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

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. Her team consolidated data from 148 investigations published over 28 years on the effects of social relationships, collectively including over 308,000 participants between the ages of 6 and 92 from all over the world. In each study, investigators measured the size of participants' networks, the number of their friends, whether they lived alone, and the extent to which they participated in social activities. Then they followed each participant for months, years and even decades to track his or her mortality rate.

The results revealed that being unpopular - feeling isolated, disconnected, lonely - predicts our life span. More surprising is just how powerful this effect can be. Dr. Holt-Lunstad found that people who had larger networks of friends had a 50 percent increased chance of survival by the end of the study they were in. And those who had good-quality relationships had a 91 percent higher survival rate. 

Please allow me to continue rolling the credits of my friends who have helped me get by during my term. In other words, I want to begin to thank all of those special people who made my year so wonderful. Today's kudos go out to those who I consider to be some more of our emerging leaders. These are Pasadena Rotarians who joined us before just before my term began and have taken on leadership positions to help make our Club such a success. Their opportunity began here and they grabbed it!

In no particular order, I want to thank Ken Joe for chairing the Toy Drive in 2015, just months after joining the club. Later, he and his wife Marina graciously hosted amazing Tyros dim sum lunch adventures. He co-chaired the RYLA Committee and went on to assume a vacancy as a member of the Pasadena Rotary Board of Directors in 2016. Ken was recently voted in to serve another three years on the Board. Brian Davis filled in during Past President Kathy Meagher's year as a cub reporter for Spokes. He is also co-chairing RYLA and will be presenting a much-anticipated program next week as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena. Speaking of Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, my hat tips to Hillary Schenk, their Resource Development Manager, who hosted a fabulous Tyros Mixer at Boston Court Performing Arts Center early in my term and has been an important partner to Justene Adamec in forming an Interact Club at Pasadena Polytechnic School.  Justene, a regular reporter for Spokes, assumed responsibilities as co-chair of the Interact Committee and helped revive the fine tradition of Pasadena Rotary sponsoring young leaders of tomorrow. Thank you to Phyllis Mueller who co-chaired the Read Across America Committee. Norma Mardelli was an enormous help to the ad-hoc Global Grants Committee and will be an ongoing powerful advocate for future international projects in years to come. J.P. Harris served his second year as co-Sergeant-At-Arms and co-chair of the Shop With a Cop Committee. Of course, who can forget the time when J.P. and Russ Guiney graciously stepped in to present a last minute program some several months ago when our scheduled speaker went AWOL. My thanks goes out to Abe Madyun for his work with the Rotarian to Rotarian Committee and his innovative ideas to offer a more focused involvement with its goals. Phyllis Crandon joined the ranks of those esteemed members of the Program Committee. Jonathan EdwardsJ.T. Tam and Ian O'Dwyer have rolled up their sleeves and lent a hand to Done-in-a-Day Projects. Shirley Burton has been an integral part of the Invocations and Giving From the Closet committees.

These are just some of the new members who joined Pasadena Rotary in the last couple of years who have made a difference. Next week we will honor some more of our leaders who have been around a bit longer.

-Shel