Serving Our Community and Beyond
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 AM
The Olive Garden
19724 Nordhoff Place
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Posted by Chuck Cameron
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Posted by David Mandel on May 08, 2013
The Rotary Club of Northridge/Chatsworth
is hosting a
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Come and sample wines from around the world
and delicious Hors D'oeuvers.
Space is limited to the first 120 Guests.
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013
TIME: 2 pm to 5 pm
22560 La Quilla Drive
Chatsworth, CA 91311
$50 at door
Posted by Judy Cameron on May 08, 2013
This year our annual club-sponsored student awards luncheon at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth was renamed the Stanley R. Durban Memorial Craftsman Awards Luncheon in honor of club member Stanley Durban who passed away on January 19, 2013.
Stan Durban was a highly respected member of the Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club for over forty years and served as President in 1986-87. For 20-plus years he was the club’s International Service Chair; most of the projects he oversaw benefited youth, such as providing supplies and financial aid for orphanages and schools. He is remembered as one who truly lived out the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
This is a highly rewarding event as we honor students who are striving for excellence!
(Pictured above is Stan Durban, MC at last year’s event, presenting an award to a student.)
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Mar 13, 2013
We were privileged to have
LA City Attorney
as our guest speaker on Tuesday, March 12
Mr.Trutanich explained that the City Attorney is “The Independent Legal Voice of the City of Los Angeles, only beholden to doing the right thing for the right reasons, all the time.” During his tenure, Mr. Trutanich has compiled an impressive record of winning for Los Angeles. He shared how under his leadership, tax payers have been protected—how his office has saved taxpayers $284 million by winning 134 of 147 civil liability cases brought against the city.
The American Association of Prosecuting Attorneys awarded LA City Attorney Trutanich the “Most Innovative Prosecutor in the Nation” award. The people of Los Angeles are honored to have Mr. Trutanich serving as our City Attorney!
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Mar 01, 2013
CSUN’s new President, Dr. Dianne F. Harrison
Encourages Rotarians to
Help CSUN Shine in our Valley
On February 28th Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club met with Granada Hills Rotary to hear special speaker, Dianne Harrison, CSUN’s 5th President. CSUN is one of the largest public master’s universities in the country with an enrollment of 36,000 plus another 12,000 in expanded education. CSUN has a $600 million local-economy impact, with about 85% of the 10,000 graduates each year staying in the Los Angeles area.
Dr. Harrison’s primary focus has been on student success—helping students to be successful from enrollment to graduation. Another of her goals is to advance the visibility of CSUN in the community, “Our University in the San Fernando Valley.” She encouraged Rotarians to become more involved with CSUN through athletics, speakers, performances, and events.
Pictured: Kerry Nelson, G.H. Rotary President; Dianne F. Harrison, President CSUN; Chuck Cameron, N/C Rotary Past Pres.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Dec 20, 2012
Forget the sleigh and reindeer . . .
Santa arrives by helicopter!
Children and their families got an extra treat this holiday season as Santa arrived at MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) in a helicopter.
After landing, Santa transferred to a red Cadillac convertible, which took him to MEND’s front door where waiting children cheered with delight.
While the children visited Santa and got their photos taken, parents visited the second floor of the building, which had been converted into a holiday wonderland full of toys, books and other items. Each family also received a food basket and blankets. "The need is huge. In the past two years, our food basket need has grown 200 percent. So many people have lost their jobs. They're looking, but can't find them. It's a struggle for many families,” said MEND President Marianne Haver-Hill.
Club Member Lou Marino was Santa Claus while others aided in distribution of toys, food boxes, and blankets. There is no greater joy than to serve others during this season of giving. See: http://www.mendpoverty.org
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Dec 12, 2012
Special Speaker on Dec 11 ... Ida Shessel
Ida Shessel, B.Sc., M.Ed. can triple the memory of everyone in a meeting in less than 30 minutes! So says her bio....
Indeed, those who attended this first of our special speaker series were astounded at what they remembered by the end of the session. The meeting was interactive and fun. The technique really works!
Posted by Judy Cameron on Nov 28, 2012
Rotary's Rose Parade Float . . .
