The Windmill
Program Chair:  Paul Aslan January 16, 2014
This Week...

January 28 
Interact Art/Music/Dance/Speech Contest
University High School

January 30
Calvin Chan 
"Myanmar Water Project" 


February 1
Rotary Impact Event 
LA Food Bank

February 6
DG Doug Baker   
"District Governor's Visit"                       

February 7
Chinese New Year Dinner
Palace Sea Food 
January 30
Calvin Chan & Janice Kamenir-Reznick
"Myanmar Water Project and Jewish World Watch"
February 6
DG Doug Baker
"District Governor's Visit"

President Mark welcomed everyone to the friendly Westwood Village Rotary Club.

PE Aly Shoji led us in the pledge.  Paul Marrone (Tony's son) led us in a special Invocation/moment of silence in honor of his father and our past Club member.


Health and Welfare:
  • Peter's sister Margaret Moore Chi passed away on Jan 8, and his mother is now in the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Hospital.  We are sending your family condolences and good wishes. 
  • Jack Paul will be back soon!  He is much better from his car accident and extensive rehab.
Visiting Rotarians included: Jim Snee From the Rotary Club in Santa Fe New Mexico and our honorary member, AG Linton Morgan from Inglewood Rotary Club. Colby's lovely wife, Stacy visited with us today, Jonathan Kantor from our newly formed Rotary Impact group (and also hosted the last Impact mtg at his office, thank you!)  Mavis Yao was a special guest to our Club today and then it is always so nice to have Shirley More, Pat Anderson, and Sally Phillips join us for lunch.


No song or merchant minute this week, and lucky for us, it was a whirlwind meeting!


  • Our Secretary, Ann Samson, announced our annual Valentine's lunch will be on Sunday, 2/16 at Lawrys starting at 11:30a.m. It's always a nice meal and we hope you will join us this year!
  •  Don Nelson gave an overview of the most recent Rotary District breakfast where attorney, Mark Veragos, spoke. 
  • There is a conflict resolution event in Turkey on Feb. 11 if you are interested, please contact the District for more info.
  • The World Health Organization will certify India polio free in February after three consecutive years without one reported case of polio.
  • Jim Crane announced the local district art, dance, music, and speech competition is Tuesday Jan 28. We need volunteer judges at 3:00 to be at Uni High.  Please let Mark or Jim Crane know asap if you are interested and available.
  • Stacy Smith shared that the Rotary Impact group has been meeting since Nov 2013. Their next project is Feb 1 where they will be volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank assembling food packages for over 23,000 low income seniors, women with infants, and children in Los Angeles. If you are interested in joining them, please log on and register at:  password is oranges or contact Stacie Must be 14 years old to participate and wear closed toed shoes.
  • President Mark gave himself the Turkey of the month award for inviting guests without discretion the week before (and with his wife and daughter present!)  Bad move, Turkey! ;) 


  • April 12 District Day of Service
  • April 1 Rotoract Ethics Competition at Loyola Marymount University
  • March 1 music art dance & speech competition also at Loyola
  • May 15-18 Annual District Conference at Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells
PP Steve Scherer welcomed us to Investment Advisors Day 

The first one was back on Dec 14, 1989 24 years ago. Andy Anderson was the club's President and Jim Sumner led this program.  The Dow then was at 2700.  Gold was $408 ounce
The WVRC seemed to have a 3 year hiatus from this program since 2011.  So PP Steve Scherer framed today's talk to a timeframe that started with  the 2008 meltdown, the last year of the Bush administration, and the last two years of Obama's first term and first year of second term for this programs analysis.
 Unfortunately there was a lot of data given that I was not able to capture and have asked to have delivered through the Windmill but have yet to receive per this "publishing."
Our esteemed panelists today including PP Steve Scherer were, Youth Chair Jim Crane, PP Dwight Heikkila, and BOD Brian Whitney.
Jim shared we saw an increase in dividends because NY Life did well in equities .  He suggested Exxon Mobil b/c he was asked to provide an energy stock. Jim also suggested our members take the online quiz on Exxon's website. He predicts the DOW will increase by 10% as the demand for energy will surpass our population growth.
Dwight's estimates are Bullish for the DOW & S&P
Predictions for 12/31/2014:
1-year Treasury: up 15%
10-yr Treasury: up to 3.4%
S & P 500: 2200 by end of year
Dow Jones Industrials: ending the year at 19700
Energy sector stock choice: Core Labs (CLB)
Brian Whitney is an asset allocator and big picture guy instead of individual stocks, but he discussed the Treasury Bubble and chose TransOcean b/c it is beaten down.  He prefers to look at "straw hats" in Jan $47.49/share
Steve recommended Uranium Energy Corportation UEC
 $1.70 /share. And ended our program with the sound advice to, "Buy Low and sell high!"  
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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