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President`s Message

The global pandemic of COVID19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. We have had to quickly change the way we live our lives and I suspect while some changes might be temporary, others might become the new norm.
 

We need to be able to adapt to the current situation and try to reduce disruption to activities that are important and meaningful to us. An example of this is our weekly luncheon meeting.
 

While we can not meet in person and enjoy the company of one another, the beautiful venue at the Blue Water Grill and the hospitality of our servers, it would be stating the obvious that our weekly meeting is critical for the continuance and growth of our club. Being Rotarians, we will persevere and forge ahead.
 

I am happy to announce that we will meet virtually starting next Wednesday, the 25th of March, and will continue to do so until it is safe for all of us to be in the same room, without social distancing. 
 

We will convert the challenge into an opportunity. We will use these virtual meetings to get to know one another better and continue the fellowship. We will therefore have our own club members give vocational or craft talks. We will have announcements and even some social time. As we get more accustomed to virtual meetings, we might even have speakers at our meetings. I will learn, with the rest of the club how this all pans out.

In case you are wondering why information regarding how to access the club Zoom meetings have been taken off this website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recommended to everyone who engages in video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to exercise great caution due to some lowlifes invading and disturbing Zoom conferences. The leadership of our club believes this is sound advice.  Click on the FBI website for more information
 

 

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Upcoming Speakers
Bob Shanman
Jun 10, 2020 12:30 PM
Wild Birds Unlimited

This week's speaker will offer a presentation about wild birds, and how to attract them to your backyard

 

Randy Meistrell
Jun 17, 2020 12:30 PM
Malibu Wildfire emergency support
Club Information

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
United States of America
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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 19, 2020
Fredrick "REDONDO BEACH -- Rotarian Fredrick "Rick" Wendorff has passed away due to COVID-19. A former dentist in his professional life, Rick joined the Redondo Beach Rotary Club following in the footsteps of his older brother, Ted. Rick was born on June 16, 1937.
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.