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AUGUST 2018_
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Jeff Stern and Lois Koch at Nicola's during the July Rotary Night Out.


From the Desk of Dale...

Dear Rotary Club of Woodland Hills,
I am so thrilled we are off to such a great start! We are well underway into our new Rotary year.  
My first meeting as President went well, and I assumed you all forgot your normal tradition when no one walked out on me! However, SURPRISE, week 2 you all walked out.  I was surprised!
We had our first board meeting in July, and already, your Avenue of Service Chairs are hard at work.  Our club will be taking the lead in a project that will be a reverse global grant to fight human trafficking.  Community, Youth and Vocational Service will be contributing to that project.  If you have not already joined a committee, please do so! As an active member of our club, you will get the most out of it by actively participating in an Avenue of Service.
August is Rotary Membership Month. All Rotarians are ambassadors of Rotary and their clubs. This is especially relevant during Membership Month in August, when the focus is on building strong, vibrant clubs by inviting prospective members to join Rotary. If everyone agrees to invite someone to visit our club, we are sure to get more members, making our club stronger than it already is.  Think about why you joined Rotary.  We all had our own reasons, but came together for a common cause.  I joined Rotary because I was really looking for a way to give back to the community and to be in a world wide organization that provided service to those in need. The membership committee is not just the two membership chairs for our club.  EVERY ONE of us is on the membership committee and is responsible for building our club.  With each new member we get fresh ideas and new opportunities.  Let’s do this together!
August 8th, Joe Vasquez, our District Governor will be visiting our club.  Our Board of Directors will meet with Joe prior to the meeting.  Joe will be our program.  Let’s get a great turnout and have everyone in attendance on August 8th.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Why I Chose Rotary
In honor of Rotary Membership Month, let's hear from some Rotarians on why they chose to get involved in their own words.
Arturo Velasquez: I joined Rotary because I’m being so blessed living in this country that I wanted to give back to the people in need around the world. I found out that Rotary International was the best organization to do this not only internationally but also locally.
Neil Sokoler: I joined  the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills as their 'youngest' member in February 1991. The members impressed me as a truly selfless group committed to doing good work within our community and beyond.
At that time we were discouraged from soliciting business within the group. 
We were encouraged to devote all our energies to promoting the Rotary motto, 'Service above self.' Our members devotion of time, energy and funding made a lasting impression on me.
Bryna Hornstein: I got involved with Rotary through my husband telling me about this trip to India in January of 2005.  Once I went on this trip and saw all the good Rotary does in the world I was hooked.  Rotary has been a part of our lives through marriage and kids and will continue to indefinitely.  It's great to give back and show our kids the importance of doing community service.
Lynn Miller: An acquaintenance recommended it highly as an organization that gives freely and world wide. My first meeting confirmed that.
I felt an immmediate connection in many many ways!
Michelle Goldwater: Rotary to me is people helping people to create a positive change in their lives with kindness and compassion, love, knowledge and peace. On a personal level, my fellow Rotarians are more than an extension of Family, they are my Family, and I’m deeply honored and proud to be a part of it.
Lonnie Mintz: My parents have been Rotarians for almost two decades.  However, I joined Rotary International to help give back to the community where I was raised, live and work.  I specifically joined the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills as its members are altruistic, giving caring and dedicated to the betterment of not only our community and city, but throughout the world.  Our members are passionate about helping those in need or in distress and it's a truly amazing feeling to be a part of this amazing organization!
Judy Corcoran: I choose to join because a friend of mine was a member.  I really enjoyed it and joined.  Now I live in Williamsburg VA but I’ll always remember the good times I had in Rotary.
'Peace in the South Bay'
Celebrates Int'l Peace Day
Inspired by the success of our club's interfaith clergy panels promoting peace, District 5280 is sponsoring an event modeled on ours - Peace In The South Bay! The event features Rabbi Leah Lewis of Temple Menorah, Iman Jihad Saafir of Islah Los Angeles, Buddhist Patt Heckman of Soka Gakkai International and Dr. Reinhard Krauss , Executive Director of the Christian, Judaic, Islamic Institute. Cost in advance is $25, and $35 at the door. For more information, contact Past District Governor Vicki Radel at
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July 1
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July 15
Bryna Hornstein
July 16
Elegance Hippolyte
July 18
Michael Turner
July 28
Paul Lawler
July 31
Jay Saltzman
July 3
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Amy Harris
July 3
Join Date
Kim Wall
July 1, 2014
4 years
Sheri Polak
July 1, 1989
29 years
Dan Pukstas
July 3, 2017
1 year
Elegance Hippolyte
July 5, 2005
13 years
Dennis Zine
July 9, 2009
9 years
Lois Koch
July 10, 2008
10 years
Bryna Hornstein
July 22, 2008
10 years
Gary Koch
July 22, 2008
10 years
Art Pfefferman
July 24, 2008
10 years
Gwyn Petrick
July 24, 2008
10 years
Alice Muntean
July 31, 2013
5 years
Upcoming Events
Avenues of Service Presentation☆Girl Scout Project
Woodland Hills Country Club
Aug 01, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
✤ District Governor Visit ✤
Woodland Hills Country Club
Aug 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kathleen Terry ~ District Membership Chair
Woodland Hills Country Club
Aug 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
★ Officers of the 2nd Quarter ★
Woodland Hills Country Club
Aug 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Bulletin Editor
Ernest Koneck
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Joe Vasquez Visits August 8th
New District 5280 Governor Joe Vasquez will be featured guest at the August 8th Rotary lunch meeting. 
A Rotarian since 2000, Joe is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellflower. He served as Centennial President of the club in 2004-2005. Since then, Joe has served    
in various leadership roles at the District level. He has received the District Rotarian of the Year Award and the RI Service Above Self Award. In addition to
organizing major District events, Joe has been involved in the organization of District-wide humanitarian trips throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.
Joe began a 25-year career in hospital administration following undergrad and graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach. In 1996 he started a mechanical and electrical contracting business which today serves LA and Orange counties. Joe has served on several community boards and remains active in Long Beach, where he and his wife Rozangela live. 
Joe has two daughters and two grandchildren. They all live near each other and they spend a lot of time together. He and Rozangela are Major Donors. Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society each year. The most rewarding Rotary moments for Joe and Rozangela come from enjoying fellowship events with Rotarians and participating in humanitarian service projects.      
Rotocare Expands Activity 
A second night of Free Clinic services was one of the highlights announced at the July 18th Rotary Meeting, as Gwyn Petrick and Roger Williams outlined Rotacare's expanding role in the community. Free Clinic services are currently offered on Thursdays from 4 to 6pm, but soon a second evening of services, staffed by physicians and nurses from USC, will be added. 
In addition to the clinic, Rotacare has four additional areas of service: Health Navigation, Vital Signs, Vision screening and a Mental Health program. Through Health Navigation, Rotocare provides valuable hands-on care for medically underserved residents of the West Valley, and helps their clients receive additional care by identifying other services needed and where to find them. They provide case management services to ensure their clients receive the follow-up treatment they need.  
Vital Signs is an educational program for local high school students interested in pursuing health care careers. They receive valuable hands-on training in taking patients' vital signs, and learn the science behind concepts like pulse, heart rate and blood pressure so they better understand while these signs are so vital. Fourteen students graduated from the first program last spring, and 37 are signed up for the next session. 
Rotacare's Vision program provides vision screening and free eyeglasses in conjunction with UCLA's Stein Eye Institute. The mobile screening van visits different parts of LA several time per year. Mental Health services for Rotocare clients are also provided in conjunction with UCLA. 
In addition, Rotocare will be working more closely with the Family Rescue Center at Canoga Park Presbyterian Church to help them expand their food bank and related services for their low-income and homeless clients. Rotarians will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on volunteer activities staffing the food bank, distributing fresh produce from the Chatsworth Farmers' market, and providing toiletries kits, feminine hygiene kits and ready-to-eat food items for the Center's homeless clients.
Following is the first in a series in which Rotarians share their special Rotary Moments. 
Since joining Rotary in 1989, there have been many Rotary moments.  Some sad, some funny, some heavy with emotion, some just plain silly fun.

