Rotary Club of Santa Monica

Meetings and Pictures 2006-2007

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June 29, 2007 - Dethroning
Out with the old and in with the new Jim

MC Paul Gaulke tells the "obsolete Jim"
the rules for the evening - keep it short!

Our 2006 - 2007 Board is thanked for "Leading
the Way" to an outstanding year.
June Doy, Jillian Alexander, Kris Andresen,
Ann Greenspun, Klaus Mennekes, Iao Katagiri,
Monte McCormick, Sally Pai, Tish Tisherman,
Steve Eorio, Myles Pritchard, Jim Westbrook
Installing Officer Bill Crookston presides
as Jim and Jim exchange pins
Bill presents

Jim Westbrook
President 2007 - 2008
VP Committees Iao Katagiri
recognized with the Joe Gilbert Award
as the "Rotarian of the Year"
New members Barbara Bishop, Bret Carter,
Melissa Dagodag, Ron Davis, Danae Thomas
and Anne Whatley
are recognized with
a President's Award for Leading the Way
as a new member
Con and Michelle Oyler
Tom and Stephanie Loo

are recognized with a President's Award
for Outstanding Hospitality
Nat Trives receives a President's Award
in recognition of outstanding
World Community Service
Myles Pritchard and Jillian Alexander
recognized for International Service 
  VP Programs Klaus Mennekes
recognized for
Club of Excellence Programs  
The Herb Spurgin Award for the Outstanding
Member in the First Two Years of Membership
goes to Lynette Shishido, our Rotaract
advisor at Santa Monica College  
  The Esther Johnson Spirit Award for service
to the club and typifies the spirit of Rotary

Steve Litvack
- all things printing 


June 8, 2007
Scholarships and Four-Way Test

Lincoln Middle School Citizenship Awards: Elizabeth Pratt, Elvis Metcalf and Keonjik Lee
Santa Monica High School - Russell Hart Scholarships: Jessica Gerhardt and Andrew Harris
Olympic High School - John English Scholarship: Kanechia Degrate
St. Monica's High School - Tom Fox Scholarship: Paul Kim
New Roads High School - HLM Scholarship: Adrianna Mendez
 SMC - Nick Holt Scholarship: Betty Chen
SMC - Archie Morrison Scholarships: David Bray and Jesalyn Dunlap

Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Thanks for another super job by Tom Larmore
and our Scholarship Committee

We applied the Rotary Four Way Test to our members

Is it the TRUTH?  -  Frank Lavac
Is it FAIR to all concerned? - Ann Greenspun
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? - Jim Reidy
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? - Greg Hargrave

Doing the honors were Monika White & Dee Menzies
LA 2008
Rotary International Convention
June 15 - 18, 2008

Past District Governor Jack Jones gave
us a preview of the plans and how
we can volunteer
Judy Neveau and Holly Gustlin
giving away some $$$ from our
Community & Youth Grants Committee
David Snow from Upward Bound
thanks Rotary for their grant funding
a new freezer 
Westside Pregnancy Center
explains how our grant will be
used to purchase
Reality Check Software

Other News and Recognition
Kristin Chapin (Hank Walther's daughter)
receives the Junior Chamber DSA award
Wednesday at the Kiwanis meeting.

Pictured with Krisin are past DSA recipients, including Rotarians Jim Reidy, Bob Moore,
Hank Walther and Vince Muselli
Thursday evening John Bohn was
recognized as the outgoing Chamber Chair
and Tom Larmore was installed as
the new Chair.
(pictures from earlier Rotary meeting) 
  John Bohn recognized Kris Andresen
with the Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award

Also honored were Jean McNeil Wyner
with the Extraordinary Community Service Award and Sally Pai with a Chairman's Award



