Misson to Mars

Posted by Dan Place on October 3rd, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Misson to Mars

Edward Wong, an Arcadia resident since 1993, is a Principle Engineer and Technical Group Leader at JPL He was the technical manager for the design of guidance and control flight software for the Mars Curiosity Mission.

Edward explained the planning required for the 8-½ month trip to Mars. The Rover was designed with six wheels with the capacity to climb a 45-degree slope. It was equipped with nuclear cameras, a robotic arm and equipment to study the climate and biology of Mars. It had to be designed to withstand the extreme temperature variations of the planet.

The $2.5-billion spacecraft arrived on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. Edward described the landing of the craft on the surface of Mars. First the unit had to go through a re-entry phase; next a parachute was deployed to slow the descent. Then the chute was jettisoned and a skycrane was used to softly lower the Rover to the surface. It gently touched the ground about the same moment the skycrane severed the link and flew away. There were “Seven Minutes of Terror” while scientist on earth, waited for a signal that let them know the landing was successful. Edward and his coworkers are to be congratulated for accomplishing such an outstanding feat.

Announcements for October 2, 2015

Posted by Dirk Hudson on October 3rd, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements for October 2, 2015

1. Member Update Jim Rider (who had suffered a cardiac arrest) opened his eyes yesterday (October 1). His breathing tube is now out and he can speak. Gift cards are welcome as are email donations. (per Eric Barter).

2. The District Governor Reception takes place at the Arboretum, Peacock Pavilion, tonight (October 2). (per President Michael Hoey).

3. Rotary World Peace Conference will take place on Janurary 15 – 16, 2016 in District 5300 in Ontario, California. Rotary International President K. R. ‘Ravi’ Ravidran will be in attendance.
(Per District Governor Randy Pote).

4. Arcadia Welfare and Thrift recently closed and donated $10,000 to the Arcadia Rotary Foundation for use in helping lower income people. (Per Frank Hall).

5. Octoberfest will take place Saturday night, October 3, 2015 at the Jensen residence. (per Mike Real).

6. Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event will be held on Monday, Oct. 26th. at the home of Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian The Cost is $30 per person. (per Mike Real).

7. The JDRF-LA Walk for a Cure of Juvenile Diabetes Will Take Place on Sunday, October 25 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 40,000 children per year are diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. (per Keith Brown, Captain of Team Rotary).

8. The Arcadia Women’s Club is hosting a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit the Good Shepherd Shelter for Battered Women with Children on October 17, 2015 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Women’s Club headquarters, 324 S. First Avenue, Arcadia. (per Francine Chiu).

9. Rotary International and Rotary Amigos will meet with the Tijuana Rotary Club tomorrow, October 3, to identify an orphanage project for 2016. (per Richard Martinez).


In calendar sequence: Oct. 2 (District Governor Reception at the Arboretum), Oct. 3 (Rotary Amigos and Tijuana Rotary), Oct. 3 (Octoberfest at the Jensens), Oct. 17 (Arcadia Women’s Club fundraiser), Oct. 25 (JDRF-LA Walk for a Cure at the Rose Bowl), Oct. 26 (Monday Night Football at the Kalemkiarians), Jan. 15-16 (Rotary World Peace Conference)

Recognitions – September 25, 2015

Posted by Bruno Esquivel on September 28th, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off on Recognitions – September 25, 2015

Glen after thanking everyone for “ratting” each other out and making his life a lot easier as Fine-Master; proceeded to ask Yvonne Flint to stand up and inform us all why she had a Wonder Woman as her profile picture on Facebook. Yvonne later made us all like her picture, since it was in support of raising awareness of Childhood Cancer…Glen’s cold heart still proceeded to fine Yvonne $25.

Glen later continued with his duties calling one of the most seasoned members of our Rotary Frank Perini (member since 1959) and asked him: What percentage of Rotary’s money goes to do good versus administration costs? Frank answered 10% good (90% administration costs), which made us all chuckle and hope that is not the case. The correct answer was 92% good (8% admin costs)…sounds a lot better. Frank was fined $10.

He then asked that George Fasching stand up and asked if he knew the origins and meaning of his last name; George answered German but didn’t know what it meant, immediately someone yelled – Car wash! – We all laughed, but that was not the answer. For not knowing George was fined $10.

The next trio of victims were supposed to be John Wilson, Matt Weaver and Mike Real, however only John didn’t get the memo for the no-show last Friday and was fined his share of the fine $50 for having a fun time at Lake Havasu.

Finally, Glen remembered to congratulate and fine Dr. Victor De Los Santos for marrying Cookie, though we all wish them well, he will be fined (reverse wedding gift) $75.

Announcements – September 25, 2015

Posted by Dave Totten on September 27th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements – September 25, 2015

Imy Dulake presented a short video on South Korea where the Rotary International Convention will be held next year. Please contact Imy or Rosie Mares for more details if you are interested in attending.

We will be having the District Governor’s Reception on Friday night, Oct. 2nd, at the Arboretum to honor Randy Pote. This will be a joint meeting with the Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte Rotary Clubs. Cost is $27 per person.

Mark your calendars! Our annual Octoberfest will be held on Oct. 3rd at the home of Ernie and Gail Jensen. The festivities will start at 5:30 pm and finish at 8 pm, and Red Badgers will be free for the event.

Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event will be held on Monday, Oct. 26th. This very popular event will be at the home of Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian. Cost is $30 per person.

Keith Brown announced the JDRF 5K Walk at the Rose Bowl. The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 25th at 10 am. Please sign up or watch for an email soliciting donations to this very worthy organization.


Route 66

Posted by Brad Miller on September 27th, 2015 under Weekly Programs Tags:  •  Comments Off on Route 66

When they turned 66, Claudia and Alan Heller quit work, bought a motor home and took a month to do Route 66 from L.A. to Chicago. They shared their experience and encouraged us to check out parts of the route both local and distant.

Some facts: Route 66 is about 2400 miles long, first commission in 1926 putting together a hodge-podge of smaller roads and decommissioned in 1984.  It did not originally go to the Santa Monica Pier but was extended as a tourist focus.  Claudia explained on both ends the route is complicated as it weaves through cities.

Local icons on the route include Barney’s Beanery on Sunset, Van de Kamps bakery, the Aztec Hotel in Monrovia and Suicide Bridge in Pasadena.

Further out to San Bernadino, Barstow and beyond, Claudia explained to capture the attention of travelers, installations were created.   The Hellers showed us Wigwam hotel accomodations, cars buried nose first in the dirt, and numerous signs and buildings of significance.

The Hellers wrote a book about their experience, stories about the folks they met –  Life on Route 66 – Personal accounts along the mother road to California.

JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Posted by Pat Dolphin on September 21st, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Elizabeth Flesher, Outreach Manager and Sue Petatric, Walk manager joined us to share an overview of the seriousness of type 1 diabetes, the auto-immune disease that effects both juveniles and adults. Type 1 diabetes can attack at all ages and requires those people to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels in order to avoid some serious complications to their health. Elizabeth has two children with type 1 diabetes, both of whom wear insulin pumps, which inject the needed amounts to the body on a 24/7 schedule. The pumps take the place of the pancreas, which can no longer provide insulin to a type 1 patient. Issac, Elizabeth’s eight-year-old son was diagnosed with type1 diabetes at the age of eighteen months old. Elizabeth has had to monitor his blood sugar levels as much as fifteen times a day until he was able to wear the insulin pump. The attached glucose monitor checks his blood sugar levels five times a day and can administer insulin that levels out the erratic highs and lows of type 1 diabetes through the day enabling him to lead a more normal lifestyle. Currently, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, but there are fifty-five human studies taking place and the hope is that a cure is close at hand. Sue shared that through the research an artificial pancreas is being developed. Additionally, the organizations research has supported the gains in designing Islet Cell Encapsulation materials, which consists of implanting insulin-producing beta cells in to the body (about the size of a quarter) as a type of therapy, this could be “life changing”. JDRF has found that type 1 diabetes effects all ages and that 85% of those with it are adults.


