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Windmill for February 15th, 2024

By PP Ron Lyster

History is made at the Westwood Village Rotary Club! President Steve opened the meeting with the traditional ring of the bell, but quickly slipped into a revised agenda not seen since PP Mike Newman's term in office on April 1, 1993. Back then, President Mike celebrated April Fool's Day by running the meeting in reverse. And so it started, speaker first, with NO pledge, NO thought of the day, and NO song (and thus NO hat on PP Ed Gauld). But we were so thankful to be able to give our superb speaker priority (as she had other business to attend at 1:15pm). Too much information to summarize fully into the Windmill - you could write better part of a treatise. As they say, you should have been there (if you were not).

PP Tom Barron introduced our speaker, Margaret Vinci, Manager of the Office of the Earthquake Programs at the Caltech Seismological Lab. Caltech's Seismological Laboratory; an arm of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS), was established in 1921. It has a distinguished history of leadership in science and serving the public interest. Internationally recognized for excellence in geophysical research and academics and home to the outstanding facilities in seismic networks, high performance computing, and mineral physics, the Seismo Lab is an ideal place for study and research. The Lab serves as a focal point for earthquake information in Southern California and the world.

A few points about Southern California earthquakes:

  • Know your risk and prepare: Drop/cover/hold on!
  • There are more and stronger earthquakes in Alaska than here in Southern California. The plates which cause earthquakes there are sliding over one another. Here the plates slide side by side next to each other.
  • Truly "BIG" earthquakes are size 7.8 or higher on the Richter scale. A quake of that magnitude would likely affect 8 Southern California counties.
  • We have 30-50 earthquakes every day. These are very rarely felt by people.
  • The San Andreas fault lines along the junction of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. The Pacific Plate is moving north at about 2" per year. In time, Los Angeles will meet San Francisco!
  • There are 300 known earthquake faults in Southern California, 24 of which are capable of creating large earthquakes.
  • Some websites for further research and information:
  • Plan Ahead for Disasters |
  • Home Page - Cal MyHazards
  • SCSN | Southern California Seismic Network
  • ShakeAlert – Because seconds matter.

  • PP Mark Rogo then introduced a feature of past meetings - the "Merchant Minute." Today's merchant, Dr. Miranda Boe, started her business on the Gayley, The Breathing Room, only a month ago. Dr. Boe is a psychologist who knows the benefits of meditation and boasts "meditation made easy", " personal space for stillness," and "multi-sensory meditation journeys."

President Steve rushed through announcements and recognitions, some of which included:

  • Terry White received a $100 fine for earning the 2023 Molson Coors President's Award for the 7th time.
  • Sip and Sea at Chris and Rose Gaynor's home had been calendared for May 19th.
  • Teya McCockran was the winner of the Super Bowl lottery, pocketing $112.
  • Members will be providing janitorial services on Saturday with another Westwood cleanup.
  • And to end the meeting a quote by author Erich Segal "Love means you never having to say you are sorry."

  • February 28th - Enjoy a social evening at Hillcrest CC hosted by PP Mark Rogo. RSVP is Mandatory.

  • March 21st - Pageant of the Arts competition at Uni High School begins at 4pm. Judges are needed. Contract PP Diane Good if you want to be a Judge for the day!

  • April 27th - District 5280's and Rotary International's DAY OF SERVICE. We will be cleaning Sunset Beach in Pacific Palisades. Sign up is on the District website.

  • May 3rd to 5th - District 5280 Conference, downtown at the famous Biltmore Hotel. Registration is now opened on the district website.

  • May 3rd - Dodger Baseball game with the district. You can obtain tickets on the District website.

  • Monday, May 13th - RI President Gordon McInally will be visiting the District 5280 with a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. More information will be forthcoming.

  • June 22nd - Demotion Party - bye bye President Steve!!


  • February 22nd on ZOOM: Kenneth R. Timmerman, bestselling author speaking on the "dark side of national security."

  • February 29th: WE ARE DARK -NO MEETING

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