Come join our next meeting on Thursday, September 20, where our speaker will be Justin Trop, who recently completed a master’s in public health for development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Global Grants Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles.
 
Justin is a third-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Northwestern University for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Global Health. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad in Beijing, where he learned about traditional Chinese medicine and the Chinese public health system, and London, where he engaged in exploration of the medical humanities. During his senior year, he spent six months interning in medical case management with Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services.
 
After graduating from Northwestern, he joined the Fulbright Program in Vietnam through which he taught English for one year at the Soc Trang Teacher Training College in the Mekong Delta. One year later, he moved to Los Angeles and matriculated at Keck. During his time at Keck, Justin has worked to advocate for the health of the homeless population by bringing education on relevant issues to campus through Homelessness Awareness Week. He co-founded a student interest group, the Homeless Outreach Partnership for Education and Empowerment (HOPE2), which works to expand Keck’s engagement with the homeless population and the issues that they face.
 
Justin was also a member of the planning committee of the inaugural Southern California LGBT Health Conference and has held leadership positions in Keck’s LGBT student organization, MedGLO (now known as Med Lambda). Moving into the future, Justin hopes to pursue a career that bridges clinical medicine with public health, his interests lying in mental health and primary care, the integration of the two, and more generally, health promotion and work with vulnerable populations including the homeless, migrants, refugees, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Gordon Seyffert at gordonseyffert@mac.com.
 
Regular Meeting: Rotary Global Grants Scholars 2018-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Come join our special meeting on October 6 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where we will welcome 2018-9 Rotary District 5280 Governor Joe Vasquez.
 
*PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 6:30PM FOR THIS MEETING.*
 
A Rotarian since 2000, Joe is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellflower. He served as Centennial President of the club in 2004-2005. Since then, Joe has served in various leadership roles at the district level. He has received the District Rotarian of the Year Award and the RI Service Above Self Award. In addition to organizing major district events, Joe has been involved in the organization of district-wide humanitarian trips throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.
 
Joe began a 25-year career in hospital administration following studies at California State University, Long Beach. In 1996 he started a mechanical and electrical contracting business which today serves Los Angeles and Orange counties. Joe has served on several community boards and remains active in Long Beach, where he and his wife Rozangela live. He and Rozangela are Major Donors, and Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society each year. 
 
The most rewarding Rotary moments for Joe and Rozangela come from enjoying fellowship events with Rotarians and participating in humanitarian service projects. Joe has two daughters and two grandchildren. 
 
There will be no happy hour prior to this meeting. Instead during the meeting, attendees will be able to order off the bar/restaurant menu and settle their bills individually.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Brenda McCabe at mccabe.brenda3@gmail.com.
 
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Come join our next meeting on Thursday, September 20, where our speaker will be Dr. Gabriel Buelna, Member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. The Mission of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is to foster student success for all individuals seeking advancement, by providing equitable and supportive learning environments at LACCD’s nine colleges. 
 
Dr. Gabriel Buelna graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor’s degree before completing a Master’s program in Social Work at San Diego State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Politics and Economics at the Claremont Graduate University. In 1999, Gabriel joined CSUN as a faculty member where he continues to teach history and politics in the Chicana/o Studies Department.

In the early 90s, Gabriel began his career as a children’s social worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and went on to work in foster care. He worked with abused and neglected children, their families, law enforcement, and the courts. Through this intense involvement in the community, Gabriel learned that safe neighborhoods, job creation, and education are the foundation for healthy families.
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Gordon Seyffert at gordonseyffert@mac.com.
 
Regular Meeting: LA Community College District 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our next meeting on Thursday, September 6, where our speaker will be Rica Viola of the Rotary Club of San Pedro. Rica will speak about the District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Peru taking place in April 2019.  
 
This year we are excited to be working with Peru’s two Districts: 4455 and 4465. Working with the Peru districts and clubs, we have jointly selected 11 Global Grant projects that meet five of Rotary International’s Areas of Focus, and two projects that meet needs at the district level. We have also selected two unforgettable adventure options for post trips (choice of one or the other) after covering our humanitarian service projects in Lima: Cusco/Machu Picchu and Iquitos Amazon Cruise. This is the district's first visit to Peru and first trip south of the Equator.  
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Gordon Seyffert at gordonseyffert@mac.com.
 
Regular Meeting: District Humanitarian Trip 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
 

Join the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles on September 23, 2018 (Sunday) for a special evening with songwriter and vocalist Daphne Willis.

In support of Rotary DTLA’s commitment to serving the local and international community, Daphne will join us at the intimate Rosenthal Theatre at the skid row non-profit Inner-City Arts for an exclusive performance which will include her raw “Somebody’s Someone,” which touches on themes of homelessness, addiction, recovery, and accompanying loved ones in life’s difficult journeys.

 

All proceeds will benefit the service projects of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, with a focus on Downtown LA beautification, including a special collaboration with local non-profit Industrial District Green (http://www.industrialdistrictgreen.org/about_us)

 

$75 Preferred Seating + a chance to meet Daphne Willis before the show

$50 Regular Seating

 +ticket surcharge fee

 

Get your tickets now before they sell out! 

http://rotarydtla-2018fundraiser.eventbrite.com  

 
"ON COMMUNITY & HOPE" A Tribute Performance by Daphne Willis 2018-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our next meeting on Thursday, August 16, where our speaker will be Martin Kleiner, joining us virtually from the Rotary Club of Bogota, Colombia. He will speak about his club’s current initiative providing prostheses to victims of mine explosions due to war, through the organization CIREC.  
 
CIREC has helped amputees since 1976, and was the first prosthetic and orthotic lab in Colombia. It has delivered 32,000 prostheses since then to low income beneficiaries. CIREC is a sustainable organization that provides services to Colombia’s health system. As people in vulnerable conditions, especially in rural areas, have difficulty accessing the health system, CIREC aims to serve such populations free of charge though its sponsoring and social programs throughout Colombia.
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Gordon Seyffert at gordonseyffert@mac.com.
 
 
 
Regular Meeting: Aiding Mine Explosion Victims 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our next meeting on Thursday, August 2, where our speaker will be our very own Peter Lattey, Rotary DTLA Past President and 2018-19 Chair for International Service and The Rotary Foundation (https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation).
 
The Rotary Foundation distributes close to $300,000,000 every year for humanitarian projects and scholarships and has been the financial resource for Rotary’s decades long polio eradication program.  ALL of the funds come from Rotarians, and all of the projects are guided by Rotarians, often in partnership with other organizations.  Rotary DTLA’s Kenya water projects, the Malawi medical supplies project in progress, and the recent local beautification project where we installed doggie bag dispensers throughout DTLA are all funded by the Foundation.   
 
Peter will explain how to contribute to the Foundation and become a Paul Harris Fellow, and how the Foundation enables Rotary clubs to multiply their efforts to do good both locally and around the world.  Find out how to get free points towards becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, and much more! 
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Gordon Seyffert at gordonseyffert@mac.com.
 
 
 
Regular Meeting: The Rotary Foundation 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
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Our upcoming meeting on July 19, Thursday will be a club assembly for members only.  President Brenda will lead a discussion on her goals for the year, including the club's strategic plan renewal and a fundraiser for our community service initiatives.  This will be a great opportunity for all members to share their input on the year ahead!  
 
We will meet at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for happy hour and fellowship from 6pm at the Invention Bar, followed by the meeting at 7:15pm.   
 
 
 
 
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We kick off a new Rotary year on Thursday, July 5 with Happy Hour at The Ace Hotel Upstairs Bar from 6-8pm, celebrating the summer and a new chapter at Rotary DTLA!  Let's toast to our new President Brenda McCabe and Rotarians around the world joined together in service, under 2018-19 Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme "Be the Inspiration."  
 
President Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, describes the deeper meaning behind this year's theme: "I want to inspire in your clubs...that desire for something great. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us...We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations."  https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-international-president-rassin-theme-2018 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
Location information can be found here: http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/upstairs
 
RSVP to Pilar Buelna at pilar.buelna@usw.salvationarmy.org or Gabriela Metcalfe-Smith at ghella85@gmail.com.
 
We hope to see you there!  
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Come join our next meeting on Thursday, June 7, where our speaker will be Janet Marinaccio, the President and CEO of MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity (https://mendpoverty.org/). 
 
MEND opened its doors in the early 1970s in an effort to transform the lives of the neediest residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley. From its beginning as a small group of volunteers working from a garage, MEND has grown, primarily by word of mouth, into the largest poverty agency in the Valley. MEND provides stability and dignity with emergency food, clothing, homeless services and medical care, as well as tools to achieve self-reliance through job skills training.
 
Janet Marinaccio is a past member, friend, and frequent guest of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, and in July 2017 was welcomed as the new President and CEO of MEND. She arrived with nearly 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Extraordinary Families. She previously served at Goodwill Industries for 16 years in workforce development and capacity building.  
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org
 
 
Regular Meeting: Fighting Poverty 2018-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
 

 

Come join our next meeting on Thursday, May 3, where our speaker will be Joseph Raymond Lucero of Homeboy Industries.

 

Joseph Raymond Lucero was born in 1977 in San Diego. A third-generation gang member whose parents, brothers, and uncles also struggled with heroin addiction, Joey Ray’s troubles with the law began at the age of nine. He was in youth detention and later California state prison for twelve of his first 26 years.

 

When his son was born while he was in state prison, Joey made the decision to stop gang-banging. He became active with the 12-step program Criminals and Gangmembers Anonymous (CGA), which became foundational to his efforts to leave his former life behind. 

 

In 2003 Joey was released on parole and had the opportunity to prove that he could make it as a father and contributing member of the community. Father Greg Boyle offered him a job at Homeboy Industries, and he utilized his CGA experience to do outreach and speaking for Homeboy that change is possible.  Through telling his story, Joey has been able to help bring awareness to the issues facing the formerly incarcerated. 

 

Joey Ray made his acting debut in the 2006 film Gridiron Gang. He was featured in the 2007 documentary Fr. G and the Homeboys.  He has appeared in episodes of the television series ER, The Shield, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and Shameless. He is presently cast as “Creeper” in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC, which will air on FX later in 2018.

 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org

 

Regular Meeting: Homeboy Industries 2018-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

 

Come join our next meeting on Thursday, April 19, where our speaker will be Coralie Klipfel, Rotary Global Grant scholar. 
 
Coralie is a Ph.D in Law candidate at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is the recipient of a Rotary Global Grant scholarship for a visiting research program at the UCLA School of Law. Her major research interests are public international law, human rights law, and humanitarian law. Her Ph.D dissertation focuses on public international law in exceptional situations (state of emergency).
 
She holds a B.A from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a J.D from the University Complutense (Madrid, Spain) and a Master of Law (LL.M) from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). In addition, she interned in law firms and companies in Paris, implemented a legal department in a local NGO in Bolivia (Cochabamba), and served as a legal assistant and case manager at the International Criminal Court. 
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org

 

Regular Meeting: Rotary Global Grants 2018-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

 

 

Come join our next meeting on Thursday, April 5, where our speaker will be Dr. Thomas Cook, Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Iowa and current Director of Global Operations of the Ponseti International Association for the Treatment of Clubfoot (http://www.ponseti.info/). 

Tom holds graduate degrees in Physical Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, and Human Factors Engineering and has published over a hundred peer-reviewed papers and several chapters and books.  He has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and has lectured or overseen research projects in more than 40 countries, and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Global Health Workforce Alliance. Tom is a member of the Noon Rotary Club of Iowa City and a founding member of the Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot. 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

Regular Meeting: Treating Clubfoot 2018-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

 

Come join our next meeting on Thursday, March 15, where our speaker will be Liliana Griego, Community Engagement Coordinator for  Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) (https://folar.org/), a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure a publicly accessible and ecologically sustainable Los Angeles River by inspiring River stewardship through community engagement, education, advocacy, and thought leadership.

Her work encompasses education, outreach, and policy revolving around the mighty LA River. When Liliana returned home to Los Angeles after completing her Masters in Europe, her eyes were widened by the lack of access her fellow Angelenos had to nature. Since her return, Liliana has been connecting people to nature from guiding students out on their first hike in the San Gabriel Mountains to educating native Angelenos that there is in fact a river in Los Angeles. By being a part of the FoLAR team, she is given the opportunity to connect her community to the environment and provide a voice for the River.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

Regular Meeting: Los Angeles River 2018-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

 

Come join our next meeting on Thursday, March 1, where our speaker will be Elizabeth Skrzat, Executive Director of City Plants (http://cityplants.org/), a non-profit working with the City of Los Angeles to plant and distribute 20,000 trees a year. Elizabeth has been involved with planting trees in LA since 2012. Her passion for tree planting stems from the belief that every child has the right to grow up in a neighborhood with trees.

 

Elizabeth got her feet wet as an intern in City Hall while she earned a Masters in Public Administration from USC. Prior to grad school, Elizabeth set up recycling programs for Waste Management and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Elizabeth is a member of the LA 5 Rotary Club, a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute, and a frequent speaker at arboricultural conferences and events.

 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

Regular Meeting: Planting Trees in LA 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

 

Gabriela Metcalfe-Smith works in Los Angeles as a Senior Data Analyst for Cedars Sinai. Previously, Gabriela worked with Public Counsel as a Project Manager for the Unaccompanied Minors Program and subsequently as Public Counsel’s Data Manager. Gabriela grew up in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she was exposed to Rotary through her parents. As a child, she participated in Interact clubs and later in Rotaract. Gabriela was a Rotary Goodwill Ambassador in 2001-2002 in Speyer, Germany. The experience changed her life and she decided to travel the world, eventually settling in London where she met her husband Russell and was president-elect of the Rotary Club of Pall Mall before moving to Los Angeles. Gabriela completed a BSc in International Relations in London, UK and an MLitt in Terrorism Studies in St. Andrews, Scotland.  

Gabriela loves traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is a J.R.R. Tolkien Fandom and usually attends Lord of the Rings podcasts, collects Tolkien memorabilia and participates in Middle-Earth competitions. Gaby is very happy to be part of Rotary once more and help make positive changes in her community and beyond. She is mostly interested in international projects, ROTEX, and education.

New Member: Gabriela Metcalfe-Smith 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
 
Dear Rotarians and Friends,
 
Sending you Season’s Greetings! 
 
While this is generally a busy and hectic time for everyone, it is also the perfect time to pause and recognize how truly blessed we are with the friendships and opportunities to serve that we enjoy through our remarkable Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles.
 
As we look back, we are grateful for the vitality and energy of new members and friends, for the education and inspiration we have gained from our guest speakers, and for the service we give to our local and worldwide communities.
 
And as we welcome the New Year, we enthusiastically welcome new members, new service projects, and the continued growth of our capacity to help others.  Together, we can truly make a difference.
 
Happy Holiday wishes to all!
 
The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles
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Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, February 1, where our speaker will be Cherise Charleswell, Development and Outreach Manager at Journey Out  (http://journeyout.org/), who will speak about the epidemic of transnational and domestic human trafficking in California. Operating since 1980, Journey Out is a non-governmental and nonprofit health and human services agency whose mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

 

Cherise joined Journey Out in September 2016 and has a multidisciplinary education, having undergraduate degrees in the Biological Sciences and Anthropology, as well as a Master’s in Public Health. She is the Immediate Past President of the Southern California Public Health Association (SCPHA), the Co-Chair of the Programs Committee of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Women’s Caucus, and has held various leadership position within APHA. Her research, work, and advocacy has traditionally focused on health inequity, women, racial/ethnic minorities; and how social determinants of health in the built environment impacts their health outcomes, quality of life, and life expectancy.   

 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Fighting Human Trafficking 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

 Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, January 18, where our speaker will be Shahrokh Samadi, who will speak about the Refugee Resettlement Program of Catholic Charities and the refugee population in Southern California.  He was resettled in 1985 through Catholic Charities (https://catholiccharitiesla.org/) and has worked for the organization since 1988.  

 

Catholic Charities began providing immigration assistance during World War II, when refugees sought safety on American shores.  Today, most clients seeking immigration services are coming from Afghanistan, Central America, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Mexico.

Services are structured to assist newly-arrived immigrants in learning English, obtaining education, navigating legal matters, and training for jobs that will provide at least a living wage.  American social norms are taught, as well. These programs have a proven track record of helping immigrants transition and contribute to society.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Refugee Resettlement 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
 
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Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, December 7, where our speaker will be Rev. Mandy Sloan McDow, Pastor of Los Angeles First United Methodist Church (https://mandymcdow.com/)
 
Rev. McDow is a native of Knoxville, Tennesse and attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, and was later admitted to Princeton Theological Seminary, from which she received her Masters of Divinity.  After graduating from seminary, Mandy began a Masters in Sacred Music in Voice at Westminster Choir College, but was especially grateful to be appointed to serve West Farms United Methodist Church in Farmingdale, NJ, which taught her how to be a pastor.
 
Thereafter she has served in a variety of capacities including positions as Children’s Minister at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta and the Minister of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation at Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  In June 2014 she was appointed to serve as Senior Minister at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church in Laguna Beach, CA, and in July 2017 began serving at Los Angeles First United Methodist Church in Downtown LA.  
 
Mandy holds a black belt in taekwondo, makes music whenever possible, enjoys cooking (but loathes making dinner), knits to sit still, and is the deeply proud mother of Jackson, Cooper, and Sloan, and an impossibly small dog named Posey.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
Regular Meeting: Urban Ministry 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
 

 

Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, November 16, where our speaker will be Vera Mulyani, the CEO, Founder, and Executive Director for Marschitecture of Mars City Design™ and the President of Mars City Foundation. Mars City Design (www.marscitydesign.com) is an innovation platform that unites thought leaders and visionaries from multidisciplinary STEAM background to pioneer in designing the blueprint of the urban infrastructure and human lifestyle for Mars, applicable to future cities on Earth.

Ms. Mulyani is also a Founder and an Executive Director for SpaceportLA, (www.spaceportla.com) an event based non-profit organization, connecting the biggest space community in Southern California with space entpreneurship, education, and collaboration. Ms. Mulyani’s innovative visions as a conceptual architect and urban design has also brought her to become a critically acclaimed filmmaker and author of children’s books.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
Regular Meeting: Life on Mars 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Catalina Müller Rodriguez

 

Catalina Muller is a Digital and Multicultural Marketing Strategist from Chihuahua, Mexico, and is the daughter of Rotarians.  In 1999 she participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and exchanged in Germany, and was involved with the Rotaract Club of Barcelona while completing her Master’s degree in E-tourism/ Online Marketing Operations and E-commerce in Tourism in Barcelona. 

 

Her career began as an International Marketing Associate for a brand in Mexico, followed by founding of a socially responsible online company that empowered local artisans in selling products worldwide via an e-commerce platform, giving vulnerable, rural populations access to modern international markets to improve the quality of life of citizens and regulate fair payment for their work.  She also worked as a Development Support Manager for the Cozumel government’s strategy on promotion and development of different social programs for in-need/at-risk populations, targeting key national and international fundraising sources.

 

Her most recent work has been as a Digital Marketing Manager for an influencer working on rebuilding her brand, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and managing sponsored campaigns with different brands. 

 

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Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, November 2, where our speakers will be Robert K. Stohr and Laney Kapgan of U.S. VETS. U.S.VETS is a private non-profit organization providing housing, employment, and counseling services to our nation’s veterans, the men and women from all branches of the armed forces who have served their country from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan.

Robert Stohr is the Executive Director at U.S.VETS – Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Stohr earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University. Following a 20 year career as a psychotherapist, Mr. Stohr acted as Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch, where he managed the operation of The Suicide Prevention hotline, as well as supervised education, outreach, and training. Mr. Stohr joined U.S.VETS in January 2016.

 

Laney Kapgan is the Vice President, Development & Communications for U.S.VETS. Prior to joining U.S.VETS, Ms. Kapgan was Chief Development Officer at Venice Family Clinic, a UCLA Health System-affiliated community health center, and held fundraising and leadership roles at GLAAD, Chrysalis, Race to Erase MS and Break the Cycle. Ms. Kapgan received her B.A. in Legal Studies from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Clinic Leadership Institute.

 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
Regular Meeting: Honoring Our Veterans 2017-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
 
The Midnight Mission
 

Come join our meeting October 19 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be L.A. County Superior Court Judge Craig J. Mitchell and President & CEO of the Midnight Mission Michael Arnold. 

 

Judge Mitchell was a high school teacher for 17 years, prosecutor for 11 years, and has been a judge for 13 years. Judge Mitchell started the Midnight Mission Running Club in 2012. It all began when a young man he had previously sentenced to prison contacted him through the Mission. "For some reason he decided he liked the way I treated him, even though I sent him to prison. He looked me up and introduced me to the Mission." In 2017, Judge Mitchell created The Skid Row Runners, a 501c(3) to enable fundraising to send the Mission's runners to competitions throughout the world.  

 

President & CEO of the Midnight Mission Michael Arnold is a Certified Public Accountant, and was the Chief Operating Officer and then Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority from 2006 -2015, and a private consultant before joining The Midnight Mission. He has been a major force behind the re-engineering and expansion of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System and a relentless change agent for integration and collaboration of services and housing for individuals, youth, and families. 

 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.  

