Speaker Date Topic
District Governor Joe Vasquez Aug 17, 2018
Rotary District 5280
Mary Johnston (Champagne 11:30am!) Aug 24, 2018
The History of Opera
The History of Opera

Jim Reidy Birthday Champagne Reception at 11:30am!!

Mary Johnston, LAOpera Community Educator

Mary Johnston is a retired Occupational Therapist. She worked for most of her career at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Following retirement, she taught part time in the Occupational Therapy program at Cal State Dominguez Hills.  

Mary has always loved theater and acted in college. She also loves music. For her, opera is the perfect blend of drama and music. She has attended opera for more than 40 years in some of the greatest cities for the art form in the country, including New York and Los Angeles.

Before becoming an LAOpera Community Educator, she went to opera in order to hear the singer’s beautiful voices and did not worry so much about the background of the opera or the composers. This all changed when she learned that as the member of the Opera League of Los Angeles, she could be trained by LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department to be a Community Educator. It sounded like a great way to give back to the community, while also having fun and teaching people about opera.

Being a Community Educator for LAOpera offers her the opportunity to share her love of opera with a wide variety of people. Mary has been educating adults and children about opera for 8 years now and it’s been an amazing experience.

DARK for Labor Day Aug 31, 2018
Dr. Chris Evans Sep 07, 2018
Opiate Addiction
Alan Smyth Sep 14, 2018
Saving Innocence
Sue Dunlap Sep 21, 2018
President of PPLA
Craft Talks Sep 28, 2018
2 New Members tell their life story in 10 minutes each!
DARK for Wine Fest Oct 05, 2018
Wine & Jazz Fest Oct 07, 2018
Fundraiser and Social Event benefitting all RCSM charities
TBD Oct 12, 2018
Peter Mullin Oct 19, 2018
Classic Cars
Bruce Reznik Oct 26, 2018
A Smarter Water Future for LA
TBD Nov 02, 2018
DARK for Thanksgiving Nov 23, 2018
Jennifer Kavanagh Dec 07, 2018
Truth Decay
Truth Decay

Truth Decay:  The Shrinking Role of Facts in American Public Life


The shrinking role of facts and evidence-based analysis in American public life has led to distrust of our leaders, political paralysis, and disengagement from political and civic institutions.  RAND has launched an ambitious research project to define and study what it calls Truth Decay, with the goal of working toward innovative solutions.  Former President Barack Obama thought RAND’s report, co-authored by RAND President and CEO Michael Rich and political scientist Jennifer Kavanagh, was so important that he added it to his summer 2018 reading list. Jennifer Kavanagh will address the connection between Truth Decay and the erosion of civil discourse, as well as Truth Decay's effects on policymaking and the future of democracy.

Jennifer Kavanagh is a political scientist at RAND and serves as associate director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center (the “think tank” for the U.S. Army). Her research focuses on U.S. political institutions and public opinion and their implications for U.S. foreign and domestic policy. She also studies defense strategy and planning, military force posture, and U.S. military interventions. In addition to her research and management roles, Kavanagh is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and has taught research methods courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and American University. While completing her Ph.D., she was a Department of Homeland Security fellow and completed a research internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a BA in government and a minor in the Russian language. She completed her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at University of Michigan. Her dissertation, "The Dynamics of Protracted Terror Campaigns: Domestic Politics, Terrorist Violence, Counterterror Responses" was named the best dissertation in the public policy subfield in 2010 by the American Political Science Association.


Annual Club Elections & Meeting Dec 14, 2018
Elect New Board, Financial Report, Committee Reports
Holiday Luncheon Dec 21, 2018
DARK for Holidays Dec 28, 2018
DARK for New Year's Jan 04, 2019
DARK for MLK Day Jan 18, 2019