14 July 2014 — Visiting Valley Rotary Clubs


Do you know how many Rotary Clubs there are in the Greater San Fernando Valley?  Have you visited any other Clubs in our area?  Did you ever wonder what projects other Clubs do?  Well, hold on to your hats!

With this week’s program you’ll not only learn about other Clubs and projects in our area, you’ll also get to know some exemplary Rotarians who have, through their dedication to “Service Above Self,” made an impact on their communities at home and abroad.  Please click on the links to “visit” our neighboring Clubs, and share in the comments section of this Weekly Program anything and everything that grabs your interest.

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


SUNDAY, JULY 27 — 12:30pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for July, with a special guest speaker TBA, and President Linda’s first Fourth Sunday meeting!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 — 10:00am to 4:00pm — ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, Gelson’s Sherman Oaks, our sixth!









It is a time-honored tradition among the vast network of community-based Rotary Clubs all over the world that a fellow Rotarian is always welcome at another Rotary Club’s meeting.  It’s fun to meet like-minded people united in service.  It’s interesting to learn what other Clubs are doing for their communities, and to bring back to our own Club the best of those ideas.  It’s uplifting to share (when we’re asked!) a couple of highlights of what our active Club does to lift up those around us.

For us in particular, it’s great to share what an E-Club is, as many Rotarians still don’t understand.  It’s not hard to understand: we’re a Rotary Club, just like all the others in the world.  Instead of meeting once a week over a meal, we conduct our weekly programs online, learn and share information about local and worldwide topics, Rotary-related issues, and Club activities…and of course we also get together in person once each month for our Fourth Sunday.  That regular gathering makes us unusual and almost unique among the world’s 150-or-so Rotary E-Clubs.

And we gather for our service projects, with the kind of full-team participation of our Members that makes other Rotary Clubs envious.

There are several great Rotary Clubs around the San Fernando Valley, plus Burbank and Glendale, and this week we offer a quick overview.  If you have a chance, check one out, just for fun.  Wear your Rotary pin!  (Note that most Clubs have a fixed meal cost, on arrival, contrasted with our ordering off the menu on the fly; just be aware of this, new Rotarians.  Most Clubs meet for 90 minutes just as we do, or a little less; never longer…that we know about.)

One note: if you happen to check out a Club’s website before a visit and you see that their calendar says “Club Assembly,” that means it’s the occasional meeting when the Club devotes its time to an internal planning session rather than a speaker, so as a courtesy it’s best to pick a different week to visit that Club.


Here are some Clubs around the Valley, in no particular order.


The Calabasas Club meets on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. at Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewery, 26787 Agoura Road, Calabasas 91302.  It’s just south of the 101 at the Lost Hills exit.

Take a look at their website…which, to be honest, isn’t yet updated for 2014-2015, the current President is Bill Davis, a very nice fellow who has visited our Fourth Sunday.  We also had the pleasure of a visit from many of their Members back in 2012, as we finished the assembly of WAPIs and learned all about these Water Pasteurization Indicators.  If you weren’t there that day, or are new to the Club, check out that E-Club Program by clicking here. So we have lots of friends in that Club: Elmer Jordan, a Past Rotary International DIrector and the gentleman who has inducted a couple of our new Members; Manny Fernandez, a charter member of their Club; Past President Ron Lebow, President Linda’s Rotary sponsor; Todd Gurvis (one of the most dedicated Rotarians around); Annemarie Flaherty and Michelle Pierfax, who visited our Club to do WAPI’s; and Lori Hall, who travels the world at least once a year in service as a Rotarian.

The Club’s signature project is the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors event, at which approximately 600 senior citizens enjoy a full course Thanksgiving Dinner, with the help of the Sagebrush Cantina staff (which does the food prep) and 150+ Rotarians, Interact students, and members of the community of all ages, who serve and assist the honored guests.   Another of their biggest endeavors is their annual Canine Classic.  Check out the slideshow on the website.  If you like dogs, visit the event’s dedicated website.  If you like cats, tolerate it…


The Woodland Hills Club meets on Wednesdays at noon at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91436.  That’s south of the 101 at the DeSoto/Serrania exit.

Take a look at their website…which, to be honest, isn’t yet updated for 2014-2015.  They have an annual and very successful Art Faire, and a fairly-new and excellent event called Bless The Beasts and Children, a fundraiser that supports animal and children charities, as we understand it.

They are the largest Club in the Valley, with between 90 and 100 Members.  Say hi to Sheri Polak, or PDG Jay Saltzman, or Roger Myers, or Lois and Gary Koch (that’s pronounced like Coke); we have many friends in the Club.


