Monthly District Newsletter January 2012
appy 2012. May the New Year bring you peace, health and happiness. We have many exciting activities planned during the next 6 months of this Rotary year. We hope you will continue your focus on membership and the Foundation for the remainder of the year (and beyond). These are areas where we need a constant, continued effort to help energize our Clubs and raise money for the various projects everyone is involved in, and we hope you’ll accept the ”Foundation Challenge” by our Foundation Chair, Rick Mendoza to have everyone in each Club give something to the foundation this year (even if it’s as small as $10). We will give the District updates regarding how Clubs are performing regarding the challenge. As we look forward to the second half of the Rotary year, we have several events to bring to your attention. Our first two events in January will be our Youth Protection Policy certification (and wine tasting) on Friday January 13 at the Hacienda Hotel (6:00 pm), and the next event is the Presidents’ Dinner on Wednesday January 25 at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying. The reception for the dinner starts at 5:30 with dinner catered by the Spit Fire Grill. Pre-PETS for all incoming Club Presidents in the next Rotary year (2012 – 2013) will be on Saturday, January 28 at the Hacienda Hotel. This will provide all President-Elects with the necessary information and tools to be prepared for PETS (which occurs February 24 – 26). In addition to PETS, our February events include our District Trip to Puerto on February 8 – 13. We will visit 13 Humanitarian projects sponsored by Clubs from Districts 5280 and 7000 (in Puerto Rico). There also are several excursions available during our stay there. On Saturday, March 17, we will have our “Rotary Day of Service.” Join Rotarians and friends from
throughout the district on a district-wide excursion that will include hands-on involvement and experience with multiple community service projects. On March 21st, we have our final President’s Dinner which will be open to current Club Presidents AND President Elects. We are calling this our “Transition Dinner,” as we begin the transition between the two Rotary years. On March 24, our Group Study Exchange team from Chennai India will arrive for a one month stay in our District (Our GSE team left for India on January 12). We have our final District Breakfast on April 10, and our District Conference follows on April 20 – 22 (at the Mission Bay Hilton in San Diego). Registration forms for the Conference are available on the District’s web site. RYLA will be back at Lake Arrowhead this year on April 27 – 29. As a reminder, if you have not paid, you should do so as soon as possible. For more information about this, you can contact Elyse Beardsley or Joe Harding. The international Convention in Bangkok is May 6 – 9. There is a video about the Convention and more information on the District’s Web site. Our final District event of the year will be our Assembly on June 2nd. This will be a time when you can preview many of the activities planned for the next Rotary year, and participate in Plenary Sessions focused on the activities and the various Avenues of Service. As you can see, it will be a busy and exciting time during the next 6 months, and I look forward to seeing many of you at these events. It is my hope that 2012 will be a very rewarding year for you – both personally and in regards your Rotary
Happy New Year!
At the last Governor’s Visit of the year, the Rotary club of Beverly Hills were clowning around all in good fun as they applauded fellow member District Governor Brad and Catherine Robinson. See the last page of this newsletter for the outstanding generosity of the members in their special honor to the governor.
January: Rotary Awareness Month JANUARY 13 Youth Protection Seminar 21 Chinese New Year Gala 25 Presidents’ Dinner 28 Chinese New Year Parade 28 PrePETS for Presidents 2012-13
Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge totals* US$195.2M
RI Convention Bangkok, Thailand
District Assembly 2012-13
May all things you ought have be yours.
*As of 11 November 2011
Polio Facts & Figures Number of cases in 2011 Afghanistan 47 Nigeria42 Pakistan 136 Non-endemic countries 276 Total worldwide 501
MARCH 17 Rotary Day of Service 21 Presidents’ Dinner
ow as the Rotary New Year begins, I wish you all of the prosperity which your good deeds merit.
Rising to the Challenge
FEBRUARY 2 RCA Meeting 2 District Recognition Reports Due 8-13 District Trip Puerto Rico 24-26 PETS for Presidents 2012-13
APRIL 10 District Breakfast 19-22 District Conference San Diego Mission Bay 27-29 RYLA
Polio Out of India!
We learned at the District Breakfast from General Manager of The Rotary Foudnation John Osterlund, at the District Breakfast that as of this week, India has gone without a new case of polio for over a year. PAIN is gone! We are now down to three countries—Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria—to rid the world of polio. What exciting news!
