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The New Rotary District 5280 J UL Y 2012

June 2013

Governor Lew’s Message It’s June and the Rotary year is almost completed and the start of a fresh, new year is almost here. May was truly a fun, educational and historic month. It began with the District Conference in Santa Barbara's Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort. VIVA ROTARY! Sixty of us had a wonderful day traveling on three buses to various wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. That evening we met the Rotary International President's representative to our District Conference, PDG Manyoung Chang and his wife Jeongsuk, who traveled from District 3660 in Busan, Korea to attend our Conference. Friday Morning we welcomed DG Mago Takano from our GSE Partner,

District 2620, in Japan and his Executive Aide, DGND Eiichi Noguchi. Our DGND DJ Sun was thrilled to meet his classmate from Japan. The incoming GSE Team from District 2620 Japan arrived and all the members had a wonderful time at our World Renowned Friday night Hospitality event. The weather cooperated and the Plaza del Sol was crowded and almost magically, filled with laughter, great food and drink. Saturday and Sunday passed quickly and when everyone was ready to leave Sunday they had good memories to take home.

INS ID E TH IS IS S U E : Club Happenings

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Tornado Relief

Doug Baker was center stage, One More Time. It was a great event.

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Club Happenings +

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District Awards

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Conference

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Thank You!

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Save the Date

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June is Rotary Fellowship month and eighty of us will be off to Lisbon to close out this year. This year it has been a great pleasure for me to work with all 65 clubs and each (Continued on page 2)

Two weeks later everyone was at the Carson Community Center for the District Assembly and

July 16, First District Breakfast Plan on joining us on July 16th for the first District Breakfast of the new year. Our speaker will be Jackie Lacey, newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney. She is first female and first African-American district attorney since the office was created in 1850. She has stated. "To the people of Los Angeles County, protecting your safety and maintaining the integrity of the justice system will be my top goals as your district attorney," she said during the ceremony at USC's Galen Center. "Together, we will make the neighborhoods of Los Angeles County safer." As always, we encourage that registration be done as a club through the District Office. $35 per person; $40 after July 8th. Parking is included. Westin LAX Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045


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Governor Lew’s Message (Continued from page 1)

and every Rotarian in the “Bigger, Better and Bolder District 5280.” I am very honored to have had the opportunity to serve you as Governor. Bu Myer expressed my feelings best when he said "The moment may be temporary, but the memory is forever."

Hermosa Beach

What a magical, memorable day Hermosa Rotary made for all the Starfish children and their parents and grandparents who joined us at the Rotary Clubhouse for the 9th annual Mother's Day celebration. The thrilling spectacle of Steve's white doves flying over the tree canopies was incredible.

Del Amo

Bill Oberholzer, Del Amo Rotarian, accepting the 2013 Golden book award from the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA. Award is given for outstanding service and highest contributions, giving of themselves through service of exceptional length, intensity and continuity. Only 300 awards have been given out since 1934.


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Glendale Moonlight

Backpack for the Homeless

Shoes to Shelter

As the 2012-2013 Rotary year nears its end, The Glendale Moonlight Rotary has a lot to be proud of. After our chartering on June 29th 2012, we hit the ground running. We finished a big renovation at the YMCA, which gave the 'Y' a functioning kitchen and dining area to be utilized for healthy eating classes and seminars. For the beginning of the school year, each of us partnered with a fellow member to donate seven backpacks filled with school and art supplies to underprivileged kids. This project was so successful that one parent was brought to tears by the exceptional way the backpack was specialized to her child's interests. Following the backpacks, we raised funds and created hygiene kits for the local homeless shelter. The contents of which included bottles of shampoos, flip flops, combs, towels, dental care products and other basic necessities. Simultaneously, we collected over sixty pairs of new and gently worn shoes to donate to the shelter. We closed out the year by “adopting” several families during the holiday season to provide them with basic kitchen and home goods and presents for the children to open on Christmas day. With the new year, came a new energy. The members came together to design and paint a powerful mural for the YWCA and lent a helping hand at the Junior Blind Olympics of America. Our club has also been supportive of the international goals of rotary by providing funds for the eradication of polio, participating in the rotary day of service and hosting a dinner for the GSE group from Japan. And we are not finished yet. Currently, we are raising funds to help underprivileged youth in the LAUSD area go to camp in order to build leadership and life skills to take with them to high school. We thank all the rotary clubs who have acted as our mentors, friends and confidantes. With one year of experience and practice under our belts, we are looking forward to the new year, new members, new projects and a step towards a new world. Glendale Moonlight Rotary Club

