Speaker Date Topic
Darren Leaver Jun 21, 2019 7:00 AM
PLEASE NOTE- Location to be GCC (JW Smith Student Center- GCC’s International Study Abroad program
DARK - NO MEETING Happy 4th of July! Jul 05, 2019 7:00 AM


Club President Alex J Parajon Jul 12, 2019 7:00 PM
The Journey of our Rotarian Club President

Get to know your club President by attending "The Journey of our Rotarian club president".


Club Assembly Jul 19, 2019 7:00 AM
Board and Committee Chairs 6 Month Highlight of our Club

Welcome to our club assembly meeting.  


This is where we discuss club business, ongoing and future projects, fundraising and Rotary updates.  This is the best place to learn what Rotary is all about and to meet our great Members.

Guests and prospective members are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to Alex Parajon, Rotary Club President by phone at (818) 482-0612 or email at aparajon@paragonbizsolutions.com

We will have a buffet breakfast available at 7am for a cost of $21

District Governor Melody St. John Jul 26, 2019 7:00 AM
District Governor Club Visit and District 5280 Update

Melody St. John has been involved with Rotary throughout her entire life, from her days as the daughter of a Rotarian in South Dakota when women were not accepted as members. Today she utilizes her passion for youth programs and has been involved with Rotary youth exchange for over 20 years. She and her husband Paul are currently hosting their 21st exchange student from Turin, Poland.

A member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives. She and her husband have been on 9 International Humanitarian trips. Beyond the District, she is the Chair of the multi-district high school youth exchange program (SCANEX) and works with over 100 students each year, placing them in the best situations here in the U.S. and abroad. She and her husband, Rotarian Paul St. John (LA5), are co-founders of the Rotary USA Train Tour going in its 21th year, having taken over 900 students on a 30-day year-end journey around the USA. St. John is currently serving on the board of NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network).

In her professional life, St. John’s founded Video Tape Library, a stock footage image library, in 1984.  The library has over a million images compiled from over 250 cameramen form around the world.  Fun fact:  Her library was used in beta testing for a fledgling website called “YouTube.”

Catherine Ngyugen, DNA Laboratory Supervisor Aug 02, 2019
Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory

The VRCL is designed to assist the criminal justice community in analyzing evidence taken from crime scenes. The VRCL uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the analysis of evidence. Examiners employed at the VRCL are highly trained and educated in their fields of specialty. They also receive extensive training in their areas of expertise. Each is qualified to provide expert courtroom testimony. The VRCL was granted accreditation by ASCLD/LAB-International Program in May 2013.

The VRCL is comprised of the Forensic Biology Unit, Computer Forensics Unit, and Forensic Services Unit. Three Examiners staff the DNA lab, four examiners in Forensic Services (which includes NIBIN, Crime Scene Processing and Latent Prints), and four examiners in the Computer Forensics Lab. The staff also provides training to law enforcement officers and detectives in crime scene investigation, evidence collection and preservation.

The VRCL offer forensic services which include the following:

Crime Scene Investigations: Photography, Evidence Collection, Scene Sketch

Forensic Biology: DNA, CODIS

Latent Prints: Processing, Comparisons, AFIS

Firearms: Test fire and NIBIN

Digital Forensics: Computers and Cell Phones

About Catherine: Catherine Nguyen obtained her B.S. and PhD in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nguyen has worked at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Texas Department of Public Safety prior to establishing the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory Forensic Biology Unit at the Glendale Police Department. The Forensic Biology Unit serves over 30 federal, regional and local law enforcement agencies. In 2017, Dr. Nguyen promoted to DNA Laboratory Supervisor at the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory. She has been recognized for her work by the Verdugo-Montrose Chamber of Commerce, the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Glendale Police Department. Currently, Dr. Nguyen serves the Laboratory Director of the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory. She is an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, the California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors and the California Criminalistics Institute.

Lucy Burghdorf, Public Affairs & Communications Aug 23, 2019
Hollywood Burbank Airport

Lucy Burghdorf is the Director of Public Affairs & Communications at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Jim Collins, Kitchen United Aug 30, 2019
The Future of the Food Delivery Industry

Jim Collins is the founder, owner and operator of Town Kitchen and Grill in Montrose, CA, a 100 seat new American restaurant that recently won 10 best new American restaurants in Los Angeles. But that’s just his night job. During the days Jim has CEO’d a series of national, venture-backed distributed enterprises including Affinity Internet, a hosting company with more than 500,000 websites and Pictage, a B2B2C enterprise connecting professional photographers and their clients. Today Jim is CEO of Pasadena, CA based Kitchen United, a commercial kitchen outsourcer and operator serving the delivery, restaurant and entrepreneurial food community.

Dave Gallagher, JPL Sep 27, 2019
Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Recent Missions

Dave Gallagher is currently Associate Director for Strategic Integration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Previously, he was the Director and Deputy Director for Astronomy, Physics, and Space Technology and before that he was manager of JPL's Advanced Optical Systems Program Office. Prior to that assignment, Gallagher was the project manager for the Space Interferometry Mission. He also managed the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Starlight project, the Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer instrument and Drop Physics Module reflight. In addition, he served as the integration and test manager for the Wide-Field/Planetary Camera 2 instrument, which corrected the spherical aberration for the Hubble Space Telescope. Gallagher received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982. After working for IBM for several years, he started and ran a software consulting firm until he joined JPL in 1989.


Our Regular Club meeting has been moved to Wed Oct 9 for the Glendale Fire Department Awards Luncheon.

Please contact us at glendalesunriserotary@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.