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Upcoming Events
Rotary Day of Service
Lighthouse Christian Academy
Aug 22, 2015
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Backyard Badminton, Horseshoes, & BBQ
Aug 29, 2015
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
First Tuesday Happy Hour
Enterprise Fish Co.
Sep 01, 2015 5:00 PM
Networking Hour
Sep 09, 2015
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Tennis & Dinner at the Riviera
Riviera Country Club
Sep 11, 2015
4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Healthy Living Hike/Trip
Santa Barbara Island
Oct 10, 2015 8:00 AM


Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades

Club Meetings, Thursdays at 7:15 AM
925 Haverford Ave
Pacific Palisades CA 90272  

Rotary Club of Westwood

Meeting Thursday noon at the
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095


Online makeup:
(three per year)

Special Santa Monica Makeups:
Rotary First Tuesday

(one per year)


Rotary Third Thursday
(one per year)

Rotary Club of Santa Monica

Service Since 1922

Meets Noon Most Fridays

Riviera Country Club

1250 Capri Drive

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


 August 21 - Adam Lichtl from Space X 

Our own Rotarian Adam Lichtl, Director of Propulsion Engineering at Space X, will discuss what’s going on now and what's planned for the company's future!


August 22nd is our next Rotary Day of Service!!

We need volunteers to help clean and paint!

We need helpers! Come beautify the Lighthouse Christian Academy for underprivileged kids!

DATE: Saturday, August 22, 2015

TIME: 9am to 12 noon

LOCATION: Lighthouse Christian Academy

                    1424 Yale Street

                    Santa Monica, CA 90404

Refreshments will be served, and kids are welcome as well!

Please respond directly to Drew Fleming:


Healthy Living Backyard Badminton, Horseshoes & BBQ

Saturday, August 29, 2015
5:00 to 8:00pm

809 Enchanted Way
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Come join a backyard BBQ with Rotary friends!


Bring a spouse or a friend!
And sign up to bring an appetizer, salad or side dish to share, plus your favorite beverage.
Host to provide burgers, turkey burgers, hotdogs, tea, lemonade & dessert.


RSVP to Connie Maguire by Monday, August 24!! or 310/663-3079


Our next First Tuesday will be at Enterprise Fish Co!

September 1, 2015


September 1st at Enterprise Fish Company...on the patio!

Known for having one of the best restaurant patio areas in Santa Monica!


Sample appetizers include...Popcorn shrimp, fried calamari, chicken and Kobe sliders, shrimp quesadillas, and fish tacos! YUM!

Do not miss fabulous drinks, delicious food, and the wonder of hanging with your Rotary buds!
Join us at 5:00 p.m. (or anytime thereafter) to kick back and enjoy.  

While you are at it, how 'bout inviting someone to join us, perhaps a potential member!

Enterprise Fish Company
174 Kinney St. (Off Main St.)

Santa Monica 90405

Happy Hour is until 7pm so don't miss out!

