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Speakers
Mama Hill and Abdur Rahman
Apr 25, 2018
Dealing With the Needs of Children
Jeff Weigel
May 02, 2018
Annual RBRC Community Foundation Meeting
Redondo Beach Young Professionals Meeting
May 09, 2018 6:30 PM
Redondo Beach Young Professionals Meeting
Estera Borsca, MA, LCSW
May 16, 2018
Peace Conversation Facilitator Program
Thais Viana
May 23, 2018
Craft Talk
Tribute to Ted Wendorff
May 30, 2018
Tribute to Ted Wendorff
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
Jun 06, 2018 6:00 PM
Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Community Foundation Scholarship Awards Reception
Moe Isono and Kai Yawalkar
Jun 13, 2018
Outbound Exchange Student Presentations
Walter Campbell
Jun 20, 2018
The Year in Review
 
Club Information

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach 
A 100% Paul Harris Club

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
United States
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Club Officers & Directors
President
President-Elect
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Club Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service Chair
Youth Service Chair
Peace Chair
 
Redondo Beach Rotary Community Foundation
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Large Club of Excellence

 
At the 2016 Annual Rotary District 5280 Conference in San Diego, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach was named the District's Large Club of Excellence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rock 'n Roll Casino Night 2018!

Mark your calendar now for
Rock 'N Roll Casino Night!

 

The Redondo Beach Rotary Club's 13th Annual 
Casino Night Charity Fundraiser

April 21, 2018      6:30 - 11:00PM

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Redondo Beach

 
Casino Games    Great Food  Dancing    Live music by Feed The Kitty    Silent & Live Auctions
 
Tickets: $95
Includes Self parking & 2 drinks
Contact: Karen Weigel
Jim Stickler  Casino Night 2018 Chair
 

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

New Rotarian, LeeAnn Robinson moved to the Los Angeles area from Austin, Tex. in 1975. She graduated from Broadcasting School and worked in that field for a few years before switching to Lifespring, a personal development company. She has worked for Lifespring for 20 years and became a Mary Kay Director in 1986. She started Camp Inspiration, a camp for teens, 11 years ago and hosts a fundraiser annually to support the camp. For the last 6 years she has worked for Nerium International, an anti-aging and wellness company. She is also Happiness Ambassador and hosts a Happiness day every year in the South Bay. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach.

On April 7, 2018 the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach inducted nine young professionals into our club. One of the principle criteria of membership is these your professionals are unable to make the club’s regular Wednesday noon meeting. The induction ceremony was held at the home of Karen and Jeff Weigel with about 30 club members in attendance. This is the largest group induction in club history.
 
PDG Eli Gauna presents history of early days of Rotary International in Chicago, to largest class of Young Professionals inducted into Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
 
Andrew Borgic, P.E. moved to Redondo Beach from Redding, California in 2014 to open an office for Water Works Engineers –a private consulting engineering firm specializing in the design of water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure. Though work brought Andrew and his family of five to the South Bay, the local surf and welcoming community has kept him here. Andrew is honored to be a Rotarian; providing help to the less fortunate and clean water and sanitation to those who need it the most. 
 
Nikki Parsons grew up in Redondo Beach and has been involved with Rotary from a young age. She was a member of the RUHS Interact Club, went to Japan with the District 5280 Youth Exchange Program, and is thrilled to finally be an official member of the Redondo Rotary Club. She graduated from UCLA and LMU, and now currently teaches at South High in Torrance.
 


Charamon Lewis is the Founder of Motorlipps, a clothing line dedicated to the woman motorcyclists and enthusiast. Prior, she was an Insurance Agent for AFLAC. In that role, she penetrated the untapped market of motorcyclists. There she increased annual sales by 25%. Charamon holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and has attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She is a mother of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, interior decorating, cooking and many creative projects. 
 
Hunter Bradshaw was born and raised in Redondo Beach where he attended Redondo Union High School. After high school, he moved to Colorado and studied Economics at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Hunter is currently working as a Financial Adviser in Torrance, CA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, playing Rugby, and watching the Dodgers and Lakers.
 


Marynda Hill is a Corporate Tax Manager for BJ’s Restaurants Inc. and has her own business completing individual taxes. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in English and became an 8th grade teacher in the LA Unified School District. After deciding on a career change, Marynda enrolled at the University of Phoenix where she received an MBA in Accounting and Taxation and continued working for companies such as DirecTV, Hyundai, Herbalife, Live Nation, and Sony Pictures in the Finance and Tax arenas.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts and plays, the beach and the gym along with activities such as archery, bowling, having a good time with her family and friends and being creative. Marynda has been a part of Rotary in the past, but is looking forward to working with the Redondo Beach Rotary with projects such as domestic violence, helping children and teens, and countless other activities.

 
Erin Sujan grew up in the South Bay, spending most of her childhood in San Pedro and Palos Verdes.  She moved to Hawaii for college and stayed for five years and followed this up with 5 years in Washington D.C. before moving back to the South Bay. 
 
Erin founded her current company, Sujan Creative, a year ago.  Sujan Creative is a branding and content marketing agency.  Erin has been in content creation, marketing and sales for over 15 years.  The companies she has worked with include Amtrak, Fannie Mae, the Navy and the Marines, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Zoological Wildlife Foundation, 24 Hour Fitness and small and mid-sized local companies all over the country.   
 
Erin gravitates toward large bodies of water, loves cooking, and couldn't get along without her best friend, a big yellow lab named Charlie.  She's looking forward to giving back through The Rotary Young Professionals Chapter, and to getting to know her community on a deeper level.

 
Michael DeSantis was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, and currently resides in Hermosa Beach.  During the week, he helps facilitate comprehensive financial plans as a representative of Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. in Torrance, CA, and over the weekends, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, golfing, and hitting home runs in his adult league softball games.

Michael joined the Young Professionals of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club seeking a pathway for providing his time and resources for those in need.  His passions include feeding the hungry, promoting mental health amongst teens, and educating children on personal finance and the mindset of success.

 
Tomi Stewart is currently a Finance Manager for Moose Toys. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Cal State University Northridge. She worked for companies such as Universal Music Group, Deluxe Media Management, and Live Nation where she lent her expertise in the Accounting and Finance areas. Tomi is also proficient in Spanish and a proud mother of five. 
 
She is looking to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Tomi believes that we must stay connected to all facets of our community in order to ensure the greater good for all. Through a reflection of love, compassion, and understanding we can change the path of the future.
 
Chris Schane is currently a resident of Redondo Beach, CA, where he has lived since Nov of 2016. Prior to CA,  he lived in Boston, MA for 10 years. He attended the University of Utah, where he majored in Finance with an occupational background in Aerospace and Defense. Chris has worked for the same advisory services contractors for over 10 years in the aerospace and defense industry, performing cost and data analytics on a broad range of military systems to provide government officials and US Air Force senior leaders with necessary cost estimates and economic analyses to make informed programmatic decisions and affordability trades. Chris is joining Rotary to take a more active interest in the local community. As the Redondo Beach Rotary Club is well-established and engaged in many areas of community outreach, and currently standing up a Young Professional group, it seemed a good way for him to get involved.

Jumping right in, the group announced their first project will be to assist Sharefest with the AltaSea project in the Port of Los Angeles.

Kudos to Karen Weigel who organized and recruited members to launch a Young Professional group within the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
 
The Redondo Beach Rotary Club sponsors Sathie, a young women in Khulna, Bangladesh, through an annual donation to the Amorak Society. We recently received this update from Sathie about her progress.
 
