Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills

John Wilson gave an update on the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. John is the Executive Director of the club, a position he has held for seven years. The club was established in 1994 in response to high levels of delinquency, juvenile crime, and drug use among youth in the densely populated, multi-ethnic areas of Monrovia and Duarte. When John took over the club management it was poorly run. Under his leadership the club has grown. Today, a 30-passenger bus provides transportation from five elementary and two middle schools in the area to the club sites. The original club is on Shamrock Avenue and a second site is located at Mayflower Elementary School. In 2014, they expanded their services by opening a dedicated teen center in the Mary Wilcox building in Monrovia. Today they serve over 350 youth each day with 900 members registered annually. They have a waiting list of over 150 children and youth.
The mission of the club is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The three main goals of the club are (1) to have the attendees succeed academically, (2) to develop good character and citizenship and (3) to develop healthy life styles.
The Club can use a lot of help, not only financially, but also from positive, caring adults who are willing to get to know the kids, to work with them and to be mentors and role models. A few of the areas where help is needed are as Translators, ESL Teachers, Tutors, Homework and Reading Helpers, Art, Music and Theater Instructors, Computer Instructors, Youth Basketball, Soccer, or Baseball Coaches. Please contact John if you would like to help the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills in any way.

Teacher Recognition

Dr. Daniel Hacking, Principal of Dana Middle School, introduced Dana’s Teacher of the Year, Paul Kelly. Mr. Kelly is originally from Australia and teaches Science. In addition, he teaches Media Arts and Broadcasting. Dana has a website on which students broadcast Dana Middle School news.

Announcements for February 17, 2017

1. From February 22 through March 4 there will be a Rotary Water Project in Burma, along with a visit to Thailand. (per Matt Weaver).
2. On February 24, Embassy will be dark. Instead, Arcadia Rotary will have an evening meeting at Holly Avenue School, located at 360 W. Duarte Ave., in Arcadia.. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner available at a Taco truck. At 7 p.m. the program will commence, including the presentation of Teacher Mini-Grants and Student Mini-Grants. (per Ken Chan)
3. On Saturday, March 8, at the Rotary Club of Tijuana, wheelchairs will be distributed to those in need. (per President Rosie)
4. On March 24, Embassy will be dark. Instead, Rotarians will meet at Santa Anita Race Track’s Frontrunner Restaurant for a Day at the Races. (per Sam Falzone)
5. On April 7 , the program will be the Tournament of Roses,  and the speaker will be the President of the Tournament, Lance Tibbet. (per Francine Chiu).
6. On Saturday evening, April 22, at the Arcadia Community Center. Arcadia Rotary will host Casino Night. (per Jim Pontello)
7. On April 28, Embassy will be dark. Instead, Rotarians will meet at the Arboretum in celebration of Arbor Day. (per Jim Pontello)
8. On May 20 through May 30, Rotary will set up the Field of Flags. The cost of a flag is $50. Sponsorships are available from $500 to $5,000. (per Bob Harbicht, last week.)

Senior Craft Talks – Jim Rider

Jim, looking as vibrant as ever, took up the time for two Senior Craft Talks to share about himself and more recently the challenge of a being a heart transplant recipient.

Jim is a local guy, met his wife Sandy in middle school in Arcadia, dated at UCSB… and the rest is history with three grown children.

The last few years have been focused on Jim’s survival from what began as a cough that would not resolve and turned out to be his heart failing.

He shared how Sandy found him unconscious on the floor and had trouble turning him over to do CPR when he was heavier and the old heart was failing. He was in a coma for days and from the way it was described, it was touch and go whether he would make it.

Jim gave us the chain of events recalling the critical dates for all of his hospital visits and procedures. He has suffered six surgeries alone for defibrillators that either were recalled or had complications prior to the transplant.  Jim glossed over details but hearing about his experience was gut wrenching.

Though Jim is looking good, moving well and speaking with exuberance, he shared that a complexity has developed. His old heart had a very rare condition and apparently his new heart has contracted the same. He said his medicines are so delicate they are modified as often as once every two weeks.

