address.

2012 was by far her toughest year for the city, primarily due to the loss of redevelopment funds.  To reduce operating expenses, 15 employees were laid off. Four years ago the city had 128 employees and now there are 93.  There have been no raises in four years and employees are contributing more for their benefits.  Through it all, spirits are still high with the city staff.

The city was able to maintain all services, and the city continued to concentrate on how it looks.  Improvements were made to Progress Plaza, the Senior Center, a bike path extension and a new mosaic in the park by Starbucks.  Opening April 20, 2013 will be the exercise park on the eleven acres across the street from the Post Office that includes a quarter mile track.

Crime is down 5.4%, even with the release of prisoners statewide to reduce prison population.  Volunteering is way up, a recent city cleanup brought out 609 people.  Also, a big increase of high school volunteers due to the requirement for community service for graduation.

The scheduled election was cancelled, due to no candidates coming forward to challenge the incumbents, which also saved some money.

The City of Paramount is holding a steady course and is fiscally sound.

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Smart Money Fundamentals

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Mar 04, 2013


Jay Wilbur introduced today's speaker, Samuel F. Rad of Search Light Financial Advisors.  Sam is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and is close to becoming a Certified Financial Planner.  He is also a radio host on KFWB 980, you can hear his show on Sundays from 10:00 to noon.

Sam pointed out that the stock market operates in cycles.  The Dow hit it's low in 1933 at 34 points and then experienced a 31 year Bull market until 1964 when it reached 1000.  This was a great time to buy and hold stocks.  From 1964 to 1982 when the Dow closed at 1001 virtually unchanged from 1964.  During this 18 year cycle the market was down 40 to 60% most of the time in this Bear market.  Then we experienced the greatest Bull market ever when the market reached 12,000 in 2000 in another 18 years.  In the 13 years since 2000 the market has climbed to 14,200 during another Bear market.  Sam predicts we have another six or seven years left in the current Bear market.  He recommends investing in Fixed Index Annuities to protect your principal.

Visit their website for more information;

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Student Forum

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Mar 01, 2013


Over 100 students showed up on a Saturday morning along with nearly 50 Rotarians, civic leaders, Paramount Petroleum employees and other caring adults.  We met in the newly remodeled gymnasium.  Fifteen round tables with eight students, a moderator and a judge spent 15 minutes discussing the following topics; gun control, women in combat roles, the national debt, (ethics, morals and values) and illegal immigration.  The purpose is to generate conversation among the students.  The topic at my table was illegal immigration, generally speaking the students are in favor of a rigorous path to citizenship, learning English and securing the border.

About 25 students received cash awards, mostly $25 and the top three received $50.  Everyone received a coupon for Jamba Juice.

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State of Paramount Unified School District

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Feb 25, 2013

ImageDr. David Verdugo, Superintendent Paramount Unified School District, told us about the new video that reports on the state of PUSD.  David has been Superintendent for 8 years and in education for 40 years. The video is titled "Life Changers" for the teachers, counselors and principals that impact the lives of students.  PUSD serves 15,500 k-12 students at 21 schools in five cities (all of Paramount and parts of Bellflower, Lakewood, South Gate and Long Beach).  The district employs 2000 and has a $120 million budget.  Some highlights are the increase in API of 145 points, growing from 620 in 2006 to 765 in 2012.  A record 950 graduates.  After school program that serves 1500 with tutoring, recreation and nutrition.

To see this video click on this link to the website and look for the Life Changers 2013 video

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Crittenton - Services for Children and Families

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Feb 18, 2013


Marilyn Salzman, Director of Development, at Crittenton spoke from the heart with no need for notes or props regarding this 140 year old organization.  The original scope of the organization was to take in unwed pregnant young women and care for them until the baby was born and put up for adoption.  First started in Fullerton in 1960 this organization serves 2000 people with 500 employees.  The kids (13 to 17) are supplied by the court as the destination of last resort.  The kids have led a horrible life, many involved in human trafficking.  Did you know that Anaheim is one of the cities with the greatest amount of human trafficking?  It is important to teach the kids things normally taught by parents such as cooking, laundry and how to read a bus schedule.  Trade schools work well for many in teaching job skills.

Marilyn joined Crittenton as a temporary job 30 years ago.  She says the work is not easy or nice, but it is addictive.  She says this is a business and it is operated very efficiently with lower costs than any other non-profit.  Their only fund raisers are the "Mystery Night" and a golf tournament.  Marilyn's favorite story is about a women who was to appear on Oprah to discuss her past.  Thirty years ago she was at Crittenton, so she called to find out more about her time there.  Marilyn asked what did she remember and was there any one in particular she recalled.  It was not the Director or a counselor it was the cook.  She would return from a difficult day at school and go to the kitchen where the cook would give her a bowl of noodle soup with extra noodles.  When she raised her own daughters this was her remedy for them, noodle soup with extra noodles. 

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Paramount High School Football

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Feb 11, 2013


Head Coach Matt Howard brought three of his players to Paramount Rotary.  (L-R) Sam Banuelos, special teams standout, Lamont Odom, quarterback and team captain and Alex Turner, all league running back, team captain and recepient of the most outstanding citizen award.

The football program at PHS was very successful in 2012.  They not only were San Gabriel Valley League champs in varsity with eight wins, but also league champs in JV and Freshman.  They have many returning players for next season, such as Joe Brown a 6'5" 340 pound defensive lineman.  Chris Borrayo is a senior league player of the year offensive lineman headed for Cal Berkeley.

Coach Howard gave a demonstration of how he uses the software product "hudl" to manage his team and see game video of his opponents.  This is also an excellent tool for players to make highlights of their play for college coaches and others to view.  To learn more google "Paramount hudl".

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Paramount Rotary Annual Music Contest

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jan 28, 2013


Music Contest Participants (standing) Ian Leon, Diego Ayala, Josh Turner, Alcee Velasco, Josh Flores, Henry Alcala and Javier Ramirez (sitting) Tonya Garcia, Vernessa Taylor and Melisa Quintanilla.

Vocalists were: Alcee Velasco sang and played guitar to his own original song "Please be Mine". Henry Alcala sang "Believe". Vernessa Taylor gave an ocapela rendition of Etta James' "At Last". Josh Flores sang and played guitar "Hallelujah".

Instrumental presentations from: Josh Turner on Cello playing "Jupiter" by Gustav Holst. Tonya Garcia on violin with "Themes from Edward Scissorhands" by Danny Elfman. Diego Ayala on flute playing "Adantino" by Fernando Sor. Melisa Quintanilla on violin playing "Eleanor Rigby" by Lennon & McCartney. Ian Leon on cello playing "Adagio" by Beethoven. Javier Rameriz on viola playing "Echoes of Bartok" by Bele Bartok.

These talented musicians were accompanied by Autumn Bignamy, PHS Activities Director.  Matt Wagner, Youth Director, organized this event and explained that the prizes awarded today will be $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd places.  The first place winner will compete in the District contest will be held at Loyola Marymount on March 9th were first, second and third place cash awards are $1000, $500 and $250 respectively. 

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2012 Chinese Bridge Delegation College Board

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jan 21, 2013


Dr. David Verdugo told of his recent trip to China.  He was selected by the Hanban Institute of Beijing to be one of 400 educators to take a 14 day trip last November.  They landed in Beijing to 28 degree weather and were promptly dispersed to various parts of the country due to an election taking place in Beijing (no foreigners allowed).

David went to a province near the South China sea and was welcomed to 80 degree weather.  They were instructed on the local customs and advised not to drink the water.  David brushed his teeth and must have consumed some water because the next day he became ill, but thanks to some medication he was nursed back to health.

China is a mix of the very wealthy and the very poor.  From Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces to rickshaws.  Opulent hotels to slums.  The internet is censored.  In China there is no such thing as a pedestrian right of way (be alert and quick).  Deference to Chinese officials is important (if given a business card one should slightly bow and study the card for at least a minute).  They visited only the elite schools were the campus may include a middle school, high school and college.  Students live on the state-of-the-art campuses.  Class is only two hours per day and the teachers spend the rest of the time planning tomorrows lessons.

Mao is present everywhere in a variety of settings.  Propaganda is rampant.  Beijing has a population of 22 million.  The land mass is full and the only building is up with high rise housing.  A status symbol is to carry a Starbucks cup and Starbucks, KFC and Mac Donalds are everywhere.  Gardens are very important.  David made a visit to the Great Wall which is 4000 miles long and visable from space.  The trail is steep, the altitude is high and the steps are hard to navigate so after about 500 yards David was ready to turn back. He also marveled at the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors who were buried with the first emperor of China in 210 BC to protect him in the after life. 

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Paramount Rotary Art Contest

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jan 14, 2013


President Greg Buckner with contest winners (L-R) Benjamin Rocha (1st place), Annel Kate Labrador (2nd place) and Julio Rios (3rd place).  Benjamin will participate in the District wide contest in March. The students were accompanied by PHS Activities Director, Autumn Bignamy.  Youth Director, Matt Wagner, organized the contest and tabulated the judges (Paramount Rotarians) scores to select the winners.

