Category Archives: Service

Retiring Monrovia Police Chief Awarded by Rotary

The Monrovia Rotary Club has presented retiring Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt with the highest award a Rotary Club can present, a Paul Harris Fellow Award, in recognition of his 27 years of service to the people of Monrovia.

Named for the founder of Rotary International, the Paul Harris Fellow Award is given in recognition of individuals who have given $1000 to the Rotary Foundation or worthy individuals in whose name a donation has been made.

Other notable Paul Harris Fellow awardees include U.S. astronaut James Lovell, Mother Teresa, Pearl Bailey, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

2017 Rise Against Hunger Event – Click Here to Donate/Help!

On Saturday November 4th from 9-11 a.m., the Monrovia Rotary Club, the Monrovia Interact Club, students from Monrovia USD, and community volunteers will package over 23,000 meals for the hungry. This is a fun and rewarding experience as an army of volunteers stands side by side forming an assembly line to prepackage meals for far away recipients.  If you want to experience the joy of providing a meal for a hungry human being, click the link below to participate…helping hands and donations are welcomed with gratitude!

Click here to donate or volunteer!

Order Your Cycling Jersey Before August 31

Move Monrovia JERSEYS are NOW on sale. Go to https://www.ICESPORTSWEAR.COM/movemonrovia (see the jersey here) Featuring the MONROVIA ROTARY logo !
 
You can try on a sample for size if you like at Empire Bikes – 625 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia.  Phone 626/930-1983
Monday
11AM–6PM
Tuesday
10AM–7PM
Wednesday
10AM–7PM
Thursday
10AM–7PM
Friday
10AM–5:30PM
Saturday
10AM–5:30PM
Sunday
Closed
 
You will be able to order your jersey until midnight August 31 with delivery by early October in time for the COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE on Saturday October 21, 8 AM. We are Celebrating the implementation of Monrovia’s Bike Master Plan!  We’ll ride to the RIBBON CUTTING of the new Share the Road Signs and Sharrows painted on the bike path streets!
Please join us and the City of Monrovia as we CELEBRATE together!

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.

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

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

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.

Annual Music Contest Held

Jenny Pappano acted as master of ceremonies as four anxious young men each awaited his turn in front of us, hoping to demonstrate his virtuosity on his chosen instrument in the club level of the Dan Stover Music Competition. The completion, named in honor of the Alhambra Rotarian and dedicated musician, is one of three district wide events, along with the Hensel Essay and Four Way Speech contests, held for high school students throughout District 5300 each year. The contestants were: Joseph Garcia, xylophone; Luis Villa-Lobos, violin; Ian Flores, drums; and Nathaniel Young, saxophone. Each was impressive in his own right, but it was drummer Ian Flores who won the crowd over with his stage presence as well as his playing. He accepted his $150 prize with a big smile.  He will move on to compete at the Group level and if successful will compete at the District 5300 Conference, held this year in San Diego.

“The Heart of a Rotarian” – Malcolm Graham

Persons drawn to Rotary membership are often involved deeply in many other charitable activities – Monrovia Rotarian Malcolm Graham is no exception. Following a successful 26 year career in insurance, first with a British Insurance Company (Royal Sun Alliance Group) and thereafter a CEO of an Insurance brokerage company he became a missionary for 30 years with African Enterprise as their Administrator, mostly coordinating their international ministry.

For the past two years the Monrovia Rotary Club has been pleased to partner with Malcolm and African Enterprise with a donation of $500.00 to a school supplies project for 253 children at the Umsilinga Primary School in South Africa.

The following is a letter of thanks  received by Malcolm and the Monrovia Rotary Club:

Dear Malcolm and Monrovia (CA) Rotary Club Members,Thank you so very, very much for bringing such joy and delight to the children at the Umsilinga Primary School.  Through your generous giving we were able to purchase a year’s supply per child of 253 sets of very basic stationery consisting of the following:
–    5 x Bic Click blue Ballpoint Pens
–    5 HB Pencils
–    1 Ruler
–    1 x large Pritt Glue stick.
These little acts of kindness means so much to the children in this destitute community, many of whom are orphaned and living with aged grandmothers and some are in child-headed households.  The 253 children no longer have to beg and borrow from each other.  When we were teaching English at the school we found that one child would write and then hand the pen to the next child.  This was really disruptive to the lessons.We handed over the stationery supplies to Mrs. Essa the Principal of the School so that she and her Educators could do the distribution as we didn’t want to unduly disrupt lessons or take up too much for Mrs. Essa’s time, but we did personally distributed to the one Grade 6 Class.  More photos will
follow.

We wish you could have been with us to see the children’s faces light up with such bright and beautiful smiles as they received their stationery!

Thank you Malcolm and the Monrovia Rotary Club for your kindness and
generosity.

God bless you!

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But
the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa

Kind regards
Yours sincerely
Sandra

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
A member of the Southern African Institute of Fundraising

“Blessed is He who considers the poor” Psalm 41:1

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