The Windmill
Program Chair:  Paul Aslan January 9, 2014
This Week...

January 14
District Breakfast 
January 16
Steve Scherer
"2014 Economic Forecast"



January 23
Steve Sann
"A Historic Ride Down the Development of Westwood Village"

January 30
Calvin Chan & Janice Kamenir-Reznick    
"Myanmar Water Project and Jewish World Watch"
January 16
PP Steve Scherer
"2014 Economic Forecast"

January 23

Steve Sann

"A Historic Ride Down the Development of Westwood Village"

PP Gordon Fell led us in the pledge of allegiance and then things started going wrong.  Jim Crane was MIA for the invocation, but Dr. Colby did a fine impromptu job of filling in.  When Jim did arrive, he walked into a $25 fine, duly noted by Terry the Treasurer.
Speaking of fines, we heard that PP Steve Scherer was missing since his son's wedding, which deserves a fine, but who can serve him with notice?  His long-time partner PP Ron Lyster gladly agreed to bear the good tidings ($100).  So much for having a lawyer for a partner.
When it was disclosed that the Friedmans sold Steve the wedding ring, Prez Mark was into his windup before realizing that there were eight (8) Friedmans at the table immediately in front of him.  Not wanting Lenny to run him down in his wheelchair, Mark showed them mercy (or was he in fear of his imminent roast)?  
PP Lyster came forward with a fine banner from the Rotary Club of Dublin, which exempted him from being fined for a lovely vacation.  Then Phil Gabriel, who has been reverse-ageing like Dorian Gray, regaled us with his story of learning his merchant craft at the knee of Lenny Friedman, who seems to be campaigning to steal John Wooden's throne as the Wizard of Westwood.  But there must be some truth to the tale, since Katherine Hennigan, Director of Economic Development, came all the way from Councilman Koretz's office to throw a heavy plaque at Lenny.  He dodged artfully, then she read the inscription honoring him for a lifetime of service as a pioneer and civic leader in Westwood.  We were impressed, because big plaques like this are generally only given to public servants who are paid for their service.  Hearing of Lenny's granddaughter's recent marriage, however, Prez Mark levied a $50 fine on his insolent son David-father of the bride.  
It being a big day for plaques, our member Diane Good presented Prez Mark with a nice one for WVRC for our continued support of programs for the homeless at the Salvation Army Transitional Center where she is the CEO.  Diane also told us about Project Gratitude which is an effort to support our troops in combat areas with letters expressing our thanks.  She distributed some stationery that we can bring back next week with our sentiments.  Having spent some rough years in Korea myself (not during the shooting war), I'll be sure to add my thanks.

Tom Barron, Membership Chair, then performed his favorite duty-inducting a new member into WVRC.  Marcie Rogo, in spite of her father, has joined our new Rotary Impact group of young professionals.  Tom swore her in and Prez Mark pinned her, calling her "the fun one" among his progeny.

Tom had more fun introducing Matthew Guillory, another Young Professional member who was ready with his craft talk.  Matthew is a particularly valuable new member who has already started up a Rotary Impact Club in Mission Valley which expanded to 27 members in only nine months.  Born in San Bernadino, he seems to have been the entire athletic squad for Hesperia High before going on to San Diego State where he graduated at the top of his class in Finance.  Not surprisingly, he now is a mortgage banker and travels throughout the state, as well as pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine, so we won't see him here every week.  
With Secretary Ann Samson sidelined by flu, VP Colby Smith called for some gentle Hump Day roasting of our incumbent Prez.  IPP Dwight Heikkila revealed that Mark was the creative genius behind much of Ed Jackson's Demotion Skit, though we weren't privileged to see the raciest stuff.  Mark gave "Mad Dog" Marsha Hunt her nickname and also produced the Westwood Village Rappers in their infamous and indecent performance at the "W" Hotel where they are no longer welcome.  Dwight  promised to continue as Mark's ethical guide and protect us all from the "black hole" that is Mark's mind.
The next roaster, Mark Barshop, who claims to have known Mark closely 36 years, took the gloves off and pummeled the Prez thoroughly with unkind cuts about weight, ethnicity, professional and personal indelicacies.  He began a story about certain "shortcomings" that could only have ended badly, when he looked up and saw the Prez's Posse (Mom, Wife, and Daughter) in shock.  Calculating the number of Rotarians between him and the exit, he relented in his attack and we all breathed a sigh of relief.  I realized at that moment that Rotarians only like to "play" at roasting and should leave the real roast to the carnivores.

Prez Mark, showing no nervousness, magnaminously invited all comers to take their best shots, but none were game and all were happy to call it a Hump Day.

-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

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