The Windmill
Program Chair:  Mark Rogo August 22,  2013
This Week...
August 29
Jim Crane & UCLA Rotaract
"Our Future Leaders Run the Meeting!"


September 5
Eric Loberg & Mike Newman
"Senior Craft Talks"
August 29 
Jim Crane & UCLA Rotaract
"Our Future Leaders Run the Meeting!"
September 5  
Eric Loberg & Mike Newman
"Senior Craft Talks"

President Mark Rogo welcomed everyone to the warm and friendly Westwood Village Rotary Club. 
Our esteemed Treasurer, Terry M. White, led us in our pledge with our Vice President, Dr. Colby Smith, providing the invocation today.
No song today - we clearly are missing Dr. Paul "Frankie" Aslan!
Health and welfare:  An update on Dan Price and President Mark is trying to visit Andy Anderson in the next couple of days.  Good news - John O'Keefe is on the mend and doing well!  Even PDG Bill Goodwyn was in attendance today without glasses after cataract surgery looking good!
Visiting Rotarian, Assistant Governor Linton Morgan from Inglewood Rotary Club, was introduced.Mark Rogo introduced special guest, Zachary Brandler, from his Coldwell Banker office and of course the lovely Karen Ayers. Phil Gabriel introduced his special guest, Ron Zeidler,  a dentist in Century City who also happens to be a distinguished alum of University High ;)  Jim Collins had his youngest son, Mike Collins, joining him again today and Marsha Hunt introduced her guest, Lisa Deaton. And our speaker Dr. Matt Malkan and Emilien Chatelier, from his Department.

In addition to embarrassing Jim Collins by calling him aka Superman as he and Mike strolled in, our lovely Secretary Ann Samson announced on Sept 8 at 3:00p.m. the Westside Family YMCA and Stroh family will celebrate Lewis "Lou" Stroh's life at the Freud Playhouse on UCLA Campus 245 Charles E. Young Drive, LA, CA 90095  Parking is available in parking structure #3 for 12  Family has requested donations in memory of Lew be directed to the "Westside Family YMCA"  Your written memories are welcome in the memory box for the Stroh Family on the day of the service.

Mark will be going to Palo Alto to visit his beautiful grand daughter, Kira.  He committed while there to attend the Palo Alto University Rotary Club where they commit to having a woman President every other year.  He then showed the membership some Slides of Phil Gabriel and Aly Shoji.  Did you know Phil was a model in the 80's and on billboards all over LA?  We had proof!  And someone thinks Aly Shoji's Doppelganger is this CNBC anchor lol

Asst Gov, Linton Morgan, asked "Who is our Membership Chair?"  Tom Barron "And who is on the committee?"  Everyone!  And made a pitch for membership.

Past President Dwight Heikkila shared Reading to Kids is in need of 90 more readers for Sept 14.

Today's program was Dr. Matt Malkan, astrophysicist, and UCLA Professor of Astronomy.  He discussed, "Origins, the Grand Philosophical Question"

How did the Universe happen?  5 step answer: 
  1. Did the Universe happen?   
  2. Does it have a beginning or:  
  3. ...did it always exist like this?   
  4. Olbers Paradox: Why does it get dark at night?   
  5. Then Olber's Paradox refined:
This answer was only accepted about 200 years ago by a renowned astronomer using elementary techniques.  Special tools were used to measure the rate at which the universe is expanding, and by reversing the speed, a theory was developed that the universe began about 13.7 billion years ago.  However, professor Malkan is still unsettled and admitted his unease at accepting a theory that left so  many open answers, such as what triggered the initial cosmic explosion and at what point will the expansion end?  This led many to surmise religious answers to scientific theories, still leaving questions open for interpretation today. 
On a different note, Chris Gaynor's senior craft talk will be posted in our archives once our Webmaster PP Ron Lyster returns from his trip. If you missed the meeting. I went on vacation and apologize for the delayed publishing as his craft talk was one of my favorite programs!  

Hope everyone had a great summer.

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

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

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