Dear members of Redondo Beach Rotary Club,
 
I told you about my child “Jannati” and now she is over 5 years old.  Now she talks with me and asks me many questions. I can understand what she says even I could guess what she wants to say. My Child Development Lessons helped me a lot developing my daughter in a proper way. I am very caring for my daughter’s brain development through responding to her needs and questions. But before this child development lesson none of us has any idea about it. I share my learning with my family members and with other women in our community. Now my husband is also very careful to her. I know if I was admitted in Amarok Mother School it would not possible happen to our family.  By this time I come to know why first 3 years are important for a child for brain development. 
 
My own learning and teaching to children are going well. I am trying my best to learn more from my school that I can teach better. You will be happy to know that we have good news for our school. All mothers are very busy and enjoying education much better. We are very thankful to you and Amarok team. After a break I have hundred percent attendances in school in last 3 months. I don’t want to miss a single lesson. You know in our school we have got tablets for lessons. Now all mothers of our school can operate them well. Tablets are very helpful for our learning and teaching to children. We call this our knowledge book.  We have learnt many things from the consultants worked with us in last year e.g.
 
- Making quick test card for assessment
- Use of tablet for learning purpose
- Drama team developed
- Learning session on social issue like women rights and household conflict regulation
- Progress evaluation of children
- Taking photo and videos & edit photos
And some others
 
Among them I liked about “Learning Monitoring of young children”. Amarok team works with us. We identified different issues in our community and developed drama with our own issues. Now we are thinking to develop a new drama for protecting child from labor and promoting child rights. I believe a woman can do lot of things if she gets education. It is important to set a goal and then work hard to achieve the goal. 

You know about our school library, it is running well and every Sunday we exchange books. We have created opportunity for all women and children to take books from our library and to develop our library as our “community library”. This is a good opportunity for all and we all have to take it. We visit houses and tell to mothers about new books of our library, share our learning and encourage them to come and participate in our study circle. Now we are making new plans for our library activity. Developing reading skill for children is one of them. In my next letter I will tell you more about our new initiative 

Thank you so much for your support to the education of our children and mothers

Love to you,

 
Sathie
 
Members of Rotary District 5280 Peace Committee were among the 800+ passionate Rotarians and friends, who gathered in Vancouver 2/9-11 to learn about the challenges and seize the opportunities to create a more peaceful world through environmentally sustainable efforts.
Sculptor - Peter Lattey with "Peace". The sculpture was auctioned to support Rotary Peace Centers
https://youtu.be/wWtQwLN6zw8
Redondo Beach Rotary has started a program to bring music to seniors with memory issues.  Music Mends Minds has turned into a popular program at the Anderson Park Senior Center.
 
Rotarians, Vision To Learn, RB Unified School District and Beach Cities Health District delivered eye glasses to Middle School and High School Students today. Together almost 100 students will be able to start their school year with better vision.  Better vision has been shown to be a critical factor towards success in school.
 
The UN declared September 21st as International Peace Day in 1981 and the District 5280 Peace Committee hosted perhaps the only Peace Day event in LA County when the Rotary Clubs of the South Bay: Del Amo Torrance, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lomita Torrance Airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Santa Monica, and South Bay Sunrise sponsored the symphonic multi-media presentation, “Winds of Freedom” at the beautifully restored Art Deco, Hermosa Beach Community Theatre.
 
In partnership with Peace One Day and Winds of Freedom Foundation our South Bay Rotary Clubs joined forces to show the creation of Alex Azin that celebrates life, teaches history, inspires peace and hopes for a better future.
Ronald Day
December 6, 1936 - September 3, 2017
 
Ron Day passed away last Sunday evening from pancreatic cancer. Sponsored by his father, Foster Day, Ron joined Redondo Beach Rotary Club in January 1960.   He was a past president of the club and a wonderful Rotarian, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend and we shall miss him!
 
The funeral services for Ron will be held on Saturday, September 9th, at 2PM at the First United Methodist Church, 243 So. Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA. 
 
Visitation will be from 6:30 until 9:00PM on Friday, September 8th, at the White and Day Center, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. 
 
