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On 10/24 we welcomed the very talented members of the Robotics Club of ESHS. The P.O.T.A.T.O.E.S - People Of Tomorrow Applying Their Outstanding Engineering Skills - demonstrated the operation of several different robots. Such amazing talent and such cool robots! 

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Our meeting on Halloween included a Murder Mystery Game of "Who Killed the Butler". Frank Glynn played the role of butler who died suddenly causing the contents of a nearby table to go flying as he himself fell dramatically to the floor. Several alarmed members jumped up to assist at which point we realized this was part of the murder mystery. We went through a list of 10 or so possible killers, all played by members, and after several rounds of voting, we discovered the killer, who was expertly played by Dickie Van Breen. Thank you Marsha for putting this together! It was a fun meeting.
 
Twisted Tales has come to life! Running now through Halloween, this event has had positive feedback from the community. People of all ages are enjoying the trill of the unexpected surprises that lie within the maze of character and props inside. Featuring the scary night time version, and a kid friendly daytime version. Thank you to all those who have helped out with the event! 
El Segundo Rotary Club awarded a total of $7,500 in mini-grants to 50 wonderful teachers in the El Segundo School District. These grants allow teachers to buy teaching supplies that improve the quality of education. Examples of items the teachers purchase with these grants include sheet music and metronomes, calculators, counting blocks, timers, privacy dividers, art supplies, books, and subscriptions to online educational programs. We could not do this without the support of our community. Thank you to our teachers, and thank you to our supporters for attending our (many) events, buying our raffle tickets (and rubber duckies) and donating to our club.
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2019 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! El Segundo Rotary is proud to have supported this wonderful program for over 70 years in partnership with our firefighter heroes here in El Segundo! This year's theme is: Not all Heroes Wear Capes!
Rotary member Marisol Rios got married to Matthew Herrera on October 5th. Congratulations and Best Wishes! We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!
This week, we welcomed Jose Mendez as our speaker. Jose shared about his experience growing up at Kurn Hattin home for children. He reminded us to be thankful for the things we have- like loving families, vacations, and even access to food in the refrigerator whenever we are hungry. Important message. Thank you Jose!! Rebecca Haynes also gave us a member spotlight- including highlighting her training from the FBI! Reminder that a sign up sheet for Twisted Tales Haunted House ticket sales and crowd assistance will be coming! We are getting very excited!!
 
What a great evening spending time with fellow Rotary members! We met at Gilda's beautiful home and BBQ'd, had smores, and enjoyed her amazing pool. The kids loved the pool slide and are even now still asking their parents to buy one for their grandma's pool. LOL  All in all we had a great time socializing over dinner and cocktails. 
 
Today we welcomed Dr. Wen Chen to our weekly meeting. She brought El Segundo resident Leno Szeto as her guest. Dr. Chen is an active advocate for human rights in China. John Stabile brought raffle prizes and gave us a brief craft talk. 
 
What a great build day at Twisted Tales Haunted House!!! Thank you to our amazing volunteer crew. Here’s a few sneak peek images behind the spooky scenes! The haunted house opens to the public October 18! We can’t wait to see everyone there!
 
On Saturday Sept 21, 2019, the El Segundo Kiwanis Club hosted its 44th annual Richmond Street Fair. The El Segundo Rotary set up a booth and sold tickets for the upcoming Twisted Tales Haunted House event. There was a lot of interest and it was well received by the community! The most popular feature was the Twisted Tales Photo Booth where many people took pictures and posted them to social media. We sold many wristbands and we were successful in raising awareness for our upcoming event. Big thank you to those who helped with setup, cleanup, and running the booth.  Special thank you to the El Segundo High Cheerleaders who stopped by to give us a shout!
 
