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President`s Message

The global pandemic of COVID19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. We have had to quickly change the way we live our lives and I suspect while some changes might be temporary, others might become the new norm.
 

We need to be able to adapt to the current situation and try to reduce disruption to activities that are important and meaningful to us. An example of this is our weekly luncheon meeting.
 

While we can not meet in person and enjoy the company of one another, the beautiful venue at the Blue Water Grill and the hospitality of our servers, it would be stating the obvious that our weekly meeting is critical for the continuance and growth of our club. Being Rotarians, we will persevere and forge ahead.
 

I am happy to announce that we will meet virtually starting next Wednesday, the 25th of March, and will continue to do so until it is safe for all of us to be in the same room, without social distancing. 
 

We will convert the challenge into an opportunity. We will use these virtual meetings to get to know one another better and continue the fellowship. We will therefore have our own club members give vocational or craft talks. We will have announcements and even some social time. As we get more accustomed to virtual meetings, we might even have speakers at our meetings. I will learn, with the rest of the club how this all pans out.

In case you are wondering why information regarding how to access the club Zoom meetings have been taken off this website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recommended to everyone who engages in video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to exercise great caution due to some lowlifes invading and disturbing Zoom conferences. The leadership of our club believes this is sound advice.  Click on the FBI website for more information
 

 

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Upcoming Speakers
Michele Nadeau
May 27, 2020 12:30 PM
The 1736 Family Crisis Center

Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has responded to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, victims of human trafficking, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance.

Club Information

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
United States of America
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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.

Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

May 19, 2020
Fredrick "REDONDO BEACH -- Rotarian Fredrick "Rick" Wendorff has passed away due to COVID-19. A former dentist in his professional life, Rick joined the Redondo Beach Rotary Club following in the footsteps of his older brother, Ted. Rick was born on June 16, 1937.
May 13, 2020
What has been the response of the Redondo Beach Police Department to the covid-19 pandemic? Chief Keith Kaufman visited with Rotarians today via a weekly Zoom meeting to answer the question. In a word, “pretty good.”
 
When the pandemic broke two months ago, Chief Kaufman said, “the department was developing contingency plans for other possible emergencies.” Instead it adapted to covid-19.
 
“Now, everyone who comes into the police department headquarters is disinfected, their temperature is read, they wash their hands, wear a mask, the bottom of their shoes is disinfected, plus we put plastic tarps between working groups,” he said. “We practice social distancing, we wear masks both inside the department and outside in the field, officers don’t take vacations, work long hours, and no one has called in sick.  In fact. we test almost everyone in the department.”
 
He added that testing can be expensive – up to $75 – but “we’ve got it down to about $5,” he said.
 
When asked about crime in the city he said, “We are not going to criminalize people, instead we are going to educate them.” He added there has been no increase in incidents of violence in Redondo Beach. But he added, “Criminals have about two weeks to figure things out, and we are nearing two weeks.”
 
He was less than sanguine about the court system, noting that all courts are closed and that cases have been put off for 90 days. Putting people in jail is doubt full.  “We will not enforce LA County  health orders,” he said.
 
He said there have been only five cases in which police officers have had to respond directly to individuals with covid-19.
 
He ended his presentation by noting the California “legislature is in a full attack mode on policing.”
May 13, 2020
In spite of having to cancel the Bootleggers Ball, the online auction held in its place “cleared about $55,000,” said webmaster extraordinaire Jim Stickler.  He noted the breakdown for the numbers was $12,105 in bidder donations, $20,500 from corporate and personal sponsorships and $22,225 from the on-line auction. Five items were not bid upon.
 
According to Stickler, “We raised $1,200 specifically for the Covid Relief Fund that will go towards supporting the efforts to help local people in need due to the current crisis.”
 
Subtracting the cost of software, he said, “Our net available for next year’s charitable projects is $51,921. This amount does not include any carry forward from the current Rotary year.”
 
The facility fee of $10 per club member per meeting will be addressed at the next board meeting.  “Because these are monies that are in the Club, we should not move them to the Foundation without ensuring that the Club is financially healthy.: Stickler, the immediate past president of the Club added, we should have “a minimum of 30 percent of the annual operating budget of the Club as a cushion for unforeseen events.”
 
He added, “This was a wonderful effort by the Club members and the community to help us support the local and international community during this pandemic.”
Mar 08, 2020
Member pictureDr. Nasrin Moghadasian, a chiropractor who owns and founded Body Care Spine and Nerve Center, and Body Care Regenerative Medicine in Redondo Beach, spoke about the game-changing benefits of Regenerative Medicine Therapy.  In addition to explaining what exactly Regenerative Medicine is, she educated us on how it works and who can benefit from this breakthrough in pain relief.  Specifically, she talked about the benefits of stem cell technology.

Dr. Nasrin pointed out the stem cell decline as we age.  Instead she uses what is known as Wharton’s Jelly, or stem cells from the umbilical cord of newborn babies. A baby my have one stem cell per 10,000 cells in its body, by the time humans reach age 60 stem cells decline to one in 250,000 cells. Clearly, she said, "Using youthful stem cells will give a better outcome."
 
 
Stem cell technology works, said Kevin McCormack, the communications director at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He made a presentation at this week’s Rotary meeting on Zoom. The agency was created by California voters when they approved Proposition 71 in 2004. It gave the agency $3 billion to fund stem cell research in California.  CRIM is primarily a research agency focusing on stem cell technology.
 
McCormack gave several examples of individuals with difficult, sometimes even debilitating diseases, who have been cured of their life-threatening diseases.”  He noted the agency currently has 61 clinical trials underway; these trials are examining a variety of illnesses including solid and blood cancers, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, eye conditions and more. CRIM provides funding opportunities, grants, clinical resources and research resources for researchers. Responding to the current coronavirus pandemic, two UCLA scientists recently received nearly $600,000 grants for Covid-19 research.
 
He said a 2019 Economic Impact Report concluded the impact of CRIM statewide has been significant. “We’ve generated $10.7 billion of additional sales revenue, $641.3 million of additional state/local tax revenues, $726.6 million in additional federal tax revenues, and created more than 56,000 full-time equivalent jobs statewide.”
Feb 26, 2020
 Dad, in this story Rotarian Dr. Bruce Logan, gave a craft talk about his profession - and the years of study he's under-taken. Meanwhile, the daughter in this 

story Kimber Logan, gave an inspirational talk about her experience as a counselor with the ANASAZI Foundation.
 
The Foundation was started in 1988 to "help parents and children to work in harmony in the wilderness of the world." It is a     The foundation was start in 1988 to "help parents and children turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walking program based in the Tonto National Forest near
Mesa, Ariz. Walk, yes, Kimber told us that participants, mostly young people estranged from their parents, in groups of nine with a counselor, walk and camp in the forest and desert for two months. Participants are not allowed to communicate with 
friends for the duration,
although parents are invited along for a couple of days.

Among the principles guiding the ANASAZI "Young Walker's" program are acknowledgement of the Creator in all good things, recognizing that
each YoungWalker is part of a family, honor each family's personal faith and traditions, provides opportunities for each YoungWalker to leave behind the old and begin anew. and teaching survival skills to create opportunities to listen, learn, discover and teach. Click here to learn more about the ANASAZi Foundation.


 
Feb 11, 2020
About 35 members of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach participated in a gun safety class at the shooting range of the Redondo Beach Police Department.  The event. The event was held on Saturday, February 11th.  "Civilians don't normally have access to the range," said Rotarian and commander of the Reserve unit of the Redondo Beach Police Department. "Our objective was to teach gun safety," he said, and we taught Rotarians to shoot a 9mm pistol, a .45mm pistol and a long rife." The Rotary Club has long raised funds for the Reserves' activities. It recently donated $5,000  to the reserves from the Rotary Club's Community Foundation.