The Rotary District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to the Central America Country of Belize was a life changing experience for all attending. 100 Rotarians and family members joined in days of service on projects including:
  1. Painting school buildings at Light Of The Valley School.
  • Painting the Youth Police Cadet Core building.
  • Planting Coconut Palm Trees at Dangria Beach.
  • Ladies hosted Peace and Conflict sessions with young girls at the Lamanai Mayan Ruins.
  • Men hosted Peace and Conflict sessions with male prison inmates at the Old Belize Street Scene.
  • Group A visited San Felipe Orange Walk – St. Michael School painting a fence and installing a chain link fence and handed over a check for school beautification project.
  • Group B visited Belmopan – Garden City Primary School to paint and spread gravel.
  • San Ignacio playground painting and Sacred Heart Scholarship presentation.
  • Unity Presbyterian School hand over a check and paint fence.
The appreciation of the children and the staff at these schools fueled our energy and warmed our hearts to provide service above self. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica had the special project of participating in the distribution of clothing we collected and shipped to Belize for families in need. A very special thanks to all the members of our club who participated in sending the clothes we distributed.
Kera Blades Snell, who was born in Belize, provided special tours for the entire group and others from our club who went on this trip and joined in the Humanitarian work included Ken and Jennifer Waltzer, Russ Warner, Judy Neveau, Donna Byrd, George Collins, David Bohn and his daughter Nicol and me. We will include more detail and photos in our report to the club at our meeting on April 14th.
Last week our meeting speaker was the City Manager of Santa Monica, David White, he was introduced by Past President Tom Larmore. As Santa Monica’s City Manager, Mr. White is the organization’s chief executive. He oversees a total City budget of $705.5 million and a workforce of 1,923 and is responsible for the effective operation of 12 City departments and for implementing City Council policies and priorities. 
White joined the City of Santa Monica in October 2021 after serving as deputy city manager in Berkeley where he championed reimagining public safety, including a new model of civilian oversight of Berkeley’s Police Department. Before his time in Berkeley, White was the city manager of Fairfield, CA. With an extensive background in finance both as an investment banker and as Fairfield’s finance director, White is well-suited to see Santa Monica through our economic recovery. 
A resident of Santa Monica and a Los Angeles native, White graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
David shared the City Council’s adopted priorities which include:
  •  Addressing Homelessness
  •  Clean and Safe Santa Monica
  • Cultivate Economic Recovery and Expand Community and Cultural Offerings
  •  Racial Justice, Equity and Social Diversity
  •  Sustainable and Connected Community
These priorities are used to focus staff for excellence.
He also spoke of the City’s financial and operational challenges. Compared to 2019 the city is at 88% of it’s staffing levels with all branches of the libraries partially opened. COVID really hit the city hard and now we are finally seeing some youth services restored with some essential maintenance of public infrastructure resumed. He shared the general fund revenues before and after the pandemic giving a loss of $170M in revenues through June 2022. We do have some revenues expected to start this month as visiting and tourism picks up. Mr. White gave insight to new funding expected to come from Measure GS with required use of the first $10M to the school district, the next $40M to homelessness prevention and affordable housing and revenues above $50M shared 20% District /80% housing/prevention.
Measure CS implementation will afford key ongoing investments to expand SMPD homeless liaison program among others. This was a critical informational meeting giving insight to the hopes and expectations of our city government.
District 5280 Brunch was this past Sunday, and it was an exciting meeting run by District Rotaracters. The singing was awesome, and the speaker, Dr. Santor Nishizaki shared how we might better understand the younger generation. His four takeaways for Rotarians were:
1. Empower each other based on our strengths.
2. Be present to form strong social bonds.
3. Build a culture of purpose, growth, and community.
4. Listen, empathize, and keep an open mind.
Joining me at the brunch from our club were Judy Neveau, Andrea Gressinger, Paul LeoniGeorge Collins, Pam Brady, and Russ Warner.
Dark on Friday, April 7th for Good Friday
April 14th Live @ HILTON
“How Tourism Supports The Community”
Speaker: Evan Edwards, Chief Operating Officer
What you can expect to learn: How tourism is a benefit to Santa Monica and how you can work with SMTT. Evan will share statistics on the average visitor to the city, the economic impact that tourism brings along with the ways SMTT is giving back to the residents.
Host Rotarian Introducer: Rosemary Regalbuto
Hilton Santa Monica 1707 Fourth Street 
Cost: $68 includes lunch for visiting Rotarians and guests


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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
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
April 19th – Donation sorting at Upward Bound House
April 23rd – Day of Service At JAMS!
May 4 – Book Club Live@Kathy’s house – we are reading “susan, linda, nina & cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” by Lisa Napoli
May 4th – 7thDistrict Conference
May 13th – SAMOHI Beautification (more info to come)
June 24th – Dethroning @ Tom & Stephanie Loo’s House
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MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

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