 
Welcome to the Newlywed Game - El Segundo Rotary style! This week we celebrated the recent engagements of Carolyne & Owen, and Marisol & Matthew, and paid tribute to long time married couples Eloise & Jose, and Sandy & Karl by battling head to head in the classic Newlywed game. Hosted by Marsha and scored by Linda from the El Segundo Chamber, private details about our couples were hilariously extracted and were at times TMI and sometimes completely inappropriate for our innocent Rotarian ears. There were funny responses from couples when asked about their relationship and we learned a whole lot more than many of us probably would have really liked to have know about what kinds of things our couples do behind closed doors. There were confessions of getting romantic in college dorm rooms. In the back of cars or in the bathroom of a local bar. One couple even admitted to relations at the Rotary Club itself which raised a few eyebrows and made everyone think "here? today? no! ...or at the lodge?". It was a confusing brief moment.
  Luckily there were no reports of casualties after the meeting was over: of members giving themselves a heart attack from laughing so hard or of couples splitting up due to disputes over answers or perceived poor performance. We all went home in one piece pondering if what we just heard was really the truth or just said for a good laugh. Either way it was all good.
   Final scores were as follows: Carolyne & Owen tied Eloise & Jose for a distant third place with 30 points each, Sandy & Karl came in second with 60 points, and Marisol & Matthew won first place with a whopping 65 points! The winning couple received matching sleepwear which I imagine will be utilized very very soon, if not already. 
    Best wishes to all of the couples, and thank you Marsha and Linda for your hard work in preparing for what was one of the most hilarious meetings we've had! Sending lots of love to Marisol & Matthew who's wedding will be held on Oct 5th! Our wonderful Rotary club wishes you both all the love and happiness in the world! 
 
This week we welcomed Rotarians Kevin Smith and Sandy Jacobs to our meeting. Kevin spoke about our club's relationship with our sister city Guaymas in Mexico. Sandy gave us a short talk about her life story and provided a joke and the raffle prizes. 
 
Richmond Street Fair is coming up on Sept 21st. This is always a fun event hosted by the Kiwanis that brings out huge crowds of residents and community supporters. The Rotary will have a table set up to promote club awareness and highlight the upcoming Halloween Haunted house. We need volunteers to help man the table in different shifts. If you are available and can help out, please let Carolyne or Eloise know. Thanks in advance for your dedication and support!
This week we welcomed Brenda Jaramillo of the Latinos Unidos Rotary Club who discussed the Humanitarian project for this year's District trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. This trip will take place on Feb 26, 2020 - March 6, 2020.  This year they selected 17 humanitarian projects that require assistance from Rotary members as part of Rotary International’s areas of focus.   Sonia Rodriguez brought raffle prizes, a joke and presented a short craft talk. 
Don't forget! This Saturday we will meet at Gilda's House for an evening of BBQ, swimming, relaxation and smores. ... CLICK HERE for DETAILS. This event should be a lot of fun and we hope to see you there! Bring something good to BBQ!
This meeting we welcomed Dr. Walavan Sivakumar, Director of Neurosurgery at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. He brought us information about the new stroke center at the Little Company of Mary Medical Center. This facility will be the leading stroke center for the entire South Bay region and beyond. Julie Stolnac brought raffle prizes, a joke and a short craft talk.
 

Be a part of promoting peace! Join this course over two Saturdays (September 14 & 21) to learn how to facilitate and lead peaceful and productive conversations on difficult subjects within Rotary and the community.

Training take-aways:

  • Learn how to facilitate and lead peaceful and productive conversations on difficult subjects within Rotary and the community
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Join others who have been helping Rotary prevent conflict
  • Earn a Peace Conversation Facilitator certificate upon completion of both days
Contact Len Bonilla for details.
Last week we welcomed Rotary District 5280 governor Melody St. John to our meeting. Thank you for visiting our club! Thank you Elyse Beardsley for the fun little skit to highlight Melody's involvement with the US train tour for International students. Congratulations to Cort (the grandson of members Judith and Roger Wilson) for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow!
 
Can you imagine something as simple as stepping on a toothpick leading to 4 cardiac arrests and a heart transplant over a 20 year time span? That’s the reality faced by Sebastian Hitzig. We were inspired and shocked by the miracle surgery and recovery that allowed Sebastian to be standing in the room with us. This topic was close to member Marsha’s heart (intentionally worded) due to her experience with her son Logan’s congenital heart problems from birth. Both Sebastian and Logan are standing strong today due to the miracles of modern medicine. In other news, Jim McLees brought us a flag from the Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota. He mentioned how everyone in the Northfield club exemplifies the “Minnesota Nice” stereotype! 
This year's Rotary District 5280 breakfast was held at the Proud Bird restaurant.  The speaker, Bow Tie Todd, talked about inclusion. He pointed out that we need to look around at the members in our club not only to see who is there, but also to see who is NOT there- meaning which groups (ages, gender, race, music preference, job types, favorite foods, etc) are not represented in our club. He told us that we can’t wait for someone else to reach out to the missing groups- we all need to do our part. Hakuna Matata- no worries about inviting people to the club. Don’t be afraid. Just reach out. We will be happier as the group grows.
This week we welcomed fellow Rotarian and El Segundo Police Chief Bill Whalan to our weekly meeting. He introduced our new City Manager Scott Mitnick. He discussed the six month crime report for 2019 for the City of El Segundo. Many crimes included home break-ins and car thefts. Much police time was also spent dealing with the homeless problem in our city. Please click on the photo page to see a copy of the report.
We also heard from Rotarian Justin Mularz who gave us a brief craft talk. He also brought raffle prizes.

