Category Archives: Speakers

Tim Moore – Challenging What You Thought You Knew About Investing

Club member Tim Moore was the speaker at our regular club meeting yesterday and presented a program which quite literally challenged the status quo thinking about investing in the stock market for many  “small” investor’s. 

Tim has a long history as a financial advisor, beginning his career at a large Wall Street investment firm where he was taught to sell products such as mutual funds and annuities.  Over the course of time, Tim realized that the products and practices of wealth management didn’t provide sufficient growth opportunities for the middle class. The middle class can’t invest more, so they need to earn more.

Wealth management is great for the rich, the middle class need “wealth creation opportunities.”  Tim takes the Warren Buffett quote to heart, “Diversification is protection from ignorance, and it makes little sense if you know what you’re doing.” 

Warren Buffett knows, what academia has verified, that owning a handful of the “RIGHT” stocks, is the best way to build wealth for the future.  What Tim refers to as wealth creation accounts. For many, that can mean owning shares in companies where we spend our money, such as “Amazon, Apple, Home Depot, Netflix, Starbucks and a host of others. 

A convincing argument was made, comparing portfolios returns of individual stocks to index funds over same time periods.  He also spoke about how labor generates income, while ownership generates wealth.

Displaying not only a deep knowledge base on this topic, Tim is also passionate about educating and empowering people, so that they may have more control over their destiny.  He’s been “preaching” this message at his church and at Rotary and in other groups at no cost because he so strongly believes in his message and his mission. 

There’s a “wealth” of information available on Tim’s LinkedIn profile “Moore Money Academy”

Tinker Bell Talks-Margaret Kerry to Speak at Monrovia Rotary

The Monrovia Rotary Club is excited to have Margaret Kerry as our featured speaker at our regular club meeting on Tuesday June 19, 2018.

Margaret Kerry has been in the entertainment business for decades beginning with her appearances in The Little Rascals followed by 37 major motion pictures. Well known as an outstanding tap dancer she was co-host of an early musical TV show and was also cast in a pioneer ABC network family sitcom, The Charlie Ruggles Show which aired for five years. After playing the daughter of Eddie Cantor in the RKO musical, If You KnewSusie, Disney Studios cast Kerry as the reference model for Tinker Bell. As she was filmed acting out the scenes of this famous sprite for Disney’sPeter Pan, Kerry gave the little fairy her bright, quirky personality. She still travels the U.S. in behalf of Tinker Bell.

Margaret was in early episodes of The Lone Ranger and The Andy Griffith Show but it was while working at Disney Studio, voicing the Red Haired Mermaid in the Lagoon Sequence in Peter Pan, that her love affair with animation began and a long career as a voice over actor in 600 plus cartoons. That includes the long running Clutch Cargo and 179 episodes with The THREE STOOGES. She later produced animation.

Kerry is quite active in behalf of the American art form of animation.  For four years she served on the board of the Animation Society International for the Art (ASIFA-Hollywood Chapter). Through ASIFA, recognition-award shows, programs, Kerry works with animators, voiceover artists, educators and fans alike to raise the profile of the art. 

KKLA 99.5 FM, the Flagship of Salem Communications was Margaret Kerry’s home for 12 years where she produced and hosted the interview show, Ministry Loves Company. Along with writing scores of World Vision spots, voicing radio spots, she also handled the station’s outreach programPoints for Profit by producing and hosting the meetings for dozens of community-volunteer clubs and their members.

She is a Toastmaster and a certified American Seminar Leader and speaks at schools, libraries throughout the country. She has a well-received book out titled, Tinker Bell Talks! Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life. It has many (mostly humorous) short stories. The book begins with a delightful chapter describing how Margaret, in 1933, a dear little four year old, started her career in show business in the Warner Bothers film Mid Summer Night’s Dream … she played a tiny fairy.

Healing Connections

Past Club President Mary Ann Lutz and frequent visitor Ulisses Gutierrez were the day’s presenters, speaking about a subject that we learned had profoundly affected each of them. The program that that became Healing Connections traces its roots to 2012, after the forth teen suicide in five years took place in Monrovia. Former Superintendent Linda Wagner and Mayor Mary Ann Lutz realized the approach of staying silent about these suicides in the hopes that the problem would go away was not working and, in an effort to de-stigmatize the issue, began to discuss the issue with local counselors, clergy, and the students themselves. The program serves as a conduit where someone at risk can turn for help and Healing Connections will put him or her in contact with those most able to help. The program’s success can be measured by the fact that there hasn’t been a local suicide in the past 6 years.

*Article courtesy of Kris Leonard

Distinguished Rotary Speaker July 11, 2017

Ellen Pielstick Craig.  is an elementary school teacher, a fitness instructor, wife, a mother of two and a kidney donor. She was born in Aspen Colorado. Her family moved from Aspen to Claremont, California when she was in junior high school. She received her BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and  her California Teaching Credential from Cal State Northridge.  She has been an elementary school teacher in Burbank, CA for 14 years.  She has two kids ages 8 and 11.  Both of her children are part of the Spanish dual immersion program in Monrovia.  In the fall her daughter will be a third grader at Monroe Elementary and her son will be a sixth grader at Clifton Middle School. In addition to teaching elementary school, Ellen is a certified TRX Suspension training instructor and a certified Rock Steady Boxing instructor at Kaizen Martial Arts and Fitness here in Monrovia. In April of 2016 ,along with Jody Hould, Ellen traveled to Indianapolis where they attended a three day training at Rock Steady Boxing Headquarters.  Rock Steady Boxing is a non contact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Rock Steady has become a tremendous part of her life.  The changes that she has witnessed have forever changed her attitude about ability and how much one can truly accomplish when motivated.
Rocksteady boxing classes are taught by certified personal trainers and coaches, they include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing  experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Boxers, both male and female range in age from mid-30s to early 90s.

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.

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.

Distinguished Speaker: Richard Ashworth, CitizensTrust

The Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to present Mr. Richard Ashworth as its guest speaker on Tuesday February 1.  Mr. Ashworth holds the position of Vice President, Private Client Advisor at CitizensTrust.

Mr. Ashworth earned his BS degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University at Greenville, NC.  Over the past 17 years Rich has worked at Wells Fargo Securities in various positions focusing on fixed income and broader investment sales throughout Arizona, California and Nevada.  Prior to that, Rich was with Kidder Peabody & Co. and First Interstate Bank for five years and six years respectively.  He has worked actively with clients spanning individual wealth management, municipalities, water districts and corporate market segments.  He has the sales experience, proven performance and depth of investment knowledge to address the needs of those broad groups in a superior manner.