Rotary Club of Glendale (Noon)


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A Happy Thanksgiving to all.  May your day be blessed with family, friends, good food and compassion for others.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING Brian Bergh 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Oct 29th - Larry Adamson Midnight Mission
Hello Members!
We are looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting as we will be doing two inductions to two new members Harout Markarian and Lt. Oscar Rodriguez.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Larry Adamson CEO of the Midnight Mission and Chairman of the Board for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles.  See you all tomorrow at 12p.m. at the Embassy Suites.
In Rotary,
Armen Khalafyan, President
Thursday, Oct 29th - Larry Adamson Midnight Mission Armen Khalafyan 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Oct 22nd meeting
Members and Friends:
Please join us this Thursday October 22 at our Rotary meeting at the Embassy Suites at 12p.m.  Speaking at our Club will be Ms. Sharon Sindell from Child Help Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse.
We look forward to seeing you all.
President Armen Khalafyan
Thursday, Oct 22nd meeting Armen Khalafyan 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z
Arick Gevorkian - Homenetmen
Join us tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th, for our Club meeting at the Embassy Suites at 12p.m.   

Speaking, will be Mr. Arick Gevorkian from Homenetmen Glendale.
Arick Gevorkian - Homenetmen Armen Khalafyan 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z
Armina Gharpetian - current state of GUSD
Today, kicking off Youth month at our Club will be visiting us Dr. Armina Gharpetian.  She is the Vice President of the Board of Education for the Glendale Unified School District.  She will share with us what is currently happening at GUSD and their future projects.
See you all today at the Embassy Suites in Glendale at 12 noon!
Armina Gharpetian - current state of GUSD Armen Khalafyan 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z
Tile Painting at the Glendale YMCA
October 17, 2015 from 11am-2pm at the Glendale YMCA.  Tiles can be purchased for $25 paint them or donate to allow a child to paint.  These tiles will grace a special wall in the "Y" allowing each child to show pride of participation.
Tile Painting at the Glendale YMCA Armen Khalafyan 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Sept 10 Meeting - Scott Ochoa
Members and Friends!
On Thursday 9/10/15  at our Rotary meeting, we will have as a special guest speaker Mr. Scott Ochoa, Glendale’s City Manager. 

He will share with us his life, his dreams and what it took for him to become  a great leader.  

See you on Thursday at the Embassy Suites in Glendale at Noon!
Thursday, Sept 10 Meeting - Scott Ochoa Armen Khalafyan 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z
Gladden Scholarship Presentation
Gladden Scholarship Presentation
Larry Tison, President of the Glendale Rotary Foundation, presented the Gladden Scholarship for International Travel.  Our recipient was Kaigan Loera, daughter of member Brian Bergh, who travelled to China earlier this summer with members of her school.
Kaigan gave a presentation contrasting the differences in food, travel, customs, and monuments between China and the United States.  Many differences were noted.
Congratulations to Kaigan for receiving this scholarship.
Gladden Scholarship Presentation Brian Bergh 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z
Jewel City Fun Ride - Sunday, June 7th
Jewel City Fun Ride (and Hike)
June 7th at Verdugo Park in Glendale
Join us tomorrow for our 3rd annual Jewel City Fun Ride, a community event benefiting 3 local community benefit organizations which focus on helping children in need.
The benefactors this year are:
Ark Family Center,
PAL Program, sponsored by the Glendale Police Department, and
the Glendale YWCA.
Registration is online at or you can register at the event on Sunday morning.
Gear Grinder 45-mile advance ride - 7am
Fun and Fitness 25-mile moderate ride - 9am
Family Fun 7-mile ride - 10:30am.
Food, kid's events and a family hike will be available.
Jewel City Fun Ride - Sunday, June 7th Brian Bergh 2015-06-06 00:00:00Z
Presentation of the GCC scholarships, Ma 21st
Join us tomorrow, May 21st, for our annual scholarship presentation to GCC students.
Glady Kabateck will join us tomorrow as we present four $750 scholarships to GCC re-entry students.  These four students are well deserving of the scholarships and were selected from many applicants.
We will present these in memory of Jack Kabateck, long-time Glendale Rotarian, who passed away in 2014.  He and Glady have been instrumental with these scholarships for many years.  The students
receiving them in the past have been very grateful for the support from our club.  For many, this scholarship has allowed them to continue with their education at GCC.
Presentation of the GCC scholarships, Ma 21st Brian Bergh 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z
Thursday, May 14 Meeting - Melanie Sill
Join us tomorrow, May 14th, as we welcome Melanie Sill as our speaker.
Melanie is KPCC's Vice President of Content. She served as the station's Executive Editor from 2012 to July 2014, supervising the staffs that produce KPCC’s news and feature content for all platforms: broadcast, web, mobile, social media and live events.
Before she joined Southern California Public Radio in April , Melanie held the top editing jobs at the Sacramento Bee, where she was editor and senior vice president for news from 2007 through 2011, and at The News & Observer of Raleigh, where she spent the last five years of her 25-year tenure as executive editor and senior vice president. As projects editor, she directed the 1995 series “Boss Hog,” for which The N&O won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1996.
After leaving the Bee in 2011, Melanie was named Journalism Executive in Residence at USC Annenberg, where she authored a discussion paper, “The Case for Open Journalism Now,” published by the Annenberg Innovation Lab. She is a current board member for the (California) First Amendment Coalition and an advisory board member for the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting. In the past, she served on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and Poynter.
Born in Nebraska and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii, she earned her journalism degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1993-94. Along with journalism, she loves music, gardening, the outdoors and exploring Southern California.
Thursday, May 14 Meeting - Melanie Sill Natalie Komuro 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z
Ray Rangwala - Rotary local and International Projects
Ray Rangwala - Local and International Rotary Projects.
Join us for our meeting, Thursday, May 7 at the Embassy Suites (on the main level in the restaurant area.
Born in India, Ray came to the USA when he was 17.
He's a proud member of Glendale Sunrise for over 17 years and runs dry cleaning businesses in both Glendale & Pasadena.
Ray is very active in Rotary and has been involved in many  of Rotary Projects.
He's completed over 50 Orphanage Trips near Ensenada Mexico, where he typically goes every quarter.
He's also championed Coats For Kids & Rotaplast International which Rotarian sponsored surgeries in 15 missions in the world for the Glendale Sunrise Rotary.
Ray Rangwala - Rotary local and International Projects Brian Bergh 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z
April 23rd meeting - Kathy Lefkovits
Discover the the success of Bras for a Cause
Kathy Lefkovits will be our guest speaker on April 23rd.
Born at Glendale Memorial Hospital and grew up in La Canada.
Kathy married in 1973 and moved to Chevy Chase Canyon in 1973 and began her Real Estate career in 1987 with Buchanan and Associate.  She credits Fran as being a mentor who showed her the value of community service.
Kathy was elected president of Soroptimist Int. of Glendale 2003-2004.  She says, "I do not think the Soroptimist's quite knew what they were getting into because I did NOT want to have another fashion show for our fund raising event.  Consequently Bras for a Cause was born.  The rest is history."
Soroptomists International Glendale just held their 12th Bras for a Cause and it is now being held across the United States and Canada.
And yes, she is known as "The Bra Lady."
April 23rd meeting - Kathy Lefkovits Brian Bergh 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
April 16th meeting - Dr. Matthew Chan
Join us today, April 16th, to hear from Dr. Matthew Chan.
Dr. Chan is an accomplished physician specializing in Occupational Medicine.
Dr. Chan completed his medical training at Loma Linda University in 2007.  He completed his Master of Public Health, LIfestyle Medicine,
at Loma Linda in 2011.
Currently, Dr. Chan holds appointments as Medical Director, Glendale Adventist Hospital, Occupational Medicine Center; Medical Director of Rapid Care Urgent Care Centers in Glendale and Burbank; and is a Clinical Instructor at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
April 16th meeting - Dr. Matthew Chan Brian Bergh 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z
April 9th meeting - Do you know this guy?
Do You Know This Guy?

We have the distinct pleasure of having Todd Hunt, President of the Glendale Kiwanis, speak to us at our April 9th meeting.  Todd will be sharing with us information about the Kiwanis signature projects.
Todd is a life-long Glendale resident and he's in love with this crazy town.
His passion is community service and helping others embrace the value of serving others, especially young people.
When he's not serving somewhere, he's Senior Vice President of a financial software development company.
He and his beautiful wife Pam have been married for almost 30 years and they have four awesome kids!
Our meeting will be Thursday, April 9th, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale.  Meeting starts at 12 noon. 
Guests are welcome.  Please join us!!
April 9th meeting - Do you know this guy? Brian Bergh 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z
April 2 meeting
April 2, 2015 meeting!!
Our meeting this week will feature fellow Rotarian Jim Beardsley
Jim has been a Rotarian for 28 years and is married to Elyse, another Rotarian.
Jim is a charter member of the South Bay Sunrise Rotary Club and has served in just every capacity possible.  Jim has also served as an Assistant Governor for 4 years.
This past year, he was asked to chair and organize a charity 5K/10K run/walk for District 5280 ("321 Go to End Polio") which occurred on March 21, 2015.  A successful event, with 450 participants.
Jim also created the Rat Beach Bike Tour in Redondo Beach.  This event started in 2010 and the 6th annual event will occur this year.  The bike tour has grown from an initial ridership of 450, to 650 riders in 2014.  The club gave away $15K to local charities.
Jim and Elyse met through their Rotary activities and have been together for over 20 years. 
Jim graduated from the University of Redlands and worked for GTE/Verizon as an Operations Manager.  He retired early from that position and went to work for what is now Time Warner in the same capacity. 
Jim's sideline job, Real Estate Investing, has now become his third career, where he now works for Nation Wide Real Estate Executives.
April 2 meeting Brian Bergh 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z
No meeting, Thursday, March 26th
DARK - Thursday, March 26th
We will be dark on Thursday to allow members to attend the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon.
We will be back next week, Thursday, April 2nd for our regularly scheduled meeting.
Have a great week!!
No meeting, Thursday, March 26th Brian Bergh 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z
YMCA Youth Programs - George Saikali
Thursday meeting - YMCA Youth Programs
Join us Thursday, March 19th, as we hear from club member George Saikali. 
George will let us know about the youth programs that the Glendale YMCA has available.  They are working hard to help the youth in Glendale, providing meaningful and life-changing activites.
YMCA Youth Programs - George Saikali ber 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
March 12th meeting - Elyse Rothstein

March 12th meeting - RYLA

Elyse joined the El Segundo Rotary in 1988, the first woman member of the club.  She has served as president twice, also being the 1st woman president. 

She currently serves as the Youth Service Chair and has been the club liaison to their Interact club for 19 years.  Elyse has also been attending RYLA for 19 years and has been the co-chair for at least 12 years.

Elyse also serves as the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce president for a 2nd term.

Elyse is the owner of Industrial Lock and Security, a full service locksmith company in El Segundo and has owned the company for 33 years.  Industrial Lock and Security has a storefront location and 5 mobile service vehicles.  The company recently re-keyed the Queen Mary (1047 keyholes) and are soon to re-key all the locks at the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Glendale Memorial Hospital.  The company has 10 employees.

Elyse has been married for 13 years to a man she met through the Rotary bowling league.  He is in the South Bay Torrance Club.

Elyse has 7 grandkids, and has never been pregnant?

March 12th meeting - Elyse Rothstein Brian Bergh 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z
Mar 5th meeting - Tereza Yerimyan, Near East Foundation
March 5th meeting - Tereza Yerimyan will be presenting the History of Near East Foundation.  The Armenian National Committee launched a campaign called "America We Thank You" ....following is a brief history of Near East Foundation.
An Unprecedented Movement of American Citizen Philanthropy
Founded in 1915, the currently-named Near East Foundation (formerly known as Near East Relief or NER) is the United States’ oldest Congressionally-sanctioned non-governmental organization which for the first time in American history expressed the collective generosity and humanitarianism of the American People. The NER served as a model upon which future philanthropic organizations, including the U.S. Peace Corps and USAID, and future calls for overseas relief efforts known as “citizen philanthropy” were modeled.
The highly successful Near East Relief (NER) movement literally saved the Armenian nation from total annihilation.... 
Tereza Yerimyan is the Government Affairs Director at the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region. She is also the President of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and Tereza received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA. 
Mar 5th meeting - Tereza Yerimyan, Near East Foundation Brian Bergh 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
Colonel Nancy Sumner
February 26th meeting will feature Colonel Nancy Sumner. 

 Colonel Sumner is the commander of the 146th
Medical Group, 146th Airlift Wing, located at Channel Islands  Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif. She has  been a member of the California National Guard since 1981  and received an Associate’s Degree as a Registered Nurse  in 1986 from Glendale Community College.  Her career with  the Air National Guard has been devoted to the field of  medicine and aeromedical evacuation. Colonel Sumner  assumed command of the 146th Medical Group on December 1, 2007.                                                                               
Colonel Sumner was assigned to the 146th Aeromedical  Evacuation Squadron as a Medical Technician upon  completion of technical school. She attained the rank of Staff Sergeant prior to being commissioned into the Nurse Corps in 1986. While assigned to the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Colonel Sumner’s positions included OIC Flight Scheduling, OIC Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility, and Chief of Standards and Evaluation. During this period she served in Operation DESERT STORM where she flew 36 aeromedical evacuation missions.  In March of 2001 she transferred to the 146th Medical Group as Chief Nurse. She spent
September of 2001 through April of 2004 activated in support of the Global War on Terrorism, five months of which she was deployed in Afghanistan where she commanded the 438th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Group. This service led to the award of the Bronze Star, and to her being named as the California Air Force Association’s Field Grade Officer of the Year. Col Sumner’s overseas deployments include locations such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belize, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.
Colonel Sumner completed Squadron Officer School and Air War College in 1994 and 2005 respectively.  She was promoted to the rank of Colonel on February 25, 2009.
Her military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial
Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement, Army Achievement Medal, and various service and overseas campaign medals.
Colonel Nancy Sumner Brian Bergh 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z
Feb 19 meeting - Charles Shumate GCC Veteran's Center

Charles Shumate will speak to us regarding the GCC Veterans' Center. 

Located in AA-2, the Veterans’ Resource Center is a workspace as well as a resource for employment, scholarships, workshops on campus, housing, medical and off campus veteran programs. The center provides peer-to-peer support and mentoring, education counseling and tutoring for veterans who need help with their classes.

The center also provides services for the veterans’ dependents, which includes the husband, wife and/or children