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

How can you help? Click the links below to donate or visit endpolio.org to learn more.
 
On Saturday we held our annual Movie in the park event. We had a great turnout of people who enjoyed all of the festivities. There was lots of food and drinks and lots of tasty treats, lots of activities for the kids, and characters in costume for great photos. Our amazing sponsors had lots to offer and our own club members all worked together to make this a successful community event. Thank you to Lily Craig, our event chair, and her committee who spent months planning this. Thank you also to all of our Sponsors and to all those who attended. Funds from our event will help Rotary in our mission of eradicating Polio, supporting the Ed foundation and the El Segundo School District, our local Police and Fire Departments, and numerous other groups, organizations, and charities that rely on our funding and support. On behalf of our Rotary club, we thank our wonderful community for coming together and giving us the opportunity to give back and for supporting and attending our event!   
On August 1st, we welcomed a new Chair to the El Segundo Chamber. Congratulations to Rotarian Shiela Fowler for her induction as Chairman of the Board!  We welcome you and your new governing board! We know that this will be an exciting year!
2019-2020 El Segundo Chamber Board: 
Shiela Fowler ● Chair of the Board● Beach Cities Brokers
Charles Gale ● Past Chair● Metropolitan Water District
Miranda Bopp ● Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Lily Craig ●Chevron
Sandy Jacobs ● Past Chair Advisor
Sherry Kramer ● Continental Development Corp
Lianne McGinley ● Aerospace Corporation
Corinne Murat ● Mattel
Elyse Rothstein ● Industrial Lock & Security
Marsha Hansen ● El Segundo Chamber
Larry Mitchell ● Larry Mitchell and Associates
Rebecca Bergin ● 4 Oranges Business Consulting
Anarissa Cachila ● Express Employment
Tiffany Clyne  l  Cal Private Bank
Matthew Garth ● Northrop Grumman
Mike Harriel ● Southern California Gas Company
Carl Jacobson ● Glentek
Deviny Mo ● UCLA Health Sports
Dr. Melissa Moore ● El Segundo Unified School District
Brenda Newman ● The Jewelry Source
Gabriella Pacheco ● Los Angeles World Airports
Mario Pavlovic ● Boeing
Carol Pirsztuk ● El Segundo Education Foundation
Joan Procopio ● Raytheon
Marisol Rios ● Automobile Driving Museum
Carla Rose-Pryor ● Los Angeles Air Force Base
Dr. Blake Silvers ● Wiseburn Unified School District
Vicky Swink ● Cambria Hotel
Eugenia Torre ● ESMoA
Barbara Voss ● City of El Segundo
Heidi Wang ● El Camino College Foundation
Jennifer Wood ● ES Catering Company / Beach Café
Congratulations to the following:
Business of the Year: Raytheon
Community Betterment Award: Mychal’s Learning Place
Volunteer of the Year: Eloise Mendez
Downtown Business of the Year: Industrial Lock & Security
Member of the Year: Cold Stone Creamery/ Blimpie
Public Service Award: Greg Carpenter
Every year the El Segundo Rotary works together with the Lawndale Rotary Club to provide backpacks for underprivileged kids in local school districts. We met together on August 1st in the Lawndale School office and packed roughly 300 backpacks with notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers and crayons. It was a fun, hands on event! Thank you Dickie Van Breene and Sonia Rodriguez for coordinating this! And thank you Lawndale Rotary for working together with us! 
 
