This Week in Rotary 26

Good Morning Everyone!
Last weeks meeting was amazing with the Sheriff was amazing. It was great to see so many faces (44 of them) there. This weeks meeting with Ed Jones was just as wonderful.
Thank you everyone who has been bringing quarters.  
See below for what's coming up.
This Week in Rotary 26 Jan Zegel 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Mobile Blood Collection Vehicle

An International project in India.

Sri Madhusudhan Sai Institute of Medical Science & Research (SMSIMSR) is in Chikkabalapura District, Karnataka state, INDIA offers all kinds of medical facilities free of charge to the local population and the residents of Neighboring villages. The hospital required a Mobile Blood Collection Vehicle to provide necessary services to the needy.

The Rotary Club of Bangalore South and the Rotary Club of Westlake Village submitted a grant for 69,156 US dollars. The foundation approved this project. Two thousand four hundred ninety-nine people will benefit from this project. The Rotary Club of Bangalore South (3190) Contributed $22,000 by Endowed directed gift. The Rotary Club of Westlake Village contributed $525. A District Designated Gift from District 3190 matched this amount.

The Blood Mobile will be in service starting the second week of February 2024.

International Committee

Poornima Prasad

Mobile Blood Collection Vehicle Poornima Prasad 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Donors Choose- Supporting Educators

Very excited to announce that because of the donations collected we were able to fund Mrs. Nerland's request for her class. She has sent a thank you and has received the materials. Thank you everyone for supporting our local educators. Project information and thank you note from Mrs. Nerland below.
Donors Choose- Supporting Educators Christine Daleiden 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Conejo Chamber of Commerce Christine Daleiden 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

"Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution"

One of the seven areas of focus of Rotary we don't seem to talk about very much is peacebuilding and conflict prevention (the actual area of focus is named "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution"), which is the theme for the month of February. The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated as the World Understanding and Peace Day.
"Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution" 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Food Drive

Community Service will be collecting Food for Manna February 28th and/or March 6, 2024. You can even get your family, friends/co-workers involved, give them a bag to fill up, put a box at work. Let people know what you are doing they will surprise you.
Items requested by Manna: Canned/jar spaghetti sauce- all types of pasta/noodles - Canned soup - all types of flavored rice- Canned meats - Canned Chili/stew - Hot Cereal/Cold Cereal - Coffee-Tea-Hot Chocolate - Canned Fruit - Instant Potatoes - see flyer.
Food Drive Chris Daleiden 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Community Service Survey

This survey was conducted to determine the needs/desires of the members to participate in Community Service projects. This survey will also be part of the Community Service report to the District as well as for the 2024/2025 incoming leadership. The survey was emailed to 60 people, 49 opened the email, 16 responded.
Community Service Survey Chris Daleiden 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
From the President_This Week in Rotary 24' Jan Zegel 2024-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
2024 Non Profits Fundraiser Dates Christine Daleiden 2024-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

From the President - Jan 15, 2024

Both of the Fireside Chats nights are full. Thank you Audrey and Todd for hosting! I am impressed with how many people signed up. If a few of you that were not there would like to join, I am happy to add another night or lunch. Please contact me if you would like me to add another chat.
From the President - Jan 15, 2024 Jan Zegel 2024-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Westlake Village

The mission of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village is to provide service to others locally and internationally, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Since 1972 we have been united in service above self, friendship, and the strong belief we can help make our community and the world a better place. There are currently 58 Active members and 8 honorary members working through fellowship towards those goals.
Rotary Club of Westlake Village 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Leora Raikin, David Labkovski Project Christine Daleiden 2023-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Presidents Message 2023/24 Jan Zegel 2023-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
MOW Instructions 2023-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
January Notes from President Mike 2023-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Member Spotlight Chris Daleiden 2023-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Peace Day Chris Daleiden 2023-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
President's Note November Michael Dutra 2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Holidays in the Village in the News.

Look for Holidays in the Village everywhere on line and in print and then share it not just on line but with friends or other Rotarians.
Online hit share and if its in print then take a picture and post it with #holidaysinthevillage or send it to someone who can post it. :)
Holidays in the Village in the News. Chris Clark 2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
First Meeting in November Chris Clark 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
from the Presidents Desk November 6 Michael Dutra 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0


The Auction Site is up, take a peek. The bidding starts the day of the event. How do you donate items and how do you see what is on the site.
Auction Chris Clark 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

October Found Rotarians...

October was a full month for many Rotarians including Anton Zeilinger, member of the Rotary Club of Wien-West in Austria won the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics. Anton Zeilinger, a member of the Rotary Club of Wien-West in Austria, was among three physicists who were announced as the winners of the Nobel Prize in physics on 4 October for their experiments in quantum mechanics. more   
And the answer to our Halloween riddle: Where does a ghost go on vacation? Mali-boo
October Found Rotarians... Chris Clark 2022-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
From the Presidents Desk Michael Dutra 2022-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

HITV A European Marketplace Update

Oh my goodness, it's just all so exciting, the HITV Chair was seen at Volunteer sign ups, Maps, Food and Drink, Inventory, Rentals, City Meeting, The Stonehaus meeting, The County Line Shopping Center businesses meeting, Social Media, PR, Permits, Sponsorship, Quartier Francais, Traffic Control, LA Kings, Auction, Raffle, Entertainment, Decor, more meetings and just a few things more. 
What can you do, so many fun things are available to you, even if its just to bring us some goodies, of course just to sustain us. And yes, we definitely need each and every one of you, even on the smallest of things to be done. Join the HITV Holidazzlers anytime before the big day! #serviceaboveself #holidaysinthevillage #goteam
Number one thing to do if you haven't already is to spread the word to your friends and family for volunteers needed. Here is the link
HITV A European Marketplace Update Chris Clark 2022-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

In Motion

Don't Forget...

Register now for World Polio Day 2022

World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children, will be held virtually and in-person on 21-22 October in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will highlight the status of polio eradication and address the potential for community-based solutions that go beyond immunizations to enhance the health of mothers and their children.

In Motion Chris Clark 2022-10-11 07:00:00Z 0


Poinsettia's go up for sale now to support the Christmas Shopping Spree at Target to benefit the children at the Conejo Valley Boys and Girls Club.
Poinsettia's Chris Clark 2022-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
RCWV Meeting 10/5/22 Chris Clark 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary In Motion

    Area of Focus for the month of October is Economic and Community Development. 
    Rotary Districts around the world will be called to focus during October on ideas and the power of economic and community development.
    This past Wednesday meeting was a day of recognition...
    Rotary In Motion Chris Clark 2022-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

    HITV Auction Race

    The two Westlake Rotary Clubs are dividing into teams and racing #CheertheDeers across the sky!  Check out the teams and if your name is not on one the teams, please contact Jan about which team you want to added to.

    The top 3 teams win prizes. The first place team wins a dinner cooked for them and a guest by Erin, Jan and Chris. 
    Email Linda Coburn and Jan to let them know that you secured items for the auction. 
    HITV Auction Race Chris Clark 2022-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
    Presidents Desk 10/5 Chris Clark 2022-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
    This Past Week 9/26 Chris Clark 2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
    President's Desk 9/26 Chris Clark 2022-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
    What's Hot in the Marketplace Erin Culbertson 2022-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Scott Phillips

    August is Membership and New Club Development month and I believe the world needs Rotary now more than ever!
    Scott Phillips Chris Clark 2022-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
    From the Desk of the President Mike Dutra 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0 Holidays in the Village,Interact,Mike Dutra,President,Rotarian of the month
    Rotary Meeting August 31, 2022 Chris Clark 2022-08-31 07:00:00Z 0 Rotarian of the month

    ERIN's What's HITV Hot! 

    What’s HOT in the Marketplace 2022!
    HITV Count Down: 106 Days!!
    Holidays in the Village. A European Marketplace. 
    WHAT’S HOT! What's Needed! Important dates! COOL UPDATES & ENHANCEMENTS!
    ERIN's What's HITV Hot! Erin Culbertson 2022-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Harbor House Lunches

    Lunches for Conejo Valley Meal & Shelter Program 

    ​Every day HH provides a pickup meal and/or lunch. They need lunches every day. ​Our Rotary Club has signed on to make 90 lunches the third Wednesday of the month to be delivered on Thursday.
    Harbor House Lunches Chris Clark 2022-08-23 07:00:00Z 0 harborhouseto,lunchprogram

    HITV Online Auction


    Holidays in the Village returns to the Conejo Valley on Dec 4, 2022. Our one-of-a-kind event will give attendees a chance to experience a traditional European winter festival.

    As part of this year's festivities, the Rotary Clubs of Westlake Village have introduced an online auction to benefit numerous charitable organizations in the region.

    The Online Auction is now READY to receive donations.

    HITV Online Auction Chris Clark 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0 #cheerthedeer,AEuropeanMarketplace,HITV,holidaysinthevillage
    Backpacks for CV Students Chris Clark 2022-08-19 07:00:00Z 0 Backpacks,Conejo Valley,Group 4,Rotary,Westlake Village

    Rotary Youth Exchange Program

    Adventurous Teens wanted!  We’re looking for 15-18 year olds that want to travel the world, learn another language and culture and make lifelong international friendships.  The year abroad enables students to become more self-confident, self-sufficient and better world citizens.  A Rotary Youth Exchange year abroad is valued at over $24,000 due to our volunteer efforts.  Check out to learn more.  Children of Rotarians are also eligible.  E-mail Mary at for an application.  Don’t delay!  Interviews and initial orientation are January 25th, 2020.
    Rotary Youth Exchange Program Cristina Auda 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

    Teacher Gift Card Launch

    Posted by Acorn News on Sep 19, 2019
    The Westlake Village Rotary Club launched a pilot program to support lower-income campuses of the Conejo Valley Unified School District. In the first year, Rotary gave $50 gift cards to 100 teachers at six elementary schools in the district. Teachers can use the funds to augment supplies provided by their schools. Members of the club are involved in fundraising efforts throughout the year, including the Westlake Village Street Festival and the Oakheart Music Festival. 
    Rotarian Stephanie with Teacher Avina
    Teacher Gift Card Launch Acorn News 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian Article on Edwin Velarde 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

    The Flag - December 12, 2018

    Posted by Stephanie Spar on Dec 13, 2018
    Rotary This Week
       Flag: Harvey Magidow
      Song:  Karen Quigley  
       Invocation:  None
        Guests:  Introduced by Brad Ormsby
    Beverly Bergman (Mother of Erik Johnson) – guest of Erik Johnson 

        smiley President Lee Ginsburg announced that in lieu of a song each week a club member will give a brief highlight about themselves. 
               Karen Quigley:  Karen has been a Rotarian for more years than she can remember.  She served as the Club’s first woman President 1996-97. Karen is married to Michael.  She has a step-daughter Kaitlin, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, now working at Sony Pictures.  Karen and Michael live and work in Camarillo.  They own the Quigley Insurance Agency.  The Agency sells all lines of insurance.  Michael specializes in business insurance, Karen specializes in the sales of medical, life and long term care insurance and Amy is their auto, home specialist.  Karen’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  She is thankful for her blessings in life and wants to give back to others. 
      smiley Jersey Mikes and Borderline have a long standing relationship since the start of Oak Heart. Jersey Mikes recently had a fund raiser for the victims and families of the shooting at Borderline.  Dawn presented Brian Hynes with a check for $1735.38.
      smiley  Brad Ormsby announced the Club has a UCF – Unrestricted Charitable Foundation.  Brad Ormsby - President: Karen Quigley - Secretary; Board Members are Ray Taylor, Jeanne Archer and Andy Lupnow.
    Our Rotary Club will be participating in the Westlake Village 3rd Annual Holiday Sing A Long on December 9th at the Shoppes in WLV.  The Rev. Gary will be directing our group.  Singing ability is not required, as there is a back-up choir and band.  This is a fun, community event that will bring great exposure to our Club.  All are encouraged to participate. Signups will take place at next week's meeting, or contact Gary.
        smiley  The next Club Service meeting is Monday, January 7th  at CLU. 
        smiley  The Holiday Party will be at Steve Kerrigan on December 14 at 6pm. There is a white elephant gift exchange just for Rotarians. A sign-up sheet was passed around to say whether you are bringing an appetizer or a dessert.
        smiley  Stephanie Spar is putting together dinner for 8. She would like to recruit a few more members. If anyone is interested, please contact Stephanie. The dinners will begin after the new year.
      Fines:  None
    smiley Happy Dollars:  
    Kelly Honig: Awesome turn out at the Sing A Long.
    Dapper Spar:  Happy to have his son home from college for Christmas.
    Brad Ormsby:  Sad dollar-Sad to miss the Sing a Long, but it was Marjorie’s birthday.
    Ken Snow:  Thanked everyone who participated in the Children’s Shopping Spree.  The event was awesome with many happy children.  Ken was also recognized by President Lee for organizing such a wonderful event.
    Kimmy Tharpe:  She had a great time at the Sing A Long and at the Children’s Shopping Spree.
    Aaron Guerrero:  Happy about inducting two new members.
    Mike Dutra:  The Candu Unity tree was awarded 2nd place by Hospice of the Conejo.
    Janine Goldberg:  Her son graduated from college – she is tuition free.
    Peaches Jensen:  Had a wonderful Mom and daughter trip to Las Vegas.
    Harvey Magidow:   Happy to have participated in Children’ Shopping Spree.
    Andy Lupanow:  Happy his daughter Jessica is home for Christmas.
    Harrison Reed:  Happy his daughter Vivian is home for Christmas. 
    Lee Ginsburg:  Happy to have his wife Cathy at the meeting as the Clubs guest speaker.
    Karen Quigley inducted two new members:  Linda Coburn and Erik Johnson.
    Linda was sponsored by Aaron. Her mentor is Poornima.  Erik was sponsored by Anita Boord.  His mentor is Steve Kerrigan.
    What's Coming Up Next?
    December 14- Holiday Social - Steve Kerrigan's
    December 19- Cheetah Conservation Fund
    December 26- DARK - Christmas Week
    Upcoming Board Meetings Dates.
    All Board Meetings are held at 7:30 am in the Community Room at Westlake Village City Hall. All Rotary members are welcome to attend.
    January 8, 2019
    February 12, 2019
    March 12, 2019
    April 9, 2019
    May 14, 2019
    June 11, 2019
    Upcoming Club Service Meeting Dates
    Westlake Village Rotary Club Service meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month at 12:00 noon at CLU.
    The next meeting is January 7, 2018

