Speaker Date Topic
David Orth-Moore Jan 26, 2018

DAVID ORTH-MOORE is Catholic Relief Services’ Senior Advisor for Africa, based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he recently relocated after 25 years in Africa, most recently as CRS’ East Africa Regional Director from 2008—2017.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Juniata College in Huntington, Penn, David started his career in international development serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal from 1986 to 1989 helping rural communities to develop water and sanitation systems. After completing his Peace Corps service, David returned to the United States to continue his education. In 1991, he received a master’s degree in Development Management from the American University in Washington, D.C. He then joined Catholic Relief Services, being first assigned to conduct relief operations in Liberia during the civil war.

In August 2008, David became CRS’ Regional Director for East Africa responsible for regional oversight of CRS programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan Tanzania and Uganda, as well as for CRS support to partner agencies in Somalia.

Andrea Quintero Feb 02, 2018

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

Andrea has an extensive academic background including one and a half years at Universidad Libre in Colombia exploring general medicine, a B.S in Microbiology (minor in Chemistry), an MBA and an MA in Psychology. This background, combined with over 14 years of professional experience in management, marketing and sales (over $10 mil. in sales) for $1B+firms, gives Andrea a unique blend of skills and insight into B2B sales, executive decision making, a deep understanding and practical, and scientific, knowledge of human behavior and the impact of psychology on organizational and leadership effectiveness. Other things that fuel Andrea's passion are reading, running, classical music, classical art, philosophy, travel and a spectacular cup of coffee. "I believe every person deserves fulfillment on every level, and every one of us has it in us to achieve that," she says. "And nothing provides me more joy than finding the highest potential in people, and helping them discover and tap into that power."

Andrea has also been an avid student of philosophy, metaphysics, mysticism, spirituality, and meditation for over 15 years.

She has worked side by side with recognized scholars/scientists from UCLA and Pepperdine University to help assess, enhance and develop corporate leadership's degree of self-awareness as well as awareness of others (Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Empathy).   She now teaches at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Business and Management, Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the undergraduate school of Social Science at Seaver (Malibu).  Andrea also conducts research that examines the impact of spirituality and psychology on corporate leaders' emotional intelligence and mindfulness. She writes for the Huffington Post and seldom provides public talks.

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
Cassini's Grand Finale: a Good Spacecraft Goes to Heaven

The Cassini Mission has explored Saturn and its system of moons and rings for the past 12 years, spanning two seasons of the planet. The great discoveries of the mission include hydrocarbon lakes and rain on Titan; a huge plume spewing water from a liquid subsurface ocean on Enceladus;  a glorious halo of complex, ever changing rings; closeup views of Saturn's unique and curious family of small moons; and several new moons. But the life of Cassini ended on September 15, when this gallant robot glided into and was consumed by the very planet it studied so closely. The daring passes between the rings and the planet at the very end of its life sent back to Earth spectacular views of the planet and rings as it executed its death spiral.


Dr. Bonnie Buratti is a Principal Scientist and technical manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with expertise on the structure and evolution of icy moons and other small bodies. She holds degrees from MIT and Cornell in Astronomy. She is currently serving on the Science Teams for both the Cassini and New Horizons missions, and she is also the NASA Project Scientist for the Rosetta Mission to a comet. The author or coauthor of over 200 scientific papers, Dr. Buratti was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the International Astronomical Union recognized her work by naming asteroid 90502 Buratti after her. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Her popular book “Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: A guided tour of the Solar System” was published this year.

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

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

DARK for Easter Mar 30, 2018
Alonzo Hill Apr 06, 2018
Peter Mullin @Shutters Apr 13, 2018
Car Collector - Peterson Museum
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.


Frank Gruber Apr 27, 2018
Observations on Santa Monica Politics
DARK May 04, 2018
DARK for Food Fest on Sunday
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 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