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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Passcode: 167485

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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

6th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

Posted by Greg Sparkman
Rotary Clubs of South Bay Sunrise & Palos Verdes Peninsula
The 6th Annual South Bay Beer and Wine Festival took place this past Sunday under the threat of rain. Yet we still prevailed! Around 1500 attendees enjoyed UNLIMITED TASTINGS from more than 100+ micro-breweries, wineries and restaurants, shopped at our Silent Auction and Rotary Souvenir booth. The rain scare put a small dent in our attendance and sales, but we will still enjoy some healthy income to our Foundation for continued community projects.
6th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival Greg Sparkman 2019-04-30 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

The Rotary Foundation Presented by PDG Rick Mendoza

Chapter Two

You might remember in Chapter One of our story, our esteemed PDG Rick Mendoza was given the microphone at 1:22 for his talk on the Rotary Foundation (not to be confused with our Club Foundation). Despite Rick’s ability to provide meaningful dialogue in short timeframes, he was unable to finish his thirty minute presentation in seven. Therefore, he was given the opportunity to finish in Chapter Two.
The Rotary Foundation Presented by PDG Rick Mendoza Derald Sidler 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

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

Rotary meeting 9/7/18

Posted by Allen Bond on Sep 07, 2018
Another great day at the Palo’s Verdes Country Club to be a Rotarian, a lot to be proud of.  We had the honor and pleasure of having past district governor Rick Mendoza speak on a topic he is very versed on and passionate about, the Rotary International Foundation.  Founded in 1917 with an initial donation of 26.50 by founder Arch C Klumph, the then president, was used for a comfort station and a buggy for a doctor to do house calls.
Rotary meeting 9/7/18 Allen Bond 2018-09-07 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


Posted by Marc Mazorow on Aug 08, 2018


John Polen has applied for membership in our club.

John is a Retired Banker and a Rotarian for over 15 years.
His sponsor  is Joey Komada.
Any objections should be forwarded to:
Marc Mazorow; marcmaz.sbcglobal.net@clubrunner.email
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION | John Polen Marc Mazorow 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

UPDATE: Rotary Meeting at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on a Friday Afternoon

Posted by Bruce Attig on Aug 03, 2018

If there is a better way to beat the heat than attending a Rotary Meeting at the Palos Verde Golf Club on a Friday Afternoon – I don’t know what it is!

Hospitality is the Hallmark of our club.  No sooner do we enter the Club’s Hallowed halls than we are welcomed by Greg Sparkman and newly inducted member Alyssa Titus.  Recently installed President Marc Mazorow rang the meeting to order so that the festivities could begin.  Rick Mendoza gave an inspirational prayer, John Stillo led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and I (Bruce Attig) attempted to get everyone’s blood flowing with a patriotic song!
UPDATE: Rotary Meeting at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on a Friday Afternoon Bruce Attig 2018-08-03 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

Club Meeting - Friday May 18th 2018

Posted by Nehzat Nikakhtar on May 18, 2018

Aaron Peirce and Sabrina Bertini from the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Redondo Beach

Bruce Attig introduced the speakers Aaron Peirce and Sabrina Bertini from the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Redondo Beach (on P.C.H and P.V. Blvd.).
Monica Allen, from the Dance studio introduced Aaron Pierce the speaker who is from new jersey and has been a dance instructor for 8 years .
He mentioned that he has been member of the Rotary club there and has helped with Hurtleberry  Foundation...
Club Meeting - Friday May 18th 2018 Nehzat Nikakhtar 2018-05-18 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 
www. california.providence.org/trinitycare/giving/ 
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence at  
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance  
www. providencehealthsc.thankyou4caring.org/plcmf-donation-page 
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

Craft Talk - Rick Mendoza

Posted by Judy Maruszko on Apr 13, 2018

Craft Talk with Rick Mendoza

Speaker today is none other than our Rick Mendoza, who gave one of the best Craft Talk in our club history. Rick was born on 1934 to Amallio and Alyce Mendoza in San Antonio, Texas. Rick has 3 sisters, he is the eldest, a spoiled only boy. In Central Catholic High School, Rick performed in senior play “Sunshine Twins” when he broke through the longtime shyness and became the current magnificent personality that he is.  Rick’s first job was in Piggly Wiggly at age 14....
Craft Talk - Rick Mendoza Judy Maruszko 2018-04-13 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
Bob Johnson The Photographer--Better Late Than Never! Robert Johnson 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, lynne.neuman@bankofamerica.com
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

Bob Johnson’s Craft Talk

Posted by Robert Johnson on Mar 09, 2018

Anchors Aweigh! Too bad for you if you missed Bob Johnson’s craft talk.

