Upcoming Meetings
Robert Greene
Aug 05, 2021 12:15 PM
LA Times
Armando Mena
Aug 12, 2021 12:15 PM
Lennox Academy, Executive Director
Melita Siemak
Aug 19, 2021 12:15 PM
Pacific Heights Travel
Jacki Bacharach
Aug 26, 2021 12:15 PM
South Bay Cities Council of Government
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Sep 02, 2021 12:15 PM
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Steven Goldsmith
Sep 09, 2021 12:15 PM
Mediators Beyond Borders
Ryan McGarry
Sep 16, 2021 12:15 PM
Documentary Film Writer and Producer: Code Black, Pandemic
Paul Samaras
Sep 23, 2021 12:15 PM
El Segundo Director of Planning
Vanessa Galvan-Reddix
Sep 30, 2021 12:15 PM
Rotarians Against Human Trafficking
Mark Hensley
Oct 07, 2021 12:15 PM
El Segundo City Attorney
Upcoming Events
Today we met at Upshift Brewery and heard from three of our own Rotarians: Lt. Ryan Danowitz, Jim Miller, and Dean Seligman. We learned a little bit about each person, their background and hobbies, and what they do for a living.  We also heard from Chris Powell and Dean Seligman who gave us a summary of Malt Madness. Great job on all the hard work we all did to help make MM a successful event! We ended the meeting with a variety of raffle prizes. 
  
On July 15th we heard from featured guest speaker Ed Lynch, founder and director of Mychal's Learning Place. Founded in 2002 as a social/recreational after school program for youth with developmental disabilities. In 2013 they added an adult program that is focused on independent living skills, job training and employment. More recently, they've also added two social enterprises, Mychal's Bakery and Coffee and Mychal's Prints, a t-shirt printing and embroidery business. These new divisions were created to help with job training and employment, community awareness while also being a source of revenue for Mychal's Learning Place.
  
Malt Madness 2021 was a huge success! Thank you to all of our sponsors and vendors, and to everyone who donated to our silent auction and participated in our raffle. It was a fun evening with a turnout of nearly 400 people with live music, beer and wine, food, and a full casino! Thank you to everyone in our community for your support and we look forward to our next Malt Madness event in the Spring of 2022!
  
On July 15th we met at the ADM for our weekly meeting and heard from Rotarians Tom Hsieh, Carolyne Smigelski, and Marisol Herrera.  
✨Today was our first meeting of the new year with our new Rotary President, Edward Su. This was an in-person meeting at the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) and featured a zoom online component to accommodate those who could not join in person.
🤩 Congratulations to our newly inducted members Jim Miller and Tom Hsieh! We welcome you and hope to see you at meetings and events! We look forward to getting to know you and working with you in our shared effort to help our world. 🌎
We also learned a little more about our new president Ed as he gave a brief bio and reviewed his goals for our club for the new year. Among the service projects and events that we are planning for, he wants our members to focus on fellowship, and getting to know each other. He is hoping for more engagement and participation from club members and more positive outreach into the El Segundo Community to help those in need. đź’™
 
 
On 6/24/21 we had our last meeting under Val's leadership at Upshift Brewery. We congratulated our 2021 Rotarian Scholarship winners and presented them with checks: Cooper Stolnack 1st Place $4000, Trinity Sansalin Parascandola 2nd Place $2000, Thomas Davies 3rd Place $1000. We also gave recognition to several rotarians for their service to our club and inducted our newest member Ryan Danowitz of El Segundo PD. We also heard from the owner of Upshift brewery and learned a little about the buildings history and how Upshift found its home in El Segundo. 
   
This week we heard from two Boy Scout troops that our club supports and Atlas Helaire, SoCal ROC Superintendent. Atlas gave us an update on Southern California Regional Occupational Center. SOCAL ROC is a leader in providing current and relevant Career Technical Education programs that are meeting today’s job demands and careers of the future. SOCAL ROC is part of the California public school system. Their programs are offered to high school students as well as adults in the South Bay and surrounding communities.
  
