28 December 2015 — Calendar Year 2015 In Review


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The calendar year finishes quietly. We look forward to the launch of a huge second half of this 2015-2016 Rotary Year.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm-ishA SPECIAL MEETING to enjoy discussion of the topics first presented at the Club Assembly during the Fourth Sunday Meeting in November. This will not be a regular “Rotary Club Meeting,” it is a team discussion of our existing projects and possibly future projects.  We will gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

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.












We served in 2015, 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 2015. And share your own moments in the comments.


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

1. Karon Wright, The Greater Contribution, teaching us about micro lending and how it helps changes lives through empowerment; this takes the Number One spot because, with Reed’s enthusiasm, we turned it into a new Club Project.

2. Honorable Harry Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles (all he has to do on a daily basis is represent an entire sovereign nation to our part of the US, and he still gave us his time).

3. (tie) Janet Higgins of Be The Match and Cyndi McAuley of Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, because they not only work with us but share with us the positive impact we have by working together.

5. (tie) California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and California State Senator Bob Hertzberg (all they have to do is represent a large area, each, to the entire State of California, and they still gave us their time).

6. Kafi Blumenfeld, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, teaching us about a new center of learning for children (and grown-ups) right here in the Valley.

7. Marc Clark, author and general good guy, teaching us how literacy can help children in many ways.

8. Joao Victor Gomes Santos, visiting Rotary Youth Exchange Student, sharing his enthusiasm and experiences.

9. (tie) Our E-wareness Campaigns are a key Club Project, each also built around the centerpiece of one of the weekly Programs; during 2015 we learned from two video speakers (David Rae, AIDS; Dr. Yehuda Handelsman, Diabetes) and with four video programs (Bullying Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention, Lupus, and Stem Cell Transplants)

10. Honorable Mention, because it’s cheating…given that he is a Club Member and it didn’t take much inviting as he would be present anyway…Dr. Jorge Vazquez, Jet Propulsion Laboratory oceanographer and climate scientist, who taught us about the causes and potential effects of the coming El Niño.


Dance for the Children (thousands of children vaccinated again through the fun event in 2015)

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

Pill Bottle Collection for the Malawi Project (helping health and sanitation just by gathering emptied plastic pill bottles with the labels removed; just one Facebook post about this new project went a bit “viral” and gave our Club a lot of extra profile)

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

New partnership with The Greater Contribution for micro loans; it’s so new that we won’t really see the progress util 2016, so visit here often


18-way tie.


In the comments, tell us your personal favorite Rotary-related moment of 2015!



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7 responses to 28 December 2015 — Calendar Year 2015 In Review

  1. I will always say that Dance for the Children is my all-time favorite (slightly partial, yes?). However, I am very proud of our many diverse activities. I am proud to be a member!

  2. This club is amazing. All the projects are great. I love also saying “18-way-tie” for Rotarian of the Year. That is the way it should be.

  3. Wow! I can’t believe how many wonderful projects we have going! Like Sharon, I have to admit that my favorite is Dance for the Children. It is such a great cause and gets all of us involved. Each year we raise more, and we become better dancers!

  4. 18-way tie, and top 10 programs with ties. The best.

  5. It has been a wonderful year full of fun, education, and service. My favorite project is the One More Item Food Drive because we have the opportunity to share with the public in a very visual way what their contributions mean. Maybe it’s the teacher in me that loves the math, but filling up those barrels and knowing exactly how many pounds and dollars we are able to get to those in need makes me so happy. Of course I am happy to say that my Girl Scouts were active participants at several of our food drives, and they continue to offer their help with our pill bottle and toiletries collections. I am looking forward to continuing our club’s projects in 2016.

  6. I like the fact that we have such a variety of projects and partners. It gives us lots of ways to get involved, both with the Internet and in person. It’s quite a list for a small club!

  7. WOW!! We’re pretty awesome for such a small club!! I love our Fourth Sunday speakers, our online programs, and our projects ROCK!!

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