29 February 2016 — Our Projects are Leaping Forward


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 “Beam me up, Scotty!” or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.


SATURDAY, MARCH 19 (tentative) — 9:00am to 4:00pm or soDistrict Community Grant Project implementation, assembly and delivery of benches to our community partners. Stand by for details..

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur Fourth Sunday–but this month on the THIRD SUNDAY–meeting for March (moved one week early due to holiday dates)! Speaker: Lulu Kamatoy, a member of the Rotary Club of Calabasas, in her capacity as Executive Director of Valley Women’s Center.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Judy; Pledge, Linda W; Four-Way Test, Mel; Rotary Minute, Yoko; Mini Craft Talk: Todd.)  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.









It happened again, incredibly, and we won’t hide from it…we’ll just report it. Our speaker promised to be our speaker and then failed to show up.

And we had another excellent meeting, with discussions about many of our projects.

RYLA: The annual Rotary youth leadership gathering, Jorge and Todd and Linda W told us they’d be huddling after the meeting to review the applications the Club has received to fill the three slots we have available.

District Community Grant: reporting for Reed, Mel told us that we’ve received (at last!) the grant money from District 5280 and have begun scheduling the six deliveries of two benches each; tentatively, the first three sets will be delivered on March 19 to San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute, Valley Food Bank, and Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.  Stand by for details.

Pageant of the Arts: Linda W reported that we established a good template and methodology for next year’s Club portion of the District 5280 contests, but we just decided too late to get the process started this year.  We’re ready to go, as early as August 2016.

Mel reported the results of the February 21 Food Drive, and Valley Food Bank is again very happy.

Mel, for Reed, read an e-mail from our friend Karon Wright, founder of The Greater Contribution (TGC), about the two women and families we support through TGC’s Microlending project.  We sent a brief video of greeting to both businesswomen, which Karon put onto her computer and brought with her to Uganda.  “I’ve just returned from Uganda and I did show your videos to Juliet and Mary and they were very touched.   They know that they have lots of friends in America working for them, but it was especially impactful for them to see all your smiling faces and see real human beings behind the words I tell them!  Thank you to all the members of your club for this effort and especially for the support of these women and their families.”

Brenda and Roy each reported on their respective visits to two residential homes for Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, to share birthday cheer with residents with February birthdays.  This piece of our partnership with TLC will continue but we are looking for ways to handle difficult scheduling and timing and involve more of our Club Members.

Mel reported that RC Downtown Los Angeles and this year’s President Jennifer Usyak, our friend and also partner in Letters to Tohoku (see below in a moment), have “stolen” the concept of our One More Item Food Drives for their own school supplies drive.  It’s always a thrill, and a positive, when a Rotary Club loves your idea so much that they want to implement a version of it in their own home community.

Yoko reported that the kids at San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute, in this era of texting, are enjoying writing actual letters by hand to the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 as we continue our Letters to Tohoku project.  We should have the letters in hand before our March 20 meeting and Yoko will bring them for us to see before they are shipped off to a children’s museum in Tohoku to remind the kids there that we still think of them often and are happy to hear of their continuing recovery.

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Interactor Hailee Kessler caught us up on their Interact Club’s activities, including representing their school at a big LAUSD recruitment event, remaking school courtyards with drought-resistant plants, tutoring at an elementary school, and much more.

We also brainstormed about the upcoming Seventh Annual Dance for the Children, for our continuing participation in polio eradication, batted around other ideas for new projects, got a comprehensive report on last weekend’s PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) from President-Elect Brenda, and ended the meeting with our usual really big plans for service and fun.

Finally, and unrelated, here’s a little gift as this week brings us all something usual but still just a little bit unusual…



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10 responses to 29 February 2016 — Our Projects are Leaping Forward

  1. Even without a speaker I believe our meeting yesterday was quite productive!

  2. I really enjoyed our meeting today. We had some great impromptu discussions as a result of no speaker showing up.

  3. Good meeting, Sunday.

  4. It was a pleasure just being with club members and sharing creative ideas. Thanks for the Leap Year link.

  5. Thanks for the Leap Year surprise!

  6. Sometimes best programs are unplanned

  7. It was a lovely meeting. It would be an honor to perform during our 7th Annual Dance for the Children with some talented dancers I have performed with for over 20 years. There is nothing like performing for a good cause…and being surrounded by my fellow Rotary Club members in the name of service.

  8. The fellowship is always a pleasure.

  9. Sorry I missed the meeting, sounded like it was very productive!

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