Event Types

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 - 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.

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

The South Bay Aerospace Alliance

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. 

The title of Mike's talk will be Our United States Air Force: Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region; The South Bay Aerospace Alliance – Supporting the Airmen at Los Angeles Air Force Base .



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 19, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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
Jul 31, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

"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 02, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Aug 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Walk the Ridge: Promoting Civility Within Our Differences

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 https://walktheridge.org


Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Aug 14, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

HOPE, Inc: Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis for People with Developmental Disabilities

NOTE: Today's meeting will take place at 6:30PM at the HT Grill in downtown Redondo Beach.

Ian Nevarez graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a BA dregee in 2006. He first worked as an AmeriCorps member developing innovative literacy programs for low-income children living in affordable housing communities in Santa Ana. He then joined LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natrual Community) where he oversaw statewide expansion of programs to 30 locations that housed low-income families, seniors and special needs populations. He is currently Manager of Community Relations with HOPE (Housing Ownership for Personal Empowerment) and he administers the day-to-day operations of Lanterman Housing Alliance, an industry association comprised of organizations throughout California that serve the housing needs of people with developmental disabilities. 


Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Aug 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Aug 16, 2018
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Aug 16, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 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
Aug 25, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.

NOTE: Nikki Parsons, one of our new Young Professionals Group members, will present her Craft Talk during the lunch portion of the meeting.

Aug 29, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

It's All About The Club

A Rotarian since 2000, Joe Vasquez is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellflower. He served as Centennial President of the club in 2004-2005. Since then, Joe has served in various leadership roles at the District level. He has received the District Rotarian of the Year Award and the RI Service Above Self Award. In addition to organizing major District events, Joe has been involved in the organization of District-wide humanitarian trips throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.

Joe began a 25-year career in hospital administration following undergrad and graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach. In 1996 he started a mechanical and electrical contracting business which today serves LA and Orange counties. Joe has served on several community boards and remains active in Long Beach, where he and his wife Rozangela live. 

Joe has two daughters and two grandchildren. They all live near each other and they spend a lot of time together. He and Rozangela are Major Donors. Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society each year. The most rewarding Rotary moments for Joe and Rozangela come from enjoying fellowship events with Rotarians and participating in humanitarian service projects.      

Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Redondo Beach Police Reserve Program

Mike Stark has volunteered as a Reserve Police Officer for the Redondo Beach Police Department for 45 years.  He serves as the Reserve Commander for the Reserve Corps.

In Mike’s capacity as a reserve officer, he has worked in most areas of the department, including patrol, investigations, the beach patrol, and he is a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team.  The majority of his time is spent in patrol, usually on the weekend either on the swing or graveyard shift.  In August 2005, Mike was selected as the Reserve Officer of the Year for the State of California. 

When Mike is not working at the Department, he is a business executive, currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of American Financial Network Advisory Services LLC.  He has also served as a member of various boards of directors. 

Mike was selected by the Redondo Beach Rotary Club to receive honorary membership in Rotary International and received the Paul Harris Award in 2010 due to his volunteer work in the Redondo Beach community.

Mike met his wife Tracy when she was a dispatcher for the Redondo Beach Police Department over 43 years ago and they celebrated their 42nd Wedding anniversary in May. They have four fabulous adult children and three grandchildren and reside in Westlake Village. .

Sep 19, 2018
Sep 20, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sep 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

From Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency

David Prentice is the Assistant Director of Philanthropy for The Midnight Mission, a nonprofit that offers a way to self-sufficiency for the homeless families of Los Angeles. His own experience with alcoholism and surrender helped lead him to his life of service.


Prior to his work at The Midnight Mission David was a Sales Professional for several high end boat/yacht companies. And prior to that he served with distinction in the United States Army’s 194th Armored Division as an Armored Crewman.


He has a Masters level certification in Family & Relationship Counseling,  is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and holds an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies.


He and his wife Bernadette live in Downey CA with their precious dog Butch, (ask, he always has a picture).

Sep 26, 2018

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce

Oct 03, 2018
Oct 04, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Surf City Theatre Company

Oct 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Rotary Craft Talks

Oct 17, 2018
Oct 18, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Nov 01, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM