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On July 7th, we started off the new Rotary year with a new Rotary president, and a new home base location, the DoubleTree by Hilton!
These gentlemen came ready to celebrate! Bill Dawson, President Tom Larmore, and Past President Paul Gaulke came early for the Champagne Reception, sponsored by Tom himself through his company Harding, Larmore, Kutcher, and Kozal LLC!
Everybody was excited about Strawberry Sundae Day! Especially David Rosenfluttter!
Elvis was in the building!! Can you guess which Rotarian this is??
We also had a lost golfer looking for his first tee! Toto, I have a feeling we're not at the Riviera anymore!!

We had some wonderful guests!!

The Doubletree Hilton General Manager, Brian Murphy, came out to thank us for being there!



Chuck Husting brought his mother, Caroline Husting!




Dick Lawrence brought his son Tod Lawrence, in from Taipei Taiwan!



And our Assistant District Governor Karen Greenburg came to see how the first meeting went! She must have said something funny because Past President David Bohn looks like he's choking back a guffaw! :)


President Tom Larmore ran into a few folks he wasn't expecting... 


Like his elementary school teacher!And his coach! They all told of how much trouble Tom was in his youth, but decidedly perfect for Rotary presidency!  



It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces!
We love seeing Dick Hart at the meetings,
along with Past Presidents Carol Jackson and Dee Menzies,
Brian Linnekens and Monty McCormick,
Nick Goehner,
and Lisa Alexander, who said it took her under 20 minutes to walk there from work and she plans to do so regularly!

Thank you to our amazing speaker, Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent of our Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District!

Dr. Drati spoke eloquently and with passion for the unification of education and the growth of our young people!

His slideshow was wonderful and succinct!

On June 25th we celebrated the Dethroning of now Past President Connie Maguire and her board, and we inducted our incoming President Tom Larmore and his board! It was a wild party at Sonny McLean's Irish Pub, put together by Mitchell Kraus...Thank you so much Mitch!!
Congrats to Past President Connie Maguire for all the accomplishments achieved over the last year! Slainte!!
Good luck to President Tom Larmore, who holds the Presidential Gavel of Power! We are all rooting for you!!




President Connie Maguire gave out medals and awards all evening...I'm sure Past President Tom Loo's medal was for most Irish for the night!





Congrats to Donna Byrd, who received one of Connie's Presidential Awards...



and to Larry Maher for receiving the Esther Johnson "Spirit of Rotary" Award!  



Reverend Joe Metoyer was our invocator for the evening, and also received a medal!


Past President Jack Gregory and his sweet wife Holly had a blast!




So did John McIntire and the lovely Ellen Travis...




RoseMary & Joe Regalbuto...




Monika White and her hubby Roger Goodman...




and these two beauties, Cindy Heydt and Suzan Allbritton!



Avo Guerboian brought his Kiwanian father Eddie Guerboian to rile up the club while they put on a fun skit! They had a great time socializing with Nora and Paul Bohn!

Thank you to the fabulous Irish band that played all our Irish favorites and much more!

The band consisted of Steve Shapiro, Joyce Pan, Emil Olguin and John McKenna!
Bill & Carol Powell will be President Tom's right and left hand man and woman, being the incoming VP of Committees and Secretary! Give 'em hell, you guys...and dang, great jackets in this pic!
On June 16th, we had a bittersweet day...our last day at the Riviera Country Club! Despite our sadness in having to leave, we still had a wonderful meeting, and the staff sent us off with a phenomenal meal! And, we sent others off with lots of money...
Melissa Dagodag and our Community & Youth Grants Committee presented checks to Renee Opell of Back on My Feet, and Oscar de la Torre of the Pico Youth & Family Center!
Past Presidents Dick Lawrence and Nat Trives presented a whopping $15,000 grant to Robert Temple (center), Director of Programs at the Virginia Avenue Park facility of Santa Monica PAL!  The grant will help replace equipment and refurbish PAL's boxing and martial arts gym!
Bill Powell presented a check for over $15,000 to Past President Dee Menzies, chairwoman of our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation, for the money raised at our 95th Anniversary Party in February!
Dee was happy to receive the check and provide a summary of our Foundation's activities over the year!

We had a fabulous speaker!!

Dr. Stephanie Shaner is the head of the addiction medicine department of Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles.  She focused on the epidemic of opioid addition, most of it starting with legitimate prescriptions to manage pain.



Along with it being the last time at the Riviera, this was also the final meeting for President Connie Maguire, who was warmly greeted and congratulated by Myles Pritchard on the great job over the last year!


Some folks have been in Rotary since before we started meeting at the Riviera, almost 40 years ago...like Jim Reidy! 





Along with Bob Baker and his wife, Karen!



And Rotary Past President and Mr. Santa Monica himself, Nat Trives!

Thank you to the Riviera staff for always treating us so well! We will miss you!

The Riviera staff was welcomed to the front of the room so we could heartily applaud them!

 Ken Waltzer closed the lid on the Riviera piano for the last time. We now head off to our new home base, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Santa Monica!

June 9th brought a fun surprise...a musical performance by 17 yr. old singer/songwriter Grace Gunn Davis, daughter of Rotarian and VP of Programs Roger Davis! We also gave away grant money, had a group of visiting Rotarians from Japan, and celebrated birthdays!
Grace sang her heart out, and obviously enjoys sharing the joys of music!
Grace was equally impressive answering questions after performing, being poised and thoughtful in her responses! She stands here with her very supportive family, her parents Roger and Joy, and her brother Clayton.
Steve Litvack presented a check for $2,500 to the Santa Monica Breakfast Club! Accepting the grant was Carla Barrett. Carla's husband, Pat, was a longtime member of our club. The SM Breakfast Club provides free dental and orthodontic work to low-income children!
Thank you to Nora Bohn, who did an excellent job greeting everyone who arrived at the front door, including photographer Iao Katagiri and Vicky Curtis!


We were pleased and honored to have a group of visiting Rotarians from Isesaki, Japan!

President Morita Takashi, President Connie Maguire, and Kurtis Magee exchanged banners.

The eight members of the Isesaki Rotary Club were visiting us on their way to the RI Convention in Atlanta.  Their club has nearly 90 members, and they are located about 90 minutes north of Tokyo.
They were very kind and generous, leaving us with many gifts, including these beautiful bottles of sake, that we decided to auction off at the Wine Festival this fall!


 Very Merry Happy Snappy Birthdays to Jolly Gissell, RoseMary Regalbuto, Sharon Perlmutter Gavin, Erik Jorgensborg, Pat Johnston, Mike Cates, Josh Bradburn, Jim Menzies, Brian Linnekens, Laurel Rosen, Steve Litvack, Eric Schmitter, and David Rosenfeld!! 

Thanks to Donna Byrd and all the Birthday Committee for making everybody feel so special!

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

Each year, the Rotary Club of Santa Monica is pleased to present students with scholarship money for school! Awardees from middle school through community college are invited to our luncheon with their guests to receive their certificates and checks.

Congratulations go to: Stephanie Caroliny da Silva Triska, Orlando Gonzalez Gudino-Guizar, Terrance Ware, Jr., and Dane Cruz from Santa Monica College; Kyle Zolkin, Jaredan Levin, Anna Pack, and Luis Ramirez Hernandez from Santa Monica High School; Olivia Fitzmorris from St. Monica High School; Auriel Pattison from Olympic High School; Anthony Merriweather from New Roads High School; Arely Gil from John Adams Middle School; Amarize Finley from Crossroads Middle School; Anya Nelson from New Roads Middle School
Proud family and friends gather with the awardees, along with our incoming president, Tom Larmore, and the Scholarship Committee Chair, Deborah Williams!
Thank you to Deborah for your amazing work on this project!!
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