September 19, 2014 Announcements

Posted by Dirk Hudson on September 20th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

A. Scheduled Events

1. September 20, 2013, 9 am to 1 pm: weeding and learning the art of sheet mulching at the Arboretum area near the Bamboo Room. Volunteers needed. Contact Richard Schulhof for more information.

2a. September 22, 2014: Taste of Arcadia at the Arboretum. Contact Bruce McCallum for tickets.  Cost $50 per ticket ($10 to Arcadia Rotary for each ticket sold.)

2b. Security Volunteers needed for above event. Contact Aaron Rose and Bruce Snell to sign up.

3. September 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. Arcadia Museum Foundation’s third annual Barbecue Fundraiser. Cost $90 per person. Dinner provided by Jake’s Barbeque and entertainment by the “Late Bloomers.” Contact: Jim Helms.

4. September 29, 2014, Post Alarm Systems Golf Tournament at the Glendora Country Club. Proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. Contact Rob Post or John Wilson if you can participate.

5. October 4, 2014, Tailgate Party at the Coliseum, before the game between USC and Arizona State. Cost is $65 per person (which includes ticket price and $20 for parking). Contact Bruce McCallum.

6. October 6. 2014, Monday Night Football at the home of Paul Kalemkiarian. A catered dinner will be served. There will also be an opportunity to participate in George Fasching’s football pool. Cost is $25 per person (Rotarians and guests). No charge for prospective Rotarians. Contact Bob Harbicht or Paul Kalemkiarian.

B. Ongoing Events

1. Arcadia Rotary history project. We are requesting long-time Arcadia Rotarians to provide their past recollections of Arcadia Rotary, by filling out distributed questionnaires. So far John Fee and Bob Harbicht have contributed their memories. Contact Dan Place.

2. Food Drive for Tijuana and Cabo. Donations are being sought with the goal of reaching $1,000.
Contact Dick Martinez.

C. Awards

1. Paul Harris plus two pin (with two sapphires) awarded to Mimi Hennessy by Gil Stromsoe.

2. Teacher of the Month Award (corresponding to Foothill Middle School’s Teacher of the Year) awarded to Michael Despard, a physical education teacher at Foothill Middle School, by Ben Acker, principal of Foothill Middle School and David Vannasdall, Arcadia’s Superintendant of Public Instruction. Among other contributions, Mr. Despard set up several hundred chrome books and teacher work stations.

Arcadia Rotary’s memories of the past as recalled by Bob Harbicht

Posted by Dan Place on September 15th, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. This is the second in the series of these recollections. It’s from Bob Harbicht, who has been a club member since 1982. If you have memories you would like to share, forward them to Dan Place ( and we’ll get them published.

Share some of your early memories of the club.

I joined the club in 1982. Ernie Gekas was President and my sponsors were Lyle Cunningham and Chris MacGuire. I recognized right off that this club was different, in that it was a lot of fun. Ernie got George Fasching up to fine him for a message he had on his message board taking General Telephone to task for some very poor service he received. As George expounded on the poor service General Telephone provided, Bill Killeen called out, “I think Faschings should change its name to General Car Wash.” This was my kind of group.

Your most memorable highlights from your years in the club.

Our President in 1993-94 was Paul Lambert. Until then, every President had been his own finemaster. Before his year started Paul came to me and said, “I’m really not a very funny guy. How about if you did the fines and recognitions during my year?” I agreed and had a lot of fun in this role, and the members seemed to enjoy it also. Since then, I have been finemaster for several Presidents and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time.

I’ve also enjoyed authoring and directing the Presidents’ demotions. I’ve done about ten of these and, although it’s a lot of work, It’s also a lot of fun.

What projects, both local and international, we emphasized in the early days of the club.

One of the club’s major accomplishments, in my book, was the building of the dining hall at Camp Trask, the Boy Scout camp in the hills above Monrovia. Arcadia Rotary had completed a number of projects at the camp, including the administration building, the lake, a BB gun rifle range, and others, most under the leadership of Nick Pokrajac and Paul Minoian. But the dining hall was truly a major undertaking, a 2,000 square foot building including kitchen, shower room, and restrooms.

