UPCOMING PROGRAMS Dec 13: Claude Arnold, Claude Arnold, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Dec 20: Paul Jan Zdunek, CEO Pasadena Symphony Dec 27 and Jan 3 Dark for the Holidays
CALENDAR IT NOW Dec 14: ANGEL CITY CELEBRATION & GIVEAWAY held at Algin Sutton Community Center Dec 21: HELP DECORATE the 2014 RI Rose Parade Float VISIT WWW.ROTARYLA5.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPEAKERS & EVENTS
Rose Parade Queen presents Roses
Prez Ken’s only moment to relax
ith 165 days served as the LA5 leader since his inauguration on July 1, Prez Ken receives a daily diet of complaints, requests to adjudicate differences and the impossible mission to balance the budget. So it was with great pleasure that Ken had 60 minutes in the spotlight with one of the most attractive beauties in the Southland (honorary LA5 member and Paul Harris Fellow Fritz Coleman) and seven gals who are trained to wave to cheering audiences. When the 96th Rose Parade Queen Ana Marie Acosta presented Ken with a spectacular bouquet of roses, there was a noticeable croak in his voice as he sniffed, “Gosh, I wish my frat brothers could see me now.” The day was soon over and Prez Ken was again back to business fining unsuspecting members to balance the budget.
Rotary Club of Los Angeles established 1909 December 13, 2013 rotaryLA5.org
2 El Rodeo
If you missed the meeting last week
There is always a spike in attendance when the Rose Parade Court visits. Past District Governor Bob White (Rio Hondo-Vernon Club) and Bruce Murdoch entertain the gals with ribald tales.
Sister Christine Bowman asked Past President Mike Birkholm, “Did you hear the one about the priest, three nuns and the Christmas tree?”
Susan Porter Griego and Paul Richey have a theory that we stay the same age and it is the gals who get younger every year.
Roger Reck and Al Shonk waited patiently for their turn on Santa’s knee. Santa must have spotted them and kept them waiting and waiting and waiting.
Office Intern Lizzy Tooke and LA5 Executive Administrator Jennifer Gregg wish everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. If anyone has leftover presents, please ship everything to the Rotary Office.
Scott Moe congratulates new member Debra King to LA5. What a great way to end the year!
El Rodeo 3
Last Minute Ideas
Enjoy the Season by Volunteering
he foundation of every successful Rotary club includes service projects and LA5 has a bunch of them scheduled for the few days remaining before Christmas. All of these activities are family friendly — in fact, you will have a better time if you bring the kids. And, if you don’t have any of your own, show up and enjoy kids being excited. Then go out to dinner later
and take in a movie and wonder how do their parents do it. 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.
ongratulations go out to LA5 Past President Paul Netzel who will serve as one of the fifteen trustees on The Rotary Foundation Board for the 20142018 term. He will help lead and direct the activities of the almost $1 billion corpus of The Rotary Foundation. We are all so proud of you and you bring great honor to the Rotary Club of Los Angeles.
4 El Rodeo
Ringing the Red Kettle Christmas bell is a long standing tradition for LA5. Join your fellow Rotarians and get in the Holiday Spirit while helping those less fortunate enjoy their holidays. Meet at the Christmas tree in the center of Farmer's Market. Bring your kids and grand kids. Stay as long as you like. Contact Peggy York (her telephone and e-mail address is in the directory or call the Rotary Office) to let her know you will be there and Peggy will make sure there is plenty of hot cocoa. The historic Farmer's Market: 6333 W 3rd St, LA 90036 on Monday, December 23rd from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
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: Roasted Free-Range Boneless Chicken Breast with peppered orange sauce. Yum !!! VEGETARIAN: Red Quinoa Vegetable Paella, zucchini, artichoke, grilled squash, peas and vine-ripe tomato coulis.
