The Reason for Thanksgiving and Its Celebration

Posted by Dirk Hudson on November 24th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

William Bradford writing in Of Plymouth Plantation (in its original spelling and punctuation):

“I may not here omite how, notwithstand all their great paines & industrie, and ye great hops of a large cropp, the Lord seemed to blast, & take away the same, and to threaten further & more sore famine unto them, by a great drought which continued from ye 3. weeke in May, till about ye middle of July, without any raine, and with great heat (for ye most parte), insomuch as ye corne began to wither away, though it was set with fishe, the moisture wherof helped it much.

“Yet at length it begane to languish sore, and some of ye drier grounds were partched like withered hay, part wherof was never recovered. Upon which they sett a parte a solemne day of humiliation, to seek ye Lord by humble & fervente prayer, in this great distrese. Ane he was pleased to give them a gracious & speedy answer, both to their owne, & the
Indeans admiration, that lived amongst them. For all ye morning, and greatest part of the day, it was clear weather & very hotte, and not a cloud or any signe of raine to be seen, yet toward evening it begaine to overcast, and shortly after to raine, with such sweete and gentle showers, as gave them cause of rejoyceing, & blessing God.

“It came without either wind, or thunder, or any violence, and by degreese in yt abundance, as that ye earth was thorowly wete and soked therwith. Which did so apparently revive & quicken ye decayed corne & other fruits, as was wonderfull to see, and made ye Indeans astonished to behold; and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with enterchange of faire warme weather, as, through his blessing, caused a fruitful & liberall harvest, to their no small comforte and rejoicing. For which mercie (in time conveniente) they also sett aparte a day of thanksgiveing.”


Edward Winslow, writing in Mourt’s Relation (also in its original spelling and punctuation):

“our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others. And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.”

Craft Talks from Jim Pontello and Dan Place

Posted by Pat Dolphin on November 24th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Craft Talks from two of our newer members proved again to be a great way to get to know members, their background, families, hobbies and accomplishments.

Jim Pontello, Pharm.D., was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jim moved to Baldwin Park with his family at eight years old. His first day of school, dressed in a matching ensemble, shorts, coat and hat, he was beat up by some bullies. His mother promptly purchased some California wear and Jim fit right in. After elementary school Jim went to San Gabriel Mission High School and then joined the U.S. Army with some buddies. Upon discharge Jim attended Pasadena City College then transferred to the USC School of Pharmacy. Jim remembers rooming with some prominent football players while there and even a celebrity, the actor Nick Nolte.  USC made such an impression on Jim that he started the San Gabriel Valley Trojan Alumni group.  After graduation, Jim first worked in retail drug stores for ten years then spent fifteen years in Hospital Pharmacy. With the advancement of drug therapy to combat some of the world’s worst diseases and illnesses and reduce healthcare costs, home infusion was introduced. It was a convenient, safe way to administer drug therapy and get the same results as “in hospital” patients. Drugs such as chemo-therapy, aids medication, etc., are administered from small pre-loaded bubble pumps which are prepared at the pharmacy in a “clean sterile room”. On initial visits Jim would teach the patient or caregiver the concept of home infusion. Since some patients can’t take infusion at home, ambulatory infusion suites were developed where the patient can get their therapy then transported home. Jim has successfully administered home infusion therapy for the past twenty years and is now semi retired and we welcome him to Arcadia Rotary.  Jim has two boys and a girl, all grown and enjoying successful careers.


Dan Place was born in the small town of Blossburg, Pennsylvania and attended New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse where he received his degree in wood products and engineering. He then joined the U.S. Army and became a medical corpsman. He shipped out to Korea on a troop ship and recalls how they missed out on Christmas Day one year. Apparently the ship crossed the International Dateline on Christmas Eve but after crossing it became the day after Christmas. (I would be upset too Dan)   After the Army, Dan returned to Syracuse to get degreed and while there was searching for possible career opportunities when he found a 3”x5” card box full of corporations names and information students could use for job prospects. He made contact with Packard Bell in southern California and made his way to the west coast to begin his career. At that time Packard Bell manufactured televisions and stereo’s in beautiful wooden cabinets as pieces of furniture for peoples homes. PB had five hundred people manufacturing wood cabinets and another five hundred in the electronics division. Dan stayed for five years then became the manager of a small furniture company in Monrovia but was asked to return to PB in a management position where he stayed for the next ten years. Over the past twenty-five years Dan has worked in the sale of plywood and veneer. Plywood, made of face veneer, fiberboard and particleboard, is used in the manufacturing of furniture, desks, doors, boats, and a host of other areas

It was also good to know that Dan has enjoyed singing barbershop harmony over the past fifty-five years and is a part of the Masters of Harmony organization.

(Pat Dolphin)

Arcadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on November 23rd, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

Frank Hall has been a member of Arcadia Rotary since 2007 and a member of Rotary (8 clubs) since 1965. He tells us about his life in Rotary.

1. In 1965 I was named Vice-President and Manager of the Crocker Bank at Arrow Highway and Citrus in Covina. I had previously been a member of Kiwanis, but when I moved to Covina there was a Crocker executive in Covina Kiwanis, so my Boss suggested I look at Rotary. Shortly after the Branch had its Grand Opening I was contacted by a Past President of Covina Rotary, Barney Ingraham. Barney was a one-man Membership Committee who personally sponsored more than 100 new Rotarians before he retired.

During my Pre-Orientation, which included 3 meetings of about 3 hours each, I learned what my responsibilities would be as a Rotary Member. Here were the main Responsibilities.
A. Rotary is a Classification Club and no more than one individual could occupy a Classification. Since you were the only representative of your profession, you had an obligation to participate in Club Activities. You could prevent another person in the same Profession from joining the club simply by exercising a veto.
B. Attendance at Rotary is required. A Rotarian who missed more than 10 Percent of the Meetings during a year without make up and anyone who missed 4 meetings in a row without making up was automatically dropped from the club.
C. You could make up a missed meeting by attending the meeting of another club within 6 days (before or after) of the missed meeting. There were no Leaves of Absence except for health reasons and a letter from your doctor was required. Those with 100% attendance were recognized annually and had extra ribbons on their badges. It was highly prized.
2. Most memorable moments.
Laura Freedman’s Cruises. Before Laura moved to Oregon, where she is now the President of the Seaside Club, she was the first female President of Arcadia Rotary. She is a classic leader. When she organized a Rotary group to go on a cruise to Mexico, we signed up. Among those who came were Gil and Carol Stromsoe, Larry and Patty Webber, Dong and Betty Chang, John and June Fee, Rich and Gayla Hutton, Steve and Marge Garrett, George and Susie Sladoje (from the Sierra Madre Club), Laura and Gregg Freedman in addition to Patricia and me. It was a blast. Later she did another one to the British Isles and most of her alumni went along again. Phyllis Corliss handled arrangements on Crystal Cruises.

3. What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?
The Polio Plus Project of Rotary International was the finest, most important project ever attempted by any Service Organization. In the early 1980s an RI president decided that Rotary should eradicate Polio. Rotary Clubs everywhere set about to raise the money and most of it came from the pockets of individual Rotarians. I was a member of LA5 (the downtown Los Angeles club) where we had 600 members. I chaired our fundraising drive and we raised more than $300,000 from our club alone. I know Arcadia also had a successful campaign. In the first year and a half of the campaign, the original international goal of $120 Million was exceeded and at the International Convention it was announced that over $200 Million had been raised. A second campaign about 10 years ago was equally impressive and drew the attention of Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation which has made several matching grants to Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. Bob Novell has spearheaded Arcadia’s efforts and has announced that there are few cases reported in a few backward countries that have refused to cooperate with the inoculation Program

The most important local project is also International, it’s an annual trip to Tijuana to assist an orphanage in cooperation with the Tijuana Rotary Club. Dick Martinez has been featured in Rotary International’s Magazine for his work in organizing and continuing this project

4. Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club. Was there a difference in time, place and manner in which the meetings were conducted? What fund raising methods were used?

The Biggest change was the ruling that Clubs could accept Women members. When I was President of the Palm Springs Club I attended the RI Convention in Houston where a proposal sponsored by the Lake Placid Club to allow clubs to invite Women members was defeated. Sixty Percent of the Clubs in the United States voted for the resolution, but, clubs outside the U.S. almost universally voted against. When the Supreme Court decision that clubs with women members couldn’t be excluded from RI, it was welcomed by American clubs most of which immediately started to induct Professional and Business Women into Rotary. Phyllis Tompkins was Arcadia’s First.

