ANNOUNCEMENTS for Dec. 19, 2014

Posted by Dave Freeman on December 20th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  Mary Milefchik is back home from the City of Hope,  dealing with her ongoing health issues. The Club wished her well.

2.  Daniel Yohannes updated us on his efforts and results concerning the local family in need of everything from clothes to gift cards for food, particularly at this time of  year.  One very young child is dealing with cerebral palsy.

3 .  Rich McKensey’s(pardon the spelling) wife is now dealing with lung cancer, but on the bright side has a new grandchild (8th).

4.  John Wilson requested volunteers for the work party at the Boys and Girls Club, perhaps to be on Dec. 30, 2014.  He also mentioned the much appreciated grant.

5.  Our new member, Ken Chen, has already done the original. With his usual dry sense of humor, he presented President Mike not with a flag from Ken’s recent visit to the Las Vegas Rotary Club. Rather he presented  President Mike with a poker chip, the Las Vegas Club’s “flag/pennant.”

6.  Dick Martinez announced the next Rotary Amigos trip to do great things in Tijuana. They plan to build a deck for the kids at the orphanage.  The date is Jan. 24, 2015, and there will be an opportunity for golf at the legendary Tijuana Country Club afterward.  This is one of the most worthwhile projects we do  (not the golf; the work at the orphanage).

7.   The Rose Parade: Watch for the Rotary International Float, but most  of all watch for our own Brian Hall who will be riding on it.

8.  Our new member, Swati, once again brightened the day with her donating to the members present, scarves, ties and flags, all emblazoned with the Rotary logo.  Thank you Swati (Once again, forgive the spelling).

9.   The great John Fee has retired from the club, after a mere 40 years, at the tender age of 90.  What he enjoyed most was the fellowship. His hi-lite was his year as president, “a once in a lifetime experience.”  He thanked all the Arcadia Rotarians, and received a standing ovation for his many years of outstanding service and wonderful, low key  sense of humor.

Rotoplast – Cleft lip and palate repair with PDG Roger and Paulette Schulte

Posted by Brad Miller on December 13th, 2014 under Weekly Programs Tags:  •  Comments Off

cleft-lipcleft_lip_repaired

Rotoplast is a Rotary run organization that sends teams around the world to repair cleft lip and cleft palates in children. Roger and Paulette went to New Delhi, India last Thanksgiving 2013. It’s a 15 hour flight to Dubai and after a layover, 4 more hours to India!
Though the Sarvodya Hospital (owned by a Rotarian couple) is sanitary the surrounding area is not, typical of the metropolis. There are shacks on the side of the road with no sanitation causing a stench mixed with the smoke of fires and coal refineries. Driving is treacherous with no traffic lights or lanes. Animals, people and vehicles all compete for the roadway.
This team consisted of 12 medical, 8 non-medical support and 33 boxes of supplies and equipment. The team is not paid for their participation but it still costs $US50,000 per mission to make it happen. Apart from the Schulte’s the range for prior missions experienced was from 2-40 with the average being 15. Team members came from the Bay Area, Southern California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and New Zealand.
The repair procedures are completed over a week with a pre-clinic, the operations (that last about 45 minutes) and the post-check. Ideally surgeries are performed after a child is six months old and before speech patterns are established. 47 children were attended to but 37 were turned away because of breathing difficulties, infection or other complications. In this case, not always so, the host Rotary coordinator was a doctor who assured those turned away would eventually be served.
The main causes of cleft lip and palate are genetic predisposition and nutritional deficits of the mother during pregnancy. It occurs 1:700 cases worldwide. In the U.S. we don’t see it because most babies are treated at 3 months of age. It is the most common birth defect in the U.S. with 6800 children per year affected.
Apart from the physiological challenges of eating and speaking the social challenges are much more significant. Children are outcasts in school and society with poor chances of employability let alone marriage and family. Cleft repairs change lives!
Rotoplast is 20 years old and has conducted 186 missions to 24 countries affecting 16,000 children’s lives. District 5300 will be returning to Retalhuleu, Guatemala February 15, 2015.
For more information: http://www.rotaplast.org/

 

Announcements for December 12, 2014

Posted by Dirk Hudson on December 12th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

A. Member Updates:

1. Patsy Harbicht is now home from surgery, recovering from appendicitis.

2. Mary Milefchik is home from going back and forth to the City of Hope.

B. Ongoing Events:

1. Daniel Yohannes announced a collection for a family in need. The family consists of a single mother with two special needs children (both boys) and an infant. The oldest suffers from cerebral palsy and is a kindergartner at one of our elementary schools. His sibling is in an AUSD preschool class. The family definitely needs clothes, some of which have already been obtained from school (Operation School Bell, and the Bargain Box). In particular, the older boy needs long socks to cover his knee braces, etc. We will learn more next week from the teachers who are in communication with the mother. Gift cards for food would also be appreciated.

2. Jim Rider announced a book drive for the Ferguson (Mo.) Public Library. Books are being collected.

C. Christmas Gifts (checks in appreciation awarded by President Michael Ojeda ):

1. Our Embassy Suites Servers (Carlos and Vicky);

2. Our piano player (David Knight);

3. Our Club Administrator (Sandra Caldero).

D. Teachers of the Year (announced by Daniel Yohannes)

1. Camino Grove Elementary: Mrs. Lynn Scarbrough (introduced by her Principal, Danae Papovich).

Lynn teaches First Grade. Her undergraduate degree was from Cal Poly, Pomona and her master’s degree in education from University of La Verne. Her previous assignments with AUSD or other districts include first grade (32 years), kindergarten (2 years), and second grade (1 year). In addition to her classroom instruction she has served on the Math Committee, as BTSA provider, Master Teacher, as Camino Grove’s first Lite Tech, as Grade School Chair, as Informal tech coach for her colleagues, as Choir Assistant and as Grade Level Music Director. Her favorite classroom assignments are Science (space), Math, Art, Music, and Computers. She has received the following recognitions and awards: AEF grants (6), JBA grant (trip to Japan), Smart Valley PC Day 2 Grant (5 computers), Foothill Federal Credit Union grants (3), Space Camp grant (Pam Baltz Foundation), Rotary Mini Grant (2), Chrome Books in the Classroom grant. Lynn chose teaching as a career because of her love for sharing information and helping others become independent learners. Nothing pleases her more than to see a child take what they have learned, apply it, and want to learn more as a result. As a result of going to Space Camp she gives lessons to first graders about such space disasters as the Apollo 1 fire, Challenger explosion, Columbia explosion. She is also an annual presenter for First Grade Community Day where she explains which subjects help students to obtain employment in the space industry. Lynn’s family includes her husband (Dan), her stepsons (Kevin and Jeff), her daughter-in-law (Michelle), and her granddaughter (Paige).

2. Longley Way Elementary School: Ms. Heidi Graham (introduced by her Principal, Travis Long).

Heidi acquired her bachelor-of-arts degree in Media and Theater Arts from Montana State University and her master-of-arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education from California State University in Dominguez Hills. In addition to classroom instruction she serves on the Social Committee. Her favorite classroom projects include “messy” art projects and learning about themes through stories, movement and art. She helps her students learn social skills through structured play opportunities. Heidi loves teaching special education. She was drawn to the field of early childhood education because of the importance of building a strong foundation for students to grow upon. Early intervention is critical for students with special needs and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the progress in her students. Each new skill a student learns is an achievement to be celebrated. “There are no small successes.” The autism program of the Arcadia Unified School District is now in its fourth year. Currently it consists of two autism specific special day classes at Longley Way. The AUSD’s dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals works together to provide the Arcadia students and families affected by autism with support and services they need to thrive as members of the school community. Heidi’s fiancé is Sean Morris.

E. Arcadia High School Students of the Month (announced by Aaron Rose):

1. Athletics: Alexis Resch (17).

“Lexi” has participated in volleyball for the past four years. She has been the Pacific League most valuable player (3 times), the all-CIF most valuable player (3 times), and has been on the Pasadena Star News all-area team twice. She participates in the AHS Cure for Cancer Club, the Red Cross (Monrovia), and Holy Angels Church (Arcadia). For the past seven years she has been a volleyball player and at age 13 her team won the national championships. She also likes hiking. She plans to attend U.C. Santa Barbara, majoring in nursing so that she can become a psychiatric nurse. “Lexi”’s parents are Monte and Amy Resch. Her previous schools were Holly Avenue Elementary and First Avenue Middle School.

2. Performing Arts: Sabrina Banos (17).

Sabrina is the dance captain of the AHS Orchesis Dance Company. Along with a friend, she also participates (as co-presidents) in Habitat for Humanity. Her hobbies include Dance and Art (drawing and painting). When she is in college she expects to major in biological science. Sabrina’s parents are Jennifer and Emilio Banos. Her previous schools were Camino Grove Elementary and Dana Middle School.

3. Academics: Ryan Chavez (17).

Ryan has a 4.0 GPA. He participates in Future Business Leaders of America and the Cultural Percussion Club. In the AHS Band, he is the Tuba Section Leader, and in his sophomore and junior years served as a Representative in Band Government. His school activities include the Constitution Team, the Marching Band, the Pep Band, the Jazz Band, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Concert Band. Ryan’s community activities include serving as President and as a former parliamentarian of Arcadia Assisteens. He also volunteers for the California Philharmonic and with the Amigos de Los Rios. In addition he has attended the RYLA conference. His hobbies include the bass guitar, reading and spike ball. He hopes to attend Stanford University or Pomona College majoring in history and political science. In the future, Ryan wants to become an attorney. Ryan’s parents are Leigh and Claudio Chavez. His previous schools are Highland Oaks Elementary School and Foothills Middle School.

Immunotherapy Can Cure Cancer

Posted by Teri Muse on December 10th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

December 5, 2014 Programs Report
By: Teri
Presented by:
Michael K K Wong MD PhD FRCPC
Professor of Medicine , Keck School of Medicine Berle and Lucy Adams Chair in Cancer Research Head – Solid Tumors Section Skin Cancer and Melanoma Clinics University of Southern California USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Wong took a very complex subject and broke it down in easy to understand analogies that even this reporter somewhat understood!

Here is what he covered:

•What is the immune system ? Thymus, Spleen, bone marrow lymph nodes
•How does the immune system work ? Different cells within the immune system do different things but the two important cells seem to be t-cell and Dendritic cells actively sample their environment and interact with other immune cells.
•How does the immune system attack cancer? Immune cells can search for cancer and basically implode the cells causing it to go away.
•The immunotherapy of cancer: Cytokines. Dr. Wong talked about foot on the gas vs. foot on the brake type of immunotherapies that can either use cells to prevent the growth of cancer or accelerate the growth of certain cells that can stimulate cancer fighting cells.
•The immunotherapy of cancer: Checkpoint Inhibitors.
•The immunotherapy of cancer: Vaccines. It has been found that vaccines can not only rupture cancer cells and cure cancer but it has a secondary effect of killing off distant cancer cells.
•What is in the future for you ? Dr. Wong ended by saying “this is the beginning of the beginning” of curing cancer!

Announcements for December 5

Posted by Dave Totten on December 6th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Member updates: Pres. Mike recognized Ken Mallory for his 90th birthday and presented him with a gift certificate from the club. Also, it was good to see Andy Bundesmann at the meeting after suffering a fall.

Frank Griffith recognized two Rotarians for their support of the Rotary float project for the Rose Parade. Volunteer workers will be given tee shirts donated by Brian Hall and Foothill Federal Credit Union, and Jay Harvill and Methodist Hospital.

Past Pres. Matt Weaver announced the slate of officers and directors for the ’15-’16 Rotary year. The nominating committee, made up of the 5 most recent past presidents, nominated the following. OFFICERS: President, Dr. Mike Hoey; Pres. Elect, Rosie Mares; Vice Pres. Tony Parrille; Treasurer, Ed Baranek; and Secretary, Jack Lamb. RETURNING DIRECTORS: Brian Hall, Eric Rail, John Wilson, Daniel Yohannes, and John Davis. NEW DIRECTORS: Ken Chan, Rick McKenzie, and Teri Muse.   The new slate of officers and directors was unanimously approved by the membership.

 

Recognitions

Posted by John Murphy on December 6th, 2014 under Announcements, Recognition  •  Comments Off

Fine Master George didn’t have a lot of time but he had lots of targets.
First up was Bob Harbicht who was being recognized for a new car he didn’t have. But the conversation smoothly transitioned to toilet training. Bob admitted that he never put the seat up when he was a child—-a $32.00 child oversight.
Keith Brown loved cowboy boots when he was very young. George even had a photo of young Keith with his new boots and a dashing rear end (we don’t care to see it now). $42.00 will cover this disclosure.
Eric Barter thought Oregon was cold until he went hunting in upstate New York. He nearly froze in a tree stand until he gave up and got down to successfully bag his limit of Canadian geese. Somehow, Eric managed to remind everyone that a Duck has taken down bears, cougars, tigers, etc. This was even before Friday nights thrashing of Arizona. This little Oregon pitch cost Eric $42.00.

The Reason for Thanksgiving and Its Celebration

Posted by Dirk Hudson on November 24th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

William Bradford writing in Of Plymouth Plantation (in its original spelling and punctuation):

“I may not here omite how, notwithstand all their great paines & industrie, and ye great hops of a large cropp, the Lord seemed to blast, & take away the same, and to threaten further & more sore famine unto them, by a great drought which continued from ye 3. weeke in May, till about ye middle of July, without any raine, and with great heat (for ye most parte), insomuch as ye corne began to wither away, though it was set with fishe, the moisture wherof helped it much.

“Yet at length it begane to languish sore, and some of ye drier grounds were partched like withered hay, part wherof was never recovered. Upon which they sett a parte a solemne day of humiliation, to seek ye Lord by humble & fervente prayer, in this great distrese. Ane he was pleased to give them a gracious & speedy answer, both to their owne, & the
Indeans admiration, that lived amongst them. For all ye morning, and greatest part of the day, it was clear weather & very hotte, and not a cloud or any signe of raine to be seen, yet toward evening it begaine to overcast, and shortly after to raine, with such sweete and gentle showers, as gave them cause of rejoyceing, & blessing God.

“It came without either wind, or thunder, or any violence, and by degreese in yt abundance, as that ye earth was thorowly wete and soked therwith. Which did so apparently revive & quicken ye decayed corne & other fruits, as was wonderfull to see, and made ye Indeans astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with enterchange of faire warme weather, as, through his blessing, caused a fruitful & liberall harvest, to their no small comforte and rejoicing. For which mercie (in time conveniente) they also sett aparte a day of thanksgiveing.”

========================================

Edward Winslow, writing in Mourt’s Relation (also in its original spelling and punctuation):

“our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others. And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.”

Craft Talks from Jim Pontello and Dan Place

Posted by Pat Dolphin on November 24th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Craft Talks from two of our newer members proved again to be a great way to get to know members, their background, families, hobbies and accomplishments.

Jim Pontello, Pharm.D., was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jim moved to Baldwin Park with his family at eight years old. His first day of school, dressed in a matching ensemble, shorts, coat and hat, he was beat up by some bullies. His mother promptly purchased some California wear and Jim fit right in. After elementary school Jim went to San Gabriel Mission High School and then joined the U.S. Army with some buddies. Upon discharge Jim attended Pasadena City College then transferred to the USC School of Pharmacy. Jim remembers rooming with some prominent football players while there and even a celebrity, the actor Nick Nolte.  USC made such an impression on Jim that he started the San Gabriel Valley Trojan Alumni group.  After graduation, Jim first worked in retail drug stores for ten years then spent fifteen years in Hospital Pharmacy. With the advancement of drug therapy to combat some of the world’s worst diseases and illnesses and reduce healthcare costs, home infusion was introduced. It was a convenient, safe way to administer drug therapy and get the same results as “in hospital” patients. Drugs such as chemo-therapy, aids medication, etc., are administered from small pre-loaded bubble pumps which are prepared at the pharmacy in a “clean sterile room”. On initial visits Jim would teach the patient or caregiver the concept of home infusion. Since some patients can’t take infusion at home, ambulatory infusion suites were developed where the patient can get their therapy then transported home. Jim has successfully administered home infusion therapy for the past twenty years and is now semi retired and we welcome him to Arcadia Rotary.  Jim has two boys and a girl, all grown and enjoying successful careers.

 

Dan Place was born in the small town of Blossburg, Pennsylvania and attended New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse where he received his degree in wood products and engineering. He then joined the U.S. Army and became a medical corpsman. He shipped out to Korea on a troop ship and recalls how they missed out on Christmas Day one year. Apparently the ship crossed the International Dateline on Christmas Eve but after crossing it became the day after Christmas. (I would be upset too Dan)   After the Army, Dan returned to Syracuse to get degreed and while there was searching for possible career opportunities when he found a 3”x5” card box full of corporations names and information students could use for job prospects. He made contact with Packard Bell in southern California and made his way to the west coast to begin his career. At that time Packard Bell manufactured televisions and stereo’s in beautiful wooden cabinets as pieces of furniture for peoples homes. PB had five hundred people manufacturing wood cabinets and another five hundred in the electronics division. Dan stayed for five years then became the manager of a small furniture company in Monrovia but was asked to return to PB in a management position where he stayed for the next ten years. Over the past twenty-five years Dan has worked in the sale of plywood and veneer. Plywood, made of face veneer, fiberboard and particleboard, is used in the manufacturing of furniture, desks, doors, boats, and a host of other areas

It was also good to know that Dan has enjoyed singing barbershop harmony over the past fifty-five years and is a part of the Masters of Harmony organization.

(Pat Dolphin)

Arcadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on November 23rd, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

Frank Hall has been a member of Arcadia Rotary since 2007 and a member of Rotary (8 clubs) since 1965. He tells us about his life in Rotary.

1. In 1965 I was named Vice-President and Manager of the Crocker Bank at Arrow Highway and Citrus in Covina. I had previously been a member of Kiwanis, but when I moved to Covina there was a Crocker executive in Covina Kiwanis, so my Boss suggested I look at Rotary. Shortly after the Branch had its Grand Opening I was contacted by a Past President of Covina Rotary, Barney Ingraham. Barney was a one-man Membership Committee who personally sponsored more than 100 new Rotarians before he retired.

During my Pre-Orientation, which included 3 meetings of about 3 hours each, I learned what my responsibilities would be as a Rotary Member. Here were the main Responsibilities.
A. Rotary is a Classification Club and no more than one individual could occupy a Classification. Since you were the only representative of your profession, you had an obligation to participate in Club Activities. You could prevent another person in the same Profession from joining the club simply by exercising a veto.
B. Attendance at Rotary is required. A Rotarian who missed more than 10 Percent of the Meetings during a year without make up and anyone who missed 4 meetings in a row without making up was automatically dropped from the club.
C. You could make up a missed meeting by attending the meeting of another club within 6 days (before or after) of the missed meeting. There were no Leaves of Absence except for health reasons and a letter from your doctor was required. Those with 100% attendance were recognized annually and had extra ribbons on their badges. It was highly prized.
2. Most memorable moments.
Laura Freedman’s Cruises. Before Laura moved to Oregon, where she is now the President of the Seaside Club, she was the first female President of Arcadia Rotary. She is a classic leader. When she organized a Rotary group to go on a cruise to Mexico, we signed up. Among those who came were Gil and Carol Stromsoe, Larry and Patty Webber, Dong and Betty Chang, John and June Fee, Rich and Gayla Hutton, Steve and Marge Garrett, George and Susie Sladoje (from the Sierra Madre Club), Laura and Gregg Freedman in addition to Patricia and me. It was a blast. Later she did another one to the British Isles and most of her alumni went along again. Phyllis Corliss handled arrangements on Crystal Cruises.

3. What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?
The Polio Plus Project of Rotary International was the finest, most important project ever attempted by any Service Organization. In the early 1980s an RI president decided that Rotary should eradicate Polio. Rotary Clubs everywhere set about to raise the money and most of it came from the pockets of individual Rotarians. I was a member of LA5 (the downtown Los Angeles club) where we had 600 members. I chaired our fundraising drive and we raised more than $300,000 from our club alone. I know Arcadia also had a successful campaign. In the first year and a half of the campaign, the original international goal of $120 Million was exceeded and at the International Convention it was announced that over $200 Million had been raised. A second campaign about 10 years ago was equally impressive and drew the attention of Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation which has made several matching grants to Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. Bob Novell has spearheaded Arcadia’s efforts and has announced that there are few cases reported in a few backward countries that have refused to cooperate with the inoculation Program

The most important local project is also International, it’s an annual trip to Tijuana to assist an orphanage in cooperation with the Tijuana Rotary Club. Dick Martinez has been featured in Rotary International’s Magazine for his work in organizing and continuing this project

4. Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club. Was there a difference in time, place and manner in which the meetings were conducted? What fund raising methods were used?

The Biggest change was the ruling that Clubs could accept Women members. When I was President of the Palm Springs Club I attended the RI Convention in Houston where a proposal sponsored by the Lake Placid Club to allow clubs to invite Women members was defeated. Sixty Percent of the Clubs in the United States voted for the resolution, but, clubs outside the U.S. almost universally voted against. When the Supreme Court decision that clubs with women members couldn’t be excluded from RI, it was welcomed by American clubs most of which immediately started to induct Professional and Business Women into Rotary. Phyllis Tompkins was Arcadia’s First.

Another big change is that most Rotary Clubs have fewer members than they used have. There are a number of reasons for that and Rotary has taken many steps including reducing the attendance and classification requirements in an effort to make Rotary more accessible.

For years Arcadia Rotary’s major fundraiser was a 50/50 Raffle and dinner which was called “Pot of Gold” Unfortunately, the State of California passed legislation which made such raffles illegal. George Fasching was the Patron Saint of the Pot of Gold events which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary projects.

Charles Jones coffee presentation

Posted by Rick Mckenzie on November 18th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Charles Jones representing Jose Coffee made his presentation to our club on Friday November 14, 2014. Charles talked about origins of coffee, dry processing, wet processing & grading. Fermentation tanks, grading by density, size & hand grading coffee production in nursery, fields & harvesting. He spoke about roast levels, light, medium, dark and taste profiles, acidity, body & flavor. I never realized there was so much to processing coffee. On Saturday morning, I really appreciated that first cup of coffee. George mentioned that after Charles presentation that his car wash offers free coffee to customers, to which Charles responded you get what you pay for. Thank you Charles.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Posted by Dave Freeman on November 17th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. Member Updates

A. Andy Bundesmann is getting better after her fall.

B. Ben Goland’s wife Mickey had a mild stroke and is recovering, participating in therapy, and doing well.

2.  Coming (and Ongoing) Events

A. Rotary Foundation and Paul Johenk Foundation were discussed and the valuable uses  were explained.  A simple and painless monthly donation reaches many who really need it .

B. Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Arboretum: Foothill Unity Center is having its food can drive, donating food to low income and homeless people. Rotary Volunteers (including RYLA volunteers) are needed to help move the food. In addition to food donations, Foothill Unity also teaches new skills to the low income and homeless to help them get back into the work force. (Presentation by Rotary President Michael Ojeda and Foothill Unity representatives Betty R. McWilliams, Executive Director, and Raina Martinez). Bring 2 plus cans of food to Rotary this Friday at Matt Denny’s.

C. Ongoing. The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills is teaching reading to children at risk. Those who don’t know how to read when they reach third grade are likely to get into trouble. Volunteers are needed. (One of those teaching reading once a month is Denise Weaver.) Students at the high school level who are at risk are helped one hour on one day per week. Children are also taught yoga. There is also a Christmas party for children, with their gifts to be picked up by their parents who at home will then pass them to their children. (per John Wilson)

D. Sunday, December 7, 2014, there will be a holiday party at the Weavers’ residence. (per Michael Ojeda)

3.  Arcadia High School Students of the Month were presented:

A.  Performing Arts – Adry Hardiman:  He is active in music-Band President, volunteers at the Methodist Hospital, head usher and Eucharistic minister at his church, teaches religious education at Holy Angels Church, and plans on attending USC and studying business, with plans on being a high level executive.

B.  Academics – Stanley Shiau: Stanley is big in debate and speech , Peer tutoring and Outreach. He is editor in chief of the school paper, President, and National Honor Society. He plans on going to UCLA, and majoring in History,  with open aspirations after that.

C.  Athletics – Kelly Dopke:  She is the super athlete of the month.  Besides volunteering for the Senior Men and Women’s group, she is the captain of the varsity volleyball team and the soccer team, and an active member of the varsity Track and Field Team.  She participates in the Hope Can Cure Cancer Club and the California Scholarship Federation. She has committed to the University of Idaho and their Soccer Program, and will study pre- med, with hopes to work in the medical field.

Recognitions – November 14, 2014

Posted by Yvonne Flint on November 17th, 2014 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Arcadia High School Principal Brent Forsee was first congratulated for the high school’s water conservation adherence.  The landscaping along Duarte Road is a great example of drought tolerant plantings.  But Brent still had to answer for winning twice at the club’s Monday Night Football social.  He left before his second win, so Finemaster George delivered his $75 winnings … and collected a recognition of $49.

Ken Mallory has been retired for a while after thirty years in the packaging business.  According to the Finemaster it has been so long that Ken found a milk carton in his refrigerator with a photo of the Lindbergh baby on it.  Ken assured us that he didn’t drink the milk, but he was fined $9 anyway.

Last up was Gil Stromsoe.  As a CPA, his busy season is right around the corner, but the Finemaster uncovered evidence of potential musical aspirations.  A photo of Gil with a rock-n-roll guitar and lovely backup singer seems to lend some credence to those ambitions.  In spite of his attempt to explain, Gil was fined $34.