• 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

  • Arnie Berghoff Discusses the Life of a Lobbyist

    ​On November 4th, 2016, the LA5 Rotary club welcomed Arnie Berghoff who was able to discuss the life of a lobbyist.    Read More

  • Creating a Blueprint for the Future of LA5

    Over fifty LA5 Rotarians gathered at Pepperdine University on October 22 to participate in a strategic workshop about the future of our club. The workshop, led by the Trinity Consulting Group, a student strategy team from Pepperdine, allowed LA5 Rotarians to express concerns over the current state of our club as well as an opportunity articulate a vision for its future.   Read More

  • 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