I remember when Nick, Jeff Johns, Jim Kuhn and I went up there the first day and started to lay out the site of the building in the mud. Nick was using a sextant (or whatever the tool is called for leveling building sites) and I was holding the stick he was sighting in on. Jim & Jeff were putting sticks in the ground at the proper places under Nick’s direction. When we finished, I was feeling pretty proud of myself in my newfound role as building contractor when Nick informed me that the pole I was holding for him to sight in on was generally referred to as the “idiot stick.”

We worked on that building for months and months of Saturdays (and maybe a few Sundays) and it really brought the club together. Lots of people that I thought I knew from our weekly meeting, I really got to know when we were swinging a hammer together. When we were doing the framing, a cute, tiny Chinese gal, who was manager of a bank and whose name I unfortunately can’t recall, was holding a huge nail gun. She had it cradled in her arms because it was nearly as big as she was. When we got a section of wall framing laid out we told her to go ahead and shoot the nails in. She bent down, barely able to hold the nail gun, and bam, bam, fired the nails through the studs. When she stood back up and cradled the gun in her arms again, she looked at me and said with a look of accomplishment in her eyes, “I got to have one of these!”

Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club

Our club has a unique “personality,” which it has had since I joined 32 years ago and retains to this day. Somehow we maintain an irreverent, fun-loving club, but accomplish great things. I can’t count the times I’ve heard a speaker preface his/her remarks with a statement like, “I’ve never seen a club like this; you guys have fun!”

Take a look at the photos in the High Gear each week and you see genuine smiles on everyone’s face. That’s because we are all having a good time and truly like our fellow Arcadia Rotarians and being with them.

Anything else you think would be if interest to club members

• During the year-plus we worked building Fort Rotary at the Scout reservation, Bob Novell provided lunch nearly every Saturday. No good deed goes unpunished! He was constantly ribbed about his baloney sandwiches (they weren’t baloney) and the general poor quality of the lunches (they weren’t poor quality).
• The time some gal carrying a baby wrapped in blankets barged into the Rotary meeting and demanded to know where Rudy Serar was. When the President pointed Rudy out she cried, “There’s your daddy.”
• District Governor John Fee (from our club) holding his District Conference in Kuaii because of some loophole in the Rotary rules of how far from your district the district conference could be held. It was the first one I ever attended.
• Four of us pouring a concrete slab behind a house where an iron lung patient lived, on which a backup generator would be installed so the iron lung would continue to work in case of a power outage. Something that hardly anyone knew about, including many of our club members. But the iron lung patient did!
• Mike Real and Tom Crosby acting as foremen for all us unskilled workers as we built the dining hall and Fort Rotary at the Boy Scout camp.
• Bob Kratt’s Craft Talk. Bob was the first of three speakers scheduled that day and told us he was not good at speaking before a group. He then proceeded to relate his life history, running right through everyone else’s time. At about 25 minutes after 1:00, he said, “Well, to make a long story short . . .” and everyone fell out of their chairs laughing. By the end of the half hour Bob was only up to about 1953. For years after, whenever there were a few extra minutes in a meeting, someone would call out, “Maybe Bob Kratt could finish his Craft Talk.”
• Back in 1985 our program one week was a foot phrenologist, a woman who spoke with a very strong German accent. The High Gear report that week was written in broken English with a strong German accent (“It is not generally knowed dat der feeten is de termination of der nerves, such becoming apparent as soon as taken offen der shoes und walkin around naked on der sharp rocken”).
• When Rotary was opened to women members, two of our first three had the same name, Laura Christiansen. One Laura Christiansen was to marry, become Laura Freedman, and lead our club as our first female President.
• Our first woman member, Phyllis Tompkins, was very arty, something that our formerly all-male club was not used to. Phyllis passed around a sign-up sheet for an event with helium balloons attached to it with a ribbon. Someone cut the ribbon as a protest. It wasn’t hard to identify the culprit; the balloons were floating against the ceiling right over Jeff Johns’ head.
• When Bob Daggett was being recognized for his anniversary and was asked “how many years.” His answer, “This wife, or in total?” When I was President I announced from the podium that he had a phone call. I told him I thought it was his ex-wife as the caller was identified as “plaintiff.”
• The fantastic vacation the McCallums, Jensens, Swenssons and Harbichts had at a lighthouse in Connecticut that we purchased in a Rotary auction. Nicest place I ever stayed!
• Whenever David Hu was called on, the room erupting in calls of “Who? Who? Who?”
• The fly fishing trip I took with Doug Aaseby, Butch Chinn, and Jeff Johns where we floated down the Deschutes River in Oregon for three days. One of the boats sank on the third day, leading Butch Chinn to tell anyone who would listen how I saved his life by inviting him to ride in the other boat with me that day.