Yesterday Beth Anderson from the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee spoke about Rotary’s “Oh the Places We Go” 2013 float entry. The float celebrates Rotary’s commitment to “Service above Self,” especially Rotarians who travel around the world promoting peace and participating in humanitarian service.
When Rotary International's directors approved the first entry in the parade over 34 years ago, they saw in it an unrivaled opportunity to bring Rotary's name into public view―as an opportunity to inform the public of Rotary’s good work, i.e. Rotary’s nearly competed effort to eliminate polio world-wide. Last year’s parade captured a viewing audience of over 47 million in the United States and another 300 million around the world in more than 220 countries!
Individual Rotarians, Clubs and Districts in the United States and Canada donate all of the money to pay for the float (none of the money raised for float construction is spent on professional staff or committee perks). If you would like to help support this important public relations project, go to www.rotaryfloat.org now and click the “donate” button. Let’s keep this PR project going for another 34 years!
Photo: Beth Anderson and Club President Gene Urcan
Posted by Judy Cameron on Nov 20, 2012
Welcome to the club, Syed Hussaini!
On November 20, 2012, Northridge/ Chatsworth inducted Syed Hussaini as a new member. Syed, a resident of North Hills, is a certified mobile signing agent and notary. He is excited about joining Rotary–about opportunities for service in our community and beyond.
Syed is a great addition to our team!
President Gene Urcan
and Syed Hussaini
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Nov 08, 2012
YOUTH EXCHANGE OFFICER
explains program . . .
We were pleased to have Warren Bobrow, Rotary District 5280s Co-YEO (youth exchange officer) speak to us Tuesday about Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. This year almost 7,000 students from more than 71 countries will enrich their lives. They will see the world the way it is best seen – from the inside out. For more information see: http://www.scanex.org/?page_id=2
Pictured: French Exchange Student Cesar Fontanel, Past President Dan Elias, and 5280 Youth Exchange Officer, Warren Bobrow
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Oct 30, 2012
Lew Bertrand, District 5280 Governor, was our honored guest on Tuesday, October 30.
Governor Bertrand brought news of the district and Rotary worldwide. Of special interest was his report regarding Rotary’s mission to end polio throughout the world. We are now about 1% away from a polio-free world! (see www.endpolionow.org)
A highlight for the day was the honoring of Dr. Knud Flygenring for his twenty-plus years of service as an Interact Advisor (see article below). Congratulations Knud! We are proud of you!
Pictured in the photo to the right are Governor Lew Bertrand and our President Gene Urcan showing Governor Bertrand a book that will be donated to Reach Out & Read.
(Each week our club donates a book in honor of our speakers. Reach Out & Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children.)
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Oct 30, 2012
Dr. Knud Flygenring Honored
At our October 30th meeting, District 5280 Governor Lew Bertrand, presented Dr. Flygenring with District 5280s Visionary Award. The honor was bestowed on Dr. Flygenring for his dedication and service as an Advisor to Granada Hills Charter H.S. Interact Clubs for over 20 years.
Through the years, Dr. Flygenring has encouraged Interact members by leadership and example, encouraging good character, a commitment to ethics, and especially to service in our community and beyond. People like Dr. Flygenring make Rotary membership matter.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Oct 12, 2012
A Word from our President, Gene Urcan . . .
Dear fellow Northridge/Chatsworth Rotarians:
I am now into my 4th month as your president, and I consider it an honor that you have chosen me for this task. As each day passes, I increase my knowledge of Rotary, which quite honestly I knew very little about when I joined the Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club. All I knew when I joined is that I wanted to help make a difference in our community. That, I believe our Cub has done and continues to do, which is very gratifying to me.
Also, I am very excited about two upcoming events that our Club has planned for the Spring of 2013―our annual Blood Drive at the Northridge Little League Park, which I will chair, and a first for our Club, a Wine Tasting Fundraiser, which is chaired and hosted by David Mandel.
I have watched with great enthusiasm the growth of our newer members and how they have embraced the Rotary “Service Above Self” motto. Speaking of “Service Above Self,” I believe we all owe a great deal of gratitude to Chuck and Judy Cameron for presenting an amazing line up of guest speakers week after week, and for their tireless work in doing all of the necessary preparations for every weekly meeting. Thanks guys, for making me look like I know what I am doing.
