Welcome to the Friendly
Westwood Village Rotary Club
Meeting Thursday noon
at the
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095

Mailing Address:  PO Box 24114, Los Angeles, Ca  90024
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   Tom Barron, President   Lisa Simantob and Nevin Senkan, International  
Diane Good, Incoming Pres. Rachael Lowenthal, Vocational
Marsha Hunt, Past Pres. Phil Gabriel, Youth
Paul Aslan, Vice Pres. Jim Meyer, Community
Jim Crane, Secretary Aly Shoji, Peace Chair
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Aly Shoji, Board Member Marsha Hunt and Dwight Heikkila, Membership Chris Bradford, Board Member
  John O'Keefe, Programs  
Meeting February 22 - Martin Wachs....  March 1 - Nancy McCready's Craft Talk....  March 8 - Gregory Pierce
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February 22 - Martin Wachs
There is no more controversial subject in California than the "Bullet Train." This day we have one of the most knowledgeable transportation experts on this and many transportation subjects, Martin Wachs. Martin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he directed the multi-campus CA Transportation Center. Dr. Wachs was appointed to the Peer Review Group of the California High Speed Rail program. He will be giving us the real lowdown on Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the Bullet Train as well as other transportation issues facing our congested California roadways and byways.
March 1 - Nancy McCready's Craft Talk
It's time for our new member, Nancy McCready, to give her "Craft Talk"! She works for Wells Fargo in the personal finance section of the bank. But there is much more, for sure.
March 8 - Gregory Pierce
In September 2012, California became the first and only state in the US to officially recognize the human right to water. Subsequent legislation, signed by Gov. Brown in Oct. 2015, directed the State Water Board to submit recommendations by Feb. 2018 for a statewide "Low Income Water Rate Assistance Program." Writing in the LA Times, columnist Michael Hiltzik infers the cost of water will be the State's next crisis. Dr. Gregory Pierce, a senior researcher in the Luskin Center for Innovation, is leading the Sustainable Water and Advanced Transportation initiatives. A crisis in affordable water? Come and listen, you will be paying for it!
March 15 - It's Irish Week
As a prelude to St. Patty's day on the 17th, we will have a speaker from the "old sod."  History, culture and Irish lore will be the focus of the day.
March 22 - Scott Abramson
Scott, a historian of the modern Levant, is doctoral candidate in the UCLA'S Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and a fellow at the Israel Institute. His research will give us an insight into the "Plight of Christians in the modern Middle East." Scott's focus, in equal parts, will be historical and contemporary, touching on the deep roots of Christians in the region where their faith emerged, followed by an overview of the Christian role in modernizing the Middle East. Scott will then discuss the sufferings of Christians in the region at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists and the flight of Christians from their homelands. Scott claims he can discuss these issues without offending anyone. We'll see. Let the fireworks begin!
March 29 - Matthew Thornton
Image result for Boy scouts of america logoMatthew is the Western Director of the Boy Scouts of America. This speaker and subject should be as non-controversial as they come. So, why did the Boy Scouts allow girls into the organization? Why was it necessary to respond the Trump's comments on the Boy Scouts? Where is the scouting world headed when the younger generation does not seem to be interested? Nothing to talk about here, is there!
April 5 - Dr. James Salz
Dr. Salz is one of the most respected eye surgeons in Los Angeles, becoming the first to perform "all Laser LASIK" and serves as the CEO and founder of Trusted LASIK Surgeons and is a clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, USC Roski Eye Institute. More importantly, however, Jim joined the non-profit Flying Doctors of mercy, serving as a volunteer performing eye surgery in Mexico. In addition to telling us about his role on the Mexico Mission Surgery, Jim will, for us older folks, cover "Common Eye Problems as we Age."
April 12 - Joke Day
Image result for joker jpgPresident Tom promised the "joke day" will return. This is the day. Ed Gauld, with his humor-filled, outgoing personality, will handle the chore. Get ready, you have plenty of time to prepare. A panel will judge!

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