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Villa Park CA Rotary Newsletter of May 23, 2013

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The May 23, 2013 Newsletter has been published to the Villa Park Rotary website. A copy has been included below.

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Rotary Club of Villa Park Newsletter

Recognition Awards



Opening Ceremonies

Invocation:  Bill Langstaff

Pledge of Allegiance: Bob Grandolfo

Rotary Four Way Test: Steven Pollack

Song:  " God Bless America" Teri Brooks

Greeter: Bill Underwood


Recognition Awards Ceremony

Dr Linda Bartrom-Olsen Presiding


First Category

"Four Way Test" Essay Contest Winner

Peter Vu

Peter read his winning essay

Second Category

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA)

Presenter Lisa Stepanski

Alyse Vega - Villa Park High School

Michael Morris- Lutheran High School

Each student gave a brief impression of their

experiences and benefits of attending

Lisa Stepanski, Alyse Vega and Michael Morris

Third Category

Teacher of the Year Awards

Vocational Chair Bob Grandolfo Presenter

Villa Park High- Dr Linda Bartrom-Olsen

Award presented by Principal Ed Howard

VPHS Teacher of the Year Dr. Linda Bartrom-Olsen with Principal Ed Howard and Bob Grandolfo


Cerro Villa MIddle School- Karen Millet

Award presented by Dr. Ken Miller-Principal

Cerro Villa Teacher of the Year Karen Millet with Principal Dr. Ken Miller and Bob Grandolfo


Serrano Elementary School- Christa Covington

Award presented by her Principal Dr Roberta Lansman

Serrano Elementary Teacher of the Year Christie Covington, Principal Dr. Roberta Lansman and Bob Grandolfo


Villa Park Elementary- To be announced at a later meeting

Fourth Category

Teacher Educational Minigrants

Bob Grandolfo summarized the awards

which totaled $4800

Fifth Category


1. Youth Camp Scholarships to "Dusan Ancich VPHS Summer Football Camp"

                2 . Santiago Canyon College Scholarships- $1200

                          This year's recipients:  Michael Nolasco

                                                            Luke Strozewski

                                                            Elizabeth Hensley

                            These will be awarded at the Santiago Canyon College Commencement

                             and are intended for students who as adults are returning to college after

                             military service or persuing a new career.

                  3. Interact President's Scholarships

                              Presented to this year's Interact Presidents at Villa Park High

                               Sarah Chen and Victoria Ly.

                                                              Sixth Category

                                                            International Service

International Chair Jay Applebaum gave a summary of the

projects that were completed this year.

Seventh Category

New Generations

New Generations Chair Linda Bartrom-Olsen gave a summary

of the projects the group supported

Eighth Category

Business of the Year

Presented to Rockwell's Restaurant and the Skeffington Family

The Skeffingtons and Bob Grandolfo


NInth Category

"Above and Beyond Award"

Dan Carlberg for outstanding service to our club

Tenth Category

"Phil Hurwitz Award"

New York Life- Mike Ceci and Danny Friedl

for their generous support of Camp to Belong

and othe community activities

Danny Friedl, Mike Ceci and Pam Dunn

Eleventh Category

Community Service

Community Service Chair Marianne Koepnick

gave a summary of the projects they have

been involved with over the last year.

Special Recogniiton was given to Cesar Rodriguez

who has set up and helped serve our weekly breakfasts.

Mike Brunhober, Cesar Rodriguez and Marianne Koepnick


Special thanks to Dr Linda Bartrom-Olsen and all the other presenters

and our congratulations to all the award recipients.



Jill Kuli reminded us that this Sunday is the Villa Park Community Picnic at Irvine Lake

           from 11:30- 4PM- come out and enjoy a beautiful day at Irvine Lake with fun, food,

           music and friends.

Marianne Koepnick is looking for help at the picnic with cooking, set up and clean up

            Lets all go out there and pitch in .

Steve Stern- wanted to remind us about the dining out on July 12th at the wonderful

             French restuarant in Yorba Linda-wonderful menu, good wine and fellowship

Mark Schmidt wanted to welcome back Lisa Stepanski who has been otherwise occupied

              for the last couple of months.  She gave a great presentation about the RYLA

              students today and promises to be spending more time at the club.




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