22 December 2014 — Best of 2014


As 2014 winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on all we’ve experienced in our own Club. We’ve engaged in some successful projects, helped a lot of people, and had some fantastic programs this year (thanks, Mel). Mel’s top five are posted below. Click on the Programs tab, scroll through to find your top five programs and projects, and post your choices in the comments field. We’ve had a great year, and look forward to even more great projects in the months to come. We can take great pride in knowing that our projects are successful because virtually every single member of this great E-Club is an active participant. Thanks to a great team!

Our 1st Annual Community Blood Drive – Sunday, January 18, 2015
I hope everyone is spreading the word among family, friends, co-workers, and others to ensure a good turnout of blood donors for this important event, from 9:00am – 2:00pm, at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, in Van Nuys.

Our next Quarterly Food Drive – Sunday, February 8, 2015
Once again at Gelson’s Sherman Oaks, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, we anticipate collecting another substantial donation of food for the Valley Food Bank.

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 — 5pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for December will instead be a fun, informal holiday party!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 — 9:00am to 2:00pm — BLOOD DRIVE, in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with Los Angeles Kings Care Foundation — SAVE THE DATE! LOCATION: Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, 6649 Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys, California. PLEASE HELP US SAVE CHILDREN! To sign up to donate, please use the CONTACT US link at the right side of this page, or e-mail us at rotaryeclub818gmail.com.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER.





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about foster children.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Member Natalia Yungerlevi, this month’s coordinator.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.



Congratulations to Club Member Richard Cortes and wife Mirna on the arrival of their first child on Saturday, December 20–and welcome to future E-Club Member, Nathaniel Y. Cortes.














We served in 2014, had fun, helped a lot of people, and always strove to do better. And since just about everyone on the planet comes up with a Top Ten, or Top Five, or Top Something list of the previous year, who are we to criticize?

Please remember, if you don’t happen to have a comment to add, “vote” in the poll at the bottom of the page each week to indicate your attendance.  But we hope you’ll meet the “challenge: you’ll see…

Read on, for the Best of 2014. And share your own moments in the comments.


(Programs Chair’s choices; argue in the comments and pick your own!)

Carolina Sheinfeld, Rotary Peace Fellow, teaching us about the Peace Scholarship program and also the Torture Survivors Project she directs for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Vicky Tejerina, Rotarian in Argentina (and also Kero O’Shea, Australia, and Joan MacFarlane, PEI, Canada), via Skype; Vicky’s gets top billing because the interview was also released with Spanish subtitles and was seen all over Latin America; examples of our unique format, having guest speakers from far away

Susan Celentano, representing the other E-wareness speakers as well, because we learned that her talk on Suicide Prevention has already helped people in need via our online distribution

Will Hernandez, Director of Valley Food Bank, our community partner in our One More Item Food Drives, bringing home the need for our project and the good we do by teaching us about the other side of the equation: the families we help

DG Doug Baker (2013-2014), who made his “official visit” in January in a high-energy give-and-take conversation complete with hurled insults (mostly directed at the Programs Chair), inspiration about what a Rotary Club does, inspiration for Doug learning about what our Rotary Club already does, and good, clean fun in the furtherance of service


Dance for the Children (thousands of children vaccinated; record-setting event in 2014)

One More Item Food Drives (thousands of pounds of food gathered)

Adding the book plates and shelving the books in new library (we built) for Therapeutic Livings Centers for the Blind

E-wareness Campaigns, making a positive difference with our unique E-Club format

Partnerships with other organizations and Clubs on many issues, from water to hunger to serving seniors to brightening the lives of underprivileged kids


17-way tie.


In the comments, tell us your personal favorite Rotary-related moment of 2014!



3 responses to 22 December 2014 — Best of 2014

  1. Congrat to Richard. Best in the world.

  2. I truly think our club has one of the best online and in-person programs in town. I also loved welcoming and getting to know the new members throughout the year. Happy holidays to everyone!!

  3. Lots of great moments, but I think the most interesting for me was meeting some of the residents of TLC when we toured the facility. It was very rewarding to meet some of the residents who would benefit from the library our club built.

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