The Rotary Club of
Woodland Hills
Chartered 1956
February 2023
President's Message
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Shelley's Musings

Dear fellow Rotarians,

The first month of the new year has been filled with interesting meetings, speakers and activities. We started off with hearing from our very own Kim Wall, Diane Nelson and Steve Hornstein who updated us on the latest information and tax rules so that we can best complete this year's taxes. Thank you to all three speakers for their timely information.

To distract us from thinking about our taxes, a group of Rotarians met at The Dish restaurant in La Canada and enjoyed a wonderful meal together followed by the beautiful Enchanted Forest of Light display at Descanso Gardens. Thank you to Mona for planning this memorable evening.

Ferne Saltzman delivered an impassioned speech to our club on the 11th, reporting on the urgent need to stop sex trafficking of young women in our community. She has raised funds that will go toward that cause this Rotary year and she has our full support. (See story below)

The District Brunch was well attended and we learned valuable information about hope. Photo at left: Babasa-Thompson Redy (l to r), Jun Jun (Phapanuj).and Sandy Rosenholz.

The campaign begins this month for "The Woodland" with the Woodland Hills, Malibu, and West San Fernando Valley Rotary Clubs partnering to support the Hope of the Valley's efforts to transform the former 818 Hotel in Woodland Hills into a residence for homeless mothers and children. The residence will provide shelter, three meals a day, preschool, job training and placement, and permanent housing for these families.

This is a huge opportunity for us to help the underserved in our very own backyard. There is a donation spot under our Rotary heart site which is listed as The Woodland.

Here you can donate to the Woodland and preschool. It is $5,000 to purchase a room; $500 for bunkbeds; $500 for a bed in a bag; and $25 for a hygiene kit. Of course, any amount is very much appreciated. The clubs have also applied for District grants. I am asking that Rotarians to donate, and to reach out to friends, family and businesses to support our effort to help these homeless families in Woodland Hills.

Anna and I, who spoke to the club in January about the environment, will be starting an environmental committee for members to implement and participate in activities to keep our environment healthy. Invitations will go out shortly for our first meeting. All are welcome.

At the Gather and Give Saturday on the 21st Rotarians presented the blankets that we made for the residents of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House along with other items purchased from their wish list. Following the presentation, we met at a nearby restaurant for lunch.

We will once again be sponsoring three high school students to attend RYLA in April. This is a very important opportunity for underserved youth to learn about leadership and helping their communities.

It is such a joy to share all of this important information with you. The Woodland Hills Rotary Club is doing a lot to help those in our community who are less fortunate. Thank you to all of you for your huge hearts and kindness.


Alex Montoya: Feb. 1 Speaker

Alex Montoya was born without arms or a right leg, but he doesn’t spend a lot of time lamenting what he doesn’t have. Instead, he focuses on what he does have: three prosthetic limbs that help him live a mobile, independent life, and a platform to help others by sharing his story.

