October 22 marked the first luncheon of the school year in which we host 8th grade student honorees from Hermosa Valley School, selected by their teachers as exemplary of the Rotary principles of truth, fairness and goodwill.
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Motivator Montoya at the District Breakfast 2019-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Melody St. John lit up our dining room with positivity and terrific ideas on Tuesday, Sept. 17.  All DGs are expected to visit the clubs in their districts but Melody’s was a different kind of drop-in. Accompanied by her Executive Aide, Kelly Beven Spier and AG Bob Kelchner, Melody first met with our club’s executive board and was truly interested in our activities and plans.

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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! 

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RI Districts Partner in Upcoming 2020 Humanitarian Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico 2020 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Governor St.John joined an array of guests from the City, the Boy Scouts and friends of the club for a fun-filled lunch meeting. encouraged all of us to consider the Oaxaca Humanitarian Trip  for 2020, and in addition for our club to support a ground-breaking effort right here at home: 10 districts from three countries will be tackling massive clean water issues that plague the Navajo Nation.  And, of course, near and dear to Melody’s heart are the various district youth programs, including Youth Exchange.  Your editor was most struck by the fact that our DG shook hands and chatted with every single Rotarian and guest. What a leader!
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Welcome District Governor, Melody St. John 

The daughter of a Rotarian from South Dakota, Governor Melody St. John has been immersed in Rotary her whole life. Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives.   In fact, she has immersed herself in Rotary's Youth Exchange for over 25 years hosting students from around the world.  

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President Steve Peterson called the club to order at his first meeting in July while learning the art of banging the gavel. His mantra for his term is to be vibrant and engaged. To that end, he has instituted fun new fines as well as a challenge to all members: who can we partner with to expand our reach? 

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Hermosa Beach Rotary partners with the LA SPARKS Jody Leventhal 2019-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International announces the 2019-2020 Theme Jody Leventhal 2019-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Past President Dean Nota Presides 2018-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Sadly and painfully Hermosa Beach has lost a local legend, Alonso "Mick" Felder, Past President of Hermosa Beach Rotary and founder of Felder's Autobody and Frame Shop, an iconic business here on PCH for 50 years.
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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.

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Posted by district email pickup
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.”
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The Beachcomber Bulletin - February 2018  2018-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016
Raymund Avenido and Audtrey Vo, February’s recipients of the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award, have not only traveled all over Asia and North America, but they’ve regularly performed service in countries like Vietnam and The Philippines!

