Announcements, October 13

  1. Member Updates: Jim Ryder said that Howell Tyson is still at Methodist Hospital and possibly will be discharged in two weeks. Rosie Mares told us of the tragic loss of Eric and Melissa Rail’s house in the Santa Rosa fire. The Rails and their dog are fine, but now have to deal with the loss of their house. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.
  2. Oct. 18 will be the monthly board meeting, 6 PM at Mass Mutual.
  3. Oct. 23 is Monday Night Football at the Weavers. Please RSVP to the evite if you can come.
  4. Rosie Mares would like to get a count of those who plan to attend the 90 year celebration of the Arcadia Rotary Club on the evening of Oct. 27. If you haven’t returned your invitation, please contact Rosie.
  5. Brent Forsee introduced the students of the month. They were Justin B. Chen, Academics; Eryca Yamane, Athletics; and Dana Cho, Performing Arts. All are great students and, according to Brent, can get into any university that they desire.

Raghada Khoury – District Govenor

Following an update and call to action for repair of the Camp Trask Boy Scout Fort by Mike Real (Real Food Marketing) and Keith Brown (KB Construction), President Tony Parrille introduced the service area leaders.
Environmental Service director, Glenn Oyoung introduced plans to partner with the Arboretum sponsoring student tours of the Arboretum.  Arboretum President Richard Schulhof described how influential this can be with some students that have not experienced the outdoors, wildlife, open fields and the extensive variety of plant life at the Arboretum.  More to follow on this project.
Community Service Director, Brent Forsee, Principal AUSD reminded the club that we will continue to recognize both students and teachers of the month.  We will also have two meetings recognizing the Arcadia police and fire department key personnel.
International Service director, Dick Martinez informed the club about the multitude of projects the club has sponsored in Tijuana building houses, helping orphanages and providing wheelchairs to handicapped people.
Membership Chair, Francine Chiu provided an update on membership, noting that we are at 84 members with two pending new members.  Francine reminded the club of the great job our finemaster is doing reminding us all of the purpose and history of Rotary.  The question for next week is what is the definition of Rotary.  A new up-to-date booklet titled Rotary ABCs was published, everyone should have a copy.
New Generations director, Kathy Ellison updated on TLC, RYLA lead by Mike Real and Interact being lead by Jim Ryder at Arcadia Unified School District, all important opportunities for Rotarians to participate and provide leadership in our community.
Vocational Service director, Larry Callaham thanked Brent Forsee for allowing the Arcadia Rotary Club to partner with AUSD on teacher mini grants, student scholarschips, the Dan Stover music competition and the 4-way speech contest, all great programs. Larry reminded everyone of the dinner and program on February 9 at AUSD.
District Governor (DG), Raghada Khoury finally was given the floor and reminded Rotarians of the serious nature and responsibilities of properly maintaining our tax advantaged status as a 501C(3) non profit.
DG Khoury noted that many changes are coming from Rotary International, for example moving the focus from attendance at meetings, to activities sponsored, hours of service and financial contributions into our communities.


Recognitions – October 6, 2017

Deputy Finemaster Dick Martinez led the club in the latest round of “Arcadia Rotary What’s My Line?” with mostly successful results:

Ray Bushnell and Mike Hoey started us off on the right foot by both knowing the other’s business:  Ray’s business, RBI Systems, Inc., provides direct mail and data processing services, Mike is a Doctor of Optometry and owns Hoey Optometry.  Neither were fined since they provided the correct answers.

Next, Gil Stromsoe and Frank Hall continued the streak:  Gil is a CPA and partner of Mark Schaefer Associates (and prepares Frank’s tax returns), Frank is a retired banker and corporate fundraiser, currently President of Arcadia Rotary Foundation.  Again, no fines for either one.

Eric Barter and Jack McRae were close:  Jack correctly identified Eric’s business as bail bondsman with Bad Boy’s Bail Bonds – he works with criminal defense attorneys, while Eric got partial credit for his guess of police officer and attorney.  Jack is an attorney and also a reserve deputy sheriff.  Eric’s fine was also partial at $10.

Bob Harbicht and Mike Ojeda landed a little farther apart:  Bob guessed Mike was in the escrow business – Mike’s in the title insurance business with Equity Title Corp, and Mike correctly identified Bob as former Arcadia mayor, but missed his being retired from owning a marketing research company.  Both were fined $25.

