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Tinker Bell Talks-Margaret Kerry to Speak at Monrovia Rotary

The Monrovia Rotary Club is excited to have Margaret Kerry as our featured speaker at our regular club meeting on Tuesday June 19, 2018.

Margaret Kerry has been in the entertainment business for decades beginning with her appearances in The Little Rascals followed by 37 major motion pictures. Well known as an outstanding tap dancer she was co-host of an early musical TV show and was also cast in a pioneer ABC network family sitcom, The Charlie Ruggles Show which aired for five years. After playing the daughter of Eddie Cantor in the RKO musical, If You KnewSusie, Disney Studios cast Kerry as the reference model for Tinker Bell. As she was filmed acting out the scenes of this famous sprite for Disney’sPeter Pan, Kerry gave the little fairy her bright, quirky personality. She still travels the U.S. in behalf of Tinker Bell.

Margaret was in early episodes of The Lone Ranger and The Andy Griffith Show but it was while working at Disney Studio, voicing the Red Haired Mermaid in the Lagoon Sequence in Peter Pan, that her love affair with animation began and a long career as a voice over actor in 600 plus cartoons. That includes the long running Clutch Cargo and 179 episodes with The THREE STOOGES. She later produced animation.

Kerry is quite active in behalf of the American art form of animation.  For four years she served on the board of the Animation Society International for the Art (ASIFA-Hollywood Chapter). Through ASIFA, recognition-award shows, programs, Kerry works with animators, voiceover artists, educators and fans alike to raise the profile of the art. 

KKLA 99.5 FM, the Flagship of Salem Communications was Margaret Kerry’s home for 12 years where she produced and hosted the interview show, Ministry Loves Company. Along with writing scores of World Vision spots, voicing radio spots, she also handled the station’s outreach programPoints for Profit by producing and hosting the meetings for dozens of community-volunteer clubs and their members.

She is a Toastmaster and a certified American Seminar Leader and speaks at schools, libraries throughout the country. She has a well-received book out titled, Tinker Bell Talks! Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life. It has many (mostly humorous) short stories. The book begins with a delightful chapter describing how Margaret, in 1933, a dear little four year old, started her career in show business in the Warner Bothers film Mid Summer Night’s Dream … she played a tiny fairy.

2018 Monrovia Rotary Scholarships Awarded

Scholarship Committee Chair Erica Hahn, and committee members, John Campbell and Richard Tipping were pleased to present the 2018 recipients of the Monrovia Rotary Scholarship program. The Monrovia Rotary Club thanks Richard Tipping for his yearly generosity in providing additional scholarship funds.

2018 Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Monrovia High School 

  • Samantha Childers
  • Kemyl Tadeo
  • Benjamin Tang
  • Brenton Guthaus
  • Gizzel Ramirez
  • Gabriel Lujan
  • Valerie Flores

Service to the Community

  • Megan Matthiesen
  • Ishika Muchhal
  • Alison Lauder
  • Madison Schoonmaker

St. Lucy’s Priory Academic Scholarship

  • Frances Jimenez

Tipping Scholarship at MHS

  • Kemyl Tadeo
  • Benjamin Tang

Tipping Scholarship – Canyon Oaks/Mt High

  • Zelda Pacheco
  • Emilio Jimenez
  • Isabel Vargas

Tipping Scholarship – St. Lucy’s Priory

  • Frances Jimenez

Billy Ryan Scholarship

  • Luis Suarez

Healing Connections

Past Club President Mary Ann Lutz and frequent visitor Ulisses Gutierrez were the day’s presenters, speaking about a subject that we learned had profoundly affected each of them. The program that that became Healing Connections traces its roots to 2012, after the forth teen suicide in five years took place in Monrovia. Former Superintendent Linda Wagner and Mayor Mary Ann Lutz realized the approach of staying silent about these suicides in the hopes that the problem would go away was not working and, in an effort to de-stigmatize the issue, began to discuss the issue with local counselors, clergy, and the students themselves. The program serves as a conduit where someone at risk can turn for help and Healing Connections will put him or her in contact with those most able to help. The program’s success can be measured by the fact that there hasn’t been a local suicide in the past 6 years.

