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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Esther M. Johnson, the first woman admitted to the Rotary International club after it opened its doors to women in 1986, has died. She was 89. Johnson died of natural causes Sunday at a convalescent home in Santa Monica, according to her daughter, Sharon Johnson. She said her mother fell and broke her hip four years ago and never fully recovered.
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NEWS
May 5, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, striking a blow at traditional male-only clubs, Monday upheld a California anti-discrimination law and barred Rotary International from ousting local chapters that admit women as members. In a 7-0 ruling, the justices said that private groups whose activities are public and linked to business have no constitutional right to exclude women.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | ANN JAPENGA, Times Staff Writer
"I saw a girl walking down Reseda Boulevard. She said she was in business by herself. I said we should ask her to join." That was Rotary member Stan Clarke's flippant way of dealing with Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling opening the international service organization to female membership.
OPINION
May 21, 2012 | By Ban Ki-moon
As the World Health Assembly convenes in Geneva this week, one item on the agenda will be polio, or more specifically, how to finally deliver on an epic promise made a quarter-century ago: to liberate humankind from one of the world's most deadly and debilitating diseases. The world's war on polio has been as ambitious an undertaking as the successful campaign to eradicate another great public health menace, smallpox. Slowly but surely we have advanced on that goal. Polio, a highly preventable disease, today survives in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1990 | Associated Press
Rotary International, the worldwide service organization, opened its first club in the Soviet Union on Tuesday, expanding its network to 169 nations. The Moscow club has 25 members, including businessmen, a theater manager and the head of a translation agency, officials of the group said. The organization has never had a club in Moscow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joe B. Jordan, 82, a San Fernando Valley architect who designed a number of major public buildings, including a court complex in Van Nuys, died Aug. 11 at a hospital near his home in Camarillo after a lengthy illness. He founded Burbank-based Joe B. Jordan and Associates more than 40 years ago. Among the projects he oversaw were the Van Nuys Superior Court complex, barracks at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and a number of public libraries in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
WORLD
June 26, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Scientists, health workers and community outreach officials in India believe they're finally on the cusp of a major milestone, the defeat of polio throughout the country. The polio virus, which attacks the nervous system, has been largely eliminated in most other countries through immunizations. But it has remained a frustratingly significant threat in India, as well as in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, largely because of unsanitary conditions. It wasn't too long ago that polio killed or crippled 100,000 children in India each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
By the time it rolls down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Rotary International's Rose Bowl float will have been touched by the hands of 1,500 volunteers. The first 25 of them have already started the essential but laborious task of cutting dried flowers. Armed with scissors and fortified with candy bars and coffee, volunteers from the Orange Senior Citizens Community Center on Olive Street were busy all weekend snipping the tiny leaves off thousands of dried burgundy-hued straw flowers.
NEWS
January 2, 1986
A Funeral service will be held today for former Mayor Elmer Geronsin, who died Saturday at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia after a four-month battle with liver cancer. He was 71. The service will be at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in El Monte. Geronsin will be buried at Live Oak Cemetery in Monrovia.
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