Last up, Ken Chan and David Freeman finished off with style:  Ken correctly stated David’s businesses as tennis bum, real estate attorney, and board member on the Arcadia Board of Realtors.  David, also correctly according to Ken, knew that Ken is a magician extraordinaire and a teacher of magic.


Our own Frank Hall inspired us all when he approached the podium and took us on a tour of his life as a Rotarian.  Frank joined Rotary in 1965 after he had been transferred as an assistant manager of a bank in Alhambra.  Frank had been in the banking business since 1957 and tried to join other clubs but back then the RI bylaws stipulated there was to be only one classification in each club, i.e., real estate, lawyer, banker, etc.  Attendance was mandatory, make-ups were permitted but if you missed four straight meetings you were out.  One time Frank was on vacation in Napa, California and attended a make-up meeting in nearby St. Helena, he shared with us that there were so many vineyard owners that membership had to classify them as Winemaster Chardonnay, Winemaster Merlot, Winemaster Cabernet. He noted that Robert Mondavi, owner of Charles Krug Winery, was a member of the club and during a two year period when his winery was not producing wine the club reclassified him “Vinegar Manufacturer”.  Rotarians having fun!


Frank spent a brief time in San Bernardino where he joined Rotary and then moved to Palm Springs where he opened a branch of Crocker Bank.  Once there he joined the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, about one hundred members strong.  In 1971 the President Elect passed away four months before taking office as President and the club asked Frank to take over as President.  Frank remembers the members and celebrities who made up there were the likes of J.C. Penney (yes, that one) and Liberache’s brother George all the way from South Lake Tahoe as well as Don Wilson, the master of ceremonies for comedian Jack Benny.


Frank spent ten years (1976-86) at the Rotary Club of Newport Beach before moving on to the L.A.5 with its six hundred members. He recalled his involvement with the first Polio-Plus Fundraiser, which raised over $100,000 and the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled Rotary International could not exclude women from membership to Rotary.  Frank then joined the South Fullerton Rotary for a time but joined the Sierra Madre Club since he lives there.  He was in Sierra Madre Rotary for a total of nine years before joining the Greatest Rotary Club in the World, Arcadia Rotary.  For the last ten years he has enjoyed our club, made numerous close friends, and is currently the President of the Arcadia Rotary Foundation.  We extend our sincere gratitude to Frank for sharing his experiences and service over 50 years in Rotary.


(Pat Dolphin)

ANNOUNCEMENTS for 10/06/17 by A.Smith

October Events:

10/06/2017: District Governor Social Gathering in Duarte, CA.

10/07/2017: 28th Annual PEACE Conference

10/13/2017: District Governor, Raghada Khoury will visit Arcadia Rotary

10/27/2017: Rotary Celebrates 90 Years!

Bob Harbicht announced the start of the Arcadia Community Center Memorial honoring all services of Veterans. Projected to finish and open on our around Memorial Day of 2018. More to come.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, Sept. 29, 2017, by Dave Freeman

(Mostly copied from Mimi’s previous Announcements)

  1. Next Week’s Meeting is at the DOUBLETREE! All meetings in October and November will be at the Doubletree, returning to Embassy Suites in December.

2.  Multi Club Gathering for District Governor October 6 at 5:30 at the Duarte SeniorCenter. All club members are urged to attend as we have 100 seats bought and paid for! Cuisine will be Mediterranean (cheese and spinach pies, kebabs, dolmas, baklava,etc)

3. 5K Run for Juvenile Diabetes will be October 29 at the Rose Bowl. Sign up and/or donate!

4. Veterans Memorial Design will be presented to the Arcadia City Council on October 3.  Would love to have Rotarians there to support.

5. October 13- District Governor’s Visit at Arcadia Rotary. Be sure to attend and support your club for the annual DG’s visit. (Remember, we’re at the Doubletree)

6. October 27 – Arcadia Rotary 90th Anniversary

And the Question is?  Last weeks Question was: “Where are the Headquarters of Rotary International?” Ashley Smith not only correctly answered, Evanston, Illinois,  but gave the full address! Way to go, Ashley. This weeks question is: “What year was the four way test enacted?” Look it up in your Blue Book and be prepared to avoid a fine!


The Greatest Rotary Club in the World!