Well-travelled Students Epitomize 4-Way Test

Raymund, whose family provides books, food and clothing for
the needy in The Philippines, was quick to note that he plans to specialize in cardiovascular medicine or neurology. He’s well on his way: he already medaled in the annual Science Olympiad, where he demonstrated how to create and read weather maps. His father notes that the family has instilled in Raymund values like “understanding the queue” and responding to crises when needed (Raymund was just 10 when he helped his physician dad deliver a baby). Action movies are his favorite, but he loves to play chess and study karate.
Audrey’s list of community service reads like a Rotary blog: held bakes sales to help veterans and victims of the Nepal earthquake; pays for holiday gifts for needy families; contributes to orphanages in her parents’ native Vietnam.
Her tennis coach says she’s so good because she’s so focused and her mom added that she’s brimming with curiosity. Audrey loves math and science, citing Mrs. Eichenlaub as her favorite HVS teacher. “I love studying atoms,” she notes, but she’s equally interested in culinary classes.
President Jody remarked that our future is in good hands with the likes of Raymund and Audrey. 
February 2016 Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award Recipients 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2016
The January recipients of the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award. are almost polar opposites - one a front-and-center musical theater star, the other a silent champion - but both bode well for the future of our country.
Natalie Rebenkofff, whose theater career began with writing dialogue and creating scenes for her Barbie dolls, will probably be Broadway-bound after her stints at MCHS and. . . Carnegie Mellon!
“For Natalie, theater is her soccer. . .her Little League,” remarked her very emotional dad, Matt. “It would be almost impossible to add up the number of hours she’s spent in rehearsal for plays like Funny Girl..”
This 4.0 superstar is also applauded by her teachers as kind and helpful. Break a leg, Natalie!
Also a straight A student, Jack Saldana is fairly new to HB and is a self-professed Lego addict! He is such a devoted math student that he even took math in the summer (bravo, Mrs. Avol).
Jack has been especially helpful in his new community, recently derooting and replanting the steep banks of ice plant near HVS. A Navy brat, Jack is an avid reader, creative writer, trumpet player and team tennis member. Hailing most recently from New Jersey, he’s also a Star Wars devotee and says his favorite TV show is M*A*S*H.
Welcome to SoCal, Jack! 
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The Hermosa Beach City Council announced on Thursday, November 13, 2014 that Hermosa Beach will be a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics World games this Summer!  The Hermosa Beach Rotary will spearhead the Host Town project.
On November 4, 2014, Laura Leventhal, Director of the Host Town Program for World Games, provided our club an overview of the Special Olympics & explained how Hermosa — and our Rotary club in particular — might be able to participate.
Athletes from 170 countries will converge on Los Angeles in mid-July next year, prepping for, then participating in, the Games.
“Imagine all of the language and logistical issues,” Laura remarked.
Our specific assignment, along with approximately 100 other host cities, would be to provide lodging, meals and cultural interaction with the athletes assigned to our town.
Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic- type sports. It's a world stage for our athletes to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship.
Last held in Athens, Greece, the sporting activities range from aquatics to volleyball: badminton, bocce, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, soccer and softball, among many.
The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family.
Other interesting facts:
            · The Games are scheduled for July 25 to August 2, 

            · LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer 
Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. 
Major sponsors include Procter & Gamble, Safeway, UNICEF and Microsoft, which for the first time is helping athletes, coaches and families with key information management tools such as scores, personal bests and health/ nutrition facts. 

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Whoever said “it can’t be done” has never met Patrick Murphy and his band of dedicated surf instructors or their eager students:  blind children who were determined to surf. On waves. In the Pacific Ocean.
Pat, an avowed adventurer who lists high-level skiing and zip lining as his “normal” sports activities, is an avid surfer. In fact, he’s surfed all over the world and has many friends who are profession- al surf instructors.
So, 12 years ago, working with the Los Angeles County Braille Institute, he got the wild idea to create classes to teach blind kids to surf. The Institute helps him identify kids with various sight levels who want the experience of riding a wave.
Each surfer is paired with a sighted volunteer — most with extensive safety training — to then attend five sessions at 45th Street in El Porto.
“The volunteer is not just there to stand by the student in the water,” explained Patrick. “We are there to stabilize the boards teach them to time the waves and, of course, pull them to safety if they fall in the drink.”
After several morning hours in the water, the kids enjoy a free meal from a local restaurant (shout out to Sharkeez!) and then have the option of hitting the waves again in the afternoon.
Watching Patrick’s video of these kids experiencing the sound of the surf, the smell of ocean and the ultimate thrill of standing up on the board was truly inspiring.
And that’s how Patrick and his crew feel every summer, especially when they get letters like this:
“Without you guys, I would never have fallen in love with the sea.”
  • Brandon, Age 10 
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Posted by Laura Thatcher on Jul 13, 2014

ImageIt is with sadness that we announce that longtime Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson has passed away. Rotarians are invited to her services.  The services will take place Friday, July 18 at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. The address is 243 S. Broadway (at Torrance Blvd). 

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Posted by Laura Thatcher on Jul 10, 2014

ImageWe welcome J Travers Devine to his term as our 2014-2015 club president.  

