Posted by Wes Bradford on May 15, 2018
Dominique Alvarez, Senior & Rotaract President at Marymount, was awarded a $1000 check from our Club. Her leadership in Rotaract activities this academic year was commended by our President Jon Caplan.
 
Teresa Hoffman, PVHS Liaison for Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Joanne Lewis, PVHS Director of College & Careers, described the academic and activities achievements of Palos Verdes High School Student of the Year Austin Nash (who was unable to be present but was represented by his parents, William Nash & Irene Powell). He plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.
 
Austin’s parents, Irene Powell & William Nash, read a statement from him expressing appreciation for his award. He was awarded a $1000 check from our Club, to be presented to him at the PVHS Awards Ceremony.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on May 08, 2018
President Jon's Safari business in East Africa has resulted in many good wildlife photos by himself and his clients. He reviewed his favorite principles on improving photo results:
 
1. Take a picture of “something” (an intended object of interest to the viewer, to attract the viewer's focus).
2. Rule of thirds: divide picture into thirds both horizontally and vertically, and position the object of interest on the dividing lines or at their intersections.
3. Control your frame, avoiding distracting background objects; look at the entire framed area.
4. Get multiple shots, for better selection afterward (avoid bad facial expressions or other distractions that may spoil picture quality).
5. Choose your lighting: bright light at high noon causes washed out bright areas and dark shadows in shady areas, losing detail. Softer lighting occurs during the “golden light”, in the first hour after sunrise and in the last hour before sunset. Look for even lighting, often in open shadow during daytime so the camera adapts to the shadow lighting and not to a bright background.
6. Avoid backlight (brighter lighting in the background that causes underexposure in the subject of interest in the foreground), unless using fill-in flash to light up the foreground (if close enough to the camera for effective flash lighting).
7. Keep subject in sharp focus, including avoiding motion blur (flash can stop motion if close enough to the camera).
8. Delete poorer quality photos (from multiple shots to provide good selection).
9. Crop photos to remove distracting and irrelevant clutter around the point of interest; photograph a large enough frame to be able to crop without cutting off the original image.
10. Consider a DSLR camera for good control of a variety of photographic situations.
Ten Tips for Better Photography, Jon Caplan Wes Bradford 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 01, 2018
Marsha Hunt is a member of the Westwood Village Rotary Club. Her Club is in partnership with the host Kabale Rotary Club in Uganda to promote Maternal and Child Health facilities in a remote area damaged by war and flooded with refugees from the violent “Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA). The LRA leader, who proclaims himself the “spokesperson” of God, has been waging a guerrilla campaign since 1987 to overthrow the Ugandan government and establish a theocratic state based on the "Ten Commandments and Acholi tribal tradition". The LRA has been accused of widespread human rights violations, including mutilation, torture, slavery, rape, kidnappings, use of child soldiers, and massacres. There is still low-level LRA activity in Uganda and neighboring countries.
 
Rotarians have been helping since 2004 to build and upgrade school buildings, restrooms, sports facilities and safe water projects as part of the Uganda Development Initiative (www.UDIworks.org) in Los Angeles. They have been buying goats and promoting self-sustaining farming for refugee families, growing coffee, tea and fruit trees for food and income. Many of the buildings were built of dried mud held together on sticks, which crumble when it rains. Rotarians are sponsoring children for school expenses and building a clinic and small medical center. They are working with Project Cure in Colorado to evaluate the medical needs and ship a container of medical equipment including an ultrasound machine. Doctors from the Rotary Club of Memmingen in Germany are completing a new surgery center there. Solar power generation is also being installed.
 
 Marsha spoke of a girl age 7 who walked 2 days to find the school; her father was dead and her mother, who was dying, told her to “find the school!” An 11-year-old girl, who had never lived in a house or slept in a bed, was caring for 3 younger children when someone handed her a baby to take care of. She managed to bring these children to the school for help. However, in addition to the poverty and casualties of violence, Uganda is a beautiful country. She showed photos of animals such as elephants, baboons, storks, gorillas, zebras and antelope.
Uganda Global Grant Project, Marsha Hunt Wes Bradford 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 24, 2018
  
Wes Bradford showed photos from the 2018 District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Columbia. They visited projects in Bucaramanga (March 21-26) and in the capital, Bogotá, March 26-30, hosted by Colombian Rotarians. The projects were widely dispersed, especially those with Global grants, so they visited those with short driving distance while other projects were presented to them in the city by the local Rotarians. Bucaramanga is in the northeastern part of the country. The Rotarian projects there included water purification, sanitation, organic farming, painting and upgrading schools, providing school supplies and backpacks, providing soccer balls and athletic shoes, and oral hygiene self-care instruction.
 
450 backpacks, most of them funded by our Rotaractors, were provided to children in several schools. The children presented singing and dancing performances for the visiting and local Rotarians. The visitors enjoyed interacting with these children and with the local Rotarians who are very active in leading these projects. Safe water and sanitation are vitally important for reducing preventable infectious diseases in impoverished populations.
 
The Rotarians visited a settlement of refugees from the Pacific coast drug wars area. These people often fled the violence on foot through the mountains, with their families and what little possessions they could carry on their backs. Thousands of them arrived with no food, jobs, housing or school facilities. Many of the coastal farm areas have been devastated by aerial spraying of coca fields with pesticide poisons, which persist on the land for years and increase the rate of cancer and birth defects. Starting over in a clean environment with organic farming practices is important for minimizing future health effects in these people.
 
The Bogotá projects included water and sanitation, malaria diagnosis and prevention, technology and vocational training, Operation Smile (cleft lip and palate repair), and providing bicycles to students to encourage school attendance. Visiting these humanitarian projects provided many inspiring Rotarian experiences and interesting cultural interactions.
District 5280 Humanitarian Projects in Colombia (Wes Bradford) Wes Bradford 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 17, 2018
Tore Knos (rotarytore@gmail.com), of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, is a board member of Disaster Aid USA, a Rotary project. He is a Past President of the North Atlanta Rotary Club. He has a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, and is also a certified master plumber (practical hands-on experience). He has traveled in Asia, Panama, Mexico, Sweden and Costa Rica, and speaks English, Swedish and Spanish. In 2013 he hiked the 2178 mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states over 5½ months as a Rotary fundraiser.
 
Disaster Aid USA is a non-profit corporation established in 2010 in Washington, DC, by the former Central Maryland/Washington DC ShelterBox USA team. Its Board of Directors are all active Rotarians representing every Rotarian Zone in the US, 1/3 of them standing for reelection each year. Tore Knos represents Rotary Zone 26, as well as being a Disaster Aid Response Team member.
 
Tore presented photos from his personal experience as a member of the Response Team in disaster aid work in South Sudan (refugees from ethnic cleansing warfare), Philippines (typhoon), and Malaysia (catastrophic flooding), illustrating the disaster conditions there and the Rotarian response delivering aid to these affected people. They provided Rotarian-designed disaster tents large enough for 10 people, plus water filtration and other emergency equipment and supplies to prevent infectious diseases and starvation where local infrastructure had been destroyed.
 
Tore showed “Sawyer Point One” water filter bucket-adapter kit, packaged in a plastic envelope. These kits allow converting a bucket (not included) into a water filter with a 0.1 µm hollow-fiber membrane that can remove infectious viruses, bacteria and parasites (although not chemicals). The kit includes a drill to make a hole near the bottom of the bucket (allowing space beneath for sedimentation), and a water-tight adapter to fit a small hose from this opening to the filter. The filter is turned on by holding it below the bucket so that filtered water pours out, and turned off by hanging it onto the upper edge of the bucket. This bucket filter can be set up in minutes and can supply a household with safe clean drinking water, which is in scarce supply after a disaster.
 
He also showed a small paperback book he has written on how to construct a “Urine Diversion Dehydrating Toilet” (which he designed with his plumbing expertise) from locally-available materials. It’s based on the concept that feces (kept separate from urine) can dehydrate into safe usable odor-free fertilizer in 6 months, while the urine which is rich in minerals and relatively free of pathogens (and kept separate from fecal contamination) can be used safely as plant fertilizer in one week. This concept prevents human waste from contaminating the water table or from being spread by dust blowing or tracked by humans, animals and insects, and contaminating food and water. One source of contamination in a village can make the entire village sick. (Cholera in Haiti, brought in after its 2010 earthquake by a South American aid worker, sickened several hundred thousand people and killed 10,000.)
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 10, 2018
Tom Wynne, our newest member, works for the Torrance office of NAI Capital in commercial real estate sales and leasing. He and his wife, Cathy, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
 
He remembers working in his father’s appliance store with his siblings, where they learned the importance of honesty, working hard, and respecting people. He attended an integrated high school in the turbulent early 1960s where they learned how to get along with each other. He worked through college, learning to be self-sufficient, and graduated from Notre Dame majoring in Marketing Management and Finance.
 
After graduation, he worked for Procter & Gamble before moving to California in 1979. He continued his education in commercial land values, construction and marketing, and started his own real estate business, Wynne Partners, Inc. He consulted for banks on lender-owned residential, mixed-use and commercial properties. Then he joined NAI Capital, where he represents buyers, sellers, owners and tenants in commercial real estate sales and leasing.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 03, 2018
Shirley Giltzow is the District PolioPlus Chair. She reviewed the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
 
In 1979, Rotarians began a multi-year polio immunization program in the Philippines, immunizing 6 million children there. In 1985, Rotary International President Carlos Canseco announced the PolioPlus program to control polio worldwide. Since then, the Rotary polio-immunization program has been joined by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered Rotary a fund-raising challenge grant which has now grown to a 2-for-1 matching grant for polio.
 
Nigeria has had no new cases in 2 years. The only remaining polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan & Pakistan (due to conflict), and only 5 cases have been reported there so far this year. Only Type 1 polio is still in circulation, with Type 2 eradicated in 1999 and Type 3 in 2014. 450 million children have been immunized by 150,000 workers, and $1.2 billion has been pledged.
 
More funds are still needed to make the poliovirus extinct, so it doesn’t flare up and spread to millions again as in the past. Money is needed to survey people isolated in remote areas including in dangerous conflict zones, to detect new cases in persisting pockets for planning intensive focused immunization efforts, and to educate people there and promote vaccinations of vulnerable children. Maintaining continuing political commitment and financial resources to distribute vaccine is necessary to prevent worldwide spread by travelers including people crossing borders to escape conflict.
 
Shirley urged us to promote World Polio Day on October 24 with local City Council resolutions, to improve publicity and fundraising. The lessons learned and the infrastructure developed for PolioPlus worldwide can be used to improve child health and other public health priorities. More information is available at www.endpolio.org.
Global Polio Eradication – Shirley Giltzow Wes Bradford 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 27, 2018

Tapio Kartiala is retired after over 45 years experience as an aerospace structural engineer. He presented his experiences in advanced aircraft design at the Lockheed “Skunk Works”.

 It was started in 1943 by Lockheed engineer Kelly Johnson when his company was asked to design a jet fighter to counter a rapidly growing German jet threat in World War II. One month later he hand-delivered a proposal and began work “on a handshake” (the formal contract arrived 4 months after the work had begun). His team designed and built the first XP-80 Shooting Star in 143 days, by “breaking the rules and challenging the bureaucracy”. The effort was top-secret and operated in a rented circus tent near a malodorous manufacturing area, so one of the engineers answered the phone as “Skonk Works” (from the “Li’l Abner” comic strip). The name “Skunk Works” was adopted as its trademarked designation for the advanced aircraft design unit, and it is still an active team of Lockheed Martin.

Tapio outlined the process of new aircraft design, through the conceptual, preliminary, and detailed phases. The engineering constraints include the aircraft’s purpose, regulations, financial availability, and environmental and safety requirements. The work is divided into wing design, fuselage, propulsion, weight limitations, and structural strength. While a bridge is typically designed to sustain 5 times its expected maximum load, an aircraft is allowed only 1½ times its maximum expected aerodynamic loading, due to weight limitations.

Tapio reviewed 3 aircraft. The U-2 spy plane was flown at 70,000 feet and could fly for 14 hours. At that altitude, a major design problem was preventing fuel evaporation from the low pressure at near-vacuum. It could fly higher than Soviet missiles could reach, until a newer missile design shot one down over the Soviet Union, with the pilot Gary Powers being held as prisoner until exchanged for a Soviet prisoner from the US 3 years later.

The SR-71 Blackbird can fly at 80,000 feet and 2100 mph (almost 3 times the speed of a rifle bullet). It has never been hit by hostile fire because of its speed. It is made of titanium to sustain high surface temperatures (up to 400-1200°F during flight). It takes on most of its fuel in mid-air refueling because a full fuel load makes it too heavy for takeoff. (Engineers were still using slide rules when its design began.)

The F-117 Stealth fighter has many flat surfaces at odd angles to confuse radar imaging, and also a special chemical coating to absorb radar signals. It is the stealthiest aircraft ever built.

The “Skunk Works” ‒ Designing Advanced Aircraft, by Tapio Kartiala Wes Bradford 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 20, 2018

After a brief introduction by Rotarian Steve Goldsmith (Hawthorne Club), Mediators Without Borders Lead Facilitator Scott Martin began the presentation. He is a former landscape architect who is now working to mediate conflict (this is related to the biannual District Peace Conference).

Tonight’s discussion was primarily about Human Trafficking, a cause promoted by District Governor Cozette Vergari. He reviewed how to have a peace conversation or dialogue. He compared dialogue to debate; debate is oppositional, with a goal to win, listening only to find flaws and refute arguments of the other side, reaffirming each side’s own point of view, and rarely resulting in apology or introspection. Dialogue is collaborative, working to develop a common understanding and working towards better solutions, enlarging and transforming both sides’ point of view, and encouraging apology and ongoing communication.

The ground rules include respectful speech, approaching the problem rather than attacking the person, agreeing on conversation rules regarding how long to speak and how to be interrupted, and using first-person accounting. We don’t need to agree in order to listen. We need to listen for what we don’t know, not just confirmation of what we already believe. Separate the person from the problem, and bring service to the solution rather than listening and waiting to give advice.

After this review, the meeting broke up into a separate group at each table, each with a facilitator and a notetaker. Human Trafficking was discussed, specifically about the problem of prostitution. Poverty and social stress often create potential victims who are often in their teens. They are tricked into working for someone and then find it difficult to get out as they are exploited, while the customers are typically unappreciative of the social implications, enabling the abuse.

At the end, a report was provided from each table on the points discussed, followed by a conclusion and increased awareness of the problems and what Rotarians can do to help provide solutions.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 13, 2018

Our member Chuck Klaus majored in speech communications in college. He produced music programs for a radio station in Syracuse, New York, taught at the University there, and was a Drama and Music critic for the newspaper. He met his wife, Marylyn, at a concert there. When they married, he moved to California to be with her, and she brought him into our Rotary Club.

Chuck described brain function as having separate storage areas for images and sound, which need to connect their pathways for association in memory. Original silent films were accompanied by live music in the theater, with music and instruments specified for each movie, using a theater organ or a small orchestra. In 1927, the sound of recorded dialogue and singing was first synchronized with the film action, and soon most movies were talkies. David Selznick made fancier films with more action and drama, producing “King Kong” in 1933 and “Gone with the Wind” in 1939. The sounds were recorded on the set with the action, and music scores were written while watching the film. Music for dramatic scenes was timed with the screen action, as Chuck illustrated with a sword-fighting video clip.

In 1941, Orson Welles produced “Citizen Kane” (reportedly based in part on newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst), which won many Academy Awards. (Welles had become famous for his dramatic 1938 radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”.) He was very difficult to get along with, and quickly “exiled” anyone who disagreed with him. Alfred Hitchcock, an English producer, produced “Psycho”, an American psychological horror film, in 1960, pushing the film boundaries for violence and sexuality. He reluctantly put music into his film.

Separate film score albums became popular in the LP records era for marketing their movies, which were getting competition from television. Although separate movie soundtracks are just music, the actual soundtrack in the movie also includes the voice and sound effects.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 06, 2018

Juan Viteri, one of our Club’s newest members, was born in Quito, Ecuador. He described how encountering challenging circumstances in his early life changed his perspectives. At age 13, he had severe seizures, and was brought to the hospital, where neurologic studies showed 2 brain tumors. He was transferred to a military hospital for specialized care, and there he was told that he should go to the United States for the kind of surgical treatment that he needed.

He came to the US at age 14, where he was helped by sponsors and underwent neurosurgery at Kaiser. Although he has surgical scars on his head, he survived the ordeal and recovered successfully. He and his sisters live in Long Beach. His father is deceased, and the family had to move repeatedly due to housing costs, finally moving into a mobile home.

He began working in real estate, and was able to accumulate some housing properties, where he started helping other housing-affordability-stressed people in the community. With the help of some investors, he now has 35 housing clients in 3 homes in Long Beach. He wants to continue making a positive difference in the community, giving to others as had been provided to him at his time of greatest vulnerability. He heard about Rotary’s role in service to others, and began looking for an evening Rotary Club that he could attend after work. Palos Verdes Sunset provided what he was looking for, and we welcome his participation in our service projects!

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 27, 2018

The 4H Youth Development Program is sponsored by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (www.ca4h.org). 4H focuses on helping youth to reach their potential in citizenship, leadership and life skills, and giving back to their communities, supported by adult volunteers. Boys and girls from ages 9-19 can join, and in some areas they can join as early as age 5. The ratio of youth to adult volunteers is 6:1.

Dee Keese reviewed the Palos Verdes Peninsula 4H Club programs. Young people can make friends and share interests in virtually any subject, now in  37 local projects including computers, automotive, etc. Girls as well as boys are now members. She has a variety of animals in her backyard, including llamas and pigs, providing unique experiences for local children..

The leaders are volunteers. Volunteering is a good opportunity for older people to teach their skills to children. Many retired people have important experiences to pass on to the younger generation. If a child has an interest in any activity, the Club tries to organize a project for that interest if there are enough for a small group. In addition to building positive relationships with each other and with adults, the children gain experience at a young age in volunteering service. Local donation and volunteering information is available at www.pvp4hclub.com, or call Dee Keese at 310-377-9773.

4-H Youth Development Program, Dee Keese Wes Bradford 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 20, 2018

Our new member Mario Santoyo was born in West Covina in the East Los Angeles area. He attended Catholic schools and was an altar boy. He participated in track and cross-country in high school. His parents came from Spain where his grandfather had a construction company, a business inspiration for Mario. He is single and lives with 2 older sisters.

While in college at California State University in Fullerton majoring in liberal arts, he worked at a Robinson’s store. Then he got a job with a Wells Fargo Bank in Compton. He worked his way up in supervisory positions. 2 years ago he transferred to Palos Verdes with the Premier Business Bank in Malaga Cove as Vice President and Branch Manager. (Our Rotary Club’s new meeting place will be handy for him after work.)

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 13, 2018

We have tested a number of potential Club meeting sites over the last couple of months after losing our previous location at Rolling Hills Country Club late last year due to its demolition and remodeling project. In addition to location of a new meeting place, we considered quality of food and service, acoustics, size and comfort of room, and cost. (All of the current possibilities cost somewhat more than the previous venue, which we have known would end with the onset of its long-anticipated construction project.)

President Jon Caplan led the discussion of the pros and cons of each place and receiving input from members (including email input from those unable to attend tonight). After much discussion, we filled out paper ballots ranking our top 3 choices. The top choice by a wide margin was La Venta Inn. It is a beautiful facility with a great view of nightlights in the winter and daylight coastline in the summer. We hope our members and visitors will not have difficulty finding this facility on Via Del Monte.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 06, 2018

Congratulations to Alexis Dugel of Palos Verdes High School as our Club’s sponsored contestant in the District Dance Competition March 10 at LMU! She was presented a check for $200 from our Club, by Vocational Chair Lodel Caplan.

Alexis spoke of why she loves dance, an unspoken art of communication. She presented a video of one of her dance performances.

Student Dance Contest Wes Bradford 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 30, 2018

Dominique Alvarez is the president of the Marymount California University Rotaract Club. She reviewed her Club’s activities and service projects over the last year. (Dave Tomblin of the LA5 Rotary Club is the faculty advisor.) The Marymount Club has been very active with multiple service projects. District 5280 Rotaractors are selling T-shirts for $20 to honor Rotaract’s 50th Anniversary.

 

They attended the Big West Rotaract Conference at CSU Long Beach in October. It is a multi-District organization founded in 2015 and registered with RI, to collaborate projects and leadership training for Rotaractors in Districts across the US West Coast including Alaska.

Their Club helped with the District 5280 Youth Conference in Hawthorne in October, helping Interactors become better leaders and public speakers, and developing skills to make their Clubs stronger.

Los Angeles Rotaractors from Marymount, UCLA, USC, San Fernando Valley, and Angel City Clubs participated in a District-wide community service project in November at the Downtown Women’s Center. It provides services for homeless women including promoting safe housing, health care and community support services. The Rotaractors hope to expand future participation in District-level service projects, including Interactors.

They are participating in Fundraising for the District St Patrick’s Day 5K Color Run To End Polio on Saturday, March 17, at Griffith Park. (Participants will have a “non-toxic” multi-colored powder tossed on them during the run, so they will finish looking tie-dyed!)

Another Club project, with Interactors, will provide water-pasteurization indicators to verify safe water, to Migori, Kenya, on February 18.

Marymount Rotaract Service Projects, Dominique Alvarez Wes Bradford 2018-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 23, 2018

Our 2 Student Speech contestants are both from Palos Verdes High School. After introductions by Lodel Caplan, each gave a brief speech on the theme of “Making a Difference".

Isabella Hutcheson (on right) was the first speaker. She reviewed the history of bus riders in Birmingham, Alabama, trying to integrate the segregated transportation system there (Rosa Parks making a difference by refusing to give up her seat), and the events leading up to the Supreme Court’s schools desegregation decision. She also spoke of volunteering at a hospital and helping the homeless, showing how one person can make a difference.

Alexis Dugel spoke next, on making a difference by focusing on improving childhood literacy. 1 in 4 children in the US do not learn to read sufficiently for future job applications and workplace functions. 250 million people in the world are functionally illiterate. Alexis wrote and published a paperback children’s book, “The Sky’s the Limit”, encouraging children to reach for their potential. She organized an online writing contest, to which 500 children responded.

After careful deliberation, the judging committee designated Alexis Dugel the winner; she received a check for $200 from our Club, and will represent our Club in our Rotary District Pageant of the Arts on March 10 at LMU. The runner-up, Isabella Hutcheson, received $100. Our Club expressed thanks to both of the contestants and to their family members for participating in the contest.

Student Speech Contest Wes Bradford 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 16, 2018
Dave Moyers presented a history of Rotary, started by attorney Paul Harris with the first Club of 4 business and professional members in Chicago in 1905. They began meeting weekly (rotating their meetings among the members’ offices) and decided to organize service projects in the community.
 
The San Francisco earthquake occurred the next year. A Chicago member transferred to San Francisco and organized business and professional people into a new Rotary Club there for service to the devastated community. Soon there were also Rotary Clubs in Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles. In 1910 a Rotary Club was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, and then in Dublin and London. Many more Clubs were founded during World War I.
 
In 1945 after the end of World War II, almost 50 Rotarians were among the participants in the UN Charter Conference in San Francisco that founded the United Nations. They focused on maintaining international peace, developing friendly international relations, solving economic, social and humanitarian problems, and promoting human rights, which had already been Rotarian objectives for many years.
 
In 1985, building on a polio vaccination program in the Philippines sponsored by Los Angeles Rotarians, Rotary launched its worldwide PolioPlus program to eradicate polio, a disease that had crippled millions of children. The World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are now partners with Rotary in polio eradication, which is almost complete worldwide except for a handful of new cases in war-torn areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”. The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917; its motto is “Doing Good in the World”. Rotary has raised $3.5 billion for humanitarian projects around the world. Rotary International has 1.2 million members in 34,000 Clubs.
History of Rotary, PDG Dave Moyers Wes Bradford 2018-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 09, 2018
Our 2 student art contestants were Alexa Quigley and Hyun Kim, both of Palos Verdes High School. Alexa presented a sculpture representing “how we see ourselves”, describing how her hands mold the wet clay and relating the result to the 4-Way Test. Hyun presented a watercolor of a Korean woman in traditional dress and carrying a basket on her head, showing how people work hard in daily life. He is colorblind, but described how he chooses colors for his artwork in spite of his vision limitation.
 
The judging committee met to consider the artistic merits and relationship to the Rotary 4-Way Test of each art entry. 1st place was awarded to Alexa Quigley, who received a prize of $200, and 2nd place was awarded to Hyun Kim, who received a prize of $100. Alexa Quigley will be our Club’s sponsored entry into the District Pageant of the Arts contest at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 10 (Sat). (If she cannot attend, Hyun Kim will be entered instead.)
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 12, 2017
Cherise Charleswell, MPH, is the Development & Outreach Manager for Journey Out in Van Nuys, which she joined in 2016. Cherise has degrees in Biological Sciences and Anthropology, and a Master of Public Health, and is a Past President of the Southern California Public Health Association.
 

Journey Out (formerly The Mary Magdalene Project) was created by a Sunset Boulevard Presbyterian church grant in 1980, where prostituted women were working the streets outside the church. A safe haven residence was established in the San Fernando Valley to hide women from their pimps and predators for up to 6 months. These victims have been intensely manipulated and coerced, and they have difficulty returning to society. The 3 necessary steps are Survival, Hope & Freedom. (See www.journeyout.org for more information, involvement, and donations. District Governor Cozette Vergari is also promoting this effort.)

The average age of entrance into prostitution is 12-14 years old. Victims are lured and coerced in by pimps and traffickers who then control their lives and subject them to physical and emotional abuse. >50% are runaway or throwaway youth, and 85% are victims of childhood sexual molestation and incest. 84% are US citizens. They suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and are vulnerable to homelessness, mental health problems, substance abuse, rape and domestic abuse.

Journey Out’s programs include:

Direct Street Outreach, monitoring prostitution areas in Los Angeles and handing out discrete information packets.

Drop-In Center, a safe place to discuss issues of exiting from a life of abuse, violence and poverty.

Prostitution Diversion Program (PDP) works with the LA City Attorney & Police as victim advocates.

Sex Trafficking Prevention includes "Ending The Game" (to guide victims to recovery), and "My Life, My Choice" and "Word On The Street" curricula (to educate and warn girls on the tactics used to recruit victims).

“Journey Out”, Cherise Charleswell Wes Bradford 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 05, 2017
We met offsite at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes for a December Social Hour, and welcomed 2 Guests.
Club Social Hour Wes Bradford 2017-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 28, 2017

Capt Daniel Beringer, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was promoted to Captain in 2016 and assigned to the Lomita Sheriff’s Station. He joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1986 after graduation from CSU Long Beach, and served at Lomita Sheriff’s Station, followed by several other assignments in the Sheriff’s Department. The Lomita Sheriff’s Station provides law enforcement services to the cities of Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and adjacent unincorporated communities . At any one time there are 4-7 officers on patrol in the area.

California criminal law changed in 2014 to allow early release of state prisoners to city/county jails (to alleviate overcrowding in prisons). Many felonies such as drug crimes were reduced to misdemeanors. Little support was provided for homelessness and mental illness. Confinement became a revolving door with less penalties, and property crimes such as shoplifting and theft from vehicles increased. Crime spiked and then leveled off, but is now increasing again, although the Lomita Sheriff’s Station has the 3rd lowest crime rate in Los Angeles County. License plate cameras help to detect stolen cars and wanted suspects. Surveillance cameras also help identify suspects. More helicopters are used now, and a team of detectives works undercover to solve and prevent crimes.

Capt Beringer spoke about preventive measures for property crimes (burglars like easy targets). Simple precautions include clearing overgrown shrubs near the home, and verifying that windows and doors are secure and that external lighting works and is sufficient. Motion detector lighting is helpful in detecting intruders. Don’t keep tempting items visible in parked vehicles, and always lock vehicles when parked outside. Stop newspaper delivery when absent, and coordinate with trusted neighbors to watch the home. House numbers should be clearly visible from the street for emergency responders.

Motion-detection cameras can connect to a Wi-Fi router for easy installation. Two-way sound communication helps when a visitor is at the door. Night vision video can help identify people and vehicles. Cameras can have features allowing the view to move and zoom. Active camera systems can send alerts to smart phones and can even be viewed remotely. Capt Beringer passed out a homeowners guide brochure for better home and neighborhood security, and a home security assessment checklist.

Security in Palos Verdes, Capt Beringer Wes Bradford 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 21, 2017

Helen Dosta has been the Director of Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles for 6 years. 800 homes have been built by Habitat LA in the last 25 years. Habitat is building 10 houses in the 405/Sepulveda area in Culver City, with the help of 5 participating Rotary clubs including PV Sunset.

Los Angeles is one of the least affordable housing areas in the US, with high costs and overcrowding. Habitat's goal is eliminating substandard housing and providing decent sustainable and affordable housing for everyone. Habitat for Humanity provides affordable home ownership programs for families earning 30-80% of the median family income. Habitat coordinates volunteers, participating families, corporations, congregations and donors to enable home ownership for hard-working low-income families.

Habitat LA renovates as well as builds homes. Homeowners must provide down payment and monthly mortgage payments and invest "sweat equity" hours working on their future home and homes of other Habitat home buyers. Habitat homes are sold at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Educational resources help to promote financial independence. “Green building” principles are used to promote environmental and health sustainability. Many community organizations and individuals donate time, skills, materials and household items. The “ReStore” sells donated household items from contractors, companies, movie & television studios and individuals, and is open 7 days a week. Volunteers are needed for sorting, selling and computer work.

Habitat LA needs volunteers on its construction sites, in the offices, for special events, and in the ReStores. Signing up and confirming your volunteer date can be done on the website at http://www.habitatla.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Habitat for Humanity, Helen Dosta Wes Bradford 2017-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 14, 2017

Ingrid Hempell, Concord (CA) Club, is a frequent visitor to our Club (with Volker Schäferbarthold of the Minden Rotary Club in Germany). She grew up in East Berlin during the Soviet occupation after World War II. She remembers a very difficult life with hunger and deprivation, and the lack of basic consumer goods that we take for granted.

At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into 4 occupation zones by the US, UK, France and the Soviet Union. The capital, Berlin, was in the Soviet zone but had a corridor connecting it to the 3 other zones to the west. In June 1948, Soviet authorities blocked access into Berlin from the west. The Allies blocked shipments into the Soviet zone of coal and steel, hindering industrial development there. The Soviets stopped food shipments and electricity to the non-Soviet sectors of Berlin, which was surrounded by Soviet military forces.

In response, the Allies began a Berlin Airlift with urgently needed supplies on unarmed humanitarian cargo aircraft into West Berlin in July 1948, gambling that the Soviets would not shoot them down and risk World War III. This aerial conveyor belt unloaded 5000 tons per day around-the-clock with the help of German civilians. Some aircraft, on approaching the airport, dropped candy bars with little handmade parachutes to eager children waiting below, a major propaganda success to a beleaguered population.

The Soviet blockade of Berlin was lifted in May 1949. The 3 Western zones merged into West Germany with its capital in Bonn. A Communist East German government was formed with its capital in East Berlin. Marshall Plan assistance from the US helped West Germany recover from the War, while reparations to the Soviet Union from East Germany slowed economic recovery there. Soon, large numbers of impoverished East Germans were escaping to West Berlin, and in 1961 the East German government built the Berlin Wall to stop them from crossing.

In 1990, the East German government collapsed, Germany was reunited, and the Berlin wall was torn down in jubilation. The German government spent large amounts of money helping the East revitalize its economy. In 1991, still recovering from poverty, Ingrid collapsed in illness, and her mother was able to take her to West Berlin for help, where there were now more and much better supplies of basic necessities and services. Ingrid had a difficult life during those years of deprivation, but started working in 1967 and ended up in Northern California as a thankful survivor.

Ingrid Hempell, Life in East Berlin Wes Bradford 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 07, 2017

Volker Schäferbarthold is a member of the Rotary Club of Minden in Germany, and is a frequent visitor to PV Sunset Rotary Club due to his international business activities in San Pedro. He was born in 1937 in Germany and experienced Nazi rule during his early childhood.

Hitler came to power in 1933 during the great worldwide Depression, which was worse in Germany because it was still required to pay reparations to the Allies after its loss in World War I. With 6 million Germans out of work and increasing hopelessness, and with the 2 major political parties unable to turn the economy around, Hitler promised relief and his minority party was allowed to form a government. Then the Reichstag (Parliament building) “mysteriously” burned down, Hitler flew into a rage and blamed the Communists, and declared a state of emergency to rule by decree. With no parliamentary meeting place, he was now the absolute dictator.

In 1938, Hitler ordered the end of Jewish institutions and businesses, beginning with the Kristallnacht (night of broken windows, when Nazi thugs vandalized Jewish businesses who were blamed for Germany’s problems). This was the beginning of the Holocaust. There were no independent courts or freedom of speech or the press. In September 1939, Hitler began World War II by invading Poland with Nazi propaganda being the only news available.

