November 30, 2000


As usual, we started off with the Pledge, led by MIKE YOUSEM. Since he already had the floor, he reminded the 30 helpers who will be helping the Boys and Girls Club of Venice with their Christmas shopping on December 14th that the starting time was 6:15, promptly, please. Also, please check your calendars NOW - if you find you cannot be there on the 14th, do give him as much notice as possible - which doesn't include calls at 5 PM on the 14th, OK? Next the duo of LENNY FRIEDMAN and JACK HARRIS led us through It's A Grand Old Flag, with LENNY reminding us that it really is. NEAL ZASLAVSKY gave the Invocation, a thought focusing on the Jewish word Seduca, which means Justice, and how that should be important in our lives today, plus reminding all that to whom much is given, of him much is expected.

PP DAVE MORE reported that there were no visiting Rotarians, but several guests were present. DAVE MATSON brought along Edward Nguyen, a member of the Westwood Hills Christian Church, who is in the mortgage field. GEORGE DEA had as his guest Umi Hara, Co-President of our very active Rotaract Club. PP HOWIE HENKES introduced Captain Mike Hillman, Area Commander of the WLA Police Division, along with Sgt.. Joan Lauk and her husband, Sgt. Richard Lauk. PP HOWIE then briefly outlined what the Paul Harris Award means, and who it benefits. Sgt. Joan Lauk was invited forward, and HOWIE spoke of her distinguished 17-year career with the LAPD. She is being honored today as Police Officer of the Year, in particular for her expert handling of a face-off with an armed man earlier this year. This presentation was seconded with a standing ovation - always a sign of enthusiastic audience support and agreement. She graciously thanked us for this honor, accepting for the other 9,000 LAPD officers now serving, and again mentioning that she joined the police force because she believed she could make a difference - and she has, certainly. She was also quite complimentary to Capt Hillman.

LENNY FRIEDMAN rose to update us on the status of the former Macy's building - a year from now, Ralph's Market will be there, plus an upscale furniture store, with a couple of other tenants yet to come. Then the Bell Tolled - MONEY! JOHN SINGLETON was nicked for 500 clams, in honor of his forthcoming 10th grandchild, and he explained that the fine was really just a down payment on having all ten of them participate in the Japanese Student Exchange Program! December 6th the Rotary District AntiViolence Task Force Meeting will be in Lynwood - KEN KILPO or Prez STEVE has the details. Dec. 13th will be the Rotary Auxiliary Christmas Party - call Petie Henkes for reservations - it's at the Bloomfields, at 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $15.00. The next day, Thursday the 14th, the PaliHi Madrigal Singers will once again be our program. And that evening, MIKE YOUSEM'S Christmas shopping trip. On Friday the 15th HOWIE HENKES can still use a couple of volunteers to help serve the Christmas Luncheon at the Braille Institute. In addition to these verbal announcements, YOE was handed several items to bring to your attention.

RAY ZICKFELD reminds us that the Roster book can be revised up until the 15th of December. PP RALPH WOODWORTH would like to receive Program suggestions for the 3rd quarter - give him a ring, please. And Caroline Harris provides this update on the Webb School - the first school was in Bellbuckle, Tenn, starting in 1870, another was started in Knoxville, and then the son of the original founder moved to California and founded the local Webb School - they all started out as boys only, and all three today are co-ed. Caroline speaks with some authority on this subject, since both her son and son-in-law are Webb graduates.

The Head Table had more than its usual share of disreputable characters up there, looking down on the rest of us mere mortals. These were all jocks, or so they claimed, with the following specialties: PP JIM COLLINS, golf and tennis, PP CHRIS GAYNOR, tennis, HANK HUEUR, tennis and bicycling, PAUL SORRELL, golf (this, after a collegiate career at UOP in basketball), PP ERIC LOBERG, rowing and skiing, CLAWSON BLEAK (pronounced BLAKE, by the way), tennis, DONN CONNER, running and windsurfing, and BILL EDWARDS, tennis. They were there is support of Sue Enquist, Coach of the Softball Team at UCLA, and also our Speaker today.

PP JIM COLLINS introduced Sue, who came to UCLA in 1975 and has been there ever since. While an undergraduate, they won a NCAA title, and then as an assistant coach and later, co-coach, this record continued. She has been the Coach since 1997, and began by complimenting the Police Officers who were present for their commitment to the citizens of Los Angeles. She feels strongly that the most important thing for her student athletes is to have a quality experience, with their teammates, as students, and certainly with the coaches. In dealing with 18 to 22 year-old young women, she wants them to have a positive attitude - what she refers to as always believing the glass is half full - and if they combine that with giving 100% effort, they will be sure to be completely satisfied with their life. During this process, it's OK to fail - as lon

g as you are accountable for your part in any failure. S he has produced a 95% graduation rate with her students - but winning is never mentioned - giving your best effort is what counts. If you can look in the mirror, and like what you see, that prepares you for life - and that's really what college is all about. She cautioned against what she calls the Energy Suckers - they are everywhere, and must be guarded against. She pointed out that sports build confidence. In a recent survey of women executives in Fortune 500 companies, 82% reported being Tomboys as they were growing up. Sue also pointed out that sports help to protect against illness - osteoporosis and breast cancer being mentioned specifically. She did ask us to lobby for more coverage of women's sports in the newspapers - suggesting that they run 20 to l against women in coverage. She asked, "Have you ever tried to get a color poster of a female athlete", for instance?

On the recent Gold Medal softball team in Sydney, 6 of the 9 starters were from UCLA. And if UCLA had competed as a country, it would have ranked 13th in medals. She has 12 scholarships, and 18 team members, so some get full and others get partial help - everyone gets something. She reminds her team that if you get on base, and turn left four times, you've produced a RUN. She believes in the Cycle of Discipline - that is, the importance of time. Be on time, and be adult about your responsibility. Her players sit in the first three rows in class - because that's where the good students sit (and now let's not be mean and ask YOE where HE sat at UCLA…). As a player, she batted over .400, and her winning percentage for her teams is .833 (where are our football and basketball records?) Sue, you are a real example of positive thinking, and it shows in the performance of your team. I have heard from several of our members how outstanding this program was - Sue, thanks for being with us.

Thought for the Day - "No pain - no gain - and be sure to check with your doctor before beginning to sprint around the track".

YOE, Ernie Wolfe