Camp Pendleton Collection Drive

Camp Pendleton Collection Drive
Donations Completed: Thursday, September 9

Thank you to the following Rotarians who donated to the September 2021 Camp Pendleton Collection Drive.

Eileen Hupp
Jim Hartman
Rick Mendoza
Judy Muruscko
Julia Parton
Phyllis Pelezzare
Virginia Butler
Suzy Zimmerman
Allen Bond
Christine Barnicki

Together, we collected books (over 120), diapers, wipes, clothes, kitchen items, blankets,  and Target gift cards!

Many of the Marines are deployed when their babies are born and family and friends may not be nearby.  Many are in need of items for newborns and small children, or basic items to set up an apartment.
Camp Pendleton Collection Drive Julia Parton 2021-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rainbow Services - Back to School Collection

Rainbow Services - Back to School Collection 
Donations Completed: Thursday, August 5 
Thank You to everyone who donated to the Back to School Collection!  As this picture shows, we collected many supplies for the children to get them off to a great start in the new school year.
Rainbow Services - Back to School Collection Julia Parton 2021-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meet President Jen Sullivan

Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club President - Jennifer Sullivan
My name is Jennifer Sullivan, PVP Rotary Club President, Sr. Executive Director at the San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA, Auntie Extraordinaire, Four-legged Fan, and Disneyland Fanatic. I am excited to serve the great community of the Palos Verdes Peninsula as this year's Rotary Club President. 
The greatest gift we can give is our time, so choosing where we spend that time is vital.  I feel blessed to serve this great club and lead under this year's theme "Serve to Change Lives."
Rotary provides an excellent opportunity for individuals in the community to come together and support a need more significant than themselves.  The gifts that our club brings are fellowship, action, and service above self. We are a club that loves to give back. In 2021-22 our service will manifest in many ways; service projects local and international, speaker presentations that celebrate connections to the community, and networking. We hope to see you at the club and help us give back.
Meet President Jen Sullivan Jennifer Sullivan 2021-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

PVP Rotary Visit to Fire Station 106

Friday, July 23, 2021 - PVP Rotary Club met at the LA County Fire Station #106 in Rolling Hills Estates. This meeting was to recognize the accomplishment of a Rotary Community Grant to improve the kitchen and community room of the fire station. The special event included Club President Jen Sullivan, Community Service Chair Julia Parton, LA County Fire Dept Battalion Chief Velasquez, Captain Matt Levesque plus numerous Rotarians and firefighters & EMTs. A memorial plaque was presented to the fire station followed by remarks by Sullivan and Levesque. A wonderful box lunch accompanied with a lot of good friendships and camaraderie with Rotarians and Firefighters.
PVP Rotary Visit to Fire Station 106 Frank Vranesic 2021-07-26 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Credits to Lynne notes, Eileen Hupp & Carmenza Adams on Oct 28, 2020
Spooky Thursday Night Live!
Halloween Costume
Halloween is almost here and we will start early hiding behind the Zoom with the mystery of an improvised costume. Who will have the best costume from the waist up?
Pumpkin Carving
Say “Hocus Pocus” and the artist in you will shine through the illuminated face of the jack-o-lantern that you carve.
Ghoulish Drink Recipes
Will helps you get into the spirit of games, ghost stories, and contests that you won’t want to miss.
Black Cat Martini
Our opening drink is a very simple, quick concoction that is easy to make but has a great Halloween feel. 
-2 oz. Blavod Black vodka 
-1/2 oz. Chambord
Combine in shaker with 1 cup ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Black Devil Martini
This simple but fun little number comes from the American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois in Chicago.
-2 oz dark rum.  The darker the better. 
-1/2 oz. dry Vermouth 
-1 black olive
Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Add olive on a toothpick.
The Jack O’ Lantern
This great recipe comes from Southern Hospitality in New York City.  Use a lowball glass and garnish this drink correctly to get a great tasting drink that looks like a pumpkin.
-1 oz Hennessy VSOP Cognac 
-1 1/2 oz orange juice 
-1/2 oz ginger ale 
-1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Shake combined ingredients and strain into a lowball glass over ice.  Place an orange slice (wheel) over the top with a lime twist in the center of the wheel as a garnish topper.
Fake Blood
-1 oz. bourbon 
-1/2 oz. lime juice 
-Tomato juice 
-1 tsp. Tequila
Pour the bourbon and lime juice in a glass over ice.  Fill remainder with tomato juice and stir.  Then add Tequila.

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SPOOK-TAKULAR HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION! Credits to Lynne notes, Eileen Hupp & Carmenza Adams 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
A Tropical Diving Trip in French Polynesia Judy Maruszko 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Sharefest—A Great Volunteer Opportunity Duncan Sutton 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Educator of the Year Dinner

Posted by Greg Sparkman on Nov 13, 2018
It was a glorious festivity last Wednesday night as we feted and cheered those men and women chosen to be 2018's Educators of the Year. The more than 250 attendees that included teachers, administrators, city dignitaries and supporting Rotarians, were all energized and boisterous. The ballroom at Palos Verdes Golf Club, where we convene for our noon meetings, was transformed by evening into a more elegant, magical ambiance. While our club meetings fill about a third of the room, last Wednesday night the ballroom was bursting at the seams. As always, many thanks go to our Sustaining Sponsor, the D.K. Kim Foundation, for making the evening possible.
Educator of the Year Dinner Greg Sparkman 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0 EOTY,Educator of the Year,rotary events

PVP Rotary Meeting 10-5-18

Posted by John Cameron on Oct 05, 2018

Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC | Lions, Tigers and Bears. Oh, my!

Today we heard a fascinating talk by Steve Holstrom, DUM, DAVOC, on his career caring for the dental requirements of the animal world.  He is also an excellent sailor, having sailed with his young family including a baby to Hawaii prior to GPS.  This is in addition to being an accomplished fisherman, a sailing judge for the America’s Cup and a scuba dive instructor.
PVP Rotary Meeting 10-5-18 John Cameron 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting 9-28-18

Posted by Norton Donner on Oct 04, 2018
District Governor Joe Vasquez and his wife Rose were present at the annual district governors meeting.
He presented Paul Harris pins to several members who achieved levels beyond the first $1000.00.  Hangup Moon and Henry Lee were honored for giving $1,000 annually.
Greg and Carolyn O’Brien were honored as becoming members of the Bequest Society.
There was a slide show that featured Governor Joe and the “most interesting man in the world”.
Rotary Meeting 9-28-18 Norton Donner 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Climb every mountain

Posted by Rick Mendoza, PDG on Sep 26, 2018

Climb every mountain


As told to Diana Schoberg 

Health workers must have a lot of passion. They face so many challenges to reach every child with the polio vaccine. 

I found that out when I traveled to a mountain community on the border of Uganda and Kenya, 200 miles from my home in Kampala, to join a vaccination team. Just getting to the homes was a challenge, let alone persuading the parents to let us in. We had to park the cars, carry our coolers with the polio vaccine safely tucked inside between ice packs, and move on our own two feet, just walking and walking. It’s a bit of a trick – using your hands to steady yourself while you climb, yet still having to carry this heavy cooler. There were lots of streams and rivers, and at times we had to jump across or walk through the water. 


We would sometimes walk for 30 minutes before we would see a home, because they’re not so close to one another. It was lonely and scary, walking through the trees and rocks. The challenge was getting as far as we could, keeping in mind how long the journey back would take. If we walked three hours to get to a home, we needed to be sure we had three hours to get back before dark. And all that with the possibility of not finding a child at home and having to return another day.

Climb every mountain Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Mike Lansing | Boys and Girls Club

Posted by Juan Bueno on Sep 19, 2018
Our guest speaker Mike Lansing from the Boys and Girls Club of LA Harbor presenting the club some exciting news, updates and information about
the expanding footprint of this dynamic youth organization. The club's recent expansion, Career Bound Program, and a short explanation of a $9 Million Comprehensive Campaign.
Mike Lansing | Boys and Girls Club Juan Bueno 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
“Rotary vision for a better world” Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
PEACE IN THE SOUTH BAY Eileen Hupp 2018-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Many thanks to my Rotary Family

Posted by Joey Komada on Aug 25, 2018
Many thanks to my Rotary Family for presenting my new grand daughter Maya with a very generous $151 at our meeting yesterday. I’m sure that her Mom and Dad will put it to good use and when I get to hold her again next weekend up in Los Altos ( in the Bay area), I’ll be sure and tell her and her big sister Lia  about all the friends they  have down here in Palos Verdes.
Many thanks to all of you again.
Many thanks to my Rotary Family Joey Komada 2018-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

Friday, August 23’s Rotary Meeting

Posted by Joan Behrens on Aug 23, 2018
Friday, August 23’s Rotary Meeting saw a “full house,” as many of our Rotarians returned from trips and summer vacations. This was also the occasion of the induction of former PVP Rotarian and past Club president John Polin back into our Club.
Friday’s program featured the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce under the direction of Chamber President and CEO Eileen Hupp. Our Rotary Club has been a sponsor of this program for the last three years.
Friday, August 23’s Rotary Meeting Joan Behrens 2018-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Presentation to Jackie and Roger Ignon Kath Anderson 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

District Breakfast | Tuesday, August 14th

Posted by Rick Mendoza, PDG on Aug 14, 2018
District Breakfast yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 14th) held at the Westin hotel LAX. Marc Mazorow, Kath Anderson, Eileen Hupp, Rick Mendoza, Greg O’Brien, Jim Hartman and Daryl Sidler were in attendance.
District Breakfast | Tuesday, August 14th Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Soirée Ignon | Wednesday Night Live | 8-8-18 Greg Sparkman 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Wednesday Night Live!

Posted by Judy Maruszko on Jul 25, 2018
SoCal Edison scheduled a Power Outage at the Elliot's home on the eve of the scheduled Wednesday Night Live. 
PVP Rotarians packed their bags, hiked uphill and met at
EL POLLO INKA at the Promenade (near the Noris Theater).
Wednesday Night Live! Judy Maruszko 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Certificate of Recognition honoring our Club for our commitment to education Eileen Hupp 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Beer & Wine Festival 44k Check Presentation Eileen Hupp 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting - July 20th

Posted by Kath Anderson on Jul 24, 2018

The Meeting of today coincided with the 49th anniversary of the landing on the moon. Jim Hartman gave us something to think about in his inspirational invocation. He graciously allowed us to print it for those of you who were unable to attend, and to remind those of us who did attend.
Club Meeting - July 20th Kath Anderson 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Juan Bueno on Jul 06, 2018

Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula 

The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula members were all smiles last Friday afternoon as they welcomed Marc Mazorow, as our new president of the club.  As president, Marc will lead and motivate our club, ensure that club members feel valuable, inspired, and connected to each other.  La Rotacion wishes Marc a GREAT Year ahead and look forward to being inspired! Congrats Marc! We are watching you!
FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR | JULY 6TH Juan Bueno 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

Eileen Hupp | 2017-18 Rotarian of the Year!

Posted by Juan Bueno on Jul 03, 2018


This annual award is designated for the one Rotarian in our club who clearly stands out in demonstrating "Service Above Self," and principled commitment to the Four-Way Test.  Eileen Hupp, is that outstanding club member who has made significant contributions to the mission and operation of our club. Congratulations Eileen! You are our Rotarian of the Year 2017-18!
Eileen Hupp | 2017-18 Rotarian of the Year! Juan Bueno 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

James H. Parton Memorial Service

Posted by Julia Parton on Jul 02, 2018

James H. Parton 

Services to be held Saturday, July 7, 2018, 9:00am 

Green Hills Chapel 

Celebration of life to follow at Palos Verdes Gold Club, 11:00am

James H. Parton Memorial Service Julia Parton 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
A Notice from Paul Netzel Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication Statistics

Posted by Rick Mendoza, PDG on Jun 20, 2018

Polio Eradication Statistics

Below are the current statistics on the number of Polio caused by the wild polio virus in endemic countries. Eight (8) of the 11 cases, this year, are in the country of Afghanistan and three (3) are from Pakistan. There were no new cases reported in Nigeria at this time. The 11 cases this year is disconcerting as it represents roughly twice the number of cases as last year at this time. The war against Polio continues and Rotary will and must support the effort to end this dreaded disease.

