Pres. Ed Jackson opened the meeting by welcoming all to the friendly Westwood Village Rotary club. He introduced Dr. Ralph Beasom to lead the pledge. Pres. Ed explained that Ralph is so good at teaching the correct mechanical positions of the body that after each golf lesson he gives, Ed is able to hit the ball 300 yards straight down the middle and proudly announced that Ralph is the best golf coach that he's ever had. Ralph also is the heart and soul of our club service and is the first one at every Thursday meeting so we can set up our greeters table and the podium as well as other duties. Thank you Ralph for your 61 years of dedication to our club.
Maestro Lenny led us in “God Bless America”, which ringed through-out the room. VP and club service chair Dwight Heikkila gave an inspirational invocation is definitely a jack of all trades and a master of some. Renato Romano of Beverly Hills Rotary club sent two UCLA students and guest to inquire about Rotoract. The head table was graced with Terry De Sosa, Dwight Heikkila, program chair past, and our speaker Gary Bagley.
Past president Chris Bradford started his double duty today with an announcement for the UCLA study abroad fair on October 4 in the grand ballroom of Ackerman Union address from time to work at a signing table we will be manning it to get out the word for Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarships. Please let Chris know if you would like to work on this project. Dwight Heikkila announced the district breakfast on September 27 at features Val Zavala, KCET VP for news and public affairs. Val’s topics will range from media coverage of the local community to how NGO’s like Rotary are changing the world. We have a table so please let Don Nelson or Ed Jackson know if you will be attending.
We're going to visit our sister club in San Francisco Chinatown from October 7-9 come aboard and enjoy what promises to be an extremely busy and fun rotary trip. Talk with Dwight if you have any questions.
Past president and current Windmill editor Ernie Wolfe, is in rehab at UCLA, he seems to be more concerned with who will edit the Windmill, so this is your chance to fill in for Ernie while he is out so he can just concentrate on getting well soon.
Program chair Christopher Bradford stepped up to the podium to introduce our speaker for the day. Gary Bagley is a senior foreign service officer for the State Department and currently a diplomat in residence for Southern California and Hawaii at the UCLA school of public affairs. Gary is an excellent speaker who is informative and funny all in one package we certainly learned a lot from his experiences around the world and would recommend him to any group organization that wants to learn about the state of affairs for our country.