Salutations, Rotarians and Guests!

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica holds weekly meetings to keep our club members informed about local and global ventures through the medium of meaningful service. Driven by our local business leaders, our Rotary focuses on connecting with our community and the world through meaningful projects and exciting events. We love what we do here and are always happy to welcome new guests and members into our organization.

If you are interested in learning more about what goes on at our Rotary Club events, or you weren’t able to make the meeting last week, keep reading for a few notes from our meeting on Friday, January 24th, 2020. Want to get more involved in your community? Check out our calendar for a full preview of events, and be sure to sign up for a free lunch to learn!

Our Guest Speaker

This week, we heard from Dr. Jay Christensen, who spoke to our club members about “The Big Top: Rise & Demise.” Dr. Christensen also brought in an array of circus-themed items for everyone to view. 

Connecting With the Community

Our Mission:

Rotary’s mission is to work in coordination with the local community to drive positive change and build on our vision of improving our community through service. Through community involvement and business networking, our community leaders are able to benefit from positive relationships with like-minded professionals.

Unsung Hero Award

Joe Metoyer presented an “Unsung Hero Award” to community member Margot Bernal, who tirelessly volunteers for Angel Flight West. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica provided a check for $500 to Angel Flight West.

Westside Food Bank

We announced our annual food sorting event at the Westside Food Bank. This event relies on volunteers to organize and box food that was received during recent food drives. Our sorting activity was on Sunday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Toiletry Kit Assembly

On Saturday, February 8, our club will participate in another toiletry kit assembly activity from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Monica’s Church. This drive aims to generate personal hygiene bags for the homeless. 

Rotary Day of Service

Rotarians looking for a meaningful service opportunity should save the date for Saturday, March 21st at John Adams Middle School. Our Rotary Day of Service provides a range of property improvements, including cleaning, painting, and planting. Join us in making a difference!

Connecting With the World

Our Mission:

Our Mission: Rotary Club of Santa Monica also focuses on service at the global level, enacting positive change to communities in need in conjunction with Rotary International. Our Rotarians are focused on addressing a range of global issues, from awareness to action.

Connecting With Each Other

Under 40 Cocktails & Connections

Our event last Thursday was a success, comprised of professionals under 40 for business networking and socializing. We had a great time with a good number of Rotarians and prospective members!

Escape Room Social

We announced our upcoming Escape Room Social on February 9. 

Coming Up This Week:

On Friday, January 31, the Rotary Club of Santa Monica will host Marshall Wong as he speaks about “Hate Crimes in Los Angeles.” 

Upcoming Programs

  • Guest speaker March 6 — Famed aviator Dick Rultan will be speaking with us.
  • Not-So-Newlywed Game — 3 couples will be participating in this game on February 7, so be sure to tune in!
  • Economic Sustainability — We are planning to have city council member Greg Morena speak to us about Economic Sustainability in Santa Monica in the near future.

We also covered our Club Update Slide, featuring 403.5 hours of service and $57,576 of local donations after giving to Angel Flight West. 

Interested in Our Club?

Santa Monica’s Rotary Club offers meaningful friendships, professional networking events, and the opportunity to serve the community and make a difference. If you’re interested in seeing what our club is all about, then be sure to sign up for a free luncheon to see our group in action. You can also contact us online with questions. We look forward to serving with you!