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Sierra Madre Rotary Honors 
New and Retiring Boards

Beating The Heat!

Young Entrepreneur Helps Keep The Temperature Down

The Sierra Madre Rotary Club honored 
the incoming and retiring boards of 
their club at a dinner on Wednesday, 
June 30 in the Hart House, catered by 
Ugo’s Restaurant.

2010-2011 Board of Directors

President: Cathy Hundshamer

President-Elect: Tom Brady

Vice-President: Carole Tremblay

Past President: Jeffrey Porter

Secretary: Walter Poser

Treasurer: Louise Calaway

Directors: Rudy Hayek, Karen Swisher, 
Kris Poulsen

2009-2010 Board of Directors

President: Jeffrey Porter

President-Elect: Cathy Hundshamer

Vice-President: Tom Brady

Past President: Carmen Thibault

Secretary: Walter Poser

Treasurer: Louise Calaway

Directors: Mike Budincich, Karen Swisher 
and Kris Poulsen

Outgoing president, Jeff Porter received 
a good natured “roast” by member, Rudy 
Hayek. A slideshow of Porter and incoming 
president, Cathy Hundshamer, was enjoyed 
by those in the audience, which included 
family members of both presidents. Porter 
praised his team and club for their spirit and 
volunteerism, making his job “much easier 
and even fun” then thanked his family for 
their unfailing support in the past year.

Incoming president, Cathy Hundshamer, 
VP of Citizens Bank in Arcadia, has been a 
banker for 39 years and a Rotarian for seven 
years, four of them in Sierra Madre. She 
reflected that she has “a heart for local and 
international service toward humanitarian 
causes.” She is also a member of St. Rita 
Catholic Parish in Sierra Madre.

Karen Swisher received the “Rotarian of the 
Year” award for selfless service beyond the 

Sierra Madre Rotary will be meeting in 
a new location, at the Hart House at 7 
a.m. every Tuesday morning. Visitors are 
always welcome, but an RSVP to Cathy 
Hundshamer, or 
to (626) 437-3279 is appreciated.

Sierra Madre Rotary is the local chapter 
of Rotary International, an organization 
of service clubs around the world. Local 
projects include participation in the Wistaria 
Festival, supporting local schools, teachers 
and students with a variety of programs and 
scholarship opportunities, plus fundraising 
for Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio. 
For more information, visit www.Rotary.
org or contact President Hundshamer

There are some things that even time cannot change. On a hot summer day when you hear the 
ringing of bells in the distance, most people who 
can remember their youth immediately think of 
the Ice Cream truck. But then you say,, it 
couldn’t be. Or could it? 

 Well, if you’ve been around Sierra Madre and 
other neighboring towns lately, you may very 
learn that the Ice Cream Truck is alive and well.

 The “Ice Princess” as she is known, is actually an 
enterprising young college student who decided 
to have some fun while paying her way through 

 Her truck, an old mail truck ‘prettied up’ in 
pink, is full of wonderful frozen delicacies like 
popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and even things 
like the ‘choco taco’.

 At the recent National Night Out 
in Sierra Madre, people, young and 
old, were lined up waiting for a 
frozen delight.

 So the next time you think there 
is a ringing in your ears, get your 
change together and catch the Ice 
Princess before she leaves your 
street. The price is right, considering 
its delivered to your front door and 
the owner is charming. Plus, the ice 
cream and other frozen desserts are 

Photos clockwise from top left: The 
Ice Princess smiles for the camera; 
Sierra Madreans of all ages lined up 
at the NNA; and bottom left, three 
very satisfied customers.

Photos by S. Henderson/MVNews

Author Pens Sierra Madre Mystery

Dianne Dixon to Speak at the Library

Rex, the official mascot of Ready Kids, is 
heading to Sierra Madre on September 11th 
for the Sierra Madre Family Preparedness 
Festival and he wants to meet you! 
Rex is a super strong mountain lion who 
works to help kids like you and your families 
prepare for unexpected events like 
earthquakes, wildfires and mud slides. Information 
Event:Sierra Madre Family Preparedness FestivalPlace:Sierra Madre Memorial Park 
Date:Saturday, September 11th 
Time:9:00am to 3:00pm 
Phone:(626) 318-9743 
Rex is Coming!
Get ready to meet Rex by visiting can read all about Rex and his family. 
On Monday, September 13, at 7:00 
p.m. at the Sierra Madre Public 
Library, author Dianne Dixon will 
discuss and sign her new novel, 
“The Language of Secrets,” a 

psychological mystery that centers 
around the occupants of a fictional 
house on Lima Street in Sierra 
Madre. Justin Fisher returns to 
California to make peace with his 
estranged family and troubled past, 
only to discover his own tombstone 
alongside the graves of his parents, 
and siblings who contend that he 
died when he was four years old. 
Who is he, then, and how can he 
discover the truth when his family 
won’t acknowledge that he even 


Best-selling mystery author Sue 
Grafton praised the novel as 
“a psychological mystery with 
emotional underpinnings that will 
have you puzzled and intrigued, 

right up to the moment Dixon’s 
sleight of hand is revealed.” 


Ms. Dixon is an award-winning 
writer who has won the 
Humanitas Prize for Excellence in 
Screenwriting and has been twice 
nominated for an Emmy. She has 

written for both American and 
European TV, producing both 
family programming and prime 
time drama to glowing reviews. 
For five years, she co-hosted “Peter 
& Dianne,” a top-rated, drive-time 
talk show on KABC Radio. She is 
currently a Visiting Professor of 
Creative Writing at Pitzer College 
in Claremont, and lives with her 
husband in Pasadena.


Copies for signing will be on sale at 
the presentation, and may also be 

purchased in advance from Sierra 
Madre Books, 52 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 836-


The Sierra Madre Public Library is located 
at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in 
Sierra Madre. For more information on this, 
or other Library services and events, please 
call (626) 355-7186, or visit our website at This program is 
free and open to the public.

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