Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
International Service
RCHB Foundation President
Club Foundation Treasurer
Hermosa Valley School 8th grade Awards
Oct 22, 2019
HVS Students of the Month
Brenda Jaramillo
Oct 29, 2019
Oaxaca trip info
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The Los Angeles Sparks’ youth basketball program’s Mission is to have a positive impact on young players, particularly girls by exposing them to transferable life principles and values such as discipline, confidence and hard work while having fun and developing the fundamentals of basketball through LA Sparks engagements.  Via the LA Sparks Adopt-a-Team Program, Hermosa Beach Rotary is a proud sponsor of a budding youth team called the South Bay Lady Mambas! 

President Steve Peterson called the club to order at his first meeting in July while learning the art of banging the gavel. His mantra for his term is to be vibrant and engaged. To that end, he has instituted fun new fines as well as a challenge to all members: who can we partner with to expand our reach? 

Welcome District Governor, Melody St. John 

The daughter of a Rotarian from South Dakota, Governor Melody St. John has been immersed in Rotary her whole life. Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives.   In fact, she has immersed herself in Rotary's Youth Exchange for over 25 years hosting students from around the world.  


2018 Students of the Year from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shane Hagerman and Viveca Henry, recipients of The Angela Peterson Student Recognition Program, which acknowledges academic, artistic, and community service achievements among Hermosa's students.

Meet Todd Saks, realtor from Vista Sotheby's Manhattan Beach, our neighbor and newest friend of Rotary, sponsored by honorary Rotarian, Dave Garrett!!    Todd's induction  June 26.  
Our District is entering the 5th year of formally creating a District Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution position, placing this area of focus into prominence and supporting the concept that the five other areas of focus, Water and Sanitation, Economic Development and Community, Child and Maternal Health, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Education and Literacy all contribute to Peace building.
Jewel Price is the new Peace Chair for the District and praised the work of District 5280 Peace Chairs, Mark Ameli, Steve Goldsmith, Manisha Javeri, and Vicki Radel.  "Their vision and leadership has created a climate in our District to be people of action in the work of peace building and promotion."
In the spirit of District Governor, Joe Vasquez whose theme for the year is “It’s All About the Clubs” Ms. Price hopes that clubs will make PEACE the cornerstone of their club’s activities this year.  Training and education are an integral part of this area of focus and mediation training, webinars, forums, events are planned for this year.
To quote the words of Past Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, “And so I ask you all to put Peace Through Service at the forefront of your Rotary work this year, and to commit to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world.”
Project Touch Still Strong After 40+ Years
Dorothy Forba was quick to point out that “at-risk” teens doesn’t necessarily mean gang-bangers when she addressed the club about Project Touch.
“We’re talking about teens who lack judgment and impulse control, — and they’re everywhere, even here in quiet Hermosa Beach,” she noted.
Working with schools and local law enforcement, her staff counsels about 1,200 teens a year.
Key issues these days: social media bullying, school work and addiction. 
Raymund Avenido and Audtrey Vo, February’s recipients of the Angela Peterson Student Recognition Award, have not only traveled all over Asia and North America, but they’ve regularly performed service in countries like Vietnam and The Philippines!

Well-travelled Students Epitomize 4-Way Test

Raymund, whose family provides books, food and clothing for
the needy in The Philippines, was quick to note that he plans to specialize in cardiovascular medicine or neurology. He’s well on his way: he already medaled in the annual Science Olympiad, where he demonstrated how to create and read weather maps. His father notes that the family has instilled in Raymund values like “understanding the queue” and responding to crises when needed (Raymund was just 10 when he helped his physician dad deliver a baby). Action movies are his favorite, but he loves to play chess and study karate.
Audrey’s list of community service reads like a Rotary blog: held bakes sales to help veterans and victims of the Nepal earthquake; pays for holiday gifts for needy families; contributes to orphanages in her parents’ native Vietnam.
Her tennis coach says she’s so good because she’s so focused and her mom added that she’s brimming with curiosity. Audrey loves math and science, citing Mrs. Eichenlaub as her favorite HVS teacher. “I love studying atoms,” she notes, but she’s equally interested in culinary classes.
President Jody remarked that our future is in good hands with the likes of Raymund and Audrey. 
When Eli Gauna began his tale about a young Mexican-American boy who went to school in the Los Angeles barrio, your editor still hadn’t caught on that the fellow in the touching story was actually him.
Eli readily admitted that after being humiliated by a junior high school teacher (whose name he still remembers), he became a bully so others couldn’t hurt him first. At that point, he was told, “you’re going nowhere. . . .”
Enter Sister Rachel, who taught at the newly opened Catholic high school nearby. “Instead of chastising me for my accent, she actually praised me by asking me to teach the other kids Spanish!”  This was the turning point for Eli, who equates Sister Rachel’s act of kindness with the type of work we in Rotary perform.
“Let’s think about what we as an organization have accomplished,” Eli implored. “There are children who will never endure the ravages of polio. . .because we exist. There are whole communities around the world who drink potable water. . .because we exist. There are abandoned kids in Tijuana who are being educated. . .because we exist. The list is endless.”
Eli left off with this homily:  make a kindness, make a difference.
The Hermosa Beach City Council announced on Thursday, November 13, 2014 that Hermosa Beach will be a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics World games this Summer!  The Hermosa Beach Rotary will spearhead the Host Town project.
On November 4, 2014, Laura Leventhal, Director of the Host Town Program for World Games, provided our club an overview of the Special Olympics & explained how Hermosa — and our Rotary club in particular — might be able to participate.
Athletes from 170 countries will converge on Los Angeles in mid-July next year, prepping for, then participating in, the Games.
“Imagine all of the language and logistical issues,” Laura remarked.
Our specific assignment, along with approximately 100 other host cities, would be to provide lodging, meals and cultural interaction with the athletes assigned to our town.
Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic- type sports. It's a world stage for our athletes to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship.
Last held in Athens, Greece, the sporting activities range from aquatics to volleyball: badminton, bocce, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, soccer and softball, among many.
The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family.
Other interesting facts:
            · The Games are scheduled for July 25 to August 2, 

            · LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer 
Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. 
Major sponsors include Procter & Gamble, Safeway, UNICEF and Microsoft, which for the first time is helping athletes, coaches and families with key information management tools such as scores, personal bests and health/ nutrition facts. 

Whoever said “it can’t be done” has never met Patrick Murphy and his band of dedicated surf instructors or their eager students:  blind children who were determined to surf. On waves. In the Pacific Ocean.
Pat, an avowed adventurer who lists high-level skiing and zip lining as his “normal” sports activities, is an avid surfer. In fact, he’s surfed all over the world and has many friends who are profession- al surf instructors.
So, 12 years ago, working with the Los Angeles County Braille Institute, he got the wild idea to create classes to teach blind kids to surf. The Institute helps him identify kids with various sight levels who want the experience of riding a wave.
Each surfer is paired with a sighted volunteer — most with extensive safety training — to then attend five sessions at 45th Street in El Porto.
“The volunteer is not just there to stand by the student in the water,” explained Patrick. “We are there to stabilize the boards teach them to time the waves and, of course, pull them to safety if they fall in the drink.”
After several morning hours in the water, the kids enjoy a free meal from a local restaurant (shout out to Sharkeez!) and then have the option of hitting the waves again in the afternoon.
Watching Patrick’s video of these kids experiencing the sound of the surf, the smell of ocean and the ultimate thrill of standing up on the board was truly inspiring.
And that’s how Patrick and his crew feel every summer, especially when they get letters like this:
“Without you guys, I would never have fallen in love with the sea.”
  • Brandon, Age 10 

ImageIt is with sadness that we announce that longtime Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson has passed away. Rotarians are invited to her services.  The services will take place Friday, July 18 at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. The address is 243 S. Broadway (at Torrance Blvd). 

ImageWe welcome J Travers Devine to his term as our 2014-2015 club president.  

