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Windmill for June 8, 2023

By PP Dwight Heikkila

Wendy Caldwell is a lecturer, vocal coach at UCLA, and music performer who graduated with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, receiving the Birks Medal in Music as the top graduate. Today, she introduced us to student Tivoli Treloar whose credentials are as impressive.


Tivoli is a powerful, engaging, and animated mezzo soprano who recently graduated from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She will be going on to obtain a Masters in Music in Vocal Arts with a full Kovner Fellowship Scholarship to Julliard.


This was a wonderful performance with Wendy on the piano, Tivoli thrilled us with four selections from various operas, her BIG, clear voice filling the room and putting us all in a trance. We understand how the LA Time and NY Times gave her glowing reviews in her debut performance with the Long Beach Opera where she sang the role of The Lover in the world premiere of Kate Soper’s, “The Romance of the Rose.”


Singing in Italian, German, and Spanish, she delighted us with light-hearted arias and flexible expressions and gestures. Admiral and PP Ed Gauld joined her with a rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” which was very enjoyable indeed.


As President Chris expressed at the end of the performance, “Tivoli, we look forward to seeing you someday soon at Carnegie Hall!! She was fabulous.


Thank you to Mikka from Croatia, Robert (Pres. Chris’ friend) from London, Don Caldwell, Wendy’s Husband and Sara Huang, UCLA Rotaract for visiting this week.



Shout out to Roozbeh for leading the pledge, PP Tom Barron’s Thought of the Day about D-Day’s 79th anniversary and, PP Ed Gauld’s rendition of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” accompanied by Wendy Caldwell.





  • Special thank you to PP Marsha Hunt who presented President Chris with three Rotary Flags: one from Taipei, Indonesia, and Florida. PP Marsha has been terribly busy in the word working on Peace and helping those in need.

  • The Demotion Party is here, and I hope you have a corny joke to tell President Chris!! There will be a Hawaiian shirt contest with one winner for the Best Shirt and one for the Funniest Shirt!! We will also have some incredibly special guests in attendance so keep those Hawaiian shirts respectful please! See you June 25th at Whiskey Red's for a fun event!!


June 22, 2023, at Persian Gulf - Pres. Chris's Swan Song

June 25th, 2023, at Whiskey Red's - Demotion Party

June 29th, 2023, DARK

  • July 6, 2023, PE Steve Day takes office and starts the new Rotary year. Meeting will be at the Persian Gulf so be sure to mark your calendars so we can send PE off to a rip-roaring start!!

  • July 6, 2023, will be President Elect Steve Day's first meeting of the year. Show your support and plan to be present to hear his goals for the Club in the new Rotary year. We thank President Elect Steve for taking on this duty for the second time as a WVRC member and wish him the best!!

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