High Gear Programs Report August 22, 2014

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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

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  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.

Viva Las Vegas – Saturday August 23rd 7pm

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Come on party people! Let’s get out there and support our local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Dustin Nicolarsen, of The Derby Restaurant, has graciously offered free entry to the event for 30 of us. We still have room.
This event is very fun and proceeds help to form future leaders of our communities. Without the Boys and Girls Clubs some young people waste away in the system. We don’t want that to happen, do we?
So strap on your party shoes and head to The Derby, Saturday Night at 7PM.
Contact Andy Bundesmann @ andrea@huntvh.com or call or text her at 626 590-6031

Recognitions August 15, 2014

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SAA, George Fasching donated a fine new mascot to our club…. A chicken statue. Presumably a tribute to our weekly entree.
Switching his attention to Ernie Aragon, George asked if he was still doing business. Specifically if he was doing business with Tom Crosby. Which is true but lead to no $$$. However, the photo of one of Ernie’s bikes tied down in the bed of his truck did. Firmly secured by having the rope weaved through the bike and right rear wheel! $22

Dave Freedman confirmed that he is doing fine with his jogging and tennis. Then correctly identified a photograph of the building where he had his old office. Then a photograph of a much prettier location, complete with a place to nap, covered parking and a wet bar! $40

Bruce Chin confessed to having no clue about medical business. A little scary considering his profession. George showed Bruce a photograph of a little girl with some Asian man at Bruce’s house on Gull Lake. Bruce said it was Mike Hoey. Mike Hoey was asked to stand up and quickly stated “we all look alike” and had no idea who the little girl in the photo was. For $50, Mike was allowed to sit down. Bruce finally confessed the little girl is his granddaughter Bella. The next photo was of Bruce’s beloved hunting dog, Darla. They spend lots of time on Bruce’s dock… Dick Doc’s Dock!   If there was $$ involved after that I don’t recall as I was laughing too much.

Announcements for August 15, 2014

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a. Member Update:

Art Killian passed away last Friday, August 8, 2014. His memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. The location will be the Church of the Good Shepard, 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia. (announced by the Rev. Phil Wood)

b. Coming Events:

1. A Red Badger meeting will take place after the club meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. (announced by Teri Muse.)

2. The District Governor Fiesta will take place on Friday, August 22, 2013. from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sartwell 1501 Highland Oaks Drive, Arcadia. We’ll be enjoying margaritas, beer, wine and excellent food catered by El Portal restaurant. The cost is $35 per person. Sandra Caldero will accept payment on behalf of the club. (announced by Eric Barter and Sandra Caldero.)

3. Viva Las Vegas! The Derby Restaurant is holding a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. It will be a casino night, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7-11: p.m. Dustin has 30 free tickets for entrance for Arcadia Rotarians, who are helping sponsor the event. (announced by Andy Bundesmann).

4. Monrovia Rotary is hosting an Old West BBQ and Casino Night on September 13, 2014, 6–10 p.m. The location is the Monrovia Community Center, 119 E. Palm Avenue, Monrovia, California (across the street from the Monrovia Library). The cost of $70 per person includes dinner, appetizers, entertainment, and 250 playing chips, etc. (announced by Bryan Earll, President of Monrovia Rotary, and nephew of Terry Earll of Arcadia Rotary).

Power, Passion & Purpose by Laura Cazares

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David McMonigle introduced Laura Cazares the Rotary program for Friday August 15.  Laura is a certified Dream Builder coach and encouraged the group to consider the many wonderful possibilities and opportunities for your life.  Unfortunately many people say no to opportunities for various reasons; to old, to difficult, no skills, might fail…

Laura took us back to a low time in her life, December 22, 1986 where her home was full of negative issues and bad drama.  She had “shut down” as a kid until at 20 she broke down and sought help so that she could do more than just survive. That small voice in her head was asking if there is more to life than what she was experiencing, she got help again, a coach that helped her “dance with fear” address her fears and take some risk.  She said: “her life is different today, thank God.”  Laura asked the group if any of us felt like we have opportunities that we could say yes to, but various fears keep us saying no.  So much of our personal success depends on our personal view and vision and we can change that to be bigger and positive.  Do we want to live a life by default or by design, hopefully design.  If by design then we need to realize that our success is determined inside our head by using our imagination.  Brian Cogbill left the meeting at this point, take note George.