Volker was born into a Christian family and went to church every Sunday. In school the children were required to greet their teacher with the right stiff-armed Nazi salute and saying “Heil Hitler”. Volker’s older brother and sister were in the Hitlerjugend (“Hitler Youth”) and in uniform. In 1944, a high-ranking German officer attempted to kill Hitler with a bomb at a meeting in his office, and the radio news urged everyone to pray for the life of their “beloved Führer”.

Nazi propaganda reported the bright side about “heroism” in the war, especially on the German defeat in the battle of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union. Volker’s father could not serve in the Army due to an old arm injury. Volker’s older brother on the Belgian Front watched a battle with a friend, who suddenly collapsed and died from a bullet; his brother vowed never to touch a weapon again. Air raids with systematic bombing of German cities became an almost daily experience with sirens and bomb explosions, endured in bomb shelters by a population of mostly elderly, women and children. Electric lights would go out in the shelters until after the raid, and were lit by candlelight.

When Volker later asked his mother about the Jews, she said, “Yes, they gradually disappeared, but nobody knew exactly what had happened to them.” When she finally learned the truth, she could not believe how misled and ignorant she had been. His parents had thought of their beloved country as the land of poets and philosophers (Gutenberg, Goethe and Beethoven).

Volker Schäferbarthold, “My Childhood in Nazi Germany” Wes Bradford 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 24, 2017

Guity Javid, Co-Chair of our District’s Humanitarian Trip to Colombia in March 2018, is a member of the Rancho Park Rotary Club. (The other Co-Chair, Mark Ameli, is also in the Rancho Park Club.)

Our District is partnering with 2 Districts in Colombia for 2 sets of projects for our 2018 Humanitarian Trip, to Bucaramanga March 21-26, and to Bogotá March 26-30. Volunteers can choose either one or combine both.

Bucaramanga in northern Colombia will have 6 projects, 4 of them Global Grants, 3 in water & sanitation and the other in organic farming. The other 2 are local projects — an after school project for painting & upgrading schools, oral hygiene teaching, school supplies & backpacks, & teaching organic farming; and a community project for providing soccer balls & athletic shoes.

Bogotá in central Colombia will have 7 projects, 4 of them Global Grants — water and sanitation, malaria diagnosis & prevention, technology training & audiovisual equipment, and Operation Smile (surgical correction of cleft lip & cleft palate deformities). The other 3 are local projects – providing shoe-making machinery & equipment to rural women for self-support, providing farming supplies & educational materials for vocational skills for improved self-support, and providing bicycles to schools to lend to students for encouraging attendance.

Guity encouraged interested Rotarians to apply. For info & Registration Form, go to

https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50010/SitePage/2018-colombia-humanitarian-trip.
District Humanitarian Trip to Colombia, Guity Javid Wes Bradford 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 17, 2017

Kathleen Terry, District SAG for Membership, is Past President of Manhattan Beach Rotary Club 2013-14. She is a founder of Participative Management Systems and has presented many programs on business teambuilding, customer relations, and working with today’s diverse high-speed workplaces, and has also facilitated community leadership programs.

Even small Clubs can be strong. Looking at our Club: small-medium-size (growing or shrinking), fun, exciting, dynamic, serving the community, and gender and race mix (think of the future). Look for sustainable growth over time. The challenges are recruitment, retention, and attracting younger members to maintain a good age distribution. Find them and bring them in, but don’t just follow old habits (“But we’ve always done it this way!”).

Retention begins before induction — why did you join Rotary? (Friendship, helping community, networking, etc.) What Creates the First Impression? 3 steps: Asking, Website, & First Meeting. (You only have one chance to make a first impression.) Who invited you to join Rotary? Each one reach one (customers, associates, friends, etc.). Think of someone you could invite.

Attracting younger members — 90% of Rotarians are over 40 years old. Younger members may be concerned about inconvenience of meetings, time, cost, “hanging” with friends, different ways of communication (social media). Compare this to cost of gym membership and pop music concerts. Rotary District & International dues are actually $135/year. Is our cost structure prohibitive? Younger members look for fellowship, service, fun meetings, family-friendly, flexible schedules, low cost. Do service projects involve family members? Are “traditions” a turnoff? Are younger members offered leadership positions?

Our website has been updated. Our Facebook page needs more photos. What do people experience in their first meeting? (How do we treat our guests?) In 2016, RI suggested more flexibility, relaxed attendance & meeting types, and inviting Rotaractors to be members. Retention: ~50% leave within 3 years of membership. They stay for friendship and serving the community. How to keep them: everyone knows your name and is glad you came. Identify, inform, and engage. Be willing to change and adapt, with commitment of the entire Club. (We need to get our photos and biographies on our website, and get an up-to-date group photo.

Membership (“Creating a Stronger and More Vibrant Club”), Kathleen Terry Wes Bradford 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 10, 2017
 

Induction of Mario Santoyo (Premier Bank), by DG Vergari & PDG Lew Bertrand

District Governor Cozette Vergari has her own law firm in Family Law and Trust & Estates. She has served as legal counsel for minor children in high-conflict custody battles. She graduated from USC in Dance and a Master's in Education. She taught high school and college dance, operated dance studios and retail dancewear, and was a professional choreographer, before her legal career.

She joined the Westchester Rotary Club in 1995 and chaired the opening-night event at the 2008 RI Convention in Los Angeles. She is also on the Board of Directors for 1736 Family Crisis Center and the US Selective Service System. Her husband is also a Rotarian. She has a grandson, and a new granddaughter is on the way in several days.

DG Vergari's theme this year is “Make Dreams Come True”. She reviewed the types of District support resources for the Clubs, including the District leaders, the office staff, and the District newsletters and website. She also reviewed her goals for this Rotary Year.

The goal of $18.20/member raised for polio has been exceeded. Rob DeCou's (Playa Venice Sunrise) Run To End Polio, from Death Valley 232 feet below sea level to Mt Whitney 14,494 feet above sea level over 3 days in August raised an amount to be revealed at our annual Rotary Foundation Celebration on October 28. (Our Club still has 6 spaces to the Celebration available.)

The District Humanitarian Trip to Colombia March 21-30, 2018, will have 130 Rotarians from our District (10 spaces are still available). The trip will be split between Bucaramanga and Bogotá; participants can choose either or both.

Our District sponsored a Child Sex Trafficking Forum in March at Loyola Marymount, with presenters from Homeland Security, the FBI, LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Court representatives explained how it deals with child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Elected officials, mental health professionals and nonprofit organizations were also represented. Our District is creating a Human Trafficking Task Force as a model for Rotary Districts in California, Nevada, and Arizona; Cozette will be the state coordinator for California. (RI is also looking into this kind of project.)

Our Club donated $100 tonight to the Rotary Foundation in DG Vergari's honor.

District Governor Cozette Vergari's Visit Wes Bradford 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Social Hour at Offsite Venue, Luna Rossa Wes Bradford 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 05, 2017

Our long-time Club member Larry Andrews describes himself as an engineer, “watchmaker”, rocket scientist, program manager, and reader, with interests in the arts, travel, people and other cultures. He published his first novel, “A Space Oddity”, but the publisher went bankrupt (Larry denies any responsibility for that), so he had to republish it himself to keep it in circulation.

Larry writes about places he’s been, in situations he is familiar with and/or can imagine. He has just published his 2nd novel, which he self-published with the help of Amazon. He had to edit and design the book himself (including front and back cover and layout), but he hired a designer for help. Amazon publishes ~1000 books/week, so social media marketing is essential for successful writing and publishing today. Writers need to read others in order to write well. He meets with a writer’s group at the Library, writing ~2000 words/week and getting feedback on each section from other writers.

His book starts with a collection of scenes, outline of characters and environment (places he has been, in this case 12 days on a Caribbean cruise ship), with mystery, murder & suspense. His characters include 2 young CIA agents (undercover as newlyweds), a NY Mafia boss with an attractive daughter and a security guard (a boyhood friend of the male CIA agent), and an attractive Italian female Interpol agent. They observe a partnership forming between the Mafia family and a Colombian drug cartel, but a competing cartel complicates the action. See website for more information, https://www.larryandrewsnovelist.com/.
 

“The Caribbean Endeavor” (Larry Andrews’s 2nd Novel) Wes Bradford 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 29, 2017

Eileen Hupp, a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, has been President & CEO of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for 6 years. Previously, she was a consultant for business development strategies, and has worked with national retailers for mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, advertising and finance. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1956 and has over 400 business members. Its new office address is 4040 Palos Verdes Drive North, Suite 205, in Rolling Hills Estates. Its economic programs include the Local First Campaign (shop, dine and do business locally), Community Showcase, Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival, the Salute to Business Award, and economic forecasting. When businesses thrive, quality of life improves in the community.

Business promotion includes discounted advertising, business ribbon cuttings, social media, displaying members’ business literature in the Chamber’s lobby, Human Resources consulting, and Office Depot discounts. The Chamber’s website lists businesses with maps, and it sends emails on monthly nonprofit events. (All employees & individual members of member organizations, including our Club, are also members.) Business members can advertise on the Chamber website. There are morning and evening mixers for young professionals. Chamber members can receive business referrals and serve on committees to build business relationships.

The Chamber advocates for business interests with local, state and national government officials, holds Legislative Forums for candidates for public office (without endorsement of candidates), and holds an Annual Legislative Lunch. It partners with other local, state and US Chambers of Commerce on areas of common interest. The chamber sponsors educational activities such as high school seminars and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (a 3-hour weekly students’ program for learning how to start a business; volunteers are needed). Eileen invited us to a Chamber event on Friday, September 8, honoring first responders in commemoration of 9/11. They will also deliver cookies & coffee to them on Monday, 9/11 (volunteers are welcome).

Our Rotarian Jackie Crowley was the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Our Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club was recognized as an Outstanding Community Service Organization during the year that Sandy Farrell was our President. Eileen recommends that we send photos documenting our community service projects. The website is https://www.palosverdeschamber.com/, phone (310) 377-8111.

PV Chamber of Commerce, Eileen Hupp Wes Bradford 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 22, 2017

Dominique & Raymond described their experiences at the 2017 Big West Rotaract Institute, representing Rotaract Clubs from many universities. The keynote speakers were Richard King and Brad Howard.

The attendees divided into separate groups (called Lions, Golden Retrievers, Beavers, & Otters), writing about their individual characteristics and personalities and how they translate into leadership principles.

Among the issues discussed were membership recruitment & engagement, leadership, delegation, and shared experiences, reinforced by group exercises to build experience and confidence. They studied the process of goal-setting, such as “active members by end of semester”, then evaluating at the end of the interval for feedback. They reviewed social events, projects, (such as Boys & Girls Clubs), and Club T-shirts. (It sounds like what we do in leadership training.)

Rotaract, Dominique Alvarez & Ray Godoy Wes Bradford 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 21, 2017
  
Arlington National Cemetery, Aug 21, 2017
     (Arlington Photo by Norman Wong)
 
Jacques Naviaux [LtCol USMC (Ret)] was our Club President in 2010-11.
Astrid Naviaux was our Club President in 2005-06.
 
Semper Fi, Jacques & Astrid!
Jacques and Astrid Naviaux Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery Wes Bradford 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 15, 2017

Wally Christmas (RAdm, USN Ret) was stationed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from June 1974 to April 1975 while the Vietnam War was winding down. Wally was stationed with the Military Equipment Delivery Team assigned to support the Cambodian military and government against the Khmer Rouge which had taken over the countryside and was closing in on the capital city. (The insurgents were mostly illiterate farmers who resented the educated “westernized” city people.)

On April 3, 1975, air evacuation began (Operation “Pull Eagle”) of US and other foreign personnel and selected Cambodians. Wally was on this flight (to Thailand) after his in-country duties had been terminated. By April 10, the road to the airport was cut off, and helicopter evacuation began on April 12 with the closure of the US Embassy. On April 17, the Khmer Rouge forces entered the city, greeted by cheering crowds (possibly hoping to avoid harm to themselves). By the end of the same day, the Khmer Rouge began force-marching the city inhabitants into the countryside to “live off the land” with no other assistance. Other foreigners left behind described these chaotic events; they took refuge in the French Embassy until they could be evacuated. (A video clip from the “Killing Fields” film was shown of this day’s events; the film was about a New York Times reporter who had stayed behind.)

The Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot were ultra-Maoists who wanted to return their country to an agrarian Marxist “past”. They summarily executed anyone who showed signs of education, literacy, or foreign influence. An estimated 1.8 million lives were lost, a massive genocide of their own people.

Wally Christmas, Duty in Cambodia (Part 2) Wes Bradford 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 08, 2017

Elizabeth Skrzat, a member of the LA5 Rotary Club, has been working with the environmental importance of trees since 2012, and has helped raise $19 million for tree planting in Los Angeles. (RI President Risely has challenged us to plant a tree for every Rotarian.)

The tree canopy in the Los Angeles area is in crisis, with aging trees, uneven distribution, and heat-related diseases and pests. The shot hole borer drills into the bark of distressed trees and grows a “fungus farm” inside for its food, which kills the tree. Many trees including 90% of California sycamores are expected to die from this over the next decade. Xylella is a worldwide insect-born bacterium that kills trees from the top down (the San Fernando Valley has an epidemic of this).

The City-Plants Partnership includes several organizations such as the LA Conservation Corps, the LA DWP and the LA Sanitation Department. 40,000 trees are planned for planting in low-canopy neighborhoods in the next 2 years. Partnership activities include providing residence trees, street trees, tree “adoption” to families and organizations, and volunteer tree-planting events. Providing a tree-adoption to the care of a family costs $80, and planting a tree along a sidewalk with 3 years of watering costs ~$2000.

Elizabeth urges us to create a tree-adoption event, and to reach out to schools and parks departments. We need to determine who would like to have a tree and who would take care of it, and a watering plan until it is established. A study is determining which varieties of trees have improved drought- & pest-resistance. Palms are “nice for photos”, but not very practical for shade and CO2 sequestration.

Tree Planting, Elizabeth Skrzat Wes Bradford 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 01, 2017

Lodel was born in Mindanao, the southern main island of the Philippines, at a time when there was political unrest on that island due to conflicts between the government and the Muslim minority there. She has 2 younger brothers.

The family soon moved to the central islands (Visayas), where her father established a dental office. She describes her early life there as “good”, but her father died when she was age 5. Her mother moved the family to Manila in the northern island of Luzon with relatives, where they could live in an apartment building built by her grandparents.

They moved to California when she was 14. Her mother found a job working for a Catholic Church, so Lodel was in the choir and enrolled in the church school.

She joined the Toastmasters to improve her confidence and speaking ability, where she met her future husband, Jon Caplan. She works for the administration of the Molina Medical Group, which provides care for Medi-Cal & indigent patients (which has business uncertainty now due to threatened cutbacks in government healthcare support). She feels honored to be a part of Rotary.

Lodel Caplan, Craft Talk Wes Bradford 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 25, 2017

Wally Christmas (RAdm, USN Ret) was stationed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from June 1974 to April 1975 while the Vietnam War was winding down. Communist insurgencies in neighboring countries were a US concern, and the US wanted to keep Cambodia a buffer state with a “friendly” government, while the US Congress cut off most funds for military activities. Wally was stationed with the Military Equipment Delivery Team assigned to support the Cambodian military and government against the Khmer Rouge which had taken over the countryside and was threatening the city. (The insurgents were mostly illiterate farmers who resented the educated “westernized” city people.)

The capital city was supplied by riverboats up the Mekong River from Vietnam, which soon became impossible because of Khmer Rouge fire from the riverbanks. US C-130 supply planes maintained an airlift, soon replaced by the Bird Airways (a “clandestine” airline). Wally was one of 6 US Naval Officers assigned to work with their Cambodian counterparts for logistics, including supplying parts for the riverboats. He spoke of isolated life in the capital with danger of terrorist acts and rocket-propelled grenades, although his life was comfortable.

On April 3, the US government began evacuating US personnel, and Wally was on the first flight out. He mentioned relief agencies, including Catholic Relief Services and World Vision, who were very dedicated but overwhelmed. When the city fell in April 1975, some of them took Cambodian infants out with them for later adoption.

(Wally’s 2nd installment talk will cover the “exciting” 2 weeks after his departure.)

Wally Christmas, Duty in Cambodia (Part 1) Wes Bradford 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 18, 2017

Incoming President Jon Caplan & other board members outlined our Club’s goals and challenges for the coming year.

To help implement our Club’s programs, we would like to achieve a net gain of 5 members, and develop a more formal orientation process for new members as well as improve our outreach to past members and guests.

We want to continue our 100% Club participation in the Paul Harris Dinner drawing ticket book purchases. We are working on our Kisumu Siany Child Development Global Grant project in East Africa. (This is depending on coordination by the African host Club.) We would like at least one of our Club members to participate in the upcoming District humanitarian trip to Bogotá, Colombia. We want to offer a Rotary Moment presentation once a month on notable activities and programs, to review what we are accomplishing in Rotary.

We are working on adopting a community school for a community project, and would also like to participate in or partner with another Club on a project. We need to develop a fundraiser for this year to support our Club projects, and are looking for creative ideas from our members. Please contact Jon. We want to involve our Rotaractors and Interactors as volunteers in our projects. We will continue to support Project EGO and hope to secure a grant from the Norris Foundation.

We are working on updating our Facebook page and website to provide more information about upcoming programs. We are creating Club website bios for each member, so Jon needs your input on “who you are”. We also want to create a website page for each of our projects, so project leaders should write up a short description and submit any relevant photos. We are looking for suggestions for speakers for our programs.

Palos Verdes Sunset Goals for 2017-18 Wes Bradford 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 11, 2017

Guests and members were welcomed by Master of Ceremonies PDG Dave Moyers. After dinner with mellow background music, John Jaacks was “introduced”. Outgoing Officers and Board Members were thanked for their service during the Rotary Year. Our recently departed member Past-President Astrid Naviaux was remembered for her service including planning this Demotion Dinner.

DG Cozette Vergari presided over the Demotion and presentation of Past-President pin to John Jaacks. Jon Caplan was installed as Incoming President. The incoming 2017-18 Board of Officers was sworn in. After President Jon Caplan’s acceptance remarks, PDG Dave Moyers gave closing remarks, and the meeting was adjourned.

Demotion Dinner for President John Jaacks Wes Bradford 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 27, 2017

Steve and Meredith Shaw retired in October 2012, and bought a 45-foot boat in the Miami area to navigate the Great Loop (see map). With rivers and connecting canals, the eastern 1/3 of the US can be circumnavigated like an island. Their year-long trip of a lifetime covered ~7000 miles, passing through ~140 locks and under many bridges, illustrated for us with a series of travelogue photos. They met many other “Loopers” and friends along the way.

They started from Key Largo and Key West in Florida, going up the East Coast. They showed photos of manatees, Cape Canaveral rockets on display, container ships, and occasional biking into a town for supplies. They saw Staten Island 8 months after hurricane Sandy, and New York Harbor. They went up the Hudson River past West Point and took the Erie Canal to Canada, where they passed through the Trent Severn Waterway to Georgian Bay (northern Lake Huron).

They reentered the US and visited Mackinac Island in Michigan, then along the east coast of Lake Michigan to Chicago. They entered the Chicago River and then the Illinois River, where invasive Asian carp were seen characteristically jumping out of the water (when they hear the boat motor). From there they went down the Mississippi River with its many horseshoe bends, to the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers and to the Gulf Coast. They ended up at Fort Myers in Florida, where they were greeted by a large school of dolphins in celebration. (If you have a year of spare time and a boat on your hands, it sounds like an interesting experience.)

America’s Great Loop (on a Yacht) Wes Bradford 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 20, 2017

Eddie Varón Levy was introduced by Bob Welbourn, a defense attorney who has worked with him for many years. Eddie Varón was educated at Torrance West High School, El Camino College and CSU Long Beach. He received his law degree in Mexico City. He has offices in Mexico City and in Torrance, managing international criminal & civil litigation (“Justice Knows No Borders”).

The US-Mexico border spans ~3000 miles, some of which is in the center of the Rio Grande River, making the recently-promoted concept of building a border wall there problematic. He reviewed the long history of US-Mexico relations and the many areas of mutual cultural & economic interdependence. Political controversies on the international drug trade rage on both sides of the border. There are many cross-border families and cultural relationships.

Eddie Varón’s legal services deal with unique border-related criminal issues, advocating for constitutional rights of defendants. Other areas include administrative law, personal injury claims, and corporate and business law. He has helped clients accused of crimes in Mexico and the United States, and clients facing extradition, and has arranged prisoner exchanges with these governments. He has participated in international arbitration proceedings and discovery, administrative hearings for Social Security and Workers’ Compensation, and arbitration before regulatory agencies of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He has pursued compensation for injuries from negligence, product liability, auto accidents and wrongful death. He helps clients with business formation and setup in the US and Mexico, international business disputes and regulatory hurdles.

US-Mexico Relations, Eddie Varón Levy Wes Bradford 2017-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 13, 2017
Lew Bertrand graduated from Loyola University in 1965, during the Vietnam War build up. (He was rejected by the US Army draft due to a high school knee injury.) He started working for the Credit Department at Uniroyal, which he found was 2 years behind in its billing. After cleaning up a mess there, he was transferred to the Pacific Northwest area.
 

Then he began working for the Pacific National Bank on Manchester Avenue. He did every job in the bank as a management trainee. About this time, he married Kathy. Then he transferred to Malaga Cove. He described his adventures in bank management (never a dull moment). He moved up the management ladder and worked in San Pedro.

He was sponsored to Rotary by Sylvia Benko & Marilyn Klaus. He became President of our Club in 2007-2008, and District Governor in 2012-2013. In 2015-2016 he became our Club President again (environmentally-friendly recycling program). He has also held many District positions as well as Club offices.

Lew Bertrand, Craft Talk Wes Bradford 2017-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 06, 2017

Club Vocational Co-Chair Audrey Dahlgren introduced the 2 Students of the Year, Dean Dellovade (Palos Verdes High School) and Max La Forest (Peninsula High School), their parents, and their school counselors, Teresa Hoffman, Joanne Lewis, and Julie Arico.

Their counselors reviewed the students’ high school contributions, including good grades, initiative, leadership, and extracurricular activities. Each received a $1000 Scholarship and a plaque from our Club.

Dean has been admitted to the University of Washington where he plans to major in business. Max has been admitted to California State University at Long Beach where he plans to major in microbiology. We extend our congratulations to these outstanding students and wish them the best in their future careers! Thanks to Audrey Dahlgren for her work in planning and coordinating these awards, and to the school counselors for nurturing our future generation.

High Schools Students of the Year (Audrey Dahlgren) Wes Bradford 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 30, 2017

Jim Hartman is a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club and twice Past-President. He grew up in Ohio and completed his education at Ohio University with MEd in Counseling and Student Personnel Services, MA in Sociology, and PhD in Higher Education Administration and Counselor Education. After moving to California, he became Director of Institutional Planning & Accreditation at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, on Hawthorne Blvd in Rancho Palos Verdes. (This campus was formerly the Loyola Marymount College, which moved to the Miraleste area of Rancho Palos Verdes.)

The Salvation Army was formed in London in 1865 by Rev William Booth, who left his ministry in the Methodist Church to minister to the poor in the East End of London, England. To further its religious commitment for meeting the needs of the disadvantaged, it became a military-like organization with military ranks and uniforms. It spread to other countries, and helped provide important community services to victims of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest charitable organizations in 107 countries. It has 4 administrative Territories in the US, including the Western Territory (13 states), providing hundreds of centers for feeding seniors and homeless, low cost senior housing, day care centers, energy assistance programs, addiction treatment services, vocational training, youth centers, residential and day camps, and education and tutoring programs.

The College for Officer Training in Rancho Palos Verdes trains officers to give leadership to these programs and services. There are 4 such colleges in the US, offering a 2-year program for ministry, Bible study, social studies and supervised field-work. Families can live on campus, and spouses who work together are given equal ranks. Graduation is Friday this week. Jim Hartman showed photos of the beautiful campus.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on May 23, 2017

Dinner was served, while award recipient Gabriel Lamas played his guitar and sang.

Robert Babb, MFT, introduced the 18 graduates and reviewed their progress and educational/career goals. Project EGO Chair John Turner presented checks from the PV Sunset Rotary Club, and PVPUSD Coordinator Kelly Baranick assisted.

Congratulations to the 18 graduates of the 2016-17 Project EGO Program, who received the following awards (totaling $26,500 from our Club) toward their educational and career goals:

$2000  Jenevieve Ghaly                                     $1250  Manal Gill

$2000  Christopher Vallejo                                 $1250  Austin Jacks

$2000  Rhiannon Prine                                      $1250  Gabriel Lamas

$2000  Muneeb Khan                                        $1250  Sally Ishizawa

$2000  Jeffrey Jimena                                       $1000  Kevin Dill

$1500  Joshua Sanchez                                     $1000  Maverick Marcellana

$1500  Natalia Moreno                                      $1000  Mia Martinez

$1500  Cameron Hosmer                                   $1000  Eric Hauschildt

$1500  Courtlyn Foster                                       

$1500  Brianna Garcia                                        

Project EGO Awards Banquet Wes Bradford 2017-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 16, 2017

Martín Flores was introduced by Bob Welbourn, a defense attorney who has known him as a consultant for many years. Martín graduated from Roosevelt High School and grew up in a gang-influenced neighborhood in Boyle Heights, where 88% of the students perform below grade average. Many of them have single parents and lack role models. However, he received a Rotary scholarship, and attended UC Berkeley and UCLA. While in college, his 17-year-old brother was killed by gang activity.

After college, Martín worked for the city of Inglewood, organizing youth activities. He did community relations work in Watts. He discussed how providing educational opportunities for incarcerated people provides better opportunities for them when they return to their community after release, and reduces recidivism. Building leadership skills and self-esteem help provide viable alternatives to criminal activities.

Martín has been a gang expert for 10 years, and has served as an expert witness in court cases for homicides and capital offenses. Being familiar with different gangs in the Los Angeles area and their territories, tattoos, “signs”, graffiti, and vandalism, he has been able to provide expert testimony when the penalty depends on whether a defendant is a participating gang member. He gave the example of riding in a car with associates when someone else in the car pulls out a gun and shoots a victim. Prosecutors usually allege that all individuals present are in the gang, but this is not necessarily true. Associates, friends and relatives of gang members are not necessarily gang members themselves. He works to assess these relationships and testify about this information to the court.

Gang Report, Martín Flores Wes Bradford 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 09, 2017

Vocational Service Chair Audrey Dahlgren introduced the Student of the Year honorees and their parents and school officials.

Kim Gill, Counselor at Rancho Del Mar High School in Rolling Hills, introduced student of the year Sarah Ivna Skunca and her mother. (Rancho Del Mar has the same graduation requirements as the other 2 high schools in Palos Verdes. However, it is not bound by traditional high school schedules, to allow for early graduation, independent studies, and/or for students with financial or situational/family problems to proceed at their own pace.)

Sarah transferred from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and has gotten all A’s. She is interested in arts and cosmetology. She plans to attend Los Angeles Harbor College and then transfer to CSU Long Beach for business studies.

Dave Tomblin, Business Faculty at Marymount and Rotaract Faculty Advisor (and member of LA5 Rotary Club and Assistant Governor for Club Service) introduced student of the year Dominique Alvarez and her parents. Sarah is majoring in Media Studies (Broadcasting and Journalism) at Marymount California University and is active in Rotaract. Among her many service activities have been fundraising for PolioPlus, collecting baby supplies for service families at Camp Pendleton, Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro, nursing home service, and volunteer work projects.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on May 02, 2017

Karla, our newest member, works in Lien Resolution Service. She was born in León, near the Pacific coast in Nicaragua, where her father was a Rotarian. She attended school there (K-12) at the Colegio Pureza de María. The Nicaraguan Civil War was going on, and she wanted to see the world. She came to the US in 1981 and attended CSU Los Angeles while working part-time. (Her son was born here in 1986.)

She works on resolving liens for denied claims in the California Worker’s Compensation System, for medical providers and interpreters. (Enforcement and collectability of judgments depends on the debtors’ assets.)

She joined the Calvary Chapel in Downey and began studying the Bible. She went on a short mission trip to Cebu in The Philippines in 2013. To promote good financial stewardship, she believes in pursuing ethical work as one’s mission field (“Preaching without words”). She was influenced by Rabbi Lappin who had been interviewed on a religious program. He promoted the virtues of character, integrity and service; cultivate these, and you will prosper.

Living by these principles, Karla believes in serving without expectation of reward, which is what led her to join Rotary. Welcome to our Club, Karla! (We have service projects waiting for you!)

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 25, 2017

Christopher Yco, formerly of the Lomita-Torrance-Airport Rotary Club, joined Sharefest to work full-time changing the learning environment of at-risk students. (He met Todd Doram, a Sharefest guest here tonight, in Rotaract.) Chris presented a video of a workday last year showing volunteers renovating school classrooms, gardens, playgrounds and athletic fields. (This is similar to our Club’s workday scheduled at Wilmington Intermediate School on April 29.)

Among Sharefest’s projects is the Summer Youth Development Academy in partnership with CSU Dominguez Hills, providing youth with opportunities to expand their potential and experience hope as they identify needs in their communities and discover leadership skills. This programming includes daily instruction and leadership development, mentoring, academic enrichment, swimming and athletics for at-risk students. A 4-week high school program is scheduled for July 10-August 4, 8-1 PM M-F, and a similar middle school program is scheduled for the same time. They are served breakfast and lunch, and are bussed in if necessary. These programs have demonstrated higher graduation rates and test scores, and decreased gang activity. Chris invites us to come to CSU Dominguez Hills during this program to see what they do there (see www.yda.sharefestinc.org).

Other Sharefest projects include activities at 4 LAUSD Continuation Schools, a year-round Youth Leadership Council, and a Youth Development Center. Funding comes from community organizations and corporate donations, and depends on volunteers like us to do the work. Those who volunteer for the service projects (such as our project at Wilmington Intermediate School) experience the gratification of making a meaningful difference in the lives of youth who are struggling to transition to productive adult lives.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 18, 2017

Victoria Perez, who helped lead the MCU Rotaract Club while she was a student there, introduced our Rotaract speakers, Dominique Alvarez and Raymond Godoy. Their Faculty Advisor is Dave Tomblin, an Associate Professor of Business Administration there, and also our Area AG for Club Service and a member of the LA5 Rotary Club. (He proposed that our Club fund a scholarship for Marymount California students.)

Dominique Alvarez is a Junior in Media Studies (Broadcasting and Journalism) at CMU. She was awarded Student of the Year by our Rotary Club in April 2016 for her activities in the award-winning Rotaract Club, including fundraising to End Polio. Among recent Rotaract activities is a fundraiser selling Rotaract Club “Mariner” t-shirts ($15), with proceeds going towards the Club’s future service projects.

Raymond Godoy is a Senior in Business Administration at CMU. He served an internship in the Vernon Police Department and now has a part-time job there. He plans to continue working part time while studying for an MBA, and is interested in City Administration.

The Marymount Rotaract Club has won awards at the District level as well as on campus for its many outstanding activities and events. These have included End Polio Now fundraising, organizing a Backpacks & School Supplies collection for the District’s Panama Humanitarian Project (2016), Cabrillo Beach cleanup, collecting baby supplies for Camp Pendleton military families, elementary school service, District 5280 Youth Leadership Conference, Palos Verdes Land Conservancy, and Holiday Toy Drive.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 11, 2017

Brian Grossheim is a technical specialist for AirTech International, a global advanced materials company owned by Bill Dahlgren, Audrey’s spouse. The company was started in 1973 in San Bernardino, and has expanded to many facilities in foreign countries with ~850 employees.

Brian described various materials and fabrication techniques used for customers, including military. The company designs and produces vacuum bagging, composite materials tooling, fiberglass & other auxiliary materials, films, tapes, and sealants for tubes. The company tries to be a 1-stop shop for complex materials used in panels, aircraft, boats, racecar carbon fiber chassis, wind-energy blades, and circuit boards. Photos of construction processes and finished products were shown.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 04, 2017

Bob Welbourn was the Founding President of our Rotary Club. He formerly participated in scuba diving with other Rotarians, and still wears his rusty Rotary badge from the days when he took it on seawater dives (“Surface Above Self!”).

Bob is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. He described 4 of his most unusual legal defense cases.

The home of a marijuana legalization advocate was raided ~10 years ago by the LAPD, who pulled up 200 pounds of marijuana plants there. The defendant had been medically discharged from the US Air Force for sickle cell anemia, which causes recurring attacks of severe pain in the bones and internal organs. Her only pain relief was morphine and marijuana, and the marijuana worked better. She was managed by a UCLA physician who testified that he had prescribed marijuana for her pain relief. There were community demonstrations on her behalf, and a sensational trial resulted in her acquittal.

A double homicide was committed by a hotheaded defendant, one of 2 men in his car, who shot and killed 2 people in an adjacent vehicle in apparent road rage, and escaped. The trail went cold until 1 year later when one of the 2 was arrested on a parole violation; a gun was recovered from him, and ballistics studies linked it to the earlier murder. He was convicted and imprisoned.

A 16-year-old boy in Compton, trying to join a gang, engaged in initiation activity when a tagger was seen painting over the gang’s graffiti, a disrespectful act. One of the gang members went up and shot the tagger dead. A girl who witnessed the shooting later saw this client on Facebook and identified him to the police. When he was arrested, he admitted the crime to the police. The court sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison.

An eccentric Manhattan Beach resident (who claimed to have an MD & PhD from Canada) was repairing his roof. Another person came and offered to help in exchange for a room there, which he accepted. However, soon several of this person’s “friends” were also moving in. A woman in that group accused this resident of abusing her (battery). Police officers came to the house, arrested the man and beat him badly (their body cameras had been turned backward so they recorded only blank video). A restraining order was taken out forbidding him from coming within 100 yards from his own home. (The outcome is still pending.)

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 28, 2017

Victoria Perez attended the Port of LA High School, where she was Yearbook Editor and Sailing Team Captain. She attended Marymount California University majoring in Business & Global Studies and joined the Rotaract Club there, becoming its President. Her big leadership year was 2015-16 as the District 5280 Rotaract Representative, and Student Government President responsible for managing the budget, running meetings, managing campus events and overseeing student organizations. Her Rotaract Club was the Outstanding Club on Campus and was recognized in District 5280 for its outstanding successful projects.

Victoria’s first job was at age 16 as Assistant Events Coordinator for vendors providing gifts to celebrities for marketing purposes. She worked for Bon Appétit Management Company, catering at Terranea Resort. She is now Project Manager at Leap & Bound Academy (www.leapandbound.net), managing customer service, events, teacher training activities, holidays, and summer programs.

Victoria’s hobbies include design, card making and candy making. She was exposed to Rotary in high school by receiving a scholarship from the San Pedro Rotary Club, and values the leadership experiences, serving others, and networking with interesting people.

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Our new member Jason Agcaoili was born in the Philippines where his father was in the military. He joined the US Air Force as an intelligence analyst. He left the Air Force in 2001, but after the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/2001 in New York, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency for 9 years. He worked in marketing for Boeing in 2013-16, and then became a realtor for Coldwell Banker in Palos Verdes. He is married and has 2 children, age 4 & 2.

Jason has been active in Veterans Affairs and belongs to the American Legion Post 184 in Redondo Beach. He showed photos of villagers & poverty in Afghanistan during his duty there. These experiences motivated him to the ideals of service and community involvement. He also wants to be a good role model for his children and provide the benefits of his past experiences.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 14, 2017

Our new member Chase Thacker started his first job at age 13, helping his father with maintenance at a preschool. He had dyslexia in school, but thrived in the Boy Scouts in North Redondo Beach and then in South Redondo Beach, attaining Eagle rank at age 14. Exercising leadership skills, he started an Adventure Crew. The Venturing program is for Scouts over age 14 (now including young women) to focus more on career exploration and less on advanced outdoor activities.

After graduating from Redondo Union High School, he attended community college while working for his family. He loved climbing and backpacking in Colorado, and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for a business economics degree.

Chase helped his father in business from an early age and started a Gymboree franchise, eventually expanding to 9 centers in Los Angeles. He became frustrated that the franchise contract wouldn’t allow “innovative business development”, and lost a lawsuit on that issue. He started Tumble Camp for preschool children, but it struggled due to not being a full-day program. Now his Leap & Bound Academy (LBA) owns 3 preschools in Torrance, Redondo Beach, and The Medical Center (2 Blocks North of PCH in Torrance).

Chase works as Operations Manager with many roles, never boring. His future plans include improvements in the website, marketing, teacher morale and employee perquisites, training, customer database, and maintenance department. He also wants to open an infant care center with bus transportation.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 07, 2017

Shirley Giltzow is our District 5280 PolioPlus Chair. She is pleased to report that only 3 polio cases have been reported in the world so far this year, in Afghanistan & Pakistan (where there is still military conflict and misunderstandings). The number of cases has steadily decreased from 350,000 annually over the last 3 decades, and we are “This Close” to eradicating polio.

She showed photos of polio vaccination drops being given. This activity has come at a high price, with 65 polio service workers killed in the last 3 years in this war-torn area. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, started by Archie Klumpf with $26.50. Last year our District achieved its fundraising goal of 100% of members contributing $26.50/member, the first District in the world of Rotary to accomplish this challenge. Our District goal for fundraising this Rotary year is the same. Bring in your checks (made out to the Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus), which our Club Treasurer can forward to the District.

John Jaacks related his family member experience with polio many years ago. Ralph Black described his medical school experience with the polio epidemic, and Wes Bradford described his participation in the multi-District Polio-Corrective Surgery Project to Uganda in 1998 and to India in 2000.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 28, 2017

Dan Dreiling was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from the FBI Academy, and joined the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in 1981. He became Chief, and retired in 2013. Because of political turmoil on the City Council and loss of the City Manager, he was appointed interim City Manager, from which he is now also retired.

He discussed the stresses in law enforcement today related to effects of political partisanship, public policy changes and social trends. Sensational publicized police shootings of black men have led to calls for quick justice, although a thorough investigation by a neighboring law enforcement agency, prosecutors, local politicians (for city liability), and sometimes federal civil rights investigators may take up to 6 months to ensure reliable documentation of the facts for an unambiguous judgment of fault. Bystanders may have conflicting interpretations of what occurred, and delay in announcing conclusions is often interpreted as “cover-up” or delaying to allow the controversy to fade.

He is concerned about the consequences of California legislation releasing prisoners early (ostensibly those without violent tendencies), to relieve prison crowding (in response to a federal court ruling and constrained by chronic budget problems). Also, some crimes previously classified as felonies were reclassified as misdemeanors. Some state prisoners have been reassigned to local jails for at least part of their sentences, increasing jail crowding and inmate stresses. Of 50,000 statewide releases, about 18,000 are in the Los Angeles area. Many cases are settled with reduced charges to minimize costs and court congestion.

He reviewed his experiences stemming from a meeting of law enforcement officers at the Holiday Inn Hotel (now DoubleTree) in Torrance on February 14, 1994. They were mostly unarmed and not in uniform in a room, when a gunman barged in and ordered them to put their hands on top of their heads. Chief Dreiling recalled raising his hands cautiously with a gun at the back of his head. The gunman went to another officer who was not cooperating, and shot him dead. Another officer was also shot, when Chief Dreiling and other officers wrestled the gunman to the floor and held him immobilized while trying to retrieve the gun. Chief Dreiling held his knee on the gunman’s neck to help keep him immobilized until help arrived.

The District Attorney’s investigation of alleged “lethal force” by Chief Dreiling against the gunman on the floor became a stressful 6-month nightmare for him, with investigators who had not been there questioning whether the force he used was excessive in severity or duration to immobilize the gunman before handcuffs were made available. News media coverage about the tactics used was questioning and unfavorable. (The Chief survived the controversy, and is still here. He seems relieved to be retired.)

Dan Dreiling, Chief of Police (ret), PV Estates Wes Bradford 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 21, 2017

Greg Sullivan is the General Manager at Rolling Hills Country Club. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1988, and then worked for La Quinta and for La Canada-Flintridge Country Club before coming to Rolling Hills CC in 1994.

The Rolling Hills Country Club golf course closed in 2015 for a major remodeling project. The club’s lease with Chandler Sand & Gravel was expiring and the gravel pit with its heavy truck traffic had closed. Major earthmoving (6 million yds³) was required for contouring the hills and deep holes. A developer is building 114 houses on 1/3-acre lots on the edge of the property, and additional land was obtained from Torrance requiring a complicated border exchange with Rolling Hills Estates.

Planning for a new golf course and facilities for family activities started in 2002, but was stopped by the 2007 stock market crash. Planning resumed again several years ago with the improving economy. There is a 7000 ft² clubhouse plus family amenities such as swimming pools and exercise facilities on 220 acres, with a view of city lights. The expectation is to appeal to many more families in the broader South Bay area.

There will be an Open House around October 2017 (delayed somewhat by recent rains). In the meantime, the 465 active members have had exchange privileges at other area golf clubs. There are 100 new employees (some of whom were laid off 2 years ago). The current building (where our Rotary Club meets) will be sold and probably torn down. The 6th and 7th holes of the course will be on this side of Narbonne, and the other holes and clubhouse are on the other side through the golf cart tunnel.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 07, 2017
 

Dave Moyers spoke about the 2017 District 5280 International Humanitarian Trip to Merida, the capital of Yucatán state in southeastern Mexico, January 25-30, 2017, with Mexican District 4195. The following projects were implemented:

·        Emmanuel Day Care (Play area & kitchen equipment)

·        ADN After-school Program (Musical equipment and art supplies)

·        Merida Living with Diabetes (Furniture, computer devices, medical devices, A/C and promotional materials)

·        Ticul (Sewing machines for economic growth)

·        Muaro Environmental Museum (Planting trees)

·        Merida Montejo (Water filtration for families)

·        Tizimin (Special needs school, baking table and kitchen equipment)

The post-trip was to the Punta Cana Resort and Tulum (with ancient Mayan ruins) on the Caribbean coastline.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 31, 2017
Our Club meeting was offsite at the Whale & Ale on 7th St in San Pedro, with “authentic English pub grub”. We socialized and enjoyed the camaraderie and food (Fish & Chips seemed to be the most popular menu choice). Before and after the dinner hour, Marylyn and Chuck Klaus hosted shoppers at their Grand Emporium (Music, Books, Movies) next door (323 W 7th St).
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 24, 2017

Chris Gilbert performed at the Norris Theatre while attending Rolling Hills High School. After receiving a BA in Communications and MFA in Theater, he has performed on stage and as a host for benefits and galas at PVPA. He has also written plays and appeared in films, television and commercials. After sales and marketing experience elsewhere, he is now producing the professional stage productions at the Norris Theatre. His father was a Rotarian in Michigan, so he reviewed the Rotary Four-Way Test on the role of the Norris.

PVPA produces its own professional plays and musicals, including directors, technical crew, casting, and designing and building of sets. It also presents high-quality stage productions from throughout the country. It brings well-known musicians and ensembles for Cabaret-style performances, with reserved table seating, catered meals, bar and dance floor. The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay presents classical concerts. Rock, pop and country performers are scheduled. The Norris is also a multipurpose venue for community events.

The PVPA is involved in community outreach to introduce students to the fine arts, develop children’s appreciation and enrichment in dance, singing, music and acting, and recruit future performing talent. A new building is planned for young people.

Attending performances, buying season subscriptions and/or joining one of the support groups helps to sustain this valuable community resource. As a nonprofit organization, it also depends on the caring and generosity of businesses and community members to maintain its tradition of excellence. The Palos Verdes Performing Arts 2016-17 Season brochure can be downloaded at http://palosverdesperformingarts.com/1617BrochureNOCROP.pdf.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 17, 2017

Our Club member and music collector/connoisseur Chuck Klaus has been involved in music presentation for many years, including for NPR & PBS stations and also teaching at Syracuse University. He started collecting records at the age of 5, and hasn’t stopped since.

He presented his “Highways and Byways of Recorded Music”, as a DJ playing and discussing interesting samples of his recordings representing the history of recorded music. He reviewed basic recording milestones rather than a full professional history. The first music recording was in the 1860s.

Among the prominent historical recordings were original soundtracks from Sousa conducting “Stars & Stripes Forever” (1929, mellower than today), Brahms playing “Hungarian Dance #5” with voiced intro (1889, recorded in wax), Grieg playing Wedding Day at Trollhaugen” (1903), Strauss conducting “Ein Heldenleben” (1944), Elgar conducting “Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past” (1928, organ & choir with early stereo effects), and Stravinsky conducting “Rite of Spring” (1960).

American music history included Gershwin playing “Rhapsody in Blue” (1927), and Copland performing “I Bought Me a Cat” (1951, composed for children). Recordings of great voices included Tamagno singing Verdi’s “Othello: Esultate!” (1903). He ended up with Horowitz playing Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever” (1951, piano).

Chuck Klaus: History of Recorded Music Wes Bradford 2017-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 03, 2017

John Jaacks grew up on a farm in Des Plaines, Illinois, where he remembers as a 16-year-old watching a small airplane practicing landings nearby in 1943 during WWII. He became determined to fly. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana in chemical engineering and AF-ROTC, hoping to become a pilot after graduation. However, the military was downsizing after the war and there was no room for young pilots. When the Korean War started in 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force in hopes of flying, but again no luck. (His father tried to convince him to leave for a business near home.) Eventually, however, he managed to get into an Aviation Cadet program resulting in a commission as a Radar Intercept Officer.

He was stationed in Western Alaska flying fighter jets on patrol to intercept any intruding Soviet bombers. He passed around photos of planes he had flown, including the F-86 D, which had been modified for additional radar and other electronic equipment, making it a less maneuverable aircraft. He found his life ambition in aviation, after having been told so many times that he couldn’t do that. “You can’t always succeed in challenges, but never give up.”

Many years later he took a master’s degree program in Professional Writing at USC, and with encouragement of his instructor he wrote a book about his military experience, “Contrails: Memoirs of a Cold Warrior”, which required 3 years to write but is now available on www.amazon.com. He read excerpts from this book discussing his early years.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 13, 2016

Audrey Dahlgren introduced 5 outstanding Dance Contestants: Mary Sweetnam, Samantha Liu & Matthew Kim from Peninsula High School, and Hannah Granger & Miranda Kim from Palos Verdes High School. They showed videos of their selected performances. Then the judges (Sue Tyree, Chuck Klaus, Jackie Crowley & Betty Reider) deliberated on their ranking to choose a representative from our Club for the District 5280 Student Dance Contest March 8 at Loyola Marymount University.

After careful consideration, Miranda Kim (photo) was chosen as the winner to represent our Club on March 8, and awarded $200. In 2nd place was Samantha Liu ($100), and 3rd Place was Mary Sweetnam ($50). We thank all of the contestants and their family members for their hard work and talent. Special thanks again to Audrey Dahlgren for her work in recruiting such fine contestants from the local high schools.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 06, 2016

The “C Nile Sound” Senior Barbershop Quartet performed for us (won by Betty Reider in a raffle!). The Quartet members include Bruce Beyne, tenor, Denny Lawrence, lead, Karl Jacobs, baritone, and Rick Llewellyn, bass.

They formed their group in 1998 as experienced members of the South Bay Coast Liners Barbershop Chorus. They have 75 years’ combined barbershop singing experience. They have performed for many community and church groups and clubs, and are registered with the Barbershop Harmony International Society.

They sang traditional Barbershop Quartet songs, and then donned Santa hats to sing barbershop Quartet adaptations of several Christmas carols. It was a very delightful performance enjoyed by all. Our thanks to them for presenting this event, and especially to Betty Reider for donating her raffle prize and for supporting whatever charitable event she bought her raffle ticket for!

"C Nile Sound” Barbershop Quartet Wes Bradford 2016-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 29, 2016

Peter Olpe, an electrical engineer, has been on the Board of Trustees of South Coast Botanic Garden for 6 years and is currently President. He reviewed the history of the Botanic Garden and the ongoing project for its redesign and upgrade.

25 million years ago this area was underwater, and many ocean fossils are still present, including microscopic diatoms whose remains have been mined for abrasives and other industrial and commercial uses. The Spanish explorer Cabrillo first arrived at the Bay of Smokes (now San Pedro) in 1542 and observed the inversion layer in the Los Angeles basin where cooler ocean air is trapped below a warmer layer of air above. Land in the South Bay area was owned by the Sepulveda family since 1809, and bought by developer Bixby in 1880, who leased farmland to Japanese farmers. Frank Vanderlip, President of National City Bank of New York, bought 16,000 acres and leased some land to Great Lakes Carbon for open-pit mining of diatomaceous earth. In 1953 he sold the last of his land to the company, which stopped mining and converted to real estate development and a landfill, including the area under the Botanic Garden which is still settling.

In the 1950s, severe smog was building up in Los Angeles under the inversion layer, contributed in part by trash-burning in people’s backyards. The City of Los Angeles bought the open pit mine in 1956 as a dump to replace burning. As it was filling up, Frances Young convinced the City to create a botanic garden over the landfill. Soil was put on top and 400 volunteers began planting. The South Coast Botanic Garden was founded in 1962, and the lake in the center was formed in 1970.

Mr Olpe showed a video of a boy with cerebral palsy who found peace and a sense of fulfillment in the Botanic Garden. There are many children’s activities, garden lectures and demonstrations, specialized garden club and floral societies, Audubon Society, holiday displays, weddings and concerts. He reviewed plans for the ongoing upgrades, for which fundraising is in progress. The parking area has settled and needs to be re-leveled. The lake has been drained and is being cleared and cleaned. The 87-acre Botanic Garden has 2500 species of plants from Australia, Mediterranean, southern Africa and California, with wildlife and 200 bird species. Popular features include the Mediterranean Garden, Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children’s Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden and Japanese Garden.

The Garden is open 9-5 daily. Admission is $9 ($6 for seniors, FREE for Foundation Members). Annual membership starts at $45 for individuals & $65 for families. Donations and assistance with fundraising are welcome. The Garden’s location is 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard on Palos Verdes Peninsula. Further information is available at http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/ or (310) 544-1948.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 22, 2016

Audrey Dahlgren introduced our 2 Student Speech Contestants, both Juniors at Peninsula High School: Jessica Brunnenmeyer (above), and Sonali Loomba.

Jessica Brunnenmeyer spoke without notes, on the application of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Sonali Loomba spoke on Women’s Right to Education in relation to the Four-Way Test. The judging committee included Charley Ferrero, Chuck Klaus and Ralph Black.

After careful consideration of both contestants, Jessica Brunnenmeyer was awarded first place and $200, and will represent our Club in the District Speech Contest in March at LMU. Sonali Loomba was awarded $100 for 2nd place. Congratulations to both contestants for their talent and hard work in preparation!

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 15, 2016
   
DG Greg O’Brien is a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club. He retired from his judgeship at the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2005. He graduated from USC and the Whittier Law school. He is a Past President of the Rotary Clubs of West Covina and Palos Verdes Peninsula. In 2013, he led the Vocational Training Team in Peace & Conflict Resolution in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Congress of Mediators Beyond Borders. (Sounds like what he used to do in the courtroom.)
 
He inducted our newest Young Professional member, Victoria Perez, who was sponsored by Lew Bertrand. She was President of the Marymount Rotaract Club and active in District 5280 activities, and attended the Rotary International Convention in Korea this year, as well as the recent Rotarian project in Colombia. She has become a well-respected leader, and we look forward to her future contributions to our Rotary club!
 
DG O’Brien presented awards to our following Club members:
•    Lew Bertrand, for sponsoring the most new Club members this year;
•    Astrid Naviaux, for the most participation in District & Club activities this year;
•    Dave Moyers, for the largest contribution to the Rotary Foundation;
•    Bob Welbourn (not present tonight), the longest-term member of our Club;
DG O’Brien presented Paul Harris Fellow awards tonight to John Turner, for Paul Harris Fellow level 1, and Varda Lancaster, for Paul Harris Fellow level 5. Thanks and congratulations!
 
DG O’Brien, who has already visited 60 Rotary Clubs in District 5280 so far this year, described how he had been inspired by even the smallest Clubs who are doing so much with their limited resources. He discussed the early history of Rotary, including the origin of the 4-Way Test. Herbert J Taylor was a business and civic leader, and President of Rotary International in 1954-55. In the Great Depression in the 1930s, wanting to save his 250-employee distribution company, the Club Aluminium Products, from bankruptcy, Herbert Taylor devised a set of high ethical principles as a Four-Way Test for his employees in all of their business interactions: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? His company soon became very successful during the Depression. In the 1940s, as an International Director of Rotary, he offered this Four-Way Test to Rotary, which adopted it as a standard of behavior by Rotarians.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 08, 2016

Jennifer Mak has been the Principal at 15th St School (at Mesa St) in San Pedro for 8 years. (Her 3 children are all in college now, one in medical school, so she is feeling that “empty nest” syndrome.) Her students are from a broken community, with single parents, stress, 87% poverty, and many English-language learners. Her school’s scores for grades 2-5 on the Proficient & Advanced English assessment were 34% in 2007-8, but increased to 59% by 2012, and it is now a California Gold Ribbon School.

She accomplished these improvements with the California Goals Model Program “Ready, Set, Read” starting in 2009. This was based on a program developed at Columbia University Teachers College, in which each student reads books at his/her chosen level of comfort. Teachers lead small groups at each level, and students’ reading skills are reassessed after 4-6 weeks. The School’s Reading Lab has sections of books available and identified for each level.

It’s important to start early — 2nd grade is already too late for optimal results. There are monthly Parent Workshops to help parents learn how to help their children at home, because many parents are nearly illiterate themselves. Volunteers help with reading instruction, and fiscal support is obtained from outside sources including the San Pedro & Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Clubs. A running record is kept of each student to assess growth over time and evaluate the effectiveness of individual learning. Struggling students are identified, and they are assessed on fluency, ability to retell what they read, and comprehension, not just how fast they can read. Monthly assessments and goals are assessed at the end of the school year for each grade level.

They have enough books for reading now, but they still need technology, especially laptop computers of which the school has only one. They would welcome donations of technology as well as financial assistance.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 01, 2016
 
Audrey Dahlgren introduced the Student Art Contestants, whom she had recruited from our 2 local high schools. The artwork was on display for our Club members. The judging committee members were Larry Andrews, Jackie Crowley and Marilyn Klaus. The winner was Ariel Noh (PVHS), who was awarded $200 and will represent our Club in the District 5280 Student Art Contest. Jena Hyun was judged 2nd and awarded $100. Hyun Kim was 3rd, awarded $50.

Congratulations to the winner, and thanks to all of these talented contestants for their work preparing for this event! Thanks also the the judging committee, and special appreciation to Audrey Dahlgren for her time and effort!
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 25, 2016

Kristina Amiridis

Audrey Dahlgren introduced the student music contestants, whom she had recruited from our 2 local high schools. The contestants were:

Ashley Hong, Peninsula High School, played the violin.

Violet Gao, Peninsula High School, singing

Cindy Shim, Peninsula High School, singing

Kristina Amiridis, Palos Verdes High School, singing

Gaylyn Walsh, Palos Verdes High School, singing (accompanied by guitarist Jesse)

Winning 1st place was Kristina Amiridis, awarded $200; she will represent our Club in the District Music Contest. Ashley Hong won 2nd place and $100. Gaylyn Walsh won 3rd place and $50. Congratulations to all of our talented hard-working contestants! Thanks to our judging committee members, and special appreciation to Audrey Dahlgren for recruiting these contestants and organizing this event!

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 18, 2016

Charlie Ferrero, a longtime board member of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, organized this event at Cabrillo. He introduced Executive Director and Marine Biologist Mike Schaadt, who reviewed the Aquarium’s history and then led the tour of the frequently-updated exhibits (see Jon Caplan’s photo album on our Club website above).

The Aquarium, which belongs to the City of Los Angeles, began 81 years ago as a card table at the beach nearby at the lifeguard shack, displaying marine specimens collected in the area. The original public bathhouse was converted to a museum building, where Dr William Lloyd developed a Southern California marine life collection.

The Aquarium’s mission is to engage people in learning about Southern California ocean life, which is unique because it is the mixing zone at the northern limit of southern sea life and the southern limit of northern sea life. It now hosts about 1000 schoolchildren per day, many of whom have never seen the ocean before. The Aquarium has a staff of 100, assisted by 500 volunteers. (The Aquarium would benefit from the pending Los Angeles Measure A, which would fund parks and $7 million for the Aquarium’s master plan to redo exhibits and add a new building, assisted by $3 million from Friends of the Cabrillo Aquarium. The current building was designed by architect Frank Gehry.) See http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/ for information on exhibits and how you can help this important community resource by volunteering or donations.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 11, 2016

Mike Lansing grew up in San Pedro and started going to the San Pedro Boys Club in 1966. Back then, it was safe to play in the streets in the evenings. Later he returned to the community as a teacher and coach, for 17 years. In 1994, the Boys Club added Girls and began broadening its services and expanding the population served.

The BGCLAH provides services for at-risk youth in 14 locations in San Pedro and Wilmington. 30% of the children are living in poverty, so 600 hot evening meals are served daily. 500 members are bussed daily after school to the 3 main Club sites. After-school programs are sponsored at 10 LAUSD schools, and college counseling is provided at 6 high schools (where there is little or no other career counseling). The Saturday Arts Academy provides instruction in fine arts, music, dance, digital arts, film production, audio recording, 3D modeling, game design, and animation, to 1300 annually.

BGCLAH has grown from 125 youth/day in 1995 (budgeted at $270,000) to a planned 2500/day by 2020, with a budget of $8 million. The 5 priority service areas are: teens, education, arts, good character & leadership development, and healthy lifestyles. The College-Bound program has pushed graduation rates to 95% (compared to 68% at LAUSD), and students are helped to apply for scholarships and financial aid. 438 youth began college in 2015. Academic case management is provided to 500 other youth at 5 high schools.

None of this would be possible without the support of the community, corporate and individual donors, volunteers and dedicated staff. (Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theater, began her ballet lessons at BGCLAH.) You can learn more about the programs and how to volunteer or donate at http://www.bgclaharbor.org/.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 04, 2016

Pastor Larry Frick and his late wife, Judy, have been involved in pastoring, summer camp conferences and missionary work on 5 continents. He has been General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God churches in Norway. He presented his work in the SIANY Child Development Center in Kisumu in Kenya (near Lake Victoria & the Uganda border), for which our Club is considering a Rotary Global Grant application.

He presented a video showing the impoverished conditions of the children in this center, where they were playing, reading books, sitting in the classroom, and eating food. The Center is in dire need of more funds to obtain food, supplies and basic equipment. The children have a piece of land to grow some of their food, but their only gardening tool is a hoe. Sometimes the staff members work without pay. The books are in English, but the major language in much of eastern Africa is Kiswahili (from the Arabic sawāḥil meaning “coastal dweller”), a Bantu language with some Arabic words from Arabian coastal traders dating back to the 2nd century AD.

There are 500,000 people in the slums of Kisumu, who have come from the villages in search of a better economic life. This center is the only place for many of them to get an education. The Center has 325 children M-F, and 194 more on Sat, with more of them trying to enter. They also teach adults about basic healthcare and childcare.

Dave Moyers said that, for a Global Grant project, we need to partner with local Rotarians & local leaders in the country involved, who would present a list of needs that we could consider. (Our Club has contributed $12-15,000 to the Rotary Foundation over the last 7-9 years. The Rotary foundation is rated 4*, the highest rating for an international charitable organization.)

Africa Project (Kisumu, Kenya), Larry Frick Wes Bradford 2016-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 27, 2016
Scott Willoughby grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Lehigh University in 1989. Then he joined TRW and received a master’s degree in Communication Systems from USC in 1991. (TRW was acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2002.) He also has an MBA degree from the Anderson school at UCLA. He is Vice President and Program Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program at Northrop Grumman.
 
The James Webb Space Telescope design was begun in 1996 as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope (which have limited lifetimes due to running out of their thruster fuel for adjusting their orientations in orbit). The GWST will have a 21 foot primary mirror (with 18 segments that will be folded up for launch), compared to the Hubble’s 7.9 foot mirror. It will be located 1 million miles beyond the Earth’s orbit, near the Earth-Sun L2 Point (to balance between the Sun’s and Earth’s gravity while avoiding shadows from the earth & moon, and to minimize Earth’s infrared and heating interference). It will have a large sunshield to keep its mirror and 4 science experiments below 50° K (-370° F). It will have unprecedented resolution and sensitivity from visible light through mid-infrared, to enable observing some of the most distant objects in the universe, beyond the reach of current ground & space-based instruments, such as the formation of the earliest galaxies and the formation of stars and planets, and for the first time the direct imaging of exoplanets orbiting other stars.
 
This project represents a collaboration between 17 countries led by NASA with significant funding and scientific contributions from the European and Canadian Space Agencies. It was named after James E Webb, the second administrator of NASA, who played an important role in the Apollo program. Its cost is about $8 billion, and it is on schedule to launch in October 2018.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 13, 2016
John Williams is the President of the Peninsula Symphony Association. He came to California from Illinois at age 13, attended USC, and became a Navy submariner. He retired from Morgan Stanley in 2013.
 
 The Peninsula Symphony’s first concert was in December 1967, and it is now beginning its 50th year. It presents 4 free concerts per year to the South Bay community at 7 PM on Sundays, and will also present a Pops Concert this year, at the Redondo Union High School Auditorium (on PCH at Vincent St in Redondo Beach). The Symphony tries to give music experience to children, including the annual Edith Knox Competition for musicians under age 25, who perform by memory on a solo instrument with orchestra and piano accompaniment. Winners attend rehearsals and appear in concert with the Symphony in June.
 
Gary Berkson, the Symphony’s Music Director & Conductor, is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music in New York. Half of the musicians are paid professionals, and the remainder are volunteer musicians. The Symphony has one part-time paid employee. Some of the orchestra’s income comes from membership (see brochure), starting at $75 per year, with the remainder from private donations and fundraising events.
 
The 50th Anniversary Celebration concert will be on Sun, Oct 30 at 7 PM at the RUHS Auditorium. More information on the Peninsula Symphony’s performance schedule, programs, and membership information are available at http://www.pensym.org/Membership.html.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 06, 2016
Alexis Sheehy is the President of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and a former educator and Vice Principal of the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. She and her husband, Jim, a retired engineer, enjoy traveling the world including to the recent Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. She is a member of the Beatrix Potter Society.
 
She began with picturesque slides of Scotland and The Lake District of England, the setting of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902. Beatrix Potter was born in Kensington, London, in 1866 into a privileged household, where she was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had many pets, and spent holidays in Scotland and in England’s Lake District, where she developed a talent for painting landscapes and fungi as well as her humanized pets.
In her 30s she published a highly successful children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. With the proceeds, she bought a farm, and eventually added neighboring farms to help preserve the hill country landscape. She became a prize-winning sheep breeder and prosperous farmer interested in land preservation. She married at age 47, but continued to write and illustrate a total of about 30 books, most of them for children with illustrated fantasies of her own childhood pet rabbits, mice, kittens and guinea pigs. With her interest and studies in natural sciences, she also wrote a well-regarded illustrated scientific paper on fungal germination.
 
Beatrix Potter died in 1943, leaving most of her property including 4000 acres to the National Trust (now part of the Lake District National Park) along with most of her original book illustrations. Her copyrights were given to her publisher (now part of the Penguin Group). An unpublished book manuscript was recently discovered in the Victoria and Albert Museum archive, and will be published in September 2016, the 150th anniversary of Potter's birth.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 30, 2016
The 450 seat Norris Theatre was established in 1983 with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and is managed by professionals. Jim Gruessing is the Artistic Director of Palos Verdes Performing Arts at the Norris Theatre. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he began acting at age 13. He moved to California to work in theaters and the Hollywood Bowl. He came to the Norris Theatre, where he has produced and directed a number of shows as well as acting in several movies and musicals.
 
The Norris’ 2016-17 Season begins on September 23 (he passed out brochures). Among the events are the locally-produced 3-Play Series (Young Frankenstein, Nunsense, & the Music Man), the Presents Series (1776 in Concert, Las Vegas Variety Spectacular, A Big Band Christmas, Four by Four, the Texas Tenors, Step Crew, & Tribute to the Hollywood Icons), Cabaret Jazz Series, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and South Bay Live (top rock, pop & country performers).
 
The Norris Theatre tries to book major events 1½ years in advance. In addition, the Theatre and Pavilion are available for scheduling weddings, bar mitzvahs and other social events. Picking any 5 shows in the 3-Play or Presents series in advance allows a 20% discount, flexibility of seating locations and dates, best available seats, and priority renewal for the next season. Community Support Groups include Act II, Backstage, Bravo!, Chorus Liners, The Encore Circle, and Friends of Palos Verdes Performing Arts. For information on performances, tickets, and Support Groups, see the Theatre’s new website, www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 23, 2016
Pres-Elect Jon Caplan reviewed the increasing importance of Social Media communication in today’s society, and the importance of finding new Rotary Club members where they live (online). He plans to change our website to make it more modern, attractive and prospective, with more and better photos.
 
He has designed a new homepage, and an upcoming speakers page showing more information in advance about our meeting programs. He wants to show more information about our projects, with hot links to events so that prospective members can see what projects our Club members are doing, so he needs updated information on projects from our service project chairs.
 
He plans to put more information on our meeting place (including the planned new clubhouse here) and about Rotary, including a Contact Us link and a Meet Our Members page. On our Stories page, he wants a one-paragraph recap with a Read More hot link. The website will include our Club’s local and international fundraising and service projects with photos and Rotaract and Interact links. He wants to include active Facebook and InstaGram logos.
 
Jon Caplan needs our feedback on our new website, http://portal.clubrunner.ca/13283/. He would like everybody to provide a photo and to fill out the following "Meet Our Members" profile questions (let him know if you do not wish to appear on the website):
  • Name:
  • Member Since:
  • Where are you from originally? If not from LA, how did you end up here?
  • Tell us about your occupation.
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Why did you join Rotary?
  • What is your favorite Rotary experience?
  • What is your favorite book? Favorite movie?
  • What is an item on your bucket list?
Jon Caplan - Our New Club Website Wes Bradford 2016-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 16, 2016
Pastor Jake Sletten of the Christ Lutheran Church (28850 South Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes) was introduced by Club President John Jaacks who has known him for many years.
 
