Rotary Rose Parade Float

Our own Ray Bushnell took the mic to share his experience with the Rotary International Float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day. Well, typically, the parade is almost always on New Years Day but this year it will take place on January 2, 2017 since the first falls on a Sunday and the Rose Parade does not take place on Sundays, so it will be Monday. For the past twenty years Ray has been involved with the Rotary International float working with the Tournament of Roses Float Committee. He reflected how a well known District level Rotarian (Conrad von Bibre, South Pasadena) approached him asking for a meeting to discuss how Rotarians could better communicate and stay constantly involved. Ray agreed and today still works on making the Rotary float an outstanding entry through raising funds and involving other Rotarians in decorating and awareness. Ray says the entry by Rotary is a well designed Public Relations campaign that has gone on for thirty-eight years and over that time a billion people have seen the Rotary International float each New Years Day live and on television.

The float builder, Phoenix Decorating, is an award winning float builder that constructs this “work of art”. It must be totally covered with natural material and typically costs an average of $250,000. Who pays for the float? Funds are raised from six districts in California (sustaining clubs) and accepted from all clubs in the United States and Canada. You will, no doubt, see our current Rotary International President, John Germ, riding in this years parade down Colorado Boulevard while he is in town for the three day extravaganza, Service Club Breakfast (four major service clubs) dinners with local Rotary Club guests and the Rose Bowl Football Game and Parade.

For the past thirty-eight years Rotary International has kept Rotary in the hearts and minds of millions of people through this effort of public relations. At the very least it helps people remember the “good works” that have been accomplished by Rotarians around the world each time that float passes by. Thanks Ray.

(Pat Dolphin)

ANNOUNCEMENTS for friday, October 14, 2016, by Dave Freeman

  1.  December 6, 13, and 20 are the first decoration sessions for the Rotary Rose Parade Float. December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 are the second decoration sessions for the Float. Volunteers can only sign up for one session, with 30 decorators for each session. Each Rotary Club can sign up for a session, limited to 30 decorators, with donations of $5 of more per decorator. The float will be decorated at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. (per Rosie Mares, according to Frank Griffith and the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.)
  2. Octoberfest at the home of Mike and Paula Real! Sunday, October 23, 2016. Get your checks in to Glen Oyoung, $15 per person, except for Red Badgers (no charge, I believe).
  3. The friday, October 14, 2016 meeting was in the outdoor patio of Matt Denny’s – a pleasant, casual change.

Craft Talks

Karen McNair is the CEO of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this position she was the Executive Director of the Santa Anita Family YMCA. She is the youngest of four girls and she grew up in the City of Commerce. Karen is married to a Deputy Sheriff who is a helicopter pilot. They have a 19-year-old daughter who is a student at Cal State Channel Islands.
The Chamber was incorporated in 1921. The Chamber Building on Huntington Drive was constructed in 1965. The Arcadia Rotary Club built the circular fire pit outside the building. Long time member, Frank Perini, was part of the crew that collected tons and tons of rocks for the circle. The Chamber is a big advocate for economic development in the community. Some of the Chamber’s projects are a directory of local business listings, advertising business and community events, advertising on social media, organizing networking breakfasts and Chamber mixers so local businesses can get together and share ideas, ribbon cutting to promote new businesses and last but not least, hosting the “Taste of Arcadia “ each year which is an enormous undertaking.

Brent Forsee is the principal of Arcadia High School. His parents were both educators working in special education. He has been married to his wife Kim for 7 ½ years and they have two daughters, Averie who is a kindergartener at Camino Groove and Everly who is 16 months old. Brent attended Pasadena High School and got his BA in History from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he played on the baseball team for 4 years. He got his Masters in Special Education from Point Loma and his Doctorate in Education from USC. Being a principal has its highs and lows. In the past year there have been several tragic student deaths. Theses tragic occurrences have been off-set by such events as the boys and girls tennis teams winning the CIF championship and traveling with the band to perform on the deck of the of the USS Missouri in Hawaii. Working with 3500 students has been very rewarding.  Brett says, “At Arcadia High School you are a student for four years, but you are an Apache for life.”

Rotary Announcements – October 7, 2016

1. The October 7 meeting was held at Coco’s at Colorado and Michellinda (meeting room on east side). President Rosie then displayed an old photograph of Arcadia Rotary Club members in business attire standing in front of Eaton’s Restaurant at the location where Coco’s Restaurant now resides.* Rosie then asked the Rotarians present if any of them had previously attended an Arcadia Rotary meeting at this location. Three Rotarians raised their hands. They were Frank Perini, Jack Lamb, and Brian Cogbill. (* See photo [date unknown] in book by Carol G. Libby: “Faces and Footprints in Arcadia’s History”, p. 105.)

2. October 10, at 5 p.m is Monday Night Football at the Kalemkiarian home, 1328 Rodeo Road, Arcadia. There still is time to sign up. (per John Wilson.)

3. October 30 at 10 a.m. is the JDRF-LA Walk for a Cure of Type 1 Diabetes at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Although JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 85 per cent of the Type 1 victims have now reached adulthood. (per Pat Dolphin, reporting on last year’s program by JDRF Representatives Elizabeth Fleshler and Sue Pietrzak) [DLH note: Apparently there are also some cases of adult-onset Type 1 cases; I have met one of them, but the typical cases seem to have been diagnosed in childhood as was our grand-daughter (now 11 who was diagnosed at age 3). ] Donors and Walkers can sign up with Bruno Esquivel (who has agreed to serve as this year’s Team Rotary Captain.) ] The Walk for a Cure is a 5K Walkathon, including a circle around both the Rose Bowl Stadium and golf courses. (per Rosie Mares, 2014 Team Captain) For more information about the Rose Bowl Walk and how you. can help, follow this link: .

4. December 6, 13, and 20 are the first decoration sessions for the Rotary Rose Parade Float. December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 are the second decoration sessions for the Float. Volunteers can only sign up for one session, with 30 decorators for each session. Each Rotary Club can sign up for a session, limited to 30 decorators, with donations of $5 of more per decorator. The float will be decorated at Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. (per Rosie Mares, according to Frank Griffith and the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee.)

5. Polio updates: Regional outbreaks of polio were reported in August, 2016 in Born , a state in northeast Nigeria. The disease is now endemic in only three countries around the globe—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan (per Rosie Mares) Nevertheless, the virus continues to exist and can be spread among those not yet vaccinated. “Highly mobile groups, such as Nigeria’s nomadic livestock herders, may spread the disease as they travel from place to place. (According to the WHO, the polio strains affecting residents of the Horn of Africa originated in West Africa.)” (per Diane Cole for the National Geographic, August 14, 2013, and cf. Ray Bushnell who cites the Center for Disease Control and UNICEF) Recently, a vaccine that infected some polio victims was replaced by another vaccine free of such defect. (per Ray Bushnell).

6. January 13-18, 2017 are the dates of the TRF Centennial Motorcycle Expedition hosted by Rotary District 3181, India. An invitation is offered to Rotarians who are motorcyclists to tour 21,500 square kilometers of India covered by the district, visiting, inter alia, Rotary Clubs and sites in Mysore (Jan. 13, 14), Hassan (Jan. 15), Shimoga (Jan. 16), Hospete (Jan. 17), and Hubi (Jan. 18). (via Rosie Mares, per invitation from Rtn Pashupathi Sharma of District 3181, India)

7. October 21 and 22, 2016, 6 to 9 p.m. are dates that The L.A. County Arboretum and Natural Discourse present ‘Digital Nature: An evening of techno-botanical art in the garden.” It will be “a spectacular evening of animation, light and sound at one of L.A.’s most treasured public gardens.” In this event, “A group of acclaimed contemporary artists have been invited to project their work onto the rich canvas of the botanical garden. With themes as diverse as invasive exotics, natural pigments, plant tropism and an ancient Chinese poem, these digital and video works explore the intersection of horticulture and technology.”  Arcadia Rotarians can get a discount, using code: DN2016  (per Richard Schulhoff .)

Rose Bowl Walk for Juvenile Diabetes October, 2016

[from the October issue of the District 5300 Highlighter (which republished Pat Dolphin’s article in last year’s Arcadia Rotary HIgh Gear)]

Arcadia Rotary invites you to join the Rose Bowl 5K Walk and help the JDRF

Elizabeth Fleshler, Outreach Manager and Sue Pietrzac, Walk manager joined us at the club to share an overview of the seriousness of type 1 diabetes, the auto-immune disease that effects both juveniles and adults.

Type 1 diabetes can attack at all ages and requires those people to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels in order to avoid some serious complications to their health.

Elizabeth has two children with type 1 diabetes, both of whom wear insulin pumps, which inject the needed amounts to the body on a 24/7 schedule. The pumps take the place of the pancreas, which can no longer provide insulin to a type 1 patient. Issac, Elizabeth’s eight-year-old son was diagnosed with type1 diabetes at the age of eighteen months old. Elizabeth has had to monitor his blood sugar levels as much as fifteen times a day until he was able to wear the insulin pump. The attached glucose monitor checks his blood sugar levels five times a day and can administer insulin that levels out the erratic highs and lows of type 1 diabetes through the day enabling him to lead a more normal lifestyle.

Currently, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, but there are fifty-five human studies taking place and the hope is that a cure is close at hand. Sue shared that through the research an artificial pancreas is being developed. Additionally, the organizations research has supported the gains in designing Islet Cell Encapsulation materials, which consists of implanting insulin-producing beta cells in to the body (about the size of a quarter) as a type of therapy, this could be “life changing”. JDRF has found that type 1 diabetes effects all ages and that 85% of those with it are adults.

JDRF is a forty-four year old non-profit organization that has raised over $68 million dollars from the 300 Walks they do. Sue Pietrzac invites us to their current 5K Walk which will be at the Rose Bowl on October 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

She asks that we sign up, set-up a Rotary team, set a goal and just have fun. We thank the JDRF along with Elizabeth and Sue for sharing this information about Type 1 Diabetes and how we can help in the fight to stop it once and for all.

For more information about the Rose Bowl Walk and how you can help, follow this link:

Collapse of the family structure – Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is a consultant to non-profits after a 20 year career in corporate finance and a member of L.A. 5 Rotary Club  He called his speech “The most significant change in American culture in the last 40 years”.

When asked what that change was, we guessed  that it was technology, globalization and the few others but Jeff’s presentation addressed the rise and perpetuation of the cycle of single mothers and poverty.

Historically until 1930’s the rate of single mothers was 2-3% of the births.  Thereafter the number has increased.

In 1966 the “War on Poverty” legislation provided benefits for unmarried mothers with children.  Unfortunately there was an unintended consequence – not getting married and having more children had a bigger payoff.  A cycle of single motherhood and multi-generational poverty ensued.

An effort was made to correct this with the 1996 Welfare Reform legislation which required work after 2 years and to be off the welfare program after 5.  A small reduction occurred but recent data show non-marital births at 40%. of live births.  As a result there is decreased opportunity for the mothers and a cycle of welfare, poverty, violence and crime.

  • 71% of those in poverty are single mothers with children.  10% are expected to escape poverty as adults.
  • A non-married couple, with a boyfriend involved has 33x more risk of child abuse.
  • Fatherless homes are the biggest source of juvenile crime.

There are several proposed solutions to help our society help itself:

  1.   LARC – Long-Acting, Reversible Contraception that give women control over when they have children and what environment they bring them into.  The state of Colorado has offered them for free at clinics producing a 40% reduction in unwed births in the under 25 age group.
  2. Eliminate the means test/ Marital penalty – Statistics are much better for married couples. The marriage institution should be encouraged, not penalized.
  3. Increase Education –  Creative charter schools that have high college acceptance support this statistic: College education is the single greatest indicator for those getting out of poverty.  We need to look at the successful charter schools and model after them  in high risk neighborhood.
  4. Relocation – kids in poverty moved to a middle class neighborhood, even with the cost of increased government subsidy cost less to society in the long run.


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