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April 13th was a wonderful day with our luncheon at Shutters on the Beach, thanks to Klaus Mennekes! We had Judge Amy Hogue as our speaker!
Judge Hogue discussed not only the workings of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, but of the judicial system more broadly. 
Thanks to Jim Menzies for greeting at the door! Nora Bohn gave him high marks!
And thanks to Bret Carter who gave a great invocation, and announced the big LA River Cleanup!
Chuck Husting brought a co-worker to the meeting, Christina Hopkins!
And President-Elect Mitch Kraus and Chris Wikle sat with Rotarian Ken Deemer, who was visiting from his Manhattan Beach club.
Sadly, this was John Miller's last day. He and Charlene are relocating to Orange County, where John has a new job and they are closer to Charlene's mother, who is in poor health.
National Scrabble Day!
In honor of National Scrabble Day, some tiles attempted to spell Rotary...it took a few corrections from Brian Linnekens, but eventually they succeeded!!
John Dracup couldn't resist bidding in President Tom Larmore's Travel Scrabble Live Auction to raise money for our Santa Monica Rotary Foundation, and he won!
It was a great day!! Thank you again to Klaus Mennekes and all at Shutters on the Beach for making our luncheon there so lovely!!
On April 6th, we had a great meeting with speaker Nelson Davis, who gave us the "wisdom of 1,000 entrepreneurs"! 
President Tom Larmore (left) and Karim Jaude (right) greeted our speaker warmly!
Thanks to Russ Warner for greeting at the door!
And to Timur Berberoglu for being the song leader that day!
Pam Brady was our President's Pick, and new member Greg Abrams gave a great invocation! Pam normally helps man (woman!) the guest check-in table, but President Tom coerced her to the front of the room with a gift of her favorite...chips and guacamole!
Laurel Rosen brought her guest, Patricia Heyman!
And Bret Carter introduced Guillaume Birindwa, a forensic analyst from the Democratic Republic of Congo who lives in downtown LA and who has visited a few times now!
International Food Fest coming up!
Past President Tom Loo, who has generously hosted the Int'l Food Fest at his home for many years now, said that this may be the last one! The vacant lot usually used for parking will likely be under construction by next year. We are so thankful to him for putting it on so many times!!
In March, many of our members went on the Rotary District Humanitarian Trip to Columbia! 
Attendees included Russ Warner, RoseMary Regalbuto, Donna Byrd, David Rosenfeld, Carol & Bill Powell, and George & Pat Collins!
They obviously had a fabulous time seeing the sights!
And participating in District parties...George Collins even won the dance contest!!
But they went there to get their hands dirty, and to help folks in that area!
They planted trees,
gave away backpacks and school supplies to kids,
helped paint a mural,
and even sat in on a cleft palate surgery!
Fellowship and philanthropy, it's what Rotary is all about!
If you haven't gone on one of these humanitarian trips, consider going next year. It will change your life!
On March 23rd, we had a great meeting with speaker Frank Gruber, and lots of wonderful guests! 
Frank Gruber is a Santa Monica attorney, political commentator, and journalist. He has served on many government advisory boards, including the Planning Commission, and has run for City Council. Frank's observations about the political issues currently on the front burner stimulated a lively discussion. Stan Fox has known Frank for many years, and enjoyed welcoming him to the meeting!
Thank you to Chuck Husting for so eloquently introducing our speaker!
And thanks to Pat Johnston and Ken Waltzer for leading us in song!
Guillaume Birindwa has just moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Los Angeles, and has attended our meetings a couple times now. He was a Rotarian in Africa and is checking out clubs in Los Angeles.  He is a forensic scientist!
Kea Gorden is a member of the Evanston (Illinois) Lighthouse Rotary Club. She is also an employee of Rotary International and works at the international headquarters in Evanston!
Jolly Gissell brought Al Sheid and his daughter Emily. Al has been to our meetings a couple times now, as well!
Remembering Roy Fogel
Dick Lawrence's guest was Leila Fogel Brown, the sister of Roy Fogel who was a Past President of our club.  Roy passed away recently, and Leila was good enough to come share some funny stories and warm memories of her brother.  She noted how important Rotary was to Roy throughout his life.
Our March 16th meeting was a great day as we celebrated St. Patty's Day, heard Dr. Alan Gaveck on stem cell research, and were up to our normal shenanigans!
Dr. Alan Gaveck, President Tom Larmore, VP of Programs David Rosenfeld, and Dr. Gaveck's son and business partner, Colin Gavack.
 Dr. Gaveck seemed to enjoy the lively interaction with Rotarians, who were fascinated by the potential for stem cell therapies. Members asked lots of questions at the end!
Past President Dee Menzies offered cheers to Monty McCormick for sponsoring our Champagne Reception for this day! Big thanks to you Monty!!
Past President Nat Trives tried to talk his way out of a fine by President Tom, which was levied because he appeared in the most recent issue of the RAND Review magazine about the value of post-retirement jobs.
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Many folks wore green to celebrate! Pam Brady had green in her scarf, and Bill Powell wore his lucky head gear!
Carol Powell came in her Sláinte shirt and her Irish Medal that she got from Past President Connie Maguire!
Alan Glick went sporty! 
We even got a visit from the lovely wife of the president, Karon Larmore, who dressed for the occasion!
But the green contest was won by this caped crusader...
Robert Segal!! 
Happy birthday, Rotarians!
Thanks to Donna Byrd and Diane Margolin, we celebrated February and March birthdays: Dick Hart, Nick Goehner, Dan Smarg, Alan Glick, Merv Hecht, Spyros Dellaportas, and Matt Williams, among others!
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Rotary Club of Santa Monica
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(310) 917-3313

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Upcoming Programs
DARK for Memorial Day
May 25, 2018
Joseph Otting
Jun 01, 2018
United States Comptroller of the Currency
Vesselin Valchev, Bulgarian Consul General
Jun 08, 2018
Bulgarian Presidency Jan-Jun 2018
Scholarship Day! (Champagne at 11:30am!)
Jun 15, 2018
Giving money to students for school!
DARK for Dethroning
Jun 22, 2018
Jun 29, 2018
DARK for Independence Day
Jul 06, 2018
Stephen Solomon
Jul 13, 2018
The Rotary Foundation Changing Lives

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