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Melissa McCullom
Feb 11, 2021 12:30 PM
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Upcoming Events

El Segundo Gives Thanks...

Kick-Off the Holiday Season with Eating, Drinking & Shopping Local and Winning over 150 Gift Cards!

The El Segundo Chamber has partnered with El Segundo non-profits & service organizations along with our business community to support El Segundo small businesses! Throughout the years, our business community supports our local non-profits such as the El Segundo Chamber, El Segundo Education Foundation, El Segundo Council of PTAs, Kiwanis Club of El Segundo, Rotary Club of El Segundo, El Segundo Woman's Club, Automobile Driving Museum and others! We want to "Give Thanks" to our businesses by "Eating, Drinking & Shopping Local" during the Holidays!

Dine, Shop & Play from Nov 15 to Nov 30 and enter every receipt for $10 or more to win over 150 gift cards! See attached flyer for more info!

This would not be possible without the support of our Business Supporting Business Partners who are sponsoring over 150 gift cards for El Segundo small businesses…Chevron, Continental Development Corporation, Mattel, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies, Aerospace and AT&T.

FEATURED SPEAKER - Alec Carlson.  In April of 2007, a 10 year old by the name of Alec Carlson visited the Automobile Driving Museum with his grandfather. Needless to say, that was an experience that made an indelible impression. Alec is now the Collections Manager for that very same museum! With thirteen years of museum experience, and 4 generations of family racing history behind him, Alec is a car guy, through and through.
🎃 HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST ~ WINNERS! 👻
Thank you to everyone who participated; all of the submissions were amazing and SUPER SPOOKY! Special congratulations to category winners:
Classic Halloween - Main Street Spider House
Scariest - Horror on Sheldon
Silliest / Spookiest - 513 Richmond
Grand Champion - El Segundo Spooky Skeleton Theatre
Best Effects - Mariposa Treeman
Best Overall Theme - Thriller on East Acacia
FEATURED SPEAKER - Steven Peckman is the Deputy Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. He is an expert on the ethical and legal issues related to stem cell research and biomedical testing in people. Peckman discussed exciting research at the forefront of stem cell science and the translation of discoveries to clinical treatments for patients, including new technologies to identify potential treatments and vaccines for COVID 19.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Steve Holmstrom, DVM
Steve Holmstrom is a past member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro and has been a member of Rotary International for over 35 years. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1972. He performed his first advanced dental procedure, a root canal in 1972 and became board certified in 1989. He has written two textbooks in veterinary dentistry. He has worked on many types of wild and exotic animals – walrus, elephant seals, sea lions, lions, tigers, chimps and sharks are just a few of the species. 
🎃 2020 HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST 👻
🕷️ Scare us with a picture of your Spooky Home! 🕸️
CLICK HERE: https://padlet.com/kellyami/RotaryHouseDecorating
Prizes awarded for:
• Best ROOKIE Entry: This category includes entrants who have never participated in the contest before.
• Scariest: Entries will be judged on overall sense of fright!
• Silliest: Entries will be judged on overall sense of silly!
• Grand Champion: This category is decided by the judges.
• Best Effects: This category includes special effects, including lights and mechanical effects to surprise and entertain everyone!
• Best Overall Theme: Show us a Halloween-based theme that focuses on a spooky topic or genre!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR POLIO PLUS FUNDRAISING RAFFLE AND CELEBRATED WORLD POLIO DAY WITH US! Through the generous contributions from our community, we have made a positive impact in our fight to end Polio across the world. Congratulations to our winners: Fleming's Gift Certificate - Alvaro Cortes, Sausal Gift Certificate - Elyse Beardsley, Chevron Gas Card - Carmela Raack, Magic and Comedy Club tickets - Margaret McCanless. Thank you everyone for your support! YOU make a difference!!!
If you would like to continue to help our cause, please visit https://www.endpolio.org
Our club came together with the community and other Rotary clubs to make another generous donation to the families of Camp Pendleton. Items included diapers, toys, food, clothes, gift cards, books, household items, beanie babies, shoes, electronics, dog food, and more. A Big THANK YOU to everyone that donated; your generosity is sincerely appreciated! 💖
FEATURED SPEAKER: Roberto Vargas, MD, Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Inter-Professional Education at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Vargas is leading University-wide efforts in health policy analysis and health services research. He supports efforts in action and advocacy consistent with the CDU Advantage and mission of promoting health equity and social justice. His professional interests combine health services research, clinical care, and community collaborative partnerships towards the design, implementation, and testing of interventions to promote equal access to quality health care and to reduce health disparities.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Francesca DiBrito, Senior Vice President of Resource Development for Habitat for Humanity
The overwhelming need for housing in our communities has provided Habitat For Humanity Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) with a unique opportunity to change lives in our neighborhoods. Los Angeles ranks as one of the least affordable housing areas in the U.S., and yet Habitat for Humanity is one of the few - if not only - affordable homeownership programs that serves families and individuals earning 50-120% of the median family income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the most serious problems experienced by very-low-income Southern California residents. By working with volunteers, families, individuals, corporations, congregations, and donors, Habitat for Humanity is able to address this important housing issue throughout greater Los Angeles. 

