We are the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach
We serve our community around the block and around the world to improve the lives of people everywhere following the interconnected and interdependent Rotary Areas of Focus:
Promoting Peace
Fighting Disease
Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Saving Mothers and Children
Supporting Education
Growing Local Economies
Protecting the Environment

 
Club Information
Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
P.O Box 411
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
United States of America
The meeting alternates between in-person at Rock & Brew's Redondo Beach and Zoom. Check the club's website for the meeting schedule. For meeting information, contact our Club Service Chair, Mike Stark, at michael@michaelstark.com.
                Redondo Beach Interactors Reach the World
"The Interactors at Redondo Union High School are doing great things," said
Amy Zimmerman, chair if the club's Youth Services. "Last year due to the pandemic, we met via Zoom and had kids from all over the world come talk to us about what it is like to be a teen in their country, about their exchange year, and what is going on as far as Covid.  We spoke with kids from:
 
"Poland, Denmark, Italy, India, France, Canada, Ireland, Czech Republic, Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Chile, Japan, Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Ecuador, Algeria, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Iran, Thailand, Australia, Scotland, Latvia, Germany, Israel, Haiti and Finland.
 
"And many of the kids return when we meet via Zoom.  We are trying to meet in person weekly and then have a speaker twice a month depending on covid safety.
 
"The kids have worked on a Peace Garden at Perry Middle School in Gardena and will be doing this monthly.  They did clothing drive and clothes were delivered to Saint Anthony in Redondo Beach.  They provided a good Christmas to a homeless woman by the school.  We now have 2 students signing up for exchange 2022-2023," she said.
 
American Martyrs Catholic Church has been going to Guatemala for the last 11 years on missionary work. However, the virus prevented visits this year and last year. Martyrs working with Cross Catholic Outreach decided to have a fundraiser to send food.
The Parish was able to raise $40,000 to package meals for the poor people of the hill village of Cuilapa, Guatemala. In November of 2021, 500 volunteers packed 120,000 meals and they were shipped to the village.  Five Rotarians and Interact members helped. 
It was so successful the perish decided last week to pack and send 150,000 meals to Guatemala. Ten Rotarians were part of the 700 volunteers this time. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also helped as did community members, some well into their 90's.
Elected & appointed to the club Board of Directors for the 2022-23 Rotary Year were (from left)  Bob Hockberger (appointed), Jean Scully, Larry Hashimoto (appointed) , Peter Lattey, Jeff Weigel (incoming president for the 2022-23 Rotary Year), LeeAnn Robinson (incoming president for the 2023-24 Rotary Year) DP Agrawal, Jim Sheehy and Bill Paul
Members of the Community Foundation Board of Directors (from left) Bob Hockberger, Alexis Sheehy, Sandy Bagley (term begins July 2022), Nancy Weisel, Lauren Cameron, (back row) Faisal Hashmi, Jim Stickler and Walter Campbell.
PDG Vicki Radel announced  that we were the first  PeaceBuilder Club in the Rotary Action Group For Peace RAGFP, in District 5280. Vicki also handed out peace ceritificates to those RCRB Rotarians who donated $100 to the RAGFP Peace Concert in honor of International Peace Day last September.
Bill & Colette Paul hosted the annual Rotary Club Christmas Party at their home on December 12, 2021, More than 45 Rotarians and their spouses attended, and posed for a group photo.
 Karina Pacific (left) and Karen Weigel were among the Rotarians who attended. Shown in the background is Michael Gilman.
Selfies were evident. Shown on the left is Chef Mar, one of the caterers of the event.

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

August 25, 2021: Later this year the James Webb Telescope will go “no man has yet gone.” It will soar to the L2 Lagrange position 1.5 million  kilometers from earth. And there, it will allow astronomers on earth to peer to the very beginnings of the Universe!
 
Krystal Puga of Northrop Grumman brought us up to date on the multi-billion dollar project.
 
