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Speaker Michael Rich (right) with Rotarian Tim Jackman, retired SMPD Chief.

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RAND CEO Michael Rich Spotlights Nonpartisan Research

Posted Dec. 18, 2015, 9:26 am

When RAND Corporation’s Michael Rich last visited the Rotary Club of Santa Monica more than a half-decade ago, he reported on RAND’s global expansion and early days in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Rotary Club President Tom Loo with movie producers Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky, who addressed the club. Jane and Mark are former executives at New Line Cinema (Mark was executive producer of the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).  They are co-founders of Court Five, a multifaceted media company.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Rotary Club

‘Lord Of The Rings’ Producer Reveals Trilogy’s Beginning

Posted Dec. 11, 2015, 9:41 am

How did New Line Cinema nab Peter Jackson and his vision for the fantastically successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy?

From left, football quarterbacks and NFL veterans Cade McNown (Bruins 1995-1998) and Rodney Peete (USC 1985-1988) with record-holding wide-receiver Danny Farmer (Bruins 1996-1999).

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Trojans vs. Bruins: A Los Angeles-Rotary Tradition

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club merged with its sister club in Westwood Village Friday, Nov. 20 to revel in the greatest cross-town rivalry in football: USC vs. UCLA.

Kathy Shepard

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Craft Talks: Quick Glimpses Into The Lives Of New Santa Monica Rotarians

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 9:38 am

The key to a successful Craft Talk at Rotary is to have your fellow Rotarians walk away with a tangible sense of you and your family. The purpose of it is for Club members to find out how they and the Craft Talkers fit into, and form a unit within, the family of Rotary.

Dr. Bruce Bennett

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What Will Happen If North Korea Collapses

Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 9:08 am

North Korea is a time bomb. That was the thesis behind Dr. Bruce Bennett’s talk at the weekly Rotary of Santa Monica meeting Friday, Oct. 23.

Speaker Ruth Askren and Rotary President Tom Loo with the section of a bee hive that Ruth brought with her.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

The Curious Lives Of Bees For The Urban Beekeeper

Posted Oct. 23, 2015, 8:45 am

When the Los Angeles City Council voted to legalize urban beekeeping last week, they overturned a 136-year-old ban on the practice going back thousands of years.

Dr. Bogdan Pasaniuc, with Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Jenn Brown, of UCLA Health and Sciences Development.

News, Santa Monica, Science, Rotary Club, Genetics

Santa Monica Rotarians Trace Their Genetic Ancestry

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:38 am

If there was one takeaway from the Santa Monica Rotary meeting Friday, Oct. 2, it was that “we all came out of Africa – We are all related,” said Santa Monica Rotary President Tom Loo. “There is no such thing as race, quite frankly.”

From left: Iao Katagiri, Nat Trives, Lois Green (President, Yo San University), Speaker Dr. Daoshing Ni (Co-founder, Yo San University) Tom Larmore, Barbara Browning, Kathy Fergen, and Grace Cheng Braun (President and CEO, WISE

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Yo San University: Acupuncture In Today’s Medical World

Posted Oct. 3, 2015, 11:23 am

Dr. Dao Shing Ni has never taken an aspirin or ibuprofen in his life.

Speaker Austin Beutner (right) and Rotarian Len Lanzi.

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Ousted Publisher Austin Beutner: A Year At The L.A. Times, The Coming Times

Posted Sep. 24, 2015, 1:17 pm

In the two weeks leading up to Beutner’s talk, his title on the calendar needed editing. The publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times had been unceremoniously ousted by what he called, “the Chicago overlords.”

Hao Li, associate professor at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, demonstrating real-time 3D conversion.

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Democratizing 3D Computer Graphics

Posted Sep. 18, 2015, 6:00 am

This week Snapchat updated its app to include a layer of different “lenses” for taking a selfie. This is what Dr. Hao Li would call realtime facial animation.

Speaker Jay Link, Ph.D., bestowed the secrets to a fruitful and affair-proof marriage to Rotarians Aug. 28.

