The Windmill
Program Chair:  Sally Brant February 21,  2013

This Week...  


February 28    

Carmen Trutanich, City Attorney
"Why I Should Be Re-elected"          




March 7   

Ken Himmler   

"Creating Sound Financial Strategies for the Days Ahead" 

March 9  

Reading to Kids
Magnolia Elementary

District 5280 Student Arts Contests
Loyola Marymount University

March 12   

District Breakfast
Westin LAX Hotel

February 28
Carmen Trutanich
"Why I Should Be Re-elected"

March 7
Ken Himmler
"Creating Sound Financial Strategies"


Terry R. White led us in the flag salute and Mark Rogo performed the Invocation.

Our Guests were Judy Wessling, Sarah Mallory from Councilman Paul Koretz's  office and Lenny's other son. 

Our Merchant Minute presenter was  Brittany from the Napa Valley Grill.

Napa Valley Grill has $4 valet parking and:

         3:00 to 5:00 happy hour

         11:30 to 3:00 lunch

         5:30 to late dinner

They have semi private rooms for meetings or large groups- and a very reasonable minimum. 


         Next week is spouse's week and a special  surprise--make sure to show up to find out what!  In addition, bring your calendars to sign up for dinner with a Past President.

         Tuesday, March 12 District Breakfast- New Generations will host-contact Don Nelson to join our table.

         There is going to be a Rotaract Ethics conference/competition for Rotaractors and a contest for Uni high school local winners in music, speech, dance and art.

         March 9 Reading to Kids at Magnolia Elementary-sign up on the website.

         District Conference May 3, 4, 5 in Santa Barbara-enjoy the special room rate.

Program Chair Sally Brant introduced  Gil Garcetti (former LA District Attorney):  "Why My Son, Eric, Wants To Be Mayor of Los Angeles" Eric Garcetti asked his father  to step in today when he was invited to a live TV interview at LAX.  

Today, Gil will be standing in for his son, Eric, who is running for the office of mayor of Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is currently serving as the Councilmember representing the 13th Council District. He was Los Angeles City Council President from 2006 until 2012.

A fourth-generation Angeleno, Eric was born at Good Samaritan Hospital and was raised in the San Fernando Valley. Both sides of his family first settled in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood, on one side after escaping the violence of the Mexican revolution, on the other amidst the persecution of Jews within the Russian empire.

Eric studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow. He taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California before being elected to the City Council.

Eric has been widely recognized for his groundbreaking policy initiatives. His environmental work was honored with the Green Cross Millennium Award from former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev. He won a Tiger Award from the Valley Industry and Commerce Association for spearheading business tax reforms. Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, on behalf of the Kennedy Library and family, presented Garcetti with the prestigious New Frontier Award, which is given annually to an elected official under 40 who best embodies John F. Kennedy's vision of leadership and idealism.

Like his father, Eric is an avid photographer; he is also a jazz pianist and composer and is an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve. He lives in Silver Lake with his wife, Amy.

Gil Garcetti opened by sharing a few personal things about his son, Eric, such as he was a published photographer before his father and that this campaign has been going on for a year and a half!

The elder Garcetti asked that you look what Gil has done not just what he says and where he served as councilman.  He wants to replicate what he has done in his district for the city -- implementing after-school programs, a citizenship academy with over 300 participants in Hollywood who learn how government  works to improve your communities, bring back jobs, clean up graffiti, reduce crime, etc.

Though he is hardly an unbiased spokesman for his son, Gil Garcetti made a compelling argument that his son should be elected major.  His presentation was free of name-calling as he focused on Eric's accomplishments and other positive qualifications.

Next week, Carmen Trutanich tells us  why he would like to be elected City Attorney again.  Be sure to show up for the special surprise.

-YYE Aly Shoji


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Meets: Thursday, 12:30 PM, UCLA Faculty Center
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President Elect
Mark Rogo
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Secretary Aly Shoji
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Treasurer - Don Nelson
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International Service
Marsha Hunt
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Vocational Service
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New Generations Service
Jim Crane
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Rotary Foundation Chair
Steve Day
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Mike Newman
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Membership - Colby Smith
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Sook Heikkila
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Sakuji Tanaka

Lew Bertrand

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