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President Dean will lead Hermosa Beach Rotary's 9th meeting for 2021-22 and this Tuesday will host District 5280's District Governor and staff.

Governor Guity’s career spans almost 40 years in banking, investments, and structured finance.  A graduate of UC Berkeley, she is not only the founder and President of Hutton Capital but she is also a cross-cultural mediator and a proponent of community service throughout her life.

Guity joined Rancho Park Rotary Club in January 1991 and has served District 5280 in several leadership capacities leading up to her current position.  An advocate for women causes and more, Governor Guity volunteered for Women Unlimited, a mentoring program for women managers and in addition is an investor to angel organizations focused in women owned businesses.  A phenomenal fundraiser, Javid co-chaired the first American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” in Beverly Hills.

Hermosa Beach Rotarian, Dean Nota, and Past President, returns to the podium in-person at the Rotary Youth Building.  The building is open and all are welcome.  If interested in renting the facility please email: info@hermosabeachrotary.org.

Making a difference

Rotary members and program participants are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Explore the good work that we’re doing locally and globally, and share these projects through social media.

Longstanding supporters of Hermosa Beach schools, the HB Rotary Club Foundation provides funding for numerous programs that support students in all facets of their educational experience- from leadership skills to sports to the arts and sciences.  We are proud to be part of the expansion of the Hermosa Beach Youth Music Program and look forward to Mr. Harrison's next concert! 
 

Heartbroken to lose Mike Welch, we commemorate his fascinating life and commitment to Service. 

Mike joined Hermosa Beach Rotary in 2012 after attending a meeting to honor his son Andrew, who was named Student of the Month.  He was so very proud of his family and his community.  Mike had many talents and served in a variety of capacities to manage the building rentals in addition to holding the position of both secretary and treasurer for several years. 

Mike was an active board member for many years with the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 53 and in addition was the collaborator for our club with  other local Vietnam Veterans who created and maintained the Memorial at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. 

A frequent speaker, Mike shared stories about his worldwide travels, including family treks to Australia, moreover his remarkable career with the U.S. Air Force CMSgt (ret) Mike M. Welch, and Boeing, as a “pathfinder loadmaster”.  C-17s have played a vital role of delivering military personnel and equipment and often critical support to deliver humanitarian aid, especially in dire situations like the 2012 Haiti earthquake. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Scouting program (BSA).  A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young people, however, nationally, only about 7% achieve it.  

On March 30 we will meet four honorees from Hermosa Beach Troop 860 who have achieved this remarkable achievement.   See more detail below.

District Leader, James Jackman, enlightened the Hermosa Beach club about current activities in Rotary's Youth Exchange program.   RYE provides 15 to 18 year olds the opportunity to discover another culture by spending time overseas.  In the long term exchange program, the students live for a full year in another country hosted by Rotarians.  They experience a new culture, learn a new language and make lifelong friends.  The short term program gives students the opportunity to spend 3 months during the summer overseas.
 
Come learn more about one of Rotary's successes in Clean Water initiatives- this project in Kenya. This initial project is the result of many years of collaboration between Peter Lattey and Ben Onam, past presidents of their respective Rotary clubs- Downtown LA and Suna Migori Rotary Club. creating a sustainable program to capture clean rain water for schools and a medical dispensary at the Osongo Primary School in Migori, Kenya. 

Rotarians across the planet promote peace, prevent and cure disease, provide clean water and sanitation, improve the health of mothers and children, support basic education and literacy, and provide economic and community development. The World Peace Conference 2020 will be held January 17-18 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California, giving Rotarians and non-Rotarians from all sectors of society an opportunity to come together and learn from experts, moreover, to hopefully become inspired and leave with immediate action plans to implement within our communities.

Together, we can make a difference!  

 

For the past fifty years or so at a meeting just before Christmas- our Hermosa Beach Rotary Club has been celebrating "Jim Bell Day" in memory of Colonel Bell from the Redondo Beach Salvation Army.  This year the date is Tuesday, December 10. 2019.
 
This festive Tuesday meeting is open to guests  as long as we know who is coming in advance.  Entertainment will follow a delicious luncheon at 1 PM.
 
RSVP: Info@HermosaBeachRotary.org
 
Luncheon cost is $20
ALL ARE WELCOME
Thanks all who supported our holiday wine tasting to help us raise funds for Hermosa students!!  The festivities on Tuesday, December 3 net proceeds will benefit the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Program for student leadership attributes including academic, artistic and community service achievements throughout the South Bay, honoring students from Hermosa Valley School, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Fusion Academy.
 
 
 

The Los Angeles Sparks’ youth basketball program’s Mission is to have a positive impact on young players, particularly girls by exposing them to transferable life principles and values such as discipline, confidence and hard work while having fun and developing the fundamentals of basketball through LA Sparks engagements.  Via the LA Sparks Adopt-a-Team Program, Hermosa Beach Rotary is a proud sponsor of a budding youth team called the South Bay Lady Mambas! 

2018 Students of the Year from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shane Hagerman and Viveca Henry, recipients of The Angela Peterson Student Recognition Program, which acknowledges academic, artistic, and community service achievements among Hermosa's students.

Our District is entering the 5th year of formally creating a District Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution position, placing this area of focus into prominence and supporting the concept that the five other areas of focus, Water and Sanitation, Economic Development and Community, Child and Maternal Health, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Education and Literacy all contribute to Peace building.
 
Jewel Price is the new Peace Chair for the District and praised the work of District 5280 Peace Chairs, Mark Ameli, Steve Goldsmith, Manisha Javeri, and Vicki Radel.  "Their vision and leadership has created a climate in our District to be people of action in the work of peace building and promotion."
 
In the spirit of District Governor, Joe Vasquez whose theme for the year is “It’s All About the Clubs” Ms. Price hopes that clubs will make PEACE the cornerstone of their club’s activities this year.  Training and education are an integral part of this area of focus and mediation training, webinars, forums, events are planned for this year.
 
To quote the words of Past Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, “And so I ask you all to put Peace Through Service at the forefront of your Rotary work this year, and to commit to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world.”
Project Touch Still Strong After 40+ Years
 
Dorothy Forba was quick to point out that “at-risk” teens doesn’t necessarily mean gang-bangers when she addressed the club about Project Touch.
 
“We’re talking about teens who lack judgment and impulse control, — and they’re everywhere, even here in quiet Hermosa Beach,” she noted.
 
Working with schools and local law enforcement, her staff counsels about 1,200 teens a year.
 
Key issues these days: social media bullying, school work and addiction. 

OUR PROJECTS

Hermosa Beach Student Recognition Scholarships
Fundraise to Support Hermosa Beach Schools
Deliver Meals on Wheels
 
Fight Hunger and Support Clean Water Initiatives
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Todd Saks
    September 3
  • Kim Idrovo
    September 29