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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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2007 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Monday that it would give $100 million to Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. It is the foundation's largest such grant. Rotary said it would match the grant. "We have very few opportunities to improve the world's public health in a permanent way, and this is one," said Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, which leads the eradication campaign in coordination with UNICEF, the U.S.
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.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1991 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Days after Soviet troops killed civilians in the streets of Riga in Latvia, the country's president, Anatolijs Gorbunovs, went on television to explain why the assault had been necessary. On his lapel was a small gold cog about the size of a button that means he is a member, albeit honorary, of the Rotary Club. Rotary member Lennart Arfwidsson, watching the broadcast from his home across the Baltic Sea in Sweden, felt shame. "Should we wait for more democracy before we continue to open clubs?"
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