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!
Humanitarian Trip to Peru 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Has your summer come and gone far too quickly? Perhaps.
But have you thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless? I know I have!
Our Rotary Club has already donated 63 hours of volunteer service since July 1, we've inducted one new member, and we're gearing up for a slew of projects and programs to get involved in. It's an exciting time to be part of it! Thank you to everyone for contributing to the effort!
Many, many important things to mention, but first:  NO morning meeting this week! Our evening fellowship gathering will be at club member Manny Jimenez's new Black Knight Patrol office! It's literally next door to our morning Crown Plaza Hotel meeting location -- 255 W. 6th Street, San Pedro. Check out Leon Nixon's message to the club about the festivities that are planned for the evening:
This month’s 4th Thursday theme is Back to School.

I'm thinking, if you want, bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, protege’, etc.

Why?  Well, 1) it gives the babysitter the evening off, 2) we want you and them to feel comfortable bringing them to Rotary events, service projects, etc., and 3) they can meet other young, future Rotarians. Everyone is encouraged to bring back-to-school supplies to give away. If no future Rotarians come, we'll donate the school supplies to a local school.

Now, this is for the bold among us.  If you dare, bring an old photo of yourself.  It could be a school photo, or maybe just a photo of you in younger days.  You know the photo -- the one of you with longer hair on that motorcycle, or you wearing those cool shorts in that themed t-shirt the day you learned to drive. 
How cool would that be to see our members as yesterday’s version of today’s “student of the month.” 
It will also show our future Rotarians (you seen the theme here), that we were young once. I remember as a kid, looking at pictures of my family in younger days, and thinking, "Wow!" That never gets old.

