March 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,
The best part of being President is you the club members. I have learned much about your passion for doing good in the world. Outside the Rotary world most people have their one or two causes and they are dedicated to them. The Rotary way is obviously different. We embrace many different worthy endeavors even if we have our own “pet projects.” I have been meeting with some worthy nonprofits and when I give them a run down on some of our clubs projects and grant recipients they are simply blown away. I have watched and learned about many of you, the passion and dedication in your hearts to make this world a better place. I have been inspired by my club.
We have a few exciting events lined up. The Clergy Panel on March 11 is a very important community service project that promotes peace in our neighborhoods and the entire world. Last year when someone asked the police officer in attendance “what can we do about the hate in the community?” He said, “This is it, you’re doing it!” we need help with getting attendees for this special event.
The second event is our joint fundraiser with the Calabasas Club. It’s a Casino Poker Gala fundraiser on June 3 at the Canyon Club. We are splitting the net proceeds with the Canyon Club and District 5280 special project to help eradicate human trafficking. DG Cozette Vergari is the honoree and this is a cause that is near and dear to her heart. Over the next few weeks we will be asking different club members to help us on this event.
My thank you for this month goes out to the entire club. Losing my mother-in-law recently was very difficult for my entire family. She played a very prominent role in our lives and especially, the grandchildren. As a club you were there for Dale and I. We appreciated your attendance at the service, the Shiva and when you saw me at the next meeting and gave me a hug. It meant a lot to me.
My condolences go out to Paul Lawler, who recently lost his mother-in-law as well. May her memory be for a blessing.
I will be leaving for the District Humanitarian Trip on March 21 and I look forward to coming back and telling you all about it! In the meantime the club will be in the very capable hands of our President-elect Dale Barnes.
I want to welcome our most recent new members Basil Avery and Joyce Pearson to the club. We look forward to your participation in all the good that we do.
Yours in Rotary service,
President Paul

Peace Committee: Preparations for the Clergy Panel
The February 20 Peace Committee meeting focused on dialogue facilitation at the March 11 Interfaith Council meeting at the West Valley and Warner Center Chamber of Commerce. 
We discussed what makes a great facilitator and the ground rules and guidelines for participants so that members of the Peace Committee can volunteer and serve as facilitators.  The Peace Committee members from the Woodland Hills and Calabasas Peace Committees are invited to attend and participate.  Please sign up online now for the event.  The website is  Please advise me if you are planning to attend, and are willing to facilitate.
We also want you to post the event on your social media pages.  Call at least 10 people: friends, neighbors and relatives and invite them along with their friends and family. Sponsor opportunities are available and you might want to mention this to them as well. 
In addition, invite your clergy and their members.  Check into opportunities for public service announcements, particularly at Cal State University, Northridge and Pierce College.
The Buddy Bench project is ongoing.  They're continuing to lock down administrators at schools who will make a commitment to installing them.
We are looking forward to supporting the Ramadan Dinner in the spring at the West Valley Islamic Society Center.  We have participated for the past two years.
There will be a second San Fernando Valley Walk for Peace in the fall.  That is being led by Soraya Deen, who will be speaking at a future club meeting. 

Fleet Street Schedule

Fleet Street is in need of support.  Mark your calendars:

March 3: Bob Blumenfeld Community Bike Ride (time TBA)

March 31: Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council Spring Event Shadow Ranch Park (in planning)


Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Relations
Public Relations
Peace Committee
Club Photographer
Membership Retention
Rotary Family
Rotary Foundation
Sergeant at Arms
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kim Wall
March 1
Norma Domine
March 4
Michael Harris
March 16
Eva Hainer
March 25
Jeffrey Stern
March 26
Join Date
Jim Domine
March 1, 2014
4 years
Neil Sokoler
March 6, 1991
27 years
Arturo Velasquez
March 7, 2012
6 years
Dale Barnes
March 7, 2001
17 years
Gautam Kumar
March 7, 2012
6 years
Michael Turner
March 13, 2002
16 years
Sherry Martin
March 20, 2013
5 years
Upcoming Events
George Poulakos: Global Grant Project
Mar 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
No Meeting - Wednesday Night Fun, Social, Good Eats & Dancing!
Location: Winnetka Bowl
Mar 28, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Club Meeting
Woodland Hills Country Club
Apr 04, 2018
Club Meeting
Woodland Hills Country Club
Apr 11, 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.)

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