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Santa Clothes Project Keeps on Giving

Not only did Kohls in Monrovia assist the club with discounts at the Santa Clothes event, the clubs investment also resulted in a substantial amount of Kohls cash.  In an effort to wring every last ounce out of that Kohl’s cash, event chair Dr. Sylvia Domotor went looking for the best way to extend the good will to additional people in need. After meeting Jamie Duncan of the two-year-old Foothills Kitchen project based at the Methodist church, “Dr. D” decided to spend the $1148 credit on socks and underwear. At a recent meeting of the club, Ms Duncan expressed thanks to the “Monrotarians”, as the members refer to themselves, and explained that the Foothills Kitchen’s mission has expanded from its initial objective of providing meals for those in need to making other essentials such as clothing and blankets available. The Foothill Kitchen is a non-denominational organization and has enthusiastic participants from members of other congregations and lay organizations thru ought Monrovia. Ms. Duncan says the group’s efforts compliment those of the Foothill Unity Center and invited everyone to visit the Foothills Kitchen Facebook page.

Distinguished Speaker: Alexander Reyes | Saute Culinary Academy

The Monrovia Rotary Club is excited to welcome Chef Alexander Reyes as its speaker for January 5th, 2016.  To visit the club and hear Chef Reyes speak please click on the RSVP link in the contact box on the club website.  More about Chef Alex from the Saute Culinary Academy website:

A passion for food and a love of service inclined Chef Alex Reyes to pursue a career as a professional Chef. Having an interest in all aspects of the hospitality and restaurant industry influenced Chef Reyes to surrender to his passion of cooking.

As a graduate of the world famous Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts, Chef Reyes has over 23 years of experience in the restaurant business. Chef Reyes has found a home as an instructor at Saute and conveys enthusiasm for teaching and a passion for the food industry.

After spending 7 years as a full time Lead Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Reyes seeks to stimulate his students and challenges them to take Culinary Arts to its highest level, by working hard, developing a strong foundation in culinary techniques and helping them visualize and manifest sound careers as future Chefs.

With an open mind and love of all foods and people from around the world, Chef Reyes specializes in foods from the Caribbean, using French techniques as the foundation of all cooking.  


4th Annual Santa Clothes Event a Great Success

For the fourth year in a row, the club’s  Santa Clothes event was a huge success. According to Dr. Sylvia Domotor, founder and chairperson of the event, 65 kids, many of them victims of or witness to domestic violence or drug abuse, were the beneficiaries of a department store shopping spree, likely providing them with the only gifts they will receive this Christmas. Each was chaperoned through Kohl’s by one of 47 student volunteers from the Interact and Renaissance clubs at Monrovia High and by students from Kaizen martial arts. The event was paid for by year long donations from the members of the Monrovia Rotary Club. On hand to help were Jenny Pappano, Bon Helbing, Barbara Veenstra, Bill Shieff, Pat Holley, Karen Lujan, Tom Hould, Denny Black, Trevor Fessenden, Lynda Linforth, Steve Knight, Bryan Earll, and Julie Roybal. Photos from the event, courtesy of Bryan Earll, can be found HERE.

Club to Welcome Camrin Christensen, CASA of Los Angeles

The Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Camrin Christensen as the speaker at our regular meeting on Tuesday, December 22 at noon at the Monrovian Restaurant.

Camrin  joined CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Los Angeles as Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach in January 2015.  She is heading up the organization’s efforts to triple the number of volunteers serving as court appointed special advocates for children in foster care.  Part of this role includes developing partnerships with community groups, in order to increase awareness of the opportunity to become a court appointed special advocate for one of the 30,000 children in the dependency system in LA County.  She looks forward to sharing information about the work of the organization and the role of the volunteer advocates in the lives of the foster children they work with.

Prior to joining CASA, Camrin worked for an Orange County based non-profit focused on providing at-risk youth with social and educational opportunities during after-school time.  She also worked at the UC Irvine Department of Education, recruiting and monitoring undergraduate volunteers in after school service learning placements.  Camrin Christensen has held management positions at Eurasia Partnership Foundation, an organization focused on promoting civic engagement in the South Caucasus.  She also worked to eliminate corruption through increasing public access to information and facilitating citizen engagement in good governance.  Camrin has an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from Wellesley College.  She was a Fulbright Scholar (Tbilisi, Georgia) andRotary Ambassadorial Scholar (Irkutsk, Russia) and is multilingual in Spanish, Russian and Georgian.

