26 December 2016 — Calendar Year-End


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for January! Special guest speaker: Ken Craft, Director of community partner Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards, our first time in the newly-renovated location. Board Meeting precedes main meeting.








Calendar Year 2016 Recap

Food gathered for Valley Food Bank: 3,050 pounds, for cash equivalent (including cash and gift card donations) of $12,438.02

Children to be immunized from polio: 14,130* (*this is a new total; it increased by 300 when another donation arrived on December 27)

Benches donated to regional service partners: 12

Visits to group homes of Therapeutic Living Centers For The Blind, bringing birthday cheer: 14

Women helped with Micro-Loan (through The Greater Contribution): 2

Although we sent the donation in 2015, we learned of the almost-one-year success of our two business owners in the Spring of this year.

Juliet Nalukowe:  Her business is selling second hand clothes.   She is well and her business is doing well, too. On top of this, she has been able to start her extra business of selling dry cassava which will help when the clothes are not selling well.   Demand is big and the prices are relatively fair. She is so happy that her income has stabilized and she is able to feed her family well.  Savings habit is good and her records are well managed. 

Mary Nambozo has been successful in opening her shop selling produce and used clothing.  Her husband is helping her a lot. She says:  “We as a family thank the TGC program and Rotary E-Club for supporting poor women.   I love the program for all that it is giving us more so the knowledge. The teaching we got especially the budgeting, and saving piece have done great work in our business. I can pay my children’s fees and household income has increased. Thanks You TGC for the whole support and love.”

Live and live-on-video speakers:

Tommy Gelinas (on Valley Relics Museum)
Kevin James (on L.A. Department of Public Works and other city issues)
Lulu Kamatoy (on Valley Women’s Center)
Emily Lakdawalla (on our Solar System)
Ruth Logan (on aviation history and youth pilots)
Greg O’Brien (our Rotary District Governor)
Nancy Oda (on World War II “Relocation”)
Ron Stewart (on Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Jorge Vazquez (on Estado 29 orphanage)

What was your favorite Rotary Club moment of 2016?

Please comment below.


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7 responses to 26 December 2016 — Calendar Year-End

  1. Wow!! We did quite a lot of good this year. So much to be proud of.

  2. It was a busier year than I had realized. It’s only when you look back that you can see what went past. And over 3,000 pounds of food for the Valley Food Bank. Phenomenal.

  3. Very proud, indeed.

  4. It was a wonderful year full of learning, laughter, and service. So proud to be a part of this club!

  5. Very nice. Very proud of what we do.

  6. For me the best Rotary moments have been the Food drives and working with Linda at Jack London School. A particular moment at the Food drive left me close to tears. My wife and were gathering the food that someone brought out. I simply said from habit, “thank you so much”. Their response “thank you. You are doing a great thing and belong to a great organization”. Simple words, but it made my Rotary year. I hope and pray we can all find ways to live up to that “great organization thing”. In the end we are Rotary.

  7. Lots of good works. Very nice.

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