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!
We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:
The University Club
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Tel: (626) 793-5157
Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105
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Believe it not, I have been burdening everyone with my inartful style of leadership for nine months. It is no doubt time for a quarterly - or three quarter - review. What is the consensus? Most likely: (1) Is Frank wearing the same suit and tie again? (2) I swear, if Frank takes the microphone and starts roving the floor again, I am going to scream out in pain; (3) So, what did he forget to announce this time? (4) The sad thing is that Frank actually believes he is being funny. (5) Is this guy really a lawyer?
Phil "Seamus" O'Miles led a belated St. Patrick's Day sing-along with "The Wild Rover" (a drinkin' song, according to Phil) and a heartfelt rendition of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (with Ross Jutsum on piano) which Phil notes is "popular any time." In her invocation, Deborah Lewis noted that yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, and according to legend St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. And tomorrow is St. Joseph's Day, when the swallows return to Capistrano.
Book the Date: May 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. We will have our first "Annual" fundraising event.
The theme of the event is "Help Rotary Help Others". In addition to having our members attend - which of course is mandatory - we hope to introduce Pasadena Rotary to many non- Rotary attendees. We will enjoy wine, jazz, food and art at the beautiful outdoor setting at the
Oh my goodness! All of our Wednesday meetings are fabulous, of course, but in this reporter's opinion this week's meeting was extra fab!
At our last luncheon, it was clear to me at 1:20 p.m. that the speaker, Jay Famiglietti, was nowhere near the end of his presentation. I soon stood up and he realized that he had one or two minutes to condense what appeared to be 15 more minutes of material. I will be more proactive in the future about keeping the speaker on time.
Big thanks to Bureau Chief Emeritus Dean Billman for filling in while this reporter was on vacation last week!
What is the Object of Rotary? We are aware of the Four-Way Test; our Rotary road map. There is also a well-crafted statement as to the Object of Rotary. With my highlights, it is as follows:
"The OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- First; the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Congresswoman Judy Chu has really grown into her role as our U.S. House of Representatives Congresswoman representing the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. She was quick to note in her opening remarks that "I'm also a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow!" and it sounded like she meant it.
An absolutely random comment: This morning, I spent a bit of time making sure the house was in neat order before the arrival of our wonderful housekeeper. I didn't want her to think that Laura and I kept a disheveled home. I believe my focus is clearly askew.
Cory Brendel is on mission to save Hoagy Carmichael from obscurity, at least in the Pasadena Rotary Club, where according to Cory some of the younger members think he's a sandwich! Toward that end, he and his trusty ukulele led us all in a jazzy rendition of "Two Sleepy People" (lyrics by Frank Loesser), an adorable love song from the 1938 movie "Thanks for the Memory" starring Bob Hope.