COVID-10 Shutdown Rotary Meetings

During the COVID-19 Shutdown the Rotary Club of San Marino met on-line using Zoom Meetings.  See videos of the meetings below.

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Brenda Cressy Biography

Brenda Cressy joined Rotary in 1989 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240 and served as District Governor in 2001-02. She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business.

Brenda served in several key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation over the years including serving as the first woman Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair in 2018-19 and will continue her four-year trustee term through 2021.

Most of Brenda’s assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Peace and Polio Eradication her passion and mission in Rotary.

However, she shares the importance of supporting the Annual Fund, Endowments and Major Gifts. She has witnessed several successful projects made possible by Rotary Clubs and Districts and enjoys seeing the full engagement of passionate Rotarians successfully implementing projects in each of the six Areas of Focus. Most recently she is inspired by the amazing projects currently being carried out around the globe addressing community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having participated in several Rotary humanitarian projects around the world, she is a proud Rotary Foundation Alumnus. Brenda has seen and experienced, first-hand, how our gifts to the Rotary Foundation greatly impact the lives of others and how these gifts will someday bring peace and understanding around the world.

She and her husband Dick are members of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, members of the Paul Harris and the new Legacy Societies and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace, supporting Peace Certificate Fellowships.

She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the Rotary Foundations highest recognition, The Distinguished Service Award.

Brenda currently resides in Wells, ME., USA with her husband Richard, who is retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending good times with their three grandchildren and family.”

November 19, 2020 - Erica Hahn - "Why the Mayflower Matters"

Erica’s presentation begins 39  minutes into the video.

“While Erica Hahn is quite enthusiastic about her lineage now, her genealogical journey got off to a slow start. Hahn is the governor of the Orange County Mayflower Colony, which was founded in 1974 as part of the 108-year-old California Society of Mayflower Descendants. The local group has 300 members, though only a few dozen are active participants.

“I think I was about 12 at the time and living in Cincinnati, Ohio, and used to go to my grandmother’s and had been assigned to read ‘The Courtship of Miles Standish,’” she said, referring to the narrative poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “And I am finding this so ridiculous that I said I don’t believe that these people even existed. And grandma looked down her aquiline nose at me and said, ‘Not only was Miles Standish real, he was your direct ancestor.’”

For many years, Hahn, who lives in Monrovia but joined the society while a resident of Huntington Beach, still wasn’t inspired to pursue her heritage. But, as so often happens, the older people get, the more they want to know where they came from.

Erica is a Monrovia Rotarian.

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November 12, 2020 - Regional President of the USO, Bob Kurkjian, "The USO Today."

Bob’s presentation begins   minutes into the video.

“Bob Kurkjian is the Regional President of USO West and responsible for USO operations and fund development in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Utah and Montana. Joining the USO family in 2012 as President of Bob Hope USO in Southern California, Bob led a meteoric rise in programming and fund development in the eight counties served by Bob Hope USO. He championed the effort to fundraise, design and build four new centers, including a $10M relocation and expansion of the flagship USO center at LAX. The expanded services both on-base, in airports and in the community more than tripled the number of service interactions, as well as increasing donations by nearly ten-fold. In the past, Bob has worked for the Mayor of Los Angeles, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Non-Profit practice, CRDF Global, Conservation International and the National Governors Association.

A Navy Reserve officer, Bob was mobilized for most of 2019 serving as the commander of Defense Logistics Agency Afghanistan where he led a team of both military and civilians who managed strategic logistics for U.S. and coalition troops. Three previous deployments have included tours in Iraq, Bahrain and afloat, aboard the flagship of the international counter-piracy task force. He is currently the commanding officer of a Pacific Fleet reserve logistics unit and qualified as both a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer.

