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1707 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

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Rotarians attended the District Breakfast on January 9, 2018, where they enjoyed a buffet breakfast and a fabulous speaker!
Attendees consisted of Mike Cates, Past President Judy Neveau, Pat Johnston, Daniel Bennett, Executive Secretary Savi Labensart, Past President George Collins, President Tom Larmore, and Russ Warner.
The speaker was John Mulchaey, the Director of Carnegie Observatories, who talked about astronomy, the big bang, the vastness of the universe, and what we are made out of! It was fascinating! 
In this pinch of space is 3,000 galaxies, each with a trillion planets, all 8 to 10 billion years ago! 
On Thanksgiving Day we provided a hot turkey feast for over 60 Santa Monica Police Officers on duty!
Volunteers helped set-up, serve in this buffet line, and clean up at the end! This was the traditional utensil salute to the public safety employees who work on the holiday to keep the community safe! Thank you to all our volunteers and to the Jonathan Club on the Beach for donating all the food!!  Pictured here: Iao Katagiri, President-Elect Mitchell Kraus and his son Zachary, Vlado Valkof, Bill Dawson, Nora Bohn, John Gorman, John Zurik, Past President Judy Neveau, Paul Leoni, Alan Glick, President Tom Larmore, Lisa Alexander, Erik & Nancy Jorgensborg, Jillian Alexander, co-chair Past President Dee Menzies, Bill Powell, John Dracup, and co-chair Jim Menzies.
These amazing people serve and protect our community every day, and we are so thankful for them! Especially thankful were Rotarian Monte Herring and Rolenta Sibarami, who somehow snuck into this officer shot! :)
New Member John Dracup set up the drink station!
And Bill Powell filled the warming trays with water! 
Alan Glick dragged his friend John Zurik out to the event to pitch in!
Eric Schmitter brought his wife Marilyn and their son Jacob!
And Roger Davis brought a huge crew...his daughter Grace, son Clayton, wife Joy, and mother Kathleen Craig who was visiting for the holiday from Jackson, Mississippi!
It was great to see Past President Judy Neveau and President Tom Larmore!
The Apron Ladies were in full swing...Past President and Co-Chair Dee Menzies even has a Rotary apron! She was joined by Lisa Alexander, Judy Neveau and Nora Bohn!
We also had a four-legged visitor that day! No, this isn't one of the Santa Monica Police Departments K-9 unit. :)


The officers shared with us that they look forward to this every year!



It's not only the great food, but the friendly Rotary servers! 



Lt. Bob Almada thanked photographer Rotarian Iao Katagiri and all the Rotarians who stood their posts on Thanksgiving!
Nora Bohn was impressed with the greeting cards made by Carlthorp School students for the officers!
Along with serving food, Roger Davis helped SMPD's Suzie Kim to decorate a tree in the lobby! 

Thank you again to all our volunteers, especially to co-chairs Dee & Jim Menzies, who have successfully run this event for many years now!

Pictured here: Lisa Alexander and John Gorman, along with co-chairs, Past President Dee Menzies & Jim Menzies

November 17th was our Joint Rotary Meeting with the Westwood Village Rotary Club celebrating the USC/UCLA Rivalry! We had many wonderful guests, celebrated sports, and also gave away money to charities!
Cheerleaders from both sides had fun revving up the crowd...though those USC girls look a little older than we remember them being! Funny, we couldn't find Chuck Husting, Greg Hargrave, Bill Powell, Paul Leoni, Dick Lawrence and Tom Loo when these girls came out to dance!
Speaker and former USC football great, John Jackson, is now a broadcaster for ESPN Radio!
Tom Barron is the president of the Westwood Village Club, and he introduced speaker and former UCLA football defensive star Bruce Davis. He and Rick Moselle were delighted to give Bruce a warm UCLA welcome!
President Tom Larmore thanked Bob Klein, Rotary member, and speaker, for helping to set up this event and for speaking! Bob is a former All-American tight end for USC and former All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams and the then San Diego Chargers!


Thank you to our amazing decorating committee, Diane Margolin, Donna Byrd, and Susan Gabriel Potter, who made the room look fabulous!!


None of this USC-UCLA drivel for Billy Howard, Jr. and Roger Davis, our Mississippi men. They know what the REAL BIG GAME is all about!


We love having guests!
It was great having the Westwood Village Rotary members with us, including Bill Goodwyn and John O'Keefe!
Assistant District Governor Karen Greenberg visited with us. She heard a rumor about the USC-UCLA meeting and was not disappointed!

Charitable Giving!!
Past President David Bohn presented a check to the Westside Ballet, represented by Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein and Caprice Walker!


