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The Generators Monthly District Newsletter • January 2011


Meet RI President Ray on January 13 and lasso some Cowboy Logic

January is Rotary Awareness Month

JANUARY 2011 01 Resolve for your club to meet the Polio Challenge

03 Festival of Sleep Day. Think about your club president’s speeches.

06 Rotary Community Alliance dinner 09 First issue of The National Rotarian is published in 1911; the name is changed to The Rotarian in 1912

10 Pre-PETS for President-Elects 13 RI President Ray Klinginsmith lunch 15 Rotary Cares Day 19 International Assembly begins in San Diego

23 Crenshaw-Watts chartered in 1975 27 Founder Paul Harris died in 1947 31 District Recognition Books must be submitted in only 43 days

District Governor John English and his wife greet 1957-58 RI President Charles "Buzz" Tennent and his wife Jess (Asheville, NC) at International Airport. Governor John, son of Santa Monica Club founder Ernest L. English, was the Santa Monica Club President in 1947-48. He later served as chair of the credentials committee at the 1960 International Convention held in Miami. The Santa Monica Club awards a scholarship annually in his name. Governor Doug Baker plans to hire a high school marching band for a similar reception when RI President Ray Klinginsmith arrives on January 13. Photograph by Wyman, Los Angeles Examiner.

Who Does What? Flyers, maps, details and e-mail addresses are all on the district website.

• Governor Visits: Val Velasco and the Assistant Governor assigned to your club • Group Study Exchange: Earle Vaughan • RYLA: Elyse Beardsley and Joe Harding • New Generations: Jaimee Sul and Olivia Patterson • Rotary Cares Day: Mindy Stogsdill • Ambassadorial Scholars: David Boochever • End Polio NOW: Shirley Giltzow • District Conference: John Colville • Public Relations: Lew Bertrand

Internship Available Highly visible, extraordinarily influential district newsletter assistant editorial position. Gain an insider’s perspective on who makes promises and who actually delivers. Benefits include tennis with the District Governor’s wife and daughter, and showing up uninvited to club functions without having to pay. Only the first 25 applicants will be considered. Contact Marc Leeka for interview. This is your District Newsletter so don’t hesitate to send club announcements and other interesting items you want to share. Marc Leeka, Editor. Cover Photo: RI President Ray is comin’ to town and gonna tell you about Cowboy Logic on January 13. You’d be crazy to miss this one. Photo by D-5260 PDG John Alexander

Governor Doug’s Message Return with me now to the past. It won’t be a far journey, just backwards a decade or so while we examine those building blocks that made us strong, made us relevant, and made others aware.


ome of us might remember what it was like to be asked to join Rotary. Back in the past, if you were asked to come to a meeting, you didn’t dare say “no” for just that invitation alone was a sign that someone respected in your community felt you were respected as well. An invitation just to come to a Rotary meeting meant that someone recognized your stature in the community. A suggestion that you could be considered for membership was likely to be your professional thrill of the year.

them if they knew there was a Rotary club in town, would they know? And more importantly, if they did know and you asked what the club did, what would the answer be? I can remember club meetings that were warm, fun and exclusively all about Rotary by not allowing mass announcements unrelated to Rotary functions. Each meeting closed with a moment or two of “Rotary pride” or awareness. It’s one thing, and a critically important one for the community to know what you do, but so must your fellow members in a way emblem, especially in front of tree we that builds involvement and pride. Rotary planted, a building we constructed or a classroom we supplied? meetings were Rotary meetings! t was a short time ago that Rotary Have you ever planted a tree? It’s a simple screamed involvement. It was expected, thing, but the joy year after year as you drive demanded of every new member that by that tree and recall the day it was planted, they get involved in doing something for the the fun you had, the fact that Rotary was club, head a committee, a project, something. responsible, that’s the type of involvement Now all too often we only ask for a check. that just keeps on giving!


For Rotary back then was relevant. Our community knew who we were; they saw us involved and witnessed how we used our voca- We’ve become a Rotary nation of clubs that tions to better the community with hands on meet, eat and write checks. Supporting other charities is a good thing, one that needs to projects. And if we were a business person wanting to continue, but where is the awareness in that? do business with a Rotarian, we needed to be Will that other charity spread the word that one too, so that invitation was also a key to Rotary helped out? Usually not! Strategic doing business with the community leaders. partnerships that involve our members on an ongoing basis bring awareness. Is your club relevant today? That’s a question you can’t answer, but your neighbors and Wherever we travel, don’t we get just a slight community business people can! If you asked lump of pride every time we see a Rotary

There are thousands of people who want to join something. Thousands, right here in District 5280 wanting to volunteer to do something, wanting some way to enhance their lives through involvement and service. If only they were aware of Rotary.


