WESTWOOD ROTARY and GOVERNOR LEN - 11 October
This was Len's 26th Club Visit - and he really is a
presence! The officers and club chairs were at a prior meeting, at
which, first Pat Cashin, and then Governor Len Wasserstein presided.
They went over what we are doing - and couldn't help being impressed.
But more on that another time, when we have another Club Assembly.
President-elect TEN IHNEN ran the meeting. We started
with some introductions, including DG Len, Pat Cashin, his Executive
Aide, and Area Rep Thomas McCullough. PDG ANDY ANDERSON led the Pledge.
He was followed by PP STEVE DAY exhorting everyone to 'belt it out'
as we sang America, accompanied by new member LYNDON PARKER on the
piano. I was pleased to give the Invocation, asking for help from
the God of us all.
The Visiting Rotarians were Len, Pat and Tom. Collectively,
all spouses and friends of Westwood members were applauded. Yoshiko
Umazawa, our incoming Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan, who is studying
at UCLA, was with SUSAN ALLEN. RUDY ALVAREZ had as his Special Guest
Cathy Marie Rezos, who is a business consultant and helps the Legacy
Property Management Group. LYNDON PARKER said that it gave him even
MORE pleasure (than RUDY, anyway) to introduce his Special Guest,
Christine Ofiesh, who is in the insurance field.
PP MIKE NEWMAN then introduced two of our three new
members. He first asked their sponsors to come forward - PP BOB WESSLING
and PDG ANDY ANDERSON for DORE CHARBONNEAU, and RUDY ALVAREZ for LYNDON
PARKER. Somehow, neither sponsor HENRY TSENG or his inductee, BURLEIGH
ARNOLD, were present. A brief bio of DORE lists her birthplace as
Pasadena, she is in charge of fund raising for the Salvation Army,
and her hobbies are dogs, hiking, movies and reading. BURLEIGH, even
though not present, was noted as being in the international insurance
field, was born in Lewiston, Missouri, and lives in Westwood. LYNDON
has a number of hobbies, including piano, gourmet cooking, theater
and golf. His business is search and placement of attorneys. MIKE
then spoke of what Rotary membership means, and welcomed the new members
aboard - to a standing ovation, of course. District Governor Len Wasserstein
presented them with personal plaques, and this was an especially nice
While not part of the program, I did want to announce
that Greta Seeber passed away recently. Greta's husband GENE retired
as the Manager of Los Angeles Country Club, and us old time members
remember him fondly. Coming up immediately - this Tuesday, October
16th at 7:30 p.m. is a program at Westwood Hills Christian Church,
entitled Compassionate Choices When Nearing the End of Life. This
was announced by DAVE MATSON and it should be well worth attending.
Finally, don't forget the Computer Class for All (experts and novices
alike) which will be on Thursday the 25th of October. While on advance
notices, note that former member PAUL WINEMAN will be speaking to
us on November lst - his subject, Status of the Middle East, could
not be more timely, and it would be an excellent time to invite prospective
Pres. GEORGE gave an excellent summary of his views
on Rotary, which I will summarize briefly. Membership is his focus,
and his goal is a net gain of seven! This is everyone's responsibility,
of course - but if each of us brings just ONE prospective new member,
that goal is very achievable. PP STEVE SCHERER and KEN LEVER are chairing
a new committee, aided by PP HOWIE HENKES and HARLAN LEWIS, and they
will be focusing on improving recruitment, orientation and retention
of members. As part of this campaign, Pres. GEORGE wants us to make
WVRC more visible in our community. Besides our membership in the
Westside Chamber of Commerce, with KEN KILPO as our rep, we now have
a professional publicist, Cheryl Kingsley, who will place news items
in local papers.
As an example, YOE was quoted in a story about Fire
Station #37, and I was given one hundred Dea Dollars - which one has
to suspect will soon be used in reducing whatever fine may be assessed.
A new project involving a playground devoted essentially to the handicapped
is a high priority item - next week the Director of this project will
make a presentation on this high visibility program. BURLEIGH ARNOLD,
SALLY BRANT, PP JIM COLLINS, GREG ELLIOTT, PP HOWARD SISKEL and PP
BOB WESSLING are looking at fund raising possibilities. And, we can
also help by suggesting to Program Chair SALLY BRANT those good speakers
we have personally heard - this is already one of our strong points,
and such programs continue to encourage attendance. In summary, Pres.
GEORGE says, "Let's get going!"
Pres. GEORGE introduced Governor Len Wasserstein, who
has had a 30-year career in community involvement in and around Beverly
Hills. In 1989 he was named Citizen of the Year - and the next year,
finally joined Rotary. Len points out that you have to be invited,
and apparently no one got around to that. Since coming aboard, he
has served in the Avenues of Service, Club President, Executive Aide
for Carol Wylie and Assistant Governor for Jack Jones. He is one of
ten children, and credits his mother for instilling the importance
of helping others.
Len thanked PP RON LYSTER for stepping forward to head
this year's District Conference in San Diego - RON is assisted by
NEAL ZASLAVSKY. Len recalls an early visit to WVRC for a makeup, and
being shocked at a mere $400 fine levied on one of our wealthier members.
He thanked our Club for their continuing support of the Paul Harris
Celebration, and pointed out that he uses us as an example for many
other nearby clubs. And getting back to this being his 26th club visit
- at 22 of those meetings, the menu has been chicken!
Rotary President Richard King has outlined four areas
which he wants to stress. First is Membership, then Education, Rotary
Image, and Club Development. An upcoming date to note - October 20th,
Saturday, from 8 until noon, Past Rotary President Jim Lacey will
speak on Membership, and will outline the Model Program, which trains
future leaders. President King has asked that all clubs turn in publicity
handouts to the media during the week of January 12th - this to be
a massive show to the world of all the good Rotary does.
At San Antonio, it was pointed out that FORTY THOUSAND
children die from malnutrition every day - there are over one hundred
million unexploded mines still undetected in our world! These are
only two among the many worthwhile projects which Rotary is working
on. Another example is a trash dump once crawling with small children
scrounging for food or anything useful - two years later, the dump
has been eliminated and the children are eating regularly. To carry
on these wonderful activities, our annual $100 in Planned Giving (for
the drawing at Paul Harris) is a major source of funds.
We must stress Fellowship and Friendship - for instance,
both LA Westside and Brentwood need help within our local district.
Membership remains critical - and we can all help on this. There are
2400 Rotarians in our District - remember, the way to bring in a new
member is to ask. Len is an amazing example for all of us - he has
brought in SIXTY new members in his eleven years at a Rotarian! Len
concluded by reminding us all to support Mankind - that's our business!
Thank you, Governor LEN - you are a shining example to all of us.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe