John Murphy filled in for George as Finemaster this week. His role in new member orientations inspired him to invite all the Icebreakers to participate in a quiz based on the orientation packet they received. Participants Ken Chan, Swati Puri, Ramon Oseguera, Eszylfie Taylor, Dan Place, Glenn Oyoung, and Jim Pontello were to be fined $10 each for each answer the group missed.
They correctly identified the founder of Rotary (Paul Harris), where Rotary was founded (Chicago), when Arcadia Rotary was founded (1927), the current RI President (Gary Huang), District 5300’s current Governor (Larry Skaggs). However, they missed the year Rotary was founded (1905), where the first luncheon meeting took place (Oakland), Paul Harris’ middle name (Percy), how much Arcadia Rotarians have donated to The Rotary Foundation (over $750,000). When they missed an Avenue of Service and one part of the 4-Way Test, John waived all their fines and fined himself $25 for his poor training at the orientation meetings.
Landis Richardson is the Director of the Arcadia Youth Basketball Association. The program began in 1997, and for the past 18 years has maintained the mission to provide a safe, supportive, recreational basketball program for boys and girls living in the city of Arcadia, who currently attend grade school levels 3 through 8.
The program is designed to:
Develop an understanding of and appreciation for sports education.
Enhance each player’s individual skills within the game of basketball.
Promote sportsmanship and teamwork while also acknowledging each individual’s contribution to their team.
Provide a competitive environment for league & tournament play.
Build lasting bonds between the players, parents and coaches.
Provide opportunities to meet high school and college coaches, learn new techniques and skills, encourage player-parent mentorship, and to promote the spirit of community!
Have a little fun!!!
Games are played at the Arcadia High School Gym. The Arcadia Youth Basketball Association has serviced over 200 athletes every season for the last 3 years. Future plans look forward to adding an all girls league and extending the playing season. The league relies on community support to provide young athletes the great opportunity to succeed in the game of basketball.
1. Bruce McCallum announccd that the Arcadia Chinese Association is sponsoring a dinner for the Special Olympians who will be here in July.
2. Tony Parrille announced that volunteers are still needed to help in the Invitational Track Meet to be held at the Arcadia High School on April 10 – 11, 2015. See Tony for the phone number of the lady in charge.
3. John Wilson announced that volunteers are needed tomorrow morning (March 28, 2015), between 9 am and 11 am to paint rooms at the Boys and Girls Club located at Mountain and Olive.
4. Eszylfie Taylor announced that there will be a Charity Golf Tournament at the La Canada Country Club on Thursday, April 30, 2015 to benefit the Future Stars Camp.
5. Rosie Mares announced that she is passing around a Meeting Sign-up Sheet (for volunteer greeters, introducers, flag-saluters, etc.) for the period of April – June, 2015.
6. Mike Ojeda announced that Imy Dulake will be honored with a Distinguished Citizen Award by the San Gabriel Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America at a dinner on May 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriot on Huntington Drive.
7. Gil Stromsoe announced a Paul Harris plus Five Award to Kenneth Chan, based on Kenneth Chan’s donations to the Rotary Foundation, including both the present (Arcadia Rotary) club and previous Rotary clubs of which he had been a member.
Coming Events In Sequence: March 28 (Boys and Girls Club room painting project); April 4-11 (Invitational Track Meet at Arcadia High School); April 18 (Monte Carlo Night at Arcadia Community Center); April 30 (Charity Golf Tournament for Future Stars Camp); May 12 noon (Salute to Seniors at Arcadia Community Center); May 27, 2015 (Distinguished Citizen Award for Imy Dulake); July (Arcadia Chinese Association dinner for Special Olympians).
1. Mike Real is looking for one more family to host a Rotary Exchange Student for a period of time. He has two families signed up and needs another. If you can help, please contact Mike.
2. John Wilson made us aware that this was Steve Pelletier’s last meeting with the club. On behalf of the club he thanked Steve for all that he has done and wished him well in his new home in Dana Point.
