Program Chair:
  Peggy Bloomfield
March 26, 2009   

April 9
Peggy Buker

May 12
District Breakfast

Next Week...
April 2
Matthew Budoff, MD, Cardiologist, UCLA Bio-Med

Upcoming Programs...
April 9
Peggy Buker, Providence Trinity Care Hospice Foundation

April 30 - May 3
District Conference, Newport Hyatt
All Officers and Committee Chairs must attend

May 12
District Breakfast - LAX
All Officers and Committee Chairs must attend
Westin Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles

May 16
District Assembly
All Officers and Committee Chairs must attend

June 27
Demotion Dinner, Beach Club

This Week...
We had an early and truncated meeting to accommodate the memorial service for Mary Francis Cox, beloved spouse of our own George Cox. George, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

ELLIOTT TURNER and MARK BLOCK jointly led the Pledge (I guess between them they knew all of the words). We skipped the song. PREXY SEAN gave some heartwarming and personal observations about the recent passing of long-time and 56 year perfect attendance pp JIM DOWNIE, and led us in a moment of silence in his memory. SEAN read several e-mails about JIM DOWNIE, some of which are excerpted below:

PDG ANDY ANDERSON: “Jim always was ready to create for his Rotary friends and always willing to play the piano, organ, or his portable keyboard for our holiday parties, our family picnics, and many other memorable events. He always was there to help and to make any Rotary event just a bit more fun for all of his friends. He and Margie are irreplaceable in our Rotary family and we shall always remember him with love.”

RAY ZICKFELD: “The memories that we all will have of Jim are widespread.  I was fortunate to be a part of the group that received his communications from time to time dealing with many subjects that helped one to be appreciative of what was around us.  I have many of them still in my computer, and take the opportunity to pass them on to others for fun and inspiration.  We express our deepest sympathy to a wonderful family and thanks to Jim for the thoughts that he passed on to us over the years.”

LEO TSENG: “No words can adequately convey my sorrow in the loss of Jim to his childhood sweetheart Margie and to WVRC.  My thoughts and prayers are with Margie and his family.”

PREXY SEAN observed that the Irish way of dealing with the death of a loved one is to celebrate their life. SEAN then proceeded to tell us another Irish bar joke.

MARCIA BROUS thanked STEVE SCHERER and his lovely wife DEBBIE for a warm and thoroughly enjoyable yearling get together at their home. MARCIA then announced her desire for the friendly WVRC to engage in happy and sad bucks, which was met with great enthusiasm. Happy and sad bucks were offered by RICK BROUS, STEVE SCHERER, JOHN SINGLETON, ANDY ANDERSON, DAVE FRIEDMAN, CHRIS BRADFORD, MARK ROGO, DON NELSON and RON KLEPETAR, which resulted in an additional $21 to the WVRC treasury.

MARK KRAUSE thought we should engage in some proper religious humor: A Tyson sales rep visits the Pope and tells him “Have I got a deal for you . . . if you change the Lord’s prayer from ‘give us our daily bread’ to ‘give us our daily chicken,’ Tyson will give the Church $500 million. The Pope said the word of the Lord must not be changed. The Pope then rejected Tyson’s $1 billion offer, “The word of the Lord must not be changed.” The Tyson sales rep then told the Pope, “This is Tyson’s last and best offer: we’ll pay the Church $5 billion to change the Lord’s prayer to read, ‘give us our daily chicken,’ please think about it.” The Pope later met with the College of Cardinals and said, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news: the good news is Tyson is giving the Church $5 billion; the bad news is we’ve lost the Wonderbread account.”

RICK BROUS and ELLIOTT TURNER both gave us a few thoughts to ponder. PREXY SEAN gave us another few thoughts to ponder:

Among Mark Twain’s numerous sage observations:

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

Winston Churchill found time to declare:

“For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings, while the inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

G. Gordon Liddy described a liberal as: “someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

And it was Thomas Jefferson who warned that:

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”

PREXY SEAN’s thought for the day: How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.

Little YOE, Mark Block


Sean McMillan

President Elect
Ed Gauld

Vice President
Mark Block

Don Nelson

Shane Waarbroek

Executive Secretary
Ernie Wolfe, Jr.

Past President
Chris Bradford

Community Service Chair
Leah Vriesman
International Service Chair
Mark Rogo
Membership Chair
Steve Scherer
Vocational Service Chair
Curt Smith
Youth Service Chair
J.R. Dzubak



Dong Kurn Lee

   Chuck Anderson
Redondo Beach Rotary

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