Greetings, Rotarians and Guests!

Our Rotary Club is here to serve as your local and global resource for enacting positive change, ranging from local service projects to major nationwide endeavors. We rely on local business leaders who seek involvement in their community, working with like-minded professionals to network and expand our reach. We’re always excited to welcome new members, and will be posting about our weekly updates to give you a sneak peek into what goes on in our meetings.

If you’re interested in learning more about what the Rotary Club of Santa Monica has to offer, or you missed out on your weekly update, keep reading to catch up on the major points from last week’s meeting.

Our Guest Speakers

We want to thank Emily Ausbrook and Harris Levey, who told us more about their lives last Friday.

Connecting With the Community

Our Mission:

Part of Rotary’s mission is to connect with our local community and enact meaningful and productive relationships with individuals and businesses.

Breast Cancer Awareness:

Sign-ups are now available for members of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica who want to make a difference for breast cancer awareness. You can join our team to participate in “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” on October 26 at the Santa Monica Pier. Those who are interested can contact Pam Brady for additional details!

New Heroes Celebration:

If you want to see the Santa Monica Chamber’s New Heroes Celebration on November 5, we have four FREE tickets available. Let Sharon Gavin know if you’re interested!

Connecting With the World

Our Mission:

RCSM also focuses on Rotary International’s mission to change the world through positive change. Our club highlights special events or tidbits to help bring global awareness to a variety of issues.

Eradicating Polio:

Judy Neveau spoke about how important it is to eradicate Polio worldwide. She spoke of World Polio Day, which is this Thursday, October 24. Judy also passed around the Red PolioPlus sneaker for donations, and collected $147. For those that missed it, Jim Reidy was in attendance with his Rotary tie, featuring the chemical composition of Polio on it!

Foundation Celebration:

Bret Carter spoke about the Rotary District 5280 Foundation Celebration happening this Sunday, October 27, as well as the Paul Harris raffle tickets that are available for purchase. If you’re interested in purchasing raffle tickets, let Bret know, and be sure to reach out to Savi if you want to attend the celebration.

Connecting With Each Other

Halloween Party:

In order to spur growth within our community and the world, we must be able to connect with one another on a personal level. Kathy reminded everyone that our Halloween party will be from 7 to 10pm at David Rosenfeld’s house on October 26, so be sure to RSVP to Savi if you plan on attending!

Rose Parade:

Greg Hargrave announced that 13 spaces were available on our team tasked with decorating the Rotary Float for the Rose Parade. The spaces will be available December 29.


Anyone interested in reading the book and New York Times article that Ken mentioned on October 11 before the song of the day, here is the information: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. New York Times article:

On Wednesday, October 16, Judy Neveau spoke to members of the WISE MINDS program, continuing our WISE & Healthy Aging Visiting Rotarian Program.

Coming Up This Week:

On Friday, October 25th, our Rotary Club will host guest speaker Mallika Chopra, who will be speaking about “Living With Intent”! Her focus on global and social wellness through her website has helped to inspire change within individuals, their community, and the planet. Remember that this event will be at the JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel, and be sure to follow the signs there to our meeting room!

Interested in Joining?

Our weekly events give entrepreneurs across all industries time to forge new relationships and focus on proactive business networking in a setting that spurs positive change across the city, state, and eventually the world. 

If you want to learn more about what the Rotary Club of Santa Monica can do for you – sign up for our lunch to learn more at one of our weekly meetings!

Feel free to contact us online with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!