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UPCOMING PROGRAMS Nov 22: Dr. Darryl Holter, CEO Shammas Group `

Nov 26: USC UCLA Rivalry Day `

Nov 29: DARK Happy Thanksgiving! `


Prez Ken Gears Up for Backlash

New Dress Code Announced for LA5


A5 President donned protective head gear while announcing a new dress code for LA5. “Effective November 26 the Wearing of Cardinal or Gold is banned at LA 5 Meetings” proclaimed President Ken Chong. Under pressure from Past President Megan O’Rourke, President Ken agreed to one exception. Those wishing to flout the presidential edict may pay a $50 fine. Payment of the fine also gets one a ticket to the USC/UCLA Rivalry Luncheon on November 26th at the J.W. Marriott at LA LIVE. As word of the presidential pronouncement spread, word leaked out of a potential secret revolt being planned by disgruntled LA5ers. Details are still being finalized but the El Rodeo has heard that schematics for the assembly of a large wooden horse have been found in the bowels of the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

Rotary Club of Los Angeles established 1909 November 22, 2013

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If you missed the meeting last week

Past President Kathy Turner welcomes new member Bill Marshall. Hey everyone, drinks are on Bill at the LA5 Mixer on December 4 at the L.A. Athletic Club! Bill – did they forget to mention this part of your initiation at your last Gateway meeting?

In a Rotary law enforcement smack down, Retired LA County Police Chief Peggy York and Sheriff’s Department Number One Volunteer Arthur Kassel take turns patting each other down for weapons.

Netzel Club Honorees are recognized by President Ken for their extraordinary accomplishments: (1) Sponsoring a new member, (2) giving at least $365 to LA5’s Foundation, (3) joining a committee, (4) doing business with a Rotarian and, (5) visiting another Rotary Club.

Past President Paul Netzel is recognized for a new honor. Paul has been named to the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees where he will be one of 15 to oversee an endowment of over $1 billion. Congratulations!

Past President Gerry Turner engaged in some aggressive fundraising for the Rotary Foundation. Fortunately for Susan Griego, Mark Mariscal and John Green managed to rescue Susan’s purse. Nonetheless, LA5 salutes Gerry’s dedication to raising funds for Rotary.

Scholarship Committee co-chair Joshua Mandell and Past President Megan O’Rourke are representative of the new generation of leadership in Rotary.

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Be of Service!

Holiday Service Opportunities


oin fellow LA5ers, families, and guests, along with other District 5280 clubs, as they join forces with the LA Mayor’s Office, City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks, neighborhood churches, other service organizations and non-profits, at the 5th Annual Angel City Celebration & Giveaway. This special event will take place on Saturday, December 14th and is designed to help 2,000 children in South LA to have something special for the holidays like toys, books, food certificates, and much more. Volunteers will help organize, distribute, and assist in whatever is needed to make this event the success it is every year! See Marjorie Heller or go to our website for more information and to sign up.


e a part of history and watch your hard work travel down Colorado Blvd. on January 1st! Help decorate the RI 2014 Rose Parade Float in Pasadena on Saturday, December 21st. You’ll be joining President Ken, other LA5ers, as well as other Rotarians in the District. This is a fun event and it really sets the mood for the Rose Parade. Remember to dress warmly! You can sign up on our website

Ben’s Lunch Advice Our lunch selection is especially palatable this week. ENTREE: Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast Salad: Mango, Avocado, Mache, Mesculan Greens, Whole Grain 4 El Rodeo

Mustard Dressing. Heart healthy! VEGETARIAN: Quinoa Vegetable Paella: Zucchini, Artichoke, Grilled Squash, Peas, Vine Ripe Tomato Coulis. `

Please RSVP to guarantee your meal. `


Typhoon Haiyan 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 Jennifer Gregg, Interim Editor Peter Weinberger, Cub Reporter

Carole Donahue, Interim Photographer

Rotary Clubs Worldwide Take Action


otary clubs around the world are

pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record. Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims. "I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses," says Burton. "We are in the business of helping people in need." Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. Such disasters are “exactly why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox,” says Burton. “It gives Rotary members worldwide the opportunity to respond immediately and in a very meaningful way to the life-threatening conditions faced by the people of the Philippines.” For nearly 100 years, Rotary clubs in the Philippines have been creating positive change in their communities. The first Philippine Rotary club was formed in Manila in 1919. Today, more than 800 Rotary clubs throughout the Philippines give members the chance to make a difference at home and around the globe. Rotary's work to eradicate polio, our top priority, began in the Philippines. In 1979, Rotary funded the immunization of six million children with the oral polio vaccine. Based largely on the success there, the World Health Assembly authorized the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in which Rotary is a spearheading partner. Rotary clubs in the Philippines have improved water and sanitation, led medical and dental missions, created literacy programs, and participated in reforestation plantings. When a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Philippines in September, clubs were there to bring aid to those in need. “Rotary members often are both first-responders and rebuilders when major disasters strike because clubs are present in every corner of the world,” Burton says. “We continue with recovery efforts long after international relief agencies have gone because Rotary clubs are part of the communities we serve.” -Rotary International Website El Rodeo 5

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

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