Wanna be young again?  Think young. See you Thursday!
The District Picnic is also this week, Saturday evening 5-9pm. Everyone's favorite beach party and cardboard boat race is back! It's fun for the entire family -- fabulous food, chili competition, music, and a karaoke contest! Check the event's page for more information!
Lastly, remember to wear your Rotary pins! Wear it to work, wear it to your meetings. Wear them in the house, wear it on your blouse! As Rotary International President Barry Rassin says -- Be The Inspiration! We do a lot of good in San Pedro and globally. Let's keep our visibility and presence up.
And, as always, if you have a project you think our club should get involved in -- even if we've never done it before -- suggest it to one of the board members! We'd love to hear about it, and the project will help keep us meeting our goal of two service projects per month!
See you Thursday!
August 23 Reminder -- Evening Fellowship! 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Wowzers! We had a great time on Saturday with 19 of our closest friends at the Boys & Girls Club. Scrubbing baseboards, spackling walls, and organizing books in preparation for the new school year was way more fun with great company! If you missed the fun, check out some of our pictures.
Remember: our club can get involved in almost anything you are interested in. If there is something we should be contributing to, get in touch with one of the members of the board, or call Matt directly! 
There are so many more events happening -- with the club and around the community -- over the next month! Skim through our event calendar to see if you can volunteer at Fleet Week, attend the YWCA's Jazz on the Waterfront, go to the district picnic and watch the cardboard boat races, learn about peace in the South Bay, or get involved in literacy over waffles!
See you Thursday morning!
August 9th Meeting Reminder 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Come one, come all. We want everyone to join us this (almost) fall!
Our club has an exciting week ahead. Check out some of the highlights!
  • Starting Thursday morning, Jan Stenstrom will no longer be a former Rotarian! Please join us as we induct him into our San Pedro Rotary family!
    • We're at the Crown Plaza (601 S. Palos Verdes St). 
    • Parking is free, and our room is across from the buffet and cashier.
    • Breakfast cost is $17.50/pp including tip.
  • Saturday morning we support our Boys & Girls Club sisters and brothers to clean up their 1200 S. Cabrillo Ave facility. Help them get ready for the new school year to commence! Click the event link below for details, or check in with Helene for questions.
    • Don't forget: invite your neighbors and friends to tag along!
  • More events!
    • Excited about Fleet Week? Want to go to the District Breakfast with LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell? Do you dig jazz on the waterfront? Skim through our event calendar to see what else our club is involved in or supporting!
August 2 Meeting Reminder 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Greetings Friends!
Ah summertime.. Don't you love getting out and enjoying our delightful southern California?
Hollywood Bowl last week was a treat and the Day at the Park music event was sublime. Music speaks to many of us, but socialization speaks to all of us.
  1. Join us at the Whale and Ale at 6pm for our 4th Thursday evening fellowship night. More details on the event page, but as Leon described, it's bound to be a great time! Low key environment with flexible times, so bring a friend and don't worry if you have to leave early! Remember: bring Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
  2. EXCITING NEWS!! We have a membership proposal for Jan (Pronounced “Yahn”) Stenstrom, a former Rotarian from New York and New Jersey! We first met Jen at our Community Leaders Luncheon, and he has attended several meetings since. He is a civil engineer, and has lived in San Pedro for many years now.
    1. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Matt before July 27 12pm for clarification.
    2. If there are no objections before this time, we will install invite Jan to be installed at the next available club meeting. 
  3. Our next service event will be cleaning up the Boys & Girls Club on August 4. More details on the event page, but we're so excited to partner with such a great organization, locally and nationally! Please join us, and invite that business partner you've been wanting to see more outside the office! 
If you have something you'd like the club to get involved in, please connect with Matt or any of the board members now so we can try to pursue it!
Thank you all, and see you Thursday!
714 486-9037
July 26th Reminder -- Evening Fellowship 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Greetings Friends!
  1. No meeting this week folks! We will be heading to the Hollywood Bowl Thursday evening to see Mozart and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto performed by the LA Philharmonic. It's going to be magnificent!  Here's the itinerary:
    1. Check with Helene if you're not sure if you signed up. Bring $20 cash per person to pay for your ticket and food.
    2. Meet at Averill Park at 4:30 pm on the 14th Street side. Park across from the park to avoid parking limits.
    3. We’ll have a picnic in the park. Bring your own drinks; we provide the food.
    4. We’ll hop on a private bus and head to the Bowl at promptly at 5:45 pm.
    5. We'll return to Averill Park just after 11:00 pm.
  2. EXCITING NEWS!! We have a membership Proposal for Jen (Pronounced “Yahn”) Stenstrom, a former Rotarian from New York and New Jersey! We first met Jen at our Community Leaders Luncheon, and he has attended several meetings since. He is a civil engineer, and has lived in San Pedro for many years now.
    1. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Matt before July 27 12pm for clarification.
    2. If there are no objections before this time, we will install invite Jen to be installed at the next available club meeting. 
  3. Our first service event will be cleaning up the Boys & Girls Club on August 4. Please join us, and bring a friend! More details below.
  4. Your participation in club functions is critical! If you have something you'd like us to take on, please connect with Matt or any of the board members now so we can try to pursue it!
Thank you all, and see you Thursday!
714 486-9037
July 19 Reminder -- NO MEETING 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 02, 2018
Greetings Friends, and Happy New (Rotary) Year!
As we transition to a new year, there are several key items to keep in mind:
  1. We are meeting this week, Thursday, July 5th, at 7:30am
  2. We are meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (601 S Palos Verdes St). Look out for the Rotary sign to find the room.
  3. You will pay the cashier for your meal (including venue and service cost) each time you attend. The cashier is located at the entrance of the buffet. 
  4. The new Board of Directors will be presenting their vision. Please bring your thinking caps, a notebook, and a can-do attitude to hear about the exciting ways to get involved!
  5. Last, but definitely not least, start thinking about how much you want to donate to our foundations - San Pedro Rotary Club's foundation and Rotary International's. While not required, it's another opportunity to vote monthly with our pocketbooks supporting the amazing work Rotary does across the globe. The board will be sending out a form to collect this information soon.
Thank you all, and see you Thursday!
714 486-9037
July 5 Meeting Reminder 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Community Leaders Luncheon Tickets on Sale Now! Linda Klingner 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
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."
Buddy Benches Make Waves Across the District! 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Local News: Rotary Clubs hope this new “buddy bench” at San Pedro school brings kids together 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of San Pedro will be installing its first ever Peace/Buddy Bench to prevent bullying and educate the student body on methods of conflict resolution. Rotary stands by this proactive, peace building attitude, and the organization intends to support any school or park that wants to enhance their peace education programs. Along with the bench, which is made by LAUSD students at Banneker Career and Transition Center, qualifying schools and parks are provided support in designing and implementing anti-bullying programs within their jurisdiction.