Rotary Day of Service

Chartered June 29, 2012

Playa Venice Leads District in Moore Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Shelter Hygiene Packages

President Jim Vuchsas of Playa Venice Sunrise contacted the Moore Oklahoma Rotary Club right after the tornado hit. He then reached out to Rotarians and friends through email and Face Book and got the heartwarming responses list below. These are the funds we have been advised of, as of 5/29 as we “go to press.” Sincere thanks to all of our generous donors! Westwood Village Rotary Club, Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, E. Belmont Herring, Santa Monica Rotary, Kent & Kay Colberg, Santa Monica Rotary, Joseph Metoyer, Jr., ACTS Church, Santa Monica Rotary, Katie & Mike Litsey, Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, Dr. Michael & Beth Phillips, Leticia Kahrilas, Donald and Barbara Reeves, Palos Verdes Sunset . Total donation sent $ 7,675.00. The District has subsequently set up direct contact to our Oklahoma counterpart district. Details can be found on the our District website, http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/home.aspx?did=5280

YWCA Athletics Mural


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Glendale Sunrise Glendale Sunrise Rotary Enhances Literacy for Elementary School Children

Glendale Sunrise Rotary has always been a club that enjoys “handson” projects, whether it is digging in the dirt, mixing cement, shopping for children’s pajamas and backpacks or anything else that requires our “hands.” For the last few months Glendale Sunrise Rotarians have been going to yard sales, library and thrift stores, ebay etc. scouting for children’s books appropriate for grades kindergarten through third grade. We have had much fun buying, cleaning, sorting and labeling over 1,500 books. The most fun, however, was going to Horace Mann Elementary School on April 3 and Thomas Edison Elementary School on May 15 to give away all those books to the children. All of the books are lined up on tables by reading (grade) level and each class comes to the multipurpose room one at a time. Then all the fun happens; each child selects a book, Rotarians write their name in the book label and all the reading begins! The Glendale Unified School District teachers and administrators are so pleased with this effort to encourage reading that they have invited us to assist with their open house activities.

GSE 2012-2013 The whirlwind Group Study Exchange Team experience has concluded on a very positive note. The GSE Teams attended and presented at the District Conference on May 4th. District 2620 Governor Mago Takano was in attendance, presenting with his GSE Team at the Foundation meeting Saturday morning. It was a joy to see the two teams reunited Friday evening with bowing, hugging, handshaking and many smiles and greetings. This was truly an example of the value and meaning of the Group Study Exchange Program. So many friendships and connections have been established and I know from experience that they will continue for a very long time. Thanks goes to all the many Rotarians in District 5280 and District 2620 who made this program possible. So much has happened since I filed my application last June for the team leader position for this year’s GSE program. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in most aspects of the GSE experience, from attempting to learn a little Japanese, to training for the program, to spending a month in Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, to making presentations to Rotary Clubs in Japan and in Los Angeles, and assisting with the scheduling of vocational and cultural visits for the incoming GSE team. It has been an honor to participate in this experience and I look forward to working on the new Vocational Training Program. Jewell Price


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SCV Rotary Club Brings 700 Books To After School Programs The SCV Rotary Club teamed up with the Saugus Union School District to donate 700 books to their Before and After School Programs for elementary schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Rotarians Mary Ann Colf and Connie Ragen Green connected with Michelle Morse, Director of Child Development Programs for Saugus Union, and on May 8 the Rotary Club affixed book plates to all 700 books. Also on hand was Judy Umeck, president of the School Board and Superintendent Dr. Joan Lucid. This project was the culmination of several months of fundraising efforts by Rotary, and all 700 book titles were hand-picked by former classroom teacher Connie Ragen Green. Founded more than 50 years ago, the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club currently meets Wednesdays at noon at Marie Callendar's on The Old Road just north of Magic Mountain Blvd. Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. With 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world they all share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.

