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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.

2016 Student Scholarships Awarded

The Monrovia Rotary Club presented $14,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the Monrovia School District.  These scholarships were made possible by the generosity of our community partners,  our members, in particular Mr. Richard Tipping, and by the generosity of Choon Baick, M.D. and Delos Comstock, M.D. , the original donors to the club’s Comstock Fund. Special thanks to Erica Hahn(Chairperson), Richard Tipping, Jenny Pappano,Tom Hould for your hard work on the 2016 Scholarship Committee!

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The 2016 Scholarship Recipients are:

Monrovia High School

Academic

Kaela Polnitz 

Jacqueline Hernandez

Dalila McKelvey   

Ian Flores 

Brian Alvarado

Honorary

Jacob Szymkowski  in recognition of his outstanding academics

Service

Alexandra Haney

Rogelio Lopez   

Amanda Jaramillo

Aisling O’Beirne

Celina Garcia 

Billy Ryan Athletic

Justin Crutchfield

Mountain Park School

Academic

Heather Mercieca

Service

Rachel Acosta 

Tipping Scholarships  

Kirstin Casner

Samantha Proctor

MHS Academic Decathlon Team Uses Gift Wisely

The Monrovia Rotary Club gave a $500. gift that teacher Annie Van Dyke used to purchase Demi Dec, an online study guide. Kids used computers at school and at home to study. The Academic Decathlon Team ended up being 2nd in their division – very exciting!
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Next year the topic is World War II – the kids are already looking forward to being a part of the team!
 
“Thank you to you and Rotary for all you do for Interact and Academic Decathlon team!” Annie Van Dyke

Distinguished Speaker: Nolan Shaheed

Nolan Shaheed is a modern Renaissance Man;  he is a successful jazz musician, who has performed with so many greats, a world class athlete who holds several world records in long distance running a motivational speaker and the long distance track coach at Monrovia High School.

It was the Club’s pleasure to hear him speak at a recent meeting. He gave an inspiring talk about the difference between great and good and what it takes to get there.

Nolan Shaheed

 Nolan was musical director for Marvin Gaye, lead trumpet with Count Basie and has an extensive resume of other acts he has worked with including: Natalie ColeStevie WonderDiana RossPhil CollinsAnita Baker,[3] Carole KingTom WaitsJohn HandyDavid ByrneRaymond Harry BrownFreddie Hubbard and Niki Nana.[9][10]

Distinguished Speaker: Zanaida Robles-SGV Choral Company

The Monrovia Rotary Club was pleased to have Zanaida Robles as its guest speaker yesterday, March 1.  She was here to speak about her passion, the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, of which she is the artistic director.

The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) was founded by Dr. Thomas M. Miyake in September 1995 to provide local singers the opportunity to “stretch their minds and vocal chords.” The ensemble is comprised of singers from the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire and other local communities. Their repertoire has included music from the Renaissance period to works of the late 20th century. Along with more traditional selections, music performed has included avant-garde, jazz, a Broadway musical review, and staged productions.

Zanaida is a singer, conductor, composer, and music instructor born, raised, and educated in Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the USC Scholar’s Symposium Fellowship, the Young Musicians Foundation Gladys Turk scholarship, the USC Choral Department Scholarship, the USC Black Alumni Association scholarship, two L.A. Artist of the Future awards, the NFAA Young Arts level one award in classical voice, two Charles “Dolo” Coker Jazz Awards, the KCET Emerging Young Artist Grand Prize, the Cal State Long Beach 4-year Dean’s Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts, and the NAACP ACT-SO national gold medal for music composition. She holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, a Master of Music degree from CSU Northridge, and a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Long Beach.

Service Saturday

A small but dedicated group of Rotarians partnered with the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley to plant drought tolerant materials at a home in Monrovia. Hard at work were Bill Shieff, Steve Knight, Bryan Earll, Trevor Fessenden, Lindy Hercus and Sylvia Domotor.