Feb 19 meeting - Charles Shumate GCC Veteran's Center Brian Bergh 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z
Feb 12, 2015 Meeting - General Mark MacCarley
We thought we were out of Iraq and Afghanistan - Now what?
Join us tomorrow, as we hear from Major General Mark MacCarley.
Highly decorated Major General Mark MacCarley served in the US Army from 2002-2014.  He is now practicing law in Glendale, specializing in real property and real estate broker representation issues, business and corporations, contract and employment law, intellectual property and IT matters for clients developers, institutional brokerages, insurance carriers, employee associations and municipalities.
This should be a very interesting topic.
See you tomorrow, 12 noon at the Embassy Suites in Glendale.  Guests and visitors are welcome!!
Feb 12, 2015 Meeting - General Mark MacCarley Brian Bergh 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z
January 29th meeting minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Elizabeth Manasserian at 12:30
Elizabeth had the honor of inducting our newest member, Edwin Voskanian. Edwin a realtor and specializes in commercial development and residential real estate. WELCOME, EDWIN to the best Rotary Club in Glendale!
Today we celebrated  the last meeting of Rotary Heritage Month by having our own member, Cal Devnich, describe his family's moves from their native Ukraine across the Atlantic Ocean to re-settle in North Dakota with stops in Canada before eventually reaching Glendale. Cal was able to eloquently describe his family's economic hardships and challenges on the journey  and their eventual realization of "the American dream". Cal reminded us that America is a "nation of immigrants" and with dedication and hard work "these immigrants" can continue to make the United States of America the greatest country in the world. Thanks Cal for such a pleasant discussion
Upcoming Events
Feb Rotary  meetings will be celebrating Patriotism Month
Feb 5th Sam Carvajal will be our guest speaker
Feb 21 Rotary Viral Day  more info to follow
March 21 3-2-1 Go to End Polio District Event in Griffith Park
June 7th Jewell City Rotary Bike ride The bike ride committee welcomes all members to join them at Panera Bread in Glendale  on Thurday mornings at 7:30am.
Rich Swanberg, reporter
January 29th meeting minutes Richard Swanberg 2015-02-07 00:00:00Z
Feb 5th meeting - Sam Carvajal
Join us Thursday, Feb 5th, for the last speaker for our celebration of Heritage.  We've heard from Leslie Lyons and her Western European/New England Heritage, Greg Mgerian and his Middle Eastern Hertiage and Cal Devnich and his Eastern European/Canadian Heritage.
We will next hear from our long-time member and amazing Rotarian supporter Sam Carvajal.  He'll share his heritage from South America.
Feb 5th meeting - Sam Carvajal Brian Bergh 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z
Learning the ropes
Armen Khalafyan, our club President Elect, attended PREP (Presidents' Readiness Educational Program) at Carson Community Center on 1/30. The program included presentations on secrets how to run club meetings effectively, how to increase membership and retention, good communication tools, the importance of foundation giving, etc.  Armen was brain stormed for five hours on this Saturday morning, and he is almost ready to preside our club!
Learning the ropes Makiko Nakasone 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z
Club receives District Grant
President-Elect Armen Khalafyan is presented a District 5280 Grant of $2500.  These monies will be used towards the purchase of an electric countertop convection steamer for the Homegirl Cafe at the Homeboy Industries!
Club receives District Grant Makiko Nakasone 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z
New member - Edwin Voskanian
President Elizabeth Manasserian inducted our newest member, Edwin Voskanian.  Edwin is the owner of Voskanian Investment Group, Inc. and is a welcome addition to our Rotary Club of Glendale membership. 
New member - Edwin Voskanian Brian Bergh 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Jan 29 Meeting - Dr. Calvin Devnich
Join us on Thursday, January 29th to hear our 2nd in the heritage series.  Dr. Calvin Devnich will share his rich history from Canada to Glendale and beyond.  Here's a little preliminary history for Cal:
Cal was born in Saskatchwan, Canada and graduated from high school in 1955 in Albert, Canada.
He holds a BSc degree from Walla Walla college, and RN degree from Portland, OR, and his DDS degree from Loma Linda University which was completed in 1966.
He held an instructor position at the dental University from 1973-1975.  He has served as president of the Flying Doctor of Mercy for 2 years in 1985-86.
Dr. Devnich practiced dentistry for 47 years in Glendale and was loved by his patients.
Cal is the middle child in a family of 9 children.
He and his wife, Irvella, will celebrate the 55th year of marriage this year.
He and Irvella have one daughter and 4 grandchildren who they love dearly.
See you Thursday for a wonderful presentation from a wonderful Rotarian and care-giver.
Thursday, Jan 29 Meeting - Dr. Calvin Devnich Brian Bergh 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Jan 15 meeting minutes
Rotary Club Meeting 1/15/15 Notes
Meeting called to order at 12:30 by Elizabeth Manasserian
Invocation by George Saikaly
Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Brian Bergh
4-Way Test: Tye Vedene
Song of the day led by Don Galleher– God Bless America
Welcome Guests:  City of Glendale Councilwoman Paula Devine and Visiting Rotarian from Kansas City – Randal Mais
Happy Bucks were plentiful today but Natalie was happiest of all as she was glad she had found clever new uses for the Rotary pin to assist with wardrobe challenges.
New Member Edwin Voskanian approved and to be installed in two weeks.
Natalie Komuro recieved her Paul Harris +2 pin today
Rotary 3-2-1 Go to End Polio event coming up on 3/21/15 at Griffith Park. It’s a 5k/10k walk/run event and it is a great event.
Armen and Sevada announced that the sponorships for the Jewel City Ride are coming along and we will soon be asking each member for an introduction to two local businesses or contacts that can participate by sponsoring this year’s event. So far a little more than $8,300 dollars has been pledged.
5 Members attended the District Breakfast on 1/13/15. They were Elizabeth Manasserian, Armen Khalafyan, Sevada Hemelians, Makiko Nakassone and Chuck Reinhart. Great event and the presentation at the event was by 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics organizers.
Makiko Nakasone mentioned that Rotary Club of Glendale (Noon) had received a $2,500 grant and that along with a similar grant of $2,500 that was made to Glendale Sunrise Rotary, a total of $5,000 would now be available for the purchase of a tamale maker for the Homeboy Industries Event scheduled in May.
Upcoming Introduction to rotary mixer to be held at Lex on Orange on 1/29/15 in cooperation with Sunrise Rotary. For anyone interested in learning about Rotary this is going to be a great event.
Presentation by Leslie Lyons on her family’s heritage
Meeting adjourned at 1:30
Thursday, Jan 15 meeting minutes Sevada Hemelians 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Jan 22 meeting
Join us on Thursday, Jan 22 for the second in our heritage series.
Gregory Mgerian, our member, will share his heritage.  Here is some information about Gregory and his talk.
Gregory Mgerian was born in Yerevan, Armenia where he graduated from Yerevan State University, faculty of applied mathematics with degree in Computer Science and currently holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow. He continued his studies at the Computing Center of Academy of Sciences of USSR in Moscow. He immigrated to United States in 1991. Today he continues to work in various fields of Information Technology, particularly in Healthcare, Health Eligibility, Accounting, Pension, Finance, Mortgage, Manufacturing and Transportation and he continues his research into Mathematics and its applications in Information Technology and Business Intelligence. He sits as a member of several charitable fraternities in Washington, D.C., California and Armenia. He loves classical music, jazz, cinematography, history, and philosophy and is passionate about his Armenian heritage. He enjoys to travel, has been in many countries around Europe, eastern and western parts of Russia, including far Eastern territories, Armenia, Republic of Georgia, and Ukraine. 
Gregory lives in Glendale, California with his wife Narine who holds a PhD in Mathematics as well. They have a daughter Anna, USC graduate, who works as a software developer for educational games for children. Their son Michael, graduated from UCLA with Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and currently is a medical student. Gregory has a beautiful granddaughter Alexandra, who, most probably is going to be a musician.
The heritage of Armenian People from Ancient times to today.
This presentation will trace the rich heritage of the Armenian people spanning thousands of years from the Stone Age to Modern day Armenia. The origin and history of the Armenians as a nation. Where is the homeland, what makes them distinguished among others, when they were mentioned in early pre-biblical and biblical years and in the modern historiography? We will review the historical forefathers of the nation, tracing the history back to Noah and his son Japheth. We will talk about why the Armenian language is considered as an Indo-European language and the role of Christianity in forming the national identity and its role in nation’s survival after many historical cataclysms including the Genocide of 20th century. We will talk about the sons of Armenia and their cultural, political, scientific heritage in various countries, including USA.
Thursday, Jan 22 meeting Brian Bergh 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Jan 15 meeting.
Join us on Thursday, January 15th, as we hear from our own member Leslie Lyons.  Leslie will begin our celebration of Heritage month as she starts a 4-part series of presentations by some of our distinguished members.
Here's a little history for Leslie:
Leslie was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts and considers New England her first “home” especially when it comes to cheering for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins.   She earned her degree in Economics and Business Management from Russell Sage College, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York.  Her father’s job transferred the family from Boston to Los Angeles in 1976 when she was a Junior in college.  She began her banking career in 1977 in Los Angeles with United California Bank and  thirty-seven years later she is still a banker in the greater Los Angeles area.  Leslie has spent the past 20 years as a business banker/relationship manager in Glendale with Community Bank, First Regional Bank and currently Manufacturers Bank.
Early in her career she joined the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (“Jaycees”) which provided her with a great foundation for community service. She served on the board of the Jaycees for many years as well as President of the Pasadena Jaycee Foundation.  She subsequently became a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association where she served as a “white suiter” for 19 years.  She currently is a member of the Advisory Board of the Pasadena Salvation Army,  a past executive board member of Five Acres Boy’s and Girl’s Aid Society of Los Angeles and a proud member of the Rotary  Club of Glendale. 
Leslie lives in San Gabriel and enjoys spending vacations in New Hampshire.
Thursday, Jan 15 meeting. Brian Bergh 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
January 8, 2014 Annual Meeting
President Elizabeth Manasserian called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
Don Galleher did the invocation. George Boghossian led the Pledge of Allegiance. Grigor recited The Four Way Test, and Don led all to sing “God Bless America”.
Happy Bucks box was filled by Natalie, Larry, Chuck and Don.
Today’s guests included Mr. R N Saboo, a visiting Rotarian from India, Dr. Hillary Kim, Lindsay Woodward, and Edwin Voskanian, a prospective member, who just submitted an application. Welcome song was sung, and Brian Bergh’s table was asked to stand, and welcome the guests.
Vardan Stepanyan was formally inducted as a new member.  Vardan is a resident of Glendale, and is an immigration consultant. He has a Law Degree from Armenia. Vardan spoke about organizing an essay contest for middle school children in Glendale, focusing on immigrant children, and their stories. Vardan would like to do it this year, with the help of the club.
Announcements included the following:
* From Leslie Lyons- Rotary T-Shirts are available, and we can order as a group. Be good to wear it during events, like the Jewel City Ride.
* From Elizabeth- A Membership mixer for Glendale Sunrise, Noon and Moonlight will be held on 01/29th between 5:00-7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited.
* Elizabeth announced that the Club just got its own laptop for exclusive use of the Club, and will be handed over to whoever is the sitting Club President.
* Makiko asked the group for someone who may have time to host a 20 year old film student from Japan, whose sister was in the foreign student exchange program of Rotary. This student will be in the US for 2 weeks.
* From Natalie- Ascencia Gala is end of this month.
* From Armen- Jewel City Ride will be held on 06/07th at the Verdugo Park. The beneficiaries are YWCA, Ark Family Center, and PAL. Armen asked for the members’ help to solicit sponsors. Sam committed to be a sponsor.
* From Armen- EREY goal is $4,200. The club has hit $8,000 already. Armen asked if anyone wants to give out their points.
Elizabeth made a presentation of what the Club has done/ accomplished during her 1st six months as President. Below are the highlights:
* In April of 2014, a Strategic Planning Retreat was held at Elizabeth’s house with the Club’s Board which included Frank, Natalie, Leslie, Tom, Jerry, Armen, Chuck and Gregory. 
* Elizabeth called on each Chairman of the four standing committees-Club Service, Club Projects, Club Membership, and Public Relations, to thank them, and briefly provide insights on their ongoing and upcoming activities.
* Leslie, Chairman of Club Services, announced that she will be dividing the club in groups of six, and rotate doing the Invocation, Pledge, and Four Way Test to these groups.
* Elizabeth recalled the success of monthly themed meetings which included themes like Health Month, and Spirituality Month. January is Heritage Month, and Leslie Lyons is our first speaker on 01/15th.
* The club had a pool party attended by about 17-20 people.
* The Holiday Christmas party, which was joint with Rotary Sunrise, was a success, with about 50 people attending. It was held at the Glendale’s Mayor’s house.
* Club Service included community involvement, in which the club sponsored a table to three events-Glendale Fire Department Luncheon, Women’s Achiever’s Luncheon, and the Glendale Educational Foundation Breakfast.
* Club is also sponsoring a new Club- Little Tokyo, led by Makiko, who announced that she needs 10 more new members to be able to formally form the new Club.
* Bill Knauf of the Club Membership Committee commended Elizabeth, President, on her active involvement in recruiting new members.  There were 5 new members inducted, and 7 more in the pipeline.
* Leslie announced that membership dues are now $400 equally, every quarter, and that the Club is current on all dues.
* George and Jerry were recognized for being Paul Harris + 1 and 2.
* A Fireside Chat for new and prospective members was held at Elizabeth’s house on 10/30th.
* Projects last year included the Music Contest, GUSD Invention Convention, Jewel City Ride in May of 2014, and Salvation Army Bell Ringers. International projects included Columbia Health Clinics, and Bikes 4 Orphans.
* Dr. Bergh, Chairman of Public Relations, was in charge of the Club’s website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Brian thanked members who help take down notes during meetings.
* Club was actively visible with the Glendale News Press, and City Council, in announcing and promoting club activities and events.
* District Governor, Elsa Gillham, visited the club on 08/21/14, and inducted Joy Garcia, as a new member.
* Elizabeth and Makiko applied for a grant for Homeboy Industries. We should know in the next few months if it will be approved.
* Activities the Club did with the district included: Quarterly breakfast meetings, Boat race/Picnic, Camp Pendleton Soldier baby shower, District Gala, and Angel City celebration at Little Tokyo.
2015 upcoming events to look forward to include the following: Guatemala trip, Fireside Chat in April, Jewel City Ride in June, Father Boyle’s visit to the Club in May, great speakers, and more new members.
Cal spoke about having more publicity for the club, as people know so little about Rotary. Frank, President Elect, mentioned that he is working with the Chamber of Commerce for a joint project. 
Voting for incoming Officers and Board Members were performed. Nominations included Frank Saito as President, Leslie Lyons as Secretary, Vicky Rangsuebsin as Treasurer, John Payne, Board Member, Don Galleher, Board Member, and Richard Swanberg, Board Member.  All nominations were confirmed.
Winning raffle ticket was held by Natalie.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30.
January 8, 2014 Annual Meeting Joy Garcia 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z
December 18th meeting - last meeting of 2014
Join us tomorrow, December 18th, for our last meeting of 2014.
We are excited to have Rabbi Rick Schechter talk to us about Judaism.  This will conclude our 2-month speaker schedule on Spirituality.
Rabbi Rick Schechter is the spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Glendale, a Reform Jewish congregation that’s been in Glendale for over 85 years.
Rabbi Schechter has been with Temple Sinai for over nine years. A passionate teacher, speaker, writer, and storyteller, Rabbi Schechter brings a unique blend of wisdom, warmth, and sense of humor to the congregation and the community.
Before Temple Sinai, Rabbi Schechter served for five years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar in Lancaster, and for three years as a rabbi of Temple Shalom in Dallas. He was ordained from the Reform Jewish seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 1997.
Rabbi Schechter is active in spiritual development, interreligious dialogue, and creating vibrant and joyful Jewish living. His articles and award-winning sermons have appeared in national publications.
December 18th meeting - last meeting of 2014 Brian Bergh 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z
Meeting Minutes, Dec 11, 2014
The meeting was called to order by President Elizabeth Manasserian at 12:30.
Today's Speaker was Rev. Matt Price of the Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock, Ca. Rev. Price is a graduate of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and gave a short talk which he called Christianity 101. Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Gospels. The word gospel comes from the Latin words for good news and contains the thoughts and deeds of Jesus and his disciples. Rev Price also explained the differences in the teachings of the Bible and Koran.  Thanks, Rev. Price, for giving us a timely update on two of the great religions of the world.
The invocation was given today by Don Galleher.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Joy Garcia
The Four Way test was skillfully lead by Bill Knauf
Today's Special Guest was  California Assemblyman Mike Gatto who presented the current Rotary Board with Commendations from the California State Assembly. He wanted to thank all of us in the Rotary Club who place Service Above Self and serve our club and community.
Happy Bucks were plentiful including some jokes celebrating the Holiday Season.
Today President Elizabeth inducted our two newest members into the Club: Mary Khayat and Kathy Rust.
Both of these women have spent much of their careers caring for the elderly and homeless people in our community. Their complete bios can be found on the Clubrunner website.
The December 7th Holiday Party at Mayor Sinanyan's home was very enjoyable.
Dec 18 meeting  Rabbi Rick Schechter will be discussing Judaism 101
Dec 25 and Jan 1, 2015 WE ARE DARK
June 7, 2015 will be the third annual Jewell City Bike Ride.
January 2015 will be Heritage Month at Rotary
Jan 8th will be our Club Assembly where Elizabeth will review the first six months of her presidency and we will elect new officers for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.
Please feel free to visit our Club website at
Meeting Minutes, Dec 11, 2014 Richard Swanberg 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z
Thursday, Dec 11 program
Join us Thursday, December 11th, for another presentation of the World's religions.  Matt Price will be talking about Christianity.
Matt Price is the Pastor of Evangelism at Christian Assembly in Los Angeles, California (located in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock) where he is in his tenth year as a member of the  pastoral staff.  He seeks to mobilize men and women for creative, conversational and transformative communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  After receiving a BA from Texas A&M University, Matt earned a MDiv from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.  He and his wife, Lindsey, have four children and live in Eagle Rock.
We will also be inducting two, yes TWO, new members.  We're excited to have Kathy Rust and Mary Khayat join our club.  Two wonderful ladies!!
Thursday, Dec 11 program Elizabeth Manasserian 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Bell Ringing Rotarians`
Great weather and generous givers made the Annual Rotary Club of Glendale bell ringing another successful event. 
Makiko Nakasone, Cal Devnich, Hal Hanable and Bill Knauf rang and rang.
Bell Ringing Rotarians` Makiko Nakasone 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Buddhism 101
By popular demand, we have invited Kusala Bhikshu again to talk about Buddhism this Thursday, 11/20. He will be the second speaker during the Month of Spirituality.  Kusala is one of the most inspirational speakers we have had, and you would not want to miss it.  
Ven. Kusala Bhikshu is an American born monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam and is head monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in the Korea town section of Los Angeles.  He is a member of the Buddhist-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles and the Spiritual Care Committee at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  He has been active in community volunteer work for two decades with time spent at the California State Prison for Men, Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall, The Garden Grove Police Department, and Buddhist Chaplain for the University Religious Conference at U.C.L.A.  For fun Kusala likes to play his Ukulele, blues on his Harmonica and work on his website –   He might even play his harmonica to us again.
See you this Thursday, 11/20! 
Buddhism 101 Makiko Nakasone 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary Vocational Service Music Contest Today
Join us today, Thursday, November 13th, to hear some incredible musical performances from talented high school students from the Glendale Unified School District.  As part of the District 5280 Vocational Services, the winner of the contest today will earn a spot in the District 5280 final competition in March 2015 at LMU.  The winners of this competition will receive scholarships and also exposure to educational leaders of Music and Fine Arts programs. 
Rotary Vocational Service Music Contest Today Armen Khalafyan 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z
Meeting Minutes from Nov 6, 2014
Today's Program was the first in a series of lectures talking about Spirituality, Our speaker today was Dr. Carl Totton who gave an excellent presentation on Taoism. Dr. Totton is a clinical psychologist and ordained Tao priest. The word Tao means the way or the path. The Tao follow the The Tao Te Ching which is the primary book of this religion. Learning how to live a life in harmony and balance with nature is the key. Toaists tend to avoid beliefs in favor of experience. They believe that the universe is in continuous flux with change being the only constant. They must keep their minds open to meditate and be in spiritual harmony with nature. Thanks, Dr. Totton for providing us with an update of this religion.
The meeting was called to order by President Elizabeth Manasserian
Greg led us in a inspiring moment with a StarTreck theme
Natalie led us in the Pledge of Allegiance
Vicky and Larry led us in the 4 Way Test
Don led us in "God Bless America"
Happy Bucks were plentiful today but Jerry Tomsic's donation today made him a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Congrats, Jerry
Today we inducted Sevada Hemelians as our newest member. Sevada is a USC grad and a businessman who is very active in the Glendale community.
WELCOME Sevada to our Club.
November 13 we will be having a musical contest  at our meeting with high   school students competing for Rotary awards!
November 14 Glendale High School Invention Convention. We will be judging
 inventions at Glendale High from 5pm to 7pm
November 27 We will be dark due to Thanksgiving
Dec 6 is the Angel City Celebration
Dec 7 will be our annual Holiday party with the Glendale Sunrise and Moonlight clubs joining us to celebrate the Holidays.
Rich Swanberg, reporter
Meeting Minutes from Nov 6, 2014 Richard Swanberg 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z
Minutes from Oct 23rd meeting
President Elizabeth Manasserian called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm.
Chuck Reinhart provided the invocation entitled “Secrets to Happiness”  followed by Greg Mgerian with the Pledge of Allegiance, Tye Veden with the Four Way Test and Don Galleher directed us all in the song of the day,  “God Bless America."
Natalie Komuro welcomed our 2 guests, Kathy Rust and Romik Zadorian.  And while not actually a “guest” we were happy to welcome back, at least temporarily, club member Stephen Bache.  He said we will see him again in December.
Happy Bucks were generously donated by Natalie Komuro, Larry Tison, Stephen Bache, Brian Bergh, Elizabeth Manasserian, Greg Mgerian and guest Kathy Rust.
Vocational Rotary Minute was provided by Larry Tison, 35-year member, past Glendale Rotary President 2005, native Californian born and raised in Lodi who has now called Glendale home for 40 years.  Larry is a licensed Landscape Architect designing outdoor spaces for commercial and high-end residential properties.  Member Sam provided a resounding endorsement of Larry’s work and Natalie thanked Larry for his pro-bono work for non-profit organization, Ascencia.
Announcements included a Happy Birthday cake provided by Grigor to President Elizabeth who celebrated a birthday on October 21st.  Armen discussed the Music Contest to be held on 11/13 and that we are in need of 2 more judges for the event.  Armen also talked about the Jewel City Bike Ride with the next committee meeting to be held on November 6th at Panera Bread.  The event this year is expanding to include 5 local Rotary clubs.  Armen also put out a request for volunteers for the Invention Convention to be held on 11/14 – we need 10 volunteers.  Elizabeth provided a brief overview of the District 5280 Camp Pendleton Baby Shower which donated to 15 expectant mothers and had over 150 people in attendance.  Leslie announced that she is chairing a fundraising event for Pasadena Salvation Army on 11/21 to be held at the Rose Bowl the day before the big USC/UCLA football game.  Anyone interested in attending please contact Leslie.
President Elizabeth provided a brief overview of the club’s activities through 2nd quarter including Strategic Planning session held in April (in preparation for the 2014/2015 year), members attending district events including District Breakfast, District Picnic, membership seminars, etc.
President Elizabeth introduced our guest speaker for the day, our very own member, Dr. Richard Swanberg.  Dr. Swanberg is a board certified family physician who graduated with honors from both Stanford University and UCLA School of Medicine (or as referred to by President Elizabeth that “other school”).  He did has family medicine residency at UCSF Family Medicine Program in Santa Rose, CA.
For 14 years Dr. Swanberg had a full-service family medicine private practice in Mountain View, CA and delivered over 500 babies at Stanford and El Camino Hospitals.  While in practice, Dr. Swanberg earned an MBA from Santa Clara School of Business with an emphasis in Health Care.  In 1994, Dr. Swanberg joined Great West Life/One Health Plan of California and served as their national VP Medial Director for 10 years doing utilization review, quality assurance and writing clinical policies and preventative health guidelines for the company.  He and his family moved to Glendale in 2002.
For the past 10 years Dr. Swanberg has been a consulting physician for Health Care Partners Medical Group and an attending physician at the Glendale Adventist Family Practice Residency Program.   Dr. Swanberg’s talk today focused on  the “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule 2014” and reminded us all that if we plan to get a flu shot, get it now.  The flu vaccine saves 20,000 American lives each year.  Dr. Swanberg had planned to talk briefly about the hot topic of Ebola but we ran out of time.  We look forward to having him back again.    
President Elizabeth adjourned the meeting at 1:30 pm.
Minutes from Oct 23rd meeting Leslie Lyons 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z
November 6th meeting - Dr. Carl Totton on Taoism

Dr. Carl Totton is the founder and director of the Taoist Institute in North Hollywood, CA. He has studied the Chinese arts for over fifty years and works as a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. At the Institute, he teaches courses in both spiritual practices and body-mind arts like tai chi and meditation. An ordained Taoist Priest, his specialty is the study of consciousness and spiritual growth.

November 6th meeting - Dr. Carl Totton on Taoism Brian Bergh 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z
Meeting Minutes from Oct 16 2014
President Elizabeth Manasserian called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm.
Tom Roth provided the inspirational message for the day followed by Joy Garcia with the Pledge of Allegiance, Brian Bergh with the Four Way Test and Don Galleher directed us all in the song of the day,  “God Bless America” .
We welcomed the following 5 guests with our traditional club Welcome song:  Vardan Stepanyan (introduced by Brian Bergh), Laura Friedman (introduced by Elizabeth Manasserian), Dr. Samudrala, Jordan Gettinger and Dr. James Neff (introduced by Cal Devnich).
Happy Bucks were generously donated by Joy Garcia, Makiko Nakasone, Frank Saito, Brian Bergh and Glen Passmore. 
Announcements included:  New member Sevada Hemelians to be installed at club meeting on 11/6; Elizabeth thanked those members who were able to attend the Fireman’s Luncheon on 10/15; Armen reminded everyone that we still need judges/volunteers for the Invention Convention on 11/14;  Elizabeth announced she will be hosting a wine & cheese and Rotary 101 social gathering at her home on 10/30 – all members welcome - signup sheet was passed;  joint holiday party with Sunrise Rotary in December – date TBD;  District Baby Shower for Camp Pendleton-Roxbury Park on 10/18 – Elizabeth collecting donations of $ and baby items.
Brian Bergh announced that he, along with business development expert and best-selling author, Brian Tracy, co-authored the book titled, Transform: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming Your Life.  The book is available on Amazon and Brian brought several books to today’s meeting to hand out to members and graciously signed each one.
Continuing with October’s “Health Month” theme our guest speaker today was Dr. Srinath Samudrala.  Dr. Samudrala is one of the leading spine surgeons and is recognized nationally and internationally.  He currently performs surgery at Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Spine Institute.  Prior to beginning his practice in Glendale, Dr. Samudrala was the Director of Spinal Surgery for the Dept. of Neurosurgery at USC for 10 years.  He was also the Co-Director of the Spine Trauma program at LAC-USC Medical Center and performed surgeries at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for 5 years.  Dr. Samudrala received his bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside and his medical degree from UCLA.  He completed a general surgery internship at Bellevue Hospital Dept. of Surgery in New York.  It was while at Bellevue that Dr. Samudrala shared with all of us the story of “why he does what he does”.  He recounted for us a weekend early on in his residency at Bellevue when he aggressively resuscitated a young man who was very obviously going to die.  Shortly before dying the young man thanked Dr. Samudrala for “letting me come back to say goodbye to my parents”– a powerful story of providing comfort consultation.  
It is also important to note that in our audience today was one of our own club members who had previously been operated on by Dr. Samudrala with great success!!
The winning raffle ticket was picked by Dr. Richard Swanberg who picked his own ticket!!!!   Richard is also the guest speaker at our next meeting on 10/23/14.
President Elizabeth adjourned the meeting at 1:30 pm.
Meeting Minutes from Oct 16 2014 Leslie Lyons 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Richard Swanberg, MD - speaker October 23rd
Join us on Thursday, October 23rd to hear from our member, Dr. Richard Swanberg.
Richard Swanberg, MD, is a board-certified physician who graduated with honors from both Stanford University and UCLA School of Medicine.  He did his family medicine residency at UCSF Family Medicine Program in Santa Rosa, CA.
For 14 years, Dr. Swanberg had a full-service family medicine private practice in Mountain View, CA, and delivered over 500 babies at Stanford and El Camino Hospitals.  While in practice, Dr. Swanberg earned an MBA from Santa Clara School of Business with an emphasis in Health Care.  In 1994, Dr. Swanberg joined Great West Life/One Health Plan of California and served as their national VP Medical Director for ten years doing Utilization Review, Quality Assurance and
writing clinical policies and Preventive Health guidelines for the company.  His family moved to Glendale in 2002.
For the last ten years, Dr. Swanberg has been a consulting physician for Health Care Partners Medical Group and an attending physician at the Glendale Adventist Family Practice Residency Program.
Dr. Swanberg and his wife enjoy traveling, golf and most importantly he enjoys being a member of the Glendale Noon Rotary Club.
Richard Swanberg, MD - speaker October 23rd Brian Bergh 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z
Sinathra Samudrala, Director GAMC Spine Institute, Oct 16 speaker
Dr Samudrala grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA for Medical School.

He quickly fell in love with the amazing field of Neurosurgery and traveled to New York to spend seven years at NYU where he was trained as a Neurosurgeon.  He then went to the University of Florida for specialized training in Spine Surgery.
Dr Samudrala wanted to return to Southern California where his family and wife's family lived and so he accepted a professorship at USC where he worked for 10 years as Director of Spine Surgery and taught residents how to perform Spine Surgery.
He is now director of the Spine Institute at GAMC and works to serve his patients in the San Gabriel Valley. He spends his free time raising his twin children and hiking with his dogs and lives in La Canada.
Sinathra Samudrala, Director GAMC Spine Institute, Oct 16 speaker Brian Bergh 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
Arby Nahapetian, MD, MPH, FACC to speak October 9th
Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Arby Nahapetian, M.D., MPH, FACC to the position of Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality.  A practicing cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Nahapetian will play an integral role in strengthening communication and enhancing the hospital’s focus on clinical quality among its affiliated physicians. Dr. Nahapetian joined the staff on August 1, 2012. 
“I am proud to be joining the leadership team at such an impressive hospital,” said Dr. Nahapetian. “Glendale Adventist is an exemplary hospital serving the community for more than 100 years. My new position will bring together my interests in the administrative side of medicine as well as the clinical side. I look forward to working with the hospital’s physicians to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.” 
Dr. Nahapetian comes to Glendale Adventist from Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group and serves as Clinical Instructor for medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Ronald Reagan Medical Center.  
A graduate of Yale University with a Masters degree in Public Health, Dr. Nahapetian began his career with humanitarian work the World Health Organization working on meningococcal meningitis in Sub-Saharan Africa. He later graduated from The UC Davis Medical School and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He completed his sub-specialty fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles thereafter.   Throughout his career, he has been intrigued by administrative functions and roles which led to opportunities for developing his leadership skills in medicine. He is passionate about clinical quality and evidence-based medicine, and was attracted to this position through his desire to serve in broader administrative roles.
Dr. Nahapetian will continue to practice clinical medicine as he begins his new role as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Quality. In his new status, he will be part of the executive staff, working with the medical and administrative staff to drive vital quality improvement initiatives at GAMC. 
“Dr. Nahapetian will lend his insight, energy and skills as GAMC prepares for changes driven by health care reform. He will be an integral part of our leadership team as the hospital continues to provide excellent service to patients and the communities we serve,” said Kevin A. Roberts, President and CEO at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.   
Dr. Nahapetian has both clinical and administrative expertise which he brings to this new position. He has served as a member of a local Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Quality and Outcomes committees, working to integrate approximately 660 physician strong integration cost/savings sharing parameters for the ACO as a whole.
Dr. Nahapetian established the Arrhythmia Center of Excellence at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as well as the new Electrophysiology Laboratory at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and serves as the lead physician for length of stay and quality improvement protocol for a national health system. 
He has published numerous articles on health issues, such as arrhythmia, pulmonary arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease and numerous public health topics. 
Arby Nahapetian, MD, MPH, FACC to speak October 9th Brian Bergh 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z
Dental Health - Why It's So Important For Rotarians and Their Families
On October 2nd, Dr. Brian Bergh will speak to us about dental health.
Not a topic most like to talk about, but critical in maintaining a healthy
and vibrant life.  Dental disease not only affects the individual, but also
those around them.
Discover the 3 key secrets to long-lasting dental health and how excellent
dental health can prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory
diseases and cancer.
You'll be surprised just how easy it is to maintain optimum dental health and
how modern dentistry has improved the patient experience to the
point where people even enjoy going to the dentist. 
Dental Health - Why It's So Important For Rotarians and Their Families Elizabeth Manasserian 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
Noon Rotary Support Women Achievers!
Glendale Noon Rotarians were present at the Business Life Women
Achiever's Luncheon on Monday, September 29th.
Congralutions to all those who were honored.  Your contributions make
this community what it is.  Thank you!
Noon Rotary Support Women Achievers! 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z
Sept 25 meeting - Lt. Gilkerson, GPD, STAR program
Join us today for an enlightening program making a difference here in Glendale.
S.T.A.R. stands for “Students Training As Role models” and it is a program that is put together to assist under privileged kids from ages 9-14 years old. We currently have 17 kids enrolled in the program where the kids get the opportunity to give back to their community by working on and helping with projects throughout the city. They are given homework time and are assisted in completing their homework assignments, they are taught lesson plans in accordance to the monthly theme (example: School Safety, Saying No to Drugs, Citizenship, etc.), they are taught responsibility and accountability, and they participate in both physical and academic activities while at the Pacific Community Center. They are provided dinner and snacks every week during STAR meetings and are given the opportunity to go on monthly outings to educational centers, theme parks, museums, and other fun activities they otherwise would not get the opportunity to experience. Also, the kids must show their report cards to the staff every time they receive them because they have to maintain good grades and good behavior in school to be a part of the program. When they turn 14, they graduate from STAR and are presented certificates by City Council at the meeting during their presentation.
Sept 25 meeting - Lt. Gilkerson, GPD, STAR program 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z
September 18 meeting - GUSD FLAG program
Our club meeting started off with a beautiful invocation by our new member Joy.
It was followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Jerry.
Chuck tested the club members on the Four Way Test.
Don led us to the song of the day which was Row, Row, Row your boat in dedication of the Rotary Boat Race where our club finished 3rd place. 
Our club President, Elizabeth, welcomed all our guests.
Club collected happy bucks. Cal was happy because he announced his donation to the Rotary International Fund. Natalie was happy to have Claudia join her in our Rotary club meeting and as well as a part of Ascencia. Bill Knauf was happy because he got to see the UCLA Bruins football game in Texas. Tye was happy to be back from backpacking trip he took. He has taken about 258 backpacking trips. Frank was glad that the September 15th deadline is over. 
Our very own Bill Knauf, did the vocational rotary minute. Bill sells insurance for a living. His grandmother had started the family firm in the 30’s. Now it is currently run by him and his brother. Arroyo insurance services provides insurance for all your needs, personal, home, business, etc. One advice Bill had was to make sure to buy a personal umbrella insurance.
Our program this week was by Dr. Dick Sheehan from GUSD. Dr. Sheehan gave us a background on the FLAG program. Each of the GUSD elementary schools teach a foreign language to the students. The classrooms are taught half the time in English and the other half in the foreign language that school is assigned. Some of the languages include, Spanish, Armenian, German, and Korean. We were lucky enough to have seen what the FLAG program has achieved.  Students from different local elementary schools recited a poem and sang songs in different languages. 
September 18 meeting - GUSD FLAG program Grigor Grigoryan 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z
September 18 meeting - Dr. Dick Sheehan and GUSD Flag program
Join us tomorrow as we welcome Dr. Dick Sheehan, Superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District.
Dr. Sheehan will speak to us about the GUSD FLAG program.
In 2003, the Glendale Unified School District began its first Spanish dual language program with 18 students at Edison Elementary schools giving students the opportunity to develop bilingualism and bi-literacy in both English and Spanish. Today the Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) program consists of 7 languages, Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish that are taught from Kindergarten through the end of elementary school. Most recently, the Board of Education approved and committed to creating pathways that will allow for students to maintain the language they began learning in Kindergarten through the end of their secondary education. The main goals for our students are for them to be bilingual/biliterate and prepared to be competitors in a global job market.
September 18 meeting - Dr. Dick Sheehan and GUSD Flag program Brian Bergh 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Picnic and Boat Race
We had a great time at the Rotary District 5280 Picnic in Redondo Beach on Sunday, September 14th.
The weather was great, much cooler there than in Glendale, and everyone had a great time.  A lot of
great food and great people. 
Our boat made it into the final race!!  After a controversial ruling, our boat placed 4th in the final race.
Joining us at the picnic were Armen and friends, Makiko, Elizabeth, and Brian and his family.
Check out the photo album for more great photos.
District 5280 Picnic and Boat Race Brian Bergh 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z
September 11, 2014 Meeting Minutes
The Glendale Rotary Noon 09/11/2014 Meeting was called to order by Elizabeth Manasserian, President.

