Patel Discusses Freedom Foundation

October 28,2020:  Nina Patel, managing Director of the Friendship  Foundation, was our speaker this week. The Freedom Foundation has chapters in 35 schools in the Los Angeles area. It is dedicated to providing friendship to  families with children with special needs.
Patel described the several programs the Friendship Foundation offers. Among them are online programs, school programs, programs for children 5-12 , teens 13-17 , and adult programs.
Patel said  the programs are socially integrated and inclusive, offer a diverse selection of enrichment and social programs, are affordable, and are not therapy based. Moreover, the programs are natural and offer an organic  environment that is accepting, friendly, and safe where all children  learn, grow, develop and thrive.
Patel Discusses Freedom Foundation 2020-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

A Land Boom is Coming

October 14, 2020:  California is about to see the greatest shift of wealth in  its history, said Yuko Saito-Rodriguez. “And transportation is the heat of it.” She was our luncheon speaker today.
Yuko is a regional manager for Velur Enterprises, a leading Southern California land management firm.
She cited numerous metrics showing the growth of investment in Southern California, many of them having to do with electrification.
“We see 10 billion tons of freight moving in Los Angeles alone. We are seeing the greatest shift from fossil fuels to electric vehicles. A Saudi oil minister recently commented the oil age will end.”
“Battery storage companies are popping up almost daily.” she said. “Governor Newsome has signed an order banning fossil fueled cars by 2035. He wants every household in the state  to have access to solar power by 2025. And there are 42 major vehicle manufactures in California. They create jobs,”
A Google search turn up numerous solar farms in California. “In 2019, solar PV and solar thermal power plants produced 28,463 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy or 14.2 percent of California's in-state generation portfolio. A total of 748 operating Solar power plants," Google notes, “The largest currently operating solar farm in the U.S. is the 579-MW Solar Star installation which came online in 2015.”with an installed capacity about 12,338 megawatts, are in California.”
“Amazon recently announced that the company will have 100,000 electric delivery vehicles,” she said
Apple became the most valuable company in the world. And NextEra took over Exon Mobile in worth, she noted.
We will see the biggest land rush in California in the near future, she commented.
A Land Boom is Coming 2020-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

DG Bette Hall Visits With Redondo Beach Rotarians

Rotary District 5280 Governor Bette Hall visited with Redondo Beach “Rotarians at this week’s Zoom luncheon meeting. Governor Hall discussed a range of topics with South Bay Rotarians.
Foremost, was her personal commitment to community service. “We live in strange and challenging times,” she said. She commented the Rotary clubs in the district are continuing their humanitarians and charitable work despite the Covid-19 pandemic. “We give back.”
Currently the district has a drive to get volunteer items for young Marine families stationed at the El Toro Marine base in Southern California. “It is the perfect opportunity to give back” as many young families live on base while their Marine is elsewhere on the planet serving a tour of duty. “There is a great need for baby supplies such as diapers,” she said.
She shared the story of a young wife who returned to the base from Japan and commented, “My children have a bed to sleep in” due to the generosity of Rotarians. She told the story of another young family the “received a brand new house. Maybe not as fancy as we live in, but a new home to them none-the-less. They are  so grateful for anything they receive. We are unique in the world,” she said.

After Governor Hall’s comments, President Nancy Langdon gave out several awards. Among them: a Paul Harris Fellows to Walter Campbell, a Fresh Face in Rotary Award to Lauren Campbell (no relation), and Dogoodry Awards to LeeAnn Robinson, George Schane, Jeff Weigel, Conrad Siegel and Eli Gauna.
President Nancy announced a $200.00 donation to Polio Plus from the club in honor of Governor Hall’s presence. Nancy also reminded us that October 26th is World Polio Day.
DG Bette Hall Visits With Redondo Beach Rotarians 2020-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones Named President of Rotary International

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

Jennifer Jones Named President of Rotary International 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Weigel Reports on Community Foundation Status

August 19, 2020:  This Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach was the annual meeting of the club’s  Community Foundation. Jeff Weigel, president of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Community Foundation, gave this report:

Up until February the things were progressing on an even keel, said Weigel. We worked on our structure and disciplines, we moved online accounting and we started an Endowment Fund. Walter will talk more about Endowment later.
Then in February COVID hit hard. It brought the cancellation of our annual fund raiser – our source of charitable funds for the year.
Thanks to the efforts of Jim Stickler, Laurel Cameron, Amy Zimmerman, Karen and a whole group of club member – our sponsors and donors stood behind us as we moved to an on-line auction. Through these efforts we were able to generate over $50K – equal to what we’ve raised in previous years.
Faisal and the previous board responded quickly to new COVID challenges redirecting funds - as a new board followed a new procedural to develop and submit a budget – that the Foundation quickly approved.
Challenges still loom in front of us.
Nancy Langdon and her Club her service chairs face the challenges of executing on projects in new disruptive environments and on being both disciplined and nimble as new needs arise.
Being disciplined and nimble is best served by solid governance. I want to thank Club Governance committee members: Michael Carmical. Jean Scully, Nancy Weisel, Eli Gauna, James Jackman, Jim Sheehy, Gayle Bailey and Karen Weigel. From the Foundation side: Jim Stickler, Vicki Raidel, Bob Hockberger and Walter Campbell.
Well over a hundred hours have gone into this effort. The foundation team reviewed, modified or generated seven policies and procedures and made our recommendations to the Club Governance Committee. Our board approved these documents and our recommendation. The documents, along with our financials posted in a public documents area. The club governance committee has made their recommendations to their board which is up for consideration tonight.
These policies and procedures not only document how we do things for new board members -they also provide the information Michael DeSantis needs as he works on how our foundation is viewed by independent rating services. A little later Bob Hockberger will go through the documents and how to find our Public Documents page. Michael DeSantis will talk about the rating services.
Right after this meeting Laurel started to generate an Annual Report targeted at potential donors and sponsors. In it, we will lay out in writing the case for “Why Rotary.”
This is what the Foundation is doing so far in support of Nancy Weisel, next year’s club president, in her search for ways of raising money in this upcoming challenging year.
Jim Stickler reported the extra funds we’ve held in reserve in case of fundraising downfalls.
Vicki Radel  talked about the Membership Annual Report distributed to each of you before this meeting.
It is a challenging year and all working together we will rise to the challenge.
click below to read the annual report:
Weigel Reports on Community Foundation Status 2020-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Fire Chief
 Metzger Talks With Rotarians

This week our speaker was Redondo Beach Fire Chief Robert Metzger.  As part of his role, Metzger also serves as the city's harbormaster, overseeing King Harbor. He has professional experience in fire administration, water rescue, paramedic programs and heavy rescue, according to the city.
Prior to his current job in Redondo Beach, Metzger served as the fire chief in Golden Gate, Fla. for five years. He previously was a deputy fire chief in Toledo, Ohio. He received his bachelor of science degree in fire safety and engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in public administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, according to the news release. He is a graduate of the executive fire officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
He spoke about issues facing the Redondo Beach Fire Department and how the  local department is working with Los Angeles County fire officials. He gave a detailed background of the negotiations between the Redondo Beach City Council and county fire officials. He said that despite the current Covid-19  pandemic, the department has developed protocols permitting firemen to continue providing service to area residents.
"Firemen in our department are required to wear masks at all times they are in the firehouse," he said. "Even I have to wear a mask on premises"
During a Q&A period he was asked what effect the concept of defunding police was having in Redondo Beach.  "Surprisingly, it has little traction," he said. When asked about the wildfire season, he said, "We are part of a state compact that requires us to cooperate with other departments. Our people have been as far as the Oregon border and down to San Diego. It is a very effective system."
Fire Chief Metzger Talks With Rotarians 2020-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

The Tiny Rotary Club of Taveuni Has a Biog Footprint in Fiji

Today’s luncheon was a peek into the future of technology. Three members of the Rotary Club of Taveuni in far-away Fiji spoke to Redondo Beach Rotarians via Zoom. Fiji is an island nation that is about 5,000 miles away in the South Pacific Two of our members, Karen and Jeff Weigel, have a second home there.

Taveuni Rotarians Terri Gorton, Helene Brown, secretary and Paul Purvis, president, gave us a tour of some of the projects their club, which is comprised of only about 10 members, sponsors. Several of their projects were with cooperation of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.

Helene Brown noted their club has sponsored the Taveuni Eye Project for 15 years. More than 10,000 Fijians--out of a total population of less than 900,000 people on 118 inhabited island--have had eye surgeries, mostly cataract surgeries. Funding for the eye clinic comes from the Rotary Foundation Global Grants, and clubs such as ours.

In addition, Taveuni Rotarians have facilitated a pre-school system, added classrooms and facilities to many of the local school, provide family and education support for uniforms and books.

Through the efforts of the Weigel’s, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has worked with Taveuni Rotarians to bring disaster relief after a typhoon devastated the island of Taveuni, scabies eradication, pre-school teacher training, clean water and sanitation projects, training on chemical disposal procedures and vocational training around clean water.

Among the current projects of the Taveuni Rotary is raising funds for a scholarship program, the rebuilding of a community hall devastated by cyclone Winston and a Rotary Podcast studio.

For a tiny 10-member club, the Rotary Club of Taveuni clearly reaches out worldwide in its personification of Rotary’s humanitarianism.

The Tiny Rotary Club of Taveuni Has a Biog Footprint in Fiji 2020-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Mama Hill  Remembers John Lewis

At a recent club Zoom meeting, President Nancy asked PDG Vicki Radel to share her experience with Mama Hill, a past speaker at our club.
Vicki said, “Mama Hill was forced to quit teaching due to crippling arthritis and opened her home to at risk youth for after school tutoring, ethics classes and support. Since then thousands of students have passed through her doors and into her heart for guidance and help. She is my mentor.” Vicki noted that Mama Hill’s ex was a roommate of John Lewis, who died last week, when they attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. years ago.
Vicki recounted that her maternal grandfather was from Nashville. So, on a recent trip there she recounted, “I intentionally marched the same route they had taken from Fisk University to the police station. I walked alone. Tears were rolling down my face due to the impact of what it must have been like for them, having bottles and axe handles thrown at them, when all they wanted was to have the right to vote.”
Mama Hill sent Vicki a personal tribute about John Lewis for her to read to the club titled, “In Loving Memory of John Lewis.”. Mama Hill described John Lewis as a brilliant gentleman and scholar, proud of his people. loyal, a man of great integrity, very quiet, a great leader, and “his strength rose in his voice whenever he spoke of injustice or oppression…We always felt that he was a close servant to God.”
She also wrote, “His voice resonates throughout United States. Even now his truth will march on to awaken others to change. He is here even more so now than before. John Lewis you are a mighty, mighty man. Your soul looks at us with a steadfast Hold. You will see God, but you will also still be heard by people forever. AMEN!

Mama Hill had a message for our club as well.  “I want the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach to know how invaluable your ongoing support is to the families we service at MHH and how much we appreciate you caring about the community. . . Without your help the children would go hungry. You Redondo Beach Rotarians have literally saved many lives over the years by your undying support.”
Mama Hill  Remembers John Lewis 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Common's of Paul's Photo Addresses Club

This week’s luncheon speaker, Mark Common of Paul’s Photo, has led 10 safari trips to Africa, and is planning number 11 next July. Hopefully.
That was among the tib bits he shared with us today. His main topic though was “The Changes in Retail Business Today.”  He is vice president of Paul’s Photo, a small camera business in the Torrance.
He outlined several challenges to the retail industry today. Among them online shopping, increased costs, and unfair competition. “Many competitors are free of the regulations that we have to follow,” he said. “As a result, we’re seeing a destruction of the tax base; we pay sales tax to government to fund city services such as police and trash collection.  We’re seeing many small businesses leaving, resulting in empty streets. All that results in lower employment opportunities,” he said.
“I started to work with my Dad, who started our business in 1961,” he said. “Most of you (speaking to Rotarians) got your first job in a small business. With the erosion of small businesses today, where will our youth get their first jobs? Without small business opportunities the opportunities for the first-work experience evaporate.”
“We make 4% profit from the sale of a $1,000 camera after paying discounts, the wholesale margin, sales tax, etc.” he said, adding, “Moreover, the camera business has gone from single lens reflex to cell phones to mirrorless cameras.” Commons demonstrated the difference by broadcasting to  the Rotary Club via a camera lens--extraordinarily clear quality--rather than the television cameras--cell phone quality--Rotarians typically use for Zoom meetings.
Common’s secret to success includes being nimble, diversifying, and experiential marketing. “When you come into our store you get to talk to a real person,” he said, explaining when experiential marketing is. His business, he added, is divided between the camera store, developing film in the laboratory, and the Academy where he teaches photography.
Several Rotarians say they have worked with Mark Common for up to 40 years. Among them are Steve Aspel and Nancy Langdon.
Mark’s email address is: and the company’s website is
Common's of Paul's Photo Addresses Club 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

RBPD Teaches Rotarians Gun Safety

Posted on Feb 11, 2020
About 35 members of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach participated in a gun safety class at the shooting range of the Redondo Beach Police Department.  The event. The event was held on Saturday, February 11th.  "Civilians don't normally have access to the range," said Rotarian and commander of the Reserve unit of the Redondo Beach Police Department. "Our objective was to teach gun safety," he said, and we taught Rotarians to shoot a 9mm pistol, a .45mm pistol and a long rife." The Rotary Club has long raised funds for the Reserves' activities. It recently donated $5,000  to the reserves from the Rotary Club's Community Foundation.
RBPD Teaches Rotarians Gun Safety 2020-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Beer Pour at Redondo Beach SuperBowl Sunday 5K/10K Run

Posted on Feb 02, 2020
Rotarians once again did the honors after the city’s Superbowl Sunday 10K & 5K Run. We poured beer – free, two cans each!  The club has been pouring beer for decades. The first batch of runners – hundreds if not thousands -- came about 45 minutes after the start of the 5K. Then, an hour later, the main group of runners showed up after completing the 10K run. Their reward, because there can be only one winner per race, two cans Michelob Lite. Shown above are Rotarians who worked the booth.
Beer Pour at Redondo Beach SuperBowl Sunday 5K/10K Run 2020-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Founding Members of Community Foundation

Posted on Jan 30, 2020
All Redondo Beach Rotarians in this picture have contributed or pledged $5,000 toward the Redondo Beach Rotary Club Community Foundation’s endowment fund. That fund will enable the club to continue to do good work in the community and farther afield.

From left to right: Faisal Hashmi, Jeff Weigel (current chairman of the Foundation), George Schane, Sue Johnson Colette Paul, Bill Paul, Karen Weigel, Walter Campbell, Vicki Radel, Anne Shea, Jean Scully, and Jim Stickler. (There are other founding contributors who were not in attendance today and will be featured in the coming weeks.)
Founding Members of Community Foundation 2020-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Sue Johnson Craft Talk

Sue Johnson was our featured today.  She recounted anecdotes from her 25-year career scoring PGA golf tournaments. Starting with the first tournament she scored, the Gatlin Brothers Open in Texas, she gave an insider’s view of nationally televised golf events. She has scored events such as the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, the 2019 Women’s Open, the 2019 Senior Open, etc. Johnson most recently scored events from Scoring Central where she keeps track of 18 screens simultaneously – one for each hole. Among the calls she has received: hot dogs to hole 7,   players need water, the standing of players, weather warnings, and a message that a golf cart is running away; turns out someone forgot to set the brakes.
Sue Johnson Craft Talk 2020-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

City Councilman Updates Rotary Club

Redondo Beach City Councilman Nils Nehrenhein gave a presentation today about developments in the city, and also legislative initiatives by the council to address community issues.
He said there are "three major issues in the city: waterfront and power plant developments, the Rivera Village, and general city business."
Referring to the power plan he said, "It is being sold. But it is up for a vote by the people who will be affected."  He envisions the land to be used as a park.
He added the "major expense in the city budget is pension costs"
City Councilman Updates Rotary Club 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Donation From Morgan Stanley Foundation

The Redondo Beach Rotary Club Community Foundation received a contribution from the Morgan Stanley Foundation today in the amount of $1,500. Presenting the check to Jim Stickler, treasurer of the club's Community Foundation, was Steven Scerra (r), an employee of Morgan Stanley in Torrance, California. Scerra is also a past president of the club.

The Morgan Stanley Foundation is proud to support organizations who offer services to Children's health, community, education, human services, and environmental protection.
The contribution is only made via company employees who volunteer 50 hours or more annually to non-profit organizations.
Donation From Morgan Stanley Foundation 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0


At today’s weekly luncheon, members of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club heard about efforts by Heal-the-Bay to clean up Santa Monica Bay. The group has been in the forefront of successful efforts to protect the local environment since its founding in 1985 when residents banded together to bring an end to the dumping of raw sewage into Santa Monica Bay.
Today’s speaker, Jim La Vally, a volunteer spokesman with Heal-the-Bay, said the major problem in the Bay is “urban runoff and trash. Pollution has a big impact in our Bay.” He said that plastic is the biggest problem, noting further that 60% to 80% of the marine debris worldwide is plastic, and that 90% of the debris floating in the ocean is plastic.” He added, “70% of the oxygen we breath every day is produced by seaweed and phytoplankton.”
Due to advocacy efforts by the organization, and other environmentalists in the region, “We no longer find plastic in the Bay beaches.” Heal-the-Bay is supporting a single-use plastics reduction ordinance that the City of Redondo  Beach is currently considering. The City has also banned various balloons because when they burst and fall into the ocean they look like foods that fish would eat.
The organization sponsors what it calls Nothing But Sand beach cleanups along the Bay.  The next one for Redondo Beach  is scheduled for February 15th at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon  at Torrance Beach.
“People in the L.A. region are very aware of this problem,” he said. Contact Heal the Bay at
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Club's Rotary Exchange Student Reports

Today we heard from Cicella Rubin, the Rotary  Exchange student our club sponsored in 2019.  She was a guest at today’s luncheon of James Jackman, the District 5280 Youth Exchange Officer, and gave her report to the club about her year abroad.  Cicella spent her Junior year in high school in Slovakia, a landlocked country in Central Europe. There she spent a little over 10 months and lived with several Rotary  families. While there she learned a cursory level of the language. The district initially made contact with her at a local organization called A Place Called Home and gave her a scholarship to help defray costs.  She was one of about 8,000 students worldwide who participate in the Rotary Exchange program.
Club's Rotary Exchange Student Reports 2020-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party at HT Grill

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach held its annual Christmas party at the HT Grill.  Here is a snapshot view of Rotarians at play.
Christmas Party at HT Grill 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Artiano Discusses AB5 With  Rotarians

The title of her presentation was HR Best Practices and Legal Requirements for California Employers. Attorney Linda Artiano got everyone’s attention.
“You’re not too small a business for the government to care about you,” she opened her presentation.  Then sequed into AB5 which takes effect January 1, 2020. The substance of AB5 is that “every worker for every company has to be an employee, not a contractor.” Unions pushed AB5 through the California legislature because they wanted part-time workers for Uber and Lyft to be full-time employees not contractors.
“And don’t think employees can skip their lunch break because the employee wants to,” she added.  “Employees must begin their meal break of at least 30 minutes starting before they complete 5 hours of work,” she said. “And don’t think that because your worker wants to be paid in cash, and there aren’t any records like time sheets, that you can’t get caught.”
There were more questions for the floor than any we’ve ever had. No wonder, Artiano cited an example of a company with two employees that had to pay backpay because the employer could not document 30-minute launch breaker for the employees.
Artiano Discusses AB5 With  Rotarians 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Laurel Cameron Joins Rotary

Our newest member is Laurel Cameron. Born in Wisconsin but raised in Torrance, Laurel graduated from Torrance High school. Following a 33-year career as a sales executive in the food industry, Laurel redirected her energy and business skills to the non-profit sector. She served on the board of the Princeton YWCA and local volunteer fire company for the past 10 years. She’s advocated on Capitol Hill as a representative at an annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations; created a NEXT GEN Board of young women leaders learning non-profit management, managed an annual Craft Fair fundraiser, and also served as a consultant to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. Her classification is non-profit leadership.  She and her husband have been married for 11 years and have a blended family of four. Her hobbies include gardening, sewing cooking, baking, and watching old Looney tunes cartoons.
Laurel Cameron Joins Rotary 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Redondo Beach Rotary Raises $2K for Salvation Army

On Saturday, December 7th, at least 18 Rotarian volunteers rang the red Kettle Bell to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Project coordinator John Barnett estimated the club raised "almost $2K in the Kettle over the past couple of days. Faisal Hashmi "gets the award for the best dressed bell ringer,"said member Jean Scully. Special thanks to Kimber Logan for jumping in at the last moment to substitute for Nancy Weisel.
Redondo Beach Rotary Raises $2K for Salvation Army 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

James Webb Telescope Launch Date Set

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 06, 2019
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch sometime March 2021.  It will launch from the European space port in French Guiana. That according to Wayne Ung, a Mission Assurance Engineer. He is with Northrup Grumman which is building the telescope portion of the international project.
It will soar aboard a Ariana 5 rocket, Europe's contribution to the project. "Telescopes have been around for about 400 years," said Ung, "and the first telescope to be put into space occurred in the late 1940's'. He briefly described the evolution of telescopes, culminating in the Hubble Telescope. That is until the James Webb Telescope came along.
Costing an estimated  $10 billion, the telescope will allow astronomers to peer back to the very beginnings of the universe, estimated to be 13.8 billion years, in fact the first light of the Universe. Unlike the Hubble, which orbits the earth at about 350 miles, the Webb, which has six times the light gathering power of the Hubble,  will be in a stationary orbit at about one million miles from earth. It is so far away that astronauts ill not be able to visit the Webb in the event repairs are needed. Well, at least currently!  In terms of size, the Webb is 72 feet long (compared to the Hubble at 44 feet long) and when fully deployed will be the size of a tennis court. It must fit inside the 16 foot diameter of the Ariane, and is designed to last 5 1/2 to 10 years; though the Hubble is still in operation 25 years after launch.
The Webb presents unique engineering challenges. Among them, the 500 degree difference between the bottom of the sun shield which protects the Webb from the heat of the Sun, and the top of the sun shield where the telescope will sit, according to Ung.
James Webb Telescope Launch Date Set Bill Paul 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events

Posted on Nov 23, 2019

·       The Arts Group at the Homelight Dec 14: 9AM to 11AM

·       Rotary Club Holiday Party Dec 15: 12PM to 4PM at HT Grill

·       Club assembly Dec 18: Club Assembly  Christmas meeting

·       December 25: No meeting Merry Christmas

·       Jan 1, 2020: No meeting

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Volunteers Against Hunger

Posted on Nov 23, 2019
Rotarians volunteers at the Rise Against Hunger event in Torrance last Saturday and helped to fill over 40,000 packages of food to sent overseas to feed those that do not have enough food or nutrition.  Rotarians were responsible to weigh the packages to meet specific guidelines.
Volunteers Against Hunger 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellows

Posted on Nov 20, 2019
PDG Eli Gauna handed out several Paul Harris Fellows.  The award is given to Rotarians for a donation of $1,000  to the Paul Harris Foundation. They are (from left) Jim Sheehy - PHF+6+Rubies, Alexis Sheehy PHF+6+ Rubies, Michael Carmichael PHF+6, presenter Eli Gauna PDG, Nancy Weisal PHF+1, and club President Feisal Hashmi.
New Paul Harris Fellows Bill Paul 2019-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Knoll Joins Rotary

Posted on Nov 10, 2019
How many Rotary clubs in District 5280 can claim a member who has been a ski instructor in Austria? Probably not many, except the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.  Our newest member, Dominik Knoll, has that accomplishment on his resume.  Originally from northern Italy (Knoll grew up in the Dolomites) he holds a MS in Management plus an MBA. Dominik speaks three languages, Italian, German and of course English  He has published a management book in German and is currently President of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce. He was sponsored into Rotary by our current club president, Faisal Hashmi.
Knoll Joins Rotary 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Sathie Letter From Bangladesh

Posted by Bill Paul on Nov 05, 2019
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
      This is always my happiness to tell you about myself. I am happy for teaching neighbor children. I hope you enjoyed my last letter. We are fine and hope you all are well and doing your daily work.
     Last week I went to a doctor with my daughter Jannati and met a man there who was also waiting for the doctor. I introduced myself and the man happily welcomed me. He is a very good person a Rotarian and shared with me about their Rotary Club and activities. I shared with him about our school and your club supports to our school. He said to me that he visited Canada to attend in a Rotary Conference. He became so happy to know that I teach little children and praised our works in community. At the end he asked me about the location of my school and committed to visit my school in someday.   
Sathie Letter From Bangladesh Bill Paul 2019-11-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Learn About LA Port Improvements

Posted by Bill Paul on Oct 03, 2019
      At this week’s luncheon, we heard about developments at the Los Angeles Port. In a word, they are massive.
      Known as the L.A. Waterfront at San Pedro, the 7,500 acre waterfront was one of the last undeveloped port properties in California. That is until the San Pedro business community, in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles and community residents, decided to tackle the task of finally developing the area.  With 800 parcels of land in the Waterfront park, development has taken on a variety of projects.
       “It took us 10 years to get the environmental impact statements approved,” said Augie Bezmolinovich, community affairs advocate, The EIR’s were finally received in 2009 and work began. Bezmolinovich described the variety of projects currently underway, and planned for the future, as he gave Rotarians an update of developments at the LA Port Waterfront.
     The heart of development is the LA Port, which started as a fishing village more than 100 years ago. Now, handling more than 9.5 million containers (known as TCU’s or 20-foot equivalent containers), the Port generated nearly $300 billion cargo value in 2018.  The Port is the economic driver at the local and regional levels and a key generator of jobs.
     Bezmolinovich said the San Pedro Public Market, which adds a new marina, is one of the two major projects at the Port, the second being the outer terminal to handle larger cruise ships.  In addition, he described new plazas, recreational harbors, museums, parks and continuous promenades. the Battleship USS Iowa, a new Craft Marketplace and Brewery.
Rotarians Learn About LA Port Improvements Bill Paul 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

I Can See Clearly Now

Posted by LeeAnn Robinson on Sep 07, 2019
On August 6, Redondo Beach Rotary Club partnered with Vision to Learn, Redondo Beach Unified School District and Beach Cities Health District, to provide free eye exams, and glasses to children in Redondo Beach.
I Can See Clearly Now LeeAnn Robinson 2019-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mourns Death of Judi Yourman

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach mourns the sudden death of Judi Yourman.  Judi joined our club in March of this year.  She died on September 29 when a loose tire jumped the center median of the 405 Freeway and smashed the windshield of her car. Yourman was driving at the time, and the loose tire hit her head-on.

