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Windmill for April 13th, 2023

By PP Diane Good

Chrys Masses-Rhodes, a mother of 6, grandmother of 9 and wife of 43 years, spoke to the Club today about child development with a focus both professional and philosophical on humanistic education and social-emotional learning.  Chrys believes very strongly in educating the whole child using the following five competencies:  

a) Self-awareness (sense of purpose and


b) Self-management

c) Social awareness

d) Relationship skills (making responsible


e) Consequences of relationships. 

 She also believes you can and should start introducing these competencies to children as young as 5 years of age. She does not believe in hitting a child, ever, but talking to them in a calm reasonable manner while showing unconditional love.

Chrys’ life’s work has been dedicated to serving children and their families.  In a career that has span 40 years, she has been a Master Teacher/Director of Preschool, Elementary Education Teacher, Principal of a LA Unified School District Charter School, Supervisory of Special Needs Residential Program and, a Communication Specialist/resolution Facilitator.   In retirement, Chrys has established a private practice supporting families on a path to greater connection, empathy and understanding of one another. She facilitates Mom and Girl’s Groups in partnership with The Center for Childhood. She also teaches parenting empowerment classes to unhoused families through non-profit agencies such as The Salvation Army-Westwood, Harvest Home for unhoused pregnant women and, the St. Joseph Center.

Chrys is also the MTSS (multi-tiered support system) social-emotional learning consultant to Charter schools and preschools in the greater Los Angeles Area.

A big shout out to Nanci Cohen for leading the pledge of allegiance, Roozbeh Farahanipour for the Thought for the Day which included a visual tour & explanation of all the memorabilia in the Persian Gulf restaurant and, PP Ed Gauld for leading us in singing God Bless America.  We also welcomed special guests Vicky Smith from the Westside and, Roy George from Redlands Rotary.


  • This Thursday's WVRC meeting, April 20th, 2023, will be back at Hillel located at 574 Hilgard Avenue across from the UCLA campus. Our speaker this week is Excutive Director Bruce Rosen of the Bandini Foundation that runs a number of programs on the West LA VA Campus.

  • PP Bob Wessing's celebration of life will be held on April 24th at 2pm at the Westwood United Methodist Church with reception to follow. If planning to attend, please RSVP to

  • April 22, 2023, WVRC will be sponsoring a social event to Otto & Sons Nursey in Fillmore, California. You will view the beautiful gardens of the facility and have a picnic lunch onsite. Carpools are leaving at 10:30am and reservations are being taken VP Benjamin Fisher.

  • April 27th, 2023 from 6-8pm District 5280 will have its last Rotary Means Business Event at the Scholb Brewery. If interested in attending, please register on the District’s website.

  • April 29th WVRC will once again do a cleanup project in Westwood Village. Please plan to meet at 9am at the Westood Transitional Village on Sepulveda Blvd. Be sure to wear masks, eyewear, and long sleeve shirts and, pants, no shorts.

WVRC 2022/2023 Leadership Team

President: Chris Gaynor

President Elect: PP Steve Day

Vice President: Benjamin Fisher

Treasurer: Terry M. White

Youth/Vocational Service: Diane Good

Director/Peace: PP Marsha Hunt

Foundation: PP Steve Day

Global Scholarships: PP Chris Bradford

Webmaster: PP Ron Lyster

District Governor: Olivia Patterson Ryans

Immediate Past President: Nancy McCready

Secretary: PP Nancy McCready

Community Service: Aaron Donahue

International Service: Nevin Senkan

Director: PP Tom Barron

Membership: PP Mark Rogo

Director/Social Media: PP Aly Shoji

Windmill Editor: Teya McCockran