A message from our President

Hello and welcome to the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club!

Some people join Rotary to give back to the community, some to make new friends, some to connect with local leaders & business owners, and some to change the world. Whatever the reason to join, it all comes down to Service Above Self in our club, and all of the above ends up happening!

In the last 18 months, our club has grown from 53 to 72 amazing members strong! Playa Venice is on a roll, thanks to our President Emeritus Gwen Vuchsas, and all of the incredibly dedicated – and fun! – members of our vibrant club. We work together year ‘round to plan and participate in dozens of wonderful projects for our local community, as well as projects worldwide that help people in developing countries.

If you’re wondering what Rotary is... it’s simply a group of like-minded friends and business associates who want to make the world a better place. We do what we can to give back to our community and in the process have some fun! In the last year Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club was voted Best Membership Club in the Hometown News, a favorite Non-Profit Community Organization in the Argonaut Newspaper, and it was recognized as the Club of Excellence out of 60+ clubs in the Los Angeles Rotary district.

We are very proud of all our projects, including our partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build multiple homes in Culver City, our annual scholarships to local high school seniors amounting to more than $13,000, our recognized Teacher Mini-Grant program that gives thousands of dollars in grant monies to local area teachers, feeding the homeless at Midnight Mission, bringing Santa to the neighborhood every December, and adopting deserving families during the holidays... just to name a few programs.

Social fun is also part of our club with Summer Socials, monthly Happy Hours, a Cultural Dinner, a Bingofest, monthly hikes, plus district-wide Rotary events that include a giant family picnic with a cardboard boat race!

If you’re someone who wants to give back and have fun doing it, I encourage you to come visit and learn for yourself. Stop by one of our Wednesday morning meetings at Whiskey Red’s restaurant in Marina del Rey and meet some great people… we HAVE FUN and GET IT DONE!

Brady Connell