New evening Rotary club glows in the moonlight

Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club recently ushered a new Rotary club into town, a feat no other Glendale Rotary Club has accomplished in 24 years, said Peggy Riddle, who served as co-advisor with fellow Rotarian David Smith.

The new club is named Glendale Moonlight Rotary Club because it meets at night. It has 26 charter members, Riddle said.

“They are a younger group, full of energy, ideas and ready to make a difference in the community and the world,” Riddle said.

The Sunrise Club hosted a June celebration for its offspring held at the Oakmont Country Club. More than 75 guests and proud Rotarians were present to cheer members on as the new Rotary club received its charter from Rotary International. Sunrise past president Jory Potts and current Sunrise President Rick Dinger were co-hosts.

Both Sunrise and Moonlight clubs are working on the annual Banners on Brand campaign.

Glendale Noon Rotary Club was the first Rotary Club in Glendale and was sponsored by L.A. 5 Rotary in 1922.

To learn more about what the Moonlight club is doing, check it out on Facebook at “Glendale Rotary.”

Famed actor joins studio faculty

Award-winning actor and director John Walcutt, a Glendale resident, has joined the faculty at 3-2-1 Acting Studios in La Crescenta.

He is well-known for roles in such award-winning films as “Titanic” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” said studio owner and Artistic Director Mae Ross.

Walcutt currently plays tea party rabble-rouser Greg Owen on Aaron Sorkin's hit new HBO series, “The Newsroom.”

Ross is amazed at the focus and attention Walcutt gives each of his students.

“He inspires and brings out the creativity and passion of every actor who is lucky enough to get to work with him,” she said.

3-2-1 Acting Studios provides instruction for on-camera techniques, TV commercial and TV hosting, scene study, confidence-building and auditioning. A free introductory class is offered to those age 4 to 27.

A talent showcase is held three times a year and is attended by top Hollywood talent agents. For more information, call (818) 353-5455.

Student receives $2,000 scholarship

Nikolas Gutierrez-Kovner, who graduated in June from Crescenta Valley High School, is among the 104 Southern California recipients awarded $2,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.

The money will help pay for Gutierrez-Kovner's first-year college expenses.

He is attending the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.

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