The Windmill
Program Chair:  Sally Brant May 10,  2013
This Week...
May 16 
Judge Anthony Mohr                                   
"The Legal System"

May 23    
Terese Campbell
"New Member Craft Talk"                          

May 30 
John Mirisch, Mayor of Beverly Hills
"State of the City
May 16 
Judge Anthony Mohr
"The Legal System"
May 23 
Terese Campbell
"Craft Talk"

Special Joint Meeting with Santa Monica Rotary Club
The Riviera Country Club

Santa Monica Rotary Club president Judy Neveu opened the program at our annual joint meeting at the Riviera Country Club.  It was a beautiful day and the barbecue buffet was set out on the veranda overlooking the golf course.

WVRC showed up 33 members strong, but was somewhat overpowered by at least 75 Santa Monica attendees.  Our own PDG Bill Goodwyn delivered the invocation and pres Dwight was given two minutes to address the crowd.  He noted that on May 10, 1773, the British Parliament passed the infamous Tea Act which led to the Revolutionary War.  65 years later, on May 10 again, John Wilkes Booth was born.  We did not notice any such disasters during our meeting.  We congratulated the SMRC for their strong showing at the District Conference Awards, where we enjoyed similar success.

President Judy made a strong impression by inducting four members into their club that day.  Their usual announcements sounded a lot like our own.  The strain of jamming so many items into the one hour meeting became apparent when Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" concluded in 45 unrecognizable seconds.  We may need to provide Maestro Lenny Friedman's services at our next joint meeting.

This haste, however, did provide our well-informed speaker enough time to educate us about the current state of our oceans.  Dr. Garen Baghdasarian, educated at UCLA, is a professor of marine biology at Santa Monica College and came armed with some startling graphics and photos about the 70% of our world that is the oceans.  As if we weren't worried enough about global and ocean warming, he showed us some alarming evidence of massive pollution, particularly from waste plastic, that is changing and destroying ocean life.  As good-intentioned as our cleanup efforts have been, they have but small effect on this build-up of our toxic garbage.  

A serious wake-up call for most of us, I'm sure, but one crisis at a time.  It was a sunny Friday afternoon at the Riviera and the weekend lay before us.

-YYE Aly Shoji

Westwood Village
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 24114, Los Angeles, CA 90024-0114
Meets: Thursday, 12:30 PM, UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Club President - Dwight Heikkila
(310) 820-6090

President Elect
Mark Rogo
(310) 385-3164

Vice-President/Club Service
Leah Vriesman
(310) 844-4224

Secretary Aly Shoji
(310) 301-3014

Treasurer - Don Nelson
(310) 472-9488

Past President - Ed Jackson
(800) 214-3810

Community Service - John Heidt
(310) 474-0938

International Service
Marsha Hunt
(310) 500-9828

Vocational Service
Richard Thompson
(310) 408-2822

New Generations Service
Jim Crane
(310) 733-6783

Rotary Foundation Chair
Steve Day
(310) 670-5013

Publicity/Public Relations
Mike Newman
(310) 208-7723

Membership - Colby Smith
(310) 948-9198

WVRC Auxiliary
Eloise Siskel
(310) 472-2509

Sook Heikkila
(310) 820-6090

Sakuji Tanaka

Lew Bertrand

NEARBY MAKEUP SITES: Monday, Beverly Hills: BH Hotel, 9641 Sunset / Tuesday, Inglewood: Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd, Inglewood / Wednesday, Century City: Hyatt Regency Century City, in the Breeze Cafe, Culver City: Culver City Elks Club, 11160 Washington Blvd., Culver City, or  Wilshire: The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd, LA / Friday, Santa Monica: Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Dr, Pacific Palisades
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