 
 
One out of every four children has a vision problem. Now, couple that statistic with this one: 80% of learning happens within the first 12 years of life. Finally, look around any school: Are a quarter of the children wearing eyeglasses?
 
 
 
Very often the expense an eye exam and the cost of prescription eyeglasses is standing between a child and his opportunity to get as much as he can out of his education. Vision to Learn is an organization, which provides free eye exams to all to school children throughout Southern California. If Vision to Learn discovers that a child needs corrective eyewear, families are notified. For families in need, Vision to Learn provides the eyeglasses free of charge.
 
The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach has partnered with Vision to Learn, Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Unified School District to give eye exams to Redondo Beach children at our area schools. This past Wednesday, Vision to Learn rolled in three mobile vision screening units–vans decked out in state-of-the-art eye examining equipment–to the South Bay Adult Learning Center. Families who qualify under the free lunch program were notified of their eligibility to receive a free eye exam, and if needed, a free pair of eyeglasses. Redondo Beach Rotarians aided the effort my giving initial exams and assisting with coordination.
 
Over 255 Redondo Beach schoolchildren took part. The goal of 75 pairs of eyeglasses was quickly exceeded and on this day alone, over 95 Redondo Beach schoolchildren will be heading back to school with new eyeglasses and a much better chance at success.
“We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” Redondo Beach Chief of Police Keith Kaufman"
 
Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith Kaufman can count two Medals of Valor as well as a Dorothy Harris writing award to his many accomplishments. Yet, in the field of law enforcement this 24-year veteran of police work ranks changing police culture as one of the most daunting tasks he has faced."
 
“The number one problem facing police forces around the country is regaining the public trust. The police are the public. And the public are the police,” Chief Kaufman stressed. “I tell my officers, ‘Even if this is the 1000th burglary call you have answered, it is probably the victim’s first. We have to remember that. If it happens to you (the Redondo Beach citizens), then it happens to us (the Redondo Beach police).”
 
To this end, Chief Kaufman and his officers recently spent three days workshopping a vision for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “We Are The Community – Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” is the banner under which the Redondo Beach police now fulfill their vital duties.
 
“‘We Are The Community,’” Chief Kaufman stressed, “Three days for four words. But those words, although they mean something different to different people, they mean everything. Those four words are a call to action and make us part of the community.”
 
“Citizens need to feel that this is their police department,” Chief Kaufman continued, “And the kinds of things we want to implement here in Redondo Beach are the kinds of things that could be applied nationwide to change the way we police.”
 
Practicing what he preaches, Chief Kaufman has been an active proponent of “Coffee with a Cop”, a nationwide program where police officers engage with the community in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere.
 
In addition to adopting best practices from around the nation, Chief Kaufman is taking the second half of the vision statement, “Leading the Way in Law Enforcement” quite seriously, as well. Chief Kaufman is spearheading four ground-breaking programs to improve citizen safety and make policing more effective.
 
 
Jim Sheehy, the Marathon Man completed the Beachmania Marathon held in Long Beach, CA  on July 29th, 2017.  26.2 grueling miles.  
Congrtulations Jim
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Luke Pilapil was our Rotary Exchange Student in Italy this last school year.  He told us stories about his adventures, the wonderful families who hosted him and the places he visited.
He even demonstrated his mastery of Italian, doing part of the presentation in his new language.
Luke was a great ambassador for our Club and the Rotary Exchange program.
You need a scorecard to tell the players!  We've had some changes to the Board and other positions in the club:
 
  • Terry Bichlmeier has resigned as Sergeant at Arms and Fine Master.  Because of his position as President of the Foundation, we were informed by legal counsel, that he could not hold a position on the Club's Board of Directors.
    • Eli Gauna will be the new Sergeant at Arms
    • Vera Jimenez will be the Fine Master
  • Laura Fields has resigned as Secretary, she is leaving Redondo Beach to take a position with the State Department.  
    • Sue Johnson will be the new Secretary
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