20 June 2016 — Rotary Year 2015-2016 In Review


By Club consensus during a 10 January 2016 planning session, the “poll” at the bottom of the Program page has been removed. Members are asked to post a comment each week. If you don’t have something interesting to say–although with our members we know what you have to say is interesting–feel free to say “Present” or “Here” or “Good Grief, It’s Hot This Week In The San Fernando Valley” or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June! Speaker: Tommy Gelinas, founder and curator of Valley Relics Museum.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Jorge; Pledge, Judy; Four-Way Test, Sharif; Rotary Minute, Linda C; Mini-Craft Talk, Brenda.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING that morning at 11:00.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.










Rotary Year 2015-2016 In Review

From the online programs and real-world activities of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley, here are the best of the best! Please feel free to argue, disagree, make your own choices from the 2015-2016 Rotary Year, or just enjoy the review.


(in alphabetical order, except the first and last)

Club Member Jorge Vazquez (who spoke live about the general science and specific oceanography of El Niño, and in a video interview about Estado 29 orphanage in Mexico)

Marc Clark (teaching us about his Princess Fables children’s books and how he uses them to teach literacy and raise money for cancer research)

Janet Higgins (who taught us more about our community partner Be The Match)

Kevin James (President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, who taught us all about how his Department functions and keeps the City moving)

Lulu Kamatoy, President, Rotary Club of Calabasas (who taught us all about Valley Women’s Center)

Cyndi McAuley (who taught us more about our community partner Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind)

Ron Stewart (who taught us about Court Appointed Special Advocates—CASA—for the foster care system)

…and Tommy Gelinas, founder of Valley Relics Museum, who will be our speaker on Sunday, June 26 and we’re looking forward to learning all about the Museum.



Twelve-way tie. Here are two of them, occupied by happy kids; and a close-up of one of the benches.









The tie is among the two benches each, now located at:

Hope Gardens
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
Therapeutic Livings Centers for the Blind
Valley Food Bank



Fifteen quarterly food drives in Club history; Club-wide participation with the assistance of friends, family, and Interactors from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School; more than 15,000 pounds of food collected for Valley Food Bank and the people they serve; more than $63,000 cash equivalent. Projects don’t have to be expensive and flashy to be very meaningful and helpful.



(See Program of 21 September 2016 for update…please access it by going back to the PROGRAMS main page and you’ll see what all of our other online programs have been)



Sharif Ahmed
Brenda Bradford
JoAnne Catran
Linda Catran
Richard Cortes
Daniele Della Gala
Reed Galloway
Judy Glickman
Roy Glickman
Sharon Gorrell
Todd Gurvis
Yoko Matsui
Mel Powell
Nancy Schmidt
Sara Vasquez
Jorge Vazquez
Linda Wehrli
Natalia Yungerlevi


The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s) / websites / advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


11 responses to 20 June 2016 — Rotary Year 2015-2016 In Review

  1. It was a very good year…

  2. I am proud to be a member of this fantastic team of Rotarians!

  3. For such a small Club to manage ongoing projects such as the Quarterly Food Drives and the Annual Dance to support Polio Plus is an impressive achievement. Then to conceive and execute meaningful community projects each year further speaks to the engagement and dedication of its members to Service above Self.

  4. We do keep busy, yes? So proud to be a member of this small but mighty group of do-gooders. Looking forward to the new Rotary year. Sending thanks and kudos to out-going President Roy. Let’s keep rockin’ and rollin’!

  5. It’s an honor to be a part of this club. Good energy + good deeds.

  6. Hooray! We are the best! I love this “Best” list at the end of the year. Thank you!

  7. Wow! Can’t believe how much we’ve done… we’re the club that keeps on giving and going! So happy and proud to be a part!!!

  8. Thanks, everyone, for a good year!

  9. Thank you Roy, and the rest of the Club for a wonderful year! Keep moving forward…

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