June 1, 2007  -  LAPD Chief Bill Bratton

Songmaster John Miller
leads us in America the Beautiful without
his usual piano accompaniment
Santa Monica Police Chief
Tim Jackman doing the introduction
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton
updates us on the changing face of
crime and terrorism in America
Life is good in Santa Monica
where we are very safe
Chief Bratton poses with thank you
from Chief Jackman and Prez Jim
Glen Zipper from the K9 Connection
accepts Community & Youth Grant
from Past President Kent Colberg
Community & Youth Grant Committee
Co-Chair Connie Maguire summarizes
the 15 grants totaling over $25,000
awarded so far this year
Nat Trives reminds us to attend the
Chamber Dinner for the installation
of incoming Chair Tom Larmore
and to thanks outgoing Chair John Bohn

Recognition time - aka:  You've Got Mail
Stan Shu tells us about his
make-ups aboard the
Tahitian Princess
Con Oyler wants to know
"where did you get that"
when shown THE SHIRT
he was seen wearing on
global ESPN golf coverage of
#1 Lorena Ochoa
(Michelle's cousin) 
Frank Lavac describes how he
remodeled his office lobby to
a chorus of meows and ruff ruff


May 18, 2007
Identity Theft with Jim Wasenius

We celebrate May Birthdays
 Santa Monica College Rotaract Honorees

Edgar, Monika, Sergi and Vanessa

Faculty advisor Lynette Shishido, Rotary
sponsor Tod Lipka, Dean Catalano
Barbara Palilis accepts Grant for

Circle of Friends

Recognition time - aka:  You've Got Mail
Outgoing Chamber President John Bohn
Looking Very Happy 

Incoming Chamber President Tom Larmore
accepts his fine with dignity
Dee Menzies explains her new campus security,
 and volunteers to share her recognition
with Iao Katagiri

Protect Your Identity


Jim Wasenius from A.G. Edwards gives us a crash course in Identity Theft

bulletShred and destroy receipts and statements
bullet Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes
bullet Review your credit reports
bulletKeep an eye on your statements
bulletWatch out for phishing scams  


May 11, 2007  -  Craft Talks

Rotary Foundation - Paul Harris Fellowships
Bret Carter, Grace Cheng, Pat Collins,
Mark Harding, Len Lanzi, Tod Lipka
Diane Margolin, Larry Mortoff, John Pacheco,
Lynette Shishido, Sister Marie Madeleine Shonka,
Danae Thomas, Russ Warner and Bill Wood

Marv Levin presents a special thank you
to Bob and Louise Gabriel for being
Benefactors to Rotary International
Past President Dee Menzies presents
Paul Harris Fellowship to
Tod Lipka
George Collins presents
Paul Harris Fellowship to his wife,
Pat Collins
Tod looks on as Past President John Lehne
presents Paul Harris Fellowship to
John Pacheco
Dean - You've Got Mail!

Dean and Karina Catalano proudly announce the
birth of their new daughter Vanessa.

Dean gets to pay double for skipping out early
last week. 
Ann Greenspun documents a makeup
at the Club Rotario in Managua, Nicaragua.
Her proof may have been more expensive
than just taking the fine...
Jack Gregory,
(President Elect Nominee 2008 - 2009)
breaks the news - Prez Jim is soon to be
obsolete!  Mark your calendars,
dethroning is scheduled for June 29th.
Drew Hargrave
Co-President of the Brentwood School Interact Club,
(also daughter of Greg & Terry Hargrave)
presents an update on the
accomplishments of their club, including
raising over $2,100 this year,
An Yu, Interact Exchange student from
Vietnam gives and emotional report on the
effects of Agent Orange in her homeland.
Brentwood School Interact has donated
$600 for handicapped children in Vietnam.

It's Craft Talk time!

Barbara Bishop and Melissa Dagodag
educate and entertain us.

Barbara loves kids and animals, is a quantum leap member and btw- big thinking women.  She also
knows a little about PR!

Melissa let us know she is related to
Phillipino pirates, wants to be a spy, sommelier, poet, yogi - not necessarily in that order.  In her
spare time, she is a Copyright & Trademakr attorney.  


