Announcements – April 29, 2016

George Fasching is heading up the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors Luncheon. This terrific event will be held on Tuesday 05/10 at the Arcadia Community Center. George at least 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch.

The club’s annual Monte Carlo Night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is asking for donations of raffle items and raffle item baskets. Monte Carlo Night will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and is sure to be a lot of fun!

The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The festivities will start at 6 p.m.

Just a reminder – – Dick Martinez has rescheduled our annual Rotary Amigos project. The new date will be 6/11. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

John Wilson reminds us that a Boys and Girls Club event, Derby Day, will be held at Santa Anita Race Track on the Baldwin Terrace, on Saturday 5/7. Cocktails, lunch, and a silent auction will start at 12:00 noon followed by a live auction and program at 2:00 p.m. and the Kentucky Derby at 3:24 p.m. Please contact John if you’d like to attend.

Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor project will be held from Saturday 05/21 to Sunday 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. The flags are being assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa and Bob needs your help. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. This is a great project and we all need to participate – – REMEMBER: “DRIVE FOR 5” (as in our goal is to have each club member sell 5 flags).

Brad Miller reminds us that he was recently contacted by a Rotarian in Fiji, Gene Calvert, who has visited our club in the past. The Fiji islands sustained a tremendous amount of damage from a hurricane that had sustained winds measured at 185 miles per hour. The area sustained significant damage and needs our help. Donations can be sent to Gene’s club, the Savu Savu Rotary, and to ShelterBox USA. Please contact Brad for more information and with ideas as to how our club can help.

Announcements – April 22, 2016

V.P. Rosie Mares, filling in for our president who is on his honeymoon, announced that the regional finals for the Dan Stover Music Contest will be held next Wednesday, noon, at the Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello. Please contact Rosie if you would like to attend.

George Fasching announced that the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors luncheon will be on Tuesday 05/10 at the Arcadia Community Center. He needs 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch.

The club’s Monte Carlo night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is looking for raffle items. It will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares, will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. Festivities will start at 6pm.

Dick Martinez has rescheduled the Rotary Amigos project. The date will be 6/11. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

Jim Pontello announced that the club will meet for the club’s annual Arbor Day lunch on Friday 04/29/2016 at the Arboretum. This will be a regular club meeting and we will be DARK at Embassy Suites.

John Wilson announced a Boys and Girls Club event, Derby Day, to be held at Santa Anita Race Track, Baldwin Terrace, on Sat. 5/7. Cocktails, lunch and silent auction will start at noon, and the live auction and program will be at 2pm, followed by the Kentucky Derby at 3:24pm. Please contact John if you can attend.

Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor will be held from 05/21 to 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. The flags are being assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa and Bob needs your help. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. This is a great project and we all need to participate.

Brad Miller was contacted by a rotarian in Fiji, Gene Calvert, who has visited our club in the past. The Fiji islands sustained a tremendous amount of damage from a hurricane that measured 185 miles per hour. Donations can be sent to Gene’s club, the Savu Savu Rotary, and to Shelterbox. Please contact Brad for more information and with ideas as to how our club can help.

Senior Craft talk – Dave McMonigle

He and his wife Wendy were raised in the Arcadia area.  They have four children and live in Sierra Madre .

In 1988 Dave and his brother started an advertising agency.  As expected it was not easy to find customers.  Dave’s brother was looking through advertising magazines for opportunities and saw and ad by L.A. Gear a fashion shoe brand at the time.  Though they were supposed to just send in their ideas in the mail, they thought they were supposed to create a full pitch with story boards for TV spots.  When they did the presentation to the Creative Director, their work was liked… which was a “game changer” according to Dave.

They got to do all the advertising for L.A. gear for what at the time was a hot, considered fashion brand.  Dave said L.A. Gear promoted using A-list celebrities like Michael  Jackson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar… all of whom Dave got to meet.

