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Meet 2019-2020 Club President Jan Mueting

Jan Mueting recently took the helm on July 1, 2019 as the newly installed 2019-2020 Monrovia Rotary President.

Jan Mueting is a native Californian and Daughter of the American Revolution.  Jan’s family have long been residents of Ventura County, however, 20 years ago she found herself to be a resident of Monrovia. Jan greatly loves this community and is excited to take an active role serving the community through Rotary. Jan purchased her home in Monrovia 20 years ago, with her spouse of 22 years, where they live with their three rescue dogs. For the past 16 years Jan has worked for the nations largest and oldest pet insurance company as an Operations Manager. As you may guess, with three dogs the veterinary bills can add up, fortunately all three of her pets are insured!

While Jan is a “newer” resident of Monrovia, she recently learned that several of her ancestors lived in Monrovia over a hundred years ago! She feels that living in Monrovia was destined to be.

Jan joined the Monrovia Rotary Club three years ago when it was pointed out to her by a friend that, at heart, she was already a Rotarian. Her response to that friend was, “isn’t helping someone who needs it, just what you do?” 

Jan is honored and proud to lead the Monrovia Rotary Club for the 2019-2020 year and says “I hope you’ll consider joining us. We at the Rotary Club of Monrovia are a group of people who ‘Dare to Care and turn our Passion into Action’. “

Monrovia Rotary Club Honors Life-Long Kiwanian Fred Bowden

By Susan Motander via Monrovia Weekly

The Monrovia Rotary Club in collaboration with the Monrovia Community Adult School (MCAS) and Bowden Development has created a new scholarship fund.  The Fred Bowden Family Vocational Scholarship is the newest Rotary scholarship fund to benefit adult learners in the Monrovia Community.

It may seem rather strange for the Monrovia Rotary Club to honor a member of the Kiwanis Club, but one only needed to know Fred to understand the tribute.  Fred was a great supporter of all things Monrovia.  According to Bill Shieff, a member of Monrovia Rotary Club, Bowden was a great supporter of both clubs.  He participated each year in the big Rotary Club auction.

This new scholarship fund is especially significant in that Fred was a major construction contractor in Monrovia for many years. The fund will provide four annual scholarships to adults so that they can complete certification training in construction at MCAS.

Monrovia Rotary President Darrell Brooke explains the process: “Through the Fred Bowden Family Vocational Scholarship program, the Monrovia Rotary will contribute 50 percent of the cost per student, and the MCAS will cover the other 50 percent. This is the same formula we have been using successfully for the last several years for certification in other fields.  Our goal is the same: putting people to work.”

The mission of the Monrovia Community Adult School is “Helping to Build the Future Together” by reaching out to the community to create more opportunities.  These scholarships will help to fulfill that mission with assisting students in programs such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification.  Other programs will offer information about construction materials and practices, plan reading, and networking opportunities for those already working in construction.  Each course lasts 26 weeks and ends with certification in a particular construction field.

As the Bowden Construction part of this program, Todd Bowden, Fred’s son, is offering job site access to these scholarship recipients after they have received their certification.  Bowden said of the program, “We are thrilled to walk along this journey with everyone involved, and we look forward to seeing it come to life.”

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.