May 3, 2007
Group Study Exchange and Administrative Assistants Day

Our Group Study Exchange team arrives
in Santa Monica from Mexico
Fernando, Chema, Pedro, Cesar and Irais
GSE team lead Csar Viveros
presents Club Banners

Club Rotario Cozumel

Club Rotario Carmen Centro

Rotary Celebrates Administrative Assistant's Day
"The Angel Wears Costco."

  MC George Collins welcomes all our
Administrative Assistants and
acknowledges that they really are the ones
who run the office.
Cast and crew entertain us with
"The Angel Wears Costco."

(Names omitted to protect the guilty!)
Allan Glick and his assistant happily
make off with a table decoration.

Santa Monica Leads the Way at District Conference
April 26-29, 2007
Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay

Santa Monica provides a warm welcome
as the host club for Friday lunch
Hospitality Night on West Bay Beach
Spyros and the gang share our traditional

Yes, baklava goes very nicely with Mai Tai's
Rotary Club of Wilshire "honors"
Governor Scot

Having fun at the Governor's Tiki Party

A casual weekend on Mission Bay
Warning, too much Blackstone
does funny things


April 13, 2007
Dr. David Lynch - Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault
Robert and Jeanne Segal
accept Rotary grant for
  John Lehne announcing
"The Angel Wears Costco" program
for Support Staff Day
on May 4th
Nicole Dickerson with last call for
our 2007 International Food Festival
"Culinary Journey Around the World"
with fellow Rotarians, Families & Friends

Sunday, April 22  1:00 - 4:00
Tom & Stephanie Loo's
Karim Jaude proudly announces
formation of the newest Rotary Club

LA Cedars Rotary Club
Recognition time....
Eric Schmitter gets fined for recent
trip to Israel and Jordan

He also celebrates his son returning
home from a tour of duty in Iraq
Robert Segal presents delivers proof
for his make-ups during three week
trip to New Zealand


March 30, 2007
Literacy and 2025 - A Vision for Our Future
John McIntire presents a history
of Literacy programs which were
started 10 years ago when
he was President
  Literacy Committee Chair Susan Annett
thanks the 30 Rotarians who
participated in 46 Rotary Reads sessions
for kindergarten thru 5th grade classes.

Jag Jaganath
 and Anne Whatley
Leading the Way
for Literacy
Dianne Talarico, Superintendent for the
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
gets our attention with "did you know",
followed by an update on

2025 A Vision for Our Future
Birthday chair Roy Almeida
recognizes our March Birthdays for
Blair, Kris, Barry, Susan, Tim,
Alan and Tom 


March 23, 2007
Rotary Eye Rescue with PDG Ingo Werk

Ingo Werk, Past District Governor 2005-2006
discusses the Rotary Eye Rescue mission
to Bogota, Columbia 


Myles Pritchard and Jillian Alexander
host a World Water Day "live press conference" with our Rotary partners in the Bahamas.
Lindsey Canciano and Andre Feldman
representing Bahamas Districts 6990 and 7020
provide an update on our joint
Grand Bahamas Reverse-Osmois Deslaination (ROD) Clean Water Project

Special bottles of



Ingo looks on
while he enjoys
his signature

Jim Westbrook presents a
Community & Youth Grant to
Ann Hammond of
WISE Senior Services 

Lionel Ruhman explains how he
first met Officer Christopher Dawson,
last week's Police award winner.

Brian Linnekens asks "how fast?"   

Nat Trives is all smiles thinking about
his evening at the CHA award dinner.

 Nat's smile standing between
Lonnie Anderson and Barbara Eden
at the dinner was even bigger....



Todd Lipka asks for mentors for our Santa Monica College Rotaract.
Susan Annett and Paul Gaulke promote Rotary Reads to Kids.