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Dave Bader from Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles
https://marinemammalcare.org
MMCC Los Angeles is a non-profit hospital for seals and sea lions that strand on the 70+ miles of beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach due to illness, injury and malnutrition. MMCC has provided top-notch care for marine mammals in need since 1992, with the goal of rehabilitating and releasing them back to their ocean home.
MMCC also promotes the ocean conservation through education, research, and partnerships. Supporters value ocean stewardship, wildlife conservation, and sustainability. They operate under a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service to implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.
As the only year round marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles County, MMCC is one of the busiest in the country, admitting on average over 350 patients per year. MMCC is located in San Pedro near the Port of Los Angeles, on property owned by Los Angeles Unified School District.
 
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Millicent Hill, founder of Mama Hill's Help. She gave us an update on her projects since Covid started. Millicent Hill is a retired school teacher with LAUSD. Over her 45-year career as an award-winning educator, poet, and activist, Millicent has changed the lives of thousands of youngsters through her innovative teaching style. Today she and her small staff cover an array of issues within the core curricula-from anger management to teen pregnancy-as most of her youngsters are living under the cloud of violence, grief, abandonment or abuse, which all too often impedes their ability to learn. 
 
    
This week we held our first in person meeting at Upshift Brewery in over a year! ~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ El Segundo City Manager, Scott Mitnick, and Barbara Voss, Deputy City Manager. The City Manager's Office is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the overall City organization. Scott Mitnick serves as the organization's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of all City departments, department heads and employees. In this role, he is responsible for implementing City Council direction and policies. Barbara Voss assists in administering City operations across the organization. She directs all activities related to economic development and leads the communications, outreach and community engagement program for the City.
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Dr. Melissa Moore, Superintendent of El Segundo Unified School District, and member of El Segundo Rotary Club.

Dr. Melissa Moore joined the El Segundo Unified School District as superintendent in July 2014. She previously served as the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District. She has a background in employee-employer relations, community and educational foundations and student instruction, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School program that was implemented at El Segundo Middle School in 2014.

Dr. Moore began her educational career as a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District where she taught elementary grades with significant experience in English Language development. After Glendale, she moved to Yucaipa-Calimesa for more than 20 years where she was employed as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal before moving into district administration.

In 2018, Dr. Moore was selected Superintendent of the Year (Region 14) by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). According to the District’s administrators and members of the Board of Education (BOE) in her nomination application, “ESUSD has improved in every area under Dr. Moore’s leadership. She has continually strived to understand the values of students, parents, staff, community and the BOE.” Moore is known for challenging ESUSD leaders and educators to examine District practices and ask the tough questions about access and equity for all students.

During her tenure as ESUSD’s superintendent, the district successfully passed a $92M General Obligation Bond Measure to improve school facilities and technology in 2018; and in 2017, established a legacy or endowment fund with $16M of proceeds from the sale of the Imperial Street School property that will provide ongoing annual revenue for technology infrastructure, deferred maintenance and capital outlay projects.

Under her guidance, ESUSD has adopted a new Graduate Profile; implemented Project Lead the Way/STEM curriculum for K-12; facilitated a partnership with the Cotsen Foundation and Loyola Marymount University for a peer coaching model to support CGI; implemented a 1:1 technology initiative for grades 4-12; and achieved the highest graduation rate in the region at 98.9 percent. ESUSD was selected as a member of the League of Innovative Schools in 2016, and has been recognized with more than 20 awards from outside agencies in the last five years.

She earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in reading and language arts from California State University, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Redlands.

Dr. Moore was one of 15 superintendents selected to attend a summit in Texas to provide feedback on educational innovation, and was awarded a Leading Educator Scholarship to Arizona State University’s Global Silicon Valley Summit. She has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement through the 8th Congressional District Woman of Distinction Award, City of Yucaipa City Council Certificate of Commendation, USC Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group Merit Scholarship Award, and the California Human Resources Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.
Thank you to everyone for your support and participation in this year's Mother's Day Fundraiser! The event was a success and we raised money for charitable causes supported by our club and Rotary International. Congratulations to our raffle winners! Elyse Beardsley won the Facial Gift Package from Orange Twist, and Chris Liguori won the Jewelry Source Gift Bag. Special thank you to our sponsors, our committee, and to those who helped with assembly and delivery. 
 
