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Windmill for March 28, 2024

By PP Diane Good

Prez Steve opened the meeting on time welcoming everyone to the first official Hybrid meeting using a device known as the OWL, to include those that could not join us in person today. He then proceeded to tell us it is National Respect Your Cat Day (because if you do not, they will let you know it) and to recite the Four Way Test. Jim Crane and Janet Schwartz were the greeters today, Sean McMillan led the pledge, and John O’Keefe gave the Thought of the Day on the 10 simple secrets of happy people. The number 10 secret, smile!! PP Ed Gauld then led the group in singing “Easter Parade” while wearing a live flowered bonnet! Our only visitor today courtesy of the Owl, was President Steve’s better half, Marsha Day.

President Steve continued by celebrating all March birthdays (Mike Newman, Terry R. White, and Chris Gaynor – all PP’s), wedding anniversaries mentioning the O’Keefe’s celebrating 55 years and the Crane’s, 49 years and, Rotary anniversaries with Terry M. White leading the charge with 43 years of Service Above Self. Congratulations everyone!!

Last week's Pageant of the Arts took place at University High School. We witnessed some incredibly talented students and look forward to their future success! Thank you to all the WVRC members who judged the awesome competition. Friday, Music Mends Minds in partnership with the WVRC hosted the Band of Heroes on the WLA VA campus.  It was a beautiful concert on a gorgeous day with good participation. We look forward to future concerts.


President Steve then introduced today’s entertainment, PP Tom Barron who proceeded to impress us with jokes, puns, famous/favorite quotes and, an entertainment quiz for the group without prizes (what is the point??) It was a fun and entertaining lunch, and we greatly appreciate PP Tom stepping up to the mic after the scheduled speaker had to cancel.

President Steve then ended the meeting with two quotes about cats, “Time spent with cats is never wasted” by Ben Franklin and, “What greater gift than the love of a cat” by Charles Dickens. It seems prior to becoming a dog lover, Prez Steve favored cats!! He is such a good guy.

  • April 27th Rotarians at Work Day cleaning up the beach at Sunset at PCH from 9-11am. Please register on the district website.

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

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

  • Monday, May 13th - RI President Gordon McInally's luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Plan to attend and purchase your ticket on the District website.

  • May 19th, Sip and Sea wine tasting at PP Chris Rose Gaynor's home.


  • April 4th, 2024, at Hillel PP Peter More's Part II senior craft talk focusing on the production of The Godfather and more.

  • April 11th, 2024, at Hillel LAPD Captain Richard Gabaldon a 25-year Veteran of the LAPD. This is also WVRC's next book sale. Do not forget to bring a book!

  • April 18th, 2024, at Hillel, Steve Cooley, former LA County District Attorney.

  • April 25th, 2024, at Persian Gulf Restaurant recap of Humanitarian trip by UCLA Rotaract's and PP Diane Good's Paris marathon adventure.

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