    Guest Speaker:  Cathy Ginsburg.
    Cathy is a graduate of UCLA.  She received her law degree from South Western Law School and a Masters in tax from Golden Gate University.
    Cathy is a trust and estate tax attorney.  She owns her own practice in Westlake Village.
    Cathy discussed the importance of having a Living Trust.  Without a trust at death an estate must go through Probate.  Probate can be very time consuming, often taking up to 18 months.
    Establishing a Living Trust is the way to avoid Probate.  Your trust needs to be funded by transferring your assets to the Trust.  The Living Trust clearly defines how assets are to be distributed upon death.
    Cathy explained the recent changes in the tax laws.  She recommends having your trust updated/reviewed to make certain you are utilizing the right type of trust for your estate.
    Cathy is extremely knowledgeable in her field.  Her presentation was well received.
    The Flag - December 12, 2018 Stephanie Spar 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

    Borderline Strong

    The Rotary Club of Westlake Village is helping to raise money for the victims and the families of the victims and survivors. Funds will be collected by the Westlake Village Rotary Unrestricted Charitable Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt certified charity.
    If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please make out your check payable to the "Westlake Village Rotary Unrestricted Charitable Foundation" Write Borderline Strong in the memo field. Please include your name, an email address and your request to receive a charitable donation letter (if needed) and mail to Rotary Club of Westlake Village, P.O. Box 3331, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.
    Patrons, neighbors, and larger community can get official updates and calendar of upcoming events, at
    Borderline Strong Joy Lupanow 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

    The Flag  - Street Festival Edition 

    Posted by Kelly Honig on Apr 25, 2018
    Thank you to our Street Festival Chairwoman Audrey Brown, and Festival Leaders Kimmy Tharpe and Harvey Magidow, as well as the entire Street Festival Committee for all their hard work in producing an amazing event this year. Vendors, community organizations and shoppers all agreed it was the best Street Festival yet!  Rotarians do great things when we work together. 
    Enjoy these photos of the Festival.  
    The Flag - Street Festival Edition Kelly Honig 2018-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
    The Flag November 17, 2017 Joy Lupanow with Dapper Spar 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

    THE FLAG- September 8, 2017

    Posted on Sep 08, 2017
    Rotary This Week
    Past President Dapper Spar led our meeting this week
       Flag:  Brad Ormsby
      Song:  none
        Invocation: Pastor Dickey   

        Guests:   Brad Ormsby introduced Ruth Milch's guests, Heather Case and Barbara Radke, as well as Vince Castellana and John Harbourne, who presented our                                                     program today.

         Fines:  The Finemaster in action:
    • Edwin Velardi was fined $33.00  in honor of he and his wife Christine's 33rd wedding anniversary. 
    • Stephanie Harbourne was fined $17.50 for publishing her book of poetry, which may have 175 pages. 
    • Bill Hang was fined $32.00 for receiving his 3rd patent for something to do with orthodontics.  
    • Ed Pope was fined $25.00 in honor of his 25th anniversary with Rotary. 
    • Stephanie Spar volunteered to be our Chair for Dinners for 8 and passed a sign up list for those interested in participating. 
    • Cristina Auda needs more volunteers for Meals on Wheels.  She will be sending an email to the club. 
    • Lesley Testan needs a volunteer to host the October Fireside Chats, as she will be on vacation that month.  If the dates for Fireside Chats are moved, then she is happy to host.  She will confirm with President Lee.
    Happy Dollars: hosted by Brett Saunders            
    • Harrison - $1.00 for the Bruins and $3.00 for the Bruins quarterback.
    • Audrey - $5.00 for her daughter's new job.
    • Kelly - $4.00 for the four American women in the US Open semifinals, and $1.00 for everyone who answers the trivia questions.
    • Anita - $5.00 for the flowers Rotary sent her when she was in the hospital.
    • Margie - $3.00 for getting to view the eclipse.
    • Barbara - $2.00 for being back at Rotary.
    • Ruth - $4.00 for her two guests Barbara and Heather and because it is her birthday.
    • Mike - $5.00 because his kids and grandson are moving out.
    • Edwin - $5.00 because his nephew's family is OK in Houston.
    • Ed - $20.00 because he is optomistic about business and life
    • Andy- $5.00 for his daughter's school, all the ladies at the table, for Kelly doing The Flag and for Stephanie and John's blinking wine glass pins.
       Speaker/ Program
    This week's program was a very interesting presentation from the Red Door Vineyard, a ministry of The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park. 
    Vince Castellana and John Harbourne were our speakers.  Both are founding members of the Red Door Vineyard, which is a fully functioning wine- making operation started on church property to support the ministry of The Church of the Epiphany.  The winery was started at the behest of the Bishop's Seeds of Hope program, and the program's founders decided the best use of the church property was to grow wine grapes.  
    Vines were first planted about seven years ago, and currently there are about 400 grape vines of eight different varieties. The vineyard takes up less than one acre of space and waters with reclaimed water.  The vines are harvested, processed, aged and bottled on site by members of Red Door.  Currently Red Door produces 50-100 cases of wine each year.  Wine is not sold.  Rather, interested people become members of Red Door and sponsor a vine.  At the end of the year each member gets their proportionate distribution of wine made.  
    Looking toward the future, Red Door would like to offer it's wine making equipment to the community so others can process and bottle other types of wines.  All Rotarians are invited to become members.  Further information can be found at and also in the brochure that was distributed at the meeting.  
    What's Coming Up!
    The next Board of Directors meeting is September 12, 2017 at 7:30 am at Westlake Village City Hall. 
     Next week's program will be Cabrillo Music Theater. Don't miss it!  
    Our first category of trivia will be "Baseball Movies," in honor of the Dodgers' historical winning streak.  Please email your answers to Kelly Honig at  Answer and winners will be announced next week. 
    Last week's answers:
    Question:  In the movie "The Sandlot," what was the name of the large dog that lived next door to the sand lot? The Beast or Hercules
    Bonus Question: In the same movie, what character said "You're killing me, Smalls?" The Great Hambino or Hamilton
    Winners- Aaron Guerrero
    Question: Who played Lou Gherig in The Pride of the Yankees?"
    Bonus Question:  Who played Babe Ruth in the same movie?
    THE FLAG- September 8, 2017 Kelly Honig 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

    August 2, 2017

    Flag: Margie True
    Song: Ray Taylor led a rousing rendition of  Take Me Out to the Ball Game in honor of the Dodger's success so far this season. 
    Invocation: Charles Bloomquist.  Reflecting on the passing of his sister-in-law two years ago today, Charles said that in Rotary we celebrate the birth of our children and grandchildren and all the happy occasions of our lives. He also said that we are also there to support one another during the difficult times and that is what a family is all about. Our club is indeed family and for that he is grateful.  
    Invocation:        ​
    For friends, good, fun and fellowship, especially the fellowship of Rotary we give our sincere thanks.  May these tokens of your bounty nourish our physical bodies in
    preparation for the challenges that are ours in Rotary. Keep us always mindful of the needs of others and keep us always attuned to our calling in Rotary. We ask these things in the Name of your Eternal Truth. Amen.
    Sabie from the Simi Valley AM club
    Kristen Beck, YMCA Program Director and guest of Patrick Yarrow. 
    Dapper Spar - Rotary AHA Moment:
    Dapper said that when his mother passed away he was looking for something meaningful to do. Rotarian Mark Jaffa invited him to a Rotary meeting.  Jock McKenzie said Dapper would be running the youth program and that was that. Dapper loves Rotary and he will do it for the rest of his life!
     * Harvey's daughter’s surgery went well and is now recovering.  It would be nice to let Harvey know we are thinking of him and praying for his daughter, Lisa (via e-mail).
    * The Thousand Oaks Wine Festival is on August 18th at the Westlake Hyatt. 
    * August is membership month for Rotary. All are encouraged to bring future members
    * Kelly Honig is now the publisher of The Flag. She thanked Andy and Joy for their assistance. Our Rotary's primary source of communication is The Flag.  If you have any announcements, events or other information, please send it to Kelly for publication.  The Flag will come out every Friday.  Kelly  requested volunteers for note taking at the meetings. 
    * Margie True spoke about the Stuff the Backpack project, which was a huge success due to Margie and Nadine Larson and our Rotary volunteers pictured here.  Margie thanked everyone for the help. 231 backpacks went to local children in need.  Margie emphasized that we need a new back pack donor.  In the past, our chapter has purchased 100 backpacks at $18 each.  It usually costs $50 to $90 per pack based on grade level. 
    * Christina Auda
    MOW needs a volunteer for this Saturday. Patrick will do it!
    *Fine Master Bloomquist was in FINE form today. Members who were fined were:
           Nadine Larson: Her son and his fiancé have set a wedding date on September 15, 2017, joining the rest of us blissfully happy souls. Fine Amount: $40
           Patrick Yarrow has been selected as one of the celebrated 40 Under 40 by the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce, as pictured in Conejo View Magazine. Fine          Amount: $4  (major discount on fine for volunteering to do Meals on Wheels on 08/05/17!)
           Ray Taylor for being selected as the Conejo Valley's 2017 Man of the Year, as pointed out by Kelly.  Fine Amount: $100
    Craft Talks by Brad:  
    Kelly Honig: Kelly was sponsored by Ray Taylor and her mentor is Nida Brown.  She is an attorney, and was born in Akron,  Ohio. During her childhood she lived in Pakistan and Ghana, West Africa.  Her family then moved to Sacramento.  She graduated from UC Davis, and McGeorge School of Law/University of the Pacific.  She is the wife of Keith.  Her son Charles is 21 and a senior at the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!).  Her daughter Meredith is 19 and was a Cornhusker, but is now going to be an Aggie at UC Davis.  They also have 3 dogs and a guinea pig. Keith is an attorney and worked at AIG, but is now between jobs.  Kelly was a maritime lawyer. 
    Kelly likes being on TV, hanging with Ray, and now knows all 5 breweries in Westlake Village. Her most amazing trip was an East Africa Safari and highly recommends it.  She would like to go to a beach like  Fiji for vacation. She doesn't like to cook,  and spaghetti with meat sauce is her favorite. She doesn't like liver or lima beans. She likes 80's music, which is now considered "classic." She plays tennis, gardens, and reads a lot. This summer she is hanging out with her college kids. Her favorite marine mammal is the manatee and her favorite land mammal is the rhino. 
    Semih Sinik: Crackpots? No! Craft Talks? Yes! Semih was sponsored by Steve Kerrigan and his mentor is Pastor Dickey, but Bob now helps him.  His classification is Imaging Technology.  Semih sells high speed cameras, some of which shoot 10,000 frames per second. The military , universities, and manufacturers buy them. Semih was born in Istanbul,  Turkey on the European side. He came to the US as an exchange student when he was 15, and ultimately ended up in Eerie,  PA. He has two older sons, one of whom lives in London and the other lives locally.  His wife's name is Stasia, and they have one son, who is working in New York this summer and will return to Harvard to finish his degree in Finance in the fall.  Semih and Stasia met at Kodak, while both were working there.  
    Semih says his work can sometimes be dangerous.  He has been near radiation and falling helicopters, but has so far escaped unscathed. He and Stasia love to travel and like Tahiti and Bora Bora.  He also loved Botswana, Thailand, the Philippines and India.  He likes rock music and has been going to the Outside Lands concerts in SF every year.  His favorite food is Turkish cuisine, and his wife Stasia is a good cook. He enjoys downhill skiing in Park City, and also loves soccer. He played professionally
    for a year before coming to the U.S. permanently. 
    Mike Dutra:  President Lee was Mikes'sponsor and celebrity CRAFT host Brad Ormsby is his mentor. Printer is his classification.  Mike is the owner of Candu Graphics and is in the business of high speed printing.  He was born and raised in Venice, California.  He went to Venice High School, and helped fix the Myrna Loy statue. He also watched Grease being filmed at the school. He is married for the second time to Cindy and together they have five grown children. He lives in Newbury Park.  He initially went to Pierce College for a degree in forestry and joined the Forest Service.  His tenure there was short after his first assignment was to clean Andy Gumps.  He returned to Northridge to get a business degree.  
    He and his wife recently won a Fiji vacation at a charity event, so they will be traveling there soon. His favorite food is the chicken taco, but also likes fish tacos. Mike likes music and recently bought an internet radio station called Radio Candu. He and Cindy do not have pets, but they do have one grandchild.  He enjoys golf  and volunteering for nonprofits.  He is currently helping the YMCA.  Mike has enjoyed his time at Rotary. 
    Four Way Test - Bill Hang
    President Lee adjourned the meeting
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    Backback Stuffing

