STEVE'S FINALE - June 28th
Yes, this is #47 and out! The magician was great, but
we'll get to that shortly.
Meanwhile, ELLIOTT TURNER led the Pledge, followed by
PP STEVE DAY and JACK HARRIS taking us through God Bless America.
There were a few moments of early confusion, but everyone persisted,
and we mostly ended together. Mr.. DAY also got in a plug for the
Paul Harris Celebration (new name) which will be held on October 6th.
YOE was one of the letter-writers about this year's event, and apparently
others also complained - it will be a new and entertaining format,
for sure. As a matter of fact, while I hate to go back on my earlier
decision to skip, I am now willing to give it another chance -see
you there. SUSAN ALLEN provided a thoughtful Invocation, asking our
Maker to Bless America, and the many unsung heroes of WVRC - those
who are behind the scenes, but vital to providing the support necessary
for us to run the meetings and keep track of attendance, scheduling
Greeters and Invocators - they deserve our praise.
PP DOUG DESCH announced that Opal had a massive stroke
on Tuesday. She is off life support, and will probably slip away soon.
They have been married for 63 years. DOUG thanked the Club for our
long-time support of Opal's efforts as Secretary - but that somewhat
misstates our relationship. All of us who knew them well were amazed
that DOUG was able to have Opal with him as long as he did - he truly
is, and remains, our Resident Saint. Godspeed to you, Opal Desch.
On another health note, JOHN QUILICO is having a tough
time. He has been in the hospital twice recently - once for three
weeks - but is now home again as of this week. Calls or cards would
be helpful, certainly. And one more health report - Lois Dunn, wife
of an old-time member, passed away this week. Services will be this
Saturday, June 30th, at 2 p.m. at Westwood Village Mortuary, for those
of you who can attend. MIKE YOUSEM reported none as the number of
visiting Rotarians, but we did have several guests of Rotarians. RO
SHAW introduced Martha Schneider , who is in hypnotherapy and KEN
KILPO brought along Jay Handal, President of the WLA C of C. Jay is
the owner of San Gennaro Restaurant in Brentwood, with another branch
in Culver City. TODD GURVIS was with Rosalind Cade, an associate in
his office. LENNY FRIEDMAN, while struggling to be recognized, still
managed to remind us of the presence of DANNY SKINNER and his wife,
Sharon. DANNY has also been under the weather.
And it was good to see PP YOSH SETOGUCHI - he runs
the Prosthetics operation at Shriners Children's Hospital, which is
downtown - and it's tough for him to get to Westwood for lunch. There
was a recent, very complimentary article in the Times. entitled Mikey's
World, about YOSH, who has been involved with these unfortunate kids
for 35 years. YOE told everyone how impressed the GSE guests were
when we visited. As a personal aside, I think maybe YOSH should be
our Assistant WVRC Resident Saint! Claude was present in support of
Prexy STEVE, by the way, even after PP DOUG DESCH asked him - "Why
are you still here, STEVE?" "I don't know - why?" "STEVE you ARE the
The Bell Tolls for an absent GENE PRINDLE, who managed
to drive off from last weeks meeting in PP STEVE SCHERER'S new car.
The amount of fine was not announced, but it may be reduced if he
returns the car…LENORE MULRYAN again brought us LEE BROECKMAN, our
Ambassadorial Scholar who will be going to Amsterdam in two weeks.
She will be studying Political Science and International Relations,
and was most appreciative of the many friendships she has made at
Next up was PP JIM SUMNER, assisted by PP STEVE SCHERER,
with a report on the recent WVRC Golf Tournament at Los Angeles Country
Club - the first such event in which NO ONE canceled at the last moment!
JIM also alluded to the orthopedic collar he is wearing, claiming
that Doris uses it to keep him on a chain! Results - PAUL SORRELL,
low gross. Low net, KEVIN KOMATSU. Closest to the pin on #11 - PAUL
SORRELL, again, but he was ineligible, so ELLIOTT TURNER was the winner.
Four of our stalwarts tied for fewest putts (33) including PP JIM
COLLINS, GREG ELLIOTT, KEVIN KOMATSU and the aforementioned PAUL SORRELL.
BRUCE ROLF was voted worst dressed (pink everywhere, we are told)
but since this was authenticated by KEN LEVER, himself the runner
up in this category, the whole story may need some later clarification.
(Is this sentence long enough?) Finally the Boy Scout "Be Prepared"
award to STEW GILMAN, who arrived without clubs, and wearing sandals.
He will be presented with a golf ball when he next appears at WVRC.
PP STEVE SCHERER summed it all up when he commented, "This may have
been the greatest golf tournament in the history of WVRC". Thanks
for the fun report, you guys.
Two housekeeping notes, please:
It is Directory Book Time again for the Windmill. Any
member having any major changes in the Directory should forward the
detail to RAY ZICKFELD. Deadline is July 12th - incidentally, our
next meeting, since we are dark on July 5th.
Attn.: Rotary Auxiliary Members -
Do you have a new address, phone number, email address, hobby…? Margie
Downie will be updating the roster soon - deadline is August 1st.
If you have any changes or corrections, please call her at (310) 394-4827
or send FAX (310)395-50ll. And, if your birthday isn't listed in the
roster, please provide that information (just the day, NOT the year!).
SALLY BRANT introduced our speaker, James Warren. Now,
YOE doesn't claim to be any kind of expert on Magicians, but James
was GOOD - really good! His specialty is using magic to highlight
the benefits of new products, and his clients include Boeing, Robinson's
May, International Brands, and of course he is a feature at Magic
Castle. He has given his anti-smoking/drug lecture to over 100K junior
and senior high students all over California.
James carefully explained each trick (I'm sure) and
then proceeded to go over all those at the Head Table, asking them
to remember which card they saw as he riffed them. This was, of course,
conducted with a fast, running patter which is a big part of his presentation.
He sometimes appeared to be on the edge of disaster (WRONG CARD) but
always recovered just in the nick of time.
His next routine consisted of activity with a length
of rope, which he tied in knots, cut in half etc. - and then it appeared
once again, whole. He asked RO SHAW up from the audience (claiming
that she had avoided eye contact and was thus his chosen pigeon),
and had Prexy STEVE stand alongside. James gave his coat to RO, so
she could shield him from the audience as he tied and untied himself
- and it was hilarious.
James then carefully explained to Prexy STEVE that he
should assume a well-known position, holding his thumbs as pivots
for a roll of TP. Various lengths of this roll were peeled away, forming
a small ball of tissue, which STEVE was then asked to guess as to
the ball's location. This didn't appear to be STEVE'S forte - he was
LENORE MULRYAN was his next subject, and she somewhat
hesitantly took off her wedding ring and gave it to James. He, of
course, proceeded to make it disappear, not once, but several times.
After what appeared to be a series of false starts, it turned up in
a zipped-up fold of his wallet - which was, of course, at that point
in his back pocket!
There were many other examples of his craft, but the
laughter was so loud that my tape recorder couldn't get it all. You
can reach him at (310) 836-5399 by the way. This was really great
finale to a great year for Prexy STEVE, and we thank him for his many
hours of hard work - it showed!
Final Thought for the Day - "Practically everyone wants
to go to heaven…but nobody wants to die" Red Foxx.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe