Rotary Club
of Greater Van Nuys
Our weekly e- Bulletin
Weekly meeting: Thursdays at 12:00 at Lulu's Restaurant 1600 Roscoe Blvd. Van Nuys CA 91406 
Welcome to our new and improve weekly Bulletin. 

Volume 1 | Issue 5

Flag: Wynne Ritch
Invocation: Richard Miller
Will Hernandez (Guest Speaker)
Shirin Najab
Mary Mendoza (Council Woman)
District Governor's Visit
Governor Beth Hall
Our District Governor will be visiting our Club on September 17, 2020.  Let us invite friends and family to join our Zoom meeting that day. This is an opportunity for prospective members to come and learn about rotary and to also ask questions and get answer from our Governor.     
President Zoraida Grossman welcomed and thanked everyone for attending our meeting today. 
President Zoraida:
With regards to District Governor's visit, she will send out email to everyone with specific assignment for the upcoming meeting with the DG.
Richard Miller
Announced that the District Governor has a background in HRD.
Barbara Pampalone
Informed everyone that she is awaiting the receipts of toothbrushes and floss for the backpacks needed for the October 19 event.
Marie Valencia
Asked if the toothbrushes and floss mentioned are earlier are included in those sought for the Harvest Festival, and Zoraida said they are separate.
Les Grossman(PDG)
Asked the Trustees of GVN Rotary Foundation to wait after our meeting, to vote on approvals from the Board of Directors. Catherine I, Dave F, and Bret F.
It was announced that Wynne Ritch and James Tenner will meet on Tuesday at Lulu's for lunch; All rotarians are invited.
Carolyn Urquidez:
Announced they had a major sponsor drop out now need to ask for tables and chairs.  Les Grossman (PDG) informed he can provide a number of tables and chairs to help out.
Les Grossman(PDG)
Informed the club that the BOD had approved the membership of Shirin Mosavi-Nejab. All documentations have been formalized.  Les Grossman formally inducted her into the GVN Rotary Club.
Shirin Mosavi-Nejad joins Greater Van Nuys Rotary
Raul Castillo
Paul Davis has provided the LA Valley College Museum with items from the Van Nuys Rotary Club going back to 1930's.  According to him, LA Valley College received a grant to scan newsworthy items for the College Museum.
Dave Friedman was called upon to introduce our guest speaker:
Will Hernandez, Director of Valley Food Bank, who has been with the organization foe 16 years.  Prior to that he worked with the publisher, McGraw-Hill.  He is a Marine and saw duty in Vietnam.  He is married and and has children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  His contact number is (818)510-4140. Fellow Rotarians, please join me in welcoming our speaker, Will Hernandez.
Guest Speaker- Will Hernandez
Will says that in his 16 years with the Food Bank, he has never seen anything like they have tis year.  From 3800 families per month, they have had to accommodate 8000 families per month.
With Covid-19, they could no longer have a farmer's market way of distributing food and supplies. Now they provide pre-packed boxes.  No soft drinks, sodas or water is given out.  They have "Drive Through Pantry" with minimal contact in distributing food.  People can go through once a wee, so that children don't have to go hungry.  There are 10 distribution centers.  They had to close those centers that couldn't adapt to drive through and to be open later for people that have kids in school.
According to Will, there are about 500 volunteers an 3 staff members, only to coordinate this incredible task. (3 paid employees).  The paid employees are truck drivers. Not sure about this).
Will Hernandez went further to say that initially when Covid-19 struck, there were a lot of closures of restaurants and other businesses and there was a lot of food in warehouses.  The food was donated to the Food Banks.  Then the USDA Farmers to Families Program began and organizations, including the Food Bank, have been receiving pre-packed foods from this source.  The main office of the Valley Food Bank is in Pacoima.
Will Hernandez was invited to join GVN Rotary.  He could be a member of our San Fernando Satellite Club.
Judy Joke: Was presented by Wynne Ritch.
Happy Bucks:
Thanks to everyone who contributed.
Birthdays for the month of September
*Richard Miller
*Barbara Pampalone
*James Tenner
*Marc Tapper
Four Way Test
The Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do;
1. Is it the truth
2. Is it fair to all concerned
3. Will it build goodwill and better       friendships
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned
Russell Hampton
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