The Invocation was led by Larry Tison and the Pledge of Allegiance by Hal Hanable.

The 4 Way Test was led by Sam Carvajal and the Song of the day, God Bless America, by Don Gallaher.

We welcomed 3 guests: John from Ohio Rotary, Minerva and Silva.

Happy Bucks were donated by Brian Bergh, Gregory Mgerian who is headed for San Martin where his son is going to school, Leslie Lyons, Elizabeth Manasserian and Frank Saito.
Vocational Rotary Minutes:

Joy Garcia, one of our new members, presented.  She works as a commercial loan officer at Pacific Western Bank at Brand & Lexington in Glendale where she has been for 8 years.
Armen Khalafyan is a USC graduate and architect. He has his own business which has several divisions: architecture, construction, real estate development and property management. He is currently working on buying and updating older structures, and making pre-fab kitchens for people to rent by the hour. Business name is Domus Group.

There were several announcements.
1. 09/13 is the service for Jack Kabateck.  We are also inviting Gladys to Rotary to present her a gift.
2. 09/14 is the District Picnic & Boat Race
3. 09/29 is the Business Life Women Achievers
4. Chuck Reinhart spoke about the Paul Harris Society. To become a member one needs to donate $1,000 annually to Rotary International.. 50% is kept by RI and 50% is returned to the District after 3 years for their projects. Members can make their donations to one or more of the RI funds.  Armen added that members need to be Paul Harris Fellows first.  Commitments of #100 annually are needed and count towards the PH Society.  The club has about 15,000 points which it will use to match for members contributing $500 or more.
5. 11/08 is District 5280 Gala.  Cost is $125.
6. The Nominating Committee of 5 members has been selected by the Board: Brian, Bill, Makiko, George and Glen.
7. Gerry Tomsic and Ron announced the Red Cross Comedy Night 10/12. $50 for 5:30 PM dinner buffet, $20 for 7:00 PM comedy show, both at the Phoenician Restaurant in Glendale.
8. 10/02 Thursday 7:00 AM is the GEF State of the Schools Breakfast at the Glendale Educ. Foundation Edison Gymnasium.
9. Looking at tentative dates for Holiday Party:  12/09 or 12/16. Initial indication favors 12/16.

Today’s Speaker:  Jermaine Ee.  Jermaine was born in Arcadia but lived for a while in Koala Lumpur.  Early on he struggled with school and studying but later got motivated and went to Pasadena Community College and graduated from USC in Political Science and Marketing. His is now District Rotaract President. He is one of 68 delegates in the International Rotary Youth Leadership group and was involved in a world peace project in Kenya & Somalia.  He is currently working on a tech start up and a non-profit start up.  Rotaract is for people 18-30 years old in partnership with Rotary to make a better world.  Rotaract is for both college students and community based young professionals.   There are 8 groups in the District and 2 community groups. They are looking to open a community group in Glendale.  Some goals of Rotaract are 1) to provide ways for interested youths to carry out projects in their communities and not wait until out of school and working; 2) to generate commitment  by the tech generation; 3) to make contacts from around the world.

After the guest speaker the meeting was adjourned by the President.
September 11, 2014 Meeting Minutes John Payne 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z
August 28th Meeting Minutes
Meeting Minutes -  August 28, 2014
President Elizabeth Manasserian called the meeting to order at 12:33 pm
Armen Khalafyan provided the invocation for the day followed by Natalie Komuro with the Pledge of Allegiance, Tye Veden with the Four Way Test and Don Galleher directed us all in the song of the day,  “God Bless America” .
Elizabeth welcomed our 4 guests including:  Lt. Lola Abrahamiam, Jewel Price, Emanuela Panebianco, and Glyn Milburn. 
Happy Bucks were generously handed over by Makiko Nakasone, Richard Swanberg (something about a football game??), Natalie Komuro, Frank Saito and Hal Hanable.  Hal counted out change from a sock in honor of his birthday.  Hilarious!
Announcements included Luau and Pool party reminder at the home of President Elizabeth on September 6 – bring guests.   District Picnic and Boat Race on 9/14 – seeking donations/sponsorships.  We hope to be rowed to victory this year by the father and son team of Bergh and Bergh.  New Member Seminar on 9/20 in Santa Monica.   Looking for attendees – currently Elizabeth and Joy Garcia will be attending .  Elizabeth indicated the club has purchased a table to both the Business Life Women Achievers Luncheon on 9/29 and the GEF State of the Schools Breakfast on 10/2.  If you would like to attend, cost is $65 and $25, respectively.
Jewel Price from Rotary Club of Glendale – Sunrise spoke briefly about the Humanitarian trip to Guatemala scheduled for February 5 - February 9, 2015.  Sign-up deadline is 9/15/14 but she believes there will be some flexibility if you decide to go on the trip after the deadline date if there is still availability. 
Elizabeth read a heartfelt thank you note received from Glady Kabateck to the club thanking us for remembering Jack.  Celebration of Life will be Saturday Sept. 13 at 11:00 am at La Canada Presbyterian Church.  
Leslie Lyons asked all members to please help with weekly invocation/inspiration and acting as meeting recorder whenever possible. 
President Elizabeth introduced our speaker, Glyn Milburn.  Glyn is a former American football player having played with 5 different NFL teams.  He was also the General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the Austin Wranglers in the Arena Football League.  Today, Glyn serves on the Mayor’s Business Team handling Manufacturing, Sports & Tourism sectors.  Glyn is responsible for the implementation of business policy initiatives of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti including the support and expansion of Los Angeles companies in both manufacturing and sports/tourism sectors as well as the attraction and development of new companies to Los Angeles.
With Glyn’s wealth of experience and great football stories we ran out of time much too soon.  We will definitely ask Glyn back for another round.
The winning raffle ticket was picked by Glyn with Bob Nellis the winner of a Mimi’s Café gift certificate, 
President Elizabeth adjourned the meeting at 1:35 pm.
August 28th Meeting Minutes Leslie Lyons 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z
Jack Kabateck - Celebration of Life Today
Today, join Glady Kabateck, family members, Rotarians, friends and other community
members to celebrate Jack's life.
The celebration will be held today, September 13th at the La Canada Presbyterian Church, 
626 Foothill Blvd in La Canada, beginning at 11am. 
Jack's legacy is amazing and full of community service, love for life and love for others.
Jack Kabateck - Celebration of Life Today Brian Bergh 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z
Sept 11 meeting. Jermaine Ee - Youth and Rotary
Jermaine Ee is a recent USC graduate in Political Science and Marketing. With almost two years of experience Rotaract, Jermaine served as President of USC’s Rotaract Club and was 1 of the 68 delegates, representing 32 countries, at the 2014 International RYLA. He attended his first Rotary International Convention in Sydney.
When Jermaine was in high school, he was bullied and nearly dropped out twice. On top of that, he scored so low on Math and English that even his counselor doubted if he could have graduate from high school, let alone go to college. Having been inspired by motivational speakers, mentors, and service organizations, Jermaine understands the importance of Giving. Today, he is heavily invested in building a sustainable Rotaract presence in the Greater Los Angeles Region.
Outside of Rotaract, Jermaine is involved in a tech startup, a non-profit startup, and he is one of the youngest members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Sept 11 meeting. Jermaine Ee - Youth and Rotary 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
Guatemala Humanitarian Trip - Feb 5-9, 2015
The indigenous people living outside Guatemala's major cities are the most wonderful people you can meet but also the poorest in our hemisphere. The population is expanding faster than the general services they require for education, health and general infrastructure, such as clean water.

The Rotary Clubs of District 5280, along with the Rotary Clubs of Guatemala have collaborated on six Global Grant projects to help the Guatemalans living in the countryside. The humanitarian trip attendees will experience first-hand the wonderful achievements from our generous donations.

Trip headquarters will be in the former colonial capital of Central America, Antigua. Antigua is protected as a UNESCO city heritage site.

Accommodations are at the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, ranked by travel magazines as one of the top 100 hotels in the world. Day bus trips will be provided to visit the Rotary projects our District and Guatemala Rotary are sponsoring. The projects are mostly outside Antigua, traveling into the lush countryside, known as the land of the eternal spring and for its indigenous culture.

Payment Details:
The basic trip is $1600/person with airfare. Also offered is a one-day optional trip to Tikal (additional cost) and a Post-Trip to Isla de Roatan, Honduras Feb. 9-13, 2015 (additional cost). Please see the registration form for additional details. The deadline to register is September 15, 2014. Only 120 spaces are available and it is first come, first served. A deposit of $800 is due on September 15, 2014. The balance is due November 15, 2014. You can register online or by printing out the registration form provided and returning with payment to the District Office. Please submit separate registration forms for each travel companion.
**Post Trip To Isla De Roatan, Honduras has a maximum capacity of 34 people. Once that number has been reached, we will start a wait list.

Cancellation Policy:
1. Before November 15, 2014- Full Refund
2. Between November 15 to December 15, 2014- $ 150 Penalty
3. After December 15, 2014- No Refund

Questions and Comments:
Contact Richard Ham at or 310-435-5398
- See more at:
Guatemala Humanitarian Trip - Feb 5-9, 2015 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z
NFL Superstar and Record Holder Glyn Milburn to Speak, Aug 28th
Glyn Milburn
Business Team
LA Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
Glyn is a member of the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Business Team in the Office of Economic Development where he engages with businesses in sports, tourism, entertainment and fashion/apparel.  He came to the Mayor’s Office after serving time as a Special Assistant for City Councilman Dennis P. Zine and City Council President Herb Wesson where he served in a variety of legislative and community support functions.  In addition to his public service, Glyn brings more than 18 years of experience as a business owner and manager in real estate, energy, and technology related ventures.   Glyn successfully launched an Arena League Football franchise in 2003 as the Executive Vice President of Texas AF2 Holdings, where he was responsible for Sales, Marketing, and the Negotiation of over 250 corporate contracts.  Glyn is also the founder of an accounting support company for small to medium size businesses in the United States and Canada.  Previous to his business career, Glyn was an All-American student-athlete at Stanford University, a post-graduate scholarship recipient from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, and two-time All-Pro Player in the National Football League. 
NFL Superstar and Record Holder Glyn Milburn to Speak, Aug 28th Brian Bergh 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z
Founder's Day featured in Crescenta Valley Weekly
Click the link below to see our Founder's Day Celebration featured in the Crescenta Valley Weekly.
Founder's Day featured in Crescenta Valley Weekly 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z
DG Elsa Gillham to visit today, August 21
District 5280 Governor, Elsa Gillham will visit our club today.  Here's a little about her:

A Rotarian since 1998, Elsa Gillham is a member and Past President of the Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles. A Rotary Foundation alumnus, she served as the team leader of the Group Study Exchange to the Philippines in 2006-2007. The same year serving on the Special Projects Committee, she was instrumental in helping charter the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown. She has donned many hats in the District. She served as Assistant Governor, Senior Assistant Governor for International Service, Dominican Republic District Humanitarian Trip Chair, District Conference chair, and District Breakfast chair. She was Rotarian of the Year in 2006-2007. 

Elsa’s involvement in the community has included being on the board and serving as an officer of the Larchmont Boulevard Association, a community business owners association; the Zonta Club of Los Angeles, Ebell Club, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and Christ the King Church. 

Born in the Philippines, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Philippines. She migrated to the US at 20.  Recently retired, she was the President of Larchmont Data Inc, a business management, accounting and bookkeeping firm she and her husband founded in 1979.  Her husband Larry Gillham, also recently retired, is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Wilshire Rotary Club. They have a daughter, Janice Prior who is also a Wilshire Rotarian, a son, Sean and two grandchildren Jake and Kelsey. Larry and Elsa are major donors and Janice & Sean are Paul Harris Fellows. 

Elsa’s passion is travel. She and Larry have just attended their 12th Rotary International Convention in Lisbon where she registered for the Sydney convention. She loves the theatre, music, dancing, martinis and just having fun. 


DG Elsa Gillham to visit today, August 21 Brian Bergh 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z
August 14th meeting notes
Minutes of the August 14, 2014 Glendale Noon Rotary Meeting
The meeting was called to order by President Manasserian at 12:30pm.
The District Governor Elsa Gillham will be speaking at the club next week. Please bring a friend or possible new Rotarian to this meeting.
Elizabeth taught us the Rotary 1,2,3,4 clap to use next week when she comes to our club this week
Aug 28 speaker is Glyn Milburn  Leadership in Sports
Sep 6th Luau Party at Elizabeth's
Today's speaker was Joel Forman who told us that You can Make Money with Money by collecting John Kennedy silver 1964 half-dollar coins from the bank. These coins include silver which now is more valuable than the $0.50 coin itself. 
Thanks Joel for telling us to collect the 1964 half-dollar if you can get it from your bank.
Rich Swanberg, reporter
August 14th meeting notes Richard Swanberg 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z
Jack Kabateck Celebration of Life, September 13, 2014
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for our dear friend and club member, Jack Kabateck
All are invited to attend Saturday, September 13th at La Canada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd in La Canada.
The Celebration will begin at 11am.
Jack Kabateck Celebration of Life, September 13, 2014 Brian Bergh 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z
John "Jack" Kabateck
It with sad hearts that we share the passing of John "Jack" Kabateck.
Jack was a valued member of our club for many years.  His bright spirit and kind heart always made speaking with him a joy.
Please remember his wife, Glady, and their family at this time of great sorrow and need.
We will share information regarding any services or memorials planned to celebrate Jack's life.
John "Jack" Kabateck Brian Bergh 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z
Making Money with Money
Our Thursday meeting will feature Joel Forman, current president of the Culver City Rotary Club.  Joel will be talking Numismatic, the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects.
Joel and his wife, Linda, are active Rotarians and live by the Rotary motto "Service Above Self."  Joel takes great pride in being a former Marine.
Joel and his wife have two children, a son and a daughter, and 4 grandchildren.  Their son lives in Northern San Diego County, and their daughter lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
Joel is an accredited Numismatic appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers and the the Numismatic Advisor to the Museum of Tolerance.  He has donated parts of his coin collection to 14 different national museums.  He has also donated money used in the national slave trade under British and American governments to two different museums.
Joel has four published articles in the Jewish Bible Quarterly that have mathematically decoded numbers in the Torah.  He has also authored the Authorized Scholarly article "Holocaust Numismatics" on the internet.
Joel has a BA degree in Math, and MS degrees in Computer Science and Valuation Science.
They also have a family forest of 10,000 fruit trees growing near Beer Sheva.
Join us on Thursday, August 14th, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale at 12 noon for this intriguing presentation.
Making Money with Money Brian Bergh 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z
August 7th meeting, Dr. Bernard
Join us on August 7th at 12 noon at the Glendale Embassy Suites.
Our speaker is Dr. Marc Bernard, a well-known Podiatric Surgeon.  He is a Rotarian affiliated with many Podiatric Professional Associations and is currently the chair of the Disaster Relief for the Rotary District 5280.
He was the Senior Assistant to the Governor for International Service in 2013-14 Rotary year and has won the Rotary District 5280 Governor's Visionary Award in 2012.  He was awarded the Heal Africa Humanitarian Award in 2011 and the Milton Wolfson Award from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Bernard will be speaking about a non-profit called "Operation Footprint."
He will also speak about the Moore Podiatric Surgery Center in Guatemala, the "Shalom Foundation."
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!!
August 7th meeting, Dr. Bernard Brian Bergh 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z
Founder's Day, July 31, 2014 Meeting Notes
Founder's Day, July 31, 2014 Meeting Notes Kirby Higashi 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z
Founder's Day
On Thursday, July 31st, our club will be honoring founding members from the 1970's and prior.
Many of the honorees are traveling many miles to visit with us to celebrate the continued success of the Rotary Club of Glendale.
Join us at 12 noon at the Embassy Suites for a memorable event, full of stories and camaraderie. 
See you at the Embassy Suites tomorrow at noon!!
Founder's Day Brian Bergh 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z
July 24th Club Assembly Meeting Notes
July 24th Club Assembly Meeting Notes Vicky Rangsuebsin 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z
Club Assembly, July 24th - Elizabeth's 1st Presidental Meeting
Thursday, July 24th, will be our Club Assembly.  Join us as President Elizabeth guides us through her new year.
This will be an inspirational meeting, as Elizabeth has returned from her travels abroad. 
Club Assembly, July 24th - Elizabeth's 1st Presidental Meeting Brian Bergh 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z
July 17th meeting summary



July 17th meeting summary Donald Galleher 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z
July 10th Meeting Summary
The theme for our July meetings this year is "Celebrating Rotary"  We were honored to have Wade Nomura who is a past district governor give us an interesting presentation called Rotary 101. Mr Nomura gave us a presentation of the History of Rotary from the founding by Paul Harris and friends in Chicago in 2005 through its growth in membership to over 1.8 million members today. He described the Avenues of Service and Rotary's International presence throughout the world. He described his involvement with international service projects bringing clean water to many rural villages in Africa and Asia. He also described Rotary's  commitment to eliminating Polio through the Polio Plus program. He also encouraged us to become Paul Harris fellows by donating to the Rotary  International Foundation. Thanks, Wade, for updating our club on all the wonderful things Rotary does for the community and the world!
Today's meeting was called to order by Vice President Stephen Bache
July 17 our speaker will be Ken Chong who will discuss Vocational Service opportunities
July 24 will be a Club Assembly and Elizabeth's first meeting back from vacation
July 31 will be Glendale Noon Rotary's Founder's Day Celebration where we honor our past presidents and our past      members.
August 21 Elsa Gillham the current Rotary District 5280 Governor will be visiting our Club
August 23 will be a District Event and Membership Seminar at the Wilshire Country Club
Sep 4 our club will be dark
Sep 6 we will have a Luau Party at Elizabeth's house
Lots of fun activities planned for this summer!
Rich Swanberg, Reporter
July 10th Meeting Summary Richard Swanberg 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z
July 17th meeting, Ken Chong, Vocational Service
We are honored to have Ken Chong, immediate past-president of the LA5 Rotary Club, speaking to us on Thursday, July 17th.  Ken served as the 105th president of LA5 and is currently serving LA5 as the Treasurer and also the CFO of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) Foundation.
Ken is very active is both Rotary and other community organizations, serving on the Tournament of Roses Association for 11 years and the Vice Chair of Football Committee.  He also serves on several committees associated with his alma mater UCLA.
Ken has also served as Vice President with Commercial Investment Brokerage Corporation (CIB), providing personal but professional and creative solutions representing institutional and individual clients as they invest, purchase, sell or lease all types of real estate.
Ken is married and has 2 children.
July 17th meeting, Ken Chong, Vocational Service Brian Bergh 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
July 10th Meeting
Wade Nomura, Past District Governor, will be speaking to our club on Thursday, July 10th.  This will be the first meeting of our 2014-2015 year and Wade will start us off in the right direction with his Rotary 101 presentation.
Wade is very active in Rotary being a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society Charter Member, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, and Level 2 Bequest Society Member, a Major Donor, and a recipient of the Rotary International "Service Above Self" Award.
Wade has been on 31 international trips for Rotary, including an NID to India where he has a special passion, having himself had polio as a child.  Wade is an honorary member of six International Rotary Clubs and helped charter four of them.
Wade is obviously very active in Rotary and will share his knowledge and experience with us.  We are fortunate to have him speak to our club.
Vice President Stephen Bache will introduce Wade and fill us in on more of his many accomplishments.
July 10th Meeting Brian Bergh 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
My Last Meeting!

Well, this year certainly flew by!  We kicked it off with sending bikes to Africa, hearing from a range of fascinating and entertaining speakers, and engaging in service and fellowship.  Who knew we could build and race a boat made of cardboard? And once again, we demonstrated our knack for gardening and event organizing.  My time as president certainly brought me closer to this club and I appreciate the support you have given me.  

2013-2014 ThemeI am very, very excited to have Elizabeth lined up and ready to begin her term, which is why it means a great deal to me that she has agreed to share her powerful Rotary experience in Colombia at our last meeting of the year.   Please come by noon as we expect a bigger crowd.

And before I close out, a few housekeeping matters.  If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible!  We would like to close out the fiscal year (June 30th) by being up to date.  Also, there is still time to make a donation to the Rotary International Fund, even just $10 would be very appreciated!  You can do so online by clicking here. If you want Paul Harris credit, then you will need to have an account, which will require your Rotary ID number. If you don't have it, let me know and I can look it up for you.  Our goal is to have 100% club participation in supporting the Rotary Annual Fund.


My Last Meeting! Natalie Komuro 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z
Remembering When

Lots of memories shared about WWII and after!   Don and his childhood friend Tye kicked it off telling us about watching P38s take off and land at the Grand Central Terminal.  ​

Remembering When Donald Galleher 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z
Remember this Thursday is Remembering!

Join Don Galleher, Frank Saito and others as they remember what it was like to live in Glendale and nearby during World War II.  Bring your stories and memorabilia!


Remember this Thursday is Remembering! Natalie Komuro 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z
Memorial Day Events and Reminders for this Week

Montrose, Glendale and South Pasadena all have events in honor of Memorial Day.  Read on for details.Image

Memorial Day Events and Reminders for this Week Natalie Komuro 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z
Wonderful Time at the Jewel City Ride!

We will need a few days to get final tallies of the numbers, but there was no doubt we had a great event!  The weather was perfect, riders were happy, and the food and entertainment were just right.  One clear testimony was that people stayed longer to enjoy the food, music and company.  Thanks to all who came to help out and those of you who worked so hard throughout the year to make the Jewel City Ride a success.  I'm looking forward to seeing Armen's photos, but here is a picture of our bike raffle winner, a long-time Homenetmen volunteer!Image

Wonderful Time at the Jewel City Ride! Natalie Komuro 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z
We are meeting at Verdugo Park this Thursday!

It will be a mere 100 degrees on Thursday - but certainly a little cooler in the shade at Verdugo Park!  Join us to put the finishing touches on our event for Sunday!  Our planning committee has been hard at work for months to make this happen.  Let's help them make it a success!


We are meeting at Verdugo Park this Thursday! Stephen Bache 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z
Getting to Know Glendale Centre Theatre

Tim Dietleins, owner of the Glendale Centre Theatre treated us to the story of how Glendale came to have one of the longest running community theatrers in the country.  It was very entertaining!


Getting to Know Glendale Centre Theatre Richard Swanberg 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z
Coming up this Week!

Rotary Youth exchange, and Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride Planning.


Coming up this Week! Natalie Komuro 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z
Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2014

President Natalie Komuro called the meeting to order at 12:31.

Armen Khalafyan provided the inspiration for the day followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ron DePompa. John Payne led us in the Four Way Test which President Natalie insisted we repeat with much more enthusiasm and we complied.  Don Galleher, insisting that the Dodgers were in need of our help, led us in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.  We hope the Dodgers appreciate our efforts on their behalf.  Don mentioned we were without the beautiful music provided by Mary this week as she was under the weather but expects to be back next week.

Natalie welcomed our three guests: Dr. Robert Bamban (guest speaker), Ruben Sarkissian (colleague of Arsen Danielian) and Jordan Gettinger (grandson of Cal Devnich).

Happy Bucks were happily donated by Glen Passmore (like the hat!), Cal Devnich, Richard Swanberg, Makiko Nakasone, Don Galleher, Natalie Komuro and Arsen Danielian.

Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2014 Leslie Lyons 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z
It was Goodbye Hilton Time!

It was a bittersweet time last Thursday. We said goodbye to the Hilton Hotel (which has been our Rotary home these last years) and prepared to look forward to our new home the Embassy Suites Hotel (which is just around the corner).  And, on top of  that, it was President Brian Bergh’s last official meeting until his demotion party.  We will miss the Hilton but we will miss Brian even more.  He has been a superior President and President Elect Natalie Komuro has a tough act to follow.  Knowing Natalie, she will handle it beautifully.

Hal Hanable showed up with a sealed envelope his wife Louise had given him to open when he got to Rotary.  When he opened it up there were 57 one dollar bills – one for each year they had been married.  Anniversary congratulations Hal and Louise!

There were lots of Happy Bucks floating around.  The one I liked was when Makiko Nakasone put money in the can just because she ended up sitting with new member Ray Fuentes, whom she had not known before.  She became so convinced Ray is going to make a great Rotarian she donated on his behalf.  We are with you on that one Makiko.

And, speaking of Makiko it was she who picked the holiday we were celebrating – National Ice Cream Soda Day and Sharon Townsend, the CEO of Healthy Kids won the drawing which turned out to be a complete tune-up for a bike.


It was Goodbye Hilton Time! Donald Galleher 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z
Club Calendar

We will be DARK on June 27 because of the Demotion Party on June 29.  See you there.

We will also be DARK  on July 4th.