Announcements | News

Chinese New Year Celebration

DG Nomination Deadline

The Chinese gong is one of the oldest instruments in the world. Gongs were traditionally used to herald the arrival of important people, according to Chair Angi Ma Wong. A gong ringer would walk in front of a procession and strike the instrument to let everyone know a figure of eminence was approaching, such as a Past District Governor or a Club Foundation Chair.

Contact Tori Hettinger for forms and information.

Palos Verdes Sunset will host the 13th annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 5, at the Empress Pavilion Restaurant. The morning begins with a festive meal and concludes with the Golden Dragon Parade. Reservations are due by January 29th. More details and a flyer are on the district website.

Applications and nominations will be accepted through January 15 for the position of District 5280 Governor for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, according to PDG Pat Cashin, Chair of the District Nominating/Selection Committee. Interviews will be held in late January.

Wheelchair Project Day “The chairs have been ordered and we are set for Saturday morning, March 12,” says Project Chair Melody St. John (Hollywood). “What makes this special is that every club will present a new chair to a person from their community. You’ve heard a lot of people talk about their Rotary Moment in other countries but here’s an opportunity to experience one in Los Angeles.” Although Melody is making the final arrangements, it’s not too late if your club has not found a person in need in your community. Melody knows plenty of people who have slipped through social programs and will be grateful for your gift.

At his official visit to the Wilshire Club, Governor Doug told Senior Assistant Governor Elsa Gillham that Christmas is his favorite holiday because he eats lots of pumpkin pie and likes to be surprised when he looks under the tree. Then Wendy Clifford surprised him. Photo by Linton Morgan.

Announcements | News

PV Peninsula raises Big Bucks The Palos Verdes Peninsula Club is on a winning streak after having raised about $42,000 (mainly from sponsorships) and netted $16,000 from their annual Educator of the Year project, reports Assistant Governor Glenn Mitchell. The club plans to use most of the money for scholarships and the balance to fund other projects. They also held a Toys for Tots toy drive to give gifts to incoming Cadets of the Salvation Army College.

Globetrotting Assistant Governor DJ Sun (Koreatown) visited Nepal to put his hands on a matching grant project hosted by the Rotary Club of Bagmati, Kathmandu. Here DJ was greeted by the local Congressman and villagers. He also met with the country’s President, Prime Minister and Minister of Health. DJ had to get back to Los Angeles for New Year’s Day—he was a rider on the Rose Parade Rotary Float.

Governor Doug scared away most of the kids but that did stop the Wilshire Club and PDG Scot Clifford from selling a ton of

Keeping a 35-year tradition vibrant, the Rotary Club of Rio Hondo-Vernon held its annual Christmas Luncheon Fundraiser and raised more than $20,000 towards food baskets for the needy and a check for the Salvation Army Bell Shelter. Later members posed with the Vernon Fire Department and Santa at Vernon Elementary School. Members gave mixed answers when questioned who was naughty and who was nice. Photo by David Johnson.

trees. The club prefers to raise money from the community rather than ask members to financially sustain projects from personal contributions. Furthermore the highly visible tree lot Proclaims Rotary in the neighborhood. Carson Daly stopped by this year and featured the club in a video segment on his television program.

Announcements | News

RI President makes D5280 visit P resident Ray Klinginsmith will visit District 5280 for the Fourth Annual Rotary President’s Lunch on Thursday, January 13, at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. 500 people typically attend every year but capacity is limited to only 450 for this event, so people are encouraged to reserve immediately. With 534 districts worldwide, each vying for the President’s limited schedule, it is a rare treat to have an RI President make a visit. Major Contributors Chair PDG David Moyers believes our generous support of The Rotary Foundation helps give us the leverage to arrange these annual visits.

President Ray is a well-loved speaker and audiences enjoy how he dispenses “cowboy logic” wisdom. Governor Doug will also welcome our special guests from neighboring district 5260 (San Fernando Valley). A pre-lunch reception will be held for Paul Harris Society members and Major Donors. Clubs will be dark this week to make sure everyone doesn’t miss the occasion.

Top10 reasons to have Lunch with the RI President 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

You can see yourself that evening on the Channel 31 news It’s the only chance you’ll get to have your picture taken with Ray He looks younger and thinner in person Metallica’s world premiere performance of the new Rotary song “Come Join Us” Ask Ray about the time he won Jeopardy when he aced the “Pamela Anderson” category Discuss RI’s plans for provisional clubs on Easter Island Bump up your club’s score on the Presidential Citation evaluation sheet Tweet your friends about what you’re eating Learn how a Temecula Rotarian used cowboy logic to get a DMV appointment the same day Hear the screams when Ray gives keys to new Pontiacs for everyone in the audience

Cowboy Logic

There's a great American hero, we all look up to When the times are hard and the chips are down, he knows just what to do Now a cowboy's got a set of rules that he lives by day to day If you ask for his advice, he'll more than likely say If it's a fence, mend it. If it's a dollar bill, spend it Before it burns a hole down in them jeans If it's a load, truck it. If it's a punch, duck it. That's cowboy logic, every cowboy's got it It's in the way he lives his life and the songs he sings If it's a job, do it. Put your back in to it. 'Cause a little bit of dirt's gonna wash off in the rain That's cowboy logic, every cowboy's got it He's got a simple solution to just about anything Michael Martin Murphey

The Rotary Foundation

Scholarships will put your Club in the Spotlight To learn more The go-to person for Ambassadorial Scholar information is David Boochever (Manhattan Beach). David speaks three languages fluently: English, French and Rotary, so he can help you interpret and make sense of the guidelines, deadlines and best practices. (Redondo Beach) is the Peace Scholar Chair. Vicki has been a key resource for the program for more than a decade. PDG Vicki Radel

Additional resources can be found on the website. • Ambassadorial Scholarships Program Guide for Rotarians, publication 012EN • Guidelines for the Ambassadorial Scholarship Program, publication 132EN

Clubs should grab a great opportunity Since 1947 the Ambassadorial Scholarship program has furthered international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. It’s the largest privately funded scholarship program in the world. The club is responsible for finding applicants and interviewing them. The club selections are then interviewed by a district committee. If selected as an Ambassadorial Scholar, the district pays for the candidate’s scholarship using Rotary Foundation dollars. The club’s expenses are minor, usually only a few hundred dollars.

Peace Fellow Scholarships are special Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace and the successful resolution of conflict. Peace Fellow scholarships are very special and highly competitive. The 534 districts worldwide can submit only one candidate annually. From those nominations, up to 100 fellows are sponsored to study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers for a master’s-level degree or professional development certificate.

So, what else can the club gain? Promoting these scholarships in your community can bring awareness to your Rotary Club. Imagine how many people will see your small insert in the local newspaper, community flyer or on a public bulletin board: Local Rotary Club seeks applicants for One Year Paid Scholarship. That audience can see the club’s name weekly and associate your club with community involvement and positive results. And this is precisely the positive association that will attract new members and sponsors to your club.

The Rotary Foundation

Let’s Hear from some

Recent Scholars Cynthia Salim. Loyola Marymount University Class of 2009. Political Science, Ethics.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar 2009-2010 to King's College London, MA Human Values and Contemporary Global Ethics. Sponsored by the Westchester Club. In the past 15 years, 23 Loyola Marymount University students have won the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. “I learned that you can make a difference anywhere. Rotary’s mission to build world peace through respect and understanding of all cultures is an important moral goal I share.”

Manisha Javeri. University of Northern Colorado. Ph.D. in Educational Technology. Cur-

rently Assistant Professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Rotary World Peace Fellow Class of 2010 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. “There are basically moments in which you're in touch with the meaning of life, when your relationship to the rest of the universe makes sense. Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.”

Samantha Freeman. UCLA Class of 2009. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar

2011-2012. Will study music therapy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Samantha first heard about Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships when she stopped at the Hermosa Beach Rotary’s information booth at the Fiesta Hermosa arts and crafts fair. “The first step to building international relations is through sharing common interests. People love music and dance everywhere; it makes people come alive. I can’t think of a better way to build meaningful relationships than through having a bit of fun with our neighbors.”

Karis Eklund. Stanford University Class of 2004. BA Archaeology. University College

London. MA Museum Studies. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar 2007-2008 to Bogaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Turkey, studying Byzantine history. Rotary World Peace Fellow Class of 2010-2012 at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Having lived and studied in many Middle Eastern countries I have learned firsthand the importance of Rotary’s work to promote discussion between different cultures in an effort to promote world peace. Although it is a slow process, it is working.”

