SPOKES NEWSLETTER
DISTRICT 5300 * Rotary Club 794 * December 4, 2020 * #82
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This Week's Program
ROBERT HORI 
Botanical Cultural Curator & Program Director
The Huntington 
Introducer: Mary Chalon   
TOPIC:  The Japanese Heritage House - The story of the discovery & restoration of a 320-year old Japanese house that served as the center of village life, its restoration and current relocation to the Huntington's Japanese Garden 
 
Robert Hori is the Botanical Cultural Curator and Program Director.  He oversees programming related to East Asian garden arts including landscape design, tea ceremony, flower arranging, stone viewing and bonsai.  He organizes lectures and cultural experiences for the public, and has curated exhibitions including Nuestro Mundo, artwork created by young Latino artists in response to the historical exhibit Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin, Out of the Woods & Amazing Trees, FloriLegium: Folded Transformations for the Natural World by Robert J. Lang, and Ice & Stone for the Portland Japanese Garden featuring prime examples of viewing stones from the Huntington.  

Prior to working for the Huntington, he was a program director at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles, where he produced national tours of The Grand Kabuki, Bunraku - the National Puppet Theater of Japan, Nomura Kyogen, and the Zenshinza Theater Company
 
 
   
11:45 am: Greeters Scott Carlson - Jane Waas &
Elisabeth Browne

Song Leader: Phil Miles

Scoot Zone Reporter: Mary Lou Byrne
Tech Team: Frank Fish - Robert Lyons - Don Andrues 
 
 Zoom Team: Scott Carlson - Kat Rogers - Frank Fish -
Tammy Silver 
& Elisabeth Browne
 
** NEED HELP WITH ZOOM**
Tammy Silver - tamaramsilver@gmail.com - 626-744-9533    
 
Pasadena Rotary invites you to its Weekly Wednesday Meeting
December 9, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
* All or part of our weekly Rotary meeting may be recorded to assist with  
documenting donations, input, or other Pasadena Rotary business.  
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 862 8785 5806
Password: 994656   
 
NOTE:
IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND COUNTY MANDATES AND FOLLOWING PHASED IN REOPENING OF GATHERED GROUPS, AND IN CONSIDERATION OF THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE PASADENA ROTARY CLUB MEMBERSHIP:
PASADENA ROTARY IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 
 THIS MAY CHANGE, AND AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S PLANS TO REOPEN BUSINESSES AND GROUP MEETINGS UNFOLD, WE WILL KEEP EVERYONE UPDATED ON THE STATUS OF PASADENA ROTARY CLUB'S IN-PERSON MEETINGS.
  
PRESIDENT'S CORNER  
IPP Scott, PE Cory & Liza, President Ken
 
Hello Pasadena Rotary,   
 
What makes our club high performing are the incredibly gifted and passionate people in our club! So when you get a phone call on Monday from JP Harris and he says, "I have an idea to help the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club and Vroman's Bookstore. Can we do it?"
In these difficult times, you simply have to be fast on your feet, show some ingenuity, innovation and say, "let's do it."
What we did not know yesterday was whether the Pasadena Police Department would be able to team up with us? Well, I received word today that PPD is partnering with us!
Pasadena Rotary and Pasadena Police Department SUPPORTS Pasadena Boys and Girls Club and Vroman's Book Store!!!
Special thank you to everyone club member for the giving of your time and your generosity. You are part of an amazing club that does good work.
I am always available to you and to meet for a cup of socially distanced coffee!
PS. I will be announcing our President Elect Elect next week!!!
 
