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!

"The New Philanthropy: Creating Local Solutions to Global Problems" Meet Pierre Mainguy
Creating change in communities is a long and hard process, which has to start from within. This is one of the many reasons Rotary Clubs can have such a positive impact within their own community. But how can we create change abroad and keep the local families, whose lives are touched by a philanthropist's international outreach involved in the changemaking process? This was the first challenge that fellow Pasadena Rotarian Pierre H. Mainguy encountered when, at age 23, he was given the opportunity to help Cambodian villagers move themselves out of poverty, thanks to Rotarian John Whaley. Fresh out of business school at the time, Pierre left his job as Financial Analyst in Private Equity at Stonnington Investments in Downtown LA, as well as the comforts of his Pasadena life. With $10,000 in cash in one pocket, and a one-way ticket to Cambodia in the other, he was tasked with creating local and sustainable solutions to the global problems of poverty. This mission ultimately became Community First, a non-profit whose purpose is to connect changemakers to create such solutions. This is how, under Diana Peterson-More's leadership, and Mel Cohen's Presidency, our very own Pasadena Rotary Club change-makers got to connect with the people of Sen Sok in rural Cambodia, where access to water was near to non-existent. By joining forces together, Rotarians and villagers were able to create a 16-village wide public water-works infrastructure, giving all 10,000 residents access to clean and safe drinking water and enabling them to farm year-round. Today, Community First begins a new journey which will focus on "life after the well." Join us on Wednesday when Pierre will share his experiences in Cambodia and tell us what's next for the people of Sen Sok. He will also address how our Rotaract Club and our local schools will join the fight against poverty in both Sen Sok and our own community, through the magic of aquaponics and botanical crafts.


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

We now have a new and very much improved set of bylaws. Bravo! The vote was 97 in favor and 2 against. In order to conduct a vote, we were required to have a quorum of all members; which is 1/3 of the membership. We had more than 1/3 participate in the vote. My thanks to Past-President Mel Cohen for initiating the bylaws review process one year ago.

The Scoot Zone for Oct 15th By Mary Lou Byrne, Cub Reporter

Gary Kearney and Ross Jutsum started things this week off by making us feel as though we all were starring in a Coke commercial as we joined in singing "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing!" Holding hands on a hilltop, anyone? Yes, please! We followed that up with a rousing chorus of "This is My Country!" Big fun!

Rotary Roamers - The Secret Stairs

A green, leafy walk through one of Pasadena's western-most neighborhoods, filled with charming stairways and a virtual arboretum of mixed tree varieties. One of the shadiest wlaks you can find.

When: Saturday Nov 8th 8am

Click here for all the details.

Frankly Speaking

Rotoplast Mission to Guatemala Opportunity 


The Scoot Zone for Ot 8th By Mary Lou Byrne, Cub Reporter

Phyllis Currie and Ross Jutsum started us off with a home-state bang this week with a rousing rendition of "California, Here I Come!"  Chuck Carroll's invocation included this inspiring quotation from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling: "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation.

District Rotaplast Committee is looking for 5 Non medical Volunteers

The District Rotaplast Committee encourages interested Rotarian to apply for on one the 5 non-medical volunteer positions to our mission to Retalhuleu, Guatemala. The mission will take place from February 15 to March 1, 2015. Aside from travel expenses with the team to and from San Francisco, CA to Guatemala, other expenses are minimal. Email us for a non-medical volunteer application form. Applications close at the end of October.

Frankly Speaking

My thanks again to Jim Osterling and Paul Little for organizing and executing a very successful first B2B [Business-to-Business] mixer event last Monday. My thanks to Jim for taking an idea that emerged from a Tyros luncheon and bringing it to life. I attended the mixer and am quite happy that I did. We are all very skilled in our various professions.

The Scoot Zone for Oct. 1st By Dean Billman

The Honorable Jackie Lacey, our Los Angeles District Attorney, oversees a staff of more than 2,100 people who are focused on prosecuting those who are arrested by the police. Unfortunately, these crimes don't get neatly wrapped up in an hour like the TV dramas we are so used to seeing. It involves long days and thousands of people moving through a system that she oversees.

Frankly Speaking

We would appreciate receiving input about preferred preferred social events and programs. Shortly, the social committee will distribute questionnaires seeking your input. No reason to wait. Send me an email with your thoughts. It is our goal to better engage the members, and thus create greater fellowship - and fun - through our social events. As for our weekly programs, what do you think?

The Scoot Zone for Sept. 24th By Dean Billman

In every real estate transaction, there is a buyer and a seller. When the buyer is a real estate developer and the seller is a many-decade property owner, the community usually wants to get involved since the property will change from its current state to what the developer can build, usually for the most profit to his investors. Our club was treated to an impactful Pasadena developer.