3. The Teacher of the Year was introduced by School Superintendent David Vannasdall. She is Sandy Macintosh, ELD (English Language Development) teacher at the Hugo Reid School. Sandy is a veteran of 14 years of teaching with eleven of those years in the Arcadia School District. She has received numerous awards and grants, including “World Class School” Award (top 10% in the country), Profiles in Excellence in 2007-8, and recipient of grants for 10 years from Rotary, AEF, and Assistance League. Sandy, at 16, was a Rotary Exchange Student to Japan for one year, an amazing experience for her. She and her husband have lived in Arcadia for 14 years, and have two boys, 18 and 20, who are attending college in Canada.
4. The Students of the Month were introduced by Mike Real.
- Melanie Chen was our Athletics student. She currently has a 3.8 GPA at Arcadia High. Melanie has been on the Varsity Girls Basketball team for four years, and has been the captain for the last two. She is also a member of the Interact Club and Key Club. Hobbies include skiing, scuba diving, traveling abroad, and the piano. She hopes to attend Occidental College and wants to become a physician.
- Casey Huang was our Performing Arts student. He also has a 3.8 GPA and is active in many school organizations, including Student Council Historic Commission, Orchestra Council, National Honor Society, Korean Culture Club, Speech/Debate Team, and AEF Board of Trustees. He has been the Orchestra Council Pres., and V.P. of his Freshman, Sophomore, and Jr. classes. In his spare time he enjoys sports, movies, and time with family. He wants to attend USC and major in Business Administration.
- Helen Lee was selected for Academics. She currently has a 4.0 GPA and is active in the Apache Pow Wow, Peer Tutoring, and My Friend and I Club. Community activities include the Activity Coordinator for the Arcadia Retirement Village, and tutoring recent Korean immigrants in English. She enjoys playing the piano and plans to attend UCLA majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Dave Freeman—Dave was born in San Diego but spent much of his childhood in Panama. He learned how to speak Spanish before English and began a life-long love of languages. He also knows some Mandarian thanks to his Uncle and Cambodian thanks to the “love of his life” Lynn. Dave’s upbringing also involved being around horses so he has always been an animal lover. His father was a world champion badminton player and therefore, his father’s love of sports rubbed off on him. Dave played tennis, judo and soccer in high school and in college even got to play with tennis greats Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith and Wayne Bryan. Another hobby of Dave’s is music. He played the trumpet in school and even appeared in the Rose Parade a couple of times. Dave had the dream of becoming a brain surgeon when he entered college with a microbiology major. When he decided to learn the business side of medicine and obtained a law degree, the thought of attending even more school to become a brain surgeon steered him towards opening a law practice instead. Dave wasn’t interested in becoming a high powered corporate attorney, but instead chose to settle in a small town like Arcadia and focus on real estate law. Dave is high powered in his own right, though, since he has served as President of the Board of Realtors and continues to be active in that organization after his retirement.
Frank Hall—Frank has been a Rotarian for over 50 years, 7 of those with the Arcadia Rotary. Frank kept us intrigued as he spoke of being a Rotarian in Palm Springs and having visiting Rotarians’ from all over the country who were snow bunnies escaping to the warmth of Palm Springs, like J.C. Penny and Jack Benny’s Announcer Don Wilson. Back in those days, you were not allowed to miss 4 meetings or you were out of the club and the coveted spot for your particular classification would be given to an eager person waiting in line to be a Rotarian. Frank was born in Bakersfield and left the Central Valley to attend USC and never returned to his hometown. He was a banker for most of his career, working his way up to becoming the youngest Vice President in Citizen’s Bank (Crocker Bank) at the young age of 27. At Citizen’s Bank if you were an Asst. Manager you were to belong to Kiwanis, is you were a Manager you belonged to Rotary! It was quite a honor to be a Rotarian. Frank worked in Covina, Palm Springs, Newport Beach and was a Rotarian wherever he went. Frank spent a lot of time volunteering for various boards and was very successful at fundraising. Frank was so successful that a hospital in Palm Springs lured him away from the world of banking to become a professional fundraiser. The last part of his career was spent in fundraising for foundations, which is why he is so good raising money for our club!