Bob is a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California, and graduated, with distinction, from the master’s program at the United States Naval War College, where he focused on East Asia. In addition, he spent a summer at Sichuan Union University in Chengdu, China, where he studied Chinese history and language. Bob recently completed a four-year term as a board member for Goodwill Orange County, one of the largest Goodwill operations in the world, and has previously served on the board of Academy of Hope, an adult education and charter school organization in Washington, DC. He is a current member of the Board of Counselors for USC’s Marshall School of Business Masters in Business for Veterans program and an emeritus member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. A licensed CPA in the state of Virginia and an avid traveler, Bob has spent at least one night in 68 countries and counting.”

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November 5, 2020 - 2021 Tournament of Roses President, Dr Robert Miller

“The 2021 Rose Parade: Cancellation Considerations Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.” .  For more about Dr Miller and his program, please see below:

Dr. Miller’s presentation begins 33 minutes into the video

“The presentation shared how and why we made the decision and  the challenges and opportunities associated with the cancellation.”

It has been quite a process and journey over the past 9 months as we assessed the impact of the pandemic on the 2021 parade and Association, made the decision to cancel the event based on public health and safety priorities, and now planning and implementing events and activities for the balance of the year.

This planning includes the creation and implementation of meaningful events that maintain and increase our presence and profile in the community in the absence of our traditional parade and surrounding engagements. Millions of dollars are in play, significant contractual relationships have been assessed and modified, insurance issues researched and in the process of resolution, and multiple budget scenarios modeled and finalized.  In addition, we continue to be engaged in tending to the needs of over 6,000 participants, their families and support organizations, partners and sponsors, and city, county and state agencies and offices. Many relationships needed be “unwound” and new ones created as we look forward to the 2022 parade. In short, I’ll have plenty to share and would be happy to respond to questions as well.

And for the those interested in the Royal Court, I’ll also share why after a very deliberative process, we opted not to have a 2021 Rose Court and the community engagement project we have implemented in the Court’s stead.”

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October 29, 2020 - Dr. Bethany Montagano from the Pacific Asia Museum

Dr. Montago’s talk begins 30 minutes into the video.

Dr. Bethany Montagano from the Pacific Asia Museum spoke on “Deconstructing Orientalism and Creating an Inclusive Pacific Asia Museum” .

A visionary and creative museum directory, Dr. Bethany Montagano assumed leadership of USC Pacific Asia Museum in spring 2019. Since her appointment Dr. Montagano has led an institution wide initiative, Stronger than Hate, a collective of USC staff, faculty, schools and students whose mission is to create robust, inclusive, cultural and academic programs. She has refocused USC PAM’s mission and vision to move towards deconstructing Orientalism and creating an inclusive museum in response to the current political climate. 

Previously, she served as senior curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. For three years, she originated major art, photography and fashion exhibitions that aimed to create a more just society. She curated Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A., Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and most recently Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich, where she worked with Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo to bring this values driven fashion exhibition to life. 

Dr. Montagano earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies, and studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka Japan. She has a master’s degree in Museum Studies and earned her doctorate in American History with an emphasis on gender, race and cultural representation from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Montagano played a formidable role in the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and on exhibitions and publications at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian that illuminate issues of displacement, representation and stereotyping.”

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October 22, 2020 - Margaret Bell from the Norton Simon Museum

The video only shows the presentation by our speaker, Margaret Bell

Our guest speaker was Margaret Bell from the Norton Simon Museum on “Insight into the function of art in physical, mental and spiritual care with examples from different areas of the museum collection” .  

“Maggie Bell has been an Assistant Curator at the Norton Simon Museum since July 2019. Her current exhibition, The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400-1750), tentatively opening in April of 2021, examines how images in the early modern period produced strong physical reactions in viewers. She received her PhD in 2019 in the History of Art and Architecture from UC Santa Barbara, with a dissertation that focused on art in 15th century Italian hospitals.  Maggie loves pasta, art and traveling, and can’t wait to get on the road again!”

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October 15, 2020 - President of Cal State Los Angeles, Dr William Covino on "State of CSULA and update on CSULA Roteract Club" .

