The annual Gala Event, sponsored by the Glendale Noon Rotary Club to raise funds for its charitable work, was a success. All the money raised went into the Glendale Rotary Club's Foundation. At the club meeting three weeks ago, the foundation began making significant donations of the money raised.

The lead gift of $2,300 was made to the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Verdugo Hills Council provides various programs and activities to more than 10,000 boys and girls in the Glendale, Burbank and Foothills areas.

Don Galleher, chairman of the foundation, gave a check to Jon Maeda, the Scout executive director. Maeda gave a short speech thanking the club. Maeda also gave an update on council activities and the help the donation would make to the council.

The club foundation next made a $2,000 donation to the Glendale Community College Language Arts Division. The Noon Rotary Club has entered into a joint project with the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and the Kofu Rotary Club of Japan for the purchase of language learning software, books and DVDs for students at the college.

It was also announced that the combined Rotary clubs are sponsoring the Japanese Fair from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. April 28 at Plaza Vaquero, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, featuring Japanese music, drums and food. All are encouraged to attend this free event.

Glendale Rotary Club meets at noon every Thursday at the Hilton Glendale, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd. For more information, call Rahla Lindsey at (818) 790- 6643.



The Jewel City Kiwanis Club sets its support calendar to make those back to school nights a really good experience. Their kick off night will be at Toll Middle School from 5 to 8 p.m. April 30. The club expects to serve hamburgers, hot dogs and its famous spicy tacos to more than 700 people that night.

The club brings its kitchen van, and club members start preparing around 3 p.m. Its tradition of serving back to school nights has continued for many years.

After the Toll Middle School night, the club will serve back to school nights at Rosemont Middle School on May 15, and at La Crescenta Elementary School on May 28.

Jewel City Kiwanis Club meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Clancy's Seafood Broiler, 219 N. Central Ave., Glendale. For more information call Rich Jessup at (818) 949-4603.



Scholarships totaling $5,000 will be given to seven graduating seniors from Crescenta Valley and Clark Magnet high schools at noon May 5 at the American Legion Hall, 4011 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta. In these tough economic times, the continued support of students by the Kiwanis Club is to be applauded.

Our changing economy has also had an impact on many job schedules and has touched many areas of our community. The club sensed the need to look for more convenient club meeting times to meet the changing needs of families and jobs. The club decided to split its meeting schedule and have meetings at both lunchtime and in the evening so that more members and guests could attend.

Montrose – La Crescenta Kiwanis Club will meet at noon on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Joselito's Mexican Restaurant, 7308 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. For more information, call Nita Pearson at (818) 248-9335.

?BRUCE CAMPBELL can be reached at (626) 403-1010, cell phone (626) 664-2223, or e-mail

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