23 November 2015 — Club Assembly, Planning and Ideas


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The calendar year finishes quietly, with only the December 13 informal holiday party on the calendar. We look forward to the launch of a huge second half of this 2015-2016 Rotary Year.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for January! Speaker TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Richard; Pledge, Linda C; Four-Way Test, TBA; Rotary Minute, TBA; Mini Craft Talk: Daniele.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


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.




This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about anti-bullying efforts.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about. Click here to visit the Campaign page.



At each Fourth Sunday Meeting, one of our Club Members will present a miniature (five-minute) version of a Rotary Club tradition: the Craft Talk. This is one way for our Members to learn about each other and from a stronger team.

For November 2015, we learned all about JoAnne Catran!












This week’s Program is a recap of the Club Assembly we enjoyed as our Fourth Sunday Meeting in Sherman Oaks, California, on 22 November 2015. For non-Rotarians (yet) visiting this Program, a Club Assembly is a long-standing tradition of Rotary Clubs worldwide where the Members, periodically, gather for a review, planning, and strategy session as a Rotary Club moves forward in providing service and having fun participating.

A survey was handed to the Members in attendance (and has been e-mailed to those unavoidably unable to attend) so we can see where we stand, who wants to work on which of our very long menu of projects, and how we can best allocate resources. These are presented in the order discussed at the Meeting, and there is no significance or priority implied by the order of presentation.

Buckle up.

1. Pill bottle collection program

Currently: collect old pill bottles to send to Malawi for reuse

Future ideas: reach out to family and friends to participate, those with an office-based workplace perhaps to leave a collection box out

2. Dance for the Children Polio Plus fundraiser

Currently: Our signature fundraiser for PolioPlus, Rotary’s worldwide eradication effort

Future ideas: need more people to attend the event for more fun, perhaps tie-ins with other Arthur Murray Studios around town

3. The Greater Contribution

Currently: The Greater Contribution is a micro-loan program that provides loans to women in rural parts of Uganda. Through these loans the women are able to start small businesses and provide sustainable incomes for their families.

Future ideas: Is there a micro-loan group that is local that we can partner with as well? What other ideas do we have as a club that could benefit TGC?

4. Letters to Tohoku

Current: We send letters written by local SFV Japanese students to tsunami survivors in Japan around the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake.

Future ideas: Club members and or Interactors can create a video message and upload to Youtube for the 5th anniversary of the earthquake. In order to reach out to the people who may not understand a word of English, we can sing along, dance to music, etc. to make it fun, uplifting, and easy to understand rather than speaking to the camera.

5. Be the Match bone marrow donor drives

Currently: We occasionally assist Janet Higgins at donor signup drives for Be The Match, the national bone marrow donor database.

Future ideas: check with Janet monthly for list of drives scheduled in the Valley in order to increase the number of opportunities to help; contact local organizations which might be willing to host a drive and work with Janet to schedule a drive; be trained by Be The Match in order to be volunteer assistants to be able to actually run a drive. Also, use our unique status as an E-Club with a strong online presence to reach out to Rotary Clubs in other countries to help expand their separate but linked databases.

6. Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

Currently: collect toiletries and clothing

Future ideas: participate in their events or host an event at the mission, i.e. game night, arts and crafts, BBQ

7. Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Interact Club

Currently: we sponsor the Club and provide an advisor. They are an autonomous, active service Club themselves, so they’re doing a lot…what they’re up to:

Anti-Bullying: The Interact Club just teamed up with the LGBTQ Alliance to run an anti-bullying and tolerance/diversity project at the school. The LGBTQ Alliance president is now attending Interact meetings, and Interact has established a liaison committee to attend the Alliance’s meetings and coordinate efforts. We have encouraged both club presidents and Interact faculty advisor to get in touch with you so we can support their efforts.

Interact Garden: They continue to maintain the planter box garden started last spring with our help – and it has now extended to all of the planters boxes in the central south courtyard of the campus. They would like help to purchase drought-resistant plants to extend this to other courtyards in the spring.

International: The club would like to again make WAPIs this spring, either with our club or with other Valley Interact clubs. (WAPIS are inexpensive water-purification devices for rural areas with insufficient clean water.)