Don't forget our new meeting location Embassy Suites starting in July. 

Club Calendar Rick White 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z
The Community Foundation of the Verdugos

Today's Speaker was Edna Karinski the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. This Foundation was founded in 1956 as the Glendale Community Foundation. It is a publicly supported foundation used to improve the quality of life to the residents of Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Montrose.

The organization provides grants from 12 to 25 thousand dollars to worthy organizations in the area. It also raises many of their own funds from community fundraisers. Thanks for informing us about your organization Ms. Karinski.

The meeting today was called to order by President Brian Bergh at 12:30pm.  The Demotion Party for President Brian will be held June 29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale. Cocktails from 6 to 7pm and dinner at 7pm. Please let Brian know if you will be bringing a guest to the meeting. All members are free for this BIG EVENT.

The Glendale Rotary Board has decided to CHANGE THE MEETING VENUE as of JULY 1, 2013. Our meetings will be held at the EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL in Glendale. We will remind you over the next several weeks of this change in venue.  You will get to "check it out" ahead of time at the Demotion Party!

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos Richard Swanberg 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride -- The RECAP
Today's meeting (June 6) involved a re-cap of the our First Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride held on May 19, 2013. Bill Knauf reported that the ride has generated over $13,500 net profit for our Glendale Rotary Foundation. Sam Carvajal presented an excellent slide show which highlighted our members making this Rotary event a huge success. President Brian Bergh thanked all of the Rotarians who made this event a success. He gave special thanks to Natalie Kumoro for all of the work she and her committee did to make this event so successful.
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride -- The RECAP Richard Swanberg 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Dark This Week

As a reminder, tomorrow is the 5th Thursday of the month, so we WILL NOT be meeting. 

Don't miss the meeting on June 6th where we will hear all about The Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride. 

Dark This Week Rick White 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
Financial Fitness

Today's meeting was very special since we installed a new member, celebrated a successful Rotary Bike Ride and honored four Glendale Community College students with new scholarships. We also heard from Aaron Pastula about the need to plan for long term care insurance to provide additional medical coverage for nursing home care and custodial care for senior citizens. A lot to cover in 65 minutes of meeting time!

We had many guests today including Glady Kabateck who presented four members of this year's graduating class at Glendale Community College with Glendale Rotary foundation scholarships for continuing education.  All four students were excellent candidates and gave inspiring stories of their desire to continue their education at a four year University. Thanks Glady for allowing the Glendale Noon Rotary to partner with Glendale Community College in providing scholarships to worthy students. 

Today President Brian Bergh inducted our newest member, Frank Saito. Frank is an accountant with Lee, Sperling in Glendale. WELCOME, Frank. 

Financial Fitness Richard Swanberg 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
"WOW!! We Did It!"

To quote President Brian Bergh "WOW!!! We did it!"  Did what? We made the First Annual Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride a HUGE success.  Please plan to attend our June 6 meeting to hear all about it.

For now, a big Rotary "Thank You" to everyone who pitched in to make this event happen.  I think it was a bigger job than we anticipated, but that didn't even slow us down.  

Special thanks needs to go to President-elect Natalie Komuro.  Natalie eats obstacles for breakfast. Without her leadership, this event could not have happened. 

And without her support team, this couldn't have happened either.  Thanks to: Bill Knauf; Brandon Alvarado; Brian Bergh; Cal Devnich; Chris Knowles; Elizabeth Manasserian; Elizabeth Tismeer; George Saikali; Grigor Grigoyan; Stephen Bache; Kara Sergile; Kirby Higashi; Nathalie Winiarski; Rye Baerg; and Sarah Joung.

This event was a whole Club effort and I am sure I left somebody significant off the list.  As a Club, we can be proud of what we accomplished with this event!

"WOW!! We Did It!" Rick White 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z
Important Reminders!!!!

This Thursday, May 16, we are Dark!  Many of us will be attending the Annual Police Awards Ceremony and unable to attend.

This Friday, May 17 we are meeting at Verdugo Park to go over any last minute changes for Sunday's Big Event!!

Sunday, May 19 is the first annual Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride.  Looking forward to a great day!!!!

Important Reminders!!!! Rick White 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z
Prospective New Member

It is with great pleasure that I announce the application of Frank Saito for membership into our club. Frank, a CPA,  is sponsored by Sam Carvajal.  The Board of Directors has approved his application and according to our by-laws he is now presented for approval by the club.

Please review his application in the Club Documents section on our website at

If I do not hear of any concerns regarding Frank's application by Tuesday, May 21st at 1:55pm, Frank will be approved for membership into the Rotary Club of Glendale.

Prospective New Member Brian Bergh 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z
It Was Standing Room Only!

We turned out in force last Thursday to welcome our Group Study Exchange team (five members in all)  from Japan.  They were nearing the end of a month or so of touring the Southern California area. They have gone the Glendale jail to ABC studios to JPL -- they were seeing it all!

It was only a matter of minutes until we all became old friends. It was evident that they thoroughly enjoyed their time with us.  Special thanks go to Makiko Nakasone who so beautifully planned their time. Also thanks go to the Glendale Rotarians who housed the team and made sure they saw all of those things “Californian” that we are known for.  It was just one of those Rotary meetings that made you doubly proud to be a Rotarian.
It Was Standing Room Only! Donald Galleher 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z
Meet Leslie Lyons

Editor's Note: This article was submitted to me by Don on time for last week's Rotoservice. For a variety of reasons, it was not uploaded in time.  Thanks Don for your great reporting and patience!).

Thank you Stephen Bache for introducing Rotary to bank manager Leslie Lyons inducted this last Thursday (5/2/13) as our newest Rotary member.  Leslie brings a wealth of banking experience and she is most welcome as our newest member.

There were lots of “Happy Bucks" floating around the room today.  Stephen Bache was glad to be back after visiting his daughter who is studying in Ireland.  Cal Devnich was looking forward to a trip to visit with his triplet granddaughters in Sacramento.  President Brian Bergh was very happy because our Club was audited by the IRS and found to be in compliance with all the laws of the land.  Chuck Rinehart was happy because he won  the weekly drawing which turned out to be a box of Godiva chocolates.  Ray Kwak was happy because his daughter (who is only eight) turned in a winning performance in an ice skating competition.    And, last but not least, Vicki Rangsuebin was happy because her youngest just became potty trained. (and, that is really worth celebrating!).

Meet Leslie Lyons Donald Galleher 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z
Glendale YMCA

This week's speaker will be our own member George Saikali, CEO of the Glendale YMCA.  George will bring us an update from the ever-changing, always busy YMCA in Glendale.  

If you've ever talked to George, you will quickly find out that he is a "Y guy".  George began his YMCA career as fitness and aquatic director at the Burbank Family YMCA from 1985 to 1991. He then became executive director of Gardena-Carson YMCA in the South Bay from 1991 to 1997. Saikali returned to the Burbank YMCA as executive director from 1997 to 2003.

From there he served as executive director and group vice president for the Downey Family YMCA, where he oversaw several branches in the Los Angeles area until 2007.  Saikali then became executive director of the East Valley YMCA in North Hollywood until he accepted the position at the Glendale YMCA.

Like most agencies, the YMCA is facing many challenges.  I'm looking forward to hearing George's vision for the future.  He is always positive and loves the YMCA.  After hearing him speak, you will too!

Glendale YMCA Brian Bergh 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z
Club Assembly -- April 18, 2013

Today's meeting program was all about  the 2013 Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride scheduled for May 19th.  Our President Elect, Natalie Kumoro, presented a detailed outline and assignment list for this exciting fundraiser.

We are excited that Natalie's Committee is raising awareness of the Glendale Noon Rotary Club. And, we're doing it by raising funds for worthwhile local charities. So far over $15,000 has been pledged to support three local non-profits. Thanks Natalie and your Committee for all of your hard work!

Club Assembly -- April 18, 2013 Richard Swanberg 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z
Prospective New Member

Hopefully, you all saw my e-mail introducing Leslie Lyons, a new member proposed by Stephen Bache. Leslie is a banker from Manufacturer's Bank and has been approved by our Board of Directors. 

You can review her membership application in the Club Documents page. If you approve of her membership in our Club, no action is required.  If you have any concerns, please see me right away.

Hopefully, we will be welcoming Leslie at tomorrow's (4/18) meeting. 

Prospective New Member Brian Bergh 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z
Some Sad -- Some Glad!

Chuck Reinhart brought us the sad news that a former long time member Fred Genewey died.  During Fred’s Rotary years, he was involved in the “Grandparents Reading Program” in the elementary schools.  And, last Thursday was the time to say goodbye to our favorite visitor from Denmark who has a flight home on the 26th Roy hopes to be back next year for another extended stay.  We made sure he knew he was welcome  anytime.

On a happier note Bill Knauf was singled out for the terrific job he did at the Health Fair promoting the Jewel City Bike Ride.  Nobody got by him without a full understanding of what it’s all about.  President Brian Bergh had just returned from a short vacation looking very tanned and healthy.   And Chuck Reinhart returned from a delightful cruise to Belize with nine members of his family.

Hal Hanable guessed the correct holiday we were celebrating.  Who would have thought that there was a day for “remembering the music of “Louie Louie”.  Well, who besides Hal?

Some Sad -- Some Glad! Donald Galleher 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z
Rotarians at Work Day

On Saturday, April 6th we helped with the Glendale Healthy Kids Community Health Fair at the Pacific Edison Community Center.  It was a great event and a wonderful time of service.


Thanks to all who served  (In no particular order):  Brian Bergh; Kaigan Loera (Brian's step-daughter); Tye Veden; Stepehen Bache; Natalie Komuro; Bill Knauf; Jack Kabateck; Elizabeth Manasserian; Bob Nellis; Hal Hanable; Ray Fuentes; Makiko Nakasone and Ray Kwok.

Hope I didn't miss anyone from this list!

Rotarians at Work Day Brian Bergh 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z
What Makes You Happy?

What makes you happy?  Last Thursday, just being back at a Rotary meeting made George Saikali happy.  For Makiko Nakasone, it was having her son Ken safely back from Japan.  For Natalie Komura, it was remembering a great vacation trip to Zion National Park. And for Stephen Bache, it was having the opportunity to lead the meeting in President Brian Bergh’s absence. He did a fine job.

The meeting began with a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” ably assisted by Hal Hanable who acted as the umpire.  Hopefully this will spur the Dodgers on to greater heights! (Editor' note: Maybe not everybody hopes the Dodgers do well.) 

We had a couple of opportunities to welcome Ray Kwok back into the fold. Acting President Stephen had Ray come forward to be presented with his new Rotary pin and other Rotary memorabilia. Again Ray – it’s great to have you back.

Hopefully, the terms “Gear Grinder” and “Ride and Glide” and even “Bicycle Skills” are becoming very familiar to you.  If not, they will be!  They are all part of our Jewell City Fun  & Fitness Ride coming up on Sunday, May 19th which is the major fund raiser for our Club.  Make sure the date is on your calendar.  We need every member to be involved in one way or another.

As mentioned earlier, Makiko's son Ken Nakasone, came to tell us of his study in Japan and to thank the Club for our sponsorship.  We sure are proud of Ken.

What Makes You Happy? Donald Galleher 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z
What I Remember!

Well – I did it.  I walked out of our Rotary meeting on Thursday and left all my notes about what was said and what was decided on the table.  So, what with my memory being somewhat aged, I will try to regale you with what I recall.

First of all it was a great meeting.  Guests were in abundance.  Some were there to represent the Boy Scouts and some to represent Ascencia.  Ken Banks, Past District Governor, was there to promote  the upcoming District Conference.  Janet Cordon was there to represent George Saikali who was in Sacramento at a YMCA Confeence.  And for Mary and myself it was a delight to have our daughter Kathi Lares of Pacific Grove, California visiting with us.  She grew up singing “Hello Paul; -- Hello Bill".

There were so many good things going on Thursday but truly a highlight was the welcoming of Ray Kwok back into the Club. Ray is a dentist in town and a former member. When he was just getting his practice started, he had to drop out.  But, Ray is back now and he brings the average age of our Club way down!  It is great to have you back Ray.

President Brian Bergh was the only one who had any “Happy Bucks” this week.  He took his kids skiing and they had a great time.  In fact so great they all want to go again.  Our guest from the Boy Scouts had the winning ticket for the drawing and won a $50 gift certificate for the Olive Garden.  She kindly turned it over to the Boy Scouts for their Big Strike auction coming up in a few weeks.

What I Remember! Donald Galleher 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z
Heard ‘Round the Table

Politics, especially Glendale politics, were the hot topic at our Rotary luncheon table last week. I realized there was a lot to learn about “why we want a gun show at the Civic or why we don’t.”   It was all very interesting and it made me so glad I wasn’t running for or running away from anything!

Natalie Komuro was on hand to accept a $2,000 dollar check from the Club to help purchase furniture for the clients of Ascencia.  And, it was good to have Natalie, our President Elect, tell us about what she learned at the PETS recent retreat  for incoming Rotary Presidents.  Natalie is going to make a great President!

And speaking of great Presidents, Brian Bergh is no slouch. He has come up with terrific programs, great projects and fun recognitions -- all of which make for a very fine Rotary meeting.  Jack Kabateck had the lucky ticket in the drawing which bought him a fine bottle of wine. 

We will be dark on March 28th but instead will have a table at the Chamber Awards Luncheon on that Thursday.  Both Tye Veden and Don Galleher have been honored as “Man of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in past years. 

Our Rotary Day of Service is just around the corner – April 6th to be exact. Our efforts will benefit the Glendale Healthy Kids Fun Fair.  We will meet at the Pacific Park Edison School facility for the event. 

Heard ‘Round the Table Donald Galleher 2013-03-16 00:00:00Z
Mike Davis owner of Moe Plumbing and Guest Speaker

Our March 7 club speaker was Mike Davis from Moe Plumbing. Mike has greatly expanded the company from a small family-owned business to one of the top plumbing contractors and service providers in Southern California.  Through the acquisition of over twenty two plumbing and air conditioning businesses, Davis has significantly developed the service and repair division. His combination of both new construction and service/repair under one umbrella has proven to be a successful, but unusual business model in the industry.  Additionally, he has grown the new construction division focusing on projects that utilize the company’s expertise with specialty piping systems. The recent focus has been on large hospitals, prominent retail centers, amusement park attractions, research laboratories and Universities.  Thanks for giving an excellent talk, Mike.

Mike Davis owner of Moe Plumbing and Guest Speaker Richard Swanberg 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z
Proposed New (Returning) Member

We are very happy to have an application from a former member, Ray Kwok, to join (or rejoin) our club.  Ray has been approved
by the board for club consideration and is sponsored by Tye Veden.

Please view his application on our website,, under the club documents (bottom of the page).  All club members should have access to this document to view.  Please remember that any information in that document confidential.

We are looking forward to seeing more of Ray!
Proposed New (Returning) Member Brian Bergh 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z
Doing the Most Good
Today's speaker was Captain Rio Ray who is in charge of the Salvation Army in Glendale. Captain Ray and his wife Rachel (who is a Sunrise Rotarian) have been actively leading the Salvation Army in Glendale for the last four years. Captain Rio described his transformation from being a homeless teenager to becoming a Salvation Army officer where he became committed to the love of God and in helping children and adults overcome poverty and addictions. The Salvation Army in Glendale is proud that it serves over 1000 meals a month to the poor, provides a shelter for single Mothers and reaches out to other  people. The Glendale Noon Rotary is proud that we are supporting the goals of the Salvation Army by donating part of the proceeds from the Glendale Fun and Fitness Ride to the Glendale Salvation Army.  Thanks for a great talk, Captain Ray!
Doing the Most Good Richard Swanberg 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z
Glendale Healthy Kids

Last Thursday, February 14, our speaker was Sharon Townsend-Roth, director of the Glendale Health Kids program and fellow (Sunrise) Rotarian. Glendale Healthy Kids provides access to health-care and health education to the children in the Glendale area who have no health insurance or are unable to afford healthcare and preventive health services.

The program provides medical and dental care as well as vision services, prescriptions, X-rays and physical therapy to children who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining these services. The program also provides health education classes in childhood asthma care and obesity prevention and nutrition. We are pleased that the Glendale Noon Rotary Club will be donating part of the proceeds from our Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride to Glendale Healthy Kids later this year.

Glendale Healthy Kids Richard Swanberg 2013-02-16 00:00:00Z
Remembering Paul Harris

It was a very special Thursday Rotary meeting when three of our own were honored as Paul Harris fellows.  Alfred Nersisyan was presented with his first Paul Harris pin.  Elizabeth Manasserian accepted a Paul Harris in honor of her Mother and Glen Passmore became a Paul Harris Plus 3 Pin showing his commitment to Rotary.  Congratulations to these outstanding Rotarians who are truly dedicated to “Service Above Self.”

Jim Miceli, representing our District, dropped by to present our Club with a check for $2,500 to help with the sponsorship of the Glendale Healthy Kids Health Fair. Thanks go to Elizabeth Manasserian for getting the ball rolling on the grant request.  And, not to be outdone, Glenn Passmore came up with a check from our own Foundation for $2,000 to help with our ever expanding Rotary projects.  Glendale Rotarians really make a difference in this community and world of ours. 

Remembering Paul Harris Donald Galleher 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z
91st Club Birthday Party

Come celebrate our Club's 91st birthday at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia.  The date is coming quickly!  Feb 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM.

See Ann Ransford for more information.  

91st Club Birthday Party Rick White 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z
Dark on January 31

We will be dark this week because it's the 5th Thursday of the month.

Next week, Chuck Reinhart will do his presentation on his China Smiles Mission program. 

Dark on January 31 Brian Bergh 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z
Oh The Palces We Went!

They call the Masters Golf Tournament "A Tradition Unlike Any Other".  Well, the same can be said for all the traditions surrounding "America's New Year Celebration" -- Pasadena's annual Tournament of Roses Parade

Did you know that for the last 33 years, Rotary International has had a float in the parade?  It's quite an undertaking to get your name and logo in front of 300 million people!  Just ask this week's speaker Beth Andersen.

Beth is involved with the Rotary Rose Float Committee.  She will give us a behind the scenes look at the preparation, execution and events leading up to (and beyond!) the Rotary Float and the Rose Parade.  And she comes to us highly recommended by Chuck Reinhart!  What more could you ask for?

Oh The Palces We Went! Brian Bergh 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z
Ready for Another Adventure?
Last October, Pierre Odier, wowed the club with his presentation Driving the Silk Road from Venice to Beijing.  However, he only made it about halfway through his journey and our club members were chomping at the bit for more.  So we invited Pierre back this Thursday, January 17, to take us on more journeys.

Pierre has a way of taking small things and making them big, picking up on the local customs and intricacies of the cultures he visits.  Seeing what most people look beyond, he shared intimate details that most would not notice and learn about even if they took the same trip.

His website is
Ready for Another Adventure? Rick White 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z
Dictionary Presentation

We had a wonderful time on Tuesday at Balboa Elementary School giving away dictionaries. If Vicky Rangsuebsin's pictures don't warm your heart, then it's two sizes too small.   Check out her album on Shutterfly

You have one more opportunity to participate.  Friday, January 18 we will be at Edison Elementary, 435 S. Pacific Ave between 12:30 and 1:00. 

Dictionary Presentation Brian Bergh 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z
Mt. Everest - Reaching the Top in Business and Life

It was one of the best programs of the year!  (Editor's Note to Don: It was the first meeting of the year. The bar was set a little bit low. Just kidding, Don, just kidding.) Last Thursday, Paul and Denise Fejtek came to a packed meeting to tell us about climbing to the top of the seven tallest mountains in the world. If that's not impressive enough, they also conquered Mt. Everest.  It was a story of training, teamwork and commitment to the goal that enabled this inspirational husband and wife to accomplish things most of us only dream about.

The couple met at Hoover High in a math class and have been together ever since. Their goal isn’t just about reaching the top of the mountain.  Through the sale of their book, which chronicles their adventures, they raise money to help disabled athletes purchase of artificial limbs etc.  What a story- what a program.  Thanks Nick Martinez for arranging it all. 

Mt. Everest - Reaching the Top in Business and Life Donald Galleher 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z
Thursday's (1/3) Meeting
Today's Speakers' were Jewel Price (Group Study  Leader) and Alen Andriassian (team member) for the Rotary  Group Study Exchange to Japan. Our club sponsored Alen's trip. Both speakers were very excited  about the five week Group Study experience. Alen commented on the professional development that the members experienced while they were in Japan and the friendships they made with their host Families and  Japanese Rotarians. The GSE learned lots about the Japanese culture and enjoyed their vocational visits to temples and shrines in Japan. Both Jewel and Alen felt that their GSE experience was one of the highlights of their membership and involvement with Rotary International. Thanks for a great talk Jewel and Alen.
Thursday's (1/3) Meeting Richard Swanberg 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z
No Meeting December 27
Just a quick reminder that our club is dark on Thursday December 27.  Hope you have a safe and healthy time celebrating with family and friends.  See you January 3 for a spectacular presentation!
No Meeting December 27 Rick White 2012-12-26 00:00:00Z
December 20 Meeting

We had a change of speakers at our meeting today. Instead of Chuck Reinhart, Mr. Scott Ochoa, the Glendale City Manager, spoke about his first year in office. He is pleased to report that the City of Glendale is in excellent shape with all of its financial obligations covered for 2013. He also reports that he has provided for excellent police and fire protection even though there are fewer city workers in 2013 compared to 2012. He is very excited about the new apartment complexes being built in downtown Glendale. They will provide more business for the merchants in the city. Thanks for giving us a nice update Mr. Ochoa.

Today we inducted Ray Fuentes as a new member. Congratulations Ray and welcome to Rotary!!

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing was a big success on Dec 12. Thanks to all of you who participated.

Natalie Komuro reported that the Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride is still scheduled for May 19, 2013. She reported that the committee is working to finalize the details of this fundraiser.

Anne Ransford reported that our club Birthday party will be held on Feb 17th at Santa Anita Racetrack. It should be a fun event.

December 20 Meeting Richard Swanberg 2012-12-26 00:00:00Z
Annual Holiday Party

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday (12/13) at Notte Luna for our Annual Holiday party.  The festivities kick-off at 6:00 PM with soft drinks and coffee/tea (included).  If you like your Holidays a little more "spirited", a cash bar will be available.

We will be caroling around 6:45 with dinner to follow. 

Please remember to bring an unwrapped toy (valued around $15.00) for the Salvation Army toy drive.  Capt. Rio Ray says that toys for kids ages 11 and older are the hardest to come by.  As Rotarians, we aim to change that!  Imagine how your gift will light up the eyes of a deserving child this Christmas. 

Annual Holiday Party Brian Bergh 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z
Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army
It was a cold and rainy December Wednesday.  But the weather didn't dampen the spirits for the Club members involved in the Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing day.  The Salvation Army Red Kettle program is one of their largest fund raising events of the year. The money collected helps low income, working families in the Glendale area.  In spite of weather, we raised $143.12 for the cause.
Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army Rick White 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z
Prospective New Members

Hopefully, by now, everyone received my e-mail presenting two new prospective club members.  The e-mail gives specific instructions on how to view their confidential information through the web site.

Assuming there are no concerns, we will be adding 2 new members to our club before year end.  As I've always said "Membership matters".

Our proposed new members are Art Rutledge, retired attorney sponsored by Tye Veden and Ray Fuentes, CPA with Lasen & Rosenberger sponsored by Elizabeth Manasserian

Looking forward to having them on board!

Prospective New Members Brian Bergh 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z
Annual Meeting and Vote
Last week's meeting (December 6) was a great day in the life of our club!. Our new officers and board members for the 2013-14 year were overwhelmingly approved.  Congratulations to:

President:           Natalie Komuro
President-Elect:   Elizabeth Manasserian
Secretary:           Kirby Higashi
Treasurer:          Tom Denton 

Board Members:  Brandon Alvarado; Arsen Danielian; Armen Khalafyan

But wait, there's more.......

Annual Meeting and Vote Richard Swanberg 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z
November 15 - Club Assembly

This week's program was an update from our own Natalie Komoro. She presented us with plans for our next big fundraiser. On Sunday morning, May 19, 2013, our club is sponsoring the Jewel City  Fun and Fitness Ride. We will be having three types of bike rides including a 20 mile Gear Grinder, a less strenuous Ride course, and a family friendly Ride and Glide event. All three courses will start in Verdugo Park and will not be race. (Editor's Note: If you have a bunch of men on bikes, it's a race.  It's always a race.)

We are in the process of getting the appropriate city permits and are asking for corporate and private sponsorships to help cover some of the expenses. A registration fee will be charged for all riders participating with reduced fees for children.  The Glendale Foundation board has not yet determined who will be the local beneficiaries of this fundraiser, but some of the proceeds will be going to help people in need in Glendale.  Thanks, Natalie, for presenting us details on this exciting project!

November 15 - Club Assembly Richard Swanberg 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z
Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa at our November 8 Meeting

Today's Speaker was Glendale Police Chief and fellow Noon Rotarian, Ron De Palma. It is always great to get updates on our Police Department from Chief De Palma.  The Chief addressed two major concerns of the Glendale PD. The first concern is that the California Prison Reform Act mandates that 12000 prisoners be transferred from state prison back to LA county for completing their time in jail with NO funding from the state to pay for caring for these prisoners. Many of these prisoners are drug dealers or have mental health issues which makes caring for them more difficult.

Chief Ron also commented on the recent passing of Proposition 36, the repeal of the "3 strikes" law, which will allow drug traffickers to obtain shorter sentences. He was pleased that Proposition 34 failed. Prop 34 would have eliminated the death penalty in California. And finally he was concerned that Prop 30 failed and sees a potential of decreased State funding for Police Services.

