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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!

PCC Comes Alive
Join us on August 26th when Bobbie Abram and Dr. Rajen Vurdien will give usan overview of the PCC Foundation, its May 16th gala, and the behind-the-scenes effort to create the state-of-the-art 3D video "PCC Stays Alive!"Bobbi Abram joined PCC in 2012 after spending most of her career in non-profit and higher education fundraising and administration in the Kansas City area. She was featured in the October 18, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles Times as doing the "unthinkable," developing a fund to support high demand classes that were at risk of being cancelled due to the shrinkage in state funding. Since 2012, Ms. Abram has led the PCC Foundation in a major strategic planning effort that changed the organizational infrastructure of the Foundation, which includes the implementation of the PCC Celebrates Gala event that took place on May 16, 2015 and raised over $1.1 million. The PCC Foundation board is now fully engaged in fundraising, donor stewardship and governance of the organization. Once her four children became adults, Ms. Abram claims she ran away from home to sunny Southern California. Now her children enjoy leaving the snowy Midwest to visit her for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. On weekends, you can find her hyperventilating after she's climbed Henninger Flats. Before coming to PCC, Dr. Rajen Vurdien was the eighth president of Fullerton College. Prior to that he was Vice President for Instruction for 6 years at Saddleback College. Dr. Vurdien worked for the United Nations Development Program in the 1980s. He was positioned in China where he taught English and ran the UN language programs. Other positions held are Director of Graduate Programs in Education, Professor of Reading at Gwynedd Mercy College; Associate Professor and Chair of Reading at Long Island University; Instructor of Reading and later on Dean of Language Arts and Physical Education at Long Beach City College. Dr. Vurdien also taught as an adjunct instructor of ESL, Reading and English at Cerritos College and Cypress College. Dr. Vurdien is a longtime resident of Buena Park with his wife and two daughters, students at Sunny Hills High School. Introducer: Chuck CarrollInvocation: Frank NicholasGuest Introductions: Joe MurphySong Leader: Phil ShackelAccompanist: 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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Kathy's Corner Aug 21th

I hope none of you feel I am being rude to our speakers when I stop them. I've warned them their time is up at 1:25 and if they wish to have time for questions they need to stop earlier. So they know in advance that when I stand up next to them they are out of time. We are so fortunate to have such great presenters, my duty is to run the meeting on time.

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

After Eric Olson led us in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Kevin Moore read inspirational words from Mother Theresa as the invocation, Ken Stickney changed how the guests were introduced. Wandering around the room with microphone in hand, he had the Rotarian who brought the guest introduce the guest. As a result we learned a little bit about each. Howard Raff, of course, brought the most guests.

Kathy's Corner Aug 13th

I forgot the Introduction of Guests & Visiting Rotarians. Luckily numerous members in the room yelled out a reminder. Likely this won't be the only flub.

It was great seeing Ed Svitak back. I warned him we were passing get well cards for him and to not peek. I hear the R2R he hosted Monday night at the Pasadena Hilton, where he is director of sales and marketing, was a great success.  

Congratulations to Ed Moriarty who has been a member of Pasadena Rotary for two years as of August 14th".