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Promote Your Business, Have Fun, and Help Your Community All at the Same Time!

Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls!! It’s time for the Second Annual Monrovia Rotary Club Old West BBQ & Casino Night. The event is September 7, 2013 from 6-9 at the Monrovia Community Center. It is a fun filled evening for everyone to come together and raise money.

As members of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, we are dedicated to helping our local community through volunteer service, fundraising and providing assistance to those in need. However, we need your help. It is only with the financial support of our community that Rotary is able to consistently accomplish significant projects including, but not limited to: providing thousands of dollars each year in college and vocational scholarships, sponsoring the Santa Clothes program (providing local at need families with school clothes for the upcoming year), and supporting Monrovia Reads, School Tutoring, the Foothill Unity Center, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and many more.

This event is a great way to network and meet a larger portion of the community. Last year 150 people attended and we are working hard to have higher participation this year. There are 3 great ways to promote your business through this event.

  1. Event Sponsorship – There are a few great sponsorship options, that also include tickets to the event!! See the attached Sponsorship Flyer or go to for more information.
  2. Silent Auction Donation – Promote your business by donating an item/gift certificate from your business or just donate a gift basket. Any donated items will be advertised at the event as donated from you and/or your business. Contact Courtney Oberndorf (703) 953-8321 to pick up items or drop them off at Dr. Domotor’s Animal House in Monrovia anytime.
  3. COMING TO THE EVENT!!! – You can purchase tickets at

The event is September 7th, 2013 at the Monrovia Community Center. Tickets are $70 each and include dinner, 4 drink tickets, and 250 playing chips. There will be entertainment, food, and a photo booth! What more can you ask for?

We hope to see you all for an amazing night of fun, fellowship and fundraising for our community!

Support for Moore, Oklahoma

Rotary International Districts 5770 and 5750 are supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, and the destruction from the tornado that hit there on May 20. Many families and friends have suffered great loss. It is estimated that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, in addition to businesses and schools.

Tax-deductible donations to help in those efforts are being accepted. Those who would like to help by donating may send checks to

Oklahoma Rotary
Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 13800
Oklahoma City OK 73113-3800 USA

Contributions may also be done online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover by clicking the “Donate Now” link below:


Funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501(c)3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those affected by this terrible event. Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged.

The effort in helping the community and individuals who have been affected by these destructive forces is being coordinated by leaders from Rotary District 5770 (which includes Moore and Cleveland County) and Rotary District 5750 (which includes south Oklahoma City), and will work in conjunction with and in support of the Moore Rotary Club and local and state officials.

This information is also available at the District 5770 Web Site.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

Promoting Peace through Service,

Phil Moss
Governor, 2012-13
Rotary International District 5770

Santa Clothes Project

On December 8th, 30 disadvantaged children identified by Santa Anita Family Services will get a special treat this holiday season. Through the assistance of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, the 30 students, ranging in age from 5 to 10 year old, will get the opportunity to shop for new clothing and shoes. Each child will be paired with a Monrovia High School Interact Club member or with an adult Rotarian to assist with their shopping and will be able to purchase $120 work of school appropriate clothing.

This is the first year that the Rotary Club of Monrovia has offered the Santa Clothes project to less fortunate children in the Monrovia area. According to Rotary President Julie Roybal, “just one look at the smile on the face of any young person, Interact student, or Rotarian will indicate that this event is a WIN-WIN for all concerned. We hope to be able to continue this project for many years to come.”

Tax deductible donations (501(c)3 EID: 51-0656409) are being accepted online for the Santa Clothes project to help fund more children at

Celebrating 90 Years of Service

The organizational meeting for a new Rotary Club in Monrovia was held on June 22, 1922 at the offices of the Southern Counties Gas Company, 114 E. Lemon Avenue in Monrovia. This historic location still exists in Old Town Monrovia. This was after it had been determined that there was a sufficient level of interest in a new club and enough individuals who would qualify as charter members. Application was made to Rotary International for a new club in Monrovia, and the Rotary Club of Pasadena was the sponsor. The application was approved by Rotary International, and the club’s charter was issued October 24, 1922. Monrovia Rotary was Club #1269 in the Rotary World. The first president was Walter E. Keefe, District Manager for the Southern Counties Gas Company. The last surviving charter member, Dr. William G. Barks, died November 24, 1967 after being a member for forty-five years.

