Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 05, 2017
At the May 4, meeting, members and guests heard discussed a number of events and proposals. 
Fabian Valencia, recently a frequent guest at the club meetings and the leader of Lost Angeles, with weekly meetings at the South Gate VFW meeting place, talked about funding for parks from LA County Measure A. He mentioned that LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis is strongly supporting this measure.  Fabian said that there will be funds available for park improvements in Lynwood.  In response to a question from Daniel for additional information, Fabian cited Jane Beasley, Administrator, LA County Regional Park and Open Space District.  In addition, a source of information is:  Teresa Villegas, Parks Deputy for Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Club President Ramon Rodriguez mentioned the coming District 5280 annual District Assembly which is held at the City of Carson Conference Center.  The event this year is Saturday, June 3 from 7:30am to Noon.  The Assembly has a number of sessions that describe Rotary Avenues of Service, and include information as to skills and activities involved in these programs.  Ramon encouraged all club members to plan to attend this event.
Another event for Lynwood Rotary members is the American Cancer Relay for Life Run to be held in South Gate Park for a 24 hour period, Jul 15 – 16.  Last year the event was held in the Lynwood Park across the street and Lulu organized club participation, which included half of the Lynwood Club members.  Ramon stated he will ask Lulu if she can again organize the Lynwood club's participation.  Participating groups bring camping equipment to stay in during the 24 hour run.  The concept is that a minimum of one person from each participating group is on the track during the 24 hour period from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.
There was discussion from several members about the planned evening meetings on a trial basis, with the first evening meeting set for Thursday, May 25, 6 pm to 7:30 pm in Bateman Hall.  President Ramon stated that the club should be advised in the coming week, if the City approves this time change for the last Thursday each month.  This trial is planned for six months, and if it results in increased attendance and membership, then the club will be asked to approve that all the meetings be held in the evening.  Club member Martina Rodriguez recommended that for this first evening meeting, that there be special decorations in the meeting room.  Also it was suggested that other special activities be planned for this evening meeting.  And Martina and other members urged that everyone bring a guest to this meeting.
President Ramon then described his involvement and participation in the event held on Saturday, Apr 29, at the Lynwood Union Gallery, which event was titled:  “L.A. Riots: Lynwood.”  Residents with memories of their personal experiences during the riots in April 1992 were filmed so that a video exists.  TV media press attended this event and recorded some of what was said and filmed some of the documentation for this event in the gallery.  President Ramon talked about his personal memories, to include a rioting group that organized themselves on Atlantic Blvd and Rosecrans Ave and proceeded to walk north.  He mentioned boarding up windows and also placing barricades of bags of cement and sand in front of his store for protection.  At the event there were a number of residents who were filmed to include present Mayor Maria Santillan.
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club