Upcoming Events

Club Meeting: History of the French in California
February 25th 2021 at 12:10 pm
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Club Meeting: Dean Bilman-Surviving Polio
March 4th 2021 at 12:10 pm
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March 11th 2021 at 12:10 pm
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Club Meeting: Dan Stover Music Contest
March 18th 2021 at 12:10 pm
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COVIS-19 Shutdown - Club Zoom Meetings

During the COVID-19 Shutdown the Rotary Club of San Marino is meeting on-line using Zoom Meetings.

Community Grants

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Barth Scholarships

Application Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021 by 5:00 pm..

The San Marino Rotary Club is in its 3rd year of awarding a scholarship to a high school senior from either San Marino High School or Southwestern Academy who are planning to attend a 2 year, 4 year or vocational school.  We are proud to be able to offer 2 scholarships this year at $2500 each.

Entry Deadline, March 29, 2021 at 11 pm

Barth Rotary Scholarship Winners Announced

Barth Rotary Scholarship Winners Announced

The Barth Rotary Scholarship winners, given to a girl and boy just-graduated from either/both of San Marino and Southwestern, were announced at last Thursday’s Rotary luncheon. They are Richelle Chow from Southwestern Academy, and Ethan Wang from San Marino High. Each...

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Photos and Videos of Our Activities

Chili Cookoff - February 18, 2021
Rotary on the Town - October 17, 2019

2019 San Marino Motor Classic

2019 San Marino Motor Classic

New Cal-State LA - Rotaract Club - October 3, 2019

Check Presentation to the new California State University at Los Angeles Rotaract Club.

Art Contest - April 18, 2019

Rotary Foundation Awards Presented at the March 7, 2019 Meeting

Rotary on the Town - May 2, 2019

2019 Mini-Grants
School Montage (Business Plan, Interact, RYLA, MiniGrants) Spring 2019

Corazon House Build 2019

Corazon House Build on 4/13/19 sponsored by South Pasadena Rotary; more than 50 Rotarians joined in the effort.

District Conference May 2-4, 2019

February 28, 2019 Meeting

Speaker – Dr. Tye Jackson. speaking about teaching to learn and the pathway to career success.


Student of the Month

Rotary Readers Book Distribution 2019

Holiday Party - Rotary on the Town - December 14, 2018

Tijuana Soccer Field Dedication, December 8, 2018

Rotary on the Town, October, 2018
Ice Cream Social - Southwestern Academy - 9/20/18

2018 Fourth of July Parade

Demotion Party 2018

To send photos for the club website, facebook page or the Rotoscope click here.

San Marino Rotary’s Global Scholars

More information about Rotary Scholarships

Jacqueline Chen

Oxford University
Oxford, England

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Meeting Information

Thursdays at 12:10 PM

San Marino Community Church, Fellowship Hall

1750 Virginia Road
San Marino, CA Map It

Our meeting location occasionally changes.  Click “More info” in the Upcoming Events section below to confirm the location.

Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic the club is temporarily meeting on-line via Zoom.  Contact Aaron Gil, President to find out how to log into Zoom.   agil73@gmail.com or 626-688-6047

Upcoming Events

Club Meeting: History of the French in California
Speaker: Annick Foucrier
Topic: History of the French in California from the 18th - 20th centuries
February 25th 2021 12:10 pm
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Club Meeting: Dean Bilman-Surviving Polio
Speaker: Dean Billman
Topic: Surviving and eradicating polio
March 4th 2021 12:10 pm
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Speaker: Dianne Falconer, Environmentalist, Marketing Professional and Artist
Topic: Woodwell Climate Research Center, Falmouth, MA
March 11th 2021 12:10 pm
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Club Meeting: Dan Stover Music Contest
Speaker: Artist performances over Zoom
March 18th 2021 12:10 pm
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Rotary San Marino chili cook-off took place on Thursday, February 18th. Guests enjoyed several great chilis from our distinguished chefs and a lighthearted program hosted by Mitch Lehman. Julie Campoy shared chili tips from the kitchen of Julienne's restaurant in San Marino #julienne. Gus's Barbecue #gusbarbecue shared their wonderful cornbread.

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San Marino Rotary Club Four- Way Test Speech Contest

San Marino Rotary Club held our club level Four-Way test speech contest on Thursday, January 28, 2021 during our regular club meeting at noon. Due to the pandemic, this is our first year hosting the contest virtually. The theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities. The purpose of our speech contest is 1. To acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary and the Four-Way Test. 2. To Demonstrate and enhance Rotary’s Commitment to youth. 3. To heighten awareness of Rotary among youth, parents, schools and community. 4. To recognize, encourage and reward hard work and accomplishment among youth. The topic of the speech must be specifically subjected to the Four-Way test. Of the things we think, say or do: First… Is it the TRUTH? Second...Is it FAIR to all concerned? Third...Will it build GOODWILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Fourth...Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned. The contest went smoothly, and our first place winner is Anna Moller from San Marino High School. First runner up is Rediet Retta also from San Marino High School. Runner up is Nianhua "Nick" Lu from Southwestern Academy. We are very proud of our winners, and each winner received monetary awards from the San Marino Rotary Club Charities funds.

By Ginny Hsiao, Attrony of GTH Law Group and a Member of San Marino Rotary. She is a chair of Four Way Test Speech Contest in Rotary District 5300 and San Marino Rotary.

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Eagle Scout Service Project: COVID-19 Handwashing Stations
by Gavin Hussain

The purpose of my Eagle Scout Service Project was to help our local community stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. My goal was to build 20 portable handwashing stations to donate to first responders, schools, homeless shelters, and local businesses. Because I exceeded my fundraising goal and since corporate sponsors gave me huge discounts or donations, I was able to purchase materials and supplies for more than 20 handwashing stations. Over time, I learned that most large organizations such as school districts, city government departments, and corporate businesses couldn’t accept this type of donation. Homeless shelters were worried about how they would maintain or refill the handwashing stations with reduced staff. It was also difficult to find recipients with many businesses closed because of COVID-19. The demand for the handwashing stations was not as high as I had originally expected. In the end, I donated 31 completed handwashing stations. The remaining funds raised have been turned over to the Rotary Club of San Marino.
COVID-19 restrictions prohibit scouts from meeting together in-person. This service project was compliant with Scouts BSA Greater Los Angeles Area Council guidelines for Eagle Projects and considered “staged work by different household groups.” After the fundraising and planning stages, the building stage was completed by scouts and volunteers from their own households.
• Older scouts, parents, friends, and family members helped cut more than 100 10-foot-long PVC pipes down to specific segment sizes ranging from 11⁄2 inches to 15 inches.
• A few scouting families helped prepare 30 assembly kits, each containing over 80 pieces of cut PVC and other building materials.
• Project volunteers picked up their assembly kits from the Scout House
at Lacy Park. They arrived at prescheduled time slots to avoid people from different households gathering together in person.
• Volunteers built the handwashing stations from their homes while I led the project remotely from my backyard, via Zoom.
• Finished units were delivered to my home or picked up from the scouts’ homes so I could check all the completed handwashing stations. This took longer than expected to coordinate.
• I checked all the units, corrected mistakes, and even had to purchase additional materials to rebuild a few units that had been glued incorrectly and could not be salvaged.
• A total of 31 handwashing stations were delivered by Troop 351B scouts or myself to 12 different recipients. Recipients received training on how to use the handwashing stations, an Instructions and Safety Manual, and a supply of paper towels.

Gavin Hussain, Life Scout, Troop 351B. Study in San Marino High School.

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Right on!

Right on!

It’s a HOOT!

At least that is what OLIVIA LEE hopes the owls will say as they are attracted to her 30 newly-constructed and recently-installed owl boxes in the trees at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

As her Girl Scout Gold Project, Olivia, a senior at Flintridge Prep, created a sustainable project to help eradicate persistent rodents from the gardens of The Huntington by attracting their prime predator.…Barn Owls.

At the suggestion of Jim Folsom, Director of the Botanical Gardens for the Huntington, and Olivia’s mentor throughout the process, she designed the project, created a means to share her work with other scouts and constructed the owl boxes in a carpenter’s shop. She submitted an application to the San Marino Rotary for partial funding. In a competition with eight other applicants, Olivia was awarded $1,000. Working as a sales representative for a knife company, she earned the other half of the cost of her project.

The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens have been an important part of Olivia’s life since she was a child; she visited regularly with her parents. Olivia’s goal in completing this project was to give back to the institution that has meant so much to her and to visitors from around the world.

The completion of these owl boxes is a win-win for The Huntington, Olivia, hungry owls and for those friends and family who, thanks to a super salesperson, have new knives for the holidays.

Nice work, Olivia. Thank you for “paying it forward” with your creative idea.

By Barbara Brice, a member of San Marino Rotary Club since 2008. She is the chair of the 2020 Boy and Girl Scouts projects community grants.

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