Bob was born on a farm (as were most of our members in attendance) and raised in northern Wisconsin. One of the highlights of his talk was viewing videos of day and night carrier landings from inside the cockpit.  His talk consisted of his Naval career.  Commander Robert A Johnson, US Navy, Retired.  He attended the University of Wisconsin on a Navy Scholarship in 1952 and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and a BS in Naval Science in 1957.
He and Gail were married and went to Pensacola Florida for flight training in propeller fighters. Next onto Beeville Texas to check out in jet fighters and was awarded his wings in November 1958...
Bob Johnson’s Craft Talk Robert Johnson 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Your Rotary Fund Raising At Work. Congratulations Isabella Williams! 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Promoting Peace

Posted by AJ Johnson on Mar 02, 2018

Our speaker at the meeting of 3/2/2018 was Scott Martin. 

Scott Martin, a landscape architect-turned-peacebuilder, is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and a former chapter president of MBBI-LA and former co-leader of MBBI’s Rwanda project and is now working on the Cambodia Project, focused on using social entrepreneurship to build capacity for sustainable peace. Scott has been engaged with MBBI for about a decade...
Rotarians Promoting Peace AJ Johnson 2018-03-02 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 Club Member Stories

Posted by Juan Bueno on Feb 13, 2018

A PVP Rotary Member Moment - What's a sel·fie?

A brief encounter with fellow PVP Rotary Member Allan "AJ" Johnson, who is interested in knowing the reason I'm in every picture?  I think what AJ really wanted to know was "How can I get my picture on La Rotaćion?" Smile... Well, the answer is simple; Take a Selfie with a Fellow PVP Rotarian and email it over!  I'll will make sure your picture is included on the next Weekly Edition of La Rotaćion. 
What's a Selfie you may ask? | sel·fie ˈselfē/ 
noun informal | 1. a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared with La Rotaćion. "occasional selfies (alone) are ok, but posting a new picture of yourself with a fellow PVP Rotarian on La Rotaćion is the BEST!"
Rotary Club Member Stories Juan Bueno 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 2

Friday February 2nd – Rotary Speaker – Karl Huggins

Posted by Soraya Greenway on Feb 06, 2018

Today's speaker was Karl Huggins; - the Director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Facility at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center since 1992 who has been involved with the treatment of hundreds of divers suffering from air embolisms or decompression sickness known as the bends.
Friday February 2nd – Rotary Speaker – Karl Huggins Soraya Greenway 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Thursday Night Live

Posted by Juan Bueno on Jan 31, 2018


The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula comes together at the PV Golf Club from 6-8 on Thursday, Jan 25th 2018.

In addition to our regular fellowship, the club members packed toiletries bags for the Doors of Hope organization. 


Thursday Night Live Juan Bueno 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Doors of Hope Project

Posted by Lynne Neuman on Jan 31, 2018


Thank you to all who donated toiletries for our project for Doors of Hope. We put together over 300 bags

of toiletries at our January 25th Thursday Nite Live at the PV Golf Club while enjoying the company of ourfellow Rotarians and food.

Doors of Hope Project Lynne Neuman 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

January 19th Meeting: Make A Difference

Posted by Liz Fitzgerald on Jan 19, 2018
Friday January 19th Rotary Speaker: We were entertained and inspired by Brady Connell, fellow Rotarian (Playa/Sunrise Rotary Club) and Executive Producer of ABC’s EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION.  
January 19th Meeting: Make A Difference  Liz Fitzgerald 2018-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Nominating Committee Meeting - Election Slate 2018-19 Jennifer Sullivan 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

January 5th Meeting | DUBAI AND BEYOND

Posted by Linda Elliott on Jan 10, 2018
Friday January 5th Rotary Speaker | We were treated today to a slide show by one of our world traveling members Dr. Mel Schier.  Mel and his wife Cynthia traversed the globe for many years - learning about other cultures and history - with Mel taking copious pictures along the way...
January 5th Meeting | DUBAI AND BEYOND Linda Elliott 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
La Rotaćion NOW on Facebook Juan Bueno 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Voting of Officers - January 19, 2018

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan on Jan 08, 2018

Voting of Officers


These positions will be voted on at the January 19, 2018 All Member Rotary Meeting.

-Jennifer Sullivan

Voting of Officers - January 19, 2018 Jennifer Sullivan 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Jingle Jingle it's Time to Mingle

Dear Rotarians,
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!
Festive Atitire!
Where - La Venta Inn 796 Via del Monte Palos Verdes Estates
Time - 6 -10:00 PM
Important information - If bringing a guest please remember to bring a check for $75, we will collect at checkin
Very Important information - It is a CASH bar - no option to pay with a credit card so please bring CASH
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Julia and Suzy
Jingle Jingle it's Time to Mingle Juan Bueno 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
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Friday, Nov 3rd | Cancer Support Community Talk

