Westwood Rotary Resumes
DON PARK led us in the Pledge - particularly fitting
since he was the sponsor of ALON DORON, one of today's inductees.
LENNY FRIEDMAN combined with LYNDON PARKER (this duo being identified
by LENNY as the Two Shorties) for And The Saints Go Marching In. LYNDON,
already being up there, then gave a thoughtful Invocation, based on
living one's life one day at a time. It should also be reported -
in the constant pursuit of absolute accuracy, to which YOE is always
dedicated…- that LYNDON did 'Left Foot' us, suggesting as how he was
beginning with Chapter One. Not true, but a Good Job, LYNDON
PP DAVE MORE was next up, introducing our two visiting
Rotarians. First up was Francis Lichtenberger, son of MAX of the same
last name - Francis lives in Boston, belongs to Rotary there, and
MAX told me that having his grandchildren for a visit was always a
highlight. Our other Visiting Rotarian was our Speaker, Earl Mindell,
who belongs to Beverly Hills Rotary. But alas, from the podium, as
many of us well know, skipping the Guests of Rotarians is one of the
most common mistakes - however, PP ERIC LOBERG leaped to his feet
to point out this egregious error. ERIC added a question -"What's
the deal - have we got enough new members already?" "Should we tell
them to come back next year?' Anyway, you get the drift - ERIC was
having a very good time. It turns out he was not entirely selfless
in this harangue, having two 'Yokels' along whom HE wished to introduce.
First was our former member, Erny Pinckert, and next was Special Guest
Eric Pinckert -who is, if you were paying attention, Erny's son. In
response to a direct question from ERIC (that's LOBERG, not Pinckert)
Pres. GEORGE assured him that our membership rolls would remain open
all next week. SHERRY DEWANE had a Special Guest, Sandra Von Paul,
who is a Wealth Management Specialist - she is also with Wells Fargo.
SUSAN ALLEN rose to make an announcement. She reported
that Jinbeck Lee, one of our Ambassadorial Scholars, had returned
to Korea upon completing his studies, and is going to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers
there. He has just learned that he passed ALL the USA CPA exams which
he took here in November - so as we suspected, Jinbeck is not only
a real scholar, but also a credit to our Ambassadorial program. SUSAN
ALLEN was Jinbeck's Counselor- and her concern and help to him was
amply rewarded. We had a note from our Resident Angel, VIRGINIA HANDY,
thanking us for the recent bouquet from WVRC. Our next Yearling Breakfast
is coming up this Tuesday, February 26th, at the Holiday Inn on Sunset
and the 405 - HARLAN LEWIS is the person to contact, since we do need
reservations, please. RUDY ALVAREZ and then PP RON LYSTER spoke about
the upcoming District Conference in San Diego from May 2nd through
the 5th. Eight of our members are on the planning committee, there
will be lots of things to do and see - so save the date, and call
PP DOUG DESCH to make a reservation.
MARK BLOCK was asked about the upcoming Japanese Student
Exchange, which takes place in late June into July. This is a truly
wonderful program, and each student who has participated gives glowing
reports. Applications will be online - but please think seriously,
right now, about a child or grandchild who should be considering going.
Call me - I'll be happy to get the juices going. SANDY SANDERSON pointed
out that yesterday, 022002 is the first time in hundreds of years
that these numbers came together. Specifically, it was in 111111 And
of course, some wag asked if anyone could remember when it last happened,
but this question was wisely ignored.
PDG BILL GOODWYN (got it spelled right, again!) did
his usual excellent job of inducting our four new members who were
present. BILL pointed out that this was the continuation of a 73-year-old
tradition at WVRC, and reminded us that RI will be celebrating its
one-hundredth Anniversary in 2005! A couple of historical notes should
be remembered - WVRC has given the Rotary Foundation $551,000, including
600 Paul Harris Fellows, and we are just a part of 30,000 Rotary Clubs
in 185 countries all over the world. Truly, this is a major fellowship
of like-minded women and men.
MICHAEL GINTZ is the Manager of City National Bank in
Westwood, and was sponsored by TWO PP's, BOB LUSK and JOHN SINGLETON.
Not to be outdone in this sponsorship business, the team of HOMER
and MICHAEL NEWMAN (another TWO PP's) brought LILLIAN KLIEWER into
WVRC - she is in Real Estate. ALON DORON, who is in Custom Publishing,
was sponsored by DON PARK. CATHY REZOS was sponsored by RUDY ALVAREZ,
and she is a Personal Business Affairs Consultant. BILL then reminded
us that if we all joined Rotary to help others, we are in the right
place. So, four fine new members, and their Sponsors were honored
with special lapel pins. Note - a couple more are yet to be inducted,
so stay tuned.
PAUL SORRELL introduced our Speaker, DR. Earl Mindell.
He was first a Pharmacist, then received his Ph.D. in Nutrition, and
is the author of numerous books - the most famous being his Vitamin
Bible, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. His topic
today was Health Secrets of the 21st Century.
He began with some alarming statistics. The US Surgeon
General estimates that 61% of adult Americans are overweight, and
1/3rd of our children are following the same pattern. This obesity
is the cause of 300K deaths each year! Recently, diabetes has become
the most rapidly increasing disease, and again, obesity is the leading
cause of diabetes. He suggests that we take better care of our cars
(and our PETS) than we do of ourselves, and that is certainly a disturbing
Dr. Mindell puts forth a six-point program, which will
lead to optimal health. Note the word optimal - that means best, as
opposed to so/so, or just getting along. Here, briefly, are the six
Eat your way to optimal health - concentrate on fruits and vegetable,
five or more daily.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.
Add movement and exercise to your daily regimen - brisk walking two
miles is excellent.
Reduce your stress for health and longevity.
Sleep eight hours every night.
And supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals.
Some general comments - avoid decaffeinated soft drinks,
and alcohol. Soft drinks are really hard candy - they are the leading
source of sugar intake - cut them out. He pointed out the gigantic
burgers we see on the TV screen, and wonders if they provide a tire
jack to keep your mouth open that wide. Stick to natural foods - much
of what we see in the grocery store today is artificially processed,
and that's not good.
Q&A - What are antioxidants. They are important, and vitamin
C plus green and yellow fruits and vegetables are excellent natural
sources. Are there different kinds of sugars. There are eight, but we
only get two. How would you rate our meal today. Salad was good, and
chicken is fine - avoid red meat. Are eggs bad for your cholesterol.
Not really - eating cholesterol is OK, and they get a bad rap. There
was more - but a bit of editorializing may be in order here: This was
a very self-promoting presentation, and much of what he offered we have
heard many times before. I personally heard six or seven of our members
disagreeing with this kind of program, and while it may be hard to know
what to expect, the best safeguard is probably to hear the speaker before
inviting him. As a final and very personal opinion, our own DR RALPH
BEASOM is a lot more helpful resource (and he loves to share his knowledge).
Two final health notes. DANNY SKINNER is having a tough
time. He has had some more toes amputated, and needs our support.
Give him a ring or stop by to say hello, please. And BOB TROXLER is
doing better, but would appreciate some visitors. Let's be real here
- none of us do enough nice things, and here are two chances to improve
your score (and your self-esteem).
YOE, Ernie Wolfe
Yahoo! Groups Sponsor ADVERTISEMENT Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject
to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.