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Fat in the Blood: Ideas Worth Knowing

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jan 07, 2013


Richard J. Glassock, MD, MACP, is a Rotarian from the Laguna Niguel Rotary Club.  Dick was introduced by his golfing buddy and  Paramount Rotary Past-President John Rodgerson.  Dr. Glassock is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Internal Medicine and Nephrology.  He is widely published and the Past-President of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation.  He has practiced medicine for over forty years and has never been sued.  He has lectured in over 100 countries and has been a visiting professor at over 100 distinguished academic institutions throughout the world.  He has held top positions at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center from 1967 to 1992 and the University of Kentucky from 1992 to 1999.

Dr. Glassock made his third presentation at Paramount Rotary.  He says he has two hobbies, one is golf (plays three times a week) and the other is making medical presentations to lay groups.

Todays presentation centered on cholesterol, the leading cause of coronary disease and heart attacks.  The good news is there is a down trend in heart attack deaths (from 800,000 in 1980 to 600,000 in 2010).  Helped in part by statins, death from coronary disease is down 40% since 1970.

When your doctor orders a lipid panel you hope for results of under 200 for total cholesterol, 70 for LDL (bad cholesterol), over 40 for HDL (good cholesterol) and Triglycerides under 150.  Even with these results they are no guarantee of avoiding heart disease, maybe a reduction of 30 to 35%.

Greater attention is now being paid to ApoB (protein) LDL particles as the key parameter of a healthy heart. Optimum results are under 1000.

Exercise, diet and genetics are still the best prevention.

Fat in the Blood: Ideas Worth Knowing Buddy Jackson 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

The Port of Long Beach

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Dec 10, 2012


Lee Peterson, Media  Relations Specialist, for the Port of Long Beach gave a very informative talk regarding the 2nd largest port in the U.S.  Lee has been with the POLB for five years.  Prior to that he was in the newspaper business with the Daily Breeze and other newspapers.  He is a native Californian who grew up in Thousand Oaks and attended CSULB.

Combined with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles (the port of LA is about 20% larger than Long Beach) they are the largest U.S. port and rank eighth in the world.  The two ports work together on security and environmental issues.  The POLB is governed by the Harbor Commission. This landlord seaport produces its' own revenues and is not a burden on the tax payers.  A major factor on the local economy the POLB effects one in every eight jobs.


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Shen Yun 2013

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Dec 03, 2012


Dr. Wen Chen is a scientific analyst at Caltech.  She is also involved with New Tang Dynasty Television and active in Amnesty International, focusing on human rights issues in China.  Recognized as a student with special talents in China, she graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China and then came to the U.S. in 1994 for graduate school.  She received her Ph.D. degree in Biology at Caltech in 2000 and has worked there since then.

Dr. Wen Chen gave us some insight into the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.  Shen Yun Performing Arts, as a unique dance and music company, makes it a goal to encourage dialogue between the East and West, and connect modern technology with Chinese antiquity.  The classical Chinese dance got its' beginning with martial arts and developed into the beauty of dance.  There are 56 different ethnic groups in China.  Each group has its' unique style and dress.  The type and color of clothing people wear indicates their rank in society.  All of the dynasties have had spiritual roots until 1949 when the Communists came into power.  Shen Yun is made in the USA because the Communists don't allow for China's past glories to be known.

The Shen Yun 2013 is coming to Southern California in January with a brand new show.  Click on this link for more information -  

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Childhood Obesity and Physical Fitness

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Nov 26, 2012


Jay Wilbur introduced Ogie Shaw who gave an interesting and entertaining talk on fitness.  Ogie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and is currently President of Ogie Shaw Fitness in Beaverton, OR.  He has spent 37 years in exercise and fitness.  He was an athlete in baseball and karate, served four years in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and is an accomplished musician.  He has given over 4,000 talks on Fitness Motivation.

He says the key to fitness is to exercise every day, first thing in the morning and work the total body.  The objective of fitness is not necessarily weight loss. As a guide to good nutrition Ogie recommends the book "Nutripoints" by Dr. Roy E. Vartabedian.

Childhood Obesity and Physical Fitness Buddy Jackson 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Self Protection and Preservation

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Nov 19, 2012


Gary Endo gave us some very practical advise regarding our own personal safety and self preservation.  Gary is a master in self defense, an ex-Marine and marksman.  I remember when we had Jim Gott, former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher, join Gary for a program on martial arts at Paramount Rotary a few years ago.  After the program I overheard Jim say to Gary, "they (meaning us Paramount Rotarians) have no idea how good you are.  Since then, I have known that Gary is a man who can take care of himself.

