ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR friday, Dec. 4, 2016

  1.  President Rosie reminded us that on the first Sunday in December (12/04/2016), from 3 pm to 6 pm, the Partners in Rotary will host a Party at the Weaver Residence.
  2.  The regular Rotary lunch will be the Holiday/Christmas celebration on friday December 16,  2016 .
  3. Rotary Day at the Races is coming. Mark the date in your calendar: March 3,  2017.
  4.   Foothill Unity Center, sponsored by Arcadia Rotary, recently supplied more than one hundred sixty pies to many families.             Now,  they are gearing up for the Angels special event, where they will benefit many families and children in need with clothes and toys of particular interest to each child. Please sign up to contribute $10 to $25.                                                                                                 Participation help would also be appreciated Friday, December 16, 2016 (wrapping, packing, etc.).
  5. Kathy Ellison and Brent Forsee were presented their brand new blue badges, after completing the new member activities in relatively short order.

Arcadia Methodist Hospital Expands Services

Imagine for your condition, from start to finish, being taken care of at one group of buildings with a committed group of doctors and staff for up to 90 days.  Imagine a bundle payment opportunity so you are not bombarded by bills from all the service entities.  Imagine less appointments at various offices, less travel, less waiting, better treatment, better outcomes and an overall better experience for you, the patient.  This is the plan in process at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

Debbie McCoy R.N., M.S., F.A.C.H.E. described  the expansion of services and the increased integration of those services for certain common disease types:  cardiovascular, colorectal, gynecology, total joint replacement and spinal fusion.  There are  now dedicated facilities (called clinics or institutes) on the hospital campus or in nearby buildings with examination rooms and equipment designed especially for each condition.  Doctors are asked to commit more to the hospital and in turn the hospital provides facilities better than each doctor could afford on their own.

The “integration part” is developing a continuum of care from the beginning of the patient experience, diagnosis, patient education, surgery/treatment and rehabilitation until they are well or stable. There is coordination between the health care providers (doctors, nurses, therapists etc.)  in varied health care settings (hospital, clinics etc) taking care of the varied diagnoses a patient may have for a better overall experience for all those involved.

The developments can only occur because of California State Statute 1206(d) that now allows hospitals to own clinics which affords in addition to patient care, patient education and research opportunities.

The newest facility focused on post-stroke rehabilitation at Methodist is the Acute Rehabilitation Center which opened last week on the third floor .  Patients may have to relearn to speak, walk and do activities of normal daily living after a stroke. The varied therapists and doctors are now available in this state of the art setting.

Debbie confirmed the new expansion is at the highest level of service for which the hospital is known: 5 star rated by Medicare which is in the top 2% in the nation and rated #8 in the nation for patient safety.

Evolution of Recycling

Evolution of Recycling
Mike Hammer, Director of Recycling Operations
Waste Management

You could hear a pin drop in Jordan Hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd last Friday, when Mike Hammer, Director of Recycling Operations for Waste Management took to the podium to shed some light on the evolution of recycling. Rotarians were captivated by Mike’s enlightening presentation.

Mike explained how chemically, something can be recyclable but in order for it to be recycled, there needs to be a way to collect and process the recyclables so there is little if no contamination of food waste and most importantly an end market to buy the recyclable material. Those three factors coupled with new packaging and consumer behavior is reducing the amount of recyclables being disposed.

Laundry soap used to be in big plastic bottles and is now in a small pouch with pods of detergent, all of which is not recyclable. Tuna used to be in a tin can and now is available in a pouch. Also, what is recyclable like plastic water bottles are being made much more light weight, meaning it takes a whole lot more water bottles to make up a ton of recyclables. Since 2005, the weight of a plastic bottle has been reduced by 37%. It now takes 35,000 more water bottles to make up a ton. Also, with the internet, most newspapers on now being read online, greatly reducing the amount of newspaper in the recycle stream. So even though packaging size is reducing and becoming more lightweight, the cost to process these recyclables remains the same or increases. In many cases, it is cheaper to make the product from virgin materials than to make it from recycled materials.

Across the country, many states are adopted goals of how much material they want diverted from their landfills, with California setting a goal of 75% reduction by 2020. Today, we have reached diversion of the most common materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, tin, aluminum and glass. The next step is to divert organic waste such as food and green waste which is more difficult and costly. American consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion a year, or 1.8% of GDP growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. 52 Millions tons of food is sent to landfills annually – 21% of landfill volume.
If the diversion goals are not reached, the State will look to trying to divert much more complicated materials such as the small pouch packaging which is usually contaminated with food residue. Most recycling facilities in the United States today are not designed to handle this type of product. This is why we must all do our part to be diligent in recycling the most basic items: paper, cardboard, plastics of all sorts except plastic bags, metals and glass.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, for November 18, 2016

  1.  President Rosie reminded us that on the first Sunday in December (12/04/2016), from 3 pm to 6 pm, the Partners in Rotary will host a Party at the Weaver Residence.  Cost:$25/Person.
  2. Pick up your good looking Rotary T-shirt. Talk with Pat Dolphin.
  3. President Rosie showed the plaque from the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of Arcadia Rotary as a business icon in the area.
  4. There was a report of thanks for the Middle School projects.
  5. Bruno Esquivel introduced the students of the month for October:                                                                                                                                          a) Celine Yun Shiuan Lee – Academics                                                                 b) Rachel Reedy – Athletics                                                                                      c) Nicole Cavallarin – Performing Arts                                                                            Each of these students demonstrated exceptional                                    grade  point averages, involvement in extracurricular                              activities and care for their fellow students.
  6. Bruno also introduced Mrs. Popovich, the Principal of Camino Grove Elementary  School, who presented the Teacher of the month/year award to Stephanie Brown, describing her as special and dedicated.

Rotary Veterans Share Experiences

Bob Novell was the first of our speakers for Veterans’ Day.  He started by saying that on the day he graduated from college, he along with fifty of his classmates spent part of their morning at a ceremony where they were commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.  All of them had been part of the ROTC program in college and were now committing to at least six years of military service. Thirty days after graduation, he had received orders and had driven cross country to Fort Eustis, VA to report for duty and attend an officer’s basic program for the Transportation Branch of the Army.

Several months later, he was deployed to Aschaffenburg, Germany and was responsible for civilian transportation services for a mid-sized military base. 90% of the people under his command were German and were involved in driving and maintaining the vehicles, and handling the movement of household goods for the servicemen and their family at the base.

His last assignment was for six months at Nuremberg Germany, a much larger base with more people and equipment. Again, he had good people to work with, and in short time, transportation services in Nuremberg became even better.

He finished by saying that he benefited from his experience in the Army, he was given responsibility at very early age, his time in the Army gave him the opportunity to meet many servicemen which helped to learn about America, and also his time in Germany working with Germans exposed him to another culture. He finished by saying that he was proud to say, “I am a veteran”.

Next up was Specialist 5th Class Tony Parrille, U.S. Army Reserve with a six year commitment. After his 1963 Loyola graduation Tony signed up as a Transportation officer and shipped out to Fort Ord for his basic training. He was assigned to the 63rd Admin Company where they had experienced an outbreak of spinal meningitis. While the base had already had twelve cases, Tony had to wake up nightly and open all the windows in the barracks for air circulation and still report the next morning at 5:30 a.m. down at the beach for training. Having to guard the motor pool he inquired about what rifle to use and was handed a broken mop. (Welcome to the U.S. Army soldier!) Working in the S-3 Section, Tony would coordinate retirement parades on the air field dealing with bands, honor guards, etc. He especially remembers the day of 11/22/63, when all were ordered to forget the retirement parade and report directly to the landing field. It was announced that our then President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. By February of 1964 Tony went to his reserve unit at the 349th General Hospital at Hazard Park and finished his tour.

Jim Helms, U.S. Army, and Rank: Major, Infantry, was assigned to guard 1000 Japanese prisoners in Hawaii at the young age of twenty years old. Back then the Army only paid soldiers $21.00/mo. It was later raised to $30.00/mo., which must have been rough. Jim recalls when he was just sixteen years old, a Junior High School student at Riverside High School; he had built an amateur shortwave radio that he used to communicate with other kids from all over. On 12/7/41 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, which was a total shock to our nation. It sent complete fear throughout Southern California because we were so unprepared for a war. They immediately assigned “Block Wardens” who made sure there were no lights on at night in fear of another air attack. Gasoline was rationed, meat rationed and victory gardens were started, growing green beans. Santa Anita Race Track was used as a “Relocation Center” to house those of Japanese decent. And during that time the Selective Service was started. Jim was assigned to Fort McArthur and Camp Roberts in the U.S. Army 63rd Division.

Ken Mallory, U.S. Army, WWII, began his presentation by fitting into his original Eisenhower Jacket, medals and all, which still fits him. Ken shared his experience in the “Battle of The Bulge”, one of the hardest fought battles in history. The Germans were very prepared with tanks, artillery and mortars. Ken had been assigned to his unit, part of the 3rd Army under General Patton, just two weeks prior to the battle. His unit was told to go up a hill and advance on the German position but later Ken’s flank was open and they took so much fire they had to withdraw down the hill. Another soldier who was struggling asked Ken to carry a mortar, Ken handed him his rifle and took over carrying the mortar down the hill dodging heavy fire. Once Ken made his way down he noticed a pile of rifles, he found his, the one had given to the other soldier asking for help. The sling had been cut and it was bloodied, but no sign of the other soldier.   His company suffered 50+ casualties the first day. In one month these were some startling statistics: U.S., 20,876 killed, 40,800 wounded, Germany, 15,652 killed, 42,600 wounded. The other enemy was the piercing cold, snow, and wet conditions. Frostbite on your feet meant certain pain and suffering, delay and special care. Sock’s that were dry were the one thing that kept our G.I.’s moving. General Patton, himself, ordered trucks full of dry socks to be dropped on tarps delivered to his men. He knew the value of keeping feet dry and avoiding frostbite.

Thank you for your service to these and all our veterans!

(Pat Dolphin)

Announcements for November 11, 2016

1. Aaron Rose announced that this Saturday (11/12/2016) from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, is the 34th Annual Fundraising Gala for the Arcadia Chinese Association. It will take place at the Doubletree, 924 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, Ca. 91016. Tickets are now on sale. Contact Aaron Rose for more information

2. Gina Post Franco advised us that next Tuesday (11/15/2016), from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, will be Post Alarms’ 60th Anniversary Party. It will take place at Post Alarm Systems, 47 E. St. Joseph Street, Arcadia, Ca. 91006.

3. President Rosie reminded us that next Friday’s (11/18/2016) meeting will be off-site at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Jordan Hall, 400 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

4. President Rosie reminded us that on the first Sunday in December (12/04/2016), from 3 pm to 6 pm, the Partners in Rotary will host a Party at the Weaver Residence. For $25/Person

5. President Rosie awarded pins for service “above and beyond” to Kathy Ellison and Ray Bushnell.

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