The advertising buyer heard that Kinko’s was looking for advertising help and Kinko’s signed on with Dave.  At that point there were 250 stores.  Dave did not know much about the company at the time.  Initially the did “store stuff” like signage but they came up with an “ad package”  as Kinko’s grew to 2000 stores .  On a diskette was all the designs needed in the stores to avoid them making their own signs, fliers, labels etc without the look that was authorized by corporate.

Dave’s Company reputation grew as did his client list that included Auto Club and U.S. West Cellular.

The leadership of L.A. Gear #3 fashion brand at the time thought they should go into more sportswear, a very competitive niche. Their shoes failed on the  basketball court,  their reputation soured and never recovered.  As a side note, the owner of L.A. Gear, Robert Goldberg, went on to start the very successful Skechers brand.

Dave got out of advertising and bought three Coldstone Creamery franchises.  He learned the hard way Corporate had weak marketing and the franchisee was at risk as a result.

Dave’s next adventure was when his wife, a buyer for Nordstrom and Macy’s was encouraged to develop her own line of handbags.  He said they had a container load delivered and marketed to boutiques, resort gift shops but its a very competitive field – he still has some left!

Dave’s latest and most current foray is into antiques deferring to Wendy who has “a knack for it” according to Dave.  They have booths at multi-day antique events and was recently asked to do a “succulent bar” showing succulents in antique containers.

Recognitions – April 15, 2016

Finemaster Glenn Oyoung began with a theme of rooftop structures, specifically those that revolve.  George Fasching was recognized for his success in getting the historic windmill turning again atop the building now occupied by Denny’s.  The ceremony to begin the re-turning will be held in mid-June.  George was fined $50 for his efforts.

Next, Jim Helms was questioned about the cross on top of Methodist Hospital which apparently used to turn, as did the local barbershop pole.  Jim bemoaned the city’s decision to stop these signs from moving, noting that he supported their reactivation.  He was recognized for $25.

The Finemaster addressed the Foothill Federal Credit Union group who were attending with Brian Hall, all dressed in matching t-shirts.  Brian didn’t seem too enthused about Glenn’s idea of large golden dollar signs turning on top of the credit union building.  He was fined $100 for turning down this opportunity to potentially increase deposits.

Brian Cogbill and his family were photographed in front of the Supreme Court building, upon which Brian commented that he thought the empty chair was a prime spot for a dental practice.  Actually, they were there to see Brian’s son and daughter-in-law be sworn in as attorneys authorized to practice before the Supreme Court.  Brian was recognized for $100 as a proud father.

An admittedly dated photo of David Hasselhoff from Baywatch days was shown in comparison with a beachside photo of Bob Harbicht.  All efforts to tell the photos apart failed and Bob was fined for $50.

Finally, a photo of David Vannasdall with members of the AHS Key Club required an explanation.  David insists that he is only consorting with Kiwanians in a long-term effort to reel them in for Interact, so his fine was reduced from $75 to $25.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Friday, April 15, 2016

 

 

  1. George Fasching announced that the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors luncheon will be on Tuesday 05/10/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.   He needs 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch..
  2. Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor will be held from 05/21/2016 to 05/29/2016 at Arcadia County Park.  The flags are being delivered and every club member and friends are needed to help assemble the flags and flag poles.  Remember to sell flags to all of your friends.  This is a great project and we all need to participate.
  3. The club’s Monte Carlo night will held on Saturday 06/04/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.  Erich Rail is  looking for raffle items.  It will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  4. The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares,  will be held on Friday 06/24/2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia.
  5. Jim Pontello announced that the club will meet for the club’s annual Arbor Day lunch on Friday 04/29/2016 at the Arboretum.  This will be a regular club meeting and we will be DARK at Embassy Suites.
  6. Superintendent David Vannasdall  introduced the Holly Avenue Principal Teresa  Oakland (sp), who in turn introduced the Rotary Teacher of the Year/Month  for April  2016:  Mrs. Susie Develle, who teaches 4th  grade. Her introduction by her principal and the description of her actions brought tears to the eyes of her mother who was present, and admiration to the rest of the room.
  7. The students of the month were:                                                                      A.   Athletics: Yin Win Thaw (Sarah) , who excels in badminton,               and is in many clubs and beneficial organizations. She plans on         pursuing a career in international nursing.                                            B.    Academics: Sarah Marriott, who was studying so hard, she               was unable to attend our meeting.                                  C. Performing Arts: Anabella K Sanford, who already has quite a          resume in the drama field, including a major role in  a current           production. She plans on Citrus College, then a performing arts       school, followed by a career in the arts.

Sauté Culinary Academy

Chef Alex Reyes regaled the Arcadia Rotarians about the pure adrenalin rush of being the head chef.  With over 25 years of experience, Alex has worked in many fine establishments, including Mi Piace in Pasadena and the Ritz Carlton. Alex received his Bachelors degree from the famous California Polytechnic School in Pomona, CA before moving on to teach at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles.

Alex described a vivid memory of being head Chef for an event with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where one of the waitress told the kitchen that Mayor wanted his steak well done.  Turns out the waitress was guessing and the Mayor actually wanted his Filet’ Medium Rare.  This resulted in a new steak order and a whole bunch of the guests sending back their steaks for reheating… a huge fiasco for the kitchen.  Alex demanded that the waitress(s) responsible for this be fired on the spot, or he was quitting.  The waitresses were fired and when Alex was leaving for the night the 3 were out on the curb bemoaning their unemployed status.  Alex consoled them, later marrying one of them.

Alex now heads the Sauté Culinary Academy in Monrovia, a new bigger location.  The academy offers a variety of classes including Kids Classes, Recreational Classes, Team Building Events and Semi-Professional Cooking Classes. The classes are 3 hours long and participants get a short lecture, 2 hours of hands on cooking followed by eating.  Check it out at  www.sauteacademy.com

One of his popular teaching methods is to pick a country and then help his students learn to prepare cuzine popular in that country.  Alex having lived in Mexico, Iran, Columbia and Louisiana gives him a unique skill set.  Alex reinforces that it is not so much the recipes but the preparation and cooking techniques that are important to cooking fine food.

An important skill for everyone who wants to learn to cook is knife skills.  The “Knife Skills Class” teaches knife handling and the 6 important food cutting techniques.  Alex noted that he is seeing a trend away from traditional fine dining to trendy pubs serving beer and good food in  a more casual setting.  There were questions on unusual foods, oils and methods.  Alex reminded us all that personal traits like working hard, being on-time and showing a sense of urgency are very important in the culinary industry.

Dave McMonigle has set us Rotarians up for a 3 hour cooking class on Saturday May 7; we are in for a lot of fun, skill development and eating.

Arcadia High School Constitution Team

What a lively debate the Arcadia Rotarians had with the Arcadia High School Constitution Team! The Constitution team was formed in 1988 and took Dirk and Sharon Hudson down memory lane as they recalled how they daughter was on the team back in 1992. Under the leadership of Advisor Meghan Leahy, the Constitution Team has won the local and State Championship and is now headed to Washington, D.C. for the National Championship.
One of the Constitution Team members participated in the Four Way Speech Test and put out a request for donations to the team’s trip for the National Championship and the Arcadia Rotary Foundation rose to the challenge, as usual. Frank Hall made a donation on behalf of the Foundation for $1,000 to help cover the team’s travel costs.
The Rotarians were treated to a taste of what the students will encounter at the competition through a presentation by 5 team members on the political and historical aspects of the Constitution in reference to power. Each member of the team gave their perspective on various parts of the Constitution and then were asked questions by their advisor. The 15-20 hours per week these students spend practicing was evident as they thoughtfully answered each question. Then, when the Rotarians took to the mic and asked some questions of their own, the discourse got very lively. it was clear why only 30 students out of the 150 students who tried out, were picked for the Constitution Team. These students know their stuff!

Announcements for 04/01/2016 by Pat Barnes

  1.  Jim Rider received his heart transplant.  Now that is an answer to all of our prayers.
  2. The memorial service for Beverly Margett, the wife of member Senator Bob Margett, who died on 02/18/2016, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 04/09/2016 at Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, CA.  There will  be a reception afterwards at Royal Oaks.
  3.  Dick Martinez announced that the Rotary Amigos work weekend will be the weekend of 04/16/2016 – 04/17/2016 at a boy’s orphanage near Tecate.  We will be installing new light fixtures to help reduce their electricity bill.  Come for 1 day or for the whole weekend.  We will be staying at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana.  There will be sign up sheets on all tables at the club meeting.  If you have any questions, contact Dick Martinez.
  4. George Fasching announced that the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors luncheon will be on Tuesday 05/10/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.   He needs 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch..
  5. Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor will be held from 05/21/2016 to 05/29/2016 at Arcadia County Park.  The flags are being delivered and every club member and friends are needed to help assemble the flags and flag poles.  Remember to sell flags to all of your friends.  This is a great project and we all need to participate.
  6. The club’s Monte Carlo night will held on Saturday 06/04/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.  Erich Rail is  looking for raffle items.  It will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  7. The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares,  will be held on Friday 06/24/2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia.
  8. Jim Pontello announced that the club will meet for the club’s annual Arbor Day lunch on Friday 04/29/2016 at the Arboretum.  This will be a regular club meeting and we will be DARK at Embassy Suites.
  9. Congratulations to Frank Perini for his daughter’s graduation from UC Riverside and her acceptance at UCLA to get her Master’s Degree.  That is a great achievement.  Go Bruins!
  10. Glen Oyoung announced that last Friday was his last day at Arcadia Rotary as he is moving to Glendora, CA and then learned that it was just an April Fool’s joke.
  11. It was announced that Stephanie Chen, who is the winner of the club’s the 4-Way Speech contest and then won again at the next level against Monrovia Rotary Club’s winner, has again won and is moving up to the next level which will be held Wednesday 04/27/2016 in Montebello.  Congratulations Stephanie!

ANNOUNCEMENTS for March 25, 2016

Pres. Mike Hoey reminded us that RYLA is slated for April 15 to 17. Facilitators are still needed. If you can help, please contact Mike Real.

Dick Martinez announced the Rotary Amigos project to be held April 16 and 17. The all boys orphanage is between Tecate and East Tijuana, and the project will be the replacing of lighting fixtures which will save 50% in their electricity costs. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

Mr. Martinez and the Rotary Amigos  recently delivered 20 wheelchairs to our southern neighbors in desperate need of mobility, paid for by the Arcadia Rotary Foundation.

Casino Night is June 4th, from 6 to 10 PM, at the Arcadia Community Center. Eric Rail said that we have room for 2 more table sponsors at a cost of $200 each. He also needs raffle items for the auction, and volunteers to work at the event. Food will be furnished by the Derby, and cost is $100 per person and $175 per couple.

Bob Harbicht said that sales of the flags for the Field of Honor are going well, and he encouraged us to get our orders in. He has information flyers and is asking us to make them available in our offices.  Flags are $50 and will be displayed May21 through May29, 2016.  We also need help assembling the flags – time and place to be announced.

District Assembly is in Apple Valley,  Saturday, April 9, 2016.  President Rosie is strongly encouraging all Board Members to  attend.

Maxine, of the  Arcadia High Interact Club requested donations to the Homeless Teenager project, and described how $10,000 would help a teenager for a year.

Paul Harris pins were awarded by Gil Stromsoe to  outstanding member-donors:                                                                                                                                1.  Former President, Brad Miller received a Paul Harris Fellow plus 2, having contributed $3,000 to the Foundation.                                                2.  Yvonne Flint, received her Paul Harris Fellow PLUS 8!!! This is the highest such award given, and there have been 9 in Arcadia Rotary history.

We were saddened to hear from Tom Crosby, that he is resigning from the club, after many years of cheering us with his song leading, and his tireless efforts, leading our construction projects, most notably the Boy Scout Fort in Monrovia and the many Arcadia Rotary Amigos Projects.  We’re going to miss you Tom.  Please hurry back.

Group Speech and Club Essay Contest

The Four Way Speech Contest with our International theme “Be a Gift to the World” treated us to the top speakers representing our Club and Monrovia Rotary.  Ken Chan presided.

Before the speeches began presentations were made for the three finalists  (Arcadia High students) in the George Hensel Ethics Essay contest at our club level.  Judges for the submissions were Mimi Hennessy, Glen Oyoung and Matt Weaver.

3rd place: Claire Sung
2nd place: Camilla Leonard
1st place: Charles Xu, an 11th grader at Arcadia High. Charles was asked to read his essay.

Each finalist received a plaque, a check and Charles Xu moves on to the Group level contest.  At the District level the grand finalist will receive a $3000 prize.

The presentation was followed by two vibrant speeches with a representative from our club and and Monrovia.  Both speakers were impressive: Amaris Murphy-Richards, a senior at Monrovia High faced off against  Stephanie Shen a sophomore at Arcadia High.

Ken said “there was a tie. We wanted to send them both to the next level.  But we can only send one.”  After four tie breaker votes the judges awarded the win to Stephanie Shen.

 

Bruce Hicks – Pac 12 Basketball Referee

After college Bruce Hicks got into refereeing. He studied the rulebook and was schooled by Booker Turner who taught him how to be a professional referee and a teacher on the floor. Young men today need guidance and Bruce considers that is his most important duty. He has been refereeing games for 27 years and recently retired, but he still mentors new men by conducting training camps for prospective referees.

Bruce started by working High School and Junior College games. One Saturday he was working in the yard when he got a call from Booker Turner and was asked to be at the Sports Arena in three hours. In Division 1 Basketball all refs have to wear a coat and tie. Bruce showered, changed and rushed and got to arena in time. It was a national TV game between USC and Oregon State and as Bruce said of his first Pac 10 game, “I nailed it.” From that point he had a schedule that was amazing. He traveled all over the United States refereeing in some the nations greatest sport arenas. He worked five March Madness games. He refereed games where the top coaches in the country were competing like Coach K. from Duke, Indiana’s Bobby Knight and Roy Williams of North Carolina to name a few.

It was a wonderful career but through it all Bruce’s main goal was to teach young men. He has a love and passion for the game. Officials are the integrity of the game. They are correct on their calls 96.4 percent of the time. He had the opportunity to serve the game of basketball and now it is his time to give back to others who are following in his footsteps.

Announcements – March 18

Pres. Mike Hoey reminded us that RYLA is slated for April 15 to 17. Facilitators are still needed. If you can help, please contact Mike Real.

Dick Martinez announced the Rotary Amigos project to be held April 16 and 17. The all boys orphanage is between Tecate and East Tijuana, and the project will be the replacing of lighting fixtures which will save 50% in their electricity costs. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

Casino Night is June 4th, from 6 to 10 PM, at the Arcadia Community Center. Eric Rail said that we have room for 2 more table sponsors at a cost of $200 each. He also needs raffle items for the auction, and volunteers to work at the event. Food will be furnished by the Derby, and cost is $100 per person and $175 per couple.

Bob Harbicht said that sales of the flags for the Field of Honor are going well, and he encouraged us to get our orders in. He has information flyers and is asking us to make them available in our offices.

Paul Harris pins were awarded by Gil Stromsoe to three deserving individuals. Ken Mallory received a PH plus 2; Mimi Hennessy a PH plus 4; and Bob Harbicht a PH plus 7. Gil said the donations to the Paul Harris Foundation amounted to $18,000 so far this year.

Pres. Mike had the pleasure of presenting the Rotarian of the Month to Mike Real for his outstanding job as our social chairman.

We had the induction of a new member, Gina Post Franklin, who was sponsored by her brother Rob Post and John Wilson. Gina was a member of the club a few years ago and had to leave when her work took her to Orange County. She is back with Post Alarms in Arcadia and it is great to have her in the club again.

The Teacher of the Year, Melanie Coulter, was introduced by her principal and works as a 4th grade teacher at Hugo Reid Elementary School. She has taught for 10 years in the Arcadia school district and was raised here. Pres. Mike presented Melanie with a plaque and a monetary gift from the club.

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