An attacker is looking for an easy target, don't be one. Be aware of your environment and don't put yourself in a bad situation.  Be vigilant in recognizing possible threats.  In order for someone to attack you they must have intent, ability and opportunity.  You have no control over the attackers intent or ability, but you can control the opportunity.

When all attempts to defuse the situation fail, give it your best shot right away.  Hit them as hard as you can with something hard (elbow, knee, etc.) to someplace soft (ear, throat, eye, groin, etc.).  Your goal is to injure the attacker to the point of putting them out of commission.

Gary recommends reading the book "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker.

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Club Membership

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Nov 12, 2012


John Berg introduced Jerry Brown (no, not that Jerry Brown) who spoke to us about increasing the life blood to our club, new members.  Jerry is Membership Committe Chair of District 5280.  He is a member of the South Gate Rotary Club and a former member of the Long Beach Police Department.

Jerry attended the North American Membership Stategic Plan Conference of the combined zones 25 and 26.  (Our district is in zone 26 and each zone is made up of 24 districts. The Ignite program has been established to combat the ten year downtrend in membership by attracting new members and retaining existing members.  Bring a friend to Rotary and if they like what they see, ask them to become a Rotarian.

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Daisy "The Lady" Lang

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Nov 05, 2012


Gary Endo introduced Daisy Lang to Paramount Rotary.  Daisy was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Germany.  She enjoys California weather and became a U.S. citizen this March.

Before she started making movies, Daisy Lang became famous as the World Champion in the USA in karate and kick-boxing in 1995. She is one of the first women pioneers in women's' professional boxing. She has 3 world titles in three different categories in Germany: Junior Bantam (1999), Bantam (2003) and Super Bantam Weight (2003). Her sports accomplishments opened the way for her to act in several action movies. After so many successful years in the sports industry, Daisy has decided to concentrate on her acting career for the time being.

In addition to her acting career, Daisy uses her sports ability as a physical therapist.  She takes her patients to a Boxing Gym in Carson.  She is proud to tell about a wheel chair bound man who was highly medicated and told he would not walk again that is now walking and living a normal life after one year of her care.  She also teaches womens self defense.  

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Rotary Rose Parade Float

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 29, 2012


John Colville, Past District Governor, introduced Beth Anderson who gave a very informative presentation regarding the production of the Rose Parade float.

Rotary hires the Phoenix Decorating Company, the largest float builder, to construct our float.  It starts with the frame work, which includes the drive train.  Then it is covered with chicken wire, then mesh over the chicken wire before the foam is applied and then it is painted in the actual colors of the final product.  The test drive puts the float through its paces, including a fire drill to get all passengers off the float.  The decorating must be all organic material.  Decorating starts with glue for the dried peas and lentils that are added one at a time.  The flowers aren't added until three days before the parade.  Last year 1300 volunteers spent 11,520 hours decorating the float.  Last years' float won the Princess' Trophy for floats 35 feet and under.  This years budget for the float is $140,000.

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Happy Feet

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 22, 2012


Paramount Rotary Club brought 30 students from Our Lady of the Rosary School to Payless Shoesource to let them select a new pair of shoes.  Payless opened early and provided an additional 20% discount off their already low prices.  The cost was $600, the smiles on the kids faces, priceless.


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Nutrition Literacy - Shaping Our Students

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 22, 2012


Carole and Robert Donahue, both LA5 Rotary Club members, came to Paramount to tell us about their program to help shape our students.

Dr. Robert Donahue recently retired as a public school principal, after serving as a teacher, counselor and administrator for 38 years.   Carole Donahue has over 27 years experience as a classroom teacher and program coordinator, and has been recognized for her work in developing mentoring and other support programs for at-risk youth.

Nutrition Literacy - Shaping Our Students Buddy Jackson 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Getting to Know Maria and Mary Jane

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 15, 2012
(L-R) New members Maria Mac Lean and Mary Jane Villalovos gave craft talks.

Maria is the youngest of five children.  She was born in Tijuana and came to California as a baby.  She lived in Riverside for a few years then moved to Paramount at the age of five and has been here ever since.  Maria joined the Paramount Chamber of Commerce as Membership Services Director in 1999.  She enjoys helping local businesses.

Maria is a single Mom who has raised a daughter that is in her third year at CSDH working towards a career in Radiology.  Maria and her daughter love to travel and have been to Paris, Scotland, England, the Mexican Riviera, Florida, Hawaii and the Dominican Republic.

