8 December 2014 — Friends, and Other Interesting People


Have you ever wondered what results from the efforts of the Rotary E-Club?

Be sure to click through the links posted in the program this week. These represent but a portion of the projects we’ve undertaken, and organizations we support, but they are representative of the good works our E-Club and its members do all year long.

As always, E-Club members and guests can stay informed about our activities on both Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rotaryeclubgreatersfv), where you can also check out some of our photos, and on Twitter (@RotaryESFValley).

Remember to check back for updates to our E-wareness program on Foster Children!

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 — 6:15pm  — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s. All Club Members always welcome.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 — 12:30pm-ish to 2:00pm-ish — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for December will instead be a fun, informal holiday party…location TBA!

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!





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.










Service doesn’t happen in a vacuum. (Well, it will once we charter the first Rotary Club in outer space, but that’s a topic for later.)

We have community partners, friends, like-minded organizations to work with. We also have learned about organizations and people who do interesting things to help people in some specific ways.

We’re proud (in a humble Rotary sort of way) of our stand-alone service projects, but for every project there are people we hope to benefit. Some of these partners have the distribution mechanisms in place to get those benefits to the people.

This week’s program reintroduces us to many of these partners and interesting people, and we invite you to take some time to poke around their websites and learn. And if this gives you new ideas for how we can help, that’s even better.






For our quarterly ONE MORE ITEM public food drives, we partner with Valley Food Bank.  While they continue to deflect all the credit to our Club, and our Club continues to deflect all the credit to the generous Gelson’s shoppers and to Gelson’s Sherman Oaks itself for allowing us to be there, without Valley Food Bank there is no magic.  Their distribution to the food-insecure around the San Fernando Valley helps countless people.

Learn more about them by visiting their website.

From our weekly program of 8 October 2012, you can experience a tour of their warehouse.

From our weekly program of 23 June 2014 (live form the Fourth Sunday), you can hear from Valley Food Bank Director Will Hernandez about the beneficiaries we help by working together.





Few projects have been more hands-on, colorful, and meaningful than our connection with Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind.  Their mission is to create “a supportive and encouraging environment for those with developmental disabilities and blindness.”  Our mission was to build and stock their first on-site library, and with gratitude for a generous District 5280 Community Grant we did just that.

Learn more about them by visiting their website.

From our weekly program of 18 November 2013, you can hear from their Director Cyndi McAuley and take a tour of the facility before the new building renovations (with our library) were completed.

 And here is our favorite composite photo: the library space, same wall, same people (plus three), same lineup, before and after.

















Our literacy partner is Reach Out And Read Los Angeles.  Their mission is to prepare “America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.”  We donate a reader-age appropriate book to ROR-LA in the name each of our guest speakers, to be distributed to medical clinics around the Los Angeles area so a child can read, or parents can read to the child, during what is often an anxious time.

Learn more about them by visiting their website.

From our weekly program of 19 March 2012, learn more about what they do from their local director, Debbie Navarro.


We encourage you to check out more about some of the other organizations we’re encountered, from folks we’ve worked with to folks who have visited us to folks we’ve found to be helpful with information for our E-Wareness Campaigns.  What about them catches your eye?  What can we do together in the future?

Visit BE THE MATCH, the primary resource for our Bone Marrow E-wareness campaign.

Visit HOPE OF THE VALLEY, the rescue mission to which we gather and donate needed items.

Visit GLOBAL CLASSROOMS FOR PEACE, August Fourth Sunday speaker Lori Hall’s organization dedicated to education and teacher exchange.

Visit AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH, the lead link in the Breast Cancer E-wareness campaign.

Visit ARTHUR MURRAY SHERMAN OAKS, our kind venue donor for the annual Dance For The Children.

Visit AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION, a key resource in our Suicide Prevention E-wareness Campaign.

Visit LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES, where November Fourth Sunday Guest Speaker Carolina Sheinfeld, a Rotary Peace Fellow, directs the Torture Survivors Program

Visit TOGETHER WE RISE, a key resource this month’s Foster Chlldren E-wareness Campaign.


Got ideas?  Share ’em…


The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s) / websites / advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


3 responses to 8 December 2014 — Friends, and Other Interesting People

  1. One of the great aspects of Rotary is our ability to create partnerships with other organizations in our efforts to help others. I hope we can find additional great local partners as our club grows.

  2. I agree with Roy 100%. We don’t always need the backing of “Rotary” name to work with other organizations. However, it does make it easier, nicer, and more official to approach them. Looking forward to finding more local groups to join forces in the future.

  3. Precisely, Roy. Our communities grow stronger when different groups work together to achieve a common goal and improve life for all.

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