Mandy Ingber, New York Times Best Selling author, health, and wellness expert shared practical tools for developing a manageable self-care program to rely upon during this upcoming period of immense change. Based upon yoga philosophy, physical practices, cosmic mapping,

emotional wellness studies and personal experience, Ingber shared her story and offered a few simple techniques and guidelines that will assist our members in remaining grounded.

Mandy shared her journey of growing up in Los Angeles, attending a school of experience in Santa Monica, being a child actress and her Dad introducing her to Yoga. She explained that being a victim of crime was key to a life change for her. She became a local spin cycle guru and added yoga to her instructions and began to privately teach celebrities. Jennifer Aniston is one of her private clients. She explained that one of her classes is titled, “Love Your Body Into Shape”.

Ms. Ingber challenged us with practical illustrations to develop a routine for self-care and wellness. She hailed our members for the commitment Rotarians make to “Service Above Self”. She said that when one loves their body into shape a key characteristic is serving others. She offered a self-engagement to our members by having us participate in several exercises:

1. Each of us shared one thing we were grateful about with the person next to us.

2. The fake laughing exercise got everyone involved in a fun exercise.

3. Mandy suggested we continue to be of service to others and make meaningful connections with people.

4. Another suggestion she made was to do something for oneself by taking a 30 minute walk each day.

5. Ms. Ingber purposed that meditation is a healthy way to get centered.

A couple more exercises she engaged her audience in included sitting still with our feet flat on the floor  and sitting upright with our backs against our chairs while focusing on our breathing. She also led the group in standing with our arms behind our backs while back bending which opens our chest area. Finally, she suggested to her audience that we shouldn’t look at our mobile devices when we wake up in the middle of the night.

Thanks Donna Byrd and V.P. Pam Brady for giving us this engaging program. Mandy Ingber was refreshing and engaging.

Thanks to everyone who made our meeting a true success. Past President Dee Menzies, thanks for your warm and thoughtful invocation and request for a moment of silence to honor the members who passed away this past year. Karim Jaude, thanks for honoring us by being the president’s pick. Donna Byrd, again thanks for hosting our program and introducing Mandy Ingber.  Felix Crown, thanks for introducing our visiting Rotarians and guest. Past President Lisa Alexander and Karin Wallerstein, thanks for greeting as we all arrived. Past President Carol Jackson thanks for our patriotic song and the pledge and for leading us in singing the welcome song and the  theme song from “Cheers”.   President Elect Ken Waltzer, thanks for the  music.   Special thanks to our Cheering Squad: David Rosenfeld, Rose Mary Regalbuto and V.P. Pam Brady, they always provide a lively start to our meetings. To the “Back Table Crew” – thanks for all you do; Carol Powell, Stan Fox, Rose Mary Regalbuto and V.P. Pam Brady. Len Lanzi, thanks for managing our Zoom connections this week.


V.P. John Bartlett thanks for the announcement on Zoom about Movember and telling us how to get involved! Please reach out to JB for more information at At our Club meeting this week Andrea Gressinger, Co-chair of our International Food and Wine Festival, announced the featured charity of the event will be The Santa Monica College Foundation – in particular the SMC Students experiencing homelessness. Let’s all offer our support with sponsorships, purchasing tickets to attend the event and purchasing raffle tickets.

According to the 2019 Hope Center survey of SMC students, 23% of respondents reported that they had been homeless in the previous year. This means that some of SMC students do not have a fixed, regular, or adequate place to live. The signs that a student is experiencing homelessness include living in a shelter, a car, t;couch-surfing with a friend or relative or staying in a space not meant for human habitation.

Carol Powell announced that our Holiday Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 th , from 5:30-9:30 at Kathy Dracup’s home 1315 Georgina Avenue in Santa Monica.

Regular Members – $30.00

Young Associates & Senior Exempt – $60.00

Rotarians first guest – $75.00 Additional guests – $95.00

RSVP to Carol Powel @l


Thank You for your Service!
November 11 Live @ Hilton
Honoring Our SMRC Veterans

Appreciating and honoring our U.S. military veterans who courageously served our country.
Our Rotarian Veterans: Michael Cates, Stan Fox, Richard Lombari, Monty McCormick, John McIntire, Jim Menzies, Robert Sullivan & Russ Warner.
Presenter: Jere Romano
CA State Commander American Legion & Police Sergeant
for Santa Monica College
 – (2013 Medal of Courage recipient for active shooter)

Host Rotarian Introducer: Felix Crown 

USC vs. UCLA to be or not to be?

NOVEMBER 18 @ Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club
1210 Fourth Street 90401 – Parking in City
Join us for a tailgate party!

