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During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Redondo Beach Rotary Club has temporarily suspended its weekly meetings at the Bluewater Grill.  Instead the club is holding its weekly meetings, still starting at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday's, electronically, via Zoom.  Guests wishing to attend should contact John Barnett via email to obtain instructions of how to attend.
This week's homework assignment from President Nancy:
"Run an errand for a neighbor who may have a weakened immune system."
Luncheon Speaker Amy Rocha Discusses of West Basin Municipal Water District 
   Three-quarters of the Earth is covered by water, yet only 1% of that is freshwater available for serving the water needs of the nearly 8 billion people on the planet. That according to the West Basin Municipal Water District.
     Our speaker at today’s Zoom luncheon meeting was Amy Rocha, the Communications Manager for the West Basin. She provided a virtual presentation of current water issues, and discussed the agency which provides approximately 100,000 acre-feet-per-year of imported drinking water daily (1 acre foot equals 325,851 gallons) to residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County.
     Water concerns in the South Bay trace back to 1854 when the first fresh-water wells were drilled in the West Basin. But it was almost a century, 1947, that the West Basin Municipal Water District was formed.
     “More than 60 percent of our water supply has to be imported,” Rocha said. “We don’t have the benefits of lots of snow and rain,” adding “our water comes primarily from Northern California via the 444-mile California Aqueduct and what is known as the State Water Project, and the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct. Local supplies include groundwater, brackish desalination and recycled water,” she said. 
     Recycled water became important to the West Basin in the late 90s when a severe drought hit. “We now get most of our recycled water from the Hyperion Plant, which treats all water from the Los Angeles basin,” she said. “We purchase about 40 million gallons daily from that plant.
     “We then pump it to our plant in El Segundo and clean it further depending on its use.” She said the recycled water is used for irrigation purposes such as watering parks, industrial use, oil refineries such as Chevron, etc. “It is not use for drinking water.  However, some of the purified  water is pumped into the seawater barrier, goes into the aquifer  and several months later percolates through the ground which is part of a natural cleaning process.”
     In addition, she explained, the West Basin sponsors several conservation programs. Among them are plans to range from cash for innovative kitchens, grass replacement classes and rebates, landscape irrigation efficiencies, ocean friendly landscape programs, and ocean safe car wash programs. The objective in some of these programs if a reduction of 50-85% less water.
     "Among the challenges the West Basin faces are drought, earthquakes, infrastructure developments, extreme heat, wildfires and sensitive eco-systems,” she said. The Colorado River Basin, for example, has experienced prolonged drought conditions for twelve and the last sixteen years.
     The West Basin is planning for the future. An ocean desalination project started in 2002 with a pilot program and has gone through a demonstration phase. We are now in the evaluation phase and we  expect an environmental impact update next year. But our ocean water desalination project will not be implemented until the 2030s, she said.
     The West Basin’s Summer Splash, an education and celebratory activity, is currently underway. Registration information and a detailed class schedule is available at www.westbasin.org/summer-splash-2020.
Graphic created by Lee Ann Robinson
Nancy Langdon Opens Her First Meeting
July 1, 2021
At no time in history has the interconnectedness of the human condition been so very apparent. The health and wellbeing of a single individual on the other side of the globe can directly and consequently impact each of us. We are each responsible for each other–our actions and in-actions directly impact the well being of others.
 
Since the inception of Rotary, when four businessmen pooled their resources to purchase a horse and carriage for a country doctor and financed public toilets in the city of Chicago, human health and wellbeing has been at the core of what Rotary does.
 
In 1987, Rotary International initiated a campaign to eradicate polio. Today, in concert with the World Health Organization and The Gate Foundation, only a tiny handful of polio cases arise each year. This will be only the second time in human history that an infectious disease will be eliminated from the human condition--all thanks to the dedication of thousands of Rotary volunteers around the globe.
 
Rotary International was instrumental in stopping Ebola in its tracks. And now, as we stare down the Covid-19 global pandemic, economic hardship and societal unrest, the Rotary core missions of peace and health, and our network and track record of fighting infectious disease and creating peace is needed now more than ever.
 
The Rotarians of Redondo Beach are very highly respected professionals in each of their fields, who commit their time and talents to make positive change in our local communities and around the world. Rotarians are people of action, never focusing on what they can’t do, but on what they can. I am so very humbled and honored to offer whatever I can as president of this Rotary Club. Please reach out to us and be part of the solution with us.
Nancy's Objectives
    At her first meeting as president, Nancy laid out five objectives for her coming year for our club. The are:
 

1) Greater member engagement

2) Preventing infectious disease

3) Promoting peace

4) Embracing environmentalism

5) Engaging Youth to engage the World

Upcoming Speakers
Michael Stark
Jul 15, 2020 12:30 PM
Supply chain Management’s effect on the global economy.
Jeff Weigel
Aug 05, 2020 12:30 PM
Redondo Rotary Foundation Meeting
Jeff Weigel
Aug 19, 2020 12:30 PM
Redondo Rotary Membership Meeting
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Club of Excellence
 
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

May 30, 2020

Alexis Sheehy is Youth Services Chair for our club, and she has been working with the Interact Club at Redondo Union High School this year. The students have made a video which they will present at our next Rotary Club meeting.

 

The Interactors have been Zooming with Alexis weekly since school was closed down in March since they were no longer able to meet in person.

The Interact Club was recently presented with the opportunity to participate in a remote video Interact Conference on May 29/30 with Interactors in Hong Kong, District 3450 because of connections made with the help of PDG Vicki Radel. The theme of the conference was the effect COVID-19 has had on society, culture, and economics. Some of the presentations were very technical with comparisons of the performance of the Hang Seng, FTSE, and NYSE. Some were more personal.

 

Redondo Union High School Interact President Cambria Brann and Vice President Tatiana Gomez put together a video to show how the pandemic has affected their lives. Another club leader, Secretary Henry Bryan, was not able to participate in the video, but he has also been very active and supportive in Interact activities and our Zooming.

May 26, 2020
 
Club Rotario Bahia de La Paz project team
members with bags of food and groceries
(from left) Charles Moorhead, Javiar
Yee,
PDG Juan Rafael Flores, Giselle Cuen and
Bob Walker.
 
Working in partnership with the Club Rotario Bahia de La Paz, the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach donated $1500 to La Paz Mexico. The money was used to purchase and deliver 147 two-week food packets to the 147 poor families. Up to 40 % of the workers in La Paz have lost their jobs in the last six weeks due to the Covid 19 pandemic. La Paz is a sister city to Redondo Beach.


"The governor of this state in Mexico is wisely continuing the lockdown until May 30. That means we need two more food deliveries. One by May 13 and one by May 27ish,” said Bob Walker of the Club Rotario Bahia de La Paz. “We need 2,400 USD in the next seven days, to do the second food delivery. That is about 16 USD per family for two weeks of food that they cannot get any other way.”

Walker describes his position in Club Rotario Bahia as a "janitor, by my choice. I do not speak Spanish well at all so that stops any chances of a regular job." None-the-less, Walker is a sparkplug in his club having headed projects as diverse a obtaining solar panels for a remote school, getting 143,000 USD of good firefighting equipment, getting 5 gallon water jugs out to 1,100 remote school in Baja California Sur, and raising funds for uniforms, shoes and supplies for poor 6th graders. The club has 26 members, half of them are women. The funds from the club Foundation were delivered to Walker via wire transfer. 
 
Kudos to Amy Zimmerman for launching our response. She brought the project to the club's attention at a recent board meeting. “We met Bob Walker when we went down to La Paz several times with Terry Bichlmeier. He asked for our help and we answered," she said.
 
The club is working on Walker’s second request. The Foundation has already received an additional donation of $500 from Rotarian George Schane. Past-president Jim Stickler says he wire transferred the additional funds from the club Foundation to Mexico Wednesday.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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May 13, 2020
What has been the response of the Redondo Beach Police Department to the covid-19 pandemic? Chief Keith Kaufman visited with Rotarians today via a weekly Zoom meeting to answer the question. In a word, “pretty good.”
 
When the pandemic broke two months ago, Chief Kaufman said, “the department was developing contingency plans for other possible emergencies.” Instead it adapted to covid-19.
 
“Now, everyone who comes into the police department headquarters is disinfected, their temperature is read, they wash their hands, wear a mask, the bottom of their shoes is disinfected, plus we put plastic tarps between working groups,” he said. “We practice social distancing, we wear masks both inside the department and outside in the field, officers don’t take vacations, work long hours, and no one has called in sick.  In fact. we test almost everyone in the department.”
 