    Posted by Joy Lupanow
    Saturday on July 29th, at Art Trek in Newbury Park, 9-11 AM, we have our annual Group 4 Backpack stuffing day.  Please join fellow Conejo Valley Rotarians in this hands-on project that will make a difference to 200 area students.
    Contact Nadine Larson via email to sign up.
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    Feeding the Homeless

    Posted by Joy Lupanow
    We are beginning a new Rotary year with new opportunities to help those in need.  Thank you to all our members who have kindly participated in the Homeless Meals program in the past year.  Also, thanks to those of you who are planning to become involved this year. This is such an important program in our community.  Without you, many people will go hungry.
    Linda LeVine sent out and email with a volunteer schedule with dates so that you may choose a date (or dates) which will be convenient for you.  She also attached very detailed instructions, and the Rotary Check Request form for your reimbursement, so that your Homeless participation experience will be a very positive one. 
    Please contact Linda if you would like to help with this amazing project.
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    Helping out at Meetings

    Posted by Joy Lupanow
    Bob Marshall sent out an email via Poornima Prasad to sign up for the Flag Salute, Innovation and Song for upcoming meetings. Please look at your email and sign up via Googledocs.
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    2017 Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics Conference

    Posted by William Notthoff
    This year's Youth Ethics Conference will be held Thursday, March 2.  If you are interested in attending as a Facilitator, please contact  
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    Meeting Notes

    President Ray Taylor welcomed his fellow Rotarians to the May 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village.
    Brad Ormsby welcomed the following guests:
    Justin Cox – Guest of Brian Hynes
    Noel Frawley – Guest of Brian Hynes
    Troy Hale – Guest of Brian Hynes
    Bill Hynes – Father of Brian Hynes
    John Carta – Special guest of Kerry Kallman
    Russ Stone – Guest of Bill Notthoff
    Joy Lupanow – Guest of Andy Lupanow
    Blood Drive
    Thanks to the efforts of Linda LeVine, the Club will be sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, May 13.  Linda passed around a sign-up sheet to schedule your “donation.” 
    Club Service Committee
    The next Club Service Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 11 at KCLU at noon.  Dapper is promising a Mexican Fiesta for lunch.
    Dos de Mayo
    That is not a misprint.  You have all heard of Cinco de Mayo, a long standing Mexican holiday.  But have you heard of Dos de Mayo?  This ancient tradition sees a mild mannered technologist and his beautiful bride host an amazing party.  Legend has it, the holiday celebrates tequila of all flavors, unbelievable cuisine, and pugilists.  If you know what I am talking about then you enjoyed a wonderful time at the Lupano home.  If you don’t, you missed out.
    Andy continued the Dos de Mayo celebration during the Rotary lunch by auctioning off a boxing themed bottle of tequila.  By Andy’s own admission, “the Tequla stinks, but the bottle is kind of cool.”  Nida Brown won the auction and all proceeds went to the K9’s for Warriors project. 
    Earthquake Relief in Nepal
    Jeanne Archer asked members to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.  Jeanne has been in touch with the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel.  Their president elect, Ranjeev Shrestha indicated that they are in need of funds that will allow for quick and easy low cost housing to be built since monsoon season is approaching.  A donation sheet was passed around resulting in more than $1,000 being contributed by our club.  Jeanne plans to wire the money on Tuesday, so if you would like to make a donation, please contact her directly. 
    Duck Dynasty Gets His Blue Badge
    Kyle Griffith or somebody resembling Kyle finally   received his Blue Badge.  President Taylor has been trying to give Kyle his badge for months now, but didn’t recognize him.
    Save the Date
    June 17.  President Taylor’s Demotion Party.  You won’t want to miss it. 
    OakHeart Country Music Festival
    Brian Hynes and the lead singer from ZZ Top provided an excellent overview of the OakHeart Country Music Festival.  The event takes place on Saturday, June 6 at the Conejo Creek Soccer Fields (same location as Chili Cook-off and Conejo Valley Days).  This day-long event should be considered our club’s Chili Cook-off and its success and the support of all members are critical for the future of our club. 
    All Rotarians should have received an email with volunteer sign up information.  If you have not, please contact Brian.  In addition, Brian is always looking for additional sponsorship.  Please let Brian know if you have a good lead.
    Finally, all Rotarians are asking to help spread the word on this incredible event.  Please encourage your friends and family to attend   All the information you need can be found at
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    Halloween Social

    Join host Mary Olson for a fun night of food, drinks, pumpkin carving, and fellowship at KCLU on Wednesday October 29 at 5:30 pm.  The noon meeting at North Ranch Country Club will be dark that day, so there is no additional cost to attend.  View the event flyer here.
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    OakHeart CMF 2014

    OakHeart Country Music Fest 2014 was held on June 14.  It was a great day, thanks to the hard work of the OakHeart Committee and all the volunteers and supporters.  Watch for more stories and pictures from the day in a later bulletin.
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    May 21 and 28 Meetings

    Can it already be June? So where are all those bulletins from May?  Time to get caught up:

    Last Mini-Meeting of 2013/2014: May 21, 2014:  Updates on OakHeart CMF: over 1600 tickets sold as of today (May 21).  That's far ahead of this time last year.  Great work Steve and Brian!  
    Thank you letters from Day of Giving and RYLA participants.  We've received so many nice cards and letters this month.  Thanks to all of you, for supporting our fundraising events, and enabling our club to give back to the community.

    May 28:  Secretary Dolores Randell led the flag salute, followed by PP Brad Ormsby with the song, and PP Gary Dickey delivered the invocation.  Best part of today's meeting so far? PP Bill Notthoff was at the podium as acting President.  

    • DG Stepdown and Club Awards Luncheon: June 28.  See attached story for registration info and link.
    • District Conference is October 3-5 in Monterey.  On-line Registration opens July 1.  The hotel rates will be extended for up to three days in advance of the conference, and for three days afterward, to spend some time in this lovely city. 

    Brian gets his Blue Badge:  Bill had the honor of presenting Brian Hynes with his blue badge.  This could be a record for quickest transition from red to blue badges.  Who knows the history of the club? Chime in with your comments.  

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    2014 Street Fest Sponsors

    Thank you to all our great sponsors!
    City of Westlake Village
    Warner Pacific
    Waste Management
    Ventura County Star
    Triunfo Sanitation
    Las Virgenes Water
    ERP Power
    Oak Park Dentistry
    Villa Esperanza
    The Coveralls
    Strategic Philanthropy
    Video Game Bus
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    This Week's Meeting - March 5, 2014

    Rotarian celebrity Irene Agnew started off the meeting with the Flag Salute.  Harvey Magidow led a wonderful song, and Director Jim Campbell stepped up to deliver the invocation.  Next up: Barbara Chilton updated the Street Fest Time/Talent/Treasure board and Sponsor meter.  Good work, Rotarians! Keep it going!
    Visiting Rotarians: Neil Pulido, Westlake Village Sunrise, and RCWV Russ Stone
    March 4     PE Ray Taylor
    March 16    Steve Ricklin
    March 18    PP Charles Bloomquist
    March 24    Jim Campbell
    Jennifer Gears   2 years
    Nida Brown     6 years
    Jeanne Archer    8 years
    Bill Hang   17 years
    PP Edwin Velarde   19 years
    and three special members share 42 years, beginning March 31, 1972:
    Homer Caston  Fred Raio  and   Milt Towle
    Vocational Spotlight:  Anita Boord, Insurance Services
    RYLA update: Barbara Chilton will be attending training to become a counselor at this year's RYLA, held in April.  
    Upcoming events:
    Friday night: Social at TO Library.  RSVP to PP Bob Phillips or Naomi Finkel
    MANNA - bring collections to next week's meeting (March 12)
    Animal Shelter - Linda LeVine is collecting for the animal shelter
    Tuesday: RC Woodland Hills is hosting RI President Elect Gary CK Huang. 
    THIS WEEKEND:  OAKS MALL - all coins in the fountains will go to Rotary  "Shop" by and check it out.
    March 15 - District Foundation Gala South Party at NRCC.  See events link.  Tickets are $60 now; going up to $75 on March 10. 
    March 19 - Schedule your committee meetings on this day!  Mini-meeting/buffet.  Board meeting to follow
    March 29-District Assembly (see attached story)
    April 2: PLANT TOUR at Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, 9410 Owensmouth Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.  RSVP to Harvey.  Carpools can be arranged.
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    Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics and Leadership Conference

    The 17th Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics Conference,  in memory of United Methodist minister and Rotarian Homer Dickerson, who died in 1991, was held on the campus of CLU on March 6.  Chaired by PP Bill Notthoff and Russ Stone, this year's event brought together students from 8 local high schools.
    The students gathered for breakfast and introductions before taking part in round-table discussions on under-age driving, and improper acquisition of special parking permits. Teachers and Rotary Club members facilitated the groups.
    Opening remarks from PP Karen Quigley were followed by the introduction of Past District Governor Wade Nomura, who told the attending students about Interact and involvement in service.
    Keynote Speaker Terry Paulson delivered compelling data on studies into human behavior, and how obedient and easily affected by our surroundings we can be.  He challenged everyone to create their own 'page' of ethical behavior, and find their own "non-negotiable" ethical items.  
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    District Assembly for 2014-2015 - for all club members

    The District Assembly is a training opportunity for club leaders.  Board members and Avenues of Service will benefit most from attending.  However, this is open to all members, and is a great opportunity to learn about serving the club in future years.  If you haven't already met with PE Ray about your areas of interest, reach out now and discuss District Assembly as it applies to you.  
    The District Assemblies are fast approaching with an opportunity for your team of board members and club leaders to join others in the District to learn and share best practices about their areas of responsibility.  This collaboration and exchange will provide the opportunity for a more enjoyable and successful year for our members. 
    Two District Assemblies have been scheduled:

    Saturday, March 29, Pacifica High School, Oxnard, CA from 8:00 to 12:30

    Saturday, April 12, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA from 8:00 to 12:30

    There is NO COST to the club for its members to attend either District  Assembly.

    Assemblies this year will be half day starting at 8:00 am and going until approximately 
    12:30 pm.  This will leave time for you 
    to get together as a group over lunch or coffee and discuss the morning’s information and make plans for the upcoming year.

    Continental breakfast and check in will begin at 8:00 am.  At 8:45 am, transfer to General Session beginning promptly at 9:00 am.

    9:00 am – 10:00 am General Session

    10:00 am – 10:15 am Transfer to breakout sessions

    In some cases, we are combining positions to maximize the point of collaboration needed between these club positions.

    10:15 am – 11:15 am

    • Presidents with DG Jack

    • Presidents Elect with DGE Loretta
    • Presidents Elect Nominee with DGN Jim


    • Treasurer and Rotary Foundation

    • Global Community Service and Grants
    • Club Service, Membership and Secretary
    • Vocational Service
    • Youth Service/Rotaract

    11:15 am  - 11:30 am – Break

    11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Resume breakout session with panel discussion of best practices, collaboration and exercises.  

    Also new this year, in Oxnard, an Introduction to PRLS class will be available in 
    the morning  for Rotarians who have been in Rotary less than one year.
       A second Introduction to PRLS class will be held in the afternoon for people who attended  sessions that conflicted with the morning class.  Encourage your new members who have not been through the Introduction to PRLS class to come to the District Assembly with you, expand their Rotary knowledge, and make new friends.

    Email to register.  

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    Donations for local animal shelter

    Linda LeVine has offered to collect supplies for Operation Blankets of Love.  Please bring your donations of towels and blankets for the animals.  Also very handy: bath mats! the rubber bottoms help insulate from the cold floors.  
    Linda will collect these at the next two meetings (March 5 and 12) and deliver them to the organization.  
    If you want to do even more, a detailed wish list from the local shelter follows.  Through the month of March, Jeanne will collect these following items.
    Thank you for caring!
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    New Rotary Logo

    It’s now easier than ever to strengthen Rotary’s image in your community with the materials and resources available in the .

    Launched earlier this month, the Brand Center offers a simple and intuitive way to customize your club logo, create a marketing brochure, or give your newsletter a fresh look. You’ll also find guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions as well as information about why telling our story is important.

    “The Brand Center enables everybody to play an active role in promoting Rotary to the world,” says Alan Buddendeck, general manager and chief communication officer for Rotary International.

    “What’s exciting is that the site has been designed in cooperation with Rotary members worldwide, which is critically important to the user experience,” Buddendeck says.

