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Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel set in a fictional California surf town, Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist and Popmatters. He covered the 2011 trial of ten Somali pirates in Europe for Spiegel Online, then traveled to Somalia in early 2012 to research a book. He was kidnapped and held hostage for two and a half years.

He grew up in Redondo Beach and graduated from Mira Costa High School. His memoir about Somalia is due out from HarperCollins in mid-2018.

He’s covered the European migration crisis for Businessweek, and politics, travel, and literature for The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Daily Beast, and The L.A. Review of Books. He has received fellowships or grants from Fulbright, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Carey Institute for the Global Good.

Michael will talk about what it took to survive as a pirate hostage, centered on classical Stoicism.

Michael Scott Moore
Feb 07, 2018
 
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Mike Peterson grew up in coastal Florida and California where he developed a fascination for the ocean world at an early age. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Marine Biology before going to medical school at UC San Diego and then performing a residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Mike is now Vice Chair for Clinical Operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Mike has been a scuba diver and sailor for many years, and can often be found on his boat ChriSea. One of his areas of expertise is injuries encountered in the marine environment.

Dr Mike Peterson
Feb 14, 2018
 
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Judith Hersch is a certified Life Mastery Consultant, has an International MBA, a Professional Project Management (PMP) certification, and has worked with clients in such industries as Pharmaceutical, Medical,  IT and Aerospace, as well as Philanthropic organizations, clubs and more.  She has shared the stage with world-renowned author and speaker Mary Morrissey.

For more than 10 years, Judith has helped businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals set clear goals, accelerate results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.

During today's dynamic, interactive and fun training, participants will have an opportunity to define, design, and experience their vision of a life they would love to be living – and receive the blueprint for how to turn their greatest possibility into reality.

Judith Hersch
Feb 21, 2018
 
Feb 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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Jim Mellert was born in Honolulu while his father was a Navy dentist stationed at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor.  He grew up in the South Bay Area of LA enjoying body surfing and fishing at the Redondo Beach Pier and Redondo Barge.  He graduated from Rolling Hills High School where he played on the tennis team for 4 years. 

He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Point Loma College with a B.A. in Biology.  He then attended the USC School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors in pediatric dentistry and received the Gold Foil Operator’s Award. 

In 1982 he opened his dental practice in Torrance and this year celebrated his 35th year. His practice emphasis is cosmetic reconstructive dentistry including periodontal surgery and dental implants. Jim feels a sense of accomplishment when he is able to help a patient reduce their dental anxiety. He was awarded the Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry and Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Jim is a third generation dentist and his daughter, Jamie, is a fourth generation dentist.  All four Mellert dentists are graduates of USC.

Jim is married to his wife Kathy and they have a blended family of six children. He plays tennis every weekday morning. He was a member of Torrance Rotary from 1986-2002.

Jim Mellert
Feb 28, 2018
 
First Saturday of each month at 5th and Towne at 8am.
Mar 03, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
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Eli Gauna transferred his membership to the Redondo Beach Rotary Club several years ago from the Greater Van Nuys Rotary Club. He served as District 5260 District Governor 1991-92 (many years before the 2 districts merged).

Born in New Mexico, he moved with his family to the San Fernando Valley when he was very young.  Eli earned his B.A. from UCLA in international relations,  to law school at Southwestern University earning his J.D. in 1968 - starting his own law office in the San Fernando Valley, and was the first Spanish speaking attorney in the Valley at that time.

Besides being District Governor, the highlights of his Rotary career were representing the R.I. president to Cabo San Lucas, Merida MX and Santa Fe; also leading the GSE team in March 2010 to Nepal.

Eli Gauna
Mar 07, 2018
 
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Chuck Anderson will be presenting his craft talk while engaging you with his observations, anecdotes, jokes and true stories from his years as a CPA and Financial Planner

He has a B.S in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and a MBA in Finance from USC.

He is a Certified Financial Planner and Life Insurance agent with three security licenses. He's been self employed since 1989 as owner of his full service financial firm in Hermosa Beach.

He comes to us with over 28 years in the Rotary Clubs of Redondo Beach.

Chuck Anderson
Mar 14, 2018
 
Mar 21, 2018 – Mar 30, 2018
 
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Project ECHO provides an invigorating environment for high school students to learn about entrepreneurship through a year-long program that combines business fundamentals, mentoring, college field trips and activity-based learning. 