Posted by Allen Bond on Nov 03, 2017

Friday, Nov 3rd | Cancer Support Community Talk

Rotary November 3rd.
We were pleased to have 2 lovey ladies join us from the Cancer Support Community.  First to tell us a bit more about the organization was Theresa Plakos who has been their PR Director for 8 years.  She pointed out as we are all so aware how in this day and age cancer touches almost everyone and they are a valuable resource for patients and loved ones.  It has been located on the Redondo Beach pier for 30 years and was the 2nd such facility that opened by Dr. Harold Benjamin, with Santa Monica the 1st.  There are currently 45 such facilities locally and 120 worldwide.
Their goal is to ensure all individuals dealing with cancer are empowered, strengthened and sustained.  They offer over 200 free programs for those that have been affected one way or another by cancer.  They use a patient active concept which encompasses partly the fight for recovery and to improve the quality of life.  Some of the services they offered are weekly support groups, educational groups, workshops with guest speakers, mind & body stress programs and individual counseling.  They have also started a kid’s community and are a complete resource for the whole family in dealing with cancer.
They have 2 major fundraisers throughout the year, Celebrity Wellness at the Botanic Gardens and the Girls Night Out Program that is held at the Hermosa Comedy Club.  They also get their fund through grants, individual, corporate and nonprofit grants.
Theresa then introduced Carla Saliba a cancer survivor.  Carla spoke about how her and her husband were experiencing a bit of a change in their lives as empty nesters in 2014.  She was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and could hardly believe it and described herself as a deer in the headlights when she heard the news.  She was told by one of the nurses Anna, to the go to the Cancer Support Community that it would make a difference.  There she met livelong friends that continually supported her whether it just be talking about what to expect or telling her that yes she can do this and they would be with her every step o the way.  It was one place she felt completely understood.
She shared her story of that year it was the only Christmas party she attended and felt 100% comfortable with her wild wig on, how she fit in to and enjoyed so much the yoga classes with others experiencing the treatment as well and participated in sound therapy that they offer.  She did beat cancer and credits Cancer Support Community with playing a huge part in saving her life.  She has written a book The Art of Gratitude and does volunteer for a number of organization including Cancer Support Community and the USO.  We are fortunate to have such a great resource right in our own back yard.
Friday, Nov 3rd | Cancer Support Community Talk Allen Bond 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS | Thursday Night Live | Au Revoir Kjell & Cheryl Helberg

Posted by Bruce Attig on Oct 27, 2017
If you were unable to attend this week’s “Thursday” night live, you missed a wonderful event.  This turned out to be an almost Fairy Tale send-off for our Rotary family members Kjell and Cheryl Helberg.  Unfortunately, Cheryl was tied up with relocation duties so Kjell was tasked with taking all the attention.

The evening was magical as our chariots crested the top of the Palos Verdes hill leading to Kathy and Joe Anderson’s Castle on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean.  Upon arrival, we crossed a bridge spanning a crystal clear chlorine treated moat (no piranha’s or crocodiles were evident) in order to reach the inside main gate.  As would be expected, Sentry Judy Maruszko vigilantly stood guard outside the Portcullis requiring proper documentation and registration of guests – by order of HRM Queen Lynne Neuman.   Once allowed access we were presented with a veritable feast of strange Swedish delicacies and endless libations.
With Chalices in hand we toasted our Honoree Kjell  (who is departing for a strange land called Texas) while numerous admirers regaled the crowd with tales of his many feats and accomplishments.  Sir Helberg was very modest about his time spent with our group, which only reinforces why he will be missed.  Fortunately for us, he promises to come back often for visits!

So as the sun set on this fairytale evening, we watched the sun fade over the horizon, reminisced about the good times we’ve had with rotary friends and dared to imagine the great adventures yet to experience!
UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS | Thursday Night Live | Au Revoir Kjell & Cheryl Helberg Bruce Attig 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
It's a Social! 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rick's Polio Progress Report...

Overcoming obstacles to polio eradication in Pakistan

















A Rotary volunteer administers polio drops to a child missed by earlier rounds in Pakistan.

By Alina A. Visram, manager, Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee

When I first joined Pakistan’s PolioPlus Committee (PNPPC) as a manager close to eight years ago, polio eradication seemed within our reach. I used the opportunity to study poliomyelitis beyond just perceiving it as “a crippling disease.” I researched the causes and consequences; the types of polio virus; modes of prevention; and how elusive the virus can be given the right conditions.

Then in 2012, the dynamics of my country changed. We were faced with hostile militants, who refused to allow polio teams to vaccinate children in their territory. Our front line workers were regularly targeted for their work during campaigns.

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Visit from our District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari

Posted by Jim Hartman on Aug 04, 2017

Cozette Vergari is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Federal Court for the Central District of California. Aside from litigation, she is trained in mediation, and has received Court appointments as legal counsel for minor children in high conflict custody battles. Cozette established her own law firm in 1996, subsequently overseeing well over 1000 client matters in the areas of Family Law and Trust and Estates.

Visit from our District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari Jim Hartman 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

$1.2 billion Pledge to End Polio

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

End Polio Now - Rotary

At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending polio

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.  

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the world’s greatest achievements. 

"Polio is the thing I spend the most time on. Everyday I look at my email to see if we have a new case," Gates said. "I'm very inspired to be part of this. I'm also very humbled."

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$1.2 billion Pledge to End Polio Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

William Anderson Elementary Project

We've got a view for a room, and need volunteers to make it happen. Take a look at the plans for Saturday, April 30th and join us in this this worthwhile community project. We are Rotary. Service above self.
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