    Here are five reasons you should use the Brand Center:

    1. You can create your own club and district logos featuring Rotary’s masterbrand signature and see your edits in real time.
    2. You can develop professional-looking PowerPoint presentations, press releases, and newsletters that incorporate Rotary’s visual identity. Templates can be customized as much -- or as little -- as you want.
    3. You can find guidelines for using Rotary’s logos and answers to frequently asked questions about our new visual identity. For instance, did you know that your member pin remains unchanged? Or that free fonts are available along with the commercially licensed options?
    4. You can upload and store the materials and logos you create for future use by creating a basket. Use the Quick Share function to email your basket and share your new materials with members.
    5. You can download broadcast-quality public service announcements, videos, and images to help tell Rotary’s story. Choose from a variety of topics to illustrate including Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, and Take Action -- our three organizing principles.

    “With the new Brand Center, anyone can use the tools and templates to create logos and documents that reflect a unified look, yet are personalized to the club or district,” says Elizabeth Smith Yeats, incoming governor of District 6400, which includes parts of Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, USA. “And they can achieve first-class results without hiring a designer or purchasing expensive software.”

    Sign in or register to your My Rotary account to discover all the Brand Center has to offer.

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    This Week's Meeting - January 22, 2014

    This week's meeting started with a flag salute from PP Bob Phillips.  Barbara Chilton taught us all a song about friendship.  And PP Gary Dickey delivered the invocation.  
    Announcements:  Today is Jennifer Gears' birthday!  Celebrating this weekend: Barbara Chilton on the 24th and Gary Dickey on the 25th.  The Club serenaded them with a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday". 
    Corporal at Arms Bob Marshall introduced our visitors (Bruce House brought a guest: Sam, a financial advisor), and Visiting Rotarians included Ken Warner from TO Rotary and Roger Myers, PP of Woodland Hills Rotary.  
    It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!  Please contact Mary Olson ( or Barbara Chilton ( to purchase.  If you're watching your waistline, consider purchasing cookies to send to our military troops.   
    Name from the past:  Colly Gruczelak sends her regards to club members who were around when she became the first woman inducted into the Rotary Club of Westlake Village.  Our district will be celebrating a Quarter Century of Women in Rotary on March 15, and Colly will be our special guest (if her schedule allows).  
    Four Way Test Essay Contest: Winners to be announced April 9.  Stephanie Bell-Harbourne is looking for judges to assist.  Please contact Stephanie directly.  
    Homer Dickerson Youth Ethic Conference:  March 6.  Bill Notthoff will be looking for help with the scenarios and judging for this event, as well as day-of adult facilitators.  Please contact Bill directly:
    Hike: Bob Phillips will be announcing a local hike in February.  Watch for upcoming details.
    Meals-on-Wheels:  Audrey Oland has two dates available in February.  Please contact Audrey to sign up.  There are also dates available in March, April, May and June.  Remember to list your cell phone number when you sign up, and arrive at Los Robles hospital by 11 on your Saturday. 
    Sign-ups for meetings: the sign-up sheet went around the room.  Please take a look and sign up to help with meeting set-up/take-down, flag, song, inspirational moment.  
    Street Festival meeting:  Saturday, January 25.  2:00 p.m.  Borderline.  
    Upcoming events:  
    February 10: Youth Service Breakfast at Los Robles Greens (7:00 a.m.).  Admission is $20 for breakfast. 
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    New Member Induction

    Today, the Rotary Club of Westlake Village welcomed its newest member:
    Ed Rohn
    Classification: Realtor
    Sponsor/Mentor: Brad Ormsby
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    This Week's Meeting - January 15, 2014

    For a mini-meeting, we sure did a lot today!
    Stephanie Bell-Harbourne announced the Four Way Test Essay Contest results will be presented April 9.  If you are interested in joining the committee to read the submissions, please contact Stephanie at  
    Jeanne and PE Ray Taylor attended Midterms last weekend.  Ray will update us next week.
    We had our chance to sing to PP Homer Caston in honor of his birthday.
    Brian Hynes updated us on the latest artists booked for this year's OakHeart Country Music Festival on June 14.
    Dolores Randell led both the Flag salute and the song today.
    Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics Conference is scheduled for March 6 at CLU.
    The sign-up sheet went around for February and March Meals-on-Wheels deliveries.  Please contact Audrey Oland for available dates.
    New RI President announced the theme for his year: Light Up Rotary.  Facebook postings indicate our DG has a sense of humor, suggesting, instead, "Lighten up, Rotary"
    Sign ups went around for helpers for upcoming meetings.  Positions include: Set up, Flag Salute, Song Leader, Inspirational Moment, and Clean up.  Not surprisingly, the role of Flag Salute seems to fill up the fastest..... :(
    Today's Street Festival meeting had to be postponed due to illness of Chairperson Charles Bloomquist.  Charles will notify us of the next meeting date, time, and location.
    Our friend and neighbor club, Westlake Village Sunrise, is having an event at which they are planning to award nearly 100 Paul Harris Fellows, and thus securing their status as a 100% Paul Harris club.  Congratulations!
    Dapper Spar's father is currently hospitalized, and we sent our best wishes to the Spar family.
    Rotary International got 3,368,099 airline miles from the United Airline 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway.
    Rotarian Terry Caster and his wife Barbara announced a $1.1 million gift to Rotary to help eradicate polio.  This gift will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, resulting in $3.3 million in new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
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    This Week's Meeting - December 18, 2013

    Visiting Rotarian Lois Curren-Klein led the Flag salute, following by a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells.  The Reverend Gary Dickey delivered our invocation.  
    Today was mini-meeting day!  Director Lee Ginsburg handed out four games' worth of Fun and Games winnings! Congratulations to all who played and won!
    We are DARK next week, and the week after.  (December 25, 2013, and January 1, 2014). There are only three scheduled club meetings for the month of December.  Submit any make up attendance items to Harvey this week!
    Next meeting: Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  
    Have a safe and Happy New Year!
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    PRLS for 2013-2014 Rotary Year

    PRLS: Potential Rotary Leadership Seminars
    Professional Training for Rotary, Business, and Life
    The goal of PRLS, begun in 1993, is to provide a set of training sessions wherein current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles. The basic PRLS course consists of a one-day event covering five sessions: "Leadership," "Leading a Meeting," "Public Speaking," "Rotary, Your Club and You," and "Communications."

    This program was specifically developed to train individuals whose goals include a future leadership position in Rotary. They learn skills that will make them more effective in that role. The instruction was carefully designed to improve individual leadership skills that are broad based and not just Rotary- specific. Participants have found substantial value in the many practical applications of information presented throughout the curriculum. The program's blend of curricular theory and practical application skills helps prepare students for success in any leadership role."

    This PRLS program offers practical training in professional circumstances that can benefit anyone on both a personal and professional level.

    The PRLS classes follow an order:  you have to complete Basic PRLS before you can begin the Master PRLS series.  You can't take mPRLS 2 until you've completed mPRLS 1.  And you can't take mPRLS 5 until you've completed Basic PRLS and mPRLS 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Classes are offered in three regions of our District:  North, South, and East.

    The next offering of Basic PRLS will be March 22, 2014, in Bakersfield.  If you've already completed Basic PRLS, you can jump into the Master PRLS series this Saturday, 11/16/13, at Santa Barbara Business College in Ventura.  That can be followed immediately on 11/23 with Master PRLS 4 in Thousand Oaks.  Then there's a twist: the next two sessions are mPRLS 1 and 2, offered on 12/14/13 and 1/18/2014 back at Santa Barbara Business College.  You could wrap up your mPRLS with mPRLS 5 on 2/15/2014.

    Class schedules and more PRLS information is available at


    Now, onto the finances.  PRLS was pioneered by Past District Governor, the late Jock MacKenzie of our own club, to develop leadership in business people that he thought was lacking in the civilian population.  The cost to attend these courses has increased to $60 a session for active club members.  For spouses and family members, the cost is $30 a session.   Not only is that an amazingly low price for the information and training you'll receive, it gets even better. Our club will reimburse you for your session cost, by means of a credit to your RCWV account.  All you have to do is sign up for the classes, attend the classes, then submit a check request, listing the course and date attended.  Submit that to a club officer, and we'll get the credit onto your next invoice.

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    This Week's Meeting

    Posted on Oct 22, 2013
    Lee Ginsburg led the Flag Salute.  Our singing duo of Ron Fulop and Marion Hall-Marshall performed "The Star Spangled Banner".  Barbara Chilton sought divine assistance to complete her assignment of delivering the invocation, and let us know how happy she is she found our group.  Great start to a busy meeting day!
    Birthdays:  Margie Price TODAY!    Karen Quigley will celebrate her birthday next week in Paris!
    District Governor Nominee Elect is....Nick Frankle, of Westlake Village Sunrise
    • Bob Marshall introduced our Visitors and Visiting Rotarians:
    • Sue Lopez, John Haley, and Sharon Renshall
    • From TO Rotary: Lois Curren Klein
    • For his efforts as Vocational Service Chairperson, Bob was presented with a special Rotary pin.  Thank you, Bob!
    • Services for Past District Governor Arnie Dowdy will be held this Saturday at 3 p.m. in Grover Beach.  It'll be chilly; dress appropriately!
    • For her efforts as Youth Services Chairperson, Barbara Chilton was presented with a special three-insignia Rotary pin.  Thank you, Barbara!
    • Book Drive: Flyers were on the tables, and members encouraged to clear out their bookshelves for this good cause.  Jon Morse will pick up your donations!
    • Website: Please log on and review your profile.  Make sure your email, birthdate, and declared gender, are accurate.  Thank you!
    • In lieu of assembling and distributing our own baskets this year, we are partnering with Conejo Valley Rotary in their basket program.  Financial donations are much needed and appreciated.  A sign up folder will be going around in November.  Also: Thanksgiving morning you may participate in the delivery of these baskets to local families.  What a great way to give thanks for all we have, by sharing with others.  
    • Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks (our mother club) is celebrating 55 years this week!
    • DARK at NRCC next week; Social begins at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, at Borderline Bar and Grill
    This Week's Program:  Senior Concerns
    Presented by Andrea Gallegher, President of Senior Concerns.  
    A jewel of a resource in Thousand Oaks.  A respite for caregivers. A resource of knowledge.  Andrea shared personal stories of her passion for this work.  Time ran out before we could answer so many questions.  Please contact Andrea or Senior Concerns for more. 
    (805) 497-0189  
    • Upcoming Program:  November 6: Dr. Kimball from CLU
    • Upcoming Program: November 13: Bill Notthoff's "Nott Breakfast", which - as the name implies - is NOT a breakfast meeting.  Lunch meeting begins at 12:10 p.m.; usual time.
    • Upcoming Mini Meeting: November 20
    • Upcoming Board Meeting: November 20
    • DARK at NRCC NOVEMBER 27 for Thanksgiving
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    Book Drive

    Marion Hall Marshall and Bob Marshall collect books and magazines every week, and deliver them to Los Robles Hospital.  Here is another opportunity to clear out your bookshelves.  The Westlake Sunrise Club has issued a challenge to collect 20,000 books for the benefit of Simon Technology Institute, a new
    Charter High School in Watts which serves deserving
    underprivileged children in that community and prepares them for
    Charter High will have their first graduation this spring.
    Many of the graduates will be the first in their family to
    graduate from high school. 
    Simon Technology’s Principal, Dr. Clarence Miller requires his
    students to do community service and develop an attitude of
    helping others. His motto is that he does not want the students
    to pay back what they have received, but to pay it forward by
    helping others the way they have been helped.
    We are collecting not only books which can be used for the school
    library, but also books suitable for elementary students (age
    6-9) and adult level books (NO, not ‘adult’ books!) so the
    students can go into the community and help others learn to read
    or improve their reading skills. In short, we are collecting
    books to be used not only to help the students with their own
    reading, but also to allow them to be of service in their
    community and beyond.
    We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to
    helping you clear out your bookshelves and closets. You can
    reach us anytime by e mail ( or speak to Jon in person when he comes to our club soon.
    Book Drive Bulletin Editor 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

    October 16 Mini Meeting

    October 16:
    PP Charles Bloomquist started us off with the Flag Salute, Naomi Finkle cheered for the Dodgers, and Stephanie Bell Harbourne delivered the invocation.
    Guests: Stephanie's sister-in-law Debra
    Visiting Rotarians: PP Woodland Hills, Roger Myers
    October 4  Brenda Small
    October 10  Bill Hang
    October 21  Cheri Blessing
    October 23  Margie Price
    October 30  Karen Quigley
    Brian Hynes now has his red badge.  Be on the watch for Brian and help him get to his Blue Badge.  He quite possibly is the fastest red-badger to check off his "attend board meeting" requirement.
    Committees are encouraged to hold committee meetings on these 'mini meeting' days.  Since most of us are planning to be at the club till 1:30 out of habit, let's make it easy to have committee meetings.
    October 16 Mini Meeting Bulletin Editor 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

