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Sunrise Rotary earns Silver Bell

Sunrise Rotary earns Silver Bell
The Red Hatters senior group recently took an educational and cultural tour of the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. Museum owner Michael Matsuda gave members a personal tour of the museum highlighting the impact that Asian culture and tradition have had on American society.
(Courtesy photo by Michael Matsuda)

Rotary International’s coveted Silver Bell award was presented to Burbank Sunrise Rotary for being the best small club in its 33-club district for the past year. The presentation was made at the Rotary District 5260 Conference in North Hollywood in June.

District Governor Tom Hardy presented the award to club President Rod Gregson in recognition of outstanding achievement for the club’s hard work in numerous areas of Rotary endeavors. In addition, Gregson was presented with the Changemaker Award for the club. He was one of only seven people in the district to be so awarded.

The club met demanding criteria in all five of Rotary’s Avenues of Service. It also was given a “100% Paul Harris Fellow Club” banner for everybody in the club being a Paul Harris Fellow, an award given for donating money for Rotary International’s Polio Plus program.

Burbank Sunrise Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank.


Panhellenic awards scholarships

Burbank high school and college students have received scholarships from the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic, a nonprofit organization of sorority alumnae volunteer women.

Awards are given annually to eligible area high school senior girls and college women who are planning to attend a four-year college or university in the fall.

The college recipient from Burbank is Celina Rodriguez, a member of Alpha Delta Pi at Duke University, majoring in public policy.


The high school recipients from Burbank are Alyssa Ehredt, a graduate of Burroughs High School, who will attend Cal State Fresno; Elizabeth Pascual, a graduate of Burroughs High School, who will attend Cal State San Diego; and Valery Vasquez, a graduate of Burbank High School, who will attend Stanford University.

The Glendale Panhellenic membership has also installed its officers. They are President Harriet Rector, of Glendale, Phi Mu; Vice President/Benefit Chairwoman Deb Ann Orfalea, Glendale, Zeta Tau Alpha; Secretary Janice Paul, La Cañada Flintridge, Delta Delta Delta; Treasurer Georgine Archer, Burbank, Delta Gamma; Benefit Co-chairwoman Kim Westhoff, Glendale, Alpha Omicron Pi; and Social Chair Elaine Chapman, La Cañada Flintridge, Kappa Kappa Gamma.

More are Scholarship Chairwoman Jackqueline Dwight, Burbank, Alpha Xi Delta; Scholarship Committee members Jerri Johnson, Pasadena, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Cathy Daniel, South Pasadena, Pi Beta Phi, and Julie Weller, Glendale, Delta Zeta; and Files Chair Lynne Graves, La Cañada Flintridge, Alpha Delta Pi. The Website Coordinator is Janis Rosebrook, Glendale, Alpha Xi Delta. Rondi Redmann, Glendale, Zeta Tau Alpha will be assisting Orfalea and Westhoff with the 2013 Scholarship benefit.

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Orochon Ramen opens for business

Orochon Ramen, a Japanese ramen restaurant, opened for business in the Burbank Town Center with a ribbon-cutting on June 24.

Mayor Dave Golonski and his son, John, attended the grand opening event along with about 100 of the restaurant’s fans.

Orochon means “the brave” in Ainu, the language of an indigenous people in northern Japan. Orochon Ramen is known for its intensely spicy Special #2 Challenge and was featured on the “Man vs. Food” television show, which is still being shown in reruns on the Travel Channel. Only about 200 out of 20,000 customers have been able to eat the entire bowl of ramen noodles and the spiciest soup to the last sip in 30 minutes. If one is able to complete the challenge, the tab is on the house.


Restaurant owner Shigeki Matsuda also makes Burbank his home.

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