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Rotary Club of Altadena
February 05, 2015
This Week
The Altadena
Senior Center
by Hal Yorke, President
Front and Center
Program Host:
Theo Clarke
We have in our midst an extremely
active, highly and widely visible, 1,500
member Altadena Senior Center. Mrs.
Liliana Garcia, Director of both the
Altadena Senior Center and Altadena
Community Center, will be our guest
speaker at the February 5 Rotary Club
meeting. She will regale us with the
many services provided by the center
and offered to seniors in Altadena.
The Senior Center is a multipurpose
center designed to provide seniors
and community residents with social,
recreational and educational activities.
Garcia is responsible for coordinating
fairs, special events during the holidays,
informational seminars, and training.
Before becoming the Senior Center
Director, Garcia was the Program Coordinator for the County of Los Angeles Citizenship Assistance Campaign,
Public Charge Task Force, LIFE Act
Outreach Campaign and the Traffic and
Safety Program. Garcia has also served
as the Director of Naturalization for the
National Association of Latino Elected
and Appointed Officials (NALEO). >
on . . . Measles
n the October 16, 2014 issue of Sparks
I reflected on the difficulty of overcoming bogus claims that vaccinations are
dangerous. I posed the question, “How can
we expect to eliminate polio in the world,
if we cannot manage our own demons?”
Currently, we are again in a media frenzy
as a brand new measles outbreak in the
US is in its infancy.
After the Ebola scare, the Blue Nile
virus scare, the H1N1 scare, and the bird
flu scare, measles has provided the media
with another potential virus epidemic to
help sell newspapers and ads during news
Measles itself is not terribly dangerous
to healthy children. Most patients will
recover with rest and tender loving care.
When deaths occur, it is usually because
of complications like an accompanying
Bring a friend to what promises to be
an enlightening as well as informative
program. Let this be the first step in
creating a tight and lasting bond between the Altadena Rotary Club and
the Altadena Senior Center.
pneumonia or brain infections. Other
complications that can occur are infections of the sinuses, ears, or bronchial passages. However, measles can be dangerous
for immunocompromised individuals,
such as patients with AIDS or those undergoing treatment for cancer. Between 1987
and 2000, the fatality rate in the US was
three measles-attributable deaths per 1000
cases. Worldwide the fatality rate is about
10 percent or 100 deaths per 1000 cases.
Because of a successful immunization program during the 1960s and later,
measles had been virtually eliminated in
the US. At a time when vaccinations did
not exist, pediatricians used to have two
waiting rooms, so that they could separate
contagious patients with the current highly communicable disease from those withPlease turn to Reflections, p.4
February 05
Sterling Louviere
February 12
Tom McCurry
February 19
Dennis Mehringer
Program Review
Using Music to Communicate
ver the
years we
have been
blessed at Altadena Rotary to have
speakers from the many outstanding
colleges and universities in the greater
Pasadena area. One of these institutions
is Fuller Theological Seminary. Last Thursday (January 28), Roberta King, Associate
Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology at Fuller was our speaker and
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Rotary Club of Altadena - #7183
Chartered: February 14, 1949
P.O. Box 414, Altadena, CA 91003
Meets: Thursday, 12:10p
Altadena Town & Country Club
2290 Country Club Drive • Altadena, CA
Rotary Int. Pres. ................................. Gary Huang
Dist 5300 Gov. ...................................Larry Skaggs
Hal Yorke, Pres. ..........................Bus. 626-577-9800
Steve Cunningham, Pres. Elec ..Bus. 626-786-1937
Dennis Mehringer, V. Pres. .........Bus. 626-577-9800
Gordon Seyffert, Sec................Bus. 626-345-0658
Mike Noll, Trea..........................Bus. 626-683-0515
Mike Noll • John Frykenberg
Steve Cunningham • Dennis Mehringer
Gordon Seyffert • Mike Zoeller • Ed Jasnow
Steve Cunningham ...................... Administration
Ed Jasnow............................................ Foundation
Jacque Foreman ....................... Public Awareness
Jacque Foreman ......................Acting Publicity
Jacque Foreman ....................... Sparks/Website
Mike Zoeller ..................................... Club Projects
Craig Cox........................................ Community
John Frykenberg ..........................International
Tony Hill .......................Youth Contests/Awards
Mike Zoeller ................................Youth Projects
Ray Carlson .......................................Vocational
Tom McCurry....................... Asst. Vocational
Craig Cox........................................Membership
Editor, Design & Typesetting........Foreman Graphics
Photography .................................... Jacque Foreman
gave a presentation on the use of music to
communicate ideas and concepts.
