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1707 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Club Office: (310) 917-3313 RotaryClubofSantaMonica@verizon.net

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Mailing Address: PO Box 586, Santa Monica CA, 90406

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The Rotary Club of Santa Monica Invites Applications for Community and Youth Grants -
Non-Profits Apply Now!!
Deadline March 23rd!!

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community. 


Grant applications are due by March 23, 2018 for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $3,500. Funds may be requested for use in construction and equipment purchases. Funds are not available for annual operational needs or special events. 


Applications and instructions can be obtained by contacting the Rotary Club of Santa Monica at: 

(310) 917-3313 or RotaryClubofSantaMonica@Verizon.net, or download from the Rotary Club website at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/7943/SitePage/community-youth-grants.


Organizations must provide proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) status and be able to verify that the funds benefit the community of Santa Monica or address the needs of the less fortunate in Santa Monica. 
February 2nd was a great day! We heard speaker Andrea Quintero from Pepperdine University, we gave away lots of money, we drank champagne thanks to our Santa Monica Rotary Past Presidents, and we celebrated our Executive Secretary's 10 year anniversary working for the club!
We love giving away money from our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation!
Monte Herring (middle) presented a check to Chris Baca and Kevin McNulty of Meals on Wheels!
And Dick Lawrence presented a check to Linda Greenberg, Executive Director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation!
President Tom Larmore and Past President Paul Gaulke welcomed speaker Andrea Quintero from Pepperdine University, who spoke on Illusions and Mindfulness!  
We toasted Charlie Follette for his extraordinary individual effort to secure financial aid from both District 5280 and the Santa Monica Rotary Club for a young man who will go to LA Tech to earn a trade certification!
Thank you to our Past Presidents for sponsoring our Champagne Reception!
Monty McCormick was especially joyous! And thank you to Tammy Andrews and Josh Bradburn for being our greeters at the door!
Laurel Rosen, Len Lanzi and Ann Greenspun were having a marvelous time catching up!
And this fine line of gentlemen were having a blast! Thank you Tom Woods, Bill Dawson, Drew Fleming and Timur Berberoglu for always bringing the fun!
10 years? What?!
Executive Savi Labensart surprised the club with a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of her employment with the club! She decorated the tables with roses and chocolate, and passed out prizes to the winners of her Savi's Surprise Challenge, which we found out was part of the celebration all along! In her announcement, she professed her profound gratitude and love for her Rotary family!
Savi's Surprise Challenge Winners!!
Among the winners of the contest were President-Elect Mitchell Kraus, who was overjoyed with his veggie spaghetti maker!
He and RoseMary Regalbuto tied in First Place!! Rosie was super excited about her blue glass champagne flutes!
Lisa Alexander came in at Second Place!
And Timur Berberoglu a close Third Place! As the winners were encouraged to choose from a selection of prizes that Savi set out on the head table, Timur initially decided the Club President's Bell was up for grabs...
but was persuaded to trade it in for a more useful prize!
Thank you as always to our song leaders, who diligently put together the music for each week!
This time Barb Bishop took the mic, accompanied by the ever-dependable Ken Waltzer!
It was such a wonderful meeting! Thanks to all who made it possible!
On January 26th we had a great speaker, gave away lots of money, celebrated birthdays, and competed in the National Big Wig Day Competition!
David Orth-Moore, Senior Advisor on Africa for the Catholic Relief Services, was brought to Rotary by Vice President, Bill Powell. David and Bill have been working to fund a water project in El Salvador, and by vote of our board of directors, our club will be donating a large sum of money to help in these efforts!
We love giving away money to charities in need! Past President Connie Maguire and Assistant District Governor Guity Javid presented a check to Dollies Making a Difference...  
