Featured Rotarian: Carol Elizabeth Shafer
Most members of LA5 know Carol Shafer as the one who honors Rotarians in their birthday month, and whose strong voice often leads in the patriotic song for the week. That is part of who Carol is, but there is much more to know.
Born on December 24 in Jamaica New York, Carol has had a varied and successful life, both professionally and personally. She studied opera and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. After graduation she pursued a part-time career in musical theater, while putting her high school sweetheart husband, John, through dental school.
She has been the lead performer in many theatrical stage productions, and has also been the featured soloist in numerous concerts. Carol was a professional Marilyn Monroe impersonator for many years. Numerous LA5ers remember her impersonation of Ms. Monroe at the Demotion of Past President Gerry Turner.
Carol’s work experience includes Regional Sales Manager, Senior Sales Director and Vice President. She broke company sales records at three different corporations, earning her trips abroad and company cars, including a pink Cadillac.
Her first piece of jewelry was given to her at the age of five by her father. He surprised her with a gold bracelet, which he put on her wrist minutes before meeting Vice President Richard Nixon. She has had a love affair with fine jewelry ever since. She is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and is the owner of Carol Shafer Fine Jewelry, where she is a personal fine jewelry consultant.
Carol has volunteered with many charitable groups, including the Hospice Foundation, 1736 Family Crisis Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, South Bay Senior Services, and many more. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles for ten years, and previously served on the Board of Directors.
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council named Carol Businesswoman of the Year in 2004. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Award. Carol and John’s daughter, Heather, graduated from Loyola Law School and is an attorney in an Orange County law firm.