Pastor Jake spoke on the changing interactions between organized religion and cultural secularism in modern society. He is concerned that people are increasingly drifting away from traditional religious values. He spoke of the Reformation against the Roman Catholic Church led by Martin Luther, a German monk and theologian (1483-1546). Luther believed that God is the ruler of both the secular kingdom on the Left, and of the religious kingdom on the Right; we live in both. Luther taught that we are saved “by Grace alone” (from James), and that it is necessary to submit to government authority (Paul in the Book of Romans). There are two kinds of righteousness — Helping a neighbor, and Relationship with God.
 
Then he opened discussion and comments on the question, “Are we a Christian nation?” Several members responded, quoting the US Founding Fathers (who promoted freedom of religion and separation of Church & State, to avoid the destructive religious conflicts that had engulfed Europe for so many years). Also mentioned was the presence of Jewish and other religious traditions among the early settlers of our nation. Are we a nation whose religious heritage is predominantly Christian, or are we a nation that promotes Christian theology toward our non-Christian citizens? What will our increasingly-multicultural nation look and act like in the future? There was a lively but respectful discussion of these challenging issues by our members.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 09, 2016

Hannibol Sullivan is a full-time Director of Field Services for Boy Scouts in the Pacifica District (the South Bay area, south of the 405 Freeway), one of 10 Districts in the Greater Los Angeles Council, and has been in Scouting for 20 years.  He was an Eagle Scout and is a member of the Inglewood Rotary Club. Dave Salzman, a Manhattan Beach Real Estate Broker, is a volunteer Scout leader.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 to help boys to build character, learn responsible citizenship, and develop physical fitness. The Los Angeles Area Council was founded in 1915, and currently has 10 Districts including the Pacifica District (the South Bay area south of the 405 Freeway) with 4,800 boys in 200 Scout units. In addition to the traditional camping and hiking, they do cycling, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, and water sports. Scouts learn through enjoyable interactive activities emphasizing age-related teamwork and leadership skills. Many new activities keep up with modern youth social trends, such as Internet skills and smart phones, as well as family relationships, strong values, life skills and career preparation.

Lions is a new Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys, led by parents (“Lion Guides”). They meet as dens of 6-8 kindergarten-age boys and occasionally attend a Cub Pack meeting. Lion Adventures assist Lion families in conducting enjoyable age-appropriate activities, exploring the world around them while developing citizenship and social skills. As they complete the requirements for each adventure, Lions earn an adventure sticker to be placed in their Lion Adventure Book. Their uniform is a Lion t-shirt. At the end of their kindergarten year, Lions “graduate” into Cub Scouting as a Tiger. Cub Scouts are now ages 6-10 and are taught new skills such as using a microwave, GPS, dailing 911, CPR, sports, and the traditional swimming and fishing skills.

Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, earn merit badges in traditional and new areas such as swimming, fishing, cooking, camping, chess, welding, search and rescue, skateboarding, first aid, climbing, back packing, archery, family relationships, and finance (budgeting and bill paying).

Explorers/Venturers, ages 14 to 20, are Coed (if you can’t beat’em, join’em).  They may specialize in potential career pathways such as law enforcement, fire-fighting, small business management, or healthcare, as well as sailing, cheer-leading, chemistry and horseback riding.

The Boy Scouts are funded by private donations, fund raisers and fees to scouts.  Uniforms cost $100, 6-day camp is $345, and annual fees are $250.  These expenses and obtaining adult volunteer leaders (5 adults are needed to start a Troop) are challenges, especially for lower socioeconomic boys who need these opportunities the most. Volunteers are needed for many different skills and expanding learning opportunities. Check the Pacifica District website at www.pacificabsa.org to see scheduled activities and how you can get involved.

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Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 02, 2016

Tori Hettinger graduated from UCLA in Art History, and studied Interior Design. At the District Office, she manages daily operations, coordinates social media and events, writes the newsletter, manages the website and financial operations, and coordinates District group travel arrangements. She is a Young Professional Rotarian, and had been in Interact, RYLA, and UCLA Rotaract. Her best Rotary Moment was on our District trip to Guatemala in February 2015, seeing children at a rural school who presented a program to the visiting Rotarians.

She attended the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea, May 27-June 1, which had 50,000 attendees. Our District Gov DJ Sun helped to introduce our District visitors to Korean culture. Before the Convention, she attended the Young Leaders Summit (which included Victoria Perez with 600 Rotaractors and Young Professionals).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opened the convention. Among the Convention speakers were the US Ambassador and the EU Ambassador to South Korea, UCLA Robotics Professor Dr Hong, and a South Korean child whose heart defect surgery was supported by Nancy Reagan several years ago. There were Rotary Action Groups focused on AIDS Prevention. There was a 3K Walk for Peace. Tori helped with volunteers at the convention. Afterward, Tori went with a group to the DMZ, the tense border zone with North Korea (where wildlife grows relatively undisturbed). She showed photos of Korean culture and dress, scenery, a small village and Temple, and K-Pop (modern Korean popular culture and music).

RI Conference, Seoul — Tori Hettinger Wes Bradford 2016-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 26, 2016

Dr Lucas Lamadrid was appointed president of Marymount California University on March 29, 2016. He had previously served as an administrator at Belmont Abbey College and St Vincent College, and then worked for a private company specializing in international student recruitment. During his career, he has promoted higher student enrollment, improved academic quality and student retention, and raised funds. He graduated from Marquette University, and received a Masters degree from Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Religion at Duke University. His wife, Beth, has a PhD in 16th century history. They have 3 children.

College students’ major concern in the US today is affordability, and large classes are also a concern. MCU has small classes and maintains affordability, which requires institutional financial support. Rotary Scholarships are an example, and he proposes that we fund scholarships to MCU for the Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro.

MCU’s focus is on taking students from where they are to where they will need to be for success. Hands-on learning is important for this, as in the new Business School, where entrepreneurship and technology such as social media use are emphasized. MCU is looking for great partners such as corporations to invest in their future workforce. BMW has provided a discounted Mini for business students’ purchase so they have a sense of ownership later when they graduate. MCU wants to be friends to everyone.

Dr Lucas Lamadrid, New President of Marymount Califor-nia University Wes Bradford 2016-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 19, 2016
President John Jaacks began the Club Assembly with introductory remarks. He urges each of us to bring a guest to Rotary this year.
 
Our President-Elect, Jon Caplan, said we need more projects, and more members to perform them. We need to decide which projects to focus on, including some that we have done in the past. Mark Pepys mentioned that the 15th St School in San Pedro was a successful project in the past with participation of many Rotary family members, Interactors and Rotaractors. We are planning for an international project in Africa. Marilyn Klaus reviewed Project Amigo school sponsorships in Mexico, which is continuing.
 
Jon Caplan wants each past and present project manager in our Club to write a description of each project, to place on our Club website to attract more publicity. The website already shows a list of our projects, but we need to present an eyeball-engaging word picture.
 
Linda Little, in the Filipino books business, suggested collecting and sending children’s books to the Philippines. Dave Moyers said that Jackie is working on the 15th St School project. Hands-on projects work best, rather than just check-writing and fundraising. $35-$40,000 is a typical size Rotary Global Grant which we can do with other Clubs and matching funds. Lew Bertrand mentioned our ongoing Project EGO for at-risk local high school students, and our Interact and Rotaract Clubs.
 
Sandy Farrell, who plans to move to Colorado soon with her husband, Jerry, to be near grandchildren, emphasized the value of our Club friendships and doing good for others. She said she will never forget her wonderful experiences here, and plans to return periodically to see us again. We will miss Sandy and Jerry.
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Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 12, 2016
Capt Dan Beringer, a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was recently promoted to Captain and assigned to the Lomita Station, which provides law enforcement services to Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Lomita and adjacent unincorpo­rated communities. He worked at the Lomita Station early in his career before other assignments in the Department. He has a BS in Criminal Justice from CSU Long Beach. He lives in Orange County with his wife (who grew up in Palos Verdes).
 
Capt Beringer reviewed recent nationally-publicized confrontations between law enforcement officers and citizens, including safety risks felt by officers in the field and the need for better communication between community activists and law enforcement. Crime rates have increased in the last 2 years, which he believes is related to the effects of Prop 47, which was designed to save money by releasing low-level criminals. The money saved was to be spent on drug rehab and other services to reduce crime, but this money has not been seen yet. The mentally ill population in jails has increased 46% in the last 2 years, and confinement with early release has become a revolving door for repeat offenders who have little to lose.
 
Cameras for license plate surveillance are being implemented in Palos Verdes, providing quick electronic notice when a stolen or wanted vehicle is identified. Local city contracts for law enforcement are more cost-effective than each city having its own individual police department. The Sheriff’s Department works with neighborhoods to improve home and business security precautions and reporting of suspected criminal activity. If you see anything suspicious, call 911.
 
You can now get a home security system that sends any alarm immediately to your cell phone app, where you can view video clips of motion-sensor-activated activity. Security cameras are becoming less expensive. He reminded us of improving vehicular security by not leaving valuables visible in parked vehicles.
Lomita Sheriff Station, Capt Dan Beringer Wes Bradford 2016-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 28, 2016
  
PDG Dave Moyers opened the program with welcome remarks and introduction of Special Guests. He gave special thanks to Jacques Naviaux and Sandy Farrell for organizing the program. Outgoing President Lew Bertrand awarded a plaque to Astrid Naviaux as Rotarian of the Year, in recognition for her continuing work on International Service and other club activities (such as the Wine Donation Schedule). Congratulations and thanks from all of us!
 
DGE Greg O’Brien recognized the services of the outgoing Board Members and the many Rotary contributions of outgoing President Lew Bertrand (PDG 2012-13). Then he introduced and installed the incoming Board Members. DGE O’Brien installed our new President John Jaacks for 2016-17. John addressed the Club members on his plans and expectations for the coming Rotary Year.
 
Lew Bertrand presented a boat “bumper sticker” to our perennial guest and Madelyn Creighton’s spouse, “Commodore” Daryl Creighton (of the PV Sunset Navy). PDG Dave Moyers introduced a Review/”Roast” of now-Past President Lew Bertrand. Discussing Lew’s distinguished Rotary career in turn were Past President John Turner, DGN Joe Vasquez, PDG Pat Cashin, and PDG Dave Moyers.
 
Astrid Naviaux, Sandy Farrell & Betty Reider presented a musical tribute to Lew (to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”), and finally a Demotion Song (to the tune of “Thanks for the Memories”). Best wishes to Lew for all the well-deserved spare time he will have on his hands now.
Demotion Party (Los Angeles Yacht Club) Wes Bradford 2016-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 21, 2016

Harold Williams is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the West Basin Municipal Water District (which serves 1 million people) and Chair of West Basin’s Water Resources Committee. He represents the Palos Verdes cities, Carson, and portions of San Pedro. He is a California Registered Civil Engineer, doing infrastructure-consultations for cities and districts.

The West Basin District was formed by vote in 1947, when there was a drought and groundwater was being over-pumped, causing seawater intrusion into the water table. Not enough water was available through the Aqueduct from Northern California. New water was brought to Los Angeles from the Colorado River for the growing urban area.

The Ocean Water Desalination Program has been initiated to help ensure a reliable future quality water supply to the Water District, now in our fifth year of drought. Gov Brown has ordered a ban on wasteful water practices. Besides improved conservation, multiple sources of water are needed in addition to the Colorado River (which is over-subscribed). These include aqueduct water from Northern California (more limited now due to decreasing snowpack), groundwater (which must not be over-pumped to avoid seawater intrusion), recycling of waste-water (now beginning), and the new Ocean Water Desalination Program.

The location for the Desalination Program has not yet been determined, possibly in El Segundo or Redondo Beach. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being drafted, and is expected to be finalized by winter 2016-17. A major concern is how to protect marine life from being sucked into the ocean water intake, and how to safely dispose of the output brine (concentrated saltwater) which is toxic to marine life if not adequately diluted before exposure. Another concern is how much energy will be needed to remove salt from the water; the goal is for the process to become carbon-neutral. The cost is estimated to be about ½ cent/gallon (bottled water costs ~$1.22/gallon), and capacity will be about 20 million gallons/day. Other existing or planned desalination plants in California include Santa Barbara (5 million gallons/day), Carlsbad (50 million gallons/day), Monterey (5-7 million gallons/day, pending), and Huntington Beach.

The West Basin Municipal Water District is asking for public understanding, comment and support for this Program. The website is www.westbasin.org.

Ocean Water Desalination Program, Harold Williams Wes Bradford 2016-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 14, 2016

Councilman Brian Campbell is in his second term now on the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council. He graduated from the University of Colorado, served in the US Army Airborne, and then became a commercial real estate broker. He is married and has two young sons.

He wants to promote community safety, responsible budget management with strong financial reserves, maintaining infrastructure & storm drains, and government transparency.

Rancho Palos Verdes has 43,000 population, the largest in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He discussed major issues including crime, which is low but still an ongoing concern. He reviewed the controversial Green Hills Mausoleum Project and code violations. Traffic on Western Avenue is complicated because the boundary is shared with the City of Los Angeles, with whom we need to maintain good working relations. Marymount California University has become a full University including graduate studies. There are traffic safety problems from speeding on the steep switchbacks on Palos Verdes Drive East. Relations with the Trump Golf Course have improved.

Rancho Palos Verdes has a budget surplus now, which he believes should be partly used to lower property taxes. There is a new master plan for the City Hall (a World War II building), which some people want to replace with a new modern building, but that would be expensive. The city needs more recreation fields, but he would like to increase the use of existing school grounds for this purpose. The city has a Cell-Tower Master Plan with more cell towers now, and they are to be camouflaged better. Some chain-link fencing on Hawthorne Boulevard is falling down and needs replacement or landscaping coverage. The chronic landslide area in Portuguese Bend requires $1 million per year for maintenance; dewatering wells (to minimize lubricating the ground layers underneath) and frequent road repairs are the least expensive approach.

Brian Campbell, RPV City Councilman Wes Bradford 2016-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 07, 2016

Jeff Axtell overseas Vestar’s retail shopping center acquisition and development strategies in the Western states. He has helped develop several retail centers in Tustin, Long Beach, Cerritos and Orange, and is now responsible for the Peninsula Center in Rolling Hills Estates. He graduated from UCLA in Economics and has been active in local youth sports programs.

The Peninsula Shopping Center is on the southwest corner of Silver Spur Road & Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates (see map). Jeff says the previous owner was an investment company that did not do much to develop the shopping center’s potential, rather than a real estate management company.

He sees new opportunities there now with some leases expiring. The Center has 300,000 leasable square feet and is anchored by Pavilions, Rite Aid, T.J. Maxx, OSH, Sports Authority and Ulta, surrounded by signalized corners in the principal commercial district of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Daily vehicular traffic is 21,000 on Silver Spur Road and 35,000 on Hawthorne Boulevard, with 86,000 population within a 3-mile radius, having $138,000 average household income.

Although the Sports Authority company has gone bankrupt, its local store here has done well. An Orchard Supply Hardware store will open in early 2017. He is looking for more upscale full-service restaurants and some missing retail stores to complete a well-coordinated neighborhood shopping center. Different parts of the Center are being combined with some stores relocated, opening it up for more street-visibility and better parking lot access. (The Center is not big enough to accommodate a major chain department store, which would require 100-140,000 ft².)

Peninsula Shopping Center Changes – Jeff Axtell Wes Bradford 2016-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 31, 2016

PDG Drew Froehlich (2010-11, District 5260) is past President of the Granada Hills Club and has been active in Rotary activities for many years, including the Zone Training Team for District Governors-Elect. His wife, Rahla, is also a long time Rotarian and Past President of the Glendale Noon Club. He is a retired US Navy Captain and has worked in the aerospace industry where he is currently a “semi retired” consultant.

PDG Froehlich was our District 5280’s Delegate to Rotary’s 2016 Council on Legislation, held for one week in Chicago every 3 years. Each of the 531 RI Districts sends one delegate (71 languages are represented). They meet to review, organize and enact legislative proposals submitted to committees over the previous 2 years, and to make recommendations to the RI Board of Directors. This year there were 117 enactments and 64 resolutions, which were published in the RI Manual of Procedure and will take effect July 1.

Among the new changes approved is to allow Clubs more flexibility to make their own rules on procedures, membership and attendance, to allow for cultural differences in the many countries represented in Rotary. Due to decreased investment returns during the global economic downturn of the last several years while costs continue to increase, there will be a dues increase of $4/year for the next 4 years to maintain financial stability.

RI Council on Legislation, PDG Drew Froehlich Wes Bradford 2016-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Mills on May 17, 2016
Jacques Naviaux spoke about the Eastern Sierra Wounded Warrior project – which our Club supports. He said that the organization has received a well-earned black eye in terms of how they spend money. However, the Eastern Sierra branch has been doing good work and is currently building a 32-room treatment facility for wounded soldiers.
 
Jacques also talked about being invited to Camp Pendleton to experience, “A Day in the Life of a Marine.” Despite spending 32 years in the Marine Corps, he accepted the invitation. Jacques stated that he was most impressed by what he described as “the most enthusiastic Marines I have ever seen.” He explained that they go through an “immersion training,” which is a complete Middle East village built in Camp Pendleton.
 
Eastern Sierra Wounded Warrior Project - Jacques Naviaux Liz Mills 2016-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Mills on May 03, 2016
Frank Zerunyan is a longtime resident (and former mayor) of Rolling Hills Estates. He is an attorney and Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy.
 
Frank has spoken to our club in the past about governance and local issues, but at this meeting, his focus was farther afield – the Middle East. It is an area in which he has not only deep expertise, but direct experience, having grown up in Istanbul. He began with an overview of the situation in the Middle East, explaining that the US has made missteps in the area, beginning with getting into the middle of a 1,400 year old fight that doesn’t involve us. The discord is between the two major factions of Islam, the Shias and the Sunnis.
 
What is of direct concern to us – and will have to be addressed by a future US president – is the situation with ISIS. Frank explained that Muslims are not dangerous; Islamists are, and ISIS is our biggest cause of concern. ISIS is bent on creating a caliphate by taking over land and they need to be stopped.
 
The solution will require boots on the ground, he explained, but they shouldn’t be our boots. Instead we need to create a strong Sunni force that is capable of taking on the threat.
Middle East Situation, Frank Zerunyan Liz Mills 2016-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 26, 2016
  

Madelyn Creighton organizes our Club’s annual Students of the Year awards, which are given to students from our local high schools and college. They are nominated by their school officials for academic excellence and contribution to their school activities. Each winning student is awarded a $100 check for future academic purposes, and their family members and school officials are invited with them to our award meeting.

Maddy McHugh of Palos Verdes High School (who was unable to attend) received all A’s in junior and senior courses and completed her school work in March. She has a softball scholarship in Texas.

Dominique Alvarez of Marymount California University has been active in the award-winning Rotaract Club there, including fundraising to end polio.

Arman Ramezani of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School has distinguished himself in math and science. He has been admitted to Brown University.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thanks to Madelyn Creighton and the school teachers and staff!

Students of the Year Wes Bradford 2016-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 19, 2016
We met for a social hour to renew acquaintances and exchange ideas.
PV Sunset Social Hour Wes Bradford 2016-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 12, 2016

Marymount Rotaractors Cindy Sanchez and Dominique Alvarez spoke about their participation in our District 5280 and 5320 Rotaract Ethics Forum on April 9, at Loyola Marymount University. Rotaract Clubs in our District formed teams of 4 to participate in the 2016 Ethics Forum. (Our president, Lew Bertrand, introduced this annual event during his year as District Governor.)

Each team presented discussions on the ethical dimensions of a topic chosen from among a list of 23 proposed. Judging criteria included how well each team communicated why its chosen topic is an ethical issue, the complexity of the topic, preparation, organization, presentation, application of the 4-Way Test, and overall persuasiveness, including whether the solution proposed is legal and ethical. Prizes were given for first, second and third place.

The Preliminary First Round was a 10-minute presentation, and the Elimination Second Round was an abbreviated 5-minute presentation, concluding with feedback from the panel of judges. Cindy and Dominique chose the topic of Capital Punishment (death penalty or execution for a specified serious crime). Although it has an ancient history in most societies, Capital Punishment has been abolished by most countries in modern times, with public opinion in many countries increasingly against it. The US is the only country in the Americas still carrying out this penalty. Most other countries utilizing capital punishment are in Southern & Eastern Asia and Northeastern Africa, especially China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia.

District Rotaractors Ethics Forum Wes Bradford 2016-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 05, 2016

Liz Mills is our newest Young Professionals Member. She grew up in Reseda and was in Rotaract in college, as were most of her friends. She tended the University of San Diego.

To pursue a more international experience, she attended the University of Bradford, England (west of London), where she met people from all over the world. Many of them were Muslims, a contrast with her Christian upbringing, and many of them had been born in refugee camps.

She has recently begun working at Peninsula high school in Palos Verdes, in the AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nonprofit organization focused on closing the academic achievement gap by preparing underrepresented students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID’s philosophy is to hold students to the highest standards while providing academic and social support, so they can rise to this challenge. The program trains educators in using practices to prepare students for future academic success, using research-based strategies and curriculum. It teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, supported by tutorials and student-teacher relationships, creating positive peer groups, and developing a sense of hope for personal achievement from hard work and determination.

Liz has a strong interest in international and intercultural relations. She is interested in participating in a Peace Corps program, to either Samoa or Uganda.

Liz Mills, Craft Talk Wes Bradford 2016-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 29, 2016

Project Amigo was founded by California businessman Ted Rose, who visited the Mexican state of Colima near Mexico’s Pacific coast in 1984 to climb a volcano, took the wrong bus, and found himself in an impoverished village, Cofradia de Suchitlan. That experience led him and his wife, Susan, to move there to provide a helping hand for poor children to break the bonds of poverty. Project Amigo became a US 501(c)(3) charity in 1996 with headquarters in Novato, California. In 2000, Ted (now a member of the Colima Rotary Club) received Rotary’s Service above Self award.

Current Executive Directors are Jenna and Alex Saldaña. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University, and her husband, Alex, graduated from the University of Queretaro. They married in 2006 and have two daughters aged 7 & 5. Project Amigo has 17 staff members, all Mexican citizens and some of them graduates of its educational programs.

The students are children of local farmworkers who have few educational opportunities. 119 scholarships were given out in the current year, 49 for Junior High, 31 for High School and 39 for University study. Some have gone on to Law School or Medical School. Each prospective case is reviewed for interest and potential. Volunteers are invited to go there for Humanitarian Service Weeks during the Year: Learning Spanish, Literacy & Environment, Holiday Fiesta, & English Tutoring. (Our member Marylyn Klaus presented a program on Project Amigo to us several years ago; she sponsored a student there who went on to law school and professional practice, and is married.) Project Amigo’s website is http://www.projectamigo.org/. Sponsors and donations are welcomed.

Project Amigo, Jenna Saldaña Wes Bradford 2016-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 22, 2016

Shirley Giltzow is our District PolioPlus Chair and Past President of the Lawndale Club. She reviewed the progress of our worldwide polio eradication campaign. (Our Club President-Elect John Jaacks noted that his son had gotten polio many years ago, and will be visiting our Club in the near future to present a program on Post-Polio Syndrome.)

There were 350,000 polio cases per year in 1985, but now there are less than 100 per year, and they are endemic now only in Afghanistan and Pakistan (not surprisingly, in war areas). However, in January 2016, 16 polio workers in Pakistan were killed, and 65 were killed last year, giving their lives for the goal of polio eradication. The Rotary Foundation has requested a donation of $1/member in our District to honor the memory of those killed in the line of duty. President-Elect John Jaacks presented a check to Shirley Giltzow for the Rotary Foundation for our Club’s contribution.

$1.5 billion additional funding will be needed by 2018. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide a 2:1 matching Grant for the first $35 million to PolioPlus each year until then to help meet this goal.  (Note: Type 3 polio has not been seen in the last 3 years, which means that this particular strain has probably disappeared forever. 2 more strains to go!} The donation website is http://www.endpolio.org/donate.

Polio Eradication, Shirley Giltzow Wes Bradford 2016-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 15, 2016

Capt Harry Jacobs is a US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer (unpaid). He is Director of Public Affairs and Maritime Domain Awareness Inspector. (His spouse, Victoria Jacobs, is also a volunteer Auxiliary member, who also wears a uniform.)

He began by showing 9/11 photos of damaged buildings and injured victims. Is it possible to stop a terrorist attack? The Coast Guard believes it is, with the support of the American people. Terrorism can come here from anywhere in the world, and effective response requires the public’s awareness, knowledge, and constant surveillance. Report what you see (Situational Awareness).

Know what is normal (activities, situations, people) and what is not. America’s Waterway Watch is analogous to Neighborhood Watch, but on on a national scale and coordinated by the US Department of Homeland Security. Suspicious activities could include Surveillance (by individuals showing an abnormal interest in security or facilities), Elicitation (of important information without having need to know), Testing Security (studying responses to false alarms), and Suspicious Behavior (any behavior that seems out of place).

The US government believes we are getting closer to another “9/11” attack, anywhere in the country including our neighborhood. He urges us to identify, record and report, but don’t be confrontational and don’t take personal risks. (He related the recent report of a motorist reporting to the Highway Patrol about an expensive boat seen coming to a deserted beach north of Los Angeles, that was met by a truck that started loading packages from the boat. The truck was followed and intercepted driving to Los Angeles, large quantities of illegal drugs were recovered, and the participants were arrested. The expensive boat had been abandoned as “a business expense”.)

We need to safeguard the safety and security of our communities, infrastructure, ports, and waterways. Don’t stereotype people; people are not suspicious; behavior is. Don’t wait for terrorists to come to our shores. They are already here, and they are not afraid to die and to take others with them. It could happen at any time, anywhere, without warning.

America’s Waterways, Capt Harry Jacobs (USCG Aux) Wes Bradford 2016-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 08, 2016

Chief Ronene Anda, the former commander of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, was transferred to head the newly created Transit Policing Division of the Sheriff’s Department and promoted to Chief (two stars), to provide improved security for the LA Metro train & bus system. This new operation has special challenges different from conventional law enforcement, and works closely with the US Department of Homeland Security. She said she “had a lot to learn” on accepting this new transit policing position.

Transit policing includes improving safety and providing surveillance and security against theft, vandalism and assault. Discouraging the bypassing of turnstiles at train stations is a public education focus. An additional focus is watching for vulnerabilities to terrorism activities and being prepared at all times to respond with appropriate force and resources to an unexpected event anywhere in the system. She works closely with the Metro personnel to coordinate operations.

Chief Anda also spoke about local crime issues and being prepared to safeguard our homes and businesses, such as keeping home doors, garage doors and car doors closed and locked, and not leaving possible targets of theft in plain sight as temptations to breaking in. Technology cameras are increasingly being used to improve surveillance and identify crime getaway cars. “If you see something suspicious, say something (immediately, to appropriate law enforcement authorities).”

Chief Ronene Anda, LAC Sheriff’s Dept Wes Bradford 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 01, 2016
Victoria Perez, a California Marymount University Rotaractor, is the District 5280 Rotaract Representative. With sponsor support from our Club, she participated in the Jan 28-Feb 1 District Humanitarian Trip to Panama.
 
The Service Projects visited by our District group included Operation Smile, where they visited the local hospital and saw children prior to their cleft lip/palate surgery; Panama Norte, equipping an E-learning center in Veracruz, NW of Panama city; Playa Coronado, with rehabilitation of bathrooms & sanitation facilities at 2 schools; and El Dorado water system improvements in 2 communities. Victoria showed a slideshow of photos documenting her experiences.
 
There was a Welcome Dinner, Cultural Dinner, and a Panama Canal Transit. Optional Tours were Gatun Lake, Treasures of Panama, Historic City Tour, and the Biodiversity Museum.
Rotaractor Victoria Perez, District Humanitarian Trip to Panama Wes Bradford 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 23, 2016

Past President Roger Schamp was our Club’s representative to the Rotary International Peace Conference in Ontario, California, Feb 15-16. There were peace conference tracks with 104 breakout sessions and 150 inspirational speakers on peace-related subjects such as in homes, schools, communities, organizations, religions, news media, the role of technology, and peace advocates working in the world. Roger could attend only 8 of the 104 breakout sessions.

Among the speakers were Father Greg Boyle, founder of HomeBoy Industries, and actress Sharon Stone, widely recognized for her humanitarian efforts. Roger attended sessions on Rotary Peace Fellows, the Peace Corps, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and Dr Bernd Wohlschlaeger, a World War II Nazi tank commander’s son who converted to Judaism and moved to Israel. Another speaker, Bassel Baz, clandestinely rescues missing children that authorities can’t find, to reunite with their parents. Other sessions dealt with complex water issues, sustainability, and sanitation. Another session was “Developing an Integrated Rotary Peace Plan”, urging Rotarians to maximize pathways to peace, world understanding, and conflict resolution. The final dinner was a tribute to the First Responders of the recent San Bernardino Massacre, some of whom were present. Roger met many DGEs who went to their training in San Diego right after the Peace Conference.

Rotary has a long history in peacemaking. In 1921, this concept was incorporated into the Rotary Constitution and Bylaws. In 1940 in Havana, Rotarians adopted a resolution calling for “Freedom, Justice, Truth, and Respect for Human Rights”, which became the framework for the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1942, a conference of Rotary Clubs from 21 nations provided the impetus to UNESCO. In the 1945 conference leading to the founding of the United Nations, there were 49 Rotarians (11 from the US) in 29 delegations. Polio Eradication, begun by Rotary, is now promoted by the World Health Organization.

Roger Schamp, the Ontario (CA) RI Peace Conference Wes Bradford 2016-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 16, 2016

Commander Grant is Chief of Prevention for US Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, based on Terminal Island in San Pedro. Prior to his appointment in June 2014, he was a Coast Guard cutter commander and held a number of other field assignments on the East Coast and Caribbean.

He was born in Hampton, Virginia, and graduated from boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey, in 1989. After Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1998, he earned a BS degree from Excelsior College and an MA in Homeland Security with Honors in 2014 from American Military University. He is married and has 4 children.

The Coast Guard is under the US Department of Homeland Security. The Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector coordinates maritime operations along the California coast from Morro Bay to San Clemente and out to 200 miles offshore, including the largest US port complex, Los Angeles-Long Beach, which carries 40% of US foreign trade and is the world’s 9th largest port. Prevention-related operations include inspection and examination of domestic and foreign-flagged vessels for compliance with domestic and international safety, security, and environmental standards. The CG also performs inspection of designated waterfront facilities and waterways management. It has a Marine Safety Detachment, a Vessel Traffic Service, and an Aids-to-Navigation Team.

Cdr Grant presented a video of examples of Coast Guard port activities and operations involving global trade, security, and rescue. Arriving vessels must provide Notice of Arrival (NOA) to the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) 96 hours before arrival, and provide the dates of their 5 previous ports along with other security-related information such as detailed cargo descriptions. 79,000 port calls with 15 million containers were made to the US in 2014, all screened for safety and security. The US Coast Guard also has personnel overseas who visit 150 countries to assess risk levels. Cyber-security is an increasing concern; hackers use cyber-techniques to facilitate their drug smuggling.

Cdr Tim Grant, US Coast Guard – The Port of Los Angeles Wes Bradford 2016-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 09, 2016
DGE Greg O’Brien presented a tribute to our late member Don Reeves. Then he discussed his experience on our recent District humanitarian trip to Panama, including going through the Panama Canal.
 
As our District Gov-Elect, Greg attended the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, completing the District Gov training program he had attended in Kauai. He was fired up about the inspirational speakers and meeting DGEs from around the world with fellowship and networking. Rotary’s new motto this year will be “Rotarians Serving Humanity”. The Theme for our President-Elect Training Seminars (PETS) next week will be “Imagine Rotary”.
 
At age 37, Paul Harris started the first Rotary Club of young professionals in 1906, for business networking and to provide service to the community. Young professionals are the future of Rotary. They are less drawn to structured events such as weekly meetings, and are more oriented towards networking, such as meeting for lunch and flexible schedules. They use social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Pins and certificates don’t motivate them, but service with personal impact does. They are not magazine readers, preferring electronic media. They’re looking for friends. The rapid pace of technological changes now mean we have more difficulty mentoring them as new members.
 
“Young Professionals” will be our District Theme next year. We need to focus on Club programs of interest to families with children (not geriatrics!). They are interested in educational issues, police activities, and other (non-geriatric) topics. He referred to the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”. (An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come.) If we rebuild Rotary, they will come (not the White Sox).
DGE Greg O’Brien, RI International Assembly Wes Bradford 2016-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 02, 2016

Pam Van Alstyne started with the Community Helpline 15 years ago. It was begun in Palos Verdes in 1957 by a clinical psychologist to help teens with emotional & drug issues. Calls are answered for social service referrals, depression, anxiety, and crisis/suicide calls. The Suicide Prevention Hotline refers callers to the Community Helpline if they need talking support, and the Helpline can refer high-risk callers to the Suicide Prevention Hotline. The Helpline is open 7 days from 7 AM-10 PM.
 
Volunteers are required to attend a 6-week 45-hour "Listening and Communications" training program. They learn empathetic non-judgmental listening. Mental health professionals instruct them about common caller issues like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide. The volunteers are trained to set good boundaries by not giving personal information or opinions. Volunteers are asked to serve 3 shifts of about 3 hours monthly and commit to at least one year of service. Training programs are offered 3 times a year, in spring, summer, and fall, on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8:30 PM in Redondo Beach. Applications are available at (310) 793-1415 or chelpline.hyc@gmail.com.
 
The Helpline receives about 10,000 calls/day, often from elderly and middle-aged people as well as young adults in college. Volunteers try to focus on what the caller can do to help him/herself. Referrals can be made to psychologists and social services, and if there is serious suicide risk, they can ask the Sheriff's Department to send out an officer.
 
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Directory helps support Community Helpline and Palos Verdes Hills Nursery School. (Sticky notes are put on the covers as reminders of donation envelopes.) The 2016 Palos Verdes Peninsula Directory will be delivered by volunteers on Saturday, February 27th, 7-9:30 AM, from Rancho Vista at 4323 PV Drive North in Rolling Hills Estates. Each driver will transport several student volunteer “runners” to distribute Directories in their designated neighborhoods. Call (310) 793-1415 or (310) 686-0899 by February 20 to volunteer as a driver.
Community Helpline, Pam Van Alstyne Wes Bradford 2016-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 26, 2016
We met offsite at the Good Stuff Restaurant in Rolling Hills Estates, for good Club Fellowship and renewing our friendships. (Our usual venue at RHCC was having its annual membership meeting.)
Fellowship Meeting Wes Bradford 2016-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 19, 2016

Audrey Dahlgren introduced our Dance Contestants competing to be our representative to the District Student Competitions at Loyola Marymount on March 5: Pictured with Audrey are Tatum Contreras, Amanda Bishop, and Randy Kim.

Each one introduced herself and described her history and future plans. Due to lack of adequate space for a dance floor, they presented videos of their performances. (At the District Competition, they will perform live dance.) Each of them presented a very impressive performance.

On our panel of judges were Sue Tyree, Betty Reider and Echo Lee, who deliberated on choosing the winner.

After careful consideration, the first Place winner was judged to be Tatum Contreras, and the runner-up was Miranda Kim (who will represent our Club at the District Competitions March 5 if the First Place winner is unable to attend). Each was awarded a cash prize and was congratulated for a skillful performance.
Student Dance Contest, Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2016-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 12, 2016
Ken Chong, District 5280 Membership Chair, graduated from UCLA in microbiology and genetics. He joined Rotary in 2004 and was President of the LA5 Rotary Club for 2013-2014. He has sponsored over 30 members to Rotary. He is well known to our current President, PDG Lew Bertrand, and to John Jaacks, a former LA5 member and our President-Elect.
 
Ken is Executive Vice President of BRC Advisors, a commercial real estate company with 5 Southern California offices, and has experience in real estate syndication, investor relations and commercial brokerage. Previously, he was Advanced Markets Director at the Principal Financial Group for estate planning, compensation packages, retirement programs, taxes, liquidity, yield, and diversification. He has also been a guest lecturer at UCLA Extension on real estate investing.
 
Ken spoke on Rotary’s need to adapt to social changes in order to attract younger members (under age 40). Rotary is focused on improving the diversity of age, gender and ethnicity in membership. In addressing why people joined Rotary, they often recite business interests (networking) and opportunities for service. We need to show prospective members how Rotary membership can provide value to them for these interests. He illustrated this process by discussing how and why he joined Rotary.
 
An important factor in recruiting and retaining young members is having a designated person as a mentor to support each new member, to explain our service projects and to promote introductions and friendships for networking within the Club and community. Younger members are more likely to have family responsibilities and financial barriers, which we need to recognize and address. We need to promote active involvement of all of our members to promote member retention. (Rotary also has a goal of 50% of Club members being registered in My Rotary, to promote better communication and to review inquiries from prospective, referred, and relocating or returning members. Ask President Lew about login privileges to our Club website, http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2533.)
Rotary Membership - Young Professionals, Ken Chong, LA5 Club Wes Bradford 2016-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 05, 2016

Frank Zerunyan, an attorney, has been a City Councilman in Rolling Hills Estates since 2003 and has served 2 terms as Mayor. He has served on various city government committees and regional public boards, including the Medical Board of California under Governor Schwarzenegger. He is a Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at the USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance.

 

Mr Zerunyan started by discussing the Armenian Eastern Orthodox Christmas tomorrow, January 6. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 AD, before the Roman Empire did (and has its own Armenian Quarter in the ancient city of Jerusalem). When the Romans under Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, they placed Christmas on the winter solstice (feast day of the god Jupiter, which was December 25 in the calendar then in use) in order to co-opt the pagan celebrations. Western and Eastern celebrations of Christmas have been on these different days ever since.

 

Mr Zerunyan reviewed the current Rolling Hills Estates city government issues and projects, including the current extensive modifications at the Rolling Hills Country Club. There are ongoing commercial and residential permit and code variances processing. Maintenance of riding trails, storm drain improvements, and trash exclusion devices on city catch basins are especially important with the anticipated El Niño rainfall, to prevent property damage from flooding.

 

Ongoing projects have included an assisted living project at the Village Shopping Center, improvements on the Deep Valley Dr hillside area, expansion of the characteristic 3-rail vinyl fencing along major streets, parking and landscape maintenance, tree trimming, and horse trails. Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire Departments provide first responders services, and well-trained volunteer civilian groups are ready to assist in an emergency or disaster. The annual June PV Street Fair & Music Festival is supported by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce. Maintaining a profitable mix of commercial properties in the Silver Spur area is an ongoing challenge, but the city is fiscally sound.

Frank Zerunyan (City Councilman, Rolling Hills Estates) Wes Bradford 2016-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 14, 2015
Pres Lew Bertrand introduced DGE Greg O’Brien and other guests.
 
Thanks to Trixie & Jim Gamble (a Charter Member of our Club) for providing Champagne for a toast!
 
(Music was by Freedom4U Band)
Holiday Party and Dinner Wes Bradford 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 07, 2015
Madelyn Creighton introduced our speaker, Ariane Schauer, PhD in Economics at Marymount, and Interim Co-President and Provost (pending the replacement of Dr Michael Brophy who has accepted another position elsewhere). (James R Reeves, Chief Financial Officer, is the other Co-President.)
 
During President Brophy’s 9 years, Marymount has expanded to a 4-year university, almost doubled enrollments (to 1100) and revenues, added campuses in San Pedro and in Lake County in Northern California, and added degree programs. There are now 4 undergraduate programs, in Business, Liberal Arts, Media Studies, and Psychology, and 3 graduate programs, in Business Administration, Leadership & Global Development, and Community Psychology. There are 5-year programs for BA-MS and BA-MBA. An undergraduate Criminal Justice program is pending approval. The student-to-instructor ratio is 18:1.
 
Baseball and softball programs have been added, and learning modalities have been designed in both undergraduate and graduate programs to meet future adult learning needs. A concurrent enrollment program with San Pedro High School provides opportunity to earn AP credit in courses on the University campus. There is also a unique program to help international students adapt better to student life in the US. Community outreach includes student-internship placement to provide services while developing experience in research skills. The current student body is 20% International and 40% Hispanic. The University tries to maintain better affordability than comparable schools. More information is on the University’s website at http://www.marymountcalifornia.edu/.
Marymount California University, Ariane Schauer Wes Bradford 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 30, 2015
Audrey Dahlgren introduced the student speech contestants, who each spoke briefly on “Be a Gift to the World”, Rotary International’s theme for this year 2015-2016. The students were Katya Forsyth, Kaylen Ng, Samal Senaratna, and Brandon Nash.
 
The judging committee consisted of Sandy Farrell, Dave Moyers, Chuck Klaus and Charley Ferraro. After much deliberation, Katya Forsyth was chosen the winner (sharing our values with others and being thankful for what we have), and Kaelen Ng was second (mental illness and handicaps in children). Congratulations, and thanks to all for their hard work and talent, and thanks also to the judging committee members. The winner will represent our Club at the District competition at Loyola-Marymount University on Sat, Mar 5.
Student Speech Contest, Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 23, 2015
Ken Dyda, a former aerospace engineer, was active in the formation of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (to preserve the rural atmosphere and coastal views and avoid commercial overdevelopment of the coastal areas). After it was incorporated in 1973, he was elected to 3 RPV City Council terms before retiring from politics. After 32 years, he has now been reelected to the City Council, and he has definite ideas on the future directions for RPV.
 
His concerns include reestablishing Council oversight over city staff. He has seen many city government mistakes made when poorly supervised staff gets careless, such as the recent controversial mausoleum project at Green Hills, and the ongoing storm drain controversies. Reports to the Council need to have cited references so the Council can make informed decisions. Ken wants more transparency to provide knowledge to both the Council Members and the citizens. He is encouraged by the new City Manager and other new staff.
 
Currently, reports come out Friday morning for the Council to consider on their following Tuesday evening Council Meeting. He wants more time for a public comment period before the Council takes action. These reports should be published 2 weeks before the next Council Meeting. Everyone should be working from the same knowledge base to produce better decisions. He also wants to have competitive bids for city projects and services.
 
Ken Dyda, RPV City Councilman Wes Bradford 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 16, 2015
Craig Rexroad has been involved in the Long Beach Ballet Academy for many years and has two daughters in ballet. Mariano Sanz grew up in Spain and moved to California eight years ago, and has worked with Craig in promoting and acting in the annual Long Beach “Nutcracker” production, now in its 33rd year under the same director. They discussed their experiences in performing as well as family participation in the ballet.
 
The Long Beach “Nutcracker”, Mariano Sanz & Craig Rexroad Wes Bradford 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 09, 2015
Audrey Dahlgren, our Club’s student talent contest organizer, introduced the student contestants for the District Art Contest, the second of four student competitions: Sophia Boss (PVHS), SoYoun Jeon (PVPHS), Emma Butler (PVHS), and Chelsea Liu (PVPHS). Special thanks and congratulations to all 4 talented student contestants! Thanks also to the Judges Committee (Larry Andrews, Astrid Naviaux and Marilyn Klaus), and especially to Audrey Dahlgren for her work in recruiting and organizing this event. The winner, Emma Butler, will represent our Club at the District Art Contest, whose winner will be asked to display their winning art entry at our District Conference in San Diego April 28-May 1.
Student Art Contest Wes Bradford 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacques Naviaux on Nov 02, 2015
Christian Maeder is a graduate of Loyola Marymont University. He began his carrer eith AIG. After working for a hedge fund, he became a financial advisor for Edward Jones. In that position he was expected to knock on doors making cold calls. After 7 years there he moved to Raymond Jones and now is the owner of Maeder Wealth Management dedicated to provide wealth management and investment advice to individuals, medical professionals, conservators and strategic partners.
 
Their business model is based on discovery of a clients need, doing a risk assessment and then developing an investment policy statement for asset allocation. In this process they stay very close to the customer. Integrity and ethics are pillars of their business model.
Christian Maeder, Craft Talk Jacques Naviaux 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jacques Naviaux on Oct 26, 2015
President Lew Bertram shared the fascinating story of his obviously very adventuresome forbears and his grandfather’s immigration from Ireland to South Africa to Australia and subsequently to New York. Weekly letters he had sent to Lew’s grandmother were intercepted, so they lost track of each other until he found Mary in New York City, where his grandparents were married. His family then went to St Louis and on to Porterville. His relatives also went to Alaska in the gold rush.
 
Lew’s parents were married in 1929. His mother was the first female regent at the University of California, Berkeley.
Pres Lew Bertrand's Family History Jacques Naviaux 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 19, 2015
Audrey Dahlgren, our Club’s student talent contest organizer, introduced the student contestants for the District Music Contest, the first of four student competitions.
 
The four contestants were:
  • Jamie Kim (Peninsula HS), flute;
  • Robert Hu (Peninsula HS), violin;
  • Elliott Pearce (PVHS), trombone;
  • Quentin Thelen (PVHS), piano (with accompanists).
The judging committee included Dave Moyers, Wally Christmas, John Turner & Chuck Klaus. After intensive discussion and comparison, the winners were determined to be:
  • First-Place: Quentin Thelen (PVHS), piano;
  • Second Place: Robert Hu (Peninsula HS), violin.
 
Special thanks and congratulations to all 4 talented student contestants! Thanks also to the 4 judges, and especially to Audrey Dahlgren for her work in recruiting and organizing this event. The winner, Quentin Thelen, will represent our Club at the District Music Contest, whose winner will be asked to perform at our District Conference in San Diego April 28-May 1.
Student Music Contest Wes Bradford 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 12, 2015
District Governor DJ Sun was born in Seoul, Korea, and came to the US to earn BS & MBA degrees. He met his wife at the university, and they have 3 children. She had been a schoolteacher in Singapore and came to the US to study finance. They moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to work for a real estate brokerage company, and he joined the Koreatown Rotary Club. In 1996 he formed a commercial real estate investment group. He has served in many different leadership positions at the Club and District levels. As Club President in 2008, he participated in a Matching Grant Trip for corrective surgery for cleft-lip and palate children in the Philippines. He has participated in two more international cleft-lip & palate surgery projects in Vietnam. He believes we Rotarians can do bigger, better and bolder projects in our community and worldwide.
 
 
DG DJ Sun Visit Wes Bradford 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 05, 2015
Jon Caplan, one of our newest members, grew up in Palos Verdes, attending Malaga Cove Elementary School and Rolling Hills High School. He attended USC and became an English major (to be in class with his girlfriend), and he worked on the student newspaper, The Daily Trojan. He graduated during a recession and was out of work for 6 months before finding a job in Compton. His mother was a Special Ed Teacher, so he decided to become a substitute teacher in Special Ed, which no one else wanted to do.
 
Jon Caplan, Craft Talk Wes Bradford 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 28, 2015
 
The California Marymount University Rotaractors discussed their new members and their proposed projects. They are organizing a Backpacks & School Supplies collection between now and February for the District’s Panama Humanitarian Project, and will pick up donations at the District Breakfast on October 20.
Rotaract Vision, with Victoria Perez Wes Bradford 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 21, 2015
There are 5 Francisco Homes in the Los Angeles area, providing transitional living for 55 men reentering society from prison, offering them logistical and emotional support and hope for a better future. Many of them have memories of toxic childhood experiences. To be accepted into the program, they must have earned honor status, behavioral credibility and worthiness of release from prison.
Francisco Homes, by Sister Teresa Groth and David Schwed Wes Bradford 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 14, 2015
Larry was elected to the School Board in 2007 and is currently serving a second term as Board President. (He says he is not running for reelection next year.) The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has 1500 employees, and the Board members determine allocation of resources and hiring of the Superintendent & staff. During his first five years on the School Board (during the Recession), there was no extra money and they had to cut back employees and furlough people. In spite of that, the community has continued to support the local schools to help maintain their high quality. Our two High Schools are among the top in the US, and most of the others are private schools with more resources. Fewer students are enrolling at our elementary levels, due to increasing housing costs for most families with young children, so the High School enrollment is also gradually decreasing, which decreases the amount of state financial support provided.
Larry VandenBos, School Board President, PVPUSD Wes Bradford 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 07, 2015
Joe Mardesich was the first college graduate in his family. At Dana Junior High School, he developed a love of teaching as a career. He attended Pepperdine and then CSU Long Beach, majoring in history and obtaining a Secondary-School Teaching Credential. He taught US and world history, government, economics, ESL and English, in Torrance, Los Angeles, Dana Junior High, and San Pedro High. He retired in 1994 but returned the next year as a substitute teacher for a teacher on maternity leave. Over the next 12 years, he filled in for 6 teachers who delivered 8 babies, becoming known as the “grandfather” of San Pedro High. He retired again in 2008. He has been giving presentations at the San Pedro Rotary Club and the Palos Verdes Speakers Forum on historical subjects.
History of Spies, by Joe Mardesich Wes Bradford 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 31, 2015
Jason Sluyter is the Box Office & Theatre Rentals Manager at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates. He graduated from Grand Canyon University, a private Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1999. He began as a premed major, but switched to Theater midway through his time on campus, inspired by his participation in theater productions on campus as a performer and in other production roles. He is married and has two children. He began at the Norris 6 years ago, starting in the box office, and then became box office manager with involvement in marketing and producing.
Program: Norris Theatre, Jason Sluyter Wes Bradford 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 24, 2015
 
Doug Willmore became City Manager of Rancho Palos Verdes in June 2015. Previously he was chosen in June 2012 to be City Manager leading the turnaround of Bell, California, after their devastating scandal. Before that he was City Manager of El Segundo and Chief Administrative Officer of Salt Lake County, Utah. He graduated from George Mason University and has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Rancho Palos Verdes City Manager, Doug Willmore Wes Bradford 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 17, 2015
Mike Peters, our Club’s newest member, was born in Alabama where his mother was an Army Reserve Captain and his father worked for the railroad. He grew up in Lakewood, California, and attended Artesia High School. He started playing football at age 11 and hoped to become a professional football player. After college interviews at the University of Illinois and at Ole Miss, he chose the Ole Miss Rebels to avoid cold weather. (However, one of his favorite places is Alaska, where he loves to go for fishing trips, in summertime, of course.)
Michael Peters, Craft Talk Wes Bradford 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 10, 2015
In 1999, David founded Hadley Partners, Inc, an investment banking firm for helping business owners to finance or sell their companies, and has assisted over 100 entrepreneurial companies. Previously, he was a managing director at investment-banking firm BT Alex Brown for mergers, acquisitions and financing. He was elected to the California Assembly in November 2014.
Assemblyman David Hadley, 66th Dist Wes Bradford 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 03, 2015
Michael Sanborn was born and raised in the Los Angeles Harbor area. He graduated from Humboldt State University (American History) and obtained an MA degree in Historic Preservation/Public History at CSU Dominguez Hills. He became Curator for the Lummis Home in Los Angeles before becoming Director of the Banning Residence Museum (LA Department of Recreation and Parks) in Wilmington.
 
The Banning Museum was organized in 1974 to preserve the house built by Gen Phineas Banning in 1864. General Banning was known as the Father of the Los Angeles Harbor, establishing the first communication and transportation network in Southern California. He promoted the Los Angeles Harbor as a potential deep water port (which he dredged and built dock facilities for) as an alternative for the proposed Santa Monica port (which was never built). He established the first mule freight wagons and passenger stagecoach service from the port to the village of Los Angeles. To improve Harbor business, he and his sons decided to develop Catalina Island.
Early History of Catalina Island, Michael Sanborn Wes Bradford 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 27, 2015
Jon Kaplan introduced our speaker, Mark Comon of Paul’s Photo in Torrance. Paul’s was established in 1961 by Mark's father. His mother and Mark and now the grandchildren have also worked there. It has cameras, binoculars, lenses, photo supplies, and also a variety of photography classes for different ages and skill levels.
 
African Safari Video, Mark Comon (Paul’s Photo) Wes Bradford 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 20, 2015
Capt Bolin joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1985. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000 and Captain in 2012. He is now Commander of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, which is contracted to provide law enforcement services to Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. (68% of its budget is for RPV.) The Lomita Sheriff’s Station opened in 1975.
 
The Station’s personnel includes administrative staff and volunteers as well as sworn law enforcement officers. Among the specialized units are the Surveillance and Apprehension Team, which can be called out at any time to gather information on suspects and blend into the community with unmarked cars. He reviewed a dramatic case where a dangerous suspect was surreptitiously followed out of a crowded commercial area to a safer area without alarming him, and then was apprehended before he could escape onto the freeway.
 
Capt Blain Bolin, Lomita Sheriff’s Station Wes Bradford 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 13, 2015
Dr Donald Austin became Superintendent of Schools of the PVPUSD in 2014. He graduated from Baker University in Kansas and has Masters and Doctors degrees in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He taught in Hemet and Moreno Valley before becoming Principal of La Sierra High School and then Laguna Beach High School. He became Assistant Superintendent in Huntington Beach in 1911 before his appointment as Superintendent in Palos Verdes.
 
Dr. Austin’s philosophy is to put people first and make their jobs fun, but don’t celebrate mediocrity. Being happy is more productive.
 
Our Palos Verdes School District is relatively isolated geographically, because it is not easy to come to (no nearby freeways) and is an increasingly expensive place to live. This has advantages and disadvantages. We have high-quality schools, but the quality should not depend on which side of the Hill people live on. World-class has no finish line; we should always ask what we can do better.
 
Career readiness is different now. People often have multiple careers over their lifetimes, with no pension and an unsure or no paycheck. College readiness is important to avoid a gap when graduating to a higher institution. Our changing world requires more versatility of knowledge and talents than in the past when people could just choose a career and stay there. He hopes to continue improving the quality of teaching and the efficient use of always-limited resources.
Dr Don Austin, Superintendent of PVUSD Wes Bradford 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 13, 2015
Longtime PV Sunset Rotarian Angi Ma Wong will be remembered at a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 25, 3:30 PM, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N Euclid Ave in Pasadena, with a reception to follow. Please sign up for attendance estimate (a big crowd is expected), or contact Norman Wong at 310-614-7606 or n.wong99@cox.net.
 
Charitable donations are invited to The Rotary Foundation (c/o Lew Bertrand), The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Sisters of Charity of Rolling Hills, or Friends of Banning Museum.
 
Angi will be fondly remembered and greatly missed for her legacy of generous humanitarian service to Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club, District 5280 and Service above Self. She was inducted into the Rotary District 5280 Hall of Fame at the District Conference this year.
Remembering Angi Ma Wong Wes Bradford 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 06, 2015
Pres Lew reintroduced his Bertrand Bucks (which he had used to reward members’ services during his first term as Pres). We will bring them to the Demotion Party next year for prizes.
 
He encouraged us to share our Club with our business customers and friends, and to bring them to one of our projects and to a meeting, to share what we have in Rotary.
 
He reviewed our Club and District activities and the calendar for the coming Rotary Year, including DG Sun’s visit to our Club on October 13. We will have the Harmony Concert, Club Fundraiser, District Grant Project, student Art, Speech, Music and Dance Contests, and a Club meeting run by Rotaractors and Interactors. District Breakfasts, the Literacy Breakfast at Lawry’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills, and the District Picnic deserve our participation. He predicts a successful growing year for our Club.
Club Planning for 2015-16 Rotary Year, Pres Lew Bertrand Wes Bradford 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 22, 2015
     
Outgoing Pres Roger Schamp thanked the outgoing club officers and board members for their support during the year, including the difficult planning for our Club’s change of meeting venue. He reviewed our District’s February Humanitarian Trip to Guatemala, and our Club’s Project EGO, as outstanding examples of Rotary service. He thanked Audrey Dahlgren for her exemplary service in recruiting First-Place District Winners in the District’s Student Mu-sic, Dance and Speech Contests. He extended warm appreciation to Angi Ma Wong for her many years of outstanding Rotary service to our Club and District. Roger thanked PDG Lew Bertrand for accepting the duties of Incoming President, and presented outgoing Club Treasurer Chris Kilgore with a plaque for his years of outstanding service.
 
Dave Moyers reviewed some interesting quotes in Roger Schamp’s Butte, Montana, High School Yearbook. Then Roger’s history was reviewed, going to UC Berkeley where he met his wife, Carol. From there, Roger entered the US Navy where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
PDG Rick Mendoza and PDG/Incoming Pres Lew Bertrand presented Roger with the Past President’s Pin. Rick Mendoza expressed appreciation for our Club and Roger Schamp’s service, and declared him Honorably Discharged!
 
He also noted Lew Bertrand’s District leadership during the year of the merger of the two Districts. PDG Rick Mendoza conducted the installation of Incoming Pres Lew Bertrand and his 2015-16 Board, and Lew made his closing remarks. The party went on while the sun set over the hillside to the west.
Demotion of Pres Roger Schamp: "You Stand Relieved!" Wes Bradford 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 15, 2015
DGN Greg O’Brien, who will be District Governor in 2016-17, was introduced by PDG Lew Bertrand, our incoming Pres. Lew remembers when he was District Governor and speaking to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club while Greg O’Brien was its President, when suddenly the entire audience ran over to the window to look out. Lew went over to see what the commotion was, in time to see the Space Shuttle flying over Torrance on its way to its final landing at LAX. This interruption was considered a great salute to the meeting!
 
Membership, by DGN Greg O’Brien Wes Bradford 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 08, 2015
PDG Lew Bertrand introduced Page Jones, whom he has known from many years ago. Page, influenced by his father par Nelly, love to ride motorcycles. In 1994, he was riding in Malibu when a car back into the road in front of him. He awoke in a hospital bed, with a roommate, Bill Richard of the Malibu Rotary Club, also recovering from injury in the next bed.
Page Jones: His Recovery from Accident Wes Bradford 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 01, 2015

Angi Ma Wong was honored at the recent District 5280 Conference in San Diego, and received a five minute standing ovation for her exemplary history of service to Rotary. She was awarded a plaque for the District Hall of Fame, the District’s highest recognition, for her dedicated service to Rotary and District 5280. This award is not given annually and has strict eligibility criteria.

 

Honoring Angi Ma Wong Wes Bradford 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 25, 2015
Connie Senner, the Director of Construction at Torrance Memorial Hospital, began in 1991 as Director of Operations for their physician office practice management program. She has managed the 8-year project for the Hospital’s new Lundquist Tower, which opened in Nov 2014. The campus Master Plan has projects outlined through 2018.
 
The Lundquist Tower has 390,000 square feet in 7 floors and basement, designed to high seismic standards. There are 256 private patient rooms, 12 Operating Rooms, 4 Catheterization Labs, 12 elevators (4 public), and supportive units. 112 rooms have dialysis facilities. There are Pharmacy services, Imaging Department, a Healing Garden, Chapel, Gift Shop and cafe. Corridors on the 1st and 2nd floors connect to the older hospital, whose space will be modified for other uses.
 
Torrance Memorial Hospital is 90 years old, non-profit, and self-supporting with the help of community donors. Its website is www.torrancememorial.org.
 
Sally Eberhard is the Hospital’s Sr VP for Planning and Development. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Service and Hospital Administration and a Doctorate in Public Health. She has oversight of the Hospital’s Strategic Planning Activities and various Hospital Departments.
The New Torrance Memorial Hospital Wes Bradford 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 18, 2015
The Project EGO (“Exploring Growth Opportunities”) program is designed to help high school students in danger of not graduating, to succeed in their educational and life goals. Some have financial, emotional, and/or family problems distracting them from achievement. They are recommended by their high school counselors and must attend regular meetings with good attendance and fulfillment of tasks including obtaining recommendations, completing a resume, and demonstrating job-interview skills and ability to speak before a group. They have career counseling and are able to focus on long-term planning and develop their self-confidence. The program is supported by the Norris Foundation and Rowena Schaben and other donors.
 
A slideshow was presented of their physical activities on the UC Irvine campus, designed to develop teamwork and self-confidence. They were shown climbing the tower and being suspended by cables, where they overcame their fears and learned to depend on each other for support. One of the students, Joseph Lin, accompanied the presentation with a solo violin performance for us.
 
Project EGO Banquet Wes Bradford 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 11, 2015
Lew Bertrand introduced his friend Brian Erickson, Senior Vice President for Corporate Partnerships of the LA2015 Special Olympics World Games, to be held in Los Angeles this year. He is on loan from Mattel, where he is VP of Sales. The Games Organizing Committee, Inc. (GOC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Brian showed a short video of past Special Olympics events in other countries.
 
The Special Olympics movement was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to promote dignified participation by handicapped participants. It has grown to 4.4 million athletes in 177 countries. With the support of 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, it sponsors 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions worldwide throughout the year.
 
Special Olympics, by Brian Erickson Wes Bradford 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 04, 2015
Lew Bertrand introduced his long-time friend, LAX Chief of Police Pat Gannon. LAX has had its own police department for 64 years. Chief Pat reviewed the early history of the Department (life seemed so simple and innocent back then). Now it has 1100 sworn & civilian personnel for LAX, ONT (Ontario) and VNY (Van Nuys). Officers train at the LAPD Academy. There are contingents of the LAPD, Homeland Security, FBI, and several other law-enforcement agencies.
 
LAX Chief of Police Pat Gannon Wes Bradford 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 27, 2015
Rosemary Humphries of Rancho Del Mar described her school’s mission of helping students in danger of not graduating high school, by providing a self-paced program. Her school’s Student of the Year is Dominique Russo, who transferred from PVPHS and has got-ten all A’s and B’s. She is an early graduate with 230 credits. She was awarded a $1000 scholarship check for further education.
 
Sarah Botkin introduced the Angi Ma Wong Interactor of the Year, Dylan Martins, who has been an outstanding leader in academic and school activities. He was awarded a scholar-ship check for $1000.
 
Sarah Botkin introduced the Marymount California University Rotaractor of the Year, Melissa Gutierrez. Her Rotaract Club has won campus and district awards for outstanding service projects. She was awarded a scholarship check for $1000.
 
Mrs Pollock, counselor at PVPHS, introduced her school’s Student of the Year, Ian Sun. He was awarded a scholarship check for $1000.
 
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students. We wish them academic success in their future careers. We think the hard-working teachers and counselors and our Club members who organized this event.
Student of the Year Wes Bradford 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 20, 2015
Gem Munro was introduced by Lew Bertrand. Gem, a Canadian, has devoted his life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people in Canada and abroad. He is a Founder (with his wife and 4 children) and Director of Amarok Society, a Canadian charity providing educational programs to the very poor in Bangladesh. He has written a book with a collection of stories about some of the extraordinary people he has come to know in the slums of Bangladesh, South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor. (Proceeds from the sales help support the Amarok Society.) Gem and his wife Tanyss Munro have been awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for their charitable work.
 
Educating the Poor in Bangladesh, Gem Munro Wes Bradford 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 13, 2015
PDG Dave Moyers described the Rotary District Community Grants and the im-portance of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Our Club’s donations last year averaged $300 per member. Our District invested $105,000 in Community Grants this year, growing every year since initiating this program several years ago. (One of our previous grants was $2500 to the Helen Coffey Library at the Harbor Interfaith Center several years ago.)
Dave introduced Don Wrigley, Executive Assistant at the Beacon House in San Pedro. It was founded in 1970 and built on a burned out property on 10th and Beacon Street (originally the home of Los Angeles’ first mayor). It has 115 beds for drug addicted and alcoholic men, to re-acclimate them into the community and help them to go out and work again. It provides food, clothing and shelter, and arranges counseling and vocational training. Its pro-gram is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Their website is http://www.thebeaconhouse.org/. Dave Moyers presented Don Wrigley with a check for $1000 to be used for providing blankets and pillows.
 
Dave introduced Julie Parrino, Director of Development for Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro. It is now 40 years old. It was founded by religious organizations and originally met in a church basement, but has grown and now has a new facility on 9th Street. It provides food and pantry services, emergency shelters, clothing, and educational and mental health services for homeless and working poor people. 31,000 people were served last year, increasing the proportion of children in day care, pre-kindergarten and afterschool programs, increasing income with work and benefits programs, helping student heads of household to reach their educational goals, and helping families to secure permanent housing. Harbor Interfaith helps to connect people to the services they need to become productive, self-sufficient and independent citizens. They welcome volunteers to become mentors, reading partners, sports supervising, tutoring, and providing many other skills. Their website is www.harborinterfaith.org. Dave Moyers presented Julie Parrino with a check for $1500, to be used for 3 new kitchen stoves.
Dave Moyers Presents Community Grants Wes Bradford 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 06, 2015
Lew Bertrand introduced his longtime friend, Mike Lansing, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor. Mike has worked for them since 1995 and considers it his ideal job. (The B&G Club has won many awards under his leadership.) When Mike was 6-13 years old, with no place to go, he had gone to the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club. It was founded in 1937 by the San Pedro Civitan Club by local business people, to keep kids off the streets and provide educational and cultural enrichment after school, in order to enable those with the most need to reach their potential.
Boys & Girls Club, by Mike Lansing Wes Bradford 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 30, 2015
Teresa Scott was crowned “Queen of the Hill” for 2014-15, at a Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce “Coronation Ceremony” on Nov 22nd at The Promenade on the Peninsula (note white and blue sash). She is on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chair of Membership.
 
This award is given annually by the Chamber to the winner of a 2-month fund-raising contest for a local nonprofit organization. The winner, who is not announced until the ceremony, represents this nonprofit organization and the Peninsula community at local events. Candidates and their sponsoring organizations raise funds and get exposure for the organizations’ programs and services.  Each candidate’s net revenue goes 80% to the sponsoring organization and 20% to the Chamber to support its many business programs.
 
Chamber of Commerce “Queen of the Hill”, Teresa Scott Wes Bradford 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 23, 2015
President Roger Schamp and Wes and Judy Bradford presented their experiences in the District 5280 trip to Guatemala District 4250 on February 5-9, in the old colonial capital, Antigua. Roger attended a meeting of Canadian and Washington State Rotarians who were discussing their ongoing projects in Guatemala, including a self-sustaining micro loan system.
 
Our Rotarian projects there are funded by a Global Grant of $483,000 including funds from both Districts and the Rotary Foundation. The “Guatemala Literacy Project” provides Mayan schools with textbooks. Small charges to the parents each year provide enough money to replace the books in 4-5 years. Teaching without books is especially difficult if the Mayan children are not fluent in Spanish. Many more schools are in need, and Guatemala has one of the lowest literacy rates in the Americas. We brought a carton of wrist bracelets (donated by Trixie and Jim Gamble of our Club) to distribute to eager children. We also delivered school backpacks and supplies, and there never seemed to be enough for everyone.
District Guatemala Humanitarian Trip Wes Bradford 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 16, 2015
The second annual Harmony Concert by the combined Music Departments of the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and the Palos Verdes High School was performed at the Norris Theatre on March 17. It is sponsored as a joint community service project by the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, the Palos Verdes Lions Club, and the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates. This Concert demonstrates cooperation between two rival high schools and raises funds for their music departments. This event was planned over the past year by the coordinating committee with Jackie Crowley (Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club) and representatives of the other three service clubs.
 
 
Harmony Concert at Norris Theatre Wes Bradford 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 09, 2015

PDG Lew Bertrand, our President-Elect, discussed his experience joining Rotary (rather than Lions Club), because a Rotarian ASKED him! As a banker, he was promoted to various positions in the South Bay area, resulting in his belonging to several nearby Rotary Clubs. He helped to start the 4-Way Test Contest. As banking changed and his bank was sold, he looked for an evening Club, which was Palos Verdes Sunset.

 

He was President of our Club in 2007-8 when Dave Moyers was District Governor and the RI Convention was held in Los Angeles. This began three consecutive years of annual Club of Excellence banners for PV Sunset. When he became District Governor in 2012-13, his activities opened Rotarian friendships to him all over the world.

 

Lew reported on the recent President-Elect Training Seminars (PETS), 2½ days of training (which he probably did not need for himself for his next Presidential term). He was on the committee of PDGs planning it for the past year (as treasurer) and managing its budget.

 

PETS & District Update, by Lew Bertrand Wes Bradford 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 02, 2015
Daniel Rizik-Baer is the Community Relations Manager at the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles. He has worked with community groups, residents and news media to increase awareness of homelessness and the solutions that the Trust provides — Permanent Supportive Housing. He has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Skid Row Housing, by Daniel Rizik-Baer Wes Bradford 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 23, 2015
Audrey Dahlgren opened the program by introducing the three dance contestants, who each presented a video selection of her dance performances. The judging committee consisted of Sue Tyree with Chuck Klaus and Jackie Crowley.
 
Athena Nikolakopulos, a senior at Palos Verdes high school, very impressively danced the classical ballet Nutcracker Grande Pas de Deux (video presented showing her with male partner). The judging committee awarded her with 1st Prize and $200.
 
Sara Crossman, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, presented a video of her solo jazz dance. She was awarded 2nd Prize and $100.
 
The winner will compete at the District level on March 28 at Loyola Marymount University and may be presented at the District Conference in San Diego in May.
Student Dance Contest Wes Bradford 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 16, 2015
Roger Schamp opened the program with the Treasurer’s report by Chris Kilgore. Club revenues and expenses were reviewed, with projections over the coming year compared among various venues for our permanent meeting site.
 
Then there was a discussion by most of the attending members of the possible venues, comparing potential costs and features (location, food service, room size and flexibility, accessibility, parking, and wine sales for cost support).
 
After much discussion, a vote was called for. Although none of the potential choices had all of the desired features, a strong majority of the members voted in favor of Rolling Hills Country Club. Many members were previously familiar with this venue, including make-ups with the Lomita-Torrance Airport Rotary Club that formerly met there. Several members indicated preference for another choice, and pointed out that the attendance was smaller this week and some absentees may also have other preferences. This difficult decision was not taken lightly, but we need to settle on a choice and make future plans and publicize our choice.
Club Assembly Wes Bradford 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 09, 2015
Jacques Naviaux, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, presented his gliding (“mountain wave soaring”) experience in New Zealand. The west side of the South Island gets 220 inches of rain per year, with high winds but moderate climate.
 
The wind blowing eastward up the mountain slopes causes a smooth rising air mass that can keep gliders aloft for hours. The air goes up and down following mountain slopes, and tends to rise over sun-heated areas of dark rock surrounded by snow. The gliders follow rising air masses as judged by ground contour and weather conditions. They stay below 15,000 feet, although the glider altitude record is about 50,000 feet.
 
Jacques Naviaux, Gliding in New Zealand Wes Bradford 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 02, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our student guests reviewed their projects of this year:
  • Amanda Peters, Pres of Rotaract Club, Marymount California University
  • Interact President Dylan Martins, whose Club membership tripled to 80 this year!
Jackie Crowley, Lew Bertrand, and Angi Ma Wong discussed how Rotary experiences have influenced their lives.
Rotaractors & Interactors Wes Bradford 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 26, 2015
Vocational Service Cochair Audrey Dahlgren introduced the student contestants and reviewed the rules for speaking. The contestants were each given 4-6 minutes to speak, relating their topics to the Rotary Four-Way Test. The judges included Sylvia Benko, Charley Ferraro, Bob Coffey, and Art Delaloza, MMU Professor and Rotaract Advisor.
 
After careful consideration, the judging panel selected as winners Daniel Foltz for First Place (awarded $200) and Annie Benedict for Second Place (awarded $100). The winner will compete in the District Speech Competition at Loyola Marymount University on March 28. Congratulations to the winners, and our sincere thanks to all of the contestants for their hard work, and to Audrey Dahlgren for recruiting such a great cast of contestants!
 
(Shown with Audrey Dahlgren are Eileen Kim, Kevin Hsu, Daniel Foltz, Annie Benedict and Shannon Cardella)
 
 
Student Speech Contest Wes Bradford 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 19, 2015
Gale Phinney is the Education Director for the Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit community visual arts gallery and school founded in 1931 as a cultural arm of Palos Verdes Estates to make the visual arts available, accessible and affordable to all. She reviewed the history and activities of the Art Center.
 
Palos Verdes Art Center, Gale Phinney Wes Bradford 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 12, 2015
Jim Morgan is a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula (Noon) Rotary Club, and Director of Operations for the Wayfarers Chapel on Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes.
 
The Wayfarers Chapel (“The Glass Church”) is noted for its unique modern architecture and location on cliffs above the Ocean. It is part of the Swedenborgian Church of North America (founded by Emanuel Swedenborg, theologian and scientist from the 1700′s and noted for his spiritual illumination of the Bible).
Wayfarers Chapel, Jim Morgan Wes Bradford 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 05, 2015
 
Ron Wildermuth has been a Public Information and Conservation Manager for West Basin Municipal Water District since 2008. He is a retired Navy Captain and was a public relations advisor to Gen Schwarzkopf during the Gulf War, and then worked for the Parsons Corporation and for the Orange County Water District.
 
The West Basin District was formed in 1947 by local cities to manage a declining water table and overreliance on groundwater. In addition to Palos Verdes, the West Basin’s service area includes Carson and most of the cities south of the Los Angeles Airport (except Torrance), and Inglewood, Culver City, West Hollywood and Malibu. It distributes 220,000 acre-feet of water annually. (An acre foot is 326,000 gallons, the amount used by two average families in one year.) It is a member of the Metropolitan Water District that imports water into Southern California.
Water Reliability 2020 (West Basin Municipal Water Dist) Wes Bradford 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 15, 2014

Sandy Farrell & Pres Roger Schamp opened the program & introduced our many guests, including DG Elsa Gilham & Larry Gillham, & her Chief of Staff, Melody St John & Paul St John.

 

After dinner, PDG & District Rotary Foundation Chair Dave Moyers reviewed the history of the Foundation and its contributions to Rotarian service. Then the following members were recognized with Paul Harris Awards:

Paul Harris +2: Chuck & Marylyn Klaus & Sandy Farrell

Paul Harris +3: Jackie Crowley & Varda Lancaster

Paul Harris +4: Wally Christmas

Paul Harris +5: Burt Arnold (not present, but donates every year)

 

Larry Andrews was recognized for new members brought in to Rotary.

 

Jim Gamble was recognized for his many years of service to Rotary.

Marylyn Klaus was recognized for her many years of service to Rotary and her loyal support of the Rotary Foundation.

Santa (Chris Kilgore) was presented a map by Jerry Farrell, to help him find the PV Sunset Rotary Club.

Betty Reider & Audrey Dahlgren sang a Christmas Carol to Pres Roger (“Roger is Coming to Town”).

Then we all sang Christmas Carols to finish the evening events.

Christmas Party, OFFSITE at Palos Verdes Golf Club Wes Bradford 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 08, 2014

Our Club’s newest novelist, Larry Andrews, is an engineer and aerospace consultant. He loves to read novelists including Tom Clancy, James Michener, Noel Barber, John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell. He likes people, traveling and cultures, and describes himself as emotional, romantic, and with a vivid imagination. He decided to write a novel based on his experiences and places he’s been.

 

Larry Andrews’ Book, “A Space Oddity” (Offsite at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center) Wes Bradford 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by wes on Dec 01, 2014

Audrey Dahlgren introduced the student art contestants. The students introduced themselves and presented their artwork, describing their motivations for their choices. The judging committee consisted of Echo Lee, with Larry Andrews, Dave Moyers and Marylyn Klaus.

Rachel Gundlach (Palos Verdes High School) presented her work done on a computer, showing a “Girl in Her Own Universe”, tuned in with headphones.

 Nicole Cunningham (Palos Verdes High School) presented her work focusing on the existence of many problems in the community and asking, “How are you?” “I'm OK.”

 Chelsea Liu (Peninsula High School) presented her watercolor, “Ocean View at Sunset”, showing the interplay of colors at that time of day.

Annie Graziano (Palos Verdes High School) presented a video that she wrote and produced, about her older sister and boyfriend showing “Commitment to a Relationship”.

The judging panel reviewed all entries carefully, and finally came up with their winners: Rachel Gundlach, 1st Place and $200 for “Girl in Her Own Universe”, and Chelsea Liu, 2nd place and $100 for her watercolor, “Ocean View at Sunset”. The 1st Place winner will compete in the District Contest at Loyola Marymount University on March 31.

Student Art Contest wes 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 20, 2014

Pres Jim Hartman of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club opened the meeting. After the invocation, PV Peninsula new member Megan Lyne led the attendees in singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in her beautiful soprano voice. After a review of the Harmony Concert Joint Project of the 4 Clubs, he introduced each of the 4 Club presidents in turn, to present overviews of their Clubs’ activities and service projects.
 
4-Club Joint Noon Meeting (Rolling Hills Country Club) Wes Bradford 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 17, 2014
Father Anastasi became Hegumen (Abbot) of St Antony Monastery in Newberry Springs, near Barstow in California’s Mojave Desert, in 2006. The Monastery was established in 1973, the first Coptic monastery in North America. It serves many Coptic Orthodox congregations in Southern California. The monastery is a U-shaped building on 800 acres with St. Antony’s Church, a row of small cells each containing a bed and chair for the monks, and a refectory (dining room). In spite of their isolated location, they receive many visitors, not all of the Coptic faith. Father Anastasi presented a video on Coptic history in Egypt, including early leaders and martyrs.
 
Father Anastasi, Abbot of St Antony Coptic Monastery Wes Bradford 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 10, 2014

John Williams is the President of the Peninsula Symphony Association. He was born in Illinois north of Chicago and came to California at age 13. He attended USC and became a Navy submariner. He worked for Electra Manufacturing until 1988, and then worked for Morgan Stanley until his retirement in 2013.

 The Peninsula Symphony was founded in 1967. It has moved recently to the Redondo Union High School auditorium (from its previous venue at Rolling Hills Covenant Church). Free concerts are provided to the South Bay community, although the cost is $30,000 per concert, requiring private fund-raising. Peninsula Symphony members’ subscriptions provide one half of the orchestra’s income, with the remainder coming from private donations and fundraising events.

 

John Williams, Peninsula Symphony Wes Bradford 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 03, 2014
Vocational Service Co-Chair Audrey Dahlgren introduced the students entered into our Club’s Music Contest. The students from Peninsula High School were:
•    Chisa Kodaka (violin)
•    Rishi Gattu (guitar)
•    Brandon Jolly (keyboard)
•    Zoe Council (singer with keyboard)
The students from Palos Verdes High School were:
•    Eileen Kim (violin)
•    Enoch Park (oboe)
The Club’s Judging Committee included Ralph Black, Jacques Naviaux and Chuck Klaus. Following intense deliberations, the winners were Chisa Kodaka (Second Place) and Eileen Kim (First Place). Congratulations and thanks to both of them, and to all of the contestants for their talent and hard work! The winner will compete in the District Final contest at Loyola Marymount University on March 31.
Our Club extends our gratitude to Audrey Dahlgren for her hard work recruiting the contestants and organizing this contest.
Student Music Contest Wes Bradford 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 27, 2014

DG Elsa Gillham joined Rotary in 1998 and is Past President of the Wilshire Rotary Club in Los Angeles. She is a Rotary Foundation alumnus and served as team leader of the Group Study Exchange to the Philippines in 2006-7 and was Rotarian of the Year. She helped charter the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown. She served in many offices of District 5280 and in community organizations before becoming District Governor.
DG Elsa Gilham Visit Wes Bradford 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 20, 2014

Carter Calhoun is Director of Development of Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro. He grew up in San Pedro and attended local schools. His life passion has been community service. He had a computer business for 5 years and then sold it. He spent one year with the Masai tribe in Kenya, and was fascinated by their rich culture and interesting lifestyle. He met his wife in Palos Verdes and settled down in this area, and has been with Toberman for about 2 years.
 
Toberman House, Carter Calhoun Wes Bradford 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 13, 2014
The Vial of Life program, a free, medical record-keeping program for adults and children, was created in the Midwest, and is locally named RX for Life on the PV Peninsula.  It is designed to aid Peninsula residents in supplying important, individual medical information to assist first responders in performing emergency first aid in the home.
 
            The RX for Life kit includes: medical history form, pencil, prescription bottle to store your form, refrigerator magnet, and window decal for first responders.  Participants keep medical records current on the form, which is rolled up and stored in a plastic pill bottle on the top right hand shelf of one’s refrigerator.  A window decal or refrigerator magnet is displayed for paramedics and other emergency personnel to have access to up-to-date information when called to a residence.
 
Kathy Berg, “RX for Life” Program Wes Bradford 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 06, 2014
Don Davis has been an attorney for 45 years, specializing in corporate, business and securities law and an investment banker for 40 years. (His family arrived in the 1880s in Porterville, from Missouri.) He and his wife have 7 children; the youngest, Julie, is 14 years old and attends Palos Verdes High School.
 
Don completed his first novel, THE HILL, this year (set in the Palos Verdes area). His second novel, THE ISLAND, set on Catalina Island, is in progress. An author interview that he read in the Los Angeles Times inspired him to write THE HILL. The interviewee spoke about the three components of a story: locale, theme and characters, and how he wrote 3 pages a day.
 
The Hill, by Don Davis, Author Wes Bradford 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 29, 2014
David Wahba has been employed with the City of Rolling Hills Estates for over 24 years and has served as the City’s Planning Director for 12 years, overseeing Planning, Building& Safety and Code Enforcement. Prior to his current position, he was employed by his hometown of San Jose in its Redevelopment Agency.
 
David has a BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in City and Regional Planning and a MA from Long Beach State in Public Policy and Administration. He lives in the South Bay, is married with two children.
 
(Notes by Angi Ma Wong)
Rolling Hills Estates City Planning Director, David Wahba Wes Bradford 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 22, 2014

Eileen Hupp, a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, has been President & Chief Executive Officer of the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. Previously, she was a consultant for business development strategies, and has worked with national retailers for mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, advertising and finance. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The University of Chicago. She has been a committed volunteer since high school for a number of community organizations. She lives in Rolling Hills Estates and has three children.
 
Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, Eileen Hupp Wes Bradford 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 15, 2014
Marc Benard is a member of the Del Amo Torrance Rotary Club, where he is Foundation Chair and Past President. He has been involved in humanitarian projects in Mexico and Central America, where his podiatry group has performed 3000 surgeries on children in the last 37 years.
 
 He reviewed the status of the 6 Global Grants for the pending District trip to Guatemala in February 5-9, totaling about $440,000, assisted by several Rotary Clubs in Guatemala. Some of these grants are not yet fully funded, and the committee is still looking for contributions to allocate as needed.
 
Guatemala Humanitarian Trip, Marc Bernard Wes Bradford 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 08, 2014

Sarah Botkin, our newest member, was born in Chile and moved with her family to the South Bay where she lived until second grade. Then she moved to Spokane, Washington. She moved again to San Diego, where she attended Torrey Pines High School for two years and then transferred to Mount Carmel High School.
Craft Talk, by Sarah Botkin Wes Bradford 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 01, 2014

Ken Swenson is the Past Board President of PVPLC. He is a Senior Vice President in the Office of the General Counsel of Bank of America, and has served on the Environmental Law Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
 
The Conservancy was founded in 1988 to preserve undeveloped land as open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for historical, educational, ecological, recreational and scenic purposes. Since then it has successfully preserved 1,600 acres. Large blocks of natural open space have been created and maintained for visitors to enjoy peaceful solitude, for children and adults to learn about the natural environment, and for native plants and animals such as the California Gnatcatcher and Palos Verdes Blue butterfly to have opportunity to thrive.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, by Ken Swenson Wes Bradford 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 01, 2014

PDG Dave Moyers presented Astrid and Jacques Naviaux with pins with diamonds (First Level Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation), and an engraved crystal memento. Thanks, and congratulations to both of you for your generosity!
Astrid and Jacques Naviaux Recognized as Major Donors Wes Bradford 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 25, 2014

Ann Shaw, Pres of Peninsula Seniors, has been a Member of its Board since 1999. She was a member of the Rancho Palos Verdes incorporation steering committee 1968-1973, and was an RPV Council Member 1977-1983, serving as Mayor 1979-1980. She is affiliated with the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, and was a TaxAide coordinator for AARP. She worked on cryptanalysis and computer programming for the National Security Agency 1957-1960, and then worked in private industry until becoming a self-employed Certified Financial Planner in 1994.
 
Peninsula Seniors, by Ann Shaw Wes Bradford 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 18, 2014

John W Green is a retired Commissioner from the Los Angeles Superior Court. Previously, he worked as a deputy district attorney, did civil litigation, and was an in-house counsel for State Farm insurance. He graduated from Stanford University, served in the Peace Corps in Thailand, and graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law. He works for the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution Services in Los Angeles, and is a member of the LA5 Rotary Club.

 

Senior Scam Awareness Outreach, by John W. Green Wes Bradford 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 11, 2014

The pelicans and gulls presented a display of their aviation skills.  The pelicans were diving into the water for seafood hors oeuvres. After being shuttled down to the beach by 2 of Ralph Black’s grandchildren, we gathered at the group of palapas for socializing and wine.  Jeff and his assistant prepared barbecued dinner, including Frisbee-sized hamburgers, dogs, salad & dessert, as the sun set among low-lying clouds on the horizon.
 
Our thanks to Ralph Black for arranging our Club’s off-site social evening here. He delivered a brief history of the Portuguese Bend Club and its residents and members. Portuguese Bend gets its name from Portuguese whalemen from the Azores, who built a shore station here in the 1860s to process whale oil from gray whales caught on their annual coastal migration.
 
Offsite Beach Party at the Portuguese Bend Club Wes Bradford 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Aug 04, 2014

PDG Rick Mendoza (2002-2003), of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club, has been a travel agent for many years, and is also a Certified Underwater Instructor (wearing his red instructor’s jacket). He was introduced tonight by Bob Welbourn, an experienced SCUBA diver in our Club.
 
Rick showed a series of slides of underwater photos he has taken in the South Pacific and elsewhere. He showed close-up underwater photos of many kinds of tropical fish, lobsters (including an 11-pounder), moray eels, rays, groupers, many kinds of coral, sea squirts, sponges, nudibranchs, urchins, anemones, starfish and a turtle. The clarity of the water was striking.
 
PDG Rick Mendoza, Scuba Diving Experiences Wes Bradford 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 28, 2014
John Federspiel is a lead mechanical engineer for SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation). (SpaceX hosted a tour for last year’s 4-H Club Rocketeers.) SpaceX was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to design, produce and oper-ate reliable low-cost transportation of cargo and crew to and from low Earth orbit and to enable the colonization of Mars. He invested $100 million and recruited other investors.
 
Space technology today is about the same as 40 years ago except for better electronics. SpaceX has developed 5 rocket engines, 3 launch vehicles and one reusable multipurpose space-craft. It has contracted with NASA to help support the International Space Station (ISS) so the US does not need to rely only on Russia to do this. SpaceX is the first private company to produce a liquid-fueled rocket (Falcon 1) to reach orbit (2008), to successfully launch (by Falcon 9), orbit and recover a spacecraft (Dragon) (2010), to send a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International Space Station (2012), and to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit (December 2013).
SpaceX, by John Federspiel Wes Bradford 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 21, 2014
John Jegede was introduced by his sponsor, Roger Cox of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club. John is nearing the end of his Rotary Youth Exchange in the US, and will be returning to his home in Nigeria this week. John has been attending Mira Costa High School, participated in choir, and attended the prom. He has also been active in soccer and enjoys playing drums.
 
John presented a slide show outlining his impressions, experiences, and home background and family life. He was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ewutuntun and District 9110 in Lagos, Nigeria. He attends Livingstone College there, (equivalent to high school), and discussed a typical school day structure there. He enjoys math and biology, and would like to become a physician. He lives in the Yoruba area of Nigeria. The main industry is agriculture, producing cocoa, yams and other food products, as well as oil. He reviewed the history of Nigeria, from British colonial times to independence, wars, and military rule interspersed with democratic government.
 
 
Nigerian Rotary Youth Exchange Student John Jegede Wes Bradford 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 21, 2014

Sarah Botkin was inducted into Rotary membership in our Club, by PDG Dave Moyers. She was sponsored by Membership Chair Larry Andrews. (She has already volunteered for several of our Club service activities.) Congratulations, Sarah, and welcome to our Club!
Sarah Botkin Inducted into Rotary Membership Wes Bradford 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 14, 2014

Pres Roger Schamp reviewed the results of the Club member preference survey he conducted recently, and he thanked the members who submitted replies. These included preferences for planning offsite meetings. We will have 2 Club Assemblies this Rotary year.
 
Ralph Black is arranging for an offsite Beach Party for our Club at the Portuguese Bend Club on Tuesday, August 12. Please sign up for food planning.
 
Roger suggested several grant opportunities for this year. We may consider being the Lead Club in one of the Humanitarian Grants (we have not led one of these events in the past). He encouraged us again to consider going on the District Global Grant Humanitarian Trip to Guatemala in February, which he and his spouse, Carol, have signed up for.
 
Club Assembly (Planning for This Rotary Year) Wes Bradford 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jul 07, 2014
 
PDG Lew Bertrand conducted an Induction Ceremony for our newest members, Hedy & Roberto Frisancho (former faculty at U of Michigan). Congratulations, and welcome to the Club!
 
After dinner was served, Past-President John Turner demonstrated (voluntarily, we presume) his mastery on playing the Ukelele. We were so impressed that we may enter him into next year’s Student Music Contest.
 
Club Service Chair Jerry Farrell Presented PV Sunset’s 2013-14 Ruth Kain Rotarian of the Year Award to Newsletter Editor Wes Bradford, apparently for all those years of publishing the Palos Verdes Sunsetter newsletter that some of us read (“Most of the Truth, Most of the Time!”). After verifying that some mistake had not been made, he expressed his sincere appreciation to the Club members. A $250 donation to the Rotary Foundation was made in his name.
 
Lew Bertrand introduced Outgoing President Sandy Farrell. She introduced her Club Officers and Board Members, and thanked them for their year of service. Then Lew gave Sandy a dose of her own medicine (“Counseling the Psychotherapist”), avoiding any Freudian connotations.
Demotion Dinner at Palos Verdes Golf Club Wes Bradford 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 23, 2014
 
Nora MacLellan is a member of the Westchester Rotary Club, which obtained a Rotary Foundation grant to support this project.
 
Vision to Learn was founded in 2012 in Los Angeles to address the problem of schoolchildren needing glasses who are unable to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Most of these are low income and minorities who lack access to medical care and vision care. Vision to Learn has screened 120,000 children in Los Angeles and Sacramento, providing 20,000 with eye exams and 16,000 with free glasses and frames. If you can’t see, you can’t learn.
Vision to Learn, by Nora MacLellan Wes Bradford 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 16, 2014
 
Don Reeves reviewed how our Rotary District Community Grant is helping to fund our Palos Verdes 4-H Club projects. We have participated in 3 of these projects, to be presented tonight.
 
Dee Keese discussed the history of the 4-H Clubs, the oldest youth organization in the US. They started from the Land Grants to fund new state colleges under the Lincoln administration. Information for agricultural development was presented, but farmers were resistant to trying new ways, such as crop rotation. This concept became a 4-H Club demonstration project, which was successful and influenced a new generation of farmers. Now, there are many more types of projects, not necessarily related to agriculture. The Palos Verdes 4-H Club started in 1953 and has 130 children participating. Over 30 projects were presented at a fair, in which they won 31 out of 37 awards.
Don Reeves, 4-H Club Grant Report Wes Bradford 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 09, 2014

The house was packed with guests & past members for the 25th birthday of our Club (6/7/’89). We socialized, reminisced about old adventures & projects, toasted with champagne, dined, and finished up with the birthday cake after it was displayed precariously for photos by founding member Bob McCaman.
 
Founding members included the crew below: Jim Gamble, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus, Erv Samuelson (master member-recruiter), Bob McCaman, Founding President Bob Welbourn, PDG Dave Moyers, and Alberta Samuelson.
PV Sunset 25th Anniversary Celebration Wes Bradford 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jun 02, 2014

          Susan Menkes works with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) programs, staffed by senior volunteers and professionals who help Medicare and Medicaid (MediCal) beneficiaries become better health care consumers. These programs are supported by The National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center created in 2003 with funding from the US government. Susan discussed the dangers facing seniors from healthcare fraud perpetrated by scam artists purporting to be Medicare representatives.
 
  
Medicare Fraud, by Susan Menkes Wes Bradford 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 26, 2014

          Steve Avalos, of Homeboy Industries, presented its history and its role in rehabilitating people released from incarceration, and training them for productive occupations. Homeboy Industries was begun in 1988 as a job training program by Father Greg Boyle, SJ, of the Dolores Mission Parish in Los Angeles, as an alternative to gang life for high-risk youth. He found sympathetic businesses willing to hire former gang members.
 
    
Home Boy Industries Wes Bradford 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 19, 2014

          PV Sunset Past Pres and Project ego chair John Turner opened the program and introduced the Project EGO personnel, including Robert Babb, Kelly Baranick, Madeleine Creighton and Principal Rosemary Humphries. Special thanks to Rowena Schaben, whose generous financial support this year and previous years have been important to Project EGO’s success.
 
   
Offsite, Project EGO Banquet, Norris Pavilion Wes Bradford 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 12, 2014
Audrey Dahlgren introduced our successful winners at the recent District 5280 Contests at Loyola Marymount University, and their parents.
 
          Michelle May won the District 5280 Dance Contest.
 
William Whittenbury won the District 5280 Speech Contest.
 
Lucy Wang took 2nd Place in the District 5280 Music Contest.
 
          The students described their high school activities and future college plans. We congratulate them for their talent and efforts, and wish them great success. Thanks also to Audrey Dahlgren, who organized, recruited and encouraged them.
Recognition of Student District Contest Winners Wes Bradford 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on May 05, 2014
We enjoyed a relaxing break from our usual routine, just socializing and browsing the hors d’oeuvres table. Thanks to Jackie Crowley for arrangements, & to Dave Moyers for bringing wine.  Jerry Farrell helped at the bar.
 
 
 
OFFSITE Social Gathering Wes Bradford 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 28, 2014
The Rotaract students from Marymount who participated in the District 5280 humanitarian trip to Colombia included Angelina Gorbaseva, Victoria Perez, Kevin Tang, Ruqaya Alloo, Fray Reyes, Amanda Peter, Francisca Cortes and Jazmyn Cano-Casas. They took turns discussing their award-winning Rotaract Club’s activities this year, with a slideshow.
 
Colombia Trip Report & Rotaract Recognition Wes Bradford 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 21, 2014
Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club recognized the Students of the Year for each of the local high schools: Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Rancho Del Mar.  Each student is selected by the school based on volunteer service to the school and community, extracurricular activities, leadership, and academic achievement.
 
Each student was introduced by a school representative, and then presented a brief summary of school activities and future academic and career plans.  Then the students received their award plaques and scholarships.
 
High School Youth Recognition Wes Bradford 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 14, 2014
In 2009, Echo Lee saw a TV program called CNN Heroes, about a Singapore Airline pilot, Budi Soehardi, who had seen abandoned children in the streets after the 1999 conflict when East Timor broke away from Indonesia.  He began sending food and medical supplies to the refugee camps.  In 2002, he started the Roslin Orphanage with his wife, funded by his own salary, to take care of some of these children.  Since then, they have raised about 150 children and have 5 full-time staff members.
 
Echo Lee, Indonesia Orphanage Report Wes Bradford 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Apr 07, 2014
Project Amigo, in the state of Colima, Mexico, is a Rotarian program to promote education for the children of migratory workers there, in cooperation with a local Rotary Club.  The parents work very hard cutting sugarcane in the fields, and many don’t speak Spanish, still using their native dialect.  The children often live too far from schools or have to help in the fields.  This lack of opportunity perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
Project Amigo Report Wes Bradford 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 31, 2014
The 4 Marymount Rotaract students who will compete in the 2-District Ethics Form on April 5 gave us a practice presentation.  They discussed the ethics of Organ Transplantation in relation to the Rotary 4-Way Test.  Victoria Perez spoke on Truth, Jazmyn Cano spoke on Fairness, Angelina Gorbaseva spoke on Goodwill and Better Friendships, and Fray Reyes spoke on Beneficial effects.
Marymount Ethics Competition Presentation Wes Bradford 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 24, 2014
Mehdi began with a video on the origins and history of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.  Nowruz (“New Day”) occurs on the spring Equinox or first day of spring (about March 21), at the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length.  Nowruz was the major holiday in the ancient monotheistic Zoroastrian religion of Persia (today’s Iran).  It was formalized in the Persian Achaemenid era (550-330 BC, between the times of the Babylonian Empire and the Greek empire of Alexander the Great.
Mehdi Bozorgzad, Persian New Year (Nowruz) Wes Bradford 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 17, 2014
Jessica Farris is Policy and Advocacy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where she works on areas such as privacy/surveillance and criminal justice reform.  She graduated from Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania), has a Masters degree from University College Dublin, and graduated from Drexel Law School.  She has previously done pro bono legal work for Innocence Matters, for the Philadelphia Senior Law Center, and for the Drexel Haiti Justice Project for the Haitian population infected with cholera by UN forces stationed there after the major earthquake.
 
ACLU, by Jessica Farris Wes Bradford 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 10, 2014
President-Elect Roger Schamp (wearing his new red Rotary shirt) outlined the main themes of his recent President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) for the 6 Districts in Southern California and Nevada.  The 3-day budget at the Marriott Hotel was $300,000.  The plenary speakers presented a large amount of information which Roger is still trying to assimilate.  He is planning for the next Rotary year 2014-15 and has e-mailed a survey to our Club’s membership, which he wants us each to write in our preferences and return to him at RGSchamp@aol.com.
 
Rotary leaders want us to recognize both individuals and Clubs for outstanding service.  As an example of service recognition, the recent Outstanding Service Award to our Club by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce was for our Club’s community service over the preceding year.
Roger Schamp, District PETS Meeting Wes Bradford 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Mar 03, 2014
Our Club member Wes Bradford is a Family Physician and Functional Medicine consultant in Torrance (www.dr-bradford.com), and is a member of the Clinical Faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He has participated in Rotarian Polio-Corrective Surgery Projects in Uganda and India.
 
Health problems can be caused by diet, soil mineral depletion, toxic contamination, and differing needs (genetic, environmental, stress, lifestyle and medical differences).  However, focused nutritional changes can help a variety of chronic health conditions.  Avoid wasting money on nutritional junk, and know which nutritional interventions can help.
 
Wes Bradford, Nutritional Effects on Health & Disease Wes Bradford 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 21, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We rode the Club bus from Peninsula Center to the Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown in Los Angeles, wearing red and enjoying wine en route served by Astrid & Jacques Naviaux.
 
We arrived to a 10-course Chinese banquet to celebrate the 4712 Year of the Wood Horse, and were escorted to our tables, directed by Angi Ma Wong and assisted by Jennifer Kain and Astrid & Jacques Naviaux.  There were New Year gifts for everyone at each place setting.
 
(Every 12th year of the Chinese Zodiac is a Horse, and every 5th year is Wood, so this cycle repeats every 60 years.  The Horse is hard-working, independent, intelligent, friendly, good with the hands [or hooves?], and enjoys entertainment and large crowds.)
 
We were treated to the magic tricks of David Chen (a Hollywood Magic Castle member), who made doves come out of objects in his hands.  The birds were remarkably well-behaved and harmonious, not flying about marking the dinner plates.  Then 2 Dragon-Dance teams accompanied by drum & gongs came dancing out among the tables breathing their fiery breath and swallowing monetary tips passed to their mouths (their tongues inside looked remarkably like human hands).  A Kung Fu demonstration/dance intimidated any remaining evil spirits lurking about (firecrackers were not allowed inside the restaurant).
 
We enjoyed talking with other District Rotarians and our many guests, and returned home to begin a successful New Year of the Horse.
Chinese New Year Celebration (District 5280 Event) Wes Bradford 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 17, 2014
Marylyn and Chuck Klaus had gone to a fundraiser in Long Beach and bid on a trip to Cuba for 2.  Surprisingly, they won, and recently enjoyed their trip there.  The trip leader, who was born in Cuba, frequently takes groups of visitors there from the US.  They began their tour in Havana, known for its “bars, old cars and guitars”.  They exhibited their Cuban tourist attire including beret hats and a Ché Guevara T-shirt.  Chuck held a Cuban hand-rolled cigar (he didn’t light it, so as not to trigger smoke alarms & building evacuation), and Marilyn showed a beer-can camera (art from necessity).  They showed many slide photos of the people, art, street scenes and old buildings, mostly in Havana, and the home/museum of Ernest Hemingway.
Cuba Trip, by Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Wes Bradford 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 10, 2014
Susan Brooks (not our past local mayor!) lives in Torrance and has been active in the Solar Cooker Project.  She discussed what this has to do with genocide.
 
Jewish World Watch was founded in 2004 by Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom, a Conservative congregation in Encino, out of concern for ongoing areas of genocide in the world today.  After the end of the Nazi era in 1945, many people pledged, “Never again!”  How can we then stand idly by today when millions of (non-Jewish) people are being threatened with genocide because of their ethnicity?
Solar Cooker Project & Walk to End Genocide, by Susan Brooks Wes Bradford 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Feb 03, 2014
I’Nella, the Outreach Coordinator for the Molina Foundation, reviewed her organization’s history.  The first Molina medical clinic was founded by the late Dr C David Molina, to help uninsured, non-English speaking and low income patients.  It now has clinics in 16 states.
 
The Foundation was founded in 2004 by Martha Molina Bernadett, MD, MBA (now a Paul Harris Fellow), after she noted that children in her waiting room wanted to take some of the children’s books home to read.  The Foundation’s Mission is to reduce disparities in access to education and health by the underserved.  Illiteracy is viewed as a health risk.
 
The Molina Foundation (I’Nella Douglass-Scott) Wes Bradford 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 27, 2014
 
Roger Schamp introduced the story of Fred Korematsu and then showed a video of his life story, which won 2 Emmy Awards.
 
Fred Korematsu (1919–2005) was one of many Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove everyone of Japanese ancestry from designated “military areas” near the West Coast (where it was feared they would aid the enemy in case of invasion) and place them in internment camps inland.
Remembrance of Fred Korematsu Wes Bradford 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 20, 2014

Astrid Naviaux reviewed the status of planning for our fundraiser Sun, June 29, 2-5 PM, at the Norris Pavilion.  Instead of “Festival Del Corazon”, they are planning to rename the event “Chairs for Charity”, because it will feature chairs chosen and decorated in any style by local student artists from the Art Departments of Palos Verdes and Peninsula High Schools, Chadwick School, and Marymount California University.  Prizes will be given for the best chairs, and then the chairs will be auctioned.  Palos Verdes High School will provide its Jazz Combo for musical entertainment.  Tickets will be $75, including hors d’oeuvres (provided by Jeff Earle) and wine.  Recruit some sponsors.  Come, and bring others.

Fundraiser - "Chairs for Charity", by Astrid Naviaux & Sandy Farrell Wes Bradford 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 13, 2014
Dance Contestants: Rie Fukushima, Michelle May, Alexa Rogalski, Rose Knight, Mara Conway, and Morah Geist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Winners: Michelle May (First Prize) & Rose Knight (Second Prize)
Student Dance Contest, with Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Jan 06, 2014
(Shown here are Alejandro Luk Haezaert-Caraveo, Robyn Weinstein, Lt Chris Golden, and Greg O'Brien)
 
Greg O'Brien, Past President of Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club and District Governor Nominee for 2016-17, briefly discussed the Future Visions Project in Rotary, with changes including Vocational Training Teams who will go to areas of Rotary focus.  He introduced 3 of the 5 Peace and Conflict Resolution team members who attended Rotary’s Istanbul Peace Conference in September and October 2013.  On their return, they submitted a written report to our District, and are speaking to Rotary Clubs here.
Istanbul Peace-Conference Report Wes Bradford 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 20, 2013
Our members and guests met in the Warner Grand Annex at 6 PM for our “Citizen of the Year” recognition of Jeff Earle.  We began with “Heavy Hors d’Ouvres” served by 3 of Jeff Earle’s Red Onion crew, and we were lubricated by the bar services of Jerry Farrell & Jackie Crowley.
 
Then, Master of Ceremonies Don Reeves began the formal program with introductions of honored guests.  Introducing our Citizen of the Year, he spoke of Jeff Earle’s family restaurant business begun 50 years ago, and his early political career (less successful than his outstanding restaurant management).  Jeff has contributed his time and resources to many local community activities over the years as well as helping to found a medical clinic with ambulance in the Colima area of rural Mexico where many of his loyal employees came from.  Jeff started and ran the Cub Scout Pack at the Harbor Hills housing complex for 11 years.  He was also President of our PV Sunset Rotary Club, and helped organize and promote a very successful Cinco de Mayo Rotary fundraiser for the Mexico programs.
PV Sunset Christmas Event & Citizen of the Year Award Wes Bradford 2013-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 16, 2013
Al Muratsuchi was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 66th Assembly  District, which includes the South Bay Beach Cities, Torrance, Gardena, Palos Verdes and the Harbor City area.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law.  He was a prosecutor for Los Angeles County and the city of Santa Ana, and then joined the California Department of Justice in 2001 as a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General.  He was a member of the Torrance Unified School Board for 7 years, and has been an active volunteer in South Bay organizations.  He lives in Torrance with his wife and daughter.
 
Al Muratsuchi, Assemblyman 66th AD Wes Bradford 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 09, 2013
 
 
Audrey Dahlgren introduced Peninsula HS Counselor Teri Koyanagi and the 4 speech contestants (L-R): Candace Johnson (PVHS), Natalie Edelstein (PenHS), Liliana Pond (PenHS), and William Whittenbury (PenHS).
 
Natalie Edelstein gave a spirited and humorous speech on Narcissism in the Millennial Generation.  She placed these attitudes in perspective to show that “we are not the center of the universe!”
 
Liliana Pond spoke on the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and the loss of memories of the past that deprive the rest of us of a sense of society’s continuity over time.  She used as an example the recent loss of her beloved grandmother after years of Alzheimer’s.
 
William Whittenbury spoke on the endangered vaquitas (“little cows” in Spanish), the world’s smallest dolphins who live in the Gulf of California.  There are only about 100 left, and they could be gone by 2017.  They spend most of their time deep underwater and therefore are seldom seen by fishermen.  This is a heavy fishing area that the local population depends on.  A new SafeNet has been developed that can save these vaquitas from being unintentionally killed during fishing operations, and is more efficient in excluding unwanted catch that would be discarded.
 
Candace Johnson gave an excellent description of how the Rotary 4-Way Test can help us to make the right decisions as a moral compass for our values.  She discussed how Jesus presented these same principles in his teachings on how to apply them to our daily lives.  Acts of kindness are contagious.
 
After carefully evaluating each of these talented contestants, the judging committee chose William Whittenbury as the winner to compete in our District Speech Contest (March 1 at LMU); he was awarded $100.  The runner-up was Liliana Pond, who was awarded $50.  We thank each of these 4 outstanding students for their efforts, and are happy that we do not need to compete against them!
Student Speech Contest, with Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 09, 2013
  • Our charitable funds raised over the last 2 months from the Raffle and Happy Bucks have concluded and have been divided evenly to the disasters in Colorado and the Philippines.  Our 2 checks for $1796 each were displayed by Pres Sandy, and will be mailed tomorrow to designated Rotarian collection points, together with our supportive thoughts and prayers.
 
 
 
Funds for Disasters in Colorado and Philippines Wes Bradford 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Dec 02, 2013
Warren Bobrow (Westchester Rotary Club) is our District Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Officer, and owns a consulting company for hiring employees.  8000 students from 80 countries are participating in exchanges, and 2500 students involve US participation.  He introduced John Jegede of Nigeria (Yoruba ethnic group), whose father has been involved in Rotary.  John is a Junior at Miracosta High School and is enjoying school activities and his year with host families here.
Rotary Youth Exchange, by Warren Bobrow Wes Bradford 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 25, 2013
Audrey Dahlgren introduced the 6 music contestants, who introduced their parents and other family members in attendance.  Each of the contestants introduced his or her instrument and the piece to be played, and then performed and were evaluated by our judging committee.
 
Contestants from Palos Verdes High School were Quentin Thelen (Yamaha electric piano), Zachary DiLello (flügelhorn, a trumpet-like instrument with a wider bore, formerly used on the battlefield), and Aris Kare (guitar, jazz ballad).
 
Contestants from Peninsula High School were Lucy Wang (violin, accompanied on Yamaha electric piano), Nicole Svitanovich (electric piano, Bach’s “Prelude in C Major”), and Omali Senaratha (accordion).
Student Music Contest with Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Joint Club Meeting (PV Sunset & Noon Clubs, Kiwanis, & Lions Clubs) Wes Bradford 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 11, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Goldsmith is a former President of the Hawthorne Rotary Club.  He was Executive Director of Centinela Youth Services for 14 years and built it to a 10-fold increase providing mediation and conflict resolution services to 6000 youth with 500 trained volunteer mediators and programs in 28 schools.  CYS works closely with school districts, juvenile justice system, and the County Dept of Children’s and Family Services.  He has won many awards, and was Chair and Director of the recent Rotary-sponsored meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, for mediators and peace builders from over 50 countries.
Keeping Youth on Track, by Steve Goldsmith Wes Bradford 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 04, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Audrey Dahlgren introduced the 5 art students and their parents & other family members in attendance.  Their art presentations were displayed around the room for our Club members to admire.
 
While the judging panel was deliberating, the students took turns presenting their future educational plans and career hopes, and discussing their art submissions.  Pictured above are Audrey Dahlgren with students Elizabeth Applewhite, Alex Mendoza, Noelie Merrihew, Emilie Ren, & Loren Chen.
 
First Prize was Loren Chen’s “Aftermath” (shown above), depicting a child survivor after a natural disaster, with a very emotional effect on the viewer.  Loren will compete for our Club in the District 5280 Art Contest.
Student Art Contest, with Audrey Dahlgren Wes Bradford 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 28, 2013
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Dency Nelson, who lives in Hermosa Beach, was introduced by Roger Schamp, who has known him for 10 years as being knowledgeable about environmental issues.  In February this year, Roger found out from a front-page Los Angeles Times article that Dency Nelson, who hadn’t discussed his job with Roger, was retiring from a career of several decades as a Stage Manager for television shows.
Dency Nelson, on His Hollywood Life Wes Bradford 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 14, 2013
Michael Sanborn, Director and Curator of the Banning House Museum, grew up in the Harbor City area and received a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from CSU Dominguez Hills.  He has worked at Banning since 1991 and considers this his dream job.  He co-authored a 2008 book, Images of America: Wilmington, about the local history including the Banning Museum and the nearby Drum Barracks (from the Civil War).
Offsite at the Banning House Museum Wes Bradford 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Oct 10, 2013
The Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner at the Terranea Resort on Friday, Oct 11, recognized the PV Sunset and PV Peninsula Rotary Clubs as the Service Organizations of the Year.  Our Club had 3 tables.  Our President, Sandy Farrell, was presented with our Club recognition certificate by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi.  We received proclamations of recognition by several local and state government organizations (see photo).  (NOTE: We will be dark next week, Oct 22 to help subsidize our members attending this event without impacting our budget.)
Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Wes Bradford 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Bradford on Sep 30, 2013
                                                                                 
Kellie Cairns has always loved books, influenced by her mother, husband, and sister, who are all teachers.  In 2002 she founded “Book Buddies”, a literacy program of the Molina Foundation, and is known to thousands of children as “The Book Lady”.  She became good friends with Helen Coffey, chair of the Los Angeles First Book chapter, and is currently its chair.
 
Kellie has personally helped to distribute over 3 million books to children, and built over 125 libraries including the Helen Coffey Reading Room in honor of her dear friend.  She has been featured on Oprah Winfrey and recognized by President George W Bush.  She receives e-mails from successful college students who were in grade school when she first met them and gave them books.
 
First Book, Kellie Cairns – Molina Foundation Literacy Program Wes Bradford 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Sep 23, 2013
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Jeff Earle was helping Angi Ma Wong with the vittles!

We had live music, wine, “heavy hors d’oeuvres”, lots of fun (inside and outside).

After munching on the patio, we assembled inside for a brief formal meeting and announcements.  Then former opera singer Rosemary Welch accompanied our not-quite-operatic Club members in a series of songs from famous American musicals, led by Rev Tom Cooper.  As an encore, President Sandy Farrell made him sing a solo to show off his crooning talent, which he did as a real trouper.  Bravo!

Offsite at The Canterbury, Outside Patio Party Wesley Bradford 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Sep 16, 2013
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Joe Baker, the Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Art Center, is an artist, curator and educator.  He grew up in Oklahoma (where he is a member of the Delaware Tribe) and graduated from the University of Tulsa with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.  He completed a Master of Development Practice from Harvard.  He has been involved in issues of health disparity, identity and global cultural equity through music, dance and art exhibitions.  He was Director for Community Engagement at Arizona State University and then Executive Director of Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, before coming to Palos Verdes.

He considers the PV Art Center the “best kept secret” in Palos Verdes, and is promoting outreach to the surrounding community.  It was founded in 1975 and is involved in many school-based and other programs to serve the South Bay area.  Each year there are 5 Art Center projects serving 7000 K-5 students for art education, served by 400 volunteers.  The cost is only $1/project/child, serving children from Harbor City, Watts, Hawthorne and other surrounding communities who otherwise have little opportunity for exposure to the arts.  Students are brought to the Art Center for classes and exhibits, free of charge to them.  This year they are also working with Intermediate School children in Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Art Center, by Joe Baker Wesley Bradford 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Sep 09, 2013
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(DG Doug Baker is shown here with AG Carolyn Brady-Sinco, Connie Baker, Executive Aide Jaimee Sul Cantrell & Hampton Cantrell, and President Sandy Farrell.)

District Governor Doug Baker opened the program with a Paul Harris award to Roger Schamp, and then reviewed the value of the Rotary Foundation in furthering our Rotarian philosophy.

DG Doug said that his wife, Connie (whom we are happy to see present with us tonight), was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 weeks ago.  He noted how caring and giving the members of our Rotarian family are to each other when we are faced with such a crisis.  Past District Governors have helped to fill in for him on District duties while he has been helping his wife during these difficult days.

District Governor’s Visit Wesley Bradford 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Sep 02, 2013

President Sandy Farrell opened the meeting and called on the Club Service Chairs and Club Officers to report on their projects, activities and status for this Rotary Year, in preparation for the annual District Governor’s Visit next week.  (We will begin next week with the Board Meeting at 6:30 PM with District officers, before the Club meeting.)  Sandy is preparing our Club presentation to the District from the written reports that are being presented orally tonight.

Club Assembly Wesley Bradford 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Aug 26, 2013
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Jeff Earle & his crew served a beach buffet to us (watched hungrily by the gulls & pelicans).  We enjoyed conversation with wining & dining on the beach as the sun sank over the horizon.  Thanks to Ralph Black for arranging this relaxing event, and to all who helped to set up, provide the wine, shuttle us to and from the parking area, and for inviting our guests and cleaning up afterward.

Portuguese Bend Club Beach Party Wesley Bradford 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Aug 19, 2013
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Larry Andrews opened the program with a skit by Jason Sluyter and Megan Lyne (2 actors from the Norris Theatre, whom Larry had provided with dinner in the adjacent room as payment for this work).  It began with Russ Schaadt opening the door to the other dining area to let the 2 actors into our meeting.  They acted as “uninvited visitors”, with Jason grabbing some taco chips from a table on his way in.  They sat down at a front table to eat, and had a dialogue with Larry at the podium about the process of becoming Rotary members.

Larry told them, “This is a private dinner meeting.  We are a service club and a private organization.  You have to be invited to join us; you can’t just barge in here like that!”  This dialogue continued as Larry explained to them the requirements of membership and the process of joining Rotary.  Then, Larry introduced them as actors, and they made their bows and departed.

Larry Andrews, Membership Wesley Bradford 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Aug 19, 2013
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Russ Schaadt, a new member, is president of Gardner Management, a real estate investment firm that acquires and manages large multifamily residential and commercial properties in Southern California.  The company was founded by Theodore Gardner in 1968.  The company owns and manages 1500 apartments and focuses on quality customer service to its residents while maintaining attractive profitable properties.

Russ Schaadt, Craft Talk Wesley Bradford 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Aug 12, 2013
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Robin Franco has lived in Palos Verdes since age 10.  She graduated from Cal State University Long Beach with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science, planning to become a math teacher.  Her first job was with Magnavox, designing and installing integrated navigation systems for ships, spending up to 3 months at sea supporting these systems.  The company was sold to Leica Geosystems, where she continued working as a systems analyst in GPS navigation.  Then she became Director of the South Bay Jewish Federation, working with donors and developing fund-raising activities.  She became Executive Director of Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach, running the business side and working with its board of trustees and the congregation.  4 months ago she became Managing Director at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, consisting of the Theatre and the adjacent Norris Pavilion.

The Norris Theatre started in 1977 when Agnes Moss and Joan Moe formed a nonprofit organization for theater arts in the community.  The developers of “The Promenade on The  Peninsula” shopping mall donated land for the building, and the Ken and Eileen Norris Foundation provided $1 million to start fundraising.  The Theatre opened in September 1983.

Norris Theatre, Robin Franco, Director Wesley Bradford 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Aug 05, 2013
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Jay Johnstone, a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow and ex-Marine, played major-league baseball as an outfielder for 20 seasons, starting in 1966 for the California Angels.  He also played for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.  He has 4 World Series Rings with a World Series batting average of .435.  After his playing career, he was a radio commentator for the Yankees and Phillies.  He is married to a former actress.

Jay Johnstone, Major-League Baseball Player Wesley Bradford 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jul 29, 2013
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After President Sandy Farrell opened the off-site meeting at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Charley Ferraro (now Executive Director of the Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium) introduced Mike Schaadt (Executive Director of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium) and his staff.  Following the presentation, we had small-group tours of the exhibits, which include plankton raising, rockfish (which can live to 200 years), abalone, seahorses and their pipefish relatives, garibaldi’s (California’s state marine fish, named after the 19th century Italian political and military leader because of its bright orange color), jellyfish, sea mammals and birds, and the great diversity of Southern California marine life caused by upwelling deep colder waters that carry more nutrients up toward the shore, and the influence of El Niño weather conditions when more tropical water and animals come north to our coastline.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Wesley Bradford 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jul 22, 2013
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The Ride to Fly Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding and its associated learning experiences to children and adults with physical, emotional and learning disabilities in a safe, nurturing environment.  It is located in Rancho Palos Verdes (at 50 Narcissa Dr, in a gated community) and has been serving the South Bay area since 1994.

Gail Grove is a former dental hygienist who began volunteering for Ride to Fly in 1997 because her husband was a volunteer there, and she often accompanied him to the horse barn and to board meetings.  She joined the board in 2000, and 2½ years ago succeeded her husband as the Executive Director.

Marlin More was a school librarian with the Los Angeles Unified School District until retiring in 2011.  She began volunteering for Ride to Fly in 1996 because of her interest in helping people with health challenges and being with horses.  Now she schedules lessons for Ride to Fly clients, no more than 1 or 2 clients with each instructor in a session.  All new clients are initially assessed and screened for suitability for the program, because there are a few who would not be able to participate successfully.

Ride to Fly, by Gail Grove & Marlin More Wesley Bradford 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jul 15, 2013
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Rascha Hall is the president of “Help the Homeless Help Themselves”.  She is a Palos Verdes resident and a former math teacher at Palos Verdes and Peninsula High Schools.  She was in a Fulbright Exchange in 1990-91, and taught in Nuneaton, UK.  She has worked with HHHT for 25 years.

HHHT was founded in 1987 by an East Coast couple who saw homeless people living on the streets.  The organization is staffed by volunteers and has no office space; it is run from the homes of the volunteers.  46 families in the South Bay area have been helped this year, with donations up to more than $1000.  Funds come from fundraising events, such as a balalaika dancing presentation on April 28 this year, which raised $43,000.  Another fundraiser will be held at Rascha Hall’s home this month (flyers were distributed to our members).  Grants are also received from foundations, such as the Norris Theater.

Help Homeless Help Themselves, by Rascha Hall Wesley Bradford 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jul 08, 2013
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Dave Moyers reviewed the roles of leaders in our District, who volunteer their time and resources to help the individual Clubs with their expertise in areas such as fundraising, financial management and special projects.  They are not a hierarchy, but volunteers available to assist individual Clubs as needed.  Our merged District 5280 has 2600 members and 63 Clubs now.

The Club President is the most important person in Rotary, and needs to know who to ask for assistance, such as the Assistant Governors for Club Service, each responsible for arranging assistance as needed to 3-4 assigned Clubs.  The Senior Assistant Governors collect all of these ideas to help all Clubs in each Avenue of Service.  This structure helps to organize our volunteer services committed to the ideals of Rotary.

Rotary Foundation Plus, by PDG Dave Moyers Wesley Bradford 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jul 01, 2013
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President Sandy opened the program by showing us a YouTube video, “Rotary Now”, illustrating the busy daily lives of active Rotarians showing how they find time to give service to Rotary projects.  Participation makes Rotarians’ lives more complete and fulfilling.  (No secret handshakes or funny hats!)  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3q0dMjZ_-I)

Sandy urged us to think about how our “Rotary Moments” make a difference to others.  We join Rotary to make a difference in the world, not just to have a dinner club.

Sandy passed out forms to us on “What I can give back…”, listing items or services we can contribute plus blank spaces for additional possibilities, so we have a Club inventory of what we can each contribute.

We have tentatively planned offsite meetings for the last Tuesday of each month.  Let Sandy know your ideas for potential locations.

President Sandy Farrell Wesley Bradford 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jun 24, 2013
Don Reeves, MC Extraordinaire!

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Jackie Crowley, Rotarian of the Year:

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The Big Kahuna gets Ukulele Lessons (from Joshua Cahill, 10th grader at Torrance South High, a 6-year Ukulele veteran and alternative rock band member):

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Sandy Farrell sworn in by incoming District Governor Doug Baker:

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Demotion Dinner at Palos Verdes Interpretive Center Wesley Bradford 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jun 17, 2013
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Capt Bolin is a 27 year veteran of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept and has been at the Lomita Sheriff’s Station for 3 years (replacing Capt Ronene Anda, who was promoted to Commander).  The Lomita Sheriff’s Station was established in 1975 and has 91 sworn deputies, 24 civilian employees and 69 volunteers.  It covers 23 mi² including the Peninsula cities.

Capt Bolin discussed the philosophy of Excellence in Policing at the Lomita Sheriff’s Station.  It was recently rated 2nd in performance of 23 in the County Sheriff’s Dept, the only Station of its size to rank so high.  He described 4 law enforcement incidents to show how striving for perfection (which is unattainable) leads to excellence at his Station.

Captain Blaine Bolin (Lomita Sheriff's Station) Wesley Bradford 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jun 03, 2013
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Tom Nix’s family came from San Pedro, and he worked his way up from a rough childhood to found a check-cashing business, a new concept at the time, in South Central Los Angeles.  His father had started a small grocery store, and also cashed checks for customers.  From helping his father in this business grew his concept of starting a check-cashing business.

 

Tom finished high school and did well in school, but got into many fights with others his age, about drinking, girls and fighting each other to prove their toughness.  He was admitted to USC and soon started to fit in with the more upper-class culture there, playing one year of football under John McKay.  After graduating in 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Pam.

The Inner City Check Cashing Industry, by Tom Nix Wesley Bradford 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on May 27, 2013
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President-Elect Sandy Ferrell is shown at left with speakers Johnny Florez, Sr Teresa Groth, Sr Mary Sean Hodges, and Tim Stottler.  Sandy introduced the speakers, beginning with Tim Stottler.

Tim announced that he had been in prison for 26 years, for murder, and makes no excuses for what he did.  When he was released onto the street, he had just one suit of clothes, no money, no identification, no relatives (his family is in Utah), and difficult employment prospects with a prison record and no recent work references.  That day, he felt fear for his limited prospects of taking care of himself outside of prison.  He called Sr Teresa Groth, who put him in contact with an intermediate house with space for him.  He described the difficulty of getting a job without having identification, a birth certificate or a Social Security card; to get any one of those, he needed one or both of the other 2 of them.  It took him 2 frustrating months to overcome these problems so he could even apply for a job.  Even then, it’s difficult to compete for even a minimal job with a criminal record and no work references.  Although he developed electrician skills in prison, applying for a job in prison is nearly impossible because a job would have to be held open for him for at least 5 months while going through the process of parole approval and finally the Governor’s signature with no release date guaranteed.

Francisco Houses, by Tim Stotler, Johnny Florez, Sr Mary Sean Hodges & Sr Teresa Groth Wesley Bradford 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on May 20, 2013
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PV Sunset President John Turner opened the meeting and introduced the guests, including PVUSD Superintendent Walker Williams, Rancho Del Mar High School Principal Rosemary Humphrey, and members of the Board of Education.  Special thanks were given to the Norris Foundation for its $15,000 grant and to special benefactor Rowena Schaber, who donated $7000 to Project EGO.

Clinical Psychologist Robert Babb (pictured) has been with Project EGO (“Exploring Growth Opportunities”) for 19 years and helped to develop its curriculum.  It offers career direction and experience to high school juniors and seniors in the Palos Verdes School District who need extra help to qualify for graduation and achieve their potential.  The Project EGO program is sponsored by the Community Association of the Peninsula (CAP) in cooperation with the School District, and is supported by the Norris Theater Foundation and the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club.

School counselors refer students to the program.  They often start with little belief in themselves due to previous adversities and failures, but the program helps them to think formally about their goals (often for the first time).  They can apply for financial grants to help them achieve goals, such as college or trade school or computer training, which helps to motivate them to plan their course schedule and focus on the skills needed to succeed academically to qualify for these goals.  After acceptance into the program, they are required to attend evening seminars twice a month by community business professionals and psychology interns, and they also attend some evenings for more work on deficient academic skills.  Attendance is required to maintain eligibility to continue in the program.  Small groups of these students help each other, facilitating bonding and showing up consistently and on time.  Some of them attend occupational training classes at SCROC (Southern California Regional Occupational Center) outside of their regular school schedule.

They start with about 40 students, ending up with about half of that number (15 this year).  Students are out if they miss meetings or don’t follow up as expected.  They can make up missed time by community service at the rate of 2 hours for every hour missed.  Most program dropouts are early in the school year, after which the survivors are determined to succeed.

Different topics are presented every month on careers and appropriate skills development.  Students are required to stand up before their peers to speak to them.  This feels intimidating at first, but they soon gain confidence in their ability to present themselves to others.  They fill out a resume (with coaching assistance), engage in a job interview and write an essay on their future plans and goals.

This banquet dinner at the end of the year, with their parents and sponsors, recognizes their struggles and successes.  The students were called to the front individually to describe their achievements and goals and to receive a completion certificate and financial grants of $500-$1750 toward their goals such as college tuition (if they have completed an interview).  This year’s students are: Wyatt Adams, Natalie Bruno, Sungduk (Daniel) Cho, Shannon Duke, Joshua Engeln, Kellen Goff, Alexander Gramajo, Krysta Holloman, Isaac Kim, Brittany Kuran, Aida Mahram, Moneeba Malik, Melissa Marsh, Brandon Ojalvo and Hailey Weebe.

Project EGO Banquet, Offsite at Ridgecrest Intermediate School Wesley Bradford 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on May 06, 2013

(Notes by Angi Ma Wong)

Slide Presentation by Rotarians Susan Hill and Ted Rose, Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico:

           I’m going to start by telling you a true story.  A neighbor in our village is illiterate.  She had two sons, neither of whom could read.  One son was disabled and required anti-seizure medication.  This woman kept in her refrigerator various food items, the bag with her son’s medication and a similar-looking bag that contained herbicide used in their corn patch.  Each bag was clearly labeled.  One fateful morning, the mother asked her son to give his brother his anti-seizure medication.  Well, you can imagine the outcome.  The worst possible outcome.  After two days of suffering, the boy died.

          One of our favorite slogans about reading that’s displayed on bumper stickers and in car windows around Colima state is this one:  Reading is power.

          What would your life be like if you couldn’t read? What job would you have?   How well could you support your family?  How would you check a fact or proposal to learn if it was true? How could you know that you were voting for the candidate who shared your views?  Would you even care?  What might your view of the world be – compared to what it actually is because you can read?  Statistics show that if you couldn’t read, you would most likely be poor.

          We think whoever taught you to read is without doubt one of the most important people who ever touched your life.  Reading IS power.

          In rural Mexico, only 60% of primary school graduates go on to junior high school.  Of those who do, only 45% will graduate from high school.   Nationwide in Mexico, only 20% of students who finish high school go on to college.  The percentage of people living in poverty or extreme poverty in Mexico is estimated at 40%.  Is there any doubt in your mind that lack of education and poverty in Mexico are related?

          The Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club and many of you individually have been supporting Project Amigo’s students since 2002.  You’ve sponsored children’s incentive programs and higher education students’ scholarships.  Following are some of their success stories:

Project Amigo, by Susan Hill & Ted Rose Wesley Bradford 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Apr 29, 2013
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(Joint meeting with Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro and Del Amo Rotary Clubs)

Chuck Hanchett introduced Rotarian officers and guests, and the GSE Team members and their hosts.  The participating Club Presidents for this week spoke of their Clubs’ activities.

After dinner, each of the GSE Team members showed a brief photo presentation of their family members and work activities, followed by a banner exchange from their sponsoring Clubs and the 4 Club presidents of our hosting Clubs this week.  (This is the 3rd week of their one-month stay in District 5280, from April 13 to May 14, staying with hosts in different parts of our District each week.)

GSE Team Leader Satomi Owata, of the Otsuki Rotary Club in District 2620, is a nursing home owner and is married to a urologist.  Hiroki Ogino is a TV program director who films documentary and variety shows.  Namiko Ishikawa is a police officer at a railway station.  Noriaki Oshimura is a dentist who works in the same dental office as his parents and sister, who are also dentists.  Minami Wade is an orthopedic nurse.  All of them have enjoyed learning about American culture and meeting with their business and professional counterparts here.

Rotary District 2620 is on the East Coast in central Japan, with a mild climate and great natural beauty, with Mount Fuji (which is of volcanic origin) and many hot springs.  Agricultural products include rice, green tea, mandarin oranges, peaches, grapes and wine.  Industrial products include automobiles, motorcycles, machine tools, paper, jewelry, electronics and business machines, and commercial fisheries are also important.

Group Study Exchange Team from Japan Wesley Bradford 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Apr 22, 2013
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Roger Schamp (above) introduced Prof Allen Franz, who was born in Long Beach to a military family and graduated from Palos Verdes High School and UC Santa Barbara. He received a PhD in Anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC, and has done field work in Mexico, Kenya, Egypt, Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Cuba. He has taught at Marymount College for over 30 years in anthropology, physical geography, ecology and interdisciplinary studies. He also coaches soccer and other sports, and is director of Marymount’s Center for Community Studies. He is on the boards of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the Peninsula Heritage School.

Prof Franz recently led a Marymount College Alternative Spring Break March 25-30 in Lake County, 2 hours north of San Francisco, with a group of 18 students for a service project, both on community projects and to help prepare a new Northern California campus (in a former hotel facility) for Marymount. The new campus will open there in autumn 2014 with upper division and graduate studies, complementing the 2 junior colleges in the area since there are no nearby 4-year colleges. (Marymount’s new name will be Marymount California University.)  Marymount has had Alternate Spring Breaks for 20 years, with recreational and educational activities to promote a values-based education, real world experience and community service in an academic environment. They have worked with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

During their recent Alternative Spring Break work week, they removed debris from Clear Lake and a tributary stream, tutored local elementary students, helped to rehabilitate habitat for the Lake County Land Trust, learned about tree grafting, pruning, packing and shipping from a commercial pear grower, and worked on green houses and gardens for low income and homeless people and on a playground in a community shelter for victims of domestic violence and drug abuse. They also hiked up Mount Konockti, the volcanic centerpiece of Lake County.

Professor Franz stayed in that area last July through December for preparatory work, and will do some teaching there (although his base will still be at the local Marymount campus here). Lake County has only 65,000 population with an economy based on agriculture and on tourism related to nearby national and state forests and parks. Its average income is only half of the California average, and local community leaders are excited to have Marymount establish a new facility there.

