August 2018
Keith Kaufmann, RB Chief of Police
Aug 22, 2018
What's new at the RBPD?
Sue Johnson
Aug 29, 2018
Scoring at US Open Golf Championships - Expect the Unexpected.
Joe Vasquez, Rotary 5280 District Governor
Sep 12, 2018
It's All About The Club
Mike Stark
Sep 19, 2018
Redondo Beach Police Reserve Program
David Prentice
Sep 26, 2018
From Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency
Dominik Knoll
Oct 03, 2018
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Leonard
Oct 10, 2018
Surf City Theatre Company
Sandy Bagley and Dominik Juneau
Oct 17, 2018
Rotary Craft Talks
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The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach 
A 100% Paul Harris Club

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
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665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
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At the 2016 Annual Rotary District 5280 Conference in San Diego, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach was named the District's Large Club of Excellence.

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

Rotarian Dieter Thomas passed away suddenly from a heart attack, on June 23, 2018. He was 76 years old. 
An immigrant from Germany, Dieter was an architect and well-known in his adopted country for having designed several award-winning homes. He joined the Redondo Beach Rotary Club in 2008 and volunteered in several capacities. Among his service to the club, he served as a volunteer architect on the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force. The group spearheaded a project to build a memorial to area servicemen in Veterans Park in Redondo Beach.
In 2013, Dieter filled the role of Santa Claus on the annual Redondo Beach Christmas Police Department sleigh. When he rode the sleigh through the streets, and the sleigh stopped every couple of blocks for the children to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas, one little boy said, "Isn't that Dieter?" The child asked his Mom why Dieter was playing Santa.  She came up with the best story. "Well, Santa was stuck back east and wasn't going to get here on time, so he called Dieter because he knew they looked a lot alike and asked if Dieter would be his substitute."
Well, thank goodness the Mom shared the story with us, because the next time we saw the little boy he came right out and asked Dieter, "Did Santa really call you?"  And of course, Dieter said "Absolutely. The real Santa did not want to disappoint all the children, so I listened to all the wishes and reported them back to the real Santa." 
Dieter is survived by three children, two sons-in-law, three granddaughters,  and his beloved partner, Dottie Hashizumi. “He was such a wonderful, caring, kind and gentle man.  He will be sorely missed.  I’m so happy he was in my life for nine year.” She added, “On August 11th, his 2 daughters, 2 of his 3 granddaughters and 1 son-in-law and I will take his ashes out to sea.”
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach sponsors the education of Sathie Khatun from the village of Khulna, Bangladesh, through the Amarok Society with a $1,000 donation annually.  The Amarok Society is a Canadian-based charity working to "defeat ignorance with the most powerful force know to man: Woman." It is active in Bangladesh, Nigeria and elsewhere in Third World countries. From its website it explains, "Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers - educating their own and and their neighbours' children every day in their homes with astonishing results."  
The  photo above is of children in Sathie's village that benefit from her education.  Below is is the latest letter from Sathie to our club, dated July 2018:
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
I hope you are well by the grace of God. You know that Bangladesh is an agricultural country and our livelihood depends on agriculture production and agriculture depends on mainly rainwater. This is monsoon in our country rain is good for the farmers. But people who live in slums in city area, monsoon is not good for them because of uncertain daily basis work opportunity. In slum people live in tin-shed shelter during heavy rainfall rainwater enters into the slum house from the roof, sometimes rain starts in the morning and continues the whole day, so daily labors do not find work for the day. In this season constriction work and other works become slow down. In our school our teacher facilitated a session on – “Savings for crisis days”. After that he started to save little money for our daily income. If we don’t find work we could use that money to buy foods. Sometimes mothers take short-term loan from each other to survive, as we are friends. However there are still problems for the families who have more children to feed but income is less. They could not do savings and are forced to go to the moneylenders or money-lending agency for loan by paying interest of their money.
Rock & Roll Casino Night was a great party.  Almost 300 attendees, danced, sang, gambled and bought silent and live auction items.  Great Food, Great Music (Feed the Kitty), Great Friends, Old and New
Check out this video from Rick Mendoza
For their initial project, our new Young Professionals (YP) group organized club volunteers to participate in Sharefest’s 16th Annual Workday, a community-building service day to beautify and provide tangible needs at schools, churches and non-profit organizations throughout the South Bay and L.A. Harbor area.
On Sat., April 28th, 12 of our members volunteered their time to support a waterfront beautification effort for San Pedro’s AltaSea, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating collaboration in oceanic and aquaculture sciences, as well as incubating new ocean-related education programs to inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Our club members worked beside other local volunteers to help build and paint picnic tables, flower planters, and park benches that will provide school groups with a place to sit and enjoy the wharf while learning about AltaSea’s mission. In addition, our club donated $1000 to Sharefest to help cover project expenses.
Click to see pictures of the event
New Rotarian, LeeAnn Robinson moved to the Los Angeles area from Austin, Tex. in 1975. She graduated from Broadcasting School and worked in that field for a few years before switching to Lifespring, a personal development company. She has worked for Lifespring for 20 years and became a Mary Kay Director in 1986. She started Camp Inspiration, a camp for teens, 11 years ago and hosts a fundraiser annually to support the camp. For the last 6 years she has worked for Nerium International, an anti-aging and wellness company. She is also Happiness Ambassador and hosts a Happiness day every year in the South Bay. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.