The first bench will be installed at:
Barton Hill Elementary School
423 N. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA
On Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8am


Join us!

First Rotary Peace/Buddy Bench Unveiling! 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of San Pedro is launching its 2018 Community Reading Day Campaign!

Want to help kids in San Pedro who need your help the most?

Buy them books here, and give them a chance to participate in a fun and fast paced program that will show them that reading and writing are fun!



Check out Annabeth and Connor in action, and get more information about the event here

(Shhhh. Don't tell them that these skills will help them succeed in life as well - that's soooo boring to a third grader).

Join us and make a difference to local kids. Your small donation adds up to great results.


2018 Community Reading Day 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

The Crab Feed Was A HUGE Success!

From our heart to yours, we thank all the guests, volunteers, and businesses that gave so much to our club, and our community.


The 4th Annual Great San Pedro Crab Feed was a huge success! Great food and even better camaraderie helped generate big smiles and full bellies. The men at the Beacon House cooked and served the event better than ever! And to top it off, our club now has the distinct pleasure of donating to some incredible causes and organizations in our beloved community.

Without you, San Pedro, it would not have been possible. Check out some great pictures here!

See you next year!

Thank You San Pedro! 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Are you ready?
Preparation for the 4th Annual Great San Pedro Crab Feed is under way, and we're looking forward to our biggest hit yet!
Do you love crab? Good times with all your closest friends and neighbors throughout the South Bay region? Well roll up those sleeves, tie your bibs tight, and get ready for a great time -- supporting your favorite causes and organizations!
With your ticket you get an all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab meal cooked in a savory cioppino sauce with unlimited pasta, salad, and fresh baked french bread! A silent and live auction with amazing items -- from a piano, amusement park passes, and gift cards to your favorite restaurants -- will be sold throughout the evening to raise money for college and vocational scholarships, helping the homeless, and supporting our troops abroad! (and so much more)
The event is held at the Cabrillo Beach Youth Center overlooking the water at sunset on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 5-9pm. Shuttles will run between the parking lot and the entrance, so you don't even have to exert yourself before you overindulge! 
And if that's not enough, this year we are partnering with the Beacon House in the preparation and cooking of your delicious meal. The recovery program has a fantastic culinary arts program, and we're excited to give the men another opportunity to build their skills and put it to use in a real way! 
Buy your tickets here today, and be ready for the freshest night of your new year! (fresh crab, at least!)
The 4th Annual Great San Pedro Crab Feed! 2017-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Community Leaders Dinner and Awards 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
Rotary is a proud partner and sponsor of Vision to Learn, a California-based nonprofit that tests and distributes glasses to low income students free of charge.

Pictured below is San Pedro Rotarian Arlene Dickey at a Vision to Learn eye screening at Dana Middle School. They discovered another 70 students that need glasses in order to perform in the classroom and be successful in their lives. Way to go Arlene, and two thumbs up to Vision to Learn for all the good you do across the country!

Vision To Learn at Dana Middle School 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Hi Everyone!!

