Westwood Village Rotary Club Programs

October 26

Nick Melvoin

Nick was recently elected as the District 4 member on the Los Angeles Unified School District. His election was a stunning upset of Steve Zimmer who was the LAUSD Board President. The campaign was a hard fought, bitter and expensive, but casted Melvoin as a reform candidate who declared that kids in the LAUSD are not reaching their potential because of a district that puts bureaucrats ahead of kids.

Nick is a native of the Brentwood area and started his career as a LAUSD teacher. Melvoin represents change and shows that a candidate with a message can still win a crucial election although being significantly outspent.

November 2

Rev. Michael Mandala

Fr. Michael Mandala, S.J., is President of Verbum Dei High School in Watts. Verbum Dei is part of the Jesuit Cristo Rey program that started in Chicago in the 1990’s.The young men, mostly minorities who would not otherwise finish high school, are taught in a very rigorous academic environment, but are released to work in an office-type job one day a week. These programs have had amazing results.

Fr. Mandala is a Southern California native but has a vast experience in education throughout California.

Upcoming Programs (Scheduled or to be scheduled)

November 9

Special Veteran’s Day speaker

November 16 (Dark)

November 17

On Friday November 17, there is a special joint meeting with the Santa Monica Rotary Club celebrating the following day’s rivalry game between the Bruins of UCLA and the Trojans of USC. Get ready for the battle! Both at the Rotary meeting and on the field. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree in Santa Monica.

November 23 (Dark)

You will be at home for the very, very important holiday of Thanksgiving. We are indeed bountifully blessed in this country our pilgrims came to discover.

November 30

Carol Rosenstein will give us an insight on how to combat the difficult issues of dementia through music. She is founder of Music Mends Minds, and you want to hear what she has discovered by her real life experience.

December 7

Brad Mirman is the founder of Dive Warriors, a non-profit with programs designed to improve the lives of our wounded military veterans. After serving our country many veterans return with disabilities ranging from PTSD, brain or special injuries and loss of limbs. Brad will tell us how Dive Warriors is dedicated to empower these brave men and women on their road to recovery through therapeutic qualities of scuba diving.

December 14

Mathew Thornton is Scout Executive of the Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He will give us an update of the Scouting world and address the many controversial subjects facing the Boy Scouts both nationally and locally.

December 21

Special Holiday Program

December 28 (Dark)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

January 4, 2018

Over the Hump - Special Program

January 11

Religious Panel: A priest, minister and rabbi, were discussing……….

January 18

Harry Chandler, son of Otis Chandler the former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, will discuss the history of the Chandler family and its relationship with the newspaper. In addition he will comment on the growth of LA during the Chandler years.

January 25

The Opioid Crisis: Dr. Karen Mioitto of UCLA will bring us up-to-date on this controversial and important subject.