Rotary DTLA - Glenn Barnett

Come join our meeting October 5 (Thursday) at the Los Angeles Athletic Club where our speaker will be polio survivor Glenn Barnett.

In 1952 there were 58,000 cases of polio in the United States. One of them was our speaker Mr. Glenn Barnett. Glenn was confined to an iron lung for three months at L.A. County General Hospital and received rehabilitation and four post polio surgeries at Orthopedic Hospital. He grew up, dealing with the crippling effects of the disease.

Needless to say he didn’t go out for sports, and instead looked for other ways to participate. At Cal State Fullerton he was involved in student government and for fifteen years he worked in the aerospace industry on such programs as the Apache helicopter, B1 bomber and the Space Shuttle. His other career was in special education where he served for 20 years as a teacher and counselor of disabled high school and college students.

In 2009 he returned to school and completed his MA in History at Cal State L.A. Today in retirement he is a freelance writer and has recently published his third book, Emulating Alexander: How Alexander the Great’s Legacy fueled Rome’s wars with Persia.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at