    Feeding the Homeless

    Posted by Linda Le Vine
    Thanks to all who have served the Homeless this year already:
    July: Harvey Magidow
    August: Linda and Mel Le Vine
    September: Audrey Oland
    and thanks to you who've committed to serving in the upcoming months:
    October 28, 2013: Marty Blumenthal
    November 25, 2013: Anita Boord
    December 23, 2013: Dapper Spar
    January 27, 2014: Mary Olson
    February 24, 2014: Karen Quigley
    March 24, 2014: Marty Blumenthal
    April 28, 2014: Bob Marshall/Marion Hall-Marshall
    May 26, 2014: Jack Dwyer
    June 23, 2014: Ken Snow and Naomi Finkel
    Feeding the Homeless Linda Le Vine 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

    District Governor Jack meets with RCWV Board and Avenues

    Our Board of Directors and Avenues of Service met with District Governor Jack McClenahan and Assistant Governor Richard Williams on Wednesday morning.  After introductions all around, the conversation focused on: our international projects, "career path" for the Youth Service Rotary projects, and innovative Fundraising ideas.  It was a strong showing of our Club's leadership team.  Thank you all for participating at this early event.
    District Governor Jack meets with RCWV Board and Avenues 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
    District Governor Jack McClenahan 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

    Today's Meeting - September 25, 2013

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    Our meeting today began with Milt Towle leading the flag salute, Fred Raio leading the song, and Linda LeVine giving the invocation.  
    Visitors and Guests:
    Visiting Rotarian Bryan Ross exchanged flags from his club in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho (Sunrise)
    Bryan brought along a special guest Linda Mead.
    Special Guest: Brian Hynes
    Guests: Jennifer Scwabauer, Joan Bumgarner, and Bill Mason
    Reminders: District Governor visit is October 9.  Board Members and Avenue of Service Chairs will meet with Jack McClenahan at 11:15 that Wednesday.  Jack will be our 'program' that day.  The evening events are being planned by Edwin Velarde and Ed Pope.  We look forward to a great turn-out for this meeting.
    Next week (October 2) we are DARK at NRCC.  Please RSVP to Bob Marshall to attend our plant tour of Elegant Gardens in Moorpark at noon.  Bob is arranging carpools from Sprouts on Agoura/Westlake at 11:15.  
    District Conference is October 18-20.  All members are invited to attend (register on the district website).  Board members are especially encouraged to attend this conference, as well the District Training Assembly in Spring 2014. 
    Thank you to Karen Quigley for wrapping the meeting after the current president made an early departure.  
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    Services for Harry Schad 9/21/2013

    Posted by Jeanne Archer
    The memorial service for Harry Schad is at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church at 5801Kanan Road, Westlake Village, from12:00p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
    There will be a reception immediately following the service at the North Ranch Country Club 4761 Valley Spring Drive Westlake Village until 4:30 p.m.
    Services for Harry Schad 9/21/2013 Jeanne Archer 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

    Today's Meeting - September 18, 2013

    Past President Brad Ormsby led the flag salute, followed by Past President Ed Pope, who delivered the following:
    As most all of us are aware, our dear friend and fellow Rotarian Harry Schad passed away this past weekend. While many of us were aware of Harry’s brave battle with a grave illness, his passing was nonetheless sudden and shocking. It is natural to feel profound sadness at the passing of a dear friend we’ve come to admire and love, we should also feel great gladness at having had the opportunity and the privilege of knowing Harry as a dear friend.
    Harry was the quintessential “Distinguished Gentleman.” He was an energetic and passionate Rotarian. It is highly probable that neither I nor many of you would have had the honor of knowing and working with Harry were it not for, as another distinguished Rotarian Sam Greene put it so well, “the miracle of Rotary.” God bless Harry Schad.
    As we gather here today in friendship and fellowship, bless this food to our bodies and ourselves to your service.
    Services For Harry Schad will be this Saturday, September 21, 12:00 noon, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road.
    Today's Meeting - September 18, 2013 Bulletin Editor 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0

    Today's Meeting 09/11/2013

    Posted by Bulletin Editor
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    Harvey Magidow started us out with words of remembrance for 9/11, and led the flag salute.  Bill Notthoff and Brad Ormsby teamed up for the song. Bob Marshall called for a moment of silence.
    Visiting Rotarian: Ken Warner Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks
    Guests: Lisa Meeker, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Brian Hynes, special guest of Steve Kerrigan.
    Brad Ormsby: Manna Food Drive will be held at our 9/25 meeting.  Members are encouraged to bring their donations of food and grocery store gift cards to the 9/25 meeting, and Manna will collect them for us.  (Please see accompanying story for more details.)
    Ray Taylor: Attended the President-Elect district retreat in Pismo Beach this past weekend.  Ray is learning and bonding with his 2014-2015 President Elect class, and will bring great ideas and enthusiasm to our club!
    Westminster Free Clinic: sent a thoughtful thank-you note for the 200 pedometers our club funded.  Pedometers were distributed at the clinic that evening.  The distribution was orchestrated by Past President Edwin Velarde, and helped by Steve Ricklin, Nida Boord, DeAnn Justesen, and Cristina Velarde.
    Bob Marshall: Plant tour is set for Elegant Gardens, Wednesday, October 2.  Please RSVP to Bob for more information, directions, and to help Grant Wilkins plan the food.  Remember: we are DARK at NRCC on Plant Tour days.  A make up is required if you miss the tour.
    Next week: Early buffet - mini club meeting.  No guests or visitors please.  We will be distributing the approved budget for 2013-2014.  This town-hall type of meeting is a great time for brainstorming new ideas, projects, chatting with avenues of service chairpersons, finding a good place to help out.  Buffet opens at 11:45.
    Also next week: Board of Directors will be meeting at 12:40.  Board meetings are open to all members.  If you still have a red badge requirement, now is a good time to fulfill that.
    Avenues of Service: Please submit reports of your committee meetings to by Monday, September 16.
    Today's Meeting 09/11/2013 Bulletin Editor 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

    Thank yous for backpacks

    Posted by Bulletin Editor
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    Lisa Meeker, from Big Brothers Big Sisters, brought greetings and gratitude from recipients of the recent Group 4 Backpack Stuffing day.  Please see all the pictures in the photo album in The Flag.
    Some of the comments are typed here:
    • Thank you so much for the school supplies. I needed the school supplies and I'm using them at school.
    • Thank you so very much for providing my children with backpacks and school supplies. It helped me out more than you know.
    • Thank you so much. Your donations have meant the world to my boy!
    • Thank you so much for the backpacks. Now we don't have to go to school on the first day with no school supplies.
    • I'm really thankful for what you guys do.
    • It always helps so much even though it might not seem a big deal to some people.
    Thank yous for backpacks Bulletin Editor 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

    Manna Food Drive 2013

    Items to bring to the club meeting at NRCC on 9/25/2013:
    Priority Items:
    • Mac & Cheese                                                          
    • Pasta
    • Pasta sauce
    • Tuna
    • Canned veggies, canned fruit
    • Cereal – hot & cold
    • Peanut Butter & Jelly
    • Soup
    • Rice/Roni
    • Canned Chili
    • Toilet paper
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Toothpaste
    Items needed for Thanksgiving:
    • Gift cards to purchase turkeys
    • Boxed potatoes
    • Stuffing
    • Canned yams, corn, green beans, pumpkin
    • Cranberry
    • Gravy – packets or jars
    • Chicken broth
    • Condiments – olives, pickles, etc.
    • Creamed soups
    Manna Food Drive 2013 Karen Quigley 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Today's Program August 14 2013 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

    August 7 2013 Meeting

    Flag: Jennifer Gears
    Song: Lee Ginsburg
    Invocation: Karen Quigley
    Fred Raio updated us on Harry Schad.  Tim and Annie Trinh had a baby girl named Riley. Ron Fulop is having surgery this week and will be out for a while.  Marion Hall Marshall is spending some time in rehabilitation.  Dolores Randell isn't able to drive to Westlake this week, due to a neck pain.
    The OakHeart party is still in the planning process.  Updates on location and date are coming soon.
    Street Fest kick-off meeting is coming soon!
    Fun and Games sign up started going around this week.  The squares are filling quickly!  Hurry and get yours now.  $5 a square.  24 games a year.  If you miss now, you'll have to sit through a year of hearing other people's names called as winners.  And you won't get a chance again until next July.
    Upcoming Dates:
    August 18, 4:30 p.m.  International Service Committee meeting held at Ed Pope's house.  Please RSVP to Edwin Velarde by this Friday, August 16.
    August 18: TO Rotary hosts the Midsummer Eve Wine Festival.  If you can't make it to International Service, consider stopping by the wine fest from 4 - 7:30 p.m. $60 pp.
    August 21: BACK PACKS
    September 23: Westlake Village Sunrise Golf Tournament at NRCC
    October 9: District Governor Jack will visit our club.  Contact Edwin Velarde or Ed Pope is you want to help plan
    October 12: Moorpark Sunrise Beer Tasting at Moorpark College
    October 18-20: District Conference in San Luis Obispo
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    Today's Program - Juvenile Intervention Team

    Posted on Aug 06, 2013
    Our guest speaker today was: Lieutenant David J. Thompson, Detective Bureau Commander of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station.
    Lt. Thompson explained who the J-Team is: a specialized unit to combat juvenile related issues in this area.  The J-Team works out of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station and is available as another resource of information pertaining to issues with juveniles.  They are frequently available on school campuses, and patrol our communities.  Their goals are to improve the quality of life for juveniles in the area, prevent and divert delinquent juvenile behavior, liaise with local schools to maintain healthy and safe campuses, and provide intervention and support for parents and kids who need guidance.
    They also have the STTOP team (Sheriff's Teen Traffic Offender Program).  Under this program, you can contact the station to report a speeding or unsafe teen driver by name and/or license plate.  Their team will contact the family and attempt to intervene.  The STTOP team presents "Every 15 Minutes" at the local schools, with realistic reenactments of the aftermath of a teen car crash.
    The Malibu/Lost Hills website link is here:
    Today's Program - Juvenile Intervention Team Jeanne Archer 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    DARK at NRCC on 7/31 for July Fellowship Meeting Jeanne Archer 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Countdown begins for the 20th Anniversary of our Street Festival Jeanne Archer 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
    RCWV presents 2013 OakHeart Country Music Festival Jeanne Archer 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
    RCWV Presents the 2nd Annual OakHeart Country Music Festival Jeanne Archer 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
    2013 Westlake Street Festival and 5K/10K Run for Global Clean Water - April 14th Jeanne Archer 2013-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Westlake Village's Committee Plan 2012-2013

    Posted by Joy Lupanow on Jul 26, 2012
    Link to a list of positions for the club's members.
    On home page, Click on Club Document on right side bar, login with your password, scroll down to view club documents under My ClubRunner, Club Committee 2012-2013.
    Rotary Club of Westlake Village's Committee Plan 2012-2013 Joy Lupanow 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

    Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jun 26, 2012
    ImagePeyton Glover presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Dianna Minkel-Lorentson, in honor of all the many roles she's taken on at our club this year. 
    Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation Jeanne Archer 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

    June 27, 2012

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jun 26, 2012
    Today was the final meeting of the 2011-2012 Rotary year.   President Karen Quigley presented certificates to each of the members in recognition of their participation this past year.  Dolores Randell valiantly captured nearly every presentation and hug. 
    Great Job Everyone!
    June 27, 2012 Jeanne Archer 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Westlake High School Scholarship Winners Jeanne Archer 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

    Book Cart

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jun 12, 2012
    ImageMarion Hall Marshall is collecting books and magazines for the Book Cart for the hospital. 
    Book Cart Jeanne Archer 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

    Operation Blankets of Love

    Posted by Linda Le Vine on Jun 12, 2012
    ImageLinda LeVine offered to collect blankets and towels to deliver to Operation Blankets of Love.  Great job Linda!
    Operation Blankets of Love Linda Le Vine 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Plant Tour June 6, 2012 Marty Blumenthal 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Operation Blankets of Love

    Posted by Linda Le Vine on May 29, 2012
    Operation Blankets of Love was represented by Eileen. She brought her adorable dog Ginger with her, and she did some cute tricks (not Eileen but Ginger). Eileen requested that we bring products for sheltered animals at our next meeting (June 13). We saw a video about the needy animals and the kind people that are helping them.

    Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is an award-winning non-profit 501(c)3 public charity. We collect, transport and distribute recycled and new pet-related items to comfort stray, sick, neglected and abused homeless animals in shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries and foster groups. In addition, as an Emergency Response Team, we partner with those organizations to provide relief and comfort to animals that are displaced or endangered by catastrophe.
    Click here for the website
    This Week's Program: Operation Blankets of Love Linda Le Vine 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Gift of Life

    Posted by Brenda Small on May 29, 2012
    Here is my presentation in a nutshell.

    I showed our Gift of Life Video which is also available on our website. The video gives a great overview of our program, what we do, and the need that continues to exist.

    The reason for my presentation was 2-fold: 1) I wanted to thank the club and its members for their support and want them to know and feel that they are a part of what we do and of each child whose life is saved. We are excited that the club is participating in the Matching Grant which will fund the July Medical Mission to El Salvador and look forward to working together on another Matching Grant in the new Rotary year.

    2) We are looking to increase Rotary awareness and Rotary involvement for Gift of Life. Nearly all 70 Gift of Life affiliates are supported by Rotarians and Rotary Districts.