Polio Eradication Statistics Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Lynne Neuman Rotary Video Juan Bueno 2018-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

Demotion Dinner for Lynne Neuman

Posted by Juan Bueno on Jun 16, 2018

Demotion dinner for our outgoing president Lynne Neuman. The PVP Rotary Club was in the house "boat", starring in the usual cast of FUN Rotarians and fun was sure had by all!  Thank you's  were received for committees of the many members who work on projects during the year and a all new cast was installed!

Demotion Dinner for Lynne Neuman Juan Bueno 2018-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting with Speaker Michael Scott Moore

Posted by Peter McCormack on Jun 01, 2018

Journalist and Former Hostage finds the Value of Humor!

“I might be one of the only people to have taught yoga to Somali pirates.”
A former resident of Redondo Beach, author and journalist for The Guardian and der Spiegel, Michael Scott Moore was held hostage by Somali pirates for 2 years and 8 months (977 days) from 2012 to 2014. Living in Berlin in 2012, he had been in Somalia researching for a book after reporting for der Spiegel on the trial of a group of pirates in Europe...
Club Meeting with Speaker Michael Scott Moore Peter McCormack 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

BGCLAH 2018 CB Graduation

Posted by Derald Sidler on May 26, 2018

BGCLAH 2018 CB Graduation

Lynne presenting $3000 Rotary Club scholarships to 4  members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor’s College Bound Program.
The event was held at the Wilshire Grand Theater in San Pedro. The scholarships are funded by our Rotary Foundation.
BGCLAH 2018 CB Graduation Derald Sidler 2018-05-26 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Juan Bueno on May 14, 2018
Funeral Visitation 
Friday, June 1 at 4-8 PM 
White & Day Mortuary  
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Internment & Military Funeral Honors 
Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM  
Green Hills Mortuary 
27501 South Western Avenue 
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 
Celebration of Life  
Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM 
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 
31290 Palos Verdes Drive West  
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to: 
Trinity Care Hospice 
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence at  
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance  
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR BOB GULCHER Juan Bueno 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Juan Bueno - Craft TALK

Posted by Greg O'Brien on May 11, 2018


There is something about the number 11 that keeps cropping up in the life of La Rotacion editor Juan Bueno.  Juan’s father was one of 11 children.  Juan was one of 11 children as well.  Last Friday, May 11, Juan gave his first Rotary craft talk, bookended by his birthday on Thursday (the 10th) and his first club anniversary on Saturday (the 12th). 
Juan Bueno - Craft TALK Greg O'Brien 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting - May 4th 2018

Posted by Geoffrey Nadler on May 04, 2018

Speaker Frank Scotto

Our esteemed speaker  Frank Scotto is a local Torrance professional who has a deep history of service. He was born in Riverside in 1948 and his family moved to San Pedro and then Torrance. He was in the Military during the Vietnam War and continued on to public service throughout his life. He graduated from El Camino College and in 1974 went into the service station and Towing Industry. He recently sold his towing business after 42 years to pursue other business venues and political opportunities.  His started his civil service career by serving as commissioner on the Torrance Civil Service Commission in 1997 and was elected to the City Council of Torrance in 2000 and serving as Mayor Pro-tem then and in 2006 and 2010...
Club Meeting - May 4th 2018 Geoffrey Nadler 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Malaga Bank Welcomes Julia Parton Julia Parton 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Wednesday Night Live Rick Mendoza, PDG 2018-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speakers April 20

Posted by Joey Komada on Apr 24, 2018

Rotary Speakers April 20 : Steve Cooley and Robert Schirn

District Attorney Honorable Steve Cooley and Robert Schirn, career prosecutor and office historian. They were at the club to discuss their new book entitled Blue Lives Matter In The Line of Duty.  It is a collection of facts, stories and lessons learned regarding the murders of various LAPD officers struck down in the line of duty. They highlighted the execution murder of Deputy David March in 2002, the pursuit of the murderer, Jorge Arroyo Garcia, and the efforts to bring Garcia to justice.
Rotary Speakers April 20 Joey Komada 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
April 20th Meeting Photos Joey Komada 2018-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Advances in Radiation Oncology in 4/6/2018 PVP Rotary meeting

