Let’s welcome Steve Springer into the family of Rotary, as he is our newest member. Past President Dee Menzies is Steve’s sponsor. Steve is the Associate Head of School and Principal of Carlthorp School.
Congratulations to Dr. Ken Waltzer, our President Elect, he was inducted this week into the Paul Harris Society by Past President Judy Neveau. (Ask Judy Neveau or Bret Carter how you can become a Paul Harris Society Member).
Our 2023 District Conference is a weekend of Recognition, Celebration and Fellowship. The theme this year is “it’s  a Family Affair” and we are “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Generating the Future”.  We appreciate those before us who have contributed to our clubs and for a precious moment, we want to “Honor” our Rotary loved ones who have passed away this year (since April 30, 2022).  We have submitted the following Santa Monica Rotarians to be honored: Iao Katagiri, The Honorable Robert “Bob” Thomas, The Honorable RexMentorRichard “Dick” Hart, John Dracup, and Jim Reidy.
Our program this week was Goran Milic, he was born in the former Yugoslavia, now Montenegro. Goran emigrated to the US and landed a job as a waiter within 2 weeks. That was the beginning of his career in the restaurant business. Since 1996, he has been the owner and chef at Divino, a fine Italian restaurant in Brentwood Village. He is married to Vanya and has two children, Sofiya and Luka. He told us about his love of food, people, and most importantly, paying it forward with the Goran Milic Culinary Academy.
Carole Stein asked questions and Goran’s responses took the shape of stories about his journey and passion to help people discover their own passions. He did not just talk about the many young people he mentored through his Culinary Academy, but he brought along Melinda Silver, a former student at his Academy who now works at Divino. Goran says being prepared, and consistent has proven the success of his work. We were all truly inspired to hear his stories of success through serving others above himself. He mentioned that this spirit comes from his father who was a deep-sea diver and his mother who worked at an orphanage, and now he passes it onto his children.
He talked about the disabled young people he has mentored and now they are successful chefs. He truly pays it forward. He allows his personal experiences to teach him as when the pandemic struck our community, he made it possible to deliver meals to his customers. We experienced this generosity of spirit in our meeting when he offered a young man, Danny,  Bill Dawson’s soon to be son-in-law, who is planning on re-opening The OP Cafe on Ocean Park, an opportunity to consult with Milic. Goran says he sees everything as an opportunity to learn, just show your heart and show up.
Our meeting this week will be on Zoom only and V.P. Pam Brady will be presiding while I’m in Belize on the District’s Humanitarian Trip with others from our club and the District.

Please report your volunteer hours to John Bartlett by March 31, 2023. His email address is jcbartlett16@gmail.com


Presenter: David Pomeranz’s recordings and songs have earned him a total of 22 platinum and 18 gold albums – selling over 40 million records internationally.
David has written hits recorded and performed by such artists as: Barry Manilow (“Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again” and “The Old Songs” – both number one hits), Freddie Mercury, Missy Elliott, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Bette Midler, Ann Wilson, The Muppets, Clay Aiken, John Denver, The Carpenters and dozens more.     https://www.davidpomeranz.com/
Rotarian Introducer: Monika White
Zoom Host: Len Lanzi

Getting to know Santa Monica’s New City Manager
David White
Join us as we learn a little about our new City Manager David White and his vision for Santa Monica. An opportunity to ask questions and getting to know each other.
Presenter: David White, City Manager Santa Monica
Host Rotarian Introducer: Tom Larmore

Hilton Hotel Santa Monica 1707 Fourth Street, 90401


You can view our meeting on zoom using the RCSM link below:
Visit our Web Site www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org 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.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sharon Gavin at sgaron@villamalka.com

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is pleased to partner with Upward Bound House to establish a “Rotary Boutique”! What: We are collecting new or gently used clothes in order to establish a free “Rotary Boutique” for the families at Upward Bound House in Santa Monica. We are seeking smart casual/casual clothes for children (toddlers through teens and young adults) as well as men and women.

When: Please drop off donations at our Rotary meeting on Friday, April 14.

Also: We are seeking volunteers on April 19 from 12:00pm-2:30pm to sort the donations as well as help families choose their clothing preferences.

For questions or to volunteer on April 19, please contact sharon@villamalka.com

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 Wels
April 2nd – Packing Breakfast Bags for S.P.Y. at Timur’s office
April 2ndDistrict Brunch
April 4th – First Tuesday at 1212 Santa Monica
April 19th – Donation sorting at Upward Bound House
May 4th – 7thDistrict Conference
June 24th – Dethroning @ Tom & Stephanie Loo’s House
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Email: Admin@Rotaryclubofsantamonica.org

MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

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