By Geoff Maleman
Karen Dial, president of Drollinger Properties, will be honored with the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Westchester at the club’s annual fundraiser, scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Killer Shrimp restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
Since 2006, Dial has served as president of H.B. Drollinger Co. She began working with her father, Howard Drollinger, at the company in 2004 and has served as a member of the company’s board of directors since 1997. H.B. Drollinger Co. is the largest property management firm in the Westchester Town Center and has been in business since 1947.
Dial’s grandmother, Ella Drollinger, developed the first commercial building in Westchester – the Jim Dandy Market. Her mother and father, Jewel and Howard Drollinger, had been guiding forces in the development of Westchester since Howard founded H.B. Drollinger Co. in 1947.
Dial currently serves on the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association board of directors, where she works with the nonprofit organization to enhance and beautify boulevards throughout the community. The streetscape group recently completed working on a more than $11 million project to enhance the travel and aesthetic appeal of Sepulveda Boulevard and help breathe new life into the downtown area.
As a compliment to her role on the streetscape association board, Dial serves as president of the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District, which was created to maintain improvements made to Sepulveda Boulevard and further upgrade the street appeal for local businesses by providing improved sanitation and maintenance services for the town center.
Dial is also member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a member of the Westchester Vitalization Corporation board of directors and is the managing director of the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation.
She resides in both Playa del Rey and Missoula, Mont. Her husband, Ken Dial, is a professor at the University of Montana and they have a son, Terry Dial, a graduate of LMU, and a daughter, Natalie Dial, who attended LMU and is now attending the University of Montana.
Karen Dial will be honored for her continued efforts to improve the Westchester community, according to the Rotary club.
Tickets for the luau-themed event are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling (310) 568-1024. The event will include dinner, a live auction, dancing and the finale of the club’s annual reverse drawing in which one winner will take home $10,000.
Proceeds from the event will fund a variety of Rotary projects, including the upcoming Home Makeover Project.
GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR SEPULVEDA PROJECT
The groundbreaking for the “long-awaited” Westchester Entryway Project will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28 in the front of the Westchester Family YMCA at 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who will be leaving office at the end of June, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester), who sponsored the initial federal grant to begin this project are expected to be in attendance.
The project, years in the making, will include the replacement of the sidewalks in the residential section of Sepulveda, north of Manchester Avenue, where sidewalks became buckled due to the roots of ficus trees.
The project calls for removing all the street trees, installing a decorative meandering sidewalk where space allows and carrying the decorative motif into the areas where straight sidewalks exist. The new street trees planted will be the same species used in the landscape of the remodeled Sepulveda Boulevard in the business district south of Manchester.
When completed, the project is expected to provide a pleasant walking experience for the community, city officials say.
FRANKY CARILLO TO SPEAK TO ROTARY
Wrongly convicted of murder and recently released from prison, Franky Carrillo will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Westchester’s April 3 meeting, which will begin at 12:10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.
At 16, Carrillo was wrongfully convicted of the 1991 murder of Donald Sarpy. The conviction was based solely on identification testimony from six people, including the victim’s son. All six witnesses recently admitted that they were unable to see the killer, and were influenced to identify Carrillo as the killer by police officers and each other. In addition, police said two other men have since confessed to the shooting and said that Carrillo was not involved.
On March 14, 2011, the Los Angeles County Superior Court reversed a conviction and ordered the release of Francisco “Franky” Carrillo Jr. after two decades behind bars.
Though innocence issues were raised early in his trial, and again during Carrillo’s failed appeals, it was not until Ellen Eggers, an attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender, the law firm of Morrison and Foerster and the Northern California Innocence Project stepped in to represent him pro bono, that Carrillo was able to establish his innocence with overwhelming evidence, and win release.
He is currently an undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University, and he will speak to Rotarians regarding the criminal justice system.
Admission, including lunch, is $20 person. For more information or to reserve a seat at the luncheon, Bob Smith at (310) 643-9350.
WESTCHESTER NOTCHES LACROSSE VICTORY
The Westchester Red Lions, three-time league winners, defeated the Manhattan Beach Mustangs 9-3 at Westchester Park to win the West L.A. Lacrosee Under-11 Gold League title March 2.
The under-11 lacrosse league consists of 13 teams, divided into gold and silver experience and talent levels.
The Red Lions league champions will move up to the under-13 division next year. The team includes Nathaniel Abroms, Dominic Lang, Scotty Melton, Grant O’Leary, Sam Pearman, Birk Swan, Mason Thomas and Jordan White, as well as coaches Rob O’Leary and Ed White.
The Westchester Red Lions teams are part of the Westchester Recreation Program, headed by Steven Joyce. The program is assisted by Division I lacrosse players at LMU, who routinely coach and teach Westchester kids and provide tutelage.
For the winter season, the program plays with West L.A. Lacrosse as the Lions, where the Lions have been very successful. The Westchester Lions consist of boys divisions – Chumash (K-2), under-9, under-11 (Gold/Silver), under-13 (Gold/Silver), under-15 teams, and two girls teams.
THE SOUNDS OF SPRING
The Westchester-based a-cappella group Westside Voices will present “Gershwin in Love,” an a cappella adaptation of a classic medley from “A Gershwin Portrait,” beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in the Fellowship Hall of Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave.
The event will also include music from Mozart, Offenbach, Moses Hogan, Irving Berlin and others.
Westside Voices is an a-cappella group comprised of solo and choral singers from throughout the area with a repertoire from jazz to classical, from Madrigals to world music, from Doo-Wop to holiday music.
Admission is free, though a voluntary donation of $10 per person is suggested. A dessert reception follows. To reserve seats, Penny at (310) 670-3777.