Speaker Date Topic
Michael (Mike) Gin Jun 27, 2018
US Air Force Civic Leader Program
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. 

July 4th Jul 04, 2018
No Meeting
Jim Stickler, RB Rotary Club President Jul 11, 2018
Rockin’ Rotary, It’s Going To Be a Great Year!
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.

Bill Brand, Mayor of Redondo Beach Jul 18, 2018
State of the City
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.”

Eli Gauna Jul 25, 2018
The McMartin Preschool Case
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.

Dr Diane Birnbaumer Aug 01, 2018
"Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Short History of Women in Medicine in the U.S."
"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.

Nellie Ambrose Aug 08, 2018
Walk the Ridge
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 https://walktheridge.org


Young Professionals Group Evening Meeting Aug 15, 2018

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.

Keith Kaufmann, RB Chief of Police Aug 22, 2018
What's new at the RBPD?
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.

Sue Johnson Aug 29, 2018
Scoring at US Open Golf Championships - Expect the Unexpected.
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.

Robert Metzger, RB Fire Chief Sep 05, 2018
Joe Vasquez, Rotary 5280 District Governor Sep 12, 2018
It's All About The Club
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.      

Mike Stark Sep 19, 2018
Redondo Beach Police Reserve Program
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. .