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                              Lancaster West Word
                              The Voice of Lancaster West Rotary Club, Lancaster California

      Published by Lancaster West Rotary Club, P.O. Box 42, Lancaster, CA 93584                     August 31, 2010
Board of Directors
President: Gus Camacho
Pres-elect: Kevin
                                  The Award Winning Lancaster West Rotary
VonTungeln                        where every Rotarian Makes a Difference
Vice Pres.: Stan Ulvin
Past Pres.: Tim Fuller
                                  and WE HAVE FUN!!!
Secretary: Jim Lewis
Treasurer: Gina Rossall
Sgt-at-Arms: Lew Stults
Club Service: Howard Harris
International: Diane Grooms
Community: Mike Giovannini     Camacho Comments
Vocational Service: Connie
Youth: Mark Davey
Membership: Sandy Smith
Rotary Foundation: Dave
Public Relations: Regina
Directors at Large:
Matt Buchanan
Laura Maluccio
Dave Potter
Anne Aldrich
Becky Smith
Marvin Crist
Jenni Moran

Weekly Meeting
Mondays, 12:00 noon
Hellenic Center
43404 30th St. West
Lancaster CA 93536

Board Meeting
3rd Thursday each Month
07:30 am, Crazy Otto’s in
Lancaster on Avenue I

Avenues of Service
                               The wheel is turning and things are happening at Lancaster West Rotary……
Club Service: Howard Harris
661-943-6082 or 400-0342       Mark Davey, fellow Rotarian and CEO of the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce gave us
Meets – 2nd Fri. each month    an update at our luncheon on “what is happening” at the Chamber. The chamber has been
4:00 p.m., Maxdon’s            working overtime to bring special events to our Valley in an effort to stimulate the economy. In
Avenue I, Lancaster
                               October, the chamber will be hosting their annual flea market and for the first time ever, the
International: Diane Grooms    Dueling BBQ State Championship Chili competition will occur on Oct 10th along with the Streets
661-722-5483                   of Lancaster. Mark Hemstreet, it’s time to get your famous chili brewing! Mark Davey also gave
Meets 2nd Tues. each month     us a glimpse into the chambers future which includes a possible hot air balloon contest. Maybe
7:30 am, Casita Lopez          our famous sergeant at arms Lew Stults can help us find some “hot air” in our club for the contest
919 W. Ave., J, Lancaster
Vocational: Connie Williams
Mets 4th Thurs. each month
12:00 noon, Camille’s
43901 15th St. W., Lancaster

Youth: Mark Davey
Meets 2nd Thurs. each month
12:30 pm, Camille’s
43901 15th St. W.., Lancaster

Community: Mike
Meets 2nd Thurs. each month
12:30 pm, Camille’s
43901 15th St. W., Lancaster

Disaster Preparedness and
Relief: Tim Fuller
Meets 1st Thurs. each month
7:30 a.m., Birdies Restaurant
& Driving Range

Events & Activities
Kevin VonTungeln
                                Craft talk was the hot item at the luncheon. Red badgers and new members Frank Hernandez,
Golf: Donny Carder              Donna Termeer and David Howard gave us a small glimpse into their lives. Frank is a financial
                                advisor that recently partnered up with local accounting firm Burkey Cox and Evans to provide
Lobster Dinner:                 their customers with investment advice. Frank choose Rotary because he was looking for a way
Mark Hemstreet                  to get involved in the community. Donna Termeer has been a long, long, long time resident of
805-402-6890                    the AV . She has always been a huge supporter of Rotary and said she was honored to become
                                a part of it. She previously worked for State Senator George for 10 years and is currently the
Paul Harris Foundation:
Dave Potter                     Director of the Antelope Valley YMCA. Donna’s daughter recently became a doctor. Great job
661-942-2915                    mom! David Howard gave us the low down on his rough life living with fellow Rotarian and his
                                father Bob Howard “AKA” slave driver! On a serious note, David grew up around Rotary and is
Public Relations:               proud to be part of his fathers’ club. David not only hung out with dad’s “Rotary” friends
Regina Lawrence
                                growing up but was also President of his college’s Rotaract Club. He has been a past principal of
                                Eastside Elementary and is currently the Human Resource Director for the Eastside Union High
Select Few:                     School District. We are very proud to have these new members. Great job on your craft talk!
John Currado
661-945-2696                    Bishop Safari is coming up soon September 24-26. We have a great group of Rotarians signed up
Programs:                       and ready to have some fun! What happens at the Bishop Safari stays at the Bishop Safari. Don’t
George Lawrence                 miss out. Contact Howard Harris and join us for a great celebration.
Lew Stults                      We will be “brown” next Monday for Labor Day weekend. That means no luncheon! Enjoy the
                                holiday. Our next speaker on Sept 13 is John Bisnar who will be giving us tips on outstanding
Student of the Month:           customer service.
Gary Cothran
661-722-2542                    Membership month is coming to an end BUT this doesn’t mean we stop looking for good
                                members. Please bring potential candidates to our Rotary luncheons and show them why you are
Larry Lake All Star Game:
G. Simi                         proud to be a Rotarian!
                                Hasta Luego,
Bulletin/ Historian/Social
Dudley Jennings
                                Gus Camacho
661-478-0657                    El Presidente

Jay Duke

John Currado

Becky Smith

District Website

R.I. Website

LWR Website
Via District Website

                       ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH JOE PAYNE: Joe Payne was awarded the September
                       Rotarian of the Month Award at our weekly luncheon. Joe has been a Rotarian for over
                       30 years. Club positions include head “Lobster” of the Steak and Lobster committee. A
                       post that he held for many years. Recently, Joe demonstrated service above self by
                       volunteering a week of his life to help build homes in New Orleans. Joe Payne is being
                       honored for carrying the Rotary spirit not only at Rotary events but in his personal life as
                       well. CONGRATULATIONS!

                             Editor’s Column

In keeping with the goal to add new members to Rotary this year, the Lancaster
West Rotary Member continue to spread the word about Rotary. We had even
more visitors. See below.

                           And more visitors!!
Rotarian spotlight- Rotarian of the Week

Judy Cooperberg, Born in Los Angeles California, on August 29th. She has been a
Rotarian since 2009. He has lived in the Antelope Valley for 15 years and has worked
in the AV for 22 Years. A Californian from birth. Judy has a B.A. In Psychology; M.S.
in Educational Psychology, she is a Certified Rehabilitation Specialist(CPRP). Judy is
the Executive Director of Mental Health America in the Antelope Valley.

Vacations: Napa
Color: Purple
Movie: Funny Girl, Rocky Horror Picture Show, An Affair to Remember.
Food: Lobster
Sports: Shooting Pool
Hobbies: Wine-Tasting, Volunteer Work, Cats, Antique shopping.

What motivates you on a daily basis? Judy says, "Through my own experience and recovery
frommental illness, I am motivated to help people empower themselves toward their recovery.
Education, exposure and involvement are the keys to fighting the stigma associated with mental
illness. That is my purpose in life."

What are you most passionate about? My work. And wine.
Why did you become a Rotarian? I have been a supporter of Lancaster West Rotary for many
years and when the opportunity arose with my work, I jumped at the chance to be a member of
this wonderful orginization. I have several good friends in the club, and doing good comunnity
work with friends is doubly fun!

What do you expect from Rotary International? To be our eyes and ears to the needs on a global
Why would you recommend the Lancaster West Rotary Club to prospective new members? It's
the best club in the Antelope Valley, of Course!

What is the key to success in business? Having a passion for what you do and being of service to

Ink Cartridges
Don’t forget to bring your used ink cartridges to our weekly meetings. The cartridges are being
collected by Herb Bartelt and are used to raise funds to support the Learning for Everyone project
which we are sponsoring this year.

Children’s Books

Please search your homes for children’s books that can be added to our club’s donation of books
for the Miller Elementary School in Lancaster.

Any age appropriate hardbound or softback books are acceptable if they are in good condition.
These books will be used for children from pre-school through fifth grade, thus can include very
simple books through research books. Additionally, the books may be in any language.

Proposed Members

Questions regarding a newly proposed applicant? Call Sandy Smith, 661-400-0342.

            Weekly Scheduled Programs and Speakers
                      September 13th: John Bisner on "Customer Service"

"Not only is John a bull-dog negotiator and 'tough-as-nails' consumer advocate, he's a close personal friend
and mentor," said Brian Chase, a partner at BISNAR | CHASE. "When our firm goes up against behemoth
corporations and negligent wrong-doers to fight for the rights of people who have been seriously injured,
John brings an unparalleled expertise at reaching settlements far and above expectations. In the courtroom,
I'm glad he's my ally and not my adversary."
In 2009,, an online attorney rating service, gave Bisnar a "perfect 10" score and "superb" rating
based on his background, years of experience as a personal injury lawyer, successful track record,
impeccable reputation with clients and peers, and professional accomplishments. In addition to being
named a 2010 Super Lawyer, Bisnar was also named a Super Lawyer in 2008 and 2009.

                               Calendar of Events

Special Events
Committee and Board Meetings (subject to change)

Disaster Preparedness Committee Meeting
1st Thursday of each month at Birdie’s Restaurant at 7:30 am
Next meeting: Next Thursday 09/02/2010
Tim Fuller Chairman

Youth, Community & Vocational Committees
2nd Thursday of each month at Camille’s Sidewalk Café Lancaster at 12:30 pm
Next Meeting: Thursday 09/09/2010
Mark Davey Youth Chairman
Michael Giovannini Community Chairman
Connie Williams Vocational Chairwoman

Club Service Committee Meeting
2nd Friday each Month Maxton's Ave I at 4pm.
Next meeting: Friday 09/10/2010
Howard Harris Chairman

International Service Committee Meeting
Camille's 15th Street West Lancaster
Please note exception this month Next Meeting: Monday 9/13/2010 after weekly
luncheon at Hellenic
Diane Grooms Chairwoman
Membership Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesday of each month at Rustin House at 12:00 noon
Please note exception this month Next meeting: Tuesday in September 09/14/2010
Sandy Smith Chairwoman

Board Meeting
3rd Thursday of each month at Crazy Otto’s – Avenue I in Lancaster at 7:30 am
Next Meeting: Thursday 09/16/2010
Gus Camacho President

                   “Select Few” – Softball
Please contact Coach Currado for lineup changes, stats and wind conditions.

Please join our club at the annual Bishop Safari. This event is Friday September 24th
to Sunday September 26th. On Friday, our club will be hosting a party at the RV
park. Saturday, the Bishop club has set up several activities which include Fall Colors
Photographic Tour, Hiking the Sierras, Sierra Home and Art Tour, Pistol Shoot,
Fishing Expedition, Road Trip to Devils Postpile, Golf Tournament and Fellowship
Dinner. Go to to sign up. Our club will be staying at
the Browns Town RV park and the Ramada Inn in Bishop. We have 10 spots reserved
at the RV park and they are going quick. The inn is only $79.50 a night. Please
contact Howard Harris for more info. See you there!

Antelope Valley Rotary Clubs Meeting Information
AV Sunrise: Thursday mornings 7:15 am
at Camille's in Lancaster.

Rosamond: Thursdays 11:45 am
Coaches Sports Bar & Grill, 4417 Rosamond Blvd., Rosamond

Lancaster Sunrise: Tuesdays, 7 am
Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 N. Sierra Highway

Palmdale: Wednesdays: 6:30 pm
Sizzler Restaurant, 853 W. Palmdale Blvd.

Lancaster: Thursdays , 7 pm
Medrano’s, 44276 10th Street West, Lancaster

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