1. Rota-Monica #17

    Awesome return of Dr. Raphael “Rafe” Sonenshein, a local Sunset Park resident, to the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. As always, our members look forward to his expert analysis of the political landscape of our times. He did not disappoint! Dr. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. D…Read More

  2. Rota-Monica #16

    Assemblyman Richard Bloom was our speaker this week and his unpretentious spirit was refreshing to experience. Mr. Bloom is a lawyer who has served as a member of the California State Assembly representing the 50th District since 2012. His District encompasses Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, We…Read More

  3. Rota-Monica #15

    I deeply appreciate the efforts of all who made our meeting a success this past week. We overcame the plague of technical difficulties to enjoy a wonderful presentation by Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, President/Superintendent of Santa Monica College. I am including the links to the two video presentations Dr. Jeffery included in her presentation. Dr. Jeffery presented the state of…Read More

  4. Rota-Monica #14

      Congratulations to the following Santa Monica Rotarians for completing all the tasks required to receive their permanent badges:  Richard Lombari, Kathryn Markolf, and Felix Crown.  Congratulations to Vicky Curtis for the new grandbaby in the family. Another wonderful and informative program was enjoyed by all in-person attendees and our Zoom audience on Friday.  Sea…Read More

  5. Rota-Monica #13

      Our meeting, this past Friday, was one of the most heart moving of all.  Our membership was speechless as we listened to the very personal story of Trinea Gonczar, a Female Olympian Gymnast who was one of the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar.  Her story and the story of so many other young women and girls was captured in a film, “A Heart of G…Read More

  6. Rota-Monica #12

    I am so glad I was present at the eleventh meeting of the 101st year of our Club last Friday.  We are being informed of local and important issues that shape our world by our speakers each week.  Mary Sue Maurer took us inside the world of preparing “FireFighters” through the lens of individuals who want to make a “U” turn in their lives.  Thanks, Dee Menzies, f…Read More

  7. Rota-Monica #11

    RotaMonica #11 Sept 20, 2022 President’s Message This week was fantastic! Our program on Friday was enlightening and informative, delivered by Woody Brokenburr. He spoke from personal experience and his role in Advocacy in creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare for Cancer Survivors.  Health equity is the goal, and it means the attainment of the highest …Read More

  8. Rota-Monica #10

    RotaMonica #10 Sept 13th, 2022 President’s Message I wish I could thank each of you personally who contributed to the success of our Club meeting this past week.  Sickness sidelined our scheduled speaker, Jim Harris, Executive Director of Santa Monica Pier but that’s when everyone went into action.  Kera and her husband, Barry Snell were able to secure Andrew Thomas,…Read More

  9. Rota-Monica #9

    Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. I trust that each of you have enjoyed and celebrated with family and friends this past weekend. For me the weekend was filled …Read More