LA5, The Rotary Club of Los Angeles and the fifth oldest Rotary Club in the world, announced on Friday July 11, that Alan Bernstein would chair his first meeting of the LA5 Rotary Club at the California Club. Bernstein is the first African-American to lead LA5 Rotary in the club's 106 year history.
"We are one of the 50 largest of the 34,733 Rotary Clubs in the world. We are also fortunate to have one of the largest Rotary Club Foundations within Rotary International with assets in excess of $8 million, which gives our club the ability to fund many local and international projects and grants,” Bernstein said.
“In our club's 106 year history, LA5 was instrumental in a number of projects and programs like DARE, Reading By Nine, The Festival of Books and the Volunteers of America Rotary House. Over the decades, LA5 has provided millions of dollars in funding for our scholarship programs that have sent hundreds of local high school students to some of our nation's top universities.”
The special keynote speaker Friday was Jeanie Buss, president and co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. She will be introduced and interviewed by the hilarious stand-up comedian and weathercaster Fritz Coleman of NBC4.
Born in Los Angeles, Bernstein attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1974. He matriculated to USC and studied business administration. Bernstein entered the workforce at Zellerbach Paper Company where he worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and subsequently landed at Pace Lithographers. He started as a rookie rep in 1990 and became director of Client Services and sales manager in 1994. His clients include USC, Loyola Law School, Mount Saint Mary's College and be.group.
Shortly after entering the workforce, Bernstein decided to join up with Catholic Big Brothers and formed a bond with Derek Jackson and his little sister Germaine. Both Bernstein and Derek were the keynote speakers at the National Convention of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2013.
Bernstein married Stephanie Stern and they were blessed with a daughter, Mikaela, who is currently a sophomore at Santa Clara University.
He is highly involved in his local church, St. Jerome's, as a leader in the Bible Study and as past president of the Parish Advisory Council as well as the Evangelization Committee and Saint Vincent DePaul Society. He has joined the board of his neighborhood Civic Association and has helped organize the Block Club for his street in the Westchester section of Los Angeles. He sits on the Board of the Los Angeles Rotary Club (LA5), served as scholarship committee chair for five years and is currently president.
Berstein’s greatest joy, he said, is spending time with his family and friends. He loves cycling, the Saturday morning 2 mile slow jog, and backyard grillin' with a glass of California pinot noir.