Speaker Date Topic
SM Mayor Ted Winterer Jul 28, 2017
State of the City
State of the City
Hanna Song Aug 04, 2017
Social Change in North Korea: Current Trends and Future Prospects
Social Change in North Korea: Current Trends and Future Prospects

North Korea is often portrayed as a stuck-in-time Stalinist state, impervious to global trends and 21st Century modernity. At the level of international relations, this is justified; there has been very little progress over the last twenty years. Internally, however, multiple trends are changing the system and degrading the government's sources of power in irreversible ways. Drawing on insights from recent defectors and other sources, we will examine the significance of six long-term changes in North Korean society and discuss what this may mean for the future of the country. 

Hannah Song Bio

Hannah Song is President and CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).  She joined in 2006 as Deputy Director, managing day-to-day operations and coordinating overseas programs, including underground shelters and refugee resettlement efforts in the United States and in South Korea.  At the end of 2008, she became President/CEO, helping to re-launch the organization with a new mission focused on building international support for the North Korean people, providing direct assistance to North Korean refugees, and developing long-term, people-focused strategies to accelerate positive changes inside the country.  Hannah regularly speaks at international fora and to the media on North Korea-related issues.  Prior to joining LiNK, Hannah worked in advertising at OgilvyOne and Mindshare focusing on digital media and emerging technologies. She is a 2008 NetKAL fellow from the USC School of Social Work, and a 2016 Ashoka Korea Fellow.

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is an international NGO that assists North Korean refugees in China, helping them escape through a modern-day underground railroad to freedom.  The organization also utilizes multiple strategies to change the narrative on North Korea and works with North Korean defectors to pursue change and opening inside the country. For more information, please visit www.libertyinnorthkorea.org.



Ken Morris Aug 11, 2017
Human Rights & the Power of One
Human Rights & the Power of One

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. He is also the President of the public charity, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, which uses education in schools across the U.S. to address and prevent contemporary forms of slavery or human trafficking.
Aside from his work in schools, Ken has been featured in the media on CNN, USA Today, PBS, NPR, The History Channel, and in the recent National Geographic documentary, Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner.  His speaking engagements include: Columbia University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Tech, Yale University and the United Nations. 
Ken received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne January, 2012. In June 2012, he received the National Park Services Network To Freedom Underground Railroad Frederick Douglass Legacy Award.  In January 2014, Ken was awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism.  In April 2016, he received the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights’ Anne Frank Change the World Award. 
Ken strongly believes, as did Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, that knowledge is the pathway to freedom. 

Matthieu Clouvel Aug 18, 2017
Deputy Consul General of France
Sam Lagana Aug 25, 2017
Associate Vice Chancellor Pepperdine University

Sam Lagana is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Pepperdine University, and Rams Public Address Announcer!

DARK for Labor Day Sep 01, 2017
Prof. Gary Fouts of SMC Sep 08, 2017
Solar Eclipses
Marc Wanamaker Sep 15, 2017
History of Film Making in Santa Monica
Dr. Saccone of Kaiser Permanente Sep 22, 2017
Health Care Innovation
Health Care Innovation

Greg D. Saccone, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente

Physician In Chief,  Santa Monica Medical Offices
Physician Director of Medical Informatics – West LA
SCPMG Board of Directors, Elected Member

Craft Talks Sep 29, 2017
2 New Members Tell Their Life Story

Come support two of our newest members as they each have 10 to 12 minutes to tell us their life story! It's always wonderful to learn more about our new friends!

David Tavers 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
How to be Happy: The Art & Science of Turning Blahs Into Aahs

Originally from New York, Dr. Jackson Varady has made Santa Monica his home for the past 20 years.  In 2005 he and his wife, Dr. Pamela Varady, founded Dynamic Learning & Listening Center to provide therapies for individuals and families seeking to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.  In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, he is a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, business owner and a friend.  It is through a keen awareness of the complexities of each of these roles and relationships, that allows him to easily connect with others and get straight to the heart of matters.  When appropriate he utilizes approaches and techniques including Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Mind-Body, as well as Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Senator Ben Allen Oct 20, 2017
Marilyn Snee Oct 27, 2017

Since childhood Marilyn has been influenced by food and wine. Her Irish grandmother was the owner/chef of a very successful restaurant and pub and her Italian grandmother lived on a small farm nearby where she made her own wine. Though hardly award winning, the wine was a cherished part of family gatherings.

After receiving a BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst ,Marilyn began her professional career as a Food and Beverage Manager for Marriott Host International in Boston. She proved to be a quick study and became known for her knowledge of the food and beverage industry. Marilyn was asked to be the wine educator on the web site "BellaOnline; the Voice of Women on the Web." She educated a diverse group of members on topics ranging from grape varietals and wine regions to food and wine pairings. She also contributed food and wine articles to assorted publications. Marilyn then developed wine lists and wine events for several local businesses. Her knowledge comes from both personal and professional experiences and she takes pride in the fact that she attended the Sterling School of Service and Hospitality and the International Wine Center in NYC.

As a Los Angeles transplant via Boston, Marilyn became the Sommelier at Upstairs 2 in late 2006. Here she stewards the wine program where her focus is on pleasing the palate of the novice as well as the wine expert. With an ever changing wine list, as well as 50 wines by the glass, Marilyn always has something new to taste. She also hosts a weekly Wine and Dine Wednesday that features food and wine pairings from around the world as well as wine education.

DARK for Wine Fest Nov 03, 2017
Veterans Day! Nov 10, 2017
USC/UCLA Day! Nov 17, 2017
Joint Mtg. with Westwood Rotary
DARK for Thanksgiving Nov 24, 2017
Andrea Quintero Dec 01, 2017
Club Meeting & Elections Dec 08, 2017
State of the Club & Election of 2018-19 Officers & Directors
Holiday Luncheon Dec 15, 2017
DARK for Christmas/Hanukkah Dec 22, 2017
DARK for New Years Dec 29, 2017
Dr. William McCarthy Jan 05, 2018
Mother Nature's Produce
DARK for MLK Day Jan 12, 2018
TBD Jan 19, 2018