January 1, 2018
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Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, CA  91364
United States
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Message from the President…

Dear Rotary Club of Woodland Hills,
Incredibly, six months have passed since my induction as your President. Time does fly when you enjoy the work you do. It’s been a very interesting process to say the least, the fulfillment in my heart cannot be quantified. Watching and learning from our membership has truly been a gift.  I look forward to the next six months with some very exciting developments.
We have solidified a date for the Clergy Panel Part 2 on March 11. Ron Supancic, Anna Sakvarelidze and Sandy Rosenholz are working diligently in helping put this event together. More details to follow.
Another exciting development is a joint venture (Casino Night & Poker) fundraiser with our good neighbors the Calabasas club. We are scheduled for June 3 at the Canyon Club in Agoura. As we move forward more details will be revealed.
This month I wanted to say thank you to Ron Supancic. Ron has brought enthusiasm and a drive to the Peace Committee that has been fantastic to watch. His leadership has developed that newly formed committee to being a real factor in the club and most importantly, in the community.
Also a big thank you goes out to John Willauer. John has continued to show up at almost every project that I can think of. He is willing to get his hands dirty and get down to work. Participation like his is the foundation that Rotary Clubs are built on. John has also been an active volunteer at New Directions for Youth {NYD). He is teaching the kids there robotics and the adult’s computer literacy. He is going to NDY twice a week and is certainly changing lives for the better.
These two amazing men exemplify what Rotary is and what is good in the world. Thank you both for all you do!
Ok, let’s get on with it! Let’s do the next six months together and let’s make a difference in the world!

Yours in Rotary service,
President Paul

Together, we are setting in motion our global effort to help the world better understand who we are: people of action, driven by a desire to strengthen communities, mobilize problem solvers, and find solutions to the tough challenges that affect people around the world.

Starting now, you can visit the Brand Center to download new People of Action templates for social media posts and print ads. You can also download the video public service announcements that debuted at the Atlanta convention, as well as guidelines and tips on using the campaign. Use all of these to tell your own stories about how your club and district are taking action and bringing leaders together to make an impact in your community. 

We are very proud of this new campaign and the opportunity it gives us to tell a consistent, compelling story about what makes Rotarians people of action. In the coming months, we’ll add more resources to the Brand Center. We hope that you take advantage of these materials, because they’ll help you to get the full benefit of the campaign by promoting both your club and Rotary in your community. Join us and bring the People of Action campaign to life by visiting the Brand Center today. The more we build awareness of Rotary, the easier it will be to make an impact in our communities right across the world.

— Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International

Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Relations
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Membership Retention
Rotary Family
Rotary Foundation
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dana Sherman
January 4
Richard O'Linn
January 4
Alice Muntean
January 8
Michelle Goldwater
January 12
John Willauer
January 26
Bernard Otis
January 29
Mardon Lamb
January 30
Mark Stewart
January 31
Mark Stewart
Lisa Stewart
January 23
Join Date
Bernard Otis
January 1, 1954
64 years
Charles Barbata
January 1, 1958
60 years
Marlowe Mogul
January 1, 1958
60 years
Thomas Ludowitz
January 1, 1958
60 years
Sarah Tillman
January 13, 2011
7 years
Steve Hornstein
January 19, 2003
15 years
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Officer of the Quarter
Jan 24, 2018
No Meeting - Wednesday Night Fun and Social
Geezer's Public House
Jan 31, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Club Meeting
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Feb 07, 2018
Club Meeting
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Feb 14, 2018
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Being Rotarian
In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.

In the years since, the idea of diversity in Rotary has come to be defined more broadly. We have discovered that a club that truly represents its community is far better able to serve that community effectively. Looking

ahead, it is clear how essential diversity will remain in Rotary: not only to strong service today, but to a strong organization in the future.

One of the most pressing aspects of diversity to address in our membership is the age of our members. When you look around at almost any Rotary event, it becomes immediately obvious that the age range in the room does not promise a sustainable future for our organization. Our membership is near a record high, and we are bringing in new members all the time – yet only a small minority of those members are young enough to have decades of Rotary service ahead of them. To ensure a strong and capable Rotary leadership tomorrow, we need to bring in young and capable members today.

We also cannot discuss diversity in Rotary without addressing the issue of gender. It is difficult to imagine that just three decades ago, women could not join Rotary. Although we have come a long way since then, the legacy of that misguided policy is still with us. Far too many people continue to think of Rotary as an organization only for men, and that idea has had a detrimental effect on both our public image and our membership growth. Today, women make up just over 21 percent of Rotary's membership. While this is certainly a great improvement, we have a long way to go to meet what should be the goal of every club: a gender balance that matches the balance of our world, with as many women in Rotary as men.

Whatever brought each of us to Rotary, we stay because we find value in Rotary membership and believe that our service has value to the world. By building clubs that reflect that world in all its diversity, we will build even more enduring value in Rotary: Making a Difference.

Ian H.S. Riseley
President 2017-18

Rotary’s Pageant of the Arts provides high school students the opportunity to display their talents and compete with other students for recognition and monetary prizes.  Students gain valuable experience as well as exposure to University Deans and professors.
Rotary Clubs have an opportunity to connect with the community through public and private schools, churches, performing arts and art studios, YMCA, YWCA, theater groups, community centers and groups and retail centers; just a few suggestions for outreach and expanding your club’s public relations.
Areas of competition:  SPEECH, MUSIC, ART and DANCE.
  • Prizes for each category:  1st place $1,000  *  2nd place $500  *  3rd place $250.00
  • Date of completion:  March 10, 2018
  • Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • Online Registration and Fees Due Date:  February 10, 2018 
Entry Fees:
  • Small clubs - $80.00
  • Medium clubs - $135.00
  • Large clubs - $190.00
 Submit quality competitors:
  1. Create a flyer and promote the contest throughout your community.
  2. Clubs can select a single participant or hold a competition to select the best participant.
  3. Clubs can offer prizes, money or certificates to participants and/or winners.
  4. One applicant per category may be submitted.
  5.  Start early so you will have contestants in time to submit registrations by the due date.
  6. The Online Registration and the Registration Fee must be received by the District Office by February 10, 2018 for the registration to be accepted.
  7. Support your student to be sure they know contest rules, have transportation, etc.
  8. Encourage your club members to attend the Pageant to support and cheer on all contestants.
Paul Netzel, Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees and John Mathews, Rotary International Director Zones 25/26 ride the front of the float. Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18 watched from the stands. The float won the Princess Award. (Photo from the Rotary Rose Parade Float Association.)

Around the Club
Photos by Chief Photographer Neal Goldman

President Paul Gross deep in thought
Who will claim these socks?
Past President Sheri Polak
Peace Committee Chair Ron Supancic
Is Santa sleeping? Does this make him naughty?
Past Presidents Gwyn Petrick and Jeff Stern
Past President Gwyn Petrick presented new member Ernest Komack with his Rotary pin 
Learning CPR at a meeting
Elegance Hipppolyte, co-chair Youth Services
Michael Turner  editor
Neal Goldman  Club Photographer 
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