May 18, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Ice Bucket Challenge Cools Down Energetic Rotarians:

Funds allocation and the popular Ice Bucket Challenge took center stage at the most recent Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting, with President George Collins drenched in icy water for ALS serving as a fun conclusion.

The Sept. 19 meeting was particularly eventful. The weekly gathering commenced with a group sing-a-long, as the Rotarians livened up the atmosphere by collectively crooning “America the Beautiful” and “We Are The World.”

The meeting then introduced visiting Rotarians, including special guests from Europe: Geoff Hunt from Coventry, England, and Hatto and Ursula Brand from Westheim, Germany.

The ensuing announcements given by Timur Berberoglu and Sharon Perlmutter Gavin, reminded Rotarians about the First Annual Rotary Function (FARF) on Sept. 28 in Topanga at the Young residence and the Feed the Homeless event on Sept. 30 at OPCC Turning Point in Santa Monica.

Recognition of the recent blood drive took place, with saluted blood donors and Rotarians Mitchell Kraus, Rob Santos, and Bret Carter joining in a toast with Ann Greenspun, Southern California Blood Services Board Chair, and Julie Thomas, American Red Cross of Santa Monica Executive.

Len Lanzi went on to give a presentation on the finances of the Santa Monica Rotary Club, leading the meeting into his report on the philanthropic projects that the club has funded both locally and internationally.

Lanzi posed a question to the Rotarians: “How much money do we give annually?”

He began his report by explaining that the club’s funds come from the members’ “fines” – essentially pledges given at the beginning of the year – and the annual wine festival, which is set to take place Oct. 19.

“Since 1995, our club has given $483,000 in the local community,” Lanzi said.

Lanzi explained the specifics of the youth community sector, with Mitchell Kraus as chair, and the world community service sector, with Karim Jaude and Jillian Alexander as co-chairs.

Santa Monica Rotarians have donated $43,000 to local organizations LA Opera, Clare Foundation, and Rosie’s Girls this year. American Red Cross, Museum of Flying, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels West, and Upward Bound House received funds over the past two years.

Lanzi elaborated on the international projects that the Rotarians have contributed to including a well for the Myanmar Water Project, testing and counseling thousands of people for HIV in Africa, covering costs of polio surgeries in India, and providing electricity for a village in Colombia.

Currently, the Rotarians are planning their humanitarian trip to Guatemala. A $10,000 grant has been allocated to fund various causes like literacy and water treatment.

By a show of hands, Lanzi estimated that “over a third of the club” was directly involved with where funds were going. He encouraged more participation in such projects.

“Getting involved can be your Rotary moment,” Lanzi said. “Be proud of what you do. Serve above self.”

Wrapping up the meeting, President Collins, dressed in casual wear, was doused by Rick Ruby with a bucket of icy-cold water. Collins was nominated for the popular Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS by Chief of Fire Scott Ferguson.

For more information, visit rotaryclubofsantamonica.org.

in News
Related Posts

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...

Santa Monica City Council Selects Doug Sloan as New City Attorney

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

At its meeting this week, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Doug Sloan to serve as Santa Monica’s next City...

Landmark Theater Closing in Former Westside Pavillion

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Theater will close at the end of month By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Pico theater at the former Westside Pavillion...

Community Policing at the Heart of Beat Four

May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

The Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) Program thrives through community involvement and collective work. Today we hear from Officer Aaron Alpert...

Santa Monica High School Among Top-900 Schools in Country

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

SAMOHI ranked 829 out of over 18,000 total schools By Staff Writer Santa Monica High School is among the top...

Pico Marketplace Changing Small Businesses Access to Retail Space: Santa Monica Beat – May 10th, 2022

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Pico Marketplace Changing Small Businesses Access to Retail Space* Grunion Fish Seen...

Video: Westside E-Scooter Injury Rate High Than National Rate for Motorcycles

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

The Westside’s injury rate for e-scooters is higher than the national rate for motorcycles, a new study has found. Learn...

Douglas Sloan Set to be Santa Monica’s New City Attorney

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

Sloan would be first permanent person to hold post in two years By Dolores Quintana  The next Santa Monica City...