Dr. Covino’s presentation begins at 29 minutes into the meeting.

“Dr William A. Covino is the seventh president of California State University, Los Angeles, leading the institution as it realizes its dedication to engagement, service, and the public good. President Covino holds a Ph.D. in English and has published important scholarship on the power and uses of rhetoric, persuasion, and imagination. He is also a nationally celebrated proponent of civic learning.

Since becoming president in September 2013, President Covino has emphasized the importance of a curriculum that prepares students to transform the future and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles and beyond. To achieve this goal, he is leading efforts to closely connect civic learning and community service

Dr Covino spoke on the state of CSULA and how the college and students are faring in the COVID-19 environment. He will also speak about the future for the CSULA Roteract.”

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October 8, 2020 - D5300 Governor Greg Jones - Governor's Official Visit

Greg’s presentation begins 49 minutes into the video

“Greg grew up in Southern Illinois and met his wife, Brenda, in high school. Both graduated from the University of Illinois with Greg earning a BS in accountancy and Brenda a BS in elementary education. They moved to Southern California in 1985 and to Pasadena in 1991.

Greg was a partner in a national accounting firm for 29 years. Along the way he earned an MS in taxation and an MS in financial planning. In 2010 he started his own CPA and Wealth Management practices in Pasadena.  Greg is a CPA, CFP, CLU (Certified Life Underwriter), PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) and ChFC (Charter Financial Consultant). Brenda is a librarian at Glendale Community College where she just finished her 26th year; she has an MS in library science and an MA in theology.

Greg has been very involved in the Pasadena community.  He has a total of 22 years of service on City of Pasadena commissions. During that time he was a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission, the Hahamongna Operating Company, the Library Commission, the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals. He helped found the Hastings Associates, a support group for the Hastings Branch Library in Pasadena. He has been a board member of Hastings Associates, the Friends of Pasadena Public Library, the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation, and Pasadena Beautiful. In addition, Greg has served on many task forces and committees in the Pasadena community. Greg became a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in 1998 and has served on many of its committees, including five years as a committee vice-chair.

Greg joined the Rotary Club of Pasadena Sunrise in 1997. He has served as club president twice and has held almost all club officer positions over the past 20 years. The club changed to evening meetings several years ago and is now the Rotary Club of Pasadena After Hours.  Greg began his District 5300 service on the PRLS committee in 2005 and was chair of that committee in 2006-07. He served as an assistant governor for two years.  He was the District Foundation Committee chair for 4 years and has served on several District Foundation subcommittees. He has been awarded the District Foundation Service award two times. He participated in the Corazon Superbuild project, traveled to India twice to participate in NIDs, to Mexico as part of a Wheelchair Foundation wheelchair distribution and to Liberia and Peru on Rotaplast missions. Greg is currently serving in his third year as district treasurer.

Greg is dedicated to the ideal of Service Above Self. He sees service as a means to make connections to others in our communities and around the world. He views the eradication of polio as an important milestone in the history of humanity and the advancement of world understanding as an important mission for Rotarians.”

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October 1, 2020 - Craft Talks with members Michael Killackey and Evi Darmali

Michael Killackey’s presentation begins at  30  minutes into the video.  Evi Darmail’s begins at 57 minutes.

“Michael Killackey: Mike is a dedicated husband and father of two boys who attend San Marino Schools. In addition to maintaining his own law firm in Alhambra, Killackey Law Offices, APC, Mike is deeply involved in volunteer activities supporting San Marino Schools. Mike is serving his 4th year as a San Marino Schools Foundation Trustee, and is currently running for Governing Board Member of San Marino Unified School District on the November Ballot.

Evi Darmali: Evi has been living in San Marino for over 20 years, originally from Indonesia, she is married to Francis Darmali and has one daughter. She joined San Marino Rotary club in March 2019.”