The Granada Hills Club meets on Thursdays at 12:10 p.m. at Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge 91326.  That’s just north of the 118, and just East of the Tampa exit.

Take a look at their website.  They support a Veterans Park, they have an annual blood drive that is very well known in the community (and where our Club has partnered with them and Be The Match to do Bone Marrow Donation outreach), and they are a very well-regarded and active Club.

Be sure to say hello to Phil Johnson, Larry McLaughlin, and Past District Governor Drew Frohlich, whose first wife Sondra was a good friend to all of us and a mentor to many (and Programs Chair Mel’s Rotary sponsor), having been one of the founders of the former Club where our E-Club’s core group started together.


The Greater Van Nuys Club meets on Thursdays at noon at 94th Aero Squadron, next to Van Nuys Airport, 16320 Raymer Street, Van Nuys 91406.  That’s just south of Roscoe, half a block west of Woodley.  If you’re familiar with the Van Nuys Flyaway location…this is about 1/2-mile north of it.  If you’re not familiar with the Flyaway, it’s still 1/2-mile north of it…

Be sure to say hello to Immediate Past President Rich Miller (ask him about the lovely weekend he once spent in Bellevue, Washington, with our Programs Chair–whatever he says, it’s not true…), Robin Kellogg, PDG Les Grossman.


The Studio City/Sherman Oaks Club meets Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 91604, at Coldwater.

Take a look at their website.  They do a blood drive once a year, but are best known for their twice-a-year Arts and Crafts show, with its own website.

Be sure to say hello to 2014-2015 President Bert Bogash (your Programs Chair served with him for four years on the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board), Bob and Dottie Black, and former Universal City Sunrise President Jim Miceli.  (As of July 1, the Universal City Club ceased operations and its remaining members merged into Studio City/Sherman Oaks.)


The Burbank Sunrise Club meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno, Burbank 91502.  That’s between First and San Fernando, a block east of Olive.

They are, as self-described, “Small but Mighty,” not unlike our Club except for the getting up at the crack of dawn part….  And they are…active, lots of fun, lots of projects, and lots of friends in the Club, including Julie Jenkins, Lee Stacy, Janice Lowers…if you’re up early, give them a visit.


The Glendale Sunrise Club meets Fridays at 7:00 a.m. at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale 91208.  That’s a couple of miles north of the 134, just to the West of the 2 (above the Mountain exit).

Take a look at their website.  They are well-known for their local “Not Even For A Minute” initiative, urging everyone to remember the danger of leaving a child or pet in a hot car even for a minute.

Be sure to say hello to long-time Rotarian Scott Pafford, a friend of our Club and the fellow who set up our very cool interview with Ruth Frank about the earliest days of the network of Rotary Clubs around the world in the drive to eradicate polio.


The Burbank (noon) Club meets Tuesdays at noon, at DeBell Country Club, 1500 E. Walnut Avenue, Burbank 91501.  That’s about one block west of the end of Burbank Boulevard, around Burbank High school, and up the hill.

Be sure to say hello to Barry Gussow, one of the top three Los Angeles Kings fans in Valley-area Rotary (behind only Lee Stacy of Burbank Sunrise and…someone in our E-Club).


The Glendale (noon) Club meets Thursdays at noon, at the Embassy Suites/HIlton Glendale, 900 N. Central Avenue, Glendale 91203.  That’s just north of the 134 at the Central exit.

Take a look at their website.  One of their key projects is a fundraising and profile raising bike ride.


The Rotary Club of Glendale Moonlight, a Club of young professionals meeting Thursday evenings at 6:30, is the second-most-fun Club in the area (behind us, of course).  They are fantastic and very active…and in the process of changing meeting locations.  When they’e locked in their new location. we can’t recommend strongly enough a visit with them.  E-Club members in the Club 14 months ago surely remember how much fun we had for dinner with them and the visiting Group Study Exchange team from Japan.

Take the opportunity to visit other Clubs and see what great ideas we can share.


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4 responses to 14 July 2014 — Visiting Valley Rotary Clubs

  1. I wish more of the clubs would include the cost of lunch on their website so a visiting Rotarian knows what to expect. Only one, Woodland Hills, included that information.

    • I agree with that 100%. I’m much more comfortable knowing before arriving, because half the time there’s no sign or the person at the table manages to be uncomfortable in asking you to pay.

  2. I definitely look forward to visiting some of our great local clubs in the future. Maybe we can plan ” field trips ” where we visit a selected club as a group. One club per quarter?

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