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on October 3 at Temple Menorah. Attendees are invited to her home after the funeral services at 53 Oceanaire Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Judy held a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in psychology and an MBA in marketing management. She began her career in New York City as an importer/marketer for wines & spirits. She then started her own business “Better World Promotions”; worked for Amy Zimmerman (her Rotary sponsor) as an office administrator; and when partially retired performed monthly bookkeeping for a couple of clients. She was voted “most funny” in her junior high graduation class and maintained a great sense of humor. She enjoyed playing tennis.
She and her husband Kevin have three sons. They also have two lovely daughters in law and one is expecting their first grandchild in January. 
Rotary Mourns Death of Judi Yourman carmichael 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

New Salvation Army Captain Joins Rotary

Captain Juliano Santos and his wife Kelsey, share beautiful accents because they are from Brazil. They also have a daughter Julia age 12. Juliano has been involved in the Salvation Army since he was 11 years old. He has a post graduate degree in leadership., and spent seven years in the military with specialty of logistics and organization in catastrophes, what we call Disaster Relief. Juliano has worked for the Salvation Army for 17 years. In addition, he’s quite a musician, who not only plays the guitar, but the keyboards and trumpet as well. So in Juliano, we have a one-man band.

New Salvation Army Captain Joins Rotary 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Politics, the Old Fashion Way

Posted by Bill Paul
(REDONDO BEACH) Politics. Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it.
At today’s weekly Rotary club meeting Jonathan  Harris, founder and CEO of  consultancy Political Navigation, gave a presentation about politics and surprisingly no one was offended.
Harris, a Rotarian, gave a non-partisan talk about the effects of the recent 2018 mid-term election. He hewed the line perfectly, neither favoring nor disparaging either major political party. Instead he talked about the consequences to America’s national political discourse of the shift in power by the Democrat party winning the House of Representatives. A difficult task indeed. But a sampling of his comments illustrates his even-handedness.
“Democrats out-raised Republicans 3 to 1, and Congressional Democrats out-raised Congressional Republicans 5 to 1. . . In the general election the Democrat voters  responded to completely different issues than the Republican voters.”
He asked, “How many voters in a congressional district?”  Audience guesses ranged between 500,000 and 600,000.  “Not far off,” he said, “the actual number is 720,000.  And of those 720,000 residents how many do you think have a face-to-face meeting with their congressional representative?” Again, the guesses ranged but Harris said, “only about 3% have actual contact with their representative. That’s about 2,800 people or 0.04%.  So if you want to influence your congress person make yourself one of the 0.04%, that’s how you influence your representative.”
During a Q&A, at which Rotarians sat in rapt attention, Harris noted, in answer to a question in the news currently, “(Rep.) Pelosi doesn’t want her next two year term to be all about impeachment.”
His comments were well received in part because he has an extensive background in reporting and writing about foreign affairs. He began his career in Middle East foreign policy, with a focus on Salafi-jihadist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. He worked as a researcher and reporter for TIME magazine in Jerusalem and New York and as a managing editor at the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.
Jonathan has lived in and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories. His articles have appeared in TIME magazine, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The New York Post, the Middle East Quarterly and various online sources.
More recently, he has focused on facilitating American political advocacy, specifically education and training for students, non-profits, activists, and business owners on how to promote and defend their own interests with their elected officials.
Politics, the Old Fashion Way Bill Paul 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Cancer Resource in Redondo Beach

Posted on Feb 04, 2019
Theresa Plakos  talked to our club last week about the mission of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach.  The purpose of the 31-year-old organization is to offer free programs for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. ”There are physical and emotional effects of cancer,” she said.  “In 2016 alone, CSCRB served a record number of 2,000 people.”CSCRB offers more than 200 programs monthly It has been named “Nonprofit of the Year” in 2016 by the South Bay Chambers of Commerce, a coalition serving 17 Chambers of Commerce and over 60,000 businesses in Southern California.
The organization’s website states, ”Our program participants are able to receive our services immediately, without insurance delays or additional expense since all programs are offered at no charge, thanks to the generous philanthropic support we receive.”
It’s mission statement declares: “To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustain by community.: Click here to learn more about this resource.
Theresa Plakos  talked to our club last week about the mission of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach.  The purpose of the 31-year-old organization is to offer free programs for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. ”There are physical and emotional effects of cancer,” she said.  “In 2016 alone, CSCRB served a record number of 2,000 people.”  CSCRB offers more than 200 programs monthly It has been named “Nonprofit of the Year” in 2016 by the South Bay Chambers of Commerce, a coalition serving 17 Chambers of Commerce and over 60,000 businesses in Southern California.
The organization’s website states, ”Our program participants are able to receive our services immediately, without insurance delays or additional expense since all programs are offered at no charge, thanks to the generous philanthropic support we receive.”  It’s mission statement declares: “To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustain by community. Click HERE to learn more.
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Mike Stark Joins Rotary Club 

The newest member of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club is Mike Stark. Although a new member Mike has been an honorary member for several years; he served as Reserve Commander with the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Mike, shown left receiving Rotary pin from former president Walter Campbell, recently retired as the COO of American Financial Network Advisory Services, LLC, a full-service wealth management firm, and decided it was time to join the club as a full member. Prior to joining AFN, Mike was a senior executive in the supply chain/logistics industry for over 30 years. Most recently, he was President of HomeDeliveryLink, a nationwide home delivery company servicing the appliance and furniture industry. Previously, he was president and CEO of three supply chain management companies; Weber Logistics, VSR Logistics and RoadLink Warehouse Solutions, Von’s, and international several companies with global reach.

Mike has a BS from California State University, Long Beach, and executive certifications in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee and MIT.

Mike is also a Reserve Commander and hostage negotiator with the Redondo Beach Police Department and has been recognized as the Reserve Police Officer of the Year for the State of California. He has co-authored two books; one on the history of the Redondo Beach Police Department and the other on the history of Vons Grocery Company.

He and his wife, Tracy are the parents of four adult children and three grandchildren.
He can be reached at

Mike Stark Joins Rotary Club  2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Nancy Weisel Joins, Fulfills Bucket List

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

After a long and successful career in sales and marketing of financial products, Nancy Weisel decided it was time to address her bucket list. It was give-back time. She joined the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.

A native New Yorker, she worked her way across the country and settled with her husband, Jim Benton (a cowboy from Oklahoma, in Redondo Beach 22 years ago.  

After spending so much time worrying about herself and her husband, and preparing for retirement, she realized it was now time to help others.  Hence her interest in Rotary and all the things Rotarians do to help both domestically and internationally, “I’ve never looked back,” she said. “I look forward to tomorrow and what the future brings, and am excited to include Rotary in it.”
Nancy Weisel Joins, Fulfills Bucket List 2018-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Jason Owens Adds Rotary to His Give-Back List

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

    Jason Owens is an 8th generation native of Southern California, where his great grandparents arrived to the Los Angeles area in   the early 1800s.
    He works in the dental industry serving dentists in the success of their practices. Jason also serves as a board member of the       
Children’s Dental Center of Greater LA, and the Friends of Banning House Museum. He prides himself in practicing service             leadership in all he does.

In his spare time, Jason enjoys sailing offshore races (he's completed two Trans Pacific competition -- that's from Hawaii to California), studying California history and spending time with his wife Joni, and two daughters Reilly and Ruby.
Jason Owens Adds Rotary to His Give-Back List 2018-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Jason Owens Joins Redondo Beach Rotary Bill Paul 2018-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

John Barnett Joins Rotary Club of Redondo Beach

Posted on Dec 19, 2018
John Barnett grew up in the South Bay, spending most of his time in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach hanging out at the beach and King Harbor Yacht Club where he enjoyed sailing and scuba diving around Catalina Island.  He lived briefly in Northridge while attending Cal State Northridge and earning a degree in accounting.  
   After a few years working for a Big 10 accounting firm he changed careers to Sales with IBM and moved back to the South Bay where he met his wife Sharon.  After almost 35 years and way too much cross-country travel as an IT enterprise software sales professional, he choose an early retirement package.
His hobbies are golf and reading books by Lee Child and Dan Silva.  He has lived in North Redondo for 25 years and looks forward now to recreational travel and giving back to the community via the Rotary Club.
John Barnett Joins Rotary Club of Redondo Beach 2018-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Chris Engler Joins Redondo Beach Rotary

Posted on Dec 07, 2018
Raised in Huntington Beach, Chris Engler is currently a resident of North West Torrance along with his husband Carlos Assemany. The newest member of the club's Young Professionals, Chris has a special affinity to the Southern California Beach communities and could never imagine living very far away from the ocean.
As an Eagle Scout, Chris spent a lot of his youth in service to the community; he sees the Rotary club as the perfect opportunity to continue to contribute not only in a professional capacity as a Productive Real Estate agent here in the South Bay with Keller Williams, but to participate in local community development and improvement also on a volunteer basis.
Chris is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and looks forward to being a productive member of the Young Professionals Arm of the Redondo Beach Chapter.
Chris Engler Joins Redondo Beach Rotary 2018-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Chat Campbell Remembered 

Posted by Charles (Chuck) Anderson on Nov 12, 2018
Our long-time friend in Rotary, Chat Campbell, passed away peacefully on October 31st of this year at the age of 92. He died after a lengthy, courageous battle from throat cancer and pneumonia.
Chat was a humble, outgoing and humorous Rotarian that always seemed to have a smile on his face and words of encouragement. A former marketing executive he was always willing to generously give of his time especially if it involved the youth in our community.
One of the original “Reading By Nine” Rotarians in the Club he spent some of his spare time counseling troubled youth.
He designed bookmarks for the school and advertised our events in the local press.
Chat grew up on a farm and served in the military both during World War II and Korea.
A short celebration of his life will be held on Thursday afternoon November 29, 2:00pm at the Blue Water Grill. Nancy Campbell, his wife and former President of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club will host.
Bring your fun stories and anecdotes of Chat’s life.
We are blessed to have known Chat, he will be missed. He was a good man and Rotarian.
Chat Campbell Remembered  Charles (Chuck) Anderson 2018-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Peary Middle School , USC Baseball and Rotary at the School Garden

Posted by James H Stickler on Sep 23, 2018
Rotarians George Schane, Jim Stickler, Nancy Langdon, Jim Chen, Sandy Bagley and Bastien Morales along with Peary Middle School students and the USC Baseball team and the USC Dance team worked to clean up the School Garden.  Watch the Video by Nancy Langdon
Peary Middle School , USC Baseball and Rotary at the School Garden James H Stickler 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Vera Jimenez Talks About Rotary & Her Career

Rotarian and KTLA 5 News meteorologist Vera Jimenez stops by the News Director’s Office to share stories from her career. Vera is the recent recipient of the Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and shares why she dedicated the award to her mother. She shares amusing anecdotes about getting her start as a traffic reporter, and discusses her work with Redondo Beach Rotary.
Follow this link to listen to a funny, poignant, and fascinating story: The News Director's Office
Vera Jimenez Talks About Rotary & Her Career Jim Stickler 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Save the Date for Casino Night 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Ted Wendorff

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 19, 2018
Theodore Kenneth Wendorff, lived nearly 92 adventurous years. He is survived by his 4 children, 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and Kim Wendorff, his loving wife of 25 years.
Ted grew up in Gardena during the depression and learned from a young age how to work hard. His parents would pack their lives and drive to the family farm in Nebraska every summer just to save money on rent. He got his first job at 9 years old selling day-old bread door-to-door for three cents a loaf.  And he made money as a high schooler by driving a hearse even before having his license. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school, went to Northwestern and USC dental school on the GI bill. After college he went into orthodontics where he had a practice in Redondo Rivera for over 38 years, always with some real estate investment on the side. And he loved his time with Rotary, dedicating 60 years of his life and traveling the world with Kim for the service of others.
He lived large and loved well. He was an adventure seeker at his core, and even in his later years attempted to keep up with current technology and computers. He never stopped exploring new terrain or working hard to perfect a skill in one of his favorite activities like tennis, surfing, water skiing, heli-skiing, fly-fishing, or hunting. Ted would always say, “if you’re not falling, you’re not getting better.” He safari’d in Kenya, went scuba diving in British Honduras, windsurfed in Hawaii, built dental clinics in Mexico, and played the banjo, organ and trumpet.
He was a man of many talents, but he never stopped wanting to learn more.
As a dad he always took time to be with us kids. We’d often sit with him on the organ bench, play backgammon or listen to him explain financial performs and share his philosophy on life. While he stayed busy, we always knew he was proud of us and would make time to sit and talk to us when we needed him.
About 10 years ago he decided to surrender his life to Christ and pursued his faith with a new passion.  One of his greatest joys later in life was listening to Todd preach at the River Church. 
He always wanted to make a difference in this world, and we know he did.
It would bless our family if you wanted to donate to the two causes that were near and dear to Ted’s heart: River Church and Rotary International
Remembering Ted Wendorff Bill Paul 2018-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Remembering Ted Wendorff Bill Paul 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Sathie From Bangladesh

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 02, 2018
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach sponsors the education of Sathie Khatun from the village of Khulna, Bangladesh, through the Amarok Society with a $1,000 donation annually.  The Amarok Society is a Canadian-based charity working to "defeat ignorance with the most powerful force know to man: Woman." It is active in Bangladesh, Nigeria and elsewhere in Third World countries. From its website it explains, "Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers - educating their own and and their neighbours' children every day in their homes with astonishing results."  
The  photo above is of children in Sathie's village that benefit from her education.  Below is is the latest letter from Sathie to our club, dated July 2018:
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
I hope you are well by the grace of God. You know that Bangladesh is an agricultural country and our livelihood depends on agriculture production and agriculture depends on mainly rainwater. This is monsoon in our country rain is good for the farmers. But people who live in slums in city area, monsoon is not good for them because of uncertain daily basis work opportunity. In slum people live in tin-shed shelter during heavy rainfall rainwater enters into the slum house from the roof, sometimes rain starts in the morning and continues the whole day, so daily labors do not find work for the day. In this season constriction work and other works become slow down. In our school our teacher facilitated a session on – “Savings for crisis days”. After that he started to save little money for our daily income. If we don’t find work we could use that money to buy foods. Sometimes mothers take short-term loan from each other to survive, as we are friends. However there are still problems for the families who have more children to feed but income is less. They could not do savings and are forced to go to the moneylenders or money-lending agency for loan by paying interest of their money.
Sathie From Bangladesh Bill Paul 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Dieter Thomas

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 01, 2018
Rotarian Dieter Thomas passed away suddenly from a heart attack, on June 23, 2018. He was 76 years old. 
An immigrant from Germany, Dieter was an architect and well-known in his adopted country for having designed several award-winning homes. He joined the Redondo Beach Rotary Club in 2008 and volunteered in several capacities. Among his service to the club, he served as a volunteer architect on the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force. The group spearheaded a project to build a memorial to area servicemen in Veterans Park in Redondo Beach.
In 2013, Dieter filled the role of Santa Claus on the annual Redondo Beach Christmas Police Department sleigh. When he rode the sleigh through the streets, and the sleigh stopped every couple of blocks for the children to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas, one little boy said, "Isn't that Dieter?" The child asked his Mom why Dieter was playing Santa.  She came up with the best story. "Well, Santa was stuck back east and wasn't going to get here on time, so he called Dieter because he knew they looked a lot alike and asked if Dieter would be his substitute."
Well, thank goodness the Mom shared the story with us, because the next time we saw the little boy he came right out and asked Dieter, "Did Santa really call you?"  And of course, Dieter said "Absolutely. The real Santa did not want to disappoint all the children, so I listened to all the wishes and reported them back to the real Santa." 
Dieter is survived by three children, two sons-in-law, three granddaughters,  and his beloved partner, Dottie Hashizumi. “He was such a wonderful, caring, kind and gentle man.  He will be sorely missed.  I’m so happy he was in my life for nine year.” She added, “On August 11th, his 2 daughters, 2 of his 3 granddaughters and 1 son-in-law and I will take his ashes out to sea.”
Remembering Dieter Thomas Bill Paul 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Young Professionals Work Day At AltaSea

Posted by Chris Schane on Apr 30, 2018
For their initial project, our new Young Professionals (YP) group organized club volunteers to participate in Sharefest’s 16th Annual Workday, a community-building service day to beautify and provide tangible needs at schools, churches and non-profit organizations throughout the South Bay and L.A. Harbor area.
On Sat., April 28th, 12 of our members volunteered their time to support a waterfront beautification effort for San Pedro’s AltaSea, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating collaboration in oceanic and aquaculture sciences, as well as incubating new ocean-related education programs to inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Our club members worked beside other local volunteers to help build and paint picnic tables, flower planters, and park benches that will provide school groups with a place to sit and enjoy the wharf while learning about AltaSea’s mission. In addition, our club donated $1000 to Sharefest to help cover project expenses.
Click to see pictures of the event
Young Professionals Work Day At AltaSea Chris Schane 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rock & Roll Casino Night is a Smash Hit

Posted by Jim Stickler on Apr 28, 2018
Rock & Roll Casino Night was a great party.  Almost 300 attendees, danced, sang, gambled and bought silent and live auction items.  Great Food, Great Music (Feed the Kitty), Great Friends, Old and New
Check out this video from Rick Mendoza
Rock & Roll Casino Night is a Smash Hit Jim Stickler 2018-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Young Professionals Join Redondo Beach Club

Posted on Apr 12, 2018

On April 7, 2018 the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach inducted nine young professionals into our club. One of the principle criteria of membership is these your professionals are unable to make the club’s regular Wednesday noon meeting. The induction ceremony was held at the home of Karen and Jeff Weigel with about 30 club members in attendance. This is the largest group induction in club history.
PDG Eli Gauna presents history of early days of Rotary International in Chicago, to largest class of Young Professionals inducted into Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
Andrew Borgic, P.E. moved to Redondo Beach from Redding, California in 2014 to open an office for Water Works Engineers –a private consulting engineering firm specializing in the design of water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure. Though work brought Andrew and his family of five to the South Bay, the local surf and welcoming community has kept him here. Andrew is honored to be a Rotarian; providing help to the less fortunate and clean water and sanitation to those who need it the most. 
Nikki Parsons grew up in Redondo Beach and has been involved with Rotary from a young age. She was a member of the RUHS Interact Club, went to Japan with the District 5280 Youth Exchange Program, and is thrilled to finally be an official member of the Redondo Rotary Club. She graduated from UCLA and LMU, and now currently teaches at South High in Torrance.

Charamon Lewis is the Founder of Motorlipps, a clothing line dedicated to the woman motorcyclists and enthusiast. Prior, she was an Insurance Agent for AFLAC. In that role, she penetrated the untapped market of motorcyclists. There she increased annual sales by 25%. Charamon holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and has attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She is a mother of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, interior decorating, cooking and many creative projects. 
Hunter Bradshaw was born and raised in Redondo Beach where he attended Redondo Union High School. After high school, he moved to Colorado and studied Economics at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Hunter is currently working as a Financial Adviser in Torrance, CA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, playing Rugby, and watching the Dodgers and Lakers.

Marynda Hill is a Corporate Tax Manager for BJ’s Restaurants Inc. and has her own business completing individual taxes. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in English and became an 8th grade teacher in the LA Unified School District. After deciding on a career change, Marynda enrolled at the University of Phoenix where she received an MBA in Accounting and Taxation and continued working for companies such as DirecTV, Hyundai, Herbalife, Live Nation, and Sony Pictures in the Finance and Tax arenas.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts and plays, the beach and the gym along with activities such as archery, bowling, having a good time with her family and friends and being creative. Marynda has been a part of Rotary in the past, but is looking forward to working with the Redondo Beach Rotary with projects such as domestic violence, helping children and teens, and countless other activities.

Erin Sujan grew up in the South Bay, spending most of her childhood in San Pedro and Palos Verdes.  She moved to Hawaii for college and stayed for five years and followed this up with 5 years in Washington D.C. before moving back to the South Bay. 
Erin founded her current company, Sujan Creative, a year ago.  Sujan Creative is a branding and content marketing agency.  Erin has been in content creation, marketing and sales for over 15 years.  The companies she has worked with include Amtrak, Fannie Mae, the Navy and the Marines, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Zoological Wildlife Foundation, 24 Hour Fitness and small and mid-sized local companies all over the country.   
Erin gravitates toward large bodies of water, loves cooking, and couldn't get along without her best friend, a big yellow lab named Charlie.  She's looking forward to giving back through The Rotary Young Professionals Chapter, and to getting to know her community on a deeper level.

Michael DeSantis was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, and currently resides in Hermosa Beach.  During the week, he helps facilitate comprehensive financial plans as a representative of Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. in Torrance, CA, and over the weekends, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, golfing, and hitting home runs in his adult league softball games.

Michael joined the Young Professionals of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club seeking a pathway for providing his time and resources for those in need.  His passions include feeding the hungry, promoting mental health amongst teens, and educating children on personal finance and the mindset of success.

Tomi Stewart is currently a Finance Manager for Moose Toys. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Cal State University Northridge. She worked for companies such as Universal Music Group, Deluxe Media Management, and Live Nation where she lent her expertise in the Accounting and Finance areas. Tomi is also proficient in Spanish and a proud mother of five. 
She is looking to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Tomi believes that we must stay connected to all facets of our community in order to ensure the greater good for all. Through a reflection of love, compassion, and understanding we can change the path of the future.
Chris Schane is currently a resident of Redondo Beach, CA, where he has lived since Nov of 2016. Prior to CA,  he lived in Boston, MA for 10 years. He attended the University of Utah, where he majored in Finance with an occupational background in Aerospace and Defense. Chris has worked for the same advisory services contractors for over 10 years in the aerospace and defense industry, performing cost and data analytics on a broad range of military systems to provide government officials and US Air Force senior leaders with necessary cost estimates and economic analyses to make informed programmatic decisions and affordability trades. Chris is joining Rotary to take a more active interest in the local community. As the Redondo Beach Rotary Club is well-established and engaged in many areas of community outreach, and currently standing up a Young Professional group, it seemed a good way for him to get involved.

Jumping right in, the group announced their first project will be to assist Sharefest with the AltaSea project in the Port of Los Angeles.

Kudos to Karen Weigel who organized and recruited members to launch a Young Professional group within the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
Young Professionals Join Redondo Beach Club 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Sathie's Progress in Bangladesh

The Redondo Beach Rotary Club sponsors Sathie, a young women in Khulna, Bangladesh, through an annual donation to the Amorak Society. We recently received this update from Sathie about her progress.
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
I told you about my child “Jannati” and now she is over 5 years old.  Now she talks with me and asks me many questions. I can understand what she says even I could guess what she wants to say. My Child Development Lessons helped me a lot developing my daughter in a proper way. I am very caring for my daughter’s brain development through responding to her needs and questions. But before this child development lesson none of us has any idea about it. I share my learning with my family members and with other women in our community. Now my husband is also very careful to her. I know if I was admitted in Amarok Mother School it would not possible happen to our family.  By this time I come to know why first 3 years are important for a child for brain development. 
My own learning and teaching to children are going well. I am trying my best to learn more from my school that I can teach better. You will be happy to know that we have good news for our school. All mothers are very busy and enjoying education much better. We are very thankful to you and Amarok team. After a break I have hundred percent attendances in school in last 3 months. I don’t want to miss a single lesson. You know in our school we have got tablets for lessons. Now all mothers of our school can operate them well. Tablets are very helpful for our learning and teaching to children. We call this our knowledge book.  We have learnt many things from the consultants worked with us in last year e.g.
- Making quick test card for assessment
- Use of tablet for learning purpose
- Drama team developed
- Learning session on social issue like women rights and household conflict regulation
- Progress evaluation of children
- Taking photo and videos & edit photos
And some others
Among them I liked about “Learning Monitoring of young children”. Amarok team works with us. We identified different issues in our community and developed drama with our own issues. Now we are thinking to develop a new drama for protecting child from labor and promoting child rights. I believe a woman can do lot of things if she gets education. It is important to set a goal and then work hard to achieve the goal. 

You know about our school library, it is running well and every Sunday we exchange books. We have created opportunity for all women and children to take books from our library and to develop our library as our “community library”. This is a good opportunity for all and we all have to take it. We visit houses and tell to mothers about new books of our library, share our learning and encourage them to come and participate in our study circle. Now we are making new plans for our library activity. Developing reading skill for children is one of them. In my next letter I will tell you more about our new initiative 

Thank you so much for your support to the education of our children and mothers

Love to you,

Sathie's Progress in Bangladesh 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Presidential Conference On Peace In Vancouver

Members of Rotary District 5280 Peace Committee were among the 800+ passionate Rotarians and friends, who gathered in Vancouver 2/9-11 to learn about the challenges and seize the opportunities to create a more peaceful world through environmentally sustainable efforts.
Sculptor - Peter Lattey with "Peace". The sculpture was auctioned to support Rotary Peace Centers
Presidential Conference On Peace In Vancouver Vicki Radel, PDG 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Music Mends Minds
Redondo Beach Rotary has started a program to bring music to seniors with memory issues.  Music Mends Minds has turned into a popular program at the Anderson Park Senior Center.
Music Mends Minds  Jim Stickler 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Beach Cities Health District CPR Certification 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting November 1, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Nov 08, 2017

What is culture? Culture unites us and culture divides us. It defines who we are and who we are not. And since each of us, with every purchase, meal, celebration, item of clothing, word and deed is actively shaping our own individual cultures, “there are as many cultures as there are human beings,” says Professor Emeritus and Redondo Beach Rotarian Alfredo Rolando Andrade. “It is how we learn. It is how we teach.”



Meeting November 1, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

World Health Organization Polio Report 

Posted by Jim Stickler on Nov 07, 2017
The following are the most current statistics on the Polio Eradication efforts by Rotary, CDC, WHO, UNICEF and the Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation:
One new case in Afghanistan bringing the total cases of Wild Polio Virus cases of polio to 13 which still less than 50% of the 28 cases as of the same date in 2016. We are marching forward but there is still much to be done and with the dedication of Rotary with boots on the ground – it will be done.
World Health Organization Polio Report Jim Stickler 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

International Peace Day Celebration

Posted by Vicki Radel, PDG on Sep 25, 2017
The UN declared September 21st as International Peace Day in 1981 and the District 5280 Peace Committee hosted perhaps the only Peace Day event in LA County when the Rotary Clubs of the South Bay: Del Amo Torrance, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lomita Torrance Airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Santa Monica, and South Bay Sunrise sponsored the symphonic multi-media presentation, “Winds of Freedom” at the beautifully restored Art Deco, Hermosa Beach Community Theatre.
In partnership with Peace One Day and Winds of Freedom Foundation our South Bay Rotary Clubs joined forces to show the creation of Alex Azin that celebrates life, teaches history, inspires peace and hopes for a better future.
International Peace Day Celebration Vicki Radel, PDG 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Deliver Glasses to Middle School Children

Rotarians, Vision To Learn, RB Unified School District and Beach Cities Health District delivered eye glasses to Middle School and High School Students today. Together almost 100 students will be able to start their school year with better vision.  Better vision has been shown to be a critical factor towards success in school.
Rotarians Deliver Glasses to Middle School Children Jim Stickler 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting August 30, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Sep 05, 2017

Sylvia Hill 

Sylvia Hill was inducted as a new member. Welcome!









