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San Pedro Rotary


Thursday mornings 7:15am (except 4th & 5th Thursdays)
Crowne Plaza Hotel
601 Palos Verdes St
San Pedro, CA  90731
United States

(714) 486-9037
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Happy Tuesday Everyone!
This week is another exciting week in the life of the Rotary Club of San Pedro. Here's why:
  • Students of the Month!
    • This week we have our amazing and inspiring Students of the Month joining us! Do you need a little pickmeup this week? Join us as we watch these kids blossom before our very eyes, a thoroughly emotional and exciting morning!
  • Service Opportunity!
    • We will be repeating our Rise Against Hunger event October 6 from 9am-12:30pm! Register here. More details below.
  • In the news
    • Our Rotary Club is in the news once again! Read the full story below in "Building Friendships, One Bench At a Time".
  • Fellowship Opportunity!
    • Cook Your Own Meal Night at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club
      • The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club will be having a fun dinner event at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (CBYC) on Wednesday, October 17th starting at 6pm (food options and pricing details are here). 
      • If you'd like to join, please contact CBYC Fleet Captain -- and current San Pedro Rotarian! -- Steve Holmstrom to RSVP by October 9th.
Can't wait to see you on Thursday!
Join us for a repeat of the highly successful Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packaging event! 
Join this exciting effort that supports disaster-stricken areas and ongoing school feeding programs in developing countries. 
Like last time, we're packing 10,152 meals and are looking for 80 volunteers! You can join us for part of the event or the entire morning! Invite your friends and family members (including kids 5 years and up) for this fun and fast-paced event!
We are also partnering with local non-profits to provide canned goods and other staples to stock up their food pantries, so bring some if you can!
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Port of Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club
100 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA  90731
Parking is plentiful at this event site.
Register here now while there's still space and to donate!
In Rotary Service,
Rica Viola
The Rotary Club of San Pedro's Peace/Buddy bench is continuing to make news!
This month's San Pedro Today showcases the Peace/Buddy benches and provides a link to donate if you'd like to participate in the movement!
Continue reading for even more exciting news about how LA Unified School District is joining the movement!

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

This year we are excited to be working with Peru’s two Districts: 4455 and 4465.  Working with the Peru Districts and clubs, we have jointly selected 11 Global Grant projects that meet 5 of Rotary International’s Areas of Focus, and 2 projects that meet needs at the district level.  We have also selected 2 unforgettable adventure options for post trips (choice of one or the other) after covering our Humanitarian Service projects in Lima:  Cusco/Machu Picchu and Iquitos Amazon Cruise.  Please join us for our first visit to Peru and first trip south of the Equator.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis, so please send in your Registration Form and Deposit as soon as possible to be part of this amazing experience.
Yours in Rotary,
Karen Greenberg
2018-19 Humanitarian Trip Co-Chair, Rotary District 5280
Member of the South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club
Go to the trip's homepage for more information (including the projects you can support!
I am so proud of the work our club does in the San Pedro community, and even more proud of the changes we effectuate on an international level. So I am both surprised and saddened when people haven't heard of Rotary or know what our mission is. 
To do our small part, let's start wearing our pins, necklaces, and other Rotary "bling" both to meetings and out in the community. It's a tiny step to make inroads on a huge awareness obstacle, but we'll be raising awareness nonetheless. Most important, it gives each of us another opportunity to talk about what we love and spend so much time on, and to share our positive experiences and friendships. 
If you need a new pin, the Greeter will have some available at our Thursday morning meetings for $5.00.
Additionally, for your own edification and enjoyment, we will have copies of Rotary's guiding principles -- the 4 Way Test -- printed on card stock, as well as the History of the 4 Way Test, available at no charge to you. Rotary's incredible work locally and internationally, in one-time projects and through sustained, recurring programs, has the 4 Way Test as the common denominator.
Join me in raising the visibility of Rotary in our community.
Harry Jacobs
Vocational Director
Rotary Club of San Pedro
Buddy Benches are now springing up on playgrounds at elementary and middle schools throughout Southern California.
Rotary Clubs across District 5280 have fallen in love with the buddy bench. Check out the April 2018 newsletter for details (pgs 10-12).


“I have worked with many other clubs,” commented Arlene [Dickey, San Pedro Rotarian], “Redondo Beach, Historic Filipinotown, Wilshire, Lawndale, and Gardena. By the end of 2019 there will probably a buddy bench at many LAUSD schools. Many clubs across the District have committed to funding at least one bench, and Arlene is raising funds to install benches at all San Pedro schools."
Whether Rotarians realize it or not, they assume a number of responsibilities, and one of these is to their club as is pointed out in the Ottawa, Illinois Weekly Letter.
"Real Rotarians get acquainted without waiting for introductions.  They try to know each other.  They arrive at the meeting place rather early than late, and sit beside a different member at each meeting.  Rotarians draw those who are not participating in the conversation, such as new members, and draw them in.  Cordial attention will make new members and guests feel at home.
"Each Rotarian owes it to his club to promote the fellowship and association which give Rotary its personal appeal.  A Rotarian owes it to his or her club, at all times, an interest in a tolerant attitude toward their fellow man."
Some things never change.  This was taken from a 1928 San Pedro Rotary Log and 87 years later, it still rings true.
Steve Cole, Club Historian