He also reported that the Glendale Neighborhood Watch Program has been very successful in keeping local gangs in control.  Thanks for a great talk, Ron.

Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa at our November 8 Meeting Richard Swanberg 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z

Glendale Arts’ Annual Holiday Celebration will be returning to the Alex Theatre on December 7.  It’s a show that is bound to please everyone as well as put you in the Holiday Spirit!  Artistic Director / Conductor Matt Catingub leads the world-class Orchestra through new twists on holiday favorites, and the evening includes the return of the acclaimed Glendale Pops Youth Chorus.

For infor and tickets: or

Save 25% - use code HolidayPops

if you would like to make arrangements to purchase tickets as Holiday gifts, please contact Nina Crowe at

HolidayPop! Stephen Bache 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z
Special Guest - Gil Gonzales, Republican Candidate for State Senate
Today's Speaker was Gil Gonzales who is a Republican candidate who wants to represent the citizens of Pasadena, Glendale and La Canada in the California State Senate. Mr Gonzales grew up in the Central Valley of California and had a difficult childhood. He was raised by his grandparents and spent part of his youth in homeless shelters. Eventually he graduated from San Diego State University and worked 5 years with Mayor Villaregosa in Los Angeles in public policy. Thanks for giving us an excellent talk Mr. Gonzales and good luck in the election.
Special Guest - Gil Gonzales, Republican Candidate for State Senate Richard Swanberg 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z
Get ‘em & Keep ‘em

Thursday’s meeting (October 25) was a great refresher of something we already know. And we were reminded of it by a pro!  Jim Palmer is a widely respected marketing and business building expert.  He is a cancer survivor, has been married for thirty years, and has four grown children. He lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Stephanie, and their cat, Linus and Toby the marketing dog. Jim and Stephanie love to kayak, travel, and spend time with their family.

And Jim knows what it takes to keep a customer (or a member) coming back once you have made that first sale.  Jim is a good friend of our President Brian Bergh. If you get any of Brian’s Newsletters, you know where Brian gets his ideas from.  Jim is a prolific writer -- having written 6 books. He was kind enough to bring along a stack of them which we raffled off.  I was fortunate – I won the book on how to write a winning newsletter. It looks like good stuff.  Thanks Brian for inviting a most interesting speaker.

Get ‘em & Keep ‘em Donald Galleher 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z
It's Still True

Many years ago, some Rotarian somewhere uttered these famous words -  “The  best programs in Rotary come from our own members.”  And Rick White proved that to be correct when he brought a terrific report on his recent trip to Guatemala.  It wasn’t just a vacation trip – it was a trip to save lives.  World wide, almost 1.9 million people die each year from health problems  related to cooking over open fires in their homes. Rick and his group went to help build stoves for the people that are safe.  It was a fascinating program and Rick opened our eyes to a health problem that most of us probably never thought about or maybe didn’t know even existed. Great job Rick!

Special Rotary moments last Thursday included Elizabeth Manasserian letting us know she would be honoring her Mother, who just recently passed away, by making her a Paul Harris Fellow.  And Makiko Nakasone was beaming for her Group Study Exchange team. By the time you read this the team should be in Japan. Thank you Makiko for making it all come true.


It's Still True Donald Galleher 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z
For Armchair Adventurers
Our speaker, Pierre Odier, wowed the club with his presentation Driving the Silk Road from Venice to Beijing.  Only making it about halfway through his journey, club members were chomping at the bit for more.  So we will invite Pierre back in the future to take us on more journeys to our unknown.

Pierre has a way of taking small things and making them big, picking up on the local customs and intricacies of the cultures he visits.  Seeing what most people look beyond, he shared intimate details that most would not notice and learn about even if they took the same trip.

His website is
For Armchair Adventurers Brian Bergh 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z
Fast Breaking News!

By now you have heard the news that was revealed by Natalie Kumora at the meeting last Thursday.  We have a project and it’s a doozie! Natalie is heading up the committee that is putting together our bike race marathon to be held in the Verdugo Park area  next May.  This is just what we have been looking for as a way to promote Rotary, raise some dollars for Rotary projects and have a lot of fun at the same time.  You will hear much more about this as the days go by. Thanks Natalie for taking on this great opportunity for our Club.

In keeping with our new tradition of the "holiday of the day", we celebrated “Cin-A-Bun” day.  Hal Hanable came with the correct guess.  The owner of the lucky ticket in the drawing ended up with enough “Buns” to keep a smile on his face for days to come. Unfortunately, from where I was sitting, I couldn’t see who that lucky winner was. Just look for someone with a bit of frosting and crumbs on his lips and congradulate him! 

Fast Breaking News! Donald Galleher 2012-10-06 00:00:00Z
Eye Patches & Earrings
Today was ”talk like a pirate” day at Rotary and once again President Brian Bergh rose to the challenge of celebrating another important day on our calendar.  Not only did we find our own pirate eye patches and earrings but our President donned his own pirate costume complete with pirate sword.  Stephen Bache won the weekly drawing which consisted of pirate food and the pirate sword.  What a great fun way to liven up the meeting.  Thanks Brian for finding wonderful ways to make Rotary really fun as well as leading us to new heights of service!

Realizing that we are now into the fall season,  I (Don Galleher)  prepared the whole group for cooler weather by leading Rotarians and guests in a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells”. Glenn Passmore gave a moving invocation.
Eye Patches & Earrings Donald Galleher 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z
September 27th Meeting Cancelled
This past Thursday, we found out  that the 23rd Women Achievers Business and Healthcare Conference and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sept 27th. The Women Achievers meeting, which will draw a large audience, will lead to parking and exit  challenges for us.

Because of this event, our meeting was scheduled to be in Porter's Restaurant.  As you know, this is a nice restaurant, but a challenging place to hold a meeting, especially one with an audio-visual presentation.

We had scheduled Tom Denton's Son-in-Law for our speaker on Sept 27th.  Tom felt it would be best to reschedule his son-in-law's presentation so that more members can attend and that we have a room that affords a better venue for him.

For those who have pre-paid for our lunch on Thursday, a credit will be given on your next quarterly statement.
September 27th Meeting Cancelled Brian Bergh 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z
Lightning in a Bottle?
We didn't win, but at least we didn't sink!  And President Brian Bergh will always recognize Club Spirit and effort.  Thanks to Stephen Bache and Vicky Rangsuebsin for all your hard work on our boat.

Check out the photo album showing construction and day of race for our Club's entry - Lightning Knauf. (Ok, I added Knauf because it sounded like a baseball player from the 1920's -- Ed.)
Lightning in a Bottle? Rick White 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z
District Governor Lew Bertrand Visits September 13

Our speaker this week was our District Governor Lew Bertrand. Mr Bertrand started his presentation by presenting the Club Visionary award to our member, Elizabeth Manasserian. Congrats Elizabeth for your dedication and service to our club! 

Mr Bertrand gave an inspirational talk about this year's Rotary theme, Peace Through Service. He stated that  Rotary's Service to the Community and the World make the world a better place. Peace works in many ways.

Lew commented that Rotary's efforts in Myanmar have produced positive results in this totalitarian country with the establishment of new Rotary clubs. He also stated that the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus continues to be successful and there are only 134 new cases of Polio reported worldwide in 2012 (down from 952 cases in 2011!). Thanks for coming to our club, Lew.

District Governor Lew Bertrand Visits September 13 Richard Swanberg 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z
With Deepest Sympathy
The following is from an e-mail message I recieved from former member and friend, Art Resendez.  Some of you may have gotten the same e-mail:

I am sorry to deliver the most difficult of news.  I lost my beloved Sylvia Romero Resendez to illness this last Thursday September 6th.  Sylvia passed peacefully in her sleep after battling a litany if illnesses....I apologize that I am sending out an impersonal email but thought to get the message out as soon as possible. Please call if you have a need or want to talk.

The service will be held at Incarnation Church 1001 M Brand Blvd in Glendale CA this Friday, September 14th at 10 am followed by interment at Forrest Lawn Hollywood Hills. 

A vigil will also be held on Thursday Sept 13th at 7 pm at Incarnation Church.

Please remember Art and his sons during this difficult time.  They will all appreciate our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy Rick White 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z
Thursday September 6

Today's speaker was Peter Keller who is executive director of Aid Africa. This organization provides live-saving services and teaches self sufficiency to the poorest of the poor in Africa. Based in Uganda, Aid Africa brings fresh water to villages by digging wells and repairing broken wells. It also plants new trees and helps build new brick stoves to reduce lung disease and blindness. Finally, it saves babies by providing transportation to the hospital for sick children who suffer from maleria, anemia, and diarrhea. Thanks for providing our club with an interesting talk, Peter.

Peter's vision started with a Rotary service trip to Africa.  One Rotarian's vision changing thousands of lives!  What's your vision?

Thursday September 6 Richard Swanberg 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z
Our Deepest Sympathy

We would like to express our deepest sympathies to our friend Elizabeth Manasserian for the loss of her beloved mother, Hermine Berjikian.  Hermine passed away Sunday, September 2.  I know we all share our feelings of sadness for Elizabeth and her family. 

Elizabeth has extended an invitation to all for her mother's funeral service which will be held at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, on Saturday, Sept 8th at 5:00pm.  A celebration of life will follow at the Armenian Society of LA, 117 S. Louise in Glendale.

Please remember Elizabeth and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our Deepest Sympathy Rick White 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z
How Did You Celebrate Your Birthday?
Hal Hanable celebrated turning 83 by donating 83 $1.00 bills to the Rotary Foundation.  Thanks Hal for icluding us in your special day!
How Did You Celebrate Your Birthday? Rick White 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z
2000 Miles on a Bike!

It was a happy group of Rotarians and guests who gathered last Thursday for the weekly meeting at the Hilton.  We all were caught off guard by the pair of red plastic lips at each place.   We figured right away President Brian Bergh was up to something and he didn’t let us down.  It all became clear when it was time to guess what mystery holiday we were celebrating and, of course, it had to be “Kiss & Make-Up” week as guessed by Chuck Reinhart. (thus the red plastic lips).  To carry the theme further, the drawing of the week featured bags of dark chocolate kisses, chocolate with almonds kisses and just plain kisses all won by yours truly (Don Galleher).

Cal Denvich
gave an outstanding invocation reminding us all about the perils of a Godless nation. It was an invocation that was most sobering. Glen Passmore, who won the “Joe Miller Joke Book” last week, told a couple of jokes from the book (which dates back to the eighteen seventies) and they were still funny! (The webmaster wanted to say that maybe it's because some of our members date back that far too.  But he showed some restraint. -- Ed.)

2000 Miles on a Bike! Donald Galleher 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z
Everything's Coming Up Roses
We have the opportunity to help build and decorate the Rotary International Rose Parade Float.  The signup for groups is September 15th at 8am (happens to be my wife, Tina's, birthday).  So we'll need to determine soon how many of our members and their famly members would like to participate (children/grandchildren must be 13 or older).

Rose Parade tickets (prime seats) are available for $90 each.

Rose Bowl tickets are available for $185 each.

Let Chuck Reinhart know soon if you'd like to purchase tickets.  I sent his e-mail address out before by e-mail to everyone.

I've attached the flyer for the Rose Parade Float.  Since the float is not supported by Rotary International funds, donations are requested from members and clubs.
Everything's Coming Up Roses Brian Bergh 2012-08-18 00:00:00Z
Mugs and More Mugs

If you were one of the lucky Rotarians who attended the meeting last Thursday you were presented with a good looking Rotary coffee mug when you walked in the door.  And, of course there was a ticket for the weekly drawing of a surprise gift from President Brian Bergh. Glen Passmore ended up holding that lucky ticket but more of that later.

Cal Devnich gave a beautiful Invocation to get things started and that was followed by a commitment, once again, to the Four Way Test followed by a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.”

You could almost tell there was something up by the broad smiles on the faces of President Brian Bergh and Glen Passmore.  And finally they let the cat out of the bag.  We now have a President Elect and it’s none other than Natalie Komuro.  Prez Brian was so happy, he almost resigned on the spot!  Natalie shared a few words of thanks for the opportunity to be our President Elect and to all who encouraged Natalie to “go for it” -- we all thank you.

Mugs and More Mugs Donald Galleher 2012-08-17 00:00:00Z
And This Week's Raffle Winner Is........
President Brian Bergh's wacky holiday raffles are quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated moments in our meetings!  Last week's winner Gerry Tomsic won one dozen roses for guessing "Ignite Your Romance Week".  Gerry was encouraged to use the roses to do just that.  Here's hoping he DOESN'T bring a report back!
And This Week's Raffle Winner Is........ Rick White 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z
Are You Ready to Ignite your Rotary Passion?
We really had a great time at last Thursday's meeting.  Wish you had been there!

Happy Bucks were plentiful as many members today donated for their favorite causes including the US Olympic team for Gold Medal performances!

We've talked a lot about membership this past year (remember what M&M stands for?).  Our speaker this week was Mel Powell, a member of RI Director Ken Boyd's one 26 Ignite Membership Team. Mel's Club includes an on-line membership. They meet twice a month in person to fulfill our worldwide goals of weekly meetings. The other two meetings each month are on-line.
Are You Ready to Ignite your Rotary Passion? Richard Swanberg 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z
Kirby Higashi Gets His Paul Harris!
There isn’t a better Rotary meeting than when the President gets to announce a brand new member of the Paul Harris Rotary Fellowship.  Such was the case last Thursday, August 2 Kirby Higashi reached the $1,000 mile in his giving. Congratulations Kirby!
Kirby Higashi Gets His Paul Harris! Donald Galleher 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
Past President Bill Shows His True Colors
President Brian Bergh continued his contest to "Guess the Holiday" at our August 2 meeting.  So, if you saw a clown lurking about -- fear not. It was only Past President Bill Knauf in the clown outfit he won in the raffle. 

Bill correctly guessed it was National Clown Day The prize was a clown wig, nose and mask.  We actually will have to wait a couple of weeks to see the entire outfit on Bill.  He is on a vacation trip to Germany and Italy.  Since Bill’s son just recently took a job in Germany, it will be a good time to visit.
Past President Bill Shows His True Colors Donald Galleher 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
Guide Dogs of America at our Aug 2 Meeting
There isn’t a better Rotary meeting than when the President gets to announce a brand new member of the Paul Harris Rotary Fellowship.  Such was the case last Thursday when Kirby Higashi reached the $1,000 mile in his giving.  Congratulations Kirby, we are most grateful for all you do for Rotary.

Vicki Raangsuebsin is a great sport.  She mentioned to song leader Don Galleher that she only knew one song -- “God Bless America” and that she learned it at Rotary. She said she sang it to her daughter every night. Don invited her to come up front and join him in a rendition of said song and that brought a tear to every eye in the room.  It’s amazing the things Rotary does for people.
Guide Dogs of America at our Aug 2 Meeting Donald Galleher 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
July 26 Meeting
Our meeting on July 26 featured Ted Moreno (  Ted is a Success Performance Coach who utilizes hypnotherapy as part of his coaching.  He told us that everyone has a magic number for sleep. Ted believes hypno-therapy will control the conscience and subconscious mind.  Everybody has three stages of sleep: the wishful thinking stage, the pre-cognitive stage and finally, the vented stage of sleep. Thanks Mr. Moreno for educating all of us about the power of a good night's sleep!
July 26 Meeting Richard Swanberg 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z
Check Out the Demotion Photos
Be sure to check out the photo album from President Bill's Demotion Party.

It's on the home page, right hand side.  Scroll down and click on the album.
Check Out the Demotion Photos Rick White 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z
Happy Flitch Day
I’m not even sure I am spelling it right, let alone know exactly what it stands for, but we celebrated it at Rotary on Thursday.  This was a part of new President Brian Bergh’s plan called “Mystery Holiday” to educate us on the various things that are celebrated on our calendar each day. Cal Devnich knew exactly what it was and meant  and he was the big winner for the day.  If you want to know what the day was all about just ask Cal.
Happy Flitch Day Donald Galleher 2012-07-21 00:00:00Z
Welcome New Member, Brandon Alvarado
Bill Knauf, 2011-12 President, inducted our newest member, Brandon Alvarado, on June 21, 2012. Brandon works for Merrill Lynch in Glendale as a financial advisor. Brandon attended Glendale Community College and went on to graduate from UCSB. He is engaged to be married and will "tie the knot" in August. Congratulations, and a big welcome to Brandon!
Welcome New Member, Brandon Alvarado Brian Bergh 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z
Congratulations Grigor
Congratulations to Grigor Grigoryan to who was presented with his first Paul Harris pin and diploma at our June 14 meeting. It was a great moment and we all stood to celebrate this milestone for Grigor and for Glendale Rotary.
Congratulations Grigor Donald Galleher 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z
State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Visits Our Club

The speaker at today's meeting was Assemblyman Mike Gatto who represents most of us in Sacramento as the Assemblyman for California's 43rd District.  He is in his "freshman" year and came to update us on he latest developments at the state Capital.  Mr. Gatto was pleased was pleased to announce that the latest budget has been signed by Governor Brown. 

Mr. Gatto was pleased to announce that he has introduced several new bills which he hopes will pass this year.  One he is most excited about is a bill to provide California with a "rainy day fund" which provides for reserves in the general budget fund.  He is also working on California state income tax reform legislation to improve the income tax codes for us. 

Mr. Gatto feels the California Initiative process must be altered and should require all new mandates created be paid for with existing state funds.  He informed Chief Ron DePalma that he will work in increase funding for county and city jails. 

State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Visits Our Club Richard Swanberg 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z
Support Glendale Pops Orchestra
On a Thursday night in September, the Glendale Pops Orchestra performed a free Bossa Nova concert at the Americana at Brand.  As a supporter of the Alex Theatre and Glendale Pops, I am biased -- but what an amazing show!  We are truly fortunate to have such a vibrant arts community here in Glendale!
Support Glendale Pops Orchestra Stephen Bache 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z
Check Out the District 5260 October Newsletter!
Don't for get to regularly check the District's web site.  Read about all the great happenings in District 5260 in the October issue of the newsletter, courtesy of DG Tom Hardy!
Check Out the District 5260 October Newsletter! Rick White 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z
Remembering Tom Lindsey

What a special and moving celebration of Tom Lindsey's life on Friday, October 21, 2011.  We were all reminded of how much we will miss Tom's smile and good sense of humor.  He had such a good heart. The service was moving as many, many people paid their respects to Tom (and Rahla!). 

Remembering Tom Lindsey Makiko Nakasone 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z
District 5260 Remembers John Alexander

District 5260 has lost one of its most important leaders with the passing of Past District Governor John Alexander.  Truly, "everyone" knew John and he was a fixture at Rotary functions around our District.  Few newer Rotarians really knew of John's many achievements--you can see John's amazing biography by following the link on the Distric web site. 

Thanks to Nathan Wolfstein for this picture of John--which shows him how many of us remember him--looking good, with camera in hand. 

We will post details regarding services as soon as they become available.

District 5260 Remembers John Alexander Rick White 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z
The Who, What, Where and When of Ascencia
It has often been said (and it still holds true today) – our best programs come from our own Rotary members. Last week's program was no exception. Natalie Komuro, the Executive Director of Ascencia or Path Achieve as we used to know, shared the remarkable journey of her agency that serves the homeless in Glendale. What a story it has been! 
The Who, What, Where and When of Ascencia Donald Galleher 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z
Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman Speaks at Our Meeting

It's always great to hear from the current Mayor of Glendale and Laura Friedman did not disappoint!  Mayor Friedman informed us on everything Glendale is doing to maintain it's business friendly approach.  There are 5 full-time city employees dedicated to business planning and economic development in the city.  These employees provide assistance to companies encouraging them to relocate to the Jewel City.  In return, the companies provide jobs for our residents.

There are two areas in the city designated as Business Corridors: the Downtown Corridor and the San Fernando Road Corridor.  Both areas are important to the city and changes have been made to the zoning to provide more opportunities for businesses to thrive here. 

On a more important (?) note, Mayor Friedman informed us that the city of Glendale will have a float in the Rose Parade featuring an elephant.  Will it look like Disney's Dumbo?  We will have to wait and see.

Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman Speaks at Our Meeting Richard Swanberg 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z
John Goodlad 10/07/29 - 09/04/11
 John Goodlad served as President of Glendale Rotary Club, founded the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and received an award for 30 years of perfect attendance in Rotary while active in the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club.  John passed away on September 4th leaving behind his beautiful wife of 55 years, Nancy, his children Lisa of Corona Del Mar, Lynn of Newport Beach, John Jr. of Hermosa Beach and grand children, Sean and Zach Johnson, John III and Karina Reiss.
John Goodlad 10/07/29 - 09/04/11 Glen Passmore 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z
DG Tom Hardy Visits
When you've been a Rotary member as long as I have, you have seen lots of DG's visit the club.  Sometimes they can be unpleasant; sometimes really good.  This time was really, really good!  District Governor Tom Hardy was funny, informative and challenging.  He answered lots of questions about Rotary and even finished early.  Who could ask for more from a DG?  Thanks Tom for coming all the way from Bishop to be part of our club meeting. 
DG Tom Hardy Visits Donald Galleher 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z
"Mr. Glendale" Speaks
 Hope you were at our last meeting.  We had a great time and a great speaker. It was Sheldon Baker -- who is fondly known as "Mr.Glendale". Tye Veden introduced Mour speaker and informed us that Mr Baker served 10 years on the Glendale School Board and 8 years on the Glendale City Council with two terms as mayor of Glendale. Mr. Baker gave an excellent tale about the challenges facing Glendale in the 1990s and during the 2000s.
"Mr. Glendale" Speaks Richard Swanberg 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z
Chuck Reinhart Honored with Membership in Rotary's Arch C. Klumph Society
Chuck Reinhart, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Glendale Noon and a Past District Governor (1994 – 1995), has made a substantial contribution to Rotary International's Permanent Fund, earning entry into the prestigious Arch Klumph Society.  Members of the Arch C. Klumph Society have personally donated $250,00 or more to the Rotary Foundation.
Chuck Reinhart Honored with Membership in Rotary's Arch C. Klumph Society Rick White 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z
Thank You Glen!
We had another terrific program last week – this one thanks to Glen Passmore who seized the opportunity to talk with J.K. McKay after one of his talks.  Glen realized J.K. would make for a wonderful Glendale Rotary program. Glen, always thinking ahead, invited him to come to our Club -- anytime over the next two years!   As J.K. said, “How could I say 'No' when he offered me any Thursday over a two year period. I would look pretty bad if I said I was already booked up!”  It was a packed house with plenty of laughter and many inside stories about USC football (past and present).
Thank You Glen! Donald Galleher 2011-08-27 00:00:00Z
Update from the City Clerk's Office

Today's speaker was Ardy Kassakhian who is the City Clerk of Glendale. The City Clerk is the Custodian of Records for the City of Glendale and the City's election official responsible for all General, Municipal, and Special Elections. The City Clerk's other responsibilities are to accurately record the actions and proceedings of City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Housing Authority meetings and to Maintain the Municipal Code. The Clerk's office also administer regulations relating to the Fair Political Practices Commission and to provide research and information to the public and City personnel. Thanks for giving us an great update on the City Clerk's office, Ardy.

Update from the City Clerk's Office Richard Swanberg 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z
Club Assembly Wrap Up

Last year you showed what a generous Club we are.  We donated over $37,550 to a wide variety of causes.  We gave $8000 to disaster relief in Missouri and Japan.  We donated more than $6000 to the Rotary Foundation as well.

Locally we collected thousands of diapers to help women of Domestic Violence, supported The Salvation Army by bell ringing and Adopting Families at Christmas. Educational projects were a favorite for our Club too.  Besides reading at local schools, we were big supporters of education with scholarships, our Japanese Language Lab donation ($3500), the Dictionary Project ($2500) and the landscaping project at GCC.

Looking ahead to this year..........

Club Assembly Wrap Up William Knauf 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z
Kudos to Dr. Brian Bergh

It's easy to talk about recruiting new members; but  Dr. Brian Bergh knows how to put actions with his words!  Look how he featured our Club in his monthly newsletter.  Now, who wouldn't want to be part of Rotary after seeing this?

What creative ways can you promote the Noon Rotary Club of Glendale?

Kudos to Dr. Brian Bergh Rick White 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z
Thank You George!

Last Thursday, our new member, George Saikali, did the impossible.  He helped us better understand the turmoil that has, is, and from all indications will be going on in the Middle East for generations to come. George grew up in Lebanon and has a broad understanding of all the factions taking place in countries such as Syria, Egypt,  Iran and Iraq to name a few.  Thanks also to Arsen and Elizabeth for their insightful comments from their perspective.

Thank You George! Donald Galleher 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z
"END POLIO NOW" Fundraiser

 Saturday August 20 is a special fundraiser at Angel Stadium.  All proceeds will go to the End Polio Now fund.  The ball game between the Angels and the Baltimore Orioles begins at 6:00 PM.  Post game will be an incredible concert by Mercy Me.

But wait, there's more!

We can take part in the pre-game Chili Cook-off and Tailgate party!  Prizes for the best chili and the tailgate that raises the most $$$$$.  Logo towels are available for $10.  ($5.00 goes to the Polio fund).  For $20.00 you can win a chance to take batting practice on the field!

Come join 1000's of Rotarians as we raise money to end polio.  Proceeds to the Gates $200 Million Challenge Match.

