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Los Angeles Turners Community Outreach

The Los Angeles Turners, as a 501 (c) 3 not for Profit Organization, are supporting California Outreach in their "Feed The Needy" program. In association with Second Harvest Food bank and donors in Los Angeles, the LA Turners help to disburse food in different places to help the people in our society that have fallen on hard times. 

Here are photos of some of the outreach events.


Cultural ties between the Los Angeles Turners and the German-American Community were strengthened in June of 2011 when we were able to donate the use of our community center to the Goethe International Charter School of Marina Del Rey.  Their fifth grade students wrote a play entitled I AM ROBIN HOOD – an amazing amalgam of the Robin Hood legend and the message of loyalty and brotherhood from the movie Spartacus.   Several scenes reflected the students’ benefit of being immerse in German language classes.  The scene in which the King of Austria had a conversation in German with the captured Richard the Lionhearted of England who spoke English with the assistance of a French interpreter was especially moving as well as very funny.  These multi-talented students selected the music, wrote new words for old tunes, auditioned for parts, helped sew costumes and paint scenery.  A full week of dress rehearsing was held at the Turner Center.  The sounds of whizzing arrows and clashing swords filled the big room.  The joyful noise of 35 or so 5th graders was beyond description. 

At the end of the week, two hundred parents, relatives and friends of the school were present at each of the 3 actual performances, allowing the school to raise funds for their continued existence.   What a pleasure it was for the Los Angeles Turners to be able to share in this fulfilling community project.

Schools wishing to make use of our Center for similar events should contact us.  We welcome the opportunity to be of support.

Help, from us to you >>>>>>>>>>

Shortly after the devastating events in Japan on March 11th, Los Angeles Turner president, Carole Kulzer Brennan called on the German-American community in greater Los Angeles to Help Japan.  The responses were immediate.  On Friday, April 8, 2011, she, along with Los Angeles Turner General Manager Alexander Hast and German American League President Ellen M. Neu presented a check from the Turner fund raising campaign to Deputy Consul General Yusuke Shindo. Also present were Alexander Hast's friend and Turners associate Michiya Shimizu, Sr. Vice President of Nippon Express who graciously arranged the visit, Consul Shuichi Matsumoto and Richard Takemori of Nippon Express.  The Help Japan Drive was lead off with an outstandingly generous gift of $5,000.00 donated by the German American League.  The League is an affiliation of 20 Los Angeles/Orange County clubs representing all areas of German and Austria.  The German speaking Swiss owners of Chalet Edelweiss and the President of the German-American School association followed with generous gifts.  Individual contributions from people with Germanic heritage as well as from the Los Angeles Turners themselves made up the remainder of the donation.  The reason the check was presented to the Japanese Consulate is that 100% of the donations will actually go to the victims of the disaster.

Upon presentation of the check, Ms. Brennan told Mr. Shindo, “We hope the compassion accompanying this gift will aid broken spirits as well as broken things.”  Mr. Shindo acknowledged that concern from the German community within the United States would be warmly appreciated.  He also stated that prior to his arrival in Los Angeles he worked at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin making our connection doubly meaningful.

The Los Angeles Turners, founded in 1871, continue with their mission to promote A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.


From left to right: Michiya Shimizu, Alexander Hast, Ellen M. Neu,
Carole Kulzer Brennan, Deputy Consul Yusuke Shindo, Consul Shuichi Matsumoto

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