He added that testing can be expensive – up to $75 – but “we’ve got it down to about $5,” he said.
 
When asked about crime in the city he said, “We are not going to criminalize people, instead we are going to educate them.” He added there has been no increase in incidents of violence in Redondo Beach. But he added, “Criminals have about two weeks to figure things out, and we are nearing two weeks.”
 
He was less than sanguine about the court system, noting that all courts are closed and that cases have been put off for 90 days. Putting people in jail is doubt full.  “We will not enforce LA County  health orders,” he said.
 
He said there have been only five cases in which police officers have had to respond directly to individuals with covid-19.
 
He ended his presentation by noting the California “legislature is in a full attack mode on policing.”
May 13, 2020
In spite of having to cancel the Bootleggers Ball, the online auction held in its place “cleared about $55,000,” said webmaster extraordinaire Jim Stickler.  He noted the breakdown for the numbers was $12,105 in bidder donations, $20,500 from corporate and personal sponsorships and $22,225 from the on-line auction. Five items were not bid upon.
 
According to Stickler, “We raised $1,200 specifically for the Covid Relief Fund that will go towards supporting the efforts to help local people in need due to the current crisis.”
 
Subtracting the cost of software, he said, “Our net available for next year’s charitable projects is $51,921. This amount does not include any carry forward from the current Rotary year.”
 
The facility fee of $10 per club member per meeting will be addressed at the next board meeting.  “Because these are monies that are in the Club, we should not move them to the Foundation without ensuring that the Club is financially healthy.: Stickler, the immediate past president of the Club added, we should have “a minimum of 30 percent of the annual operating budget of the Club as a cushion for unforeseen events.”
 
He added, “This was a wonderful effort by the Club members and the community to help us support the local and international community during this pandemic.”
Mar 08, 2020
Member pictureDr. Nasrin Moghadasian, a chiropractor who owns and founded Body Care Spine and Nerve Center, and Body Care Regenerative Medicine in Redondo Beach, spoke about the game-changing benefits of Regenerative Medicine Therapy.  In addition to explaining what exactly Regenerative Medicine is, she educated us on how it works and who can benefit from this breakthrough in pain relief.  Specifically, she talked about the benefits of stem cell technology.

Dr. Nasrin pointed out the stem cell decline as we age.  Instead she uses what is known as Wharton’s Jelly, or stem cells from the umbilical cord of newborn babies. A baby my have one stem cell per 10,000 cells in its body, by the time humans reach age 60 stem cells decline to one in 250,000 cells. Clearly, she said, "Using youthful stem cells will give a better outcome."
Feb 26, 2020
 Dad, in this story Rotarian Dr. Bruce Logan, gave a craft talk about his profession - and the years of study he's under-taken. Meanwhile, the daughter in this 

story Kimber Logan, gave an inspirational talk about her experience as a counselor with the ANASAZI Foundation.
 
The Foundation was started in 1988 to "help parents and children to work in harmony in the wilderness of the world." It is a     The foundation was start in 1988 to "help parents and children turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walking program based in the Tonto National Forest near
Mesa, Ariz. Walk, yes, Kimber told us that participants, mostly young people estranged from their parents, in groups of nine with a counselor, walk and camp in the forest and desert for two months. Participants are not allowed to communicate with 
friends for the duration,
although parents are invited along for a couple of days.

Among the principles guiding the ANASAZI "Young Walker's" program are acknowledgement of the Creator in all good things, recognizing that
each YoungWalker is part of a family, honor each family's personal faith and traditions, provides opportunities for each YoungWalker to leave behind the old and begin anew. and teaching survival skills to create opportunities to listen, learn, discover and teach. Click here to learn more about the ANASAZi Foundation.


 
Feb 02, 2020
 
Rotarians once again did the honors after the city’s Superbowl Sunday 10K & 5K Run. We poured beer – free, two cans each!  The club has been pouring beer for decades. The first batch of runners – hundreds if not thousands -- came about 45 minutes after the start of the 5K. Then, an hour later, the main group of runners showed up after completing the 10K run. Their reward, because there can be only one winner per race, two cans Michelob Lite. Shown above are Rotarians who worked the booth.