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Posted by Gurdip Hari on Jun 07, 2018

 At the  June 7  meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests  engaged in discussions about several topics.

There was a detailed discussion of the specific charges / dues that 6pm members of the Lynwood Rotary Club will be responsible to pay.  Club Treasurer, Martina Rodriguez led the discussion, along with Club President, Joe Wang.  Club member Raj helped to clarify and simplify the explanation of the costs that the 6pm members will have to pay.

In response to a question from Daniel, the candidate new members are as follows:  Rowland Becerra, Joe Battle Jr., Yolandra Rodriguez, and Marisela Santana.  Although he did not attend the 6pm May 31 Rotary Meeting, as requested, Daniel asked Roman Rodriguez to call Juan Enciso because Juan had stated to Daniel of his intention to rejoin the club, as a 6pm member.  It was noted that Joaquin Mesinas, is not ready at this time to rejoin the Lynwood Rotary Club, but maybe later he can do this.

Guest J.D. Whitaker offered comments, in response to a question from Martina Rodriguez, in regard to new situations within the city involving illegal marijuana sales.

There was a brief discussion again of the coming American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, during the 24 hours event from Sat, Jul 20 until Sunday morning, Jul 21.  Based on individual contributions (starting with a check from Daniel for $200) Club Treasurer, Martina will issue a check in the coming week for $1,000, so that the Lynwood Rotary Club will be listed as an official sponsor again of this annual event.  As occurred last year, the event will again be held in South Gate Park.

A repeat from the May 31 meeting notes, Fernando and Tila have accepted responsibility for organizing the Fireworks Stand Sales this year, and Fernando noted that he will need ALL Rotary members to volunteer time during the four days of sales, plus the day before, in getting ready for sales, starting Jul 1 thru Jul 4.  Also the Youthact organization will provide lunch for all Fireworks Stand workers on Tue, Jul 3.

Also a repeat from the May 31 notes is the  opportunity for fund raising through distribution of the Snow Factory tickets.    These are sales tickets from Snow Factory, for ice cream, priced at $5.99 each. The tickets are color coded for the participating non profit organizations.  The Rotary tickets have a yellow circle on them.  The Snow Factory is located on the second floor of Plaza Mexico.  So Rotary members can walk around Plaza Mexico urging persons to take a Rotary ticket and buy the ice cream at the Snow Factory store, explaining that Rotary will get the full price of $5.99 donated to the Lynwood Rotary Club.

Also mentioned is the planned trip to Corazon De La Vida orphange in Tijuana, Sat, Jun 23.

Note:  To be mentioned at the weekly Jun 14 Rotary meeting, was the great success of the Fri, Jun 8, 5pm – 8pm (in Bateman Hall) Youthact Annual Banquet and Officer Awards and installation of new Youthact officers for the year starting, July 1.  ( A large number of Rotary members attended this important annual event for Youthact members and their parents.)

 Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra – 

 Public Relations  and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on May 31, 2018

At the May 31 meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests enjoyed the interesting presentations from the Youth act leaders, Tila and Fernando Millan and the Youth act leaders present.

This meeting had one of the largest number of attendees in memory with extra tables being added as more and more persons showed up, to include Youth act members, their parents, candidates for 6pm meeting membership to be interviewed and members of the community.)

A Power Point Program, led by Youth act Leaders Tila and Fernando, was very interesting, showing recent activities.  The Youth act president and other officers were introduced, and the Youth act President made part of the presentation.    The benefits of youth involvement in Youth act were mentioned, including the mother of Youth act President, Alex Brizuela, and of his brother, Fernando, Youth act Secretary, talking about the skills her sons have acquired in speaking and in learning to coordinate club activities.

Fernando and Tila have accepted responsibility for organizing the Fireworks Stand Sales this year, and Fernando noted that he will need ALL Rotary members to volunteer time during the four days of sales, plus the day before, in getting ready for sales, starting July 1 thru July 4.  Also, the Youth act organization will provide lunch for all Fireworks Stand workers on Jul 3.

Other Youth act discussion is the expected significant growth in Youth act membership, due in part to the support from Gudiel Crosthwaite and Juan Barrosco.  Also mentioned is the planned trip to Corazon De La Vida orphanage in Tijuana, Sat, Jun 23.

Before the Youth act presentations, opportunity for fund raising was again explained by club member Roman Rodriguez.  These are sales tickets from Snow Factory, for ice cream, priced at $5.99 each. The tickets are color coded for the participating nonprofit organizations.  The Rotary tickets have a yellow circle on them.  The Snow Factory is located on the second floor of Plaza Mexico.  So Rotary members can walk around Plaza Mexico urging persons to take a Rotary ticket and buy the ice cream at the Snow Factory store, explaining that Rotary will get the full price of $5.99 donated to the Lynwood Rotary Club.

Club Secretary Maria Quinionez (Lulu) again talked about the coming American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, Sat – Sun, 24 hours, Jul 20 & Jul 21, again in South Gate Park.  If Lynwood Rotary Club wants to be listed as a sponsor, the club needs to make a $1,000 donation in early June.  Like last year, individual contributions are needed to the club, so Lynwood Rotary can make a $1,000 contribution.  (Daniel at the meeting wrote a check to the club for $200, so that leaves $800 needed from other club members so the club can be sponsoring this important community event.)

Club member and LUSD Superintendent, Gudiel Crosthwaite, provided  several items of good news: Lynwood Unified School District just received a grant of over 4.2 million dollars to expand after school Saturday programs; LUSD will expand summer programs for K-8 students from 8:30 – 12:30 to 8:30 – 3:30 pm; New Pathway High School is under construction and should be completed by Aug 2018;  lastly, Juan Barroso, LUSD Coordinator and former Youth act advisor announced that he is speaking with high school students and teachers to identify an advisor for each high school.

At the end of the meeting, Club Board members met with the candidates to become members for the 6pm meetings, all of whom were present.  Club member Raj led the presentation about the benefits of becoming a Rotary member, and about the expectations for participation in club projects and activities.

 See the cover page to the weekly update for more information on Youth act planned activities.  Specifically, the Friday, June 8, 5pm event, at Bateman Hall, Rotary members encouraged to attend, but RSVP required, call Mr. Millan, (323) 422 – 8328.

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on May 24, 2018

 At the May 24 meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests enjoyed the interesting presentations from the speakers, representing Congresswoman  Nanette Diaz Barragan, 44th Congressional District, Francisco Carrillo, District Director and staff member Gabriella Cid

Before the presentation, there was more discussion of a community fund raising project, that a representative explained, from Plaza Mexico, Kiana Velasco, Marketing & Community Relations, at the May 10 meeting.  Community Fundraising tickets were distributed to all the members present.  These are sales tickets from Snow Factory, for ice cream, priced at $5.99 each. The tickets are color coded for the participating nonprofit organizations.  The Rotary tickets have a yellow circle on them.  The Snow Factory is located on the second floor of Plaza Mexico. So Rotary members can walk around Plaza Mexico urging persons to take a Rotary ticket and buy the ice cream at the Snow Factory store, explaining that Rotary will get the full price of $5.99 donated to the Lynwood Rotary Club.

There was also more informal discussion about meeting with the candidates to become Rotary members, so that that they fully understand what Rotary is, and what are the responsibilities in becoming a member.  It was noted that the list of six candidates would become part of the 6pm meeting group, with reduced membership costs, and with an expectation of attending regularly only the 6pm meetings.  It was suggested that the candidates be urged to attend next week's 6pm meeting on May 31, to meet with the club president and hear exactly the expectations for the candidates to become Rotary members.

(The Lynwood Rotary Club sent a memorial wreath for the funeral service for the unexpected death of a daughter of Iris Pygatt and her husband.  The card of appreciation states: “To the Lynwod Rotary Club –  The family of Dr. Tami Pygatt –Dan Raro wishes to express Sincere thanks for the lovely flowers sent to console our hearts.  We appreciate the kind words and thoughts and thank God for such wonderful friends.  We thank you so much.  Love The Pygatt family and the Dan Raro family.”

(A repeat from the May 17 meeting, there is a deadline coming for the Lynwood Rotary to commit to again being a sponsor, at a cost of $1,000., for the Relay for Life by the American Cancer Society.  As last year, the 24-Hour event will be in South Gate Park on Fri and Sat, Jul 20 & Jul 21   and the deadline to be a sponsor is in Jun.)

The speakers were Francisco Carillo and Gabriella Cid.  One of the Congresswoman's programs for the 44th District was the student art competition.  On the cover page of this weekly email update is a complete statement about the competition and the winner.  The winning art was from a LUSD student, Evelyn Granados, from Lynwood High School.  Of note, is that of the 121 students submitting entries, at total of 49 entries were from students within LUSD!!!  Way to go!!!

Another coming event is the Senior Briefing & Health Fair for Friday, Jul 20, 9am- 2pm at the Carson Community Center.  There will be over 60 organizations for free health screenings and services.

As explained, environmental issues are very important to the congresswoman, especially air quality and water quality for all the residents of the 44th Congressional District.  Other issues are helping ensure that there are no hateful and hurtful actions in the District, including protection to persons in the DACA program   the congresswoman met recently with the ICE Director, successfully getting a man released.  Another recent action was meeting with Los Angeles City officials about the proposed citizenship question on the next Census Count.  This planned question has the potential to discourage participation from immigrant groups. (A decrease in the census count would mean less funds for California from Federal funds based on census data.)

See the cover page to the weekly update for more information on Youth act planned activities.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on May 17, 2018

 At the  May 17 meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests enjoyed the interesting presentation from the speaker, Dr. Patricia Brent-Sanco, LUSD, Director of Equity.

Before the presentation, there was discussion of a community fund raising project, that a representative explained, from Plaza Mexico, Kiana Velasco, Marketing & Community Relations, at the May 10 meeting.  Community Fundraising tickets were distributed to all the members present.  These are sales tickets from Snow Factory, for ice cream, priced at $5.99 each.  More information and coordination will follow. 

There was also more informal discussion about meeting with the candidates to become Rotary members, so that that they fully understand what Rotary is, and what are the responsibilities in becoming a member.  It was noted that the list of six candidates would become part of the 6pm meeting group, with reduced membership costs, and with an expectation of attending regularly only the 6pm meetings.  (Note:  there was brief mention of a required annual installation dinner, at which the candidates for membership would be installed by the Rotary District President or her representative. Daniel noted that this date needs to be confirmed ASAP, due to his scheduling of the speakers for the weekly meetings.)

Rotary Secretary Maria Quinonez (Lulu) mentioned again at this meeting, that there is a deadline coming for the Lynwood Rotary to commit to again being a sponsor, at a cost of $1,000., for the Relay for Life by the American Cancer Society.  As last year, the 24-Hour event will be in South Gate Park on Fri and Sat, Jul 20 & Jul 21   Lulu said that the deadline to be a sponsor is in Jun.

The speaker was Dr. Patricia Brent- Sanco, LUSD, Director of Equity. She brought with her six LUSD staff.  Five of whom consist of the Equity Services Team. (In addition, Juan Barroso, LUSD, Secondary Education, attended, who has previously led a youth Rotary program at LHS, (and who, it is hoped, can help organize again a Rotary youth group at LMS and/or one of the high schools.)  (Also, of note, Shirley, a member of the Equity Team, has been President of the Compton Rotary Club.) The speaker noted that the functions performed by the Equity Team have been going on within LUSD for several years, but the creation of the Team came about in 2016.

In the Power Point Presentation, were detailed lists of the purposes and function of the Equity Team.  “We believe it important to provide opportunities for every student to fearlessly achieve their own personal and professional goals.”  The targeted groups are African American students, English Learner Students, Foster Youth, Homeless Students and students who identify as LGBTG.  Also, Asian Pacific Islander Students are included.

Parents of course of all these groups are important to reach and serve in helping their own children as LUSD students.  To be effective, the Equity Team must use data to define, establish and implement culturally proficient practices throughout the organization, in this case, LUSD.

The presentation included a detailed list of Highlights accomplished.  Several are mentioned herein.  After school programs that service students K-12 at each school site in LUSD.  Summer Literacy Night for over 300 families -- Over 2,650 books were given to students to increase their home libraries.  A $3.1 Million Dollar partnership of in-kind services with the American Honda Foundation and the Great Eight for a STEM Pipeline. Gudiel Crosthwaite, LUSD Superintendent (and Lynwood Rotary member) mentioned a program called B.R.I.D.G.E. “Theatre Project’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect young people around the globe through intensive theatre education programs …   through the creation and exchange of original plays and theatrical productions.”  Last year a play showcased by Abbott ES students was performed in Rwanda.  This summer students from Chavez MS will have a play they wrote performed in Rwanda.  Two students will travel to Rwanda with the cost funded by the US Embassy there.  (The parents will need to seek separate contributions, for their costs.) 

 See the cover page to the weekly update for more information on Youth act planned activities.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on May 03, 2018

 At the May 3 meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests discussed a variety of issues and projects and recent and coming events.

Treasurer Martina Rodriguez talked about budget issues and documentation of expenditures.  She noted that after the meeting she would go with other staff to open up a Rotary bank account.  Martina and Past President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the cost of the Rotary District 5280 Annual Convention, and the plans for the Youth act Group to travel to the convention for one day to receive an award.

Ramon noted that at the City of Lynwood City Council meeting this week, the Council voted to end granting permission for safe and sane fireworks stand sales, but the action will not take effect until July 2019, so  for July 2018, the Lynwood Rotary Club will have another  year of fireworks sales.  It was noted that as in previous years, the participation of Youth act members and their parents in staffing the fireworks stand is much needed and appreciated.  Daniel suggested printing a flier that would be distributed to homes within a certain distance of the fireworks stand, encouraging residents to come to the stand and receive a certain discount for purchases.  There could be a requirement when presenting the flier to show residence ID.  The purpose would be to prevent persons not living in the immediate area of the stand from distributing the flier for discounts in other areas.  Daniel volunteered to design the flier and noted it would be nice if Raj would print the flier for free.

Due primarily to the 6pm meetings, there now are several potential new members.  Rotary member Raj stated that candidates must understand the responsibilities of club members.  He stated that there should be a written description of the expected responsibilities. The club members present voted unanimously that this be done.  The possible new members for the 6pm meetings are:  Rowland Becerra, Juan J. Enciso, Joaquin  Mesinas, John Battle, Yolanda Rodriguez and Marisela Santana.

 Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite and LUSD Superintendent mentioned that on Thursday, May 3, there would be the First Annual Comedy Showcase at LMS, doors opening at 7:30 pm, with tickets benefiting Lynwood Partners Educational Scholarship, featuring Paul Rodriguez, and other Latin Kings of Comedy, HBO, Comedy Central and more.

Also of note, there was a major event at Roosevelt ES that involved Youth act, along with other students and parents from Roosevelt ES on Friday, Apr 27.    The event was called “The Day of the Child”.  It was from 5pm to 8pm and there were tacos and drinks for sale. Concluding the evening, the movie Coco was shown.  (Raman Rodriguez attended and provided pinatas for students to play hit the pinatas.  Daniel attended; also Marisela staffed a table to represent the Lynwood Gallery, along with another young woman, also from the Gallery.)  Roman commented about the large turnout for this event, with parents expressing appreciation for the event.

NOTE:  See the cover page to the weekly update for more information on Youth act planned activities. Also other coming community events, to include Lynwood Union Gallery and Plaza Mexico.

Dr. Pygatt mentioned a sad event in his and his wife's life (Iris):  he explained that their youngest daughter, age 56, also a veterinarian, unexpectantly passed away this week. Services will be on Sat, May 5, 11am at Calgary Baptist Church, located at Bullis Rd. and Alondra Blvd.  Also it was noted that viewing would be at the Adams Funeral Home, Compton, Fri, May 4, 4 to 6pm.  The meeting concluded with a moment of silence for the Pygatt family.

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on Apr 19, 2018

 At the April 19, meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests heard a presentation from Rotary member and previous club president, Ramon Rodriguez. 

Before the presentation,   it was mentioned again that there is a planned Town Hall Event organized by the Century Sheriff's Station on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 pm.  “Come join Captain Carter, Deputy Personnel and your neighbors in a Community Town Hall Meeting.  Location is Greater Emmanuel Temple, 3740 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood.  It was stated that Daniel and Rotary Club President Elect Barbara Battle will attend the event and Daniel encouraged other Rotary members to also attend.

Club Treasurer, Martina Rodriguez said she received a call from Tila Millan, asking for club members to attend a Youth act event on Friday, Apr 27, at Roosevelt  ES. The event is called  “The Day of the Child”.  It will be from 5pm to 8pm and there will be food and also the movie Coco will be shown.

Rotary guest talked about apparently a non-Rotary event.  Her name is Laura Ramirez and she said she is a parent of students at Cesar Chavez MS.  She said she is involved in an event at this MS on Wed, May 23 at the parent’s center from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  She said there are 16 needy families.  She requested gift certificates, and Rotary members Ramon and Larry Esparza, each volunteered to fund 8 certificates for a total 16 gifts.

Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite and LUSD Superintendent mentioned that the next day, Fri, Apr 20, in the morning he will be involved, along with all other school staff in a planned national day of student organized rallies concerning current events.  At the LHS and FHS at 10am, LUSD will permit students to organize themselves outside the schools.  It will be a learning experience.  LASD staff will be deployed, to ensure safe conditions. 

The speaker, Ramon Rodriguez, talked about his life experiences and his experience in business.  He started by explaining that he was born in Mexico, in Zacatecas (the same place, he noted, as Martina.)  In elementary school years, he moved to the US.  He attended classes at Cerritos College and along the way, married his wife, Lupe, and is the proud parent of 3 sons and 1 daughter.    His business experience involved sales.  In 1986, he decided to own his own business in the hardware industry.  To be competitive, with the large hardware chain stores, he noted that providing expert customer service is a way to be successful.  His hardware store has strong areas in plumbing, electrical and painting, among other products and how to information.    His store currently has 5 employees, but in the past he had 11 employees.  Ramon noted with pride that he always was able to meet his payroll!    He noted the importance of maintaining good paper work to pay all taxes due, noting an incident with a state audit.    Concerning business finances, he noted recently he considered purchasing the building on Atlantic Ave. where is hardware store is located, but decided against it.

One of the questions asked from the attendees, was from Daniel, as to whether an active chamber of commerce would be helpful.  Ramon answered that while it does not exist now, that it could be helpful in promoting businesses within the City of Lynwood.

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on Apr 12, 2018

 At the April 12, meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests heard a presentation from Rotary member Victor Gomez, Operations Manager for Bulletin Displays, “Creative Outdoor Advertising”.

Before the presentation,   it was mentioned again that there is a planned Town Hall Event organized by the Century Sheriff's Station on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 pm.  “Come join Captain Carter, Deputy Personnel and your neighbors in a Community Town Hall Meeting.  Location is Greater Emmanuel Temple, 3740 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood.

Victor Gomez talked about the advertising signs his company has which are located on either side of the 105 Freeway, west of Long Beach Blvd.  He mentioned the contracts his company has with the City of Lynwood for the right to locate these signs within the city. 

Victor provided some drawings that depict these signs.  Victor also mentioned the upgrading of the design for the sign that is located on Long Beach Blvd. south of the Green Line Station.

There was mention of the use of sign adjacent to the Green Line Station on the north side of the station that promoted the Lynwood Rotary Club.  This was free for the Lynwood Rotary Club, thanks to the generosity of the owner of Bulletin Displays, Mark Cutler. 

Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite, and LUSD Superintendent, asked whether it would be possible for Bulletin Displays to provide some space for publicizing information about the Lynwood schools at no charge to the school district.

At the Apr 12 meeting, there were comments about how Rotary members from other Rotary clubs have expressed their surprise and support for seeing the sign with the Lynwood Rotary information. 

Note:  Daniel was not in attendance at this weekly meeting, due to being out of town.  However, he has had some informal communications with Victor Gomez about getting the Lynwood Rotary information displayed again.  He was advised that it is more feasible to display this information on one of the company’s electronic signs.  When there is space available (= unpaid space by advertisers), it is easy to insert an electronic message, in this case, a message about the Lynwood Rotary Club.  So what is needed is to get an IT technician to develop an electronic file, based on a photo of the Lynwood Rotary sign when it was posted on the sign board.  

 

From the Lynwood Rotary Meeting of Apr 5, Roosevelt ES Youth act officers talked about past events and future events, and handed out a flier with photos.

 For emphasis, the announced future events are repeated herein.   Four items were mentioned:  1. Friday, April 20 of 2018 from 3:15pm to 4:15pm “A day of service” school spring cleaning.  2. Friday April 27 of 2018 “A fun Coco movie night” from 5pm-8pm. 3. A Mother’s day fundraiser from May 7 thru May 11 of 2018. 4. The Club banquet will be held on Friday June 8th, our theme will be “Star Wars”.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
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Posted by Gurdip Hari on Apr 05, 2018

 At the April 5, meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests discussed issues and heard a presentation from Roosevelt ES Youth act officers about previous and coming events. 

Past President Roman Rodriguez explained that the City Council at its Apr 3 meeting did not discuss the issue of city approval for the safe and sane fireworks stands operated by community nonprofit organizations, to include the Lynwood Rotary.  Ramon stated he expects the City Council will address this issue soon.  President Joe Wang mentioned again that on Monday, April 9, there is another Vision to Learn service requiring Rotary volunteers.  The location is Will Rogers ES from 9am to approximately 12 Noon.  Besides Joe, possibly Larry Esparza, and Martina Rodriguez can participate.

Daniel talked about the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Program on Sat, Mar 31 from 11am to 2pm.  Daniel and Maria Quinionez (Lulu) attended the event.  Daniel displayed photos of the event that included Mayor Jose Solache and Councilmember Salvador Alatorre.  Daniel mentioned that he was publically recognized at the event, as a representative from Lynwood Rotary, and the flier from the City of Lynwood which had the schedule of events, included the Rotary emblem. 

Daniel encouraged Rotary members to attend the planned Town Hall Event organized by the Century Sheriff's Station on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 pm.  “Come join Captain Carter, Deputy Personnel and your neighbors in a Community Town Hall Meeting.  Location is Greater Emmanuel Temple, 3740 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood.

Youth act in attendance included: Alejandro Brizuela, President; Bryanne Miranda, Vice-President; Fernando J. Briuela, Secretary; Gianelle Miranda, Treasurer;  and also, Armando Brizuela, Elizabeth Brizuela,  Everette Miranda, and Maria Miranda;  plus several parents.

Youth act officers talked about past events and future events, and handed out a flier with photos. For Past Events, four items were mentioned, as shown on the flier:  Feed the homeless (including bringing food for 150 people) on Sat, Mar 24; LA Big 5K on Sat Mar 17 in Dodger Stadium; St. Emydius Church Play, during Holy Week, relating to Via Crucis, Stations of the Cross; and Movies at AMC Theaters – a) Daddy's Home 2; b) Star; c) Peter Rabbit; and d) Early Man.  For Future Events, four items were mentioned:  1. Friday, April 20 of 2018 from 3:15pm to 4:15pm “A day of service” school spring cleaning.  2. Friday April 27 of 2018 “A fun Coco movie night” from 5pm-8pm. 3. Mother’s day fundraiser from May 7 thru May 11 of 2018. 4. The Club banquet will be held on Friday June 8th, our theme will be “Star Wars”.

After the presentation by Youth act members, there was a detailed discussion of the requirement of the Lynwood Rotary Club to update its financial and planning documents, a portion of which are needed by CPA Dennis Benko to prepare the necessary documentation for the California requirements.  Martina Rodriguez has a key role in this process.  Elements discussed include, the programs the club wants to continue to support and to do; also the available funds.  Members participating in this important element of the work of the club were:  Martina Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Barbara Battle, Joe Wang, Raj, Larry Espinosa, Victor Gomez and Daniel

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

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Posted by Gurdip Hari on Mar 29, 2018
At the March 29,   meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests heard the presentations and talks from two speakers:  Student Oscar Avila and Esparanza Galvane Trejo.
 
Before the presentation and discussion with the speakers, several Rotary activities and issues were briefly discussed.
President Joe Wang and Past President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the Lynwood City Council agenda item concerning the regulation of the annual fireworks sales by nonprofit community organizations, including the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Daniel urged Ramon Rodriguez to again attend the City Council meeting on Tue, Apr 3, when the issue may be considered.  The importance of continuing to operate the fireworks stand on Jul 1 to Jul 4 was discussed, as this is the only source of funding the club has for its community projects and activities.  Daniel encouraged Rotary members to attend the Easter Program at Lynwood Park, Sat, Mar 31, 11am to 2pm.   Joe Wang mentioned that on Mon, Apr 9, there is another Vision to Learn service requiring Rotary volunteers.  The location is Will Rogers ES from 9am to approximately 12 Noon.  Besides Joe, possibly Larry Esparza, and Martina Rodriguez can participate.
 
Daniel expressed his appreciation for the attendance of Rowland Becerra, President of the Lynwood Union Gallery, and hopefully a new “official” Rotary member soon.  Daniel noted the many art and local history events being held at the Lynwood Gallery, and stated that he hoped Rowland will present another arts related program soon for the Lynwood Rotary meeting. 
 
The first speaker was Oscar Avila, whose father is a long term employee of the Lynwood Public Works Department.  Oscar has talked about his experiences and plans several times at Rotary meetings.  Oscar also became an Eagle Boy Scout, and Lynwood Rotary members assisted in a park project that his father helped organize, as one of the Eagle Scout project requirements.  Oscar thanked the Rotary Club for its scholarship contributions.  Oscar will graduate this spring from the California Academy of Math and Science in Carson.  He showed a certificate he has just received from Georgetown University in Washington DC, approving his application for the Walsh School of Foreign Service, noting that he is one of about 1,600 students accepted out of many thousand applicants.  Oscar and his mother will visit G.U. soon, as part of deciding whether to attend G.U.  Daniel explained that he hopes Oscar attends G.U., noting that he obtained a Master’s Degree in Government from Georgetown University, graduating in 1966.
 
The second speaker was Esperanza Galvan Trejo, recently with St. Louise Resource Services, sponsored by Ministry Services of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, with a local office across from St. Francis Hospital on MLK Jr. Blvd.  In response to a question from Daniel, Verite is the current management group for St. Francis Hospital, explained Esperanza.  She noted that several months ago, a doctor who bought LA Times, is now acquiring St. Francis Hospital.  Recently the Daughters of Charity created the organization St. Louise Resource Services, where Esperanza had been working.  She noted that she is now working for her husband’s business in Cerritos.  Esperanza is a member of the South Gate Rotary Club and a former president of the South Gate Club.  Esperanza is a leader of the local American Cancer Society and encourages Lynwood Rotary members to again participate in the Relay for Life Event in South Gate Park on Jul 21 and Jul 22.  It was stated that the Lynwood Club Secretary, Maria Quinionez, Lulu, may again organize a Lynwood Rotary team for this fund raising event.     Esperanza talked about her personal experiences with breast cancer, noting that thanks to early detection and treatment she is now cured.  She stated that “early detection was the best thing that has happened to me.”  Also she explained that advances in cancer research are making recovery possible for many more people.  Esperanza also talked about a coming Clean Air event which relates to cancer causes.  She handed out a flier:  Symposium – A healthy Future for Southeast Los Angeles Communities.  “Sat., Apr 7, 8:30am 12:30pm, South Gate Park Auditorium.  Senator Lara and local officials to discuss issues.  Food provided.  It was noted that the next Rotary weekly meeting will be at 12 Noon to 1:30 pm at the Recreation Department Building, across from City Hall.  (During the month of April, it will be determined each week, whether the meeting will be held in the City Recreation Building or in Bateman Hall)
 
 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra
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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 22, 2018

 At the March 22,   meeting, rotary members in attendance and guests heard the presentation and talked to Bruno Naulls, Senior Project Manager, Community Development, City of Lynwood, providing updated information on several projects in which he is involved.

Before the presentation and discussion with the speaker, several Rotary activities and issues were briefly discussed. With respect to planning for the annual operation of the fireworks stand in the Food for Less parking lot owned by Plaza Mexico, Ramon Rodriguez mentioned that the City Council  at its Mar 20 meeting discussed the possibility of not approving the annual fireworks stands by nonprofit community organizations, including the Lynwood Rotary.  Ramon noted that several in the audience stated their objections to the loud noises from fireworks discharged in the community on July 4 and noting the discomfort caused to family pet dogs.  Both Ramon and Daniel commented that the loud noises are not the result of fireworks sold at these firework stands (only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are sold).  These fireworks only rise a distance of a few feet and make no loud noises that can be heard in the neighborhood.  Daniel urged Ramon to attend the Council meeting on Apr 3 and explain that the objections voiced are from illegal fireworks purchased from sources in Mexico and other countries, and that the elimination of the fireworks stands in Lynwood will have no effect on the use of these illegal fireworks used in Lynwood and in other local cities. Daniel mentioned that he attended the  Youth act presence at the Sat, Mar 17, 5-K run at Dodger Stadium, 6am- Noon, which was part of the LA Marathon, that was held on Sun from Dodger Stadium to  Santa Monica.   Daniel displayed a marathon T-Shirt for volunteers and a badge and neck ribbon for the 5-K runners who completed the course;   Also on Sat, Mar 24, Youth act and parents assisted at serving food at a winter shelter for homeless in Long Beach, which involved bringing food for 150 people (new location in L.B.). It was noted that the next Rotary weekly meeting will be at 6pm on Mar 29, and will be at Bateman Hall (although the food will be prepared off site for this meeting).  It remains to be determined if any meetings will again be held in the Recreation Building.

Bruno Naulls provided detailed information on a series of pending projects.  He distributed a hand out paper with helpful background information.  Bruno noted that several of the projects involve ground contamination issues, but that the projects can proceed while the mandated cleanup requirements are pursued. 

Northgate Project (South of and adjacent to the 105 Freeway on Long Beach Bl. ); 3.8 acres, 40,000 sq. Feet Grocery store.

Plaza Mexico Expansion (SW corner of State & Imperial );  site plan review; developer agreement with city; 4 stories of apartments consisting of studios and 1 bedroom units, not likely to attract large families; 348 residential units, equaling 800 residents, generating 15-20 million in earned income, resulting in 2-3 million dollars spent on local businesses; 4 stories of residential units, ground floor, 27,000 sq. ft. retail and related commercial use.

Atlantic Housing Project (SW corner Atlantic and Agnes)  4 stories of housing; 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units with total of 67 units 

Veteran Housing Project (This is in the so-called triangular property; at Fernwood / Imperial / Alameda)

Also Lower LA River Revitalization Plan; also Bike Trail; also I-710 Livability InitiativeOf note, the River Plan, was initiated by Rendon and includes a Working Group to develop a revitalization plan for the 19 miles of the lower river.  Also the bike trail is the recipient of a Urban Greening Grant Program of         $2,853,000.  And the I-700 Livability Initiative, led by the Gateway Cities COG, with support from LA Metro, to improve transportation related projects, 1 mile, either side of I-710..Daniel suggested that Bruno come back soon with another update on these interesting and important projects within and impacting the City of Lynwood.     

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.22.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 15, 2018

 At the March 15,   meeting, Rotary members in attendance and guests heard the presentation and talked to Eduardo Luis, photo artist for theater performers.

Before the presentation and discussion with the speaker, several Rotary activities and issues were briefly discussed.

After the Mar 8 noon Rotary meeting, Rotary members Joe Wang, Larry Esparza, Iris Pygatt, Barbara Battle, Martina Rodriguez, and Daniel Miller attended the LUSD Board Meeting, at 6pm, each to receive a certificate in thanks for Rotary member’s participation in the Vision to Learn Program at LUSD schools.  (On Mar 12, Joe Wang participated in a Vision to Learn program in Bellflower at Washington ES.)

Martina Rodriguez is concluding coordination with Dennis Benko, CPA, in Downey, and member of the South Gate Rotary, in regard to Lynwood Rotary documentation with the State of California, which is necessary before a new bank account is opened for Lynwood Rotary at the Lynwood branch of Chas Bank. 

 Barbara Battle President-Elect is coordinating the paper work for Phantom Fireworks Co. for the Rotary Club planned fireworks sales in Plaza Mexico’s parking lot for the Food 4 Less Market on July 1 – July 4.

Daniel mentioned the planned Youth act presence at the Sat, Mar 17, 5-K run at Dodger Stadium, 6am- Noon, which is part of the LA Marathon.  Carpooling from Lynwood will be at 5:30 am.  Daniel said he would participate in this Youth act event.  Also on Sat, Mar 24, Youth act and parents will assist at serving food at a winter shelter for homeless in Long Beach, which involves bringing food for 150 people (new location in L.B.).  It was noted that this is the second Rotary meeting at the Recreation Center Bldg. and the next meeting, Mar 22, will also be at this temporary location.  Joe Wang will be advised how many more meetings this temporary location will be in effect.

Director of Secondary Education, Tony Hua, LUSD, was introduced by Daniel.  He has worked for LUSD for 17 years, and Daniel commented that Tony does not look old enough to have worked 17 years!  Tony started out at as classroom teacher and later was Principal of FHS for several years.  Also he noted that before working for LUSD he completed the LAPD Academy and served for several years as a LAPD officer.  In response to Daniel’s request, Tony agreed to be a future Rotary speaker.

Eduardo Luis presented a series of framed color photos of music performers at several major theaters in the DTLA  area, to include The Roxy and the Terragon Ball Room.  Daniel noted that Eduardo and his art photos were recently featured in a show at the Lynwood Union Gallery.  In response to questions from Daniel, Eduardo graduated from LHS last year and he developed an interest in photography from Ms. Montez, the photography teacher.  Currently Eduardo attends ELACC part time and also works part time at the Stonewood Mall in Downey at the Spencer Party Store.  He also noted that a friend, Debbie Delgrande, who he met at a concert, helped him to get passes to enable him to take pictures of the performers on stage.  Daniel suggested that Eduardo contact him when he has additional photos of performers so Eduardo can come back for another presentation to the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Eduardo says that he has a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.15.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 08, 2018
At the March 8,   meeting, Rotary members in attendance hear the presentation and talked to Adrian Landa, Field Representative for Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly and Assembly member for the 63rd District (which includes the City of Lynwood).  (There were no guests present at this meeting.) 
Before the presentation and discussion with the speaker, several Rotary activities and issues were briefly discussed. Concerning coming events, the Vision To Learn Program will be at the Marshall ES, on Friday, Mar 9 from 9am to approximately noon.  Rotary volunteers are Joe Wang, Larry Esparza, Martina Rodriguez, and possibly Barbara Battle.  Also after the Thursday, March 8, the LUSD has requested that Lynwood Rotary members attend a LUSD Board meeting at 6pm  to receive certificates for participation in the Vision To Learn Program.  Attendees will be Joe Wang, Larry Esparza, Iris Pygatt, Barbara Battle, Martina Rodriguez, and Daniel Miller.
 
Following up on discussions at last week’s meeting, there was discussion of the need for better control and coordination of the club’s finances, to include clear documentation and regular updates of the club’s balance sheet with the club’s account in the bank.  As noted, the club will open a new bank account at the local branch of the Chase Bank, located close to the City Hall.  The Club Treasurer, Martina Rodriguez, along with the Club President, Joe Wang, and the Club Secretary, Maria Quionez (Lulu) need to go to the bank together to open up the new account.
Daniel mentioned again several events planned for the Youth act Club at Roosevelt ES, which Rotary members Fernando and Tila Millan, described when they attended the evening meeting on Feb. 22.  Planned activities include helping out at a 5-K run at Dodger Stadium, Sat, Mar 17, 6am – 12 Noon (a part of the LA Marathon, same day.)  Then two more planned events:  Sat, Mar 24, youth act and parents to assist at serving food at a winter shelter for homeless in Long Beach, which involves bringing food for 150 people (new location in LB.).  And a visit to a orphanage in Tijuana, Corazon de la Vida, in the third week of April or May.  Toiletries and related items need to be donated for use by the kids housed there (Daniel encouraged Rotary members to participate in these planned Youth act events.)
 
It was noted that this is the first meeting to be held in Room # 2 of the Recreation Building across from City Hall, due to a major reconstruction of the roof in the Bateman Hall meeting rooms. (As usual, food will be provided by the regular catering firm.)  It could be several months before the club can return to using Room #1 in Bateman Hall.
 
Adrian Landa started his presentation by explaining that his main responsibility is to serve the needs of the local communities.  Within the 63rd District, Adrian is assigned to serve the Cities of Lynwood, Paramount and Cudahy.  As to discussions and particular issues of legislation, that is the responsibility of the Assembly member’s staff in the Sacramento office.  That said, Adrian does attend City Council meetings.  In response to a question from Daniel, Adrian noted that he has recently attended Lynwood City Council meetings to observe the City's implementation of SB1, which imposed a gas tax increase, and allocated funds to cities for road infrastructure improvements.  Another issue for monitoring is the city's response to the changes in cannabis use within the state.
 
Adrian urged everyone to study the brochure from Anthony Rendon, which describes how the Assembly Member can be of help to his constituents.  The brochure explained assistance in three broad areas:  Constituent Services, State Information and Legislative Services.  Cited as examples of specific areas of help for the 3 categories are DMV matters, The State Budget and Propose a New Law.
For future coordination and communication, Daniel introduced all the Lynwood Rotary members present to Adrian.  Rotary member Gudiel Croasthwaite, and Supt for LUSD, noted that Adrian also attends meetings of the LUSD Board.   As an example of a community event organized by Rendon, Adrian mentioned a Veterans Event, Sat Apr 28, at Paramount Progress Park.  
 
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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 22, 2018

 At the February 22, meeting, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, members and guests heard a presentation from Rowland Becerra, President of the Lynwood Union Gallery, and Public Relations Assistant for the Lynwood Rotary Club.  

Separate from the presentation, Ramon Rodriguez, previous Rotary President, substituting for Joe Wang, who is out of the country with his wife, on a visit to China, talked about coordination for the annual Fireworks Stand sales, July 1-4, 2018.  In coordination with Plaza Mexico, General Manager, Mario Cardenas, the requested waiver of the rent/ charges for using the parking lot at Food 4 Less, which is owned by Plaza Mexico, was not approved, but as an alternative funding source, partnering with a Mexican ice cream vendor, was suggested.  Follow up coordination ASAP will be necessary.  Ramon reminisced about the history of community service clubs in Lynwood and elsewhere in the US.  There was a time when the Lynwood Rotary had around 40 members, and in Lynwood there were also an active Lions and Kiwanis clubs.  So, now, the Lynwood Rotary has to become more active in attracting new members, through promotions and talking about the satisfactions to be had by being an active member of the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Ramon Rodriguez noted that what keeps the club together, is a satisfaction for the community benefits we provide, and that in the process, we all have fun together!

Rotary members Fernando and Tila Millan talked about Roosevelt ES Youth act activities. Planned activities include Thursday, Mar 1, reading to kids at Roosevelt ES.  Also a 5-K runs assistance at Dodger Stadium, Mar 17, 6am – 12 Noon (a part of the LA Marathon, same day.)  (Daniel encouraged Rotary members to participate in both of these Youth act events.)  Then two more planned events:  Sat, Mar 24, youth act and parents to assist at feeding at winter shelter for homeless in Long Beach bring food for 150 people (new location in LB.).  And a visit to a orphanage in Tijuana, Corazon de la Vida, in the third week of April or May.  Toiletries and related items need to be donated for use by the 400 kids housed there.  Fernando and Tila also mentioned the possibility of starting a Youth act group at one of the LUSD Middle Schools.  A crucial step in making this happen is finding a teacher willing to be the sponsor.

Rowland Becerra’s presentation described with a power point presentation various events at the Lynwood Union Gallery.  Rowland also mentioned the public art in Metro Rail Stations and facilities, with specific reference to the public art at the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.  He mentioned several years ago he made a presentation to Metro Art Docents at the Metro Headquarters Bldg. in DTLA, on Valentine’s Day in 2016.  He handed out a description of one of the art works at the Long Beach Station, which had photos of the description of the Chumash Indian legend about the sky coyote, written in English and in Spanish.  Daniel mentioned that free tours can be arranged for groups or 10 or more persons to see the art works at selected stations.  For example, he noted that a group could start at the Long Beach Blvd. Station and then see the artwork at some of the stations on the Blue Line south to downtown LB. or the tour could see the artwork at some stations on the Blue Line north to DTLA, ending perhaps at Union Station.

Lynwood Union Gallery events that Rowland described include the following:  the planning for and painting of the great mural adjacent to the Gallery by LHS students; also two years ago an art walk along the Linear Park;  Receptions for artists, usually with food and music provided include the artist Maritza Munguia in early Feb 2018, who has been a Lynwood resident since 1978, she has worked at St. Francis Hospital; the flyer notes “her first profession has been as a Mariachi Violinist and Singer…  she would moonlight as Mariachi and study nursing in the daytime,  painting recently began to interest her, while she grew up  drawing for hours and hours … .” Another reception for an artist was in early Jan 2018, by Eduardo Luis, whose art show consisted of photos of musicians performing.

Major Gallery events described by Rowland include:  The Grand Opening, March 4, 2017;  Twenty Five Years remembering the LA Riots from the perspective of people experiencing the riots as Lynwood residents, event held on April 29, 2017;  another major event the Dia De Los Muertos, with artwork a part of several altars on display, November 1 & 2, 2017;  also Snow Day on December 15, 2017, with an astounding attendance to participate in the snow event of more than a 1000 kids and adults; (Rowland thanked Rotary members Ramon Rodriguez and Taj for their generous contributions for this event.) 

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.22.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 15, 2018

 At the February 15,  meeting, members and guests heard a presentation from Gabriela Cid, Field Representative for Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan, 44th District, California.

Separate from the presentation, there was mention of the next Vision to Learn activity.

It will be on Friday, Feb 16, at Hellen Keller ES, starting at 9am to about 11- 12 am.  Lynwood Rotary will have three participants:  Larry Esparza, Martina Rodriquez and Iris Pygatt.

The presentation by Gabriela Cid generated at number of responses within the audience of Lynwood Rotary members and guests.  Several of the issues discussed are mentioned herein. 

Among the issues brought up by the audience was the homeless issue. Ramon Rodriguez mentioned that the homeless count is done annually, to include participation by Lynwood Rotary and by other community volunteers.  He asked what purpose does this serve.  As the number of homeless continues and in certain areas is increasing.  Also, Ramon and Martina Rodriguez spoke of the marihuana issue.  By city ordinance, Lynwood now allows the cultivation of marihuana in limited amounts in inside buildings in industrially zoned areas.  But the question is how will the revenue generated for the city be controlled and audited, since the Federal Government so far does not allow banks to receive funds from this revenue source.  Gabriela indicated that so far, there is not a move by the Federal Government to enable banks to receive funds from this source.  Ramon emphasized that cash only will make it difficult for the city to control these funds and avoid any theft/ misuse of these funds.

Rotary member and LUSD Superintendent, Gudiel Croasthwaite, noted that some of President Trump proposals would have very adverse impact on many family and students within LUSD.  Specifically, he mentioned a proposed budget elimination of funding for youth enrichment programs athletics and additional classroom instruction in science and the arts.  Also he mentioned the deployment of immigration officials (ICE) around schools can decrease school attendance.  And he mentioned the proposed reduction or elimination of health care for low income students and families would have a strong adverse impact within the LUSD. 

In answer to a question from Daniel, Gabriela summarized several major issues important to Congresswoman Barragan:  for her congressional district (which extends from South Gate, south to the San Pedro Part) -- Immigration issues and support for Veterans;  for the Congress as a whole --  the Budget, Tax Changes and the Environment.  With reference to Security, Congresswoman Barragan is involved in Homeland Security and the protection of the LA Port.  It was noted she hosted a meeting relating to Homeland Security at the Port in November.

At the end of the meeting, Daniel reminded everyone that the next meeting with Rowland Becerra, President of the Lynwood Union Gallery, and Community Relations Assistant for the Rotary club, will be the speaker, and that the meeting time will be 6pm to 7:30 pm.  Daniel and Ramon encouraged everyone to bring friends to the meeting, as a way of encouraging the influence and membership of the Lynwood Rotary Club.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.15.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 08, 2018

 At the February 8, meeting, members and guests heard a presentation from two groups:  the scheduled presentation from Jose Trejo, Deputy Director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services and the Superintendent from the same department, Diana Romero.

 At the meeting there was also a presentation from Vision to Learn.  The lead presenter was Erin Okazaki, BSN, RN, Health Services Specialist, and Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD). Also representing this organization were Flavio Gallarzo, LUSD Elementary Education Director, and Maribel Martinez, and Nora MacLellan.  Nora is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for the Rotary District 5280 Vision to Learn Program (and a member of the Westchester Rotary Club).

Before the two presentations, there were brief mention of several ongoing Lynwood Rotary projects and other community events.  President Joe Wang mentioned the sale of tickets for a Rotary District 5280 polio event.  Fourteen tickets have been sold, but Joe encouraged more to buy tickets.  Next week Friday, there will be a Vision to Learn event at Helen Keller ES, starting at 9am to possibly noon.  Three volunteers are:  Barbara Battle, Larry Esparza and Martina Rodriguez.  In response to a question from Daniel, Joe Wang said that Ramon Rodriguez has the lead responsibility to coordinate with the community relations representative from Plaza Mexico about the possibility of a program to raise funds relating to the fireworks stand sales (Jul 1-4).  Also Daniel had programs available from the Annual Gospel Brunch last Sat (Feb 3) organized by Senator Lara Ricardo.  Daniel encourage everyone to attend next year’s brunch, which will be the eighth, noting that the 500 people in attendance at the Bateman Hall Auditorium thoroughly enjoyed the food, presentations and musical groups.

Vision to Learn:  Providing Lynwood Students with the Tools to Thrive.   Information provided includes the following facts:  This is the largest school-based service of its kind in the nation, serving over 110 school districts in 200 cities across the US.  It is a non-profit organization that provides free glasses to students in low income neighborhoods.  With respect to LUSD, Vision to Learn (VTL) is allowed to service schools every two years.  It has served Lynwood students since 2014, starting with three ES participants:  Lindbergh, Washington and Will Rogers.  In 2015 the other nine elementary schools participated in the program.  During 2016, VTL offered the services to secondary education, wherein five of the six secondary schools participated.  This year, the plan is to have all schools not seen by VTL last year, to be serviced this year!

City of Lynwood, Department of Recreation and Community Services.   Among the programs mentioned by Jose Trejo is the Dodger Youth Baseball program with six divisions, providing for teams from the 5fth grade through the 12th grade.  Registration started in Feb and the playing season begins in Apr.  Another major program described by Jose is the soccer game played with only 5 players on a team for boys and girls, ages 7 to 12.  The game uses a smaller field compared to the standard soccer field.  Registration dates are in Feb and Mar, and team play starts in Mar and ends in Jun.

Diana Romero described the after school program at the Avalos Center from 3-6pm, with meals served M-F 3:00 – 3:45 pm.  Also there will be a new dance camp during Spring Break from Apr 2-5.  And the popular Easter Program will be held on Sat, Mar 31 from 11am – 2pm.

In response to a question from Daniel, Jose Trejo mentioned that a bike lane is planned to be constructed parallel to the linear park, within the current Caltrans ROW for the 105 Freeway.

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.08.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 01, 2018

 At the February 1 meeting, members and guests discussed a variety of programs and activities.   heard a presentation by Joe Wang, President, Lynwood Rotary club. 

In the absence of JD Whitaker, Daniel reminded everyone present of the 7th Annual Gospel Brunch, on Sat, Feb 3, 10am – 2pm, in the Bateman Hall Auditorium, organized by Senator Ricardo Lara, California's 33rd District, whose district includes the City of Lynwood.  The event, which will be well-attended, is free, but it is necessary to obtain a ticket from the Lynwood Senior Center.  J.D. Whitaker will be both the Master of Ceremony and the principal speaker.  The theme this year is:  “African Americans in Times of War”.  (JD provided 10 tickets for Lynwood Rotary members, and Daniel distributed additional tickets not distributed at the previous meeting.

There was also a discussion of Fireworks Sales coordination.  Joe Wang discussed briefly the status of coordination.  The objective is to try to avoid having to pay a rental charge for use of the space provided for the fireworks stand in the Food 4 Less Supermarket parking lot, which is a part of Plaza Mexico property.  Plaza Mexico, General Manager, Mario Cardenas, has indicated that the Public Relations Staff Member from Plaza Mexico has a proposal to discuss with Rotary representatives.  Joe, and Ramon Rodriguez and Barbara Battle plan to meet with her. 

There was discuss of the importance of supporting and motivating parents from Youth act and other community supporters to help out in operating the fireworks stand.  One suggestion is to provide a discount sales ticket that could be distributed in advance to interested residents, as a means of encouraging sales at the Rotary fireworks stand.  It was mentioned that if the fireworks stand can reduce the costs of operation (charges and fees) and get more people to purchase items from the stand this year, there will be more funds available for youth scholarships this coming year.

Vision to Learn Program   Rotary member Gudiel Croasthwaite, and LUSD Superintendent, provided copies of a Wave Newspaper article, talking about the Vision to Learn Program, which is in effect, so far, at 9 LUSD schools.  Publicity was organized by LUSD, Gudiel explained and a publicity event was covered also by Channel 34 and La Opinion.

Daniel, in the absence of Fernando and Tila Millan, reminded everyone of the Youth act Roosevelt ES  5 K Run assistance.     Youth act will participate in a 5K Run event at Dodger Stadium on Sat, Mar 17, which begins at 6am.  There will be carpools organized from Lynwood.  Participants need to be at Roosevelt ES at 5:30am to join a carpool.  This is a part of the LA Marathon event.  Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to participate in this event.

There were two guests from Teen Challenge:  Cheryl Hunt and Adriana Solete.  Teen Challenge staff periodically attends Lynwood Rotary meetings.  Cheryl noted that currently the home in Lynwood provides shelter for 26 women (a men’s shelter is located in another city).  The purpose of Teen Challenge is to help those in their care to learn to be free of all forms of addiction.  Cheryl thanked Rotary members for previously providing much needed supplies for their home.  She noted a planned funding event on Sep 29, a sunset walk along Belmont Shore, starting at 4pm.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.01.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 25, 2018

 At the January 25 meeting, members and guests heard a presentation by Joe Wang, President, Lynwood Rotary club. 

Before the presentation, there was mention of several events,   including an announcement by guest J.D. Whitaker of the 7th Annual Gospel Brunch, on Sat, Feb 3, 10am – 2pm, in the Bateman Hall Auditorium, organized by Senator Ricardo Lara, California's 33rd District, whose district includes the City of Lynwood.  The event, which will be well-attended, is free, but it is necessary to obtain a ticket from the Lynwood Senior Center.  J.D. Whitaker will be both the Master of Ceremony and the principal speaker.  The theme this year is:  “African Americans in Times of War”.  (JD provided 10 tickets for Lynwood Rotary members, and Daniel still has 5 tickets left to give out to Rotary members.)

There was also a discussion of Fireworks Sales coordination.  Joe Wang discussed briefly coordination with Justine from Phantom Fireworks Co.  Also a representative from Plaza Mexico must be contacted.  The objective is to try to avoid having to pay a rental charge for use of the space provided for the fireworks stand in the Food 4 Less Supermarket parking lot, which is a part of Plaza Mexico property.  In addition to Joe, Ramon Rodriguez and Barbara Battle are involved in this effort.

Vision to Learn Program.  Joe Wang stated that the next LUSD School to visit will be Abbott ES on Fri, Jan 19, at 9am.  Joe and three other Rotary volunteers stated they would attend.

Youth act Roosevelt ES  5 K Run assistance.   Fernando and Tila Millan announced that   Youth act will participate in a 5K Run event at Dodger Stadium on Sat, Mar 17, which begins at 6am.  There will be carpools organized from Lynwood.  Participants need to be at Roosevelt ES at 5:30am to join a carpool.  This is a part of the LA Marathon event.  Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to participate in this event.

(Note that there is also a 5K Run being held by Rotary District 5280, on the same day, Mar 17, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, in Griffith Park for Polio. More info later.)  Another Rotary District 5280 event is a planned trip to Tijuana, to an orphanage named, Corazon de la Vida, to provide assistance to the needy located here.  Rotary International is sponsoring this event, for Sat, Feb 24.

Adrian Landa, Field Rep for Assembly member Anthony Rendon, announced a Coffee with Rendon event at Tierra Mia Coffee Shop on Atlantic Blvd., Lynwood, for Fri, Jan 26, and he also announced two other Rendon organized events which are mentioned in the Cover Page.

Associated with LUSD, Jaffrey J. Davis announced an event at FHS on Sat, Jan 27, involving Millennials in Entertainment, with a speaker’s panel and also with live performances.

Joe Wang's presentation of his recent tour with his wife on Viking Tours provided very interesting photos of Moscow.   Particularly memorable were his photos from Moscow that included views of the Red Square, the Palace, and photos of the Moscow subway system.  The latter gives one the impression of visiting an ornately decorated art museum.  In the City of St. Petersburgh, views of several historic churches were most memorable.

Among the questions asked Joe Wang, was one from Daniel about whether graffiti and other vandalism was observed.  Joe said not in Russia, but from other of his travels, there was some observed in Eastern European countries. 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.25.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 18, 2018

 At the January 18, meeting, members and guests heard a presentation by Irene Zapata, Teen and Adult Librarian for Lynwood Library.

