RKC (ROSEMEAD KIWANIS CLUB) REPORTER WEEKLY E-MAIL –  5/31/2010

 

Greetings to our K-Family (Kiwanis affiliated partner group of clubs), RKN (Rosemead Kiwanis Network) and other friends. 

 

         WEEKLY FAX OF LIFE INSPIRATIONAL E-MAIL

 

This week’s Fax from Scott’s Valley Kiwanis is titled Memorial Day ; click on the underlined title to access this story on the rosemeadkiwanis.org website

 

            CONTENT SUMMARY

 

              This issue of the weekly RKC Reporter also includes:

 

·        NEWS: Recent developments and activities related to Rosemead, with emphasis on city government activities and the May 22 Relay for Life.

     

·        EVENTS: Activities in and around Rosemead, this issue with emphasis on  June activities.

 

·        SPECIAL REPORT: Relay for Life Major Success – reprint of article in West San Gabriel Valley Journal

 

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        NEWS

 

Relay for Life – the 2010 edition reportedly should exceed the $25,000 goal.  See “Special Report” at bottom of this issue

 

Rosemead News: There were 93 incidents of Graffiti removal in Rosemead during the period May 13-27 … Rosemead’s large portable stage was transported to and from the Muscatel Intermediate School as part of the city’s support for the Relay For Life program …American flags have been put in place along Garvey Ave & Valley Boulevard for Memorial Day and will remain in place until after 9-11….. On May 19th representatives of Rosemead’s Safety Department were invited to the Garvey School District Parent Academy. They included Ray Rodriguez, Mandy Wong and Deputy Suarez. Ray was asked to speak about our City Rules and the recent beautification projects. In addition, Deputy Suarez gave a presentation of Gang Awareness. His class was filled with parents who were interested in learning about gangs and how to prevent their child from being in a gang.

 

--- Above items excerpted from the May 27 issue of the Rosemead Greensheet, a bi-weekly newsletter produced by the City Manager’s office for Rosemead Council members, commissioners and staff.   

          

        UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010 – RKC MEETING  (Regular meeting)*

 

Rosemead Safety DepartmentRosemead Police Chief and Safety Department head Tim Murakami will discuss the year’s past developments and improved crime statistics and the interface between the Department and our K-family of clubs as it pertains to community activities, neighborhood watch and disaster preparedness.  

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010 – FINANCIAL LECTURE

 

Mutual Funds & Investment Opportunities in China.  This is a presentation from 2:00-3:30 PM. It is hosted by University of West Center for the Study of Minority and Small Business and the Department of Small Business Administration.  Featured speaker will be Ms. Qi Zhang, Past Deputy Division Director, CSRC (China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Chinese equivalent of the United States’s Securities and Exchange Commission).

 

Ms. Zhang currently is a visiting scholar at Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California., doing some research on the Financial Regulatory Reform.. University of the West is located in Rosemead, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Avenue (turn right off Fwy 60, exit at San Gabriel). Please call Dr. Bill Y. Chen at (626) 571-8811, ext. 125 to reserve seating.

 

Disclaimer: information and opinions expressed at this lecture will entirely be those of the speaker.  They have neither been reviewed or endorsed by rather Rosemead Kiwanis or any member thereof.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010 – RKC MEETING  (Regular meeting)*

 

RKC Board Meeting -- In a continuation of recent practice, the RKC and RKC Foundation boards will hold a joint meeting open to participation by all RKC members. The meeting will include Committee reports and discussion of upcoming activities.

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010 – RKC MEETING  (Special location)*

 

Science Olympiad TeamRosemead’s Muscatel Science Olympiad team will illustrate the program that was utilized at the national championship competition in Illinois on the weekend of May 22, 2010. Please note that this meeting will be held at Muscatel Middle School!

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010 – RKC MEETING  (Regular meeting)*

 

                    Estate Planning - Attorney Hung Ban Tran will talk about the importance of estate planning

 

 

                           * - unless otherwise indicated, Kiwanis meetings are at 12:10 in

                                 California Mission Inn chapel’s multipurpose room, 4807 Earle

                                 (north of Mission and south of Grand ½ block on west  side of

                                 the street), Rosemead. Street parking is normally required.

 

SPECIAL REPORT – RELAY FOR LIFE MAJOR SUCCESS

 

Locals March in

Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

 

By Shel Segal (West San Gabriel Valley Journal – reprinted by permission)

 

ROSEMEAD May 24, 2010 – It might be the community’s greatest common denominator. But some folks came to Muscatel Middle School in Rosemead on Saturday trying to change that.

 

Participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, community members walked, ran and raised thousands of dollars to help fight this dreaded disease.

 

Bridget Del Rio Cortes, community development manager for the event, said this gives everyone a chance to think about those who have died from cancer while celebrating those who have beaten the disease.

 

“It’s a chance to celebrate and honor cancer survivors and remember those who have passed from cancer,” she said. “It’s a volunteer-planned and implemented community event where cancer survivors gather friends and family members to start for a time and take turns walking around a track or field for 24 hours to raise money and awareness about cancer and our programs and services.”

 

Money raised at the event goes to fund the organization’s resources, education, advocacy programs and services run by the organization all across the nation and in 22 countries, Del Rio Cortes said.

 

“Everybody is affected by cancer in one way or another,” she said. “We either know a co-worker, a friend, a neighbor, family member or themselves who have had cancer.”

 

She added the facts are staggering: one in two men will get cancer in their lifetimes while one in three women will.

 

“These odds are too great,” she said. “You never know how and when.”

 

But at Muscatel, between 500 and 700 participants were expected to “fight back” against cancer, Del Rio Cortes said, and there was food and entertainment, including bands and dancers.

 

“It’s just a fun event where people gather to fight back against cancer,” she said.

 

This was the third year the event was held in Rosemead, Del Rio Cortes said, and the 26th year overall the organization has been hosting these events And with the recession just starting to end, Del Rio Cortes said “Relay for Life” has not been as hard hit in the donation area as other charities.

 

“Donations are down just 4 percent as opposed to 10 to 20 percent in other charities and American Cancer Society events,” she said. “This is because so many people have been affected by cancer.”

 

One local group that supports “Relay for Life” is the Rosemead Kiwanis.

 

Janice Robertson of the Kiwanis said she and the group got involved for a variety of reasons.

 

“We had a concert that raised almost $700 and our (group members) needlepointed cancer ribbons and sold over 500 of them for $1 each for the American Cancer Society,” Robertson said. “But the reason I started with this is a friend, Fred Mascorro, started ‘Relay for Life’ at Rosemead High School. He was the track coach there. He got his track team and other track teams to start. They raised over $6,000.”

 

Robertson said she was hooked on helping as she also had personal reasons. Her father, husband and brother-in-law have all had cancer.

 

“We’re looking forward to next year,” Robertson said.

 

Mascorro, who is on the school board of the Rosemead School District and is one of the local event organizers, said he is just excited about the number of people the event helps.

 

“Everybody’s life has been touched by cancer,” he said. “I can’t think of a family that wasn’t touched.”

 

He added he is happy that people of all backgrounds take part in the event

 

“You see youth here, the older folks, every age group is here, all ethnicities,” he said, adding he hopes to keep volunteering in future years.

 

Community member Diane Quintanilla is a cancer survivor. She said she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2003 and has had three surgeries along with radioactive iodine treatments.

 

Today, she is cancer free, she said, with much joy coming into her eyes.

 

“This is an important event,” Quintanilla said. “It showcases the people who are supporting you and who are surviving different kinds of cancers. All the money they raise is just great. Everybody in the community is getting involved and it’s getting bigger and better here.”