Welcome to Pasadena Rotary

The Pasadena Rotary Club of Pasadena has amazing, dedicated members contributing to the well-being and growth of the community, region, and world.  Explore our Club here, and feel free to visit us during our weekly meetings!

Karen Hayes, MFA "My Journey with Desmond Tutu"
Karen Hayes, MFA, is a filmmaker and consultant on fundraising and non-profit management. During her anti-apartheid work she met Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who granted her access to film him internationally over a fifteen-year period. She is currently in post-production on the documentary, The Foolishness of God:My Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu. Her fiction and non-fiction films have received awards from the Ford Foundation, American Film Institute and Tribeca Film Institute. Her volunteer activities include combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, and assisting Civil Rights leader Rev. James Lawson with his Nonviolence Workshops.Introducer: Diana SedenquistInvocation: Mel CohenGuest Introductions: Angela HawekotteSong Leader: Darren Norton


Our Meetings

We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:

The University Club
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, California  

Tel: (626) 793-5157

Rotary Office

Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105

Phone: 626-440-0908
Fax: 626-440-9806

Email: office@pasadenarotary.com

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Contact Ken Stickney at ken@Pasadena-Estates.com or 626-863-7625

Frankly Speaking

MEMBERS OF ROTARY:   As many may recall, at our lunch meeting on January 14, I stated that I regarded our Rotary Club as one very large family. I stated that as with all families, good news and sad news are frequently shared. I then made mention of the passing of Margaret Sedenquist's husband Charlie, and John Burrows' son, Scott. I must say, both Margaret and John displayed tremendous strength when I spoke to each at our lunch two days ago.

The Scoot Zone for Jan 21th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

We were all cheerleaders this week as Eric Olson, who had searched in vain for a song about libraries, led us in an original library-boosting cheer! ("I say 'library;' you say 'card!'" "Library!" "Card!") We followed up with "My Country 'Tis of Thee," with the redoubtable Ross Jutsum on piano.

The Scoot Zone for Jan 14th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

In keeping with this week's wild-blue-yonder speaker, Mark Smutny and Ross Jutsum kicked things off by leading us in singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which led not a few Rotarians to reminisce about what a hotly-anticipated event it was every year when "The Wizard of Oz" was shown on broadcast television. (Remember broadcast television?) We followed that up with a rousing chorus of "America the Beautiful."

Frankly Speaking

MEMBERS OF ROTARY:  We had 140 attendees at our first lunch meeting in 2015. It was nearly standing room only. I was touched that so many people came to see me. (Okay, maybe a few came to hear our speaker, Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen.) A terrific way to begin the new year.

The Scoot Zone for Jan 7th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

We started off the year with a truly epic musical experience! Phil Miles on the guitar and Ross Jutsum on the piano, accompanied by the Pasadena Rotary Chorus (also known as Music Committee members Marilyn Buchanan, Joe Henry, Eric Olson, Gary Kearney, Phyllis Currie, and yours truly, with a special guest appearance by Julia Shih) led the crowd in rocking the heck out of "California Dreamin'," followed by the best-ever rendition of our National Anthem.

Frankly Speaking

My fellow Pasadena Rotarians; I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. May the coming year bring success and joy to all.

My New Year's resolutions: piano lessons; really learn to speak Spanish; work even harder on becoming a better attorney; cycle, cycle and cycle; and reduce the number of times I have to apologize to Laura for saying the wrong thing. A further resolution: to embrace the next six months as Rotary President with enthusiasm, commitment and laughter.   

The Scoot Zone for Dec 19th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

Such a fun meeting to kick off the holiday season! Rotarians were serenaded all throughout lunch by the Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle Christmas Brass Ensemble, featuring our own Darren Norton on the baritone and his friends and fellow musicians on the cornet, alto horn, and tuba. Nothing like some awesome instrumental music to calm the soul and aid the digestion!

Frankly speaking

This will be my last column before the end of the year. Don't forget: after next week's holiday lunch meeting, we will be dark until January 7, 2015.

The Scoot Zone By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

After a week off, due to the fabulous holiday party last week, we kicked off this week's meeting by singing our hearts out as the redoubtable Gary Kearney, accompanied by the formidable Ross Jutsum, led us in "The Impossible Dream" followed by "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Eric Dysart gave a stirring invocation on the themes of thankfulness and service, and Dan

Frankly Speaking

Our holiday party at Jacob Maarse was a rousing success. My thanks to Hank Maarse for not only providing us with the unique venue, but for also working hard before the party to insure that all was in order. I would also like to applaud Jane Waas and her fellow social committee members for making the event happen.