Club Information
Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill (Temporarily on Zoom)
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
United States of America
The meeting alternates between in-person and Zoom. Visiting Rotarians should check the club's website for the meeting schedule. For Zoom access, contact our Club Service Chair, Mike Stark, at

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.

July 2021
Sathie Khatun
Khulna, Bangladesh.

Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,

I hope you are well. We also started to move our life during the fewer infection of COVID but recently the 2nd wave with a higher infection and deaths have fallen us again in another disaster of livelihood crisis. You know we have a daughter. I’m happy with my family although have struggles with livelihood. But I have not given up the hope, my school has given me courage and lesson that there will be ups and down in life and we have fight to overcome the situation.


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 & 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
Review of his role as City Manager as he prepares to Retire

Mr. Hoefgen was appointed City Manager in January 2015 by the Mayor and City Council  following an open recruitment process.   Prior to becoming the Interim City Manager in April 2014, he was the Redondo Beach Community Services Director for approximately three years. 

He previously served as the City Manager of Palos Verdes Estates (2007-2011) and as Assistant City Manager of Del Mar (1992-2007).  His prior work experience includes the City of Encinitas and working for two cities in Texas – San Antonio and University Park.  Hoefgen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Emporia State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Kansas.

Joe serves on the Board of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Redondo Beach Round Table, and has volunteered with a number of civic and non-profit organizations over the years. Joe is married to his wife, Audrey, and they have two adult children, Michelle and Michael.

Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Global Grant - Venezuelan Refugees
Oct 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Amarok Society
Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Craft Talk
Oct 20, 2021 12:00 PM
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