Rotary Plants Sycamore Trees for Earth Day

It’s apparently easy being green in San Marino.
In an early observance of Earth Day, the Rotary Club of San Marino completed its part of Rotary International’s quest to plant 1.2 million trees this year — one tree for every Rotarian. Although the local club had to outsource where most of its allotment was planted, it did end up planting two 12-foot Mexican sycamores in Lacy Park this year, both of which were formally commemorated last Thursday. Continue reading “Rotary Plants Sycamore Trees for Earth Day”

Rotary Club Honors Two With Paul Harris Awards

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Marina Wang (center), one of two Paul Harris Fellow recipients selected by the Rotary Club of San Marino this year, is presented her award by Isaac Hung (left) and Will Bortz (right) last week. The late Jeane Edwards (below) was a posthumous recipient this year.
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Marina Wang (center), one of two Paul Harris Fellow recipients selected by the Rotary Club of San Marino this year, is presented her award by Isaac Hung (left) and Will Bortz (right) last week. The late Jeane Edwards (below) was a posthumous recipient this year.

Although honored for their selfless contributions to San Marino, the two recipients of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Paul Harris Fellow awards this year could not be more different in approach.
Longtime residents Marina Wang and the late Jeane Edwards were awarded as Paul Harris Fellows at the Rotary Club’s ceremony last week, held at the Huntington Library. Edwards’ daughter, Sara, accepted the award on her mother’s behalf. Foundation Committee chair Will Bortz said the club usually tries to avoid picking multiple recipients among the nominees, but it was hard not to this year. Continue reading “Rotary Club Honors Two With Paul Harris Awards”

SMHS Grad Has Rotary to Thank for International Education, Career Path

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Jennifer Binley, a San Marino native, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a Rotary Club Global Grant Scholar.
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Jennifer Binley, a San Marino native, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a Rotary Club Global Grant Scholar.

Rotary Clubs value service to their communities and the rest of the world, so San Marino High School graduate Jennifer Binley has certainly justified her being awarded the San Marino club’s Global Grant Scholarship.
The USC alumna used the scholarship to study for her master’s degree at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She devoted her keynote at the club’s recent Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Luncheon to her service during that time. Continue reading “SMHS Grad Has Rotary to Thank for International Education, Career Path”

Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary

Mayor Steve Talt
Mayor Steve Talt

In one of his first major addresses as mayor, Steve Talt outlined to the Rotary Club of San Marino the City Council’s plan to identify and target financial investments with the goal of altering the city’s future.
In his State of the City presentation to the club last week, Talt focused on two areas: where the city stands and what decisions will have to be made in the coming months. He has a City Council with three new members and a largely new administration in City Hall to help. Continue reading “Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary”

Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.

For its 39th annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Luncheon, the Rotary Club of San Marino called upon its own ambassador, of sorts, to deliver the keynote address.
And Katarina Mayers, a 2007 graduate of San Marino High School, delivered, giving what amounted to a “thank you” to the Rotary Club for helping to facilitate her post-high school journey that eventually made her an appointee in former President Barack Obama’s administration. Continue reading “Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service”