February 15, 2024 Meeting Notes

We had another great meeting today with 23 members and 5 guests in attendance.

On the light side:

President George Saikali kept the meeting lively with his sidekick Larry Tyson handing out a few fines for the few members did not wear their Rotary pins.

Sergent Teal Metts, from the Glendale police department was introduced by Lt Joshua Wofford, at which time George implied that he used have the same physical characteristics as Josh years ago and 6’ 1” tall.

There were two Rotarians from the Glendale Sunrise club- Denice Miller, and Steve Ropfogel, who is also a Kiwanian or a Kiwanitarian. Ben Aranda attended on behalf of the Rotary Foundation and Greg Mgerian brought a guest that has announced that she wants to join the club.

Big News!

Richard Swanberg and Anna Novella presented the club with a banner as the first club in the district to be recognized as providing 100% member support for the Polio Plus campaign.

Nora Yacoucbian was officially inducted into the club by the District Governor – Makiko Nakasone. Elizabeth gave a brief background of Nora. She is a retired teacher and active in many not-for-profit organizations, including the YMCA, Shane’s Inspriation, Armenian Hearing Aid Project and Armenian Relief Society.

The club finally receive new badges for all members.

Elizabeth presented a $2,000 check to Art Markarian for the AYSO, so they can continue their youth programs dealing with problems with loneliness, suicide, and self esteem, as well as provide fitness and community service. The grant was provided by our Glendale Rotary Foundation. Elizabeth, Rich and former member Leslie Lyons are the current board members.

Other announcements included the following:

  • Invitation to bowl with the Glendale Sunrise Club and the Burbank Rotary Club. Greg asked that we put together a four member team and will be accepting the invitation.
  • Steve Ropfogel, announced that the Annual Vocational Fair on March 27th from 5 to 8 PM, only for Rotary Members and to be held at the Elks Lodge in Glendale. Fee to have a table at the fair is $100.
  • Denise Miller, announced that she is running for City Council and gave donation to our club of $1 for each member and $20 not wearing her Rotary Pin.
  • Rich Swanberg made a $20 (happy bucks )voluntary fine for the good experience he had while watching his 49’er team lose in the SuperBowl
    George gave $100 for Polio plus , although it was suggested that Rich should verify if the bill was real or not.
  • Social event at the Golden Brewery in Glendale (near San Fernando Rd) from 5:30 to 7:30, details to be announced.

Feature Presentation

Our speakers were Elizabeth and Makiko. They provided examples of previous district humanitarian projects, such as to Lima Peru where Elizabeth and Dr. Swanberg went and provided hospitals with monitors. To Costa Rica to set up computer labs , Makiko had a scholarship to attend courses in West Germany for Rotary and more recently, providing first responders with lunches during the covid crisis.

The program provided information on the Rotary Foundation. The father of the Rotary Foundation was Arch Klumph. Most Rotarians recognize Paul Harris as one of the individuals that started Rotary ,as well as the Paul Harris Society established to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. Currently the Rotary Foundation provides individuals to donate to the Polio Plus Campaign, the Annual Fund and to the Endowment Fund. The goal of the Foundation is to Advance World Understanding, Goodwill and Peace by improving health, quality of education, improving the environment and alleviate poverty. Our Club is in District 5280,which includes 63 clubs and one many that supports the Rotary Foundation. This the Foundation District Grants can be obtained for the following:

  • Humanitarian project, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships
  • Youth Programs, RYLA, Rotaract and Interact and Youth Exchange
  • Vocational Training
  • Vocational Grants up to $4,000
  • District Grants require Club contributions, which would result in at 2 for 1 matching by the District to fund program for the club.

See you at the next meeting on March 7th.

– Frank Saito