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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

Rotary Donates to Local Organizations

The Monrovia Rotary Club has donated $600 to the Monrovia Firefighters Association for their outstanding and life saving goal of making sure every home in Monrovia has a smoke detector. Other donations this month included $500 to the Monrovia Public Library for their summer reading program, $500 to the Monrovia Historical Society for the Legacy Project and $100 to the United Methodist Church Tea and Fashion show to benefit their pregnancy resource center. Thank you to our donors and club members for making this possible.

Donations to the club may be made by clicking the “Make A Donation” link above.

If you would like information on joining us please contact our Membership Chair using the links in the box to the right.

Club Inducts Deb Pringle

The Monrovia Rotary Club was pleased to induct Deb Pringle to membership.

Deb  is a Realtor® with Vastree Real Estate, specializing in families and historic homes in the Monrovia area. Originally born in Queens NY, Deb grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where she pursued her love of animals, working with the local VCA Animal Hospital and volunteering her time to train animals for the Susquehanna Service Dogs organization, which provides service dogs and hearing dogs for disabled children and adults. Moving to California, Deb studied high end dining service, eventually working with the award-winning Tavern restaurant in Brentwood and receiving her certification as a Level One Sommelier. Today, Deb is a proud member of the Monrovia community, engaging in social groups, book clubs, and spending a portion of her free time serving as a tutor for adults working to learn English as a second language. At home, Deb takes care of her own animals – two cats and an adorable Boston Terrier. Deb is also an avid baker… a skill that is encouraged by her husband, stand up comedian Ken Pringle (much to the chagrin of his expanding waistline!).

Club Inducts New Fire Chief

The Monrovia Rotary Club has inducted Fire Chief Brad Dover to membership.  Brad is being sponsored by Immediate Past President, Bill Shieff.

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Brad Dover began volunteering for Monrovia Fire and Rescue in 1994 as a fire cadet. In 1998, he was hire full time as a firefighter. The following year, he was assigned as a firefighter/paramedic. In 2003, Brad was promoted to fire engineer, a position he still cherishes as one of his favorites. In 2006 he promoted to captain where he spent two years on an engine company. In 2008, he was reassigned as a captain on the ladder truck. He said that assignment is where he grew the most professionally and all of the pieces of incident management came together. In 2015, he promoted to division chief, where he managed day-to-day shift operations. He was also responsible for citywide emergency preparedness programs and department support services. Brad has a Bachelorette of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach. He has completed the California career track programs for Fire Officer and Chief Officer. He was fortunate enough to spend a number of years as part of a California USAR Task Force. Currently, Brad is attending the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. The graduate level program is designed for fire service leaders from around the country. Brad has been married to his wife Anne for the past 18 years, and has 13 year old twins, Blake and Ella. Away from work he loves camping, golfing and being involved in his children’s sports programs. As a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, he insisted on naming his dog Lambeau, after one of the Packer legends.

The Club is proud that a person such as Brad,  who has spent a lifetime in service to others, has chosen the Rotary Club as an avenue of service.

Cardigans for South Africa

Thanks to the efforts of Club International Chair Malcolm Graham, and Club Foundation Director Julie Roybal, the Monrovia Rotary Club was able to fund the purchase of school supplies and warm cardigans for many destitute children in South Africa. Many members of the Rotary Club directly contributed to this effort via their pledges.

Dear Julie and Malcolm,

It was such a joy to deliver and hand over the cardigans to Umsilinga Primary School at the Ezinketheni Informal Settlement today.  These are such good quality, warm cardigans which each child will be able to use until they probably outgrow them! We are thankful to Sadecks Discount World for giving them to us at cost and not even charging us VAT.

Thank you so much for allowing Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects (MNCP) to
facilitate this project on behalf of Monrovia Rotary Club.   We confirm that
100% of the funds sent to us was used to purchase the cardigans.

Thank you for blessing the destitute children from this community.  Many of them are orphaned and living with aged grandmothers, other caregivers and some are in child-headed households.

More photos to follow.

“Making a difference one smiling child at a time”.

