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UPCOMING PROGRAMS September 6: Frank E Baxter, Chairman Emeritus of Jefferies September 13: Ned Colletti, General Manager LA Dodgers Sept 20: Harvey Englander, Partner Englander Knabe Allen Sept 27: Father Greg Boyle, Founder Homeboy Industries October 4: Dr. Lois Lee, President Children of the Night

CALENDAR IT NOW Sept 4: LA5 First Wednesday Mixer at LA Athletic Club 5pm Sept 21: Griffith Park Hike 8apm to 11am VISIT WWW.ROTARYLA5.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPEAKERS & EVENTS

Richard Simmons readies Prez Ken for Stair Climb Motivational fitness guru Richard Simmons was named Prez Ken’s personal trainer after the club leader fell dangerously behind preparations for the downtown September 27 stair climb. Brainy Ken has embraced LA5 budgets, schedules and goals but exercise is not one of his favorite pastimes. Ken’s climbing team — Adam Deragisch, Patrick Mahoney, Paul Ekstrand and Zein Obagi — engaged the eccentric television star after the Prez collapsed only 7 floors into a practice run. The U.S. Bank Tower has 72 floors. Although the climbing team hopes Simmons will get Ken in shape, the backup plan is just to carry Ken to the top. Close friends have confidentially revealed Prez Ken is not excited about slipping on a leotard and swinging his hips to high-energy songs from the 60s. “I married a great husband and a loving father,” Ken’s wife Heidi sighed, but he’s never going be a Schwarzenegger or guy who can dance the twist to Heat Wave.”

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If you missed the meeting last week Prez Ken’s Favorite Moment of the meeting

Presenting Scholarships Carmen Estrada-Schaye, Adam Bar and guest at the mixer before lunch.

When Prez Ken informs the program speaker they are the sponsor of a scholarship, he knows the club’s thoughtful gift will be remembered for a long time. “A lot of clubs give away mugs and pencil sets, but our thank you for speaking at LA5 is something that will touch their hearts. I explain a little bit about the tradition of LA5 scholarships and the breathtaking scope of our commitment, then I give them a portfolio with a photo of a real recipient and a brief story. I know they will take the portfolio back to their office or home and tell their friends and family about what a remarkable day they had at LA5.”

Anthony Bourg, and guest.

Laine Wagenseller

Prez Ken also invites the speaker to return to LA5 in June when the next awards are announced and they can meet the actual person who will receive their scholarship. Paul Jacques and Anthony Calloway are the Board Directors for Youth Service. Please contact them if you wish to learn more about the program and also find out how you can participate in the selection process.

Delaney Dragon, Tuan Do, Paul Ekstrand and Joseph Auday represent the New LA5 for its second century.

Past President Ed Matveld enjoys tracking attendance with Joseph Grant.

Peter Weinberger and Carole Donahue.

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Annual USC-UCLA Rally Date Set


he UCLA-USC Rally, an annual event that originated in 1950, will be held this year on Tuesday, November 26, at LA Live. Whether you have attended twenty times or if this year will be your first, there is plenty to knock your socks off. Former USC head coach John Robinson and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue headline the notable sports attendees. You will also enjoy seeing the USC Song Girls and Trojan Band, the UCLA Dance Team and Joe and Josephine Bruin. The whole show will be a blow out and it sells out every year. It’s a Tuesday so your boss won’t be any wiser when you call in sick that morning. And you should! How many other tailgate parties will be this much fun?

Prez Ken to Skipper USS LA5


iting his club by-law authority, Prez Ken War invoked the War Powers Act to christen the USS LA5, a cardboard boat that will sail at the District Picnic to be held on Sunday, October 6, at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. The event is free for Rotarians and families; validated parking is a paltry $4.50.

This year the festivities will include honoring military veterans in District 5280 with special recognition. The picnic will have a patriotic theme and everyone is encouraged to wear a red, white and blue bathing suit.

Last year more than 1,000 people attended and the affair has grown larger every year. Besides the Cardboard Boat Race, all 64 clubs in the district have been invited to participate in a Chili Cook-off. The winning club goes home with a really cheap Chili Pot award.

The annual District Picnic has an established reputation as the best family affair of the Rotary year. Redondo Beach is not far on a Sunday morning; traffic is always light and parking is easy. Don’t miss it.

Ben’s Lunch Forecast Past President and world-class Gastronome Ben Tunnell plans his week around Friday’s lunch selection. Here are your choices this Friday. 4 El Rodeo

The New Generations Rotaractors will sponsor games for the entire family, with special activities designed specifically for children.

ENTREE: Tender boneless Chicken Breast filled with roasted pepper and capers, rosemary, and shallot reduction sauce. VEGETARIAN: Roasted Farmers Market vegetable Fritatta, asiago cheese, tomato and basil relish, herb salsa.

Rotarians You Want to Know: Chartered June 25, 1909

Club Leadership 2013-14 Ken Chong, President Alan Bernstein, President-Elect Jose Vera, Vice-President Elizabeth Wheeler, Secretary Don Robinson, Treasurer Jay Richardson, Past President Club Service Arthur Kassel Paul Richey Community Service Margaret Karren Jim Hoyt Funding Todd Johnson Al Shonk International Service Laine Wagenseller Rick Sarmiento Membership and Retention Charisse Older Erick Weiss Vocational Service John Miller John Jaacks Youth Service Anthony Calloway Paul Jacques Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Ekstrand Barry Hytowitz Steve Sommers Executive Director Jon Gibby JON@ROTARYLA5.ORG Rotary Club of Los Angeles 523 West Sixth Street, Suite 718 Los Angeles, CA 90014 Telephone 213.624.8601 Facsimile 213.624.2694 WWW.ROTARYLA5.ORG District 5280 Governor Doug Baker El Rodeo Marc Leeka, Editor Felix Keats, Photographer

Laine Wagenseller


erving as a Board Director for International Service is a perfect match for Laine Wagenseller. He loves to travel and has visited 23 countries, enjoying hiking in Chile, sailing in Australia, kayaking in Thailand and bicycling through Southern China. He would like to explore India and more of southeast Asia next. His mother once asked him, “Why don’t you go to France like normal people!” Laine’s idea of what is normal was greatly shaped by his visit four years ago to an orphanage in Kaihura, Uganda, run by Bringing Hope to the Family and funded by Global Support Mission in Nashville. Laine worked with boys at the orphanage’s farm teaching them how to be men. Hoping to build a long term legacy, Laine has been back four times, most recently in June when he took the boys on a field trip to a nearby city to see a large commercial farm and to tour a technical school. On one trip Laine met Adolf, an orphan who had been badly burned on both legs when his aunt threw scalding banana leaves on him. The damage was so severe that Adolf crawled on all fours. When Laine’s Favorites Laine returned home, he I am a huge reader; a perfect worked with the Children’s afternoon is sitting in the sun in Burn Foundation and the my yard with my two golden reGrossman Burn Center to trievers, reading a good book. bring Adolf to Los Angeles for six months of surgeries. Two recent favorites: Adolf stayed with Laine’s “The Gift of Rain” by Tan Twan brother (and Santa Monica Eng, a novel set in Malaya in Rotarian) Scott and his fam- the run up to and during the ily while he attended school Japanese invasion of WWII. and learned to walk again. Sasha Issenberg’s “The Victory “I joined Rotary because of Lab” is a look at the social scithe great people and camara- ence and logistics of elections: derie. It also gave me the how to get people to vote and chance to share my passion how campaigns find the voters they are looking for. “I am very with others.” interested in politics and the If you haven’t met Laine yet, incredible logistical feat of runthen please introduce your- ning nationwide campaigns.” self at the next meeting.

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Be Ready when Alex announces your category is Rotary 1,203,466 number of Rotarians worldwide on September 1. 34,426 number of Rotary Clubs worldwide. 219 number of countries and territories with Rotary Clubs. 336,591 Rotarians in 7805 clubs make the United States the #1 country for Rotary membership. 122,251 Rotarians in 3159 clubs make India the #2 country for Rotary membership. 50% of membership worldwide is comprised by clubs in four countries: United States, India, Japan and South Korea. 2,500 number of Rotarians in the 64 clubs (Greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley) that comprise District 5280. 30% of Rotarians in District 5280 are women. 18% of Rotarians worldwide are women. 46% of members in the 47 clubs of Rotary District 3420 (Indonesia) are women, the greatest percentage of women in any district. 2% Rotary District 2980 in southeastern India with 150 clubs has the smallest percentage of women members.


Rotarians is Nauru, a tiny 8.1 square mile phosphate rock island in Micronesia. Nauru is the world's smallest republic with 9,378 residents. The 11 members of the Rotary Club of Nauru meet Wednesdays at the Nauru Campus patio, University of South Pacific. Literacy on Nauru is 96 percent and there are no personal taxes. The unemployment rate is estimated to be 90 percent and, of those who have jobs, the government employs 95 percent. 6 El Rodeo


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