Rotary and Optimist Clubs Schedule Speakers Through November 18 at their Weekly Meetings

Pacific Palisades has two active international service clubs: Optimist and Rotary. Members meet weekly over breakfast and then generally hear a speaker.

Both groups work to support local, national and global philanthropic causes. Youth in this community are often the recipients of scholarships, grants and support through these clubs.

The Optimist and Rotary Clubs are looking for new members who feel it is important to give back to the community and believe the future of this nation lies with its youth.


Marge and Bob Gold accepted a grant for the Palisades Village Green from Optimist Club member Peter Scolney.

The Optimist Club meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Palisades Presbyterian Church in Janes Hall. Contact: President Rick DeWeese The following speakers are scheduled:

October 22:

A speaker from LA County Clerk’s office, who will be speaking on the new voting system to be implemented in the 2020 elections.

November 5:

Lee Calvert, 95, will speak about her extraordinary athletic career. She is in the Badminton Hall of Fame and last October, she won three gold medals at the Huntsman World Senior Games in paddle tennis. The Palisades resident started her own business in conjunction with “The Lucy Show” for Desilu in 1964, working with continuity in scripts. Calvert even worked on the early Tom Hanks sitcom “Bosom Buddies.” For 40 years, Calvert had two women working for her as they provided continuity for “The Good Wife,” “NCIS” and “Rules of Engagement.” She retired when she was 89.

November 11:

Robert Schwartz will speak about his life as an exterminator. Come pick up some free tips.

November 18:

Longtime Palisadian Peter Kreitler, a former Reverend Canon of St. Matthew’s, will speak about his new  book: “Dear Father Peter: Forty-nine Years of Letters to a Priest.” Among the letters in the book are those from famous citizens including President Reagan, Charlton Heston, Norman Lear, Mel Brooks and Chevy Chase. The letters also include people asking Kreitler for advice. The Virginia Theological Seminary writes: “Dear Father Peter is at once an unflinching and authentic autobiography, a tribute to those who shape and teach us, and a testimony to the simple but supremely powerful gift of being present for others.”


The Pacific Palisades Rotary Club planted and maintains the corner of the park at Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway.

The Palisades Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Aldersgate. Membership chair is Pete Crosby. If you would like to attend a meeting, email Crosby:

October 24:

LAX expansion information presented by Stephanie Sampson and Anna Kosma. There are big changes coming for the Los Angeles airport over the next five years and this presentation will explain the people mover and the new location for the rental car companies.

October 31:

Dark. Happy Halloween.

November 21:

The popular Network Sharing meeting, in which members speak about their careers and ask advice for a key question. At a recent meeting, one of the members asked: What kind of strategy can by used to attract millennials to a company that is location and web based?

December 5:

Dance Instructor Joel Rieck from the Arthur Murray Studios will give dance tips and suggest classes one might need to avoid embarrassment at a wedding. He has competed professionally at the Future Champion, Rising Star and Open Professional levels, and he has successfully helped his students to become finalists in their levels of competition.

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