January 19th brought us a wonderful day! We had speaker Geoffrey Cowan talking on campaigns and elections, a lot of fun guests, and a great time with Savi's Surprise Challenge!
Larry Mortorff took charge of introducing our speaker Geoffrey Cowan! Geoff talked about his innovation at the 1968 Democratic Convention that changed the way the Democratic Party organized its state primary system, and brought some Teddy Roosevelt "presidential campaign" buttons!
 
Thank you to Bill Dawson and Past President Judy Neveau for greeting at the door! Their first victim was President Tom Larmore. :)  
Thanks also to Ken Waltzer (and Timur Berberoglu, not pictured) for providing the music for the day!
 
 
We appreciate John Miller for introducing all our visiting Rotarians and guests! Sylvan Berg from Bonn, Germany apologized that he did not have a banner from his club.  The global environment conference in Bonn drew about 20,000 people, some of them Rotarians who visited his club and depleted their banner supply.
 
Diane Margolin invited her friends Frances Bilak and JR Dzubak, both from the Beverly Hills Club, to join us. Frances was the highest bidder ($200) for an autographed book by our speaker! Geoff Cowan donated the book so that the club could put a little money into our Santa Monica Rotary Foundation. Frances got one of Geoff's Roosevelt pins, too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SAVI'S SURPRISE CONTEST
Savi was at it again, with the help of President Tom, torturing the membership with silly games. :) 
Members had to guess someone's name and occupation...
 
 
 
Tom Woods was asked to stand so RoseMary Regalbuto could try and guess who he was and what he did...
 
 
 
and she got it all right! Killer job, Rosie!  
 
Welcome back to another of our nearest and dearest!
We were so happy to welcome back Russ Warner, who has been on an extended medical leave of absence!
 
Thanks to the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel for entertaining our themed days once again, with National Popcorn Day!!
 
It was such a nice meeting! Thanks to all who made it possible!