A good deal of our Rotary experience is developing strong personal relationships.  Check out the following stories to see us making friends and having fun!


Solstice Canyon Hike - October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013, Larry Maher led Rotarians and their guests hiking the Solstice Canyon Trail

While hiking through beautiful scenery, observed were waterfalls and water pools. It was amazing to see that water was still running at this time of year!

Along the way, Eric Schmitter explained the natural California Oak trees are several hundreds of years old.

The group explored the ruins of interesting architecture. First was the Robert’s Ranch House, which was destroyed during the 1982 fire. Then, the remains of old Keller Hunting Lodge, one of the oldest standing stone structures in the local area. 

Upon completing the two hour hike, they enjoyed a casual lunch nearby at the Malibu Seafood Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


International Wine & Jazz Festival - October 6, 2013

Sunday's International Wine & Jazz Festival at the
Annenberg Community Beach House was a big hit!

Committee Chair Ken Waltzer and committee sub-chairs Suzan Allbritton (Ticket Sales), Daniel Bennett (Sponsors), Donna Byrd (Auction Donations), Andrea Gressinger (Hospitality), and Len Lanzi (Ticket Sales) planned and organized a fun and fanciful event!

Special thank you's go to our generous sponsors!

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
BBPR, Inc.
Sharon & Andy Gavin
Kenfield Capital Strategies
Quigley & Miron
Rick Cunningham
Judy Neveau
George & Pat Collins
Agency Capital Partners
Gressinger Group
Monte Herring

The International Wine & Jazz Festival is an annual community event and fundraiser for local and international service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation. The event featured dozens of wines from around the world, scrumptious food from Fig, jazz tunes from Crossroads Ensemble, and fantastic donated items were auctioned to raise funds for international and community service projects.

Thankfully, no notice of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica being banned from Riviera Country Club has reached this desk.

School of ROCK! - August 9, 2013

The August 9, 2013, set performed by School of Rock! students shook the house. Many were grooving in their chairs, and George Collins even got PP Judy Neveau up out of her seat to bust a move on the floor.
We're An American Band by Grand Funk Railroad
Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder
Long Time by Boston
Bottoms Up by Van Halen
Crazy On You by Heart

Vocals - Taylor Schonbuch
Guitar  - Chad Warren
Guitar  - Robert Heckerman
Guitar  - Jonah Feingold
Guitar  - Josh Hayes
Guitar  - Michael Edwards
Bass    - Nolan Barbee
Drums - Ryley O'Blanca
We want to both thank and congratulate the entire band and School of Rock's General Manager Kelly Scutchfield and Music Director Ryan Schiff for a fantastic performance.

11th Annual Food and Song Festival - April 28, 2013

The Eleventh Annual Food and Song Festival was held at the home of Tom and Stephanie Loo in Malibu on Sunday, April 28, 2013.  Over 250 Rotarians and Guests enjoyed an afternoon of foods and beverages from around the world.  Live entertainment from Rotary members and invited artists played throughout the afterward.  The Festival also offered activities for children and young adults by the Broadway Gym. Special guests included the GSE Team from Japan and members of the Santa Monica Rotaract Club.


Rotary Reads - March 6, 2013

Our Rotary Reads project was a great success this year. Forty-six Rotarians volunteered to read in 58 K-3 classrooms at eight of the local elementary schools (Edison Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Grant Elementary, McKinley Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and SMASH). The Rotarians also discussed their career pathways with the students. The accompanying photo from Roosevelt is just one of the thank you messages we received from the schools.

Books are also donated to the school libraries. Our initial book budget this year was $2000, but we received a matching district grant that resulted in a total budget of $4500 for books. We were able to donate 52 books to each of the seven elementary school libraries, a total of 364 books. These books were greatly appreciated. One school, for example, indicated they had no budget for books this year so the donation of these books made a big difference to the school.

Our Holiday Luncheon - December 14, 2013

Our 21st meeting of the 91st year of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica

Lots of guests today and lots of love! We had a great time and the Carlthorp School Children's Chorus, including 60 students from grades 1 to 6, came and sang for us! Even Santa showed up with gifts!! Please enjoy our photo round up.


Upward Bound House Home Makeover - March 2012

Puerto Rico District Humanitarian Trip - February 2012

February 8th - 13th, 130 Rotarians and friends from District 5280 teamed up with District 7000 Rotarians in Puerto Rico for our annual District Trip where we conducted 13 humanitarian projects.

We had 16 Rotarians and friends from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and we sponsored two of the projects - kitchen equipment for a deaf children's school and the trip's main project distributing 110 wheelchairs. 

We also had some fun while we were there.  Several visited Bacardi to do some quality control, went on an ATV tour and even a little zip-lining.  Prez David almost got stuck in the old jail....