Travers is best known in Hermosa Beach as one of the founders of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and its 'managing' Co-Chair for 15 years.  He served on the Hermosa Beach Chamber Executive Board for 14 years and was the 'Man of the Year' in 2008.  (both non paid positions).  Travers spent most of his life working for Organized Labor - 20 years with the California School Employees Association (AFL-CIO) where he negotiated contracts for Classified Employees (non-teaching personnel) with various School Districts throughout Los Angeles County.  He retired in 2002. 

Despite our sorrow over the devastating loss of Angela Peterson, Travers forged ahead with his first meeting on July 8.

After some kind words about Angela’s contributions to our club and to our lives, our new president got down to business by reviewing some of the projects and activities we want to pursue during his term.  With an international theme of “Light Up Rotary,” Travers has already been working behind the scenes to find significant projects and partnerships for us.  He promises to balance fellowship with firm decisions.

Welcome aboard, Prez! 

Gem Munro of the Amarok Society lives in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He and his wife moved their family there to help the "very poorest of the poor." The desire was to educate and bring literacy to the slums. 


Eric R. Foster of Friends of Renee Avis provided the club with a very information presentation on Lyme Disease.  We learned how Lyme Disease is transmitted (through a deer tick bite), how to recognize symptoms of Lyme Disease, and most importantly what to do (and not do) if you think you have been exposed!

By all accounts, our resident nonagenarian, Bob Peterson, led a fun and productive meeting on Sept. 25. Featuring Beth Ander-son of the Burbank/Sunrise Rota-ry Club, the meeting attracted members and a guest, all of whom wanted to hear her dis-cuss Rotary’s 2013 Rose Parade float entry.
We are partnering with Cub Scout Pack 860 to collect and distribute new and gently-used toys. The drive takes place Sat-urday, Oct. 13 in our clubhouse. All proceeds benefit the local branch of LA County Depart-ment of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
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Welcome District Governor, Melody St. John 

The daughter of a Rotarian from South Dakota, Governor Melody St. John has been immersed in Rotary her whole life. Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives.   In fact, she has immersed herself in Rotary's Youth Exchange for over 25 years hosting students from around the world.  

Meet Todd Saks, realtor from Vista Sotheby's Manhattan Beach, our neighbor and newest friend of Rotary, sponsored by honorary Rotarian, Dave Garrett!!    Todd's induction  June 26.  
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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hermosa Beach Youth Bldg.
2521 Valley Dr
Hermosa Beach, CA  90254
United States of America
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Welcome to Hermosa Beach!
The first service club ever, Rotary was founded in 1905 and rapidly expanded all over the world.  Also a first for Hermosa Beach, our city forefathers formed the Hermosa Beach Rotary Club in 1931. The historic clubhouse was built by local Hermosa resident Rotarians, specifically constructed to benefit "youth" in the community.  Centrally located, the clubhouse hosts community-friendly activities including theatrical events, meetings and/or educational classes and wellness.   It's remarkable to note that the Hermosa Beach Rotary sponsors several local youth groups including Lady Mamba basketball, Venture Crew, Cub Scouts, Boy & Girl Scouts and the clubhouse is home base to Troop 860 with over 160 families throughout the South Bay area and an unprecedented number of Eagle Scouts have graduated here.
Find some time to wander the adjacent Valley Park and you'll discover details initially funded by this Rotary club including an ADA accessible playground  as well as a botanical garden to preserve California Native flora in partnership with the City and local non-profit Friends of the Parks.  The club also sponsors the Friday Farmers Market on Valley Drive, a uniquely certified organic produce market.   Proceeds fund numerous charitable endeavors for local non-profits as well as global efforts including food and shelter, clean water and health.
Come join us for lunch one of these days.  We'd love to meet you.  And if you're too busy for lunch, we have an evening e-club for professionals who want to learn more.
Meals On Wheels Schedule
MOW delivered by Faye Smith, Bob Peterson, Todd Saks and Kim Idrovo.  See President for current schedule.
October 2019