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Former Rotary President to Deliver “A Veteran’s Day Tribute… Memories of Vietnam” at Open-to-the-Public Club Meeting

Published on Nov 8, 2021

Rotary Club of Pasadena Past President Bob Monk will be speaking at the Club’s Veterans Day meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 12 noon, at the University Club of Pasadena.

Aside from the in-person meeting, the event continues to be covered on Zoom, which you can attend for free. The meeting is open to the public.

Monk, who served with the U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam, will speak on “A Veteran’s Day Tribute… Memories of Vietnam.” He will be introduced by current President Cory Brendel.

Bob Monk was Pasadena Rotary Club president in 1999-2000. He came to Pasadena in 1962 as a member of the University of Wisconsin’s football team. Wisconsin played USC in the 1963 Rose Bowl Game for the National Championship. He subsequently graduated from the University of Wisconsin and was sworn in to the U.S. Army Infantry as a Lieutenant and Distinguished Military Graduate.

He is a graduate of the US Army Special Warfare School, the Army Airborne School and the Defense Language Institute in Vietnamese. Monk was assigned to the Berlin Brigade in Germany where he commanded the Special Services Division. He was also tasked with building a Berlin Brigade Football Team for the Brigade Commander Colonel Bob Wells, who, as it happens, was at the Rose Bowl Game in 1963.

The Berlin Bears were Army Champions two years running, earning Colonel Wells bragging rights, and Monk an early promotion to Captain. He departed for Vietnam in late June 1968 and was assigned to the Military Assistance Command Vietnam as a Senior Battalion Infantry Advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

Upon returning home, Monk received a Master’s Degree from Cal State Northridge.

He is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class and the Army Parachutist Badge. He also holds an 8th Degree Black Belt and Master’s Belt in Kung Fu San Soo.

To attend the meeting in person, RSVP by email to or call (626) 683-8243. Guest cost to attend the live meeting is $35.

The Rotary Club will honor and comply with the standards set by the University Club, including requiring masks for all individuals, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, except when actively eating or drinking. Only members or guests with proof of vaccination or proof of COVID-19 negative test within 48 hours of the noon meeting may attend.

The University Club of Pasadena is at 175 N. Oakland Ave. Complimentary valet parking is available.

To attend via Zoom, go to meeting ID is 845 8332 4183 and the pass code is 073016a.

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