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“Caring for our environment” Rated G (for Green)

The environment has taken a front page in our lives lately: In California, record heat temperatures, extreme drought conditions and the increasing pressure on our power grid are not future problems; they touch our lives daily and are costing our society billions of dollars and many lost lives. 

As Rotarians, we are not indifferent to this global issue. Rotary International approved creating a new area of focus: Supporting the environment. More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment related projects over the past five years. It will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact. Read more HERE

What’s our Club doing about it? We are partnering locally with Friends of Ballona Wetlands, whose stated mission is: Championing the restoration and protection of Los Angeles’ last coastal wetland and educating our diverse community as stewards of nature. Check them out in this 2-minute video.

Our speaker this week is the Friends of Ballona Manager of Scientific Programs: Neysa Frechette

Neysa graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology & a Master of Natural Resources Degree from Oregon State University, with an emphasis in Wildlife Management. Let’s be many at the meeting or on Zoom to welcome her, get inspired and learn about her passion and efforts to save the environment in “our backyard.”

Zoom Link to join on Wednesday


Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697


Our club has started supporting The Friends of Ballona financially. Some of us will also attend their fundraising event on September 10 “Moonlight on the Marsh.” Moreover, our Cultural Dinner Honoree, Nancy Edwards  (pictured below) is the Vice President on their Board of Directors.

My hope is that this focus will help us brainstorm in the next few weeks on how to better support our environment on all personal, professional & club levels. Every action counts! Have an idea? Please share it!


We had an interactive meeting last week. We’d like everyone to help share the good news about our club. Here’s the handout from last week. Thank you Keely and Gwen!

FACEBOOK OFFICIAL PAGE: Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise (@PlayaVeniceRotary)


➢ Posts on this page will be “Public” and therefore shareable to your own social media account

➢ This account helps recruit potential new members!

FACEBOOK MEMBERS GROUP: Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club - Members Group

➢ 55 members

➢ Internal group of ONLY our members so that we can all communicate with one another. This group page does not always have to be Rotary-related. Example is: “I can’t use my Dodger tickets tonight, who wants them??”



➢ A great way to support us on Instagram is to share our posts into the “stories” on your own personal account. (Look for the arrow right below the photo, click on the arrow, and click “add post to stories.” A new window will pop up and then click the bottom right arrow, then click SHARE)!

➢ This account helps recruit potential new members!


➢ If you have qualifying photos, items to report to the public to potentially entice new members, upcoming events that you would like to highlight, etc. PLEASE send them to Gwen via text (310) 963-9494 OR Keely through email:

➢ Post from the meetings and from the events on your own social media (A HUGE SHOUTOUT TO CURTIS!!) so that

Keely and Gwen can share on the PVS social media to show our members are highly engaged, BECAUSE WE ARE!

Congratulations to Howard Pollack & Gwen Vuchsas who are hereby declared the...

2022 Bowlerians* 

of the Year!

When I asked Hilton about Howard’s performance, He said: “When a gentleman brings his own ball, it’s not his first rodeo… Howard has been bowling for 70 years!” Regarding the undefeated Gwen, he added: “We are amazed by her consistency and the longevity of her wins. No ladies come close to challenging her and she bests most men, including me!

A special mention to James Frawley who  had the single top game of and Ilene Florin’s very high score!

*(Bowlerian is a combination of Bowling and Rotarian. It’s a "portmanteau" word I just made up! A portmanteau is a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel, from ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’ or brunch, from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’, frappuccino (frappé + cappuccino) electrocute (electricity + execute )



Annual district picnic 

A couple hundred Rotarians and their families spent Saturday afternoon in Redondo Beach enjoying BBQ, Chili cook-off, Karaoke and the cardboard boat race. Our Club’s participation made this event even sweeter! 

Thank you to Carla, Bonnie, Melissa, Gail and Tom who worked hard to prepare and be there, and thanks to all those who donated desserts!

Thank you Tom for helping to set up the table!

Jorg and his 3 munchkins!

We were very happy to see The Rotarian of the Year “Kristen and Glenn,” as well as our past President Katie Butler Litsey with her family.

Glenn is cheerful as ever and recovering quickly!

Service with a smile…Thanks Bonnie!


The winning boat from Thai Town Rotary Club. take notice Kurtis and get ready for next year!

Our Assistant Governor Chase and his Wife President Victoria won 4th place. Jerry Jen is their club’s Assistant Governor!

Peter was caught in the act :)


Join our own Robin Mock for her September Friday Salsa nights in Playa Vista. Contact her for more details


Last but not least

An inspiration that helped me this week...

"We always have the tendency to think about the faults of others, to remember their past, to wish they were different. Instead, let’s try to see them with new eyes, see them as new people, accepting them as they are, even if they do not change. Take heart! I assure you that you will experience peace as never before and a new Joy!"

-Chiara Lubich 


Zoom Link to join on Wednesday


Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697



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Playa Venice
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
United States of America
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