This week our meeting was on Zoom, and it was  nostalgic as our speaker, Judi Barker, shared so many stories about the history of The Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport.
Judi Barker is a native of Southern California. She owns and operates the Historic Santa Monica Air Center/ Barker Hangar, which remains family owned and operated since 1969. After her father’s passing her passion for music and community brought a new kind of business to Santa Monica. Since 1986, she has hosted and produced hundreds of events which have received international TV exposure, a few of which include the Critics’ Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, King’s Sports Boxing at Barker, the MTV Awards, and a number of rehearsals for Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, U2, Styx and Duran Duran to name a few.
But most dear to her heart are the countless fundraisers which have raised awareness and financial support for Autism Speaks, P.S. Arts, One Voice Holiday Food Drive, Planned Parenthood, City of Hope, The USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, The Clara Lionel Foundation, Macy’s Passport, TJ Martell Foundation, Keep-a-Child Alive, Children Affected By Aids Foundation, Palloween, Cause for Paws, Best in Rescue and many, many more. Most of the events have a relationship with the Hangar and the Crew for many years and continue to support the business and the City of Santa Monica.
Besides the celebrated events at the Hangar, Judi has passionately involved herself in several Santa Monica Based charities and activities, including the Santa Monica Police Activities League, The Santa Monica History Museum, Kiwanis, Santa Monica YMCA, and the Santa Monica Museum of Flying. Judi is devoted to the community and maintains the Hangar as a tribute and a cultural representation of this beautiful city we call home.
There are few things Judi loves more than her work. Beginning and ending with her love of the Beatles (particularly Paul McCartney). A well-known LA sports enthusiast, she has been an avid supporter and ticket holder of the Lakers and the Dodgers for over 30 years. When she catches a moment, she also loves to water-ski, travel with family and friends and attend concerts. We are thankful for Judi sharing her important journey with us and especially grateful for Diane Margolin interviewing Judi as our program of the day.
Rotary District 5280 Assembly was held on Saturday, May 20th and joining me was Kathy Shepard, Richard Lombari, Past President Judy Neveau, Karim Jaude, our President Elect, Dr. Ken Waltzer, and President Elect-Elect, Dr. Monika White.
We were offered 16 different workshops and Karim, Judy, Richard, and I were MOU certified while Presidents Elect was in session with District Governor Makiko Nakasone., Kathy attended other workshops. There will be an online MOU Certification schedule soon for all those who would like to be certified. They also announced the 2023 District Foundation Celebration will be on November 19th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Marina Del Rey Marriott, Marina Del Rey, Calif.
The District Humanitarian Trip to Ecuador (in April 2024) will offer seven different Global Grant opportunities ranging from $7,000.00 to $20,000.00 each. There will also be several Non-Global Grant Projects to support. The trip following the Humanitarian trip will be to the Galapagos Islands.


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ROTARY on May 26th DARK-
Memorial Day Weekend!

ROTARY on June 2nd @ HILTON

Rotary Scholarships & Citizenship Awards

Join us with our annual Rotary Scholarships and Citizenship Awards! 
Host Rotarian Introducer: Tom Larmore
 Hilton Santa Monica 1707 Fourth Street, 90401
Cost: $68 includes buffet lunch for visiting Rotarians & Guests
June 8th – Book Club – We are reading “The Killing Angels” by Michael Sharra – George is hosting
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