King studied music at the undergraduate and graduate level and began her
missionary career in Kenya at Daystar
University in Nairobi Kenya. While in Kenya, she learned of the power of music to
communicate the Christian gospel within
varying cultural concepts. King spent over
twenty years in Africa. She established the
Department of Christian Music Communication at Daystar University. When she
strated the program, she had 12 students.
By the time she left in 2000, there were
2500 students in her program. She also
worked for many years with WorldVenture, a US based mission society, working
with church leaders in 11 African nations,
to develop songs for communicating the
gospel in over 80 different languages.
According to King, there are over 3000
World Understanding Month
languages in Africa. But there is much
illiteracy in Africa. Over 40 perceent of
adults are illiterate; they cannot read
or write. Many use music as a way to
communicate. King’s passion is to communicate the Christian message through
a culture’s songs and arts. Music in Africa
is a combination of multi-sensory music,
dance and drama. Music lies in the core
Program Chair, Theo Clarke
Please turn to Program, p4
Feb 05 - Liliana Garcia, Director of both
the Altadena Senior Center and Altadena Community Center: A Look at both
the Centers
Feb 12 - Ralph Mauriello, Former Dodger
and Singer Extraordinaire: A Glimpse
of Two Worlds
Feb 19 - 4-Way Speech Competition
Feb 26 - Dan Stover Club-Level Competition
Literacy Month
02/02 - Julie Gustafson
02/07 - Freddy Figueroa
02/08 - Mike Zoeller
02/10 - Julius Johnson
02/14 - Ruth Reeder
02/16 - Joan Frykenberg
02/16 - Sunny Wu Kerekes
02/28 - Wendy Davis Noll
Program Chair, Charlie Wilson
Mar 05 - To be Announced
Mar 12 - To be Announced
Mar 19 - To be Announced
Mar 26 - To be Announced
02/03 - Susan & Don Applegate
02/17 - Ed & Mona Jasnow
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by Ed Jasnow, Foundation Chair
So That’s what the PLUS is for
It’s amazing
what you can discover if you read
The Rotarian Magazine. I’ve always wondered why the campaign to eradicate
polio was called Polio Plus, Now I know.
In the current issue of The Rotarian is an
extensive article on the fight against Ebola currently being waged in Monrovia,
Liberia. The Rotary Club of Monrovia is
leading the battle, supported extensively
by the Rotary Foundation.
As the article states, “Through Polio
Plus, Rotary has laid the groundwork for
the response to a disease such as Ebola.”
That’s what the Plus means. The structure is in place to fight outbreaks of any
disease. The process is already well estab-
lished. When you give to the Rotary Foundation, you are not just fighting polio,
you are preparing to fight any outbreak
of any serious disease. As the cover of
The Rotarian says, “You’ve Been Fighting
Ebola All Along.” That’s what you’ve been
doing with your donations to the Rotary
Foundation. You’ve been supporting the
Plus. Keep it up.
by Steve Kerekes
My Thoughts on being
Inducted into Rotary
I had never been inducted into anything before I joined Rotary and was
totally unfamiliar with the process. Being
inducted sounded an awful lot to me like
being indicted. I had seen people indicted
before when I worked for a federal judge
in New York many years ago. It is an unpleasant affair. I was certain that joining
Rotary was not wrongful and I could not
be indicted just because I had done so, or
had conspired with others to do so.
I also knew that induction often involved electricity. Metal is a good inducer of electricity. People are not. When
people induce electricity, it is usually
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called electrocution. In my experience,
electrocution is always preceded by an
indictment. I thought maybe I was onto
something here.
But I recalled that electrocution also
requires a conviction. I had been told that
Rotarians often have strong convictions.
I thought about it and realized that I do
not have any strong convictions and the
membership committee would be hard
pressed to find any in my background. So
I was satisfied that this was not the kind of
induction which they meant to give me.
Then I recaIled the only other time I
had seen actually an induction in person.
When my wife was pregnant, the doctor at
the hospital injected medicine through a
long syringe into her body which caused
muscle spasms that induced labor. From
my limited experience, labor appeared to
be a very painful affair. I was aware that
people toiled at it for hours on end until
they were exhausted. As far as I knew, the
induction ceremony did not involve a
hospital or any kind of labor on my part,
or at least not right away.