For more information please contact Carol Powell at

Healthy Living Hike & Trip to Santa Barbara Island

Encore Presentation – Trip to Santa Cruz Island – Saturday, October 10, 2015
Some of the Group Overlooking Potato Harbor circa Oct 2012
It has almost been three years since Rotarians, family, and friends visited Santa Cruz Island. This trip has now been brought back by popular demand. Those of you who missed the first trip, now have a chance to enjoy the great time we all had three years ago.
Planned activities for the day include:
Approximate one Hour Trip over to the Island:
Time can vary because our vessel transportation captain does stop along the way for wildlife, including dolphins and whales. On our last trip, our captain stopped for an amazing close up view of a very rare species of a school of about 100 white dolphins.
Visitor Center:
A visitor center is located in the historic Scorpion Ranch House. The visitor center includes an
orientation area that helps visitors plan a safe trip on the island and a variety of interactive exhibits to describe the island's tremendous wildlife diversity, rich cultural history, and other current resource issues.
Several trails and roads transverse the eastern Santa Cruz Island, which will provide us with spectacular hiking opportunities. The planned hike will be a 5 to 7 mile round-trip trek to Cavern Point and then on to Potato Harbor. This is a great hike which provides a unique opportunity to experience magnificent views of coastal vistas. This hike is considered moderate in difficulty and should be considered fairly easy for most people.
According to the Park Rangers, the hike starts at sea level and reaches a maximum height of approximately 500 feet overlooking the coastal bluffs (very similar to the height of our Palisades Bluffs). Along the hike if you observe closely, you may be lucky to see the rare Channel Island Fox species, which is the biggest predator on the island. A portion of the hike will be guided by either a park ranger, naturalist volunteer, or an Island Packer staff member.
At Scorpion Anchorage, picnic tables are available on the beach and near the ranch area. Three years ago we picnicked overlooking the bluffs of the Potato Bay Harbor.
Some of our members have expressed an interest in kayaking while on the island. Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion Anchorage is a popular destination for kayaking.  The sand and cobblestone beach make it easy to get your kayak in the water and the many caves and coves make for great kayaking fun.  
For an extra fee a guided kayaking tour can be arranged.  The kayaking tour will be provided by one of three independent contractors operating on the island. If you are interested in kayaking, you must contact Larry so he can explain how reservations can be directly made and added fees paid by you and/or your group.
It is anticipated that we will be on the island for approximately 6 hours, so there will be plenty of time for relaxing and exploring the island in addition to the guided tour and hike (or Kayaking).
Special Bonus!!
Immediately following the event, Dinner Hors D'oeuvres at David Bohn's and Lisa Kludjian's
David and Lisa have graciously invited us to visit them at their beautiful vacation residence and partake in dinner hors d'oeuvres. Their residence is located in Oxnard, California about 10 minutes from the Ventura Harbor.
Reserve Your Spot Today
We currently have several members and guests that are interested in this adventure. However, space is limited! Our island transportation service tells us we need to get our reservations in immediately. If you do not want to miss out on this opportunity, RSVP to Larry Maher, your Captain and Trip Leader, or Savi Labensart today!
We have been fortunate to get a special group rate for only:
$ 54 per adult (ages 13+, including seniors)
$ 41 per child (ages 3-12)
Larry Maher – E-mail: Work: 310-312-3380, Cell: 310-903-6958
Date of Adventure:                                         Saturday, October 10, 2015
Vessel leaves from Ventura Harbor:        1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001
Ventura Harbor Check In Time:                  8:15 AM
Ventura Harbor Departure Time:              9:00 AM
Estimated island arrival time:                      10:00 AM
Santa Cruz Island Departure Time:           4:00 PM
Estimated arrival time back at harbor:     5:00 PM
End of day dinner hors d’oeuvres will be hosted at the home of David Bohn and Lisa Kludjian.

November 15, 2015!
(Reminder: No meeting the Friday before)


Rotary Club of Santa Monica
International Wine & Jazz Festival
The Museum of Flying

Santa Monica
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


This is the annual fundraiser for local and international service projects
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica
and the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation!

Click here to purchase tickets!
or contact Suzan Allbritton at or 310-392-3654.


Toast Life with an afternoon of delicious food, wine and live jazz music while enjoying the Museum of Flying 


Plenty of FREE Parking 


Great Wines

Fabulous Menu by Fig of the Fairmont Hotel


Music by the George Kahn Trio


Live & Silent Auction

Holocaust survivor Avraham Perlmutter spoke about surviving Nazi Germany by sheer determination and talent for escapism!!

Emperor Tom Loo with speaker, Avraham Perlmutter, and his daughters, Sharon Perlmutter Gavin and Keren Perlmutter!