On April 7, 2018 the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach inducted nine young professionals into our club. One of the principle criteria of membership is these your professionals are unable to make the club’s regular Wednesday noon meeting. The induction ceremony was held at the home of Karen and Jeff Weigel with about 30 club members in attendance. This is the largest group induction in club history.
PDG Eli Gauna presents history of early days of Rotary International in Chicago, to largest class of Young Professionals inducted into Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
Andrew Borgic, P.E. moved to Redondo Beach from Redding, California in 2014 to open an office for Water Works Engineers –a private consulting engineering firm specializing in the design of water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure. Though work brought Andrew and his family of five to the South Bay, the local surf and welcoming community has kept him here. Andrew is honored to be a Rotarian; providing help to the less fortunate and clean water and sanitation to those who need it the most. 
Nikki Parsons grew up in Redondo Beach and has been involved with Rotary from a young age. She was a member of the RUHS Interact Club, went to Japan with the District 5280 Youth Exchange Program, and is thrilled to finally be an official member of the Redondo Rotary Club. She graduated from UCLA and LMU, and now currently teaches at South High in Torrance.

Charamon Lewis is the Founder of Motorlipps, a clothing line dedicated to the woman motorcyclists and enthusiast. Prior, she was an Insurance Agent for AFLAC. In that role, she penetrated the untapped market of motorcyclists. There she increased annual sales by 25%. Charamon holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and has attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She is a mother of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, interior decorating, cooking and many creative projects. 
Hunter Bradshaw was born and raised in Redondo Beach where he attended Redondo Union High School. After high school, he moved to Colorado and studied Economics at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Hunter is currently working as a Financial Adviser in Torrance, CA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, playing Rugby, and watching the Dodgers and Lakers.

Marynda Hill is a Corporate Tax Manager for BJ’s Restaurants Inc. and has her own business completing individual taxes. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in English and became an 8th grade teacher in the LA Unified School District. After deciding on a career change, Marynda enrolled at the University of Phoenix where she received an MBA in Accounting and Taxation and continued working for companies such as DirecTV, Hyundai, Herbalife, Live Nation, and Sony Pictures in the Finance and Tax arenas.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts and plays, the beach and the gym along with activities such as archery, bowling, having a good time with her family and friends and being creative. Marynda has been a part of Rotary in the past, but is looking forward to working with the Redondo Beach Rotary with projects such as domestic violence, helping children and teens, and countless other activities.

Erin Sujan grew up in the South Bay, spending most of her childhood in San Pedro and Palos Verdes.  She moved to Hawaii for college and stayed for five years and followed this up with 5 years in Washington D.C. before moving back to the South Bay. 
Erin founded her current company, Sujan Creative, a year ago.  Sujan Creative is a branding and content marketing agency.  Erin has been in content creation, marketing and sales for over 15 years.  The companies she has worked with include Amtrak, Fannie Mae, the Navy and the Marines, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Zoological Wildlife Foundation, 24 Hour Fitness and small and mid-sized local companies all over the country.   
Erin gravitates toward large bodies of water, loves cooking, and couldn't get along without her best friend, a big yellow lab named Charlie.  She's looking forward to giving back through The Rotary Young Professionals Chapter, and to getting to know her community on a deeper level.

