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Seating for 70,000 people, standing 30,000 more.
Rotarians during Sunday's tour of SoFi stadium.
Wrap-around TV weighs 2 million pounds.
District 5280 Participates in a 501(C)3 Mobility Device Project to Costa Rica

While in Uganda in 2005, Rotarian David Talbot saw people who had survived the disease of polio. Often, they are rejected in their communities.

A polio survivor himself he realized that many people have lightly-used and no-longer-needed mobility devices, from a twisted ankle, ski accident, or operation. He saw crutches at garage sales, in dumpsters, and unfortunately in roll-off containers headed to landfills. He knew that he had to do something; this was the genesis for this project.

Together with his wife Candice, and other Denver, Colorado Rotarians he 

founded Crutches 4 Africa, a 501(C)3 non-profit NGO.

 The mission of the organization is to collect, ship and distribute mobility devices. “We collect used and surplus mobility devices, ship them to developing countries, and distribute them--free--to people with physical mobility challenges regardless of their race, gender, tribe, age, or religion,” said Talbot.

To date, 153,000 mobility devices have been collected, shipped, and distributed by the non-profit, with help from volunteers and partners. 21 countries in Africa have received mobility devices, and 12 other countries have received mobility devices from the non-profit.

This latest shipment headed to Costa Rica is the result of well over a year’s worth of collecting, transporting to Bell, wrapping for shipment and counting the devices.

“Without the generous help of many 5280 Rotarians and the Redondo Beach & Bell Salvation Army we could not have accomplished this,” said Peter Lattey of the Downtown LA Rotary Club and Jim Sheehy of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club who have spearheaded the project for Rotary District 5280.

Details of the latest project can be found below

     The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach participated with several other organization -- among them The Salvation Army,  Peter Lattey of the Downtowon LA Rotary Club,  Norm Levin and Cara Rice of the Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Rotary Club, Sheldon Oestneola of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, Tataiana Gomez, Cambria Brann & Tyrese Gill of the Redondo Beach Interact Club,  John Barnett, Jazmine Avila, Helen Bernabe, Jim Sheehy  & Norita Giralt of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and Jesse L. of the Hawthorne-LAX-Lennox Rotary Club. -- to provide various types of equipment to Costa Rica.
Date:5/29/2021        Location:  LOS ANGELES                  Destination:    COSTA RICA
  CRUTCHES, (pairs, all types):                                                   Total:    566
  WHEELCHAIRS, (standard and transport):                            Total:      51 
  WHEELCHAIRS, (specialty-large):                                            Total:        5
  WALKERS, standard:                                                                 Total:    208
  ROLLATORS, all types:                                                              Total:      25
  CANES, all types:                                                                        Total:    171
  ORTHOTICS, (knee braces, ankle boots, prosthesis):          Total:    128
  SPECIALTY TRANSPORT, (bicycle trailers, baby joggers):    Total:        3
  KNEE WALKERT                                                                          Total:       4

  CLEATS                                                                                        Total:     69
  FOOTBALLS                                                                                Total:     80
  UNIFORM JERSEYS, SHORTS, ETC.                                          Total:    815
  MISCELLANEOUS FOOTBALL EQUIPMEN                             Total:      00
  WATER BOTTLES                                                                       Total:    165
  SHIN GUARDS (pair)                                                                 Total:      25
MICROSCOPES                                                                             Total:      2
  COMMODES                                                                               Total:     19
  WALKER BASKETS                                                                      Total:       3
  BATHTUB RAILS                                                                         Total:     12

Vocational Scholarships Project, 2021

El Camino College

The Redondo Beach Rotary Club awards scholarships each year to two deserving El Camino College students pursuing a vocational degree.  In judging the applicants, we look at not just grades, but personal circumstances, hardships,  and experiences as well.  This year we have two awardees who both happen be in the registered nurse program.

This year's first recipient is John Johnston, a single father who reports some very difficult childhood circumstances, and obtaining his GED at age 35. He is in the registered nursing program, seeking an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) from ECC. He has a strong GPA, has completed over 24 units, works part time, will be enrolled for Fall, 2021, and has an ultimate life career goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Our second recipient is Feliccia Tamez, a mother who has experienced a personal family tragedy, and reports this has motivated her to want to become a nurse. She has a strong GPA, has completed over 24 units, and is in the registered nursing program seeking an ADN degree from ECC, with a subsequent life career goal of achieving a BSN. She has been working part time and taking out student loans and will be enrolled for Fall, 2021.

The El Camino College Foundation held a virtual Scholarship Awards Ceremony to recognize all the students receiving financial awards from all the different organizations participating.  Each student in attendance went into a chat room with the club member and an ECC Foundation Board member.  Sandy Bagley represented Redondo Beach Rotary at this event. She met our student, Feliccia Tamez.  Our other awardee, John Johnston, had to work that night and was unable to attend.

REDONDO BEACH May 19, 2021 Lt. Benjamin McIntyre updated the meeting on the current activities of his unit, which covers the area from the Orange County/San Diego County border to San Simeon.  The unit has 354 personnel, 4 patrol boats, 3 small boats, helicopters, and a maritime detachment of interdiction personnel.