Rotary Awareness Quiz


ere are 24 questions to test your Rotary Awareness. We could have

made it easy and put the answers in this newsletter but Question #25 of the quiz is to find the answer sheet on the district website. Anyone having a perfect score will be introduced to President Ray at the January 13 lunch event just before they are fined.

1. How many people attended the first Rotary meeting on Thursday evening, February 23, 1905? 2. What was the first Rotary Club community project? 3. Who can you blame for introducing singing to Rotary Club meetings and what was his profession? 4. Men With Friends; The Blue Boys; The Conspirators; The Round Table. What do these names have in common? 5. Who was the first president of a Rotary Club? 6. How much were annual dues at the first Rotary Club? 7. For how long was Rotary primarily a friendship and business reciprocity organization? 8. At the first Rotary Convention in 1910, keynote speaker Daniel Cady of the Rotary Club of New York told the audience that Rotary, then with 16 clubs, would have 1,000 clubs around the world within 80 years. When would Rotary add it’s 1,000th club? 9. In 1911 Paul Harris gave Chesley Perry a budget of $25.44 to complete a daunting task. What was the task? 10. The first five Rotary Clubs were Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles. What were the first five clubs in this district? 11. In 1912 the Rotary Club of Los Angeles donated $4,000 towards a major public works project. What was it? 12. Engineer and Rotarian Oscar Bjorge, from the Rotary Club of Duluth (Minnesota), was annoyed at the inconsistency of a Rotary symbol, calling it “an insult to engineering.” What did Oscar fix?

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Rotary Awareness Quiz continued from previous page 13. What is the greatest distance from Chicago that a Rotary Club banner has been displayed? 14. What is the greatest distance from Chicago that a Rotary pin has been displayed? 15. What is the largest annual public relations project of Rotary Clubs in the United States and Canada? 16. Where was the first Rotary Club outside of the United States? 17. During the Great Depression the Rotary Club of Muncie, Indiana, helped launch The Muncie Plan. What was it? 18. Where and when did RYLA begin? 19. Youth Exchange is one of Rotary’s most popular and successful programs. When and where was the first exchange? 20. In 1978 the Rotary Club of Duarte (California) admitted three women in contravention of the Rotary constitution. How many Supreme Court justices voted for and how many justices opposed the final decision that decided the issue? 21. The 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans will draw about 20,000 people. What was the smallest and the largest RI Convention attendance? 22. One Rotarian from this district served as an RI President. Name him and his club. 23. Name the four countries where polio is still endemic. 24. How much has Rotary pledged to meet the Gates Foundation Challenge? 25. What is the address of the district website? That’s where you will find the answer sheet.

“If my score doesn’t get better, Governor Doug is gonna make me the district newsletter editor.”

RI President Ray gets the Last Word

Goodbye Polio Roses

We’ll meet at Lunch

The Rotary Club of Medford (Oregon) has patented a rose and named it the Goodbye Polio Rose™. The bud is cream-colored with a blush of apricot in the double blooms. The club will sell the rose bushes wholesale to your club for $8 each. They recommend that you resell the plants for $20 each and send all profits to PolioPlus.

2010 Worldwide Polio Cases: 908

Club Newsletters ?

You can track polio cases worldwide and learn how Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio will be successful. There were 908 cases worldwide in 2010, compared to 1604 in 2009. There were only 221 cases in the endemic countries (Pakistan 138, India 41, Afghanistan 24 and Nigeria 18). DR Congo (82) and Tajikistan (458) accounted for three -quarters of the 687 cases in non-endemic countries.

The RI President does an awful amount of traveling and meeting people in the course of a year. The last time I was home in my beautiful small town of Kirksville, Missouri, was last April. I learned one thing if you want to be an RI President: become proficient at The bush is hardy, disease resistant and washing your socks and underwear in hotel requires minimal care. It is ideal for use as a patio planter and most landscapes. Since the sinks. club started the project in 2009 it has sold My year is half over but there is still much to more than 360 bushes. Contact End Poliobe done. It will be my pleasure to meet you Chair Shirley Giltzow for more details. at the district lunch on January 13. Bring me your praise, your concerns and your questions, but please don’t bring me socks and Who Gets Your underwear. Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith

Club publications should be e-mailed to these As cases dipped below 1000 for the first time in history, Rotarians worldwide shared four district leaders: the hope of a polio-free future. District Governor Doug Baker

Executive Aide Joe Vasquez District Administrator Tori Hettinger & the Assistant Governor assigned to your club

The Generators January 2011  

Monthly newsletter from Rotary District 5280 (Los Angeles area)