Arcadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on August 1st, 2015 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off on Arcadia Rotary History

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. Here are some recollections from Frank Perini who has been a club member since 1959.

When I joined Rotary we had our meetings at Charlie Eaton’s Restaurant, which was located on the corner of Michillinda and Colorado in Pasadena. It is now a Coco’s Restaurant. There were about 60 members. The installation of officers and demotion was held at the same time. My 1st president was named John Bryant and he was demoted during installation and they made him carry as many watermelons as he could.

Most of the members were over 60 years old. The club was often called “The Old Men’s Club”. I was the youngest member by 25 years, as well as the first Mexican in the club. Because of my nationality and my young age I was not accepted too well. I asked the president if I could be the greeter at the door for only 2 months. I ended up being at the door for 5 years. To this day, we still have a greeter at the door.

Two members at the time were volunteers at the Methodist Hospital. They did meals on wheels. The bylaws at the time were that there could only be one member of each profession: one lawyer, one doctor and so on. For the first 10 years in the club, we all wore ties; it was not required but we all still dressed up.

Way back, I was one of the board of directors and part of my assignment, as well as that of two other members, was to try and get eight thousand dollars out of Los Angeles County to place a water fountain in the park that is located on the corner of Santa Anita and Huntington Drive. Finally we were able to get the money from them, and Rotary put in another five thousand
dollars. So today, we have a fountain.

There was a lot to be done in the city. We built the youth huts in some of the grammar schools, as well as the little league baseball fields. We also worked on the Rotary Memorial behind the Chamber of Commerce building. We hauled tons and tons of rock from lrwindale guarry. I put in 105 hours of labor. The memorial is still being used by youth today. We also built the first building at Camp Trask, which is now being used as the administration building.

We fought to keep the ladies out of Rotary. We took it to the State Supreme Court, and we lost. A lawyer from our club took the case.

The club started taking photos 54 years ago. A member of the club by the name of George Tyror was the club photographer using Polaroid Film. Sixteen years later he passed away. lt was then that I was assigned to become the photographer of the club. For better than 44 years I have taken thousands of photos for the club. I put together a photo album for each president, placing over a thousand prints in each book. The system changed when Brad Miller became president. He stopped the photo prints and went to electronic photography. There was no club within the club. Today we have the lce Breakers.

Rotary also bought a mobile home and we built 4 rooms inside. When we finished it was moved to Tijuana for the orphans. There was one room for dental, another room for medical, and a room for x-rays. Doctors from Rotary go twice a year to this location and help the orphans with their medical problems. We built wooden benches for the memorial behind the Chamber of Commerce building. We also built a barbecue grill on a trailer. We could put over 200 wieners on the grill, and we also moved this trailer to Tijuana for the orphans.

Program Highlights for July 31, 2015

Posted by Brian Hall on July 31st, 2015 under Photos, Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Program Highlights for July 31, 2015


Boy Scout council coordinator Jack McRae recognized Rotarian past president, Imy Dulake for her tremendous contributions to the community she works in, the Arcadia Rotary and everyone around her. Imy was recently honored as Citizen of the Year by the Lucky Baldwin District of the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Imy, pictured above, was highlighted in a video with Jack McRae noting that Imy is extremely generous with her time and financial resources.  In the video Imy recalled her childhood as being very difficult after her father died when she was 6 years old.  This resulted in Imy, her mother and two sisters being left homeless in South Korea, just following the war.  Subsequently Imy was sponsored to Temple City where she went to school.  Imy later met and married Rick her husband of 32 years.  Among many well deserved recognitions, Imy has earned the recognition of being in the top 1% of agents with Coldwell Banker internationally for many years.  Imy and Rick have two children Sean an Eagle Scout and Michelle a scout Gold Award recipient.  The Arcadia Rotarians gave Imy a wonderful round of applause, as we are proud of her and value her membership in the Arcadia Rotary Club.