Posted by Henry Lee on Apr 09, 2018

Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery system

Mr Bruce Attig introduced the speaker, Dr. Ajmel Puthawala, radiation oncologist at the Fountain Valley hospital. He is board certified and practicing radiation oncology 46 years and has extensive experience about radiation treatment to cancer patient. the topic was advances in Radiation Oncology.
Advances in Radiation Oncology in 4/6/2018 PVP Rotary meeting Henry Lee 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary and World Water Day

Posted by Rick Mendoza on Mar 29, 2018
Clean water and sanitation are basic necessities of a healthy environment and a productive life. Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested more than $74 million in water and sanitation projects. For World Water Day, read about one of those projects in Sri Lanka, and learn more about the work Rotary is doing to provide access to clean water, improve toilets and latrines, and support hygiene projects.
Rotary and World Water Day  Rick Mendoza 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary,economy,hygiene

Sharfest Community Workday

Posted by J.J. Udewitz on Mar 16, 2018

Dear Rotarians,

Your help is needed Saturday April 28th in San Pedro! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online...
Event:Sharfest Community Workday
Date:Apr 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Apr 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Chair:Jonathan Udewitz 3107747494
Sharfest Community Workday J.J. Udewitz 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Don't be Boring - March 16th 2018 Meeting

Posted by Juan Bueno on Mar 16, 2018

Don't be Boring!

Ryan Choura is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and CEO of Choura Events. He founded the Los Angeles-based creative event agency in 2007 with a mission to provide an innovative A-to-Z solution for creating, designing and building life-changing event experiences. Current and past event highlights include The ESPYS, Summer X-Games, Coachella, Stage Coach, Electric Daisy Carnival, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Newport Food and Wine Festival, Huntington Beach Air Show and Golden Globe and Grammy's after parties...
Don't be Boring - March 16th 2018 Meeting Juan Bueno 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Application | Anthony Luna

Posted by Lynne Neuman on Mar 12, 2018

Anthony Luna has applied for membership in our club.

Anthony Luna works for Coastline Equity, a Property Management company ( I think, per Lynne Neuman)..
His sponsor  is Geoffrey Nadler.
Any objections should be forwarded to:
Lynne Neuman,
New Member Application | Anthony Luna Lynne Neuman 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

Posted by Juan Bueno on Mar 12, 2018

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

Rotary Clubs of South Bay Sunrise & Palos Verdes Peninsula
Tickets are on sale for the 5th Annual South Bay Beer and Wine Festival. Enjoy beer from over 40 micro-breweries, 20 wineries and 30 restaurants for a single price of $75 — $10 off with attached promo code. VIP upgrades are an additional $39. Visit the website for more details.
South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Juan Bueno 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Your Rotary Fund Raising At Work. Congratulations Isabella Williams! 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

NEW | PVP Rotary Club Member Memories

Posted by Juan Bueno on Feb 14, 2018

La Rotaćion wants your Old Photos!

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Old Photos are a great Memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.  We all love a good trip down PVP Rotary memory lane, so be a good sport and share! 
-La Rotaćion
NEW | PVP Rotary Club Member Memories Juan Bueno 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting: Friday, February 9, 2108

Posted by Brian Saunders on Feb 13, 2018

Annual Rotary Speech Contest

Our program on February 9 was the annual Rotary Speech Contest.   Eight energetic and engaging your people from our local High Schools spoke for up to six minutes on the topic of “Making A Difference.”  Tiana Vibhakar, from Palos Verdes High School, shared with the club how various obstacles “get in the way of life itself.”  She chooses to brighten others’ days by leaving uplifting post-it notes in random locations throughout her day.  Natalie Valvo, from Rolling Hills Prep was inspired by a YouTube video to accept and encourage others “just as they are,” and claimed Ghandi’s mantra: “be the change you want to see in the world.” Ailum Shi, of Palos Verdes Peninsula, reminded the club that making a difference in the world starts with ourselves... 
Rotary Meeting: Friday, February 9, 2108 Brian Saunders 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary 5280 Hits The Airwaves Greg Sparkman 0