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FEATURED SPEAKER: Lionel Uhry, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development for Mar Ventures.

Lionel spoke to our club about the Pacific Coast Commons development which is a mixed-use residential development that re-imagines the underutilized parking lots along PCH currently used by Fairfield Inn, Aloft Hotels, and the Hacienda Hotel restaurant and conference facility.

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FEATURED SPEAKER: Sean Story,IT and Cybersecurity Expert
Sean Story helps hundreds of businesses and their employees every year with technology. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Sean’s technology skills began developing at a young age. He relocated to Playa del Rey, California where he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. For over ten years, clients have trusted him with all of their information technology needs ranging from computer setups to fast WiFi, easy to understand user training, user management, computer and network management, mobile device management, robust cybersecurity, hardware procurement, IT infrastructure upgrades, new office IT infrastructure buildouts, VOIP communication systems, business IT plan formation, computer maintenance, password management, and support. 

On Sept 17th we heard from guest speaker Dylan Farris, Executive Director of Human Resources and Facilities for El Segundo School District. Dylan described all the current constructions projects at all the schools in El Segundo.  He showed the progress thru the Covid pandemic that has been made plus what the future of these projects will look like at completion and the new projects in the works.

On Sept 10th, we welcomed Daniel Nahmod to our weekly meeting. He shared music from the present and past and told stories about how the particular song came into his life or why he wrote it. 
Orange County, California-based Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Humanitarian DANIEL NAHMOD (\pronounced Nay-mod‚) has performed his profound, heart-opening original music for over one million people in 45 U.S. states and Canada since beginning his music career in 1999... selling 110,000 CDs (and 10,000 printed songbooks!) to date and receiving literally thousands of standing ovations along the way. His songs are recorded and performed all over the world on a weekly basis.  Recent media appearances of Daniel's music include Saturday Night Live, The Voice, American Idol, The Super Bowl, and the Today Show.

 

Denese Lopez is the founder and executive director of W.E.L.L. Organization. She was raised by a single mother and grew up in Pico Rivera, California. She became a mother at 16 years old.  She is a retired police officer from the state of California. Ms. Lopez started a nononprofit called W.E.L.L. (Women Empowered By Labors of Love).  She has a background working with survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking.  Her organization decorates and furnishes the homes or rooms of survivors. 
She shared with us how her organization provides survivors with any and all household furnishings and/or renovation needed in their homes.  Everything they need to restore their home. All the work to the home is done by women, for women. Renewing and redecorating their homes from floor to ceiling is what we do. Once a woman realizes she deserves better, letting go is the best decision she will ever make.
 