Dante Acosta and Ralph Wronker affixing new book plates to the donated books.

Ray Werner & Ed Bolden taking a minute to look over the books

Marymount Rotaract Club Makes Donation in Jim Dyer’s Name Led by President Victoria Perez and VP Melissa Gutierrez, the Marymount College Rotaract Club has contributed $2034 to ShelterBox in honor of Jim Dyer. Jim was well known and respected for many things but none more so than his commitment to ShelterBox. One hundred twenty seven thousand seven hundred (127,700) of these green plastic boxes containing a 10 person tent and ancillary equipment have been distributed around the world to the victims of natural disasters. Each box costs $1000 including delivery and setup. The club, guided by college advisor Megan Parsley, conducted weekly and/or weekend fundraiser events for over 2 months. These included cookie and cupcake sales on campus, TV and commercial event participation such as On-Camera and Yogurtland and a booth at the Palos Verdes Farmer’s Market. The club was aided by generous contributions from the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club including individual members as well as from other Rotarians within District 5280 and Jim’s son Dr. Robert Dyer. This is the second time that the Marymount Rotaract Club has raised funds for ShelterBox and is only one of the many projects including Pennies4Polio fundraisers that led the club to being named Marymount’s Club of the Year as well as the District 5280 Rotaract Co-Club of the Year last year. Don Reeves NG Chair Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club


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2012-2013 District Club Award Winners Club Service

Membership

Excellence

Excellence

Small Club, Lomita-Torrance-Airport

Small, Downtown Los Angeles

Medium Club, San Pedro

Medium, San Pedro

Large Club, Playa Venice Sunrise

Large, Playa Venice Sunrise

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Small, Lawndale

Small, Crenshaw-Watts, LA Colombo Americano

Medium, Carson-Gardena-Dominguez

Medium, Inglewood, Thai Town

Large, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Large, Westwood Village. Wilshire

Communications/PR

New Generations

Excellence

Excellence

Small, Malibu

Small, Lomita-Torrance Airport

Medium, Calabasas

Medium, Thai Town

Large, Los Angeles 5

Large, Westchester

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Small, Lawndale

Small, Lawndale, Malibu

Medium, San Pedro

Medium, Burbank Sunrise, Carson-Gardena-Dominguez, Hawthorne/LAX/Lennox

Large, Playa Venice Sunrise

Large, Playa Venice Sunrise, Redondo Beach, Woodland Hills

Community Service

Rotary Foundation

Excellence

Excellence

Small, Lawndale

Small, Lawndale

Medium, Burbank Sunrise

Medium, Koreatown

Large, Woodland Hills

Large, Wilshire

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Small, Lomita-Torrance Airport

Small, Los Angeles Downtown

Medium, Carson-Gardena-Dominguez

Medium, San Pedro

Large, Playa Venice Sunrise

Large, Palos Verdes Sunset, Woodland Hills

International Service

Vocational Service

Excellence

Excellence

Small, Lawndale

Small, Lawndale

Medium, Koreatown

Medium, Hawthorne/LAX/Lennox

Large, Manhattan Beach

Large, Los Angeles 5, Playa Venice Sunrise, Westchester

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Small, LA Colombo Americano

Small, LA Colombo Americano, Latinos Unidos, Lomita-Torrance Airport

Medium, Thai Town

Medium, San Pedro

Large, Los Angeles 5

Large, Palos Verdes, Santa Monica, Westwood Village

For a complete listing of all the components that make up the “overall awards� go to the follow web address: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=50010&pid=89203


