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!

Inviting Disruption
Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. She just directed her 7th film, Extinction, a dystopian near future where a recently proposed ban on Muslim immigration is a reality. Her 2nd feature film, The PhD Movie: Still in Grad School, was a feature adaptation of the 7 million+ followed PhD Comics. Her first feature, Josh, a 2012 Women in Film awardee, enjoyed theatrical and ancillary distribution success in multiple territories. Bilal's next feature project, Forbidden Steps, a film about Islamophobia and Dance, is a Film Independent writer/director lab project, scheduled for filming in Spring 2017 in Chicago. She is also developing her TV Series The Pioneers for World Productions, which showcases the mass migration from South Asia to the UK in the 1950s, in response to Queen Elizabeth's frantic call for labor from the commonwealth nations. With a life that spans a variety of countries, professions and experience thus far, Bilal is keen on exploring the growth experienced in disruptiveness. The diversity of knowledge that challenges both the right and left side of the brain, and the constant self-realization of strength and possibility is what intrigues and challenges her to continue to push forward. Bilal is a core committee member for iWe, a coalition looking to change female representation in Hollywood and is a co-chair on the Asian American Writer's Committee at the Writer's Guild of America. She also sits on the board of the community service organization, the Caltech Y. She is the initiator of the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan's first professional screenwriting lab (Qalambaaz), about to initiate its third round of selections.Introducer: Portia HarrisInvocation: Kym PietschGuest Introductions: JP HarrisSong Leader: Jonathan EdewardsAccompanist: 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

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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

As we honored Jan Sanders for her years of dedicated service as Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Pasadena, I could not help but think about her legacy and those of others that make up the membership of our great Club. And so, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some history with you about your City and Pasadena Rotary Club.      

THE SCOOT ZONE By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

Phyllis Currie, accompanied by Ross Jutsum, led us in singing "What a Wonderful World," followed by "God Bless America." Everyone was in fine voice and good spirits! Norma Mardelli gave the invocation. She began by thanking every one of the Pasadena Rotarians for showing genuine hospitality and friendship from the first day she met us. She then urged us to take a few minutes every morning to think about how very fortunate we are and how much we have to be thankful for. Amen!

The Opportunity Zone

Finally, the moment I had been waiting for as your President. I was so excited about the prospect of inducting Terry Masango into the Rotary family that I could barely contain myself. Captain Terry Masango is the new corps officer and pastor of The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle. He and his wife moved to the United States about 16 years ago, from Zimbabwe. They have dedicated their lives to the concept of service above self. They live the Four Way Test.