June 12, 2019
As we often say in non-profit organizations, and Rotary is no exception, to truly get the most out of membership is to join and get involved on a committee. This message was taken to heart this past… Read More
May 7, 2019
What do you, I, any of us do when the situation calls for involvement? For LA5 member Laine Wagenseller that question was easily answered by: showing up getting involved and caring. Ten years ago, as… Read More
April 29, 2019
It was fast and there were five at the LA5 annual Fast5 meeting. Following months of applications, reviews, Paul Harris lunches and the process of elimination, April 26 loomed large. First, which… Read More
April 18, 2019
“When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more… Read More
April 15, 2019
The affable demeanor, the thoughtful way he listens, the wry smile signifying that whatever is coming will be delightful, the pause before a reply, the deferential respect given to everyone, the… Read More
April 2, 2019
March 30th, 2019, the hottest day of the year to date. The Dodgers had just opened the season by blasting 8 home runs and were playing just around the corner, the NCAA tournament was in the Elite 8… Read More
March 29, 2019
Three Rotarians separately go to a restaurant in Truckee, California's historic mountain town near Lake Tahoe.  One of them was me from LA5 on my way for dinner and glass of wine at the bar where I… Read More
March 29, 2019
The conference table at St. Vincent de Paul meeting room was filled even before the 9am start time for the LA5 Scholarship Committee. As the picture shows, the 21 members are a diverse group, each… Read More
March 26, 2019
Rotary met on Friday March 22 at the California Club expecting a presentation from Terry Press, President of CBS Films. In that capacity she oversees creative, distribution, marketing and physical… Read More
March 11, 2019
Unlike last year at Rotary Day with City Plant, the sun shone brightly on Saturday, March 9 at the Van Nuys Recreational Center in Van Nuys, for this year’s Arbor Day Tree planting. Also, unlike… Read More
February 24, 2019
By John GreenOn Sunday afternoon a jolly group of about 25 LA5 members assembled in our spacious reserved area at the Angel City Brewery downtown in the Arts District. Approaching from the street… Read More
February 22, 2019
*/ The February 22 LA5 speaker was Dr. Larry Arnn President of Hillsdale College.  To introduce the luncheon LA5 member Denise Anthony gave an inspiring invocation summarized as follows: Rotarians… Read More
February 19, 2019
*/ Pictured: Lauren Schlau & Brenda Wiewel with USC Rotaract Club. Photo by Veerali Juthani.It’s been a while since I was on the USC campus, my grad school alma mater. I saw a lot had changed… Read More
February 4, 2019
To end our January 18 meeting on a high note (pun intended) President Erick introduced pianist extraordinaire, Jeremy Wineglass as a new member.  Jeremy actually presented his background noting… Read More
January 18, 2019
Jan Perry, our featured speaker on January 18 began by explaining that she looked at our LA5 website for background. She was struck by what she saw; that is, our commitment to solving local and… Read More
January 1, 2019
Before Sally Gallagher’s e-mail announcing this year’s Rotary Rose Float decoration, Brenda Wiewel had already e-mailed me asking if I knew when and where it would be happening! As soon as I saw… Read More
December 17, 2018
​The shoe-give away area The lines were forming well before dawn – both the 350 Rotarian volunteers and some 3,000 expectant kids and families the morning of Saturday December 8.  As the sun was… Read More
December 5, 2018
At the October 12, 2018 LA5 luncheon featuring speaker Andy Fastow, member Denise Anthony offered an invocation that many found well-suited to the occasion and personally moving. We have printed it… Read More
December 3, 2018
  Liz Skrzat, LA5's Social Events Chair along with the Honorable John Green kicked the holidays off in fine fashion by putting together a great LA5 getaway to the famous Holiday Lights Cruise in… Read More
November 16, 2018
How did the greater Los Angeles region get where it is today? What momentous event occurred 100 years ago to create the city as we now know it? As our November 16 keynote speaker Dr. William Estrada… Read More
October 22, 2018
Deep in the heart of old Downtown Los Angeles, between Boyle Heights and the Fashion District, 18 LA5 Rotarians and their spouses gathered at Greenbar Distillery, self-labeled as the “oldest… Read More
October 19, 2018
On October 19 at the California Club, the Power of Tourism was brought to Rotary LA5 from Ernest (Ernie) Wooden, Jr., President & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB).… Read More
October 12, 2018
Few adults living today are unfamiliar with the name of ENRON and the financial debacle that resulted in the company’s dissolution in 2004. And no one could be more qualified to speak on the company… Read More
October 5, 2018
One way that LA5 exemplifies “service above self” is in recognizing and honoring champions in the community who take action to help save the lives of others.  This year’s annual Courageous Citizen… Read More