Another big change is that most Rotary Clubs have fewer members than they used have. There are a number of reasons for that and Rotary has taken many steps including reducing the attendance and classification requirements in an effort to make Rotary more accessible.

For years Arcadia Rotary’s major fundraiser was a 50/50 Raffle and dinner which was called “Pot of Gold” Unfortunately, the State of California passed legislation which made such raffles illegal. George Fasching was the Patron Saint of the Pot of Gold events which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary projects.

Charles Jones coffee presentation

Posted by Rick Mckenzie on November 18th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Charles Jones representing Jose Coffee made his presentation to our club on Friday November 14, 2014. Charles talked about origins of coffee, dry processing, wet processing & grading. Fermentation tanks, grading by density, size & hand grading coffee production in nursery, fields & harvesting. He spoke about roast levels, light, medium, dark and taste profiles, acidity, body & flavor. I never realized there was so much to processing coffee. On Saturday morning, I really appreciated that first cup of coffee. George mentioned that after Charles presentation that his car wash offers free coffee to customers, to which Charles responded you get what you pay for. Thank you Charles.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Posted by Dave Freeman on November 17th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. Member Updates

A. Andy Bundesmann is getting better after her fall.

B. Ben Goland’s wife Mickey had a mild stroke and is recovering, participating in therapy, and doing well.

2.  Coming (and Ongoing) Events

A. Rotary Foundation and Paul Johenk Foundation were discussed and the valuable uses  were explained.  A simple and painless monthly donation reaches many who really need it .

B. Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Arboretum: Foothill Unity Center is having its food can drive, donating food to low income and homeless people. Rotary Volunteers (including RYLA volunteers) are needed to help move the food. In addition to food donations, Foothill Unity also teaches new skills to the low income and homeless to help them get back into the work force. (Presentation by Rotary President Michael Ojeda and Foothill Unity representatives Betty R. McWilliams, Executive Director, and Raina Martinez). Bring 2 plus cans of food to Rotary this Friday at Matt Denny’s.

C. Ongoing. The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills is teaching reading to children at risk. Those who don’t know how to read when they reach third grade are likely to get into trouble. Volunteers are needed. (One of those teaching reading once a month is Denise Weaver.) Students at the high school level who are at risk are helped one hour on one day per week. Children are also taught yoga. There is also a Christmas party for children, with their gifts to be picked up by their parents who at home will then pass them to their children. (per John Wilson)

D. Sunday, December 7, 2014, there will be a holiday party at the Weavers’ residence. (per Michael Ojeda)

3.  Arcadia High School Students of the Month were presented:

A.  Performing Arts – Adry Hardiman:  He is active in music-Band President, volunteers at the Methodist Hospital, head usher and Eucharistic minister at his church, teaches religious education at Holy Angels Church, and plans on attending USC and studying business, with plans on being a high level executive.

B.  Academics – Stanley Shiau: Stanley is big in debate and speech , Peer tutoring and Outreach. He is editor in chief of the school paper, President, and National Honor Society. He plans on going to UCLA, and majoring in History,  with open aspirations after that.

C.  Athletics – Kelly Dopke:  She is the super athlete of the month.  Besides volunteering for the Senior Men and Women’s group, she is the captain of the varsity volleyball team and the soccer team, and an active member of the varsity Track and Field Team.  She participates in the Hope Can Cure Cancer Club and the California Scholarship Federation. She has committed to the University of Idaho and their Soccer Program, and will study pre- med, with hopes to work in the medical field.

Recognitions – November 14, 2014

Posted by Yvonne Flint on November 17th, 2014 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Arcadia High School Principal Brent Forsee was first congratulated for the high school’s water conservation adherence.  The landscaping along Duarte Road is a great example of drought tolerant plantings.  But Brent still had to answer for winning twice at the club’s Monday Night Football social.  He left before his second win, so Finemaster George delivered his $75 winnings … and collected a recognition of $49.

Ken Mallory has been retired for a while after thirty years in the packaging business.  According to the Finemaster it has been so long that Ken found a milk carton in his refrigerator with a photo of the Lindbergh baby on it.  Ken assured us that he didn’t drink the milk, but he was fined $9 anyway.