Let me tell you something of my journey.

I was first asked to come to a Rotary meeting in 1989.  Women were just being asked to join.  I attended and was unexpectedly awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.  That was a life changing moment for me.  Someone felt I was worthy of wearing the Rotary pin and, going forward and doing Rotary's work.  It was my first Rotary Moment.  Standing before the club and receiving my pin and recognition.

My next Rotary moment was a funny one.  Dr. Odeen Manning was a well-respected Ophthalmologist here in Woodland Hills and an outstanding member of our club.  We were hosting about 50 foster children to a picnic in the park.  Dr. Manning was in charge of slicing onions for the hamburgers.

(You sort of had to be there but---) Dr. Manning was slicing onions like he removed cataracts: With precision.  Each slice exactly the same.  It was hysterical and brought us all together to laugh and tease. In the end the foster kids were served sliced onions like never before.

A few years later we were again hosting the foster children, this time in Griffith Park. I was handed a 2 week old baby that was going through withdrawals from being the child of a drug mother.  I cannot express the experience.  Watching this little 6 – 8 pound human being suffer so much and being able to hold her and love her, and praying that we would make at least a small amount of difference, was a feeling I will never forget.  A Rotary moment.  We must help.

Going to the Orphanage in Mexico and going to Cuidad Obregon, our sister city and sharing Rotary with them was amazing.  Every moment of being able to make a difference to someone is a moment that comes from Rotary Work, a Rotary Moment.

My personal passion is the welfare of the boys at Pacific Lodge Boys Home.  One Rotary moment, and it was shared by other Rotarians in our family, was when a 15 year old boy told us he had 3 children, each with a different girl.  He told us he would rather sell drugs than work at Ralph's, because he could make so much more money, and could take care of his children with that drug money.  A very sad Rotary moment.  All we could do was express our opinions and pray that this kid would realize he was not on a good path.

Another Pacific Lodge Rotary Moment came just a couple of weeks ago when Elias, an alumni of the Lodge, stood  before us. Through help from so many, (Steve Musniky and Dana Sherman, to mention just two), Elias is on his way to college and a bright future.  That was absolutely a Rotary Moment for me.

And that all leads up to another really important Rotary Moment that has blossomed into years of love and friendship.  Our club offers an opportunity to be family.  What we do together bonds us for life.

My friends in my Rotary club are my best Buds.  I know I can call on them in the good times and the bad, and that they will be there for me no matter what.  In return I will be there for them. That Rotary Moment turns into a Rotary Lifetime.

I am so blessed.       

Boat Race, Cook-off Highlight District Beach Party
This year’s District Picnic will be an evening District Beach Party on Saturday, August 25 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach.  Along with the very popular Cardboard Boat Race, we will have a Chili Competition (free to enter this year!) and a Karaoke Competition. The Seaside Lagoon will be closed to all water activity after the cardboard boat race at which time we will be selling beer & wine. 
Online registration is available thru August 24. Prices are $8 for age 31 and older, $4 for ages 18 to 30 and $1 for under 18. 
There will also be a drive to collect new and gently used baby items for Camp Pendleton. Each donor receives one free drink ticket, a $5 value. 
Woodland Hills entry in the cardboard boat race has been upgraded with pontoons by boat designer Matt Schaaf. Cowboy Cookout attendees can contribute by helping decorate the boat. Decorating supplies will
be provided the evening of the Cookout.
Eyeglasses for Seniors
For senior citizens on fixed incomes, prescription eyewear - a necessity for most - can seem like an unaffordable extra. To combat this need, Sandy Rosenholtz, chair of the new Senior Services committee, has launched his first project of the new year. Used eyeglasses, including sunglasses, are being collected throughout the month of August Be sure to check with all your family members, friends and co workers who may have glasses they can donate to this important cause. 
The glasses will be donated to Senior Specialists Group, (SSG) a branch of the Foundation for Senior Services, a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. 
The purpose of SSG is to bring together a team of senior care specialists that are passionate about the health and well-being of the senior community. 
SSG chapters are comprised of experienced professionals and businesses that meet regularly to network, create and organize ways to educate and assist seniors on every level of senior care.
Cowboy Cookout's Comin' August 4
The Cowboy Cookout is back! On Saturday, August 4 at 5:30 pm, the Rotary posse will be rounding up at the Saltzman Ranch (the home of Ferne and Jay Saltzman at 10043 Donna Ave., Northridge.) The event is B.Y.O.P. – Bring Your Own Protein. All appetizers, side dishes, drinks and desserts will be provided by Rotary. 
If you haven’t already signed up, you can still email Ernie Koneck at through Friday, August 3. An accurate head count is needed to ensure that enough food and supplies are on hand. Admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door.
Come Hear The Eagles (Sort of)
Concerts on the Green is the new name for the free Concerts in the Park series held every summer at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills. This year’s season includes bands and artists paying tribute to some of the biggest names in 70’s and 80’s rock and pop music. In addition to the new name, the concert series is adding food trucks to the festivities, in addition to many of the food booths from years past. Once again, Rotary will be part of the action. Club Services will be organizing a concert trip for the August 12 performance of The Long Run – Experience the Eagles. 
The concert starts at 5:30pm and ends at 8pm. An up and coming artist will be the opening act. Headliners begin playing at 6:30 pm. 

Ernie Koneck  editor
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