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1707 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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June 8th brought us the Bulgarian Consul General, Vasselin Valchev, plus we gave away money, and welcomed some lovely guests!!
Tom Woods, Vlado Valkof, and Larry Maher welcomed our speaker (second from right) at the door! Vlado was born and raised in Bulgaria, and arranged for Mr. Valchev to speak.
Thank you to Vicky Curtis for being our Guest Introducer!
And thanks to Nick Goehner for his great invocation!
Fine Time!
A vacation was only part of why Greg Abrams got fined. He also left the house with a mismatched outfit...he knows better than to pair a blue suit with black shoes! :)
Past President Judy Neveau was fined for another of her wild overseas adventures. She said she got mooned by a giraffe!!
It was wonderful to have TWO Assistant District Governors that day, Karen Greenberg and Bill Wishard!
We also had a visiting Rotarian from Paris, France...Miss Melissa Strugen!
Roger Davis happily presented a check from our Community & Youth Grants Committee to Spencer Johnson from the Morgan Wixon Theater. They are going to take this money and install much needed new seating in the theater!
Wine Fest will be here before you know it!
Our next International Wine Fest will be October 7, 2018 from 4-7pm! Mark your calendars!
And watch and share this awesome video with all the details of the event!!
On June 1st, we had a great meeting! Joseph Otting, US Comptroller of Currency, was our speaker, plus we had lots of fun guests including a group of Rotaractors, and President Tom Larmore had fun fining some members!
President Tom Larmore and Past President Judy Neveau greeted our speaker, Joseph Otting. Mr. Otting heads the agency charged with overseeing our banking system in the United States! A full house listened to his insights about the economy and especially the condition of the financial system.
David Rosenfeld had fun sitting up at the head table and giving the invocation! Thanks David!
And thanks to Nora Bohn for stepping in to lead the songs even though the piano went kaput!
Fine Time!
A vacation to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary to Australia and New Zealand resulted in a fine, although Bill Dawson pleaded limited funds remaining after his trip. Nice try, Bill! His guest here was Tyler Tabit.
Bill Powell was fined for his attempted coup when he substituted for President Tom the previous meeting. Carol Powell looks like she's saying "I told you so." :)
Among our many guests of the day, we had Bettina Duval who is the current Chair of the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. President Tom is the current Treasurer and will become Board Chair in two years!
Madeleine Bialkin is working on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica's November auction event. She was Lisa Alexander's guest, but was warmly greeted by Rosie Regalbuto and Pam Brady!
And Laurel Rosen brought Susan Hojer, who is the new Director of Membership at the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce!
Happy Birthday Rotarians!
We love celebrating our members! Included in the birthday list were Mike Cates, Laurel Rosen, Barbara Bishop, Dick Lawrence, Josh Bradburn, Rick Mateus, Eric Schmitter, and David Rosenfeld. Thanks to our Birthday Committee for doing such a great job!
George Collins organized a group of Rotaract Club members from Santa Monica College to hear and meet U.S. Comptroller Joseph Otting. Our speaker was gracious and accessible to the Rotaract members.
On May 18th, we had our Public Service Recognition Day, where we honored incredible individuals from the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and Big Blue Bus!! We also gave away money, had lots of fun guests, and we had a special presider while President Tom was away!
Here President-Elect Mitchell Kraus presents a check to Lighthouse Christian Academy from our Community & Youth Grants Committee!!  
Check out this power grab! Thank you, Vice-President Bill Powell for doing suvh an outstanding job in the hot seat!!
And thanks to Barb Bishop, our smooth and stylish invocator!
Fine Time!
Tricky trickster Bill Powell wore a sports coat and then fined everybody in the room not wearing one! And then got to Dan Smarg for a tardiness and Past President Judy Neveau for her travels! Nice job, Bill! :)
Our program's committee...
thank you so much to Diane Margolin, Donna Byrd, and Joe Metoyer for your hard work putting together the public Service Recognition Day!!
Celebrating our Public Servants!
Meredith Louria was the honoree from the Santa Monica-Malibu School District!
Captain Paul Bellante was the honoree from the Santa Monica Fire Department!
Officer Kristina Cochran was the honoree from the Santa Monica Police Department!
Brad Andrus was the honoree from Big Blue Bus!
Thank you and congratulations to all our honorees!! We appreciate all the hard work you do for our community!!
On May 10th, we had a special joint evening meeting with the Westwood Village Rotary Club!!
Westwood President Tom Barron and his wife Margot were greeted by our President Tom Larmore and his wife Karon. It's always so wonderful to be all together, to get to know Rotarians from other clubs! 
The DoubleTree Hilton went all out for us! It was National Shrimp Day, and the skewers were delish!!
Past President Spyros Dellaportas (middle) thanks Executive Chef Julio Herren for his fabulous menus, and the amazing desserts!
Thank you to our greeters, Erik Jorgensborg and Mike Cates!!
We got a special visit from Rotarians Jim and Nanette Davis from South Australia!
It was great to see our Westwood Village Rotarian friends, like Ellen Horwitz and Terry White!
And it was so nice that at an evening meeting brought some of the spouses of Rotarians out!
Chuck Husting brought his wife Myrna, and they were greeted by Bret Carter. Ken Waltzer brought his wife, Jennifer. And Past President George Collins brought his wife Pat....he swore she didn't sock him, but we're not sure. :)
Thank you to our speaker, Michael Sullivan!!
Our originally scheduled speaker was unable to come due to illness, but a fabulous replacement was found in the nick of time! Mike spoke about Homeboy Industries and the film that he and Paulist Productions are making about the organization, based on the book by Father Greg Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart.
May 6th was our International Food & Song Fest in Malibu, and what a beautiful day it was for a party!!
A huge thank you goes to Past President Tom Loo & his amazing wife Stefanie DoyLoo for hosting at their beautiful home!! 
Karim Jaude, Tom Loo, and Bret Carter were all instrumental in making this fabulous day happen! Thank you gentlemen!
This is a favorite event for many, and we are sad that this may be the last year we can have it at the Loo's home! Len Lanzi, Suzan Allbritton, and Timur & Melissa Berberoglu were enjoying this view for sure!
The music provided was wonderful!
And we even had a musical dancer!
Rotarians and guests enjoyed themselves eating and drinking, listening to music, and taking in the amazing view!!
Attendees included Patty and Jolly Gissell, Jeff Jarrow, Ben Blakely, Past President Nat Trives, Donna Byrd, John McIntire, Ellen Travis, and President Tom Larmore! 
More attendees included Greg Abrams, Jennifer Littlefield, Andrea Gressinger, Past President Spyros Dellaportas & his sweet wife Donna, Pam Brady, and Char Lawrence!
David Rosenfeld, Bill Powell, Pat Johnston and her lovely daughter Kathy, our long lost Blair Brandenberg, Billy Howard, RoseMary Regalbuto, and Tammy Andrews attended as well!
Monika White was kind enough to put all the musicians on the schedule, thank you Monika!! She attended with her hubby Roger Goodman and here they are with Robert Segal! 
Past President Paul Gaulke gives a warm hug to our hostess, Stefanie DoyLoo. She deserves lots of hugs and thank yous!
Looks like Chuck Husting is either helping Bret behind the bar, or getting into some kind of trouble. Which do you think is the case? :)
Thank you to all our vendors, those who sponsored to have them, and those who cooked! Everything was so delish!
And a big thanks to Mike Cates for sponsoring this gigantic bouncer for the kids that came!!
What a fabulous event!

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Rotary Club of Santa Monica
P.O. Box 586
Santa Monica, CA 90406
(310) 917-3313

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Upcoming Programs
Lane Dilg
Jul 27, 2018
Meet the City Attorney
Chuck Rosenberg
Aug 03, 2018
Why Trials Are Like Catnip
Prof. Geoffrey Blake
Aug 10, 2018
The Search for Other Earths
District Governor Joe Vasquez
Aug 17, 2018
Rotary District 5280
Mary Johnston
Aug 24, 2018
The History of Opera
DARK for Labor Day
Aug 31, 2018
Dr. Chris Evans
Sep 07, 2018
Opiate Addiction
Craft Talks?
Sep 14, 2018
2 New Members tell their life story in 10 minutes
Sue Dunlap
Sep 21, 2018
President of PPLA

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