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Mailing Address: PO Box 586, Santa Monica CA, 90406

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Get your tickets today for the

Rotary Club of Santa Monica

10th Annual International Wine and Food Festival

by clicking HERE!


The event will be Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at Playa studios!

There will be wine tasting, live music, live and silent auctions, and a twilight buffet provided by Fig Restaurant, Santa Monica!


We look forward to seeing you there!

Chairs, Andrea Gressinger and Vicky Curtis, and all the Wine & Food Committee


The Rotary Club of Santa Monica Invites Applications for Community and Youth Grants - Deadline October 27th!

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community. 
Grant applications are due by October 27, 2017 for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $3,500. Funds may be requested for use in construction and equipment purchases. Funds are not available for annual operational needs or special events. 
Applications and instructions can be obtained by contacting the Rotary Club of Santa Monica at: 
Organizations must provide proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) status and be able to verify that the funds benefit the community of Santa Monica or address the needs of the less fortunate in Santa Monica. 


On September 22nd we had a fabulous meeting! Dr. Greg Saccone joined us as our speaker, and we had so many other wonderful visitors! Plus, we had a huge birthday celebration!
President Tom Larmore with Yesenia Monsour (Past Chair of the Board, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Director of Community Relations, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles), speaker Dr. Greg Saccone (Chief Medical Officer, Kaiser Permanente-Santa Monica), and Barbara Bishop. Thanks to Barbara for introducing all our guests and visiting Rotarians!
It was National Ice Cream Cone Day, so the DoubleTree Hilton's Dave Romano was ready to fill cone or bowls. Bill Dawson was a two-bowl guy. Were they both for him? We'll never know...
Thanks to the good Reverend Joe Metoyer who gave a wonderful invocation that asked for help for natural disaster victims and for improving our health care system!
And thanks to Vicky Curtis for introducing our Speaker!
Isn't it great to see everybody with these big smiles at Rotary!?

Nora Bohn and her brother-in-law Past President David Bohn were our amazing greeters!



The Wine Fest Committee is really revving up for the event November 5th!! Andrea Gressinger and Ken Waltzer joined forces to raise more sponsorships for the festival. Thank you to Bill and Carol Powell who have offered a large matching grant to encourage more sponsorships!


Drew Fleming was our President's Pick for the week. He's also co-chairing the Rotary Day of Service Committee with Tom Woods, and the report is that we had a very successful event helping to landscape and clean up at SaMoHi!!

Repeat customers...

Dan Smarg returned for another experience with the club, introduced this time by Roger Davis! I think Dan likes us!



And Deborah Williams introduced again her returning guest, Sandy Alarcon!


And newbies! 

Matt Williams picked up two people at a sushi bar (it sounds like a joke, but it isn't) who expressed interest in Rotary. He invited Greg and Beth to the meeting and they showed up!

Visiting Rotarians!
JT Warring from LA5, the project leader for the Myanmar orphanage pool project, returned with the current intern from Myanmar, Aye Chan Maung!
Another LA5 guests was Herb McGurk!
And rounding out the Dynamic Trio from LA5 was Walter Railey. Santa Monica Rotary's meetings are a lot more free-form than Walter is used to.

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

We celebrated all these incredible human beings: Past President Paul Leoni, Past President George Collins, Timur Berberoglu, Greg Hargrave, Mike Isseks, Past President Tom Loo, Past President David Bohn, Palle Jensen, Nora Bohn, Lisa Alexander, Kurtis Magee, Avo Guerboian, Joe Metoyer, Past President Hal Quigley, and Past President Spyros Dellaportas
September 15th was a great day at Rotary! Our speaker was Marc Wanamaker talking about film making in Santa Monica, and both he and folks from the SM History Museum brought displays to share!
Marc was full of stories and facts about the origins of film making in Santa Monica dating back to the early 1900s!
Drew Fleming and guest Carol Lemlein check out Marc's fascinating photos of early film making locations.
Susan Gabriel Potter, Rotarian and president of the Santa Monica History Museum, stands with Sarah Crown, archivist from the SM History Museum, who brought wonderful additional displays!
RoseMary Regalbuto let us know about the District Peace Celebration on Sept. 21st called Winds of Freedom!
And Andrea Gressinger, Co-Chair of the Wine Festival, gave us an update on the event and led us in applause for the members who are working so hard to organize the event! Don't forget to buy your tickets!  CLICK HERE!


Carol Lemlein is president of the Santa Monica Conservancy. She helped the speaker prepare for his presentation.



Eddie is chairman of the Santa Monica History Museum. Besides supporting the speaker, he thanked Rotarians for their support of the museum.


Carol Powell brought a guest, Stephanie Chow!





Deborah Williams brought Sandy Alarcon! 




Mitchell Kraus brought Pren Sud.




These guys are President Tom's law firm colleagues who were actually next door for a lawyer workshop.  Our buffet and program were more interesting so they jumped ship for lunch.

We love having visiting Rotarians!

Guest Introducer David Wisen and Anne Trussler exchanged club banners. Anne is from the Courtenay Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rotary Community & Youth Grants Money Put to Good Use


We got a great and grateful report back from Talitha Phillips at Claris Health on the grant we gave them in December of 2016! They have finished the furniture and equipment upgrades to their Support Center, and sent us photos to show how beautiful everything turned out!



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Contact Us:

Rotary Club of Santa Monica
P.O. Box 586
Santa Monica, CA 90406
(310) 917-3313

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Iao Katagiri

Upcoming Programs
Guido Hajenius
Oct 20, 2017
Ending Child Exploitation in Los Angeles
Marilyn Snee
Oct 27, 2017
DARK for Wine Fest
Nov 03, 2017
Captain Chris D. Janke
Nov 10, 2017
Veterans Day
Nov 17, 2017
Joint Mtg. with Westwood Rotary
DARK for Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2017
Senator Ben Allen
Dec 01, 2017
DARK for Holiday Party
Dec 08, 2017
Holiday Lunch & Club Mtg. & Elections
Dec 15, 2017
Entertainment & State of the Club & Election of 2018-19 Officers & Directors

Need to make up a Meeting?

Check out one of these local clubs:

Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades

Club Meetings, Thursdays at 7:15 AM

925 Haverford Ave
Pacific Palisades CA 90272


Rotary Club of Westwood

Club Meetings, Thursdays at Noon

UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095


Rotary Club of Malibu

Starting March 1, Club Meetings 8am Wednesdays

Come at 7:30 to grab breakfast

Pepperdine Waves Cafeteria

Pepperdine University Drescher Graduate Campus

Villa Graziadio Executive Center/LC 152

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu, CA


Online makeup:


(two per year)


Special Santa Monica Makeups:

Rotary First Tuesday

(one per year)


Rotary Third Thursday

(one per year)


Rotary Networking Meeting

(one per year)