    Gift of Life LA is a non-profit Rotary based organization that works to save the lives of children afflicted with congenital heart disease. We are one of the larger affiliates of Gift of Life International and are working to develop a sustainable pediatric cardiac program in El Salvador. In 2011, 182 Salvadoran children received a second chance at life. Our goal for 2012 is 200 children. Eleven of the thirteen Rotary Clubs in El Salvador are actively involved in our project. I am President of Gift of Life LA and also sit on the Board of Directors for Gift of Life International.

    Gift of Life International is the SECOND LARGEST ROTARY BASED PROJECT WORLDWIDE....second only to Polio Plus. Gift of Life International (GOLI) has programs spanning 70 Rotary Districts on 5 continents. More than 15,000 children afflicted with congenital heart disease (CHD) have received a second chance at life in 67 countries since the inception of GOLI in 1975 by a Rotarian in the Manhassett Rotary Club in New York.

    GOLI is working to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare programs in Uganda, El Salvador and Jamaica.

    Gift of Life LA (GOL LA) is looking to expand our Board of Directors and to create an Advisory Board. We would like to invite Rotarians to join us in our efforts to save children's lives.

    Requirements of Board Members:
    - be an active participant in monthly Board meetings, decisions made for the organization, fundraising activities and raising awareness in the community and within Rotary
    - no specific financial commitment is required. We simply ask that Board members give from their heart (at whatever level they are comfortable with) to heal the heart of another.
    - we are looking for members of the community and members of Rotary who are willing to help raise awareness and increase our donor base by approaching your own personal and professional network to help save the lives of more children.
    - Board members are encouraged to experience a medical mission however it is not required.

    Requirements of Advisory Members:
    - we are looking for members of the community and members of Rotary who are willing to help raise awareness and increase our donor base by approaching your own personal and professional network to help save the lives of more children.
    - Advisory Board members are not voting members but are welcome to attend Board Meetings if they wish and are encouraged to offer suggestions on how to move the organization forward in the interest of saving more children's lives.
    - Advisory Board members will be updated regularly through email and quarterly meetings
    - Advisory Board members are encouraged to experience a medical mission however it is not required.

    When you heal the heart of a child...your heart will be touched and your life will be changed.

    If you are interested in becoming more involved and hearing more about joining the Board or the Advisory Board, please contact Brenda Small at 818-625-7402  or

    Thanks so much!
    This Week's Program: Gift of Life Brenda Small 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

    RYLA update

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 22, 2012
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    Jacquelyn Aguilera, from Westlake High School, and a volunteer at Westminster Free Clinic, shared some of her RYLA experiences with us today.  It was heartwarming to hear her stories of the impact this weekend had on her life and on her views of herself and her abilities.  Jacquelyn came away with the confidence to do the right thing and stand up for herself. 
    Cheri Blessing read some of the notes submitted to her by other attendees.  Cheri encouraged each of us to come be a counselor at this event next year.  Even if only for a day's visit. 
    RYLA update Jeanne Archer 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Ben Kayumba

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 22, 2012
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    Program:  Ben Kayumba

    Today our club heard from Ben Kayumba, of Compassion International, Good News International, and Rwanda.  Ben attempted to summarize his country’s tragic history into a 20-minute program.  Among the things we learned:

    In 90 days from 7th April 1994 around one million people were massacred in one of the worst genocides the world has seen. The genocide was carried out by soldiers from the Rwandan Armed Forces. People were burned alive with their houses, children thrown down pit latrines and buried alive, and unspeakable atrocities carried out on the women. Neighbors turned on neighbors, attacking with machetes, clubs, poison, starvation, and rape. Although many women and children were killed, hundreds of thousands of widows and orphans were left behind. For many of them, food is a daily struggle, education an unattainable necessity, and-to break free from the poverty cycle-an impossible dream.

    The effects are still felt 18 years later.  Citizens still bear the scars from the attacks.  Many of the girls and women who were raped contracted AIDS from the attackers.

    Ben escaped thanks to a Hutu friend, a taxi driver who got Ben to the Burundi border.  This friend tried to help many escape this way, and on his final trip, he and his family were killed. 

    Ben managed to get to Uganda, and eventually returned to Rwanda, where he found both his parents had been killed, in addition to over 150 members of his extended family. 

    Ben acknowledged the Clinton administration for getting his country’s genocide acknowledged by the world. 

    This Week's Program: Ben Kayumba Jeanne Archer 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
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    This Week's Program: Annual Day of Giving

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 15, 2012
    A program that is dear to our hearts, on this day, we share the wealth from our fundraising efforts of the prior year's Street Festival.  We have the opportunity to enjoy sharing a meal with representatives some of the local charitable organizations.  This year, each recipient had the opportunity to give us a little update of how things are going with their group.  We heard much about the governmental and private funding being reduced or cut out entirely.  And we were fortunate to hear how they are improvising, doing more with less, and making the best use of the resources they do have.  We were humbled to hear their words of gratitude to Rotary for this type of support.  Thank you all for coming out today! There is so much "need" out there, and we hope to be able to do more.  (Note from the editor:  The Oak Heart Country Music Festival is our next big fundraiser.  Get involved and make it hugely successful, and we can do more at next year's Day of Giving.)

    Click here to view the gallery of photos from 2012 Day of Giving
    This Week's Program: Annual Day of Giving Jeanne Archer 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

    Memorial Day BBQ 2012

    Posted by James Campbell on May 15, 2012

    Make plans now for a "Don't Miss This One" BBQ at Ed Pope's house on Memorial Day!  Sign-up will be going around starting this week.  You can also email me back and I'll sign you up.

    All you have to do is bring a dessert, show up with your appetite and ready to have fun!


    Memorial Day BBQ 2012 James Campbell 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: YMCA Youth in Government

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 08, 2012
    Ronnie Stone introduced our speaker today: Ryan Moorman
    A senior at Agoura High School, Ryan has been involved in the youth government programs offered through the YMCA since 7th grade.  He recently returned from a middle school conference, at which he was a mentor to the middle-schoolers.
    After high school, Ryan will attend George Washington University, where he will study Political Science with a focus on Public Policy.

    Ryan was accompanied today by Jenna Grossman, who runs the teen programs at the Triunfo YMCA.
    This Week's Program: YMCA Youth in Government Jeanne Archer 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Doing Good: Saving Mothers and Children and Haiti Jeanne Archer 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

    Oak Heart Country Music Update

    Posted by Dianna Minkel-Lorentson on May 01, 2012
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    Oak Heart Country Music Festival

    The planning committee is running full speed ahead. We have the location Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. The date of the festival is Saturday August 18th 2012  The list of entertainers is on the website.
    Everyone we talk to is extremely excited about this event.
    The Vendor and Sponsorship Packages are printed and are ready to be disbursed! A big Thank you to Naomi Finkel for her contribution to the event by composing a Sponsorship Welcome Letter. We Are Still in need for a VIP Chair and a Manpower Chair.

    If you are interested in helping:
    • For Vendors: please see Bruce House or Jennifer Gears
    • For Sponsors: please see Marty Blumenthal or Peyton Glover
    • For PR: please see Dianna Lorentson
    • For Site: please see Steve Kerrigan or Dianna
    • For any questions or directions: please see Harry Schad
    • For Legal and Permits: please see Nida Brown
    • For Insurance: please see Bob Philllips
    Oak Heart Country Music Update Dianna Minkel-Lorentson 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

    India is no longer polio endemic

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 01, 2012

    By Dan Nixon 
    Rotary International News -- 8 March 2012 

     The All India End Polio Now Road Show, organized by District 3201 (parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu), inspired support for polio eradication in India, Nepal, and Bhutan in late 2011 and early 2012. Photo courtesy of District 3201

    Editors Note: This story was updated to include reference to the significant role played at the Polio Summit 2012 by Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo, who chaired the event.

    The World Health Organization has officially removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India's minister of Health and Family Welfare, made the announcement at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi on 25 February. Azad said that he had been informed of WHO’s action by its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan. 

    "It is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country," said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the summit, which was organized by the government of India and Rotary International. "This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays."

    India's last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. Before polio eradication can be certified in India, it must go two more years without another case of the disease. Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

    Bivalent oral vaccine 

    Until 2009, India accounted for nearly half the number of the world’s polio cases. A chief factor in the country’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to WHO.  

    Rotary International has played a major role in helping to stop the transmission of polio in India. Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a key supporter of the initiative.   

    Sporting their signature yellow vests and caps, the nearly 119,000 Rotarians in India have helped administer vaccine to children, organize free health camps and polio awareness rallies, and distribute banners, caps, comic books, and other items.  

    Global support from Rotarians

    "With the support of their Rotary brothers and sisters around the world, Indian Rotarians have worked diligently month after month, year after year, to help organize and carry out the National Immunization Days that reach millions of children with the oral polio vaccine," says RI President Kalyan Banerjee, of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat. "As an Indian, I am immensely proud of what Rotary has accomplished. However, we know this is not the end of our work. Rotary and our partners must continue to immunize children in India and in other countries until the goal of a polio-free world is finally achieved." 

    "India is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio," says Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo, who chaired the Polio Summit. "Rotary International has committed to be the torchbearer until India and the world become polio-free."

    Robert S. Scott, chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee, calls India's achievement "a significant step towards a polio-free world – an example as to what can be accomplished no matter what problems need to be overcome. Rotarians of India are and should be proud of the key efforts they have made at all levels, without which the world would not be marking this milestone." 

    Deepak Kapur, chair of the India PolioPlus Committee, also credits the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for its commitment to ending polio. To date, the Indian government has spent more than US$1.2 billion on domestic polio eradication activities. "We are fortunate that our government is our biggest advocate in this effort," Kapur says.

    India is no longer polio endemic Jeanne Archer 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Simon Huart

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 01, 2012

    Simon shared some of his experiences over these last months of his stay here.  Among the many cultural differences he noticed:

    ·        The European habit of cheek-kissing ‘hello’ can be misinterpreted as a potential biting attack

    ·        The Hollywood sign is just a sign—unless you’re not in California, and then you think it’s massive and impressive

    ·        Real public schools aren’t exactly like High School Musical

    ·        The students at Agoura were very interested in welcoming him and including him right from the start

    ·        Girls are girls

    After returning to Belgium --where he will study mathematics and economics, and get his diploma-- Simon will definitely return to the US.

    Simon thanked Steve for all the things he’s done for him, and the places he’s gone; Nadine for the Pepperdine volleyball and basketball games; everyone for the amazing experience and opportunities.  From his heart: Thank you very much. Thank you!

    This Week's Program: Simon Huart Jeanne Archer 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary International Convention 2012

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on May 01, 2012

    35,000 expected at Rotary meet

    Thailand's organising committee for the 103rd Rotary International Convention expects more than 35,000 delegates at the May |event, higher than the previous projection.

    Noraseth Pathmanand, chairman of the host organising committee, said yesterday that more than 30,000 Rotary members had registered to attend the Rotary World Peace Symposium from May 3-5 and the global organisation's international convention from May 6-9 at Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre.

    Attendees will come from 43 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries.

    The event looks like attaining one of the highest records in terms of number of attendees for a global Rotary annual event after the convention in Osaka, Japan, in 2004 that had more than 40,000 participants.


    The four-day event in Thailand is expected to generate about Bt3 billion for the economy, while the Thailand Convention and Exhibi-tion Bureau has granted Bt271 million in financial support.

    Those attending the event will participate in a broad agenda including a plenary session, workshops and other activities that focus on how Rotary Clubs help to improve communities worldwide through volunteer service.

    Participants will meet key speakers in the plenary session, namely Hugh Evans, co-founder and chief executive officer of the Global Poverty Project; Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and peace advocate; and Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2006 and founder of Grameen Bank.

    The bank provides microfinance services for poor people in Bangladesh.

    Additionally, international experts will give a global update on the status of polio eradication. After that, Rotary members will celebrate their success in raising more than US$200 million (Bt6 billion) in new funding for wiping out polio in response to a $355-million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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    Four Way Test Animation Jeanne Archer 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
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    May Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Apr 30, 2012

    11th - Irene Agnew
    25th - Nadine Larson
    27th - Stephanie Bell-Harbourne
    29th - Nida Brown
    29th - Bruce House


    16th - Deann Justesen
    17th - Marge Tobin True
    18th - Grant Wilkins
    24th - Marty Blumenthal
    May Birthdays and Anniversaries Jeanne Archer 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: The Four Way Test Essay Contest

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Apr 24, 2012
    Children, adults and parents from elementary, middle, and high schools joined our club today to hear the winners of the 2012 Four Way Test Essay Contest:

    Katherine Burgee
    Taylor Nicholson
    Kailani Johansson
    Kayla Mahoney
    Andrew Lee
    Dante Nepa
    Katy Webb
    Annalia Guitierrez
    Payton Messina
    Divya Raman
    Regina Woo
    Marissa Mahoney
    Amanda Moddam
    Lisa Schawitz
    Paul Mahoney
    Robin Johansson
    Jean Gilbert Hawkins
    Kathy Latty
    Deborah Burgee
    Christoper Burgee
    Jeannie Nicholson
    Warren Nicholson
    Jenna Duby
    Diane Nepa
    Christina Guitierrez
    Susan Allen
    Lou Trabone
    Kate Thompson
    Radha Raman
    Mrs. Webb

    Thank you all for coming out to our Rotary meeting on this beautiful Wednesday!
    This Week's Program: The Four Way Test Essay Contest Jeanne Archer 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Maria Grycan

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Apr 17, 2012
    Ray Taylor introduced us to Maria Grycan, the public affairs person for the Fire Department.  Maria shared information about the Fire Hawk, the perpetual fire season, and much more.  Maria conducted a Q&A to test our knowledge of who pays for what at a fire station (TVs, internet access, meal ingredients, treadmills, furniture, etc.)  Maria also provided hand outs for safety on Smoke alarms, escaping from burning buildings, and earthquake preparedness.