 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

 

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
Regular Meeting: Midnight Mission 2017-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come join our special meeting on September 21 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where we will welcome 2017-18 Rotary District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari. *PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 6:15PM FOR THIS MEETING.*

Cozette Vergari is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Federal Court for the Central District of California. Aside from litigation, she is trained in mediation, and has received Court appointments as legal counsel for minor children in high conflict custody battles. Cozette established her own law firm in 1996, subsequently overseeing well over 1000 client matters in the areas of Family Law and Trust and Estates.

Before her career in law, she made her living in the performing arts. Cozette holds a Bachelor of Arts from USC in Dance. She attended graduate school at USC, completing her course work toward a Master in Education and earned a life time teaching credential in English and Physical Education. Cozette performed in musical theater both locally and internationally. She taught dance at the high school and college levels, owning and operating 3 dance studios and dancewear retail businesses, while continuing as a professional choreographer.

In September 1995, Cozette joined the Rotary Club of Westchester (Los Angeles). She has served in numerous positions at the club, district and zone levels, including chairing the opening night event for the 2008 RI Convention in Los Angeles, starring Natalie Cole at L.A. Live.

Cozette and her husband Richard Moon met in Rotary and have a blended family of four children, two daughters-in-law and one grandson, with a granddaughter due in October.

There will be no happy hour prior to this meeting.  Instead during the meeting, attendees will be able to order off the bar/restaurant menu and settle their bills individually.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
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Come join our meeting October 5 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be polio survivor Glenn Barnett.

In 1952 there were 58,000 cases of polio in the United States. One of them was our speaker Mr. Glenn Barnett. Glenn was confined to an iron lung for three months at L.A. County General Hospital and received rehabilitation and four post polio surgeries at Orthopedic Hospital. He grew up, dealing with the crippling effects of the disease.

Needless to say he didn’t go out for sports, and instead looked for other ways to participate. At Cal State Fullerton he was involved in student government and for fifteen years he worked in the aerospace industry on such programs as the Apache helicopter, B1 bomber and the Space Shuttle. His other career was in special education where he served for 20 years as a teacher and counselor of disabled high school and college students.

In 2009 he returned to school and completed his MA in History at Cal State L.A. Today in retirement he is a freelance writer and has recently published his third book, Emulating Alexander: How Alexander the Great’s Legacy fueled Rome’s wars with Persia.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.

 
 
Regular Meeting: Surviving Polio 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our meeting September 7 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be Jared Alswang and William Beshe, pre-med students at the University of Southern California who co-founded Project Malawi to deliver half a million dollars worth of supplies to three medical facilities in the southeastern African nation of Malawi. Will and Jared are also spearheading evaluative research on the efficacy of their project on improving maternal health in surrounding villages. 
 
Jared Alswang is a pre-med student at the University of Southern California majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and double minoring in Spanish and Natural Sciences. Jared was recently elected Director of Emergency Medical Services of the University of Southern California (EMSC), USC’s student-run EMT service, and has served as the Philanthropy Chair of the USC chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity since 2015.     
 
William Belshe is a pre-med student at the University of Southern California majoring in Global Health and minoring in Natural Sciences. Will serves as the External Relations Coordinator for the Emergency Medical Services of University of Southern California (EMSC) and is interested in working in healthcare consulting or the biotechnology industry before medical school.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm. 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.
 
 
Regular Meeting: Project Malawi 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our meeting August 17 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Eleanor Vogelsang, Community Relations Manager for the Close Up Foundation, joined by students from Camino Nuevo Charter Academy who participated in the foundation's program in Washington DC this spring.
 
The 2016 general election season served as a reminder of the importance of voting and civic engagement. Youth voting trends and research studies demonstrate the ongoing challenge of engaging 18-29 year olds in the democratic process. This presentation provides context around the importance of civic education, and the work the Close Up Foundation does with youth from across the country to prepare and motivate the next generation of leaders. Additionally, you will hear from spring 2017 participants from Camino Nuevo – a local school whose Close Up trip was supported by a donation from the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 6:45pm.  **Please note earlier start time this week**

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.
 
 
Regular Meeting: Close Up Foundation 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
 
Christopher Crowell works in downtown Los Angeles as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.  Previously, Christopher spent close to nine years in private practice and also served as a judicial law clerk with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.  Christopher grew up in San Diego, attended college in the Bay Area and law school in Chicago, and now lives in Santa Monica with his wife Michelle, who is a PhD candidate at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  In his spare time, Christopher enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and reading. 
 
Christopher is excited about using Rotary as a vehicle to effect positive change in downtown Los Angeles and beyond.  He is particularly interested in youth, educational, and literacy activities and has volunteered with Reading to Kids, a nonprofit that organizes monthly reading clubs for underserved elementary school children. Christopher is looking forward to participating in the Stair Climb for Los Angeles in September to benefit the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA.
 
 
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Come join our meeting August 3 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be Rotary DTLA member Gordon Seyffert joined by special guest Dirk Weissleder, who will speak about their work in the Germanic Genealogy field.  
 
Dirk Weissleder is based in Germany, and is the chairman of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (national German umbrella organization of the genealogical societies), and since 2012, president of the Bund der Familienverbaende (umbrella organization of family communities).  He is a blogger, author and international lecturer and co-founder of the International German Genealogy Partnership. He is a local politician (communal councilor and chairman of his political party), and candidate for the National Parliament (Deutsche Bundestag) in 2009 and 2013.     
 
Gordon Seyffert is a retired university administrator, and his retirement “career" is as a genealogist specializing in Germanic genealogy.  He is the vice president, editor, de facto librarian, web manager and Wednesday staff person for the Immigrant Genealogical Society, of Burbank. He currently takes an active role on the executive committee of the International German Genealogy Partnership.  Through his activities he now counts several new friendships in Germany as a side benefit of his interest.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.
Regular Meeting: Germanic Genealogy 2017-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our meeting July 20 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Ayelet Feiman, Supervisor of the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, where she is responsible for managing the Neighborhood Prosecutors in their mission to address core issues which impact the quality of life in our communities.  
 
Prior to becoming the Supervisor, Ms. Feiman was a Neighborhood Prosecutor in various Los Angeles Police Department divisions where she resolved community nuisance and problem issues in collaboration with government agencies, at all levels as well as with community stakeholders. Prior to her service with the Neighborhood Prosecutors Program, Ms. Feiman has worked in several units including Police Discovery, Environmental Justice, Central Trials, and School Safety. 
 
She will be joined by Kurt Knecht, Neighborhood Prosecutor of the Central Division, who has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. 
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.
Regular Meeting: LA City Neighborhood Prosecutor 2017-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Kick off the 2017-18 Rotary year!  Our newest Rotary DTLA President Louise Oliver will officially open the new year at our meeting July 6 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
 
This year's Rotary International Presidential Theme is "Rotary: Making a Difference."  RI President Ian H.S. Riseley explains: “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”  https://www.rotary.org/en/2017-18-ri-president-ian-hs-riseley-announces-his-presidential-theme
 
Learn about Rotary DTLA's exciting plans for the 2017-18 year serving the local and international community.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.  

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  

RSVP to William at william.baxley@rotarydtla.org.
Regular Meeting: New Rotary Year! 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles is proud to have been recognized by District 5280 as a 100% contributing club to the "End Polio Now" campaign for 2016-17. 
 
The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
 
Learn more about the campaign and join us in the fight against polio! https://www.endpolio.org/
 
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Andrew Ekchian is a Human Resources Analyst for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He also works in a variety of roles part-time for a medical device corporation called Neurosigma Inc., primarily in business development. He graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business Full-Time Program in 2015.  His goal is to work within human resources or business development for organizations that benefit the greater good as well as provide an opportunity for lifelong accomplishment. 
 
Andrew's daily activities concern analyzing data related to improving teacher performance within the Los Angeles Unified School District.  In addition, he has recruited as well as worked to place teachers within opportune roles for the Los Angeles Unified School District. For Neurosigma Inc., Andrew performs research work, marketing, and represents the organization at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Andrew's interests include martial arts, cars, sports, but most of all politics and history. Although he graduated from the University of Southern California his beloved school is still his undergraduate, UCLA.
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Gordon Seyffert has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, but spent his whole career working for the University in administrative assignments relating to Graduate Studies, International Affairs, and Academic Affairs.  He retired some fifteen years ago, and moved with his wife Marsha from Kansas City, Missouri to Altadena in 2011.
 
His retirement “career" is as a genealogist specializing in Germanic genealogy.  He is the vice president, editor, de facto librarian, web manager and Wednesday staff person for the Immigrant Genealogical Society, of Burbank.  Some years ago he taught himself to read the old German script in which so many genealogical documents are written, and it has been an invaluable skill to have.  He currently takes an active role on the executive committee of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP), of which the IGS and its Pomeranian Special Interest Group are both members.  Through his activities he now counts several new friendships in Germany as a side benefit of his interest.
 
His three adult children are Lindsay Seyffert (film editor), Gus Seyffert (musician) and Maggie McEldowney (arts administrator).  Each of them preceded their parents to Los Angeles, the elder two having attended CalArts.  Maggie trained to be a dancer in New York City, but has recently received a Master’s from USC in Social Entrepreneurship.
 
Gordon is also active in other organizations besides Rotary — he first became a Rotarian in 2011 — and his genealogical society.  He regularly works weekends in the spring and fall on Christmas Tree Lane, which is just one house away from his.  He can be found every Memorial Day helping to decorate some of the almost 700 graves of Union soldiers buried there, in his capacity as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  Also as a SUVCW representative, he can be found each May presenting recognition awards to top JROTC cadets at one or more high schools in the western San Gabriel Valley.
 
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Elissa Kuykendall
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on June 1 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Elissa Kuykendall of the Skid Row S.P.A. Initiative.
Elissa Kuykendall, Skid Row S.P.A. Initiative
Elissa Kuykendall, Skid Row S.P.A. Initiative
Elissa Kuykendall, Skid Row S.P.A. Initiative
 
The S.P.A Initiative envisions an integrated hygiene center with toilets, showers, and laundry machines that provides a differentiated experience from the street for the un-housed population on Skid Row.  This is a citizen led project to provide services open to all based on a service-first model supporting those who need housing.  Elissa, who is a finance leader and entrepreneur in her professional life, will speak about her involvement in the initiative and the progress towards implementation. 
 
Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Hygiene Centers for Skid Row 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
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Our upcoming meeting on May 18, Thursday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club will be a club assembly for members only.  As we near the end of the Rotary Year 2016-17, we'll take stock of our progress and discuss ideas for the continued future thriving of our club. 
 
Under the Rotary International theme "Rotary Serving Humanity" this year, we have grown and expanded our activities, particularly in serving the Downtown Los Angeles community.  Bring your ideas and don't miss this important meeting to look back on our year with President Aaron! 
 
 
May 18: Reflecting on the Rotary Year 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on May 4 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be the youth we sponsored for Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) this year from Roosevelt High School and Mama Hill's Help. 
 
Each spring, between 180 and 200 high school students from the Greater Los Angeles area meet for 2 ½ days to improve their skills as leaders in their communities. Students participate in experiential learning activities, including active leadership workshops, team building activities, and a RYLA Olympics and talent show. Set high in the San Bernardino Mountains, the weekend allows the students a peaceful environment in which to learn more about themselves and their peers.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm at the Invention Bar, followed by our meeting. 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on April 20 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Bob Smiland, President and CEO of Inner-City Arts.  
 
Bob was appointed President and CEO of Inner-City Arts in July 2013, after nearly three decades of service as a volunteer and board member for multiple youth service and educational nonprofit organizations. He brings more than 30 years of business experience as a CEO, executive and chairman for private and public companies. Bob began his career as CEO of the family-owned Smiland Paint Company, which he led for 25 years, growing it into an $88 million business with more than 400 employees.
 
He was the youngest person to be elected to the South Pasadena Board of Education, serving from 1984-88. He served as vice chair of the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA from 1996-2002, and was chair of the board of trustees of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles from 1992-98, prior to which time he ran their youth and camp programs. In 2010, he co-founded Extera Public Schools, charter schools that serve elementary age children in his native neighborhood of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley, where he was an offensive lineman on the Cal Bears' football team.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.

Note recent venue change:

Both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Inspiring Creativity 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on April 6 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Anne Calvo, Senior Director of Child Abuse Prevention for the YMCA of the USA. Anne provides critical leadership to advance the YMCA’s strategic priority of abuse-prevention.
 
A native of London, England, Anne is trained as a Registered Nurse. She gained additional training and experience as an officer in the British Royal Air Force, a director of nursing in a private hospital, and by serving as a head nurse on a medical ship serving children in third world countries. Licensed as an RN in the U.S., Anne immigrated to Los Angeles to help set up a company bringing British nurses to work in America. 
 
For 19 years previous to her current position, Anne worked for The Salvation Army and has been recognized for her work by the Salvation Army, the City of Los Angeles, and was awarded the Mary Fisher Award for her AIDS work. 
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.

Note recent venue change:

Both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Child Abuse Prevention 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on March 16 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Kevin Cape, Director of Development for Equitas Academy Charter School.
 
Kevin began working with youth immediately after graduating college, spending four years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. In 2010 he transitioned to the corporate world, working in Human Resources at the fast-growing private charter airline JetSuite. 
 
Kevin joined Equitas Academy as the Director of Development in 2016. At Equitas, he applies his passion for enrolling others in something bigger than themselves to a cause he believes deeply in: the availability of top-quality education to all. 

Kevin graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 with a BA in Journalism, while competing for the university’s volleyball and track & field teams. His son is a proud Equitas scholar and their cat, Zachary, ensures everyone’s homework is done before bed each night.
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.

 

Note recent venue change:
Both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Charter School Success 2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on March 2 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Katherine M. Butler, 
an environmental health scientist with 10 years of experience in epidemiology and toxicology. She leads environmental health investigations for the Toxics Epidemiology Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and has led environmental emergency response activities to large-scale disasters, including the Aliso Canyon natural gas blowout and Fruitland chemical fire in Maywood. She serves as a member of the Los Angeles County Toxic Threat Strike Team and  Los Angeles County Oil and Gas Strike Team. 
 
Prior to working for the Department of Public Health, Ms. Butler was a senior health scientist at a private environmental health consulting firm. She led health assessments for a wide variety of national and international projects, including mining facilities in the United States, oil and gas development in Canada, and military site remediation sites in the South Pacific. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Science and from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Public Health. She is Past President of the Society for Risk Analysis Southern California Chapter and Past President of the Playa Venice Rotary Club. 
 

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6:00-7:00pm, followed by our meeting.

Note our recent venue change:
Both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Public Health 2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on February 16 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Helena Jubany, who co-founded Fresco Community Foundation in 2011 with the mission to partner and provide resources for local non-profit organizations and initiatives through the profits of Fresco Community Market, a prototype grocery store that she helped designed, built, and owns.
 
Her commitment to positively impacting the homeless population resulted in having one of the first partnerships of the foundation to be the LA Mission “Back to Work” program for the homeless. Since the store has opened, Fresco has hired over 20 individuals from this program to work at Fresco Community Market. This has created employment opportunities for a population that is at risk and most vulnerable. The foundation also funds programs for local schools and non-profit organizations with the profits from Fresco Community Market.
 
Helena is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of NAC Architecture, an architectural firm with over 170 staff focused in education, healthcare, and civic projects. Though a native to Taiwan, Helena was raised in Brazil. There she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sao Paulo. Her Master of Architecture degree is from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Helena speaks fluently English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin). 

 

Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm.
 
Note our recent venue change:
Both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

Regular Meeting: Fresco Community Market 2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
 
"DEFYING GRAVITY"
FRITZ COLEMAN SPEAKS TO A GENERATION
 
BENEFITING THE ROTARY CLUB OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
 
Veteran NBC4 weatherman and comedian Fritz Coleman headlines this comedy night benefiting the service work of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles.
 
Fritz proves that aging isn’t pretty….but, it’s funny!
Special auction included in the program!
 
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Location: Ice House Pasadena
Ticket Price: $30 (+ two drink minimum per person)
Age: 18 and over
 
Fritz Coleman is Southern California's beloved weathercaster and joined NBC4 in 1982.  Fritz has been doing stand-up for decades at local comedy clubs and has appeared several times on the "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon and has earned four Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for his work.
 
 
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Come join our upcoming meeting on February 2 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Dr. Vicki Radel, Past District Governor for Rotary District 5280.  She will speak about a recent Rotary Peace Conference she attended on behalf of the district as well as other peace initiatives. A graduate of UCLA, Vicki Radel is a PhD therapist whose private practice specializes in conflict resolution and anger management.

Dr. Radel is steeped in the peace movement. She currently serves on the boards of PeaceNow, People for Community Improvement, Mama Hill's Help, LA South Bay Progressives, and the Rotary District 5280 Peace Committee. She was South Bay Woman of the Year, is a recipient of the LA County Humanitarian Award, and has led a group meditation for world peace at a Capetown conference that the late Nelson Mandela opened. She was also invited to attend a breakout session of 30 hosted by the Dalai Lama at a Vancouver Peace Summit.

Dr. Radel was also a U.S. representative at the Global Women's Rights Forum in Istanbul, Turkey last year and was honored as the Grand Marshall of the South LA "Peace Walk for Life" last July.  
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm.
 
Note our venue change: both our happy hour and meeting will now take place on the 3F, starting at the Invention Bar and later moving to a separate room for our business meeting.  There is no longer a flat fee for a meal - you are welcome to order off the menu and settle payments directly with the server!  
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.
 
Regular Meeting: Peace & Conflict Resolution 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
 
To our Rotary community and beyond,

With the holiday season upon us, we reflect on the many blessings that grace our lives including our wonderful, vibrant Rotary Club and our dedication to service in downtown Los Angeles and the world beyond. 

With an exciting District Grant made possible in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, an ongoing Global Grant in Kenya providing accessible water, work, and recreational opportunities, and the pending Reverse Global Grant benefiting L.A. Kitchen, our table is set for achieving great things in 2017. We welcome new members to join in our community work with open arms. 

Happy Holidays, everyone!
 
Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles 
 
 
 
Happy Holidays! 2016-12-24 08:00:00Z 0
 

CLEAN WATER FROM ROTARY FOR KENYA

By Lorine Parks, IMAGE Senior Correspondent/Rotary Club of Downey 

(Originally published in Rotary District 5280 December 2016 Newsletter)

 
As every Southern Californian knows, there is nothing more beautiful than rain water.
 
For the past five years, The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles has been working to provide a reliable source of clean rainwater to the students at four schools and a medical dispensary at the Osongo Primary School in Migori, Kenya. Up to now the community had gotten water from a nearby creek at the bottom of a small valley.  This water is not clean and in the dry season it is difficult to find. 
                 

Four years ago, the president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, Peter Lattey, received a plea for help from the President of the Rotary Club of Migori, Kenya, which he posted on the club’s Facebook page.  The Migori club was failing and he needed some advice.  After some discussion it was decided that the club should find a service project that would raise their profile in the community. Thus was born this WASH (water and sanitation) project.

Now the power of Rotary clubs, joining forces, is bringing water to schools and a clinic in Kenya.  With Rotary International’s Global Grants of $41,000 in 2013/14 and a $48,000  grant in 2014/15, the project has directly impacted over 1,500 students and hundreds of patients at the clinic. It also affected the families of all the students.  Enrollment jumped.  Absenteeism due to disease fell.. 
 
This part of Kenya gets plenty of rain twice a year, but the groundwater is often of poor quality.  The best solution to the water issue at the schools is to collect rainwater from the iron roofs of the schools and store it in above ground tanks.  Under the grants, schools receive two, 10,000 liter tanks, a hand wash station and a two door, wheelchair accessible
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Rotary provides the tanks, the plumbing and any skilled labor.  The community digs the 25 foot deep latrine and provides the bricks for the latrine.  They also provide materials for the base of the tanks and unskilled labor.  This initial project is the result of a year-long collaboration between Peter Lattey and Ben Onam, the past president of Suna Migori Rotary Club. 
 
Ten clubs in District 5280, District 5280, the Slinger Allenton Club, District 9212 in Kenya and the Suna-Migori Club all contributed funds.  The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles contributed $1,690, and LA 5 contributed $1,500.
 
As soon as the tanks were in place, school attendance and enrollment increased, girls were not missing as much school and the students were spending more time in class. At the clinic they will have more water and they will install a shower for the birthing mothers.
 
Now a Past President of Downtown Los Angeles Club, Peter has made several trips to assist with the construction and to audit the completion of the project.
  
“An important benefit of this project, “he says, “is the improvement of the educational opportunities for the girls of Osingo.  By having a clean source of water at the schools, the girls will be having a clean source of water at the schools and the girls will be relieved of the task of walking miles every day to get water. They will instead be able to spend that time in school becoming better educated.” 
  
 “When you educate a girl, you have educated the whole community.” Numerous studies have shown that educating girls and young women is a critical factor in economic and social development.  “This source of clean water will help curb water borne diseases and help eliminate school dropout by girls,” Peter says.  The new toilets will also provide a critical facility for the young women to enable them to attend school during their menses.
 
“After the success of the first Global Grant,” says Peter, “we decided to expand the project into a four phase program with each phase being a project of about 8 schools in a Rotary year.  Phase 3 and 4 will be in 2016/17 and 2017/18  At the end of this time we will have provided clean water and sanitation facilities to over 15,000 students in 28 rural schools and at least two rural clinics in Migori Kenya.” 
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Denice Gonzalez-Kim
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on January 19 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Denice Gonzalez-Kim, Partnership & Project Leader at School on Wheels (https://schoolonwheels.org), a nonprofit organization who's mission is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. School on Wheels is the only organization in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the educational needs of this fragile population.
 
