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  • The Fight for Peace

    Last January, only weeks before our world went into pandemic lockdown and the protests and riots of this past week erupted following the death of George Floyd, I participated with Lauren Schlau, Paul and Melody St. John, and several thousand Rotarians from around the world in the Rotary International Peace Conference in Ontario, California. (Perhaps you remember my president’s message in the January 21 edition of El Rodeo where I wrote about Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor Takashi Tanemori’s session, “How to Dismantle a Nuclear Bomb”.) Read More

  • Rotarians Stand in the Gap

    During last Friday’s meeting I asked the members of our club to consider making an additional contribution to the Community Grants Fund to cover the remaining $15,000 needed to support Families Are Forever—this year’s Community Grants project.The LA5 Foundation is prepared to cover that unfunded amount so that our club may keep our financial commitment to the five organizations we chose to support. Read More

  • Will COVID-19 Bring Us Together?

    With thanks to Matt Ball, Ann Romney attended our weekly ZOOM meeting last Friday and shared her powerful and personal story of suffering and overcoming fear. When I asked her if support for her work to find a cure for neurological diseases comes from all sides of the political spectrum, she said that it did. But she quickly acknowledged that it is hard to work together on anything when we are so divided. Her words that follow, ring true to me. Read More

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