Michael DeSantis was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, and currently resides in Hermosa Beach.  During the week, he helps facilitate comprehensive financial plans as a representative of Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. in Torrance, CA, and over the weekends, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, golfing, and hitting home runs in his adult league softball games.

Michael joined the Young Professionals of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club seeking a pathway for providing his time and resources for those in need.  His passions include feeding the hungry, promoting mental health amongst teens, and educating children on personal finance and the mindset of success.

Tomi Stewart is currently a Finance Manager for Moose Toys. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Cal State University Northridge. She worked for companies such as Universal Music Group, Deluxe Media Management, and Live Nation where she lent her expertise in the Accounting and Finance areas. Tomi is also proficient in Spanish and a proud mother of five. 
She is looking to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Tomi believes that we must stay connected to all facets of our community in order to ensure the greater good for all. Through a reflection of love, compassion, and understanding we can change the path of the future.
Chris Schane is currently a resident of Redondo Beach, CA, where he has lived since Nov of 2016. Prior to CA,  he lived in Boston, MA for 10 years. He attended the University of Utah, where he majored in Finance with an occupational background in Aerospace and Defense. Chris has worked for the same advisory services contractors for over 10 years in the aerospace and defense industry, performing cost and data analytics on a broad range of military systems to provide government officials and US Air Force senior leaders with necessary cost estimates and economic analyses to make informed programmatic decisions and affordability trades. Chris is joining Rotary to take a more active interest in the local community. As the Redondo Beach Rotary Club is well-established and engaged in many areas of community outreach, and currently standing up a Young Professional group, it seemed a good way for him to get involved.

Jumping right in, the group announced their first project will be to assist Sharefest with the AltaSea project in the Port of Los Angeles.

Kudos to Karen Weigel who organized and recruited members to launch a Young Professional group within the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
The Redondo Beach Rotary Club sponsors Sathie, a young women in Khulna, Bangladesh, through an annual donation to the Amorak Society. We recently received this update from Sathie about her progress.
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
I told you about my child “Jannati” and now she is over 5 years old.  Now she talks with me and asks me many questions. I can understand what she says even I could guess what she wants to say. My Child Development Lessons helped me a lot developing my daughter in a proper way. I am very caring for my daughter’s brain development through responding to her needs and questions. But before this child development lesson none of us has any idea about it. I share my learning with my family members and with other women in our community. Now my husband is also very careful to her. I know if I was admitted in Amarok Mother School it would not possible happen to our family.  By this time I come to know why first 3 years are important for a child for brain development. 
My own learning and teaching to children are going well. I am trying my best to learn more from my school that I can teach better. You will be happy to know that we have good news for our school. All mothers are very busy and enjoying education much better. We are very thankful to you and Amarok team. After a break I have hundred percent attendances in school in last 3 months. I don’t want to miss a single lesson. You know in our school we have got tablets for lessons. Now all mothers of our school can operate them well. Tablets are very helpful for our learning and teaching to children. We call this our knowledge book.  We have learnt many things from the consultants worked with us in last year e.g.
- Making quick test card for assessment
- Use of tablet for learning purpose
- Drama team developed
- Learning session on social issue like women rights and household conflict regulation
- Progress evaluation of children
- Taking photo and videos & edit photos
And some others
Among them I liked about “Learning Monitoring of young children”. Amarok team works with us. We identified different issues in our community and developed drama with our own issues. Now we are thinking to develop a new drama for protecting child from labor and promoting child rights. I believe a woman can do lot of things if she gets education. It is important to set a goal and then work hard to achieve the goal. 

You know about our school library, it is running well and every Sunday we exchange books. We have created opportunity for all women and children to take books from our library and to develop our library as our “community library”. This is a good opportunity for all and we all have to take it. We visit houses and tell to mothers about new books of our library, share our learning and encourage them to come and participate in our study circle. Now we are making new plans for our library activity. Developing reading skill for children is one of them. In my next letter I will tell you more about our new initiative 