Before the presentation, there was mention of several events,   including an announcement by guest J.D. Whitaker of the 7th Annual Gospel Brunch, on Sat, Feb 3, 10am – 2pm, in the Bateman Hall Auditorium, organized by Senator Ricardo Lara, California's 33rd District, whose district includes the City of Lynwood.  The event, which will be well-attended, is free, but it is necessary to obtain a ticket from the Lynwood Senior Center.  J.D. Whitaker will be both the Master of Ceremony and the principal speaker.  The theme this year is:  “African Americans in Times of War”. 

There was also a discussion of Fireworks Sales coordination.  Daniel read verbatim from a statement he wrote at a recent Rotary meeting of actions that must be taken immediately in order to try to avoid having to pay a rental charge for use of the space provided for the fireworks stand in the Food 4 Less Supermarket parking lot, which is a part of Plaza Mexico property.  President Joe Wang briefly talked about one of the first steps being to obtain information on this issue from the representative from Phantom Fireworks Co., whose first name is Justine.

Vision to Learn Program.  Joe Wang stated that the next LUSD School to visit will be Abbott ES on Fri, Jan 19, at 9am.  Joe and three other Rotary volunteers stated they would attend.

Youth act Roosevelt ES 5 K Run assistance.    Youth act will participate in a 5K Run event at Dodger Stadium on Sat, Mar 17, which begins at 6am.  There will be carpools organized from Lynwood.  Participants need to be at Roosevelt ES at 5:30am to join a carpool.  This is a part of the LA Marathon event.  Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to participate in this event.  (Note that there is also a 5K Run being held by Rotary District 5280, on the same day, Mar 17, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, in Griffith Park for Polio. (More info later)

Irene Zapata, Teen and Adult Librarian, talked about a variety of programs at the Lynwood Library in which she is involved.    For example, Passport Services, at the Lynwood Branch are offered by appointment.  Also, the Library branch has a program to provide library cards to all LUSD students in the third grade.  Rotary member and LUSD Superintendent, Gudiel Crosthwaite, commented that the school district has been very much involved in this program.  Other examples of library workshops were explained in two flyers:  a workshop on the art and tradition of Chinese Calligraphy, and a workshop on bringing harmony into one's life through the art and practice of Feng Shui.

A major new program that Ms. Zapata is leading is a citizenship training program.  She got the program started with first classes in the fall of 2017.  But now Irene has the lead responsibility in getting a community nonprofit organization to fund this citizenship training program on an ongoing basis.  English classes are a part of this program.  Daniel encouraged everyone to visit the Lynwood Library to see how well the community uses it.

In response to a question from Daniel as part of his introduction to Irene's presentation, Irene talked about a recreational activity that is, being a part of a dance group.  For the last year Irene has been a member of a Salsa and Bachata style dancing group.  The location is the Third Street Dance Studio, near West Hollywood.  She will participate in a Performance of the LA Bachata Festival, Feb 15 – Feb 19, at the Westin Hotel near LAX.  On Friday, Feb 16, Irene says she expects to be part of the performance, which will include dancing by both the performers and by the audience, with charge for a ticket of $45. 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.18.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 11, 2018
 At the January 11, meeting, members and guests heard a presentation by two outstanding students who are now seniors at LUSD schools.
 
Before the student presentations, there was mention of several events, including
 A Movie Night under the stars event at Roosevelt ES to be held on Fri, Jan 12 at 5pm.  Also Youth act will participate in a 5K Run event at Dodger Stadium on Sat, Mar 17, which begins at 6am.  There will be carpools organized from Lynwood.  Participants need to be at Roosevelt ES at 5:30am to join a carpool.  This is a part of the LA Marathon event.  Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to participate in this event.
(Note that there is also a 5K Run being held by Rotary District 5280, on the same day, Mar 17, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, in Griffith Park for Polio. More information to follow.
 
Gudiel Crosthwaite, LUSD Superintendent (and Lynwood Rotary member) introduced the two LUSD students.  Also assisting was Asst. Superintendent for LUSD, Patrick Gittisboongul.  In addition, the students were introduced by Christina Camateros, formerly a teacher at FHS, and now staff to LUSD.
Mr. Crosthwaite, noted that these two students are an example of the improving academic accomplishments of LUSD students, noting that a few years ago the percentage of students graduating from their LUSD high schools was in the sixties, and now has risen to be in the nineties.
 
Kimberly Wenceslao, a senior and the number one student at FHS, based on her GPA score, and has an IB score, International Bacculearate, which gives her an international ranking.  In the summer of 2017, she attended John Hopkins University for 3 weeks, then went to Yale for a bio-medical class, then attended, at the school's invitation, to visit Dartmouth.  She will be enrolling at Yale, with a psychology major.  Her final career goal, she notes, is either to become a medical doctor, with a specialty in neuroscience, or to become a lawyer, with a specialty in immigration law.
Abieden or Abby Lopez, a senior at LHS, achieved being a National Merit Scholar with the added rank of “Commended Scholar.”  In the summer of 2017 she attended a 6 week summer program at MIT in general engineering, followed by attending at UCLA Tech Camp in engineering for 4 weeks.  She wants to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.  She has been accepted at Stanford, but is waiting to see what other universities accept her before deciding to go to Stanford.  She noted that she has taken courses on Saturdays and after school at Cerritos College and has received from Cerritos a Certificate of Completion in Engineering Design.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.11.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 04, 2018

 At the January 4, meeting, members in attendance voted on officers and directors for the year beginning July 1 2018 thru June 2019, 

The officers elected are as follows:  President, Barbara Battle; President-Elect Gudiel Crosthwaite; Secretary, Maria Quinionez (Lulu); Treasurer, Martina Rodriguez.  Members, who were elected Directors, include Fernando Millan, Iris Pygatt, and Alejandra Avalos.

Fernando and Tila Millan talked about activities of the Roosevelt ES Youth act group during the past year.   Most recently, Youth act members and some parents helped decorate the City of Downey's Rose Parade float in the City of Downey.  Also there was Youth act participation in a Christmas Toy-Give-Away event.

 There was mention of a Movie Night under the stars event at Roosevelt ES to be held on Fri, Jan 12 at 5pm.  Also Youth act will participate in a 5K Run event at Dodger Stadium on Sat, Mar 18, which begins at 6am.  There will be carpools organized from Lynwood.  This is a part of the LA Marathon event.  Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to participate in this event.

 Youth act officers present were the Youth act President, Fernando  Brizuela and his brother who is the Youth act Secretary.

There was a gift exchange which was carried over from the last meeting held in December which was Thursday, Dec 14.  The gift items not claimed where taken by the Youth act President for use at future gift give-away events. 

Lynwood Rotary members have been again asked to participate in a Vision To Learn event at Abbott ES on Friday morning, Jan 19.  President Wang will confirm the date and time at the Jan 11 meeting.

It was noted that for the Jan 11 meeting, in addition to the program which includes two presentations by two LUSD students, one from Lynwood High School and one from Firebaugh High School, with an introduction by Supt Gudiel Crosthwaite, there will be a brief discussion of plans for the Lynwood Rotary July Fireworks sales.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.04.2018 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 14, 2017

 At the December 14, meeting, members discussed recent and coming events.

Voting for Lynwood Rotary officers was postponed until the first meeting in January. 

There will be opportunity for submission of additional names at the Jan 4 meeting, with final voting to occur at the Jan 4 meeting.

As reported in last week’s minutes, concerning nominations for Rotary Club officers, it was noted with much pleasure that Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite, Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District, is willing to serve as the Rotary President Elect, which means that after Barbara Battle serves as Club President starting in July 2018, that the following year, starting in July 2019, Mr. Crosthwaite will be the Club president.

With respect to operation of the Fireworks Stand in July 2018, it was agreed that Joe Wang will talk to representatives of the fireworks company, Phantom Fireworks, to confirm what charges in 2017 the Lynwood Club had to pay for use of the property in the parking lot of the Food For Less Market (which property is part of Plaza Mexico).  Then President Joe Wang, and President- Elect Barbara Battle, and Ramon Rodriguez, and if requested, Daniel Miller, will meet with the head of Plaza Mexico, Mario Cardenas, with the objective that for July 2018, the Lynwood Club would not have to pay any charges for use of the property where the fireworks stand is located every year.  If the discussions are successful with Plaza Mexico, it was noted that the Rotary Club could advertise that Plaza Mexico is making a significant contribution to the Rotary Club by allowing the location of the fireworks stand at no charge to Rotary.

Daniel again mentioned the possibility of creating a flyer that would be distributed by Rotary and Youth act and their parents to homes that are close to the location of the fireworks stand.  The flyer would urge the community to patronize the Rotary fireworks stand, and would offer a discount to persons presenting the flyer.

There was mention of the Lynwood Union Gallery Event on Friday 5pm, Dec 15, which is titled:  Cinema at the Depot, “Nightmare before Christmas.”  Ramon Rodriguez is contributing a Christmas tree to the gallery, and plans to attend the Friday evening event, as a representative of Lynwood Rotary.

 There was also mention of a Youth act event at Roosevelt ES on Thursday, 6pm.  Dec 14.  Daniel stated he would attend this event. 

There was mention of Rotary’s participation in two recent events to provide food and toys for needy families.  On Tue, Dec 12, LUSD held an event at 4:30pm at Lynwood MS that was attended by Raj, Ramon Rodriguez, Joe Wang, Barbara Battle and Tila and Fernando.  Rotary contributed $200, along with a contribution from Waste Resources Inc. of $1,000, which Rotary coordinated.  Also, the City of Lynwood had a Santa Clause event on Wed, Dec 13, at which Rotary contributed $300 for toys and food for needy families.  Ramon Rodriguez noted that these recipients were truly needy, and noted:  “We do a lot for a small Rotary Club.”

There was also discussion of the Lynwood Rotary Club’s participation in the Vision To Learn charitable organization, which is in the process of providing eye exams and glasses, where needed to students at LUSD schools.  For example, Joe Wang and Daniel Miller participated in distribution of glasses (after previous eye exams) at Caesar Chavez MS on Thursday, morning, December 14.

For the record, at the Dec 7 meeting, Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite, and LUSD Superintendent, talked about LUSD’s participation in the BRIDGE program.  One example of which is Lynwood MS students performing in a play written in Rwanda.  As noted “ from the BRIDGE Theatre Project, Lynwood students in grades four through eight are learning to write short plays, perform them and study other cultures.”  “The program provides 19 workshops for 500 students over eight weeks to teach students the basics of improvisation, character creation, writing conflict and dialogue, and how to collaborate with other student writers.”    

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 12.14.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 07, 2017

 At the December 7, meeting, members and guests discussed coming events.

In addition officers for the Rotary Year starting July 2018 thru June 2018 were discussed and will be voted, with opportunity for submission of additional names at the Dec 14 meeting.  The final voting will occur at the Dec 14 meeting.

There was discussion about the planned participation of Youth act members and parents and Rotary members participating in the Candy Cane/ Christmas Parade that will occur on Friday, with the starting time of 7pm.  However, it was explained that as usual there will be a time for food and socializing at the home of Martina Rodriguez, starting at 5pm, whose home is on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  (Exactly where the parade starts)

Youth act parent, Maria Garcia, talked about the planned food, and provided tickets at a cost of $7.00 each, for the get together that starts at 5:00 pm.

It was explained by Ramon Rodriguez that this year Rotary will not have a float in the parade.  Daniel commented that hopefully next year plans can be made early to ensure that there will be a Rotary float.  Youth act members as in the past can help decorate the float, and some Rotary members can then ride in the float.

Concerning nominations for Rotary Club officers, it was noted with much pleasure that Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite, Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District, is willing to serve as the Rotary President Elect, which means that after Barbara Battle serves as Club President starting in July 2018, that the following year, starting in July 2019, Mr. Crosthwaite will be the Club president.

After discussions, it was agreed that the club will continue to operate the Fireworks Stand during the four days of July 1 to July 4, with the same fireworks company.  Barbara Battle commented that the manner of operating the fireworks stand should be better organized.  Daniel mentioned the possibility of creating a flyer that would be distributed by Rotary and Youth act and their parents to homes that are close to the location of the fireworks stand.  The flyer would urge the community to patronize the Rotary fireworks stand, and would offer a discount to persons presenting the flyer.

There was mention of the Lynwoon Union Gallery Event on Friday evening, Dec 15.

 There was also mention of a Youth act event at Roosevelt ES on Thursday evening, Dec 14.  Daniel stated he would attend this event and encouraged other Rotary members to also participate.

There was mention of the great turnout of Rotary members for the City of Lynwood Mayor's State of the City Address and dinner at Bateman Hall the previous Thursday evening, Nov 30.  Mayor Maria Santillan-Beas had a most interesting and inspiring presentation that included many photos of interest, as well as informative posters of city accomplishments during Maria Santillan's long tenure on the City of Lynwood City Council.

 It was noted that at the City Council Meeting on Tue, Dec 5, the City Council selected Jose Solache to be Mayor, and Edwin Hernandez to be Mayor Pro Tem for the coming year.

President Joe Wang reminded everyone, members AND guests, to come to next week's Christmas Celebration meeting and to bring gifts to share with others in attendance.

   

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 12.07.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 23, 2017

At the November 16,   meeting,  Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation from Victor Ibarra, Field Representative for Assembly Member Mike Gipson, 64th District.

Before the presentation, Rotary Club President Joe Wang covered Vision To Learn eye screenings, noting that he along with Martina Rodriguez and Barbara Battle, participated in the screenings this week at Mark Twain ES on Mon, Nov 13; and Will Rogers ES on Tue, Nov 14; and tomorrow, Fri, Nov 17, the club’s participants will help screen students at Roosevelt ES.  Rotary member and LUSD Supt Gudiel Crosthwaite noted that Rotary members should plan to attend Vision To Learn events in Jan and Mar 2018 to observe the process of providing students with glasses (after they were previously screened).

Martina Rodriguez mentioned that the Youth act group at Roosevelt ES created Thanksgiving baskets, but this year Lynwood Rotary will not participate in their distribution.  Joe Wang explained that the turkey giveaways, which Lynwood Rotary agreed to fund 50 turkeys, needs to be coordinated with Ramon Rodriguez.  (The give-away event at the Sr. Center is Monday morning, Nov 20.)  Joe Wang reminded everyone that the next meeting will be Thursday November 30, at 6pm.  Daniel encouraged attendance at the Lynwood Film Festival at the Lynwood Union Gallery on Fri Nov 17.

Daniel introduced the speaker, Victor Ibarra, who has been on the staff of Assembly member Mike A. Gipson, 64th District for a year.  Victor is a graduate of UC Irvine with a major in Political Science.  Victor is a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and also was a member of the Compton Rotary Club.  For Rotary District 5280 he has been the Chair of the Ethics Forum for the Youth Legislature.  So he has helped youth deal with important issues that include ethics.  With respect to the District 5280 Youth Ethics activities, Victor noted that he will provide Lynwood Rotary with specific information when a forum will be held at Marymount College in Apr 2018.

Victor described programs that Assembly member Gipson is leading and encouraged Lynwood residents to participate:  Flyers were distributed for a District Office Holiday Open House, Mon, Dec 4, 4-6pm, at the District Office, 879 W. 190th St., Suite 920, Gardena; also solar systems, and how to qualify for no-cost systems, meeting, Nov 29, 6:00-7:30 pm, 540 N. Marine Ave., Wilmington; also helping residents sign up for healthcare, every Mon, thru Jan 29, 2018, at the Gardena District Office; and another flyer listing nine bills that the assembly member has initiated, a portion of which have been signed by Gov. Brown.  Of particular note for the assembly member, is AB7, Gun Control, which will take effect Jan 1, 2018.

On behalf of Mike Gipson, Victor provided additional information.  The 64th District extends from Wilmington to Watts, which includes a small section of Lynwood.  District 64 is now 68% Latino.  Assembly member Gipson plans to run for re-election, for another two year term.  His background includes serving as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Carson and he served as part of the Maywood Police Dept.

Major issues include the homeless population, housing, rent control, Section 8 Housing, also the future of DACA youth.  The shortage of homes and jobs is important.  The assembly member assisted in getting Compton College re-accredited.  The CEO of Compton College, Dr. Curry, has worked closely with the assembly member. Speaking of youth leaders in the community, LUSD FHS student Ricardo Ortega, now a FHS senior, has worked with the assembly member and with Senator Ricardo Lara.  Rotary member and LUSD Supt, Gudiel Crosthwaite commented on the exceptional ability of this youth.  (Daniel notes that perhaps Ricardo Ortega can be a Rotary speaker while he is still a senior at FHS.)

Note from the previous meeting on Thursday, October 19, The City of Lynwood Director of Recreation and Community Activities, Mark Flores talked about coming events. This information is repeated herein, as a helpful reminder of coming events. Minus the events that have already occurred.  Monday, November 20, a Turkey give-away at the Senior Center, and apparently, LUSD has a similar event on the same day; (it was noted that Rotary members can help volunteer at the Senior Center for turkey give-away;  Tue, Nov 28, 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Event for opening of City Hall Annex; Thursday November 30, 5:30pm  Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan- Beas in Bateman Hall (RSVP required); and Friday, December  8, Christmas Parade, with reception in Bateman Hall at 5pm and start of the parade at 7pm.  (Daniel noted that Lynwood Rotary and Youth act as usual will participate, starting with meeting at Martina’s home, with food provided, which is the location where the parade starts on MLK Blvd, east of Atlantic Ave.) 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.16.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 09, 2017

At the November 9,   meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation from a speaker from the Central Basin Municipal Water District. Leticia Vasquez, a District Director for this agency, and previously a member of the Lynwood City Council, was unable to attend.

The speaker was Mark R. Moss, Education & Grants Manager for the agency.  From a very informative power point presentation, Mark explained the water situation in California.  These include the three aqueducts, one of which is the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) aqueduct from the Colorado River. The other two from north to south, is the aqueduct owned by LACW&P and a aqueduct in the Central San Joaquin Valley.  The MWD sells water to the Municipal Water District.  The Central Basin Municipal Water District provides water to 24 cities, serving 1.7 million people, in SELA Country, to include the City of Lynwood, and now it also provides recycled water. Ground water is endangered by subsidence, and in coastal areas, intrusion of salt water is a threat.  There are 8 members on the Central Basin agency, to include Leticia Vasquez.  An easy to read color map showed the extent of the recent drought throughout the state.  Photos of Oroville Dam, the tallest in the US, in the north showed the effect of the drought with the receding water levels, followed by the heavy rains last year and the damage to the spillway.  Gov. Jerry Brown is supporting the Cal Water Fix Plan which consists of two tunnels to bring water from the Delta in the north to the aqueduct in the Central Valley. The tunnels would be 40' in diameter and 30 miles long. Risks to the state, have been assessed, to include, climate change, sea level rise, lowering of ground water levels, and seismic dangers. Adequate funding is a big question. There has been extensive public input, resulting in a IRP, Integrated Regional Plan. Questions from the audience included Dr. Edwin Pygatt asking why we have to still save water. Mark Moss replied yes because the state, especially the southern part will always be short of water.  Victor Gomez raised the issue of “a train versus a water tunnel”.  It was noted that the High Speed Train project is another state project requiring major funding.  Afterword’s Daniel suggested a repeat presentation because of the importance of this and the easy to understand presentation

Before the presentation, there was discussion about several coming events that involve the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Among the items covered was the Vision to learn eye screening at LUSD schools.  There will be eye screening at the following two schools: Tuesday, November 14, at Will Rogers ES and Friday, November 17 at Wilson ES, the time is 8:30am to approximately 12 Noon. The Lynwood Club has committed to paying for 50 turkeys for the Turkey Give-Away at the Senior Center on Monday, November 20.  Rotary volunteers are encouraged to participate in this event on Tuesday am. There was discussion about coordination with a previous donor last year (a company) to see if another 50 turkeys could be donated. 

Concerning a Rotary float for the Friday, December 8 Christmas Parade, Past President Ramon Rodriguez, stated he expected a decision tomorrow about whether the Avalos Catering Firm, the supplier of the pickup truck and float vehicle in previous years will provide the same this year.  The Lynwood Club has committed a contribution of $500.00 for this purpose.(In any event, Rotary members and Youth act will participate in the parade with or without a float.)Daniel mentioned that several Lynwood Rotary members on Thursday morning, November 7,  attended the Veterans Day breakfast in Bateman Hall and Celebration in the new Veterans Memorial Garden in front of Bateman Hall:  besides himself, Larry Esparza and Dr. Edwin Pygatt and his wife Iris

Note from the previous meeting on Thursday, October 19, The City of Lynwood Director of Recreation and Community Activities, Mark Flores talked about coming events. This information is repeated herein, as a helpful reminder of coming events. Minus the events that have already occurred.

Saturday, November 18 9am- 12 Noon, a Job Fair at Lynwood Community Center; Monday, November 20, a Turkey give-away at the Senior Center, and apparently, LUSD has a similar event on the same day; (it was noted that Rotary members can help volunteer at the Senior Center for turkey give-away;  Tuesday, November  28, 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Event for opening of City Hall Annex; Thursday, November 30, 5:30pm  Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan- Beas in Bateman Hall (RSVP required); and Fri, Dec 8, Christmas Parade, with reception in Bateman Hall at 5pm and start of the parade at 7pm.  (Daniel noted that Lynwood Rotary and Youth act as usual will participate, starting with meeting at Martina’s home, with food provided, which is the location where the parade starts on MLK Blvd, east of Atlantic Ave.) 

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.09.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 02, 2017

At the November 2 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests participated  in member discussions.

There was a big “Welcome Back” declaration from everyone for the return of long time member and last year’s Club President, Ramon Rodriguez, after his recuperation from his surgery.

Among the discussion subjects, there was a decision that for the Turkey Give-Away event at the Senior Center, on Tuesday, November 28, this year the Lynwood Rotary Club will donate 50 turkeys.  There was also discussion as to whether there will be a Rotary Float for the Christmas Parade on Friday, December 8.   In the absence of Lucy Avalos, it is not clear who will provide the float that has been decorated by Youth act and some Rotary Club members.  Ramon Rodriguez agreed to follow up during the week to determine whether the pickup truck and float vehicle can be provided again this year.  (In any event, Rotary members and Youth act will participate in the parade with or without a float.)

Daniel mentioned the list of coming events that Mark Flores, City of Lynwood Director of Recreation and Community Events provided when he was speaker at the Thursday, October 19 meeting.  (Note:  this list is repeated herein, minus the Oct 31 Halloween Festival which has already occurred.)  Daniel mentioned that he will attend the Dia de los Muertos Altars event at the Lynwood Union Gallery, scheduled for November 1st & 2nd from 5pm - 8pm.  (Note:  Daniel did attend on Thursday, November 2, and comments that the numerous altars were beautiful and most informative about their meanings.)  Daniel also mentioned that he and Maria Quinionez (Lulu) attended the Rotary District 5280 Foundation Dinner on Saturday evening, October 28, at the Marriot Hotel at LA Live in DTLA.  As expected the 600 people in attendance enjoyed the food, music and program featuring Dr. Salk, the son of the first Dr. Salk, and the accomplishments in eradicating polio world-wide. The schedule of the coming meetings thru the first meeting in January 2018, was approved, to include the dates for the nominations and votes for Club officers for the year starting July 2018 thru June 2019.  It is important that everyone read this meeting schedule as shown in the meeting update in this weekly email update!

Note from the previous meeting on Thursday, October 19, The City of Lynwood Director of Recreation and Community Activities, Mark Flores talked about coming events. This information is repeated herein, as a helpful reminder of coming events.

Thursday, November 9 Veterans Day, 9:30 am breakfast, followed by unveiling of plaque at 11:00 am;  Saturday, November 18 9am - 12 Noon, a Job Fair at Lynwood Community Center; Monday, November 20, a Turkey give-away at the Senior Center, and apparently, LUSD has a similar event on the same day; (it was noted that Rotary members can help volunteer at the Senior Center for turkey give-away;  Tuesday, November 28, 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Event for opening of City Hall Annex; Thursday, November 30, 5:30pm  Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan- Beas in Bateman Hall (RSVP required); and Fri, Dec 8, Christmas Parade, with reception in Bateman Hall at 5pm and start of the parade at 7pm.  (Daniel noted that Lynwood Rotary and Youth act as usual will participate, starting with meeting at Martina’s home, with food provided,  which is the location where the parade starts on MLK Blvd, east of Atlantic Ave.)

Daniel noted that he will attend the Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan-Beas Thursday, November 30 (RSVP required) and encouraged all other Rotary members to also attend this important annual event for the City of Lynwood.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.02.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 26, 2017

At the October 26, 6pm  meeting,  Lynwood Rotary members, Youth act, guests and parents participated in a special Halloween themed event with food provided by potluck from attendees.

To set the theme for this special meeting, Tila and Fernando Millan in previous weeks had distributed a flyer with an image of a dancing skeleton and a title: “Join Lynwood Rotary if you dare!  For a Halloween Social.” 

Tila Millan supported by Martina Rodriguez, helped Youth act leaders from Roosevelt ES talk about their previous activities this year and activities to come.  The presentation included fund raisers for the recent hurricanes, as well as the earthquake in Mexico City.

Youth act officers stood in front of the well-attended event with their parents and others in the community for recognition.  These included:  President – Alejandro Brizuela; Vice President – Bryana Miranda;  Secretary – Fernando Brizuela;  Assistant Secretary – Andrea Hernandez;  Treasurer – Gianelle Miranda; Community Liasion – Mariana Garcia; and Historian Jacob, plus Ruby Garcia.  

Everyone enjoyed the evening including the Halloween decorations, food and costumes that many Youth act members wore.

There was also a description of the Youth Vision to Learn Program from Dave Davis, a member of the Bellflower Rotary Club.  He explained that in the morning of Thursday, October 19, Rotary volunteers that included from the Lynwood Rotary Club, Martina Rodriguez, Daniel Miller and Barbara Battle checked all the students from Abbot Elementary School in Lynwood. The inspection procedure started at 8:30am and lasted until 1:00 pm.  At the October 26 meeting, Dave Davis cited the following statistics:  457 students passed the eye exam, and 177 failed, including those students already wearing glasses.  He noted that there were several students with severe poor eyesight.  As Dave explained to the students, a medical doctor and technicians will return to the school, after parents sign a form authorizing fitting for glasses, and students then can choose the style of glasses they want, and Vision to learn will pay for the glasses at no cost to the families.

Note from the previous meeting on Thursday, October 19, The City of Lynwood Director of Recreation and Community Activities, Mark Flores talked about two recent events, the October 4 Walk to School Event, and the Oct 7, Tamale Festival.  AND Mark talked about coming events. This information is repeated herein, as a helpful reminder of coming events.

Mark’s description of coming events included the following:  Tuesday, October 31, Halloween Festival, 5pm to 8pm Lynwood City Park, next to skate park, to include a costume contest for kids ages 1 year to 12 years ;  Thursday, November 9 Veterans Day, 9:30 am breakfast, followed by unveiling of plaque at 11:00 am;  Saturday, November 18 9am- 12 Noon, a Job Fair at Lynwood Community Center; Monday, November 20, a Turkey give-away at the Senior Center, and apparently, LUSD has a similar event on the same day; (it was noted that Rotary members can help volunteer at the Senior Center for turkey give-away;  Tuesday, November 28, 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Event for opening of City Hall Annex; Thursday, November 30, 5:30pm  Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan- Beas in Bateman Hall (RSVP required); and Friday, December 8, Christmas Parade, with reception in Bateman Hall at 5pm and start of the parade at 7pm.  (Daniel noted that Lynwood Rotary and Youth act as usual will participate, starting with meeting at Martina’s home, with food provided, which is the location where the parade starts on MLK Blvd, east of Atlantic Ave.)

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.26.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 19, 2017

At the October 19 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard Mark Flores, City of Lynwood Director of the Department of Recreation and Community events, talk about recent events as well as planned events through December.

Supported with a power point presentation, Mark talked about two very successful recent events, as well as talk about coming events, a portion of which are mentioned herein.

On October 7 the 1st Tamale Festival was held in the front lawn of the City Hall.  Mark said that this first time event attracted a total of 500 people.  The music included a mariachi group from Plaza Mexico and a Lynwood MS Hosler Band, Los Tigres de Lynwood.  There were awards for two types of tamales. From seven restaurants, the winners were from two small restaurants in Plaza Mexico.  Mayor Santillan was a major promoter of this event.  Next year, Mark said an additional category may be added which is a restaurant outside of Lynwood category.

The second event described in detail by Mark was the Walk to School event on Wednesday, October 4. This event coincided with a national program.  The event started at the basketball courts on Bullis Rd. beginning at 7:00- 7:30 am.  Mark said an estimated 500 students and parents participated, that included Cesar Chavez and Hosler middle schools and five elementary schools, including Wilson, Roosevelt and Marshall Schools. After leaving the starting point, the school groups split into different routes for arriving at each school. Rotary member Raj asked what the purpose of this event was.  Mark explained that it teaches a safe way to walk to school and to encourage walking to school for healthy exercise.  Raj exclaimed:  “I think students should be encouraged to walk to school.”  LUSD Supt and Rotary member Gudiel Crosthwaite complemented city staff in organizing this event.  Mark said that this first year was a success and next year more schools will be planned to participate.

Mark’s description of coming events included the following:  Tuesday, October 31, Halloween Festival, 5pm to 8pm Lynwood City Park, next to skate park, to include a costume contest for kids ages 1 year to 12 years Thursday, November 9 Veterans Day, 9:30 am breakfast, followed by unveiling of plaque at 11:00 am;  Saturday, November 18 9am- 12 Noon, a Job Fair at Lynwood Community Center; Mon, Nov 20, a Turkey give-away at the Senior Center, and apparently, LUSD has a similar event on the same day; (it was noted that Rotary members can help volunteer at the Senior Center for turkey give-away;  Tuesday, November  28, 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Event for opening of City Hall Annex; Thursday, November 30, 5:30pm  Mayor’s State of the City Address by Mayor Santillan- Beas in Bateman Hall (RSVP required); and Friday, December  8, Christmas Parade, with reception in Bateman Hall at 5pm and start of the parade at 7pm.  (Daniel noted that Lynwood Rotary and Youth act as usual will participate, starting with meeting at Martina’s home, with food provided, which is the location where the parade starts on MLK Blvd, east of Atlantic Ave.)

Although not related to Mark’s presentation of City organized events, Daniel asked about the status of connecting the LA River, on the city’s eastern boundary, to the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.  Mark briefly explained that the Connectivity Program involves provision for non-auto transportation, and that the City Council will be considering County and State funding for a bike path parallel to the Linear Park, that would be constructed in a portion of the freeway ROW, adjacent to the linear park.

Before the presentation by the speaker Mark Flores, District Governor, the meeting was run by long time Rotary member, Raj, who substituted for Rotary President Joe Wang, who with his wife is traveling and visiting several other countries.  Raj mentioned raffle tickets distributed to members on behalf of the District 5280 Foundation fund raiser.  Daniel mentioned that he was interested in attending the Annual Foundation Celebration, “Million Dollar Dinner” on Sat, October, 28, if any other club member was planning to attend. President Elect Barbara Battle, said she would like to attend.

Club member and treasurer, Martina Rodriguez, talked about the planned Halloween themed event for the next meeting at 6pm, October 26.  She distributed a flyer with an image of a dancing skeleton and a title: “Join Lynwood Rotary if you dare!  For a Halloween Social!  The food will be provided through a pot luck. Youth act and their parents will come.  Suggested food to bring, includes pizzas.

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.19.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 12, 2017

At the October 12 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests participated in the annual visit of the District 5280 Governor.  This year the governor is Ms. Cozette Vergari.

The Governor brought two women who provide her with assistance along with Jerry Brown, District Chief of Staff.  The governor's introduction by one of her assistants provided detailed information of Ms. Vergari's extensive experience in a wide variety of fields, including serving as a lawyer, as well as professional experience in the arts, including ballet dancing. 

Ms. Vergari noted that she is no stranger to the City of Lynwood.  As a youth in the summers she explained that she lived in Lynwood, and her grandfather had a business in Lynwood.

Ms. Vergari talked about the important accomplishments of Rotary not only in this country but also world-wide, to include the campaign with Bill Gates funding to eradicate polio, which now she noted, has been eliminated in all countries except for a few new cases in three countries. 

She mentioned that District 5280, more so than many other Rotary districts,  has been organizing humanitarian trips to other countries, through which District participants do projects to help the local poverty stricken populations.  She mentioned the next planned trip during 2018.

She encouraged club members to attend the November 7 District breakfasts, which will feature A Salute to Our Veterans.  Also she mentioned the District Annual Foundation Celebration event on Saturday, October 28, to hear Keynote speaker:  Dr. Peter Salk, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, and President.

At the conclusion of the meeting after luncheon had been served, Lynwood Club members joined Ms. Vergari and her staff in the Lynwood conference room for discussions of the work of the Lynwood club. Much of the discussions were focused on the detailed information provided by Tila and Fernando Millan about the extensive programs and activities of the Youth act groups at Roosevelt and Helen Keller Elementary Schools. Also it was noted, that there is a search for faculty members willing to organize Interact clubs at middle schools and high schools within LUSD. There was also an explanation of the assistance provided by Gurdip Hari, including Gurdip's input to Club Runner for the Lynwood club, and also Gurdip's interest in providing an award to a youth for healthy living, and how to evaluate candidates for healthy living.

Before the presentation by the District Governor, there was discussion by Club President Joe Wang, of coming Lynwood Rotary and community events.  Joe mentioned that he and his wife will be traveling out of the country for the next two weeks, and that in his absence, long time member Raj, will run the next two meetings.

There was mention by Tila Millan of the planned Halloween Social for the evening meeting on Thursday, October 26, with a flier distributed.  It was noted that Martina Rodriguez will help plan the event with Fernando and Tila Millan.  Also Tila distributed another flier about a Fall Festival with the title:  “All Roosevelt Bears & Family Come and Join the Fun” scheduled for Friday, October 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Daniel mentioned to attendees to look at the photos he took of the Vision to Learn Program that was held on the previous Thursday morning, October 5, from 8:00 am to 12 Noon at Cesar Chavez Middle School.  Lynwood Rotary members Joe Wang, Larry Esparza, Martina Rodriguez and Daniel Miller assisted in screening all the students as to vision.  The two leaders were Nora MacLellan from the Rotary Club of Westchester, and Dave Davis from the Rotary Club of Bellflower.  As described last week, it is intended that all the schools (15,000 students) within the LUSD receive this vision screening, and the opportunity to be fitted with corrective glasses.

Briefly Daniel mentioned the City of Lynwood Park and Recreation Halloween Festival on Tuesday, October 31, from 5pm to 8pm, to include a costume contest for kids ages 1 year to 12 years.

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.12.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 05, 2017

At the October 5 meeting  Lynwood Rotary members and guests  discussed Rotary programs and activities. 

Since this was the first meeting of the month there was no speaker planned.  However, Rotary visitor Nora Maclellan provided detailed information about the Vision to Learn Rotary Program.

Before the Noon meeting, Lynwood Rotary members Joe Wang, Larry Esparza, Martina Rodriguez and Daniel Miller went to Cesar Chavez Middle School and from 8:00 am to 12Noon assisted in screening all the students as to vision.  The two leaders were Nora MacLellan from the Rotary Club of Westchester, and Dave Davis from the Rotary Club of Bellflower.  The students found to have vision deficiencies, through the coordination of the school nurse, will be given a form for their parents to sign, that will authorize the students to receive corrective glasses through the Vision to Learn Program.  Assuming there are the funds available through the Vision to Learn Program, at a later date a truck will come to the school and the authorized students can select the type of glasses they would like to wear (color, design, etc.).

It is intended that all the schools (15,000 students) within the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) receive this vision screening, and the opportunity to be fitted for eye glasses, as described in the previous description.  Although the Lynwood Rotary has not committed to participating in this program, Nora MacLellan and Dave Davis are hopeful that the Lynwood Rotary Club will get involved in this program for the benefit of  LUSD students.

Discussion of Lynwood Rotary events.

Lynwood Rotary Club President Joe Wang reminded meeting attendees that the next meeting on Thursday, Oct 12 will be the Annual visit of the District 5280 Governor, who this year is Ms. Cozette Vergari.  Joe urged that a special effort be made to get all members to attend this annual event.  And he noted that family members of Rotary members as well as guests are also encouraged to attend, so that there will be good turnout for hear and talk to the governor.

There was mention of the Tamale Festival in the Front Lawn of the City Hall, for Sat, Oct 7, 10am – 2pm. There was a discussion among members to see if a group of members would plan to attend the Saturday, October 28 Rotary District 5280 Foundation dinners, at which the Keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Salk, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and President. Member Martina Rodriguez spoke very favorably of LUSD Supt Gudiel Crosthwaite.  She stated that she was a member of the LUSD School Board and having followed closely the LUSD for many years that Gudiel is very involved and close to all the work of the LUSD teachers and staff.  She also stated that she is going to coordinate with Gudiel to see if the Lynwood Rotary Club can be mentioned in the quarterly newsletter that is sent out to all the LUSD parents and staff.

Also Daniel mentioned that last week’s monthly evening meeting there was a very interesting speaker who is a docent for the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, located on Alameda Street, just south of Lynwood.  The docent, Kathleen Rabago, whose card describes  herself as a Historical Re-enactor, to include dressing as a women from the hacienda days 200-150 years ago of Alta California, described the Battle of Dominguez Hill which occurred in 1846.  The museum holds an annual event to celebrate the Battle of Dominguez Hill, which this year is October 7 and Oct 8 from 10am to 4pm.  Rowland Becerra who attended the September 28 evening meeting, will attend the museum event in order to get better acquainted with Kathleen, and Daniel encouraged other members and guests who attend the Lynwood Rotary meetings to also attend.

Also there was mention that Tila and Fernando would like to have a Halloween  theme for the October evening meet on Oct 26, with possibly a pot luck dinner.  More coordination will be needed next week.

Briefly Daniel mentioned the City of Lynwood Park and Recreation Halloween Festival on Tuesday, Oct 31, from 5pm to 8pm, to include a costume contest for kids ages 1 year to 12 years.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra 

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.05.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 28, 2017

At the September 28, evening meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests  present, heard Museum Docent Kathleen Rabago, representing Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum,  Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, whose Executive Director is Luis F. Fernandez.

Adding to the interest in the presentation, Ms. Rabago was dressed as a lady of a hacienda of 150- 200 years ago from Alta California.  She discussed briefly the history of the Dominguez family and their rancho which was the first land grant by Spain and extended from the area where the rancho buildings are located (on Alameda St. just south of the City of Lynwood) all the way south to the Wilmington Harbor Area).

Kathleen also described a cloth map which showed historic adobe structures throughout the Los Angeles Region.  She noted that there are around 50 adobe structures in the LA Region, some still in private ownership. Dominguez Rancho was the first land grant from Spain.  Throughout what is now So Cal. lands were taken by US forces by treaty or military force.  Kathleen stated “US President Polk got his wish.”

Kathleen talked about the Battle of Dominguez Hill, which is celebrated annually and this year the event will be Sat, Oct 7 and Sun, Oct 8, from 10am to 4pm at the Dominguez Museum.  In 1846 there was a battle between the Californios and the US Forces on Dominguez Hill, using a canon that was stored for safe keeping by a woman in El Pueblo de Los Angeles.  In anticipation of a battle, the canon was dragged from El Pueblo de Los Angeles to Dominguez Hill. Hence the name “The Battle of the Old Woman's Gun.” The Californios won the battle and the US Forces retreated to the south.  Rowland Becerra stated he would attend this event and planned further discussions with Kathleen.  Daniel stated he hoped other Rotary members and guests would also attend this annual event.

Kathleen noted that she is personally involved in various events at historic sites.  These include the annual event at El Campo Cahuenga, Studio City, in Jan (City of LA Dept of Recreation).  Also she has talked to persons involved in the CA Historical Park in Encino, explaining that the natural spring that still exists there was an important stop for settlers/ travelers from Spain, ( and then from Mexico) traveling to San Fernando Mission and locations further north.  Also Kathleen mentioned the importance of the annual event in the San Diego Harbor, in celebration of the landing of Juan Cabrillo at the harbor for the King of Spain during the late 1700's years.

Daniel noted that the Dominguez Rancho history relates to a coming Rotary meeting, at which Mayor Pro Tem Jose Solache, a graduate of Cal State Dominguez, and also a current student from the same university, will talk about their experiences attending this university.  Quoting from the well-known book, The Rancho San Pedro by Robert Gillingham, “In 1965 the Board of Trustees of CA State Colleges voted to build a new campus on the west side of Dominguez Hills, about two miles from the ranch house.  That campus today is California State University Dominguez Hills, and it houses a special collection of Rancho San Pedro manuscripts”. Daniel encouraged everyone to visit the Dominguez Museum.  He explained that at the entrance to Museum on the left wall in large letters is:  “Rancho San Pedro Dominguez Adobe 18127” and on the right side in the same large letters is: “ Dominguez Seminary The Claretians 18127”.  Except for the museum and the immediate property, the rest of the spacious landscaped property belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.    

Before the presentation by Kathleen Rabago, Club President Joe Wang explained that there is a request for Rotary members to help support a vision screening event for students at Cesar Chavez Middle School on Abbott Road.  The event starts at 8am on Thur, Oct 5 at the school.  Daniel and Joe and Larry agreed to show up to help with the event for the students.  Daniel noted that the three of us have to leave the event in time to attend the 12 Noon Rotary meeting.  There was mention of the Tamale Festival in the Front Lawn of the City Hall, for Sat, Oct 7, 10am – 2pm. There was a discussion among members to see if a group of members would plan to attend the Sat, Oct 28 Rotary District 5280 Foundation dinners, at which the Keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Salk, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, and President.  Also Rotary member Tila Millan talked about the funds raised by Youth act for the hurricanes in the amount of $250.00.  It was decided that the Lynwood Rotary Club will coordinate sending the funds to a designated organization.  Also Tila talked about a planned Halloween and Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos event at the end of October.  Daniel noted guests Beatriz Gutierrez and Rosalia Perez who stated their interest in the speaker. 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.28.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 21, 2017
At the September 21, meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests were present when Rotary District 5280, Chief of Staff, Jerry Brown inducted two candidates to become members of Lynwood Rotary Club. 
The new members are:  Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, New Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD), and also Alejandra Avalos.
Jerry Brown also talked about current activities of Rotary worldwide, including an update on elimination of polio worldwide.
 
Before the presentation, President Joe Wang,
Noted that five Rotary members supported the City of Lynwood Employees Appreciation event, at the Natatorium on Saturday September 16, from 11am to 3pm. The principal duty of the Rotary members was to help with the sign-in procedures for city employees and their family members.) 
A frequent visitor, Lynwood Manager for the Lynwood Home for participants in Teen Challenge International, Cheryl Hunt, along with two of the home's current residents, talked about the Walk for Recovery 5K that was going to be held on Saturday, September 23, at Valley Christian High School, in Cerritos.
Long time Lynwood Rotary member Raj, as Foundation Chair for the Club, talked about the coming Rotary Foundation Dinner on Sat, October 28, and he encouraged members to receive raffle ticket books and to sell the 10 tickets, at $10 each (= $100.00) for fund raising for the Rotary Foundation.
There was a discussion among members to see if a group of members would plan to attend the Saturday October 28 Foundation dinner, at which the Keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Salk, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, President
There was also discussion about members paying their quarterly dues (=$175 per quarter).
With President Elect Barbara Battle, taking the lead, there was a brief discussion and a brief moment of silence, wishing and praying that Club Past President Ramon Rodriguez have a quick recovery from his medical treatments, and hoping that he can attend the next meeting, Sep 28.
President Joe Wang reminded everyone that the next meeting, being the last meeting in the month, on September 28, will be at 6pm!!
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.21.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 14, 2017

At the September 14, meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation from a young man from Honduras who was severely injured as a result of falling off a train in Mexico while traveling north to the US discussed a number of issues and ideas.

The man is Jose Luis Hernandez.  His interpreter was Samuel Temblador from the organization, Jovenes, Creating Homes, Community for Youth.

Fr. Richard Estrada, Pastor of Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights, had intended to be the translator for Jose Luis Hernandez, but in a conversation two days earlier, he stated that he had to attend a meeting with the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, about immigration issues.  Fr. Estrada described himself as a strong supporter of Jose.  Arturo Reyes stated he was hoping to see Fr. Estrada, because 40 years ago, he said, he worked with Fr. Estrada on immigration matters.

Samuel Temblador, of Jovenes, noted that Fr. Estrada was a founder of Jovenes, Inc. and now is a Board member.  Sam explained that Jose is taking English classes and also attends Puente Learning Center, a community school for students needing a nontraditional school.  A graduate of UCLA, Sam got involved through AmeriCorps, which is a government run program that promotes national volunteer and community service with nonprofit organizations.

Jose started his comments and then paused for Sam to translate.  On the back of Jose's
T-shirt were the following words:  Los Sobrevivientes de el Tren.  The Survivors of the Train, the Beast.

After his severe injury in 2006, Jose was receiving treatment in Honduras for two years.  Several years later, he organized a group of youth to charter a bus trip to the US, with the plan to meet with President Obama, about the conditions in Honduras, and the need to improve living conditions there so that there will no longer be a need for many to seek a better life in the US. The bus trip happened but the planned visit with Obama did not happen.  But now residing in the US, Jose is the head of the organization named AMIREDIS, Association Migrantes Retornados con Dicapacidad.

Jose referenced a brochure for AMIREDIS which includes a photo of Jose speaking to a group.  Excerpts from Jose's statements in the brochure include the following quotes: " I seek to generate the political willpower within the US and Honduran Governments in order to resolve immigration issues. …  My own story is that after 20 days of travel on foot and by hopping cargo trains, enduring thirst, hunger, and persecution as a migrant in Mexico, I was riding on a train coupling, taking off my shoes because my feet had swollen from so much walking, when suddenly all was dark.  I fell under the train, which amputated my leg, my arm, and part of my other hand.  By some kind of luck, the place where I fell was in a city called Delicias, Chihuahua, and people were able to get to me in time, which is how I'm still alive.  …  As a survivor, I want [people] to understand that migration only happens because of some cause in Central America, Mexico, or some other country.  … It is impossible for me to regrow my amputated leg or my arm. But it is indeed possible to stop others from becoming amputees if we can gather the political will to stop the problem at its roots by fostering favorable life conditions so that people can find alternatives in their countries, so that the promised land people seek in the US will be in their own countries."

Before the presentation, President Joe Wang, encouraged members to come to the City of Lynwood Employees Appreciation event, at the Natatorium on Sat, Sep 16, from 11am to 3pm. Rotary members should arrive at 10:30am.  The City requested Rotary members to help with the organization of this event.  (Note:  a total of five members did attend this event and helped with the sign-in procedures for city employees and their family members.) 

Daniel encouraged Rotary members to come to the Lynwood Union Gallery event scheduled later on Thursday, Sep 7,  from 5pm to 8pm, with the artist Michael Lara, noting that there will also be music.  (For the record, there were six Rotary members and three Rotary supporters, such as Maria Viera, who attended this Lynwood Union Gallery event on Thursday evening, Sep 7.)

Joe Wang reminded everyone that at the Sep 21 meeting, Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff for Rotary District 5280, will induct three candidates into the Lynwood Club:  Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, New Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District, and also Alejandra Avalos and Angel Farias.  All members were encouraged to bring a guest, in order to have a big turnout for this important Rotary Club event.

Maria Viera, as Block Watch Treasurer, thanked the club for its donation of hot dogs and buns and relishes for the 2017 National Night out Event on Aug 1.  College age guest Jeffrey Davis attended his first Rotary meeting and Daniel encouraged him to come back for the Sep 21 meeting for the induction of the three candidates into the Rotary Club.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.14.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 07, 2017

At the September 7, meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests discussed a number of issues and ideas.

Among the issues agreed upon are that for the Governor’s visit at the October 12 meeting, the club will present a donation of $350.00.  It was also agreed that at the September 21 meeting, Rotary District 5280, Chief of Staff, to the Governor, will induct three candidates into the Lynwood Club:  Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, New Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District, and also Alejandra Avalos and Angel Farias.

Meeting as the Club Board, there was lengthy discussion, with Larry Esparza and Martina Rodriguez taking the lead, and a decision reached about changing the bank to be used for the club funds.  It will be close to the Lynwood City Hall.

Club guests, Maria Garcia, Beatrice Torres and Maria Viera were welcomed.  Maria Garcia, representing Roosevelt ES Youth act and the adult leaders, Tila and Fernando Millan talked about two fund raising projects.

For Hurricane Harvey, at Roosevelt ES, teachers will have a box for donations in their classroom and Youth act officers will collect at the end of the week.

Also there will be a Youth act Taco and Loteria at the home of Tila and Fernando Millan on Sat, Sep 9, starting at 4pm, with the proceeds from the meal tickets to be used for transportation costs for a bus for a coming Youth act event.

In response to a question from Daniel, Maria Garcia also talked about the Youth act participation in the Rotary District Annual picnic at Redondo Beach Lagoon, and she talked about how the Youth act card boat did in the boat competition.

Daniel encouraged Rotary members to come to the Lynwood Union Gallery event scheduled later on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm with the artist Michael Lara, noting that there will also be music.  Maria Viera was one of the attendees who said she would join Daniel at this art oriented event.

 

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         Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.07.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 31, 2017

At the August 31 6pm meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation by Kateri Gutierrez, Collective Avenue Coffee, and also by three members of the Collective.  The explanation included in the weekly  update for coming meeting programs, is repeated herein:  “Inspired by the community and the need for local economic development, Lynwood natives & residents, Jonathan and Kateri, founded Collective Avenue Coffee, a mobile coffee stand that engages in community efforts.  Their goal is to open a brick and mortar in Lynwood and create fair, sustainable jobs for locals.  It is the first coffee business to be run as a worker owned cooperative in LA County.  Collective Avenue Coffee wants to introduce community created jobs through its coffee shop, and would like to engage the Rotary Club in our efforts to acquire a brick and mortar location.”

The three participants, in addition to Kateri Gutierrez were:  Daisy Cuellar, resident of Boyle Heights, and a graduate of Wellesley College; Briana Tetsch, resident of Bell, and a junior at Mount St. Mary's University; and David Nieto, a resident of Lynwood and a Senior at Firebaugh HS in Lynwood; and unable to attend is Jonathan Robles, former ELAC student and coffee shop trainer.  Kateri graduated from UC Berkeley, in which she built her own major, focusing on American Consumerism.  Of note, Kateri  is a FHS graduate and also continues to reside in Lynwood. 

The Cooperative does not want to associate itself with a specific culture, such as Tierra Mia, which coffee shop locations identify them as all Latino. As worker owned, the workers become candidates and have to get voted in. 

The well-organized power point presentation included a description of Seven Cooperative Principles. As explained, the concepts include:  voluntary open membership; democratic decision making; cooperation among members; autonomy and independence; all membership economic participation; concern for the community; and education and training for all members.  Kateri noted that participants gain valuable work experience that can be included in resumes for job applications.  There currently are 8 interns in the Collective.

The quality of the coffee is important.  There are now over 15 items that are now on the menu.  In answer to a question from Member Ramon Rodriguez and current owner of a Lynwood hardware store, yes the collective is paring with a local business.  It is Balam Restaurant, at 11700 Long Beach Blvd. -- just south of the Green Line Station on Long Beach Blvd.  The collective operates at this location, 6am – 11am Tue thru Fri and 8am to 12 noon on Sat and Sun.  The Collective raised $9,000 for the espresso machine.  Also the Collective is selling cold brew bottles of coffee and plans to sell this product in retail locations throughout the area.    Also on the last  Friday nights, a program of music is offered at the same restaurant, Balam Restaurant. 

Kateri also explained that some of the awards Collective Avenue has received include the Ricardo Lara Excellence award in 2016 and the Small Business Majority's national forum for small business advocacy, in which she will be attending in Washington DC this upcoming October.

Before the presentation, Lynwood Rotary President, Joe Wang, commented about the Lynwood Rotary Club participation in the Annual District 5280 Beach Party & Cardboard Boat Race, Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach, held on Sat 5pm- 9pm,  Aug 26.   Joe Wang noted that there were overall fewer participants compared to holding the event earlier in the day. He had a photo of the boat race showing the Lynwood Youth act member rowing the boat.  This year the boat did not sink!   Club Secretary Lulu exclaimed that she was glad to be at the picnic and good to see all the Lynwood Youth act there with their parents. 

Marisela Santana made an announcement for a reception at the Lynwood Union Gallery, for a new artist, Michael Lara, for Thursday, Sep 7, 5pm -7pm at the Gallery.  Marisela explained that there will be music and other art on display.

 Guests at the meeting, who were presented by Daniel included:  Yolanda Rodriguez, who two years ago was Treasurer of the City of Lynwood; also Maria Viera, Block Watch Captain, &  Treasurer for Lynwood Block Watch; also Ana Barroza, Block Watch Captain, and Secretary for Lynwood Block Watch and also Secretary for the Lynwood Parking & Traffic Commission.     

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.31.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 24, 2017

At the August 24 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation by Sandra Ekhart, Children's Pastor, Lynwood Worship Center, and Outreach Coordinator for Forgotten Children, Inc.  (The Senior Pastor is Woody Robinson, who has served the community for 20 years.)

Deborah Warren, whose multiple titles include Senior Pastor's Assistant and Ministry Coordinator, made several comments.

More than a decade ago an outreach program was started by Lynwood Worship Center to the victims of sexual exploitation along Long Beach Blvd., which included a safe refugee house, or Drop-In Center, for the victims to visit on Long Beach Blvd.  Thanks to the hard work initiated by Pastor Paula Daniels, Associate Pastor, there continues to be an active program in serving these victims in Lynwood.  Pastor Daniels was the founder in developing “a welcoming center” for these victims.  The goal is to be a part of the solution in helping these girls develop an alternative to getting caught up in the business operated by the pimps.  Starting with creating a loving relationship for each victim, there is a need to help each girl obtain skills such as a GED education that will enable them to not have a financial need provided by the pimps.  Long Beach Blvd.is a “training track” used by the pimps for their business.  The Drop-In Center on Long Beach Blvd. is an important step in reaching out to these girls.  It was stated that the pimps are now going after girls as young as 12 years old.

