Upcoming Meetings
Vanessa Galvan-Reddix
Oct 28, 2021 12:15 PM
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Upcoming Events

Today we had a tour of the Bob Hope USO facility at LAX! 🇺🇸 What an amazing place for our service men and women to visit when traveling through LAX! To view photos of our tour, please click here: https://elsegundorotary.org/PhotoAlbums/uso-2021

Los Angeles International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, and Bob Hope USO greets and serves over 100,000 military service members and their families per year.

In 2018, the USO at LAX relocated to the historic Theme Building. An estimated 2.7 million troops and military families will visit in the next 20 years, seeking a safe-haven and a touch of home at one of the world’s busiest airports. The new 7,000 square foot, state-of-the-art airport center was built to support US troops and their families for generations to come.

One of only six USO centers in the world that operates 24/7 (hours currently restricted due to COVID-19), the Bob Hope USO at LAX is the flagship center and is the largest location by number of troops and families served. On busy days, the center has had more than 1,000 visitors, all weary troops and military families seeking the comforts and connection to home amidst the chaos and stress of travel. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.

To learn more about the USO, please visit https://bobhope.uso.org

This month we feature a variety of intriguing guest speakers, a field trip to USO at LAX, a District Breakfast, World Polio Day Wine Tasting Event, and more.  October 24th is World Polio Day for Rotary International. Please join in celebrating, details will be announced as the date gets closer.
For details please visit the District 5280 website event calendar: https://rotary5280.org/Events
Saturday 10/2  - Youth Protection Training - Click Here for Event Details
Saturday 10/2 - Membership Session - Click Here for Event Details
Monday 10/4 - Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week 
Monday 10/4 - October Board Meeting ES Rotary
Thursday 10/7 - ADM - Mark Hensley, El Segundo City Attorney
Saturday 10/9 - District Governor Potential Candidate Orientation - Click Here for Event Details
Thursday 10/14 - ADM - Betsy Butler, Executive Director - California Women's Law Center
Tuesday 10/19 - District Breakfast - Click Here for Event Details
Thursday 10/21 - Field Trip to USO at LAX
Saturday 10/23 - Camp Pendleton Collection 
Saturday 10/23 - Strategic Planning Training Session 
Sunday 10/24 - World Polio Day Wine Tasting - Click Here for Event Details
Wednesday 10/27 - Foundation Committee Meeting 
Thursday 10/28 - Upshift - TBD
Saturday 10/30 - Grant Application Deadline 
On September 30th, we were pleased to host Rotary 5280 District Governor Guity Javid. All members of the board presented updates regarding their areas and highlighted the achievements of our club. Guity then spoke, and identified the club highlights that resonated with her. She explained about why she is a Rotarian starting with a history of Paul Harris and the founding of Rotary.  She connected this history to her current goals for the district and that of Rotary International, and discussed how our club is already helping and provided suggestions for more involvement. She completed her visit with recognition of outstanding members and a review of Rotary causes. 
Quest Quest 90245 was a great success! Sponsored by the Rotary and the Kiwanis, QQ engaged the community of El Segundo in a literary adventure, complete with games and prizes. Congratulations to the various winners and thank you to all those that participated! 
On Sept 23rd, we welcomed guest speaker Paul Samaras. He is the Director of Planning at El Segundo. Paul has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona.  He has worked for 20 years as a professional planner and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  He is currently employed by the City of El Segundo and holds the position of Principal Planner. 
On September 16th we heard from guest speaker Ryan McGarry, MD. Ryan is a documentary Film Writer and Producer for Code Black and Pandemic...on top of being an Emergency Medicine Doctor. Code Black is a documentary directed by Ryan McGarry in 2013 that follows the lives of young physicians in the LAC+USC Medical Center Emergency department...and available to stream on Prime Video and Pandemic: How To Prevent an Outbreak is available on Netflix.
ROTARY IN ACTION! 🎬 On 9/11 we collected donations for Camp Pendleton and dropped them off to be distributed among families of our troops. Thank you to everyone that donated and helped out! We appreciate you! 💌
On September 9, we took a tour of Rotarian Tom Hsieh's new business - Code Ninjas - in El Segundo. Their grand opening was this month, and we got to see the facility and learn about how this program helps kids through fun, educational activities that show kids how to code. Prior to the tour, we met at the ADM for lunch and for announcements. 
On September 2nd, we heard from Rotarians Elyse Beardsley and John Stabile. John discussed the art of traveling planning and Elyse gave us a brief bio and talked about her adventures in owning Industrial Lock & Key.  
Thank you to Chris Powell for heading up the restoration of the Literacy Garden at the Center Street School! Thank you also to all the Rotarians, Scouts, Interactors, and school board members who helped out in painting, polishing, weeding, digging, planting, cleaning and so much more. The Literacy Garden was first created in 2005 as a permanent tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. For several weeks in August, Rotarians and community members took the time to restore the garden and create a serene and private area where children and adults can go to read, find a moment of peace, and reflect. The results are amazing! 
On 8/26 we heard from Jacki Bacharach of the South Bay City Council of Governments (SBCCOG). Jacki has been the Executive Director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, a joint powers authority of 16 cities and unincorporated county area in the southwest portion of Los Angeles County since 1998. Her duties include program and project management and grant administration – including oversight responsibility for the South Bay Environmental Services Center, demonstration pilot projects dealing with fleet conversion to electric vehicles and the South Bay’s Measure R and Measure M transportation programs. Special initiatives are as diverse as services for homeless and for seniors, regional broadband and climate action plan implementation strategies. She also directs policy development, city outreach, and working with state and regional agencies on behalf of the subregion. She does
this assignment under contract with Jacki Bacharach and Associates.
On 8/19 we welcomed guest speaker Melita Siemak of Pacific Heights Travel. Melita has spent over 40 years in the travel business and is owner and President of Pacific Heights Travel, a professional travel company in Manhattan Beach.  She specializes in planning individual, family, and group travel throughout the world.  She has created numerous custom itineraries to meet the individual needs of her clients in connection with experienced tour operators, cruise lines (both river and ocean), airlines, and hotels worldwide. Pacific Heights Travel is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), and is both ARC (Airlines Reporting Company), and IATA (International Air Transportation Association) certified.

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


On August 15th, the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs launched Quote Quest 90245, and placed literacy signs on the lawns of residents. People were excited to share photos with their signs on the Quote Quest Facebook page. Each week features informal games of literary discovery with prizes for various participants. Special thanks to event sponsors Chevron and Bill Ruane. 
On 8/12 we welcomed Armando Mena, the Executive Director of the Lennox Academy as our speaker. For the past 28 years, Armando has served the Lennox Community.  His work first started in the community when he founded the El Espejo (The Mirror) mentoring program while a student at Loyola Marymount University.  The program matched college volunteers with at-risk students from Lennox Middle School who met once a week to provide tutoring/mentoring.  The program is in its 28 year of operation and continues to thrive and make a difference in the lives of all who participate.   In 2000, Mr. Mena was hired as an administrator to help open the first Green Dot Public School, Animo Leadership which serves the Lennox Community.  With the success of that program, Mr. Mena was hired by the Lennox School District to create and open Lennox Academy in 2003 where he continues to serve and seek opportunities for the students he serves. 
On August 5th we welcomed guest speaker Robert Greene, editor for the LA Times, to our weekly meeting. We met both in person and on zoom at the Automobile Driving Museum. Raffle prizes were provided by Dean Seligman, and the lunch menu included Blimpie Sandwiches. 
Bio: Robert Greene is an editorial writer covering water, drought, criminal justice reform, policing, mental health and Los Angeles County government. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 2021 for work “that clearly and holistically examined the Los Angeles criminal justice system.” Greene previously was a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and a reporter and associate editor for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Prior to becoming a journalist, he was an attorney in Los Angeles. He is a resident of Highland Park and a graduate of USC and Georgetown University Law Center.
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.