November 4, 2016
Last Friday, our fellow Rotarians were visited by a very special guest. Father Michael Lapsley, founder and director of the Institution for Healing of Memories spoke about his life, Rotary, and… Read More
October 3, 2016
Many homeless inhabit the area surrounding and within the LA River. The LA river generally conjures images of concrete ditches and flooding. One part where it is lacking heavily is in terms of its… Read More
September 23, 2016
At this meeting, we remind ourselves to empower those less fortunate than us in the hopes that one day they will be able to pay such kindness forward. Los Angeles has recently declared a state of… Read More
September 14, 2016
At this meeting, we remember and honor the recent passing of former LA5 president Bill Plunkett. He passed away on August 9th at the age of 87. He is remembered in the LA5 community through the… Read More
September 14, 2016
​​ Hal Bastian, or Mr. Downtown L. A., is known for bringing life to the city of Los Angeles. After converting empty offices and unused spaces into hotels and condominiums, Hal partnered with… Read More
September 6, 2016
In honor of LA5 member Stayce Harris' promotion by President Obama to Lieutenant General, the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Staff for the United States Air Force and becoming… Read More
September 1, 2016
There was a time when there was nothing downtown. After finishing business, most people would go their separate ways back home. Javier Cano recalls this distant memory before presenting the city of… Read More
August 31, 2016
 Buildings lie in ruins Wednesday, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake leveled towns in central Italy. The quake killed at least 241 and left thousands homeless. Photo Credit: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via… Read More
August 31, 2016
Los Angeles Rotary Club, LA5, the 5th oldest Rotary Club in the world, sends a delegation to Berlin to kick off 50 year anniversary as sister city.  Bearing celebratory proclamations from Mayor… Read More
August 15, 2016
By Herbert L. McGurk II Climbing up to Camp Paivika was a great adventure.  Camp Paivika is in the San Bernardino National Forest.  In other words, for a guy in LA, it’s a great drive up into the… Read More
August 5, 2016
It ​is safe to say that Art Leahy is a self-made man. Currently the CEO of Metrolink, Art Leahy worked as a bus conductor for three years then made his way to the top on the Metro ladder. His… Read More
August 3, 2016
Think of a black mouse... with a pair of white gloves... dressed in red shorts with two buttons. This well dressed rodent is Mickey Mouse, a character imagined by Walt Disney in 1928. We all know the… Read More
August 3, 2016
It’s always interesting to hear the journey of someone called into public service. Often times, it’s a bumpy road, filled with swarthy opponents or natural disasters. For Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA,… Read More
July 20, 2016
It was a great day at LA5 for President Todd’s inaugural meeting.   Long a friend of LA5, we were honored to have Mayor Eric Garcetti attend as our keynote speaker.  This was the morning after the… Read More
July 5, 2016
LA5 member, Herb McGurk, spent the last eight years selling real estate in Koreatown; so he knew enough of the local language to get by. He also knew that his Korean vocabulary was far too limited to… Read More
June 24, 2016
  Billowing clouds of steam whisked with eye-watering, thick, black smoke. Harmonious chugging of a locomotive. Yells of “All aboard!”, an engineer struggling to throw coal from the tender, shrill… Read More
June 1, 2016
Jonas and Brandon were focused and deadly serious. While laughter and cheers filled AMF Montebello Lanes early on a March Saturday morning, there was a cold silence on lane 31. Jonas and Brandon,… Read More
March 8, 2016
Seven California Rotary Districts (5330, 5320, 5340, 5300, 5280 and 5240) hosted the Rotary World Peace Conference on January 15th and 16th of 2016 in Ontario California. The conference theme was “… Read More
February 5, 2016
Gayle Anderson was live in Pasadena with THE ROTARY CLUB OF LOS ANGELES FOUNDATION, one of the OFFICIAL 2016 SKECHERS PERFORMANCE LA MARATHON CHARITIES. Click here to watch KTLA5 news clip. If you… Read More
February 5, 2016
The Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) recently awarded grants to five non-profit organizations working to resolve homelessness. The President of LA5, Jose Vera, joins Tina Mica on 5900 Wilshire to… Read More
December 22, 2015
The Rotary Club of Los Angeles awarded five local non­profit organizations committed to combating homelessness a portion of $64,500 at its 2016 Fast5 Community Service Grant event this month.… Read More
November 19, 2015
Margaret Karren Partner, Green Hasson Janks Margaret is a partner, and leads the nonprofit services practice, for Green Hasson Janks. She has been an active member of LA5 since 2008. She has served… Read More
September 2, 2015
I learned a lot from our Skid Row Tour. First, Larry Hurn, Executive Director of the Cardinal Manning Center, delivered a history of downtown homeless issue which delivered valuable insight. Then… Read More
August 26, 2015
Russ GuineyDirector, Los Angeles County Department of Parks & RecreationIn a career that has stretched from serving as a California State Park Peace Officer, to living in a ghost town, to… Read More