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Get your tickets today for the

Rotary Club of Santa Monica

10th Annual International Wine and Food Festival

by clicking HERE!


The event will be Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at Playa studios!

There will be wine tasting, live music, live and silent auctions, and a twilight buffet provided by Fig Restaurant, Santa Monica!


We look forward to seeing you there!

Chairs, Andrea Gressinger and Vicky Curtis, and all the Wine & Food Committee


Rotary Community & Youth Grants Money Put to Good Use


We got a great and grateful report back from Talitha Phillips at Claris Health on the grant we gave them in December of 2016! They have finished the furniture and equipment upgrades to their Support Center, and sent us photos to show how beautiful everything turned out!



August 25th brought a wonderful meeting, with speaker Sam Lagana, voice of the Rams!
Rotarian Nora Bohn introduced our speaker, Sam Lagana. Mr. Lagana has been a guest speaker before, as Executive Vice Chancellor of Pepperdine University. This time, he focused mainly on his new role as the stadium voice of the Los Angeles Rams.
Thank you to Josh Bradburn for greeting and to Eric Schmitter for that wonderful invocation!
And thanks to Ken Waltzer for putting together our musical entertainment, customizing a song just for us...even if he did forget to pass out the song sheets! ;)

Donna Byrd is coordinating silent auction items for our 10th Annual Wine & Food Fest coming up on November 5th! Go and track down some items and get them to Donna!


Our favorite drug dealer, Past President Paul Leoni, got fined for having way too much fun on his recent vacation to Maui, Hawaii! He needed no drugs, legal or otherwise, to enjoy a wonderful time away.

National Banana Split Day!

Thanks to Chef Michael Fonder for creating the perfect desert station for National Banana Split Day! He dished up the ice cream, and the rest was up to you!
On August 18th we enjoyed a great meeting! Our speaker was the Deputy Consul General of France, President Tom doled out some wicked fines, and we had some wonderful guests! 
President Tom welcomed our speaker, Matthieu Clouvel, Deputy Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He shared some observations about the recent French election and the continuing Brexit issue.
Josh Bradburn, our Guest Introducer for the day, exchanged banners with Maya Bendiherad from the Amiraute Algeria club...
And with Phil Hirschberg from Caldwell, New Jersey, who returned to visit again!



Sharon Perlmutter Gavin was fined for her terrific vacation with her family on a Disney Cruise!




Past President Dick Lawrence was fined a tiny amount for the big honor of his upcoming tribute by Downtown Santa Monica Inc.!



Carol & Bill Powell were recognized for their recent fabulous trip to Africa!


And then the tides turned, as Stan Fox interrupted the regular show flow by suggesting that President Tom ought to fine himself for misspelling Sharon Gavin's name in his recent Monday message. President Tom did not argue the matter with Stan and chalked it up to "no good turn goes unpunished."  We all appreciate his Monday messages, but he'd better get everyone's name right or this could be an expensive year.

The new leaders of the Interact Club at Brentwood School were the guests of Bill Buxton: Lauren Reichwald and Emery Bolkin. We are so proud of our young people!
Thanks to Past President Judy Neveau who stressed the importance of sponsoring and buying tickets for our one big fundraiser of the year, our 10th Annual International Wine Fest! Want to go? Buy tickets by clicking HERE! 
Thank you also to Deborah Williams for providing a wonderful invocation!
And to Vicky Curtis, for being the President's Pick this week!

Nooo, don't go!

Sad to say, Bill Wood returned so that he could bid us all a fond farewell and express how much the club has meant to him.  He is retiring as pastor of First Presbyterian Church and is moving to Ashland, Oregon. Patricia Farris and Judy Neveau, along with all of us, hate to see him go but wish him the best up North!
August 11th was another wonderful day at Rotary! We gave away more money, heard a great speaker, celebrated birthdays and elephants, and had some very interesting guests!
From left to right: the good Reverend Joe Metoyer, his guest AJ Ali whose current documentary film, "Walking While Black:  L.O.V.E. is the Answer," addresses the challenges of police-community relations, our speaker Ken Morris, who is the descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, and is President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and our Past President and Mr. Santa Monica Nat Trives. 
Ken Morris' educational program about modern-day slavery is right in line with Rosie Regalbuto's leadership for our Rotary peace and justice program.
Boo-hoo! We bid a fond farewell to Kathy Shepard, one of our most active members, who is relocating to Las Vegas. Best wishes to you Kathy!
Josh Bradburn was recognized and fined for completing his certification as a personal financial advisor. Congrats Josh!

We love giving away money for good causes!

Why was Bill Buxton so happy to bring his son to the Rotary meeting?


Will Buxton was there to receive a grant from President-Elect Mitchell Kraus! The Brentwood Interact Club is working with homeless veterans at the West LA VA campus and the grant is for program equipment. One of Mitch's favorite duties is to dispense Community & Youth Grants!

Grace Cheng Braun's guests were Celia Brugman and her mother, Astrid. Astrid is from Uruguay and her uncle was a Rotary Club founder and a District Governor in Uruguay.
Past President Judy Neveau's guest was Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, President & Superintendent of Santa Monica College!
Milesh Bandekar, who came as the guest of Vlado Valkof, is in the process of founding a Rotary club in Dubai.
Fun Stuff!
President Tom Larmore can't help but bring the music to the meetings!
Happy Elephant Day!
Executive Secretary Savi showed off the cutest plush elephant you've ever seen, and President Tom got a $150 donation for it!
Some serious thought is going into the possible formation of a new committee...The Short Stuff Committee!  Suzan Allbritton and Barb Bishop invited photographer Iao Katagiri to join.
President Tom thanked Chef Mike Fonder for the outstanding buffets being provided!

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

Birthday boys and girls included Roger Davis, Suzan Allbritton, Myles Pritchard, Jillian Alexander, Pam Brady, Jay Smith, Charlie Follette, and Susan Gabriel Potter. Thanks to our Birthday Committee for always doing such a wonderful job with birthdays!
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Rotary Club of Santa Monica
P.O. Box 586
Santa Monica, CA 90406
(310) 917-3313

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Upcoming Programs
Dr. Saccone of Kaiser Permanente
Sep 22, 2017
Health Care Innovation
Craft Talks
Sep 29, 2017
2 New Members Tell Their Life Story
David Travers @Jonathan Club
Oct 06, 2017
Current Trends in Tech Start Up Companies
Jackson Varady
Oct 13, 2017
How to be Happy: The Art & Science of Turning Blahs Into Aahs
Guido Hajenius
Oct 20, 2017
Ending Child Exploitation in Los Angeles
Marilyn Snee
Oct 27, 2017
DARK for Wine Fest
Nov 03, 2017
Captain Chris D. Janke
Nov 10, 2017
Veterans Day
Nov 17, 2017
Joint Mtg. with Westwood Rotary

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