"END POLIO NOW" Fundraiser Rick White 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5280 DGE Lew Bertrand to Visit!
 Don't forget that next year (July 2012) our club will move to District 5280.  Lew Betrand, the DGE, will be visiting our club on July 21.  Lew is a retired banker and belongs to Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club.  Be sure to be there to show Lew why we are the "oldest and best" club in District 5260!
Rotary District 5280 DGE Lew Bertrand to Visit! Rick White 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
Has Rotary Inspired You?
 The Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club is collecting stories of individuals whose lives have been changed because of a Rotary project and/or activity.  If you have an inspirational story or experience you can share, please contact Nina Sonin, DDS at Sunrise.  President Bill can help you get in touch with her. 
Has Rotary Inspired You? Rick White 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
The Renaissance of Chinese Culture

We had a great meeting last Thursday (July 21).  The meeting was called to order by Brian Bergh who was ably "pinch-hitting" for President Bill.  Our invocation was given by the always interesting Cal Devnich.  Flag Salutes were led by one of our newest members, Ara Danielian.  Together we all sang “God Bless America” led by Don Galleher.

The Renaissance of Chinese Culture Richard Swanberg 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
You CAN Grow Your Club!!!
It was another great afternoon!  The usually fun opening was made even better by the return of our friend Tye Veden.  Guess he didn't realize he had one more thing to pay for from his trip to Ireland!
You CAN Grow Your Club!!! William Knauf 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5260 - Membership and Public Relations Seminar
On Saturday, July 16, 2011 Rotarians from all over Southern California gathered at Sam's Cafe at New Horizons in North Hills, CA to learn all about membership and public relations.  Our club was represented beautifully (in all ways!) by Elizabeth Manasserian and Makiko Nakasone.  I'm sure their time spent will bring great benefits to our club!  Thanks ladies!

Rotary District 5260 - Membership and Public Relations Seminar Rick White 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z
The Sweetest Sound!!
The best sound you can ever hear at a Rotary meeting is when the President says “and now it’s time to induct two new members to our Club.” That’s’ the sound we got to hear last Thursday when Prez Bill called on Nick Martinez and Arsen Danielian to come forward and received all the goodies that come with being installed as a member of Glendale Noon Rotary.
The Sweetest Sound!! Donald Galleher 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z
Reporters Needed!!!
Do you want the web site to entertain and inform?  Do you want a place you can refer friends who might be interested in finding out more about our the Noon Rotary Club?  The web site is only as good as it's content and we need your help!
Reporters Needed!!! Rick White 2011-05-04 16:30:45Z
Rotarians At Work Day
Plan to join us on Saturday April 30 at Glendale Community College.  Larry Tison has been working hard with the powers at Glendale College to help us help them.  We are starting the project at 9:00 AM and Larry guarantees we will be done by 12:00 PM (but more likely closer to 11:00 AM.) 
Rotarians At Work Day Rick White 2011-05-04 16:01:18Z
GCC Re-Entry Program
This week we are having our scholarship winners for the reentry program at GCC.  Glady K will be handling the meeting and will be introducing the winners.  It will be good to hear about our winners and how this $ will help them and hear their stories.   Everyone be there to support our scholarship winners.
GCC Re-Entry Program Rick White 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z
Rotarians at Work Day!
What a great day at Glendale Community College!  Larry Tison and his workers provided us with hundreds of plants to be put in in front of the Administration building. 
Rotarians at Work Day! Glen Passmore 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z
The Rotarian - Digital Edition

I'm excited to share with you information about the new digital edition of The Rotarian, which debuts in July.

The Rotarian digital magazine will bring you the same content you've enjoyed for years -- in paperless form. Each month, digital subscribers will receive a link to the new issue in an e-mail from Zinio, the world's largest digital newsstand. Subscribers can also read The Rotarian on the go by downloading the Zinio app on their iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Samsung Galaxy.

The Rotarian - Digital Edition Rick White 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z
One – Two – Three and You’re Out!
Our meeting last Thursday was all about some fascinating history of baseball back in the early days when Wrigley and Gilmore fields were the places, in Southern California, to be seen.  But, more of that later.  
One – Two – Three and You’re Out! Rick White 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z
Baseball Nostalgia LA Style; When Autographs Were Free
You don't want to miss our April 28 meeting.  Vic Pallos will be speaking on "Baseball Nostalgia LA Style; When Autographs Were Free".  You may know Vic as the Special Projects Manager for Glendale Chamber of Commerce.  He also leads Leadership Glendale through the Chamber.  Our own Tom Denton, calls Vic a Baseball Nostalgia "genius".  I'm sure we will all have fun!
Baseball Nostalgia LA Style; When Autographs Were Free Rick White 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z
Mark your calendar!

We are having a two week break from meetings, but because there are five Thursdays in July, we still have a full month ahead! This culminates in a Founders' Day event, to recognize our long-time members.  Please see the speakers schedule for more information.  We look forward to seeing you!

Mark your calendar! Natalie Komuro
A Lasting Rotary Moment

ImageA full house turned out to hear Elizabeth Manasserian's stories from her whirlwind trip to Colombia with fellow Rotarians from District 5280.

A Lasting Rotary Moment Natalie Komuro
We are back!
This Thursday we are fortunate to have Dr. Robert Bamban present a timely talk "The Fall of the Soviet Union that Never Was."  Dr. Bamban is a prominent historian and expert on the Middle East.  A prolific writer, he is an adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University.  Join us and bring a friend to hear this interesting talk!

April 12 is Rotarians at Work Day.  We will be tending to the community garden on Monterey Road, just west of Geneva.  Here is the Facebook page for the gardens:

Our Jewel City Ride is coming soon!  If you haven't gotten your sponsorship in, it isn't too late!  See Elizabeth Manasserian or Stephen Bache for more information.

We are back! Natalie Komuro
Luncheon with RIPE
Chuck Reinhart, Elizabeth Manasserian and Makiko Nakasone attended a luncheon with Rotary International President Elect, Gary Huang, at Woodland Hills Rotary Club today along with 200 other Rotarians and their guests. Gary is from Taiwan, and is going to be the first Chinese to be the RI President in its 109 year history. We learned a lot of greeting words in Chinese, and he challenged us to learn a Rotary song in Chinese during his year! He also challenged us to increase membership as well as funds to eradicate Polio. He seems to be a fun loving leader, and we look forward to the new Rotary year under his leadership!
Luncheon with RIPE Makiko Nakasone
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride 5-18-2014
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride 5-18-2014 Stephen Bache
Future Information and Meeting Notes
Coming up this Week
We look forward to having the Archbishop Hovnan Derderian speak to us next week.  He was the youngest Armenian cleric to attain the rank of Primate within the Armenian Church of North America.  His topic is "The World from the Faith Perspective".  Bring a friend for what promises to be an interesting presentation!

Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride planning.  7:30 a.m., February 27th, Panera on Brand.
Future Information and Meeting Notes Natalie Komuro
Rotary Club of Glendale – Noon February 6, 2014 Meeting

Natalie Komuro  called the meeting to order.  


Tom Roth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance   

Brian Bergh led the Four Way Test.  

Leslie Lyons gave an inspirational message on “PINK”- Happiness and miracles can happen!



Gregory Mgerian welcomed Richard Jacobson from Charles Schwab-Glendale who was approved by the Board to be a member, John Payne who has visited us before, Mary Galleher, Roy Bork from Denmark, and today's speaker Jackie Goldberg “The Pink Lady” who is a motivational speaker, teacher, actor, writer and toastmaster.  For over 40 years , she has been in the fashion industry, as a Womens Wear marketing and has motivated employee morale and improving sales techniques, member of SAG and taught courses at Pierce College.  


In honor of our Blue Skies we were led by Donald Galleher in a rendition of  O  Beautiful.

Rotary Club of Glendale – Noon February 6, 2014 Meeting Frank Saito
Rotary Club of Glendale – Noon January 30, 2014 Meeting

Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order.   Grigor Grigoryan gave today’s Inspiration which was a prayer that Chuck Reinhart provided.    Don Russ led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Fuentes led the Four Way Test. 

Rotary Club of Glendale – Noon January 30, 2014 Meeting Raymond Fuentes
Report for 1-9-14

Natalie Komuro    President called the meeting to order.  


Don Russ led us in the Pledge of Allegiance   

Elizabeth Moore led the Four Way Test.  

Leslie Lyons gave an inspirational message  to look for potential in life in 2014


We were led by  Donald  Galleher in a rendition of God Bless America 

Report for 1-9-14 Frank Saito
Mind Your Own Business Intelligence!

A funny thing happened on the way to the Embassy Suites, Glendale on January 16th, 2014 at Noon for the Rotary meeting.  I was in the dental office having a cavity removed from under my crown.  Anyway to make a long story short, we had another great meeting last week.

Mind Your Own Business Intelligence! Raymond Kwok
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride
Jewel City Fun and Fitness Ride Stephen Bache
Cornerstone Theater and the Art of Community Engagement
Happy New Year!   Our first meeting of the new year this Thursday promises to be very engaging, with a presentation by Michael Garces of Cornerstone Theater.  I hope to see you there!
Cornerstone Theater and the Art of Community Engagement Natalie Komuro


December 12, 2013

Prior to our Club Assembly, Natalie called the regular meeting to order at 12:30 PM.  

Gregory provided the inspiration with a quotation by Rev. Martin Niemoller .  Niemoller was a German Lutheran pastor who initially supported Adolf Hitler, but came to oppose him and the Nazi Party for which he was imprisoned in Dachau.  He later expressed deep regret about not having done enough to help the victims of the Nazis. His famous quotation is, “First they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.  Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Tye Veden honored by The Oaks Society
The Healthcare Foundation of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center honored Tye Veden with a Spirit award for his longstanding commitment to the community and support of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center.  Former head of GAMC's Cardiology Department and Glendale Rotary Club Member Sam Carvajal introduced Tye, who was escorted to the stage by President Natalie Komuro and President-Elect Elizabeth Manasserian.  In attendance were fellow Rotarians Glen Passmore and Gerry Tomsic, as well as Sam's wife Grace and Tye's longtime companion, Isabel. Congratulations on a well-deserved award, Tye!

Tye Veden honored by The Oaks Society Natalie Komuro
Ron DePompa's Retirement Party

We had a great dinner and Retirement Party for our very own Ron DePompa from the Glendale Police Department last Thursday!

Representing our club were Gerry Tomsic, Elizabeth Manasserian (and her husband, Greg), George Saikali, Tye Verden and Makiko Nakasone.  Blessed with cold but beautiful evening, The Dream Works hosted the party at their well manicured garden.  There were approximately over 300 guests there to congratulate Ron who worked at GPD for 36 years!
Ron looked handsome with a purple and white corsage.  His wife and three daughters along with many family members and friends were there too.  

Last Thursday was Ron's last day at GPD.  He says he will have time to attend our club meeting after retirement!

Happy Holidays!


Ron DePompa's Retirement Party Makiko Nakasone
Meeting Minutes 12-5-13

President Natalie opened the meeting at 12:35pm.  She thanked Mary for the lovely Holiday music and read a note received from Glendale United School District thanking the club for its participation in the 20th annual Invention Convention.

Armen Khalafyan provided the inspiration with a blessing for the day focused on the struggles we all encounter trying to balance family and work. Tye Veden led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Cal Devnich and the Four Way Test.  Don Galleher got us all in the holiday spirit with a very interactive rendition of Jingle Bells!

Arsen Danielian welcomed our two guests – Laura Stotler and Susan Wolfson.

Happy Bucks were generously given by Tye who was happy to be back after his knee surgery, Richard Swanberg happy to have had a wonderful trip to Australia and also happy for the UCLA win over USC.  Tom Denton was happy to be so busy at work he had to leave the meeting early.  Don was happy for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Natalie was happy to congratulate Jack and Glady on celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary and for being interviewed by ABC which is where they first met.

Meeting Minutes 12-5-13 Leslie Lyons
Revised meeting notes

Thank you to our volunteers for today’s meeting!

Armen Khalafyan gave the inspiration, originally by Phil Morris.

Gregory Mgerian led the flag salute

Sam Carvajal led the 4 way test

Don Galleher led our songs, with wonderful accompaniment by his wife, Mary

Larry Tison collected Happy Bucks and introduced our guest, Elaine Wilkerson.

Elizabeth Manasserian arranged for today’s speakers.

Revised meeting notes Natalie Komuro
What the Dealio Polio
We had another great meeting last Thursday!  President Natalie Komuro called the meeting to order. Cal Denvich proudly led us in the Pledge of Allegiance though he's Canadian.  Ray Kwok read the Four Way test from the banner. Song of the day was once again God Bless America by Don Galleher.  Guest were Armen Khalafyan's friend Wendy Drpic, our speaker and Polio survivor Richard Daggett, and Richard Daggett's nurse Nora Pia.
What the Dealio Polio Raymond Kwok
Report on meeting 11/7/13

Steven Bache,  Vice President, called the meeting to order.  Chuck Reinhart led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Leslie Lyons led the Four Way Test.  Armen Khalafyan gave an inspirational Rotarian and prayer message.


Calvin Devnich   welcomed Alec Baghdasaryan from the Armenian Educational Foundation and today's speaker  and Thomas Shanakian, DDS who has taken over Calvin’s practice.


In honor of Veteran’s Day, we were let by Donald Galleher in a rendition of God Bless America.

Report on meeting 11/7/13 Frank Saito
Report on Meeting 10/31/13

Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order.  Greg Mgerian  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  Stephen Bache led the Four Way Test.  Both Sharon Swinford and Armen Khalafyan were ready to give inspirational message but will do so in the following weeks.


Natalie welcomed Hassan Haghani, Director of Community Development and today's speaker.


Since Queen Natalie was wearing her crown, we sang… For She's a Jolly Good Fellow to her.

Report on Meeting 10/31/13 Frank Saito
Cry Me a River

We had such a great meeting last week it left us with tears of joy.

Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order.   Greg Mgerian  gave today’s Inspiration and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance   Leslie Lyons led the Four Way Test.

Natalie welcomed Sharon Swinford, a long time member that we have missed seeing for a while and Pauline Lui, today's speaker.

After a good rendition of Take Me to the Ball Game

Cry Me a River Frank Saito
New Member!

Thomas Shanakian, DDS, is currently under consideration for membership.  If there are any concerns, please notify the Board.  Otherwise, he will be inducted on November 7th.


Please come tomorrow to hear Pauline Louie give us an update on plans for the Los Angeles River!

New Member! Natalie Komuro
Mission Columbia

Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order.   Chuck Reinhart gave today’s Inspiration which was to be grateful for what you have.  Gerry Tomsic led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Alfred Nersisyan led the Four Way Test.


Happy Bucks!  Frank Saito was happy that October 15th passed and he gave a demonstration on how the effect of taxes was like the taking of candy out of a bag.  Paul Knauf described his trip to Europe where he visited Munich and Spain.  Glen Passmore told us his wife was out of the hospital.

Mission Columbia Raymond Fuentes
Great meeting last week!

President Natalie opened the meeting with news that our entry in the Rotary District Picnic boat race, the “Oracle”, made it through the first heat allowing it to compete in the finals where we finished 6th.  The best news is that the Oracle was the only boat to have sponsorship!  Thanks to all who helped build, sponsor and skipper our entry.  The “Oracle” was proudly on display during the meeting.


Thanks to Larry Tison who led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance, to Bob Nellis for the Four-Way Test, Don Galleher for the day’s inspiration and again to Don for leading us in “God Bless America” as well as his own happy birthday song.


Elizabeth Manasserian welcomed our three guests - Bill Russell, Joan Nellis and Dr. David Viar.

Great meeting last week! Leslie Lyons
Glendale Youth Alliance

Bob Nellis lead the way for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Tye Veden testing us on our Four-Way-Test.


I myself gave the inspiration of the day. It was a quote by Michael Jordan, reminding us that no matter how many times you fail, if you don’t give up and keep trying you will succeed.


Chuck led us into our song of the day and Tom Roth welcomed our guests. It was great to see Steve Smith joining us for our meeting along with his guest Brad Allen.


Happy Bucks


Our President Natalie was happy because the new building for Ascencia passed inspection. Cal was happy because the United States won the America Cup boat race. Elizabeth was happy to announce her son joined an exchange program.

Brian thanked Stephan, Cal, Tom, and Natalie for dedicating their time to build our own Rotary Boat. Gregory was very happy that he was allowed to cross back in to the USA from Canada during a trip he took on 9/11.

Glendale Youth Alliance Grigor Grigoryan
Great times at the Rotary District 5280 Picnic!

Glendale clubs were well represented in the cardboard boat race by three entries:  two by Sunrise (the Incredible Hull and Rootbeer Float) and the one from our club, Oracle.  BIG thanks to Captain Brian Bergh for leading the boat construction, storage and transportation!  The sponsorships looked great – ours was the only boat that had them.  Rowers Tom Roth and Natalie Komuro survived the first heat to compete in the finals.  They struggled with steering but valiantly completed the race in 6th.  Tom is already planning for training for next year!


Coming this week – Dr. David Viar, new president of Glendale Community College. 

7:30 a.m. October 10 - Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride Planning!  Meet at Panera.  Stephen Bache, chairing.  If you can’t make the meeting but want to help, let Stephen know.

Great times at the Rotary District 5280 Picnic! Natalie Komuro
Glendale Fire Department awards luncheon

Dear Members,

I hope to see you tomorrow to hear Karine Grigoryan speak about Glendale Youth Alliance, but if you cannot make it, please let me know if you would like to attend the Glendale Fire Department awards luncheon.  This event is sponsored by tthe Sunrise Rotary and it would be good to have noon club representation.  Tickets are $75 each.  The event will be Wednesday, October 2nd at the Hilton.



Glendale Fire Department awards luncheon Natalie Komuro
Made in Armenia

Our meeting started off by Larry leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Chuck reminding us of our Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do. This week instead of an inspiration, Glen gave us an invocation.

As always our song leader, Don led us to sing a song. I think we can start to compete in a singing competition.

Made in Armenia Grigor Grigoryan
So much happening this week!

We have a great speaker, a new member AND September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Ahoy! All t’ better to kick off our boat buildin’ on Sunday. 


Want to know what your pirate name might be? Use this name generator:


Our speaker will be Stepan Partamian, founder of the Armenian Arts Fund, and author of “Yes, We Have,”  which, Partamian describes as presenting “a mosaic of American-Armenian accomplishments and recognizes the extraordinary men and women behind them.”


And we are looking forward to welcoming new member, Gregory (Pirate Roger the Badly Burnt) Mgerian!


See you Thursday!



Pirate Amora the Staggering Drunk


Natalie Profant Komuro

So much happening this week! Natalie Komuro
You had to be there!
Last week's meeting was not to be missed!
We sang and we cheered! As the college football season gets under way Michigan fan
Ray Fuentes gave a rousing inspiration, complete with background music. He borrowed from legendary Michigan Football Coach Bo Schembechler.  You can see the original speech here: 
You had to be there! Grigor Grigoryan
Did You See it?

We made it into the LA Times!  This article first appeared in the Glendale News Press, but was also in the LA Extra print edition, distributed outside of Glendale.

Thanks to all the donors who made this possible!,0,5860133.story

Join us this Thursday to hear Louis Sadd bring us up to date on Glendale Young Professionals.  We will be meeting downstairs at Embassy Suites.  See you then!

Did You See it? Natalie Komuro
Shhh! The Secret Water-Wise Garden

Guess what? We had another fantastic Rotary lunch and meeting at the Glendale Embassy Suites last Thursday.  Our guest speaker was the esteemed landscape designer Guillaume Lemoine, husband of Rotary friend and former Glendale Mayor, Laura Friedman.

Shhh! The Secret Water-Wise Garden Raymond Kwok
Meeting this Thursday! Water-wise Gardening

This Thursday we welcome Guillaume Lemoine of Picture This Land and the Glendale Historical Society.  He will be talking about water-wise gardening – a message we all can hear during this heat wave!  For more information, click here for Guillaume’s website.


Here is the url for the link:



Other news:
Save your Sunday afternoons in September for boat building!  The Rotary District 5280 Annual Picnic is Sunday, October 6th and we look forward to having a seaworthy entry in their cardboard boat race.  All skill levels of boat builders welcome!   Details to follow.

Meeting this Thursday! Water-wise Gardening Raymond Kwok
Silly Rabbit, Bikes are 4 Orphans
Guess what? We had yet another great meeting last Thursday! Bob Nellis did the Pledge of Allegiance facing the four way test.  Don Galleher sang to us, and there were a lot of Happy Bucks to go around!
Silly Rabbit, Bikes are 4 Orphans Raymond Kwok
Another Great Meeting As Usual!

We were dark for our noon meeting last Thursday, but a few of us were able to attend the Glendale Sunrise Friday morning meeting.  And boy was it a treat!  The meeting was at the one and only luxurious Oakmont Country Club!  Four Glendale Clubs were present: us (Noon), Moonlight, Crescenta-Candada, and not but not least our host Sunrise.

Another Great Meeting As Usual! Raymond Kwok
Bikes 4 Orphans

ImageThis Thursday, we are pleased to have Sebouh Bazikian, founder of Bikes 4 Orphans. He has just returned from Africa, where he gave bicycles to children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni, Kenya.

Bikes 4 Orphans Natalie Komuro
If you are coming to Sunrise Rotary this Friday August 16th, please read!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  If you are planning to come on Friday and have not yet RSVP'd, please let me know by Wednesday morning.  

Also, I received the following message from Zaven Kazazian, former President of Sunrise and our District Governor:  
Every third Friday Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club collects non-perishable food for the Glendale Salvation Army Food Bank.  Next Friday is the third Friday and it is also when the District Governor will be visiting all three clubs.
Glendale Sunrise will be having it’s food drive next Friday. In addition to GSR, if any member of the other two clubs want to bring any non-perishable food, we will be happy to take them to the Salvation Army.  Please communicate to your club members and let’s make this a big success for the individuals who need help. 
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you - I look forward to seeing you on Friday.

If you are coming to Sunrise Rotary this Friday August 16th, please read! Natalie Komuro
We are dark this Thursday, 8/15/13
We were met with the beautiful “Music by Mary” .  Natalie opened up the meeting with Jerry’s inspiration, taken from Irma Bombeck.  Tye and Larry lead the flag salute and the Four Way Test, with Don leading a spirited rendition of Take me out to the Ball Game.  Our prospective member and guest was Gregory.
We are dark this Thursday, 8/15/13 William Knauf
Unsolved Mysteries and Sacramento

Last week 8-1-13, Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order at 12:35.   She gave today’s inspiration speech from Robert Steven Lewis, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Leslie Lylons.  4-Way Test was led by George Boghossian.  Don Galleher led us with “God Bless America”.  

Unsolved Mysteries and Sacramento Raymond Fuentes
Unsolved Mysteries and Sacramento

Natalie Komuro President called the meeting to order at 12:35.   She gave today’s inspiration speech from Robert Steven Lewis, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Leslie Lylons.  4-Way Test was led by George Bohossian.  Don Galleher led us with “God Bless America”.  

Unsolved Mysteries and Sacramento Raymond Fuentes
Glendale Unzipped! A Brief History of Glendale

Join us for a presentation from Glendale Historical Society speaker and Historic Presentation Commissioner Arlene Vidor! This Thursday, August 8th at noon, Glendale Embassy Suites, Ruby Room.  $27 includes lunch, program and parking.

Glendale Unzipped! A Brief History of Glendale Natalie Komuro
Armenia The Beautiful

Steve Bache Vice President called the meeting to order.  Steve announced that Natalie Komuro was still on vacation and he was filling in to lead the meeting.  Steve announced that Leslie Lyons will give today’s inspiration.  Leslie’s inspiration speech was titled “Power of One” and the author was Anonymous.  Vicki Rangsuebsin lead the meeting for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Grigor Grigoryan led the Four –Way Test without the banner.  Don Galleher led us with sing “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”.    Guests were announced by Steve and were the following:  Sarah Joung, co-worker of Natalie from Ascencia, Catherine Yesayan, our guest speaker, and Gregory Mgerian, a prospective member brought by Kirby Higashi who is a data and technology manager at the Motion Picture Industry & Health Plans.

Armenia The Beautiful Raymond Fuentes
Speaking Tomorrow!!
Former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino came to California to work in the entertainment industry, served on the La Canada Flintrige City Council and as mayor, ultimately ending up in the State legislature.  He will be our guest speaker August 1st, sharing his observations about legislative work in Sacramento and how they affect us locally. Join us for his talk!
Speaking Tomorrow!! Natalie Komuro
"Beautiful Armenia"
 Let's take a trip to Armenia!  Catherine Yesayan will present a slide show of sights in Armenia.
"Beautiful Armenia" Raymond Kwok
This Meeting Went Viral
Today's speaker was one of our own members, Alfred Nersisyan, who gave an excellent presentation on personal computers. Alfred's topic concerned viruses which can attack your personal computer. He discussed the topics of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and Spyware which all can attach and damage your personal computers. He also suggested that everyone upgrade the anti-viral software on their computers on a regular basis (every six months) since hackers and viruses are continually changing their shape and ability to work their way into your computer. Thanks for giving an excellent talk, Alfred and we look forward to hearing part three of your presentation at a later date.
This Meeting Went Viral Richard Swanberg
Alfred Nersisyan Part 2, The Return of the Virus

Back by popular demand, Alfred Nersisyan will elaborate on his last lecture about keeping your computer safe and healthy.  Be sure to join us for another informative meeting at our new home, the Embassy Suites Glendale! 

Alfred Nersisyan Part 2, The Return of the Virus Raymond Kwok
First Meeting of the Rotary Year

We started our new Rotary Club of Glendale year this last Thursday, July 11, 2013.  It was a high energy meeting and was a good kick-off to the new year. 