When I went to the ceremony, I was
happy to discover that the induction
which was meant for me did not involve
any accusation of criminal activity, corporal punishment, or forced labor. Instead of
a man in a robe accusing me of heinous
illegal activity and leading me away in
handcuffs, Craig Cox wore a dark blue suit,
told everyone present that he expected
good behavior from me, gave me a pin
to wear, and then asked me to partake of
a sumptuous buffet lunch.
Thank-you nice Rotarians for exceeding my expectations.
Continued from p. 1
by Linda
Economic Update
ECB Confirms
Bond Purchase Program
On Thursday [January 22], the European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed that it
will begin a new bond purchase program.
Markets were volatile before and after
the news, but it caused little net change
in mortgage rates. Much as expected, the
ECB will begin purchasing 60 billion euros ($69 billion) per month of public and
private bonds. This will continue at least
through September 2016. Since there were
no significant surprises in the details of the
program, the actual announcement had
little net effect on US mortgage markets.
This effort by the ECB to stimulate the
Eurozone economies closely resembles
the program the US Fed used over the
last few years.
The December Existing Home Sales
data released on Friday showed a 2-percent increase over November. This and
other recent housing market data show
that 2015 is starting off with more momentum than last year. Low inventory levels
and higher prices are not helping, but low
mortgage rates certainly are. Mortgage
rates are lower now than they were at any
time during 2014.
There are a couple of big economic
events in the days ahead. Greek elections
will take place on January 25. The results
may create some market uncertainty, as
they will influence the likelihood that
Greece will leave the European Union. In
the US, the next Fed meeting is on Wednesday [January 28]. Investors will be looking
for hints about the expected timeline for
fed funds rate hikes.
Find Linda Wilkes on line: http://www.
It’s Finished!
Continued from p2
of African societies.
Music in Africa functions as a local
newspaper. It is not uncommon for political messages to be conveyed through
song and music. Local leaders are being
challenged by a different form of dialogue.
Music is used to address social problems
in Africa. Music speaks across all of life.
Daystar University, where King taught
for over 20 years, formed a singing group
called Afrizo which consists of Daystar
students and faculty. Afrizo has released
four CDs; they are: Echo-change begins
with me, An African Christmas, Africa in
Praise and Africa in Worship. In addition
out. Moreover, if necessary, they could
make house calls to avoid spreading the
disease. Nowadays, however, most doctors’ offices are ill equipped for handling
patients with highly contagious diseases
like measles. As a consequence, some
doctors have refused to allow children
without measles vaccinations to stay in
their waiting room. Schools have banned
unvaccinated children from attending
classes in areas where measles have been
reported. Whereas parents, who exercised
their free choice to not vaccinate their
children, have deemed this treatment
bullying, there is a medical reason for
doctors and schools to make this decision.
Unfortunately, the same parents who elect
to not immunize their children against
childhood diseases are usually not open
to scientific reasoning.
So my prediction is: the measles outbreak will run its course, there may be a
few preventable deaths among the unvaccinated, and newspapers will be sold.
Then we will have a short break until the
next virus scare begins.
to the CDs, Afrizo tours the world offering
a unique view of praise and worship in a
truly African sound.
Recently. King has been doing research
on the contribution of music and the performing arts to sustainable peacebuilding.
She produced a documentary film called
“(un)Common Sounds: Songs of Peace
and Reconciliation among Muslims and
Christians” which aired for 90 days on ABC
and its affiliates in the fall of 2013.
In a world full and trouble and strife,
music can be a powerful tool for communication and reconciliation.
I left because it looked like everyone
was packing up to leave, and my camera
had broken. But the guys decided to stay
and finish the playhouse. Mike Noll went
back on Sunday and added 4 pieces of
trim and sent me this photograph after
he read my article in the last Sparks. Isn’t
it gorgeous?
Boyd Hudson
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Pasadena Unified School District
Gilbert Barraza,
Matt Kodama,
David Ibarra,
Andrew King,
Mike Parisi
MC Flores,
Dr. Allison
Head Counselor
Randyl Barrozo,
Erica Linares,
Minh Tran,
Teresa Arreola
ELAC President
Laura Synder,
PTSA President
SSC Chair
A Learning Community Dedicated to Student Achievement
January 28, 2015
2014-2015 Altadena Rotary Teacher Grant Recipients!
Thank You Rotary Club of Altadena Teacher $400 Grants Project
for granting
each Teacher
Annie Wang,
Mandarin with
a grant for MLIP
World Language
& Mary Hines,
Science Dept.
organizing the
competitive PHS
We are indebted
to the Rotary for
these wonderful
financial grants that enrich our student’s learning experiences.
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