Marymount College Multicampus System Wesley Bradford 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Apr 16, 2013
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We met with the Palos Verdes Peninsula (Noon) Rotary Club at Premier Bank of Palos Verdes, 4A Peninsula Center in Rolling Hills Estates, Wednesday at 7 PM.  Our President John Turner (left above), Senior VP for Corporate Banking at Premier Bank, opened the meeting.  PVP Club Pres Greg O’Brien (right above) and DG Lew Bertrand also spoke.  A buffet meal and drinks were served by Jeff Earle’s Red Onion crew.  We mingled with Rotarians of both Clubs and the bank personnel.

Offsite at Premier Bank of Palos Verdes Wesley Bradford 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Apr 08, 2013
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Judith Diamond is the Corporate and Community Relations Manager at Pediatric Therapy Network, since last August.  She was a member of its Community Advisory Board for the previous 2 years.  Before this, she worked in geriatrics, helping families needing advice on older adult issues, especially housing.  She enjoys speaking to community groups and working with organizations, telling people about the Pediatric Therapy Network.  She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband and 2 teenagers.

The Pediatric Therapy Network started 17 years ago, for special-needs children under age 5.  It is located near the Depot Restaurant in Torrance, and now has 140 employees, including teachers and therapists for Speech and Language development, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  (Physical Therapy focuses on improving mobility and strength, and Occupational Therapy focuses on improving activities of daily living such as play activities and skills, and on being able to sense body positions in cases of nerve impairment.)  Its professionals are affiliated with USC.

There is a clinic for Early Intervention from age 18 months to 3 years, for major developmental disorders such as autism, Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy.  There is also an Early Head Start program, begun 3 years ago for children in poverty, a major factor in later falling behind in school.  PTN works with school districts on developing better social skills.

Programs are family centered, including activities for parents and siblings.  There is a Saturday afternoon program for children, to relieve their home caretakers for a few hours.  She showed a short video of children in the programs.  For the Christmas season they have a toy collection for needy families.  There is a summer camp, located last year at Rolling Hills Country Day School.  Teenagers volunteer for high school service projects, and enjoy the interaction with handicapped children.  Children proposed for admission are evaluated by professionals at the Harbor Regional Center for developmental problems, and are referred to PTN from there.

Volunteers and donations are welcome; see www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org, or call (310) 328-7058.  There will be a Cinco de Mayo fund-raiser on Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Marriott Hotel in Torrance, with tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door, including 2 drinks, tacos, tapas & Spanish music.

Pediatric Therapy Network, by Judith Diamond Wesley Bradford 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Apr 01, 2013
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Jeff Dahlgren, Audrey Dahlgren's son, has been interested in history for many years, due to the influence of his teacher mother.  He is on the Board of Trustees for the Civil War Trust, and works with the Drum Barracks (named after a Civil War officer) and Banning House in Wilmington.  (In his spare time, he is President and CEO of Airtech Advanced Materials Group, producing carbon fiber composites for aerospace and other industries.)

The Civil War Trust, of which he is now a Board Member, is a national organization with 53,000 members, many in California, dedicated to the preservation of Civil War Battlefields and the education of the public about this War.  The Board meets 3 times a year.  Funds come from private donors and Federal and state governments, and are used to buy selected historical pieces of land from private owners or to obtain historic easements on them, as well as for associated legal services.

Jeff displayed several Civil War artifacts, including a dart-type hand grenade and a ball hand grenade, which were packed with gunpowder and a fuse which was lit before throwing (he said they were warned never to throw it uphill!).  He also displayed a long heavy infantry musket and bayonet, and a letter from a captured Confederate soldier.  He showed illustrations of numerous examples of battlefields saved from development into shopping malls or residential subdivisions, and also some areas that have not been preserved and were therefore historically lost forever.  (The National Park Service manages preserved battlefields.)

On the website, www.CivilWar.org, you can see Google Earth-type images and move them around to feel like you are actually there.  The Teacher Institute Series is a two-week curriculum development for classrooms of primary and secondary students.  There are apps on smart phones for many of the battlefields.  He encourages membership applications at this website, $35 per year.

Tethered balloons for aerial battlefield reconnaissance for military commanders were developed for this war, first by the Union and then by the Confederacy.  They were invented by a Prof. Lowe who developed the concept before the war, and none of them were shot down on either side.

He showed pictures of the “Soda Bottle” Cannon, invented by his ancestor, Adm. John Dahlgren, and so called because it was much larger at the breach end to prevent occasional exploding of cannons upon firing (they hate when that happens!).  The first rifled cannon (having spiral internal grooves to spin the round during firing for a more accurate trajectory) were developed by the end of the war.

California was intended to be split into North and South, but the Missouri Compromise left it as a single state, associated with the North and non-slave.  The San Francisco Presidio and the Drum Barracks in Wilmington were designed as Union Army Headquarters for Northern and Southern California and the then-Arizona Territory.  Phineas Banning, a prominent Southern California pioneer and merchant, gave the land in Wilmington to the US government.  Army expeditions patrolled the route between Wilmington and Yuma, Arizona (riding dromedary camels, which were well adapted to the desert environment), to protect from an anticipated Confederate invasion from Texas (see www.drumbarracks.org).

Civil War and the Civil War Trust, by Jeff Dahlgren Wesley Bradford 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Varda Lancaster Awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin! Wesley Bradford 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 25, 2013
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Derek Gable has been a successful inventor and product developer, who has spoken to our Club once before.  He has a variety of patents, including one for real estate lock boxes.  He was born in England and came to the US in 1968 to work for Mattel.  He formed his own company in 1984 to create new concepts and take them to production or sell them.

Among the roadblocks to solving problems are (1) Not wanting to!  (2) Stubbornness; (3) Focusing on the wrong problem; (4) Going in circles; (5) Playing a “Yes but.. ” game; (6) Wanting to be right at all costs.

How to be a more creative problem solver: (1) Identify the actual problem; (2) Open your mind to all possibilities; (3) Look for common ground among the group facing the problem; (4) Stop, look, and think; (5) Look for unique approaches; (6) Look beyond the obvious.

He gave the example of his experience many years ago while discussing a problem solution with colleagues in his home.  Taking time out to make lunch, he used a salad spinner with a hand crank to dry some lettuce, and realized a possibility for a children’s toy.  It became a plastic container with a similar crank for spinning it, and 3 shaped holes on top for a child to put 3 different shapes of blocks matching these holes into the container.  The only way to get the blocks out again was to spin this device until the 3 blocks popped out by centrifugal force, allowing the process to be repeated.  He sold this idea to Mattel for a large sum of money!

He has provided classes to share his experiences with people who “have this great idea but don’t know what to do with it”.  He has spoken to service clubs, social and business groups and on several cruise ships on how to develop more innovative and creative thinking.  He encourages us to practice “thinking outside of the box”!

Thinking Outside the Box, by Derek Gable Wesley Bradford 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 18, 2013
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Eddie Michino was a member of the Group Study Exchange from District 5280 to District 26206 in Japan near the famous Mount Fuji, from October 19 to November 20, 2012.  The Team Leader was Jewel Price, a member of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and Dean of Student Services at Glendale Community College.  The other Team Members were non-Rotarians in their early 30s, including Eddie Michino (our speaker tonight), Angela Kim, Alen Andriassian and Kai Tramiel.

The team members visited businesses and professions of Japanese Rotarians related to their own occupations, in order to share experiences and ideas.  They stayed in the homes of Japanese Rotarians and experienced family life and cultural immersion during their 4 weeks.  Japanese language lessons were provided to them at Glendale Community College prior to their departure, so they were able to make presentations in Japanese to the Japanese Rotary Club meetings.  (5280 DG Lew Bertrand said that the Japanese hosts were so well impressed with the American team and their proficiency in the Japanese language that the Japanese District Governor plans to attend our District 5280 District Conference in May.)  Our District is hosting a Japanese GSE team from District 2620 this spring.

Eddie Michino discussed many of their interesting experiences in Japan.  The Japanese make very efficient use of natural resources including natural gas, and there are many industries and energy production in this part of Japan.  The GSE Team visited the Yamaha musical instrument factory, went to a fish market in the early morning, and saw a Rotarian Buddhist monk in a temple visited by US Commodore Perry on his 1854 Naval Expedition to “open up Japan” to foreign trade.  Among other experiences, they visited a tea factory, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Suzuki Motors, Suntory whiskey production, a sake distillery, educational institutions and the SkyTree tower.  They enjoyed a Japanese tea ceremony, listened to a samisen concert (Japanese stringed instrument), and saw many Japanese castles, temples, shrines and museums.

GSE Program (to Japan), by Eddie Michino Wesley Bradford 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 11, 2013
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Don Reeves, our New Generations Chair, and 2 Rotaractors, Melissa Gutierrez and Fray Reyes, presented the history of ShelterBox and their Rotaract Club’s fundraising activities at Marymount.  (Their Club President, Victoria Perez, was in a lacrosse game at UCLA tonight and could not attend our meeting.)  They have a table in the cafeteria with a ShelterBox display and a collection box.  Their goal by March 25, with our help, is $1000 for one box (in honor of our late District Governor-Elect Jim Dyer, who was the District ShelterBox Coordinator).

They showed a DVD video of ShelterBox in action around the world.  ShelterBox was founded by Rotarians in England in the year 2000 as a partner with Rotary International, to respond to urgent need for disaster relief.  ShelterBox USA is in Florida.  About 130,000 boxes have been distributed to homeless disaster victims, and our Club, with the help of our Rotaract and Interact Clubs, has raised $7000 for ShelterBox since 2007.

ShelterBoxes were distributed to earthquake victims in Haiti, some of whom are still homeless several years later.  Tsunami victims in Japan, Hurricane Katrina victims in the US and war victims in Syria have been among the recipients.  ShelterBox personnel are often among the first responders in earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes and human conflicts, deploying to 31 different locations last year.  (Each donor is notified when/where that box is delivered.)

ShelterBox design has evolved over the years.  Each kit, costing $1000, is contained in a sturdy green plastic box that can be carried by 2 people.  It contains a durable tent with ground sheet, that can shelter 10 people and is resistant to rain and high winds.  There are also a multi-fuel stove, water filtration and storage equipment, blankets, eating and cooking utensils, tools including ax, hammer, wire cutter, pliers and rope, and a children’s activity kit including coloring books and crayons for children who have lost everything.  The box itself can be used for secure waterproof storage.

Our Club voted to donate our Happy Bucks and raffle proceeds for this week and next week to this ShelterBox project.  To participate or contribute, please contact President Victoria Perez (mmcrotaract@gmail.com) or Don Reeves (dreeves895@aol.com).

ShelterBoxes Wesley Bradford 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 11, 2013
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Roger Schamp received his Paul Harris Society pin ($1000 to Rotary Foundation this year) from PDG Dave Moyers.  Thanks, and congratulations!


Roger Schamp Receives Paul Harris Society Pin Wesley Bradford 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 08, 2013

Roger Schamp reported on his March 9 trip to Camp Pendleton with Angi Ma Wong, Ralph Black and Wes Bradford, along with 2 busloads of Rotarians with the District 5280 Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) and hosted by the Camp Pendleton Rotary Club.  They brought donations of household items and baby goods for the families of enlisted personnel, and Angi donated a Mongolian Hot Pot and “Reggie” (the “LA Gator”, subject of 2 of her books), plus many copies of her books.  They toured the almost-completed Memorial Garden Project (for private memorial services with the families of personnel lost in combat) and the Marine Memorial Wall listing names of Camp Pendleton personnel lost in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq (no ranks mentioned, because we are all equal in death).  Both of these were sponsored by the Camp Pendleton Rotary Club, assisted by other Clubs.  The group also toured helicopter facilities and heavy weapons, and saw Marines in infantry training.

District 5280 RCA Camp Pendleton Visit Wesley Bradford 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Mar 04, 2013
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Omar Dana (center in photo), President of the USC chapter, is a Senior Civil Engineering student who is planning a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering.  Asia Kane (right) is a Senior Industrial and Systems Engineering student who is Events Chair of EWB and plans a career in Supply Chain Management at Target.  Tiffany Kao (left) is a Junior Chemical Engineering student and External Relations Chair for EWB.  They described their current clean-water projects in Honduras.

Bob Petak originally put us in contact with the USC Engineers without Borders, and this is their 2nd presentation to us.  The concept was started at the University of Colorado in Boulder to address basic human needs such as access to clean water, electrical power, sanitation and education.  There are now 250 chapters in 45 countries doing 350 projects.  The USC chapter was established in 2006, to provide sustained solutions to real-life engineering problems for those who need it the most.  These projects provide them with both practical experience in applying their new engineering knowledge and an appreciation for the social needs of less-fortunate people.         

Lack of access to safe clean water affects 1.1 billion people in the world, including one in 5 children.  This results in increased infectious diseases, loss of productivity, and children unable to go to school because they are kept busy carrying water for their families from a distant source.

They have finished both of their original projects in Honduras, at La Estanzuela and at Corral de Piedra.  They showed a video of their experiences in these communities, where they built small dams and installed pumps driven by waterwheels powered by water flow upstream from where animals drink and wear people are bathing and doing their laundry.  They designed and installed pipes over two-thirds of a mile, and holding tanks on concrete foundations, with the help of community volunteers.  They also trained community members to operate and maintain the systems to make them sustainable after the students finished.

Their future plans are focused on a nearby community, by enlarging and upgrading the structure of a one-room school which is much too small for its student population, and providing sanitation facilities there.  They need interest and support to obtain the equipment and materials they need for this.  To offer support, please contact EWB@USC.edu.


Engineers Without Borders — Honduras, Omar Dana, President of USC Chapter Wesley Bradford 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 25, 2013
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John Morris, a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, has worked as a criminal prosecutor for over 22 years.  He has prosecuted over 100 jury trials including more than 30 murders.  He worked in the Hard-Core Gang Division for 9 years, prosecuting gang homicides.  He has also prosecuted robberies, assaults, carjackings and illegal drug sales, and has published 5 articles on legal issues including witness protection.  He is now Head Deputy of the Healthcare Fraud Division, going after fraud in Workers Compensation and medical billing.

John spoke to us about protecting ourselves from identity theft, medical record number theft and medical insurance fraud (Los Angeles County is the worst in the US).  Criminals use these forms of personal information to steal money from us or from our insurance companies or the government, for which we all pay.  These crimes are lucrative because they have lower penalties than violent crimes, and the government budget crunch means nonviolent criminals have to be released sooner and parolees cannot be as well supervised as in the past.  Some of these criminals are outside the US jurisdiction, especially in the former Soviet Republics and the Middle East, where some of the money may fund terrorism.

Workers Compensation fraud affects all of us.  Contractors must be licensed in California.  If they walk away from a project or do not pay claims for construction materials or their workers’ injuries, the property owner may have to pay even if he has already paid the contractor.  Contractors are required to have Workers Compensation insurance.  You can check their Contractors State License Board (CSLB) license status by contacting (800) 321-CSLB or https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/checklicense.aspx.  You should ask your contractor, painter, plumber, landscaper, gardener, etc, for his Workers Compensation insurance company’s name and policy number, and verify this with the License Board.  If the contractor claims he is “exempt” because he is using a subcontractor, obtain the information from the subcontractor.  Note: some contractors who have lost their license will manage to find work as a subcontractor to a currently licensed contractor to get around the license restriction.

In Healthcare Fraud, the government assumes the biller is legitimate and typically pays what is billed without verifying the claim.  Some criminals do fictitious billing under someone else’s stolen medical record number, which can affect your future insurability and insurance costs.  Look at all Explanations of Benefits (EOBs) for any services not provided, or services billed for excessive amounts.  Criminals steal information from trash, so never put any personally identifiable information in the trash.  Destroy all of your discarded personal information by using a good crosscut shredder, not just strips that can be glued together and reconstructed.  Don’t mail cash or checks from your home mailbox, because these can be stolen when no one is watching.  Social Security numbers are often stolen for opening fictitious bank accounts.

For your computer information, use a random password with secure PIN numbers and up-to-date security software.  Don’t carry your Social Security number or password information in your wallet or smart phone, where they can be used if stolen.  Screen incoming phone calls and never give personal information over the phone.  One careless mistake can have a high cost in money and inconvenience.  Being a victim is embarrassing!

Avoiding Becoming a Victim of Fraud — John Morris, DA’s Office Wesley Bradford 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 18, 2013
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Audrey Dahlgren introduced the 3 dance contestants, Jillian Torres, Marie Bartz & Lauren MacLeod (above).  Each student discussed her background and experiences with dance, all starting from a very early age.  Each one described how her experiences related to the Rotary 4-Way Test.  Then each student presented a video of clips from her past and recent recitals, some solo and some in groups, and in some of them the student had done her own choreography.  All of the contestants showed excellent talent and skills, and our Judges Committee had difficulty choosing the winner.

The first presentation was by Marie Bartz, Palos Verdes HS, who started dancing at age 3, participating in ballet, soccer and gymnastics.  Last March she was in an auto accident, resulting in back spasms.  She is now interested in studying orthopedics for dancers in her future college education.

Lauren MacLeod, Peninsula HS, studied ballet in her early years, stopped for 5 years, and then resumed.  She was very shy when younger, but dance has helped her to develop self-esteem and more self-confidence.

Jillian Torres, Palos Verdes HS, described her congenital problem perceiving what people are saying (hearing-perception deficit).  Her parents enrolled her in special classes where she was able to learn visually, but she was able to enter regular school by age 6.  She became serious about dancing in the 8th grade, and was soon asked to help teach dance to younger dancers.  She wants to become an elementary school teacher, and has been accepted to CSU Fullerton.

After the video presentations, the judges announced the winnerLauren MacLeod, who received a $100 prize and will compete at the District level on March 9 at Loyola Marymount.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners received prizes of $50 and $25 respectively.  We extended our appreciation to all of these outstanding students and their parents for their hard work.

Student Dance Contest (Recital Videos) Wesley Bradford 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 11, 2013
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Harriet (Hattie) Pearce, a student at Palos Verdes High School, discussed and displayed 4 of her paintings, and described how they relate to the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test.  She described the importance of providing emotional support to friends in times of sorrow and stress, especially in the context of the recent loss of a classmate.  Most of her painting is done outside of school.

Christian Falstrup showed a video of a recent film he has done.  He enjoys the collaborative nature of filming, which he started at the age of 11 with 2 friends.  This film, “Cards of Time”, showed his life from the past to the present to the future.  His younger brother is 11 and looks just like him, so he acted in the past portion.  Christian played himself in the present (playing in a band with his friends), and his father, who also looks like him, played the future Christian.  He recruits other students for collaboration in the many tasks involved in filmmaking.

Our Club’s Panel of Judges praised the talents of both students.  Hattie Pearce was judged the winner.  She received a reward and will compete at the District Final competition at Loyola Marymount on March 9.  Congratulations to both for their high quality work!

Student Art Contest (Paintings and Films) Wesley Bradford 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 08, 2013

Angi Ma Wong is coordinating this event (Year 4711 of the Snake), with dinner at the Empress Pavilion in Chinatown at 6 PM on Feb 9, with bus service from Peninsula Center.  Wear something red.   (The New Year's Day Parade is on Feb 16, but the Empress Pavilion is already fully booked then, and the 9th will be less crowded.)

Chinese New Year's Gala, Saturday, February 9, 2013 Wesley Bradford 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 04, 2013

Audrey Dahlgren introduced the 4 speakers, the first 2 from Peninsula High School and the 2nd 2 from Palos Verdes High School.  Each one spoke about a topic in relation to the Rotary 4-Way Test — “Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”  The winner will participate at the District level.

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Liliana Pond of Peninsula HS discussed her school experiences and her plan to major in nutrition, and then challenged us to think about what we ate in our last meal.  One in 6 Americans and one in 4 children would not remember that because of hunger in the US.  Poverty and high unemployment in recent years has aggravated this problem.  Malnourished children tend to be more aggressive, anxious, and have more illnesses and worse school performance, and higher healthcare costs which we all pay for.  They need more access to school breakfast programs.  Lower income parents with low educational levels need to be taught how to make more affordable healthy meals at home.  She passed out flyers on the issue of ending childhood hunger in America, including access, education and awareness.  (See www.nokidhungry.org.)


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Henry Zhang of Peninsula HS spoke on the effects and dangers of advancing technology.  He called nuclear bomb technology the greatest risk we face in the world today, and called for steps the world community should take to avoid conflict.  Past nuclear testing has caused radiation poisoning and deaths in test areas many years later (he gave an example in China).  Terrorists are willing to use any means to achieve their objectives, and a nuclear warhead in their hands would be catastrophic.  Even one bomb in a major city would cause many deaths and enormous economic dislocations for everyone.  With nuclear proliferation, it is increasingly important to prevent these from falling into the wrong hands.  We need to create a world not needing conflict to settle differences and misunderstandings.

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Alexander Dean of PVHS discussed the differences between arguing and debating.  Arguing is conflict, but debate relies on facts and logic to support one’s point.  His parents had suggested his going to medical school, but he is more interested in becoming a lawyer, although he would face great competition out there.  He discussed his interest in applying law to help others and improve justice to help build a better world.


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Arman Madani of PVHS related his experiences participating in the Model UN program, where he learned how to relate to others with different cultures, religious traditions and nationalities (his parents came from Iran).  He expressed concern for the decreasing political support for education on the national and state levels, and said the system needs to be changed.  Education is only 2% of the Federal budget, much less than Defense and many other government programs, but it is a vital investment in the future strength and prosperity of our country.  He discussed issues with standardized testing (teaching rote answers to questions rather than understanding concepts and how to think), and the budgetary loss of many school activities including Model UN.  The result is that students are not learning much about the world, impairing their understanding of the future issues and problems that will confront our country.

After the speeches were completed, our Club’s judging committee met to choose a winner for District competition.  The members agreed that all speakers were outstanding, and the decision was difficult, but Henry Zhang was declared the winner.

Student Speech Contest Wesley Bradford 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Feb 04, 2013
ImageDG Lew Bertrand presented a $7000 District Grant check to President John Turner.  Money is used for the Helen Coffey Library at the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club and for reading programs.


ImagePDG Dave Moyers, Chair of the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Charities, presented a $3000 check from our Festival del Corazon fundraiser to representatives of the Charitable Children’s Fund.

ImagePDG Dave Moyers, chair of the PV Sunset Rotary Charities, presented a Paul Harris Society membership pin to Varda Lancaster, in recognition of her donation of $1000 per year to the Foundation.  Thanks and congratulations!

PV Sunset Awards Wesley Bradford 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jan 28, 2013
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Dr Piccioni has a BS in Physics from Caltech and a PhD in High Energy Physics from Stanford University.  He was a faculty member at Harvard University and did research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in Palo Alto.  (His father, Dr Oreste Piccioni, was a prominent high energy physicist.)

Dr Piccioni has introduced cutting-edge science to many non-scientific audiences, including service clubs, civic groups, school children, and a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise, making the wonders of our universe accessible to everyone.  He has given invited talks at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, and Stanford University, and is presently giving an 8-week course on Einstein’s theories at the Osher Institute (an adult education program) at California State University Channel Islands and UCLA.  His published books include Everyone’s Guide to Atoms, Einstein & the Universe; Can Life Be Merely an Accident? and A World Without Einstein.

Everyone can appreciate music, even if not a musician.  The same applies to math, if presented in terms that people can understand.  Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who had a slow unpromising start to life.  He was slow to talk, and was expelled from the 2nd grade for inattention.  He dropped out of high school, but finally got into college on his 2nd attempt.  He was the only one of his classmates who couldn’t find a job, so he was supported by relatives.  He applied for a job in the Swiss Patent Office, was labeled unqualified after his initial interview, but was later hired anyway thanks to political influence from some friends.  In spite of repeated failure, he was persistent and refused to quit.  He worked with only paper and pen, never doing any experiment or measurements, but he spent a large amount of time thinking about how the known principles of physics were related.

In 1905, Einstein published 5 revolutionary papers on all major open issues in physics, and in 1907 he got a job as a high school physics teacher.  He dealt with problems in statistical mechanics, quantum theory, particle theory, the motion of molecules, and the thermal properties and photon theory of light.  He used these ideas to model the structure of the entire universe.  One of his papers qualified him for a PhD.  In 1913, the prominent German physicist Max Planck stated that there was hardly a major problem in physics to which Einstein had not made a major contribution, and by 1914 he had gotten a university appointment.

Einstein realized that Newtonian mechanics was inadequate to reconcile with the laws of electromagnetic fields, leading to his Special Theory of Relativity.  He soon extended this principle to gravitational fields, and in 1916 published his General Theory of Relativity.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his many contributions.

He provided a definitive proof of the existence of atoms, ending a 2500 year debate.  His theory on the photoelectric effect has led to modern technology including solar cells, CCDs for cameras, lasers, DVDs, barcode scanners and telecommunication technology.  His Theory of Relativity is used by GPS systems for accurate spatial localization on the surface of the earth.  Microelectronics, computers and cell phones benefit from his work.  His famous mass-energy equivalence formula E=mc² is the basis for nuclear power and smarter energy (“c” is the speed of light).  He showed that mass and energy are different forms of the same thing, and his formula is analogous to using a known currency exchange rate to convert between the values of different currencies.

Dr Piccioni reviewed the enormous amount of energy contained in physical mass.  For example, annual US energy use is equal to one ton of mass, which contains energy equivalent to 25 trillion kWh, or 5 billion tons of coal, or 2 billion tons of gasoline, or 133 tons of hydrogen, the latter form producing no pollution from combustion.  He discussed the generation of nuclear energy.  Energy can come from either making big atomic nuclei smaller (nuclear fission, which is radioactive), or by making small atomic nuclei bigger (nuclear fusion, which is not radioactive).  This would be 40 million times more efficient than coal, with no pollution.  Nuclear fusion has been under study for decades because of its enormous potential if achievable.  A private company in Chicago states that it has found a non--fusion technique for producing nuclear energy that could possibly become a commercial process in 5 years.

Dr Piccioni reviewed his published books (listed above), of which he had samples for purchase after the meeting.  His website is:

 http://www.guidetothecosmos.com/.


Einstein for Everyone! — Robert Piccione Wesley Bradford 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jan 21, 2013

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     Beth Hadley grew up in Ohio and attended Syracuse University in New York.  She has taught in private and public schools in the Los Angeles area, and joined the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in 1995.  She has been the Principal at Miraleste Intermediate School since 2009, and is married to an educator. 

     Miraleste is a former high school, and has facilities not usually available in an intermediate school, such as art and computer facilities.  It has 930 students, some of whom have moved into the Palos Verdes area for the good schools and are not as well prepared as PV students.  There is good parental support, which has provided funding for new lockers and other needs to help in times of tight budgets. 

     Mrs Hadley described the new Lexile program at her school.  The Lexile Framework for Reading (by MetaMetrics) measures both reading ability and text difficulty on the same scale, in order to match text difficulty-level to the reader’s current ability, rather than arbitrarily by age or grade level.  The scale ranges from 200 for beginners to 1700 for advanced.  All students in all 3 grades at the school completed this testing 2 months ago. 

     Text difficulty is measured by a formula related to sentence length and word frequency.  The large book database can be searched for titles in the student’s Lexile range in the student’s areas of interest, to provide a list of titles for the student to look for in the library or bookstore.  Teachers can compare the Lexile level of the classroom textbook with the Lexile levels of students in the class, and parents can also use this measure to provide appropriate reading levels for their children at home.  This individualized process of matching reading material to the student’s level provides faster development of good reading skills, avoiding material that is either too simple and boring, or too difficult and frustrating. 

     The Common Core State Standards is a clear set of K-12 standards, adopted by most of the states including California to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  Over the last 50 years, the text complexity of K-12 textbooks has become increasingly easier while the text demands for college and careers have remained constant or even increased.  The resulting gap causes deficiencies at the beginning college level, requiring more remedial courses (a current state budget issue).  Mrs Hadley is excited about the potential of the Lexile Program to enhance educational performance at Miraleste, which is well-positioned for new state standards coming in 2014. 

     Reading skills are taught in all classes, not just in English.  There are also some computer programs for individualized remedial help in math.  The school has an adequate number of textbooks, but they are old now due to budget constraints.  Replacement is planned in the near future.  Among other school activities, the students are developing a musical performance, including both costumes and orchestra.

Reading Intervention Program at Miraleste Intermediate, by Beth Hadley Wesley Bradford 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jan 14, 2013
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Jim Gamble presented a video of a puppet show he did at Long Beach Memorial Miller Children’s Hospital in about 1994.  He had been invited there by a flight attendant to visit Joey, a cancer patient there.  Jim created a hand puppet clown, “Ruffles”, who would ask a group of the children about their shots, chemotherapy, and medical procedures they had experienced in the hospital.  The children spoke with the puppet with more frankness and confidence than they could have if speaking directly with an adult.

The children listened to the puppet’s chest with a stethoscope, checked his throat with a tongue blade, and described their hospital experiences in their own words.  They talked about undergoing bone marrow sampling, lying on a radiation table, or showing him their artificial leg prosthesis.  They were remarkably cheerful in spite of their medical problems and the scary feeling of being away from home in a strange hospital.

Joey was older than most of the other children.  During the filming, he grabbed the mike and took over the show, stating, “Now I’m in charge, so I’ll interview Ruffles!”  The clown asked Joey a (dumb) question, “What’s the smartest thing in the world?  A Thermos bottle — it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold!”  Joey responded, “But how does it know which it is?”

A few months later, Jim was doing a puppet show at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.  One of the men recognized him and introduced himself, stating he was the father of Joey.  The father stated he had had a hard time letting Joey go (Joey had died), so he often put the video cassette on the player in the evening to help him remember Joey, and fall asleep listening to it.  One night before falling asleep, the father heard Joey again responding to that dumb joke, and stating that he was a lucky kid with good parents and excellent care, and that no matter what, he felt that he could handle it!  At that point, the father said, he could finally let Joey go.  Jim Gamble finally realized the value of that special friendship he had made there in the hospital with Joey; you can’t predict how much your actions can mean to someone!

Jim Gamble, Puppet Show for Pediatric Cancer Patients (“The Show Must Go On!”) Wesley Bradford 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Jan 07, 2013
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Marcia Hebert has been a longtime member of the San Pedro-South Bay Assistance League.  She manages public relations for the League and has served as its president.

The Assistance League was founded in San Pedro in 1936 to provide volunteer services to help needy children, families and seniors in the community.  It started during the depression, with a group of women deciding to rent their expensive homes to the movie industry to raise money for assisting the needy.  (Other chapters have been founded all over the country since then.)  This chapter’s funding is provided by donations as well as from the proceeds from an all-volunteer Post Office (the only one in the US), a Gift Shop and a Consignment Shop.  (The Post Office reminds you that postage is going up on January 27, so stop in now!)

The Assistance League has a Dental Center that provides general dental services to children for a $10 fee, and refers orthodontic services out with chapter support.  Teddy bears are provided to hospitalized children, with hugs.  Layette sets are provided to local hospitals for distribution to needy new parents.

Operation School Bell gave 2 sets of school uniforms to 2000 school children last year, plus backpacks containing school supplies, a book and hygiene supplies.  Children are often self-conscious when they lack family resources for school uniforms and supplies.  Budget cuts have reduced financial resources available to schools, so they refer them to the Assistance League.  Volunteers go to the schools to determine the children’s appropriate sizes for clothing and shoes.  These children are very excited to have their “own stuff”.

The Assistance League also provides clothing and support for assault victims seen at emergency departments, because the victims’ clothing must be left there as forensic evidence.

The Assistance League is located at 1441 W 8th Street in San Pedro, (310) 832-8355.  More volunteers and donations are always welcome.  The website is:

http://sanpedrosouthbay.assistanceleague.org/.

San Pedro/South Bay Assistance League, by Marcia Hebert Wesley Bradford 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Dec 14, 2012
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Marymount College President Dr Michael S Brophy and his wife, Tara Brophy, were honored for their community service as a part of our PV Sunset Rotary Club’s Holiday Celebration.  Dr Brophy, an Honorary Member of our Club, has been President of Marymount College since 2006.  Under his leadership, the College increased its enrollment by 70% and transformed from a two-year into a four-year multi-site educational institution.  Tara Brophy, an active community volunteer and member of Vistas, chaired the 2010 Success by the Sea fundraiser for scholarships at Marymount College.  Don Reeves, Past President of PV Sunset, introduced them at a VIP Reception and presented them with gifts of a crystal piece and a bouquet.

 Jennifer Kain checked in the attendees at the Grand Annex.  The Rotarians and guests were served at a buffet line provided by Jeff Earle and his intrepid Original Red Onion crew, and were lubricated by drinks served by bartenders Astrid Naviaux and Angi Ma Wong.  At 8 PM, a Holiday Concert of Christmas music was performed in the Warner Grand Theatre by the Golden State Pops Orchestra.

Christmas Holiday Celebration Warner Grand Theatre & Annex, San Pedro Wesley Bradford 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Dec 10, 2012
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DG Lew Bertrand announced District Visionary Awards for exemplary service to Rotary (presented by Dean Reuter and Elsa Gillham), to Don Reeves, Sandy Farrell and PDG Dave Moyers.  Congratulations to all!

District Visionary Awards Wesley Bradford 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wesley Bradford on Dec 10, 2012
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Russ Schaadt was inducted into Rotary by DG Lew Bertrand, accompanied by sponsor Chris Kilgore.  Congratulations, and welcome to the Club!

Induction of Russ Schaadt Wesley Bradford 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0