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Windmill for September 7, 2023

By Meir Nemetsky

The speaker today Jiayi Li is a PHD student at UCLA studying AI/ML. She started her education at the University of Hong Kong and finished it when she received her bachelor’s in mathematics from Stony Brook University. During a gap year she did volunteer work, outreach, math for underprivileged groups and research at UCLA which is how she ended up at UCLA for her PHD.

Jiayi does active research of machine learning (ML) applications to economic problems. She also teaches at the ENG/MBA program at UCLA and, is co-chairing the Women in Statistics and Data Science society this year (a very big deal).


ML is a type of AI. A lot of it is based on algorithms that involves linear algebra, statistics and algebra. As a researcher, she is using her math background and looking into kinds of AI functions such as neural networks, are these deep-learning models stable and, how do we know these models do not hallucinate, just to name a few items. All Greek to me but, Jiayi explained it well and advised the studies on AI are still in the preliminary stages. She does not believe AI is going to take over physical/creative or, complex decision-making jobs any time soon if at all, and that everyone should keep an opened mind. She does not feel AI should be feared but does wonder how it will all be regulated as more continues to become known about it.


Fascinating presentation made by a truly knowledgeable person in the field. Jiayi’s next stages are to obtain her PHD in 2024, do post doc work in the US or Germany and, start a tenure-track faculty position to continue with teaching, research & services/outreach to the community.


We wish her well and thank her for her wonderful presentation. Oh, and by the way, she is the wife of Rotarian Yang Shen.


Shout out to the Members for reciting the Four-Way Test, Yang Shen for greeting everyone, PP Steve Scherer for leading the pledge, PP Mike Newman for Thought of the Day and, Maestro PP Ed Gault singing “Clementine.”


President Steve let us know it was National Beer Lovers Day & National Salami Day and handed out one of each to contest winners – PP Tom Barron won the salami, at lunch.


Pres Steve finished with a quote from Queen Elizabeth I about some things to look for when trying to find a formula for success.



  • September 16th, Friendships Create Peace - Zoom meeting between India District 3199 & District 5280 by PP Marsha Hunt.

  • October 14th - next Westwood Village Rotary Club clean-up. Details to follow soon!

  • 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.

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


  • September 14, 2023: at Persian Gulf with Katilin Ryan, an undergraduate UCLA student and International President of the Global Medical Training Club.

  • September 21, 2023: at Persian Gulf Restaurant with Franics Hardy, Director of Development & Partnerships at Ready to Succeed, a non-profit helping Foster Care Youths going to college.

  • September 28th on ZOOM, Mary Michlovich, Executive Director of OPICA and Adult Day Program & Counseling Center for Seniors with cognizant disabilities.

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