I look forward to seeing all of you at every weekly meeting,
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Oct 09, 2012
Kevin Malone — from The Dodgers to The Dream Center
Former General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Co-owner, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia
Kevin Malone, speaker for the club’s October 9, 2012 meeting, enjoyed a 17-year career in Major League Baseball. He led the Montreal Expos and the Baltimore Orioles. Kevin says, "Winning Major League Baseball's World Championship with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 was an extreme surreal experience." Sporting News’ Baseball Weekly honored Kevin as best General Manager in the Majors in 1995 while leading the Montreal Expo. He says that experience was indeed a professional highlight—one that subsequently helped catapult him to head up baseball's most storied franchise...The Los Angeles Dodgers. Kevin has since moved on, but says, “…it was a great experience and that he feels very blessed to have had that opportunity."
After Baseball, Kevin became co-owner, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia and Matthew Barnett, founder of The Dream Center and an avid sports fan, recruited Kevin to join his Dream Center team as a board member. The Dream Center campus—14 buildings on nine acres—used to be known as the Queen of Angels Hospital. Now it's a haven for those who are desperate, operating under the motto: "Find a need and fill it; find a hurt and heal it." Kevin encouraged club members in their service to the community and beyond, commending Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Aug 08, 2012
A word from our Program Chair about our Weekly Programs . . .
The Rotary Club of Northridge/Chatsworth has a rich history of service. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self,” and Rotarians individually and in groups do service projects in our community and throughout the world. Weekly programs are to inform, inspire, teach and present opportunities for service. As program chair, I am always looking for speakers who will present interesting programs. Some of our speakers will be from nonprofit organizations because they have a story to tell and offer opportunities for community service. When we help strengthen our community, we help build a stronger community and help ourselves in the process.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Jul 24, 2012
On July 24, 2012, Northridge/Chatsworth inducted Monique Golob as a new member. Monique is a Realtor with Rodeo Realty, Northridge. She is a resident of Northridge and is excited about joining Rotary–about opportunities for service in our community and beyond.
Welcome to the Club, Monique!
Photo from left to right:
Club President Gene Urcan, Monique Golob,
her sponsor Lou Marino,
and Past District 5260 Governor Drew Frohlich
Posted by David Mandel on Jun 26, 2012
NFL Super Bowl Champion (XVI & XIX)
. . . was our club’s speaker on June 26, 2012. His talk was inspirational and showed the great power of the concept of paying-it-forward, of helping our youth be inspired to dream. All goals that are well aligned with Rotary.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Jun 18, 2012
David & Sandy Mandel hosted our club’s Demotion/Installation Party at their beautiful home, better known as the LaQuilla Resort, on June 16, 2012. President Dan Elias was appropriately demoted with much appreciation, and incoming President Gene Urcan pinned. A great time was had by all! Our thanks to Dave and Sandy!
Photo: Our Leaders…Past, Present & Future
Chuck Cameron, Gene Urcan, Dan Elias & David Mandel.
Posted by Chuck Cameron on May 30, 2012
Annual Rotary Awards Luncheon hosted by
Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club
at Ernest Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth
on May 29, 2012 deemed a huge success!
Congratulation to the deserving students! The event was the best ever according to members who have attended Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club’s longest running community service project over the past 25 years! Hats off to Stan Durban for serving as Master of Ceremonies and coordinating this successful event.
Photo: Lourdes & Stan Durban and Pres. Dan Elias
Posted by Judy Cameron on Apr 22, 2012
Community Blood Drive on April 21, 2012 . . . a success!
President Dan Elias smiles at the end of the day, which was a success in spite of the heat! Our thanks to Blood Drive Chair, Gene Urcan, and to all the other members of the club who worked on this event. Thank you also to the leadership of the Northridge Softball and Little League Fields, the players and their parents . . . and especially to the blood mobile personnel of Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health & Services.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Mar 13, 2012
March is Literacy Month on the Rotary Calendar and Literacy is important to our club.
Each week in honor of our speaker, we donate a book to Reach Out and Read, an organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Left: President Dan Elias presents Reach Out and Read Regional Coordinator Debbie Navarro with books.
