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Windmill for May 25th, 2023

By PP Tom Barron

Back on ZOOM for the monthly meeting, PP Diane Good opened the meeting using a Salvation Army bell and telling everyone it is National Wine Day. PP Steve Scherer led the pledge honoring those Veterans lost in war and, newest member Yang Shen gave the “Thought of the Day.”

PP Diane introduced the speaker Jen levy of City Green Farms as an educator, environmentalist turned farmer, explorer and water conservationist.

Jennifer co-founded City Greens Community Farm, a nonprofit organization that is working to promote sustainability, environmental stewardship and population health through which they provide access to local food and promote food security and justice. So, what does all this mean?

Jennifer spoke of her Grow Local initiative that utilized vacant commercial space for vertical growing of nutrient-rich, highly flavorful fresh food to donate to those in need. She was proud to say City Greens has donated over 250 pounds of produce to different organizations. Recently, she noted, the Salvation Army Transitional Village was added as a donation partner. She also mentioned her partnership with the Bandini Foundation and Bruce Rosen to expand the community garden to assist veteran individuals and families. These families will have access to garden plots, seedlings and soil in pursuit of farming education.

Jennifer then explained City Greens hydroponic shipping container farm, an innovative above ground growing system using recycled and reclaimed water with no or little outdoor space. The hydroponic growing model not only helps to reduce produce travel time and distances which allows for fresher produce at less cost, but it also reduces food waste and carbon emissions. This hydroponic methodology she claims, is truly a living, breathing science experiment.

Jennifer then discussed the future of farming: ability to grow 8,000 plants at once; create movable grow walls and patented Grow Tubes, all intended to give higher yields and heavier plants. It was truly amazing to see these vertical walls of produce growing in abundance.

She concluded her remarks by discussing her commitment to school programs, both virtual and in-person, open to all ages and learning styles. It was a fascinating presentation and members were encouraged to go to the VA golf course where the hydroponic trailer is located for a tour.

Thank you to visiting guest Holle Geltberg and UCLA Rotaract, Sarah Huang. Congratulations to the Lysters on becoming Grandparents ($100 fine) and, to new Father-in-law President Chris (also a $100 fine).


  • This Thursday's meeting will be back at the Hillel with one of our favorite PDG Cozette Vergari to give us updates on advances to eliminate Human Trafficking.

  • May 27-31st is the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, and as you can see above PE Steve and Marsha Day are having a wonderful time alongside PP Gordon Fell.

  • SAVE THE DATE!! June 25th is the world-famous Westwood Village Rotary Club Demotion Party. This will be your opportunity to bring an awful joke to tell President Chris!! This event will once again be a Whiskey Red's in Marina Del Rey. Look for your invitation by email to RSVP for this always fun event!!


June 8, 2023 at Hillel - Wendy Caldwell on piano

June 15, 2023at Hillel - Yang Shen's Craft Talk

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

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

  • Special thank you on the Board of Directors for their service this past year. In appreciation you have all been fined $25.00 for your service and those that did not attend the Rotary International Convention in support of PE Steve, another $25.00!!

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