Laura brought out a “energy stick” and tested it with Tim Vickery, he had a good amount of mojo going.  Then Laura tested the energy stick with a group of Rotarians holding hands at the front table lead by Jim Helms & Ernie Aragon, which was interesting.  Laura asked the group to imagine what we would love!  Eric Barter noted that he would love to see the Ducks win a national championship, Laura gamely played along with Eric’s fantasy.  Laura promised gifts, offered free coaching sessions for people that really want to grow.  A drawing was offered to everyone that entered their name and Terry Earl won a brand new Energy Stick!  In closing, Laura asked us to remember that the power within us is infinitely greater than outside of us. That left a number of Rotarians pondering the significance of that.  Thank you Dave McMonigle and Laura Cazares.


Arcadia Rotary Photos from 8-Aug-2014

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Announcements – August 8, 2014

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The Club was shocked and saddened at the passing of long-time member Art Killian. Our sympathies and condolences go out to Art’s wife Sandra and to his entire family. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are known.

Please be sure to join us for the District Governor’s visit to the club on Thursday, August 22. Prior to our regular meeting members of the board will meet with District Governor Skaggs at the Embassy Suites at 11:00 am (board members please be there at 10:45 am sharp). Let’s have a terrific turnout for our District Governor!

Be also be sure to join us for the District Governor’s reception on Thursday evening, August 22nd from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sartwell 1501 Highland Oaks Drive, Arcadia. We’ll be enjoying margaritas, beer, wine and excellent food catered by El Portal restaurant. It’s sure to be an enjoyable evening with our District Governor and his wife.

Finally, please join us for the Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. Contact Dustin of the Derby for complimentary tickets. The event will be held at the Derby on Saturday August 23rd from 7 to 11 pm. The dress code is “cocktail attire”. “Viva Las Vegas”? … the Derby? … benefitting the B&G Club? … FREE!? … PERFECT!!! Please RSVP by August 15th to Samantha Bailey at sbailey@wsgvbgc.org or 626-573-2831 or contact John Wilson with any questions.

The Physical Edge

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We all enjoyed another great speaker who presented information we can all relate to. Dr. Leigh Dannhausen, D.P.T., and Brandon Lee, P.T. (son of former Arcadia Rotarian Dennis Lee) operate The Physical Edge Physical Therapy and Fitness Center at 253 No. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. The Physical Edge has operated for ten years at that location and been voted the best fitness center in the San Gabriel Valley for the last five consecutive years. Leigh says that many of her patients suffer from back pain due to poor posture, stress, over excursion, or any number of ailments. Brandon demonstrated several stretch routines we could adopt to help relieve some pain each morning. First the neck stretch from left to right and again from right to left, then the shoulder roll (back not forward). After each hour or so at a computer desk we should stand straight with tall posture, trying to stretch your shoulder blades, then stretch our peck muscles in the corner of the room with hands held high. These are simple stress relievers that could help with posture as well.

Carpel Tunnel is brought on by typing with raised wrists or wrists pointing down and not level to the keyboard. The elbows and knees should be in a forty-five degree position with wrists ending parallel to the desk. Wrist cushions on the keyboard are okay but better posture is the key to preventing this condition.

There were many questions for our speaker but one was asked about dealing with arthritis. Leigh said the trick to dealing with arthritis is motion. Keeping the joints lubricated by activities such as swimming (the best exercise of all) will help. Supplements will help delay and deter the deterioration of cartilage, and vitamin E or Glucosamine will help. Our core strength is very important to maintain so build our awareness of how to work to strengthen it. Yoga is very intense and great in moderation, just don’t over do it. Flexibility is the key; always stretch your quads and hamstrings before exercising. You can also do front planks and side planks as part of your work out routine, sit-ups are not as good.