I could go on and on, but this is probably already longer than most people want to read. Suffice it to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one of the 32 years I’ve been in the Arcadia Rotary Club.

Announcements for Sep. 12, 2014

Posted by Dave Totten on September 13th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Member Updates

  1. A card for Ashley Andrews was circulated around the room. Her father is battling cancer and is the reason we haven’t seen her for awhile. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley and her family.


  1. Aaron Rose asked for security volunteers for the Taste of Arcadia, to be held on Sep. 22 at the Arboretum. he needs 6 more volunteers to help, and the reward for your service is a free admission to the event. Contact Aaron if you can help.
  2. There will be a workshop at the Arboretum on Sep. 20, from 9 to 1 PM. We will be weeding an area near the Bamboo Room and will learn how to sheet mulch. Contact Richard Schulhof for more information.
  3. The Museum Foundation is having its third annual Barbecue Fundraiser at the Arcadia Museum Education Center on Sunday, Sep. 28 at 5:30 PM. According to Jim Helms, dinner will be provided by Jake’s Barbecue and entertainment provided by “The Late Bloomers”. Cost is $90 per person and reservations are required. Don’t miss this important fund raiser for the museum foundation which includes several rotarians on its board.
  4. Bob Harbicht told us to mark our calendars for Oct. 6, the Monday Night Football party at Paul Kalemkiarian’s home. A catered dinner will be served and you will have an opportunity to participate in George Fasching’s football pool. You won’t want to miss this very popular event!
  5. The Post Alarm Systems Golf Tournament will be held on Sep. 29 at the Glendora Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. Contact Rob Post or John Wilson if you can play. They are hoping for at least 2 foursomes from our club.
  6. Bruce McCallum reminded us of the tailgate party at the Coleseum on Sat. Oct. 4, before the game between USC and Arizona State. Cost is $65 per person which includes your ticket, and $20 for parking. Contact Bruce if you would like to go.
  7. Jim Rider told us of a Rotary scholarship that was obtained by a member of our Interact Club. A year and a half ago, Andrew Wong became a member, and has now gained admittance to U. of California Berkeley. He applied and received a $5,000 scholarship from the Rotary Foundation. Jim reminded us that Rotary is a great source of scholarship money for those in need of financial assistance.
  8. Gil Stromsoe awarded several Paul Harris Foundation pins and certificates to the following members: Ramon Oseguera received his pin and has contributed $200 toward a second pin. Tim Vickery received a ruby pin for Paul Harris plus 8, or $9,000 in total contributions. Yvonne Flint also received a ruby pin for Paul Harris plus 6, or $7,000 in contributions, and Frank Griffith got a sapphire pin recognizing Paul Harris plus 4, or $5,000. Contributions add up fairly fast since your first $200 is matched by Rotary, and the last $200 is also matched.

Craft Talks by Rick Mc Kenzie and Phil Wood

Posted by Pat Dolphin on September 12th, 2014 under Announcements, Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Another couple of great craft talks today from two new members. First up was Rick Mc Kenzie who was born in Kansas City, MO., and raised in Pasadena. Rick got in to the termite and pesticide industry early in life, right out of high school. Rick has worked in the industry since 1972.   He founded Great Western Termite Control in 1980, and has three children, Robert and Michael, and a daughter Jennifer. Rick and his wife Catherine have enjoyed Arcadia High School football for many years since their son was captain of the team when he was playing.

