February 23rd was a spectacular day! We inducted new members, had wonderful guests, drank champagne thanks to new member Greg Abrams, and heard the fascinating tale of how Monika White and her twin sister came to America!
 
Thank you so much for the Champagne Reception, Greg Abrams! We are so glad you are part of the club, and not just because you bought us a drink! :) 
 
Monika White and her twin sister Gita Morris were born in 1939 into a Jewish family, then living in an internment camp in Shanghai, China! Monika told of their struggles and experiences as they were growing up, getting kidnapped, the poor conditions they suffered, how they ended up in Duluth, Minnesota, and finally in Los Angeles. It was an incredible talk!   
 
Monika's twin Gitta attended the luncheon with her husband Gee Martin!  
Jag Jaganath, LA5 Rotarian, brought his mom Jamuna to check out the Santa Monica Club!
 
Food Fest!
Karim Jaude announced that we are now taking RSVPs for our annual International Food Fest on May 6th at 1pm! Let Savi know who you are bringing, and what dish!!
 
 
 
FINE TIME!
 
Past President Jack Gregory was fined by President Tom for the amazing, long vacation he and his wife Holly just took!
 
 
 
And Ken Waltzer and Scott Gaynor were both fined because Ken just brought Scott in to work with him at his company KCS Wealth Advisory!
National Toast Day! 
 
President Tom took it more in the celebratory way than the bread way!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Among others, he toasted Pam Brady for returning from leave while she was caring for her ill son...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and brand new member Chris Wikle from the Salvation Army!
 
 
 
Inductions! We love celebrating our new members!
Past President announced the inductees and sponsors helped pin the new members! Jennifer Littlefield, John Dracup, Greg Abrams, and John Miller, we are so happy to have you in the club!