  
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Brad Steinberg, Co-President of PWS - The Laundry Company. Brad discussed how to build a real estate portfolio through owning laundromats (or other owner/user businesses). PWS - The Laundry Company is the nation's largest distributor of commercial laundry equipment and laundry replacement parts. PWS is also a broker of existing laundromats and have built over 3,000 new laundries. Corporate headquarters are located in the City of South Gate, with satellite offices in South San Francisco and San Diego. Brad has been responsible for leading the organization since 2007. In March 2021, PWS completed the sale of the business to our manufacturer, Alliance Laundry Systems. www.pwslaundrywest.com
In the second half of the meeting, we heard from Jessica Daugherty who is working on a proposal for the El Segundo Greenway project along Aviation Blvd.
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Dr. Lejeune Lockett, DM, MSPH, Director of the Office of International Affairs at Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science and Assistant Professor. She holds a BA from the University of California Davis, a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in Management from University of Phoenix. She is fluent in 4 languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. During her career she managed health resources in Zambia through the Peace Corps and has worked with non-profits in international health education.
Dr. Lockett discussed the role of the Office of International Affairs at Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science. She also provide information on the challenges of vaccine hesitancy globally and the status of the pandemic in communities of India and South Africa. She also provided an example of how Charles R. Drew is supporting Rise Up! House in Zambia, a community for young girls impacted by HIV.
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ John Mulchaey, Director of The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Since its founding in 1904, Carnegie Observatories has been a leader in research on the evolution of the universe, and is a prime reason why Southern California is the “world capital” of astronomy today. He discussed Southern California’s Leadership in Astronomy. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Southern California — and especially, Pasadena — has been the world’s leading center of astronomy research and discovery. This is in great part due to Carnegie Observatories, founded in 1904 by the solar astronomer George Ellery Hale (who also founded Mt. Wilson Observatory and Caltech, and who built the three largest telescopes in the early and mid-20th century). Carnegie Observatories is “where the universe was discovered”: where astronomer Edwin Hubble and his Carnegie colleagues found that our Milky Way isn’t the entire universe but one of billions of galaxies, and that the universe is continually expanding.
Today, Carnegie Observatories is uniquely dedicated to deep research on the evolution of the cosmos, and the training of new generations of astronomers. For the past 40 years most of this research has taken place at the Observatories’ large-telescope facilities in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and has yielded astonishing discoveries about galaxy and star formation, dark matter, black holes, and much more. Dr. Mulchaey’s talk provided new insight into today's “golden age” of astronomy and the promises it holds for understanding our Universe. 
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Linda Sundram, Chair of Rotary Camp Pendleton, a satellite club of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad. This was the first Rotary club to have been chartered on a military base. She is also a past Assistant Governor in district 5340.
Linda is a multiple Paul Harris fellow, a Major Donor, and a member of the Arch Klumph Society. She has travelled extensively and participated in humanitarian projects on several continents. She talked about how our District has helped Camp Pendleton over the last 10 years.
 
The El Segundo Rotary Club is selling two specially designed luxury gift baskets for Mother’s Day 2021! All proceeds will be used to support the club's local and international projects.
We are offering two gift baskets based upon the themes of Health + Beauty, and Relaxation. Our gifts have been selected and sourced by local crafters, many specifically chosen to support El Segundo women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses, with a consideration for environmentally friendly products.
Please help support our community and especially our hard working moms by ordering a charitable gift basket!
Delivery or Pickup only on May 8-9th. For details, please visit our online shop: www.rotaryelsegundo.org
~ FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Julie Tran, Government Affairs Director of the South Bay Association of Realtors. She discussed Prop 19: Property Tax Increase Limits on Primary Residences & Inheritance Transfers, COVID Relief for REALTORS®, Property Owners, and Tenants, and Eviction moratoria.