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 SCOOT ZONE By Justene Adamec, Field Reporter

An Eyewitness News van was parked outside the University Club this week. Inside were more members of the media, with cameras and notebooks in hand. Why all the hullaboo? Once again, Pasadena Rotary hosted the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Courageous Citizens Awards Luncheon.

The Opportunity Zone

On November 2, 2016, I wrote to you and expressed my desire to tackle a project that would begin in my year and span the next three years - a "centennial project". I proposed doing something so meaningful that Pasadena Rotary could look back at our good work years from now and think of it as a crowning achievement to cap the first 100 years.

THE SCOOT ZONE By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

President Shel Capeloto called the meeting to order right on time, and Marilyn Buchanan, with Ross Jutsum on the piano, led us in singing The Sound of Music in honor of this week's Dan Stover Music Competition. We were all in such fine voice that we followed that up with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.