The 15th International Food and Wine Festival hosted by
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica was Extraordinary!
We are so grateful for the success realized from the efforts of so many sponsors, vendors, members, and friends and The Rotaract members of Santa Monica College.  A very special thanks to our Food and Wine Festival Committee: Andrea Gressinger, Vicky Curtis, Suzan Allbriton, Carol Powell, Pam Brady, Ken Waltzer, Mike Kalloff, Karin Wallerstein, Kathryn Markolf, Kinan Aljamal, and Christopher Lee.

Congratulations Everyone!

“Last night was a huge success! Our guests loved the venue, (Which looked gorgeous!) the energy was fantastic, and we clearly raised a lot of money.  I’m so proud to work with each one of you. Your enormous talents and commitment not only created a great event but made giving fun for Rotarians and guests alike.
The Wine Fest is an incredible example of the joy and generosity of Rotary and our Club in particular.
“With gratitude,

Dear All:

“Thank you for all your wonderful work and very generous donations to the Festival.  The entire evening was great fun, and I truly enjoyed the experience.  Although we had a little less “elbow room” in that location it was nice to have the entire event in one room.  It made the evening more intimate and the live auction more of an event.  Thank you for being such great organizers and for arranging all the countless details to make the evening such a success!  All the best.”
Bret R. Carter  “The night after so many thanks go to the diehards…yes that is all of you, plus Jennifer who’s email I do not have. There were also a couple of diehard Rotaractors should be recognized volunteering throughout the day and evening. We all demonstrated the Rotarian commitment to seeing it through after the event. The venue is happy and if wanted the Rotary Club of SM may return to the venue. The clean-up is not supposed to be fun, but there sure was a lot of good laughs while we all got the clean-up done. Thanks for your commitment, help, and endurance to keep going after the event!

Take care and recharge!”
PamSome of Rotary District 5280 leaders attended The Food and Wine Festival including:  District Governor, Olivia Patterson-Ryans her husband, Robert, Past District Governor, Guity Javid and her husband, Mark Ameli,  District Governor Elect, Makiko Nakasone, District Governor Designate, Alex Parajon, District Foundation Chair, Elsa Gillham and her Husband, Larry, along with Arturo Velasquez, District Travel Administrator.
Rotarians gathered for “Happy Hour” this week in Santa Monica!
It was loads of fun and lots of conversation and delicious food with EXTRAORDINARY DRINKS.
Steve Eorio and his wife, Carol were in town and joined the fun.  Steve has been a member of our club for over 33 years, they now live in Paso Robles where he spends his time in his vineyard.  Steve donated wine to benefit our Food and Wine Festival.  Here are a couple photos of the gathering Tuesday evening.

Join Senator Ben Allen for an update on environmental policy in California
Senator Ben AllenSenator Ben Allen chairs the California State Senate’s Environmental Committee, a role in which he has overseen the passage of legislation to reduce plastic pollution, help coastal communities deal with sea level rise, foster carbon sequestration projects to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, protect sand dunes, and clean up oil and gas wells. Senator Allen will provide a recap on recent environmental legislative achievements as well as a look a head to what California still must do to meet its climate and conservation goals.

Speaker: Senator Ben Allen
Host Rotarian Introducer: Mike Kallhoff

Hilton Santa Monica 1707 Fourth Street

$68 includes lunch for visiting Rotarians and guests

Speaker: Goran Milic, Owner and Chef at Divino Brentwood
A successful businessman who is committed to help others!
Please join us as we hear from Govan Milic, Chef and Owner or Divino of Brentwood. A family traditional restaurant for over 28 years. Every guest is greeted with an inviting smile, making you feel like you are dining in your best friend’s home. Whether you come for an intimate dinner, a celebration with friends or an important business event, you can depend on the warmth and attentiveness of Divine’s devoted staff to renew the pleasure of your dining experience time and time again. Goran believes in “paying it forward” by reaching out to a multitude of disenfranchised young adults by mentoring and training them to be chefs and teaching them to be experts in customer service. Opening up doors to a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities for them.


You can view our meeting on zoom using the RCSM link below:
Visit our Web Site for more information on our calendar of events and to join us on Zoom.

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is proud to partner with the Santa Monica College Guardian Scholars Program  (for foster or former foster youth) to offer two different volunteer opportunities!

Career Guest Speaker Series!
Date/Time:  Tuesdays or Thursdays in April and May from noon to 1 pm (exact date can be arranged to suit the schedule of the speaker)

Location: Virtual (Zoom link will be provided)

What: Speak to foster and former foster youth who are students at SMC about your career!
Note: Other SMC students in need may also attend the session.

Toiletry Kit Assembly!
Date/Time:  Saturday, March 18 10:30am-noon
Location: Timur’s house (RSVP to Sharon for the address)
What: We will be packing about 100 toiletry kits for the students in the Guardian Scholars Program. Donations: We will not be collecting individual items, but cash donations are welcome so that we can purchase the items in bulk.

For more information or to RSVP to either activity, contact Sharon Gavin at

What’s Happening in the “Hood”?

Join our own Karin Wallerstein as she takes you on a Venice walking tour.

March 11th – Healthy Living Activity – A Venice Canal Tour
March 23rd – 31st – District Humanitarian Trip to Belize 
March 30 – Book Club Live @ Andrea’s house – we are reading “An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President’s Murder” by Susan We 
April 2ndDistrict Brunch
May 4th – 7thDistrict Conference
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MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

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