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Windmill for September 21, 2023

By PP Ron Lyster

Hillel at UCLA was not available today, so we met at Persian Gulf. President Steve was absent - frolicking with Marsha in Paris - so P.E. Ben Fisher was our president for the day. Folks, have no fear for the club in Rotary Year 2024-2025 - we will be in very good hands.

Today’s speaker was Frances Hardy from Ready to Succeed (“RTS”) who also spoke to the Club last year. One of RTS’s program is where Scholars join RTS during their sophomore, junior or senior year and remain in the program throughout their first year of full-time employment. Each scholar receives personalized career and personal development coaching, access to an extensive professional network, paid internship experiences, and annual scholarship funding to cover basic needs. Frances began with a story of a college applicant by the name of Natalie Guevara-Choto. Natalie rose from being a foster child to now sitting on the RTS Board as “Opportunities Advisor”.

RTS is a career & personal development program that provides youth impacted by the foster care system or, low-income first-generation college students with resources, relationships, and opportunities they need to thrive, both personally and professionally. They offer different programs to these college bound students such as, “Project Dorm Room,” where you can “adopt” a student and help them move into the dorm with all the necessary supplies, bedding, and furniture they need. Most of these low income/foster care youth arrive at college with truly little, so anything provided to help them is appreciated.

How can Rotary get involved? Provide mentorship, be an advisor or supportive friend of a student to help guide tomorrow’s leaders. Provide supplies or funding for everything a new student needs to move into their dorm room and volunteer to help move the student in.  RTS also looks for paid internships so if your company offers one, consider contacting RTS and supporting their cause.

You can learn more at the organization’s website at or email Frances (the Director of Development and Partnerships) at [email protected].

Thank you to Bill Roen who led us in the pledge, and PP Ed Gauld picked the Notre Dame Victory March for our musical interlude. (Rumbling in the audience about this selection except from PP Diane who cheered and yelled “GO ND”!!

PP Mark Rogo introduced our almost new members, Janet Schwartz, and Jerry Bergstein. By motion made and seconded (but somehow not voted upon) the 15-day wait period was to be suspended, but PP Gordon Fell asked whether PE Ben was aware of Robert’s Rules of Order. In any event, we warmly welcome our newest members.

Being a stickler for time, PE Ben rang the end-of-meeting-bell right at 1:30pm.


  • Last meeting of September 28th will be on Zoom and will feature Mary Michlovich, the Executive Director of OPICA (Optimistic People in a Caring Atmosphere). OPICA is the first Adult Day Program and Counseling Center in Los Angeles.

  • October 14th - next Westwood Village Rotary Club clean-up. PE Ben introduced Gina Greblo at today's meeting (who will be our speaker on October 12) and Dave Stover to promote our October 14 Westwood Cleanup Project. This will NOT be a cleanup of a homeless encampment. We will be partnering with other organizations this time. Six months ago, Gina Greblo took a stand against the litter plaguing LA streets, starting with a single recycled grocery bag and quickly upgrading to a farmer's market rolling cart, cleaning numerous bags of debris. Gina's concern for the environment grew as she documented her cleanup efforts on Nextdoor, transforming her personal mission into a citywide movement. Through her dedicated leadership, she's inspired individuals from girl scouts to retirees to join her in monthly cleanups, fostering a powerful force for change.

  • October 14th - Wine, Sip and Sea at the home of Rose and Chris Gaynor in the Palisades. Always a fun party at the Gaynor's!

  • October 28th - The Rotary PEACE walk which you will hear more about soon. Please plan to attend (it's only a short walk) and support Rotary's efforts for Peace in the World.

  • November 5th - Spouse Event at the home of Shirley & Peter More.

  • November 18th - Rise Against Hunger volunteer opportunity sponsored by the South Bay Rotary.

  • November 19th - Foundation Celebration in Marina Del Rey which has sold out but if interested, let President Steve know to put you on the wait list. Opportunity tickets will be available soon and, if interested in providing a gift basket for auction at the event, please notify PP Diane Good. PP Gordon Fell encourages members to purchase "opportunity tickets" for the Rotary Foundation Celebration (November 19 at the Marina Del Rey Marriott - currently sold out).

  • April 2-22nd Humanitarian Trip to Ecuador is now opened for registration. Sign up now District 5280 Website.

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