Our second speaker today was our own Criminal Defense Attorney Richard “Rich” Hutton.  Rich described growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, where his father owned a machine shop making equipment for NASA.  The plan was for Rich to become an engineer and while Rich loved math and science he did not have the passion for machine work and engineering.  While attending UCLA Rich was asked to observe a trial.  During the trial Rich was convinced that he could defend the case better than the defense attorney representing the individual on trial.  His second thought was surprise that people actually got paid to argue a case.  This was the beginning of his passion for criminal defense and law.

Working though college in a law firm, Rich became adept at serving court subpoena’s with creativity, noting that there could be an element of danger involved, at times requiring careful judgment.  Rich studied diligently with the goal of being admitted to Law School at UCLA which surprisingly happened.  Following graduation from law school, rich worked in the district attorneys office and ultimately opened his own law firm in 1997 specializing in defending Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases.

Rich described several cases involving famous individuals including work on a case that required Rich & wife Gayla to attend a dinner with Walter Mathau and company, where Gayla had all the fun smoking and drinking, while Rich was stuck taking care of business at the other end of the table with their boring wives.  On a more sober note, Rich also described a case where his difficult but wise counsel to the defendant was to not testify on her own behalf, despite being totally innocent of the charges.  The defendant heeded Rich’s counsel and they prevailed in the case, however, not without emotional suffering.

Rich closed by noting his gratitude to ex-Arcadia Rotarian and brother in law Allen Yak who invited him to join the Arcadia Rotary where Rich has made many wonderful friends.  Rich noted that his business has not slowed, although he may be looking forward to that at some time in the future and thanked all the Arcadia Rotarians for the wonderful club we have.

announcements 07/24/2015 by Pat Barnes

Posted by Pat Barnes on July 24th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on announcements 07/24/2015 by Pat Barnes

1. Mike Real announced that the Arcadia Rotary Beach Party is set for Saturday 07/25/2015, at Huntington State Beach – Brookhurst Entrance, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., bring your chairs, umbrellas, surfing lessons to be given by Mike Real & Matt Weaver, BBQ.

2. Eric Barter announced that the Relay for Life to fight cancer will be held on Saturday 08/01/2015 Santa Anita Race Track, cost is a donation of $25 payable to American Cancer Society and for that you will receive a pastrami sandwich.  A sign up sheet is being passed around at the club meeting or you can sign up on line. Eric announced that to date over $1,000 has been donated online. This is a great cause that needs every member’s monetary support.

3. Bob Harbicht announced that for the past 3 days the city of Arcadia has hosted, and Arcadia Rotary is one of the sponsors, for approximately 88 athletes and coaches from Trinidad and Tabago & the Kyrgyz Republic (part of the old Soviet Union) who are in town to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to be held in Los Angeles over the next 2 weeks.  Part of their activities included a picnic at Wilderness Park with hot dogs cooked on George Fasching’s hot dog machine, tours of the Arcadia Police Department. the Arboretum and Westfield Mall, dinner and a DJ at Matt Denny’s Restaurant, and the finale was attending the Concert in the Park on the lawn of City Hall and the Police Department with a Chinese buffet dinner put on the the Chinese Association and they danced all night to music from a Trinidad steel band.

District Governor Randy Pote

Posted by Brian Hall on July 24th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on District Governor Randy Pote

Our own Rotary Superstar Ray Bushnell introduced the 2015/16 District Governor Randy Pote.  Randy introduced his assistant Richard Reed from the North Las Vegas Rotary Club.  DG Randy noted that his father authored a book of invocations used by rotary clubs.  Randy began his rotary life in Inglewood, moving to North Las Vegas, Centennial Rotary in Colorado where he served as President in 2010/11 and now back to California.

Vocationally, Randy has started several fundraising businesses, R&M Fundraising, Fundraising by Randy, as will as involvement in sales and management.

