The Windmill
Program Chair:  Sally Brant May 16,  2013
Terese Campbell  
This Week...
May 18 
District Assembly

May 23    
Terese Campbell
"New Member Craft Talk"


Upcoming...

May 19 
Westwood Organized Mega Project

May 30    
John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills  
   
June 6    
Don Fleischman, Jet Propulsion Lab           
"Modern Science"

June 13 John Morris
Head Deputy, District Attorney's Office 
May 23 
Terese Campbell 
Craft Talk
May 30 
John Mirisch
Mayor of Beverly Hills
 
Ann Samson led the pledge, and Phil Gabriel shared a concept for the invocation.

Guests: Steve Jordan from our Merchant Minute and Judge Mohr (our speaker) and Beverly. PE Mark Rogo introduced Karen, his new assistant, helping with Rotary so answer when she phones! 

The Merchant Minute was brought to you today by Acceleration. Steve Jordan started off working for President Clinton in the White House -- he bridges the gap between physical therapy and fitness for better health to combat sedentary lifestyles that lend to potential injuries. His business is located in the Palomino Restaurant, uses the power plate machine using vibrations for strength, balance, conditioning. 

Colby invited Terese Campbell up to be inducted into our friendly WVRC, welcome Terese!

Peter More shared about Angel Flight West -- it is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Their network of 1,600 pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive the vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.

Earth Angel was co-founded by Westwood Village and Santa Monica Rotarians to provide ground transportation between the airport and the hospital. Leah Vriesman, one of our members, serves on the Board at AFW. Our club remains an active supporter by providing pilots, drivers, and donations and now partnering with Uni High to expose them to careers in aviation (partnering with a program at Mt. San Antonio College) and asked us the next year's Board to continue to keep AFW in considerations for funding and support.

May Birthdays:
  • Dick Thompson- May 3
  • Pat Bumpas- May 4
  • Marsha Hunt- May 14
  • Sally Brant- also May 14
  • Pauline Harris- May 23
  • Diane Good- May 25

Dwight shared our District awards for Vocation (Rotaractors won ethics conference!) and New Generations and Membership Growth. Great Job, Jim Crane and Colby Smith -chairmen.

Our Program today was presented by Judge Anthony Mohr - "Complex Litigation"

Judge Anthony J. Mohr graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1994 and, on December 23, 1997, elevated him to the Superior Court, where serves in the complex litigation program. Judge Mohr has served as a contributing editor to the Rutter Group's California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial and is a co-editor of the Resource Guide for Managing Complex Litigation, published by the National Judicial College. From September through December, 2009, Judge Mohr sat as a judge pro tem on the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District.

He suggested we all read the first chapter of Chad Schneider's Book and shared a story with the take away - If you are in a fight and you are losing, widen your audience. The audience ultimately determines the fight!

The honorable judge continued to educate us on the Role of our Courts through two stories - the one with two boys and a police officer above and a personal request to waive a traffic citation - clearly NOT understanding the role of our courts. The judicial system's biggest challenge today is funding - Only 1% of CA funding goes to courts

In 1986-1987 the average time to get a case to court was 4-5 years. B/c of this, CA adapted a fast track system so the average time to trial was reduced to 18 months. With reduced budgets and now reduced staff for judges - the courts cannot sustain their loads and the waiting time is increasing.

Rules of Law are weakened with these cuts and he reminded us the courts are 1/3 of our government. An example using a probate story to take 21 days now takes 3-5 months . Judge Mohr asked us to talk to our friends, neighbors, people we may know in legislature. There is such global respect for our court system--not corrupt like other countries. We have the best system in the US and CA's is one of the best in 50 states! The current underfunding will have long-lasting negative effects. 

-YYE Aly Shoji
 

ROTARY DISTRICT 5280 LEADERSHIP 2012-13
Westwood Village
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 24114, Los Angeles, CA 90024-0114
Meets: Thursday, 12:30 PM, UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

Club President - Dwight Heikkila
(310) 820-6090
dwightah@hotmail.com

President Elect
Mark Rogo
(310) 385-3164
mark@markrogo.com

Vice-President/Club Service
Leah Vriesman
(310) 844-4224
ljvriesman@excelresearch.org

Secretary Aly Shoji
(310) 301-3014
ashoji@support.ucla.edu

Treasurer - Don Nelson
(310) 472-9488
dncpa@adelphia.net

Past President - Ed Jackson
(800) 214-3810
bossman1983@gmail.com

Community Service - John Heidt
(310) 474-0938
jheidt@heidttores.com

International Service
Marsha Hunt
(310) 500-9828
marshahuntinc@msn.com

Vocational Service
Richard Thompson
(310) 408-2822
richardfthompson@gmail.com

New Generations Service
Jim Crane
(310) 733-6783
jamesecrane@sbcglobal.net

Rotary Foundation Chair
Steve Day
(310) 670-5013
sday@hcohn.com

Publicity/Public Relations
Mike Newman
(310) 208-7723
mnewman@dhwnlaw.com

Membership - Colby Smith
(310) 948-9198
colby.smith.dds@gmail.com

WVRC Auxiliary
Eloise Siskel
(310) 472-2509
eloisewee@aol.com

Sook Heikkila
(310) 820-6090

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
PRESIDENT:
Sakuji Tanaka

DISTRICT 5280 GOVERNOR:
Lew Bertrand


NEARBY MAKEUP SITES: Monday, Beverly Hills: BH Hotel, 9641 Sunset / Tuesday, Inglewood: Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd, Inglewood / Wednesday, Century City: Hyatt Regency Century City, in the Breeze Cafe, Culver City: Culver City Elks Club, 11160 Washington Blvd., Culver City, or  Wilshire: The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd, LA / Friday, Santa Monica: Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Dr, Pacific Palisades
For information about on-line makeups,
www.recswusa.org