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The Generators Monthly District Newsletter • May 2011


May is District Conference Month

MAY 2011 04 Supreme Court rules 7-0 in 1987 to allow women in Rotary

07 Brentwood chartered in 1964 Lomita-Torrance Airport chartered 1962

LA5 annual Camp Paivika clean-up District Music Award auditions

Jack Gilbert, former President of the Wilshire Club, came up with an idea to celebrate Rotary's 75th Anniversary in 1980:

enter a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. For 32 years it’s been Rotary’s grandest worldwide promotion, estimated to reach more than 425 million people annually. Every year the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee raises money from Rotarians in the United States and Canada to pay for the float, then coordinates more than 800 volunteers who labor more than 6000 hours to decorate the float with flowers, seeds, husks and leaves. No Rotary International funds are used. Here is 1988-89 RI President Royce Abbey (RC of Essendon, Australia) and 1985-86 District Governor Bill Goodwyn, Jr. (Westwood Village) visiting the float construction. Later Goodwyn, like most Governors, hams it up and hogs all the attention. Photo from The Rotarian, April 1989.

10 Paramount chartered in 1954 12 District Conference weekend begins 13 District Conference Hospitality Night Who Does What? Lawndale chartered in 1952

14 District Conference Service Project District Conference Governor’s Ball

19 Downey chartered in 1924 21 Rotary International Convention begins Playa Venice BingoFest

22 District reception in New Orleans 29 Ambassadorial Scholarship apps due Peace Fellows applications due

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

• District Conference: John Colville • Music Contest: Benedikt Fischer-Brydern • Group Study Exchange: Earle Vaughan • RYLA: Elyse Beardsley and Joe Harding • New Generations: Jaimee Sul and Olivia Patterson • ShelterBox: Jim Dyer • End Polio Now: Shirley Giltzow

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: Joe Harding and his daughter Katia, a freshman at El Segundo High School, at RYLA on Catalina Island. Joe has made RYLA his pet project since Katia was 1 year old, so he was super thrilled to have her attend this year. Photo by Stacee Lianna.

Governor Doug’s Message


four dozen members are involved in our District leadership this year. I anticipated all of them would stay busy but I really hoped one person would have nothing to do at all! Sadly, he’s been busy too. ver

DGND Jim Dyer is your District Coordinator for disaster relief. In an ideal environment he would finish the year with not a doggone thing to do — no disasters, no need! But as you know, that has not been the case.

The caliber of our youth was certainly on display during the April District Breakfast where Sergei Belokonnyi and Cara de Freitas Bart, Rotaract and Interact Governors, put on a program that is still creating a buzz and excitement. A special thanks should also go to Angi Ma Wong and Abigail Carde who added an emotionally powerful impact when 12 year old Abigail got her very first haircut ever, donating the hair to make a wig for someone undergoing cancer treatment (see picture on next page). Indeed, our replacements are looking good!

Not exactly a smooth transition, but May is also a celebratory month. Summer is right around the corner, days are warming up and we have two coming events designed for celebration and fellowship: our District Conference and the International Convention. My thanks to the 400+ who are already registered for this conference. Rooms at our overflow hotel are still available ($159 per night, details on the website) and registration is just a CLICK away. And then the International Convention is just a week later in New Orleans. It is simple math here: New Orleans + town filled with Rotarians = good time for sure.

Let’s start with Japan. Through his coordination district 5280 Rotarians have answered the call with donations of almost $25,000. That’s impressive enough, but here’s the part This was certainly evident at RYLA where that really stands out: over half of the over 200 registered. Connie and I spent a amount has come from the efforts of people day with these high school “kids” watching under the age of 18! It again proves the the- their confidence and leadership skills inory that if you give one the opportunity to crease hour by hour. Elyse Beardsley and Joe Harding are to be congratulated serve, they will answer the call! along with the many volunteers who acted as Now we have the tornadoes that have caused everything from counselors to dishwashers. massive damage to Southern States. We’re As an added feature, there was an encounter already coordinating efforts with our counter- between Squishy the bison and your Gover- We’ll see a lot of each other this month, yet parts in that region to see how we can assist. nor, a picture of which will soon make an another reason to celebrate! We will keep you updated via our Friday mis- appearance and undoubtedly cause maxisive from the home office, as compiled by mum embarrassment. my boss, Tori Hettinger.