Santa Monica Rotarians didn’t just hear a first-hand account of the Holocaust on Friday, Aug. 7. They were transported to a young boy’s survival story inside a Nazi nightmare, which in turn translated into an entire generation’s story of resilience and humanity. Rotarians learned about the human capacity for suffering, determination, murder, and ultimately survival. One 88-year-old’s story was able to relay a lifetime of achievement and grit.

The audience was captivated by Dr. Avraham Perlmutter’s vivacious and unwavering depiction of escaping Nazi soldiers nearly 60 years ago. At the end of his talk, he received a standing ovation, a gesture previously unseen by this reporter. In between his oration one could hear audible gasps and “oh my god’s” from the audience. It was a story of a lifetime that gave Rotarians emotions and plots typically saved for the big screen

Perlmutter was just 10 years old when he saw Hitler come in to Vienna, Austria in 1938. He was Jewish and the invading German army was after him soon after they arrived.

“The very fact that I was a wild child actually helped me later on to survive,” Perlmutter said.

It was hard for his family to move anywhere in Europe because they were Jewish. But one of those countries that took them was Netherlands, where he had an aunt. So his parents put him on the Kindertransport (children’s train) and the ensuing war-torn years continued.

Many times, a number of nuns and priests helped Perlmutter in Jewish refugee camps.

He recounted one specific moment when German soldiers came looking for Perlmutter to take him to the Jewish Theatre in Amsterdam (and subsequently off to Auschwitz). He’ll never forget the sound of their boots, and he made the thumping sound on the ground as he told the story. They took him, along with the son of the family whom Perlmutter was staying with.

“Because I was a wild child, I was always planning to get out of there,” Perlmutter said.

So he escaped when two Nazi soldiers changed shifts. He tried to bring the family’s son with him, but he was too scared to come in fear of getting killed. Later, Perlmutter learned he died during the war.

After that, Perlmutter was in constant hiding. Fortunately, his sister, who was in a refugee camp, had sent someone to find him, give him a train ticket, and take him into hiding until they could be reunited again.

“In those days about 95 percent of the Dutch people were anti-Nazi, and a good many of them were actually hiding Jewish children. Before the war there lived about 180,000 Jews in the Netherlands and only about 30,000 survived. And the majority of them were hiden among non-Jews,” Perlmutter said.

His story was punctuated by multiple accounts of hearing those Nazi boots (thump-thump-thump), but each time Perlmutter squirreled away just in time. But every time, there was someone else picked up by the Nazis who died in the war.

He hid in dirt, under coal, under beds, and in closets. He ran from the Nazis, and he escaped their clutches. The wild child soon became a survivor.

Like the tailor, the farmer, and the priest, many of the people who helped Perlmutter along the way remained nameless.

“In those days you were not supposed to know names because if they ever caught you, you couldn’t tell the addresses or names of the people who were hiding you.”

Though he was eventually reunited with his sister, she was caught by the Nazis and taken to Auschwitz. But she survived as well.

“She lives now in Santa Monica, too,” Perlmutter said as the crowd clapped.

With the British soldiers arriving, Perlmutter was able to snag a ride to Tel Aviv, where his parents were. Upon the reunion, his father tried to conceal the sad fact that his mother had died two weeks before his arrival.

During his hidings he managed to get hold of various dictionaries. He taught himself English, French, and Spanish during the war. He realized his passion for knowledge.

He arrived at America with grants to quench his thirst for education. At 24, he graduated undergraduate college in three years. He still wanted to know more. So he received a PhD in aeronautic engineering and went on to become a successful businessman.

After the war, highlights of his life included fighting in the Israeli War of Independence, meeting Albert Einstein during his time attending Princeton University, and developing a stabilizer most cameras use today.

Perlmutter’s story focused on those who helped him rather than those trying to defeat him. His autobiography, the acclaimed book, “Determined,” recounted this miraculous journey from Nazi Europe all the way to Santa Monica, where he lives with his wife still today.

Find Perlmutter’s “Determined” on

Article by Mariella Rudi, Santa Monica Mirror


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