Our 2nd annual Community Reading Day is rapidly approaching!! Saturday, March 11 at 2pm is our special day to distribute backpacks full of age-appropriate books to low income students. We'll also have children's books authors Annabeth-Bondor Stone and Connor White telling (and performing) their zany story "Shivers - the Pirate who is afraid of everything!" Join us at the LA Public Library on Gaffey St and have some fun connecting with families and ensuring they understand the importance of reading!
2017 Community Reading Day 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
A HUGE congratulations to our high school speech contestants this year. We saw some talented and inspiring speakers, and it was so refreshing to have a tone of optimism and positivity to start off our morning!! Keep up everything you're doing students, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for each and every one of you!
2017 Speech Contest 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Every year the Rotary Club of San Pedro celebrates extraordinary men and women who contribute to the life and vitality of our community.  We celebrate them at our annual Community Leaders Dinner. Our next celebration will take place Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro.
If you would like to make a nomination for a volunteer or business of the year, please download the appropriate form and submit it to by March 7, 2017. Thank you for your contribution and recognition!
Tickets for the San Pedro Rotary Community Heroes Dinner are not available for purchase at this time, but stay tuned for updates! Please save the date and join us.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at
2017 Community Leaders Dinner 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Club has a long list of community sponsors, and we are so grateful for their continued support! See here for all the good our local businesses are doing to support all the great service organizations we have in our local and international community!
A Big THANK YOU To Our Crab Feed Sponsors! 2017-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Join us to package meals for "Stop Hunger Now" Andrew Sheng 2017-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Crab Feed Tickets, Now on Sale! Linda Klingner 2016-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
We had a great time at the YWCA serving these kids pancakes and presents this last weekend! Come join us next year for this heartwarming and super fun morning serving some great families!
Breakfast With Santa 2016 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Know a high school student destined for greatness? Get 'em in Interact, the high school equivalent to Rotary! Better yet, get 'em to attend this year's Interact Conference where we've arranged speakers and workshops designed to mold and shape them into better leaders!
2016 Interact Youth Conference 2016-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Had a great time listening to former tight end LA Rams Tight End AND Rotarian Bob Klein! Join us next time on October 11!
Bob Klein District Breakfast 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
One of the best things about attending a Rotary International convention is the opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the world.  At Rotary’s most recent convention in Seoul, I struck up a conversation with a Rotarian from the eastern U.S.  We have so much to be proud of that I suggested that Rotary should spend more money on public awareness.
My fellow Rotarian disagreed.  “I like to think of Rotary as the quiet organization that no one knows about yet does so much good in the world” she said brightly. 
I found her comment puzzling.  Just days earlier, our opening session had featured addresses by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Republic of Korea president Park Geun-hye and the prime minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe.  Indisputable, the world’s leaders know Rotary. 
On the other hand, my follow Rotarian may have a point. Individual Rotary clubs often fail to get recognition for much of the good work we do within our own communities.   I think part of the reason for this is that “news,” as the name implies, usually involves something new.  If you want publicity, it can’t be the same story as last year. 
As past RI president Cliff Dochterman says, “There is no Rotary club in the world that cannot be improved.”   Are our service projects fresh and newsworthy, or are they solid but no longer of reader interest?  Is our fellowship creative?   Do our meetings tend to recycle the same themes, such as local government and public utilities?   When was the last time your club program was a talent show, a comical fashion show, a partnered event with the Chamber of Commerce, with another Rotary club, or—dare I say it?—a joint meeting or project with another service club in your city?
Variety is the spice of life.  When we think outside the box, we wake up our members and attract public attention.  Happy members bring guests to Rotary.  Take a look at your club.  Is anything stale?  If so, change it or at least give it a new paint job.  Use your creativity. Imagine Rotary!  Build it and they will come.
Imagine Rotary - A Message from District Governor Greg O'Brien 2016-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
District 5280 Strategic Plan 2016-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Every year the Rotary Club of San Pedro celebrates extraordinary men and women who contribute to the life and vitality of our community.  We celebrate them at our annual Community Heroes Dinner, which will take place this year on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. Register here.
Community Heroes Dinner 2016 2016-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Community Reading Day -- Sun, 4/17 2-4pm 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser -- Jan 23 5-9pm Cabrillo Beach Youth Camp 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Attendees of our Annual Crab Feed bid on and won a trip to watch the vets and dentists care for these animals. KCBSTV's Joy Benedict reports:
Where Do Wild Animals Go When They Need To See A Dentist?
This story on KCBS features one of our club's very own, Steve Holmstrom. Holmstrom is the lead certified veterinarian dentist caring for all the animals supported by the Peter Emily Dentist Foundation. This video features the LA Wildlife Waystation and two vets, Astrid and Silvio, with nearly 40 collective years of experience between them. All the animals know all their caregivers by sight...and smell!
Where Do Wild Animals Go When They Need To See A Dentist? 2015-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Cole
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
Flashback - A Rotarian's Responsibility to His Club Stephen Cole 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI) is a nonprofit organization that advocates innovative approaches to human relations and race relations in Los Angeles city and county. CAI was founded on the idea that while we do not live in a perfect world, there has been steady and continuing progress in the arena of race and human relations.