Erick Golub

Speaker Eric Golub has made a career attempting to diffuse tense situations with humor. Self-styled as “the country’s preeminent politically conservative comedian”, Golub tours the country with his brand conservatively-leaning of humor.

“I try to make the most controversial topics uncontroversial,” the Brooklyn native and author of four books explained. “It shouldn’t take a hurricane to let us know we love each other,” Golub said in reference to Hurricane Harvey, which has been pummeling the Texas and Louisa coast this past week.

Golub likes to place himself right at the center of conflict and find whatever common ground may be there. Golub attends political protests and rallies to hopefully spread love through laughter. He often likes to bring dance music wherever he goes, because who can really remain that angry when great music is making you dance?

Golub has the following advice to end hate in this country: “Spread love and laughter. Don’t make mistakes that will take a long time to heal. And be good to children.”


Whatever one’s political leanings, these are bits of wisdom on which we can all agree.

Rotary Meeting August 30, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blood Drive Jim Stickler 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Ron Day December 6, 1936 - September 3, 2017

Posted by Dave Whitehead on Sep 05, 2017
Ronald Day
December 6, 1936 - September 3, 2017
Ron Day passed away last Sunday evening from pancreatic cancer. Sponsored by his father, Foster Day, Ron joined Redondo Beach Rotary Club in January 1960.   He was a past president of the club and a wonderful Rotarian, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend and we shall miss him!
The funeral services for Ron will be held on Saturday, September 9th, at 2PM at the First United Methodist Church, 243 So. Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA. 
Visitation will be from 6:30 until 9:00PM on Friday, September 8th, at the White and Day Center, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. 
Ron Day December 6, 1936 - September 3, 2017 Dave Whitehead 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Redondo Beach Rotary Meeting August 23, 2017

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 27, 2017

Karen Weigel reported on the club’s recent Vision-to-Learn project. “We had 19 Rotarians to assist, screened 250 students and sent 94 for further screening by professional eyecare specialists. We received lots of thanks from our partners the RBUSD and the Beach Cities Health District who told us they want us to do this program again next year.”

Visitors included special guest Sylvia Hill; Moe Isono, our exchange student from Japan;

and Ed Burzminski, Chamber Marketing Partners, Inc. of Redondo Beach.

Our guest speaker this week was Mike Lansing, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor. His topic: “Building Successful Futures in the Harbor.”

In 1995, Mike became executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Pedro and eventually the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor when the struggling Wilmington Boys & Girls Club was merged in with the San Pedro organization. 

Noting that one in five youth are in poverty, he explained the Boys & Girls Club of LA serves now 2,200 kids daily.  “We have 13 sites in our area of Wilmington, San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. 

Our objective, he said, is a “place where young people have a better opportunity then they were born into… We are an after-school program for kids in K9–K12.” Under Mike’s leadership, the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles was instrumental in the development of comprehensive youth development programs including an “Arts Academy” and a “College Bound” program.

We focus on academics, arts and athletics, he said. In academics, we provide education in STEM studies. In arts, we focus on fine arts and on digital arts.  In dance and music, we offer from hip-hop to ballet and instrumental to voice training. Our athletic program offers leagues in basketball, soccer, flag football and golf.

More than 15,000 students have graduated from the program since 2002, he said “and this year 600 kids graduated from our program. That compares to 30 kids graduating in the first year of our existence.”

Following today’s lunch several Rotarians stuffed 250 backpacks with school supplies for students; these backpacks will be distributed Friday at the Salvation Army and at the RBPD Domestic Violence Advocacy Program.

Dave Whitehead won today’s raffle but alas, did not pick the winning marble and only received ten bucks.  Better luck next time, Dave.

Redondo Beach Rotary Meeting August 23, 2017 Bill Paul 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Backpack Stuffing Immediately Following 8/23/17 Meeting

We will meet at Salvation Army immediately following the Wednesday 8/23 luncheon to stuff about 250 backpacks with school supplies.  We need a minimum of 10 volunteers, there will be a sign up sheet or contact George Schane.
Backpack Stuffing Immediately Following 8/23/17 Meeting 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Vision Screening Event for Redondo School Children

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Aug 21, 2017
One out of every four children has a vision problem. Now, couple that statistic with this one: 80% of learning happens within the first 12 years of life. Finally, look around any school: Are a quarter of the children wearing eyeglasses?
Very often the expense an eye exam and the cost of prescription eyeglasses is standing between a child and his opportunity to get as much as he can out of his education. Vision to Learn is an organization, which provides free eye exams to all to school children throughout Southern California. If Vision to Learn discovers that a child needs corrective eyewear, families are notified. For families in need, Vision to Learn provides the eyeglasses free of charge.
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has partnered with Vision to Learn, Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Unified School District to give eye exams to Redondo Beach children at our area schools. This past Wednesday, Vision to Learn rolled in three mobile vision screening units–vans decked out in state-of-the-art eye examining equipment–to the South Bay Adult Learning Center. Families who qualify under the free lunch program were notified of their eligibility to receive a free eye exam, and if needed, a free pair of eyeglasses. Redondo Beach Rotarians aided the effort my giving initial exams and assisting with coordination.
Over 255 Redondo Beach schoolchildren took part. The goal of 75 pairs of eyeglasses was quickly exceeded and on this day alone, over 95 Redondo Beach schoolchildren will be heading back to school with new eyeglasses and a much better chance at success.
Vision Screening Event for Redondo School Children Nancy Langdon 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 9, 2017

Redondo Beach Rotarian of the Year - Jeff Weigel
Rotarian Jeff Weigel represents everything a Rotarian aspires to be. If ever the members of this club need a large table to meet around, Jeff welcomes the meeting to his dining room. Whenever Jeff recognizes something that might interest another Rotarian, Jeff makes the call. Whenever Jeff recognizes an opportunity for another Rotarian, Jeff makes the invite. But perhaps most impressive is the Jeff’s selflessness in Rotary’s mission to improve the lives of others. For some years now, Jeff, together with his wife, Rotarian Karen Weigel, have spearheaded WASSUP, a program to bring clean water to rural areas of Fiji. A water-borne disease, such as typhoid, can mean economic catastrophe to this island paradise heavily dependent on tourism. Dysentery can mean lost wages, lost school days and even death to the very young and old. Jeff, in cooperation with a water engineering firm, has taught the local populations how to construct and maintain water filtration systems. Moreover, the WASSUP program is self-sustaining and is being replicated by the Fijians themselves and includes vocational training in the schools. For this and for so much more, Jeff Weigel has been awarded the 2017 Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Rotarian of the Year.
Jeanne O'Donnell, Senior Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management
While one might consider a disaster, whether natural, manmade or a combination thereof, to be a singularity, for Jeanne O'Donnell, Senior Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, “disasters never go away.” Disasters always fall into one of these places within the “long arm of recovery” cycle: mitigation, preparedness, field response, and recovery. And within each of these places in the disaster cycle, there are a myriad of physical, government, social and economic factors which must align in a highly stressful, uncertain and changing environment.
Furthermore, disasters create battles for the future. There are competing interests as to how to bring “it” back and often, whether “it” should be brought back. “Disasters reveal what others think of you. Recovery overlays ideas of what we should and shouldn’t be like,” Jeanne explains, “Who should say, for example, what life ‘should’ be like in New Orlean’s Ninth Ward?”
In a strange new landscape, where familiar landmarks have been erased and, where one does not know which systems have and will fail, fear and stress take hold. “A strangeness comes over. Disasters change the way we think, feel and act,” Jeanne explains.
Those affected become strangers in their own neighborhoods. It is often the social institutions, like community choirs or Little League games or Rotary Club meetings, which breakdown, as such activities are sacrificed to address more pressing needs. However, it is these very community institutions which play a very important role in maintaining community identity, which in turn is vital to recovery. In a disaster situation, because 90% of rescues are performed not by first responders, but by neighbors, it is community institutions which can actually save lives. When the assistant soccer coach doesn’t show up to practice, that could very likely mean it is because he is in dire straits.
While government organizations and well-meaning volunteer groups mobilize, often priorities and agendas compete and field response can become a “hot mess” of competing centers. Preparedness can help to alleviate stress. The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management has a great deal of helpful information available and it is recommended that everyone take the time to prepare.
New Members
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is beyond thrilled to invites two new members into the fold:
Thais Viana and James Mellert. Welcome!
Meeting August 9, 2017 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Letter From Rotary International Foundation Jim Stickler 2017-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting August 2, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Aug 06, 2017
“We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kaufman"
Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith Kaufman can count two Medals of Valor as well as a Dorothy Harris writing award to his many accomplishments. Yet, in the field of law enforcement this 24-year veteran of police work ranks changing police culture as one of the most daunting tasks he has faced."
“The number one problem facing police forces around the country is regaining the public trust. The police are the public. And the public are the police,” Chief Kaufman stressed. “I tell my officers, ‘Even if this is the 1000th burglary call you have answered, it is probably the victim’s first. We have to remember that. If it happens to you (the Redondo Beach citizens), then it happens to us (the Redondo Beach police).”
To this end, Chief Kaufman and his officers recently spent three days workshopping a vision for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” is the banner under which the Redondo Beach police now fulfill their vital duties.
“‘We Are The Community,’” Chief Kaufman stressed, “Three days for four words. But those words, although they mean something different to different people, they mean everything. Those four words are a call to action and make us part of the community.”
“Citizens need to feel that this is their police department,” Chief Kaufman continued, “And the kinds of things we want to implement here in Redondo Beach are the kinds of things that could be applied nationwide to change the way we police.”
Practicing what he preaches, Chief Kaufman has been an active proponent of “Coffee with a Cop”, a nationwide program where police officers engage with the community in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere.
In addition to adopting best practices from around the nation, Chief Kaufman is taking the second half of the vision statement, “Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” quite seriously, as well. Chief Kaufman is spearheading four ground-breaking programs to improve citizen safety and make policing more effective.
Meeting August 2, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
District Picnic - Camp Pendleton Donations Jim Stickler 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Jim Sheehy Completes the Marathon

Jim Sheehy, the Marathon Man completed the Beachmania Marathon held in Long Beach, CA  on July 29th, 2017.  26.2 grueling miles.  
Congrtulations Jim
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Jim Sheehy Completes the Marathon Jim Stickler 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Luke Tells Us About Italian Exchange

Luke Pilapil was our Rotary Exchange Student in Italy this last school year.  He told us stories about his adventures, the wonderful families who hosted him and the places he visited.
He even demonstrated his mastery of Italian, doing part of the presentation in his new language.
Luke was a great ambassador for our Club and the Rotary Exchange program.
Luke Tells Us About Italian Exchange Jim Stickler 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Luncheon Meeting 2017-07-19

Scott Elliott and his spouse Louise along with Larry one of their employees joined us to talk about ICAN.

ICAN is a not for profit organization that trains, employs and helps find employment for developmentally disabled clients.  They are located in the South Bay in Hermosa Beach.

ICAN's mission is to provide a place where their clients can learn to perform jobs, have a social space to interact and get support when they are working.

They have a remarkable success rate, being able to place their clients after only 3 to 6 weeks of training.

Luncheon Meeting 2017-07-19 Jim Stickler 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Changes To The Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jul 22, 2017
Terry Bichlmeier has made the following announcement:
"Steve Scerra has resigned as our Club Foundation Treasurer as a result of advice from our Rotary District Governor Cozette (an attorney) to prevent any possible conflict of interest because he now serves as voting member on the Club Board as Vice President." 
IRS rules do not permit an individual to be a voting member of both the Foundation Board and the Club Board.   
Changes To The Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation Jim Stickler 2017-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Changes  To Club Personnel

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jul 21, 2017
You need a scorecard to tell the players!  We've had some changes to the Board and other positions in the club:
  • Terry Bichlmeier has resigned as Sergeant at Arms and Fine Master.  Because of his position as President of the Foundation, we were informed by legal counsel, that he could not hold a position on the Club's Board of Directors.
    • Eli Gauna will be the new Sergeant at Arms
    • Vera Jimenez will be the Fine Master
  • Laura Fields has resigned as Secretary, she is leaving Redondo Beach to take a position with the State Department.  
    • Sue Johnson will be the new Secretary
Changes  To Club Personnel Jim Stickler 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Fine Day For A Peace Parade

Saturday July 15th was a fine day for a parade in So. LA honoring PCI (People for Community Improvement). The event represented the 8th consecutive year that 5280 Rotary clubs have participated in the "Peace Walk for Life" to support Peace Advocate PCI's efforts to respect life and reduce violence via gang intervention/suppression, job re-entry, youth programs, anti-Human Trafficking and food distribution to the hungry.
Rotary came out in full force, with approximately 50 walking for Greater Peace in District 5280!
Fine Day For A Peace Parade Vicki Radel, PDG 2017-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Transition and Awards 

(REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA - June 27, 2017)  Today's luncheon was one of awards and recognition.  It was also the last meeting our current president, Alexis Sheehy, presided over. And it was the first meeting for our incoming president, Walter Campbell. First, the new:
(from left) Walter Campbell, Bill Paul, Anne Shea, Jim Stickler, George Shane, Jean Scully,
Bob Hockberger, PDG Eli Gauna, Alexis Sheehy, 
Terry Bichlmeier, Steve Scerra, Faisal
Hashmi, and Robert Baker.

Terry Bichlmeier announced the approval of Global Grant-GG1634076 “Clean Water for Baja California Sur” by The Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with out club. The project will be funded with $4,500 from the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and, in the aggregate, to the tune of $99,500. Shown with Bichlmeier are Nasrin Moghadasian and Amy Zimmerman.  Not shown, but also contributing to creating the grant are Nora Giralt and Vera Jimenez.
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Rotary Meeting June 14, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Jun 21, 2017

Rotary 14 June 2017


Non-Rotarian of the Year – Heidi Butzine


Heidi Butzine has been chosen by our club to be our 2017 Non-Rotarian of the Year. Heidi is the chief marketing strategist at Localista and the founder of


Heidi is focused on helping small businesses succeed in a digital world. Heidi is also well-represented in our community, serving the Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Women’s Business Association and president of the North Redondo Beach Business Association.


Congratulations, Heidi!


Barry Brennon - Flying Lion Inc.

Drone photography has opened a bird’s eye view of the world to professional and hobby photographers alike. In addition to creating some spectacular Instagram posts, drone photography and videography have some very practical applications. Drone photography is used in all kinds of industries, including public safety, entertainment, construction, agriculture, and real estate. Airborne drone logistics may be just over the horizon. Law enforcement is one early adopter to employ this flexible, cheap alternative to helicopters.


Flying Lion, Inc. is a South Bay firm specializing in training peace officers in drone piloting, as well as providing drone photography and videography on-demand. Currently, only about a third of the photography drones in use today are used for commercial purposes. Barry Brennan, President and Founder of Flying Lions, Inc. believes that will change in the near future.


We predict the need for 650,000 licensed drone pilots by the year 2020,” Barry says.


A license is required for a drone for any kind of commercial activity or, more specifically, when any kind of a transaction occurs. So, technically, the hobbyist my use his drone to photograph for his own purposes, however, if he offers to use his equipment to help out a friend, that could be considered a transaction. Licensing requires a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration and familiarity with 600 pages of FAA regulations. In a nutshell, the Remote Pilot Certification regulations cover these basic rules: No flying at night, no flying above 400 feet without special authorization, no flying in inclement weather and obey the three-dimensional airspace rules. In addition, licensed drone pilots need to pass an FAA test, go through a criminal background check and must be in both good physical and mental condition (to compare, in California, it only takes a waiting period of ten days to purchase a handgun).


Thank you, Barry, for telling us about this fascinating new technology and its many uses.

Rotary Meeting June 14, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

June 7 Evening Meeting to Honor RB Community Foundation Scholarship Winners

This week's meeting will be a evening meeting to honor our 2017 Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Community Foundation Scholarship recipients.
The meeting will be held:
June 7th
Approx. 6 pm - 8 pm
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
207 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Hor d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. A cash bar will be open.
It's a big room and right now, we only have about a dozen Rotarians signed up to attend. Our guests may outnumber the members in attendance at this point. Please consider joining us celebrate this commencement time of the year, as we do our small part to help some of the best and brightest sons and daughters of Redondo Beach on their way!
Please send me a quick email if you plan on attending:
C'mon! Break up the week's routine a little and enjoy an evening of fellowship at the Harbor!
Yours in Rotary,
Nancy Langdon
June 7 Evening Meeting to Honor RB Community Foundation Scholarship Winners Nancy Langdon 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting May 31, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Jun 06, 2017
Redondo Beach Rotary Meeting May 31, 2017
Rotary Foundation - Jim Chen
At the beginning of this Rotary year, a goal of contributions from our members to the Rotary Foundation of $10,000 was set. Already, the club has met that goal threefold. One particular Rotarian, who embodies giving back and paying forward in so many ways, is Jim Chen. Jim’s first Rotary moment came already as a child. Growing up in public housing in Lawndale in the 1960s, money was tight for Jim’s family. So when Jim’s one great joy, his bicycle, was stolen, it came as quite a blow to the boy. When the story of that stolen bike reached the ears of a local Rotarian, that Rotarian bought young Jim a new one. Jim used his new bike to ride all the way to Palos Verdes to work as a golf caddy, where he picked up enough money to support his bike riding passion in a bigger way. Jim stepped up from bicycles to motorcycles and raced competitively throughout the 1970s. His best was qualifying on the pole position at Daytona, where he finished third.  Along with his caddying tips, Jim also picked up some valuable tips on running a business. Jim has invested wisely and successfully: More than that he has never forgotten the impact that one Rotarian long ago made on his life. Jim has continuously stepped up for Rotary and our community. Thank you, Jim.
Art Awards
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, through our Vocational Services, is very proud to sponsor an art contest for area high schoolers. Again, the judging panel was awestruck by the skill displayed and the thoughtfulness to incorporate this year’s District theme, “Imagine”, imagine their submissions. The South Bay does not lack for academic and sports scholarships: The arts, on the other hand, tend to fall short. The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is very happy to do our small part to correct this by offering a $500 top prize.
Sue Johnson
Convincing a tired Lee Travino after he finishes up on the 18th, that he needs to stick around because a golf ball may (or may not) have landed in his bag, and getting a call at the Masters that the walking scorer not only does not seem to know how to score, but also apparently can’t tell Tiger Woods, Lee Westford and John Daley apart, are all par for the course for national golf scoring chairperson Sue Johnson.
Sue Johnson has been a scoring professional golf since the 1970s. A math teacher at the time, while her father was a Pro Am golf pro and scoring chair for Canterbury Woods Country Club in New Hampshire, Sue was often tasked with double checking the scores and helping prepare the statistical analyses for the pairings. A pivotal moment came for Sue in 1989 while checking the scores of the first day of the Pro Am. Sue ran the numbers and found that pairings were incorrect.
“She’s right. Oh my God, she’s right,” she heard from the skeptical PGA rep.
On the second day of play, the same mistakes were made. Sue spotted them and corrected them.
“So,” asked the PGA rep, “Do you like to travel? Really travel?”
Sue, single at the time and with her weekends free, said, “Sure, I like to travel!”
And travel she did: Sue worked as a teacher during the week and headed to the airport almost every Friday to score dozens of PGA tournaments around the country.
The scoring chair plays a vital role and can have a huge impact. During a particular tournament in Abilene, Texas, which was plagued by wind and rain, George Archer finished his round and was packing up, ready to call it a day. On his way out the door, Sue stopped him.
“You might want to stick around. You’re tied for the lead, you know,” Sue told him.
George Archer ended up winning a five-way play-off. On the flight out of Texas, Sue happened to be seated across from George. “Give her whatever she wants, I’m buying” George told the flight attendant.
In addition to occasional good news, the scoring chair calls the shots on the green. For example, that one time in Cincinnati: The golf ball in fact did land in a very done-for-the-day Lee Trevino’s golf bag, which was on a golf cart parked behind the 18th green. No go, Lee, golf comes first: The ball was retrieved from Trevino’s bag and play resumed. However, the golf bag was not secured properly to the golf cart. And when Lee, finally permitted to leave, stepped on the pedal, it sent his bag and all his clubs flying all over the course. The Merry Mex was left less than merry that day.
The scoring chair must also manage the walking scorers, who are present at the greens. In addition to knowing the rules, it is really helpful, when the walking scorers recognize the players. At Pinehurst, no less, one walking scorer not only didn’t know the rules of golf, but could not recognize three of the biggest names to ever step on a green: Tiger Woods, Lee Westford and John Daley. When the television producers put that call into Sue, you better believe it was all supervisors on deck.
Sue has had the honor of scoring 62 U.S. Opens and has left an important legacy of accuracy to the sport of professional golf. Not only in golf, but Sue has brought her scoring expertise to the sport of Olympic synchronized swimming. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your experiences and expertise with the club.
Rotary Meeting May 31, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting May 3, 2017

Dental screenings and mental health counseling
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is proud to do our part in improving the health and wellbeing of our community. This year, the Club presented a check for $4,500 to go toward dental screening and mental health counseling. Redondo Beach Rotarian Dr. Larry Hashimoto is one of the most active supporters of this program, donating his time and professional talents to giving free dental screenings.
Sue Johnson – Redondo Beach Police Department “Ride Along”
Each year, the Redondo Beach Police Department donates a “Ride Along” in a squad car with an officer to our annual silent auction Casino Night fundraiser. This year, Redondo Beach Rotarian Sue Johnson placed the winning bid.
“It was fascinating,” Sue told the Club, “I’d really recommend doing this if you ever have the opportunity!”
Sue donned a balistic vest and rode along for a full six hours with officer Kyle and German shepherd canine officer Ammo. A typical day for a Redondo Beach police officer is never typical. On this particular day, Sue saw first hand how Kyle and Ammo addressed a number of different incidents, including indecent exposure, DUI and assault. On one call, a man who was suspected of assault on a women became especially belligerent and four officers were required to take the man into custody.
Sue saw first hand to what degree Amo is a highly skilled and trusted partner. Every second that Kyle was away from the squad car, Amo was trained on him, ready to spring instantly into action.
Thank you, Sue, for sharing your day’s adventures with us and thank you, Redondo Beach Police Department for the work you do keeping our community safe.
Raunda Frank and Heather Longride – NCADD
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) provides “education, information, help and hope to the public.” It is considered the world’s leading advocacy group to address alcoholism and drug dependence, with particular emphasis on prevention.  Begun in 1944, NCADD has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about drug use and abuse in the United States and increasingly abroad.
The NCADD maintains a chapter in the South Bay and serves of the communities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Raunda Frank and Heather Longride spoke to the Club about some of the work they do. Much of the work of NCADD focuses on prevention among children and teens. Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse is often a function of ease of access. 75% of teens surveyed in the South Bay admit that getting access to alcohol is very easy. 41% admit to consuming alcohol regularly. About 40% of teens admit that their access alcohol through their parents. A quarter of South Bay teens admit to drinking alcohol at parties. These numbers are concerning, especially when paired with the statistic that close to half of teens, who drink before age 14 will develop an alcohol dependency. Recently, students snuck vodka in a water bottle into a Palos Verdes middle school; several children were rushed that day to the hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning. These children were just 13 years old.
Beginning this year, The State of California has decriminalized marijuana. It is currently legal for Californians to maintain up to six plants in their homes for personal use. In addition, medical marijuana is much more widely available and medical marijuana cards are relatively easy to obtain. Many benefits of marijuana use have been thoroughly researched and thus proven, however, more widespread access has lead to more underage use and abuse. Today’s weed is not your daddy’s weed: In 1982, THC in marijuana, the chemical which produces the high, averaged about 4%. Today, your typical joint will have three times that amount. Medical-grade marijuana will have 20-30% THC. The lasting neurocognitive effects of these higher concentrations of the drug on developing teen minds is not completely understood. Further working at cross purposes of preventing teen and childhood marijuana use are the many marijuana products now commercially available, including pot cookies, candies and soda pops. To a child, tequila would be an acquired taste. But gummy bears and chocolate bars? Marijuana sweets are presenting an especially difficult challenge to parents and prevention educators.
In the South Bay, NCADD sponsors the Prevention Community Council (PCC), which organizes many outreach and education events throughout the year. PCC trains area restaurant and bar wait staff on how check ID’s, the laws surrounding an establishment’s liability when serving patrons alcohol and how and when to refuse to serve alcohol to a customer. PCC also sponsors educational workshops for parents to inform parents of current laws and their liabilities when teens are drinking in their homes. PCC also organizes so-called “reality parties”, wherein teenage volunteers act out a typical teen party where alcohol would be served, drinking games played and binge drinking encouraged.
Good drug and alcohol abuse prevention among our young people involves parents, schools, law enforcement, the kids themselves, as well as highly committed organizations such as NCADD. We want to thank NCADD for their part in keeping our young people healthy and safe.
Rotary Meeting May 3, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Payless Shoes Event

Posted by Jim Stickler on May 02, 2017
Volunteers needed!
Saturday May 13 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM our club will help distribute shoes to needy kids at Payless Shoe Source at the Galleria at 1815 Hawthorne Bl.  
Athena Marano of the Salvation Army is coordinating the families of about 40 to 45 kids to be served.  We need 6-8 volunteers to help with their shoe selection. 
Karen, Anne and Sue have already signed up, so we still need a few more.  Please text or phone me if you have any questions.
George Schane  310-994-6883
Volunteers Needed for Payless Shoes Event Jim Stickler 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Chuck's Travels; April 26, 2017

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Apr 26, 2017

Vision to Learn

One out of every four children has a vision problem. Couple that statistic with this one: 80% of learning happens within the first 12 years of life. Now, look around any school: Are a quarter of the children wearing eyeglasses? Sometimes the expense of prescription eyeglasses is standing between a child and his opportunity to get as much as he can out of his education. Vision to Learn is an organization, which provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to school children throughout Southern California. The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has partnered with Vision to Learn for several years and joins the organization in giving eye exams to Redondo Beach children at our area schools. The highlight of this experience is when the Vision to Learn truck rolls up and fits the children with their new eyeglasses: Eye-opening in so many ways. The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach gave a check for $2000 to this worthy organization to continue their vital work in our community.


Peripheral Artery Exams to Benefit Rotary


Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries. It can be found in the stomach, arms and head, but most commonly in the legs.


Most people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else. The symptoms include pain, cramping or tiredness while walking or climbing stairs. Left untreated, PAD leaves an individual at greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. Left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and even amputation.


Smokers, diabetics, people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are at greater risk of developing PAD. Also, the risk of PAD increases with age.

Redondo Beach Rotarian Dr. Peters has offered to perform PAD exams to our members. Half of the $200 cost will be donated to the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach. Please contact Dr. Peters’ office and make your appointment today!


Chuck Anderson, Merida, Mexico

Redondo Beach Rotarian and 2008 Rotary District 5280 Governor Chuck Anderson is one of our most active and globetrotting members. Chuck shared with us a recent trip to the city of Merida, Mexico. Merida, located on the end of the Yucatan peninsula, has a rich culture and history reaching back thousands of years. The people of Merida maintain a close connection to their Mayan history. The local Yucatec Maya dialect will be very unfamiliar to Spanish speakers: It is a living connection to the time before Columbus arrived. Called the “White City”, Merida is home to many beautiful buildings from the colonial era.

While the sightseeing is well worth it (including the must-see Mayan ruins and a swim in an underground (!) spring), Chuck and his fellow Rotarians took the opportunity of this trip to come to the aid of the community. The Emmanuel preschool was in need of a safe and enriching play area, as well as a few other upgrades. Rotarians contributed to revamping the play area and painting the bathrooms. The ground is very hard in Merida, but planting trees in a local park was also on the list. The Coby Bachelor Degree School was provided sewing machines, fabric and rent to assist in fostering vocational education. In addition, Rotary is assisting in medical outreach to the community. Chuck, as he has done in many other countries, at many other Rotary projects, and to hundreds of children around the world, distributed his “signature” Chuckles candy and plush toys.

Thank you, Chuck, for sharing your travels and also for your indefatigable service to Rotary.
Chuck's Travels; April 26, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day of Service Is All About Seniors

Posted by Jim Stickler on Apr 24, 2017
13 Redondo Beach Rotarians and 3 guests washed windows, pulled weeds and trimmed bushes for seniors in the local communities.  We partnered with Beach Cities Health District and spent the Saturday morning improving the lives and property of community members who needed assistance.
After getting dirty and sweaty on a beautiful morning, we retired to our favorite Fish Shop for some good food and fellowship.  
Working hard:
Rotary Day of Service Is All About Seniors Jim Stickler 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Meeting April 12, 2017

Rotary Scholar Lindsey Fyfe

Music has a way of bringing people together. And so does Rotary. Once upon a time in 2008, a lovely Redondo Beach Rotarian Vicki Radel went on a first date with charming Downtown Rotarian Peter Lattey. They went to hear a young folk singer at a club in Silver Lake. That young folk singer must have woven some magic, because that first date turned into another and Vicki and Peter, in addition to being very active Rotarians and humanitarians, are today a very happy couple.

Fast forward a few years and that same young folk singer, Lindsey Fyfe, through Vicki’s help, was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"Rotary changed my life," Lindsey explained, “I connected with so many people. Artists, folk singers. My Rotary year was a wonderful time, that set the course for what I am doing.”

Lindsey is currently a director for education at an art center in her home state of Connecticut. She is also the proud recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow certificate, also thanks to Vicki's efforts.


Alexis Sheehy, Total Solar Eclipses

Every few years, Redondo Beach Rotarians Alexis and Jim Sheehy will travel thousands of miles, spend thousands of dollars, and even board on a ship and sail into the middle of the ocean, just to stand for a couple of minutes in the shade.
Except this isn’t just any shade: This is moon shade. . . . (Click "Read more" below to the right for additional information about an eclipse.) 


Rotary Meeting April 12, 2017 Nancy Langdon 2017-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Clothing or Toiletries Needed for Homeless Misson to Downtown LA

The first Saturday of every month a group of dedicated Redondo Beach Rotarians goes to downtown LA to help feed and cloth the homeless population.  We need clothing, particularly mens clothes, pants, underwear, socks and shirts are the most desirable.
Please see George Schane to make arrangements.
Clothing or Toiletries Needed for Homeless Misson to Downtown LA 2017-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Redondo Beach Rotary Sponsors Sathie

(REDONDO BEACH, California) The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach is now sponsoring a “mother” in the Amarok Society’s “Adopt a  Mother” program. It is an education program for poor women who reside in the slums in Bangledesh. We currently sponsor Sathie Kartun, a 20-year-0ld woman from the slums of Dacca. Click HERE to learn more about Sathie.  And click HERE to hear former Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson and Gem Munro of the Amarok Society speak to Rotarians about the work of the society and creating peace through service. The Amarok Society is a Canadian non-profit based in Toronto.
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Gardening At Peary Middle School

Posted by Jim Stickler on Feb 26, 2017
Redondo Beach and other Rotary Clubs along with about 40 school kids joined together on Saturday to continue cleaning and restoring the garden at Peary Middle School.
The crew worked hard, cleaning up brush, pulling stumps, installing a new drip irrigation system and even demolishing some rotting storage bins.
Thanks to Eli Gauna, George Schane, Peter Lattey, Vicki Radel, Bob Hockberger, Patty Pickles, Jim Sheehy, President Alexis and Jim Stickler for their effort.
Also recognition to Henry Washington and Odette Board of Peary Middle School.
A special thankyou to Republic Services who donated a dumpster for all the garden waste.  It was filled to the brim!
Gardening At Peary Middle School Jim Stickler 2017-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Community Service & RB Rotary Foundation Present Check at City Council

The Club and the Foundation presented a VERY LARGE check to Mike Stark to recognize the work of the Redondo Beach Police Reserves and to present the proceeds of the Police Reserves Recognition Dinner.
The presentation was made at the City Council meeting on February 21. Terry Bichlmeier, George Schane, President Alexis and Mayor Steve Aspel attended.
Community Service & RB Rotary Foundation Present Check at City Council Jim Stickler 2017-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Weekly Luncheon - January 18, 2017

Posted by Bill Paul
(REDONDO BEACH, California) January 18, 2017 -- The highlight of today's luncheon was the our meals were delayed, almost permanently due to a breakdown of the Bluewater Grill's elevator. To their everlasting credit though, the chefs of Bluewater barely missed a beat and rustled up another meal of halibut and rice and a great salad.  Thanks folks.
Announcements, well we had several. Incoming president Walter Campbell urged members to buy their Casino Night tickets.  He noted this year purchasing can be done online, but added, "January 31st is the deadline.  Tickets go up in price and there won't be any turning back.  No exceptions this year."
Colette Paul followed up by circulating a flyer giving members a chance to sign up for either a cash sponsorship or table sponsorship. At least $2,900 was pledged, with a total for these two activities of just over $13,000.
President Sheehy acknowledged the anniversary of Rotarian Allen Peters.  "Jeanne and I spent a wonderful weekend near Ojai celebrating our 35th anniversary," he said.
Alexis also announced a change of venue for next week.  She said the club will meet downstairs at the Bluewater Grill next week because of the malfunctioning elevator.

She also noted that Pearl Davis is resting at the Acute Care facility on Lomita Blvd. and encourage members to visit Pearl.

Guests included Rotarians Jim Beardsley and Richard Henseler of South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, Connie Siegel of Harrisburg Rotary Club and former Redondo Beach Rotarian Suzanne Lucas.  Also, Athena Marano of the Salvation Army accompanied Capt. Marcello Goncalves.
Our scheduled luncheon speaker missed his appointment.  In his stead new member D.P. Agrawal--on few minutes' notice--stepped up to the plate and gave his craft talk. Of course it helps that he is a former two-time president of the Rotary Club of North Attleboro in Massachusetts.
Weekly Luncheon - January 18, 2017 Bill Paul 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Learning about Waterfront Education While Dining on Seafood at the Waterfront —January 4, 2017 Luncheon

Posted by Andrea Mosman on Jan 08, 2017
(REDONDO BEACH, California January 4, 2017)
Vicki Radel led the meeting in Alexis Sheehy’s absence. 
Vicki began the meeting by reading a letter from the Salvation Army, thanking our Rotary Club for its generosity during the holiday season.
Jim Stickler led the club in singing Happy Birthday to Vicki.
George Schane announced that more volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels, and circulated a sign-up sheet.
This Saturday we will be going downtown to help the homeless. George Schane will be driving and he has room for passengers—please contact him if you need a ride. Donations of clothing and small toiletry items are appreciated.
Jim Stickler announced that on Saturday January 28th, there will be a garden clean-up at Perry Middle School in Gardena. Gardeners and their implements are needed!
Jim Chen told us that Ernie O’Dell received a new heart and is doing well. He has been returning calls to his cell phone, so good wishes are welcome.
Pearl Davis is still at Little Company of Mary and would like to have visitors. Although her memory is weak at times, she loves to reminisce.
Jim Stickler announced our guest speaker, Julie Coll, founder and CEO/Executive Director of Waterfront Education (previously King Harbor Boating Foundation).
Julie’s vision of gender equality regardless of socioeconomic background is the cornerstone for Waterfront Education’s community mission. By utilizing nature’s local waters to create hands-on STEM and STEAM learning experiences, Julie hopes to share her passion for the ocean and instill an understanding of the urgent need for its stewardship and conservation.
Julie Coll and Mark Hanson founded Waterfront Education in 2012 with a passion for educating on the water. Julie noted that people, particularly children, get out on the water and start to develop confidence while they come to appreciate and embrace nature.
Our harbor is unique. Being small and not commercial, it is great for beginners on the water. The ocean access is very near, and cool things happen in our harbor. For example, we have a thriving sand dollar colony!
Julie shared a slideshow of students enjoying waterfront education. She told us that her organization seeks to design programs that enthuse and inspire with STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Math) programs based on hands-on learning.
Waterfront Education has a hub at SEA Lab, from which they run programs with the help of businesses in the community who want to help get people into the water while learning as well as having fun. STEM Sailing with South Bay Sailing is one of their business community collaborations.
Waterfront Education is committed to recreation and education; for example, sailing while learning. STEM classes that they teach are relevant to their local students. For examples, plate tectonics provide a topic of interest for Southern California residents.
The core values of Waterfront Education include safety, respect, stewardship, equality, fun, innovation, collaboration, community, leadership, and discovery.
Julie shared details of a few classes that they teach, including Lobster Hunt, Tinker Time, Explore & Discover, and WE can SEA Filmmaking. They also teach a large class with SEA Lab called Discovery at Sea.
Students are currently mostly home schooled from kindergarten to the eighth grade. Seventy-five percent are male and 25% are female. Most are local, but some travel over an hour to get to classes!
Waterfront Education is funded by fees for services, corporate sponsors, grants, family foundations, and individual donors.
Future plans include developing a scholarship program to extend beyond a one-mile reach, launch an adult program, create a STEM event/competition, and equip the marine innovation lab.
Final Notes:
Karen Weigel won the raffle, but not the red marble.
The Flag Salute was led by George Schane. Our greeter was Rolando Andrade. Vicki Radel’s inspiration was inspired by the concept of Gratitude. Bob Hockberger and Jim Stickler delivered Meals on Wheels. Guests were Athena Marano, Ivy Wheeler, and Connie Siegel.
Learning about Waterfront Education While Dining on Seafood at the Waterfront —January 4, 2017 Luncheon Andrea Mosman 2017-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

A Visit To Baja California: Abandoned Youth Agricultural Learning Project

  International committee members Vera Jimenez and Terry Bichlmeier went to Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday to meet with prior RBRC member Nicholas Sandoval of Create Purpose and discuss our club’s participation in an RI global grant for The Abandoned Youth Agricultural Learning Project in BCS, Mexico (Nicholas has dedicated his life to serving the abandoned youth of Baja and moved to Tijuana in March of 2015).
After a slight detour, past member Nicholas met us in Tijuana and lead us to Hogar de Esperanza (home of hope) that cares for about 54 of Tijuana’s abandoned children. Create Purpose operates a garden and child development program at the home every Friday and Saturday.
The holistic program strives to break the cycle of poverty in Baja Mexico through hands on education.
The urban garden project at the orphanage site including composting, soil preparation; planting, tending, and harvesting. We saw corn, kale, squash, Sunflowers, spinach. 
We met their team of professionals  including educator-nutritionist, Marlena; psychologist, Lisa; agriculturist, Samuel and other mentors. We also discussed future plans for an aquaponics and grey water project to further enrich the garden.  
Finally we met with a very impressive 23 year old Rotaract, President Amable.  She and Nicholas have secured the backing of the original Tijuana Rotary club and District 4100 as the local partner club for a global grant.
A Visit To Baja California: Abandoned Youth Agricultural Learning Project Terry Bichlmeier 2016-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Shrimp Kebabs with Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kauffman—September 28, 2016 Luncheon

Posted by Andrea Mosmann
(REDONDO BEACH, California) September 28, 2016—At today’s luncheon, we heard from Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kauffman.
Vicki Radel announced that the Redondo Beach Rotary Club has received a certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Los Angeles for our outreach to the downtown homeless, PCI, and Mama Hill’s Help.
Vicki invited all members who have participated in the program to come to the podium for a group photo.
Terry Bichlmeier told us that the Amazon Smile Foundation would support our community service efforts if individuals would please register under the “Redondo Beach Rotary Club Community Foundation” when shopping at
Andrea Mosmann (above left) and Vera Jimenez exchanged their red badges for permanent badges.
Amy Zimmerman asked if anyone was able to host our exchange student, Shogo Oseogawa, October 10-11 and/or February 25 to the end of May.

Scott Young asked if anyone was able to store the boat currently in his garage. Amy Zimmerman and Nora Giralt volunteered.
Camp Pendleton donations, cash or gift cards, can be brought to the October 11th District Breakfast, or Alexis can take them for you if you give them to her.
Eli Gauna reminded us that the Rotary Foundation requested that the club donate $2650 in honor of the centennial. We have greatly exceeded that amount. In fact, Jim Chen donated $2650 himself! Also, be sure to turn in the raffle tickets that you sold in support of the October 22 Foundation Celebration aboard the Battleship USS Iowa.
Amy Zimmerman and George Schane will take donations of clothes and toiletries to the downtown homeless. See them to donate or to learn about carpooling to the next event.
Guests were Athena Marano, and Tom Tryon.
The Flag Salute was led by Rick Wendorff. The Inspiration inspired by Autumn was given by Vera Jimenez. Our greeters for the day were Faisal Hashmi and Robert Baker. Meals on Wheels were delivered by George Schane and Jim Stickler.
Shrimp Kebabs with Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kauffman—September 28, 2016 Luncheon Andrea Mosmann 2016-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Donate to the Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation Every Time You Use

For all of you who buy from, here is a simple way to contribute to the Redondo Beach Community Foundation.  
When you use Amazon, just follow this link:
When you arrive, you'll be asked to register, Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation should be setup for you.
This will apply .5% of every purchase you make to the foundation.
Have a great time buying and giving to a great cause.
Donate to the Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation Every Time You Use 2016-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Feeding the Homeless September 3, 2016

Posted by Jim Stickler on Sep 07, 2016
Chuck Anderson, Vera Jimenez and Amy Zimmerman traveled to downtown LA, Skid Row, to help feed the homeless population.  We partner with People for Community Improvement (PCI) to help deliver a hot meal, distribute clothing and toiletries to a very vulnerable population.
The Club purchased underwear and socks to distribute. 
This event takes place the on the first Saturday of every month.  We usually arrive around 7:30am and finish up within 2 hours.
If you're interested in joining us, please see Vera Jimenez.
Amy Zimmerman dishes it out.......
A moment of reflection before the work begins
Feeding the Homeless September 3, 2016 Jim Stickler 2016-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Waterway Security—Helping the US Coastguard to keep our community safe—August 31, 2016 Luncheon

Posted by Andrea Mosmann
(REDONDO BEACH, California) August 31, 2016—At today’s luncheon, we heard from Commodore Harry Jacobs, Director of Public Affairs, US Coastguard Auxiliary.
Thank you to George Schane, Scott and Brice Young, Rick Wendorff, Colette Paul, and Jim Chen for the boat for the district picnic. Also, thank you to Colette Paul or providing the ice cream. Our boat didn’t win the competition, but at least we didn’t sink!
Vera Jimenez announced that on the first Saturday of each month, we have a homeless outreach in downtown LA, giving toiletries and large men’s clothing to those in need. Those interested in donating or helping with distribution are encouraged to come to 5th and Towne at 7 AM on Saturday. Anyone interested in carpooling should contact Vera.
Faisal Hashmi’s brother passed away recently. We send him our condolences, and a card was passed around for signatures.
Portofino Gives Back, every Tuesday at Baleen Kitchen, will give a $1 donation to the Rotary Club for every drink purchased. On the fourth week of the month, the donation from the Portofino will be $2.
Guests were Lisa Leonard, Nikki Parsons, and Eunice Lopez.
Music accompanying lunch was “Zadok the Priest” by late baroque era composer George Frederick Handel.
The Flag Salute was led by Jim Sheehy. In his Inspiration, Bob Hockberger quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson. Our greeter for the day was Bill Gard. Meals on Wheels were delivered by Amy Zimmerman.
Waterway Security—Helping the US Coastguard to keep our community safe—August 31, 2016 Luncheon Andrea Mosmann 2016-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

It Was a Dark & Stormy NIght at the District Picnic Boat Race 

Posted by Jim Stickler on Aug 27, 2016
The sea was not kind to our entry in the District Picnic but the boat was beautiful and the intrepid seamen Scott & Bryce Young, put forth a great effort.
Jim Chen, George Schane, Scott Young, Bryce Young, Rick Wendorf and Colette Paul built and decorated the Rotary Schooner!
Chuck Anderson was the Commodore (a very Jolly Commodore!)
It Was a Dark & Stormy NIght at the District Picnic Boat Race  Jim Stickler 2016-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
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Club Members Fill 120 Backpacks with School Supplies

After Wednesday's meeting District Governor Greg O'Brien led the Club members to the Backpack Production Line.  Pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, paper and more were stuffed into 120 backpacks in about 20 minutes of breathless activity.
The backpacks will be shared by Salvation Army and Redondo Beach Police Department Domestic Violence Initiative.
A huge thank you to Athena Morano, Bob Hockberger, George Schane and Jim Stickler for procuring and transporting the supplies and backpacks.
And of course none of this would have happened without the vigorous activity of all the Rotarians.
Click the link to see pictures of the Club at work........
Club Members Fill 120 Backpacks with School Supplies Jim Stickler 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Greg O’Brien’s Visit—August 17, 2016 Luncheon

Posted by Andrea Mosmann on Aug 20, 2016
(REDONDO BEACH, California) August 17, 2016—At today’s luncheon, we had a great many visitors, and our speaker was District Governor Greg O’Brien.
Fine Master Terry Bichlmeier announced a recognition fine of $10 for Faisal Hashmi, who fulfilled all requirements for receiving his permanent badge, and Eli Gauna’s Lexus keys were returned for a fine of $20.
A new member was inducted today! D.P. Agarwal comes to us from Massachusetts, where he had been a Rotarian for many years. He moved to the U.S. from India in 1967, has a Ph.D. in Materials Science, and enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.
This morning, the Board announced that our club needed to raise $2650 for Polio Plus this year. Club President Alexis Sheehy took volunteers at luncheon today, who pledged $25-$500 each to reach the total needed.
Jim Stickler announced that we will be filling 120 backpacks with back-to-school supplies immediately after today’s club meeting.
Bill Gard reminded us that the Club picnic is to be on held August 27th from 5-9PM.
Nancy Langdon introduced Luke Pilapil, who is a high school student on his way to Italy. Luke attends the Orange County High School for the Arts. He will be traveling to Italy for 11 months, and today he shared pictures of his family and the village that is his destination. He thanked the Rotary for sponsoring him, and invited us to follow his blog on YouTube.
Alexis Sheehy introduced Terry Bichlmeier, to whom the District Governor awarded the ruby and sapphire “Paul Harris Plus 6” pin, as a token of thanks for his generous Rotary service.
Alexis also presented flowers to Carolyn O’Brien, for her support of the Rotary with her husband, the District Governor.
The Flag Salute was led by Terry Bichlmeier, and the Inspiration included a quote from David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and was presented by Walter Campbell. Chuck Anderson delivered Meals on Wheels this week. Our greeter was George Schane. Guests were the District Governor Greg O’Brien and his wife Carolyn O’Brien, Assistant Governor Karen Greenberg, Executive Aide Jerry Brown, Dexter McLeod, Dainlyn and Luke Pilapil, Myo Min Tun, D.P. Agarwal, Desiree Galessi, and Athena Marano.
District Governor Greg O’Brien’s Visit—August 17, 2016 Luncheon Andrea Mosmann 2016-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Vivaldi, Best Buddies, and Salmon—August 10, 2016 Luncheon

Posted by Andrea Mosmann on Aug 11, 2016
(REDONDO BEACH, California) August 20, 2016—At today’s luncheon, we listened to Vivaldi and learned about the Best Buddies program from Alisa Stein.
Club President Alexis Sheehy reminded us that the Governor is coming to visit the club next week.
Jim Stickler announced that we will be filling 120 backpacks with back-to-school supplies next week immediately after the club meeting.
Scott Young told us that in getting ready for the picnic on the 27th of August, we need people to help with the design for the boat. This needs to be done by next week.
Alexis Sheehy announced that an anonymous check for $5000 was donated to the club foundation.
The Flag Salute was led by Marcello Gonsalves, and the Inspiration included words by the Dalai Lama and was presented by PDG Vicki Radel. Nancy Langdon and Jeff Weigel delivered Meals on Wheels this week. Our greeter was Bob Hockberger. Guests were Athena Marano and our speaker Alisa Stein.
Vivaldi, Best Buddies, and Salmon—August 10, 2016 Luncheon Andrea Mosmann 2016-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
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$5000 Donation to Community Foundation

Arlington, TX 76013

Mr. Jim Sheehy
Redondo Beach Community Foundation
200 North Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Mr. Sheehy:

Please find enclosed a personal check for $5,000 to be used by Redondo Beach Community Foundation. My wife, xxxxx, and I were made aware of your organization by Maury Wills. It is extremely difficult to concisely put into words what the friendship of Maury and Carla Wills has meant to the entire xxxxx family, and the fact that he mentioned your organization is about as good of an endorsement as you can get. Maury is an incredible role model! I have seen first-hand the impact he has had on the lives of young and old alike. What Maury has done for the youth of the United States of America is worthy of a Presidential Freedom Medal.. . . . .true story.

Suffice to say, we consider Maury and Carla extremely close friends. Yet, we know we are only two of a thousand people that can make that claim.  So, xxxxx  and I ask the following regarding the attached check:

Xxxxx  and I remain anonymous
The attached gift be identified as "An appreciation for the generosity and kindness by Maury & Carla Wills."
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Rotarians Support Homeless in DownTown LA

Seven Redondo Beach Rotarians traveled to downtown LA to help feed the homeless.  George Schane, Nasrin Moghadasian, Galina Gilman, Amy Zimmerman, Nora Giralt and Jim Stickler, Chuck Anderson helped hand out hot meals, distribute clothing and toiletries to the needy population.
Over 300 people were served
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Bach, Aerospace and Lunch -- August 3, 2016 Luncheon

Posted on Aug 04, 2016
(REDONDO BEACH, California) August 3, 2016 -We heard about Bach and the aerospace industry in southern California at today's luncheon.
Announcements: Club President Alexis Sheehy reminded us of an email she sent a few days ago.  There are 20 openings left for a waterfront tour of the Redondo Beach Marina on August 7th.  A reception will follow.
 PDG Chuck Anderson encourage members to sign up for the club's Reading-by-Nine program.  he also noted that only 4% of Americans donate blood, and encouraged club members to donate to the Outpatient Program at Torrance Memorial Hospital.  Call 310-517-4647 to make an appointment to donate.
Bill Paul announced the club has eleven members who are MOU trained, qualified and certified to participate in the District 5280 community and global grant program. they are: Alexis Sheehy, Nasrin Moghadasian, Andrea Mosmann, PDG Chuck Anderson, James Jackman, John Russell, Karen Weigel, Jeff Weigel, Nancy Langdon, PDG Vicki Radel and Bill Paul
Guests:  Athena Murano with Captain Marcelo Goncalves of the Salvation Army, Desiree Galassi, and luncheon speaker Al Muratsuchi
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Club Meeting July 27, 2016: Scuba in Redondo

Posted by Andrea Mosmann on Jul 31, 2016
Flag Salute: George Schane
Inspiration: Amy Zimmerman

Hugs and Handshakes
Announcements and pictures from RI Convention
Birthdays: Amy Zimmerman July 28, Larry Hashimoto July 30, Chuck Anderson July 15
Meals on Wheels: George Schane & David Whitehead. We need two Meals on Wheels volunteers for August 3
Greeter: Jim Stickler
Scott Young Re: Picnic; Bill Gard Re: Breakfast and Picnic
Chuck Anderson
Steve Aspel
Fine Master: Terry Bichlmeier

Guests: D.P. Aggarwal, Anne Shea
Athena, Rick Mendoza, Judith Sirote
Music: Toccata and Fugue in B Minor by JS Bach
Speaker: Jim Sheehy announced speaker PDG Rick Mendoza:
Rick Mendoza is one of many scuba divers in the Redondo Beach Rotary Club. Rick presented a slide show with pictures from all over the world, from Catalina to the Mediterranean. Photos included beautiful underwater shots of sharks, coral, fish, sand slugs and worms, starfish, seahorses and more. Rick explained the importance of the use of artificial light in depicting the beautiful colors of underwater life, and shared information about the unfortunate decline of the underwater ecosystem.
Scuba instructor Rick Mendoza "in the day."
Club Meeting July 27, 2016: Scuba in Redondo Andrea Mosmann 2016-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Letters...We Get Letters, Thank you notes: Jim Stickler 2016-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Picnic August 27 - Seaside Lagoon Jim Stickler 2016-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

People for Community Improvement "Walk for LIfe"

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jul 08, 2016
Saturday, July 16, will be the 7th annual PCI (People for Community Involvement) "Walk for Life" event celebrating "life" and the work that our inner city Peace Advocate friends at PCI have accomplished.  Due to their work physical assaults have decreased by 85%, homicides by 95% and in the last 4 years there has not been a single gang related homicide in the West Athens area which PCI serves.
This "Walk For Life" is a celebration of "life" over violence and honors all the anti-gang violence work that PCI continues to do.
Several Rotary clubs have participated in the past years and this year we will be carrying the "Rotary 5280 Peace Banner" as we walk the route beginning at the Sheriff's Youth Center located at 11911 S. Vermont, LA, CA 90044.  We will be walking with the LAPD and Sheriff troops as well as other concerned and supportive citizens.  
Please join us for a safe and uplifting few hours spent in the inner city in a celebration of life over violence!  Remember to meet at the Sheriff's Youth Center to begin the walk.
People for Community Improvement "Walk for LIfe" Jim Stickler 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Peary Middle School Garden Flourishes With Redondo Beach Rotary Support

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jul 03, 2016
Redondo Beach Rotary obtained a District Grant this year to help feed the hungry children of Los Angeles.  We successfully ran cooking classes at Peary Middle School in Gardena and helped them to revitalize the schools garden.  The garden is a source of learning and fresh fruits and vegetables for the students and the community.
Henry Washington, the supervisor of the garden and the students sent us these pictures of their efforts to plant trees, vegetables, build a drip irrigation system and clean out the garden.
We're planning to participate in their next garden event after the school year starts up again.
Peary Middle School Garden Flourishes With Redondo Beach Rotary Support Jim Stickler 2016-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Hockberger Joins Club

