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Stephanie Cuevas
Jan 28, 2021 12:30 PM
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Kyle Christopherson
Feb 04, 2021 12:30 PM
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Melissa McCullom
Feb 11, 2021 12:30 PM
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Julie Tran
Feb 18, 2021 12:30 PM
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Feb 25, 2021 12:30 PM
Rotarian who climbed Mt. Everest twice
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We begin a New Year and we are still faced with challenges because of the pandemic. But the El Segundo Rotary is certainly up to the challenges that have faced us this past year. We've been able to still give back to the community through donations of sleeping bags to Vets, Christmas gifts to the Park Vista residents, cookies baked by Interactors to go to a local  home for  Vets, donations to Camp Pendleton Marines and so many other ways. The pandemic cannot hold the  El Segundo Rotary down. Plans are in the works  to celebrate and give back to Seniors in our  community for Valentine's Day. We are  looking into a program where we can give back to the Vets every month. We are always open to ideas that members want to share about how we can give back to the community. In the meantime Strategic Planning Committee has been working so hard and are wrapping up their focus groups. I had the pleasure of sitting in on most of these focus groups, and it really impresses me how many wonderful ideas come out of these groups to improve our El Segundo Rotary over the next 3 years. It really is exciting to me. Thanks to all members who have contributed to all the projects we have done in the last six months. Best regards, Val

On 12/19, ES Rotarian Carolyne Smigelski with her mother Miyoko Johnson donated their antique weber piano to the Automobile Driving Museum on behalf of the El Segundo Rotary club. Special thanks to Ed Su, Dean Seligman, Val Smith, Marisol and Matthew Herrera, Julie and Michael Mullane for their assistance. We hope it makes a lovely addition to their collection!
Every year our club has a Holiday party where we get together, have fun, exchange gifts, eat and drink and be merry. For obvious reasons, our Holiday party was cancelled this year. Instead we gathered in Zoom and played Bingo, listened to music, played Trivia, and even had a visit from Santa Claus! Special thanks to Marsha Hansen for being the hostess with the mostess and for the amazing cookie prizes! Happy Holidays to everyone in Rotary and to our families and friends! 
FEATURED SPEAKER ~ Charla King, founder of Joycatchers.
JoyCatchers was created in 2006 by Charla King to honor her mother who shared her joy of creativity and holidays. The idea came from a simple concept: to volunteer and give trees to people in need of cheering up during the holiday season. From its grassroots beginnings 14 years ago to the present day, JoyCatchers has given away 7,130 decorated artificial tabletop trees, all funded by individual contributions from caring individuals. For more information please visit http://joycatchers.org/
In lieu of our annual Park Vista Holiday Party, our club donated gifts to the residents. El Segundo Fire Department Chief Donovan gave all 100 apartment residents at Park Vista a $10 gift card from the 99CENTS store. LA World Airports contributed Godiva chocolates and Holiday cookies as well. Joycatchers.org donated 5 miniature decorated Christmas trees that were raffled to the residents.  They were very appreciative and touched by everyone's generosity and we were very happy we could share our Holiday Spirit with them.
Rotarians in Action! On 12/4, our club donated sleeping bags to Veterans Row, a tent city on the grounds of the Veterans Administration campus in LA. Its residents are US Veterans from different walks of life who have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic, mental illness, job loss, and other factors which have rendered them homeless. Special thanks to the Water Replenishment District for their generous donation which helped make this possible and to our own Rotarians Valerie Smith, Edward Su, and Dean Seligman for delivering these items to the Hospital. 
FEATURED SPEAKER - Maureen McKinley, Member of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.
Bio: Third generation Rotarian. Second generation of being a member of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee. Father John M. McKinley was chair of the 1997 Parade and I was chair for the 2009 Parade. My father was a PDG of Dt. 5260 and Zone Coordinator for Polio Plus. He had perfect attendance. Thus I was "raised in Rotary". Father served on RRPFC from 1989 to 2009. I have served from 1994 to date. I believe I am the "oldest" member of the RRPFC that is still actively participating. I am the third girl in a family of four. Fourth was a younger brother also a Rotarian in Mt. Holly NC and a National Advisor for the RRPFC. Currently my position is as an Honorary Director and Legal Liason with RI and the Tournament of Roses, being a retired California Lawyer. I negotiated the Licensing Agreement with RI the first being req'd in 2008. My current "tasks" within the RRPFC are Facebook poster and in charge of "costuming" the Float Participants since 2016. Currently live in Las Vegas, member of the Rotary Eclub of SW USA, Dt. 5495. Major Donor. Member of Project Committee I live alone with my Dog Pericles, my fourth Rottweiler. My other charities are: Veterans' Stand Down, I collect books from friends, neighbors and local Vegas Rotary Clubs I sometimes volunteer with Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Nevada Blind Children Foundation and Grant-A-Gift , Autism.