All in all, it was an incredibly fun day!! Thanks to all who made it possible!
We honored Veteran's Day on November 10th, with speaker Captain Chris Janke, US Navy! We recognized members who are vets, welcomed some special guests, celebrated birthdays, and more!
Captain Janke was honored to meet Jim Reidy, US Marine Corp Vet, Submariner Monte Herring, US Navy Vet, and all our Rotarian Veterans...
Even the grumpy ones, like Bob Sullivan! :)
Past President Dee Menzies Co-Chairs the Honor the Police at Thanksgiving event and let everybody know the details for this year!
Thanks to Dick Lawrence, vet of the Army National Guard Reserves, for greeting Jim Menzies, US Army & Air Force, and everybody else at the door! 
Ken Waltzer and Executive Secretary Savi prepare to sing each of the military anthems!
Our newest member, a transfer from Northern CA, is a vet as well, with the US Army!

We love having GUESTS!

It was great to have Gert Gremes, from Northern Italy, return for a visit! He sits here with Billy Howard who has been away on leave and we are so happy to have him back!


We had some really nice prospective members visiting, including Jalal Away, introduced by President-Elect Mitchell Kraus...



and Agnes Wang, introduced by Membership Co-Chair Roger Davis. 


Thank you to our Wine Fest Committee!

President Tom presented bouquets and bottles of wine to the Rotarians who worked so hard to make the Nov. 5th event a success! Among the tireless volunteers were Co-chairs Andrea Gressinger and Vicky Curtis, Suzan Allbritton, Nick Goehner, Carol & Bill Powell, and Iao Katagiri! Iao, in her typical "angel behind the scenes" way, produced the background visual aids for the event and live auction, along with taking all the event photographs!


Dick Lawrence was called upon to explain his amazing Flower Child costume that he wore at his bank on Halloween!
The real question is...did he buy this at the store, or find it in the back of his closet?? It was made for him!

Happy birthday, Rotarians!
We celebrated November and December birthdays, including Susan Annett, Monte McCormick, Bob Sullivan, Past President Dee Menzies, Andrea Gressinger, and Vicky Curtis!

Thank you again to our speaker, and to Deborah Williams and President Tom for arranging for him to be there!
President Tom asked member vets to stand and receive the appreciation of fellow members for their service. There was loud and boisterous applause!
Our 10th Annual International Wine & Jazz Fest was amazing and a huge success!! Fun was had by all, and much money was raised for our service projects! 
Rotarians and guests alike were in good spirits as they tasted wine, ate delicious food donated by Fig Restaurant, listened to the live jazz band, and participated in the live and silent auction to raise money for our club service projects!!
Here Lisa Alexander, John Gorman, and other guests toast to the day!
Gale Miron definitely had a great time! She attended with her husband John and son Justin.
There were so many great auction items! Carol Powell, Mike & Mary Cates, and David Bohn can attest.
President Tom Larmore and Wine Fest Co-Chair Andrea Gressinger kicked off the presentation and auction! 
So many smiling faces!

So many people to thank!
Thank you to Larry Snyder, our auctioneer, and to Rotarian Iao Katagiri, our amazing photographer!
We had a wonderful crew of volunteers from the Santa Monica Junior Chamber, thanks to President Magdalena Davis and all our Jaycees volunteers! Maggie's celebrating here with Jeff Darrow.
Thanks to the awesome jazz band led by pianist George Kahn!
Len Lanzi must have been in shock that Matthew Lehman and Fig Restaurant donated all the tasty food for the event! Thank you Matthew!!
We are so grateful to all those on the Wine Fest committee!! Ken & Jennifer Waltzer are always such huge help!

To the Wine Fest Committee and Chairs, Andrea Gressinger and Vicky Curtis, thank you so much!! Your hard work and determination is what drives this event, and we are so grateful!!

This event benefits our service endeavors, including World Community Service, Community & Youth Grants, Rotary Day of Service, Scholarships, youth programs, and much more!

Not all numbers are in yet, but it looks like between sponsorships, ads, lottery ticket purchases, and the live and silent auction, we raised almost $100,000 this year!!
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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
David Orth-Moore
Jan 26, 2018
Andrea Quintero
Feb 02, 2018
Gene Sykes @Shutters
Feb 09, 2018
LAOOC 2028 - LA Hosts Olympics in 2028
DARK for President's Day
Feb 16, 2018
Monika White
Feb 23, 2018
Living to 100
Literacy Day/Dr. Bonnie Buratti
Mar 02, 2018
Cassini's Grand Finale: a Good Spacecraft Goes to Heaven
Craft Talks
Mar 09, 2018
Come hear 2 new members tell their life story in 10-12 minutes!
Dr. Alan Gaveck
Mar 16, 2018
Fact vs Myth of Stemcells
4 Way Test
Mar 23, 2018
Honor a SM Citizen

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