Bill Dawson was raised in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee on a 90 acre farm.   His family raised beef cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs, grew his own vegetables and operated a small construction business.  He spent summers weeding the family garden as "punishment". Bill attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  He graduated CSUN w…Read More


    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  -  Gary Ogden, Club Member since 2021 Gary is a California native who has called Santa Monica home for over 30 years, and thinks it's the best place on earth to live.  He is a partner in the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, and specializes in negotiating and documenting commercial real estate transactions, such as the purchase, sale and leasin…Read More


    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  -  Pam Brady, Club Member since 2012 Pam Brady is currently Director of Club Service and will serve on next year’s board as a Vice President. Pam was born and raised in Santa Monica and Malibu.  Her family had a house in Santa Monica and her grandparents had a ranch in Malibu.  Her children were third generation to attend SMMUSD. Professionally,…Read More

  4. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK: January 10, 2022 – Carole Stein

    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  -  Carole Stein, Club Member since 2022 Carole Stein is the Publisher of three community magazines serving Santa Monica, Venice and Brentwood. She came to publishing naturally, having been a Circulation Director at the LA Times in the heyday of the newsprint decline and the advent of the paywall, gaining over 200,000 digital subscribers before she l…Read More

  5. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK – January 4, 2022

    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  - Timur Berberoglu, Club Member since 2011 Timur was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, which is in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He moved to California to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A. in 1993.  Shortly thereafter he moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco to pursue a career in the…Read More

  6. Donate today to help the victims of the recent tornadoes across the US

    The Rotary Club of Santa Monica sends its heartfelt concern and prayers to all the victims of the recent tornadoes across the US. Our district (5280) has set up the 2021 Tornadoes Disaster Relief Fund to help. Please visit the donation page https://www.paypal.com/donate/... to make your contribution today!…Read More

  7. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK – December 13, 2021

    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  - Susan Gabriel Potter, Club Member since 2010 Susan Gabriel Potter is the second generation to take the helm of ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance founded by her father, the late Bob Gabriel, a long-time member of the Community.  The Gabriel insurance firm is one of the few remaining family businesses which were so prevalent when Bob started the firm ov…Read More

  8. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK – November 28, 2021

    I was born in Washington DC too many years ago, the product of an Iowa farm boy father (who left and got a PhD in Economics) and French mother from an Academic family in Montpellier France. Public school educated, including Lycee in France, University of Maryland undergraduate and Medical School, internship and residency in San Francisco (a great place to be in the 1960s),…Read More

  9. ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2021

    ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK  – Joe Metoyer, Club Member since 1995 The Rev. Dr. Joseph P. Metoyer, Jr. is our President-Elect.  He established an American Baptist Church – now affiliated with Transformation Ministries with a mission to provide a new and friendly worship experience with the intention of reaching out to a multi-cultural community.  Dr. Metoyer is the founder…Read More