RotaMonica #40
President’s Message:

We had another exciting meeting this week starting off with an interactive invocation from Past President Mitchell Kraus sharing three riddles about what he thinks makes Rotary so special.
•    (Riddle 1) What is something that you can give freely but cannot buy? Answer is friendship.
•    (Riddle 2) You can find me in moment, in activity you’re doing.  I can be contagious, and I can make time fly.  What am I? Answer is having fun.
•    I am not alive, but I can make a big difference in the world.  What am I?  Answer is a charitable donation – Philanthropy.  He finished his invocation with as we gather to hear about the wetlands, remember my three F’s of Rotary – Fun, Friendship and Philanthropy.
We welcomed our newest Rotarian, Andrew Thomas, he is the Director of Downtown Santa Monica a 501c3 Non-Profit.
Past President Paul Leoni was fined $200.00 because he accepted an award from the Santa Monica Breakfast Club. Paul and his late wife, Marilyn, were honored at the 7th Annual “Mad Hatter Tea Party” on Sunday, April 16th. Rotary had an overwhelming presence including Past Presidents, Bill Werner, Dick Lawrence,
George Collins, Lisa Alexander, Spyros Dellaportas and Dee Menzies. V.P. Pam Brady, Donna Byrd, Allan Young and other friends of Paul and Marilyn.
Fines were levied on two of our Past Presidents -Mitchell Kraus who took his family to a pig restaurant while on vacation in Japan. (Fine $25.00) 

Neysa Frechette, Manager of Scientific Programs for Friends of Ballona Wetlands, was our speaker at our meeting this past week. She shared how the Friends of Ballona Wetlands is championing the restoration and protection of Los Angeles’ last coastal wetland and educating their diverse community as stewards of nature.
She shared the history of the Ballona Wetlands and the plans as well as efforts already taken for a continued restoration of the area. We discovered how tidal flushing revives the Pickleweed Saltmarsh She shared slides of the restoration efforts in the Ballona Freshwater Marsh System. They plant natives to support wildlife.
This was an important meeting for all in attendance as we were given the insight to help all to be more prudent in our efforts to preserve our planet.
April 28th on ZOOM
Speaker: Dan Witzling, National Managing Director, Diversity Equity Inclusion Programs for American Cancer Society
Join us as Dan presents on what the America Cancer Society is doing to fight cancer and the Health Equity Imperative. He will share information about the latest impacts, demonstrate some myths/facts, offer  some insights to help us improve our understanding and conclude with clear and action-oriented steps that we can each take.

Host Rotarian Introducer:  Nat Trives

Zoom Host: Len Lanz

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.

Understanding Behavioral Roles for Improved Relationships
Learn how to better understand the roles that we take on teams and in relationships and how to adapt to make relationships more effective and successful!
Presenter: Dr. Eric Zackrison, MBA, MA/PhD Organizational Communication, has been teaching, training, and consulting in Santa Barbara and Ventura for the last five years, with a heavy focus on team building, leadership, and strategy. His published research indicates that workplace relationships are at the core of coordinated teams and organizationsHilton Santa Monica, 1707 Fourth Street, 90401
Cost: $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests
Host Rotarian Introducer: JB Bartlett

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
April 27th – Rotary Means Business Mixer
May 2nd – First Tuesday – Jonah’s Kitchen
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)
May 20th – District Assembly
June 24th – Dethroning @ Tom & Stephanie Loo’s House
Curious about Upcoming Rotary Programs? Go to
Rotary Means Business Mixer- April 27
2023 District Assembly-
Registration is Open!
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MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

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