Stories

  • Homelessness Panel

    On October 14th, 2016, the LA5 Rotary Club welcomed three recognized speakers that are doing everything they can to fight homelessness: Meg Barclay, Suzanne Wenzel, and Phil Ansel.   Read More

  • Father Michael Lapsley

    Last Friday, our fellow Rotarians were visited by a very special guest. Father Michael Lapsley, founder and director of the Institution for Healing of Memories spoke about his life, Rotary, and homelessness. Father Michael Lapsley is no stranger to Rotary. In fact, in 1967 he was introduced to a Rotary club that helped pay for his airfare to Australia so he could become a priest.   Read More

  • LA River & the Homeless 

    Carol Armstrong

    Many homeless inhabit the area surrounding and within the LA River. The LA river generally conjures images of concrete ditches and flooding. One part where it is lacking heavily is in terms of its green spaces and biodiversity.   Read More

  • Empowering the Homeless

    Robert Egger & Charles Evans

    Rotary Club Meeting September 9th 2016 Empowering the homelessAt this meeting, we remind ourselves to empower those less fortunate than us in the hopes that one day they will be able to pay such kindness forward.   Read More

  • Interfaith Panel

    At this meeting, we remember and honor the recent passing of former LA5 president Bill Plunkett.   Read More

  • Mr. Downtown’s Vision for Los Angeles

    Hal Bastian, or Mr. Downtown L. A., is known for bringing life to the city of Los Angeles. After converting empty offices and unused spaces into hotels and condominiums, Hal partnered with companies, like Whole Foods and Target, and brought life and busi   Read More

  • President Todd Declares Friday, August 26, 2016 "Lieutenant General Stayce Harris Day"

    In honor of LA5 member Stayce Harris' promotion by President Obama to Lieutenant General, the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Staff for the United States Air Force and becoming the first female African-American to ever acheive the   Read More

  • From Wasteland to Renaissance

    There was a time when there was nothing downtown. After finishing business, most people would go their separate ways back home. Javier Cano recalls this distant memory before presenting the city of today. Now sixty thousand people now live in downtown Los Angeles alongside the residents of hotels.   Read More

  • Rotary and ShelterBox Partner to Assist Victims of Central Italy's Earthquakes

    We watched in horror as we saw the first images of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on August 24, killing an estimated 290 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble.   Read More

  • LA5 Sends Delegation to Berlin to Kick Off 50 Year Anniversary as Sister Cities

    Los Angeles Rotary Club, LA5, the 5th oldest Rotary Club in the world, sends a delegation to Berlin to kick off 50 year anniversary as sister city.  Bearing celebratory proclamations from Mayor Garcetti and the entire LA Council the LA5 delegation will be hosted by Berlin’s Mayor and also meet with the U.   Read More