The Windmill
Program Chair:  Mark Rogo August 1,  2013
This Week...
August 8
Simon Board, Ph.D.                              
"Design of Online Reputation Mechanisms"
August 9
Literacy Breakfast                              


August 15
Dr. Ann Coscarelli, Director
"Simms-Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology"

August 22
Dr. Matt Malkan
"Origins, the Grand Philosophical Question"

August 29
Jim Crane & UCLA Rotaract
"Our Future Leaders Run the Meeting!"
August 8
Simon Board, Ph.D.
"Design of Online Reputation Mechanisms"
August 15 
Dr. Ann Coscarelli
"Simms-Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology"
President Rogo welcomed everyone to the friendly Westwood Village Rotary and invited Phil Gabriel up to the podium to lead the pledge.  Jim Crane followed with the invocation.

President Mark shared the health and welfare update:
  • Jim Collins continues to recover and we miss him.
  • A card for Andy Anderson was at the table for members to sign and President Mark said he was planning a visit if anyone wants to join him next week.  Pat and Andy are near and dear to us even if not here at our meetings weekly.  Please also keep in your thoughts and prayers, Rick Cullen.
Introduction of Visiting Rotarian, Benozzo Mateo. Guests today were: Jonathan Kim formerly of the Westlake Rotary considering joining ours.  A financial Advisor Mark from Rancho Park Club Chair of peace and conflict resolution and since he is a mediator there are a lot of things locally and internationally by teaching gangs mediation re: gang lines Mediation training and Mediators beyond borders in Instanbul
Sept 24-26 mediator training
Rotarian and non Rotarian Peace Makers
VTT Vocational Training Team will train in Columbia 

  • Past President, Chris Bradford, shared info about the Japanese Exchange Student visit on Aug 7 - they have/had a very full agenda
  • Aug 9 is the literacy breakfast at Lawrys - if interested contact Jim Crane or go to District website

Chris Gaynor's senior craft talk was our program today!  He started off by sharing that 32 years ago today he married lovely Rose. They both went to UCLA although they never met here.  Her parents are from Hong Kong and came to the US for college.  Her mom went to law school, was a concert pianist and came to the US at the age of 16 for college and had three girls. Chris said he was speechless after seeing all three sisters. (He was actually speechless at our meeting too for a minute recalling his luck and his wife's beauty - so sweet!) He met Rose thru a friend who was dating Karen, her sister, who played tennis.  They married nine months before her sister Karen and his friend.

Chris' father, mother, sister, brother, aunts, and his son are ALL Bruins!  

Born in LA, his parents bought their first house in 1955 and still live there.  Chris shared he put 40% down with 6% interest on his first house in the 1980s for $110K. Then moved to Pacific Palisades and bought a home for $285k in 1983 they sold that home in 1996 for 500+ and shared how he insisted to his wife of 27 years the importance of living without debt. 

They have 2 children Nicole born in 1986 and their son, Scott.  Both went to collage, have jobs, and are now "off payroll!"  Scott went to Sonoma State also played tennis.

Chris' dad is also a CPA so he was NOT going to be a CPA ha ha Then went back for his Masters at Northridge and found out he was good at accounting. Chris was a competitive swimmer and taught lessons and thru a client started working at PwC in 1975 as a 25 year old.  He worked as the assigner and shared accounting horror stories.  In 1978 he started working with his father in BH then moved to the West side in the 1980s. In addition to tax, Chris also learned he has a knack for controversy aka as audits.  As long as HE is not audited he finds them fascinating Govt holds IRS or attorneys or especially tax attorneys to a higher standard should they ever be audited bc they should know better!
Please never use the commercials on TV -phone Chris, Steve Day, Gordon Fell If you are a professional in CA who owes back taxes. Also does estate planning.

He stresses to his clients, "Time goes quickly, set money aside and save bc people are living longer It costs more to live as you age especially with health costs Who will support you at age 99?"
Chris loves to travel, has gone to the US Open every year since 1997.  Last year brought family to Tanzania and shared pics from the Western Serengeti.

Thanks, Chris, for sharing!

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




Doug Baker

Community Service

 Diane Good 

(818) 706-6838 


International Service
Marsha Hunt

(310) 500-9828   


Youth Service 

(310) 733-678


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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