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Greater Van Nuys
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lulu's Restaurant
16900 Roscoe Blvd,
Van Nuys, CA  91406
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August 11, 2016 Bulletin
Meeting called to order at 12:05
Flag:    Les Grossman led us in the Flag Salute
Invocation:      Catherine Ibrahim
Song:   Judy Coates did it again.  She led us in singing “God Bless America”.
Monica Austin
Paul Gross: Rotary Club of Woodland Hills
Guest Speaker
Monica Austin
President welcomed everyone, especially our guests, to our meeting.
Dave Friedman reminded everyone of the upcoming wine tasting and potluck event on Friday August 12, 2016 at Peter Satuloff's residence. The event will begin at 7:00PM
Mary Jane pleaded for volunteers to come early to help her setup the venue.
Richard Miller reminded members to try and attend the Boat Festival at Redondo Beach if they were available, as this yearly event is fun for the whole family.
Les Grossman informed members about the recent changes made by the Council of Legislation.  Moving forward, he urged members to visit the RI website to educate themselves on all the new changes. One of the new changes is the liberation of Rotary attendance rules to enable us attract new members. Rotaract members can now become dual members of both Rotary and Rotaract club.
Wynne Ritch announced that he attended the first meeting of the Rotaract Club at Mission View High School in Van Nuys on August 10, 2016.  He said the students are very excited to be in a Rotaract Club and are looking forward to our new relationship with their school. 
Dave Friedman gave us a list of events he has for this Rotary year.  He wants GVNR to help with the purchase of musical instruments for Cleveland High School Jazz Band, of which his son is a member. Some other events that were highlighted: 
- Yearly Track Meet Event: This is a very important event of our club.  The event involves high schools from all over the San Fernando Valley.
- Veteran’s Day Parade event 
- Harvest/Halloween Festival
- Christmas Lives
- The Angel City Event, where over 5,000 gifts are given out to needy children from all walks of life.
Les Grossman announced that during our Christmas Lives event this year, we should partner with “Vision To Learn” to provide eye exams and glasses to children who might need them.
Marc Tapper was called upon to introduce our guest speaker.
Guest Speaker - Monica Austin-Jackson
Monica Austin-Jackson is the Executive Director of” New Directions for Youth, Inc.”  New Direction for Youth Inc. is a non-profit Organization located in North Hollywood, CA. This organization is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth and their families.  The vision of the organization is to provide a peaceful community where youth and families thrive and grow.  New Directions for Youth provides the following services free of charge: Teen Group Counseling; Job Training and placements for ex-offenders; parenting education; domestic violence classes; gang intervention; gang prevention; and after school programs and homework assistance.
Some achievements of the organization include:
-  98% of youth in the New Directions for Youth Gang Prevention Program no longer show significant risk of gang involvement after one year of participation.
- Over 750 youth and parents receive individual, parent, group, and families counseling services annually.
- Over 1,000 youth are part of afterschool and recreation programs annually.
- One million square feet of graffiti is removed annually.
Some of New Directions For Youth's daily programs include: Tutoring and Literacy; Day and overnight camping; Career
Development and youth empowerment; and Technology training.
For more information on NDFY, please contact the organization at
               Dave Friedman, Monica Austin-Jackson & Don Reinken
Raffle Winner:
Catherine Ibrahim
Meeting ended at 1:15PM
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