Frank Saito gave a thoughtful inspirational talk, and we later learned of Frank’s dad’s wartime experience.  Chuck stepped in for Don G. and lead our group in singing.  In addition Chuck had the nice job of presenting President Natalie her Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Natalie’s daughter gave us an interesting talk on her experience in France.  We helped out with our Foundation Gladden grant for overseas students.  Natalie was clearly pleased her daughter was back on American soil.

First Meeting of the Rotary Year William Knauf
RSVP for District Breakfast
REMINDER: The District breakfast featuring District Attorney Jackie Lacey is next Tuesday, July 16. If you would like to go, and have not yet RSVP'd, please contact Chuck Reinhart by Friday. 
RSVP for District Breakfast Raymond Kwok
Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride is this Sunday!

Online registration at has closed, but you can RSVP on Facebook until
5 p.m. Saturday to get the online rate! Please click here to go to Facebook.


For more information, see "events" on the lower right of this screen.


Jewel City Fun & Fitness Ride is this Sunday! Natalie Komuro
When English is a Barrier

The speaker for our June 21 meeting was Mariam WazirKajoyan who works with Immigrant Families at Glendale and Hoover High School. Miriam states that one quarter of all Glendale students have English as their second language.

When English is a Barrier Richard Swanberg
There's a New Kid in Town
On Friday, June 29, 2012 the Glendale New Generation Rotary Club will be officially chartered.  Geared toward younger professionals, it's exciting to see the great traditions of Rotary continue in the Jewel City.
There's a New Kid in Town Rick White
New Member
We are excited about introducing the new prospect, Brandon Alvarado, for membership.

Brandon is a alumni of both both GCC and UCSB.  He lives in Woodland Hills.  Brandon works as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch.
New Member William Knauf
Dark 5/31
Don't forget that we are NOT meeting this Thursday, May 31. 
Dark 5/31 Rick White
A Favorite Meeting
This Thursday is a meeting that many of us always look forward to.  Every year, the Foundation funds help sponsor Glendale Community College students.  Many are looking for a second chance to build their lives. Glady Kabateck will host the students at our meeting.  Come prepared to be inspired. 
A Favorite Meeting Rick White
Congratulations Ann!
Congratulations are in order for our own Ann Ransford.  As a Glendale Community College Trustee, Ann has been elected to a state board that sets policy, directs research and drives legislation related to California's 112 community colleges. She is Glendale Community College's first representative on the state board.
Congratulations Ann! Rick White
Kristin Maschka
On May 10, we had a very special speaker at or meeting.  Kristin Maschka is the best-selling author of This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today and the President of Maschka Enterprises Inc. which has been catalyzing people and teams to achieve their aspirations for over 10 years.
Kristin Maschka Rick White
The Finished Product
Here's what the front of the Admin Building at Glendale Community College looked like when we were finished.
The Finished Product Rick White
And You Thought Motley Crew Was an 80's Hair Band
It's really some of the Club members who served at Glendale Community College for Rotarians at Work Day 2012.
And You Thought Motley Crew Was an 80's Hair Band Rick White
Glendale Pops
Our Club has always been strong supporters of the Glendale Pops Orchestra.  There's another great concert coming Friday May 11 with Dave Koz and Monica Mancini. 

Rotary Members get a 10% discount.  There's also a special deal with the Phoenica Restaurant.  See Stephen Bache for details.
Glendale Pops Rick White
April 26 Meeting
April 26th was a very special meeting.  Babette Papaj, Founder of was our special guest speaker.  Babette is an ex-reality show producer and now an organizer of all things food: Cupcake Camp in Los Angeles, food blogger conferences called TECHmunch, and food and recipe community BakeSpace.
April 26 Meeting Richard Swanberg
Good Bye Art!
This Thursday, April 19 will be Art Resendez's last meeting with us.  Art is taking a new job out of the Glendale area.  He is planning to stay active in Rotary and will join a club closer to work.  Our loss is their gain!
Good Bye Art! William Knauf
Fire Chief Scoggins
This past Thursday, April 12, was a meeting you didn't want to miss. Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins (a fellow Rotarian) gave an excellent and informative presentation on the history of the Glendale EMS system. The Glendale Fire Department tries to provide the highest level of service to the community. The Glendale Emergency System started as a simple ambulance service to pick up trauma victims and ill patients in the early 1920s.
Fire Chief Scoggins Richard Swanberg
Hunger Awareness Month
For the month of April, our club is partnering with the Salvation Army to help restock their depleted food pantry.  In the last 5 years, the number of people coming in for assistance has tripled.  To avoid running out of food, they now ask people to come in every other month instead of every 30 days.  Without the help of community partners like Rotary, they would have to close our doors.
Hunger Awareness Month Rick White
Welcome Armen!
Welcome to our latest new member Armen Khalafyn!  Armen is the President of Bernini Capital, Inc in Glendale.  A USC graduate (Go Trojans!), Armen lives and works here in the Jewel City. 

Be sure to come to our next meeting to meet Armen and shake his hand!
Welcome Armen! William Knauf
Protect Your Identity
The speaker at our March 29th meeting was Jack Stutz who works as a volunteer for the Glendale Police Department. He gave an excellent talk on identity theft. He said there are many chances to have your identity stolen on-line.
Protect Your Identity Richard Swanberg
Bits & Pieces
Manny Medrano hit a home run (so to speak) with his exciting, and often times, inspirational talk last Thursday at Rotary. We all know him as an outstanding television reporter for a number of TV stations. But we especially know him for his work at KTLA. We probably hadn't heard that much about his work as a trial attorney and professor at Loyola Law School.  It was a great talk and if you missed it, you missed one of the best programs of the year.  Thanks Arsen Danielian for brining Manny to us.
Bits & Pieces Donald Galleher
Hoops Heroes
On Sunday, April 1, The Salvation Army Glendale held it's Second Annual Hoops Heroes Basketball Championship Game.  The Glendale Police Department and the Glendale Fire Department squared off and raised more than $5000. for the Salvation Army After-School program for At Risk Youth.  The Firefighters won 51 - 37.
Hoops Heroes Rick White
Dark on 3/15 to Celebrate
We will be dark on Thursday, March 15 so we can support Natalie Profant Komuro at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.  Natalie is the Executive Director of Ascenia which will be honored as the "Organization of the Year" in Glendale for it's work with the homeless.  Congratulations Natalie!

Dark on 3/15 to Celebrate William Knauf
Every Member Matters!
When you miss meetings, it hurts everyone.  See you Thursday!
Every Member Matters! William Knauf
Here Come the Comedians!
What a great meeting.  This reporter's highlight was when we were introduced to Mr Rene Vasquez and his family.  They came to thank us for our donations to Ascendia last Christmas. He thanked us for allowing him to buy presents for his family and to assist him in finding permanent housing in the area.  It is great to see our Rotary donations going to worthwhile causes!
Here Come the Comedians! Richard Swanberg
A Glendale Institution

Last week we learned all about GAR Services (formerly Glendale Association for the Retarded) and the work it has been doing with developmentally disabled adults here in Glendale since 1954.  Today, the organization has grown to the point where now it operates three homes, the self aid workshop  plus a ton ofspecial programs for about 80  special clients here in Glendale.   Thanks go to Sandy Doutyand Sharon Roth for bringing  us up to date on GAR.

A Glendale Institution Donald Galleher
2013 Club Officers Elected
At our Club meeting on February 2, Glen Passmore presented the slate of new Rotary Officers for 2013.  The slate was approved by unanimous vote. 
2013 Club Officers Elected Richard Swanberg
Don't Forget
Be sure to join us this Friday, 2/3 @ 8:30 AM at Conrad's where we will be planning our major fundraisers for the year.

Sunday, 2/12 is our Annual Birthday Party at Santa Anita Racetrack. 
Don't Forget William Knauf
February 2 Meeting.
Today's Speaker was Michelle Roberts who is the Executive Director of the YWCA of Glendale. Since 1926 the YWCA of Glendale has worked to improve our community by increasing the status of women, girls and families. Their programs and services continue to be guided by a common vision: Peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.
February 2 Meeting. Richard Swanberg
Dictionaries!!! Makiko Nakasone
While we are always proud to be members of the Noon Rotary Club, some days we just burst with pride.  January 20 was one of those days!   We donated the hard cover dictionaries to the second graders at Columbus Elementary School.  Elizabeth Manasserian, Bill Knauf, and I were there to present them to a very excited crowd. 
Dictionaries!!! Makiko Nakasone
With Sadness
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Barbara Griffiths in mid-January.  Barbara was a former member of our club and the editor of our Rotoservice club bulletin.  She was a psychiatrist and moved to Gardnerville, Nev. (just So. of Lake Tahoe).  She frequently said that she missed our Rotary club sooo much. She was in her 80's.
With Sadness Charles Reinhart
Another great Rotary meeting!  Glen Passmore opened with the invocation and Tom Roth led the flag salute.  Anne Ransford skillfully led us through the 4 way test.  Don Galleher led us in a joyful version of  "God Bless America".  Guests today were Rahla Lindsey (you are always welcome, Rahla), John Saad from the Glendale Kiwanis Club and today's speaker, Tim Peters, from the Door of Hope.  Happy Bucks were plentiful today but were special to Glen who had a scare last week with some chest wall pains (but not his heart!) and Anne Ransford who celebrated one of her family members who is presently living  in Europe.
Hope Richard Swanberg
If You Are in the Habit of Missing Meetings..
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If You Are in the Habit of Missing Meetings.. Rick White
Our First Meeting of 2012!
The meeting was called to order by President Bill Knauf who wished us all a Happy New Year.  The Invocation and Song "America the Beautiful" was led by Don Galleher.  Happy Bucks were plentiful today with Jerry Tomsic glad to get a new car, Rich Swanberg was happy that he got to decorate the Prize Winning Rotary Float last week. Many people were happy to share the Holidays with friends and family.
Our First Meeting of 2012! Richard Swanberg
Thank You!
As you may remember, before Christmas, our club collected money to help a family at Ascencia - the local homeless shelter.  Natalie will have the "proper" thank you note and pictures at the next meeting.  But in the meantime, here's Joanne's words:
Thank You! Rick White
Dark for the Holidays
Our Club will be dark on December 15 (because of the Christmas party on December 16).
We will also be dark on December 22 in anticipation of the holidays.  See everyone next year!
Dark for the Holidays Rick White
Another Bell Ringing Picture
I just couldn't decide which picture I liked best!
Another Bell Ringing Picture Rick White
Christmas Party!!!
Plan to join us for a Christmas Party at President Bill Knauf's house, 378 Mellow Lane, La Canada.  It's Friday 12/16 at 6:30 PM. The cost is $40.00 per guest - nothing needed for members.  Come for great food, fun decorations and friendly company.  Bring a better bottle of wine if you want.  See you there!
Christmas Party!!! William Knauf
December 1st Meeting
Today's Speaker was the Reverend Richard Garner who is the minister of the First United Methodist Church of Glendale. Reverend Garner talked about the history of the Christian Faith and reflections on the Holidays.  He also stated that local interfaith counsels are working together to provide shelter and food for the less fortunate in the Glendale community. Thanks for an excellent talk, Reverend Garner!
December 1st Meeting Richard Swanberg
A Deal for Rotary
On December 9, 2011 The Glendale Pops Orchestra presents "Holiday Pop" featuring David Benoit and Special Guest Taylor Dayne.  It will surely be a special evening. To purchase tickets call (818) 243 - ALEX  or visit 
A Deal for Rotary Art Resendez
Nov 10 Meeting
Today's speaker was Father Ken Deasy who is a Catholic priest and missionary. He presented two of his favorite missions. The first was in Thailand where he provided relief and comfort to victims of the recent floods which hit that country. He also made several trips to Haiti after their terrible earthquake. He also showed his refugee work with Haiti's poor and with an orphanage for deaf and mute children.  What an inspirational speaker.  Thanks for your talk, Father Deasy.
Nov 10 Meeting Richard Swanberg
It's Not Your Parent's Chemistry Class
The speaker at our meeting on October 20th was Dr. Sevada Chamras -- a professor of Chemistry at Glendale Community College. Dr. Chamras stated that it wants to make his classes interesting and relevant. He brought five of his pupils to the meeting today and taught us about the properties of Liquid Nitrogen.
It's Not Your Parent's Chemistry Class Richard Swanberg
Prospective New Member
We are pleased to announce that the board has given a big "thumbs up" to prospective Club member Stephen Smith.  Stephen is the Assistant Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America Verdugo Hills Council.  We are looking forward to Steve joining our club.

Prospective New Member William Knauf
New Members!
Is there a better way to kick-off the new club year than by inducting 2 new members?  Don't miss this exciting start to the new year as we induct Nick Martinez and Arsen Danielian into our club!
New Members! Rick White
So You Think You Know GCC
Last week's Speaker was Dr. Ed Karp who is the Dean of Research, Planning and Grants at Glendale Community College. He gave an interesting talk about the Students who attend the college.  It was an interesting talk!
So You Think You Know GCC Richard Swanberg
When is a Demotion Not A Demotion?
What?  "Non-Demotion" Demotion Party
Where?  San Antonio Winery (Directions
When?  Saturday,  June 25th / Lunch 11:30 AM / 1:00 PM Wine Tour
When is a Demotion Not A Demotion? Rick White
Dark, Dark Days Ahead
Don't forget that we are DARK for the next two meetings -- June 23 and June 30.  Why?  Because June 25th is our "Non-Demotion Party".  Be there or be square.

June 30 we will be dark so everyone can get a jump on their July 4th weekend!.
Dark, Dark Days Ahead Rick White
A Sweet, Sweet Meeting
Joanne Weinman from See's Candy was this week's speaker. See's Candy was founded in Los Angeles in 1921 by Mary See. It has continued to grow over the last 90 years and now has spread to many stores across the western United States.
A Sweet, Sweet Meeting Gerald Tomsic
June 9 Speaker
This week's speaker is Helen Dennis who will tell all of us how to retire.  Eventually everyone, (hopefully) will get to this point! Helen has written and studied this subject extensively.  She is someone we can all learn from.
June 9 Speaker Rick White
Proposed New Member
We would like to present for your consideration another proposed new member.  Nick Martinez leads the Foundation at Glendale Adventist Hospital.  If that sounds familiar, it's the role former President Andrei used to have.  They are big shoes to fill, but Nick will do a great job!
Proposed New Member Rick White
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Don't miss our June 2 meeting.  Our speaker will be Joanne Weinmann from See's Candy.  Rumor has it she is bringing samples!  See you there. 
Let Me Call You Sweetheart Rick White
Where is George?
Will the real George Saikali please stand up?  To the untrained eye, this is a photo of Tye Veden presenting a check for $2500 to help with the remodeling of the YMCA.
Where is George? Rick White
Certificate of Appreciation
This year's Rotarians At Work Day project was improving the landscaping around the marquee at Glendale Community College.  To show their appreciation, the college and our own Ann Ransford presented out club with a certificate of appreciation.  President Bill Knauf gladly accepted on our behalf.
Certificate of Appreciation Rick White
New Member!!
At our May 19th meeting, we welcomed Kirby Higashi as a new member of our club!  Tye Veden sponsored Kirby and he comes highly recommended.
New Member!! Rick White
Hide & Seek!

Every so often when we come to a Rotary meeting at the Hilton Hotel we can't find it.  The meeting that is - not the hotel!   Such was the case last Thursday when, after wandering up and down the hallways, we found our Rotary sign out in front of the Porter Restaurant and Grill.  Actually, it's not a bad place to meet.  You do have to peek around a few columns and posts but once you get the hang of it -  it works. 

Hide & Seek! Donald Galleher
May 5 Meeting

Thanks and well done Larry Tison for orchestrating our beautification project at Glendale College.  And, thanks to all the Rotarians who turned out to dig and dig and then plant the hillside around the College sign.  This was a project that long needed to be accomplished and Glendale Rotarians stepped up to the plate and got the job done.  This is what Rotary is all about.

May 5 Meeting Donald Galleher
The Keys to Longevity
Come hear Dr. Hanriet Minasian-Arakelian, D.O.speak on "The Keys to Longevity".  Dr. Hanriet is a speaker, teacher and researcher.  Her research has been published.  She will bring new ideas and insights into what we can do to live long and be healthy.
The Keys to Longevity Rick White
The Art and Science of Designing Fun
This Thursday's meeting is sure to be a treat as we hear from zofia k. a classically trained artist, designer, and thinker. 
The Art and Science of Designing Fun Rick White
March 10 Meeting
Today's Speaker was Matt Weaver who is the President of the Rotary Club of Arcadia. Mr Weaver spoke of his nonprofit (Next Level Generation) and Rotary's efforts to bring fresh water to remote villages in northern Thailand and  to help build schools in these villages. 
March 10 Meeting Rick White
Another Successful Food Drive
The skies were gray and the day was cold.  But that didn't stop our dedicated volunteers from collecting food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry!  Overall, more than 1800 lbs of food was collected!  A big "Thank You" to all who participated!
Another Successful Food Drive Rick White
Don't Sweat It's PETS!
Over the weekend of Feb 26, President Bill got to attend PETS.  See the link for his impressions.  Thanks for attending President Bill.  We're expecting even greater thing now!
Don't Sweat It's PETS! Rick White
A Day At the Races
If you joined us at Santa Anita Race Track to celebrate our club's 89th birthday, you know it was a good time.  Good food, good wine, great company and conversation was had by all.  The highlight of the day was President Bill's rather complicated plan to win the Pick 4.
A Day At the Races Rick White
The Meeting Has Gone To The Dogs
If you missed the meeting on February 24, you missed meeting 3 very special guests:  Shadow, Allie and Takoda.
The Meeting Has Gone To The Dogs Rick White
The Spirit of the Wolf
Don't miss this meeting!  Paul Pondella is the Program Director & Colette Duvall is the Facilitator for the Shadowland Foundation.  Shadowland Foundation's educational programs dispel all misconceptions about wolves and their "scary" reputation. They are passionate about teaching children, Young and Old, about wolves and their invaluable contribution to our global environment.  They will have a live demonstration!  Invite your Friends!!!
The Spirit of the Wolf Rick White
Another Great Meeting
We had another great meeting on February 10.  Songs, new members and an interesting, but somewhat troubling presentation from our speaker, Eli Guana.
Another Great Meeting Rick White
A Pre-Valentine's Day Treat
It was called the "best performance ever" of Let Me Call You Sweetheart.  Don Galleher,  led a distinguished quartet including Lowell Dosch, Glen Passmore and Tye Veden in a once in a lifetime rendition.  Dr. Brian Bergh was so moved, he could not help but imitate Cupid during the song. We are all thankful there are no pictures.
A Pre-Valentine's Day Treat Rick White
Welcome New Member George Saikali
George Saikali was warmly welcomed as a new member of our club on February 10.  George has been a member of Rotary since 1991.  We were fascinated to hear both his history in Rotary and his personal employment history.  George had the privilege of being pinned by two former District Governors -- our own Chuck Reinhart and our speaker, Eli Guana.
Welcome New Member George Saikali Rick White
A "Super" Speaker
Our February 3 Speaker was Dr. Richard Sheehan who is the Superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District. He did a great job telling us all about the state of the schools and we learned all about Dual-immersion schools.
A "Super" Speaker Rick White
Paul Harris Fellows
During our meeting on January 27, we recognized President Bill Knauf and Sharon Dobbs for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation as Paul Harris Fellows.  Ask President Bill Knauf how you can be part of this meaningful effort.
Paul Harris Fellows Rick White
The Dictionary Project
The Glendale Rotary Club partnered with North East Los Angeles Rotary Club in Eagle Rock (and with the support of Rotary District 5260 Foundation) to donate 200 Student Dictionaries.  All of the second grade students at John Muir and Horace Mann elementary schools in the Glendale Unified School District will benefit from this project.  This is our third year to make such a donation. 
The Dictionary Project Rick White
What's Going On in District 5260?
Follow the links to the District Web site the find out what District Governor Drew Frolich has to say!
What's Going On in District 5260? Rick White
Title Please....
Pat Crouch, who  has been in the Title Industry for over 28 years, was the speaker for our meeting on January 27. 
Title Please.... Rick White
Welcome Grigor!
With much enthusiasm Grigor Grigoryan was welcomed into our noon Rotary Club during our Club Assembly on January 20. Our standing ovation for him indicated how glad we were that he had chosen our Club to join.  Grigor and his firm manufacture clothes for St. John's Knits right here in our community.  Welcome Grigor and we look forward to sharing Rotary together for many years to come.
Welcome Grigor! Rick White
Luncheon with RI President
District 5280 hosted the luncheon with our District 5260 to welcome Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith.  Over 400 Rotarians gathered at Manhattan Beach Marriot on 1/13/11.  From our club, President Bill Knauf, Past District Governor Chuck Reinhart, Immediate Past President Glen Passmore, our newest member Grigor Grigoryan, Club Program Chair Ann Ransford, and PP Makiko Nakasone joined this very special occasion.  The $50 lunch was RI President's favorite meal: hamburger with sweet potato French fries.

Grigor Grigoryan along with many others were inducted and greeted by RI President Ray.
Luncheon with RI President Makiko Nakasone
Kenneth Hudunt To Speak On Earthquakes
This week's speaker is Kenneth Hudnut.  Kenneth W. Hudnut applies new technologies such as GPS and LiDAR to earthquake research as a geophysicist for the USGS in Pasadena, California. For significant earthquakes in Southern California, he directs USGS response operations and research. He represents the Southern California region, which has half of the Nation's earthquake risk, on the U. S. Earthquake Hazards Program Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Earthquake Center. He chairs the steering committee of the California Integrated Seismic Network and led the GPS L1C signal design project. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth in 1983. He is a Visiting Associate in Geophysics on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology.
Kenneth Hudunt To Speak On Earthquakes Raymond Kwok
Almost a Disaster!
We arrived at the Hilton last Thursday and instead of heading to our regular meeting room we were ushered to the Porter Restaurant which normally would be fine.  Except this time we were to have a special program by our own Elizabeth Manasserian that required projector and screen and the Porter wasn't really conducive to the program Elizabeth wanted to present. Never fear.  Our trusty Rotarians transferred the room into a great meeting place worthy of a wonderful program. But, more on that later.
Almost a Disaster! Donald Galleher
Once again, The Rotary Club of Glendale (Noon) showed their support for The Salvation Army by volunteering to "man" a Red Kettle in front of Virgil's Hardware Store.
Minutes of the December 2, 2010 Rotary Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 12:30 by President Bill Knauf
Invocation by Don Galleher
Four Way test led by Rich Swanberg
Song My Country Tis of Thee
Today's Guests: John Kabateck today's Speaker
                Jeff Wright from the Small Business Administration
                Bruce Campbell from the Glendale News Press
                Trevor Gregorian
Minutes of the December 2, 2010 Rotary Meeting Richard Swanberg
Luncheon Speaker - Fruit Basket WIN / WIN - Distri

Boy are we Lucky!!!


John Kabatech's son, John,  is speaking tomorrow at our luncheon.  John is the executive director of the NFIB, National Fderation of Independent Business. 


If you have not had your head in the sand these last 2 years, we are in somewhat of a downturn.  Come hear about small business issues.  Clearly, small business is going to help lead us out of this recession, as we all hear every day.  Lets hear about the current issues that small businesses face from the EXPERT.


Many of us run small businesses and this is a must see!!!!  Lets support our friend John and listen to a great program.

Luncheon Speaker - Fruit Basket WIN / WIN - Distri Bill Knauf
Fruit Basket WIN / WIN
Dear Rotary Member:

At this time of the year, one of our major fundraisers is the fruit basket sales.  Lowell, the President of Fruit Baskets, and Bob Nellis, his able Administrative Assistant, are working together to put together special baskets this year for you.
Fruit Basket WIN / WIN Raymond Kwok
Minutes of Nov. 18th Meeting
Today's speaker was Dr. Yvonne Chan who spoke on the topic:

Dr. Chan is from Vietnam who came to America in the 1970s with the hope of educating people of diverse backgrounds
She established several Charter Schools in California with the following goals:
Minutes of Nov. 18th Meeting Richard Swanberg
Robert Marehuk Proposed New Member
The board has approved a new membership application from the following person:
Name: Robert Marehuk
Classification: VP Ancillary Service Glendale Adventist
Robert and wife, Julie have 2 children: Jacob 4yrs old and Caleb 8 month old
Hobbies: Golf and Skiing
Should there be no objection to the above application during the next 10 days, he will be approved for a full membership.
Robert Marehuk Proposed New Member Raymond Kwok
Renowned Dr. Yvonne Chan to Spea
The Principal of the LAUSD's first charter school, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, Dr. Yvonne Chan, is our guest speaker this Thursday, 11/18.  She has turned around this Title One school in the gang neighborhood into the National Blue Ribbon school, serving 2,500 students in K-12.  She has made it into a community where parents are offered jobs on campus, and students take AP classes, some of who are recruited by Ivy League schools.
With $100 in her pocket, Dr. Chan came to California to study and earn PhD from UCLA with scholarships.  In return she has given more than $50 million from the awards and grants she received back to her school.  Her story is a true "American Dream" in education.

Invite your spouses, friends, local teachers to this very special, inspirational presentation.

See you on Thursday!
Renowned Dr. Yvonne Chan to Spea Makiko Nakasone
“Thanks for Your Service”

Last Thursday was a time for Glendale noon Rotarians to honor and thank those veterans in our Club and throughout the world who have served their country with distinction. When asked for veterans who were present to stand some seven of us came to attention and they were joined by the rest of those present to sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in honor of Veterans Day 2010.

