Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 13, 2017

At the July 13  meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard and observed a video about personal memories of the Watts Riots 25 years ago.   

The description of the program is repeated here from the weekly meeting updates.

Rowland Becerra, President of the Lynwood Union, also an active leader of other art related projects.  Mr. Becerra showed a video with voice recordings which was part of the “L.A. Riots, Lynwood” presentation at the Lynwood Union Gallery on Sat, Apr 29.

In this video a number of well-known people in the community talk about their memories of the L.A. Riots as it personally affected them and their families.  Among those filmed include current Mayor Maria Santillan and immediate past president of the Lynwood Rotary Club Ramon Rodriguez.  Some of the people filmed include then LUSD teacher Lynda George, Lynwood Travel Lodge owner Nick Patel, J.D. Whitaker, Roland Becerra, Leticia Vasquez (formerly on City Council and Mayor)   and Luis Byrd (formerly on the Lynwood City Council and who served as Mayor).

The video presentation gave pause for everyone in attendance about this momentous event, some would say, disaster, impacting everyone in the Los Angeles Region.

Before the video with recorded voices, President Joe Wang again talked about the results of the Fireworks Stand , July 1 through July 4.  He again mentioned that this fund raising event for the Lynwood Club would not have been possible without the generous time commitment of volunteers involving Youth act participants, their parents, several Roosevelt ES teachers, and several older youth volunteers using their time spent as credit for community service time.

Coming events were discussed, starting with the annual National Night Out event planned for Tuesday evening, August 1.  The Lynwood Rotary Club will have a table and will provide hot dogs and buns and relish for participants in this well attended annual city event.  Other events planned are listed in the cover page of the weekly update which is emailed to Rotary members and to non members who have requested these weekly updates.  It was noted that for the boat races at the District Picnic on Sat, Aug 26, at Redondo Beach Harbor Lagoon, as usual, Joe Wang will construct the cardboard boat, and then the youth will paint the cardboard boat. 


 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –

 Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club