Playa Venice Sunrise
Rotary Club
A New Year...A New Beginning!

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

I start this first newsletter of 2023 by wishing each one of you and your families a Happy New Year with good health and may you be able to achieve one dream/goal dear to your heart! I also wish our club a year full of meaningful service, new opportunities and warm fellowship among us.

Like every year, we ended 2022 on a high note connecting with the community through the successful Santa Tour, the joyous wrapping party and the emotional delivery of gifts to the Adopt-a-family homes! The warmth of the Christmas/Hanukkah spirit blended us into a more united Family. See below few some pictures.

A New Year is also a New beginning, an opportunity to see everyone around us with new eyes and approach every situation with a new outlook. When I think of a challenging person, I think: How does his/her mother see him/her? I try to look at that person as if I was his/her mother. She always sees the positive in her child! 

This goes also for our relationship together. We have different ways of doing things and can get on other' nerves :) It’s a New Day: let’s give each other a chance, the same way we’d like others to give us a chance!

Joe Chehade - Club President

Let’s Be a Family!

Coming up this month 

Here are highlights of what’s happening in January: 


 Join the first and very fun meeting of the year. Wrap that unwanted gift you received and let’s have some fun. 

HAPPY HOUR @ CINCO - Thursday January 5: 

Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30, invite friends and family and let’s have another bonding fellowship time.

TEACHERS' MINI-GRANT AWARDS - Wednesday January 11

Plan to attend this special meeting to support our local schools and teachers! 

Our Club raises funds and  collaborates with the  Education Committee of the LAX Chamber of Commerce  to empower our teachers to proactively seek funding for much-needed classroom supplies, equipment, and curriculum. 

DISTRICT BRUNCH - Sunday January 15 

The theme is “An afternoon of Peace” with two keynote speakers. Our club is covering part of the cost. Few spots are still available. Contact Lucy Wegner:

HIKE WITH VIDA - Sunday January 29

Our own Vida Ash will lead a monthly hike. Great way to explore the outdoors, strengthen our muscles AND our friendship!  At least for this first time, it will be a family friendly, easy hike. All levels (and ages) are welcome! More details later.

Please check the events  on our website HERE  for more details and long term planning 

                to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 867 5268 7629      Password: 872956     

One tap mobile Dial  669 900 6833

December  events


It was the most successful Santa Tour, with hundreds waiting for Santa at each of the 5 stops!


Wrapping Party

The room looked like Santa's Shop! It was the perfect fusion between Service and Fellowship. The smiles of everyone spoke volume! Gail Goldstein’s mom, from Heaven, supplied the wrapping paper. Venice High School Interactors and The Lady Elks also joined.

Gifts Delivery

It’s the Grand finale of our activities, the culmination of 45 days of teamwork and abundant Love outpouring from the Rotarians, their families and many supporters! The generator of unforgettable Rotary Moments!

Team Monica: ‘Naughty Nutcrackers’ said:The Sanchez family served our Rotarians hot chocolate and fruit when they delivered the gifts.



Team Ray / Venice High School Interactors: ‘Golden Gondos’: They also went shopping together with Ray and Carmina.



Lucy: ‘Santa’s S’Mores’: Another needy family who needed essentials - sofa, microwave and dresser - the latter two were donated by a member of the community.

James & Maria: ‘Holiday Sleigh Riders’


Team Vuchsas: ‘Santa’s Angels’



Team Bobbie: ‘The No Jingle Bells’:Received a thank you text from mom, Jessica Juarez: “Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 Thank you so much for the presents 🎁 my kids are so happy 😊


Team Gail & Rob: ‘Getting Caroled Away’:Delivering gifts and building trundle beds for the family. Their young daughter’s reaction is priceless!

Team Kathrine: ‘Rotary Rock’n Reindeers’:This was a family very much in need - bed (shared by mom and daughter), fridge, heat. Tracey’s outreach and fundraising skills helped raise additional funds needed to purchase these essential items.

Team Lisa: ‘Golden Ringers’ Delivery and a rare peek at the family opening their gifts!

Team Ramona: ‘Spirited Sparkles’
First year captain Ramona was challenged with "one of the shiest families I’ve met in my 10 years of this program", but she prevailed by granting all wishes, big and small!



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
Jan 04, 2023
Dave Voss
Jan 11, 2023
Jan 18, 2023 8:00 AM
Fighting Human Trafficking
Feb 08, 2023 8:00 AM
Why We Need New Vaccines, and Now
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Upcoming Events
Happy Hour - Cinco
Jan 05, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 10, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
District 5280 Brunch
Proud Bird Food Bazaar and Event Center
Jan 15, 2023
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Monthly Hike with Vida
Jan 29, 2023
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Protectors Appreciation Week
Jan 30, 2023 – Feb 03, 2023
Happy Hour
Feb 02, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 14, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monthly Hike with Vida
Feb 26, 2023
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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January Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Lisa Schwab
January 5
Tammie Bean
January 11
Tracey Thompson Busa
January 15
Gail Goldstein
January 19
Harold Johnson
January 20
Maria Davis
January 23
Helena Goto
January 27
David Voss
January 29
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