Announcements | News

Peace Fellow Applications Applications for the 2012 Rotary World Peace Fellows are due in the district office by May 29. Applicants can choose from two scholarships: a 15 to 24-month masters degree course or a 3-month professional developmental certificate. This is Rotary’s most prestigious scholarship: each program is limited annually to only 50 awards worldwide. The seven Rotary Peace Centers are located in Australia, England, Japan, Argentina, Thailand, the United States and Sweden. Interviews will be held on June 12. “All forms and information are on the district website,” says Chair PDG Vicki Radel.

Wigs For Kids, the New Generations project that collects hair to be made into hairpieces for children with cancer, got a 3-foot donation from 12-year-old Abigael Carde, daughter of Leandro Carde (Lawndale) at the April District Breakfast. Abigael wanted to honor her grandmother and uncle, both of whom are cancer survivors.

Day At the Races The Inglewood Club hosts the annual District Day At the Races at Hollywood Park on Friday, June 3. Governor Doug will gamble away whatever remains in the district budget at that date. Rotarians will take over the exclusive Director’s Room. The inclusive package is $75.

Kenya issued four stamps honoring Rotary’s service projects in 2005.

Announcements | News

Rotarians around the District

At a District Breakfast presentation, Past District Governor Vicki Radel (Redondo Beach) received Rotary’s highest honor: the Service Above Self award. Thanking everyone for supporting Rotary’s Greater Peace in LA project, Vicki said, “This district’s $156,000 in programs have led to a 95% drop in homicides and physical assaults by 85% in the target area.” Only about 100 of the awards are authorized annually by the RI Board among Rotary’s 1.2 million members. Seven Rotarians in District 5280 have received the award to date: Douglas Desch (Westwood Village), Nandlal Parekh (Culver City), Larry Bender (Hawthorne), Pat Cashin (Redondo Beach), Carmela Raack (Culver City), Marc Leeka (Los Angeles) and Rick Mendoza (Redondo Beach).

Past Governor John Colville (Paramount) was inducted in 2006 to the District 5280 Hall Of Fame, the district’s highest service recognition. Chuck Hanchett (Palos Verdes Sunset) was named Rotarian Of The Year in 2003. At the February PETS the two served as Sergeant-At-Arms. Attend the Governor’s Ball at the District Conference to learn who will be honored for service this year.

Past RI Director Paul Netzel (Los Angeles) toasts Past RI President D K Lee, Governor Doug and Connie at the Presidents’ Dinner co-hosted by Koreatown and Los Angeles 5. This photo was published on the front-page of one of the largest Korean newspapers.

District Conference | Jocularity

District Conference 2011


nquestionably the Bigger, Better,

Bolder weekend this year will be at the District Conference in Indian Wells. Get away for the full May 12-15 weekend or you can drop in for a day. Pre-register on the district website, or just arrive when you want and register on the spot. In a nutshell: Thursday golf tournament; Friday conference sessions featuring people who have benefitted from our Rotary programs; Friday Hospitality Night; Saturday service project with the La Quinta Rotarians; Saturday evening informal Governor's Ball featuring 9time Grammy Award winners Asleep At The Wheel; and Sunday Remembrance. All that plus the opportunity to feel the heart of Rotary. Now you know why it's going to be such a great conference! Set your GPS to Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. And don’t forget the suntan lotion!

New Generations | RYLA

Record Attendance This Year 196 Interacters and adults enjoyed a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Catalina Island weekend featuring a talent show, the RYLA Olympics and the “Cool Universe.” Kids learned to relate to others, meet new people, overcome shyness and share personal issues. Life leadership training emphasized the “Four Cs”: cooperation, communication, creativity and compassion. At the conclusion every student took home a notebook to review lessons learned including the Rotary 4-Way Test.

Photos by Stacee Lianna. See lots more at

History | Women in Rotary

What started in a small Duarte club would take 10 years to conclude

The Club That Roared


saga began in 1976 when the Rotary Club of Duarte, consisting of only 8 members, recognized that women held key leadership positions in the community and wanted women to join. Richard Key, a past club president, said that two-thirds of professional people in Duarte were women. Two school principals, Mary Lou Elliott and Donna Bogart accepted the club’s offer. And, a few months later in the spring of 1977, Rosemary Freitag became the third woman member to join the club. Rotary International, however, did not allow women members. Paul Bryan, District 530 Governor (now 5300) advised the club to submit only the women’s first initials when the club sent its membership information to RI. he

On June 1, 1977, the Duarte Club held its 25th Anniversary Celebration and introduced the three women as members. A Rotary International Representative present at the event sent a report to Evanston headquarters which triggered an ultimatum to terminate the women. The club rejected Rotary International’s instruction.

Sylvia Whitlock, first woman President of a Rotary Club, with RI President Ray Klinginsmith.

Rotary International countered by revoking the charter of the Duarte club in February 1978. The club requested a hearing with RI's Board of Directors but was refused: The RI Board firmly told Duarte that it must terminate the women members. Richard Key, the club president, declined. The club members next turned to the Duarte community to raise funds to send club member Luke McJimpson, principal of Duarte High School, to the next Council on Legislation in Tokyo. On March 27, 1978, the Rotary International Board of Directors officially revoked the Charter of the Duarte Club after the appeal process was concluded. McJimpson traveled to Tokyo to make an appeal before the Council on Legislation. The President of Rotary International, Jack Davis, instructed the Council: “The unity of Rotary International was jeopardized by a single club's unilateral move to change bylaws.” The Council voted 1060 to 34 against changing the constitution of Rotary International to admit women to Rotary and to uphold the previous decision of Rotary International's Board of Directors. When McJimpson returned to California, the club voted to meet as a quasi-Rotary club. New pins were made with a large “X” placed over the Rotary insignia. The club would be hereafter be called: The Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte. more next page

History | Women in Rotary The Battle Began in California

In June 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, with pro bono help by Sanford Smith, an attorney from a neighboring club in Arcadia, and Carol Agate, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who would stick with the case for its duration. The case went to trial in 1983 and the Club lost. On appeal, the California State Appeals Court in 1986 reversed the judgment, stating that Rotary clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under the state's Unruh Act which bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Rotary International immediately appealed the case to the California Supreme Court. The California court refused to hear the case, indicating the higher court agreed the State Appeals Court ruling was firm. Rotary International then appealed the decision to the United States Supreme Court. The RI attorney argued the California decision “threatens to force us to take in everyone, like a motel.” The small Duarte Club gained another supporter in the battle. The Seattle-International District club in 1986 voted unanimously to admit women. The Seattle-ID club ultimately proposed and admitted 15 women. In order to prevent their charter being revoked by RI, the Seattle-ID club remained silent about its admission of women. In September 1986, the Club retained counsel and announced its admission of the women. Subsequently, Seattle-ID joined Duarte in the Supreme Court case. The Final Decision

The United States Supreme Court, on May 4, 1987, affirmed the 1986 ruling of the Court of Appeals of California in a 7-0 opinion. The Duarte club received no acknowledgement from Rotary International nor any reinstatement, only a list of existing members and an invoice to pay international dues based on membership as of June 30, 1987. Things had changed in the Duarte Club by the time that Carol Wylie, the first woman to serve as District 5280 Governor (1998-99), Past Governor Vicki Radel (2000-01) and Past Governor Susanne Sundberg (2009-10). the U. S. Supreme Court made its decision. Of the three original women members, Rosemary Freitag had moved out of California, and Donna Bogart had moved to Fresno. Only Mary Lou Elliott remained. Throughout the tumultuous years the club had continued to welcome women as members, and by 1982 it had welcomed Marabelle Taylor, Elaine Benthuys, Donna Georgino and Sylvia Whitlock. Whitlock, who joined in 1982, was the club’s president-elect in 1986-87. In late fall of 1986, District 530 Governor Tim Keen Siu sent an invitation to incoming Duarte Club president Sylvia Whitlock to attend the Southern California PETS. She also got a district dues notice. The annual Southern California PETS took place as usual in February 1987, two months prior to the United States Supreme Court decision. It was already incumbent on all California clubs to obey the California State Court of Appeals ruling. For PETS, the 310 men and one woman, Sylvia Whitlock, were asked to bring a coat and tie for pictures. District 530 Governor Siu told everyone about the Duarte Club's actions, the court ruling and the decision of Rotary International to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. His comment was, in direct reference to the club's small number, “This is a case of the mouse that roared.” The club chose that phrase to appear on the club's new banner. RI did not officially change its constitution and bylaws admitting women until January of 1989. Mary Lou Elliott has retired and moved to La Jolla. Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman president of a Rotary club, will be the Governor of District 5300 in 2012-13.