*Article courtesy of Kris Leonard

Retiring Monrovia Police Chief Awarded by Rotary

The Monrovia Rotary Club has presented retiring Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt with the highest award a Rotary Club can present, a Paul Harris Fellow Award, in recognition of his 27 years of service to the people of Monrovia.

Named for the founder of Rotary International, the Paul Harris Fellow Award is given in recognition of individuals who have given $1000 to the Rotary Foundation or worthy individuals in whose name a donation has been made.

Other notable Paul Harris Fellow awardees include U.S. astronaut James Lovell, Mother Teresa, Pearl Bailey, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

2017 Rise Against Hunger Event – Click Here to Donate/Help!

On Saturday November 4th from 9-11 a.m., the Monrovia Rotary Club, the Monrovia Interact Club, students from Monrovia USD, and community volunteers will package over 23,000 meals for the hungry. This is a fun and rewarding experience as an army of volunteers stands side by side forming an assembly line to prepackage meals for far away recipients.  If you want to experience the joy of providing a meal for a hungry human being, click the link below to participate…helping hands and donations are welcomed with gratitude!

Click here to donate or volunteer!

Order Your Cycling Jersey Before August 31

Move Monrovia JERSEYS are NOW on sale. Go to https://www.ICESPORTSWEAR.COM/movemonrovia (see the jersey here) Featuring the MONROVIA ROTARY logo !
 
You can try on a sample for size if you like at Empire Bikes – 625 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia.  Phone 626/930-1983
Monday
11AM–6PM
Tuesday
10AM–7PM
Wednesday
10AM–7PM
Thursday
10AM–7PM
Friday
10AM–5:30PM
Saturday
10AM–5:30PM
Sunday
Closed
 
You will be able to order your jersey until midnight August 31 with delivery by early October in time for the COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE on Saturday October 21, 8 AM. We are Celebrating the implementation of Monrovia’s Bike Master Plan!  We’ll ride to the RIBBON CUTTING of the new Share the Road Signs and Sharrows painted on the bike path streets!
Please join us and the City of Monrovia as we CELEBRATE together!

Distinguished Rotary Speaker July 11, 2017

Ellen Pielstick Craig.  is an elementary school teacher, a fitness instructor, wife, a mother of two and a kidney donor. She was born in Aspen Colorado. Her family moved from Aspen to Claremont, California when she was in junior high school. She received her BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and  her California Teaching Credential from Cal State Northridge.  She has been an elementary school teacher in Burbank, CA for 14 years.  She has two kids ages 8 and 11.  Both of her children are part of the Spanish dual immersion program in Monrovia.  In the fall her daughter will be a third grader at Monroe Elementary and her son will be a sixth grader at Clifton Middle School. In addition to teaching elementary school, Ellen is a certified TRX Suspension training instructor and a certified Rock Steady Boxing instructor at Kaizen Martial Arts and Fitness here in Monrovia. In April of 2016 ,along with Jody Hould, Ellen traveled to Indianapolis where they attended a three day training at Rock Steady Boxing Headquarters.  Rock Steady Boxing is a non contact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Rock Steady has become a tremendous part of her life.  The changes that she has witnessed have forever changed her attitude about ability and how much one can truly accomplish when motivated.
Rocksteady boxing classes are taught by certified personal trainers and coaches, they include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing  experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Boxers, both male and female range in age from mid-30s to early 90s.

Meet 2017-2018 Club President Bob Helbing

Robert Helbing is a California native. He came into this world in San Diego on January 1, 1962. His family has Midwest roots, and he moved to Chicago when his father mustered out of the US Navy. In 1969, the Helbing family returned to California, where Bob was raised in Pasadena. After finishing St. Francis High School in 1979, Bob enrolled in the California Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1983.

Bob worked in the aerospace industry for several years, working on ballistic missiles. His projects included flights and flight hardware for the Minuteman, Trident, Peacekeeper and Small Missile projects. He left the industry in the wake of the post-Cold War downsizing, working in software development. In 1990, he joined the family firm, Air-Tro Heating and Air Conditioning in Monrovia. Bob is a third-generation engineer and a fourth-generation contractor. His family’s roots in contracting go back to the 19th century. He and his brother Tony have built Air-Tro to be the premier provider of HVAC services in the San Gabriel Valley, serving customers such as Occidental College, USC, Caltech, the City of Hope and many other institutions in the region. Bob served a decade on the board of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries, holding the Presidency of the Institute in 2013-2014.