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September 24, 2020 - Michael T. Roberts on "Role of Food Law in everyday consumer products: Olive Oil and Honey. How do we know what's in our plates?"

Dr. Roberts begins 33 minutes into the video.

“Michael T. Roberts is the founding Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He is well versed in a broad range of legal and policy issues from farm to fork in local, national, and global food supply systems. He is actively involved in the development of food law and policy.

Michael has lectured on food-law subjects at law schools and conferences in a number of countries in Europe and Asia. He teaches two courses at UCLA Law: Introduction to Food Law and Policy (for second and third year law students) and Historical Perspective: The Role of Law in the Pursuit of a Moral Food System.

Michael is particularly interested in the global governance of food and recently led the Resnick Center into a partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) based in Rome, Italy on a series of research and advisory initiatives to confront global food security, nutrition, safety, and quality.”

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September 17, 2020 - Shelley Miles on "e-Games in Education: A New Approach to Financial Education"

Shelley’s talk begins at 31 minutes into the video.

“Shelley has spent over 30 years leading the growth and development of entertainment and technology businesses including at the Walt Disney Company, where she started the Interactive Games business and managed the Recorded Music and Music Publishing businesses. Shelley was one of the founders of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, and has served on the boards of nonprofits including the National Children’s Chorus and Ronald McDonald House Southern California. Shelley is a USC alumna and California CPA. She currently serves as Executive Director/CEO of the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.”

September 10, 2020 - Michael Campbell on "Treating Area Patients with the Corona Virus"

Michael’s presentation begins 31 minutes into the video.

“Michael Scott Campbell works closely with  Infectious Disease Specialits and Internal Medicine Physicians on a daily basis, to make certain patients are receiving the best possible care.  As the director of Pharmacy at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, he is responsible for all drug procurement at the medical center including being the only one able to obtain the new drug used to treat servere cases of Covid-19, Remdesivir.

Campbell is origninally from West Virginia, and has his Bachelors Degree in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from the University of Charleston.  Her received his Pharmacy Doctorate from Loma Linda University, and later, his MBA from Loma Linda in Healthcare Administration.

He is an associate professor at Loma Linda University, Western University and Keck Graduate Institue, newly elected president of the Inland Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the incoming treasurer for the South Pasadena Team Referral Network.

Campbell is married to our own Claudia Attallah, and they work together on their own healthcare consulting business. They have been married for 10 years and have two daughters, Lucia 8 and Liviana 4.”

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September 3, 2020 - Evans Lam on "The Future of Hong Kong's Economy"

Evans Lam on “The Future of Hong Kong’s Economy”.  Evans’ talk begins at 2 minutes into the video.

“Evans Lam is senior vice president of investments and senior portfolio manager of The Lam Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Pasadena, Calif. Previously, he was a senior vice president and wealth management advisor at Smith Barney. Evans began his wealth advisory and portfolio management career in 1991, and over the past two decades, has successfully helped clients manage their wealth throughout several challenging market cycles.  Evans isa  renowned expert who has advised the State Council of China on monetary reform.

Topic Description:  Evans Lam will discuss Hong Kong’
– Economic Structure Pre-1997
– Chinese Economic Policies on Hong Kong After the Return to China
– Current Challenges’- Solutions offered by china
– Effectiveness of the Chinese Stimulus
– Future of Hong Kong and Most Recent Updates”

August 27, 2020 - Mitch Lehman, “Stories From Quarantine.” .

Mitch’s presentation begins 40 minutes into the meeting.

“Now in his 24th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. 

Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a ‘Terrific Titan’ by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. 

He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.”

August 20, 2020 - Robert Zellem on "Searching for Exoplanets"

Robert’s talk begins

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“Robert Zellem, scientist at JPL will showed in pictures how some of these alien worlds were discovered and how citizen science projects using amateur equipment can also contribute to this effort.