To be or not to be…that is the BIG FOOTBALL question!
Josh Rebhotz, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, UCLA
Antonio Morales, covers USC football for the New York Times
Vince Evans, former NFL Football player for the Chicago Bears
Moderator: Bob Klein
Host Rotarian Introducer: Bill Powell

Movember is Back!

The goals are to raise awareness and raise money too.

The Movember organization focuses mainly on mens mental health. The goal at Rotary is to raise awareness for mens and woman’s mental health. This will be our 3rd year participating..

From Movember – WELCOME BACK Rotary Club of Santa Monica
It’s great to see you again. You’ve repped us proudly in the past, raising $4,615 for men’s health over your Mo career.  Nice work!

Last year, you received 19 donations, totaling $2,615. ($1600 from Rotary in 2021) )

Those funds have helped change and save lives, not to mention the men’s health awareness you helped spread among your friends and family. We can’t wait to see you take on Movember 2022. Go hard and have fun.

Here is the plan…

The 1200 mile goal is to get 20 members to move 60 miles during the month, to raise awareness of the 60 men that die each hour 
globally due to suicide. We actually averaged over 80 miles per member participating in 2021 for a total of 1619 miles..

1. Nov 1 start – ends Nov 30.

2. Rotary Members can participate by “moving” and/or donating money on the site.

3. We will have a Mustache contest again. Year 1 winner Mitch Kraus, Year 2 Tom Larmore.

4. Report all Movements/Activity to John Bartlett at.

Conversion Key…

  • Walking / running 1mi = 1mi
  • Cycling 3mi = 1mi
  • Workout 20 mins = 1mi
  • Swimming 1 mi = 3mi

Let’s always be aware of the importance of mental health.
Movember needs financial support too. You can contribute at any time between 11/1 and 11/30/2022

To visit our team page or make a financial donation, use the link below.


Become a Holiday Angel and help families in need
(in partnership with Connections For Children)

Donate unused & unwrapped toys for ages 0-18 years old (ages 13-18 preferred – gift cards, make-up sets, board games, sports equipment, accessories, and technology).
1.    Drop toys off at the December 2 and December 9 Rotary meetings or bring to the volunteer event at the CFC office on December 10.
2.    OR contact Karla Guerra (, 310-452-3325 x276) to schedule a time for the collected toys to be picked up or dropped off to the Connections for Children office.
3.    OR purchase from the CFC Amazon Wish List:

1.    Saturday, December 10 (9:00am-noon): Help sort the donated toys and fill bags with what each family requested!
2.    Saturday, December 17: (10:30am-12:30pm): Help hand out gifts to families.
Note: If you cannot make this time, gift distribution will also occur Friday 12/16 from 12-5pm and on Saturday 12/17 from 9am-5pm.

Where: The CFC office at 5901 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles

Thank you for helping to put a smile on a child’s face during the holiday season! For questions or to sign up, please email Also, please let Connections for Children know directly with this link: RSVP for Holiday Angels.




Nov 10th- Book Club Meeting  “Old Glory: An American Voyage” by Jonathan Raban

The author of Bad Land realizes a lifelong dream as he navigates the waters of the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat, producing yet another masterpiece of contemporary American travel writing. In the course of his voyage, Raban records the mercurial caprices of the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland’s estrangement from America’s capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past. Witty, elegiac, and magnificently erudite, Old Glory is as filled with strong currents as the Mississippi itself.

December 2nd & 9th – Toy Drive

December 6th – First Tuesday @Solidarity

December 10th – Holiday Party @ Kathy Dracup’s House

December 10th & 17th – Sort Toys @ Connections for Children

December 16th – Holiday Ugly Sweater & Best Dressed Contest live@Hilton 

MAR 4th – Wine and Food Festival 2023- more details to come. Purchase your raffle tickets now.  See Karin Wallerstein or Kera Blades Snell.

MAR 16- 23rd -District Humanitarian Trip to Belize

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Purchase Your Concert Tickets

VIP Tables (stage level): $1,000 (seats 4)
Lower Balcony: $200/seat
Upper Balcony (lower tier): $125/seat
Upper Balcony (higher tier): $75/seat
A limited number of tickets are available at each price point- purchase your concert tickets early before they sell out!

Backstage Pass: We have a limited number of Backstage Passes for $500 each (in addition to the purchase of a concert ticket). If you are interested, contact Leon Nixon at

View the seating chart for pricing tiers.

Credit card payment is the fastest way to purchase your concert tickets. You may pay via check, but payment MUST be received within 7 days of ticket reservation or the order will be cancelled.


MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 586, Santa Monica CA 90406