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This profile was last updated on 9/9/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.


Local Address: Long Beach, California, United States
American Gold Star Manor

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Multi District Interact Symposium
  • Member
    Rotary Club of Long Beach
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Terry Geiling, President, ..., 9 Sept 2013 [cached]
Terry Geiling, President, American Gold Star Manor
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee - Construction Photographs, 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
Terry Geiling
Terry Geiling is a past president of the Rotary Club of Long Beach, CA. and currently serves as Chief of Staff for the District Governor District 5320. He is president of the American Gold Star Manor, an affordable, senior housing facility established for women who lost sons and daughters in the military. As club president, Terry directed the efforts of Rotary Club of Long Beach club to become one of the largest 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs in the Rotary family. He organized and led two international projects that provided library books, computers and clean water systems to small schools in rural Mexican villages. In February, Terry will be administering polio vaccine to the children of farm workers on his 3rd NID trip to the agricultural areas surrounding Caborca, Mexico. Terry is heartened by the parents who eagerly turn to Rotarians for their children's lifesaving vaccine and is personally fulfilled by the opportunity to give back to the world community.
Rotary Float Outwalker Brian Russell is a member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach where he is 2011-2012 Assistant to the President. He is Rotary District 5320 New Generations Director which oversees all of the youth programs Rotaract, Interact, RYLA and Youth Exchange. He was Director for the Multi District Interact Symposium that served over 160 high school aged leaders, Faculty Advisors and Rotarian Liaisons at a weekend leadership camp at the Outdoor Education Center.
He is developing a New Generations Advisory Group comprised of the Executive Directors of the YMCAs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Camp Fire clubs in District 5320 to discuss the challenges of our youth today and how we can serve them better.
Rotary Club of Long Beach - Rotary 101 Contacts, 3 Sept 2011 [cached]
Terry Geiling - International Rotary 101 Services (562) 244-7272
Terry ..., 27 Mar 2007 [cached]
Terry GeilingPresident, Long Beach Rotary
79th Sustainment Support Command, 25 Mar 2011 [cached]
Monthly rent is typically $300 to $400, said Terry Geiling, president of American Gold Star Manor.
     “My mantra around here is clean, quiet, safe, and comfortable,†he said. That mantra can be seen borne out at the facility. The grounds are lush and upkeep is meticulous. Residents can maintain their own individual gardens. Amenities include a banquet hall, swimming pool, exercise room, computer center with Internet access, and Internet availability in all apartments. Special attention is paid to keeping residents engaged through activities and outings: coffee and newspapers every morning, computer classes taught by local college students, holiday parties, pancake breakfasts, rummage sales, movie night, bingo night, and even organized trips to outside attractions such as nearby Indian casinos. “This is way beyond a job for me, this is a labor of love,†added Geiling.
     The stamp that Geiling has put on American Gold Star Manor over his two years at the helm can be attributed to his wealth of experience. In addition to serving as a Navy officer, he had a career at IBM working in computer technology, which has translated to an emphasis on having the latest resources for residents. The computer lab, computer classes, wireless Internet access in common areas, and Internet connections in all the apartments has been instituted under his leadership. 
     His experience is also based on living in Hawaii for many years during his time in the Navy. He said that he encourages the Hawaiian concept of “ohana†at the Manor, which could be best translated as residents relating to each other as extended family. To that aim, he facilitates holiday and cultural celebrations in the banquet hall and maintains a tradition of beginning each event by saying hello in a number of languages, a reflection of the diversity among residents.
     For Geiling, however, the verdant setting, computers, and family spirit seem to be just the beginning for this man with a vision for the full potential of the community. He has an eye on making the facility “totally green†as he put it.
     “My motto is we have to keep the Manor green, but we have to make it green,†he said in regard to two of his focusesâ€"maintaining the landscape and adopting energy efficient technology. He is currently working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development on financing for improvements including solar energy, drought tolerant plantings, and automated sprinklers.  â€œOne, we’ll be a model HUD community, and two, we’ll be a model community for the whole area,†he added resolutely.
     Geiling’s vision also includes expanding the eligibility for American Gold Star Mothers and veterans by lowering or easing age requirements. He said he is currently working with legislators to do so. He emphasized that many mothers of recently deceased service members are not senior citizens, but he feels they should be eligible for the Manor nonetheless.
     Ultimately, Geiling sees the Manor as not only an excellent residential community, but as a hub for veterans groups in the area to gather. The grounds and banquet hall are ideal for meetings, ceremonies and parties. “This has been the best kept secret in town, and I’m trying to turn that around,†he said.
     For all Geiling, his staff, and the residents have done at the Manor, perhaps the most appreciated addition is a new mosaic-tiled memorial set off from the main open-grass area.
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