Tree-Planting Challenge Inspires Rotary Club of South Pasadena

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | South Pasadenan | Rotarians and family members in the photo, left to right, Walt Simmons, Patsy Simmons, Graham Sellers, Carl Von Bibra, Marchelle Sellers, Bill Reese, Christine Robison, Dan Evans, Carol Evans, David Chen, Steve Fjeldsted, David Morales, Reda Beebe, and President Dan Watson.
The Rotary Club of South Pasadena accepted the challenge of Rotary International President Ian Riseley for each of the 35,000 clubs to plant one tree for each member by teaming up with South Pasadena Beautiful and the City of South Pasadena. South Pasadena Beautiful is conducting a fundraising effort to purchase trees to be planted throughout the city. The City will match each tree donated by South Pasadena Beautiful.
There are 34 members of the Rotary Club of South Pasadena. Funds were donated by South Pasadena Rotary to South Pasadena Beautiful to purchase 17 trees. With the City match, a total of 34 trees will be planted, one for each Rotary member.
On Tuesday, March 13, the City Public Works Department planted two of the trees purchased by Rotary in Garfield Park and two more in the Library Park. A number of Rotary members attended the planting of two jacaranda trees in Garfield Park after their noon meeting and just before the rain!
At a later date, the Rotary Club will schedule a ceremony where the two Garfield Park trees will be dedicated in the names of Fletcher Swan and Robert Kemp, two longtime and loyal Rotarians who passed away in 2017.