Wonderful things do happen on April 15. In 1940 on that date, the Glendale Noon Rotary Club sponsored the first meeting of the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club at the old Odd Fellows Hall in La Crescenta. Twenty-two men were initiated into the Rotary Club on that day. Seventy years later the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club continues to actively serve our community.
In celebration of those 70 years, the club held a special dinner on April 13 to honor members and recognize contributions to both the community and Rotary projects worldwide. Special recognition was given to Jack Wright, who joined in 1958 and served as club president. Wright also had a perfect attendance record at Rotary meetings each week for 50 years. Today, Wright, 91, has slowed down a little, but he still comes to meetings.
Joe Kroening, past president, joined in 1965, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a charter member. He gave a memorable history of the glory days and led the evening’s remembrances of the club’s projects. During World War II, the club raised funds to finance a B-52 bomber to support the armed forces.