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Camp Pendleton Collection Weekend: March 13-14, 2021
The previous Camp Pendleton Collection Drives were such a success we have decided to do it again! This time, there will be FOUR collection sites – one in Torrance, one in Studio City, and new locations in Bellflower and Culver City.
Please email for delivery addresses and for more information. Thank you for your support!  
On 3/4, we welcomed our very own Rotarian Bill Whalan, the chief of police for El Segundo. He discussed community crime rates for 2020 and went over some programs to help protect our city.
On Thursday 2/25/21, we welcomed Robin Shipley, Evolve Program Director. Robin Shipley, M.S. has worked in the field of special education for over 15 years supporting kids, teens, young adults, families, school districts and foundations. She works extensively in designing, developing and implementing proactive programming, trainings and courses to ensure all learners reach their potential. Through TranZitions Consulting, she has developed a variety of professional and parent workshops to support the effective implementation of meaningful evidence-based programs such as understanding challenging behavior, developing skills in the areas of social competence, self-awareness, self-management, independence, and vocational readiness.
🍎Thank you to everyone that applied for a Rotary Teacher Mini Grant! On Feb 19th, we handed out checks to our El Segundo schools to help our teachers cover such items as books, classroom supplies, learning aids, and so much more. We appreciate our schools and teachers and recognize the difficulties they face due to the pandemic. Thank you to all the hard working teachers and educators out there! We appreciate you! 
On Thursday 2/18, we hosted a special watch party for the landing of the NASA Mars Rover - Perseverance. Coverage began at 11:15 and ended after the Rover touched down a little before 1pm. The Perseverance rover – formerly called Mars 2020 – became the first artificial object to land on Mars since the Insight Mars lander in 2018. It was the first rover to land since Curiosity touched down in 2012. Perseverance is the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world. It traveled 293 million miles (472 million km) – over 203 days – to get to Mars. Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced at mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Perseverance set down in Jezero Crater, just north of Mars’ equator.  
On 2/11 we welcomed speaker Melissa McCollum, Community Services Director for the city of El Segundo. Melissa gave us a Community Services update with information about how her group pivoted during the pandemic and continues to make progress on priority recreation, library, and cultural arts projects. She discussed COVID updates, capital improvement projects, development of a Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment and Master Plan, Library to Go and virtual programming, and implementation of the City’s new Cultural Development Program. 
On Thursday 2/4/21 we welcomed speaker Kyle Christopherson, Environmental Specialist and former Peace Corp volunteer. Kyle graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a double major in Environmental Science & Policy and in Physical Geography. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Philippines for two years working in coastal resource management. His main project during his service was a coral reef restoration effort which involved creating a coral nursery and then SCUBA diving to transplant healthy coral fragments into a marine protected area. 
Every year the El Segundo Rotary Club sponsors teachers within the El Segundo School District who need assistance within their classrooms. Through this program, we have awarded thousands of dollars to help teachers with specific projects that help those who attend our schools. 
If you are a teacher within the El Segundo School District and would like to apply for a mini-grant, please click here to visit our page and download the application. 
Deadline for submission is midnight 2/12/21. Please email applications to: Thank you for your interest! 
On 1/28/21 We welcomed Stephanie Cuevas, Senior Government Affairs Representative and Director Rob Kastherman of the Water Replenishment District. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) is the largest groundwater agency in the State of California, managing and protecting local groundwater resources for over four million residents. WRD's service area covers a 420-square-mile region of southern Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The 43 cities in the service area, including a portion of the City of Los Angeles, use about 250,000 acre-feet (82 billion gallons) of groundwater annually which accounts for approximately half of the region's water supply. WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high quality groundwater is available through the use of recycled water and storm water capture. WRD is responsible for monitoring and testing groundwater throughout the region.
On 1/21 we welcomed El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles to our club for an update on our city. He discussed many different projects including the development of Top Golf, LAX expansion, pandemic news, real estate projects, and went over a variety of issues that affect our community. We love and appreciate our mayor, who also happens to be Val's son! Great job Mayor Boyles!