The pimps know these girls are love starved.  They state to them they will care for them.  They try to get to know personal contacts of the victims.  The girls have a quota every day.

Support from the Welcoming Center involves helping the girls get necessary education and assistance in applying for and getting a regular job.  The Center offers them a hope.

There is a “safe house” in San Bernardino, operated by a faith based organization.  It was noted that in attempting to follow up for care and support, that unfortunately the rate of recidivism is high in the sex related industry.  It was noted that since 2006 through the efforts of Pastor Paula Daniels, 5000 girls from Long Beach Blvd. have been served.  It was explained that some of the girls are incarcerated by LASD Officers and held at the the Alameda LASD Jail.  Girls in the outreach program are sometimes taken to the LASD Jail as part of their training.

Sandra Ekhart showed a “Rescue Bag”, also referred to as a “Love Bag”, which contains items helpful for someone on the streets, and showed that it included a MacDonalds card for food.  She had handout cards that promoted financial support for Forgotten Children.  Below are several quotes:  “Our Mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  … Known Facts:  – The average age of a teen entering sex trade in the U.S. Is 12 to 14 years old.  – Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.  – California harbors 3 of the FBI's 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation:  Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.”

Before the presentation, Lynwood Rotary President, Joe Wang, again encouraged participation in the Annual District 5280 Beach Party & Cardboard Boat Race, Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach. 

Joe Wang again explained his construction of the cardboard boat in which a member of the Roosevelt ES Youth act will use in the boat competition at the lagoon.  It is expected there will be a large turnout of Lynwood Rotary Youth act together with their parents and friends.  Youth act parent Maria Garcia mentioned the need for a list of names of everyone who will participate in this event.

After the presentation, Daniel suggested a visit o the Drop-In Center on Long Beach Blvd.  Sandra Ekhart explained that the Lynwood Rotary should call first and get an appointment for a group visit. Sandra mentioned the fund raising golf tournament for Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills.  From the hand out card: “Forgotten Children, Inc. The Second Annual Charity Golf Classic, Swinging Against Human Trafficking, since 2006.”

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.24.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 17, 2017

At the August 17 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation by Long Term Rotary member and owner of T.A.J. Office & School Supply, 11410 Long Beach Blvd., Lynwood, Rajen (Raj) Dhaliwal. 

Using Wifi, Raj presented two videos about his Sikh religion.

In addition to an explanation of the Sikh religion, Raj provided some interesting facts about world history going back 5000 years.  From 1 AD (Ano Domino), Year since Jesus) to our current year, 2017, according to Raj, in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), from 1 AD to 1500 AD, India was the richest country in the world.  Then from 1500-1700, China was #1 and India was #2.  Then after 1700 when the Industrial Revolution started, Europe and America became the countries with the highest GDP.  Now changes are continuing, and China will become #1,and India is now #3 after America.

The Sikh religion is concentrated in a northern part of India in the state of Punjab within India. The two videos had interesting views of the Golden Temple, located within a lake of water, in the city of Amitsar, India.  The leaders of the religion, described as gurus, goes back to the year 1469 with Guru Nanak.  The guiding force was a reaction against the caste system of Hinduism, the predominant religion in India, then and now.  The caste system was a rigid practice of controlling wealth.  Only those in the so-called ruling class, the Brahamins, could advance.  Everyone else was required to continue in their inherited position in society.

Going back to about 1600, the first ten gurus or leaders are teachers.  Their teachings were shown in one of the videos as being preserved, as holy texts.  The teachers preached against a caste system.  In the eyes of God, all human beings are the same.  This includes women, who have equal rights.  One of the videos shows the serving of food at the Golden Temple for a total of 100,000 meals in one day, all for free.  Also shown is the daily cleaning of the temple in a very elaborate manner and ritualistic manner;  also the daily procedures of the lead guru, in appearing in public, followed by at the end of the day his return to the Golden Temple.

The religion never asks for contributions, but receives a large amount of donations from the followers.  With respect to hair, “scissors never touch us,” because we should remain natural.  This applies to both women and men.  Followers of the religion have always been able to physically defend themselves against others in India, and 40% of the military in India have been and continue to be of the Sikh religion.  The concept is to be able to defend yourself and also to defend the needy. 

A place for worship is referred to as a Gurudawara, “a door to God.”  Raj noted that in the LA area, there are a number of gurudawaras, mentioning one at 1620 Preus Road, near Robertson Blvd., suggesting a visit.

Separate from the presentation by Raj, there was discussions lead by Rotary President Joe Wang. 

There was coordination about the new members to be inducted when the Rotary District Governor visits the club on Oct 12:  LUSD new superintendent, Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, and Alejandra Avalos, and Angel Farias.

Also there was mention of a scholarship for a Youth act volunteer for the Rotary Fireworks Stand.  It was explained that she has volunteered for this work for several years.

And there were discussions about plans for the Rotary District annual Beach Party & Cardboard Boat Race at Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach, Sat, Aug 26, 5pm – 9pm.  Joe Wang mentioned that as usual he will construct the boat in the next two weeks.  Lulu talked about the requirement to sign up in advance for this event.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.17.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 10, 2017

At the August 10  meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation by Rotary member and previous Treasurer, Dr. Larry Esparza, about his military experiences. 

Using Wifi, everyone saw a series of videos on US Army paratrooper training. 

Larry explained the process we were watching of young men jumping out of planes as part of paratrooper training.  The location was Ft. Bragg North Carolina.  There were several films we saw.

At the end of the presentation, in response to a question from Daniel, Larry was on active duty with the US Air Force, starting Mar 1, 1968 for a total of 7 years:  3 years in the US and 4 years in England.  Then for 13 years, in civilian life, he went to school to get an AA degree, a BS degree, and more studies to become a doctor as a chiropractor, with his own doctor's office. 

Then in 1989, Larry re-enlisted to active duty in the Air Force reserves, for a total of 20 years of active duty military service.

During his presentation, Dr. Larry Esparza helped the audience relive some important US history by talking about military campaigns, some of which as a member of the Air Force Reserve, he was personally in.

Going back to 1991, there was Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, authorized by the Senior President Bush, which supported the 100 Day War in Iraq.

Then the Junior President Bush supported Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

More recently, in 2001 in Operation Southern Watch, US Troops were sent to Saudi Arabia to maintain watch and maintain control relating to Sadam Hazam.  Also in 2002, Operation Anaconda, from a base in Germany, US troops were dispatched to Afghanistan.

 

Separate from Dr. Esparza's presentation, there were discussions lead by Rotary President Joe Wang, and by Rotary Secretary, Lulu Quinionez, about several important issues.

There was coordination about the new members to be inducted when the Rotary District Governor visits the club on Oct 12:  LUSD new superintendent, Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, and Alejandra Avalos, and Angel Farias.

Also there was discussion about the Club Treasurer responsibilities, and the issue of authorized signatures for the Rotary bank account.  (The new club treasurer, Martina Rodriguez was unable to attend the meeting.)

And there were discussions about plans for the Rotary District annual Beach Party & Cardboard Boat Race at Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach, Sat, Aug 26, 5pm – 9pm.  Joe Wang mentioned that as usual he will construct the boat in the next two weeks.  Lulu talked about the requirement to sign up in advance for this event.

Daniel mentioned that photos and news about the Lynwood Rotary club can be emailed to Gurdip Hari for posting the Rotary Club Runner website.  The photos that Daniel takes of the meeting attendees are emailed to Gurdip.  Gurdip lives in three countries (each 1/3 of the year):  US, Ghana Africa and India.  He reads his emails regularly where ever he is.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.10.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 03, 2017

At the August 3 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests discussed among themselves a variety of thoughts. 

Past President Ramon Rodriguez and Current President talked briefly about their impressions of the National Night Out annual event, which this year was held on Tuesday, August 1, in front of Lynwood City Hall from 5pm to 8pm.  Next to the Rotary Table, the hot dogs and buns and relishes and chips, funded by Rotary, were served by Alejandra Avalos and by another employee of Avalos Catering.  Daniel was asked to comment also about the event and he mentioned the sale of T-Shirts as a fund raising event.  The T-shirts were displayed hanging at the Rotary table, and they were also displayed hanging at the meeting.  There were 40 T-shirts in two different Lynwood oriented designs.  At the Tuesday night event, 6 T-shirts were sold.  The purchase price was $15.00 each.  Daniel brought a sign that was placed on the Rotary table, with the following wording:  “T-shirts for Sale.  The cost of the T-Shirts has been donated.  100 percent of the purchases help pay for scholarships and other Lynwood Rotary community projects.”

During the previous weekend, President Elect Barbara Battle attended the Youth act event Friday evening in South Gate Park, with mariachi music, and Daniel attended the Youth act event on Saturday morning for Youth act members to practice kayaking in Los Alamitos Bay.

Joe Wang mentioned again the District 5280 Annual Picnic and Boat Race, scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 5pm, at the Redondo Beach Lagoon.  As is the past practice, Joe will construct the cardboard boat that one or two youth act members will use in the boat race.

The three proposed new members were mentioned by Club Secretary, Lulu Quinionez:  LUSD Supt. Gudiel Crosthwaite, Alejandra Alvalos and Angel Farias. 

Rotary Guest Maria Garcia and Esmeralda Villalobos were recognized and Esmeralda was commended for her work at the fireworks stand.  Also recognized were Cal State Dominguez student Jesus Gonzalez and his mother, noting that Jesus and Mayor Pro Temp Jose Solache are scheduled to be the speakers at a coming meeting.

Rotary Guest Cheryl Hunt, Assistant Operations Manager of the LA County Teen Challenge and head of the facility in Lynwood, although not scheduled, was given permission to make a brief presentation.  Cheryl has talked about Teen Challenge at several meetings. The national organization's purpose is to provide support, to include housing, for young adults suffering from alcohol and drug addictions.  The support is oriented toward an evangelical Christian perspective.  As explained by Cheryl, the Lynwood facility provides a home for women but there are separate facilities for men.  Cheryl was promoting a coming fund raising event on September 23, Walk For Recovery.  The 5K event will be at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos.  The goal is to raise $50,000 at this event.  Cheryl noted that it costs $1,200 for room and board for one participant at the Lynwood facility.

 

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.03.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 27, 2017

At the July 27  meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation from Rob Guilmette, Yoga Teacher.  Teacher Rob was introduced by Daniel, explaining that he first met Rob at a Lynwood Union Gallery event in April 2017.  He was part of a band that performed at the Gallery.  Teacher Rob explained that yoga in a broad sense is a combination of various physical exercises with a mental framework of connecting one’s body with one’s spiritual senses and with one’s connection to the immediate surroundings.  He gave examples of stretching motions in combination with breathing exercises and in encouraging the mind to think about one’s relationship with one’s surroundings.

Rob’s talk generated a lot of discussion and questions from his audience. For example, Rotary member Raj asked for clarification as to what and how does yoga practice affect one’s body.  Speaker Rob responded that it removes blockages and increases circulation.  This is accomplished in stages, noting that breathing and moving your body affects cognition in a favorable manner of increasing awareness.  Rob noted two different types of yoga: one called “Kundalini” which involves breathing and chanting.  Then there is “hatha” which emphasizes types of physical exercises and positioning of the body.

Rotary Club Secretary Maria Quinionez (Lulu) asked how yoga had helped Rob in his own life “playing in a band had caused carpal tunnel syndrome in his hands, from the repetitious motions of his hands”.  This physical problem was affecting his entire outlook on life.  Through various yoga practices, including physical movements and diet changes he completely corrected his carpel tunnel syndrome problem.

Dr. Edwin Pygatt talked about pains in his wrist, and at the end of the meeting, Rob had Edwin stood next to him and practice certain arm and wrist movements to help alleviate Edwin’s physical pains.

Tila Millan responded to Rob’s yoga talk by describing how she has used yoga practices in her elementary school classroom with her students.  She explained that after she had completed a six week yoga class herself, she has employed 5 minutes of meditation and breathing exercises with her students in the classroom, and it has had a very positive effect on the students.

Looking to the future, Rob would like to find a way that more members of the community have access to the practice of yoga, to include developing a community center for this purpose.  Currently, Rob provides a health and wellness “platform” at the Avalos Center in Ham Park on Mon and Wed at 7pm for $7.00 per person or $40.00 for the month.  Also he provides a similar program on Sundays at 9am.  There is no charge, but participants may make a donation.

Some thoughts to remember from Rob are immersion in nature, to include backyard “pockets of nature.”  Yoga has been promoted in different ways, he notes, and every teacher has a little different emphasis -- citing yoga and the Beatles in comparison with current teachers.

Before the presentation by Rob Guilmette, President Joe Wang talked about coming events.

Coming events were discussed, starting with the annual National Night Out event planned for Tuesday evening, August 1. The event will take place this year in front of Lynwood City Hall, from 5pm to 8pm.  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.  As a fund raising action, T-shirts with two different Lynwood oriented designs will be sold at the table for $15 each.  The costs of the T-shirts have been donated, so 100% of the income from the sales of the 40 shirts will be for Lynwood club projects for the community.  Other events planned were 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. The events were for Youth act members and their parents. On Fri, Jul 28 at South Gate Park involving Mariachi music, and on Sat, Jul 29, Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach for kayaking practice.   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.  This year the District annual picnic will be held in the evening, starting at 5pm.   President Wang reminded everyone, that the District 5280 Governor will attend the Lynwood Club’s meeting for the second meeting in Oct.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.27.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 20, 2017
At the July 20 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests heard a presentation from Marisela Santana, Community Relations and Public Information Consultant
 
Ms. Santana explained that she is Secretary and Rowland Becerra is President of the Lynwood Union Gallery that is housed in the historic Pacific Electric Train Station located in Lynwood and then moved to its present location by Caltrans with City of Lynwood involvement when the 105 Freeway was constructed along the right of way of the PE rail route from Santa Ana to downtown LA.
 
Marisela stated that the Gallery will be staffed by volunteers and that Monday thru Thursday, the Gallery will be open, 11am -2pm, and again 4pm -6pm.
On Saturday, July 15, from 11 am to 4 pm, the 100 Year Anniversary of the historic train station was celebrated at the present location of this building.  Many photos of the Lynwood PE train station as well as of the Pacific Electric regional train system were on display.  Presenters included from the Pacific Electric Historical Society, Michael Patris, President, and Steve Crise, Vice President.  Marisela noted that it was the first time some of the PE train photos have been on public display.
Also Marisela was very involved in the Coffee with the City Manager, Alma Martinez, also at the Lynwood Union Gallery on Thursday pm July 20, 5- 7pm.  Marisela mentioned the event was well attended, to include all city department heads, as well as many from the community.  A number of issues were raised by Lynwood residents, to include gang problems and parking on city streets.  J.D. Whitaker handled questions about parking permit districts, under consideration.  One issue is the percent of residents in a proposed residential district that must vote in favor of a parking district.
 
Marisela noted that the City Manager is very accessible, very open to communications with residents and businesses.
 
Before the presentation by Marisela Santana, President Joe Wang talked about coming events.
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 nonmembers who have requested these weekly updates.  It was noted that for the boat races at the District Picnic on Saturday, August 26, at Redondo Beach Harbor Lagoon, as usual, Joe Wang will construct the cardboard boat, and then the youth will paint the cardboard boat.  This year the District annual picnic will be held in the evening, starting at 5pm.
 
Daniel noted the participation of Lynwood Rotary members in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, held in South Gate Park from 9am Saturday, July 15 to 9am Sunday, July 16.  This year, this event was held for both Lynwood and South Gate.  The major coordinator for this combined Lynwood / South Gate event was Ms. Esparanza Galvan Trejo, who happens to be active in the South Gate Rotary Club.  Daniel mentioned that he attended the Relay For Life Event both before the Lynwood Union Gallery event, celebrating 100 years of the historic Pacific Electric Station building which now houses the Lynwood Union Gallery ( which event took place 11 am to 4pm), and also in the evening on Saturday. July 15.  And he noted he also drove back to South Gate for the closing Relay For Life event at 9am Sunday, Jul 16.  Mayor Pro Temp Jose Solache made a welcoming speech for the closing activities on Sunday morning.
 
Lynwood Rotary Secretary, Ms. Maria Qunionez, (Lulu) noted that the fund raising goal for the American Cancer Society event this year in South Gate Park was $50,000.  Lulu proudly noted that a total of $60,000 had been raised, which included more than $1,000 from Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, to bring the total up to $60,000.
President Wang reminded everyone, that the next weekly meeting will be in the evening, at 6pm, July 27.  He also mentioned that the District 5280 Governor will attend the Lynwood Club’s meeting for the second meeting in Oct.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.20.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
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. 

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.13.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 07, 2017

At the July 6 meeting, Lynwood Rotary members and guests discussed a number of activities and projects.  

President Joe Wang provided an overview of the Rotary Fireworks stand results.

The fireworks sales from the Phantom Fireworks Company amounted to about $19,000 and as usual, with most of the sales occurring on the last day, July 4.  However, the net income to the club will be only about one third of that amount, after all the expenditures are paid for.

President Joe, as well as Past President Ramon and Daniel emphasized that this project was only possible with the great amount of staffing and expertise provided by the Youth act group and parents as well as some other older youth involved in managing and assisting with the sales over the four day event, plus the day before, on Friday, June 30 to organize the product that was delivered on Friday.  Also there were several teachers from Roosevelt ES who also staffed the fireworks stand.

Possible new members were discussed, to include the new LUSD Superintendent, Gudiel Crosthwaite, who started June 1.  He started with LUSD in 2010, supervising operations for elementary and middle schools, and then he was promoted to deputy superintendent of educational services in 2013.  (Rotary member Paul Gothold resigned as LUSD Superintendent to become the Superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education.)

LUSD Special Recognition Superintendent Crosthwaite, talked about the special recognition the school district received for a dramatic increase in the number of students taking AP (Advanced Placement) classes and AP Tests.  Daniel displayed the LA Times California Section front page for July 5, which featured the Lynwood accomplishment.  Quoting from the front page article:  “This year, Lynwood became one of two L.A. County school systems named to the College Board's honor roll for significantly increasing their number of students taking and passing AP exams.  (The other was comparatively prosperous Arcadia Unified School District.)”  Supt. Crosthwaite said that there will be banners placed at the schools to publicize this great accomplishment.

There were a number of coming events discussed. 

First of all, on Saturday, July 15, from 9am to 9am on Sunday, July 16, there is the 24 Hour American Cancer Society Relay for Life in South Gate Park.  Club Secretary Lulu will organize a Lynwood Rotary Club group to participate.  Daniel mentioned that he will start at 9am on Sat, and then leave to participate in another important event that starts at 11am at the Lynwood Union Gallery to commemorate the history of the Pacific Electric Railway System.  The Lynwood Union Gallery building is part of the historic Pacific Electric Station that served Lynwood, which building was moved by Caltrans to its present location, across from Lynwood City Hall, when the 105 Freeway was constructed and opened in 1995. The President of the Pacific Electric Railway System Society will make a major presentation, starting at 11:00 am.  There will be historic maps and photos on display.  And it is planned that there will be drawings of trains that youth will do. 

 On Tuesday, July 18 there will be the next District 5280 Breakfast meeting at the usual location, the hotel on Century Blvd.  Near LAX.  The breakfast meeting starts at 8:00 am and Rotary members are urged to make a reservation before the date.

Another event for Lynwood Youth act members is planned for Saturday, July 29, from 9am to 3pm, which is Kayaking in Los Alamitos Bay in east Long Beach.  To show support for this kayaking sport, Rotary members are encouraged to show up.  Daniel suggests that there be carpooling from the Lynwood City Hall, to leave at 8am.  (The youth and parents will have their own transportation to this event.)

Also there will be the Annual District 5280 Picnic and Boat Competition at Redondo Beach Harbor in late August with Lynwood Youth act participants.  As usual, Joe Wang will construct the cardboard boat, and then the youth will paint the cardboard boat. 

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.06.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 29, 2017

At the June 28, meeting, Lynwood Rotary members joined South Gate Rotary members at their regular meeting on Wednesday Noon, June 28, in the South Gate Auditorium Building in South Gate Park.

 

Before the speaker, South Gate Lynwood officers, including Jesus Cruz, the Club President, had a number of announcements and related comments.

 

The Speaker was Valentina Cardenas, Managing Director, of East LA Classic Theatre.

 

Ms. Cardenas is under contract to a local school in the South Gate area, which is part of the LACUSD.

Her video was very interesting. It portrayed high school students performing formal dances as well as practicing vocal parts.  It was obvious in the video that the students were learning great artistically oriented skills, seeing them in classroom situations and on the stage.

After the meeting, Daniel met with Valentina and suggested that the LUSD staff would be interested in seeing the video and in talking with Ms. Valentina Cardenas.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.28.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 22, 2017

At the June 22, meeting, members and guests at the overflow evening meeting celebrated the installation of new officers for the Lynwood Rotary Club and for the Youth act Club.

In addition to the camaraderie made possible by the large turnout from both the Lynwood Rotary Club and from the Youth act Group and their parents there were a number of memorable presentations.

Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff for Rotary District 5280, (and member of the South Gate Rotary Club), performed the installation of officers for the Lynwood Rotary Club and for the Youth act Club.  Jerry Brown also talked about recent Humanitarian trips of Rotary International.  Jerry mentioned his personal experiences in Mexico and how much the people there appreciated the help provided by Rotary members spending time with people living in poverty in several villages 

Outgoing President Ramon Rodriguez talked about his long association with the Lynwood Club, to include his memories of Club members regularly working with an orphanage near Tijuana.  Incoming President Joe Wang talked about his plans to promote the varied activities and programs of the Club, and outgoing President Ramon pledged his continuing involvement in all the Club's activities.

New Rotary members Fernando and Tila Millan and Juana Carrera were recognized and welcomed.

Incoming President Elect Barbara Battle was also recognized and Ms. Battle stated her intentions as to support for the Club in the coming two years.

Awards / Certificates of Appreciation were given out to Club members for work performed and accomplishments during the 2016- 2017 year.  Similarly, recognition and awards were presented to Youth act members, as well as talk about some of the coming events planned for the Youth act Club.  

At the end of the meeting, an Auction was held and led by Club member Rajen Dhaliwal.  This was a lot of fun, with members competing against each other with higher bids, thus resulting in significant income for the club!

(There was brief coordination and reminders for Club members and guests, as well as Youth act members and their parents about the work required to staff the fireworks stand from July First through July Fourth.)

 

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Lynwood Rotary meeting Update 06.22.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 16, 2017

At the June 15, meeting, members and guests heard the speaker, Marisela Santana, Public Relations Consultant and Community Relations Activist, talk about her activities within the community.

Before the speaker, Club President Elect, Joe Wang talked about the scheduled Annual Officer Installation Meeting next Thursday, Jun 22 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Room 1 of Bateman Hall, with dinner served at 6:00 pm.  Joe said everyone is encouraged to bring guests.  Jerry Brown will be the installation officer from District 5280, who is District Chief of Staff.

Joe also talked about the staffing requirements for the Fireworks Sales Stand from July 1 thru July 4.  This year there will be a requirement for overnight security, Friday, June 30, and also for the nights of July 1 thru July 3. On Tuesday, July 4, after sales are ended around 10 pm, there will be a requirement to pack up and take the unsold product to the fireworks company in the vicinity of the City of Commerce.  Someone will have to volunteer their pick-up truck to transport the unsold product.

 Fernando Millan stated that Youth act members and some of their parents will volunteer for the four days of fireworks sales.  Fernando handed out a schedule of Youth act events for the summer and early fall, that starts with new officer training on Jun 19 and Jun 20, and includes the fireworks stand staffing.  He noted that Youth act will also participate in the Relay for Life run at South Gate Park on Jul 15 and Jul 16.Daniel mentioned again the American Cancer Society 24 hour Relay for Life, for Lynwood and South Gate this year at the South Gate Park, from 9am on Saturday, July 15 to 9am on Sunday, July 16. (Hopefully Lulu, who was not present, will again take the lead in organizing Lynwood Rotary participation.)

Rotary member Victor Gomez, in reference in part to Marisela Santana’s planned events talked about his sign advertising company, Call Bulletin, providing free space to publicize community and city events.  It was stated that a request should be made for free advertising space for the planned July 15 event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Train Depot Building, which is now the Lynwood Union Gallery.

Speaker Marisela Santana.  Daniel introduced Marisela, noting her contributions to community events within Lynwood. In response to questions from Daniel, Marisela explained that she was the Public Information Officer (PIO) at the City of Lynwood for 3- ½ years until she was laid off due to budget cuts in March 2016.  She stated she had hurt feelings, but this year she again was actively involved in community projects, stating that “I love this community.”  She   noted that before working for the City of Lynwood, she was a reporter for the LA Wave newspapers for 15 years. Another comment, Marisela stated that she assisted a community project involving the waste disposal contractor, WR, Waste Resources. The work involves touring streets and alleys of Lynwood to get the contractor to quickly pick up discarded furniture and other bulky items.

Marisela described the recent very successful Women’s Expo event (Saturday, May 13) that she helped organize that included vendors selling women’s beauty products.  Marisela, in reference to this Expo declared that it gives her “much pleasure to help women look beautiful and feel happy.”  She noted that at the Expo, the first 100 women participants received a free hat.  Marisela noted that she has worked with Mayor Santillan for many years and also noted that next year with more advance planning; there can be a Women’s History Month event in Lynwood. Responding to Marisela’s Expo event, Rotary member Iris Pygatt noted that she graduated from a cosmetology school, along with her other educational accomplishments.

Marisela talked about her involvement in the Lynwood Union Gallery in the historic train depot building.  She explained that for the first time there is an arts and history center in Lynwood.  For the Board of this organization, Rowland Becerra is the President and Marisela is the Secretary of the Board.  A coming event described by Marisela is the 100th Anniversary of the train depot building, to be celebrated on Sat, July 15.

As explained in part by Joe Wang, who, as a professional engineer, has served the City of Lynwood as head of the Public Works Department, and also for a short time, as the City Manager, the historic building that now houses the Lynwood Union Gallery, was part of the Pacific Electric Train Depot for the City of Lynwood when the PE train tracks passed through Lynwood, along the route of what is now the 105 Freeway.  At the request of the City of Lynwood, Caltrans had the historic building moved to its present location, when the 105 Freeway was constructed.  There is a Railway Society historical organization, whose President lives in Pasadena, which is assisting in providing historical photos of trains.  Also youth are going to be encouraged to do art work of trains, perhaps based in part on historical photos that can be found.  Speaking of youth involvement, Fernando mentioned that kids talented in art should have a place to display their art work and suggested that LUSD should be involved.  For the July 15 event, images of trains, by both youth and adults in the Lynwood community is planned to be a major part of this gallery event. Also mention was made that students at CSULA may be involved in the Jul 15 Gallery event.  

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.15.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 09, 2017

At the June 8,  meeting, members and guests heard the speaker, and Lynwood Rotary member , Gurdip Hari, talk about his latest book, “Go Back to Nature & Heal your 'Self'”. Before the speaker, Club President Ramon Rodriguez, presided over a very large turnout, consisting of a large number of Lynwood members and their guests, also members from the South Gate Rotary Club, and two members from the Downey Rotary Club.

 President Ramon mentioned again the coming evening meeting on Thursday, June 22, for the annual installation of Lynwood Rotary officers for the year starting July 1, 2017 thru  June 30, 2018.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to this important annual meeting!  Also, President Ramon agreed to the request from the South Gate Rotary Club that the week after June 22 evening meeting, would be a joint meeting with the South Gate Rotary Club at their meeting time and place;  Wednesday, June 28, 12pm – 1:30 pm at the Auditorium Building in South Gate Park.  (Hence there will no Lynwood Rotary meeting on Thursday, June 29.)Jerry Brown from the South Gate Club and Chief of Staff for District 5280 again talked about the District 5280 humanitarian trip in which he participated, to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, arriving at Meredith.   Jerry described some of the specific tasks the participants did to help the very poor residents of this part of Mexico.

 President Ramon again talked about the staffing requirements for the Jul 1 to Jul 4 fireworks sales, as well as the requirements for the day before and day after the four days of sales, for product delivery and organization and for product packing of unsold product, after the four days of sales.  Also mentioned is the requirement for a volunteer to stay overnight each night parked in a vehicle each night that there is fireworks product at the site. It was noted that Daniel Miller and Barbara Battle attended the District 5280 Assembly Meeting held at the City of Carson Community Center from 7:30 am to Noon on Saturday, June 3. This annual event, in addition to hearing presentations from outgoing and incoming District 5280 staff, provides for attendance at separate sessions that explain Rotary procedures and programs that are helpful for Rotary members to learn about. 

There was discussion again about the American Cancer Society 24 hour Relay for Life, for Lynwood and South Gate this year at the South Gate Park, from 9am on Sat, Jul 15 to 9am on Sun, July 16. A representative of this event encouraged Lynwood and South Gate Rotary Clubs to participate:  Daniela E. Rodriguez, Downey Rotary / Wesley Health Centers. (Hopefully Lulu, who was present, will again take the lead in organizing Lynwood Rotary participation.)

Daniel introduced guests, City of Lynwood Mayor Pro Tem Jose Solache and City Manager Alma Martinez. Then Daniel introduced Jesus Gonzalez who is a resident of Lynwood and a student at CSU Dominguez.  Jesus is seeking scholarship assistance and stated:  “I am currently working on my B.A. and is focusing on getting my Ph.D.in Spanish Linguistics.  I want to teach a second / first Language.”  It was stated that the Club will contribute $100 initially, but there may be additional contributions. MPT Solache told Jesus that he graduated from Dominguez and welcomed the scholarship request from Jesus.  Then Fabian Valencia, a potential new Lynwood Club member and head of Lost Angels, which meets weekly at the American Legion Post in South Gate, distributed a flier with a photo of the artist, Sheila Fonseca who won the Congressional Art Competition from US Rep Nanette Diaz Barragan.s District. Lost Angeles assisted in this accomplishment.  Sheila may visit the Capitol and her painting will be displayed for 1 year in the Capitol, in addition to a $1,000 award.

Speaker Gurdip Hari  This short description of Gurdip’s presentation does not imply that the speaker had little to say.  His topic addressed a world of issues relating to right living thru effective diet and regular exercise and a psychological and religious outlook on the world.  Purchasing Gurdip’s book at the meeting and quickly scanning it the next day, Daniel highly recommends that everyone read the book, and Daniel will loan the book to Rotary members and guests.  Just a few of the multitude of concepts are mentioned herein.  For example, Gurdip told a memorable history of the life of Mahatma Gandy of India.  The author Gurdip states he is 60 years old but functions as a man much younger, “including perfect vision.”  His life includes daily work outs, with 30 minute bike rides in a gym.  Keeping his body physically clean, as well as keeping his home clean.  Drinking 1-1/2 liters of water each morning.  Spiritually, one must know yourself, the Kingdom of God is within each one of us.  Everyone has a dream.  Avoid procrastinations and make a monthly health to-do list.  Knowledge is power when practically applied.       

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.08.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 02, 2017
At the June 1, meeting, members and guests discussed among themselves a variety of subjects, and at the end of the meeting, a Club Board meeting was held. 
Club President Ramon Rodriguez again talked about the reasons for the new evening meetings on the last Thursday of each month, and the hope that this will be one way to attract new membership.  He also talked about the staffing requirements for the Jul 1 to Jul 4 fireworks sales, as well as the requirements for the day before and day after the four days of sales, for product delivery and organization and for product packing of unsold product, after the four days of sales.
 
President Ramon encouraged Rotary members to attend the same day (Thurs. Jun 1) event at 6pm to 8pm at the Lynwood Union Gallery to interact with the City of Lynwood LASD Captain, Terry Carter, and his deputies who attended. There was much talk about the thoughts of Lynwood citizens present on security related issues, and much helpful information from Captain Carter about how his deputies are helpful in making Lynwood as safe as it can be. (A total of four Rotary members attended this important community event.)
President Ramon also mentioned the District 5280 Assembly Meeting to be held at the City of Carson Community Center from 7:30 am to Noon on Sat, June 3.  He described the useful sessions on Rotary procedures and programs that are helpful for Rotary members to learn about.  Daniel said he would attend, with the possibility of several other members attending.
 
There was discussion again about the American Cancer Society 24 hour Relay for Life, for Lynwood and South Gate this year at the South Gate Park, from 9am on Saturday, July 15 to 9am on Sunday, July 16.  Hopefully Lulu will again take the lead in organizing Lynwood Rotary participation.
Among the guests, was Veronica Ledesma, Senior Staff Representative for House Speaker Anthony Rendon.  She provided an overview of services available from the Assembly Speaker’s staff.
 
President Ramon and Barbara Battle reported on the very successful 11th Annual Officer recognition for the Rotary Youth Group at Roosevelt ES, which event was held in the main meeting  room of Bateman Hall, on Tue evening, May 30, and was attended by four Lynwood Rotary members.
Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff for Rotary District 5280, again attended the Lynwood Club’s weekly meeting (his attendance is always much appreciated) and talked about, among other Rotary activities,  his experience attending a  District Humanitarian week long trip to Meredith in the Yucatan Peninsula part of Mexico. 
 
At the end of the discussions, there was a Club Board meeting.  After discussions among all the members present at the Board meeting, it was agreed that there will be reduced dues for new members joining who plan on only attending the evening meetings.  For these members there will also be a charge for the meals which charge will be collected at each meeting.  Club Secretary, Maria Quinionez (Lulu) will issue written documentation for general distribution of this change.
 
There was also agreement that at least three new members will be inducted into the club at the Thursday evening June 22 induction meeting, which will include Tila and Fernando Millan. There was discussion about options for replacing Larry Esparza as Treasurer, since he has indicated that he will not be able to continue to serve as Treasurer for the next year.  One possibility mentioned was getting Arturo Reyes, who operates his own accounting business, to accept this responsibility, supplemented by another member for the three months when Arturo is unable to attend the meetings, during the height of the income tax season.
 
President Ramon reminded everyone that next week, members from  the South Gate Rotary Club will attend the Jun 8 meeting to hear Lynwood Rotary member Gurdip Hari, talk about his most recent book that he has had published.
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.01.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 26, 2017
At the May 25, meeting, members and guests attended the first Lynwood Rotary evening meeting!
Incoming Rotary President Joe Wang provided a preview of a planned presentation on a recent trip with his wife to Greece.
Club President Ramon Rodriguez, talked about the reasons for experimenting with an evening meeting on the last Thursday of each month for six months.  Ramon explained that people responsible for managing a small business in many instances cannot be away from their business to attend a luncheon meeting for an hour and a half.  We want people who are willing and able to help others, and this includes people who cannot readily attend a luncheon meeting.  Ramon cited the example of Tila and Fernando Millan, both teachers at Roosevelt ES, who were in attendance, who cannot attend luncheon meetings.  Also a guest was introduced who is a teacher at Roosevelt ES, Jasmin Alvarez, who would like to become a Rotary member.
 
Tila and Fernando gave an overview of all the activities that the youth at Roosevelt ES Rotary Youth Group are involved in, and how these activities contribute to these youth learning skills that will help them to become responsible and productive adults throughout their lives.  Speaking of the youth activities, President Ramon again stated how helpful is the work of the Rotary youth and their parents in helping operate the four day sales, July 1 thru July 4, of fireworks at the fireworks stand in the Food For Less Market parking lot, which is located in Plaza Mexico.
 
Club Secretary, Maria Quinionez, (Lulu) who has not been able to attend the luncheon meetings regularly, due to her work commitments, mentioned her fond memories of being with long time Lynwood Rotary member Jim Morton.  Lulu also talked about the 24 Hour Relay for Life event organized by the American Cancer Society, to include the very memorable Luminarias / Candle Light event that is part of the race.  This year, the 24 hour event will be a combined Lynwood / South Gate event in South Gate Park beginning on Sat am July 15 and ending Sunday morning, July 16.  Daniel said that he would again participate in the 24 hour event, and asked if Lulu could again take the lead in organizing the Lynwood Club participation.   (At the last meeting, Ms. Esperanza Galvan Trejo from the South Gate Rotary, passed out a Sponsorship Commitment Form and encouraged the Lynwood Club to make a donation which is due by June 1.) 
 
Assistant District Governor, Mark Rojo, attended the meeting and talked about Rotary District 5280 activities, to include the District's international trips to other countries to observe other cultures and to help with specific projects of benefit to the needy in other countries.  (After the meeting, the Assistant District Governor, met with the outgoing and incoming Club presidents, for coordination of their responsibilities.)
 
Also Fernando and Tila mentioned the planned Roosevelt Elementary School Youth Act Club Annual Banquet on Tues, May 30, from 5pm to 8pm, in the large meeting room of Bateman Hall.  Daniel urged that the Lynwood Club attend with at least one table of adults for this event.
Speaker Joe Wang for his planned presentation talked briefly about his trip to Santorini, Greece, located along the Ionian Sea, with a photo on the screen that clearly portrayed a most interesting place to visit and to have a vacation.  Joe's presentation will be rescheduled for this summer.
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.25.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 19, 2017
 
At the May 18,  meeting, members and guests heard  Priscilla Segura, Public Information Officer for the Central Basin Municipal Municipal Water District, the current situation concerning water use.
 
Before the main presentation, in the absence of Club President Ramon Rodriguez, Incoming President Joe Wang, led the meeting.  Joe Wang talked about the first evening meeting next week that will be held in the Senior Center on Thursday, May 25 from 6pm to 7:30 pm. It was noted that the Senior Center has a kitchen and also audio-visual facilities.  Joe encouraged everyone to bring at least one guest. Daniel introduced a regular visitor, Fabian Valencia, who is head of Lost Angels, a community arts group that meets weekly at the VFW Facility in South Gate.  Fabian again talked about the arts-oriented activities offered through Lost Angels. 
 
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. Ms. Esperanza Galvan Trejo from the South Gate Rotary, passed out a Sponsorship Commitment Form and encouraged the Lynwood Club to make a donation which is due by June 1.  Daniel stated that he hoped that Lulu can again organize the Lynwood club's participation. 
 
Daniel mentioned that he attended  a Wednesday May 17 event 2pm -4pm at St. Francis Medical Center Auditorium  to participate in a Healthy Lynwood Partnership meeting with staff from LA County Dept. of Public Health and other community members, including Mark Flores, who represented the City of Lynwood.  The next meeting will be in mid to late June.  Daniel encouraged that one other Lynwood Rotary member attend these meetings.
 
There will be the Roosevelt Elementary School Act Club Annual Banquet in the large room of Bateman Hall on Tues from 5pm to 8pm, May 30.  Daniel urged that the Lynwood Club attend with at least one table of adults for this event.
 
Priscilla Segura started her presentation by explaining that the Director of the District 4, for the water district, Leticia Vasquez, had a another event to attend.  Priscilla's power point presentation included very interesting graphics of the changing weather patterns in the state, as well as interesting photos of the largest dam in the state in California at Oroville. She started with graphics showing that the central basin formed in 1952 serves 24 cities in the Southeastern portion of LA County.   In addition to the five elected directors, there are now 3 more directors who are appointed.   About ½ of the water in the region is from ground water, and the other half from imported water from the Colorado River thru the facilities of the Metropolitan Water District, which receives this water and then sells it to the municipal water district which in sells the water to its member cities. 
 
Changes in the drought conditions throughout the state this year were shown in color maps with gradual diminished accumulated drought as the winter season progressed this year throughout the  state.  The increasing use of recycled water was illustrated showing the treatment processing from the condition of the water as raw sewage to the secondary and tertiary treatment levels of the recycled water. (The secondary treatment includes use of organisms to eat the bacteria.) Tertiary treated water is now used for irrigation in many parks and public landscaping, including in part of Lynwood.  Flowing in lavender colored pipes, the water is not supposed to be used for drinking, although drinking a little would not make one sick, but it does have some chemicals that are harmful if consumed routinely.
Photographs of Oroville Dam along the Feather River in Northern California showed the water level at its lowest level ever before the seasonal rains started after the 5 year drought, and then photographs of the water level when the dam was full this year; and shown were photos of the spillway before and in use and photos of the recent damage from the flooding after the emergency use of the spillway.
 
Ways to save water were shown, to include use of drought tolerant plants in landscaping.  A question was asked which of six plants shown in a photo was drought tolerant.  One of the six plants was a cactus.  The answer was that all six plants are low water use plants even though only the cactus looks drought tolerant.  So there are many plants to choose from and still conserve water.   Also, water saving appliances in the home will save a lot of water.  For example, new watering saving toilets only use about 1.5 gallons per flush, compared to older toilets which use 3 gallons per flush.
 
Priscilla described the free trips that can be taken to observe water facilities along the Colorado River and in Northern California.  Daniel mentioned that he attended one of these weekend trips and highly recommended the trip, both from the information received and because it was a fun thing to do and to interact with others on the trip. Priscilla suggested that she return for another presentation and Daniel suggested next winter would be a good time.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.18.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 12, 2017

At the May 11,  meeting, members and guests heard Mark Flores, Director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services, along with Jose Trejo, Deputy Director of the same department, City of Lynwood.

Before the main presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez mentioned several coming events. 

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, July 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 Sat am to Sun am.

President Ramon stated that he hoped to get City approval this week 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.  Daniel mentioned that club member Martina Rodriguez urged 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.

Daniel encouraged attendance at a Wednesday May 17 event 2pm at St. Francis Medical Center to participate in a Healthy Lynwood Partnership meeting with staff from LA County Dept. of Public Health.

Also before the main presentation, the club heard again from Cheryl Hunt, Assistant Operations Manager of Teen Challenge International, which has a facility for young women in Lynwood.  Two representatives present were Brittany Hawk, who stated: “After completing Teen Challenge my goal is to go to Bible College and then go home to take care of my two year old daughter.”  Also Cynthia Castro stated:  “After completing 16 months at Teen Challenge I plan on pursuing ministry at Teen Challenge Ministry Institute, and I want to work for Teen Challenge.”

Mark Flores and Jose Trejo described a number of the programs and activities of the City.  Among the many programs and activities described was the recent opening of the Lucy Avalos Center in Ham Park.  Also described were the recent annual start of kids soft ball program and the start of the community gardens in the linear park, also a Celebration of Lynwood Women (Sat, May 13),  also Movies in the park, Thursday evenings, also a Keep Lynwood Clean event, July 29;  also major repairs/ upgrades to the northern end of Ham Park; and a new bike trail that will connect Lynwood with other walkways and paths.

With strong concurrence from Daniel, Mark and Jose will return in Jan or Feb 2018 with an update on plans for park improvements using funds available from the Measure A Parks Funds that were approved by the voters in a LA County election.

 

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         Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.11.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.04.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

At the April 27, 2017 meeting, members and guests heard Rajinder Dhaliwal, long term member of the Lynwood Rotary Club and owner of TAZ Office and School Supply Store at 11410 Long Beach Blvd. City of Lynwood

Before the speaker, Club President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the success of the important event during the past week:  the Earth Day event which was held in front of City Hall on Sat, Apr 22, from 10 am to 2pm. In addition to the attendance of President Ramon, two other Rotary members came by to show their support.  Overall, President noted that this event was well-attended, with tables set up for various groups, and also a food truck was present.

 And Ramon mentioned the coming event at The Lynwood Union Gallery on Sat, April 29, 12pm – 4-pm, entitled L.A. Riots:  Lynwood.  At the Apr 20 meeting, Daniel mentioned Rowland Becerra's quote from the weekly email update:  “The L.A. Riots changed many communities.  This is our story.”

And Ramon mentioned the importance of the coming Lynwood Rotary Club Fireworks Stand sales from July 1 thru July 4.

 

The Presentation from Club Member Rajinder Dhaliwal explained the importance of the business development that has occurred and continues to occur in the country of India.

As mentioned by Raj, India is part of a group of countries that is emerging to become more significant world-wide, which includes besides India, Brazil, Russia and China.

The educational system in India is producing students who are more advanced compared to the US.  A personal example, when Raj's daughter Amana came to the US she was way ahead of students for her age here. 

Another example cited by Raj is the fact that in California's Silicon Valley the technical industries employ a high percentage of employees who come from India and were educated in India.  Raj also cited the industries of the medical field and of NASA who employ a significant percentage of employees from India.

 Another fact stated by Raj: “the eight largest companies in America are run by Indians.”  Referring to people born and educated in the country of India.

 So now we see a trend of many aspiring young people going to India to study in order to help assure their success in technically demanding jobs.

Raj presented a number of comparisons relating to the business world.  Just to mention several herein:  as to the key statistic of economic comparison of GDP, Raj stated that the US is around 2% this year compared to 7% for India  

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.27.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 21, 2017
At the April 20, 2017 meeting, members and guests heard Rotary youth leaders from Roosevelt ES and from two of their parents about their recent past activities and some of their planned activities in the coming months.
Before the speaker, Club President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the Earth Day event to be held in front of City Hall on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 2pm. Daniel said that there should be several Rotary members in attendance.  President Ramon said he would attend and possibly there will be another one or two members attending. Also Ramon stated that the Annual District Assembly will be Saturday, June 3, 7:30am to 11am, at the usual location, the Conference Center for the City of Carson.  If possible all members should plan to attend because of the very informative presentations about various Avenues of Service Rotary programs and Ramon mentioned the coming event at The Lynwood Union Gallery on Saturday, April 29, 12pm – 4-pm, entitled L.A. Riots: Lynwood.  Daniel mentioned Rowland Becerra's quote from the weekly email update:  “The L.A. Riots changed many communities.  This is our story.”
During informal discussions among the Rotary youth and the two parents present, Club Secretary Lulu recommended that the Rotary club receive a monthly report from and about the youth activities.  This would be a way to provide more recognition as to the accomplishments of the youth.   It was also suggested by member Martina Rodriguez that a club member be appointed to serve as liaison. Club member Barbara Battle accepted this responsibility. It was mentioned that the Rotary youth will have an evening event in June to announce the incoming youth officers, but no date has been set.
Also President Ramon mentioned how helpful the Rotary youth and their parents have been in staffing the Lynwood Rotary Club Fireworks Stand sales each year from July 1 thru July 4.  Several of the parents have had a major role in the sales each year.  Club Secretary Maria Quinionez, Lulu, noted that the City Council at its last meeting approved officially the club's fireworks stand.
The Presentation included remarks from the Rotary youth members and two parents present.  Daniel explained that Tila and Fernando had planned to attend but that they were in Las Vegas for a two day conference relating to their responsibilities as teachers at Roosevelt ES.  Fernando said that he and Tila have reviewed with the youth who will attend this meeting as to the events to be described.Daniel asked the youth and their parents to stand up together for their presentation. The six present were parent Aida Machucca and her daughters, Amairciny  Machucca and Ahida B. Machucca; also parent Brenda Moreno and her daughter Kayla Moreno, and also Kishawn Battle.
Parent Aida Machucca stated that her two girls are learning various and useful things about their community.  Parent Brenda Romero noted that besides Kayla Romero, her son, now in the 8th grade, has been an active Rotary youth member.  “It is nice for kids to be a part of the community.  They get a good feeling that they belong, it is a positive, not negative feeling they get.”
Youth President Amairciny Machucca mentioned the Lynwood American Cancer Run, the July Fireworks sales, the District Boat Race in September, the Long Beach Fun Run, the Oct LA Marathon, for Dia de los Muertos, and a November. Sr. Citizen Home visit. Youth Vice President Ahida Machucca mentioned the Dec Lynwood Candy Cane Parade (with flags of many countries) with Rotary youth from Helen Keller ES; a Sr. Citizen Home visit for Christmas; decoration of the Downey float for the Rose Parade; the March Marathon which began at Dodger Stadium (starting at 6am, to give out water to runners); and a Passion of Christ event during Lent at St. Emydius Church.   Also they visited the Columbia Space Museum in Downey. Youth Secretary Kayla Moreno started by describing the duties of the Secretary.  She noted that the youth members watch videos to learn why we help with tasks, such as money for Polio.  Kayla noted there will be a Mother’s Day bake sale at school, the annual banquet for officer elections, helping staff the fireworks stand, and they will attend a Dodgers Game.  In answer to a question from President Ramon, Kayla said there are 30 youth members, that they meet every Friday after classes, and that the Youth officers meet every Monday after classes to plan for each Friday meeting. 
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.20.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 14, 2017

At the April 13, 2017 meeting, members and guests heard  Isaiah Cooper,  with his power point presentation, talk about his cross country air plane pilot experiences last summer, when he was 16.

Before the speaker, Club President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the Annual Lynwood Easter Egg Hunt Event at Lynwood Park on Sat, 11am to 1:30 pm.  Lynwood Rotary has always been a major supporter of this event.  Ramon noted that he will attend at lunch time and encouraged all members to attend as a show of support for this fun annual event.  Also, he again mentioned the Rotary District breakfast, the last District breakfast for this year, Tue, Apr 18, 7:30am – 9am, at the usual hotel, the Westin Hotel on Olympic Blvd. near LAX . The speaker is from the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Dennis Hong, a robotics expert, who is known to be a dynamic speaker.  Ramon said that he cannot attend, but Daniel is planning to attend.  Also Ramon stated that the Annual District Assembly will be Sat, Jun 3, 7:30am to 11am, at the usual location, the Conference Center for the City of Carson.  If possible all members should plan to attend because of the very informative presentations about various Avenues of Service Rotary programs.  Also Ramon mentioned the Earth Day event to be held in front of City Hall on Sat, Apr 22, from 10 am to 2pm.

Ramon handed out a proposed letter to the City of Lynwood, requesting use of the Bateman Hall room for an evening meeting, the last Thursday of each month, thru Dec 2017.  The specific dates are listed.  Ramon asked for and received concurrence from all members present as to the dates shown.  Ramon stated that he believes and hopes this change will result in a 40 percent increase in membership.  If successful, Ramon stated that his intention would be to recommend to the club that starting in 2018, all the weekly meetings be evening meetings. 

The Speaker, Isaiah Cooper, is a student at Compton Unified School District, through the CUSD Thurgood Marshall Independent Study program.  Because of his interest in flying he is also associated with the Compton Woodley Airport, and the Aeronautical Museum on site.  There was a large turnout to hear about Isaiah's experiences, which as he explained, has captured the interest of many media persons. (His mother, Natalia Knox, was also in the audience.)

Isaiah, using a power point presentation, had photos of his plane at various airports for the total trip which took 13 days to fly to the east coast and back to California.  Airports and adjacent cities that Isaiah described include Cheyenne Wyoming, Detroit, La Guardia Airport, New York City, El Paso Texas, somewhere in Arizona and then home to the Compton Airport.  At El Paso, the plane had to turn back, due to high winds from a passing storm.

Club member Victor Gomez pointed out that the first photo of Isaiah's plane included on the plane's side the name of his company, Bulletin Displays.  Upon an inquiry from Daniel, Victor explained that a manager at the airport involved in funding Isaiah's trip, obtained the donation from his company, along with other donations.  In Cheyenne Wyoming, as shown in a photo, that plane was damaged due to high winds, and landed a mile from the airport.  Then a slightly larger plane, a Cessna 172, was obtained for the rest of the trip.At the Detroit landing, Isaiah described what a very favorable visit was for him.  It included about 50 kids cheering him   Here he recalled a little girl giving him a hug, and then they talked for, he said, two hours.  At a different location, there was a representative from the Tuskegee Airmen who talked with him. 

Isaiah then talked about funding needs.  Besides funding for his traveling as a pilot, he then addressed funding needs to support youth programs among the low income population.  A plan is necessary he said with remarks about “visiting successful people in such places as Beverly Hills”. He mentioned a woman who has counseled him about funding and interacting with youth, whose name is Sterling Berliant.  ( Side by Side: interacting with youth).  Apparently Isaiah's exposure to funding requests to the wealthy have led him to contemplate the importance of working with low income youth for their betterment, though it is not clear how this relates to his piloting goals.  He stated parents where he lives do not have the resources like those in Beverly Hills, but it is important “Keeping light where there is darkness,” and another quote: “we must find ways for kids to find substitutes for drugs and alcohol. “At the end of his presentation, a number of the members and guests talked personally with Isaiah, and exchanged contact information, to include one guest of note:  Jose Jaurigin, Student Services, LUSD.  Also, Irene Zapata, Teen Librarian for the Lynwood Library.   .

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.13.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 07, 2017

At the April 6, 2017 meeting, members and guests discussed among themselves several issues.  Guests included Jesse Martinez, Maria Viera (and briefly, Margaret Arajo.)

Before the Rotary Board Meeting, Daniel described the women’s event, entitled, “Herstory”, held last Thursday, Mar 30, from 5pm to 8pm at the Lynwood Union office and museum.  The event was organized by Marisela Santana and by Rowland Becerra.  The event focused on the accomplishments of women, and included display of art works, live music and refreshments.  Daniel and President Ramon attended, along with several Rotary members. Daniel presented a collage of photos he took at the event, which photos included Rotary members present.

Daniel encouraged members to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Sat, Apr 15, 11am – 1:30pm at Lynwood City Park, noting that Rotary members have always supported this popular community event.  Also Daniel mentioned Earth Day, planned for Apr 22 at the Lynwood Civic Center.

Also it was mentioned at the meeting by President Ramon that all the paperwork for the fireworks sales, July 1- July 4, have been filed in the City Clerk’s Office. Daniel mentioned that he talked with Fernando Millan about the need for Rotary youth and their parents to again staff the fireworks stand.  Fernando stated that during the Spring break, he will bring some Rotary youth to the weekly meeting on April 20

At the Rotary Board Meeting, there was considerable discussion pro and con about the request of guest Jesse Martinez to become a Lynwood Rotary member.  Members will receive the required confirmation inquiry, through which 100 percent OK is required for any person seeking to become a Rotary member in the club.

A separate issue also generated considerable discussion which, was proposed by President Ramon, which was the proposal by President Ramon to change the weekly meeting time from noon to an evening meeting, say, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, once or twice a month.  The purpose of the proposed change in time is to try to attract new members who, due to their work requirements, cannot attend a noon meeting.

Daniel suggest the first Thursday of each month.  He stated that due to his requirements to attend various evening functions, he cannot attend regularly Lynwood Rotary meetings, if they are held in the evening.  He stated: “I am not going to schedule speakers at meetings that I cannot attend.”  Therefore he proposed the evening meeting be scheduled on the first Thursday, when no speaker is scheduled.  However President Ramon and other members preferred an evening meeting when there is a speaker scheduled, as a way of making the meeting more interesting for potential new members. If necessary, President Ramon stated another Rotary member will be responsible for getting the speaker on the evening meeting which is proposed for the last Thursday of each month.

After further discussions, there was a vote and it was unanimous that on a trial basis the last Thursday of each month will be changed to an evening meeting.  The time probably will be 6:00pm to 7:30 pm.  It is assumed and hoped that the location will continue to be Bateman Hall.  Recreation staff directed that the requested change in meeting time be through a written request to City staff from President Ramon.  As documented by member Barbara Battle, “The motion was made by Joe Wang, seconded by Victor Gomez, to start a Pilot Program, the last Thursday of  June.  President Ramon will send a letter to City.  Motion carried unanimously.”  (Daniel voted in favor of the motion.)  The first two meetings with the changed meeting time will be:  Thursday June 29 and Thursday July 27.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.06.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 31, 2017
At the March 30, 2017, members and guests heard a very interesting presentation by Irene Zapata, Teen Services Librarian, Lynwood Library, and County of Los Angeles Public Library.
 
Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez introduced the new Assistant District Governor for the Lynwood Rotary Club, Mark Rogo. Mr. Rogo explained that the District Governor, Greg O' Brian, asked him to take over from the ADG, Hector Torres, who had to resign for business reasons. He explained that the District is interested in helping the Lynwood club accomplishing its Rotary objectives. He stated that he is available to help us. One example is helping our club in obtaining matching grants. He noted the importance of the annual District Conference, to be held this year at Lake Arrowhead, May 4-7, at which the 61 clubs within District 5280 will be participating.  President Ramon suggested that any Lynwood club members interested in visiting the Conference one of the three days, do so on the first day, that is Friday.  ADG Rogo also described the District Humanitarian trip to Columbia, which will include 5 days of doing community projects to help the poor.
 
At the April 6 meeting, for member discussions, President Ramon mentioned again that one possible change is to consider moving the time of the meetings from noon to the evenings, for all or some of the meetings. He noted that he knows of four candidates for membership that would   come to an evening meeting. Joe Wang mentioned again coordination with the Club Secretary. Maria Quinionez, Lulu, as to ensuring that all the paperwork is complete for the annual fireworks sales, July 1-4. Daniel mentioned that he talked with Fernando Millan about the need for Rotary youth and their parents to again staff the fireworks stand.  Fernando stated that during the Spring break, he will bring some Rotary youth to the weekly meeting on April 20.  President Ramon again reminded everyone that the last District Breakfast this Rotary year will be Tue, Apr 28, at the usual location, the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX. President Ramon encouraged members and guests in attendance to visit the Women's Day celebration to be held after the Rotary meeting, starting at 5pm at the Lynwood Union office and museum.
 
Speaker Irene Zapata was introduced by Daniel. He noted that he became acquainted with Ms. Zapata, because he usually visits the Lynwood Library after the Thursday meetings, to use the library personal computers to work on the weekly Rotary updates, which Rowland Becerra then sends out to members, nonmembers who have requested updates, and a group of city staff. He noted that on any day, one can observe that the library is full of library users, to include a large number of youth.
 
Using a power point presentation, Irene talked about some of the many programs and activities that the Lynwood library is currently doing. She noted that the Lynwood library first opened in 1915, and moved to its current location in 1977. This branch is one of 86 libraries within the LA County system of public libraries. Books can be ordered from other branches and are delivered to the Lynwood branch, as soon as the books are available at another branch. The library has not only books, but also movies, music and access to digital materials. Club member Iris Pygatt, noted that she did research in studying for her Master’s Degree at the Lynwood library. Among the programs that Irene described is a robotic project for teens, also story times for children, and a summer reading program for youth. Irene explained that in working with Teens, the students are directed to develop study habits that will help with their future college studies.  A coming event with flyer is a Flamenco Show on Apr 20. Also Irene displayed a flyer for obtaining a Pass Port. Lynwood is one of only a few County libraries that provide this service. In answer to a question from Daniel, Irene stated that she has worked at the Lynwood Branch for about 2 years, and prior to that about 1 year that at the West Hollywood County Branch Library.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.30.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 24, 2017

At the March 23, 2017,  members and guests heard a very interesting presentation by Mark A. Kudler, President, Bulletin Displays, LLC, “Creative Outdoor Advertising”

Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez talked about a Rotary International Polio Foundation financial campaign.  Rotary is asking for 26.50 for each club member, which amounts to $371.00 for the Lynwood Club.  President Ramon noted that our club has already approved this contribution, and he noted the club will be recognized at the District Conference in May.  There are three club categories:  small, medium and large.  For a small club, President Ramon noted that we do a great job.

At the April 6 meeting, for member discussions, President Ramon mentioned again that one possible change is to consider moving the time of the meetings from noon to the evenings, for all or some of the meetings.  He noted that he knows of four candidates for membership that would come to an evening meeting.  President Ramon mentioned the celebration of the opening of the new community center building in Ham Park which is named the Lucy Avalos building in her honor.  The event was held the previous evening (Wed, Mar 22) and was attended by several Rotary members.  Also, President Ramon expressed his great appreciation for the Rotary sign that is posted on the Bulletin Displays sign board adjacent to the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.

Daniel passed around again this meeting, photos of the Rotary sign on the Bulletin Displays sign board.  He also passed out flyers of the coming event at Dominquez Rancho Adobe Museum, Rancho Days, which will take place on Sat, March 25.  Daniel will attend and possibly Ivan and some family members.

Diana Romero from the Recreation Department talked about the annual Easter Egg Hunt event before Easter, and the role that the Lynwood Rotary will play.  Among the guests were Gurdip and his wife, who he explained, now divide their time between living in Irvine, and also living in India and in  Africa.  Gurdip stated that he is a life time member of the Lynwood Rotary Club, and disseminates information on the Lynwood Club to Rotary District channels of information.  Daniel confirmed that Gurdip will be scheduled to be a speaker in May or June, at which time; he can talk about his latest book that he has recently published.

Speaker Mark Kudler, was introduced by President Ramon.  Mr. Kudler explained how he grew up in the sign board business through his grandfather which business was located in Central LA.  “I grew up working with crane trucks in the summer, and then I started doing paperwork.”  “I love what I do.”  Especially, he stated, because it has been a family business.  Signs along the freeway are the primary locations that his company prefers.  For family owned businesses, Mark Kudler states he likes to offer special reduced prices.  He explained how technology has changed the sign business.  Compared to paper signs, now digital signs are becoming more prevalent.  He explained that digital signs can be programmed so that the message can change throughout the day, based on news events, sports events, etc. 

In response to questions from Daniel, Mr. Kudler, explained that advertising in bus shelters is a specialized market, and varies greatly as to its profitability.  Upon further questions, Mr. Kudler, noted how his company has been involved in a program within the City of Compton, which consists of channeling some revenues from signs along freeways to help support advertising related to bus shelters, and the maintenance costs of those shelters, to include the trash cans. 

President Ramon and Daniel noted that it is great to see a company like Bulletin Display, taking special satisfaction in being a family owned enterprise, and in being interested in participating and supporting the communities where their business is located. 

 

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.23.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 17, 2017

At the March 16, 2017, members and guests heard a very interesting presentation by Luis Fernandez, Executive Director, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, in Rancho Dominguez.

Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez talked about a coming event planned in Griffith Park weekend for a Polio Peace International 5K walk.  President Ramon encouraged members and guests to attend the Ham Park Community Center Opening Celebration on Wed, Mar 22, 5-8pm.  The Center is named the Lucy Avalos Center.  Out of respect and admiration for all the community work of Lucy, to include being a long term member of the Lynwood Rotary, Ramon urged all Lynwood Rotary members to attend this event.  Ramon talked about Lucy's numerous ways that she helped the community, noting that she joined the Lynwood Rotary Club in 2001, at the time she started her catering business.  Ramon and next year's Club President, Joe Wang talked about the necessary application process for the Club's fireworks sales stand, July 1 thru July 4, noting the importance of this event, as the principal source of funds for the Lynwood club.  President Ramon again mentioned that at the April 6 meeting, member discussions will include ways to increase membership, including the possibility of changing the meeting times for the weekly meetings.  One possibility would be to have at least one meeting each month in the evening, so that persons who due to their work schedules cannot attend a noon meeting, but could attend an evening meeting.

Guests at the meeting included Maria Viera, very active in the community and a Block Watch Captain, who was commended for her repair of the worn Rotary banner that has been hung on the wall for each Rotary weekly meeting.   Another guest was Jessica Martinez, who at a previous meeting explained that she is representing the cannabis businesses that seek to obtain permits from the City of Lynwood for its production within the city.  There is a requirement for these businesses to work with community organizations for the provision of donations to community projects.  She stated that she seeks to coordinate this objective with community organizations such as the Lynwood Rotary.  Further, she mentioned her interest in becoming a Lynwood Rotary member.  President Ramon spoke how happy he was that the South Gate Rotary Club was attending today's meeting, and he introduced the South Gate President, Jesus Cruz, who in turn introduced his club's members who were present.  Daniel thanked the two staff representatives from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office in attendance, and suggested that they be a speaker soon about issues of particular interest for the Assembly Speaker.

Speaker Mr. Luis Fernandez, using a very informative presentation from Power Point, explained the history of the Dominguez family and rancho.  The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, located just a few miles south of Lynwood, exists to preserve the important legacy of the Dominguez family.  This legacy goes back to the initial exploration and settlements starting from the late 1700’s, whereby the Spanish King Carlos III, directed the exploration of Alta California, which exploration included the Franciscan Priest, Father Serra. To promote colonization, the king allowed land grants.  The first to take advantage of the offer was Juan Jose Dominguez, a soldier who came with the Portola Expedition and Father Serra in 1769.  In 1784, Dominguez received the First Spanish Land Grant, which he named the Rancho San Pedro.  It was a magnificent 75,000 acre spread southwest of Los Angeles, extending along the coastline from Redondo Beach to include the entire Los Angeles Harbor area.  As shown in Mr. Fernandez's illustrations, Juan Dominguez had six daughters, whose marriages include families whose names we recognize today, such as the cities of Carson, and the street Del Amo.  Family members include one who was one of those who signed the California Constitution, and another who served as a Mayor of Los Angeles.  The family was a major contributor to the Catholic Church, and in the 1920's donated 17 acres to the Claretian Fathers, on which property is the location of the museum, with the historical buildings of the home of the original Dominguez family.

Of note, the museum provides tours for school children in the 3rd and 4th grades, and the curriculum conforms to California curriculum for the teaching of California history relating to the founding of the mission system.  There are also tours available for adults.   There is a coming annual event on Sat, March 25, 12pm to 4pm, Rancho Days.  Also in the fall, there is another major annual event, that commemorates a battle between Californios and US Navy Military, that took place in the area, just before the Treaty that ended hostilities, which is the Treaty of Cahuenga in 1847, followed shortly thereafter by the Treaty of Guadalupe, whereby most of what is now the Southwestern part of the US, was ceded to the US from Mexico.

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.16.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 10, 2017

At the March 9, 2017,  members and guests heard a very interesting presentation by Michael Kodama, Executive Director for Eco Rapid Transit.  In addition, pertinent information on the City of Lynwood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan that has been approved by the Lynwood City Council (with a $800,000 TOD planning grant from LA Metro), was provided by Bruno Naulls, Project Manager for the City of Lynwood Department of Development, Compliance and Enforcement Services.

Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the Lynwood Union Grand Opening Celebration at Lynwood Park, on Sat., Mar 4, which was organized by the Chair of Lynwood Union, Rowland Becerra.  The Lynwood Rotary table, placed in a very prominent location, was staffed by President Ramon, Joe Wang, Barbara Battle, and Daniel.  Daniel passed out photos of the event.  Rotary District events are the next Rotary District Breakfast on Apr 18.  Also President Ramon again mentioned the District Conference at Lake Arrowhead, May 7-10.  Although the Lake Arrowhead hotel is full, there is other close by locations, where interested Rotary members could stay while attending all or part of the three day annual conference for District 5280.

Guests at the meeting included Maria Viera, very active in the community and a Block Watch Captain, also Block Watch Captain Ana Barraza.   Another guest was Jessica Martinez.  She explained that she is representing the cannabis businesses that seek to obtain permits from the City of Lynwood for its production within the city.  Apparently there is a requirement for these businesses to work with community organizations for the provision of donations to community projects.  She stated that she will seek to coordinate this objective with organizations such as Rotary. President Ramon encouraged members and guests to attend the Ham Park Community Center Opening Celebration on Wed, Mar 22, 5-8pm.  The Center is named the Lucy Avalos Center.  Out of respect and admiration for all the community work of Lucy, to include being a long term member of the Lynwood Rotary, Ramon urged all Lynwood Rotary members to attend this event.  Rotary objectives to increase membership.  President Ramon stated that at the April 6 meeting, one of the topics to be discussed will be possible changes in meeting times, such as a breakfast meeting or an evening meeting, so that persons who cannot attend lunch time meetings, could attend at other hours of the day.  Also to be discussed are additional brochures, which specifically include “you are invited” message to come to a Rotary meeting.  Another Rotary business item is the annual fireworks stand applications.  As the incoming president, July 1, Joe Wang has the lead responsibility for completion of the paper work with the fireworks company and with the city. A last item of Rotary business is that the next meeting on Mar 16, the South Gate Rotary Club will join with the Lynwood club for a combined meeting at Bateman Hall.

Speaker Mr. Kodama, referring to two brochures he brought, described the planned rail line from Artesia to DTLA and then on to its terminal at the Hollywood/Burbank Airport.  He explained that the Eco Rail Project is a Joint Powers Authority of all the cities on line the route, as shown in the route map in one of the two hand-outs.  The planned rail line received funding from Metro Measure R passed by the electorate in 2008, and the project will receive additional funding from Metro Measure M passed in Nov 2016.  The completion date may extend to 2040; he noted that with Metro CEO Phil Washington's push for public-private partnerships, the project could be accelerated with a possible opening as early as 2024.  Some of the rail route will be at grade; in the area of Vernon, at least some of the route will be elevated rail, due to the extensive freight rail operations along this route segment; and in the DTLA area some of the route may be underground.  The route of the line will cross the Green Line, with a station between the Long Beach Blvd. Station and Lakewood Station, at Garfield Ave.  The projected total cost is 4-5 billion dollars.  Bruno Naulls mentioned a process in place within the city, as a result of the completion of the TOD plan that will enhance development opportunities within the plan boundaries with the focus on the Long Beach Blvd. Station.  Mike Kodama mentioned the development opportunities that will be created with the Eco Line in operation.  There was considerable discussion about the transition in the region from a rail oriented system which reached its peak in the 1920's to a shift to auto use and a land use pattern of dispersed development; and now there is a focus on a reorientation to development patterns that are oriented to greater use of public transportation.  There was discussion about the lack of safety on the Metro Rail system, with examples cited.  It was agreed that safety must be enforced / that is, be a high priority in the operation of the regional bus and rail system, in order for the transition to greater use of public transportation to become a reality. 

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.09.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 03, 2017

At the March 2, 2017,  members and guests shared a number of ideas and comments.

President Ramon Rodriguez talked about the speaker at the District Breakfast on Tue, Feb 28 at the Westin Hotel near LAX.  The speaker, Angela The speaker, Angela Perez Paraquio, is originally from the Philippines, and was the 2nd of 8 children in her family, and she grew up in Hawaii.  In 2001, she was the first Miss America winner to be of Asian background.  After she won, she described her very extensive travels for the next year throughout the country and in other countries, which are part of the responsibilities of being Miss America.  Daniel and Ramon commented about how memorable Angela’s presentation was.

Other District events are the next Rotary District Breakfast on Apr 18.  Also President Ramon again mentioned the District Conference at Lake Arrowhead, May 7-10.  Although the Lake Arrowhead hotel is full, there is other close by locations, where interested Rotary members could stay while attending all or part of the three day annual conference for District 5280.

Guests at the meeting included Maria Viera, very active in the community and a Block Watch Captain; also guest Beatrice Gutierrez, about whom Daniel expressed hope that she would attend more meetings. 

Daniel mentioned again the Sat, Mar 4 event at Lynwood Park, which celebrates the Grand Opening of The Lynwood Union.  Four club members, including President Ramon, and Daniel and Joe Wang and Barbara Battle will staff a Rotary table at this important community event.  There will be flyers/ brochures available at the table that describes the work of the Lynwood Rotary within the community.  In the future, President Ramon suggested a brochure that could be distributed to businesses and other groups that says: “You are invited” to a Rotary meeting.

Daniel mentioned that The Lynwood Union organized the painting of five utility boxes by high school students with more planned.  Also there will be a large mural painted on a wall facing Lynwood Park, and The Lynwood Union has the lead role in obtaining funding for this major art work.

There was mention that a long time Rotary member of 20 years ago, passed away this week, Jose Urias, and a card in memoriam, was passed around for signing. Martina mentioned that the Rosary would be in All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach that evening.   Also, Daniel asked how Frank Calderon was doing after his hear attack on Christmas Day.  Daniel noted that Frank is at home with his wife Pearline. 

In attendance was Jerry Brown, District 5280 Chief of Staff, and longtime member of the South Gate Rotary Club.  It was agreed that the South Gate Club will join the Lynwood Club for a joint meeting in the coming two months.  This time the South Gate Club (which meets on Wednesday noon) will come to a Lynwood meeting.  Jerry noted what Rotary International is accomplishing worldwide is “mind boggling.”  For example, the campaign for ending polio throughout the world, there currently has been new outbreaks of Polio in only two countries:  Nigerian and Pakistan.  Jerry talked about a recent Rotary trip to Mexico, specifically Merida in Yucatan, helping impoverished youth and their families.  Jerry described specific actions that the Rotary visitors were able to carry out as ways of helping the local residents that they interfaced with.

Daniel circulated more photos of the new Rotary sign on a Display Bulletin sign board, at the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.  This group of photos was taken from the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station platform. (Thank you again, member Victor Gomez, an employee with Display Bulletin, LLC.) 

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  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club 

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.02.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 24, 2017

At the February 23, 2017 meeting, members and guests met to hear Ms. Mariana Astorga-Almanza, Visual & Performing Art Coordinator, for the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD.)  Ms. Astorga-Almanza is charged with advancing, building and fostering arts education in Lynwood, to include such activities as:  art, music, dance, theater, etc.  She talked about some of the programs and activities that she is coordinating and promoting with the LUSD. 

Sitting in front of the club attendees, Mariana held the attention of all attendees, as she described her experiences.  Growing up in Bell Gardens, with parents from Mexico, who wanted a better life for their children, she explained that on weekends she lived in Lynwood with extended family.

She has played the flute for 20 years. While in high school in Riverside she decided she would be a music teacher, and wanted to go to USC to be in the USC Band.  She enrolled at USC in 2002, marched in the USC Band, to include the Rose Parade.  After USC graduation in 2006, she obtained in 2013 her Master’s Degree from CSULA, followed by her doctorate at UCLA.  Her first experience as a classroom teacher started in 2007 at Joseph Leconte MS in Hollywood, while living in South Pasadena.  Leaving her classroom teaching, she noted how she missed her children, like they were a part of her family.  She started with LUSD in Oct 2016, as a coordinator in Visual Arts.  With 14,000 students in LUSD, Mariana supervises 24 art educator teachers.  Examples of art related programs include:  at the 2nd grade, visual arts, music, and theater in 3 10-week sessions.  In the 5th grade there is a partnership with a dance instructor.  At the middle school level, there are 4 new music teachers.  As a part of this teaching, Mariana described equipping them with instruments.  In the Spring there will be a arts competition from ES students, with judges from Lynwood HS.

Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez, mentioned again the District Breakfast on Tue, Feb 28.  (See the description in the Cover Page attachment.)  Also he mentioned again the District Conference at Lake Arrowhead, May 7-10.  At the District Conference, the Lynwood Club will be recognized for the club’s financial support for Polio Plus.  The club has acted to contribute $26.50 per member (14 members) which amounts to $371.00.

 Also President Ramon mentioned that at a previous meeting, the Rotary visitor from a Rotary Club in Kentucky, Dr. Earl Menzel, would like to receive a small Lynwood Rotary banner, in exchange for his club banner as a donation to the Lynwood Club.

 Daniel circulated photos from last week’s mailing on Feb 16, which shows members standing below the new Rotary sign on a Display Bulletin sign board, at the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.  (Thank you again, member Victor Gomez, an employee with Display Bulletin, LLC.)  Daniel also recognized Block Watch Captains in attendance, Maria Viera and Ana Barraza.  Daniel also recognized and greeted Marvin Aceves and a fellow employee from Marvin’s construction company.  Marvin stated he will transfer his Rotary membership to the Buena Park Rotary Club.

Daniel and Ramon mentioned that the Lynwood Rotary Club will have a table at the Grand Opening of the Lynwood Union Gallery, Saturday, March 4 event from 10am to 3pm, at the historic Lynwood Depot, which will house The Lynwood Union Museum and office.    Daniel and Barbara Battle will staff the table, and Ramon said he will be able to come for two hours around noon.  Daniel encouraged more club members to volunteer, since additional club members at the table makes a good impression for all the participants in this community event.  Daniel mentioned that Rowland Becerra has requested from Mark Flores, Head of the Lynwood Recreation Department, for a table and some chairs.

  

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  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.23.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 17, 2017

At the February 16, 2017 meeting, members and guests met to meet together.

Rotary Events:  Before the speaker's presentation, President  Ramon mentioned  again that the next District 5280 Breakfast will be Tuesday,  Feb 28, at the usual location, which is the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The event begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:45 am.  The speaker will be Angela Perez Paraquio, who was Ms. America for 2001.  Since then, she has served as a teacher and as a school principal.  Ramon noted that he and Daniel and Victor Gomez are going for sure, and Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez, may also RSVP.  A carpool will be organized and leave from Lynwood City Hall at 6:30 am.

President Ramon mentioned again the Rotary District Conference, at Lake Arrowhead, the weekend of May 7-10 is 100 percent full.  However interested Rotary members can attend this annual conference on a day basis. 

Daniel and Ramon mentioned that the Lynwood Rotary Club will have a table at the Grand Opening of the Lynwood Union, Sat, March 4 event from 10am to 3pm, at the historic Lynwood Depot, which will house The Lynwood Union Museum and office. Daniel and Barbara Battle will staff the table, and Ramon said he will be able to come for two hours around noon.  Daniel encouraged more club members to volunteer, since additional club members at the table makes a good impression for all the participants in this community event.  Daniel mentioned that Rowland Becerra has requested from Mark Flores, Head of the Lynwood Recreation Department, for a table and some chairs.

Club President Ramon Rodriguez explained that the meeting will adjourn early at about 1:00 pm in order that club members can assemble in front of the new Lynwood Rotary sign adjacent to the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station for a photo. Rotary member Victor Gomez announced that his company's sign board ( Display Bulletin LLC) was installed with a Lynwood Rotary message starting on Monday, Feb 13.

Club member Ivan Ezquievel explained that the planned speaker, Tomy Loreta, Salesian High School Administrative Director for Sports was unable to attend the meeting.  Ivan stated that he will try to get Tomy  Loreta rescheduled as a speaker, or as a alumni of the school, he will present a program about Salesian High School's history of providing an active program of athletic activities.

Ivan also the memorial service held for Jim Jenkins, the longtime manager of the Brandy Salon, a popular location for quincienieras and other similar events in the community.  Ivan mentioned the staff that will continue to operate this facility.

President Ramon mentioned that Frank Calderon had a heart attack on Christmas Day.  His wife, Pearlone, said that he is recovering at their home.  Also Ramon mentioned that the Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5280, for this area of the District, Hector Torres, has taken a leave of absence, with no reason given.  (Hector Torres is a member of the South Gate Rotary Club, and a resident of South Gate.)

Ramon welcomed back, long time Lynwood Rotary member, Dr. Manlapaz, who has not attended a meeting for some time.  Thanks to member Victor Gomez for bringing Dr. Manlapaz to the meeting.

 

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  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.16.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 10, 2017

At the February 16, 2017 meeting, members and guests met to meet together.

Rotary Events:  Before the speaker's presentation, President  Ramon mentioned  again that the next District 5280 Breakfast will be Tuesday,  Feb 28, at the usual location, which is the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The event begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:45 am.  The speaker will be Angela Perez Paraquio, who was Ms. America for 2001.  Since then, she has served as a teacher and as a school principal.  Ramon noted that he and Daniel and Victor Gomez are going for sure, and Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez, may also RSVP.  A carpool will be organized and leave from Lynwood City Hall at 6:30 am.

President Ramon mentioned again the Rotary District Conference, at Lake Arrowhead, the weekend of May 7-10 is 100 percent full.  However interested Rotary members can attend this annual conference on a day basis. 

Daniel and Ramon mentioned that the Lynwood Rotary Club will have a table at the Grand Opening of the Lynwood Union, Sat, March 4 event from 10am to 3pm, at the historic Lynwood Depot, which will house The Lynwood Union Museum and office. Daniel and Barbara Battle will staff the table, and Ramon said he will be able to come for two hours around noon.  Daniel encouraged more club members to volunteer, since additional club members at the table makes a good impression for all the participants in this community event.  Daniel mentioned that Rowland Becerra has requested from Mark Flores, Head of the Lynwood Recreation Department, for a table and some chairs.

Club President Ramon Rodriguez explained that the meeting will adjourn early at about 1:00 pm in order that club members can assemble in front of the new Lynwood Rotary sign adjacent to the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station for a photo. Rotary member Victor Gomez announced that his company's sign board ( Display Bulletin LLC) was installed with a Lynwood Rotary message starting on Monday, Feb 13.

Club member Ivan Ezquievel explained that the planned speaker, Tomy Loreta, Salesian High School Administrative Director for Sports was unable to attend the meeting.  Ivan stated that he will try to get Tomy  Loreta rescheduled as a speaker, or as a alumni of the school, he will present a program about Salesian High School's history of providing an active program of athletic activities.

Ivan also the memorial service held for Jim Jenkins, the longtime manager of the Brandy Salon, a popular location for quincienieras and other similar events in the community.  Ivan mentioned the staff that will continue to operate this facility.

President Ramon mentioned that Frank Calderon had a heart attack on Christmas Day.  His wife, Pearlone, said that he is recovering at their home.  Also Ramon mentioned that the Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 5280, for this area of the District, Hector Torres, has taken a leave of absence, with no reason given.  (Hector Torres is a member of the South Gate Rotary Club, and a resident of South Gate.)

Ramon welcomed back, long time Lynwood Rotary member, Dr. Manlapaz, who has not attended a meeting for some time.  Thanks to member Victor Gomez for bringing Dr. Manlapaz to the meeting.

 

  Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra – 

  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

 

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.09.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 03, 2017

At the February 2, 2017 meeting, members and guests met to meet and listen to the speaker, Ms. Courtney Habegger, contract employee for the sign board company, Bulletin Displays, LLC.   

Rotary Events:

Before the speaker's presentation, President  Ramon mentioned  again that the next District 5280 Breakfast will be Tuesday,  February 28, at the usual location, which is the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The event begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:45 am.  The speaker will be Angela Peres Paraja, who was Ms. America for 2001.  Ramon noted that he and Daniel are going for sure, and Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez, may also RSVP.  Next week Ramon noted that we need a firm commitment from members to attend.  With Advance RSVP, the cost to the club is less per attendee. A carpool will be organized and leave from Lynwood City Hall at 6:30 am.

Daniel and Ramon discussed whether the Lynwood Rotary Club should have a table at the Saturday, March 4 event from 10am to 3pm, at the historic Lynwood Depot, which will house The Lynwood Union Gallery and office.  It was decided that the club will have a table.  Daniel and Barbara Battle will staff the table, and Ramon said he will be able to come for two hours around noon.  Daniel encouraged more club members to volunteer, since additional club members at the table makes a good impression for all the participants in this community event.

Speaker Presentation:  Courtney Habegger.

Club member Daniel, in his introduction of Ms. Courtney, explained that one of his volunteer activities for LA Metro is to inspect several times a month the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station and submit a report to Metro management, as to station cleanliness, graffiti, etc. Several months ago, he observed Ms. Courtney unload equipment from her truck and then install a ladder and then climb up to do repairs on the sign board located on the south side of the Long Beach Blvd. Park-ride lot.  He took photos of this and mounted them on a collage that was framed.  He presented this to Courtney, with extra copies for Courtney.

 Courtney explained that she met a gentleman in the last year who worked for a company that services sign boards.  After she expressed an interest in the work, he started to show her the procedures, including all the safety equipment that is required.  So she accompanied him step by step as to the work procedures, to include, following him up the ladder(s) to the platform of the signs.  She described the equipment that includes a safety harness, so that should the worker slip and fall, the safety harness would catch and person, thus avoiding any injury.

Although her parents were divorced, with her father and an uncle, she gained a lot of experience in doing manual labor.  This included equipment repairs, since her family operates a construction company.  Her experience includes doing repairs for cars and motorcycles.  She attended Cal Poly Pomona majoring in engineering, but then switched to agronomy and graduated in 2012.   She was involved in the management of a 20 acre farm, to help with family finances. 

In answer to questions from Daniel, Courtney mentioned that she lives in Long Beach and also volunteers for Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.  Daniel also asked if anyone ever comments that in her sign board work it is unusual to see a women doing this work.  Courtney replied no.  Rotary member Victor Gomez, an employee of  Call Bulletin sign company, and the person from whom she receives her assignments, replied that now it is a “new world” and people are accustomed to seeing women do work that used to be done only by men.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –  

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

 

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02.02.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 27, 2017

At the January 26, 2017 meeting, members and guests met to meet and greet each other.  This meeting the one guest present was Maria Viera, active community participant and also a City of Lynwood Block Watch Captain. 

 

Rotary Events:

 President  Ramon mentioned that the next District 5280 Breakfast will be Tuesday,  Feb 28, at the usual location, which is the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The event begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:45 am.  The speaker will be Angela Peres Paraja, who was Ms. America for 2001.  Ramon noted that he and Daniel are going for sure, and Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez, may also RSVP.  Next week Ramon noted that we need a firm commitment from members to attend.  With Advance RSVP, the cost to the club is less per attendee.

Community Support Needed:

Also, a reminder from the speaker on January 12, Tony Hua, LUSD, Director of Secondary Education.    As to community support, Mr. Hua explained that there is a Career Tech Advisory Board with the next meeting on Feb 9.  Additional volunteers are encouraged to come to this meeting.  

Member Discussions:

Barbara Battle shared her experiences on two trips to Israel.  As an active Catholic, Barbara described how meaningful it was to her to visit places described in the Bible.  Specifically,  to visit the place where Jesus was born in Bethlehem was a very memorable experience for Barbara.  Also when she visited the place where Jesus was crucified, Ms. Barbara also described how meaningful seeing this place was for her.

 

 

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

 

 

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.26.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 20, 2017

At the January 19, 2017 meeting, members and guests heard Fabian Valencia, Leader of Lost Angeles, Spiritual and Psychological Aid, Inc.

Rotary Events. President Ramon mentioned again the annual Rotary District conference will be held May 4 thru May 7, at the Lake Arrowhead Hotel & Spa. He noted that reservations for the event are full as to staying at the Hotel. But he also noted that Rotarians could come to the event for one day, without staying at the hotel. Also Ramon mentioned that the next District 5280 Breakfast will be Feb 28, at the usual location, which is the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The event begins at 7:30 am and ends at 8:45 am.  The speaker will be Angela Peres Paraja, who was Ms. America for 2001.

Daniel mentioned that the usual annual homeless count for the City of Lynwood should be scheduled soon. He mentioned that Rotary usually has several volunteers, along with other Lynwood community volunteers.  The event occurs on one evening, starting with a brief orientation and instruction in Bateman Hall. 

Victor Gomez, now a Rotary member again, announced that his company's sign board, located near the Green Line Station and facing north, will again be used to advertise and promote the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Daniel suggested that after the sign board has the Rotary message, that maybe we can have a photo of Rotary members on the ground with the sign in the background.

Also, another reminder from the speaker on Jan 12, Tony Hua, as to community support, Mr. Hua explained that there is a Career Tech Advisory Board with the next meeting on Feb 9.  Additional volunteers are encouraged to come to this meeting.  

The speaker, Fabian Valencia, of Lost Angels, had a power point presentation about his work in the community, and he brought two wooden models of guitars, as examples of the artwork done by participants.  In the power point presentation, Fabian showed a photo of a truck/ trailer with a large canvass on the side with an art mural.  That was a start for Lost Angeles, and now he is an instructor at La Causa youth build located at the South Gate American legion facility. He distributed a flyer of activities at the South Gate American Legion Post 335 located at 9535 California Street. Activities include: arts and crafts; music --including Trumpet and Guitar; Aztec dancing; and creative body. Fabian encouraged Rotary members and other Lynwood community members to come and participate and observe. 

Fabian mentioned that his programs and activities help provide life skills and help empower youth to create something.  He also mentioned a LA River project that is focused on youth envisioning whether from the river, one should see only buildings or whether planting trees to add nature to the banks of the river is to be preferred.

For more information of the Lost Angeles activities at the American Legion Post, the flyer lists:  CALL   323 – 413-6632 and EMAIL:  LOSTANGELSLC@GMAIL.COM   the flyer also states:  Special Events Sign up for our Mural Design Contest.  Artist wanted – enter your Art for First Friday Art Show.  Also it notes:  space for Artist and Vendors Available.  Call/ text for details.

Daniel noted that he first met Fabian Valencia at the Art Community Event in Lynwood Park this summer, at which event; the Lynwood Rotary Club had a table.  Fabian had a large canvass hung on a fence, on which participants in attendance could paint images and designs using various colors of paint provided.  In support of Lost Angels, Ramon Rodriguez said that from his hardware store, he could donate various colors of paint in cans that had been practically used.  Also Raj, said to Fabian, that he could come by his stationery and school supply store, for some items he could donate.   .

 Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –  

 Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.19.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 13, 2017

At the January 12, 2017 meeting, members and guests again talked about how the New Year was celebrated with their friends and families. 

Rotary Events. President Ramon mentioned again the annual Rotary District conference will be held May 4 thru May 7, at the Lake Arrowhead Hotel & Spa. Rotary member Joe Wang mentioned that he attended a meeting on Sat, Jan 7, to interview 5 candidates for the position of District Governor for Rotary District 5280. He explained that there were 15 members on the selection panel, including 3 past District governors, who could not vote.  As Joe mentioned last week of the 5 candidates, 4 are women and 1 is a man.

Rotary visitor from Argentina:  Before the presentation from the speaker, a Rotary guest from Argentina spoke about her club's activities and expressed her interest about Rotary activities at the Lynwood Rotary Club. Daniel and President Ramon provided a translation of her remarks.  She explained that her city is close to Paraguay, a long air flight from Buenos Aires. For possible communication in the future her contact information is included:  Maria Luisa Mudwtti, Ciudad Resistencia, Chao, Republica Argentina, armonyspa@hotmail.com, cell 54-9-3624842082.

Tony Hua, Director Secondary Education, Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD).  Assisted by a power point program, Mr. Hua explained the purpose and programs of Career Tech Pathways. (CTP)  The purpose is to train students for specific career paths with the assistance of businesses and governmental entities.

Mr. Hua provided statistics showing the growing accomplishments of Lynwood students, to include the fact that this last year the graduation percentage was 94% for Lynwood High School and 96% for Firebaugh High School.  This compares with around 60% some years ago. 

CTP, Mr. Hua noted is not about programs per se, but about encouraging students to be productive.  “We have a chance to save all these kids, not to give up on them.”  It is important to develop partnerships with businesses, such as dental offices and retail businesses, and culinary arts and engineering skills.  Our goal is that 100% of the students be enrolled.  He noted he has observed the accomplishments of students who never expected to graduate from high school.  “Within LUSD we have a moral obligation that we ensure all students share in these opportunities that will provide an equitable opportunity for all.  We know that the world is changing so we have to adopt what we can do as educators.  When caring people come together, it shows that ZIP codes will not determine career successes.”   As an example of the competitive situation in college acceptances, UCLA only accepts 20% of the student applications.

Questions from the audience included Martina who stated she hoped universities come to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs.  Mr. Hua stated that they are partnering with universities, noting that besides partnerships with businesses, coordination with colleges is important, one example of which, is Cerritos College.  Another question from Club Secretary Lulu was what the role of parents Mr. Hua responded that we have workshops for parents to learn how to advocate for their kids.  As to community support, Mr. Hua that there is a CTE Advisory Board with the next meeting on Feb 9.  Additional volunteers are encouraged to come to this meeting.  

In answer to questions from Daniel, here is some background info about Tony Hua.  He graduated from Des Moines HS, and obtained a BA in English from U. of Iowa.  At Loyal Marymount in LA he obtained a Master’s in Education.  He started as a classroom teacher at Lynwood Middle School in 2001, and then in 2010 he served in an administrative position at Firebaugh HS.  He started his present position three months ago.  He has participated in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and currently resides in Garden Grove. Happy New Year!!!   Again, President Ramon Rodriguez encouraged everyone at the meeting to have a great Happy New Year for the Year 2017!  

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01.12.2017 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 16, 2016
At the December 15th  meeting, members and guests celebrated Christmas.
 
The large number of guests was due to guests from the Lynwood Teen Challenge home as well as guests from the Senior Center and other Lynwood residents to share in Christmas fellowship and to participate in the annual gift exchange.
Meeting Introductions.  Among the extensive number of introductions, Elias Saikaly, P.E., Senior Public Works Manager, City of Lynwood introduced himself, noting that he worked for Rotary member Joe Wang, when Joe worked for the City of Lynwood.   Later in the meeting, Daniel mentioned the Principal of Roosevelt ES, Ms. Sandra J. Verduzco, who participated in the before Christmas parade activities together with Rotary parade participants at the home of Martina Rodriguez, and then had a seat on the Rotary float, from which she waived at the large turnout along the parade route.
Teen Challenge.  As planned, Ms. Cheryl Bradford, Manager of the Teen Challenge Inc. facility in Lynwood brought a number of the local Teen Challenge residents.  They brought with them a very beautiful and informative display of their activities with photos of their residents.  Five women from the facility from age 17 to age 42, described their lives before they started their yearlong stay at the local home, as well as their current experiences and outlook on life.  Before becoming a part of Teen Challenge their lives involved drug and alcohol dependency, and in one case domestic abuse.  They all described their current lives as a life of complete sobriety and with an outlook on life consisting of religious inspiration, and a commitment to engage themselves in a productive and caring life with family members and friends.
As explained, when Cheryl Bradford has been the club speaker several times, Teen Challenge is an international organization with facilities for women and for men in several locations in California.
Rotary Club President Ramon Rodriguez explained that he is personally acquainted with the positive influence that Teen Challenge does have on their participants.  With his lead, the Rotary Club agreed to provide a wide variety of cleaning supplies and equipment for the Lynwood facility, which items were on display at the meeting.  Cheryl expressed a big thank you for all the items, noting that with 28 beds in the local home, there is much need for all these cleaning items.
Christmas Candy Cane Lane Parade.  President Ramon mentioned again the successful entry of the Lynwood Rotary in the Friday evening, Dec 2 annual city parade.  Martina Rodriguez noted that there were around 50 participants of students and parents from Roosevelt ES that included some participants from Helen Keller ES.  Ramon Rodriguez mentioned that a PA microphone was damaged that was part of the beautiful float that included youth dressed as Mary and Joseph.  So, the club will have to replace the microphone that was loaned by Lucy's brother, who had a major role in constructing and decorating the float. 
Christmas Exchange gifts.  There was excellent participation in this event from both members and guests.   Many brought gifts appropriately gift-wrapped.  In addition, Daniel brought a number of items unwrapped and encouraged members and guests, including Teen Challenge visitors, to take his unwrapped items.  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!  President Ramon Rodriguez reminded everyone that the next two Thursdays are dark.  So, the next meeting will be next year, Thursday, January 5.  President Ramon urged everyone to have a safe and wonderful holiday time with family and friends and said:  “See you next year!!!”  
 
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Lynwood Rotary meeting Update 12.15.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 09, 2016
At the December 8th  meeting, members and guests celebrated several events
Including appreciation for the toy donations organized by Rotary Youth act for donation to students at Roosevelt ES with apperception also for the donations from the local business, Food 4 Less Market. (Also thanks for the help of Club secretary, Lulu with the toy donations.)   Before the parade, youth and some of the parents enjoyed food and fun in the back yard of the home of Martina Rodriguez.  Also, it was great to have the Principal of Roosevelt ES to attend the event at Martina’s home before the parade and to sit on the beautiful float and wave at the very large turnout of spectators along the parade route.  As usual, Youth act participants marched in the parade each carrying a flag of a different country.
The Dec 8 Rotary meeting was beautifully decorated in honor of the club elections, with two Assistant Governors from Rotary District 5280 in attendance:  Jerry Brown, and Hector Torres.
The donated toys were artistically displayed by Youth act participants who attended the Dec 8 meeting.
The meeting had many guests, including City of Lynwood Mayor, Maria Santillan, and the new City Manager, Alma K. Martinez.  The Mayor read a proclamation prepared by the Office of Assembly member Anthony Rendon, commending the beautiful life of Lucy Avalos and her many contributions to the Lynwood community. (Thanks are due for the help of Maria Santana in helping arrange for the certificate for Lucy Avalos.) Also, Club Secretary, Lulu, read remembrances from several Club members for the four departed Club members.  Besides Lucy Avalos, remembrances were read for Oliver Conner, Gerardo Raya and Jim Morton.  Iris Pygatt talked about her remembrances of Oliver including his installation as Club president in 1984 and his interest in working with Rotary youth. 
Other memories include Lulu's noting that Jim Morton was the Club secretary for many years until Lulu took over, and that for Jim Morton, Lynwood was his family.  Arturo Reyes commented that he met Lucy thru her husband who was working for the City of Lynwood.  Lucy told him that she was born in Mexico and was very proud of her Mexican heritage.  She helped with the Sister City youth from Talpa, when the youth visited Lynwood.  She provided the food for the annual Las Posadas events; Also Lucy was very supportive of the United Families of Lynwood.
President Ramon Rodriguez described the successful Rotary participation in the Annual Candy Lane Parade, on Friday evening, Dec 2.  Lucy's brother helped build the float.  It was very beautiful!   The float was decorated in part by Youth act participants.  As usual, Youth act participants marched in the parade and carried flags from different countries.
At the end of the meeting, the elections were held, with the following results.
President Elect:  Barbara Battle; Secretary:  Maria Quinionez (Lulu);  Treasurer:  Larry Esparza; Note:  The current President-Elect is Joe Wang, who will become Club President on July 1, 2017.  Barbara Battle will be President-Elect throughout 2017, and will become Club President on July 1, 2018.  The Board members elected include:  Victor Gomez, Martina Rodriguez, Raj Daliwander; Ivan Esquivel, Daniel Miller; Arturo Reyes, Iris Pygatt, and Ruben Cervantes.
President Ramon Rodriguez reminded all members and guests planning to attend the December 15 club meeting, to bring a gift for the gift exchange.
(Ramon Rodriguez has arranged to provide needed office supplies for residents of the Teen Challenge facility in Lynwood, whose Manager is Cheryl Bradford.)

             Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 12.08.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 02, 2016
At the December 1st meeting, members and guests discussed current Rotary events and plans.
Introductions included a first time visitor, Cecil Leighton, Esq.  currently a resident of Lynwood.  He mentioned that recently he was treated at St. Francis Medical Center, by Dr. Van Miller, the brother of Rotary member Daniel Miller.  His brother, Van, suggested that Cecil and Daniel might like to get acquainted.  So, with contact information from Dr. Van Miller, Daniel called Cecil and invited him to today's Rotary meeting.  Daniel commented that Cecil has known a lot about the history of SE Los Angeles County, including Lynwood.  In addition to practicing law, is a writer about a variety of subjects, including Catholic Theology.   Daniel commented that perhaps Cecil would become a Rotary member.
.Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez provided an update on his effort to repair the trailer hitch that will be needed for the Rotary float in the Candy Cane Parade on Dec 2. Lucy's brother-in-law and Ivan will help with the float decoration and Ramon encouraged members to come to his store in the late afternoon on Thurs., Dec 1, to help the Rotary youth complete the float decorations.   He also mentioned the Turkey give away event at the Senior Event, two days before Thanksgiving, and thanked the excellent turnout of Rotary members to help with this event.  Rotary donated 120 turkeys through the financial help of local business, and in addition, there were about another 100 turkeys given away at the Senior Center.
President Ramon also talked about providing needed office supplies for residents of the Teen Challenge facility in Lynwood. He said that Cheryl Bradford, Manager of the Teen Challenge Lynwood facility will be invited to the Dec 15 Rotary meeting, along with the young adult women who reside in the facility. President Ramon also mentioned that everyone attending the Dec 15 meeting (including guests) should plan to bring a gift for giveaway among all attendees. Ramon also mentioned that he is helping plan for the memorial event at the Dec 8 meeting for the recently departed members, of which the most recent is Lucy Avalos.
Martina Rodriguez talked about the arrangements for the Candy Lane Parade on Fri starting at 4pm.  As usual, parents and Youth act participants will arrive at her house at 4pm for food and fun before the parade starts in front of her house, at about 6pm.  Daniel mentioned that the address is 5416 MLK Blvd., just east of Atlantic Ave.  Daniel encouraged all Rotary members to attend and march with the Rotary float.  If you arrive by 4pm parking is possible to find on the streets south of MLK Blvd.   Martina also mentioned preparing to donate several gift baskets to Teen Challenge at the Dec 15 meeting.
Marisela Santana showed a certificate prepared by the office of Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, in memory of Lucy Avalos.  Marisela said that she will arrange for a deputy to Assembly Member Rendon to present the certificate at the Dec 8 Rotary meeting.  Also, although she was attending an annual conference for City Clerks, there was mention that Lulu may be preparing Christmas baskets for needy families to include coordination with the Food 4 Less Market.

       Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 12.01.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 18, 2016
At the November 17th  meeting, members and guests heard a presentation by Abigael Carde, Rotary Interactor from Da Vinci Science High School in Hawthone. 
Because of her detailed bio information provided, the description provided in the meeting updates is repeated here:  “Christopher Reyes, from the UCLA Rotaract (and Lynwood Rotary Club speaker on Nov 13)   “ … asked me today at the Youth Conference if I would like to speak at one of your meetings, and I would love to.  …  I can speak about my experience with Rotary and how I’ve become involved with Rotary and Interact throughout my high school years, as I’ve done almost everything there is for an Interactor to do.  If there are any other topics you’d like for me to talk about, please let me know and I can do it!”
Here are more quotes from Abigael Carde: “ Here is my bio information:  I am Abigael Carde.  I am 17 years old and am a senior at Da Vinci Science in Hawthorne, Ca.  I have been a part of Interact since my freshman year.  Last year I was my club's treasurer and I am currently a Co-President, as well as one of the District's Assistant Interact Representatives.  I attended RYLA my freshman year, and became a counselor in my junior year of high school.  Two of my favorite things are volunteering and reading.  Serving my community gives me a great sense of accomplishment knowing that I have helped my community in a positive way and impacted people's lives by completing tasks.  My biggest accomplishment was hosting a haircut-a-thon in March.  I got 9 other girls and myself to cut and donate hair, and we donated 11.5 feet of hair to women who have lost hair due to diseases.  …   I plan to to speak about my experience with Interact and Rotary.  Rotarians know that it's important to be involved with their interact clubs, but I believe that it's more important than many Rotarians think because us Interactors have so many ideas that we want to pursue with our club, but we don't have the resources or knowledge to do so.  I have achieved a lot through Rotary, and I say through Rotary and not Interact because I always seek advice and assistance whenever I want to start a project or event for my Interactors, and without Rotarians, I would have never been able to achieve the things I've done through Interact.”
As a part of Daniel’s introduction, he thanked Abigael’s mother and father for attending the meeting, Leandro and Maricel Carde.  Leonardo talked about his extensive experience with Rotary clubs, to include the Hawthorne Rotary Club.  Daniel noted that Abigael’s father is responsible for getting his daughter involved in Rotary youth activities at an early age. 
Among the many accomplishments, related by Abigael, is her “haircut-a-thon” described above.  Abigael talked about Rotary youth exchange programs she participated in, that included a summer visit to Italy.  She described her visit to Rome and to other Italian cities.  As a result of her experience in international youth exchange programs, and the Rotary emphasis on helping people, Abigueal organized a project to send 900 books to the Philippians, and another project that sent 350 pairs of shoes to another country.
During the time for questions, Daniel asked for more information about the Rotary youth exchange programs, and the potential for the Lynwood Rotary to apply to Rotary International to organize a competition for a Lynwood youth to be selected for a visit to another country, similar to what Abigael' experienced.
Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez  provided an update on his effort to repair the trailer that will be needed for the Rotary float in the Candy Cane Parade on Dec 2. Lucy's brother-in-law and Ivan will help with the float decoration and Ramon will call members to help with the decoration.  President Ramon talked about providing needed office supplies for residents of the Teen Challenge facility in Lynwood.  Ramon mentioned again the planned Turkey give away next Tue, Nov 21, at the Lynwood Senior Center.  Rotary members should arrive at 830 am, for the event which starts at 9:00 am.  Lynwood Rotary will provide the club banner for the canopy to be provided by the city..  With the support of a Lynwood business, Rotary will give out 120 turkeys through the Lynwood Senior Center.  Daniel mentioned that he would attend the Mayor's State of the City Address on Thur evening, Nov 17.  At the evening event, Rotary members who attended included Iris Pygatt and her husband, Dr. Pygatt, who received a special recognition for his military service in World War II.  Also attending were Barbara Baxter, Larry Esparza and a guest, and Lulu and several members of her family. Also in attendance was Rotary member Raj's daugher, Tamana.  President Ramon mentioned again the Rotary District 5280 District Conference scheduled for Dec 4 thru 6 in Lake Arrowhead,  He encouraged members to sign up (RSVP needed soon) describing how informative and interesting are these District conferences.  Also Lulu is coordinating Christmas baskets for needy families, to include coordination with the Food 4 Less Market. 

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra  –      Public Relations and Community Outreach  for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.17.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 11, 2016
At the November 10th meeting, members and guests heard a presentation by Lorry Hemp, City of Lynwood, Public Works Special Projects Manager, talk about the City of Lynwood City Hall Annex construction underway.  
Using a power point presentation, Lorry Hemp explained the project objectives. She described the Old Annex Building and the departments that housed there before it was torn down.  The decision to build a new building had to be scaled down to fit the available budget.  She introduced two engineers with companies under contract for the construction:  Gregg Murray and Robert Lathrop.  Her presentation addressed the following:  budget, project scope and design.  The total construction cost is $ 5.5 million, with the total budget being $7 million.  The total size is over 10,000 sq. feet.  In addition to new council chambers, there will offices for each of the council members, as well as the offices and storage area for IT Staff.  The council chambers will provide increased capacity from the present 70 to 120 persons, and there will be overflow capacity in the lobby for additional attendees.  The project was approved by the Council in June 2014, with ground breaking just occurring in October 2016, and with completion scheduled for November 2017.  Concrete is just now being done for the foundations.  The old council chamber will remain for various city related functions.  The two contract engineers present provided interesting comments about the importance of forward thinking and of being proactive in the necessary coordination of all the elements for the construction. 
One of the questions from a guest was to what extent is the new building “green” construction.  Part of the answer is that with respect to solar energy there will be solar panels for the new Community Center Building in Ham Park.
Before the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez talked about his efforts to repair the trailer that has been used for the Rotary float in the annual Candy Cane Parade.  He described the work underway to ensure that the trailer is operational for the float.  He mentioned that Lucy Avalos’ brother-in-law will help decorate the float. 
Among the guests present at the meeting was Cheryl Bradford, Manager of the Teen Challenge International Lynwood facility, who was the Rotary speaker two weeks ago.  She talked about a need for student and office supplies for Lynwood Teen Challenge residents.  President Ramon advised that he would sell the needed supplies at wholesale prices from his Ace Hardware Store in Lynwood.  Roman stated that he was very impressed with the presentations of the three women living at the Lynwood facility when they spoke at the Rotary meeting two weeks ago.
President Ramon mentioned again the Rotary District 5280 District Conference scheduled for Dec 4 thru 6 in Lake Arrowhead,  He encouraged members to sign up (RSVP needed soon) describing how informative and interesting are these District conferences.  There was also mention again of the scheduled turkey give away event scheduled for Tue, Nov 22.  Lynwood Rotary will provide its banner for the canopy to be provided by the City.  With the support of a Lynwood business, Rotary will give out 120 turkeys through the Lynwood Senior Center.
At 11am on Nov 10, before the Rotary meeting the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration was held by the City of Lynwood, this time, in front of Bateman Hall.  Veterans Larry Esparza, Dr. Pygatt, and Daniel were a part of the well-attended event.  Daniel mentioned that last Thursday evening, Nov 3, Rotary member Ruben Cervantes with Juliano of the Human Passage (also a recent Rotary speaker) presented the Nov 8 election propositions at the American Legion Hall in South Gate.  Rotary members Daniel and Ivan Ezquiekel attended this important and informative forum.
Daniel again mentioned that he received an invitation in the mail for the Mayor’s State of the City Address, scheduled for Thur, Nov 17, in the Bateman Hall Auditorium from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Daniel is attending, and noted that other interested Rotary members needed to RSVP by Nov 7, at Tel# (310) 603-0220, ext 319.Among the guests, Daniel specifically recognized Tony Huya, LUSD  Director of Secondary Education, and Esperanza Galvan Trejo, a past president of the South Gate Rotary Club; and Daniel also recognized, Victor Gomez, a manager with Bulletin Display Sign Board company; Daniel noted that Victor is a former Lynwood Rotary member.  Victor stated that he may become a member again. 
 