It is only recently that science has discovered several thousand planets outside of our solar system. It is now possible to observe directly these planets and even determine the content of their atmosphere. Robert Zellem, scientist at JPL will show in pictures how some of these alien worlds were discovered. Future space missions will attempt to find if some of them could harbor life. Robert will also show that citizen science projects using amateur equipment can also contribute to this effort.

Rob is a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on ground- and space-based observations of the atmospheres of exoplanets, planets outside of our Solar System. Specifically, Rob has been commissioning NESSI, a new multi-object spectrograph at Palomar Observatory that will study tens of these alien worlds, has been involved in benchmarking the performance through simulations of NASA and ESA exoplanet-dedicated missions, and leading citizen science projects to help aid in the characterization of exoplanets.”

August 13, 2020 - Craft Talks by Bulga Enkh-erdene and Judith Luu

The Craft Talks begin 36 minutes into the video.

Bulgantamir Enkh-erdene
Chairman of the Seruun Group, specializing in heating ventilation, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration. Bulgantamir’s team has contributed to the development of the country, bringing expertise in special projects such as airports, underground mines, hospitals and data centers. He also has work experience at the Ministry of Finance handling official development assistance. Bulgantamir was educated in the US and China and completed 2 Master’s degrees. He is also a board member of the Mongolian Refrigeration Association and recently founded the indoor air quality association of Mongolia.

Judith Luu
Judith is currently an Account Executive at New Century Insurance Services, Inc, contributing over 9 years of insurance and risk management experience to the company. Judith is passionate about supporting small business owners, providing valuable expertise and creative solutions to help minimize their risk. After originally starting out in the small business sector, she had the opportunity to be a part of a global risk management team for national-sized accounts in client services and account management. She is an active member of the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce and recently became an Ambassador, connecting business owners in her community to one another so they can all better thrive together. She spends her free time with her church members along with her husband and her two boys, aged 2 and 8. When she has a moment to herself, she goes to the golf course, where she is steadily learning the game.

August 6, 2020 - Dr. Gay Yuen, Chinese-American Museum

Dr. Gay Yuen, Chinese-American Museum on “Preserving the Roots of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles” .

“Topic Description:  The Chinese American Museum (CAM) is the first museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history in this region.  Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies a cultural and physical link to the past, as well as a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future. Opened on December 18, 2003 after 20 years of dedicated community and civic leadership and support, CAM’s presence at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument—a 44-acre public park honored as Los Angeles’ “birthplace” and the site of its original Chinatown—reflects the vibrant development of an immigrant history that began over 150 years ago when the first major Chinese settlement was documented in Los Angeles. CAM is dedicated to researching, preserving, and sharing the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States through quality exhibitions, programs, events, publications, and workshops. In addition to its role in the community as an active-learning institution, CAM is also proud to serve as a visual symbol of new and emerging traditions.

Speaker Bio: Dr Gay Yuen is a retired Professor from CSULA.  She is served as the Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction where she oversaw the teacher credentialing programs for elementary and secondary education, as well as more than 15 graduate education programs.  She is the current President of the Board of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, and serves on the Advisory boards of the Asian Youth Center, the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Leadership Foundation, the President’s Asian Pacific Advisory Council of Pasadena Community College, and other community and education non-profit organizations.”

July 30, 2020 - Amanda Zellmer, Asst. Professor of Biology, Occidental College

The presentation begins at 22 minutes into the meeting.

Introducer Biography:
John Howell: This month John is celebrating his tenth year as the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy’s first Executive Director. “My dad brought me up backpacking. “My passion has always been the environment. You can’t do much better than protecting remarkable natural areas forever, so I couldn’t be happier than to have the privilege of helping where I grew up.” As a real estate attorney, John represented The Nature Conservancy in acquiring 14 open-space properties and the Trust for Public Land in acquiring three. John is a lifelong Pasadena resident.

Speaker’s Biography:
Amanda J. Zellmer is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Occidental College. Her research is focused on the application of computational methods for studying the impacts of environmental change on wild animal populations. She developed a lifelong passion for nature as a kid exploring the midwest. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her PhD from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving to California, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University. In addition to the outdoors, she enjoys traveling and soccer. She has an unusual fondness for salamanders.

Topic:
The mission of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is to conserve, protect and steward natural open space to combat climate change and support the wildlife habitats.  Professor Amanda Zellmer will be presenting her research in collaboration with the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy on assessing landscape connectivity for Southern California terrestrial mammals. Using both motion-triggered camera traps and the power of community science, she is leading a team of researchers in an effort to observe how animals such as mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and more use and move between green spaces in the greater Los Angeles area. This research will help inform planning for habitat conservation and restoration of wildlife corridors in Los Angeles and will also be used in a multi-city study across North America to study the effects of urbanization on wildlife.

July 23, 2020 - Brenda Cressy, Rotary Foundation Trustee

Brenda’s talk begins at 32 minutes into the meeting.

Brenda Cressy Biography

Brenda Cressy joined Rotary in 1989 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240 and served as District Governor in 2001-02. She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business.

Brenda served in several key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation over the years including serving as the first woman Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair in 2018-19 and will continue her four-year trustee term through 2021.

Most of Brenda’s assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Peace and Polio Eradication her passion and mission in Rotary.

However, she shares the importance of supporting the Annual Fund, Endowments and Major Gifts. She has witnessed several successful projects made possible by Rotary Clubs and Districts and enjoys seeing the full engagement of passionate Rotarians successfully implementing projects in each of the six Areas of Focus. Most recently she is inspired by the amazing projects currently being carried out around the globe addressing community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having participated in several Rotary humanitarian projects around the world, she is a proud Rotary Foundation Alumnus. Brenda has seen and experienced, first-hand, how our gifts to the Rotary Foundation greatly impact the lives of others and how these gifts will someday bring peace and understanding around the world.

She and her husband Dick are members of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, members of the Paul Harris and the new Legacy Societies and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace, supporting Peace Certificate Fellowships.

She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the Rotary Foundations highest recognition, The Distinguished Service Award.

Brenda currently resides in Wells, ME., USA with her husband Richard, who is retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending good times with their three grandchildren and family.”

July 16, 2020 - Speaker: Rotary Peace Fellow, Florence Maher

Florence’s presentation begins 5 minutes into the meeting video.

Speaker: Rotary Peace Fellow, Florence Maher

“Nearly two years ago, I arrived in Japan to begin a Master’s degree in Peace Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s six focus areas as part of building international relationships, improving lives, and creating a better world. The Rotary Peace Fellowship supports this goal by training peacebuilders at seven Rotary Peace Centers on five continents. The center in Tokyo welcomed its first class of Fellows in 2002, and in August 2018 I joined nine other professionals as part of the center’s 17th cohort. The thousands of Peace Fellowship alumni now working worldwide to prevent and resolve conflict and build sustainable solutions form an incredible network and embody Rotary’s on-going commitment to peace.

My experience as a Peace Fellow consisted of three pillars: academics, professional development, and community engagement. The core of the program is devoted to graduate studies, and during the first year I focused on my coursework in peace and international development. During the spring, the Fellows at ICU visited Hiroshima and we met with Japanese peace activists, including a survivor of the atomic bomb. I then traveled to Mexico to conduct interviews for my thesis on business and human rights, the writing of which consumed much of my time and attention during the second year of the program. The ICU Rotary Peace Center has a strong academic focus, and every Fellow must draft and defend a substantive thesis. Fortunately, I am happy to report that I successfully passed my thesis defense!

In addition to the academic curriculum, professional development is an important component of the Fellowship program. Each Peace Fellow is required to spend several months in an “Applied Field Experience” of their design, with the goal of moving the skill-building out of the classroom and into direct practice. During the summer between my first and second years, I interned at the OECD in Paris, France, where I supported international cooperation on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Based on my summer experience, I am planning to work in an international organization after finishing the Fellowship.

Engagement with the local community, including the Japanese Rotarians, has been a significant and meaningful aspect of the program. Upon arrival in Tokyo, I was met at the airport by my Japanese Rotarian host counselor, Joji “George” Kitami of the Yokohama Konan Rotary Club. His club and district welcomed me and invited me to many events. In the university neighborhood, I volunteer monthly with an English conversation club for Japanese from the surrounding community to practice English and interact with international students. I also sang in a local choir, and organized a bilingual peace workshop with a municipal civil society organization, “Glocal Mitaka.”

My Peace Fellowship has enriched me immeasurably: I immersed myself in peace research, acquired new professional experiences, and developed wonderful relationships with the other Peace Fellows and the Japanese host community. I hope that the Fellowship continues to flourish and to cultivate peacebuilders with local roots and global visions. Thank you, District 5300 and the Las Vegas Rotary Club, for your generous support!”

Florence Maher

July 7, 2020 - First Meeting of the Rotary Year, 2020-21

The meeting begins at 11 minutes into the video.

June 18, 2020 - Speaker: Dr. Michael Lin, Principal at Carver Elementary in San Marino

Dr. Michael Lin, Principal at Carver Elementary in San Marino shared his dissertation with the club regarding early childhood education and different technologies used. Dr. Lin has a wonderful passion for education and has been doing an outstanding job steering the ship at Carver.

Before we heard from Dr. Lin, we viewed a San Marino Motor Classic film strip.  There we also got updates from our committee chairs, along with community updates.

Dr. Lin’s presentation begins at 22 minutes into the video.

 

June 25, 2020 - Demotion of President, Greg Johnasing

Changing of Guards (Demotion and Promotion) Ceremony!
Greg Johansing is Demoted and Aaron Gil is Promoted

June 4, 2020 -16th Annual Salute to the Service Academy Appointees

This is the biggest program of this Rotary year. Major Janell Hanf, Naval Academy class of 2010 was our keynote speaker. She brought inspiration, good humor and patriotism to our Rotary Club as we honor these five academy appointees.

Program

Greg Johansing, President
US Naval Academy and Marine Hymns
Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests (other than appointees and families)
General Announcements
Program
Introduction of Appointees and Their Families
Aaron Gil, Program Co-Chair
U.S. Air Force Academy:
Max Fan***, Steven Torres*
U.S. Military Academy:
Naphtali Teran*, Kurtis Tsai*
U.S. Naval Academy:
Timothy Chiu*, Blair Walters
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Coast Guard Academy:
Joyce Lee***
Presentation: Congresswoman Judy Chu
Keynote Speaker
Major Janell Hanf, US Naval Academy, Class of 2010
Introduction by William Payne, Program Co-Chair
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*Appointees of Congresswoman Judy Chu, 27th Congressional District
*** Appointees of Congressman Adam Schiff, 28th Congressional District

June 11, 2020 - Speakers: Nora Hoyos and Iris Yang Present Craft Talks
Member craft talks by Nora Hoyos and Iris Yang.

May 28, 2020 - Speakers: Trudie Sobel, a Holocaust Survivor and Jody Savin, Author.

Before World War II even began, Trudie’s father fell victim to Stalin’s Campaigns of Terror. When Trudie was 4, she and her mother were taken from their home by the Nazis and herded over 600 miles, first to the Lodz Ghetto and then to a labor camp. An incomparable seamstress, Trudie’s mother Masha was put to work wherever they landed. Sewing saved their lives. Sewing bought them enough precious time to see Liberation. However, this was not the end of their persecution as they bounced from Displacement Camp to homes for the Displaced. Years passed. Masha continued to sew to make ends meet, and they never abandoned their dream of coming to America.