On 7/30/20 we welcomed guest speaker Anna Garalde from Mychal's Learning Place. Anna is currently the Community Relations and Events Director at Mychals. She has been with the organization for 13 years and has been actively involved in all of its aspects. She went from working as a Support Staff member in the Hawthorne After School Program, to working the Saturday programs, to directing the morning Adult Day program, and is now collaborating with the outside community through businesses, donors, and other organizations. She works with Mychals to provide the support, training and opportunities to youth and young adults with developmental disabilities in order to build their independence and pursue their goals and dreams. She gave us a virtual tour of the facility and gave us an update on how Mychal's has adapted its program to cope with the pandemic. 
On 7/23/20 we heard from guest speaker Carol Hahn. She is a wellness and fitness nurse that helps people over 50 increase their strength, flexibility, balance and quality of life. She strives to help clients meet their goals through an integrated and holistic perspective of nursing, yoga, and personal training. Carol promotes “optimal health” and active lifestyles for individuals regardless of their functional abilities. She led our Rotary group through a variety of  stretching exercises and gave us tips on healthy living.  
Did you know there are over 70,000 Marines at Camp Pendleton? Did you know more than 160 babies are born to the Marine families each month? Did you know there are 10,000 children under the age of 5?
Many of the Marines are deployed when their babies are born and family and friends may not be nearby. With very low income, most do not have all they need for newborns and small children, or basic items to set up an apartment.
The Rotary Clubs in District 5280 have been very generous to our Marines and it is that time again for us to donate items for this program.
Here is a photo of our club's contribution to the Marines. These donations were received from our community and from our El Segundo Rotarians. We hope these items bring joy and relief to the wonderful families of our service men and women. Thank you to everyone who donated! ...and a big Thank YOU to our amazing service men and women out there. ... We appreciate you!
On 7/16/20 we welcomed guest speaker Randal Collins. Randy is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of El Segundo, CA. He also serves as the President and CEO for the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association, a position he has held since 2012 and is a charter board member. He spoke with our club about his role in Emergency Management amidst the Covid pandemic and how it effects our El Segundo community.  
On 7/9/20 we heard from guest speaker Derek Johnson. He has over 20+ years experience as a holistic and functional nutritionist and is passionate about coaching people on how to make healthy, and sustainable, lifestyle changes. Derek has clients across the country and he provides his custom nutrition consulting services in-person at his offices in Los Angeles and El Segundo as well as via phone, FaceTime and through Zoom video conferencing. Derek is considered an expert in weight loss resistance, gastrointestinal health, adrenal fatigue and many other areas and has helped thousands of people to set, reach and maintain their wellness goals. He spoke to our Rotary club about general nutrition and helpful fitness and lifestyle tips. 
Congratulations to Samantha and Amanda, winners of the El Segundo Rotary Scholarship contest! Thank you for volunteering your time to help our community. 
The following Rotary sponsored events have been rescheduled or cancelled:
 
Malt Madness - March 27, 2020 - RESCHEDULED
Mayor's Good Friday Breakfast - April 10, 2020 - CANCELLED
 
The Malt Madness event has been rescheduled to June 26, 2020.
 
Due to current health concerns, our upcoming Malt Madness Beer and Wine Festival has been RESCHEDULED to Friday, June 26, 2020 from 6-10pm at the Automobile Driving Museum. We care deeply about our community and want to do the right thing for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. Malt Madness strengthens our community through fundraising that is given back to worthy causes (such as education and fighting disease). But it goes beyond fundraising. We also help small businesses by raising awareness of their products. We help professionals by providing a networking opportunity for them to connect on a local level. And we help friends by providing a space to share smiles and laughter. This is a wonderful event. But our first priority is health. Stay healthy and we will see you in June!
Are you an El Segundo senior who needs help shopping for basic necessities? You are not alone! There are many people within our community that are currently unable to go shopping because they are isolated at home due to the restrictions imposed by our government to help control the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! Please visit our COVID-19 Senior Outreach page for details and to learn how to get assistance.
 
Interested in VOLUNTEERING to help? Please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/RXwue123gpGhFrzn6
 

On 3/5/20 we heard from LAWA’s Gaby Pacheco and Stephanie Sampson who gave us an update on what’s happening at LAX. We were also excited to welcome back long time Rotarian Ted Tokunow! We are all glad to see that he is feeling better and doing well. Another great meeting!

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This meeting we had speakers Jim McClees and Marisol Herrera. Jim is an accountant and gave us an update on the most recent tax laws. Marisol of the Automobile Driving Museum gave a craft talk and told us a little bit about herself.

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Great Valentines meeting with speaker Heike Fallon on the topic of health and fitness coaching. We were also entertained by the amazing Walkerettes of the Women’s club. 👯‍♀️ And added bonus - Carolyne Johnson, in her last celebration as a single lady for Valentines before getting married to Owen Smigelski in April, she found her Rotary Valentine in Ed Su as determined by a match of “would you ever”. Happy Valentines!

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This weekend, our rotary president elect for 2020-2021, Valerie Smith, attended the PETS educational training program. It was a great opportunity to meet other presidents and learn more about club leadership!
Great meeting today with Aaron Corkin of El Segundo PD. We learned a little about him and a lot about the Community Police Academy program that’s being taught by the El Segundo Police Department. This program gives residents and community members the rare opportunity to learn about the different topics of police work, their internal structure, and learn a few basic tactics for safety, detective work, and human restraint. 
We also welcomed a few members of the high school Interact club to our meeting and saw a short video of Mr. Beasley, a Rotarian himself, honoring his granddaughter Shelby with a Paul Harris Fellow award.
Another great meeting thanks to Elizabeth Bloom and her passionate talk about the challenges of Dyslexia. We learned about the difficulties that one faces when coping with this condition. We also heard from Rotarian Dave Riemann who told us a little bit about himself.