He began his presentation with gratitude to his friends in Rotary and ended with encouragement to each of us to live each day fully – somber and wise words from a courageous Rotarian.

Recognitions – February 10, 2017

Even though the meeting slide said “Out of Town,” in fact Finemaster Bob Harbicht was not, so Brent Forsee didn’t escape.  Brent had already given a short recommendation in support of local Measure A funding Arcadia schools which made the Finemaster’s job easier.  Brent was recognized for 45 cents per second times 73 seconds which, after consulting with Jim Rider for some “Rider Math,” was settled at $50.

Helping with fine calculations didn’t keep Jim Rider safe from being the next to be recognized.  He had a long list of opportunities: purchasing a “new” 10-year-old Jeep, purchasing a cabin in Big Bear, his granddaughter turning one year old.  He also gave the Finemaster clues to future opportunities with his daughter getting married on April 1 and a second grandchild on the way.  All those opportunities only earned Jim a fine of $25.

Richard Shulhof was recognized for the Arboretum’s fundraiser in October of 2016 which was covered in a big newspaper spread that Finemaster Bob said he’s been carrying around for a while.  This successful event raised $130,000 gross in support of the Arboretum and Richard was fined 45 cents per thousand.  Rider math calculated this fine as $45.50.

Announcements for 02/10/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites on Friday 02/24/2017 and  the meeting will be a dinner meeting at 5;30 p.m. at Holly Avenue Elementary School (located at the corner of Duarte Road and Holly Avenue across from Good Shepherd Methodist Church).  At that meeting there will be the Dan Stover Music Competition and the 4-Way Speech Contest.   Ken  Chan,  Director of Vocational Service, will also present the recipients of the Teacher Mini-Grants and Student Mini Grants.
  2. On 03/08/2017 our club will distribute wheelchairs to needy persons in Tijuana, Mexico.
  3.  The annual Arcadia Rotary Day at the Races will be held at Santa Anita Racetrack on Friday 03/24/2017 (changed from 03/03/2017).  We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.  The gates at the racetrack  open at 11:00 a.m. with the first post at 1:00 p.m.  The cost is $40/person, which includes parking, entrance fee,  program, and lunch at the Frontrunner Cafe.  If you have any questions, contact Sam Falzone.
  4. Bob Harbicht announced that the club’s  2nd annual Field of Honor will be held in May,  the week of Memorial Day,   He said that  the number of sponsors has increased, but he is still looking for additional sponsors at various levels, from silver to platinum.  Let Bob know of the name of any prospective sponsor so that he or someone on his committee can personally  contact the  prospective sponsor.
  5. The club’s 2017 Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser is set for Saturday, 04/22/2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  at the Arcadia Community Center.   There will be bountiful hors d’oeuvres (no seated dinner).  This is the club’s main fundraiser and needs the support of every member.  The cost is $175/couple or $100/single ticket.
  6.  In celebration of Arbor Day,  the club will meet in the Arboretum at the Peacock Cafe on 04/28/2017.   The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites.
  7.  Member Brent Forsee, principal at Arcadia High School, encouraged all members to support  Measure A in the upcoming election which will  put a parcel tax of $284.00 on each home in Arcadia.   He said that unlike our real property taxes which go to Sacramento with not much coming back to Arcadia for its schools, the parcel tax under Measure A will go directly to the Arcadia schools.
  8. Mike Real announced the Students of the Month for each of December 2016 and January 2017.  The  recipients for December 2016 are as follows:  Peyton Graves – Academics, Holly Lung – Athletics, and Angel Rojas – Performing Arts.  The recipients for January 2017 are as follows:  Sharne Sun – Academics, Campbell Dopke – Athletics, and Michelle Zhao – Performing Arts.   Congratulations to each you!
  9. Ernie Aragon announced that he and Clara now have 16 great-grandchildren with the 17th on the way.   Congratulations to both of you.  This must be some sort of a record.
  10. Past President Eric Barter announced that the club’s 91st Installation Dinner will be held on Friday 06/30/2017 at the San Gabriel Country Club.  We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.

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