Our newest member is Robert Hockberger.  Bob is an M.D. who has practiced medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for 30 years where he was department chair for Emergency Medicine. Bob retired two years ago but continues to teach interns in the ER. His classification is medical education. He attributes his interest in medicine, teaching and service to his experience during childhood babysitting his five brothers -- and the fact that his dad was a Republican businessman and his mom a liberal activist, were both very active in the community. Jim Stickler sponsored him into the club."
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Create Purpose - Nicholas Sandoval Program 3-15-2016

Posted by Dave Whitehead
Our Speaker today, former RB Rotarian Nicholas Sandoval gave an inspirational talk about his work with the Tijuana Orphanage for abandoned children. Below is the video that was not working at the end of his program. Enjoy....
Create Purpose - Nicholas Sandoval Program 3-15-2016 Dave Whitehead 2016-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Donate To RB Rotary Community Foundation When You Buy From Amazon Jim Stickler 2016-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

Luncheon Speaker Garcetti Focuses on Clean Water

Posted by Bill Paul on Jun 11, 2016
(REDONDO BEACH, California - May 8, 2016)  Luncheon speaker Gil Garcetti is probably better known for his work on the OJ. Simpson murder case two decades ago, than he is for his photography. But haunting photos of recent trips to Africa on various water projects brought home to us how  life changes "magically" when people no longer have to walk three or four miles, one way, three-times daily, to fetch water for their daily sustenance.
Photos courtesy of Gil Garcetti
"I was booted out of office in the November 2000 election, he said.  Long an avid photographer of urban development, Garcetti's passion for photography led him to a trip to West Africa with a nonprofit organization dedicated to drilling wells to bring clean water to the region. Through the lens of his camera he saw "the problem girls and women have having to fetch water daily.:  Teaming with World Vision, a world-wide non-profit with technical abilities, and Rotary Clubs, he raised funds for wells to be dug.
"The fresh water is right underground. You can't believe the magic that takes place, the tears of joy when people see safe, clean water for the first time.  It costs about $12,200 for World Vision to dig one well, and then they commit to it for 15 years. More importantly, girls get to go to school, microfinance programs get underway.  Access to clean, safe water changes lives."
Luncheon Speaker Garcetti Focuses on Clean Water Bill Paul 2016-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians and Payless Shoes Bring Joy to Little Feet

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jun 05, 2016
Twenty children selected shoes and  sandals Saturday at Payless Shoes in the South Bay Galleria.  The children had a great time finding the latest styles and trying on shoes with the help of parents and Rotarians.
Amy Zimmerman, Terry Bichlmeier, Bruce Logan and his daughter Sarah, Sue Johnson, President Nasrin, Marna Smeltzer, Rolando Andrade, and Gayle Bailey provided support.  Captain Marcelo Goncalves and Athena Moreno from Salvation Army helped bring the children and their families.
The staff at Payless Shoes and Mall management helped to make this event a success.
Thanks to all for a wonderful morning!
Rotarians and Payless Shoes Bring Joy to Little Feet Jim Stickler 2016-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Feed the Homeless in Downtown LA

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jun 05, 2016
Saturday morning Redondo Beach Rotary traveled to Downtown LA to help ease the lives of homeless people living on the street.
Redondo Beach Rotarians & Friends arrived before the PCI & Outreach We Care team arrived with set-up.
Prior to feeding the hungry we observed a Korean Church group giving haircuts to those in need.
The Rotarians in attendance were Andrea Mossman, Nancy Langdon, George Schane, Vera Jimenez, Walter Campbell and Vicki Radel.
Non-Rotarians were: Julia Cullinan and Jeannine Calderon.
They fed approximate 350 hungry people a hot nutritious meal plus handed out toiletries, oranges, and clothing.
Rotarians Feed the Homeless in Downtown LA Jim Stickler 2016-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Broccoli and Free Trade

(REDONDO BEACH, California - May 25, 2016)  U.S. trade isn't usually high on the conversational topic of most people, including
At today's luncheon our speaker set out to change our mindset  and focused our attention on free trade. Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. is the founder, president and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), a think-tank/consulting firm focused on trade policy analysis and advising businesses on the best strategies for taking advantage of global market opportunities.
In 25 minutes she explained the philosophies that underlie most American's attitudes about free trade with other nations.  "The first belief is that free trade eliminates tariffs and secondly that it increases or eliminates quotes," she said. The answer, she said, It all depends because the United States has numerous bilateral trade agreements with nations worldwide.
Turning her attention to the current presidential race, she asked: "Are the candidates protectionists, free trade advocates or somewhere in between?"
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Rotary Club Awards Scholarships, Teacher Mini-Grants

The club held an evening meeting on May 18th at Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach to award scholarships to deserving students and mini-grants to outstanding teachers in the Redondo Union School District.  A total of 64 people attended the meeting including Rotarians, teacher, principals, and students and their families.
(from left) Diego Reyes who plans to attend UC Santa Cruz; D'Mitri Williams is headed to El Camino; Anna Reyes; Massa Kassab plans a career in medicine; Anna Sieger received a full music scholarship to a school in Pennsylvania; and Rotarian Terry Bichlmier. The club awarded teacher mini-grants to three teachers in the Redondo Beach Union School District. Receiving awards were Jennifer Bell of the Tulita Elementary School, Thea Turnbull of the Patrras Middle School and Gillian Moberg of the Redondo Union High School.
Rotary Club Awards Scholarships, Teacher Mini-Grants 2016-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

RB Rotary Teaches Middle School Students to Cook

Posted by Jim Stickler on May 04, 2016
10 students at Peary Middle School are learning to cook through the efforts of Redondo Beach Rotary and a grant from Rotary District 5280.  Our Chef, Meg Colvin, has taught three classes.  Students learned to make sloppy joe's with lentils, cookie dough balls as a better snack than sugary processed food and Thai spring rolls with peanut sauce.
RB Rotary Teaches Middle School Students to Cook Jim Stickler 2016-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Vision-to-Learn at Adams Middle School

Posted on Apr 24, 2016
(REDONDO BEACH, California)  April 22, 2016  --  Half a dozen club members traveled to Adams Middle School today to deliver eyeglasses to 45 students.  The activity was the culmination of the club's Vision-to-Learn project.

"I love it when a child puts on their glasses for the first time and says 'WOW!' and this child pictured below (left) is the youngster who said, "Wow.", said Nora Maclellan, coordinator of the project.  Another child was overheard to say, "I can read the sign on that far wall, wow!"

There are 11 more students who were examined last week and will be getting their glasses very soon!  That is 56 kids whose lives will be forever changed.  That's a total of 62 children who got free eye exams," she said.  As part of this project every student at Adams Middle School had their vision screened by the school nurse or by your fellow Rotarians - that was a total of 982 students!  Therefore, every child at Adams Middle School benefited from this project."

"Thank you for making the Rotary Community Service project involving Vision To Learn such a great success at Adams Middle School," she said.

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Weekly Luncheon - April 6, 2016

(REDONDO BEACH, California) April 6, 2016 -- At today's luncheon we were treated to craft talks by two of our newest members, Andrea Mosmann and Vera Jimenez.
Andrea Mosmann, otherwise a seeming mild-manner woman, told us how she took an early interest in technology, graduating with a degree in the field.  She became a teacher but after a several years decided she didn't like the field but chose to stay in research.  That led her to AI or artificial intelligence. Along the way she received top secret clearance and studied decision making among the Pashtu.  That's one of the ethnicities fighting for survival in the Middle East.  Andrea also studied decision making in Pakistan, Yemen and Libya.  Now, she is a grant writer for non-profits in the South Bay. There she met PDG Vicki Radel and before long became a Rotarian. Mild-mannered indeed!
Andrea Mosmann Vera Jimenez
Our second speaker was Vera Jimenez. "Where there is no vision the people perish," she said, opening her craft talk. "That statement is etched on the exterior of the county center across the street from the Fish Shop." Vera and her husband own the Fish Shop Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Vera recounted her childhood, growing up believing she was a slow learner and receiving spanking when she was "naughty" as she put it. "Plus, I wasn't born in the USA and never felt I could belong." But her life changed dramatically at age 17 when she put on a spare pair of glasses.  "Oh my God, I saw crispness for the first time," she exclaimed.  No longer of the belief that she was a slow learner, she soon realized that people engage in service for others and that lead her to join Rotary.
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Meeting Summary March 30, 2016

Posted by Jim Stickler on Apr 04, 2016
An event filled meeting for Wednesday March 30, 2016.   After the sweat filled work out led by President Nasrin, Steve Scerra recognized members whose Rotary anniversary was in March. 
  • Nora Giralt - 1 year
  • Jim Stickler – 4 years
  • Bill Gard – 8 years
  • Nasrin Moghadasian – 11 years
  • Ernie O’Dell – 34 years
  • Ted Wendorf – 59 years!
Our speaker was Cozette Vergari.  Cozette spoke about Rotary attracting new, young professionals to membership and staying relevant as an organization.
She asked the assembly for their ideas on staying relevant.  Suggestions were: Maintain a positive spirit; Stay physically, mentally and emotionally engaged; Be useful to others; Be open and adaptable to change.
She spoke about a new membership classification, Young Professional.  This designation has only two requirements, that they pay the RI dues and they are less than 40 years old.  The local club may define all other terms of membership, with the objective of being flexible about finances and meetings.
Cozette’s Club, Westchester, has allowed Young Professionals to meet separately outside the club for a less costly meal and to participate as they choose in the Club events.  However, these individuals are full members and are asked to serve on committees and participate in the club activities.  Westchester has attracted 10 members into this program.
She also described the results of the Rotary Summit at UC Berkeley.  The attendees were separated the first day by age, under and over 40, and asked to develop a list of concerns and suggestions.  When the two groups were combined on the second day, their lists were very similar.
Cozette emphasized that Young Professionals want to be respected for their knowledge, experience and capabilities and be listened to as equals.  They also want to learn from the more mature members.
For her wrap-up, President Nasrin encouraged everyone to eat better and include oranges and nuts In their daily diet.
Meeting Summary March 30, 2016 Jim Stickler 2016-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
More Pictures from Casino NIght Rick Mendoza, PDG & Nancy Langdon 2016-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Preliminary Casino Night Numbers!

Alexis Sheehy reported that the Silent Auction total was over $25,000. It looks like we will net over $40,000. Revenue from some auction items has not come in yet, and some expenses have not been paid for.  We'll have a complete tally by next meeting.
Also we sold three African Safari's and there is one more that can be sold!  Don't miss this opportunity
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Weekly Meeting February 10, 2016

Posted by Jim Stickler on Feb 13, 2016
Our first evening meeting of the new year was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to recognize the sponsors of Casino Night.  Amy Zimmerman, Terry Bichlmeier , Patricia Dreizler, Alexis Sheehy, Walter Campbell and Jim Chen were recognized.
Michael Payton, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza hosted us and put out a spread of food that was marvelous.
Weekly Meeting February 10, 2016 Jim Stickler 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Feeds the Hungry in Downtown LA

Posted by Jim Stickler on Feb 06, 2016

Redondo Beach Rotarians traveled to downtown Los Angeles Saturday February 6, 2016 to help feed the homeless.
Nasrin Moghadasian, Nancy Langdon, Jim Stickler, Vera Jimenez, Nora Giralt and Andrea Mosman, they were joined by Christina from Interact and George Schane.
Hot food, toiletries, drinks and clothing were given to hundreds of individuals who live on the street in Skid Row. 
This effort was an outgrowth of the sponsorship by the Club of People for Community Improvement (PCI).

Rotary Feeds the Hungry in Downtown LA Jim Stickler 2016-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Weekly Luncheon February 3, 2016

Posted by Jim Stickler on Feb 03, 2016
A busy meeting today, besides the usual warm up exercises led by President Nasrin, we welcomed 3 guests: George Schane, Jennifer Goldstein and Steve Goldstein.
President Nasrin presented the Non-Rotarian Business Person of the Year Award to Steve Goldstein, for his service to the community and upholding the principals of Rotary.  He was lured to the meeting by his spouse Jennifer.  
Eli Gauna inducted our newest member Susan Johnson, reminding her that Rotary would take as much of her time as she would give.  The entire club welcomed her with the traditional handshake and hug.
David Witkin gave his craft talk, explaining how his love of sports and trading baseball cards in Boston, led to a career in the stock market.  David explained the intricacies of Merger Arbitrage, a wonderfully lucid explanation of a very complex strategy that he uses in his business Beryl Capital Management.
Marc Sabelli also gave his craft talk today.  Marc spoke of his roles in life, Husband, Uncle, Entrepeneur, Actor, Athlete, Model and Dog Lover.  
A reminder next week February 10th is an evening meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel cocktails at 5:30pm.  We will be recognizing the Casino Night Donors.
Weekly Luncheon February 3, 2016 Jim Stickler 2016-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

A Heart Warming Thank You From Our Adopted Family

Posted by Jim Stickler on Feb 03, 2016
In December Rotary adopted a family through the auspices of Cheer for Children.  We received a lovely thank you note that created a Rotary moment for me.  Please read about the results of Rotary generosity.
A Heart Warming Thank You From Our Adopted Family Jim Stickler 2016-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Donate Books to Raymond Elementary School

Posted by Jim Stickler on Jan 29, 2016
Working with People for Community Improvement (PCI), Redondo Beach Rotary delivered 611 books to Raymond Elementary School.  Kenny Jones the Director of PCI said, "The book shelves were bare before Rotary arrived".
Alexis & Jim Sheehy, President Nasrin along with Mr. Jones and his assistant Nigel made the delivery.  Alexis read a book written by Rotarian Angie Ma Wong about Barack Obama to the children.
Rotarians Donate Books to Raymond Elementary School Jim Stickler 2016-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

2016-2017 Rotary Theme Announced

Posted by Bill Paul on Jan 17, 2016
President elect of Rotary International, John Germ, announced, this morning, his Rotary Theme for 2016-2017 as “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
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Rotarian Chuck Anderson - Reading and Leading

Posted by jim stickler on Jan 15, 2016
Washington School 2nd graders have some extra help as they learn to read.  Bonnie Turner, their teacher, sent these pictures of Rotarian Chuck Anderson hard at work.
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Weekly Luncheon January 13, 2016

(REDONDO BEACH, California) January 13, 2006 -- If you saw her walking down the street you wouldn't know that Sue Johnson is an official with the Olympics.  You'd be wrong, of course because Sue has been the Chief Recorder for synchronized swimming since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
That and a host of other world class events.  She's officiated at five Pan American games, four world championships, five World Masters competitions, seven Olympics, and so many other world-class events she can't even remember them all.

You ask why all this recitation of an impressive resume? Well, Sue Johnson was our luncheon speaker today!
What exactly, you ask, is synchronized swimming?  Most folks know the name Michael Phelps because he won 22 medals in three Olympiads, 18 of them gold. Synchronized swimming? It's not as well known so let's turn to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, which offers a pretty good description:
"Synchronized swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Athletes can perform solos and compete in most other competitions.
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Rotary Meeting December 16, 2015

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 20, 2015
(REDONDO BEACH, California) December 17, 2015  --  Final approval by the Redondo Beach City Council and a vote scheduled for the spring are all that remain for approval of a new assisted living center here in Redondo Beach. The new senior facility will be located at 320 Knob Hill Ave., currently the site of the Knob Hill Community Center and formerly an elementary school.
David Witkin, a member of our club and Redondo Beach School Board member, said the project has been in the planning for several years. Billy Shields of the Fountain Square Development, a partnership of four individuals with years of experience in assisted living, plan to build a center for 130 residents. 
Rotary Meeting December 16, 2015 Bill Paul 2015-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Thank You Notes

We received several thank you notes from Mama l Helps and from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Thank You Notes Jim Stickler 2015-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
An Elegant Holiday Party Jim Stickler 2015-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting December 9, 2015

Posted by Jim Stickler on Dec 14, 2015
On the third day of Chanukah, our Rotary meeting was an assembly, members only to transact club business for the 2016-2017 year.  We considered and elected the new Board of Directors:
President Elect: Walter Campbell
Vice President Vicki Radel
Secretary: Laura Fields
Treasurer: Jean Scully
International: Jeff Weigel
Community Services: Jim Stickler
Club Services: Bill Gard
Vocational Services: Colette Paul
Membership: Nora Girault
Program: Jim Sheehy
Sergeant at Arms: Terry Bichlmeier
Chuck Anderson awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to 3 deserving individuals:
Alice Kerney - Chuck's Office Manager
Jackie Diaz - Chuck's Senior Accountant
Dr. Douglas Holtzinger - Chuck's friend and Chiropractor
Jim Stickler reminded everyone that at our next meeting on December 16th, we have three tasks to complete:

1. Bring new coats toys and gift cards for the RB Police Domestic Violence Advocate
2. Bring items that you have signed up to procure for the family the club has adopted 
3. Everyone who signed up to deliver for St. Cross will assemble at the Church immediately following the Wednesday meeting.
Rotary Meeting December 9, 2015 Jim Stickler 2015-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Casino Night Sponsors

Posted by Bill Paul on Nov 23, 2015

Sponsors for the 2016 Casino Night
of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach
March 19, 2016

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Casino Night Jim Stickler 2015-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Proceeds from Fund Raising Event Presented to RB Police Reserve

Posted by Jim Stickler on Nov 18, 2015
Tuesday night Redondo Beach Rotary presented a check for the proceeds from the RB Police Reserves Recognition Dinner to Mike Stark and Police Chief Kaufman.  
Marna Smeltzer, Gayle Bailey, Jim Stickler, Police Chief Keith Kauffman, President Nasrin Moghadasian, Mayor Steve Aspel, and Mike Stark participated in the presentation of the check for $4158
Proceeds from Fund Raising Event Presented to RB Police Reserve Jim Stickler 2015-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Redondo Beach Rotary partners with Vision to Learn to Screen 368 7th Graders

Posted by Jim Stickler on Nov 16, 2015
Led by Rotarian David Witkin, 23 Rotarians working 2 shifts screened the vision of 368 6th and 7th grade students at Adams Middle School today.  
56 students who need vision correction will be examined by a professional and will receive their new glasses in about a month.
This program has been a major factor towards increasing the success of students in school and in life.
Redondo Beach Rotary partners with Vision to Learn to Screen 368 7th Graders Jim Stickler 2015-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

People for Community Improvement Receives Funding

Posted by Jim Stickler on Nov 09, 2015
People for Community Improvement works in the South LA area to help the community in many ways. They offer:
  • Youth Education and Recreational Activities
  • Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Jobs and Education Resource Center
  • Feed LA Food Bank and Food Distribution
Redondo Beach Rotary to support our initiative to Feed the Hungry Children of LA has committed to providing funds on a quarterly basis to support the Food Bank.
Below, Jim Stickler meets with Kenny Jones and presents the 2nd Quarter check.
People for Community Improvement Receives Funding Jim Stickler 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Mama Hill - Groceries For Families

Mama Hill Helps is a small organization that focuses on neighborhood children in the Watts area.  Providing a safe after school environment for 40 children from age 4 to 18, the children get help with school work, finding jobs, personal growth through tutoring and are fed meals.  Redondo Beach Rotary has been providing funds to Mama Hill to help meet these objectives.
This year we expanded our assistance to help Mama Hill distribute a bag of groceries weekly to the the families most in need.  We fund 5 bags each week at $10/bag.  The bags are prepared by PCI (People for Community Improvement)
Below are some of the families receiving their groceries.
Mama Hill - Groceries For Families Jim Stickler 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
New Rotarians Honored at District Breakfast Jim Stickler 2015-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Honors Police Reserves

Posted by Bill Paul
(REDONDO BEACH, California) October 9, 2015  Thr Rotary Club of Redondo Beach honored a dozen individuals who have served the city as voluntary police reserve officers. 
(l to r) Sgt. Alan Beck, Reserve Coordinator; Reserve Officers Mike Stark; Jack Dickert; Patricia Boris; Norm Creveling; John McIntosh; Larry Brehm; Royce Branch; and Paul Decker.  Absent are: Don Baird; Don Neureither; Rick Petersen, John Skipper; Barry Brennan; Ellen Gill and Jim Banach.
Rotary Club Honors Police Reserves Bill Paul 2015-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Evening Meeting

Our first evening meeting of the 2015-2016 Rotary Year is scheduled this evening, Wednesday, October 14th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach.  "We will have a brief meeting followed by presentations and fellowship time." The program for the evening will consist of awarding plaques to nine Redondo Beach Police Department reserve officers. See you there. Starting time is 5:30 p.m. and cost is $13.00.
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About My Son Glenn Paul Davis

Posted by Jim Stickler on Oct 03, 2015
Pearl Davis' son Glenn passed away in his sleep Tuesday night, he was 65.  Our condolences go out to her. 
Because she was not able to travel to the funeral, Pearl wrote and delivered her son's eulogy over Skype.
She asked that we publish the eulogy in the Club newsletter.  
This is not the way it's supposed to be.. Mothers are not supposed to eulogize their sons. That is what I have been brought up to believe--children mourn the departed  parent--not  in this manner. I have been asked by Glenn's family to try in a few words-to speak about him--( a task I never NEVER willingly accepted, or thought conceivable.. My East Coast family--Mitch, Annette,  Alyssa, and Erica and Marcia and Mara have come up with a method--not only will you know some of my maternal loss--but I hope I can send a picture in (words) of my special younger  son--Glenn Paul Davis. Glenn from his beginnings--was selective in who he befriended. He was sweet, soft-with deep down feelings that he expressed in his own Glenn manner.
He was more on the reticent side than the talkative one--and he came to be known as the giver of his precious possessions: to say thank you to a favorite relative. It could be a stone, a shell,  etc. As he grew older, he realized his talents were very visual, He, like his Dad before him was able to look at a "project-problem or challenge” and know what needed to be done. Many of us in our family were awed by their ability.
Glenn was quietly there, observing and acting in unexpected ways, to send or show his love. For example, I have always enjoyed the art of silhouette and one day Glenn, at age 10 wrapped up a present for me== the silhouette of a gentleman courting his lady—signed  To Mom from Glenn... It hangs proudly on my wall today.
Glenn had agreed to join his Dad, Lou, and I and our wonderful dog Eppis on our move to Denver. But he did not like change, and, when his friend declined to join us in our relocation, Glenn changed his mind and chose to stay in Westchester instead. He moved in with that friend and his family.
Glenn was a remarkable young man—and many offers were made to him by friends. Through the Goldman family and Glenn’s close friend Peter, FUNTASTIC AMUSEMENTS was created, a successful organization in Playland. He and the Goldman family became close and from 2000 miles away, Lou and I were exceedingly grateful. To say Glenn was known and loved by many is a gross understatement, especially by his loyal employee network.
In closing, and this part is from my heart, Glenn married Annette on what would have been my parents' wedding anniversary,  October 28, and we were all delighted. Differences were handled—sometimes  well and others poorly. BUT when Alyssa Marie was born, life began to be complete. It took diligent effort for Annette to birth Erica Anne 6 years later and (I have never said or thought this before)—if Lou’s health was at all stable—we would have walked back to be CLOSE LOVING GRANDPARENTS.
Life is not a bowl of cherries, and as my heart is “breaking” I must give honor to Glenn’s family: Annette, Alyssa and Erica, for making their husband and loving Dad—OH—so  loving and therefore a happy man. My older son Mitch found his happiness close by in Port Chester and was able to give, show, and share in Glenn’s life, for which I thank my God daily. I will always miss you Glenn. Hope you and Dad are fixing things together!! 
About My Son Glenn Paul Davis Jim Stickler 2015-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

60 Additional School Supply Backbacks Delivered

Rotary delivers more school supplies to local children. Partnering with Salvation Army, we filled an additional 60 backpacks with school supplies and distributed them to local families. A big thanks to Walter Campbell, Luke Fraunces, Athena Moreno, Alexis & Jim Sheehy and Chuck Anderson.
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Rotary Meeting September 30, 2015

Posted by Nancy Langdon on Oct 02, 2015

Micheal Stark, an Honorary Rotary Club of Redondo Beach members, spoke before our Club today. “I always wanted to be a police officer. I always will be a police officer,” Micheal stressed, “I will be until they won’t let me into a black-and-white anymore!” Miichael’s dedication to law enforcement is most evident in his duties as Commander of the Redondo Beach Police Reserves.


On first glance, a reserve officer is difficult to distinguish from a full-time sworn peace keeping officer. And on second and third glance, as well: Reserve officers wear the uniform, are trained in law enforcement, are issued a badge and gun, respond to radio calls, investigate crimes and ride in black-and-whites. Very often, it is a reserve officer, who is most visible to the public at large. Redondo Beach police reserve officers are the ones who patrol special events such as the Super Bowl Sunday 10K Run or cover the beaches on busy summer days, thereby freeing up full-time officers to maintain their regular beats.


The difference is--and this difference is very important--is that a reserve police officer in Redondo Beach is an unpaid volunteer. It takes a special kind of individual to want to give back to their community in this way: Often, they risk putting themselves in harm’s way and are required to interact and deal with unpleasant and often heartbreaking realities. They do the things most of us would rather not even think about, and they do it only for the love of the community. The police reserves do not supplant the duties and obligations of the full-time sworn officer staff. In an era of budget cuts, mounting pension obligations and the unpredictability of when, how and how much criminal activity is occurring, however, the police force can count on these volunteers to back up regular officers if need be. As priorities pile on for the full-time staff, retired police officers now in the reserves--individuals with decades of law enforcement experience under the belt--will take on, for example, on the arduous and often thankless task of cold case investigation.


Not only are the reserve officers unpaid, but many of their expenses, including their training, is not covered by the police department. Were it not for the Reserve Corps Fund these unpaid police reserve candidates would be on the hook for their police academy training, as well as any additional training, such as keeping up to date in the ever-evolving field of crime scene investigation. And this is where the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach plays our part.

As a long-standing partner of the police reserves, for the past 23 years--and counting!--The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has hosted an annual fundraising dinner to benefit the Reserve Corps Fund. Our next Police Reserve Banquet will be held at thePortofino Hotel on October 9, 2015 from 6 - 9 pm. All are invited to attend this special event honoring our reserve officers, their families and our friend, Micheal Stark. Tickets are $50 each. You may sign up on the Club website, under Events.