Bob has been a Monrovia resident since 1991. He and his wife Erin have three sons, now all in high school or college. Bob is active in the community, having served on the Foothill Workforce Development Board for over a decade, as well as being on the board of both the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and the Monrovia Rotary Club. He is currently serving as Treasurer of the chamber, and is the newly installed President at Rotary. Bob has found involvement in the community to be a rewarding and enriching experience, discovering meaning in service to others and the delight in sharing that experience with fellow members of our community.

Club Demotes President Susanne

In an annual ritual of Rotary Clubs the world over, the Monrovia Rotary Club demoted 2016-2017 President, Susanne Hayek.  The atmosphere was festive with a 4th of July theme of red, white, and blue flowers and balloons, white tablecloths and fun music arranged by club member and Monrovian Restaurant owner, Sia Soris.

Headed by Past President Bill Shieff, and assisted by his Demotion Committee, Sylvia Domotor, Jan Mueting, and Erica Hahn, the evening was well coordinated and enjoyable.  An amusing “roast” of the outgoing leader included more than a few “blond jokes”.

A slide show of more than 350 images of the past Rotary year provided background to the proceedings, followed by the traditional president’s life video.

Bryan Earll was honored with the Carlson Award, the Club’s highest award, for his outstanding commitment and service to the Club.  Steve Baker was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 20 years of service to the club as a Past President, Board Member, and Executive Secretary.  Jan Mueting was awarded “Tiger of the Year”, an annual tribute to the newer Rotarian who has made great contributions. Click here for more photos on FaceBook.

Other awardees were:

Excellence in Service

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Andy Montgomery

Finemaster

For Raising Over $20,000 in Club Fines


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Bill Shieff


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Bob Helbing


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Bryan Earll


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Sylvia Domotor


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Julie Roybal


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Darrell Brooke


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

John Campbell


Excellence in Stewardship

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Felix Villanueva


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Erica Hahn

For Special Assistance to the President


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Jenny Pappano
f
or Dedication to Interact and Youth Services


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Steve Knight

Room Set-Up

“Always Arrives Early and Always Stays Late”


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Kris “K-Rail” Leonard

Bulletin Editor


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Karen Lujan

Club Photographer


Outstanding Service Award

Monrovia Rotary Club

2016-2017

Jim Ward


The President’s “Swan Song”

It hardly seems possible that it was a year ago that I lead my first meeting.  At that time, you may recall that I listed all the 21 past presidents of our club that are still active today.  Because I think that is so remarkable I am going to list them again. 

Bill Shieff 2015-2016

Bryan Earll 2014-2015

Alex Blackburn 2013-2014

Julie Roybal 2012-2013

Tom Hould 2011-2012

Cal Magro 2010-2011

Jim Ward 2009-2010

John Campbell 2008-2009

Dennis Franklin 2006-2007

Kris Leonard 2006-2007

Tim Mishler 2005-2006

Mary Ann Lutz 2001-2002

Paul Genino 2000-2001

Stephen Baker 1999-2000

Rob Hammond 1997-1998

Tom Adams 1995-1996

Sam Wright 1993-1994

Gary Kooiman

Steve Knight 1983-1984

Detro Sells 1982-1983

Herb hezlep 1964-1965

The Monrovia Rotary Club was chartered in 1922; This year, we are 95 years old. 

The club has 57 members and 21 are past presidents…this is very telling because it shows that we are an amazing team.  People stop participating in Rotary when they don’t feel engaged or appreciated, or they feel overwhelmed or burned out.  This doesn’t happen in our club because we work together and we support each other. 

I come away from my year as President with a deep affection for this club and its members.  With a deep appreciation for all the grace that has been shown me and for the help that has been given me.  I had barely been a member for two years when I was asked to serve as president. I didn’t even know every members name in the beginning.  It was definitely a handicap not to have been steeped in the rich history of this venerable club but what made it possible was the help and guidance I received.

I thank you all for this opportunity to serve.  Every job in Rotary is both and opportunity to give and an opportunity to receive.  I have been richly rewarded in this past year and I thank you for the privilege. _Susanne Hayek