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Windmill for August 17, 2023

By Jim Crane

Today’s speaker, Erin Mascho, Director of Development, California Restaurant Foundation (CRF) was introduced by Roozbeh Farahanipour. The CRF is a 501© (3) non-profit corporation supporting the culinary arts programs in LA County High Schools. It changes lives through restaurants.


CRF empower young people with the skills they need to land a job & go to college to study food service and hospitality. They also provide food & beverage workers with hope and stability during times of crisis. They care for people at the heart of restaurants through training, scholarships, and relief funding.

Scholarships are provided to deserving High School students and undergraduates with dreams of pursuing higher education to study food service and other professions within the restaurant industry. Many of these students have no prior experience with restaurants or the potential for employment within the industry.


The Foundation serves three purposes. To support culinary arts programs in high schools in LA county, provide scholarships and, provide “restaurant care” to restaurant workers who suffer an illness, injury, natural disaster or, death of an immediate family member up $2500. This “restaurant care” program also applies to restaurants, food trucks, catering, tasting rooms and entertainment venues who need relief funding for example, to purchase new equipment to increase future revenue and hiring.


Culinary Arts programs are expensive and, this foundation helps support these programs through grants. Erin felt the work environment in Southern California right now is particularly good as restaurants are hiring and new ones reopening after Covid.


President Steve thanked Erin for her presentation and, Rotarian Sunda Croonquist presented her with a copy of her cookbook on Kosher Soul Food (who knew she was a comedian and writer?).


Congratulations to WVRC’s newest member, Mohsen Babaelan who PP Mark Rogo inducted at today’s meeting.


Special thanks to Roozbeh Farahanipour for reciting the Four Way Test, Yang Shen for greeting, Meir Nemetsky for leading the pledge, PP Marsha Hunt for the “Thoughts of the Day” involving famous sports quotes, “Don’t count the days, make the days count” by Mohamed Ali and, PP Ed Gauld for leading the singing of, “School Days, School Days” wearing a special graduation hat!


Kudos to PP Mark Rogo for bringing guest Janet Schwartz and, Sunda Croonquist for bringing back guest, Gerry Bergstein.


President Steve ended the meeting with a quote from Mae West, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


  • WVRC made a $10,000 donation to the Maui Wildfire Relief Fund

  • August 27th - District Picnic at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, 4:00pm to 9:00pm including a Boat Race!

  • August 29th - WVRC Dodger game with spouses' event

  • October 14th - Wine, Sip and Sea at the home of Rose and Chris Gaynor in the Palisades.

  • November 19th - Foundation Celebration in Marina Del Rey


  • August 24, 2023: on ZOOM with Sanford Smith, Esq on Opening Rotary to Women

  • August 31, 2023: at Hillel with Past RI Director Vicki Puliz

  • September 7, 2023: at Hillel with Jiayi Le on Statistical Machine Learning

  • September 14, 2023: at Hillel with Katilin Ryan on Global Medical Training

WVRC 2023/2024 Leadership Team

President: Steve Day

President Elect: Benjamin Fisher

Vice President: Currently Opened

Treasurer: Terry M. White

Youth/Vocational Service: PP Diane Good

Director/Peace: PP Marsha Hunt

Foundation: PP Gordon Fell

Global Scholarships: PP Chris Bradford

Webmaster: PP Ron Lyster

District Governor: Makiko Nakasone

Immediate Past President: Chris Gaynor

Secretary: PP Nancy McCready

Community Service: David Strover

International Service: PP Nancy McCready & Nevin Senkan

Director: PP Tom Barron

Membership: PP Mark Rogo

Director/Social Media: PP Aly Shoji

Sargent at Arms: Jim Crane

Windmill Editor: Teya McCockran