The Monrovia Rotary Club has presented retiring Monrovia Police Chief Alan Sanvictores with the highest award a Rotary Club can present, a Paul Harris Fellow Award, in recognition of his continual 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.
Sylvia Domotor took the helm on July 1, 2021 as the newly installed 2021-2021 Monrovia Rotary President.
Sylvia was born in and lived in various parts of Europe, then in Montreal Quebec Canada and then eventually in the Los Angeles area. Lack of snow was a HUGE draw to SoCal!
Sylvia received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from McGill University in Montreal and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph Ontario Canada.
Sylvia quipped that she speaks poor French, decent Hungarian and on a good day she can communicate in English.
Sylvia joined the Rotary Club of Monrovia in 2010 and has served as a Board member for most of that time and has chaired many committees.
Sylvia says her only regret about the Rotary Club of Monrovia is that she waited so long to join! In her words:
From the first meeting that I was invited to as the guest of Mary Ann Lutz (former Mayor of Monrovia), I fell in love with a group of amazing individuals who had one goal – bettering their community. That they also liked to have fun and enjoyed each other’s company was a huge bonus.”
Monrovia has always been very good to and for me. It was a wonderful town to work in as a veterinary associate from 1988 until I became a veterinary hospital owner in 1996. I moved to Monrovia in 1992 and intend to never leave! Which is a very significant for a vagabond such as myself.
It is my honor in 2021-2022 to serve as the President of this wonderful and amazing group of distinguished, community oriented and yet warm, friendly and fun individuals, as we recover from the damages of COVID and rebuild our club and our community.
Our slogan for this year is; FUN, FRIENDSHIP, COMMUNITY SERVICE!
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.”