As the clock moved to 12:30, more members strolled into the room. At precisely 12:31, President Nancy symbolically rang the bell and Westwood Rotary Club Meeting came to order. She welcomed us all, making special mention of AG Michael Lushing and his new glasses. And why not? Those members of the Beverly Hills RC are a classy group, well known for their philanthropy and dedication to the spirit of Rotary. (Editor’s note – tonight I learned of the passing of Lee Gelfond, long-time friend and wife of Herb Gelfond, Beverly Hills RC member).
President Nancy next moved on to our regular format, asking Nevin Senkan to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, all the way from her home in Turkey! (There are benefits to this Zoom technology!)
John O’Keefe gave us the thought for the day, reflecting on our blessed positions in life despite the pandemic.
Ed Gauld wound it all up with his solo, and for the life of me, I don’t remember what it was! [Note: The song was, "Bye Bye Blackbird."]
Now came my favorite part of each meeting (yawn) Club Announcements:
(1) President Nancy reminded all of us that Club members who volunteered to be a part of our annual signature project, the Holiday Shopping Spree, will be having virtual dinner via Zoom with the children. This project was the brainstorm of Michael Yousem over thirty years ago and remains one of the Club’s favorite activities. Dinner started at 6:00 p.m. in 20-minute increments, as the children are parceled in to maintain social separation and keep them healthy.
(2) December 17thwill be our next meeting with the theme of a Holiday party. Members are urged to dress up for the Holiday season and even join online with festive back drops. Our esteemed Treasurer, Terry M. White, explained that the Foundation would be matching all Club member donations made before December 31steither by adding to their next Club statement or donations received in December or January by check. Either way, our treasury is “swelling” due to the strange circumstance of meeting via zoom rather than the UCLA Faculty Club. So be sure to contact Terry and make your pledge soon!
(3) Club birthdays were announced for the month of December!
a. Chris Bradford - December 2nd
b. Estherleon Schwartz - December 5th
c. Jim Collins - December 20th
d. Mark Rogo - December 22nd (Hanukah Claus is bringing me new golf clubs!)
e. Scott Whittle - December 28th
(4) President Nancy reminded us of the District Strategic Planning Session scheduled for Saturday, December 12that 10:00 a.m. (it may be too late by the time this Windmill is published, but worthy of downloading the recording and watching it if you are a prospective Club officer). You will hear from RI Director Brad Howard among other Rotarians.
(5) Gail Smith announced that the 2021 District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Costa Rica has been delayed due to the pandemic. Only delayed. Planning is continuing for the projects, with the hope that the trip can be rescheduled for later in the year.
(6) President Nancy announced that DG Bette Hall’s sister unexpectedly passed away yesterday. Our hearts and prayers are with our Governor.
(7) PP Steve Day made four Rotary Foundation presentations to recognize exemplary giving and generosity:
a. President Nancy McCready - Honored with Paul Harris + 1 pin
b. Sally Brant - Honored with Paul Harris + 3 pin
c. PP Diane Good - Honored with Paul Harris + 3 pin
d. PP Marsha Hunt - Very Honored with Paul Harris + 8 pin (Wow!)
(8) Carol Rosenstein announced new and exciting news about her organization, Music Mends Minds. Her wonderful journey exploring how the power of music softens the effects of dementia is now branching out to Asia, with offshoots in India, starting with a Zoom meeting tonight. Our own Carol is going Global!