Assemblyman Richard Bloom was our speaker this week and his unpretentious spirit was refreshing to experience. Mr. Bloom is a lawyer who has served as a member of the California State Assembly representing the 50th District since 2012. His District encompasses Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, West Hollywood, Hollywood, and Hancock Park. First elected in 1999, Bloom served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years, serving as mayor three times and mayor pro tempore twice. Bloom also served as Chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.
Assemblyman Bloom explained his desire to serve and care for others came from his parents who influenced his concern for justice and social issues. He grew up in Altadena, CA where his encounter with the foothills and mountains made lasting impressions and propelled him to be
an advocate for preventing wildfires and developing resources to address climate change. In his public life Mr. Bloom has authored 277 bills with 143 being signed into law. Some bills he is most proud of include the first bill to address micro plastics in our state waterways, another is
the animal life protection bill which includes prohibiting Orcas from being kept in captivity. He has done cutting edge work creating Homeless Best Practice through counting homeless individuals and using the data to develop new ways for states and cities to manage their
homeless populations.
Richard Bloom has decided not to run for the Assembly Seat he now occupies in the next term. He has asked to serve as a Superior Court Judge, with expectations our Governor will appoint him. I am fortunate to have lived next door to Richard and Robby Bloom for 40 years and it was
wonderful having him at our Club.
We also welcomed Nora Bohn back from, as she said, “the most wonderful trip to Turkey and beyond”. David Rosenfeld was recognized for his “shocking socks”. Several members got the note and came in costume. Pam Brady and  those who assisted, her thanks for the Halloween
decorations, pumpkins, and candy treats. The youngest person at the table got to take the pumpkin, at their table, home with them. Nora, thanks for the karaoke music and the patriotic song, as well as our special song. Andrea Gressinger thanks for the inspirational quotes from
Elie Wiesel and others as our invocation. We were also privileged to have Jennifer Gordon as our president’s pick for the day. Gary Ogden thanks for introducing Assemblyman Richard Bloom as our program. Past President George (The King) Collins and Lan Nguyen we deeply appreciate your greeting each of us as we entered the meeting. Thanks Pam Brady, Stan Foxand Rose Mary Regalbuto for holding down the duties at the back table. Carol Powell, we miss you! We are thankful that Gary Ogden and J.B. Bartlett hung around to help put things away at the end of our meeting. The best Cheering Squad in all Rotary International was at their best, once again, thanks!
Let’s not forget to thank Past President Mitchell Kraus for recognizing our current President for being featured in Santa Monica Spotlight this month, published by Santa Monica Rotarian,Carole Stein.
October 28th on ZOOM
Forecast and Ramifications
of Mid-term Elections

Raphael J. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles and was previously a professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton, where he also served as chairman of the department. Dr. Sonenshein who received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Yale is considered one of the foremost experts at analyzing political elections. The Club is fortunate to have Dr. Sonenshein again give us his prognosis of the upcoming mid-term elections. Dr. Sonenshein will share with us his thoughts about what will happen nationally on November 8, 2022 and what that likely will mean for us next several years until the Presidential Election in 2024.

Host Rotarian Introducer: Tom Loo

November 4th Live @ Hilton
Happiness a Few Simple Techniques

Happiness is forty percent intentional action; therefore, no matter what our set point, we can improve our mood. In these growing times of uncertainty, there is an opportunity to find inner strength and stability. through inner work.

New York Times Best Selling author, health and wellness expert Mandy Ingber will share practical tools for developing a manageable self-care program to rely upon during this upcoming period of immense change. Based upon yoga philosophy, physical practices, cosmic mapping, emotional wellness studies and personal experience, Ingber will share her story and offer a few simple techniques and guidelines that will aid and assist you in remaining grounded

Host Rotarian Introducer: Donna Byrd

Spend a couple hours delivering meals to people in need!
Our MOWW Rotary Route is the first Thursday every other month!
    When: Thursday, November 3, 2022 10:45am-12:00pm
Where: Meals on Wheels West -1823-A Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404
Feed the Homeless Opportunity
 When: Sunday, November 6, 10:30 am-11:30 pm

Where: We will be packing breakfast bags in person at RoseMary Regalbuto’s house (email for the address).

What: We will be packing 60 bags that consist of the following: granola/protein bar, cereal cups/boxes, milk, baked goods, fruit, chips, and water/juice bottle.

Who: Safe Place For Youth helps homeless and trafficked youth. They have 45-50 members visit their facilities every day.

Why: To help people in need!

Note: Once you email that you will attend, we may coordinate with you to help us bring some of the supplies.

Become a Holiday Angel and help families in need
(in partnership with Connections For Children)


Donate unused & unwrapped toys for ages 0-18 years old
(ages 13-18 preferred – gift cards, make-up sets, board games, sports equipment, accessories, and technology).

How: Drop toys off at the December 2 and December 9 Rotary meetings or bring to the volunteer event at the CFC office on December 10.

OR contact Karla Guerra (, 310-452-3325 x276) to schedule a time for the collected toys to be picked up or dropped off to the Connections for Children office.

OR purchase from the CFC Amazon Wish List:


Saturday, December 10 (9:00am-noon): Help sort the donated toys and fill bags with what each family requested!

Saturday, December 17: (10:30am-12:30pm): Help hand out gifts to families

Where: The CFC office at 5901 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles

Thank you for helping to put a smile on a child’s face during the holiday season! Email for questions or to sign up!

Oct 29th- Halloween Party
Nov 1st – First Tuesday – @The Misfits
November 3rd – Meals on Wheels Food Delivery
November 6th – Feed The Homeless at S.P.Y.
Nov 16th- Book Club Meeting  “Old Glory: An American Voyage” by Jonathan Raban
The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland’s estrangement from America’s capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegiac, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.
December 2nd & 9th – Toy Drive
December 10th – Holiday Party @ Kathy Dracup’s House
December 10th & 17th – Sort Toys @ Connections for Children
MAR 4th – Wine and Food Festival 2023- more details to come.
MAR 16- 23rd -District Humanitarian Trip to Belize
Curious about Upcoming Rotary Programs? Go to

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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

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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