And Melissa Dagodag presented a check to Josephine Moerschel, Executive Director of Elemental Music!
Happy birthday, Rotarians!
We celebrate you, Russ Warner, Timur Berberoglu, President-Elect Mitchell Kraus, Past President Connie Maguire, Bill Dawson, Past President Judy Neveau, President Tom Larmore, and Larry Maher!
National Big Wig Day!
It was fun to participate in our wiggy themed day! Past President Judy Neveau convinced her guest Lauren to come in style as well! 
Stan Fox took it to a literal level. Great mop, Stan!
President Trump even showed up!
Wait, no, that's our President-Elect Mitchell Kraus!
Mitch, after being president of Rotary, you should give it a shot in the White House! You got the right hair! 
Charlie Follette found it difficult to have a serious conversation with President Tom Larmore, judge in chief!  
But the winner of it all was the fabulous Larry "Alice Cooper" Maher!!
Co-judge with President Tom, Executive Secretary Savi Labensart, congratulated Larry on his achievement! Larry, you should really consider this as a permanent look!
It was such a great meeting! Thanks to all who made it possible!
On January 20th Rotarians participated with the Healthy Living Committee in a Santa Monica Historical Walk!
A walking tour of historic buildings and locations in the downtown core of Santa Monica drew a group of history buffs from Rotary including Greg Abrams, Larry Maher, Alan & Vala Glick, David Rosenfeld, Eric Schmitter, Timur & Melissa Berberoglu!
A knowledgeable docent from the Santa Monica Conservancy provided fascinating facts and stories about buildings that most of us drive or walk by regularly but didn't know anything about them.
January 19th brought us a wonderful day! We had speaker Geoffrey Cowan talking on campaigns and elections, a lot of fun guests, and a great time with Savi's Surprise Challenge!
Larry Mortorff took charge of introducing our speaker Geoffrey Cowan! Geoff talked about his innovation at the 1968 Democratic Convention that changed the way the Democratic Party organized its state primary system, and brought some Teddy Roosevelt "presidential campaign" buttons!
Thank you to Bill Dawson and Past President Judy Neveau for greeting at the door! Their first victim was President Tom Larmore. :)  
Thanks also to Ken Waltzer (and Timur Berberoglu, not pictured) for providing the music for the day!
We appreciate John Miller for introducing all our visiting Rotarians and guests! Sylvan Berg from Bonn, Germany apologized that he did not have a banner from his club.  The global environment conference in Bonn drew about 20,000 people, some of them Rotarians who visited his club and depleted their banner supply.
Diane Margolin invited her friends Frances Bilak and JR Dzubak, both from the Beverly Hills Club, to join us. Frances was the highest bidder ($200) for an autographed book by our speaker! Geoff Cowan donated the book so that the club could put a little money into our Santa Monica Rotary Foundation. Frances got one of Geoff's Roosevelt pins, too!
Savi was at it again, with the help of President Tom, torturing the membership with silly games. :) 
Members had to guess someone's name and occupation...
Tom Woods was asked to stand so RoseMary Regalbuto could try and guess who he was and what he did...
and she got it all right! Killer job, Rosie!  
Welcome back to another of our nearest and dearest!
We were so happy to welcome back Russ Warner, who has been on an extended medical leave of absence!
Thanks to the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel for entertaining our themed days once again, with National Popcorn Day!!
It was such a nice meeting! Thanks to all who made it possible!
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Rotary Club of Santa Monica
P.O. Box 586
Santa Monica, CA 90406
(310) 917-3313

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Savi Labensart

Iao Katagiri

Upcoming Programs
Frank Gruber (Champagne at 11:30am!)
Mar 23, 2018
Santa Monica in 2018
DARK for Easter
Mar 30, 2018
Nelson Davis
Apr 06, 2018
The Wisdom of 1,000 Entrepreneurs
Judge Amy D. Hogue @Shutters
Apr 13, 2018
Los Angeles Superior Court: 400 judges serving 10 million constituents
Douglas Black
Apr 20, 2018
CRISPR Genetics
4 Way Test
Apr 27, 2018
Honor a SM Citizen
May 04, 2018
DARK for Food Fest on Sunday
Food Fest Sunday!!
May 06, 2018
Gather at Tom Loo's for a Feast!
Fr. Greg Boyle on Thursday Night!
May 10, 2018
Home Boy Industries

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