Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / Outlook San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.
Photo by Zane Hill / Outlook
San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.

A pitch for mechanical pencil rental stations operated through a mobile application earned first-place attention from Rotary Club of San Marino’s panel of judges for the organization’s annual business plan competitions.
San Marino High School students Nigel Landon and Carson Giles now prepare to take their pitch — titled “Jot” — to the larger business plan competition on Thursday, April 18, at Huntington Middle School; they’ll be joined by their SMHS peers Charisse Chow and Leo Li, whose pitch for an on-the-go durable makeup line “Drip Cosmetics” took second place last week. The top two winners from South Pasadena High School and Arcadia High School will compete with them there. Continue reading “Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition”

Mainstay of Grad Night Has His Day in the Sun

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Bob Horgan (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino last week. Rotarian Fred Sohl remarked on Horgan’s time with the annual Grad Night production.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Bob Horgan (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino last week. Rotarian Fred Sohl remarked on Horgan’s time with the annual Grad Night production.

For his decades of “know-how, dedication and perspiration” in helping to bring about the annual Grad Night celebration for San Marino High School seniors, longtime resident Bob Horgan was named this year’s Paul Harris Fellow for the Rotary Club of San Marino.
Horgan, a member of SMHS’ class of 1958, was honored at the club’s annual program at the Huntington Library last week.
“Now I know how a movie star feels,” he quipped upon being called to the front of the ballroom. Continue reading “Mainstay of Grad Night Has His Day in the Sun”

Supervisor Shows How Homelessness Can Hit Home

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, addressing the Rotary Club, said the number of homeless in the San Gabriel Valley rose by more than 4,000 last year.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, addressing the Rotary Club, said the number of homeless in the San Gabriel Valley rose by more than 4,000 last year.

For Kathryn Barger, the issue boils down to one of her fellow San Marino Titans.
The Los Angeles County District 5 supervisor was recalling a county program that endeavored to place the most vulnerable among the area’s chronically homeless residents in proper apartments instead of shelters, until the Great Recession prematurely pulled the plug on the effort. Speaking to her hometown Rotary Club of San Marino, she told her neighbors that her fight against homelessness and work on mental health issues affects them, too.
Barger, elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2016, said she was reading a news article about the program about a decade ago when a photograph caught her attention. She recognized the homeless man being featured in the story about the program. He was someone she knew at San Marino High School way back when. Continue reading “Supervisor Shows How Homelessness Can Hit Home”

WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.

Speaking in a clear bass voice and using frankness rather than drama to add flair to his stories, local resident Bruce Campbell captivated the Rotary Club of San Marino recently as he recalled his time serving in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II.
That candid delivery made the wry 94-year-old an effective jokester who even made a quip about walking up to the club’s podium (“This will take a minute, don’t worry”). He knew how to read the room, too, days ahead of the annual Trojans-Bruins football matchup. Continue reading “WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club”

Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects

Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino
Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.

Rotary Club of San Marino last week doled out more than $25,000 to 39 San Marino-area teachers to help move 31 classroom projects forward.
The Rotary Club each year awards “mini-grants” to teachers who apply for funding from the club for specific projects. This year, the club narrowed the list from 37 projects, which the club likes to be innovative and not recurring acts; likewise, it also won’t award supply replacements. Continue reading “Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects”