UNA-USA Supports JAPAN's Quake Victims

Many of your chapters are looking for good ways to help the victims in Japan. Here is a good link through our sister organization, UN Foundation http://www.unfoundation.org/global-issues/united-nations/japan.html to benefit the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Please join me in donating to help to the victims.  

Mel Boynton, President

Events Featured 2012

Human Rights Day 2012

Saturday, Dec 8, 2012

7:30 pm


5755 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, 90016

Entrance to the Center is on La Cienega Blvd.


UNA Pacific-Los angeles Chapter & the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Los Angeles invite you to: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2012

Featuring: Los Angeles City Council Member ERIC GARCETTI and Keynote Speaker TAD DALEY, JD, PhD

The keynote address will be on "The History and Future of Baha'u'llah's Ancient Idea that "The Earth is But One Country and Mankind its Citizens"


The veent is free, however please bring a can of food to contribute to the Food Bank, which has been a project of the UNA-USA Pacific-Los Angeles Chapter for the past three years.

Contact info: Barbara Tebyani (818) 486-6859.


On October 19, 2012

Jordie Hannum, Director of the Better World Campaign of the United Nations Foundation, spoke on the topic:

“The U.S. and the U.N. in Difficult Times”.  Mr. Hannum has more than 13 years of foreign policy advocacy experience.  The Better World Campaign fosters a strong relationship between the U.S. and the U.N.  He discussed topics on the U.S. Congress, successes and problems that the U.N. has had regarding peace keeping. See photos below:

Jordie Hannum Jorde Hannum

Jordie Hannum speaking on U.N. & US Congress and U.N peacekeepers

Jordie Hannum with UNA folks

Human rights for Iran Human Rights for Iran

Human Rights for Iran
at Jordie Hannum event

Saturday, August 25

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at the home of
Barbara Pampalone, DDS
228 Plummer Street
Chatworth, CA 91311


Evening in Kabul

A fundraiser and silent auction benefiting the Afghan Dental Relief Project founded by James Rolfe, DDS - Event sponsored by Greater Van Nuys and Chatsw

orth Sunset Rotary Clubs and the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association, U.S.A.


FLYER for event - SUMMARY of Dr. Rofe's
Relief Project

Evening In Kabul United Community Around Champion for Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan & his cause to save thousands of lives through Dental Relief

By David Tuckman

Dental Relief

Pictures from Kabul
Picture on top is Dr. Rolfe

James "Jim" Rolfe, DDS, a successful Santa Barbara dentist, traveled to Wardak, a remote mountain province in war-torn Afghanistan where, "I arrived at the grounds of a boys’ orphanage and set up a homemade, portable dentist’s office and base camp, and word spread quickly that an American doctor was offering free dental treatment. People came from miles away and waited patiently for a full day, or longer, to be seen by a dentist," Rolfe describes to a packed crowd representing the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and Rotary International.

Rolfe’s dedication to the humanitarian principles of the United Nations and UNA-USA led to his selection as keynote speaker at the UNA-USA San Fernando Valley Chapter & Rotary International Van Nuys and Chatsworth Sunset Rotary sponsored Evening In Kabul at “Mount Pampalone”—the Pampalone Estate in Chatsworth, California, Sun., Aug. 25.

Rolfe presented a video presentation on the ADRP work in Afghanistan that showcased the time and energy involved in creating a modern 21st Century state-of-the-art dental facility in a jumbo cargo container, an effort that cost him $300,000 of his own money. On his last visit to Afghanistan the ADRP also presented 500 pairs of shoes to orphans ad local children in Kabul. “For many, this will be their first pair of shoes,” said Rolfe.

“I decided to go to an orphanage in the highlands of Wardak Province with a portable dental clinic, where I worked with the forty orphan boys for three weeks. I provided them treatment, and they would then become my assistants. They learned quickly. I then started seeing patients from the surrounding communities, and was shocked at the extent of their dental problems,” said Rolfe. “Some had as many as seven abscessed teeth, and were close to death.”

“ I learned there was no dental care whatsoever in the entire province, about the size of Connecticut; ninety percent of Afghanistan has no dental care,” Rolfe explained, adding as an example that, even now, there is only one dental x-ray machine in all of Afghanistan except for ours.)

Rolfe had an idea that the orphans could be trained to be technicians, and this would provide dentists with more ability to provide treatment. “After returning to Santa Barbara, I built a dental clinic in a shipping container and sent it to Kabul. I then employed Afghan dentists to work there with modern dental equipment,” Rolfe stated.

He started a school in 2007 for the underprivileged youth and widows and trained the first dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental laboratory technicians in the country.
“We currently have a free dental clinic working all the time, treating over 20,000 patients a year in seven modern treatment rooms,” Rolfe added.