March 16, 2007
Public Service Recognition Day
Vice President Iao Katagiri
leads our annual
Public Service Recognition Day
where we recognize our Police,
Fire, Education and Big Blue Bus employees for their outstanding service to the community
Officer Christopher Dawson
recognized by Police Chief Tim Jackman,
Mayor Richard Bloom and Rotarian Ken Mirch
Fire Engineer Dominic Smith
recognized by Fire Chief Jim Hone,
Mayor Richard Bloom and Rotarian Ken Mirch 
Roosevelt Principal Jerry Harris
recognized by SMMUSD Superintendent Dianne Talarico,
Mayor Richard Bloom and Rotarian Ken Mirch 
Big Blue Bus Motor Coach Operator Jamey Mickelbury
recognized by Director Stephanie Negriff,
Mayor Richard Bloom and Rotarian Ken Mirch
Thanks to Co-Chairs Ken Mirch and Judy Neveau we had the
opportunity to honor the "Best of the Best" and recognize those who
make a difference in our community. 
March 15, 2007
Westside Business Expo
Representing Rotary at the
Westside Business Expo were
Mike Nichols, Tom Loo,
Organizer Nicole Dickerson and
Ann Greenspun


Friday, March 9, 2007
Past President's Day with Bill Fritzsche
Past President Bill Fritzsche re-introduced
us to our past presidents and provided
some informative and entertaining
insights from their year

This was no yawn'er, Bill
kept us on the edge of our seat
Past president Spyros "pins" new member
Melissa Dagodag with her
Rotary International Pin

Following Spyros' lead, Clyde Smith
gives Oscar de la Torre his
Rotary International Pin


March 2, 2007
International Food Trends with Susan Dawson
Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation
President Jack Michel and Monte Herring
thank Gloria Newton for her generous
donation in memory of Maureen Herring
Jack Gregory introduces Japanese Exchange
student nominee Erin Everett
Andrea Engstrom of the Santa Monica
Historical Society thanks Rotary
for our Community & Youth Grant donation presented by Kent Colberg.
The grant will be used to purchase a
large format color printer for their children's school program.
Jim Menzies attempts to deflect his fine
for a cell phone call during the Lions Club
recognition for Rotarian Iao Katagiri.

Cost:  $1
Memory:  Priceless
Iao Katagiri tells us how she
roared like a Lion while receiving
their Annual Community Service Award
* * More to follow * *
Susan Dawson delighted our culinary curiosity with International Food Trends.  Did you know there are actually 86 cuisines  officially recognized by the experts?
Many will be available for you to sample at
our International Food Festival
on April 22nd. 

Lions Club of Santa Monica
26th Annual Community Recognition Award Dinner
March 1, 2007
Honoring Iao Katagiri

Santa Monica Fire Chief Jim Hone presents proclamation from the City
honoring Iao for outstanding
Community Service
  Lion President Frank Schwengel presents
Iao with their
Community Service Award  
 Rotarians attended in mass to support
and recognize Iao


February 23, 2007
Internet and Health Literacy

Dr. Jeanne and Robert Segal discuss Internet & Health Literacy,
including the world famous Helpguide!

David Bohn announces the next
Rotary Around LA outing to
see Romeo and Juliet
staring Gina Regalbuto


February 16, 2007 - Future Cars and IFF Grants
Felecia Fields, VP Human Resources Ford Motor Co. gave us a preview of
future cars. 
Ron Davis presents Felecia with a
Santa Monica Bay history
Tom Loo presents International Food Festival grants to
Monika White - Center for Healhy Aging
Robert Segal - Help Guide
Hunter Wagenseller is spellbound
hearing how his iPod will sync
with Scott's new Ford


February 9, 2007 -  Community & Youth Grants and Craft Talks
 February 10, 2007  -  Beach Cleanup
Ross Harrop accepts Community and Youth Grant for new road signs leading to Camp Josepho
Jag Jagdish and Ann Whatley are all smiles following their Craft Talks
Rotary joins with the Surfrider Foundation and LA County Beaches for a beach clean up on Saturday
Eric, Jim, Charlie and beach clean up lead John Dravillas
Mitchell Kraus returning dragging
back a bag of trash
New member Brian and Jenna Linnekens
At the end of the day,
a job well done
Jim's Dyer & Westbrook,
John Dravillas and Iao Katagiri


January 26, 2007
Hal Fishman presents a commentary on the current state of journalism.
David Price receives DC-3 The Spirit of Santa Monica grant from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and Rotary District 5280.