 

As Project ECHO’s Executive Director, Diane Quast is responsible for the overall management and administration of this emerging non-profit organization. Her focus has been on developing the internal capacity of the organization to allow for future strategic growth. Diane’s long tenure in the non-profit community brings expertise in fund raising, board & volunteer management, strategic planning and working with program staff to develop impactful programs. She has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience supporting local Los Angeles youth and education initiatives. 

 

Diane previously worked for Options – A Child Care and Human Services Agency , the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, Child and Family Guidance Clinic, CSU Dominguez Hills and the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross. Diane earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from California State University and her B.A. in Journalism from the American University in Washington, D.C. She became an entrepreneur in 2005 when she started a publishing company to self-publish her books which currently sell on her website along with popular book stores. Diane joined ECHO in 2013.

Diane Quast, M.P.A.
Mar 21, 2018
 
Mar 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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Connie Sullivan graduated from UCLA in 1981 and soon after joined Los Angeles County in the Division of Health, Safety and Disability Benefits. She began as an epidemiology analyst and eventually rose to become the division chief.  Eventually she transferred to the Chief Executive Office as manager of the Section of Data Integration, Evaluation Services and Urban Research.

Dr. Sullivan retired from Los Angeles County's Chief Executive Office in 2008. Since leaving the County she volunteered for the Los Angeles County District Attorney for five years and the Palos Verdes Estates CARES program for two years. She currently is active with the Citizens Climate Lobby and South Bay 350.org.  In 2017 Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed her to the Los Angeles County Citizens Economy and Efficiency Commission.

Dr. Sullivan received her Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Purdue University and a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology from UCLA.

Connie Sullivan
Mar 28, 2018
 
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Michelle Charfen is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. She is the founder of Centered Parenting and facilitates workshops for parents, educators and groups interested in strengthening their communication skills and fostering well-being. Participants in today's mini-workshop will be introduced to the theory of Nonviolent Communication as a tool to foster both compassion for oneself and others while navigating challenging situations.

Michelle has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University; an MD from Harvard Medical School; and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at UCLA. She received her training in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and lives with her husband Christian Horvath and three children in Redondo Beach, CA.

To learn more you can view Michelle’s TEDxTalk, Unconditional Positive Regard: The Power of Self Acceptance or visit http://michellecharfen.com for more information. 

Dr Michelle Charfen
Apr 04, 2018
 
First Saturday of each month at 5th and Towne at 8am.
Apr 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
 
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Mr. Henry Washington is a Military Veteran who spent over 6 years in the Navy. He has been affiliated with Title One, Peary Middle School as a volunteer gardening instructor since 2004. In the beginning Mr. Eddie Goodman, 3 Marines and Mr. Washington ran a boot camp for troubled youth in the garden until the district halted the program.

PCI Kenneth Jones introduced Henry to Redondo Beach Rotary and since that time our club has written 3 Community grants to benefit the middle-school aged youth who work in the garden under Henry’s supervision. When Henry speaks to the students he addresses them with respect and they listen.

Henry credits Mrs Board, who is now retired, with the leadership and passion for the garden which has allowed the Peary Middle School Peace Garden students and Redondo Beach Rotary to establish such a strong partnership.

Henry Washington
Apr 11, 2018
 
 
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Curt Mahoney was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He moved to Redondo Beach in 1994 and began to pursue his fire career in 1997. In 1998 he was hired as an auxiliary firefighter with the Inglewood Fire Department, in 2000 he became a Paid-Call firefighter with the Manhattan Beach Fire Department, and in 2002 he joined the Redondo Beach Fire Department (RBFD). He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2016 and currently serves as the RBFD liaison for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. 

Curt is happily married to his beautiful wife Kerry Mahoney for 11 years. They have two amazing children (Riley age 9 and Jake age 7).

Today, Curt will describe the CERT program and explain how participation in the program can benefit both individuals and their community in time of emergency.

