Playa Venice Sunrise
Rotary Club
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Dear Rotarians and Friends,


Last Wednesday, Ramona started our meeting with an inspiration about “A Joyful Heart” and Dave ended it, speaking from his heart about Howard, the happy and loving Rotarian! 

I left the meeting with a sense of gratitude for being part of my Rotary family and for having known Howard. To honor him, I decided to try doing like him and spreading Joy around me. So, several times this week, I asked myself “What Would Howard Do?”  and the answer was to be more generous at times, to spread happiness at others, or to be more patient. Every time “I lost myself” to make another person happy, I felt a deep sense of Joy! 

The following day, at the progressive dinner, I saw how much the 3 families that hosted us, did exactly that! Theyput a smile on our lips and in our hearts! Thank you James and Racquel Frawley, Joe & Maria Davis, Larry Plotkin & Diane Barretti!

This genuine Joy is what we usually call a “Rotary Moment.” It’s a feeling difficult to describe but it happens when we lose ourselves for others. 

Helen Keller once said:”There is Joy is self-forgetfulness. So, I try to make the light in other’s eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness,”


Joe Chehade, President

Let’s be a Family!

Coming up this Wednesday 

We are honored to welcome the Chief of Airport police Cecil Rhambo as our speaker! He will update us on the latest community news and address the homeless crisis. We will have a chance to ask him questions at the end.

This week is also “Bring a Friend to Rotary meeting.” We’re looking forward to welcoming friends who want to know more about Rotary!



New Zoom Link to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 867 5268 7629

Password: 872956

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 Progressive Dinner

Gwen Vuchsas writes

Dinner was tons of fun! Great costumes 🎃 food and fellowship. First stop was at James & Racquel Frawley’ home for appetizers, main entree at Joe & Maria Davis’ 🌮 and delicious desserts at Larry Plotkin & Diane Barretti’s. It was Lauren Palermo’s birthday 🎂 and we sang “Happy Birthday” to her at the Plotkin home! We had quite a group with Snow White, aliens, Cruella de Vil, Pink Ladies, pilots, Trojans, a bull, a farmer, Princess Leia, angels and a soldier! Happy Halloween 👻


Our monthly Happy Hour is this Thursday November 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Hacienda Playa in Playa del Rey. See you there for a relaxing time together! Family & Friends are welcome!

 Soul of Rotary Concert

November 20


  • Read a full description of the event

  • Become a sponsor or purchase a VIP table. If you do either of these, please let Tracey Thompson-Busa or Peter Smyth know. Peter can provide sponsor information that you can distribute to non-Rotarians.

  • Buy single tickets

  • Purchase drawing/raffle tickets. This is being done primarily online this year. If you prefer paper raffle tickets, please contact Gail Brooks. Tickets are 12 for $100 and the top prize is $7500.

If you would like to volunteer to staff the Polio Plus booth, please contact Bonnie Cullinan.


Honor Flights Video


Last month, we honored our Vets traveling to Washington DC. Enjoy this 2-minute video that explains this event from a kid’s perspective!


 Malibu Pancake Breakfast 

The Malibu Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help with their first Pancake Breakfast to benefit the first responders, on Sunday November 13 in the morning. If you’re available, contact Tracey Thompson Busa or Jerry Jen.


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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Dec 07, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Happy Hour - Hacienda Playa
8415 Pershing Dr, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Nov 03, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 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
Board of Directors Meeting
Dec 13, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Ray Morales
October 5
Nora MacLellan
October 13
Marsha Wietecha
October 30
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