It is with great sadness that we announce that Teri Muse’s mother passed away on March 8th. All of us at Arcadia Rotary wish to express our sincere condolences to Teri and her family.
The club’s social event at the Magic Castle will be on Sunday 03/22/2015. Those signed up should plan on meeting at the Magic Castle at 5:20 p.m. Please note that there is a mandatory dress code at the Magic Castle, which is coat and tie for men and evening attire for women.
The club’s annual fundraiser will be a Monte Carlo Night on Saturday 04/18/2015, at the Arcadia Community Center. We’ve sold out of sponsorship opportunities thanks to all those who have so generously contributed. Now all that’s left for us to do is to donate lots of raffle and silent auction prizes (see Glenn Oyoung, Teri Muse, or Erich Rail), attend the event on the 18th, and have fun (and spend lots of money!).
The club’s annual Salute to Seniors will be held on Tuesday 05/12/2015 at the Arcadia Community Center at noon. More details to come.
San Marino Rotary announced that they are supporting the “United for Vet’s” project to construct a medical clinic for veterans on the Pasadena City College campus. PCC has given land on the campus for the clinic for $1. They have received a federal grant for the construction of the clinic, and they are seeking outside contributions for the balance, including contributions from Rotarians and the club’s foundation. Everyone is asked to contribute to this worthy cause.
Don’t forget that we’ll be meeting at MATT DENNY”S on Friday 03/20/2015 – we WON’T be meeting at Embassy Suites.
Finally, future Club President Tony Parrille let us know that volunteers are needed to help at the Annual Arcadia Invitational Track Meet. It will be held at Arcadia High School on April 10th and April 11th. Please see Tony if you can help, and remember … when a future Club President asks for help we all pitch in!
Ben Goland invested 9 years in the San Marino Rotary Club before seeing the light and coming over to, you know The Greatest Rotary Club on the Planet, the Arcadia Rotary Club. Now a 30 year Arcadia Rotary Club member, Ben remembered fondly a early club project involving what was called the “Alternative Club” of 20 less advantaged students. Their first club project was the creation of “First Aid Kits” coordinated with other Rotarians Phyllis Tomkins & Joe Miller. This project really helped the kids learn about organizing and following through and understanding some basic business skills.
Ben also assisted in teaching basic financial skills to the Alternative Club members, including how to write checks, save money and all this done with the Federal Savings & Loan now defunct. At this point the club erupted in applause for Ben and revived a old tradition of throwing knotted cloth napkins at Ben, fortunately most Rotarians have very weak throwing arms and Ben was safe. Great job Ben, congratulations on your wonderful tenure with the Arcadia Rotary Club. All the best to you Ben!
Ken Chan is a magician and a very qualified & active Rotarian. Ken has been involved in the Alhambra, LA Morning, Walnut Valley and now the Greatest Rotary Club on the planet, the Arcadia Rotary Club. Welcome aboard Ken! Ken holds the notoriety of going to school with Lance Ito & not concurrently but at the same school that Heidi Fleiss, the famous madam of Hollywood attended. Ken missed Viet Nam, but has extensive experience in Banking, city planning commissions and other non-profits including the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, KCET Radio, Chinese Association and is a member of the famous Magic Castle Club. Ken is hosting club members at the magic castle this year.
In his spare time, Ken is a college basket ball referee. Often ask how you take the yelling and negative comments about being blind, Ken noted that if your married and you can handle the direction from your spouse, you are qualified to be a basketball referee. Being a basketball referee is the one of the few jobs that you get paid for exercising. Ken also collects model trains, so talk with him if you’ve got some model trains you would like to buy, sell or trade.
All the best to you Ken!
Attention Arcadia Rotarian’s. Bruno Esquivel has applied to join the Arcadia Rotary Club. Bruno is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Arcadia. Bruno and wife Doris of almost 4 years is being proposed by Chris Haddow & Gil Stromsoe. Bruno resides in Sierra Madre and will be classified under Wealth Management. Inquiries, please call Brian Hall at 445-0950 x6200.
After a bunch of small talk, fine master George got down to business with Daniel Yohannes. Daniel stated that he sometimes reads the Rotarian Magazine. George then ask if he knew the home country for the 2015/16 RI President. $34.00 later Daniel sat down.
Next came Frank Hall who played Johnny Carson. Ed McMahan (George) asked Johnny what happens in Los Angeles at 105. The answer was President Obama’s social security plan kicks in. Johnny (Frank) got it right but it still cost him $24.00
Lastly, George called up yours truly playing Johnny Carson. The question from Ed McMahan was: are you familiar with Hi Diddle Diddle.
The answer was “yes: every morning I get up and say hi diddle diddle”.
Ever hear of the Hollywood Walk of Fame? You see them quite often on the news, a celebrity gets a “Star” placed along Hollywood Boulevard for achievements in film, TV, even radio. A few very smart board members of our Arcadia Historical Society developed a project that honors thoroughbred racings champions, including jockeys, trainers, Kentucky Derby winners, stakes winners, even racing announcers. After all, thoroughbred racing at Santa Anita has been instrumental in making Arcadia a exciting place to live and as such its champions are now immortalized in bronze along Huntington Drive just east of Santa Anita Avenue. Beth Castanza, along with Gail Marshall, both Arcadia Historical Board members, gave us an overview and update on the Walk of Champions. There are currently sixty-seven bronze plaques measuring 24” x 24” honoring notables who have made significant contributions to California racing. Each plaque weighs about 100 pounds and is set in concrete, with rebar, by the City of Arcadia. The funding has come from many sponsors, the largest of which is Santa Anita Race Track. Lucky Baldwin founded and built the original track in 1907 and is honored on the Walk along with the likes of jockey Bill Shoemaker, Johnny Longden, Charlie Wittingham, Joe Hernandez, Eddie Arcaro, Silky Sullivan, John Henry, Seabiscuit, and more. Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Eddie Delahoussaye were named the 2014 Jockey’s of The Year. Typically, horses can be nominated about five years after retirement and entry into the Hall of Fame. You can find these beautiful plaques on the sidewalk of Huntington Drive walking eastbound from the corner of Santa Anita (north and south sides of the street continuing to First Avenue). The plaques continue eastbound on the north side past Second Avenue ending at The Derby Restaurant. So, if someone tells you to take a hike, take a walk instead, the Walk of Champions. You’ll find it fascinating to learn the achievements of those sixty-seven honorees. Thank you Beth and Gail for reminding us of the greatness of these champions that will be there for residents and visitors to see.
George was at it again recognizing and fining our lovely Rotarian!
First on the hot seat was David Freeman. Last time Dave was recognized a few months ago was for the move to his new office which has a very nice covered parking. Under this covered parking space sits Dave’s new car which he hesitated to admit. After announcing that Dave’s new car is an Audi, George asked Erich Rail to join him on the hot seat to play the Price is Right’s “That’s too High.” The name of the game is for George to name the price of the car and when Erick thinks that the price is too high he shouts out “That’s too high!” We start off with $20,000, than $30,000, than $40,000, next $50,000; and that’s when Erick said “That’s too high!” And with this, Erich loses the game because the cost of the brand new Audi was not less than $50,000 but actually $92,000. And with this both were fined for $40!
Next on the hot seat was Dr. Mahlon “Butch” Chinn. We all were seeing him all after a long time. His parents have recently moved to the Kensington’s in Sierra Madre. This was an emotional move for both of them. However, they are very happy. George went to go see Mahlon’s dad many years ago, he had asked George to bring back a some lab work so they could run test; however, George never did so. He asked if Mahlon could kindly deliver a brown paper bag to his father and was recognized for $75. But, wait there is more, Mahlon said “I just became a grandfather lets make it a $100!”
And the last contestant to be put on the hot seat was Terry Earll who has been a real estate agent since 1974. With a large staff and busy office, today George focused on his marketing. Last week while reading the paper George came upon a house listing in the spa section. This advertisement was a property of Terry’s. Terry’s response to this was that the house had a beautiful spa itself nothing less than the others advertised and with this he was fined for $27.