More information about CASA of Los Angeles can be found at:

Club to Welcome April Kelcy, Consultant & Founder of Earthquake Solutions

The Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to welcome April Kelcy to speak at the regular club meeting of Tuesday December 8th, 2015.

April is an award-winning emergency management consultant who helps clients to achieve intelligent and practical preparation for major disasters.  This includes positioning them for more effective response to life threatening incidents, and for faster economic recovery. 

She is a consultant to the Earthquake Country Alliance and serves as a state-wide leader for the Great ShakeOut project.   She has been featured in print, radio and television coverage, most recently in a live interview on KNX-1070.

With over three decades of advocacy in this field, April’s work has resulted in actual saves of lives, businesses and homes in past disasters.

2015 Stop Hunger Now Event

With the assistance of 100+ volunteers, The Monrovia Rotary Club packaged 17,000 nutritionally sound meals to be distributed to areas of need.  Stop Hunger Now is an international relief organization that relies on financial donations but also on volunteer manpower to package the meals.  The Monrovia Rotary Club has participated for the last two years in this effort, packing 14,000 meals in 2014.  The cooperation of the Monrovia Interact Club and students of the Kaizen Martial Arts Academy, Wildcat Soccer Team, and Dr. Sylvia Domotor’s Animal House was essential to the success of the effort. Photos of the event, courtesy of Bryan Earll, can be found HERE.

Pars vs. Polio Golf Marathon

District 5300’s first ever Pars vs. Polio Golf Marathon will give all Rotary clubs and Rotarians in the District an opportunity to raise money for the worldwide polio eradication campaign and to tell our friends, neighbors and communities about the role Rotary and Rotarians have played in this massive effort.

Every club is urged to sign up from 2 to 4 golfers to play as many holes of golf as they can play in a single day and all club members are encouraged/challenged to raise as much money as possible by asking for pledges for the number of holes of golf to be played by a particular golfer. If fellow Rotarians obtain pledges totaling $50 per hole in support of a golfer, that golfer could raise $2,500 by playing just 50 holes on Golf Marathon Day.


Randolph Shieff_2The Monrovia Rotary Club is one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. 1.2 million Rotarians around the world volunteer to meet local and international needs.

Bill Shieff, a long time Rotarian, resident of Monrovia, and Chairman of Move Monrovia,  took over the helm of the Monrovia Rotary Club, succeeding outgoing president Bryan Earll of Apex Fasteners, in a custom of yearly leadership turnover practiced in Rotary Clubs around the world.

Shieff, in his introductory remarks, reaffirmed that a top priority of the club will be to offer services and programs to the children and teens of Monrovia including sending high school students to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA), sending eighth graders to Teen Leadership Camp (TLC), a continuation and expansion of the clubs Santa Clothes program providing school clothes to needy students, and ongoing support of the Interact Club and Robotics program at Monrovia High School as well as many more. Shieff also commented on the clubs renewed partnership with Monrovia Adult School to provide Vocational Scholarships.

Mr. Shieff and his wife Sue are parents of two and grandparents of six.  They enjoy travel, music, and fine food.  Bill is an avid road cyclist, motorcyclist, licensed pilot and continuing education and technology enthusiast.  He is a Vietnam Veteran with an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy.

In his business career, he was the President/CEO of Randolph Shieff & Associates, Inc. which provided domestic and international clients with contract manufacturing services.

The Monrovia Rotary Club welcomes visitors to its meetings and actively seeks service minded individuals to join its membership.  The club meets Tuesdays at noon at the Monrovian Restaurant on Myrtle Avenue, in the upstairs banquet room. 

3rd Annual “Santa Clothes” Event

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe third annual Rotary Club of Monrovia Santa Clothes Event took place on December 14, 2014 at the Kohl’s in Monrovia.  50+ children ages 4 to 12 went shopping for school-appropriate clothing, shoes and backpacks. This year, due to urgent pleas from Rotary Club members, each child was also allowed one small toy item. The children are from client families being served by The Santa Anita Family Services. The children will be paired with Interact students from Monrovia High School for their shopping adventures. (Interact is a teen service club sponsored by Rotary Clubs) Adult Rotarians, members of Kaizen Martial Arts studio and employees of the Monrovia branch of Wells Fargo will also be on hand … but will probably lack the cool factor of the high school students!
Each child spent (with guidance) $125. With the cooperation of Kohl’s, that translated into some mighty full and heavy bags of goodies. The event generally results in about $1000 in Kohl’s Cash Back which is donated to the Foothill Unity Center for their holiday food/gift donation event. More photos appear on the Monrovia Rotary Club Facebook Page.