Speaker Date Topic
Frank Gruber (Champagne at 11:30am!) Mar 23, 2018
Are All Politics Still Local?
Are All Politics Still Local?

NOTE: 11:30am Champagne Reception this day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica Past Presidents!!

Frank Gruber lives and works (as an entertainment lawyer) in Santa Monica. In the 1990s he became an activist involved in land use issues and other issues there, and then a Planning Commissioner, but he was dropped from the Planning Commission when political opponents won election to the City Council. After that he found his true calling when he wrote, for more than a decade, a weekly column about life and politics in the beach front city for The Santa Monica Lookout News website.

One collection of his columns has been published as a book — Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal. Ben Joravsky, the Chicago Reader columnist who wrote Hoop Dreams, wrote this about the book: “A delightful read, and not just because I agree with much of what Frank Gruber has to say. This book gets to the heart of how local governments work.”

In January 2012 Gruber announced that he was terminating his column so that he could run for the Santa Monica City Council; he ultimately lost elections for the council in both 2012 and 2014. Although since then he has served the City on two commissions, most of his local activism these days consists of occasionally writing about Santa Monica from the safety of his own blog, called The Healthy City Local. Regionally he is the Chair of the Sierra Club’s Los Angeles County Political Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica. He is also on the board of the Jacaranda chamber music series.

Gruber resides in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica with his wife, a professor at USC.

DARK for Easter Mar 30, 2018
Nelson Davis Apr 06, 2018
The Wisdom of 1,000 Entrepreneurs
The Wisdom of 1,000 Entrepreneurs

Nelson Davis is President of Nelson Davis Television Productions and The Making It Institute for the Advancement of Business both based in Los Angeles. He was born in Andalusia, Alabama and grew up in Niagara Falls, New York.  Nelson’s media career began with a high school internship program and part-time announcing job at a local radio station.

Prior to becoming a programming executive for the NBC Network in 1980, Nelson honed his television skills with a variety of projects.  At NBC for 4 years, he moved from Broadcast Standards on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to Director of Daytime Programming for the network.

Nelson began Nelson Davis Television Productions in 1989 with the idea of bringing together special television programming with sponsors who wish to reach a niche audience.  His first weekly series, Making It! Minority Success Stories, is a program focusing on the small business community.  His work has received over thirty awards and commendations from all levels of government and business organizations, including four Emmy Awards.

Before satisfying his entrepreneurial urge and becoming the sole owner of his own business, Mr. Davis was a partner in several small businesses. The first was a Submarine Sandwich shop, “Fat Albert’s”, which grew from one location to a chain of 14 stores. Another was Pioneer Aviation in Van Nuys California, which was a pilot training and aircraft maintenance facility.

In 2009, Nelson launched The Making It! Institute for the Advancement of Business, a 501-c3 not-for-profit corporation. Among the programs that educate, inspire, and place a brighter public spotlight on the small and minority business communities is “Superstars of Small Business.”

Nelson writes a small business blog for the Huffington Post and frequently speaks on the subject of small business and entrepreneurial pursuits. He appears regularly on TV as “The Business Guru.” His speeches have been delivered to audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. They include Edison International, Anheuser-Busch, University of Southern California, the Port of Long Beach, The Edison Institute, and others.

Nelson is committed to combining his knowledge of media and passion for emerging businesses to communicate positive messages and promote economic empowerment. In addition to The Making IT! Institute, Nelson also presently serves with the following community organizations: The Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the National Association of Women Business Owners, The Board of Trustees for National University, and is a Member of Santa Monica College Associates.  Mr. Davis has also been active with Big Brothers.