“My whole belief and my whole purpose is to show people not to take for granted the life that we have. Most people that I encounter have two arms and two legs, and I honestly think that we get so caught up in our deadlines, responsibilities, issues, and challenges that we sometimes don’t stop to think that not all of us have that: two functioning arms and legs,” Montoya says. “Me being in the position of wearing three prosthetics, I look at people who are in wheelchairs and need help getting out of bed in the morning and think about how good I have it. We need to pause and thank God for the little things, things that we probably don’t give a second thought to every day.”  JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Holocaust Remembrance Day Tour at the Ronald Reagan Presidental Library
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on April 18. Given the alarming increase in Anti-Semitic attacks here and abroad, this Remembrance Day is more important now than ever before. As a club we have gathered to remember the innocents murdered during that horrific time.  In doing this we are living the words “Never Again.” In the past our programs have been at our meetings. This year a special opportunity has presented itself. At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library there will be a traveling exhibit called, “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away.” This ground- breaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original artifacts and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions from around the world.
Our group has reserved 10:30am reserved on Sunday April 23 to view the exhibit.  The tour will take about 2 to 3 hours. Lunch options are currently being discussed. After the tour you will have access to the library itself. I am sure that this will be an impactful and emotional experience that we can share together as a club. The cost to attend for groups of 25 or more:  Adults (age 18-61)  $27.95   Seniors (62+)  $24.95  
It is important that you RSVP as soon as possible to ensure that we have the sufficient attendees for a group discount. We have 30 slots reserved and if we go over that number, the library needs to know ASAP. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.
Payment should be made out to the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills by check only. We must pay as a group. Please bring your checks to our next meeting. Please RSVP TO Mona Spector mona48ras@gmail.comYou can visit: the Reagan Library website to learn more.
If you have any questions call Paul Gross: 818.746.7945
Rotarian of the Month: Ferne Saltzman
Ferne Saltzman is our Rotarian of the month for January.  She delivered an impassioned speech to our club on stopping human trafficking.  She has raised funds toward this effort by selling her beautiful photographs at her art shows and by selling her important and beautiful book, The Facets of My Soul.  Every dollar goes directly to helping young women ages 12 to17 to be rescued from the streets and rehabilitated to live a full life in our community.  Ferne attends all Rotary meetings and events and is also our club photographer.  She has the heart of a Rotarian and more energy than all of us put together.  Thank you, Ferne, for all that you do.
Sandy Rosenholz: '24 - '25 Club President
Sandy Rosenholz of Senior Resources, Inc. has been elected president-elect nominee for the ’24 – ’25 Rotary year. He spent 38 years in a successful pet industry career. Some years later his friend asked him to join his senior care agency, and that is when Sandy embraced the change and switched from pets to providing services to grandfathers, grandmothers, and families to solve the problems of senior care.  Sandy is a board member of LAJHealth and the Sherman Oaks Foundation supporting Let’s Paint Sherman Oaks and Board Treasurer of the best networking group, Networking Plus. He facilitates the Valley Resource Network which provides all kinds of services to the senior community. Sandy is still President of JNet Tarzana and a supporting member of MAPS charities which gives financial aid to seniors. Sandy is Ambassador of the year for West Valley Warner Center Chamber of Commerce and a member of Senior Services Group, Encino, Sherman Oaks and Greater San Fernando chambers.  He is married to the mystery woman Margie and has 2 fabulous adult children, a great son-in-law and the most adorable and athletic twin grandsons.    “I have the best job in world as I get to help people every day.”  And he is always available for lunch or golf.
Thank You to Our Sponsor: Lonnie Mintz, Realtor
Service Above Self
The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills delivered blankets to the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House so for the children who are in the hospital. The club loves getting involved to help anyone who needs help. Helping our community every day.
On January 24 the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills cooked for the residents of San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Senior Resources, Inc. also delivered blanket throws for all to stay warm this winter. We preped, cooked, served and cleaned in less than 3 hours. If you want to give back to your community contact Sandy Rosenholz. Service Above Self
Scourge of Child Sex Trafficking
Our very own Ferne Saltzman was the speaker at our January 11th meeting.  Once you read this story, Ferne is hoping that you will want to jump in and help spread the word to keep a child from falling into this horrific act! She can’t do it alone.
Here’s the stats on human trafficking:
  • Sex trafficking is the second worst crime.  The first being drugs.
  • 95% of the victims are girls ages 10 – 12 years old.  No joke!
  • 50,000,000 children in the world are subject to this every day around the world.
  • Where are these kids found by predators?  On SOCIAL MEDIA!
  • Once kidnapped, their life span is 7 years.
How can WE prevent this?  EDUCATION.
We need to educate parents to monitor their kids’ social media.
Let’s work together to spread the word.
Contact Ferne at for more information.
What's Up With Our Members
Sheri Polak moved to Seattle. We'll miss you!
Lonnie Mintz is honored with a Paul Harris
Fellowship. Congratulations!
Thank You to Our Sponsor: Paul Gross, Investment Advisor
Evening at the Enchanted Forest of Light
On January 7, 2023 a great group of 18 Woodland Hills Rotarians and friends met at Dish Restaurant in La Canada to partake in food, beverage and friendship. Afterwards we headed to Descanso Gardens to see the Enchanted Forests of Light. Once inside we started our adventure through the 10 “forest” areas. Each one lit magically by colorful lighting which followed the rhythm and mood with different music. It truly was magical. It was a beautiful evening and everyone really enjoyed the time together. Many thanks to all who attended and making the evening very special: Kim and her husband, John Berweiler; Diane Nelson and her daughter Jodi; our lovely president Shelley and her husband Jerry; Joanne Ward; Jay and Ferne Saltzman, and thanks for taking pictures Ferne.; the Hornstein family; Dale Barnes; Greg Abrams and his lovely friend, Kristy Corwin; Mona Spector and Arlan Pfohl.
Let’s do it again next year.
District Conference: Golf Team Challenge
Sylvia Whitlock, the woman who “unlocked” the doors for women in Rotary & RI Pres. Jennifer Jones
Click on the photo of the Rotary Rose Parade float to listen to RI President Jennifer Jones and Sylvia Whitlock, the woman who “unlocked” the doors for women in Rotary.  They are standing in front of the original meeting place of the Rotary Club of Duarte, the club that sponsored Sylvia as a member, a decade before the US Supreme Court ruled that women should be admitted into Rotary.
RI Theme for '23 - '24
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Belize: Humanitarian Trip
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In-Person/Hybrid and Zoom Meeting Information:
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Sagebrush Cantina
23527 Calabasas Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91302
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NOTE MEETING DETAILS: We will meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month live, in-person at the SAGEBRUSH CANTINA for a lunch meeting; it will also be on ZOOM. Meetings on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month will be on ZOOM only.
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Alex Montoya, author & motivational speaker
Feb 01, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Leanne Portzel, Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank
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Feb 08, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sustainable Diets Video
Feb 15, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Teri Fox of Foxy and the Hounds So. California
Sagebrush Cantina
Feb 22, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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