El Segundo Gives Thanks...

Kick-Off the Holiday Season with Eating, Drinking & Shopping Local and Winning over 150 Gift Cards!

The El Segundo Chamber has partnered with El Segundo non-profits & service organizations along with our business community to support El Segundo small businesses! Throughout the years, our business community supports our local non-profits such as the El Segundo Chamber, El Segundo Education Foundation, El Segundo Council of PTAs, Kiwanis Club of El Segundo, Rotary Club of El Segundo, El Segundo Woman's Club, Automobile Driving Museum and others! We want to "Give Thanks" to our businesses by "Eating, Drinking & Shopping Local" during the Holidays!

Dine, Shop & Play from Nov 15 to Nov 30 and enter every receipt for $10 or more to win over 150 gift cards! See attached flyer for more info!

This would not be possible without the support of our Business Supporting Business Partners who are sponsoring over 150 gift cards for El Segundo small businesses…Chevron, Continental Development Corporation, Mattel, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies, Aerospace and AT&T.

FEATURED SPEAKER - Alec Carlson.  In April of 2007, a 10 year old by the name of Alec Carlson visited the Automobile Driving Museum with his grandfather. Needless to say, that was an experience that made an indelible impression. Alec is now the Collections Manager for that very same museum! With thirteen years of museum experience, and 4 generations of family racing history behind him, Alec is a car guy, through and through.
🎃 HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST ~ WINNERS! 👻
Thank you to everyone who participated; all of the submissions were amazing and SUPER SPOOKY! Special congratulations to category winners:
Classic Halloween - Main Street Spider House
Scariest - Horror on Sheldon
Silliest / Spookiest - 513 Richmond
Grand Champion - El Segundo Spooky Skeleton Theatre
Best Effects - Mariposa Treeman
Best Overall Theme - Thriller on East Acacia
FEATURED SPEAKER - Steven Peckman is the Deputy Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. He is an expert on the ethical and legal issues related to stem cell research and biomedical testing in people. Peckman discussed exciting research at the forefront of stem cell science and the translation of discoveries to clinical treatments for patients, including new technologies to identify potential treatments and vaccines for COVID 19.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Steve Holmstrom, DVM
Steve Holmstrom is a past member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro and has been a member of Rotary International for over 35 years. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1972. He performed his first advanced dental procedure, a root canal in 1972 and became board certified in 1989. He has written two textbooks in veterinary dentistry. He has worked on many types of wild and exotic animals – walrus, elephant seals, sea lions, lions, tigers, chimps and sharks are just a few of the species. 
🎃 2020 HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST 👻
🕷️ Scare us with a picture of your Spooky Home! 🕸️
CLICK HERE: https://padlet.com/kellyami/RotaryHouseDecorating
Prizes awarded for:
• Best ROOKIE Entry: This category includes entrants who have never participated in the contest before.
• Scariest: Entries will be judged on overall sense of fright!
• Silliest: Entries will be judged on overall sense of silly!
• Grand Champion: This category is decided by the judges.
• Best Effects: This category includes special effects, including lights and mechanical effects to surprise and entertain everyone!
• Best Overall Theme: Show us a Halloween-based theme that focuses on a spooky topic or genre!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR POLIO PLUS FUNDRAISING RAFFLE AND CELEBRATED WORLD POLIO DAY WITH US! Through the generous contributions from our community, we have made a positive impact in our fight to end Polio across the world. Congratulations to our winners: Fleming's Gift Certificate - Alvaro Cortes, Sausal Gift Certificate - Elyse Beardsley, Chevron Gas Card - Carmela Raack, Magic and Comedy Club tickets - Margaret McCanless. Thank you everyone for your support! YOU make a difference!!!
If you would like to continue to help our cause, please visit https://www.endpolio.org
Our club came together with the community and other Rotary clubs to make another generous donation to the families of Camp Pendleton. Items included diapers, toys, food, clothes, gift cards, books, household items, beanie babies, shoes, electronics, dog food, and more. A Big THANK YOU to everyone that donated; your generosity is sincerely appreciated! 💖