Curt Mahoney
Apr 18, 2018
 
Apr 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Apr 21, 2018
 
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Millicent Hill, a.k.a. Mama Hill, a retired teacher with LAUSD, has, over her 45-year career as an award-winning educator, poet, and activist, changed the lives of thousands of youngsters through her innovative teaching style. Today she and her small staff cover an array of issues within the core curricula-from anger management to teen pregnancy-as most of her youngsters are living under the cloud of violence, grief, abandonment or abuse, which all too often impedes their ability to learn.

Mama Hill's Help is known by everyone in the community as a "safe haven". Many former gang members often stop by Mama Hill's to speak to the children about the dangers of gangs and drugs. Mama Hill's Help provides a safe and drug free place where every week neighborhood kids come to get help in tutoring, job skills training, violence and molestation prevention, gang intervention and prevention, anger management courses, conflict resolution, music appreciation, life skills, pregnancy prevention and abstinence, school exit exams, and college preparation.

Throughout its years of operation, Mama Hill's Help has achieved an amazing rate of success. Mama Hill's youth are thriving, as each receives a healthy dose of love and encouragement along with the tutoring, mentoring and counseling services the program provides.

75% of all graduates from Mama Hill's Help are gainfully employed.

80% of Mama Hill's Help students read above grade level

90% of Mama Hill's Help students have increased their social skills.

95% of the youth who have graduated from Mama Hill's Help, also graduated from high school. Many are now pursuing degrees at colleges across the nation.

100% of Mama Hill's Help students have been promoted to the next grade.

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Abdur Rahman has worked with youth for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. He is currently serving as the Instructor for MHH Tuesday classes. He is also COO of Mama Hill’s Help, Inc.

He is a recent recipient of the Club Champion of Public Speaking for Inglewood Toastmasters and President of 1913 Toastmasters. In addition he is a recipient of The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award.

His desire is to instill integrity and sharpen their Life Skills of the students to become good citizens.

Mama Hill and Abdur Rahman
Apr 25, 2018
 
 
First Saturday of each month at 5th and Towne at 8am.
May 05, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
 

The Redondo Beach Rotary Young Professional Group (YPG) is hosting its first monthly meeting in conjunction with the Redondo Beach Rotary Club from 6:30-9:00 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the R10 Social House and Restaurant located at 179 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 - https://r10socialhouse.com  

Spouses and companions are welcome. Dinner will not be served but hor d' oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.

NOTE: This event is being held in lieu of the club's regular Wednesday lunch meeting at the Blue Water Grill that day. All members should plan to attend and participate in this cocktail/reception type meeting, at which a YPG activity will take place.

Redondo Beach Young Professionals Meeting
May 09, 2018 6:30 PM
 
May 09, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
 
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Estera Borsca is President of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Los Angeles Chapter of an International NGO mobilizing over 100 professional attorneys and mediators in community projects, dialogues and fascilitations. She has been working in the helping field for 10 + years in multiple roles working with school age children and families.

Estera earned a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Policy, Law and Administration. She is a certified trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Suicide Prevention, Attachment Focused Therapy, Conflict Resolution and Mediation. She serves as a certified mediator for Orange County Court System, where she performs mediations in family law, civil harassment, small claims, law enforcement, employment law and community mediations.

Estera is passionate about peace building on a global level, women empowerment and breaking generational curses in children by complex trauma.

Estera Borsca, MA, LCSW
May 16, 2018
 
May 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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Thais Viana is a mother of 4 kids, a Social Justice Advocate, a Lieutenant in The Salvation Army and Corps Commanding Officer of the Redondo Beach Corps. She graduates in 2 weeks with a BA in Management with emphasis in the Non-Profit Sector and begins studying for her Masters in Public Relations in the Spring of 2019.

Thais is passionate about traveling, humanitarian work, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jesus & coffee. She believes that God loves all of his children and she is here to show that to the world. She was born and raised in Brasil, has lived in Mozambique (south east Africa) and for the past 10 years here in the USA.

She feels honored and humbled to have been elected our Redondo Beach Rotary Peace Chair for 2018-2019 and can’t wait to see all the projects we can do together. “I still believe we can change the world!"

