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Windmill for Oct 6th, 2022

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A duet of PP Michael Newman and Pres. Chris singing a few choice verses of the Estate Planning Song brought some unambiguous and useful tips and warnings on Estate Planning. Obviously, your own family details and wishes would determine what your plan should look like, but it is clear, “you should not try to do this alone at home.” With nearly 100 years of experience between them, they fired many bullets of wisdom, among them: no one likes to think about death which is the main reason you don’t have an estate plan. Dying without one can be real horror story! Remember a sole trustee has great responsibility and all real estate laws differ by state, so don’t assume California law will apply in Louisiana. Be sure to have your plan routinely reviewed as laws change.  An advance healthcare directive, power of attorney, a revocable living trust are simple and inexpensive tools to save money and make sure your estate winds up where you want it. 

Have your savings account and life insurance and pension beneficiaries been recently reviewed and are up to date? Do you have a list of your passwords secured somewhere where a family member can find them including access into your cellphone? What about a location of all your assets? Probate costs can get expensive. Be sure to have contracts, beneficiaries, trusts, legal titles already set-up to reduce probate fees.

Be sure to discuss your estate with your family and heirs BEFORE you go, don’t take the cowards way out. You have nine months from the date of death to file the estate, don’t delay.  And remember, you can take one thing with you – your funeral plot!!

John O’Keefe led the pledge, PP Mark Rogo pondered observance of Yom Kippur and the usefulness of reflecting back on those you may have harmed during the past year and, President Chris introduced special guest Charlie Cook, a friend, and Utes in town to witness the beating of Utah by UCLA in football.

Pres. Chris also expressed the Club’s condolences to PP Ron Lyster on the passing of his Mother.




  •  Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 1-2pm at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church to set up and take down instruments & music for Music Mends Minds 5th Dementia Revival Drum Circle. It is a fun event to attend.

  • Every Thursday from 8-11am at the Collins & Katz YMCA volunteers are needed to hand out food to those in need. Aaron appreciates all that participate!

  • Thursday Oct. 20, 2022, at Guido’s Restaurant DG Olivia Patterson Ryans will be gracing us with the First Husband by her side to talk about District 5280’s goals for 2022/2023. It is also WVRC’s time to shine and talk about all their achievements and plans, past and present. Plan to attend this once a year very special and purposeful meeting at 12:30pm at Guido’s Restaurant.

  • October 22, 2022, the WVRC will have a “special event” at the Reagan Library beginning at 12:30pm. If you plan to attend, please let Benjamin Fisher at know.

  • Rotary District 5280’s “Means Business” first ever Business District Mixer will be held on October 27, 2022, at Music Studio in Van Nuys, from 6-8pm. Tickets can be obtained on District 5280’s website for $20.00.   All are welcome to attend.

  • Foundation Celebration Tickets are now available to be purchased online and WVRC is looking for 100% participation.  Look for PP Steve Day’s emails on how to purchase a book and, save the date, Nov 20, 2022, from 1-6pm at Novo at LA Live for the Foundation Celebration. “The Soul of Rotary” concert.   It is also time to consider providing a silent auction item from the Club.  If you have an item or two to contribute to a basket (wine for instance), please bring it to Diane Good at Guido’s restaurant or, her place of work.

  • The Christmas Shopping Spree with homeless children will be in person this year on December 1st – SAVE THE DATE to participate in WVRC’s annual premier project for 2022!

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