With its newly appointed President, Scott Vandrick, the Pasadena Rotary Club started its “Centennial Year” off in grand fashion at their Wednesday noon luncheon, July 10.
Complete with the introduction of a “light warping” Time Machine (courtesy of Robert Lyons Designs), Pasadena Rotary will look to begin a yearlong celebration of each decade of the club’s successes, beginning with the 1920s, every second Wednesday at the University Club (175 N. Oakland Ave.) in Pasadena. A highlight of this coming year will be Pasadena Rotary’s Centennial Ball in on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 which funds will be raised to double the club’s local and international financial support of community organizations around the globe, a major gift to Rotary International in its fight against polio and a major commemorative project partnering with a select homeless organization.
Over the decades, Pasadena Rotary’s signature projects have included local efforts like Bikes for Christmas, Shop With a Cop and Teachers of Excellence. Pasadena Rotary has also raised thousands of dollars and spent countless volunteer hours for international causes like home builds in Mexico, funding heart surgeries for children in India, Ethiopia Health Aid and more. Pasadena is the oldest Rotary Club in the San Gabriel Valley, chartered on March 18, 1920.
Scott Vandrick is an alumnus of UCLA with 30 years of nonprofit experience including the Santa Monica AIDS Project, Teen Peer Education Program with the Santa Monica School District and Executive Director of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation where Senator Barbara Boxer named Scott a Healthcare Champion of California for his work with the Burn Foundation. Scott currently serves as the Chief Development Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association, and was named an Emerging Leader by the City of Pasadena in 2016. Scott is married to Tony Foster, a theater professional working in Los Angeles.