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.

Annual Rotary Awards – Installation Banquet, June 27, 2015

Posted by Yvonne Flint on June 29th, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off on Annual Rotary Awards – Installation Banquet, June 27, 2015

In addition to installing our new President Michael Hoey, Arcadia Rotarians looked forward to the awarding of Arcadia Rotary’s annual Rotary Awards.  The awards focus on different service areas and honor Past District Governors who were Arcadia Rotarians.

The Ernest E. Jensen “Service to Youth Award” was presented by the 2013-14 recipient Rodger J. “Coach” Wright.  The 2014-15 recipient is a graduate of UC Davis and a certified scuba diver who has lived in Arcadia since 1998 along with her spouse and children.  An active volunteer in Arcadia, the awardee gave many hours to Highland Oaks PTSA, Rolling Readers, Foothills Middle School, Arcadia High School Music Club, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader, and the Assistance League.  Despite dealing with medical issues since 2014, the recipient continued to help with band uniforms.  Awardee Nancy Tang was represented by her husband Alex Chang and two sons who accepted the award on her behalf and spoke eloquently of her selfless devotion.

The John R. Fee “New Member Award” is given each year to an outstanding new member of Arcadia Rotary.  Presenter John Wilson, last year’s recipient, began with all Arcadia Rotarians standing then began the process of elimination:  Over 20 years, sit down, never received a reminder call from Dirk Hudson, sit down, never helped with Casino Night, sit down, never attended District Assembly, sit down, never served as President of Icebreakers, sit down.  The awardee Teri Muse remained standing.  As a new member, Teri has jumped into the thick of Rotary service in many aspects of Arcadia Rotary and has made our club richer by her membership.

The Alton E. Scott “Community Service Award” was presented by 2013-14 recipient Aaron Rose.  The award honors community service and this year’s recipient exemplifies this in all aspects of his life.  Married over 60 years, the recipient served our country bravely in World War II and has received high military honors.  A father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is now retired from a career as an exceptional salesperson.  A graduate of USC and Pasadena Community College, he is a classic car enthusiast and is often seen driving his Model A through the streets of Arcadia.  Awardee Ken Mallory has actively served Arcadia Rotary in many capacities, including serving on the Board of Directors, and continues to give his time and service to his community.

The “H.T. Michler Rotarian Award” is presented each year to a Rotarian as recognition of accumulated and continued service to Arcadia Rotary for years.  Prior recipient Bob Harbicht presented this year’s award to the “perfect recipient.”  This member’s boundless enthusiasm has energized every aspect of Arcadia Rotary as he has served in every capacity during 28 years of membership.  A list of all the activities and positions of responsibility in Arcadia Rotary would be long and varied.  Richly deserving of the honor, awardee Matt Weaver is an example of what a Rotarian should be as he continues to inspire and lead various projects in our club, including the Installation Banquet.

Demotion of Mike Ojeda

Posted by Pat Dolphin on June 22nd, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off on Demotion of Mike Ojeda

It was a fabulous demotion for our outgoing Rotary president Mike Ojeda. Brad Miller put together an all star cast of characters and asked Bob Harbicht to emcee the festivities by leading an investigation into how Ojeda became so wealthy all of a sudden after reading the infamous article published in major media about Arcadia’s housing boom. I mean, “come-on”! In his year as Rotary President he sold a house, bought a house, remodeled a kitchen, re-landscaped his yard (a photo appeared showing a pool, spa, lazy river and gorgeous landscape), shopped for a new car (Bentley?), etc., etc. Harbicht asked several people up to the witness stand to answer questions relating to who the single person could be that put all these housing deals together. Tony Parrille was called up and asked to confirm that housing prices have skyrocketed from 7/1/14-7/1/15. Naturally they have. Imy Dulake was reminded to tell “mostly the truth” on the witness stand when questioned about the housing connection and the shady dealings from the mysterious middleman. Terry Earl was called up together with Dave Freeman who introduced their “Earl-Freeman Plan”, which lets sellers stay in their home as long as they want after the sale. And who orchestrated all the escrows for these hundreds of homes being sold? Lizette Freeman of course, from Premium Escrow. When Asked by Harbicht about escrow she responded by the definition of escrow first……..“In French escrow means thief”. The group on the stand was asked how to explain the 125 houses that were sold but not lived in. They all answered together, “It’s all Mike Ojeda’s fault!”

Ana Ojeda called to the stand was asked if she noticed any difference in Mike’s behavior in recent months and she thought Mike could have just been tired, maybe had a girlfriend since he always came home late with a lot of money. Apparently Mike began spending big chunks of cash on a new Post Alarm system from Rob Post, bought a huge generator in case of power outages, even a new boat was mentioned, all very odd when even Ana says one word when describing Mike…”Cheap!” This was so uncharacteristic that Harbicht called Brian Hall to the stand to get to the money trail. Brian said that since 7/1/14 Mike had been making large deposits, just under the $10,000 range to avoid federal reporting, and then several withdrawals as well. Bruce Snell was called up to the stand. Bruce specializes in kitchen and bath design. He said Mike was a good client who always paid in cash. Next was Steve Fong who is the finance manager for Sierra Honda. He was asked if Mike had made contact with him and answered that yes he had but was not interested in a Honda, that he wanted something like the BMW from the lot next door. The highest end 700 Series was available with everything including autopilot for $132,000. Mike wanted to upgrade to a Bentley and no sale was made.


It was determined that Mike was the culprit of the housing bubble and has completed his Presidential year at the greatest Rotary Club in the World. Thank you Mike, for a great year of service.


(Pat Dolphin)