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!

"Demystifying Pasadena's Crown Jewel: The Huntington comes of age and the story behind the renaissance "
Randy Shulman will provide a lively talk on the Huntington's renaissance and the background of the dramatic changes over the past 25 years. His illustrated talk will also showcase several new important collections.     Randy is The Huntington's Vice President for Advancement. He works closely with staff from throughout the organization as they further programmatic dynamism. Over the past two decades, the once insular institution has evolved into truly world-class institution. New and revitalized gardens and galleries serve an expanding set of diverse audiences. Now home to 1,700 scholars annually, the humanities research being conducted at The Huntington makes it one of the most active in the nation. At the same time, using the collections to help K-12 teachers engage in "Common Core" learning is now also a central focus of its expanding education programs.    New galleries, gardens, and exhibitions for the public are reaching new audiences in ways never before possible. These have become wonderfully useful tools through which to investigate and express the best aspects of our shared humanity.    "The Huntington is something we in the San Gabriel Valley should be very proud of," says Shulman, "Aside from becoming the stewards of California's social history DNA for scholars, on the public side we can help immerse students, teachers, and casual visitors in the beauty of nature, art, and humanities. We can offer many fine examples of what makes life worth living."   His own history is intertwined in the story. "I came to The Huntington as a 12 year-old volunteer with a dream -- to have a chance to someday make a difference in this special place. He joined the staff full time in 1999 and assumed his current role in 2009. Annually, he teaches a class entitled: Huntington 101 that helps to explain the international significance of the research being done at The Huntington.   Randy is a graduate of San Marino Schools, Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona, and USC, where he earned an MPA in Public Administration. He is also involved on the Board of Union Station Homeless Services, where he is the Board Chair. Randy and his wife Mona reside in Pasadena.   Invocation: Eric Duyshart Guest Introductions: TBD                                                              Song Leader:  Philip Miles Accompanist: 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

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

Mel Cohen's Notes

Hilary Thomas, the Artistic Director of Lineage Dance Company, presented a program that brought tears to many of our Club members. Seeing one of the wheelchair bound individuals doing a dance interpretation in her wheelchair was very inspiring.


The Scoot Zone, April 8th by Dean A. Billman

"I have to dance your story" said our speaker Hilary Thomas, the Artistic Director of Lineage Dance Company here in Pasadena. A 7th grade science teacher by day at Flintridge Prep in La Canada, Hilary has blended the healing power of touch, storytelling, and a unique medium to tell a person's emotional story. Her passion is to be the artistic director of an art space/dance studio here in Pasadena on the corner of Fair Oaks and Green Street.

Mel Cohen's Notes

Tom Selinske, Pasadena Unified School District Board Member, was Pasadena Rotary's guest speaker this week. The statistic that got my attention was that the "drop out" rate from the Pasadena Unified School District has been reduced from 16% to 13%. Mr. Selinske stated that there is still work to be done.

The Scoot Zone, April 1st by Dean A. Billman

The most amazing memory from Wednesday's meeting was the clear melodic voice of song-leader Mary Lou Katz as she led us in the Beach Boys' "Be True to Your School," and I think we have found a new lead singer for the all-girl band from the 1980's, The Go-Go's! My table marveled at her wonderfully sweet voice and perfect pitch and how the Demotion committee may want to hire her for President Mel's farewell.

Mel Cohen's Notes

This past Wednesday, the Dan Stover Music competition was held at our Club. The winner, Noah Kim, a guitar player who plans on going to Yale University, won the competition. He received a check in the amount of $400. He will go onto the Regional level. The winner at the Regional level will compete at the District 5300's Conference in Palm Springs with the winner getting a check in the amount of $5,000.

The Scoot Zone, March 26th by Dean A. Billman


Two Minuets from J.S.Bach's Suite in G Major, two selections for Spanish guitar, and a raucous original composition on a modern drum set all captivated us on Wednesday at our annual Rotary Dan Stover music competition, emceed by Leah Snell

Let's go see a Dodger game!

All Rotary members and their guests are welcome to purchase tickets to and upcoming Dodger game on April 6th 5pm.  The seats are in a reserve section. Tickets are $35 each.


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Mel Cohen's Notes

Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, past District 5300 Governor, gave an inspiring talk about how she and two other females became the first three females to join the Duarte Rotary Club. Only after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed women into Rotary, did Rotary International recognize women as Rotarians. There are 1,200,000 Rotarians worldwide, and women, thanks to Sylvia, play a major role in their respective Clubs.

The Scoot Zone, March 19th by Dean A. Billman


Dinner, Drinks and Cars! April 10th

Join us for Dinner, Drinks and Cars at the wonderful Flying-A-Garage in Pasadena.

When: Thursday April 10th 5-8:30pm

Where: Flying A Garge, 150 N. San Gabriel Blvd., Unit 700 (at East Walnut St.), Pasadena, CA 91107

What: Dinner and Drinks and lots of beautiful museum quality cars