Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! On August 4th, we celebrated cookies, gave away money, we had wonderful guests, and we had an incredible speaker on North Korea
Nora Bohn and Susan Gabriel Potter were definitely in the spirit of the day! President Tom provided a centerpiece of different chocolate chip cookies at each table, and the DoubleTree Hilton served their signature CC Cookies a la mode! Yum!!
Past President Carol Jackson presented a grant to Ashley Chase of Harvest Home, a safe harbor facility for homeless and low-income pregnant women and new mothers!
Ashley was enthusiastic and appreciative about the immediate uses for the funds.
Thanks to Scott Gaynor for doing our Invocation of the Day!
And to Rev. Joe Metoyer for introducing all our guests! 

We love having guests!

Among the many that day, Timur Berberoglu brought Myung Deering, President of the Koreatown Rotary Club, and her husband, Joe Deering. The fact that Joe is a Kiwaniian is balanced out by his also being Timur's law partner. 


Past President Dick Lawrence brought his employee Ceci Muta, who will soon be attending USC Law School!


Chuck Husting brought Chashra Jhun Hopkins to the meeting!  Chashra had just heard our speaker at another event and wanted to meet her.

Bret Carter gave us all the details for the District Foundation Celebration, The Million Dollar Dinner, on Oct. 28th! Let Savi know if you want to go!
And Nora Bohn urged everybody to sign up for the Wine Tasting on Aug. 27th! Karim Jaude is hosting at his home, so get in touch with him if you want to go!

Thank you to our speaker, Hannah Song, who gave an incredible and fascinating talk!

Jillian Alexander introduced Hannah Song, President and CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). 
Hannah taught us that although North Korea is thought of as a socialist state, disguised capitalism is sneaking into the picture.
The country has for 70 years been repressed and closed off from the rest of the world under ultimate control, with only state media available...25 million isolated people. This is a country where, for the regular folk, energy is poor, technology and communications are far behind the times, and bribing officials is a common part of the culture. This is a country where only domestic cell phones are allowed and at high cost, tourism is risky and practically non-existent, and where a $1,400 yearly income is normal. Over 30,000 have left for South Korea, to work and send money back home.
But entrepreneurialism is growing fast, and citizens are trying to make their lives better there. Commerce now exists, along with shared disobedience. People are sharing foreign media, even though it's dangerous and you could even get killed for having it. (It's like drugs...you do them together, which forms bonds and trust with your neighbors and friends.)10 years ago, people were leaving because they were starving. Now all people want is freedom!
When asked about the potential nuclear attacks on the US, Hannah stated that even though it's a scary thought, the threat of nuclear war is merely a deterrent. They love to be perceived as a threat, but they know it would be suicide, so it's really a low risk. The same story has repeated itself many times. If you looked at an article from 1975, it would have a similar thread. So, you can sleep tight in your bed tonight. About that, anyway.