Our meeting, this past Friday, was one of the most heart moving of all.  Our membership was speechless as we listened to the very personal story of Trinea Gonczar, a Female Olympian Gymnast who was one of the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar.  Her story and the story of so many other young women and girls was captured in a film, “A Heart of Gold”, by David Ulich, a tax attorney turned documentary film producer.

Our own Tom Loo did the interviewing and provided the forum for an exchange that kept us all on the edge of our seats.

David explained as he was developing the film and interviewing various stake- holders one important call he received was from the US Olympic Committee asking him to back off the story.  When asked about other victims the response was that some were more willing to cooperate with the investigation than others.

A judge sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for his crimes saying, I have just signed your death warrant.  The former doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years on federal child pornography charges.

While responding to the straight but gentle questions of Tom, Trinae’s answers were very frank.  At one point she stated that Larry Nassar was treating her at age eight, she said that he was very good at fixing broken bones, but he was also good at creating trust with the young athletes and parents.  She thought the treatment he was providing was legitimate.  The vaginal manipulation as treatment by a powerful and prominent person who is a friend, in some ways is difficult to share with parents.  Nassar was trusted by parents and left in treatment rooms alone with the young athletes. Nassar

also treated young people in the basement at his home.

Trinae experienced over eight hundred incidents of abuse by Nassar over her career.  She says one of her hardest things to do was to learn how to be there for other survivors.

When asked about her involvement with Michigan State University, Trinea explained that she is now the Director of Avalon Healing Center in Detroit, MI, a non-profit that assists individuals who have been sexually assaulted. This includes individuals of all genders, ages, races, and religions. The services are available for anyone who identifies as a survivor of rape, incest, or sexual assault, no matter when or where it occurred. The organization provides a safe place where there is no judgment and only professional, compassionate care and support. 

David was asked, what’s next? He explained that his next project is underway and it’s a documentary on the life of Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku.  Tom Loo, of course, immediately asked if David would come back to share his findings with our club.  David agreed and Tom has already started lobbying for that program to be live at “Dukes of Malibu”.

This remarkable program was very well attended on Zoom under the management of our PresidentElect, Ken Waltzer, and we are grateful.  Thanks, Nat Trives, for your inspirational quote as our invocation. Lan Nguyen, thanks for greeting each of us as we joined the meeting.   Mike Kallhoff, thanks for the briefest bio ever, and for welcoming our guests and visiting Rotarians.  Special thanks to Tom Larmore, songwriter and lead singer for all you do to keep the club singing.  TomLoo thanks for introducing our program and you are Interviewer Extraordinaire.



RCSM Membership, in a recent Board meeting the Board voted unanimously to approve a $5.00decrease in lunch cost for membersEffective October 1st members will pay $52.00 for lunch at our regular meetings.  Members will no longer pay $57.00 for lunch.  Guest and visiting Rotarians will continue to pay $68.00 for lunch.

July 26, 1942 – September 6, 2022. Kent Schiller Colberg was born in Chicago, IL. He passed away on September 6, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica. He grew up in Crystal Lake, IL, where he loved to fish and sail. He moved to Malibu with his family in 1954 and attended Lincoln Junior High in Santa Monica.

While at Santa Monica High School, Kent was an AFS exchange student to Italy and Boys’ League President. He excelled in sports and academics and played center on Samohi’s varsity football team.  During his high school years, he earned the distinguished Eagle Scout Award in the Boy Scouts of America, which he stayed active in years after. He would later earn a scholarship to Stanford University.

Kent played center on the varsity Stanford football team and was elected Senior Class (’64) President. Kent went on to become a stockbroker in Century City, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills for over fifty years. He was a long-term member and past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.

Kent is survived by his wife Kay, stepdaughter Kelly and her husband Christian Berke, as well as his grandchildren Caitlin, Mckenzie, and Reid.

Kent will be greatly missed by his sister, Karen, and her husband Russell Villarreal, sister Kris and her husband, Forrest Stewart, and nephews Scott, Doug and niece Kelly Stewart.

Published by Los Angeles Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2022.
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RCSM COVID Policy Adjustment

The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica have agreed effective October 1st, 2022, The Rotary Club of Santa Monica will adjust our COVID policy to align with the COVID policy of Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Monica.  The RCSM will no longer require proof of vaccination from our members and masks are optional at our gatherings.  Rules established by venues we may use will supersede RCSM COVID rules.

In accordance with this policy change the RCSM will reinstate our policy on meeting make ups to the standard of practice prior to establishing a COVID policy.  The RCSM’s make up policy is clearly stated in our policy and procedures manual section 3.2 as given below.

3.2: Authorized Make-ups (besides attending regular meetings of other clubs)
In accordance with Article 9 of the club constitution, the board of directors authorizes selected
activities to be counted as make-ups if attended within 14 days before or after absence from a
regular club meeting.  All makeups need to be submitted by email to the attention of The Treasurer (George Pickell currently) at Admin@Rotaryclubofsantamonica.org  at least two weeks prior to the end of a quarter so they can be credited in the next quarterly billing.

• Board-authorized club events and projects, designated as opportunities arise
• Meeting of the board of directors
• One First Tuesday Happy Hour per year
• One Healthy Living Committee event per year.
• E-Club meetings are treated in the same manner as making up regular meetings at other clubs.
• Rotary International Convention or meeting
• District Convention or meeting
• Club service project

This policy is in effect as of October 1, 2022, with the authorization of a vote by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica taken on August 25, 2022, at its regular scheduled board meeting.


COMING UP: L.A. County Lifeguards

Friday October 7th.

PROGRAM PREVIEW October 7th @ Hilton
The LAFD is responsible for protecting the lives and property of 4 million residents living in 1.23 housing units in 60 cities in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguards have a long-standing tradition of being one of the top ocean lifeguarding agencies in the world. Quality individuals with a strong aquatic background (swimming, surfing, etc.) to continue this tradition.

Presenters: Sean Nollan, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist

Lifeguard Administration – Recruitment

Host Rotarian Introducer: Richard Lombari

Cost: $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests

SMC 2.0: What’s New Beyond 2022
Santa Monica College is a public, community college in Santa Monica, California. Founded as a junior college in 1929. In 2020- 2021 SMC enrolled over 41,160 students in more than 90 fields of study. Join us as we hear from Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, Superintendent/President of Sant Monica College on the status of the college and where plans on going in the future.
Host Rotarian Introducer: Judy Neveau
Cost:  $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests

Oct 13th- Book Club Meeting  ” The Last White Man” by Mohsin Hamid.
Hamid pushes the boundaries of what it means to be white/black/brown. In doing so he uncovers hidden fears, horrors, ambiguities in our colour- coded, race-coded imprisoned world. The novel shatters these prisons and reveals possibilities for living beyond these codes. This is a well-written novel with interesting plot and characters.
Oct 29th- Halloween Party
MAR 4th – Wine and Food Festival 2023- more details to come.
MAR 16- 23rd -District Humanitarian Trip to Belize
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Purchase Your Concert Tickets

VIP Tables (stage level): $1,000 (seats 4)
Lower Balcony: $200/seat
Upper Balcony (lower tier): $125/seat
Upper Balcony (higher tier): $75/seat
A limited number of tickets are available at each price point- purchase your concert tickets early before they sell out!

Backstage Pass: We have a limited number of Backstage Passes for $500 each (in addition to the purchase of a concert ticket). If you are interested, contact Leon Nixon at leon.o.nixon@gmail.com.

View the seating chart for pricing tiers.

Credit card payment is the fastest way to purchase your concert tickets. You may pay via check, but payment MUST be received within 7 days of ticket reservation or the order will be cancelled.

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