Event Types

Rotary International Foundation

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.

Mar 07, 2018

2+2=4 - Accountants Have a Sense of Humor, Too


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.

Mar 14, 2018
Mar 21, 2018 – Mar 30, 2018

Project ECHO

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.

Mar 21, 2018
Mar 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Citizens Climate Lobby

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  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.

Mar 28, 2018

Centered Living: Transforming Conflict with Compassionate Communication

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 for more information. 

Apr 04, 2018
Apr 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

RB Rotary Collaboration with Peary Middle School

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.

Apr 11, 2018

Redondo Beach CERT Program

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.

Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Apr 21, 2018

Dealing With the Needs of Children

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.


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.

Apr 25, 2018

Annual RBRC Community Foundation Meeting

May 02, 2018
May 05, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Redondo Beach Young Professionals Meeting


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 -  

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.

May 09, 2018 6:30 PM
May 09, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Peace Conversation Facilitator Program

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.

May 16, 2018
May 16, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Craft Talk

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!"

May 23, 2018

Tribute to Ted Wendorff

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)

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

May 30, 2018
Jun 02, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

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.

Jun 06, 2018 6:00 PM

Exchange Student Presentations

Moe Isono and Kai Yawalkar, our club's Rotary Exchange Students for 2017-18, will talk about their experiences this past year and  their plans for the future.

Jun 13, 2018

The Year in Review

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.

Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

US Air Force Civic Leader Program

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.

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. 

Jun 27, 2018

No Meeting

Jul 04, 2018
Jul 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Rockin’ Rotary, It’s Going To Be a Great Year!

Jim Stickler is a Rotarian and a Golfer, not necessarily in that order.

Jim's career has spanned jobs as an Industrial Engineer for a military and a commercial products company, consulting services for one of the major Public Accounting firms, founder and president of a software sales, development, education and consulting firm specializing in software for manufacturing companies.

He has also owned a manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment located in Perris, CA.

Jim returned to manufacturing systems consulting in 2006 and joined Rotary in 2012 in Oak Park Illinois.  Moving to Redondo Beach in 2014 he was fortunate to find a great Rotary Family in Redondo Beach.

Jim was formerly with the Doo Wop group “Stuck In The Fifties”,  Singing and living a dream.

Jul 11, 2018
Jul 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Jul 15, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

State of the City

Bill Brand became mayor of Redondo Beach in 2017. He has lived in the South Bay Area for 46 years – 24 in Redondo Beach. He received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He's worked 38 years for a major airline at LAX. 

Bill says “I’m inspired by the potential of what Redondo Beach can become, North and South, and inspired by the residents who are working so hard to protect our quality of life.”

Jul 18, 2018
Jul 22, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The McMartin Preschool Case

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.

Jul 25, 2018

"Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Short History of Women in Medicine in the U.S."

Dr. Birnbaumer is residency trained in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Currently a Senior Clinical Educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Birnbaumer was Associate Program Director there for nearly 20 years. 

Dr. Birnbaumer has presented over 2,000 lectures locally, nationally and internationally on clinical and educational topics, and has a particular interest in teaching the teachers.  She has received several national awards, including the Outstanding Speaker of the Year and the Outstanding Contribution to Education Awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Aug 01, 2018
Aug 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Walk the Ridge

While a career as a marketing representative at IBM and an office manager for a chiropractic clinic helped ‘pay the bills’, Nellie has been a ‘wantrepreneur’ for over 25 years and keeps an active log of business ideas of which some are pursued; others reserved ‘for a later date’. While living in Virginia she established a home-based cupcake business named, ‘Sweet Nellies’, that expanded into cookies and cakes.

Currently Nellie is working on what she hopes will be her most gratifying accomplishment, Walk the Ridge, which is a social movement to restore civility and tolerance among people of different opinions and ideologies. This ‘business with a purpose’ has become her life mission and she is taking the message across the country to promote individuals building Circles of Civility in order to realize a kinder more civil nation.

Nellie is and always has been an active volunteer in the communities in which she has resided.While living in Manhattan Beach she has been involved as a program manager for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Leadership Manhattan Beach, Special Olympics, Mira Costa PTSA, Mira Costa Bands, and is on the board of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, among other causes.

Nellie was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo and has lived in 8 different cities before coming to the beautiful city of Manhattan Beach, three years ago. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, running, biking and exploring beautiful SoCal.

You can learn more about the Walk the Ridge movement by going to


Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


The Redodo Beach Rotary Club Young Professional Group will host an evening meeting in lieu of the club's usual lunch meeting. The time and place will be posted at a later date.

Aug 15, 2018
Aug 16, 2018
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

What's new at the RBPD?

Keith Kauffman has been a police officer since 1994 for the City of Hawthorne. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including patrol, gangs, narcotics, SWAT and more. He has served as a team-member and commander and is a two-time “Medal of Valor” recipient. He achieved the rank of Captain in 2008 and began working on the Coffee with a Cop program in 2011. Captain Kauffman was selected as the new Chief of Police for the Redondo Beach in October of 2015. 


Chief Kaufmann holds a BA Degree from UCLA in Spanish Literature/Linguistics and an MS Degree from CSDHU in Negotiations/Conflict Management. He is also the 2014 graduate of the California POST Command College, Class 55, and winner of the Dorothy Harris Award for his published journal article. 


Keith enjoys surfing, spearfishing, motocross, and competing with his 15-yr-old son for the highest number of emergency room visits.

Aug 22, 2018

Scoring at US Open Golf Championships - Expect the Unexpected.

Sue Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  She received a BA degree from Wittenberg University and a Masters degree from Kent State University.  She moved to Manhattan Beach, California in 1996 when she got married.

While in Cleveland,  she taught Junior High / Middle School Mathematics for 25 years.  She received the Math Teacher of the Year Award from both the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  

Sue loves to use her mathematics skills in helping with scoring and statistics for various sporting events.  She started working at professional golf tournaments in 1973 and started travelling to help with scoring on the Champions Tour in 1989. 

Sue has been involved with helping with professional golf tournaments since 1973.  She started travelling for PGA tournaments starting in 1989.  In 1996, Sue started working with the USGA at the US Open Championships, running Scoring Central.

Sue has previously spoken about how the scoring at championships is done. This time she will relate some of the behind the scenes stories about the 2017 US Opens.

Aug 29, 2018