April 18th at WVRC
You got underway without YOE - I arrived in the middle of
LILLIAN KLIEWER'S craft talk. Thus, some of my information may
be a bit sketchy, but I'm sure that won't ruin anyone's day.
True to form, we began with the Pledge, led by TERRY R.
The song was The Caissons Go Rolling Along, led by LENNY
FRIEDMAN with JACK HARRIS at the keyboard. ART HENRY
gave the Invocation - and without being there, my guess is
that ART did a pretty good job with this assignment.
DENNIS CORNWELL (and did you know he has moved, to 1726
Westwood Blvd - all else is the same) introduced our Visiting
Rotarian. He was Colin Powell, from Seattle 4 - (that
means they were chartered BEFORE LA 5)- and they have become
the largest Rotary Club in the world - over 800 members!
Colin is in Venture Capital. We had a guest,
Yuriko Suzuki, our Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan. She
was the guest of NEVIN SENKAN, who is her sponsor, but NEVIN
was late in arriving, so Yuriko was introduced by SUSAN ALLEN.
PP JIM SUMNER had a special guest - Alfonso (Al)
Bellanca. Al had his own accounting firm, but is now
Surprise - there were some announcements:
The District Conference is almost upon us - May 2nd to the 5th
- and they are looking for items to offer in the Silent
Auction. Also, we need to borrow a large wok with glass
cover - call RUDY ALVAREZ, please.
And on Thursday the 2nd, remember PP JOHN SINGLETON'S
invitation to stop by his home in Carlsbad on the way south.
The address is 7193 Aviara Drive - and next week, I'll even
provide the off-ramp information! Seriously, it will be
a nice break in your drive, and JOHN"S home is something
special. If you can stop in, please do RSVP, OK? The
contact number is (760) 438-0075.
It looks like we will have a good-sized group attending in San
Diego - more than forty members and guests, and there is still
time to sign up. Call PP DOUG DESCH or PP RON LYSTER,
There is news about PP DAVE MORE. He has not been well,
and is now in ICU at the Veterans Hospital in WLA. It's
a difficult illness, and the best way at present to show
concern is by cards or letters, please.
Here's a deadline that is important:
The Directory pages are being revised. HANK HEUER is
taking the lead in putting together a new system, with help
from RAY ZICKFELD and PP DOUG DESCH.
So, DOUG is the contact, and the DEADLINE is April 30th!
PP MIKE NEWMAN introduced new member LILLIAN KLIEWER. LILLIAN
began by thanking both MIKE and PP HOMER NEWMAN for their
support during this early period of her involvement with WVRC.
Her parents were from Hungary, and left after the
Revolution in 1956, in which he was a freedom fighter. They
were sponsored by a physician in New York, and LILLIAN was
born there - an only child. A year later, the family
moved to Santa Monica. Later, when the family had been
granted amnesty, they made several return trips to Hungary to
visit relatives. This also provided an opportunity to
visit much of Europe, which was both educational and lots of
She started in Biochemistry at UCLA, and worked for Dr. Jon
Vogel, an optometrist in Westwood - and of course at this
point, our ever-thinking Pres. GEORGE suggested that Dr. Vogel
should join WVRC! Meanwhile, she entered the Miss Santa
Monica beauty pageant, and won a trip to Mazatlan. Scheduled
to move on to the Miss World contest, she had to withdraw
because of a serious ski accident. This interruption
caused her to change her major to Kineslology (and
former member DR DON HANDY would be quite upset if he even
suspected that all of us don't know that is the study of
movement and sports medicine)…She met her husband, Karl,
while at UCLA, and they were married in 1984.
LILLIAN graduated from UCLA in Kineslology, while Karl
finished his residency, and then became Chief Resident in
Pathology. Meanwhile, LILLIAN was attending law school
at night, and working at Texaco as a legal secretary. When
she completed law school, they vacationed in France - the same
year the Berlin Wall came down, the civil war started in
Yugoslavia - and she became pregnant. Christi is now 12,
and her sister Cassandra is 9 - they are now at St. Paul the
Apostle and Warner Avenue Elementary - it is no surprise that
they are good students!
LILLIAN enjoys art, and volunteers in the Art Literacy program
at St. Paul's, plus running the uniform exchange program
there. She is a scuba fan, having dived in Hawaii,
Central America and the Caribbean - and is aiming for Palau
plus Egypt. She wants to write a book - and it sounds
like she wouldn't lack for subject material. She choose
real estate as a career because she likes helping people find
a home, and each transaction is different. We thank you
for sharing your life and history with us - Welcome!
This quarter's Program Chair, BILL EDWARDS, introduced our
Speaker, Leslie C. Dutton. She is the creator, producer
and host of the public service cable TV production "Full
Disclosure" which now appears on 37 public access
channels in Southern California. She has won a Gold
Angel Award in 1996 and a Silver Angel award in 1997 for her
interviews, which started ten years ago.
Ms Dutton began by telling of her early career in the family
meat packing business, which prepared her for her later TV
shows since early on she learned to identify baloney!
She has interviewed Police Chief Parks several times, and
feels that the media has been very one-sided in their
reporting on him. For instance, he is blamed for the
decline in police hiring - yet this is handled by Personnel,
over which he has no control. Personnel, in turn, is
bound by Consent Decrees. These have come from the
recommendations of the Christopher Committee, and they
severely limit hiring procedures - dictating ethnic and
gender mix, for instance, without regard to final results.
Another point of contention with the Union, in particular, is
their desire to start the 3/12 program, which would allow
police to work three 12-hour shifts, and then have the rest of
the week off. Chief Parks, along with former Chief
Davis, plus former Mayor Riordan, felt this had not worked
elsewhere, and that it would reduce the number of officers on
patrol duty. These realistic points were not covered by
the media, and the new head of the Police Protective League,
Mitzi Grasso, has been an effective spokesperson for the Union
during this whole process.
The Christopher Commission was appointed in response to the
1992 riots and the Rodney King beating. It is still
being implemented - often delayed because of the opposition by
the Union. But these recommendations were in direct
response to the problems then apparent in the LAPD. Again,
the media doesn't point this out. Another result of the
new influence of the Union is that the new police chief, plus
the three deputy chiefs (and remember, our own PDG Andy
Anderson was one of them when he retired) will now be
appointed by the politicians, rather than by exam as before.
Ms Dutton feels that the main reason why Chief Parks wants
reappointment is to validate his past five years of service.
She will be interviewing him shortly, and asked us for
questions to submit - surprise, there were several! An
important opportunity for WVRC members - Ms Dutton's
"Full Disclosure" appears on Channel 77 at 0930 on
Sundays, and on Channel 75 on Monday and Thursday evenings at
8:30 - Thank you for a candid and informative
presentation, Leslie Dutton.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe.