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1707 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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On March 23rd, we had a great meeting with speaker Frank Gruber, and lots of wonderful guests! 
Frank Gruber is a Santa Monica attorney, political commentator, and journalist. He has served on many government advisory boards, including the Planning Commission, and has run for City Council. Frank's observations about the political issues currently on the front burner stimulated a lively discussion. Stan Fox has known Frank for many years, and enjoyed welcoming him to the meeting!
 
Thank you to Chuck Husting for so eloquently introducing our speaker!
 
And thanks to Pat Johnston and Ken Waltzer for leading us in song!
 
Guests!
 
Guillaume Birindwa has just moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Los Angeles, and has attended our meetings a couple times now. He was a Rotarian in Africa and is checking out clubs in Los Angeles.  He is a forensic scientist!
 
 
Kea Gorden is a member of the Evanston (Illinois) Lighthouse Rotary Club. She is also an employee of Rotary International and works at the international headquarters in Evanston!
 
 
Jolly Gissell brought Al Sheid and his daughter Emily. Al has been to our meetings a couple times now, as well!
 
 
 
Remembering Roy Fogel
Dick Lawrence's guest was Leila Fogel Brown, the sister of Roy Fogel who was a Past President of our club.  Roy passed away recently, and Leila was good enough to come share some funny stories and warm memories of her brother.  She noted how important Rotary was to Roy throughout his life.
 
Our March 16th meeting was a great day as we celebrated St. Patty's Day, heard Dr. Alan Gaveck on stem cell research, and were up to our normal shenanigans!
Dr. Alan Gaveck, President Tom Larmore, VP of Programs David Rosenfeld, and Dr. Gaveck's son and business partner, Colin Gavack.
 Dr. Gaveck seemed to enjoy the lively interaction with Rotarians, who were fascinated by the potential for stem cell therapies. Members asked lots of questions at the end!
 
Past President Dee Menzies offered cheers to Monty McCormick for sponsoring our Champagne Reception for this day! Big thanks to you Monty!!
 
Past President Nat Trives tried to talk his way out of a fine by President Tom, which was levied because he appeared in the most recent issue of the RAND Review magazine about the value of post-retirement jobs.
 
Happy St. Patty's Day!
 
Many folks wore green to celebrate! Pam Brady had green in her scarf, and Bill Powell wore his lucky head gear!
 
 
 
Carol Powell came in her Sláinte shirt and her Irish Medal that she got from Past President Connie Maguire!
 
 
 
 
 
Alan Glick went sporty! 
 
 
 
 
 
We even got a visit from the lovely wife of the president, Karon Larmore, who dressed for the occasion!
 
 
 
 
 
But the green contest was won by this caped crusader...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Segal!! 
 
 
 
 
Happy birthday, Rotarians!
Thanks to Donna Byrd and Diane Margolin, we celebrated February and March birthdays: Dick Hart, Nick Goehner, Dan Smarg, Alan Glick, Merv Hecht, Spyros Dellaportas, and Matt Williams, among others!
 
Our March 9th meeting was a ton of fun! We had two members give their Craft Talk, we had wonderful guests, and some of the members got fined heavily for their life adventures! 
 
CRAFT TALKS
 
Did you know...Jennifer Littlefield has a twin, and grew up in the country, hanging around farm animals and in the machine shop! She was a runner and made is to regionals, was voted Miss Elementary in 5th grade, and was Homecoming Queen! She was in a service fraternity, so she's no stranger to our kind of volunteering. She's worked as a banker, accidentally started in real estate, did concert security, and now works with Keller Williams.
 
 
Executive Secretary Savi Labensart and President Tom Larmore greeted Greg Abrams and his guest, Alison Rodin.
Greg Abrams was born to Romanian parents to a close family, where his mom was queen of the family, and he worked with his dad at swap meets. His dad helped match his savings until he could buy his first car, a bright orange Camaro. He learned magic, played poker, and won backgammon competitions! He was the first in his family to go to college, went to law school at UCLA and was 1st in his class! He's retired now, but created and ran ASK Financial for many years.
Greg still has high reverence for his mother, Roberta Abrams, who he also brought to the meeting. President Tom greets her.
 
It's always so interesting to hear about the lives of our new members! Suzan Allbritton and Ken Waltzer, along with many others, came up to the Craft Talkers after the meeting to say hi!
 
Visiting Rotarian Pascal Schweighofer is the current president of his club in Provencal, France. Our Guest Introducer of the day, Nick Goehner, exchanged banners with him!
 
Thanks to Charlie Follette for lining up our Craft Talkers, and to Pat Johnston for leading us in song! Pat, we are so happy you're around more often now! 
 
Fines!
 
 
President Tom fined Michael Cates for his travels to Asia!
 
 
 
 
 
 
President-Elect Mitchell Kraus was fined for being interviewed in a Reuters piece!
 
 
 
 
 
And Spyros Dellaportas was fined for having his Palm Motel on the market for $11 million...still!
 
 
ROTARY READS TO KIDS!
Drew Fleming offered a hearty thanks to club members who volunteered for the Rotary READS week in our local public schools. Volunteers were asked to stand and be acknowledged.
If you didn't get a chance to participate this time, definitely try to read next time. It's an incredible opportunity to reach out to the younger generations!
 
 
On March 2nd we had a great meeting! Our speaker was the amazing Dr. Bonnie Buratti from JPL, and Past President George Collins invited a bunch of SMC students to join us for her talk!
Dan Smarg, who introduced Dr. Buratti, and President Tom Larmore greeted our speaker at the door! Dr. Buratti's presentation was incredible, with many photographs of Saturn and it's moons taken in the Cassini-Huygens Mission!
 
President Tom presented awards to Jim & Virginia Reidy from the Rotary Foundation for collective contributions qualifying them for Major Donor Level 3! Jim explained that he made these contributions primarily because of Rotary’s fight against polio and his experience many years ago with young people afflicted by that disease. 
 
We heartily welcomed back John Dravillas after an extended leave of absence. John we missed your wit, your Chicago accent, and your smiles, and are so happy you've returned! 
 
Guests!
 
President-Elect Mitchell Kraus welcomed Past President Judy Neveau and her guest Nora Sellner!
 
 
 
 
 
Laurel Rosen brought Gauri Ramnath!
 
 
 
 
And Monika White brought her husband Roger Goodman and their house guest Marie Menne who is in from Cologne, Germany!
 
All the SMC students enjoyed the presentation and meeting Dr. Buratti, and we enjoyed having them with us at the meeting! Thank you Past President George for putting this together!
SMC Students included Stephanie Briones, Yonas Rufoel, Sarah Eldin, Cyndi Bendeza Palonmina, Catalina Lee, Walberto Lozano, Nicole Sandoval, and Carlos Santiago.
 
 
On March 10 Rotarians went to the SMC Planetarium and saw two amazing presentations!
The first was "The Night Sky" show, followed by a discussion of the current commercial programs being undertaken by SpaceX and others!
 
Above: Pat Johnston, David Rosenfeld, Jake Glick, Suzan Allbritton, Alan Glick, Eric and Marilyn Schmitter
Below: Executive Secretary Savi Labensart brought her mom Sylvia (right) and their friend Myrna, who were both in town from Dunsmuir, CA.
 
Thank you Alan Glick for setting up this fabulous evening! 
 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Santa Monica
P.O. Box 586
Santa Monica, CA 90406
(310) 917-3313
 
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Upcoming Programs
Douglas Black
Apr 20, 2018
CRISPR Genetics
4 Way Test
Apr 27, 2018
Honor a SM Citizen
DARK
May 04, 2018
DARK for Food Fest on Sunday
Food Fest Sunday!!
May 06, 2018
Gather at Tom Loo's for a Feast!
Fr. Greg Boyle on Thursday Night!
May 10, 2018
Home Boy Industries
Public Service Recognition Day(Champagne - 11:30!)
May 18, 2018
Awarding our local public servants!
DARK for Memorial Day
May 25, 2018
DARK
Joseph Otting
Jun 01, 2018
Banking
Vesselin Valchev, Bulgarian Consul General
Jun 08, 2018
Bulgarian Presidency Jan-Jun 2018
 
 

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