For you golfers out there suffering from back pain, knee pain or hip pain, The Physical Edge can help with a Golf Rehab program led by Dr. Leigh Dannhausen, D.P.T. especially designed for your needs. Parting shot: Admittedly not a nutritionist, Leigh reminded us to try to eat simple food, and protein, nuts and food from the ground. It just might help us stay fit a little longer.


(Pat Dolphin)


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Pasadena Playhouse

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By Jeff Johnson & Ashley Andrews, Esq.

Friday, August 1st we were fortunate to hear from Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Jeff Johnson was kind enough to take notes for me because I was in Court and, really, “someone” needs to go back to kindergarten, or pre-school or whenever penmanship is taught and take some lessons. So what I gleaned from his very neat and orderly scribbles is as follows:

The idea of the Pasadena Playhouse began in 1917, when Pasadena was a town of farmers and wealthy vacationers, with an acting troupe. The town embraced the troupe and in 1924 gave them the newly constructed Pasadena Playhouse. It was the largest and most technically advanced venue on this side of the Mississippi (imagine that!). In fact, this little playhouse produced the entire canon of Shakespeare for the first time in America. Subsequently, our legislature then used taxpayer dollars to vote and dedicate the Playhouse as an official State Theatre in 1937 .

The Playhouse has given rise to acting greats such as Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Raymond Burr and Sally Struthers. It has also drawn talent  from across the country from the likes of Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, and Noel Coward, among others. At high points, it had as many as  five independent stages in operation at any given time.  The Playhouse also built and operated one of the first television stations in Southern California – KTTV, whose call letters still exist today as the local Fox affiliate.

For a variety of reasons, the Playhouse sadly went bankrupt in 1969 . Because of a number of supporters, it re-opened its doors in 1985. A focus since then is launching new works and landmark revivals for the American Theatre, while displaying a commitment to cultural and theatrical diversity. Highlights since 2005 include Sister Act, The Musical, and Ray Charles Live!, now titled Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical, which is scheduled to open on Broadway during the 2011-12 Season.

The Playhouse is always looking for donors to keep this cultural mecca alive and well. In fact, it currently has a “Save Our Butts” campaign to raise funds for new seats. One can choose to be a “Cushie Tushie” for $50, a “Bun Benefactor” for $150, and, amongst others, and my personal favorite, a “Bad Ass” for $500 +.  The idea of being a “Top Dog” for $1000 doesn’t bring the most pleasant images to my mind; but, certainly, one title among many others not too crude for our delicate, Rotarian ears.

We are most grateful for Elizabeth Doran for her hard work. Kudos to her for her time and effort, especially since she has three small children at home who no doubt had something to do with the “Cushie Tushie” campaign. That aside,  without the Pasadena Playhouse, the Arboretum, Huntington Library and a handful of other cultural gems in this area I am certain we would all revert to heathenism. Although, given some of the comments I hear from the back tables at our meetings I wonder if some of us are already reverting despite the presence of these gems….something to ponder over the weekend. And, speaking of weekends, I tried to get Chris Haddow and Paul K. to go cycling with me last weekend and BOTH blew me off – heathenism. And, thank you, Jeff Johnson, for being a true Rotarian and helping me out with the notes.


Fines For August 1

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Sergeant at Arms and fine master George Fasching was unable to attend the installation banquet but received his pin from President Mike, now officially installed!

There is a great deal of stress involved in being fine master, in a effort to take the edge off last week George had a bottle placed on the sacred Rotary lectern. Some thought that may be inappropriate. George took care of any concern, this week he had the drink delivered by his daughter, on a tray – problem solved!

Short on time for fines, only Jim Helms was call on. Seems like full page advertising is effective – from massage services to law firms. There was an ad for lawyer specializing in bed sores! George had a ‘un-retouched’ newspaper ad from Jim Helms – specialty was listed as ‘Jock Itch’. That was it for time, stay tuned and see what’s next!