Rota-Monica Newsletter
Rotary Club President's Message
Joe Metoyer
Now is the time for each Rotarian to focus and ask what you can do to make our Signature Fundraiser Event – The International Food and Wine Festival a true success. We have printed brochures and made them available for you to give to potential sponsors, and to invite your friends and companies you do business with to purchase tickets. The brochures are available at weekly lunches, and they contain a list of the organizations our Club has supported and offers contact information with email addresses for us to follow up and answer more questions.
15th Annual Wine & Food Festival

Check out this creative video Vicky Curtis created. Make sure you share it with your friends and family!


Reflections from educator, husband and father

Fri Jan 20th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Join us as we hear from Dr. Michael Matthews

Pulling from his four decades of experience as a , public school teacher and leader, his experiences as a son, a father, and a husband, and his efforts to create a legacy by sharing stories, Dr. Matthews will share challenges, successes, lighter moments, and other reflections on trying to make the most out of our limited time in this life.

Dr. Matthews blog is at

Host Rotarian Introducer: Erik Jorgensborg

PROGRAM January 27 _  ZOOM

Bending Toward the Sun: A Discussion of Tragedy, Healing and Hope – ZOOM Meeting

 Rita Lurie was five years old when she was forced to flee her home in Poland to hide from the Nazis. After enduring unspeakable tragedy, she and her family eventually moved to America, where Rita built a family of her own. She and her daughter, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, co-authored a book which brings together the stories of Rita, Leslie, and Leslie’s daughter, Mikaela, and reveals how deeply the Holocaust lives in the hearts and minds of survivors and their descendants.

Host Rotarian Introducer:  Sharon Gavin Perlmutter


Come join your fellow Rotarians for our RCSM January Get Together!

CHILI COOKOFF/CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL PARTY will be held on January 29th at DonnaByrd’s home, 10369 Glenbarr Ave, Los Angeles 90064

The party starts at 1PM with the AFC Championship game and will end about 6:30 after the NFC Championship game. We will have a big screen TV to watch the games as well as the Chili Cookoff.  Whip up a batch of your famous (or infamous) chili to share with the gang.  There will be PRIZES in two categories – best overall chili and best vegetarian chili.  If you don’t bring chili, please bring some cookies for dessert (any favorite cookies are welcome including Oreos!)

There is NO COSTDonna is sponsoring the event and will provide drinks and snacks.  This is a Rotarian plus one event and we do need RSVP’s no later than January 27th to plan the refreshments.  Email at rsvp



January 29th  – Football Party/Chili Cookoff at Donna Byrd‘s house

February 2nd – Deadline for clothing donation for Belize

February 7th – First Tuesday @Osteria del Fornaio

Februay 9th – Book Club – Live Meeting at Karin Wallerstein‘s house.  We are reading “The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise” by David K. Randall

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

March 16- 23rd –District Humanitarian Trip to Belize

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

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