• In Memoriam: Steinar Tweiten 

    Steinar Tweiten was known to most members of LA5 Rotary as a distinguished gray-haired gentleman with an engaging disposition, who arrived each Friday on his motorized scooter.   Read More

  • Putting the "Party" in the President's Party

    As President Todd Johnson always says, “I hope you leave this meeting feeling better than when you came.” It would be hard to imagine anyone who attended the Annual President’s Party and Awards on May 21st didn’t feel that way.Through the generous   Read More

  • AbilityFirst Stroll and Roll

    By Rebecca Haussling, Senior Director of Communications, AbilityFirst

    With the help of partners and celebrity champion/actress best known as "Becky" from Glee, Lauren Potter and honorary chair, Jaclyn Smith of Charlie's Angels alongside NBC4 ,"Today in LA" anchor Whit Johnson and meteorologist Shanna Mendiola (and with a   Read More

  • LA5's Scholarship Committee Improves The Lives Of Students And Rotarians Alike

    By Joshua Mandell and Gina Doyle, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs 

    Each year dozens of members of LA5 gather together to award scholarships to some of the best and brightest students within downtown and Los Angeles County. At our upcoming meeting on June 16th, LA5 will award approximately $190,000 in scholarship monie   Read More

  • LA5 Myanmar Water Project

    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar (formerly Burma) has a long and complicated history. Devastated during WWII by bombs from both sides, the nation asserted its independence in 1948. But for decades it was ruled by a repressive and abusive military. Finally, in 2015, with the election of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar made a major commitment to democracy.   Read More

  • How Rotary Can Build Sustainable Peace for All

    By Manisha Javeri

    Today’s world presents us with opportunities and challenges never before seen. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) gathers together to address some of these issues. And this past January, one of our LA5 boardmembers, Manisha Javeri, Ph.D.,   Read More

  • Bradford R. Howard, Director of Rotary International, discusses the balance between service & self-attitude in Rotary Clubs

    The key takeaway from Bradford Howard’s guest lecture is that the Rotary Club of Los Angeles is not a service organization, rather he believes that the club should channel most of its focus building rapport between members.   Read More

  • The State of the Club 2017

    Remarks at the State of the Club meeting on January 6, 2017 from President Todd Johnson, LA5 secretary Rick Gibson, and President Elect Charisse Older

    From where I sit, what I see is that our club needs to change with the times. We have an amazing history. We have every reason to be proud of what this club has been. But there’s a quote that is often misattributed to Einstein that is nevertheless tru   Read More

  • Rotary Club of Los Angeles Awards $73,000 to Local Non-Profit Organizations at its Fast5 Community Grants Luncheon

    Emotions were running strong this November 18, 2016 when LA5 awarded community grants to five pre-selected non-profit organizations: Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, Shelter Partnership, New Direction for Veterans, Society of St.   Read More

  • Veteran's in Los Angeles


    In honor of America’s heroes, this Veteran’s Day, LA5 invited a number of U.S. servicemen, currently involved in the United States Military.   Read More