Denice joined School on Wheels in 2014 as a Americorps VISTA, later becoming a full-time staff member.  She has over 10 years of experience leading nonprofits in community development and financial literacy, with previous positions at the California Council on Economic Education, After-School All-Stars, and as an English teacher in rural South Korea.
 
She was a 2014 Fellow of the Riordan MBA Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized as a Los Angeles Community Leader in 2016 by New York Life, and in 2015 and 2016 by the President Obama Volunteer Service Award.  She received her B.A. from UCLA in Global Studies with a minor in Public Affairs.
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.
 
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Come join our upcoming meeting on December 1 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Jill Gurr, Founder & Executive Director of Create Now (http://www.createnow.org/), a nonprofit organization that gives youth opportunities to find their voices through arts mentoring and education. Create Now focuses on using arts education as an intervention tool for vulnerable youth through programs that help prevent cycles of abuse, homelessness, and violence.
 
Jill graduated from Boston University with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film and worked for 25 years in the film industry as a script supervisor on international productions. She founded Create Now in 1996 and has been featured on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°.”  Jill currently gives presentations to global diplomats through the U.S. State Department and has published a book entitled “Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook for Transforming Young Lives.”  She is available as a consultant, trainer, and speaker, and recently gave a TEDx talk in Beverly Hills, soon to be available online.      
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.
 
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Come join our upcoming meeting on November 17 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Sarah Boone, Chief Executive Officer of Extraordinary Families (http://www.extraordinaryfamilies.org/), a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption, and advocacy agency dedicated to improving the daily lives and long-term outcomes of children and youth in foster care. 
 
Sarah has over 13 years of child welfare experience. Her expertise from her prior work as both a Clinical and Adoptions Supervisor, together with the extensive trainings she has developed and facilitated for Child Protective Services’ Social Workers, informs her current role as Chief Executive Officer.
 
Further, Sarah’s work in child welfare is greatly influenced by her experience as a foster parent and the proud adoptive parent of her three sons, whom she adopted as teenagers from foster care. Sarah received her Bachelor of Social Work from University of Montana and her Masters of Social Work from New Mexico State University, where she was awarded the Mike Watts Outstanding Leadership Graduate Fellowship.
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.
 
Regular Meeting: Adoption & Foster Care 2016-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on November 3 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Gem Munro, Director of Amarok Society (www.amaroksociety.org), which provides education to the extremely poor in the city slums of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria by a unique, effective, economical and sustainable method that not only improves lives but also counters the rise of extremism in three of the world's most dangerous countries.
 
Gem Munro has devoted his life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. Pursuit of this objective carried him into residence in unfortunate communities across most of Canada, before carrying him overseas. Gem is also an author and artist whose current book is a bestselling collection of stories about some of the extraordinary people he’s come to know in the slums of Bangladesh. For their work, Gem and his wife, Dr. Tanyss  Munro, were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.
 
Regular Meeting: Mothers of Intention 2016-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on October 6 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be Mallory Powers Loring of Chrysalis Enterprises, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. 
 
Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped more than 55,000 people through its employment programs and services. What makes the organization unique is its transitional jobs program. More than a business, it provides clients with the skills, experience and self-confidence needed to secure permanent employment. This social enterprise business provides street and building maintenance, janitorial, warehouse, front desk, and general staffing solutions to over 100 communities and business across L.A. County. 
 
As Manager of Donor Engagement & Communications, Mallory Loring facilitates opportunities for the community to support and give in meaningful ways to Chrysalis. What she loves most about Chrysalis are the clients and being able to share their stories with the organization's supporters. And sometimes she even has a chance to dress up as one of Chrysalis' transitional job workers and get her hands dirty - check out the photo!  
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

 
Regular Meeting: Changing Lives through Jobs 2016-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on September 15 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be Rotary DTLA members Alex and Ginny Brideau.  They will lead a tutorial and presentation on maximizing use of social media platforms.  
 
Both Alex and Ginny are former presidents of the club, and have also served as District 5280 social media co-chairs.  Our club has had a longtime presence on social media thanks to their initiating our Facebook and Twitter pages. 
 
Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.  
 
RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

September 15 Meeting: The Power of Social Media  2016-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
 
On August 20, 2016, Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles members were given the rare opportunity to tour Skid Row with Los Angeles Police Department Officer Deon Joseph, also known as the “angel cop.” 
 
Officer Joseph has been with the LAPD for nineteen years, with seventeen of those years in the Skid Row community.  His approach goes beyond the typical image of policing and focuses on the development of personal relationships with those he serves.  He has sponsored outreach programs such as mentoring for children, education safety and self-defense seminars for women, and providing hygiene kits along with drug, housing, and job program information.  On a typical day, he is on foot beat, talking to people, providing them with basic needs such as toothpaste, soap, lotion, and information on how to apply for housing vouchers.   
 
Some of the surprising things members learned on the tour were Officer Joseph’s observations on well-meaning donations by the public directly to those living on the streets such as tents, food, and clothes as actually being counterproductive.  He said that tents promote illegal activity as the space becomes “hidden.”  Regarding food, he mentioned that the missions provide enough free meals to serve the population and providing food on the street creates difficulties with drug dealers prevalent all over the area.  Free clothes he warned would end up being sold for drugs.
 
What he sees as the greatest needs in Skid Row are for additional housing, decentralizing homeless services to other parts of the city so Skid Row becomes less concentrated with those who prey on the homeless, and adjustments to some of the laws that most affect the homeless population.
 
All were reminded of the dire situation in the neighborhood when Officer Joseph was unable to conduct the full tour as there had been an outbreak of the synthetic drug “spice” in the neighborhood the day before where 50 people were hospitalized and the air was still contaminated a day later.  Member Brenda McCabe, a recent transplant to Los Angeles commented: “I learned that homelessness is a result of a complex relation between drugs and crime and victims.  I was appalled that this is happening literally in our backyard.”  President-elect Louise Oliver, who has for many years served on the board of the Shelter Partnership, offered her reflections on how to combat the homelessness issue: “....no simple solutions, but we need to keep the focus and pressure on.” 
 
To learn more about Officer Joseph and his work, visit his website: http://www.deonjoseph.org/  
 
Skid Row Tour with “Angel Cop” Deon Joseph 2016-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on September 1 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Jimmy Wu, Alumni Advocacy Director for InsideOUT Writers.
 
The mission of InsideOUT Writers is to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate by providing a range of services that evolves to meet the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults. Using creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation, these young people are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully re-integrate into our communities, becoming advocates for their future.
 

Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

September 1: Writing Transforming Youth 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
William B. Baxley, MBA
 
William Baxley has a B.S. in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and an MBA from Belhaven University. He served 10 years with the United States Marine Corps, and later worked for BellSouth Telecommunications, AT&T, and Time Warner, spending 25 years in the Telecom industry before transitioning to financial services. As a licensed Agent of New York Life Insurance Company, he offers a variety of solutions focused on clients' goals. His focus is on helping clients ensure a sound financial future for their families and businesses by providing customized recommendations. Some of these solutions include mortgage protection, retirement, college, estate, cash flow, and asset protection planning. His passion is helping communities become financially empowered, one client at a time. William has been married to Cassie Baxley for 29 years, and they have three children: Amber Matthews, William Baxley, III, and Alicia Watkins.  
New Member: William B. Baxley  2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on August 18 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Brenda Wiewel, LCSW, LMFT, Vice President of Behavioral Health for JWCH Institute’s Wesley Health Centers. 
 
Brenda is helping to design and implement new programs for housing to help persons who have been chronically homeless due to multiple complex challenges as well as integrate all of the agency’s health centers to include mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment services. Previously she served for 26 years as Executive Director for a grassroots substance abuse treatment program, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  She is also currently President of the Santa Fe Springs Rotary Club, for her second term. Brenda received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, where she has been a social work field instructor for the last 25 years.  
 

Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Marie at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 
August 18 Meeting: Healthcare for the Homeless 2016-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
On August 4 at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, we will have a special visit by Rotary 5280 District Governor Greg O'Brien.  Governor O' Brien's theme for the year is "Imagine Rotary."  Come join us to hear his vision and learn what's being planned at the district for the 2016-17 year.  
 

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a meal charge of $25 per person.

RSVP to Marie Enright at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

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Kim Mizuno, Jr. is a mechanical engineer who has worked at Parker Aerospace Fluid Systems Division – Irvine, his first job out of college, for almost 10 years. Kim graduated from the University of California – Irvine in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His love for cars and all things mechanical led him to choose engineering as his career path early on in life.
 
Kim’s job as a Product Support Engineer at Parker is fast paced and dynamic. His daily activities range from managing projects, providing technical support to technicians and other engineers working on Parker-designed aircraft components and systems, and working with interdisciplinary high performance work teams focused on solving the team’s biggest issues.
 
Although Kim, a native of Los Angeles, works in Orange County, he loves the vibrant, cultural richness of Los Angeles. Kim lives in Inglewood, the city he grew up in and is excited about the improvements being made there. When he’s not spending time with his wife Melonye and 2 ½ year old son Mako, he is focused on employing financial strategies involving private lending, family banking, and real estate investing to grow personal and legacy wealth for his family for generations to come.
 
His journey on the path to personal development has created a desire for him to help develop others as well which has led him to such organizations as Rotary, Toastmasters, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management as a mentor in their Riordan Scholars program.
 
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Come kick of the 2016-17 Rotary year with our newest - President Aaron Weiner!   
 
Join us on July 7, 2016 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where Aaron will share his vision for the upcoming year, under the Rotary International theme "Rotary Serving Humanity."
 

Pre-meeting happy hour begins at 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Marie Enright at marie.enright@rotarydtla.org.

 

July 7 Meeting: Hail to the Chief! 2016-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
Thanks to all who joined us on May 15 for our Incredible LA Arts District Tour!
 
A big thank you to our generous sponsors Century Housing, Loftway Realty, Downtown News, and hospitality host Resident. And to our Rotaractors and Mama Hill's youth who were amazing volunteers!  Due to your generosity, we are able to help those in need locally and throughout the world. Thank you for helping us be of service!
 
 
INCREDIBLE LA ARTS DISTRICT TOUR: GREAT SUCCESS! 2016-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on May 19 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speakers will be the two youth we sponsored for Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) this year: Arianna Mallory from Mama Hill's and Leon Tinoco from Roosevelt High School.  
 
We'll also hear a mini-vocational talk from new member Francis Potter about his work in the tech world, followed by an induction of newest member Kim Mizuno. 
 

Join us for pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

May19 Meeting: Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly 2016-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
 
Our upcoming meeting on May 5, Thursday will be a club assembly for members only.
 
This will be an important meeting to discuss the final stages of planning for our May 15 Arts District tour fundraiser.    
 
Members, don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest updates.  Together, let's make this event a great success!  
 
May 5 Meeting: Fundraiser Planning 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on April 21 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where club president Jennifer Usyak will talk about her experiences as a mentor accompanying youth detained in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system.  **Our originally scheduled speaker with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (who planned to speak on a similar topic) had a sudden cancellation**  
 
Jennifer is a volunteer with the Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and for the past seven years has visited with youth incarcerated at Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights where Fr. Greg Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, is a frequent presence.  
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

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Francis Potter is a software technologist with roots in Silicon Valley and over 20 years of experience as an executive, product strategist, and hands-on coder.
 
He has lead and completed successful projects in web and mobile application development, product management, data-driven marketing, digital asset management, technology infrastructure, partnership/M&A integration, and strategic planning for clients and employers in financial services, digital media, adventure sports, retail, consumer products, telecommunications, social media, television, and banking. Today, he runs The Hathersage Group, an innovation consulting and application development services company based in Culver City.
 
Francis grew up in Virginia, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and lives in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife and dog. His brother and grandfather were both Rotarians.
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Come join our upcoming meeting on April 7 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be Alisa Orduna, Homelessness Policy Director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  
 
Alisa is a seasoned community development practitioner with close to twenty years of experience working in the nonprofit and government sectors and brings a rich understanding of homelessness services and policy, urban affairs, neighborhood development and planning, and community mediation. Her most recent professional experience includes working as a Program Officer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a member of the Home For Good team.
 
Alisa is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Community Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

April 7 Meeting: Homelessness Crisis 2016-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on March 17 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where attorney and Rotarian Mark Ameli will talk about Rotary's focus on peace and conflict resolution.  Mark is a member of the Rancho Park Rotary Club and has served on the district level in various positions including Chair of Peace and Conflict Resolution and is currently the Senior Assistant Governor for International Service.
 
Mark Ameli has been a practicing attorney since 1980 and is a full-time mediator working with ADR Services, the second largest mediation organization in California and handles business, personal injury, employment, and cross cultural matters.  He has served as a judge pro tem as well as arbitrator and mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
 
Mr. Ameli holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of West Los Angeles.  He has also completed advanced mediation courses at Pepperdine and Harvard. 
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 
March 17 Meeting: Peace and Mediation 2016-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on March 3 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where Past President and current International Service Chair Peter Lattey will talk about our water and sanitation projects in Kenya.  
 
Over the past two years, the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles has led two Rotary Foundation Global Grants to provide clean water, latrines, and hand wash stations to schools and clinics in Migori, Kenya.  We have provided clean water to thirteen schools and two clinics and have directly impacted over 5,000 students.  We have also helped local women start a small business making and selling reusable sanitary pads.  Peter will tell us all about Rotary's work there and our plans for future projects.
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

 

March 3 Meeting: Kenya Water Project 2016-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
 
Our upcoming meeting on February 18, Thursday will be a club assembly for members only.
 
We'll discuss progress on our school supplies drive and lofts tour fundraiser. 
 
Members, don't miss this important meeting to exchange ideas on our latest projects!
 
 
 
February 18: Club Assembly 2016-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
 
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on February 4 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Chris Aihara, Director of Development at Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC).  She will be joined by LTSC staff members Scott Ito and Kim Kawasaki. 
 
LTSC is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 35 years.  LTSC preserves and strengthens the unique ethnic communities of the Southern California region and helps people thrive.  Starting with its home in Little Tokyo, LTSC builds and strengthens communities throughout the region where people, culture and our collective future matters.
 
Chris will present updates on the Budokan of Los Angeles project, a multipurpose sports complex scheduled to be built in Little Tokyo.  This $23.5 million project has been decades in the making, and will provide a recreation space that all sectors of the Downtown LA community can enjoy.   
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

 

February 4 Meeting: Budokan of Los Angeles 2016-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Dr. Joe Chauvapun, is a vascular surgeon and Founder and President of Aethena Healtchare Holding Company, a healthcare consolidation platform focused on the standardization of care in Urgent Care Centers, which seeks to vertically and horizontally integrate all facets of assets within the sector.  
 
Joe is currently Chairman of the Endovascular Committee at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Apple Valley, CA, Chief Medical Officer/Senior Surgeon/Managing Partner of Vascular Associates of Southern California, and has also taught at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and University of Missouri Health Care.  
 
He received his M.D. from St. George’s University, his B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his residency at the University of Buffalo and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of South Florida. 
New Member: Joe Chauvapun 2016-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
 
Come join our upcoming meeting on February 4 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Chris Aihara, Director of Development at Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC).  She will be joined by LTSC staff members Scott Ito and Kim Kawasaki. 
 
LTSC is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 35 years.  LTSC preserves and strengthens the unique ethnic communities of the Southern California region and helps people thrive.  Starting with its home in Little Tokyo, LTSC builds and strengthens communities throughout the region where people, culture and our collective future matters.
 
Chris will present updates on the Budokan of Los Angeles project, a multipurpose sports complex scheduled to be built in Little Tokyo.  This $23.5 million project has been decades in the making, and will provide a recreation space that all sectors of the Downtown LA community can enjoy.   
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $25 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

 

February 4 Meeting: Budokan of Los Angeles 2016-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
 
The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles is holding a school supplies drive to help local homeless children.  Throughout the month of February, Rotary DTLA will collect items for the children of School on Wheels enrolled in their tutoring and educational programs.
 
Please consider donating one or more of the items listed below.  NEW ITEMS only! 
*Starred items are especially needed.
 
*Backpacks (especially teenager size)
*Pencil sharpeners
*School Binders (2” or larger)
*3-ring ruled paper (college or wide-rule)
 
Additional wish list items: highlighters, school uniforms or uniform certificates, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, erasers, homework folders, flash cards (multiply & divide), USB flash drives, laptops (2009 & newer), mini staplers, mechanical pencils, scientific calculators (preferably solar), graphing calculators, book covers, subject dividers, arts & crafts materials, dictionaries, gift certificates & vouchers for backpacks, books, and supplies, academic planners
 
 
           
School Supplies Drive - Help a Homeless Child Succeed! 2016-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
On December 17, Rotary DTLA joined with friends at the historic Taix Restaurant for our annual holiday celebration.  Past District Governor Vickie Radel reminded us in her toast of the beauty of Rotary, which welcomes all no matter what religion or creed we subscribe to - an important reminder during these festive days amidst a world in great need of the hope Rotary brings for peace, understanding, and global fellowship.
 
As we closed our gathering amidst laughter and gratitude we exchanged white elephant gifts - where the various gifters explained what significance their various objects had to Rotary - some more obvious than others, some downright obscure, but all deeply meaningful!!  Holding the flower vase he received, new member Joe Chauvapun quoted the "Object of Rotary," drawing our attention to the important bonds that bind us together.
 
As we look towards 2016 and all the grand possibilities that await, all of us at the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles send our best wishes to all during this holiday season and throughout the new year! 
 
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Jessica Summers has been Head of the Japanese Language Department at Arcadia High School since 1995.  She has lived extensively in Japan and was a Co-Host/Teacher for an English language program on Japanese television station NHK, taught English at Tokyo International College, and has studied at the Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies and Sophia University.
 
Under her leadership, the Japanese program at Arcadia High School has grown by three times its original enrollment and new programs such as AP Japanese and cultural exchange visits to Japan have been introduced.  She engages students by incorporating topics about contemporary Japan in her teaching such as pop culture, to encourage language skills development beyond the classroom.
 
Jessica has a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Education from Whittier College and received her CA State Credential in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from California State University, Los Angeles. 
New Member: Jessica Summers 2015-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Come join our upcoming meeting on December 10 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Dr. Brendan Vahey, a Rotary Foundation global grant scholar.   

Dr. Brendan Vahey is a 2014 graduate of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.  Through a Rotary Foundation global grant scholarship with sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, he attended the Federal University of Santa Catarina’s Post-Doctoral Master’s Degree program in Implant Dentistry in Florianopolis, Brazil, with an emphasis on providing low-income advanced clinical care.  Through his host Rotary club, Rotary Florianopolis-Trinidade, he was able to create, implement, and sustain an array of local community projects.  His story is chronicled on his website and blog: www.ecosmiles.org.

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

 

December 10 Meeting: Dr. Brendan Vahey, Global Grant Scholar 2015-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
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Marie received her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in Romance Linguistics and Literature and teaches Spanish language and literature at USC.  She also speaks French and Portuguese and is proficient in Italian and Modern Standard Arabic.  Her dissertation explored nationalism, myth, and gender in contemporary literatures from Spain and the Maghreb (Morocco and Algeria).  Her research addresses the portrayal of North Africa in contemporary Spanish literature within the context of Orientalist discourse, colonial architecture, and visual representations of postcolonial North Africa.  She has lived and studied in Mexico, France, Spain and Morocco. 
 
Marie is passionate about teaching, promoting peace and understanding through cultural exchange and protecting the environment for all to enjoy a sustainable future.  Other interests include architecture, design, music and the arts.  Through Rotary she hopes to help create lasting and positive change in Los Angeles and Downtown in particular - in public transportation, environmental health (air quality, trees, green spaces), and access to quality education.  Marie is originally from Seattle, Washington.
 
 
New Member: Marie Enright 2015-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Our upcoming meeting on December 3, Thursday will be a club assembly for members only.
 
We'll discuss progress on planning for our school supplies giveaway and lofts tour fundraiser, in addition to updates on club administration matters. 
 
Members, don't miss this important meeting to chart our progress and plan for our projects in 2016!
 
 
December 3: Club Assembly 2015-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
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At the District 5280 Rotary Foundation Celebration held on November 14, the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles was one of four clubs recognized as a 100% $100 per capita club for 2014-15, for member contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
 
We are grateful to the Rotary Foundation for matching grant funding of our Migori Kenya water project, and funding the two global scholars we sponsored in 2014-15.
 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique mean that we make the very most of your contribution. and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work! 

Learn more about the Foundation at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation. 

 

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Come celebrate with the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles!
 
Our 2015 Holiday Party will be held on December 17, 2015 (Thurs.) from 6:30pm at Taix Restaurant
 
Join us for dinner and merriment, including a White Elephant gift exchange!
Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy, which we will donate to the Midnight Mission for their Christmas Day Santa's Village gift giveaway for the children of Skid Row. 
 
RSVP to MCCCABE.BRENDA3@GMAIL.COM BY DECEMBER 10.  
 
 
SAVE THE DATE! - Rotary DTLA Holiday Party 2015-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on November 19 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be David LoPresti, Senior Business Development Executive for Goodwill of Southern California. 
 