    For more information, go to the fema website at:

    Click here for the FEMA website
    This Week's Program: Maria Grycan Jeanne Archer 2012-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Chiropractor Dave Biedebach

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Mar 27, 2012
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    Dr. David Biedebach is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Thousand Oaks community.

    Dr. David Biedebach has been freeing people from pain in the clinic in Thousand Oaks, CA. As a Chiropractor with experience, Dr. Biedebach is committed to promoting optimal health and well being of  patients.

    Dr. Biedebach uses a "whole person approach". This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, Dr. Biedebach is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.
    He is a graduate of Southern California University of Heath Sciences with a specialty in foot care. He is married with 3 children. He enjoys skiing and tennis. He is a past president of TO Kiwanis and is on Board of Directors of Westlake Chamber of Commerce.

    This Week's Program: Chiropractor Dave Biedebach Jeanne Archer 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

    Easy Way to help with Microcredit loans

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Mar 27, 2012
    If you're read your April 2012 edition of the Rotarian, you already know about microcredit from the interview with Muhammad Yunus. 

    LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is putting his money to work well outside the tech venues of Silicon Valley—and getting regular folks involved.

    The angel investor and partner at Greylock Ventures has put up $1 million for 40,000 individual $25 loans to would-be entrepreneurs through Kiva, reported today. He isn’t doling out the loans himself. Instead, users of the site where individuals can make microloans to developing-world entrepreneurs can sign up for and use Hoffman’s and other "friends of Kiva" money.

    Kiva is a microloan company that disperses $25 payments mostly in developing nations where even such small amounts presumably go further than in developed nations. Since it's founding in 2005, Kiva has dispersed $295 million in loans at a 98.94 percent repayment rate. Once the loan is paid back, Kiva keeps the money in an account as "Kiva credit" that can then be reloaned to a new developing-world entrepreneur.

    “The most successful ventures depend on that initial spark from angel investors,” Hoffman tells Inc.’s Jeff Haden. “Kiva's model gives us all the ability to connect and make change possible for entrepreneurs around the world who have opportunity but lack capital."

    Easy Way to help with Microcredit loans Jeanne Archer 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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    More Perks for our Members

    Posted by Charles Bloomquist on Mar 27, 2012

    Fellow RCWV Members:

    It has been decided that as a member of our club, you are entitled to have a booth at the legendary Rotary Club of Westlake Village’s 18th Annual Community Street Festival for the deeply discounted rate of just $75!

     Please use the Vendor Requirements documents, along with the appropriate application as part of the agreement.

     Contact Bill Notthoff, Vendor Chair with any questions or your completed applications-



    More Perks for our Members Charles Bloomquist 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

    Homer Dickerson Youth Ethic Conference in the Ventura County Star

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Feb 28, 2012

    High school students grappled with moral dilemmas as part of an annual youth ethics conference hosted by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village on Thursday.

    It's the 15th year the club has held the event in memory of United Methodist minister and Rotarian Homer Dickerson, who died in 1991.

    Organizers said about 180 students from seven area high schools attended the event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

    Students gathered for breakfast and introductions before taking part in round-table discussions on teen suicide, cyberbullying, Internet cheating and performance-enhancing drugs. Teachers and Rotary Club members facilitated the groups.

    Students from Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Agoura, Oak Park, Calabasas and Simi Valley high schools focused on four scenarios submitted by students as part of a Rotary competition.

    Arantxa Sanchez Cruz, 16, a junior at Westlake High School, said the four topics under discussion were very relevant to teens.

    "Obviously, they don't apply to everybody, but they are important and we need to know how to figure out what to do if we ever are in those situations," she said. "The biggest thing would be the cyberbullying because with all the Internet and Facebook and things like that, we have access to other people's personal information and therefore we can cause damage, and so I think that's a big issue."

    Andi Lorch, also a junior at Westlake, said peer pressure is intense.

    "It's a really big problem at school, and a lot of people do choose what everyone else is doing over what's right," said Andi, 17. "I think it's really important that teens address it."

    The conference featured a keynote speech by Mary Olson, general manager of KCLU, a National Public Radio station serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It's based at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

    "Ethics are not about feelings," she told the students. "It's not really about religion, and it's not just about following the law.

    "How many times have you said to your parents, 'But everybody's doing that?' Ethics can't just be about cultural norms," she said.

    Bill Notthoff, event chairman, said the club holds the conference each year to encourage students to think about how ethics play an important role throughout life.

    "We don't try to teach them anything," he said. "We try to get them to learn it themselves."

    Yajur Maker, 16, from Calabasas High School, said the conference was a valuable experience.

    "Technically speaking, we're never thinking about ethics, but we're making those choices along the way," he said. "This conference is a like a wake-up call to see where these situations might come up in my life or realize I have seen these situations and this is what I should have done and this is what I did do right and this is what I did wrong,"

    Also in attendance was Thousand Oaks High School senior Jackson Warner.

    "Ethics is doing the right thing when nobody's watching, and I just hope that's the main point that everybody takes away from this," the 17-year-old said. "I hope they take what we learn here and apply it to real life. It may not be the cool way, but it's the right way."

    Homer Dickerson Youth Ethic Conference in the Ventura County Star Jeanne Archer 2012-02-29 00:00:00Z 0

    Foundation Gala

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Feb 14, 2012
    Rotary International President Elect Sakuji Tanaka would be joining us at the Foundation Gala.  Please note that seating would be limited so register early for the event.

    This will be held February 26th, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Air Force One Pavilion, Simi Valley, California  Tour the Library and Air Force One 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM, then 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Dinner Service and Program

    To register and find additional links, go to Rotary District 5240 Website

    www.RotaryDistrict5240.Org , See Notice in top right hand corner of front page,  Click on 2012 Foundation Celebration-

        This will take you to Registration form, flyer, Invitation, questions, maps and directions. 

    Questions, contact Jim Lewis, Foundation Gala Chair,

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    RCWV on DropBox

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jan 24, 2012
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    The Rotary Club of Westlake Village now has a shared dropbox folder.  This folder will be used for sharing of photos from club events and meetings.  Please email if you would like to be linked to this shared account.  

    This is a great way of sharing photos.  Peyton has requested we send pictures of past Rotary events.  You can either bring them on a USB drive, or get the link for the dropbox account.

     Jim Campbell has uploaded photos from our Children's Christmas Party 2011.  Please take a look!

    RCWV on DropBox Jeanne Archer 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
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    Rotarian of the Month

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jan 10, 2012

    ndy Lupanow presented awards for the following:

    Rotarian of the Month - November 2011 - Linda LeVine


    Rotarian of the Month - December 2011 - Tim Trinh



    Rotarian of the Month Jeanne Archer 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program Part 2: City of Westlake Village and Triunfo YMCA

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jan 10, 2012

    Ray Taylor introduced our own Ronnie Stone who provided updates on the progress of the multimillion-dollar community sports park.  The city invested $15 million to grade the site and install landscaping and underground utilities. In November, David Murdock, president and CEO of Dole Foods and the Four Seasons Hotel on Lindero Canyon Road, offered to help the YMCA and Westlake Village Community Foundation with fundraising efforts to build the sports complex.Thanks in large part to David Murdoch's commitment, work has resumed on the project.  The power point presentation provided glimpses of proposed floorplans, and architect's renderings.  The building will include a wi-fi area, cafe, pools, and pool viewing areas, in addition to fitness areas, child care, and group interests. 


    This Week's Program Part 2: City of Westlake Village and Triunfo YMCA Jeanne Archer 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program Part 1: Gift of Life

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jan 10, 2012

    Presented by Brenda Small and Rob Raylman


    Gift of Life was founded by Rotary District 7250 with the collaboration of Rotary Districts and clubs around the world.

    There are 66 Gift of Life programs throughout the world and we have treated children from 67 countries on 6 continents. 

    The 66 GOL Programs and their respective members have treated and saved the lives of more than 12,000 children from 67 countries on 6 continents. 

    Through generous funding provided by corporations, businessess, civic organizations, Foundations and individuals, GOLI has coordinated and provided surgical missions for hundreds of surgeons, nurses, and medical personnel in over 20 different countries. The "Our Hearts Are In...." program ensures that regional facilities are staffed with surgeons specializing in pediatric cardiac surgeries, thus enabling many children afflicted with congenital heart defects (CHDs) to remain in their relative areas or countries for treatment.


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    January is Rotary Awareness Month Jeanne Archer 2012-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
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    Just in time for holiday shopping: Earn money for the club by applying for and using a Rotary credit card Jeanne Archer 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0

    Thanksgiving Baskets and Military Guests

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Nov 15, 2011

    One of the favorite programs of the year: Stuffing Thanksgiving Baskets for the Military Families
    This year, we had the special honor of receiving five members of the Port Hueneme Naval Base:
    Chief Rashad Boyd from Los Angeles, Chief Todd Wilson from Riverside, Chief Jose Camacho from Oxnard, SH2 Harlig Medina from New Jersey, and HM3 Josh Donaldson from Phoenix.

    The pride and gratitude we feel for these representatives of our troops is tremendous.  Brad Ormsby encouraged each man to share a little about his hometown and years of service. 

    Thanksgiving Baskets and Military Guests Jeanne Archer 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Regional Art Museum

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Nov 08, 2011

    We had two speakers today: Frank Schillo and Francisco Behr

    The Conejo Valley is working toward having a regional art museum, which will showcase local artists several times a year in juried competition.  There is a likelihood that traveling international art will also make appearances here.  The new building is expected to be near The Lakes and adjacent to the Civic Arts Plaza, and will include a pedestrian bridge across TO Blvd, along with expanded parking structure. 

    Naomi Finkel announced a reception this Friday night at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, from 7p.m. - 9 p.m. for Charter Members.  

    Click here for the RAM website

    This Week's Program: Regional Art Museum Jeanne Archer 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

    This Week's Program: Elections Update

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Nov 01, 2011

    Election Day is next Tuesday!

    A very timely program, presented by Dr. Herb Gooch, member of the TO Rotary Club, frequent guest on KCLU, and go-to guy for news reporters looking for perspective on the local and state-wide political climate.  Herb provided insight into the local and neighboring city elections, candidates' chances for success, estimates of their fundraising, and district lines. 

    So much information was presented!  Thank you for being our guest speaker today.

    This Week's Program: Elections Update Jeanne Archer 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

    Half Boy Half Man - In Honor of Veterans Day

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Nov 01, 2011

    The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

    He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

    He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

    He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

    He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

    He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

    He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

    He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

    If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

    He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

    He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

    He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

    He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

    He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

    He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

    In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

    Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great- grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

    He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

    And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

    As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . .

    A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

    Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it Please send this on after a short prayer.

    Prayer Wheel

    'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
    Protect them as they protect us.
    Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
    they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

    When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq .

    There is nothing attached...
    This can be very powerful...

    Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

    I can't break this one, sorry.
    Pass it on to everyone and pray.

    Half Boy Half Man - In Honor of Veterans Day Jeanne Archer 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

    November Birthdays

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Nov 01, 2011
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    Member Birthdays

    Name Date

    Johnson, Cy Nov 02

    Minkel-Lorenson, Dianna Nov 03

    Kohlbrand, R John Nov 15

    Crown, Melinda Nov 17

    Towle, Milton Nov 24
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    Flag Presentation

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Oct 11, 2011

    Marty and Debbie Blumenthal traveled back east and visited the Hang ranch in Vermont.  Marty presented us with the flag from the Rotary Club of Rutland South


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    This Week's Program: City of Westlake Village and YMCA site

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Oct 11, 2011
    Ray Taylor brought along John Knipe and Kerry Kallman for today's program. 

    The topic: The Westlake Village Community Park Project with The YMCA

    Ray gave the history of the project, starting with a lack of foresight given to active parks when the city incorporated in 1981, through the 2001 City Council approval of the YMCA site development, and the cooperative development of fields at the Oaks Christian School campus.

    This project graded two hillsides, removed three landslides, and created a 1/2 mile pad.  There will be a walking loop, and lots of perimeter trees. 

    This Week's Program: City of Westlake Village and YMCA site Jeanne Archer 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Donna Miller announces the start of Collections for Manna

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Oct 04, 2011
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    MANNA, the Conejo Valley Food Bank, was started in 1971 by a few concerned citizens who decided to help their neighbors by gathering food items in one location for distribution. At that time there were many families affected by layoffs in the aerospace industry. As news of the good neighbor effort spread others became involved. Local businesses, churches, schools, youth groups and civic groups contributed to the cause and a deep relationship with the community was born.

