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Meeting Minutes
September 20th, 2010 Member Meeting
Meeting Attendees:
Tori Hettinger
Steve Johnson
Jonathan Keisner
Blanca Mandujano
Ursula Pandey
April Uhlig
Cheryl Wong
Vinny Fazzino (guest speaker)
Lisa Peacock (guest speaker)
Jonathan (guest)
Shay Levy (guest)
Katie Schaefer (guest)

Welcome and Introduction of Guests:
Official Governors visit by Rotaract Governor and current South Bay Vice President Cheryl Wong
Vinny Fazzino – Manhattan Beach Rotarian, orphanage in Mexico
Jonathan – Friend of Vinny, does volunteer work with him
Lisa Peacock – Studio City/Sherman Oaks (District 5260) Rotarian, runs Lisa Peacock Foundation
Katie Schaefer – Works in finance/operations for Raytheon, former San Diego Rotaractor
Shay Levy – Special education teacher in LA, recently back from NYC, daughter of Del Amo Rotarian

Fun Dollars/Fun Change:
Tori – Best friend having a baby, learning how to knit a blanket
Cheryl – Now Paul Harris Fellow +1
April – Oktoberfest social was spectacular
Katie – Hiked Half Dome two weeks ago
Ursula – Ran 10K last weekend and felt great
Vinny – Met Landon Donovan at Manhattan Beach Rotary meeting
Jonathan (guest) – Happy he could attend
Blanca – Got a break from school and went to Sea World
Shay – Now has Smencil’s in 15 scents now
Jonathan (member) – Going to Tempe, Arizona for ASU vs. Oregon football game
Steve – Able to dive Lake Michigan recently in between working a job
Lisa – Happy she could attend

New Membership Mixer BBQ & Pool Party:
Good food and good host (Steve)
Approximately 25 people showed up

Rotary District Family Picnic:
Musical chairs scavenger hunt, cardboard boat race, and other activities/socializing were lots of fun
It was mentioned that South Bay should do a boat for next year’s race

Alpine Village Oktoberfest:
South Bay Rotaract September club social
Lots of beverages were consumed
South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Charity Bike Ride:
Saturday September 25
7:30 am – 12:00 noon (approximately)
Hermosa Rotary Building - 2521 Valley Drive , Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Help run the SAG stop (rest stop) and get free In-N-Out lunch and a Rat Beach t-shirt in return
Visit for more details
RSVP to Ursula at
Blanca and two member prospects to attend

Tony Hawk Foundation "Stand Up for Skateparks" Event:
Sunday October 17
Time TBD
Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, CA
Raise money for afterschool program
Stay tuned for more details

Koreatown Rotaract Joint Social:
Karaoke night
Stay tuned for more details

Rotaract Leadership Conference:
(10/10/10) Sunday October 10
10:00 am – 12:00 noon (approximately)
Hacienda Hotel-Santa Barbara Room
Continental Breakfast will be served
Year review/preview by Rotaract Governor
Dominican Republic international project presentation
Other topics to include: ideas that work, getting involved on a district level, and getting involved with the other clubs of the district
Club leadership are encouraged to attend but all Rotaractors are invited
Event is $5 RSVP to Josh Goldman

Rotaract Big West Conference:
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October 15 – 17
University of California Berkeley
16 professional workshops
Keynote address by past RI President Cliff Dochterman
Nighttime cruise around San Francisco Bay aboard a $1.5 million yacht
$55 all inclusive
Possible carpool from Los Angeles Friday evening
Visit for more details
Contact Cheryl at if you are interested in attending
Cheryl , Steve, and Jonathan (from South Bay) and other district Rotaractors are interested

South Bay Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting:
September 23 (this Thursday)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wine Styles – 2733 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA 90505 (Torrance Towne Center)
Wine tasting membership mixer for members, guests and visitors
Find out more about Rotary community service projects and ways you can help your local and international community
$15.00 per person

2010 -2011 Club Dues:
Please remember to log onto the club website and your dues for this year if you have not already done so
$60 renewal fee covers the 2010 – 2011 Rotaract year
Almost everyone has paid

Speaker – Vinny Fazzino – Team Mission Extreme:
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Played video via Facebook (find Vincent Fazzino on Facebook)Next trip October 21 – 24
$300 to go but Vinny to get us discounted price
Should be able to get Rotary sponsorship for the rest
Casa Hogar in Ensenada, Mexico
4 acre site with 45 kids
5 to 16 year olds with 60% boys and 40% girls
Vocational center next door
Gabrriel House not far away
Houses 30 severely handicapped kids
Teach kids blue collar skills
10 year goal to get kids to grow up and retrain their kids
Christmas drive sorting for over 500 gifts

Speaker – Lisa Peacock – Lisa Peacock Foundation:
Played video on program
Joined Brentwood Rotary at age 23
Has her masters in marriage & family therapy
Brought dog RYLA (dogs name) with her that she adopted 3 years ago from the West Valley Animal Shelter
Also brought two turtles with her, Caesar and Brunus
She uses all kinds of animals including snakes
She may be able to take in animals (ex. strays) if you know of any
Right now works at facility on skid row next to the Union Rescue Mission
Possible Rotaract project on skid row helping kids with homework
Formerly worked at both the LA Zoo and Phoenix Zoo
Gets paid by sliding scale (people pay what they can based upon their income)
Works a lot with children of divorce and the North Hollywood Police Department
Partnership with Harborview to reintroduce animals into people’s lives
She is training three other marriage & family therapists because she is the only one currently doing this type of therapy
Realized how important animals are in a crisis/dramatic situation
They help keep you away from drugs, sex, alcohol, and other negative activities
Takes animals into foster care/at risk youth situations
It is not socially acceptable for boys to show compassion but around animals it is not seen this way
Even gang members treat animals with compassion
Focus on family therapy
Use animals to model for them
Start with animals because they are easier to forgive than humans
Statistics show that most kids are not better off when removed from their home even when there is abuse
Better to have someone there for you like a parent
Binging and cutting are big problems amongst kids right now
Stroking on animals lowers anxiety
Kids may not trust adults
Children under 7 have a better chance of being adopted
Next Member Meeting:
Monday October 18 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Hacienda Hotel Board Room