Rotary club of sherman oaks sunset SOS Rotarian 02 mar 2011


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Rotary club of sherman oaks sunset SOS Rotarian 02 mar 2011

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset SOS Rotarian Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Service Above Self -- Building Communities, Bridging Continents! Club Web SiteEditor: Mel Powell L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel VisitsIf you have any comments or by Powell, Melquestions, email the editor. Future Speakers Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel educated theMar 7 2011 Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset about the role of theJennifer Cawelti -- Craft City Controller and the current financial condition of LosTalk Angeles on 28 February 2011."All About Jennifer!"Mar 14 2011Sigal Adini Accompanied by Deputy Controller, Community Affairs, Marisol Espinoza,"Narcanon Drug Detox and Controller Greuel—a friend to this Club since her previous office, representingRehab" the Second District on the Los Angeles City Council and helping out atMar 21 2011 Rotarians At Work Day—expressed her admiration for Rotary’s Four-WayTBA Test and noted that a copy of it is on the wall in her office.Mar 28 2011 The Controller explained where we are, where we need to go, and some ofTBA what we can do. The key question she hears most often is this: what doesApr 4 2011 the City Controller do, anyway? (And, when that is explained, she is askedJim Sample why she wanted this crazy job.)"Issues of Place"Apr 18 2011 There are three main aspects to her office’s efforts. First, she is responsibleClub Assembly for the City’s financial reporting, “putting out the facts, here’s where we are,"Plotting and Planning" here’s what’s working, and here are the problems.” With a huge and loomingMay 16 2011 budget deficit, Los Angeles needs to know where it stands. The ControllerSpecial Club Assembly acknowledges that the City is experiencing its lowest revenue in several"Planning with PE Maureen" years, with a slight trend up expected in the coming year but not enough to clear the deficit. Upcoming EventsDistrict 5260 Assembly Second, her office oversees vendor payments and payroll. With no time toApr 2 2011 settle in to her new office, immediately she had to face the issues of theRotarians At Work Day expenses of the Michael Jackson memorial and “Lunch-gate,” when boxedApr 30 2011 lunches for the first responders, at fourteen dollars each, were trucked in fromDistrict 5260 Conference Wrightwood—not even in the County, let alone the City. The Controller’sJun 10 2011 - Jun 12 2011 office began to watch each dollar very carefully, challenging departmentsDance For The Children about how they are spending their money.(PolioPus)Sep 17 2011 Third, and most visibly, the Controller’s office handles the auditing. It is her
  2. 2. This eBulletin has been most public effort but they have only 15 staff members: “small but mighty.”generated by ClubRunner club Controller Greuel’s office has conducted thirty audits in the last 18 months, oncommunication software. Visit topics ranging from unused telephone lines to sustainability to the use of for details. Federal funds to housing and planning, areas where we can make or urge© 2002- 11 Doxess. All Rights changes. The audits also need to achieve the goals and recommendations,Reserved. and Controller Greuel has worked to push for progress. “We found over $321 million in savings, if we implement the changes.” ClubRunner Sponsors Controller Greuel cites four pillars of City improvement. First, she focuses on core services. People want to talk about streets, buckling sidewalks, streetlights not working, education, police officers available in emergencies. “That’s what people care about: public safety, public works, and jobs.” And jobs then improve the local economy. Second, she urges the consideration of long-term budget…not just short-term Please visit our Sponsors. solutions to long-term problems. “We need to look at long-term solutions. To place your ad click here. For example, in the next couple of years it appears that 35% of the City budget will go towards pensions and associated health care. This is unsustainable for a City’s finances.” Third, the leadership must ensure the maintenance of the City’s reserve fund. If the City suffered a major earthquake and did not have a reserve fund, “we would have difficulty just meeting our financial obligations.” She explains, “It’s a savings account for the City.” Taking money from the reserve fund is not a wise strategy. Fourth, she believes that we need to talk about pensions in light of the overwhelming percentage of budget currently allocated. “We need to work with the labor unions, the business community, and the City. There is a willingness and an opportunity to work together to continue the dialogue. We can’t put our heads in the sand and refuse to consider changing the situation.” The Controller is clear that her report to us is not “everything’s great, let’s just celebrate. We have a lot of attention to be focused on fixing the city. We need to look at where we want to be ten and twenty years from now. What are the issues we should be responsible for? “To be held to those same standards as Rotary’s Four-Way Test—is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and will it build better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned—not just the vocal, or the small groups that have money and access to City Hall, but will it be fair to everyone concerned? If all politicians followed the Four-Way Test we’d be in a better place.” Japans Consul General Explains Japan-U.S. Relations by Powell, Mel The Honorable Junichi Ihara, Consul General of Japan in Los
