Lawndale Rotarty Bulletin January 19th, 2012

Chartered May 13, 1952
first in the Rotary World to have 100% Benefactors
a Club of Distinction:  Has Produced Five District Governors
a Club with 296 Paul Harris Fellows – A 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.
The object of Rotary is “To encourage and foster
the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”
1.  Is it the TRUTH?
2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary International and District Officers
Rotary International Theme – Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
R.I. President Kalyan Banerjee, Rotary Club of Vapi, India
R.I. Director, Zones 23, 24 Ken Boyd Rotary Club of Kerman, CA
Governor District 5280 –  Brad Robinson, Rotary club of Beverly Hill
Governor-Elect District 5280 – Lew Bertrand, Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset
Governor Nominee – District 5280, Jim Dyer, Rotary Club of Santa Monica
Lawndale Board of Directors
President – Quynh Tran
President-Elect –Deborah Holland
Past President – Kevin Paul
Secretary – – Shirley Giltzow
Treasurer – Bob Zappelli
Club Service – Programs: Deborah Holland
Vocational Service – Deborah Holldand
Community Service – Sandra Horwitz
Youth Service –Ellen Dougherty
International Service  – Bob & Hedy Downing
Foundation – Jim Hama, Bulletin Editor – Mindy StogsdiCalled to order at 12:15 by Past President, Mindy Stogsdill as Pres. Tran was AWOL

Membership Scorecard
Membership to date – 18
Honorary members – 5
Leaves of Absence –

Ellen Dougherty, Jim Hamai, Shirley Giltzow, Sandra Horwitz, Joe McMahon, Mindy Stogsdill, Bev Teresinski and Bob Zappelli

Guests Beth (?) who was a guest with our Speaker

Invocation Joe McMahon

Flag Salute Jim Hamai

Song Shirley Giltzow – “When the Saints (& Rotary) Go Marching In”

Club Calendar
-1/26 Janice Givens – Lawndale Historian
-2/2 Board Meeting is our program for the day
Feb or Mar. – Career Day at ECHS
Feb – another graffiti wipe-out
March 24th – City Clean up day
-4/26 Deputy and Firefighter of the year at the Lawndale Community Center – Speaker – LA County Fire Chief Osby
-4/28 – Youth Day Parade

District Calendar:

-1/25 – President’s Dinner – Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport
-2/8-2/13, 2012 – District International Trip to Puerto Rico
-2/28 – Pre-P.E.T.S. – Hacienda Hotel 8:00 – 1:00
-3/17 – Rotary Day of Service 8:00 a.m. Meet at Frank D. Lanterman High School, 2328 St. James Place, LA. Day will include morning refreshments and program, transportation to community sites for “hands-on” service projects, afternoon lunch and celebration. Contact Veronica Martinez at
-4/19-4/22, 2012 – District Conference – Hilton San Diego Resort – Mission Bay. Hospitality Night Friday 4/20 6:00 will be a Luau. Hospitality suites $75 includes 2 tables. See District Website for more info and reservation #’s
-4/27–4/29, 2012– RYLA in Arrowhead, San Bernardino Mountains
-5/6–5/9, 2012, Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand

Birthdays in January
Hedy Downing 1/10
Ernie Villarreal 1/18
Debbie Holland 1/24

Wedding Anniversaries in January

Induction Anniversaries in January
Shirley Giltzow ‘94


New Lawndale Rotary Blog/web site!!! – Joe McMahon has got us up and running on a new “blog” site. Check out the initial page at

It’s still in it’s infancy and we are learning how to get more information and our bulletin posted on the site. So stay tuned!!! And THANKS JOE!!!!!

District Awards – the packets are due 2/2. Mindy and Shirley will work on our report. All directors of avenues of service are asked to forward information on their projects to Mindy or Shirley asap.