“Thanks for Your Service” Donald Galleher
Nomination for 2011-13 Board and PE
The Nominating Committee announced on 11/11/2010 that it wants to nominate Alred Nersisyan, Brian Bergh, and John Kirk as new board members for 2011-13. It has also nominated Brian Bergh to serve as President in 2012-13. The election will be held on 12/2.
Nomination for 2011-13 Board and PE Makiko Nakasone
This Week's Speaker -- Toni Reinis

This Thursday is Veteran's Day. Join us to hear New Directions Executive Director Toni Reinis share stories about her program and the national goal to end veteran homelessness in five years. Noon, Glendale Hilton.

This Week's Speaker -- Toni Reinis Natalie Komuro
Liza Boubari's Mesmerizing Talk!
It's your friendly neighborhood dentist bringing you what went on during our last meeting.  Last week our special guest speaker was hypnotherapist, Liza Boubari from Heal Within.  During the meeting she hypnotized everybody at the meeting.  Read on to find out if it worked!
Liza Boubari's Mesmerizing Talk! Raymond Kwok
Senator Carol Liu's Impact!
Hi everyone! It's your friendly neighborhood dentist/reporter, Dr. Ray, bringing you the highlights of last week's meeting.  Last week we had the pleasure and honor of hearing the venerable, State Senator Carol Liu talk about what's going on in Sacramento.  At the end of the meeting Christin Holden, one of the guest I brought, told me she almost broke down in tears in front of the Senator because she was overwhelmed and so appreciative with the efforts Senator Liu has been putting forth in trying to help families like her's.
Senator Carol Liu's Impact! Raymond Kwok
State Senator Carol Liu "Sacramento Update"
In this political time what could be more timely than to hear from our esteemed guest speaker! Get the inside scoop! BE THERE!! THURSDAY 10-28 12:00 PM HILTON HOTEL, GLENDALE
State Senator Carol Liu "Sacramento Update" Ann Ransford
Marketing Strategies to Grow your Business
Last week, the club's very own orthodontist, Brian Bergh DDS spoke to us about marketing strategies.  He proved the point of how successful his marketing strategies are before the meeting even started by helping bring in 12 potential members to our club (the most ever in a long time) by having an iPad drawing that day!  Read on to find out who the lucky winner was...
Marketing Strategies to Grow your Business Raymond Kwok
Glendale Rotary Progressive Dinner

Our dedicated social event organizer, Chris Knowles has asked that I pass this along to you:


The Progressive Dinner is nearly here! 


Friday Oct. 29 (costumes optional) 6pm. approx $15 per person (adults only).


If you will be at Rotary tomorrow, please be sure to sign the sheet to indicte if you will be attending.  If you won't be at Rotary, please reply so we have a head count.


ALSO We still need one more home to host the main dish. No cooking involved - it will all be delivered to your home.  Please contat Chris if you would like to volunteer.


It gets busy in November and December so we dont want to wait until January to have a social.  
Glendale Rotary Progressive Dinner Natalie Komuro
Changes -- From Andrei Nikitin

Dear friends and colleagues:


French writer François de la Rochefoucauld said: "The only thing constant in life is change." He was right.


I am writing to inform you that I accepted the position of Director of Development at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. My last day at Glendale Adventist Medical Center will be October 8, 2010.

Changes -- From Andrei Nikitin
Glendale Rotarians who are not ringing the Salvation Army bells in December are out of luck!  This most fun activity is at full capacity with volunteers from our club and beyond!  A big thanks to the following:
Bring a Guest, Win an iPad!
Our guest speaker for next Thursday, 10/21, is our very own member, orthodontist Brian Bergh DDS.  He will be making a presentation on his marketing strategies, with which he says his sales are up close to 10% this year over last year.  I have heard him make this presentation before, and it is outstanding.  Also courtesy of Brian Bergh, all members bringing a guest (read prospective member) to that Club meeting will receive a raffle ticket entering them in a drawing to win an iPad!
Bring a Guest, Win an iPad! Makiko Nakasone
Vision Committee Minutes September 28, 2010

Attending:  Makiko Nakasone, Elizabeth Mannasserian, Don Galleher, Jon Maeda, Ray Kwok, Chuck Reinhart, Natalie Komuro

Review of Survey Results

Makiko distributed a summary of the Vision Survey  - 22 responses, approximately 50% response rate.

Vision Committee Minutes September 28, 2010 Natalie Komuro
Times Are A-Changing
It took about two minutes to realize there was something new blowing in the wind when you walked into Rotary last Thursday.  President Andrei was nowhere in sight - in fact he had literally disappeared overnight - talking on a new job in Valencia.  Andrei,  we are really going to miss your enthusiasm and inspiration.  But, never fear.  It was soon obvious a friendly, competent, cool guy would be in charge today and would give us the low down on where we are going with our Club's leadership.
Times Are A-Changing Donald Galleher
Past Glendale Noon Presidents Rahla & Tom Lindsey have volunteered their time to work the Salvation Army Bell ringing shift on Wednesday, December 15th for the 4:00-6:00 PM shift!  It's great to have them back for this important project!

Salvation Army bell-ringing coordinator Jon Maeda took a new approach this week, at the behest of one Don Huffsmith…make the bell-ringing sound like the most fun thing ever!  This aggressive FUN approach yielded several more volunteers!  A big thanks to Makiko Nakasone, Tye Veden & Bob & Joan Nellis for taking slots in front of Virgil's Hardware!  Time is running out!  The following are the only slots available!


FUN??? COUNT ME IN!!! Jon Maeda
Hire Glendale Youth Alliance and make a difference
Last week we had a great and quite emotional meeting.  Ida Babayan and Daniel Gamboa from Glendale Youth Alliance spoke to us about their youth employment programs they offer and how their program have provided positive life changing affects among Glendale's struggling youths. 
Hire Glendale Youth Alliance and make a difference Raymond Kwok
Rick Lemmo is our speaker Thursday Oct 7
Rick Lemmo, Senior Vice President, Community Relations at Caruso Affiliated ( and current President of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce ( will be our speaker at the Thursday Octobeer 7 club meeting.
Rick Lemmo is our speaker Thursday Oct 7 Andrei Nikitin
Join us to hear Ida Babayan and Daniel Gamboa talk
This Thursday 9-30-10 12pm at the Glendale Hilton and bring a guest(s)...

Ida Babayan is program coordinator, and Daniel Gamboa is program specialist for Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA). GYA is a nonprofit organization and a partnership between government, education, businesses and our community. Glendale community leaders established GYA in 1993 with a mission to provide jobs and employment preparedness training for Glendale's low-income youth ages 14-24. GYA programs are designed to build civic values in Glendale youth, provide a foundation to learn job skills and to become productive participants of the workforce. GYA operates six programs on a spectrum that provide mentored employment to youth and has provided first time employment and training to over 5,000 Glendale area youth.

Join us to hear Ida Babayan and Daniel Gamboa talk Andrei Nikitin

In true Rotary fashion, Glendale Rotarians Dr. John Kirk, Art Resendez & Stephen Bache were the first to sign up for a shift in the Great Rotary-Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Campaign.  The volunteers who help out by taking a 2-hour shift ringing the bell in front of Virgil's Hardware are a big part of the biggest element of fund-raising that the Army conducts every year!  There are still slots available, but don't dilly dally!  They won't last long…the following are slots still to be filled.  Contact Jon Maeda at or (818) 243-1241 to get on the schedule!

Michelle Johnson, RN Stroke Talk
Today's Speaker was Michelle Johnson, RN of the Glendale Adventist Stroke Prevention Program. Ms. Johnson informed us that strokes occur 700,000 times  a year in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in Glendale. This is a major health concern in the United States since 20% of the people who survive a stroke wind up in a skilled nursing facility for long term care. Strokes and rehabilitation cost $43 billion in health care costs in 2009.
Michelle Johnson, RN Stroke Talk Richard Swanberg
Bridge to Link Glendale to Griffith Park
Last week's speaker was Dave Ahern.  Mr. Ahern is Captial Projects Administrator for Community Services and Parks and during our meeting he shared with us some of the projects that he and the city has been working on.  One very exciting project is the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk which will provide a pedestrian bridge that would link Glendale to Griffith Park.
Bridge to Link Glendale to Griffith Park Raymond Kwok
Dave Ahern "Glendale Narrows Riverwalk"
This week's speaker is Dave Ahern.  Dave Ahern is Capital Projects Administrator for Community Services & Parks. He manages new park acquisition and renovation, including historic structures. He has over 28 years of experience in municipal government and has worked in management positions in Parks, Redevelopment, Economic Development, Housing Development, Planning and Zoning, and Neighborhood Services. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco in Organizational Behavior; and a Master's Degree in Organizational Development from Azusa Pacific University. Community volunteering includes: A member of the Burbank Police Commission for two years Glendale College Foundation Board Jewel City Kiwanis Relay for Life Committee Member Advisory Board Member of the Glendale Adventist Hospital.
Dave Ahern "Glendale Narrows Riverwalk" Andrei Nikitin
Salvation Army Food Drive
Hi all. I met with Eric Hamilton of Sunrise (their GSR Community Chair) this morning. As mentioned previously, Sunrise, in tandem with The Salvation Army, is arranging a "food collection day" on Saturday, Sept 18th at Ralph's Supermarket in La Crescenta (2675 Foothill Blvd).
Salvation Army Food Drive Brian Dixon
Craft Talk with Stephen Bache
Last week's Guest speaker was our own member, Stephen Bache who gave an extended Craft Talk on financial management of stocks, bonds and personal portfolio management. Stephen is a graduate of Yale and has an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and has served on our Glendale Rotary Foundation Board for a number of years.  Thanks for keeping us informed on how to keep our investment portfolios in the best shape possible!
Craft Talk with Stephen Bache Richard Swanberg
Now the Summer is Gone!
We were reminded that summer is on the way out as President Andrei shared a poem by a well known Russian poet (whose name I can't remember or spell) talking about the fact that it's time to move on to a new season of life.  How good it was to see almost all of the seats filled as the meeting began and by the time the meeting was over to see every seat filled.  It was appropriate we all joined together in singing "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" because that was somewhat the theme of the day.
Now the Summer is Gone! Donald Galleher
Proposed New Members
Dear Rotary board members:
I had lunch with Dr. John H. Kirk today. He is a OBGYN surgeon who does minimally invasive and robotic gynecological surgery. He I'm attaching his membership application form for your review and approval (See Download Section on the bottom right).
Proposed New Members Andrei Nikitin
Robotic Prostate Surgery, Sierra Safari and Leaves of Grass
Minutes of the Rotary Club of Glendale August 19 meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Andrei Nikitin at 12:30 pm
Invocation by Art Resendez
Four Way Test led by Alfred Nersisyan
Song led  by Don and Mary Galleher
Poem of the Day Andrei read excerpts from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Many people gave $5 in Happy Bucks to celebrate good thing that happened this week.
Robotic Prostate Surgery, Sierra Safari and Leaves of Grass Richard Swanberg
They just kept coming!
The room was filled to overflowing with members and guests who came to welcome our guest speaker Congressman Adam Schiff and he certainly did not disappoint as he shared his thoughts on Washington, especially in the areas of the economy, DNA legislation, small business, regulators, housing, and the gold line extension among other topics.  He left time for good questions from the audience and it was an honor to have Adam with us where he obviously has many friends.
They just kept coming! Donald Galleher
August 19: Dr. Kamyar Ebrahimi speaks on Robotic Advances in Urology
Dr. Kamyar Ebrahimi of STAR Urology, Inc. ( is the first and only fellowship trained surgeon in the field of minimally invasive urology practicing in Glendale, California.
August 19: Dr. Kamyar Ebrahimi speaks on Robotic Advances in Urology Andrei Nikitin
Minutes of Glendale Noon Club Assembly 8/5/2010
Club President Andrei Nikitin called the meeting to order at 12:30pm.
President Nikitin also gave the Invocation.

Next week we will be hosting Congressman Adam Schiff who will be giving us an update on policies in Washington, DC.  Feel free to invite a guest to this meeting.

President Andrei spent the next hour discussing the short and long range goals of the Club.
Minutes of Glendale Noon Club Assembly 8/5/2010 Richard Swanberg
“VISIONS” Committee Minutes at Conrads

Present:   Chair Makiko Nakasone, Natalie Komuro -Profant, Elizabeth Manasserian, Bill Knauf , Jon Maeda, Don Galleher , Chuck Reinhart, Andrei Nikitin, Raymond Kwok.

Meeting started at 8:00 AM, with Chairman Makiko welcoming all, and asking each member to share their vision of the Rotary Club of Glendale , giving special attention to the reason we joined Rotary.  To a member, all expressed the willingness to be useful to the community and to serve.

“VISIONS” Committee Minutes at Conrads Jon Maeda
Congressman Adam B. Schiff to speak at the Rotary Club of Glendale August 12
Congressman Adam Schiff will speak at our club meeting on Thursday, August 12. Congressman Schiff will give an overall Washington Update about what has been occurring in Congress, followed by Q&A.
Congressman Adam B. Schiff to speak at the Rotary Club of Glendale August 12 Andrei Nikitin
It Was a Full House!
It Was a Full House! Donald Galleher
Our Sister Club: Kofu Rotary
We had a wonderful time last week learning about Kofu, Japan from our good old friend and former past president of our club, Makiko Nakasone.  Dressed in a beautiful kimono, she taught us how the correct way to pronouce Kofu and shared with us how similar the Rotary club there is to our club.Last Thursday was also our new President Andrei Nikitin's first day running the show.  Way to go!
Our Sister Club: Kofu Rotary Raymond Kwok
This Week's Fantastic Speaker, Larry Zarian

Larry Zarian was elected to the Glendale City Council in 1983, and served 16 years on the Council - four terms as Mayor. Larry was instrumental in the start up of transportation in the City's local shuttle (Beeline), continuing at the County level. During his four Council terms, he was involved in many of the negotiations of the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport and its critical role in southern California; and he served as Transportation Representative for eight North County cities on the League of Cities, his involvement has been at the City, County, and State levels.

This Week's Fantastic Speaker, Larry Zarian Andrei Nikitin
First Club Social of this Year
Our first club social of the new Rotary year will be a "Theater Night" on Friday July 30.
We will see "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard at the Sierra Madre Playhouse ( To register online, click on the event name in the "Upcoming Events" section on . The play, described as a brilliant romantic mystery set on a British estate, will start at 8:00 pm (seating begins at 7:30pm). Tickets are $15 per person. (We need a min of 15 people, so sign up and bring spouses, significant others, kids/grandkids, or guests!)
We will meet for dinner at 5:30 pm at The Only Place in Town (great dinners for $10 and up.)
First Club Social of this Year Christina Knowles
Thanks for letting me be your president.
I have really enjoyed the privilege of being Rotary President for this year! The job takes a lot of time and is on my mind most of the week. But I have learned a lot about running meetings, organizing projects and how to get things done. I have gotten to know many of you much better and made some very good friends. All in all this has been a wonderful experience, thank you! Glen Passmore President Rotary Club of Glendale 2009-2010
Thanks for letting me be your president. Glen Passmore
GSE Report
Noora Elkoussy gave us a very interesting look at Nepal, where she spent four weeks with the GSE (Group Study Exchange) team from our Rotary District. Her slides were very compelling. She is advocating for an international project to help in Nepal and has given Andrei information and the contact person with the Rotary Club there.
GSE Report Glen Passmore
Yes, it Really Makes a Difference!

This week I received the following note I share with you now.   This is why what we do in Rotary is so very important.

Yes, it Really Makes a Difference! Donald Galleher
Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me!

Brian Bergh led us all in a rousing rendition of "a Pirates Life for me" in honor of his brother who just recently escaped from a bunch of pirates who threatened his life while on a fishing trip.  Not only did Brian lead us in song he shared a little about the song "Yo ho etc."  Did you know it was actually written for Diseneyland and the Pirate Ride?  It was a great enthusiastic beginning to a very interesting Rotary meeting.

Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me! Donald Galleher
Rotary Minutes June 3, 2010

Our meeting started promptly at noon.  Art Resendez gave us some pretty impressive statistics, Rotary International has done an incredible job in the fight against polio. Rotarians have contributed more than $990 million dollars for the eradication of the disease. We continue to fight polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.

Rotary Minutes June 3, 2010 Irene Passos
Rotary Minutes May 27, 2010
Today's Speaker was Glendale Police Chief and our own Rotarian,  Ron DePompa. Chief DePompa gave us an excellent presentation of his new reorganization of the Glendale Police Department. The Chief stated that he has 7 goals in changing the organizational culture of the Department which involves Engaged leadership at all levels of the department.
Rotary Minutes May 27, 2010 Richard Swanberg
Foundation Announces Two John Gladden Grants
The Glendale Rotary Foundation has selected two students for a John Gladden grant to help them defray expenses for their study aboard this summer and fall.  The requirement for a grant is that they be children or grandchildren of a Glendale noon Club Rotarian. Upon completion of their study they are asked to come to the Club and share what they learned from the experience in sharing with different cultures.
Foundation Announces Two John Gladden Grants Donald Galleher
Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton once stood here
Last week's speaker was Paul Ayers.  Paul's interest is to literally retrace the landscape of Southern California back to the heydays when Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton once stood. 
Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton once stood here Hillary Kim
Vicky's Son Is Max
Vicky Rangsuebsin delivered a son named Max on 4/5.  Both are doing well.  Vicky plans to move her office, go back full time and come back to Rotary in June.
Vicky's Son Is Max Makiko Nakasone
Only Makiko!
She did it! She really did it.  When it was time for the song Makiko asked us all to form a big circle, join hands and sing not "You Are My Sunshine" but rather " You  Are My Rotary."  And, guess what – it worked.  It was the start of a fascinating meeting which would be highlighted with the program presented by JPL and Cal Tech scientist Max Coleman.
Only Makiko! Donald Galleher
Dinner & a Movie at the Planetarium
The Glendale Rotary "Noon" Club met on Friday April 30th at the Glendale City College Culinary Arts building named Los Robles for a delicious Prime Rib dinner with all the trimmings. A feisty group of Rotarians and family members included Cal Devnich and his grand kids, Ann Ransford, Bob and Joan Nellis, John and Gladys Kabateck, L J Dosch, Glen and Judy Passmore, Sam Carvajal, Tye Veden, Hal and Louise Hanable, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Knauf, Andrei Nikitin, Rich and Jackie Swanberg, Gary Tomsic and his lovely date, District Governor Jay and Fern Saltzman, and Art Resendez, to name a few.   
Dinner & a Movie at the Planetarium Art Resendez
Rotarians at Work Day -- Cooking and Planting
Last Saturday, April 24th, was our annual Rotarian at Work Day.  We had a great time helping PATH Achieve Glendale fixing breakfast for about 50 residents and clients and planting some plants in their lot.  There were 12 of us, including Bill Knauf's daughter and her friend, Brian Bergh's wife and their son, and President Glen's wife.  Members there were Glen, Bill, Larry Tison, Art Resendez, Tom Roth, Brian, and myself (Makiko Nakasone).
Rotarians at Work Day -- Cooking and Planting Makiko Nakasone
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Last week we had the honor of having Mark Horvath, Outreach Case Manager for PATH Achieve Glendale and founder of, come talk to us about homelessness.  Mark brought to us fascinating insights into the world of the homeless as well as staggering statistics and the programs here to help the homeless.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Richard Swanberg
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Last week's meeting special guest speaker was Tim Stratz.  Tim is a is a financial advisor  with Stratz and Company, financial company in South Pasadena.  He spoke to us about today's volatile market, an uncertain economy, and ways to financially weather the storm and come up on top.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Hillary Kim
There's a familiar face!
There was something definitely different but yet the same when we walked into our last meeting.  What was it?  And, then we realized what it was -- it was Gino Prieto, former member and long time friend, returning to introduce the speaker of the day.  Welcome back Gino and we hope to see more of you in the coming weeks.  Thanks to Brian Dixon for being our greeter and Art Resendez for our inspirational moment and everybody else who helped out to get the meeting underway.
There's a familiar face! Donald Galleher
John Colbert
John has been a law enforcement officer for13 ½ years. He worked on white-collar crime and developing evidence for the courts. John was the CEO of a company that specialized in putting the world's worst criminals behind bars including the BTK Killer and many well-known terrorists behind bars.

John will be talking about his experiences in law enforcement and as an entrepreneur. When I talked with him I found that his stories were very interesting. He will be a fascinating speaker.
John Colbert Glen Passmore
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Laura Friedman, Glendale City Council Woman, was our special speaker for last week's meeting.  She spoke to us about the benefits of biking vs driving.  And how we can take advantage of biking privileges the city affords us.  And also what the city can improve on to make it more bike friendly.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Hillary Kim
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Last week's special speaker was none other than fellow Glendale Noon Rotarian and Rotoservice reporter Don Galleher.  He gave us an engaging and vivid account of the life of Julia Morgan, an American architect who has her influence in over 700 buildings in California.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Richard Swanberg
We had an Eye Doctor tell us About Cataracts
Dr. Darlington came to talk to us at the last minute, thank you! I asked him if they had anyone who could speak to us, and he said he has a prepared talk and would love to come on the very short notice of four days. We started the meeting with Andrei giving us our inspiration on the spur of the moment . Chuck Reinhart led us in "In the Good Old Summer Time" but we didn't remember the words very well. We had a visiting Rotarian from central Texas, who traded banners with us. Our speaker,
We had an Eye Doctor tell us About Cataracts Glen Passmore
Lost Rotarians
When I stepped off the elevator last Thursday all I saw were Rotarians walking up and down the hallway of the Hilton Hotel trying to find our meeting place for the day.  Since I ended up on level 5 of the parking structure I knew the place was jumping but hopefully not enough to have us meeting out on the front lawn.  But, at last the lost was found and eventually we all made it and as usual had a great Rotary experience.
Lost Rotarians Donald Galleher
Report From Last Week's Meeting

Marc Leeka  shared with us some amazing Rotary Moments he has lived by giving of himself.

Marc made it clear to us that once he ventured out and started participating and organizing projects in other countries he got so much more than if he just wrote a check.


Report From Last Week's Meeting Irene Passos
Report From Last Week's Meeting
The Speaker today was our own Natalie Komuro, Executive Director of PATH Achieve Glendale, who spoke on the topic "What is really being done to help the homeless". Natalie stated that due to the present economic climate the number of homeless children and adults has risen to over 750,000 people in the United States.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Richard Swanberg
What is really being done to help homeless people?
May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, ushering in a new federal commitment to end homelessness.  What does that mean for us in Glendale, where we have approximately 300 people homeless on any given night?
What is really being done to help homeless people? Glen Passmore
Why Banks Fail!
There was plenty of enthusiasm last Thursday as we greeted an old Glendale Rotarian friend, Bob Michael.  When Tye Veden heard Bob was going to be in town he invited Bob to come back and see a few old friends, of which there were a few.  Tye, Bob, and Don Galleher had all graduated from Hoover High School in the same Class of 1949.  How's that for old timers…..
Why Banks Fail! Donald Galleher
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Last week's meeting we had Executive Director of Glendale Healthy Kids and Glendale Sunrise Rotarian, Camille Levee as our special guest speaker.  Camille introduced to us Heartly, (aka Brian Bergh -- see photo) Glendale Healthy Kids' new mascot, and spoke to us about what Glendale Healthy Kids has been doing in the community.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Hillary Kim
Oh, what a Birthday Party!!!
It was a beautiful day. .  .

          The skies were bright blue . . .

          The track was fast . . .

          The food was great, especially those deserts . . .

Oh, what a Birthday Party!!! Donald Galleher
Bombing runs in war!
Our speaker this week will be our own Hal Hanable.

Hal flew 28 missions in a B-29 bomber over Korea during the Korean War. He will tell us about the missions and what it was like to be the target of MIG interceptors. He will also tell us where the bomber base was and what it was like on the long flights.
Bombing runs in war! Glen Passmore
Last Week's Club Assembly
Last week we had no special speaker, but instead had a Club Assembly to discuss the happenings of our Club.
Last Week's Club Assembly Hillary Kim
Report From Last Week's Meeting
Last week we had a quiet meeting following the wake of the tragedy in Haiti.  Our guest speaker was Bob Knauf, older brother of President Elect-Elect of our Club Bill Knauf.  Bob is Vice President of the Community Foundation of the Verdugos and gave us a very interesting talk about his Foundation.
Report From Last Week's Meeting Hillary Kim
Text ROTARY to 90999
Use your cell phone to make a one-time US$5 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, a donor advised fund within The Rotary Foundation.
Text ROTARY to 90999 Raymond Kwok
Haiti letter from Rotary leaders

18 January 2010

Dear Rotarians:

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent earthquake in Haiti, and we are touched by the commitment of Rotarians to assist the communities affected by this disaster. Rotary International is coordinating relief efforts, and we are writing to you today to provide you with information on how you may work through Rotary to make a significant contribution toward alleviating this major humanitarian crisis.

Haiti letter from Rotary leaders Raymond Kwok
Sam Carvajal to match any and all donations!
That's right!  Sam Carvajal has challenged us to give to the Glendale Rotary Foundation for Haiti relief.  He said he would match our gifts!  Thank you Sam and Haiti thanks you!
Sam Carvajal to match any and all donations! Glen Passmore
The Foundation establishes Haiti earthquake fund
from the website:

The Rotary Foundation has established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund for U.S. Rotarians who want to donate toward recovery efforts after a powerful earthquake rocked Haiti on 12 January.
The Foundation establishes Haiti earthquake fund Raymond Kwok
happy new 'Y'ear!