Travers is best known in Hermosa Beach as one of the founders of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and its 'managing' Co-Chair for 15 years.  He served on the Hermosa Beach Chamber Executive Board for 14 years and was the 'Man of the Year' in 2008.  (both non paid positions).  Travers spent most of his life working for Organized Labor - 20 years with the California School Employees Association (AFL-CIO) where he negotiated contracts for Classified Employees (non-teaching personnel) with various School Districts throughout Los Angeles County.  He retired in 2002. 

Despite our sorrow over the devastating loss of Angela Peterson, Travers forged ahead with his first meeting on July 8.

After some kind words about Angela’s contributions to our club and to our lives, our new president got down to business by reviewing some of the projects and activities we want to pursue during his term.  With an international theme of “Light Up Rotary,” Travers has already been working behind the scenes to find significant projects and partnerships for us.  He promises to balance fellowship with firm decisions.

Welcome aboard, Prez! 

Travers Devine Takes the Reins Laura Thatcher 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Angela Peterson on Mar 10, 2014

Gem Munro of the Amarok Society lives in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He and his wife moved their family there to help the "very poorest of the poor." The desire was to educate and bring literacy to the slums. 


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Hermosa Rotary Welcomes New Members Jody Leventhal and Fred Rello Angela Peterson 2014-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Thatcher on Feb 10, 2014

Eric R. Foster of Friends of Renee Avis provided the club with a very information presentation on Lyme Disease.  We learned how Lyme Disease is transmitted (through a deer tick bite), how to recognize symptoms of Lyme Disease, and most importantly what to do (and not do) if you think you have been exposed!

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Kids Kabaret Keeps Performing! Eric Conrad 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Van Scoy on Sep 24, 2012
By all accounts, our resident nonagenarian, Bob Peterson, led a fun and productive meeting on Sept. 25. Featuring Beth Ander-son of the Burbank/Sunrise Rota-ry Club, the meeting attracted members and a guest, all of whom wanted to hear her dis-cuss Rotary’s 2013 Rose Parade float entry.
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Posted by Eric Conrad on Sep 17, 2012
Clarissa Vasquez didn’t start out to work at an alternative school. Her MFT degree led her to private practice and other therapy-based jobs. But she still hadn’t found her call-ing. That is, not until she got involved with the Fusion Acad-emy, one of several private schools to open over that past decade in the South Bay.
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Posted by Eric Conrad on Sep 10, 2012
We are partnering with Cub Scout Pack 860 to collect and distribute new and gently-used toys. The drive takes place Sat-urday, Oct. 13 in our clubhouse. All proceeds benefit the local branch of LA County Depart-ment of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Cub Scout Toy Drive Supports Child Welfare Org Eric Conrad 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Angela Peterson 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Angela Peterson 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Congrats to Hermosa Rotary for initiating an "e-club" for professionals that want to join Rotary but for either business or personal reasons can not attend on Tuesdays mid-day.  Excited to have Jamie Lee, Emily Gee and Dana Davis on board!
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Easy Reader publisher Kevin Cody regaled us with stories from the world of newspaper publishing on Tuesday.Image

First up, he filled us in on his new bosses. As most of us know, on January 21 of this year, Freedom Communications, owner of The Orange County Register and other publications, announced that it had signed a long-term agreement to take over management of the Easy Reader

Cody, who co-founded the paper in 1970 as an all-volunteer organization and has overseen an expansion that now includes three magazines and circulation of 50,000 throughout the Beach Cities, continues in his role as publisher. He also explained that two prominent business moguls are buying up newspapers because advertising can no longer sustain the operations.

He’s optimistic about what he calls “the transition period” in the newspaper world.

“You know, the Internet is popularly viewed as a death knell for newspapers,” Kevin noted. “not at this newspaper. The Internet has liberated us to write, shoot and sell from anywhere there’s Internet access. That has been Easy Reader’s purpose since its days in the locker room of the Riviera Bathhouse. That’s what Easy Reader will continue do, from coffee shops, city halls, parks and homes throughout the Beach Cities.”

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