Thank you so much for your support to the education of our children and mothers

Love to you,

Members of Rotary District 5280 Peace Committee were among the 800+ passionate Rotarians and friends, who gathered in Vancouver 2/9-11 to learn about the challenges and seize the opportunities to create a more peaceful world through environmentally sustainable efforts.
Sculptor - Peter Lattey with "Peace". The sculpture was auctioned to support Rotary Peace Centers
Redondo Beach Rotary has started a program to bring music to seniors with memory issues.  Music Mends Minds has turned into a popular program at the Anderson Park Senior Center.
Rotarians, Vision To Learn, RB Unified School District and Beach Cities Health District delivered eye glasses to Middle School and High School Students today. Together almost 100 students will be able to start their school year with better vision.  Better vision has been shown to be a critical factor towards success in school.
The UN declared September 21st as International Peace Day in 1981 and the District 5280 Peace Committee hosted perhaps the only Peace Day event in LA County when the Rotary Clubs of the South Bay: Del Amo Torrance, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lomita Torrance Airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Santa Monica, and South Bay Sunrise sponsored the symphonic multi-media presentation, “Winds of Freedom” at the beautifully restored Art Deco, Hermosa Beach Community Theatre.
In partnership with Peace One Day and Winds of Freedom Foundation our South Bay Rotary Clubs joined forces to show the creation of Alex Azin that celebrates life, teaches history, inspires peace and hopes for a better future.
Ronald Day
December 6, 1936 - September 3, 2017
Ron Day passed away last Sunday evening from pancreatic cancer. Sponsored by his father, Foster Day, Ron joined Redondo Beach Rotary Club in January 1960.   He was a past president of the club and a wonderful Rotarian, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend and we shall miss him!
The funeral services for Ron will be held on Saturday, September 9th, at 2PM at the First United Methodist Church, 243 So. Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA. 
Visitation will be from 6:30 until 9:00PM on Friday, September 8th, at the White and Day Center, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. 
One out of every four children has a vision problem. Now, couple that statistic with this one: 80% of learning happens within the first 12 years of life. Finally, look around any school: Are a quarter of the children wearing eyeglasses?
Very often the expense an eye exam and the cost of prescription eyeglasses is standing between a child and his opportunity to get as much as he can out of his education. Vision to Learn is an organization, which provides free eye exams to all to school children throughout Southern California. If Vision to Learn discovers that a child needs corrective eyewear, families are notified. For families in need, Vision to Learn provides the eyeglasses free of charge.
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has partnered with Vision to Learn, Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Unified School District to give eye exams to Redondo Beach children at our area schools. This past Wednesday, Vision to Learn rolled in three mobile vision screening units–vans decked out in state-of-the-art eye examining equipment–to the South Bay Adult Learning Center. Families who qualify under the free lunch program were notified of their eligibility to receive a free eye exam, and if needed, a free pair of eyeglasses. Redondo Beach Rotarians aided the effort my giving initial exams and assisting with coordination.
Over 255 Redondo Beach schoolchildren took part. The goal of 75 pairs of eyeglasses was quickly exceeded and on this day alone, over 95 Redondo Beach schoolchildren will be heading back to school with new eyeglasses and a much better chance at success.
“We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kaufman"
Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith Kaufman can count two Medals of Valor as well as a Dorothy Harris writing award to his many accomplishments. Yet, in the field of law enforcement this 24-year veteran of police work ranks changing police culture as one of the most daunting tasks he has faced."
“The number one problem facing police forces around the country is regaining the public trust. The police are the public. And the public are the police,” Chief Kaufman stressed. “I tell my officers, ‘Even if this is the 1000th burglary call you have answered, it is probably the victim’s first. We have to remember that. If it happens to you (the Redondo Beach citizens), then it happens to us (the Redondo Beach police).”
To this end, Chief Kaufman and his officers recently spent three days workshopping a vision for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” is the banner under which the Redondo Beach police now fulfill their vital duties.
“‘We Are The Community,’” Chief Kaufman stressed, “Three days for four words. But those words, although they mean something different to different people, they mean everything. Those four words are a call to action and make us part of the community.”
“Citizens need to feel that this is their police department,” Chief Kaufman continued, “And the kinds of things we want to implement here in Redondo Beach are the kinds of things that could be applied nationwide to change the way we police.”
Practicing what he preaches, Chief Kaufman has been an active proponent of “Coffee with a Cop”, a nationwide program where police officers engage with the community in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere.
In addition to adopting best practices from around the nation, Chief Kaufman is taking the second half of the vision statement, “Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” quite seriously, as well. Chief Kaufman is spearheading four ground-breaking programs to improve citizen safety and make policing more effective.