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 Darin Marinov, Photographer
Rotarians You Want to Know:
onstant and reliable best describe Past President Megan O’Rourke. She still lives within 3 miles of the house she grew up in. In fact, the only time she has lived anywhere other than Los Angeles was a summer in college in Washington D.C. For almost 25 years she has been a part of her father’s firm BTI Appraisal, having first worked there when she was only 10 years old. After a hiatus for college, law school and a brief stay at another firm, she returned to BTI in 2003. Now as Vice Chairman she oversees the company’s machinery and equipment and Megan’s Favorites personal property divisions. The best city I have ever visited is “I joined LA5 in 2004 and Paris. the most satisfying thing I have done in the club is If I had one last restaurant meal in Los Angeles, I would go to Patserve as President in 2011ina. I would start and end my 12. Other than that, I am meal with the cheese cart. torn between my two loves — the Scholarship Commit- I am currently reading Dr. Wiltee and the Children's liam Pollak’s Real Boys. Not only does he offer insightful suggesCourt Committee.” tions on parenting but he also Megan also serves on the has some good ideas about LA5 Foundation Board of schools and sports programs. Directors. As she puts it, “Rotary makes a huge dif- I know it is junk food but my guilty pleasure is really good onference in the world beion rings and anything chocolate! cause change starts locally and grows globally. The Three albums I would take to a club's Foundation focuses desert island because I never on growing the corpus over grow tired of listening to them: time, thus ensuring our Bob Marley & The Wailers Legclub has sufficient funds to ends, Negotiations and Love make a difference in perpe- Songs by Paul Simon, and the collection of Police singles Every tuity.” Breath You Take. If you haven’t met Megan I graduated in 1995. When I hear yet, then please introduce Madonna on the radio, it takes yourself at the next meetme back again. ing.
El Rodeo 5
Fellow LA5 Rotarians, As we approach the halfway point of the 105th year of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, I extend my gratitude to the long list of members whose voluntary efforts make us the best Rotary Club in the world. In particular, our Board of Directors have shown the vision and resolve to bring our LA5 culture into its second century. The Board took the bold step to increase annual dues to match the level of services we provide, and furthermore raised expectations on what the club expects from members. We implemented a 50% attendance policy and raised the bar on new member requirements. I am proud to report that club attendance and participation has increased by almost 50% from prior years! Every week our meetings are infused with great energy, fun and interesting speakers. Having chaired or co-chaired the annual UCLA/USC Rivalry Luncheon lunch every year since joining LA5, you can conclude it is one of my favorite meetings of the year. And, taking full advantage of my Presidential powers to root and cheer for UCLA at every opportunity, I thank President-Elect Alan and the USC alums in the club for their patience. And at our last meeting in a momentary lapse of good judgment, I handed over the gavel to Past President Megan and she promptly fined me for the UCLA win over USC. What is good for the goose . . . We’ve already had so many great events this year. We had twenty members participate in the YMCA Stair Climb to the top of the US Bank Tower and raised over $2000. LA5 sponsored JumpStart’s Read for the Record Campaign. Our LA5 Rotarians delivered thousands of books to children and then, icing on the cake, read from those books to the kids. LA5 and co-sponsor LA City Parks and Recreation organized the SOS Mentor Healthy Family Harvest Festival that drew over a thousand people to South Los Angeles for games, fun and education. We also provided holiday meal baskets and groceries complete with a turkey to families who would not have the financial means to enjoy the holiday. Pumpkin pies were generously donated by Todd Johnson and Gina Doyle of Lawry’s Restaurant Group. The year isn’t over yet! We still have big plans, great events and heartwarming service opportunities in store for you for the next six months. ● LA5 Disneyland Day with the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation will sponsor 100 kids who have never been to Disneyland. Sheriff Baca will provide transportation and chaperones. LA5 members can participate to share in the magical experience. ● Community Service Grants ● Ability First Bowling Party ● Scholarship Luncheon with Scholastic Hero Award ● President’s Ball produced by Arthur Kassel Hey, everyone and families: Happy Holidays and a prosperous and productive new year! You make us the Best Club and together we make a difference through Rotary! Yours in Rotary Service,
6 El Rodeo