His company, Great Western Termite Control fumigates homes and can use the Orange Oil treatment when local attention is needed although ceilings cannot be treated with orange oil due to stains that would appear there after use. For 100% effectiveness, tenting the house and fumigation is recommended. That method is guaranteed for two years and typically the household will go on a maintenance agreement where it will be inspected monthly. All termite/pest control companies must be licensed, first to treat for ants, roaches, flees and rodents. Then a license for the inspection of homes is needed and finally an operators license is needed. The fumigation process takes three days starting with the tent over the house, the fans circulating an inert gas. Second day the fans are removed and then the tent is taken off. By noon the third day the owner can occupy if the inspection find five parts per million or less of fumigation gas. Rick says mission tile roofs and Cal Shakes (cement) are the hardest to protect from damage when installing the tenting for fumigation.

Bed bugs can be detected by locating blood spots on white sheets, under mattresses or on picture frames. Fumigation is typically necessary. Thanks Rick for an informative talk.

Phil Wood may ware a red badge but he has been with our club in the past, for ten years until 2009 when some changes occurred. He is now back and as always welcomed with open arms. In case you did’nt know, Phil is in his 19th year as the Senior Pastor of The Church of The Good Shepard. It is a United Methodist Church, which is an offshoot of the Church of England. Phil is in his 43rd year in ministry and is still spreading the “good word”. He is the coordinator of the Arcadia Ecumenical Council and gave us a little background information on the Methodist Church. It was founded by, Charles Wesley, on 12/24/1784 close to our United States inception. Methodists at that time were the largest body of Christians here.  The religion embraces both liturgical and evangelical elements, offers sacraments such as Holy Communion, Matrimony, etc., and shares belief in such thing as Unity, Liberty, Charity. Phil’s junior year at Cal State Fullerton was a turning point in his life. That year he visited Bolivia and upon his return decided his future was to serve the Lord. He attended the University of Denver and was ordained a minister for the church. By 1974 his bishop sent him to Oxnard, then Chula Vista. He moved to Monterey Park in 1980 and eventually to The Church of The Good Shepard. Phil lives his life for the same reasons he joined Rotary, because he sincerely believes in the four way test. Thanks Phil for sharing your journey.


(Pat Dolphin)


Arcadia Rotary’s Past As Recalled By John Fee

Posted by Dan Place on September 8th, 2014 under Announcements, Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. This is the first in the series of these recollections. It’s from John Fee, who has been a club member since 1975.

1. Share some of your early memories of the club.

“I have been in the club 39 years. During the early years, the club meeting location seemed to move around a lot. It started at a motel (SE corner of Huntington Dr. and Colorado Place) for about three years. Then we moved to the Women’s Club for a year or two. Next, back to the motel. Then to what is now the Marriott Hotel (in Monrovia !!!). This is where we were during my year as President (1984-85). About a year later, we moved to the Embassy Suites, and we’ve been anchored there ever since.”

2. Your most memorable highlights from your years in the club.

“To me, the most memorable highlights were the experiences I had during the years I was President (1984-85) and District Governor (1986-87).”

3. What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?

“During my early Rotary years, the Arcadia club was very active in community projects (e.g.: school buildings, Camp Trask, playground improvements, etc.). There was virtually no international activity. This changed in the early 1980’s when Orla Pederson and Dick Martinez initiated the annual projects in Mexico.”

4. Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club.

“During my Rotary years, the Arcadia club was always a Friday noon club. The general format of the meetings is still the same (eat—business meeting—the program—out by 1:30 p.m.). Forty years ago, we were a big club (approx. 150 members). It was always well respected and a “fun” club. The current club (approx.. 100 members) has much more active meetings.
During the early 1980’s, Rotary had a new idea for a fund raiser—a “Concert in the Park” at the Arboretum. George Fasching was the spark-plug and chairman of this project. Since this had never been done before, it required a lot of publicity. George even hired an airplane to fly over the community dragging a banner promoting the event. It didn’t work out very well. The first year, we lost about $10,000. The second year we made about $8,000. And the third year we just broke even. It was not worth the effort required; so we abandoned the project. The Arboretum was very pleased with the number of visitors it produced, so they took it over and contracted with Victor Vener to continue the venue.”