The Rotary Foundation

Honor someone Important with a

Paul Harris Fellow S

ome Rotarians mistakenly believe they

have reached the contribution summit once they receive a Paul Harris Fellow pin. That’s just the beginning. The Rotary Foundation borrows our annual funds contributions for two terms, then returns the money to the district to be used for only the projects we choose. If your last contribution to The Rotary Foundation was years ago, then Thank You—we’ve spent the money and we are counting on you to help again.

1972-73 RI President Roy Hickman (Birmingham, Alabama) presented President Richard Nixon with a Paul Harris Fellow. Nixon, an honorary members of the Whittier Club, was the first U.S. President to be so named. Mr. Nixon, in turn, presented Hickman with a set of gold cuff links bearing the Presidential seal. According to the account in The Rotarian Magazine, Nixon felt that only through people-to-people contact can we come to understand each other’s viewpoints and find a way to live together on this planet.

Once you are recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation automatically credits you with one recognition point for every dollar you contribute thereafter. Those recognition points are just like frequent flier points and can be used to award a PHF to your parents, your children, your husband or wife, or even a member of your community you feel deserves recognition. The award paperwork is a cinch and you can get help from your club Foundation chair. Whom will you honor with a PHF?

3 Easy Steps to award a PH Fellow District Rotary Foundation Chair Rick Mendoza says anyone can designate a PHF to someone they feel worthy of the award. “Members should occasionally check their recognition summary to make sure all their contributions have been posted correctly. You may see that you are only a few dollars away from the next PHF level. Why wait? Contribute on-line and we’ll take care of everything else.” • Check your PH Recognition points on-line in the member access area at If you don’t know how, your club president, secretary or Foundation Chair can check. • Ask your Club Foundation Chair to help you fill out the short form to award a PHF. • Schedule a date with your club program chair to make the presentation.

RI President Ray gets the Last Word

Itzhak Perlman: His words on Polio Violinist Itzhak Perlman, who is also a polio survivor, has teamed up with Rotary International for the “This Close” campaign.

We’re That Close It’s a problem that impacts 1% of the World’s population but polio, if left unattended, will affect everyone. Anything short of eradicating polio is unacceptable. The $200 Million Challenge is The Rotary Foundation's response to the two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus will be counted toward the $200 million match, which must be completed by 30 June 2012. Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith

“It is an aptly titled awareness campaign,” says Perlman, “as the world is ‘truly this close’ to completely getting rid of the disease. As a polio survivor, I've experienced the same problems that many polio victims face. I walk with crutches, use a scooter at times and have dealt with all sorts of problems with access. With my rigorous travel schedule and tight airport security, it's not getting any easier…not just for someone with a disability. As a musician, I've been lucky to have a fairly good gift. Whatever effect I can have, I'm happy to be playing a part in this campaign and will continue to support it and put the word out.”

Children show off the indelible ink on their fingers, which is proof of their protection from polio. Polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent globally since Rotary began its campaign in 1986. Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux.

2011 YTD Polio Cases Worldwide: 120

You can track polio cases worldwide and learn how Rotary’s commitment to eradicate polio will be successful. There were 120 cases worldwide in the first four months of 2011, versus 84 cases worldwide at this time last year. In Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari convened a meeting to accelerate the National Polio Emergency Action Plan launched earlier this year. Pakistan has Who Gets Your lagged far behind polio programs in other Club Newsletters ? endemic countries. Pakistan, the DR Congo Club publications should be e-mailed to these and Chad accounted for 101 of the 120 cases. four district leaders: District Governor Doug Baker Executive Aide Joe Vasquez District Administrator Tori Hettinger

In all of 2010 there were 232 cases in the endemic countries (Pakistan 144, India 42, Afghanistan 25 and Nigeria 21) and 743 cases in the non-endemic countries.

& the Assistant Governor assigned to your club

The Generators May 2011  
The Generators May 2011  

Monthly newsletter from Rotary District 5280 (Los Angeles area)