On 1/14/21 we heard from Owen's sister in law Jessica Dean from the Sierra Club. She spoke about the club's history, the initiatives they support, and described some of their recent fund raising efforts. If you would like to get involved in their latest fundraiser, please visit to participate in the Sierra Club 1.5 Challenge. 
This week our club had a special visit via zoom from the El Segundo High School Robotics team, "P.O.T.A.T.O.E.S." as they call themselves. This stands for People Of Tomorrow Applying Their Outstanding Engineering Skills. Every year they build robots and compete in several competitions sponsored by local industries, high profile engineering companies and government agencies. Their aim is to learn and perfect skills of the engineering trades as a means to help develop careers and have some fun. Our Rotary club donated $500 to help fund their activities and we wish them the best as they move into this year's competitive season! 
April has been an exciting month for us. We started the month with a successful online zoom Mayors Good Friday Breakfast with over 80 participants. We raised through sponsorships and contributions from attendees over $4000. We are splitting these funds between the ED Foundation and the organization, The World Is Just A Book Away. We were fortunate to have James Owens, the founder and CEO of The World Is Just A Book Away as our featured speaker who told us about his organization. The World Is Just A Book Away (WIJABA) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Santa Monica, CA that seeks to build leaders for the future by empowering children to change their own lives and communities through books, libraries, and educational programs. It has built over 100 libraries in the world for children. Also we had the pleasure of hearing inspirational music from the talented Daniel Nahmod. 
As we move through April we are promoting our new fundraiser for Mother's Day which includes 2 wonderful gifts to purchase for the Moms in your life and at the same time contribute to the community. Be sure to advertise our website our website ( and flyer to your friends and family. Treat the Mom's in your life to a Spa or Wine package.
We have received and are reviewing applications for our college scholarships awarded to El Segundo High School seniors. Our highest consideration in selecting recipients for the scholarships are students who have participated in Community Service during their high-school years or earlier. 

On 12/19, ES Rotarian Carolyne Smigelski with her mother Miyoko Johnson donated their antique weber piano to the Automobile Driving Museum on behalf of the El Segundo Rotary club. Special thanks to Ed Su, Dean Seligman, Val Smith, Marisol and Matthew Herrera, Julie and Michael Mullane for their assistance. We hope it makes a lovely addition to their collection!
Every year our club has a Holiday party where we get together, have fun, exchange gifts, eat and drink and be merry. For obvious reasons, our Holiday party was cancelled this year. Instead we gathered in Zoom and played Bingo, listened to music, played Trivia, and even had a visit from Santa Claus! Special thanks to Marsha Hansen for being the hostess with the mostess and for the amazing cookie prizes! Happy Holidays to everyone in Rotary and to our families and friends! 
FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Charla King, founder of Joycatchers.
JoyCatchers was created in 2006 by Charla King to honor her mother who shared her joy of creativity and holidays. The idea came from a simple concept: to volunteer and give trees to people in need of cheering up during the holiday season. From its grassroots beginnings 14 years ago to the present day, JoyCatchers has given away 7,130 decorated artificial tabletop trees, all funded by individual contributions from caring individuals. For more information please visit
In lieu of our annual Park Vista Holiday Party, our club donated gifts to the residents. El Segundo Fire Department Chief Donovan gave all 100 apartment residents at Park Vista a $10 gift card from the 99CENTS store. LA World Airports contributed Godiva chocolates and Holiday cookies as well. donated 5 miniature decorated Christmas trees that were raffled to the residents.  They were very appreciative and touched by everyone's generosity and we were very happy we could share our Holiday Spirit with them.
Rotarians in Action! On 12/4, our club donated sleeping bags to Veterans Row, a tent city on the grounds of the Veterans Administration campus in LA. Its residents are US Veterans from different walks of life who have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic, mental illness, job loss, and other factors which have rendered them homeless. Special thanks to the Water Replenishment District for their generous donation which helped make this possible and to our own Rotarians Valerie Smith, Edward Su, and Dean Seligman for delivering these items to the Hospital.