Over the years, Monrovia Rotary has been honored to provide two district governors for our district: George Carlson and William “Billy” Ryan. The former is now memorialized with an award presented annually to a member of the club who has provided outstanding contributions to the betterment of the club, while the latter is memorialized with a scholarship presented annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete at Monrovia High School.

The fist civic project attempted by the Club was the erection of a band shell in Library Park in Monrovia. The band shell was constructed during the 1927-1928 Rotary Year. While it has been moved from its original location, the band shell still serves its intended purpose in the park. New signage to be installed in October of 2012 will now prominently identify the band shell’s Rotary origins. Also during the 1927-1928 Rotary Year, the Monrovia club sponsored the formation of the Rotary Club of Arcadia.

The next notable civic project of the club was the conversion of an abandoned reservoir site at the corner of Lime and California Avenues into an attractive neighborhood park. The vacant land was landscaped, and playground equipment was purchased and installed by the club. The renovated corner has been known since 1969 as “Rotary Park”

Responding to a desire to honor those from Monrovia who gave their lives in the Vietnam conflict, the club under the leadership of President Rob Hammond provided the funding for a memorial in Library Park bearing the names of those who perished. The monument was dedicated May 27, 1996.

The construction of a new public library in Monrovia inspired the Club under the leadership of President Mary Ann Lutz to establish a fund for the purpose of helping to furnish the new building once it was completed. Several years of fundraising activities allowed the Club to assist with the innovative furnishings of the “Cozy Corner” in the children’s wing of the new library. The area has been a favorite of young library patrons since the library opened in 2009.

While not visible to the general public, “Fort Rotary” at the Trask Scout Camp in the mountains above Monrovia enhances the camp experience of those scouts who spend time there. A joint venture with the Rotary Club of Arcadia, the project was designed and constructed by Rotary volunteers.

Additional civic projects include a drinking fountain in the alley of the 600 Block of S. Myrtle Avenue, and the scoreboard at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center.

Monrovia Rotary has participated in several international service projects in addition to local projects: a water well in Africa, construction at Valle de Las Palmas in Mexico, a house for a deserving family in Tijuana, school supplies for children in South Africa, and wheelchairs for those who cannot afford them in Mexico. The project with the broadest scope has been participating in Rotary International’s goal, with the assistance of the Gates Foundation, of eradicating polio throughout the world. Members of the Monrovia Club have given generously to this ongoing project, and the goal is now within reach. All Rotarians would like to see polio join smallpox as a disease banished from the face of the earth.

There has always been a strong relationship between Monrovia Rotary and the students in Monrovia’s public schools. In addition to providing academic achievement awards to deserving students at Monrovia’s two middle schools, the Club provides numerous scholarships to graduating seniors at Monrovia High School as well as Canyon Oaks and Mountain Park Alternative Schools. Monrovia Rotary also supports the Monrovia Adult School with financial assistance for specific areas of vocational training.

Rotary’s motto has been “Service above Self” almost since 1905 when Rotary was founded in Chicago. The members of the Rotary Club of Monrovia are grateful for ninety years of service to our community and for the dedication of individual club members that has made our service projects possible.

Steve Baker
Executive Secretary
October 10, 2012

Rotary Club May 12, 1925

Wilbur A Treadwell, Pres Monrovia Rotary,George Carlson – June 29, 1957 (Milton K. Bell Photographer)


Pictured at right: C.F. Davis, W.G. Banks

Just What is Rotary Anyway?

Many people have heard of Rotary but many do not know what a service club is or what Rotary does. I thought for this blog, I would help explain who we are, a little about what we do and why we do it. Who best to explain than our current President, Julie Roybal. I asked Julie to explain a little about the Rotary Club of Monrovia and why she joined Rotary. This is what she said:

“I am so excited, nervous and elated to be President of what I feel is the greatest service club of the foothills. I have learned a lot over the past four years that I have been a member of Rotary about the organization and it’s potential. My family, Gene and Elizabeth Roybal raised me to always think of others before myself and to do it with a SMILE or else! Jokingly, it truly became a way of life for me, my sister Gina, and my brother Martin. I was first introduced to Rotary by E. Eugene Orlowsky, D.C., a very active member of the San Marino Rotary Club. I worked with Dr. Orlowsky for almost twenty years and he inspired me to serve the community following Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”. I later left working with Dr. Orlowsky to build my insurance business. I was brought to the Rotary Club of Monrovia by Councilman Tom Adams. He introduced me to the members and got me familiar with the goals and direction of our club. I am so proud and appreciative to have him as my sponsor.