Happy Birthday!
Ted Tokunow - Sept 06
Sonia Rodriguez - Sept 08
Lilly Craig - Sept 12
Dickie Van Breene - Sept 24
 
Happy Anniversary! 
Debra-Lynne & Clark Terrill - Sept 08
Gilda & Michael Dyckman - Sept 15
Dave & Nancy Reimann - Sept 17
 
Rotary Anniversaries:
Ed Su - Sept 01 - 20 years
Thank you to all the Movie in the Park sponsors! We could not do this event without you! This event takes a village - and we are so glad to have so much support from our wonderful business and residential community.
 
 
Today’s meeting started as usual – with friendly hellos followed by the pledge of allegiance.
Ron Sanchez gave a brief craft talk about creating custom apparel for many of our local schools and businesses. He also reminded us of his history playing hockey, though he laughed when asked if he played professionally. His favorite team is the Red Wings. A friendly fight ensued between Dean and Ron after Ron claimed that he also likes the Kings. The fight settled on Ron admitting that “tolerating” the Kings is more accurate.
 
Maura Slavens from Kinecta earned her blue badge! Congrats!!
 
Our speaker was Scott Houston from West Basin Water District. We all know water is an important topic in Los Angeles. Scott helpfully explained many things we can do to conserve our water, including rain barrels and grass replacement. West Basin is working on many plans to ensure we always have access to water.
 
Announcements: Lots of tickets have already sold for movie in the park, but keep them coming! We are expecting a great crowd. The district breakfast is coming up on August 13th at the Proud Bird restaurant. We have 13 people signed up so far – which Len says is the biggest group we’ve had attend a District Breakfast since he became a member many moons ago. More are welcome!
Thank you to all of our sponsors for 2019 Movie in the Park! We especially appreciate our Platinum donors: Chevron, United Airlines, and the City of El Segundo. Special thank you to our Gold level donors which include: Haz Away Today, 1800GotJunk, Alex Abad Real Estate, Big 5, Continental Development Corp, Decron Properties, El Segundo Herald, El Segundo Power LLC, Janice Hahn, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Lincoln Property Co West, Los Angeles World Airports, Savage, Washington Iron Works. Please visit our event sponsor page to see a complete list of sponsors. Thank you for your support!
 
This week's meeting featured Tawny Valencia of Dig Deep. She gave an overview of what Dig Deep is and discussed details of their Clean Water Navajo Humanitarian Project. The goal of this project is to bring fresh clean water to the Navajo Mountains. The project has so far been a major success and has helped hundreds of people. The Rotary club presented a donation of $2500 to the Dig Deep organization. If you would like to learn more about Dig Deep or would like to donate, please CLICK HERE to visit their website. Frank Glynn was the speaker for the craft talk this week and gave us a brief history of his experiences and strategies with marathon running.
Welcome to the year of Eloise! Today was our first meeting run by our new President Eloise Mendez. After announcing guests and anniversaries / birthdays, she gave a talk on her life history showing pictures from her youth and of the cabin her grandfather built in Wyoming where she goes each summer.  She went over this year's theme for our Rotary meetings where each member will have their day to provide a short bio of themselves, provide speaker and raffle gifts. She spoke about about Haunted house and Womens Club project and also discussed the possibility of moving to the Women's Club location on Mariposa. We also have an awesome new banner! Click the link to take a look!
4th of July was a huge success for the Rotary club! The Watermelon Contest was MC'd by one of our newest members Owen Smigelski who led the event through 8 categories of competition. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers and there was more than enough watermelon to go around for everyone. The Snack Bar was another big winner with its sale of churros, popcorn, drinks and more. So many thanks go to Valerie for making the event not only successful but also profitable!  Thank you to all the wonderful members who participated! 
What a great night at Wayne's Demotion party! Hosted by the club's past presidents and held at the Automobile Driving Museum. Congratulations to the following Rotarians for their efforts this past year:
Gilda Dyckman - Paul Harris Foundation Award
Dean Seligman - Rotarian of the Year, for his work on Malt Madness
Elyse Beardsley - Rotarian of the Year, for her work with Interact Club and RYLA
Certificates of Appreciation went to Elyse Beardsley, Tom Forsythe, and Len Bonilla for stepping in as President during Wayne's back surgery
Distinguished Service Awards went to Ted Tokunow for 38 years of service, and Marisol Rios for her efforts in Malt Madness.
A special THANK YOU goes to Wayne Mularz and all the board members who served in his term. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our club. 
We welcome incoming ES Rotary President, Eloise Mendez and her new board members who will lead the 2019-2020 term. Its going to be an awesome year! 
 

