Habitat for Humanity

Frances Hardy, Director of Resource Development for the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity was a great ambassador to share the new Rotary International partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Frances has been familiar with Rotary since she was young, being a Rotary Exchange Student in France when she was living in North Carolina. She said she learned a great life lesson from being an exchange student that opened her eyes to see more than just her immediate surroundings.

Frances talked about how Habitat for Humanity is a global housing ministry that partners with local communities worldwide to build homes for members of their community that changes lives. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 134 million people in 70 countries and 50 states in the USA. The San Gabriel Valley chapter covers 31 cities and 400 square miles. Habitat for Humanity does not give homes away, the families who receive homes from them put in at least 500 hours of sweat equity, are currently living in substandard living conditions and pay the mortgage once they move into their Habitat house. Habitat makes sure the mortgage is not more than 30% of their monthly income since research shows that if a family spends more than 30% of their monthly income on housing they are in jeopardy of not being able to put food on the table, pay for medical bills, etc.

So far, there have been zero foreclosures of Habitat for Humanity homes in San Gabriel Valley. The 2019 goals are to double what they are currently doing. So, that means engage 8,000 volunteers and double the number of homes built in 2019. With Habitat’s partnership with Rotary International and hopefully the Arcadia Rotary, they will surely reach that goal!

ANNOUNCEMENTS for 12/8/2017 by ASmith

Mimi Hennessey Announced the  Nominations for Arcadia Rotary Positons for 2018. Continuing Board Positions for 1 more year-term: Brent Forsee, Kathy Ellison, Larry Callaham. Open Slot Nominations are: Sam Falzone, Jim Pontello and Karen McNair. Officers up for Nomination are: President Elect: Pat Dolphin. Next Years President Elect/Current Vice-Chair: John Wilson. Secretary: Dave Totten. Treasurer: Ed Beranek. Vice President: Teri Muse. All members will have a chance to vote next week. No nominations from the floor, therefore, nominations are closed.

Toni Parrille: December 15, 2017 will be the last meeting of 2017.

Dick Martinez: ABC’s of Rotary for next week: When did Rotary Intl. officially adopt the 4-Way Test?

Ray Bushnell: National Championship Game for College Football is being held in Atlanta on January 8th. The Semi-Final Game is going to be held at the Rose Bowl. Arcadia Rotary will be raffling tickets for the game, $20 buys you a raffle ticket, winner gets 2-Tickets. Drawing will be held on December 30th. Last month, Arcadia Rotary donated $1,000 to the event.

Foothill Unity Center: New building! Distribution of gifts will be 12/16/17, helping serve 1,300 children. Handing out angels this week. Bring all donations to the Unity Center 12/11-12/12. Check out their website and social media pages for more info.

John Wilson: Boys and Girls Club Event on 12/2 was most successful event in generating income. Gross income was $300K. Thank you to all the sponsors and Arcadia Rotary members who donated.

Aaron Rose: January 14, 2018 Chinese Association Gala Fundraiser at Arcadia Masonic Center: Seeking sponsors.

Paul Harris Fellows: Eric Marter, Ramon Oseguera and Jeff Johnson.

Brent Forsee Announced the Student(s) of the Month: Academics: Connor Ching. Athletics: Max Davila. Performing Arts: Allison Hart.



  1.  Attend the Rotary Partners Christmas Party at the Jensens, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 3 PM.  Bring the kids and grandkids (Santa may show up).
  2. We will be dark Friday, Dec. 22 and 29, 2017.
  3.  See the Forces of Nature at the Arboretum!  100 Artists creating from exotic woods,including the storm-felled tree of the Adobe house.  Opening Reception and Sale: Friday, Dec. 1,  6PM.  $25.  Show runs through Dec. 10, 2017.

Women Against Child Trafficking – Mardi Arnold

Mardi reconfirmed that there is trafficking in the San Gabriel Valley and her organization is active making a difference.  One function they perform is to help repatriate rescued kids, back into society.   Another is to educate kids and families about where the risks are that they may not be thinking about.

“We live in La Canada; I’m an attorney” is not a safety net when kids are at risk from the internet, shopping mall or walking home alone.  Marti’s organization partners with other organizations to support a coordinated effort.

One of their partner’s, Journey House supports at-risk kids that have aged out of the Foster system to support them going into and succeeding in college.  A new bill recently passed in Sacramento, created by two Journey House alumni, demands Foster youth be informed by e-mail of all the support services available to them to give them a better chance in college.  currently of the 8000 college eligible Foster Program alums, 1% graduate.

DIGNITY/FREEDOM BACKPACKS were assembled by our members. They were stuffed with useful items for rescued girls (1% of trafficked kids are boys).  Clothes are taken as evidence so the rescued kids have nothing. Our backpacks (we made 50!!) had clothing items of various sizes: flipflops, workout gear (name brands like Nike and Under Armor), and  underwear, a blouse, sports bra, leggings, socks and a t-shirt.  There was also a bag of toiletries, a coloring/journal/activity book, colored pencils, hairbrush, comfort stuffed toy.  We also included some snacks and water.

These backpacks will be distributed to service organizations.

Why the Mayflower Matters

Erica Hahn introduced a stimulating and timely program about the history and challenges for our early Pilgrim settlers, beginning in 1620 with 102 men, women and children establishing a colony at Plymouth.

Erica gave us a history lesson on the Roman Catholic church, the predominant religion in western Europe in the 1600’s.  The church divisions driven by the Calvinist belief in predetermination vs the Armenenisiam view of man’s choice in the matter of salvation, and Martin Luther’s establishment of the Reformation church.

Also a quick trip down memory lane with Henry VIII seeking an annulment of his marriage, which the church could not do, therefore the establishment of Protestantism in western Europe.

Beginning with and following the “discovery” of the new world by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the early efforts to colonize the new world were driven by the quest for riches.  France, Spain, Denmark, Great Britain and others sought gold, beaver pelts, cod, cochineal (a bug used for its red dye) and silver.  Many of the colonial attempts, like Jamestown in 1607, were comprised of only men and the death rate was as high as 50%. They did not want to plant or build the infrastructure needed to sustain a community.

By contrast, the “separatists” from western Europe as they were called lived in Leiden Holland for about 12 years before coming to the new world.  They were not coming to get rich, but to plat, build and create a colony to live in.  The Mayflower arrived in 1620 in Cape Cod, shortly thereafter creating the Mayflower Compact, an agreement among the new settlers.  In 1621 they had the first Thanksgiving Feast, with food including turkeys and deer meat provided partially by the native Indians.

There are as many as 30 million direct descendants of the Pilgrims in the U.S. and many famous ones like Marylyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, President Bush, Hugh Hefner and others like Ashley Smith an Arcadia Rotarian!  Erica says you can check out your history on Family Tree DNA.

Not enough about the Mayflower, check out the book “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick, a good read.  There are also Mayflower Society’s in many cities.

announcements for 11/10/17

  1.   The club honored all of the club’s veterans on Veterans Day.
  2.  Mark Sunday 12/03/2017 on your calendars for the Arcadia Partners’ annual  Holiday Party to be held at the home of Gail and Ernie Jensen, 1958 Alta Oaks Drive, Arcadia, CA from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  The cost is $30/adult.  Please RSVP by 11/22/2017 to Julie Miller at (626) 930-1355 or email her at juliemilleracn@gmail.com  Please send payment to Julie at 212 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Arcadia, CA 91006..
  3.   The club’s November Board Meeting will be held at Matt Denny’s restaurant on Wednesday 11/15/2017 at 6:00 P.M.
  4.   The club will be dark on Friday 11/24/2017 (day after Thanksgiving), Friday 12/22/2017 (the Friday before Christmas), and 12/29/2017 (the Friday before New Year’s).
  5.  Eric Rail announced that his home in Calistoga, CA was destroyed by the recent fire in that area.  His wife and her sister were at their home when the fire hit and they evacuated just in time.  The winds were at 70 miles per hour.   The entire club mourns this terrible loss.
  6.   We welcome the return of Jay Harvill  to the club.
  7.  Congratulations to our newest member Dave Kirby who was inducted into the club at the meeting today.  His sponsors were Bob Novell and Frank Griffith.


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