  3. 3. Angeles, presented a comprehensive look at Japan and its current relations with the United States at a special reception of the Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset on 7 February 2011.Rotarians and special invited guests to this membership interest pie-and-coffeereception learned about Rotary International and the activities of the Rotary Club ofSherman Oaks Sunset, including the International Mother Language Day project andthe “Dance For The Children” marathon to help eradicate polio. Then the assembledgathering enjoyed a visit with the Consul General, who recounted both a wonderfulexperience with Rotary during an early-career posting in Lyons, France and the briefadmission, triggered by the Club’s dance “Marathon,” that he once participated in akaraoke marathon.Among the key issues facing Japan today, Consul General Ihara explained, thedeclining birthrate and declining population, with a greater percentage of retirees,stand out. The ratio of workers to pensioners will put a severe strain on thegovernment to care for its older citizens. One possible solution will be to importforeign workers, but the Japanese people have been reluctant to see those numbersincrease.The Consul General highlighted the presence of United States military forces inSouth Korea and Japan, with the forces in Japan heavily based in Okinawa. Much ofthose soldiers will soon be shifted to Guam, but Okinawa remains a focal point ofU.S.-Japan issues as the Okinawan people feel they bear a disproportionate burden.Also of great interest was the shift in circumstances over the past twenty years. In theearly 1990s, Japan and the United States felt almost in economic conflict, overproducts such as automobiles and semiconductors. Japan’s economy was booming,and at times seen as a threat to the United States. China’s economy was struggling.Currently, there are no major economic conflicts between the United States andJapan, while China’s growing economy and a trade imbalance raises issues for both.In the area of security, twenty years ago there was no immediate threat to Japan andthe Cold War had recently come to and end. But currently China’s military hasexpanded dramatically, and North Korea remains at the very least a regional threat.Consul General Ihara also noted that China’s growing economy has come at theexpense of energy efficiency, leading to a very high rate of carbon emissions. Onearea in particular where Japan and the United States could cooperate for the greatergood would be to assist China in reducing the carbon footprint of its activities whilemaintaining the trend towards a better life for the Chinese people.Consul General Ihara was appointed Consul General of Japan in Los Angelesin April 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Director-Generalof the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau. His recent positions includeMinister at the Embassy of Japan in the United States (2004-2006), Directorof the Financial Affairs Division (2002-2004), Director of the WTO Division(1999-2002), Director of the First Southeast Asia Division (1997-1999), andDirector of the Office of the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-1997).
  4. 4. The Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset, chartered on 19 October 2007, isa volunteer organization with business and community leaders uniting toserve in the community and the world. It is a member of Rotary International,the worldwide service organization with more than 30,000 Rotary Clubs inover 200 countries.Helping The World, One Village At A Timeby Powell, MelRotarians Paula and Gerry Porter, friends of Sherman Oaks SunsetPresident-Elect Maureen Drew, made the trek from LakeArrowhead to Sherman Oaks on 21 February 2011 to tell us abouttheir District 5330’s adoption of the village Oduoro-Kanapa,Uganda.About six hours by car from Kampala, the village had been ravaged by local tribalconflict since the early 1980s. Rotarians gathered nearly 1,500 villagers to conduct aneeds assessment, learning that safe water was atop everyone’s list of priorities.Health, food security, and economic and vocational training were also addressed.Since that time, Paula (RC Lake Arrowhead) and Gerry (RC Lake ArrowheadMountain Sunrise) have visited the village more than once, each time struck by thecontinuing great need but also by the dramatic improvements brought to life by theRotarian efforts, and also moved by the warmth and gratitude of the villagers.Working with the Rotary Club of Kampala-West, Rotary Matching Grants, and alarge and growing Rotary Community Corps of villagers to oversee that the needs aremet, Paula and Gerry and the Rotarians of District 5330 bring hope to a remoteregion of Uganda.This Closeby Powell, Mel On 14 February 2011, the Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset renewed its commitment to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts after viewing the Academy Award® nominated documentary film “The Final Inch.”The film chronicles such “foot-soldiers” as Munzareen Fatima and Dr. Ashfaq Bhat,who work door to door in India to reach every child, often having to convince parentsthat the two drops of vaccine are vital. In counterpoint are the stories of Americanpolio victims, who tell of their own lives with the disease.ABCs of Rotary - Rotary Community CorpsHeres another article from Past Rotary InternationalPresident Cliff Dochtermans "The ABCs of Rotary," so thatClub members and friends can learn more about who weare and why we do what we do together. After learning of
  5. 5. the success of a Rotary Community Corps in Uganda, wewanted to understand just what that is. Read on.One of the programs in Rotarys panoply of worldwide service activities andprojects is the Rotary Community Corps (RCC). Formerly known as RotaryVillage Corps (or Rotary Community Service Corps in urban areas), thisform of grassroots self-help service was initiated by RI President M.A.T.Caparas in 1986 as a means of improving the quality of life in villages,neighborhoods, and communities. The program is built on the premise thatthere is frequently an abundance of available labor in an area but noprocess for mobilizing men and women to conduct useful projects ofcommunity improvement.A Rotary Community Corps is a Rotary club-sponsored group ofnon-Rotarians who want to help their own community by conductingservice projects. Rotarians provide professional expertise, guidance,encouragement, organizational structure, and some material assistance forthe RCC, whose members contribute the manpower and knowledge ofcommunity needs to help their own community. Thus, the RotaryCommunity Corps offers another way for Rotarians to serve in places ofgreat need.John T and the Newsletter by E One of the annual high points of the Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Southern California is the visit with North Carolina Rotarian John T. Capps. John T spoke with passion and humor on Saturdaymorning, 26 February 2011, to a plenary session of PETS, and among histopics was the importance of a vibrant, fun Club newsletter. Thats whenthings got very, very local.After meeting Sherman Oaks Sunsets then-President-Elect Mel Powell in2009, John T asked to be on the e-mail list for the Clubs newsletter.Unfortunately for the poor fellow, John T now believes that all of his keyinformation about California comes from Sherman Oaks Sunset. In fact, hereferred to the Sherman Oaks Sunset Club E-newsletter from the stage atPETS, being sure to use the bulletin editor as comic relief.The Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks again.