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Welcome to our newest member, Kim Villa.
Kris Hons stood in for Rick Dinger as President Tom Probst installed our newest member, Kim Villa. Kim has been with the Special Olympics for a number of years. We have been fortunate to have her speak to the club and share some of her Special Olympic superstars with us (most recently, John). We are very excited to have Kim in the club. She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for those individuals that she serves. We are looking forward to participating in the Special Olympics and helping her with these incredible human beings. Thank you Kim for choosing this club, and Rick for getting Kim to choose us.
One of our newer members Lindsay, was asked the same morning to be the club reporter. In bribing Lindsay to do so, I told her it was a great way to get to know names!  She did a fabulous job. Our program for Oct. 28 was our own member and Glendale unified School District Assistant Supt. Maria Ganderas. Maria is in charge of human resources, which means she wears 30 other hats not related to human resources, such as attendance!
When Dr. David Viar introduced her, we of course had to get past the multiple college degrees (was it 7 masters??). Maria took on the job of Coats for Kids this year and did a fabulous job. The best part of the show, watching her having to answer her phone to deal with a school emergency during the program.
Thank you Maria for being part of this club.
Though no one won the actual raffle money, monies were raised to continue to support the programs of this club. Thank you and blessings to all that serve!

Thank you Eric Hamilton for arranging today's informative Vocational Fair.
It seemed that everything had a theme (was this planned)?
We can purchase homes from Keith Sorem. We can get the financing from Ken (Bank of America).
Need help with taxes or audits, see David Smith (the only person who stayed and worked in his major in college).
Does your jacket need cleaning, Ray is the guy. Then there is Rick (Ricky to me). We learned the valuable difference between
Replacement Cost Value, and Replacement Value, not to mention being a member of AARP. Leonard can help you with commercial property management while Yvette is an ace at teaching artists the difference between numbers and colors by managing their taxes and books. And when all else fails, call Angelo. He fixes everything, can build anything, and survived the "closest" model for Peggy. And don't forget, at the end of the day, it's important to Brand yourself, your company and your message. Check with Stephen, he's the best.
Today we had the honor of hearing from Special Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Michael Leon, who personally described his experience at the Special Olympics. A call to help was provided as Glendale increases its presence at the Special Olympics. Michael was a true inspiration as he inspired us to do more, help more, and be aware of our citizens with intellectual disabilities. Thank you Michael.

Welcome New Member Lindsay Hornsby.
We are excited to welcome Lindsay into our club. She officially joined on Friday, September 2nd to a large crowd and is being sponsored by Stephen Ropfogel. Lindsay works at Express Pros and her boss, Kim Guard, was able to attend her induction. Welcome Lindsay!
Welcome Velvet Rhodes!
In August, we were honored to welcome Velvet Rhodes to our club. Velvet is a welcome addition to our club with her experience in Entertainment and Film Production. She has begun the Glendale Film Festival and has worked hard to bring an international film festival to our city. Welcome Velvet.
Thank You!
We want to thank Richard and his wife for opening up their beautiful
home and preparing a fabulous dinner for our
members over the Labor Day Weekend. Thank you Richard!
Thank you to those members that continue to support the Orphanage in Tijuana.
Especially to Frank and Ray, who were joined by Jory on their recent trip.
To our members who continue to make this a better place to be! Watch for new pictures each week.

In August, we gathered at the beautiful home of Eric and Trisha Hamilton to spruce up our boat (to Fire it up) for the upcoming Aug. 27 Rotary boat race. The event, held each year in the Redondo Beach Marina, features cardboard boats made by various rotary clubs. Two years ago, we won the race, despite complaints from other clubs (maybe because we blew them out of the water). This year, our own club president, Tom Propst, was joined by returning racer Sharon Townsend, as we tried to gain back our title. The event took place on August 27 at the Redondo Beach Marina. Tom and Sharon won first place in their first heat, and with only less than 10 min of down time, raced again and came in 2nd place!

President Tom Propst welcomed LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell as our guest speaker on July 1.
Phil Lanzafame, Glendale Economic Development guru.
Past President Jewel Price hosted guests from Japan as part of the exchange program.  They were very entertaining!
Enjoyed a chat with Bernie Otis...
The importance of helping Swaziland.
Thinking about your next vacation?  We enjoyed a very interesting speaker from Montrose Travel.
Pat Ford from Montrose Travel discussed best practices for planning your vacation.
A great program regarding our veterans and the care they need.
The story of 9/11 like you never heard...
Great program on what Glendale Community College offers vets.
Hope this brings a smile to your day. Scott- 

Sept. 11th great story from ground zero.
Our fearsome craft for this years district picnic has received a new coat of paint and a new look for its sure-fire win in this years annual event.  As you can see from the photos, the color scheme has been brought more into line with current presidential thinking, although there is still no word on a name yet, so stay tuned!

Great program on how we can all save lives by being donors.

From the RI Website:


RI President-elect K.R. Ravindran introduced a member benefits program at the 9 June closing session of the 2015 Rotary International Convention, saying that many more hands are needed to continue Rotary’s work around the world.

The program, , aims to boost membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut on 1 July.

“This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around the world -- and that number is growing,” said Ravindran. “These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and concessions on the everyday business that you do. And, in many cases, not only will you benefit, but our Foundation will as well, by receiving a contribution with each transaction.”

The program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Discounts on more products and services from companies worldwide are expected to be added throughout the year.

“It will be another way to benefit from being a Rotarian and being part of the Rotary network,” said Ravindran, whose presidential theme for 2015-16 is Be a Gift to the World. “I urge all of you to become a part of that scheme.”



Rotary News


We enjoyed a visit from Rachel Fine and a fine program on political communication by Anthony Portantino.
We are going to the orphanage the weekend of Aug 1-2. This trip, we will be taking all the children to a swimming pool complex that's built into a vineyard. We are going to serve hot dogs & watermelon. 
Help us help the kids beat the heat. See for yourself the great things that Rotary does.

With the All-Star Break in just a few weeks, thought this would be very timely.
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