Playa Venice Sunrise
Rotary Club
Cup of Joe    Sip#13
                                                                                          -St Augustine


Nothing we do is of value 

if there is no Love!

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

We are gearing towards our busy club season! From Arabian Nights to Adopt a Family and in between several projects such as Build a Bear, Rise against Hunger, Walk to end Alzheimer, The District Benefit concert etc.  

Before we plunge into all that, I wanted to pause and make sure first and foremost that our Playa Venice Spirit is there: I went back and read what I wrote to the club in my first newsletter : Let’s never place any kind of activity, either service or fellowship, before the spirit of being a family!

I do believe that we cannot give what we don’t have! So, Let’s serve and fundraise with a spirit of care among us. It’s only then, that the recipients of our actions will feel happy and will want to pay it forward. Yom Kippur’s message guides me  to do an examination of conscience and purify my heart and thoughts, then make peace with those around me at home, work or in the club.  

I invite you to join me in this beautiful journey because…Nothing we do is of value if there is no Love!

Joe Chehade, Club President


Coming up this Wednesday


Our Speaker this week is Maritza Morales, the  Executive Director at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Auxiliary CARES whose  primary mission is to “benefit patients by adding comfort to their hospital stay and providing services that help the patients access quality health care.” Her talk will be more of a Q & A with Kathrine Russell. Maritza has been helping suffering children for over 20 years! She will say why she chose to dedicate her career to children and how we can engage with devastated parents of sick children. Maritza will also share with us a tip or two on how our club can get involved to help children in our community.

Maritza’s organization is the recipient of the bears we will “build” this Sunday October 9 at our Charity Build a Bear.  The event will conclude with  a quick bite together.  More details and a sign up sheet will be available at the meeting.  You can also sign up using THIS LINK . Check these happy pictures from last year:

This Wednesday is also our last meeting outdoors. Mornings are becoming a little chilly and humid at the Marina! So come and enjoy the last “Al Fresco” meeting!


This Zoom Link to join on Wednesday

Meeting ID: 850 8395 1798

Passcode: 013697



Our monthly Happy Hour for October has been postponed one week to Thursday October 13 at 5:30 pm at Brizo in Marina del Rey! Thank you Maria Davis for organizing!



Online registration 

The tickets to our Cultural Dinner always sell out, so don’t wait long before you register. You can do that online: CLICK HERE, or email/text  Gwen with your reservation.


It’s also not late to ask your company or a friend’s company to be a sponsor for the event, even if they don’t plan to attend. They’ll be recognized in the program, the powerpoint projection and on our website. Remember to mention that 99% of their donation will go directly to fund our charity events! See below the levels of sponsorships.


The committee will continue to take auction items after the  deadline.  They are also looking for more hotel stays if you have any connections. 



meeting is less than a month ahead: Wednesday November 2.  Start putting your thinking head on: Who you will invite: a co-worker, a family member, a neighbor, a community leader, etc.

If Rotary has been good to you, it must be good to others too! So, it’s time for you to pay it forward! You don’t have to explain a lot. The membership committee will be preparing a good program. Watch this video to get started.


 Is the July Rotarian of the Month!


Carla was recognized last week for her willingness to take on two tasks when we couldn’t find any volunteers for a while. The first is committing to do the weekly powerpoint presentation.  Carla also filled-in to coordinate our participation at the District picnic! Thank you Carla and grateful for your presence in our Club!


Happy Hour with 

Westchester Rotary

Last week, the Westchester Rotary Club invited us to join their Young Professionals Happy Hour. The young and “young at heart” joined: Jerry, Vida, Richard F, Peter, Helena, Tracey,  Joe & Maria Davis.



You can now volunteer for any of the following service events through our website using THIS LINK:

  • Mar Vista Family Center weekly food distribution 

  • Charity Build A Bear - October 9

  • Walk to end Alzheimer - October 23

  • Rise against Hunger - November 5

Note that some of these events allow a limited number of volunteers.


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
Oct 05, 2022
CARES Build a Bear
Oct 12, 2022
Pres. & CEO, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
Oct 19, 2022
LAPD Career Talk Part 2!
Oct 26, 2022
Craft Talk
Nov 02, 2022
Nov 09, 2022
Craft Talk
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Upcoming Events
Mar Vista Family Center - Volunteer Sign Up
Mar Vista Family Center
Oct 05, 2022
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Charity Build-A-Bear
Oct 09, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Oct 11, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour - Brizo
Brizo Bar and Restaurant
Oct 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cultural Dinner - Arabian Nights
The Elks Lodge
Oct 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Walk to end Alzheimer
Crescent Bay Park
Oct 23, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 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
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October Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Ray Morales
October 5
Nora MacLellan
October 13
Marsha Wietecha
October 30
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