Stories

  • Music is Life - What is the Soundtrack of Your Life?

    Our featured October 25 speaker was our Rotary entertainment extraordinaire – Jeremy Wineglass. LA5 Rotarians attending our meetings are welcomed into the get luncheons by Jeremy’s melodies and his quick fun musical intros to speakers.   Read More

  • The Tournament of Roses

    It’s the granddaddy of them all – The Tournament of Roses (TOR), staged for the world right here in usually sunny Southern California each January 1 (unless it’s a Sunday). On September 20, LA5 breakfast attendees heard from TOR CEO David Eads about some behind the scenes challenges the organization faces in keeping the event relevant and exciting to its millions of worldwide viewers of both the iconic parade and the vaunted Rose Bowl football game.   Read More

  • Failure = Innovation!

    Who do you call for product design innovation? In the case of LA5, call Grant Delgatty, Associate Professor and Chair of Product Innovation in USC’s Iovine and Young Academy (IYA).   Read More

  • Members You Should Know: Jared Smith

    If you were present at the club meeting on May 31, then you witnessed history in the making - twice over - by one individual.   Read More

  • The Great LA5 Scholarship Day!

    The moment of great anticipation - Scholarship Day - for LA5 members and graduating L A seniors came this year on June 14. Held at the California Club the 100+ attendees included the 30 scholars, their parents, L A County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Rotarians.   Read More

  • The Committee

    As we often say in non-profit organizations, and Rotary is no exception, to truly get the most out of membership is to join and get involved on a committee. This message was taken to heart this past year by LA5s exemplary Marketing Committee, ably Chaired by Heather Shuemaker, along with incoming chair Malinda Monterrosa, Paul Ekstrand, Chrissy Moses, Michael Stevens Rico Montanez, and Lauren Schlau.   Read More

  • Boys to Men in Uganda

    Laine Wagenseller at Bringing Hope to the Family

    What do you, I, any of us do when the situation calls for involvement? For LA5 member Laine Wagenseller that question was easily answered by: showing up getting involved and caring.   Read More

  • Rotary At The Ready

    It was fast and there were five at the LA5 annual Fast Five meeting. Following months of applications, reviews, Paul Harris lunches and the process of elimination, April 26 loomed large. First, which would be the five finalists and then, how much support would they garner from Rotary? All told our club stepped up to provide $60,000 to help these organizations, dedicated to aiding homeless youth, continue their good and important work.   Read More

  • Where Water Flows

    Calling for Clean, Safe, Reliable, Water for All

    “When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.”—Rotary International. The problem of access to clean water seemed to be one that was thousands of miles away from me.   Read More

  • LA5 Rotarian, John Green Newly Appointed Executive Director, LA5 Rotary 

    By Erick Weiss, President, LA5

    The affable demeanor, the thoughtful way he listens, the wry smile signifying that whatever is coming will be delightful, the pause before a reply, the deferential respect given to everyone, the kindness, the clarity and the wisdom are just a few of the characteristics of a true gem at Rotary LA5; our new volunteer Executive Director, John Green.   Read More