Kind regards

Sandra Pillay
Project Manager/Fundraiser
PO Box 21810, Mayors Walk, 3208, KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 033- 342 6525 (Office)
Cell:  074 1200 337
PBO No. 930031274;  NPO No. 040-839

Distinguished Speaker: Roger Schulte, Past District Governor

Every three years, Rotary International holds its Council on Legislation. This is our legislative body which enacts changes to the way Rotary functions. Each district in the Rotary world selects one representative to serve on the council. This past April PDG Roger Schulte was selected to serve as our district representative.

Roger has been a member of the Rotary Club of Upland since 1978 and was president in 1984-85. He has chaired numerous district committees including RYLA, Teen Leadership Camp, Interact Symposium, and the Rotary Foundation Dinner. He served as our district governor in 2010-11. He is currently the chair of the District Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee and the Rotaplast Committee.

He is a retired middle school principal. He and his wife, Paulette, have traveled internationally on Rotary projects related to the delivery of wheel chairs, the eradication of polio, and the repair of cleft lips and palates through Rotaplast. They are both multiple Paul Harris Fellows and Bequest Society members.

Distinguished Speaker – Dr. Felix Villanueva

The Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to present Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva as our speaker on Tuesday, August 2nd at our regular club meeting.  He is the Conference Minister for United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada. Prior to his present position, Felix served in the U.S. Navy as Chaplain and retired as a senior officer after 21 years. He has also served as a local church pastor and as hospice chaplain.

Dr. Villanueva possesses expertise in navigating the intricacies and challenges of working in an executive position while providing pastoral care to the organization. He is also an expert in conflict management and organizational development. As Conference Minister of the most culturally diverse conference in the United Church of Christ, Felix can easily manage the nuances different cultures bring while providing an objective perspective. Finally, Dr. Villanueva has over 2,000 hours of supervised group coaching.

Felix holds a Bachelor’s in Biology Degree from the University of Puerto Rico; a Masters in Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico; a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Princeton Theological Seminary; and, a Doctor of Education from the School of Business at Argosy University in Los Angeles.

Distinguished Speaker-Steve Garrett

The Monrovia Rotary Club will welcome Steve Garrett, a Rotarian’s Rotarian, on July 5th.  Our speaker was President of the San Marino Rotary Club in 1983 & District Governor of D5300 in 1994-1995. 

His extensive Rotary Resume includes RYLA chairman, District Newsletter Editor, District Conference Chairman, District Budget Committee Chairman, District Foundation Chair, PETS Instructor for 11 years, Governor Elect training instructor, Rotary Rose Float Chairman and so much more.

He has represented past RI presidents Devlyn, Rattakul, Estess, and Boyd at district conferences around the country.

He was instrumental in the founding of the Sierra Madre Rotary Club in 1997 and most recently installed that clubs 2016-2017 leadership team.

2016 Demotion Dinner In Honor of Bill Shieff

A stylish send-off for our stylish outgoing President Bill Shieff and First Lady Sue Shieff. Planned and executed perfectly by 2014-2015 President Bryan Earll and the lovely Sarah Earll, with help from Sia Soris, member of the club and proprietress of the Monrovian Restaurant.  The banquet room was quiet elegance with white table cloths, silver chargers, and stunning hydrangea and rose centerpieces.

There were moving tributes to Bill from Bryan Earll, Stan Pitts, Sylvia Domotor, and Bill’s wife Sue. Bill then thanked the members of the Demotion Committee and his Board of Directors for the past year.

As is customary, the demotion marks the selection of the honorees of the club’s top awards, Rotarian of the Year was deserved by Tom Hould for his work with RYLA amongst other contributions, the Tiger of the Year, given to a newer Rotarian, went to Lynda Linforth for her many contributions including her help at the Race to the Falls and First Fridays, and the club’s top awardee was Dr. Sylvia Domotor, winning the George J. Carlson Award which is given in recognition of multiple years of outstanding service.  Notably, “Dr. D” started and runs the annual Santa Clothes program.

Finally, the presidential pin, a vintage pin dating to the club’s inception,as well as the official gavel, was passed to incoming President Susanne Hayek.