Judge Amy D. Hogue @Shutters Apr 13, 2018
Los Angeles Superior Court: 400 judges serving 10 million constituents
Los Angeles Superior Court: 400 judges serving 10 million constituents

Judge Hogue was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.  She presently presides in one of three writs and receivers courts in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.  Writs and receivers judges handle emergency applications for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for 45 downtown civil courts.  They are also empowered to issue writs of mandate compelling city, county and state agencies to comply with the law.  In that capacity, they hear challenges to land use decisions, CEQA approvals, AQMD and Regional Water Board decisions, revocations of medical and professional licenses, discipline imposed on police and other government employees, and university student expulsions.  They also adjudicate disputes among branches of the state, county and local governments.    

In 2016, Judge Hogue sat on assignment in the California Court of Appeal where she authored 26 opinions. Before sitting on assignment, Judge Hogue presided in a complex litigation court, adjudicating mass torts, class actions, construction defects, insurance coverage disputes and other cases involving multiple parties or complicated issues.  She began her judicial career presiding over criminal cases. 

Judge Hogue earned her J.D. with Honors from Duke University School of Law, serving on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal.  Before law school, Judge Hogue was a graduate fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and studied at Cambridge University, England, on a Fulbright Scholarship.  A native of Western Pennsylvania, Judge Hogue earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University.  She was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop and co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group when she was appointed to the bench.

Douglas Black Apr 20, 2018
CRISPR Genetics
CRISPR Genetics

Douglas L. Black is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  Dr. Black is an RNA biologist whose work has encompassed a wide range of projects studying the biochemistry of RNA binding proteins and how these regulators affect processes such as neuronal development, tumor progression, and the inflammatory response. These studies have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a variety of private disease foundations, and have resulted in over 80 scientific publications. Dr. Black is a past recipient of fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and the Packard Foundation for Science and Engineering. He serves on the editorial boards for the scientific journals RNA, Genes and Development, and eLife, and has served on numerous advisory boards and grant review panels for the NIH and other funding agencies. He is a past President of the RNA Society, and was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Black earned his B.A. with highest honors in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. Prior to his appointment at UCLA in 1992, he did postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT.


4 Way Test Apr 27, 2018
Honor a SM Citizen
DARK May 04, 2018
DARK for Food Fest on Sunday
Food Fest Sunday!! May 06, 2018
Gather at Tom Loo's for a Feast!
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica Presents
The 2018 International Food & Song Festival!
The Tastes and Tunes of the
Santa Monica Rotary Club
for our families and guests
Sunday, May 6th – 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Food Service – 1:00 PM (No Earlier!)

The Home of Tom and Stephanie Loo

3939 Villa Costera
Malibu, California
Taste culinary dishes and drink from across the globe while listening to live music in a spectacular ocean-view setting!  Bring your favorite ethnic dish or beverage -- think Chinese, Hispanic, Italian, Middle Eastern - the possibilities are endless!  We will have children’s activities hosted by the Broadway Gym.
Enjoy our Live Music
Please let us know what dish and/or beverage you will be bringing! And how many adults and kids you'll have with you!
RSVP to Savi or to Karim Jaude: karim@dynamicscapital.com 
Become a Sponsor at any level you wish so we can keep this event free to our families!
Fr. Greg Boyle on Thursday Night! May 10, 2018
Home Boy Industries

Thursday night meeting instead of the Friday luncheon!! In a joint meeting with the Westwood Rotary Club, we'll have dinner at the DoubleTree Hilton and hear all about Home Boy Industries! Fr. Boyle is known to be a great speaker!

Public Service Recognition Day(Champagne - 11:30!) May 18, 2018
Awarding our local public servants!

 NOTE: 11:30am Champagne Reception this day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica Past Presidents!!

DARK for Memorial Day May 25, 2018
Joseph Otting Jun 01, 2018
Vesselin Valchev, Bulgarian Consul General Jun 08, 2018
Bulgarian Presidency Jan-Jun 2018
Scholarship Day! Jun 15, 2018
Giving money to students for school!

Join us as we give scholarships to local middle school, high school and college students! They are well deserving, so let's give them lots of support as they create our future!

DARK for Dethroning Jun 22, 2018

Instead of our luncheon, the meeting this week is our Dethroning Party at night!!

DARK Jun 29, 2018