Randy noted that this years rotary theme, as coined by RI President Ravi Ravindran, is “Be a Gift to the World”.  Encouraged by the RI President to continue moving forward even when its 2 steps forward and 1 backward.  While there are challenges facing Rotary today, it is critically important to get the word out about what good work Rotarians are doing in our communities and around the world.  Randy encouraged all Rotarians to be a gift to the world, our community and to our local clubs.

Randy left us with 2 quotes, authors unknown; The sun comes out every day and while there may be clouds it is our choice to fly in the clouds or above the clouds where the sun shines.  A second quote given at a commencement speech was “I regret most when facing suffering that I responded with sensibility, reserve and caution”.

Randy noted that the Arcadia Rotary Club has always made him feel welcome.  Randy noted 3 important opportunities; District Conference August 16, RI Presidents visit January 2, and a May 2016 local conference opportunity, all very helpful for Rotarians.  Randy highlighted the new 36 word “Rotary Elevator Speech” essentially as Rotary as a Leadership Organization made up of local professionals meeting regularly as friends improving their communities while having fun.

Randy thanked the Arcadia club for the wonderful greeting, respect and noted that Mike Hoey is beginning a great year for the club.  Randy complemented the club for preparing and showing leadership.  Randy was presented a engraved magnum of wine and then recognized Ray Bushnell and Mike Real with the District 5300 Superstar Recognition pins.

Recognitions – July 17, 2015

Posted by Yvonne Flint on July 20th, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off on Recognitions – July 17, 2015

Bob Harbicht, Past Finemaster, filled in for Glenn Oyoung and began his recognitions with George Fasching.  George and his famous Hot Dog Cart provided lunch for Special Olympians in Wilderness Park recently.  For his exemplary community service, George was fined $75.

Both Jim Pontello and prospective member Harry Agajanian were recognized next with a Rotary quiz.  They correctly answered that Cecil B. Demille was a director, Warren G. Harding was President of the United States, Guglielmo Marconi invented wireless telegraph, and Orville Wright invented the airplane.  What did these men all have in common?  They were all Rotarians.  Jim was fined $50 for the correct answers with Harry’s fine being deferred until he becomes a member of Arcadia Rotary.

We were happy to welcome Jim Rider back after his recent hospital visits, but he complained that while on restricted diet, he was shown commercials for Domino’s Pizza on the Methodist Hospital’s television.  Jay Harvill was called to task to answer for the hospital’s alleged cruelty, but he logically answered that the commercials were aired to generate repeat business for the hospital.  Jay was fined $50 until …

Continuing his discussion with Jim Rider, Past Finemaster Bob inquired about the prime seat that Jim had for the Fourth of July fireworks across the San Gabriel Valley.  Jim was able to watch the fireworks shows from Monrovia, Azusa, and Irwindale from his fifth floor corner suite at Methodist Hospital.  As recognition for this privilege, Jay’s fine of $50 was transferred to Jim.

John Davis and his family enjoyed a two-week vacation to Alaska.  He described the wonderful time he and his wife with their two children had on both land and sea.  He confessed to bringing back some Canadian dollars, so he was fined $75 US dollars in recognition.

Field of Honor

Posted by Teri Muse on July 20th, 2015 under Announcements, Projects  •  Comments Off on Field of Honor

High Gear
Programs Report
July 17th, 2015
Field of Honor Project
By: Lissete Gonzalez, Waste Management College Intern

Bob Harbict took the podium and gave a persuasive and enticing speech in hopes of rallying every member of Arcadia Rotary to participate in the new “Field of Honor” project.
He began his speech by recalling a few past projects when Rotary united, demonstrated commitment, and exceeded what was expected. He highlighted fundraising efforts (from years ago) for Polio and how their goal of raising $60,000.00 was greatly exceeded when Rotary fund-raised $120,000.00 for children suffering from the disease. Bob Harbict also proved the potential for commitment Rotary had demonstrated in the past when $100,000.00 of donations and countless hours of building a new dining hall/shower room combination was spent for the Boy Scouts in Camp Trask.
After sharing and proving that Arcadia Rotary had the potential to both succeed and exceed on high impact fundraising projects, he announced that he would be the “Chair” of a yearlong project called the “Field of Honor” project where 1,000 American flags will be displayed across a field to honor a veteran, child, loved one, or someone currently in the armed forces. A laminated tag of a person’s name will be attached to the flag to commemorate them.
Bob Harbict shared that he has received permission from City Hall to display the flags there; however, he is still looking into other areas that are more visible and easily accessible. Flags are to be displayed for 2 weekends (8-9 days) and will be sold individually for $50.00. A ceremonial opening and closing ceremony will be held as well and he wants this to be a yearly event with the first event taking place in May 2016. The net income of this project is $32,000. One third of the profits will fund the creation of a veteran’s memorial and two-thirds of the profits will go to Arcadia Rotary charities.
A group of committees for the “Field of Honor” project were created, and Bob Harbict urges every member of Arcadia Rotary to “at least sign-up for one, two, or three”. Erich Rail is the chair of the Flags Committee where he and others who sign up will interface with the Colonial Flag Foundation and other committees. Ernie Jenson will chair the Site Committee and their task is to find a site, arrange tables, lights, etc. The Sponsorship Committee will be chaired by Jay Harville and they will be in charge of designs and procedures to sell sponsorships and flags. Glenn Oyoung will chair the Publicity Committee where they will design presentations, newspapers, and keep in contact with other organizations. The Ceremonial Committee, led by T G Metzger, will be in charge of designing and producing an opening and closing ceremony. Frank Griffith will be chair of the Program Committee, which is in charge of designing, printing, and selling advertising. Mike Real and Matt Weaver are in charge of the Field Committee where their focus is installing rebar, arranging a grid, and maintaining the site during the event. The staffing committee will be chaired by Teri Muse where they are in charge of determining staffing needs and will recruit workers/volunteers. Yvonne Flint will chair the Financial Committee where they will be focusing on creating an event budget, receiving and dispersing funds, and on-site sales. And lastly, Aaron Rose will chair the Storage Committee where they will find a storage space for the flags and figure out transportation.

Announcements for July 17, 2015

Posted by Dave Totten on July 18th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements for July 17, 2015

1. Member Update: Jim Rider was at the meeting after his stay at Methodist. He appeared to be completely recovered. As to his stay at the hospital, he complained about the bland food, but was appreciative of the corner room he occupied where he viewed the 4th of July fireworks displays from several cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

2. Coming Events:

Friday, July 24th, Dist. Gov. Randy Pote will be at our meeting.

Sat., July 25th, is Arcadia Rotary Beach Day, 10:30 a.m.. at Huntington Beach (Brookhurst entrance). Cost is $10 per family which will cover hot dogs, burgers, and drinks. Bring chairs, boogey boards, toys, umbrellas, and surfboards. Mike Real and Matt Weaver will provide surfing lessons.

Sat. Aug. 1st, the Relay for Life will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santa Anita Race Track Infield. Enter from Colorado Blvd. across from Pepper’s Restaurant. We will have a booth where we will be selling pastrami sandwiches and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Cost is $25 and, according to Yvonne Flint, you can register online by going to the Relay for Life website.

Sat. Aug. 1st, the Rotary Clubs of Arcadia, San Marino, and Sierra Madre will be provided dinner and entertainment at the Relay for Life, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., same location as above. Cost is $20 per person for the dinner, and make checks payable to ‘Fresh Gormet’. Send check to Lucille Norberg at 1872 West Drive, San Marino, CA 91108.

Sat. July 25th, Rotary at the Special Olympics, L.A. Coliseum. According to Bruce McCallum, tickets are still available for the Opening Ceremonies. Cost is $40 which includes admission and a T-shirt. The District Office needs your payment by July 24th. Questions? e-mail to or call them at 310-670-9792. Also, a World Games golf shirt with ‘Host Town Arcadia’ can be ordered for $30 and proceeds go to the Arcadia Host Town Committee. Contact to order.

3. Pres. Hoey called Dan Place and Jim Pontello to the podium. He congratulated both on their promotion from Red to Blue Badge status and presented them with their new badges.


An Insight Into Arcadia Rotary History From An Unexpected Source

Posted by Dirk Hudson on July 15th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on An Insight Into Arcadia Rotary History From An Unexpected Source

As you may recall, our recent Installation Dinner at Arcadia’s Community Center was catered by the Derby Restaurant. More recently our daughter Deirdre treated us to dinner at the Derby Restaurant. The menu included an outline of the restaurant’s own history. It seems that before the Derby was purchased by George Woolf (Seabiscuit’s jockey) in 1938, and before it was moved to its present location in 1931, it operated in a different place under a different name.

The Derby was founded in 1922 by Hudson M. Proctor. Originally known as Proctor’s Tavern it was located on Foothill Boulevard in close proximity to Santa Anita Race Track. There its customers included both horse owners and wagerers. Nine years later the main thoroughfare in Arcadia had shifted from Foothill Boulevard to Huntington Drive. Proctor then moved the restaurant to its current location, 233 E. Huntington Drive.

Why did the name “Hudson M. Proctor” sound familiar? Well, if we look at the list of Past Presidents in Arcadia Rotary’s Membership Roster we find that our club’s first President (1927-1928) is a man named “Hudson Proctor” who is elsewhere mentioned as a “charter member.” ( ) It thus appears that Arcadia Rotary and the Derby Restaurant have a connecting link which dates back to their respective foundings (the Derby in 1922 and Arcadia Rotary in 1927).


Posted by John Murphy on July 13th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Recognitions

Glen, although admitted to being nervous, didn’t waste any time calling on Imy for having a famous Korean movie star nephew. This family fame cost Imy $50.00.

Bruce McCallum has worked long hours as chairman of Arcadia’s host city for the upcoming World Games. Seen recently addressing the city council, it only seemed right to hit him up for $75.00.

And lets not forget our own Arcadia Rotary pinup, Brian (look at me) Hall seen in a recent and rather weird family (?) photo. Glen decided that he is “Mr. July”. It’s hard to argue with this logic. It only cost Brian $25.00

Field Of Valor

Posted by Pat Dolphin on July 13th, 2015 under Announcements, Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Field Of Valor

Field of Valor


Linda Logan from the Covina Rotary Club introduced us to their premier project, which is displayed each year as a field of 2001 flags on the field at Sierra Vista Middle School. It has become known as the “Field Of Valor” and is attended by scores of locals and others traveling from far off places. This event is a weeklong event that ties in with Veterans Day. This year it will take place from November 7th to the 15th and will raise funds for vets and active duty military in need of everything from housing, rent assistance, transportation, food, clothing, VA appointments and care, etc. In its first year of 2012, the project raised $35,000.

The field is staked one week prior to the flags placement and must be measured for exact distance and uniformity. Volunteers from four local Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Club, Soroptomist Club and Women’s Club come to organize, assemble, clean and place flags on poles at the field. The public is invited to purchase flags for $35 each in the name of their honored veteran. Thruought the week there are various concerts, speakers, student tours and military fly-overs which make the week an exciting tribute to veterans. All kids in attendance receive a pocket book complete with a copy of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

This is seen by thousands of locals traveling by the school and covered by media and now known all over the southland. A very worthwhile project, which does great things for Veterans in need. Thank you Linda Logan and the Covina Rotary Club.



(Pat Dolphin)

Announcements for July 10, 2015

Posted by Dirk Hudson on July 10th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on Announcements for July 10, 2015

1. Member Update:

a. Jim Rider, who has been in Methodist Hospital for a long time, has improved sufficiently to be yesterday released to his home. (per Eric Barter.)

2. Coming Events:

a. Fri., July 24, 2015, District Governor Randy Pote will be at our weekly meeting. (per President Mike Hoey.)

b. Sat., July 25, 2015, Arcadia Rotary Beach Day, 10:30 a.m., Huntington State Beach (Brookhurst entrance, Santa Ana River mouth), cost $10 per family (to cover burgers, dogs and drinks). Bring beach toys, boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, snacks. Surfing lessons available. (per Mike Real.)

c. Sat., August 1, 2015, Relay for Life, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Anita Race Track, Infield (enter on Colorado Place across from Barnhart School/Pepper’s Restaurant), at Arcadia Rotary booth, Fee $25 per person donation. Checks to American Cancer Society. Selling pastrami sandwiches to further the cause. (per Eric Barter and Yvonne Flint.)

d. Sat., August 1, 2015, Rotary Family on the Town Club Mixer (with Arcadia, San Marino, and Sierra Madre Rotarians and our Families), 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Santa Anita Race Track, Infield (enter on Colorado Place across from Barnhart School/Pepper’s Restaurant). Entertainment: Miss Relay Contest, music, dancing, singing, our Luminaria Ceremony. Also available if ordered in advance for price: a light boxed summer supper (turkey or tri tip sandwich, trio of pasta, fresh fruit and corn salads, and dessert) provided by Fresh Gourmet for $20 check per supper. This can be ordered in advance by sending check and copy of flyer to San Marino Rotarian Lucille Norbert, 1872 West Drive, San Marino, CA 91108, (filling out first and last name, number of suppers [turkey or tri tip], total price enclosed check). Other teams will offer a variety of snacks and drinks.

3. Ongoing Events:

a. Arcadia Rotary History Project: Long-time Arcadia Rotarians are invited to provide their past recollections of Arcadia Rotary to Dan Place (email contact: So far we have Arcadia Rotary recollections from John Fee, Bob Harbicht, Jack Lamb, Dick Martinez, and Ernie Jensen. (per President Michael Hoey.)

89th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors

Posted by Teri Muse on June 29th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off on 89th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors

By: Teri Muse

The 89th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors was being promoted as not being your ordinary installation and it certainly was not! Aaron Rose began the installation by speaking in Chinese and then asking all of the Directors to help him try out his newly learned Toastmaster’s skills of improvisation. He asked the board members what they needed from fellow Rotarians this coming year and what was their biggest fear in fulfilling their duties. They answered as follows:
Treasurer Ed Beranek said he fears we won’t pay our bills and spend too much. Sergeant At Arms Glenn Oyoung fears he won’t have enough dirt on all of us and asks us to keep dishing it out. Youth Services Chair Teri Muse needs volunteers for the Teen Leadership Camp but has learned from her peers to go to the newbies and already has Bruno Esquivel recruited. Environmental Chair Rick McKenzie is not sure what he is to do, but fears that it will be a challenge since he is an exterminator by trade and probably will need to preserve the environment. Membership John Wilson needs all the current members to stay in Rotary and help recruit new members. Club Service Chair Brian Hall was happy to give membership over to John Wilson.
All of a sudden, the installation was interrupted by a bind man who was weaving in and out of the audience whacking his cane on everyone’s chair, following over everyone and even fell into Pat Dolphin’s lap looking for the eye doctor Mike Hoey. Once he found Mike Hoey and performed the “Service Above Self” prayer over him, he could see again and revealed to us it was none other than the eternal jokester Brian Cogbill. Mike acknowledged his parents who were celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary, his brother who flew in from Kentucky and his son for their support. After a very solemn speech given by our new president, the Miami Sound Machine’s “Everybody Do the Conga” blasted and the entire room got up to do the conga line! What a fun installation… thanks to the incredibly talented Matt Weaver who planned this year’s event.