LA5 The Rotary Club of Los Angeles Elects First African-American President in 106 Year History

Alan Bernstein Takes the Reigns This Friday, 7/11 at the California Club in Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2014) – LA5, The Rotary Club of Los Angeles and the fifth oldest

Alan Bernstein, President of LA Rotary Club of Los Angeles
Alan Bernstein, President of LA5 Rotary Club of Los Angeles

Rotary Club in the world, announced today that Alan Bernstein will chair his first meeting of the LA5 Rotary Club this Friday at the California Club.  Mr. 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. 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,” says Mr. Bernstein.

The special keynote speaker this Friday is 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.

The LA5 Rotary Club reception starts at 11:30, followed by lunch at Noon in the California Club’s grand ballroom.  Mr. Bernstein is available in advance for phone or in person interviews.  For more information please contact John Lockhart, LA5 PR Co-Chair at (800) 600-7111 x 224 or email

More on Mr. Bernstein….

Born in Los Angeles, Alan attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1974. Alan matriculated to USC and studied Business Administration.  Alan entered the workforce at Zellerbach Paper Company where he worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and subsequently landed at Pace Lithographers. Alan started as a rookie rep in 1990 and became Director, Client Services and Sales Manager in 1994. His clients include USC, Loyola Law School, Mount Saint Mary’s College, among many others.

Shortly after entering the workforce, Alan decided to join up with Catholic Big Brothers and was fortunate to find a young man, Derek Jackson and a bond was formed not only with Derek but his little sister Germaine as well. The relationship still thrives today and Alan & Derek were the Keynote Speakers at the National Convention of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2013.

Alan married Stephanie Stern and they were blessed with a daughter, Mikaela, who is currently a sophomore at Santa Clara University.

Alan 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.

Alan’s greatest joy 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.


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