    MANNA exists solely because of the caring people of the Conejo Valley. MANNA accepts anything that would be purchased in a grocery store, from food to personal care items (no liquor or medicines). Produce is donated from local gardens and trees.

    MANNA will help low-income families in the Conejo Valley (From Camarillo to Calabasas) who can show proof of residency. A simple application is filled out and applicants are qualified once a year. Volunteers then assist clients as they choose items from our shelves, ensuring they receive food they would buy.

    Donations of items and/or financial contributions can be brought to the next several Rotary Meetings.  Also, A Manna bin is at Jeanne's office (Dilbeck 850-A Hampshire Road), or Donna's office (Lister on Skyline Drive).

    Please click the link for the whole Manna Story:

    Donna Miller announces the start of Collections for Manna Jeanne Archer 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

    Fun and Games September 21

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Sep 20, 2011

    Fun and Games

    Lee Ginsburg distributed the winnings for Fun and Games.  Some of the big winners: Fred Raio and Harry Schad.


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    September Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 31, 2011
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    Jeanne Archer


    Harry Schad


    Edwin Velarde


    Peggy Pence


    Donna Miller


    Bill Notthoff and Peyton Glover 29



    Edwin and Cristina Velarde


    Kash and Kitty Chandani


    Fred and Barbara Raio


    Bill and Sandi Notthoff


    Steve and Carol Ricklin


    Ray and Susie Taylor


    September Birthdays and Anniversaries Jeanne Archer 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

    Flag Presentation

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 30, 2011
    ImageStephanie Bell-Harbourne recently vacationed in Oregon.  She returned to us with some ideas for promoting our Street Fair, and also presented the flag from the RC of  Klamath County Oregon.
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    September is New Generations Month

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 30, 2011
    What will Rotary be in the Future? September is New Generations Month.  Those young people are the future of this organization.
    September is New Generations Month Jeanne Archer 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

    From Senior Concerns

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 30, 2011
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    We Say Goodbye to Dolores Spickelmeir

    By News Editor on 8/29/2011 9:17 AM  

    Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a very special member of the Senior Concerns family, Dolores Spickelmier.  Dolores was a devoted Meals On Wheels employee for 16 years, and a volunteer with us for 5 years prior to that.  She is seen here in this photo from last week’s Staff Appreciation Party, where she received an award for her years of service.  She passed away the morning of August 26, 2011.  Dolores will be truly missed & our hearts go out to her family.

    Dear Members,

    Those of you who have delivered Meals on Wheels have met and/or worked with Dolores who was always there when we picked up the food to deliver to our Meals on Wheels Recipients.   She was a very devoted and sweet woman and will be missed.


    President Gloria 
    From Senior Concerns Jeanne Archer 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian of the Month

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 23, 2011

    Rotarian of the Month - July 2011:

    Irene Agnew - in recognition of bringing in three new members


    Rotarian of the Month - August 2011

    Melinda Crown - in recognition of the Relay for Life Team in Honor of Sam Greene

    Rotarian of the Month Jeanne Archer 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship to Kris Carraway-Bowman Jeanne Archer 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

    Exchange of Flags

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 23, 2011
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    Gloria Rocca exchanged our club flag with Wade Nomura, District Governor

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    Blue Badge Presentation

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 23, 2011

    District Governor Wade Nomura and RCWV President Gloria Rocca present Blue Badges to

    Melinda Crown - Dianna Minkel-Lorenson - Sean BurrImage

    Blue Badge Presentation Jeanne Archer 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

    Paul Harris Fellowships for DG Visit

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 23, 2011

    Cy Johnson orchestrated his annual raffle in honor of the District Governor's visit.  The four winning members are:

    • Fred Raio
    • Andy Lupanow
    • Gloria Rocca
    • Ronnie Stone

    Paul Harris Fellowships for DG Visit Jeanne Archer 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

    Conejo Valley Quilters Fundraiser September 24-25

    Posted by Audrey Oland on Aug 23, 2011
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    The Conejo Valley Quilters was founded in 1996 and provided a comradery between quilters.  Meetings are once a month and provide guest speakers and workshops that give the quilters an opportunity to learn new techniques and ideas.  It also is an opportunity to give back to our Community through the donation of quilts made by the members and cash.

    Tickets will be sold at the door.  There will be many quilts made by our members on display, a quilt auction on Saturday at 2:00, Guest Speakers and door prizes.


    Gilbert Sports Arena
    California Lutheran University
    60 W. Olsen Road
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

    Saturday, September 24: 10 AM to 5 PM
    Sunday, September 25: 10 AM to 4 PM

    A portion of the profits from the Conejo Valley Quilt show will be donated to Interface Children and Family Services and to the Alzheimer’s Association.  We also donate finished quilts to three Ventura County Charities – Interface, Alzheimer’s Association and Habitat for Humanity.  To Interface, we provide quilts and special pillowcases that will be given to women and children who come to Interface for assistance.  The quilts we donate to Alzheimer’s Association are called sensory quilts and they help patients to maintain their sense of awareness.  To Habitat for Humanity, we donate quilts to each of the family members who are getting a new home of their own in The Thousand Oaks area.

    An additional fund raiser is the selling of tickets (6 for $5.00) for a very special Quilt that is made by the members. This year the king size quilt is bordered in the gothic design and has five blocks in the center with appliquéd three dimensional flowers.  The value of the quilt is $700.00.  Drawing will be on the last day of the quilt show, September 25th, and the winner need not be presented.

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    Wade Nomura District Governor 2011-2012 Visits our Club August 24

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Aug 23, 2011

    WADE NOMURA is a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning. Wade will be serving as District Governor in the years 2011-2012. He has served as a Group Representative, District Vocational Service Director, District Club Service Director, Mid Terms Chair, and Education and Training Deputy Director. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Charter member, Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Bequest Society member and Major Donor. He is the only instructor trained to teach all the Basic PRLS modules and all the Master PRLS series; 1&2 (Extemporaneous and Planned Speaking), Master PRLS 3 (Facilitation Skills), MPRLS 4 (Situational Leadership) and MPRLS 5 (Project and Business Planning). Wade has also presented PRLS in District 4160, Mexico.

    Wade shares Rotary with his wife and childhood sweetheart, Roxanne.  Roxanne was President of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning before Wade!  Wade and Roxanne have a son and a daughter, plus a much loved grandson. 

    Wade Nomura District Governor 2011-2012 Visits our Club August 24 Jeanne Archer 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

    Why is Membership Growth Important?

    Posted by Karen Quigley on Aug 16, 2011
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    Membership growth is the engine that powers the vehicle of Rotary.  Growth of our members is important because new ideas and new interests reinvigorate the club – bringing in new energy and future leaders. 

    The asset of each Rotary Club is its members.  Who is responsible for Membership Growth?  The answer to this question from Rotary International is “Every Rotarian”. 

    The Future of Rotary is in your hands…..Share the gift of Rotary, invite a friend.

    Why is Membership Growth Important? Karen Quigley 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Backpacks 2011 Jeanne Archer 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
    What is Rotary? Jeanne Archer 2011-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

    Operation Footprint Fundraiser - October 30

    Posted by Gloria Rocca on Aug 11, 2011
    An Afternoon of Music From Around the World Sunday October 30, 2011 1:00 p.m. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Scherr Forum Tickets: $50 Contact: Evie Greene 818-400-0727
    Operation Footprint Fundraiser - October 30 Gloria Rocca 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Operation Gratitude's Battalion Buddy Packages

    Posted by Marty Blumenthal on Jul 28, 2011

    Battalion Buddy Program Reaches Milestone:
    20,000 Brave Young Warriors Receive Surprise Hugs 

    July 20, 2011 / Encino, CA - In just two months since the program's launch, Operation Gratitude's Battalion Buddy Packages have brought smiles and hugs to 20,000 anxious sons and daughters of deploying U.S. military personnel.

    In May, Operation Gratitude started sending special stuffed toys -- known as "Battalion Buddies" -- to the children of U.S. service members as their units prepare to deploy into harm'
    Battalion Buddy Toyss way. Each Battalion Buddy wears a tag saying: "Hi Brave Young Warrior! I am your Battalion Buddy. I am here to cuddle with you while your Mommy or Daddy is away."

    Operation Gratitude's initial Battalion Buddy efforts were made possible by the McKesson Corporation, which provided a generous donation of thousands of the toys. The program has continued with the cooperation and support of Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders nationwide. To date 20,000 packages have been shipped to 32 unique Zip Codes in 17 States plus Guam and Germany, and to 56 different deployed or deploying units.

    "Battalion Buddies offer comfort and encouragement during a difficult time of separation," said Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek. "We are excited that the momentum for this program is building and that more friends across the country are joining our efforts to support military children."

    Blashek says the response from families receiving the Battalion Buddy packages has been overwhelming.
    Boy with his Battalion BuddyShe shared an email one deployed father recently sent from Afghanistan: "Thank you for what your organization does and the positive impact you have on the lives of military service members and their families," he wrote. "You bent over backwards to help us receive several hundred Battalion Buddies for our deploying unit and I for one was very grateful as my son and daughter absolutely loved them. According to my wife, they have kept them close every night as they go to sleep."

    Along with the McKesson Corporation, Tobu Print Group, Inc., Frontline Freight and Reddaway Trucking have generously provided services to assist with the production and shipment of Battalion Buddy packages.

    As with its Care Packages to deployed troops, Operation Gratitude's Battalion Buddy Program will provide American companies and every citizen opportunities to encourage the children of troops serving in combat by donating stuffed toys and contributing funds.

    Those wishing to donate new stuffed toys (14-18 inches from head to toe) to be used as Battalion Buddies may send them to the following address:

    Operation Gratitude
    17330 Victory Boulevard
    Van Nuys, CA 91406
    Attn: Battalion Buddy Program
    Operation Gratitude's Battalion Buddy Packages Marty Blumenthal 2011-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

    I Missed a Meeting!! How Do I Find a Make-Up Meeting?

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jul 24, 2011
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    When you miss one of our Wednesday meetings, that can throw off your whole week!  Fret no more! Just go to our own website ( and look at the CLUB LINKS section on the left column.  There's a link called "When & Where Clubs Meet".  Click there, and you'll be directed to an entire page of possibilities.  They are sorted by day, to help with your planning.  Click the icon next to your club of choice and you'll be directed to that club's home page.  You can call or email, and verify that they are not DARK on the day you're hoping to attend. 

    Using a smart phone? Use your Club Runner app.  There's a "Locator" button.  Press that, set your options (by Radius, in miles), and the nearby clubs will pop up.

    When you go to another club, be sure to introduce yourself to their greeter, and get a make up slip. Follow their lead: if they're a singing club, join in.  If they're subdued, tone it down a notch. Remember, you are representing the Rotary Club of Westlake Village!

    I Missed a Meeting!! How Do I Find a Make-Up Meeting? Jeanne Archer 2011-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians Opening Their Homes and Hearts

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jul 20, 2011
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    Everyone knows that if you need to get something done, ask a Rotarian.  A group of 36 children from Haikou City, China, were scheduled to come to California for a cultural and language exchange through the EF Program (  Somehow, their hosting city handed off that responsibility to the hosting group in Moorpark.  The Moorpark group already had over 100 kids from Finland, Spain, and Indonesia that were placed.  In desperation, they broadcast their need for help.  That call was heard by Mel and Linda, who sprang into action.  Mel got the word out to our club, and Mel and Linda opened their home to - not one, but - two students!  Then Charles offered to take one student.  And Robert volunteered to host one as well. 

    How lucky could these students get? Not only are they in Southern California, but they're being hosted by some of the best people--Rotarians from Westlake Village!  And what a great opportunity for Rotary.  These 40 children will return to China and mini-ambassadors for Rotary.  Watch the bulletin for updates and pictures when they become available. 

    Thanks to all who even considered this hosting job! And to Mel, Linda, Charles and Robert, a very heartfelt Xièxiè !!

    Rotarians Opening Their Homes and Hearts Jeanne Archer 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

    4th of July Event 2011

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jul 05, 2011
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    Great Job Rotarians!

    This year's 4th of July was the best ever, with a fundraising record!  Some of the funds will go to the Reagan Library, some to international water projects, and some to the Retired Military Officers Association. 

    Please view the photo journal link on our club website home page.

    4th of July Event 2011 Jeanne Archer 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Reach Within to Embrace Humanity Andy Lupanow 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

    Blankets for My Stuff Bags

    Posted by Jeanne Archer on Jun 30, 2011
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    What a great project!  

    Our President Gloria purchased a whole lot of blanket-making-kits from the local fabric store.  Some of our members volunteered to make a blanket or two.  One of our members arranged for her daughter and friends to donate their time.  After making all these blankets, the girls went to My Stuff Bags and donated them on behalf of Gloria and our club.

    Here are Megan and Shaylin with the fruits of their labor.

    Thanks to Gloria for coming up with this project, and thanks to everyone who helped make a blanket.  Maybe we can arrange a Rotary assembly line at the My Stuff Bags here in Westlake and help them for a day?

    Blankets for My Stuff Bags Jeanne Archer 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0