Posted by Judy Cameron on Jan 12, 2012
Posted by Judy Cameron on Dec 18, 2011
On Saturday, December 17, Club and Chatsworth High School Interact Members volunteered at M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need with Dignity) for their annual “Make a Merry MEND Christmas” for needy families. Club Member Lou Marino was Santa Claus while others aided in distribution of toys, food boxes, and blankets. There is no greater joy than to serve others during this season of giving. See: http://www.mendpoverty.org
Posted by Judy Cameron on Dec 21, 2011
Dr. Ying Nian Wu spoke to our club on December 13th and gave an excellent presentation regarding Chinese Culture. He shared that Shen Yun, the World's premier classical Chinese dance company, is performing in Costa Mesa on Jan 11-12, 2012 and at the Chandler Pavilion in LA on Jan 13-14, 2012.
Go to: http://www.LAspectacular.com for more information and to purchase tickets online or call the hotline number 1-800-880-0188. At checkout, please give the promo code: Rotary-Northridge for our club to get special credit.
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Oct 28, 2011
Mitch Englander, L.A. City Council-member, Dist. 12, and Honorary Member of the Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club, spoke to an overflow crowd on October 27 at a luncheon at the Porter Valley Country Club, sponsored by Northridge/Chatsworth and Granada Hills Rotary Clubs.
Councilmember Englander gave an update on current public safety issues, as well as projects, legislation, budget and major issues the Council Office has been working on since July 1 when he took office. It was a great event!
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Oct 16, 2011
Oct.16, 2011 Blood Drive A Great Success!
Photo: Chuck Cameron, Lou Marino and Frank Burns at the Northridge baseball & softball fields promoting the blood drive.
Thank you to everyone who donated lifegiving blood!
Special thanks to Gene Urcan our Blood Drive Chair and to his assistant Lynne Snyder...to the Northridge ASA Girls Softball League, Northridge Little League, Cedars-Sinai and Providence Health & Services. Thank you also to our club members who faithfully served as well as our student volunteers from the Chatsworth High School Interact Club. It was a great day!
Posted by Judy Cameron
Excellent meeting Today!
Alan Jackson, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney...
was our guest speaker. He spoke about the rule of law and how important it is in maintaining our way of life. It’s something that none of us should take for granted!
You won't want to miss a single meeting!
Posted by Chuck Cameron
District Governor Visits…
Margarita Laverde inducted
Our club was honored to have RI District 5260 Governor Tom Hardy as our guest yesterday. He challenged club members to envision the world as they would like to see it, and then to set about working to bring about that change…to serve our community and beyond!
A highlight of the meeting was the induction of new member Margarita Laverde, Account Executive with BB&T - Knight Insurance Services. Welcome Margarita!
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Aug 06, 2011
Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Booth...
at the first annual Family Festival on Sat., Aug 6,
sponsored by Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce and Pierce College Farm Center
The Family Festival was a great event . . . an opportunity to mingle with people of the community and build awareness of Rotary--about who we are and what we do. Especially about our Club! We met area business and professional people who, like us, are interested in serving their community and beyond.
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Sep 18, 2011
Granada Hills Charter H.S. Interact Club
Raises $900 for Life-Saving Mosquito Nets!
Knud Flygenring, Advisor to the Interact Club, reports that when students attended one of our lunch meetings early last school year, Drew Frohlich, District 5260 Governor at the time, was the speaker. He spoke about child mortality and Malaria, one of the deadliest diseases on the African continent. He told how sleeping under a mosquito net can do much toward stopping this devastating disease. Interact members returned to school motivated to serve, to save lives―specifically, to raise funds to buy mosquito nets, which they did over the remainder of the school year and raised $900! The funds were donated to Nothing But Nets, a United Nations Foundation which distributes the life-saving bed nets in African countries. We commend Granada Hills Charter H.S. Interact Club for their successful service project!
For an update, click on "MORE" below.
Posted by Chuck Cameron on Jul 16, 2011
Frank Burns, Program Chair and Past President (2002-03)
named Rotarian of the Year . . .
for his outstanding contributions and dedicated service. Not only does Frank line up excellent speakers for our meetings, he faithfully participates in all service activities and fundraisers. In addition, he volunteers many hours at the Brail Institute.
Pictured: Frank with President Dan Elias
Posted by Chuck Cameron
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Posted by Chuck Cameron
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