Welcome to the Friendly

Westwood Village Rotary Club

Meeting Thursday noon
at the UCLA Faculty Center

480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095

Mailing Address:  PO Box 24114, Los Angeles, Ca  90024
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   Diane Good, President of Record and Immediate PP   Marsha Hunt, International  
Nancy McCready, Incoming Pres Phil Gabriel, Youth
Adel Shalaby, Vice Pres. Ed Jackson, Vocational
Roozbeh Farahanipour, Sec. Jim Meyer, Community
Terry M. White, Treasurer Nancy McCready, Marketing
Brian Whitney, Programs Ronald Lyster, Webmaster
Dwight Heikkila, Membership Gordon Fell, Director at Large Steve Day, Foundation
February 6 - Wen Chen, Ph.D. *** February 13 - Nat B. Read *** February 20 - Stan Stahl *** February 27 - Jonathan Thomas *** March 5 - Investment Advisors' Day


Upcoming Meetings and More


February 6 - Wen Chen, Ph.D.
Dr. Wen Chen was born in China at the end of the Great Cultural Revolution. Being victims of the horrific atrocity that killed two million intellectuals and destroyed traditional Chinese culture, Wen's parents had mixed feelings about her education. Despite their discouragement, Wen eventually won a national prize at a science competition when she was 16.  Hence, she was accepted into a top university for undergraduate study. In 1994, Wen came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a doctorate degree in Biology at the California Institute of Technology in 2000. Because of her personal experience of being brainwashed in China, she devotes her personal time to be a voice for the voiceless by giving over 200 presentations to community organizations since 2012. Her most popular topics include "The Renaissance of Chinese Culture" and "Human Rights Movement in China." Wen has been working as a scientific staff for Caltech since 2000. She lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in Pasadena.
President for the Day:  Steve Day
February 13 - Nat B. Read
Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor
Los Angeles 1841 - 1878
Nat B. Read ia the author of Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor Los Angeles 1841 - 1878This book tells the early history of Los Angeles, and more generally California and the West. Benjamin Davis Wilson was one of the most significant Los Angeles pioneers, yet most Southern California natives have never heard of him. Don Benito Wilson.

He owned Westwood and started the predecessor of USC. He also owned Beverly Hills, large parts of downtown Los Angeles, the City of Riverside, the port area and the Western San Gabriel Valley. He set up American government here locally, was the mayor of Los Angeles, county supervisor and state senator. He was president of the first railroad in Los Angeles and, with Phineas Banning, formed the port here. He was one of the largest vintners and citrus growers in the U.S.

Author Nat Read is an author and a speaker who has spoken to over a hundred Rotary clubs here and abroad. In his varied life he has been a captain in the Navy, a reserve street cop with LAPD and a stand-up comic, performing at the Improv and Comedy Store.

Don Benito Wilson: Mountain Man to Mayor tells the story of the West and Los Angeles through a single notable figure, who was born during the lifetimes of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and who died in a Los Angeles that present-day citizens would begin to recognize. Wilson lived to see an urban core of telegraph lines, street lamps, brick buildings and street car rails in the street. Through this remarkable life we see the existence of fur trappers and Indians in the vast, vaguely-mapped West and we learn of life in the tiny, dusty Mexican pueblo called Los Angeles, with its roving packs of dogs and its bull and bear fights. We see a post-Gold Rush American village that was the wildest of wild West towns, the most dangerous city in U.S. history, a town whose murders among its few thousand souls were roughly the same number as for today's Los Angeles County of ten million people.
President for the Day:  Diane Good
February 20 - Stan Stahl
Pres. & Founder of Citadel Information Group
Dr. Stan Stahl has been at the forefront of information security for nearly 40 years:
*Securing the nation's defenses in the Reagan White House, Cheyenne Mountain, and our nuclear weapons arsenal
*Delivering Information Peace of Mind to Business and the Nonprofit Community as Founder and President of Citadel Information Group, a leading LA-based information security management services company
*Providing cybersecurity leadership to Los Angeles as Founder and President of the nonprofit, SecureTheVillage.

Stan serves on several cybersecurity Advisory Boards including:
 California Cybersecurity Task Force
 Los Angeles Cyber Lab
 Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's innovative Cyber Risk Certificate Program
 Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA)

Stan received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from The University of Michigan. A frequent speaker on cybersecurity, Stan is regularly quoted in the media on cybercrime, cyber privacy, and information security.
President for the Day:  Mike Newman
February 27 - Jonathan Thomas, PhD, JD
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Chairman, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
Jonathan Thomas, Chairman of CIRM BoardJonathan Thomas ("JT") has been Chair of the governing Board since June 2011. Prior to that he was a Co-Founding Partner at Saybrook Capital ("Saybrook"), an investment banking and private equity firm based in Santa Monica, California.

Long interested in the biological sciences, JT majored in Biology and History at Yale, where he graduated summa cum laude. As a George C. Marshall Scholar at Oxford, he then earned a PhD with a medical focus in Commonwealth History. He subsequently returned to Yale for a JD at the Yale Law School. While there, he retained an involvement with biology by teaching courses on the legal implications of genetic engineering and the impact of disease on history.

He went on to be an investment banker for Ehrlich Bober & Co. (a top-10 Wall Street public finance firm) where, among other things, he led a team that underwrote over $1 billion in various kinds of bonds for the Los Angeles Community College District. He left Ehrlich Bober in 1990 to co-found Saybrook. While with Saybrook, he led an early round of financing for Advanced Cell Technology (now Ocata Therapeutics), which now has two embryonic stem cell-based clinical trials in progress.

In addition to his financing expertise, JT brings legal expertise to help CIRM navigate clinical trials, bilateral collaborative agreements, intellectual property, loan agreements and other legal challenges that confront CIRM on an ongoing basis. His legal experience includes clerking for White House Counsel Lloyd Cutler in the last year of the Carter Administration and also for the Honorable George Mackinnon of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He later practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.

JT also has a broad knowledge of governmental agencies, having served for seven years each as either member or vice president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners and as a member of the Governing Board for the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. In that latter role, he developed a plan to finance the $2.4 billion expansion of the Corridor rail lines from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. Through this government work and his many years in public finance, he has served at various times as underwriter, financial advisor and issuer of a wide range of tax-exempt and taxable bonds.

JT has worked closely with political officials at the federal, state and local level on a variety of projects for over 30 years. He was the chief government liaison to the Governor and State legislature for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the PG&E bankruptcy, for whom Saybrook acted as financial advisor in their Chapter 11 proceedings. He has structured a number of public/private partnerships, including the financing for the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre in Hollywood, home to the Academy Awards.

JT has a long-standing commitment to patient advocacy. He spent more than 15 years on the Board of the Crippled Children's Society of Southern California and served as Chair for four years. The organization, now called AbilityFirst, assists children with spinal cord injuries and mental disabilities that could be targets of stem cell therapies. He is an Honorary member of the AbilityFirst Board.
President for the Day:  Tom Barron
March 5 - Investment Advisors' Day
Does frothy bullish sentiment mean a market pullback is imminent? - Smarter InvestingSteve Scherer will bring together the club's best prognosticators on investments.  Always a great program - don't miss it!

President for the Day:  Tom Barron
March 12 - Ed Burzminski, President
The Stefi Foundation
Ed BurzminskiThe son of Stefania Podgorska and the steward of her story. Through preserving and sharing Fusia's story, Ed's mission is to engage, inspire and empower people to believe that they do matter, that they CAN make a difference.

President for the Day:  Mark Rogo
April 30 - May3 - District Conference
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June 6 - 10 - Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
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