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Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Last newsletter,  I wrote that the New Year is an opportunity to see everyone with new eyes. Few members commented  that it sounds great but probably a Utopia! 

I found the answer to that statement last Sunday while attending the District Brunch and listening to the Director/Producer of the movie “Ferguson Rises” and his message to practice FORGIVENESS as a tool to restart a relationship. We were also inspired by Martin Luther King who was celebrated recently. One of his many quotes on forgiveness is "Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship”

I continued to reflect on the power of forgiveness lately and, since I consider our club as a family, I share with you a beautiful reading on “Forgiveness In The Family” at the bottom of this newsletter, For those who wish to deepen this virtue. Forgiveness is a journey and a choice, not a feeling!

Joe Chehade - Club President

Let’s Be a Family!


Coming up this Wednesday 

Our speaker is Rotarian Fern Saltzman: Her presentation about HUMAN TRAFFICKING will raise awareness about this world’s second largest and fastest growing crime against children aged 11 to 17. Fern is also an accomplished poet and photographer. She will be accompanied by her husband Jay, a Past District Governor and 3 times Club President! 

Warren Bobrow from Westchester Rotary will join us on behalf of the District to ask our help to host Rotary Youth Exchange students the weekend of Feb 3. The overall commitment is 2 nights of hosting and 2 mornings of breakfast.  Please contact him with questions at or 310 670-4175. He will have a signup sheet or you can sign up using this link. Click  HERE:

Thank you President-Elect Hilton Brown for leading this meeting, while I recover from an outpatient knee surgery!


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Hike with Vida - Sunday January 29

Here’s what Vida wrote:

We are starting our monthly hikes. The first one is dog and kid friendly!

Where: Westridge Trailhead. W. Mandeville Fire Road, Los Angeles, Ca 90049

When: Sunday January 29 at 8 am. The hike will take about 2 hours.

Signup: at the Wednesday meeting or call/text Vida at 310.710.8426

Optional: Meet at the Brentwood Starbucks after the hike (On San Vicente)

Protectors’ Week

Our club will participate in this weeklong event organized by the LAX Chamber of commerce. We are responsible to go cheer our protectors at two lunch events:

  1. Marina del Rey Fire Department on Monday, January 30th at 11:30am.

  2. Marina del Rey Sheriff Department Wednesday, February 1 at 12pm.

Signup sheets will be available at the meeting. For more info, contact Kelli Trombley: and check the Chamber’s event  LINK

Cantalini’s Wine Dinner to benefit LAPD Youth Programs

On January 31, at 6pm

For more information, Contact Maria Davis or of course Lisa Schwab.


Membership summit

 Everyone is invited to this District event led by our own Brady Connell, Senior Assistant Governor for membership, on February 18


Midnight Mission is back on February 19!

We’ll serve dinner to our homeless brothers and sisters in Downtown then go for a quick fellowship bite. Only 10 volunteers for this event. Participants need to be fully vaccinated. Signup HERE



Teachers Mini-Grants

There was nothing MINI about these grants! A giant effort between The LAX Chamber Education Committee and our Club. Thank you Gwen for chairing this event and for the team who made it happen. The 19 School Principals present at our meeting had genuine and grateful comments!

District Brunch

 Twelve Playa Venice members joined hundreds of Rotatarians at this Brunch last Sunday. One keynote speaker was the director of the movie “Ferguson Rises.” It was very opportune before celebrating MLK day and a good reflection about treating each person with dignity. Here’s the movie trailer that we will also watch at our meeting.

Rotary Float at the Rose Parade

The Rotary float won the trophy for best small float! Peter had his glorious moment with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. Thank you Juliet for always reminding us of this event! 



Last but not Least



There is no perfect family. We do not have perfect parents, we are not perfect, we do not marry a perfect person or have perfect children. We have complaints from each other. We disappoint each other. So there is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival. Without forgiveness the family becomes an arena of conflict and a stronghold of hurt.

Without forgiveness, the family becomes ill. Forgiveness is the sepsis of the soul, the cleansing of the mind and the liberation of the heart.

That is why the family must be a place of life, not of death; Territory of cure and not of illness; Stage of forgiveness and not guilt. Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow has produced sadness; Healing, where sorrow has caused disease.

-Pope Francis


Club Information
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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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
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The Midnight Mission
Feb 19, 2023
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Feb 26, 2023
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Happy Hour
Mar 02, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visitation Parish Hall
Mar 11, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Mar 14, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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January 5
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January 11
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January 15
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January 19
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January 20
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January 23
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January 27
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January 29
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