President's Message
Wow, time flies! It's hard to believe a whole month has passed since our last update. And boy, do we have some incredible news to share with you.
First off, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that we have officially launched the Rotary Club of Mental Health & Wellness Foundation 501(c)3. This is a huge accomplishment and a major stepping stone towards our mission. While there is still work to be done, we have laid the foundation and are ready to move forward.
But wait, there's more! We have some truly exciting plans for the upcoming month that I can't wait to share with you. One of our main priorities is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. To kickstart this important initiative, we will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting focused on DEI for professionals. It's going to be an event you won't want to miss.
Next month is also suicide awareness month, and we are determined to make a difference. We will be sharing numerous ways that you can get involved and help raise awareness. It's an incredibly important cause, and we hope you'll join us.
As devoted Rotarians, we always strive to live by the principles of the 4-way test. And a key aspect of that is taking care of our own well-being. It's important to remember that nurturing ourselves doesn't contradict our commitment to serving others. It's just like how airlines remind us to secure our own oxygen masks before helping others. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can continue making a positive impact in our communities.
So, let's come together and keep inspiring change. Let's make a lasting difference in the lives of those around us.
Judith A. Verduzco, LCSW, MPA
President, Rotary Club of Mental Health & Wellness 
Founder, Monarchs Therapy

4-Way Test is all about looking inward:

1) Is it the Truth? Being truthful builds connections and relationships; we can relax and trust.  We need to be truthful with ourselves.

2) Is it fair to all concerned? Integrity is part of well-being, and it underscores Rotary’s values; are you being fair to yourself?

3) Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Goodwill and friendships are definitely going to improve well-being.

4) Is it beneficial to all concerned? That includes you!

Rotary Club of Mental Health & Wellness
We're thrilled to announce that our club has achieved the highest honor from Rotary International: the Rotary Citation for the 2022/23 Rotary year. This prestigious award is granted to clubs that not only set goals for the year, but also surpass them through dedication and hard work. We want to express our deepest gratitude to all club members for their unwavering commitment. Special thanks to Dr. Bella for her exceptional leadership throughout the 2022-2023 Rotary year. Together, we're making a world of difference.
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Claire Blue 
Let's celebrate Claire Blue for being named Rotarian of the Month! Claire has been making remarkable contributions as the Membership Chair. In just a short amount of time, she has made the membership process more efficient, introduced engaging fireside chats, and created the "we miss you" committee. As volunteers, we truly appreciate Claire's teamwork and dedication.
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting (Virtual)
Aug 08, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC-07:00
Butterfly Feeding Fellowship
South Coast Botanical Gardens
Aug 10, 2023
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Aug 12, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Fireside Chats
Aug 15, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC-07:00
Board Meeting (Virtual)
Aug 15, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC-07:00
Da Vinci Schools
Aug 19, 2023
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Club Meeting (Virtual)
Aug 22, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC-07:00
Seaside Lagoon
Aug 27, 2023
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Membership Survey
Sep 01, 2023 7:00 AM –
Sep 15, 2023 7:00 AM
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Sep 01, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 UTC-07:00
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Miryam Finkelberg
August 3
Audrey Martinez Sanchez
August 8
Eden Garcia-Balis
August 24
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David Chianello
August 25
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David Chianello
August 17, 2022
1 year
Debra Duran
August 17, 2022
1 year
Jenyfer Tucker
August 23, 2019
4 years
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Do you know someone in your community who is a champion for mental health? We want to highlight their efforts in our monthly "Don't Bottle It Up" campaign! This initiative is all about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, and we need your help to spread the word. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please send us an email at
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We want to hear from our members! 
We value your voice! Coming September 1st, our club will be unveiling our inaugural membership survey. We're eager to uncover our club's strengths and areas for improvement, as well as understand your interests and discover ways to keep you engaged. Your feedback means the world to us, and together, we can create a truly remarkable club experience.

Get involved with our club in ways that fit your busy and fulfilling life as a working professional. We wholeheartedly understand the demands of family, professional, and personal commitments. Check out this inspiring list of ways to be part of our community. 

Ways to get involved! 

  • Attend club meetings regularly

  • Engage in fellowship events 

  • Refer a speaker/ or be a speaker 

  • Refer a new member/ bring a guest

  • Chair a committee

  • Participate in service projects

  • Spread the word

  • Like/share our posts on social media 

  • Plan a fundraiser

  • Donate happy bucks

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