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.10.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 04, 2016

At the November 3rd  meeting, members and guests discussed a variety of Rotary planned events and community activities. 

Rotary member Paul Gothold, LUSD Superintendent, in response to questions, discussed California propositions affecting the Lynwood school district. He discussed funds budgeted for school capital improvement projects in relation to California propositions.  He discussed Measure K, previously passed, and the pending Measure M.  He mentioned the Citizens  Oversight Committee, and encouraged Rotary members and guests present, to consider applying for this important oversight function for the school district.

Rosie Carrillo, Manager, Lynwood Senior Center, discussed the scheduled turkey give away event scheduled for Tue, Nov 22.  Lynwood Rotary will provide its banner for the canopy to be provided by the City.  She also mentioned the Veteran’s Day Celebration that will be held in front of Bateman Hall at 11am, on Thursday November 10. To attend includes Daniel, Larry, and hopefully Dr. Pygatt, husband of Rotary member Iris Pygatt.

President Ramon mentioned that the trailer that has been used for the float organized in previous years by Lucy Avalos requires some repairs, and he is checking on this in the coming week.  Martina Rodriguez mentioned that the Youth act participants in the Christmas parade will meet at her home before the parade starts, as has been the custom. 

Among the guests, was Blanca Ramirez, who said that this was her first meeting, but that she is interested in helping out with Lynwood Rotary projects.  Also three first time guests brought by Lulu were Julio Sanchez, and his parents, Veronica and Nicolas.

President Ramon mentioned that Rotary District 5280 has a District Conference scheduled for December 4 thru December 6, in Lake Arrowhead.  He said that anyone interested in attending needs to RSVP soon.

At the suggestion of Daniel, the meeting planned to commemorate Rotary members who have passed:  Gerardo, Jim Morton, Oliver Conner, and Lucy Avalos, is now scheduled for the December 8 Rotary meeting, instead of the Dec 1 Rotary meeting.  A brief Rotary Board meeting included a description of Rotary Club requirements for another first time guest, Kateri Gutierrez, who expressed an interest in becoming a Rotary member. Before the Board meeting, she discussed her work in the development of a coffee shop type business that will be entirely owned by the employees.  Currently it is a mobile operation within Lynwood, but the plan is to develop a brick and mortar business within Lynwood.  The name of her new business is Collective Avenue Coffee.

Rotary member Ruben Cervantes described an event he has organized (with Juliano, who recently was a speaker at a Lynwood Rotary meeting) for Thursday, November 3, 6-8 pm. at the American Legion Hall in South Gate, which will be a presentation of the California and Local propositions for the November 8 Elections.  The location is:  9535 California Ave. South Gate.  Although short notice, Daniel and Ivan advised Ruben that they will attend this important and informative event!

Daniel mentioned that he received an invitation in the mail for the Mayor’s State of the City Address, scheduled for Thursday, Nov 17, in the Bateman Hall Auditorium from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Daniel is attending, and other interested Rotary members need to RSVP by Nov 7, at Tel# (310) 603-0220, ext. 319.

Daniel commented that it was good to see so many guests at this meeting, and that hopefully this is an indication of potential membership growth for our club!

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra – 

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 11.03.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 28, 2016

At the October 27th meeting, members and guests heard Ms. Cheryl Bradford, Assistant Operations Manager, and Teen Challenge Internal. 

Ms. Bradford described the mission and operations of the organization.  She described the home provided for young women that is located in Lynwood on Euclid Ave., at the southern edge of the City of Lynwood.  She described the activities and counseling provided the women who are staying in the Lynwood home (with a maximum stay permitted of one year.)

One of the questions asked from the audience was what follow- up is available and done for women at this home after they leave.  Another question is the activities and counseling provided at other locations similar to the Lynwood home, and the response was yes it is similar. Another question addressed by Cheryl, is opportunities for education and vocational training for persons living temporarily in these homes.

The presentation with photos showed women and some men interacting with other persons in several homes provided in the network of Teen Challenge homes.  Also leaders from Teen Challenge talking about the message:  “We are a Christian organization … No one is beyond Christ’s redemption … we are faith based, for participants what is accomplished is more than just getting off drugs and alcohol; it is developing a relationship with peers, and also a relationship with God … the miracle of Teen Challenge, is to understand that things can change, … allow God to enter our lives … when you receive Jesus, you receive a power to overcome the past …

Three members from the Lynwood home, Maria, Heather and Christy, ages 43, and the other two in their 20’s, talked about their past addictions and their new lives they are now living.

The presentation included a detailed display that included a variety of photos of program members, as well as brochures and descriptions of Teen Challenge activities.  Ms. Bradford encouraged meeting attendees to come visit the Lynwood home on Euclid Ave. in Lynwood between Long Beach Blvd and Santa Fe Ave.   Every Tuesday, interviews are held at the Lynwood home.  There is no charge for living at the home, but the applicants have to demonstrate a willingness to take the first steps to recovery. 

Ms. Bradford cited statistics of the number people in the world and in the U.S., who are suffering from various forms of addiction.  Rotary member Martina asked Cheryl about her opinion about Proposition 64 – the marijuana proposition. Cheryl replied that she had to study the proposition before offering an opinion.  A warm applause was given to Cheryl and her three representatives from the Lynwood Teen Challenge home. 

After the speaker's presentation, Club President Ramon Rodriguez, led the attendees in discussion of several projects. The club will provide turkeys at the turkey give away event at the Senior Center, with the costs funded by a local company. This event is Tue, Nov 22, 9am, at the Lynwood Senior Center.  Larry Esparza will bring a Rotary banner for the table and canopy to be provided.

 Next meeting there will be more discussion of the decision that the first meeting in Dec (Dec 1) will be a commemoration for recently departed Rotary members, with a short brochure to be available for distribution. Members to be remembered are:  Gerardo, Jim Morton, Oliver Conner, and Lucy Avalos.

 Also there will be more discussion about family preferences for commemorating Lucy as a part of the Rotary (and Youth act) participation in the annual Christmas parade on Fri, Dec 2.  President Ramon will coordinate with Lucy’s daughter, Veronica, about the parade and a float in the parade to honor Lucy.

There were comments from President Rodriquez and from others who attended the Rotary District event Saturday, October 22,2016 at  US IOWA  Battleship moored in the harbor in San Pedro. As Daniel commented, it was a most memorable evening!!!   Ramon talked about the inspiring experience of touring the battleship along with the Rotary dinner event, noting that he estimated there were 500 Rotarians and guests in attendance.  Ramon stated that the experience enhanced his beliefs as to what a great country we live in. He also noted the talk by several District leaders of the worldwide Rotary campaign to end Polio, as well as a current polio funding campaign that involves each club within District 5280.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.27.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 19, 2016
At the October 20th meeting, members and guests met the speaker, Edwin Saucedo, USC Student Body President / Undergraduate Student Government,  and heard and saw his power point presentation.
The description of Edwin Saucedo in the weekly update is included here, since Edwin mentioned briefly all of the activities, in addition to other projects included in his power point presentation.  Edwin Saucedo is a senior at the University of Southern California double majoring in Political Science and Sustainable Planning and a candidate for Masters in Public Administration.  He is a first generation college student who has been honored as a Gate Millennium, Norman Topping, and Presidential Scholar.
Outside of USC, Edwin has interned for LA City Council Member Bernard Parks, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, and California Assembly member Ed Chau.  Edwin has also worked abroad as an Intern in the Asia-Idaho Trade Office in Taipei. This summer, Edwin interned in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  In this role he worked to ensure that housing discrimination is abolished across the country and underserved communities are given access to economic opportunities.  Edwin was also elected as a District Level Delegate for Hilary Clinton to represent the 44th Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention.
Most recently Edwin led the United States at the G20 Youth Summit held in China.  Here, Edwin delivered a speech on Social Injustices happening across the world and ways the G20 nations can work together to ensure Social Justice and Equal Opportunities for all.  He also advocated for the inclusion and recognition of the rights of the LGBTQI and refugee communities in negotiations. Not included in his bio is a recent stay in Brazil, to observe and learn about the cultural differences he notes.  Of particular note in his presentation, Edwin served as an Intern in Washington DC in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and he described working as an Intern in Taipei in the Asia-Idaho Trade Office.  And most impressive, Edwin led the US Team of five students to the G20 Youth Summit held in China. 
Edwin was elected as a delegate for the 44th Congressional District to attend the Democratic National Convention.  He explained that he did not attend the DNC, due to his commitment to be the leader of the US delegation at the G20 Conference in China (the two events occurred at the same time).  As a candidate from the 63rd Assembly District (Anthony Rendon's district, which includes Lynwood), at a coming dinner event, Edwin will receive the award of “LA County Democrat of the Year”.  Edwin was born in Lynwood, then his family moved to Houston before returning to LA.  Edwin is a graduate of South Gate HS, and to attend USC, he received several financial aid grants.  He has worked with SE Cities to help organize support for Hillary Clinton.  One example of working with local cities is Edwin's successful efforts to get two candidates elected to the City Council of the City of Bell (Fidencio Gallardo and Ali Salah).
There were a number of questions from members and guests.  Martina Rodriguez asked Edwin about her concerns about State Proposition 64 (Making Recreational Marijuana Legal) and its impacts on communities like Lynwood.  Edwin commented that Martin's concerns were a good question.  President Ramon, Secretary Lulu, Member Barbara Battle and Daniel all congratulated Edwin on his amazing accomplishments to date in his leadership actions within different levels of our communities and within governmental agencies.  Lulu's statement reflected everyone's thoughts:  “Congratulations to you for everything you have done.”
 After the speaker's presentation, Club President Ramon Rodriguez, led the attendees in discussion of several projects, in part through a Board meeting.   Maria Viera and Maria Garcia were thanked for their attendance, and President Ramon again recognized Ms. Garcia for her work every day at the fireworks stand in July.  The club will provide turkeys at the turkey give away event at the Senior Center, with the costs funded by a local company.  Also there was a decision that the first meeting in Dec (Dec 1) will be a commemoration for recently departed Rotary members, with a short brochure to be available for distribution.  Also Member Ivan participated in a discussion about family preferences for commemorating Lucy as a part of the Rotary (and Youth act) participation in the annual Christmas parade on Fri, Dec 2.  Also there was final coordination for the Oct 22 US IOWA Rotary District Event.    
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –     
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.20.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Oct 12, 2016
At the October 13h meeting, members and guests met the speaker, Christopher Reyes, Rotary District 5280 RYLA Counselor, and heard and saw his power point presentation.
As included in the weekly meeting updates, Chris Reyes stated in his email bio info:  “My name is Christopher Reyes.  I'm a 3rd year UCLA Psychology student.  I will be presenting briefly about what career I have chosen and why, my position/ role as a RYLA Counselor, my past as an Interactor and current duties as a Rotaractor.” 
[Daniel notes the Rotary terms are:  RYLA -- Rotary Youth Leadership Association; Interactor – Rotary Youth groups for High School students; Rotaractor – Rotary Youth groups for college students. ]
 Chris explained his background.  He is a graduate of St. Bernard HS (LA Archdioceses School) in Playa Del Rey.  He has been a member of the Westchester Rotary Club for five years and also for five years he has been the RYLA Counselor for District 5280. 
Chris explained that his personal life experiences, led him to pursue psychology study and also to accept the responsibility to be the RYLA Counselor.  He noted that he has had a personal problem of self-image and depression and that both his study of psychology and of youth leadership responsibilities in RYLA have helped himself, as well as enable him to help others.  Understanding himself better, he notes, has enabled him to help others.  He mentors students but he states that they have mentored him at the same time. He notes that the medical field is a great way to carry out the Rotary principle of Service above Self.
One of his responsibilities is to encourage Rotary clubs to send students to RYLA.  Also he has a responsibility to help communications and joint activities between Interactor and Rotaractor and Rotary groups and also with helping to coordinate with Rotary Young Professionals
The purpose of RYLA is to facilitate fun activities that are associated with leadership messages and skills. 
In the coming weekend, he noted, there will be a District 5280 youth conference at a middle school in Hawthorne.  He stated he expected there will be several hundred Interactors at this annual conference.
Also noted in his presentation is a nonprofit website that helps participants to push yourself.  And an interesting motto of this organization for personal motivation is the reason to do something:  “Because I said I would.”
Before the speaker's presentation, Club President Ramon Rodriguez, called for a moment of silence in honor and memory of Lucy Avalos.
Following a discussion, President Ramon acted to order flowers for the memorial events for Lucy.
Also discussed was a request from the City of Lynwood for the Club to fund Thanksgiving turkeys. There was mention of what the club has donated for Thanksgiving events in recent years.
After the speaker's presentation, Club member Ruben Cervantes talked about the results of the Oct 1 Fitness Fair that he organized.  He noted that the event was well-attended, but next year, the events should be located closer to each other, to contribute to a better sense of everyone being together.  It was noted that next year, Rotary could participate with a table, and information about Rotary, as a way of supporting the event and publicizing Lynwood Rotary activities.
 
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –
 Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 10.13.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 28, 2016
At the September 29th meeting, members and guests heard Juliano Jarquin, The Humane Element Passage, who described his business of motivating participants to accomplish their goals for themselves and for their organizations, through the title:  The Humane Element Passage.  In his introduction, Daniel repeated phrases from his detailed biography:  Tribal Leadership, the journey to Life Mastery; his developed educational curriculums on Tribal leadership, the arts, psychology, emergency response and personal / business development; Juliano resides in South Gate, has made a presentation to the South Gate Rotary Club and is Chair of the Health & Education Commission for the City of Huntington Park.  He noted his varied experiences starting with having to learn English in Elementary School, attending military school, attending college in Miami, spending time in Barcelona, attending UCLA, being involved with Coach John Wooden, and living for eight months with the Mayans.  His business card includes:  Personal & Business Development, with credentials of MHA, SPHR, CPC -- Organizational Behaviorist, Instructional Designs and Grant Writer.
 
His power point presentation is intended for training session lasting several hours, so there was much content to communicate for presentation lasting 20 minutes.  Here are only a few phrases from the presentation.  Among Juliano’s points are feel your “Ganas”.  “Ganas” in Spanish means wants and desires.  We need to recharge ourselves everyday just like our cell phones.  Every day make time to relax, spend time in silence and think about “enjoying the ride.”  One needs to feel, which is emotional; to think, which is cognitive, and to act, which is behaviorist.  Other points:  the three pillars -- The Community Pillar, in addition to partnership development, what motivates current and prospective communities is important.  The Solutions Pillar solves the needs of the community and creates value for the organization.  The Strategy Pillar involves evaluation of the best paths to long –term value. 
 
Before Juliano did his presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez attendees heard Assembly member Mike Gipson, 64th District and Chair Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He thanked the group for allowing him to speak.  He noted that he personally introduced 40 bills, and he described several of the bills that the governor signed.  Specifically SB813 (the final bill was from a fellow state senator with the same purpose) that removes the statute of limitations for charges of rape. Also AB 1067 that provides that formerly incarcerated youth receive priority for applications for employment with state agencies.  He mentioned that a bill for gun control he initiated was not signed by the governor, although other gun control measures were approved.  He stated that gun control legislation is important to making communities safer, but that these measures are not an infringement of the Second Amendment rights of citizens to own their own weapons.  He stated what needs to be controlled more effectively is the ownership of military type weapons.  Citizens can and should continue to buy and possess their own weapons for hunting recreation.
 
Also before Juliano’s presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez mentioned again the Rotary District 5280 dinner on Sat, Oct 22, 3pm - 9pm. He also mentioned another Rotary District 5280 Breakfast meeting on Tue, Oct 11, from 7:00 am – 9:00 am at the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The program will be about the Olympic Games to include women’s Olympic Team 5 times’ winner, Janet Evans (More information on the Cover Page.)
 Rotary member Ruben Cervantes talked about his planned Fitness Fair across the street from City Hall on this coming Saturday, October 1, 10am -3pm.   
(More information is available on the Cover Page.)
 
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.29.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 21, 2016
At the September 22th meeting, members and guests heard Basil A. Hewitt, Senior Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, talk about the responsibilities and operations on the LACSD Agency. 
 
Using a power point presentation, Mr. Hewitt showed photos of the region at the time the sanitation districts were first organized for disposing of waste water in 1923 and also historical photos of the handling of solid wastes around 1950, to include the use of home incinerators and views of the oppressive and dangerous smog in LA areas at that time. Interesting and easy to understand brochures were distributed that explains the functions of the agency.  The Sanitation Districts consist of 24 independent special districts that encompass 78 cities and unincorporated territory within LA County. The 24 Districts work cooperatively under a Joint Administration Agreement with one administrative staff headquartered near the City of Whittier.  (Being a much larger entity than other cities, Los Angeles City performs these functions separately on its own.)In summary, the functions performed are disposal of sewer water, with additional responsibilities of the disposal of solid waste (starting in the 1950's) and more recently water recycling, and two refuse to energy facilities. As described in one of the brochures, facilities include 1,410 miles of sewers, 48 active pumping plants, and 11 wastewater treatment plants.  For solid waste management there are two active and four closed sanitary landfills, two landfill energy recovery/transfer facilities, one recycle center with respect to recycled water, one of the brochures explains that this water produced by the Sanitation Districts is sold through local public and private water suppliers.  And that a network of purple pipes and pumps delivers the recycled water throughout Los Angeles County. Also distributed was a map for District No. 1, in which the City of Lynwood is located, and also a chart of the service charge sewage units for Sanitation District No. 1. Rotary member Raj and several other members had questions about the charges they pay for homes and/or businesses within the City of Lynwood.  Mr. Hewitt suggested that those with questions on charges they pay could send him a copy of the bill and he would discuss the rates. Mr. Hewitt noted that the rates for the sanitation districts are low in comparison to rates elsewhere.  
 
After the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez mentioned again that the Lynwood Rotary Club has 10 people signed up to attend the Rotary District 5280 dinner on Saturday, October 22, 3pm - 9pm.  Relating to this event, member Raj urged everyone to turn in the raffle tickets for the Rotary Foundation fundraising.  Rotary member Ruben Cervantes talked about his planned Fitness Fair across the street from City Hall on Sat, Oct 1, 10am -3pm.   Rotary volunteer Rowland Becerra attended the meeting and thanked Rotary members for their support of the End of Summer Festival held this past Saturday, September 17, 11am – 4pm, across the street from Lynwood City Hall. Rowland described all the activities at the event, to include involving youth attendees to participate in painting a portable mural.  Rowland mentioned how one youth expressed his thanks for being encouraged to paint on the mural, noting that youth can learn that they can do art that benefits the community instead of destructive tagging.  Rowland mentioned other activities at the festival, including the youth skate boarding competition and also the four bands that played on a temporary stage. Daniel thanked Fernando for the attendance of several Youth act members and their parents and for bringing a canopy for the Rotary table. 
 
President Rodriguez mentioned another Rotary District 5280 Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 11, from 7:00 am – 9:00 am at the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The program will be about the Olympic Games to include women’s Olympic Team 5 times’ winner, Janet Evans. Rotary guest Cheryl Bradford, Assistant Operations Manager for Teen Challenge International described the Teen Challenge mission of alcohol and drug recovery and their Lynwood campus for housing women, with other locations for women and for men.  In recognition of National Alcohol & Drug Addition Recovery Month, there will be a Walk for Recovery, Sat, Sep 24, at Valley Christian High School, Cerritos   
 
Daniel Miller / Omar Franco / Rowland Becerra –   
Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.22.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 14, 2016
At the September 15h meeting, members and guests heard Ervin Bromell Jr.,  representing East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC). 
 
For 5 years the ESRBC has been operated out of a bike shop on Central Ave., one block north of Imperial Hwy. (in Watts), and open usually 9 to 5.  In the introduction, Daniel described that he met this club at an annual bike event held at Union Station several months ago.  It was explained that East Side does not refer to ELA, but rather to east side of Alameda St. in South LA.  The scheduled speaker, John Jones, is the owner of the bike shop.  His full time job is a staff member to LA City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, 15th District, which district encompasses, the areas of San Pedro, Wilmington, and extends to a portion of South LA.  John Jones had to travel to Washington DC to represent the council member.
 
The speaker Erwin started his presentation with a video of the ESRB doing bike trips in the community involving youth, along with other community youth activities.  The bike shop or bike center has had a youth training program that teaches complete repair and assembly of bikes.  The students are given a bike at the completion of the training.  The importance of bike safety and the rules for operating bikes are taught.  For example, bikes must be ridden only in streets, not on sidewalks.  It is illegal to ride a bike on a sidewalk; also bikes can be ridden only with the flow of traffic.  Not adhering to these rules subjects the violators to traffic violations, the same as a driving violation.  Students at the bike center are taught how to ride bikes safely.  Other events are held to provide free food to the community.  Also monthly memorial bike rides have been held in memory of crime related fatalities in the community.  All of these events are free, and funding continues to be much needed if the bike center is to stay open.  For anyone desiring to visit an event of this club, and/or to support the club in any way, speaker Erwin Bromell, Jr.  Can be contacted as follows:  (310) 736 – 7575;   ebromell32@gmail.com.  EB, or Erwin Bromell resides with his family in Compton.
 
After the presentation, President Ramon Rodriguez had interesting background information on the amazing history of the USS IOWA Battle Ship.  The Lynwood Rotary Club has 10 people signed up to attend the Rotary District 5280 dinner on Sat, Oct 22, 3pm - 9pm.  Relating to this event, member Raj urged everyone to pay for their issue of raffle tickets for the Rotary Foundation fund rising.  Rotary member Ruben Cervantes talked about his planned Fitness Fair across the street from City Hall on Saturday, October 1, 10am -3pm.   Daniel mentioned the End of Summer Festival this coming weekend, Saturday, September 17, 11am – 4pm, across the street from Lynwood City Hall.  Daniel will attend the entire event, and President Rodriguez two hours, and Fernando will arrange for several Youth act members and parents to attend, 2pm – 4pm.  The City Recreation Department will provide a table for the Lynwood Rotary information, and Fernando will bring a canopy.
President Rodriguez mentioned another Rotary District 5280 Breakfast meeting on Saturday, October 15, from 7:30 am – 9:00 am at the Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. near LAX.  The speaker will be women’s Olympic Team 5 times’ winner, Janet Evans.  More information will be available at the next meeting.
 
A final note:  the Tuesday event, September 13, 6pm to 9pm, Shakeys Pizza Restaurant on Paramount Blvd. in Downey, was a great success, with a total of about 60- 70 turnout of Youth act, their parents, and Lynwood Rotary members and spouses.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.15.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 07, 2016
At the September  8th  meeting, members and guests heard a great presentation  by  Sergio Infanzon, Planning Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember, Gilbert Cedillo.
 
Sergio started by talking about his initial experiences in the US.  He was born in Mexico and came to the US when he was 19 years old.  With an engineering degree, Sergio worked for about a year for South Gate Public Works Department; he also worked in public works for the La Puente School District.  He was elected to the City Council for the City of Bell Gardens, and served the city for five years, including two years as Mayor- Pro Temp.  He mentioned several items that helped improve Bell Gardens while he was on the City Council.  Sergio subsequently joined the staff of LA City Council Member, Gilbert Cedillo, whose district extends from Highland Park to the Pico-Union area immediately west of DTLA.  He briefly referenced some of the problems at the time of the cities of Bell, Cudahy and South Gate.  While on the Bell Gardens City Council, Sergio served as First VP of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG).
 
Sergio described several major issues that the City of LA is addressing, noting that these issues also exist in the cities of Southeast LA County, to include Lynwood.  One issue is adequate and affordable housing for the general population, noting the increasingly high cost of housing, especially in lower income areas now experiencing so-called gentrification changes.  Also the issue of the homeless, where within LA, the homeless population is now 40,000. Small micro units are one approach, as has been done for the homeless in Seattle.  Another challenge for LA City is upgrading the infrastructure.  With respect to transportation, Sergio mentioned the Measure M on the ballot for LA County, and its importance.  Also, because Rotary member Daniel asked Sergio to talk about the plans for changes to the LA River, Sergio provided copies of a brochure describing projects and plans to convert the LA River into a recreational and scenic resource for LA City.  This is occurring for the northern half of the 51 mile river from the western end of the SF Valley to the area just south of DTLA.   Plans for the remaining portion of the LA River are being carried out by the Public Works Department of LA County.
 
At the conclusion of his presentation, Rotary Club President remarked that the accomplishments and leadership of Sergio is an example of the benefits to the US from immigrants from Mexico Sergio mentioned that the LA City Hall building is a historical building and that tours can be arranged, noting that the top floor, the 25th floor, has great views of the surrounding DLA
After the speaker's skilled and informative presentation, there were several questions, including asking about his USC education. He replied that his four year degree was for mechanical engineering.  When Sergio mentioned state wide issues,  Martina Rodriguez asked Sergio to explain the marijuana issue on the statewide ballot, which he then briefly explained what will be permitted if the measure is approved by the voters, with reference to Colorado's recent allowing of the sale of marijuana.
 
Following the speaker, Club President Ramon Rodriguez, convened a board meeting with all club members present participating.  The two issues addressed were the club funding for the Shakeys Pizza Event as a thank you for the Rotary Youth act support, to include parents,  of the help with the July fireworks sales on Tues, Sep 13 at 6pm at the Downey restaurant on Paramount Blvd.  Also there was approval of the final format of the club brochure to be printed by TAJ, and of the number of copies for the initial printing.  Also discussed were ways to distribute the brochure as a way of attracting new membership.
 
Lynwood Rotary will have a table at the End of Summer Festival, Sat, Sep 17, 11am -4pm (across the street from City Hall)  Daniel will staff the table, and President Rodriguez will help staff the table for two hours.  Daniel encouraged other members to also help staff the table. New member Ruben Cervantes discussed his planned Fitness Fair, for Sat Oct 1, 10 am to 3 pm.  Ruben described several ways that Lynwood Rotary could help support this event.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.08.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 31, 2016
At the September 1st meeting, members and guests discussed among themselves coming events within Rotary and within the community. 
 
All of the events on the weekly update Rotary cover page were discussed. 
 
In addition Rotary Member Ruben Cervantes made a special presentation on the Fitness Fair  he has planned for Saturday, October 1, across the street at Lynwood Park and within the Gymnasium Ruben Cervantes operates the Lynwood School of Strength, and is a contractor to the Lynwood Unified School District The event will be from 10am to 3pmThere will be a variety of activities, to include health / medical screenings;  a yoga institute;  a boot camp/  obstacle course for a physical workout;  Zumba exercise  with instructors; a soccer tournament;  and in the gym, a Lucha Libre performance (tickets will be $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids)
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09.01.16 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 24, 2016
At the August 25th meeting, members and guests heard Ramon Cardenas, President of the Greater Lynwood Chamber of Commerce. 
 
As stated by Daniel Miller in his introduction, Mr. Cardenas is owner of a commercial real estate company in Lynwood, and has been on the Chamber Board for about five years, and has been President of the Chamber for three months.
Mr. Cardenas noted that Lynwood does not have so-called big box retail stores or other large businesses.  The chamber needs to reach out to the many small businesses, for many of which Spanish is the first language.   Also the Chamber should consider not only working with the businesses but also with consumers.  A Taste of Lynwood involving restaurants is being planned.  A website for the chamber is being developed and should be open in a month.
Grand Openings are good to promote new businesses.  Ramon Cardenas stated the Chamber wants to hire a full time staff member and also to start a newspaper.  Also the Chamber should organize ways to give back to local schools.  How can we help students, especially those not going to college?   
 
Activities of the Chamber as described by President Cardenas include mixers to attract small business within Lynwood, also mixers that involve businesses who are members of Chambers of Commerce in adjacent cities. One mixer noted involved Bell Gardens and Commerce and attracted over 100 businesses.
Rotary President Rodriguez stated he is glad to hear that the Chamber receives no funding from the City, but that partnering with the City on specific programs would be good.
 
During the presentation, there was a very constructive discussion of the procedures and rules that the current chamber is adhering to. Rotary member Raj and Rotary President Ramon Rodriguez expressed their support for the Chamber in the light of the explanation from President Cardenas as to how the chamber is operating, to include adherence to the requirement that there be a rotation of responsibilities within the Chamber. Raj pointed out that he was the principal author of the chamber's By-Laws, and inquired whether they are being adhered to. Both Raj and President Ramon Rodriguez emphasized the need for transparency in all the work of the chamber.  It was stated that there should be a rotation of Chamber board members of one third each year.  President Ramon Rodriguez stated: “I like what I see happening.”
 
Before the presentation, Rotary Club President Ramon, discussed all the coming events, to include the Rotary District Picnic and boat race, this Sat, Aug 27, 5pm to 9pm In Redondo Beach Lagoon.  See the cover page attachment for the list of coming events.   After this weekend's major District Picnic event, the next event is Thursday, Sep 8, The Annual District  Literacy Breakfast, at Lawry's The Prime Rib Restaurant on La Cienaga Blvd, from 7am to 9am.  Ramon was pleased to announce that a total of five members will attend this annual event. Also there will be a Rotary table at the Lynwood Union End of Summer Festival in Lynwood Park, Sat, Sep 17, organized by Rotary Volunteer, Rowland Becerra.
At the end of the meeting, new Rotary member Ruben Cervantes announced a planned Fitness Fair that he is organizing for Saturday, October 1, 10 am to 3pm.  Events will include in Lynwood Park, an obstacle course for a physical workout, and a Lucha Libre Event in the adjacent gym.
  
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting update 08.25.16 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 17, 2016
At the August 18th meeting, members and guests heard Michael Kodama, Project Manager, under contract to the City of Lynwood, for the Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan,
 
The City of Lynwood received an $800,000 planning grant from LA Metro, to develop a land use plan for development adjacent to the Green Line Station, north along Long Beach Blvd. and then west along Imperial Hwy. to Alameda Street, to include the Plaza Mexico property.
 
The speaker, Michael Kodama, provided explanations, with the support of his power point presentation.  The presentation included photos of commercial and residential properties in mixed land use.  One of the objectives is to access transit centers, in this case, the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station, in a manner that encourages walking and biking access.  For example, a change in the on and off ramps to the 105 Freeway, are proposed as a means of improving pedestrian and bike access to this station.  The speaker also mentioned better access from the new Linear Park and from the LA River trail to this station.
The speaker mentioned the land use concept of mixed land use between commercial use at the street level and residences on floors above the street level.  The speaker described how new apartments should be designed to open into adjacent open spaces.  Within this area, there can be a multi-level parking structure with ground floor commercial.  Also that parking can be shared between adjacent commercial and residential uses. The speaker described that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires detailed analysis of impacts and of mitigation measures.
 
Daniel asked Rotary guest Paulette Bradley to comment, since Paulette is a regular rider of the LA Metro bus and rail system, to include regular travel to downtown LA (DTLA) and to West LA.  First of all, she noted that the changes to the ticket vending machines (TVMs) make it much easier to pay the fares for bus and rail.  She noted that both pedestrian and auto access to this station should be improved and that the lighting for the station at the street level should be improved so that it is not so dark both at night and also during the day.  Daniel commented that there should be a direct pedestrian access to Plaza Mexico, adjacent to the Motel, to encourage use of Plaza Mexico by Green Line riders.  With such improved access, it could generate use of Plaza Mexico from other areas of Metropolitan LA, especially considering the expanding LA Metro rail system.
 
Important coming dates for the Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan: Wed, Aug 30, City of Lynwood Planning Commission: Tuesday September 6 and Tuesday, September 20 City of Lynwood City Council
 
Before the presentation President Ramon Rodriguez, thanked all the members for providing excellent explanation of the work done by Lynwood Rotary Club, at last week’s annual visit by the District Governor.  Ramon exclaimed that Governor Greg O’ Brien was impressed with the club’s activities and programs.  Ramon noted that it is good that our members associate effectively with each other. The two new members that were inducted by the Governor:  Barbara Battle and Ruben Cervantes, is a start for membership growth.  By the end of the year Ramon stated that we should strive for a total of 20 members.  Barbara Battle may be involved in youth leadership.  Also the club has the potential to work with Ruben Cervantes in his physical training programs in the community.  For example, Ruben described Michelle Obama’s program to encourage youth to become more physically active:  “Get Moving”. 
 
President Ramon mentioned how the Lynwood Rotary Club used to be involved in Rotary International work.  He cited the support of the Door of Faith Orphanage in Tijuana, and suggested the club consider providing assistance again, to include regular visits to the orphanage.
Club Secretary Lulu received a thank you from the American Cancer Society for the $1,000 donation by individual club members as part of the club’s participation in the annual Relay for Life event at Lynwood Park.
President Ramon again mentioned coming events:  the annual District Picnic and boat races at Redondo Beach on Saturday August 27, 5pm – 9pm also the Pizza Party at Shakey’s Restaurant in Paramount, for Youth act and their parents on Tuesday, September 13, at 6pm.  Also the Rotary District dinner event at the USS Iowa Battle Ship in San Pedro Saturday October 22 3pm-9pm. The first announcement of a Rotary District Breakfast at Lawry’s 100 North La Cienega Blvd. LA, Annual Literacy Breakfast (no charge, but reservations required by September 5.)  Ticket books for the raffle at the Oct 22 Rotary Foundation event were distributed to members.  Club members are asked to sell all ten tickets at $10 each (=$100), both to publicize Rotary and to raise funds for the District Rotary Event.
 
President Ramon, will determine whether the club will plan a casino bus trip, as a fund raising event for the club, depending on whether there is sufficient interest, since it is necessary to have a full bus of participants for the weekend event. 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.18.16 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 11, 2016
The August 11th meeting was the annual visit by the District 5280 Governor, Greg O’ Brien, to the Lynwood Rotary Club.   
 
As planned, the District Governor met with Rotary members at 11am in the staff conference room in Bateman Hall.  This meeting was an exchange of information, whereby Rotary members talked of their activities and programs, to include Youth act and the adult leaders, Tila and Fernando Millan.  The club’s finances were discussed by Club Treasurer, Larry Esparza, noting that besides dues, the club’s income comes from the annual fireworks sales, at which it was explained, that in addition to the participation of all the members, Youth act members and their parents provide much help.  The Governor was impressed with the extensive list of youth activities described.
 
The District Governor, who has been active in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club, described various programs that have been successful in reaching out to groups in their community that had not been a part of Rotary.  For example, the Governor described events that were planned to celebrate specific community groups.  First to attract community members of Asian ethnicity, and then subsequently, an event to attract community members from with a Middle Eastern background.  Also he mentioned how his club changed the format of the traditional Christmas party into an event that was held at a local theater, were the balcony was reserved for the club with food and drinks served before the performance and during intermission.  The Governor described a speaker’s bureau his club developed over several years with several dozen speakers.  Daniel handed out the weekly update that is emailed by Rotary volunteer Rowland Becerra to three separate email groups:  members; non-members who have requested to receive the weekly updates, and a small group of city staff.  The weekly updates lists coming speakers for two months in advance; also a separate attachment of the minutes of the last meeting; and a cover page which highlights coming events.
 
The Governor suggested the Lynwood club make lists of small businesses and of other groups in the Lynwood community, and then consider how to communicate with each group in order to attract new membership.  President Ramon Rodriguez explained the Lynwood club is in the process of doing this, and described the flyer, based on the format of the South Gate Rotary Club format, that will be developed for the Lynwood Club.
 
At the regular meeting that started at 12 Noon,  
There were a large number of guests in attendance. Before the Governor started his presentation, Daniel introduced two students, both Lynwood residents:  Oscar Avila, now attending a science and math magnet school in Carson, and Alexander Vazquez, a student at Lynwood Middle School.  Oscar described his summer school experiences for the last two summers, thanking Rotary for its financial support.  Oscar became an Eagle Scout at the young age of 15.  His summer experiences include John Hopkins summer school for both summers.  Alexander Vazquez, as explained by Oscar, is having similar summer experiences.  The Governor gave out awards to four Rotary members.  The Governor inducted two new members:  Barbara Battle, who was sponsored by Club Secretary Lulu; and Ruben Cervantes, who was sponsored by Rotary member Ivan Esquivel.  Lulu highlighted some of the many accomplishments in the community by Barbara. Ivan talked about Ruben’s physical ed. Programs for LUSD staff, and the value of avoiding being overweight.
 
The Governor’s presentation was both informative and inspiring. He talked about his training he received to become a governor. He described several historical leaders, including Paul Harris and Herb Taylor and his Jewel Tea Company in Chicago during the Great Depression in the thirties. There was a sign on a wall at training for the governors "Imagine." The governor said he thought about that word a lot and we can do the same. The governor talked about the "4 way test" and how it came about for several decades. The governor talked about International leaders in Europe before, WWII. He mentioned the fact that in 1945 in San Francisco at the conference to develop United Nations Charter they were 49 members participation in the conference. The governor described more involvement of Rotary International leaders in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Over all the governor presented us with much to remember about Rotary, including the following, "Imagine" "Service, Ethics, Good Will, World Peace" and Peace thru service." 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.11.16 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 07, 2016
At the August 4th meeting, Lynwood Rotary President Ramon Rodriguez,
Started the meeting by explaining that now the first Thursday of each month, there is no speaker.  Instead, the meeting is focused on discussions and plans of coming Rotary events. 
 
Next week, Rotary District 5260 is having a District Breakfast meeting on Tue, Aug 9, from 7am to 8:45 am at the Weston Hotel near LAX.  These breakfast meetings enable Rotary members to meet members from other Rotary clubs and to also hear interesting speakers.  The speaker is Bob Kline, a former manager of the NFL Rams, and will discuss the return of the Rams to LA.  There will be a carpool leaving at 6:30 am from city hall.  Besides Ramon, Larry Esparza, Lulu and Dr. Manlapaz will attend.  Ramon encouraged more members to come, also guests can attend.  The $40.00 cost will be paid by the Lynwood Club.
 
President Ramon thanked members for staffing the Rotary table at the National Night Event on Aug 2: which included Ramon, Larry, Dr. Manlapaz, Joe Wang and Lulu and Daniel.  Lucy Avalos was thanked at the meeting for her personal contribution to the hot dogs and buns provided by Lynwood Rotary.  Youth act members helped with the food distribution.  Ramon noted that by 7pm all 500 hotdogs and buns had been consumed by attendees at the National Night Event!  Martina Rodriguez mentioned that Block Watch groups attended the National Night Out Event, and that Block Watch groups are very important in helping make neighborhoods safe.  Neighbors need to stay in touch with each other regularly for the safety of each family in the neighborhood, and Block Watch organization helps everyone to stay in touch and look out for possible crime on everyone's block.
 
Fernando Millan again talked about the District 5280 Annual Picnic and Boat Races at the Redondo Beach Lagoon, Saturday, Aug 27, 5pm – 9pm.  With a large turnout from Youth act, the Lynwood Rotary always has one of the largest groups at this annual event.  (See also the description on the weekly update cover page.)  Also, Fernando mentioned that Youth act will attend a movie night at South Gate Park, at 5 pm on Aug 12.  Fernando also mentioned that as a thank you for Youth act and their parents help with the fireworks stand, there will be a pizza party at Shakeys Pizza in Paramount, on Sep 13, at 6pm.
New members to be inducted by the District Governor next week, Barbara Battle and Ruben Cervantes, talked about their interest in becoming Lynwood Rotary members.  (Ramon, in answer to an inquiry from Daniel, noted that Marvin Aceves can be inducted into the club again, at a later time.)
 
At the end of the meeting, a Board meeting of members
Included discussions on several items intended to help increase membership and to explain the work of the club. For example, Ramon mentioned that the club needs to do outreach with city businesses to develop membership.  The Board approved the proposed new member’s kit that Club Secretary, Lulu proposed.  It was agreed to buy ten kits.  It is hoped that within a two year period, the ten kits will have been given out to new members. There was discussion about printing a brochure about the Lynwood Rotary Club using the format that the South Gate Rotary Club has for its brochure.  Raj agreed to accept responsibility for the printing of the brochure.  The number to be printed will be between 100 and 200 copies.  Because some of the information in the brochure will change each year, it was agreed that printing a larger number will likely result in having to redo the brochure even though not all of the copies may not have been distributed.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08.04.16 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 20, 2016
At the July 21th meeting, members and guests heard the speaker, Lynwood Rotary member , Hilario (Larry)  Esparza, talk about his recent important Veterans Award, and also about his military experiences.
 
Concerning the award, it was an event that Dr. Esparza, or Larry, will always remember.
The award was the Veteran of the Year.  Every district in the state gave out this award.  But it was particularly impressive for Larry, since his award was from Assembly Member Anthony Rendon who is the speaker of the California Assembly.  As Larry noted, his certificate was the only certificate that was glass enclosed in a frame!
The day started with a early flight from LAX to Sacramento. Then he was picked up and driven to a special breakfast, a personalized tour of the Capitol, a photo op event, a special lunch at the Sacramental Convention Center.  Then Speaker Anthony Rendon made a speech directed to all the veteran honorees.  However, Speaker Rendon read Larry's bio- statement in his certificate in front of everyone attending this celebration event.  Larry's certificate was the only one read to everyone!  Then he was taken back to the Capitol and then driven back to the airport.
In all, Larry will always remember everything about this event and noted that he felt much appreciated!
 
Before the speaker Ramon Rodriguez, addressed the group.   
 
He again talked about the annual Rotary District 5280 Annual Picnic at the Redondo Beach Lagoon.  This time the event has been scheduled sooner: it will be Sat, Aug. 27.  And it will be later, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Also Ramon thanked Rotary members who attended the Rotary District 5280 Breakfast Meeting on Tues, Aug 9 at the Weston Hotel near LAX, from 7:30 am to 8:45 am. As always at District Breakfast meetings it was a very interesting program.   Also Ramon thanked Lynwood Rotary members who attended the City of Lynwood National Night out event on Tuesday evening August 2, at Ham Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
 
Ramon talked about the visit of the Rotary District Governor, Greg O'Brien, at the Thursday noon, August 11 meeting.  It is intended that Barbara Battle will be formally inducted into the club by the governor. Also, Marvin Aceves, may also be formerly re-united with the club.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.21.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 13, 2016
At the July 14th meeting, members and guests heard the speaker, Miguel Angel Ochoa, provide a very effective motivational presentation. 
 
Only mentioning a portion of what he presented, Ochoa arrived with his family in 1991 when he was ten years old.  He was one of 15 siblings. A resident of Lynwood, due to some violent crime incidents at that time, his mother transferred him to Bell Gardens HS.  He is a graduate of Cal State LA majoring in psychology and philosophy.   Thanks to a friendship with Jose Solache, he worked for the Old Timers Club providing services to seniors for several years.  Then he said it is time for me to start my own business.  He is a director of clinics now for 3 years, providing services and products, a business that now includes 9 countries, “ it's been a wonderful ride”, he exclaims! His motivational presentation consists of a mental cycle of success.  You must define what success you want.  “God gave us gifts” Using the white board, Miguel wrote a series of words that ended with four key words:  “faith, enthusiasm, action and results.”
 
In responses from the audience, Miguel asked members from the audience to suggest words to describe the steps to success. Before he wrote on the white board the word “results”, Rotary member Raj offered “Prosperity”, which is close to the word, “Results.” 
 
Other audience comments were Club President Ramon Rodriguez, who commented that he also came with his family when he was young, and that all of us in this country have an opportunity to accomplish our goals, and to help others.
 
Daniel thanked Miguel for his inspiring presentation, and suggested that he return to be a speaker again.  Daniel also thanked Miguel's business associate, George Ortiz, for attending, and suggested that both of them consider being Rotary members.
 
Before the speaker Ramon Rodriguez addressed the group noting again the contributions of Tila and Fernando and all the youth and parents that they brought to help run the fireworks stand. 
Ramon suggested a pizza night for the kids and their parents as a thank you. Fernando attended the meeting, and talked about the annual Rotary District 5280 Annual Picnic at the Redondo Beach Lagoon.  This time the event has been scheduled sooner: it will be Sat, Aug. 27.  And it will be later, from 5 pm to maybe 9 pm.  He talked about the annual card board boat races.  He noted that the Lynwood Youth act group with all their families is one of the largest groups at this annual event.  Joe Wang has already constructed the boat, with only the painting to be done.  Two youth act girls have been selected to participate in the boat races.  Fernando mentioned that perhaps the Youth act Group would want to participate in the Chili Cook-off, and in addition to adding to the food provided for the event, compete for the winning chili.
 
Ramon mentioned that soon the club will know the financial results of the fireworks sales.  After the close of the meeting, a Rotary Club Board meeting was briefly held, at which it was approved that the club will provide for the hot dogs and relishes for the national night out!  Rotary member Lucy Avalos has agreed to provide all the buns.  The National Night out Event is Tuesday, Aug 2.
Daniel welcomed again Rotary guest Barbara Battle, noting that it would great if Barbara Battle would become a member.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07.14.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 06, 2016
At the July 7th meeting, members and guests heard the speaker, Jose Trejo, Deputy Director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services talk about programs and activities that the Department is providing for the community.
 
Jose Trejo mentioned some of his experiences during the 25 years he has worked for the City of Lynwood.
Jose Trejo talked about the many activities sponsored and organized by his department for this summer.  He had numerous fliers describing these events.
 
For example, he had fliers for a variety of events this summer. For seniors, there is the trip to the Chumash Casino Resort on Sat, Jul 9.  Then there is the Summer Picnic on Thursday Jul 21 and the Senior Summer Jazz Night on Thursday Jul 28. Then for everyone, there is Pizza with the Captain, Kerry A. Carter, at Plaza Mexico, on Jul 14. Then for youth, there are three sessions of Lynwood Summer Day Camp, each session about three weeks long.
 
Also there is a summer meal for kids and teens for Breakfast and Lunch at three locations.
There are the Fun Wed Field Trips for all ages, with three trips planned per month for June, July, and August.
Also there are separate tennis classes for youth and teens in July and August and there is registration for fall 2016 Youth Soccer.
 
Don’t forget the Movies in the Park at Yvonne Burke – John D. Ham Park (11832 Atlantic Ave.) the movies begin at 7:45 pm on eight Thursdays, with the last movie night being Aug 18. Also Jose mentioned as explained in one flier, the City needs sponsors for each movie.  For $375.00 a sponsor receives high profile recognition with opportunities to advertise the business / products.
 
Jose described the Outdoor Fitness Area improvements in Lynwood Park, near the tennis courts.
Jose also mentioned the progress on the construction of the new community center at Ham Park, which is projected to be completed by the fall. He suggested he come back to talk about this new facility when it opens.
 
Before the speaker, Ramon Rodriguez, addressed the group, noting that this was his first meeting, at which he is now the Lynwood Rotary President. 
He also noted that he is proud to say that this is his third time serving as president of the Lynwood Rotary Club.
President Rodriguez stated he wanted to acknowledge the participation of everyone who helped out at the fireworks sales.  It was he emphasized, a “one hundred percent effort” of everyone involved, and that the presence and work involved was “like a family” all contributing to the event.  Also, he noted, we should plan now for next year's fireworks sales event.  Also, he noted that as soon as it is available, we will need a report from the Treasurer on the financial results.
 
Among the guests, a special welcome to Celese Johnson,  Director, Special Education, and  LUSD Representative for this meeting and also a warm welcome to Barbara Baxter.
 
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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 29, 2016
There was an informal meeting on Thursday, June 30, at the Rotary Fireworks Stand.
 
Ms. Lucy provided the lunch for all the volunteers, consisting of Rotary members, and Youth act members and some of their parents.
 
Unpacking the product and placing it on the shelves and counters is a time consuming task. The entire product has to be labeled with a price, to include sales tax.  The work started around 11 am and was not completed until around 5pm.  Based on experience from sales in previous years, the product needs to be organized in an easy way to see, both for the potential buyers, and for the sales staff.
 
On Saturday, July 2, Youth act members and their parents organized a potluck lunch.  Then on Monday, July 4, Ms. Lucy provided in the afternoon a major lunch that included BBQ food.  (July 3 and July 4 are always the two days with the largest sales.)
 
This year's fireworks stand was definitely an organizational success, in terms of how the sales were conducted, and all the expert help provided by Rotary members, Youth act parents and Youth act members. 
As to the how successful the fireworks stand was in terms of income raised for the club, that will require about a week or longer for that information to be confirmed. 
 
In addition to income generated for the club, it has to be said that the sense of team work and camaraderie of everyone present, both adults and youth, is also a strong benefit, in setting a precedent of everyone working together.
 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.30.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 22, 2016
There was no meeting on Thursday, June 23, due to the 10 Year Youth act Celebration Event on Friday, June 24, 2016.
 
The event was held in the large meeting room of Bateman Hall.  There were more than 300 people at this event.  Youth act members from the ten years of the existence of this youth group and many parents were in attendance.  In addition Lynwood Rotary members attended, along with community representatives, supporting Youth act and supporting the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Sign- in for this celebration event started at 5:00 pm, and dinner started at 6:00 pm.
Old and new officers for both Youth act and for the Lynwood Rotary Club were recognized, as well as a variety of certificates for accomplishments were presented to both Youth act and Rotary members.  From 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm, a very talented DJ provided a variety of EDM music, and many adults and youth danced. 
 
A special thank you is due to the adult leaders of Youth act at Roosevelt ES, Tila and Fernando Millan.  The amazing accomplishments during this ten year period of the Youth act group(s) in Lynwood are due to the leadership skills of Mr. and Mrs. Millan.  They have been extremely effective in obtaining the support and participation of Lynwood youth and their parents and family members during these ten years!
 
The next day, Sat, June 25, was the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in Lynwood Park.  This event this year was for a period of 12 hours from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.  Lynwood Rotary members, and Youth act members and family participated in this event.
(The Lynwood Rotary, as a financial sponsor of this event was prominently mentioned in multiple signs posted throughout the part of the Lynwood Park used by the Relay for Life event.)
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.23.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 15, 2016
At the June 16th meeting, members and guests were presented a detailed description of the current purposes and activities of the Roosevelt ES Youth act group, with the adult leadership of Tila and Fernando Millan.
 
Fernando presented a detailed power-point presentation of the Youth act programs and activities.  He mentioned that Youth act at Roosevelt ES helps build leaders, exposes students to other cultures and seeks to accomplish the Rotary Four way test, to include: is it true, is it fair, and will it help build friendships.  The Youth act group has year round activities.  Examples include:  participation in the annual LA Marathon; Feeding the homeless; helping decorate the City of Downey Rose Parade Flout; Visiting local senior citizen homes; Fund raising for international organizations, such as providing provisions for victims of the Haiti tsunami, and for earthquake victims in the Philippines; also helping the Pennies for Patients for Leukemia patients.
 
Tila stated that she has 27 years’ experience working with youth, starting with the youth at her parish, St. Emydius Catholic Church in Lynwood.  From her church youth work, then she started youth work in Rotary.  “Our kids need a lot of support.” “Kids want support from adults.”  “Show kids what they can accomplish.” “A kid must feel connected.”  That is a motivation for joining gangs.  She noted that we can change for the better our communities by working closely with our youth.
 
Before the Youth act presentation, Ms. Leticia Vasquez, District 4 Director of the Central Basin Municipal Water District provided a description of her agency and of water-saving programs available for residents.
 
 The agency has 25 employees and serves 22 cities in LA County, from ELA and Whittier to Signal Hill to the city boundary of Carson.  The agency sells water to cities obtained from the Metropolitan Water District.  Ms. Vasquez described some of the water-saving programs available to residents in cities served by her agency.  She had handouts describing these programs.
 
Also before the Youth act presentation, there was discussion about the 10 Year Celebration of Youth act on Friday evening, Friday, June 24; also the American Cancer Society Relay Race on Saturday, June 25 from 9am to 9pm in Lynwood Park; and also the Fireworks Stand from July 1 through July 4.
 
Concerning the Ten Year Youth act Celebration, everyone was encouraged to invite guests for this important event.  The program starts with sign-ins at 5:00 pm, and from 9:00 to 11:00 pm there will be dancing to the music provided.
 
Lulu mentioned that the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event in Lynwood Park this year will be only for 12 hours, instead of the usual 24 hours.  So, on Sat, Jun 25, the event will start at 9 am and end at 9pm the same day. Daniel noted that last year, the club had a large turnout of relay walkers, along with a large turnout of Youth act members with some of their parents.  Hopefully, this year we will also have a big turnout for the relay event!  Ramon Rodriguez mentioned the need to organize work shifts for the fireworks stand for the four days of July 1 through July 4.  The Club will require the participation of all the members, as well as a good turnout of Youth act volunteers and at least some of their parents.  There also will be a staffing requirement for Thursday, June 30, in order to unpack the fireworks product and get the entire product organized in the shelves in the trailer, with all the product labels posted.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers on Thursday, June 30.  Martina Rodriguez mentioned that she is finishing up her third time as serving as Lynwood Rotary Club president.  She stated she has “stabilized” the club during her term.  She also mentioned that a way needs to be found to ensure that Tila and Fernando become members.  She also mentioned how proud she is that her son is graduating from UCLA in biology specializing in macular cell development, so his specialty as a MD will use involve this special study. 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.16.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 08, 2016
At the June 9th  meeting, before members and guests listened to the speaker, Veronica Ledesma, President-Elect Ramon Rodriguez, in the absence of President Martina Rodriguez, talked about the Ten-Year Youth act Celebration to be held Friday evening,
June 24 in Bateman Hall,
 
One item requiring follow-up is the apparent requirement by the City of Lynwood for insurance for guests attending this event.  Club secretary, Maria Quinonez, (Lulu) handed out event invitations for guests already invited by members. It was noted that members are encouraged to invite guests, but the final RSVP date is Friday, June 17, one week in advance of the event on Friday, June 24.  Ramon reminded everyone to bring appropriate items for the auction.  While a final decision has not been reached, it appears that there will only be a silent auction, plus a “50 -50 Game” described by Lulu, which is a way of obtaining contributions through a group game. Lulu also discussed the program for the event, and the sequence of what will take place, to include the recognition of current and past Youth act participants and leaders, as well as the installation of the Youth act Leaders and of Lynwood Rotary Officers for the coming year.  The program starts with sign-ins at 5:00 pm, and from 9:00 to 11:00 pm there will be dancing to the music provided.
 
Lulu mentioned that the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event in Lynwood Park this year will be only for 12 hours, instead of the usual 24 hours.  So, on Sat, Jun 25, the event will start at 9am and end at 9pm the same day. Daniel noted that last year, the club had a large turnout of relay walkers, along with a large turnout of Youth act members with some of their parents.  Hopefully, this year we will also have a big turnout for the relay event!
 
There was discussion of Lynwood Rotary members attending the Rotary District 5280 Foundation Dinner on Oct 22 on board the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro.  Our members have already signed up for a table.
Ramon mentioned the need to organize work shifts for the fireworks stand for the four days of July 1 through July 4.  The Club will require the participation of all the members, as well as a good turnout of Youth act volunteers and at least some of their parents.  There also will be a staffing requirement for Thursday, June 30, in order to unpack the fireworks product and get the entire product organized in the shelves in the trailer, with all the product labels posted.
 
Rotary member Lucy Avalos asked to make a brief speech, which was translated by Ramon.  Lucy mentioned how she wanted to be recognized not as the “caterer” but as a “member” of the Lynwood Rotary Club.  She stated that she is very happy to be a part of the club.  She said she “congratulates” everyone for being a club member, and she looks forward to the new club leaders for the coming year (July 2016 to June 2017).  She declared that she “respects everyone in the club” and hopes that everyone else in the club do the same.
 
Daniel introduced the speaker, Veronica Ledesma, Senior Field Representative  for Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, 63rd Assembly District, who also holds the very important position of Speaker of the Assembly.
 
Veronica provided information on the wide variety of constituent services available through the Assembly Member.  Some of the examples she mentioned, included help with DMV issues, Unemployment benefits and delayed payments, and issues relating to states taxes.  She noted that tours can be arranged for the state capitol in Sacramento, and even help with arranging tours for the Federal Government in Washington, D. C.
Also Veronica explained that Assembly Member Rendon has an “open door” to listen to constituents as to what they like and do not like about existing and proposed state legislation.  Also the Assembly Member is open to listen to constituent ideas about suggested / requested new legislation.  In answer to a question from Daniel, Veronica explained the significance of Proposition 50 that was on the ballot for the June 7 Primary elections. 
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.09.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 01, 2016
At the June 2nd meeting, members and guests discussed among themselves coming community events, before a Rotary Board Meeting was held at the end of the meeting.
The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event in Lynwood Park this year will be only for 12 hours, instead of the usual 24 hours.  So, on Sat, June 25, the event will start at 9am and end at 9pm the same day.  Daniel reminded the group that this event is the day after our club's Ten Year Celebration of Youth act on Fri, Jun 24, in the evening at Bateman Hall.  He noted that last year, the club had a large turnout of relay walkers, along with a large turnout of Youth act members with some of their parents.  Hopefully, this year we will also have a big turnout for the relay event!
 
There was discussion of Lynwood Rotary members attending the Rotary District 5280 Foundation Dinner on Oct 22 on board the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro.  Our members have already signed up for a table.
Rotary guest, Veronica Ledesma, briefly mentioned her new position as Senior Field Representative for Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, 63rd Assembly District, who also holds the important position of Speaker of the Assembly.
Daniel mentioned along with Deborah Jackson, City of Lynwood, Director of Community Relations, they attended the Conference on Sat, May 28, at Cal State Dominguez Hills, entitled:  “It's Our Neighborhood: Conference  – Organizing and Empowering for Action.”  The conference was organized by Assembly Member Mike Gipson, 64th Assembly District.  Also participating was California Senator Isadore Hall.  This conference is intended to be an annual conference.  Daniel and Deborah both stated that next year Lynwood Block watch members should attend this conference, or else a similar conference be held in Lynwood for Block watch members and other interested Lynwood residents and businesses.
 
At the Rotary Board meeting, led by Club President Martina Rodriguez, detailed plans for the Ten Year Celebration of Youth act in Lynwood, along with Club Installation of the new officers for the 2016-2017 year were reviewed and agreed to.   There was particular concern and focus on coordination between the two caterers who will provide the food, one of them being Lucy Avalos, and the other obtained by Tila and Fernando.  Also the details of the funding to be provided by the Lynwood Rotary Club budget and also the funding to be provided by the Youth act organization.  It was noted that Club members are encouraged to bring guests, but this must be done ASAP with the specific names submitted to Martina.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 06.02.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 25, 2016
At the May 26th meeting, members and guests heard a presentation from Chris Wilson, Field Representative for Assembly member Mike Gipson, 64th  Assembly District.  In the introduction, Daniel exclaimed that it is always nice to see Chris at the Lynwood Rotary meetings.    Also glad to have Kyle Lee, Intern for the assembly member.   Upon inquiry, Kyle explained that he is a recent graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills, majoring in Political Science.

Chris talked about the Sat, May 28 Conference, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at CSU Dominguez Hills, Loker Student Union, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747.  As stated on the flyer Chris distributed, “It’s Our Neighborhood” Conference “Organizing and Empowering for Action.”  “Calling all NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL and NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH LEADERS.”  Chris explained that after the 9:30 am – 10:00 orientation and getting acquainted time,  there will be four breakout sessions of a half hour each, so that attendees can attend all four sessions, prior to the final get together.  At the conference will be law enforcement from LAPD, also Deputy Williams from the LASD Century Station, also LAFD and LA County FD.  Training programs to be discussed, include CERT, COPE, American Red Cross, and Cal Geological Staff (earthquake preparations).  Also, resources available thru 211 Calls will be explained.  Chris noted that the City of Lynwood and its residents are a good example of a community that other areas should replicate!  Questions from attendees included Martina, who expressed an interest in how to better prepare for earthquake disasters.  Daniel stated that he will attend the Sat conference.

Chris also talked about legislative issues, noting that tomorrow; Fri, May 27 is the deadline for submitting legislative proposals that affect the state budget.  Chris mentioned proposed AB2055 that Assembly Member Gipson is supporting.  In some ways this bill seeks to replace the work of the city redevelopment agencies that were abolished a few years ago.  The intent is to enable “business friendly” tax breaks that are intended, to accomplish a variety of community development projects, to include affordable housing.  Chris described how he and Assembly Member Gipson stayed overnight in Wilmington, traversing “street corner to street corner” to talk face to face to homeless people about their housing needs.  He mentioned talking to a woman who said her name was “Noname.”  There were follow up communications, and now “Noname” is residing in a home provided by a community nonprofit org.  Chris commented that public agencies need to be good listeners to the homeless in helping them to relocate into housing that meets their needs.  Ramon asked about how the data is used from the annual homeless counts (in which Lynwood Rotary members participate).  Chris replied that the County homeless authority uses the data to help get more federal funding and to set priorities for homeless housing.

Before the presentation by Chris Wilson, Ramon Rodriguez talked about the plans for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the Lynwood Rotary Youth act at Roosevelt ES.  The event will be held on Friday evening, Jun 24, starting at 5pm in the large banquet room at Bateman Hall.  Ramon noted that all Youth act members and their families for the ten years of Youth act will be invited, and that 300 attendees are being planned.  In addition Lynwood Rotary members and their families for this time period, are invited, and 40 attendees are projected from this group.  Also some of the speakers at the weekly meetings will be invited to attend.  As to financing, Youth act is contributing to the cost, and in addition, Ramon explained, that the annual Lynwood Rotary budget provides for $1,500 for an annual event like this.  

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.26.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 18, 2016

At the May 19th meeting, members and guests heard a presentation from Mr. Mark Kazuo Robbins, Government and Community Relations Officer, Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

In Daniel's introduction, he noted that Mark obtained a law degree from UCLA and passed the Bar to practice law, first in Maryland and then in California.  Mark began his presentation explaining the mission of the JAN Museum as well as his function in working with different groups in the community to increase awareness of what the museum offers.

The JAN Museum is located in Little Tokyo, in DTLA, one of the three “Little Tokyo” communities remaining in the US.  The museum helps educate about and be a source of inspiration for America's diversity.  It does this by sharing the culture and experience of Japanese Americans.  Japanese Americans have been in the US for 130 years.  One of the permanent exhibits in the museum presents the experience of Japanese Americans living in the internment camps during World War II.  Daniel mentioned that during his one visit to the museum, the museum docent leading Daniel's group explained that he had lived in an internment camp when he was a child. The exhibit includes a replica of an actual structure where families lived.  As an important note, Mark used the term “incarceration” camps.  He stated that there were a total of 130,000 Japanese Americans confined to the “incarceration” camps, located in various locations in the US, including California.

The museum also has changing exhibits.   For example, there is an exhibit entitled: “Making Waves – 1920 -1940” which is about Japanese American photographers and their photos during this time period.  Coming soon is an exhibit showing various styles of origami (folded paper style) art works. Also coming is an exhibit showing the art and culture of Polynesian Pride.  Then there is a coming event featuring mixed heritage culture.  Also, there are two big festivals every year, one in August and one in January.  The museum gives tours for school kids, to include helping fund the cost of busing kids to the museum, where financial need prevents such activities.  LUSD Director of Elementary Education, K-8, Alfonso Jimenez, in attendance at the meeting, expressed an interest in having LUSD students getting tours of the museum.  (Note from Daniel: let's hope this happens!)

At the end of his presentation, Mark briefly mentioned three US Supreme Court decisions which while WWII was still ongoing, upheld the “incarceration” camps and related government actions, such as mandatory curfews against Japanese Americans.  Mark also mentioned that in the 1980's several actions were initiated by representatives of the Japanese American community to nullify the previous Supreme Court decisions.  This was accomplished.  (Note by Daniel: basically the Supreme Court's justification of the “incarceration” actions of the US government, and related actions, were that the Federal Government had to rely on the recommendations of what was justifiable from the recommendations of the military at that time)

 Before the presentation, President-Elect Ramon Rodriguez explained that he was substituting for Club President, Martina Rodriguez, who could not attend this meeting. He explained that the Club Board met .on Wed. May 18 at 8pm, and made plans for the Fri, Jun 24, 10th Anniversary Youth act Celebration Event.  It will be held in the large banquet room at Bateman Hall, with 40 tables set up, and an anticipation of 300 persons in attendance.  He also talked about the Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner Event to be held Sat, Oct 22, on board the USS Iowa Battleship in San Pedro in the LA Harbor.  Tickets are $125.00, per person, if paid in the next month.  After two more acceptances at the meeting, there are now a total of ten persons signed up, so the club will be all sitting at the same table.  Ramon also mentioned that the club will have to sign up lists for work shifts for the fireworks stand staffing: Jul 1 thru Jul 4.

Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez  (Lulu), mentioned  that the Lynwood Rotary Club will again participate in the 24 Hour American Cancer Relay for Life, in Lynwood Park, starting at 9:00 am on Sat, June 25 to 9:00 am, Sun, June 26.  Youth act members and some parents will also participate.  Lulu also noted that the club had a table at the Lynwood hub for the CICLAVIA event last Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Rotary Youth act volunteers from Roosevelt and Helen Keller Elementary Schools and some parents also helped out, along with Tila and Fernando Millan. 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.19.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 11, 2016

 At the May 12th meeting, members and guests heard a presentation from Pastor Nisan Steward, of Greater Emanuel Temple, City of Lynwood.   Pastor Nisan is the son of the church's founding pastor, Bishop Carl W. Stewart. 

Pastor Nisan thanked the Rotary Club for inviting him to be a speaker. Lynwood is a great place in which to live and grow up, he explained!   “The spirit in this city is great!.”  “Our goal is for Lynwood to be a top city in California.” As described later in the presentation, the church has plans for expanding its outreach to the Lynwood community by developing an expanded youth training program.

 Greater Emanuel Pastor Nisan started with a brief history of his church.  His father, Bishop Carl W. Stewart, founded his first church on Main Street in South Los Angeles in 1965.  In 1977, Pastor Nisan noted, his uncle found a property in Lynwood, and Bishop Nisan then moved his church to the City of Lynwood, at the site of the present church, when Pastor Nisan was, he noted, three years old.  The existing church was constructed in 1987.  His father installed him as the church's pastor on February 19, 2012.  Then he noted that shortly thereafter his father passed on. 

Pastor Nisan attended Inglewood HS, Warren HS in Downey and Cerritos College.  While growing up as a youth Pastor Nisan learned to be a drummer.  Pastor explained that in addition to serving as pastor, that he is professionally involved in music performance.  This is his sixth season performing with “Dancing with the Stars”.  This involves two performance seasons each year.  In answer to a question from Daniel, Pastor noted that his professional work takes place at the CBS Lot at Fairfax & Beverly, and that visitors can attend the shows.

Pastor Nissan explained that in addition to acquiring a craft as a drummer, he actively participated in music and adult bible reading at the church. This emphasis in these activities for youth at the church has continued.  The church has plans for a structural expansion of the church property for a youth center to better enable development of an after school program for youth with emphasis on teaching music skills.  It is envisioned to have two two youth groups:  a younger age group and a group for teens.  The instruction will include aspects of producing music to include production and engineering.

 After all, Pastor Nisan declares, look at the Bible, Jesus Christ was very interested in working with the youth.  Pastor Nisan also noted that in his own family, his own children, ages 8, 6, and 3 years, helps him to focus on the importance  of encouraging youth in the community to develop skills of interest to them and that will serve them well as they progress on their journey to become adults.

Another area of outreach for the church is development of a ministry to the hispanic community.  Already on the staff of the church, Olivia Solzano and her husband, Isidro, are in the process of developing a hispanic ministry, including a Sunday service in Spanish. (Daniel noted that the couple attended the meeting at which Pastor Nisan had originally been scheduled to speak.)

After the presentation, Bridget, representing the planned Relay for Life from the American Cancer Society, described the event at Lynwood Park, from Sat, June 25, 9am to Sun, June 26, 9am.  She thanked the Lynwood Rotary for its commitment to contribute $1,000, and thus will be included as a official sponsor, to include being shown on the event T-Shirt.  (This contribution is from the club budget, plus individual contributions from members.)  Other coming events noted were the annual Rotary District 5280 Assembly Meeting at the Carson Community Center on Sat, May 14.  (Martina Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Larry Esparza and Maria Quinonez (Lulu) attended.) Also Daniel noted that the Lynwood Rotary Club will have a booth at the Lynwood hub for the CICLAVIA event on Sun, from 9am to 4pm.  (Besides Daniel, Ramon Rodriguez, Lulu, Tila and Fernando Millan, and Youthact members from Roosevelt ES and Helen Keller ES and some of their parents helped staff the Rotary booth.  (The featured item was the photo poster boards, as well as copies of a flyer and handouts about what Rotary does.) 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.12.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 04, 2016

At the May 5th meeting, members and guests heard a changed  presentation from Ms. Maria Quinonez (Lulu).  Ms. Quinonez had planned to talk about the coming state and federal elections in the context of the involvement of the City Clerk's office.  Instead she presented a series of Rotary club issues that will be addressed at a Rotary Board Meeting on Wed. May 11, 7 pm at the home of Lynwood Rotary President Martina Rodriguez.

 

The club had the good fortune of having long time Rotary youth participant and leader Victor Ortiz attend this meeting.  Victor was accompanied by his wife, Zineb, orginally from Morocco.  So Victor and Zenib talked about their recent experiences living in Chicago.  More importantly, they talked about their lifestyle.  Victor explained that he adopted the Muslim faith about three years ago, which was before he met Zineb in Lynwood.  They both talked about the basics of the Muslim faith as well as the culture that they are now a part of. 

There were a lot of questions from the members and guests in attendance.  Raj compared his religion, that of the Sikhism, which has its origins in what is today, modern day Pakistan.  The Sikhs are a major religion in India now. 

Back to Victory and his wife, Zineb, there were explanations as to the dress worn by men and women Muslims.  Also explanations as to what is the manner of greeting between men and women Muslims.  For example, there is no physical touching permitted between men and women in greetings.  It is OK for women to touch other women in greetings, but not between the sexes  A slight bowing of the head is the most that is a substitute. It was noted that some restrictions on women, such as the prohibition of women driving in Saudi Arabia is a cultural thing.  It is not based on the Koran.  In sum, the unexpected presentation of Victor and Zineb was most interesting and appreciated.

As to announcements, Daniel mentioned the coming event on Sunday, May 15, which is CICLAVIA  for Southeast Cities, to include the City of Lynwood.  These events consist of closing several streets to cars on a Sunday in order to have bike riding and walking all day on the closed streets.  On May 15, from 9am to 4pm the streets involved in the several participating cities that include South Gate and Huntington Park, will be open only to bikers and walkers.  In Lynwood, Long Beach Blvd. will be closed to vehicles until State Street, and then State Street will be closed until just north of Imperial Hwy. where there is the big circular median area.  At this location the City of Lynwood will have a series of booths, promoting city activities.  Also other organizations are expected to have booths also.

Note:  After the meeting, Daniel made arrangements with Mark Flores, Director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services, to have a table and chairs for the Rotary Club to staff.  As Chair of Community Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club, Daniel will staff this booth/ table during the entire Ciclavia event.  But he hopes that other Rotary members will join him at least in shifts of several hours.  Also, the Rotary Youthact and their adult leaders, Fernando and Tila Millan, may help staff the table.  The Youthact is already planning to serve as volunteers for the Ciclavia organization for the May 15 event.  Daniel will have a take one flyer for distribution on the table, as well as have on display the photo collages that he has assembled during the last several years, and was last used at last year's National Night Out event in Lynwood.

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05.05.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 27, 2016

 At the April 28th meeting, members and guests heard the presentation by Pamela Carmona, Project Manager, St. Francis Medical Center, for Choose Health LA kid.

 

Ms. Carmona talked about this outreach effort to involve the community in proper nutrition for children. 

This project involves pilot teams to get restaurants to make available and encourage children to  obtain more nutritious meals.  The objective is less quantity and more healthy meals. 

La Huasteca Restaurant in Plaza Mexico was the first restaurant to participate in the program.  The restaurant has a insert in the regular menu to feature healthy menu items for children.  Another participating restaurant that was mentioned is Periguete Restaurant in Paramount.

Ms. Carmona described the work of this program that involves all the schools.

Comments from the audience included  Rotary Club President for 2016- 2017, Ramon Rodriguez, who asked about the food and vegetables and fruit that is sold at Farmers Markets. 

Club member Raj commented that EBT cards can now be used to purchase food at fast food restaurants.  He commented that typical food purchased at these restaurants is not conducive to avoiding obesity in children. .

Pamela Carmona also talked about the need for regular healthy exercise for youth.  In this context, she mentioned  the Ciclivia event coming to several Southeast LA County cities, to include the City of Lynwood, on May 15.  There will be a network of streets closed to regular traffic in order to enable bike riders to use the entire street for the day.  In the City of Lynwood, Long Beach Blvd. will a part of this network of streets for bike riding for the day.

Before the presentation by the speaker,  Club President Martina Rodriguez mentioned the fund raising event that Tila and Fernando were going to hold the next day on Apr 29 at Roosevelt ES for the benefit YouthAct activities and programs.  The fund raising involved Tacos Loteria. 

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco 

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.28.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 20, 2016
At the April 21th meeting, members and guests heard the presentation by Rowland Becerra Chair for the art and performance organization, Lynwood Union.  Rowland presented the public art at the Long Beach Blvd. Green Line Station.  In power point slides, he showed the artwork that is located both on the platform level, and at the plaza level of both sides of Long Beach Blvd.

The name of the art works is Celestial Chance.  The principal  artist is Sally Weber, whose other artworks include extensive work in the medium of holographic art.  Holographic art involves appearance of art through the dispersion of light against specific art objects.  As Rowland illustrated, at the top of the underside of the station canopies on the platform, there are reflective horizontal panels, which reflect light from the rays of the sun.  Depending on the angle of the sun, one can see refracted light on the panels on the station platform.

The theme of the station's art is traditional and contemporary visions of the sky. As Rowland portrayed in a beautiful slide, artist Weber states:  “The same sky is above us all, but we see it differently depending upon our traditions, beliefs, and the technology we have to explore it.”  Adjacent to McCaslin's ceramic tile work, is a native American Indian legend

 This theme includes the ceramic tile artwork on the plaza level on both sides of Long Beach Blvd., by the artist, selected by Sally Weber, Viqui McCaslin.  The artist McCaslin's  designs come from traditional paintings from a LA County cave near Simi Valley.   These native Americans used caves as sacred winter and summer solstice sites.

In the sky, all the rest of the stars appear to rotate around the North Pole Star.  In a Chumash legend, the North Star, Polaris, marked the place through which their benevolent god, Sky Coyote,   represented by the North Star, drops the bounty of heaven for the people below.  The wording of this legend appears on brick-colored panels adjacent to McCaslin's ceramic tile and also on inserts in the platform above.  From a photo of these panels, Rowland read the wording in Spanish and Daniel read the wording in English.  (copies were distributed as a memento).

“SEGUN LA LEYENDA CHUMASH, EL COYOTE DEL ,CIELO, TAMBIEN CONOCIDO COMO LA ESTRELLA DEL NORTE, SE JUGABA  EL DESTINO DE LA GENTE CONTRA EL SOL TODAS LA NOCHES.  LA LUNA LLEVABA LA CUENTA Y ANUNCIABA AL GANADOR DURANTE EL SOLISTICIO DEL INVIERNO.     SI GANABA EL SOL, LA GENTE SUFRIRIA.   PERO SI GANABA EL COYOTE DEL CIELO, ESTE LLENABA UNA CANASTA CON BENDICIONES PARA EL ANO NUEVO, Y LAS DERRAMABA SOBRE LA GENTE A TRAVES DE UN AGAJERO EN EL CIELO SITUADO SOBRE EL POLO NORTE.”

“IN CHUMASH LEGEND, SKY COYOTE ALSO KNOWN AS THE NORTH STAR , GAMBLED AGAINST THE SUN EACH NIGHT FOR THE FATE OF THE PEOPLE.   THE MOON KEPT SCORE AND AT WINTER SOLSTICE ANNOUNCED THE WINNER.   IF THE SUN WON THE PEOPLE WOULD SUFFER.   BUT IF SKY COYOTE WON, HE WOULD FILL A BASKET WITH BLESSINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR AND POUR THEM DOWN TO THE PEOPLE BELOW THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE TOP OF THE SKY AT THE NORTH POLE.”

As to a scientific means of observing the sky, on the platform floor there are several images in interlocking curved patterns inspired by a contemporary  instrument (called a “squid') used for measuring the infrared light from stars.

Daniel thanked Rowland for his presentation and noted that Rowland may prepare another presentation on the artwork at several other stations on the Green Line and the Blue Line.

After the presentation, President Martina Rodriguez mentioned the planned memorial service for Oliver Conner at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier On Sat. Apr 23, at 3:00 pm.            

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco 

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.21.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 13, 2016

 At the April 14th meeting, members and guests heard the presentation by Leticia Vasquez, Central Basin Municipal Water District, Director, District 4 and by Prescilla Segura, Public Information Officer, who presented various programs and issues relating to the Central Basin Municipal Water District 

Using a easy to understand power point presentation, information was provided about the water district, about various  programs relating to the mission of the water district, also about a number of issues to include recent data pertaining to the climate and drought situation in California.

Director Leticia Vasquez provided an overview, followed by the informative slide program presented by Prescilla Segura.

The information provided included the Central Basin projects and funding from:  Proposition 50, and Proposition  84, both administered by the Department of Water Resources.  Also Proposition 1, the State Water Bond.  Assembly Member Anthony Rendon has been and is a major supporter of the state Water Bond.

Of particular note, was the description of the expanded use of recycled water for parks and school grounds.  For example, the cities of Lynwood, South Gate and Bell Gardens are receiving additional recycled water.

Comments from the meeting attendees included Rotary member Raj who commented that after a rain one can observe a lot of water from the LA River draining to the ocean, and whether it is feasible to capture this rain runoff.  Also Marvin Aceves commented about  whether any funding was available for repairs of leaking sprinkler piping in several large condominium projects he has been involved in as a construction contractor. 

Director Leticia Vasquez commented that there has been available rebates for the costs of new draught tolerant landscaping.  She mentioned the example of the home of Lorene Reed in Lynwood who received compensation for her new draught tolerant landscaping and noting that Lorene's water cost  is less than one half of the previous cost. 

Before the presentation  President Martina Rodriguez talked about the passing of long term club member, Oliver Conner.  At last week's meeting, it was a shock to all to find out that Oliver had died of a heart attack the day before.  Martina said that based on communication with Oliver's family in Georgia,  there will be a memorial service and burial on Saturday afternoon, April 23, at a nearby cemetery.   Martina will have the details at the April 21 Rotary meeting.

Martina also mentioned the coming annual  Rotary District Conference from April 28 to May 1, in San Diego.

 Also coming soon, is the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Lynwood Park.  Last year the Lynwood Rotary Club was a major participant and also a major contributor.   This year the Lynwood club will again have a team, with Club Secretary Maria Quinonez (Lulu) again in charge of Rotary participation.  This 24 hour event will take place from Sat, Jun 25, 9am to Sun, Jun 26, 9am.

              Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco

            Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.14.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 06, 2016
At the April 7th meeting, members and guests heard and participated in discussions with Maria Quinionez (Lulu) about community events and also about Rotary events in the Lynwood community.

Lulu mentioned that the scheduled speaker, Rev. Nisa Stewart, Pastor of Greater Emanuel Temple, City of Lynwood, was unexpectedly required to attend to another event, so Lulu provided some thoughts about the direction that the Lynwood Rotary Club should take.  As a member of Rev. Stewart's church, Lulu brought several guests from her church as a show of interest in the Rotary club's activities within the community. The guests from her church indicated that they were willing to get involved and to support specific events.   (Rev. Stewart is now scheduled to be the speaker at the May 12 meeting.)

One concept is that the club should choose activities and projects through which the club membership will get involved and also will attract people within the community to participate and also to join the Rotary club.

It was mentioned that long time member Oliver Conner had a heart attack and died apparently late the previous day.  This was news to everyone.  It was said that Oliver had not attended a meeting for more than a month.  This sad news generated comments how club members should contact fellow members when they have not been attending meetings or otherwise had not been in communication with other club members.  Lulu coined a new phrase:  “the Oliver Effect.”  We all should show concern for our fellow members through regular communications when members have been absent and have not been heard from.  At the suggestion of Ramon Rodriguez , it was agreed that Martina Rodriguez will order flowers whenever it is known that a memorial event will be held for Oliver.  Lulu emphasized the theme of everyone communicating with each other, and suggested that some of the weekly meetings be focused on group inter-communications, as a substitute for the weekly speakers.  Ramon Rodriguez urged all members to call other members when they have not heard from them recently.

Before Lulu's presentation, President Martina Rodriguez mentioned that at the Rotary District Breakfast on Apr 5, Rotary youth were very much involved.  She also mentioned the coming Rotary District conference on Apr 28, 29, 30, and May 1.

Daniel displayed a large number of photos from the  Annual Easter Egg Hunt, organized by the City of Lynwood Department of Recreation, and held on Sat. April 26, from 11am to 1:30 pm at the Lynwood Park.  (The photos and a CD  of the photos will be given to Mark Flores for dissemination by the Recreation Department.)  Maria Quinonez (Lulu) and Daniel Miller attended.  The Lynwood Rotary Club was mentioned several times in the announcements by Recreation Staff as a sponsor of the event!  The financial support from Rotary helped pay for the gift baskets given out to winners of the easter egg hunt competitions.  Lulu mentioned other donations from community supporters for this annual event.

At the Easter Egg Hunt event, there was a booth for the annual Relay for Life event, organized by the American Cancer Society.   This year the event will be Sat, June 25 to Sun, June 26, 9  am – 9 am.  Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez (Lulu) will take the lead, as she did last year, in organizing a Lynwood Rotary Team for this 24 hour event.  Last year the Lynwood Club was a major participant in this event, both as to financial contributions and as to participation in the event.  Rotary Club members and friends are encouraged to again participate and to financially support this annual Relay for Life event in Lynwood. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, there was a period of silence, in memory of Oliver Conner.

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04.07.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 30, 2016

There was no meeting for March 31. 

Lynwood City Hall was closed for the Annual Observance of  Cesar Chavez Day.

Announcement of coming Event

At the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, organized by the City of Lynwood Department of Recreation, and held on Sat. April 26, from 11am to 1:30 pm at the Lynwood Park,  Maria Quinonez (Lulu) and Daniel Miller attended.  The Lynwood Rotary Club was mentioned several times in the announcements by Recreation Staff as a sponsor of the event!  The financial support from Rotary helped pay for the gift baskets given out to winners of the easter egg hunt competitions.

At the Easter Egg Hunt event, there was a booth for the annual Relay for Life event, organized by the American Cancer Society.

This year the event will be Sat, June 25 to Sun, June 26, 9  am – 9 am.

Club Secretary, Maria Quinonez (Lulu) will take the lead, as she did last year, in organizing a Lynwood Rotary Team for this 24 hour event.

Last year the Lynwood Club was a major participant in this event, both as to financial contributions and as to participation in the event.

Rotary Club members and friends are encouraged to again participate and to financially support this annual event in Lynwood.

Lulu can be contacted as follows:  mq5858@gmail,com;  (310) 894 – 3541

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.31.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 24, 2016
At the March 24,   Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Chris Wilson, Field Representative for Assembly Member Mike A. Gibson, 64th Assembly District.  Daniel introduced Chris Wilson by noting that he periodically attends the Lynwood Rotary meetings and is always most welcome!  Chris started his presentation by noting that he lives in Signal Hill and he is a Rotary member of the Rotary Club in San Pedro. The professional experience of Chris Wilson includes serving on the staff of Assembly Member Wilson for about  1 – ½ years and before that his experience includes serving on the staff for Bonnie Lowenthal for about 6 years.He started his presentation by describing a variety of constituent services that Assembly Member Gibson and his staff provide for all constituents. For example assistance is available for issues pertaining to local, state and federal programs and regulations. Services include assistance to small businesses, to help residents start businesses and to help small businesses to grow.
 
There was considerable response from several in the audience, especially from Rotary member Raj, who is the owner and  operator of a office supply store in Lynwood.  Part of the concern expressed is the competition that small businesses face from the so-called big box stores.  Among the resources that Chris mentioned is the Federal Small Business Administration.  Also, the Small Business Development Center workshops that include obtaining access to capital.  Raj mentioned that small businesses also need a “market to sell.”  Chris made references to policies and regulations from some cities, such as the City of Carson, that require the city to seek out businesses within that city in their procurement of services and goods.
 

Rotary visitor and Lynwood resident, Margaret Arajou, mentioned the assistance a family member received pertaining to veteran needs and services.As to legislation that Assembly Member Gipson, authored so far, include  AB 25 and AB 1228, both provide assistance to students with low incomes. In the absence of President Martina Rodriguez, President Elect Ramon Rodriguez presided at the  meeting.   In response to a question from Daniel, Ramon said he would coordinate further with Lulu as to ensuring that all the paper work is complete for the annual sale of fireworks, to include all paperwork with the vendor, Phantom Fireworks.  Since Lulu was not present, Daniel mentioned that Maria Quinonez or Lulu is not only the Club Secretary, but also the City Clerk for the City of Lynwood, which is the city department responsible for this type of paperwork.  Daniel reminded everyone the important need the club has for adult and youth volunteers for the four days of firework sales (July 1-4).

Daniel mentioned that the City of Lynwood's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, March 26, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Lynwood Park, Baseball Diamond #3.  Since the Lynwood Rotary Club is one of the financial sponsors of this annual event, Daniel encourage Rotary members to come to the event.  Also Daniel repeated the announcement that coming  on Tue, Mar 29, 5:30- 8:00 pm  , The Lynwood Library in partnership with the The Lynwood Union, presents, ,Painting with Light, an exhibition, showcasing the work of Lynwood-born artist, Felix Quintana.  Check out his work at felixquintana.com

Daniel mentioned that on March 31 there will be no meeting next week, because City Hall will be closed in honor of the Cesar Chavez Annual Event.

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.24.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 17, 2016

At the March 17,   Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from  Paul Gothold, Superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District.  Mr. Gothold provided copies of a news article entitled:  “Truancy, Suspension Rates Drop in Greater Los Angeles Area Schools.”  The lead paragraph states: “ As evidence mounts that punitive discipline makes students more likely to go to prison than to college, school districts in greater Los Angeles, including Long Beach Unified and Lynwood Unified, are shifting away from suspending students or citing them for truancy.  Instead, they're making greater use of restorative justice programs … .”

Mr. Gothold's power point program included impressive statistics on improvements in academic performance and in reductions in suspensions.  For example within LUSD suspensions were reduced from 968 suspensions in 2011-12 to 402 suspensions for 2014- 15.  The LUSD now has a restorative justice center.  Overall, “we have flipped the coin” ...” in the sense that we are catching kids doing good things.”  In cases where student behavior could become a safety issue on campus, such as an incident of student fighting, an immediate assessment is made at the restorative justice center.  After this assessment the student receives personal help from a teacher, to include help with their assignments. 

In the power point presentation, it was shown that the system objectives are  Access, Justice, and Equity.  There is a moral imperative to prepare all students for college.  The statistics show impressive  academic performance but Mr. Gothold noted that more needs to be accomplished.  The power point data showed that five years ago, 58% of LUSD students graduate from high school.  In the last year, now 84% of LHS students graduated, and 91% of FHS students graduated.  Also of note, it was mentioned that at FHS 100% of African American students graduated and that 100% of these students started college the following year. 

AP (Advanced Placement) classes need to be taken by a greater percentage of students.  The concern that some students will not be able to perform at a more demanding academic level, is not shown in actual student performance.  Mr. Gothold stated that when expectation levels are increased, it has been shown that students will perform at a higher level required in a AP class.

In questions from the audience, Daniel noted that recently the club had the Compton College CEO, Keith Curry, as the meeting speaker,  who among other accomplishments noted that the college has worked with adjacent school districts, including LUSD, where high school courses are taught that result in college credits.  Mr. Gothold noted that LUSD is participating  with Compton College in providing these classes which he noted require “articulation agreements.”  Also Mr. Gothold mentioned that improved academic performance requires retaining good teachers.  With teacher layoffs of a few years ago, and pending retirements, programs are needed to attract young talented highly educated teachers.  An example of one program is “Teach for America.”

President Martina Rodriguez and President Elect Ramon Rodriguez were not able to attend the meeting due to other commitments.  So  previous Club President Raj presided at the meeting.  Before the presentation,  Raj stated he wanted to express his surprise and sorrow that yesterday by email Marisela Santana announced  that her last day working for the City of Lynwood as Public Information Officer is Thursday, Mar 17.  Raj stated that Marisela had always been very helpful by attending frequently Lynwood Rotary meetings and making announcements of coming events involving the city and the community.  He noted that her presence and announcements helped Lynwood Rotary members and guests know about and participate in community events.

Also before the presentation, Daniel commented that it is much appreciated that while Paul Gothold as a Lynwood Rotary Member is not able to attend all the weekly meetings, on a regular basis other LUSD staff members attend Lynwood Rotary meetings to include the following school staff:  Dr. Grosthwaite, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services; Dr. Dotson, Director, Pupil Services; Dr. Jimenez, Director, Elementary Education; and Marlene Dunn, Chief Business Official.

Also Daniel repeated the announcement that coming to the Lynwood Library on Tue, Mar 29, 5:30- 8:00 pm is an art exhibition by professional artist, Felix Quintana, a graduate  of LUSD schools, and of several universities, who has had art exhibitions at several art galleries  

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.17.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 10, 2016

At the March 10,   Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from  Daniel Sharp, Senior Civil Engineer, Watershed Management, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works.  Mr. Sharp started his presentation by explaining that the Department of Public Works provides the typical public works services provided by all cities, for the unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County.  In addition, the Department is responsible for Watershed Management for the entire county.  This responsibility includes the provision of ensuring that water flows from the mountains and the general terrain is captured for replenishment of underground water storage.  One part of watershed management is the infrastructure and maintenance of the Los Angeles River.  To prevent disastrous flooding, the 51 mile river from the San Fernando Valley to the ocean in Long Beach was converted from a natural stream bed to the present concrete river bed by the US Corp. of Engineers starting in the 1920's.  In addition to dams in the mountains, the channelization of the river was started in 1938 and completed by 1960.  In the last 35 years, gradually in segments of the river in the northern half of the river route, there have been changes to bring back natural elements of the river, a greening of the river.  The City of Los Angeles, through which the river flows for the northern portion of the river, has acted to accomplish this greening of the river, in segments.  Reference was made to the 1996 LA River Master Plan.  Now Watershed Management of the County Public Works Department Is engaged in the planning and implementation of the greening of segments of the river in the southern portion of the river.  Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, through his legislation, AB 530, with the needed support of the cities and residents adjacent to the river, is intended to result in changes to the river bed for naturalization and recreational purposes.

Mr. Sharp's presentation included photos of habitat restoration and passive recreational activities.  The photos showed beautiful naturalized  places.  Specifically there was a photo of the Dominguez Gap Wetlands, that functions as water quality enhancement and habitat restoration; also, Tujunga Wash right-of-way parallel to the river with a natural stream; also a pocket park in the Elysian Valley area of the river, just north of DTLA.

Adjacent to Lynwood, two areas have been identified along the river for possible conversion to a combination of greening and passive recreational use;  one area is the intersection of the 105 Freeway and the 710 Freeway, and the other area is the intersection of the 710 Freeway and Imperial Hwy.

Questions and comments from the audience included Club Treasurer, Larry Esparza, who noted that he has an interest in the proposed changes because as a bike rider he has used the existing river trail from Firestone  Blvd. to the Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach.  Ramon Rodriguez asked about the proposals for providing for extra lanes on the 710 Freeway for cargo trucks from the LA / LB Harbor.  Mr. Sharp replied that provision for additional lanes for trucks is still under consideration by LA Metro, but there is no longer consideration for lanes in the river ROW.  Daniel stated that he hoped the City of Lynwood will be involved and consulted about the LA River plans since the river passes adjacent to the city's eastern boundary and thus the city will be directly served and impacted by any proposed changes to the river and its adjacent areas parallel to the river.  Mr. Sharp replied that there will be coordination and meetings with all stakeholders.

 Before the presentation, Club President Martina Rodriguez, mentioned that the club needs to complete the required paper work for again using the fireworks company, Phantom Fireworks.  Along with other non profit community service organizations, the Lynwood Rotary Club will again operate a fireworks sales stand in the parking lot of the supermarket in Plaza Mexico, adjacent to Long Beach Blvd.  As usual, it will be important to obtain volunteer workers, including youth volunteers, for the fireworks sales from July 1 through July 4.  Incoming Club President, Ramon Rodriguez, indicated that he would help coordinate the required paperwork both with Phantom Fireworks and with the Office of the City Clerk of the City of Lynwood.

Martina also mentioned two Rotary District 5280 coming events:  a District 5280 Breakfast meeting at the Westin Hotel near LAX on Apr 5, and also the District Conference on the weekend of Apr 17 in San Diego.

Daniel mentioned that Rowland Becerra who is the Chair for the history and art community organization, Lynwood United, held an artwalk at the new Ricardo Lara Linear Park at Fernwood & Gertrude Ave. on Sat, Mar 5, and reported that this cultural event was attended by around 500 people!  Rowland thanked the Lynwood Rotary for contributing up to $100 in expenses relating to the artwalk, with the items obtained from Ramon Rodriguez's hardware store and the costs were reimbursed through the $100 grant from the Lynwood Rotary Club.

       Also coming to the Lynwood Library on Tue, Mar 29, 5:30- 8:00 pm is an art exhibition by professional artist, Felix Quintana, a graduate  of LUSD schools, and of several universities, who has had art exhibitions at several art galleries 

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco 

 Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.10.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Mar 03, 2016

At the March 3,  Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Fr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, Pastor, St. Emydius Catholic Church, Lynwood.  Daniel mentioned that he first met Fr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, when he officiated at the internment of Rotary member Ramon Rodriguez’s mother at the All Souls Cemetary in Long Beach.  Fr. Rodriguez thanked the Lynwood Rotary for inviting him to be the speaker.  He explained that he has completed a 4-1/2 year period at the parish, that will end after a total of 6 years, as set by the Arch Bishop of the Los Angeles  Arch Diocese.  Relating to the history of the parish, it was started about 80 years ago by Italians.  It is a very large parish, and Fr. Rodriguez is assisted by three other priests.  The Paster noted that on a weekend, a total of 10,000 persons attend masses and other services, with 12 masses held on Sundays. (The previous pastor was Fr. Dennis O'Neal, who became the bishop of the diocese of San Bernardino, before he retired.)

Pastor Rodriguez mentioned he traveled to Mexico to see Pope Francis on the Pope’s  recent visit to Mexico.  He spoke approvingly of Pope Francis’ caring and ministry to all the poor in the world.  One example noted, is the the Pope has had showers constructed in the Vatican to serve the homeless in Rome. 

One problem the parish is dealing with, is the need for more parking on Sundays.  One property that has been identified is a large corner lot with apartments.  Providing for substitute housing for the apartment residents adds to the potential cost and difficulties of this site, were the parish (and Arch Diocese) to decide to acquire the property for parking.  Regarding one negative incident, Martina asked if they caught the perpetrators of a major vandalism incident that occurred one night.  Pastor Rodriguez said not yet.  The parish's surveillance cameras were not working at the time.  The Pastor noted that the grafitti was of a distinctively anti-Christian nature, “a devil orientation.”

Of particular interest is the Convent of the Missionaries of Charity, which convent is adjacent  to the church.  This order of nuns was founded by Mother Teresa, whose order established  this convent around 1988, and who stayed in the convent when she was visiting in LA in 94 (and who passed away in 97).  The Pastor passed around a photo album of the sisters from the convent, to include Mother Teresa when she was staying there.  There are now 6 nuns, but sometimes as many as 9 nuns. Pastor Rodriquez noted that the nuns have decorated several walls in the Sacristy of the church with prayers and religious expressions, including “I thirst” adjacent to a crucifix image of Jesus. Within the Convent, the sisters are housing and caring for young pregnant women.  On Fridays they provide food for the needy outside of the convent within the campus of the church.  They also will provide food for needy people within Lynwood.  Sometimes walking to their residences if close by or using their one van to visit needy people (also to go shopping for food).  The Pastor noted the humble life style of the sisters.  They only wear sandals, not shoes, no watches and basically only travel with a rosary. They eat by themselves, do not have medical insurance and travel without money.  The order is located in many countries, but the majority come from India.  Those from India grew up speaking English, but they have to learn other languages based on where they are deployed.  For example, there are group of convents in Baja California from Tijuana south to Rosarita Beach.

Questions from the audience, included Rotary member Raj, who asked what was the ethnic origin of Mother Teresa.  Apparently it was Eastern European.  Also, Dr. Carlos Manlapaz, wanted to know if there was a petition to the Arch Bishop of the LA  Arch Diocese could Fr. Rodriguez stay longer at the parish?  The Pastor's response was that it is possible that he might stay longer, but also he is now of retirement age and not sure that he would seek to stay longer.  Other comments:  Martina Rodriguez noted that she and Tila Millan had purchased a book of Mother Teresa's writings and found them very inspiring.  Also Daniel noted that he had seen the feature length movie, “Cartas” meaning “Letters” in Spanish, about the life of Mother Teresa in India and found the movie most inspiring!  Also Rotary member Ivan, noted that when he was in the Fifth grade of St. Emydius School, he saw Mother Teresa in 1994, while she was staying at the Convent.  A final note about Mother Teresa, Pastor Rodriguez mentioned that on Sep 4, at the Vatican, Mother Teresa will be canonized, that is, made a saint.  So Daniel suggested that Pastor Rodriguez remind our Rotary Club of this event in August so that we may share our thoughts again about Mother Teresa.

Before the speaker, President Martina Rodriguez did not have any announcements. Daniel mentioned that there is an Art Walk this Sat, March 5, 11am- 2pm at the Senator Ricardo Lara Linear Park, at Fernwood  and Gertrude Ave.  The event is planned and supported in part by Lynwood United, with Chair Rowland Becerra.  Rotary member Ivan Esquivel, agreed to show up and introduce himself to Rowland communicating that the Lynwood Rotary strongly supports this event.  Daniel congratulated Rowland for the Lynwood art event held at the Lynwood Library on Tue, Feb 23 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm that resulted in 400 persons attending!  Also coming to the Lynwood Library on Tue, Mar 29, 5:30- 8:00 pm is an art exhibition by professional artist, Felix Quintana, a graduate  of LUSD schools, and of several universities, who has had art exhibitions at several art galleries  

Daniel Miller /  Omar Franco  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 03.03.2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 28, 2016
At the February 25,  Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Dr. Larry Esparza, Treasurer of the Lynwood Rotary, talk about his military experiences.  Larry's presentation was based on questions from the audience.

Larry was drafted during the Vietnam War Era, and he served in the Air Force full time for 7 years from 1968 to 1975.  He was 20 years old when he started active duty.  In 1989, when he was 40 years old, he re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserve, which required a two week military training session each year, and also required a 2 day military session each month.  He was in the Air Force Reserve for 20 years until he reached 60 years of age in 2009, the mandatory retirement age.

While in the reserves, Larry went to college, using his military college benefits, and became a Chiropractor.  He notes that now he plans to open up an office in Lynwood.

Larry's span of service both full time active duty in the Air Force and in the  Air Force Reserves resulted in being stationed at a number of Air Force bases in the US, as well as in England and Germany.  Shortly after he re-enlisted, Larry was a part of the military preparations and air transport operations for campaigns that are now an important part of recent military history.   These activities include Operation Desert Shield, the 1991 military build-up in Saudi Arabia, and Desert Storm, the resulting war in Iraq- Kuwait.  As Larry commented, part of our military history is President Bush's 100 Day War.

A final question from Daniel to Larry was:  “How did you feel about being drafted during the Vietnam War era?”  Larry's response was:  “I just accepted it.”  Daniel reminded everyone the great opposition to the Vietnam War, and especially by many young men who intensely objected to the draft and the possibility that they would be called through the mandatory provisions of the draft.

.Before the speaker, President-Elect Ramon Rodriguez presided, explaining that Club President Martina Rodriguez was out of town but would return for next week's meeting.  He mentioned the positive impact of his attendance at the 3-day weekend training  session for incoming club presidents (presidents-elect)  who start in July 2016 through June 2017.  Ramon said the president elect (PETS) training was even better than the previous PETS training he attended when he served as club president more than a decade ago.  He noted the possibility of reducing the dues to attract members who cannot afford the present dues cost, in exchange for charging for the luncheon meals, which currently are free to all attendees.

 Ramon Rodriguez also introduced three guests, starting with long time District 5280 Rotary leader Jerry Brown who is also a member of the South Gate Rotary Club.  Jerry Brown introduced  Angelo Sotelo and Adan Loya.  They are both members of the Compton Rotary Club, and Angelo Sotelo is the President-Elect for the Compton Club.  Angel introduced Cynthia Guerrero, also from the Compton Club,  who is interested in meeting people from the Lynwood Club.  Angelo suggested that the Compton, Lynwood and South Gate Clubs share some meeting dates, as a way of strengthening Rotary member leadership skills and encouraging community activities that the three clubs can do together.  Angelo noted that Compton Club activities include its members interacting with various Compton events.

Daniel noted that while the Lynwood Club meets on Thursdays at 12 Noon to 1:30 pm, at Bateman Hall, Lynwood City Hall, the South Gate and Compton Clubs meet on Wednesdays, 12 Noon to 1:30 pm.  For the South Gate Club the location is the auditorium building in South Gate Park, and for the Compton Club, the location is in the central offices of the Compton College Campus. 

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  Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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At the February 18, Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Dr. Keith Curry, Provost/ CEO of El Camino College Compton Center, Compton Community College District.

Daniel mentioned that Dr. Curry was a speaker at a Lynwood Rotary Club meeting about two years ago. Dr. Curry's power point presentation again provided the audience a detailed display of the financial and student performance data of the college. Attendees at the meeting were also provided a hard copy of the presentation.

School bonds approved by the voters within the Compton College District have provided the necessary financing for substantial repairs and upgrades to the infrastructure and buildings. The Compton College District encompasses the cities of Compton, Paramount and Lynwood. The college board member who represents most of Lynwood is Andre Ramos, who also has been a speaker at the Lynwood Rotary Club.

With respect to enrollment, the data presented shows that from the year 2010-2011, total enrollment was 16,189 students and for 2014-2015, enrollment had decreased to 12,161 students. However, in this same period the number of degrees awarded increased from 207 to 361 and the number of certificates increased from 55 to 104.

The strategic initiatives include the objective of attracting and retaining traditional students, and also focus on retaining non-traditional students. Dr. Curry mentioned that to meet the needs of many students, the college offers extensive classes at night and on weekends.

Another objective in the strategic initiatives is to establish faculty to faculty partnerships with K-12 feeder schools to better align curriculum between the two segments, and to improve student preparation. On that point, LUSD Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, noted that he was representing LUSD Superintendent Paul Gothold, (who is a Lynwood Rotary member), and stated that the Lynwood school district is very involved in the coordination of Lynwood curriculum and student preparation with the academic programs and classes provided by the Compton College District.

During the time for questions, Rotary member Oliver Conner asked why and when the Compton College lost its accreditation and was taken over by El Camino College. Dr. Curry responded that it occurred in 2002 and was due to financial insolvency. The partnership agreement by El Camino Community College District with the Compton Community College District is to assist the El Camino College Compton Center with recovery and eventual accreditation, which could occur in 2017.

Before the speaker's presentation, Club President Martina Rodriguez mentioned that it is good that the Lynwood Unified School District and the Compton College District are working together to best serve the students from Lynwood. Daniel encouraged everyone to look at the photos he arrayed on a table for the Lynwood Rotary youthact clubs from Roosevelt and Helen Keller Elementary Schools whereby the club members and many of their parents participated in the feeding of the homeless project. (Each year, on one Saturday, the youth and parents provide food for 300 persons and serve the food in a warehouse in Long Beach. For a 3-4 month period, a homeless service organization picks up the homeless at Long Beach locations to spent the night on cots and to receive dinner and breakfast). Also Daniel noted that the scheduled ground breaking ceremony for a new development at Plaza Mexico for Sat, Feb 20 has been postponed. When there is a new date, Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood will provide the information with flyers.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 02-18-2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 14, 2016
At the February 11, Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Ms. Gabriela (Gabby) Camacho, the newly elected City Treasurer, City of Lynwood, who is also the Activities Director for Lynwood High School. In addition, Mr. Freddy Hernandez, After Schools Site Coordinator, described his responsibilities as a contractor to LUSD with EduCare Foundation.

Gabby mentioned she is seeking a teacher to get a Rotary Interact Group started again at Lynwood High School. Also Freddy will contact Fernando and Tila Milllan, teachers at Roosevelt ES, about getting Youthact groups started at other elementary schools within LUSD.

Ms. Camacho has been a teacher for fifteen years at Lynwood High School and five years ago she obtained her position as Activities Director for the school. It has been through hard work and dedication that she helps students find opportunities in clubs, school activities, cultural events and more. She encourages students to make the best use of their time by learning new skills in after-school programs and to polish the skills they already posse. For example, by listening closely to the needs of her students, organizing them, doing fundraiser activities and submitting applications they were able to get a Band Director for the Band Program.

Before the speaker's presentation, Club President Martina Rodriguez mentioned that she attended the District 5280 Breakfast meeting at the Westin Hotel near LAX. She also mentioned that the District needs a club representative to attend a meeting relating to Rotary international peace issues. Daniel said he would attend the first meeting, pending selection of another club member to attend the projected quarterly meetings.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, announced again the annual luncheon for Children with Special Needs, Sunday, Feb 28, 11 am – 3 pm, Bateman Hall. The free luncheon is provided by the City of Luncheon, but advance reservations are required.

