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.
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.
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.
The 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.