Announcements – May 22, 2015

Posted by Erich Rail on May 23rd, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

It’s that time a year again at Arcadia Rotary where we get rid of the old and bring in the new! The installation of in-coming President Mike Hoey will be held at the Arcadia Community Center on Saturday evening, June 27th.

Our goal for this year’s installation is to change the format to make it a more relaxing and enjoyable evening for both our members AND their spouses and guests.  One of the common complaints in recent years has been that there are too many announcements and that the evening ends up being boring as we just sit there while announcement after announcement drones on ….. well, NOT THIS YEAR!!!  The Derby will providing an open bar and we plan to give everyone more time to catch up and enjoy each other.  We hope to see all of you at the installation on the 27th!

Don’t forget that we’ll be DARK on Friday, June 26th due to the installation on the 27th.

However, before we can install Mike (Hoey) we have to demote Mike (Ojeda)!  We’re going to send Mike (Ojeda) in style at our meeting on Friday, June 19th.  Be sure to be there for this fun meeting that always has plenty of laughs (almost exclusively at Mike’s (Ojeda) expense)!!!

Recognitions – May 22, 2015

Posted by Yvonne Flint on May 22nd, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Finemaster George first recognized those members who volunteered and worked with him for the Salute to Seniors Luncheon on May 12.  No fine, just a big thank you from George!

The theme of the day was “Know Your Rotary.”  First up was Swati Puri:  In what year was Arcadia Rotary Club founded?  (Clue: It was the same year Frank Perini graduated from high school.)  Swati correctly guessed 1927 for a reduced fine of $4.

Aaron Rose was asked, “Who was the first President of Arcadia Rotary Club?”  (Clue: He used to hang out with Dirk Hudson.)  Aaron’s guess was incorrect and he was fined $47.  The correct answer is Hudson Proctor.

Bob Novell’s question was in two parts.  Arcadia Rotary Club has approximately 50 meetings per year.  1)  For how many of those lunches is chicken served?  Bob’s guess of 23 was incorrect; the correct answer is 38 according to George.  2)  Within 50, how many chickens are eaten each year by Arcadia Rotarians?  Bob wildly guessed 1,500; George’s correct answer of 658 was not within 50, so Bob was fined $30.

A three-parter awaited Sam Falzone.  1)  Who was the President of Arcadia Rotary Club three years ago?  (Clue: Sit up.)  Sam didn’t guess the correct answer, which was Brad Miller.  2)  Who is the incoming President of Arcadia Rotary Club?  (Clue:  Have you seen my glasses?)  Sam correctly answered Mike Hoey.  3)  How many O’s in Mike Hoey’s name?  The correct answer of 1 was given and Sam escaped with a fine of only $20.

Alone in the Desert

Posted by Pat Dolphin on May 18th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Our speaker, Sharon Hawley introduced us to a fascinating place at the Mojave National Preserve, which is located due southeast of Baker California between the interstate 15 (I-15) and the interstate 40 (I-40) highways and south of Las Vegas.

She tells us this is a baron dry place that dates back millions of years and she enjoys camping out among the rattlesnakes, tortoises and cacti to explore and discover the area. Her trip takes her further north, outside and west of Las Vegas to the Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon area. There she set out for the summit of Mt. Charleston, which is the highest mountain in southern Nevada. Sharon says it’s like climbing a ladder almost a mile high, a four thousand foot climb with eight-mile horizontal hike from trailhead to summit. There is little vegetation at the 10,000-10,500 foot elevation with only rocks exposed. But along the hike she experienced many Bristlecone Pines that date back 5000 years, some weathered with swirls from wind, rain and red hematite color.   There were also flowers, and aspen trees along the way and beautiful limestone rocks dating back millions of years.

 

Sharon found ancient Indian tribes depictions of animals such as deer, snakes, coyote, sun, feet and other Indian people had inscribed many rocks. Most dated back around 5000 years old and left as a treasure for those of us today to find. She could see the limestone sandwiched between the San Andreas Fault and the pacific plate and imagined how many millions of years have gone by. Sharon is a real adventurer who is certainly not afraid to explore our desert, and mountains and find unique towns, mountain ranges and especially people. She has a lot of true grit to hike around, camp out, spend time and be “alone in the desert”.  Many thanks Sharon for sharing your adventures!

(Pat Dolphin)

Arcadia Rotary Announcements for May 15, 2015

Posted by Dirk Hudson on May 15th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. Tracy R. Wilke of the San Gabriel Rotary Club announced that her club was hosting a Rotary Bowling for Fun Social to take place on May 31, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bowling Square Lane, 1020 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007.

