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Windmill for Sept. 22, 2022

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  Thank you to all who Zoomed in to hear Dan Taylor discuss his newest book, “The Untold Journey of Pioneer Kenny Washington”.  It was a fabulous presentation about a UCLA alumnus that before today many of us had never heard of.  First though, Dan is an award winning tv sportscaster and the author of five books. In discussing Kenny Washington, Dan believes Kenny put UCLA on the map and front and center in the public eye.  Kenny was a UCLA football player in 1939 when UCLA was first ranked nationally in the top 10 football teams and had their first undefeated season. Kenny won the Fairbanks Award (before the Heisman was around) that year voted on by all college football players. He was also the first ever player to have his #13 jersey retired at UCLA.  He is in the college football Hall of Fame. He played professionally for three seasons with the Rams and still holds the longest run from scrimmage for a touchdown in the league. Kenny also played baseball with Jackie Robinson at UCLA and was the first African American all-league shortstop. Kenny appeared in three movies, one having an interracial scene, the first of its kind in cinema.  

Kenny Washington’s story is fascinating, true, and worth reading all about. He broke many color barriers in sports and cinema and is a sports legend.

Thank you to Nanci Cohen for leading the pledge today, PP Chris Bradford’s “thoughts for the Day” that reminded us of John Wooden’s wisdom, and, PP Ed Gauld wearing his traditional hat, for singing “The Happy Wanderer” for us.

PP Chris spoke about the Celebration of Life he recently attended for PDG and WVRC President Bill Goodwyn, who he has known since 1985. He told us Judi was doing her best under the circumstances and is surrounded by loving friends. He reminded us all how Bill’s passions were Judi, church, and Rotary.  He ended by telling us the WVRC would be donating in Bill’s honor to their San Antonio Church. RIP PDG Bill!



  • Sept 29, 2022, Club meeting on ZOOM. We will be discussing Club President Chris's project for the year by establishing an Impact Club. Patrick Longano will be the speaker. Please plan to attend and learn how you can help make the Impact Club for WVRC a success. 
  • Oct. 1, 2022 - Service Project with Westchester Rotary Club at Westchester Lutheran Church from 9:30-11:30am assembling kits for the YMCA Food Pantry, Grassroots Neighbors & Food Pantry at LAX.
  • Oct. 1, 2022, - District 5280 will once again begin collecting diaper's, clothes, toys for Camp Pendelton. If you are interested in donating please go to the District's website for drop-off locations. 
  • Oct 6t, 2022 - in-person meeting at Guido's with LAPD Captain Jonathan Tom speaking on community issues including Human Trafficking in our areas.
  • Oct. 20, 2022 - District Governor Olivia Patterson Ryan and First Gentleman Robert Ryan will visit the Club to tell us what is in store for her Rotary year an how we can help and, to recognize members who have special connections to the Club. Everyone is invited, including your significant other. Let's welcome the District Governor as only WVRC can do!!
  • Oct. 22, 2022 - WVRC is sponsoring a FAMILY EVENT at the Reagan Library. Please contact Benjamin Fisher( to RSVP. 
  • Foundation Celebration raffle tickets are now on sale online and WVRC is looking for each member to purchase at lease one book of tickets. If you need help in navigating online how to do this, please contact PP Steve Day or PP Diane Good for assistance. The Soul of Rotary event date is November 20, 2022 from 1-6pm at the Novo at LA Live downtown and tickets to attend will go on sale later this month. It is an afternoon of music you will not want to miss!!  

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