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In case you missed us... December 20, 2019
By: Julia Parton
 
President Derald started the meeting off by stating the reason the Rotary Bell was not available for today’s meeting was due to a zipper problem???   I had to revisit that statement several times before I understood….I actually thought he was telling a blonde joke!
President Sidler presented a thank you gift to PVGC servers/wait staff. The gift was on behalf of the great service we receive throughout the year! Thank you!
Derald also announced Major Brian Saunders has been reassigned to Melbourne, Australia. Congratulations, Brian! We will miss you, but wish you the best of luck on your new assignment.
 
I would like to thank our member volunteers today who stepped up to open the meeting! Jim Hartman – Invocation; Julia Parton – Pledge of Allegiance; John Schuricht, Kath Anderson, and Eileen Hupp for leading us in our holiday song, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer; Lynn Neuman – Guest Introductions!
 
We welcomed the following guests to our meeting:
Visiting Rotarian Freddy Dominquez, visiting from the Signal Hill Rotary Club/District 5320. Additional guests included: Captain Nigel Cross, Salvation Army, Crestmont College of Officer Training; Max Larouche with Northwestern Mutual who is originally from Haiti, and a new PVE resident;  and Sheila Dudley with Merrill Gardens.
 
Craft Talk
We enjoyed getting to know new member, Evan Rees, who shared with us his craft talk. Evan is from Great Neck, Long Island and shared the similarities between Great Neck and Palos Verdes – both small towns with great schools, and a great place to grow up. Evan taught sailing as a young man, something surely he picked up from his father who was a Captain. Evan recently started a new Cyber Security business recently with his partner, Lon Melman. Working with companies to keep them save and assist if there is IT intrusion.  This is Evan’s third career as he has retired twice before! He spend 21 years in New York City in advertising sales. Evan has learned that throughout his business careers, it is not the money, but the people you meet. He is thankful for the mentorships he has had throughout the years that has shaped him into the person he is today. Evan is also very thankful for Rotary. When his mother was ill, he found that it was the Rotarian that were there for the family. Evan stated that he enjoys being part of a group of folks who have high levels of integrity, high ethical standards and really appreciates being around like-minded professionals.
 
Rotary Moments from Joey Komada, Harry Kitter and Jim Hartman
Jim Hartman was a Lion for 21 years before joining Rotary in 1994. Jim shared his passion of Rotary with us and explained that his Rotary Moment was when his family could appreciated and understand the passion for Rotary that he had. At the International Convention, Jim’s wife, Pat, and daughter were able to realize the impact of Rotary’s mission. Jim stated that it’s heartwarming to get family excited about Rotary – an organization that impacts positively both locally and internationally.
Joey Komada spoke about the Rotary District 5280 Humanitarian trip she took to Peru. She visited an orphanage there and observed that the children so peaceful. The children performed for her, and the visiting team. Joey talked about visiting the girl’s dormitory and noticed that the accommodations were nice. She mentioned that she saw the impact of the Rotary water project and how it great impacted their lives – their education, their health. Joey stated she was very proud to belong to an organization making such a great impact for people all over the world.
Harry Kitter spoke about his excitement to attend his year’s International Convention in New Orleans! Well, that excitement was a bit deflated when Hurricane Katrina showed and the convention was moved to Salt Lake City! Harry did state he had a great time at the convention. He was just amazed with the local Club’s activities during the convention. He spoke of one town where they practically shut down the town for a picnic and rodeo for the visiting Rotarians! A lasting impression for Harry.
 
Announcements:
Food drive for the homeless students at El Camino College is on-going. Derald dropped off the first of many distributions from the club and they are all very appreciative of our support. Thank you to PVPUSD for joining in and for delivering a van filled with food for the food pantry!
Services for long-time member, Hal Lazar will be Sunday, December 28, 4:00pm, at Wayfarer’s Chapel.
Allen Bond is looking for volunteers for the Scholarship Committee. If you are interested, please reach out to Allen.
Mark your calendars for some special upcoming Rotary events: January 15 – Wednesday Night Live and Art! Rotary Art Contest and fellowship in one evening! There are no meetings until January 10 – Happy New Year!
 
New Member Application Received
 
Major Nigel Cross, The Salvation Army
 
If there are any objections to the aforementioned membership application, please contact Membership Chair, Allen Bond.
 
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