David focuses on executive relationship building and securing new business, which provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities or vocational disadvantages.  He currently leads the efforts for the organization's expansion into document imaging, a service that allows businesses to store and archive files without the physical space constraints. 
 
David has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in Writing from the University of Southern California. 
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

November 19 Meeting: Goodwill of Southern California 2015-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
 
The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles recently joined forces with Angel City Rotaract and local Interactors to tend to Mama Hill’s garden on a sunny Saturday morning in Watts.  Head gardener, Past President Peter Lattey, gave volunteers a crash course in Gardening 101, and within hours a new set of vegetables were beautifully  planted for the coming season. 
 
Our club continues to support Mama Hill’s Help with garden replanting and ongoing additional projects.  We are proud sponsors of several of Mama Hill’s youth at past Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekends, and they have been dedicated volunteers at our spring Incredible LA Lofts Tour fundraiser.  With the Crenshaw-Watts Rotary Club, we are developing plans to sponsor them to become certified as home care helpers to provide both employment opportunities as well as serve needy seniors in the area.
 
To learn more about Mama Hill’s Help visit http://mamahillshelp.org/, or better yet, come join us at our next service opportunity! 
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Come join our upcoming meeting on November 5 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Christopher Yco, President of Tricyle Learning, who will talk about his extensive experience working with youth and his newly formed foundation to provide academic enrichment to underserved students. 
 
Christopher is President of the Lomita-Torrance Airport Rotary Club, past District Interact Advisor, and owns an academic services company - http://tricyclelearning.com/.  Tricycle Learning specializes in high school level tutoring, including academic, SAT, and college counseling. Over the past 10 years, his company has worked to ease the college process for thousands of students throughout Southern California. 
 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

November 5 Meeting: Tricycle Learning Foundation 2015-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on October 15 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speakers will be Rotarians Dick and Helen Anderson of the La Quinta Rotary Club and Gina Regan of Cooperative for Education (CoEd).  They are partners in the Guatemala Literacy Project, a collaboration between 404 Rotary clubs from 63 districts and CoEd, joining forces to promote literacy in Guatemala. 
 

Dick is the National Rotary Co-Coordinator for the Guatemala Literacy Project.  He spent 30 years in the Navy, during which time his wife Helen was an educator and small business entrepreneur.  Gina is the Development Coordinator for CoEd, an international nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education.  Learn more about the project here: http://www.coeduc.org/rotary.htm  

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

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RotaryDTLA merchandise available! Alexander Brideau 2015-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Come join our upcoming meeting on October 1 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be David Fields, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles.  The council's work includes outreach to the homeless on skid row, support for resettlement of former prisoners, and programs for at-risk youth. 

In addition to his leadership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in various capacities for close to 20 years, David served for 25 years in senior management positions at Xerox Corporation and later as an Operations Manager for Bovis Land Lease, a construction management firm. 

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org

October 1 Meeting: Serving the Poor, Society of St. Vincent de Paul 2015-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Come join our upcoming meeting on September 17 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speakers will be Brian Cunningham and Adriana Llandez and of the Los Angeles Public Library, Adult Literacy Services. 

Brian Cunningham has been a librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library for four years, currently within the Adult Literacy & Volunteer Services department at Central Library. He has been involved in education in various capacities, working with elementary through college-aged students. He is currently LAPL's project coordinator for Career Online High School.

Adriana Llandez works as an Adult Literacy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Public Library and manages the Walk-In Tutors as well as One-on-One Tutors.  Aside from her commitment to her tutors and students, she also has students of her own through the Leamos program.  

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

September 17 Meeting: Adult Literacy Services, LA Public Library 2015-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
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Seiichi is the owner of Yokose World Exporter, Inc. - Wild Live Fresh Fish.  He moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to establish his company after working at various fish wholesale markets in Japan, including the famous Tsukiji market in Tokyo.  Prior to his move to the U.S., he served as an executive at Yokose, his family’s over 150 year old fish wholesale business based in Toyama, Japan.  
    
As the first born son he was expected to lead the family business after his father, but instead chose a different path, which he feels will protect the legacy of their seventh generation business in innovative and exciting new ways.  In the midst of present challenges in the Japanese fishing industry, he hopes to contribute to its revitalization through his presence in the U.S.    
 
With his motto “In every age and in every place, strive to protect tradition,” he looks forward to the further growth of his company.  He is inspired by the great potential and unique strengths he sees in American culture, which convinced him his future - carrying on his family’s heritage - belonged here. 
 
New Member: Seiichi Yokota 2015-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
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Brenda has over 25 years of professional experience at McKinsey & Company, KA International, AstraZeneca and Infinia Corporation, where she has developed extensive experience in operations and business development in consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, and energy sectors.
 
She provides consulting services from her own company DBZ Arrow, Spanish LLC, active in advisory services for small and medium size enterprises in the areas of technology, software engineering, biotechnology, and renewable energy with primary focus on internationalization and technology acquisition and transfer in the U.S. and Spain.    
 
Brenda is currently an independent Board member at SolidQ and Lug Healthcare Technology, both privately held companies.  She served previously as an independent director of the Board of a listed pharmaceutical company in Spain.
 
Originally from Ohio, Brenda recently relocated to Los Angeles after living for many years in Spain.  She has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth and B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Berea College.
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Come join our upcoming meeting on September 3 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Alan Bernstein of the District Membership Team and Former President of LA5.  Alan is Director of Client Solutions at Pace Marketing Communications and has a BS in Marketing from USC and over 30 years experience in consultative sales.

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

 

September 3 Meeting: Membership Focus 2015-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our upcoming meeting on August 20 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our guest speaker will be Tavio Hobson, of the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Tavio Hobson currently serves as the Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Los Angeles Clippers.  He is responsible for helping corporations best leverage their brand via the Clippers platforms in the Los Angeles market. In his first 120 days, Tavio was responsible for securing the largest corporate partnership deal in Clipper history. He continues to help transform the Clipper franchise into a global brand.  Prior to being with the Clippers he was the Founder and Executive Director of A PLUS Youth Program in Seattle, Washington, where he spearheaded the establishment of A PLUS, a community based afterschool youth development program for boys and girls grades 4-12.  Tavio received his BA from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and his Executive Masters in Leadership from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

August 20 Meeting: Tavio Hobson, Los Angeles Clippers Jennifer Usyak 2015-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
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We were honored to receive a visit by our District Governor DJ Sun, Executive Aide Cozette Vergari, and Assistant Governor Zainul Abedin on August 6 for the annual District Governor's visit.  This special meeting gave us the chance to share our goals for the upcoming year including our newly unveiled three-year Strategic Plan, focusing on growing membership, service projects in Downtown LA, and nurturing future leaders through initiatives targeting youth and young professionals.

The district team provided inspiration and helpful advice to enhance our work.  It was not all strictly business, however - the evening was filled with much fun and laughter, and comic relief was especially plentiful via Skype where Past President Peter Lattey joined us from Vancouver, Canada.

At the meeting we also inducted our newest member, Brenda McCabe, who recently transferred from the Rotary Club of Madrid.      

The 2015-16 Rotary year continues to unfold with many more great things in store for Rotary DTLA - stay tuned!

Photo: District Governor DJ Sun, Rotary DTLA member Brando Parada, and Peter Lattey on iPad

Visit by District Governor DJ Sun Jennifer Usyak 2015-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
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On August 6 at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, we will have a special visit by Rotary 5280 District Governor DJ Sun.  We will have a chance to share with him our plans for the 2015-16 year and highlight our past accomplishments.  DG Sun will make a special presentation to share his vision for the current Rotary year.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a meal charge of $20 per person.

RSVP to Jennifer Usyak at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

August 6: Visit by District Governor DJ Sun Jennifer Usyak 2015-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
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We will meet for our first board meeting of the year on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm at the LA Athletic Club.  We will discuss and plan for the 2015-16 Rotary year and for the visit by District Governor DJ Sun on August 6.  Please note we will be meeting also with DG Sun on the day of his visit, prior to the meeting.

All board members please RSVP to jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

July 30: Board Meeting Jennifer Usyak 2015-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
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This week's meeting on Thurs., July 16 will be for members only, to discuss strategic planning for the 2015-16 year. 

We will meet at 6:30pm at the LA Athletic Club.  Members please RSVP to jennifer@rotarydtla.org. 

July 16: Club Assembly - Strategic Planning Jennifer Usyak 2015-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our meeting on July 1 (Thursday) where we'll begin the Rotary year with the installation of new officers and the induction of our newest member!  We'll be joined by special guests Past District Governor Vicki Radel and Assistant Governor Zainul Abedin.

We'll begin with pre-meeting happy hour from 5:30pm on the 3rd floor, followed by our meeting from 6:30pm on the 4th floor.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!  There is a $20 meal charge per person.

RSVP to Jennifer at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

Happy New Year Rotary! - 2015-16 Year Begins Jennifer Usyak 2015-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Come join our party at 10e Restaurant (http://www.10erestaurant.com/) on June 18, Thurs. from 6:30pm to celebrate our accomplishments this past year!  RSVP required by Mon., June 15 - please contact Jennifer Usyak at 818-744-3581 or jennifer@rotarydtla.org.   

Celebrating Mina and the 2014-15 Rotary Year: June 18, Thurs. Jennifer Usyak 2015-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
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Join us for Happy Hour Thursday!

Come have some drinks and relax with Rotarians and friends at the rooftop Perch restaurant (http://perchla.com/) on Thurs., June 4 from 6pm.  RSVP to Louise Oliver at loliver@goodwillsocal.org or 818-515-1403.

June 4, Thurs.: Happy Hour Thursday at Perch Jennifer Usyak 2015-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
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On May 19, Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles distributed dictionaries to third graders at Equitas Academy Charter School, where we were pleased to hear from one of the teachers that this year's fourth graders proudly continue to use the dictionaries we gave them last year.  The students there are called "scholars" to inspire them early on to see themselves as college-bound high achievers.  A beautiful school brightly decorated with pennants from various universities around the U.S. - they continue to expand with a middle school and soon a high school campus too!  They certainly brightened our day and we wish them all happy reading!

Dictionary Giveaway at Equitas Jennifer Usyak 2015-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
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Special thanks to all those who came out for the event and to our dedicated volunteers from: Hawthorne-Lennox Rotaract, Da Vinci Interact, Hawthorne Interact, Simon Tech Interact, Roosevelt H.S., and Mama Hill's!

MISSED THE EVENT?
YOU CAN SEE THE LOFTS COURTESY OF PAST PRESIDENT PETER LATTEY'S VIDEO!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ppRD4-wtY

 

 

INCREDIBLE LA LOFTS TOUR - GREAT SUCCESS! Jennifer Usyak 2015-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
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by Peter Lattey, Past President, Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles

The power of Rotary clubs joining forces is bringing water to schools and a clinic in Kenya.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, has spearheaded a project to provide a clean reliable source of water and clean latrines for four schools and a clinic near Migori, Kenya, led by Peter Lattey. This project is the result of a year long collaboration between Peter Lattey and Ben Onam, the past president of Suna Migori.  Ten clubs in District 5280, District 5280, the Slinger Allenton Club, District 9212 in Kenya and the Suna-Migori Club all contributed funds.  The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles contributed $1,690, and LA 5 contributed $1,500.

This project will provide clean water to the 1,450 students who attend four schools in Osingo, Kenya and to the Ayego Clinic and will benefit many of the 5,000 families who live in Osingo.  The Osingo Primary School currently gets water from a nearby creek at the bottom of a small valley.  This water is not clean and in the dry season it is difficult to find.  The students are the carriers, who must spend time fetching water when they should be in school. This source of clean water will help curb water borne diseases and help eliminate school dropout by girls.

An important benefit of this project is the improvement of the educational opportunities for the girls of Osingo.  By having a clean source of water at the schools, the girls will be relieved of the task of walking miles every day to get water. They will instead be able to spend that time in school becoming better educated.  Numerous studies have shown that educating girls and young women is a critical factor in economic and social development.  When you educate a girl, you have educated the whole community. The new toilets will also provide a critical facility for the young women to enable them to attend school during their menses.

This $40,000 project is in progress and will be completed by the end of November 2014. The Suna-Migori Club has delivered ten 2,500 gallon tanks, built two concrete towers, poured concrete slabs, placed the tanks on the slabs and installed roof gutters.  The parents and students are digging the 20-feet deep latrines.

Downtown Los Angeles Club Past President Peter Lattey is travelling to Migori in the middle of October to assist with the construction and to audit the completion of the project.

Rotary Clubs and Rotarians, working together CAN make the world a better place.

Kenya Africa Osingo Water Project is Getting Wetter Jennifer Usyak 2014-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
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It has been a week now since I arrived jet lagged and weary in Migori Kenya.  It has all been good so far.  My Rotary friends in Migori have been great hosts. In fact everyone in Kenya has been friendly, helpful and a delight to deal with.

Migori is a small market town about 30 km from the Tanzania border and 50 km from Lake Victoria.  The "downtown" is about 12 city blocks of very intense commercial activity. The Kenyans really hustle when it comes to business.  Beyond the downtown, it is more suburban which merges into small farms.

I get around town by walking or paying for a ride on the back of a motorcycle.  I value my safety so won't ride on a bike with more than three people on it.  For trips out of town, we take a taxi.  These get a little crowded.  Did you know you can carry 11 or 12 people in a small Toyota station wagon?  Easy.  You put 4 in the front, 5 in the back seat and 2 or 3 more in the space behind the back seat.

I flew into Kisumu airport and was met by three Rotarians.  It was great to finally meet Ben Onam after emailing and skyping him for over 18 months.  We took off right away for Kisii, for a Rotary meeting there.  A little confusion as to timing.  It turns out that the Kisii people thought the meeting started at 11:00.  We and the district governor thought 1:00. But it was still fun.  By the time we left about 5:00 it was pouring rain.  This probably was a factor in the truck running into the back of us and going off the road into a creek bed. Nobody was hurt and another car drove us the rest of the way to Migori where I checked into the Bliss Park Hotel.  Not quite the Hilton, but the room was clean, the staff very friendly, and the price was $16 per night including a full breakfast in the dining room.

Tuesday morning, the Rotarians took me on a tour of the four schools and clinic where we are installing the rainwater harvesting systems. We reviewed the work progress and worked out a few unresolved technical issues. The Migori Rotarians have done an amazing job.  The money was approved at the start of August.  Now, two months later, the tanks are in place and partly filled with water and the latrines are about 90% complete.

One of the schools, the Adugo Primary School, was built by the community and just opened.  It has four classes with 120 students in two classrooms.  At the start of August they had no electricity and no water.  When a child was thirsty they walked 1.5 km down the hill to a creek with bad water. Sometimes they just hung out there, sometimes they got diarrhea and stayed home for a couple of days. Now there are three 2,500 gallon tanks with clean rainwater right outside the school door.  Attendance is up, enrollment is up and everyone is very happy.  The people from the community are also coming to the school to get their drinking water. Everyone is getting less diarrhea.  It is hard to express how good this makes me feel.  The photo of the kids at the water tap may help you understand.

Lots of happy kids.  I am the tall guy in the middle of the mob.

We are waiting for the delivery of one more tank this week. Then we will install it, paint the Rotary logo on the tanks and have an official opening ceremony.

I visited a co-operative school/workshop, run by a Rotarian, like nothing I have ever seen before. They train about 20 students at a time in sheet metal work, stove making, car repair, sewing and welding. After they are trained, the graduates get a little workshop where they can have a business plying their trade. It is an incredibly noisy, industrious place.  The students come in with no shoes and leave with a job, a business, a life and a way to buy a house and raise a family.  It is a crazy wonderful place. 

I made what I thought was a social visit to the boys high school where George the Rotary club president is a teacher.  I quickly found myself meeting the principal and making a pitch for forming an Interact club, having email pen pals with kids in LA for the students and a future student exchange. We then went off for lunch and a visit across the border to Tanzania.  I was supposed to talk to a few students about Interact when we go back. The "few" students turned out to be all 600 students. That is a tough audience when you really haven't prepared.  But I went back the next day and met with 25 students and started the process of getting them pen pals.  First they need email addresses, then they must write a paragraph about themselves, then the school has to keep the power on so they can send the emails.  Challenging but fun.

I am taking a few days to visit the Masai Mara game preserve.  This is a northern extension of the Serengeti.  I have seen herds of zebra, giraffes, elands, Cape buffalo and antelope.  And that was in the 3 miles from the lodge to the entry to the park!!!

Update from Kenya by Past President Peter Lattey Jennifer Usyak 2014-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
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MORGAN CURTIS

I am currently studying Peace, Conflict and Development at Universidad Jaume I (UJI) in Castellón de la Plana, which is the UNESCO Chair in Philosophy of Peace. My international cohort is an excellent match for my interest in diverse cultures.  While obtaining my undergraduate degree in Film Production at the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2014, I traveled to over 40 countries - mostly in the developing world. While I was traveling, I focused a great deal of my attention on photography, filmmaking, and cultural immersion.

During this time, I became more informed about politics in the “global village” and the difficulties faced by workers in the field of international aid. The master’s program at UJI will afford me the opportunity to combine my media skills with my knowledge of the international aid community. In addition, I am developing a community development platform that will support Sub-Saharan African refugees and immigrants living in the communities of Castellón and Valencia. My project here in Spain will be enhanced by my experience with photography, journalism and filmmaking. I look forward to sharing my work with the Rotary Club of Castellón as well as those of you back in the United States.

Messages from the Field: Our 2014-2015 Global Grants Scholars Jennifer Usyak 2014-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brando Parada on Jul 21, 2014

Come by Lawry's The Prime Rib for the District Literacy Breakfast on August 13 at 7:00 AM!

We invite all Rotarians to the annual Literacy Breakfast. This year's special guest speakers are District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who will be addressing the District 5280 Senior Scam Awareness Project, and Austin Beutner, founder of Vision To Learn.

Breakfast is complimentary, but reservations must be made by August 6, 2014 to Mike Birkholm, District Literacy Chair. mbirkholm@birkholmdirect.com or 818-400-3814

Location: Lawry's The Prime Rib

               100 N. La Cienega Blvd.

                Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

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Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 17, 2014

Come learn about the recycled bicycles joint project between the Downtown LA, Woodland Hills, and Malibu Rotary Clubs, to benefit the Pacific Lodge Boys Home for at risk youth, during a community event Saturday January 25 from 9 am - 11 am at 19040 Vanowen Street, Reseda CA 91335.  Includes an easy community bike ride with members of Rotary, Reseda Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, and LAPD support.  No host lunch and tour of the Pacific Lodge follows.

Contact Club President Kathleen Copus for more information or to RSVP at 310-722-9779 cell or kathleen@rotarydtla.org.

The Bike Project on Saturday January 25 Kathleen Copus 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 17, 2014

We're offsite for the next meeting.  This special meeting at Equitas Academy Charter School starts at 5:30 pm (tour) and 6 pm (meeting).  Equitas is located at 1700 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90015; school tel # (213) 201-0440; www.equitasacademy.org.  Limited parking available. Members are asked to bring $20 payment to Equitas to cover meal costs.

RCDTLA members only.  Thanks.

Offsite Club Meeting on January 23, 2014 Kathleen Copus 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 17, 2014

RCDTLA is supporting Vision To Learn with a $250 donation as part of a larger Reverse Grant Project.  In addition, we have an opportunity to do hands on volunteer work (vision screening for the kids) on Thursday, January 23 between 8:30 am – 2:30 pm at Para Los Ninos Elementary School at 1617 E 7th Street, Los Angeles 90021 (downtown LA). Spanish speakers especially helpful.  Club member Angela Fisher has committed several volunteers already.  Contact RCDTLA President Kathleen Copus (Kathleen@rotarydtla.org) or Rotarian and VTL Coordinator Nora Maclellan (310-489-0160 cell) to sign up.  Remember to wear your Rotary!

Vision To Learn (www.VisionToLearn.org) began operations in March of 2012.  Since that time they have provided over 12,300 free eye exams and over 9,300 free prescription eye glasses to elementary aged children enrolled in Title 1 schools and or living in the low income communities in the Los Angeles Area.  This month they began operations in Sacramento.  Students with vision problems tend to have lower academic performance as measured by test scores and grades.  Low income and minority students are disproportionately affected by untreated visual impairments.  From a recent outcome study conducted by UCLA on Vision To Learn it was found that having corrected vision children almost immediately are:

·         More confident and have better classroom participation,

·         Improved attention and classroom behavior,

·         Improved academic performance, and

·         More ease with homework. 

Let’s ENGAGE ROTARY AND CHANGE LIVES!

Vision Screening Opportunity Thursday 1/23/14 at Para Los Ninos ES Kathleen Copus 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
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The RC of Downtown LA, represented by Club President Kathleen Copus (in Rotary t-shirt), and the Woodland Hills Rotary Club (Dana Sherman, on far right) teamed up for a bike giveaway as part of the The Fleet Street project, during the SFV Anti-Gang Coalition community event on Saturday, October 26 in Granada Hills.  