5. Anything else that from your experience you think would be of interest to club members.

“During the early years, Rotary was an all-male organization. This changed in 1987 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that because of the Unruh Act in California, Rotary was a “business” club—not a “social” club. Therefore in California women must be allowed to join. A year later, Rotary International made it optional for each Rotary club to invite women members. In my view, I think this was a big improvement in Rotary.”

Announcements for 09/05/2014

Posted by Pat Barnes on September 6th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  Matt Weaver is hosting a Game Night and barbecue at his home for all members on 09/18/2014.  There will be a sign up sheet at the club meeting.

2.  Bruce McCallum announced that there will be a tailgate party on 10/04/2014 before the USC – Arizona State football game to be held at the Collesium..  The cost is $65/person and parking is $20..   Contact Bruce for tickets and more information.

3.  John Murphy announced that the club has updated its  Membership brochure.  John recommends that each member put Membership brochures in their place of businesswill to attract potential new members.  Contact John and he will provide you with several Membership brochures  and a plastic stand to hold them.  Members should also hand out the Membership brochure to friends and clients to interest them in joining Arcadia Rotary.

4.  Bob Harbicht told everyone to put 10/06/2014 on their calendar for the club’s annual Monday Night Football Party at Paul  Kalemkiarian’s home  .    Food will be catered and will  include tri- tip and barbecued chicken. This is always a great event..

5.  Bruce McCallum announced that Taste of Arcadia will be held at the Arboretum on Monday 09/22/2014.  You can get tickets from Bruce for $50/ticket and the club will receive $10 for each ticket sold. 

6.  The District Governor is having  a Rotary Training Back to Basics seminar on Saturday 09/20/2014 at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga.  Contact Rose Mares or Eric Rail for more information.

7.  Gil Stromsoe, who is the club’s Foundation chairman,  presented Sylvia Ramos with her 1st Paul Harris Fellow pin.   Gil encouraged all members to become a  Paul Harris Fellow by contributing $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation, which can be paid over a period of time.   Gil announced that there is currently an incentive program for each member to become  a 1st time Paul Harris Fellow, as follows:   after you  have contributed the first $200 there will be a matching grant of $200, , for a total paid of $400, leaving a balance owing of $600.  After you have contributed the next $400 the remaining balance of $200 will be paid by matching grant.   Gil announced that Sylvia Ramos  used this incentive program and she wrote a check to the Rotary International Foundation for $600 and the remaining $400 was paid with matching grants.    Gil also gave a pin to Bob Harbicht for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow + 5  (for total contribution of $6,000),, and   Gil gave a pin to  Rosie Mares and Dirk Hudson for each of them becoming a Paul Harris Fellow + 1 (for total contributions of $2,000  each).  Congratulations to Sylvia, Bob, Rosie and Dirk for their generous contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.

8.   Brent Forsee, who is the new principal at Arcadia High School and one of Arcadia Rotary’s newest members, presented the District Teacher of the Year Award,  which is given annually by the Arcadia Rotary Club, to Patrick Tierney, who is a Spanish Language and Literature Teacher at Arcadia High School.  Mr. Tierney graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Spanish and English, and he has  an M.A. in Spanish  and Portugese from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Latin Literature from Colorado College.   He has been teaching for 38 years , first as a college professor and then as a high school teacher,  and for the past 27 years he has been teachinga  in the Arcadia. School District.   Congratulations to Mr. Tierney for your outstanding leadership in teaching our children..

Announcements – Upcoming Events

Posted by Brad Miller on September 6th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

John Murphy announced new Membership brochures have been re-designed to attract interest in Rotary in general and our club specifically.  “Designer” brochure holders sponsored by Brian Hall’s Foothill Federal Credit Unition are available for your business or businesses you frequent.