Currently, through the Hubble Space Telescope, which was put in orbit in 2009, astronomers can peer back 13.4 billion years. It’s fuzzy though. The JWST, which offers astronomers 100 times more power that the present great telescopes, will allow mankind to peer back to the very beginnings of the universe, believed to be located somewhere at 13.7 billion years ago.
The Redondo Beach Rotary Club partnered with Vision to Learn, Beach Cities Health District, and the Redondo Beach Unified School District to conduct this year's program. In the Vision  to Learn program, eye examinations are conducted for returning students. The examinations, are provided free of charge and glasses are provided to kids who need them. 
 
Altogether, 22 Rotarians participated in the program. The Vision to Learn program is "held each summer on the South Bay Adult School campus where students receive school supplies for the coming academic year,"  said Bob Hockberger. More than two million children in the U.S. do not have the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, or participate in class.
Of the 143 students tested, 56 were referred to professionals -- opticians and ophthalmologist -- for detailed eye exams. Of these, 38 prescriptions for eye glasses were issued. Meanwhile, 87 youngsters passed the vision screening. In about two weeks, these 38 students will receive new eyeglasses. at no cost.                               
 
 
 
 
 
August  18, 2021: During Governor Javid's annual Governor's Visit this week, she handed out several awards. The awardees are (left to right) Nancy Weisel, President of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach; Karina Pacific was named the Most Active New Member, she heads community service including taking on the club's Instagram social media; Larry Hashimoto was awarded The Being Kind Award for his work providing dental services to children in the South Bay Children's Health Center (Hashimoto has provided this service for several years); and Dr. Bob Hockberger was awarded The Community Impact Award for his work coordinating Vision to Learn program which allows school students to receive eye exams and glasses, if needed, at no charge. Also in the photo, (far right) Guity Javid, Governor of Rotary District 5280.
Seating for 70,000 people, standing 30,000 more.
Rotarians during Sunday's tour of SoFi stadium.
Wrap-around TV weighs 2 million pounds.
Charitable & Humanitarian Activities the
Rotary Club of Redondo Beach supports. Join us!
             Local Initiatives
 
Vision to Learnfree eyeglasses to all  South Bay schoolchildren who need them;
Music Mends Minds – Song therapy for    dementia and memory patients;
Free dental exams to South Bay families in need;
College scholarships for Redondo Union  students who are college-bound;
High School Vocational Scholarships for students who choose vocational education;
Project ECHO high school entrepreneur    and leadership training;
Meals on Wheels to stay-at homes adults due to disabilities and illness;
The Redondo Beach Police Reserves;
Community gardens & healthy classes  in a local "food desert";
Peace and conflict resolution initiatives  throughout the community;
Salvation Army to help prepare meals during Thanksgiving;
 
High School INTERACT CLUB;
Meals for First Responders (Good Stuff Restaurants);
Backpacks for Kids in domestic violence programs;
Food & Clothing for Homeless in downtown L.A.;
Counting the homeless in Redondo Beach;
Beach Cities Symphony;
STEM Education Initiative;
Battered Women Crisis Center;
RFPD Domestic Violence Program;
Middle School Nutritional Training;
Buddy Benches at key locations;
Serving Thanksgiving Dinners through the Salvation Army;
Annual Bell Ringing fund raising for Salvation Army.
         International Initiatives
 
Worldwide Polio eradication (Rotary wide) -- since the mid-1980s, Rotary International has worked at eradicating polio worldwide. The dread disease is now only in Nigeria and Pakistan.
Girls' hygiene initiative in Kenya -- teaching hygiene to female students;
School uniforms for orphans in Africa -- often the first school attire for youngsters;
Literacy initiative in Guatemala - teaching reading & writing.
Education & female empowerment  in Bangladesh. southeast Asia - mothers teaching other mothers;
Life-saving neonatal equipment for      hospitals in Mexico - to give newborns infants a chance.
Clean water initiatives on Fiji Islands and around the world;
Remote Island Oxygen for pre-natal (multi club grant)
International Youth Exchange (Rotary wide)
Argentine prenatal ultrasound equipment (multi club grant)
Household Goods for Camp Pendleton military families (multi club)
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