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Windmill for Jan 12th, 2023

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Today’s presentation – A travel log of Southeast Asia by PP and Pres Chris Gaynor, with our first lady Rose, Rose’s sister, and her husband.

Singapore – PP and Pres Chris Gaynor walked us through an impressive array of photos of his recent visit to Singapore with his wife Rose. They included stunning flora, super tall trees, a huge waterspout and grotto, and unique architectural accomplishments. 

Vietnam – another pictorial tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh’s home and palace and cars, the street scenes around Hanoi and markets. The photos say it all.

La Ha Bay – The group drove there. They had a 26-person boat all to themselves (four people) and found it beautiful and luxurious.

Paradise Cave – a UNESCO Heritage site. They flew from Hanoi and experienced incredible caves with stalagmite caves at enormous heights, toured underground cities in caves that people lived in during the Vietnam War, housing up to 60,000 people, in the center of Vietnam. Near Hue.

Hai – All four had custom shirts and jackets made.

The trip ended up in Saigon (Ho chi Minh city) and elsewhere. Chris emphasized the many motorbikes and very few cars. There really weren’t any real traffic lights in Saigon but somehow people make it work.

Tragically, PP Chris ran out of time, including the fact that we didn’t get to Siem Reap (sounds like something I ate for dinner) and their Temples.

PP Chris does a terrific job of researching his trips ahead of time and putting together incredible agendas to maximize the whole experience. They try exotic foods, sleep in exotic places, and travel any way they can. Adventurous as they are, Chris and Rose also recognize how fortunate they are to have these opportunities. If you’re going somewhere exotic, call PP Chris and he is happy to share his notes!

Special thank you to PP Dwight Heikkila for leading the pledge and, PP Marsha Hunt for the special poem she stated as the “Thought of the Day”.



  • January 12, 2023, Meeting once again at Umberto's in Bel Air beginning with social hour at noon. Speaker this week will be Theresa Heims from the Westside Coalition, the largest Coalition in the county that helps people in need.

  • January 28th, 2023, from 9am - 11:30am, WVRC will be doing a cleanup service project in West LA. PP Steve Day is heading this project which will meet at 1351 Sepulveda Blvd in the parking lot at 9am before heading over to Cotner Avenue between Ohio and Olympic to clean the streets and sidewalks.

  • February 11, 2023, starts the new year with a visit and guided tour of the Academy Award Museum. VP Benjamin Fisher is making the plans for the Club members & their guests to participate. The tour will be from 10:30am - 12:30noon with lunch following at the famous Canters Deli. You will not want to miss the wonderful Docent led tour so be sure to RSVP with Benjamin Fisher ASAP.

  • District 5280 is travelling to Belize March 23-31st, 2023, for several life-changing service projects. Join your fellow Rotarians for the trip of a lifetime as you help improve the lives of people of Belize. Sign up on the district website.

  • Congratulations to District 5280's newly chosen District Governor Nominee Designate, Past President of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and current Chief of Staff to the DG, Alex Parajon.

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