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The Presentation of Conference Awards Large, Playa Venice Sunrise

Clubs of Excellence Medium, San Pedro

Small, Lawndale

Governor’s Award Dean Reuter

Rotarian of the Year Sheri Polak

Bill & Colette Paul

Hall of Fame PDG, Dave Woods (with Matt Schaaf)

Ian Jones Humanitarian Award , Presented to Jim Dyer Santa Monica Club President Judy Neveau and Sharen Dyer


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2013 District Conference Highlights Past District Governor Reunion

Wine Tour

Conference

Photos Courtesy of Rick Mendoza, Linton Morgan and Richard Thompson


Got Rotary Friends? Rotary International Fellowships, with an S, are separate but RI-approved groups of likeminded worldwide Rotarians, spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common interest, profession, or hobby. Make friends all over the world by joining one or more! If you are already a member of any of these Fellowships, or you would like more info, please e-mail D5280 Fellowships Chair Mel Powell at rotarymelpowell@aol.com.

Rotary District 5280 Office 8939 So. Sepulveda Blvd. Ste. 210 Los Angeles Ca 90045 Phone: (310) 670 9792 Fax: (310) 670 9795 Rotary5280.0rg Office@Rotary5280.org Emily Blair-Charnelle, District Office Administrator

June is Rotary Fellowships Month! That’s right; it’s our month to celebrate the diversity of interests in Rotary. Here’s your final example of the year, but quit your whining and raise a toast to the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship. Learn about wine, enjoy the friendship of worldwide Rotarians, and share tasting notes and experiences. http:// www.rotarywine.net We close 2012-2013 with “Author’s Privilege,” to show you that if you have an interest, hobby, or vocation that is not yet represented among the family of Rotary Fellowships, you can be part of starting one. Three separate countries must be represented among the Rotarians starting a new Fellowship and eventually petitioning Rotary International to be recognized as official. Do you understand that ice isn’t just what goes in your drink? Then the Ice Hockey Fellowship of Rotarians is for you! Bound by our love of the game and dedicated to creating events at pro and junior and college games to Put Polio On Ice (and other service projects!), we’re not just hockey pucks. We’re in the forming stages, founded by Rotarians in Canada, Sweden, and exotic Sherman Oaks. Score a goal for service and contact Mel at the e-mail address above. Rotary: a world of fun, friends, and opportunities for service. And it is up to YOU to reach out and make the most of your Rotary experience. Go here…now, in this electronic newsletter…and see for yourself! http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/ fellowships_flier_en.pdf

Thank you District 5280!

Save the Date June 23-26 International Convention July 16 Quarterly District Breakfast

This issue of the “New District 5280 Newsletter” will be my last as your Newsletter Chair. I am surprised to admit that my feelings are mixed and my emotions are bittersweet. I won’t miss the concern for looming deadlines, worrying about having enough District news to fill the pages in a timely and accurate fashion. I will miss the interaction with so many dedicated and committed District Officers and Rotarians. You make this involvement both worthwhile and personally special. I have had the great pleasure to work with some truly remarkable people and I am blessed and stronger for the experience. Please accept my personal thanks to all of you! Our Governor, Lew Bertrand, caught me totally by surprise when he asked me to head the 2012-2013 Newsletter effort (a word to the wise, don’t ever play poker with Lew!) His support was unflinching and his encouragement was, without fail and always 100% positive! My sincere thanks also to Emily Blair-Charnelle our District Office Administrator. She was the continual and ongoing “underground railroad engineer” of information and images that you saw on a monthly basis. People knew that it was enough to get things to Em and they’d get District Newsletter consideration! I end this journey with a request of you, my fellow Rotarians in District 5280 please give your 2013-2014 Communications/PR Chair, Jillian Anderson, the support and help you have given me. She and the District will be stronger for it. Tony Ciancimino, 2012-2013 Newsletter Chair


Rotary District 5280 June 2013 Newsletter