Oct 6 Monday Night football: Paul K’s.  This year the event will be catered with Tri-tip, BBQ chicken, and of course wines.  There will be a selection of single malt Scotch’s to taste.  For those who don’t care for the football – come anyway and bring your partner!  Its a social highlight of the year.   Thanks again to Paul and his family for letting us take over his home for the night.

Mon Sept 22: Taste of Arcadia $50, Rotary gets $10 of tickets sold by us.

Oct 4: USC AZ State at the Coliseum organized by Bruce McCallum. Please let him know if you are interested so he can arrange for tickets.

Recognitions – August 29, 2014

Posted by Yvonne Flint on August 31st, 2014 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Finemaster George Fasching began with two announcements:

  • Chicken would be back for lunch next Friday, and
  • Dr. Chang’s full body checkup for $25 would be available on Friday, the 13th of March, including full bar and background music.

Jim Rider’s daughter Megan just launched the website for her jewelry and interior design business. Unfortunately for Jim, this didn’t escape the notice of our alert Finemaster who thought it looked a lot like advertising. Proud dad Jim was fined $70.

A photo taken during her recent trip to Maine to visit her parents was enough evidence to earn Yvonne Flint a fine. In consideration of her past years of service as club treasurer, the fine was only $15. She is pretty sure that her name is on a list somewhere to be enlisted again like ex- and current treasurer Ed Beranek was, so the fine may not be such a bargain.

The recent performance of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Taylor Performing Arts Center was an occasion for John Wilson to be photographed in attendance. As a qualified expert now, John was quizzed on the identities of three Rotarians pictured in a throw-back photo of three Oz characters. They were Bob Daggett as the Cowardly Lion, Allen Yack as the Scarecrow, and Finemaster George Fasching as the Tin Man. John only recognized George and was fined $50.

Three new puppies are part of John Murphy’s family and were shown in a photo with his granddaughter. Per John, the new arrivals are named Harley, Hatfield and O’Reilly and are keeping the house hopping. His good news was recognized with a fine of $34.

Announcements for August 29, 2014

Posted by Dave Freeman on August 30th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  Boy Scouts are doing their Annual Sports Breakfast at the Annandale Country Club at 7 AM on Sept. 9, 2014. Pat Haden, former USC star, NFL quarterback, and current athletic director at USC will speak.

2.  Taste of Arcadia, needs security  guards for the September 22, 2014 event. Talk to Aaron Rose.

3.  The Arcadia Museum/ Education Center  is doing their Annual Fund Raising BBQ at 5:30 PM , September 28, 2014.Talk with Steve Pelletier.

4.  Membership: Get the brochures and a neat holder for them from Frank Griffith, John Murphy, or Brian Hall.   Bring a potential member to lunch.

5.  Rotary Foundation Board: Mike Real let us know the foundation is refurbishing the Arcadia High baseball diamond to the tune of $10,000, with money we have donated to the Foundation. These tax deductible donations are earmarked for use on Arcadia projects such as this. Paul Johenk foundation donations are included.=

Senior Craft Talks – Roger Grant and Bob Harbicht

Posted by Brad Miller on August 30th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Roger Grant knew of George Fasching from the car wash and Jim Helms from having an office in the same building.  Only by joining Arcadia Rotary did get to meet these Arcadia icons – one of the bonuses of being an Arcadia Rotary member.   Ernie Jensen told Roger as a new member “Go with the flow” though Roger said “there are ups and downs behind the scenes”…he did not elaborate.

Roger was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. In school he was an “all-area” slide rule contest winner and played the E flat clarinet in the band.  He failed to become the drum major, but succeeded as Band President, a title held to this day.

In college he started in Electrical Engineering but a Texas Instruments “mentor” suggested he was going in the wrong direction.  He obtained Bachelors in Finance and Accounting before working for Touche Ross, an accounting firm.

Eventually he went out on his own, currently for 31 years.  He described numerous certifications including being a CPA, a financial planner, CLU (insurance), and all the Series qualification tests required to give financial advice.

He is the father to 5, grandfather to 11.  One experience that refocused his life priorities was the birth of his granddaughter Payton who was born with a serious heart condition.