Downtown LA and Woodland Hills RC Team Up Kathleen Copus 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ginny Brideau on Jun 16, 2013

Besides getting quizzed about my favorite iPad applications (aka apps), I'm often asked how I find out about the projects that I don't work on, or what's the next big neighborhood development.  Here's the list of blogs and other media sources that I look at a couple times each day (through the glory of RSS Feeds

Ginny's Favorite DTLA Blogs Ginny Brideau 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Professional Development: What You Need to Know About LinkedIn Profile Pictures Ginny Brideau 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on May 11, 2013

Join us this Thursday to meet and hear from Carmen Applegren of the Braille Institute.   Carmen began losing her eyesight at an early age, yet she didn’t let it stop her from doing the  things she loved: riding her bike, skiing, playing tennis, baton twirling and ice skating. When her next  love turned out to be show business, she was no less intimidated. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in  Fine Arts from Michigan State University, she acted, sang and danced her way through a successful  career in theater.     

Like so many of her peers, her love eventually brought her to Los Angeles.  But as her vision diminished  further, so did her ability to pursue her acting career. She came to Braille Institute in 1986 as a student.  Before long she became an enthusiastic volunteer, teaching her fellow students how to tap dance.  Carmen worked for Braille Institute in Los Angeles as Community Relations coordinator for 21 years.   She now has her own business doing technical advisement with the Entertainment Industry teaching  actors how to portray a blind person.  


It should be a memorable evening!

 

Speaker for Thursday May 16 2013 Kathleen Copus 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
No meeting Thursday, May 2. See you at District Conference! Alexander Brideau 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Mar 30, 2013

Please join us Thursday as we welcome guest speakers Leonard Brazil, Esq. and Deborah H. Petito, Esq. of Clark & Trevithick.  This presentation on Obamacare is intended to help Rotary members understand the general business and employment law responsibilities regarding the new Obama health care plan.  The speakers will discuss guidelines for compliance and ways to avoid unnecessary costly penalties.

Topics to be Covered:

  • How the law will affect your business bottom-line
  • What to expect regarding penalties & fines
  • Understand "full-time equivalent" employees & the "pay or play" mandate
  • Review deadlines, key dates and legislative updates
  • Compliance and IRS regulations
  • Grandfathering & non-grandfathering concerns regarding executive level vs. non-executive level benefits
  • Renewals

Leonard Brazil and Deborah H. Petito are both litigation partners at Clark & Trevithick, a business law firm in Los Angeles.  Leonard assists companies in minimizing risks and litigation exposure in the employment arena, while Deborah represents public and private sector employment clients in all types of labor and employment matters.  This should be quite an informative talk - hope to see you there!

Thursday April 4, 2013 - "Obamacare - Is Your Company Ready for the Big Decisions Ahead?" Kathleen Copus 2013-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Mar 16, 2013

Please join us this Thursday, March 21 to hear guest speaker Vic Majarian.  Golden string Jewelry is a family-friendly business serving the Los Angeles area in the same downtown location for 22 years. Proprietor Vic Majarian is a third generation jeweler, an active importer and exporter of high-grade diamonds and a highly respected designer of custom fine jewelry. He believes that "Golden string's growth is due to excellent service, fair dealing, and or many repeat customers - some of whom we first met shortly after we first opened our doors." Majarian is active in civic affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Midnight Mission, a shelter for the homeless.

Thursday March 21, 2013 - Diamonds, Gold, and Jewelry District History Kathleen Copus 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Mar 04, 2013

Have you ever wanted to dine with cannibals and to sail across the Pacific Ocean in your own yacht, battling storms and snorkeling in clear lagoons?  When Club President Peter Lattey was much younger he did exactly that. After spending two years in Papua New Guinea he took his 37 foot sailboat 12,000 miles across the Pacific to Vancouver. Along the way he visited the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii.  This Thursday he will regal us with a slide show of his time in Papua New Guinea and his travels across the Pacific.  You won’t want to miss this thrilling opportunity.  Come and bring a friend for this National Geographic tour.
Thursday March 7, 2013 - South Pacific and Cannibals Slide Show Kathleen Copus 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Club Hosting Children's Program at District Conference Ginny Brideau 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Feb 17, 2013

Pilar Buelna, newest club member with the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, will speak on February 21.  As Executive Director of Social Services with The Salvation Army, Ms. Buelna provides leadership and direction to a Department of nine social services sites in program planning and development, personnel management, contract compliance, budgeting, quality assurance and evaluation.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Equitas Academy, a free, college preparatory K-5 charter school where 85% of the student population are English learners.

Please join us on Thursday to hear more about Ms. Beulna's many accomplishments and years of public service, and about our club's special connection to Equitas Academy.


Speaker for February 21, 2013 - Pilar Buelna, The Salvation Army Kathleen Copus 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Feb 02, 2013

David Roberts, candidate for Los Angeles City Council - District 9, will speak on Thursday, February 7.  Before he decided to run for elected office, David worked for USC's Government Relations Office, after 11 years with the City of Los Angeles.  In 2009, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative cited his skill, expertise and passion when they honored him with their Outstanding City Partner Award.  

Please join us on Thursday to hear more about Mr. Roberts' many accomplishments and years of public service, as he shares his vision for District 9 and Los Angeles.

Speaker for February 7, 2013 - David Roberts, Candidate for LA City Council Kathleen Copus 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 14, 2013

Rotarians and Friends,

We will be having an additional special Rotary meeting on January 31.  This meeting is in addition to our regular January meetings.  Jennifer has arranged for Mrs. Masako Unoura Tanaka to speak to our club about how she survived the Tsunami in Japan last year.   She is an engaging speaker and you won't want to miss this presentation.  As usual the meeting will begin at 6:30 with the happy hour starting at 5:00 in the third floor bar.

The cost for this dinner meeting for guests is $25.  As this is a special meeting, members will only be charged the usual cost if they attend.

An invitation to this meeting has gone out to the Japan America Society of Southern California and we expect to have several of their members attend.  I hope that most of our members will be there to make them feel welcome.

Because of the numbers of guests we expect, it is important that everyone RSVP prior to the event.  Please RSVP by January 28 to Jennifer Usyak at 818.744.3581 or jennifer@rotarydtla.org.  Please feel free to bring guests.

Peter Lattey, President - Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles

Special Meeting: Tsunami Survivor on January 31, 2013 Kathleen Copus 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 14, 2013

Mr. Rob Asghar is a University Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy and a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy. His essays and commentaries have appeared in more than 30 publications around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Japan Times and Johns Hopkins’ SAIS Review of International Affairs. Mr. Asghar is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has also written for the online outlets of the Washington Post, CNN, Asia Times and Foreign Policy magazine.

Hope to see you there!

Speaker for January 17, 2013 - Rob Asghar, USC University Fellow Kathleen Copus 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Dec 31, 2012

For 40 years Darla Kim has been interested in persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and the deaf-blind. Not an interpreter, but a signer, Darla feels her role is an advocate for that population in letting the hearing population understand and embrace the truth that there is nothing wrong with being deaf - it’s a beautiful language, an interesting culture and a precious population.

In her position as Director of Program Development and Sustainability with Goodwill of Southern California, one of Darla’s responsibilities is to oversee Deaf Career Services, a program providing employment services, job preparation and related services for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind.

Hope to see you there!

Speaker for January 3, 2013 - Darla Kim, Goodwill of Southern California, Deaf Services Program Kathleen Copus 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Dec 16, 2012

On December 20, 2012 the RC of Downtown Los Angeles will celebrate 2012 and get ready for 2013 as we party at the Clubroom at Mozaic Apartments, Union Station from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.  Event cost is $30, with proceeds to benefit our community service projects.  Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the families of the Midnight Mission.

Take Metro to the party, or park in the secure Gateway Center Garage located under the Patsaouras Transit Plaza. Walk to the Amtrak Thruway bus bay and just beyond the bus bay you will see the two buildings of the Mozaic complex. The party is being held on the ground floor of the west (left) building.

RSVP to Jennifer Usyak at 818-744-3581, or jennifer@rotarydtla.org.


Celebrate with the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles! Kathleen Copus 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Nov 07, 2012

President Peter Lattey message to Rotarians and friends:

The pumpkins are ripe and the weather is getting cooler (well maybe).  At this time of year, in most of the country people are getting their snow blower tuned up and cleaning up their snow shovels.  BUT, in southern California, we get ready for our fall vegetable planting. We can plant lettuce, kale, brussel sprouts, cool weather tomatoes, and carrots at this time of year for harvest throughout our "winter".  

(And yes we will be planting broccoli.  One of the unique things about broccoli is that when you cut the main head off, it continues to grow secondary heads down the stalk.  This is different from caulliflower which only grows one head.  Bet you didn't know that did you?)

So on Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 AM we will go over to Mama Hill's and pull old plants and weeds, dig, rake, mulch, fertilize, and plant.  Some of her students will be there to help and to learn how to pull old plants, dig, rake, mulch, fertilize, and plant.  So plan on packing up your kids and plan to be there.

This will also give you a chance to admire the storage shed we built for her with several other Rotary Clubs in District 5280. 

Please RSVP to Peter Lattey at 310-968-3252 or peter@rotarydtla.org.

November 10, 2012 - Planting at Mama Hill's Help Kathleen Copus 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Oct 29, 2012

It's election time - time to brush up on our history and act on our right to vote!

Our speaker will be Virginia Elwood-Akers, a Women Studies Subject Specialist for the Library at CSU Northridge for 30 years, and author of two books on women's history, "Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War, 1961-1975," which came out in 1988, and a biography of a suffragist and founder of the women's club movement, "Caroline Severance," which came out in 2010.  

Virginia will address why the subject area of Women Studies was created in the 1970's at the universities, how women war correspondents are a good example of why there is such a subject area, and Caroline Severance - who she was, and why she is important in American history.  

It should be an informative and entertaining talk - hope to see you there!


Speaker for November 1, 2012 - Virginia Elwood-Akers Kathleen Copus 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
October 4, 2012 Speaker: Ginny Brideau with a LinkedIn Tutorial, plus Special Guest Assistant Governor Arturo Velasquez Kathleen Copus 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Sep 16, 2012
If you have ever given a new future to someone who cannot walk by gently placing them in a wheelchair, if your club has ever used a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant to transform a small humanitarian project into a Wow Project, or if you have ever attended a District Trip and experienced your life-affirming Rotary Moment, then you will want to meet the person who is responsible for these programs in our district.

Past LA5 President Marc Leeka, recipient of the highest honor for an individual Rotarian -- the Service Above Self award -- will present a humorous and light-hearted talk about what he would do differently if given the chance. "If I Could Only Be Club President Again" will tell you why your ideas and participation make a huge impact. The opportunities offered in Rotary cannot be matched by any other organization.
Guest Speaker for September 20, 2012 - Marc Leeka Kathleen Copus 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Sep 03, 2012

Join us on Thursday, September 6, 2012 to hear about RowLA’s integrated program of rowing training and academic support from President Liz Greenberger and several program participants.

RowLA’s mission is to engage girls from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area, offering them intensive rowing activities, academic tutoring and college counseling as a means of encouraging them to become student-athletes, confident in their abilities to make wise choices for themselves and those they affect.

RowLA's Liz Greenberger to speak this Thursday Kathleen Copus 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Aug 07, 2012

On Thursday, August 16 we’re fortunate to have two guest speakers.  Esther Lee, an outbound Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Koreatown, departs for South Korea in late August.  She will be hosted by the Seoul Rotary Club, and will study at Yonsei University in the Speech Pathology master’s program.  She also plans to gain clinical experience at Severance Hospital, which is affiliated with the university.

In keeping with the university theme, we'll also hear from Cindy Joseph, Education & Diversity Director for the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at the University of Southern California.  She’s interested in exploring ways to combine education, science and mentoring opportunities for young adults.  Her presentation is called “A Series of Paradigm Shifts: Unlocking the Secrets of the Deep Ocean Biosphere.”

Hope to see you there!

Two Speakers on August 16, 2012! Kathleen Copus 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jul 29, 2012
Please join us as we learn about Goodwill Industries and the "Got Your 6" initiative for employing veterans from Janet Marinaccio, Goodwill's Workforce Vice President.  Goodwill, a strong supporter of veterans since World War I, is now teaming with the entertainment industry and civic partners nationwide to provide reintegration services related to jobs, leadership, and much more. 
August 2, 2012 Speaker: Janet Marinaccio, Goodwill Industries on Employing Veterans Kathleen Copus 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jul 17, 2012
There are coming events that require your RSVP and payment:
  • 2nd Annual Sparks Suite Fundraiser on Saturday, August 25: You may RSVP (and find additional event information) on this webpage using the "Attend or Decline" feature or you may RSVP in person at upcoming club meetings. Tentative price: $35 and will include light snacks and a visit from the infamous Staples Center dessert cart. Dinner and drinks can be purchased throughout the stadium at your discretion and brought back to the suite.
Your RSVPs wanted! Alexander Brideau 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jul 14, 2012
Please join us on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for a fun and motivating discourse with Mel Powell, Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley and member of the District (Membership) Zone Ignite Team.  At this year's District Assembly Mel shared plenty of tips for obtaining new and retaining current members, hitting the message home that membership is FUN!  Get ready to laugh and learn - hope to see you there!
July 19 Featured Speaker - Mel Powell, District Zone Ignite Team Kathleen Copus 2012-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jul 04, 2012
The induction of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles' newest member, Terri Marchlewski, will be held at our Thursday, July 5 meeting. Terri is an employment attorney with Jackson Lewis. You may have met her at one of our recent club meetings. Terri will occupy a Rotary classification of Employment Law. Welcome, Terri!
Induction of our newest member, Terri Marchlewski, on July 5! Alexander Brideau 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jun 20, 2012
Please welcome the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles' newest member, Terri Marchlewski! Terri is an employment attorney with Jackson Lewis. You may have met her at one of our recent club meetings. Terri will occupy a Rotary classification of Employment Law. Welcome, Terri!
Please welcome our newest member, Terri Marchlewski! Alexander Brideau 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jun 08, 2012
Come join us at 6:30 pm for our regular weekly meeting and to hear Dr. Mark Plotkin, co-founder and President of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT).

Background on the Amazon Conservation Team:  ACT was founded in 1996 by Dr. Mark Plotkin and conservationist Liliana Madrigal. By partnering with indigenous tribes throughout the Amazon to map, manage, and protect the rainforest, ACT ensures the successful protection of the biodiversity, culture, and health of the Amazon's ecosystem-the flora, fauna, and the indigenous people. In March 2008, the Amazon Conservation Team received the Skoll Foundation's prestigious Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Recently, ACT was named a 2010 Tech Awards Laureate by Silicon Valley's Tech Museum for their work in Brazil to advance the technology of field data collection in partnership with indigenous communities. To learn more about ACT, visit www.amazonteam.org.
June 21, 2012 Speaker: Dr. Mark Plotkin, Amazon Conservation Team Kathleen Copus 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on May 31, 2012
Come one, come all to celebrate, roast and toast Ginny as the outgoing President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles!  We're meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, June 7 at Oiwake, 122 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Little Tokyo.  The restaurant's motto is "Eat. Drink. Sing. Have Fun."  There's a $10 all you can eat Japanese buffet AND karaoke - sounds like a party!  See directions below or visit http://www.oiwake.com/.

If you haven't already, please RSVP by Wednesday June 6 to President-Elect Peter Lattey at 310-968-3252 or lattey@sbcglobal.net.

welcome to oiwake's

Oiwake Restaurant is located on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles just 2 blocks East of City Hall and in the heart of Little Tokyo. The old Japanese Firetower is the landmark of the Japanese Village Plaza Mall. It can be found on the corner of 1st Street and Central. Oiwake is located on the Second Floor at #122. We have two entrances: One on the second floor next to an abstract metal sculpture, The other next to the fountain on ground level. Free Two Hour validated parking is located on Central between 1st and 2nd Streets in the Japanese Village Plaza Parking structure.

Ginny's Demotion Party: June 7 at Oiwake in Little Tokyo Kathleen Copus 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
LA Mayoral Candidate Kevin James to speak this Thursday! Alexander Brideau 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Apr 29, 2012
Meet Jonathan Keisner, Rotary District 5280 Social Media Chair and South Bay Rotaract, as he shares his experiences on these interesting topics as well as on activities that took place during the recent Rotary District Conference.   See you there!

Jonathan Keisner - Speaker on Thursday May 3, 2012 Kathleen Copus 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Apr 18, 2012
A quick reminder for all club members and guests: The club will be dark this week in observance of the annual District Conference in San Diego

RotaryDTLA will have a wine tasting booth set up at this Friday night's hospitality luau. A pleasantly surprising (and affordable) red, rose, and white will be available for tasting (and possibly for later purchase) administered by dedicated oenophile and wine professional Alex Brideau Jr. (father of yours truly). Join us to help work the booth or just keep us company.

Don't forget to wear your RotaryDTLA gear and nametag/business cards! For those of you who returned your nametag/card at our last club meeting, your tag/cards will be coming with us to the District Conference and they will be available for pickup at our hospitality booth. (If you want your tag earlier, please contact Alex or Ginny via cell or text).

We're looking forward to seeing you there! :-)

NO MEETING this Thursday, April 22. See you at District Conference! Alexander Brideau 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Apr 03, 2012

Marcello Vavala, Preservation Associate at the Los Angeles Conservancy, will discuss the organization’s wide-ranging efforts in downtown Los Angeles.  You’ll learn about the Conservancy’s mission and outreach to thousands of downtown residents and visitors alike through popular programs such as the Last Remaining Seats film series and walking tours exploring downtown’s historic buildings and revitalization through adaptive reuse. Some of the latest projects taking place on Broadway will be discussed, as well as a fresh look at one of downtown’s most iconic civic structures—the Department of Water and Power Building—which the Conservancy has nominated for local landmark designation.

April 5, 2012 - Los Angeles Conservancy Kathleen Copus 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Mar 20, 2012

An early, rainy Saturday, March 17 couldn’t dampen the spirits of Rotarians and other volunteers celebrating District 5280’s Rotary Day of Service.  After gathering at the Frank Lanterman High School near downtown LA for breakfast and an inspirational presentation on the LA USD Homeless Education Program, we donned our bright green t-shirts and split into groups for our service projects.

RCDTLA member Kathleen Copus joined with others from the Hollywood, LA5, Latinos Unidos, Lawndale, and Rio Hondo Rotary Clubs at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Youth and Community Center to help kids age 5 – 13+ with arts and crafts and reading.  What a great facility, and super kids!  We delivered heaps of art supplies and left with even more wonderful memories of SERVICE BEYOND SELF and old-fashioned fellowship.  Thanks to Veronica Martinez, DG Brad Robinson, and all the other folks who helped make this event happen.

Rotary Day of Service - March 17, 2012 Kathleen Copus 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Mar 12, 2012
If you want to hear a really inspiring speaker please come to our next Rotary meeting on Thursday, March 15. 

Our guest speaker is an amazing young woman called Atiana Duran who will be telling her story of escape from a crack house home at age 12,  in South Central Los Angeles and how Rotary has helped her get to where she is.  She spoke two weeks ago at the PETS (Rotary President Elect Training Seminar).  Of the many speakers there she was the best and received a well deserved standing ovation. There wasn't a single person in the audience of 700 who wasn't deeply moved.  

We will be presenting her with a check on behalf of the incoming Presidents Elect from District 5280.  The hat was passed at PETS, and they kicked in a bunch to help her out.

Inspiring Speaker on March 15, 2012 Kathleen Copus 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Feb 29, 2012
It's a busy week for Downtown Rotarians! This Thursday, Superior Court Judge C.J. Mitchell will present "What Judges Wish the Public Knew About the Criminal Justice System".

This Saturday, join us at Shelter Partnership's warehouse in Bell to help sort surplus inventory from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and others to homeless service agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Don't forget to wear your RotaryDTLA gear

Judge C.J. Mitchell on Thursday; Shelter Partnership service project on Saturday! Alexander Brideau 2012-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ginny Brideau on Feb 01, 2012

Thank you to everyone who turned out last Saturday for the winter planting at Mama Hill's house. With the kids leading the effort, the carrots, squash, and beans are now quickly growing into sprouts. Special thanks to Peter for lining it all up!

-- Club President Ginny 

Replanting realized! Ginny Brideau 2012-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus on Jan 12, 2012

The garden we planted last August at Mama Hill's Help was a great success.  It produced a bumper crop of tomatoes, corn, strawberries, basil, peppers and beans with a few cucumbers and even one lonely watermelon.  Mama Hill's kids learned about gardening and there was plenty of food to go around.  For most of the kids, this was their first opportunity to grow something and to eat fresh, organic vegetables.  They loved it.  But, seasons pass and the crops were finished.  Now it is time to replant for the next growing season. 

This time will be a lot easier.  No rototilling is needed as the ground was already prepared last year.  We will just be turning the ground over, fertilizing and planting.  The crops for this season are tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, basil, onions and beans.

Once again will be partnering with our friends in the Crenshaw Watts club to grow Rotary in South Central LA.

Please come out again and help Mama Hill's garden to flourish once more.  Planting will commence at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 28.  The address is 755 East 92nd Street, Los Angeles 90003.

Come Join Us! 

It is planting time at Mama Hill's Garden! (DATE UPDATED!) Kathleen Copus 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jan 04, 2012

It's that time of the quarter again! Coming this Tuesday, January 10, will be the first District Breakfast of the new year. Ring in 2012 by enjoying a hot breakfast, fun fellowship, and a good speaker. This District Breakfast's featured speaker will be John Osterlund, General Manager of The Rotary Foundation. He will update us on how Rotarians are changing lives around the world and provide a preview of Future Vision, Rotary Foundation's new grant model to support club and district humanitarian and educational projects. Read more information about Mr. Osterlund's talk on this District webpage.
 