Bob Trimborn, David Price, Hal Fishman, Jim Dyer and Kris Andresen.
Rotary celebrates January Birthdays.   
District 5280 President's Dinner
January 25, 2007

RAND Corporation associate scientist Dr. Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.H.S. presents first hand observations on Katrina relief efforts and how organizations like Rotary are making a difference.



November 17, 2006: Prez Dyer finds former Prez Paul Leoni in recognition of his perfect attendance for the last 25 years - $10 for each year equals $250.00.  Congratulations Paul. 


November 17, 2006: Our community librarian, Susan Annett, is chairing the annual book auction so please help by donating a book. 


November 17, 2006:  It is that time of year again and Frank Lavac seeks volunteers to help with Red Kettle Day.


October 27, 2006:  Michael Hyler, Rotarian and General Manager of the Riviera Country Club also welcomed Rotarians back to the club and was fined by Pres Dyer in recognition of the great job they did on remodeling the club. 


October 27, 2006:  After a six month hiatus, Santa Monica Rotary returned to the Riviera Country Club, which underwent an extensive remodeling project. Song Leader, John Miller, leads Rotarians in God Bless America and welcomed everyone back to the Riviera Country Club.


October 20, 2006:  Ann Greenspun, Director of Club Services, presents guest speaker, Robert Ross, volunteer pilot and former member of the Board of Directors of Angel Flight America, with a special book on Santa Monica in appreciation for speaking with the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. Angel Flight America provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.


October 20, 2006:  "Happy Birthday To You...." Rotarians with October Birthday's are honored, from left to right: Harmon Sieff, David Bohn, Bill Frank, Karim Jaude, Diane Margolin, and Bill Wood.


October 20, 2006:  Recent Paul Harris Fellows (from left to right):   Paul Gaulke, Roy Almeida, Ronald Davis, Jim Dyer, Patricia Farris, Carol Follette, David Mortensen, and David Potter. 


October 6, 2006:  Bill Fritzche shared some personal stories about his days as a young Rotarian and his first impressions upon meeting the President of the Jaycees (Paul Priollo) - "cocky", and its Treasurer (Bill Mortensen) - "clueless".  The three would eventually form close, lifelong friendships.  Bill also shared some interesting facts about water and the importance of water conservation.    


October 6, 2006:  David Bohn wisely steps out of the way as Bob Klein rushes to the dessert table. Actually, our song leader, Phil Tirone, instructed everyone to wave napkins to a steering rendition of "God Bless America".


Trivia Question: Is Phil Tirone: (a) Celebrating after being notified he won the lottery, (b) Auctioning off no-point, no-cost home mortgages, (c) singing "God Bless America" or (d) Just happy to be at Rotary.

Bill Crookston gets ready to wipe away the tears after President Jim Dyer levies a $400 fine after some confusion over USC's national academic ranking (15th vs 4th).  Since this is football season, the only ranking that truly matters is the AP College Football ranking.








On July 21, 2006 Past President Judge Ed Rafeedie returned to give us the real story on Rotary at the Miramar.  We also picked up some insight on the role of Judge's in the judicial system, punctuated with a little humor to keep our attention.  Judge Rafeedie was introduced by Jack Michel, who served as Ed's Vice President back in 1977-78. 

The meeting was closed with Marv Levin presenting Ed with a Paul Harris Fellowship.


On July 14th, Santa Monica's new City Manager P. Lamont Ewell shared his views on effective  management and leadership.  Following his talk, VP Klaus Mennekes presented Lamont with a history of Santa Monica book.