CAI works from the premise that while Los Angeles city and county residents generally interact in positive ways, the region's geography makes sustained, large-scale interactions across racial, ethnic or religious lines rare. Los Angeles suffers not from hatred or animosity between different groups, but from a lack of understanding based in part on a lack of opportunities for mixing in a positive setting. Unlike the residents of New York or Chicago, Angelenos don't tend to walk the streets or ride public transportation together. The freeway system allows people to travel in hermetically sealed cars that whisk them over and around unfamiliar or "dangerous" neighborhoods. Therefore, CAI's challenge is to develop an awareness of interests and common ground that transcends one's race, ethnicity or religion — an objective that is counter to the prevailing strategies of identity-based politics and advocacy.

Community Advocates, Inc. Rica Viola 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Check out all the different ways the Rotary Club of San Pedro impacted our community and had fun this last year in a great slideshow. And feel free to join us at any of our Thursday meetings!
Rotary Club of San Pedro 2014-15 Slideshow 2015-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
The installation of the new Board was held on June 25, 2015 at the Ports O'Call Restaurant.  Anthony Vulin was our charismatic Master of Ceremonies.  PDG Dave Moyers had a tough act to follow, but once again, did not disappoint!   With much pomp and circumstance  he thanked the outgoing Board, welcomed then new one, and knighted incoming president, Val Hatley, hereinafter to be referred to as "Sir Val."
Installation Ceromonies 2015-2016 Rica Viola 2015-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
The GREAT San Pedro Crab Feed 2015-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by James McNair on Aug 23, 2013
THE FOUR WAY TEST OF THE THINGS WE SAY AND DO James McNair 2013-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
2009 MYSTERY TRIP Sanni Wehbe 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

A ROTARIAN is a person who:

  • Digs wells from which they will never drink
  • Vaccinates children they will never meet
  • Restores sight for those they will never see
  • Builds houses they will never live in
  • Knows real happiness, which can only be found by serving others
  • Educates children they will never know
  • Plants Trees they will never sit under
  • Feeds hungry people, regardless of color, race or politics
  • Makes crawlers walk half  a world away

Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organization exceeding 1.2 million members with more than 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries.

Rotary provides clean water to those without it, feeds the hungry, battles crippling, debilitating and disfiguring diseases and helps people learn to read and write so they can compete in the modern workplace.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who aspire to the highest ethical standards in their vocations and who not only help those in need in their own communities but who also seek to advance the cause of peace, understanding and goodwill worldwide through scholarships, youth and adult exchanges and humanitarian projects."



WHAT IS A ROTARIAN? James McNair 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0