There was only enough time for Assistant Finemaster Brian Cogbill to make one fine. Ashley Andrews was recognized for $50 for getting her photo and a write-up in Pasadena Magazine. Brian delivered her a copy wrapped in brown paper to keep her anonymity intact.
Longtime member Pat Barnes, with maps, historic postcards and his award winning needle work explained what led up to the Battle of Gettysburg, what took place and the aftermath including Lincoln’s famous speech.
Part of the reason that south made as much headway in prior battles was that Robert E Lee was tactical and aggressive while northern generals were defensive. As a result Lincoln changed out his generals several times.
The south felt confident after winning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville so General Lee decided to go north and look for a major victory to end the war. He was considering DC, Philadelphia and Harrisburg as key targets but was undecided.
Gettysburg was a small town of only 2000. Lee’s troops were moving north on a more inland track from the union army under General Hooker. He resigned, frustrated with restrictions on his autonomy as a commander. Lincoln installed General George G Meade a few days before the battle at Gettysburg.
Advance scouts came into contact from each side at Gettysburg. The confederate army heard rumor of a shoe factory or shoe supplies at Gettysburg and were investigating. Small skirmishes began between the scouting parties and gradually developed into the battle. It was not the plan of Robert E Lee who wanted to tactically take Cemetery Hill before the northern army could bring in reinforcements. He lost that opportunity and Jeb Stuart, his cavalry leader with several cavalry divisions, was out of communication during critical phases of the war. Pat explained that communication breakdowns often happened in that era due to weather, loss of direction etc.
The battle itself lasted only from July 1 through 3 in 1863 but caused 51,000 casualties, the most of any battle of the civil war. General Lee retreated and was not able to gain the upper hand for the rest of the war.
The 8000 bodies and 3000 horses had to be disposed of, an image of unheard of devastation of life that took weeks to bury and dispose of. November 19, 1863 the National Cemetery was dedicated at Gettysburg to honor the huge number of lives lost. Edward Everett was asked to be the main speaker for the event. He was highly respected – the head of Harvard and a former governor of Massachusetts. He spoke for over 2 hours without notes, as was the tradition. Lincoln presented the Gettysburg address that he had been working on for several days, 272 words that summarized the freedoms and responsibilities of the American spirit in six sentences.
The speech was short enough to be published in newspapers and eventually across the globe. It was so short in fact that the official photographer was still setting up, unable to document the event when Lincoln was finished. The speech has become the one of the most famous speeches in American history.
1. Annual Christmas Party for the kids will be Friday, December 13, with Santa Claus and gifts. Please wrap a new toy or other gift for the children and bring it . Please sign up, if you plan to bring a child.
2. Tongva Restoration has been post-poned til Jan. 2014. Nov. 16 and 23 have been cancelled.
3. Arcadia Rotary holiday party is set for Dec. 8 at the JENSONS’.
4. Rotary Amigos – Rich. Martinez , Mark Khalaf and Sandra Caldero are leading the way to build a trelace for the water heater and to stain the wood we recently installed. jan. 25 and 26,2014.
5. Dark – We will be: friday Nov. 29,and Dec. 20 and 27.
6. Hosting 450 Kids with Downs Syndrome – We are supplying blankets, toys (no batteries) or money, unwrapped. Please contribute by the end of December.
7. Marydale Orphanage – We want to raise $800 to buy gifts for 10 girls. 14-15 year olds.
8. Rose Parade Float Ride – Frank Griffith is making this possible for the meager price of $3,000. proceeds to go to a good charity… I think?
9. Eric Barter and Aaron Rose brought home the Peace through Service International Award.
10. Casino Night – This is our big annual fund raiser. March 3, 2014. Help sell ads in the brochure. Contact Mike Real.
11. Teacher of the Month – Dr. Joel Shawn introduced the principal of Foothill Middle School, Nadia Hillman, and her teacher of the month, Leslie Ho. Leslie grew up in Walnut, and has been a Special Ed teacher here for five years, and an advocate for all children with learning disabilities.