Thais Viana
May 23, 2018
 
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Please join us to honor and show appreciation for our club's longest and most mature fellow Rotarian, Dr. Ted Wendorff. Brief tributes will be provided by the following people:

Dr. Bruce Logan (past president)

Rick Mendoza (past president/past district governor)

Steve Aspel (past president/past mayor)

Eli Gauna (past president/past district governor)

Karen Weigel (past president)

Family members Todd(son), Kim(wife) and Dr. Rick(brother)

Club Members and Family of Ted Wendorff
May 30, 2018
 
First Saturday of each month at 5th and Towne at 8am.
Jun 02, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 

In lieu of our usual noontime club meeting at the Blue Water Grill on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, we will hold the annual Club Foundation Scholarship Awards Reception that evening at the Samba Brazilian Steakhouse starting at 6PM. The address of the restaurant is 207 N Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The event will include hor d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a cash bar.

Rotary Club Foundation Student Scholarship Awards
Jun 06, 2018 6:00 PM
 

Moe Isono and Kai Yawalkar, our club's Rotary Exchange Students, will talk about their experiences this past year and  their plans for the future.

Moe Isono and Kai Yawalkar
Jun 13, 2018
 
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Redondo Beach Rotary Club President Walter Campbell will review the club's activities and accomplishments during the past year under his leadership.

 

Walter was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Arizona and Texas.   His father played professional football (Chicago, now Arizona Cardinals) and worked in sales. During WW II,  his mother at age 19 worked as an accounting manager at Boeing, managing some 40 female payroll clerks, all older than herself, some of which were the mothers of her high school girlfriends.  She was so glad the Americans won the war so she could leave Boeing and concentrate on raising 3 sons, even though only one of which, Walter, was especially well-behaved.  She later worked as a primary school office manager in Tulsa.

 

After Permian HIgh School in Odessa, Texas, the school made infamous via book, movie and TV show as “Friday Night Lights”,  and where he played football and basketball, Walter went east to Harvard College, studied psychology, sociology and economics, threw the javelin for Varsity Track, and graduated (AB ‘67). He studied sociology in England on a Rotary scholarship and then worked for Merrill Lynch in NYC.  He then went to Harvard Business School, studied finance and graduated (MBA ‘71).  

Walter worked as a management consultant at Cambridge Research Institute and then as an independent consultant in Boston focussing on strategy and finance.   He later joined Isys Corporation,  a small software and financial information company, as co-founder and Managing Director.   Isys was sold to Lotus Corp which was later bought by IBM. After that, he partly owned and managed several small businesses, the only successful one being City Gardens, Inc., a horticulture company which was sold to Rentokil, a large UK building maintenance company. He then joined with Forest Properties, Inc., in Cambridge,  and has spent the last 20 years or so investing in real estate, mainly in New England and New York. He moved to California in 2006, motivated by the arrival of grandson Luke, a future Rotarian who was recently drafted to help with the backpacks project.

Along the way, Walter married and had three children (Jason, entrepreneur, martial arts teacher and musician; Kirsten, financial services executive; and Robin, Broadway dancer, actor and singer). He has 8 grandchildren, Luke, Connor & Sadie in Manhattan Beach, Jake in Wichita and Mary in Phoenix, and William, Henry & Clara in NYC.

His current interests include grandchildren, Rotary, Shakespeare, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, investing, going to the gym, personal financial planning, struggling with low interest rates, Rotary and hoping for the best.

Walter Campbell
Jun 20, 2018
 
Jun 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
 
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Michael Gin currently serves as a Principle Information Systems Analyst and Project Manager for the LA County Department of Health Services. He previously served as Mayor of Redondo Beach from 2005 to 2013. He also currently serves as an Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Civic Leader for Space Superiority, a role that will be the focus of his presentation.

Mike received a BS degree in Computer Science from USC in 1984 and graduated as a David Bohnet Fellow from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University in 2007. He has received numerous awards including the Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award from the White House in 2013. He lives in Redondo Beach with his spouse Christopher Kreidel and is an Honorary Member of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.

The Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Civic Leaders for Space Superiority is a major command-level program whose membership is comprised of respected, influential civilian leaders selected from across the United States. Program members are influential civilians who are in the position to advocate for Air Force Space Command and Air Force issues.  They provide AFSPC leaders insight into state and regional viewpoints and help secure community and governmental support for Air Force Space Command programs, installations and personnel. 

Michael (Mike) Gin
Jun 27, 2018
 
First Saturday of each month at 5th and Towne at 8am.
Jul 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Club Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month.
Jul 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Jul 22, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM