President’s Message:

Thursday, April 25th at Hotchkiss Park, located off 4th Street and Strand Street in Santa Monica, was the gathering spot. Several years ago, the green space of the two-acre park boasted a grid pattern of trees. The goal of the planting is to restore the historical design by adding six 24” box trees.
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica along with The Elks, Kiwanis, Lions and The Breakfast Club of Santa Monica all put skin in the game with the tree planting. The small park features trees, a sloping lawn with a path, and partial ocean views. The Public Landscape Division of the City’s Public Works Department, which maintains the city’s parks, urban forest, downtown and Santa Monica State Beach organized the event.
Besides making Santa Monica greener, tree planting for Arbor Day is one requirement to become “A Tree City USA” which is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. Santa Monica has been “A Tree City USA” for 38 years.  Days of Service are all about making things better for all who live in our community and this one was rewarding as we worked side by side with other service organizations and the city.
The program at our Zoom Meeting this past week was Dan Witzling, National Managing Director, Diversity Equity Inclusion Programs for American Cancer Society who also served for more than nine years as senior executive director in the Los Angeles County area.  He leads efforts to advance the organization’s mission and health equity impact in partnerships throughout the country. 
Dan shared the guiding principles of the American Cancer Society Health Equit program. It was eye opening to hear about the efforts to provide Cancer health equity to our communities. He walked us through statistics around the cancer health equity issues in America and focused more specifically on Santa Monica and our immediate area.
He explained that People, Place and Partnerships must continue to be the major focus to insure that “Everyone has an opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”
People – The focus must include helping people with the greatest need. Embrace diversity and inclusion and collaborate with community members.
Place – Implement sustainable community solutions while addressing structural and social determinants of health. Understand communities’ historical, social, cultural, and economic context.
Partnerships – Leverage the power of volunteers. Partners with different sectors to prevent and address unintended consequences.
Dan also pointed out things that drives health through the cancer lens: Health Systems and
Services, employment, food security and access to healthy foods, physical and social environments, education, transportation, and housing.
As to research, he informed us that in 2022, $48M was awarded locally to 20 researchers in Los Angeles County. While 60,000 Californians will die from cancer this year 189,000 Californians will receive a new cancer diagnosis. He points out that risk factors are often compounded by socioeconomic factors. “Too often, where you live or who you are determines if you get cancer, if you survive, and the quality of your life. Inadequate access to care remains the greatest barrier to receiving proven, high-quality care.”
A final staggering statistic Dan shared is that “Black Women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women overall and are twice as likely to die if they are over 50.”
Sobering, but Pam Brady, VP of Programs for our Club this year, has brought us another very informative program. Please share the information with family and friends.
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.
 Meeting on May 5th @ the Hilton
Understanding Behavioral Roles for Improved Relationships learn how to better understand the roles that we take in 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 organizations

Hilton Santa Monica, 1707 Fourth Street
Cost: $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests
Host Rotarian Introducer: JB Bartlett

Meeting on May 12th @ the Hilton
On September 9, 1909 the Santa Monica Pier was born. The Pier is now celebrating its 113th birthday!
Join us, as we learn about the pier’s history from Jim Harris, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation.
The Santa Monica Pier was the first concrete pier on the West Coast. Santa Monica Pier fishing remains a popular activity to this day. The Looff Hippodrome, now a National Historic Landmark and home to a beautiful carousel, opened in 1916, followed by the iconic carousel in 1939

The Santa Monica Pier remains a destination spot and has not lost its charm.

Presenter: Jim Harris, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation
Hilton Hotel Santa Monica at 1704 Fourth Street 
Cost: $68 including a buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests 
Host Rotarian Introducer:  Lisa Alexander
THANK YOU to the HILTON STAFF…it has been a GREAT year!
May 13th – SAMOHI Beautification (more info to come)
May 20th – District Assembly
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