Playa Venice Sunrise
Rotary Club
Cup of Joe...Sip#26

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

February starts tomorrow. A month usually dedicated to celebrate LOVE, a necessary ingredient in building any relationship. It's a reminder to include that ingredient in any environment we're in, especially when it's lacking: at home, work, in our community, our Nation and in the World. A Glance at any newspaper front page is enough to convince you that there is a shortage of it!


The following few lines of this St Francis prayer, will be my daily meditation and the compass to guide my actions in February:

...Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned...

Joe Chehade

Let's Be a Loving Family to each other and to our community!

Coming up this Wednesday

Our speaker this week is Rotarian Tori Hettinger ! Tori is the administrator of our District 5280. She will present to us the  Westchester Makeover Project for 2023. It’s a huge effort to renovate St Margaret Center in Lennox. They serve low income and unhoused families. Our Club is a supporter and donor to this project. Moreover, we will roll our sleeves with them during Spring to volunteer in renovating that center. Join us to learn more and see how you can also help.



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 Last week, we announced MATTHEW LAWRENCE, our youngest member, as the Rotarian of the month for December for his contributions to the success of our Adopt-A-Family program and the Santa Tour. Among other things:

-He transported all the gift wrap to & from Visitation for the Club gift wrapping party.

-He shopped for his Adopt A Family & transported all the wrapped gifts and two upholstered living room chairs, side table & ottomans & a trundle bed.

-He picked up & delivered a kitchen table & two chairs for Kelly Trombley's Adopt A  Family team.


-He found out that a young man from Kathrine's Adopt A Family team is enrolled in Trade Tech school  to study Auto Mechanics. So Matthew volunteered to shop for and purchase a mobile tool box carrier when asked by Kathrine. Then he donated some of his personal tools to the young man & asked his co workers and collected more tools. That was not enough for him. He called his Mack Tool dealer and got more tools donated!


-He picked up a stove in El Segundo donated by James Frawley for the Adopt A family & then delivered it to the 2nd floor apartment and helped install it


-He helped Gwen pick up & then return all the Candy Canes stanchions & signs for the Santa Tour


-He served as "the best dressed" Security officer on the North Pole Security team at the Santa Tour.

He did all that with a smiling face and a kind heart! 



Our monthly Happy Hour is this Thursday February 2 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in a new place in Playa Vista, chosen by Keely Scarlata:


13020 Pacific Promenade #1

Los Angeles, California 90094

Hope many of you can be there to check it out, relax and socialize over some drinks and appetizers!

Their website mentions they "offer a chef driven menu for beer lovers, cocktail sippers, wine aficionados, sports freaks, secret admirers, and urban cowboys . . . all in a comfortable, contemporary space.”


Vida Ash writes:

Our first hike was extremely successful. Nine people showed up around 8 am and we started the hike by 8:15. We reached our destination which was a 3.5 mile hike in one hour and 40 minutes. Round trip was 7 miles. We went up to the top where back in the 1950s, that spot  served as a mountaintop military installation to defend Los Angeles from Soviet missile attacks. Today, the 1,960-foot peak provides visitors with a look back at this chapter in the city’s history, along with a great view of West LA, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Valley. 

We had near perfect weather, overcast and on the way back we got hit with some drizzle. Everyone made it back down to the parking lot by 11ish. Tracey, Peter, and I went to have lunch nearby in Brentwood Country Market with delicious food and much needed wine for Peter!






On Monday,  some of us met at the Marina del Rey Fire Department to thank the men and women who put their lives in danger us. We brought them lunch from Tony Ps. 

On Wednesday, we will do the same for the Marina del Rey Sheriff Department.

This is an LAX Chamber of Commerce initiative. Thank you Kelli and Mary Catherine for leading that effort! 



Last Week




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
Feb 01, 2023 8:00 AM
Westchester Rotary Makeover Project
Feb 08, 2023 8:00 AM
Why We Need New Vaccines, and Now
Feb 15, 2023 8:00 AM
Education Update
Feb 22, 2023 8:00 AM
Mar Vista Family Center Update
Mar 08, 2023
Craft Talk
Mar 22, 2023
Tourism, LA Live
Mar 29, 2023 8:00 AM
Craft Talk
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Upcoming Events
Protectors Appreciation Week
Jan 30, 2023 – Feb 03, 2023
Happy Hour @ GULF BREW CO.
Gulf Brew Co.
Feb 02, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 14, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Midnight Mission
The Midnight Mission
Feb 19, 2023
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Monthly Hike with Vida
Feb 26, 2023
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Happy Hour
Mar 02, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visitation Parish Hall
Mar 11, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 14, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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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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