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Arabian Nights is here!

Coming up this Wednesday 

This Wednesday IS Our Arabian Nights Cultural dinner! We are all excited to spend this evening in style, fun and get more funds to fuel our service projects! Thanks to all the members who contributed in one way or another. In particular, we are grateful to the committees that are still dedicating hours of their time these days to make the event successful! More thanks will be due next week! 

Tracey and Keely still smiling after 8 hours

non-stop working on the auction items!

 This week, our meeting will be shorter to allow those who have to work and those preparing for the dinner to have enough time for their tasks. For convenience, I’m listing at the bottom of this newsletter the list of the Live Auction items

Technology permitting, Tore Knos will join the meeting live from Florida where he is doing disaster relief after Hurricane Ian.

We will also get organized for all the other events happening this week:

  • Visitation Carnival Pizza Booth on Friday-Saturday-Sunday: Sign up with Gwen :

  • Honor Flights  at LAX: Thursday night/Friday Morning THEN Sunday late. Thank you Peter for driving the truck! Sign up with Gwen :

  • Walk to end Alzheimer’s on Sunday morning. Contact Kristen for more details:

Check the details for all these events on the club’s website 



 Zoom Link to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697


Continued Prayers

for Howard

Howard Pollack is still recovering at the hospital. Let’s continue to storm Heaven with prayers for quick healing. Lisa Schwab is in touch with his family and is updating us. 



Maria Davis writes:

Last Wednesday, we had a perfectly cozy Happy Hour at Brizo. There were about 20 of us who gathered for some delicious food and libations all around. We had a gentleman who had attended one of our meetings, named Alfred Alvarado and a gentleman who is with the Booster Club for LAPD named John Conner.  Of course, we wowed them! They were both very nice quiet men, and, as usual, we are nothing like quiet! Thanks to all who attended as we laughed and celebrated the week together.

Mark your calendars for the special November 3 Happy Hour at the LAX Flight Museum


Rotarians of the month of September

Bonnie Cullinan-Howard Pollack-

Gwen Vuchsas

 Our event to honor our Vets at LAX last month would not have happened without these  3 Rotarians rolling their sleeves and saying together yes, to help. 


Rotary Information to 4 guests

On Sunday, 6 Rotarians spent an hour with 4 wonderful ladies who are considering joining our Club: Sheila, LaVonne,  Martha and Karla. We truly hope they will join!

LaVonne is ready and her induction will be in a couple weeks!

Martha was very excited about our Honor Flights program and will volunteer this week to help!


Rob Decou speaking at

Tedx Manhattan Beach on November 5

Rob Decou writes:


I'm so grateful for the Playa Venice community and wanted to personally extend an invitation for you to join me for the biggest speaking event of my life: a TEDx Talk at TEDx Manhattan Beach on Saturday, November 5th. 


I’m going to share ultra endurance stories, learnings, and the causes and people I hold close to my heart, including Rotary and the impact the organization has had on my life. This is a culminating speaking event for me after over two decades as an ultra-athlete and dozens of public speaking presentations. I am more than just a little excited about this opportunity. :)


You can use the code SPEAKER10 for $10 off the Gold Ticket at checkout, which includes a full day of TED Talks, expo hall, breakfast and lunch. Silver Tickets include all the benefits of the Gold Ticket and are available at a special rate of $49 for students and seniors 65+. 


The last day to purchase tickets is October 25, 2022.

I would love to see you there.


Boys and Girls Club 50th anniversary

The Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley celebrated their  50th Anniversary on Oct 12th at their Monterey Park Club at 4:30pm. Tracey, Melissa, Peter, Keely, Lucia & Kurtis attended  and presented them with a check from our club to support their good deeds!



John Sharpe shared with us this WAM video recap. It  captures the scale and vibe of the event! 


List of Live Auction items for  Arabian Nights

  From an email sent by Gwen Vuchsas
  1. Customized hand painted tennis shoes by Joshua Sims (hopefully you remember how popular this was last year)!

2.  Sports Extravaganza - 4 tickets, parking and lounge access to the Chargers v. Tennessee Titans football game on December 18, 2022 at Sofi Stadium and 4 tickets to a Los Angeles Kings game (mutually agreed upon) in a luxury suite with parking.

3.  Paradise Week - the beautiful Costa Rica Beach House in Manuel Antonio which several  Rotarians have visited and can attest to its magical beauty and lots of activities.

4.  The Best of Montana - 3 nights at the Copper Rose Ranch in Paradise Valley and 3-nights, 4 day at a popular 5-star vacation ranch home on 12 acres in Bozeman.

5.   Skiing, sledding, fishing, hiking . . . 2 separate packages - winter holiday weeklong stay at a beautiful 5-bedroom June Lake home during December, 2022.  Spend Christmas and/or New Year's, skiing, sledding or ringing in the New Year with a cozy fire and a glass of wine.

If you like the outdoors - hiking and fishing, etc. we have another week being offered during the 2023 year (subject to availability) for the fabulous home within walking distance to June Lake Village


We will also have our amazing RAFFLE!:  

  1. A Taste of the Bay worth $1,000 of restaurant gift cards, 

  2. 6 tickets to Annie at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on December 10, 2022 with a $200 Truxton's gift card, 

  3. an Arabian Gift Basket full of lots of great things, jewelry, 

  4.  $200 Aladdin's lamp, beautiful succulent plant with a $100 Marina del rey Garden Center gift card.


WINE LOT - once again, we have put together a fabulous wine lot worth over $2,500 with some really great bottles of wine. 

The raffle and wine lot tickets are $20 each or $6 for $100.  We can take cash, check or credit card, whichever you prefer. 



Ilene, Richard and Hilton were at the Chargers game tonight. Here are their beautiful smiles, even before the final winning score of the Chargers!



I didn't need a study to prove to me the power of kindness and that GIVING compliments boosts our happiness! However, if you need a proof, here is a good study about this subject, especially in a work environment!





Joe Chehade, President

Let’s be a Family!

Club Information
Playa Venice
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
United States of America
Social Time Starts at 7:15 AM - Breakfast Starts Promptly at 7:30 AM - Meeting 8:00-9:00 AM
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Oct 12, 2022
LAPD Career Talk Part 2!
Oct 26, 2022
Craft Talk
Nov 02, 2022
Nov 09, 2022
Craft Talk
Nov 16, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Cultural Dinner - Arabian Nights
The Elks Lodge
Oct 19, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Carnival Pizza Booth - Visitation
Oct 21, 2022 – Oct 23, 2022
Walk to End Alzheimer's - Santa Monica
Crescent Bay Park
Oct 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Annual Halloween Meeting
Oct 26, 2022
Halloween Costume Progressive dinner
Oct 28, 2022
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rise Against Hunger
YMCA Torrance
Nov 05, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 08, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
District Benefit concert - The Soul of Rotary
Nov 20, 2022
Angel City/Rotarian Nonprofit Fair
Dec 03, 2022
Reagan Library excursion
Dec 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Member Birthdays
Ray Morales
October 5
Nora MacLellan
October 13
Marsha Wietecha
October 30
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