14 December 2015 — Valley Rotary Club Family Tree


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The calendar year finishes quietly. We look forward to the launch of a huge second half of this 2015-2016 Rotary Year.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm-ishA SPECIAL MEETING to enjoy discussion of the topics first presented at the Club Assembly during the Fourth Sunday Meeting in November. This will not be a regular “Rotary Club Meeting,” it is a team discussion of our existing projects and possibly future projects.  We will gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for January! Speaker TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Richard; Pledge, Linda C; Four-Way Test, TBA; Rotary Minute, TBA; Mini Craft Talk: Daniele.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.












The Rotary Club history of the San Fernando Valley (and environs):

The base information here was compiled with great effort by the late PDG Emilio Basile, as part of the celebration of Rotary District 5260 at the final District Conference before the Clubs in 5260 were scattered to three surrounding Districts. Emilio’s family tree chart, with boxes and shapes and stars and connecting lines, was tons of fun for those with a trained eye. We have written it up for you here to show just the Clubs still in existence around town.

The first Rotary Club was created by Paul Harris and his three friends, in Chicago in 1905. The fifth Rotary Club formed was in Los Angeles, known today as “LA5.” In the parlance of genealogy, that makes LA5 the great, great-great, or multiple-great grandparent of all Rotary Clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Most—but not all—Rotary Clubs are sponsored by existing Clubs. (Some are not; ours was not, we were created by a core of veteran Rotarians and new folks and were self-started, not as otherwise occurs created on the idea of outside forces.)

We’re going to build backwards, with the Rotary Clubs around the Valley today.

In 1922, LA 5 sponsored the Rotary Club of Glendale, the first in the Valley or environs.

In 1923, RC Glendale sponsored the Rotary Club of Burbank.

In 1925, RC Burbank sponsored the Rotary Club of Van Nuys. Van Nuys either merged with or absorbed some other Clubs over time, and they continue as the Rotary Club of Greater Van Nuys. RC Van Nuys made LA5 a great-grandparent for the first time.

–The Rotary Club of North San Fernando Valley is one of the Clubs that merged into RC Van Nuys. In fact it was the survivor of the 1929 Rotary Club of San Fernando, with North San Fernando (created in 1972) taking over the older Charter from Rotary International. Other Clubs that merged into, to become, RC North San Fernando Valley were defunct clubs in Panorama City, Mission Hills, and North East San Fernando Valley.

–The Rotary Club of Mid San Fernando Valley also merged into Van Nuys. Mid SFV was born as RC Reseda in 1948 (sponsored by Tarzana, which itself was sponsored by Studio City, which we will get to soon). Clubs called San Fernando Valley North West, West Van Nuys, Mid San Fernando Valley Sunrise (which may have been the final survivor, dropping “Sunrise”), and Encino Mid-Valley Sunrise also vanished into Mid SFV.

Sometimes the family tree is one of those gnarled, confusing behemoths you may remember outside the window in the movie Poltergeist.

In 1926, RC Van Nuys sponsored the Rotary Club of North Hollywood, making LA5 a great-great grandparent and giving RC Glendale its first great-grandchild.

In 1938, the Rotary Club of Sunland-Tujunga was sponsored by RC San Fernando (which became North SFV which merged into Greater Van Nuys).

Also in 1938, the Rotary Club of Studio City was sponsored by RC North Hollywood. Ten years later, North Hollywood sponsored the Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks. At some point the two Clubs merged to become the Rotary Club of Studio City/Sherman Oaks.

In 1940, RC Glendale finally got around to having its second child, the Rotary Club of Crescenta Valley. That Club, in 1954, sponsored RC La Cañada-Flintridge. A few years ago, those Clubs merged to become the Rotary Club of Crescenta-Cañada.

In 1945, RC Glendale did it again, sponsoring the Rotary Club of Northeast Los Angeles (known to us locals as NELA, pronounced NEE-luh; don’t call it “Northeast Los Angeles,” they’ll know you’re a tourist).

In 1946, RC North Hollywood sponsored RC Tarzana; in 1951 Tarzana sponsored RC Encino; at some point they merged to become the Rotary Club of Tarzana-Encino.

In 1947, RC Tarzana sponsored the Rotary Club of West San Fernando Valley, which spent some time calling itself RC Canoga Park and RC Canoga Park/Winnetka, but like The Artist Formerly Known As Prince coming back to be known as the artist known as Prince, they are currently West SFV.

In 1948, RC San Fernando (which, you surely recall without hesitation ultimately became part of RC Greater Van Nuys—yes, there will be a quiz on this later) sponsored the Rotary Club of Granada Hills. (RC Granada Hills, very recently, took in a Club that in its last, merged form had been RC Northridge/Chatsworth.)

In 1956, RC West San Fernando Valley sponsored the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills, which remains the largest Club in the Valley at approximately 90 members. RC Glendale is the great-great-great-great-great grandparent of RC Woodland Hills, on a fairly straight line.

In 1960, RC San Fernando sponsored the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

In 1986, RC Santa Clarita Valley sponsored the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley Sunrise.

1988 was a busy year in the Valley Rotary delivery room. RC Burbank sponsored the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise; RC Woodland Hills sponsored the Rotary Club of Calabasas; and RC Glendale, forty-three years after its previous successful sponsorship, sponsored the Rotary Club of Glendale Sunrise. No word if the online baby gift registries crashed that year, although it’s unlikely that they did because the World Wide Web wasn’t invented until 1989.

In 2007, with no formal sponsor, the Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset was created. Although it no longer exists in that name, it is important to note because a large portion of the core of our Club came en masse from SOS in 2011 to begin the process of creating who we are today, and in fact (after some Rotary International and District and Club conversations our Club took over that Club’s formal Charter from RI. Among the current Club Members who were part of the Sherman Oaks Sunset Club are its Charter President, PDG Nancy, who was also a member of RC North Hollywood before switching to SOS; second President Mel; Judy, current President Roy, Sharon, and Yoko.

Others in our Club had been members of Calabasas (Linda C and Todd), Glendale Sunrise (Richard and Jorge), Granada Hills (Brenda), Mid San Fernando Valley (Sara, who came to us just before that Club merged into Greater Van Nuys), and Studio City/Sherman Oaks (Linda W).

And of course our wonderful “rookies,” most of whom aren’t such rookies anymore, Sharif, JoAnne, Daniele, Reed, and Natalia.

In 2011, the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley was created, and here we are today. Although we have no formal family tree, having sprung from the sea fully grown, we bring our mix of veterans and new Rotarians and continue to be part of the wider Rotary Club family around the San Fernando Valley.



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2 responses to 14 December 2015 — Valley Rotary Club Family Tree

  1. My own Rotary journey was as follows:

    Rotary International staff, 1988-1993
    Rotary Club of Chicago-New Chicago (now known as Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District), 1990-1993
    Rotary Club of Point Loma, 1993-94
    Rotary Club of West Hollywood, 1994-2000
    Rotary Club of Westwood Village, 2000-2004
    Rotary Club of Calabasas, 2007-2014
    Rotary e-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley, 2014-Present

  2. My Rotary journey is short:
    1990s – 2015 – Rotary Club of Studio City-Sherman Oaks
    2015 – present – Rotary e-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley

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