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On August 15th, the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs launched Quote Quest 90245, and placed literacy signs on the lawns of residents. People were excited to share photos with their signs on the Quote Quest Facebook page. Each week features informal games of literary discovery with prizes for various participants. Special thanks to event sponsors Chevron and Bill Ruane. 
Thank you to Chris Powell for heading up the restoration of the Literacy Garden at the Center Street School! Thank you also to all the Rotarians, Scouts, Interactors, and school board members who helped out in painting, polishing, weeding, digging, planting, cleaning and so much more. The Literacy Garden was first created in 2005 as a permanent tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. For several weeks in August, Rotarians and community members took the time to restore the garden and create a serene and private area where children and adults can go to read, find a moment of peace, and reflect. The results are amazing! 
On 8/26 we heard from Jacki Bacharach of the South Bay City Council of Governments (SBCCOG). Jacki has been the Executive Director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, a joint powers authority of 16 cities and unincorporated county area in the southwest portion of Los Angeles County since 1998. Her duties include program and project management and grant administration – including oversight responsibility for the South Bay Environmental Services Center, demonstration pilot projects dealing with fleet conversion to electric vehicles and the South Bay’s Measure R and Measure M transportation programs. Special initiatives are as diverse as services for homeless and for seniors, regional broadband and climate action plan implementation strategies. She also directs policy development, city outreach, and working with state and regional agencies on behalf of the subregion. She does
this assignment under contract with Jacki Bacharach and Associates.
On 8/19 we welcomed guest speaker Melita Siemak of Pacific Heights Travel. Melita has spent over 40 years in the travel business and is owner and President of Pacific Heights Travel, a professional travel company in Manhattan Beach.  She specializes in planning individual, family, and group travel throughout the world.  She has created numerous custom itineraries to meet the individual needs of her clients in connection with experienced tour operators, cruise lines (both river and ocean), airlines, and hotels worldwide. Pacific Heights Travel is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), and is both ARC (Airlines Reporting Company), and IATA (International Air Transportation Association) certified.

She knows there is no single travel destination or approach that works for everyone and that each person’s/family travel is unique to them.  She believes it is important to listen to each client’s travel vision and past experiences to help them make a decision and presents her clients with several travel options.  She is knowledgeable on destinations throughout the world from Asia to the Americas, Africa, and Europe as she has also traveled the world extensively.  


On 8/12 we welcomed Armando Mena, the Executive Director of the Lennox Academy as our speaker. For the past 28 years, Armando has served the Lennox Community.  His work first started in the community when he founded the El Espejo (The Mirror) mentoring program while a student at Loyola Marymount University.  The program matched college volunteers with at-risk students from Lennox Middle School who met once a week to provide tutoring/mentoring.  The program is in its 28 year of operation and continues to thrive and make a difference in the lives of all who participate.   In 2000, Mr. Mena was hired as an administrator to help open the first Green Dot Public School, Animo Leadership which serves the Lennox Community.  With the success of that program, Mr. Mena was hired by the Lennox School District to create and open Lennox Academy in 2003 where he continues to serve and seek opportunities for the students he serves. 
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