Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support

Greg Johansing
Greg Johansing

As Rotary Club of San Marino’s president for the next year, Greg Johansing said he hoped to find ways for the club to raise funds and contribute to causes without dipping too heavily into its coffers.
Such projects or fundraisers, he said, would help the club in some of its present functions. As an example, the club doled out about $17,000 in mini-grants for local teachers this year, though requests totaled around $45,000.
“I think we could close that gap if we do a couple of these projects,” Johansing said. Continue reading “Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support”

Retirement Looms, but Kleinrock Still Rooting for School District

Loren Kleinrock
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Loren Kleinrock speaks to the Rotary Club of San Marino.

As he prepares to depart the San Marino Unified School District for a second time, Loren Kleinrock, as last week’s featured speaker at the Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, urged the community to continue to step up to help the school system remain as strong as ever.
“This community has allowed our schools to be really, really, really good by their contributions, both in time and in dollars,” Kleinrock said. “I used to say when I met principals from other schools that what I really like about San Marino parents is that they have high expectations but they put their time and money behind those expectations. It always has been a partnership.” Continue reading “Retirement Looms, but Kleinrock Still Rooting for School District”

Military Academy Appointee Saluted at Rotary Club Event

Patrick McDonald
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Patrick McDonald, a recent San Marino High School graduate, receives a certificate from Congresswoman Judy Chu, who selected him as an appointee for the U.S. Naval Academy.

At Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Service Academy Appointees luncheon last week, Congresswoman Judy Chu assured her appointees that they will continue to reflect the San Gabriel Valley’s track record of military academy students.
Although congressional representatives are minimally allotted one appointment per academy, Chu touted her nine total appointees this year as the norm for her district. Those appointees joined those made by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Congressman Adam Schiff at last week’s event, the club’s 15th such luncheon, which coincidentally shared the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, which began to turn the tide in World War II. Continue reading “Military Academy Appointee Saluted at Rotary Club Event”

Rotary Art Contest Is a Study in Student Creativity

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Southwestern Academy student Rain Liang (holding certificate), flanked by Rotary Club of San Marino members Grace Yang, Fang Ho and Mike Driebe, was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Artist in the club’s student art competition.
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Southwestern Academy student Rain Liang (holding certificate), flanked by Rotary Club of San Marino members Grace Yang, Fang Ho and Mike Driebe, was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Artist in the club’s student art competition.

Rotary Club of San Marino members were treated to a taste of local culture last week as several artists from schools in town exhibited their work for the organization’s annual art competition.
Students from San Marino High School, Southwestern Academy, Huntington Middle School, Carver and Valentine elementary schools and Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua School all placed in this year’s competition, and had their works showcased along the walkway into San Marino Community Church, where the Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings. Continue reading “Rotary Art Contest Is a Study in Student Creativity”

Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Glover Talt,  Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.
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Glover Talt, Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.

To hear its beneficiaries talk, the Rotary Club of San Marino’s investment in sending a group of enterprising area high school students to its annual district leadership retreat was well worth it.
The club heard last week from four of 14 Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients whose trip to the recent retreat held in Running Springs was financed by the club and its South Pasadena counterpart. The 14 represented San Marino High School, Southwestern Academy and St. Francis High School. Continue reading “Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary”

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.
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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.
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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”