John Bartlett, VP of Committees for our Club was the presiding officer last Friday and he wore many hats  as he also reported on our Club’s service project, “Movember”. Bill Chillingworth won the mustache contest. Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones’, Imagine Rotary pins were awarded to seven Rotarians who moved over 100 miles in the “Movember Project” in November. The recipients included: Greg “The Beast” Hargrave, Bret “Paul Harris”Carter, Mitch “Still No Stache” Kraus, Bill “Big Chill” Chillingworth, John “PT God” Dravillas and Kathy “Woo Hoo!” Shepard, and a pin for Karin “Polish Sister” Wallerstein for doing over 60 miles and being the highest ranked new member on the list. The RCSM contributed $1,000.00 in matching funds to the project.
Emily Parker,  Heal the Bay’s Coastal and Marine Scientist, works to keep our oceans and marine ecosystems healthy and clean by advocating for strong legislation and enforcement both locally and statewide. She focuses on plastic pollution, marine protected areas, or MPAs, sustainable fisheries, and climate change related issues. In her role, she co-founded and now co-leads the Reusable LA Coalition and has helped pass numerous plastic pollution reduction laws, both here in Los Angeles and across the state of California.
Emily gave an energetic, passionate, and educational overview on how plastics have had a negative impact on our oceans. Her talk was very well received by our members with many staying after the meeting to ask questions.
Timur Berberoglu announced that our Club is restarting the Rotary Foreign Exchange Program, and we need two host families to host one student each of high school age next year for 30 to 90 days. Students will typically be a junior or senior. Any member wishing to help please email Timur at timur@berberlaw.com. Past President, Tom Larmore announced the Boys and Girls Club Annual Holiday Heroes event which is scheduled for December 9th. Past President, Dee Menzies thanked all our members who provided service above self by serving a Thanksgiving meal to our on-duty Santa Monica Police Officers and un-sworn personnel. Gary Ogden reminded all about First Tuesday (12/6) at Solidarity Restaurant for an authentic Polish experience. Myles Pritchard informed the Club Members that our annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Day is coming up and we are looking for volunteers to ring the bell and contribute on-line or in person. Contact Myles for more information myles@mapstrategic.com . Karin Wallerstein announced the winner of the committees’ basket contest, and The Wine Festival Committee was the winner, all baskets will be available to bid on or purchase at our Wine and Food Festival on March 4, 2023.
Vice President John Bartlett’s closing motivational quote: “”mmorality is to live your life doing
good things and leaving your mark behind”. (Brandon Lee)
December 9th dark for holiday party.
December 16th
Rotary is proud to hear from our very own exceptional school district. The SMMUSD Mission Statement: “Extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap” The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is headquartered in Santa Monica and serves the diverse coastal communities of Santa Monica and Malibu.
Superintendent Dr, Ben Drati, who is also a Rotary member will update us on our local school district achievements and the future of our school district.
Host Rotarian Host: Monika White
Hilton Santa Monica 1707 Fourth Street 90401
Cost: $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians and guests
Also December 16th-
• Rotary Santa Monica Election of Board of Directors 2023-24
• Rotary Santa Monica annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

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).
1.    Drop toys off at the December 2nd Rotary meeting or bring to the volunteer event at the CFC office on December 10.
2.    OR contact Karla Guerra (karlag@cfc-ca.org, 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.
3.    OR purchase from the CFC Amazon Wish List:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3FPLBP02BKB5I/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex
1.    Saturday, December 10 (9:00am-noon): Help sort the donated toys and fill bags with what each family requested!
2.    Saturday, December 17: (10:30am-12:30pm): Help hand out gifts to families.
Note: If you cannot make this time, gift distribution will also occur Friday 12/16 from 12-5pm and on Saturday 12/17 from 9am-5pm.Where: The CFC office at 5901 W. Century Blvd. Los AngelesThank you for helping to put a smile on a child’s face during the holiday season! For questions or to sign up, please email sharon@villamalka.com. Also, please let Connections for Children know directly with this link: RSVP for Holiday Angels.
December 9th – Dark for holiday party
December 10th – Holiday Party @ Kathy Dracup’s House
December 10th & 17th – Sort Toys @ Connections for Children
December 16th – Holiday Ugly Sweater & Best Dressed Contest live @ Hilton
January 12th – Book Club – in Person at Judy Neveau’s Home 
MAR 4th – Wine and Food Festival 2023- more details to come. Purchase your raffle tickets now.  See Karin Wallerstein or Kera Blades Snell.
MAR 16- 23rd -District Humanitarian Trip to Belize
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MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 586, Santa Monica CA 90406