Mike Newman, Ed Jackson, and Ron Lyster, Board Members At Large
Upcoming Meetings and More
August 29 - Gary Farmer
The Streets Are Blue, this book, More Than Heroic, marks the second installment
by our speaker, Gary Farmer, in a series of true tales of
service from the front lines of the Los Angeles Police
Department. The realities of police work are captured through
the spoken words of thirty former officers with the Los Angeles
Police Department. The most powerful aspect of their words is
that they reveal the individuals behind the badge, the
individuals you call when in need. The officers, like others who
serve in law enforcement, willingly answered the call to put
themselves in harm's way to protect and serve. Gary
Farmer served on the Los Angeles Police Department from 1975
to 2007. His thirty plus years included assignments in patrol,
vice, gangs, and detectives, and he worked Wilshire,
Seventy-Seventh, and Hollywood Divisions among others. His son
is currently on the Los Angeles Police Department.
September 5 - James Ragan, PhD
is a poet, the author of 9 books, translated into 15 languages.
He has read for the U.N, Carnegie Hall and for 7 heads of state
including Czech President Vaclav Havel, So. Korean Prime
Minister Young-Hoon Kang and for Mikhail Gorbachev at Moscow's
Int. Poetry Festival (with Seamus Heaney, Robert Bly and Bob
Dylan). Has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, PBS and in 30
Anthologies. His poems have been described as "arresting and
distinctive" (Richard Wilbur), "sparing no passion in believing
they sing" (Seamus Heaney), "fine-grained and witty" (C.K.
Williams), and "dominating--with insight that marks major poets"
(Miroslav Holub). His plays "The Landlord" and "Commedia" have
been produced in the U.S, Beijing, Moscow, Athens, Prague etc.
Worked as a screenwriter at Paramount Pictures for Prod. Al
Ruddy and in production on Oscar winners "The Godfather" and
"The Deer Hunter" as well as "The Border," "Dom" (The House),
and "The Rising." He has a Ph.D. and served for 25 yrs as
Director of USC's Professional Writing Program and for 25
summers as Distinguished Professor of Poetry at Charles U. in
Prague. In 1996 Buzz Magazine named Ragan one of the "100
Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference." He
is the subject of the 2016 Arina Films documentary, "Flowers and
Roots, Ambassador of the Arts," winner of the Remi Platinum
Prize at the 49th Houston Int. Film Festival.
September 12 - Stephen J. Lombardo, MD
Bring a Special Guest Today! Dr. Lombardo currently serves as a team physician for the Los
Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Sparks and an orthopedic
surgeon consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles
Kings and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Throughout his career,
Dr. Lombardo has served in many leadership positions among
professional organizations, including past president of the
National Hockey League Team Physicians Society and the National
Basketball Association Team Physicians Society. He is a fellow
with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member
of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine,
American Orthopaedic Association and the International
Arthroscopy Association. He has published extensively in
professional journals on several sports medicine topics,
including ACL reconstruction in the NBA. He has formerly served
as a team physician with the U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and
the Harlem Globetrotters. In addition to his clinical work, Dr.
Lombardo is an associate professor in the department of
orthopedics at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles. He earned his medical degree from the University of
Kentucky in Lexington and completed his residency in Orthopaedic
Surgery at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Lombardo
also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the
Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.
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made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who
meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and,
through that, get things done in our local
community. Rotary is the world's oldest and largest service
organization (founded in 1905)..