Maria is primary caregiver for her beloved 87 year old Father, Donald Mac Lean, who has several health issues.  She also helps take care of her Mother and, of course, her daughter.  

She enjoys roller skating, dancing and cooking. Remaining on her "bucket list" are sky diving, zip lining, snorkeling, riding a banana boat, hot air balloon and the Goodyear Blimp.  She likes Betty Boop, the number 3 and the color black.

Maria is a dependable person who likes to help others.  She will make a fine Rotarian.
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District Governor's Visit

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Oct 08, 2012
(L-R) Lt. Governor Dean Reuter, Executive Aide Sheri Polak, District Governor Lew Bertrand and Assistant Governor Sam Bingham.

Lew is a native Californian who graduated from Loyola University.  He spent 39 years in the banking industry and has been retired since 2004.  A Rotarian for 28 years, all in District 5280, and currently a member of Palos Verdes Sunset.  He has served in many capacities and was named District 5280 Rotarian of the year in 2008-09.

District 5280 added 23 clubs from the San Fernando Valley that were formerly District 5260.  There are now 65 clubs in the district with a membership of 2700.  Lew and his team visit each club at least once during his year.  World wide there are 1.2 million Rotarians.

Lew gave an inspirational talk regarding several subjects, but the one regarding Rotary's ability to "leverage" was special.  He shared that Margaret, a third grade classmate, was absent one day and no one thought much of it.  The next day the distraught teacher told the class that Margaret was in the hospital and she had polio.  A few days later the teacher told the class that Margaret had died.  This was in the 1950's when polio claimed the lives of 350,000 annually and left many more with lasting disabilities.  Then in 1955 Dr Jonas Salk created the Salk vaccine to cure polio.

Here's where the "leverage" comes in: the Philippines was hard hit by polio and someone in a village went to the local Rotary club and asked if they would buy the vaccine needed for the village.  Of course they did and what would later become Polio Plus was born.  Rotary partnered with many others to eradicate polio.  The Bill Gates Foundation pledged 355 million if Rotary could raise another 200 million within two years.  Rotary met the challenge six months early and the Bill Gates Foundation was so pleased they donated an additional 50 million.

The result is that last year there were only 600 cases of polio and so far this year there are only 145.  We are very close to our goal.

The Rotary Motto "Service Above Self" is exemplified by this poem. 

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The Education Budget

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Sep 24, 2012
Michael P. Conroy, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of the Paramount Unified School District came to Rotary to provide information on funding and expenses for education.  Michael has been in education for 26 years, the last three at PUSD.  He explained that funding from the state is based on average daily attendance by students.  PUSD has an enrollment of 15,848 with an average daily attendance of 15,056 which is 95% attendance.  For the year 2012-13 funding is $4778 per student which amounts to around $72 million.  This is a worst case scenario based on the tax initiative not passing in November.  This amount is about $10 million less than projected expenditures.  If the tax initiative should pass they would receive about $7 million more in funding.

Personnel costs are 90% of expenditures.  More furlough days are in store to reduce losses.  If the district should become insolvent the state would take control of all decision making.  The superintendent would be fired and the School Board would become ineffective.

When asked if he was required to shave his head in order to work with Dr. David Verdugo, Michael seemed to skirt the question.

Editor's comment: The system is broken, as long as the unions continue to run the state we are in a no win situation.  

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Paramount High School Field Trip

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Sep 17, 2012
In 2006, Paramount voters overwhelmingly (72%) passed a 100 million dollar bond issue to upgrade facilities throughout Paramount Unified School District.  In addition, another 20 million dollars was provided by the state.  An emphasis was placed on enhancing academics, art and athletics throughout the district.  PUSD still has 15 million dollars to continue upgrades.

Dr. David Verdugo, Superintendent, and Dr. Greg Buckner, PHS Principal, provided information and a tour of the Senior Campus.  The Senior Campus has an enrollment of 3760 and the West Campus has an enrollment of 1250 freshmen.  The combined 5010 enrollment makes PHS the largest high school in the state of California.

New structures at PHS include a Library, Science Building, Athletic Stadium, Field House and Gymnasium.  An example of other improvements is the upgrading of Clearwater Auditorium, originally built in 1946.

Also attending the luncheon were members of the Rotary sponsored Interact Club.  Karen and Jessica who are both running for the Presidency of the Interact Club spoke of their plans for the coming year.  There are currently about 100 members in the Interact Club which provides services to the community.      
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PHS Funk & Jazz Band

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Sep 10, 2012
Angel Carmona, Music Director, not only plays lead trumpet for the Jazz Band but he is also responsible for the marching band and orchestra at Paramount High School.  During his eight years at PHS he has brought music into the lives of hundreds of students.  Once nominated for the prestigious Bravo Award by the Los Angeles Music Center, he is an accomplished musician.

