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Playa Venice Rotarians "Building Bears" to deliver to children at USC hospital
Cup of Joe    Sip#14
-Mother Teresa


Coming up this Wednesday 

Our Speaker this week is Jim Vuchsas!

Gwen Vuchsas writes:

"Last month, Jim spoke on his early days on LAPD as well as undercover work.  He is now going to talk about all his work with four notorious Prison Gangs, Mexican Mafia, Black Guerrilla Family, Nuestra Familia and Aryan Brotherhood and his special task force." 

Thank you Jim for sharing this rich and lively Journey with us!

 Zoom Link to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697



Maria Davis contributed to the following:

October is truly the start of our beautiful holiday season:

Thursday October 13 is our long awaited Happy Hour at Brizo. We can celebrate the lovely season of Autumn together as the evening settles into night on our beautiful Marina 5:30pm -7:30 pm up on the Terrace.

Wednesday October 19 we will hold our annual fundraiser, the Cultural Dinner with the Theme “Arabian Nights” at the Elks Lodge at 6:00 pm. It is a sold out event because it is that awesome!

Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23 we will have a pizza booth at the annual Visitation Carnival 90045. It’s a great event to connect with the community and let them know about Rotary!

Sunday October 23, bright and early, is Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Santa Monica. Kristen Hemanes will lead us that morning for this meaningful event. More details coming directly from Kristen soon!

Wednesday October 26, Kurtis Sundblom will grace us with his very animated Craft Talk AND this is our Annual Halloween Meeting. Come to share this very fun breakfast meeting in your favorite Halloween Costume (optional) and join this hilarious time together. here's our group picture from last year's same meeting:


Friday October 28 is the Halloween Costume Progressive Dinner. This was such a big hit last year, we wanted to have this as an annual event. Everyone starts at The Frawley home for appetizers and libations (yummy food stuff with a lovely view of the Marina), a short walk to the Davis home for the main dish…and more libations. The final stop is the Plotkin/Barretti home for dessert.. It is a great way for adults to celebrate Halloween!

Wednesday November 2, is our Bring a friend to Rotary meeting! Who are your guests?

Saturday November 5, in the morning, ten of us will Rise against Hunger to package food. A small contribution, since up to 811 million people - about 10% of the world's population - regularly go to bed hungry!

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


Message from the Auction committee

Thank you for all your contributions! The auction is looking great! We need all remaining items in by this Wednesday. Please give them to Tracey at the meeting.  

Boys and Girls Club 50th anniversary

Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valleys 50th Anniversary is on Oct 12th at their Monterey Park Club at 4:30pm. It’s a huge celebration with 50 birthday cakes, raffle, TV coverage and community and city officials! Please contact Tracey or Kurtis if you want to attend and need a ride.

Lucy Wegner

 Is our August Rotarian of the Month!

Thank you Lucy for your many selfless contributions to the Club and your initiatives to lead us to cultural events!


We delievered a truckload of diapers and other items to the families of Camp Pendleton! Thank you Ramona for leading that effort!



Build -A - Bear workshop 


Thank you Kathrine Russell for leading a pack of more than 30 Rotarians and their families to this heart warming event! The children at USC Hospital are so deserving of this effort! Many of us finished the evening with a fellowship dinner at Cantalini’s. 


"Watching the Rotarians, I was touched by the love and care that each one put into building their bear. Everyone was meticulously and cheerfully choosing the outfit as if it was for their own family!  

I was reminded that “Nothing is small is done out of Love” and also what Mother Teresa said: Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

 I am truly grateful to be part of our beautiful Playa Venice Family!"

Joe Chehade, President

Let’s be a Family!

A past recipient of a Bear

Heart Warming Ceremony

Maritza, our speaker last week, joined us and will personally deliver the Bears to the hospital

Everyone enjoyed meeting Vicky, Tracey's mom!


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
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting
Oct 11, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour - Brizo
Brizo Bar and Restaurant
Oct 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cultural Dinner - Arabian Nights
The Elks Lodge
Oct 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Carnival Pizza Booth - Visitation
Oct 21, 2022 – Oct 23, 2022
Walk to end Alzheimer
Crescent Bay Park
Oct 23, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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
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October Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Ray Morales
October 5
Nora MacLellan
October 13
Marsha Wietecha
October 30
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