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!

Jay Famiglietti "Epic California Drought as Viewed from Space"
Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, and he was the Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling (UCCHM) at UC Irvine. Before joining UCI in 2001, Jay was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped launch the program in climate and the UT Environmental Science Institute. Jay and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change - in academics, in business, in government and to the general public - for over 25 years. He appeared as a featured expert in the water documentary Last Call at the Oasis, and he is a regular contributor to National Geographic Water Currents and to Huffington Post. Jay is a frequent speaker, and his research is often featured in the international news media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, BBC Radio and others. Introducer: Christle BalvinInvocation: Ken HillGuest Introductions: Bob MartinSong Leader: Phyllis CurrieAccompanist: Ross Jutsum


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

Need Help?

Having trouble accessing the site, or need help using it?

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

Frankly Speaking

What is the Object of Rotary? We are aware of the Four-Way Test; our Rotary road map. There is also a well-crafted statement as to the Object of Rotary. With my highlights, it is as follows:

"The OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

- First; the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

The Scoot Zone for Feb 18th By Dean A. Billman, Substitute Zoner

Congresswoman Judy Chu has really grown into her role as our U.S. House of Representatives Congresswoman representing the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. She was quick to note in her opening remarks that "I'm also a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow!" and it sounded like she meant it.

Frankly Speaking

An absolutely random comment: This morning, I spent a bit of time making sure the house was in neat order before the arrival of our wonderful housekeeper. I didn't want her to think that Laura and I kept a disheveled home. I believe my focus is clearly askew.

The Scoot Zone for Feb 11th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

Cory Brendel is on mission to save Hoagy Carmichael from obscurity, at least in the Pasadena Rotary Club, where according to Cory some of the younger members think he's a sandwich! Toward that end, he and his trusty ukulele led us all in a jazzy rendition of "Two Sleepy People" (lyrics by Frank Loesser), an adorable love song from the 1938 movie "Thanks for the Memory" starring Bob Hope.

Frankly Speaking

I don't want to intrude on Mary Lou Byrne's summary of our last meeting, but let me state that I thought the meeting was wonderful. I felt exhilarated at the end. Speaking to a guest of Cathy Simms (and potential member), she seemed especially impressed with our long line of announcers, describing our many activities, most of which benefit our Pasadena community. A visiting Rotarian from LA 5 - Jeff Goodman - asked me if he could somehow recommend a non-profit for a grant. (I think Jeff may want to switch clubs).

The Scoot Zone for Feb 5th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

This week Ross Jutsum, a solo act for once in the absence of our scheduled song leader, led us in singing "America the Beautiful" and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  Joyce Shearin's invocation was a great poem reminding us to be thankful for all we receive and to share it with others. Penny Sparks did a masterful job of introducing our guests.

Frankly Speaking

MEMBERS OF ROTARY:  Help Pasadena Rotary Help Others. Come and enjoy wine, jazz and art.  

This is the general theme for our upcoming fundraising event, which will hopefully become an annual event. The date is May 21 and the place is the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The weather should be spectacular for this evening out, under the stars.

The Scoot Zone for Jan 28th By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

Undeterred by the absence of accompanist Ross Jutsum, Darren Norton opened the meeting by leading us in a stirring a cappella rendition of "God Bless America." Mel ("I wanted to give a funny invocation but my German Catholic wife said 'no!'") Cohen delivered a beautiful invocation. Angela Hawkett did a truly exceptional job of introducing our guests.

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.