The musicians are; Annette Joseph on tenor sax, playing trumpet are Linda Izabal, Juan Diaz and Angelina Florimor, Joseph Mayorga on trombone, drummers Brian Rivas and Stephanie Gutierrez, on guitar Norberto Estrada and Ian Leon and playing bass guitar is Daniel Montes.  Brian, Norberto and Daniel are PHS alumni.

The play selection was "Sir Duke", their signature song "Smooth" (Carlos Santana), "Cup of Life", "Fantasy" (Earth, Wind and Fire) and "Soul with a Capitol S" (Tower of Power).
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Paramount Parks and Recreation

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Sep 03, 2012
John Boogaard introduced Vince Torrez, Manager of the Paramount Parks and Recreation Department.  Vince provided an update to what is happening in Paramount.  Vince has been with the City of Paramount for 30 years all in Parks and Recreation.

Finally, after years of negotiations, the Paramount Fitness Park is under construction and scheduled for completion in February of next year.  The park is located at Somerset and Texaco (near the Post Office) on 9.5 acres of Edison property.  It will have a 440 yard running track with a synthetic turf infield.  For walkers, walking trails with outdoor exercise equipment at various intervals along the way.  An outdoor volleyball court complete with sand will also be included.  Classes will be given on healthy cooking of hispanic food.  The park is being paid for with federal grant dollars (taxpayer money) and not city funds.

Due to a reduced city budget (for the first time in several years the city had to lay off 17 employees).  Fees had to be increased for some of the programs.  Swim lessons went from $10 to $25 and Summer day Camp at Paramount Park (which provides breakfast and lunch, plus activities for 6 to 13 yearolds from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday) increased to $75 per week (still a bargain).  The increase in fees did not reduce enrollment.   
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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 27, 2012
Christian Hoffman, Special Agent, Media Relations-Public Information from the Los Angeles Field Division of ATF gave an informative presentation regarding what goes on behind the scenes to keep the public safe and to fight crime.  Christian has been in law enforcement for 16 years as a police officer and with the ATF.  Five years in undercover work, putting himself in harms way to get the necessary intelligence to apprehend some of the most dangerous criminals. Known as the "crazy long haired white guy" he infultrated gangs such as the 18th Street gang in Southwest Los Angeles, Hells Angels, Mongols and Peckerwoods in San Diego.

Founded in 1972, there are only 2500 agents in the U.S. with five of them in the Los Angeles Field Division.  Christian says that money rules in crime and greed is often the undoing of a criminal. 
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Principles of Personal Prosperity

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 20, 2012
Vincent Bello gave a motivating presentation on personal prosperity.  He pointed out that we all have the gift of power over our circumstances.  He referenced Viktor Frankl's "Last of the Human Freedoms" which is to: choose your attitude regardless of the circumstances, and choose to love all people, the decent and the indecent.

Avoid stress, it brings ill health and causes wear and tear on the body.  Develop a code of behavior that has the right mental attitude.  That good will come back to you.

Vincent put us through a relaxation response exercise developed by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School.  He also stressed the importance of deep breathing for good health.

To get more information call 562-430-3316 or email to: 

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Boy Scouts of America

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 13, 2012
Hannibol Sullivan and Evelyn Payan from the Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America came to Paramount Rotary to tell us about scouting and what plans they have for restoring scouting in Paramount.  Hannibol is Assistant Director of Field Service and has been in scouting for over 16 years.  He is an Eagle Scout and member of the Inglewood Rotary Club.  Evelyn is new to scouting.

The 2013 National Jamboree will be held on 1400 acres in West Virginia with an expected attendance of 40,000.  Locally, the Order of the Arrow leadership and camping event draws 7,000.  The District will honor 250 new Eagle Scouts this year.  Paramount will start Cub Scout Packs at two or three schools this year. Cub Scouts are ages 6 to 10 and are taught how to use the microwave, GPS, dailing 911, CPR and of course fishing and swimming.

Boy Scouts, ages 11 to 18, earn merit badges badges in swimming (most popular), fishing, cooking, camping, chess, welding, search and rescue, skateboarding, first aid, climbing, back packing, shooting (rifle and shot gun). archery, GPS and finance (budgeting and bill paying).

Explorer/Venturer, ages 14 to 20, are Coed.  They may specialize in areas such as; police, fire, medicine, sailing, cheer leading, chemistry and horseback riding.

The Frontier District is made up of the following communities and cities: Downey, Compton, Lynwood, La Mirada, Norwalk, Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount, La Habra Heights, South Gate and Willow brook.  We also provide service to part or all of the following school districts: ABC, Bellflower, Compton, Downey, Little Lake City, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Norwalk – La Mirada and Paramount Unified School Districts.

The Boy Scouts are funded by private donations, fund raisers and fees to scouts.  Uniforms cost over $100, six day camp is $345 and annual cost is $250.  These expenses and obtaining adult volunteer leaders (it take five adults to start a troop) are challenges facing scouting.

Long term memory test for former Boy Scouts, do you remember the scout oath?  It begins, On my honor, I will do........

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American Red Cross

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 06, 2012
Donya Webb, Director of Development for the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross gave a presentation at Paramount Rotary.  Donya is a Rotarian from the Carson-Gardena-Dominquez Club.

When you think of the Red Cross, you probably think of Blood Drives and even though the Red Cross has 600 blood drives every day, there is much more that goes on.  The Red Cross responds to disasters large and small.  House fires are devastating to those living there.  The Red Cross provides shelter, food and other necessities to the victims.  Volunteers make it work, there are 500,000 of them in America.  The Red Cross is funded by contributions and receives no government support.  91 cents of every dollar is spent on helping others.

The Veterans' History Project interviews American war veterans to tell the story of their war time experience which will be recorded in the Library of Congress and a DVD copy for the veteran.  Learn more at   
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Paramount Rotary Golf Tournament

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Aug 06, 2012

The Rotary Club of Paramount is having their 29th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament, October 29, 2012 at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, California.

This wonderful event raises money to fund many projects, such as: student scholarship awards, youth forums, clothing needy children, senior citizens' Thanksgiving dinner, youth leadership development, literacy programs and many other worthy causes.

We ask your support in one of the following sponsorship opportunities:

$100 "Tee Sign Sponsor" (A sign with your name at the golf course.)

$500 "Silver Sponsor" (A scholarship in your name will be awarded to a Paramount High School graduate or you may designate a project of your choice.)

$1,000 "Gold Sponsor" (Your name shall be listed in our golf program as a Gold Sponsor plus a scholarship or other designated Paramount Rotary project.)

Please take a moment right now, to make a check payable to the Paramount Rotary Club, and send it to P.O. Box 1988, Paramount, CA 90723.

Your generosity in helping those less fortunate will be greatly appreciated. Together, we can make our world a better place!

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Tales from Toadsuck

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 30, 2012

This is a true story about a young boy that was left to live alone at the age of ten. Becoming desperate he rode his bike 30 miles to his Uncle’s farm and asked to live there. For the next four years he slept on a cot on an open porch, attended school and worked on the farm. J.Dub’s experiences were an adventure. He almost drowned on a fishing trip. Teamed up with three other boys to put a cow in a church belfry where it became stuck for over one day. Halloween tricks, the turkey in charge, and the widow Williams are chapters that will make you laugh your way through the book.

You have to be asking, "What is Toadsuck"?  Toadsuck isn't a town. It's a place located on the bank of the Arkansas River.  The river separated a dry county from a wet one.  A ferry boat could get you from one side of the river to the other.  An enterprizing man built a bar on the wet side.  The religious people in the dry county spoke of the wild bunch that would take the ferry across and sit on a rail fence outside the bar, sucking corn liquor out of jugs till they swelled up like toads.  Over the years that got reduced to "Toadsuck".

Tales from Toadsuck Buddy Jackson 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

Alternative Education Programs

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 23, 2012
Manuel San Miguel, Alternative Education Director of Paramount Unified School District, gave an informative presentation regarding what is being done to help students get back on track.  Manuel left a 25 year career in the grocery industry where he was Produce Manager for Safeway/Vons to follow a path in education.  Some students have problems, often beyond their control, that causes them to be removed from school.

There are three programs available to these students; Community Day School, Buena Vista High School and the Alternative Education Center.  The Community Day School serves 35 to 45 students in grades 7-12.  Students are referred through school administration and the court.  The goal is to provide the necessary training and support to transition the students back into the regular school.  Three teachers provide a small school setting.  Students tend to spend one year in the program.

Buena Vista High School serves around 200 students in grades 11-12.  These students are behind in credits and are given the opportunity to accelerate their learning and catch up on their credits in order to complete high school on time in a 20-25 student class environment.  It is possible to take eight classes and earn 40 units a semester instead of the six classes at PHS.

The Alternative Education Center serves up to 100 students in grades 11-14.  The goal is to earn a high school diploma. Students are given individualized instruction at a pace they are comfortable with.  Students must continue to make progress to stay in the program.
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Public Safety in the City of Paramount

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 16, 2012
President Greg Buckner with Maria Meraz, Public Safety Director for the City of Paramount.  Maria grew up in South Central Los Angeles and graduated from Centenial High in 1987.  She went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry at CSULB.  Her plans to attend medical school were side-tracked with marriage in 1992 and two children shortly thereafter.

In the summer of 1994, Maria applied for the position of Community Service Officer along with 70 other candidates.  She didn't get that position, but was offered part-time employment as a parking enforcement officer and her job was to follow the street sweeper from 4am to 11am and issue citations to vehicles obstructing the sweeper's path.  A year later she was hired by the City as a full-time Community Service Officer.  Since then she has risen through the ranks to become Public Safety Director.  Maria oversees 28 Sheriff's Deputies, 19 full-time non-sworn City employees and 6 part-time employees.  Maria now has five children and when she's not at work, she enjoys cooking, yoga and learning new things.

Policing strategy is to focus on crime prevention and to work with other neighboring cities.  Part 1 crimes are down 22% from 2007 to 2011.  Current crime trends are; street robberies (gold jewelry), burglary of homes tented for fumigation, narcotic violations and cyber-crime (ID theft).  Code enforcement consists of five enforcement officers and the City Prosecutor.  Support services include; parking administration, animal control, graffiti and communication.  Maria wants the City to continue to live up to its' name and be "Paramount in Importance".

The biggest challenges the City is facing are; dealing with the prisoners released as a result of AB109 (10,000 statewide), court restructuring that puts additional burden on Probation Officers and the loss of redevelopment funds. 
Public Safety in the City of Paramount Buddy Jackson 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

Economics 101

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jul 09, 2012
President Greg Buckner introduced Dr. Damon Dragos, who is currently Assistant Principal at Paramount High School.  Damon has been in public education for 23 years.  He received his BA degree at Whittier College, his Masters degree at Azusa Pacific University and his Docorate at USC.  He is also a former Rotarian who enjoyed attending a Rotary meeting once again.

Damon gave an overview of an economics class for high school seniors.  He started the class by saying we are going to talk about money.  This got the attention of the students.  Early on, goods and services were exchanged using the barter method, trading things like corn for pigs.  The barter method had its shortcomings, so something was needed that was portable, recognizable, easily divisible and commonly accepted.  Money was the answer.  Money comes in four types: valuable metals (gold and silver), paper currency and coins, check book money and credit.  Valuable metals is a very small percentage of the total, with currency and coins amounting to 5 to 8%, check book money at 40% and the rest on credit.

Abuse of credit creates a house of cards, that if not corrected, is sure to come crashing down, just as leveraged margin buying of stocks led to our great depression in 1929.  In the final analysis, the worth of a currency is only as good as the stability of the country that backs it.  

Economics 101 Buddy Jackson 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

Long Beach Casting Club - Project Healing Waters

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 25, 2012
President John Berg asked his long time friend, Ed (Eddie) Madrid, to speak to Paramount Rotary about his involvement in the Long Beach Casting Club and the Project Healing Waters.

The Long Beach Casting Club, established in 1925, is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to educate the public about scientific angling; promote interest and efficiency in tournament or contest fly and plug casting; to promote fisheries conservation; and to promote social relations among its members.

Every year we offer classes in casting, rod building and fly tying. These classes are free to the public except for a modest cost for materials.  Non-members are also welcome to attend our monthly meetings and enjoy the variety of speakers who enthusiastically share their knowledge and experience.

Learn more by clicking on the following link;

Long Beach Casting Club - Project Healing Waters Buddy Jackson 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Maria Mac Lean

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 18, 2012
Maria Mac Lean with her sponsor, Duane Mahan, and daughter, Jessica Rios.

Maria became a member of the Paramount Rotary Club today.  She has been with the Paramount Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, currently serving as Sales Director.  Born in Tijuana, she soon came to Paramount and attended pre-school through High school here.  Maria is a Betty Boop fan. Her daughter, Jessica is about to turn 20 and attends Cal State Dominquez Hills.  Maria wants to be involved in Rotary and was motivated to become a Rotarian when she observed our involvement with the youth in our community.
Maria Mac Lean Buddy Jackson 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Promotion - Demotion Dinner

Posted by Buddy Jackson on Jun 15, 2012
We enjoyed our evening as a private party at Eastern Meats.  Hosts, Gus and Ester, out did them