Bob Harbicht has been in Rotary 32 years, staying fully involved all this time. He said it has been an integral part of his life and he looks forward to the Friday meetings every week.

Bob is retired from a Marketing Consulting firm.  He provided a wide range of service to national level companies using “survey research”.   It started when he finished college at Cal State Northridge and a professor arranged an appointment at Carnation in market research. After a couple of years there, he worked with a marketing consulting firm for ten years before going out on his own.

Bob has three “hobbies”:

  • City government – he has had numerous stints as Arcadia Councilman or Mayor and a term as Duarte’s mayor.
  • Exercise – he played racquetball daily until 2 years ago, but still works out daily.
  • Bicycling – he has taken 45 bicycle tours all over the world in the last 37 years. He said on a bike you see and experience at a slower pace.  He introduced his children to the sport when they were teens, and somewhere along the way his wife Patsy got hooked.  He said they currently ride twice per week, 20 miles each time.

Bob  invited Arcadia Rotarians to join him and Patsy them in the Loire Valley, France for a biking trip in the fall.

High Gear Programs Report August 22, 2014

Posted by Teri Muse on August 26th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

High Gear

Programs Report

August 22, 2014

By: Teri Muse




District Governor Larry Skaggs and his wife Vickie gave a very inspiring talk to the members of the Arcadia Rotary issuing us all a challenge: “Have you done anything today to make a difference or change the world?”

District Governor Skaggs asked us, “Why did you join Rotary?” He told us that people don’t join Rotary because they are asked or told to join, they join because of who they are. He shared his father’s philosophy that “It is important in life to do something for somebody that can never repay you.” He said his Dad was never a Rotarian but was one in spirit. Most of what Rotarians do is to help people in Third World countries for people that will never know us.

He then went on to ask, “Why do you remain in Rotary?” He talked about how when you ask that question, most Rotarians will answer : #1 Service, #2 Fellowship. But he feels that fellowship is the most important reason because it changes the lives of Rotarians every day. He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “No man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” The best way to experience the fellowship of Rotary is to get personally involved with a project. Maybe you want to help the mission to eradicate polio worldwide. Or, maybe you want to help children learn how to read. You could want to help someone here in Arcadia. As our District Governor said, “Rotarians help Rotarians.”

A more perplexing question was asked, “If we’re doing all these wonderful things shouldn’t we continue to grow?” Membership is declining in North America and is not growing worldwide. District Governor Skaggs feels people leave Rotary because they lose interest or were not involved. He challenged us all to go out and tell our story. Invite people to our lunch meeting. Let people know what it means to be a Rotarian and why you remain a Rotarian.

In closing, we were all challenged again with the question, “Have you done anything today to make a difference or change the world?”





Announcements – August 22, 2014

Posted by Dave Totten on August 24th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

  1. Mark your calendar for Oct. 4. Arizona State will play U.S.C. and there will be a pre-game tail gate party, according to Bruce McCallum. More details will be provided as we get closer to game time.
  2. Brian Hall, Director of Membership, encouraged each of us to bring prospective members to a meeting. He has put together a brochure about Arcadia Rotary that should be distributed to anyone interested in our club. They are available at the back table and can be picked up at the next meeting.
  3. Pres. Mike Ojeda was given 4 Dodger tickets for the Sat. Aug. 23d game. Mike held a raffle for the tickets and the winning bid of $200 came from Andy Bundesmann.
  4. Our District Governor Larry Skaggs and his wife Vicki were at the meeting and Eric Barter presented Larry with a tool belt kit to use while working on his Project Hope. The belt, quite ornate, even had a pocket designed to hold his favorite beer.
  5. D.G. Skaggs took the opportunity to present Paul Harris Fellows to Silvia Ramos and Ramon Oseguera. When it came time to present the pin and certificate, they were not to be found, but Silvia and Ramon were assured that they would get them shortly. Larry congratulated them for their contributions and gave us a brief background of  what it means to be a Paul Harris Fellow.
  6. Pres. Mike called Kenneth Chan to the podium along with his sponsors Frank Griffith and John Murphy. Ken was introduced as our newest member and has the classification of Education – Private Schools, Retired.