2024 Educator of the Year

Please join us to honor the Outstanding Educators in Palos Verdes!
The 2024 Honorees are:
  • Adeline Allen:                 Peninsula Heritage School
  • Elizabeth McCurdy:      Point Vicente Elementary School
  • Sheryl Rasmussen:         Cornerstone Elementary School
  • Kindra Windish:             Chadwick School
  • Stefanie Kagimoto:         Silver Spur Elementary School
  • Cara Dunn:                     Rancho Vista Elementary School
  • Patti Petrucci:                 Ridgecrest Intermediate School
  • Karen Kostrencich:        Palos Verdes High School
  • Ana Alejandre:               Rolling Hills Preparatory School
A Reception and Dinner to honor the recipients of this years awards was held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club Grand Ballroom on Thursday evening, February 8, 2024. 
2024 Educator of the Year Joan Behrens 2024-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

Rose Parade HOVOOTM

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club joined with many of the other District 5280 clubs to decorate the Rotary Float for the 2024 Rose Parade!  The theme of this years float is 'Clean Water - The Music of Life'.  Volunteers met at the Phoenix Decorating Company in Irwindale, CA on Thursday, 12/28 for a fun day surrounded by flowers and floats. 
The Rotary Rose Parade Float was accompanied on New Year's Day by District Governor Makiko and International President McInally. 
Rose Parade HOVOOTM Frank Vranesic 2023-12-28 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula to Organize Donations Efforts for the Peartree Lane Relief Fund Julia Rosas 2023-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

Save The Date - Sunday May 21, 2023
Join the fun at the 10th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival.  Sample great Beer, Wine and Foods from over 100 local businesses.
All of the fun will be happening at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Full details and tickets at www.sbbeerwinefest.com 
South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Frank Vranesic 2023-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Means Business - District 5280 Mixer

Rotary Means Business District Mixer: A fellowship for business networking among Rotarians and an opportunity to meet your District Governor in person!
There will be a food truck available, a cash bar, networking activities, music, and more. Parking – street or valet.
Rotary Means Business - District 5280 Mixer J.J. Udewitz 2022-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - October 24

24 October is World Polio Day!
As World Polio Day approaches, we’re getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.

We’ve made tremendous progress so far, and now’s the time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. In 2020, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances.

The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan— but as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere. So let’s use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where children are still as risk.

Get involved
Take action this World Polio Day by hosting virtual and community events, creating fundraisers, and sharing posts about the importance of polio eradication on social media.

Use the World Polio Day Toolkit to find resources and tips for planning activities and promoting a polio-free world.
World Polio Day - October 24 Rick Mendoza 2022-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Red Cross Blood Drive

Please join your friends and neighbors at Hesse Community Park for a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Red Cross Blood Drive Julia Parton 2022-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Human Trafficking Summit

Zones 26/27 Summit on Stopping Human Trafficking will be conducted in San Diego on October 1st for this important final Trails to Peace Summit leading up to the Zones 26/27 2022 Rotary Institute in Salt Lake City in November.

This summit is being designed for both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who want to learn more about modern day slavery for themselves, their clubs, and their districts.  It will be held in person but will also have a virtual option for those who cannot travel to San Diego.  Both the in-person and virtual participation cost will be $50.  The virtual participation cost is per link so multiple Rotarians in a club can share a Zoom link.  Virtual and in-person participants can work together to develop projects to fight trafficking.  Please encourage Rotarians in your district to go to the website for more information and to register. 

Rotary Human Trafficking Summit Frank Vranesic 2022-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Recent Polio Detections in US & Europe

Posted on Aug 18, 2022

Rotary statement on recent polio detections in U.S., Europe

The recent detection of the vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 case in New York, USA, and isolates in several environmental samples collected in London are stark reminders that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. It also highlights the importance of vaccination as the only form of protection against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases and the work that needs to be done in our communities to encourage the uptake of vaccines. Also, as the world gets closer to zero wild poliovirus cases, it is increasingly important to track all forms of the virus wherever they may appear, including in polio-free regions.

The U.S. is still considered low risk for paralytic outbreaks of polio due to the high level of vaccine coverage across the population. If a child has received the entire course of vaccines, the risk of becoming paralyzed by polio is negligible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92.6% of children aged 24 months are fully vaccinated against polio, slightly below the 95% World Health Organization target.

Recent Polio Detections in US & Europe Frank Vranesic 2022-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA Summer Camp Presentation

On August 5th, we had the privilege of hearing Jeremy Brown from the Carson Gardena Dominquez Rotary. He gave a heart-warming presentation on RYLA's  (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) Summer Camp program.

RYLA happens over a weekend in April. They accept freshman through juniors from schools in the South Bay area and many graduates go on to become counselors in the program. They spend two days doing activities that will help them be better leaders and improve their emotional and mental health. We heard an incredible story of one girl who attended as the dying wish of her mother. This incredible girl went on to win a Gates Award and a scholarship to MIT. She also received a masters and today helps care for her younger siblings and father as a result of her amazing engineering job. 

To scholarship a kid to RYLA camp costs $300. Our club has the ability to sponsor six kids. As of this moment, we have the cost of four kids covered and will be fundraising at our Wednesday Night Lives for the additional two kids. 

RYLA Summer Camp Presentation 2022-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Responds to Ukraine

Rotary Responds to Ukraine

A message from Director Vicki Puliz

The response from Rotary members to the war in Ukraine has been simply incredible. In just a few short weeks, more than $10.4 million has been contributed through the disaster relief channels of Our Rotary Foundation.

This money is flowing into the hands of Rotary members in front-line countries and around the world to help the refugees who are fleeing the war zones, and those who remain to fight for their homeland. The generosity and response to this crisis is amazing.

Take a moment to realize the Disaster Relief channel was set up just three years ago, and in those three years it has attracted approximately $3 million in contributions, before the Ukraine fundraising efforts, to help with the many different types of disasters around our world.

Rotary members step up when they are needed, and we are becoming more engaged in immediate action and care when faced with disasters such as fires, tornadoes, and pandemics. We also continue to stand together, to stand strong, as a positive force in long term recovery and rebuilding and creating lasting change.

The world needs Rotary now more than ever before. Proudly share your stories of why you are part of this incredible leadership and humanitarian service organization.

You are making a difference as people of action.

Rotary Responds to Ukraine Rick Mendoza 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication

Understanding the role of gender in polio eradication
The wild poliovirus still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In those countries and many others, gender can play a role in vaccination efforts. It’s important to consider how mothers and fathers make decisions about their children’s health care and to understand who in a community is delivering immunizations, says Heather Monnet, external relations officer and gender focal point for polio eradication for the World Health Organization. Recognizing the importance of women who work in the polio program and dismantling gender-related barriers in order to reach all children with the polio vaccine are key to overcoming the remaining challenges to ending polio.
Polio Eradication Rick Mendoza 2022-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rags to Rugs

Rotarians and friends from across District 5280 met on Saturday, April 16 in Torrance for the Rags to Rugs project.  Unwanted Tshirts, Towels, and Sheets were transformed into rugs and bed pads for dogs and cats at area shelters.  
Rags to Rugs Lindsey Glass 2022-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

2021-22 Educator of the Year

2021-22 Rotary Educator of the Year
Dear Rotarians and Friends:
We hope that you and your family are in good health and in good economic shape, in spite of the continuing pandemic!
Today, we are writing to ask you to consider making a financial donation to support our Club's signature program: 2021-22 Educator of the Year.  The importance of education is ingrained in our history.  Benjamin Franklin once said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  We strongly believe that Education breeds hope.  Indeed, it is the soul of our society and the engine to our future.
Your donation will be used to help finance scholarships for our students and to honor teachers for their leadership in our community. To donate to the program, attached please find our donation levels and event details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Club President Jennifer Sullivan at jennifersullivan@ymcala.org or Christine Chui at 310-962-8988. Every gift counts, please continue to support us!
Thank you in advance for your generosity to honor and support our teachers, students, and their educations. We really appreciate your willingness to financially support the Program which helps our youth to develop intelligence and character through our excellent educators. And we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
Best regards,
Christine Chui & Duncan Sutton
Directors for Fund Raising Committee 2021
Educator of the Year
Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
2021-22 Educator of the Year Christine Chui 2022-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rise Against Hunger

Volunteers Needed!
There are 16 Clubs that will participate this years event.  We will package just under 28,000 meals.  What a difference we will make in many people’s lives.  Because of the pandemic, we are keeping some distancing protocols.  We are also limiting the number of people to 10 per club.  Please let me know if you would like to support the event on Saturday Nov 13. I will be submitting the names on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Rise Against Hunger Jennifer Sullivan 2021-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

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

Camp Pendelton Collection

Camp Pendleton Collection Drive
Donations Completed: April 4, 2022
Thank you fellow PVP Rotarians for another successful donation collection for the Camp Pendleton families! Service above self was evident with the generosity of the following:
  • Joan Behrens
  • Allen Bond
  • John Cameron
  • Christine Chui
  • Norton Donner
  • Bob Ferrara
  • Les Fishman & Virginia Butler
  • Lindsey Glass
  • Jim Hartman
  • Rick Mendoza
  • Phyllis Pelezzare
  • Greg O’Brien
  • Julia Parton
  • Phyllis Pelezzare
  • David Rowe
  • Derald Sidler
  • Suzy Zimmerman
Camp Pendelton Collection Julia Parton 2021-04-05 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Credits to Lynne notes, Eileen Hupp & Carmenza Adams on Oct 28, 2020
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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.

Meeting ID: 840 6356 4171

Passcode: 167485

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc15TtVRGK

SPOOK-TAKULAR HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION! Credits to Lynne notes, Eileen Hupp & Carmenza Adams 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
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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
Presentation to Jackie and Roger Ignon Kath Anderson 2018-08-22 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