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UPCOMING PROGRAMS Nov 8: US ARMY MAJOR GNERAL C.A. LOU HENNIES, Annual Veterans Day Program Nov 15: JOE GARNER, Best-selling JFK Author Nov 22: Dr. Darryl Holter, CEO Shammas Group


New revenue may yield budget surplus

ex-LA5 Presidents pay Huge Fees to grab microphone Having taken office a mere four months ago, Prez Ken has proved to be among the most shrewd financial leaders in the club’s 104-year history. His budget is headed towards a surplus due to tight fiscal management and new revenue sources. Fines levied on colluding members have netted income far beyond Treasurer Don Robinson’s estimations. Knowing that past presidents have a weakness for the dulcet sound of their amplified voice, Ken offered two minutes at the microphone for $100 and asked if there were any takers. Mike Birkholm used the opportunity to augment a previous speech. Neighboring diners failed to restrain Kathy Turner as she rushed the stage to have her turn. Ken smiled at the audience and made the sound of a cash register, “Ka-Ching!”

Rotary Club of Los Angeles established 1909 November 8, 2013

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If you missed the meeting last week

Mike Birkholm stopped by John Claerhout’s VIP table to say hello to Roger Reck. John extends a warm welcome for anyone to join his merry group, especially new members.

Olympia LePoint reminds Penny von Kalinowski not to miss her TED speaking engagement in two weeks.

Who says LA5 lunches aren’t romantic? Lovebirds Pat Wright and Russ Guiney feel a weekly pledge and patriotic song give them a warm glow as if they were reciting their wedding vows all over again.

Johannes Masserer and Kathleen Kavanagh welcome a guest. Bringing a friend to LA5 is fun — more people should do it.

XXXX, Earl Haberlin and Amir Vishani bonded over lunch after learning all three share a common love of heavy metal music.

Sponsor Steve Cooley, new member Sam Solakyan of Global Holdings, Prez Ken, new member Joe Van Elk from City National Bank and his sponsor Ben Turner.

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November and December are the Busy Months

Participation Opportunities Galore!


he foundation of every successful Rotary club includes service projects and LA5 has a bunch of them scheduled for the next seven weeks.

Feeling social? Attend the November 6 LA5 First Wednesday Mixer @ the Los Angeles Athletic Club. You will meet new friends and share an inexpensive cocktail with your old buddies. Healthy Families Harvest Festival kicks off

on Saturday, November 16. It is totally informal and you’ll have a blast with the kids. Contact Carole Donahue for the specifics. Join Prez Ken and Stuff a Bus at the annual Spark of Love event on Friday, November 22. It is UCLA-USC Rivalry Day on Tuesday, November 26, at the JW Marriott Hotel. Marjorie Heller is the chair of the annual Angel City Giveaway at Elgin Sutton Park on Saturday, December 14. Want to decorate the Rotary International Rose Parade float? It is Saturday, December 21, and you have to do it once in your life.

Ben’s Lunch Advice Our lunch selection is especially toothsome this week. ENTREE : Roasted Mediterranean Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, caramel4 El Rodeo

ized onions and feta cheese drizzled with a Chardonnay cream. Wow! Please RSVP to guarantee your seat because everybody is going to want it! We don’t know what the vegetarian menu will be, but I hope it begins with a Tuscan sun-dried tomato and garbanzo soup, followed by a fresh rosemary and mushroom pate and concludes with an insalata Caprese with avocado. Cheers!

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 Felix Keats, Photographer

Rotarians You Want to Know:


Jim Hoyt

im Hoyt joined The Rotary Club of Dallas in 1986, then transferred to LA5 in 1993. Of all the events he has attended, an LA5 holiday toy giveaway four years ago stands out in his mind. A teenage boy walked up to Jim, held out a folded $20 bill and asked, “Do you have change for a $20?” Jim took out his wallet and handed him a $10 and two $5s, and the young man handed Jim the $20 and quickly walked away. Jim unfolded the $20 and instantly realized the bill had a different texture and was smaller than a normal bill. Jim says, “That $20 counterfeit bill is still in my wallet as a daily reminder that we can make a difference. If a Rotarian or a Rotarysupported Mentor were the loudest voice in this young man’s ear instead of his current friends, how different his life would turn out. That is one reason I am happy to be a Community Service director with Margaret Karren. We invite you to join one of the committees and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people, especially the children in our local communities.” “I describe LA5’s Friday lunch meetings as enlightening, uplifting, serving, relevant, camaraderie, home and family. Join me”

Jim’s Favorites

Doctor Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ in Van Nuys has the best ribs I have ever eaten in LA. Los Angeles is the best city to live in but I could happily live in Paris for six months. I am currently reading 6 Great Ideas by the late philosopher and ethicist Mortimer Adler. The last book I read was The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey. I know it is junk food but my guilty pleasure is Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream. It has 540 calories per cup. Three albums I would take to a desert island because I never grow tired of listening to them: The Beatles: Original Master Recordings, all their albums on 14discs, Abba’s The Definitive Collection and almost any Beethoven performance.

If you haven’t met Jim yet, When I hear Lulu sing “To Sir then please introduce your- with Love” on the radio, it takes me back to my high school years. self at the next meeting. El Rodeo 5

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Random thoughts on The Rotary Foundation Contributions can be made to The Rotary Foundation in any combination of ways. • Donations by cash, check or credit card can be processed by your club’s Rotary Foundation Chairperson • Donations made at the ROTARY.ORG website by logging in with your membership access password • Monthly or any other scheduled donations from your checking account or credit card can be set up at the ROTARY.ORG website


reated in 1928, The Rotary Foundation is the philanthropic endowment of Rotary International. In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals. When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


he Foundation launched three programs in 1965: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants. In 1985 the PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.


ow much of your donation to a nonprofit actually goes to the project? Charity Navigator gives a 4-star rating to The Rotary Foundation and a perfect score to the organization’s transparency. LA5’s Global grant projects have zero administrative and overhead costs. 100% of our club’s contributions went to the outcomes we wanted.


hrough global grants and other resources, Rotary helps clubs focus their service efforts to enhance our organization’s local and global impact. The most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas: • Promoting peace • Fighting disease • Providing clean water • Saving mothers and children • Supporting education • Growing local economies

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