Last up was Gil Stromsoe.  As a CPA, his busy season is right around the corner, but the Finemaster uncovered evidence of potential musical aspirations.  A photo of Gil with a rock-n-roll guitar and lovely backup singer seems to lend some credence to those ambitions.  In spite of his attempt to explain, Gil was fined $34.

Hamlet Mbabzi visits from Uganda

Posted by Brad Miller on November 9th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Hamlet, who initiated what became our club’s long standing and valued projects in Uganda described the next evolution of himself… his latest club… and rise of Uganda setting a positive example for the rest of Africa.  He is now the President of the Rotary Club of Kanungu Bwindi Forest considered “The Wildest Club in Africa” and as is the tradition in Rotary, presented his club’s banner.  Hamlet’s club is in the South of Uganda, near the border with Rwanda.  The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to the Gorilla family studied by Diane Fossey… and tours can be arranged.

Over the years our club projects grew starting with a water well and 1.5 miles of pipe for a village of 5000 (which became national news), then we developed an accredited college (Great Lakes Regional College) and obtained a $300,000 Health and Humanity grant. In all since 2003 our club has coordinated over $500,000 for projects in Uganda.

Hamlet’s club of 20+ members has lofty goals:

  • develop a satellite club
  • reduce youth poverty with education (82% of youth are unemployed)
  • develop more clean water and sanitation
  • focus on adolescent reproductive health to reduced overpopulation
  • rehab a 75 year old hospital including purchasing an ambulance

Hamlet summarized the “good news” about Uganda and the challenges still faced… and what needs to be done over the next 10 years to make a difference and set the standard for neighboring countries.

Firstly he orientated us to the geographically diverse, mineral rich, landlocked country that has been working to reverse the damage done by Idi Amin’s regime felled in the 1970’s:

  • Population grow is 3% per year doubling the population every 20 years
  • average births are 7 per female, in part because parents are fearful kids will die (60-70/1000 die before the age of 1 year!)
  • there is an 87% drop off of kids from education before the end of high school

On the plus side Hamlet described Uganda as a “Rising country in Africa” and shared the progress being made

  • in 15 years enrollment has increased in school from 1.5 to8 million
  • there has been political stability for 30 years with a President adept at juggling (and respecting) the complexities of cultural and religious differences
  • the economy is growing at at steady 6% p.a.
  • Uganda’s armed forces keep threats at bay – there is safety throughout the country
  • there are now 40 universities graduating 70,000 per year

BUT… 90-95% under or unemployment for the college graduates. For this problem Hamlet has a plan.  He is working to develop and entrepreneurial center in Kampala that will have 12 focused monthly modules for 1000 students at a time.  He said college graduates expected jobs in government and private enterprise and the work is not there.  Graduates need to become entrepreneurial and his center in Kampala should provide the education to bring the next wave of progress to Uganda.


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

Posted by Dirk Hudson on November 7th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

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 Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. the walk itself to start at 11 a.m.

The year 2010 saw the formation of a Team Rotary under the leadership of (now President) Michael Ojeda of Arcadia’s noon Rotary Club. 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:

For more information, please go to the website for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Los Angeles Chapter

If you wish to be a member of Team Rotary or would like assistance in starting your own Rotary Team with its own Captain, please contact Rosie Mares (cell phone: 323-243-8352).

The 2014 Walk Page for Team Rotary:

Announcements for November 7, 2014

Posted by Dirk Hudson on November 7th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

I. Member Updates

A. Andy Bundesmann is getting better after her fall.

B. Ben Goland’s wife Mickey had a mild stroke and is recovering in Methodist Hospital.

II Coming (and Ongoing) Events

A. Saturday, November 15, 2014 (starting 7-8 a.m.) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is having its annual Walk for a Cure. Rosie Mares is the captain of Team Rotary. Walkers and donors are needed. Every donor will receive a blue wristband. A $100 donation receives a JDRF t-shirt and Rotary pen. A $150 donation receives a golf ball inscribed “Rotary Peace.” Contact Rosie Mares.

B. Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Arboretum: Foothill Unity Center is having its food can drive, donating food to low income and homeless people. Rotary Volunteers (including RYLA volunteers) are needed to help move the food. In addition to food donations, Foothill Unity also teaches new skills to the low income and homeless to help them get back into the work force. (Presentation by Rotary President Michael Ojeda and Foothill Unity representatives Betty R. McWilliams, Executive Director, and Raina Martinez).

C. Ongoing. The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills is teaching reading to children at risk. Those who don’t know how to read when they reach third grade are likely to get into trouble. Volunteers are needed. (One of those teaching reading once a month is Denise Weaver.) Students at the high school level who are at risk are helped one hour on one day per week. Children are also taught yoga. There is also a Christmas party for children, with their gifts to be picked up by their parents who at home will then pass them to their children. (per John Wilson)

D. Sunday, December 7, 2014, there will be a holiday party at the Weavers’ residence. (per Michael Ojeda)

Pasadena Symphony and String Quartet

Posted by Teri Muse on November 3rd, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

As I entered the Embassy Suites, I was expecting to hear a whole lot of “spooky” music in honor of Halloween. Instead, I was greeted with the wonderful, classical sounds of the Pasadena Symphony String Quartet.
As we ate, it felt like we were in the grand ballroom of some fancy hotel, listening to the amazing sounds of these talented musicians. We had no idea that the show had barely begun! Our special honored guest was David Lockington, the new Music Director for the Pasadena Symphony who is also an accomplished cellist, composer, poet and conductor.
David took us through a history of music as he narrated his cello performances of Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin and even an original piece he composed while studying the cello at Yale. David’s vivid descriptions of different types of arrangements such as saying Gershwin “Combined jazz with classical music in a very gritty way, developing the American wide-open sound” gave us all an insight as to how the great minds work.
One Rotarian asked David what types of music he likes to listen to when he’s not rehearsing or conducting and he said, “silence.” That got a huge laugh from the audience. But David went on to explain that it’s hard to just listen to music and focus on anything else at the same time, like eat in a restaurant if there is music playing.
Some Rotarians said they enjoyed the Pasadena Pops concerts at the Arboretum . According to the Pasadena Symphony their “Summer Home” at the Arboretum serves more than 15,000 concert goers over the Summer. A special shout out was given to Rotarian Pat Dolphin for making the Pasadena Pops possible through his rental company supplying all the tables and chairs. Yeah Pat!
David said he has been to Rotary clubs all over the country and he said we are the liveliest bunch he has seen. He also loved our singing, which was led by Tom Crosby acapella. If you would like more information about tickets to the Pasadena Symphony visit:

Waste Management MRF Tour

Posted by Teri Muse on November 3rd, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

In Honor of America Recycles Day
You are invited to the

Waste Management

Azusa Materials Recycling Facility
and Transfer Station (MRF)
1211 W. Gladstone
Azusa, CA 91702
Thursday, November 13th, 5:30- 7:00PM
Friday, November 14th, 9:00- 10:30AM
Saturday, November 15th, 9:00- 10:30AM
RSVP by 11/7/2014
Indicate the date you would like to attend
Light refreshments will be provided.
Note: Closed toe shoes will be required to tour our facility

Announcements – Oct. 31

Posted by Dave Totten on November 1st, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Pres. Mike Ojeda explained the need for a $10 increase per month in our dues. The increase is necessary to balance our budget, and will be the first increase since 2006. Jim Helms made the motion to increase the dues. After some discussion, the motion passed with just one dissenter.

Frank Griffith is still trying to collect the money for the Rose Parade pins that he sold a few weeks ago. They are $10 each, and if you haven’t paid for yours, please see Frank.

Teri Muse invited us to a VIP Open House at Waste Management’s recycling facilities. The dates are the 13th, 14th, and 15th of Nov. Teri said she would put the details in the Hi Gear.

The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is having its annual Walk-a-Thon on Sat., Nov. 15th, according to Rosie Mares. The walk is to be held at the Rose Bowl and starts from 7 to 8 am. Last year the club raised $1,600. Please contact Rosie if you can participate in this very worthwhile event.

Gil Stromsoe had the pleasure of presenting two Paul Harris pins. The recipients were Imy Dulake who received a pin with 2 sapphires, and Jim Rider who received a pin with 4 sapphires. The pin signifies a $1,000 contribution and each sapphire represents an additional $1,000 contribution.