The Angel City Giveaway—from left: Melody St. John, Hollywood; Mark Mariscal, Los Angeles 5;Pat Bennett, Inglewood; Actor Michael Duncan Clarke; Marjorie Heller, Los Angeles 5; Magic Johnson; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Newsletter Editor Carmela Raack (Click to contact) Thank you to our District photographers: Peter More, Westwood Village Linton Morgan, Inglewood Gidas Peteria, Beverly Hills Richard Thompson, Brentwood
May your charities rank among your necessary expenditures. Rotary Founder Paul P. Harris "New Year's Greeting" 1916
May you not fall into the popular error of thinking that happiness is to be found in outdoing your neighbors.
May it always be yours to look beneath the veneer of life to the solid substance which lies beneath. May you be builders, not mere climbers. May you be able to appraise life's blessings at their real worth. May you be free to act in accordance with the dictates of your own conscience and good judgment. May you not be slaves to meaningless customs, social or otherwise. May you shun the groove followers. May you have vision to discern the right and health, strength and will to do it. THAT IS TO SAY, I wish you a Happy New Year. Paul Harris 1916 From the ROTARY GLOBAL HISTORY FELLOWSHIP January Newsletter 2012.
Embracing Our Communities Members Volunteered from: Rotary Club of LA Colombo Americano Rotary Club of Crenshaw/Watts Rotary Club of Hawthorne Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Rotary Club of Hollywood Rotary Club of Inglewood Rotary Club of Los Angeles 5 Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach Rotary Club of Westchester Rotary Club of Koreatown Rotaract South Bay Rotaract UCLA Rotaract USC Hawthorne Interact, 22 kids, 3 adult monitors District 5280 Exchange Students
Proud to be a Rotarian
he Rotary Angel City Planning Committee, volunteers and the recipients of the Angel City Giveaway event got up early working nonstop for hours and sharing the holiday spirit of giving and kindness. Here are some of the highlights of the event Co Chaired by Marjorie Keller, Los Angeles 5, and Melody St. John, Hollywood: Over 450 volunteers from 10 Rotary clubs, Interact, Rotaract Clubs; church groups, corporations and local service organizations helped to prepare and stage the event, from Wednesday, December 15 to Saturday, December 17. 3,000 people participated in the Angel City Giveaway Given away were 3,000 toys and 7,000 articles of clothing Donations and grants helped purchase and distribute food gift certificates to 1,000 families. Matt Ball, Los Angeles 5, arranged performances by professional singers on the stage at the beginning of clothing distribution and a choir of Church Elders sang Christmas carols for the crowds standing in the long line. They brought laughter and smiles to families waiting in line for up to 4 hours. Mark Mariscal, Los Angeles 5, and the LA City Recreation and Park Department provided the stage and sound system, technical personal and volunteers to help. The event would not have been the same without their support. Javier Cano, Los Angeles 5,of JW Marriott furnished the strong coffee, fresh juice and fresh made breakfast pastries that were perfect for energizing the volunteers so early in the morning. Mark Mariscal descripted how many Rotarians felt at the event! â€œFirst, Marjorie and Melody's coordination of clubs throughout 5280 was a huge success. There were over 100 Rotary volunteers and their guests wearing their "Rotary Cares" t-shirts. The leadership work by Rotarians was clear to everyone (fellow Rotarians, other organizations, reps from the Mayor's Office). The volunteers formed a human chain to transport boxes in the pre-dawn dark; at the distribution points, each recipient was greeted by smiling volunteers who helped the family pick the right sizes in clothing and age-appropriate toys. Interact members and Rotary Exchange Students helped wherever extra hands were needed. It all amounted to a seamless operation by a diverse and energetic group of volunteers helping neighbors in need. Rotarians truly demonstrated the International Theme, "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.â€?
Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
ilshire Rotary partnered with Park La Brea for a giant toy collection. Toys were distributed to the Salvation Army Red Shield Heart of LA aka HOLA, and Alexandria House, a non-profit transitional residence that provides safe and supportive housing for women and children. The Facebook photos show Executive Director Park La Brea John Burnery, Dia and Shuldenfrei, President Kyle Pierce and Activities Director Park La Brea Sylvie Broussard.
everal clubs participated with holiday toy collections. Los Angeles 5 donated so that more than 2,500 foster children opened a new toy on Christmas morning thanks to their participation in the Spark of Love!
ermosa Beach gave stockings stuffed with bears to special Adopt-AGrandparent. So nice to think of the elderly during the holiday season.
ruth be told, I likely hankered for clothes at Christmas as much as my 20 year younger brother hankered for my gift to him at Christmas: books. I even caught his complaint that “all you get from Jesse is…blah, blah, blah.” Well, I was in college then and had learned the staying power of books over that of a plastic Prince Valiant sword—hey, light sabers weren’t yet on the horizon. And by the time I understood what Rotary is—and this just recently—I’d learned the value of clothes for Christmas or, if you’re poor, any other time of year. So, at the request of Ruth Schwartz, Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, Inc., on a brisk, December morning members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles joined folks from other organizations to re-pack huge bins of brand new manufacturers' overruns and surplus clothing into manageable boxes destined for needy people throughout Los Angeles.
laya-Venice Rotarians who attended the Holiday Party at McBride's School felt their hearts melt as over 200 physically and mentally challenged children came to meet Santa Claus and get gifts from him. Each child happily accepted a small back pack with stuffed toys. President Gail Goldstein gave the Principal a cash gift of $350 to host the staff and care givers at a Holiday Party. Gail acknowledged the special efforts of Alex and Nadine Rosales who are the heart and soul of this project. Santa was so impressed with the students that he bought a brand new suit just for the McBride kids. He looked great! The club thanked Tom Ryan for doing such a great job with these beautiful children
Christmas Clothes for Shelters
ach year Westwood Village sponsors a Holiday Shopping Spree with young children from the Salvation Army Transitional Living Center. The children and Rotarians take a bus to a store to select clothing and presents for themselves and their family. Then they all enjoy a nice dinner together. This photo is from the event nearly 5 years ago.
Rotarian’s tinny-boppers even got into the act by taping boxes together and counting the articles Deposited within. It was hours of pretty intense work well organized and supervised by Ruth Schwartz and her staff who kept the forklifts of new clothes coming as we sorted, cut off labels and gently folded men’s, women’s and children’s gifts that I’m confident will prove more useful than even a--finally invented, thank goodness-- plastic light saber and as cherished as a worn copy of Oliver Twist.
Focus Youth and Giving
New Generations Giving Thanks Project
is the season, for getting together with family and friends… and over indulging in rich food and drink. But there are many families in our community who are wanting in their basic and daily needs. Rotary District 5280 New Generation Clubs (NG) took on the challenge to help make a difference. To take part in a project that would make a significant impact on our local community, we choose an organization right in the middle of our district: the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Through this project, we involved the entire District 5280 Rotary Clubs in collecting food to help restock the empty shelves of the LA Food Bank. Our collection day was November 12th at the Westchester Presbyterian Church, where everyone gathered for Rotary’s Got Talent and Dinner. The talent was awesome, the food provided by Lisa Schwab of Cantalini's Salerno Beach Restaurant, was scrumptious and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The parents and adults in attendance had only smiles and compliments for your organization and enthusiasm. We had magic, singers, dancers, actors, a classical guitar and a rockin’ band; several worthy of a professional stage. However, the best part was seeing all of the cans collected by our clubs. Rotarians, joined in with the Interactors and Rotaractors, and contributed tons of food and $453.00 in cash. A month later, we were able to get a glimpse of where our contributions went. The second part of our project required everyone to roll up their sleeves and pitch in at the food bank. We donned our gloves and went to work sorting, stacking and packing newly donated food from volunteer organizations like ours, and also from large businesses such as Wal-Mart and Vons. Jenna Hoover states “Working at the LA Food Bank made me realize how much of an impact we can make by donating canned food there because they distribute food to families, the elderly, and other people in need throughout Los Angeles.” After a few hours of hard work the job was done. According to Jonathan Keisner, “The event was a great way to spend a Saturday morning during the holiday season.” Tis also the season for giving of our time, our money and our resources to assist our neighbors in need of our help. Great job New Generations! Jenna Hoover| Interact Representative Jonathan Keisner| Rotaract Representative Olivia Patterson | New Generations Advisor
irector of Help the Children Stephanie Stegall, Rio Hondo-Vernon, had a volunteer work day where 77 Interactors from Bell High School helped with a project for Angel Tree. They are sending late Christmas presents to children whose parent or parents are incarcerated. Help the Children donated extra supplies to the RCA Backpack Collection for homeless students.
he Marymount College Rotaractors collect two car loads, about 100 toys and participated in their distribution at Harbor Interfaith. This was one of two events supported by Palos Verdes Sunset , coordinated by Caroline Brady-Since, San Pedro. Pictured are President Antonio Argueta, Don Reeves and Jacob Velasco
2012 DISTRICT 5280 CONFERENCE BRAD’S BAYSIDE ESCAPE April 19 – 22, 2012 Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa right at Mission Bay
ur conference venue offers 5-star service and is centrally located near San Diego SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Historic Old Town, Legoland, Gaslamp quarters and other San Diego attractions. A paradise of palms and perfect sandy bay fronts, at this bayside retreat one can indulge in spa treatments, play tennis, go wakeboarding, sailing, splashing around the pool, or taking a bike ride along the boardwalk, or just relax around a fire pit and view beautiful Mission Bay. A Kid friendly resort, there’s a variety of resort activities for the entire family to enjoy, from enjoying a dive-in movie by the pool to making s’mores among one of the fire pits around the bay.
Activities includes: Golf at Steel Canyon Golf Club “Robinson Cruising” – Flagship dinner cruise Run with Brad Navy Base visit for Clean Water Project Hospitality Night Luau New Generations Project Children’s Trip to San Diego Zoo
The conference promises four days of fellowship, recognition and celebration of this Rotary year’s accomplishments, and most importantly fun. Registration fees and hotel rates are kept the same as last year and guaranteed till March 15. On-line registration is now open at www.rotary5280.org. Hotel reservation must be made separately from the conference reservation. We are looking for event sponsorship/advertisers as well as silent auction items. For more information, visit www.rotary5280.org.
Night children’s pizza and movie by the pool Governor’s Ball Great plenary sessions Inspiring luncheon speakers Club Projects Promotion Rotarians’ Business Promotion – new this year to encourage Rotarians doing Business with Rotarians Silent Auction Celebration of Life Service
Rotary Day of Service The Man with all the Answers!
ay of Service Chair Veronica Martinez’s invites Rotarians across the district to join together on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Starting at 8:00 am, Frank Lanterman High School in Los Angeles will be a special day of service and joy. Following refreshments and a program, Rotarians and friends will be transported to different community projects. Participating clubs and recipient organizations will host visitors with refreshments and lunch. Then join the celebration. Kelly green shirts with the Rotary Day of Service logo on them are available. Order at $8 by February 24th. Go to the District web site for more information.
Rotary Community Alliance
he RCA will meet at the Bell Shelter, tour the facility and learn what the Salvation Army does with the collections from the Red Kettles. It is the largest homeless shelter west of the Mississippi. It provides health and support programs, classes and referrals. Rotarians, especially Community Service Directors, and friends are invited to this interesting meeting. Every club is invited to send representti8ves. Dinner will be $20. For information and to RSVP for the Thursday, February 2, 6:30 pm meeting contact RCA Co-Chair Marie Fremd.
SAR Membership Dean Reuter
had the pleasure of sharing lunch and Membership information with Dr. Erwin Samuelson, Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset. Who is Doctor Erwin Samuelson?” Well, he has been noted as the World’s Record Achiever in Membership.
Rotary Awareness Month
elebrate January, Rotary Awareness Month, by training members on Rotary history, programs, or how to raise awareness of the club’s projects among the community. Or, ask members to share a personal story or experience that they have had because of Rotary. Every Rotarian has a Rotary story that can be educational and inspiring. The beginning of a new year is a good opportunity to renew inspiration for the rest of the Rotary year.
With 50 years’ experience in Rotary and at least 75 members inducted…he is my HERO!!! After listening to him, I realized that our thoughts on Membership ran in parallels. He did have a unique way of paraphrasing my thoughts… Reuter “Always seek out qualified potential members” Dr. Samuelson “Watch out who you ask” Reuter “How can we direct Rotarians to ‘Break the Barrier’ that keeps us silent and failing to extend the offer of membership?” Dr. Samuelson “ Just Ask” Reuter “How should we apply best practices for retention and keeping members involved?” Dr. Samuelson “Keep ‘em Happy” So, bottom line…”It’s not that tough”. Just have the courage to ask that qualified person who deserves to be a Rotarian and Rotary deserves to have as a member!!!!
