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!

Right Here in Pasadena: High School Dropouts & Poverty
Dr. Mikala Rahn has always held strongly to the belief that education is necessary to break the cycles of poverty and self doubt. Offering education opportunities for disenfranchised populations, Dr. Rahn founded LearningWorks Charter School in 2008. The school focuses on the needs of students not in the mainstream educational system -- high school dropouts, probation youth and pregnant and parenting teens. Using a core set of principles and unique tools she developed, LearningWorks has succeeded in stemming the tide of dropouts as few have. The school has a satellite location in Boyle Heights where it is the school at Homeboy Industries.Dr. Rahn served on the Pasadena Unified School Board 2013-2015. She has her PhD in educational policy, MA in political science and MA in education administration from UC Berkeley, and a BA in human development communications from UC San Diego. She and her husband, Kurt, live in Sierra Madre and have two children.Introducer: Joe HenryInvocation: Temo ArjaniGuest Introductions: JP HarrisSong Leader: Marilyn BuchananAccompanist: Ross Jutsum


Meeting Information

All are welcome to attend our meeting.
We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:

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

Tel: (626) 793-5157

Connect with Us!

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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The Opportunity Zone

Here's to Tyros! Here's to our new members! Last Saturday, we had our first "Done in a Day" ("DIAD") project for AbilityFirst, a local non-profit that provides programs for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. It was a scorching hot day. The work was not pretty. We scrubbed floors, washed walls, cleaned a kitchen, pulled weeds, dug out stumps and trimmed landscape. Co-chair of the DIAD Committee, Deb Lewis, led the group. She joined our Club in December 2014.

THE SCOOT ZONE By Scott Carlson, Staff Reporter

Eric Olson, accompanied by Ross Jutsum on piano, led us in "whistling" the tune to theme from Bridge over the River Kwai. (Eric told us that even if we can't sing we should be able to whistle), followed up by a rousing version of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Eric then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
For our invocation, Terry Masango read to us an original poem that he composed to thank Rotary for all of its involvement in and support of nonprofit organizations.

The Opportunity Zone

Although it is shirt-sleeve and shorts weather outside and it seems like the sun refuses to cede to fall, a new season is indeed upon us. In literature, autumn may refer to ripeness, change, maturity, beauty or perhaps even sadness. John Keats personifies the season in the poem "To Autumn." In the ode, Keats states that the season is a laborer that works with the maturing sun to bring bountiful harvests. As the season progresses, autumn acts as a gleaner that decomposes summer flowers and produce left in the fields.