12. New Member – Sam Falzone was welcomed into the club. Longtime local builder/ developer.
Arcadia had a central redevelopment area roughly defined by the 210 south to below Huntington, from 5th Avenue West to Colorado excepting a keyhole of residential area above Colorado and below the 210.
Redevelopment achievements since the formation of the Arcadia Redevelopment Agency in 1968 have been significant including: 6 major hotels, 19 office buildings, 4 restaurants , 2 retail buildings, affordable housing, a new Police and Fire Headquarters and the Gilb Museum. An estimated 1400 full and 2000 part-time jobs have been created.
Prior to February 1, 2012 there were 400 redevelopment agencies in California each responsible to create projects to improve local blighted areas and develop affordable housing. Funding of the agencies was from incremental revenues increases above an established base of property taxes. When the state economy tanked, the state got hungry for extra revenue sources… and redevelopment monies were seen as one way to prop up the state budget.
After February 1, 2012 Assembly Bills 1×26 and 1×27 dismantled the redevelopment process and created “successor agencies” to meet the redevelopment obligations (e.g. bonds). Much litigation has ensued with the State Supreme Court upholding the first bill and striking down the second. A further bill 1484 cleaned up the issues remaining but 150 cases are still in process with 250 appeals to the payment process.In Arcadia the successor agency charged is the City Council. The sale of the property to Rusnak for the expansion of the Mercedes dealership is one outcome of the process, strictly controlled by the State Department of Finance. The new Rusnak will have an appearance similar to Van Nuys Mercedes (click here)
Redevelopment going forward will be different as there has been no strong replacement legislation. The big influx of monies to the state did not happen as expected because there were $20 billion of obligations by the agencies for the projects already in process. The opportunity of the future will be public/private partnerships.
1. Annual Christmas Party for the kids will be Friday, December 13 (?) with Santa Claus and gifts. Please wrap a new toy or other gift for the children and bring it .
2. Tongva Restoration has been post-poned til Jan. 2014. Nov. 16 and 23 have been cancelled.
3. Arcadia Rotary holiday party is set for Dec. 8 at the JENSONS”.
4. Board of Directors meeting at the Credit Union at 5:30 PM.
5. Dark – We will be: friday Nov. 29,and Dec. 20 and 27.
6. Arcadia’s Festival of the Bands is Sat. Nov. 16, 2013.
7. Teacher of the Month is Elyse Hamblen (sp?), from Dana Middle School . Highly praised by Dr. Joel Shawn for her teaching skills (Science).
8. Students of the month are:
Annie Yang: Performing Arts and a 3.88 GPA. Her interests include singing,outreach, World Vision , leadership management, Senior citizens and Biology. Also every band the school has to offer.
Alice Tang: Academic. Camino Grove. Interests: French Club, Global, Literature, Leadership,Counselling,Art design linguistics, English, Physics, and of course a GPA that’s off the charts.
Veronica Yamane: Athlete. She may look petite, but don’t mess with this black belt instructor. Also: Kare 4 Kids, Destination Imagination Speech, Debate, and Hope Can Cure Cancer. Cross Country team captain, Orchestra council.
Thursday, November 7, we met with many other Rotary clubs at the San Marino Community Church. The program was the Rose Court for the 125th Rose Parade, that will take place, January 1, 2014, in Pasadena.
The girls were seated at various tables prior to being called up to the podium. This gave the Rose Court time to talk with Rotarians in a casual manner. The program started and they were asked to come forward, to be introduced to all in attendance.
Princess Jamie Ann Kwong, was the first to be introduced. She is 17, and a senior at La Salle High School and lives in Pasadena. All of the girls are very active in their schools. Rose Princess Jamie, is President of the school’s National Honor Society. She is also active in National Charity League of San Marino. Jamie also volunteers at the Kidspace and Huntington Hospital. Her career choice is to become an International lawyer.
Rose Princess Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry is also 17, and attends Pasadena High School. She competes in tennis and has played the piano since the age of 8. She has been a participant in a program called”College Bound” which prepares students for admission into college. She has worked for two years as an intern at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. She resides with her parents in Altadena.
The next Rose Princess to be interviewed was Sarah Elizabeth Hansen. She is 19 , and attends Pasadena City College. She also teaches pre-school at Pasadena Foursquare Church. She wants to eventually transfer to either UCLA or UC Berkeley and major in Communications and also Dance. She lives at home with her parents in Pasadena.
Rose Princess Elyssia Widjaja, 17, is a senior at San Marino High School. She is captain of the school’s Speech and Debate team and active with many other school projects. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Let’s Hope Organization. She is interested in studying business communications, public relations at USC or Pepperdine University. She lives in San Marino with her family.
The last Rose Princess to be introduced was Katherine Diane Lipp, 17. and attends La Canada High School. She has been on the school’s pep squad and volunteers with Brothers’ Helpers in Los Angeles. She hopes to pursue a career in art and design and currently works at The Paper Rabbit in Montrose. She lives with her family in La Canada.
One Rose Princess , Elizabeth Katie Woolf, was not present so there was only five Rose Princesses to be interviewed . However, she is 17, and attends La Canada High School and lives with her family in La Canada. She is involved at school as the 2014 yearbook editor, co-captain of varsity song squard, and 2nd grade tutor and teacher’s assistant at La Canada Elementary School. She also is a volunteer at Pasadena’s Elizabeth House. Elizabeth hopes to attend University of Michigan and study business.
Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta was last to be introduced and she received a nice applause from the Rotarians and guests. She is 17, and attends Polytechnic School. Ana loves horses and is captain of her school’s varsity equestrian team, and also a member of the Girl’s Service League. She has been accepted into the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s 2013 Emerging Athletes Program. She wants to become a surgeon specializing in neurology. Queen Ana Marie resides in Altadena with her family.
The moderator then asked the girls questions regarding life, and what is it that has thrilled you the most. Answers were “Making this Royal Court”, “Being true to the foundation that your parents gave you”, “Life with purpose”, “The hard work that you do, to make your dreams come true”, “Following dreams”. One Rose Princess replied that she had visited Monte Vista Grove. ” To meet these people gave her much hope for the future and the next generation.”
As the program came to a close, I looked at the young ladies, knowing that they, since their very early childhood, hoped that someday they, too, would ride on the Rose Court Float on New Year’s Day. It is every little girl’s dream. Yes, this is a dream come true for them, and it will be, forever, a special memory for the rest of their lifetime.
Pres. Mimi had several announcements that she made at the joint meeting with the San Marino Rotary Club on Nov. 7.
On Saturday, November 16th, we need volunteers to thatch a rebar frame with Tule reeds to create Kiy habitation of the Tongva Tribe at the Arboretum. The reeds were harvested from Whittier Narrows by our club last Saturday, Nov. 9. Contact Richard Schulhof or Sandra if you can help.
Our Holiday Party will be held December 8. More details to follow later.
On November 15, our speaker will be Steven Dietch who will talk about redevelopment.
The Secrets to Living Longer and Healthier by Dr. Brad Miller, D.C.
Today’s presentation was by none other than our very own member, Dr. Brad Miller. He shared with us some astounding and enlightening facts, including the following.
The United States ranks 38th according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the causes of death include: (1) heart disease at 574,689, (2) cancer at 574,743, (3) preventable hospital mistakes at 210-440,000 (approx.), (4) chronic lower respiratory diseases at 138,080, (5) stroke at 129,476, (6) accidents at 120,859, (7) Alzheimer’s disease at 83,494, (8) diabetes at 69,071, (9) nephritis, nephritic syndrome and nephrosis at 50,476, and (10) influenza and pneumonia at 50,097.
Dr. Miller described diabetes as being “like the plague.” In 2013, 70% of 65+ year olds have pre-diabetes or diabetes. In 2050, 100% is expected. Pre-Diabetes is insulin resistance, which constitutes the core of our modern health crisis. Sadly, children are contributing to this crisis as there is an increase in percentage of obese children. As a result of all these increases in percentages, there is also an increase in percentage of health care costs.
So all of us Americans do not feel too bad about ourselves, Dr. Miller shared that obesity is a Global problem. Some ways currently being used to explore treatment of the problem include: genetics and changes in expression without change in the DNA, also methylation and histone modification, old food pyramids vs. new food pyramids (better), and using salads and vegetables as an entrée.
Nutrient dense foods seem to be the key to help all of us. We have fewer cravings with nutrient dense and complex foods. However, not all nutrient dense foods are alike. Those that are preferred are organic, non-stored, heirloom, farmer’s market, line caught, and free range.
Inflammation is linked to disease. Ideally, decreasing inflammation is key. Things that lead to inflammation are wheat, rice, sugar and soy. Other sugars, hidden sugars and fructose are also causes of inflammation. GMO, processed foods, medications, stressors and weight also contribute to inflammation.
One must even be careful with supplements. Whole food supplements are preferred. There are over 200 known nutrients. The reason why whole food supplements are preferred is because toxins are also contributing to global obesity. These toxins include antibiotic residues, pesticides, BPA, phthalates, orgnanotins, Teflon, PCB’s and soy.
The reason why stressors are on the list is because stress leads to cortisol. Cortisol increases glucose in the bloodstream, which then increases insulin and interferes with thyroid function. This then results in food intolerances and inflammation, damage to the pituitary gland and weight gain.
Adaptogens were recently discovered, which help cells “adapt” to stressors. These Adaptogens mimic exercise, weight loss, calorie restriction, de-stressing, and less inflammatory foods.
Other Adaptogens include: green tea, coleus, gymnema sylvestri, licorice, milk thistle, korean ginseng, bitters, gingko and resveratrol.
What else? Change your taste profile: gymnema and bitters. Also, take “care of the frame:” move or lose. A day in the life of a person who wants to improve their health? Attitude shift, big nutrition changes, move, socialize, participate in deep relaxation, find a cause, reduce fructose consumption to 15-25 grams per day and do not forget “care of the frame.”
The last sobering fact from Dr. Miller, longevity is expected to decrease in the next generation.
Are you ready for some F O O T B A L L 2 . 0 ? ? ? Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event – one of the most anticipated and enjoyed events of the year – (postponed due to rain) will be held on Monday, November 4th at the Kalemkiarian’s residence at 1827 Rodeo Rd., Arcadia. Food, snacks, drinks … and football pools will be provided. $20 per person includes dinner, snacks, beverages and dessert. Please bring prospective members to this fun event.
Aaron Rose announced that work party at Camp Trask to refurbish the fort at the camp originally scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd has been canceled. The work party will be re-scheduled.
Don’t forget !!! – - next Thursday, November 7th we’ll have a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of San Marino. The meeting will be held at the San Marino Community Church Fellowship Hall at 1750 Virginia Rd., San Marino. The program will be the presentation of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Queen and her Court. Please sign up if you can make it – - and let’s be sure to have a great turn out! – - nothing less would be expected of “the Greatest Rotary Club in the World”!!!
And of course, don’t forget !!! – - next Friday, November 8th we’ll be DARK. Remember, we won’t have a meeting at the Embassy Suites on Friday the 8th (we’ll be DARK) because of our meeting on Thursday the 7th with the San Marino Rotary Club (see above).
Richard Schulhof announced that we need volunteers to harvest Tule reeds from the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte to build the Historic Kiy dwelling of the Tongva Tribe, an Arboretum educational exhibit serving visiting elementary school classrooms. The harvesting of the reeds will be done on Saturday, November 9th from 9 am until 3 pm. Then on Saturday, November 16th, we need volunteers to thatch a rebar frame with Tule reeds to create Kiy habitation of the Tongva Tribe at the Arboretum. Please contact Richard Schulhof or Sandra Caldero for more information.
Finally, George Fasching announced that Rotarians are able to buy VIP seating tickets for $15 (50% off of the regular VIP seating price) to the Arcadia High School production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. The shows are Thursday 11/14 and Friday 11/15 at 7 pm and Saturday 11/16 at 6 pm at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center.