Category Archives: Rotary News

Rotarians Mary Ann Lutz and Tom Adams win Monrovia Election

Congratulations are in order for fellow Rotarians Mary Ann Lutz and Tom Adams!

 Mayor Mary Ann Lutz ran unopposed in the local election held Tuesday, April 13 retaining her seat as Mayor of our fine city.
Mayor Pro Tem Tom Adams ran successfully as an incumbent against fellow incumbent Becky Shevlin and newcomers Chris Ziegler and Jason Cosylion.  Joe Espinosa was also on the ballot, however he pulled out of the race prior to the election.
Tom Adams was able to retain one of the two open seats on the City Council, while the other was also retained by Becky Shevlin.
Contratulations to all the winners and we look forward to more good things happening in Monrovia!

Local students return from prestigious Rotary program



The Rotary Club of Monrovia is proud to announce the selection of Giselle Moreau, Jamie Truong, Stephanie Garcia, Dushani DeSilva, Amanda Aquilar, Corrine Marino, Kevin Romero, Levi Helm, Christopher Rosedale, Saul Denova, Diego Nieves, and Michael Arevelos (all 11th grade students at Monrovia High School) as award winners for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.

In an intense 3-day seminar organized by the Rotarians of District 5300 of Rotary International, the students debated issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improved leadership and communications skills, learned about businesses and institutions, and met Rotarians while having fun and making friends.

Each student has many accolades to their credit and was selected after an interview process with current Rotarians.

RYLA took place March 4-6 in Idyllwild, CA. 288 students were in attendance from Southern CA to Nevada. Rotarians from across District 5300 facilitated workshops and activities that help foster leadership and problem solving.

Upon returning, Giselle Moreau, Jamie Truong, Stephanie Garcia, Dushani DeSilva, Amanda Aquilar, Corrine Marino, Kevin Romero, Levi Helm, Christopher Rosedale, Saul Denova, Diego Nieves, and Michael Arevelos presented a report at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Monrovia on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The club sends several high school juniors each year. Students interested in attending in the future can learn more at or

Group Study Exchange Housing Needed

Our Rotary District 5300 will be hosting a Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Dubai, Bahrain and Egypt from June 2 to June 10, 2011. They are looking for Rotarians to provide housing for 4 to 8 nights for one of the team members.
The housing requirements include a separate bedroom with access to a bathroom with a locking door (presumably inside the house). The host Rotarians will be invited to
accompany the GSE group on their adventures in Southern California, including visits to Disneyland, the Magic Castle, fire stations and local businesses.
See Prez Cal or call Greg Custer at (626) 441-5111

In Loving Memory of William Earl “Bill” Faith: April 9, 1920 – Jan. 4, 2011


 Bill was born in Sargent, Nebraska, but moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. He attend Occidental College and upon graduation Bill taught physical education at Gage Junior High School. While working full time he attended night classes at Loyola University School of Law, earning a JD degree in four years. After practicing law for a short time in Pasadena, Bill relocated his practice to Monrovia where, eventually, as a name partner in the firm of Patten, Faith & Sandford, he completed more than fifty-five years in the active practice of law.


While at Oxy Bill met Ruth Knudson, and they were married on August 23, 1942. Ruth passed away October 11, 2000, but Bill is survived by his sons, Eric (Martha) Faith & John Randall (Carol) Faith; his daughter, Shelley Faith, also by five grand children and ten great grand children.


Bill was an active and beloved member in his community, serving on the boards (and often as the chair) of many local organizations. These included United Way, Lions Club, Jaycees, YMCA, Foothill Bar Association and the Monrovia Rotary Club. He was for many years an active Elder in the Monrovia Presbyterian Church where he sang a beautiful tenor in the choir.


Bill died January 4, 2011 in Arcadia at the age of ninety.


A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 2:30 on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Monrovia First Presbyterian Church (corner of Myrtle and Foothill). In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the City of Hope or Occidental College.

Monrovia Rotary Sends Five 8th Graders to Teen Leadership Camp

District 5300 Teen Leadership Camp
This weekend (Nov 19-21, 2010) The Rotary Club of Monrovia has sent five 8th graders to represent Monrovia schools at camp.  Two of the 8th graders in attendance are from Clifton Middle School and three are from Santa Fe Middle School.

Rotary Teen Leadership Camp (TLC) is a leadership training program for 8th grade teens. It is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Rotary International District 5300. Students interact and participate with 144 other outstanding 8th Graders coming from throughout the San Gabriel Valley, the West End of the Inland Empire, the High Desert and Southern Nevada.

The purpose of this week-end long program is to develop leadership skills of young participants with emphasis on:

  • Self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • Personal responsibility, as a basis of leading others;
  • Ethics of positive leadership;
  • Group dynamics and peer pressure

Joseph B. Ragsdale dies peacefully at the age of 99

 Ragsdale, Joseph Benjamin “Gentleman Joe” was born in Martin, Tennessee on September 2, 1911 and died peaceful in his sleep October the 9th.  He was preceded in death by his parents May Bell and John Adam Ragsdale, his son Joseph Benjamin Ragsdale, Jr. and his wife of 47 years, Doris “DeeDee” Walter Baxter Ragsdale. He is survived by his brother John Adam Ragsdale, Jr. of Highland, California, daughters, Billie Dahl of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Virginia “Ginger” Anderson of Laguna Woods, California, Linda Mueller and son-in-law Jim Mueller of Flagstaff, Arizona, Daughter-in law Sherry Ragsdale of Whittier, California, Stepson John Thurlow Baxter of Prescott Arizona, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 15 great, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He moved his family to California during World War II when he was hired as a procurement officer at Norton AFB. After the war he went to work with Sherwin Williams Paint Co. in Monrovia where he managed the store for 30 years. Not quite ready to completely retire when Tom Adams offered him a position with Century 21 he did not hesitate as real estate was something he had always shown an interest in.

Mr. Ragsdale was a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, serving as its President in 1955/1956.   Joe was very active in the board of Santa Anita Family YMCA and served with distinction during the time when it gained its independence from Pasadena in 1999. He was involved in organized real estate for many years receiving his real estate license in 1972 and continuing on until recognized as a “Life Member” of the California Association of Realtors .  At the age of 95 Joe received a standing ovation from over 800 attendees at the Century 21 Regional Awards Dinner for achieving membership in the Masters Awards Club for that year. He is a life member of the Elks and past member of the Kiwanis . He was a long time member of the Monrovia Tennis club where he played tennis into his early 80’s. He was a member of the Monrovia Dance Club. He and his wife DeeDee were outstanding ballroom dancers. He was also active in the Monrovia Chambers of Commerce.

Joe was recognized as someone of integrity. Music was a large part of his life and always in his home. He began playing the piano when he was 7 years old and later put together a band while he  in college. For many years he was involved in the musical productions at Royal Oaks Manor. Joe loved house boating, camping, and fishing with family and friends and traveling the world with his wife DeeDee. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and the community which he so dearly loved.

The Celebration of life for Joseph B. Ragsdale will be Friday, October 29th at 6:30.  The location will be at the Monrovia Historical Museum at 742 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016.  Donations may be made to the Santa Anita Family YMCA at 501 S. Mountain Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016