 In Your Service,
Ken  
THE  SCOOT ZONE 
By Justene Adamec, Bureau Chief 
 
President Ken Joe opened the meeting right at 12. Remember when we were eating lunch at noon and the meeting started later? Yeah, me neither. Ross Jutsum led us in song and the pledge Joshua Levine Grater gave the inspiration. He shared two quotes including this one from Rabbi Joachim Prinz: Neighbor is not a geographic term. It is a moral concept.
Ross Jutsum 
Joshua Levine Grater 
 
Colleen Carey announced that all of the Bikes for Christmas have been assembled and stored in the Salvation Army basement. Next steps are to move them to the area where they'll be given out and then - drumroll - they'll be handed out, complete with bows handmade by Jane Waas. To sign up to assist with the Bikes Project on either Monday, Dec. 7th at 2PM or Thursday, Dec. 10th at 8:30, 10:30 or 12:30PM, please email Colleen at: CCarey@lee-associates.com. There will be 2 hour shifts with all 3 volunteers per shift.
Terry Masango will be ringing the Salvation Army Kettle Bell TODAY between 12-4, in front of Stater Brothers at Washington and Allen. He is competing against other district leaders to see who raises the most. Go see him at the Kettle or make your donation by check.
JP Harris has announced a new event to replace Shop with a Cop and the Toy Drive. Pasadena Rotary will be handing out Vroman's gift cards to the children at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena. We are not only helping the kids but supporting Vroman's. Donations were raised in the chat box. If you want to donate any amount see details below.
Eric Duyshart gave his Pasadena in Five report. Here it is:
You have heard the national news on Covid. Last month had 8-9 new cases a day in Pasadena. This week, it is closer to 40 new cases per day. Hospitalizations are up, but still below capacity. 
 
Pasadena has been in the news lately due to the fact we deviated from the LA County health orders.  Specifically, the County mandated the closure of restaurant dining last week, while Pasadena continues to allow outdoor dining with strict conditions.     Pasadena has increased code enforcement to keep pressure on restaurants to stay vigilant with social distancing and other PPE protocols. In Pasadena, outdoor dining is limited to people in the same household, with a maximum of 6 per table. Tables must have 6 feet between them.
 
As new housing projects are built, developers pay a fee to support parks.   A couple years ago, the city purchased a bank building next to a city owned parking lot, just north of the Vromans block at Union and El Molino.   Things are on track to turn it into Playhouse Park.
 
After a long period of considering land uses and hiring consultants to evaluate proper building locations, Council has provided direction for the vacant parcels across from City Hall. The City is pursuing affordable senior housing on the north next to the YMCA building, and a hotel use  for the south parcel including the historic rehabilitation of YWCA building
 
Pasadena museums are closed but offering virtual tours and other online activities. Stay well read... local book stores and also Pasadena Libraries-is a great resource for physical books and magazines and digital options.
 
Phyllis Currie introduced our speaker, Deven Upadhyay, COO & Asst. GM, Metropolitan Water District SoCAL. His topic was "Planning for Resilience."
 
California has a Mediterranean climate. As with any Mediterranean climate, water is unpredictable year to year. Drought or deluge.  
 
MWD has the role of providing reliability. To that end, MWD has 10 reservoirs, 5 water treatment plants, a water quality lab, 830 miles of pipeline and tunnels large enough to drive a large truck through, and 5 pumping plants. They are a wholesaler. They sell to regional entities such as Pasadena Water and Power who then delver it to the consumers.
 
After reviewing the sources of water in Southern California, he shared some of the ways in which MWD makes sure that water supply is reliable. They have their own maintenance facilities including heavy equipment to manufacture parts and replace them quickly. They have increased storage capacity. The amount of water in storage varies in comparison to rainfall. Right now, the stored water level is at an all-time high.
 
MWD is participating in large scale projects. The Delta Conveyance Concept is trying to develop a system of tunnels to bring water from Northern California under the Delta to Southern California. The latest proposal is in Environmental Testing. There are also working to recycle water instead of sending it out to the ocean.
 
After the breakout sessions, Deven took a full half hour of questions before he had to leave moderated by Kat Rogers.  
 
 
** To the delight of all, Jan Moscaret's cat curious "Gus" joined in at the reception to check us out.  Someone suggested we have a 'bring your pet to Rotary day'. 
Join in Supporting this Fundraiser 
PASADENA ROTARY & PASADENA POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS
THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB PASADENA &
VROMAN'S BOOK STORE
CHRISTMAS 2020
In a normal year, we partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department, pairing up 20 deserving youth with 20 uniformed PPD officers plus a Rotary-provided gift card and send them on a Christmas shopping spree at the East Pasadena Target store. Alas, not this year.
Even though our traditional Shop With A Cop program, begun 5 years ago, took a hiatus this year due to COVID19, we did not want to stop our outreach to the community. Given the limitations created by the pandemic, this year we will support the BGCP, while at the same time, supporting Pasadena's favorite bookstore, Vroman's.
Pasadena Rotary and the PPD will provide approximately 60 deserving middle school and high school students from the BGCP with a Vroman's gift card that they can use at their convenience.
Vroman's has long been a cherished institution in Pasadena. Some might say Pasadena would not be Pasadena without Vroman's. Likewise, the BGCP represents what is best about our community and its support of youth in our community.
You can help make this a reality by sending an email to Wendy Anderson at  office@pasadenarotary.com indicating the amount you wish to donate to the cause. Whatever we raise will be divided equally on the appropriate number of Vroman's gift cards. Remember, your one donation will support two great institutions. Many of these youth may never have had a reason to go into a bookstore. Let's give them a reason, this Christmas. It could be the start of a lifelong relationship.
COMMITTEE EVENTS & CALENDAR
BIKES FOR CHRISTMAS  
 
Bikes for Christmas: As mentioned by Colleen Carey at the meeting on Wednesday, if you can volunteer your time to help out with bicycle distribution at the Salvation Army Tabernacle located at 960 E. Walnut in Pasadena on Monday, December 7th at 2:00PM or for a 2 hour shift on Thursday, December 10th at 8:30AM, 10:30AM or 12:30PM, please email Colleen at:  ccarey@lee-associates.com  to offer your assistance.

ROTARY READERS 
Monday, December 7th at 6:00 pm.  Book: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum.
Lead by Diana Peterson-More.  Info to join and zoom link contact Cathy Simms
 
TYROS MEETING 
Monday - December 14th at Noon. Committee Chairs: Great meeting to recruit committee members.  Co-Chairs: Sheryl Guerrero & Mary Lou Byrne
 
BUSINESS ALLIANCE MEETING
Monday, December 14th at 4:00 pm.  Member Spotlights on Kat Rogers & Howard Raff.  Co-Chairs: Cyril Vergis & Wendy Anderson 
 
PASADENA ROTARY MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE
AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE  - A FEW AVAILABLE 
PASADENA ROTARIANS AT WORK TEE-SHIRT - $15.00 & $18.00
Ladies Large Short Sleeve and Man's XL Long Sleeve  
PASADENA ROTARY POLO SHIRT - $30.00 - (2) Ladies Large
CONTACT:  office@pasadenarotary.com
 
POLIO PIG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wish to show a photo & tell us what you are up to - Wish to make an announcement about your family or your favorite nonprofit.  Email Wendy at office@pasadenarotary.com by Tues afternoon. Minimum donation: $20.00 

Polio Pig Announcement 
ADOPT-A-MEAL PARTICIPATING RESTAURANT
Show appreciation to restaurants and caterers supporting our monthly Adopt-A-Meal Program for Union Station Homeless Services  
Family Center 
  • CABRERA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 655 N. Lake (Orange Grove) 626-795-8230    www.cabreras.com  
  • UNIVERSITY CLUB OF PASADENA,  Click on Calendar for their "to go menu" and other virtual & live events.  626-793-5157 www.universityclubpasadena.com     
  • ROMEGA EVENTS  with Chef Cameron Czekalla   626-710-0240  www.romegaevents.com  cameron@romega.la
  • KETCHEF with Benjamin Berard  213-458-8854  MyKETCHEF@gmail.com
    Brings the restaurant experience to your home.  www.KETCHEF.com
Happy Birthday To These Rotarians!  
Robert Earnest
December 5th
Tony Phillips
December 5th
Richard Cornfield
December 7th
Paul Martin
December 7th
Eric Olson
December 8th
Florence Helmberger
December 9th
Rotaversaries!   
Deb Lewis December 10, 20146 years    
Upcoming Programs     
12/16/20 
Brian McDonald, Ed.d., Superintendent PUSD 
12/23/20
DARK - Merry Christmas Holidays  
12/30/20 
DARK - Happy New Year 2021! 
 

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