Rotary clubs are made of business owners and community leaders that share a common interest in the betterment of their community and the world. This is accomplished in cities all over the globe as Rotary is an International organization. The Rotary Club of Monrovia was chartered in 1922 and therefore we will celebrate our 90th birthday this year! Membership consists of attending a weekly meeting and contributing to service projects both abroad and in our local community.

We currently have fifty-two members that meet weekly at Monrovian restaurant on Myrtle. We have a scheduled speaker each week that is typically a business person or organization representative that will speak to us about a topic of interest. It is informative and great to spend time with such a wonderful group of people that yearn to see change and work toward making it happen whether it is a small, medium or large size project.

PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. The Bill Gates Foundation has also contributed significant amounts of money to Rotary to support the challenge of eradicating polio.

Our club participates in local, domestic, and international projects. Internationally, we have helped organize and fund a water project in Malawi. Domestically, we have provided care packages for the U.S. Military serving in Iraq, and locally, we have done many things for Monrovia such as contributing to the children’s library furniture at the Monrovia Library that was a conjoined effort with the Monrovia Kiwanis Club. We donated the Rotary Bandshell many years ago for music behind the library. We have donated Rotary Park and the water fountain at the library. Our club also sends four Monrovia twelve-year-olds yearly to a Teen Leadership Camp, and sends twelve of our Monrovia seniors to a similar Leadership Camp called the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. We gave out scholarships the past year totaling $23,000. These things are accomplished through our members and our fundraiser that is done each year in September. This year we will have an “Old West” BBQ & Casino night on September 22 at the Monrovia Community Center. We have a fun evening planned with great food, drinks and games. Even some possible country line dances! We are very much so looking forward to raise our goal so that we can continue to make amazing contributions to our community.

We are a very social club as well. We have First Friday socials at local businesses to enjoy an appetizer / drink and to visit once a month. We are also planning to have Service Saturday’s every other month to assist local needs. Through Rotary I get to hear wonderful speakers, eat a good lunch, make new friends and network my business under the umbrella of changing things one day at a time. It is measurable and rewarding to know that you belong to an extraordinary group of people.

The projects we complete only scratch the surface of the work that we could accomplish if we had more members. We are looking for enthusiastic, community minded business and professional leaders to join us. If you or someone you know in our town would enjoy and desire to be a part of a group of people that work together to make a difference in the community and the world then please reach out to us by contacting me at 626-222-0571. You can also submit a request on our website and we will contact you to join us for a meeting. We will share more in-depth the projects and the requirements of membership. Thank you for your time and attention.”

Calling all Volunteers!

The Rotary Club of Monrovia will be organizing Service Saturdays about once every other month to provide volunteer service projects to help out in our local community. This Saturday, August 18, 2012 will be our first and we are very excited to get started!

We were first notified by the Monrovia Fire Department that a local family was in need of a wheelchair ramp in front of their home as they have two wheelchair bound members of their family (a 4 year old boy with cerebral palsy, and the 76 year old grandfather of the boy who cannot walk due to the lack of cartilage in his knees). The family lives in a beautifully maintained 1908 house with a very high front porch and even higher back porch. In an evacuation situation, a ramp or chair lift would be vital to emergency personnel. The height of the front porch makes a wheelchair ramp unfeasible so it was determined that a chair lift would need to be installed. The Rotary Club of Monrovia purchased the wheel chair ramp and we are prepping to install it this Saturday at the resident’s home. The front porch railing could also use some reinforcement and a new coat of paint so we will also be tackling that project.

The home we will be working at is located at 133 North Encinitas in Monrovia and we will be working there from 8am to noon (or when we are done) this Saturday, August 18. 2012. We could always use a few extra hands to help with the painting and reinforcement of the railing so make sure to bring your paintbrushes and any sanding equipment you may have on-hand. The chair lift installation should be all handled. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Sylvia Domotor at for the details and to RSVP.

Keep an eye out for our next Service Saturday as well coming in October!

