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
This issue of the weekly RKC Reporter also includes:
NEWS: Recent developments and activities related to
EVENTS: Activities in and around
· SPECIAL REPORT: Relay for Life Major Success – reprint of article in West San Gabriel Valley Journal
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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
--- 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 Department – Rosemead 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
Ms. Zhang currently is a visiting scholar at Leventhal School of Accounting at the
Disclaimer: information and opinions
expressed at this lecture will entirely be those of the speaker. They
have neither been reviewed or endorsed by rather
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 Team –
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
SPECIAL REPORT – RELAY FOR LIFE MAJOR SUCCESS
Locals March in
Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
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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
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
“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.”