2. Mike Real announced that he was circulating a suggestion sheet for next year’s social events.

3. Francine Chu (who was inducted last week as our newest member) received her Four Way Test plaque.

4. Bruce McCallum announced that on May 18, 2015 the Derby Restaurant is hosting a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics, with 20 % of the price of the meals going to the cause.

5. Daniel Yohannes announced the Arcadia High School Students of the Month.

a. Erik Zhad is one of two Performing Arts Students of the Month. Erik has a 3.98 GPA. His activities include the piano team, the speech and debate team (serving as captain), the constitution team, the math team (serving as treasurer), the swim team. Community activities include the City of Arcadia volunteer program. Hobbies include swimming (“Arcadia Riptides”) and piano. He plans to attend Georgetown University, majoring in economics.

b. Sameena Yayavaram is the other Performing Arts Student of the Month. Sameena has a 3.7 GPA. Her activities include the Harmonix Choir (as to which she was President), and the Hope Can Cure Cancer Club. She also works with Hindu Swayamsevak Sanju, a social and cultural organization. Sameena plans to attend Cal State Fullerton, majoring in computer science.

c. Laura Chun (who was represented by her father Ron Chun) is the Athletic Student of the Month. Laura has a 3.85 GPA. Her school activities include the Varsity Water Polo Team (as to which she was Captain), the Varsity Swim Team, the speech and debate teams, and Constitution team. Her recreation activities include reading Supreme Court cases. Community activities include the American Legion post, Veterans Voices, and the Temple City Homeless Coalition. She hopes to attend Occidental College, majoring in political science, with a future career as a lawyer.

6. Brent Forsee, Principal of Arcadia High School, announced the Arcadia High School Teachers of the Year.

a. Mrs. Cecilia Griego is a Special Education Teacher educating mostly disabled kids. She previously served as an RSP Math Teacher. In addition to classroom instruction, she has been an Instructional Aide Coordinator and Club Advisor to “My Friend and I.” She has an Education Specialist Credential and an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She has also been received a Peter Lincoln Spencer Fellowship from that university for fostering literacy across the curriculum. She prides herself on seeing her students’ independence grow so that less intervention is needed on her part.

b. Mr. Rick England is a Grades 9-12 Music Teacher. He has taught 28 years in public schools, along with many years in colleges, theater, and opera companies, etc. This is his 47th year as a Professional Musician and Music Educator. He has a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Performance (with honors) from the University of Redlands. He has received AUSD Profiles in Excellence awards twice (once at Dana, and once at AHS). His favorite classroom projects were collaboration with orchestra and dance programs at Arcadia High School. He is looking forward to retirement.

Recognitions for 8 May 2015

Posted by Andy Bundesmann on May 14th, 2015 under Announcements, Recognition  •  Comments Off

Big George Fasching handed out 4 ‘recognitions’ in short order. … Bob Hoffman should stop having his picture taken or get accustomed to being fined $27 for the honor. Yvonne Flint being prettier and selfless received a credit of $40 for all her contributions to The Rotary Club of Arcadia. Proud Grandpa, Bruce Marrs, could hardly contain his enthusiasm and self imposed a $100 to acknowledge the addition of a new granddaughter. Quiet and meek Ezylvie was spotted on Channel 8 in Phoenix AZ sharing his expertise. Not certain how George came up with Ezylvie’s fine, but I can guess that George knew Ezylvie was his 4th recognition, who appeared on Channel 8; 8×4= $32!

Food Forward

Posted by Dan Place on May 10th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Lillian Krozova’s organization, Food Forward, rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. Their object is to harvest food, fight hunger and build community.
They are a volunteer-powered, grassroots group of Southern Californians who are passionate about reconnecting to our food system, promoting issues of food justice, and making changes to reduce hunger in our community.
The organization works at private properties, public spaces, and farmers and wholesale markets to recover excess fruits and vegetables. They 100% to local direct-service agencies who feed our community’s most vulnerable. In our area they donate to Union Station and Foothill Unity. Combined, their diverse distribution partners provide food to over 100,000 clients a month across Southern California.
Food Forward has 6000 volunteers harvesting fruit from over 1000 properties in Southern California. This back yard harvesting nets 2.1 million pounds of produce a year.
Though Food Forward has only been around for about six years, it has only been collecting at farmers markets for three. It has already collected and distributed 8.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The farmers market program alone has accounted for 650,000 pounds.
Anyone who has excess fruit on their property or would like to volunteer as a food donor or as a collector should contact the organization at foodforward.org.

Announcements for May 8, 2015, by Dave Freeman

Posted by Dave Freeman on May 9th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  John  Davis announced that the Arcadia High School teams (rookies) won first and second place in the Business Plan Competition!

2.  Salute to Seniors will be held at noon Tuesday 05/12/2015 at the Arcadia Community Center.  Chairman George Fasching needs members to help set up beforehand, serve food at the event, and cleanup afterwards.  If you have any questions, contact George.

3.  Matt Weaver and Eric Rail reminded us of a return event of the Walk through LA on June 6, 2015. The event will be a fund-raiser at $50 per person.  The group will eat at a bar/restaurant afterwards and Matt will buy the beer?

4.  The Lucky Baldwin District San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boys Scouts of America is honoring our own Imy Dulake at their Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner to be held on Wednesday 05/27/2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 700 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA.  The Distinguished Citizen Award honors “prominent area leaders who have a wide influence in the business and professional community, while serving as exemplary role models for our young people”.  Jack McRae is the Dinner Chairman.  Frank Griffith and Bob Novell serve on the Committee and Lucia Bernal is Staff Advisor.  The cost for tickets purchased after 04/30/2015 is $100/ticket.  Reception is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in attending should contact Jack McCrae.  The proceeds from the dinner will benefit the youth of the Lucky Baldwin District, San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

5.  The Special Olympics will be here soon, and on May 18, 2015,  the Derby restaurant is celebrating the athletes by contributing 20% of the price of the meals to the cause. Come join the cause.

6. Francine Chu was inducted as our newest member, sponsored by Imy Dulake and Aaron Rose. Welcome Francine.

RYLA Students Report

Posted by Brad Miller on May 1st, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Our meeting was confidently run by the returning dozen RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) attendees. This year we sponsored 9 from Arcadia High where we have a large Interact Club, 2 from Temple City High where we have another active Interact Club and one from Arroyo Pacific Academy.  The weekend was conducted a camp at Thousand Pines, Crestline.

We knew the meeting would be fun when “Old MacDonald” was selected as a song and the Principal, Brent Forsee was cajoled from the audience to stand with the students at the lectern to help lead.

For the program the students divided up their experience (including figuring out how to get a hot shower) to share with us.  They described the Plenary session as learning about “Life Changing Experiences”.  They described the familiar City/Continent format and the topic of World Peace… or avoiding WWIII.  8 students form a city, about 50 form a continent, all previously unknown to each other to work together on the topic (and team challenges) and bond over the course of the weekend.  Facilitation was provided by Rotary Volunteers from District 5300.  Students came from all over the district – Las Vegas to Colton to Arcadia.

They were challenged on their expectations with varied exercises:

  • can you trust strangers you have just met – The Trust Fall
  • how sensitive are you to other’s backgrounds – The Culture Walk
  • how well can you work as a team, be flexible to changing conditions and achieve the goal – Egg Drop Challenge
  • a communication exercise: 70 attendees assembled on and had to arrange themselves in order of their birthdays- but some were blindfolded, most were not allowed to speak and their were penalties for not following the rules – Rylarians on the Line

Without exception each student repeatedly thanks us for the opportunity to experience RYLA.

Announcements for meeting on 05/01/2015 by Pat Barnes

Posted by Pat Barnes on May 1st, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  It was announced that Imy Dulake’s mother had a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Imy and her mother at this difficult time.

2.  Salute to Seniors will be held at noon Tuesday 05/12/2015 at the Arcadia Community Center.  Chairman George Fasching needs members to help set up beforehand, serve food at the event, and cleanup afterwards.  If you have any questions, contact George.

3.  Dan Place is looking for members to write up past recollections of Arcadia Rotary to put in the High Gear as part of the Arcadia Rotary History Project.

4.  The Lucky Baldwin District San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boys Scouts of America is honoring our own Imy Dulake at their Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner to be held on Wednesday 05/27/2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 700 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA.  The Distinguished Citizen Award honors “prominent area leaders who have a wide influence in the business and professional community, while serving as exemplary role models for our young people”.  Jack McRae is the Dinner Chairman.  Frank Griffith and Bob Novell serve on the Committee and Lucia Bernal is Staff Advisor.  The cost for tickets purchased after 04/30/2015 is $100/ticket.  Reception is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in attending should contact Jack McCrae.  The proceeds from the dinner will benefit the youth of the Lucky Baldwin District, San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Arcadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on April 26th, 2015 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

Tom Crosby will appreciate these comments published in the June 3, 1955 Arcadia Rotary Club High Gear newsletter by editor John Vanderbur,

“Who wants to sing anyhow? This attitude is quite often reflected by a club after a half-hearted effort on the part of both the director and the members. Lets look at it in this light for a few moments.”
“Rotary was born in an era when everybody sang. Group singing was part of every gathering. It affords an opportunity to let off steam; it breaks down barriers and brings your neighbor a little closer to you; it elevates your thinking and puts you in harmony with things about you. The next time you are in a group where there is singing, just look around at some of the expressions. Some work hard at it, some glide along easy like, and some close their eyes in blissful joy. Everyone for the moment is in a world apart. Any thing that will give you temporary release from this rat race we live is worthwhile. It is my honest belief that any Rotary meeting is greatly enriched by spirited club singing.”

Thinning Trees and Low Water Gardening

Posted by Brad Miller on April 25th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Our meeting was held at the Arboretum in honor of Earth Day with Frank McDonough, 30 year Horticulture expert presenting.

Spring is the season that arborists come to homes and suggest “thinning” trees.  Frank explained NOT to do so with the following suggestions:

  • the weight of the tree and friction of the roots stop the tree from falling over. Healthy tree, unstressed tree, healthy roots… trees stay up!
  • to stop it blowing over in a wind (false – the leaves and branches disperse wind forces)
  • the tree is old/hollow (hollow trees can be strong)
  • remember that in nature there is not arborists our thinning trees

To avoid being taken advantage of and to have your trees evaluated he suggested calling a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. They will give an opinion for safety or tree maintenance and an arborist should follow that recommendation.

He was full of tips for our inquisitive group such as: leave the oak leaves when they fall. Their decomposition supports healthy soil for oak trees.

On saving water he reminded us that Sunset magazine says for our zone, watering is once per week. Our group audibly moaned envisioning  everything dying but Frank gave us suggestions that we all can use.

  • mulch with bright colored mulch rather than dark. Examples were decomposed granite or mylar which reflects light off the soil, cools it to conserve water, increases the plant light which makes for a healthier and more water conservative plant.
  • fine tune your irrigation.  Put cups out and let the sprinkler run to see where there too much or too little water then change the heads accordingly.
  • consider a new sensor based sprinkler time (some cities have rebates) that sense the water needs via measuring stations over the internet.
  • www.bewaterwise.com is a resource Frank recommended for more information.
  • drip irrigation is not a total solution. It has its own set of challenges.  The water is often delivered in the wrong place for the roots or not enough in the right place for the plants.  If dripping enough to get the water nearer the right place their is a higher chance of fungi.
  • Do NOT tear out lawns. Long drought are usually followed by wet seasons – nature is cyclic.  Let the lawns go brown/dormant and use dye or a service to color until the rains return.
  • Artificial turf fades in the sun and deteriorates over time… and costs!

Frank suggested a You Tube video: put in the words”Attila Australia succulents” in Google to see  a video of a magnificent low water succulent garden.

If you still have questions Frank graciously offered his contact information (please be considerate of  his time… and day job!):

Frank Mc Donough – Botanical Information Consultant

Ph: 626 821 3236

E:  frank.mcdonough@arboretum.org

 

 

Announcements for April 24

Posted by Dave Totten on April 24th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. Two of our members are recovering from surgeries. Ernie Jensen, who suffered a torn ACL while trying to master the art of trampoline jumping, had a ligament replaced and is doing well. Rick McKenzie has a new knee and is recovering from his surgery.

2. Mike Real made a request for a host family for an exchange student. He is 16 and comes from the Canary Islands and his first language is Spanish. He will spend the school year at Arcadia High. If you can volunteer, it would be for a period of 3 to 4 months. Your obligation would be to house and feed him as you would do with other members of your family. Other Rotarians can get involved by providing transportation and entertainment. If interested, please contact Mike.

3. Matt Weaver and Erich Rail will lead a hike that will include the area behind Dodger Stadium. It will take place on Sat. June 2nd. A sign up sheet was circulated at the meeting. Please contact Matt or Erich if you would like to participate.

4. Pres. Mike Ojeda extended a well deserved thanks to Erich Rail, Jim Ryder, and their committee, for a great Monte Carlo Casino Night last Saturday night. He also thanked our Interact Club for their efforts in setting up the room for the party. Although the final figure for the funds raised wasn’t given, it was described as very substantial.