Rotary Meeting September 30, 2015 Nancy Langdon 2015-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Nigeria Declared Polio Free

Posted by Jim Stickler on Sep 27, 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria polio-free. We’ve made history. We have stopped polio in all but two countries.
Nigeria Declared Polio Free Jim Stickler 2015-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

District Picnic September 20, 2015

Posted by Jim Stickler
Fellowship, fun, food, and the Cougars Paddling Team made for a great afternoon at the District 5280 Annual Picnic held at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach.
The selection of food was prodigious everything from hotdogs, steaks roast pig to exotic desserts including Redondo Beach Ice Cream!
Our brave team of paddlers Amy Zimmerman and Nora Giralt set forth in their cardboard boat, paddling with great gusto.  Alas, we did not win, but we didn't sink either!
Commodore Chuck Anderson starts the race
Amy and Nora put on their Cougar faces
Chuck Anderson and Sam Xavier
Colette Paul, Greg O'Brien, Galina Gilman, James Jackman
Alexis and Jim Sheehy enjoying the afternoon sun.
Marna Smeltzer, Galina Gilman and Gayle Bailey dish out the ice cream while James Jackman supervises
Eli and Alice Gauna sampling the ice cream
Laura Fields and Jim Stickler deep in discussion
District Picnic September 20, 2015 Jim Stickler 2015-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
District 5280 Annual Picnic Cardboard Boat Race Rick Mendoza, PDG 2015-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Sept. 2, 2015

Posted by Bill Paul on Sep 06, 2015
(REDONDO BEACH, California) September 2, 2015 --Rotarian James Jackman provided our only craft talk today. Turns out he was originally one of two talks, but Ernie pulled out at the last moment for some reason and James had to fill in.  Good thing he is a talkative fellow!  More on his presentation later.
In the meantime, Jim Stickler and Chuck Anderson provided Meals-on-Wheels today. 
Gayle Bailey reminded us to enjoy a drink together Tuesday evenings during the entire month of September, at the Baleen Restaurant at the Portofino Hotel.  Yesterday we had eight folks from the club, or friends of club members, show up for an evening at The Baleen.  The bar there has offered to donate $1.00 to our club for every drink -- alcoholic and non-alcoholic -- they sell to Rotarians or friends between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Gayle also announced the club's Mystery Bus Trip on October 10th. But don't ask where the trip is going, that's the "mystery" of the trip.  We have a motor coach lined up if you want to go.
Reminders from club President Nasrin:
September 12: Future Leaders Seminars with District 5280 leaders.
September 20: Rotary Family Picnic at the Lagoon here in Redondo Beach.  Scott Young reported we'll have a boat in the race.
September 26: New Focus Seminar
October 14: First evening meeting of the current Rotary Year at the Crowne Plaza.
November 14: PDG Rick Mendoza promoted the upcoming Paul Harris Annual Celebration at Lowe's Hotel in Santa Monica.
And now for James Jackman.  Turns out this is his third Craft Talk at our club.
Rotary Meeting Sept. 2, 2015 Bill Paul 2015-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting 8-29-2015

Posted by Bill Paul
(REDONDO BEACH, California) August 29, 2015  --Hey, how about a little Cha cha or Rumba or Peabody.  Yeah, the Peabody, it's a dance step.  Our luncheon presenters were a couple with some world ballroom dancing championships under their belts. Izabela Lewandowski and her hubby Tomasz brought the rhythm of ballroom dancing to our club luncheon.
Originally from Poland, the couple recently opened a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Redondo Beach. Formerly U.S. Dance Champions, they couple now coach and teach dance to all ages, "from 4 to 97," said Izabela. "It is a fun form of 
exercise and exercises all parts of the body at the same time.  It is healthy and helps people lose weight.  It's even helped spouses reconnect just by dancing together."

Not content with merely talking excitedly about her passion, Izabela and Tomasz then led Rotarians in group dance lesson. Cha-cha-cha!
You can visit Izabela and Tomasz on their Facebook page. Or at their Fred Astaire Dance Studio here in Redondo Beach.
In other business ....
Rotary Meeting 8-29-2015 Bill Paul 2015-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
South Bay Radio Show Features Redondo Beach Rotary Jim Stickler 2015-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

School Supplies Backpacks Distributed to Scholars

Posted by Jim Stickler on Aug 24, 2015
Having a new backpack filled with school supplies makes the transition from summer to school much easier.  Redondo Beach Rotary delivered the backpacks we filled to future scholars at The Salvation Army following last weeks luncheon meeting.
Nora Giralt, Chuck Anderson, Jim Stickler, President Nasrin and Walter Campbell present school supplies
School Supplies Backpacks Distributed to Scholars Jim Stickler 2015-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

RBRC Summer Picnic Photos!

Posted by Dave Whitehead on Aug 17, 2015
Thank you President Nasrin and Ali for a wonderful party! Click above or HERE to view photos taken by Rick Mendoza.
RBRC Summer Picnic Photos! Dave Whitehead 2015-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

World Health Organization Polio Update

Posted by Jim Stickler on Aug 14, 2015
World Health Organization Wild Polio Virus Update
Week ending 12 August
11 August marked one full year without a case of wild poliovirus confirmed on the African continent for
the first time in history. 

World Health Organization Polio Update Jim Stickler 2015-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Portofino Hotel & RB Rotary Partnership

Posted by Jim Stickler
The Portofino Hotel & Marina is proud to partner with Redondo Beach Rotary as part of their #PortofinoGivesBack initiative. Every Tuesday in the month of September (beginning September 1st), for every beverage sold in their Zagat Rated waterfront restaurant, BALEEN kitchen, will be donating $1.00 to Redondo Beach Rotary to help support our charitable efforts.
Also, on Tuesday September 29th, Baleen's is giving us a reception from 6-8 p.m. including appetizers, with a no-host bar to thank us for bringing in business.   That will be a great opportunity for all the members to have a social hour with absolutely no agenda. 
See you there every Tuesday in September!
Portofino Hotel & RB Rotary Partnership Jim Stickler 2015-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

New Members

New Rotarian Sam Xavier Redondo Beach resident, is a realtor, probate and trust specialist with Re/max Estate Properties. Sam is the founder of Redondo Beach Professional Networking Group, and a sponsor of the Redondo Beach Education Foundation. He and his wife Bindu have two children, ages 10 and 12.  Sam can be reached by email at  Sam was sponsored by Suzanne Lucas.


Nora Giralt is a business owner in Redondo Beach. She is passionate about providing career counseling to young adults. She can be reached by email at

Joelle Petit Adkins is a director of a language school, Savoir Faire Language Institute, in Redondo Beach. She has expressed interest in the club's Sister City project. She can be reached by email at

New Members BillPaul 2015-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

World Health Polio Virus Update

Posted by Rick Mendoza, PDG on Jul 24, 2015
The bad news is that polio has not been completely defeated.  Still, the World Health Organization has some good news to report:  There have been no new cases of polio in Nigeria and that is one year without a new case!  Click here to view the WHO report.
World Health Polio Virus Update Rick Mendoza, PDG 2015-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

eBulletin week of Otober 8 - 15, 2015

Posted on Oct 12, 2014

(REDONDO BEACH) October 8, 2014 -- In other business, Terry Bichlmeier gave an update on the weekend trip to LaPaz.  Eleven Rotarians are planning to make the trip.  Terry made last minute preparations gathering school supplies for the 120 students attending Diana Laura Riojas Reyes Primary School Dining Hall.

Club President Rolando Andrade promoted the upcoming Domestic Violence vigil at the Redondo Beach City Hall this weekend. We were also reminded of the upcoming USC-UCLA luncheon on November 18th at the Doubletree Hotel in Torrance.  Our club co-sponsors the event and it takes the place of one of our regular weekly meetings.

A short board meeting was called immediately after today's luncheon.  Jeff Melodia presented the idea for the Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach. "We will try for the Rolling Hills Country Club on November 24th for the first tournament," Jeff said. He estimates the cost bill be $190 per player, and hopes to attract 40 players.  The board approved the idea unanimously.  More details to follow.

Rotarian visitors included Congresswoman Janice Hahn, District Governor Nominee Greg O'Brien, Past District Governors Dennis Benko and Lew Bertram, San Pedro Rotary Club President Arlene Dickey, and former member of our club James Sharvin.  Jim recently moved to Ohio, and stopped by for  a visit enroute from Honolulu to Chicago. Guests included aides to Rep. Hahn, Ivan Sulic and Elizabeth Odendahl.


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La Paz Trip October 2014

Posted on Oct 11, 2014

Diana Laura Riojas Reyes Primary School Dining Hall

After three long years our La Paz Dining Hall project is almost complete!  Eleven members of our club will be in LaPaz this weekend to celebrate and inaugurate the new Diana Laura Riojas Reyes Primary School Dining Hall.  

La Paz Trip October 2014 Bill Paul 2014-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Oct 04, 2014

REDONDO BEACH, California) October 1, 2014 -- Today's luncheon was a day to remember.  Bill Paul announced receipt of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service  approving the club's petition for tax exempt status of its Community Foundation.   The foundation lost its tax exempt status a couple of years ago due to an accounting oversight. The IRS determination letter reinstates the status of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Community Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organizaition. 

Three of our members gave Craft Talks today.

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Wayne Bradshaw Amy Zimmerman Nancy Langdon

In his Craft Talk, Wayne Bradshaw said, "Joining Rotary is the best thing I've ever done." He's been a Rotarian for 25 years. Wayne recounted the 40 years he's spent in the
insurance business, much of it here in the South Bay.  He acknowledged his wife Kelly, three kids (only one of whom still lives at home), at that he is caring for "my parents in Virginia who are at 91 and 95....That's what has kept me away from the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach."

eBulletin week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2014 Bill Paul 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Honored at Police Reserve Dinner

Posted by Bill Paul on Sep 23, 2014
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(REDONDO BEACH) September 24, 2014 -- Mike Stark, a member of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club, was honored last night for his nearly 42 years volunteerism with the Redondo Beach Police Department's Police Reserve Program.  Stark is the department's commander of the unit.  He is shown here with Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, also a Rotarian.  More than 100 community-minded individuals, including 10 members of our club, turned out for the 29th annual banquet honoring police reserve volunteer.  Started in 1972, volunteers have provided an estimated 524,000 hours of police service to Redondo Beach in the intervening years, according to Stark. The annual banquet is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.


Rotarian Honored at Police Reserve Dinner Bill Paul 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin week of September 24, 2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Sep 23, 2014
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(REDONDO BEACH, CA) September 24, 2014  "Being in Rotary is bigger than anything I could ever do." That according to luncheon speaker Lt Christopher Golden of the Salvation Army.  "The Salvation Army came into my life when I was two years old and my mom was sleeping under a freeway overpass.  We were homeless and the Salvation Army rescued us.," he said

In addition to being an officer in the Salvation Army, Golden is also a member of the Inglewood Rotary Club. "Being a Rotarian adds zest and zeal to my life and ministry," he said.
He recounted his experience as a member of the District 5280 Peace & Resolution Conflict team of five that traveled to Istanbul, Turkey a year ago to participate in the Mediators Beyond Borders program.  He asked member to consider this: "We saw what conflict was like the the children's eye's. "We saw many kids in Istanbul looking for food while the men at the train stations were looking for work."  He then posed this question to Rotarians: "When was the last time you had to deal with conflict, and I'm not talking about personal conflict.  I'm talking about dodging bullets and trying to find food."

The Mama Hill celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 27.   Click HERE to learn more about "Celebrate the Children." The event will run from 12 noon to 5PM.  The Redondo Beach Rotary Club will host a booth and ice cream sale to help raise funds for Mama Hill Help.

Terry Bichlmeier reported the trip to LaPaz, Mexico is still on, despite Hurricane Odile that devastated parts of the Baja Penninsula a week ago.  He urged Rotarians planning to attend to meet after next week's luncheon to make final arrangements.


New member San Kartounian was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Kartounian joined our club about six months ago. Meanwhile PDG Eli Gauna received a belated award from Gov. Elsa Gillham.

Guests at today's luncheon included Louis Breams, a special guest of Nicholas Sandoval, Rotary Scholar Chie Mitsui from Japan, luncheon speaker Christopher Golden from the Salvation Army, Odila Gonclaves wife of Rotarian Marcello Goncalves, and a former member of our club who comes back occasionally, John Mirrasou.


eBulletin week of September 24, 2014 Bill Paul 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin Wednesday July 30, 2014

Posted by Scott Fellows on Aug 03, 2014

President Rolando Where Are You? VP Dave Whitehead chaired the meeting today because our President, Professor Rolando is in Rhode Island attending son Kevn's wedding. President Rolando promises to return to the podium next week.


Live From Fiji
Rotarian PP Karen and Jeff Weigel at Work in Fiji

Past President Karen Weigel and Jeff Weigel joined the meeting live from Fiji (via Skype) to report in on the RBRC projects there. Jeff gave a detailed report of the water projects and Karen held the camera up to show us the view from their patio – palm trees and the Pacific Ocean: a very nice place to enjoy a glass of wine and a sunset. Karen and Jeff return in September and promise to update the club on all of the projects there. Thank you Karen and Jeff!

eBulletin Wednesday July 30, 2014 Scott Fellows 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: July 30, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jul 23, 2014

This week at the RBRC our speaker will be....


Matt Runyon

Matt Runyon is Director of Program Operations for Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon is a Veteran Service Organization that provides military veterans with Purpose, Community and Self-Worth through volunteer service using their unique skills for disaster response, humanitarian crisis intervention, and community service. Mr. Runyon was the keynote luncheon speaker on Friday at the  Rotary 5280 District Conference last May.  Don't miss this program Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill!

This Week at RBRC: July 30, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Board, Committee Chairs Outline Coming Year

Posted by Bill Paul on Jul 22, 2014
(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) July 23, 2014 "Hello Rotarians!" That was the greeting from our new prez, Rolando Andrade, a retired professor (Emeritus, at that) who  obviously didn't forget the lessons of the classroom.  Although new to the job, Rolando is clearly in charge!

We'll get to the penalties and introductions of guests in a bit, but first Rolando asked board and committee chairs to give a brief synopsis of their plans for the year ahead. Each speaker also introduced the members of their committee. Though there isn't space here to list everyone Rolando wanted to involve all 65 club members in a least one committee this year.  The Committee Assignment org chart shows he succeeded! Click HERE or on "read more" above to see plans for the coming year.


Board, Committee Chairs Outline Coming Year Bill Paul 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin for July 9,2014

Posted by Scott Fellows on Jul 08, 2014

(REDONDO BEACH) July 9, 2014  --  Greeter – Newly ordained club secretary Scott Fellows would have gladly greeted club members but he was busy learning the art by outgoing secretary (who’s really good!), Monique Waite. 

Invocation – PDG Pat Cashin read some sage words.

Flag Salute – Chuck Anderson did it and was inspirational at the same time.

Meals on Wheels – With our club being dark, and the task slipping under the proverbial rug, Redondo Rotary forgot to deliver these important meals to the needy in our city.

** Next week retired Redondo Police Chief, Mel Nichols and long-time contractor Dal Covington will do the honors. It is thought they will do the usual excellent job and be at lunch before most members.

Visiting Rotarians – VP David Whitehead introduced Steve Holmston from San Carlos Rotary.

Other Guests – Gayle Bailey intro’d her nephew Leif Driezler; Capt Marcelo Goncalves brought his executive assistant Athena Marano. David Whitehead introduced his wife, Karen who also was our greeter for the day.

eBulletin for July 9,2014 Scott Fellows 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin Wednesday June 25, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 25, 2014

President Karen Featured on Retirement Magazine Cover
Thank You Karen for a Great Year!


GreeterGayle Bailey

InvocationAlexis Sheehy quoted some sage observations given by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor.

Flag Salute Jim Sheehy

Guests – Joyce Bichlmeier, mother of ex-prez Terry, Jo Hood, Mike Thomas from Texas, Cindy Carvel, Misty Fraiser, PDG Madhar Borate from India, Wayne Bradshaw’s wife Kelly and young daughter Katie. 

Meals on Wheels Galina Gilman & Nancy Langdon

Saturday, June 21st – Softball Tournament with the 4 Torrance Rotary clubs at Wilson Park. Unfortunately Redondo Rotary finished in last place, but President Karen gave it her all. And she has a nifty looking black eye to prove it! Also in attendance were Amy Zimmerman, Dave Whitehead, Steve Scerra, Terry Bichlmeier, Eli Gauna, Jim Chen and Bruce Logan (who patched Karen’s cut with Super Glue)? Also playing were Lizzie, Annie & Amanda from Redondo Interact. On the sidelines cheering were Rolando Andrade, Kristen Bichlmeier, and Karen Whitehead.

eBulletin Wednesday June 25, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: June 25, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 22, 2014

This week at Redondo Beach Rotary....


Karen Weigel
President Redondo Beach Rotary Club 2013-14

Don't miss President Karen's last meeting as our President. Karen will be reviewing the year and showing how we spent our time, talents and treasure serving our community and the world through Rotary projects. Be there to thank Karen for a great year, this Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill!

This Week at RBRC: June 25, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin June 18, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 18, 2014

GreeterWalter Campbell.

InvocationJeff Melodia – Speaking from the heart, and not a reference page, Jeff noted the life long journey Rotary represents to members and our world community. He also recalled his youngest son’s graduation from college and how he will face the life adventure, or journey, he will start. First, their summer vacation, then off to the world of work, and soon a career.

Flag Salute Chat Campbell

Guests – Mary Ann & Nikki Parsons, the wife & daughter of the late John Parsons, who represented the best ideals of community service and Rotary. Sarah Rednour, her parents Esther and Edward, Anjanea Blackburn and Scott Young’s son, Bryce.

Meals on Wheels Chantel King, Scott Young & son, Bryce.

Steve Scerra – Handed out the new Rotary Sponsor pins to Prez Karen & First Dude, Jeff  and himself for sponsoring a new members this past Rotary year.


Mary Ann & Nikki Parsons with Scholarship Recipients

The John Parson Memorial Scholarships – Mary Ann & Nikki Parsons introduced by ex Prez Gayle Bailey, announced their success in raising $11,000 towards area students, both in college and our local high school. The awards were given to these fine young people for their devotion to community service and to support their goals of working in community related careers upon graduation from College. Both Sarah and Anjanea just finished their first two years of college at El Camino and are headed for UCLA in the fall. The two scholarships of $3,500 will help get the academic ball rolling. Four $500 scholarships were given to Redondo High School graduates Jennifer Duong, Cailin McMartin, Grant MacDonald & Christopher Chu.  The El Camino College Foundation matched the $500 for each student. A $2,000 award was given to RUHS graduate Christopher Millet. Good work, you great college kids!

eBulletin June 18, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: June 18,02014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 15, 2014

This week our speaker will be....


Tony Capozzola

This distinguished South Bay attorney has a long track record of being a legal innovator and has won his last 17 cases that went to a trial. A Colorado native who served in the Marines before he started his legal career, he moved to LA and began as a juvenile gang probation officer working the mean streets of Watts while attending law school. One of his great passions is sports, and he has represented many big names -- everyone from football hall of fame coach George Allen, hall of fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, Lance Rentzel and Mervin Fernandez to Lakers trainer Gary Vitti,  and Patrick Lynch, former general manager of the Los Angeles Coliseum. 

This Week at RBRC: June 18,02014 David Whitehead 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

eBulletin for June 11, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 15, 2014

Written by Scott Fellows

GreeterTerry Bichlmeier; Who was busy handing out his Insurance company’s writing pens. Heck, I can always use an extra pen, especially a good one. Thanks Mr. B.

InvocationJeff Weigel; Who read inspired, if just a little too long, words. Words with real meaning.  If you know what I mean.

Flag Salute Walter Campbell

Guests – Amy Feller, Speaker Marthe Cohn and husband Major; Joan Rodda, Andrew McReynolds, Craig Hibbard, Harry Comsky, Matt Marshall.

Meals on Wheels Steve Diels and Scott Fellows

eBulletin for June 11, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Bulletin for June 4, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 08, 2014

Written by Scott Fellows

Michael Jackson
– Who as President of the Chamber board of directors is also busy planning the annual installation dinner, this year set for Thursday, June 26th at the Portofino Inn’s banquet room. This year’s theme is an homage to the great Italian Western, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” Senor Jackson has requested my attendance and I told him that I would gladly come as the Clint Eastwood character, The Man with No Name or “The Good.” I’ve got an old poncho that I wore at a fraternity party some 45 years ago when we threw an outrageous costume ball after the showing of that iconic movie at the UCLA campus theater.  I can’t believe I still have it, after all these years. Some things are too cool to ever part with.

            However, Senor Jackson doesn’t like that idea as he feels that I should be “The Ugly” the role made famous by Eli Wallach. After weathering that insult, I suggested that HE should be the Ugly, or The Bad, as I am much better looking than he. While he didn’t disagree, he offered that we both come as “The Good.” And that was an offer that I couldn’t refuse.

            The only problem that I can see is that Senor Jackson doesn’t own a poncho, and there is no way I’m letting him borrow mine, not even for a second. If he buys me a coupla shots of excellent tequila, I may relent, but I’m making no promises.    Sorry, Mikey.

Bulletin for June 4, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: June 11, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jun 04, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Marthe Cohn

Marthe Cohn just turned 94 and was a spy in the French Resistance during World War II and was instrumental in ending the war by telling the French the Germans had abandoned the Ziegfried Line.  She never told her story until in her 80's and wrote a book entitled Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.  She is jewish and born in Metz, France and spoke both German and French fluently which made her a great spy.  She was able to smuggle out her entire family in to hiding, except her sister, Stephanie, who died in Auschwitz.  Marthe has been married to Major for 56 years, has 2 sons and one granddaughter and lives in Palos Verdes, California.  She is tiny but demonstrative and an absolute jewel. 

This Week at RBRC: June 11, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: June 4, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on May 28, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Kurt Lieber
Founder, Ocean Defenders Alliance

Kurt Lieber is the founder and president of Ocean Defenders Alliance, a non-profit organization, whose goals are to work for a debris free sea.Kurt has been scuba diving our waters ever since he moved here in 1979.  While enjoying the wonderful diversity of ocean wildlife, he also saw the downside of the loss of bio-diversity happening right in front of his eyes.  He decided to start organizing people to remove man-made debris from our waters in order to prevent this gear from killing animals needlessly. Don't miss this program, Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: June 4, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: May 28, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on May 21, 2014

This week our speaker will be...

CJ Coolidge

CJ Coolidge is the author of The People-Driven Business: Accessing Human Assets for Bottom-Line Results and a 25 year Business Performance Advisor with Insperity.CJ's Success stems from his core belief that any and all busienss problems are, at their core, people problems. Don't miss this program next Wendesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: May 28, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

2014 District Conference Report

Posted by David Whitehead on May 18, 2014


Rotarians from all over District  5280 enjoyed the Friday night RBRC Hospitality Night Table where Collette Paul, Nancy Campbell, President Karen & Jeff Weigel, David & Karen Whitehead, Rick & Helen Mendoza, Pat & Betty Cashin, Eli & Alice Gauna, Rolando Andrade, Laura Fields and Bart Thiltgen served wine, cheese, grilled veggies and fruit.

Written By Karen Weigel

Pope suspended for late payment of Rotary dues.  

This past weekend at the District Conference in Indian Wells, Michael McGovern from RI told the story of being in a conference with an Argentine Rotarian when the selection of Pope Francis was announced.  Pope Francis to us, Fago to the Argentine Rotarian who noted that Fago was an honorary Rotarian in his club.  Checking RI computer records Fago was listed as suspended for non-payment of dues. Oblivious to the honorary Rotarian rule in place at the time the local Argentine club had neglected to continue to pay his dues.  This rule has now changed. No more dues for Honorary Rotarians.

Michael also talked about Rotary’s need to move away from the strict structures of the past and adjust to the needs of today.  “In the attraction of new members Rotary seemed to have missed a generation” Michael said.  “The good news all indications are that this is over and Rotary is seeing a resurgence in attracting active, vibrant, passionate new generation Rotarians.”

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This Week at RBRC: May 21, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on May 13, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Daniel Drennon

Daniel Drennon (pictured above with wife Megan) is   the head writer of Beer Paper LA, a monthly newspaper that provides news and commentary about craft beer, breweries, and bars in LA, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. His features include a monthly editorial as well as a column about “the adventures of the most infamous craft beer drinker in Los Angeles.”     Don't miss this program next Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: May 21, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

This Week at RBRC: May 14, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on May 11, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Dr. Sy Yuter

Dr. Yuter is  a member and past president of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club (NY)  since 1989 with perfect attendance for the last 25 years. Dr. Yuter will be speaking on his proposed prototype free trade area in Gaza: this Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: May 14, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly eBulletin, May 7, 2014

Posted on May 06, 2014

eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photography by Nancy Langdon

(REDONDO BEACH) May 7, 2014 -- A past president told us about his proudest moments as a Rotarian, we inducted a new member, and heard about the Rotarian Foundation.  It was a busy day at our luncheon meeting today .

Guests today included Deborah Sheppard, Bob Parra, special guest Suzanne Lucas, and Ricardo Marcello.


PDG Eli Gauna inducted our newest member, Sam Kartounian.  Sam is in the jewelry business and specializes in watches.  Following the induction Sam took a moment to "thank my fellow Rotarians for making us feel a part of the group, and for accepting me and my wife as part of your family."  Welcome Sam.


President Karen Weigel reported that 82 people attended the club mixer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on April 30th.  – It was our last evening meeting of the current Rotary Year. Among the 82 people in attendance were 35 members and 54 guests of which 19 were scholarship recipients, parents, teachers, and interacters. Karen thanked Rotarians for sharing their Rotary experiences with guests.

Karen also displayed the large photo-plaque presented to the club from Washington Elementary for the Vision to Learn program our club sponsored at the school several weeks ago.

Remember one and all, the District Conference is scheduled for May 15 to 18, at the Grand Regency in Indian Wells

Karen then said, "If you think things are going to slow down in the remaining weeks of my presidency, guess again."  With that she announced two new projects.

The Redondo Beach Library requested LEGO building blocks to support its STEM activities.  Karen said the club would buy LEGOs if necessary, "but if you happen to have some in your closet gathering dust bring them in," she said.

President Karen also announced a Senior Project with the Beach Cities Health District. "It will be a team building exercise," she said, and we'll do some  – light gardening, window washing, and minor repairs at six to 10 homes on June 7th, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. See Galina Gilman who has a sign-up sheet."

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This Week at RBRC: May 7, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on May 03, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Rick Mendoza, PDG

Our own Rick Mendoza will be speaking on the Rotary Foundation. His talk titled, "What has taken me 25 years to learn about the Rotary Foundation – I will present in 25 minutes!”  promises to be informative and fun. Be there this Wednesday Noon at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: May 7, 2014 David Whitehead 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly eBulletin, April 23, 2014 Luncheon

Posted by Bill Paul on Apr 23, 2014

Written by Scott Fellows and Bill Paul
Photography by Nancy Langdon


(REDONDO BEACH, CA) April 23, 2014  President Karen called the meeting to order and acknowledged today's greeter – Wayne Bradshaw, who by the way is celebrating his 40 years in the estate planning/Insurance biz with an Open House at his office on Monday, May 5th – Cinco de Mayo. Ole!!!

ImageInvocation/Inspiration – Birthday girl, Pearl Davis (who’s a spry 88 years manana) gave us our daily dose of thankfulness. Happy Birthday, Pearl baby!!

