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Welcome to the "Club of Excellence"
Rotary Club of Redondo Beach
 
We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 
R10 Social House 
179 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach
12:15 p.m. for lunch
3rd & 5th Wednesday via Zoom at 12:30 p.m.
1st Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a social hour
 
Guests wishing to attend please contact
 
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
28 Rotarians attended the 115th Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Luncheon and Ceremony this week to witness the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach receiving the Non-Profit Business of the Year award. President Jeff Weigel accepted the award on behalf of the 64-member club.


 

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

Members of the American Martyrs Catholic Church in partnership with Catholic Outreach, an NGO, packed 200,000 meals for Guatemala. The event took place on November 11-12th.  The budget was $60,000 as each meal including shipping cost
 
The Redondo Beach Club volunteered ten of our members at one table for a two-hour shift on the 12th. This is the fourth time over the last two years that members of our Club have helped feed the poor.  Members in attendance included Vera Jimenez , Anita Stoddard, Laurel Cameron with her two daughters, Carl Walsh, Anne Shea, El Gauna, Galina Gilman and Chuck Anderson. Louis Nwoke volunteered on Friday
 
Picture of Group includes Monsignor John Barry who has been pastor at Martyrs for 50 years.  The Parish has sister city in Guatemala where they constructed a home.
 
 
We held our first official meeting at R10 this week; it will be the home of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club for the future. There were two highlights of the meeting. First, District 5280 Governor Olivia Patterson Ryans visited our club. She spoke of what motivated her humanitarians.
 
Secondly, President Jeff inducted three new members: Thais Eliasen, Jean Hirano and Carl Walsh. Interestingly, all three are former members of the club and all three returned.
 
In addition, Governor Ryans honored four members of the club with Governor Awards: Jim Stickler received the Club's MacGyver Award, Anita Stoddard received the Most Active Rookie Award, LeeAnn Robinson received the Most Inspirational Member Award, and Walter Campbell received the Most Inspirational Member Award.

In the coming year of Rotary's 117th year, Rotary International has its first women a president of the whole organization. She is President Jennifer Jones of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. But we get ahead of our story. The history of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach began in July of 1924 when the then-district governor appointed Gene Tilden of the Los Angeles Rotary Club (LA5) to undertake a survey:

July 1924 District Governor Harry S. Mason appointed Gene Tilden of the Los Angeles Rotary Club to survey the City of Redondo Beach in the hopes of being able to organize a Rotary Club. In his 1924 report to Rotary International, Governor Mason noted that a "survey of Redondo Beach was under consideration for a long time, the matter have (sic) been taken up by three district governors preceding myself.

Held in conjunction with U.N. International Day of Peace on September 21st, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach sponsored an activity at the Redondo Beach High School. Organized by In-coming president LeeAnn Robinson, the event drew more than 100 people including parents, choir, children and school faculty.  About 22 Rotarians from the club along with their friends and spouses for about 35 people represented our club. The club's activity centered around painting a permanent Peace Pole.
 
The club also gave awards to four students.  Jack Hagemeister received the Humanitarian Actions award, Theo Daniel received the Kindness award, Lindsey Arns received the Most Welcoming award, and Kathryn Salazar received the award for her suggestions of what could make Redondo Beach a more peaceful community.
 
The District 5280 annual picnic was held on September 3rd at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. An estimated 250 Rotarians showed up for the afternoon's activities. Our club entered a cardboard boat into the race, manned by Peter Lattey and Amy Zimmerman. Unfortunately,  Redondo Beach Rotary did not win the race, although we finished. Member Chuck Anderson was the commodore for the race. Click on the link below for several photographs of the race activities.
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach recently sent $1,500 to the Rotary Club of Bahia de La Paz in La Pa
Paz, Mexico to help them buy uniforms and school supplies for poor children.  
Without the uniforms and school supplies, these children would not be able to go to school.
For the annual Vision-to-Learn event, held at the South Bay Adult School in Redondo Beach, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach screened 140 children and referred 66 children to professional optometrists for free eyeglasses. These 66 children will enter the coming school year better prepared  to learn, play and enjoy the world around them.
At Wednesday's luncheon, Vicki Radel, PDG, told us about Rotary's Inter Country Communities. She noted the Community was established in 1950 after WWII at Rotary Convention as France and Germany formed the first alliance. The ICCs set up a formal framework for long term strategic relationships between countries that wish to learn more about each other’s cultures and engage in work to benefit 
 the friendship and cultures. The representatives from districts who serve on these ICCs are called Peace Ambassadors. Marsha Hunt PP PP Westwood Village is currently the representative on USA-Ukraine committee, and I have been appointed by DG Olivia to serve as the Peace Ambassador representative from 5280 to USA-Turkey ICC. This is a big deal since the USA has ICC relationships with only 12 countries. Romania, France, Russia, Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Egypt, India, Honduras, Spain, Ukraine and now Turkey in on the horizon.
 
 
Vicki also announced that District 5280 now has its own QR code. Rotarians can now scan to get the District's online payment, registration and cardboard boat instructions.
Supporting students through all aspects of their education in a priority at El Camino College. The Warrior Pantry is just one of our many resources providing vital assistance to those in need.
Food problems with community college students is a real problem that impacts the ability to learn new vocational skills and improve life in our community.
John Barnett (center) accepts thanks from El Camino College officials for the   donations by the Redondo Beach Rotary Club to the El Camino College Warrior Pantry.
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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Upcoming Speakers
Report from International Service Committee
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 07, 2022 4:00 PM
Happy Holidays Brunch
Dec 11, 2022 11:00 PM
Club Assembly and Election of next year's Club and Foundation Board members
Dec 14, 2022 12:25 PM
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