Tutoring: Four or five members of the club now provide after-school mentoring/tutoring at a nearby elementary school.

Rotary Club support: three Interact members volunteered at our club’s last food drive (along with their founder and Interact alumnus Avi Gurvis), and six members have signed up to volunteer at the upcoming Calabasas Rotary Club-sponsored Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors. They would like information about more service opportunities.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy/Awards) – the school is conducting a school-wide essay and application drive to help identify the best qualified candidates to forward to us. The school’s principal, magnet coordinator and Interact faculty advisor (Dan Cramer) will review all of the applications they receive and forward just the applications for their strongest candidates to Jorge for our consideration. They know that our RYLA slots are not just for their school, and they are determined to identify the “best of the best” at DPMHS for us to consider sponsoring.

Future ideas: organize more projects to work on with the Interactors

8. International Mother Language Day

Currently: We teach schoolchildren—thus far, fifth and sixth graders on the advice of an elementary school principal who suggests that’s the best age for the 15-minute presentation—how to say Hello, Please, Peace, Thank You, and Love in different languages.

Future ideas: Needs: more people to go to schools and have fun with the kids (a sample presentation is available on the Club’s website; we’ll share that later), granting that it requires school-day availability; and more languages, we’ll post the list that we have and ask to reach out to people we may know for others (we have over 40 already).

9. Clunkers 4 Charity

Currently: C4C is a car donation program in which donors receive a tax deduction for their vehicles. We split the proceeds with a partnering Rotary club. Unlike other vehicle donation programs, 100% of the donation goes to charity.

Future ideas: Currently we are looking for avenues to promote and advertise this program.

10. Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind partnership

Currently: We currently have a program to install two benches at TLC.

Future ideas: An additional service possibility is to help celebrate birthdays for residents. There are 12 homes and each home has 6 residents, aged 22-75. The residents are blind and developmentally disabled. TLC would like to establish a program where one or more volunteers adopt each of the 12 homes. Each month when there is a birthday of one of the 6 residents, the volunteer(s) would bring cake and ice cream in order to celebrate the birthday. The houses are fully staffed, so our volunteers would not be responsible for supervising the residents, only for bringing birthday “cheer.” Four of the homes are on campus at the TLC facility in Reseda and the other 8 homes are spread around the West Valley. TLC also hosts big “family days” for visits, volunteers would be helpful.

11. Estado 29

Currently: we participated in a restaurant fundraiser for the orphanage

Future ideas: do a hands-on project at the orphanage, hold collection drives for children’s items; perhaps work with others towards funding the most beneficial large project, solar panels for electricity.

12. E-wareness Campaigns

Currently: occasional month-long campaigns about issues of importance to our teammates

Future ideas: Expand to cover more topics, build a project around an E-wareness campaign

13. Valley Food Bank

Currently: One More Item quarterly food drives and help with Stamp Out Hunger

Future ideas: participate in a sorting session at the facility

14. Senior Citizen Outreach

Currently: Through ONEgeneration, we are adopting a senior for the holidays

Future ideas: what more can we do to assist senior citizens in our community? What other organizations can we work with?

15. District Art Contest

Currently: our Club will sponsor a painting and drawing contest

Future ideas: expand the contest to include all categories

16. More

The Club is always open to new project ideas.  There are new projects we my not be able to implement immediately, but bring your ideas.



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4 responses to 23 November 2015 — Club Assembly, Planning and Ideas

  1. It’s amazing how many projects we have! Also, thanks for the craft talk, JoAnne. So wonderful to learn about you.

  2. So sorry I missed the meeting, and happy I can catch up with what’s going on online! Excited to see we’re growing and doing great things in our community and abroad! What a productive assembly! Hope to see everyone at the holiday meeting. Miss you all.

  3. It was a pleasure to induct Sharif into our busy club. I am looking forward to additional discussion of our many projects at a work session on January 10.

  4. It is a pleasure to work with caring individuals who know the value of reaching out across city, state, and country lines to help other human beings. Every little bit counts, be it in the form of time, energy, food, supplies, money, etc. I am looking forward to not only working on our projects, but also getting other like-minded individuals engaged in service.

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