What is the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary? We are one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs consisting of business and professional leaders throughout the world, who are dedicated to the motto “Service Above Self.”
Rotary’s international areas of focus are Peace & Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water & Sanitation, Maternal & Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy and Economic & Community Development. Among the service programs our club supports is the Myanmar (Burma) Orphanages Water Project, making a difference in the health and lives of children in that country. Our club meets at the Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club most Fridays at noon. In honor of each week’s speaker we donate enough money to purchase polio vaccine for 50 children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
At the local level, our club provides need-based scholarships for graduating seniors on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in the College Bound Program of the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro Harbor. We also provide assistance to other community organizations, and are engaged in such hands-on volunteer work as the regular clean-up of litter on Crenshaw Blvd. between Silver Spur Road and Palos Verdes Drive North. The club raises money through sponsorship of the Peninsula Educator of the Year Dinner, and as a co-beneficiary with the Palos Verdes Art Center of the annual Concours d’Elegance classic car exhibition at Trump National Golf Course.
Recently our club launched an Interact Club at Chadwick High School, which will work to promote community and international service both in this area and at Chadwick’s Songdo, South Korea, campus. We are eagerly anticipating the creation of a sister Rotary Club in Songdo, which will become our partner in international service, cultural exchanges and visits.
Rotary membership is by invitation. We invite you to learn why PVP Rotary is the most trusted name in community service.
Greg O'Brien, PresidentPalos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
David Rowe, PresidentPalos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Foundation
This year our club has emphasized international themes, including tribute luncheons to the Asian and Middle Eastern business and professional communities when we heard current Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jeannie D’Agostino describe her experiences with Rotary in Lebanon, and Michelle Park Steel tell of growing up in Korea and Japan. Among our guests have been J.T. Warring, founder of the Myanmar Orphanages Water Systems Project, for which our club contributed $2,500. Current project chair Reiko Sakata joined us weeks later at our Asian luncheon. Both are members of L.A. 5.
This year we also launched our multifaceted Bridges to Songdo Project, of which the chartering of Chadwick Interact was the first formalized step. Our global outlook has inspired Chadwick’s Interactors, who are planning a service project in Korea in March.
By Harry Kitter reporting from the poop deck:
It was all hands on deck for the SS.PVP Rotary Club. After the sailors walked the gangplank past first mate Paul (crossing the) Rubicam, Captain Greg O’Brien set sail. Chaplain Les Fishman said a prayer, Captain-elect Suzy Zimmerman led the pledge, and our answer to the Navy band, John Schuricht played from sea to shining sea. After a quick trip to the galley, the cruise continued. Ensign Greg Sparkman introduced special guest Mark Dodson of Marcus & Millichap, and Sue and Peter Kunoth representing the Concours d’Elegance. Lt. Chris Stillians led the welcome song, which probably sent hundreds of migratory dolphins permanently off-course.
On Wednesday (of course) the 18th, we had our 3rd Wednesday Night Live! substitute meeting. Once again it was a great time for all attendees, which included club members and their FREE guests. The bar was open and there was just a little bit of formality. For the door prize, we had a step up in the quality of the wines, which provided for the opportunity to sell well beyond the normal allotment of tickets.
Our entertainment for the evening was Mr. Einstein Brown who plays a mean steel drum. His caribbean sound definately leant itself to the relaxed vibe of these special meetings.
If you missed it, be sure to come to our final Wednesday Night Live in April. You might just get a special welcome like, "LIVE FROM PALOS VERDES -- ITS WEDNESDAY NIGHT." Well, on second thought, we'll just keep to the tradiational PVP Rotarian Smile greetings.
To the new Adopt-a-Highway chair, Paul Rubincam, and fellow Rotarians Greg O’Brien, Phyllis Pelezarre, HangUp Moon, Carolyn Lehr, John Schuricht (who stumbled on the name forthis article), Norton Donner, and Hal Lazar: “Thank you for your participation last Saturday to help keep our community clean.”