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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
January 23 - Tom Ruck, Director Los Angeles National Cemetary


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January 23 - Tom Ruck, Director Los Angeles National Cemetary
Tom Ruck envisioned a book honoring the truest of American heroes, her Veterans. However, as an unknown author and photographer, the journey to publication was difficult, yet remarkable, and is a story in itself. The result of Tom's efforts, "Sacred Ground, A Tribute to America's Veterans," was released by Regnery Publishing, a Salem Communications company and achieved a #5 sales ranking on Amazon.  Sacred Ground was also awarded a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. It was named the Overall Grand Prize winner at the Branson Stars & Flags Book Awards, and was the Winner of the USA Best Book Awards in the Military History category.

All of the royalties generated by the sales of Sacred Ground go directly to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (A charity co-founded by Colonel Oliver North). "What I love about this book is that kids who have been dealt a traumatic blow by the loss of a parent while they were serving this great country of ours will know that America has not forgotten them or the sacrifice of their parent," states Ruck.

Mr. Ruck was recently named Director at Los Angeles National Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest in the country. Prior to Los Angeles, Ruck was the Director at Fayetteville National Cemetery in Arkansas. He joined the National Cemetery Administration in 2013 after a 30 year history in the diagnostic laboratory industry where he had a very successful and accomplished career in national sales, marketing and product development.

Mr. Ruck grew up in the St. Louis area where he was active in many volunteer and philanthropic organizations and is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia. He serves as a Visiting Fellow to the Freedom Alliance Foundation, is still an active member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Post 291, Sons of the American Legion in Newport Beach, CA. He continues traveling the nation inspiring and honoring Veteran's and their loved ones through his many speaking engagements.
President for the Day:  Diane Good
January 30 - Bryce McDonald
UCLA football head coach Chip Kelly continues to make changes with his new program as he looks to add former Navy offensive line coach Bryce McDonald to an administrative role, bolstering an already impressive staff under the new Bruin coach.

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