Rotary District 5300 Governor John Chase was the program speaker at the February 19 Rotary Club of South Pasadena meeting at Oneonta Congregational Church in the city.
There are more than 30,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world and they fall into districts. The South Pasadena Rotary is one of 65 clubs in District 5300 , which covers the San Gabriel Valley, the Antelope Valley, Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nevada. Chase is a member of the Boulder, Nevada Rotary Club.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Chase provided an update on the world of Rotary including efforts to end polio, membership, and club participation. He also recognized Rotarians Reda Beebe, Dan Watson, Christine Robison, Rod Gregson and Randy Leach with Paul Harris Awards, which honors individuals for reaching major donation thresholds.
Rotary started with the vision of one man —Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905 and the club expanded worldwide over time.
Past South Pasadena Rotary President Marchelle Sellers was recognized as one of the District’s “People in Action” for her significant contributions towards Rotary and coordination of the Annual Taste of South Pasadena, Rotary’s signature fundraising event scheduled for April 16.
In addition, he presented David Chen with his blue badge indicating that he has achieved all the requirements for regular membership.
The Rotary Club of South Pasadena meets Tuesdays at noon in the Tower Room of the Oneonta Congregational Church except for the first Tuesday of each month when they meet at 6 pm at the Canoe House for an informal social gathering. Those interested in learning more about Rotary is welcome to attend.