SAVE THE DATE: Sept 22, 2012 is our “Old West” Casino Night and BBQ Fundraiser

September 22, 2012 from 6pm – 10pm
Hor D’oeuvres, Dinner, 4 Drink tickets, and 250 playing chips  – $70.00 per ticket
Monrovia Community Center  (Old West Attire)
119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
Proceeds benefit the many projects of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, including (partial list):
  • College Scholarships for Monrovia Students
  • Vocational Scholarships
  • Youth Leadership Training
  • School Tutoring
  • Hermosillo Wheel Chair Project
  • Foothill Unity Center
  • Monrovia Reads
  • YMCA
  • (and many others)
…For information about the Monrovia Rotary Club ask any member or online at:
Join us for a fun-filled evening…
  • Casino games (black jack, roulette, and craps)
  • BBQ extravaganza, being prepared by Grill-Master Fil Lujan
  • Texas Hold’em tournament (sign up early, 20 seats available)
  • Great entertainment and line dancing
  • Silent Auction
  • Prizes, surprises and more
Call 626-824-2471 or to to to reserve tickets

Rotary Club of Monrovia Announces $22,700 in Scholarships to Local Students

The Rotary Club of Monrovia has announced the winners of the club’s 2012 Academic, Community Service & Vocational Scholarships.  Twenty scholarship winners have been selected and the Rotary Club of Monrovia has allocated an unprecedented $22,700 in total scholarship money this year.  Over 100 scholarship applications were received and interviews held with 36 of those applicants by local Rotarians.  Selection was based upon a combination of GPA, perceived financial need, the applicant’s submitted essay, and their interview skills.  Bill Shieff, Chair for the Rotary Club of Monrovia Scholarship Committee, said about the increased number of scholarships offered this year, “Based on my years of participating in this process, financial need seems much greater this year than in the past.”

This year twelve academic scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors, eight to Monrovia High School students, two to Canyon Oaks students, and two to students from Mountain Park School. The Monrovia High School academic scholarship winners are: Giselle Moreau, Jason Zhang, Abigail Bahena, Corrine Marino, Alanna Koritzke, Nicole Wells, Amanda Samp, and Samantha Maggio. The Canyon Oaks academic scholarship winners are: Paul Caban and Vivian Magallanes.  The Mountain Park academic scholarship winners are: Charlene Hoang and Solana Rose Feldthouse.

This year two service scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Monrovia High School.  The service scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to exemplary service in our community.  The Monrovia High School service scholarship winners are: Bryan Martinez and Jamie Truong

This year marks the first time the Rotary Club of Monrovia is partnering with the Monrovia Community Adult School to provide vocational scholarships in addition to the academic and service scholarships offered in past years. The Rotary Club of Monrovia provides 50% the cost of the vocational programs and the Adult School discounts them by 50%, making it a net 0 cost to the recipient (with the exception of books and possibly some fees). This year the Rotary Club of Monrovia is contributing to six vocational scholarships.   According to Flint Fertig, Director of the Monrovia Community Adult School, there are jobs in the community waiting for the skills that these programs deliver.  The vocational scholarship winners are: Sandra Pulido (Medical Assisting), Cindy Duenas (Certified Nursing Assistant), Pedro Avila (Certified Nursing Assistant), Jazmin Madrigal (Certified Nursing Assistant), Maria Alfaro (Pharmacy Tech), Oliver Greeve (Pharmacy Tech).

Congratulations to all the winners!  The Rotary Club of Monrovia is proud to help further the educational and academic advancement of the youth in our community.

Local 11th Graders Chosen for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program

The Rotary Club of Monrovia is proud to announce the selection of Charissa Huntzinger, Annie Laurie Lamb, Sela Rich, Denean Minifield, Amanda Mansoorbakht, Cary Osimo, Warren Chu, Adam Szymkowski, Nathaniel Coleman, and Vartkes (Jesse) Essaian (all 11th grade students at Monrovia High School) as award winners for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Brianna Duarte and Kenneth Banuelos from Mountain Park/Canyon Oaks High School in Monrovia were also selected as award winners to attend RYLA.


RYLA is an intense 3-day seminar organized by the Rotarians of District 5300 of Rotary International.  Once there, the students debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, work on improving leadership and communications skills, learn about businesses and institutions, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends.


Each student has many accolades to their credit and was selected after an interview process with current Rotarians.


RYLA will take place this year on March 2-4 in Idyllwild, CA. 288 students will be in attendance coming from Southern CA to as far as Nevada. Rotarians from across District 5300 will help facilitate workshops and activities that help foster leadership and problem solving.


Students interested in attending in the future (during their Junior year of High School) can learn more at