Focus on End Polio and the Rotary Float
arry Bender was on the other side of float while Joe Harding walked on the camera side of the float. Larry was heard saying, â€œMost fun and enjoyment ever at a Rotary event. Also most painful for knees but all discomfort is gone.â€?
hat an honor it was to represent Rotary International in the 2012 Rose Parade. It was truly a once in a lifetime moment which led to several more "Rotary Moments". The first was getting up at 3:30am on January 2nd to make it up to Pasadena for the initial check in phase. Second being the opportunity to share the experience with our Rotary International President and his wife. Many thanks to the Rio Hondo-Vernon Rotary Club and Bob White for nominating me as their representative. I'd also like to extend thanks to Deepak Purohit in India for sending Larry Bender and I some NID vests and hats so we fit the uniform look of our fellow float riders and walkers. I woke up January 3rd wondering why my shoulders were sore. Then I remembered the 5.2 miles of constant waving to the estimated 750,000 people that lined the parade route. What a rush it was to hear all the positive comments from the crowd about our float and our efforts to rid the world of polio. It's just an incredible sight when we turned from Orange Grove onto Colorado Blvd to see the streets full of spectators. I was so very proud to call myself a Rotarian and truly honored to walk along side others that also have Rotary running through their veins. Larry Bender is like a brother from another mother ( and a few generations !!! ) and there was no one else better to walk with and share this experience. THANK YOU ROTARY! Joe Harding
Los Angeles 5 Vice President Ken Chong is one of over 900 volunteers in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association . Once again it was a beautiful day run so smoothly by so many helping hands.
Around the District Chinese New Year Dinner
Youth Protection Policy Training and Wine Tasting Event
riday, January 13th 2012 is the Youth Protection Policy Certification Training & Wine Tasting Event at the Hacienda Hotel Courtyard Hotel. The seminar and certification is at 6:30pm and the wine tasting social is 8:00pm. All Rotarians who work with Youth/New Generations must be certified with YPP and go through the background certification process. Each club needs to be represented. The cost is $10 and a bottle of wine. Please RSVP to the District Office. The flyer is on the District web site. Please direct questions to NG SAG Jaimee Sul Cantrell.
District Recognitions Due February 2
he District Recognition Awards Book 2011-12 is posted on the district web site. Reports are to be submitted electronically or provided on a flash drive. Reports must be turned in to the District Office by Thursday, noon, February 2nd.
VOCATIONAL SERVICES Art, Music, Speech Contest
elebrate the 14th Annual Chinese New Year Gala with Palos Verdes Sunset. The Year of the Dragon 4710 will be Saturday, January 21, 2012, 5:00 at the Empress Pavilion, Chinatown. The 10course Chinese banquet will include entertainment for $55 per person. Remember to wear RED! Make reservations with Angi Ma Wong,
SAG Vocational Service Pat Bennett
istrict 5280 is providing a wonderful opportunity to initiate competitions within your club. Recruit, Local High Schools for one of the premier events for Rotary Clubs throughout the district. Recognize high schools students with talents in Art, Music and Speech through these contests. Club entry fee for each contest is Small Clubs $ 50.00; Medium Clubs $100.00 and Large Clubs $150.00. Entries are due by February 2 with the competitions on March 3.
Chinese New Year Parade
arch in the 113th Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors have led the parade for the last nine years. Last year there were almost 190! Wear RED tops (sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, etc.) and black slacks or skirts with comfortable walking shoes.
The winners of each contest will be awarded 1st Place, $ 1000.00; 2nd Place, $500.00 and 3rd Place $250.00.
Meet for lunch at Philippeâ€™s for lunch, 11:15. Be at the parade assembly area (Ord and Hills Streets) by 12:30. Enjoy dinner at Hop Wo Restaurant following the parade.
We encourage all Clubs to participate in this District event and showcase local high school students with their talents. See the District website for applications, rules and to contact the chairpersons.
Click to contact Angi Ma Wong,
SAG Special Projects Report Don Reeves
t has been a great year so far starting with the District Picnic thanks to Wendy Clifford. Although not included under Special Projects, the Paul Harris Foundation Celebration Circus Vargas was a flying success thanks to the Governor and the event committee.
The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills acknowledged as Transformers AJ Wilmer, Tom Korey and Susan Berk. Congratulations to these three outstanding and hard working Rotarians!
We have had three Presidents Dinners to date starting in August with great presentations by Dean Reuter (Membership), Rick Mendoza (RI Foundation) and Joe Harding (Club Goals). The dinner, catered by Chicago4Ribs, was sponsored by Palos Verdes Sunset and Palos Verdes Peninsula. The elegant second dinner, held at the Thai Consulate, was sponsored by the Thai Town and provided a great introduction to the upcoming RI Convention. The third dinner was again held at the Governorâ€™s condo and featured talks about the District Trip to Puerto Rico and the District Awards process. It was sponsored by the Westchester and Beverly Hills and featured an Italian buffet. The District Simplified Grant Awards were also announced and distributed by PDG Chuck Anderson.
During his Official Visit Governor Brad bestowed the prestigious Transformer Award on Janet Chabola and Kathy Haworth for their strong support of the Rotary Club of Culver City especially with their efforts with Matching Grants to benefit the community and their international Sister Rotary Clubs.
Club Rotario de Latinos Unidos honored Noe Jaramillo a member who is part of the heart of this small and mighty Rotary Club.
The Governorâ€™s Visits have had the special honoring of dedicated Rotarians in the clubs this year. This newsletter has recognized those Transformers within the district. If your club has not been acknowledged, we want their pictures. Please send to Newsletter Editor Carmela Raack.
The year of 2012 will feature two more Presidents Dinners. The first on January 25 is sponsored by Santa Monica and will be held at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport. The aircraft chronicle the beginning of flight starting with the Wright Flyer plus a number of interactive exhibits. RSVPs by January 20. The final Presidents Dinner is intended to be a transitional dinner on March 21 including Presidentselect and family members and friends. It will be held at the Banning Museum-Stage Coach Barn and include a Western BBQ and entertainment from Freedom4U, a great Palos Verdes Peninsula youth jazz organization.
ost clubs in the district celebrated with holiday parties. None were quite like the South Bay Rotaract's Holiday Party Yay, ugly sweaters! — with Steven Johnson, Leslie Ocana, Tori Hettinger, Kimberly Low, Phillip Okwo, Claudia Cloudy, Anna Miner, Jean Maldonado, Emre Eser, Edwin Maldonado, Jonathan Keisner, Phuoc Quach, Blanca A Mandujano and Laura Steinmetz.
...LA Cedars Rotary invites Rotarians and friends to attend their Annual Fundraiser on Sunday, January 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, at the Next Door Lounge, 1154 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90038. Enjoy jazz and hors’ oeuvres at $50.00 per person. RSVP to email@example.com or call 323-465-6591. Proceeds will fund the installation of water filtration systems in 10 public schools and provide a bus and school equipment for physically and mentally challenged children in Lebanon. ...Playa Venice Sunrise members and businesses provided their annual program by honoring students with 43 Jackets of Excellence at Venice High School. An outstanding program!
...Lynwood Rotary Club showed its presence in their community and around the globe. President Victor Gomez rode on the float. Their participation in the Annual Lynwood Candy Lane Parade made it not just in the local cable but all the way to China. See this clip of the china news from New Tang Dynasty Television: http://ntdtv.com/xtr/b5/2011/12/12/a630311.html.
...Carson-Gardena-Dominguez won first place in the Torrance Mall Christmas Tree Decorating contest. The event provided Rotary awareness while supporting the firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive. Rotarians donated ornaments of recycled material to the tree. The winning prize was 22 meals from the Jolly Bean that President Cara Rice donated to a local youth group.
...The Governor’s Visits are done for the Rotary year. The Rotary club of Beverly Hills, the Home of the Governor was the last one and it was special! As a gift the club members honored Governor Brad by increasing their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Yes, every member! The names and level of giving were read—over 150! Then as the members stood they pinned each other with their new advancement pins. So very impressive! President Brooke Knapp told the audience, “This was a first with The Rotary Foundation.” Coordinating the paperwork, monies and foundation points was an incredible undertaking. Congratulations to Beverly Hills Rotary and Governor Brad.