When they finally arrived in America, Trudie married and had two sons. Life was busy and neither she nor her survivor husband ever spoke of the past. In her fifties, with her sons grown and out of the house, the traumas of her childhood came surging back and she suffered a complete breakdown. Because Trudie had stopped talking, a therapist suggested she attempt to express herself by drawing. So she began to draw and soon she began to stitch her drawings. And the body of work that she produced is stunning.

Jody Savin. Jody authored a book (see link below) titled “Stitched & Sewn – The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobel”. This will be a fantastic program.

See more about Trudie on her website at www.trudiestrobel.com

Trudie’s talk begins at 13 minutes with an introduction by Bill Payne.

May 14, 2020 - Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, PDG

In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte violated the constitution of Rotary International by admitting women as members. As a result of this bold action, the club’s membership in Rotary International was terminated. From 1983-86, the Duarte Club fought the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court where they prevailed. On 4 May, 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Later that year, Sylvia Whitlock became the first female club president in Rotary history.

Sylvia’s talk begins at 6 minutes with an introduction by Steve Garrett.

May 21, 2010 - Speaker: Jim Folsom, Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington

Tour of The Huntington Botanical Gardens by San Marino Rotarian Jim Folsom, Director of the Botanical Gardens of The Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens.

Jim’s presentation starts at 5 minutes into the video.

May 7, 2020 - Speaker: Chiyoma Ogawa presents "6 Weddings and a Dress"

We had a wonderful presentation brought to us by PDG Steve Garrett and Linda Wah.  Chiyomi Ogawa shared a unique love story that inspired the short film “6 Weddings and a Dress” by Steve & Patti Nagano. This true story is about Chiyomi Ogawa, the original bride of the film and how she found love during her incarceration in Manzanar, during World War II. The film features her life before, during and after the war ended.

Chiyomi was born in Terminal Island, Long Beach in 1924. She went to Japan when she was about 7 years old and stayed until she graduated high school. She was able to catch the last boat back to the states, before the war started. Her return to Terminal Island was cut short with the start of World War II. She and her family were incarcerated in Manznar. There was a total of 6 women that wore her wedding dress. Chiyomi was the first and also, the only survivor. Donna Jean Ogawa, Chiyomi’s daughter will be with her, along with the wedding dress that graced the lives of all 6 women.

Video referenced in Chiyomi’s presentation

 

April 30, 2020 - Speaker: Andy Barth (no video)

Andy spoke about his efforts to keep wrestling in the 2013 Olympic Games. His speech is titled “11-10, 11-10”

This meeting was not recorded.

 

April 23, 2010 - Speaker: Chris Norgaard

Our very own Chris Norgaard talks about the second edition of his book “Unfair Competition – Murder by Gunshot”. This book dives into the deadly battle for control of the worldwide Neutrogena trademark.

Chris’ talk begins at 25 minutes into the video.

April 9, 2020 - Craft Talks by Stephanie Johnson and Bryan Hathorn

Stephanie Johnson and Bryan Hathorn wowed from the safety of their own homes with their own past, present and future that make them so valuable to our club.

The talks begin at 12 minutes into the video.

April 2, 2020 - General Club Meeting

This was our first online meeting.  The purpose of this meeting was to update members on the latest news surrounding our club, district and community.  There was no speaker.

April 16, 2020 - Speaker: Mitch Lehman, Editor, San Marino Tribune

Mitch shared his thoughts, charm and humor with our club.

Mitch’s presentation starts at 24 minutes into the video.

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 COVIS-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: TITAN FOOTBALL
Speaker: Justin Mesa, Varsity Head Football Coach
Topic: Prospects for the upcoming season, covid or no.
December 3rd 2020 12:10 pm
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Club Meeting: TITANS WITH AMAZING CAREERS, PART V
Speaker: Justin Talt
Topic: How to Survive in the Entertainment Business During the Pandemic
December 10th 2020 12:10 pm
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Dark for the Holidays
December 24th 2020 12:10 pm
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