Playa Venice Sunrise
Rotary Club
Cup of Joe Sip#20

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Joe didn’t have time to brew a full  cup this week. Instead, here’s just a “ristretto”: (a short shot) that hopefully delivers the same flavor  of  us being a Family.

I’ve been meditating recently on “Mercy.” I invite you to read the following in a meditative way to help you be inspired to apply it in your lives. You can skip directly to the next paragraph if you just need to know about our news, for now.

What is Mercy? Who are the merciful?

The merciful are those whose hearts are filled with concrete love towards the least, the forgotten and the poor. Isn’t this  exactly what we did at Rise against Hunger and  are doing now in our Adopt-A-Family program? Many of us have already reached out to our families, established a first bond, delivered our Love in the shape of a basket.

The word mercy comes from the Hebrew rehem, ‘womb’ evoking a sense of the limitless love that a mother feels for her child. It is ‘a love that does not measure!

Thanksgiving also is a perfect time to practice Mercy. Many of us will remember the less fortunate. For me, another way to practice Mercy on Thanksgiving day is when I will meet this one family member  that has probably offended me in the past. I’ll make an effort  to take the first step to forgive and be forgiven. I’ll try to imagine how this person’s mother would behave towards him or her?

Mercy has the power to create a new humanity! Isn’t that what Rotary is doing?

(Wordshere were inspired from “The Word of Life” written by an Italian friend, Letizia Magri)

Coming up this Wednesday 

We have a beautiful  special family-style meeting this week:

  • We will get an update on the visits to our Adopt A Family program from the teams. Kristen Hemanes, the program chair, is reminding you to email her ( 

 - if your families need computers 

- if your families want big ticket items

- if your friends/colleagues/neighbors have items available or want to donate goods (descriptions & photos would be appreciated)

**Available: Barbie dolls - see Maria Davis

  • The Rotarian of the Month of October will be revealed!

  • We will hear from Larry Plotkin and Gwen Vuchsas about the history and value of the FLIGHT PATH MUSEUM that Larry’s dad started.

  • That same place will host our special HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR  on December 1. Please invite your friends to this special event. Neighboring Rotary clubs have also been invited! See below a copy of the invitation

  • We will hear an update on the successful Soul of Rotary Concert event.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Joe Chehade, President

Let’s be a Family



to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 867 5268 7629

Password: 872956

One tap mobile Dial  669 900 6833 US (San Jose)


 A Holiday Happy Hour

LAX Flight Path Museum

December 1, 2022

Our Club is hosting a special Happy Hour to kick off the holiday season with a lovely gathering of our community as we offer scrumptious food, wine flights and beer at the beautiful and iconic LAX Flight Path Museum. Ring in the joy of the season as we Mix and Mingle in the spirit of Rotary!

The cost is $25 per person with your RSVP to by November 28 and ZELLE your admission to the same email. You can also pay at the door

For more information please call 310 963-9494



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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Nov 23, 2022
Information about the Flight Path Learning Center
Nov 30, 2022
Craft Talk
Dec 07, 2022
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Jan 11, 2023
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Upcoming Events
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
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 10, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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November 5
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November 19
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November 26
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