August 9, 2022
“Rotary Bingo” was played by all in attendance at this week’s meeting. We apologize to our Zoomers, sorry you didn’t get to play. Due to a fire rescue emergency Fire Chief Danny Alvarez was a little delayed getting to the meeting. He was our program of the day so, to fill in we called on Past President Bill Powell to lead us in “Rotary Bingo”. As always, he jumped right into action, and we had a wonderful time of fellowship. Timur Berberoglu was the confirmed Bingo Winner! Let’s all congratulate him. Thank you to Rotary past president Sharon Perlman Gavin for passing on the Rotary Bingo game in case we need a filler for a speaker!
Thanks to all who made our meeting a fun day. Including Kathy Shepard, and Judy Neveau for greeting all attending. Thanks, Timur and Ken Waltzer for music, songs, and pledge. Bill Chillingworth gave a warm and thoughtful invocation, spoken like a true Presbyterian Elder. Thanks, Andrea Gressinger for being the president’s pick we all welcome you back to in-person meetings after your surgery and recovery. Tom Larmore thanks for hosting our speaker, Fire Chief Danny Alvarez. Thanks to our newer member, Kinan Aljamal for introducing our guest of Rotarians.
Immediate Past President, Bill Powell, presented The James R. Cayton Award to Karim Jaude. This award is given to a club member who has performed outstanding service for the Club. Karim has served as long-time co-chair of the World Community Service committee and this year as co-chair of the Membership committee.
Past President, Tom Loo, dodged a fine with his clever response but it did not change the fact that he was sporting a pair of bright yellow crocks. Past President, Mitchell Kraus explained his way out of a fine by acknowledging he was away in Canada speaking to a conference of 5000 individuals. But he is taking his wife, Cynthia, to her Happy Place next week, Hawaii. (Sounds like another fine).
Kera Blades-Snell was recognized for her newly appointed position on the Board for The Santa Monica Tourism and Travel Board. She was saved from a fine by agreeing to join our meeting next week from Belize via Zoom.
We all signed a card wishing Past President, Dick Lawrence, a speedy recovery as he recuperates at Santa Monica UCLA Hospital from a recent intestinal surgery.
Our Program of the Day was Santa Monica Fire Chief, Danny Alvarez presenting the state of the Santa Monica Fire Department. We can all be very proud of our Fire Department and the leadership. We have a “state of the art” fire department sharing resources across the state. Chief Alvarez shared one of his department’s goals is to continue a strong relationship with all the stake holders of the city. He advised us about the department’s Community Response Unit making Santa Monica’s Fire Department an All-Risk Department. This unit can respond to mental health needs in our city. The two persons teams include a firefighter and paramedic with ability to respond and take individuals to a Psychological Urgent Care Facility rather than the traditional emergency room at local hospitals. The question-and-answer period following his talk gave all of us a deeper understanding and a true appreciation for Chief Alvarez and the City of Santa Monica’s Fire Department.