The Windmill
Program Chair:  Mark Rogo July 25,  2013
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August 1
Chris Gaynor
"Senior Craft Talk"
This Week...
August 1
Chris Gaynor 
"Senior Craft Talk"

August 8 
Simon Board, Ph.D. 
"Designing Online Reputation Mechanisms"
August 9 
Literacy Breakfast
Lawry's Steakhouse 

August 15
Dr. Ann Coscarelli, Director
"Simms-Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology"
August 8 
Simon Board, Ph.D. 
"Designing Online
Reputation Mechanisms" 
President Mark Rogo welcomed everyone to the friendly Westwood Village Rotary Club and invited PP Ed Gauld up to lead the pledge.  Vocational Chair, Dick Thompson, followed to provide the invocation.
For this week's Health and Welfare Update, President Mark asked us to please sign cards for Sunny Friedman suffering under colon and lung cancer and Jim Collins as he thankfully continues his recovery.  There will be cards to sign for other members next week as well.
Visiting Rotarians and visitors were introduced, including: LA 5 guests and Rotaractors, as well as our speaker panel at the head table.
July Birthdays!
  • Tom Barron- July 25
  • Rick Cullen- July 8 
  • Gordon Fell- July 18 
  • David Friedman- July 22 
  • Aly Shoji- July 23 
  • Ed Gauld- July 4 
  • Hank Heuer- July 4 
  • Jack Paul- July 31 
  • Sally Phillips- July 29 
  • Yosh Setoguchi- July 19 
President Mark enacted a new honor that the Board supported unanimously at last night's Board meeting and the first recipient of the
Rotarian of the Month is...........Ralph Beasom!  Ralph has loyally set-up our club's badges and house committee support EVERY WEEK FOR DECADES!  He is always one of the first to greet members and we cherish him and his behind the scenes service that keeps our wheel turning.  Thank you, Ralph!
Visiting ADG Lytton said a few words
  • Aug 7 we will be part of hosting Japanese International Students Visit with a very full schedule and if you want to be involved, please let Past President Chris Bradford or President Mark know asap.
  • Reminder: if interested in the upcoming San Francisco/Chinatown trip on the weekend of Oct 24 - contact Leo Tseng.
  • Aug 9 is the Literacy Breakfast if you'd like more details, please ask
  • Oct 6 is a District Picnic at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach
  • Mark Rogo asked for House Committee volunteers and will have Vice President Colby Smith follow-up.
  • President Mark passed out "But We've Always Done It That Way" buttons with those words crossed OUT and shared this is District Governor, Doug Baker's, motto re: stale or out-dated policies and procedures and our WVRC Club President is happy to embrace this philosophy.
On to our program!
Susan Berk, President of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club informed us they meet Mondays at the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch that costs $38.  Part of the reason they have such nice venues to meet and keep costs affordable is their members are the managers of this hotel etc.  In addition to their lunch costs, each member is required to pay up front:
  • $350/year for membership
  • $275/ year for ?
  • $100 toward their Paul Harris membership and then another
  • $1000 for their Paul Harris Society requirement
So the first year in their club is the hardest economically but they know their members commit financially at least to their goals.  Beverly Hills currently has:
  • 157 active members
  • 15 honorary members
  • 15 young professionals
Their programs are booked through the end of the year and include musical performers, politicians, UCLA professors, Sheriff Lee Baca, etc. and at the end of August, they will be hosting a night to network with members and their young professionals with games such as speed dating etc.
Ken Chong, President of the LA 5 Rotary said he feels their club is very insular, meaning their members are not inclined to leave downtown, so he challenged his club to go out to other Rotary clubs and see how they run their meetings and what activities others are involved in.  He had a few members from his club join him today who were wonderful to meet!  They meet Fridays at the California Cluband currently have 350 members. LA5 has an $8M Endowment so their club gives away $250K/year.  Ken's focus is on scholarships b/c he has seen the kids who go from living under the bridges to going to college and transforming lives.  He has a goal to raise an additional $100K this year to add to the scholarship fund.  He is looking forward to Tuesday
Nov 26 for our combined meetings for the UCLA/USC football game!
Guity Javid, President of the Rancho Park Rotary shared that their club came about as former Rotarians from Iran came together and formed the First Ethnic Club for Rotary. This Iranian/Persian community meets at Olympic and Sawtelle at The Olympic Collection Our President Mark attended one of their meetings but confessed he did not understand a word as they conduct their meetings entirely in Farsi.  There are four things she tries to share each week:
  1. What Rotary is doing around the world
  2. A Rotary lesson
  3. A market update
  4. Trade fellowship
On Aug 7 the Assistant Director of the FBI will be their speaker and one of the projects their club is involved in is gang violence prevention.  The Rancho Park Rotary club also sponsored the first Interact Club for girls at Notre Dame Academy.
Nat Trives, President of the Santa Monica Rotary shared their club was established in 1922 then in 1929 gave birth to the Westwood Village Rotary Club. They meet Fridays at The Riviera Country Clubat 12:15p.m.  They currently have 146 members but his goal is to net 30 new members by adding corporate memberships.  They are also a 100% Paul Harris club so their first year is more expensive b/c of these initial dues similar to Beverly Hills.  He emphasized he does NOT want a "writing checks and go get my car club" and listed several of their projects from Heal the Bay to scholarships.  In December he will be having a celebration for his 80th birthday at Pacific Park in Santa Monica and welcomed all of us to join in the fun and fellowship.
Thank you President Mark Rogo for inviting all of these fine clubs to share with our membership. It was a really terrific meeting!
YYE & PE, 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

Mark Rogo

(213) 280-6415


President Elect 

Aly Shoji

 (310) 592-4893  


Vice-President/Club Service
Colby Smith

(310) 948-9198



Ann Samson 

 (310) 577-2307



Terry M. White

(310) 704-5802


Immediate Past President

PP Dwight Heikkila

(323) 573-3009  


Community Service

 Diane Good 

(818) 706-6838 


International Service
Marsha Hunt

(310) 500-9828   


Youth Service 

(310) 733-6783  

Interact Chair

Ann Samson

(310) 577-2307


RI Pilot  Program

PP Ed Jackson

(310) 836-9085 


Directors At-Large

Paul Aslan

 (310) 666-3925   

AG Gordon Fell

 (310) 839-0478

PP Don Nelson

 (310) 472-9488

Brian Whitney

(310) 210-8394


Vocational Service   (310) 408-2822  

Rotary Foundation Co-Chairs
PP Steve Day

(310) 670-5013 

AG Gordon Fell

(310) 839-0478


WVRC Foundation Endowments

PP Don Nelson

(310) 472-9488


Social Media

PP Ron Lyster

(310) 400-0678


Membership Co-Chairs

Tom Barron

(310) 476-3871

David Friedman

(818) 439-1669  


Meeting Setup

Ralph Beasom

(310) 472-8023


Visitor Check-in

Phil Gabriel

(310) 985-4488


Membership Directory

 PP Don Nelson 

(310) 472-9488



Paul Aslan

 (310) 666-3925



PP Peter More

 (310) 502-2933

PP Richard Thompson

(310) 408-2822 


WVRC Auxiliary President

 Sook Heikkila

(310) 820-6090

Ron Burton



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