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!

"Shriners: Bringing Specialty Pediatric Care to Pasadena" Steve Sommers, Ph.D., CFRE
The Shriners Hospitals System is comprised of 22 hospitals, 20 in the United States, one in Montreal and another in Mexico City. Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles was established in 1951 with primary support coming from Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in downtown LA. They provide care to children 0-18 with a variety of orthopedic, spine and burn medical needs, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Today, in order to meet California seismic requirements for hospitals, SHC-LA is in the process of relocating to Pasadena in collaboration with Huntington Memorial Hospital.  Join us next Wednesday when Steve Sommers, Senior Director of Development for the five Shriners Hospitals located in the Western United States, will talk about Shriners Hospital coming to Pasadena and what it will mean to our community.  A resident of Pasadena, Steve moved here from the Midwest in 1989 to attend Fuller Seminary. Upon completion of his advanced degrees he became the program director for a medical relief project at World Vision where he worked to bring needed healthcare to children in Romania and Peru. Simultaneously, Steve became an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University where he continues to teach roughly seven courses a year on a part-time basis. He has also served on City of Hope National Medical Center's gift planning team and was an Assistant Vice Chancellor at the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.  Steve and his wife, Meredith, reside in Pasadena and volunteer in local organizations. They have four children; the youngest just arrived on August 10.  Steve is an active Rotarian at LA5 Rotary where he serves as a board member and chair of the funding committee.   Introduced by David Mans


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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Frankly Speaking

Members of Rotary:  My worst fear; a speaker no-show. I can't entertain all concerned for thirty minutes. I have enough difficulty with the 10 or so minutes that I allocate for myself. Well, on Wednesday, the clock had struck 12:15 p.m. and Andrea Van de Kamp had not yet appeared. Prior to Wednesday, Andrea had asked if she could begin her speech at 12:30, so I was especially concerned by her absence.

The Scoot Zone for Aug 27th By Mary Lou Katz, Cub Reporter

We held our meeting backwards this week, in order to accommodate our speaker, Andrea Van de Kamp, who needed to leave early to attend to a pressing obligation. So after a rousing chorus of "This Land is Your Land," led by the talented Phil Miles on guitar, a stirring invocation by Bob Risley, who also introduced Mrs.

Frankly Speaking

Members of Rotary: Pasadena Rotarians are generous. Pasadena Rotarians care about the children in the community. Pasadena Rotarians are always ready to step forward and make a difference and create positive changes in the lives of others. A recent example is Happy Feet. As I previously mentioned, our budget for supplying local grammar school children with new shoes for the beginning of school was a mere $500.00.

The Scoot Zone for Aug 20th By Mary Lou Katz, Cub Reporter

Joe Henry, accompanied by the always-tuneful Ross Justum, led us in a rousing chorus of "God Bless America" to kick things off this week.

Frankly Speaking

Members of Rotary: Remember: during the next two lunches, we will be "passing around the hat" for Happy Feet. Please come prepared with cash or checks. We want to try to fit as many children as possible with new shoes as they begin their school year. We want to make a difference, however slight. Regarding our Adopt-a-School and Done in a Day programs and committees, we have partnered with three Pasadena grammar schools: Jackson, Franklin and Madison.

The Scoot Zone for Aug 13th By Mary Lou Katz, Cub Reporter

This week's meeting opened with a rousing chorus of "America," led by Phyllis Currie, and an invocation by Liz Green, including quotes from Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and this from Frederick Douglass: "I would unite with anybody to do right, and with nobody to do wrong." Liz invited us to always unite as Rotarians to do good and right. Amen!


Frankly Speaking

Members of Rotary:

The Scoot Zone for Aug 7th By Mary Lou Katz, Cub Reporter

This week we welcomed three visiting Rotarians, at least two potential members, and one new member! Our new member, Robert Terrazas, is an eighth generation Californian who is, according to Howard Raff (who should know about such things) the 58th lawyer-member of our club! (Paul Harris was a lawyer so we are all in good company!) Rob practices family law, lives in South Pasadena with his wife, and looks forward to getting to know all of us.


Frankly Speaking

Members of Rotary:

The Scoot Zone for July 30th By Dean Billman

Past-District Governor Roger Schulte and his wife Paulette gave a presentation on Wednesday about the 2014-2015 Rotary drive to help poor and disfigured children suffering from the birth defect known as "cleft lip and cleft palate." They showed us pictures of their November 2013 trip to Faridabad, India, where they operated on 50 children.