Service Clubs:

Rotary logs 70 years of successful service

May 15, 2010|By Bruce Campbell

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.


Club members also maintained “Bomber Watch” during the war. Shortly after the war ended the club gave the first Resuscitator for use by the Sheriff’s Department. Then in 1952 the club bought an iron lung for polio victims.

By 1954 the club had 152 active members, and they chartered another club in La Cañada.

The club has sponsored Honolulu Days and October Fest for 33 years. Years ago they sponsored Minstrel Shows for the public to enjoy at Clark Junior High School.

The club will be cooking breakfast Sunday for about 150 people to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser at Clark Magnet School, 4747 New York Ave., La Crescenta. Then on May 25 at Verdugo Hills Country Club, the club hosts dinner and presents scholarships to local high school students. Nothing has slowed down after 70 years of community service for the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club.

Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Frank’s Famous Kitchen and Bakery, 3315 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. For more information, call Joe Kroening at (818) 249-2016.


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