June 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…

My experience as club President has been truly amazing. As much work as it has been I have received so much more than I have given. There have been so many Rotary moments this past year. Time after time club members have stepped up and have given back to the club in so many ways.
Often in my Rotopinion column, I have thanked various club members for their service and commitment to Rotary.  Now it’s time to thank my wife, Dale Robin- Gross, who many of you know has been so patient with me (even more than usual) this past year. I can’t even imagine how many of my sentences began with the words “Rotary” or “The Club.”  I never saw her eyes roll once!
The most fun I had was leading the club meetings. I believe the club has had many wonderful moments at this past year’s meetings. It was extremely rewarding to see the smiles, hear the laughs and also feel the tears.  
This past year hasn’t always been easy for me and my family. We suffered some personal losses that seemed to just keep coming. My Rotary family was there for me and my family every time without fail. Words cannot express my gratitude, I am deeply grateful.
I am certain that moving forward, President-elect Dale Barnes will be an extraordinary leader of our club. I tried to impart the experiences that were given to me the same way Diane Nelson so graciously did for me. After Dale’s term, Anna Sakvarelidze will be assuming the club’s leadership mantle. I am so excited that these two strong Rotarians will be our leaders. This club’s future is very bright and I know that the club’s members will continue to step up and continue to be the great Rotarians that they are.
I have been blessed to have been given this opportunity. Thank you for all you have done for me.
Yours in Rotary service,

Buddy Bench Program
by Ron Supancic
"Somewhere within us all exists a supreme Self who is eternally at peace."
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love 
Oone the club's Buddy Benches was installaed at the Boys' Lodge (Optimist Home). April 17 Peace
10 rules for the Buddy Bench
  1.  Sit on the Buddy Bench when you're upset, frightened, lonely, isolated, or depressed.
  2.  When you see anyone sitting on the Buddy Bench, quietly become their buddy, not their interrogator.
  3.  Wait for them to initiate conversation.
  4.  Follow their lead, don't probe, irritate, or upset.
  5.  Let them know you are their buddy.
  6.  Let them know they are not alone.
  7.  Assure them that they have friends.
  8.  Ask them if they would like to talk to someone older.
  9.  Report violence, threats of violence, or fear of violence.
  10.  Let the teachers know what is going on.

Honored: LAPD Topanga Officers and Employees 

Project Update: Cape Town, South Africa, School 
The Woodland Hills club in collaboration with the Sea Point Rotary Club in Cape Town, South Africa, participated in a project two years ago to add a classroom for kindergarten students at a school in Cape Town. Here are pictures to show the results of our efforts. 
RotoCare+USC Vital Sign Program
Our RotaCare Vital Sign Program “kids” qualified for the “USC Physicians Assistance Pipeline Program.” USC recognized that the number of health care professionals needed in the coming years will grow exponentially. This is due to the surge in baby boomers that will require many health care services. Here are areas that will need additional staffing:
  • Physicians and Physicians Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapist
  • Geriatrics
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rotary Family
Community Relations
Public Relations
Peace Committee
Membership Retention
Rotary Foundation
Club Photographer
Sergeant at Arms
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gary Koch
June 1
Lynn Miller
June 5
Larry Winnick
June 20
Steve Hornstein
June 22
Gwyn Petrick
June 25
Neal Goldman
June 30
Gwyn Petrick
Randy Petrick
June 5
Join Date
Jay Saltzman
June 1, 1993
25 years
Tom Klarin
June 1, 2000
18 years
Tom Kurschner
June 1, 2000
18 years
Marty Fentress
June 6, 2005
13 years
Natalia Molera
June 15, 2016
2 years
Judith Rona
June 30, 2008
10 years
Upcoming Events
Annual Demotion Dinner Ceremony
North Ranch Country Club
Jun 20, 2018 6:00 PM
No Noon Meeting • Evening at Dough Girl Pizza!
16851 Victory Blvd.
Jun 27, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
☆Holiday ☆ Dark ☆ No Club Meeting☆
Jul 04, 2018
✻ Club Assembly ✻ Dale Barnes - President
Woodland Hills Country Club
Jul 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bulletin Editor
Michael Turner
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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.)

Holocaust Survivor Henry Oster

At the April 11 meeting Henry Oster told his compelling, inspiring life story, battling prejudice and the politics of fear as a Holocaust survivor. As a young German boy he survived deprivation in the Lodz Ghetto, a life-or-death selection in the Birkenau extermination camp, a firing squad in Auschwitz, being strafed by an Allied  fighter, and starvation in Buchenwald. Henry rebuilt his life in America, arriving at 18 with no family, no English, no money and no education. Of 2,011 Jews uprooted from Cologne, Germany in 1941, he is the only survivor. Henry was still working as a world-respected Professor of Optometry on his 89th birthday, helping the world to see.
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Michael Turner  editor
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