Torrance Culture Arts Center 3330 Civic Center Drive North, Torrance CA 90503, Garden room (at the end of the entry courtyard, off the circular driveway).
The meeting begins at 6pm with Officer introductions and catered buffet meal (cost $5). The members then do self-introductions, and the officers’ reports etc. are on the agenda.
The speaker usually begins around 7:20pm with presentation and Q and A, and the meeting ends promptly at 8pm.
Monday, January 25th – 6pm – 8pm – Speaker Adrdis Shubin
Feb 29th (leap year)
March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016
May 23, 2016
June 20, 2016
July 18, 2016
Aug 22, 2016 – Fran Goldfarb, Director of Family Support at USC
Sept 19 – Wesley Witherspoon, Children’s Hospital
October 17 – Reb Yakob Basner🔯🔯Award winning lecturer /speaker, lover of languages, advisor to The Museum of Tolerance, sought after teacher, proud grandfather, great grandfather, and other significant community recognition. View his Assembly California Legislature Biography click here.
November 21, 2016 6–8 p. m.
1/25/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Leadership and Self Advocacy with Mike Will Downey
2/23/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – ‘Happy Feet’ Movie Night
3/16/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Reverend Morsan McSweeney, CPT, Chaplain
4/13/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Self Determination with Julie Mackenzie
5/18/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Literacy with Torrance Head Librarian Hillary Theyer on Literacy
6/15/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Torrance City Councilperson Heidi Ashcraft
7/20/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Shant M., Torrance City Airport and Western Museum of Flight
8/17/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – “Eat at Joes”, home of the original “John Wayne”
9/21/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Andy Kopito, Director of Payload Engineering & Operations for Boeing Satellite
10/19/2015 – 6pm – 8pm – Scott Barron, Disability Rights
11/16/15 – 6pm – 9pm Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino, Torrance City Council candidate
January – Catherine Blakewell – Disability right California
February – Tom Brewer, business person and Torrance City Council person
March – Carolyn Wilson, Autism Society Exec. Director
April – Bill Sutherland, candidate for Mayor of Torrance, Council person
May- Roberta Newton, Exec Dir., area Board X
June-Ronda Kopito Autism Society and parent
July-Cliff Newmark, El Camino College Trustee, Exec Dir of the American Red Cross
August- Movie night and summer picnic…”Frozen”
September – New mayor of Torrance the Honorable Mr. Pat Furey
October – DDS flyer discussion about exercise and nutrition, and BINGO nite.
November—Voyager Karen Stanton Whale watching boat
December – Hometown Buffet dinner, holiday gift, and caroling.
January – John Luong American Red Cross “Super Storm Sandy” volunteer
February – Congregation Tikvat Jacob Rabbi Mark Hyman, Cantor Beth Garden
March – Kat Meredith American Red Cross Disaster Kits and Non-profit work
April – Father Kevin S. of the Franciscan Monks…his mission and the Church
May – Barbara M. from the USO at LAX—helping our servicemen
June – Tom Ready and Kat Ready, discussing employment options at SVS and Inclusion Centers
July – Wei Houng and Dan Nyung Life oasis Counselors
August – Kat Meredith PS non-profit and David Oster, Peer Survey
Sept – Rick Travis and David Oster, EDD grant survey
October – Michael Howard Private Investigator
November—Bingo Bingo Bingo
Dec—Holiday dinner and Caroling at HomeTown buffet
PEOPLE FIRST SPEAKERS 2010
2010 Fundraising Event
Bowlathon held at Gable House Bowling Alley, Chairman Collette Madore
2011 Community Advocacy/Activism
Signed letters sent via email to all California Legislators on Finance Committees regarding the Governor’s proposed cutbacks in services such as Regional Centers, SSI, IHHC, transportation and other issues.
Self-Advocacy Presentation to Torrance City Council
Committee of members and facilitators worked with council members to remove the Filming surcharge for Self Advocacy movie makers
2013—Assembly Bill 468-Judy Mark from Autism Society encouraging members to call/email their legislators about passage of this important Self Determination bill