Most of his activities focus on maritime rescues, boating accidents, SCUBA diving issues or swimmers swept out into open water. His unit is also involved in human and drug smuggling smuggling inter-diction for the same area.   The use of panga boats has picked up and

their unit frequently deploys resources to support local law enforcement. Lt. McIntyre also reviewed maritime safety that the boating members of our club would see as a refresher and useful information. Lt. McIntyre is transferring shortly to Valdez Alaska highest snowfall in the USA; he commented that he is defini- tely going to miss the South Bay weather. 
Rotary Club Awards Annual Service Above Self Awards to Four Redondo Beach First Responders
    The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach awarded “Service Above Self” Awards to four first responders this week. Two of the recipients, Joy Abaquin and Anastasia Papadakis, are Deputy City Prosecutors and work in the police department's Homeless Program.  A third individual, Officer Keith Turner, is with the Redondo Beach Police Department’s Community Service Unit and was also cited for his work in the Homeless Program. Police Chief Keith Kauffman, who announced the awards, noted the Homeless Program's impact in the community. "We've reduced the number of homeless in Redondo Beach from 201 individuals to less than 50.”  The fourth recipient, Kevin Coffelt, is retired from the Redondo Beach Fire Department in December 2020 after 38 years where he worked as an Firefighter/Paramedic.
Joy Abaquin is an attorney in the Redondo Beach prosecutor's office.
Anastasia Papadakis is an attorney in the Redondo  Beach prosecutor's office.
Kevin Coffelt, an EMT, is with the Redondo Beach Fire Department.
Dear Members of the Rotary  Club of Redondo Beach,

It is a pleasure to send you Sathie Khatun’s letter and pictures.  In it she tells you more about life during the terrible early days of the Pandemic and life now.  It is clear that much of the reason why no one starved in her Community was due to the work of the Amarok Women who vowed not to let that happen.  There are many wonderful stories and your Club should be very pleased with your contribution to Sathie’s education which has made so much possible for her.  We cannot thank you enough!
Barbara Malara
Amorak Team


March 2021

Khulna, Bangladesh.

Dear members of The Redondo Beach Rotary Club,

I hope all members are well during the COVID-19 situation. I am encouraging our slum people for online registration of COVID 19 Vaccine which has been started from the first week of February in our country. Our government is getting the vaccines from SARAM Health Institute, Indian. I want to take COVID vaccine but the citizens under 40s are not allowed for registration. Our country will need about 180,000,000 vaccines for a single dose to cover every person which is a doubtful goal to achieve in a few years. Is it possible or the richest country will give us free to get rid of the virus?

Twenty-five  Amarok Mothers of our school are still working as health volunteer that people wash hands constantly, wear face masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible for them. It is really difficult to maintain distancing as we live in a small compound, use common washroom, well, kitchen and our rooms are adjacent. Presently the number of infections has decreased. One of the reasons could be the immunity among the people has improved to fight against the virus. We are telling people to take vitamin ‘C’ through food first then supplementary and for regular basis, zinc ‘B’, ‘D’ through sunlight and maintain family health & hygiene. Every day I take a sunlight with my family members for an hour. We are very lucky for getting SUNLIGHT from the early morning.

You will be happy to know that during the food crisis of lockdown mothers of our school played a key role that nobody died without food in our slum. We decided to help each other from our ability and encouraged others to share food with them who had nothing to eat for the day considering their work security. During that situation, our slogan is “SERVING the HELPLESS”. We ensured every child is getting food and there are many evidences that mothers offered a meal to a hungry child sharing her own food. In our slum 13 families were in extreme need of food but other families helped them as long as they could manage a job for earning. Almost every mother of our school has children of their own and we understand how much a mother loves to her child. From that thinking mothers of our school operated a

FOOD BANK for 16 hungry children for 4 months from September to December 2020. Now we are not continuing this but collecting a fund and depositing to use that to overcome if another challenge comes in the future. We are grateful to or friends Jumur and Janu Begum who initiated and leaded the initiative and later on others with the initiative. Our schoolteacher Nadira Parvin played a key role from behind that we could do it successfully. We all live in a close compound and have a good relationship with each other. Even some poor families donated handful of rice, pulses and sometimes an egg as their contribution. Mothers of our school like Amena, Jannat, Begum every day went out visiting the wealthier household for collection food for the FOOD BANK. The mother Amena says, “It was not begging rather asking for the hungry poor children, I did not feel shy to ask as it gave me a great pleasure.”

With love,


The guest speaker this week was Stephanie Sampson. She spoke about the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) which is a multi-billion dollar project to expand service at the Los Angeles International Airport. LAX officials describe the project as relieving "congestion for people traveling to and from the fourth busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the U.S." The project's main focus is to add a people mover to the airport, though to accomplish this task requires several additional components - five in all. Among them are a people mover light rail system and more convenient car rental facilities. For full details click here to visit
Charitable & Humanitarians 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;
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)
Upcoming Speakers
Educational Tequila Tasting
Jun 23, 2021 6:30 PM
Outgoing Club President State of the Club
Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM
First meeting of Rotary new year. Nancy will review plans for the year
Jul 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Tai Chi in Veterans Park
Jul 14, 2021 12:00 PM
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