Veronica Ledesma, Field Representative for Congresswoman Janice Hahn, provided flyers for two coming events: Alzheimer's Community Forum, Feb 18, Thur, 10 -11:30 am, Drew University of Medicine, Keck Auditorium; and Feb 24, Wed, 9 – 11:30 am, Government on the Go! , AltaMed Health Services, 3820 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Lynwood, Information provided for personal assistance relating to Federal Government services, also a time to talk personally with the congresswoman about her agenda in Congress.

Also there is an important event on Sat, Feb 20, 10 am at Plaza Mexico. It is the Ground Breaking Ceremony for a new development. This is an important event for the City of Lynwood and all Rotary members should try to attend as a show of support. Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer, for the City of Lynwood, will bring flyers about the event at the Feb 18 Rotary meeting.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Feb 07, 2016
At the February 4, Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Rowland Becerra, organizer and curator for The Lynwood Union. Mr. Becerra previously was a speaker about the collection of historic photographs, art works and various memorabilia that represents the history of Lynwood.

Rowland talked about recent and coming community art activities and programs within Lynwood. In particular, he described the start of a monthly art event the last Friday of each month, at a new Lynwood restaurant, named Balam Tacos on Long Beach Blvd. Rowland said in January at this gourmet tacos restaurant there were over 100 attendees for local art and music, to include bands and an open mic. He said the atmosphere was like they were in Silverlake!

Rowland mentioned three coming art-related events at the Lynwood Library on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:00 pm: Feb 23, History, Photography, Art, Old Signs, maps and video; Mar 29, Felix Quintana Gallery (Local Artist), and April 26, Lynwood Art Academy / Leaving a Mark Gallery, a display by students. There also will be on Mar, 5 from 11am – 2pm an Art Walk at the Linear Park that will include performances, art and a drum circle. (Corner of Fernwood Ave. & Gertrude Dr.) Also the Lynwood High School Arts Festival will be on Sat, May 21 from 10am to 2pm. This is the third annual event and is planned to be bigger and better! Organized by the student art clubs, Lynwood Art Academy and the club, Leaving a Mark! Rowland also described the Utility Art Box project. The artwork is done by students and sponsors are needed to pay for the costs of the art supplies. Rowland also mentioned the planned Ciclavia bicyle event for Sunday, May 15. This is the first time a Ciclavia event will extend into Lynwood.

Rowland brought four guests relating to the Lynwood art world. Hector Jimenez and Rolando Mora are involved in producing films. Also two Lynwood High School teachers who teach art and who each sponsor an art related club for students: Luis Vega (the Art Academy) and Francisco Huesca (Leaving a Mark)

Before the speaker's presentation, Club President Martina Rodriguez mentioned that on a coming Wed. at 8:00 am Rotary District 5280 will have one of the District's Breakfast meetings with a speaker. The location will be the usual Century Blvd. Hotel near LAX. Martina encouraged at least one other Rotary member to join her. Also coming soon is a District International Peace Conference in Ontario.

Club Secretary Lulu said there will be a new date set for the Relay For Life organization at a Lynwood City Council Meeting to commend all the participants in the Relay Event held in Lynwood Park in June 2015. The Lynwood Rotary was well-represented at this event last June, and it would be good for the Rotary participants to attend the City Council meeting to be recognized.

Maria Garcia, a parent of one of the Youthact members at Roosevelt ES, mentioned the planned participation of Youthact members and some of their parents from Roosevelt and Helen Keller ES to help feed the homeless at a warehouse location in Long Beach. For several years this has been a Youthact event on one Saturday in the winter. Food is provided by the Youthact organizers through the leadership of Tila and Fernando Millan. Enough food is brought to serve 300 people who are brought by buses to be fed and sleep for the night (during the winter months).

Maria also mentioned that on Sat, Feb 13, Youthact members and a few parents will car pool at 6am from Roosevelt ES to the LA Convention Center, to help with the registration process for the LA Marathon, which takes place on Sun, Feb 14. Youthact members have participated in this event for several years. Daniel said he would attend Senator Ricardo Lara's Fifth Annual Gospel Luncheon in honor of the Annual Black History Month to be held at Bateman Hall, and he encouraged other Rotary members to attend. Daniel also mentioned the annual Sunday luncheon for children with special needs on Sunday Feb 28.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 24, 2016

At the January 21th Meeting members and guests heard a presentation from Ivan Esquivel, recent new Rotary member and employee for Lucy Avalos Catering Company. Ivan's talk addressed the subject of bio-mechanics. As agreed to by Daniel, this presentation was only the first part of a longer presentation that Ivan will present at a later Rotary meeting in March or April.

Ivan is well-known among Rotary members, besides assisting in food preparation for the Rotary luncheons, Ivan became a Lynwood Rotary member during 2015.

Ivan is a graduate of Salesian HS in ELA. He has obtained his AA Degree from CSULB in Aviation Science. He now has a career interest in bio-mechanics, which he states is the infusion of metal and human tissue.

Ivan mentioned the application of bio-mechanics in the development of robotic limbs, citing the example about five years ago at USC-UCLA General Hospital, where a woman lost her whole right arm which was replaced with a robotic arm. Ivan noted the military uses of robotic limbs for wounded soldiers.

Ivan will return with more information in a second presentation.

There were a number of announcements before the presentation. Club President, Martina Rodriguez, announced that the South Gate Rotary Club has invited Lynwood Rotary members to attend its weekly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 12 Noon, at its regular meeting location, which is the Auditorium Building in South Gate Park. The speaker will talk about plans for improvements at the LA – Long Beach Harbor.

JD Whitaker, Parking and Animal Control Services Manager for the City of Lynwood, announced the 5th Annual Ricardo Lara Gospel Brunch on Sat, Feb 6, 11 am – 2 pm. The event is free but tickets must be obtained in advance. One location for the tickets is the Lynwood Senior Center. No stranger to the Rotary Club, Daniel welcomed JD Whitaker to the meeting, noting that when he thinks about an effective and productive city employee, the first name to come to mind, is JD! He also had a heart warming experience that morning relating to Animal Control. He was checking on the Long Beach Green Line Station at 7:30 am before today's meeting ( a volunteer monthly report for MTA), and noticed a beautiful large stray dog in the Green Line parking lot. Ramon Galindo called in the report, and JD noted that the dog had been picked up by Animal Control staff before the meeting. Hopefully the dog will be reunited with his owners through the Services of the Lynwood Animal Control .

Daniel mentioned the importance of the annual homeless count for Lynwood. Volunteers will need to report to Room 1, Bateman Hall, on Thursday, Feb 28, at 8pm. The count will be conducted from 8pm to 11 pm. Daniel said he participated in the count for Lynwood last year, and will also participate this year. Three other Rotary members volunteered: Ramon Rodriguez, Oliver Conner and Ivan Esquievel. After the meeting, Deborah Jackson, Community Relations Manager, registered these three volunteers on line.

Daniel mentioned two other coming city events: Sat, Jan 23, 10 am at the Lynwood Community Center, a meeting to obtain community input on requests for improvements and additions to the Lynwood city parks; also the annual Sunday luncheon for children with special needs in February at Bateman Hall.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01-21-2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 18, 2016
At the January 14 meeting members and guests had the pleasure to hear a very interesting presentation by Mario Cardenas, General Director of Plaza Mexico and a long time friend of Lynwood Rotary Club.
Mario Cardenas has been the General Director of Plaza Mexico since it was founded 14 years ago. Since then through hard work and with the help of the community “La Plaza” has become a symbolic part of the city of Lynwood that provides a very pleasant experience to residents and city neighbors. La Plaza has many small businesses within that provide jobs to residents and helps the city grow.
Mario has visions of making La Plaza a better place to come to. There are plans in the making for the construction of a hotel to provide a place to stay for visitors and travelers from outside the state. He mention how our residents are, the welcoming tone in their voices which in the long run is going to help attract the public to come to Lynwood to enjoy the city’s services and it’s beauty. Also a Movie Theater has been considered. One multilevel parking lot is on the mind of Mr. Cardenas to facilitate parking space to La Plaza visitors, this construction would be located near la Huasteca restaurant. He spoke a little bit about the Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan, he said that he was going to get together with his team to coordinate with the city to come up with the best plan possible.
Oliver and Daniel mentioned that they attended the “Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan Community Scoping Meeting” that took place on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6 PM to 8 PM at the Lynwood Civic Center Bateman Hall Room 1. They said that the plan includes the Metro Green Line- Long Beach Transit Station Area, the I-105 Freeway, parts of Long Beach Blvd, Imperial Hwy, and Alameda st Industrial Park areas. The public that attended the meeting provided valuable information to the city to encourage bicycle use, to increase pedestrian mobility and safety, reduce traffic, increase housing opportunities, create economic growth through business attraction, and to identify public investments to support new development projects.
Daniel mentioned about the importance of the Homeless Count event that it will take place on Thursday January 28, 2016, 8 PM to 11PM. He gave information about last year procedures and that it will be important for the club involvement. For more information call Public Relations Department at (323) 603-0220.
 
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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01-14-2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jan 11, 2016

At the January 7th Meeting members and guests were treated to a very informative and visually interesting presentation by Elias Saikaly, P.E. Head of the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department, City of Lynwood.

His power point presentation included many photos of city drainage infrastructure, flooded areas after heavy rains, city preparations and procedures for flooding situations, also lists of what residents should do to be prepared for heavy rains. Also he showed world maps that show changes in sea temperatures as an indication of projected El Nino conditions.

After the presentation in a personal conversation with Daniel, as to by whom and when the power point document was prepared, Elias noted that he personally completed the power point document for this Rotary meeting, and he personally took all the photos. Daniel's comment was that hopefully other groups in Lynwood will be able to see the same presentation.

Among the preparations for residents are the following from Elias' presentation: 1) Water –at least a 3-day supply; 2) Food –at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food; 3) Flashlights with Extra Batteries; 4) First Aid Kit; 5) Medication, Sanitation and Personal Hygiene Items; 6) Multi-purpose tool; 7) Cell phone with chargers and Family and Emergency Contact Information; 8) Extra cash; 9) Map(s) of the area; 10) Pet supplies; 11) Tools/supplies for securing your home; 12) Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes, rain gear; 13) Cameras for photos of damage.

Questions from attendees included how residents and businesses could obtain sand bags. Elias provided handouts of his presentation which included actions items to be done by residents and by city staff, with many of the photos in the presentation.

Before the presentation, President Martina Rodriguez mentioned the District Rotary training that the next club president, Ramon Rodriguez, will be attending. Daniel welcomed Chris Wilson, field representative for Assembly Member Mike Gipson, and noting that Chris has agreed to be the speaker for the Mar 24 meeting. Chris noted that he is a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club. Daniel also greeted Eagle Scout Oscar Avila who has been a speaker twice and may return after his high school classes end in the spring and before he leaves for his planned summer school classes.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, included in her announcements the following: the Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan Community Scoping Meeting on Tue, Jan 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Bateman Hall Room 1; also the need for volunteers for the annual 2016 Homeless Count within the City of Lynwood; also the Sunday luncheon for children with special needs in February.

Fernando and Tila Milan talked about recent activities of the Roosevelt ES and Helen Keller ES Youthact groups, including helping decorate the City of Downey Rose Parade Float; also mentioning that the Youthact groups will again participate in the Sat registration procedures for the Sunday LA Marathon.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 01-07-2016 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 20, 2015

The December 17 Meeting members and guests talked about their holiday plans with family and friends; also they participated in sharing gifts brought by members and guests; also they participated in a raffle among those who brought wrapped gifts.

Of note, members Joe Wang and Daniel Miller brought extra items and encouraged members and guests to help themselves for these items. At the appointed time, those who brought a wrapped gift were given a number, and the gift they received matched the number that was written on each wrapped gift. Several members including President Martina Rodriguez wrote a check to Rotary for deciding to take some of the extra items provided ( that were in addition to the wrapped gifts);

Among the guests, there was one who is a potential member in the future: Erica Calderon. Another guest, Santiago Lopez, indicated that he would like to become a member. So this was his first of three meetings that he will attend as part of the process of applying to become a member.

Announcements started with President Martina Rodriguez, wishing everyone happy holidays. She reminded all that there will be no meetings for the next two Thursdays (Dec 24 and Dec 31) and encouraged all to come back for the next meeting on the first Thursday in Jan 2016, Jan 7. The speaker will be Elias Saikaly, Public Works Engineering, P.E., who will talk about preparations for forecast heavy rains during the El Nino winter season.

In the absence of the Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, Marisela Santana, Daniel mentioned three coming events that Rotary members are encouraged to do / to attend:

Sandbagging. A flyer described three locations and events: Fire Stations, Public Works Yard, and neighborhood Sandbag Filling Parties (to be organized)

Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan Community Scoping Meeting. Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Bateman Hall Room 1. A flyer provided background information.

Homeless Count 2016. Wed, Jan 28, 8;00 – 11:00 pm. Meet at Bateman Hall. A flyer provided background information.

Daniel described the potential benefit to the Lynwood community if there is widespread participation in the Transit Area Plan Meeting. Also he mentioned that he participated in last year's homeless count in Lynwood. He noted that accurate counts are needed to develop data that will help obtain Federal funds for programs to serve the homeless population in Lynwood and throughout Los Angeles County.

Note: At the previous meeting on Dec 10, Daniel introduced Omar Franco, who attended the meeting, noting that Omar Franco is the Rotary volunteer who sends out the Lynwood Rotary weekly introduction and the weekly meeting update to Rotary members and to selected nonmembers and to selected city staff. He noted that it is hoped that in the coming year, Omar can personally attend at least one meeting a month. Although his busy schedule of working full time and also with family involvements does not leave much time for attending Rotary meetings and other Rotary related events.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 13, 2015

The December 10, Meeting,members and guests heard Alex Vasquez who is currently working in administrative coordination and customer relations for a hotel chain in LA.

Alex Vasquez ; described his experiences since he came to the country back in 1985. The obstacles that he had to overcome to achieve his goals and dreams; he explained that one of his major difficulties was the language barrier since his primary language is Spanish. Another obstacle that he had to overcome was his parents; he mentioned that they wanted him to become a doctor; but he disliked the idea of working around sick people. Against all odds he decided to study hard to become a teacher because he wanted to help other students like him. He went to high school were he managed to get information about a college program that helped him obtain a BA in Spanish and French at CalState Long Beach. He also spoke about his experience as a first year teacher at Roosevelt HS in ELA; he explained about the school system of managing the financial help from the government to the students; help that didn’t reach the students. Mr. Vasquez mentioned that he confronted the school coordinator about this problem. He said that the books that they were using were not updated and the students needed new materials for maximum benefits in their learning process. He also mentioned about his current activities at a community center in Van Nuys; he is a ESL teacher every Friday from 12 noon to 2Pm and even though he doesn’t get paid he mentioned that his reward is the satisfaction he gets from students who are learning the new language and to use it for their benefit in their daily life.

Comments and Discussion. Daniel brought photos from the Lynwood yearly Christmas Parade to display for the member and guests. Also there was an additional photo exhibition of Teleton USA which took place in Plaza Mexico; which event Daniel attended after the Parade.

Club President Martina Rodriguez, mentioned about this upcoming Thursday, Dec 17 Christmas give exchange, the gift price was set to 20 or more; also she encouraged Rotarians to bring extra gifts for potential visitors.

J D Whitaker shared with all who were present about the planned Gospel Brunch event for Feb 16, 2016, and he invited Rotarians to be part of it. The event is going to be televised, he will come back with more information about it and will bring flyers.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 12-10-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Dec 06, 2015

The December 3, Meeting,did not have a speaker, since the meeting was devoted to the annual voting for club officers for the year that begins on July 01, 2016. So Club President Martina Rodriguez will announce the club officers for 2016- 2017, to include the President- Elect, at the December 10 meeting.

At this meeting, guests Frank, Pearline and daughter Erica, brought a large and very tasty cake as a thank you for the Lynwood Rotary Club support for and participation in the Calderon Home Repair Project, in November, organized by the American Disabled Veterans organization and by the Team Home Depot who provided the workers and tools and repair supplies.

Erica also assisted in the vote count, as an outside objective observer and assistant.

Comments and Discussion. Club President Martina Rodriguez explained the plans for the Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade on Friday, Dec 4. The parade begins at 7 pm. However parents and Rotary youth from Roosevelt ES and Helen Keller ES will arrive at Martina's home at 5pm for a pot luck meal and for time to get organized before the parade starts. Martina's home is located on MLK Ave. at the point where the parade starts. Rotary member Ivan Esquivel said that this year Rotary member Lucy Avalos has had the float designed so that the name “Rotary” is more prominent in the float. Ivan said that this year he will be the driver for the float. Martina mentioned that she has obtained a new Rotary banner to be carried at the front of the Rotary entry in the parade.

Daniel mentioned that he will also attend the annual Tree Lighting Event in front of Lynwood City Hall, at 5:30 pm, Thursday, Dec 3.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 22, 2015

The November 19, Meeting,members and guests heard Mark Flores, Driector, Recreation and Community Services Department, City of Lynwood, and Jose Trejo, Department Manager, talk about programs and activities and new and upgraded facilities of the department.

Mark Flores through a very professional power point program talked about what parks do for the community. He described the grand opening ceremony with State Senator Ricardo Lara for his namesake park, The Ricardo Lara Linear Park. The park is divided into five distinct segments, to include: dog park, divided between small and large dogs; physical fitness, with workout stations; a childrens play area; a community gardens afrea; and a nature segment, planted with California native plants, as well as native plants throughout the new park. Among park facility upgrades include tennis courts and basket ball courts. There are also facilities and programs for youth with special needs, also programs for adults. One of the new coming attractions will be the community center in Ham Park scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016.

Jose Trejo talked about a number of coming activities to include the free Thanksgiving turkey give away event, the annual Candy Cane Lane Parade on Friday, Dec 4, and the Tree Lighting event on Thurs pm.day, Dec 3, at 5:30

Comments about the two presentations included the following: Oliver Oconner praised the department for the city's indoor swimming pool, noting that he swims and exercises regularly in the pool. Daniel asked about how the city is connecting with regional bike lanes and the LA River plans for increased use of the river trails. Mark noted that the city is in sync with regional improvements underway for both of these infrastructure improvements.

Announcements, Club President Martina Rodriguez, mentioned the importance of the December 3 Rotary meeting at which the club will vote on club officers for the year starting July 2016, as well as for the selection of the president elect for the year following 2016-2017. She also mentioned the importance of the plans for the Rotary club's participation in the annual Candy Cane Lane Parade on Friday, Dec 4. In addition to the Rotary float for the parade, the Youthact members from Roosevelt ES, along with some Youthact members from Helen Keller ES, are the major part of the Rotary participation in the annual Parade in Lynwood. There was mention of the need to acquire a new Rotary banner for the parade.

Concerning the week long Calderon home improvement project, Nov 9 thru Nov 19, Daniel took extensive photos of the event for both the Thur luncheon provided by the Rotary and for the thank you ceremony on Fri afternoon. Copies of these photos were provided to the Calderon family, along with a CD of the photos. Also Daniel brought to the Thursday Rotary luncheon meeting on Nov 19, a collage of some of the photos, with the Certificate of Appreciation in the middle, as a record of this important community charitable event, for which the Lynwood Rotary was most pleased to be a participant.

Also, guest Margaret Arajou commented that Lynwood residents can obtain from the city free sandbags for El Nino preparations.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

 

 

Lynwood Rotary Update 11-19-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Nov 15, 2015

The November 12, Meeting was held at the home of Frank and Pearline Calderon, 4010 Josephine Street, Lynwood. The Lynwood Rotary, with the hands-on work of President Martina Rodriguez, and the cooking assistance of a neighbor, provided lunch for the approximate 25 volunteer workers, who were doing a variety of home repairs and upgrades during the week starting Monday, Nov 9 thru Friday, Nov 13. Seven Lynwood Rotary members plus Martina's neighbor, who provided much of the food, attended the lunch at the Calderon home.

Mentioned in last week's meeting email update, here is the background information that explains why the Lynwood Rotary provided the lunch. Frank Calderon is a long time resident of Lynwood along with his wife, Pearline. Frank is a 100% disabled veteran. Under the sponsorship of the Lakewood Chapter of the Disabled Veterans (DAV), Frank was recently awarded a home remodeling grant from the TEAM DEPOT Foundation. Volunteers from the Paramount store and several other Home Depot stores, along with DAV volunteers performed much needed repairs to the home all during the week.

The day before on Wednesday evening, Nov 11, at the home of President Martina Rodriguez, a Lynwood Rotary Board meeting was held. In addition to final coordination for providing the lunch the next day at the Calderon's home, coming events were discussed. This includes plans for the Rotary club's participation in the annual Candy Cane Lane Parade on Friday, Dec 4. In addition to the Rotary float for the parade, the Youthact members from Roosevelt ES, along with some Youthact members from Helen Keller ES, are the major part of the Rotary participation in the annual Parade in Lynwood.

Daniel was asked to represent Lynwood Rotary at the Closing Ceremony at the Calderon home repair event, scheduled for Friday, Nov 13 at 3pm. It turned out that the actual ceremony was about 4pm, due to ongoing tasks. In fact, the completion of the exterior painting, and several other tasks will continue in the next several days of the coming week. Daughter Erica Calderon provided certificates of appreciation to organizers of the event, and Daniel accepted the certificate of appreciation prepared for the Lynwood Rotary club. Besides the food for the Thursday luncheon, on behalf of the Rotary Club, Daniel brought a dozen plants, to add to other new plants for the new landscaping. The dozen new plants from Daniel's extensive home plant collection are all drought tolerant, as well as the other new plants provided from the Home Depot staff team.

Daniel took extensive photos of the event for both days. Copies of these photos will be provided to the Calderon family, along with a CD of the photos. Also Daniel will bring to the Thursday Rotary luncheon meeting on Nov 19, a collage of some of the photos, with the Certificate of Appreciation in the middle, as a record of this important community charitable event, for which the Lynwood Rotary was most pleased to be a participant.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

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At the November 5, Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, Lorene Reed, a very active leader in programs at the Lynwood Senior Center, describe her dramatic changes in her landscaping to reduce her use of water. She provided photos of her new landscaping, as well as interesting and informative brochures from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California ( MWD) Three of the brochures suggest drought tolerant plants and techniques to use for their installation, along with suggestions for the appropriate watering systems to install. Everyone helped themselves also to seed packets of California Poppies.

Ms. Reed said the idea of switching to a drought tolerant landscaping for her home started with a gardening class she attended at the senior center a year ago that was given by the MWD. She noted that her husband watered their lawn and plants daily and the result was a flourishing garden and lawn, but she became more aware that most of their water consumption was due to watering of the plants compared to use in the house. Ms. Reed described their participation in the turf replacement program. The program initially paid $3.00 per sq. ft. of lawn replaced, and then due to high participation in the program, the payout was reduced to $2.00 per sq. ft.. Although she noted, for limited areas, the payout may be at $3.00 per sq. ft. of lawn removed. One important fact, after the new landscaping, the monthly water bill for the Reed residence went from about $200.00 to $56.00 per month!

Lorene noted that with a friend she drove around in other communities where there has been more extensive drought tolerant landscaping installed. At a home in Inglewood, they stopped and inquired as to the landscaping installed. The name was Karie Diamond Contractor and she is located in Sherman Oaks. It was this contractor that Lorene used. Lorene described the specific online procedures required for the lawn replacement program, including the requirement for before and after photos. Lorene’s landscaping project with photos is featured in a recent LNP issue.

The initiative and follow through of Lorene and her husband definitely impressed the audience. Lorene stated that she is in touch regularly with Leticia Vasquez, District 4 Director of the Central Basin Municipal Water District (and a former mayor of the City of Lynwood.) Relating to updating the community on water issues, two guests at the meeting, Chester Lyon and Mary Fuller, both active at the senior center, mentioned at the end of the meeting, the free trips that are available from the MWD, consisting of weekend trips to MWD facilities along the Colorado River and also water infrastructure facilities in Northern California.

Before the speaker, Larry Esparza mentioned that the Memorial / Celebration of Life event for his family member, Geraldo Reyes,on Sat, Oct 31, was attended by himself and by Lynwood Rotary members, Joe Wang and Oliver Conner. Daniel mentioned that Geraldo was scheduled to become a Lynwood Rotary member.

Then President Martina Rodriguez described the plan for providing lunch for home repair volunteers for the Calderon Family at their home in Lynwood. There will be a special meeting at the home of Martina Rodriguez on Wed. Nov 11, at 7:00 pm to coordinate this event, including food preparation.

Also several Lynwood Rotary members may attend the Remodel Celebration, at the conclusion of the five day home repair work, which starts Mon. Nov 9. The Remodel Celebration will be at 3:00 pm on Fri, Nov 13, at the Calderon home, 4010 Josephine Street, Lynwood, 90262.

Two other events to be discussed at the Nov 11 meeting are the Club’s support and participation for the Rotary District 5280 Annual Foundation Event in November. The second event is the Rotary Float in the Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade, to be held Fri, Dec 4, along with participation of Rotary Youthact members.

Also at the Nov 5 weekly meeting, members expressed their pleasure that Lulu will continue as City Clerk.

Marisela Santana, City of Lynwood Public Information Officer, announced two coming city events: First, Tue, Nov 10, 11am, Veterans Day Ceremony at Front Steps of City Hall (actual Veterans Day is Nov 11.).; Second,, Candy Cane Lane Parade, Fri, Dec 4, starting at 7pm, from MLK Jr. Blvd. & Atlanrtic Ave., west to Bullis Rd. (Rotary will have a float, along with Rotary Youthact members, starting with potluck supper in the backyard of Martina’s house on MLK Jr. Blvd. where the parade starts.)

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach Lynwood Rotary

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At the October 29, Meeting the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, Joe Wang. He is a long time member of the Lynwood Rotary Club and served as Public Works Director for the City of Lynwood some time ago.

 

Mr. Wang talked and presented one of his informative and interesting photo presentationS of his world travels. In this presentation he showed and provided to all in attendance information and photographs from his recent tour to South America, where he visited the countries of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

 

He mentioned the major cities he visited were Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande. In his trip to Rio de Janeiro he talked about going to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer which is a symbol of Christianity across the world. The statue with a height of 125, has become a cultural icon of both Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.

On his visit to Rio Grande he mentioned that he visited city hall. Also he mentioned that on his flight to Brazil one of the flight attendants recommended to him to visit Rio Grande and buy some coffee because it tastes great.

 

Mr. Wang also showed the audience pictures of his visit to Uruguay, where he go to see the city of Punta del Este, which is a beautiful city known by his beaches. He mentioned that when he was walking around the beach he saw a hand sticking out of the sand like if someone one was buried but it was just a decoration.

 

Before the speaker, president Martina Rodriguez proposed again Lynwood Rotary participation in a Calderon Project event. See the description of the proposed Rotary meeting for Thursday November 12.

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach Lynwood Rotary

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At the October 22, Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, Al Castellanos, recently retired Teacher and Coach at Hosler MS.

Mr. Castellanos talked about the beautification project he has organized and led during the last year at Hosler MS. With many photos on his smart phone, he showed to each person in attendance by walking around the room, landscaping planting that has been done, along with new plants provided by Daniel that will become part of the landscaping project.

He mentioned the amount of money raised by teachers and students participating in the project during the last year. He also pointed out that the plants and related items, such as planter boxes, that he has purchased were at about half the cost usually paid for these items (generally wholesale prices). He also noted that he has installed hoses and hose hangers in all the areas where there are now new planter areas, to make it easy to water the plants using hand-held hoses. In response to Rotary member Oliver Conner's stated concern that since Al is now longer working at the Hosler campus that maintenance and watering of the planted areas may be neglected. He replied that Ms. Boudie, a leader in this project, and Leadership Teacher, is in charge to ensure adequate care of the planted areas by other teachers and by students that have been involved in this project In addition, Enrique Lucha, Pathway Teacher is responsible. Also in response to Oliver, Al stated that some kind of sign will be installed in a prominent location to indicate the involvement of the Lynwood Rotary in the overall landscaping project. “I have enjoyed doing this project – it is a form of giving back to the school, and I also believe that teachers and students involved in this beautification project is a way for all participants to feel more supportive of the campus and of what this middle school is accomplishing in terms of contributing to helping motivate the students, through their middle school education.” (Note: Al and Daniel will announce a tour of the campus to see the planting areas for a 30 minute tour before a Thursday meeting in January.)

Before the speaker, there were a number of announcements. President Martina Rodriguez talked about the recent Rotary District 5280 Breakfast meeting which featured the World Vision organization and its work in poverty areas of Third World countries that includes digging wells to provide safe drinking water. She also mentioned a luncheon involving USC and UCLA on Nov 24, and she mentioned the raffle tickets that were issued to all members and that reservations are due for the coming annual Rotary Foundation event. Also, the Annual Rotary Interact Youth Leadership Conference will be held Sun, Oct 25, starting at 10 am at USC, and 15 youth from Roosevelt and Helen Keller ES schools will be attending.

Daniel mentioned a symposium on Thur, Dec 3, hosted by Jerome E. Horton, Chair, Cal State Bd. of Equalization on Nonprofit and Affordable Housing, involving Cal Assn. Of Nonprofits and Cal Educational Solutions, to be held at the City of Carson Civic Center, 9am to 4pm. Also, Club Secretary Lulu, provided copies of a handout from the American Cancer Society that clarified that the Lynwood Rotary Club contributed a total of $1,872 between individual contributions and a club donation of $1,000. for the June 2015 Relay for Life event. From Graham Allebaugh, Senior Manager, Relay for Life, to Lulu Quinonez, : “ ... a big THANK YOU for all that you and the Lynwood Rotary have done to make this event a success. We could never do what we do for cancer research, or what we do to help cancer patients through their journey, without the support of volunteers who make a difference in their communities. Thank you!!” Finally, two more events to include: President Martina has proposed Rotary participation in a Calderon Veterans Project event. See the description of the proposed Rotary meeting for Friday, Nov 13. And President Martina and Daniel announced at the end of the meeting a Memorial / Celebration of Life event for Gerald Reyes, who had been scheduled to become a Rotary member. The event will be Sat, Oct 31 at 10 am, at a funeral home at 1447 Engracia Ave. Torrance, 90501.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach Lynwood Rotary

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At the October 15, Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, Simona Ramirez, Program Coordinator, under contract with the City of Lynwood for the administration of the following programs:

  • CalHome Funded First Time Homebuyer Program
  • CalHome Funded Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program

Simona mentioned that the City of Lynwood successfully competed to obtain these grant funds for the benefit of Lynwood residents that qualify. For example, the City of Lynwood's Housing Division administers the CalHome Program to assist households that have incomes less than or equal to 80% of the area's median income to purchase homes. The current maximum income limits are set for the size of the household, from one person to 6 persons. As an example, for two persons, the income limit is $51,850. The incomes are adjusted annually. The program requirements are listed as follows: homebuyer education (an 8 hour course); credit requirements (minimum FICO score of 640); buyer's down payment (at least 1%); and maximum loan amount ($60,000).

There were a number of questions from the audience, as to how the loan program would work for specific cases. Also there were several questions as to how the housing rehab program works and what type of repairs is permitted.

One comment was how much outreach and public information is being done by the city to help residents know about the two programs, and for residents to be informed about the qualifications.

 

Announcements and Presentations Before the Speaker Club President Martina Rodriguez and Daniel mentioned the Mayor's State of the City Address event that was held in the evening of Thursday, Oct 15. (Note that this important and enjoyable event was well-attended by Rotary members and their guests.)

Also, it was mentioned that the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Ricardo Lara Linear Park on Saturday, Oct 10 at 11 am at the corner of Fernwood Ave. and Gertrude Drive was attended by 250 persons!

 

 

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

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At the October 8, Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, Rowland Becerra, Organizer and Director of Lynwood Union. Assisted by his sister, Stephanie, Rowland’s presentation included a power point presentation illustrating aspects of the history of Lynwood.

Rowland grew up in Lynwood and is currently a member of the Lynwood Public Safety Commission and also a member of the Ricardo Lara Linear Park PAC Committee, whose responsibility is to help plan activities for the new park. Rowland will be attending the State of the City Event on Thursday evening, Oct 15, and will have a display table for the event.

Using the name of Lynwood Union, Mr. Becerra has developed a page on Facebook, which is dedicated to the history, art, music, food and people of Lynwood. His presentation included a display table with many interesting photographs and explanations of examples of the history of Lynwood. Rowland was proud to note the Facebook page for Lynwood Union has 1600 followers!

When asked when and how Rowland got interested in the art world, he stated that in high school he became interested in art and music and at the time he felt out of place in his own circle of friends. Now he states that kids are more interested in the artistic world, to include art, music, photography, history and food from an artistic point of view.

Rowland explained that his art gallery and historic photos and other historic mementos are on display in the historic Allen Theater in South Gate, and that Lynwood High School students volunteered to help get the space ready for public viewing. In the future, the goal is to find a location in Lynwood for this museum and gallery. Rowland noted that along Atlantic Blvd. near the existing Masterson hot rod and old car restoration shop and garage would be a good place for The Lynwood Union to be located. He believes that such a place “ can grow our city through art.” He stated: “art can stimulate rejuvenation of buildings, streets and neighborhoods.” “ I believe we can make our community better through art.” For example, he noted the City of Downey’s art gallery has stimulated night life there. We can do the same thing here in Lynwood.” Rowland states: “I want to show the world what Lynwood has to offer.”

Among the many interesting people to have grown up and/or lived in Lynwood include many well- known people. Just to mention several names Rowland mentioned: Dodgers player, Duke Snider; Venus Williams, practicing tennis at a Lynwood school; Weird Al Yankovic, with his music record, Straight out of Lynwood; and Mother Teresa. Concerning Mother Teresa, she visited the U.S. frequently for a period of about five years in the late eighties or early nineties, during which U.S. visits; when in LA, she stayed at the St. Emydius Church Convent, to include attending Mass and sometimes speaking during the Mass. Other Lynwood historical facts of note: During the period of 1937 to 1945, Lynwood had a float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. From the display table: there is a photograph of a restaurant owned by John Ham: “ John Ham better known as ‘Johnny Ham, The Ice Cream Man’, owned Ham’s Ice Cream and Restaurant on Atlantic Blvd. In the early 1960’s he became Council Member and eventually Mayor of Lynwood.”

Daniel and President Martina expressed their appreciation for this very stimulating presentation, and stated a desire to stay in touch with The Lynwood Union and with its goals for Lynwood. The Lynwood Union flyer states in part: “The Lynwood Union was founded on January 1, 2015 for the purposes of increasing CIVIC PRIDE in our community. The Lynwood Union is an organization aimed at showcasing all the positive contributions that originate or have origins in Lynwood, CA. From pop culture, the arts, and rich culinary to historical influences and influential personalities – the residents of Lynwood, united continue to show pride in our community.” “The Lynwood Union was started by Luis Vega, LHS Art Teacher; Hector Jimenez, graduate from UC Berkeley's Film Dept; Aly Becerra, graduate from Cal State LA's Anthropology Program; Stephanie Becerra, graduate from UCLA's History Program; Tom Pimental, Local Photographer and Rowland Becerra, Community Organizer.”

Announcements and Presentations Before the Speaker Club President Martina Rodriguez requested a club member to join her at a coming Rotary District 5280 Quarterly Breakfast meeting to hear a noted community speaker. Ramon Rodriguez volunteered to accompany Martina at this District Breakfast meeting. In the absence of Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, Daniel announced that the City’s newly named Ricardo Lara Linear Park, will have an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sat, Oct 10, at 11 am on the corner of Fernwood Ave. and Gertrude Drive. Also Rotary members were reminded of the City of Lynwood’s State of the City Address on Thur, Oct 15, with sign-in at 5:30 pm at Bateman Hall and with RSVP deadline of Oct 8. All Lynwood Rotary members received an invitation in the mail several weeks ago.

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Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

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At the October 1, Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from the scheduled speaker, J.D. Whitaker, Parking Control Manager, Chief of Operations, City of Lynwood, and also, Manager of Animal Control (sincethe City took over this service from L.A. County.)

Daniel introduced J.D., noting that J.D. has been featured as a speaker previously at a Club meeting, and noting that J.D. should provide instruction to other city employees as to his outstanding public speaking skills.

Animal Control Services: the first year of operation by the City of Lynwood, previously provided under contract by the County of LA, has resulted in more responsive service at a cost saving of $120,000 a year. Additional savings of $40,000 a year is projected if the City can use the services of the Lynwood Dog and Cat Hospital, whose owners are supportive of this proposal. Response time is now achieved at 20 minutes after the call. As an example of the work load, in July, 181 animal service requests were received, that resulted in 84 animal impounds and 35 deceased animals were picked up. Small dogs, such as Chihuahua dogs, can easily squeeze through fence holes and spaces and therefore should be kept inside at all times unless the owner is immediately present with the dog. Pit Bull dogs are not naturally aggressive, unless they have been trained for fighting. Roosters and hens are a problem, and are an indication of illegal cock fighting. Spaying and neutering is a city requirement and reduces the problem of stray dogs and cats with the unfortunate result of euthanizing unclaimed animals. Coordination is underway with SPCALA for community outreach to educate the community to take better care of pets and to help find homes for stray animals. Hoarding animals in homes, especially where they are poorly taken care of and/or mistreated, is caused by mental illness/ mental problems of the owners.

Parking Control Services: J.D. noted that the problem with lack of on-street parking is due in large part to the problem of illegal garage conversions to housing. Also, there is the situation of residents parking inoperable vehicles on their property, taking up space that could otherwise be used for parking their operable vehicles. These residents need to be encouraged to rid their properties of vehicles that have long been inoperable. Disputes sometimes occur when people park in front of residences, when the resident complains of the parking. For some residents, there is the mistaken view that the curb space in front of the property belongs to the resident. Not true, this parking is public space available to anyone. There is also the problem of automotive repair businesses on major Lynwood streets parking vehicles being repaired on these streets, thus preventing patrons of adjacent businesses from finding onstreet parking places. This suggests priority enforcement of parking time limits and perhaps a reduction of permitted parking times. At Lynwood’s 16 schools, student drop-offs and pick-ups, has to be closely monitored, and the parking rules enforced. Parents need to drive to the far end of the white curb zone for drop off and pick up of students, thus allowing other vehicles in the queue to move to the next available space in the white zone for drop off and pick up. J.D. noted that in the last several years there have been two child deaths, related to school arrivals and departures of vehicles in front of the schools. He noted that these tragedies, view heavily on his mind as to the importance of parking control enforcement around schools.

Announcements and Presentations Before the Speaker

Veronica Ledesma, Field Representative, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, presented a Certificate to Club President, Martina Rodriguez, in recognition that this day, October 1, is the 79th birthday for the Lynwood Club, which was chartered, Oct 1, 1936. In honor of this special day, Martina had a photo taken of Veronica Ledesma, with all the club members in attendance.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, announced that the City’s newly named Ricardo Ricardo Lara Linear Park, will have an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sat, Oct 10, at 11 am on the corner of Fernwood Ave. and Gertrude Drive. Marisela also announced the City of Lynwood’s State of the City Address on Thur, Oct 15, with sign-in at 5:30 pm at Bateman Hall and with RSVP deadline of Oct 8. All Lynwood Rotary members received an invitation in the mail last week.

A brief announcement was made by Pearline and Frank Calderon of a formal written request that the Club support a veteran’s home repair project by providing food and related support items for the volunteers on the day of the home repairs event. President Martina indicated that the Lynwood Rotary Board will consider this request.

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At the September 24th Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from Rotary District 5280 Governor, DJ Sun.

This was the annual visit by the District Governor to the Lynwood Rotary Club. The governor was introduced by the Assistant District Governor for the Lynwood Rotary Club, Ms. Viola Rica. Mr. DJ Sun was born in Korea but obtained his bachelor and master’s degree from a university in Illinois. At that time he met his wife to be and they have three children. He has an extensive business career in investment management. Within District 5280, he has extensive leadership at the Little Korea Rotary Club. His world travels for Rotary include two trips to Korea, both related to providing funding and medical care for surgery for children with cleft palate.

The Governor thanked everyone for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality. And he noted: “with 79 years of history, you are one the District’s oldest clubs.”

The Governor started his remarks, noting the long history of the Lynwood Club with its numerous accomplishments over the years. He expressed his hope that the Lynwood Club can over time regain its larger membership in order to be able to carry out more and bigger projects.

The Governor gave out three District Governor’s Citations. One commendation was for the member with the most years as a member, Rajen Dhaliwal. Another commendation was for the member who has brought in the most new members, Ramon Rodriguez. And the member commended for his devotion to the Lynwood Club, District Events and Projects, was Daniel Miller. Rajen’s daughter, Tamana, accepted the certificate on behalf of her father, who is away in India. President Martina Rodriguez presented to the Governor, two checks for District 5280, one for $300 for the District Foundation, one for $500 for Polio.

President Martina Rodriguez, prior to the Governor’s presentation, welcomed the Governor, and the support staff accompanying Mr. DJ Sun.

The Board Meeting with Governor DJ Sun included the following agenda:

President Martina’s Plans and Objectives; a. Foundation -- L. Quinonez; b. Club Service and Membership – C. Manlapaz; c. Community Service – L. Avalos; d. New Generations – O.Conner; Vocational Service – Ramon Rodriguez; Public Relations – D. Miller*; Closing Remarks, District Governor – DJ Sun. *Note that Omar Franco, team member with D. Miller, presented Public Relations. Also note that the District support staff accompanying the Governor, remarked that it was good to see a young person, such as Omar, involved in the work of the club.

The numerous topics discussed by the Governor and his accompanying support staff, included the following areas as being potentially very helpful to the Lynwood Club in increasing its membership and its involvement in community service projects: a new membership category within District 5280, Young Professionals; also opportunities for the club to develop projects that are funded by various Rotary grant funds. A first step is that two members of the club have to be certified through a Rotary Webinar Class that will be next held in March and April 2016. The website training explains the grant programs available and the procedures for clubs to develop proposals to be funded. Another support program from District 5280 is that all club members will be better able to be a part of networking within the District, to enhance communication between members in all the clubs within the District.

 

 

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At the September 17th Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from Leticia Vasquez, Director, Central Basin Municipal Water District. Ms. Vasquez was assisted, by Priscilla Segura, Public Information Officer. Noting that she is a teacher at El Camino College, Ms. Vasquez presented a whole lot of information in her brief time available. Here is a portion of what she quickly covered. The Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) also called Central Basin, purchases water from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) and resells the imported water to privately owned water districts and to cities. It covers an area larger than an Assembly District, encompassing 22 cities and numerous portions of unincorporated areas. In the words of Ms. Vasquez, the MWD is the “Big Daddy” which has a large infrastructure of dams, canals and reservoirs to bring water from the Colorado River to Southern California. As for Lynwood, about 6 % of the city is served by the Park Water Co. Its water rates have to be approved by the California PUC. The City of Lynwood has its own water rights to pump a certain amount of water from underground water aquifers. The Central Basin has a variety of programs to encourage reduced water usage, to include home landscaping modifications. Depending on budgeted funds residential rebates are available for such items as a high efficiency clothes washer, turf removal, high efficiency toilet, rain barrel, weather based irrigation controller, and a rotating nozzle. Other examples of Central Basin programs are displays and booths at community events and inspection trips. For example, MWD in partnership with Central Basin is hosting the following trips: Diamond Valley Lake, Nov 6, and Colorado River Aqueduct, Mar 18- 20, 2016. During these trips participants will observe MWD facilities and the manner of operation of these facilities.

Because of the seriousness of the statewide 4-year drought, Governor Brown succeeded in getting California legislation AB1 passed which has resulted in a variety of provisions to reduce water usage with an overall target of a 25% reduction statewide. In the case of the City of Lynwood, a reduction mandate of 16% was set by the city. As an example of AB1 provisions, now cities are prohibited from having city ordinances that have fines for residences having a brown lawn. Reduced water usage will be the “New Normal”, even at the end of the current drought, because the history of California is periodic droughts, especially for SoCal, since it is a desert area. The Pacific Ocean temperature at the Equator is now warmer than it has been, which is described as an “El Niño” situation. It is expected that SoCal will receive heavy rains at some point this winter, but El Niño is not likely to bring a lot of rain and snows to the mountains in the northern part of the state, from which provide water flows to reservoirs and rivers that flow towards the south.

Priscilla Segura's power point and photo presentation was equally informative. For example, photos were shown of the reduced snow pack at selected mountain areas in the Sierras over the last 20 years. Also for similar time periods, the lower water levels at several major reservoirs. As Ms.Segura stated in her presentation: “The drought is a permanent reality, history repeats itself and therefore there have to be permanent changes in our use of water.” One part of the photos showed a variety of plants, and the audience was asked which plants were drought tolerant. Some plants looked like desert plants, but other plants which were green with interesting flowers, were also drought tolerant. The message was that one can convert to drought tolerant landscaping without the look of a desert, although some like a desert looking landscape for their homes. Priscilla's photos showed an example of a plant that can be planted for a lawn: the name of the plant is Kurapia and it originates from Japan; it is a bright green with small white flowers and is very drought tolerant. Ms. Lorene Reed was in the audience and Ms. Vasquez asked Ms. Reed to describe the major changes she made in her home landscaping, and the resultant reduction in her water charges. (Note: as a result of Ms. Reed's comments, she has agreed to be the speaker on this subject for the Nov 5 Rotary meeting.)

 

Second Part of minutes for September 17 Lynwood Rotary Meeting

 

Before these presentations, President Martina Rodriguez talked about the important Rotary meeting on Thursday Noon, September 24, when the Rotary District Governor makes his annual visit to the Lynwood Rotary Club. She again emphasized that Rotary Board members need to attend a meeting with the District Governor, DJ Sun, that starts at 10:30 am in the Bateman Hall VIP Room. President Martina will hold a coordination meeting on Wed evening at 7pm at her home the day before the District Governor’s meeting with the Club on Sep 24. She will hand out the written job responsibilities for each Rotary member, as well as a copy of the budget. Each member with assigned duties is expected to make a brief and concise report to the District Governor.

Also the coming District Annual Picnic was mentioned. The date is Sunday, Sept 20 at the usual location, which is the Redondo Beach Lagoon At the picnic, which starts at 11AM, there is the annual boat race using homemade cardboard boats,. With the help of Joe Wang the cardboard boat has been constructed. . Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to attend this fun annual picnic event organized by Rotary District 5280. We will observe and cheer on our Youthact members who will row the boat.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, talked about several coming events, to include the 3rd Annual MyLynwood Healthy Cities 5K/10K Run & Walk, Sat, Sep 19, with Registration and Check-in at 6:30am; Run and Walk Start at 8am; and Awards Ceremony at 9:45am.

And another important event for the same day: the City will host a Meet & Greet for Lourdes Castro Ramirez, a 1989 graduate of Lynwood HS. A former Planning Commissioner, Castro Ramirez is currently working under the Obama Administration. She was appointed by President Obama to lead the Office of Public Housing for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Meet & Greet event will be held Noon to 2pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Also, Ms. Lorene Reed encouraged attendance at the Lynwood Bingo Club Lynwood Blues Luau Live, Sat Sep 26, 4-8 pm, at the Lynwood Natorium Patio.

The landscaping plan and planting projects at Hosler MS, organized by recently retired coach and teacher, Al Castellanos will be discussed at a latter meeting. Al Castellanos has provided a report on his work in progress and Daniel Miller has donated a group of plants, as well as make comments and suggestions in a memo to Al Castellanos.

 

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Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09-17-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 13, 2015

At the September 10th Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from Ms. Dawn Green, Assistant Principal, Lynwood High School, that was both informative and beautiful. She titled her talk: “Moving Forward, Giving Back”. Her talk which was carefully prepared, repeated this beautiful phrase several times, after which she described different examples of her life’s work. Ms. Green was born at St. Francis Hospital and grew up in the City of Lynwood, with the benefit she remarked of having strong and loving parents. She attended pre-school and school at Century Christian School. She noted that her teachers always encouraged her to consider being a teacher. While attending Hosler MS, teachers helped her get into a program for gifted students, known as the GATE Program. As a Senior in HS, “I said, this is it: This is what I want to do.” After obtaining a BA at San Diego State and a M.A. at Domingo Hills California University, she became a teacher within LUSD. Her first year as a teacher was at Lincoln ES. “My own classroom, my own students. I wanted them to know: ‘I cared.‘ and ‘Never Give Up.’ “ As a teacher, Dawn noted, she loves teaching but hates grading student papers. Other comments from Dawn: “ What kids need more of are support, encouragement, motivation. Kids are so quick to give up. Also, as to curriculum, the teacher’s manner of instruction is important. It is important to focus on the whole student: body, health and mind.”

Before the second speaker, President Martina Rodriguez asked Dawn Green if she could help get a Rotary Interact Youth Group started at Lynwood HS. She explained that one or more motivated faculty members are required to help organize the high school Rotary youth group. Once the group is organized, the Rotary members can help with specific Rotary youth projects and events.

The second speaker was Dr. Eva Miles, who, after obtaining her Ph.D. from USC, has been an English teacher at Lynwood HS, and is now an Assistant Principal at LHS. She explained that the theme of her presentation is: “It Takes a Village to Raise Kids”. First, Ms. Miles described several programs and “protocols” she has done at LHS and then she solicited ideas and suggestions from everyone in attendance as to helping schools improve student performance. One example she described are protocols designed to improve student attendance. Volunteers are trained and organized to call students and inquire why they are late or absent from school. This personal contact can result in students taking the necessary actions to improve their attendance and on time performance. Another possible program Dr. Miles explained is an outreach program to the community in which community residents call the school district when they observe school age youth hanging out during school hours. Such a program has not been formerly organized within Lynwood, but Dr. Miles noted that LUSD security officers will investigate these reports of students hanging out, for all observed locations within the city.

Right after the two speakers, a certificate was presented by Bridget Valadez, Specialist, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, for the participation of Rotary Club members and for Club donations to this event, which occurred this summer.

Before these presentations, President Martina Rodriguez talked about the important Rotary meeting on Thursday Noon, September 24, when the Rotary District Governor makes his annual visit to the Lynwood Rotary Club. She again emphasized that Rotary Board members need to attend a meeting with the District Governor that starts at 10:30 am in the Bateman Hall VIP Room. Next meeting, President Martina explained she will hand out job responsibilities for each Rotary member assigned specific duties. Each member with assigned duties is expected to make a brief and concise report to the District Governor.

Also the coming District Annual Picnic was mentioned. The date is Sunday, Sept 20 at the usual location, which is the Redondo Beach Lagoon At the picnic there is the annual boat race using homemade cardboard boats,. With the help of Joe Wang the cardboard boat has been constructed. . Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to attend this fun annual picnic event organized by Rotary District 5280. We will observe and cheer on our Youthact members who will row the boat.

Daniel mentioned that he attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Oscar Avila and three other new Eagle Scouts at South Gate Auditorium on Saturday, Aug 29 from 5pm to 9pm. He passed around photos, which will be provided to Oscar and his family, of this important event for Oscar Avila. (Oscar was a speaker in the last month at Lynwood Rotary and was a speaker in late Spring and at the end of the summer in 2014, to talk about his summer experiences both summers. Rotary members generously contributed to the cost of Oscar’s trip last summer to the Florida Everglades as a part of his Marine Biology studies and interests.)

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09-10-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Sep 07, 2015

At the September 3rd Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation from Ms. Cheryl. Bradford, Assistant Operations Manager, Teen Challenge International. Ms. Bradford 's office is located with the Women's Teen Challenge Housing and Center within Lynwood. In addition to the presentation by Cheryl, four young women who reside at the Lynwood Center, also talked about their life experiences and problems. Their first names are Chloe, Kayley, Annica and Jessica. They were living in different parts of California: San Diego, Riverside, Bakersfield and near Fresno. All four women had been living at the Lynwood Center for only about two to three months . (The Center provides a free home for twelve months to the residents.) The four young women described their problems with alcohol and/or drug addiction before joining Teen Challenge. Now they are free from any addiction problems, and in the testimony of one of women, “I am in love with my life, with my friends here” and looking forward to a life fulfilled by my goals and my commitment to my faith in God.

Ms. Cheryl Bradford, in her presentation explained that personally she had experienced a similar problem 19 years ago, so that she knows what the young women in the Center have had to overcome. Her presentation included an informative video about the Teen Challenge mission, and its techniques for rescuing young men and women from their addiction problems. On a table there were many photos and messages and flyers about Teen Challenge. For example, one of the organization's fund raising programs is Hope Pickup, consisting of donations of household items. Also, a brochure about a coming Walk for Recovery, set for September 26, at Valley Christian High School , Cerritos.

The presentation and display information and the video left all the members and guests with the knowledge that Teen Challenge, without a doubt, is accomplishing a lot! To repeat part of the explanation for Walk for Recovery: “The goal of our Walk for Recovery is to raise awareness that recovery works, to reach those in need of recovery and to honor and raise support for those currently in our Teen Challenge residential center seeking help for their life controlling drug and alcohol problems.”

Before the presentation, President Martina Rodgriguez talked about the important Rotary meeting on Thursday Noon, September 24, when the Rotary District Governor makes his annual visit to the Lynwood Rotary Club. She again emphasized that Rotary Board members need to attend a meeting with the District Governor that starts at 10:30 am in the Bateman Hall VIP Room.

Also the coming District Annual Picnic was mentioned. The date is Sunday, Sept 20 at the usual location, which is the Redondo Beach Lagoon At the picnic there is the annual boat race using homemade cardboard boats,. With the help of Joe Wang the cardboard boat has been constructed. . Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to attend this fun annual picnic event organized by Rotary District 5280. We will observe and cheer on our Youthact members who will row the boat.