JDRF is a forty-four year old non-profit organization that has raised over $68 million dollars from the 300 Walks they do. Sue Petatric invites us to their current 5K Walk which will be at the Rose Bowl on October 25,2015 at 10:00 a.m. She asks that we sign up, set-up a Rotary team, set a goal and just have fun. We thank the JDRF along with Elizabeth and Sue for sharing this information about type 1 diabetes and how we can help in the fight to stop it once and for all.


(Pat Dolphin)

Announcements – September 18, 2015

Posted by Dave Totten on September 20th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements – September 18, 2015

We will be having the District Governor’s Reception on Friday night, Oct. 2nd, at the Arboretum to honor Randy Pote. This will be a joint meeting with the Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte Rotary Clubs

Mark your calendars! Our annual Octoberfest will be held on Oct. 3rd at the home of Ernie and Gail Jensen. The festivities will start at 4 pm and finish at 7 pm, and Red Badgers will be free for the event.

John Wilson, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, is looking for 2 volunteers to work on Sunday, Oct. 18th, at 4 pm at the county park. You will meet the buses that are returning the kids from their Team Leadership Conference. Please contact John if you can help out.

Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event will be held on Monday, Oct. 26th. This event will be graciously hosted by Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian.

Eric Barter announced that our District Foundation will once again furnish 20 wheel chairs to needy recipients in Mexico. He will be looking for volunteers to deliver the wheel chairs at a future date. This is a repeat event that we were involved in during Eric’s presidency.

President Hoey asked Yvonne Flint and Eric Barter to come to the podium. He presented them with certificates of appreciation for all the work they did on the Relay for Life event that was held at the race track last Aug. 1st. Proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

Teacher of the Year: Foothills Middle School Principal, Ben Acker, introduced Terry Sun as our Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Sun is the 7th Grade Math and Science Teacher and has been teaching for 9 years in the AUSD. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Terry has been active as a Site Tech Coach, BTSA Support Provider, and Basketball Coach in addition to her teaching. She is a recipient of the Profiles in Excellence award for 2013-14. Mr. Acker noted that Terry also leads an exercise class for the Foothill Middle School teachers and administrators. Pres. Mike presented Terry with a monetary gift from the club as well as a pin and congratulatory letter.




Recognitions – September 11, 2015

Posted by Yvonne Flint on September 14th, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off on Recognitions – September 11, 2015

Filling in for Finemaster Glenn Oyoung, Bob Harbicht’s first task was an attempt to sell four tickets to the next day’s Angel’s baseball game, courtesy of Teri Muse.  Even with the proceeds going to support Arcadia Rotary’s Field of Honor project, there were no takers.

Then Bob launched into his famous (infamous?) counting game, beloved by one and all.  Dan Place, with counsel from Jim Helms, recited the first four – one good duck, two cackling geese, three hens, and four plump partridges – with varying degrees of success and creative wording.  Tony Parrille joined in only for five limerick oysters then passed along to Tom Crosby.  Tom took on six pairs of Don Alfonso’s tweezers and seven Macedonian horsemen in full battle array, passing on eight brass monkeys from the sacred sepulchers of ancient Egypt to Bruno Esquivel.  Luckily for Bruno, time ran out on nine lyrical, spherical somethings (which this reporter missed the first time through).  Tom and Bruno were fined $50, Tony was fined $75, and Dan garnered the largest fine at $100.

Photographer Simon Woolf–Sept. 11 Program

Posted by Teri Muse on September 14th, 2015 under Announcements, Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Photographer Simon Woolf–Sept. 11 Program

New Zealander Simon Woolf, cousin of Arcadia Rotarian Brad Miller, provided an amazing slide show of the beautiful photos he has taken of breathtaking landscapes, unique wedding portraits and world famous people throughout his photography career. Simon made a stop at the Rotary Club after his tour of the City of Arcadia. Simon was particularly interested in seeing City Hall and meeting all the people involved in making the City run. This interest stems from his own involvement in city government in his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. Simon has been a City Councillor of Wellington since 2013.

Simon is one of four family members running Photography by Woolf, a studio which has been in the family for three generations. Simon’s Father was a famous New Zealand photographer who was killed in a helicopter crash while filming police activity from the air. Simon honors his Father by photographing helicopter rescues pro-bono whenever he has the opportunity.

In addition to sunrises, sunsets, rare and endangered birds, weddings and sporting events, Simon has an impressive portfolio of photos he has taken of famous people including: Prince William, Prince Harry, Ell McPherson, Audrey Hepburn, Hilary Clinton, Tiger Woods, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth and Michael Caine. Simon’s favorite and probably most famous photograph is of their Royal Highnesse’s The Cambridge Family of William, Kate and baby George. This photo of baby George looking right at the camera while resting his head on Kate’s shoulder and a smiling Prince William is seen in the background appeared on 43 magazine covers and had 3 billion views.
Simon left us all with one piece of advice….print out those favorite photos you have on your phone or Facebook. If you lose your data, those memories are lost. A photograph will last a lifetime.

Announcements – September 11, 2015

Posted by Erich Rail on September 14th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements – September 11, 2015

Be sure to join District 5300 for “Rotary Training/ Rotary Basics” a seminar to be held September Saturday, September 19th at Chaffey College. Please see President Mike for more information.

Monrovia Rotary’s annual BBQ and Casino Night will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 6 pm to 10 pm. Please seriously consider supporting our fellow Rotary club to the east in the same way they support our events.

Don’t forget the Arcadia Museum Foundation’s Western Dinner on Sunday, September 20th at 5 pm at the Arcadia Community Center.

Post Alarm Systems 5th Annual Golf Tournament to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills will be held on Monday, September 28th at the Glendora Country Club.

Mark your calendars! Our annual Octoberfest celebration will be held at the home of Ernie and Gail Jensen on Saturday October 3rd from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a sign-up sheet circulating at the next couple of meetings.

Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event will on Monday, October 26th. This year’s event will once again be graciously hosted by Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian. More details will follow in the High Gear.

Finally, DON’T WORRY!!! your Valentine’s Day plans are all set! There’s no need to fret over how to make your special someone feel special – – just be sure to have you and your Valentine join your friends at Arcadia Rotary for a special Santa Barbara Wine Country train trip on Saturday, February 13th. It’s sure to be a great time! More details to follow.

And lastly, Gil Stromsoe awarded George Fasching with his Paul Harris pin in recognition of his contributions to the Rotary Foundation representing Paul Harris plus 6. Congratulations George!!

The Worldwide Diabetes Epidemic and Team Rotary’s Rose Bowl Walk for a Cure

Posted by Dirk Hudson on September 11th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on The Worldwide Diabetes Epidemic and Team Rotary’s Rose Bowl Walk for a Cure

Even as the polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic is being rapidly conquered (with the help of Rotary International), another epidemic which also affects children and is life-threatening is growing around the world. That epidemic is the epidemic of juvenile diabetes.

There are two main types of diabetes: .type 1 (which starts in childhood and is unrelated to obesity) and type 2 (generally associated with obesity, which mainly occurs in adults, but increasingly also occurs as children)

Whereas in Type 1, the immune system attacks and kills off the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, Type 2 is a metabolic disorder where a person still produces insulin but can’t use it effectively. [fn. 6]

Studies have shown that the incidence of Type 1 diabetes is increasing at a rate of 3–5% per year Over 70,000 children develop type 1 diabetes each year. IDF figures indicate that 440,000 children worldwide under the age of 14 now live with type 1 diabetes. For many children from the developing world, the outlook is bleak. [fn. 3]

“We are seeing an alarming increase of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children. . . . “said Dr Francine Kaufman, Chair of the IDF Consultative Section on Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes. (Fn. 3). Diabetes in childhood increases the risk of life-threatening diabetes complications at an early age. When diabetes is diagnosed in the young, life expectancy is shortened by an average 10 to 20 years [fn 3]

The situation is particularly disturbing in low and middle-income countries, where many children with diabetes die because they are diagnosed late or misdiagnosed. Many die because insulin is unavailable or in short supply. In Mozambique, for example, a person with type 1 diabetes will die within one year of diagnosis. [fn. 3]

In recognition of this fact, Rotary International joined with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and other organizations in persuading the United Nations to declare November 14 “World Diabetes Day. Rotary International also established an Action Group for Diabetes (RAGD) under the leadership of C. Wayne Edwards (Tallahassee. Florida), Dr. Massimo Benedetti (Perugia, Italy), Dr. Martin Silink (Lane Cove, Australia), and Dr. Larry C. Deeb (Tallahassee, Florida). [fn. 5]”


As observed by Syed Azmatullah, a Phoenix Rotarian:
“It is shocking to learn from Martin Silink, president of IDF [and Secretary of Rotary’s Action Group] that half of the 440,000 children with diabetes worldwide lack access to the insulin they need to live. It is necessary that every Rotary District observes World Diabetes Day to spread awareness of and help detect and treat the silent killer.” [Fn.. 5]

One of the organizations instrumental (along with Rotary International) in the creation of World Diabetes Day is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),. JDRF was founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research in the world.

Although its focus is on type 1 diabetes, its research into glucose control will also provide benefits for those living with type 2. .[fn. 6]

This year’s JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes happens Sunday, October 25, 2015  at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the Walk itself starts at 10 a.m.  The length of the Walk is 3 miles or 5K.

The year 2010 saw the formation of a Team Rotary under the leadership of (last year’s President) Michael Ojeda of Arcadia’s noon Rotary Club.  This year’s President Dr. Michael Hoey wants to reach more Rotary clubs in our area.  Team Rotary is looking for both walkers who will raise money to be credited to Team Rotary and donors who will contribute in the name of a particular walker. Of course, this being a friendly competition between teams, the main goal is to raise money for research into a cure, regardless of the team or walker credited. If you are already a walker on another team (as are we, for our grand-daughter Miranda’s team), you can still participate as a donor to Team Rotary.

If you are able to walk with us this year (and we hope you can!), or to start a team of your own or for your local Rotary Club, please register with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Los Angeles Chapter.
The following website is used to log-in or donate to a walker:


Goodwill Industries; since 1916

Posted by Brian Hall on September 11th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Goodwill Industries; since 1916

Transforming Lives through the Power of Work

David Lopresti described a number of ways that Goodwill Industries is helping people, giving people a chance to work and through that work engaging effectively with society. Goodwill Industries offers a variety of business services including:

  • e-waste pick-up and recycling
  • Facility management – landscaping, facility & food
  • Assembly + fulfillment – eg) 1,500 soccer balls inflated & shipped
  • Secure Document Shredding – AAA & NAID Certified
  • Document Imaging – Saving time, money and space

The Rotary Club was very interested in how Goodwill recruits for the team to support the variety of business functions they offer?  David indicated that they recruit from many of the same sources other business do, in addition they offer employment to persons with disabilities and persons reentering society from incarceration and various dependencies.

Compensation is determined by evaluating the skill set and the employment position an individual works in.  While Goodwill Industries is nationwide, local stores are franchised within a smaller territory.   The San Gabriel Valley, Riverside County territory is rather large at 31,000 square miles.

Asked about donations, David noted that donations are split between usuable items that move directly to the Stores, usable recycling and trash.  David noted that income generated from the stores is taxable, while other parts of the organization operate as a 501c3 non-profits.

David stayed to answer questions and provide detailed brochures on each of the various business lines.