Flag SaluteNancy Campbell, who forgot to tell us to place our right hand over our left heart, and “repeat along with me……..”

Guests – Permanent guest Connie Siegel from somewhere back east; Scott Young’s son, Bryce, Suzanne Lucas, Chuck Anderson’s daughter Kelly, and speaker David Schaub and his bride Lisa. 

Meals on Wheels – Delivered by First Timer, Nancy Langdon & Old Time--the UCLA guy--Scott Fellows.

Go Kart Grand Prix – This Rotary race is set to begin at 6pm at Go Kart World in the city of Carson. The team consists of Capt. Scott Fellows, Ex-prez’s, Terry Bichlmeier, Jim Chen and Bruce Logan and his “faster than a shadow wife, Lori. (Editor's note: Scott reported after the race the club started in 7th place and ended n 3rd place.  Hey, it ain't 1st place but moving up 4 places in short-track go-kart racing  is nothing to be sneezed at!)

April 30thLast Evening Meeting of this Rotary year.  It’s to be held at the Crowne Plaza next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30pm, give or take a cocktail. Meet in the Promenade Room. A small fee of $10 is asked for every member and their guests. Happy Hour Drink Prices and some tasty munchies to be offered. Park for $10, and make sure to get it validated, or it will cost allot more.

May 10th  The District Assembly will be held at the Carson Community Center, from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  All members are invited especially you newbie's. 



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This Week at RBRC: April 23, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Apr 20, 2014

This week our speaker will be....


David Schaub

David Schaub, an Academy Award nominated animation supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, has worked in the animation and visual effects industry for more than 20 years, and is currently working on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

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Weekly eBulletin, April 16, 2014 Luncheon

Posted by Bill Paul on Apr 15, 2014

eBulletin written by Bill Paul


REDONDO BEACH, CA) April 16, 2014 -- President Karen welcomed members to today's luncheon. Among her announcement was that we would have two craft talks from new members Seth Stodder and Nicholas Sandoval at today's luncheon.  So let's start today's club newsletter there.


The first craft talk was by Seth Stodder who grew up in the South Bay and now has three children.  He is an attorney who worked in the Bush Administration and later the Obama Administration. His introduction to Imagefederal employment was jolting, to say the least. "I arrived at 8:25 a.m. for my first day on the job, a trip to New York City.  There I was one of the last people to see the Twin Towers standing. I watched as they collapsed to the ground."


In both administrations Stodder worked on border security, immigration issues and trade issues. Now back in Southern California he is a partner in a law firm and an adjunct professor at USC teaching constitutional law, criminal defense and immigration law.


"Now, he said, "I'm running for the California State Senate in District 26.  I'm running as an Independent against seven Democrat candidates.  No republicans have announced for this seat.  This race will be a test of the open primary system.  I want to forge cross party alliances."


Our second craft talk was by Nicholas Sandoval, a business consultant. "I've helped Whole Foods Markets save $3.5 million in electric rates," he said. A snowboarder who has traveled the world in pursuit of his love of sports, Nick said that in the last five years he has spent 75% of his time doing volunteer work. 


"Two years ago I joined the Corazon de Vida Foundation in Mexico that supports 800  children in orphanages throughout Baja,  Mexico, including 36 university students.  We tell our story in social media.  I hope to see Imagean end to child homelessness in Baja in my life," he said.  Corazon de Vida sponsors busloads of volunteers on day-long Orphanage Trips to Tijuana in support of the foundation, once or twice per month.  Nicholas invited the Redondo Beach Rotary Club to go along on one of the trips.  He noted the Mexican government provides no social support services to homeless children.


"We don't want things that people through away," he said.  "We prefer new items.  We want the kids to open new stuff.  We need toilet paper, Pine sol, diapers and other items in support of orphanages."


Following Nick's passionate presentation the club took him up on his offer.  We are now planning a bus trip to Tijuana on May 24th. Click below for other club business.

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This week at RBRC: April 16, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Apr 13, 2014

This week our speakers will be...


Image  Image  Image 
 Scott Young Nicholas Sandoval  Seth Stodder

This week three of our new members will be giving their craft talks. Don't miss this program Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.


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April 9, 2014 Weely Luncheon eBulltin

Posted by Bill Paul on Apr 08, 2014

eBulletin written by Scott Fellows

(REDONDO BEACH, CA)  Greeter – New Rotarian Nancy Langdon & With Her Camera, close beside her.

Invocation/Inspiration – First Dude, Jeff Weigel read a very inspirational and well-written note to personal responsibility. It was originally delivered at the Youth District (5280) Breakfast by an Interact member.

Flag Salute – Well done by Wayne Bradshaw, who appropriately mentioned that American is the greatest country on this planet, and we should be thankful we live here.

Guests – Mayor Gilberto Hirata and his support team, Peter Lattey of Downtown Rotary who mentioned the opportunities all Rotarians have to support each other’s charities and fundraising efforts. Roger Schamp from Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary announced summer concerts up on the Hill. They’re free, but donations gratefully accepted.

Meals on Wheels – Delivered by First Dude, Jeff and new Rotarian Walter Campbell.

ImageDistrict Youth Breakfast – 16 Redondo Rotarians along with 6 high school Interact members attended this quarterly District gathering. The speaker was most interesting and accomplished and was an outstanding motivational presenter. There are a couple of wrinkles in his story: Prophet Walker (his actual name) spent 6 years in prison. While there he obtained his GED, pushed for a college degree program and was the first graduate receiving an AA degree while still incarcerated.   He talked his way into Loyola Marymount and into the Engineering Department the day after being released from prison.  Now a successful businessman, he is running for the 64th California District Assembly, and still in his 30’s, proves anything that you want for yourself is possible. (Click HERE for more details about his inspirational story.)


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This Week at RBRC: April 9, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Apr 06, 2014

This week our speaker will be....


Gilberto Hirata
Mayor of Ensenada, Mexico

Mayor Chico, a member of the Ensenada Rotary Club, is touring Redondo Beach with our own Mayor Aspel and will be addressing the Redondo Beach Rotary Club this Wednesday.

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Weekly Newsletter, March 26, 2014

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

Written and posted by Bill Paul
Photography by Ernie O'Dell

(REDONDO BEACH) March 26, 2014 -President Karen Weigel rang the bell to open today's luncheon and quickly introduced Rotarian Walter Campbell.  A trained Shakespearean actor, Walter (shown at right) set the stage byImage describing a scene from one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, King Lear.  He recited Lear's lament In Act III scene IV.  In it Lear said he hadn't done enough for the poor when he had money.  Now, in this self chastisement, the poverty-stricken Lear said he knew what it felt like to be poor. Walter concluded the quote by tying Lear's message to Rotary's charitable and humanitarian foundations.


ImagePresident-elect Rolando Andrade led us in the Flag Salute.

Guests included Manny Pacheco, Deborah Smith, Justin Steele, Lucas Larsen, Alex Ioda, Connie Siegel of the Harrisburg (PA) Rotary Club, Leslie Scollo a special guest of Jeff Melodia, and Conrad Barrington a special guest of Wayne Bradshaw.–

Meals on Wheels were delivered today by Jeff Weigel BY HIMSELF! Good show, Jeff.

President Karen announced the bookmark (shown at left) of the winning posters in the club's annual art contest, is now available. Contact Chat Campbell for additional copies, and see the article preceding this one above for details about contest results.

Karen also reminded members of the April 12th District wide Community Service Day. Galina Gilman is heading up this hands-on community project.  Rotarians will engage in greenbelt planting on 190th & Rindge Lane.  We'll work under the direction of Joe Lodinsky, Redondo Beach Public Works Manager of Parks & Urban Forestry. 

The blood drive that had been scheduled as part of the Community Service Day has been cancelled.

The Redondo Union High School Interact Club is organizing a District 5280 Social Event scheduled for the evening of April 12th.

Rolando Andrade announced the long-awaited thank-you party for the winners of the Casino Night fund-raising drive will be feted at a party at the home of Rotarian Scott Fellows, April 26th.  More details to follow.

Karen announced the fourth club evening meeting will be held April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in the Promenade Room.  This is the same location where the club held its past-president's party last May.  Cost: $10 appetizers, $5 beer and wine, $7 well drinks, and $10 validated self parking, Scholarships worth $1,000 each will be presented to five graduating RUHS students.

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This week at RBRC: April 2, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Mar 26, 2014

This week our speaker will be...



Don Nose, President
Go For Broke National Education Center

The mission of the Go For Broke National Education Center is to educate the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II. Our luncheon speaker for the April 2nd meeting will be, Donald R. Nose, president of the association. For 25 years, this organization has been working to collect, preserve and teach the stories of the Nisei Veterans who served in segregated infantry and intelligence units during World War II. Their story resonates across multiple generations of Americans of many ethnicities.

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This Week at RBRC: March 26, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Mar 19, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Manny Pacheco

Author Manny Pacheco has enjoyed a growing acclaim through his Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, now included in the library collections of the Hollywood Heritage Museum, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, among others. He is currently in production to turn his literary work into a documentary. A Southern California television and radio personality for over three decades, Manny was on NBC's Santa Barbara, co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio, and currently hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly program on the Financial News and Talk Network.


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Weekly eBulletin, March 19, 2014

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

(REDONDO BEACH, California) March 19, 2014 President Karen Weigel opened the meeting calling on members to offer the invocation and flag salute.


Laura Fields was named
Rotarian-of-the-Month for her
work coordinating and executing
the auction at the club's recent
Casino Night. She is shown with
President Karen Weigel.

Guests – Karen Whitehead, Roy Bolling, luncheon speaker Lou Serrano and his assistant DeeDee Clark, Sam Kartunian a special guest of Jeff Weigel, Steve Kassel of the Long Beach Rotary Club, Connie Siegel of the Harrisburg (PA) Rotary Club, and former member Jim Sharvin who came by to say hello though he has moved to Ohio.


Meals on Wheels were delivered by Chat Campbell and Jeff Weigel


Family of Rotary:  Pearl Davis thanked members for their "thank you cards and phone calls" during her recent illness.   Referring to the club she said, "This is my family."

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Weekly eBulletin March 12, 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

Written by Bill Paul
Photography by Dave Whitehead

Image (REDONDO BEACH)  March 12, 2014 -- We were privileged today to hear from an educator who is truly changing the world.  Luncheon speaker Gem Munro gave a presentation about the Amarok Society and the  life-changing impact it is making in the far-away slums of Bangladesh.  Following his presentation, one member of our club commented, "Our speakers at today's Rotary luncheon were a wonderful, articulate, engaging couple from Canada who are trying to teach English and math to Muslim woman in Bangladesh. They are making some progress despite oppositions from slum landholders and husbands."  Click HERE to learn more.... 

Upon arrival today club members were greeted by Rotarian Scott Fellows, an inspirational message was given by Rotarian Seth Stodder, and new member Rotarian Amy Zimmerman led us in the flag salute.

Dr. Alexis Sheehy, presented Student of the Month awards to two students. Recipients are selected by school officials for outstanding service and academic performance at the school.  They are awarded a $25 gift card and Certificate of Achievement from the Redondo Beach Rotary Club. 

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Shayna Stock a 5th grader at
Madison Elementary, was named
Student of the Month for February.
(l to r) Dr. Alexis Sheehy, proud
mom Sarah Stock, Shayna
and Drew Gamet, principal
of Madison Elementary.

Celeste Bailey, a recent graduate
of Redondo Shores High School, was
Student of the Month for March. (Shown
l. to r): Dr. Alexis Sheehy, proud mom
Jamie Bailey, Celeste Bailey and Dr.
Erin Simon, principal of Redondo
Shores High School.


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This Week at RBRC: March 5, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Mar 02, 2014

This week our speaker will be...

Nancy Cole Silverman

 Nancy Cole Silverman enjoyed a long and very successful career in radio before turning to print journalism and later, to fiction. Today Nancy is a fulltime author. Her newest book, When in Doubt, Don’t! has just been released as both an ebook and in paperback and is available on Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published 2010 by Eloquent Books, and three of her short novels, A Much Married Woman, The Salvationist and The Blood Drive, have been released as audio books by Mind Wings Audio. Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce Silverman.

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Weekly Bulletin February 26, 2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Feb 25, 2014
(REDONDO BEACH) February 26, 2014 -- President Karen Weigle rang the bell and welcomed us to this week's luncheon. We were greeted at the door by Scott Young, the invocation/inspirational message was presented by Chantel King and Chat Campbell led us in the Flag Salute.

Three young doctors from the South Bay Health District visited us today:  They are Dr. Evelyn Curls, Dr. Jennifer Logan, Dr. Sandra Vizireanu, all three Special Guests of Karen Weigel.  Guests of PDG Vicki Radel presented the luncheon program today: Millicent "Mama" Hill,  Abdur Rahman, Calvin Byers, Yerimar Riodriguez and Marschell Warren.  Also visiting was Rotarian Peter Lattey from the Downtown LA Rotary Club.


PDG Vicki Radel inducted our new member Amy
See article titled "New Members" below
to learn about this new Rotarian who has been named
as one of the Top 100 Women in Business in Los Angeles.

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Casino Night Silent & Live Auction Items

Posted by Bill Paul on Feb 24, 2014




“Vacations - sports events – getaways – meals – wine
– pampering, $45,000 of items at auction at the 2014
Casino Night by the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.  
Join us Saturday, March 1st, 6 to 10 p.m., at the
   Toyota Auto Museum in Torrance. All donations
will go towards the club's charitable and
humanitarian activities.

A week-long getaway for two on a garden island
in Fiji at the romantic Paradise Resort including air
fare and lodging. More details here


A week in Cabo San Lucas at the Casa Dorada
(Dreams) resort. Click here for details





A week just outside of Vancouver in a private home
with great mountain views, a truck and a tank of gas



 A two-night getaway for two in
the Redondo Beach Crowne Plaza
including breakfast  



Seven or nine Day fishing adventures on the 65 foot
Captain Cook along the pristine coast of Alaska I
ncluding a round-trip air ticket, meals and gear.


A week experiencing nature
from a luxurious Idaho log
cabin that sleeps 12


Two box seat tickets for the Hollywood Bowl
to see Gloria Estefan + a picnic basket

 Two more box seat tickets for the Hollywood Bowl
to see Gloria Estefan + another picnic basket 

 A romantic getaway at the Ritz Carlton, gift pack included 

 Great Dates kit – a Private dance lesson
+ Gift box and wine tasting at Barsha +
a Blue Water Grill Gift Card +
One night at the Courtyard


 Date Depth kit - Two Distinguished Speaker tickets +
a Kincaids gift card + assorted after dinner wines


 Smiles - Comedy and Magic tickets + dinner at the Bull Pen



Vanessa Andrade’s “Yachting” oil on canvas


 Sports and Adventures


 A sunset cruse for 20 people on the
70’ Body Glove boat – the Disappearance 


A biplane ride over the South Bay


            Four behind home plate MVP Dodger
       tickets including parking


            Two lower level Lakers versus
          the Golden State Warriors tickets


    Date Adventure package -
Two Clipper tickets
+ Port and Chocolate basket
+ a Boulevard Florist gift card


            Two days all about Zen Wellness,
           in Phoenix at the Qi Fong Seminar


            Sumptuous Escapades

            A $300 dinner certificate at Kincaids
          plus a couple of bottles of Cognac
        for afterwards

               Gourmet dinner for six
          – catered in your own home

            Dinner and wine for 8 at H.T. Grill


            Dinner for 8 at the fire station. Catered
            by the Redondo Beach Fire Department


       A very rare bottle of Suntory Royal Whiskey
     – (bottled in 1970 in celebration of the
company’s 60 year) paired with their
more recent Reserve
        + a 4 person VIP pass to the Magic Castle


   Whiskey Sampler including Chivas
21-year old scotch, a Wild Turkey Decanter,
aged Drambuie all coupled with some
Paso Robles dessert wines


            Wall of Wines - Twenty-eight favorite wines,
            signed by the Rotarians that selected them


            Keeping Warm - Mexican Riveria gift card
+ hot sauce selection
+ Corzo Silver Tequila
+ a wool scarf



            Two Photo-facial treatments
            at South Bay Aesthetics

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Weekly eBulletin, February 16-22, 2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Feb 19, 2014

eBulletin by Bill Paul
Photography by Ernie O'Dell

(REDONDO BEACH) February 17, 2014 -- President Karen rang the bell starting our club luncheon about on time.  She acknowledged our greeter today Michael Jackson, asked Rolando Andrade to provide the invocation, and Galina Gilman, a Rotarian from Russia, led is in the salute to the U.S. Flag.

Guests – Assistant Governor Bill Bloomfield of the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club, Connie Siegel from the Harrisburg, PA Rotary Club, and Odilah Concalves wife of Rotarian Major Marcelo Goncalves.

Meals on Wheels with the Salvation Army today were by Scott Fellows and Michael Jackson.

Pearl Davis was on tap to report Family of Rotary. Fortunately she had no announcements meaning members of the club are okay.


Pearl Davis gave a beautiful recollection of her year as club
president during the 1995-96 Rotary Year.  "I was, unexpectedly,
the first woman president of the club," she recalled, describing
both the resistence and support she received from club members.
Her presentation was inspirational.
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Weekly eBulletin: February 12, 2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Feb 15, 2014

eBulletin written by Bill Paul

Photography by Ernie O'Dell

(REDONDO BEACH) February 12, 2014  --  Far-away Fiji came to our club luncheon today with speaker Norman Hantzsche.  A water resource and environmental engineer he gave a professional insight into the club's signature international project.



(from left) James Jackman, PDG Eli
Guana, Terry Bichlmeier
, and PDG
Rick Mendoza. (Okay guys, so Eli
has shades to protect his eyes after
eye surgery.  What's with the rest
of you "shady" characters!)

Our greeter today was Jeff Melodia, the invocation & inspiration was provided by Pearl Davis and Bill Gard led us in the Flag Salute.


Guests and Visiting Rotarians: –Tom Bakaly of the Hermosa Beach Rotary Club, Michael Gilman is the husband of Rotarian Galina Gilman, Alice Gauna is the wife of PDG Eli Gauna and a member of the Greater Van Nuys Rotary Club, Connie Siegel of the Harrisburg (PA) Rotary Club, and speaker Norman Hantzsche.

Meals on Wheels to Redondo Beach shut-ins were provided by Scott Fellows today.  Next week volunteers Scott Fellows and Michael Jackson will handle the duties.

Family of RotaryPearl  Davis announced that Cheryl Covington, wife of Rotarian Dallas Covington, is undergoing chemotherapy again.  She circulated a "get well" card for members to sign.

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Weekly eBulletin 2-5-2014

Posted by Bill Paul on Feb 05, 2014

eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photography by Ernie O'Dell and Alana Garrigues

(REDONDO BEACH) Feb. 5, 2014  -- (REDONDO BEACH) Feb. 5, 2014 --  Today's luncheon opened against the backdrop of our major fundraiser, Casino Night, only three-and-a-half weeks off. We heard progress reports from The Slugs, Conquistadores, Corporate Raiders and other fundraising teams, were reminded about deadlines (February 20 for all graphic elements) and more. Club members have raised $24,000 so far toward our goal of $35-40,000.

Chantel King was our greeter, PDG Chuck Anderson provided the invocation, and Nancy Campbell led us in the flag salute.

We inducted two new members today -- Walter J. Campbell and Nancy J.S. Langdon.  Turns out both of them were Rotary Exchange students in their youth. PDG Chuck Anderson handled the induction duties.

(from left) Walter Campbell, President Karen Weigel,
Jeff Weigel, Nancy Langdon
and Steve Scerra.

President Karen also circulated what she called  "a card of encouragement" for Connie Baker, the wife of Governor Doug Baker.  Connie is battling cancer.

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Redondo Rotary Rocks at Beer Pour

Posted on Feb 01, 2014

Photos be Jeff Weigel and Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH) Feb. 2, 2014  -- Well, we did it again.  Rotarians turned out to pour beer for thirsty runners after todays Super Bowl 5K and 10K races through the streets of Redondo Beach.  The activity has become a traditional part of Super Bowl Sunday here in the Beach Cities, and a community event our club has participated in for more than a decade.  Nobody counted the number of runners who came for their two beers after the race but the photo showing empty beer cases below clearly demonstrates there were a lot!


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This Week at RBRC: January 29, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jan 27, 2014


5:30PM - 7:30PM

This week the Redondo Beach Rotary Club will be meeting at 5:30PM at the Bluewater Grill. The evening will be a Community Social Event that highlights Rotary’s contributions to the community and beyond. Invite your friends to attend to see what Redondo Beach Rotary is all about.


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Weekly eBulletin, January 22, 2014

Posted on Jan 25, 2014


eBulletin written by Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH) January 22, 2014  --  Our scheduled speaker had to cancel on us with less than 24 hours  notice.  Fortunately, Connie Siegel was available with a back-up presentation.  "I only learned about this last night," he said.  None-the-less, his presentation was very informative.  More on it later.


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Weekly eBulletin January 15, 2014

Posted on Jan 17, 2014


eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photography by Ernie O'Dell

(REDONDO BEACH) January 15, 2014  -- Healthcare, announcements, awards and more were on tap at this week's luncheon.



PDG Chuck Anderson hands club president
Karen Weigel, a check for $2,750. Two thousand
is a District Grant from District 5280 and the
remainder was returned to the club as part of the
grant award process. "The grant money will go 
toward our Teacher Mini-Grant Awards in two
weeks," said Weigel.


Invocation by Scott Fellows and flag salute by Michael Jackson.
Visiting Rotarians: Patricia Haynes, Connie Siegel


Guests : Walter Campbell visited today as a special guest of Jeff Weigel. Walter was a 1967 Ambassadorial Scholar in England, sponsored by Odessa, Texas Rotary; Amy Zimmerman visited today as a special guest of Terry Bichlmeier; Vince Kelly and Jeremiah Lowenthal were our luncheon speakers today.


Meals on Wheels were delivered by Michael Jackson and Scott Fellows; next week Jeff Weigel has signed up and we need one volunteer.


Family of Rotary – Karen announced the long-time Rotarian Howard Bumpass, Sr. recently passed away. Howard was a member of the club when it was known as the Redondo Riviera Rotary Club. He was a former owner of Howard's market in the Hollywood Riviera where Trader Joe’s is located presently.  


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This Week at RBRC - January 15, 2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jan 13, 2014

This week our speaker will be...



Vince Kelly
Baby Boomer Insurance Agent

Vince Kelly has been a Redondo Beach resident since 1980, and has worked in the Health Insurance business starting in 1986.  He worked in management for many of the large companies such as FHP HealthCare and Blue Shield of California.  In 2007 he became an Independent Agent and contracted with all the health insurance companies to help individuals choose the right plan for their healthcare needs.  A large part of his business has been with Medicare plans and he has a local office in Torrance, Ca. 

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Weekly eBulletin January 8, 2014

Posted on Jan 09, 2014

eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photography be Ernie O'Dell & Dave Whitehead

(REDONDO BEACH) January 8, 2014  -- With our club president and her husband off to Steamboat Springs, Colo. for a week of skiing, past-president Steve Scerra filled in at the podium today before an overflow crowd.  Whenever we have to add a table for seating it is a guaranteed full house, and today nearly 50 people showed up for lunch. 

PDG Eli Gauna (l) awarded Paul Harris
Fellow to Scott Young (c) with past president
and Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel.


Michael Jackson served as our greeter today, Herb Masi provided the invocation, and Laura Fields led us in the flag salute and pledge of allegiance. 
Steve opened the meeting by introducing visiting Rotarians and guests: Arlene Kruger of the Albuquerque Rotary Club (she and her husband own a home in Hermosa Beach and she visits our club whenever in town), Connie Siegel of the Harrisburg Rotary Club (Connie and his wife are snowbirds and live in Redondo Beach during winter months), Lindsey Dreizler, guest of Gayle Bailey, David, Laura, and Erica Mallen, Kara Heinrich, Shawn and Mathew Dalquest, Lisa Veal.


Meals on WheelsSeth Stodder and Scott Fellows; next week: Michael Jackson and Scott Fellows. (How about we name Scott chair of MOW!)


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This Week at RBRC 1-8-2014

Posted by David Whitehead on Jan 06, 2014

This week our speaker will be...


Marcia Harber
Instructor, Principles of Law and Business

Ms. Harber is teaches law and business at Southern California Regional Occupational Center and will be discussing the robust ecology of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) with employers, students, community and school districts working together.

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Santa Dieter Rides Christmas Sleigh, Deliver Cheers

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 18, 2013

(REDONDO BEACH) One night in December, Dieter Thomas filled the role of Santa Claus on the annual Redondo Beach Christmas Police Department sleigh. Santa Dieter greeted children, parents, and the occasional dog, with a hearty "ho ho ho, and Merry Christmas."  Club members have volunteered for an evening on the city's sleigh for several years. 


Dieter was particularly qualified this year as his beard was real!
He also played the Santa role at this year's Cheer for Children.


"Santa Dieter" greets children 
during annual Cheer for Children
Day at Washington Elementary
School. Santa poses with President
(and today) "Elf" Karen (right) as
they collaborate in preparation for
delivering toys and "cheers" to
disabled children.




Rotarians gathered at Washington Elementary to
prepare toys for the annual Cheer for Children drive


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Weekly eBulletin, December 11-17, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 14, 2013


eBulletin written by Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH) December 11, 2013 --  Club assemblies are pretty important in the world of Rotary, and today was one of those days for us.  We elected a new board of directors for both the club and our Community Foundation.

Under the leadership of Past-president Larry Hashimoto, we elected Nasrin Moghadasian to become president-elect for the 2014-15 Rotary Year.  A chiropractor, Dr. Nasrin previously served as our club treasurer.   Serving on the board with her will be: Rolando Andrade, president; David Whitehead, v.p.;  Jean Scully, treasurer, Scott Fellows, secretary; Michael Jackson, vocational service; Pat Cashin, PDG, international service; Karina Garcia, youth service; Laura Fields and Galina Gilman, Community service; and Bill Gard, club service.


We also elected (actually re-elected) two directors to the club's Community Foundation.  Re-elected were PDG Pat Cashin and Terry Bichlmeier.  They join Allen Peters, Steve Scerra and Karen Weigel on the Community Foundation board. 

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Casino Night selects Compeition Team Leaders

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 06, 2013


(REDONDO BEACH) Dec. 4, 2013  --  At today's luncheon, president-elect Rolando Andrade led a discussion about the upcoming club Casino Night, March 1, 2014.  "The theme for the club's major fund-raiser of the year is Casablanca. We need everyone to support and participate in the project," he said.  As president-elect, Rolando is responsible for overall management of the event.