Today, Miranda presented her life story via an original poem. Quite amazing! Also, Dennis gave us an overview of his professional experience with human contact and interaction which provided unique insights into improving business and life.

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First meeting of 2020! Today we heard a little about the Rotary Rose Parade float which won the Tournament Volunteers award! Great job for participating and helping with the build - Carolyne Johnson, Ed Su, Sean Story, Rebecca Bergen, Eloise Mendez, Andrea Lange, and Fidelmar Coronel! Big shout out to Val Smith for watching Laura for Rebecca.
Our speaker was Brady Connell, the president of the Playa-Venice Rotary club and executive producer of Extreme Makeover - Home Edition on HGTV. We learned a lot about how the program selects candidates and the processes involved in creating a successful makeover. So interesting and what a wonder way to give back to the community!
Winner! Rose Parade Tournament Volunteer Award for Most Outstanding display of floral presentation of the Rose Parade Theme "The Power Of Hope" among floats under 35 feet. What an amazing evening working on the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee. Roses, roses, and more roses, every color possible and such beautiful decor and details on all the floats - what incredible works of art. This years theme is Hope Connects the World. A penguin flies across the nations of the world in a demonstration of hope connecting us all. It’s a wonderful and inspiring message that’s meant to bring peace and bridge the gap between mankind.  Special thank you to Eloise, Sean, Andrea, Carolyne, Rebecca, Fidelmar and Ed for your hard work and participation.  🐧🌷💐🌹❄️
Today we inducted Nancy Jacobson into our club. Welcome Nancy! Justin Mularz and Owen Smigelski earned their blue badges today as well. Great job guys! We heard from Ruth Akumbu who is the guardian for Jaspa Awomah. She is looking for volunteers to work at the Plant A Seed Casino Night Fundraiser coming up in February. Funds will go towards helping Jaspa through college. Ed Su and Tom Forsythe were the speakers today; they told us about their trip to China and their work with the Peach Foundation. 
Every year our Rotary club builds a float for the annual El Segundo Holiday Parade. This year's theme was "Toyland". Our club built a "Misfit Toy" Charlie in the Box character float based on the famous "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of the Misfit Toys" classic animated movie. Thank you to Ronny Sanchez, Jeff Donahue, Melissa and Randy Albers for the design and build of the float! Thank you to all the Rotarians and friends who also helped out. Great job!!
The Holidays are here! This year we had an amazing dinner and cocktail hour at Second City Bistro followed by a white elephant gift exchange at Chris Powell's house. What a fun evening it was! Thank you Gilda Dyckman for planning, and thank you Chris for hosting us. 
One of our favorite annual traditions is the Park Vista Senior Center lunch! We enjoyed great food, fun and games, and beautiful singing. Thanks so much to the El Segundo High School Choir for performing, to the El Segundo Rotaract group for helping us serve food, and to all the residents of Park Vista for joining us for lunch. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The Rotary Club of Ohio Pathways is sponsoring a Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) led by Joe Berninger. They are still in great need of Rotarians to serve with the GLP team on their February service trips to Guatemala.
  Their educational programs currently serve more than 50,000 impoverished children. Please consider joining one of the following volunteer trips to Guatemala: Feb 1-9, 2020 or Feb 18-23, 2020.  They hope to recruit fellow rotarians to help deliver textbooks, inaugurate computer centers, and much more.
  For more information please CLICK HERE to visit the project's website. To submit an application, please CLICK HERE. Please email Joe Berninger (joe@guatemalaliteracy.org) if you have any questions or comments.
 
The Rotary Holiday Party will be held on Dec 7th at Second City Bistro with White Elephant Gift Exchange taking place at Chris Powell's house immediately afterward. Please RSVP by Dec 3rd to Gilda Dyckman. For address and details please click here.
Last week we welcomed Jill Villalpando, Director of LAX Bob Hope USO to our meeting in honor of Veterans Day. We also learned a lot about our own member Rebecca Bergin!

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!
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!!
 
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. 
 
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. 
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! 
 
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
 
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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!