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UPCOMING PROGRAMS Nov 1: DR. MARK ROCHA, President Pasadena City College Nov 8: US ARMY MAJOR GNERAL C.A. LOU HENNIES, Annual Veterans Day Program Nov 15: JOE GARNER, Best-selling Author


Prez Ken dragged from Melee with minor injuries

Wild LA5 Night To Remember


he Annual LA5 Kings Night gathered 60 Rotarians for a terrific evening that began at the Grammy Museum and culminated with a Staples Center hockey game that no one will quickly forget. Organizer Susan Griego said, “I’ve done this event for years and it was never as exciting — or rowdy — as what we saw this week.” Things started innocently as Prez Ken was introduced and invited to put on skates, circle the rink and shake hands with the players. Ken surprised the audience by his graceful prowess gained by years of practice as an Olympic figure skating hopeful. He owns dozens of competition tutus. One of the burly San Jose Sharks defenseman snarled, “Hey, aren’t you from the club that was making fun of the Kiwanis last week? I’m a Kiwanian and I don’t like your attitude.” In the end, Ken looked bad but the other guy looked worse.

Rotary Club of Los Angeles established 1909 November 1, 2013

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If you missed the meeting last week

Lance Ito and Peggy York. Paul McCartney, Lance’s favorite Beatle, wears glasses but his are not as attractive as Peggy’s new frames. Lance added, “Paul isn’t as attractive, either.”

Carol Shafer congratulates new member Kelvin Duckett for surviving the initiation test and wishes him luck on the 40-mile hike with a 60-pound backpack filled with EndPolioNow tchotchkes.

Christina Chanpong and Laura Thompson agree the lunch was always great at LA5 but, now following Ben Tunnell’s dining recommendations, the experience is like visiting a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Prez Ken presents program speaker and hearing specialist Dr. Rick Friedman with an LA5 scholarship portfolio. Friedman confirmed that many USC graduates suffer from hearing attenuation by standing too close to loud football marching bands.

Carole Donahue attended the annual Health Fair and surprised Alan Bernstein, Denise Anthony and David Bland with the results of her blood test: all four were somehow related and separated at birth.

Dr. Sumi Kawaratani presents Earl Haberlin with a prize from the Annual Health Fair: personal headphones. Earl can’t wait to turn up the volume on those old Scorpions, Black Sabbath and Grim Reaper LPs he treasures.

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Prez to Induct Netzel Club Members


n November 15 Prez Ken will induct the first nine members of the exclusive Netzel Club. Each inductee met the basic 4-Way Test plus two additional requirements. The Basic 4-Way Test requirements are:

Each inductee then met two additional requirements for inclusion to the Netzel Club: • Contribute $365 or more to the LA5 Community Campaign • Visit another Rotary Club or attend a district event.

1. Sponsor a New Member

Jon Gibby, LA5 Executive Director, has hired a Chinese fireworks company for the event. He plans this meeting to be special and memorable by including accordionists, contortionists and French mimes.

2. Contribute Any Amount to Rotary 3. Join a Committee 4. Do Business With a Rotarian

19th Annual LA5 Bowling Seminar


n the third Thursday every October since 1994, members of the LA5 Rotary Bowling committee have attended a Bowling Seminar at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group takes an early morning flight to Las Vegas and returns that evening. Attending the Seminar this year were Bob Aldridge, Denny Dynes, Sumi Kawaratani and Anthony Bourg. The purpose of the seminar was to review the techniques and finer points of bowling. Four workshops were held at different venues: a Black Jack Table, Crap Table, Roulette Table and at a Slot Machine. The seminar concluded with a special luncheon at the Bellagio Café. Those attending had a good time but, for obvious reasons, their bowling scores never improved. Each attendee plans to return next year to repeat the seminars.

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Rotarians Needed to serve Thanksgiving Dinner for 2000 low income families at the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center. Two hours on Wednesday November 27 at 5:00 PM Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, LA 90015 Interested in working elbow-toelbow with your Rotary friends and having the most wonderful Thanksgiving-Eve experience? Contact Peggy York. Her contact info is in your Directory.

Ben’s Lunch Advice

Diners: please RSVP to guarantee your seat!

Past President and world-class Gastronome Ben Tunnell plans his week around the Friday lunch selection. Here are your choices this week.

ENTREE: New Zealand Red Snapper Ponzu, lime, soy, ginger sauce, steamed rice, Chinese peas. VEGETARIAN: All Vegetable Pot Pie, Fresh From the Market, low-calorie mushroom and herb sauce.

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 Peter Weinberger, Cub Reporter Tony Medley, Photographer

Rotarians You Want to Know:


Jim Simonds

omething most people don't know about me,” says Jim Simonds, “is that I have played in a number of cover bands as a percussionist since I was 13. The music was great and I still love to play, but my parents insisted I finish my education. I’m glad I followed their advice.” In 1983, only ten years out of college, Jim was a busy co-founder of Arroyo Insurance Services yet he made time to join LA5. Now entering his fourth decade in the club, his most gratifying service is having serving on the scholarship committee. Jim’s Favorites “When I interview those dedicated students who If I had only one restaurant meal want to better their lives, I in Los Angeles I would go to am always humbled. Most Lawry’s The Prime Rib. come from single-parent The best city I have ever visited homes and are the first of was London. their family to attend col- I am currently reading "Profiles In lege. My parents’ advice still Courage” by President Kennedy rings true.” written in 1956: timeless biogra“I am a member of our LA5 phies of eight politicians who Foundation, serve on its shaped American history. The Board of Directors and have last book I read was Phil Jackhad the personal satisfac- son’s autobiography. tion of seeing where our re- I know it is junk food but my sources flow. It is tremen- guilty pleasure is Taco Bell. dously important and grati- Three albums I would take to a fying for all of us. I feel Ro- desert island because I never tary makes a huge differ- grow tired of listening to them: ence in the world because The Beatles “Rubber Soul,” The our vast Rotary Interna- Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” and tional outreach and mission Jimi Hendrix’s “Axis: Bold As touches every inhabitant on Love.” the globe.” I graduated from high school in If you haven’t met Jim yet, 1969. When I hear Blood, Sweat then please introduce your- & Tears on the radio, it takes me back again. self at the next meeting.

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olio has been known since the Egyptians. Historically, poor sanitation resulted in constant exposure to the virus which promoted a natural immunity. Improvements made in community sanitation the late 19th and early 20th centuries actually increased the risk of paralytic polio infection by reducing childhood exposure and its resultant immunity. As urban sanitation improved, paralytic polio epidemics began to appear in Europe and the United States around 1900. Outbreaks reached pandemic proportions in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand during the first half of the 20th century.

where polio has never been eradicated: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. 198 cases were in countries that eliminated polio but it has returned due to travelers: Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon and South Sudan. Two of the three polio viruses have been eliminated in the last few years, but the polio virus has survived more than 2,000 years and it is designed to propagate. It will be very costly to contain and eliminate the final cases. Rotary calls this effort “The Final Inch.�

There is no cure for polio.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits, up to $35 million per year, to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication for the next five years.

There were 350,000 cases annually in the 1980s when Rotary began its campaign to eliminate polio. As of October 23, there were 301 cases worldwide year-to-date. 103 cases were in the three countries

The estimated cost of the 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. If polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralyzed every year.

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Rotary LA5 El Rodeo 2013 11 01  

weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the fifth oldest Rotary club and one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world

Rotary LA5 El Rodeo 2013 11 01  

weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the fifth oldest Rotary club and one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world