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COMMUNITY SERVICE

To many Altadena Rotarians, the area of service that encompasses Community Service is the most important thing we do. This is because work in this area has an immediate, close, and visible impact.

Our current involvement includes:

  • Adopting Schools
  • Mini-Grants for Teachers
  • Sponsoring Community Concerts
  • Monetary Donations to various Community Causes
  • Manpower Donations to various Community Projects
  • Maintaining three Lighted Flagpoles in Altadena
  • Working with Boy Scout Troop 4 to put flags down Lake Avenue on specific holidays

    Our previous programs have included, and may again include:
  • A Tree Giveaway
  • Bike Safety Day for Elementary Schools

    Local Schools

    For us, the close impact of Community Service has been on the schools, where several projects have positively affected the quality of education inside the Pasadena Unified School District. The Club has adopted two schools:

  • Luther Burbank Elementary and
  • Altadena Elementary.

    Projects for these schools have been:

  • the rebuilding of the playground at Burbank,
  • the provision of dictionaries at Altadena,
  • the establishment of computer laboratories at both schools,
  • an extensive tutoring program at Altadena,and
  • the planting of trees at Burbank,

    to name just a few.


    The Rotary Club of Altadena is a member of a Coalition of four clubs within the Pasadena Unified School District. One of the goals of these clubs is to assist the District in its mission to educate the children of our community. The other clubs are the Rotary clubs of Pasadena, Pasadena Sunrise, and Sierra Madre. This Coalition donated $30,000 to the District for the provision of uniforms for the PUSD All-Star Band that marched in the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade. On the front of the shako headpiece is the Rotary logo, emblazoned for all to see.

    The Coalition also sponsors the PUSD Parade of Banners, along with Partners in Education and the Pasadena Educational Foundation. This parade is put on to thank the hundreds of businesses throughout the community, the Rotary Clubs that adopt schools in the District.

    Mini-Grants for Teachers

    We have an extensive teacher mini-grant program, where $300 grants are given to teachers in response to proposals by the teachers detailing how they will use the money to enhance the classroom experience for their students. For example, in Rotary year 2004/2005, the Club gave $300 mini-grants to fifteen teachers from six schools in the District.

    Community Concerts

    One of the highest profile activities of Altadena Rotary is the sponsorship of Community Concerts, an event that brings out the community to listen to various musical events throughout the summer. The concerts are put on in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and the Sheriff's Support Group of Altadena.

    Flags and Flagpoles

    The maintenance of lighted flagpoles and the display of flags down Lake Avenue are obligations accepted by Altadena Rotary in return for endowment funds from American Legion Post #470. In the late 1990s, the American Legion Post in Altadena had dwindled to very few, quite elderly members. They searched for a community organization to carry on their Americanism traditions. They settled on The Rotary Club of Altadena to perform these activities in perpetuity. A more complete explanation is available through our Members Only section.

    Three days a year Altadena Rotary partners with Boy Scout Troop 4 to put flags down both sides of Lake Avenue, a block or so on Altadena Drive and on Mariposa. The original agreement calls for putting out the flags three days a year:

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Veterans' Day
    Over the years, the committee person in charge of making sure the flags are flown has added one or more of the following special days at his discretion:
  • President's Day
  • Flag Day
  • Labor Day

    We are very proud to be associated with Boy Scout Troop 4, one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops in the San Gabriel Valley. ( More on Troop 4)

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    All of the above activities are immediately visible to all the members of our club, and clearly have an impact on the community. Thatís why so many consider Community Service to be the most important area of service.

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