Members were asked to sit at tables numbered 1 through 6 representing the several areas of responsibility Rolando established to organize the event.  Members were tasked with selecting one individual at the table to serve as the Competition Team Leader for that group of Rotarians, and select a team name.  The team names and Competition Team Leaders are:

Team Name     Competition Team Leader 
 Corporate Raiders   (position open)
 Banana Slugs   James Jackman
 Tiger Fish   Jim Chen
 Conquistadors   Nicholas Sandoval
 Camels    (position open)
 Bar & Grill    Scott Fellows

The target for each team are to bring at least 40 people to the event, bring in at least $7,000 worth of total revenue in tickets, corporate sponsorships, and auction items, and to create Rotary fellowship and have fun, said Rolando. The Competition Team Leader's job is to motivate team members to sell tickets and sponsorships, and rustle up auction items.  The team that generates the most revenue will be recognized at an evening of fun, fellowship, with drink and food provided.  Other team members will appetizers, deserts or a bottle of wine to toast the winning team.

He then asked each of the seven Casino Night division chairs to briefly describe their area of responsibility:  Steve Scerra is responsible for coordinating the fund-raising activities of the six club teams; Chuck Anderson said he is handling all sponsorships for the Casino Night; Colette Paul is promotion chair; Larry Hashimoto is in charge of tickets; Laura Fields will once again handle the silent auction; Scott Fellows is in charge of food ("Yes, it will be Moroccan," he said. After all, Scott is a professional caterer.);  and Chantel King is in charge of decor. "The colors will be white, black, blue and gold," she said, "and I want to show the movie Casablanca repeatedly during Casino Night."

Click HERE to access and print the 2013-2014 Casino Night donation form.

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Weekly eBulletin - December 4, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 06, 2013


eBullitin by Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH) December 4, 2013 -- President Karen banged the gavel bringing the weekly luncheon meeting of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club to order.

Today's Greeter, and Invocation was presented by Nicholas Sandoval, followed by Wayne Bradshaw who led us in the flag salute.

Karen introduced guests and visiting Rotarians including Nora MacLellan of the Westchester Rotary Club, Connie Siegel of the Harrisburg (PA) Rotary Club and Amy Harahan of St. Cross Giving Tree. 

Meals on Wheels were provided today by Scott Fellows and Wayne Bradshaw.  And last week, on Wednesday when the club was dark, Scott Young and Chantel King handled MOW duties.

A sad note about the Family of Rotary.  Rotarian Gordon McRae was found dead in his home earlier this week.  Gordon was inactive in the club at the time of his passing, but he is well remembered.  For many years Gordon was active in the Redondo Beach business community and held the master lease at the Redondo Pier.   

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Vision-to-Learn Van Arrives

Posted by Bill Paul on Dec 03, 2013




(REDONDO BEACH) Nora MacLellan (2nd from left) of the Westchester Rotary Club was on hand to receive a check in the amount of $2,500 from our club for the Vision-to-Learn project.  This contribution was made possible by a Beach Cities Health District Community Grant.  For the two days earlier this week, the Vision-to-Learn van has been at Washington Elementary School giving professional vision exams to approximately 70 students.


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 Photos courtesy Beach Cities Health District

President Karen said the children will be presented with their new eyeglasses "hopefully by the end of the year or early in January."

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Thanksgiving Morning at the Salvation Army

Posted by Bill Paul on Nov 30, 2013



(REDONDO BEACH) November 28, 2013 More than 20 members
of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club, along with half a dozen 
Interactors from RUHS, showed up Thanksgiving morning to
prepare 100 meals for area residents who were scheduled to
receive a Thanksgiving meal.  Photos by Alexis Sheehy and
James Jackman

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Weekly eBulletin -- November 20, 2013

Posted on Nov 23, 2013

eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photography by Rolando Andrade

(REDONDO BEACH)  November 29, 2013 — New member Seth Stodder moved one step closer to receiving his permanent blue badge today, serving as our greeter.  The invocation/inspirational message was provided Jim Sharvin, and Chantel King led us in the flag salute.  PDG Chuck Anderson handled the Meals-on-Wheels duty by himself today. 

Talking about the permanent blue badge, Jeff Weigel (yes, he is the hubby of President Karen Weigel) received his blue badge today, with the gift of a $25 fine.   Congrats Jeff, the presidency is only a few years off.

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 New member Jeff (left)  Speaker Robin Dreizler  Better luck next time, Jim

President Karen announced the club donated $1,000 to ShelterBox to assist in the relief effort of Hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines.  Separately, several members donated $1610 to ShelterBox.  That effort was coordinated by Colette and Bill Paul, and is continuing. Contact Bill or Colette if you wish to give more.  

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Weekly eBulletin - Nov. 13, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Nov 12, 2013

eBulletin written by Bill Paul and Scott Fellows
Photography by PDG Rick Mendoza
Webmaster Dave Whitehead

(REDONDO BEACH) November 13, 2013 -- President Karen Weigel is back from her month-long sojourn to Fiji working on several water projects, and not surprisingly today's meeting was jam-packed with announcements and activities. She is shown here with out luncheon speaker, Major Kyle Smith, and the children's book the club will donate to the Redondo Beach library in the Major Smith's name. More on the Major's presentation later.


The Invocation/ Inspiration was offered by PDG Vicki Radel

PDG Pat Cashin led us in the Flag Salute.

President Karen introduced visiting Rotarian Arlene Kruger from the Downtown Albuquerque Rotary Club, Connie Siegel from Hershey Rotary Club in Pennsylvania, and Mike Stark who is an honorary member of our club.

Meals on Wheels:  Our weekly task of distributing meals prepared by The Salvation Army to shut-ins was handled by Jeff Melodia today.





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This WEEK at RBRC: November 13, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Nov 11, 2013

This week our speaker will be...

Major Kyle Smith
Salvation Army

This Wednesday 12:15PM at the Bluewater Grill.

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Weekly eBulletin - Nov. 6, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Nov 06, 2013

Photos by Rick Mendoza
Written by Karnia Garcia



Invocation: Bruce Logan

Flag Salute: Former Mayor Mike Gin 

Our second evening meeting included 27 members and 12 guests.  This even included RUHS Interact Club member Lizzy Seigler.


Meals On Wheels: Mel Nichols & Dal Covington 

Family of Rotary: Nancy Campbell ran into Pat Haynes while on the way to Big Bear where they stopped in Riverside for Lunch. Pat Haynes is doing well and currently resides in Carlsbad. 

November Foundation Month: Our Foundation Chair, Rick Mendoza, recognized Chuck Anderson as a major donor.   He is the 10th major donor of our rotary club. His exemplary service and achievements are too long to list. He joined Rotary in 1993 & has been instrumental to our club in many various aspects.

World Polio Day October 24, RB Proclamation. On behalf of our rotary club, Nancy Campbell accepted the official RB World Polio Day proclamation at the City Council meeting on October 24.  Recognized by our good mayor Steve Aspel, Rotary has played a major role internationally and donated more than a billion dollars towards this worthy cause.

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This WEEK at RBRC: November 6, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 31, 2013

This week is an EVENING MEETING and our speaker will be....

Mike Grady
Band Founder of  "South Bay Country"

This week we will be meeting in the evening at the Bluewater Grill. Mike Grady (who many of us know as the General Manager of Jim Chen's Independent Repair) will be talking about starting and playing in his country band.

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Weekly eBulletin - Oct. 30, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 30, 2013

Photos by Rick Mendoza
Written by Scott Fellows

Our Speaker Eli Gauna, PDG



Greeter: Eleanor Manzano. Invocation: Monique Waite, speaking oh-so-softly!; Flag Salute: Agent Jean Scully

Hugs and Hand Shakes – Redondo Beach Rotarians welcome visitors.

Introduction of guests, visiting Rotarians and Speaker: Eli Guana

Meals on Wheels – Scott Fellows (subbing for out-of-town Michael Jackson) and Terry Bichlmeier

Announcements: Colette Paul noted that the YMCA is selling Christmas wreaths.  PDG Chuck Anderson led the club in reciting the Rotary 4 Way Test. 

Next week – Mike Grady will present on country music and the struggles to launch a band here in the South Bay.  How many of you have attended and heard one of Mike’s performances.  For those who haven’t, you are in for a treat!

John Parsons Scholarship Fund. Gayle Bailey, will you give us a status report? Ms. Bailey did, and so far we’ve raised $7,800!!

Washington Elementary – Vision to Learn Report Laura Fields will you give us an update. Mrs. Fields was not present today.

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This WEEK at RBRC: October 30, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 26, 2013

This week our speaker will be...

Member picture
Eli Gauna
Craft Talk

Craft talks are among our best programs. Don't miss this one Wednesday at the Blue Water Grill!

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President Karen Reports From Fiji

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 25, 2013

President Karen and Jeff Weigel are in Fiji working on new water filtration and spring box installations. Here is the first report by President Karen: 


First set of Bio-sand filters being installed at Bouma Primary School:The Health Inspector (far left) and Engineer Norm (in aqua shirt) watch as President Karen turns the tap.


Inside bio-sand filter:Toilet float closes water value when tank is full. Could not find 4 inch caps for water diffusing plate so we cut off 1.5 liter coke bottles.




Second completed set of bio sand filters Bouma Primary school This was as close as we found get to Rotary colors. Blue is the clean filtered water and yellow is the filter part using Taveuni Fiji fine sand, course sand, and pea gravel. 4 more sets to go and 5 spring box repairs.

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Weekly eBulletin October 23, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 25, 2013

Photos By Rick Mendoza
eBulletin written by Bill Paul


Past-president Nancy Campbell (left) presents luncheon speaker Kate  Rosloff
with the book that will be donated in her name to the Redondo Beach Library.

More Meeting Photos Here

(REDONDO BEACH) Oct. 23, 2013 – President Karen Weigel is still in Fiji, so past-president Nancy Campbell stepped in to conduct the meeting. Karen returns next week from her month-long stay in Fiji working on several water-related projects. Today we learned about the Rotary Rose Parade Float and a generous donation to the Vision-to-Learn project by United Airlines.

Weekly eBulletin October 23, 2013 David Whitehead 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly eBulletin October 13-19, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Oct 20, 2013

Written by Bill Paul and Scott Fellows
Photography by Rick Mendoza

(REDONDO BEACH) October 16, 2013  With President Karen Weigel off to Fiji for a month, past president Steve Scerra filled in conducting today’s luncheon.


 Our Speaker Brian Morrissey President for the Day Steve Scerra

Eleanor Manzano served as out greeter this week, Pearl Davis provided the invocation and Michael Payton led us in the flag salute.

Meals on Wheels this week by Scott Fellows.  Next week Chat Campbell and Scott Young are signed up to deliver.


Steve acknowledged several members for their years in the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach: Laura Fields, one year; Allen Peters, seven years; and Monique Waite, seven years.  He also acknowledged Nancy and Chat Campbell for their 25th wedding anniversary, and Terri and Chuck Anderson for their 32nd Congratulations to Chat, Nancy, Terri, Chuck, Laura, Allen and Monique.

October is Vocational Service Month. A table is available for members to display their company brochures and other promotional literature.  All members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the occupations of other members.

Vision to Learn – Community Service Director Laura Fields reported on success of vision screening project a week ago at Washington Elementary School.  “About 25 Rotarians showed up to assist,” she said. “The next stage of the project will occur in about two weeks, when the Vision-to-Learn van, staffed by optometrists and other medical personnel, will provide additional vision testing and eyeglasses to children grades 1 through 5 who demonstrate vision difficulties.”

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This Week at RBRC: October 23, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 19, 2013

This week our speaker will be...


Kate Rosloff

Ms. Rosloff is a member of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee and will be discussing this years float. This Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

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This Week at RBRC: October 16, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 12, 2013

This week our speaker will be...


Brian Morrissey

Mr. Morrissey will be speaking about his work at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network this Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This Week at RBRC: October 16, 2013 David Whitehead 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Vision-to-Learn Sees 300 Students

Posted by Bill Paul on Oct 09, 2013

(REDONDO BEACH) October 10, 2013  --  Rotarians from the Redondo Beach Rotary Club, Westchester Rotary Club and Playa Sunrise Rotary Club screened the vision of 300 elementary students at Washington Elementary School, a Title 1 school, last week. Laura Fields, organizer of the project, estimates 25 Rotarians rotated through the screening sessions.




California mandates vision screening for grades 2 and 5, meanwhile the Vision-to-Learn program screens children in grades 1, 3 and 4.  Children with demonstrated eye problems were recommended for additional screening by professional medical staff.  The next stage in the program will occur in about two weeks.  The Vision-to-Learn van, staffed by optomitrists and other medical personel, will provides additional vision testing and and eyeglasses to children grades 1 through 5 who demonstrate vision difficulties.

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 "We received great support from school administrators," said Laura. "The kids were a little rambunctious while they awaited their turn, but they were well behaved during the actual screening. It was a lot of fun."

Vision-to-Learn Sees 300 Students Bill Paul 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly eBulletin -- October 9, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Oct 08, 2013

eBulletin by Bill Paul
Photography by Rolando Andrade

(REDONDO BEACH)  Oct. 9, 2013 — President Karen welcomed members and guests to her last meeting in a month.  She left for Fiji late Wednesday evening to join husband Jeff where the couple are spearheading a month-long water project.  The club received a $17,000 Rotary grant for the Fiji Project.  It consists of five spring box repairs, six bio-sand filters at schools, and the installation of two 5,200-liter storage tanks.  Karen will be in Fiji until November. 5th , Galina Gilman and her husband Michael will fly to Fiji to join in the project.

Larry Hashimoto delivered the opening invocation while Dave Whitehead led us in the flag salute.





66th District California Assembleman Al Muratsuchi addressed
club; seen with Terry Bichlmeier and President Karen Weigel.


Visiting RotariansJim Beardsley and Todd Cruser, President of the South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, Karen Greenberg of the Lomita-Torrance Airport Rotary Club, and Colin Wolfson from the Rotary Club of Capetown, South Africa.

Guests included Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember from the Sixty-Sixth District, Melissa Uribe Field, Craig and Chris MacDonald, and former club member Lauren Cotner.

Like any politician anywhere, Assemblyman Muratsuchi could not pass up a platform when President Karen invited him to address the club. Muratsuchi chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee in the California State Assembly. “We are seeking to improve funding for veterans,” he said. “We passed a balanced budget with a one billion dollar reserve, we funded California schools, and we are working to keep the aerospace industry in southern California.”  He emphasized the Sixty-Sixth District “is the most beautiful in California. And it is evenly divided between Democrats, Republications and Independents.”

Meals-on-Wheels were delivered by Scott Young and Chantel King.

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Weekly eBulletin - October 2, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Oct 06, 2013

eBulletin by Bill Paul
Photos By Rick Mendoza



More Meeting Photos Here

(REDONDO BEACH) October 7, 2013 – At this week’s luncheon club photog PDG Rick Mendoza gathered everyone for a group photograph.  We are preparing a district-wide get-well booklet to send to Connie Baker, Governor Doug Baker’s wife who is suffering from an unpleasant form of cancer. Other highlights at today’s luncheon: craft talks by Michael Payton and Jeff Melodia.  So let’s get started.

The Inspirational Message (formerly the Invocation) was delivered by Eleanor Manzano and the flag salute led by Marna Smeltzer.

Visiting Rotarians: honorary member Mike Stark, and Walter Christmas from the PV Sunset club. Also,  David Clubb from the Redondo Union High School Interact Club.  David is the V.P. of the Interact Club, so although technically not a Rotarian he is a Rotarian-in-the-making. In fact, he spoke for a few minutes about a fund raising project he is involved in in Nicaragua raising money to help educate students in that country.

Guests:  Craig Kovar was a special guest of Jim Sharvin, Lucos Do Lirramento was a guest of Marcelo Gonsalves, and Joann Gallin and Greg Chord were guests of Jeff Melodia.



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This Week at RBRC: October 2, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Sep 29, 2013
This week is our speakers will be presenting their Craft Talks. Join us to hear from  our new members Michael Payton, Scott Young and Jeff Melodia Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.
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eBulletin for week of September 25, 2013

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

eBulletin written by Bill Paul
Photos by Rolando Andrade

Welcome New Member Seth Stodder 
with President Karen and Sponsor Steve Scerra

(REDONDO BEACH) Sept. 25, 2013  Consistent with RI guidelines, our luncheon invocation was more of an inspirational message then a theological one.  Thanks to Alexis Sheehy for a thoughtful comment.  Today was the Sheehy duo with hubby Jim leading us in the flag salute.

Meals on Wheels this week were provided by Michael Jackson and Jeff Melodia.

Visiting Rotarians:  Susan Tyre from PV Sunset joined us today.  In addition, from far-away Capetown, South Africa, Rotarian Colin Wolfson attended.  Colin has been here before. Welcome old friend.

Visitors this week were the Student of the Month contingent: Trinity Robat, Beryl Heights Elementary, her mother Tamara and Principal Karen Mohr.  Rotarian Dr. Alexis Sheehy presented the Student of the Month certificate to pint-size Trinity.  She may be tiny in stature but wow, what an outstanding 5th grader. Here is what Principal Mohr had to say about Trinity. “She is on the honor roll, is involved in Character Counts as a roll model to other students, does regular recycling at school, is an avid singer in our talent contests, plays the alto sax in band, and engages in outside sports.”

When it was her turn to speak, Trinity, with a boatload of self confidence, was modest. “It is such an honor to be student of the month,” she said. Pint-size yes, but a giant in the making.

Family of Rotary- We learned today that Ray Haynes, husband of former Redondo Beach Rotarian, Pat Haynes, suffered a massive, fatal heart attack on Sunday, Sept. 22.  Pearl passed around a card for all to sign.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat. 

We inducted a new member today.  He is Seth Stodder, an attorney and professor of law.  Among other subjects, he is an expert in security and terrorism. 






Seth Stodder   Ali Adham  Terry Tamble  Matt Kilroy  Mike Gin

However, when we gain members we sometimes lose members.  That was the case last week.  Long-time members and former president Ali Adham left the club officially on August 31.  He has moved to Florida but is keeping his real estate brokerage business here in the South Bay. “It’s all telephone work anyway,” he said.  Another past president, Terry Tamble is leaving us as of September 30th.  He and his wife Jeannie are moving to Moro Bay where he will likely join Rotary there.  Matt Kilroy left the club as of July 31st.  Lastly, Mike Gin, a Rotarian and former mayor Redondo Beach, changed jobs.  He is working in IT near downtown Los Angeles and said a Wednesday louncheon "would be a long way to travel."  By action of the board of directors, Mike will be made an Honorary Member in November.


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President's October Message

Posted on Sep 28, 2013

By Karen Weigel

October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary.  The concept of vocational service calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
• The importance of High ethical standards
• The value of all occupations
• Your contribution of vocational talents in service

Rotary’s Four-Way Test provides a litmus test for the practical application of business ethics and business integrity. Of the things we think, say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Action

 Here are some thoughts on how you as a Rotarian can put these ideals in action.
• Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’
• Use your professional skills to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through
          your own words and actions.
• Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. If vocational service
motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is
the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. 

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Weekly eBulletin - Sept 18, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Sep 22, 2013

Written by Bill Paul
Photographs by Rick Mendoza

(REDONDO BEACH)  September   18, 2013 Working on his blue badge, new member Jeff Weigel served as our Greeter today.  Thanks Jeff, you are almost there. Then, President Karen announced, the “Paul duo” of Bill and Colette led us in the invocation and flag salute.


Nora MacClellan receives check from
President Karen Weigel for the 
Vision-To-Learn project


Guests:   DeAnn Flores Chase of South Bay Business Lawyers and Marci her videographer. 

Visiting RotarianNora MacLellan, of the Westchester Rotary Club.  She is also a Vision To Learn volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Meals on Wheels:  Jeff Weigel and Scott Fellows. You’re almost there Jeff.  Scott, what can we say?  You always come through in a pinch.  Thank you!

Announcements:September is New Generations Month.  Our club is already active in this arena.  We have stuffed backpacks for 40 families, our Teacher Mini-Grant program is underway, and we’ve launched the Reading Buddies pilot program. But that’s not all.

The Redondo Beach Rotary Club is collaborating with two other Rotary clubs, the Playa Venice Sunrise and the Westchester, to bring the Vision to Learn program to three schools. In addition, the Beach Cities Health District has popped for a $2,500 Micro-Enrichment Grant and our club is donating an additional $3,500 toward the project.

On October 10th we will launch the program at Washington Elementary, a Title 1 school with 600 students. Students that do not pass the eye chart test will be referred to Vision to Learn for a full eye exam. The screening will be scheduled when all parent consent forms have been returned.  We will need 12 to 14 volunteers from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Again, that’s not all.

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This WEEK at RBRC: September 18, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Sep 11, 2013

This week our speaker will be...


DeAnn Flores Chase
South Bay Business Lawyers
Wednesday at the Blue Water Grill!


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Weekly eBulletin - Sept 11, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Sep 11, 2013

Written by Scott Fellows
Photos by Rick Mendoza



Our Speaker and Newest Honorary Member Mike Stark with President Karen

Greeter Terry Bichlmeier
And he greeted all Rotarians graciously, including yours truly. What a warm and friendly guy.

Ring the Bell
Invocation:  Jeff Melodia – A spontaneous and thoughtful prayer. I glanced over to see if he was reading from some note card, but was pleasantly surprised to see that he was speaking from the heart. Good work, buddy!

Pledge of Allegiance:  Michael Jackson -- Started the salute to our great country by instantly reciting the pledge. We all followed, of course, as every one of us has been reciting this oath since we were in grade school. What?! No introduction? How about "place your right hand over your left heart and repeat along with me......"  At my age I need a little prep, lest I forget just what we're supposed to be doing.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Michael Stark, Redondo Beach Police Reserve Commander, and today's special guest speaker. Retired Police Chief, Mel Nichols, introduced one of his two sons, Mike Nichols who is a Rotarian from Valley Center, which is located somewhere in the Escondido area.



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Weekly eBulletin - Sept 4, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Sep 07, 2013

Written by Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH) September 4, 2013 -- Invocation by Scott Young and flag salute by Jim Sharvin.

Visiting Rotarians: Marianne & Bob Kelchner from the Lomita Torrance Airport Rotary.

Guests: Cher Hadden, guest of Marna Smeltzer

Meals on Wheels: Prior week delivered by Mel Nichols & Bill Gard. This week: Scott Fellow & Jim Sharvin

Family of Rotary: President Karen told us that DG Doug Baker's wife Connie diagnosed with lung cancer. A get well card circulated for everyone's signature.

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Weekly eBulletin, Aug 28 - Sept 3, 2013

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 30, 2013

Weekly eBulletin August 28, 2013
Written by Bill Paul

(REDONDO BEACH – August 28, 2013) –Today’s invocation was by Steve Aspel while Jeff Weigel led us in the flag salute.

During the invocation, Steve paid tribute to his long-time friend and colleague John Parsons.  Steve said he and John first became friends and playmates in kindergarten.

He was followed by Jeff who was doing one of his blue badge duties. A  new member, Jeff  preceded the flag salute with a bit of trivia, a history lesson as it were, about the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, and Christian socialist.  When originally penned it said nothing about the United States of America, referencing only “the republic for which it stands.”  Weigel said, “The Pledge has been amended four times since then.” Then the kicker!  Weigel said  that for half a century after Bellamy penned it, “Americans saluted the flag and said the pledge of allegiance with their right arm raised.”   At the time it was known as the Bellamy salute. 

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Students pledging the with
Bellamy salute, circa 1941
Students swearing the
Pledge on Flag Day, 1899. 
Students pledging with 
Photos courtesy Wikipedia.  Click HERE to get the full Pledge of Allegiance story. 

Early in the 1940s after the U.S. got into a shooting war with a nasty little guy in Germany, the Bellamy salute didn’t go over to well with many patriotic Americans.  Recognizing the salute was too similar to the Nazi salute, in 1942, during the height of WWII, the United States Congress discontinued it. In its place Congress instituted the practice of the right hand over the heart to accompany the Pledge of Allegiance.

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This WEEK at RBRC: September 4, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Aug 30, 2013

This week two of our new members will be giving their Craft Talks.

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 Jeff Weigel
 Scott Young

Craft Talks are some of our best programs;  be there this Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill!

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This WEEK at RBRC: August 28, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Aug 21, 2013

This week our speaker will be...


Steve Goldsmith, Executive Director
Centinela Youth Services

Steve Goldsmith is a Past President of the Hawthorne Rotary Club and will be discussing the VICTIM OFFENDER RESTITUTION SERVICE (VORS): A program that gives young people the opportunities to 'make right' their wrong and become accountable for their actions. 

Wednesday August 28th at the Bluewater Grill


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This WEEK at RBRC: August 21, 2013

Posted by David Whitehead on Aug 18, 2013

This week the Redondo Beach Rotary Club will participate in:



The Salvation Army has donated 40 backpacks and has supplied the first names and ages of Redondo Beach students receiving help from the Army. The Redondo Beach Rotary Club has purchased school supplies, the Molina Foundation has donated books, and the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce has donated tee shirts. At our Wednesday meeting we will be stuffing the backpacks and writing a personal note for each student. This club project will be in place of a formal speaker this Wednesday at the Bluewater Grill.

This WEEK at RBRC: August 21, 2013 David Whitehead 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly eBulletin Aug. 14, 2013 -- DG Baker's Annual Visit

Posted by Bill Paul on Aug 17, 2013


CLICK HERE for more photo images of the meeting. Can you find yourself in one of these? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - DG Doug Baker made his official club visit to the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach. In addition Gov. Doug inducted a new member into the RBRC, Jeff Weigel.

(REDONDO BEACH – August 14, 2013) – Today’s club luncheon saw a constellation of stars, at it were.  At least eight past district governors were in attendance:  PDG Eliseo Gauna 1991-92;  PDG Vicki Radel, 2000-01; PDG Rick Mendoza, 2002-03; PDG Pat Cashin 2004-05; PDG David Moyers, 2007-08;  PDG Chuck Anderson, 2009-10;  PDG Doug Baker, 2010-11 (and of course DG for 2013-14); and PDG Lew Bertrand, 2012-13.  Of these eight PDGs one even inducted a new member today.

Today’s greeter was Past-President Colette Paul, invocation by President-elect Rolando Andrade, and PDG Rick Mendoza led us in the flag salute.

Visiting Rotarians (NOTE-if this list seems a bit redundant give it a break as Rotary protocol must be obeyed)  DG and PDG Doug Baker;  District Governor-Elect Elsa Glham;  District-Governor Elect Nominee  D.J. Sun; PDG Lew Bertrand, PDG David Moyers, Executive Aide Jaimee Sul; AG Bill Bloomfield and Jack Hausman a visiting Rotarian from Alpharetta, GA.  

Boy, does Hausman have a story to tell when he gets home, to say nothing of banking several make-ups for his meeting today with eight past district governors in attendance.  For you newbies or visitors we have five PDGs in our club, but rather than be redundantly redundant re-read the first paragraph!

Guests:  Jeff Weigel, husband and special guest of President Karen Weigel; Craig Kovar, special guest of Jim Sharvin; Seth Stodder, special guest of Steve Scerra; Bryce Young, 9, son of Scott Young.