For those who have reserved tickets with Club President Ginny, $34 will be charged to your dues & meals statement. (If you have not yet reserved your space, fear not! Tickets are still available for $39 each. Just contact Emily Blair at the District 5280 office to reserve your spot.)
 
See you there! 

District Breakfast coming this Tuesday, January 10 Alexander Brideau 2012-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Reunion Party, this Thursday, December 15! Ginny-Marie Brideau 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jesse Rhines on Dec 03, 2011
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Truth be told, I likely hankered for clothes at Christmas as much as my 20-year-younger brother hankered for my gift to him at Christmas: books.  I even caught his and his even younger sister’s complaint that “all you get from Jesse is…blah, blah, blah.” Well, I was in college then and had learned the staying power of books over that of a plastic Prince Valiant sword—hey, light sabers weren’t yet on the horizon. And by the time I understood what Rotary is—and this just recently—I’d learned the value of clothes for Xmas or, if you’re poor, any other time of year.
 
So, at the request of Ruth Schwartz, Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, Inc., on a brisk, December 3rd morning about ten Downtown LA Rotarians joined about 20 folks from other organizations to re-pack huge bins of brand new manufacturers' overruns and surplus clothing into manageable boxes destined for needy people throughout Los Angeles. Rotarian’s tinny-boppers even got into the act by taping boxes together and counting the articles deposited within. It was three hours of pretty intense work well organized and supervised by Ms Schwartz and her staff who kept the forklifts of new clothes coming as we sorted, cut off labels and gently folded men’s, women’s and children’s gifts that I’m confident will prove more useful than even a--finally invented, thank goodness-- plastic light saber and as cherished as a worn copy of Oliver Twist.

Christmas Clothes for Shelters Jesse Rhines 2011-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Nov 15, 2011

Shelter Partnership's immensely successful S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank is a unique project that distributes, free of charge, donations of surplus inventory from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and others to homeless service agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Come volunteer with The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles as we help sort donated goods in this wonderful way to kick-off the holiday season! Kids welcome! More information, including RSVP instructions, is available here.

UPDATED DECEMBER 1 @ 1:15pm: Tonight's club meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather as well as illness. Please join us for our Club Reunion / Holiday Celebration event on Thursday, December 15!

New service project announced for Dec 3; join us! Alexander Brideau 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ginny-Marie Brideau on Oct 31, 2011

Be sure to join us at this Thursday's club meeting, as District Governor Brad Robinson will be our featured speaker. This is a great opportunity to share with him our accomplishments and things that are on our horizon. If you can't make it, please let me (President Ginny) know as soon as possible.

District Governor's visit this Thursday! Come one, come all! Ginny-Marie Brideau 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Oct 04, 2011

...Circus Vargas, that is. This is the 27th Foundation Celebration in District 5280 and it is going to be unique and special. The Drawing Tickets and Live Auction raise funds to support The Rotary Foundation, providing much-needed funding for such projects as PolioPlus, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, the Group Student Exchange Program, and Matching Grants for joint projects throughout the world. Rotarians, family, and friends are invited to join us for this great event.

Admission tickets are $65 per adult, $35 for children under 16, and children aged 2 and under attend free. Food and drink included. Notify Club Secretary Alex at 310 497 3557 or Club President Ginny at 213 248 0698 to reserve your ticket. You may also reserve and pay for your tickets at this Thursday's club meeting. If we have interest in purchasing tickets in groups of ten, tickets can be purchased through the club; otherwise individual tickets can be purchased online with a small surcharge.

Drawing tickets are $10 each or $100 for a book of 12. Please contact Peter Lattey to purchase.

Don't miss out on this fun- and fellowship-packed afternoon!

Time to buy your Foundation Celebration tix; the circus awaits! Alexander Brideau 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Sep 12, 2011
The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles held a successful fundraiser at the LA Sparks' final home game of the season this past Saturday, September 10. Club members and their families enjoyed snacks, decadent desserts, a silent auction, and a good game in a private suite RotaryDTLA had booked for the event. Between entrance fees, the silent auction, and other donation pledges, the club raised about $250 to be donated to Rotary's PolioPlus fund. Many thanks to all who attended and generously donated! (By the way, the Sparks beat the Chicago Sky, 74-67.)

$250 raised to help "End Polio Now" Alexander Brideau 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Lattey on Aug 15, 2011
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On Saturday, July 29, the Downtown Los Angeles Club and the Crenshaw/Watts Club attacked the front yard of Mama Hill’s Help on East 92nd Street with a rototiller, shovels, rakes, hoes and other implements of destruction.

We dug, we rototilled, we mulched, we raked, we watered, we fertilized and we planted. Boy, did we plant. We planted corn, we planted five kinds of tomatoes, we planted six different kinds of chili peppers, we planted thai and sweet basil, we planted watermelons, we planted lavender and we planted cucumbers. From 8:00 till 1:00, we worked with Mama Hill's kids to build a beautiful vegetable garden for Mama Hill and the kids of South Central LA.


Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles digs in with Crenshaw/Watts Peter Lattey 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Aug 02, 2011
The newest members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles will be inducted this Thursday, August 4. Kathleen Copus, Peter Lattey, Alex MikoLevine, and Louise Oliver will be inducted by Past District Governor Dr. Vicki Radel. Meeting specifics, including times and directions are available on the About Our Club webpage.

Here we grow again! RotaryDTLA inducts four new members on Aug 4. Alexander Brideau 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
July 21 club meeting to return to the LA Athletic Club; Rotary Foundation presentation Alexander Brideau 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jul 04, 2011

This week join us for a discussion of the upcoming Rotary 2011-2012 year and what we as a club can do to enhance our presence in the DTLA community, build upon our service project offerings, raise money for PolioPlus and the Rotary Foundation, stay involved in District events, and build membership. This Thursday, July 7, we will meet at Maria's Italian Kitchen in the Financial District instead of the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Weather permitting, we will meet on the Maria's patio at 6:30pm for fellowship and pizza provided by club members Ginny and Alex. No-host bar available (Maria's happy hour is held from 4-10pm). Program will start at 7pm.

Parking and directional information available on the Maria's website as linked above.

July 7 club meeting to be held at Maria's Italian Kitchen; 2011-2012 planning to be discussed Alexander Brideau 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on Jun 15, 2011
In lieu of our traditional meeting location at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, please instead come out this Thursday, June 16, to Urth Caffe in the Arts District. The Tip-a-Cop event will help raise funds for the Special Olympics as officers from LAPD collect donations tableside while you eat. RSVP on the Tip-a-Cop event page on Facebook or just contact Club Secretary Alex. (The Tip-a-Cop event ends at 7pm, so feel free to come earlier than our normal meetup time of 6:30pm!)

Club meeting to be held at Tip-a-Cop event to raise money for Special Olympics Alexander Brideau 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Postings from the 2011 Rotary International Convention in New Orleans Alexander Brideau 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on May 04, 2011
The quarterly District Breakfast as well as the annual PolioPlus Dodger Day and District Conference are right around the corner.
Upcoming District Events Alexander Brideau 2011-05-05 02:44:22Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on May 04, 2011
As we transition from being the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning to the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, now is the time to make sure your dues and meal charges are paid current.
Do the Dues! :-) Alexander Brideau 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on May 04, 2011
Josh Gray-Emmer, Partner at AP Consulting LA, has been rescheduled to speak at our Thursday, April 21, club meeting. He was originally slated to speak at our last meeting on April 7.
AP Consulting LA speaker rescheduled for April 21 Alexander Brideau 2011-05-04 21:13:01Z 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau on May 03, 2011
With five club members and five guests participating, the cleanup of the Sunnynook Footbridge site was a successful and satisfying event.
LA River service project wrapup Alexander Brideau 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
RotaryDTLA welcomes new members! Alexander Brideau 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
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DR. BRENDAN R. VAHEY, DDS

I graduated in 2014 from the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.  During my time in dental school, I established my continued interest in dental surgeries and humanitarian work through various school-related clubs, organizations, and volunteer clinic service.  It was through these moments I was given the opportunity by Dr. Kyle Stanley’s recommendation to attend the Federal University of Santa Catarina’s Post-Doctoral Specialization in Dental Implantology Program in Florianopolis, Brazil.

As a Rotary Global Scholar Grant recipient, I will attend the Federal University of Santa Catarina-Brazil’s prestigious dental implant program, and through the host club, Rotary Florianopolis-Trinidade, I will be able to create and sustain a local community project: The Smile Project.  My hope is to design an afterschool program focusing on literacy and health.  Through having young children and adolescents write and illustrate their own health-based books and promoting dental hygiene through education and toothbrush give-away programs, I hope to create and sustain a project that generates and sustains long lasting health for the residents of Florianopolis, Brazil.  Without the Rotary Foundation’s endless global support system of local community-based Rotary Clubs, these transformative experiences would not have happened.  Please follow my story further, via my website and blog:  www.ecosmiles.org.

 

Messages from the Field: Our 2014-2015 Global Grants Scholars Jennifer Usyak 0
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Please join us this Thursday, May 21, for our regular club meeting. Our speakers will be our very own RYLA Youth who will be sharing with us their experience at RYLA this past April.

Rotarians and guests are welcome! Our meeting begins at 6:30 on the 4th floor, and there is optional happy hour beginning at 5:30 on the 3rd floor. The meal charge is $20.

 

 

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At our club meeting this week RDTLA will be holding a Club Assembly to discuss the May Loft Tour fundraiser.

This meeting is not open to Rotarian visitors or guests. Visitors, feel free to join us at our next meeting on May 21st!

Thank you

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On Thursday April 16, we are honored to have LAPD Officer Deon Joseph as our speaker. Officer Deon Joseph has been called Skid Row's "Angel Cop" for the work he does in Downtown LA. He has been featured on NPR, CNN, and in the LA Times. 

You may view some of the articles here:

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/14/353525565/for-lapd-cop-working-skid-row-theres-always-hope

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/02/us/skid-row-cop/

http://framework.latimes.com/2011/03/25/lapd-officer-deon-joseph/

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor. There is a $20 meal charge per person. Please rsvp to Mina Soroosh at mina@rotarydtla.org.

Thursday, April 16: LAPD Officer Deon Joseph Mina Soroosh 0
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Our speaker this Thursday April 2nd will be Andre Miripolsky. Miripolsky's keen understanding of pop imagery and energy launched a dynamic career that resulted in work with Elton John (the famous 1980 Concert in Central Park “Piano Keys” costume) and Bette Midler (album package/visual design for her 1982 worldwide “DeTour”), as well as Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, Gato Barbieri, Robin Williams, Beastie Boys, Cheap Trick, MTV, and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. For thirty years, he has continued to explore and discover creative wonders in his Kingdom of Color.

Miripolsky serves on the boards of the L.A. Art Alliance, the Downtown Artwalk, and the Hollywood Arts Council. 

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor. There is a $20 meal charge per person.

Thurs April 2: Andre Miripolsky Mina Soroosh 0
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Come tour a selection of the most unique, artistic, and architecturally significant living spaces that define the unique Downtown LA lifestyle at the second annual INCREDIBLE LA LOFTS TOUR!  This fundraiser benefits the local and international service projects of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles. 

This self-guided tour will take you through twelve lofts in the Historic Core, allowing you time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through ever evolving Downtown Los Angeles.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1387151

INCREDIBLE LA LOFTS TOUR 2015 – SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, 1-6PM Peter Lattey 0
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On Thursday March 19, our speaker will be Lieutenant Christopher Golden. Commissioned an Officer in The Salvation Army in 2012, Lieutenant Christopher Golden has the served the Gateway Communities of Los Angeles International Airport and Long Beach for nearly 10 years. Along with his wife, Lieutenant Joanne Golden and their 8 year old son Micah, The Golden Family is dedicated to improving the life of people while presenting Christ as option for positive growth and experience. A Rotarian since 2011, Chris was invite to a Rotary meeting by another community figure in Mr. Wayne Spencer who said we need someone like you to be apart of the "community team". This had to be the best decision I've made in my personal and professional development. "Rotary makes me a better person, better community leader, and a better Officer in The Salvation Army. I'm excited to be a Rotarian and what we get to do in changing the world" said Golden. Lieutenant Golden achieved Paul Harris Fellowship in 2012.

Lieutenant Golden holds and A.A. in Ministry from The Salvation Army College of Officers' Training, Rancho Palos Verdes, a B.A. in Religion from Vanguard University of Southern California, and will complete his M.A in Leadership Studies in December 2015 from Vanguard University. A member of the first ever Vocational Training Team (VTT) to Istanbul, Turkey for Peace and Conflict Resolution Matters (October 2013), Lieutenant Golden participates in many Rotary and Community based leadership teams including Orange County based Leadership Tomorrow (Alumni 2012) and Leadership Long Beach (LLBI 2013 Alumni). Lieutenant Golden enjoys all things Rotary and Leadership based as well as traveling the world with his family, photography, and his classic home arcade. You can find him on Twitter under the handle of @tsachrisgolden and The Salvation Army Inglewood Citadel Corps and Community Center at www.facebook.com/tsainglewoodcitadel

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor; there is a $20 meal charge per person.

Thurs March 19: Lieutenant Christopher Golden Mina Soroosh 0
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At our club meeting this week RDTLA will be holding a Club Assembly to plan the May Loft Tour fundraiser.

This meeting is not open to Rotarian visitors or guests. Visitors, feel free to join us at our next meeting on March 19th!

 

 

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This Thursday Jeff Weigel from the Redondo Beach Rotary Club will be speaking about the WASUP Fiji Water and Sanitation Global Grant of which the Rotary Club of Downtown LA is a supporter. The mission of WASUP is to improve self-sustainable clean water and sanitation systems in rural communities, to foster a culture of hygiene, to steward product ownership among the beneficiaries and to inspire the replication of a clean water community model on Taveuni and across the South Pacific Islands. The vision of WASUP is to eliminate waterborne disease from drinking sources across the South Pacific.

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor; there is a $20 meal charge per person.

Thurs Feb 19: Jeff Weigel, WASUP Fiji Water and Sanitation Project Mina Soroosh 0
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On Thursday, February 5, Tim Benson will be speaking to us about The Peacock Foundation, a local non-profit organization which has served many homeless children in the downtown area.

The Peacock Foundation (peacockfoundation.org) is Los Angeles’s first animal-assisted mental health program for kids. Created in 2002, the foundation set out to change the face of child counseling forever. Since then, the Peacock Foundation has served over 5,000 children and teens in Southern California. The mission of the Peacock Foundation is: To provide Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) for at-risk youth by partnering with mental health practitioners, public service agencies, and community organizations.

Tim Benson, M.Ed., is an expert in K-8 education. His diverse experience includes classroom teacher, Gifted & Talented (GATE) coordinator, school administrator, parent and teacher trainer, and Senior Director of an elite L.A. academic and test prep services firm. He recently started his own firm, Vault Consulting Group, to support families who are navigating the vast educational landscape. (vaultconsultinggroup@gmail.com)

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor; there is a $20 meal charge per person.

Thurs Feb 5: Tim Benson from the Peacock Foundation Mina Soroosh 0
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Please join us this Thursday January 22 for our regular club meeting. Steve Musnicky from the Woodland Hills Rotary Club will be speaking to us about their Fleet Street Project. 

Founded in 1923, Pacific Lodge Youth Services (PLYS)
 operates Pacific Lodge boys home in Woodland Hills,
California. Pacific Lodge provides a supportive,
therapeutic residential environment for boys aged
13 to 18 who are experiencing psychological,
emotional and/or behavioral problems.
Pacific Lodge provides the guidance, education and
life skills training necessary to help these boys begin
and continue living positive and productive lives. For more information about Fleet Street, go to: http://www.fleetstreetbikes.com

Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome! Join us for our Happy Hour on the 3rd floor of LAAC from 5:30-6:30pm. Our meeting begins promptly at 6:30pm on the 4th floor; there is a $20 meal charge per person.

Thurs Jan 22: Steve Musnicky and the Fleet Street Bike Project Mina Soroosh 0
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Dear Rotarians and Friends, 

Hope you can join us this Thursday Jan 15 for our monthly Happy Hour. If you've never visited LA's historic Grand Central Market (opened in 1917), you won't want to miss this, along with the limited time art installation (see description below)!

January’s Happy Hour includes the Yarn-O-Polis art installation at the DTLA Grand Central Market. This is a Greek-inspired public art installation staged by Yarn Bombing LA and the GCM. This is designed to examine the GCM as an agora in DTLA that brings together the different histories, neighborhoods and makers. This represents 6 months of work from over 100 knitters and crocheters from all across the world, including Gather DTLA, Angeles Plaza Senior Center, Downtown Women’s Center, Braille Institute, Pasadena Crochet Meetup and Central Public Library Knitting Group. Yarn-O-Polis is also an official part of Downtown LA Art Walk.  

The Grand Central Market is at 317 S. Broadway, but we will meet on the Hill Street side, between 3rd and 4th Streets, from 5pm on.  We will meet on the Hill Street Platform of the Market. Parking lot entry is also on the Hill Street side.

Please rsvp to Louise Oliver: LOliver@goodwillsocal.org.

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Happy Hour this Thursday Jan 15 at Grand Central Market Mina Soroosh 0
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Clean Water Everywhere and Plenty to Drink in Migori, Kenya

Last year the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles led a $39,000 Global Grant that provided clean, reliable water, hand wash stations and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at 4 schools and a clinic in Osingo Kenya.  This year we are leading a $45,500 grant to do the same for over 3,500 students and their families at 8 primary schools in Migori County, Kenya.

Clean Water Everywhere and Plenty to Drink in Migori, Kenya Mina Soroosh 0
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Happy 2015! We've got an exciting program to start off the new year.

On Thurs Jan 8, we will be having a Club Assembly! This meeting is open to RDTLA club members only. Visiting Rotarians and guests, please join us at our regular club meeting on Thurs Jan 22.

On Thurs Jan 15, we will be having a Happy Hour at the Grand Central Market downtown. Guests welcome! Details to come.

On Thurs Jan 22, we will be having a regular club meeting. Dana Sherman from the Fleet Street Program of the Woodland Hills Rotary Club will be our speaker. Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome!


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January 2015 Events Mina Soroosh 0
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RDTLA had a wonderful holiday dinner at the Zinc Café, organized by RDTLA members Harjas Kler and Angela Fisher, where former members as well as new friends joined the celebration. A good time was had by all on the beautiful terrace hours before the skies opened and the rainstorm began! Great timing :)

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RDTLA also had a wonderful service opportunity made available to us by member Pilar Buelna, Executive Director of Social Services for Salvation Army - LA Metro. Thanks to Pilar and to Jennifer Usyak for helping to organize our service evening last week at Zahn Memorial Center where members helped to serve dinner at the downtown facility for families in crisis.

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Happy Holidays from the President of RDTLA! Mina Soroosh 0
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Please join us Thursday December 4th for our regular club meeting. Our speaker will be composer and violinist Benedikt Brydern.

Benedikt Brydern studied violin and piano at the Richard-Strauss Academy of Music in Munich, Germany. He undertook private composition studies with Rumanian composer Stefan Zorzor. He was selected out of 1000 applicants for Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival to perform in the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He returned to the Festival in 1990 to be part in the TV series “Orchestra!” hosted by Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore.

After graduation in 1992 he received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue his studies in the United States where he completed the Advanced Studies Program “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television” at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

Besides being a classically trained concert violinist he co-founded the “Hot Club Quartette” which pays tribute to the great music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. He owns a 1910 Stroh-viol which he uses in “Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys” vintage band and a custom built electric violin for blues, rock and pop engagements. He played violin on various film, game and TV scores (“Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cats & Dogs 2, Command & Conquer”)

As a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood and a board member of the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization providing free music lessons to more than 700 under privileged children in the Los Angeles area, he connects with the community and shares his passion and love for music.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).

Dec 4: Benedikt Brydern, Composer & Violinist Mina Soroosh 0
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Please join us this Thursday, November 6th, for our regular club meeting. District Governor Elsa Gillham will be addressing our club.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).

November 6: District Governor Elsa Gillham Visit Mina Soroosh 0
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Friends and Rotarians

HAPPY HOUR THURSDAY! at Takami Sushi & Robata

Come join Rotary DTLA for happy hour at Takami Sushi & Robata (811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071) this Thursday Oct 30 from 5:30pm - 8pm.


RSVP by Wed Oct 29 to Louise Oliver at LOliver@goodwillsocal.org.
Hope to see you there!

 

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Join us for our regular meeting this Thursday, October 16th, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Our speaker will be Kelly Stieglitz. An alumnus of Baylor University and the USC Keck School of Medicine, Kelly has a life-long passion for philanthropy. With her Masters degree in Global Medicine she is pursuing a career in international development and global health. In 2012 she co-founded The Kai Project, a non-profit organization that works to provide business loans, support, and resources to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Mexico. Earlier this year, Kelly got the opportunity to move to Mombasa, Kenya where she worked with Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) as part of an internship through the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD). For seven months, Kelly worked alongside the WOFAK staff to establish or strengthen existing programs for people living with or otherwise affected by HIV. This included training community health workers on home-based care, facilitating vocational trainings for young mothers, mobilizing resources and support for orphans and vulnerable children, and more. Having just returned from Kenya, Kelly is eager to share her experiences and to use what she has learned to further expand The Kai Project and move forward in her career. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles and greatly enjoys the fellowship within the club as well as the common enthusiasm among Rotarians for bettering our community and our world.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).

Oct. 16: Kelly Stieglitz, Co-Founder of the Kai Project Mina Soroosh 0
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Friends!

Come enjoy Downtown LA Art Walk with Rotarians and friends! Dinner first, Art Walk stroll to follow. RSVP by Oct. 7 for dinner reservations to jennifer@rotarydtla.org. For more information on LA Art Walk, visit: http://www.downtownartwalk.org/. Hope to see you on Thursday!

Where:
Maccheroni Republic (dinner location)
332 S Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90013

When:

Thu, Oct 09, 2014 at 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Gallery Tour: 7:30PM - 8PM

Headline Galleries: Robert Reynolds Gallery, Tod Lychkoff Gallery

 

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Join us for our regular meeting this Thursday, October 2nd, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Our speaker will be Ms. Kendra Glass. As the president of Proud 2 Be (P2B) Mentoring/Educational After-School Program for at risk youth since 1999, Kendra has spent over 15 years counseling and mentoring youth and their parents. P2B Home(s) provide a safe, clean and nurturing home environment, for youth between ages 12-17 for short-term, long-term, transitional and emergency shelter. Kendra works with P2B program participants as they deal with personal issues of peer pressure, self-esteem, self-worth, economic hardship and abandonment. The most damaging impact on their lives is the lack of parental guidance, dysfunctional home environments and communication, and Kendra works with the entire family as a mediator and counselor for both youth and parents, building better relationships and implementing the communication technique "learning to listen" motivating change.

Kendra’s professional experience includes conflict resolution, relationship & confidence building, youth counseling and mentoring, Certificate of Training in Crisis Intervention, Certified Group Home Administrator, a Bachelor’s Degree (BS), Business Management, Master’s Degree (MS), Information Technology and currently working on  2nd Master’s, Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT).

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).

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Join us for our regular meeting this Thursday, September 18th, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Our speaker will be Tina Hovsepian, a designer and philanthropist. Tina graduated from the University of Southern California with her Bachelors of Architecture in 2009. She currently works on global commercial architecture with Callison in Santa Monica, CA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tina always had a consuming interest in humanitarian causes, especially the plight of the homeless on Downtown’s infamous Skid Row. During her time at USC she had the opportunity to synthesize this interest with her architectural studies. In 2007 she designed and built a prototype of a temporary shelter made of folded cardboard, Cardborigami. Tina received Second Prize for Most Innovative at the 2009 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Creative Work. That was the first time an Architecture student had won an award in this school-wide category.

Currently, Tina has undertaken the ambitious task of starting a non-profit while pursuing her career in Architecture. This has proven to be a challenging yet educational effort. Despite the lengthy journey to fruition, Cardborigami continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback for its ingenuity. Within months of public exposure, Hovsepian’s shelter raised interest from 92 different countries, is featured on CNN, the LATimes and KTLA. It also appears in articles on many prestigious design blogs.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.
 


Guests welcome (meal charge of $20). Hope to see you there!

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Join us for our regular meeting this Thursday, September 4th, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Our speaker will be newly-inducted RotaryDTLA member Peter Opa. Peter is the director of The Ajara Project and president of Rethink Africa. He is passionate about issues of poverty, the environment, and girls’ education in Africa.  Having lived successfully in the U.S., he turned his American Dream into African Dream—a dream to bring hope to his impoverished village where people are dying from preventable diseases and children dropping out of school for hunger. His Food for School (FFS) initiative has helped more than 40 orphans and drop-outs graduate from elementary and high schools. Speaker and writer, his articles have appeared on several blogs and in newspapers, including, MSNBC’s Newsvine, Triple Pundit, Berkeley Daily Planet, and the Dickinson Press.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.
 
Guests welcome (meal charge of $20). Hope to see you there!

Sept. 4 Meeting: Rethink Africa & The Ajara Project Mina Soroosh 0
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Come celebrate these waning days of summer at The Rooftop, atop the Standard Hotel, with a fabulous view of the downtown skyline on August 28 (Thurs.) from 6pm!

The Standard Hotel is a Midcentury landmark located in the heart of Downtown LA and its Rooftop bar features a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, sculptured topiary and a Biergarten.

RSVP by Aug. 27 to Jennifer Usyak at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Join us for our regular meeting on Aug. 21, Thurs. at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

We'll be joined by Ginny Brideau this week, as we learn about Downtown LA's Local Sanitation Project. Below is an excerpt about Ginny.

Working since 15, Ginny has washed dishes, bagged groceries, answered phones, done some filing, made photocopies and a lot of lattes and mochas, all in an effort to get to where she is today - a Project Manager for TRG. When asked what she does, she tells her father “I protect the world from Engineers, and on some days I protect Engineers from the world.” She spends her working hours translating environmental documents into a language that her neighbors would understand. Her whole purpose is to empower individuals, who will come together as a community to work towards a common good.

Most notably, since 2007, Ginny has been a compelling force in bringing together the communities of Downtown Los Angeles to generate support for Metro’s Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project, running through Financial District, Grand Avenue, Broadway, and Little Tokyo. Ginny lives in and loves Downtown, and has previously served on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council as Vice President.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).  Hope to see you there!

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On Aug. 7, Rotary DTLA members Jennifer Usyak and Angela Fisher led 11 Rotary Youth Exchange students on a tour of downtown. The group included five students visiting from Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom and the six host family students from District 5280.

The day began at City Hall where the visiting students were presented with Welcome Certificates from Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented by Director of Los Angeles Sister Cities Kamilla Blanche.  Alex, a student from Berlin interning for the Councilman, led the group on a tour of City Hall including the observation deck and beautiful views of downtown and the surrounding areas.

Courtesy of the Midnight Mission van, the students next moved on to Olvera Street, then to Chinatown for lunch at Ocean Seafood Restaurant for dim sum, followed by a short walking tour of Little Tokyo.

The highlight for many of the students was the visit to the Midnight Mission later that afternoon.  After a brief tour of the facility to learn about its work as a drug and alcohol rehab center, the students got busy in the kitchen helping Chef Chris prepare and serve the evening meal.  Many commented later that it was an eye opening experience for them.

The day ended at the Rotary DTLA meeting at the LA Athletic Club.  Guest speakers Sally and Jonathan Tiongco, educators and owners of Six Taste Culinary Tours gave an inspirational talk about their vocation as educators linking the five tastes (bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami) with their careers and their passion project Six Taste.  A long day came to a happy end, and several of the students presented Rotary flags from their home districts for the traditional flag exchange at the end of the meeting!  We wish the students well and hope they will always consider Los Angeles their second home and come visit us again soon!

 

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Join us for our regular meeting on Aug. 7, Thurs. at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

We'll be joined by students participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, from Japan, Spain, and the U.K.!

Guest speakers Sally and Jonathan Tiongco will share their experience as educators and their Six Taste Culinary Tours.  The husband and wife team graduated from UCLA and have helped establish two start-up charter middle schools in the San Fernando Valley and Downtown Los Angeles, which serve low-income and at-risk youth.  Sally recently served as an instructional coach at Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools while Jonathan is the Director of BLAST (blended learning) implementation at Alliance College Ready Public Schools.  They are also owners of Six Taste - LA's largest and highly rated walking food tour company. 

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome (meal charge of $20).  Hope to see you there!

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Come join Rotary DTLA for Happy Hour Thursday at The Edison, Thursday July 24 from 6pm.

Located in the sub-basement of the historic Higgins Building, The Edison retains architectural and mechanical artifacts in an homage to its history as the first private power plant built in Downtown Los Angeles in 1910.

Enjoy drinks and fellowship in this electic lounge which features a combination of design features ranging from Art Nouveau to Industrial Gothic.

RSVP by July 23 to Jennifer Usyak at jennifer@rotarydtla.org.

Hope to see you there!

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Meet our two newest members Harjas Kler and Peter Opa, who were inducted at our July 10 meeting.

Harjas Kler has been a real estate investor since 2012, with a focus on the San Bernardino area.  She is an avid traveler and has lived in Spain and India, where she went to an academy boarding school in Dehra Dun.  She will complete her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the California State University Los Angeles later this year.  She has been tutoring at School on Wheels on Skid Row and aspires to open a tutoring center or home to help children in need where she invests.

Peter Opa is a writer, environmentalist and public speaker, originally from the Benin Republic in West Africa.  He is the President of Rethink Africa and Director of the Ajara Project, which provides books to his home village in Africa where there is a great need for access to education and academic materials.  His Food for School (FFS) initiative has helped more than 40 orphans and dropouts graduate from elementary and high schools.  He is the author of the bestseller “Jesus Would Vote for a Black President.”

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  Sponsor Peter Lattey pinning Peter         Harjas (right) with sponsor Louise Oliver

 

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Join us for our regular meeting July 17, Thurs. at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  
 
Our guest speaker will be Hal Bastian, the Executive Vice President & Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District (DCBID).  Since joining the DCBID in December 2001, he has been responsible for overseeing the business and residential recruitment efforts for the organization, furthering the DCBID’s goal of establishing the Downtown Center District as the location of choice for world-class businesses and residential living.

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm (normal $20 meal charge applies), with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

Guests welcome.  Hope to see you there!

July 17 Meeting: Hal Bastian, Downtown LA Business Improvement District Jennifer Usyak 0
Posted by Jennifer Usyak

Join us for our first meeting of the new Rotary year where we will induct two new members Harjas Kler and Peter Opa as well as the 2014-2015 Rotary DTLA officers, to commence an exciting year of increased fellowship and service!
 
Morgan Curtis and Brendan Vahey, Rotary Global Grant Scholars sponsored by Rotary DTLA in the upcoming year, will join us as our guest speakers as they prepare for their year abroad.
 
Our meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (normal $20 meal charge applies), with pre-meeting fellowship from 5:30pm at the 3F Invention Bar.

**Sneak Preview** - to keep the new year rolling along, at our next regular meeting on Thursday July 17 we'll welcome Hal Bastian of the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) as our guest speaker.  Open to all.

 
Hope to see you there!

 

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On Tuesday May 27 the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles brought The Dictionary Project to the Equitas Academy Charter School in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Club President Kathleen Copus, club members Jesse Rhines, Pilar Buelna, Louise Oliver, Brando Parada and Tina Olson, along with club friend Shelley Drievold, distributed dictionaries to the 3rd grade classes during a special morning assembly.  Rotarian were welcomed with fight songs from the Ivy League college-themed classes, and the students beamed with pride as they took home their very own copies of the books at an age where children transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.  The event had special meaning as our club helped to found this school, which is doing so well it's expanding to other grades/facilities.  We can't wait to do it again with next year's 3rd grade class!

Dictionary Giveaway at Equitas! Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

On June 5 we welcomed Rotary District 5280’s Vocational Training Team to talk about their recent trip to the Mediators Beyond Borders Congress in Istanbul Turkey.  VTT Team Leader Greg O'Brian (Dist. Governor Nominee Designate) and team members lawyer/mediator Robyn Weinstein, and mediator Dominik Grace Onate gave their final talk of the Rotary Year and shared their excitement for Rotary’s global work in conflict resolution, mediation, team building and peacemaking activities.

VTT and Mediators Beyond Borders Kathleen Copus 0
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On Saturday, May 10 the members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles were busy learning and growing across greater Los Angeles.  President Kathleen Copus, incoming President Mina Soroosh, along with Jennifer Usyak, Aaron Weiner, and Pilar Buelna attended the Rotary District 5280 District Assembly to network and learn how to run a strong Rotary Club.  It's going to be an exciting year in 2014-2015!

Also on Saturday, Past President Peter Lattey led a group of Rotarians and Friends for a spring garden clean-up at Mama Hill's Help in South Los Angeles.

Members (and also Past Presidents) Ginny and Alex Brideau are busily preparing for the District Conference on May 15 - 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells - wear your school colors and prepare to have fun!

Busy Saturday for RCDTLA Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

IMPORTANT! - There will be no meeting of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles on May 15, to allow members to participate in the Rotary District 5280 District Conference this weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells CA.

We return to the Los Angeles Athletic Club for a Members Only meeting on Thursday, May 22 to plan for upcoming events, including the dictionary distribution at Equitas Charter Academy on May 27, and the Anniversary Party on June 19.  

All are welcome at our next open meeting, which will be Thursday, June 5 at the LAAC; speaker is Mediators Beyond Borders.  (Hal Bastian, Executive Vice President and Director of Economic Development with the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, has been rescheduled to speak at our July 24 regular/open club meeting.)

Contact Club President Kathleen Copus at kathleen@rotarydtla.org or 310-722-9779 with any questions.

Meeting Date Change to May 22 Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Jennifer Usyak

Come join us at our upcoming club meeting on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, preceded by fellowship hour from 5:30pm at the Invention Bar (3F)!   

Our very own Rotary DTLA member Brando Parada will be speaking about his participation in this year's District Humanitarian Trip to Colombia, plus we'll hear lots of updates on projects and grant recipients. 

Guests welcome! 

$20 meal charge for dinner served at meeting.  


May 1 Meeting - District Colombia Trip Jennifer Usyak 0
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On Mar. 31 President Kathleen Copus joined by member Jennifer Usyak visited the Thai Town Rotary Club and enjoyed sumptuous Thai food and a presentation by owners of food truck and catering company "Streets of Thailand."  Check them out at http://streetsofthailand.com/ - and perhaps soon at a location near you! 

Thai Town Rotary member and Assistant Governor Sue Kanchana overseeing Rotary DTLA recently returned from the District Mission trip and shared stories of fun times with our very own Brando Parada, who also traveled to Colombia on the mission - besides inspiring service projects, the word is they enjoyed great dancing, food, wine, and the beauty of Colombia! 

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Visit to Thai Town Rotary & Memories of Colombia Jennifer Usyak 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

Come join us at our upcoming club meeting on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club at the corner of Seventh and Olive Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Our program will be Dana Sherman and Steve Musnicky of the Woodland Hills Rotary Club speaking on the Fleet Street Bike Project, a bicycle refurbishing vocational project supported by a joint Rotary Community Service Grant between the Downtown Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, and Malibu Rotary Clubs. 

And don't miss fellowship hour from 5:30pm at the Invention Bar (3F)! 

Guests welcome.

$20 meal charge for dinner served at meeting.  

April 3 Meeting - Fleet Street Bike Project Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Jennifer Usyak

Come join us at our upcoming regular club meeting on Mar. 20, Thurs. from 6:30pm at the LA Athletic Club. Our speaker will be Larry Johnson, who serves on the Board of Wells Bring Hope, a nonprofit focused on drilling water wells for impoverished villages in West Africa.  He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach. 

And don't miss fellowship hour from 5:30pm at the Invention Bar (3F)! 

Guests welcome.

$20 meal charge for dinner served at meeting.  

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Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Jennifer Usyak 0
Posted by Peter Lattey

FIRST ANNUAL INCREDIBLE LA LOFTS TOUR A HIT!

 

WE DID IT!  Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Friends came together with our sponsors on Sunday, April 13 for a fantastic day of touring incredible LA lofts and raising funds and awareness for our the Downtown Los Angeles Rotary Club's local and global community service activities.  Congratulations and thanks to you all.  The tour was a big success.  We had 11 incredible lofts and over 200 happy people touring them.  We made almost $6,000. We met many new friends for Rotary and we met several people who are now thinking about joining our club.  Time to celebrate, take a deep breath, and then start planning the next one!

 

 

 

 

 
Incredible LA Lofts Tour flyer
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Posted by Kathleen Copus

March is looking to be another invigorating month with lots of opportunity for fellowship, fun, and good work.  Look for more details at the next club meeting on several ways to get involved and help make your community stronger:

Sat March 8, afternoon - Love to Nippon event, downtown LA (Jennifer/Brando)

Sun March 9, afternoon - Staff Rotary info booth at AIDS/LifeCycle bike event, Hollywood with Woodland Hills/Malibu RC (Kathleen)

Tues March 11, lunch- RI President Elect Gary Huang guest speaker at Woodland Hills RC lunch meeting - $45 (Kathleen)

Sat March 15, morning - Shelter Partnership Day of Service/sorting donated goods (Louise)

Mon March 31, evening – Visit to Thai Town RC dinner meeting (Jennifer)

Any questions or to RSVP, contact President Kathleen at kathleen@rotarydtla.org.

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On Thursday, February 27 several Downtown LA Rotarians and friends met at the Hotel Figueroa for fellowship and fun at the first of several planned happy hours.  Going from the lights and activity of the revitalized L.A. Live area to the quiet, dark, Morrocan-themed interior of this hotel (built in 1925 as a YWCA residence) felt like stepping back in time. These informal gatherings are open to all, and are a great way to relax and recharge after a busy day.

 

Inaugural RCDTLA Happy Hour at the Hotel Figueroa Kathleen Copus 0
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Thursday, February 20 will be a members only meeting at the LAAC to discuss the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles' Spring Fundraiser.  All DTLA club members are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP to President Kathleen at kathleen@rotarydtla.org.

We look forward to welcoming friends and guests to the next open meeting on March 6, when the speaker program will be on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  See you back at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for 5:30 pm pre-meeting fellowship in the 3rd Floor main bar, and 6:30 pm - 8 pm club meeting (4th Fl); $20 fee for light dinner.

February 20, 2014 - Major Fundraiser Planning Kathleen Copus 0
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All are welcome at the first meeting of the new year as we listen and learn from Angela Fisher, one of our newer club members who joined the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles this Rotary year.  Angela will be our speaker program as she tells us about The Kai Project, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that she started with fellow club member Kelly Stieglitz in order to empower small businesses around the globe by promoting entrepreneurial ventures and providing business resources in developing countries.

Pre-meeting fellowship starts at 5 or 5:30 pm in the 3rd floor Invention bar at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, followed by the regular club meeting from 6:30 pm - 8 pm on the 4th floor.  The $20 meeting fee includes dinner.  

Happy New Year!


January 9, 2014 - The Kai Project Kathleen Copus 0
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The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles returns to our regular meeting format for Thursday, December 19, 2013.  Guests and visitors are welcome to join the 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm pre-meeting fellowship at the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Invention restaurant and bar on the 3rd floor, followed by our regular meeting on the 4th floor from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.  We have lots to talk about as we get ready for 2014 (dictionaries - recycled bicycles - fundraising events - Kenya water project), so look forward to an interesting meeting!

Regular Meeting at LAAC on December 19 Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles will be celebrating 2013 and toasting to 2014 at our annual holiday party on Thursday, December 5 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  Join us in the newly renovated 3rd floor Invention Bar and Restaurant from 6 pm - 8 pm for delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.  Guests and visitors are welcome; cost is $20 per person plus a new unwrapped toy to be donated to The Midnight Mission.  New socks (for men, preferably) will also be collected and donated.

The LAAC is located at 431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles CA 90014 (corner of W. 7th and S. Olive St.; enter from Olive for adjacent parking garage); LAAC telephone is 213-625-2211.  Please RSVP by Wednesday December 4 to Aaron Weiner at aaron.weiner3@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Posted by Kathleen Copus

We take our meeting on the road this week - to The Midnight Mission, to be exact.  This is an RSVP only event.  Meeting information will be emailed to confirmed attendees in advance. Email President Kathleen Copus at kathleen@rotarydtla.org if you have any questions.

Also, we return to the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Thursday, December 5 for our annual holiday party.  Guests and visitors are welcome!  Details to follow. 

November 21, 2013 - Offsite Meeting Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Jennifer Usyak

Come join our next meeting on Nov. 7, where Ms. Candace Carnicelli, the Director of Common Peace, will be our guest speaker.  The mission of Common Peace, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, is to heal, empower and revitalize our lives and our communities through the practice of nonviolence as a way of life.  Through education, inspiration and cooperative action, Common Peace strives to create a society that honors the dignity and worth of every human being. 

Visitors and guests are welcome!  The cost for non-members is $20 (light dinner will be served).  

Our meeting begins at 6:30pm, with fellowship hour (no-host) from 5:30pm at the Athletic Club Bar (3F).

We hope to see you there! 

Nov. 7 Speaker: Ms. Candace Carnicelli, Common Peace Jennifer Usyak 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles Charter Member Tina Olson received the following request recently:

"Dear Tina, I am a member of a Finnish Rotary club in Turku, Finland (Turun linna). I am a 27 year old Finnish girl and currently working as a lawyer. I will do an internship in a law firm in LA this fall (from 28th of Octorber until Christmas). The law firm is Clark & Trevithick and it is located at Los Angeles Downtown Office 800 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 I was wondering if I could ask your rotarymembers if a family could host me during my stay. I am very outgoing, social and love to do any kind of sports on my free time and also enjoy cooking. Also movies are close to my hearth. I would be happy to help around in the house. I am willing to help with the garden/cooking, you name it :) I have travelled in the States also before and a couple of years ago I did an internship in Chicago and fell in love with American culture. I am eager to get to know Californian people. I have had some visitors from Chicago in Finland and I would be happy to host my Californian host-family in the future if they decide to travell to Finland. And I do not smoke. Tina, do you think you could ask around? As I am coming pretty soon I hope you could reply as soon as possible. Have a great day, Sincerely Krista Siro"

If anyone is able to host Rotarian Krista this Fall, please contact Kathleen Copus, DTLA Club President, at kathleen@rotarydtla.org or 310-722-9779.  Thanks. 


Rotarian and Law Intern in Need of a 2 Month Homestay Kathleen Copus 0
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This is how the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles does community service and fellowship.  On Sunday, September 15, Peter Lattey gathered up a crew of our Rotary Club members and Mama Hill's "cookies", to weed, plant, and generally refresh Mama Hill's garden.  What a sight to see - Rotarians Peter, President Kathleen with daughter Bryce, Brando, Jennifer and Aaron, all in bright yellow "Downtown LA Rotarians at Work" t-shirts, getting down and dirty prepping, planting and watering peppers, peas, beans and more. 

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On Sunday, September 8, Peter put on his captain's cap and sailed out of Marina del Rey with more of Mama Hill's kids and DTLA Rotarians Mina, new member Kelly, and several other friends and prospective members for a day of adventure.  A good time was had by all.

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Watch for more opportunities to join the Downtown LA Rotary Club in helping to improve communities and enjoy fellowship of other service-minded volunteers!

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Our September 5 meeting included inductions of two new members: Angela Fisher and Kelly Stieglitz.  Kelly and Angela are co-founders of the Kai Project, a non-profit whose goal is to empower small businesses around the globe by promoting entrepreneurial ventures and providing business resources in developing countries.  We are pleased to welcome our newest members to the Rotary family! 

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Kelly, Angela, and Past District Governor Chuck Anderson

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Past District Governor Chuck Anderson will be our special guest speaker on September 5, representing District Governor and PDG Doug Baker as we celebrate activities to date and the exciting plans for 2013-2014.  We're welcoming new members and recognizing those who've given so much to the club.  Guests are welcome at the 6:30 regular club meeting; $20 meal fee can be paid at the door.  

Board members are reminded to join the pre-meeting from 5:30 - 6:30 with Assistant Governor Sue Kanchana of the Rotary Club of Thai Town. 

Hope to see you there!

Special Guest Speaker on Thursday September 5, 2013 Kathleen Copus 0
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Five Japanese high school students from Districts 2550 (Tochigi) and 2620 (Shizuoka/Yamanashi) visited the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles at their dinner meeting Aug. 15, after a day-long tour of downtown sites led by club members Jennifer Usyak and Brando Parada.  The students gave lively self introductions (with two clad in traditional Japanese yukata) and club members enjoyed hearing their impressions of the local area.  The day began at Olvera Street, followed by a visit to the Japanese American National Museum and a walking tour of the colorful murals of the neighboring Arts District.  We were proud to share the rich cultural heritage of our city with the visiting students!    

District 5280's youth exchange program with Japan began in 1960 and resumed this year after a two-year hiatus after the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, under the leadership of Past District Governor and Club Advisor Vicki Radel.  The Japanese students returned to Japan on Aug. 18 after three weeks of homestays and sightseeing.  Their visit to our district had been preceded by the visit of four students from our district to Japan.  The nine students formed invaluable friendships and deepened their international understanding.  Many remarked it was a life-changing experience, and judging by the tearful farewell at LAX, were not ready for it to end!  

The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles was thrilled to be a part of this special exchange!   

 

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The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles looks forward to welcoming Steven Goldsmith of Centinela Youth Services as our guest speaker on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Centinela Youth Services, Inc. (CYS) is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization established in 1975 by the Cities of Hawthorne, Lawndale, Inglewood, Gardena, and the County of Los Angeles. Since 1992 CYS has become a leading agency in providing a variety of mediation and conflict resolution services to some of LA County's most vulnerable youth.  CYS teaches youth to resolve conflicts without aggression at home, school and in their community in order to reduce the number of youth attached to the juvenile justice system.  

Please join us!

(Note the regular club meeting will be preceded by a Board Meeting from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the 4th floor meeting space; Club Officers and Committee Chairs only, please.)

August 15, Thurs. - Centinela Youth Services Jennifer Usyak 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

Join us this Thursday, July 18 for our regular club meeting with guest speaker Kathleen McChesney, retired career FBI and author.  As posted on the FBI website as a In Their Own Words story, "Special Agent Kathleen McChesney had a 24-year career with the FBI, working her way up to become special agent in charge of the Chicago Division, assistant director of the Training Division and eventually, the executive assistant director for Law Enforcement Services."  It is sure to be a fascinating presentation, please join us!

Speaker for July 18, 2013 Kathleen Copus 0
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Please join us for the induction of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles directors for 2013 - 2014. All are welcome as we return to the Los Angeles Athletic Club for 5:30 pm pre-meeting fellowship and 6:30 - 8 pm club meeting. Get set for a great new year as we Engage Rotary, Change Lives!
Next Meeting - July 11, 2013 Kathleen Copus 0
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Update - Please join us on Thursday June 27 at WOKCANO RESTAURANT at the corner of 7th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles, as we celebrate President Peter at his Demotion Party!  All are welcome at the 5:30pm pre-meeting fellowship / 6:30- 8pm celebration.  Note this is a venue change.

Update on Demotion Party Location - June 27, 2013 Kathleen Copus 0
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Outgoing and incoming boards and club members meet to discuss plans for another great year for the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles!  Please, members only for this meeting. Guests are welcome to join us at President Peter's Demotion Party on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

June 6, 2013 - Club Business - Transition Planning for 2013 - 2014 Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles Club proudly announces the following awards presented at the May 2013 District Conference in Santa Barbara:

Awards of Excellence:

Community Service - Focus on Water, Health and Hunger - Community

The Rotary Foundation - GSE & Ambassadorial Scholar Support

Membership - Overall Membership, Retention, Resources, Statistics

Club Service - Club Meeting Programs

 

Plus Awards of Achievement for Vocational Service, Community Service, and The Rotary Foundation.  

 

Well done, Team!

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Althea Mumford Stokes, travel professional in the industry since 1981 with a current focus on cultural travel exchanges throughout the world including: Support to the African Diaspora, College Study Abroad Programs, Cultural Culinary Training  Experiences, Local and International Food & Wine Events, Historic Vintage Train Travel, and just....TRAVEL.

Join us as we learn more about Althea's world perspective on travel - it should be fun!

Thursday April 18, 2013 - Althea Mumford Stokes Kathleen Copus 0
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Our featured speaker for Thursday, December 6, 2012 is Muir Ranch, a non-profit organization, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and farm located on the John Muir High School campus in Northwest Pasadena.  Leader Mud Barron will be joined by some of the high school students who are learning the joys and business of running a successful program that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to the Pasadena and Los Angeles County area.

Come hear what all the excitement is about!


Muir Ranch CSA to Speak on December 6, 2012 Kathleen Copus 0
Posted by Kathleen Copus

The Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles welcomes Councilwoman and Candidate for Los Angeles Mayor Jan Perry to present at our regular club meeting on November 15, 2012.  

We are anticipating a great event and a large turnout.  RSVPs are required so that we can give the Los Angeles Athletic club an accurate number of attendees prior to the meeting.  Please RSVP by Monday, November 12 to RCDTLA President Peter Lattey at 310-968-3252 or peter@rotarydtla.org.


Councilwoman and Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry on November 15, 2012 Kathleen Copus 0
Rotary District 5280 - Lew Bertrand District Governor Visit Kathleen Copus 0
The Downtown LA Demographic Survey needs you! Alexander Brideau 0
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"The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Japan & Pacific Islands Disaster Recovery Fund. Also, ShelterBox, a designated Global Rotary Club Project, had response team members on the ground within 24 hours after the earthquake, one of the first international aid agencies to arrive in Japan. The first deployment of ShelterBoxes, including the provision of emergency shelter, water purification and lifesaving supplies are on their way to Tokyo with more on standby."
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Alexander Brideau 0
First evening meeting this Thursday, February 17 Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
In lieu of our regular 3rd Thursday club meeting, RCLAM's holiday party is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Lucky Strike Lanes during the third week of December. Stay tuned to lamorningrotary.org for details!
Holiday Party scheduled for third week of December Alexander Brideau 0
Dinner@ArtWalk a success; will be held monthly Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
Due to the upcoming Paul Harris Celebration on Sunday, November 6, the District Breakfast on Tuesday, November 9, and the Thanksgiving holiday, RCLAM's two regular November breakfast meetings will be combined into a first-ever dinner meeting on Thursday, November 11, at Clifton's Cafeteria!
Nov 4 & 18 dark; evening meeting added Thu, Nov 11 Alexander Brideau 0
ShelterBox donation tracking info available! Alexander Brideau 0
Downey Patriot profiles Dist. Governor Doug Baker Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
The Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning is looking for young business and professional people to represent them on a cultural and vocational exchange to Bangladesh. Participants will meet with Bangladeshis who are in your field. In addition to "vocational days", you will have the opportunity to enjoy cultural and humanitarian experiences, while representing Rotary International.
Group Study Exchange (GSE) seeking participants Alexander Brideau 0
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The deadline for purchasing tickets for The Midnight Mission (TMM)'s Winner's Choice raffle has been extended to Monday, October 31. Plus, according to the Mission, "during the month of October, TMM will offer 1 raffle ticket for 50% off when you purchase 1 at full price. That's right! Buy 1 ticket for $50 and get the 2nd for only $25. You must buy, or have already bought, 1 full-price ticket to be eligible for this special offer."
Midnight Mission raffle ticket deadline extended! Alexander Brideau 0
New "Let's do service." webpage unveiled Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
Please join us in welcoming a new member to our extended Rotary family!
It's a girl! Alexander Brideau 0
District Picnic on deck! (updated!) Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
The first District Breakfast of Rotary Year 2010-2011, Thursday's regular club meeting, and an opportunity to help the Downtown LA Youth Community Center make for a busy week at the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning.
A busy week at RCLAM Alexander Brideau 0
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Vote for our RI 2012-2013 Nominating Cmte member Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
Past District Governor Ingo Werk, District 5280's Delegate to the 2010 Council on Legislation, has published his report on RI's 2010 Council on Legislation. Follow the link to read about this year's important RI changes.
Council on Legislation report posted Alexander Brideau 0
Like the new Like buttons? Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Ginny Brideau
I wanted to check to see if anyone had any concerns with the calendar coming up next year.  I'm proposing a couple of dark days, evening meetings, and such...I hope that you can take a quick peek and let me know! Thanks!

Take a look at the calendar after the jump....
Preliminary 2010-2011 calendar posted Ginny Brideau 0
RCLAM's all a-Twitter Ginny Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
June 12, 9am - 11am: Join Governor Susanne to sort and pack relief supplies for Haiti. A tour and presentation at the Help the Children facility is planned. Coffee, fruit, and pastries to be provided. Mark your calendars as this would be a worthwhile opportunity for our club members to volunteer. More info to come!
District-wide Help the Children Event Alexander Brideau 0
Register online for RI Convention by 31 May 0
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RCLAM's ongoing fundraiser in response to the Haiti earthquake has so far raised and donated over $500 to ShelterBox USA. And in response to the additional recent earthquakes in Chile, Mexico, and China, ShelterBoxes and ShelterBox staff are now being deployed accordingly. (UPDATED May 5)
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RI Council approves e-clubs 0
RI Council approves $1 dues increase 0
No meeting on April 15! (Dark Day) Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
As the Rotary year draws to a close, the final restaurant selections for the President's Palatable Pick have been made and are now posted in the News section of the RCLAM website.
Palatable Pick program concludes Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
Early-registration deadlines are passing, but there is still time to sign up for several important Rotary events on the horizon.
Your RSVPs wanted! Alexander Brideau 0
Dues Due! Alexander Brideau 0
New member to be inducted this Thursday, March 18! Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
The President's Palatable Pick of the Week program has returned after a brief hiatus to concentrate on our ShelterBox fundraising campaign in response to the Haiti disaster.
Palatable Pick selections resume Alexander Brideau 0
PolioPlus Dodger Game Day April 17 0
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RCLAM's ongoing fundraiser in response to the Haiti earthquake has so far raised and donated $500 to ShelterBox USA. And in response to the recent Chile earthquakes, ShelterBoxes and ShelterBox staff are now deploying to Santiago. (UPDATED March 12)

ShelterBox's Chile deployments hit 1,000 Alexander Brideau 0
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Lainie Denslow, speaking on international business protocol has been rescheduled from this Thursday to speak instead at our Thursday, February 4, meeting. The club will be dark this Thursday as we prepare for the District Breakfast as well as the visit of Rotary International President John Kenny.
January to be a busy month for RCLAM! Alexander Brideau 0
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Due to scheduling conflicts, the RCLAM Holiday Party has been rescheduled to this Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm. Alex and Ginny Brideau will host the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres event, which will be held at their apartment downtown.
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PRO (People Reaching Out) was founded and is operated by Downtown residents for the purpose of collecting and distributing quality pre-owned and new professional clothing to area homeless shelters and assistance providers including Chrysalis and the Weingart Center. Downtown PRO will be accepting clothing donations through this Friday, December 18.
Downtown PRO now accepting donations! Alexander Brideau 0
Nominations requested for 2010 RYLA Alexander Brideau 0
Rotary Foundation named #2 Best Charity Alexander Brideau 0
As November is Rotary Foundation Month, the following article by John Conroy is reprinted from Rotary International website:

Everyone remembers the horrifying December 2004 tsunami. But what few people know – because almost no media reported this fact – is that nearly half of total relief donations worldwide, $2.78 billion, came from ordinary U.S. citizens. Celebrities and big corporations got press, but not these individual small donors, most of whom gave less than $50.
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The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) newsletter offers Annual Programs Fund updates, features on what Rotarians are doing to meet their club goals, and stories illustrating how the Annual Programs Fund contributions enhance people's lives. Updated quarterly, the newsletter will be produced throughout the Rotary year.
Subscribe to the "EREY" newsletter! Alexander Brideau 0
Christmas Train Toy Collection Alexander Brideau 0
District Breakfast Tuesday, November 10! Alexander Brideau 0
UPDATED: District Governor's Visit: This Thursday, October 15 Alexander Brideau 0
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Los Angeles Morning's inaugural entry into the Rotary Family Picnic's cardboard boat race does swimmingly well (so well in fact, no swimming was actually required).
RCLAM Floats to Finals, then Fourth Ginny-Marie Brideau 0
Last Call for Foundation Dinner Raffle Tix! Alexander Brideau 0
Posted by Alexander Brideau
A new meeting time, People Reaching Out (PRO), Park(ing) Day, and Tree Planting Survey make for a busy week at the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning.
A Busy Week for RCLAM! Alexander Brideau 0
Club Assembly to be held this Thursday Alexander Brideau 0
Rotary Foundation Auction Donation Opportunities & Raffle Tix Alex Brideau III 0
Introducing the 'President's Palatable Pick of the Week' Alex Brideau III 0
Key District 5280 training and event dates announced Alex Brideau III 0
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By PDG Vicki Radel
Community Peace Ambassador, 2009-2010

Please join our crusade to create "Greater Peace and Understanding in 5280" by supporting our partnership with anti-gang violence advocate organization "A Better LA."

A Better LA Facebook group Alex Brideau III 0
Tree Survey Tabling Next Week Alex Brideau III 0
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June 30, 2009 is the Contribution and Reclass Deadline for the current Rotary year. Please submit contributions early, allowing 7-10 days for postal delivery.
TRF Contribution & Reclass Deadlines Alex Brideau III 0
RCA
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The final Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) event for the year is Tour of the Town. (First stop of this tour is at Downtown's own Para Los Ninos.)
RCA Alex Brideau III 0
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All RCLAM members who have yet to pay their 2008-2009 dues should dust off the ol' checkbook.
Dues (Still) Due! Alex Brideau III 0
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A recent wild poliovirus outbreak in southern Sudan has spread into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

In response, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

Rotary, partners respond to polio outbreak in Africa Alex Brideau III 0
Posted by Ginny-Marie Case
The true color of networking is often revealed after the event itself. The emails that get traded, the connections we make, and the relationships that continue to grow. Here are 10 things to do immediately after attending a networking function (conferences, seminars, business clubs).
10 Things to Do After Networking Events Ginny-Marie Case 0
Posted by Alex Brideau III
By Paul Engleman
The Rotarian - April 2009

Unless you are one of the few blithe souls who get through life without e-mail, you may sometimes wonder how you managed to communicate with friends and co-workers before it was invented. Perhaps you also wonder how you ended up buried in the stuff. Many of us are up to our virtual necks in e-mail, but as it turns out, digging out is not that big of a task â?" as long as you're not a procrastinator and you have a healthy willingness to throw things away.

Drowning in e-mail? Alex Brideau III 0
Dolly Parton and Rotary partner to promote reading 0
Presidents Dinner to Be Held on April 23 Alex Brideau III 0
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The Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning would like to take a moment to thank everyone who attended the e-Waste Round Up on February 28th. The event was a great success as we collected SIX pallets of old junky electronics.
E-Waste Roundup: Success! Alex Brideau III 0
Brad Robinson Named District Governor 2011-2012 Alex Brideau III 0
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Microsoft's Bill Gates says the grant will go to Rotary International. A World Health Organization expert estimates that it would cost $2 billion to stamp out the last traces of the polio virus.
Gates Donates $255 Million to Fight Polio Alex Brideau III 0
Donate $5 to polio via text message Alex Brideau III 0
Posted by Ginny-Marie Case
The year ahead will be a pivotal time for The Rotary Foundation, as it embarks on a second century of Rotary service, and faces the changes coming in the Future Vision Plan.

Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Glenn E. Estess Sr. implored Rotarians, and specifically the incoming district governors gathered for the International Assembly, to rise and meet the challenge, to keep Rotary's promises for generations to come.

"In Rotary, we can do good in so many ways because there are over 1.2 million of us," Estess said during a plenary session on Wednesday. "We can do good in so many places because we are in over 200 countries and geographical areas. And we can do so much good that changes the world because we have the strength of our Rotary Foundation behind us."

The 2009-10 Foundation goals are:
RI Foundation Sets 2009-2010 Goals Ginny-Marie Case 0
Service to Trinidad and Tobago Ginny-Marie Case 0
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Save the date & clean out the Junk!

Do you have a cellphone from 1999 hidden in your closet?

A computer or CPU you haven't used since 2004?

An analog TV set that's going obsolete this year?

Now's the time to collect that electronic waste and turn it into something good!

You can drop off your electronic waste (e-waste) for free on February 28, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church, located at Olympic Boulevard and Flower Street.

RCLAM Co-Hosts E-Waste Round Up Ginny-Marie Case 0
Posted by Alex Brideau III
The early January meeting will fall on New Year's Day, so the club will be dark on January 1. However, please be sure to RSVP for the District Breakfast at the December 18 meeting! It will be held the following Monday, January 5, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport.
Thursday, January 1, to be Dark Day Alex Brideau III 0
RCLAM Nominee Selected for 2009 Group Study Exchange Alex Brideau III 0
January to Be a Busy Month for RCLAM Alex Brideau III 0
RCLAM members participate in 2008 HomeWalk Alex Brideau III 0
2007-2008 GSE Team to speak at next club meeting Alex Brideau III 0
Donate your professional clothing to the PRO drive! Alex Brideau III 0
Visit the Rotary Pumpkin Patch in Ventura Alex Brideau III 0
REMINDER: District Breakfast This Tuesday! Alex Brideau III 0
"Morning Merchandise" Store Expanded! Alex Brideau III 0
New RCLAM T-Shirts Unveiled (& Available for Purchase)! Alex Brideau III 0
Please welcome future Rotarian Iolani! Alex Brideau III 0
Offering Condolences Ginny-Marie Case 0
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Impending maternity and paternity leaves and family emergency have postponed the District Governor's meeting until a January date to be announced.
District Governor's Visit Postponed Alex Brideau III 0
Foundation fundraiser raffle tix available now! Alex Brideau III 0
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This year's family-oriented Foundation Celebration Dinner will be held at Medieval Times in Buena Park. The raffle fundraiser offers several exciting prizes and counts toward your annual Foundation donation.
Foundation Celebration & Raffle Fundraiser Alex Brideau III 0
RCLAM wins Club Service, International Service Awards Alex Brideau III 0
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The Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning is proud to welcome its two newest members, Rev. Sandie Richards and Ms. Ginny-Marie Case, who will be inducted at the July 17 meeting.
New Rotary Year! New Rotarians! Alex Brideau III 0
Posted by Alex Brideau III
You have probably heard of Facebook's immense popularity. Well, now it's time to get onboard with this booming social network. Hundreds of Rotary clubs worldwide have Facebook pages and now the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning has one too. If you haven't already joined Facebook, sign up at www.facebook.com and search for "Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning" or just "RCLAM". When you're done, don't forget to search out your 20-, 30-, and 40-something (and up!) friends and relatives. You'd be surprised at the number of business associates, former classmates, and long-lost friends you may find.
We're on Facebook! (You should be too.) Alex Brideau III 0
Posted by Alex Brideau III
Thursday, July 3 will be a dark day for the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning. No meeting! RCLAM members are encouraged to attend the July 8 District Breakfast instead! The Club's next regular meeting will be on July 17.
July 3 Dark Day + July 8 District Breakfast = :-) Alex Brideau III 0
Posted by Alex Brideau III
Several of your fellow LA Morning Rotarians have been in attendance at the Rotary International Convention. Several Rotarians attending the convention have been invited to visit RCLAM for their makeup meeting.
Greetings from the RI Convention! Alex Brideau III 0
Rotary Year 2008-2009 is almost here! Alex Brideau III 0
Upcoming Speakers & Events now posted Alex Brideau III 0

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