Today was the last meeting hosted by our current president Wayne Mularz. We wish him well and commend him for a successful and fun year! We welcome our incoming president Eloise Mendez starting in July. Good luck! 
Today we inducted ESPD officer Aaron Corkins into our club. Welcome and congratulations!
We also presented donations to the following organizations: 
El Segundo Firefighters' Association - received by Geoff Gerny
El Segundo Police Officers' Association - received by Joe Cameron 
C.A.S.E. - received by Bebe Buchen
Mychal's Learning Place - received by Ed Lynch
Switzer Learning Center-School - received by Beth Macaller
St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church - received by Melissa Albers 
Old Town Music Hall - received by Shiela Frost Fowler 
El Segundo Teen Center - received by Sean Green
El Segundo High School Band - received by Melissa Moore
El Segundo Biomedical Pathways - received by Melissa Moore
We appreciate the work that these organizations do for our community and we are proud to support them!

Stop by Rec Park for a little 4th of July fun! El Segundo Rotary will be hosting a timed watermelon eating contest featuring prizes for first, second and third places for the following divisions:
Boys - Ages 6-8, Girls - Ages 6-8
Boys - Ages 9-11, Girls - Ages 9-11
Boys - Ages 12-15, Girls - Ages 12-15
Men - Ages 16 and up, Women - Ages 16 and up
Come join us for a watermelon treat and celebrate the 4th!
Congratulations to one of our newest Rotarians -  Marisol Rios - for her recent engagement to Matthew Herrera!
We are all very happy for you and wish you the best! 
Get ready for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at the 22nd annual Movie in the Park!
When: August 3, 2019, Gates open at 4pm
Where: Chevron Park
 
We are looking for Event Sponsors!  Do you know anyone who might be interested in promoting their name, their business or their organization? Then please CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities!  Don't miss this chance to get in front of an audience of more than 40,000 individuals through online advertising via our website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email marketing, and of course in person at the event! 

Great meeting today learning about Antarctica from John Stabile! Fun fact, Metallica once performed a concert there called “Freeze ‘Em All.” 

We also got to hear more about Chance, our 1st Place scholarship recipient from El Segundo High School! So deserving! 

We missed our Jack, so we called him up and left him on speaker phone for part of the meeting. 

And Happy Birthday to Owen and Melissa!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
June 2 - Melissa Albers
June 4 - Marison Rios
June 8 - Michael Briney
June 13 - Owen Smigelski
June 14 -  Tom Forsythe
June 17 - Wayne Mularz
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
June 13 - Marsha & Dave Hansen
June 17 - Ariel & Claire Ayaay
June 19 - Ed & Yuchih Liou Su
June 20 - John & Shiela Fowler
June 26 - Maura & Johnnie Slavens
June 29 - Steve & Sonia Mohr 
 
We were at the 19th Annual Beach Clean-up! This event was held on 6/8/19 and was sponsored by El Segundo Power LLC, El Segundo Kiwanis & Ed Foundation. We had fun cleaning up the beach and enjoyed the reception and lunch that followed. Great event and a great way to give back to our wonderful community!
Congratulations to the winners of our El Segundo Community Service Awards!
 
El Segundo Employee of the Year
Kristina Kora-Beckman of the El Segundo Library
Presented by Melissa McCollum, Library Director
 
El Segundo Police Officer of the Year 
Kurt Rasmusson, Detective  the El Segundo Police Department
Presented by Bill Whalen, Police Chief
 
El Segundo Firefighter of the Year
Ryan Allee, Captain at the El Segundo Fire Department
Presented by Christopher Donovan, Fire Chief
 
El Segundo Unified School District Teacher of the Year
Carley Finkel, Teacher at El Segundo Middle School
Presented by Ali Rabiei, Principal
 
El Segundo Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year
Araceli Reyes of Richmond Street Elementary School
Presented by Dr Alice Lee, Principal
Our first annual Malt Madness Beer and Wine Festival on March 29, 2019 was a huge success. Thanks to everyone for participating, sponsoring, and attending!