Daniel mentioned that the planned tour of the landscaping and planting project at Hosler Middle School has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sep 10, before our weekly meeting, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Al Castellanos, Teacher and Coach at Hosler Middle School will lead the tour, which will start at the rear entrance to the coach's office, across the street from city hall. Daniel will attend but other Rotary members are encouraged to attend, as well as Youthact members and parents. As a previous Rotary speaker on the same topic, he will show the landscaping and planting tasks recently completed and his plans for additional work to be completed by himself and by students in order to help improve the appearance of the campus. He has requested a donation of $500.00.

Daniel mentioned that he attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Oscar Avila and three other new Eagle Scouts at South Gate Auditorium on Saturday, Aug 29 from 5pm to 9pm. He has photos which will be provided to Oscar and his family, but copies will be passed around at the coming Rotary meeting. (Oscar was a speaker in the last month at Lynwood Rotary and was a speaker in late Spring and at the end of the summer in 2014, to talk about his summer experiences both summers. Rotary members generously contributed to the cost of Oscar’s trip last summer to the Florida Everglades as a part of his Marine Biology studies and interests.)

Also as a reminder, Club members have received ticket books to sell for the annual Rotary Foundation Event which this year will be Sat, Nov 14, at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 09-03-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 27, 2015

At the August 27th Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation and participated in Ms. Maria Quinonez (Lulu)’s program about the importance of voting in all elections. She provided an array of informative handouts in English and Spanish on the subjects of: voter registration and requirements and procedures, about ways to vote that included, Vote by Mail (VBM), Vote Early, and the procedure for voting at a Polling Place. Lulu also provided a handout on the number of voters registered and the number of ballots cast in the City of Lynwood for Consolidate and General elections from 2007 thru 2014. The data for Lynwood shows that the election years for US President result in a voter turnout of almost 2/3 of the registered voters compared to other elections which had a turnout of 13-20 % of the registered voters. (Source: LAVote.net Election Results, Votes Cast by Community).

Also in a handout is the following values of community involvement: Greater Lynwood Chamber of Commerce – Promotes New Businesses; Block Watch Meetings – Promotes Safety, and Explorer programs for youth; Board of Education Meetings – Promotes Education, Parent/Teacher meetings, Adult School; City Council Meetings -- Promotes Community and Communication; Community Events – Promotes Awareness; Faith Based Events -- Promotes Values and Character; Hospital / Medical Clinics – Promote Healthy Living; Volunteering – Promotes Service.

At the end of the presentation, there was a very spirited discussion, starting with former Club President, Raj, proclaiming that "some people don’t vote because they don’t like any of the candidates." Others replied that this is not a valid justification for not voting. Lulu’s participation activities included everyone writing down on a poster provided to each attendee, which poster had the following statement: "I vote because ..." Then each participant read aloud what they had written down.

Before Lulu’s program, Daniel introduced Al Castellanos, Teacher and Coach at Hosler Middle School. As a previous speaker on the same topic, he talked briefly about the landscaping and planting tasks recently completed and his plans for additional work to be completed by himself and by students. He requested a donation of $500.00. President Martina Rodriguez explained that the Rotary Board would have to meet on this request for financial support. Daniel mentioned that next Thursday, Sep 3, he will meet with Al Castellanos from 10:30 am to 11:30 am to see the landscaping work completed and the plans for more planting, in order to help improve the appearance of the campus. Daniel encouraged other members to join him on Thursday before the weekly meeting. .

Daniel mentioned that Jose Avila, father of Oscar Avila, had just provided 4 invitations for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, whereby four Eagle Scouts will be honored for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Parents and friends of these boys are encouraged to come to this event, from 5pm to 9pm, on Sat, Aug 29, at the South Gate Auditorium in the South Gate Park. Daniel encouraged other Rotary members to join him at the important event for Oscar. Oscar was a speaker in the last month at Lynwood Rotary and was a speaker in late Spring and at the end of the summer in 2014, to talk about his summer experiences both summers. Rotary members generously contributed to the cost of Oscar’s trip last summer to the Florida Everglades as a part of his Marine Biology studies and interests.

Fernando talked about the annual Rotary District Picnic on Sunday, Sept 20 at the usual location, the Redondo Beach Lagoon. At the picnic there is the annual boat race using homemade cardboard boats,. Fernando briefly reported that last weekend at his and Tila’s home, the cardboard boat was constructed, with the help of member Joe Wang. Lynwood Rotary members are encouraged to attend this fun annual picnic event organized by Rotary District 5280. There also was mention that the Youthact members who will row the boat need to practice how to row, so as to have the best chance of winning the race.

Also as a reminder, Club members have received ticket books to sell for the annual Rotary Foundation Event which this year will be Sat, Nov 14, at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Up-date 08-27-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

At the August 20th Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation by Jaime Roberto Flores Junior. Daniel, in introducing the speaker noted that in addition to his long name, is also known as Rob. Rob talked about his role in the Park Advisory Committee for the soon to open Linear Park. He mentioned that ceramic tile artwork is part of the park design and that in one location there will be tiles showing images of some resident’s pets. One issue that remains to be decided is how irrigation will be done for the community garden. The city will have strict limits on watering, but it remains to be determined if this can be supplemented by watering by volunteers from the community who will be involved in maintaining the community gardens.

Rob also talked about his role as a new block watch captain. On area of interest for Rob is the use of social media to assist in block watch communications. He is continuing to pursue this interest with block watch participants. The updates from Sheriff officers is helpful to Block Watch participants. One current issue of interest is the placement of camera locations for security monitoring.

He also talked about the use of the new app for requesting services from the city, such as stray pets, and the need for special trash pick ups for bulky items left on the streets or allies. He mentioned several situations involving his block watch area that involved a request for city actions. One involved stray cats. Another situation involved illegal parking when residents hold social events that result in parking shortages. For example if there is parking where the vehicles extend into median areas, this on occasion results in damages to the sprinkler systems. The new app provides for a response by the city in several days after the service request has been communicated. The new app makes possible providing a photo of the problem to the city.

Rob made reference to his college training in communication skills, to include doing a college radio show regularly. He may return to a future meeting to show using video illustrations and hands-on demonstration of how the City of Lynwood app can be used to request city services.

Before the scheduled speaker, Jaime Roberto Flores Junior, Club President Martina introduced the Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5280, Rica Viola, who this year is responsible to oversee the Lynwood Club and to help ensure that the Lynwood Club will be ready for the District Governor’s annual visit, which will be at the September 24 meeting. Ms Viola stated that she was pleased to visit our club and meet with members and guests on her unannounced visit, and that she is available to assist in what needs to be presented to the District Governor.

Martina talked about the annual Rotary District Picnic on Sunday, Sept 20 at the usual location, the Redondo Beach Lagoon. This year, participants are encouraged to bring baby items, especially diapers for young families that serve our country in the military (stationed at Camp Pendleton). Also, at the picnic there is the annual boat race using homemade cardboard boats,. This Sun, Aug 23, at the home of Fernando and Tila Millan, members of the Roosevelt ES Youthact club will help construct one or two cardboard boats for the annual boat races in the Lagoon. Also all Club members present received ticket books to sell for the annual Rotary Foundat ion Event which this year will be Sat, Nov 14, at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

In response to Club member Oliver Conner, Paul Gothold, Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District, and Club member talked briefly about the first day of school, which for LUSD schools was this morfning. He replied everything went well otherwise he would not be attending today's Rotary meeting. He made reference to the fact that the district's student academic scores are favorable and that the district has 15,000 students this year which is an increase and a good sign for the district.

Also, there was a most welcome visitor at the meeting, the niece of our long time Rotary member Jim Morton, for whom the club had a celebration of life memorial event after he passed, immediately, at the next Rotary meeting, as well as attend and participate in a celebration of life event at Lulu’s Lynwood church, at which Jim Morton sometimes attended. Describing herself as Jim’s Texas niece, Cherry Medina, was in town to help coordinate the work at the motel which Jim had inherited, from family and operated and in which he lived. Cherry was helping get the motel ready for sale, and is returning to Texas, tomorrow, after spending some time here in Lynwood. As she did at the Celebration of Life event at the church, Cherry shared her fond memories of Jim Morton, and also she shared Jim’s thoughts and experiences of serving as a very active member of the Lynwood Club for many years. A memorable quote from Cherry, she said in regard to Rotary business and procedures, “Wait a minute, let’s talk about it ...” Cherry also recalled Jim’s great interest in improving the City of Lynwood, to include the City’s accomplishment in being selected as “An All America City” , several years ago. So, all of us at the meeting, can say, thank you, Cherry for coming to the meeting and talking about Jim and his life, in which the Rotary Club was a very important part of his life, as well as working to improve our community in which our club is located!

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08-20-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 13, 2015

At the August 13 Meeting, the members and guests heard a presentation by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, 63rd Assembly District with his District Director, Raul Alvarez. Preceding this, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, 64th Assembly District, also spoke to the large audience of more than 30 persons, plus more than 10 persons from Roosevelt ES Youthact, to include Fernando and Tila Millan and three parents. Also in attendance was Barry Heads, Field Representative for Assemblymember Gipson.

Before introducing the two assemblymembers, Daniel recognized, (sitting at separate tables), Lynwood Mayor Jose Solache, Councilmember Salvador Alatorre and Councilmember Edwin Hernanedez.

Assemblymember Gibson expressed his appreciation for being able to address the audience. He noted that his district, includes a small portion of the City of Lynwood. One issue he mentioned was the status of Compton College, which has been administered by El Camino College since Compton lost its accreditation in 2006. He mentioned a recent important meeting that addressed what remains to be completed in order for Compton College to be accredited again, and thus be operated again on an independent basis.

Assemblymember Rendon began his presentation by complementing Assemblymember Gibson for being selected to head up the very important Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He explained how this committee plays an important role in reviewing and making recommendations on many issues within the California Legislature. He noted that it was unusual for a new assemblymember to be selected for this important responsibility.

Assemblymember Rendon noted his work during the last legislative session involved chairing a committee that involved issues relating to state parks and to water issues. He mentioned the decisions being made about changes to the LA River, to make the river to serve as parkland and recreational purposes. He noted that so far, these changes only involve the portion of the LA River within the City of LA, and that he intends to help make changes in the LA River south of the LA River, on its way to the ocean in Long Beach. He also noted that in the coming year he will address the issue of the operation of the California Public Utilities Commission, in particular, to legislate more strict requirements that the PUC conduct all their communications with the regulated utility companies following procedures that require all communications with the utility companies to be open to public access (that is to prohibit private communications between the companies and the PUC), Regarding funding the costs of the closure of the Edison Nuclear Power Plant,he explained that Edison officials had negotiated privately with the PUC before the public hearing was held on how much of the costs would be born by the company and how much by the rate structure charged to the customers.

Among the questions asked by attendees, one related to storm water. He noted that the water bond will help with the costs of capturing storm water run off. But there is more that needs to be accomplished with respect to providing adequate and safe water for our communities. On the subject of more transparent government procedures, Irene Garcia asked about more specifics for city requirements. There was a discussion about what information is available through city web sites.

Club President Martina Rodriguez thanked both Assemblymembers for coming to this meeting. Before the assemblymembers spoke she talked about the Rotary District 5280 Breakfast meeting that she attended and the speakers topic of Adult Literacy Training. Two representatives from the LA City Central Library talked about the programs they offered and the benefits to participants. Martina said that she will have these speakers come to a Lynwood Rotary meeting, so that we can know about classes for Lynwood residents.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Upate 08-13-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Aug 06, 2015

At the August 6 30 Meeting, the members and guests heard about a variety of programs and activities.

The scheduled speaker, Raul Armenta, Cerritos College graduate this spring and UC student this fall was unable to attend. He was going to talk about a term paper he completed this Spring, about the “School To Prison Pipeline.” Daniel stated that you will hear this term used in reference to the criminalization of certain youth in the community, in which they succumb to a life style resulting in incarceration for much of their life. On this theme, Daniel distributed copies of an article by Jesse L. Jackson Sr. The article states that there is a growing support from a group of both liberals and conservatives (ACLU and George Soros on the left to Freedom Works and the Koch brothers on the right) to revise federal sentencing guidelines for nonviolent offenders. A memorable quote from the article is: “The U.S. Population has 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of its prison inmates.”

Daniel introduced a substitute speaker who he just met at the National Night Out event at Ham Park on Tuesday, Aug 4 (at which event the Rotary Club had a table with assistance with Youthact members). She is Cheryl Bradford, Assistant Operations Manager for Teen Challenge International, L.A. County Headquarters, which is located in Lynwood. The organization provides drug rehab programs at facilities at various locations throughout So Cal and elsewhere, including a home for women in Lynwood. Ms. Bradford will be the speaker for Sep 3, so come to that meeting for more information about the good works of the Teen Challenge organization.

There were a variety of announcements, starting with Simona Ramirez, Program Manager for Avant Garde, a consulting firm that has contracts with cities, including the City of Lynwood, for assisting residents with low income to purchase homes and to stay in their existing homes if they have loan payment problems. Formerly on the staff of Assembly Member Rendon, Simona is now scheduled to be the speaker for Oct. 15.

Fernando and Tila Millan had several announcements. For Youthact members and parents there is a coming annual picnic on Friday evening in South Gate Park. Also, the annual Rotary District Picnic at Redondo Beach Lagoon will be on Sunday Sep 20. A major fun activity at this event is the boat races in the shallow lagoon using boats made by the different Rotary clubs from card board. Again this year, Rotary member Joe Wang will help the Youthact members construct one or two cardboard boats for the boat races. Also, Daniel will lead a tour of the Metro Rail Public Art on Friday, for Youthact members and some adults on Friday, Aug 14. The roundtrip tour will start at 10 am at the Long Beach Bl. Green Line Station and go to Union Station where lunch will be in MTA Headquarters cafeteria. The artwork at several stations will be presented for the youth participants. The trip will end at 2pm at the Long Beach Station. (Tap cards are provided for each tour member, no charge.)

Daniel will join Martina for the Rotary District Breakfast Meeting on Wed. Aug 12 at 7am at the well-known Lawry's Restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. In Beverly Hills. This is a Rotary Literacy Event and the speaker will talk about the Impact of Adult Illiteracy. Martina urged other Rotary members to come to the next three Breakfast Meetings to be held in Oct, Feb, and Apr. Club President Martina Rodriguez thanked Rotary members and Youthact members and several parents for their attendance at the August 4 National Night Out Event, to include helping serve the hot dogs and buns to the attendees for this major annual event organized by the City of Lynwood. Also, after the Aug 6 meeting was over, the dates for the next speakers were changed so that Assembly Member Anthony Rendon will be the speaker on Aug 13. Martina urges all members to attend to hear our Assembly Member.

Daniel Miller / Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 08--6-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 30, 2015

At the July 30 Meeting, the members and guests heard the presentation from the scheduled speaker, Oscar Avila.

At the start, Oscar introduced his father, Jose, who is a long time member of the City of Lynwood Public Works Department. Daniel mentioned that Jose’s mother had come to the meeting also, but had to leave to drive his two younger brothers to two events.

This year, Oscar completed his 9th grade at the California Academy of Math and Science in Carson. Oscar started his presentation with describing his experiences last summer and again thanked the Lynwood Rotary Club for helping finance his trip to the Florida Everglades to observe the animal and plant life, as a part of marine biology training. Then Oscar attended the John Hopkins For Talented Youth Program in Lancaster PA.

This summer, Oscar has taken a Chemistry class at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Next week, Oscar will attend a week’s conference of the National Order of the Arrow, National Honor Society for Eagle Scouts in Michigan. This important event is expected to be attended by 15,000 persons this year. Wearing his Boy Scout Uniform, which includes displaying his Eagle Scout rank, Oscar noted that he obtained Eagle Scout at age 15, one of the youngest scouts to achieve this accomplishment at such an early age.

Oscar also mentioned that he will participate in an Eagle Scout Honor Ceremony on Sat, Aug 29, in the evening at South Gate Auditorium, and he would be most pleased if Lynwood Rotary members would attend this event in which Oscar will be one of four Eagle Scouts.to be honored.

In answer to a question from Daniel, Oscar stated that his career goal is to pursue a double major of marine biology and international relations, with an interest in becoming a diplomat. Oscar also stated that he would like to apply to Georgetown University in Washington DC, because he heard that they have an excellent undergraduate program in foreign relations. (Daniel commented that he has an MA degree from Georgetown U. in Political Philosophy and American Government.)

Tila Millan asked Oscar how he learned about the John Hopkins summer school that Oscar attended last summer, after his marine biology experience in the Florida Everglades, Oscar explained that a teacher at Lynwood Middle School was the one who got him interested in applying for this summer school. Tila complemented the teacher for helping Oscar accomplish this.

Before the speaker, Lynwood Rotary Club President, Martina Rodriguez, talked about the National Night Out. The event will be held this year in Ham Park, which is along Atlantic Ave. The date is Tuesday, August 4, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Martina encouraged all Rotary members to attend. Rotary members involved in setting up the exhibit, etc. should arrive at 4:00 pm. Also, Fernando and Tila, mentioned that Roosevelt ES Youthact members and some parents will also attend. Also commenting about this event was Robert (Rob) Flores, who is on the committee that is organizing the National Night Out. Raj will provide a Rotary banner for the table. Also Martina will bring the photo boards and photo collages for display that show participation of Rotary members and Youthact members in several Rotary/ community projects. This is a great opportunity for the club to publicize its activities and accomplishments.

Daniel Miller and Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for the Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07-30-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 23, 2015

At the July 23 Meeting, the members and guests heard the presentation from the scheduled speaker, Oliver Conner, owner and operator of Pyramid Properties Realty Company in Lynwood. Oliver Conner, also a long time member of the Lynwood Rotary Club, talked about his professional requirements as a licensed real estate broker, as well as changes in the Lynwood community that he has observed and experienced during the last 35 years.

Mr. Conner described some of the requirements to become a licensed real estate broker, as well as the requirements to receive training periodically to remain current on all the changing requirements of real estate law and procedures. He also mentioned his responsibilities in representing his clients so that they are best served in terms of each client’s financial interests in buying and selling real estate.

As to audience comments, there were several statements from business owners in attendance, as to what the community should do to stimulate Lynwood businesses. Oliver addressed these comments, although mentioning that promotion of Lynwood businesses pertains to city and community actions working cooperatively, and that his business has the same need to work together with everyone else.

Of historical note, Oliver mentioned that 30 years ago there were about 20 real estate businesses in Lynwood, compared to now, in which there are only about five. Also Oliver noted the major impact in the seventies of the state’s purchase of all the properties required for the 105 Freeway construction, and a decision of a judge requiring that the state was obligated to pay the property owners being forcibly displaced an amount to enable purchase of property similar to what they had before the forced displacement.

Club President Martina Rodriguez mentioned again that the Rotary Club will have a booth/ table for the City of Lynwood’s National Night Out Event on August 6. Daniel brought photo collages of the Lynwood Club’s recent participation at the American Cancer Society’s, 24 Hour Relay Run in Lynwood Park, as well as two collages of the club’s 2015 Lynwood Fireworks Stand sales. These three photo collages, along with photo boards of previous club fireworks stand sales for previous years, and photo boards of other events showing Rotary and Youthact participation, will be used for the Rotary Club National Night Out booth/ table. Martina encouraged all Rotary members and Youthact members and parents to attend the National Night Out event and to help with the club’s booth. This is a great opportunity for the club to publicize its activities and accomplishments.

At the previous meeting of July 16, here is some additional information about the presentation by the 2014-15 Rotary Club President, Rajinder Dhaliwal. The subject was the history and current state of affairs of India, which immediate past President Raj, is well- informed, since he was born, grew up and currently has some family there as well as business interests there.

As documented by Raj, India has the oldest civilization of any existing country in the world. Going back more than 2000 years, from India there was a historic trade route through Asia to the Mediterranean Region. For example, merchants travelling to India from the Mediterranean Region sought silk and spices. And speaking of “the discovery of the New World,” at the time of Christopher Columbus, the use of the word “Indians” comes from the belief by some explorers at the time that the “New World” was part of India, hence, the use of the term, “Indians.” In particular, he talked about how India is a part of a group of countries with good economic potential in the coming decades, using the initials: B R I C S, which stands for the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. These countries, according to Raj, have a comparatively young population, providing a good supply of able workers, and equally important a good supply of consumers to purchase goods and services, compared to older populations. Raj stated the India has a population of 1.25 billion and that 65% of the population is 35 years or younger. This compares with the countries of Europe which has an aging population. Raj stated that due to low birth rates, the populations are declining. He notes that in the US the population is not declining due to population increases from groups immigrating into the US.

Daniel Miller /Omar Franco Public Relations/Community Outreach Lynwood Rotary Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 07-23-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 16, 2015

At the July 9th Meeting, the members and guests heard the presentation from three representatives from the Lynwood Branch of the BBVA Compass Bank.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) is a global financial services group founded in 1857. The Bank has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States.

The three representatives are: Jason Vasquez, Assistant Vice President, Benjamin K. Ejigu, Business Consultant, BBVA Compass First Data Corp. & Maria Coronel, Financial Services Advisor.

A variety of financial services were described. It was explained that the cost of these services were less than that charged by other banks. Examples were cited. Answers were provided to questions from several members in attendance who had businesses in Lynwood.

It was noted that this branch has been in Lynwood for eight years and has no intention of leaving Lynwood. The members with their own businesses asking questions about specific financial services indicated an interest in visiting this branch for more information.

This was the first meeting for incoming President, Martina Rodriguez, to preside. One of the things she emphasized is the great appreciation the club has for all the volunteers of Youthact members and their parents, along with the adult leaders, Fernando and Tila Millan, for their work on the Fireworks stand. Club Treasurer, Larry Esparza noted that the net income to the club from the sales is not yet known.

In the absence of Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quionez, Daniel noted again (after mentioning it at the July 2 informal meeting at the Fireworks stand), that a flyer about the results of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, June 27-28 circulated by Lulu, shows that the Lynwood Rotary/ Youthact Team, was the third highest in donations, of $1,371.76, with highest group, Relay for Rodrigo, donating $2,100.00. Maria states: "We have until August to close out the account. I believe we can be the TOP TEAM. Let’s put Rotary/YouthAct in the number one spot. We can do it!"

In the absence of Marisela Santana, City of Lynwood, Public Information Officer, Daniel mentioned the new MyLynwood Smartphone Application. Copies of the flyer were distributed, which explains: "The new smart phone application ‘My Lynwood’ allows residents to photograph, document, and report concerns/requests for service directly from their smart phone to the City’s Service Request Division."

Fernando and Tila brought several Youthact volunteers who worked the Fireworks Stand and also parent, Maria Guerra, who also worked at the stand. Fernando mentioned three coming events: August 4 National Night Out, at which it is planned that Rotary will have a table and chairs, (President Martina also mentioned the importance of this event); also on Sep 18, A Healthy Cities 5K / 10K Run sponsored by the City of Lynwood; and on Oct 10, 7am – 2pm, The Long Beach Aquarium Kids Run.

At the July 16th Meeting, the members and guests heard the presentation from Rajinder Dhaliwal, Lynwood Rotary Club immediate past president (2014-2015). Raj talked briefly about the history of his country of origin, India, the country’s current challenges and the strengths, present and future of India. In particular, he talked about how India is a part of a group of countries with good economic potential in the coming decades, using the initials: B R I C K S, which stands for the countries of Brazil, India, China Korea and South Africa. These countries, according to Raj, have a comparatively young population, providing a good supply of able workers, and equally important a good supply of consumers to purchase goods and services, compared to older populations.

Please note that there was not an email update last week. So this update covers the July 9th and the July 16th meetings. Daniel Miller and Omar Franco Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club​

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jul 06, 2015

At  the  July  2th  Meeting, the members  and  guests participated in an informal luncheon, as a part of working the Fireworks stand.

Everyone present were encouraged to come back on July 4, at the Fireworks Stand, when Lucy  again provided the food, which  included a delicious BBQ menu. 

Daniel passed around a flyer from the Cancer Relay Event held the previous weekend, the day after the annual installation evening event that our club secretary, Lulu, provided us.  The flyer, printed by the American Cancer Society organizers, showed the participating relay groups, and the funds donated by each group.  In order of donations, Lynwood Rotary was shown as the third highest, raising around $1,400 for the American Cancer Society event.

It was noted that we will all be interested to find out how successful the fireworks stand will be this year, in terms of raising funds for our projects throughout the year.  As everyone knows, this is our major fund raising event each year.

A great thanks is due to all the volunteers who worked the fireworks stand, a total of five days, to include Tuesday, June 30, which required about 8 hours for the unpacking and set up and other work getting ready for sales to start on Wednesday, July 1.  Special recognition is due to Roosevelt ES Youth act volunteers and their parents, and of course, special thanks to the organizers and leaders, Fernando and Tila Millan.

Daniel Miller and Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 29, 2015

At  the  June  26th  Meeting,  members  and  guests  heard  and  participated  in the annual installation dinner meeting and celebration, 6pm, Friday, June 26th at Bateman Hall.

Words of welcome were made by the Lynwood Rotary Club President, Rajinder Dhaliwal, thanking all the members and guests for attending and participating in this important annual event.

The order of the installation meeting was changed in order that the Assistant District Governor for our Lynwood Club, Ms. Freddie King, could perform the installation actions first, starting with the demotion of the present President and club officers, followed by the installation of the incoming President, Martina Rodriguez, and the club officers for the year 2015-2016.  Also Ms. King  installed two new members:  Ivan Esquivel, who was nominated by Lucy Avalos, and  Arturo Reyes, nominated by Ramon Rodriguez

President Raj also provided an overview of the experiences of the club during the last year and expressed great appreciation for the support from all the club members.  He also expressed great appreciation for the very involved and active Rotary Youthact group at Roosevelt ES, led by Rotary members, and teachers, Fernando and Tila Millan.  

President Raj recognized and gave an award to five members:  Lucy Avalos, For Service Above and Beyond;  Fernando & Tila Millan, For Leadership for Youth;  Joe Wang, For Service Above Self;  Ramon Rodriguez, For Service Exemplary of the Four Way Test;  and Daniel Miller, For Rotarian of the Year.  Witnessed by a large group of Youthact members and their parents from Roosevelt ES, Fernando & Tila Millan recognized the following Youthact leaders for the coming year:  Elizar Quijada, President;  Amarani Machuca, Vice President;  Kailyn Canez, Treasurer;  Jose Laguna, Sergeant-at-Arms;  George Rangel, Community Liaison;  Mariana Garcia, Former Historian;  and Maday Machuca, Former Vice President.

Incoming President  Martina Rodriguez, also thanked everyone for attending this annual event.  She noted that the participation of all members, as well as guests to our meetings, and members of the Lynwood community will be needed in order to have a successful year for the Lynwood Rotary Club in 2015 and 2016.

 Martina also mentioned that the club witnessed the passing of long-time Rotary member Jim Morton.  Jim Morton served as Club Secretary for many years, and also participated in many community activities, to include serving on the Lynwood City Council for one four-year term, that included serving as Mayor for one year.

The Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quinonez described the Club’s decision to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life on Sat and Sun, June 27-28.  She again explained the plan that club members would participate on Sat, starting at 9am for several hours, and again in the evening at 7-9 pm.  Also some of the participants will return on Sunday morning when the 24 race/ walk ends at 9am.

Incoming President, Martina Rodriguez encouraged volunteers to work the fireworks stand July 1-4.  Also, she distributed a promotional flyer to hand out to Lynwood residents which promotes buying fireworks at the Rotary fireworks stand.  Daniel mentioned that Phantom Fireworks will deliver their product in the morning of June 30, so we will also need volunteers to unpack the product and organize the product inside the fireworks stand.

Also, it was noted that  for  the  summer, there is the  Movies  in  the  Park Event that takes  place  on  Thursdays  at  7:45 pm  at  Ham  Park.  And  the  Farmers  Market  and  Street  Fair  starts  again  for  the  summer  on  Thur,  July  2, 4 – 9 pm,  also  at  Ham  Park.

Daniel Miller and Omar Franco  

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 18, 2015

At  the  June  18th  Meeting,  members  and  guests  heard  and  participated  in a  presentation  by Alfred Castellanos, Teacher and Coach at Hosler Middle School, within the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD).  Mr. Castellanos brought a three-panel poster board display of photographs of this landscape design project at Hosler Middle School.  In addition, he provided on his IPad a series of photos showing the appearance of related areas of Hosler MS before and after planting.  As outlined in last week’s  Rotary meeting update, Alfred is asking the club “to adopt our school as a special project to help us in creating a greener environment for our students and staff at Hosler Middle School.” 

In his presentation, Alfred stated that he had a desire to improve the appearance of the Hosler campus so that students would be inspired by the environment at the school.  Referring to the Indian role model Ghandhi , Alfred, noted he accepted the idea that one should lead change that you want for the world.  Alfred declared:  “I have the interest, this is my home until I retire, I am going to use my
God-given talents to help transform the appearance of the Hosler campus.”  He noted that his children went to Stanford, and one of the iconic images there, is of the Palm Walkway.  He stated that “I want to replicate this at Hosler.  Now I am about 75% completed with a palm walkway at Hosler.  Also I have California Pepper trees and some roses in the landscape design.”

At the end of his presentation, in response to a question from member Oliver Conner, Alfred said he would very much appreciate receiving a donation of $500.00 from the Lynwood Rotary in August to enable him to continue with the landscape installation projects on the campus.  Oliver also asked about what commitment is there that the newly landscaped areas would be adequately maintained, including watering the newly planted areas.  Alfred replied that there is a commitment for landscape maintenance and also that the emphasis is on draught tolerant plants, to reduce water usage.

Before the presentation, Fernando and Tila Millan introduced the Roosevelt ES Youthact officers for the coming year  (several parents also attended the meeting).  The Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quinonez described the Club’s decision to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life on Sat and Sun, June 27-28.  She again explained the plan that club members would participate on Sat, starting at 9am for several hours, and again in the evening at 7 pm.  Also some of the participants will return on Sunday morning when the 24 race/ walk ends.

Daniel encouraged both members and guests to sign up for the annual installation dinner meeting which starts at 6 pm on Friday, June 26.  He reminded everyone that next Thursday, there will be no meeting.  He noted that in addition to signing up today, reservations can be made with Secretary Maria (Lulu) Quinonez at her cell phone.

Incoming President, Martina Rodriguez, presided at the meeting, in the absence of President Raj.  She encouraged volunteers to work the fireworks stand July 1-4.  Also, she distributed a promotional flyer to hand out to Lynwood residents which promotes buying fireworks at the Rotary fireworks stand.  Daniel mentioned that Phantom Fireworks will deliver their product in the morning of June 30, so we will also need volunteers to unpack the product and organize the product inside the fireworks stand.

(Stay tuned, Frank and Pearline Calderon are supporting a project to benefit veterans, so more information will follow from them.)  Also remember for  the  summer,  the  first  Movies  in  the  Park  takes  place  on  Thur,  June  18,  at  7:45 pm  at  Ham  Park.  And  the  Farmers  Market  and  Street  Fair  starts  again  for  the  summer  on  Thur,  July  2, 4 – 9 pm,  also  at  Ham  Park.

Everyone is encouraged to suggest speakers and programs for our weekly meetings.

Daniel Miller and Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 11, 2015

At  the  June  11th  Meeting,  members  and  guests  heard  and  participated  in  presentations  from  Ivan  Esquivel,  graduate  from  Salesian  High  School  in  Boyle  Heights.

Ivan is well-known by members and regular guests of the Lynwood Rotary Club because is an employee of the catering firm owned and operated by Lucy Avalos, a longtime member of the Lynwood Club. Ivan talked on behalf of Tommy Loreto, Sports Administrator, and also on behalf of the Vice Principal, Moises  Delgado.  At  a  future  meeting,  they  may  be  able  to  be  the  speakers.

Salesian  High  School  has  a  strong  athletic  program,  especially  in  soccer.  Also,  the  school  has  helped  with  athletic  programs  at  adjacent  parks  for  the  benefit  of  the  local  community  in  ELA.  Salesian  High  School  has  continued  to  strengthen  its  academic  programs  and  Ivan  notes  that  now  students  can  take  25  classes  that  give  college  credit,  thus  helping  the  students  to  graduate  sooner  from  two  and  four  year  colleges.  Salesian  has  also  provided  help  with  improving  the  success  of  students  attending  the  nearby  Roosevelt  High  School  in  ELA.

Another  facet  of  the  work  of  Salesian  High  School  is  their  work  in  obtaining  and  distributing  food  for  the  needy.  Of  interest,  is Ivan’s  mention  of  the  Brothers  at  the  school  (Staff  who  are  not  yet  priests)  working  with  the  poor  in  the  neighborhood.  And  Ivan  recounted  meeting  the  renown  Mother  Teresa,  when  he  was  in  the  fourth  grade.

Before  and  after  Ivan’s  presentation,  there  was  discussion  and  coordination  about  coming  events.  Club  Secretary  Maria  (Lulu)  Quinonez  further  coordinated  the  planned  participation  of  the  club  in  the  American  Cancer  Society’s  Relay  For  Life  24  hour  event,  in  Lynwood  Park  on  June  27 – 28.  Several  members  of  the  club  have  already  made  donations  to  the  American  Cancer  Society  and  more  donations  are  expected  for  this  fund  raising  event.

Lulu  and  Daniel  talked  about  the  importance  of  all  members  and  interested  quests  in  signing  up  for  work  shifts  at  the  annual  Fireworks  Stand  sales.  Daniel  mentioned  that  after  the  meeting,  he  would  be  joining  a  planning  meeting  of  Rotary  Youthact  members  with  Tila  and  Fernando  Millan  at  Roosevelt  ES.  Daniel  noted  that  youth  and  their  parents  are  needed  to  help  staff  the  Fireworks  Stand  for  the  four  days.

Concerning  Choose  Health  LA  Kids,  this  is  a  joint  effort  of  St.  Francis  Medical  Center  and  Lynwood  Community  Parents.  The  event  will  be  on  the  Main  Lawn  of  St.  Francis  Medical  Center,  Tuesday,  9:30am – 12  Noon  pm,  June  16.  There  will  be  a  Photo  Voice  Exhibition,  Exhibition,  Exposing  Unhealthy  Food  Marketing.  RSVP  with  the  hospital  by  Fri,  June  12.  The  guest  speaker  will  be  Mayor  Jose  Luis  Solache. 

Also  Daniel  noted  the  City  of  Lynwood’s  Second  Annual  Juneteenth  Unity  Festival  that  will  take  place  on  Sat,  June  13  at  Lynwood  City  Park.  He  also  mentioned  that  for  the  summer,  the  first  Movies  in  the  Park  takes  place  on  Thur,  June  18,  at  7:45 pm  at  Ham  Park.  And  the  Farmers  Market  and  Street  Fair  starts  again  for  the  summer  on  Thur,  July  2, 4 – 9 pm,  also  at  Ham  Park. 

Everyone is encouraged to suggest speakers and programs for our weekly meetings.

 Daniel Miller and Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Jun 04, 2015

At the June 4th Meeting, members and guests heard and participated in presentations by the scheduled speaker, Irene Cortez, Leader of the Support Group, Down Right Blessed, as well as speakers representing Choose Health L A Kids, and the American Cancer Society’s fifth annual City of Lynwood’s Relay For Life.  The latter event takes place the weekend of June 27-28, at Lynwood City Park.  Rotary Club Secretary Maria (Lulu) Quinionez is helping organize the Lynwood Rotary Club’s team for the 24 hour event.

Concerning Choose Health L A Kids, this is a joint effort of St. Francis Medical Center and Lynwood Community Parents.  The event will be on the Main Lawn of St. Francis Medical Center, Tuesday, 9:30 am - 12 Noon pm, June 16.  There will be a Photo Voice Exhibition, Exposing Unhealthy Food Marketing.  RSVP with the hospital by Fri, June 12.  The guest speaker will be Mayor Jose Luis Solache.

Concerning the talk by Irene Cortez, she explained her challenges getting a proper education and therapy for her eight year old daughter with Down Syndrome.   She founded Down Right Blessed, which meets monthly.  Irene also mentioned how one can enroll your child in the coming Special Olympics.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, provided information on a variety of coming events, including the City of Lynwood’s Second Annual Juneteenth Unity Festival that will take place on Sat, June 13 at Lynwood City Park.  Marisela also mentioned that for the summer, the first Movies in the Park takes place on Thur, June 18, at 7:45 pm at Ham Park.  And the Farmers Market and Street Fair starts again for the summer on Thur, July 2, 4 - 9 pm, also at Ham Park.

Daniel Miller and Omar Franco

Public Relations and Community Outreach for Lynwood Rotary Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 28, 2015

At the May 28 Meeting, members and guests heard and participated in discussions about coming events within the Lynwood community.  At the end of the meeting, Ivan Ezquivel,  a graduate of Salesian High School in Boyle Heights, as well as an employee of Rotary member Lucy Avalos’ catering company, presented some information about Salesian High School.  A more complete presentation is now scheduled for the June 11 meeting.  Tomy Loreto. Sports Administrator at the school, will talk about athletic programs at the high school.  And it is planned that the Vice Principal for Salesian High School will talk about the academic programs and accomplishments of the school.

There was a discussion led by the Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quinonez, of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event scheduled for a 24 hour period June 27-28 at Lynwood Park.  There was a consensus that the club would participate as a team.  Lulu mentioned that the participant rules allow for a shorter period of participation, say 4-6 hours, instead of a previously announced requirement that at least one member of each team must be on the track during the entire 24 period of the event.  Since donations are expected, there was a discussion of individual donations, each to be on behalf of our Rotary club.

Lulu also distributed copies of the sign up list for staffing of the fireworks stand, July 1- July 4.  Martina Rodriguez, incoming Rotary President, showed tickets she had printed for advance payments for fireworks at the Lynwood stand, as a marketing tool for encouraging people in the community to buy fireworks at the Lynwood fireworks stand.  Daniel mentioned that Fernando and Tila are encouraging older Youthact members from Roosevelt Elementary School and their parents to sign up for working the fireworks stand this year.

Marisela Santana, Public Information Officer for the City of Lynwood, announced a variety of coming events, including the LA County Sheriff’s Century Station first ever open house at the Century Station, that was held on Saturday, May 30.  Activities included: an array of Sheriff’s Department displays, the helicopter, the K-9 Unit, the Swat Team, horses, the Motor Unit, and Burt the Camel Deputy.

As to coming events, Marisela talked about the Juneteenth Unity Festival that will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2pm – 6pm at Lynwood City Park.  Also, on the same day as our next Rotary meeting, June 4, there will be a sidewalk CPR Training at the Lynwood Senior Center, from 11am – 2pm.  The training will be provided in collaboration with the American Heart Association, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department and its Emergency Medical Services Bureau.  Members and guests are encouraged to go to this training event at 11 am and then to come to the Rotary meeting at 12 Noon.

Marisela provided information about water conservation requirements, given the state’s continuing four year drought.  The City Council has declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage condition which mandates conservation measures and enforcement provisions.  Water consumption must meet a conservation target of 15 percent.  This issue generated a lot of discussion as to the coming requirements and changing procedures in our use of water. 

Everyone is encouraged to suggest speakers and programs for our weekly meetings.

Daniel  Miller  and  Omar  Franco –

Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 21, 2015

At the May 21 Meeting, members and guests heard Mr. Don Young talk about his experiences as a volunteer at Union Station in DTLA  (Downtown LA) provide travel information at the historic information booth.  Mr. Young took exception to being called “Principal Volunteer” explaining that there are several volunteers who equal his 19 years experience in working as a volunteer at Union Station.  While the Travelers Aid organization no longer exists in LA, (the current organization is the LA Convention Bureau), Don described his experience with Travelers Aid, including being assigned to the Downtown LA Greyhound Station.  Don prefers to give credit to others, all working together as a team. 

Don also talked about some of his experiences in the LA Region and noted that as an African-American he finds that things have changed for the better.  He noted that he grew up in Oklahoma where his family owned and operated a mortuary.  In LA he has experienced a more open community.  This he stated, is compared to the LA Region of forty years ago, including Lynwood.

After Don’s presentation the Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quinionez, talked again about the coming Relay For Life, organized by the American Cancer Society.  The event will be at Lynwood Park, during a 24 hour period, June 27-28.  Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times, while entertainment, music, and fun activities keep things lively.  It is planned that Lynwood Rotary will have a team.  Lulu also mentioned that she will circulate a sign-up sheet for the Lynwood Fireworks Stand, July 1 – July 4.

Daniel described the community meeting held the previous evening (May 20) at Bateman Hall, which he attended.  The meeting concerned the Lynwood Transit Area Strategic Plan which will result in a specific plan in a year.  The plan area includes the Green Line Long Beach Station and extends to the Alameda St. and Imperial Hwy Corridors, which area contains significant transit-oriented development opportunity sites.  To increase attendance at future community meetings regarding this planning process, Daniel recommended that publicity efforts include the Block Watch Captains organization, the Senior Citizen Center, the Greater Lynwood Chamber of Commerce, and also to use the communication opportunities through the Lynwood Unified School District.

Everyone is encouraged to suggest speakers and programs for our weekly meetings.

 Daniel  Miller  and  Omar  Franco –

Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club

Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 05-21-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 14, 2015

At  the  May  14th  meeting there was  a change of location, due to all the rooms in Bateman Hall being used for a special youth training event sponsored jointly by the City of Lynwood and the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD).  Members  and  guests met in the community and transit center building at the southwest corner of Bullis Road. & Martin Luther King Blvd.

The two scheduled speakers, Marvin Aceves and Maria Coronel from the Lynwood branch of the BBVA Compass Bank, had conflicts in their schedule that prevented them from participating in this meeting.

Conveniently, a guest provided a brief presentation as follows.  Alfred Castellanos, teacher and coach at Hosler Middle School talked about a project his is involved in at his school.  Mr. Castellanos said he is concerned about the very urban appearance of his school campus and has embarked upon a series of landscaping and planting projects to improve the appearance of the campus.  Just to mention one of his projects, he noted the attractive appearance of the Stanford University campus, noting, for example a large entrance way with bordered with palms.  He described a walkway at Hosler, where he has now planted rows of palms.  After his very interesting brief presentation, Alfred Castellanos has now been scheduled to be the speaker for the June 20th weekly meeting. 

Club Secretary, Maria (Lulu) Quinonez, made a presentation on the coming Relay For Life event at Lynwood Park, June 27-28.  She explained that this event organized in many locations throughout the country and in 20 other countries, is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.  For a 24 hour period, each team is asked to have a representative on the track all times, while entertainment, music, and fun activities keep things lively.  Lulu encouraged the Lynwood Rotary Club to organize a team and volunteered to lead this effort.  Several in attendance voiced their willingness to participate.

Speaking of volunteering, both Lulu and Daniel Miller mentioned the importance of  participating in the club’s annual fireworks stand sales, from July 1 through July 4, both noting that this is the main annual fund raising event for the Lynwood Rotary Club.  Lulu volunteered to produce and distribute a signup sheet for members and others who volunteer to work this important event.  Hopefully, the signup sheet will be ready for members and others to sign up at the May 21 weekly meeting.

Daniel gave a brief presentation about the history of Union Station in downtown LA and the fact that last year in May 2014 Union Station celebrated its 75th birthday.  He mentioned this in part because next week’s speaker will feature the principal volunteer for travel information at Union Station, Don Young.  As noted in last week’s and this week’s meeting updates, Mr. Young was honored for his 19 years of service at Union Station, by being featured in one of the art works that were commissioned for the 75th Anniversary Celebration, a year ago.  So, Daniel encouraged members and guests to bring others interested hearing about Don Young’s experiences, to include in his earlier days, he says, of traveling to 50 countries throughout world.  Daniel ended the meeting by promoting two events scheduled for Sat, May 16.  In the morning at Bateman Hall, an opportunity to see the final design for the new Lynwood Linear Park, and to help choose the designs and themes for the mosaics that will be installed in the park.  And also, Daniel encouraged everyone to come to the Lynwood Festival of the Arts, at Lynwood High School, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Daniel  Miller  and  Omar  Franco –

Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club

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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on May 07, 2015
At  the  May  7th  meeting  members  and  guests  heard  Marisela  Santana,  Public  Information  Officer  for  the  City  of  Lynwood,  talk  about  the  Celebration  of  Children  With  Special  Needs  event  on  Sunday  February  22  at  Bateman  Hall.  The  event  included  luncheon  and  entertainment.  Assisted  by  Jamel  Goodloe,  Marisela  presented  a slide  show  of  many  colorful  photos  showing  the  children,  their  parents  and  a  wide  variety  of  support  groups  with  resources  for  the  children  at  tables.  The  main  hall  was  full  with  more  than  half  children.  Marisela noted  the  multitude  of  smiling  faces  of  the  children  and  of  their  parents.  There  was  music  and  games.  Marisela  noted  the  role  of  the  LUSD  and  community  groups  in  holding  the  event.
 
After  the  presentation  Marisela  explained  a  variety  of  coming  events  within  the  City  of  Lynwood. 
Saturday,  May  16,  10:00 am-12:00 noon  Bateman  Hall,  come  and  see  the  final  design  for  the  new  Lynwood  Linear  Park.  Also  join  Lot  To  Spot  and  the  City  of  Lynwood  to  choose  your  favorite  designs  and  themes  for  mosaics  that  will  be  installed  in  the  park. 
 
Also  Saturday,  May  16,  10:00am-3:00pm,  Lynwood  Festival  of  the  Arts  at  Lynwood  High  School.  Activities  include:  Cultural  Art  Show,  Arts  and  Crafts,  Choir  singing,  Culinary  Arts,  Dance  Performances,  Food  and  Drinks,  Face  Painting,  D.J.  Stage  Performances,  Theatrical  Performances,  Chalk  Art  Walk,  Photography  Exhibition  and  Line  Dancers.
 
And  in  June,  the  5th  Annual  Relay  for  Life,  taking  place  on  Saturday,  June  27  from  9am, through  9:00 am  on  Sunday,  28  at  Lynwood  City  Park.  Participants  in  this  event  seek  sponsors,  form  teams,  and  walk  together  for  a  24  hour  period  one  person  from  every  team  must  be  walking  at  all  times  during  the  24  hour  period  The  American  Cancer  Society  uses  founds  raised  to  support  cancer  research  and  provide  special  programs  for  families  dealing  with  cancer.    
 
Daniel  Miller  and  Omar  Franco –
Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club
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Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 29, 2015
For the meeting on April 30,  2015  12pm – 1:30pm ,  members and guests listened to Mark Flores, Director of the Recreation & Community Services Department, provide an informative power point presentation of this year’s Weight Loss Challenge Competition.
 
For this competition, the categories are men, women, and four person teams.  Some of the data Mark provided for the 2015 Weight Loss Challenge are as follows:  184 participants; 48 Teams; Prize Pool of $5,700; Average LBS lost per team, 37 lbs; Average LBS lost per person, 9.2 lbs; Total Pounds lost, 1,774.2 (second highest total )  (since the annual program started).  Prizes for 1st, 2nd,& 3rd Place winners, from the Men’s Division, the Women’s Division, and the First Place Team, all received cash prizes.  For the first place team, each of the four team members received $750.00 each.  The slogan for the winning team was “Lose Weight, Gain Confidence.”
 
Among the comments were the expressed hope that all participants are provided information about proper diet, to avoid gaining back the weight loss. Relating to opportunities for residents to be physically active during the year, one  comment was about the lengthy closure of the city’s pool (natatorium).  Mark explained the extensive repairs completed and that the pool will re-open in mid-May, and he explained that the pool is open during the year except during the winter months.
 
Mark mentioned some of the coming events that his department is responsible for, to include:  May 14, Teen Parent Conference, which will provide advice on financial and other resources available for teen parents;  also, Sat, May 16, the Festival of Arts at Lynwood HS, 10am- 3pm; also throughout May, sign-ups for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), noting that Lynwood has the largest program in SE LA County; also, plans are underway for the July 4th Fireworks Program at Lynwood City Park, with fireworks starting at 9 pm.  And Mark mentioned the Sheriff’s Fun Run event on Sep 19.
 
Although not mentioned at the meeting, Daniel notes that it is time to recruit workers for the annual Rotary fireworks sales stand event, which takes place, July 1 thru July 4.  Especially needed are high school and college age volunteers, in addition to the need for the Rotary membership to show up and help with the fireworks sales during the four days when the fireworks stand will be open.  This is the major fund raising event for the Lynwood Rotary club each year.
 
Daniel Miller and Omar Franco –
Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04-30-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari on Apr 23, 2015
For the meeting on April 23,  2015  12pm – 1:30pm ,  members and guests listened to a most informative presentation by Paul Gothold, Superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD).  In his introduction of Mr. Gothold, Daniel mentioned that the Lynwood Rotary Club was most pleased when he joined the Lynwood Rotary Club during the last year and noting that the Lynwood School District has achieved impressive improvements in the two years that Mr. Gothold has been serving as the superintendent.
 
The Superintendent distributed a packet of reports and announcements to everyone in attendance and then briefly described the highlights of the data.  Paul described the strategic plan, its objectives and strategies.  Paul noted that it is a kid’s choice whether to decide to go or not to go to college.  But it is important that the schooling received will make it possible for each student to go on to college.  Examples of areas of study were students studying in engineering fields to include a LUSD student at Cerritos College, who already has an opportunity for highly paid employment .  Also mentioned is a construction trades program at Lynwood High School.  The school district is very oriented to educational fields that will offer the most current job opportunities, such as engineering, healthcare, computer programming that includes game design.
 
The prestigious California Golden Bell Award was mentioned.  To quote in part from a summary:  LUSD “has demonstrated success under this data-driven model, experiencing significant growth on the Academic Performance Index (API), statewide accountability measure used to evaluate school and school district success in terms of student achievement.  Between 2011 and 2013, Lynwood Unified saw: 
a 34 point increase in Academic Performance Index (API) scores, from 689 to 723;
significant API growth for all student subgroups, including a 18-point increase for African-American students; a 12-point increase for Hispanic/Latino students; a 32-point increase for students with disabilities; and a 14-point increase for students classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged;
a decrease in drop-out rates, from 32.2 percent in 2010, to 18 percent
 
Also noted, this Model has created a system-wide structure that allows teams of educators at each school site to analyze student performance throughout the year to identify barriers to achievement, collaborating to ultimately develop tools and support to help students succeed.
 
Among the comments from the audience was that of Martina Rodriguez, next year’s club president, who has considerable experience with the LUSD School Board, noting the positive changes occurring within the school district, and the willingness of the school administrators to address all the issues in order to maximize opportunities for success for all students.
 
Before the Superintendent’s presentation, Daniel mentioned last week’s presentation by two actors from the film, McFarland USA, Rafael Martinez and Hector Duran.  Briefly, Daniel mentioned that the film is based on a real-life story of a coach, Jim White, portrayed by Kevin Costner, organizing in 1987 a cross-country team for the first time at McFarland High School, which town is part of an agriculture area worked by Mexican American families, located 25 miles north of Bakersfield.  Rafael and Hector portrayed two of the seven boys on the team.  The coach, Jim White, in real life emphasized a positive attitude that made possible the championship win.  Rafael and Hector described the camaraderie that developed among all the actors and credited the role of the Director, Niki Caro, in her efforts and success in portraying the real lives of the team members and of their families and of the McFarland  community.  Rafael and Hector wrote personal notes on copies of the publicity photo that shows the boys running along a beach (the boys from McFarland had never been to a beach before) to each person attending this meeting.  Daniel asked who had seen this movie and Irene Garcia said she had seen the movie and that the movie reminded her of her experience growing up in the area of McFarland.
 
Daniel Miller and Omar Franco –
Public  Relations  and  Community  Outreach  for  Lynwood  Rotary  Club
Lynwood Rotary Meeting Update 04-23-2015 Gurdip (Honorary Member) Hari 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gurdip Hari on Apr 16, 2015
For the meeting on April 16,  2015  12pm – 1:30pm ,  members and guests experienced a special treat with the presentations of two actors from the current feature length film, “McFarland USA.”  (McFarland is a town about 25 miles north of Bakersfield, where the residents, all of Mexican-American heritage, work in the agriculture fields.)  The two young actors played the roles of two of the seven actors who portrayed the seven member cross country team from McFarland High School.  The film is based on a real-life story of Coach Jim White, played by Kevin Costner, who in 1987 organized a cross country team at McFarland High School.  The high school had never before had a cross country team.  At the end of the film, it is explained that through the leadership of Coach Jim White, in the next twelve years, the McFarland cross country team won the state (CIF) championship nine years of the twelve years that Coach White coached at the high school.  Also it is mentioned that Jim White continues to live in McFarland and regularly visits the team each year.  The resulting careers of each of the seven team members are explained and all of the team members went on to graduate from various colleges.
 
Rafael and Hector complimented the film director, Niki Caro. in her successful efforts in portraying the real lives of the team members, and of their families, and of the McFarland community.
 
At the Rotary meeting, Rafael Martinez and Hector Duran (who played real life team members, David Diaz, and Johnny Ortiz, respectively) described how they became selected for the movie.  Four of the seven actors for the team were from McFarland, while Rafael and Hector and a third actor were from the LA Area.  Through an agent Rafael was selected for the movie (following auditions).  Hector explained that when he was contacted about being in the film he initially responded that he had other commitments at the time.  But then he was sent the script, and after reading it, he said to the film representative: “Count me in!  I want to act in this film!”
 
Both Rafael and Hector talked about the bond that developed between the actors, noting that Kevin Costner’s role in the film, portraying Coach Jim White, helped everyone in the film to develop a sense of family and, as advocated by Costner, playing the role of Coach Jim White,  a strong positive attitude to win!
 
For each Rotary member and guest, Rafael and Hector wrote personal notes and signed copies of the publicity photo that shows the seven team members at a beach.  In the film, Coach Jim White, while returning from a track meet in the small school bus that Jim Whi