Chinese New Year 4710 – Year of the Dragon. Contact Angi Ma Wong if you’d like to march in the annual Golden Dragon Parade on 1/28. Meet at Philippe’s in LA fro lunch at 11:15 and March at 1:00

RCA Meeting: Save the date of Feb 2, 6:30 for this RCA dinner meeting at the Bell Shelter where you can tour the facility and learn what the Salvation Army does with the collections from the Red Kettles. Each club should have at least one member present so Sandra will be attending. Mindy announced that she has stepped down as chairperson of the committee and so Marie Fremd and Larry Bender are now the co-chairs of RCA.  The entrance is tricky to find so be sure to print out the driving directions from the District Website. Donations that would be gladly accepted include hygiene products, socks, underwear and clean clothing.

Art, Music & Speech Contest – application forms are now available. Mindy will forward to Quynh for ECHS students

Share Fest – Joe McMahon told us of an opportunity to partner with Share Fest to get community projects done – sould be at shools, parks or for individuals like homes of elderly citizens. Applications need to be submitted as soon as possible.

Pink-Well Contest – Joe also asked that members sign on to to select the Cancer Support Community as they are one of 30 organizations in the running to receive an additional $50,000 grant based on how many hits they get. This is also the organization for which LJ Stogsdill serves as board chair. Get clickin’!!!!!!

Youth Protection Policy – Certified training was held on 1/13. All Rotarians who work with youth must be certified with YPP. We reviewed the powerpoint presentation last year to be certified. Since noone from the club attended on the 13th, we will provide the powerpoint again before the end of the year.

Third Notification of Officers for 2012-13
President – Debbie Holland
Past President – Quynh Tran
Treasurer – Bob Zappelli
Secretary – Shirley Giltzow
Club Service divided into assignments
Speakers – Mary Ann Livingston
Bulletin Mindy Stogsdill (listed but was not approved by Mindy)
International – Bob and Hedy Downing and Ernie Villereal (Troops & more)
Community Sandra Horwitz
Foundation Jim Hamai
New Generations Quynh Tran

Silent Greeter: None Today

Program: Our beautiful speaker today was Denise O’Brien, a former Ms. Santa Monica and Miss California International. She graduated from Loyola Maramount Univ. cum laude with degrees in journalism and accounting. She began her career in the television industry and also worked as a Seneior Sales Director with Mary Kay, Inc. for over 25 years.

BUT – her passion and program today was on an organization she founded March 2010, “Wings of Love”, a 501C-3 nonprofit. Their mission is to empower educate and inspire a pathway from abuse to emotional health, wholeness and abundance. They are looking to build shelters in five states nationwide (including California, Georgia, Florida and New York)

Their current HQs are in Westchester (and also where they wish to have an 18 bed shelter, free of red tape) and will soon be opening another in Atlanta, Georgia. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. The facts:

-one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
-one in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape
-the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 BILLION each year
-domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes
-domestic violence does not end immediately with separation. Over 70% injured in domestic violence cases are injured after separation
-one in 10 calls made to alert police of domestic violence is placed by a child in the home. One of every 3 abused children becomes an adult abuser or victim.

Wings of love services include:
Safety shelters – “nests”
Abuse awareness workshops
Educational programs for children, teens and adults
Referrals to a variety of support systems
Free counselor training
An international speakers’ bureau of educational speakers, motivational speakers and panelists.

One last program to mention…”Operation Cozy Bear” which brings cuddle therapy and self care tools to those impacted by abuse. As the bears are distributed they share the experience of yoga, connection with breath, meditation free form movement, hugs and other self care tools with recipients. New or slightly used, medium sized teddy bears can be donated and sent to Wings of Love or you can choose to donate bucks. They do the rest.

Go to for more info

Excellent and informative program, ladies. Thanks so much!!

Fines!! None Today

Raffle Bev donated a lovely bottle of wine which was won by Jim and Bev won $5 (should help to cover her expense of the wine!). Joe McMahon volunteered to bring the raffle gift next week.

Meeting Adjourned around at 1:30 PM Respectfully submitted by Mindy Stogsdill

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