January 21, 2021
Westwood Village Rotary Club
Coming up next on January 28th . . .
The Annual WVRC Investment Panel
This annual event features WVRC member experts in financial investing. Moderator Steve Scherer will review the predications for 2020 against actual results. And predictions for 2021 will be as diverse and unexpected as the pandemic year of 2020.
"Create a Club Your Members Will Love"
District Breakfast | February 2, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Please join us for our third District Breakfast of this Rotary year. Our keynote speaker is Rotary International Director and Past District 5170 Governor Brad Howard, who will share insights that delight and inspire. Advance registration is required. 
The 2021 Virtual Pageant of the Arts
The tradition of the District 5280 Pageant of the Arts will be carried on this year. The program will be fully virtual for the first time and will include five classes of competition: Art, Music/Vocal, Music/Instrumental, Speech and Dance. Eligible students can come from local high schools and after-school programs. The finals will be held on April 17th. More information about plans and scheduling is to come.
Westwood Virtual Rotary Club Meeting - January 21, 2021

President Nancy rang the end to the “social hour” at precisely 12:30 P.M., though it sounded tinny compared with our Club Bell.  She called for Nevin Senkan to lead our Pledge to the Flag, which she did with us following, mostly in unison.

Recognizing Martin Luther King’s birthday, PP Mark Rogo shared a few of his favorite MLK quotes: Men are involved in a Universal Quest for Half-Baked Solutions;  Let no man pull you down so low as to hate him; We must live together as Brothers or perish together as Fools.

Song meister PP Edwin Gauld followed this tough act with a rendition of “America the Beautiful” which started slow but ended admirably.  Still, Edwin, you’re no Lady Gaga!
Congratulations went out to PP/IPP Diane Good who will soon take on three local clubs to assist as Assistant District Governor.  This makes us Westwood Rotarians feel like orphans!  I guess we’ll have to grow up (?).

Our next District Breakfast (virtual scrambled eggs) will run from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M. on February 2nd with the theme “Create a club your members will Love.”  The Annual Pageant of the Arts is being planned—talk to Phil Gabriel for details.  
PP Mark Rogo, hardest working man in Westwood, introduced Peter Clinco, who is the latest owner and chef of The Skylight Gardens, for our Merchant Minute of the Week.  Peter earnestly described the work involved in taking care of a restaurant and patrons during the Pandemic.  It is a pleasant place, we all agree.  WVRC even considered it as a regular meeting venue back in 2013 and our Young Professional Club adopted it for their meetings as well.  Give it a shot—we need restaurants in Westwood!
Another dynamo. Bill Roen, the Bluest Bruin I know, was then called upon to introduce our guest speaker.  He was Andy Hill, the author of the well-received Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry!  - a book of wise advice from and about John R. Wooden, AKA “the Coach.”  Andy was quick to admit that he was from “the other end of the bench” from the likes of Kareem Jabaar, Bill Walton, and other legendary players on Coach’s teams, but he did love the game and made the squad and carries a treasure of wisdom and memories from those days and his later relationship with Coach.  

Wooden coached the UCLA men’s basketball team from 1948 to 1975, after coaching for two years at Indiana State, where he was earning his Masters in Education and teaching English.  He is probably the most famous Hoosier basketball star himself, being the first player to enter the Hall of Fame with three All-American Awards, but we digress. He had a losing season as a coach in his first year at UCLA—his last over the next 36 years. In his last 12 seasons there, his teams won 10 national NCAA championships. They won consecutive national titles from 1967-1973 every year.  Prior to that, no coach had even won more than 2 in a row.  They went undefeated four seasons and won 88 games straight.  His record at Pauley Pavilion was 149-2.  I guess one could say he set an unbelievable, an impossible standard for all UCLA coaches who came after him.  

Most college basketball fans know a few Wooden stories, so Andy tried to give us a little different side of Coach from the time he spent with him decades after he graduated from UCLA.  He noted that Wooden started at UCLA at $6,000/year and by his retirement in 1975, had worked his way up to $36,000/year.  UCLA was actually not his first choice of employer - at the time, he was waiting for an offer from Minnesota, as he wanted to stay in the MidWest. In 1998, a poll was taken for the “greatest sports coach ever.” Wooden won the contest by
a landslide, with legendary Packer’s coach Guy Lombardi a distant second. In his last public speech, he said “the players deserve all the credit” for the extraordinary record his team accomplished.”  His greatest “secret” was “focus on what you can control—yourself.”  At age 95, he told Andy that he made a big mistake when he created his famous “Pyramid of Success” without the ingredient of “love.”  “However” he added, I’m working on expressing my
emotions and getting better every day.”  He broke everything he wanted to teach down to its simplest elements, put them in order, and repeated them over and over.  Andy said he realized that when everyone he spoke to about Coach remembered the same questions he asked and values he spoke of. He had all that patience, though many said he was the “fiercest competitor I ever met.”   Ooops, I’m getting carried away.  

On August 7, 2003, President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, to John R. Wooden.

YOPP Dwight

WVRC 2020/2021 Leadership Team
President: Nancy McCready
Treasurer: Terry M. White
Youth Service: Phil Gabriel
Peace: PP Minarsha Hunt
Foundation: PP Steve Day
Global Scholarships: Chris Bradford
Webmaster: PP Ron Lyster
Merchant Minutes: PP Mark Rogo
District Governor: Bette Hall
Immediate Past President: Diane Good
Secretary: PP Diane Good
Community Service: Aaron Donahue
International Service: Nevin Senkan
Program Chair: PP Tom Barron
Membership: PP Mike Newman
Social Media: PP Aly Shoji
Windmill Editor: P Nancy McCready
Asst. District Governor: Michael Lushing