Rotary Club OF Playa Venice Sunrise
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Coming up this Wednesday 

This could be you, helping a deserving Veteran at LAX very soon!

This week, we are honoring an organization that supports World War 2 and Korean war Veterans: Southland Honor Flight. They organize trips for the veterans to go to Washington DC and visit the memorials built for them. For most, it’s the highlight of their lifetime! Their co-founder and President Craig Van Doren will be our speaker. He will share with us what they do and how our club will very soon support their mission! Watch this news report video that highlights their mission:


The BIRTHDAY FAIRY will make an appearance this Wednesday  to celebrate our three September birthdays: Keely, Jerry and Greta!

Zoom Link to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697

Congratulations Maria Davis
For earning our Club this highly distinguished award.
Here's what Past President of Rotary International wrote to Maria:
Congratulations! Your Club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. This past year, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
Congratulations on a successful year as club president!

Shekhar Mehta
2021-22 RI President

Tony Ciancimino

Celebration of life 

Judith Ciancimino is inviting us to celebrate the life of her late husband and our Past President Tony Ciancimino on Sunday September 25 at 1pm at the Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey . 

Light refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

Dress Code: Your brightest colors. Please do not wear all black as this is not a funeral and Tony would not have wanted a colorless day ever.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club for the Tony Ciancimino Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship. Tony was constantly trying to make the world around him a brighter and more beautiful place.


Arabian Nights Auction items needed

Tracey Thompson-Busa writes:

We already have great items for the live and silent auctions but we still need everyone’s contribution: We could still use help and suggest each member to commit to bring in one auction item!

Best sellers are sports tickets, hotels, family packages and anything to do with food! Restaurant gift certificates or food baskets are great sellers. Please try to keep the fair market value of the items at $25 and up. We need all Cultural Dinner auction items in by Oct 3rd if possible. Please contact Tracey & Rob ( and let them know what you can bring . Thank you in advance!











Camp Pendleton Collection

There are over 10,000 children at Camp Pendleton and more than 160 babies are born there each month! Most are very low income and cannot afford care for their newborn and small children, as well as furnish their apartments.

Rotary is having a donation collection event! You can donate baby items, including diapers, housewares, small appliances and non-perishable food. Gently used items are also accepted! We will be collecting donations at the next two Wednesday meetings on 9/21 and 9/28. If you have a question or have items but cannot be at the meeting, contact Ramona ( to arrange for a different drop off location. 


Gail and local Rotarians from Belize enjoying coconut milk and venison ceviche!

Gail Brooks in Belize

Gail Brooks returned recently from Belize. She was part of an exploratory trip with Governor Olivia to plan the district humanitarian trip from March 23 to March 31, 2023. In a few weeks, we will have more details for those interested to join the trip. When I asked her how she felt about the trip, she said :”I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of helping. Joining with the hard working Belizean Rotarians is a great honor.”


Build Peace through Rotary

The International Day of Peace is on September 21. Rotary international supports Peace efforts and encourages all Rotarians to be informed and take action. Here are suggestions:


Happy hour in Malibu
Last week, Jerry, Tracey and Peter joined the Malibu Rotary Club for their happy hour.. Beverly Hills Rotarians, including our friend President JR, were also there. It's always good to see Rotarians from different clubs come together!

Happy Anniversary 

Tracey & Michael

Tracey Thompson-Busa and her husband Michael recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary at their favorite spot: The seventh Ray restaurant in Topanga! Wishing you both all the Love and Happiness!


Positive thoughts to those who are not well

I know of a few Rotarians or their family members who are not feeling well these days. Some had recent surgeries, others progressive chronic conditions and some are going through tests. Wishing all to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon! I, myself, had a health scare recently: I slowed down to restart healthy habits that I had neglected. 

I share with you the quote that Bobbie Casalino-Lewis wrote and sent me: “Keeping a glow of self love Is the light at the end of the tunnel right in one's' pocket “ -Bobbie-ism


Parking tickets at Whiskey Reds!

John Buckley, our diligent Sergeant of arms, wants to warn everyone that Parking tickets have been issued to those who park in the main parking lot. If you have to park there, make sure you pay ahead $2 at the unattended kiosk. 



I end this newsletter by sharing Kurtis Sundblom’s recent inspiration at our meeting. I was touched by his thought linking inspiration, service and action. My hope is that Rotary inspires each one of us to be kind community leaders, better members of the workforce and loving family members. Kurtis said: 

You need inspiration to have the desire to serve and to take action. Rotary is not Rotary without the inspiration to put service above self. At every meeting, a member starts us with an inspirational message, then during the meeting, we share Rotary Moments that inspire us to give just a little bit more of ourselves than we thought possible

Kurtis ended by saying:”I hope to have inspired you to have a wonderful day, a beautiful week and to share a kind smile in passing with a stranger. You never know…your smile may be the inspiration someone needs.

Dear Rotarians and friends, today this is also my wish for each person reading this, and for your families!


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
District Site
Venue Map
Sep 21, 2022
Southland Honor Flight Vets Trip to DC
Sep 28, 2022
His Rotary Story
Oct 05, 2022
CARES Build a Bear
Oct 12, 2022
Pres. & CEO, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
Oct 19, 2022
LAPD Career Talk Part 2!
Oct 26, 2022
Craft Talk
Nov 02, 2022
Nov 09, 2022
Craft Talk
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Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting
Sep 20, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WAM - Westchester Arts and Music Festival
Sep 24, 2022
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Charity Build-A-Bear
Oct 09, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Oct 11, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cultural Dinner - Arabian Nights
The Elks Lodge
Oct 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Walk to end Alzheimer
Crescent Bay Park
Oct 23, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rise Against Hunger
Nov 05, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 08, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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September Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Jerry Jen
September 9
Keely Majka
September 24
Greta Rose
September 29
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