The Afghan government reneged on a promised to provide free land for the clinic but a local landowner allowed Rolfe to host the clinic on his land for several thousand dollars in rent. Now he wants to sell the land to put his kids through college so Rolfe needs around $100,000 to buy the land and save the dental project. Evening in Kabul seek to raise desperately needed funds to make the miracle of ADRP land for generations into the future.

“In a country of some 30 million, the number of people who have seen a real dentist, even once in their lifetime, is miniscule. What passes for dental care often amounts to a barber ripping out sore teeth without anesthetics,” Rolfe explained.

Lack of healthful food—70 percent of Afghans are malnourished— aggravates dental problems. For three weeks, Rolfe worked up to 18 hours per day, relying on orphans as his assistants. Rolfe returned to Afghanistan last May, this time setting up his mobile dentist’s office at a women’s clinic in Kabul; Rolfe learned that the only way he could offer treatment to women was by turning away men. And because under the Taliban women were forbidden to see male physicians—and barred from working themselves—most Afghan women had never seen a doctor.

Among Rolfe’s past accolades for ADRP is a letter from Congress stating, “We all owe you a debt of gratitude for your dedication and commitment to the relief efforts of the civilian population of Afghanistan,” wrote Congressman Henry Waxman.
The Evening in Kabul showcased an authentic Afghan menu, -Paintings by Afghan artist Betsy Noorsey and a presentation by Dr. Rolfe showing the work that has been accomplished to bring dental health to the women and children of Afghanistan

Ever more convinced that Afghanistan needed more than a temporary dentist, Rolfe resolved to set up a permanent facility, which he—a natural handyman—is currently building. His vision is to provide free dental care to the Afghan poor; train orphans and widows—who traditionally have no economic means—in dental assisting, hygiene, and lab technology; and to provide housing for international dentist volunteers who will oversee the clinic. Rolfe has connected with several dentists waiting to volunteer once the clinic is finished.

Kabul  Kabul

Tuesday, May 15

6:15 PM to 9:00 PM
Shakey's Pizza

Shakey's Pizza Fundraiser for YPIC

WHAT: YP: Young Professionals (formerly Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC) of UNA-USA (United Nations Association-USA) San Fernando Valley Chapter fundraiser to help our
YPIC Co-Chair(s) to attend the UNA-USA Annual Meeting, conference registrations and hotel accommodations to go to WASHINGTON, DC for UNA-USA NATIONAL Meeting WHO WILL REPRESENT San Fernando Valley section of LOS ANGELES and will get to meet with their Congressman and

HOW: IT’S SIMPLE. JUST GO TO SHAKEYS PIZZA & BUY ANYTHING. PLACE YOUR RECEIPT IN THE BUCKET” at the counter and YPIC WILL GET 25% of receipts after taxes. From 6:15pm-9pm

Friday, May 11, 2012—6:00pm-10:00pm

You’re cordially invited to a VIP Party at Howl at the Moon


YPIC fundraiser

VIP Party includes Free admission (before 9pm) & Free Dinner Buffet (6-8 pm) and 2 $1 drink tickets plus ½ off all additional drinks. Must be 21 to enter. Bring flyer with you and mention you are a guest of YPIC-Young Professionals (one of David Tuckman’s guests) for FREE admission.

FUNDRAISER: for YPIC: Young Professionals for International Cooperation to raise funds for travel grants for airfaire, hotel accomodations conference registration for Young professionals selected delegates from Los Angeles to attend United Nations Association of the United States of America National Convention in Washington, D.C. to be held June 2012, including mtgs. with the U.S. Congress.

Please write your generous DONATION check (of any amount) to UNA-USA SFV Chapter. On memo line write: for YPIC Travel Grants. Mail you check to UNA-USA SFV Chapter, C/O David Tuckman, YPIC Co-Chair, 7040 Mary Ellen Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, or Guests may also leave donations to UNA-USA at the door in the UNA Fundraiser Bowl or Envelope. (As an invited guest we thank you for your DONATION to UNA-USA to help the students/young professionals to attend the National Convention in Washington, D.C.)

Saturday, March 24th

Time: 10:30 am - 4pm

(time tentative)

Mandarin King restaurant at 17092 Devonshire Blvd.,
Northridge, 91325



General SoCal UNA-USA Board Meeting & Program (San Fernando Valley Chapter hosting)

(all members and guests welcome)


The program highlights the documentary film "Red Dust," dealing with the subject of cadmium poisoning among Chinese women factory workers.  AAUW CA sponsored State legislation in 2010 to prohibit the importation of jewelry containing cadmium which successfully passed the Legislature and was signed into law.  Please note that the deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 22. Please RSVP to Ginny Hatfield or call her at 818-970-4577.

COST: $18.00 per person

Parking is adjacent to the bldg. Directions: 405 North to Devonshire exit. Proceed west to 17092 which is between Balboa and Amestoy Streets.