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.

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

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.


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
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
*Appointees of Congresswoman Judy Chu, 27th Congressional District
*** Appointees of Congressman Adam Schiff, 28th Congressional District

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

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

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: Aaron Gil
Topic: President Aaron Gil's first meeting of Rotary year
July 9th 2020 12:10 pm
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Speaker: Florence Maher
Topic: My 2 Years in Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow
July 16th 2020 12:10 pm
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Speaker: Brenda Cressey, Foundation Trustee 2017-21
Topic: The Rotary Foundation and Covid19
July 23rd 2020 12:10 pm
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Speaker: Amanda Zellner, Ass. Professor of Biology, Occidental College
Topic: Wildlife changes in the San Gabriel area
July 30th 2020 12:10 pm
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