News, Life And Arts, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

An Emotional Wellness Expert Reveals the Secret to a Successful Marriage

Posted Sep. 4, 2015, 9:37 am

Dr. J. Zink’s mission Aug. 28 was to improve the quality of love among Santa Monica Rotarians by distilling 42 years as a marriage therapist into a 35-minute talk.

Speaker Adam Lichtl, PhD (right), former Director of Research at SpaceX, with his wife, Patsy, and Rotarian Jay Smith.

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Inside SpaceX: Getting From The Blue Marble To The Red Marble

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:36 am

The Planet Mars is arguably the last frontier in space exploration (for now). When will we reach it? How will we get there? What will it take? And why do we want to go?

Rotary guest speaker, Dr. Yi Jin, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Brain Treatment Center. He is pictured with Rotary president Tom Loo (right).

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Miracle-Like Treatment For Neurological Disorders Seeks More Funding

Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 8:57 am

Imagine a cure-all type of device that zaps away brain disorders to undo years of trauma and other mental conditions that therapy could never dream of unraveling. Alzheimer’s, autism, anxiety, sleep and eating disorders, and addiction could all vanish within days.

Speaker Dr. Marcus Eriksen co-founder of 5 Gyres.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean, Rotary Club

5 Gyres Institute Instruct Rotary On Dangers Of Microbeads, Plastic Smog In Our Waters

Posted Aug. 7, 2015, 9:34 am

That fabled Texas-sized island made of trash in our ocean, the Great Pacific garbage patch, does not exist. Nor is there a plastic zoo or trash vortex. It’s something more insidious that exists in our waters, and it can’t be cleaned up.

New Santa Monica Rotary Club president Tom Loo and guest speaker Professor Matthew Malkan, UCLA astrophysicist, who spoke about the origins of the universe.

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Mission To Explain Everything: UCLA Professor Talks About Astronomy At Santa Monica Rotary Meeting

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:25 am

Four decades after Apollo 17 astronauts shot the “Blue Marble,” the first complete true-color image of the entire Earth, NASA released the updated version earlier this month of the fully sunlit Earth from one million miles away.

Santa Monica Rotarians got the chance to re-live the historic 1911 Santa Monica Road Races at last Friday’s meeting.

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VIDEO: Rotarians Schooled In Santa Monica Car Racing Folklore

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:20 am

Last week’s Rotary meeting was a crash course lesson in Santa Monica’s genesis. The main theme was the city’s roots as an auto racing destination, and the syllabus included buzzworthy L.A. trivia, as well as which streets used to be the auto track.

A scholarship, sponsored by the law firm of Harding Larmore Kutcher and Kozal, LLP,
was awarded to Shaila Hernandez (third from left). Pictured is Susan Annett, scholarship
committee co-chair, Ken Kutcher, a partner in the law firm, and Nat Trives,
Rotary Club past president.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear Merits Of Paul Harris Society

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Rotary District 5280 Foundation chair Rick Mendoza spoke to the Santa Monica Rotary Club June 26 about the Paul Harris Society, a 15-year-old program named for Rotary’s founder, and encouraged Rotarians to annually support the Rotary Foundation.

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Santa Monica Rotary Club members on the day.

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2015 Santa Monica Rotary Day Of Service Benefits The Children's Place

Posted Jun. 23, 2015, 9:24 am

Twenty volunteers gathered at The Children's Place on Saturday, June 13, for the 2015 Rotary Day of Service, a day where members of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica continue their "Legacy of Service" in the Santa Monica community.

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Santa Monica Playhouse co-artistic directors Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie with Rotary president George Collins and Rotarian Diane Margolin.

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Rotarians Hear From Santa Monica Playhouse Directors

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:07 am

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica celebrated Staff Support Day on Friday, April 24, as several club members brought along guests deserving of appreciation. From co-workers to assistants, Riviera Country Club was bustling with additional colleagues and friends, all of whom became acquainted with the club during the meeting’s introductions.

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