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!

Talkin' 'bout my Generation... of Musicians
David Arnay began his career in Ithaca, New York, where he first attended college during the late '70s. He became involved in that enlightened upstate town's vibrant music community, eventually recruited into the popular and eclectic Zobo Funn Band featuring guitar wizard David Torn. After moving to the L.A. area Arnay dove into the local scene, meeting and collaborating with A-list jazz players including guitarist Phil Upchurch, saxophonist Bob Sheppard, and drummer Peter Erskine. A significant mentor during Arnay's early L.A. years was tenor saxophonist and former Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock sideman Bennie Maupin, who brought David into a quintet which included Alphonso Johnson on bass... "an amazing band and an inspirational experience" that included development of David's work as a composer. The Maupin collaboration continues with a June 24, 2017 performance at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival. With encouragement from Maupin, Arnay finished his bachelor's degree at CalState L.A., and went on to earn his master's in jazz studies at USC. He joined the USC faculty in 1999 and continues to teach there as a full time lecturer. With three CDs released (see www.davidarnay.com) and a busy performance schedule that includes weekly shifts at the Arroyo Chop House and a piano/bass duo every Friday at Parkway Grill, David's musical contributions to the community continue. Introducer: Pat Wright Invocation: Kym Pietsch Guest Introductions: JP Harris Song Leader: Catherine Hany Accompanist: 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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The Opportunity Zone

"Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. 

Everything originates in a will for the good, 

THE SCOOT ZONE By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

President Shel Capeloto called the meeting to order and Cory "Professor Harold Hill" Brendel, resplendent in the seersucker jacket, bow tie, and blue suede shoes, gave us a short musical history lesson titled Three Facts About Tin Pan Alley. To wit, (1) it was a time: beginning in about the 1880s and lasting for about 50 years.

The Opportunity Zone

It is my humble opinion that being an active participant as a member of Pasadena Rotary is good for your health. I do not posit this theory lightly.  In an op-ed piece recently published in The New York Times, Mitch Prinstein, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cited the findings of Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a psychologist at Brigham Young University.